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Mitchel Bengochea
Friday, August 22nd 2014
NAME: Mitchel Bengochea Age: 78
DATELINE: Nashua, Montana
DATE OF DEATH: August 20, 2014
CAUSE OF DEATH: Natural Causes
PLACE OF DEATH: on his farm North of Nashua, Montana
VIGIL SERVICE: Tuesday, August 26, 2014, 5p.m. at Queen of Angels Catholic
Church in Nashua, Montana
SERVICE: Wednesday, August 27, 2014, 11a.m. at St. Raphael’s Catholic Church in
Glasgow, Montana
INTERMENT: Highland Cemetery in Glasgow, Montana
MORTUARY IN CHARGE: Bell Mortuary of Glasgow, MT

Mitchel Bengochea
Mitchel Bengochea, age 78, passed away on Wednesday, August 20, 2014 while working on his farm north of Nashua, Montana.

Mitchel was born on December 16, 1935 in Glasgow, Montana, the son of Antonio and Concepcion (Burcavcae) Bengochea. He attended schools in Tampico, Grain Community, and Nashua High School. He served in the US Army from 1955 to 1958, serving in Korea. After returning home he attended Montana State University in Bozeman and then worked at the Glasgow Air Force Base while starting his career in agriculture raising sheep, hereford cattle, and wheat.

On April 28, 1962 Mitchel married Marlene Brennan in Hingham, Montana. They raised their family of three children, Denise, Mark, and Jon. Mitchel enjoyed being a pilot and working on aircraft for people. His life was farming and agriculture and he was an accomplished mechanic and fabricator. He also enjoyed watching his grandchildren play sports, was a member of the Knights of Columbus, Queen of Angels Catholic Church, American Legion, VFW, and Cattleman’s Association.

He was preceded in death by his parents.

Mitchel is survived by his wife Marlene Bengochea of Nashua, Montana, a daughter Denise Winchester of Glasgow, sons Mark (Kristina) Bengochea of Nashua and Jon (Erika) Bengochea of Glasgow, grandchildren; Mack and Mitchel Winchester, Anthony and Sean Bengochea, Griffin, Calvin, and Sophia Bengochea, a sister Mary Theresa Buchmann of Fort Peck, Montana, and several nieces and nephews.

His Vigil Service is Tuesday, August 26, 2014 at 5:00 P.M. at the Queen of Angels Catholic Church in Nashua, Montana, and his service is Wednesday, August 27, 2014 at the St. Raphael’s Catholic Church in Glasgow with interment in the Highland Cemetery.
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Wayne J. Putz Jr.
Thursday, August 21st 2014
Wayne J. Putz Jr.

Memorial Services to Celebrate the Life of Wayne J. Putz Jr. August. 25, 1925 to September 23, 2012.

Family, friends and community members are gathering to celebrate the life of Wayne J. Putz Jr.

The Celebration is from Saturday to Monday, August 23rd to 25th, in Glasgow. There are planned activities that reflect some of the things Wayne enjoyed doing with his family and friends in and around the area. Feel free to come and celebrate with those who knew Wayne and Shirley. Please bring your memories and stories or jokes to tell. Wayne was well known for his quick whit and jokes for every occasion.

Saturday, August 23rd
6:30p.m. – A no-host dinner at the Gateway with dancing to follow. Wayne was a bartender for many years at the Gateway. He and Shirley shared “many a dance” back in the day at this establishment.

Sunday, August 24th
9a.m. – Mass at St. Raphael’s Catholic Church. Wayne grew up in this Parish and was an alter boy. This will not be a funeral Mass but a celebration at the regular weekly Mass.

2-8p.m. – Picnic at Westend Shelter Building in Fort Peck. Food will be furnished. If you wish, bring your favorite dish to share and definitely bring your own adult beverage.

7p.m. – Fort Peck Theatre – Rodger and Hammerstein’s “A Grand Night for Singing” is playing for those wishing to attend.

Monday, August 25th
11a.m. – Committal Service at Highland Cemetery in Glasgow, officiated by the Rev. Shirley Putz.

12noon – Lunch reception at St. Raphael’s Parish Hall.

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Edward E. Williams
Tuesday, August 19th 2014
NAME: Edward E. Williams Age: 79
DATELINE: Glasgow, Montana
DATE OF DEATH: Saturday, July 26, 2014
PLACE OF DEATH: at his home in Nemont Manor in Glasgow, Montana
SERVICE: Saturday, August 23, 2014, 11a.m. at Bell Chapel in Glasgow, Montana
INTERMENT: Private interment
MORTUARY IN CHARGE: Bell Mortuary in Glasgow, MT

Edward E. Williams
Edward E. Williams, age 79, passed away on Saturday, July 26, 2014 at his home in the Nemont Manor in Glasgow, Montana.

Edward was born August 22, 1934 in Gary, Indiana, the son of Charles and Gladys (Forbes) Williams. He attended schools in Gary and then joined the US Navy. He was an iron worker in Indiana for US Steel. Edward lived in California for about 30 years and he spent 10 years in the recycling business. He was never married.

He really enjoyed the Cubs and the 49ers, playing games with his great nieces and nephews, and watching Wheel of Fortune. He was a long time companion of 20 years with Bobbie Walker of Glasgow.

He was preceded in death by a nephew Donald Ahlders.

Edward is survived by his nieces and nephews Skip and Melanie Cronmiller of Glasgow, Diane and Bill Stanfield of Alabama, Dennis and Peggy Ahlders of Colorado, great nieces Angela Kratzer and Erin Cronmiller of Glasgow, and many great nieces and nephews.
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Gladys (Thompson) Lindell Smith
Tuesday, August 19th 2014
NAME: Gladys (Thompson) Lindell Smith Age: 80
DATELINE: Glasgow, Montana
DATE OF DEATH: Tuesday, August 12, 2014
PLACE OF DEATH: Valley View Nursing Home
SERVICE: Tuesday, August 26, 2014, 10a.m. at Bell Mortuary in Glasgow, Montana
INTERMENT: Highland Cemetery in Glasgow, Montana
MORTUARY IN CHARGE: Bell Mortuary of Glasgow, MT

Gladys (Thompson) Lindell Smith
Gladys (Thompson) Lindell Smith of Glasgow, MT passed away on August 12, 2014. She was born in Plentywood, MT to Nels and Daisy (Whitish) Thompson on October 27, 1933 and lived in the Plentywood and Glasgow areas most of her life.

Gladys is survived by four daughters: Linda (John) Super of Gillette, WY; Evelyn (Gordon) Graham of Avondale, AZ; Debbie (Don) Hanson of Prescott Valley, AZ; and Connie Ulka of Tempe, AZ; She is also had one son, Harold Lindell (Jonette Nelson) of Glasgow. She leaves behind 10 grandchildren, 12 great grandchildren, and 2 great-great grandchildren. Gladys was also survived by two sisters: Dorothy of Froid, MT; and Irene of Vancouver, WA; four half-brothers: Melvin and Eddie of Plentywood, MT; John of Bozeman, MT; and Rick of Belgrade, MT; one half-sister, Mabel of Medicine Lake, MT, and one sister-in-law, Mickey of Billings, MT.

We all love you Mom and Grandma.

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Gerald Francis Myers
Tuesday, August 19th 2014
NAME: Gerald Francis Myers Age: 62
DATELINE: Glasgow, Montana
DATE OF DEATH: Saturday, August 16, 2014
PLACE OF DEATH: Benefis East in Great Falls, Montana
SERVICE: Wednesday, August 20, 2014, 11a.m. at Highland Cemetery in Glasgow, MT
INTERMENT: Highland Cemetery in Glasgow, Montana
MORTUARY IN CHARGE: Bell Mortuary in Glasgow, MT

Gerald Francis Myers
Gerald Francis Myers, age 62, passed away on Saturday, August 16, 2014 at Benefis East Hospital in Great Falls, Montana.

Gerald was born February 24, 1952 in Paris, France, the son of Gerald F. Sr. and Alpha Mae Myers. As a child with 8 siblings he lived in Texas, Minnesota, California, Alaska, Utah, Australia, and Montana. Jerry graduated from High School in Provo, Utah. He was an Eagle Scout and went on a Mission to Northern Sates for Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints.

Jerry never married but was an active uncle to all his 11 nephews and 19 nieces who he loved dearly.

Jerry loved cooking and had many interests. He enjoyed history and loved to share that knowledge. He worked for the Park Service in Florida and Yellowstone. He loved doing wire crafts and making trees.

He was preceded in death by his parents Gerald F. Sr and Alpha (Johnson) Myers and a niece Sheree Chalmers Smith.

Survivors include one sister, Jennifer (Barry) Chalmers of St. Marie, Montana, and 7 brothers; Jim Myers and Jeff Myers of Highland, Vermont, John (Gail) Myers of New South Wales, Australia, Joseph (Felicita) of Ofalleu, Illinois, Joshua (Jerlyne) Myers of Worland, Wyoming, Jason Myers of Glasgow, Montana, and Jed (Beverly) Myers of Lewistown, Montana.
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Patricia Irene Badger
Tuesday, August 19th 2014
NAME: Patricia Irene Badger Age: 79
DATELINE: Glasgow, Montana
DATE OF DEATH: Thursday, August 7, 2014
PLACE OF DEATH: Hungry Horse, Montana
SERVICE: Saturday, August 30, 2014, 11:30a.m. at Highland Cemetery in Glasgow,
INTERMENT: Highland Cemetery in Glasgow, Montana
MORTUARY IN CHARGE: Bell Mortuary of Glasgow, MT

Patricia Irene Badger
Patricia Irene Badger of Glasgow and Columbia Falls passed away on August 7, 2014 of a tragic car accident in Hungry Horse, Montana at the age of 79.

She was born on February 7, 1935 to Jay and Pricilla Davenport. She married Herbert Eugene Badger on February 6, 1961. She worked at Johnnies Café and the Cottonwood Inn in Glasgow and Wal-Mart in Great Falls and Kalispell.

Patricia loved to travel, go out to eat and read books. She also loved her house plants and working in her flower beds.

She is preceded in death by her husband Herbert Eugene Badger, her parents, her step-son Brian Badger and daughter-in-law Beverly Mennis.

Patricia is survived by her sons and daughters; Clarence Mennis, Kenneth (Debbie) Badger, Lonnie (Wanda) Badger, Judy (Morris) Brenden, and Saundra (Alger) Hanson, grandchildren Nathan, April, Justin, Ian, Stacie, Cindy, Jimmy, Loren and Darcy, and great-grandchildren Emily, Bryce, Jerrod, Teresa, Colt and Rylee.

Patricia’s service will be Saturday, August 30, 2014 at 11:30a.m. at Highland Cemetery in Glasgow, Montana.
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Dorothy Broadbrooks
Sunday, August 17th 2014
SACO-Dorothy Broadbrooks, 78, retired custodian from the Saco schools, died Thursday, August 14 in Malta.

Visitation will be Tuesday, August 19 from Noon until 7:00 P.M. at the Kirkwood Funeral Home. Funeral services will be 11:00 A.M., Wednesday, August 20, at the Saco Assembly of God Church. Interment will be in the Grandview Cemetery at Saco. Condolences for the family may be left at www.kirkwoodfuneralhome.com.

Dorothy was born Feb. 11, 1936 in Malta, the daughter of Leo and Barbara (Hyde) Klotz. She was raised and educated in the Wagner and Green Acres area. She married Jack Broadbrooks on Dec. 3, 1953. They worked the ranch in the Saco area and she work as the custodian in the Saco Schools. She later worked in housekeeping at the Seeping Buffalo. Dorothy enjoyed gardening, garage selling, antiques, working on her home and having coffee with her neighbors and friends.

She was preceded in death by her son Chad in 1990 and husband in 2000.

Survivors include her children, Greg (Leonora) Broadbrooks of Saco, Randy Broadbrooks of Miles City, Monte Broadbrooks of Saco, Becky Kolstad of Miles City, Debbie (Kerry) West of Marion; brother, Leo Klotz of Chouteau; sisters, Clara Drabbles of Malta, Peggy Stanford of Washington; 14 grandchildren and numerous great grandchildren.

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Walter Russell "Joe" Stalnaker
Tuesday, August 12th 2014
Walter Russell 'Joe' Stalnaker, passed away peacefully on Friday, August 8, 2014 at Touchmark on Saddle Drive after a battle with dementia and liver cancer. He was 80 years old.

Cremation has taken place and services will be held on Wednesday, August 13 at 11:00am at Anderson, Stevenson, Wilke Chapel with committal at Forestvale Cemetery.

Joe was born on April 19, 1934 to Walter A. and Clara E. (White) Stalnaker in Gardiner, Montana, the younger of two sons. Joe attended school in Gardiner until the family moved to Helena in 1943. He played basketball for the Bryant Mustangs and later attended Helena High School, graduating at the end of the first semester in 1952.

Joe enlisted in the US Air Force immediately after graduation, and was stationed in Amarillo, Texas where,as a Staff Sargent, he instructed enlisted men in aircraft maintenance. Joe often later remarked that he "could hardly wait to get back to Montana!" He was honorably discharged with a National Defense Service Medal and a Good Conduct Medal in March of 1956. Joe then spent four years in the Air Force Reserve.

In 1956, Joe started a 34-year career with the telephone company. He spent several years on the construction line crew, traveling around the state digging telephone pole holes by hand, climbing poles, stringing cable and making great friendships with his fellow linemen. Joe held various positions in the telephone company and was highly regarded by his co-workers and supervisors.

On September 12, 1959 Joe married Alice 'Peggy' Horne in Helena. They were blessed with four daughters - Karen, Linda, Nancy Jo, and Gail.

Joe and his in-laws, Bill and Smig Horne, embarked on a wilderness adventure into the Bob Marshall Wilderness on horseback and traversed the back country for two weeks. They all considered it to be a trip of a lifetime and shared many stories of wildlife and cliff-side rodeos,

In 1977 Joe and his family moved to Glendive, Montana when he was promoted to Engineering Manager. All their daughters graduated from high school in Glendive and Joe and Peggy spent many weekends following the two youngest daughters while they played basketball with the Red Devils. In 1983, Joe was promoted to District Engineering Manager and transferred to Great Falls. He retired in 1990.

In retirement, Joe often commented that "I'm so busy now, I don't know how I ever had time to work!” He worked with a friend installing steel siding on houses, went snowmobiling, helped his daughters with various home improvement projects, drove combine during a wheat harvest, helped his daughters and families move from one city to another, and helped neighbors and friends with whatever needed to be done. For many winters, he was the neighborhood snow-plower and kept all the driveways and roads clear.

Joe was extremely handy. He could build or fix anything! He built his and Peggy's dream home on 10 acres on Colorado Gulch. His attention to detail and perfectionism are evident in all his projects. Joe's premier hobby was building radio-controlled model airplanes. He constructed them completely from scratch. After a few unsuccessful landings, he quit flying them, but continued to build. He was active in the Helena Flying Tigers Club for many years.

Joe is survived by Peggy, his wife of (almost) 55 years; his brother, Larry (Thea) Stalnaker of Mesa, AZ; daughters, Karen (Marc) Breigenzer of Glasgow, MT, Linda (Dave) Athas of Glendive, MT, Nancy Jo (George) Daniel of Blanchard, ID, Gail (Ron) Coon of Rock Springs, WY; grandchildren, Blake (Sara) Fohl, Keela (Wade) Brilz, Carson Fohl, Bobbi Jo Ostby, Hailee Jo Daniel, Misty Jordan, Tanner (Krista Welborn) Coon, Anna & Peter Breigenzer; great-grandchildren, Trae Fohl, Keaton, Kambryn & Ayden Brilz, Karter & Kyle Jordan, Lyndan Schumacher and Sawyer Coon.

He is also survived by an aunt, Dorothy Evans of Lincoln, MT, brother-in-law, Bill Horne, Jr of Deer Lodge, MT, special nephew Lance Stalnaker of Helena, and numerous cousins, nieces and nephews.

Joe was preceded in death by his parents, nephew Lane Stalnaker, brothers-in-law Bob Horne and Jerry Horne, sister-in-law Jeannie Horne, and grandson-in-law Kirk Jordan.

Joe's family expresses deep gratitude and appreciation to the nurses and staff of Touchmark and Hospice of St. Peter's for the exceptional love, respect and dignity shown to Joe in his final months.

In lieu of flowers, the family suggests memorial gifts to Hospice of St. Peter's or a charity of your choice.

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James Finley "Jim Bow
Monday, August 11th 2014
NAME: James Finley “Jim” Bow
DATELINE: Wolf Point, Montana
DATE OF DEATH: Thursday – August 7, 2014
PLACE OF DEATH: Riverstone Hospice Center in Billings, Montana
VIGIL SERVICE: Wednesday – August 13, 2014 at 7:00 P.M. at the
Silver Wolf Casino in Wolf Point, Montana
SERVICE: Thursday – August 14, 2014 at 10:00 A.M. at the
Silver Wolf Casino in Wolf Point, Montana
INTERMENT: King Cemetery in Wolf Point, Montana
MORTUARY IN CHARGE: Bell Mortuary of Glasgow, MT

James Finley (Jim) Bow, 77, husband, father, grandfather, uncle and friend, passed away peacefully on Thursday, August 07, 2014. James (Jim) left on his spiritual journey while at the Riverstone Hospice Center at Billings, Montana.

Jim’s Vigil Service is Wednesday, August 13, 2014 at 7:00 P.M. at the Silver Wolf Casino in Wolf Point and his Memorial Service is Thursday, August 14, 2014 at 10:00 A.M. at the Silver Wolf Casino with interment in the King Cemetery in Wolf Point.

Jim was born on August 19, 1936 at Poplar, Montana, a son of Joseph Bow and Victoria Redwood. He was raised in the Wolf Point and Poplar communities of the Fort Peck Reservation.

He married Judy L. Sugg on February 2, 1971 in Warm Springs, Oregon and together they had one son, William J. Bow, Sr.

He was preceded in death by his parents Joseph Bow and Victoria Redwood. He is survived by his brother, Pete Delorme, of Manitoba, Canada; his wife Judy, son William J. Bow, Sr., of Wolf Point, daughter Misty Sugg of Glasgow, Montana, grandsons Treyton James (TJ) Bow and William Jack Bow, Jr.; and special daughter-in-law, Regina (Gina) Bow, all of Wolf Point, Montana.

Jim was a mechanic his whole life and later decided to attend classes at Fort Peck Community College and earned an Associate’s Degree in Automotive Technology. He applied those newly acquired skills to many, many vehicles in the area, some of which are probably still running today. He could be depended upon to fix a vehicle when others couldn’t. He also received a degree in biology from Eastern Montana College, which is now known as Montana State University-Billings. Working on cars, pickups, and most anything with a motor was his true passion in life and he excelled in this area. Jim was also a champion pool player in his younger years and always enjoyed this pastime playing on the local pool leagues. Playing bingo was another pastime of Jim’s, which was most likely his favorite. You could always count on getting a smile and laugh from Jim at the Silverwolf Casino as he and Judy sat in their favorite spot. He and Judy would travel to Hawaii and Washington State to visit with extended family and friends and of course, to play bingo. Many bingo daubers were brought back to the Fort Peck Reservation as souvenirs. Humor and making people smile and laugh was very important to Jim and being around him made people feel good. He could easily turn a frown upside down in a second. Jim could be depended upon to help to others in their time of need and would offer to help on a moment’s notice at any time. The small things in life mattered so much to Jim, especially spending time with his two beloved grandsons, TJ and Jack, teaching them life skills and sharing his love of the Lord and reading the bible daily with them.

When reason fails, pray for peace. Fly high in Heaven Jim!

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Darren M. Taylor
Friday, August 8th 2014
NAME: Darren M. Taylor
AGE: 49
DATELINE: Glasgow, Montana
DATE OF DEATH: Monday – July 7, 2014
PLACE OF DEATH: at his home in St. Louis, Missouri
SERVICE: Saturday – August 9, 2014 at 2:30 P.M. at the First Methodist Church in Glasgow, Montana
INTERMENT: Highland Cemetery in Glasgow, Montana
MORTUARY IN CHARGE: Bell Mortuary in Glasgow, MT

Darren M. Taylor, age 49, passed away on Monday, July 7, 2014 from cardiac arrest at his home in St. Louis, Missouri.

He was born in Washington, Pennsylvania on January 26, 1965 Rody and Judy (Johnston) Taylor. Darren loved cooking and enjoyed visiting with people. He will be missed by near and dear friends in St. Louis and Nashville who supported him in all aspects of life.

He is survived by his father and step-mother Rody and Colleen Taylor of Great Falls, MT, a brother Dean Taylor of Great Falls, a sister Kara Taylor of Racine, Wisconsin, and two step-siblings; Paul Olson and family and Billy Larios and family, both of Great Falls.

Darren will be remembered fondly by multiple nieces and nephews as well as a large extended family of Glasgow.

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Robert Lee Irwin
Tuesday, August 5th 2014
Robert Lee Irwin

Robert Lee Irwin, 53, passed away on Saturday, Aug. 2, 2014, in a work-related accident in Glasgow, Mont.

Services will be held Monday, Aug. 11, at 11 a.m., at the First Lutheran Church in Glasgow with Pastors Scott Hedegaard and Jay Ashbaucher officiating. A private inurnment will be held at a later date.

He was born Dec. 8, 1960, in Glasgow, the son of Louis Irwin Sr. and Mildred (Schakosky) Irwin. He was raised in Glasgow and graduated from Glasgow High School in 1980, enjoying participation in track and field.

He worked at various local ranches during his teenage years. After graduation, he started working at Fossum Ready Mix where he worked under the direction of Bill Oliver until Bill’s death when he took over operations of the Wash Plant.

His job was very important to him, he was very knowledgeable and he knew how to fix just about anything. He was always willing to help others.

On Dec. 2, 1995, he married Sally Nelson at Lake Tahoe, Nev. He was a member of the First Lutheran Church and participated in several men's church groups.

He enjoyed traveling to different locations and exploring their local histories and cultures. He was also a gracious host and guide to his many Louisiana friends on their Montana hunting vacations. He enjoyed visiting with everyone, and especially his Breakfast Club friends.

He was a loving husband and a very loving and devoted uncle. He valued his family and friendships above all. He touched the lives of many and he will be greatly missed.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Louis and Mildred Irwin Sr.

Survivors include his wife, Sally Irwin, of Glasgow; siblings, Linda Eagler and her husband, Charlie, of Grand Junction, Colo., Laura Straight and her husband, Kim, of Thorne Bay, Alaska, Donna Barrows of Phoenix, Ariz., Kenny Irwin of North Dakota, John Beck of Quartzsite, Ariz., and Glasgow, and Albert Irwin and his wife, Evangeline, of Minot, N.D.; and several nieces and nephews.

Bell Mortuary of Glasgow is in charge of arrangements.

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Edwin Lyle Rennick
Friday, August 1st 2014
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”.
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June H. Kern
Thursday, July 31st 2014
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.

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Gladys Theo "Jody" Opheim
Wednesday, July 30th 2014
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.

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Rose Alice Grandchamp
Monday, July 28th 2014
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.

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