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Thursday, September 29th 2022

Adeline H (Fuhrman) Mitchell

Adeline H (Fuhrman) Mitchell was born May 14, 1923, she was one of five daughters born to Kon C. and Emma (Miller) Fuhrman. Adeline passed away of natural causes at Valley View Home in Glasgow, Montana at the age of 99, on September 27, 2022.

Her first three years of schooling were at the South Fuhrman School and then she came to Glasgow and graduated from Glasgow High School in 1941. She entered the Margaret Hoods Beauty College and graduated in July of 1942. So there after Adeline joined the Navy as a WAVE and was stationed in Washington, D.C. When her time in the service was up, she came home to help her parents care for her younger sisters.

On June 4, 1947 she married the love of her life, Philip R. Mitchell of Nashua Montana. She opened up her own beauty shop in Nashua until their son, Michael, was born January 3, 1951.

Adeline was very active in her community. She was known as the “polyester queen”. She was a member of the American Legion Auxiliary since 1947. She served in numerous positions and was awarded the Soroptimist Woman of the year of 1975. The Mitchell Group Home was named after her for all of her hours of volunteering in 1993. In 1999, she was chosen for the “First Lady’s Award” presented by Teresa Racicot for her continued work with children and youth.

Adeline and Mary Potter worked with The Red Cross for many years in “The Canteen”, getting volunteers lined up. She enjoyed raising money for the American Legion Baseball Field along with Elaine Etchart. Over the years she taught bowling to young kids at El-Cor-Del Lanes and was actively involved with Girls State and the Boulder River School for the kids.

She enjoyed watching her grandkids grow up and always supporting them in all of their activities. She and Phil never missed a game.

Some of her favorite things to do were bingo, cards and puzzles.

Preceding Adeline in death is her husband, Phillip R. Mitchell; parents, Kon and Emma Fuhrman; sisters: Helen, Jean, Teresa and Hilda and numerous relatives.

Adeline is survived by her son, Michael (Candice) Mitchell of Minot; her grandchildren, Tyler (Sara) and Tisha (Jason); and great-grandchildren: Sheridan, Jalen, Tenly, Tatum and Ryken.

Condolences may be left for the family at bellmortuaryglasgow.com. Memorials in Adeline’s name may be made to the donor’s choice. Services are being planned for June of 2023.

Wednesday, September 28th 2022

Doug Martin

Doug Martin, 78, died unexpectedly on August 12th, 2022. Doug was born in Glasgow, Montana, on July 10th, 1944, to the late Iver “Scottie” William and Dorothy Catherine (Maalerud) Martin of Tampico, Montana. His childhood was spent on the family farm in Tampico which had been homesteaded by his grandparents.

Doug graduated from Glasgow High School in 1962 and joined the United States Army. During his time in the army, Doug excelled physically, receiving an exemplary score in the Physical Combat Proficiency Test. This wasn’t merely a test of physical fitness; it was also a measure of physical talent. The score afforded Doug the ability to specialize during his army time, to which he chose to pursue operating heavy equipment. Doug served our country in Vietnam from 1965 to 1969 and was a member of the Hinsdale American Legion Auxiliary.

Doug married Shirley Leone Hillman, in August of 1965 in Hinsdale, Montana. Their first son, Wade, was born in 1968, Jess followed in 1970, and Clay in 1977.

Doug started riding saddle bronc in high school and upon his return from Vietnam, rodeo continued to be a big part of his life. He rode in small rodeos across the country and successfully rode Descent, six-time Pro Rodeo bucking horse of the year, at the National Western Stock Show and Rodeo in Denver. Doug was one of few to ride the palomino gelding. Another highlight of his life, Doug took part in the Great Montana Centennial Cattle Drive in 1989, moving over 2,800 cattle from Roundup to Billings over the course of six days.

Doug was a pilot, much like his father and older brother. He did a great deal of flying for Boucher Ranch, periodically checking on their cattle remotely located near Fort Peck Reservoir. Son Clay recalls dropping hundreds of ping pong balls from the back of the plane as Doug took a low pass over Main Street Hinsdale, Montana, during the annual 4th of July Parade.

During high school, Doug became a cowboy, working for Jack Rosenwald, who ran cattle and horses all over the Glasgow/Malta area. Doug worked and managed several ranches around the state, and with his wife, Shirley, was part owner of Stockman Bar in Malta, Montana, in the early 1970s. Doug operated a road grader for Valley County until his retirement in 2018. He did an excellent job maintaining hundreds of miles of dirt roads and was greatly appreciated by the community for his attentiveness and skill.

Doug is survived by his wife, Shirley; his sons Wade (Lisa) of Hinsdale, MT; Jess of Drummond, MT; Clay (Ali) of Helena, MT; his grandchildren, Scott Martin, Harper Martin, Bridger Martin, and Tanner Theriault; his brother Gary Martin (Sheila) of Tampico, MT and sister-in-law, Caroline Martin (Larry) of Busby, MT.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Iver and Dorothy Martin, his sister, Lillian (John) Tischmak, and brothers Lee (Ruth) and Larry Martin.

There will be small gathering for those who would like to raise a glass in honor of Doug at a future date.

Monday, September 19th 2022

Millard "Butch" Tewell

Millard “Butch “Tewell went to heaven September 13, 2022 after a short battle with cancer spending seven days at Billings Clinic.

Butch was born in South Lebanon, Ohio August 18, 1950, to America Browning only to be adopted a few hours later by Millard and Dorothy Tewell. Millard loved his little boy so much and took him everywhere even in the city truck, Millard worked for the City of Franklin. Butch lost his hero at the age of seven when Millard was killed in an accident running a bulldozer clearing land for what is now Franklin Community Park. Then his grandpa Hansford Tewell took over to keep Butch busy, taking him mushroom hunting and fishing at Lake Erie with his cousin Gus Hurst.

Butch spent all most one year at Kentucky Military Institute when Grandpa Tewell passed away, his second hero.

Butch’s mother married Paul Ruppert Sr. when Butch was 13 and Butch struggled with that after he had been “man” of the house for six years. As he grew older, he loved and respected Paul Sr.

We got married young, but we worked through all the normal struggles, had great 53 years together and raised three amazing children.

Butch was a great dog trainer and was known all over the United States as the best. After moving to Montana, he was sent many dogs to train for hunting and obedience, making many friends as far away as Italy. He worked for Oregonia Ohio Post Office as a carrier with his best friend Steve Burggraf as his boss.

But his most cherish job was coaching the Franklin Ohio Wildcats football for ten years. He was a big influence on so many young men and had many long-lasting friendships.

Butch finally found his biological mother and spoke to her on the phone a year before she died and one biological sister, Fonda Gross became very special to him. They spent a lot of time talking trying to catch up.

He lived in Nashua 22 years and always said this is the best place to live with such wonderful caring people. He served on the FMDH Foundation board and a few short time on FMDH Hospital Board of Trustees. He supported the Aaron Chatten Foundation softball games. An avid hunter, sometimes lately just enjoying the wildlife and watching hunting dogs do what they love to do.

Preceding him in death are his mother, Dorothy Ruppert, brother, Jimmy Tewell and Grandma Murray.

Butch is survived by his wife, Martha; daughter, Dr. Andrea Tewell (Dale Hammock) from Ohio; son Aaron Tewell (Meriweather Campbell) from Livingston, Montana and son Adam Tewell from Bozeman, Montana. His precious grandsons Wister and Hansford Tewell from Livingston. The most special family Eddie, Dawn, Payton and Wyatt Standifer from Ohio. Brother Paul Ruppert Jr. (Sue), nephews Greg and Jeff from Ohio, sister Janey Schneider (Ralph) from Ohio, Aunt Betty Haddix cousins Kevin and Bryan from Virginia, sister-in-law Madeleine Knill from Ohio and niece Sarah Brown (Neil) and her children. Best friends Jim Wallace from Florida and Steve Burggraf from Ohio who have many stories and memories to hold dear.

Butch was an organ donor, and his corneas were harvested. He has been cremated with services scheduled for 2:00 p.m., Saturday, October 1, 2022 at Bell Mortuary with refreshments following. There will be a Celebration of his life in Franklin, Ohio sometime in December. Condolences may by left for the family at bellmortuaryglasgow.com.

Friday, September 16th 2022

Monte Layne Eayrs

Monte Layne Eayrs, age 68, passed away at the Glendive Medical Center August 15, 2022 after a courageous, hard-fought battle with cancer.

He was born to Ralph "Dutch" and Dorothy (Dolson) Eayrs in Glasgow, MT on August 22, 1953. He joined his brother, Jack Lund, and was soon the big brother to his three sisters, Tracie, Colleen, and Kristi.
Monte grew up on the Milk River where he developed his hard work ethic and love of raising cattle and seedstock. Throughout his childhood the Eayrs showed angus cattle all over Eastern MT. During high school he wrestled for the Scotties and coach, Mr. Kato, left a lifelong impact on Monte.

After graduating from Glasgow High School, he attended MSU Bozeman for two non-consecutive quarters and decided that the cowboy way of life was for him. In 1974 he married Nina Ewing and with this union, his daughter Kathryn was born. During these years, Monte worked on ranches from the red desert of Wyoming to the Canadian Border and always had a job at the Cornwell Ranch. He also partnered with Sherm Ewing, running cattle all the way from Hardin to Browning.

In 1987, Monte and Stephanie Helland were wed, they soon welcomed their three sons Logan, Mark, and Paul. They made their home north of Glasgow, ranching and raising Black Angus bulls as seedstock alongside Dorothy. In 2001, the opportunity presented itself to the family to purchase a real ranch southeast of Fallon. They moved and called Cabin Creek home.

Monte will be remembered as a family man, story teller, an old school real stockman, and cowboy. He was humble, dedicated, and methodical. Monte never believed in taking shortcuts in life, always electing to do things the right way. He raised four wonderful children and was very proud of each of them. Monte was blessed with five grandkids, they were the light of his life. He will be dearly missed, but we will continue to see his presence in the cattle herd he built and the lessons he taught us. When Monte was diagnosed with cancer, rather than asking for prayers for himself he asked everyone to pray for rain.

Monte leaves behind his loving wife of 35 years, Stephanie; daughter Kathyrn (Jay) Dahlstrom of Picabo, ID; sons Logan (Kacie) of Ismay, MT, Mark of Fallon, MT, and Paul (Kelsey) of Glendive, MT. Monte cherished his grandchildren: Emily, Eiley, Webb, Walter, and Nellie. Surviving family
Monte is preceded in death by both sets of grandparents, his father, and in-laws Ron and Joan Helland.

A celebration of life will be held Saturday, September 24th 2-5pm at the Glasgow VFW, all friends and family are welcome.

In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the Glendive Community Cancer Fund or Prairie County 4-H includes his mother Dorothy Eayrs of Glasgow, MT; brother Jack (Pearl) Lund of Kinsey, MT; sisters Tracie Vanderpan, Colleen (Tom) Johnson, and Kristi Spain of Bozeman, MT; and numerous nieces, nephews, and friends. He also leaves behind his lifelong friend Lee Cornwell and trusty horse, Chief.

Friday, September 16th 2022

Carrol A. Dooper

Carrol A. Dooper, 87, was greeted by the numerous furry companions she cared for during her lifetime when she crossed over on September 2, 2022. Cremation has taken place, as per Carrol’s wishes, and a graveside service will be held at the Highland Cemetery on Saturday, October 29, 2022 with a reception following at the Cottonwood.

Carrol was born to Annie Lukin Overton and Joseph Henry Overton in Oswego, Montana on July 24, 1935. She was raised by her grandparents, Emma and Peter “Rhubarb” Lukin.

On June 17, 1957 August “Gus” Dooper and Carrol were married in Wolf Point, Montana. They spent the entirety of their married life in Valley and Phillips County.

In her later years Carrol prided herself on being self-sufficient, and spent her days caring for her pets, feeding the birds, shopping at “The Thrift,“ motoring to garage sales, and making frequent trips to the library in her “Hummer” until her health dictated a move to Valley View Home in December of 2021. While there, she especially enjoyed the company of Jax and Rose, the resident felines, and Rigg, the handsome German Shepherd. The family is grateful for the excellent care Carrol received while residing at Valley View.

She is survived by her daughters, Terri Payseno of Torrington, Wyoming and Kim Dooper of Cody, Wyoming; sons, Tom (Candy) of Lusk, Wyoming and August “Tinker” of Bridger, Montana; grandsons, T.J. (Jackie) Poulsen and Matt Dooper; granddaughters, Katie Payseno, Dani (Jessee) Wilson and Bailey Dooper; great-grandsons, Charlie Bates, Cullen Poulsen, and Mack Wilson; great-granddaughter, Finley Poulsen; and numerous nieces and nephews.

Preceding her in death were her husband, Gus; daughter, Darla “Pokey” Wagner; grandsons, Cole Dooper and Lucas Hunter Dooper; brother, Bobby Overton; and sisters, Betty Kindred and Kay Persons.

A memorial has not been established but donations may be made in Carrol’s name to a charity of the donor’s choice, especially Valley View Home or one that benefits animals. Bell Mortuary is in charge of the arrangements. Condolences may be left for the family at bellmortuarymontana.com.

Thursday, September 15th 2022

David Barry Christenson

David Barry Christenson passed away unexpectedly at the Billings Clinic Hospital on the morning of September 11, 2022 with his family by his side.

Dave was born October 22, 1949 in Williston, North Dakota to Pete and Esther (Sjovold) Christenson. He was the baby of the large family trailing along by 11 years. As a young child he lived on the family farm and then in Hanks, North Dakota when his "Pa" retired from farming. Later they moved to Williston, North Dakota.

He spent a great deal of time with his similar-in-age nephew Paul Svendson and along with him and other friends in Williston got into enough trouble that he was sent to live with his sister and brother-in-law Phyllis and Stan Newton in Wolf Creek, Montana. Living with them he became very close to his niece, Shelley and nephews, Tracy and Todd. During that time he was in a horrific car wreck at the age of 16 and he was sure to not make it through but miraculously lived. He recently told Cindy he had lived a pretty long life considering he should have been gone then.

While attending Cascade High School he met Cindy Payne. They were married October 12, 1968 and they began their life together in Great Falls where Dave worked for Beatrice Foods. Their daughter Michelle was born while they were living there. He took her wherever he went at a young age and she is forever grateful for that bond and those memories. Their son Jody was born ten years later in Glasgow. In 1972, they moved to Wheeler, Montana and later into Glasgow, when he went to work for his brother, Roy, commercial fishing on Fort Peck Lake. During this time he became good friends with Marcus Handley and spent a good deal of time out at his ranch which he very much enjoyed. Along with the commercial fishing he worked at IGA in the winters. A few years later Roy quit the fishing business but Dave continued on for several years, selling his catch to and working closely with good friend Ernie Austin until the commercial fishing was ceased on the lake. After that he earned his GED and went to work for the State of Montana as a highway surveyor. In the late 90's he left the state job and purchased the local Radiator Repair Shop working there until he retired.

In retirement he enjoyed helping Jody put up hay, feeding his small bunch of cows, fixing fences and work on other projects and "tolerated" irrigating.

Dave truly enjoyed visiting all his family and the big family gatherings they used to have. He liked being in the country, sitting on the deck with a drink, socializing at the VFW and reading books.

He was a man of few words when it came to expressing emotion but took great pride in his grandchildren, Cori and Chance. He might not have always shown it but loved them dearly and enjoyed seeing them grow and change through the years. They both have individual traits he admired and he was very proud of their accomplishments.

Dave lived his life very much on his own terms. He could be ornery and frustrate many... to then have us all wrapped around his finger with his infectious dimpled smile and his natural charismatic charm.

Dad left us way too soon but we are forever grateful for all the memories we have.

He is survived by his wife Cindy; children Michelle (Dave) Losing and Jody Christenson; grandchildren Cori and Chance Losing; siblings, Phyllis (Stan) Newton and Dale (Dar) Christenson; many nieces and nephews who thought the world of him as he was their fun and youthful uncle; he is also survived by his lifelong best friend Dick Schroeder.

He is preceded in death by his father and mother; brothers: Paul, Gordon, and Roy and sisters, Ellavon and Evie.

A graveside service is planned for Saturday, September 17, 2022 at 12:00 pm (MDT) at the East Writing Rock Cemetery near Fortuna, North Dakota followed by a gathering back in Glasgow at the VFW around 4:30 pm.

Monday, September 12th 2022

Pamela D. Linn

Pamela D. Linn, 88, Saco, Peacefully went home to be with Orlie. A gathering in her memory will be held at the IOOF Hall in Saco at 2 PM on Saturday, September 17th.

Pamela was born February 6, 1934 to Florence Matson and Dann Garrison. In 1951, she graduated from Saco High School and married Orlie Linn. Pamela loved ranch life, everything from bunching hay, driving the truck to feed cows to riding horseback to move the cows. She was often found working in the yard or tending to her garden. Her love of family led her to want to know more about her history through genealogy.

Pamela had an active role in the community. She was a 4-H leader for more than 20 years helping to teach life skills to many of the community’s children. Pamela was also active with the Saco Garden Club, Saco American Legion Auxiliary, Laura Rebekah Lodge, Daughters of the American Revolution, Order of the Eastern Star, Daughters of the Union Veterans, White Shrine of Jerusalem and the Daughters of the Nile, to name a few.

Pamela was preceded in death by her parents, Dann and Florence Garrison; husband, Orlie; and twin children, Donna and Dana.

She is survived by her son, Donni (Terri) Linn; daughter, Joy Linn; grandchildren, Kim (Tim) Guardipee, Brian (Rachel) Linn; great grandchildren, Isaac, Isabella, Aaron, Audrey, Bridget and Bennett; brother, James Garrison and his children, Tracy, Jay, Kevin, Melanie, and Danielle.

Memorials can be made in Pamela’s name to the organization of your choosing.

Condolences to the family maybe shared at www.wildernessfuneralhomes.com.

Monday, September 12th 2022

Thelma Jane Bjorklund

Thelma Jane Bjorklund, age 87, of Glasgow, Montana passed away at Valley View Home on September 9, 2022.

She was born on February 8, 1935 to Ingvald and Magda (Hartvikson) Leraas. Thelma’s early years were spent on the farm north of Nashua with her older sister Donna and her younger brother Gordon in the grain community. Thelma attended the Bjorklund School north of Nashua for a short time then completed her education from the Nashua school system, graduating from NHS in 1953. While in High school Thelma was a majorette for the Nashua marching band.

Wayne Waarvik and Thelma were married in August 1953. To this union four children were born: Roger, Karen, Daryl and Wayne Jr. They later divorced and she moved the family to Nashua. Thelma’s welcoming home was a gathering place for her children’s friends, and she was highly sought after as a chaperone for high school activities including dances and State Music Festival trips.

Thelma worked as a secretary at United Insurance and Realty until she married the boss, Marv Bjorklund, on September 10, 1975. While married to Marv, winters were spent in Phoenix but they always returned to Montana in the summer dividing their time between Big Fork and Glasgow.

Thelma enjoyed warm weather, golfing and being a hostess to her children and grandchildren on many occasions at her Big Fork home. She was famous for her homemade buns and poppy seed muffins, making sure her grandchildren had plenty. Thelma was the epitome of a classy lady and was dearly loved by her family and all who knew her. She had a way of making those in her presence feel truly special, as if he/she was the only person in the room.

Thelma moved to Prairie Ridge in 2011, splitting her time between Big Fork and Glasgow. She enjoyed her final years at Prairie Ridge being close to family and friends in Glasgow.

Thelma is preceded in death by her husband Marv in 2003; stepson, Randy and his wife Sonja Bjorklund; brother, Gordon and grandson, Karston Waarvik

She is survived by her sister, Donna Tihista; son, Roger (Ruth) children, Kristen (Landon) Holte and Sarah (Russell) Murphy; daughter, Karen Waarvik; son, Daryl (Deb) children, Brendan (Dubraska) Waarvik and Mikayla Waarvik; son, Wayne Jr. (Tracey) children, Amanda (Adam) Powell and Trevor (Darcie) Waarvik; great grandchildren: Tristan Powell, Gage, Mason, and Gentry Waarvik, Arian Bytyqi, Carter, Henry and Baby Holte and many nieces and nephews.

The family would like to thank the staff at Prairie Ridge for the great care Thelma received over the past 11 years and to Valley View for their service the past few months. Memorials may be made to Valley View Home or the charity of your choice.

Funeral services for Thelma will be held 2:00 p.m., Saturday, September 17, 2022 at Bell Mortuary with Pastor Scott Keihn Officiating. Burial will be private. There is a reception following the service at Sam & Jeff's. Condolences may be left for the family at bellmortuarymontana.com.

Friday, September 9th 2022

George Wright

George Wright, 99, of Laurel, Montana formerly of Hinsdale passed away September 6, 2022 in Billings, Montana. He was born June 14, 1923 in Hinsdale, Montana to Nelson and Faye (Phillips) Wright.

George married Vivian Barnard on November 8, 1942 in Glasgow Montana. He joined the Army in 1943 serving in World War II on the Pacific Front with The Red Arrow Division. He was honorably discharged December 17, 1945. The family lived in Seattle and in Bozeman from 1945 to 1949, before moving back to Hinsdale. They lived in Hinsdale until 1997 when they moved to Laurel to be closer to family.

George was heavy equipment operator, specifically a Cat Driver, before the war, during the war and after the war. In his later years he worked for U.S. Bentonite and the Glasgow Air Force Base. After moving to Laurel he enjoyed working in his little shop and growing tomatoes for his friends and neighbors.

George was a member of the Hinsdale Methodist Church.

He is survived by his son Roland (Cap) Wright of Laurel, Montana; daughter Sharon (Larry) Gazaway of Oklahoma; two grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren. Preceding him in death are his parents and his brother, Harold.

A graveside service is planned for 11:00 a.m., Wednesday, September 14, 2022 at Hillview Cemetery with Pastor Doris Tollefson officiating. Memorials may be made in George’s name to a Hinsdale Church of your choice, Hinsdale American Legion, or Hinsdale Fire and Rescue. Condolences may be left for the family at bellmortuaryglasgow.com.

Friday, September 9th 2022

Harley Weston Blatter (Butch)

Harley Weston Blatter, known to all as Butch, passed away peacefully on September 3, 2022. Born June 5, 1946 to Cleo and Beryl Blatter, Butch was the sixth of seven children. He and his siblings were raised in Glasgow. From a young age, Butch had strong work ethic, a talent for problem solving and enjoyed working with his hands. Butch graduated from Glasgow High School in 1964.

In August 1965, Butch enlisted with the Montana Army National Guard. He was an expert rifleman and decorated as a sharpshooter. In 1968 he served two years active duty including 18 months stationed in Germany. Butch was honorably discharged from active duty in December 1969 and completed his reserve obligation in 1971. Butch was an early and generous contributor to the Northeast Montana Veteran’s Memorial in Fort Peck.

Simultaneous to his time in the Army National Guard, as a teenager with nothing more than a pair of pliers and a crescent wrench Butch went to work for Edwin Swanson at Farm Equipment Sales as a mechanic. Butch quickly became a superior mechanic and after returning from active duty he earned the responsibility of managing the shop, a role previously held by his father Cleo. Butch was eventually made a partner of the FES Corporation. Butch’s ability to work on farm implements made him integral to farms and ranches throughout northeast Montana. Butch understood the importance of timing in agriculture and treated the urgency of repairs as if the customer’s operation were his own. It was commonly noted that Butch more than compensated for his lack of tools at the time he started as a mechanic. Later he became well known for having the most complete and highest quality set of mechanic’s tools in the region. Talent coupled with his work ethic caused Butch to be revered for his contributions to the company and local operations but the praise never went to his head. Humble, stern and steady were core to Butch’s personality. He trained those traits, along with good mechanic work, into his crew. The first to arrive and the last to leave, Butch set a model example for FES employees. He was not, however, without an ability to acknowledge a job well done and liked to enjoy a “cold one” with his crew at quittin’ time. Butch retired in 2017 after more than 50 years with FES serving the agricultural community. Even in retirement Butch remained invested in local operations and was often spotted driving past area crops to check progress and visiting with farmers about their harvest and yields.

In 1971, Judith Craig captured Butch’s attention. With beautiful blue eyes and a voice like an angel; she captivated Butch and their love story began. The two of them, along with Judy’s two young sons Jeff and Corey Johnson, started a life together in 1972. They purchased farmland and built a home south of the Tampico Road where they raised sheep, laying hens, a small farm and gardens. Butch and Judy had two more children; Jeannie in 1974 and Weston in 1976.

Butch was a member of the Glasgow Fire Department and served as Fire Chief for several years. Butch took pride in his service to the community and enjoyed the many deep and lasting friendships and camaraderie that resulted from the fire crew’s work to keep the community safe.

Butch was a man of few words but his actions spoke loudly. He loved his wife and family and worked tirelessly to provide for them. He showed them the value of a job well done, managing priorities and always making good on obligations. On relatively rare days off he enjoyed taking the family to the lake to enjoy time on the water in their boat.

Butch became a grandfather in 1989 and at the time of his passing he had 10 grandchildren and four great-grandchildren. Though his exterior was stoic, Butch’s love for his grandchildren was visible in the way he softened in their presence. His pride in each of them was unmistakable in the way he spoke of their development and accomplishments in life.

Butch knew a sadness in his life that no parent is meant to endure. His daughter Jeannie died in 2001, his son Wes in 2008 and his stepson Corey in 2022. Though pneumonia compromising his lungs was the reason he was in the hospital at the time of his death, it was clear to those who knew him that Butch died of a broken heart.

Reunited with his children, his parents, his stepmother Tillie and brothers Darrell and Lee, Butch is survived by his beloved wife Judy; sisters, Ladena Blatter and Sharon Mares; brothers, Coyne and Lynn; stepson Jeff, his wife Linda; daughters-in-law, Mary and Shanlee; grandchildren: Brooke, Tiffany, Olivia, Madison, Avery, Reese, Lily, Brock, Maverick and Hillari and great-grandchildren: Malachi, Annika, Dominic and Jalen.

A memorial service will be Friday, September 16, 2022 at 1:00 p.m. at Bell Mortuary. Burial with Military Honors will follow at Highland Cemetery. A reception will be held at the Glasgow Elks following the burial. In lieu of flowers the family requests that memorial gifts in Butch’s name be directed to the Glasgow Fire Department or the Northeast Montana Veterans Memorial.

Tuesday, September 6th 2022

Lois M. Wesen

Lois M. Wesen, 88, of Glasgow, Montana passed away Wednesday, July 27, 2022 at Frances Mahon Deaconess Hospital.

Lois was born April 30, 1934 in Glasgow, Montana to Dave and Bernice (Mihm) Rice and she lived her early years in Glasgow, as her father was a dredge operator during the building of the Fort Peck Dam. The family then moved to Ogallala, Nebraska, where he worked on the Kingsley Dam and during the war years the family lived on the west coast. The family returned to Glasgow in 1944 and she graduated from Glasgow High School in 1951. She attended Great Falls Business College after graduation.

In October of 1952 she married Douglas L. Hukill, who was in the U.S. Air Force. The couple made their home many places. While in Great Falls, Montana she attended school. In Tokyo, Japan she worked for the Army Corps of Engineers and then the United Methodist Church. They then moved to Spokane, Washington; Albuquerque, New Mexico; Springfield, Massachusetts; Fairfield, California and returned to Glasgow in June of 1966 where she worked at the US Selective Service. The couple later divorced in February of 1969.

Lois married Maurice Wesen on September 12, 1971 and made their home in Glasgow, Montana. Soon after she went to work for the Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks retiring in June of 1990. She later operated a sign business from her home for several years.

Preceding her in death is her husband, Maurice; sister, Barbara Riggin, granddaughter, Stephanie Murch and her parents.

She is survived by her sons, Doug Hukill and Mark Wesen (Collette Cotton); granddaughters Jen (Sheldon) McGorman, Heather Murch, Charissa Cotton, Alesia and Reannah Hopstad; grandson, Paxton Wesen; great-grandchildren: Cole and Kristina McGorman, Tia and Tim Petersen, Nora, Xavier, Kimberly, Javyn, Brecken, and Carson and Carmin Murch; and great-great-grandchildren Alora and Auriela Murch and numerous extended family.

As per Lois’ wishes cremation has taken place. Condolences may be left at bellmortuarymontana.com.

There will be a Graveside Service for Lois Wesen Sun. Sept. 11th at 4:30p.m. at the Family Cemetery on Riverside Drive, across from Riggin’s. Following the service there will be a Celebration of Life at El Cor Del Lanes.

Tuesday, September 6th 2022

Emitt Duane Northup

“I have lived a full and wonderful life.” Emitt

Emitt Duane Northup was born 26 June 1945 to Simeon Emitt and Ila Slattum Northup, in Glasgow, Montana. He was promoted to happy big brother two years later when Daryl Dean was born. He became a caregiver very young and that became an ingrained part of his personality. He loved helping friends and family and knew how to do everything!

Emitt and Terry Pugh married 19 September 1967 and began building their family - welcoming Adam, Holly and Casey and loving every minute …. fishing, hunting, camping, playing ball, working on cars …. just all of it.

Emitt was active in Boy Scouts as a youth, and when his sons and grandsons were busy in Scouts, it was still a favorite activity. He was also an adopted Girl Scout …. Always ready to join with Terry, Holly and Hayden in the Girl Scout activities.

He was a huge Scottie fan and went to football, basketball, volleyball games …. Knew all the players and celebrated each of their successes.

The 11 plus years Terry ran Scottie Day Care, he was the volunteer plumber, electrician, mouse catcher, flood drainer, playground maintainer, painter and swing pusher.

All these activities brought young people into his world that he took time to get to know and kept as cherished friends. That has continued with his grandkids and their friends through Fort Peck Summer Theater Camp, Columbia Falls Swim Team and Boy Scout Troop 62 of Idaho. He loved to travel and was up for any adventure.

Emitt was a railroad conductor for 45 years, starting with Great Northern Railway and ending with BNSF in 2008. Nobody was a stranger. The friends he made, the people he worked with and his Methodist Church friends, all became family. They worked, played, hunted, fished together and helped each other with projects. The “Brothers” you choose.

He gave his time and talents to his cherished United Methodist Church, Ft. Peck Credit Union, Walleyes Unlimited, Montana Bowhunters, Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation, Montana Fish and Wildlife Spawn, Flatland Cruisers and the Railroad Benevolent Association.

Emitt was welcomed into heaven on 26 August 2022 by his parents Ila and Simeon, Terry’s parents Tom and Rachel Pugh, his brother-in-law Tommy Pugh and sister-in-law Wendy Pugh.

Emitt is survived by Terry, his wife of 55 years; son Adam, his wife Deaun and their sons Ethan and Aaron; daughter Holly, her husband Ben and their children Hayden, Samuel and Zachary Emitt; son Casey, his sons Ryan Simeon and Andrew, and their mother Daisy. Also surviving is sister-in-law Valerie Pugh; brother Daryl and his wife Paulette; nephew Levi (Jennifer) and his children Madison and Cole and their mother, Melanie; nephew Sky (Karen) and their children Tregg, Kavyn, and Kensley; nephew Jerry Pugh; nephew Dustin Pugh and his children Breeanne and Thomas Pugh IV. Countless close friends, classmates and extended family. He will be missed.

Services for Emitt Northup will be Saturday, 17 September 2022 at Glasgow’s First United Methodist Church at 12 noon. Please join the family immediately afterwards for a full BBQ lunch at the Valley Ridgerunner’s Saddle Club.

Tuesday, September 6th 2022

Dean Moen

A Reception in Dean Moen's memory will be this Friday, Sept. 9th at 11a.m. at Bundy Park in Glasgow. We will have cookies & good conversation in Dean's memory. He was a wonderful brother!