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Friday, January 8th 2021

Verna Deloris Johnson

Verna Deloris Johnson was born to Ada (Simard) and Austin Iwen on September 3, 1920 in Bainville, Montana. She was the eldest of nine children, four brothers and four sisters. She attended school in Bainville through her Junior year of high school and then transferred to Froid, Montana for her Senior year.

She met her husband Gilman Johnson, when he was working on her parent’s farm near Froid. The couple married May 3, 1939 and together they raised four children: Korene (Andy) Anderson in Glasgow, Dale (Susan) in Helena, Dallas (Ann) in Bozeman, and Dean (Peggy) in Glendive.

Gil and Verna lived in Froid, Montana until 1943 when they moved to Glasgow where Gil worked for the Great Northern Railroad as a brakeman when he was drafted into the Navy in 1944. Verna and the kids moved to Wolf Point for the duration of the war to live near her parents and to give birth to Dean. After the War, the family moved back to Glasgow in 1945.

Verna was an exceptionally loving and devoted wife and mother, spending most of her adult life as a homemaker. In her unassuming way she was an excellent role model and a guiding force in her family. Besides caring for her husband and children, Verna always planted a large garden and was an expert baker, a skill she learned from her mother, “Ma” Iwen, who was famous for her pies at Iwen’s Hi-Way Market in Wolf Point.

In the fifties and sixties, she was active in the PTA and was a member of the Glasgow Scottie Band Boosters, a group of the band mothers whose primary purpose was to raise money for the band trips and to buy uniforms. After her youngest son entered high school, Verna worked at the Glasgow Sears store in customer service and later in the accounts department, she was also an active member of the Glasgow Soroptimists Club.

Verna is survived by her four children; her sister Delcie Ray in Tehachipi, California; her brother Bud Iwen in Helena, Montana; her sister-in-law, Rose Johnson in Glasgow, Montana; thirteen grandchildren; twenty-three great-grandchildren; three great-great-grandchildren, and numerous nieces, nephews, and cousins.

Preceding in death was her husband, Gilman Johnson; her parents, Austin and Ada Iwen; two sisters, Ladonna Sell and Eleanor Spitzer; brothers, Ben, Darrell, Jiggs, and Donny Iwen and brother-in-law, LeRoy Johnson.

She loved her home and her independence and refused to even consider moving to assisted living or to a nursing home. She was able to accomplish her wishes only with the devoted assistance of her caretakers: Cindy LaRoche, Mavis Orvis and recently Cecelia Montoya.

She passed away peacefully in her home at the age of 100 years on January 3, 2021.

Our mom left us with many fond memories of what a wonderful mother she was in all respects.

Burial is in Highland Cemetery limited to only immediate family due to Covid, and has already taken place. Please consider local charities if you plan a memorial donation in her memory. Condolences for the family may be left at bellmortuaryglasgow.com.

Tuesday, January 5th 2021

Dustin Tyrel Shipp, age 39, passed away on January 1, 2021 in Glasgow, MT.

Dusty was born to Calvin and Peggy (Wienke) Shipp on June 22, 1981 at Frances Mahon Deaconess Hospital. An infectious smile was evident through his younger years, growing immensely each time a new animal made its way to the Shipp camp. He often said he understood animals more than people. Considering those four-legged creatures had a large role in raising him, it should have come as no surprise. Up to his death, family dogs nearly turned themselves inside out just to be beside him. And how he lit up in return.

The smile grew as Dusty made his way through school. He had the type of brain that worked without prodding. Good grades came effortlessly. That was fortunate considering that his extracurriculars often were not of the academic variety. His brute strength and tenacity fueled him through Glasgow’s football program and, a show to his extreme loyalty, he was still helping to fire off the cannon each time the Scotties scored in their 2020 run to the playoffs.

Dusty bought cows, lived on the ranch, and worked a series of odd jobs before starting into a career with BNSF. He had time to go back to those odd jobs after landing an extended furlough shortly thereafter. He powered through and worked his way into a position of relative seniority within the company. While the railroad paid the bills, he actively took part in major ranch events smiling alongside the crew of oddly matched misfits helping to complete the task. Ever eager to help a neighbor, he welcomed their call for an extra hand.

He adamantly loved his small family and developed tremendous bonds with individuals throughout the community. At Monson’s Montana Bar, he was one of their own. Oddly good at anything competitive, he amazed us all by bowling more than one 300 game. You could audibly make out the ear-to-ear smile when he called to share the big news.

He will be remembered for that smile. Remembered for his giggle, a little nervous around the edges. Remembered for the way he would so fiercely protect the people and community he loved. Remembered for the slight pitch change when he’d say, “Fireball?”

Dusty is preceded in death by his grandparents, Ralph Wienke, Myrtle Wienke Finkbeiner, and Sally (Boston) Shipp as well as his uncle, Jeff Shipp, and cousins Rusty Shuman and Cody Ames.

He is lovingly remembered by his parents, Calvin and Peggy, and his sister Haylie Shipp. He is also survived by his Grandpa Lawrence (Mary) Shipp, numerous aunts and uncles, cousins, friends, and his cat Bandit. As Dusty so elegantly put it, “he’s an ass, but I love him.”

Cremation is taking place and a celebration of life will be held at 5 p.m., Saturday, January 16th at El Cor Del Lanes in Glasgow. When the calves are bawling and the grass is green, Dusty will be taken to watch over the family ranch he so loved.

Cremation is taking place and a celebration of life will be held at 5 p.m., Saturday, January 16th at El Cor Del Lanes in Glasgow. When the calves

Tuesday, January 5th 2021

Clel "Crow" Crawford

Clel “Crow” Crawford
July 13, 1946 – December 29, 2020

Clel “Crow” Crawford was born on July 13, 1946 to Mary (Roque) Aitken and Raymond Crawford Sr. in Glendive, Montana. The Crawford family moved from Glendive to Glasgow in 1955 where they made it their home. Crow enlisted in the Marine Corp as a young man and spent 2 tours in Vietnam before coming back to Montana after being honorably discharged. Once coming home, he worked as a butcher, ranch hand, and most recently owning his own business hauling miscellaneous items across Montana. He trekked around the state carrying/delivering items for the past 20+ years, rarely missing due to weather or road conditions. He was dedicated to his customers and his community to make sure all were satisfied.

He was an avid outdoorsman hunting and fishing with his faithful companion, Sissy, his springer spaniel. They spent every day together: she was his most prized bird dog, his road companion, and hunting/fishing partner. He was a tournament fisherman in his younger days on his favorite fishing water, Fort Peck Reservoir. He enjoyed hunting the C.M. Russell game range as well as the family land around Glasgow. He was a member of Walleyes Unlimited and Pheasants Forever.

Crow is survived by brothers, Raymond (Linda) Crawford Jr. and Bruce (Brenda) Crawford; sisters, Patty (Kenny) Becker and Diana DaSilva; and numerous nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents, Raymond Crawford Sr. and Mary Aitken and brothers Eugene, Michael, and Broderick.

In lieu of flowers, please donate to Wounded Warriors in his name. There will be a celebration of life in the Spring of 2021 in Glasgow, Montana.

Monday, January 4th 2021

James "Jim" Mattfeldt

James “Jim” Mattfeldt, 83, passed away on Friday December 25, 2020, joining the love of his live Eunice Mattfeldt. He spent his last years at Valley View Home in Glasgow, Montana.

Jim was born on June 22, 1937 in Glasgow, Montana to Hugh and Carrie (Storkson) Mattfeldt. He was the fourth of eight children raised most of his life on the Johnny Place. Jim attended Hinsdale Public School where he graduated.

Jim married his high school sweetheart, Eunice Estenson on October 13, 1956. Shortly after marriage, they moved to Wyoming to begin their life together. He worked construction with his brothers. After their first child was born, they came back to Montana residing in Great Falls where they had four more children. Jim worked for Standard Oil delivering gas, but farming and ranching was his main love. They chose to return to the Hinsdale area to raise their family on the same farm Eunice was raised. Jim worked on the Timm Ranch for more than 40 years. Jim and Eunice lived on the farm until retiring and building a home in town.

Jim enjoyed hunting; he would take his children and grandchildren out hunting often, and always came back with stories. He always knew where to find the deer, although the elk up at the Lick Place remained elusive. He seemed to have a sixth sense on finding a buck, even when no one else could see one.

He was a talented woodworker and made rocking chairs, step stools, toy ducks, cradles, steer heads, Christmas trees and so much more for all his children, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren. He spent several hours carving elaborate walking sticks from downed fence posts from out at the Lick Place.

Jim was a hardworking man. Even after retirement he stayed busy working in his shop or around the house, taking camping trips with his wife and family, and supporting all the grandchildren in their activities be it 4H, basketball, hockey, or school. He was very proud of his family in all their accomplishments.

Jim is survived by five children: Myra (DJ) McLauchlin, Janet (Ron) Canen, Jamie (Jr) Mix, Duane (Laurie) Mattfeldt, and Jon (Diana) Mattfeldt; 17 grandchildren; 27 great-grandchildren; brothers, Carl (Marlys) Mattfeldt, Bill (Jeanette) Mattfeldt, Vernon “Swede” Mattfeldt, Russ (Sweetie) Mattfeldt, and Brian Mattfeldt; sisters, Sharon (Mike) McDunn and Corlis (Bob) Huntsberger; brother-in-law, Ralph Estenson; sister-in-law, Betty Estenson; along with numerous cousins, nieces and nephews, friends and loved ones.

Jim was greeted at Heaven’s Gate by his wife, Eunice; parents, Hugh and Carrie; brothers-in-law Ed and Milton Estenson; sister-in-law, Adeline Estenson; daughters-in-law, Mary Mattfeldt and Cathy Mattfeldt; granddaughter, Carrie Mattfeldt; sisters-in-law Rene Mattfeldt; in-laws Bert and Mabel Estenson.

Through 64 years of marriage, Jim and Eunice never missed a Christmas. This Christmas was no exception.

Family will receive friends Saturday, January 9, 2021 from 10:00 a.m. until 12:00 p.m. at Bell Mortuary. Please follow Covid-19 restrictions: wash your hands, social distance and wear a mask. Condolences may be left for family at bellmortuarymontana.com.

Monday, January 4th 2021

Harold Dean Blount

Our beloved, Dad, Grandpa, Great-Grandpa: Harold Dean Blount went to be with his Lord and Savior on December 31, 2020 in Billings, Montana after a hard fought battle with Covid-19.

Dad was born November 9, 1937 on a hill in Brockton Montana attended by his grandmother. He grew up in the Brockton area until the age of five and then moved to Frazer, which became his home until his passing. Dad touched may lives throughout his life, as a coach, mentor and most of all a Pastor at Cansuska Presbyterian Church. He attended school in Frazer and graduated in 1956. He then Joined the Navy in June of that year. He proudly served his country as a Naval intelligence officer- which had him learn many different languages. He was really proud of the Russian language and often found joy in visiting with other people who also knew the language. Dad married the love of his life Sadie Mae November 9, 1963, to this union they were blessed with eight children: Carol Jean, Vicki, Big Son, Baby girl, Thomas, Melanie, Richard, and Waylan. They adopted two sons: Roger White Sr. and the Late Russell White. They enjoyed a beautiful life until Mom’s passing April 24, 2013.

Dad worked for area farmers and ranchers after being honorably discharged from the Navy. He later became a Tribal Council Member for the Fort Peck Tribes from 1967 to 1987, commuting to Poplar every day. He served on the Norval Electric Board from 1988 to 1991. He started work for the Frazer School and became the Business Clerk, a job he enjoyed right up until his passing. He was also instrumental in starting the A&S Industries which he was very proud of.

Dad coached baseball for many years, basketball and football for Frazer School and was also the AD for many years. He also coached and played slow pitch softball for many years. Dad touched many lives and was a very kind and loving man. He was everyone’s “Grandpa Dean”.

We will miss you dearly Daddy but we know that you are with Mom and our brothers and sister enjoying a beautiful reunion. Dad, you always told us to always put God first and how education is very important. You instilled it in our children and grandchildren. We love you Dad. Love you always and forever…. Daddy, Grandpa and Great-Grandpa.

Dad is survived by his children, Carol (Karl) Wallette, Vicki (Tom) Dahl, Thomas Blount, Melanie (Mike) Cole, Waylan (Michelle) Blount, Nick (Faye) Blount, Roger White Sr., Meryl Smith, Suzann Smith and Nicole Dietrich; his grandchildren, Jaylan (Ashley) Blount, Markell Blount, Korbin Cole, Caleb Blount, Clint Bushman (Kailey), Sharla Bushman (John), Rosina Blount, Brenna Blount, Shoni Blount, Callin Grey Bear, Roger, Amanda, Jake, Justin,& Nicole White and Kelbee Blount; his Great grandchildren, Logan, Keeley, Lucas, Lennon Rose, Jeremiah Richard, Joshua Dean, Zayliana and Charlie Mae. He is also survived by a sister, Marietta Four Bear; an aunt, Gloria Garcia; and cousins, Judy Johnson, Eileen Buckman & Rae Jean Belgarde; and many nieces, nephews, aunties, cousins and many long-time friends.

Dad is preceded in death by his children, Harold Dean Blount Jr., Richard Buck Blount and Russell White; his parents, George & Clara (Red Eagle) Blount; his siblings, Pearl Four Bear, Arlene Standing, Wayne Blount, Lucille Blue Earth, Rita Talks Different, Dennis Blount, George Blount Jr., Marion Blount, Myron Blount and Robert Black Dog Sr.; his aunts and uncles, Jack and Joyce Tootoosis, Phillip Red Eagle, Winnie Smith, Alice, Rita and Catherine; and numerous grandchildren, nieces and nephews.

Funeral service will be 11:00 a.m. Thursday, January 7, 2021 at Frazer School Gymnasium and burial with Military Honors at Oswego Presbyterian Cemetery. Family asks that you follow Covid-19 restrictions: wear your mask, social distance and keep your hands clean. Bell Mortuary is assisting the family with arrangements. Condolences may be left for the family at bellmortuarymontana.com.

Monday, January 4th 2021

Katie A. Ellsworth

Katie A Ellsworth, age 90, passed away on Saturday, January 2, 2021 at home in Hinsdale, Montana.

She was born in Hinsdale on April 12, 1930, the daughter of Daniel & Margaret (Sherry) Gaasch. She joined five siblings, where they were raised on the farm on Cache Creek. She attended school in Hinsdale. When Katie was young, she enjoyed riding horses and chasing milk cows. Katie talked about a trip she took in her teens when she went to California to visit family where she met the last surviving member of the “Dalton Gang”.

On December 21, 1947, she married Lee E. Ellsworth in Hinsdale. Katie loved the ranch life, raising her children and dancing. She worked at the local restaurants and enjoyed working at the Hinsdale school as a cook. Katie spent many hours following the sports of her children and grandchildren. She also taped all the games that were aired on the radio and gave copies to the athletes that were involved. Katie loved to sew and make quilts. Many of her quilts she entered several in the fair exhibits. She made all her grandchildren memory quilts that they can cherish for years to come.

She was preceded in death by her parents; husband Lee; sons Dan and Dean; sisters, Dannette Korven, Marion Porteen, and Sherry Burns; and brothers, Pete and Daniel “Buck”.

Katie is survived by her children, Ralph (Terri) Ellsworth, John Ellsworth, & Darla Webb; 10 grandchildren and 14 great-grandchildren.

Visitation will be Tuesday, January 5, 2021 from 8:00~5:00 p.m. Funeral services will be Wednesday, January 6, 2021 at 11:00 a.m. at the Methodist Church in Hinsdale, Montana with Pastor Rick Thompson officiating, burial will follow at Hillview Cemetery in Hinsdale. Please follow Covid-19 restrictions: hand washing, social distancing and wearing a mask. Condolences may be left for the family at bellmortuarymontana.com.

Wednesday, December 30th 2020

Yukona "Connie" Seiler

Yukona “Connie” E. Seiler, 92, passed away peacefully with her family by her side December 29, 2020 which was her Mother’s Birthday (Laura Hardin Duncan). Connie was a loving and devoted wife, mother, grandmother, great-grandmother, great-great-grandmother, sister and friend to all whose lives she had touched.

Connie was born to the late Laura Hardin Duncan and Claire Duncan on March 4, 1928 in Hinsdale, Montana. She was the fifth daughter of seven girls. She graduated from Hinsdale High School.
Connie first met her husband, Dean Edward Seiler in Glasgow, Montana after he returned from the military and started his career with the Montana Highway Department in 1947. They were married on January 31, 1948 at the Little White Church in Malta, Montana. They resided in numerous northeastern Montana communities. Later they relocated to Nashua, Montana where Dean continued working for the Montana Highway Department. They then transferred to Miles City, Montana in 1968. Together they had eight children.

Connie was a stay-at-home mom, being there for the kids was THE most important thing to her. She considered her family to be her greatest blessing and her most important role.

Even though Connie was a woman of few words, she made friends easily and had such a kind hear. Over the years she loved Participating in the lives of her grandchildren and great-grandchildren. After Dean retired and the kids were grown, they loved traveling and were Arizona snowbirds for many of years where they found their happy place. After Dean passed away in 2007, she moved to Mesa in 2011. She loved to play cards and take her brisk two-mile walks every morning in the beautiful Arizona sun. She returned home to Miles City this past September to be closer to family. Everyone that met Connie was drawn to her loving kindness and beauty inside and out. She will be missed by so many who loved her.

Connie is survived by her sons, Richard (Debbie) Seiler of Glasgow, Montana and David Seiler of Boise, Idaho; daughters, Vicki (Doug) Bishop of Silverdale, Washington, Janis (Frank) Hartman of Miles City, Montana, Sheila (Tim) Miller of Havre, Montana, and Marsha (Lyle) Posey of Albuquerque, New Mexico; sister, Patsy (Dale) O’Brien, Shirley Greene; 15 grandchildren; 27 great-grandchildren; 5 great-great-grandchildren and numerous nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her parents: Laura Hardin Duncan and Claire Duncan; husband of 59 years, Dean in 2007; son, Rodney in 1956; and Baby Girl Seiler in 1957; sisters, Pearl, Helen, Jeanie and Barbra.

Graveside service will be Saturday, January 2, 2021 at 11:00 a.m. at Highland Cemetery in Glasgow, Montana. A celebration of her life will be held at a later date. Bell Mortuary is assisting the family with arrangements. Condolences may be left for the family at bellmortuarymontana.com.