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Friday, September 17th 2021

Janet Kay Lentzner

It is with profound sadness that the family of Janet Kay Lentzner announce her sudden, peaceful passing on July 20th, 2021 at the age of 68 in Denver, CO.

She is preceded in death by her parents, Eddie and Laura Lentzner; brother, Ronald Lentzner and niece Reone Lentzner. Janet will be lovingly remembered and deeply missed by her sisters: Beverly (Charles) Lynch of Yacolt, WA and Shirley (Arnold) Lehnert of Libby, MT, her nieces and nephews: DeVon Lentzner of Highlands Ranch, CO, Deni (Kirk) Hogan of Jackson, WY, Reone’s surviving daughter Chelsee Lentzner of Littleton, CO, Jerry (Brandi) Lynch of Tacoma, WA, Jerry (Brandi) Lynch of Tacoma, WA, Terry (Lori) Lynch of Vancouver, WA, Charles (Jenny) Lynch of North Bend, WA, Darin Lehnert of Spirit Lake, ID, Stacy (Kirsten) Lehnert of Libby, MT, Keri (Robb) Turner of Mesa, AZ and numerous great and great-great nieces, nephews, and cousins.

Janet was born at Frances Mahon Deaconess Hospital in Glasgow, MT on August 30, 1952 to Edward “Eddie” Lentzner and Laura Kristine (Egstad) Lentzner. She was raised in Larslan, MT on the family farm with her siblings Ronald, Beverly, and Shirley. She was baptized, confirmed, and a member of Our Saviors Lutheran Church in Richland, MT. She attended school at the Larslan School, Opheim School and graduated from Glasgow High School in 1970. After graduation, she completed an accounting degree at Park School of Business in Denver. Janet had many great memories growing up of spending time with family and friends at Fort Peck Lake, the Cabin, vacations in Glacier National Park, Community/Family gatherings for birthday and holidays. She made two trips to Norway. She worked several jobs including First Security Bank in Glasgow, the US Meat Export Federation in Denver where she had the opportunity to travel to Japan and American Exteriors. She had been retired a few years and spent her time working on genealogy and reading.

Her cremation has taken place and the Celebration of Janet’s life will be in Glasgow, MT on September 24, 2021 with a Highland Cemetery graveside service starting at 3:00 p.m. followed by a dinner and gathering at Elks Lodge.

Bell Mortuary is assisting, and condolences may be left at bellmortuarymontana.com. Memorial donations may be made in Janet’s honor to the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society (givenow.lls.org).

Wednesday, September 15th 2021

Ardis R. Nichols

Ardis R. Nichols passed away from natural causes on August 28, 2021 in Bozeman, Montana. Ardis was born on February 5, 1927 in Frazer, MT to Mathias and Elsie Eliason. Ardis was involved in band, 4-H, and was a youth camp leader for Bible Camp. Ardis graduated high school from Frazer. She then attended Concordia College in Moorhead, Minnesota where she made close life-long friends and enjoyed performing with the Orchestra playing the clarinet. She returned to Frazer after two years and worked at Lien and Quam’s store in Frazer. She met a young farmer from the area and soon married Donell O. Nichols on January 25, 1948 in Frazer, with Barbara Berge and Arden Nichols as their attendants. Ardis and Donell made their home north of Frazer on the Nichols’ homestead. It is there she raised her six children guided by her strong faith. Traveling 20 miles every Sunday to Frazer for church was the family event for the week. If weather did not permit traveling, Ardis taught Sunday School at home to her children. In 1976, Donell and Ardis semi-retired from farming at the homestead and moved to Glasgow, Montana.

In Glasgow, Ardis found her calling with the First Lutheran Church. She was always engaged in all the events at the church. She taught Summer Bible School, attended bible study, Circle, WELCA, decorated the church for Christmas and Easter, and joined others baking for the annual bake-sale. She enjoyed Wednesday quilting with her mother, Elsie, and aunt, Nola Holtberg, and eventually became the quilting leader.

In addition to her Church activities, she was an active member of working the Valley County Fair. She enjoyed gardening, attending Fort Peck Summer Theater, community musical events, and scrapbooking. She will always be remembered for her Blue-Jean Quilts she made for family and friends. She also will be remembered for her amazing Spice Cake, Orange Bow-Knots, and Candy Bar Cookies. Her grandchildren always had a snack drawer in the kitchen and cookies in the freezer when they would come to visit.

Ardis moved to Bozeman in November 2016. She enjoyed the residents and staff, and participated in many activities at Birchwood.

Ardis was preceded in death by her parents, Matt and Elsie Eliason; brothers, Burton, Harley, and Gordon Eliason; husband, Donell Nichols; and a daughter, Lois Ann Nichols.

Ardis is survived by four daughters, Donna Nichols, Janet Irwin (Al), Paula Nichols, and Elaine Nichols; one son, Loren Nichols; sisters-in-law, Alice Eliason and Ruby Eliason; cousin, Mary Sue Knodel; five grandchildren, Marie Gillett (Brian), Brandy Irwin, Danielle Irwin, Tara Caldwell (Gerard), and Nicholas Mader; eight great-grandchildren; one great-great-grandson; and numerous nieces and nephews.

In lieu of flowers, the family prefers donations to be paid in Ardis’ honor to one of her favorite organizations: Glasgow’s First Lutheran Church Quilters Group, Fort Peck Theater, or the charity of your choice.

A Memorial Service celebrating Ardis’ life will be held at First Lutheran Church in Glasgow, MT on October 9, 2021 at 11:00 A.M. A reception will be held downstairs at the church immediately following the service. There will be a private family burial at a later date.

Arrangements are in the care of Dokken-Nelson Funeral Service. www.dokkennelson.com

Tuesday, September 14th 2021

Carol Anne Brown

Carol Anne Brown passed away peacefully on March 16th, 2021 after a short battle with cancer. She was born on December 25th, 1937, a true “Christmas Carol”. She was preceded in death by her mother, Anne Mola Tomlinson. She is survived by her husband Don Brown, daughter Tammie Brown Butler (Jeff), son Tracy Brown (Anna-Lena), sisters Dona Blanchard and Anna Mildren, brother Butch Tomlinson, and grandchildren Duston Butler, Nichlas Brown, and Emma Brown.

Carol was born and raised in Helena, Montana and attended grade and middle school at the Saint Helena School. She graduated from Helena Central High School in 1955. She married Don Brown in Helena on February 22, 1957 where they lived, worked and raised their family until 1991. At that time the couple relocated to Fort Peck, Montana to help manage the Brown Ranch on Shade Creek, the Quarter Circle DB, which was Homesteaded in 1916. Don and Carol were “fast friends” during their 64 years together, thoroughly enjoying each other’s sense of humor while poking fun at each other and engaging in the famous “Brown Banter”. They lived each day with a deep love for one another, and a shared value system of honesty, hard work, integrity, loyalty and commitment to family and friends.

Carol was employed by the State of Montana as a legislative assistant, as a secretary for a local attorney, and with an advertising firm before working as the School Secretary at Rossiter Elementary School in the Helena Valley. She was an original member of the school’s “flag ship” team as the first Secretary and continued for 26 years as a passionate supporter of the students, staff and administration. In 1991, her enthusiasm and dedication were highlighted in a special celebration organized by the teachers called “Carol Brown Day” to publicly acknowledge her contributions. As noted in the Helena Independent Record: “Brown directs traffic and much more. She has been the Secretary at Rossiter School since it opened….typing report cards, taking an occasional temperature, answering a constantly ringing telephone and watching a couple generations of children grow and change”. One of her past students commented “Mrs. Brown was the first face we saw in the morning and she always greeted us with a smile and encouraging words”.

Carol watched for familiar names in the local newspaper, noting the accomplishments and life happenings of “her Rossiter Kids” as she continued to cheer them on through the years.

Carol was a loyal member of Heirloom Quilters Guild and Tuesday’s Child Quilters Group, and she volunteered for numerous community oriented events including Relay for Life. The circle of friends she surrounded herself with were much like the quilts she created with love, color, laughter and warmth.

Carol will be forever remembered for her quick smile, her ability to laugh at herself, her dedication to friends and family, her giggle, and the support and encouragement she offered to all.

A Memorial Service will be held for Carol Brown Monday, September 20, 2021 at 1:30p.m. at Bell Mortuary, followed by reflection and refreshments at 3:00p.m. at the Fort Peck Hotel.

In lieu of flowers, the family has requested that donations be made in Carol’s name to the American Cancer Society. Condolences may be left at bellmortuarymontana.com.

The family would like to thank the community of Fort Peck, specifically the “Neighborhood Watch” and the Quilters for their prayers and support during the final months of Carol’s illness; as well as the staff at Francis Mahon Deaconess Hospital and the Valley View Home for the care that they provided in her final days.

Monday, September 13th 2021

Donna Jean (Blanton) Glover

Donna Jean (Blanton) Glover passed away Friday, September 10, 2021 at Frances Mahon Deaconess Hospital in Glasgow, Montana. Donna was born September 7, 1946 to Jewell (Hall) and Earl Blanton. Her mother, Jewell, passed away when Donna was only five years old and her father asked her grandmother Peggy Tackett to raise her until she was grown enough.

Donna met and married Wilbur William Pressler in 1966, the following year the couple welcomed daughter Darla. In 1970 they welcomed a son, Dirik. In 1971 they welcomed their second daughter, Danielle and in 1975 they welcomed son Dustin. Later the couple divorced. She married James Adams, Johnny Holsinger and Perry Glover.

In 2016, Donna moved from Piketon, Ohio to ST. Marie, Montana and lived there with her daughter, Darla and friend Yancy Stewart until we got her own place in Saint Marie.

She is survived by her children Darla DuVall of ST. Marie, Montana, Dirik (Helen Bolen) Pressler of Waverly, Ohio, Danielle (Eddie) Montgomery of Piketon, Ohio and Dustin (Brenda) Pressler of West Portsmouth, Ohio; ten grandchildren and an unknown number of other adopted grand and great-grandchildren; numerous brothers, sisters, cousins, aunts and uncles all of whom reside in the states of Ohio and Kentucky.

She is preceded in death by her parents and three of her former husbands.

We bid farewell to a mother, best friend, grandmother for she is much loved and will be so sorely missed. Donna was known to lend a helping hand when and where she could.

Family will receive friends Monday, September 13, 2021 from 5-7:00 p.m. at Bell Mortuary in Glasgow, Montana. As per her wishes cremation will take place and she will be buried according to her wishes at a later date.

Wednesday, September 8th 2021

Everest Louis Marks

On Friday, August 27, 2021, Everest Louis Marks passed away at the age of 96. He was a farmer, businessman, husband, WWII veteran, and the father of four children: Suzanne Marks (Tony Nino), Steven Marks (Dr. Debbie Marks), Mitchell Marks (Mel Holm) and Paulette Schneider (Doug Schneider). He was a grandfather of six, and great grandfather of four.

Everest was born on August 20, 1925, in Saco, MT to Ernst and Anna (Martin) Marks. He was
the last surviving member of his siblings and their spouses: Erna Marks Pidwerbecki, (Walter), Shirley Marks Bell, (Warren), William Marks (Christina "Tina" Mix), and a sister who passed away as a baby (Elinor Marks), and a half-sister Elizabeth "Betty" Callahan Seraphin (Joseph).

He joined the U.S. Army Air Corps Cadets in August of 1943, and, because of his excellence in
gunnery training, he became a belly gunner in a B17 assigned to the highly-decorated 15th Air
Force 483rd Bomb Group, 817 Squadron. During his service, he was shot down twice.

The first time they crash landed behind enemy lines in Hungary during a massive 2-week battle around Lake Balaton in Hungary. After their B17 was struck, Everest crawled to the back of the plane to rescue his tail gunner from almost certain death. Once on the ground, he and his crew were able to escape to freedom with the help of local citizens and Russian forces and were able to rejoin their squadron and continue the fight.

The second time his plane was hit, an anti-aircraft shell exploded nearby shattering the ball turret's cover sending shards of glass into both of his eyes. The pilot miraculously guided the crippled plane to an Italian airfield where Everest was sent to the first of many hospitals. His war injuries eventually caused him to become legally blind, and he relived the war with PTSD every day of his life.

On August 21, 1947, as he was recuperating from his injuries, he married Helen Tihista
in Glasgow MT. Together they raised their four children. For over 50 years, Everest maintained a wheat farm outside of Saco, and while working his farm, he owned and operated Marks Maytag for over 25 years in Glasgow.

He had a passion for hunting, and his success proved that he was still an excellent shot. After his hunts, he often shared the fruits of his success with his friends and neighbors.

There will be a military interment in Glasgow Highland cemetery on September 30th, 2021, at 11:00 a.m., and a memorial service sometime in June for friends and family unable to attend the interment.

Friday, September 3rd 2021

Jack W. Nickels

The last of the old-time cowboys branded his last calf, saddled his horse and rode into heaven on August 31, 2021 at the age of 100 yrs. Jack W. Nickels of Ft. Peck was born September 24, 1920 to Herman J Nickels and Lydia (Meyers) Nickels. He was brought up in northern McCone County where he lived all his life. He lived during a time before barbed wire- when he would ride for several days to gather the family cattle each autumn. His horsemanship earned him a second place Bronc Riding in 1942. Jack served in World War II as a U.S. Marine stationed in the South Pacific with the 3rd Amphibious Division.

He learned welding early in his life and he put those skills to use as an operator/driver of amphibious landing craft and led the crew in maintaining those landing craft. When he returned from the war, he continued to ranch with his father and brothers until his marriage to Sharol Lynn (Peggy Johnson) Nickels whom he married June 13, 1950. They started their own ranch and together raised 3 children, a lot of Hereford cattle and some pretty nice horses. He and Peggy lived the American dream with hard work and fortitude in building a very successful cattle ranch. Peggy passed away in March 1991. Jack married Pearl Oshner in August 1997 and continued life operating the ranch.

Jack had a great sense of humor, sense of duty, knew the benefits of hard work and was respected by his friends and neighbors. On more than one occasion, he plowed open the road to his neighbors down on Bear Creek during some of our infamous Montana winters. He could be counted on every branding season to provide the de-horning services. He designed his irrigation system, invested in artificial insemination (AI) to improve his herd and loved to use his bulldozer to move dirt and build reservoirs. Jack earned a pilot’s license before WWII which was used frequently to locate cattle and check water in reservoirs as well as treat his children to rides. In recognition of his success, he was awarded Commercial Cattleman of the Year in 1990, and Soil Conservationists of the Year 1987.

He is survived by his children, Holly Lee Nickels of Kalispell, Montana, Sally Jo (Jim) Eide of West Fargo, North Dakota, Jack W Nickels, Jr of Billings, Montana; his second wife Pearl (Oshner) Nickels as well as many nieces and nephews.

Jack is proceeded in death by his loving wife Peggy and infant son Brett Allan; his parents; brothers Russell Nickels and Lester Nickels; sisters, Thelma Register, Vera Terry and Doris Dunster.

A funeral service with military honors will take place at Bell Mortuary on Monday, September 13, 2021 at 10:00 a.m. A luncheon to Celebrate Jack’s life will take place at the Cottonwood Inn starting at 11:30 a.m. Jack will be buried on the Nickels farm in a private ceremony.

Tuesday, August 31st 2021

George Kolstad

George Kolstad passed away Sunday, August 22, 2021 at the Community Nursing Home in Anaconda, Montana.

George was born February 7, 1928 at the Mimn place outside of Tampico, Montana to Ben and Caroline (Hess) Kolstad. He was one of six children born at home and delivered by their father. His siblings are Sylvia Thomas, Betty Holden, Grace Houghton, Bennie Kolstad and John Kolstad.

George started grade school at Tampico while the family was at the Mimn Place. When the family moved to a place closer to the river; he finished grade school at the Billingsley School which was only a quarter mile away. After graduating from Glasgow High School in 1945, he worked for Chris and Agnes Molvig for about 5 years. He was always treated as part of their family thereafter.

In 1950, he was drafted into the United States Army with his schoolmate and neighbor, Jimmy Stensland who was only three days older than him. He served with the 45th Infantry Company I in Korea for two years until he was wounded and sent home. He was awarded the Purple Heart.

Upon arriving home, he started a nearly 53 year career as a master electrician. He worked for Glasgow Electric & Rainbow Electric. Eventually, he owned Tri-Electric and G&D Electric.

He purchased his own land in 1956 and built a home. He enjoyed having his own cattle and putting up hay.

In 1954, he married Charlotte Wood, together they raised five children: Janet, Dean, Carolyn, Darryl, and Gene.

George was one of the original members of the Whittmayer Grazing Association. He was a lifelong member of the Glasgow VFW, American Legion and the DAV Veterans.

George is survived by his children: Janet (Jim) Black, Dean Kolstad, Carolyn (Randy) Rees, Darryl (Lori) Kolstad and Gene (Ehrica) Kolstad. He has eleven grandchildren and ten great-grandchildren.

Preceding him in death are his wife, Charlotte (2001); grandsons, Austin Kolstad (2005), Nickolas Kolstad (2014), and Shane Rees (2017); brothers, Bennie Kolstad (1998) and John Kolstad (2020).

Family will receive friends 4-6:00 p.m., at Bell Mortuary, Friday, August 27, 2021. Funeral Services will be 10:00 a.m., Saturday, August 28, 2021 at First Lutheran Church in Glasgow, Montana with Pastor Scott Kiehn officiating. Burial with military honors will follow at Highland Cemetery in Glasgow, Montana. A luncheon will be held at the Fort Peck VFW Post #3107.

Tuesday, August 31st 2021

William "Gail" Johnson

William "Gail" Johnson passed away on August 25, 2021, at Monument Hospital in Rapid City, SD after a short illness.

Gail was born in Glasgow, MT on December 10, 1936 to Delia Mary (Brydon) and Carl Dale Johnson.

Gail was baptized at St. Raphael's Catholic Church and graduated 8th grade from St. Raphael's School in 1950. He was graduated from Glasgow High School in 1954. He joined the Navy that same year and was honorably discharged in 1956.

Gail then enrolled in Northern Montana College in Havre for one semester when he met the most beautiful girl he had ever seen, Helen Celestine Clark. They were married in Havre in 1958 and moved back home to help his father run Johnson Ranch on Cherry Creek north of Glasgow.

Gail was a member of the Montana National Guard for six years. He received a MNG commendation medal for outstanding meritorious service on June 1, 1982.

Gail is survived by his children: Kelly Jo (Gus) Rosencrans, Katherine, Karl (Patricia), Kevin, Kollette (Scott) Johnson, his brother Robert Brydon (Patricia), eleven grandchildren, thirty-five great-grandchildren, and several nieces and nephews.

Gail was preceded in death by both parents, Carl and Delia Johnson, his beloved wife Helen, daughter Kaycee Hoffbauer, daughter-in-law Terri (Green), grandchildren Jasmine Johnson, Justin Johnson, and great-grandchildren Shawn Posten, Evelyn Ogdon, and special friend Inge Popelka.

Gail was a goof-off in school; enjoyed laughing with his friends and family; and could turn any ordinary incident into the wildest, most hilarious story that put everybody in stitches of laughter.

A loving husband, father, grandfather, and hard-working neighbor and friend, Gail will be missed by all.

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