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Robert G. Combs
Wednesday, January 28th 2015
NAME: Robert G. Combs . Age: 76
DATELINE: Glasgow, Montana
DATE OF DEATH: Tuesday, January 27, 2015
PLACE OF DEATH: at his home in Glasgow, Montana
CAUSE OF DEATH: Natural Causes
SERVICE: Monday, February 2, 2015, 11a.m. at First Lutheran Church in Glasgow, Montana
INTERMENT: Highland Cemetery in Glasgow, Montana
MORTUARY IN CHARGE: Bell Mortuary of Glasgow, MT

Robert G. Combs
Robert G. Combs, age 76, passed away on Tuesday, January 2, 2015 at his home in Glasgow, Montana.

Bob born on December 29, 1938 in Glasgow, the son of Clinton and Irene (Breikjern) Combs. He was raised in Glasgow, graduated from Glasgow High School, and served in the Montana National Guard.

On January 14, 1961 Bob married Donna Walker in Glasgow. He worked for Johnson Plumbing, was in Minot for a year, back in Glasgow at Cenex for a year, and then served on the Glasgow Police Force for five and a half years. Bob then started his own business in heating, air conditioning, and sheet metal work, retiring in 1986.

He was a member of the First Lutheran Church, Flatland Cruisers Car Club with his 65 Pontiac Catalina Convertible, and enjoyed playing cards with his friends.

Besides playing cards with the guys every Wednesday, Bob could be found working on, and restoring old vehicles. One vehicle that he completely restored-from the engine, body work, painting, and the upholstery- which became his pride and joy, was his 1965 Convertible. Great times were had going on road trips to car shows with others in the car club, such as Devils Lake, Glacier National Park, and Helena.

Bob bowled for several years on leagues at El Cor Del, until his back injury prevented him from bowling. In his earlier years, he could be found at Ft. Peck Lake most weekends; camping, boating, water skiing, and fishing.

Bob was preceded in death by his parents, and brothers James Combs and Gene Combs.
Survivors include his wife Donna Combs of Glasgow, two children; Michael of Nashville, Tennessee and Brenda of Nashua, Montana, 5 grandchildren; Kristina, David, Jennifer, Jordan, and Samantha, 2 great grandchildren; Abigail and Raylan, his sister JoAnn Rosscup of Richland, Washington and brother Dennis Combs of San Diego.
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Ben Ottmar
Monday, January 26th 2015
Ben Ottmar died Jan. 21, 2015, of natural causes in Bartlesville, OK after a lengthy illness. Cremation has taken place under the direction of Stumpff Funeral Home in Bartlesville. A memorial service will be held at a later date, followed by interment in North Dakota Veterans Cemetery in Mandan, ND. In lieu of flowers the family requests that donations be made to the cemetery.

Ben was born Aug. 24, 1929, in Burt, ND, and worked on the family farm until he joined the Army in 1948. He was honorably discharged in 1952.

He worked for Northern Pacific Railroad from 1952-1962. During this time he met and married Bette M. Davison on Aug. 16, 1958, Killdeer, ND.

He worked for the Bureau of Reclamation (later renamed Western Area Power Administration) from 1962 – 1991 in Fort Peck, MT, Glendive, MT and Bismarck, ND.

Ben is survived by his wife Bette; daughters Laurie (Baltimore, MD) and Julie (Bartlesville, OK), her husband Ben Roberson; his two grandchildren, Shelbie and Benjamin; and a sister, Martha Reich of Lodi, CA; as well as many nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents, 5 brothers and 2 sisters.

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Elynor Irene (Bopp) Gustafson
Monday, January 26th 2015
NAME: Elynor Irene (Bopp) Gustafson Age: 84
DATELINE: Glasgow, Montana
DATE OF DEATH: Thursday, January 22, 2015
CAUSE OF DEATH: Natural Causes
PLACE OF DEATH: Valley View Nursing Home in Glasgow, Montana
SERVICE: At a later date in New Salem, North Dakota
INTERMENT: New Salem, North Dakota
MORTUARY IN CHARGE: Bell Mortuary of Glasgow, MT

Elynor Irene (BOPP) Gustafson
Elynor Irene Bopp Gustafson, age 84, passed away on Thursday, January 22, 2015 at the
Valley View Nursing Home in Glasgow, Montana.

Elynor was born to Irene Lillian Johanna (Wullschleger) Bopp and William Karl Bopp on January 20, 1931 in New Salem, ND. She grew up on the family farm and attended country school. She then attended New Salem High School and graduated in 1949. She stayed in very close contact with class of ’49 and annually made trips back to New Salem for get-togethers with the “girls”. She was very close to two of her cousins who were in that graduation class. She moved to Bismarck, ND after graduation and worked for the Conrad family helping with taking care of the children and other duties in the house while she was attending secondary school in Bismarck. She then moved to Minneapolis, MN, where she worked there for a short while before following her sister out to the Tacoma, WA area. She was there for a time and then moved back to the Minneapolis area. One of her co-workers was from Montana and talked her into moving to Glasgow, MT. She lived there for several years and then moved to Glendive, MT so that it wouldn’t be as long a trip to be able to go back and forth to the New Salem, ND area. While in Glendive, she met her future husband, Evert “Gus” Gustafson. Gus was from the Glasgow, MT area and they were married in Glasgow, MT on March 25, 1972 and moved back there at that time. She previously worked in the payroll department of the Glasgow school district until her retirement. Gus preceded her in death December, 24, 2005.

She enjoyed walking, reading, and attending church services in the different churches that he officiated at. She enjoyed the many short trips that she and Gus would go on. She was currently living at Valley View Home in Glasgow, MT at the time of her death.

Elynor was preceded in death by her parents, her sister, Loretta Kercher, a nephew, Dale Kercher and her husband, Evert “Gus” Gustafson. She is survived by her brother, Melvin Bopp (Kathy), Marion, Iowa, her brother-in-law Ray Kercher, Sacramento, CA, a niece Liz Gerson, Houghton, MI, 5 nephews, Lee Kercher, Wayne Kercher, & Brett Kercher, all in Sacramento, CA, Chris Gerson, Cedar Rapids, IA, Charles Gerson, Denver, CO. as well as extended family in several states.

There will be a memorial service held in New Salem, ND at a later date with inurnment in the Bethel United Church of Christ Cemetery in the New Salem, ND area.
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Arnetta Ann Braaten
Monday, January 26th 2015
Arnetta Ann Braaten, 82 of Glasgow passed away on January 22nd,
2015 in Wolf Point, Montana.

Arnetta "Pete" was born on November 3, 1932 in Glasgow, Montana
to Herbert and Elizabeth Jenson Fullerton. Arnetta was one of 14 kids
on the family farm south east of Glasgow. She attended West Galpin
for grades 1-6, and then graduated from Glasgow High School in 1949.
Arnetta married Norris Clayton Braaten on November 5, 1950 in
Glasgow. Arnetta and Norris farmed 8 miles west of Glasgow
(Tampico Community). A daughter Kay Ann was born to them August
21, 1951. Son, Norman was born to the Braaten family August 17,
1957. Arnetta worked at the Montana Cafe, Joe's Meat Market,
Gallagher's and the J.C. Penney Store for many years. Arnetta began
working in the Home Health Care business for many years gaining a
self-proclaimed degree in doctoring. She was forever self-diagnosing
herself and others.

Arnetta loved the outdoors and was well-known for her long walks
on the Tampico highway. She worked hard on her lawn and loved to
work in her garden. Arnetta was a skilled fisherman (in her mind) and
loved to entertain her grandchildren with stories and staying at
Gramma's house was her grandchildren's love. She loved sports and
was a die-hard "Yankee" fan. Often she would call and find out what
station the game was on and then hang up immediately to watch the
game. Arnetta loved following her son Norm's basketball and baseball
games both in high school and college. She became an avid Nashua
Porcupine fan as her grandchildren attended Nashua. Later in life
Arnetta became a Scottie fan again and was a well-known critic of
referees. Her favorite times were always being with her family.
Arnetta spent the last several years residing at Faith Lutheran Home
in Wolf Point.

She is survived by her daughter, Kay Ann (Tony) Holstein of Yuma,
Arizona, son, Norm (Stacy) of Fort Peck. She has two grandchildren,
Marisa (Walker) Collins of Glasgow, and Dustin Braaten of Fort Peck.
Arnetta had one great grandson, Keylo Ryder Collins. She is also is
survived by step grandchildren Jill (Scott) Sanders of Glasgow and
DeeDee (Lyle) Franzen of Glasgow. Arnetta is also survived by her
brother Harold "Gub" Fullerton of Arlee. Arnetta was preceded in
death by eleven brothers and sisters and her husband and love of her
life, Norris in 1982. Services will be held after the basketball season
per Arnetta's request.

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Donna Lee Etchart
Sunday, January 25th 2015
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Donna Lee Etchart
Sunday, January 25th 2015
Donna Lee Etchart was born May 3, 1929 in Baylor, MT to Lisle and Cecile Turnacliff Squires. She spent her first years growing up on the Lisle Squires Farm in the Wild Rose Community near Baylor. During the depression era of 1933 the family moved to Glasgow. Lisle got a job helping construct the Fort Peck Dam, so the family then moved to the Fort Peck area. Donna Lee went to West Galpin School and then the Fort Peck School through the 8th grade. She graduated from Glasgow High School in 1947.

After working for a year, she attended Macalester College in St. Paul, Minnesota. There she met her future husband, Mitch Etchart. They were married on September 20, 1952. They had five children: Danielle, Rita,

Paulette, Nancy and Paul.
Donna Lee was a fantastic mother and a wonderful wife, always on the go and interested and involved in her children’s activities. In later years, she enjoyed her grandchildren’s sports and activities as well. She loved going to the lake and often took the five kids and their friends boating for the day. Donna Lee loved traveling, playing whist and bridge, taking care of her flowers and doing crafts. Her interests included ceramics, knitting and crocheting, as well as making beautiful decorative Christmas pieces. She was a member of the Valley County Cowbelles, chairperson of the Beef Cookoff, a long time American Legion Auxiliary member and a member of St. Raphael’s Parish. She often cooked for the ranch when they were trailing cattle.

Her immediate family includes her husband Mitchel, Danielle (Einar) Anderson and their children Angie (Tony) Watson , Lisa (Torey) Swanson, & Nicole Anderson (Will Metz); Rita (Mitch) Gallagher and their children Thomas (Abbey), Alyssa, & Alex Gallagher; Paulette Etchart (Jon Satre) and their children Erik, Aron, & Brooke Satre; Paul (Barb) Etchart and their children Evan, Emily, & Ethan Etchart; and great grandchildren Lauren Watson, Quinn & Connor Swanson, Ealin Gallagher, & Shelby Metz. She is preceded in death by her parents, her brother Harold Squires, and her daughter Nancy Etchart.

Donna Lee passed away on January 23, 2015 in Glasgow, MT surrounded by her family. Funeral services will be held at St. Raphael’s Catholic Church in Glasgow, MT on Saturday, January 31, 2015 at 11:00 a.m. Bell Mortuary is in charge of funeral arrangements. Memorials can be made to Glasgow High School Educational Trust, 904 Wedum Drive, Glasgow, MT 59230.

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Velva Jeanne Sharp
Tuesday, January 20th 2015
NAME: Velva Jeanne Sharp Age: 69
DATELINE: Glasgow, Montana
DATE OF DEATH: Friday, January 16, 2015
PLACE OF DEATH: Billings Clinic in Billings, Montana
CAUSE OF DEATH: Natural Causes
SERVICE: No services pending
MORTUARY IN CHARGE: Bell Mortuary of Glasgow, MT

Velva Jeanne Sharp
Velva Jeanne (Keough) Sharp, age 69, passed away on Friday, January 16, 2015 at the Billings Clinic in Billings, Montana.

Velva was born on August 29, 1945 in Glasgow, Montana, the daughter of Clarence and Bernice (Stowell) Keough. She was raised north of Glasgow and moved into Glasgow at a young age.

On November 22, 1963 Velva married Gerald Sharp in Glasgow. She worked at Buttrey’s, Frances Mahon Deaconess Hospital, Aces and 8’s, and Quick ‘N Tasty. Velva enjoyed putting puzzles together and playing games on the computer.

She was preceded in death by her parents and her husband Gerald in 2013.

Survivors include Cindy Greenwood (Darrell) and their children David and Zachary, Therese Turner (Dwight) and children Douglas Turner and Katrina Hernandaz, Gerald R. Sharp Jr. and his children Sam and Johnny Sharp, Bill Sharp, Terry Sharp and his family Gabbrial and Aaron Sharp.
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Glenn L Mason
Tuesday, January 20th 2015
Glenn L Mason, age 82, of Glasgow, MT, died at Valley View Home, Glasgow, MT of natural causes on January 16, 2015.

He was born on December 22, 1932 in Souris, North Dakota, the son of Laura and Paul Mason.

Glenn was educated in Souris, North Dakota and graduated in 1951 from WPHS, Wolf Point, Montana as an outstanding football player.

He served in the Army during the Korean War 1952-1954.

He enjoyed history, fishing, tied his own flies, and was an avid bicycler. Glenn was awarded for the many hours that he worked as a docent at the Lewis and Clark Interpretive Center in Great Falls, MT (1998-2000). On the plaque identifying the bench that he donated along the walking/biking path leading to the Interpretive Center, he invites, “Sit with me a while.”

Glenn was proud of his work for Mountain Bell Telephone and received a 25 years of service plate in 1981 for his employment. He also worked for Pacific Telephone and Telegraph Co. In 1989, at the age of 57, he meticulously planned and executed a 20 day, 615 mile bicycle trip across Montana. His brother Duane dropped him off in Wisdom, MT and Glenn rode his bike to to Fort Union, ND. Buddy (Glenn) conditioned himself for this strenuous journey across our state, in April 1989, by cycling 453 miles from Choteau through Wolf Creek Canyon, Big Hole Divide, Butte, Helena, Great Falls and back to Choteau.

Glenn loved people and animals. The photos of many friends whom he loved and respected were taped to his lamp shade and these friends found a place in his daily Bible reading and prayer. Glenn’s favorite verse: Galatians 5: 22-23. Glenn was a compassionate man, and encountered many elderly friends while living in Choteau, as he worked with the Meals on Wheels Program while volunteering for the Teton Medical Center in the 90’s. While living in Glasgow Glenn lived next door to the Valley County Cat Resource Project for 3 1/2 years, and helped out by fostering special needs and abandoned kitties (Luke the Presbyterian Cat, Oreo, Patrick, Teddy Bear, Panther, Heckle and Jekyll), all of which became friends with Buffy, his loyal Lhasas Apsos.

Glenn loved to sing and to have others sing with him. He entertained people on many levels with his booming baritone voice, beginning when Whimp startled his classmates by singing “Old Man River” for High School graduation. In later years he sang with the Great Falls Symphonic Choir. After moving to Glasgow in 2002, he was often asked to sing “the oldies” while living at Nemont Manor and Valley View.

Glenn was always a loving Big Brother, Uncle and Son. He called his sister, Laurel, daily and they watched and bet on their answers to Jeopardy questions. He was preceded in death by his mother and father, his brothers Duane and Vernon, and sister Joyce. He is survived by Laurel Jean Bradley of Great Falls, MT, many nephews, nieces, grand nephews and grand nieces, his loyal dogs Buffy and Dutchess, and cat Morris.

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Muriel (Myrt) Jeneve Hazel Granrud
Monday, January 19th 2015
Muriel (Myrt) Jeneve Hazel Granrud, a former resident of Opheim, passed away of natural causes at age 88 on January 15, 2015, in Post Falls, Idaho. A memorial service for Muriel will be held in May at the Opheim Lutheran Church with inurnment at Opheim Lawndale Cemetery.

Myrt was born August 3, 1926, in Columbus, North Dakota, to Carl and Cora
(Barduson) Nygaard. She was the oldest of six children and attended school at Bonsness Elementary in Burke County. Myrt married Evan Granrud on September 25, 1946, in Plentywood, Montana. They had two daughters, Julie and Sandra.

The family lived in Portal, North Dakota, until 1951 when they moved to Glentana, Montana, and then later to Opheim where they became life-long residents. Myrt was a stay-at-home mom but she worked as Evan’s assistant in his many side projects or businesses. Throughout the years these included managing Evan’s Bar and Grill in Glentana and the bowling alley in Opheim, raising chickens, painting barn roofs, remodeling kitchens, custom swathing and installing satellite TV dishes. Myrt was a talented singer and musician. She played rhythm guitar from age 13 in a band with her uncle and later with Evan in a country western band called the Montana Plainsmen. She was a Kitty Wells fan and sang many of her songs. After her daughters left for college, Myrt worked as a cook at the Opheim School and Opheim Radar Site. Her proudest business achievement was the Lefse Shack that she, Evan, and Arlene Larson launched in 1977. Using her mom’s recipe for the Norwegian holiday treat, Evan’s inventions for rolling and cooling, Myrt, Evan and their crew of 13 ran the business for 19 years. Upon retirement, the couple lived in Opheim until 2006 when they moved to Nemont Manor in Glasgow. In 2010, they moved to Guardian Angel Assisted Living in Post Falls, Idaho, to be closer to their daughters.

Myrt was active in the Lutheran Church, Community Club and Senior Citizens. She was named Opheim Senior Citizen of the Year in 2002. The coffee was always on at Myrt’s house and everyone was treated to her delicious donuts or a Scandinavian treat such as kringler, fattigmann, or hardanger lefse, known to her grandkids as “peanut butter lefse.” She loved bowling, gardening, golfing and reading. Myrt loved to visit and the couple had many friends. She was never happier than when she was surrounded by her daughters and their families.

Muriel is survived by her daughters Sandra Stellflug and Julie (Rich) Davey; sisters Carole (Andy) Stolen, Corenne (Les) Pettit, brothers DeVern (Polly) Nygaard and Terry (Linda) Nygaard; grandchildren Kim Stellflug, Kon (Maria) Stellflug, Kari (Jim) Carbajal, Tracy (Janelle) Davey, Blaine (Nickie) Davey, Aaron (Terra) Davey, and 12 great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her husband Evan, her parents, and a brother, Chet.

Condolences can be mailed to the family at 200 W. Choctaw Ave. Post Falls, ID 83854. Memorials are suggested to the Opheim Lutheran Church or North Idaho Hospice House at 9493 N. Government Way, Hayden ID 83835.

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Gene Alan Morehouse
Saturday, January 17th 2015
NAME: Gene Alan Morehouse
AGE: 81
DATELINE: Glasgow, Montana
DATE OF DEATH: Wednesday – December 31, 2014
CAUSE OF DEATH: natural causes
PLACE OF DEATH: Miles City Veterans Nursing Home in Miles City, Montana
SERVICE: No Services Pending
INTERMENT: Highland Cemetery in Glasgow, MT
MORTUARY IN CHARGE: Bell Mortuary of Glasgow, MT

Gene Alan Morehouse, age 81, passed away on Wednesday, December 31, 2014 at the Miles City Veterans Nursing Home in Miles City, Montana.

Gene was born on May 2, 1933 in Hinsdale, Montana, the son of W.D. and Laimi Morehouse.

Raised in Hinsdale, he graduated from Hinsdale High School and worked for Markle’s and for H. Earl Clack in Havre, Montana. He opened D & G Sports in Glasgow with his brother Dale Morehouse and later sold out to him and joined the Army. He served in Korea and separated from the Army in 1967.

He married Carol Whitehorn in Colorado Springs, Colorado in 1967. He lost Carol in March of 1998. They had one child, a daughter, Tina, born in 1968. She is married to Don Ellifrits and they live in Wichita, Kansas.

After separating from the Army he purchased a Night Club in Woodland Park, Colorado. He sold the club in 1976 and moved to Missouri. He was active with the VFW, Elks, Moose, and Eagles for many years. He retired in 1976 and returned to Glasgow in 2005.

Gene is survived by his daughter Tina Ellifrits of Clearwater, Kansas, two sisters; Donna Daniels of Boise, Idaho and Marlene Able of Helena, Montana, a brother Gary Morehouse of Thompson Falls, Montana, many nieces and nephews.

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Scott Kirkland
Friday, January 16th 2015
Scott Terence Kirkland was born on April 24th, 1974 in Great Falls Montana. Scott was taken from his friends and family very tragically on January 5th, 2015. Scott worked as a painter for RC Painting since 1999 and was an incredible asset to all of those he worked with. Scott had many circles of family including his relatives, friends, music friends and work associates. He had many passions in his life including fishing, crabbing, hunting, playing music, playing cribbage, cards and being with his friends and family. He never took life for granted and could always find the beauty in what surrounded him.

Scott left his special mark on all he met for he always had a good word to say, an ear to listen, a shoulder to lean on, and a giant hand eager to help in any way. Scott was the son of Terry Kirkland and Sharon Kummerfeldt and was brother to Tara Olson and Makenna Kirkland to whom he was incredibly close. Scott’s partner Shana was his true love and is part of our family.

Scott had a unique zest for life and was generous to a fault to all who met him. The family agrees Scott’s biggest legacy is the vast amount of people from all walks of life that he touched with his special personality. We all will miss him more than any words can possibly say.

A memorial service will be in Montana in July of 2015.

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Paul Charles Abern
Monday, January 12th 2015
NAME: Paul Charles Abern Age: 96
DATELINE: Glasgow, Montana
DATE OF DEATH: Monday, January 5, 2015
CAUSE OF DEATH: Natural Causes
PLACE OF DEATH: Valley View Nursing Home in Glasgow, Montana
SERVICE: Private Family Services
MORTUARY IN CHARGE: Bell Mortuary of Glasgow, MT

Paul Charles Abern
Paul Abern, age 96 of Glasgow, passed away peacefully on Monday Jan 5, 2015 at Valley View Nursing Home in Glasgow, Montana.

Paul was born on January 16, 1918 in Granville, North Dakota, the son of Halsey C. and Vesta Leona (Martin} Abern. He spent his young years in North Dakota and Chicago, Illinois. Paul and his brothers owned & operated Abern's Sheet metal Shop in Chicago.

He married Carmella Stramaglio Pierini Oct 2, 1948 in Chicago, Illinois. They moved to Glasgow in 1949. Paul could accomplish anything he set his mind to do. He and his wife built the home, which they have lived in for 64 years.

Paul was employed for Elmer Johnson Plumbing until he went to work for Andy Anderson Roofing and in 1960 purchased his own Sheet Metal Shop.

He had a deep love for the outdoors, hunting, and fishing. Many of Carmella's family came from Chicago to go hunting with him and her. Paul was an avid rock hound. He and his wife spent many hours digging & screening for sapphire. Around 1975 he taught himself how to cut the precious stones they found. Faceting became his love. Paul had a quick humor and enjoyed many hours at Johnny's cafe with his wife and brothers Don, Wayne and Kenny. Brother Kenney and Paul spent a lot of hours playing cribbage. In Paul's spare time he wrote songs and poems about The Beautiful Montana Sky's.

He survived by his wife of 66 years, Carmella; daughter Carol Ann Gullo of California, step¬ daughter Carol Ann (Dolly) Hopstad of Washington; three grandsons; Johnny Pierini of Chicago; Donald & James Hopstad of Washington, 4 great-grandchildren, and 3 great-great-grandchildren; brothers Kenneth Abern of Billings, MT., Ronald Hurst of Florida, sister Ruth Patterson of California; a special niece Linda Molzhon of Glasgow and many nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by this parents, step-son Ralph Pierini; son-in-law Donald Hopstad; brothers Melvin, Donald and Wayne Abern; a sister Margie Gubbins Salzman and 1great grandson.

A private family service will be held at a later date.
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Lena Folden Sizer
Monday, January 12th 2015
NAME: Lena Folden Sizer Age: 100
DATELINE: Glasgow, Montana
DATE OF DEATH: January 5, 2015
PLACE OF DEATH: Glasgow, Montana
SERVICE: Friday, January 16, 2015, 2p.m. at First Lutheran Church in Glasgow, Montana
INTERMENT: Highland Cemetery in Glasgow, Montana
MORTUARY IN CHARGE: Bell Mortuary of Glasgow, MT

Lena Folden Sizer
Lena Folden Sizers, age 100, passed away on Monday, January 5, 2015 at the Valley View Nursing Home in Glasgow, Montana.

Lena was born on September 26, 1914 to Ranvig & Peder Folden. Her parents were Norwegian immigrants who homesteaded near Parshall, North Dakota. She was the oldest child with four brothers and a sister.

Lena married Sam Sizer in November, 1943.

She is survived by her two sons, Myron Sizer of Seattle and Ervin Sizer of Glasgow. She was very proud of her Norwegian heritage and was a wonderful baker of lefse, krumkake & sandbakkels to name a few. She was a member of Sons of Norway and the First Lutheran Church. She loved coffee and cookies with friends, watching birds and caring for her flowers. She worked hard to care for her family and famously walked everywhere. Myron and Ervin would like to express their thanks to the caregivers at Valley View.
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Bryce Wallis
Wednesday, January 7th 2015
MALTA-Bryce Wallis, 93, life-long resident of Montana, an avid fisherman with many imaginative stories, and a man with a great sense of humor, passed away on January 6, 2015 at the Phillips County Medical Center.

Funeral services will be at 10:00 a.m. on Saturday, January 10, 2015 at the Kirkwood Funeral Home, Malta. Burial will follow immediately at Hillview Cemetery in Hinsdale. Family and friends are invited to gather at the Hitchin’ Post on Highway 2 in Malta, one of Bryce’s favorite places, any time between 2:00- 4:00 p.m. for pie, coffee, and reminisces. Condolences for the family may be left at www.kirkwoodfuneralhome.com

Thomas Bryce Wallis was born on May 7, 1921 to Minnie Taylor Wallis and William J. Wallis at the Garrison ranch outside of Saco. He graduated from Hinsdale High School in 1940 and married Shirley Ann Nelson of Hinsdale in 1942. He served in the Navy in the Pacific during World War II and received the Purple Heart. Trained in construction during the war, he became an ironworker upon returning to the States. They lived briefly in Seattle, WA, then relocated to Great Falls in 1957. Bryce and Shirley had three children and the marriage ended in divorced in 1969.

Bryce married Lucille Arnott of Malta in 1976. They enjoyed fishing, traveling in their RV, playing cards with friends, and supporting Malta High School sports. They spent 28 happy years together before Lucille passed away in 2003.

Bryce is survived by daughter Suzy Bloom and husband Gene of Montgomery, AL; son Rick Wallis and wife Martha of Marrieta, CA; son Jeff Wallis and husband Hal Cohen of Newton, NJ; step-daughter Jane Loga and husband Dennis of Lavina, MT; step-son Leroy Costin and wife Mary Ann of Saco; step-son Dennis Kuether and wife Cathy of Great Falls. He was preceded in death by brothers Merl and Robert. He was the grandfather of 15 grandchildren and 29 great-grandchildren and the possessor of many wonderful friends.

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Vernon Anderson
Wednesday, January 7th 2015
Vernon Anderson of Glasgow died of cancer in Billings Sunday, January 04, 2015. He was born January 18, 1943 in Great Falls. He was the second of five sons born to Chester and Anne (Simpson) Anderson of Glasgow. He graduated Glasgow High School in 1960, then attended college in Bozeman with a degree in Engineering. He moved to Ridgecrest, CA where he was employed by the Naval weapons Center and helped design various aircraft missiles, including the AMRAAM and Sidewinder. He is survived by two sons and a daughter from ex-wife Gwendolyn (Hopstad) Anderson. Joseph (Pamela) Anderson of Billings, David (Cynthia Windsor) Anderson of Klamath Falls, OR and Gwen Marie Anderson of Billings. His grandchildren Elizabeth (Kris) Moore and her two children: Madison and Colton, and Samantha (Ryan) Boyer and her daughter Alexis. Grandsons Ethan, Luke and Aaron Anderson. One brother Gary (Alice) Anderson of Appleton, WI and his son Michael (Susan) of Watertown, WI and three daughters Kathleen (Neal) Reed of Frederiksberg, VA, Emily (Dave) Miller of Arvada, CO, and Amy (Dennis DeBay) of Lafayette, CO; Uncle Anthony (Delores) Anderson of Yuma, AZ, Aunt Laverna Moore of Portland, OR and cousins include Daisy Watson of Laurel, MT, Ted Simpson of Helena, MT, and Bruce Simpson of Ronan, MT. He was preceded in death by a son Daniel Anderson, both parents and three brothers: Paul, Vance and Dale. His main hobbies were Science fiction books and pool playing.

There will be a memorial service at Bells Mortuary Friday, January 9, 2015 at 1p.m., followed by a reception at the Oasis in Glasgow at 2p.m.

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Patricia Elizabeth Tisdale Gregory
Tuesday, January 6th 2015
NAME: Patricia Elizabeth Tisdale Gregory Age: 94
DATELINE: Glasgow, Montana
DATE OF DEATH: Sunday, January 4, 2015
PLACE OF DEATH: St. Johns Lutheran Ministries in Billings, Montana
SERVICE: Family Memorial Service Pending
INTERMENT: Highland Cemetery in Glasgow, Montana
MORTUARY IN CHARGE: Bell Mortuary in Glasgow, MT

Patricia Elizabeth Tisdale Gregory
Pat Gregory died on January 4, 2015 in St. John’s Lutheran Home in Billings.

Pat was born October 9, 1920 in Grand Forks, ND to Dr. Harry and Jesse Tisdale, of Scots/Irish and Shetland Islander descent. She graduated Phi Beta Kappa from the University of North Dakota at age 20, where she was a member of Kappa Alpha Theta sorority. She then moved to Chicago to earn an MBA at Northwestern University. While working as the first female buyer at Marshall Field she met and married David Gregory, MD, and then supported him through his abbreviated internship. When he deployed to the Philippines at the end of WW II, she returned to UND with their first child to teach home economics, emphasizing the micro-economics of domestic survival for students who grew up in the Depression era.

Pat moved to Glasgow in 1948 when Dave found his calling as a small-town GP. She devoted her considerable talents to raising five children and to helping raise up her community, as people did in those days, in roles from den mother to school board member.

Closest to her heart was her work on the Governor’s Committee on Mental Health, which she commenced after her youngest child Tommy was born severely disabled. She told of sitting with three different governors as Montana’s laws on mental health institutions, special education and child abuse were written.

Somehow surviving an aggressive cancer, and then the loss of her daughter Mary to a similar disease, Pat went to work at the front desk of the Glasgow Clinic. She brought her characteristic efficiency and acumen as well as her pleasing smile and friendliness to the task.

Though slowed in later years by the after-effects of aggressive treatment for her rare cancer, Pat and Dave often traveled the country to visit their scattered children and grand-children. They also visited many interesting corners of the globe when they weren’t relaxing at their cabin at the Pines.

Pat left her new home overlooking the Milk River Valley only after the loss of her husband Dave in 2005. She lived at Mission Ridge and later received kind and skillful care at St. John’s in Billings. She made several good friends and enlivened countless conversations wherever she went.

She kept her firm belief and abiding faith in her savior Jesus Christ through the end of her life.

Pat was predeceased by her husband Dave, her daughter Mary Margaret (at 19) and sons Thomas George (at 46) and David Lee (at 68). Pat is survived by David’s wife Marge and their two sons, her daughter Patricia Ann Gregory Tillotson and her two sons and a daughter, her son John Richard Gregory, MD (Mary Beth) and their two daughters, and her son James Tisdale Gregory (Nancy) and their two sons and a daughter. Pat leaves 10 grandchildren and 12 great-grandchildren.

Bell Mortuary in Glasgow is handling arrangements. Plans will be made for a family memorial gathering this Spring.

Memorials may go to St. John’s Lutheran Home in Billings, 3940 Rimrock Road 59102.

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Kiyoe Louise (Kotaki) Mapps
Monday, January 5th 2015
NAME: Kiyoe Louise (Kotaki) Mapps Age: 80
DATELINE: Glasgow, Montana
DATE OF DEATH: December 28, 2014
PLACE OF DEATH: Crawfordsville, Indiana
SERVICE: Private burial later
INTERMENT: Highland Cemetery in Glasgow, Montana
MORTUARY IN CHARGE: Bell Mortuary in Glasgow, MT

Kiyoe Louise (Kotaki) Mapps, 80, of Crawfordsville, Indiana, died peacefully in hospice care while surrounded by loving family on Dec 28 2014.

She was born in Glasgow, Montana, to Lottie and Art Kotaki, and graduated from Montana State College in Bozeman, Montana. She worked as a medical technologist in Oregon, Illinois, and Indiana.

Kiyoe and her husband, Howard, met in a Civic Theater production in Fort Wayne, Indiana, and were married in Geneva, Illinois. Their daughter Sarah was born in 1966. The family also lived in Ridgewood, New Jersey, for several years. When Howard retired, the family moved to Crawfordsville, Indiana, where Kiyoe worked at Wabash College (Howard’s alma mater) for nearly twenty years.

Kiyoe is survived by her daughter Sarah, her sister Ruth and her brother Jack, and their families.

A private burial will take place in Montana.
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Esther Elsie Enkerud
Monday, January 5th 2015
NAME: Esther Elsie Enkerud Age: 83
DATELINE: Glasgow, Montana
DATE OF DEATH: January 2, 2015
PLACE OF DEATH: Hi-Line Retirement Center in Malta, Montana
CAUSE OF DEATH: Natural Causes
SERVICE: Tuesday, January 6, 2015, 11a.m. at the First Lutheran Church in Glasgow, Montana
INTERMENT: Highland Cemetery in Glasgow, Montana
MORTUARY IN CHARGE: Bell Mortuary of Glasgow, MT

Esther Elsie Enkerud
Esther Elsie Enkerud, age 83, passed away on Friday, January 2, 2015 at the Hi-Line Retirement Center in Malta, Montana.

Esther was born at home in Brockway, Montana on October 27, 1931, the third child, and the second daughter, to Rueben and Elsie Strobel Wagner. She graduated from Circle High School in May 1949. Always wanting to be a nurse, she pursued her dream by riding the bus from Circle to Glendive and then boarding a train to Bozeman and enrolling at Montana State College. During college Esther lived in the Quonsets. She interned at Warm Springs and the Billings hospital to complete her college requirements. After graduating in 1953 with a Bachelor of Science in Nursing, Esther came to Frances Mahon Deaconess Hospital in Glasgow where she worked as a nurse from 1953 to 1971.

Esther met the love of her life, Sever, while caring for his father, Ole, on 2nd floor. Sever and Esther were married on June 5, 1954 in Sidney, Montana. They lived in Glasgow at the Keagy Apartments for a brief time before moving west to Tampico where they worked along side each other on their family ranch.

In addition they raised four daughters. Esther enjoyed gardening, sewing, canning, playing the piano, planting flowers and was also an avid reader. She passed her musical talent (piano) on to her daughters and granddaughters. Reading daily devotions and applying them in her life was a witness of Esther's faith and relationship with Jesus Christ. She was a member of the Far & Wide Extension Homemakers Club, the First Lutheran Church Sarah Circle, Valley County Cowbelles, and the Sons of Norway Dalen Lodge.

As a lifetime member of the Montana Nurse's Association, she kept her nursing license current. Esther, being a Tampico Boys 4-H Club mom, spent many hours teaching her girls how to sew and rip, cook and bake, and firmly stating that their fair animals were their projects - not the neighbor boys and lastly, "Get those darn record books done." Esther thoroughly enjoyed her five granddaughters, especially when they came to visit and she could cook their favorite foods, plant flowers and vegetables, play Yahtzee, or just spend good quality time with them. Though Esther said she didn't like to cook, many people enjoyed her meals and requested her recipes. A milestone in Esther and Sever's marriage was celebrating their 60th wedding anniversary this past June. Sever and Esther shared their love of dancing and celebrating with friends and family.

Esther lived at the Hi-Line Retirement Center in Malta the past two years making many new friends especially the 300 wing staff. As the saying goes, "Once a nurse, always a nurse", with any new nursing employee Mom would have them line up her meds on the table, tell her why she was taking it, the name of the med, and expecting them to pronounce the med correctly. The veteran nurses enjoyed the schooling the "newbies" received with their first encounter of allocating meds to Esther. Esther and Sever enjoyed fellowship at the Grace Fellowship Church and treasured Pastor Joe's weekly visits. She continued to be involved in the ranch, checking on the baby calves in the spring and making sure we had a good count as the cows went through the fall pasture gate.

Esther was preceded in death by her parents, Rueben and Elsie Wagner; brothers: Lawrence and LaVerne Wagner; and special in-laws: Hazel and Joseph M. Halvorsen.

Esther is survived by her husband Sever, daughters: Kim (John) Lacey of Glasgow, MT; Ava (Randy) granddaughters Kariana, Avery and Emma Sunnarborg of Rochester, MN; Paula Enkerud of Malta, MT; Tena (Bruce) granddaughters Cecile and Jaclyn Ketchum of Plevna, MT; sisters: Evelyn Kemp and Mary(Wendell) Pawloski, and several nieces and nephews.

The family asked that memorials be made to the Hi-Line Retirement Center for Professional Training, or the First Lutheran Church of Glasgow. The family expresses their deepest gratitude to the staff who attentively cared for Esther at the Hi-Line Retirement Center.

Esther was a sweet soul and blessings of her spirit and love live on...in her wise words, in her kind ways that shaped us and others, and in the memories that will always be there. Be still and know that I am God. Psalm 46:10

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Mary Ernestine Vandall Anderson
Monday, January 5th 2015
Mary Ernestine Vandall Anderson, (Wa WoGiya Wiya), was born December, 31, 1934 to Edwin and Ernestine Vandall in Wolf Point, Montana. The children, grand-children, great- grandchildren, nieces and nephews were very fortunate to have had Grandma Mary apart of our lives. She went home to the Lord on December, 31 2014 which also marked her 80th birthday giving true meaning to the saying, “Angels danced the day you were born.”
Mary began working at the very young age of 14 as a waitress for the Wolf Point “Sweet Shoppe.” She was very proud of the fact that she was able to buy her parents their first refrigerator with her hard earned wages! This was the essence of Mary’s giving spirit! The greatest gift she bestowed to family, friends and those in need was the selfless act of giving herself to others.
Mary raised her family by working many years as a waitress. Often saying, “Make every step count” in whatever you do! She then went on to work in various clerical positions, as a Social Services Representative for Valley County. It was while workings at this position where Mary could not help but once again help those in need. She became a proud foster parent to many children for years to come. Mary returned to Wolf Point to be closer to her parents, taking a position for A&S Industries as a Government Inspector. Mary worked hard in every position she held but was most proud of her full time position as a mother, a grandmother a great-grandmother, sister, aunt, foster-mother and friend.
Upon her retirement from A & S Industries Mary made her home in Billings where she enjoyed being close to her grandchildren and children. In May of 2014 Mary suffered a stroke; she kept her faith and worked hard at staying independent up to the time of her death. The family would like to thank the staff of the St. Vincent Healthcare - New Hope Rehabilitation Center and those at the Valley View Home in Glasgow; all of who made her wish of moving home possible come true. She cherished all of you!
Mary was preceded in death by her parents; brothers, Pedro, Joey, Johnny and Lyle; her son Michael, daughter Della, great-grand daughters Gracie and Stormy, grandson Russell and very dear friend, Joyce McGeshick. She is survived by her brothers; Edmund Vandall of Lincoln Maine, Gene Vandal l of Wales Massachusetts, and sister Delaraine (Bob) Hauss, of Rochester, New York. Mary is also survived by her children; Carolyn Lee, of Glasgow, Linda (Russell) Hansen of Wolf Point, Cindy (Gene) Stellflug of Kennewick. Washington, David (Lorie) Watters of Billings, Leila Guza of Scottsdale Arizona, and Bruce Appleton of Billings. Mary is also survived by her 14 grandchildren and 18 great-grand children and life-long friend, Roberta Archdale.
Rosary will be at 7:00 p.m. on Tuesday, January 6, 2015 at the Immaculate Conception Catholic Church. Mass of Christian Burial 10:00 a.m. Wednesday, January 7, 2015 at the Immaculate Conception Catholic Church. Interment will follow at the Greenwood Cemetery in Wolf Point. Clayton Memorial Chapel is entrusted with arrangements.
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