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Local Obituaries
Friday, July 23rd 2021

Shirley J. Putz

Shirley J. Putz passed away July 19, 2021 at Francis Mahon Deaconess Hospital. Services will be held at a later date. Bell Mortuary is assisting the family. Condolences can be left at bellmortuarymontana.com.

Thursday, July 22nd 2021

Ken Bondy

Long-time Fort Peck resident Ken Bondy died unexpectedly in Butte, MT on March 8th while recovering from a recent hospital stay. He was born May 8th, 1942, to Orville and Thelma Bondy in Glasgow, Montana who remained in Fort Peck after working on the construction of the Fort Peck Dam. After graduating from Nashua High School in 1959, Ken attended Rocky Mountain College on a baseball scholarship. In 1962 Ken was named the NAIA district V. most valuable player. His 1964 RMC Bears team fell one run short of the NAIA world series and was recently inducted into the Rocky Mountain College Hall of Fame.

After graduating from Rocky Mountain College in 1964 with a degree in education, he married Patricia Marilyn Vernon. The couple moved to Terry, MT where he taught junior high science. In 1967 Bondy returned home to Fort Peck where he taught junior high science, history and physical education until the school closed in 1985. Ken then served as the elementary school principal in Frazer, MT until 1993 when he became the school’s Superintendent. He proudly completed his master’s degree in education from Montana State University in 1988 (Go Cats!). From 1996 to 2000 he served as the Superintendent of Turner schools and completed his career in 2001 as the Dean of Students for Eagle Butte Schools, in Eagle Butte South Dakota.

As an educator Ken was known for his sense of humor and willingness to give a second chance to those who needed it most. He will be remembered for his sensitivity to others and his generosity to family and friends. Ken loved hunting deer on the Nickels ranch, and looking for ducks, sauger and buffalo skulls on the Missouri River. He instilled the love for Kings Hill, MT into his family through many fishing and camping trips, a special place where he ran a summer church camp as a young man. Most of all he loved watching his grand kids grow up….and bear stories. He loved telling bear stories.

He was preceded in death by his parents, his sisters, Francis (Fritzie) DuBeau and Eleanor Johnson, and beloved son in law Kris Bakke. Bondy is survived by his sister, Deanna (John) Novotny of Big Timber, MT; brother, Dwayne Bondy of Billings, MT; brother in law Buster Johnson of Shepherd, MT; former wife, Patricia Brown of Belgrade, MT; children Danelle Bakke and Shane Borlaug of Havre, MT; Beth Bondy and John Mikkelson of Corvalis, MT; and Jeff and Shannon Bondy of Belgrade, MT. Survivors also include ten grandchildren, Devan (Natalie) Bessette, Breanna (Zach) Snider, Noah Bondy, Kelsey Bakke, Michael Bakke, Ryan Bakke, and Payton Bondy; three great grandchildren, Jordan Bessette, Jackson Bessette, and Haven Snider.

A celebration of Ken’s life will be held in Fort Peck, MT at the Kiwanis Campground Saturday, July 31st @ 4pm with a barbeque and beverages to follow. Please bring a lawn chair if you have one.

A graveside service will be held Sunday, August 1st @ 10:30 am @ the town of Fort Peck cemetery.

Tuesday, July 13th 2021

Rose Olson

Rose Olson, 67, of Glasgow Mt passed away December 1, 2020 surrounded by her family after a battle with cancer.

Rose was born September 6, 1953 in Rosebud, Montana to James and Lydia (Jensen) Gartside. Her family moved to Glasgow during her younger years. She graduated from Glasgow High School in 1971. Rose worked as a car hop at the taste freeze where she meet Dan. They were married in October 16, 1971.

Rose worked at the Glasgow Clinic and then FMDH for 30 plus years before retiring. She also worked beside Dan at their business Dan’s Auto Clinic.

She was an avid seamstress, a ceramic artist, gardener, a great cook and an amazing quilter. She often donated her quilts for fundraisers. Rose loved to camp in her motorhome, travel to watch grandchildren’s events. Rose enjoyed her many miles on the back of the unneeded Harley Davidson motorcycle.

She is preceded in death by her father, James Gartside; father-in-law, Stanley Olson; sister-in-law Ginny Enman, and stepbrother, Duane Levay.

She is survived by her husband of 49 years, Dan Olson; three children: Danielle (Ty) Hallock, Christina (Michael) Wilson and Bradley (Rhonda) Olson; grandchildren Tia and Gage Hallock, Jeren Wilson and Elizabeth Nyquist. Mother-in-law Lenore Hinerman (Ray), Mother Lydia Gartside, sisters-in-law Kathy (Leland) Smith, and Karen (Joe) Bergtoll; brothers-in-law, Dave (Michele) Olson , Elloitt Enman, and Neil Hinerman; sisters, Mary Souther and Marie Fisher; brothers, Dale Gartside and Jim Gartside and numerous nephews and nieces.

A celebration of life service is planned for Friday, July 16, 2021, at 11 a.m. at Highland Cemetery with a luncheon to follow at the Elks Club. Bell Mortuary is assisting the family with arrangements. Condolences may be left at bellmortuarymontana.com

Wednesday, July 7th 2021

Robert J. Phillips

In Memory of Robert J. Phillips

A Celebration of His Life

Robert Phillips passed away on January 14, 2021 in Oak Harbor, Washington from pancreatic cancer at the age of 71.

On July 8, 2021 at 2:00p.m. his family will spread Robert's ashes at the family farm south of Richland, Montana. They invite friends and relatives to join them on this occasion. A potluck BBQ will follow in the afternoon. Bring your lawn chairs! Burgers and refreshments will be provided. Please bring a favorite salad or dessert and a special memory of Robert to share. Any questions, please call 724-3354.

Monday, July 5th 2021

Roberta (Berta) Connors-Clowes

Roberta (Berta) Connors-Clowes
1938-2021

On June 26, 2021, Berta peacefully passed away in her home in Butte, Montana.
Berta was born on December 26, 1938, to Robert and Margaret Maguire. She was the third of four daughters. Berta was raised in Butte and graduated from Butte Central High School. While in Butte, she worked at Hannifin Jewelry.

She married Bill Connors on June 27, 1959, at the Immaculate Conception Church in Butte. Together, they raised six children across Montana. Stops in Dutton, Billings, Butte, Glasgow Air Force Base, and eventually settling in Glasgow, allowed Berta to touch many lives through their journey together.
In Glasgow, they bought the Dairy Queen in 1976. Berta ran the DQ and created a highly successful business. Berta then sold the business after Bill passed away in 1993.

Berta married Dave Clowes in 1996 and stayed in Glasgow. She loved to play cards golf, and read. She was an active member of St. Raphael’s Catholic Parish.

Berta was a wonderful spouse, mom, grandma, and great grandma. She enjoyed following her children’s high school and college games, as well as her grandkids’ activities.

She was preceded in death by Bill Connors, her daughter Wendy Kambich, Dave Clowes, her sisters Joan Maguire and Sister Lillian Maguire, and Dave’s son James Clowes.

Berta is survived by her children Bill (Kim) Connors, Bob (Barb) Connors, Marj (Scott) Markle, Ted (Juli) Connors, Tim (Deb) Connors, her sister Sheila (John) O’Mara, 17 grandchildren and 7 great grandchildren, and many nieces and nephews. She is also survived by Dave’s children, Wade (Kathy) Clowes, Dena (Rick) Burt, Lorrie (Allen) Merrill, Erin Clowes, 10 grandchildren and 17 great grandchildren.

Berta was a faithful, lifetime member of the Catholic Church. The Mass of Resurrection will be held on August 14, 2021, at 10:30 a.m. at St. Raphael’s Church in Glasgow, with interment to follow at the Highlands Cemetery in Glasgow. A luncheon at the Elks will follow.

Berta will be greatly missed by her family, friends and all who knew her. In lieu of flowers, please share remembrance to the Valley County Transit in Glasgow.

Friday, July 2nd 2021

Jennifer Lee Limberhand

Jennifer Lee Limberhand, age 46, entered this world October 31, 1974. Jennifer passed away June 29, 2021, at Billings Clinic after a long battle. She was born to Jasper Lee Limberhand and Maggie Sherryl Longtree in Glasgow. She went to school and graduated from Glasgow High School in 1993.

She worked at Glasgow Irrigation for many years then became a stay-at-home mom and grandmother. She met the love of her life, Frank Vandall, in 2001 and started dating in 2005. They raised 5 children together.

You could always catch her watching the Chicago Cubs, Green Bay Packers and NASCAR, or out fishing or hunting with Frank, and playing darts. She loved to travel around the state, making new friends at dart tournaments. When she was not playing darts, she loved spending time with all her grandkids.

She is preceded in death by her dad, Jasper Limberhand; grandmother, Jeanette Smith; uncles, Tim Limberhand and Daniel Limberhand and a cousin Dub Longtree.

Jennifer is survived by her husband, Frank Vandall; mother Maggie Longtree; brothers, Cheyenne Limberhand; sons, Deltin Baker & Cody Youngman; daughters, Tessa Youngman, Samantha Youngman & Ashley Limberhand; grandchildren, Jayden, Jorden, Cambell, Ahnaleigh, Joe, Hope, Grace, Drake and Frank; aunt, Myra Longtree; cousin, Denelda Roll and special nieces & nephew, Jayson, Kylen, Harper & Chassidy.

A family receives friends will be held Friday, July 2, 2021, 6 – 8 p.m. at Bell Mortuary. Funeral Service will be Saturday, July 3, 2021, 2 p.m. at Bell Mortuary with burial in Highland Cemetery. Bell Mortuary is assisting the family with arrangements. Condolences can be left at bellmortuarymontana.com.