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Tuesday, August 11th 2020

Burnell "Bernie" D. Hart

Burnell “Bernie” D. Hart, 79, of Hinsdale, Montana passed away Tuesday, August 4, 2020 at Frances Mahon Deaconess Hospital.

Bernie was born July 2, 1941 in Bottineau, North Dakota to Everett J. and Alma I. (Henrickson) Hart. He received his early education Bottineau and then graduated from West Seattle High School in Seattle, Washington.

He married Judy Stahl in 1960 in Seattle, Washington and the couple made their home in Seattle until moving to Columbia Falls, Montana, where he raised his family. He as a member of the Mason’s, Ducks Unlimited in both Glasgow and Malta, very active with Montana Fish and Game and a big supporter of local youth athletic programs.

Bernie was an avid hunter and fisherman: he enjoyed sharing his land and knowledge with people from all over the U.S. and Canada. He could tell a tall tale with the best of theme and after two trips to Africa he had many to tell!

Bernie loved “living his dream” in Montana, especially in Hinsdale. He had many friends and was an active community member and was the first to help others, especially kid and animals. Bernie was a good friend, active “jokester” and a handshake was all he needed to seal a deal. He often told family how proud he was living in the Hinsdale community and how great the people are.

Bernie was often called on to open his heart, his home and his wallet to just give one more rescue dogs a home – which he always did - his personal best was ten dogs at one time. They are all waiting for him under the Rainbow Bridge.

His family is grateful to all his friends near and far, for their concern, friendship and support. He lived his dream and we are thankful for the life he lived and that people considered him a good friend. He touched many lives and will be greatly missed.

Bernie is survived by his son, Rocky Hart; daughter, Shari Brusse; grandson, Ryan Hart; and sister, DeNae Stafne.

He is preceded in death by both of his parents and his ex-wife Judy.

A Celebration of Life will be 11:00 a.m., Thursday August 13, 2020 at the Hinsdale American Legion Hall in Hinsdale, Montana with Howard Pippin officiating.

Friday, August 7th 2020

Thomas Thompson

A life lived in the service to others is a life well lived. Tommy Thompson lived that life. His family, his friends and his community were those he loved serving.
Self-made businessman Thomas (Tom) Thompson passed away at his home surrounded by the love of his family, just as he wanted, after a battle with lung cancer. The family will be receiving friends at Bell Mortuary from 5:00 – 7:00 pm, Sunday, August 9, 2020. Services are scheduled for Monday, August 10th, 11:00 a.m. at Thompson and Son’s west of Glasgow.
Tom was born in Spokane, WA on May 14, 1957 to Kenny and Sharon Thompson. He joined siblings Debby, Brian, and Diana. The family moved to Glasgow that September of 1957. Little sister Lisa joined the family in 1967. His father Kenny worked for Jim Archambeault to support his family and ironically, nearly 50 years later the family owns that business, T & R Trucking. Tom’s work ethic was his strongest trait second only to being able to fix anything or figure out a way around those things he couldn’t fix. There are few in our community who haven’t said, “Call Thompson’s, Tommy can do anything”. He loved wrestling and was known as the “tall skinny guy with a welding hat.” His favorite part of wrestling, other than coaching his own kids, was coaching the little guys who were just getting started. Tom was an expert firefighter traveling to many states with his Caterpillar to overcome the largest blazes. He took pride in the fact that he “saved the town of Landusky” using this expertise and perhaps a little belligerence by taking on government agency rules.
Tom’s vision led him to a variety of entrepreneurial adventures including an excavating business, a manure hauling business in 1992 (inspired by a “deal” with Orville Fossum), providing the community with steel when Pacific Steel went out of business and culminating yet again by providing a service to Valley County through T & R Trucking. Tommy’s impact on this community himself, and through the legacy of his children has been immense. Numerous young men and women grew and developed under Tom’s watchful eye and “inspiring talks”.
Tom attended school in Glasgow for 8 years at which point he began his life working with his brother Brian custom farming in the summer and working for Gordon Maxness at the Peavey Elevator in the winter months. This was a launching pad for his life dedicated to “getting things done”. Tommy then worked as a mechanic for Pages until he began his own business, Thompson and Sons in 2000. “What do we do? Whatever it takes!” He continued to expand by building the business with his wife, sons and daughter until his death.
Tom served his community through his support of the Long Run Fire Department, Valley County Search and Rescue and the community fish fries. Tom was often seen grilling, frying or cooking, teaching and sharing experiences.
Tom and Dawn McPherson were married June 13, 1976. They created a life with their family west of Glasgow where they instilled that same work ethic in their children. Tom and Dawn have three children, Rocky (Haylee) Thompson, Brandi Thompson, (Nathan) and Josh (Mandi) Thompson. Tom felt blessed with grandchildren, Keagan, Hunter, Rowen and Saylor; Harper, Hadley and Adeline; Jordan (Michael), Devon (Maggie) and Kenee Rae. He was also so proud of his great grandchild Kayge. Tom is survived by his wife of 44 years, his mother Sharon Thompson and his father in law Jerry McPherson; sisters Debby Cornwell, Diana (Jeff) Boyle and Lisa (Robert) Legare, and brother Brian Thompson. Sister in laws, Denise (Jeff) Howard, Shelly Baadsgaard, and brother in law Mike (Linda) McPherson. Tom is also survived by many nieces and nephews.
He was proceeded in death by his father, Kenny Thompson, his mother in law, Shirley McPherson, his brother in law Lynn Cornwell, nephew Brett Howard and his grandson, Carder.
Tom’s legacy will live on through those who have had the privilege of knowing him.

Monday, August 3rd 2020

Geraldine (Gerry) Dahl

Geraldine “Gerry” Dahl, 86, passed away on Wednesday, July 29, 2020, at Valley View Home in Glasgow, Montana.

Gerry was born on April 23, 1934 in Flaxville, Montana to Julius and Olga (Todahl) Flom. One of eleven children, Gerry grew up in McCone City while her father worked on the Fort Peck dam until the family moved to Nashua in 1942. She participated in the school band as a majorette.

On May 29, 1952 Gerry married Kenny Dahl at the Nashua Lutheran Church. Together they farmed and ranched in Lustre until 1989 when they moved to Glasgow. Gerry made many meals for the guys, delivering them to the fields during seeding and harvest or at their home on branding days. They always had room for guests around the table. She enjoyed having friends over for card games or jam sessions and you would often find her on the dance floor. Kenny and Gerry loved to travel. Together they visited Australia, New Zealand, Fiji, all 50 states, the Canadian provinces, and a memorable cruise through the Panama Canal. They especially enjoyed the Smithsonian, Branson Missouri, Nashville, and Dollywood. Gerry continued to travel after Kenny passed away in November of 2002. She especially enjoyed taking bus trips with many of her friends from the area. Most of all she loved to visit her children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren. She served several years with the Sons of Norway. After losing a dear friend to cancer she became very active with the American Cancer fund.

Gerry is survived by her sons Russ Dahl and Tammi of Nashua, Gordon Dahl and Joy of Plano Texas; her daughters Lori Nichols and Bryce of Lustre, Linda Stroupe and John of Lewiston Idaho; 11 grandchildren and 17 great-grandchildren; her brother Kermit and sisters Phyllis, Karen and Jackie.

She was preceded in death by her husband Kenny Dahl; son Floyd Dahl; granddaughter Jasmine Dahl; her brothers Jalmer, Leroy, Richard, and Julius Jr. and her sisters Joyce, and Betty.

Pallbearers are all her grandsons and grandsons in laws. Kris Dahl, Rylan Nichols, Kurtis Stroupe, Kenneth Stroupe, Ryan Dahl, Jason Dahl, Jeremiah Ahart, David Dahl-Waring, and Isha St. Martin.

A Memorial Service will be held on Wednesday, August 5, at 2 p.m. at the First Lutheran Church in Glasgow with Rev. Todd Wright officiating. Interment will follow at the Highland Cemetery in Glasgow. Bell Mortuary in Glasgow is in charge of arrangements. Condolences may be left at bellmortuarymontana.com.

Tuesday, July 28th 2020

Larry C. Geiser

Larry C. Geiser, 78, of Glasgow, Montana passed away July 25, 2020.

Larry was born November 4, 1941 in Elbowoods, North Dakota to Martin L. and Sibyl (Lind) Geiser. He received his education at Mandree, North Dakota. After graduating from high school, he joined the Army.

He married Vivian Fox. The couple later divorced. He later married Elouise (Chandler) Geiser in 1975.

Larry was a member of the American Legion and St. Raphael’s Catholic Parish.

Larry is survived by his wife Elouise; son, Larry (Laura) Pankey and their children Zachary, Luke, Madison and Jack; step-son, Ted Grandchamp and his children, Trevor, Jonika, and Lance and great-grandchildren, Myalya, Trake, McKenzie, Larry, Guenivere, Josette and Kadence; daughter, Robyn (Byron) Frueh their children Harley, Vaughn and Ellie; sister, Shirley Hovda; brother, Gene (Elaine) Geiser; sister, Mary Lou Bercier and numerous nieces and nephews.

He is preceded in death by his parents; brothers, James and Gale; and his step-son Les Chandler.

Family will receive friends at Bell Mortuary in Glasgow, Montana, Wednesday, July 29, 5-7:00 p.m. with the Rosary at 6:30 p.m. Funeral Mass will be Thursday, July 30, 2020 at 10:30 a.m. at St. Raphael’s Catholic Church in Glasgow, Montana. Burial will be at a later date. Condolences may be left at bellmortuaryglasgow.com.

Wednesday, July 22nd 2020

Glyn Went Bamford

Glyn Went Bamford, 84, of Fort Peck, Montana, passed away on July 21, 2020 of natural causes.

He was born to Helen Went Bamford and Glyn Albert Bamford on July 22, 1935 in Portland, Oregon. He was the middle of five children; Sally, Rilda, Elizabeth, and Wallace. His family moved frequently and he attended numerous schools, graduating from Waldport, Oregon High school in 1952, at age 16. As a child, Glyn loved to play on the beach, played baseball, football, and track, and was an alter boy for the Catholic Church.

After graduating high school, Glyn worked odd jobs until he was old enough to join the U.S. Navy, where he served four years as an electronics technician. After the Navy, and one year of school at Oregon State College, he went to work for the Federal Aviation Administration as an electronics technician. Glyn was with the FAA for forty years, working in Alaska and Montana.

The FAA brought Glyn to Glasgow where, while coaching women’s softball, he met the love of his life, Myrtice Dale, who he married on August 18, 1972. Myrt had three young children, Barry, Kae, and Nancy, all of whom Glyn adopted, making their family complete. It was the greatest gift to his children, and he loved them as his own until the day that he died. Glyn loved to attend his kid’s sporting events, traveling all over Montana to see their games and meets.

Glyn kept himself involved in many hobbies. He had an extensive stamp collection, loved to build model railroad cars, and was a very prolific reader of books. Glyn collected all 50 state quarters and gave complete collections to each of his six grandchildren.

For years, Glyn was a lifelong member of the VFW, and very active with the B.P.O.E, working his way through all the chairs, and ultimately serving as Grand Exalted Ruler in 1979-1980. He could often be seen during whist tournaments at the Elks Club, keeping the scoreboard updated in his clear, concise hand. He loved sports and was involved in the Scottie Booster Club for several years. Glyn was a lifelong, avid, Green Bay Packers fan.

In 1984, the FAA brought Glyn and Myrt to Billings where he worked until he retired. Upon retirement, they moved back home to Northeastern Montana, where they lived in their cabin on Poverty Ridge till present. He was a wonderful father and husband, a kind, thoughtful and intelligent man, and the world is a smaller place without him in it.

Glyn is preceded in death by his parents Helen and Glyn, his mother in-law Hazel, and his sisters Sally and Rilda. He is survived by his wife of 48 years Myrt, his children Barry (Irasema) Bamford of San Francisco, California, Kae (Steve) Sukut of Glasgow, and Nancy (Randy) Lasar of Glasgow, his sister-in-law Rhea Nelson, six grandchildren, Hannah Sukut (DJ), Chloe (Skyler) Bridges, Nicole Bamford, Bryan Bamford, Jacy O’Neill (Desmond), Randall Lasar, one great-granddaughter, Margot Stevie Bridges, his sister Elizabeth, brother Wallace and several nieces and nephews.

The family would like to personally thank Kari Lee Knierem for driving to their home numerous Sundays to give Glyn communion. Also, a special thanks the neighbors on Poverty Ridge who were always so kind and helpful. Finally, a huge thank you to Rhea Nelson for being there day and night to help with his care and being a wonderful sister to both Myrt and Glyn.

The Funeral Mass will be live streamed at straphaelparish.net

The broadcast will also be pushed to the St Raphael FB Page https://www.facebook.com/straphaelglasgow/.

Tuesday, July 21st 2020

Judith "Judy" Evelyn Saindon

Judith “Judy” Evelyn Saidon, 94, of Glasgow, Montana passed away peacefully at Frances Mahon Deaconess Hospital July 16, 2020.
Judy was born in Litchville, North Dakota, April 13, 1926 to Norwegian parents, Alf and Emma (Kasseth) Rorvik. The family moved to Montana in 1928 and farmed south of Glentana. After their house burned down, they moved to Richland where Judy started 1st grade. After moving to Glasgow, Judy continued her education and graduated from Glasgow High School.
She started working at the Glasgow Courier as a junior in high school and continued with them for 20 years. She also worked for Glasgow Office Supply, and later MDU from which she retire in 1988.
Judy married Ed Saindon in April 1973 and he passed in 2003. The couple enjoyed their cabin at Rock Creek: boating and neighboring with Dean and Penny Johnson.
She was active in hospital guild and First Lutheran Church. She liked taking the tickets at Fort Peck Summer Theater and working at the county elections. Her passion was needlework. As a member of the quilting guild she made many beautiful quilts, wall hangings and table runners.
She attended First Lutheran Church and it was her pleasure to spend many hours making a traditional Norwegian Hardanger alter cloth for the church. Judy created many keepsakes for friends and family over the years.
She creatively built a doll house, replicating her childhood home that rests on display at the Pioneer Museum.
Judy loved attending the “Karen Marta” family reunions. The summer of 2019, Judy was honored as being the last surviving grandchild or Karen Marta.
Judy was preceded in death by her parents, husband and brothers, Allan and Stanley Rorvik.
She is survived by eight nieces and nephews that all viewed Judy as a surrogate mother/grandmother: Pamela, Janice, Greg, Stanley Jr, Dana, Germaine, Michael and Jill Emma; many great nieces, nephews, cousins and friends.
The family will receive friends 6:00 – 8:00 p.m., Tuesday, July 21, 2020 with a prayer service beginning at 7:00 p.m. Graveside services will be held 10:00 a.m. on Wednesday, July 22, 2020 at Highland Cemetery with Reverend Todd Wright officiating. Condolences may be left at bellmortuarymontana.com. Remembrances in Judy’s name can be made to the Pioneer Museum of Glasgow or the GHS Educational Trust Fund.

Monday, July 20th 2020

Raymond "Don" Donald Watson

Raymond “Don” Donald Watson Jr, 69, of St. Marie, Montana passed away Tuesday, July 14, 2020 in Glasgow, Montana.
Don was born September 23, 1950 in San Diego, California to Raymond Sr. and Lona (Highfill) Watson.
After high school Don was drafted into the US Army. He served from August 13, 1970 until February 16, 1972 with a rank of SP4. He received many metals and a rank of sharpshooter.
Don was an avid hunter, fisherman and outdoorsman. He enjoyed playing cards and visiting with his family and riding motorcycles. He had a keen interest in muscle cars, was a fantastic car salesman and was a talented Chef. He worked a several places in Glasgow including selling cars and cooking.
He is survived by his siblings: Johnny Sterling Barnes and wife Joy of Arizona, Donnice Sorrell of West Texas, Sherry Watson and husband Clifford of West Texas and numerous nieces and nephews.
Don is preceded in death by his mother, Lona Highfill; father, Raymond D. Watson Sr. and sister, Teresa Lenart.
Family will receive friends from 1-3:00 p.m., Thursday, July 21, 2020 at Bell Mortuary. Military honors will be rendered at 3:00 p.m. outside of Bell Mortuary. Condolences may be left at bellmortuarymontana.com.