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Local Obituaries
Friday, January 14th 2022

Allen Lee Bunk

On January 10th at 1:37 PM, our good Lord escorted Allen Lee Bunk to his new heavenly home. Allen spent 36 days at Mountain View Hospital in Las Vegas, Nevada valiantly fighting to recover from a heart attack he suffered on December 9th. While Allen’s desire to recover and return to Montana with his family was evident, the injuries he sustained were too great.

Allen Lee Bunk was born in Glasgow, Montana to Henry and Lydia Bunk on May 29, 1950. He was the youngest of six children. He is preceded in death by his sister, Linda Lou, his parents Henry and Lydia Bunk, his brother, Clyde (Yvonne), his sister, Bernice Nickels (Rusty), and his brothers, Raymond (Sandy), and Calvin (Olive).

Despite having been born with a heart valve defect that significantly impacted his health, Allen’s drive and work ethic allowed him to persevere and leave a lasting impression with everyone he encountered. After graduating from Nashua High School in 1968, he attended DeVry Institute in Phoenix, Arizona. His love for Montana, family, and farming brought him back to Montana where he worked as a custom combiner. In Spearman, Texas, he eventually met the love of his life, Rita Cook. They were married on December 16, 1971 and were blessed to celebrate 50 years together last month. After marrying, they returned to Montana where Allen worked for 17 years as a mechanic for Jim Hill at the Nashua Conoco station. Allen could never deny his true love for farming. He worked his family farm on the side for many years, and eventually bought the family farm. After his body could no longer handle the physical demands, he retired from the farm and mechanical work and was blessed with a job at the Department of Revenue as a State Real Estate Appraiser. Allen spent the next 25 years learning the ins and outs, and through his own ingenuity, he opened his own business, Appraisal Services LLC. Allen loved the challenge and uniqueness of this job, and eventually began training and working alongside his son, Corey Bunk. Allen enjoyed working the long, hard hours in his so-called “retirement,” and wouldn't have wanted it any other way. Allen always dreamed of living in Quartzite, Arizona when he retired. He was grateful to have spent the last five winters there and loved every minute of the warm sunshine and cherished the opportunities to add new friendships to the many lifelong friendships he had already established over the years. During their time there, he and Rita found another family of friends known as their “Quartzite family.” Together they spent holidays, birthdays, and countless hours visiting and taking trips through the desert.

Allen had a servant's heart and was devoted to improving the lives of the people around him and in Valley County. He was a member of the Nashua Lions Club, served two terms on the Nashua Town Council, two terms as Mayor, and was one of the original founding fathers of the Dry Prairie Rural Water Board where he served for 20 years. Allen enjoyed gardening, panning for gold, rock hunting, and teaching lapidary classes, but his fondest memories were of spending time with his family and grandchildren. Allen was blessed with two children, nine grandchildren and one great-grandchild.

Allen is survived by his loving wife, Rita; his son, Corey (Kristen) Bunk; his daughter, Crystal (Bob) Cornwell; his grandchildren, Kyra, Brandon (Jordan), Cameron, Debra, Conner and Colter; step-grandchildren Aiden, Anika and Brennan; great-granddaughter, Rosalee; numerous nieces and nephews.

Allen was a devoted child of God, loving husband, caring father, inspiring grandfather and loyal friend. Although we will miss his presence, we pray his legacy of hard work, optimism and love for life and family will live on in all of us. In remembrance of Allen, we invite you to press a flower in your Bible. Allen’s Bible is full of flowers from those that have passed before him.

Due to Covid, private family services will be held. All condolences can be sent to Bell Mortuary, 701 2nd Ave S, Glasgow, Montana 59230 or left on the website, bellmortuarymontana.com.

Thursday, January 13th 2022

Ethel Maxine (Seely) Ost

Ethel Maxine (Seely) Ost, 88, lost her long battle with Alzheimer’s Disease January 11, 2022 at the Hi-line Retirement Center in Malta, MT.

Ethel was born on January 20, 1933 to Guy and Eleanor Seely in Hinsdale, MT. Ethel graduated from Hinsdale High School in 1951. After graduating, she moved to Santa Maria, CA where she met the love of her life, Harvey. They were married in 1952, moving back to Montana where they would eventually raise their seven children: Rodney, Ronnie, Suzanne, Rickie, Dennis, Douglas, and Russell.

Ethel worked many years as a telephone operator for Mountain Bell Co. in Glasgow, MT, then she and Harvey, along with their children, started an oilfield service company in eastern Montana and in 1987 purchased their retirement house in Fort Peck, MT. She enjoyed her home there until moving in the fall of 2014 to Malta, MT and eventually moving into the Hi-line Retirement Center.

Ethel loved the holidays and enjoyed decorating and baking. She loved flowers and gardening, especially roses and enjoyed displaying them at the County Fair, winning many blue ribbons and was an animal lover with many pets over the years. Among her other hobbies, playing board games, jigsaw puzzles, music and her favorite lifelong passion of dancing. Beginning as a four-year-old tap dancer to her enthusiastic participation at the Hi-Line Retirement Center dances.

Ethel is preceded in death by her husband Harvey Ost, parents Guy and Eleanor Seely, brothers Albert and Charles Seely, sister Norma Seely-McNulty, three nephews, two sons-in-law, and a great-granddaughter.

She is survived by her children Rodney (Pam) Ost, Ronnie Tracy) Ost, Suzanne Luthi, Rickie Ost, Dennis (Paula) Ost, Douglas (Bonny) Ost, Russell (Peggy) Ost, 20 grandchildren, and 30 great-grandchildren.

Services to be held January 15, 2022 at 1:00p.m. at the Hinsdale Lutheran Church, Hinsdale, MT. Viewing will be held from 10:00 – 11:00a.m. the 15th in Malta at the Wilderness Funeral Home.

Thursday, January 6th 2022

Jo Ann Nelson Mersen

Jo Ann Mersen passed away on January 3, 2022, at the age of 91 years, surrounded by her four loving daughters. Jo Ann was born in Hinsdale, Montana to Alice and Richard P. Nelson in 1930, the youngest of the three Nelson girls, joining sisters Shirley and Carol. She was baptized in the First Methodist Church in Hinsdale, in April of 1946. Jo Ann graduated from Hinsdale High School in 1948 and went to college at the University of Montana, majoring in Public School Music.

Jo Ann married Frank John “Kyke” Mersen Jr., in Hinsdale on July 23, 1950. They spent the next 71 years together, raising their four daughters, Marcia Brown, Becky Erickson, Johanna Mersen and Jane Mersen Callantine.

Jo Ann was a fantastic cook and baker: making all of the buns and turtle cheesecakes, as well as other specialty desserts, for Sam’s Supper Club for 25 years and baking for Sam's Catering Service. Her recipe for Chess Squares was published in a Boeing in-flight magazine. She was a partner in B&J’s Housekeeping Service.

Music was always a very important part of her life. She had a beautiful voice and sang hundreds of solos for weddings and funerals. She and her friend Eleanor Rosendahl sang duets for many occasions including PEO conventions and she was a member of the “Heathertones” a choral group that performed in and around Valley County. She was a member of the PEO sisterhood for over 65 years.

Jo Ann has been a devoted member of the First Lutheran Church in Glasgow since 1952, serving the Lord through WELCA, singing in the Senior Choir, baking cookies and desserts for the Scandinavian Bake Sale, attending church circle, Bible study, directing youth choirs and quilting. She served in the prayer shawl ministry knitting dozens of prayer shawls for those in need.

Jo Ann served on the board of the Community Concert Association for numerous years and also assisted with other charitable organizations, including band boosters and the Cancer Relay for Life. She enjoyed golfing, gardening, playing bridge and most important to her was her Lord and her loving family. She also participated in community theater productions.

She enjoyed spending time with her daughters, road tripping, golfing, knitting, giving lessons on bread making, reading, and traveling to different parts of the world. Jo Ann never said an unkind word about anyone or anything.

Jo Ann was preceded in death by her husband, Kyke, who passed away March 27, 2021; her parents; parents-in-law Frank and Louise Mersen; sisters, Shirley Nelson Wallis and Carol Nelson Bowen, Rollie Bowen, sister-in-law and brother-in-law Harold and Betty Garnaas; brother-in-law, Bryce Wallis and nephew Robert Garnaas. She is survived by her daughters, Marcia (Russ) Brown and children Trent (Amanda Dyer) and Stephanie (Mike) Maier and grandchildren Carter, Paige and Owen Maier; Becky (Lee) Erickson and their daughter Elissa Erickson and grandson Leo Erickson; Johanna Mersen and Steve Blakeman; Jane (Jake) Callantine and children Catherine (Curtis) Doubet and granddaughter Camryn; and Krista Callantine; nieces and nephews Suzy Bloom, Rick (Martha) Wallis, Jeff Wallis (Hal Cohen), Cheryl Kippen and Bill (Jan) Bowen; Rich (Karen) Garnaas and Mark (Renee) Garnaas.

A celebration of Jo Ann’s life will be held 1:00 p.m., Saturday, January 22, 2022 at First Lutheran Church in Glasgow, Montana with Pastor Scott Kiehn officiating. Condolences may be left for the family at bellmortuaryglasgow.com. The family asks that in lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the First Lutheran Church, Glasgow City County Library, or the charity of the donor’s choice.

Wednesday, January 5th 2022

John and Jeane Macdonald

Celebrating the lives of Jeane Macdonald (1931-2020) and John Macdonald Jr. (1929-2021) whose lives have been intertwined since shortly before their marriage in August of 1950.

Jean was born in Helena, Montana and received her education at Frazer Public Schools in Frazer, Montana. John was born in Poplar, Montana and received his education from Nashua Public Schools, in Nashua, Montana. John was enlisted in the Army Reserves in 1948 and was eventually called into active duty in Korea in 1950.

The couple married while John was serving in Korea, Jeane lived in Frazer with family while John was away. Upon returning from Korea they made their home in Frazer they were blessed with two daughters during this time. In 1955, the family moved to the area around Brigham City, Utah where they owned a fruit orchard. They raised cherries, peaches and apricots, and a few animals. While living in Utah they completed their family with the birth of their third daughter.

In the mid 1960’s John and Jeane decided to move back to Poplar, Montana, where both were employed by the BIA. Eventually Jeane would go to work for Head Start. While living in Poplar the family would travel to the family farm in Wiota on the weekends to work the land and their cattle. In October of 1974, John and Jeane retired and went to work full-time on their farm and ranch, where they raised their beloved cattle, some sheep, a few pigs, a couple of chickens and a horse here and there. They worked side-by-side in their large garden and in their wheat fields. Jeane was an avid seamstress, making beautiful star quilts. She also sold eggs and chickens. John loved to be out in the field baling hay or alfalfa, he enjoyed reading and doing crossword puzzles in his down time.

John and Jean were most proud of their family and their accomplishments. They spent time following their children and grandchildren’s sporting and musical events. They loved when family would visit and you could always find the cookie jar candy and the cupboard was always full for sweet treats.

John and Jean are preceded in death by their parents, siblings, and daughter Debra.

They are survived by their daughters: Roberta Derby Shire of Glasgow, Montana and Val (Doug) Grimes of Nashua, Montana; grandchildren and their families: Chuck (Steph) and their children Charlie, Hope, Alex and Anthony, Tennille (Jay) and their children Jessica, Jai Marie, Jordan, and great-great-granddaughter Karsyn, Kristie (Seth) and their children Kaleigh, Kaden, Camdyn, Jaycee and great-great-granddaughter Josie, John (Esther) and their children John Jr., Maria and Liam; special cousin, Julia; and numerous nieces, nephews, and cousins.

Graveside service will be held Friday, January 28, 2022, 1:00 p.m. at Highland Cemetery. Condolences can be left at bellmortuarymontana.com.

Friday, December 31st 2021

Cindy Lee Mothershead

Cindy Lee Mothershead, 70, went home to be with the Lord December 20, 2021, at Billing Clinic in Billings, Montana.

Cindy was born to Carl and Maxine (Scott) Hough in Bremerton, Washington on September 14, 1951. When she was two years old her family moved onto Carl’s family’s ranch in Tonasket, Washington. The family would later move to Colville, Washington where Cindy graduated from Colville High School in 1969.

In 1972, she married Sam Allen who had moved to Washington from Missouri. Cindy and Sam first made their home in Spokane, Washington. They moved several times and during that time they had 4 boys: Terry Wayne in 1972, Mark Dwayne in 1973, Brian Lee in 1975 and Ben Joe in 1976.

Cindy and Sam would eventually move to Alaska in 1981 and it was there that Cindy got a job at a fishery and would eventually become a plant manager. The boys grew older and graduated from high school, and the family would move several more times until moving to Nashua, Montana in 2009.

Cindy was devoted to Sam until he passed away on August 8, 2012, from cancer. At that time Cindy was regularly attending church in Glasgow. After Sam passed away, she would move to Seeley Lake area for a short time, but would ultimately get back to Nashua.

It was while living in Nashua that she attended Calvary Baptist Church in Glasgow and met her future husband, Randy Mothershead. Randy and Cindy were married on June 27, 2015. Randy’s two adult daughters, Melanie and Ashley, would become Cindy’s daughters as well.

Shortly after saying, “I do” to Randy. They both decided that their family would not be complete without bringing Kimacia, William, and Curtis into their home as their own.

The couple enjoyed many happy years together caring for both their immediate family and their church family at Calvary Baptist Church.

Preceding Cindy in death is her first husband, Sam Allen; her father, Carl Hough; and daughter-in-law, Jaclyn “Jackie” (Mark) Allen.

Cindy is survived by her husband: Randy Mothershead; children: Terry Allen of Washington State, Mark Allen of Circle, Montana, Brian (Jennifer) Allen of Glasgow, Montana, Ben (Lynette) Allen of Seeley Lake, Montana, Kimacia (Nathan) Allen of Circle, Montana, William Allen, Curtis Allen, Melanie Brown of Great Fall, Montana, Ashley (Luke) Sarro of Great Falls, Montana; grandchildren: Selena, Samantha, Tristin, Nathan, Soffie, Zach, Abby, Alyssa, Jimmie, Jammie, Jasmine, Tiffany, Benny; great-grandchildren: Jaxson and Kayleigha.

Funeral services for Cindy will be Monday 10:00 a.m., January 3, 2022, at Calvary Baptist Church with Pastor Mark Pearson officiating. Interment will take place near Brockway, Montana at a later date. A reception luncheon at Calvary Baptist Church will follow immediately after service.

Condolences may be emailed for the family at calvarybaptistglasgow@gmail.com.

Thursday, December 23rd 2021

Della Mae Hallock

Della Mae Hallock, 89, passed away December 22, 2021 at Frances Mahon Deaconess Hospital in Glasgow, Montana.

Della was born the fourth child of Harry and Florence (Waggner) Reddick on the family homestead south of Opheim, Montana on May 22, 1932. When she was three years old the family moved to Opheim so that her older siblings could go to school. When she was thirteen years old she started working at Farmers Union Café for Elmer Johnson as a dishwasher and cooks helper at 35 cents an hour. Later she worked as a waitress for 70 cents an hour. She loved that job and every job she ever worked, and she was happy to go to work.

On March 29, 1948 she married the love of her life Earl Hallock, the son of Ken and Ethel (Bruch) Hallock. The couple made their home in Opheim. While there they had three sons: Alvin Kenneth in 1948, Milton Earl in 1951 and Craig Calvin in 1953. In the winter of 1955, they moved with their boys to Glasgow, where Earl worked for Kenny Newton at Newton Motors. In 1957 they had their only girl, Lynn Ann and in 1960 Byron Lee was born. On April 15, 1962, they opened their auto body shop. A few years later, Della decided to open and upholstery shop with the help of Jody Opheim (neither one of them knew what they were doing but managed to make it work).

Over the years the couple took care of other children: Carl Rennick, Larry Baumgartner, Karl Feldhusen, and Amy Dailey. They traveled a lot when all their boys were in wrestling. Della was a great fan of the sport and always put things in her scrapbooks, as she had grandchildren and great-grandchildren that wrestle. Della could be counted on to make pies and cinnamon rolls for the Wrestler’s Auction every year.

In 1990, they moved to beautiful Ashley Lake near Kalispell, Montana where they enjoyed the views and the company that came. Della always had the coffee on and either pie or cinnamon rolls for company to enjoy. Della worked at the Food Bank and an upholstery shop for about a year. Then she opened her own shop at the lake, calling it “Ashley Lake Upholstery” and she was busy all the time. She continued to bake pies and cinnamon rolls which she sold. She also had a boat docking business.

Earl passed away in 2002, and Della continued to live at Ashley Lake in the summer, where she had a granddaughter and four great-grandchildren that lived there that helped her. During the winter months she came to Glasgow and stayed with her granddaughter, Janette, or in Great Falls with her daughter, Lynn Ann. While living in Glasgow she worked at the Elks, Durum (for a short time), and Valley View Home. Della retired at 80 years old, when she sold her business and property to son, Craig and his wife, Sherry in 2012. In 2013, she moved to Nemont Manor, where she loved to play cards and bingo and she may have been known to tell a story or two. She was also very happy when here family came to see her.

Preceding her in death is her beloved husband, Earl; special son, Alvin Hallock in 2009; granddaughter Cheryl in 1975; her parents, Harry and Florence Reddick; brothers, John, Jerry, Roy, Robert and Ed Reddick; sisters, Mary Taylor and Mabel Feldusen; brothers-in-law, Fred (Phyllis) Stratton, Frank (Mabel) Feldhusen, Lee (Mary) Taylor, Daryl (Phyllis) Betz and Cliff (Deanna) Isakson; sisters-in-law, Mary (Ed) Reddick, and Carol (Roy) Reddick; in-laws Kenneth and Ethel Hallock; and many aunts, uncles, cousins, nieces, nephews, a great-nephew and special cousins Rex and Jody Opheim.

Della is survived by children: Milton (Patty) Hallock of Glasgow, Montana, Craig (Sherry) Hallock of Kalispell, Montana, Lynn Ann Hallock of Great Falls, Montana, and Byron Hallock of Glasgow, Montana; daughter-in-law, Julie Hallock of Billings, Montana; grandchildren: Dustin (Tammy) of Arizona; Dana (Lynsey) of Glasgow, Montana, Ashley (Kyler) Hanner of Billings, Montana, Cory Hallock, Janette (Ray) Glasoe, Amy Barton of Kalispell, Montana, Christopher Dailey of Washington, Braden Hallock, Oden Hallock and Aron Hallock all of Glasgow, Montana; 18 great-grandchildren; great-great-grandson, Ozzy James Storkson, brother-in-law Bennie Hallock of Glasgow, Montana; sisters-in-law, Dianna Isakson and Nina Reddick both of Glasgow, Montana, Eileen Reddick of Miles City, Montana and Phyllis Betz of Plentywood, Montana; numerous nieces and nephews and many special friends at Nemont Manor.

Funeral services for Della will be Monday 11:00 a.m., December 27, 2021 at First United Methodist Church with Pastor Rick Thompson officiating. burial in Highland Cemetery, followed by a luncheon at the Glasgow Elks. Condolences may be left for the family at bellmortuaryglasgow.com.

Wednesday, December 22nd 2021

Stephen Alan Simon

Stephen Simon
December 1st, 1954 - December 3rd, 2021

Sometimes…

Sometimes you meet and share a part of your life with a person larger than life itself. It is with a heavy heart that we announce the passing of Steve Simon, of Billings, Montana, on December 3rd, 2021, at the age of 67 years. His spirit is carried on by his wife, children, grandchildren, siblings, extended family, and a worldwide family of friends.

One of the greatest Scots to ever live, Steve was born in Glasgow, MT, and raised on bagpipes and hunting in the Missouri River Breaks. Each hunting season was approached with great anticipation, in search of the wiley “ee-lick”. The Quad C became Steve’s gathering place for friends and family, old and new.

Steve was proud to serve as a Marine. Semper fi. There wasn’t a marine he didn’t identify with of any age or war. After he completed his service in the Marine Corps, Steve worked for the U.S. Forest Service for over 30 years as a Computer Specialist.

Steve developed the wildland fire computer program that supported fire resources nationally. As he put it, “smoke got in his blood.” Known in the fire community as “The Wizard,” he became the heartbeat of every incident management team he was assigned to, and cherished every friend he made along the way.

Steve loved a good road trip. He was a natural-born storyteller, and would impart his wisdom, free life hacks, and history about the Missouri River Breaks and his family’s history there on these long trips. Everybody was happy to hear it because it meant they didn’t have to listen to another Neil Diamond or Johnny Cash cassette album on repeat. And how he loved a good joke.

He was the busiest retired person anyone ever knew. He was a mason, an active member of the American Legion, worked on the family ranch, and participated in other community groups. Steve and his dad floated the entire Missouri River in Montana over a series of trips. Some of those stretches were done in the “Damn Canoe,” a very heavy canoe that Steve’s dad had made. Summers, and in between fire assignments, were filled with family camping and fishing adventures. Steve also made several trips to England and Scotland to visit family, friends, and ancestral castles.

His dad’s legacy of keeping a sourdough starter continued in Steve’s kitchen. Steve loved mornings. Sourdough pancakes and coffee. And don’t forget the musselshell cocktails.

A memorial grove on a National Forest has been set up in Steve’s name. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Trees for a Change (www.treesforachange.com/products/custom-grove-of-trees), or the Garfield County Museum in Jordan, MT (PO Box 31, Jordan, MT 59337).

Details are pending for a celebration of Steve’s life to be held in 2022. Until we all meet again, it’s a beautiful day at the Quad C, and continual soiree.

Tuesday, December 21st 2021

Harvey Lapke

Harvey Lapke, 92, of Glasgow, Montana passed away on Friday, December 17, 2021 at Frances Mahon Deaconess Hospital in Glasgow, Montana.

Harvey was born in Madoc, Montana on May 1, 1929 to William and Alice (LaRoche) Lapke. He moved with his family to the South Madoc Farm when he was 12 years old, this was the “Lapke” family farm. During WWII he joined the Navy and was stationed in San Diego, California. He always said “He joined the Navy to see the world and he never left San Diego.” He received an early leave from the Navy, because his dad had cancer and he was called home to help with the family farm.

He married Betty Wade on December 4, 1979. Harvey bought the family farm from his mom. Then later on when they decided to move into Scobey in 2001 and they sold the farm. They lived in Scobey until moving to Nemont Manor in Glasgow in October of 2018.

Harvey is preceded in death by his parents, brothers and sisters.

Harvey is survived by his wife, Betty of Glasgow, Montana; step-daughter Joni (Rod) Bullock; brother, Leo (Angie) Lapke of Walla Walla, Washington; numerous nieces and nephews which he totally enjoyed through the years.

As per Harvey’s wishes cremation is taken place. A memorial service will take place at a later date. Condolences for the family may be left at bellmortuaryglasgow.com.

Tuesday, December 21st 2021

John Rorvik

John Rorvik passed away December 20, 2021 in Billings, Mt. Memorial service will be Monday, December 27, 2021, 3:00 p.m. at Bell Mortuary with a luncheon to follow at the VFW Post #3107.

Monday, December 20th 2021

Richard Neuleib

Richard Neuleib, age 82, passed away at Glendive VA Home Tuesday Dec. 14th. He is survived by his wife Pat of 60 years; Daughter Leticia(Tish) (Scott) Swanson of Sidney, Son Richard (Rick)(Cindy) of Sidney and Gregory (Greg) (Brandy) of Vancouver, Wa.; 7 grandchildren and 2 Great grandchildren. There will be a celebration of Life at the Nashua Senior Center, Wednesday Dec 22 at 11am. with lunch to follow.

Monday, December 20th 2021

Robert "Bob" V. Harmash

Robert “Bob” V. Harmash passed away of natural causes, at his home December 16, 2021, at his home in Fort Peck, Montana.

Bob was born in Syossett, New York, to Edward and Margaret (Hoffman) Harmash. He was the eldest of their three children with sisters: Barbara and Margaret “Candy”. He grew up in New York attending Catholic Schools (his stories about the nuns were entertaining) and becoming a free spirit. Highlights of this time include being a bodyguard for Janis Joplin and building the Woodstock stage.

He moved to Montana in the late 1970’s settling on the East Fork of the Bitterroot River in Sula. It is here he continued his passion for the outdoors living in a hunting and fishing paradise. He ran a salvage yard, logged, farmed and raised saddle and pack mules.

Bob had four children during this time: Wyatt and MegAnn with his first wife, Vinnette. They separated and Bob married Mary Margaret Windsor. From this union Bob had two sons, Mathew and Patrick. They divorced. Bob met his wife, Lanette in 1987, while she was teaching in Darby. After spending many adventures together each finding their soulmate, they were married in 1990.

Bob sold his East Fork Ranch and then he and Lanette moved to Almo, Idaho to begin a new life together. They restored their first home using much of the Pondarosa Pine that Bob had logged in the Bitterroot. They also built a beautiful rock garden out of 500 pound to two ton boulders. His quality craftsmanship is still visible there as they sold their ranch to the Idaho State Park. It is now Castle Rock State Park. They returned to Montana in 1999 and settled in the river bottom south of Nashua. It is here Bob established the Confluence Hay Ranch and he and Lanette farmed until Bob’s retirement. Undaunted by the need of a house, they moved a 1924 Sears Craftsman house to the property and restored “This Old House” number two. Bob and Lanette enjoyed life together building, gardening, hunting and fishing on the lake, river, or ice.

Bob developed many long and enduring friendships over the course of his lifetime, especially recent fishing partners Steve and Sam. He lived life with passion and integrity.

Bob was preceded in death by his parents and son, Wyatt.

He is survived by his sisters, Barbara (Tom) of Maine and Margaret of Maine; daughter, MegAnn of Lake Tahoe, California; sons, Matthew in Europe, and Patrick (Jill) of Kalispell, Montana; his wife of 31 years, Lanette; grandson, Hunter of New York; numerous nieces and nephews (especially Joe) and his boy dog “Sioux”.

As per his wishes cremation has taken place. A celebration of Bob’s life will be scheduled at a future date. Condolences may be left for the family at bellmortuarymontana.com.