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Wednesday, February 1st 2023

J'nine Michelle Frost - Dittus

J’nine Frost – Dittus, 57, Miles City, MT, September 12, 1965 – January 29, 2023. Family will receive friends Friday, February 3, 2023 at Stevenson and Son Funeral Home in Miles City from 4 – 6p.m. Memorial Service is Saturday, February 4, 2023 at 1p.m. at Grace Bible Church, 3505 Stower Street, Miles City, MT.

It’s been said the kitchen is the heart of the home. It’s where loved ones gather, where we connect, where we celebrate holidays, and where we enjoyed J’nine’s world-famous caramel rolls.

But we shouldn’t give the kitchen too much credit. The kitchen isn’t the heart of the home—that was J’nine Dittus.

J’nine Michelle Dittus was born September 12, 1965 to Susan (Susie) and Lawren Frost (Frosty) in Glasgow, Montana. J’nine was the 5th child to join the Frost Clan, after Stuart, Jacquie, Danny and Billy. After J’nine, came Chee Chee. J’nine was adored by her siblings, having a unique bond with each of them.

October 30th, 1988, she became the proudest mom of Bradley Alan. J’nine’s love multiplied as Ryan Adam, Jesse Edward and Hope Ann entered this world. J’nine was the definition of the perfect mom, effortlessly making time for each and every one of them to feel important and special. She showed up… for every event or accomplishment, no matter how big or small, she showed up. She was incredibly proud of her kids, and she made it known!

An exceptional cook, doting caregiver, loyal friend, sister, mother, and grandmother, J’nine left us too early, but jam-packed a lifetime of love, adventures, and memories into her 57 years on earth. With wisdom beyond her years and an unending supply of patience, J’nine understood the recipe for a happy life—surround yourself with loved ones, maintain a childlike spirit, make room for practical jokes, and approach every interaction with an open heart. Her children were lucky enough to experience a mother that they describe as an angel on earth. The love they had for each other was unconditional and unending, almost enviable from the outside looking in.

J’nine broke a few pie crusts along the way—but you’d never know it. Her steely resolve and mental toughness was admired by friends and family, many often wondering how she could maintain such grace amid the chaos and unimaginable heartbreak she endured throughout her life. Even as a child J’nine exhibited an exceptional work ethic, often putting in late hours at the family’s campground, Trails West in Glasgow, MT. The friendships J’nine formed as a child, endured the test of time. She had countless lifelong friends, always making it a point to maintain those connections.

Resolute yet tender, resilient yet compassionate, J’nine genuinely found joy in making others around her feel special.

Birthdays and holidays were a big deal at J’nine’s house—and she has a lifetime of VHS tapes to prove it; she never missed recording and memorializing a cherished family event. As unique as her name’s spelling, J’nine quite possibly missed her calling as a stage performer. You might find her dancing around the kitchen in her socks while singing into a spatula or chasing around the grandkids in a Halloween mask. It was always fun at Nana’s house.

There’s no doubt that J’nine’s kids and grandkids were the main ingredients to her happiness. Early on motocross, and a dash of mischief often hallmarked their time together—always sealed and cured in laughter. Later as the grandchildren arrived the fun and love only increased. She was far from an average grandma, she was “Nana”, a title she naturally excelled at. J’nine was a fierce protector of her family.

As a caregiver and daycare provider, J’nine treated every child as her own. She looked after countless children through the years and served as an extended mom to many. Accepting and inclusive, you knew you were welcome at J’nine’s day or night, and there was always room at the table for just one more.

As our angel here on earth, we’re still trying to understand why you were taken from us so soon. We are all better humans for knowing you. We’ll take a cue from you and check in on each other, make sure everyone is fed, and the house is tidy, but please know your absence is palpable.

You were our rock, our joy, and our strength—the heart of our home and our community. We will miss you always and forever. The solace of light during this time is imaging the beautiful reunion you are having with your boys.

J’nine was preceded in death by her beloved sons Bradley and Ryan Dittus; mother Susan Frost; father Lawren Frost.

J’nine will be greatly missed by her son, Jesse (Savanah) and only daughter, Hope (Kacey) Dittus; grandchildren Briley, Kinley, Paisley and Langston ; brothers Stuart (Holly) Frost; Danny (Rosa) Frost; Bill (Stacy) Frost; Sisters Jacquie (Joe) Cates and Chee Chee Frost, as well as many nieces, nephews and great nieces and nephews.

A visitation will be held on Friday, February 3, 2023, with family receiving friends from 4:00 to 6:00 PM at Stevenson and Sons Funeral Home.

A memorial service will be held at 1:00 PM on Saturday, February 4, 2023, at Grace Bible Church in Miles City. A graveside service will follow at the family lot of Custer County Cemetery.

Monday, January 30th 2023

Michael Edward Ramsbacher

Michael Edward Ramsbacher of Helena, MT died at Fort Harrison VA Hospital on December 15, 2022, surrounded by his family. He was 61 years old.

Mike was born on September 8, 1961 in Glasgow, MT to Charles and Kathleen Ramsbacher. Mike started school in Fort Peck but later moved to Nashua. He spent his early years fishing, hunting, boating and swimming with friends and everything Montana had to offer including drives to Fort Peck and the Dredge Cuts. In high school he played football and threw javelin in track.

Mike grew up with his twin sisters, Debbie & Cindy and his brother Jim. Mike left for the Air Force after high school from 1979-1980. When Mike came back in 1984 he worked for MTDOT in Glasgow and Jordan where he met Michelle Galla. They married on January 19, 1985 and had 3 children Stephen, Kaitlin and Brittany. He drove trucks in Havre where he worked alongside his closest friend Kenny and made the long days enjoyable. Mike and Michelle divorced years later.

In 2001 Mike became a full time army guard soldier and moved to Helena. In January 2006 Mike married Leslie Clark and welcomed her daughters, Ashley and Allison into his life as his own. Even though he loved to joke that he "didn't even like kids" he was the best papa. Mike loved to spend time with his 13 grandchildren who followed him like the pied piper. Beginning a legacy of sharing his patented humor, interests, lessons and zest for life with them. Driving and flying miles to just spend important time gaining the memories they will remember for a lifetime.

He proudly served our country in the United States Air Force and the Montana Army National Guard for a total of 42 years and 10 months. In 2013 Mike deployed to Kuwait. He was awarded a number of accommodations throughout his career, most recently the Legion of Merit.

Mike had a love of traveling, often taking trips to feed his other interests, like concerts, breweries and distilleries. He loved music and could name minute details of classics and one-hit-wonders. Mike enjoyed the outdoors, spending countless hours hiking, fishing, hunting, running marathons with friends and building the LMR Ranch that hosted family and friends throughout the years.

His smile lit up a room, he was a wonderful storyteller and hardworking as they come. He will always be cherished by those who knew him with a wonderful sense of humor and once you are family, that's it, you are family.

Mike is survived by his wife, Leslie Ramsbacher (Helena), Sons, Stephen Ramsbacher (Solo Bernard) (Glendale, AZ), Andrew Ramsbacher (Helena MT), Daughters, Kaitlin Ramsbacher and Brittany Ramsbacher (Josh Gossmeyer) (Spokane Valley WA), Ashley Hirshfeld (Mickey Schlick)(Missoula MT), and Allison Sanford (Travis Kamphuis)(Minot, ND), Grandchildren, Kayleigh, Cadyn, Mikey, Dylan, Ashlynn, Ellie, Jayce, Piper, Jonathan, Charlie, Torin, Skyla, and Emmersyn, Mother, Kathleen Ramsbacher, Sisters, Debbie Fauth (Mike Fauth) and Cindy Ramsbacher, and brother Jim Ramsbaher.

Mike is preceded in death by his grandparents, Francis and Honora Ramsbacher, and Charles and Harriet Fralick, and his father, Charles Ramsbacher.

A celebration of life will be held July 4th, 2023 Services will be @ 1 PM July 3 2023 at the Veterans Cemetery at Fort Harrison.

Monday, January 30th 2023

James “JJ” Thomas Jester

James Thomas Jester “JJ” age 62, of St. Marie, Montana passed away on January 24, 2023 at Frances Mahon Deaconess Hospital in Glasgow, Montana.

James was born on January 29, 1960 in Arab, Alabama to parents James Howard Jester and Aldie Mae (Staggs) Jester. He graduated from Arab High School in 1978.

James was a great family man and loving father. He married Brenda McDaniel in 1999 and the couple had three children together, from previous marriages. James was a Navy Veteran, who served his country proudly.

James was a social, active man who was deeply involved in Cancer and Multiple Sclerosis awareness for most of his life. He enjoyed hunting, fishing and wood working. His family and friends will always remember him as a funny and loving, caring person. If you knew James you knew he was a very special person and if he loved you, you knew you were truly loved.

James is survived by his wife, Brenda Jester of St. Marie, Montana; his daughters, Amy Spangler and Amber Goodwin; his son, Dakkota Jester; grandchildren: Connar Garza, Bentley Garza, Dillon Goodwin, Braxton Goodwin, and Hunter Jester; his husky, Chinook; sisters, Patricia Veeder, Joni Black, and Jeni Jester; brother, Arnold Jester and a bunch of nieces, nephews and cousins.

Preceding him in death are his parents: Howard James Jester and Aldie Mae Jester; brothers, Clyde Slaton and Donnie Slaton.

Family will receive friends with a time of sharing at Bell Mortuary 2:00 p.m., on Friday, February 3, 2023. All are welcome to attend and celebrate James’ life. Condolences may be left for the family at bellmortuarymontana.com. The family would like to thank everyone that was part of our lives through JJ’s life. Donations can be sent to: The Glasgow Clinic at Frances Mahon Deaconess Hospital, 621 3rd Street South, Glasgow, Montana 59230.

Sunday, January 22nd 2023

Marilyn (Hatton) Maxness

Marilyn (Hatton) Maxness was born July 19, 1937, in Wheeler, Montana to Thoralf and Hazel (Hartsock) Hatton. She passed away on January 13, 2023, in Helena, Montana with her family by her side.

Marilyn graduated from Glasgow High School in 1955. She started her lifelong career at Farmers-Stockgrowers Bank (now Wells Fargo) as a junior in high school. She was the first female trust officer in Montana. When Davidson Corp bought out the trust department from the bank, Marilyn transferred to Great Falls for about three years. She returned to Glasgow in 1992 and began working for Gary and Annette Wageman at Linsco Private Ledger until her retirement in 2000. She continued to live in Glasgow until the summer of 2022 when she moved to Helena.

Marilyn was married to Gordon Maxness and they later divorced.

She played bridge every chance she got and enjoyed the time spent with fellow bridge players. She volunteered many hours at the Pioneer Museum and served as the treasurer for the Valley County Historical Society. The Class of 1955 gathered for lunch once a month for many years. She traveled to France with Joan Helland and Eleanor Pratt in 1997, and also took a fall foliage tour to the east coast. She volunteered for the Republican Party and was a member of Soroptimist International.

Her greatest joy was her grandchildren. She attended every event she could from vacations together to school events, graduations, birthdays, and holidays and even managed to be there for a couple of births.

Marilyn is remembered for her kindness and incredible strength. She had a stem cell transplant in 2004 after being diagnosed with multiple myeloma. We were blessed with an additional 18 years of memories.

She is preceded in death by her parents, her brothers, Bill and Bob Hatton; sister, Peggy Hatton; four infant siblings; her grandson, Kyle Barnes, and many close friends. She is survived by her daughter, Laura (Dean) Barnes; son, John Maxness; grandchildren: Alexa (Jake Fortin) Barnes, Erin, Ethan, and Andrew Maxness, and Morgan Scott; sister, Norma Lynch; sister-in-law JoAnn Hatton along with numerous nieces and nephews.

Services will be held in Glasgow at 1:00 p.m., Saturday, February 4, 2023, at Bell Mortuary with Pastor Rick Thompson officiating. Condolences may be left for the family at bellmortuarymontana.com.

Thursday, January 19th 2023

Cecil Floyd Dalby

Cecil Floyd Dalby Passed away after a short illness on January 12, 2023.

Cecil was born in Glasgow, Montana March 13, 1941 to Emil and Alma (Frederick) Dalby. He was the seventh child out of eight children.

In July of 1963 Cecil decided to forgo his senior year of high school to join the Army and was stationed in Fort Carson, Colorado until July 9, 1965. After leaving the Army, Cecil returned home where he worked for the post office in Glasgow as a mail carrier form 1965-1970. In March 1970. He took a job with the railroad where he remained until his retirement in 2000. Because he was not a man to sit around, Cecil went back to work at the post office as a substitute driver until early in 2022, a job he truly enjoyed.

Cecil was quite an athlete in his day and loved to tell the stories of his football and basketball prowess. Throughout different stages of his life, he enjoyed participating in racquetball, bowling and golf. He was extremely proud of the golf tournament he and his teammates won this past summer.

Cecil loved Scottie sports and was a member of the chain gang for many years; he was also a volunteer coach of youth basketball at the Civic Center. This love of sports and competition led him all over the state, as well as across state lines as he followed the competitions of his nieces and nephews.

Cecil could be found having lunches with his siblings or chauffeuring them across the state to visit other relatives. He loved visiting with family and catching up on everyone’s life. He always had a smile and a chuckle no matter the conversation.

Cecil is survived by his brother, John Dalby and three sisters Evelyn Mix, Cora Canen and Nora Zeiger all of Glasgow as well as several nieces, nephews and cousins.

Preceding him in death are his parents Emil and Alma Dalby; brothers: Vernon, Melvin and Alvin; sister-in-law, Gladys Dalby; brothers-in-law Adrian Mix, Roy Canen and Terry Zeiger.

Family will receive friends from 5:30 – 7:30, Tuesday, January 24, 2023 at Bell Mortuary in Glasgow, Montana. Funeral services will be 1:00 p.m. on Wednesday, January 25, 2023 at Bell Mortuary. Burial with military honors will follow at Highland Cemetery. Condolences may be left for the family at bellmortuarymontana.com.

Tuesday, January 17th 2023

Raymond C. Crawford Jr.

Raymond C. Crawford Jr., age 70, of Great Falls, Montana passed away in Seattle at University of Washington hospital from complications due to lymphoma cancer on January 9, 2023. Ray was born December 31, 1952, in Glendive, Montana to Raymond C Crawford Sr. and Mary Aitken. He was one of eight children: having five brothers and two sisters. He served in the United States Marine Corp as a Military Policeman, was a pistol expert, rifle sharpshooter, and awarded the National Defense Service Medal.

He met the love of his life, Linda, in 1973, in Charleston, South Carolina. They were married in 1974 and soon after moved to Washington and later making Great Falls, Montana their home. They welcomed three children: Kim, Travis, and Kelly. He found his career as a truck driver and later became an owner/operator, working in the industry for over 30 years. He dedicated his life to working over the road to provide for his family, often spending more than a month on the road away from them. His family was something he held very close. Raymond was a son, brother, father, papa, g-papa, uncle, cousin, and friend. Ray enjoyed spending time with his kids, grandchildren, and great-grandchild. He enjoyed relaxing at home, baking, and watching his favorite shows and movies.

He was an avid outdoorsman, with his passion being hunting. He enjoyed all of what Montana had to offer during every season but lived for hunting season. He had hunted with his family for as long as he had been able to and enjoyed hunting all game but loved hunting elk. His experiences had led him to multiple success stories but also some great memories. Fishing with his brothers and family comes in a close second. He enjoyed the calm of the sport, but also the adrenaline of fighting a walleye on the end of his line.

He is survived by his wife, Linda; brother, Bruce; sisters, Diana and Patty; daughters; Kim (Mike), Kelly (Chris); son, Travis (Niki), and grandchildren, Austin, Cheyenne, Kenzie, and Brody; great grandchild, Walker; Lou Kochendorfer and multiple cousins.

A graveside service with military honors will be held at 1:00 p.m. on January 25, 2023 in Highland Cemetery in Glasgow, Montana. Condolences may be left for the family at bellmortuarymortuary.com.

Friday, January 13th 2023

Carmen D. Ware

Carmen D. Ware, age 87 of Glasgow passed away on January 12, 2023 at Valley View Home in Glasgow. Her family will receive friends at the Bell Mortuary from 1- 3 p.m. on Sunday, January 15, 2023.

Tuesday, January 10th 2023

John Gilbert Fuhrmann

John Gilbert Fuhrmann, 48, passed away December 20, 2022 in Williston, North Dakota.

John was born to William and Diana (Fauth) Fuhrmann on February 22, 1974, in Glasgow, Montana, joining older brother Justin at the family home in Opheim, Montana.

He attended school in Opheim, Montana where he graduated. He participated in little league baseball, basketball and track. He was also involved in 4-H. John attended college and graduated from University of North Dakota in Williston, where he majored in automotive technology.

John had many careers over his lifetime, such as working on the family farm, for a flooring company, as a service manager at Stockman Ford, Arch’s Tire in Glasgow, Montana and helping area neighbors, Earl and Rita Fuhrman and Ken and Cindy Solberg. Moving into the oilfield industry, he began his career as a roughneck and eventually began running wireline trucks for different companies. John’s most recent job was for Coil Tubing as a sales representative.

John was married to Jenn Kirby, and later separated. John later met JoDee Horob and they were married on December 22, 2006. John and JoDee shared a daughter, Gracie, who was born January 3, 2006, joining stepsisters Jessica (1987) and Jaymie (1996). The family resided in Williston, North Dakota.
When John was younger, he enjoyed collecting and working on different types of automotives, such as his 1972 Chevelle, his motorcycle, snowmobile and three-wheeler. John’s more recent hobbies included an old truck with a friend to give to his daughter, collecting John Wayne memorabilia, collecting guns, fishing, boating and camping with the family.

John loved spending time with his family, doing lots of activities such as cooking, BBQing, playing video games, watching movies and traveling. He enjoyed going to Glacier and Yellowstone Parks, South Dakota, Disney World and many other places as a family. Most of all he loved making his family laugh, especially is granddaughters.

John is survived and missed by his loving daughters, Gracie Fuhrmann, Jaymie Horob (Hunter Lynch) and Jessica (Horob) Neer; granddaughters, Adalynn and Amelia Neer; brother, Justin (Geraldene) Fuhrmann; two nieces, Shelby and Mandy Fuhrmann; aunts, Joyce, Karen and Sarah Fauth and uncle Gary Fauth.

Preceding John in death are his parents; grandparents; an uncle on his mom’s side and several uncles on his dad’s side.

A memorial service will be 11:00 a.m., Saturday, January 14, 2023 at Bell Mortuary with Pastor Scott Kiehn officiating.

Saturday, January 7th 2023

Colleen Ann (Fargo) Kittleson

Colleen Ann (Fargo) Kittleson, age 65, of Glasgow Montana, passed away January 4, 2023 at St. Vincent’s Hospital in Billings, Montana.

Colleen was born June 6, 1957 in Glasgow, Montana, the daughter of John and Rhoda (Lentz) Fargo. Colleen graduated high school in 1975. She married Rocky Kittleson on September 11, 1976 and they started their family shortly thereafter with Dusty and Travis and then after a ten year gap Myles and Katie came along to complete the family.

Colleen worked at Eugene’s Pizza all through high school. In her adult life she spent some time working at JC Penny’s and Joe’s Meat Shop, but her true calling was being a Mother and a Grandmother.

Colleen was known for being a dedicated wife and mom. She was involved in 4-H often being a leader from the point of Dusty starting to Katie finishing many years later. She followed her kids to all of their events, whether that was to all of the different sporting games and tournaments, chaperoning each and every school field trip or to the Metra for State Wrestling while having a two month old and a two year old on each hip.

The love she had for her family was multiplied when she started having grandchildren and she loved nothing more than having the opportunity to babysit and help raise the older two, Ty and Kohl; she looked forward to seeing Max when he came to visit from Minnesota and loved seeing Grace, John and Joseph for church every Sunday.

She enjoyed being a part of the many different clubs including: being an AAU Wrestling Club mom, a Gold’n Girl Investment Club lady, as well as being part of many Bible Study groups through the years.

Colleen is survived by her husband, Rocky; sons, Dusty Kittleson (Buffy), Travis (Marcie) Kittleson, Myles (Faith) Kittleson all of Glasgow, Montana; daughter, Katie (Cody) Esmay of Mound, Minnesota; Melissa Kittleson of Glasgow, Montana; grandchildren: Ty Kittleson, Kohl Kittleson, Grace Kittleson, John Kittleson, Joseph Kittleson and Maximus Esmay; brothers, Doug (Jill) Fargo, Rod (Shannon) Fargo and Arnie (Britt) Fargo; numerous aunts, cousins, nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her parents, John and Rhoda Fargo; sister, Jacque Fargo; mother-in-law, Blanche Kittleson and father-in-law, Dorval Kittleson.

Family will receive friends from 4 to 6:00 p.m., Sunday, January 8, 2023 at Bell Mortuary. Funeral services will be 11:00 a.m., Monday, January 9, 2023 at the Glasgow Evangelical Church with Pastor Tom Fauth officiating. Burial will follow at Highland Cemetery followed by a luncheon at the Evangelical Church. Condolences may be left for the family at bellmortuarymontana.com.

Friday, January 6th 2023

Mike Kaiser

Michael C. Kaiser was born in Miles City to Charles and Lorrain (Muggli) Kaiser. He spent his youth in Miles City, attending Sacred Heart School, lettering in football, basketball and track.

After high school, he enlisted in the Army where he served our country for four years, completing three tours of Vietnam and was awarded the Purple Heart. He attended Northern Montana College for four years and graduated at the top of his class with degrees in Welding, Construction Materials Management, Engineering and Surveying. Many of you may have known Mike more recently as a Certified Land Surveyor. He bought his business from Don Beckman and was the only certified surveyor from Havre to Williston.

Mike was like a book you were not sure you wanted to read, then could not put down because every chapter got more and more interesting. He loved to read and learn, be challenged and solve problems. His knowledge base was unending, and he could discuss intelligently most any topic –such a bright man- and his interests were as varied. He was a licensed pilot, a certified scuba diver, small and large engine mechanic, carpenter, earth moving specialist, inventor and soil tester. Most importantly he had a wicked, dry sense of humor that surfaced when you least expected. He was a prankster and loved to make people laugh.

Mike was a man of integrity, humility and kindness, always ready to help but never taking the spotlight. He was a religious man who did not talk about it, but lived it and believed in leading by example not words. He is the past president of the St. Raphael’s Parish Council and was a member of the Glasgow School Board from February 2016 until May 2021.

He is survived by his wife, Jan; son, Tony, daughter, Katie; sisters, Barb (Gary) Fleischer, Cynthia (Mike) Frankovich and Bernie (Warren) Garber; three nieces and one nephew. He is preceded in death by his brother, Edward; father, Charles and mother, Lorraine.

The family requests that memorial donations be made to the Valley County Pool Campaign or the Glasgow High School Educational Trust.

Rosary vigil will be held 6:30 p.m., Monday, January 9, 2023 at St. Raphael’s Catholic Church in Glasgow, Montana. Funeral services will be 10:30 a.m., Tuesday, January 10, 2023 at St. Raphael’s Catholic Church with Father Jose Valliparambil officiating. Burial with military honors will be at Highland Cemetery in Glasgow, Montana. Condolences may be left for the family at bellmortuarymontana.com.