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Monday, May 23rd 2022

Jennifer Marie Dull Kilzer

Jennifer Marie Dull Kilzer, age 39, passed away on December 8, 2021 in Hettinger, ND after courageously battling Glioblastoma Multiforme for eight and a half years.

Jennifer was born on October 13, 1982 to Paul and Patty Dull of Hinsdale, MT, graduating from Hinsdale High School in 2001. Jennifer, blessed with extraordinary physical strength, was a standout athlete in basketball, volleyball, and track and remains a Raider record holder in the discus, where she was coached to state tournaments by her father.

Excelling academically, Jennifer was an honor roll student and a perennial member of school Academic Olympic teams. She belonged to the National Honor Society and held offices in her class, student council, and the FFA chapter (Jennifer never forgot the words to the FFA creed and still recited it, along with the Lord’s Prayer, while undergoing MRI scans).

Jennifer also participated in school plays and, like her mother and grandfather John Leroy, played tenor saxophone in the band. Working as a school library aid, Jennifer developed impressive organizational talents and a love of making labels, skills that would serve her well in the years to come.

Jennifer attended the University of Mary in Bismarck, ND, where she obtained a Bachelor's of Science; she later earned a Master of Science in Organizational Management from the University of Great Falls.

It was through her college roommate-turned-best friend Anna Hein that Jennifer met James Kilzer, whom she married on October 16, 2010. Jennifer and James raised multiple crops and their two children, Allyson and Logan, on the Kilzer farm near Lemmon, SD, a community Jennifer loved. Having kind and intelligent children was perhaps Jennifer’s favorite accomplishment, and they remain her most important and lasting legacy.

During the summer of 2013, Jennifer was diagnosed with stage IV brain cancer. She was both a statistical anomaly and a medical miracle, having beat her tumor (who she called Betsy) to a standstill by undergoing brain surgery, chemotherapy, radiation, immunotherapy, and every available experimental medical treatment. She fought her diagnosis, the odds, and insurance companies with her trademark stubborn streak and unwavering obstinance.

None of the challenges she faced were ever able to diminish Jennifer’s personality or her unique sense of humor; no difficulty or delay kept her from sending out her family Christmas cards.

Jennifer was preceded in death by her great-grandparents AJ and Cecilia Hentz, grandparents Tony and Diane Dull, and her most admired uncle, Tom Hentz. She is survived by her husband James, daughter Allyson (13), son Logan (10), parents Paul and Patty Dull, sister Kristi and brother-in law Matt Erickson (their daughters Lennon and Karter), influential Aunt and Uncle Sandy and Dana Carlile, grandfather John Leroy Hentz, father and mother-in-law Roger and Sue Kilzer; sister and brother-in-law Jessica and Chris Arodi (Alexis, Kaitlyn, and Nathan); sister and brother-in-law Jocelyn and Robert Wiesinger (Kierra, Natalie, Brayden, Blake, and Maleah) sister and brother- in-law Jill and Aaron Brummell (Noah and Levi); Grandmother-in-law Bernice Franklund; honorary siblings Dylan and Brittany Jensen, and numerous aunts, uncles, cousins, and friends.

In honor of Jennifer’s fondness for gatherings and her passion for potlucks, all who would like celebrate Jennifer’s life and memory are invited to attend a service at 1:00PM (MST) on June 18, 2022 in Lemmon, SD at the Lemmon Armory.

In lieu of flowers, donations can be directed to Sanford Cancer Research. Please address memorials in Jennifer’s name to Sanford Health Foundation, 300 N 7th St, PO Box 5525, Bismarck, ND 58506 and specify on check or with note that you would like the memorial to go to “cancer research”.

Sunday, May 22nd 2022

David Lee McLean

David Lee McLean Sr., 70, of Glasgow Montana, passed a May 16, 2022 at his home in Glasgow, Montana.

David was born February 21, 1952 in Minot, North Dakota to John and Virginia (Hanson) McLean. He received his education at Centerville School near Great Falls, and he graduated in 1970. He later attended Great Falls Community College and graduated in 1982.

He married Jane Morgan in Great Falls, Montana and they made their home there for several years.

David is survived by his sons: David L. McLean Jr. and John P. McLean; daughter, Elizabeth M. Morgan; brothers: Robert, Walt, James and Mike and sister, Donna and Julie McLean.
Preceding him in death are his parents; infant child, Baby McLean; sister, Agnes Green and brother, Leslie McLean.

Family will receive friends from 7-8:00 p.m. on Monday, May 23, 2022 at Bell Mortuary. Funeral services will be 1:00 p.m. Tuesday, May 24, 2022 at Bell Mortuary with Pastor Seth Runner officiating and burial will be in Highland Cemetery. Condolences may be left at bellmortuarymontana.com

Thursday, May 19th 2022

David Wayne Carson

David Wayne Carson, 55, passed away peacefully with his family by his side on Wednesday, May 18, 2022.

He was born October 28, 1966 to Robert and Donna (Nefzger) Carson in Wolf Point, Montana. Dave was in a car accident two days before his 18th birthday in 1985. He spent six months in a coma at St. Vincent’s in Billings and was moved to a nursing home in Havre for a couple of years where he had to relearn everything before finally returning home in 1987. Dave got stronger, learned to walk, talk and live life again. Dave loved his Oasis family and worked there until he retired. He loved to cruise his car around Glasgow and was known for his horn. He was an avid movie collector and would watch movies and spend time with his family whenever he could.

Dave is survived by his brothers: Earl (Denise) Carson of Glasgow, Michael Carson of Helena, Kelly Carson of Missoula; sister, Kt (Travis) Northington; nieces and nephews: Shane and Kyle Pugh, James and Jessica Carson, Taylor and Satori Carson, Devin, Kai and Rylie Northington; great-nieces and nephews: Cayden, Ace, Alex, Juniper, and Sienna; and numerous aunts, uncles and cousins.

Proceeding him in death are his parents: Donna and Doug FitzSimmons and Robert Carson; grandparents Earl and Lois Nefzger and Gene and Mona FitzSimmons.

A memorial service will be 11:00 a.m., Monday, May 23, 2022 at Assembly of God Church in Glasgow, Montana with Pastor Tom Fauth officiating. Inurnment will take place in Vida Cemetery in Vida, Montana. Condolences may be left for the family at bellmortuarymontana.com.

Monday, May 16th 2022

Patricia K. Lind

Patricia K. Lind, 98, passed away peacefully on April 29, 2022, at Providence St. Joseph Medical Center. Born in The Germantown Hospital on April 29, 1924, in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, Pat was the daughter of John R. and Ellen M. (Quinlisk) Glemser, and the second eldest of seven children.

Pat graduated from the Little Flower Catholic High School for Girls in 1942, and after graduating worked as a keyboard operator for the Selective Service in Philadelphia. In 1943, she met and fell in love with Delmar Victor Lind, a serviceman in the US Army, at a church sponsored USO dance. They were married after the war on February 9, 1946. Glasgow, Montana, where Del was from, became their first family home, and Del resumed his career with The Montana Power Company. They lived here until Del transferred to Chinook in 1957, then back to Glasgow in 1970. They had four children – Patty, Jack, Jim, and Susan, and were married for 63 years before Del passed away. Pat worked as a bank teller and assistant cashier for fifteen years before her retirement.

Pat was a woman of great strength to whom laughter came easily. She shifted from life as a city girl to a small-town lady with admirable ease and grace, maintaining her faith and serving her community through The Altar Society and the church choir. She raised her children in the Catholic faith, taking care to remind them when they were due for confession, and always with suggestions of what they might mention on hand. Pat was a loving mother, who mastered the art of the casserole and poignant advice, and who kept in close contact with her children long after they had left home. For many years she crafted weekly letters to her adult children and her family back East; then once computers became common, Pat sent frequent emails.

Pat and Del used their retirement to travel coast to coast in the USA, many times overseas to visit their daughters and their families, as well as stopping in often exotic destinations to satisfy their curiosity of different cultures. They enjoyed lengthy winter escapes to Arizona. What made Pat really special was her celebration of the differences amongst her family, friends, and others.
Kindness, generosity, and joy characterize Pat. She volunteered in the thrift clothing shop in Glasgow, took pride in her connection with the Soroptimists, and her warm heart ensured a wonderful group of friends surrounded her always. Bridge and reading were pastimes that brought her joy and friendship through the clubs she belonged to and were interests that continued into her nineties. She never forgot to appear for her weekly hair appointment; it was as much a social engagement as a necessity. Her children and grandchildren will always remember the warmth and strength of her hugs, and her unwavering dedication to her husband was on constant display in his last living decade, where Pat cared him with infinite patience and love. Those who knew her, loved her, and her laugh rose up from deep within, and that along with all of her strength and wisdom and love, will be one of the things missed most.

Pat is survived by three of her four children: Patty Alford (Ray) of Queensland, Australia; Jim (Melodie) of Polson, Montana; Susan Aune (Larry) of Houston, Texas; her sister, Mary Ellen Balbier; her daughter-in-law Penny Lind of Malta, Montana. In addition, there are ten grandchildren who will dearly miss her: Michelle Krosby, Lena Halford, Jacque Wandler, Rebecca Spencer, Kyle Lind, Erin Lind, Scott Lind, Tyler Aune, Lindsey Flores, and Jordan Aune, not to forget seventeen great-grandchildren.

Pat is preceded in death by her parents, her husband Delmar, and son Jack, and five siblings (George Meyers, Jack Glemser, Margaret Henigan, Catherine Randt, and Delores Glemser).
Pat will never be forgotten. She is deeply loved and appreciated by family and friends.
In lieu of flowers, donations can be made in her honor to: Glasgow Educational Trust Fund (ghsedutrust.org); Friends of the Pool and Park Foundation (http://chinookfriends.org)
Little Flower Catholic High School for Girls ( https://littleflowerhighschool.org/ways-to-give).

A service of remembrance will be held at St. Raphael’s Catholic Church, May 26th, 2022 at 11:00 a.m. A reception will be held at the VFW from 1:00-2:30 p.m. Condolences may be left for the family at bellmortuarymontana.com.

Monday, May 16th 2022

Patricia K. Lind

Thursday, May 12th 2022

Daniel John Carney

Daniel John Carney, age 82, passed away peacefully with family by his side on April 19th, 2022 at St. Patrick Hospital in Missoula, MT. Daniel John Carney was born to Clarence and Blanche (Baker) Carney on February 24, 1940, In Glasgow, MT. Dan was the eldest of three sons. He attended Glasgow Elementary school for three years then 4th through the 8th grade at St. Raphael’s school, with graduation in 1954. In 1958, Dan graduated from Glasgow High School then attended Northern Montana College and Dickinson State University graduated from NMC with a teaching degree in history and industrial arts in 1965.

Dan married Earlene Schmitz on August 26, 1961 in Golva, N.D. Through this union they were blessed with 4 children, 6 grandchildren and 4 great grandchildren. Carney, as he was known throughout the community, loved to work with his hands. He worked at the Glasgow Air Force Base, Baltrusch Construction and other various construction companies paying his way through college and supporting his family. After graduation, Dan and Earlene chose Glasgow to call their home and raise their family. In 1965, Dan went to work for Markle Service Center repairing motorcycles until 1972. Dan saw an opportunity and partnered with the Potter family with Town and Ranch Service Center until 1976. Then Dan took his talents to Fossum Ready Mix until his retirement in 2006.

Dan believed in being an involved member of the community. That drove him to take part in various service organizations throughout his life. He was a leader for Boy Scouts, a CCD teacher at St. Raphael’s, became involved in the local Knights of Columbus, St. Raphael’s Parish Council to name a few, but his passion was being a firefighter. Dan spent 22 years being a volunteer with the Glasgow City Fire Department. Acknowledging the need for a rural county fire department Dan, Dick Britzman, Walt Turner, Dan Taylor and others started the Long Run Fire Department. Dan stayed active in Long Run for 20 years. In 2005, Dan was named Valley County Fire Warden. Dan would help other rural fire departments within the area develop and expand their services. Through his efforts and others, our community is a safer place. Dan was on the City Council for multiple terms and served as Mayor of Glasgow for eight years (August 1, 2005-December 31, 2013). His concern was doing the right thing with the City of Glasgow. He was on the Levee Committee until its completion and also served on the Refuse Board until his dismissal in 2021. He served on the Pioneer Museum Board preserving the local history of the people and events. Dan truly wanted to make Glasgow a great community.

Dan was blessed with 6 grandchildren and 4 great grandchildren. He loved spending time with grandchildren and great grandchildren. He would go to their activities and play games with them. He would frequently be in the bleachers throughout Montana watching (and talking) wrestling, basketball, spirit band or football.

Dan is survived by his wife Earlene, his four children Michael Carney, Susan (Jeff) Lammerding, Darrell Carney and Beth Carney. Grandchildren: Paige and his wife Nicole Carney, Taylor and Peyton Lammerding, Ashley and her husband Drew Markle, Tate and Tyson Carney. Great grandchildren Dayton, Aurora and Duncan Markle and Paisley Carney. Two brothers: Jim and his wife Nancy Carney and Tom Carney. He had many friends and no one was a stranger very long in his presence!

A Vigil Service (Rosary) will be held at 7 p.m. on Friday, May 20th at St. Raphael’s Church. A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at St. Raphael’s Catholic Church in Glasgow, MT on Saturday, May 21st at 10:30 a.m. Burial will be at Highland Cemetery after the mass with a lunch being served at St Raphael's Parish Center after burial. Please join us to celebrate Daniel's Celebration of Life! Finally, if you cannot join us or would like to, please feel free to share a story by emailing it to us at 5northernlights406@gmail.com.

Monday, May 2nd 2022

Ferne Arlene Zerbe

Ferne Arlene Zerbe was born June 14, 1930, in Max, Nebraska, to Richard A. and Helena (Brethower) Rousselle. She passed away peacefully into the loving arms of her Lord and Savior, after a brief illness, at the age of 91 on May 1, 2022.

Ferne grew up on a farm during the depression years, going to a one room schoolhouse in the country. Later the family moved to Stratton where she graduated from Stratton High School in 1948. Ferne earned her associates degree in teaching from McCook College. She taught for two years before marrying Paul Zerbe of Lustre, Montana, in Culbertson, Nebraska on June 18, 1952. Together they had three children: Lynell, Galen and Sherrie.

Paul and Ferne farmed, and operated Zerbe Brothers’ implement business until retiring and moving to Glasgow in 1997. They enjoyed spending their winters Alamo, Texas at Bibleville and working at the Rio Grande Bible Institute where Ferne made many quilts. She loved crocheting, making afghans and reading. She was involved in several church activities throughout her life including teaching Sunday school, serving Awana meals, participating in Bible studies and partaking in the ladies quilting group. For many years Ferne was a member of the Evangelical Church Prayer Group. She also attended Christian Women’s Club and most recently filled in as the church secretary. She loved the Lord and led a missional life starting at the age of six, when she accepted the Lord as her Savior.

Her last two years were spent a Prairie Ridge where she was known for her faith and her sense of humor. She felt very well cared for and loved living there.

Ferne was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Paul; great-grandson, Christian Gartside; son-in-law, Bob Myers; sister, Evelyn Buller; brother, Duane Rousselle; brother-in-law, Dell Buller, and sister-in-law, Marge Rousselle.

She is survived by daughters: Lynell Garside of Billings, Montana, and Sherrie (Kurt) Campbell of Missoula, Montana; son Galen (Karla) Zerbe of Glasgow, Montana; grandchildren: Andrew (Desiree) Gartside of Huntley, Montana, Paula Gartside of Billings, Montana, Chelsey (Jatin) Gandhi of Portland, Oregon, Karissa (Scott More/fiancé) Campbell of Missoula, Montana, Jillian (Parker) Lee of Plains, Montana, Kole (Allie) Campbell of Plains, Montana, Taylor Zerbe of Glasgow, Montana, Janae (Ashten) Simpson of Larslan, Montana, and Regan Zerbe of Glasgow, Montana; seven great-grandchildren; along with many nieces and nephews.

Visitation will be open to the public on Friday, May 6, 2022 at Bell Mortuary in Glasgow, Montana with a prayer service/family receiving friends at 7:00 – 8:00 p.m. Funeral services will be 11:00 a.m., Saturday, May 7, 2022 at the Evangelical Church in Glasgow, Montana with a luncheon to follow. Burial is private. Condolences may be left for the family at bellmortuarymontana.com. In Lieu of flowers, memorials can be sent to Glasgow Evangelical Church 152 Aberdeen, Glasgow, Montana 59230 or Glasgow-City-County Library 408 3rd Avenue South, Glasgow, Montana 59230.

Monday, April 25th 2022

Ryan Lee Nelson

Ryan Lee Nelson, age 44, passed away peacefully on his farm from natural causes on April 19, 2022. He was born on May 7, 1977 in Glasgow, Montana to Carl and Karleen Nelson.

Ryan attended school in Opheim, Montana and was involved in numerous activities with baseball, drumming and socializing being a few of his favorites!

He started his college career at Williston State University and completed his degree at Montana State University. Needless to say, Ryan was a huge Bobcat fan and recently made the trip to Texas to watch the Cats play in the National Championship.

After college, he took a job at Farmer’s Union in Worden for a short while, before returning to his hometown in 2002, to become an agronomist at Pro Co-op. Ryan served on several boards during his duration at the Co-op, always striving to learn new ideas and help farmers to the best of his ability. He began introducing pulse crops in the area and his marketing skills excelled. After several years of working for the Co-op, he had the opportunity of becoming the General Manager where his business savvy continued in the advancement of the company with the addition of a large fertilizer plant and bulk fuel station, along with many other improvements.

In 2012, Ryan married Chelsea Warren and together they have three beautiful children: Connor (8), Natalie (7), and Emily (3). He truly loved to have his son Connor by his side in the tractor, teaching him the ins and outs of farming. He enjoyed his daughter Natalie’s companionship while they checked cattle and her horse, Cooper. Lastly, Emily was always waiting at the door for dad to come home to read a book or watch Emily’s favorite cartoon, Bubble Guppies! He was continually teaching his children new ideas and always striving to provide for his family.

In 2014, Roger and Glenn Kleeman gave Ryan the opportunity to fulfill his lifelong dream of becoming a farmer/rancher. He purchased the Kleeman Ranch at Peerless. He was a hard worker and was always scheming of ways to expand his business. Ryan was a “Dreamer”!

Ryan loved to entertain family and friends wherever he went. He had a huge heart and was always wanting to please people and make them happy. Most people knew him by his nickname “Puppy”. He was always checking in on his numerous friends and family members. He loved to visit and make everyone smile. Ryan was always up for an adventure whether it be hunting, snowmobiling or spending time at Fort Peck Lake. Lots of memories were made with friends and relatives on these outings. Holidays were a highlight in Ryan’s life, especially Christmas. He loved to spoil his nieces and nephews, always making sure the coolest gifts came from Uncle Ryan. His contagious personality and love for life will be missed by so many.

Ryan is survived by his wife Chelsea and their three children: Connor, Natalie and Emily; his mother and stepfather Karleen and Roger Kleeman of Billings; brothers, Kevin (Tami) of Opheim and Scott (Dawn) of Glasgow; his grandmother, Hilda Rosencrans; numerous nieces and nephews: BriAnn (Austin), CJ, Kortney, Carly, Coy, Alexa, Walker and Wyatt; two great-nephews, Clint and Colter. He is also survived by his mother-in-law and father-in-law Del and Shari Warren; sister-in-law, Stacy (Dan) Hauptmann; brothers-in-law, Brady Warren and Ted Welchlin along with his many wonderful friends

He is preceded in death by his father, Carl; his brother, Clint; uncles, David Nelson, Bill Westby and Hoyle Moore; grandparents, Clinton and Elsa Nelson and Carl Swenson.

Family will receive friends 4:00 p.m., Sunday, April 24, 2022 at Opheim Community Church in Opheim. Funeral services will be Monday, April 25, 2022 at 11:00 a.m. at the Opheim School Gymnasium with Pastor Paul Landeraaen officiating. Burial will follow at Lawndale Cemetery.