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Tuesday, May 26th 2020

Tony Degele

On May 21st, 2020 we lost our beloved dad, grandpa and great-grandpa. For anyone who knew Tony, we all know this world will now be less full of BS! He was the KING!

Tony Degele was born on July 31st, 1939 to John & Snodie (Saffell) Degele, the 9th of twelve children. As a child, Tony loved to play sports and claimed to be the “favorite” son, although he could never get his brothers to agree. Tony spent 3 years in the Army and in 1960 he married Irene Garsjo. In his early years, Tony worked on the railroad in Billings before becoming a truck driver for Ryan Havre in Havre, Montana delivering groceries up and down the Hi-line. It was then that Tony met many, many people who became lifelong friends. In 1970, Tony moved his family to Glasgow to run the Husky Café. When that adventure ended, Tony worked for Elletson RV, Dick Fisher Motors and Newton Motors before remarrying and moving to Lewistown to work for Dean Newton Olds and owning his own Degele Auto and RV.

In 2010, Tony moved to Glasgow to be closer to his children and worked for Rock’s Auto Mall until he was 77. It was there he celebrated his 80th birthday in 2019. He always said, “if I had known I was going to live this long, I would have taken better care of myself”. Tony was extremely proud of his grandchildren and great-grandchildren and his day was not complete unless he got to see any one of them. In return, his grandchildren found him hilarious and defined him as the “Gold Standard” meaning of “Grandpa”. He loved Fort Peck Lake and told many stories of taking his children and grandchildren skiing and tubing.

Tony is survived by his children, Rock (Jeanne) Degele, Rhonda (Dan) Bilbruck, Roberta (Charles) Hopstad. His grandchildren, Nathan (Taylor) Hopstad, Sheena (Jacob) Lund, Shawn Hopstad (Jessica Sonsteng), Natalie Hopstad (Josh Partridge) and Chaz (Taylor) Hopstad. His great-grandchildren, Hank and Porter Hopstad, Ava, Bella, Charlee and Dylan Lund, Silas Hopstad and Paisley Partridge. His brothers, Floyd (Chris) and Joe and his sister Clara Groover.

Tony also always had a special place in his heart for his many step-grandchildren and step-great-grandchildren: Ashley (Luke) Nelson, Elliot and Avery, Jessica Vold, Erin (Jake) Aune, Aiden and Anders, Brianne (Will) Morgan, Brooks, Shannon(Spencer) Marsh, Mason, Travis (Teddi) Hopstad, Alesia, Reannah, Donde Fraser, Ecko and Ashur, Tyler(Samantha) Bilbruck and Danielle Bilbruck (Tyler) .
The Garsjo family was always his family too and we love that he was treated as one of them until the day he died. He loved you all very much.

Tony was preceded in death by his parents; brothers George, Paul, John and Jim; sisters Bertha, Daisy, Mary and Freda and great-granddaughter, Madison Faith Chatten.

Tuesday, May 26th 2020

Edna Brown

Edna Brown, 93, of Glasgow, Montana passed away on Sunday, May 24, 2020 at Valley View Home.

Edna was born August 23, 1926 in Glasgow, Montana, to James and Martha (Lawson) Aitken. She graduated 1944 from Glasgow High School. She married Gordon Brown on July 14, 1947 in Glasgow, Montana. The couple lived their entire lives in Glasgow. Edna was a dedicated wife and mother to her four sons. She was a very caring and compassionate woman. One of her grandchildren said that he had never heard her say a negative word or comment about anyone.

She moved to Valley view in January of 2019 and was a resident of Sunshine Square until her death. Despite the devastating effects of dementia, she maintained her wit, kindness and charm until the end.

She is survived by her sons, Harvey of Billings, Montana, Gerald (Linda) of Highlands Ranch, Colorado, Ron of Missoula, Montana and Mike of Glasgow, Montana; five grandchildren and four great-grandchildren.

Edna was preceded in death by her parents; husband Gordon and all twelve of her brother and sisters.

No services are planned at this time. Bell Mortuary is assisting the family with arrangements. Condolences may be left at bellmortuarymontana.com.

Monday, May 18th 2020

Donna Jane Combs Billingsley

Donna Jane Combs Billingsley, 95, passed away on May 14, 2020 at the Liggert Cottage on St. John’s Campus in Billings, Montana of natural causes.

Donna was born on November 8, 1924 in Glasgow, Montana to Earl X Combs and Cynthia Isabelle Siple. Her mother passed away when she was three years old and she was raised by her dad. She attended Glasgow schools and graduated in 1942. Donna married Gale Billingsley on November 2, 1945. They moved to the family ranch located west of Glasgow on Antelope Creek and raised Black Angus cattle. Donna was a ranch wife and raised two daughters, Cheri and Roxanne. As a teenager, Donald Jones joined the family and became a beloved son and brother. During her life, she also worked at Combs Drug and The Federated Store.

Gale passed away July 9, 2001. They were married for 56 years. After Gale’s death, though willing, she knew she could not stay on the ranch and moved into a small house in Glasgow. In December 2008, she became a resident at Prairie Ridge. After a fall in June 2016, she was moved to St. John’s Campus. She always said she was still a country girl at heart!

Survivors include daughters, Cheri (Willie) Doll of Malta, Roxanne (Bob) Barone of Billings, and son, Don (Lana) Jones of Glasgow. Grandchildren Staci French (Colt and Brylee) of Malta, Kim (Corey) Kimmel (Peyton and Avery) of Billings, Brandi Ellerton (Ashtyn and Kyler) of Bozeman, Tara (Jim) Roaldson (Ella, Brooks, and Megan) of Jamestown, ND., Jordan (Brie) Jones (Addison and Logan) of Missoula. Step-grandchildren, Levi (Sheila) Doll (Lesley and Nathan) of Glasgow, Serena Doll (Zach and Alyx) of Billings, and BilliJo Doll (Matt and Andrew) of Mexico, and 6 step-great-great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her parents and husband Gale.

Memorial Services will be Saturday, May 23, 2020 at 2:00p.m. at Bell Mortuary with Pastor Rick Thompson officiating. Burial will follow at the Highland Cemetery in Glasgow, Montana. Donna’s family requests that in lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Valley County Museum. Bell Mortuary is assisting the family with arrangements. Condolences may be left for Donna’s family at bellmortuarymontana.com

Wednesday, May 13th 2020

Allan Dale Murch

Allan Dale Murch passed in peace Tuesday, May 12, 2020 surrounded by his cherished companion, daughter, and son at the age of 72. Known to friends and family as Al. He was born and lived his life in Glasgow, Montana. He was a talented carpenter and concrete finisher with his business Murch Construction. He took pride in his work and was most proud of his contribution in building the Shelby Prison, Fort Peck Hatchery, and assisted with the Interpretive Center. Al was also a man who enjoyed life and he had many talents besides carpentry. You could always find him in his younger years participating in the stock car races, demolition derbies, snowmobile races and even some rodeos. There was not anything he couldn’t build or fix! Al loved to volunteer to load the canon at the local football games and the annual Governor’s Cup Tournament. Shooting the canon with lifelong best friends was always a joy for him. His infamous saying that will be remembered by all with a grin on his face: “Bullshit, Bullshit, Bullshit.”

Allan Dale Murch is preceded in death by his father, Gerald Murch; mother, Helen Fuhrman Rennick; brothers, Charlie Rennick and Ed Rennick.

His memory will be cherished and kept alive by his best friend and companion Pearl Hagen; children, Nadine Burnett (Jake) and Jerry Murch; Ron Hagen (Lori) and stepchildren Roy Cochran and Cindy Combs; siblings Richard Fuhrman (Judy), Lee Murch (Penny), Carl Rennick and Pam Rennick Bicker; his beloved cousin Bill Murch (Iva); his many grandchildren: Zaine, Megan, Madisyn, Caden, Kayson, Abbie, and Jack, along with many nieces and nephews.

Al chose to have no funeral services. His family will spread his ashes as he desired and a memorial party to be announced at a later date. Bell Mortuary is assisting the family with arrangements and condolences may be left at bellmortuarymontana.com.

Tuesday, May 5th 2020

Carol M. (Matuska) Fossum

Carol M. (Matuska) Fossum, 82, passed away on Saturday, May 2, 2020, of natural causes.

A celebration of life will be held at St. Raphael’s Catholic Church in Glasgow, Montana on Thursday May 7th at 10:00am.

She was born to Ernest William and Angeline (Caba) Matuska on December 20, 1937, in Tabor, South Dakota. She was the third youngest of seven children.

She attended school in Fort Peck, Montana before transferring to Glasgow where she graduated from Glasgow Senior High School in 1955.

After graduation, she began working within the community. She spent most of her time working at the Glasgow Courier before meeting her husband Orville Gayle Fossum. From there she was able to stay at home taking care of her children (Scott, Steve, and Julie) and helping with the family business; Fossum Ready Mix.

Carol’s life was packed to the brim with activities. There was truly never a dull moment. She was an avid softball player and water skier in the summer. She proudly served as an election official for Valley County and the Glasgow School System. Garage sales were an absolute must that were strategically planned every weekend. Daily post office and mail runs occurred between episodes of Days of Our Lives, waiting for grandkids to get done with school, and getting busy cleaning her house.

She was the biggest supporter of her grandkids; attending any and every event she possibly could. She loved to travel and toured many places with her sister Judy. She enjoyed planting flowers in the spring. She enjoyed walking at the Civic Center followed by coffee at Flicks with her friends. She never went a day without picking up a Good Evening Glasgow (GEG) or a Wednesday without picking up a Courier. She never hesitated to speak her mind or give anyone some “much needed” advice.

Carol is preceded in death by her husband Orville Fossum; parents Ernest and Angeline Matuska; three sisters: Rita Nicol, Peggy (Margaret) Pederson, and Ruth Matuska, and one brother Jim Matuska.

She is survived by her children: Scott (Karleen) Fossum, Steve (Janel) Fossum, and Julie (Mike) Fairclough all of Glasgow, Montana; nine grandchildren, Ashley (Grant) Burgess, Shelby, Chase, Keely, Teagan, Kaden Fossum, Tavia, Britten, and Lexten Fairclough; great-grandkids Kase and Tavin, sister, Judy Matuska; brother,Tom Matuska, and honorary grandkids Kristen and Sarah Waarvik.

The family would like to thank the staff at Valley View Home and Frances Mahon Deaconess Hospital for all the care that they have given. Our family truly could not have gotten through it without each and everyone of you.

Visitation will be 6-7 p.m., Wednesday, May 6, 2020 at Bell Mortuary with the Rosary being prayed at 7:00 p.m. A Funeral Mass will held 10:00 a.m., Thursday, May 7, 2020 at St. Raphael’s Catholic Church. A private burial will be later in Highland Cemetery. Condolences may be left at bellmortuarymontana.com.

In lieu of flowers or if you would like to make a donation in Carol’s name, two of her loves were the Valley County HOPE Project or Friends of the Valley County Pool.

“Look out Orville, here she comes”!

Tuesday, May 5th 2020

Thomas Edward Mills III

On October 6, 1936 Thomas Edward Mills III “Buddy” was born to Tom and Silver (Maguire) Mills in Helena Montana. The Mills family owned the Montana State Nursery, and he grew up learning and doing much of its operations. He graduated from Helena High School.

He attended MSU Missoula, was drafted in the US Army and served in Ft. Bragg as a chaplain’s assistant and was honorably discharged at SP4. He graduated from MSU Bozeman with a BS in Industrial arts.

While attending MSU Missoula he was introduced to Arlene Walby and they became Royaleers square dance partners. Later he married Arlene in Glasgow and they were blessed with two children Rusty and Kari.

Vocationally Tom was an educator at the High School and College level for several decades. In his endeavors to keep his credentials up to date Tom attended the first World Symposium in Frankfurt Germany for electric cars. One of the highlights of his life was having his students build the first (high school) electric car in the nation. Encouraged by his parents to be an educator, (which they considered a highly honorable profession) Tom was amazingly versatile.

Occupations: A tool engineer for Boeing in Seattle, Washington, a professor at Montana State Auto College in Great Falls Montana, a teacher of Industrial Arts at Glasgow High School and night classes at Glasgow Air Force Base, a police officer in Wolf Point and a High School Career Education Counsellor along the Highline. Much of his life he taught Industrial Arts in high school updating summer credentials at DeVry Institute. He later went back to Boeing as a tool engineer, retired, enjoyed a couple summers as a fire fighter runner with his son, and as always enjoyed various handy-man jobs and helping people.

He belonged to Theta Chi fraternity, VICA, Ski Club advisor, Toastmasters, Gideon’s and was a board member for World Ambassadors for Christ.

He was baptized Episcopalian, married in and attended Lutheran church, attended Mama D and Papa D’s bible study group, attended other various churches, Net of Prayer, Assembly of God, Evangelical church, and Bible study seminars with World Ambassadors for Christ.

Tom is survived by his wife Arlene Mills; son Rusty Mills; daughter Kari and Mike Wade; 4 grandchildren; great-grandchildren; sisters: Lulu and Frank Stock, and sister Vivian and her husband. He is preceded in death by his parents Tom and Silver Mills; sister Sally and Colonel Good.

On the afternoon of Saturday May 2, 2020 at 2:30 pm, Tom passed away peacefully in his sleep at Frances Mahon Deaconess Hospital in Glasgow, Montana. Tom was 83 years old.

Special thanks to the VA for scheduling appointments and other needs, as well as Billings Clinic Hospital for all their care the past 6 months. Also Dr. Ross, Mrs. Ashley Markle, and other nurses and staff that assisted for the caring of Tom during his end of life stay at the hospital.

Funeral services will be 2:00 p.m., Wednesday, May 6, 2020 at the Glasgow Evangelical Church with Pastor Justin Douziech officiating. He will be interned at Glasgow Cemetery with Military Honors. Bell Mortuary is assisting the family with arrangements.

Condolences may be left at bellmortuarymontana.com.

Tuesday, April 28th 2020

Floyd "Sonny" Carlyle Nelson, Jr.

Floyd “Sonny” Nelson, Jr., a lifelong rancher from the Tampico/Glasgow area, died of natural causes at his home the evening of April 25th, 2020, surrounded by his family. He was 85 years old.
Sonny was born on the Stensland homestead west of Glasgow on January 27, 1935, as the first of three children to Bertha (Stensland) and Floyd Nelson. He attended grade school in Tampico and graduated from the Glasgow High School in 1953.
While growing up on the family ranch, Sonny was always interested in breeding cattle and was very active in FFA and 4-H. He won a trip to Chicago with his 4-H Beef Project and traded 2 fat steers to Roy Jerome for a brand new Buick when he was a Senior in High School (try to do that today!)
Due to his interest in exotic cattle breeds, he started artificially inseminating in 1962; producing heifers that were sold at the National Chianina Sale in Louisville, Kentucky, as well as the National Western Simmental Sale in Denver. Through this selective breeding program he upgraded his herd to basically Purebred Simmental cattle. In 1973, Sonny consigned a 3/4 Simmental heifer to the Big Sky New Breeds Association Sale that sold for $12,500. At that time, not only was this the highest price paid for a single animal at the sale, it was the highest price ever paid for one animal in the 22 year history of the Glasgow Livestock Yard.
Sonny started selling yearling bulls to the ranchers along the Hi-Line in 1971. Since then he has sold bulls throughout the U.S. and Canada and has a long history of Spring Production Sales. This Thursday, April 30th, alongside a great set of bulls, there will be a lot of heavy hearts but many heartfelt, good memories shared at the Glasgow Stockyards during this year's Spring Production Sale. Sonny and his brother Don, have continued to run the family ranch since 1981.
In 1956 Sonny married the love of his life, Deanna O'Neil. They spent 64 eventful and joyous years together and were blessed with four beautiful, thoughtful and accomplished daughters; who lovingly cared for their father and honored his last wish to be at home.
Sonny was preceded in death by his parents, Bertha and Floyd Nelson; his sister, Beverly (Rollin) Pederson and son-in-law Bob Irwin.
He is survived by his wife Deanna; his four daughters: Jackee (Ron) Svien of Sacramento, Sally Irwin of Glasgow, Gina (Joe) Reyling of Glasgow and Theresa Nelson of Billings; his brother Donald (Sheila) of Glasgow; seven grandchildren: Jessica, Joey (Amali), Arielle Svien and Rosy, JoLynn, Mick and Matt Relying; five great-grandchildren: Connor, Olivia, Zander, Alexa and Elias; his brother-in-law Rollin Pederson, nephew Bill and niece Barbara Pederson; step-nephew Derek Schedel, step-nieces Tori Kaufman and Tara Pattison and numerous cousins and relatives.
Sonny was a member of the First Lutheran Church in Glasgow, where he was baptized and confirmed. He was a member of the Montana and American Simmental Associations and enjoyed traveling the country to attend cattle sales. Sonny grew up in a close knit family and thoroughly enjoyed the many holiday and birthday parties (and the poker games!) celebrated with his Molvig, Kirkland, Flesjer and Nelson cousins. He enjoyed working livestock, farming, family and visiting with relatives and his many friends over a cup of coffee. Sonny's bright smile, beautiful blue eyes and gentle spirit will be remembered and missed by all.
The family would like to thank Dr. Jeff Johnson and his staff at Internal Medicine Associates in Billings for the many years of dedicated medical care, as well as Dr. Fahlgren FMDH and RN Anthony Norcutt.

There will be an open viewing from 12noon - 5p.m. on Thursday, May 14, and 8a.m. - 12noon on Friday, May 15, 2020. Family is planning a private burial and a funeral service at a later date. Condolences may be left for the family at bellmortuarymontana.com.