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Tuesday, October 17th 2017
Bernice M. (Lohman) Barrett
Bernice M. (Lohman) Barrett age 90 passed away on Saturday, October 14, 2017 at Valley View Home in Glasgow, MT.

Bernice was born on June 28, 1927 in Marion, ND to Erma and Bennie Lohman as the oldest of 3 girls. Bernice graduated from Malta High School in 1946.

Bernice married Hank Morgan on November 28, 1946. He passed away from a fatal car accident on July 4, 1950.

Bernice married Bernard Boreson on March 25, 1952. They lived on the Boreson farm in Tampico, west of Glasgow. There they raised two boys, Bennie and Scott. They enjoyed visiting and celebrating with friends and neighbors through music, food and games. Bernard was diagnosed with cancer; Bernice and the boys took care of the cows, chickens and farming. Bernard passed away on February 5, 1976.

Bernice married Duane Barrett on April 10, 1981. They lived on the farm until November of 1987 when they moved to Glasgow. They enjoyed time with their family, playing cards and traveling the country together. Duane passed away on October 7, 2007.

Bernice belonged to the Valley County CowBells, VFW Auxiliary, Friends of the Pioneer Museum and the First Lutheran Church. She was the Clerk of School District #14, Tampico. Bernice was loyal to all those around her and enjoyed people, serving coffee or tea and cookies for anyone who came to visit.

She was preceded in death by her parents Erma and Bennie; stepfather, James Murphy; three husbands, Hank, Bernard and Duane; and sister, Betty Ohs.

Bernice is survived by her sister, Marilyn (Art) Wildhalm; children, Ben (Connie) Boreson and Scott (Myrtle) Boreson; four grandchildren, Brodie (Lindsey) Boreson, Bo (Crystal) Boreson, Jake (Shanda) Boreson and Emma (Andrew) Kuester; five great grandchildren, Sam, Brynlie, Bentley, Bree and Layla; and many nephews and nieces who will miss her.

Bernice’s funeral service will be held on Wednesday, October 18, 2017 at 11:00 AM at the First Lutheran Church in Glasgow, MT with Pastor Stan Hoobing officiating. A luncheon will follow services also at the First Lutheran Church. In lieu of flowers donations may be made to the Pioneer Museum, the First Lutheran Church or a charity of the donor’s choice.

Monday, October 16th 2017
Darlene H. Johnson
Darlene H. Johnson passed away October 13, 2017, in Billings, Montana. A graveside service will be held at 2p.m. on Thursday, October 19, 2017, at the Fort Peck Cemetery, with a gathering after at the Fort Peck Fish Hatchery.
Darlene was born April 29, 1932, in Henning, MN, to Ace and Selma Helmbrecht. She was one of 14 children. On July 4, 1949, she married Joe Johnson. They lived in Brockton where they farmed until they moved to Fort Peck in 1972. She moved to Billings in her later years, living at the Pleasant View Apartments, where she had many friends.
Darlene was not only a devoted housewife but was affectionately known as “the egg lady” to many in Fort Peck, delivering fresh farm eggs for many years. She could also be seen helping her son, John, at the Gateway and Fort Peck Hotel, doing whatever was needed.
Darlene was an avid Card and Bingo player. She and her twin sister, Dorine, spent many hours playing dummy rummy. Her wonderful friends, Ina and Rita, in Billings made sure she got to the Bingo hall even after she quit driving.
Darlene was preceded in death by her husband Joe, son Mike, her parents and 12 siblings. She is survived by her children: Mary Ann (Joe) Carson of Fort Peck, Juanita Hagen of Glasgow, John Johnson of Plentywood, Joan Burns of Stevensville, Jeff (Andi) Johnson of Glasgow, Sally (Larry) Strom of Billings, 21 Grandchildren, 36 Great Grandchildren and 32 Great-Great Grandchildren, her twin sister Dorine Hagen of Billings, and brother Gary Helmbrecht of California and many nieces and nephews.
In lieu of flowers, please donate to the Charity of your choice.
Wednesday, October 11th 2017
Steven DeYoung
Steven DeYoung age 49, passed away unexpectedly at his residence by Tiger Butte, near Glasgow, Montana on October 7, 2017.

Steve was born on August 3, 1968 in Chicago Heights, Illinois to Robert and Shirley (Dykema) DeYoung. His family moved to Bozeman where he received his education and graduated from Bozeman High School in 1987. He always had a passion for engines and motorsports including dirt bikes and snowmobiles.

Stevie met his future wife Diana Lynn Guttenberg in Bozeman, MT in 1992 through a mutual friend. After a few low-key drive by’s and a year and a half of friendship, Steve and Diana began dating after a stealthy camping trip. They were married on the shores of Fort Peck Lake on September 19, 1998.

Steve loved his dogs, being outdoors, fishing and was an accomplished marksman. He was involved in competitive shooting and won quite a few awards. Steve also raced in motocross with his friends and took home trophies and prize money from races.

Steve was a gear head and enjoyed riding with his awesome friends. They spent a lot of time riding both bikes and sleds in the mountains of Montana. Steve was an expert technician and a master mechanic and held certificates of training from mechanical trade schools on many types of vehicles, including the certificate of Harley-Davidson PhD.

Steve eventually found his home working for Thompson & Sons in Glasgow as a diesel mechanic under their guidance. He was well respected for not only his skill, but also for his hard work ethic. He often worked late or on weekends to get a vehicle back on the road for the owners. He truly “Rode for the Brand”.

Steven is survived by his wife, Diana DeYoung, his parents, his in-laws, his sister Amy and many close friends. He is also survived by his and Diana’s dogs Goose, Wolfie, Bella and Odessa who he loved dearly.

His visitation will be held on Thursday, October 12, 2017 from 5-7 PM at the Bell Mortuary in Glasgow, MT. Services will be held on Friday, October 13, 2017 at 10:00 AM at the Bell Mortuary in Glasgow, MT. A reception will follow the funeral service at the Cottonwood Inn in Glasgow, MT.

Monday, October 9th 2017
Sarah Charlotte Alma Bryant
Sarah Charlotte Alma Bryant, beloved mother and grandmother, passed away on October 5, 2017 in Glasgow, MT. Sarah was born September 28, 1922 to Swedish immigrants Henning and Ada Emanuelson, the youngest of six children. Sarah was born on the family homestead 16 miles east of Malta, MT. She attended school in the small railroad town of Bowdoin, MT. When that school closed she finished her schooling in Saco, MT where she made many friends. While attending school Sarah made her living as a telephone operator to pay for her room and board. As a young teen she was thrown from a horse, leaving her with lifelong pain. While in Saco, she met Harold Y. Bryant. They married in April of 1942 and had two children- Charlotte Marie in 1944 and Thomas Harold in 1943.

Sarah and Harold spent most of their lives in Fort Peck. Sarah worked at J.C. Penney in Glasgow and when Harold retired from the Army Corp. of Engineers, they moved to Great Falls, MT, where she continued working for J.C. Penney. When she retired she had worked for JC Penney for about 35 years. After Harold passed away, Sarah moved back to Ft. Peck until 2011 when she moved into Valley View Nursing Home. Sarah was preceded in death by her husband Harold; brothers Gus, Carl, Verner, Harold (Margaret) Emanuelson and sister Dorothy Scheffelmaer.

Sarah is survived by her children Tom (Irene) Bryant and Charlotte (Larry) Unger; a nephew Charles (Ranelle) Emanuelson; grandchildren Kevin, Darryn (Carol), Kyle (Cindy) Bryant, Christa (Bill) Wagner, David Unger and Christine Wright; Great grandchildren Spencer, Dane, Henley, Maddox and Murphy Bryant and Sarah and Brendan Wagner. Sarah will be remembered most for her awesome chocolate chip cookies, the beautiful flowers she grew and her love of Christmas. She will forever be in our hearts until we meet again.

A visitation will be held on Tuesday, October 10, 2017 from 5-7 PM at the Bell Mortuary in Glasgow, MT. Sarah’s funeral service is Wednesday, October 11, 2017 at 1 PM at the Bell Mortuary in Glasgow, MT. Burial will follow at Highland Cemetery.

Tuesday, October 3rd 2017
Elaine Newton Etchart
Elaine Newton Etchart passed to her Heavenly Home September 30, 2017 with her husband Gene at her side, just short of her 96th birthday. Margaret Elaine Newton was born in Hobson, Montana October 23, 1921. She was the eldest of William “Bill” and Annie McClellan Newton’s four children, arriving ahead of brothers Kenny and Dean and sister Donna. The Newton family spent their early years in Hobson where Bill had mail routes and developed a trucking business, hauling dirt and aggregate as highways were developed in the area.

Elaine’s father moved the young Newton family to Glasgow in 1933 and opened the Hudson Terraplane dealership amid the busy days surrounding the construction of the Fort Peck Dam. Elaine loved people, sewing and music. She was a drummer in the proud kilt clad Glasgow High School marching band (a band of about 90 which required four buses to transport), graduating from Glasgow High in 1939. She became an accomplished pianist and for several years played piano with a ragtime band with friends Bob Rundle, Jack Burgess and others entertaining at “clubhouse dances” in Glasgow, Fort Peck and the surrounding area. All through her life she could make a piano rock with ragtime favorites like The Twelfth Street Rag, The Entertainer and the Charleston Rag. In later years she needed to be coaxed, but she could still make the piano dance to the delight of her family and friends. She worked as a bookkeeper for the Buttrey Department Store in Glasgow at that same time. It was then that she caught the eye of rancher aviator Gene Etchart, who remembers her first as the “Beauty in the red Hudson convertible with white side wall tires.”

After the dam construction days Bill Newton moved his family to Sheridan, Wyoming. Elaine followed them and worked in the First National Bank there. Gene was operating a flying school in Miles City and would fly to Sheridan on weekends as he courted Elaine. The onset of World War II took Gene to Oxnard, California as an Army Air Corps flight instructor. Elaine joined Gene there after being married in Las Vegas on May 23, 1942 and they lived near various air bases during the war. They moved back to Glasgow to operate the Etchart Ranch. Elaine brought Michele into the world in 1943, John in 1945, Joe in 1948, Janeen in 1951 and Jacque in 1958. Elaine and Gene raised their children as they were building the Hinsdale Livestock Company ranch, which they operated until retirement. Elaine was a devoted wife, mother and partner. Through the ranching years she was also very involved in St. Raphael’s Altar Society, the American Legion Auxiliary, the local Republican Party, and the Montana CowBelles among many more. She and a group of friends founded the “Chequers” investment club, who recreationally studied the markets and invested in the 1960s and 70s. And she learned to fly.

She was an artist with sewing and knitting, and sometimes with tile and woodworking. The magnificent needlepoint Christmas stockings she made for all her children, their spouses, her grand and great grandchildren are precious reminders of her pursuit of perfection and flair for beauty. Gene, all of her children and some of their friends wore sweater jackets she made; sweaters with themes tied to each personality. She also took a great deal of pride in her coin and stamp collections. She loved crossword puzzles, Jeopardy, whist and bridge. She was a very good player.

She was a great mother, always immersed in her children’s and their children’s activities. She enjoyed planning and hosting family gatherings, was a magnificent cook and loved to share her recipes. She was quietly generous, often finding little ways to brighten your day or lend a helping hand.

Mom had an uncommon elegant dignity. She was compassionate, courteous, patient and kind. She was interested in everything and everybody. Mom seldom forgot a name or a face. She always had a warm gentle greeting as she encountered acquaintances, wanting to know what was happening in their lives. You could put her in a room full of strangers, and with her gracious way Mom would soon know everyone’s name and be able to tell you about their children.

Mom touched so many lives in so many tender graceful ways; she will be dearly missed by many. Gene, and his beloved Elaine, celebrated their 75th wedding anniversary this spring, and together with the entire family marked their 100th and 95th birthdays in August of 2016.

Elaine was preceded in death by her parents, Bill and Annie Newton, her brother Dean and her sister Donna; by Gene’s parents, John and Catherine Etchart, her son John Newton Etchart, grandson Jake Etchart, granddaughter Sally Jo Page Haynie and son-in-law Brent Frederickson.

She is survived by her husband Gene, her brother Kenny Newton of Glasgow, daughters Michele (Steve) Page of Billings, Janeen (Tom) McCarvel of Helena, Jacqueline Jeanne Frederickson of Radium Hot Springs, British Columbia, son Joe (Patt) of Glasgow, daughter-in law Sarah Etchart of Helena, 16 grandchildren, 15 great-grandchildren, sisters-in-law June (Dean) Newton, Delores (Mark) Etchart and brother-in-law Mitch Etchart.

At Mom’s request, there will be no services at this time; there will be a memorial service later. Rather than flowers, if you are inclined, Mom would have you consider something for the cause of your choice. The Fort Peck Theatre, Carroll College, and St. Raphael’s Parish were among her favorites.

Monday, October 2nd 2017
Gerald "Joe" Lee Alden
Gerald “Joe” Lee Alden passed away on September 27, 2017 at the Advanced Care of Hospital of Montana in Billings, MT. He was born to Straud and Lenore (Fuhrman) Alden at Glasgow on March 15, 1941.

He was four years old when our parents moved to a farm in the Fuhrman Community near Larslan. When our dad died in 1965, Joe took over the family farm, enabling mom to live the rest of her life there.

When George graduated from college, Joe and he went into a life-time partnership in farming and ranching. Joe was a member of the Elks and served on the Opheim Farmer Union Board.

He enjoyed hunting, fishing, boating, playing cards, team roping and going to hear the elk bugle at Robinson Bridge, but he mostly enjoyed farming and all the equipment involved, especially tractors.

Joe dearly loved his nephews and nieces; great-ones and great-great-ones. Many of them had their first experience in camping, fishing, hunting and trail rides with “Uncle Joe” and Uncle George.

He was preceded in death by his parents, paternal and maternal grandparents, uncles Walter, Clarence, Mel, Earl, Jim and Ken; aunts, Ruth Gilberston and Phyllis Campbell; brother-in-law Lee Eblen and cousins, Joyce Haven, Les Gilbertson, James Fuhrman and Travis Fuhrman.

Joe is survived by his sisters, Pat (Mark) Fauth, Susan (Bob) Fauth and Jane Eblen; brother George Alden, aunts Barbara (Barry) Bales, Phyllis Fuhrman and Shirley Fuhrman; nephews Steve, Tom, Brad, and Mike; nieces Margaret, Dawn and Michele, Marie, Nikki and Kristal; 26 great-nieces and nephews and 19 great-great-nephews and nieces.

He will be missed by family and friends but welcomed by his dad and mom. Memorials can be made to the donor’s choice in his name.

A visitation will take place on Tuesday, October 3, 2017 with family receiving friends from 5-7 PM at the Bell Mortuary in Glasgow, MT. His funeral service will be on Wednesday, October 4, 2017 at 11 AM at the Evangelical Church in Glasgow, MT with burial to follow at the Highland Cemetery. A luncheon will follow burial back at the Evangelical Church.
Monday, October 2nd 2017
Imojean (Fuhrman) Helgeson
Imojean (Fuhrman) Helgeson was born September 12, 1928, one of five daughters born to Kon C. and Emma (Miller) Fuhrman. Jean passed away peacefully of natural causes at Frances Mahon Deaconess Hospital on September 29, 2017 at the age of 89. She was born in the small community called Baylor, located south of Opheim, MT.

After spending her younger years at their farm, Jean went to school in Glasgow at the South Side School and graduated from Glasgow High School in 1947. She then attended Beauty School in Chinook, MT becoming a hairdresser, which fulfilled her childhood dream. Along with doing hair she was employed at Buttrey’s Women’s Clothing Store and Friedl’s.

On March 5, 1950 Jean married James Helgeson of Nashua. They resided at the farm of her father before moving to Havre and later moved back to Nashua. During their Nashua time, she worked at the Farmers Union Oil Company of Nashua and J.C. Penny in Glasgow as their bookkeeper. She was very adamant that every account and ledger must balance to the penny at all times. After Jim’s death, she moved to Glasgow where she was employed by United Insurance and Realty. In her later years she moved to Nemont Manor.

Jean was a member of the First Lutheran Church of Glasgow. Many hours of her life were dedicated to her favorite past time of sewing. As in her bookkeeping skills, her stitches in sewing had to be perfect. She took great pride in her sewing. Jean also loved to go to bingo anytime she could. Rounding out her hobbies were baking cookies, bowling, embroidery and you could always find a word search book close to her chair.

Jean was preceded in death by her husband, parents, sister Helen Rennick and numerous relatives.

Jean is survived by her sisters, Hilda Rosencrans and Adeline Mitchell of Glasgow, MT and Theresa Sather of Bozeman, MT; son, Donald of Big Sandy, MT; daughter, Connie (Ben) Danelson of Scobey, MT; grandchildren, Casey (Katrina) Danelson and children Mesa and Colby and LeeAnn Danelson and daughter Shay of Scobey, MT; along with numerous nieces, nephews, great-nieces, great-nephews and great-greats who graced her life.

Jean’s funeral service will be held on Thursday, October 5, 2017 at 1:00 PM at the First Lutheran Church in Glasgow, MT. Burial will follow at the Highland Cemetery in Glasgow, MT.

Monday, October 2nd 2017
John W. McLeod
John W. McLeod, age 48, of Opheim, MT passed away on October 1, 2017 in the wonderful care of the staff of Frances Mahon Deaconess Hospital in Glasgow, MT. He fought a brave battle against an aggressive form of Lung Cancer.

John was born on June 18, 1969 to Bill and Pat (Duffy) McLeod in Seattle, WA. He grew up in the shadows of the Cascade Range and had many great memories of biking the trails with his brother. He graduated high school from Monroe, WA and soon came to North East Montana.

John enjoyed working a number of jobs including stints in the bakery, printing at the Courier, the St. Marie Water District and in the maintenance department at FMDH. Then he found his passion at the Opheim School. The work was long and required him to get certified to operate a boiler, but he enjoyed going to work every day. He loved his job and the students. Go Vikings!

In July, he was diagnosed with a rapid and aggressive form of lung cancer. The cancer soon spread and eventually led to his death. He fought bravely and always kept a positive outlook. His family wishes to publicly thank the amazing staff of dedicated medical professionals who helped John’s last days to be well remembered.

John is survived by his parents, Bill and Pat McLeod of Glasgow, MT; a brother, Ken of Monroe WA.; his life partner, Suzi Kirby of Opheim, MT.

He was preceded in death by both maternal and paternal grandparents.

A memorial service will be held to remember John’s life at the Opheim School on Saturday, October 7, 2017 at 10:00 AM.

In Lieu of flowers, the family asks donations be sent to the FMDH Foundation or the Opheim school district #9D.

Monday, September 25th 2017
Travis Lee Fuhrman
Travis Lee Fuhrman, 53, of Long Beach, CA, left our world on September 12, 2017.

Travis was born December 16, 1963 in Glasgow, MT to Harry (Jim) and Phyllis Fuhrman, and was raised on the family farm in Larslan, MT. He attended Opheim School and graduated as valedictorian in 1982. He was selected as the Montana Presidential Scholar and was flown to Washington, D.C. to receive honors. He then attended Carroll College in Helena, Montana, where he graduated with honors and a double BA in Business & Public Administration. He earned his MBA in Finance from the University of California – Irvine, where he graduated valedictorian of his class.

Travis was not your ordinary child. He was incredibly smart and articulate from a very early age. He loved numbers and could multiply three-digit numbers in his head before first grade. Instead of Dr. Seuss, he read the Farmer’s Almanac, Guinness Book of World Records, and Richey Rich, and could recite all presidents, vice presidents, and their parties as a young child. He continued his love for numbers and after college began working for the FDIC, and later worked for Downey Savings & Loan, Option 1 Mortgage, and was with the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs for the last 13 years.

Travis was a kind, caring, and sensitive soul with a huge heart. His family, friends, and his animals meant everything to him. He had a great sense of humor, and even during those times when he was struggling, he always had a joke or story to cheer somebody up. He had an infectious laugh that warmed your heart and made you laugh as hard as he did. Travis was a wonderful human being and would give anything he had to someone in need. His generosity and compassion extended to the homeless, and at Christmas he passed out blankets and other items to the homeless throughout Long Beach. He also volunteered many hours at the Long Beach Rescue Mission doing “KP” duty. Over the years he gave a home to many animals including snakes, rats, chinchillas, and dogs.

Certain times of the year were very special to Travis. His favorite vacation was going to the farm to see his mother and helping her with her garden and yard work. He loved planning costumes every year for Halloween, and they were eagerly anticipated by his friends, family, and especially his co-workers. They were always unique and amazing!

Our Travis is no longer struggling. He is at peace and the pain he endured here on earth is no more. He was a wonderful son, brother, uncle, friend, and co-worker, and touched so many lives during his time with us. He will be forever in our hearts.

Travis was preceded in death by his father, Harry (Jim) Fuhrman, and his nephew, Damon Soper. He leaves behind his mother, Phyllis Fuhrman, his sisters Tara Andren (Dale) Ebersviller of Billings, Tanya Fuhrman of Santa Maria, CA, Kim Madler (John Vermulm & family, Cut Bank) of Larslan, and Penny Shipp of Larslan, as well as nephew Tanner (Katy) Andren, and nieces Alison (Kelly) Pusley & family, Ashley (CJ) Kemmis & family, and Kelsey Madler (Tim Shehan). He is also survived by his “furry family” of 2 dogs, Lola and Cocopuff, and 2 chinchillas, Shadow & JJ.

Cremation has taken place. A Celebration of Life will be held on Saturday, September 30th at 3 p.m. at Bell Mortuary in Glasgow, with a reception immediately following at 4 p.m. at the Elks Club in Glasgow. The family asks that everyone wear a bright colored shirt and/or jeans to the service to pay tribute to Travis’s love of bright colors. His favorite color was purple. In lieu of flowers, please make donations to the Long Beach Rescue Mission, or if you wish, the family can forward your donation. Condolences may be left for the family at bellmortuarymontana.com.

Monday, September 25th 2017
H. James Belcher
Jim’s Story: H. James Belcher relocated to live in heaven September 19, 2017. Born in Devils Lake, ND on August 20, 1944 to Harold and Selma (Lee) Belcher. Jim grew up with seven sisters and one brother on a farm near Fort Totten, ND. He graduated from Sheyenne, ND in 1962. Attended Oak Hills Bible Institute in Minnesota and University of North Dakota in Grand Forks. A drafted Vietnam era veteran he was a chaplain’s assistant in Okinawa.

He married Sheryl Kunkel in 1970 in Everett, WA. Together they had three children, all of whom graduated from Glasgow High School. Jim retired in 2004 from the Corps of Engineers as a power plant operator/high voltage electrician. His passion for hunting and fishing kept him in Montana. His laughter is still a living memory with his dear friends. His retirement job of driving the activity bus was another great joy to him. He encouraged and cared about students from Frazer, Glasgow and Nashua. Jim also grew bountiful gardens and loved to can sauerkraut, pickled beans, corn, crab apples, beets, dill pickles and fantastic salsa. He also loved being a grandpa.

Welcoming him into heaven are his parents, one sister and one brother. He is survived by wife, Sheryl Kunkel-Belcher; three children, Kimberlee and husband Mohammed Badal and their sons Ihsaan age 7 and Ilahn age 5 of Virginia, Kirsten of Honolulu, HI and Matthew of Colorado Springs, CO. As per his request no memorial service was held. The family held a celebration of his life on Saturday, September 23, 2017. A spring military procession will be held in Sturgis, SD. Date to be announced.

Wednesday, September 20th 2017
Roger Allen Davis
Roger Allen Davis Sr., 77, passed away on Sunday evening, September17, 2017 at his residence in St. Marie, MT.

He was born October 18, 1939 in Chicago, Illinois to Fredrick and Eleanor (Rieske) Davis. He grew up in Rockford, Illinois with his younger sister, Sharon Davis-Grimmett, who preceded him in death and his brother, Terry Davis.

Roger joined the Air Force at the age of seventeen years old in 1956. He spent his career teaching in the Physiological Training Unit. He was an instructor for student pilots in teaching simulated flying. He also taught parachute training, desert and jungle survival. He was a noted desert survival teacher who set up displays in a natural environment. His later years in the military provided him with the opportunity to be an Air Force Recruiter in the panhandle of Coeur d’ Alene, Idaho. He always met and exceeded his quota for enlisting recruits.

Roger was the father of three sons and three daughters as noted in the following; daughters Deborah Davis of Dalton,Georgia, Teresa Davis of Birmingham, Alabama, and Rachel Etheridge of St. Marie, Montana and sons Roger Davis Jr. of Great Falls, Montana, Robert Davis of Billings, Montana and Aaron Davis who preceded him in death. He also leaves behind 14 grandchildren.

Roger was an active member for 54 years of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints. He always had a firm handshake and a humorous personality.

Family will receive friends from 5-7 p.m. Wednesday, September 20, 2017 at Bell Mortuary. Graveside service will take place in Sheridan, Wyoming at the Sheridan Municipal Cemetery at 2:00 p.m. on Thursday September 21, 2017. Condolences may be left at bellmortuarymontana.com. Memorials in Roger’s name can be given to the Relief Fund for Hurricanes Harvey and Irma.
Tuesday, September 19th 2017
Donna (Aal) Hatton-Olson
Donna (Aal) Hatton-Olson was born April 23, 1935 and passed away September 7th, 2017.

Donna was born to Earl & Lillian (Knutson)Aal at Williston, ND. She attended school in Williston until her Junior year when her family moved to Watford City. She graduated from Watford City High School class of 1953. She was then accepted to the Trinity School of Nursing Registered Nursing program. She graduated with the Trinity class of 1957.

She met Robert T. Hatton shortly following returning to Williston, when he was working for Great Northern Railroad. Bob and Donna were united in marriage August 7th, 1961 in Englewood, CO. Shortly after being married they traveled thru Turkey, Germany and Europe. They returned to Glasgow MT. In 1966, Bob and Donna adopted their 1st child, Lisa Kae. They then moved to Broomfield, CO. In 1971, they adopted their 2nd child, Paul Andrew. Bob passed away April 7th, 1977. In 1980 Donna moved the family to Williston, ND to reside closer to family.

Donna worked in hospital and clinic settings, when moving to Williston she began a new phase of her life working at Bethel Lutheran Home. She began her new position as Assistant Head Director of Nursing in the fall of 1980. During her time with Bethel she made so many new friends that felt like family. Donna’s nursing career spanned a 50-year time frame.

On October 16th, 1983, Donna had her 1st date with Leland (Ole) Olson. From that day on they were inseparable. Together they not only enjoyed each other’s company but enjoyed, boating, traveling and most of all dancing. On December 22nd, 1985, they were united in marriage in Plentywood, MT.

Donna is survived by her husband Leland (Ole) Olson, Coeur d’Alene, ID, daughter Lisa (Wade) Soiseth, Williston, son Paul (Sue) Hatton, Coral Gables, FL, step-son Leland Olson, Jr., Rathdrum, ID, step¬daughter Tami Skurupey, Hayden, ID, 8 grandchildren and 10 great-grandchildren. Numerous sisters-in¬law, brothers-in-law, nieces & nephews.

Preceding Donna in death were her parents, husband, Robert Hatton, brother, Robert Aal, mother-in law Hazel Hatton, brothers-in-law Charles Lynch Ill and Bill Hatton.

A memorial service will be held in honor of Donna on Saturday September 23rd, 2017 at 11:00AM in the Chapel of First Lutheran Church.

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