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Thursday, April 22nd 2021

Carol Anne Brown

Carol Anne Brown passed away peacefully on March 16th, 2021 after a short battle with cancer. She was born on December 25th, 1937, a true “Christmas Carol”. She was preceded in death by her mother, Anne Mola Tomlinson. She is survived by her husband Don Brown, daughter Tammie Brown Butler (Jeff), son Tracy Brown (Anna-Lena), sisters Dona Blanchard and Anna Mildren, brother Butch Tomlinson, and grandchildren Duston Butler, Nichlas Brown, and Emma Brown.

Carol was born and raised in Helena, Montana and attended grade and middle school at the Saint Helena School. She graduated from Helena Central High School in 1955. She married Don Brown in Helena on February 22, 1957 where they lived, worked and raised their family until 1991. At that time the couple relocated to Fort Peck, Montana to help manage the Brown Ranch on Shade Creek, the Quarter Circle DB, which was Homesteaded in 1916. Don and Carol were “fast friends” during their 64 years together, thoroughly enjoying each other’s sense of humor while poking fun at each other and engaging in the famous “Brown Banter”. They lived each day with a deep love for one another, and a shared value system of honesty, hard work, integrity, loyalty and commitment to family and friends.

Carol was employed by the State of Montana as a legislative assistant, as a secretary for a local attorney, and with an advertising firm before working as the School Secretary at Rossiter Elementary School in the Helena Valley. She was an original member of the school’s “flag ship” team as the first Secretary and continued for 26 years as a passionate supporter of the students, staff and administration. In 1991, her enthusiasm and dedication were highlighted in a special celebration organized by the teachers called “Carol Brown Day” to publicly acknowledge her contributions. As noted in the Helena Independent Record: “Brown directs traffic and much more. She has been the Secretary at Rossiter School since it opened….typing report cards, taking an occasional temperature, answering a constantly ringing telephone and watching a couple generations of children grow and change”. One of her past students commented “Mrs. Brown was the first face we saw in the morning and she always greeted us with a smile and encouraging words”.

Carol watched for familiar names in the local newspaper, noting the accomplishments and life happenings of “her Rossiter Kids” as she continued to cheer them on through the years.

Carol was a loyal member of Heirloom Quilters Guild and Tuesday’s Child Quilters Group, and she volunteered for numerous community oriented events including Relay for Life. The circle of friends she surrounded herself with were much like the quilts she created with love, color, laughter and warmth.

Carol will be forever remembered for her quick smile, her ability to laugh at herself, her dedication to friends and family, her giggle, and the support and encouragement she offered to all.

Memorial services and celebrations for Carol will be held in Helena and Glasgow during the Fall of 2021, post-Covid. In lieu of flowers, the family has requested that donations be made in Carol’s name to the American Cancer Society. Condolences may be left at bellmortuarymontana.com.

The family would like to thank the community of Fort Peck, specifically the “Neighborhood Watch” and the Quilters for their prayers and support during the final months of Carol’s illness; as well as the staff at Francis Mahon Deaconess Hospital and the Valley View Home for the care that they provided in her final days.

Thursday, April 15th 2021

Viola "Vicky" B. Stumvoll

Viola “Vicky” B. Stumvoll, 82, passed away on Monday, April 5, 2021 with her family by her side.

Vicky was born August 5, 1938, in Underwood, ND to Alfred and Mildred (Ulrich) Ulrich. She was raised in Underwood, North Dakota and graduated from Underwood High School in 1956. Vicky married her best friend and love of her life, Arnold (Arnie) Stumvoll, of Max, on June 27, 1956. They were married 59 years and when Arnie passed that left a void in her life. To their union five children were born: Dean (Sally) Stumvoll, Oakton, VA.; Robert (Barbara) Stumvoll, Libby, MT.; Barbara (Fred) Willis, Billings, MT.; Elizabeth (Breck) Probst, Tuttle, OK.; Jacqueline (Patrick) Murphy, Oklahoma City, OK.

She loved to play cards with her friends, reading a good book, needlepoint, camping with her family and friends, working in the yard, visiting with her coffee group friends, traveling places to see her kids, grandkids, and great grandkids, and a Sunday drive with her family. She was very involved with her local church, St. Raphael’s Catholic Church and volunteered at various organizations within her community. She lived her life with commitment, giving back, and integrity to her family, friends and community.

Vicky was diagnosed with polycystic kidneys around 1980 which one day would require her to be on dialysis or need a new kidney. In spring 1995 Vicky received that critical call at midnight there was a kidney that matched so Arnie and Vicky headed to Seattle, WA. Eighteen hours later she was in surgery receiving that wonderful gift (a new kidney). She always wanted others to know that the need for organ donations is critical and if you decide to be a donor, look how many wonderful years it gave her to spend time with her family and friends.

While we deeply mourn her untimely passing and search for understanding, we are thanking God for what her life meant to us. She gave us all she had. She was the rock of our family, a deeply loving mother who raised her children to be loving, compassionate, independent, and respectful people. She always welcomed others into her home with open arms. No matter how you came to know her, she left a positive mark on you in some way. Vicky was the foundation of her family and she made sure they always came first. She was fierce in her love and protection of her family and friends. For all those whom her passion and kindness touched, we are grateful.

Vicky was a woman who had been a light in so many lives. She was half of the couple that proved true love didn’t just exist in fairy tales. She was always there for her family and friends whether she lend an ear, cook a casserole for a family, or open her home for a family in need . We all have our favorite memories of mom but the one we all share is the love and importance her family held in her heart.

We were blessed to call her wife, mom, grandma, aunt and friend. We will spend forever remembering her, missing her, and NEVER forgetting how blessed we were having her in our lives. We love you and until we meet again.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Arnold Stumvoll; parents, Alfred Ulrich, Howard Haynes, Jerry and Mildred Askvig and brother-in-law Don Kostelecky. She was also preceded in death by her grandson Joshua Stumvoll.

Survivors include her five children, Dean (Sally) Stumvoll of Oakton, Virginia, Robert (Barbara) Stumvoll of Libby, Montana, Barb (Fred) Willis of Billings, Montana, Elizabeth (Breck) Probst of Tuttle, Oklahoma, Jacqueline (Pat) Murphy of Oklahoma City, Oklahoma; 14 grandchildren, Ryan Stumvoll, Ashley Stumvoll, Brittany Stumvoll, Haley Stumvoll, Justin (Abi) Stumvoll, Katie Byrne, Rick (Amy) Stumvoll, Mike (Melanie) Willis, Angie (Doug )Just , Brandy Schaffer, Eli Probst, Wyatt Probst, Katelynn Murphy, Lexi Murphy; two siblings – Lucy Kostelecky, and Alfred (Barb) Ulrich; sister-in-law Alice (Phil) Moon, sister-in-law Rosemary Braaten, sister-in-law Judy (John) Reading, sister-in-law Doris Moore, and brother-in-law Dwight (Shelley) Pflipsen and many great-grandkids, cousins, nieces, nephews, relatives and friends.

Funeral services for Viola B. Stumvoll will be held the weekend of June 18, 2021 at St. Raphael’s Catholic Church in Glasgow, followed by interment at the Highland Cemetery. Condolences may be left at bellmortuaryglasgow.com.

Monday, April 12th 2021

Scott David Jakanoski

Scott David Jakanoski, age 56, passed away peacefully after a courageous fight with cancer. Scott was born May 22, 1964 to John and Nadine Jakanoski, at Frances Mahon Deaconess Hospital in Glasgow, MT, which was named after his great, great Aunt Frances Mahon.

From an early age, he was drawn to sports. They were a constant throughout his life, from Little League baseball; to pitching and catching for the Glasgow Reds; to a sharp outside shooter for the basketball team; to a fierce tackler on the State A Championship football team; and an impressive javelin thrower in track. He graduated from Glasgow High School as valedictorian of his 1982 class. He was featured in Who's Who Among Americans High School Students along with many other academic and athletic achievements. He played the cornet, sang and he was the front man with a group of talented friends, performing 80’s rock at the Fair and other events in town.

Before he started his career in farming, he spent summers playing baseball or softball and helping his dad on the family wheat farm during harvest. This time was spent with his younger sister Lana in the grain truck, listening and singing to AM Canadian radio and hauling wheat with his brother Mark. He also spent many days at Fort Peck Lake with friends and sister Paula and her husband Andy Hicks. Scott went on to graduate from Montana State University in Bozeman with a Bachelor’s Degree in Education and a Minor in Biology. He taught school as a substitute teacher in Billings, the Phoenix area, and Glasgow. Scott’s "chill" and humorous personality made him a beloved teacher, knowledgeable about almost everything. He loved all his students and even tutored nieces Leah and Bridget when needed.

To his many friends and athletes that he coached, he was known as "Jako". He coached football briefly in Billings, and then in Glasgow alongside Pat Petrino and a lot of good coaches, too many to remember. He had a true passion for the game and loved all his players and was well respected by them. Game day you could hear him say "It's a great day to play some football.” He and other diehard baseball fans worked hard to reenergize the Glasgow Reds baseball team. They worked to get uniforms and all the team needed to start up again. He loved coaching the team and the great players it produced. They are still going strong today thanks to their efforts.

It wasn’t always farming, football and working, he did like to have a little fun. He immensely enjoyed spending time and hunting with his brother Mark. He has some pretty impressive game mounts to be very proud of as well. He tried to get with his college buddies and have a mini reunion during a Bobcat game in Bozeman and talk about fun times they had and laugh a lot as often as he could. Anyone who knew Scott, knows he was a lifelong LA Rams and LA Dodgers fan and was beyond excited at the incredible Dodgers World Series win last fall.

Scott on his off time would meet up with his friends at Sam's Supper Club. This is where he met Kim. His caring and love for his friends was one aspect Kim loved about him. You never could come between him and his friends or even want to try. But then Scott kindled a friendship with Kim that led to marriage. They had a beautiful backyard wedding September 2001. With the marriage he also took on the role of step-dad and grandfather. He was very proud to say “hey I have grandkids!” Scott was very proud of ALL of his stepdaughters, grandkids, and a new great-grandchild. He was proud of their accomplishments, no matter what it might be whether in sports or academics, he was one to brag. On Scott and Kim’s 10th wedding anniversary they took an Alaskan Cruise that he will never forget and had hoped to do it again. He also like going to Deadwood, South Dakota with Kim and her sister Pam and Chuck Erickson. They went every year until COVID hit.

Scott took completely over farming duties in 2011 and life came full circle. He continued to be heavily involved in baseball and umpiring, being there to ump countless games and tournaments while farming.

Scott’s love for his family and friends will carry us forward for a very long time. He will be deeply missed.

He is survived by his loving wife Kim, his loving mother Nadine Jakanoski, sister Paula Hicks (Andy), sister Lana Koch (Jamie), nieces Leah Miller (Nate), Bridget Sholley (Justin), Brynn Feldman, Savannah Feldman, Jana Nelson (Jordan), great-nephews Vaughn Miller, Tucker Sholley, Bo Sholley, great-nieces Tatumn Sholley and Tessa Miller. Stepdaughters Jennifer McGorman (Sheldon), Heather Hukill-Murch. Grandchildren Cole (Kristina), Tia, Javyn, Kymber-Lee, Xavier, Nora McGorman. Brecken Hukill-Murch, Carson Hukill-Murch, Chase Guttenberg, and great-grandson Asher David Guttenberg. And his beloved cat Reuben.

He is preceded in death by his father, John Jakanoski; sister, Cheryl (Jakanoski) Erickson; brother, Mark Jakanoski and stepdaughter, Stephanie Murch.

A Memorial Service will be held Saturday, April 17, 2021 at 2:00 p.m. at Bell Mortuary with Sheldon McGorman officiating. Burial will follow in the Highland Cemetery. Condolences may be left for the family at bellmortuaryglasgow.com.

Monday, April 12th 2021

David William Bailey

David William Bailey, 76, of Glasgow, Montana passed away peacefully at Valley View Home in Glasgow, Montana.

David was born at Frances Mahon Deaconess Hospital in Glasgow on January 20, 1945 To Perle “Bill” William Bailey and Olga Marie (Egstad) Bailey. He was raised in Glasgow with his sister Margaret. He had many stories and fond memories for growing up on 4th Avenue North. He attended Glasgow schools, graduating in 1963. He always enjoyed his class reunions, seeing old friends, being able to share stories and memories with them. He attended Concordia College in Moorehead, Minnesota for one year and MSU Bozeman for one year.

In 1965, David joined the Navy, he was honorably discharged for his service in Viet Nam in 1969.

In high school, David started working during the summers for the Burlington Northern Railroad. After his military service he became a conductor and worked many different runs seeing lots of country. His final years of his 36 year career with Burlington Northern were spent on the Minot to Glasgow run. Dave also owned and operated his own business, Dave’s Insulation, while working part-time for the railroad.

He married Janice Grandboise in 1970, from this union he had one son, Cory William Bailey. The couple divorced in 1975.

On June 3, 1986, David married Marian J. Boston Hopstad, adding two step-daughters to his family: Barbara Ann Hopstad and Cynitha Lynn Hopstad.

David collected barn wood and made many furniture items and picture frames which he gifted to his family or to sometimes sell. There was no topic that could be mentioned that he did not have a story to tell.

After retirement David and Marian made several trips with their 5th wheel to Harlingen, Texas, Yuma Arizona and other areas along the way, making memories and new friends. One trip that was a highlight was a Caribbean Cruise with cousins one year.

He is preceded in death by his parents: Perle “Bill” and Olga Bailey.

David is survived by his wife, Marian; son, Cory (Cindy) Bailey of Dickinson, North Dakota; step-daughters, Barbara Hopstad and Cynthia Hopstad of Glasgow, Montana; granddaughters, Linsey Bailey and Kelsey (David) Bailey-Senski and their son Emmit of Dickenson, North Dakota; grandson, Colin “CJ” (Ashley) Kemmis and their children Camryn and Harrison Kemmis and grandson, Calvin Kemmis all of Glasgow, Montana; sister, Margaret LaRoque of Malta, Montana and numerous cousins, nieces and nephews.

Cremation has taken place as per his wishes and inurment will be at a later date. Bell Mortuary is assisting the family with arrangements. Condolences may be left for the family at bellmortuarymontana.com.

“I love you a bushel and a peck and a hug around the neck…..Woohoo.”

Thursday, April 8th 2021

Delores M. Stroble Etchart

Delores M. Stroble Etchart
10/7/1927 – 11/13/2020
Delores Marie Stroble Etchart died peacefully at home in Billings, Montana, on November 13, 2020. She was 93 years old.

Delores was born and raised in northwest Minnesota’s Red River Valley: the land of “Uff Da!” Her childhood was very happy, filled with family gatherings at her Swedish grandmother’s house, chores, and lessons learned from simple life on a farm. She was the oldest of Frank Stroble and Hazel Cook’s three children: Delores (“Dee”), Frank (“Bud”), and Dorothy (“Dot”). Her mother was a brilliant seamstress who crafted such lovely clothes that young Delores was scarcely aware of the economic hard times. She was strong and athletic, crediting her early physical prowess to farm work. But academics were her first love – writing in particular -- and she excelled in school. Upon high school graduation she was recruited, with full scholarship, for a new psychiatric nursing program created in anticipation of the needs of returning WWII soldiers. She participated in the program, soaking up knowledge that served her well in life, but ultimately chose not to pursue psych nursing. Instead she moved with her family from the Minnesota farm to the oil fields near Cody, Wyoming. There the family found financial prosperity until her mother’s untimely decline and death.

After time back in Minnesota attempting to heal that wound, the family again moved West: this time to Glasgow, Montana, for a business opportunity with relatives at the Star Motel. In Glasgow, Delores met and married local rancher Mark Etchart and together they built a good life, filled with raising five children and consistent service to the community: Mark in local politics and Delores in various Catholic and civic organizations. Delores always engaged her creative talents – both in writing and illustration -- as part of her service. She was well known as being “the writer” of any group, and she also used her writing skills to comfort countless friends, family, acquaintances, and strangers with sympathy cards or personal encouragement during times of hardship. She also enjoyed some professional writing success, with published articles in several newspapers and magazines. Additionally, Delores combined her early interest in psychology and her enduring interest in writing by studying handwriting analysis and becoming a Graphoanalyst.

But above all, Delores was everyone’s moral compass.

Delores was preceded in death by her husband in 1992 and their beloved firstborn, Kathy, in 1969. She is survived by their other children and grandchildren -- Colette, Brian, Diane (Dennis Zimdars), Denise (Charlie Cooper), Angela Stebleton (Rapheal Gavin), Jeremy Stebleton, Russell Cooper, Eli Cooper, and the children of Zimmy Zimdars (deceased), Zane and Lauren. Delores has only one blood great-grandchild, Xavi Gavin. She is also survived by her sister Dorothy (Grant Cooney), sister-in-law Peggy Stroble, numerous beloved nieces, nephews, and extended family, as well as the Costa Rican family of Jose Leon Chang.

Rest in peace, Mom, Gra’ma, Great Gra’ma, Sister, Aunt, Friend. You will be sorely missed.
Funeral services are delayed until Spring 2021 at which time a mass will be scheduled at St. Thomas the Apostle Catholic Church in Billings, followed by a graveside ceremony in Glasgow, MT.

Obituary and photo montage link: https://michelottisawyers.com/2020/11/delores-m-stroble-etchart/

The funeral for Delores Etchart will be May 26th, 2021 at St. Thomas the Apostle Catholic Church in Billings. A rosary will be held at St, Raphael's Catholic Church in Glasgow at 9:30 a.m. on May 28th, followed by the burial at Highland Cemetery.

Monday, April 5th 2021

Maureen "Mickie" Carson

Maureen “Mickie” Carson, age 74, passed away on April Fool’s Day, 2021, showing her love for humor after a long battle against Alzheimer’s. She left this world clothed in strength and dignity and she laughed without fear. Our beloved mother, sister, grandma, niece, aunt, cousin and friend always had a laugh to share, even if it was at herself. It is no surprise the mold was broke when she came into this world, born to the proud parents, Robert and Theresa Carson, in Wolf Point, MT. She mourned her older brother Robert “Tiny” Carson at a young age and an older sister she never knew, Marilyn Carson.

Mickie left behind a legacy that is admired by all who knew her, including her ex-husbands Levon “Smiley” Johnson whom she married in 1965, and having two children with, Gil (Stacey) Johnson and Michelle (Mike) Eliason; and Earl “Beaner” Sibley, in 1979, with whom she had two more children, Nicole “Nikki” Sibley, of Plentywood, MT, and Shawn (Renee) of Nashua, MT. But her legacy is most admired by those she was devoted to, her children and her very dear sisters, Theresa “Terri” (Jim) Stovern, of Wolf Point, MT and Linda (Mark) Nielsen of Nashua, MT. She might not have been able to remember at the end of her well-lived life how much she loved each of her children, her sisters and all of her family and friends, but those she loved will always remember how much they all love her. Her memory will continue to live on for generations to come, as she mostly loved her grandchildren, respectively in order of her children, Taylor (and great-grandchild Jax), Tiana and Tyra; Harley, Merrick, and Mykenzie; Tryan French; and Kobe, Keevan, Kaise, Avery, and Kayde.

Mickie was one of the strongest, most forgiving, and ambitious of women, shown by her tenacity as a discriminated-against, American Indian, woman farmer. Alone, with a child still living at home, one in college and grandchildren being born, despite the odds, she became a well-respected farmer and rancher of a moderately-sized operation. Her beloved son Shawn farmed alongside her after graduating high school, and who was always by her side, until she was moved into a care facility as the dementia progressively made her pay a debt with her greatest attribute, her mind. Although she had a reputation for being a head-turner, she preferred to be known for her intellect and quick wit. If you forgot to respect her, she would remind you, in a way that could leave a person speechless. She said what was on her mind, always a straight shooter, always walking the line to live a good and moral life. She lived by the rules of the Ten Commandments and all who knew her, knew she could be trusted with a handshake and a promise. She was always sought out by her kids, whether it was for her wisdom, or her patience, whichever one she felt was needed most. She had a gift with her grand sense of humor, and joy that bubbled up deep in her soul and made her eyes sparkle. She was a rare breed; in that she didn’t allow anyone to dull her vivacious personality.

She showed everyone, but mostly her children, what hard work and faith can accomplish. She instilled in them the value of perseverance. She was always humble, but confident in who she was. She knew that her crown wasn’t to be worn on her head, but rather in her soul. She knew she was the daughter of a King, and she showed that in the way she loved, unconditionally. Mickie felt strongly that her life was saved by grace, and not surprisingly was also her favorite song. Her life was an example to each of her children that giving their best, regardless of the outcome, was what was most important. Nothing mattered to Mickie except those she loved. Today, her children are all humbled because each of them owes their life to their mom, and how humbling it is to owe such a grand lady.

Dementia is a hard disease to watch someone die from. In lieu of flowers, memorials in Mickie’s honor may be given to “Dementia Society of America” or a charity of donor’s choice.

Family will receive Friends Friday, April 9, 6:30 – 8:30 p.m. at Bell Mortuary. Service will take place Saturday, April 10, 1:00 p.m. at Bell Mortuary. Bell Mortuary is assisting the family with arrangements. Condolences to the family may be left at bellmortuarymontana.com .

Thursday, April 1st 2021

Jeanette Marie Boner

Jeanette Marie Boner
February 7, 1951. Nashua Montana, USA
March 20, 2021. Prince George, British Columbia

Jeanette Marie Boner passed away on the first day of spring, March 20, 2021 after suffering a stroke. She was born February 7, 1951 in Nashua, Montana, the daughter of Edgar Leon and Barbara Elizabeth Boner. Her father was a high school teacher and her mother was a nurse; both parents were influential members of the community. She is survived by family members in the United States throughout Montana and California. In Canada, Jeanette had a large group of friends who were her “chosen” family.

Jeanette attended Montana State University in Bozeman and graduated in 1973 with a Bachelor of Science Home Economics degree. Always one for adventure, she moved to Unity, Saskatchewan in September 1975 and taught there until 1991 when she accepted a position teaching Home Economics at Kelly Road Secondary. Foods, Tourism and Sewing were her hallmarks. She retired in 2009.

Jeanette was always involved in many school, district and community activities. These included roles at the school and local level of the Prince George District Teachers’ Association. Her involvement often included trips to conferences and the BCTF (British Columbia Teachers’ Federation) AGM in Vancouver or Victoria. After the workday was done, this provincial travel gave her the opportunity to shop, eat out with friends and find out the latest goings on at the provincial level.

Community was important to Jeanette so her memberships in non-work related benevolent organizations included The PGX, Festival of Trees, Winter Games, Retired Teachers Association and the P.E.O. (Philanthropic Educational Organization) Sisterhood, book clubs, Grandmothers to Grandmothers, and others. She was also involved with Our Saviour’s Lutheran Church and enjoyed her time having a “chinwag” with the ladies. She was involved with the food bank and many activities where she could use her talents and expertise.

Jeanette was a generous and helpful person. Her first question whenever there was a gathering of any kind was, “Now what can I bring?” Snacks, especially her favourite baked goods, were usually the answer! Throughout her time and involvement in Prince George and beyond she formed many, many friendships. Her annual Christmas party was legendary. She enjoyed meeting with “The Boys” every Friday at Tim Hortons.

Jeanette loved to travel. She went on many trips with many different friends including cruises, trips to Europe, including Italy, France, England, as well as places hot and sunny like the Dominican Republic. She also made annual road trips to Montana with her cat Louis to see her mom, Barbara and to reconnect with Montana folk. After retirement, she enjoyed an annual trip home to watch a football game, see old college friends and reconnect with her US roots. She loved cats and her cat, Louis, was her “Precious.” She will be missed by her recent faithful companion, Moki.

She will be greatly missed by her friends in Canada and the US. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in Jeanette’s memory to Grandmothers to Grandmothers https://grandmotherscampaign.org/ or to the SPCA https://spca.bc.ca/locations/north-cariboo/. Condolences may be offered at FraserviewCrematorium.com.

A Celebration of Life will be held at a later date, once gatherings are permitted.

Please go to the video link https://spark.adobe.com/video/RpgakksjHbw77 for a celebration of Jeanette’s life.

Monday, March 29th 2021

Darby Dean Rogney

Darby Dean Rogney passed away on March 23, 2021 in Glasgow, Montana. He was born July 12, 1951 in Sidney, Montana to Lloyd Rogney and Dorothy King. He was the youngest of three children and grew up in the small town of Fairview. Most of his childhood he was active in the Boys Scouts and he was very proud of reaching the highest recognition of becoming an Eagle Scout. He had a love for cars and music. He graduated from Fairview High School in 1970. He began his career with the Great Northern Railroad in 1969 working several positions until he ultimately became a long standing breakman conductor in 1977 with the Burlington Northern Railroad up until his retirement in 2011.

Darby married Bridgett Thorn in 1981. Although that union did not last, together they created two children that he loved dearly, Katie and Jeff. He enjoyed traveling to western Montana, British Columbia and every other cherished moment with his children. Darby loved to explore old towns in Montana and stop for a “cold drink.” He loved being outdoors, hiking, fishing with his buddies, and spending quality time with friends and making new ones along the way. He always made time to catch up with friends and share stories while sharing a good laugh.

Darby always enjoyed traveling to see his children as they got older. Darby would travel to Bozeman when his son was in college and he was the life of the party sharing beers with his roommates. Darby always left an impression everywhere he went. One memory his children love to share and laugh about was when he pointed a rifle at a bald eagle in Yellowstone National Park to catch a closer look using the scope, however, it looked very differently to the drive by witnesses. His personality was contagiously positive and always had a heartfelt laugh. He told amazing jokes with his wonderful sense of humor.

Darby retired from the railroad in 2011 and started making new memories on his adventures south as a snowbird in Arizona alongside his girlfriend Jackie. They quickly acclimated to the warm climate and enjoyed their time hiking, sightseeing, and attending classic car shows. He especially loved the vast beauty of Sedona and that quickly became his favorite place to travel to. He made many great friends during his time in Arizona and always looked forward to getting out of the cold Montana winters.

He will be greatly missed and was loved by all who knew him. Darby is survived by his daughter Katie Gatlin (Erik) of Billings, Montana; son Jeffrey Rogney (Nora) of Dallas, Texas. Granddaughters Sophia and Lydia Gatlin, girlfriend, Jackie Reddig, and his grand-dogs Toby, Lucy Lu and Boo. He is preceded in death by his parents and his brother Douglas Rogney.

A celebration of his life will be at 4:30PM on Saturday, March 27, 2021 at Sam and Jeffs. Condolences may be left for the family at bellmortuarymontana.com.

Monday, March 29th 2021

Myrtle Marie Mullin

Myrtle Marie Mullin, affectionately known as "REE", passed away March 17, 2021, at the age of 91 years old at the Valley View Nursing Home in Glasgow, Montana.

Ree was born January 5, 1930 in Yates Center, Kansas to Martin and Myrtle Lake, she was the eldest of six children. With fiery red hair she was very active singing in solos, duets, trios and acted in many plays throughout school. Ree was Valedictorian of her 8th grade class and would have graduated Valedictorian if it wasn't for a serious illness. Ree loved cooking and baking, she worked at the school with her sister Elmyra and they were exceptional cooks, she also worked at the M&M Cafe. Ree did all the donut making for the basketball games in Lambert, and when she was busy with 4-H she was the 4-H Cooking Class Teacher. Cooking was definitely her passion.
Ree met the love of her life, Murten Keith Mullin and they were married June 1, 1947 in the Lambert Lutheran Church. They made their home 8 miles north of Lambert. As a homemaker and mother of six children, raising chickens, turkeys and geese, she would often express these were the happiest days of her life! After the death of her husband and son on June 9, 1966, in a terrible accident- her life changed forever. Ree decided to move her children to Culbertson to finish school.

Living in Culbertson opened up a whole new world and Ree married Duane Miller on Dec.7, 1973, and helped raise his four boys, David, Ryan, Loren and Mark Miller who joined Gail, Karla, Julie and Randy. While in Culbertson, Ree worked as a Bar Manager and took many religious education classes to start her own ministry and work as a Christian Psychologist. Ree was devoted to her family, friends and grandchildren. Ree had a deep love for animals, she cared for strays and homeless pets along with her own special dogs that went everywhere she did. Her dog “Tykie” will go down in our family history, for that, is the reason Ree was called Grandma Tykie.

Ree soon developed a passion for writing children's books and wrote a unique children's book for each grandchild. There were special "Grandma Days”, and these days involved cooking special international meals and finishing the days up playing scrabble. The grandchildren loved our special "Grandma Days" and enjoyed trips with Grandma and the family. So many special memories working together, cooking together, embroidering together, travelling together, writing together and developing a special family bond that could never be broken.

Great-grandchildren were so special to her, she wanted a relationship even though her health didn't cooperate. There were swimming lessons in Culbertson where we would go to Grandma's house afterwards and she would be waiting for us with a special meal. We wished swimming lessons would go on forever. In our family there was love. Ree eventually moved to Glasgow to be with her sister and spent her time with Rodney and Charlotte Larson and family. There was much laughter and love spread throughout the household. As Ree's health declined she was transferred to the Valley View Nursing Home, where she remained until her passing. Ree was kind and generous to everyone, she helped many people so that they could succeed and be successful. Our memories and love of Ree will live in our hearts forever.

Ree is survived by her children: Gail (Nathan) Anderson, Karla Cooper, Randy (Katherine) Mullin and Julie Johnson; twelve grandchildren; 21 great-grandchildren and 13 great-great-grandchildren.

Ree was preceded in death by husband, Murten Mullin; sons, Ronnie Lee and Michael Mullin, Mark and Loren Miller; sister, Charlotte Larson; brother, George Lake and parents Martin and Myrtle Lake.

Family is planning a Memorial Service for both Myrtle Mullin and Marilyn Lake sometime in July. Condolences may be left for the family at bellmortuaryglasgow.com.

Monday, March 29th 2021

Frank John Mersen Jr.

F.J. (“Kyke”) Mersen was born on July 31, 1928 in Glasgow, Montana to Frank Mersen Sr. and Louise Opheim Mersen, to the delight of his sister, Betty.

F.J. passed away on March 27, 2021, leaving this world as sharp as a tack and remembering just about every car he sold. F.J. attended school in Glasgow through high school. He was confirmed in the First Lutheran Church in 1942. F.J. served in the Marine Corps from 1946 through 1948 where he served in the Honor Guard. He attended the University of Montana in Missoula for two years before returning to Glasgow to marry Jo Ann Nelson in July of 1950.

Through his early school years beginning when he was 12, he worked at “Perry Hanson Motors” for Les Hanson, earning $1.00 per week. Later, Les Hanson and Frank Mersen, Sr. became partners in Hanson-Mersen Motors, which F.J. purchased in 1964. F.J. sold cars for over three generations. He retired a few times, finally succeeding in 1995. He served on the Montana Automobile Dealers Association Board. In his retirement, F.J. constructed over 100 balsa wood airplanes, many of which he gave to family and friends. He was a voracious reader and truly appreciated the library for the many courtesies extended to him.

F.J. was a member of First Lutheran Church for 71 years, serving as the head usher for over 40 years where he truly enjoyed greeting the parishioners each Sunday, timing sermons and training new ushers. He served on the church council for a number of years. F.J. wielded a mean spritz gun making thousands of cookies for the church’s annual Scandinavian Bake Sale. He also made all of the chimichangas and blue cheese dressing for Sam’s Supper Club for numerous years.

F.J. became a Mason at 21 and a Shriner at 23 years of age. He belonged to both for over 50 years. He served as a trustee for the Valley View Nursing Home, Luke’s 500, the Library Board and Kiwanis. At age 91, he was featured in a Gillette Razor Instagram post touting the merits of their shaving products.

F.J. was preceded in death by his parents, Frank and Louise Mersen, parents-in-law, Richard P. and Alice Nelson, two sisters-in-law, Shirley Nelson Wallis and Carol Nelson Bowen, his brothers-in-law Harold Garnaas, Rollie Bowen and Bryce Wallis, and nephew Robert Garnaas. He is survived by his wife Jo Ann with whom he would have celebrated their 71st wedding anniversary in July; his sister Betty Garnaas; his daughters Marcia (Russ) Brown and their children Trent and Stephanie (Mike) Maier and their children Carter, Paige and Owen; Becky (Lee) Erickson and their daughter Elissa Erickson and her son Leo Erickson; Johanna Mersen and Steve Blakeman; Jane (Jake) Callantine and their children Catherine (Curtis) Doubet and Krista Callantine; and numerous nieces and nephews.

A celebration of life will be held this summer. Memorials may be made to the First Lutheran Church, the Glasgow Library or the charity of your choice. Condolences may be left for the family at bellmortuarymontana.com.