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NAME: Edwin Lyle Rennick Age: 63
DATELINE: Glasgow, Montana
DATE OF DEATH: Tuesday, July 29, 2014
PLACE OF DEATH: near Wolf Point, Montana in a truck accident
SERVICE: Tuesday, August 5, 2014, 1p.m. at First Baptist Church in Glasgow, Montana
INTERMENT: Hillview Cemetery in Hinsdale, Montana
MORTUARY IN CHARGE: Bell Mortuary of Glasgow, MT
Edwin Lyle Rennick
Edwin Lyle Rennick, 63, born February 7, 1951 in Glasgow, died July 29, 2014 near Wolf Point, Montana. Services will be held at 1:00 pm Tuesday, August 5th at the First Baptist Church, 700 4th Ave. South in Glasgow with a reception following at the Glasgow VFW.
Ed grew up in the Glasgow and Opheim areas. After graduating from High School he served in the US Army. Ed returned to the area and went into construction and farm work. He later owned an auto repair shop during the time he participated in demo derbies and as mechanic for stock car racers. After closing the auto repair shop he became employed by Scanlan Construction and remained with them until his death.
Ed was preceded in death by his parents, Helen Fuhrman and Gerald Muriel Rennick, and a brother Gerald “Charlie” Rennick.
Ed is survived by his companion Melody Foster; son Mike Zahn; daughter Meagen Johnson; step daughter Brandi Childress; brothers Richard Fuhrman, Allan Murch, Lee Murch, Carl Rennick, Rod Archambeault, Terry Archambeault; sisters Pam Bicker, Vicki Wiseman, Sheri Morey, Patti Hoerster; sister-in-law Cindy Rennick, as well as numerous grandchildren, aunts, cousins, nieces and nephews.
Ed loved life, was always surrounded by people, and ready for a “road trip”. He left suddenly and too soon but “what a ride”.
June H. Kern, 93 yrs. young, passed away at Sunrise on Thursday, July 24th in Wolf Point, MT and went home to be with her Lord.
June was born June 12th, 1921 to Amzey and Lydia Dunn in a farm house south of Whitetail, MT. She attended school in Whitetail by riding, in the early years, a horse-drawn wagon (or sleigh in the winter). After graduating high school, she attended North Central Bible College in Minneapolis, MN.
When WWII broke out, June and her best friend Pauline, moved to Oregon and worked in the ship yards to support the war effort. While there, she met a handsome Army soldier from Missouri named Michael Kern. They fell in love and were married July 9, 1943. They celebrated 71 years together just a few weeks ago.
June followed Mike as the Army moved him between OR, CA and WA. In 1944, when Mike shipped overseas, June, who was pregnant, loaded their belongings in a 1938 Plymouth and headed back, by herself, from Oregon to her parents’ farm in Whitetail. Gas, tires and certain commodities were rationed in those days. What a brave woman she was to attempt . . . and complete . . . this journey! She had a can-do spirit that never left her. While Mike was overseas, June lived with her parents and gave birth to their first child, Mike Jr. After the war was over, Mike joined June in Montana. They lived in Scobey where their second child, Nancy, was born.
In 1950, they moved to Frazer, MT where Mike and June were in charge of the dormitory where high school students who lived too far out in the country to commute daily, lived. Mike also drove bus and June cooked all the meals daily for the students. Many memories and wonderful lifelong friends were made during their time in Frazer. Years later stories of those times would be shared sitting in Mike’s Furniture store when the ‘student’ would come in to buy a sofa or a bed. In 1952, a small trailer was bought and they traveled following work in the oil fields and the building of Garrison Dam in North Dakota.
In the spring of 1954, the family moved to Wolf Point in a car pulling a 37’ house trailer and arriving with 35 cents in their pocket. The next day, June got a job as the cook at the Cozy Café and Mike was hired by the local Buick dealership. Wasn’t long before June was hired as head cook at the Sherman Hotel where she cooked for several years.
A big oops…surprise came along 4 years later when Patti was born. Mike Jr was 13 and Nancy was 11.
Around 1962, June was hired in the government ran Federal Crop Insurance office in Wolf Point. She and a business partner later opened their own Crop Insurance Agency. She subsequently sold her interest in that business to her partner but after a short period of retirement, her former customers encouraged her to go back into business, and she opened Kern Insurance Agency in Wolf Point. When she sold that agency, she retired for good.
Not long after June retired, Mike closed the 2 furniture stores and retired also. They then enjoyed almost 25 years of traveling in a motor home or 5th wheel trailer, visiting all but 2 or 3 states and most of the Canadian provinces. They even drove their motor home into Mexico and spent one summer in Alaska.
June loved to cook and having her family over was the highlight of her day! She loved having her grandchildren help her in the kitchen and because of her patience with them, all are pretty good cooks! Her cinnamon rolls were the best! When she wasn’t in the kitchen, she was at the table doing whatever new craft project was going around. She sewed hundreds of Christmas stockings for the children through missionary work.
June adored her children, grandchildren and great grandchildren. She lived these last few years knowing that there were more grandbabies on their way….
June became a Christian as a child. She loved the Lord, her church and serving people. While attending the Wolf Point Assembly of God Church for over 50 years, she taught Sunday School, Vacation Bible School, organized and cooked for 100’s of church gatherings. She was President of the youth group until she had to give up that position when she turned 35. On the day she resigned, she was elected President of the Women’s Missionary Council, a position she held for probably 20 years. June was elected to the church’s Board of Directors and may have been the first woman to serve in that capacity in an Assembly of God Church in Montana. June was known as a prayer warrior. She was a shining example of God’s grace and leaves behind a great legacy for her family to embrace.
Wolf Point was June & Mike’s home for over 58 years. In 2011, they moved into Nemont Manor in Glasgow and she had just recently moved into Valley View Home because of declining health & to be closer to Mike.
June is survived by her husband of 71 yrs, Mike Kern Sr. Her son, Mike Jr. and wife Grace of Detroit, Michigan; daughter, Patti Kern Parcel and husband Duane of Wolf Point, Mt; and son-in-law Don Turner of Glasgow, Mt. Her daughter Nancy preceded her in death in 2013. June had 8 grandchildren and 11 great-grandchildren with 1 more on the way.
She will be forever in our hearts.
A Celebration of June’s life will be held at 1 p.m. at Clayton Stevenson Memorial Chapel in Wolf Point on Wednesday, July 30th. Interment will be in Greenwood Cemetery in Wolf Point.
Gladys Theo ‘Jody’ Opheim
Gladys Theo “Jody” Opheim, 84, died Saturday, May 3, 2014, at the Help for Health Hospice Home.
Memorial services will be held on Saturday, August 9th, 2014, at the Opheim Lutheran Church at 10:00 a.m. with Pastor David Rogenes officiating. Interment will be at Lawndale Cemetery east of Opheim followed by a reception at the Opheim Lutheran Church.
Jody was born June 26, 1929, in Helena, Mont., the daughter of James Paul Martin and Lorna Belle Hallock.
She attended first and second grade in Norris, Mont., third through sixth grade in Great Falls, seventh and eighth grades in Portland, Ore, ninth through 11th grades in Opheim, and 12th grade in St. Ignatius, Mont., when she received her GED in 1979. She also attended Salish Kootenai College in the 80s, studying early childhood development course (Headstart).
On Sept. 1, 1946, she married Rex O’Neal Opheim in Glasgow. She was of the Lutheran faith and was a Sunday School teacher while raising her family; four sons and one daughter. She was a member of the Eastern Star in Opheim, the Senior Center in St. Ignatius (a quilter) and was a member of the Riverton, Wyo., Senior Center (housing) socializing and volunteering services.
Jody enjoyed quilting, painting pictures, sewing clothes for family and making quilts for seniors. She had a passion for serving people. She managed the ENCO Club kitchen at the Radar Station in Opheim, and was also a head cook at Glasgow Air Force Base. She managed the Legion Club kitchen in Billings, was a Headstart teacher and cook at St. Ignatius, and created “Learning flannelgraphs and stories” for Headstart. She also enjoyed adventure such as snowmobiling, camping and hot air ballooning.
She was a lifelong resident of Montana until she moved to Riverton in November, 2010, to live near her daughter.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Rex; and her parents.
Survivors include four sons, Jerry Opheim and his wife, Vicki, of Billings, Jim Opheim of Glasgow, Mikel Opheim of Kalispell, and Berney Opheim of Missoula; a daughter, Loni Freese and husband, Terry, of Riverton; 12 grandchildren; 21 great-grandchildren; and two great-great-grandchildren.
Memorials may be made to Help for Health Hospice in care of the Davis Funeral Home, 2203 W. Main Street, Riverton, WY 82501.
Rose Alice Grandchamp
Rose Alice (Cox) Grandchamp went peacefully and gracefully home to the Lord at 9:40 a.m. on Saturday, July 26, 2014.
Funeral services will be held Thursday, July 31, at 10 a.m. at the Frazer Community Hall, with Pastors John Grandchamp and James Oguin officiating, followed by interment in the St. Joseph Cemetery in Frazer.
She was born on a cold day in 1919, about 2 miles north of Nashua on the now Willy Lauckner place, to Issac Cox and Cora Running Woman, both of the Assiniboine tribe.
She met and married Alfred Grandchamp on April 1, 1939, by the Justice of the Peace in Frazer. In their early years, she and Alfred worked for the Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC), living in tents and building dams and reservoirs. In the late 70s, they got their dream home built, a log cabin, and they lived happily until his death in 1999.
She loved gardening, flowers and rock picking, and the Red Bottom Celebration. She loved all of her grandchildren, who represented many different nationalities. She also loved horses and used to ride with Sonny.
In 2007 she moved into the Faith Lutheran Home in Wolf Point, due to Alzheimers, and resided there until her death.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Alfred; two sons, Alfred Jr. and Theodore “Butch” Grandchamp; and one daughter, Darlene Grandchamp.
She is survived by one daughter, Vina Barnett, of Anchorage, Alaska, and her four children; one son, John Grandchamp Sr. and his wife, Linda, of Frazer, and their four children; and 83 grandchildren and great-grandchildren.
The pallbearers will be her grandsons and granddaughters.
Bell Mortuary of Glasgow is in charge of arrangements.
WILLIAM D. OMVIG
William D. Omvig passed at his home in Kalispell, Montana on May 14, 2014, as he had lived with enduring strength and quiet dignity. Born to Arthur and Nellie (McEwen) Omvig on May 24, 1931, on the family farm/ranch he so loved, Bill was educated at, and graduated from, Opheim High School in 1949. It was during his Sophomore year in high school that he met his best friend and future wife, Yvonne Gilbert. Upon graduation, Bill enlisted in the United States Air Force serving four years in Korea and Texas, while earning the rank of Staff Sargent. Upon his return, Bill and Vonne married August 10, 1952, residing in Great Falls and then Havre. In 1956, they returned to the family farm/ranch for the next 45 years where they raised their family, crops and livestock until Vonne’s passing in July 2001. They enjoyed each other and their life together. Bill spent his life as a devoted family man, loyal friend and servant of the Good Lord. His passions were his family and farming the rich soils at the headwaters of Roanwood Creek and ranching at the headwaters of Morgan Creek. He had a strong love for his family, his land and his livestock. Upon Vonne’s passing and despite the physical challenges caused by degenerative arthritis, with a strong mind and great determination, Bill continued to actively farm and ranch until July 2011. Since July 2011 he lived with his daughter, Kristin, residing in Billings and Kalispell, Montana.
He was preceded in death by his wife, Yvonne; his father and mother, Arthur and Nellie; brothers, John and Leroy; and sister Elda. He is survived by two daughters Wendy (David) McGee of Cophenhagen, Denmark and Kristin Omvig of Kalispell, Montana; two grandsons Tyler McGee of South Carolina and Colin McGee of College Station, Texas; a sister and brother-in-law, Beryl and Bill Arvin of Havre, Montana, as well as numerous nieces and nephews.
A private graveside interment service was held May 19, 2014, with Pastor Dave Rogenes speaking a few kind words. Pall bearers: Jeff Roberton, Rick Stahl, Tim Steinglen, Doug Omvig, Les Redfield and Dean Barnes.
I have fought the good fight, I have finished the race, I have kept the faith. Finally, there is laid up for me the crown of righteousness, which the Lord, the righteous judge, will give me on that Day; and not to me only, but also to all who have loved His appearing. 2 Timothy 4:7-8. The life lessons, values, and work ethic, exemplified by the life you lead, will be remembered. You are already greatly missed.
Mary Louise Jellum Tonning, 68, passed away at Valley Vista Care Center in Sandpoint, Idaho, on Wednesday, June 25, 2014.
Memorial services were conducted on Monday, June 30, 2014 at 11:00 am in Christ Our Redeemer Lutheran Church, with inurnment in Lakeview Cemetery in Sandpoint. A reception followed at 12:00 pm.
She was born December 24, 1945, in Fosston, Minnesota to Gordon and Ruth Jellum.
When Mary was 8 years old, the family relocated to Glasgow, Montana, where she was raised and educated. Mary graduated from Glasgow High School in 1963.
Mary loved being a mom, grandma, and great grandma. She enjoyed gardening, sewing, cooking, crafts and was highly skilled in all she put her hand to. Her grandkids were well stocked with Beanie Babies from her huge doll collection. Many in her circle of family and friends have enjoyed the benefits of her sewing and gardening and she will be missed.
She was preceded in death by her parents, 3 brothers: Dennis, Donald and David and a sister Gloria.
She is survived by her children Paul Tonning, Dana Wooden Tonning, and Aaron Tonning; 16 grandchildren and 3 great grandchildren;
Also surviving are brothers; Gale Jellum of Chinook, MT and Steven Jellum of Gillette WY, sisters; Susan Boid of Great Falls, MT, Carol Morehouse of Thompson Falls, MT, Diane Rosander and Lois Morehouse of Billings, MT.
She also leaves behind many much loved numerous nieces, nephews and friends.
NAME: Charlotte Mae Anne Tipton
DATELINE: Glasgow, Montana
DATE OF DEATH: Friday – July 4, 2014
PLACE OF DEATH: Frances Mahon Deaconess Hospital in Glasgow, Montana
SERVICE: Friday, July 11, 2014 at 11:00 A.M. at the Evangelical Church in Glasgow, Montana
INTERMENT: Highland Cemetery in Glasgow, Montana
MORTUARY IN CHARGE: Bell Mortuary in Glasgow, MT
Charlotte Mae Anne Tipton, 78, passed away on Friday, July 4, 2014 at the Frances Mahon Deaconess Hospital in Glasgow, Montana.
Char was born May 25, 1936 in Glasgow, the daughter of Lars Eric and Mary Dolores (Johnson) Weltz. She was raised in Glasgow and graduated from Glasgow High School in 1954. She enjoyed being a cheerleader.
On March 19, 1955 Charlotte married Edgar Tipton in Glasgow. Ed was in the Air Force commuting to Opheim while Char was working for Tork’s Drug Store. After Ed was discharged from the Air Force in 1955 they lived in St. Louis for a year, and then returned to Glasgow. Ed worked for the US Weather Bureau for a year and then they moved to Santa Monica, California for three years before and finally settling in Glasgow. Char worked for Mountain Bell Telephone in the 1960’s and later for Valley Drug, Killions, and Johnnies Café
Bob was born in St. Louis on March 19, 1956 and Dennis was born in Glasgow on April 23, 1961
She enjoyed bridge, golf, water aerobics, crocheting afghans, baking, and the Hospital Guild. She was very active in the Evangelical Church in Glasgow. Her life was being Gramma and Great Gramma (“GG”). She was a constant part of their lives. Her family gave her joy in life.
She was preceded in death by her sister Dolores Nass West and her brother Walter Dahl.
Char is survived by her husband Ed Tipton of Glasgow, sons Bob (Candy) Tipton of Helena, Montana and Dennis (Ann) Tipton of Billings, grandchildren Travis (Alishia), Andrew (Hallie), Amber (Andy), Sam, and Kelly, great grandchildren Kaylee, Kynzlie, Keldyn, and Dacre.
Lorin E. Flesjer died at home and went peacefully into the arms of Jesus on July 5, 2014 after a valiant battle with Alzheimer’s Disease. We will miss our intelligent, fun-loving, friendly, beloved grandpa, father, and husband.
Visitation will be held from 10a.m. to 5p.m. and 6p.m. to 8p.m. on Wednesday, July 9, 2014 at Silha Funeral Home in Glendive, Montana. You are invited to attend Lorin Flesjer’s celebration of life on Thursday, July 10, 2014 at 11a.m. at Zion Lutheran Church located at 401 Riverview Drive in Glendive, MT. A graveside service is scheduled for Friday, July 11, 2014 in Glasgow, MT at 2:30 p.m. at Highland Cemetery, Highland Drive with a gathering afterwards at First Lutheran Church located at 641 2nd Ave North. Silha Funeral Home is in charge of Glendive arrangement and Bell Mortuary is in charge of Glasgow arrangements.
Lorin Edward Flesjer was the oldest son of Lloyd and Gladys (Stensland) Flesjer born on December 1, 1944 in Glasgow, Montana. He was raised on the family homestead in Tampico with a couple years spent in Kalispell, Montana and Washington. He went to school in a two-room building in Tampico, MT with his cousins.
He attended high school in town and graduated from Glasgow High School in 1963. He attended Billings Business College in Billings, MT for two years where he met Lilla (Flugge). They married at the Buffalo Community Church in Buffalo, MT on June 11, 1966. They lived in Glasgow where he ran the movie theater and was the office manager for Terry Chevrolet. Then, he was hired by the State of Montana to work as an auditor where he worked with counties, cities, towns and school districts. In 1971, the couple moved to Glendive, Montana where they raised their family of two children. Lorin worked as an auditor for the State of Montana for 35 years. He traveled all over Montana and really focused on helping the people by working in Eastern Montana. He was well trained in record retention and storage. Later, he studied and received his administrator’s license in Hospital Administration.
He loved the Lord and served as a deacon at Zion Lutheran Church. He was part of many committees at Zion Lutheran Church over the years, most recently serving on the Memorial Committee. He helped Dawson County and the community of Glendive by serving on the Urban Transportation Board for 18 years, acting as the chairperson for much of that time.
After retiring in 2005, Lorin enjoyed golfing, spending time visiting family including trips to Pennsylvania, Minnesota, Washington and Nevada. He enjoyed collecting things and in the last years he collected stamps.
Lorin is survived by his wife, Lilla (Flugge) Flesjer, his daughter, Lisa (Flesjer) Seekins and her husband David and their sons, Noah (15) and Colton (12) of Minneapolis, MN and his son Larry Flesjer and his wife Nicole (Brattin) and their children Alexiss (7), Grayson (4), and Zander (6 months ) of Miles City, MT; and his brother Gail Flesjer and his wife Edina (Thogersen) of Glendive, MT. He was preceded in going to glory by his father, Lloyd Flesjer in 1988 and his mother Gladys Flesjer in 2008.
Donations in memory of Lorin E. Flesjer can be made to:
Cure Alzheimer's Fund, 34 Washington St., Suite 200, Wellesley Hills, MA 02481
Glendive Hospice, 1221 Ames, Glendive, MT 59330
Zion Lutheran Church, 401 Riverview Ave, Glendive, MT 59330