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Monday, November 23rd 2020

Dorothy Mae (Sanderson) Johnson

Dorothy Mae (Sanderson) Johnson passed away of natural causes November 15, 2020 at Sweet Memorial Home in Chinook, MT at the age of 83.

Dorothy was born to Clifford and Beatrice (Martinson) Sanderson on May 27, 1937 in Grafton, ND. She was later joined by brothers Duane in 1940 and George in 1946. She attended Nowesta School District #47 and Morrison School District #13 through the eighth grade and went on to attend high school at Bowesmont High in Bowesmont, ND, graduating as valedictorian in 1955. Dorothy received a Bachelor of Arts from the University of North Dakota in 1962. She taught junior and senior high mathematics in Willow City, ND, Veblen, SD, and Hinsdale, Nashua and Whitewater, MT. While in Whitewater, she organized the Whitewater Chapter of National Honor Society, Veteran’s Day programs, Awards Banquets, school plays, Graduation Tea and County Spelling Bees. After retirement from the Whitewater School in 1988, Dorothy worked as a substitute teacher in area schools and taught half-time at Glasgow High School in 1990-1991.

Dorothy met John Keith Johnson of Hinsdale, MT in the spring of 1962 when she came to Whitewater to fill a teaching vacancy. Keith and Dorothy were married December 22, 1962 in Drayton, ND. Together they raised their children, Tom, Mary, and Linda on their farm/ranch north of Saco.

Dorothy was a teacher through and through and was always willing to take the time to help anyone needing extra help with math or writing. She cared for her students long after they were no longer in her classroom and became good friends with many in their adult life. She was very smart and very giving of herself and her time. She believed in being a lifelong learner and loved technology and mastering new skills. Dorothy loved to crochet, read, visit with friends and family, play cards, write poems, tell jokes, and work on genealogy. Countless hours were spent building her family tree and helping others to learn more about their own family history. She embraced her Norwegian heritage and shared it with her loved ones. She made trips to Norway to visit relatives and see where her history began.

Her grandkids were truly her pride and joy. Every year they would receive a custom made, one-of-a-kind birthday card with one of her witty poems inside. Dorothy enjoyed keeping up with local sports long after her kids and grandkids were no longer involved.

She was preceded in death by infant daughter Julie Ann (1964), daughter Mary (1988), husband Keith (1991), and her parents Clifford (1981) and Beatrice (1998).

She is survived by her son Tom (Linda) Johnson and family: Frank & Alexsandra Weiderrick (Titus, Tanner & Taya), Louie & Jessica Oyler (Oden & Ozzie) all of Malta, MT; daughter Linda (Miles) Hutton and children Guy, Lyndsay & Reece of Turner, MT; brothers Duane (Pat) Sanderson of Hastings, MN and George (Marlane) Sanderson of Moorhead, MN; aunt Leila Lehman of Rugby, ND , uncle Wendell (Janice) Martinson, and very good friend of many years, Dorothy Barton of Saco, MT.

Viewing will be December 3, 2020 at Bell Mortuary in Glasgow, MT from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Funeral services will be held December 4, 2020 at 1:00 p.m. at the Hinsdale Lutheran Church with burial to follow at Hillview Cemetery. Memorials may be sent to the Whitewater Math Program, a Lutheran church of your choice, or to donor’s choice. Condolences may be left for the family at bellmortuarymontana.com.

Thursday, November 19th 2020

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/

Wednesday, November 18th 2020

Marquita "Kita" Kay Axtman

On Sunday November 15, 2020 Marquita “Kita” Kay Axtman (Scott), loving wife, daughter, mother, sister and friend passed away peacefully at home at the age of 64.

Kita was born in Glasgow, Montana, on November 15, 1956 to Wesley and Carol (Jensen) Scott. Kita was a graduate of Glasgow High School, the Class of 1975. She spent many years working at the family store, Scott’s Shop and Save. In 1985, she was hired by the United States Postal Service, where she served Northeast Montana until retiring as the Post Master of the Glasgow Post Office in 2005.

Kita married the love of her life, Gus Axtman on August 29, 1975. Together they made Glasgow their home and raised their two children, Sonya and Ryan.

Kita enjoyed the sport of rodeo all of her life and always knew who was where in the world standings. She loved to follow her grandson’s sporting events and always let them know she was their biggest fan. She loved spending time at Fort Peck Lake and thoroughly enjoyed her time with close friends. In recent years Kita was overjoyed when connecting with former classmates and acquaintances.

Kita is survived by her loving husband, Gus Axtman; her daughter Sonya (Douglas Mahlum); her son Ryan Axtman (Jennifer Davis); her four rambunctious grandsons, Kane & Maddax Mahlum and Henry & Lincoln Axtman; her twin brother, Mark Scott, and father Wes Scott.

Kita was preceded in death by her mother, Carol Scott and younger brother, Walter Scott.

Kita was always adamantly opposed to having a funeral service. Out of utmost respect to her, the family is honoring this request. In lieu of flowers, Kita would “demand” of all of us to celebrate family and enjoy the memories that make us all smile, laugh, and maybe even cry a little.

Monday, November 16th 2020

Larry Anderson

Larry Anderson, 75, of Glasgow, Montana passed away November 12, 2020 at Valley View Home.

Larry was born February 5, 1945 in Hallock, Minnesota to Olaf and Virginia (Docken) Anderson. He received his early education at Opheim Schools and graduated from Opheim High School in 1963. He went on to attend Northern Montana College and graduated in 1981. He joined the Army in February of 1964, in Presidio of San Francisco, California as a Medical Corpsman and was released honorably in 1964.

Larry married Kathleen Berg on March 31, 1978 at the Calvary Baptist Church in Glasgow and the couple made their home in Great Falls from 1979 until 2015, when his daughter Denise moved him back to Glasgow to be closer. He lived at Nemont Manor tor three years and Prairie Ridge Village for two years. He moved to Valley View Home recently, where the staff and family took really good care of him.

He loved being a grandpa. Larry enjoyed lawn work, reading western books and watching western shows. He could often be found remodeling and building projects for all of his daughters. Often you would find him walking five miles a day. One of Larry’s favorite things was hamburgers: he even had one name for him at the Whitehorse Saloon in Idaho…The Oly Burger.

Larry is preceded in death by his wife, Kathleen; brother, Jerry Anderson; his parents, Olaf and Virginia Anderson; mother-in-law, Elaine Hanzlik; brothers-in-law, Leroy Guidery, Lloyd Traxler and Larry Hanzlik.

He is survived by his daughters: Denise (Duke) Forbes-Kegel; Theresa Farrar (Keith Carlson), Christine (Aaron) Jones and Linda Arioso; sisters, Linda (Kenny) Reimche, Bonnie (Chuck) Walters, Barbara (Steve) Werner, Betty Traxler, and Andreen Guidery; many grandchildren, great-grandchildren and a great-great-grandchild; and numerous nephews and nieces.

A memorial service with military honors is planned for spring 2021, with burial to follow at the Harlowton Catholic Cemetery.

Condolences may be left for the family at bellmortuarymontana.com.

Monday, November 16th 2020

Loris Erickson

Loris Erickson, 86, of Glasgow, Montana passed away November 9, 2020 at Valley View Home in Glasgow, Montana.

No services are planned at this time. Condolences for the family may be left at bellmortuarymontana.com.

Monday, November 16th 2020

Myra Lee (Pecora) Gundermann

Myra Lee (Pecora) Gundermann, age 67, of Larslan, Montana passed away Friday, November 13th, 2020 in her home, surrounded by her family after a hard-fought battle with cancer.

Myra was born May 26th, 1953, in Belle Fourche, South Dakota to David and Donna Pecora. She was the older sister to Marie “Mim”, Marla and Casey. Myra grew up in Glasgow, Montana and was a graduate of the class 1971. Myra married Jay Smith and to their union- Lee Renee and Dodi were born. Myra married Samuel Gundermann on November 25, 1977 and to their union- Scott and Tony were born.

Myra loved her life in the north country. She enjoyed her friends and community. She was known as “Mama My” to almost everyone. She especially loved helping her guys out any way she could. If Sam said “Let’s go” she was out the door. You could count on her to deliver a three course meal to the field, run parts or help move the guys. When the work was done, Myra loved to be social and visit. She and Sam loved to take adventures and travel together. Myra loved her flower gardens and most recently- her gnome garden. She was an amazing wife, mother, grandmother and friend. She loved everyone whole heartedly.

Myra is preceded in death by her parents, David and Donna Pecora and brother Casey L. Pecora.

Myra is survived by her husband of 43 years, Sam Gundermann; her children Lee Renee (Rodney) Musgjerd, Dodi (Don) Hurd, Scott (Brooke) Gundermann and Tony (Loni) Gundermann; her sisters Marie “Mim” Tchida and Marla Barnby and her mother-in-law Lorraine Gundermann. She leaves behind her beloved grandchildren, Andrew, Alex and Nicole Musgjerd, Samantha Cornwell and Krysta Bell, Gavin Gundermann and Alexys Mann, Ella, Alice and Victoria Gundermann as well as 10 great-grandkids with another one on the way. Myra is also survived by lots of extended family and special friends.

A memorial service will take place next summer.

Wednesday, November 11th 2020

Marjorie Anne Pehrson Turner

On November 8, 2020, our dearly beloved mother, grandmother, great-grandmother and great-great-grandmother, Marjorie Anne Pehrson Turner, age 96, passed away peacefully at Valley View Nursing Home, in Glasgow, Montana.

Marjorie was born May 2, 1924, in Alamo, North Dakota to John and Elva (Deal) Pehrson. She spent her early life growing up in Alamo, where she had many fond memories.

When she was about 12 years old, with the Depression raging and the Fort Peck Dam under construction, her father moved the family to Wheeler, Montana, where he built and the family ran the Wheeler Hotel. The culture of Wheeler was quite a change from the quiet little town of Alamo. When she was 14, she was in a horrific automobile accident that almost took her life. A drunk driver hit the car she was riding in and alcohol was taboo the rest of her life. She spent her high school years in various schools including Glasgow, Montana, Wentachee, Washington, and Chinook, Montana. She graduated from Chinook High School in 1941.

On May 24, 1941 she married Kenneth Turner in Glasgow, Montana. They were both VERY young. They were married almost 69 years when Kenneth passed away in 2010. Their entire married life was lived in the Nashua area where they raised their 8 children. Their children gave them the best education they ever received.

Marjorie worked at various jobs while the children were growing up. She sold World Book Encyclopedias (which she thoroughly loved doing), worked at Woolworth’s, at AVCO on the Glasgow Air Base and finally as a Paraprofessional in the Nashua School system. She was honored as Employee of the year in Nashua in her later years.

Marjorie was a member of the Nashua PTA, Nashua Gumbo Gals Garden Club, and devoted member of Our Redeemer Lutheran Church in Nashua. She always believed in being a lifelong learner and she took many college courses as an adult.

She was the hostess of the annual Turner Family Brandings held out south of the Fort Peck Spillway. She fed many people for many years, which was a tremendous amount of work, but she managed to keep everyone fed and lots of good memories were made during those times.

One of the highlights of her life was going to Sweden with her friend, Lucille Lindgren. She treasured that experience the rest of her life.

Some of her hobbies included reading, doing crossword puzzles, and working on genealogy, cooking and baking for her family. She is remembered as an excellent cook by her children.

She was preceded in death by her parents, John and Elva Pehrson; her husband, Kenneth; beloved brother, Woodrow Pehrson; and sons, Darryl and Philip Turner.

Survivors include her children: Vern Turner of Billings, MT, Linda (Melvin) Novak of Nashua, MT; Wanda (Ronald) Schodt of Peoria, AZ, Patricia (Jerry) DeVille of Bridger, MT, Steven Turner of Nashua, MT, and David (Janet) Turner of Buckeye, AZ; daughter-in-law, Maureen Turner of Glasgow, MT; brother Frank Pehrson of Chinook, MT; sister, Barbara Kaiser of Seattle, WA; sister-in-law, Maxine Nicol of Glasgow, MT; many grandchildren; many great-grandchildren; one great-great-grandchild and numerous nieces and nephews.

Mother’s Christian faith was very important to her and she loved Jesus and her Bible. Our mother was deeply loved and will always be missed.

Family will receive friends 5-7:00 p.m., Friday, November 13, 2020 at Bell Mortuary. Due to the Covid pandemic, a private family funeral service will be held on Saturday, November 14, 2020 at Bell Mortuary and Burial will be in the Nashua Cemetery. Condolences may be left for the family at bellmortuarymontana.com.

Monday, November 9th 2020

Doris Georgette Brandt

Doris Georgette Brandt, age 91, beloved wife, mother, grandmother, great-grandmother, great great-grandmother, friend, and neighbor went to be with her Lord and Savior on November 8, 2020 at Valley View Home in Glasgow.

Doris was born December 20, 1928 at the family home in Lustre, Montana to Anton and Alma (Kjensrud) Hustad. She attended grade schools in Oswego, Montana, Square Deal, Montana, and Lustre, Montana. Doris attended high school in Frazer, Montana, graduating in 1946 from Frazer High School with Salutatorian honors. Doris met her future husband, Gene LaVerne Brandt, while working in Wolf Point, Montana. They were married on July 16, 1950 in Wolf Point. They have five children: Terrance Keith, Colleen Marie, Barbara Faye, Mark Eugene, and Rebecca Arlene.

After high school, Doris attended Northern College in Havre for a short time until her father became ill. She then began working at the Dairy Lunch Cafe in Wolf Point, Montana, where she met her future husband, and soon married him. Their first year was spent in San Francisco, California, where Gene was assigned to a Military Police Co. at the Presidio of San Francisco, California. The fall of 1951 found Doris and Gene moving back to the farm, north of Nashua. The summer of 1960 was very important to Doris & Gene. They bought their very own farm and moved there, where they lived until moving to Glasgow in 2000.

Doris was an author, artist, a seamstress, a great cook, a musician, loved doing crafts, and was a very spiritual woman. She spent many hours painting pictures for her children and grandchildren. She entered many in the county fair, winning ribbons and best of fair a couple of times. Doris sewed many shirts, skirts and quilts for her family. She enjoyed playing the piano, electric organ, guitar, autoharp, and the dulcimer. She loved to make cards and bookmarks from flowers that she had dried, and she tatted and crocheted. The most important thing that Doris had was her Bible, which she spent hours reading, memorizing verses and doing Bible studies, and was active in the church teaching Sunday School. While at Valley View Home, she and her sister-in-law, Betty, read the Bible together just about every day.

Doris is preceded in death by her husband Gene; parents Anton and Alma Hustad; brothers, Myron and Russell Hustad, and twin sons born prematurely.

Doris is survived by her children; Terrance (Dana) Brandt of Belgrade, MT, Colleen (Tom) Tripp of Glasgow, MT, Barbara (Don) Jones of Sagle, ID, Mark (LeAnne) Brandt of Glasgow, MT, and Rebecca (Carl) Tarum of Saginaw, MI; grandchildren - Jason, Rachel, Kierstyn, Stephen, Katrina, Arden, Joshua, Daniel, Benjamin, Jennifer, Marina, Matthew, Kathleen, Andrew, Holly, and Nathan; numerous great-grandchildren and great-great-grandchildren, and brothers Leonard Hustad of Williston, ND, and Marlon (Charlotte) Hustad of Billings, MT; sisters-in-law Marle Brandt of Gig Harbor, WA, Betty Brandt of Glasgow, MT, Barbara Hustad of Wolf Point, MT, and many nieces, nephews and cousins.

A viewing will be held 8:00 a.m. until 5:00 p.m. on Thursday, November 12, 2020 at Bell Mortuary in Glasgow. You can leave or send cards at Bell Mortuary. A private family graveside service will be held Friday, November 13, 2020 at Highland Cemetery with Pastor Tom Tripp officiating. A celebration of Life will be planned for the Spring/Summer of 2021. Memorials may be left for the family at bellmortuarymontana.com.

Monday, November 9th 2020

Marlene Charlotte (Seiler) Zinner

The True-to-Life Adventures of Mar Mar,

Woman of Mystery

One of the advantages of reaching the ripe ol’ age of 84 is the ability to tell the same stories over and over, with each retelling more fantastic and embellished than the last. One of the advantages of being one of 12 offspring of said storyteller, is being the lucky recipient of these oft-repeated tales of glory.

(DISCLAIMER: Stories that include an asterick (), as relayed by Marlene, cannot be substantiated or unsubstantiated.)

Marlene Charlotte (Seiler) Zinner was born on April 11, 1936, the first of five eventual children of Charles and Marie (Roos) Seiler, in Scobey, Montana. As a child, she went to stay with her beloved Aunt Babe on Babe’s farm near Flaxville, Montana. There, she learned to behead and pluck chickens, milk goats and cows, pitch hay, and chase the shadows of clouds across the rolling plains in a game of Hide ‘n’ Seek. She then rejoined her four younger siblings in Glasgow: Lois (Seiler) Marcinkowski, Charles Seiler, James Seiler, and Sherryee (Seiler) Turner. Local folklore has it that Marlene and her sister Lois were each pregnant with their first children whilst, at the same time, their mother Marie was carrying her last child.

Marlene grew up in Glasgow, Montana, where she was a popular baton twirler and majorette in white boots for Glasgow Sr. High School, then located off Highway 2 and since demolished to make way for the Scotty Pride Memorial Park, land of trees aplenty. She also crafted clothes for her sister Lois and herself during this time, leading to her lifelong passion for sewing, knitting, and crocheting until her “damn eyes and fingers gave out on her” due to diabetes. Soon after graduating high school, she was “discovered” working in the Wall Drug soda shop by the dashing Charles (Charlie, Chuck, Chuckles) W. Zinner, a former naval airman and gallant playboy about town who stole her away from a suave, handsome, debonair, available Air Force flyboy (name withheld due to licensing agreements), convincing Mar to “step out” out with him. Envision Chuck’s eyes rolling and his, “For corn’s sake, Marlene!” here. Marlene and Chuck were blissfully wed on September 3, 1955, at St. Raphael’s Catholic Church in Glasgow (imagine a photo of slim, young newlyweds here). As their life together grew, so, too, did their family. You know the saying, “Cheaper by the dozen”? Yes, well, THAT happened as they brought forth and welcomed 12 children into this world. THOSE children would eventually lead to 18 grandchildren and 14 +/- great-grandchildren, several foster children, 3 to 10 (give or take 7) foreign exchange students and stray children who wandered into their ever-burgeoning home on 5th Avenue North. (Side note: A classmate, not knowing it was our house, told us that the MAYOR lived in that big house. It was completely untrue (as that was Mayor ZELLER), but it tickled my parents!)

As a strict disciplinarian with a soft heart for innumerable pets (13 cats at one time!), taking care of friends, and putting up with Chuck’s...ahem...Marlene’s latest projects, her favorite saying was, “You’re not too old to put over my knee and paddle...Greg, Danita...Kathy...whoever you are!” THIS claim can be substantiated.

Some of her passions included the American Legion Auxiliary (for whom she regularly volun-told her children to present various musical performances—sorry, Adeline Mitchell et al.); the St. Raphael’s Altar Society and church (for whom she regularly volun-told her children to wash dishes and pick up the gym—sorry, Father Bill Cawley et al.); cleaning houses, caring for the elderly and ill at Valley View Nursing Home; and supervising children at recess (sorry—South Side School children, circa 1980s). In her “spare time,” she loved to catch up on the news in the Glasgow Courier, cook like a professional chef (for 40), bake exquisite pies, can fresh, home-grown vegetables, bottle dandelion wine, make chokecherry jams and jellies, den-mother generations of Boy Scouts, educate children in the arts of sewing, and “coax” her children into EVERY possible category at the Northeast Montana Fair while they simultaneously labored at the Scotty Music Booster’s booth in 100°F + weather, and “encourage” her children to swim in the 25°F - waters of Fort Peck Reservoir. “It’s not THAT cold!” She also enjoyed “adjudicating” the singing skills of her family while on camping or road trips. “Someone is flat back there! (Cousin—name withheld due to embarrassment reasons—stops singing; Marlene, without looking,) That’s better!” Claims are substantiated.

After losing her beloved husband Chuck (Chuckles) in 2010, Marlene took a risk and jumped into deep waters of her own. She moved to Aurora, Colorado, in 2012, with her devoted caregivers Teresa and Steven Zinner. There, she regaled her new friends at the DaVita Dialysis Center with all the old stories her family had heard so many times before! Sadly, her large, generous heart could no longer be contained in her small body. She died of heart failure in her usual blaze of glory at The Medical Center of Aurora on Election Day, November 3, 2020, surrounded by several of her children and grandchildren. Luckily, she had been able to dazzle her fellow dialysis cohorts with her Princess Leia® costume just days before, on Halloween, hair buns and all. She was glad to have cast her final vote before passing. We believe she had some pull in the final outcome of the Presidential election.

Like all human beings in this beautiful mystery we call life, Mar Mar was not perfect. She fed and clothed anyone who needed it, but she was prone to temper. She was so very opinionated but willing to change her mind in the face of facts that contradicted her own beliefs. She demanded excellence but forgave easily. Most of all, she loved deeply, long, and well. And, in return, she was loved by all who met or knew her. Rest now, Mom; your work here is done.

Marlene is survived by her 12 children: Greg (Diane), Karl, Danita, Rob, Paul (Shawna), Teresa, twins Julie and Steve, Jeanine, Josephine (Ron), Kathleen (Dave), and Richard (Stan), her youngest sister Sherryee, 30-ish grandchildren and great-grandchildren, aunts, uncles, cousins, nieces, nephews, and many people who called her “Mom Z.”. Due to Covid 19 restrictions across several states, Marlene will be cremated in Denver, Colorado. She will be given a graveside service in Glasgow, Montana, and laid to rest beside her husband in the Spring of 2021.

Marlene’s final wishes were: 1.) World Peace; 2.) To teach the world to sing in perfect harmony*; 3.) For everyone to wear a touch of plaid now and again (especially at her graveside service—she LOVED her Glasgow Scotties!); 4.) To meet her hero Alex Trebek (took care of that one!), and 5.) In lieu of flowers, to please have friends and family send a donation to the Marlene Zinner Memorial Fund, care of Kathleen ZinnerZwink via Venmo, PayPal, or Zelle. Kat can also be found at katwomancarpediem@hotmail.com. An especial thank you to the doctors and nurses at The Medical Center of Aurora, the dialysis specialists at DaVita Dialysis Center of Aurora, and the wonderful Rachel Brown of Mile High Family Services, Denver, who was gentle and kind and made Mom look as lovely for Heaven as she ever did here on Earth.

Monday, November 9th 2020

John Kolstad

John Kolstad, age 94, passed away from the Covid-19virus at the Frances Mahon Deaconess hospital on November 7, 2020. He was born on May 12, 1926 in Glasgow, Montana to parents Bernt and Caroline Kolstad.

He attended grade school at the Tampico and Billingsley schools, and graduated from Glasgow High School. On August 9, 1944, at 18 years of age, he enlisted in the Army Air Corps to join the fight in World War II. He was trained in B17 and B29 aircraft gunnery and bomb dropping. He trained at several bases in the US and was later stationed at Irrimagawa, Japan. After returning from WWII, he worked at the Glasgow Hotel and eventually owned it. He served as the President of the Chamber of Commerce and President of Kiwanis. He was engaged in farming and ranching. He later owned heavy equipment and provided earth moving services.

He was proud of the ranch he built on Cherry Creek where he spent his later years.

He raced power boats, was a small aircraft pilot, and enjoyed hunting, fishing and the outdoors.

John married Dorothy Molvig on July 2, 1955 and they had three sons: Jere, Gary and Perry.

John was preceded in death by his parents and brother, Ben.

He is survived by his former wife, Dorothy Kolstad, of Billings, Montana; his sons: Jere (Emily) of Missoula, Montana, Gary (Janet) of Houston, Texas, and Perry (Jane) Kolstad of Glasgow, Montana; five grandchildren: Tessa Kolstad, Lucas Kolstad, Dylan (Tiffany) Kolstad, Kalynn Kolstad and Lauren Kolstad; brother George Kolstad and three sisters, Betty Halden, Grace Houghton and Sylvia Thomas.

Given the Current situation with Covid-19 virus, a memorial service will be scheduled for later in 2021, probably in early summer. In lieu of flowers, memorial and donations can be made in John’s name to the Pioneer Museum, 816 US Highway 2 West, Glasgow, Montana, 59230. Condolences for the family may be left at bellmortuarymontana.com.

Thursday, November 5th 2020

Bert Ellsworth Keough

Bert Ellsworth Keough, 87, passed away on November 4, 2020 at Valley View Home in Glasgow, Montana of natural causes.

Bert was born December 22, 1932 in Glentana, Montana to Clarence and Bernice (Stowell) Keough. He attended country schools in North Valley County through the eighth grade. He worked for the Ruffcorn Ranch for several years, and later the Cornwell Ranch. He married Mabel Rennick in 1954, and they had a daughter Penny. They later divorced. He married Connie Christiansen.

He served in the National Guard for several years and was later employed as a heavy equipment operator for the Valley County Road Department. He joined the Operating Engineers Union Local 400 and worked for various contractors on jobs throughout the state. He retired in 2002, after 42 years in construction.

Bert was a member of the Montana State Fiddlers and enjoyed playing his guitar and dancing at the many jam sessions held in eastern Montana. He also enjoyed square and round dancing for many years; he and Connie attended several square dance conventions. He was a farm boy at heart: buying hay land, bred cows, and raising bum calves. You could also see him frequently at McDonald’s having his cup of coffee.

He is preceded in death by his parents; his daughter Penny; three sisters, Louise Robbins, Velva Sharp, and Sharon Keough; and two brothers, Richard Keough and Roy Keough.

He is survived by his wife of 37 years, Connie; two sisters, Ila Hensler of Missoula, Montana and Mavis Robbins of Cut Bank, Montana; three brothers, Earl Keough of Plentywood, Gerald and Robert Keough both of Glasgow, Montana; sister-in-law, Harriet Keough of Havre, Montana; grandchildren: Trina (Ronnie) Mullis, Jarret (Anaysha) Watson and Shelby Watson; great-grandchildren: Harrison Mullis, Brooklyn Watson, Sealey Watson, and Azariah Watson; and several nieces , nephews and cousins.

A memorial service will be held 10:00 a.m., Friday, November 13, 2020 at Bell Mortuary in Glasgow, Montana. Burial will follow in Highland Cemetery.

Friday, October 30th 2020

Wayne Waarvik Sr.

Wayne Waarvik Sr, 88, of Richland MT passed away Monday, October 26, 2020 of natural causes at Frances Mahon Deaconess Hospital in Glasgow MT.

Public viewing will be held at Bell Mortuary Friday, October 30 from 8:00 – 5:00 and Saturday, October 31, from 8:00 to 12:00. A private family service was held due to the current Covid circumstances.

Wayne was born in Lustre Montana on May 30, 1932 to Isak and Christine (Nelson) Waarvik, the youngest of 5 children. He attended the Cottonwood school along with his siblings, Mildred, LeRoy, Raymond and Lincoln through the 8th grade. Horse and sleigh ensured they never missed a day even in the winter. Wayne started high school in Opheim, staying at a boarding house. He transferred to Nashua for his Junior and Senior years, graduating in 1951. In Nashua he fell in love with basketball and was a proud team member of the Nashua Porcupines, winning the first State Class C championship in 1950. Wayne attended college at MSU Bozeman before returning to work on the family farm.

Wayne’s father, Isak, homesteaded the current farm in 1916 and in 1947 bought all 5 children 5 registered Hereford heifers, originating his love for the breed. In 1956 Wayne bought his first Line 1 bulls and began his career raising Hereford cattle. Wayne bought part of the farm in 1972 and began raising Line 1 registered Herefords, specializing in breeding bulls. The highlight of Wayne’s Hereford career was in 1980 when he sold 8 pairs and a bull to a ranch in Texas, and 70 head of bulls and heifers to ranches in Mexico. His tremendous efforts and lifelong achievement were recognized when he was named “Hereford Man of the Year” by the Montana Hereford Association in 2000. Wayne fully retired in 2017, bringing a close to the great era of Wayne Waarvik Herefords.

Over the years there were many challenges and some great stories associated with Wayne Waarvik Herefords. Once Wayne broke his pelvis, at calving time no less. He quickly mastered the use of his temporary walker and insisted on going outside. Finding calves that needed doctoring in the barn, he pinned them against the wall with the walker…it worked quite well.

Wayne had the gift of gab, and if he talked to you long enough, he almost always found a connection to someone he knew. Of course, he couldn’t resist inviting any new-found friend out to visit the farm. On one trip to visit Debbie Dawn in Virginia, he got to talking to another passenger in Minneapolis.
The other passenger enjoyed talking to him so much, he paid to bump Wayne up to first class so they could finish their conversation.

Wayne was a proud full-blooded Norwegian and even traveled to Norway to see where his parents were raised and meet his extended family. Raised with a love of dancing, there wasn’t a dance floor in northeast Montana that Wayne’s boots didn’t grace. Locally, he was a member of Our Saviors Lutheran Church, the Sons of Norway, Elks Club, served on the Northwest Farm Credit board of directors for many years and was a charter member of the Pleasantview Roping Club. In recent years he spent winters in Yuma Arizona with his partner, Peggy Lingelbach, dancing and playing cards with their numerous friends.

Wayne is survived by his partner, Peggy Lingelbach; 6 children: Roger (Ruth), Karen, Daryl (Deb), Wayne Jr (Tracey) and their mother Thelma Leraas Bjorklund, all of Glasgow; Debbie Dawn (Darryl) Keating and her mother, Marian Burchak Ludlow, all of Manassas VA; Robert (Jill) of New Braunfels TX and his mother Lorel Crockett Holmes of Derby Australia. 11 grandchildren: Kristen (Landon Holte) and Sarah (Russell) Waarvik, Brendan (Dubraska) and Mikayla Waarvik, Amanda Powell (Adam) and Trevor (Darcie) Waavik, Isaac and Nora Keating, Christian (Ahna), Jonathan and Sierra Waarvik; 7 great grandchildren: Tristan Powell; Gage, Mason and Gentry Waarvik; Arian Bytyqi; Carter and Henry Holte; nephew Rocky (Michelle) Long; great-nieces: Christy (Sam and Brooklyn) Kushner and Jessica Long.

Wayne is preceded in death by his parents, siblings and grandson Karston Wayne Waarvik.

A memorial service and celebration of life will be held in the spring of 2021.

“I want my ashes spread at the ranch, that’s where I started and that’s where I’ll end.”

Thursday, October 29th 2020

Andrew Stolen Jr

Andrew Stolen Jr., 87, of Opheim, Montana died October 29, 2020 at Daniels Memorial Health Care. Cremation will take place with a memorial service at a later date. Waller Funeral Home of Scobey has charge of arrangements: read the complete obituary when completed by the family, post remembrances, send cards and flowers online at www.wallerscobey.com

Monday, October 26th 2020

Francine (Vande Wiele) Jensen

Francine (Vande Wiele) Jensen, 87, of Hinsdale, Montana passed away October 23, 2020 at Valley View Home in Glasgow, Montana of natural causes.

Francine was born on July 18, 1933 in a cabin on Beaver Creek, west of Hinsdale, to Cyril and Mary (Martinetto) Vande Wiele. She was the youngest of six children and often boasted that she was delivered by her Aunt Elsie Bundus!! As there was only one boy in the family, Francine was fondly called “Frankie.”

Francine graduated from Hinsdale High School and shortly thereafter married Daniel Jensen. She was happy to be a stay-at-home mom raising their four children.

She was active in the Hinsdale Community and she loved her Lord. Francine’s talents were put to use giving piano lessons, decorating cakes, singing for weddings, funerals and community events, teaching Sunday School and helping around church. She was known as an “unofficial referee” for basketball games!! Her home was always open, friends and family could always have a cinnamon roll and a cup of coffee.

Preceding her in death are her parents; her husband; and several siblings.

Francine is survived by her children: Dean (Terrie) Jensen, Paul (Dorothy) Jensen, Carter (Kristi) Jensen and Kris (Tim) Braach; numerous grandchildren and great-grandchildren; sister, Margie Elhardt; and numerous nieces and nephews.

Funeral services will be private family Wednesday, October 28, 2020 at the Hinsdale Lutheran Church in Hinsdale, Montana. Burial will be open to the public at 3:00 p.m., October 28, 2020 at Hillview Cemetery. The family requests that those attending to follow the county Covid -19 mandates. Memorials may be left in Francine’s name to the Hinsdale Ambulance Fund. Condolences may be left at bellmortuaryglasgow.com.

Monday, October 26th 2020

Jeane E. MacDonald

Jeane E. MacDonald, 89, of Nashua, Montana passed away at Frances Mahon Deaconess Hospital October 24, 2020.

Cremation has taken place and a memorial service is planned for a later date. A full obituary will follow soon. Condolences may be left for the family at bellmortuaryglasgow.com.

Monday, October 26th 2020

Eunice Marie (Estenson) Mattfeldt

Eunice Marie (Estenson) Mattfeldt, 84, passed away Sunday, October 18, 2020 at St. Vincent’s Hospital in Billings, Montana.

Eunice was born May 24, 1936 in Wheeler, Montana to Bert and Mabel Estenson. She was the third of five children raised on a farm north of Hinsdale, Montana. Eunice attended Hinsdale Public School where she graduated.

Eunice married her high school love, Jim Mattfeldt, October 13, 1956. Shortly after marriage, they moved to Wyoming to begin their life together. After their first child was born, they came back to Montana residing in Great Falls where they had 4 more children (rugrats). They chose to return to the Hinsdale area to raise their family on the same farm Eunice was raised. Jim and Eunice lived on the farm until retiring and building a home in town.

Eunice was an active member of Hinsdale Lutheran Church and enjoyed being a 4H leader for over 20 years. Eunice gave many years of service to Thingelstad’s Grocery Store and also enjoyed sharing memories from her early working years at the Hinsdale Newspaper. Eunice was always trying a new recipe from one of her many cookbooks. When she wasn’t cooking or baking, she was in her craft room. Eunice loved to sew, quilt, paint, woodwork, homemade card making, rubber stamping, needlework, and crochet, just to name a few. Eunice loved to make anything with and for everyone. Family reunions and get-togethers of any kind made Eunice feel complete, especially when a deck of cards was present.

Eunice had the largest of hearts, friends and all the children she babysat became family. She was called mom, grandma, aunt, and sister by many.

Eunice is survived by her husband of 64 years, Jim Mattfeldt; 5 children Myra (DJ) McLauchlin, Janet (Ron) Canen, Jamie (Jr.) Mix, Duane (Laurie) Mattfeldt and Jon (Diana) Mattfeldt; 17 grandchildren; 27 great-grandchildren; brother Ralph Estenson; sister-in-law Betty Estenson; cousin Gloria Wessler; brothers-in-law Russ (Sweetie) Mattfeldt, Carl (Marlys) Mattfeldt, Bill (Jeanette) Mattfeldt, Swede Mattfeldt, and Brian Mattfeldt; sisters-in law Corlis (Bob) Huntsberger, and Sharron (Mike) McDunn, along with numerous nieces and nephews, friends and loved ones.

Eunice was greeted at Heaven’s Gates by her parents, Bert and Mabel Estenson; brothers Ed and Milton Estenson; sister Adeline Estenson; daughters-in-law Mary Mattfeldt and Cathy Mattfeldt; granddaughter Carrie Mattfeldt and sister-in-law Reene Mattfeldt.

Family will receive friends Saturday, November 7, 2020 from 2:00-4:00 p.m. at Bell Mortuary in Glasgow, Montana.

Sunday, October 25th 2020

Peggy Lynn Fullerton

Peggy Lynn Fullerton, 67, of Wolf Point, Montana passed away at the Faith Lutheran Home in Wolf Point, Montana. Peggy was born to Arthur L. and Grace (Shipp) Fullerton on February 4, 1953.

Services are pending at this time. Cremation has taken place. Condolences may be left for the family at bellmortuaryglasgow.com.

Sunday, October 25th 2020

Edward Earl Reddick

Edward Earl Reddick, 91, of Glasgow, Montana, passed away Friday, October 16, 2020 at Frances Mahon Deaconess Hospital.

Ed was born on a farm south of Opheim on September 21, 1929, he was the third child of Harry and Florence (Wagner) Reddick. When he was six, the family moved to Opheim so he could attend school. In 1948, he and Freddie Letterman decided to join the Army, in Fort Ord California. After basic training, he attended typing school.

He was later transferred to Fort Riley, Kansas where he met the love of his life, Mary Pickett, from Junction City, Kansas. The couple was married June 11, 1950. During his time in the Army he was stationed in Korea and Okinawa. He was discharged January 1954.

The couple moved to Opheim, Montana, where he bartended for Turk and Alma Jean Williams at Turk’s and also worked for the Railroad. In 1959, Ed went to work for the Corp of Engineers at Fort Peck, first as a laborer for $1.99 an hour, later as a truck/heavy equipment operator. He said the strangest thing he ever had to do was dig a hole and bury a buffalo.

Ed and Mary had three children: Linda in 1951, Brian in 1956 and Bruce in 1962.

Ed bowled for years in Nashua. He was a devoted fan of basketball for the Nashua Porkies, the Opheim Viking and the Glasgow, Scotties – attending games for many years.

In 2019, he broke his hip and he wasn’t able to go any more. He really missed the people and games.

Ed was preceded in death by his loving wife, Mary; his parents, Harry and Florence; sons, Brian and Bruce; brothers, Robert, Roy, Jerry and John Reddick; sisters Mary Taylor and Mabel Feldhusen and several nephews and nieces.

Ed is survived by his daughter, Linda; sister, Della Hallock; brother Don Reddick; several nieces and nephews, great and great-great nieces and nephews.

Visitation will be 8:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. at Bell Mortuary in Glasgow. Graveside services are planned for Thursday, October 29, 2020 at 2:00 p.m., at the Highland Cemetery with Pastor Bonnie Novak officiating. A memorial service is planned for the spring.

Sunday, October 25th 2020

Gerald Franklin Gwin

Gerald Franklin Gwin, 86, of Glasgow, Montana passed away at his home.

Gerald was born March 7, 1934 to Reed and Genevieve (O’ Reilly) Gwin in Williston, North Dakota.

Gerald is survived by his wife Regina Gwin and daughter Debra Collins.

No services are planned at this time, cremation has taken place and burial will take place in Eastern Montana State Veteran’s Cemetery in Miles City at a later date. Condolences may be left for the family at bellmortuarymontana.com.

Friday, October 23rd 2020

Leon “Dewey” E. Doucette

Heaven gained the perfect person. Leon E Doucette “Dewey”, 85, of Fort Peck, Montana passed away October 10, 2020 from complications due to gallbladder surgery. Dewey was the light of our lives and an absolute angel in his family’s eyes. He was loyal, honest, loving, accepting and supportive. He was everything that we should strive to be in life. He loved his Red Sox, his Patriots and an ice-cold beer.

Dewey was born July 2, 1935 in Bucksport, Maine to Wilfred Doucette and Emeline Binette. He was the 2nd child of 5. After graduating high school, in 1954 he joined the United States Air Force. He spent 20 years defending this great country and retired in 1974. He served in South Carolina, Okinawa, Glasgow, Ramey Puerto Rico, and Great Falls Air Force Base.

Dewey met the love of his life, Gloria Fisher at the Glasgow Air Force Base while he was stationed there. They were married October 30, 1967. After retiring from the Air Force, Dewey and Gloria moved to Nashua, Montana. Dewey worked for the Nashua School District as a Custodian Technician and Bus Driver. He loved all of his “bus kids” like they were his own. Later he served the community in law enforcement. Dewey also spent his retirement years working for the Corps of Engineers as a security officer, the Valley County Sheriff’s Department as well as security in St. Marie. Dewey and Gloria were proud supporters of all the Nashua Porcupine’s sports. Dewey never felt complete unless he was working to occupy his time. In early 2000’s, Dewey and Gloria moved to Fort Peck where they lived until their passing.

Dewey is preceded in death by the love of his life, Gloria; parents Wilfred and Emeline; brothers, Richard and Wilfred; sister, Gail McCoy and mother-in-law Anne Fisher Schile. He was never the same and a piece of him was missing the day Gloria left us.

Dewey is survived by daughter Loretta Davis of Billings, MT; Mike (Suzanne) Doucette of Oak Glen, CA, and Melissa Todd of Helena, MT; five grandchildren: Jay (Brittainy) Doucette, Ashley (Adam) Erekson, Kyle Doucette, Kaleb (Sidney) Doucette, and Dylan Todd; nine great-grandchildren: Owen, Harper, Thea, Promise, Kiki, Braxtyn, Beckytt, Braezyn and Oliver; his brother, Paul Doucette of Newburgh, ME; brothers-in-law Dick (Jan) Fisher of Fort Benton, MT and Larry (Teresa) Fisher of Sun City, AZ; and his close friends Virgina Yeager, Judy Miller, Gloria Kountz and family.

Dewey knew no stranger and was everyone’s friend and encourager. His loss is felt by the communities of Nashua, Fort Peck and Glasgow.

Services are pending until Spring of 2021 due to the current COVID-19 virus. In his memory the family would appreciate you to go out and perform an act of kindness and help those in need. Condolences may be left for the family at bellmortuarymontana.com.

We are thankful for all of the wonderful memories we have been able to share with Dewey and our hearts will always have a missing piece with him gone. We love you Dad, Grandpa, Great-Grandpa and Friend.

Thursday, October 15th 2020

Cole F. Stump

Cole F. Stump, “Cole-Man”, “The Sun that Dances”, 29, passed away on Monday, October 12, 2020, in Billings. Wake services will begin at 4:00 p.m. on Thursday, October 15, 2020, and will continue until his funeral service, which will be at 10:00 a.m. on Saturday, October 17, 2020, all at St. Anthony’s Catholic Church in Box Elder. Burial will follow in the Duran Family Cemetery. Holland & Bonine Funeral Home has been entrusted with arrangements. Please visit Cole’s online memorial page and leave a message of condolence for his family at www.hollandbonine.com.

Thursday, October 15th 2020

Darrell Cole

Darrell Cole, age 88, of Glasgow, MT passed away October 13, 2020, surrounded by family.

Darrell was born in Havre, MT, February 6, 1932 to parents Forrest and Hilda Cole. He was raised in Glasgow with two brothers George and Dennis Cole. He graduated from Glasgow High School and was involved in basketball and football.

He married his childhood sweetheart Donna Moon on June 3, 1951. They raised three children; Douglas, Cheryl and Bruce. They built one of the first cabins at The Pines with family friends Roy & Ione Wetzel, Bob & Pat Baker, Jim & Mickie Hines. They spent many years enjoying the time there with family and friends until Donna's death in 1991.

Darrell considered himself blessed to spend his life with two wonderful women. In 1993, he met Lenora Harris and spent 27 years together until her death on September 9, 2020.

Darrell was a soft-spoken kind man, who never said a harsh word about anyone. He believed in enjoying life, that every day was a blessing, and approached life with a positive attitude.

He was a loving father, husband, son, uncle, and grandfather. Survivors are children: Doug Cole (Kris), Cheryl Larson, Bruce Cole (Bill). Grandchildren: Jeb Cole, Kelly Cole, Katie Vaughn, Shonda Larson, Logan Cole, Jade (Ryan) Creason. Great-grandchildren: Taylor Trathen, Harley Cooper, Noah Cooper, Aylah Vaughn, Eleanor Creason, Mattea Piersak, Tony Cole, and Braeden Cole.

Darrell was preceded in death by his parents Hilda and Forrest Cole, brothers George and Dennis Cole, wife Donna Cole and Lenora Harris.

Funeral services will be 2:00 p.m., Saturday, October 17, 2020 at Bell Mortuary with a private family burial in Highland Cemetery. A reception will be held at the Glasgow VFW at 4:00 p.m. Condolences may be left at bellmortuarymontana.com.

Thursday, October 8th 2020

Jack Dix

Jack Dix passed away the morning of October 6th, 2020 from complications of colon cancer. Jack was born April 11, 1936 to Glen and Clara (Britzman) Dix. He graduated from Glasgow High School in 1954.

He married Helen Demko on July 3rd, 1957. Two sons were born to this union. Jack lived a full and busy life. He was always on the go. We had only recently found this out, that Jack had participated in two years of High School Rodeo. In visiting with him about this, I know he had many great memories of this time and he still had a passion for rodeo, watching any and all rodeos that he could find on television. He was a member of the National Guard, he operated heavy equipment for Alan Stuber Construction. He drove truck for various owners, ending that career with owning his own truck and trailer. He worked at the Stockyards for many years. Farming and ranching was his life. He was an original member of Wittmayer Grazing. He farmed and ranched with son Gary, thinking he needed to work and be involved until the end. With son Robert, he pursued a passion for racehorses for many years. He had a gift of gab and was always part of an early morning coffee group. This was important for him. His grandchildren and great-grandchildren held a special place in his life.

He was preceded in death by wife Helen of 62 years. His parents and brother, Glen Jr. He is survived by his two sons, Gary (Janice) and Robert; grandchildren, Cody (Deon), Josh (Kayla), Jacob (Mc Kenna), Mychael, Cortney and Reese; great-grandsons Kade, Kase, and Jaxon.

At this time no services will be held. A celebration of life will be held at a later date. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made in Jack’s memory to the charity of your choice. Condolences may be left for the family at bellmortuarymontana.com.

Tuesday, October 6th 2020

Tori Ann Arnold

Tori Ann Arnold passed away on October 3, 2020. She was born to Jerry Arnold and Gwyn Funk on November 11, 1992 in Glasgow, Montana. She grew up in Hinsdale with an older sister Kelcey Knaff and younger sister Teonna Funk. She graduated from Hinsdale High School in 2011.

On June 2, 2020 she and Travis Austin got engaged and planned to have their wedding in Medora, North Dakota. Tori loved to vacation there and looked for to it every year. She was head over heels for Travis and they made many great memories together as they were able to work side by side together on her family farm.

She was a hard worker and kept everyone on their toes. No one was going to slack with her around. She loved hunting, sheep, farming, most sports, and made an unforgettable impression on everyone who knew her.

Tori worked at Valley View Nursing Home before taking on farming on her family farm full time. She was loved by so many residents and family members from the nursing home. She worked beside her older sister Kelcey and staff would come to work excited to work the same shift as the “Arnold Sisters”. Tori’s hard work led her to love farming more and it all came natural to her. Up early every morning and worked late nights just to get things done. If she was up everyone in the house was up.

She is preceded in death by a grandparents/great-grandparents, Donna Roland, Carol Arnold, Maurice and Hattie Arnold, Irene Anderson, and stepsister Julia Funk.

She is survived by her dad Jerry (Debbie) Arnold, mother Gwyn (Steve) Funk; sisters Kelcey (Jake) Knaff, Teonna Funk; stepsisters Brady (Matt) Brooks, Megan (Dustin) Pankratz, grandparents Bob Roland, Art (Georgia) Arnold, Bill and Myrna Lauckner; nephews, Colt and Newt Knaff; step-nephews, Houston and Bridger Brooks, Cooper Wylie Augustis Pankratz. Other survivors include aunts, uncles and cousins: Will (Peggy) Lauckner with their three kids: Mykayla (Kobe, Renly, Brodi Saiz), Willy, Tyson Lauckner, Amber (Jim) Cummings with their two boys: Chase Sherman and James Cummings. As well as many amazing friends.

God gained another amazing angel who will keep him in line and tend to his flock. Even though she left us too early she lived her life to its fullest. We Love you and will be dearly missed. Fly High.

Family will receive friends Thursday, October 8, 2020 from 5:00 – 7:00 p.m. at Bell Mortuary, Funeral Service will be held Friday, October 9, 2020 11:00 a.m., at the Hinsdale Park. Bell Mortuary is in charge of arrangements. Condolences can be left for the family at bellmortuarymontana.com

Sunday, October 4th 2020

Gene Scott Peterson

Gene Scott Peterson, 79, passed away on Friday, Sept. 25, 2020, at his home in Missoula surrounded by his loving family.

He was born June 16, 1941, in Williston North Dakota, to Gordon H. and Eva Rae Peterson, joining two brothers Wayne and Allen. He attended Culbertson High School where he was Class and Band President, Salutatorian, Boy’s State representative, and football captain which included All Conference honors. He then moved to Minneapolis to attend radio school at Brown Institute. His radio career began at KFBB in Great Falls where he worked for a year as he attended the College of Great Falls. Gene then moved to Missoula in 1962 where he worked as a nighttime DJ for KGVO while attending the University of Montana and doing sales on the side. Around this time he was asked to quit school and become the program director for KGVO. While making a sales call at the FOX Theater, he met his future wife Rose Gallagher. The couple was married July 11, 1964. Daughter Pamela was born in 1966 and Kimberlee in 1967.

Gene’s positive attitude, endless energy and infectious smile were traits that carried him far in his career. He stood out to his employees as a one of a kind boss. Always shy of the spotlight, he would quickly deflect any personal recognition and always insist any success was a team effort. He bought KYLT AM/FM Radio in 1970. He sold it in 1982 staying on as GM. Due to default he got the station back in 1985 and sold it again in 1990. Along with the sale was a “none-compete” clause, so Gene started a consulting business, Peterson and Associates. In 1991, KTMF-TV came to Missoula and hired Gene to be their GM. He stayed there until 1997 when he was hired by Marathon Media to be the GM for radio, his true love, once again. Marathon Media sold to Clear Channel Communications in 2001. Gene remained GM at Clear Channel until he joined Learfield Communications in 2008 leading their Grizzly Sport Properties' sales team for the next two years. In approximately 2010, at his last full-time position, he was once again a general sales manager, this time for KECI-TV. Not one to sit around, Gene continued with part-time consulting, making sales calls until a month before he passed.


He was always willing to generously give of his time and talents in order to make Missoula a better place to live. His community involvement included Century Club Board of Directors and President (now known as the Grizzly Scholarship Association), President of Missoula Chamber of Commerce, Chair of St. Patrick Hospital’s Advisory Board, U of M President’s Council, YMCA Board of Directors, President of the Montana Broadcaster’s Association, and Montana Special Olympics’ Fundraising Committee. In addition, he volunteered as a coach for Little Grizzly Football and served on the UM stadium subcommittee, which was instrumental in securing funds to begin construction for what is now Washington Grizzly Stadium. He also joined with the Regional Urban Design Assistance Team that ultimately created the schematic design for the landscape and parks system along the Clark Fork River. It was Gene’s idea in the late 60’s to focus on University of Montana sports and create a statewide radio network. He pioneered the Grizzly Radio Network which allows Grizzly athletics to be heard in every corner of the state to this day. He also helped guide the creation of what is now considered one of the strongest Booster Clubs amongst NCAA Division I-AA Athletics.

Gene received many awards and honors, more than he felt he deserved. A few include Missoula Businessman of the Year, Ray Rocene Sportsman of the Year, the Jaycee Distinguished Service Award, and the Hugh O’Brian Youth Lifetime Achievement Award. As a highlight, his 50-year broadcast career culminated with his induction into the Montana Broadcaster’s Hall of Fame in 2015. On June 19, 2015, Senator Steve Daines honored Gene as Montanan of the week. Not bad for a rock and roll DJ from Culbertson.


In his spare time Gene enjoyed golfing, hiking, reading, his annual vacations to Mexico, and gardening. He loved the many compliments he received on his prized tomatoes, cherished rose garden and meticulously manicured lawn. He rarely missed attending a University of Montana athletic event or any other occasion supporting someone he may know. But above all else, the most valuable time was spent with his four grandchildren. Whether it be caddying for disc golf, watching Loyola Ram football, sitting for endless hours at gymnastic competitions or traveling to Phoenix for track meets and basketball, these were by far his favorite moments.

Survivors include his wife Rose, Missoula; daughters Pam (Albert) Morales, Phoenix; Kim (Kevin) Sheehan, Missoula; brothers Wayne Peterson, Butte; Allen (Esther) Peterson, Culbertson; very special grandchildren Kevin and Lauren Sheehan and Jorden and Donovan Morales. Also survived by many in-laws, cousins, and loving nieces and nephews.

Memorials can be made in his name to the Montana Special Olympics or to the Jadyn Fred Foundation. At his request, there will be no formal services. A celebration of his life will be planned for 2021.

Gene was best described as a really good man and honest as the day is long. Throughout the years he forged numerous lifelong relationships; he was a mentor to many and a friend to all. As a DJ, he had a standard nightly sign off that is a fitting farewell, “It’s nice to be important but it’s more important to be nice- so until tomorrow, you be the kind who's kind to someone- goodnight.”

Wednesday, September 30th 2020

Dale Arthur Dascher

Dale Arthur Dascher was born on New Year’s Day in 1923. He was born in Glasgow, Montana to Dan and Emma (Edwards) Dascher. He joined his sister, Esther and later, another sister, Lucine, joined them. They grew up on the homestead 15 miles SW of Opheim.

Dad and his sisters were home schooled, as their mother had a teaching degree.

In 1938, after being home schooled through 8th grade, the family moved to Glasgow so he and his sister could go to high school. He graduated from Glasgow High School in 1942.

On January 18, 1948, Dad married our Mom, Viola Florence Sylvester in Glasgow and began farming on his own, then purchasing the farmland on the north bench. Mom and Dad took over his parent’s farm, in Glasgow, in the fall of 1948 where they started their family. Susan was born first then Gary. Dad did a lot of custom farming, breaking up land, baling, and combining as well.

During the building of the second powerhouse at Fort Peck, he worked as a form builder and rod man. If there was a job that required someone small and willing to crawl into small spaces, they would say “Where’s Dale? He’ll do it!” After the powerhouse was built, he worked part time at the water treatment plant in Fort Peck, all while still farming.

Growing up in the 30’s, he learned to be resourceful. Nothing was thrown away and everything was repaired. He served on several board of directors, including the Historical Society and Farmer’s Union. He also drove bus for the Glasgow School District for 10 years. Dad’s greatest pride was his 1951 Chrysler Crown Imperial. In 2016, he moved to Valley View and while he was able, we would escape and go for Sunday drives in his 51.

As most of you know, he loved to dance. Mom and Dad squared danced for years! Mom made all their matching shirts and dresses. Many of those matching outfits were donated and to the “Dirty Shame Dancers” in Scobey.

Dad retired from farming the North bench in 1992 but kept the River bottom to keep him busy. After Mom passed away in 1998, Dad continued to dance whenever, wherever he could. He would dance every dance with anyone up until his early 90s. He loved to travel all over Montana, Canada, and North Dakota to attend fiddler jams and Norsk Hostfests. Even in the later years, when confined to a wheelchair, he would dance as he tapped his toes to the rhythm of the music. Cap Holter’s band was his all-time favorite.

He is preceded in death by his parents, Dan and Emma (Edwards) Dascher; his wife of 50 years, Viola; his sister, Esther (Dascher) Wetherbee; sister-in-law, Marcella (Sylvester) Elfring, and brother-in-law, Sam Sylvester

He is survived by his daughter, Sue and Dan Trythall of Kirkland WA; son, Gary and Donna Dascher of Glasgow; sister, Lucine (Lucy/Dolly) (Dascher) Farmer of Billings, grandchildren Josh and Kayla Dascher of Rochester, MN and Jeanelle Dascher of Las Vegas; great-grands Nathan and Abby Dascher of Rochester MN, Elle Dascher of Glasgow and Brantley Dascher of Las Vegas; nieces and nephews: Nancy (Wetherbee) Holmes, Dan Farmer, Heidi Farmer, Deb (Lon) Stratton, Dan Elfring, and Larry Elfring, Rocky (Sue) Sylvester, Tara Sylvester, Shawn (Tammy) Sylvester.

Family will receive friends from 3:00-5:00p.m., Sunday, October 4, 2020 at Bell Mortuary. Funeral services will be at 11:00a.m., Monday, October 5, 2020 at Bell Mortuary with Reverend Todd Wright officiating. Burial will follow at Highland Cemetery in Glasgow, Montana. Condolences may be left for the family at bellmortuaryglasgow.com.

Monday, September 28th 2020

Brenna Kay (Billingsley) Sundby

Brenna Kay (Billingsley) Sundby, April 25, 1976 - September 26, 2020

Brenna Kay (Billingsley) Sundby of Glasgow, Montana, passed away on Saturday, September 26, 2020 at her home on the Billingsley Ranch, from complications of her 3 year battle with Ovarian Cancer.

Brenna was born in Glasgow, Montana, on April 25, 1976 to Barry and Martha (Jurich) Billingsley. She attended Glasgow schools and graduated from Glasgow High School class of 1994, where she met the love of her life, Wade O. Sundby. While in High School, Brenna loved to play in the band, and she excelled in the classroom. Her excitement in school led her to become a very passionate educator.

After graduation Brenna headed off to College, first at MSU Northern in Havre, Montana then the University of Montana in Missoula, Montana, where she earned her English teaching degree. She went on to earn her Master's degree from MSU-Northern. One of Brenna’s greatest passions was teaching and she went on to have life long friendships with many of her former students and staff. Brenna, not only taught students English curriculum, she also taught her students and colleagues how to be better people. Just recently a colleague reached out to Brenna to ask for advice about hope. Brenna’s response was:
“I've been making lists in my head of places I see hope. I've been trying to prioritize and pick the best examples. All of them boil down to people being nice to each other. Hope isn't found in rallies, mobs, or arenas as much as hope is found in individuals and small partnerships. Any hope found in a classroom, a gym, or a convention only comes from individuals being kind to each other...I will try to simplify it as much as possible: be nice. I see hope in people being nice to each other.” ~~Brenna K. Sundby

Brenna and Wade were married April 17th, 1999 at the Methodist Church in Glasgow, Montana. Together Brenna and Wade began their teaching career in Gallup, New Mexico, once the school year ended they came back home to Montana. They taught and lived in many rural Montana towns including Hinsdale, Absarokee, Fromberg, Big Timber, Plentywood and Saco before returning to Glasgow. Brenna and Wade loved living in these communities and supported the local sports teams, many of which Wade coached. They made many long lasting friendships wherever they lived.

Brenna loved spending her summers boating, swimming and camping, especially at Fort Peck Lake with her family and friends. She also enjoyed traveling, reading and writing.

Brenna is survived by her loving husband Wade O. Sundby of 21 years; parents Barry and Martha (Jurich) Billingsley; brothers, Christopher (Caroline) Billingsley and Evan Billingsley; mother-in-law, Linda Sundby; brother-in-law, Myles (Jennifer) Sundby; 3 nieces, 2 nephews, aunts, uncles, many cousins and numerous friends.

A celebration of Brenna’s life will be held at 3 p.m. on Saturday, October 3rd at the Billingsley Ranch in Glasgow, Montana. Condolences for the family maybe left at bellmortuarymontana.com.

In lieu of flowers, donations in Brenna’s name can be made to the Glasgow High School Education Trust or the Pioneer Museum in Glasgow, Montana.

Friday, September 25th 2020

Gladys May (Pearson) Hansen

Gladys May (Pearson) Hansen died at Valley View Home in Glasgow, Montana, on Tuesday, September 22, 2020 — just one day short of her 99th birthday.

She was born to Martha and Axel Pearson at their farm in the Avondale community, 18 miles south of Richland, Montana, on September 23, 1921. Gladys was three years younger than her brother, Arnold.

In Gladys’s written memories she remarked that the farmhouse, 12’ x 18’ with a lean-to added on when Gladys was born, was not tight. During the “dirty 30’s”, wind would make the linoleum billow up “like walking on a hard air cushion.” When the wind blew from the west in the summer, her mother made them wear wet hankies over their nose and mouth, then scoop up the sand under the windows with a dustpan when the wind died down.

Gladys attended Sunnyside School, 2¾ miles away, with 34 students in eight grades and one teacher. The teacher pushed her through three years of school in two years. Arnold would drive them to school in her dad’s Model T Ford. In winter, her dad would take them with the horse and sleigh, covered up with horse-hide blankets in storms, or in milder weather often holding on to ropes and getting pulled behind on skis or sleds. After Arnold started high school in Opheim, Gladys often walked to school.

For high school she stayed in the girls’ dorm in Opheim. She missed her graduation in 1938 because she was home with pneumonia. Mom recalled her neighbor and lifelong friend Alden Smith told that she “took him down and beat on him because he was teasing me and I said, ‘I don’t have red hair for nothing!’”

Gladys didn’t know what she wanted to do, but her mother thought she should be a nurse, so that’s what she did. She had to wait a year until she was 18 to enroll at Great Falls Deaconess School of Nursing. Training was exactly 36 months to the day. Then she took a job at Missoula Northern Hospital.

It was on the train back to Missoula after attending her parents’ Silver Anniversary in October 1942 that Gladys met Carl Hansen. Carl enlisted in the Infantry in December, and they corresponded. In January 1943 Gladys enlisted in the Army Air Force Nurse Corps and was sent to Gowan Field at Boise, Idaho. She remembered, “Sirens would go off when there was a plane crash, and we all had to go running to our stations. I wanted to run the other way because there were so many plane crashes, so many dead or badly injured men.”

Carl and Gladys married in 1946, living the remainder of their lives in Glasgow. Gladys worked at Francis Mahon Deaconess Hospital for nearly 40 years, retiring in 1983. Most of her nursing was working nights on the OB floor. Often over the years people would remark that Gladys was their nurse when they had their babies, or she was their mother’s nurse when they were born.

Gladys and Carl enjoyed square dancing for many years, travelling to many international dances. They had a sign business in their home for many years; some of the signs are still in use around Glasgow. In 1974 they ordered a Capp Home and did most of the inside finishing themselves. After retiring they both did volunteer office work at First Lutheran. Gladys and the church ladies sewed quilts galore. Embroidery and reading were favorite pastimes until her eyes failed.

They moved into assisted living at Prairie Ridge in 2007. Carl passed in 2009. Gladys entered Valley View Nursing Home in 2017.

Gladys is survived by her four children: Mike Hansen (Bonnie), Fay Hansen, Gina Williamson (Jim), and Phyllis Owan (Bill); as well as seven grandchildren, eight great-grandchildren, and nieces Sandra Nelson and Linda Conway.

Cremation has taken place, and a memorial service will be held Saturday, October 3, at 1:00 p.m. at First Lutheran Church in Glasgow, Montana, with military honors to follow. Condolences may be left for the family at bellmortuarymontana.com

Tuesday, September 22nd 2020

Stephanie Lynn Murch

Stephanie Lynn Murch, 41, of Glasgow, Montana passed away Saturday, September 19, 2020 at her home.

Stephanie was very outdoorsy; she liked fishing, camping, hunting and driving the back the roads: often going with her son, Chase. She was a Reds Baseball fan and loved watching Chase play for them and the other teams he played on. She enjoyed getting her hair and nails done. One of her biggest success stories was the fact that she was six years sober.

Stephanie is preceded in death by her grandparents Walt and Darlene “Toots” Murch and Bernice “Barney” Kalinski, Joe Schroder and Maurice Wesen; cousin, Nick Kolstad, Aunt Connie and Uncle Red Whitten.

She is survived by her son Chase David (Karmin) Guttenberg and their son Asher David Guttenberg of Glasgow, Montana; mother Kim (Scott) Jakanoski; father Dave (Deby) Murch; grandmother, Lois Wesen; sisters Heather Hukill-Murch, and Jennifer (Sheldon) McGorman; nieces and nephews Cole (Kristina), Tia, Javyn, Kymber-Lee, Xavier, and Nora McGorman, Brecken and Carson Hukill-Murch; step-brother, Adam and his son Fynn; step-sister, Amy Murch and her son Aidan; and her beloved dog Autumn and Kitty Kitty.

A Celebration of Her Life and reception will be 12:00 p.m., Saturday, September 26, 2020 at the Cottonwood Inn. Burial will follow at Highland Cemetery at 2:00 p.m. Condolences may be left at bellmortuaryglasgow.com.

Tuesday, September 22nd 2020

Alvin Martin Dalby

Heaven needed a new softball coach and avid Glasgow Scottie Superfan so the good Lord called Alvin Martin Dalby up to join his side. Alvin passed away of natural causes at Valley View Home on Sunday, September 20, 2020. He was born December 18, 1937 in New Deal, Montana to Emil Martin and Alma Elizabeth Dalby. He was the fifth child of eight joining siblings John, Cora, and Evelyn; a second brother Vernon had passed away in infancy. Brothers Melvin and Cecil along with younger sister Nora following soon after. Alvin spent his youth in the Glasgow area and attended school there through the 8th grade. After leaving school he worked various jobs until joining the Army National Guard in March 1958 at the age of 21 serving in the military until 1963. Alvin returned home to Glasgow and worked on the Cornwell Ranch before gaining employment on the Railroad in 1968. He left the Railroad after being injured in 1988 having put in a devoted 20 years to the rails.

As a child he was known to get into mischief with his brothers, Cecil being a favorite target for his antics. He was charming and known to be a bit of a flirt with the ladies. Alvin never married but had a true love in supporting Scottie athletics. Mr. Dalby is well known to the community as a Super Scottie fan even winning an award as the #1 Scottie fan to prove it! He was also a member of the Glasgow Sports Club and coached softball taking them to several state titles from the 70’s into the 90’s. When it came to his cheering regimen, he took it seriously, rarely missing a game and never basketball games. Sports was not his only love however; it was also extended to family who meant the world to him. He hosted family holidays in his home for years until family grew too big for the house to hold them. Santa was even known to pay a visit at those gatherings delivering gifts to all the children. When he wasn’t cheering his beloved Scotties on to victory, he enjoyed Friday night dinners at sister Cora’s with family or Tuesday Dairy Queen lunch followed by Bingo. Nora’s house was considered his home away from home and many memories were made there. His favorite Sunday evening activity was listening to the radio program Grass Roots Gold, and it is on good authority that interrupting it was not an option!

Alvin is proceeded in death by his brothers Vernon and Melvin Dalby; parents Emil and Alma Dalby; brothers-in-law Roy Canen, Adrian Mix, and Terry Zeiger; sisters-in-law Eleanor Dalby and Gladys Dalby; nephew Leroy McAllister, and great-nephews Justin Leatherberry, Andrew Farrar-Mix and Shawn Peacher. He is survived by brothers John Dalby and Cecil Dalby of Glasgow; sisters Evelyn Mix of Poplar, Cora Canen and Nora Zeiger of Glasgow; numerous nephews and nieces, great-nephews and nieces; great-great nephews and nieces; and 3x great-nieces.

Family will receive friends from 5-7 p.m., Friday, September 25, 2020 at Bell Mortuary. Funeral Services will be 10:00 a.m., Saturday, September 26, 2020 at Evangelical Church. Burial will follow in Highland Cemetery, in Glasgow, Montana. Condolences maybe left at bellmortuarymontana.com.

Monday, September 21st 2020

Jeannine Elletson

We have said our goodbyes to our Mom, Grandma, Great Grandma and Aunt. Jeannine (Miller) Elletson, went home to be with God, her husband and family members on September 16, 2020. She was surrounded by the love of her family as she passed of natural causes.

She was born in Sidney Mt. Jan 19, 1931 to Senn and Dorothy (Adamson) Miller. She was the baby of the family. She joined her brothers, Harold and Kenneth and her sister, Maxine.

Mom married Dad, Glenn Elletson of Fairview MT, August 28, 1948 in Glendive MT. Mom was only 17 and Dad was19. They moved to Havre in 1951. They moved to Glasgow in 1955 and made Glasgow their home until 1979.

Mom worked many jobs in Glasgow after we were all enrolled in school. She worked at Great Plains Lumber, Cablevision, and the Tastee Freeze. They ventured into RV sales, opening Elletson’s Trailer Sales in 1972. She then opened Gramma’s House of Beauty. Her other past times were bowling, cake decorating, table making with very rare specialty woods, many crafts and following the Kids, Grandkids, and Great Grandkids in their sports and performing arts programs.

Dad was seriously hurt in March of 1970, so he spent many years in and out of hospitals, clinics and rehab centers in Billings, Thermopolis WY and Minneapolis. She went where he went, never leaving his side.

They decided to become snowbirds around 1979. They traveled back and forth from Arizona to Montana for a few years then decided to buy a home in Kingman, AZ. They lived there until 1991 when they decided to move to Billings to be closer to family. Dad passed in June of 2001. Mom stayed in Billings until February 2020. She was 89 when she moved to Glasgow to be near her family.

Mom was preceded in death by her parents, Senn and Dorothy (Adamson) Miller, her husband of 53 years, Glenn Elletson, a son, Baby Boy Elletson, and daughter, LaDonna Jean Elletson, twin Granddaughters, Krysta Jeannine Bates and Kimberly Jessica (Bates) Wilson. Her brothers, Kenneth and Harold Miller and her sister, Maxine (Miller) Gannon. She is the last of all the aunts and uncles from each side of the family.

She is survived by her children, Don (Judy) Elletson, Deb Elletson (RJ), Donna (Gary) Dascher and Patty Schedel.

Grandchildren, DJ Elletson (Hannah), Randy Elletson, John (Kenzie) Kalinski, Jeff (Cami) Kalinski, Marcie (Travis) Kittleson, Mitch Young (Stormy), Meagan Wersal, Dan Wilson, all of Glasgow MT. Josh (Kayla) Dascher of Rochester MN, Jeanelle Dascher of Las Vegas, Travis Hayes of Edgewood WA, and 17 Great Grandchildren.

Graveside services will be held at a later date.

Wednesday, September 16th 2020

Glen Mahugh

Glen Mahugh passed away Monday, Aug. 24, 2020, of natural causes, at age 98.

A celebration of life will be held Wednesday, Sept. 16, 2 p.m., at Bell Mortuary in Glasgow, Mont. Interment will follow at the Glasgow Highlands Cemetery.

Glen was born in 1921 on the family homestead, located between Fort Peck and Nashua, Mont., the youngest of 10 children. Glen began school at the Galpin Community School and graduated from Glasgow High School.

In 1942, Glen joined the U.S. Army Air Corps. He proudly served his country on the Pacific Front and played a significant role in ending WWII. After the war, Glen returned to Glasgow and began his career as an auto body mechanic.

Family and friends were important to Glen. He truly enjoyed visiting and telling stories at his military and Mahugh family reunions, as well as over a morning cup of coffee at the Pines. He was grateful to have participated in the 2014 Honor Flight to Washington, D.C., to commemorate the WWII veterans. Glen served as a Scout Leader, was an avid fan of high school sports, and found great joy in gardening, flying, hunting, fishing and eating Mary's homemade pies and cookies. There's no doubt that his favorite place was the family cabin at the Pines, especially when the grandchildren and great-grandchildren were there.

Glen was preceded in death by his parents and siblings.

He is survived by his wife of 71 years, Mary Jean (Combs); two daughters, Diana (Skip) Morris and Doris (Greg) Gillespie; one son, David (Lana); eight grandchildren and 12 great grandchildren; along with numerous nieces and nephews.

The family has requested that in lieu of flowers, memorial contributions be made to Glasgow High School Educational Trust (904 Wedum Dr, Glasgow, MT 59230), Northeast Montana Veterans Memorial Park (PO Box 202, Glasgow, MT 59230) or the charity of your choice.

Services are planned for September 16, 2020, 2:00 p.m. at Bell Mortuary with Burial in Highland Cemetery

Tuesday, September 15th 2020

Bernice Johnson Nybakken Herman

Bernice Johnson Nybakken Herman age 106
Bernice was born December 4, 1913 in Estevan, Saskatchewan, Canada when her parents G.W. “Willie”and Clara (Berge) Johnson worked there for a local farmer. The family moved to Montana in 1916 when Bernice was 2 ½, and settled on a Homestead northwest of Frazer where Bernice grew up with older sister Ruth and brother Wallace.
She recalled life on the homestead as hard work for the whole family as well as family fun, with good memories of dances and school programs. She grew up when most health issues were treated with home remedies, although she recalled going to Glasgow when she was a first grader to have her tonsils out.
Bernice and siblings attended the Sjurson School until she was ready to “read for the minister”, when she went to Battle Lake, Minnesota and stayed a few years with her Grandma Rachel Berge and was confirmed in the Lutheran Church. She returned to Montana and attended high school in Nashua. She boarded out, working for room and board so she could attend school. One year she boarded at the home of Oscar and Myrtle Olson, caring for their children and doing housework. During that time she became acquainted with Myrtle’s brother, Elmer Nybakken, who farmed north of Nashua.
Bernice and Elmer were married in 1932 and she moved to the Nybakken homestead. As a farm wife, she raised turkeys, chickens and a large garden plus milked cows and would help with field work when needed. She and Elmer had two children, Wayne born in 1933 and Shirley in 1936. They were good hosts and had a wide circle of friends and relatives who often came to visit, play cards and enjoy a meal. Bernice was a good cook and holiday meals included many Scandinavian treats, such as lefse, krumkake, and futigman. When the kids were ready for school they purchased a place on the outskirts of Nashua so they could move the cows and family to town for the winter months. They followed the sports teams and music groups of the Nashua High School, often taking a car full of kids to tournaments and festivals, etc.
They were active in the community especially the Lutheran Church, Farmers Union and the local Co-ops where she was often in charge of meals for meetings. They liked to fish, and were instrumental in bringing the Marina to the Fort Peck Lake. After the kids were grown, Bernice and Elmer traveled by car or motor home throughout the United States, visiting friends, their many god-children and relatives with Bernice doing a lot of the driving. In 1954 she became a Grandmother for the first time and thoroughly enjoyed that role – for the rest of her life to include the great and great great grandchildren
Elmer passed away in 1975. Bernice continued to live at Nashua with son Wayne, and traveled with sister Ruth Brooks, also a widow. They spent winters in Arizona. They also went to Panama, Switzerland, Holland and Norway. In Norway, she purchased a hardanger kit, and soon learned to make the beautiful hardandger doilies and decorations. All her grandchildren and great grandchildren received special pieces. She made hardanger alter clothes for Our Redeemer and Grace Churches and won Best of Fair for a hardanger doll. She continued to do hardanger until she was past 100 and it became hard to see and count the stitches.
Her travels took her on a tour to Hawaii in 1978, where she met Harry Herman, from Plentywood, who was also with the tour group. They were married that fall and she and Harry went to Arizona the next winter, where they purchased a home and spent the winter for many years with Ruth next door. They danced and played Bingo and entertained and so enjoyed their time. Harry passed away in 1985. Bernice continued to spend winters in AZ and summer in Montana until 2010 when she gave up her beautiful winter home and moved to Prairie Ridge. She lived there until July, 2020 when she moved to Valley View.
Her memory was sharp – she could recall things like the price they paid for a new car in the 1940’s, the year when there was a good or poor crop, a birth or major storm. She was a story teller and the family has tapes of her memories. She enjoyed going to the casinos, playing cards and games, still playing hand and foot in 2019 –Bingo was a long time favorite pass time and she was often a winner.
Bernice left this world on Sunday, Sept. 13 at Valley View nursing home and many joyous reunions went on in heaven that day. She was preceded in death by her husband Elmer Nybakken, second husband Harry Herman, a grand daughter, Diane, a great granddaughter and two great great granddaughters, her parents, sister Ruth Brooks and brother Wallace Johnson. She is survived by her son Wayne Nybakken, daughter Shirley Ball, and three grandchildren, Jackie (Steve) Dowell, Nashua, David (Patricia) Ball, Nashua and Jim (Kerri) Ball Cass Lake, Minnesota; Also, seven great grandchildren, Lyle (Tiffany) Dowell, Glasgow; Jason (Jody) Ball, Cass Lake Minnesota. Eric (Sandy) Dowell, Helena; Dustin (Darcy) Dowell. Malta; Brandi Ball Allen; Billings, Tarin (Ryan) Shilhanek, Billings; and James D. (Zandy) Ball, Ashford, WA plus 16 great great grandchildren. Also, many beloved nieces and nephews including Rachel Bedwell of Glasgow
Cremation has taken place, and services will be held Saturday, September 26, 2020 at 10:30 at Our Redeemer Lutheran in Nashua. Masks will be required for everyone at the funeral and hand sanitizing as well as Social distancing will be practiced. Condolences may be left at bellmortuarymontana.com for the family.

Tuesday, September 15th 2020

Elona Redfield Watterud Krikorian

Elona Redfield Watterud Krikorian went home to be with Jesus on September 13, 2020. She came into this world on August 31, 1926. Born at home on the family farm near Opheim, Montana with the aid of a midwife. Elona was the youngest child of John and Frances Redfield. Her four older siblings were Mary, Walt, Margaret, and Amelda.
Elona discovered her love of music in second grade. Her family couldn’t afford a real piano, but she didn’t let that stop her. She crafted a keyboard out of cardboard and learned the keys on the piano. The first two keys she learned to play on that cardboard were C and F. Her passion for music would continue as an occupation and a hobby until the end of her life.
When Elona was school-aged, she loved to ride horses. She would take her horse “Freckles” to visit neighbors. She also loved playing basketball and baseball. Her love for sports continued for her whole life. She was an avid fan of Michael Jordan and the Chicago Bulls and the Brooklyn (later LA) Dodgers.
Elona quit school toward the end of her Junior year and moved to Glasgow to work at the Rapp Hotel. During the next couple years she moved back and forth between Glasgow and Opheim before finally settling in Glasgow, where she met Leonard Watterud. They were soon married in Coeur D'alene, Idaho on July 1, 1945. They lived in Opheim and Glasgow and started a family. They were blessed with five children over the next 17 years; Linda, Randy, Bonnie, Dawn, and April. During this time, Elona worked at the La Casa and Roosevelt Hotels.
Leonard and Elona fostered a love for music in their children and in anyone who would listen. The pair played many barn dances and social events with Leonard’s brother and eventually with their own children. Many and most nights in the Watterud home were spent with the windows wide open, neighbors dancing in the yard, playing music until 1 or 2 in the morning. They played and worked together until Leonard’s death.
In September of 1978, Elona married Maxim Krikorian. They lived in Glasgow for a time where Max owned a construction company and pastored a small church. They moved to Helena, Montana and continued pastoring there until his death in 1989. Soon after, she moved to Kalispell where she lived for a number of years taking care of grandbabies and enjoying her time spent with Linda, April, and Shana.
In 1994, she moved back to Glasgow. Her son-in-law built her an apartment in Dawn and Jeff’s house where she lived for the remainder of her life. She spent her time and talents making music in the church, loving and being with family, and cooking and baking for family and social events. Everyone knew about “Gramma’s buns” and wanted them at every special event. Yes...we know how hilarious that sounds. She had spunk until the very end and passed away in her home surrounded by family.
Elona was preceded in death by her parents, siblings, son Randy Watterud, Leonard Watterud, Max Krikorian, and sons-in-law Chuck Spangle and Jim Green. She is survived by daughters Linda Spangle, Bonnie Green, Dawn (Jeff) Pattison, and April Tornabeni, 13 grandchildren, 27 great-grandchildren, 7 great-great-grandchildren, and her best friend Kitty Sampson.
Our Matriarch has moved on, but her legacy will last for generations. Open visitation will be Wednesday, September 16, 2020 from 12-5 p.m. at Bell Mortuary. Funeral services will be 11:00 a.m., Thursday September 17, 2020 with Pastor Tom Fauth officiating at the Assembly of God Church in Glasgow, Montana. Burial will follow in Highland Cemetery in Glasgow, Montana. Condolences may be left for the family at bellmortuarymontana.com.

Monday, September 14th 2020

Robert Lee "Bob" Bird

Robert Lee Bird “Bob” passed away on Sunday, September 6, 2020, at his home with his wife Jackie at his side. Bob had been bravely battling cancer since 2004.

Bob was born September 23. 1939, in Kalispell, Montana, to George B. and Wilma F. (Harrington) Bird. He grew up in the Flathead area enjoying hunting and fishing with his dad, Uncle Pete and Aunt May. He graduated from Kalispell High School in 1959.

In 1963, Bob married Barbara Linendoll. They were joined by sons, Bryan Lee in 1966 and Robert Leslie in 1971. They later divorced.

Bob and Jackie (Flom- Vetter) married in 1981, adding Cheryl E. Vetter (born in 1968) and B. Bradley Vetter (born in 1971) to the family.

The Montana Army National Guard filled Bob’s interest for 34 years. He worked as a mechanic at the OMS #7 in Chinook, the CSMS in Helena, then back to OMS #7 in Chinook—this time as Shop Chief—and ended his civil service career at OMS #1 in Kalispell. Prior to his civil service, Bob also worked at the aluminum plant in Colombia Falls for several years and for the Forest Service, which he thoroughly enjoyed.

Missing flat land and family, Jackie wanted to come home. So, Nashua was home from 1997 up to 2003, when they purchased a home in the military community of the village of Saint Marie, Montana. Bob remained there until his death.

Bob enjoyed working in his yard, always planting roses at every location they lived. He also enjoyed country music and concerts, senior bus trips, was a fan of Richard Petty of NASCAR, Don Sula of the Dolphins, and particularly basketball’s greatest 3-pointer Larry Bird, from a distant branch of the family tree.

He is survived by his devoted wife, Jackie; sons Bryan (Tracey Thennis) Bird, Rob (Lisa Kallio) Bird and three grandchildren, all of Helena. He will also be missed by step-daughter Cheryl Friede of Havre and step-son B. Brad (Tanya) Vetter of Johnstown, Colorado and three step-grandchildren.

Memorials may be sent in Bob’s name to HOPE Project, Warriors on the Water, or a charity of your choice.

Services will be 10:00 a.m., Monday, September 21, 2020 at Bell Mortuary with Pastor Todd Wright officiating. Military Honors and a reception will follow at the VFW Post #3107 in Glasgow, Montana. Condolences may be left for the family at bellmortuarymontana.com

Monday, September 14th 2020

Kenneth Cramer Hansen

Kenneth Cramer Hansen passed away September 9, 2020 at Valley View Home, in Glasgow, Montana.

Kenneth was born October 30, 1930 in Fargo, North Dakota to Carl O and Bernice (Cramer) Hansen. His early years were spent in Poplar, Montana where his father was a teacher and a coach. Kenneth attended Poplar schools graduating from high school in 1948 followed by, in 1952 graduation from North Dakota Agricultural College (now NDSU). Being in the ROTC program he immediately went into the U.S. Air Force, serving during the Korean War. Following discharge, he returned to Poplar where he assisted his mother, until her death, in managing the insurance business his father had established in the late 1930’s.

Having been blessed with athletic ability Kenneth was an avid fan and participated in many sports including basketball, football, baseball, bowling, racquetball and golf. He enjoyed independent basketball, served as a catcher for the Scobey Plainsmen independent baseball team and played golf at any course available. The other interests in his life were hunting, fishing and gardening. The fishing, hunting trips to the mountains in search of elk and the bird hunts on the prairie and marshes were shared with friends and family. When it came to gardening nothing pleased him more than handing out a batch of asparagus in the spring or a pumpkin in the fall!

Returning to Poplar after the Air Force stint, he fulfilled his desire to become a pilot and with partners, became a partial owner of a plane. This led to the next phase of his life.

Some of Kenneth’s relatives in North Dakota thought that he should meet “that widowed Home Ec. Teacher at Valley City High School.” With some manipulation by his aunt and cousin that came to pass. Coming courting in a Beechcraft Bonanza must have done the trick because soon he was wedded to Barbara Kjelland Rippe. (So it is with two people who relied on impulse, intuition and family recommendations!)

Nine years after acquiring a wife and two sons, Kenneth was offered the position of NE Montana branch manager for Northwestern National Life Insurance Company. So he moved the family, four horses, one dog and a cat to a home three miles east of Glasgow. This move led to many fine opportunities, recognition in the company, friendships and travel here and abroad.

Travel by air, rail, or road and a change of scenery was a priority for this social, people-loving man. Upon retirement the cabin at The Pines was exchanged for an Indio, California condo where the Hansen’s spent thirteen fulfilling winters. After returning to year-round living in Valley County a “senior friendly” home was built in Glasgow. This was Kenneth’s home until a combination of stroke and dementia necessitated a move to Valley View Nursing Home.

Kenneth was a lifelong supporter of his churches: First Presbyterian in Poplar and First Congregational United Church of Christ in Glasgow. Due to the pandemic a memorial service and time of remembrance will be held at a later date. The family asks that if anyone desires to give a memorial that they donate to a charity of their choice. Condolences may be left for the family at bellmortuarymontana.com.

Kenneth Hansen was preceded in death by his parents and his sister, Merilyn Ballard.

Kenneth is survived by his wife Barbara; sons, John (Jaynee) Hansen and Carl (Marianna) Hansen; four grandchildren and three great-grandchildren; siblings, Jim (Liz) Hansen, and Sharon (Gil) Dallas; brother-in-law William Ballard; along with nieces and nephews and their families.

Friday, September 11th 2020

Larry Lee Kwasney Jr.

Larry Lee Kwasney Jr., 49, of Fort Peck, Montana passed away peacefully in his sleep on September 7, 2020.

Larry was born on July 15, 1971 in Wolf Point, Montana to Larry Kwasney Sr. and Liz (Fullerton)
Kwasney. Larry was raised, attended school and graduated from Circle High School in Circle, Montana. It was during this time he spent growing up with his older sister Emmie, and younger sister and brother, Joleen and Chris. Many adventures were had with the four young Kwasney kids running around and through Circle. The stories of their childhood are still told to the younger generations to this day, usually when everyone is sitting out on the deck at the cabin. After graduation, Larry joined the Navy in the summer of '89. During his four years of service he served in the Desert Storm. He was honorably discharged in 1993. After being discharged, he got married and to that union he had four children. Justin (Chelsey) Wood, Erica (Kurt) Brown, Dalton Kwasney, and Dillon Kwasney. He also had two grandchildren. Levicy Wood and Saint Brown, and was expecting one more in December. For the last 8 years he was married to the love of his life, Angela Murphree Kwasney, they resided in Fort Peck at his untimely death.

The most important thing Larry instilled into his children was the love for hunting, fishing, a good work ethic, and where hard work can take you. Some of their best memories are with a fishing pole in their hands and a rifle on their shoulders.

Larry was an amazing electrician and that took him and his family on many journeys starting in Clyde Park, and then Glendive and then to Ketchikan, Alaska, and West Yellowstone, Montana. Larry could help you wire up your entire house completely over the phone, He truly was phenomenal at his job.

One of the highlights of Larry’s life was his moose hunt to Alaska, he still talked about it to this day. He took home a 64 inch Alaskan Yukon moose. He also got to spend many days out on the ocean in Ketchikan catching hundreds of halibut, salmon, shrimp, and crab.

Larry did many things and he did many things well, but one of the biggest things he did was become a dad. He loved being a dad. Which in turn made him love becoming a papa. He learned from the best through Larry Sr. and Liz, who were great parents, grandparents, and great grandparents and still are to this day. Liz and Larry bought a cabin at Fort Peck many years ago that have held many family gatherings over the years. Larry probably spent more than half of his life at that cabin on the lake.

His big dimples, with his equally big smile, always followed by his genuine laugh will be among the many things we miss the most about him. Not to mention all of his jokes, hunting stories, fishing stories (sometimes over-exaggerated ones) and any other story he decided to share that day.

Larry was preceded in death by both his maternal and paternal grandparents, his aunt Darlene Hogan, Ernie Feickert, and Ken Holt.

He is survived by his wife, Angela Kwasney; his parents, Larry Sr. and Liz Kwasney; siblings, Emmie (David) Kleppelid, Joleen (Jay) Kutzler, and Chris (Jessica) Kwasney; children, Justin (Chelsey) Wood, Erica (Kurt) Brown, Dalton Kwasney and Dillon Kwasney; grandchildren, Levicy Wood and Saint Brown; Melissa Kwasney the mother of his children; many nieces, nephews, aunts, uncles, and cousins.

Fair winds and following seas, we will see you on the other side.

Visitation will be 12-3 p.m., Friday, September 11, 2020 at Bell Mortuary. There will be a memorial service held for Larry Friday, September 11, 2020 in Glasgow at the VFW from 3-5 p.m. A graveside service will be 2 p.m. at Riverside Cemetery in Circle, Montana followed by a reception at the VFW Saturday, September 12, 2020. Condolences may be left for the family at bellmortuaryglasgow.com.

You will be missed every single day by every person who knew you and loved you, and there were a lot of us who did.

Friday, September 11th 2020

Evelyn V. Kemp

Evelyn V. Kemp, 89, of Glasgow, Montana passed away March, 20 2020 in Frances Mahon Deaconess Hospital.

A graveside service will be held 11:00 a.m., Saturday, September 19, 2020 at Highland Cemetery in Glasgow, Montana. Evelyn’s family requests that you follow the social distancing and mask wearing suggestions when you attend the service. Condolences may be left at bellmortuarymontana.com.

Monday, September 7th 2020

John P. Rock

John P Rock of Saco, Montana fell asleep peacefully in death the evening of Friday, September 4, 2020 at the age of 71 in Glasgow, Montana.

John was born August 30, 1949 in Omaha, Nebraska. He moved to Saco in 1966 and graduated from Saco High School in 1967, where he met his high school sweetheart, Judy Knudson.

They married on December 14, 1969 and have three wonderful children.

In 1975, they moved to Long Beach, Washington until they return back to Saco in 2008.
John was a “Jack of all trades,” working as a ranch hand, long-haul trucker, commercial fisherman, among other jobs, and finally as a licensed general contractor, and owner of J&J construction for 25 years until he retired.

He was dedicated and baptized as a Jehovah’s Witness in 1972 and had the special privilege of serving as an elder for many years and was a current member of the Glasgow congregation.
John love playing golf when his health was good and watching it on television when his health declined. He often enjoyed spending time in Zortman at the cabin and loved his visits back to Washington where he missed the ocean so much.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Florian and Mary Rock and his older brother, Joseph.

He is survived by his wife of 50 years, Judy; his children, Charlotte (Calvin) of Long Beach, WA; Daniel of North Port, FL; Sean of Billings, MT; grandson, Jared of Long Beach, WA; and his very special Corgi companion, Jasper.

His family described him as a loving, faithful servant of Jehovah God, husband, father, grandfather, and friend.

John was a firm believer in the Bible’s hope of a resurrection to a paradise earth, where he will welcome back his loved ones who have died and live together forever in perfect health. His family now look forward to the time when they will welcome him back as well.

A private online memorial service will be arranged. Condolences may be left for the family at bellmortuarymontana.com .

Monday, September 7th 2020

Darlene “Dar” Sylvia Sleeper-Schreyer,

Darlene “Dar” Sylvia Sleeper-Schreyer, age 78, passed away on the morning of September 4, 2020, at Valley View Home in Glasgow, Montana as a result of a heart attack the previous week.

Darlene Sylvia Dunford was born in Rochester, Minnesota on December 11, 1941 just four days after the bombing of Pearl Harbor. She was the sixth child of Floyd and Gertrude (Adams) Dunford.

When Dar was young, her family lived on the Mayo Wood property. Her dad was an employee of the Mayo’s. They grew up playing with the Mayo children and had many fond memories of the Mayo family.

When Darlene was 13, she met James Sleeper. They were married when she was 16. They had 4 children, Pam in 1958, Scott in 1959, Penny in 1962 and Kyle in 1967.

Jim and Darlene spent many years traveling, playing music and recording records. They divorced in 1972.

She married Thomas Schreyer in 1983. They enjoyed traveling and spending time with all the kids and grandkids from both sides.

Darlene’s hobbies included her love of sewing, her flower beds and feeding the birds. She especially loved cardinals. She doted on her kids, grandkids and great grandkids. She loved her family and loved their visits and calls. She loved to talk about Jesus and was looking forward to meeting him.

Darlene finished her life at Valley View Home, where she had many friends, especially Tamee Hall.

She is survived by her children, Pam (Bill) Marks of Glasgow, Scott (Julie) Sleeper of Coon Rapids MN, and Penny Sleeper of Glasgow; her sisters, Dede Marquardt, Bessie (Herb) Zimmer and Ginny (Dan) Winter of MN; and a brother Walt (Carol) Dunford of WI. She leaves behind 10 grandchildren, Joshua (Jodi) Marks, Kristi Marks (Rick), Adam (Tory) Marks, Sara (Nick) Augustin, Nick Anderson, Megan Bechel, Chris Bechel, John (Stephanie) Durfee, Tim Sleeper and Rachel Sleeper. She also leaves 9 great-grandchildren, Ariel Marks, Gabbie Marks, Jeremy Marks, Meranda Bechel, Jordan Bechel, Addie Durfee, Gwen Sleeper, Milo Marks, Olive Marks, Theo Marks and Indie Marks.

She was preceded in death by her parents, her brother George, her sister Donna, her youngest child, Kyle, and two brothers-in-law Marvin Marquardt and Victor Marquardt.

A funeral service for Darlene will be held at 11:00 a.m. on Wednesday, September 9, 2020 at the Bell Mortuary Chapel in Glasgow, Montana. A luncheon at Bell Mortuary will follow the service.

Tuesday, September 1st 2020

Daniel Duane Rogenes

Daniel Duane Rogenes, age 36, passed away on August 30, 2020 in Glasgow, Montana.

Daniel was born January 9, 1984 in Tillamook, Oregon to David and Cindy (Hanlon) Rogenes. Daniel received his early education at Hebo Elementary School before moving to Glasgow with his family in 1992. Daniel graduated from Glasgow High School in 2002.

Daniel was amazingly talented and he deeply loved his family, friends and community. He was always eager to use his gifts to bless each of them. He was quick to brag about the accomplishments and share in the dreams of others.

Daniel is survived by the loving community of Glasgow; his parents, David and Cindy Rogenes; his siblings, Nicole (Cameron), Ryan (Erin), Matthew (Elise), and Rebekah (Patrick) along with their children; seven aunts and uncles and numerous cousins.

Family will receive friends Friday, September 4, 2020 from 6-8:00 p.m. at Bell Mortuary in Glasgow, Montana. Daniel’s funeral services will be 10:00 a.m., Saturday, September 5, 2020 at the Evangelical Church in Glasgow, Montana with Pastor Dave Odegard officiating. Burial will follow in Highland Cemetery in Glasgow, Montana. You are invited come and share your stories of remembrance. Condolences may be left at bellmortuarymontana.com

Tuesday, August 25th 2020

Kurtis D. "Joe" Tolzien

Kurtis D. “Joe” Tolzien, 82, of Stevensville, Montana passed away August 23, 2020 at Frances Mahon Deaconess Hospital in Glasgow, Montana.

He was born August 19, 1938 at FMDH in Glasgow, Montana, to Lawrence "Pete" and Marion (Davison) Tolzien.

He received his early education in Glasgow and graduated from Glasgow High School.

He married Mary Sue Getschel, on January 22, 1972 in Great Falls, Montana and made their home there until 1983, they then moved to Scobey where they spent 30 years before spending the last 7 years in Stevensville Montana to be closer to their son and his family.

He was a US Army Veteran who loved hunting, fishing and self-proclaimed tinkering. You would be hard pressed to find anyone who didn't consider him one of their very best friends.

Survivors include: his wife Mary Sue; son Travis (wife Michelle); grandchildren Skyler Tolzien, Kayla Camden, and Derek Crowe; two great-grandchildren; many nieces and nephews, as well as an abundance of extended family.

He was preceded in death by his parents; brother, Bill; sisters, Rosemary and Dorothy and two infant siblings

Graveside services will be held Monday, August 31, 2020 at 2:00 p.m. at Highland Cemetery in Glasgow, Montana. Bell Mortuary is assisting the family with arrangements. Condolences may be left at bellmortuarymontana.com.

Friday, August 14th 2020

Christian Skyler Henning

Christian Skylar Henning of Billings, Montana went to be with Jesus on August 8, 2020 three short days after celebrating his 25th birthday.

Christian was born in Tacoma, Washington to Tamara Henning and Phillip Calfy Jr. When Christian was one year he gained an amazing stepfather, Michael, who taught Christian the art of basketball. Christian, his sister Angel and brother Brett grew up in Tacoma, Washington until 2005 when the family moved to Glasgow, Montana

Christian married Lynn Marie Hawkins in 2014 and they welcomed there their amazing first baby, a little boy, Tyler, in January 2015. Shortly after Tyler was born Christian obtained his GED. The couple later divorced in late 2015.

Christian began to focus on building a career in music. Christian’s passion was hip hop and rap. He was a very talented singer and later he took more to producing music. He enjoyed producing so much that began college for music production.

Christian met Erica Clark in 2017 and they welcomed their gorgeous daughter, Annabelle, in March 2018. The couple married later in 2018. Christian continued to thrive in his music career and started Basic Production LLC Corporation becoming a well known and loved music producer.

Christian was a very caring, silly, talented, smart and fun loving person. He had a very big heart and loved all of his family and friends. One very important person in his life was Katie Conklin. Katie was his person in life who he could always run to. Christian as a child was so funny, he was always smiling and laughing. He loved basketball and video games. He traveled with his sister, Angel, so many places with their Nana and Papa while growing up, adventures always awaited them. Christian’s life as an adult always revolved around his kids, they were his everything in life: Tyler was his ‘little bug’ and Annabelle, his ‘little babe.’ Christian loved his five nephews and two nieces they were his ‘smallies’.

Christian is preceded in death by his ‘Nana’ – Sandra Thompson and grandpa ‘Tic Tac’ – Jerry Henning.

Christian is survived by his wife, Erica of Billings, Montana; his son’s mother Lynn of Glasgow, Montana; His children, Tyler and Annabelle; mother Tamara and dad Mike; sister, Angel (Blake) Larson; brother, Brett; nephews Terrek, Kiyler, Rylin, Bentley, and Killian; nieces, Autumn and Isabella; ‘Papa’-Terry Thompson; uncles Nick, Doug, and Scott; aunt Janet; cousins Katie, Kelly, Morgan, Makiya, Miranda, Moriah; and best friends Melanie Cole and Katie Conklin.

Visitation will be Saturday, August 15, 2020 from 9:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. at the Bell Mortuary in Glasgow, Montana. Funeral Services will be 2:00 p.m., August 15, 2020 at Bell Mortuary with Pastor Bonnie Novak officiating. Burial will be at a later date.

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.

Wednesday, July 8th 2020

Blanche F. Schuler

Blanche F. Schuler, 97, died of natural causes at Billings' Tender Nest Assisted Living early July 5, 2020. She had lived from January 2017 until this June in Aspen Meadows, also in Billings. Born north of Hinsdale October 18, 1922, to Charles and Florence (Williamson) Britsch, Blanche was the youngest of three. Her parents and siblings, Earl Britsch, Hinsdale, and Mary (Britsch) Reding, California, preceded her in death.

Blanche married Bruce R. Schuler June 29, 1939, in Wolf Point. The couple lived in Los Angeles and San Francisco early in their marriage. They spent, however, the majority of their lives in Hinsdale. She served as bookkeeper for the Farmers Union Oil and Supply (with husband as her boss) for a majority of her work years. She also was employed at the Cenex and Valley View Nursing Home in Glasgow.

They were the parents of three daughters: Mary Irene (Hank) Mason, Ohio; Carol (Ed) Damm, Billings; and Vickie (Terry) Cariveau, Lakeside. She was proud, also, of her nine grandchildren, 13 great-grandchildren, seven great-greatgrandchildren, and three nieces and three nephews, trying always to keep abreast of their lives.

Active in the community she loved, Blanche was a Life Member of the Hinsdale American Legion Auxiliary, the Hinsdale United Methodist Church and Women's Circle, and the Senior Citizens, serving as treasurer.

She was fond of gardening, both vegetables and flowers; hunting; sewing; and even a bit of carpentry. With her sharp memory, Blanche was relied upon for furnishing history information and stories to both locals and out of towners alike. The Pioneer Museum in Glasgow often referred researchers to her. One of those resulted in her being cited as a contributor to Jane Lambert's CHARLIE RUSSELL, THE COWBOY YEARS. She was also recognized statewide for her poem "The Silent Message of the Poppy."

Of utmost importance to Blanche was RESPECT--for family, friends, creatures, community, country. She knew no stranger, always being able to find some common ground. She was the last surviving "mom" for the HHS classes of 1958 and 1963, the years her two older daughters were graduated. As a lifelong learner, when her vision failed, she attended a several-week workshop in Helena to learn methods of coping with that.

Blanche loved living in her own home and so it was with reluctance when she moved to Billings early 2017. Soon, though, she found a new circle of friends, but especially loved the visits, phone calls, and notes from her beloved Valley county friends. At Aspen, she and a "sighted" friend would enjoy working crossword puzzles and jumbles together. She also loved verbal games, songs, and humor!

When the pandemic "lockdown" forced such a solitary life upon this extrovert, Blanche relied on window and phone visits that were difficult. One or all gathered outside the window daily sang with her on the inside, also singing. Her favorites were "Jesus Loves Me," "You Are My Sunshine," "Home on the Range," and "If You're Happy and You Know It," which provided her with some PT and giggles all the way around. She also continued to excel with the word games.

Besides her parents and siblings, she was preceded in death by her husband in August 1988, son-in-law Hank, and grandson, Kenneth Damm.

Should anyone desire, memorials in her name may be made to the Hinsdale Hillview Cemetery, Hinsdale United Methodist Church, Hinsdale Ambulance Fund, Hinsdale Legion Auxiliary, or Pioneer Museum in Glasgow. She was firm in support of local-area giving.

Family receives friends for Blanche Schuler will take place at Bell Mortuary, Glasgow, Thursday, July 9, from 5 - 7p.m. Her funeral will be Friday, July 10, at the Hinsdale American Legion Hall at 10:30a.m., with burial following in Hinsdale Hillview Cemetery. A reception in her honor will be held at the Hall following the service and burial, social distancing requested.
We will all miss her.

Monday, July 6th 2020

Darlene Durell

Darlene Durell, 83, of Nashua, Montana passed away peacefully at her home July 5, 2020 with family by her side.
As per her wishes cremation has taken place and services will be held at a later date. Condolences maybe left for the family at bellmortuarymontana.com.

Tuesday, June 23rd 2020

Gordon N. Crandell

Gordon Crandell
1929 – 2020

Gordon N. Crandell, Jr., age 90, passed away on March 22, 2020 of natural causes in Billings, Montana. Gordon was born July 23, 1929 to Gordon Sr. and Alvina (Skornogoski) Crandell, north of Peerless on the Crandell farm. He attended and graduated from Scobey High School. He obtained his Bachelor of Science in education from Northern Montana College in Havre, Montana. While attending college, he met the love of his life, Grace Davey and they were married in 1950.

Gordon and Grace were life-long farmers north of Peerless. As well he taught school for over 30 years throughout the country; Whitetail, West Fork, Butte Creek, Richland and Opheim. In 1975 Gordon and Grace retired and moved to Billings, where he continued to substitute teach at the Billings Vo-Tech and Castle Rock Middle School.

Survivors include: his sister, Jonette Vanderpan of Billings; children, Linda (Herb) Sand, Bob Davey, Craig (Suzi) Crandell, Barbara (Donald) Girard; 10 grandchildren, and 17 great-grandchildren. He is preceded in death by his wife Grace, and parents Gordon Sr. and Alvina Crandell.

A celebration of Gordon’s life will take place at the Lutheran Church in Scobey at 10:00 a.m. Friday, June 26, 2020. Memorials can be made to the Beacon Foundation, or of your choice.

Gordon had the ability to tinker and fix anything, enjoyed fishing with Grace, and was always teaching anyone that had the pleasure of crossing his path. Dad, Grandpa you will be so missed by us all, thank you for all the memories, we love you.

Monday, June 22nd 2020

Ronald Allen Gulbertson

Ronald Allen Gulbertson, 83, of Glasgow, Montana passed away Saturday, June 20, 2020 in Billings, Montana.

Ron was born October31, 1936 in Weston, Wisconsin to Everett Ole Gulbertson and Thressie Zopp. He married Judith Gauvin and the couple had four children. The couple later divorced.

Ron moved to Montana in 1971. He worked at the Glasgow Bakery as a baker for many years before going to the Valley County Road Department as a blade operator. He retired from the road department after 24 years.

Ron was an avid hunter, loved fishing and his life passion was riding his Harleys. Ron loved spending time with his family and many dear friends.

He is survived by his children: Dawn (Robin) Livesay of Gillette, Wyoming, Debra (Rod) Lambert of Fort Peck, Montana, Rocky (Marsha) Gulbertson of Helena, Montana and Wade Gulbertson of Helena, Montana; several grandchildren and a great-grandchild; sister, Eva (Ray) Gartner and numerous cousins, nieces and nephews.

Ron is preceded in death by his parents; sister, Mavis Karnatz and brother, Willard Gulbertson.

Family will receive friends on Thursday, June 25, 2020 from 6-8 p.m. at Bell Mortuary. A graveside service will be 12:00 p.m., Friday, June 26, 2020 at Galpin Cemetery, Nashua Montana. A luncheon will be at the Cottonwood Inn at 1:30 p.m. Condolences may be left at bellmortuarymontana.com.

Monday, June 22nd 2020

Lloyd Edward Fleming

Lloyd Edward Fleming, 86, of Nashua, Montana passed away Saturday, June 20, 2020 in Billings, Montana.

Lloyd was born December 14, 1933 in Rockhill-Orbisonia, Pennsylvania to Clarence and Adaline Rogers. He received his early education at Rockhill Elementary School, graduated from Orbisonia High School and attended Texas A&M.

He married Edna Storkson on August 2, 1959 at the First Lutheran Church in Glasgow, Montana. The couple made their home throughout the US, as they moved where he was stationed by the Air Force.

Lloyd enjoyed his time in the Air Force, which was a very large part of his life. Among the memories he shared of his time two stood out the most. The time that he rescued the helicopter that was on fire when he put the fire out and when he survived several day snowed in at Tully, Greenland, where he was stranded without food. He hiked out over 20 miles for help when no one could get thru the snow. He retired from the Air Force in 1979. Following his retirement he and his family moved to Nashua, Montana where he worked as a town cop for a while and then later worked for a number of years as a supervisor for Western Maintenance.

Lloyd loved listening to country western music, watching the news and reading history. He enjoyed boating, waterskiing, and camping with his family. He loved driving through the mountains and nature watching. In his younger days he could be found riding his motorcycle. He did a 100 mile “Run For Your Life” at Ellington AFB Sprinter in 1974 for which he received a trophy.

Lloyd is survived by his wife of 61 years, Edna Fleming; his daughters: Peggy Fleming of Nashua, Tracy Olsen of Miles City, Wendy Fleming of Wolf Point and Crystal Fleming of Nashua; his grandchildren; great-grandchildren; sister, Alice Strohm of Bainbridge, Pennsylvania; brother, Ronnie Fleming of Orbisonia, Pennsylvania; and numerous nieces and nephews.

Preceding him in death are his parents, Clarence and Adaline; brother, Clarence; sisters, Dorothy, Mary and Catherine; and several nieces and nephews.

Visitation will be 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Tuesday, June 23, 2020 at Bell Mortuary. A graveside service with military honors will be Wednesday, June 24, 2020 at 10:00 a.m. at Highland Cemetery with Pastor Todd Wright officiating. Condolences maybe left for the family at bellmortuarymontana.com.

Monday, June 22nd 2020

Shirley Mae Nelson

A graveside memorial service will be held for Shirley Mae Nelson on Saturday, 6/27/2020; 2:00 PM at the Glasgow cemetery.

Shirley was born on 12/30/28 in Poplar, MT and passed away on 1/25/2020 at Valley View Home in Glasgow. She is survived by daughters Linda (Tom) Rutschke, Gilbert, AZ; Diane (Randy) Dirkson, Glasgow, MT; and Mary (Kim) Thompson, Bismarck, ND.

Thursday, June 18th 2020

Robert James Hadley

Mr. Robert James Hadley passed away Sunday evening, June 14, 2020 at his home in Butte. He was born Tuesday, April 22, 1941 in Oakland, California to Ray and Jean (Simpson) Hadley. The family moved to Idaho Falls when Robert was a twelve and he attended schools there, graduating from Idaho Falls High School in 1959. He graduated cum laude with a BS in Accounting from the University of Utah in 1963. In 1965, he knew the draft was inevitable and made the decision to enlist in the United States Air Force, with whom he served in Vietnam until his service ended in 1969.

In 1969, Bob joined the accounting firm of Galusha Higgins & Galusha and worked in Glasgow, Montana. In 1982, Bob, Dennis Chandler, Robert Maxie and Jim Smrcka started their own firm, CHMS. Bob worked with his partners over the course of his career to expand the firm to 5 locations across Northeast Montana. In 1999, he moved to Wolf Point to manage the office there, where he retired in 2012. However, due to his love of accounting and his devotion to his clients, he continued work consulting and performing tax preparation until 2018.

Bob married Beverly Brueckner in Glasgow on August 20, 1977 and together they moved to Butte in 2012. She survives. Also surviving are his sons James and Kevin. James and his wife, Chrissy, live in Butte with their children, James Jr., MaKenzie, and Hanna. Kevin and his wife, Darcy, live in Mesa, AZ with their children, Aurora and Persephone. Also surviving are his brother, Larry Hadley of North Ogden, UT, sisters and brothers-in-law, Adele and Ed Harper and GeNene and Gary Hansen, all of Idaho Falls, ID, brothers-in-law and sisters-in-law: Gene and Kaye Brueckner of Grand Forks, ND, Jan and Jerry Brorby also of Grand Forks, Lars and Nancy Brueckner of Niagara, ND, Betty and Mack Holland III of Denver, CO and numerous nieces and nephews. Also surviving is his uncle, Roy West of Ogden, UT.
Bob was a kind and generous man who was always there for anyone who needed him. He was an avid card player. He and Bev were members of the Copper City Bridge Club, where they played weekly. His other hobbies included spending time outdoors which included gardening, managing his lawn, and plowing his driveway during the winter. When not outside or working, he also enjoyed movies of all genres, but had a special affinity for war and western movies. In addition, Bob was a great lover of any animal. Thinking it was someone’s pet, he tried to cuddle with a wild badger. Obviously, that didn’t end too well.

Most importantly, Bob invested time with his family. His sons, their spouses, and his grandchildren meant the world to him. He also dedicated time to the rest of his family, his father and siblings.

Funeral services will be conducted Monday morning at 11 o’clock in Wayrynen-Richards Funeral Home with their Pastor Sarah Schilcher of Gloria Dei Lutheran Church officiating. Cremation will follow and entombment will be in Fort Harrison Veterans Cemetery in Helena. Express condolences at www.wayrynen-richards.com.

Wednesday, June 10th 2020

Shirley Ann Daniels Meiers

Shirley Ann Daniels Meiers, 85, of Missoula, Montana, passed away June 7, 2020, at her home.

Shirley was born July 20, 1934, in Poplar, Montana to Harry and Marie Daniels. She was the youngest child of five.

She attended Fort Benton High School. Before she graduated, she was united in marriage to Duane Meiers in 1951. Their union lasted 65 years. They raised four children: Cindy (Ron) Bishop, Duane (Dana) Meiers, Robert (Jill) Meiers, and Michael (Becky) Meiers. She spent most of her life owning and working in restaurants as a short order cook and waitressing. She loved spending time with her family during the holidays preparing meals and playing cards. She really loved to crochet and as her eyesight failed, she continued her passion.

She is survived by her four children, twelve grandchildren, nine great-grandchildren, and a brother Leroy Daniels. She was preceded in death by her husband, infant son, her parents, sister Edna, and brothers Art and Bill.

Private graveside services will be held with family. Bell Mortuary is assisting the family with arrangements. Condolences may be left at bellmortuarymontana.com.

Monday, June 8th 2020

Sandra Kay Boese

Sandra Kay Boese passed away in Glasgow, Montana of natural causes on June 2, 2020.

Sandy was born in Pierre, South Dakota on November 12, 1962 to Richard and Marilyn (Brown) Boese. She joined older sisters Terri, Debbie and Donna. A brother, Doug, joined the family three years later. The family moved from the family farm to Colstrip, Montana in 1965 where her father worked for many years as a contractor and electrician. Countless memories were made by generations of the family at their home in Colstrip.

Sandy attended school in Colstrip and graduated in the class of 1982. While in high school, she was involved in basketball and track as well as other clubs and activities. She enjoyed working with her dad in the shop and at home during those years. After high school, Sandy attended Miles Community College before moving to southern California to work as a nanny for several years. After spending some time in Great Falls, she moved to Glasgow, Montana in 1987. She spent countless days with her nieces, nephews, and family before opening Ragamuffins Daycare in Glasgow. The years she spent caring for children were some of the best years of her life. The children at her daycare were well loved and all share endless memories of great times had with Sandy. She was happy to share her days with her daycare kids and many of her closest friends who worked with her.

In recent years, Sandy worked in food service at the Valley County Senior Citizens Center, Valley View Nursing Home, and Nemont Manor. Sandy was very selfless and always willing to help with projects and activities. Some of her volunteer activities included: helping with the creation of the current Children’s Museum of Northeast Montana, helping out with numerous 4H activities such as afterschool programs, concessions, and painting at the fairgrounds, and making countless tie blankets to donate to the NICU at Great Falls Benefis Hospital in honor of her own preemie, Rachel.

Her daughter, Rachel, came into this world at a whopping three and a half pounds in June of 1998; she was the light of Sandy’s life. The two shared a very close relationship. Sandy could always be seen cheering for Rachel’s sporting events and volunteering at school functions. Her love for Rachel was evident to all those who knew her.

Sandy was preceded in death by her father Richard Boese, Uncle David Boese, paternal grandparents Richard Benjamin and Thelma Boese, maternal grandparents Charles and Ethel Brown.

Survivors include her beloved daughter, Rachel Boese of Glasgow, mother Marilyn Boese of Billings, sisters Terri (Don) Ryan of Great Falls, Debbie (Marc) Swanson of Glasgow, and Donna (Rick) Lewis of Hysham, brother Doug Boese of Great Falls. Nieces and nephews include Bill (Tera) Ryan of Butte, Annie (John) Fitzgerald of Red Lodge, Sean (Sara) Ryan of Butte/Great Falls, Sarah Swanson of Glasgow, Kim (Matt) Ward of Denver, Whitney Swanson of Glasgow, Michael (Adriann) Lewis of Great Falls, Brandi Lewis of Laurel. Great nieces and nephews include Elena Ryan, Kate, Nolan and Shea Fitzgerald, Cale Swanson, Charlie Billing, Grace, Molly, Kipton and Sawyer Lewis, Brielle Lewis, Devin Shankle and Addie Lewis. Sandy is also survived by numerous aunts, uncles, and cousins.

Per Sandy’s wishes, cremation has taken place. A memorial service for family and friends will be held on Friday, June 19, 2020 at Bell Mortuary in Glasgow, Montana at 4:00 PM. Memorials may be made to Bell Mortuary in Glasgow.

Monday, June 8th 2020

Darlene "Toots" Mae Murch

Darlene Mae (Olson) Murch known to many as “Toots”, lived her life loving and caring for her family and all she knew. Toots was born in Albert Lea, Minnesota on June 11, 1937 to Clifford and Jessie (Helland) Olson. When her family moved to Montana they settled in the Nashua area. Here she met and married Walt Murch on October 29, 1955, they celebrated 64 years of marriage in 2018. The couple raised four children: her number one son, Dave (Deby) Murch of Billings, Montana; Connie (Red) Whitten of Nashua, Montana, Lori (Darryl) Kolstad of Glasgow, Montana, and Peggy (Will) Lauckner of Nashua, Montana.

Toots had many loves and hobbies, which included: cooking, sewing, camping, traveling, painting, and woodworking, but her biggest love was her family. Toots enjoyed cooking dinner every Sunday for her family and if you didn’t come over she would call you and say “Soups On”. Toots also worked as a bank teller for many years, she enjoyed her job and the people she met. She always had a positive outlook on life. When she was told she had dementia, she told the doctor, “I don’t have time for dementia, I have quilts to make.” Toots had a feisty fun loving personality and the energy of a teenager. Peggy always said “she is like the energizer bunny.” Toots was an amazing woman who left us with many wonderful memories to cherish.

Preceding Toots in death is her husband, Walt; daughter, Connie Whitten; son-in-law, Red Whitten, grandson, Nick Kolstad; parents, Cliff and Jessie Olson; brother, Chuck Olson; twin brother, Donnie Olson and a sister, Barbara Olson.

Toots is survived by three of her four children and their spouses; 14 grandchildren; 24 great-grandchildren and one great-great-grandchild on the way.

Toots will be remembered for her smile and laughter and the sparkle in her eyes that always made you wonder what she was up to.

Services for Darlene Murch will be held Saturday, June 13, at 11:00 a.m. at 1402 Milk River Road in Nashua. Burial will follow at 2:00 p.m. in Highland Cemetery

Tuesday, May 26th 2020

Edna Brown

Edna Brown, 93, of Glasgow, Montana passed away on Sunday, May 24, 2020 at Valley View Home.

Edna was born August 23, 1926 in Glasgow, Montana, to James and Martha (Lawson) Aitken. She graduated 1944 from Glasgow High School. She married Gordon Brown on July 14, 1947 in Glasgow, Montana. The couple lived their entire lives in Glasgow. Edna was a dedicated wife and mother to her four sons. She was a very caring and compassionate woman. One of her grandchildren said that he had never heard her say a negative word or comment about anyone.

She moved to Valley view in January of 2019 and was a resident of Sunshine Square until her death. Despite the devastating effects of dementia, she maintained her wit, kindness and charm until the end.

She is survived by her sons, Harvey of Billings, Montana, Gerald (Linda) of Highlands Ranch, Colorado, Ron of Missoula, Montana and Mike of Glasgow, Montana; five grandchildren and four great-grandchildren.

Edna was preceded in death by her parents; husband Gordon and all twelve of her brother and sisters.

No services are planned at this time. Bell Mortuary is assisting the family with arrangements. Condolences may be left at bellmortuarymontana.com.

Tuesday, May 26th 2020

Tony Degele

On May 21st, 2020 we lost our beloved dad, grandpa and great-grandpa. For anyone who knew Tony, we all know this world will now be less full of BS! He was the KING!

Tony Degele was born on July 31st, 1939 to John & Snodie (Saffell) Degele, the 9th of twelve children. As a child, Tony loved to play sports and claimed to be the “favorite” son, although he could never get his brothers to agree. Tony spent 3 years in the Army and in 1960 he married Irene Garsjo. In his early years, Tony worked on the railroad in Billings before becoming a truck driver for Ryan Havre in Havre, Montana delivering groceries up and down the Hi-line. It was then that Tony met many, many people who became lifelong friends. In 1970, Tony moved his family to Glasgow to run the Husky Café. When that adventure ended, Tony worked for Elletson RV, Dick Fisher Motors and Newton Motors before remarrying and moving to Lewistown to work for Dean Newton Olds and owning his own Degele Auto and RV.

In 2010, Tony moved to Glasgow to be closer to his children and worked for Rock’s Auto Mall until he was 77. It was there he celebrated his 80th birthday in 2019. He always said, “if I had known I was going to live this long, I would have taken better care of myself”. Tony was extremely proud of his grandchildren and great-grandchildren and his day was not complete unless he got to see any one of them. In return, his grandchildren found him hilarious and defined him as the “Gold Standard” meaning of “Grandpa”. He loved Fort Peck Lake and told many stories of taking his children and grandchildren skiing and tubing.

Tony is survived by his children, Rock (Jeanne) Degele, Rhonda (Dan) Bilbruck, Roberta (Charles) Hopstad. His grandchildren, Nathan (Taylor) Hopstad, Sheena (Jacob) Lund, Shawn Hopstad (Jessica Sonsteng), Natalie Hopstad (Josh Partridge) and Chaz (Taylor) Hopstad. His great-grandchildren, Hank and Porter Hopstad, Ava, Bella, Charlee and Dylan Lund, Silas Hopstad and Paisley Partridge. His brothers, Floyd (Chris) and Joe and his sister Clara Groover.

Tony also always had a special place in his heart for his many step-grandchildren and step-great-grandchildren: Ashley (Luke) Nelson, Elliot and Avery, Jessica Vold, Erin (Jake) Aune, Aiden and Anders, Brianne (Will) Morgan, Brooks, Shannon(Spencer) Marsh, Mason, Travis (Teddi) Hopstad, Alesia, Reannah, Donde Fraser, Ecko and Ashur, Tyler(Samantha) Bilbruck and Danielle Bilbruck (Tyler) .
The Garsjo family was always his family too and we love that he was treated as one of them until the day he died. He loved you all very much.

Tony was preceded in death by his parents; brothers George, Paul, John and Jim; sisters Bertha, Daisy, Mary and Freda and great-granddaughter, Madison Faith Chatten.

Monday, May 18th 2020

Donna Jane Combs Billingsley

Donna Jane Combs Billingsley, 95, passed away on May 14, 2020 at the Liggert Cottage on St. John’s Campus in Billings, Montana of natural causes.

Donna was born on November 8, 1924 in Glasgow, Montana to Earl X Combs and Cynthia Isabelle Siple. Her mother passed away when she was three years old and she was raised by her dad. She attended Glasgow schools and graduated in 1942. Donna married Gale Billingsley on November 2, 1945. They moved to the family ranch located west of Glasgow on Antelope Creek and raised Black Angus cattle. Donna was a ranch wife and raised two daughters, Cheri and Roxanne. As a teenager, Donald Jones joined the family and became a beloved son and brother. During her life, she also worked at Combs Drug and The Federated Store.

Gale passed away July 9, 2001. They were married for 56 years. After Gale’s death, though willing, she knew she could not stay on the ranch and moved into a small house in Glasgow. In December 2008, she became a resident at Prairie Ridge. After a fall in June 2016, she was moved to St. John’s Campus. She always said she was still a country girl at heart!

Survivors include daughters, Cheri (Willie) Doll of Malta, Roxanne (Bob) Barone of Billings, and son, Don (Lana) Jones of Glasgow. Grandchildren Staci French (Colt and Brylee) of Malta, Kim (Corey) Kimmel (Peyton and Avery) of Billings, Brandi Ellerton (Ashtyn and Kyler) of Bozeman, Tara (Jim) Roaldson (Ella, Brooks, and Megan) of Jamestown, ND., Jordan (Brie) Jones (Addison and Logan) of Missoula. Step-grandchildren, Levi (Sheila) Doll (Lesley and Nathan) of Glasgow, Serena Doll (Zach and Alyx) of Billings, and BilliJo Doll (Matt and Andrew) of Mexico, and 6 step-great-great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her parents and husband Gale.

Memorial Services will be Saturday, May 23, 2020 at 2:00p.m. at Bell Mortuary with Pastor Rick Thompson officiating. Burial will follow at the Highland Cemetery in Glasgow, Montana. Donna’s family requests that in lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Valley County Museum. Bell Mortuary is assisting the family with arrangements. Condolences may be left for Donna’s family at bellmortuarymontana.com

Wednesday, May 13th 2020

Allan Dale Murch

Allan Dale Murch passed in peace Tuesday, May 12, 2020 surrounded by his cherished companion, daughter, and son at the age of 72. Known to friends and family as Al. He was born and lived his life in Glasgow, Montana. He was a talented carpenter and concrete finisher with his business Murch Construction. He took pride in his work and was most proud of his contribution in building the Shelby Prison, Fort Peck Hatchery, and assisted with the Interpretive Center. Al was also a man who enjoyed life and he had many talents besides carpentry. You could always find him in his younger years participating in the stock car races, demolition derbies, snowmobile races and even some rodeos. There was not anything he couldn’t build or fix! Al loved to volunteer to load the canon at the local football games and the annual Governor’s Cup Tournament. Shooting the canon with lifelong best friends was always a joy for him. His infamous saying that will be remembered by all with a grin on his face: “Bullshit, Bullshit, Bullshit.”

Allan Dale Murch is preceded in death by his father, Gerald Murch; mother, Helen Fuhrman Rennick; brothers, Charlie Rennick and Ed Rennick.

His memory will be cherished and kept alive by his best friend and companion Pearl Hagen; children, Nadine Burnett (Jake) and Jerry Murch; Ron Hagen (Lori) and stepchildren Roy Cochran and Cindy Combs; siblings Richard Fuhrman (Judy), Lee Murch (Penny), Carl Rennick and Pam Rennick Bicker; his beloved cousin Bill Murch (Iva); his many grandchildren: Zaine, Megan, Madisyn, Caden, Kayson, Abbie, and Jack, along with many nieces and nephews.

Al chose to have no funeral services. His family will spread his ashes as he desired and a memorial party to be announced at a later date. Bell Mortuary is assisting the family with arrangements and condolences may be left at bellmortuarymontana.com.

Tuesday, May 5th 2020

Thomas Edward Mills III

On October 6, 1936 Thomas Edward Mills III “Buddy” was born to Tom and Silver (Maguire) Mills in Helena Montana. The Mills family owned the Montana State Nursery, and he grew up learning and doing much of its operations. He graduated from Helena High School.

He attended MSU Missoula, was drafted in the US Army and served in Ft. Bragg as a chaplain’s assistant and was honorably discharged at SP4. He graduated from MSU Bozeman with a BS in Industrial arts.

While attending MSU Missoula he was introduced to Arlene Walby and they became Royaleers square dance partners. Later he married Arlene in Glasgow and they were blessed with two children Rusty and Kari.

Vocationally Tom was an educator at the High School and College level for several decades. In his endeavors to keep his credentials up to date Tom attended the first World Symposium in Frankfurt Germany for electric cars. One of the highlights of his life was having his students build the first (high school) electric car in the nation. Encouraged by his parents to be an educator, (which they considered a highly honorable profession) Tom was amazingly versatile.

Occupations: A tool engineer for Boeing in Seattle, Washington, a professor at Montana State Auto College in Great Falls Montana, a teacher of Industrial Arts at Glasgow High School and night classes at Glasgow Air Force Base, a police officer in Wolf Point and a High School Career Education Counsellor along the Highline. Much of his life he taught Industrial Arts in high school updating summer credentials at DeVry Institute. He later went back to Boeing as a tool engineer, retired, enjoyed a couple summers as a fire fighter runner with his son, and as always enjoyed various handy-man jobs and helping people.

He belonged to Theta Chi fraternity, VICA, Ski Club advisor, Toastmasters, Gideon’s and was a board member for World Ambassadors for Christ.

He was baptized Episcopalian, married in and attended Lutheran church, attended Mama D and Papa D’s bible study group, attended other various churches, Net of Prayer, Assembly of God, Evangelical church, and Bible study seminars with World Ambassadors for Christ.

Tom is survived by his wife Arlene Mills; son Rusty Mills; daughter Kari and Mike Wade; 4 grandchildren; great-grandchildren; sisters: Lulu and Frank Stock, and sister Vivian and her husband. He is preceded in death by his parents Tom and Silver Mills; sister Sally and Colonel Good.

On the afternoon of Saturday May 2, 2020 at 2:30 pm, Tom passed away peacefully in his sleep at Frances Mahon Deaconess Hospital in Glasgow, Montana. Tom was 83 years old.

Special thanks to the VA for scheduling appointments and other needs, as well as Billings Clinic Hospital for all their care the past 6 months. Also Dr. Ross, Mrs. Ashley Markle, and other nurses and staff that assisted for the caring of Tom during his end of life stay at the hospital.

Funeral services will be 2:00 p.m., Wednesday, May 6, 2020 at the Glasgow Evangelical Church with Pastor Justin Douziech officiating. He will be interned at Glasgow Cemetery with Military Honors. Bell Mortuary is assisting the family with arrangements.

Condolences may be left at bellmortuarymontana.com.

Tuesday, May 5th 2020

Carol M. (Matuska) Fossum

Carol M. (Matuska) Fossum, 82, passed away on Saturday, May 2, 2020, of natural causes.

A celebration of life will be held at St. Raphael’s Catholic Church in Glasgow, Montana on Thursday May 7th at 10:00am.

She was born to Ernest William and Angeline (Caba) Matuska on December 20, 1937, in Tabor, South Dakota. She was the third youngest of seven children.

She attended school in Fort Peck, Montana before transferring to Glasgow where she graduated from Glasgow Senior High School in 1955.

After graduation, she began working within the community. She spent most of her time working at the Glasgow Courier before meeting her husband Orville Gayle Fossum. From there she was able to stay at home taking care of her children (Scott, Steve, and Julie) and helping with the family business; Fossum Ready Mix.

Carol’s life was packed to the brim with activities. There was truly never a dull moment. She was an avid softball player and water skier in the summer. She proudly served as an election official for Valley County and the Glasgow School System. Garage sales were an absolute must that were strategically planned every weekend. Daily post office and mail runs occurred between episodes of Days of Our Lives, waiting for grandkids to get done with school, and getting busy cleaning her house.

She was the biggest supporter of her grandkids; attending any and every event she possibly could. She loved to travel and toured many places with her sister Judy. She enjoyed planting flowers in the spring. She enjoyed walking at the Civic Center followed by coffee at Flicks with her friends. She never went a day without picking up a Good Evening Glasgow (GEG) or a Wednesday without picking up a Courier. She never hesitated to speak her mind or give anyone some “much needed” advice.

Carol is preceded in death by her husband Orville Fossum; parents Ernest and Angeline Matuska; three sisters: Rita Nicol, Peggy (Margaret) Pederson, and Ruth Matuska, and one brother Jim Matuska.

She is survived by her children: Scott (Karleen) Fossum, Steve (Janel) Fossum, and Julie (Mike) Fairclough all of Glasgow, Montana; nine grandchildren, Ashley (Grant) Burgess, Shelby, Chase, Keely, Teagan, Kaden Fossum, Tavia, Britten, and Lexten Fairclough; great-grandkids Kase and Tavin, sister, Judy Matuska; brother,Tom Matuska, and honorary grandkids Kristen and Sarah Waarvik.

The family would like to thank the staff at Valley View Home and Frances Mahon Deaconess Hospital for all the care that they have given. Our family truly could not have gotten through it without each and everyone of you.

Visitation will be 6-7 p.m., Wednesday, May 6, 2020 at Bell Mortuary with the Rosary being prayed at 7:00 p.m. A Funeral Mass will held 10:00 a.m., Thursday, May 7, 2020 at St. Raphael’s Catholic Church. A private burial will be later in Highland Cemetery. Condolences may be left at bellmortuarymontana.com.

In lieu of flowers or if you would like to make a donation in Carol’s name, two of her loves were the Valley County HOPE Project or Friends of the Valley County Pool.

“Look out Orville, here she comes”!

Tuesday, April 28th 2020

Floyd "Sonny" Carlyle Nelson, Jr.

Floyd “Sonny” Nelson, Jr., a lifelong rancher from the Tampico/Glasgow area, died of natural causes at his home the evening of April 25th, 2020, surrounded by his family. He was 85 years old.
Sonny was born on the Stensland homestead west of Glasgow on January 27, 1935, as the first of three children to Bertha (Stensland) and Floyd Nelson. He attended grade school in Tampico and graduated from the Glasgow High School in 1953.
While growing up on the family ranch, Sonny was always interested in breeding cattle and was very active in FFA and 4-H. He won a trip to Chicago with his 4-H Beef Project and traded 2 fat steers to Roy Jerome for a brand new Buick when he was a Senior in High School (try to do that today!)
Due to his interest in exotic cattle breeds, he started artificially inseminating in 1962; producing heifers that were sold at the National Chianina Sale in Louisville, Kentucky, as well as the National Western Simmental Sale in Denver. Through this selective breeding program he upgraded his herd to basically Purebred Simmental cattle. In 1973, Sonny consigned a 3/4 Simmental heifer to the Big Sky New Breeds Association Sale that sold for $12,500. At that time, not only was this the highest price paid for a single animal at the sale, it was the highest price ever paid for one animal in the 22 year history of the Glasgow Livestock Yard.
Sonny started selling yearling bulls to the ranchers along the Hi-Line in 1971. Since then he has sold bulls throughout the U.S. and Canada and has a long history of Spring Production Sales. This Thursday, April 30th, alongside a great set of bulls, there will be a lot of heavy hearts but many heartfelt, good memories shared at the Glasgow Stockyards during this year's Spring Production Sale. Sonny and his brother Don, have continued to run the family ranch since 1981.
In 1956 Sonny married the love of his life, Deanna O'Neil. They spent 64 eventful and joyous years together and were blessed with four beautiful, thoughtful and accomplished daughters; who lovingly cared for their father and honored his last wish to be at home.
Sonny was preceded in death by his parents, Bertha and Floyd Nelson; his sister, Beverly (Rollin) Pederson and son-in-law Bob Irwin.
He is survived by his wife Deanna; his four daughters: Jackee (Ron) Svien of Sacramento, Sally Irwin of Glasgow, Gina (Joe) Reyling of Glasgow and Theresa Nelson of Billings; his brother Donald (Sheila) of Glasgow; seven grandchildren: Jessica, Joey (Amali), Arielle Svien and Rosy, JoLynn, Mick and Matt Relying; five great-grandchildren: Connor, Olivia, Zander, Alexa and Elias; his brother-in-law Rollin Pederson, nephew Bill and niece Barbara Pederson; step-nephew Derek Schedel, step-nieces Tori Kaufman and Tara Pattison and numerous cousins and relatives.
Sonny was a member of the First Lutheran Church in Glasgow, where he was baptized and confirmed. He was a member of the Montana and American Simmental Associations and enjoyed traveling the country to attend cattle sales. Sonny grew up in a close knit family and thoroughly enjoyed the many holiday and birthday parties (and the poker games!) celebrated with his Molvig, Kirkland, Flesjer and Nelson cousins. He enjoyed working livestock, farming, family and visiting with relatives and his many friends over a cup of coffee. Sonny's bright smile, beautiful blue eyes and gentle spirit will be remembered and missed by all.
The family would like to thank Dr. Jeff Johnson and his staff at Internal Medicine Associates in Billings for the many years of dedicated medical care, as well as Dr. Fahlgren FMDH and RN Anthony Norcutt.

There will be an open viewing from 12noon - 5p.m. on Thursday, May 14, and 8a.m. - 12noon on Friday, May 15, 2020. Family is planning a private burial and a funeral service at a later date. Condolences may be left for the family at bellmortuarymontana.com.

Wednesday, April 22nd 2020

James Robert Koessl

James Robert Koessl, 74, passed away peacefully at home on Saturday, April 18, 2020 with his loving wife Laurie at his side.

He was born on October 9, 1945 in Sturgeon Bay, Wisconsin to Antone and Margaret Koessl. Jim attended Newport and Sister Bay grade schools and graduated from Gibraltar High School. While at Gibraltar, he excelled at baseball and continued playing county league ball with the Sister Bay Bays. He won the 1968 league batting title with a .4648 average, outlasting his good friend Dick Staver by .0004. He was also an avid bowler, winning the title King of the Bowl at the Sister Bay Bowl.

Jim married Laurie Landstrom on March 7, 1964 and they were able to share 56 years together. He worked as a carpenter and learned the carpentry trade under Laurie’s father and grandfather, Wes and Henry Landstrom. It was under their direction he became the perfectionist that would define his career as a carpenter.

After visiting his brother, John, in Montana numerous times, Jim and his family relocated to Glasgow, Montana in 1969. He met many of his lifelong friends while working at D&G Sports & Western and while owning the Nashua Bar. After selling the Nashua Bar, Jim returned to carpentry and built numerous houses in Valley County until his retirement. He was an avid hunter and fisherman and loved to do either with both his family and friends.

He is survived by his wife Laurie, sons Todd (Lorie) and Jon; grandchildren Anthony (Kayla), Brittany, Emma, and Grant; great-grandchildren Kaizen and James; brother Tom (Sharon); sisters Mary Soderberg (Richard) and Ann Lang (Ron); sister-in-law Nancy Koess; brother-in-law Paul, along with numerous nieces and nephews.

Jim was preceded in death by his parents and brother, John.

There will be a celebration of Jim’s life that will be announced at a later date. Bell Mortuary is assisting the family with arrangements. Condolences may be left for the family at bellmortuarymontana.com.

Friday, April 17th 2020

Diane M. Skolrud

Diane M. Skolrud, age 58 of Glasgow passed away on Friday, April 3, 2020 at the Missouri River Center in Great Falls.

Diane was born on June 5, 1961 to Donald & Eldora (Zeiger) Skolrud in Glasgow. She received her education in Nashua and graduated in 1979. She was raised, baptized and confirmed in Our Redeemer Lutheran Church. Diane’s working career included the B & B Grocery, the Corner One Stop, the Park Grove Bar and cooking at Nemont Manor.

Diane was an accomplished seamstress and made many of her own clothes- as well as western shirts of which her dad, Don was particularly fond.

She is survived by her parents, Don and Eldora of Nashua; her siblings, Terry (Lisa) Skolrud of Garrison, ND, Kris (Bula) Skolrud of Willow Creek, MT, and Donna Skolrud of Chester, WV; and her nieces and nephews, Jason, Tyler, Cody, Ryan, Catlyn, Kayla and Ethan.

Diane was preceded in death by her 4 grandparents and a brother, Lee Skolrud.

Diane has been cremated and the family will be having private services.

Tuesday, April 14th 2020

Allison Joy Nichols

Allison Joy Nichols died on April 8, 2020 of complications from cancer. Allison was born to Arden R. and Carol Ann (Holtberg) Nichols on a beautiful spring Sunday afternoon on March 24, 1957, in Wolf Point, Montana. She was the third of nine children.

She attended school in Frazer, Montana home of the Bearcubs, graduating in 1975.

Allison received her B.A. in Communications with a minor in Religion and Psychology from MSU – Bozeman.

After many jobs: waitress, bank teller, nanny, sales, she found her calling, Nail Tech! She specialized in pedicures. She loved feet!

Her gift of gab and sense of humor made her the gal to interview, listen, inform, console, scold and entertain you while she clipped, rubbed and massaged your feet. She had a special place in her heart for her Milk River Activity clients, keeping their feet in tip-top condition. She loved to travel. Often planning and researching for months. Her travels included: art tours to New York, Washington DC, and Chicago, a musical tour to England and Scotland and two vacations to Maui. The annual sister trips were always a highlight.

For many years Allison hosted our Monday night with dinner, dancing and dessert. One hour of dining with two hours of “Dancing with the Stars”. She loved host Tom Bergeron. Allison was the “Chairman” with members Beth, Annette, Ruth, Kristen and Pam.

Allison is preceded in death by her parents, Arden and Carol Nichols; sisters, Nancy Nichols and Dana Hansen; and the “joy of her life”, her calico cat Fiona Joy Nichols.

She is survived by: Bryce (Lorraine) Nichols of Frazer Montana, Beth Flynn of Glasgow, Montana, Henry Flynn of Oswego, Montana, Harlan (Colleen) Nichols of Billings, Montana, Jeanine (Tom) Beckley of Renton, Washington, Andi (Jeff) Johnson of Glasgow, Montana, Jan (Erik) Gresseth of Friday Harbor, Washington; brother-in-law William Hansen of Albany Oregon; nine nephews, three nieces, nine great-nephews and nine great-nieces.

Allison believed in volunteering and was a member or board member of many organizations. She always donated her cooking talents to a worthy cause. If you would like to make a donation in Allison’s name, these are her top seven local choices, all in Glasgow, Montana. Milk River Activity Center, Northeastern Arts Network, First Lutheran Church, PEO, Fort Peck Summer Theatre, Valley County Hope Project, and Valley County Pioneer Museum.

A Celebration of Life will be held at a later date at the First Lutheran Church in Glasgow, Montana.
“Life was a Joy!”

Wednesday, April 8th 2020

Ethel Janice (Jan) Buchheit

Jan Buchheit of Glasgow, Montana, 92, died at Valley View Home in Glasgow, Montana on Sunday, April 5, 2020.

She was born in Royal Oak, Michigan, on August 24, 1927, to George and Olive (Herbert) Libby. She was the 8th of 9 children and hated to be called “Ethel,” joking that her mother simply ran out of names. She attended school and grew up in Royal Oak except for some rough times for the family when she was boarded out, a common practice during the Depression.

Jan married Robert George Buchheit in 1946 on his return from the Pacific after WWII, and they made their home in the Detroit area. They welcomed twins Ronald Gary and Lawrence Robert in 1948 and son Robert James in 1958. She was a mother and homemaker until later in life. One of her proudest achievements was to become employed at Botsford Hospital in the central supply department, rising to become supervisor before her retirement.

Jan and Bob moved to Montana to be closer to family in 1997, where they enjoyed new friends in Glasgow, Fort Peck, and St. Marie. After Bob’s death in 2004, Jan found great joy in the companionship of her special friend Melvin Gauthier until his death in 2019.

Jan spent the past five years in the Sunshine Square at Valley View Home where staff gave her the care and attention she so needed and enjoyed. Many thanks to them and to Dr. Anne Millard.

She will be remembered for her beauty, her sharp clothes (felt hats and shoe trees galore), her love of singing, her love of reading, and for straightening everyone’s clothes for them…an endless task.

Preceding her in death were her parents, her siblings, husband Robert George Buchheit and son Ronald Gary Buchheit.

Survivors include sons Lawrence (Carol) Buchheit of Fort Peck, Montana, and Robert (Lynn) Buchheit of Spokane, Washington; daughter-in-law Julia Buchheit of Hemingford, Nebraska; grandchildren Robert (Tobie) Buchheit of Hemingford, Nebraska, Daniel (Kim) Buchheit of Chadron, Nebraska, Raymond (Allyson) Buchheit of Billings, Montana, Michael (Melinda) Buchheit of Bozeman, Montana, Melissa Buchheit of Spokane, Washington, and Dylan (Mikayla) Buchheit of Spokane, Washington. She also leaves 10 great-grandchildren: Macee, Carter, Kurtis, Kallie, Eva, Braxton, Kingston, Mikel, Killean, and Isadora.

Family services will be held at a later date, and Jan will be inurned with her husband Robert in Great Lakes National Cemetery, Holly, Michigan. Condolences may be left at bellmortuaryglasgow.com.

Monday, April 6th 2020

Evelyn Kemp

Evelyn Kemp was called home unexpectedly to be with her Lord on March 20, 2020 at Frances Mahon Deaconess Hospital in Glasgow. Evelyn was surrounded by family until her passing. Evelyn was just shy of her 90th birthday.

Evelyn was born in Ashley, North Dakota on April 2, 1930 to Reuben and Elsie (Strobel) Wagner. She was the second of five children and the first girl. Evelyn and her family moved to Montana in 1935. She attended grade school at a little country school. When Evelyn started school, she spoke German and had to learn to speak English, and learn it she did. Evelyn loved to visit with friends and family.

Evelyn grew up on her family’s farm outside of Circle, Montana. During the winter, she and her siblings stayed at a house in town so they could make it to school. Evelyn played basketball for the Circle Wildcats back at a time when girls only played half court. Evelyn graduated from Circle High School in 1948.

Upon graduation Evelyn was offered a “little scholarship” to attend a secretarial college in Miles City but she decided to remain in Circle where she worked at the County Courthouse. While working at the courthouse, Evelyn met her husband, Bill, who was working for Elmer Johnson near Circle. Evelyn always spoke of how Bill would walk to town to spend time with her. They had not been dating long when he asked her if he could put his shoes under her bed. Evelyn said yes, and they were married on October 9, 1948. They made their home in Glasgow where they raised their three children – Jennifer, Robert and Ronald.

Evelyn had several part-time jobs while her kids were growing up including Buttrey’s Ready Wear, Farmers Union Elevator, the Valley County Welfare office, and Servisoft. Evelyn took a job with the Glasgow Job Service as a clerk/typist in June 1965. She worked her way up the ladder to an Employment Service Specialist and worked at Job Service for twenty-five years before retiring on December 31, 1990. After she retired, Evelyn helped Bill with his custodial jobs traveling and doing upkeep for the Latter Day Saints churches in Jordan, Miles City, Glendive, Sidney, Poplar, Wolf Point, Malta and Glasgow.

Evelyn loved to be busy and loved helping people. She and Bill helped with the first Community Thanksgiving Dinner, and it was something that Evelyn continued to help with after Bill’s death. Evelyn helped in many ways over the year, including cooking turkeys, picking up and delivering turkeys, and lining up members of the LDS Church to cook. Evelyn loved little children and her volunteer activities included volunteering at the Scotty Day Care. Evelyn also volunteered at the hospital information booth. She loved visiting with people that came to the hospital and doing little projects that she said helped keep her mind sharp. Evelyn also made quilts that she donated to the hospital so they could be given to babies that were born there. Evelyn often went to Valley View just to visit with whomever she might happen to run into. Evelyn was always on the go and could be seen whistling around town in her blue and white blazer. She also loved working in her yard with her flowers and was always outside checking to make sure that her solar lights were lit up at night.

Evelyn was an active member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints where she was called on to serve in many roles. Her favorite callings were those where she was able to work with little children, including the nursery and Primary. Evelyn was also a member of Degree of Honor, where she had served as President. She was a past Grand Noble of the Laura Rebekah’s Lodge and belonged to a local Homemaker’s Club.

Evelyn was honored in 1984 as Secretary of the Year, Volunteer of the Year for the Frances Mahon Deaconess Hospital in 2006, and as the Soroptimists’ Woman of Distinction in 2018.

Evelyn’s greatest accomplishment was her family. Her family was her pride and joy. Evelyn spent many hours watching her grandkids’ and great-grandkids’ events, whether it was a sporting event, school program, or dance recital. Evelyn was pleased as could be to serve as the flower girl at one of her grandson’s weddings. Evelyn was “Gram” to not only her grandkids, but also their friends. It wasn’t unusual for her grandkids to bring their friends along when stopped in to visit and grab a pop. She was so happy that the friends of her kids, grandkids and great-grandkids would make it a point to say hello when they saw her. Evelyn considered herself very blessed to have that experience as she said that so many older people never got to have that friendship with young people.

Evelyn’s family has many memories of the Christmas Eve dinners that were always held at her house. In the last few years, she said she was getting too old to host them, but the grandkids and great-grandkids said it wouldn’t be the same if we didn’t have Christmas Eve at Gram’s house. She hosted many Christmas Eve dinners with thirty plus people in that little love-filled home where there was always a place for an extra person.

Evelyn will be missed by her family and many friends that she has made over the years. Evelyn was preceded in death by her husband, Bill; daughter, Jenny Reinhardt; parents Rueben and Elise Wagner brothers. Lawrence and LaVerne Wagner and sister, Esther Enkerud.

Evelyn is survived by son Robert and Bonnie Kemp of Glasgow, grandchild Robert Jr. (Jodi) Kemp and great-grandchild Oliver, grandchild Byron “BJ” (Angela) Kemp and great-grandchildren Josie and Jaxson; son Ronald and Margaret Kemp of Box Elder, South Dakota, grandchild Michael (Shelly) Kemp and great-grandchildren Noah, Eli and Claire, grandchild Natasha Kemp and great-grandchildren Trisetan, Tatum and Xavier, grandchild Jeffry (Lori) Kemp, grandchild Ronald Kemp and great-grandchildren Alex and Leanna; son-in-law Howard Reinhardt of Glasgow, grandchild Stephanie (Rett) Hollar and great-grandchildren Duncan and Morgan; grandchild Tony (Jenn) Reinhardt and great-grandchildren Lily, Ella and Walker; grandchild Nate (Derin) Reinhardt and great-grandchildren Daegan and Maddox. Evelyn is also survived by her sister, Mary (Wendell) Pawlowski of Circle, brother-in-law, Sever Enkerud of Glasgow and special niece, Kim Enkerud who helped Evelyn and included her in many things, sister-in-law, Matilda Wagner of Circle, and sister-in-law, Judy Hopkins of Wolf Point as well as many nieces and nephews.

A celebration of Evelyn’s life will take place later this summer. The family suggests memorials to a local charity or organization of your choice.

Tuesday, March 24th 2020

Franklin Buril Powell

Franklin Buril Powell was born August 17, 1932 in Effie, Minnesota to Wilbur Delton Powell and Macy Gertrude Mohn. He was the 14th of 16 children. Frank grew up in a logging family in northern Minnesota. Frank logged for a while after school and then when he was 20 he saw a sign for the Air Force and decided to talk to the recruiter. As the story was told he hated logging and wanted out of Effie. The recruiter asked him why he wanted to join and Frank said to see the world. Soon after he enlisted, while stationed in California, the same man that recruited him called him to his office and asked if he still wanted to see the world, Frank answered “When do I leave?” He went into the Air Force in 1952 and served for 14 years. He served in France, Germany, Belgium and Tripoli, Africa during his duty. His last tour of duty was Glasgow Air Force base in St. Marie. His time spent overseas was a very cherished time of his life.

He married Sylvia Mae Lenz on July 3, 1969. They raised 4 children: Carolyn “Sue”, Franklin C, Macie and Adam. Frank worked for Etchart Ranch in 1969 and then Hinsdale Livestock until 1977. They then farmed and raised Hereford cattle on the Lenz family farm east of Glasgow. Frank and Sally enjoyed many camping, hiking and rock collecting trips with the kids. He enjoyed pulling the kids on their sleds behind the snowmobile in the winter. Frank was always willing to help a neighbor out in a time of need. He loved cutting firewood and always had huge piles around the house. Frank and Sally loved watching the kids play sports in high school. He always planted a large garden and could often be found eating vegetables right out of it. He was always trying to grow trees and even hauled a pickup load of fertile soil back, from Minnesota to try and help them grow. Frank loved having the grandchildren around enjoying their laughter and often feeding them things they probably shouldn't have.

Frank moved into Valley View after Sally passed away. The family would like to thank all the wonderful staff there for taking such great care of him the past couple years. We know it couldn't have been all sunshine and roses.

Frank passed away in the early morning hours on March 22, 2020 at Valley View Home in Glasgow, Montana. He was preceded in death by 14 of 16 siblings and his wife Sally. He is survived by his children: Sue (Bob) Reinhardt, Frank (Jen Skoyen), Macie (Randy) Andersen, and Adam (Amanda); grandchildren: Alyx (Errick) Tracy, Sami (Jason Haider), Paige, Julian and Evan Powell, Kathryn (Tristan Estes), Dwayne, Dawn Andersen, and Tristan Powell; great-grandchildren: Tucker Powell, Madisyn, Caden and Kayson Murch; younger brother Wilbur; older brother Albert; and more nieces and nephews than he could count.

In lieu of flowers, please plant a tree in Frank's memory. Funeral services will held at a later date. Condolences may be left for the family at bellmortuaryglasgow.com.

Franklin B. Powell, 87, of Glasgow passed away March 22, 2020 at Valley View Home surrounded by his family.

Visitation will be open to the public from 8:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. Monday, May 4, 2020 at Bell Mortuary. Graveside services will be held 2:00 p.m., Monday, May 4, 2020 at Highland Cemetery in Glasgow, Montana.

Due to Covid-19 we are asking that people respect social distancing at both venues.

Friday, March 20th 2020

Duane Nasner

Duane Nasner, age 67, of Wolf Point passed away on March, 10, 2020 in Mesa, AZ.
Visitation will be held from 3 p.m. until 7 p.m. Saturday, March 21 and 10 a.m. until 8 p.m. Sunday, March 22 at the Clayton Stevenson Memorial Chapel in Wolf Point. The family will receive friends from 3:30 p.m. until 5:30 p.m. Sunday, March 22 at the Clayton Stevenson Memorial Chapel. A graveside service will be held 12 p.m. on Monday, March 23 at the Greenwood Cemetery.
If friends desire, memorial contributions can be made to Gospel Fellowship Sunday School (children’s ministry) or the Wolf Point 100 Club.

Tuesday, March 17th 2020

Mary Ann Remus

Mary Ann Remus of Glasgow, Montana, passed away peacefully at Valley View Home on March 16, 2020 at the age of 90.

Mary Ann was born in Williams, Montana, on February 22, 1930 to Theodore and Genevieve (Hamaker) Farrell. In 1949 she married Hugh Remus and they had four children: Ted, Tim, Connie and Jeff. They later divorced in 1976.

Mary Ann had many hobbies including cross stich, bowling, bingo and she loved to fish. She worked in the Appraisal Office for 26 years and then worked at Dairy Queen for bingo money. She was a lifelong member of the Missouri Synod Lutheran Church, served as Secretary of LWML and taught Sunday school for many years.

Mary Ann is survived by her brother, Tom Farrell of Laurel, Montana; her four children: Ted (Susan) Remus of Green River, Wyoming; Tim Remus of Glasgow, Montana; Connie (Alan) See of Ashland, Montana; and Jeff (Maridene) Remus of Glasgow, Montana; 11 grandchildren; 17 great-grandchildren and numerous nieces and nephews.

Preceding her in death were her father, Ted Farrell; mother, Jennie McIntyre; sisters, Bonnie Garvin and Jennie McPherson and brother, Ted Farrell.

She is with the Lord now and we will always remember for her Christmas cookies.

Mary Ann’s family is having a private family graveside burial. A memorial service will be announced at a later date.

Friday, March 13th 2020

Sandra Kay Laumeyer

After a very long and courageous battle with cancer, our beloved mother, sister, grandmother, aunt and friend, Sandra Kay Laumeyer, 76, of Nashua, Montana, was greeted with all the fanfair a true warrior and champion deserves by her Lord and all His angels March 9, 2020.

Sandy was born April 14, 1943 in Albia, Iowa to Virginia (Brozovich) and Carl Sonnenberg. She attended school in Albia, Washington Elementary, grades 1 -5, St. Mary’s Parochial School, grades 6-8 (those nuns were strict!) and Albia High School, graduating in 1961. After that,
Sandy stayed at home for a year to help care for her mother. In 1962, she worked for a year as a secretary at Albia High School. She then studied arduously for a position in John Deere and for the next 5 years, worked as an Audit Clerk. She was offered a substantial promotion, but
as the Good Lord would have it, in December 1967, Francis took a trip to Albia to visit his brother where he met Sandy, whom he always called his bride and cook. Within 10 days they knew they had met whom God intended for them, so when Francis asked her to marry him, she quickly said yes (mom always said it was a quick yes because she was sick and wanted to go back to bed!).

Francis and Sandy married October 5, 1968 and, with great joy, celebrated their 50th anniversary in 2018. They were blessed with four children, Virginia, Linda, Carl and Joseph. Sandy joined Francis on the family farm, where they raised their four children teaching them that God is first, family is second and all the rest of life will follow. She and her husband were widely respected for their registered Polled Herefords. Sandy also worked alongside Francis for many years in all aspects of the farming end including insisting Francis teach her to operate the baler so she could have a break from “the tribe” and of course running for parts, which always included harassing her favorite parts men. However, Sandy had just gotten started...After her children were older and had either moved out or were in high school, she worked part-time at the Farm Service Agency office. After she left FSA, Sandy went on to work closely with Doris Franzen as a volunteer in the typing and editing of Footprints in the Valley. That job led to her being hired by the Glasgow Courier where she worked for the next 9 ½ years. During that time, Sandy was also the writer and editor for the Farm & Ranch magazine. After leaving the Courier, deciding she needed something more to do, Sandy opened River Run Printing in 2001 in Nashua. She kept her doors open until 2012 when her fight for the second time with cancer began in earnest. Although Sandy retired from River Run Printing, she did not quit writing. She began the column for the Courier, “Just a Thought”, in 2013 and wrote for the next 7 years until her health made it extremely difficult to continue. Sandy never failed to take delight and pride in the people’s comments and mailed notes about how much they enjoyed her column. Every compliment was received with the same enthusiasm as the first one. Sandy also took great
pride in her many newspaper awards. One of the most notable moments in her journalism career was meeting US Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia, or possibly, him meeting her…..

Sandy was a member of Queen of Angels, serving in several capacities, among them teaching
catechism for more than 30 years and as a lay leader for 24 years, until her health dictated otherwise. She was also a member of the Nashua Lions, WIFE, NE MT Hereford-Angus Show and Sale, East HiLine Hereford Association and more organizations than can be remembered. Sandy was an ardent supporter of Nashua Public Schools donating numerous school supplies for children who might not otherwise have enough. Sandy not only believed in helping others, no matter the cost to herself, she practiced that belief every day in countless ways.

She is preceded in death by her husband of 50 years Francis Laumeyer, parents, Carl and Virginia Sonnenberg, sisters-in-laws Delores Brabeck, Frances Minks, Verna (Fuhrman) Laumeyer, Bonnie (McGlynn) Laumeyer, and Elizabeth Laumeyer and her brother-in-law, Lawrence Laumeyer.

Sandy is survived by her brother Steve Sonnenberg and his children Chris and Jill; her daughters Virginia Long and Linda Laumeyer; sons Carl (Justine) Laumeyer and Joe (Crystal) Laumeyer; grandchildren Dalton, Denton, Hannah, Walker, Taylor, Trace, Caden and Ellie; brother-in-law Robert Laumeyer, many nieces and nephews and countless other children she always counted as her own.

More than anything, Sandy will be remembered for determination of will, her unflagging spirit and her unconquerable faith.

Vigil service and Funeral service for Sandra have been postponed.

The family of Sandra Laumeyer sincerely appreciates your cooperation in this matter and are grateful for all expressions of sympathy extended to our family.

Tuesday, March 10th 2020

Beulah June Parpart

Beulah June Parpart, age 88, formerly of Fort Peck, Montana, passed away on Monday, January 13, 2020 at the Eastern Montana Veteran's Home in Glendive, Montana. Visitation will be held from 1:00 P.M. until 5:00 P.M. on Friday, January 17, 2020 at the Silha Funeral Home in Glendive. Private interment services will be held in the Galpin Church Cemetery in Valley County, Montana. Memorial services for Beulah and Don will be held at 11:00 A.M. on Monday, June 8, 2020 at Our Redeemer Lutheran Church in Nashua, Montana with Pastor Bonnie Novak officiating. Silha Funeral Home of Glendive has been entrusted with the arrangements.

Beulah was born on June 9, 1931 in Peerless, Montana to Charles and Elsie (Mahlsted) Motschenbacher. She attended school in Peerles and graduated from Peerless High School in 1949. She started her teaching career the next school year 1949-50 at a one room school, Hambert School. She taught in Scobey, Antelope, Shelby, and Fort Peck. While teaching school in Antelope, she met Donald Parpart. Don and Beulah married in Peerless on June 12, 1955. They lived in Shelby, Montana. They were blessed with three children Donna June, Neil Charles, and Ned Alan. In 1963, the family moved to Fort Peck. They lived on the project until the fall of 1970 when they completed the construction of their home in Park Grove. They purchased land in Wheeler. She and Dad raised cattle and horses.

Beulah enjoyed reading mysteries, crafts, and spending time with her children and grandchildren. She and her husband enjoyed doing many activities together. They would spend a couple winters restoring trunks.

Beulah is preceded in death by her parents, Charles and Elsie Motschenbacher; sisters, Marie Jensen, Lorraine Hansen, Charlotte Jones, and Judith Puckett; and infant brother, Charles.

She is survived by her husband, Donald Parpart; children, Donna (Steve) Merrill, Neil (Anita), and Ned (Linda); grandchildren, Allen (Kaydie) Merrill, Teresa Merrill, Hannah (Mike) Jones, Cavan Parpart, Melissa Parpart, and Daniel Parpart; great-grandchildren, Eli, Easton, Emree and Ean Merrill; siblings, Lois (Leonard) Studlien, Barbara Nickola, Russell Motschenbacher, and Johanne (BD) Vinson; and numerous nieces and nephews.

Remembrances and condolences may be shared with the family at www.silhafuneralhomes.com.

Tuesday, March 10th 2020

Donald Gerald Parpart

Donald Gerald Parpart, age 91, formerly of Fort Peck, Montana, went to his Lord on Monday, March 9, 2020 at the Glendive Medical Center in Glendive, Montana. Memorial services for Don and Beulah will be held at 11:00 A.M. on Monday, June 8, 2020 at Our Redeemer Lutheran Church in Nashua, Montana with Pastor Bonnie Novak officiating. Private interment services will be held in the Galpin Church Cemetery in Valley County, Montana Silha Funeral Home of Glendive has been entrusted with the arrangements.

Donald was born in Antelope, Montana to Paul and Ida (Iverson) Parpart on January 7, 1929. He attended elementary school in Antelope. Dad quit school to work on the family farm as he was gifted in handling the family’s team of horses and was often hired out when the team was rented out to neighbors. Don enlisted into the service in July of 1948 at age eighteen. He trained at Fort Ord, California and although he enlisted in the Army, he served for the 13th Air Force in Japan and the Philippines. He did construction work for military communications and lines. While on leave at home in 1951, he met Beulah Motschenbacher. Don and Beulah married in Peerless on June 12, 1955. The lived in Shelby, Montana where Don was employed as a lineman for Maris River Electric. Don completed his GED during this time. They were blessed with three children: Donna June, Neil Charles, and Ned Alan. In 1963, the family moved to Fort Peck. Don worked for the DOE. He completed a correspondence course in electronics and left the line crew to become a meter relay technician. He retired from the government in 1990. They lived on the project until the fall of 1970 when they completed construction of their home in Park Grove. They purchased land in Wheeler. He and Beulah raised cattle and horses. Don's horse, Dolly, was trained to pull a buggy and sled. She was also an awesome cow pony. Don enjoyed cowboying during the first years of his retirement.

Don was a builder and an inventor. No job was too large for him to undertake with the help of his wife and sons. He enjoyed spending time with his children and grandchildren. He and his wife enjoyed doing many activities together. They spent a couple winters restoring trunks and they also enjoyed traveling.

Don was preceded in death by his wife, Beulah; parents, Paul and Ida (Iverson) Parpart; and siblings, Barbara (Leon) Anderson, Lyle (Lucille) Parpart, Floyd (Florance) Parpart, Ralph (Romona) Parpart, Howard (Luellen) Parpart, Edward (Mae) Parpart, Roy Parpart, and Joan, Doris, and James who all died in infancy.

He is survived his children, Donna (Steve) Merrill, Neil (Anita), and Ned (Linda); grandchildren, Allen (Kaydie) Merrill, Teresa Merrill, Hannah (Mike) Jones, Cavan Parpart, Melissa Parpart, and Daniel Parpart; great-grandchildren, Eli, Easton, Emree and Ean Merrill; sisters-in-law, Mae Parpart and Lucille Parpart; and numerous nieces and nephews.

Remembrances and condolences may be shared with the family at www.silhafuneralhomes.com.

Tuesday, March 10th 2020

Delores "Dee" L. Wesen

Dolores “Dee” L. Wesen 91, entered into eternal rest on March 7, 2020, surrounded by her family in Glasgow, Montana

Dee was born on April 21, 1928 in Waseca, Minnesota to Emma (Johnson) and Joseph B. Lee. Dee attended the Waseca Country School until 8th grade and then graduated from Waseca High School in 1946. Dee continued her studies at St. Olaf College in Northfield, MN and The University of Minnesota in Minneapolis. She would spend her college and teaching summers working at various National Parks.

In 1951, Dee was offered a 4th grade teaching job at the South Side School in Glasgow, Montana. On her train ride to Glasgow, she met her life-long friend, DeLores (Larson) Gilchrist, who was also coming to Glasgow to become a teacher. To avoid confusion, Dolores took the nickname “Dee”. The two young ladies then became roommates and shared many special memories together. One of their special memories was double dating their future husbands together.

Dee met her handsome cowboy, John Wesen at Ken’s Supper Club. Dee married John on June 19, 1954 in North Waseca Lutheran Church. The newlyweds made their home at the Micky Anderson place in 1954, shortly thereafter they moved into town to the Shuland addition of Glasgow. In 1961 they became partners in Killion’s Shoes, Dee was active in the running and ownership of the business for more than 50 years. In 1964 they moved to their farm where they kept busy with their ranching and farming duties, and raising their six children. Dee was an active member of the First Lutheran Church and a 4-H leader for 25 years plus. She enjoyed tending to her flowers, cooking, baking with her grandchildren, playing cards, socializing with friends, and walking her dog, Holly. But, her greatest enjoyment was spending time with her family, especially her grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

Dee is survived by four daughters, Susan (Dan) Hausauer, Bismarck, North Dakota; Joyce Wesen, Highlands Ranch, Colorado; Donna Wesen, Pocatello, Idaho; Lisa (Allen) Larson, Savage Minnesota; son, Mike (Tara) Wesen of Glasgow, Montana; daughter-in-law, Darcel Wesen of Glasgow, Montana; thirteen grandchildren: Jeron (Sara), Cole, and Kara Wesen; Jon, Jen and Mike Hausauer; Anastasia and Victoria Wesen; Tyler and MaKenzie Wesen; Nick, Matthew, and Josh Larson; four great-grandchildren: Alexys, Harper, Dallas, and Kinley; sisters-in-law Carolyn Muggli and Lois Wesen and numerous nephews and nieces.

Dee is proceeded in death by her cherished husband of 58 years, John; beloved son Curtis; parents, Joe and Emma Lee; brother, Sidney Lee; and numerous brothers and sisters-in-law.

Family will receive friends from 3-5 p.m., Sunday, March 15, 2020 at Bell Mortuary. Memorial Services will be at the First Lutheran Church at 10:30 a.m., on Monday, March 16, 2020 with Reverend Todd Wright officiating. A luncheon will follow the Memorial Service and inurnment will be Highland Cemetery following the luncheon. Condolences may be left at bellmortuarymontana.com. Memorials can be left in Dee’s name to the donor’s choice.

Monday, March 9th 2020

Allyn "Buster" Walter Skyberg

Allyn “Buster” Walter Skyberg, age 95, of rural Fort Peck, passed away March 6, 2020 in Glasgow, Montana. He was born December 14, 1924 in Bonin, McCone County, Montana to Melvin and Thora (Wangsness) Skyberg. He grew up on the family ranch where, in his youth, he herded sheep and later cattle.

Allyn attended country grade school and three years of high school in Nashua and Frazer, but never finished the last year to graduate, as WWII drew his brothers away, leaving him to help with the ranch. Allyn took flying lessons in 1951 and got his pilot’s license in 1952.

On June 6, 1956 he married Dorothy Evenson. They lived on the family ranch for a year and a half. In 1957, they bought and moved to an irrigated hay farm on the Milk River southeast of Nashua, where they raised three children: Debbie, Jeff and Audrey. During this time, Allyn took a correspondence course and became a certified diesel mechanic. Allyn served on the Nashua School Board and the Valley Electric Co-op Board.

In 1972, they sold the farm and he went to work for the Glasgow Angus Ranch. In 1974, Allyn went to work for MDU at the Fort Peck Compressor Plant, where he worked his way up to Plant Supervisor. Allyn retired from MDU in 1989. In 1991, Allyn and Dorothy started to build a house on the original ranch homestead site, in McCone County, and moved in in July of 1992, where he spent his days doing yard work (digging dandelions!) and helping the neighbors. He spent his evenings and winters reading Louis L’Amour books over and over and over.

Allyn was preceded in death by his brothers Kristian and Melvin; his sister Margaret and sister-in-law Borghild.

Allyn is survived by his wife of 63 years, Dorothy; his daughter Debrah; son, Jeffery (Mary); daughter Audrey (Perry) Breitbach; grandchildren, Megan (Layne) Thomas, Chase Breitbach, and Shelby Breitbach and great-grandson Braydon Thomas.

Funeral Services will be held Monday, March 16, 2020 at 10:30 a.m. at the Our Redeemer Lutheran Church with Pastor Greg Holler-Dinsmore officiating. Luncheon will follow services. Burial will be in Fort Peck Cemetery. Feel free to come in casual western wear and something turquoise (Allyn’s favorite color).

Tuesday, February 18th 2020

Keithe “Thor” R. Thorson

Keithe “Thor” R. Thorson died unexpectedly in his home February 9, 2020. Keithe was a vibrant 72 years old.

Keithe was born May 27, 1947 in Williston, North Dakota to Homer and Elaine (Larsen) Thorson. He had an older brother and younger sister.

Keithe was raised in Culbertson, Montana and graduated in 1965 from Culbertson High School. He enjoyed being on the basketball team and field and track. He also attended Glendive Community College before enlisting in the Army National Guard. After an honorable discharge, he worked for the State of Montana Department of Transportation as a surveyor. Keithe was known as a dedicated, hard worker in the various jobs he held such as a butcher and manager of the Glasgow Air Force Base grocery store, Vita Rich milk, Pepsi, Coke, and multiple meat cutting jobs before spending 31 years as Reynold’s Produce Manager. Concurrently, he and his wife, Ardell, were owners and operated the La Casa Motel for 21 years. Retirement did not suit Keithe so he worked as a groundskeeper for the Sunnyside Golf Club.

Keithe’s warm weather obsession was golf and he played the game whenever he could and wherever he could. He enjoyed organizing the Men’s Golf Ryder cup for 17 years and was a dedicated member of the Sunnyside Golf Club for decades. His 1987 Most Improved Golf Player from Golf Digest was proudly hung in his house. Keithe opened up the golf culture from being a quiet, reserved past time to the lively, party time it can be by pimpin’ his ride with a stereo and unique paint jobs like his turquoise, “Crazy Grandpa” to his current General Lee. He participated in many golf tournaments.

The same golf gusto was followed by his winter pool passion. Keithe and his partner in crime son Dan, along with close friend Don Anderson have been on the same pool league team since 1994. Other players have come and gone but the three remaining steadfast. Keithe also had yearly family wintertime ski vacations when his children were at home and later with his grandkids. Keithe was known to organize a ski trip or two with friends. He was an avid Denver Bronco and University of Montana Grizzlies football fan.

Keithe could be found most every Friday night at the Oasis playing cards. Many afternoons were spent losing at dominos to his wife, family, and friends. He found joy in his four legged family: Abbie, Snookie, and Duffer.

People mattered most to Keithe. Acquaintances could count on Keithe to offer a cheerful, helping hand. His friends can recount so many “Thor” stories that should provide a lifetime of chuckles and amusement.

Keithe is survived by the love of his life Ardell; daughter Deb Belleau; son Dan (Staci) Belleau; his grandchildren, Walter and Danielle Belleau; sister Darlene Portra; sister-in-law Neva Thorson; brother-in-law El Ray West; many cousins, nieces, and nephews. Keithe also had two daughters and four grandchildren from a previous marriage.

Keithe was preceded in death by his parents, Homer and Elaine; brother Richard; parents-in-law, Earl and Babe West; sister-in-law Darlene West and brother-in-law Ken Portra.

Family will receive friends from 5 – 7:00 p.m., Thursday, February 20, 2020 at Bell Mortuary in Glasgow, Montana. A Celebration of Keithe’s life will be 1:00 p.m. on Friday, February 21, 2020 at First Lutheran Church in Glasgow, Montana, with Reverend Todd Wright officiating. Keithe’s family that you bring your ‘church appropriate’ stories of Keithe to share. Please bring a covered dish to the potluck at the Sunnyside Country Club following services. Condolences for the family may be left at bellmortuarymontana.com .

Monday, February 17th 2020

Darlene "Toots" Mae Murch

Darlene “Toots” Mae Murch, 82, of Nashua, Montana passed away peacefully surrounded by family February 12, 2020 at Valley View Home in Glasgow, Montana.

Toots was born June 11, 1937 in Albert Lea, Minnesota to Clifford and Jessie (Helland) Olson. Toots’ family moved to Montana and they ended up in Nashua where she met and married Walt Murch on October 29, 1955. They were married for 64 years and raised four children: Dave, her number one son, (Deby) Murch, Connie (Red) Whitten, Lori (Darryl) Kolstad and Peggy (Will) Lauckner.

Toots enjoyed life to the fullest and she had many talents: cooking, sewing and crafting. She enjoyed cooking Sunday dinner for her family. Toots loved having her children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren around. Toots enjoyed camping, fishing, and swimming every weekend, they would pack up the kids and off they would go for another weekend of camping. Toots welcomed everybody into her house with a welcoming smile and she would offer them a place to sit and something to eat.

Toots is survived by three of her four kids and their spouses; 14 grandkids and 24 great-grandkids.

Preceding her in death is her husband Walt; daughter Connie Whitten; son-in-law Red Whitten; grandson Nick Kolstad; Parents Cliff and Jessie Olson; brother Chuck Olson; twin brother Donny Olson and sister Barbara Olson.

Toots will be remembered with smiles and laughter, she loved everyone she met and everyone loved her.

Services are being planned for sometime this summer. Bell Mortuary is assisting the family with arrangements. Condolences may be left at bellmortuaryglasgow.com.

Thursday, February 13th 2020

Thomas "Tom" Albert Hickok

Thomas “Tom” Albert Hickok, 87, of Glasgow, Montana passed away on February 10, 2020 at Valley View Nursing home.

Tom was born in Saco, Montana on December 10, 1932 to Major B. and Sara B. (Kays) Hickok. He joined sisters Virginia and Sara “Barbara”, and brother Norman in the family home north of Hinsdale in the Genevieve Community. His brother Robert “Gordon” was born four years later. The family moved to a home in Hinsdale in 1938, and Tom attended 1st & 2nd grades there.

For the next years of elementary school, he lived with his Aunt Mae and Uncle George Hickok in the Opheim area and attended Bog Coulee, New Baylor and Opheim schools. He then started 7th grade in Glentana, but finished the year in Hinsdale when he went back to live with his parents in 1946. His years spent with George and Mae were filled with farm chores, fencing and herding sheep. The summer of 1946, when he was 13, he and his brother Gordon contracted polio, and Tom spent the next 2 years at St. Vincent’s Hospital in Billings, Montana. After being confined to a bed for the first year, Tom progressed to a wheelchair and was able to complete 8th grade while in the hospital. By June of 1948, he was able to use crutches, return home and graduate from Hinsdale High School in 1952.

After high school, Tom worked on his family’s farm, hauled cattle and also drove a mail route. In December of 1952, he began working as a bookkeeper at Markle’s Hardware store in Glasgow and spent 25 years there. In 1978, he took another bookkeeping job at Terry Chevrolet in Glasgow and worked there until he retired in 1985.

Tom married Mary Alice (Campbell) Hickok on December 10, 1954 at the Methodist Church in Glasgow. This was his 22nd birthday, as well as his parents’ 35th wedding anniversary. Together, they raised five children: Sally born in 1958, Peggy in 1960, Mark in 1963, K.C. in 1966 and Kelli in 1973. They loved being parents, and also extended that love to the many children who came into their home for the daycare they provided.

The aftereffects of polio filled Tom’s life with many challenges, requiring him to wear leg braces and use crutches, but it never kept him from working hard, and he complained very little. After the death of Mary Alice in 1999, he began using a power wheelchair. He sold the family home in 2005 and moved to Federal Way, Washington where he enjoyed the temperate climate and companionship of classmates who lived in the area. One of these classmates, Carole Brown, had handicapped accessible living quarters in the lower level of her home, and Tom lived with some degree of independence, while still having assistance and friendship provided over his time there. When his health began to decline in 2016 he moved to Valley Health Care Center Billings, and in May of 2017, he moved back to Glasgow and resided at Valley View Nursing Home.

Tom will be remembered for his strength of character, work ethic, attention to detail, punctuality (which meant being 15 minutes early), and teasing, wry sense of humor. Along with his curly hair, he passed these attributes on to his children and grandchildren and lives on in the hearts and memories of everyone who loved him.

Tom was preceded in death by his wife, parents, siblings and grandson, Cody Carlsen.

Tom is survived by his children: Sally (Les Carlsen) Hickok, Peggy Hickok, Mark (Nancy) Hickok, K.C. (Jennifer) Hickok and Kelli (Greg) Nybakken; grandchildren: Laramie (Ryan) Dean-Young, Jory Johnston, Jill Johnston, Jerica (Jack) VandeKop , Heather (Tyler Erickson) Hickok, Katy (Matthew) Heinert, Colter Hickok, Sara Hickok, Katelin (Taylor) Anderson, Hayley, Brianna and Cash Nybakken and 10 great-grandchildren; numerous nieces and nephews.

Family will receive friends 5 – 7:00 p.m., Friday, February 14, 2020 at Bell Mortuary. Funeral services will be 11:00 a.m. Saturday, February 15, 2020 at Bell Mortuary. A reception will follow funeral services. Burial will be in Highland Cemetery in Glasgow, Montana.

Thursday, February 13th 2020

Johnny "John" Ray Turner

Johnny ‘John’ Ray Turner, 65, of Nashua, Montana passed away from Parkinson and Dementia at Glasgow, Montana at the Valley View Nursing Home on the morning of February 6, 2020 with his family by his side.

John was born on March 19, 1954 in Great Falls, Montana to Kermit W. Turner and Della (Dailey) Turner. He was the 9th child of the ten children born, he attended all 12 years of his education at the Nashua School.

John’s first job was working on the Roger Stebbens Ranch by Jordon doing farm work. He then worked at the Glasgow Air Force Base for Tumpane as a maintenance worker. He married Sherryee (Seiler) Turner on May 15, 1977. John did a variety of jobs: Corp of Engineers as a painter, Great Plains Supply building houses and for his Uncle Kenny Turner doing farm and ranch work. After this he went into business for himself a “John’s Woodworking”. He was a very gifted finish worker. He crafted planters, frames, bedroom sets, gun cabinets, doll houses and many other skills.

John was a Nashua Volunteer Fireman and retired after 20 years of service.

John and Sherryee were blessed with three children: twin boys, Adam and Duane born in 1979 in Glasgow and a daughter Trista Turner born in 1983 in Glasgow. John’s hobbies included fishing, hunting, camping, and gardening.

John is survived by his wife Sherryee; their children; six grandchildren; brothers Milo (Sandy), Art (Donna), Paul (Marketta); sisters Norma (Jim) Ebling, Della Cusati, Donna Burback; numerous nieces, nephews and cousins.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Kermit and Della Turner; half-sister Elsie Bacon, brothers Walter and Marvin Turner.

Services are will be announced at a later date. Bell Mortuary is assisting the family with arrangements. Condolences may be left for the family at bellmortuarymontana.com.

Monday, February 10th 2020

Rudolph Toews

Our dear father, grandfather, and great-grandfather once said after a family gathering, "I am a rich man". He was not talking about money, but rather of relationships. He was always happiest when surrounded by his family, eagerly looking forward to visits from family members and hearing about family gatherings even when he was unable to be there. He died February 6, 2020, less than a week short of his 98th birthday.

He was born February 15, 1922 to Abram and Helena Toews in a farmhouse about 20 miles north of Frazer, Montana. The middle child of thirteen, he had one brother and eleven sisters. After elementary school he attended two years at Lustre Bible School and then went to high school, first in Glasgow and then Tabor Academy in Hillsboro, Kansas. When he was drafted, he spent two years in alternate service in Glacier Park.

Church activities played a large part in his life as a young person. He accepted Christ as his personal Savior, responding to an altar call during an evangelistic meeting when he was a teenager. He was baptized and joined the Lustre M.B. Church the following year and after that he said he always looked forward to Sundays when he could go to church. Music played a major part of his involvement in church; he was for many years the choir director of both the adults and children at Lustre M.B.

He and Clara Tieszen, his neighbor and classmate at Lustre Bible School, were married October 7, 1946, in the midst of a blizzard so severe that they were unable to leave for their honeymoon. They spent their wedding night in a hastily-cleaned-up attic room at the parental Tieszen home.

When asked, Dad said the happiest years of his life were the next 30 when he and Clara farmed, he drove school bus, milked cows, sold milk to the neighbors, and they raised nine children. They sent every one of the children to Lustre Christian High School and then to college or Bible school.

He also loved to write. He kept up regular correspondence with his children, two family round letters and his sisters. In 2002 as part of his retirement project he wrote his life story as a short book: This is My Story, This is My Song, quoting many songs that have been meaningful to him over the years.

About the time Rudy and Clara were thinking about retirement and turning over the farming operation to their youngest son, John, Clara began having symptoms of what would later be diagnosed as progressive MS and dementia. At first Rudy used travel as a way to continue family interactions. He bought a wheelchair-accessible van and made several trips to visit family, sometimes taking along two or three of his widowed sisters. Within a few years Clara became unable to travel and required full-time care, provided at first by Rudy and later by daughter Karen. During her last year of life Clara was in Valley View nursing home in Glasgow where she died in 1988.

On November 25, 1988, he married Frankie Kellar, from Tacoma, Washington. They moved into the house on the Tieszen homestead, enjoying gardening, landscaping and traveling. They took several major trips, both national and international – Lima, Peru, Paris, New York, Missouri and Arkansas -- always to visit or travel with family.

They were married almost 22 years when a tragic car accident claimed the life of Frankie. Dad moved into Nemont Manor, where he lived for three years before moving into Prairie Ridge Village where he lived until his death.

Even though he was not living in Lustre, Dad maintained a lively interest in activities there. For years he attended the annual fundraiser, Schmeckfest, held every March at LCHS and was often asked to be a ticket-taker/greeter because he knew so many people. He was known to be a valuable source of history about the community.

His life can be summed up in the words of a song that was particularly meaningful in his last year:
Living by faith in Jesus above,
Trusting, confiding in His great love,
From all harm safe in His sheltering arm,
I’m living by faith and feel no alarm.

He was preceded in death by his parents, his wife, Clara, his second wife, Frankie, his brother, ten sisters and a great-grandchild. He is survived by one sister, Viola Fast of Denver, CO; his nine children, Janet (Al)Berg, of Seattle, WA, Dennis (Eileen) of Billings, Leroy (Sharon) of Sullivan, MO, Eldon (Carol) of Miles City, Ellen Miller of Phoenix, AZ, Leon (Jeanne) of Meade, KS, John (Lavonne) of Lustre, Karen (Brad)Hallock of Bremen, IN, and Violet (Kenton)Vix of Minot, ND; 27 grandchildren; 36 great-grandchildren and numerous nieces and nephews.

Family Receives Friends Wednesday February 12, 2020 6:00 – 8:00 p.m. at Bell Mortuary

A funeral service will be held at the Lustre M.B. Church on Thursday, February 13, 2020 at 11:00 a.m. followed by burial in the Lustre MB Church cemetery. The family requests that memorial donations be sent to the Lustre Christian High School.

Thursday, February 6th 2020

Carl "Dale" Wass

Carl “Dale” Wass was born August 13, 1948. It was a Friday the 13th, and he liked to remind us every time a Friday the 13th rolled around again. He passed away on January 27th, 2020 after a brave fight with cancer.

Dale is survived by his children Anna (Nathan) Talafuse, Janice (David) Barbee, and Luke Wass, and by seven grandchildren, Eric, Andrew, Payton, Gabriel, and Olivia Talafuse, and Kirra and Logan Barbee. These grandchildren were a significant joy to him and he could often be heard telling people he would have had grandkids first if he knew how wonderful they would be. He is also survived by siblings Arlin (Judy) Wass, Jan Spurgin, Orville (Virginia) Wass, Linda (Marvin) Frank, sister-in-law Percy Wass, thirty-seven nieces and nephews, and over seventy great nieces and nephews.

Dale is preceded in death by his wife of 36 years, Patricia “Patty” Craven Wass. Also by his parents Carl Alfred Wass and Mable Hegg Wass, his brother Myron Wass, his sister Charlene Sternhagen, brother-in-law Lee Spurgin, and nephews Douglas, Marcus, Arlin Dale, and Charles Sternhagen.

In addition to being a hero to his children, he also served in several heroic roles during his life including a cop, EMT, and Vietnam veteran. He worked as a self-employed sheet metal worker and later retired from NorthWestern Energy.

Dale was blessed with wonderful friends, and in his last few years handling his wife’s death, heart attacks, surgeries, and cancer, Dale would frequently comment on how blessed he was to have such wonderful friends and family to support him. His family thanks all of you for being that special support to him and to each of us.

Through all the medical trials, Dale kept his sense of humor. After having his cancerous eye removed, he attended his 50-year class reunion handing out bouncy ball and gumball eyeballs to his classmates telling them he would “be keeping his eye out” for them. His humor throughout his life was a hallmark of his character. He was a loyal friend, a supportive relative, a hard worker, and a loving father.

Funeral services will be held at Highland Cemetery in Glasgow, Montana on Saturday, February 8th at 11 am with a reception at the VFW immediately following.

Memorials can be made to the Glasgow VFW.
Glasgow VFW Post 3107
1222 US-2
Glasgow, MT 59230

Monday, January 27th 2020

Shirley Mae Nelson

Shirley Mae Nelson, 91, passed away on January 25, 2020 at Valley View Nursing Home in Glasgow, Montana. She was born in Poplar, MT on December 30, 1928 to Charles and Edith Prior.

Shirley graduated from Poplar High School and married James Nelson on May 27, 1947. They had three daughters. Shirley and Jim farmed and ranched north of Brockton for 42 years before retiring and moving to Glasgow. She loved cooking, needle work and was active in various organizations.

She is survived by Linda and Tom Rutschke, daughter Mica Rutschke of Gilbert, AZ; Diane and Randy Dirkson of Glasgow, MT, sons Kevin Dirkson of Bozeman, MT, and Keith and Lindsay Dirkson (Quinten and Kaia) of Kalispell, MT; Mary and Kim Thompson, daughter Kacie Thompson (Trey) son Kyle Thompson of Bismarck, ND, great granddaughter Aaliyah Ostos of Vacaville, CA; and sister Donna Alzheimer of Choteau, MT.

She was preceded on death by her husband, Jim Nelson, granddaughter, Kalli Thompson, sisters Betty Scott, Molly Kapinos, and Glora Sayers.

Services will be held this summer at a family gathering in Glasgow, MT.

Monday, January 20th 2020

LaVonne Lawrence

LaVonne Lawrence passed away on January 16th, in Billings, Mt. She was 83 years old.

LaVonne was born in North Dakota but, found her way to the Big Sky Country and resided in Glasgow for most of her life. She married Jim Lawrence in 1955 and they have three daughters. In 2006, LaVonne moved to Billings.

LaVonne was a bright and dedicated banker and retired from Norwest Bank in Glasgow after 40 years of service. It was in that position that she developed long lasting friendships and a real connection to her community. LaVonne served on many boards, belonged to several clubs and was very involved in her church. She enjoyed dancing, sewing, golfing, bridge and reading.

LaVonne was a faithful servant to the Lord. Her commitment to God’s Word was how she lived her life. She taught her children the value of hard work, the strength to be independent and the importance of having a relationship with God. LaVonne cherished her family and her friends. She will be dearly missed at church, on the dance floor and in our lives.

LaVonne was preceded in death by her husband James Lawrence, her father Rudolph Anderson and mother Rose, her sisters Lois Anderson and Avonelle Pleas and her brother Lalon Anderson.

Lavonne is survived by Shirley Larson and her husband Lonny of Helena, MT. Melissa Carson and her husband Rick of Montrose CO and Val Newell and her husband Mike from Seattle, WA. She was the grandmother to 5 grandchildren and a great grandmother to 5 great grandchildren.

LaVonne saved her last earthly dance for her dear friend, Vic Phelps, and will be dancing with him in heaven’s ballroom.

Service will be held at the First Baptist Church, Billings, Mt. on January 23rd, at 2PM.

Wednesday, January 8th 2020

Donald “Don” LeRoy Potter

Donald Leroy Potter passed away from complications of lung cancer on Tuesday, January 7, 2020 at the age of 81, at his home in Glasgow, Montana.

Don was born on June 15, 1938 to Orville and Rowena (Rice) Potter, in Glasgow, Montana. They lived in Wheeler, Montana where Orville worked as a welder on the dredge; something that always made Don proud. In 1941 they moved to Ogallala, Nebraska and then to Portland, Oregon where Orville worked on the Kingsley Dam on the North Platte River in Nebraska, and the dredges along the Columbia River.

In 1945 they returned to Glasgow. Don loved spending time on the farm along the Milk River with grandparents, Fred and Jenny Potter. Living with his Uncle Dave Rice and family for a short time while working on their farm was a very enjoyable time of his life. It was during this time that Don developed his love for the outdoors and agriculture. So much so, that every one of his grandkids can recite at least one story from that chapter in his life.

Don completed all his schooling in the Glasgow school system, graduating from Glasgow High School in 1956. His extracurricular activities included playing in the marching band and singing in the choir. While going to school, and after graduation, Don worked as a mechanic at Markle’s Implement.
Following his high school graduation Don bought a pink and black 1948 pan head Harley Davidson motorcycle, with a hand shifter. He, along with Darrell and Lee Blatter, Les Truebell, Johnny Beardsley, Chet Birkland, and others did a lot of riding together, including an impromptu ride in the Wolf Point Stamped parade. It’s been said that getting to ride with him was a big deal.

Don met Margaret Riley, through mutual friends and Margaret’s brothers. They married six months after their first date, on November 23, 1958, and recently celebrated their 61st anniversary with a quiet dinner in their home with family. They raised three children. Veronda was born in 1960, Sue was born in 1962 and Ron was born in 1963.

In 1965, Don relocated the family to Kalispell where he worked for the International truck dealership. After a short time they returned to Glasgow and Markle’s Implement as shop foreman. In 1972, he along with his Dad and brother, established Town and Ranch Servicenter, a farm implement dealership, in Glasgow. They sold Steiger Tractors as well as Owatonna and Will-Rich farm equipment. Don enjoyed his association with Scotty Aitken, Lyle Nelson, Johnny Bellon, and Ingrahm Bellon. Later, the business was named Prairie Ag at which time they sold John Deere Implements. Don seemed to “retire” several times before retiring for good.

Don’s hobbies included spending time with family, fishing, photography, woodworking, racquetball, playing cribbage and worrying about family members. Don loved playing racquetball with a group of men who played during their lunch hour and travelled the state to many tournaments.
The family spent numerous enjoyable weekends each year at Duck Creek or The Pines camping, boating, swimming, skiing, and spending time as a family. Don and Margaret made it a priority to take the family on an annual vacation. It usually included extended family and camping. Don always took time for his family and was interested in all they did.

Don especially loved his grandkids and was so very proud of each one of them: Julia, Brady, Megan, Jonathan, Rowena and Olivia. He and Margaret rarely missed a ballgame, track meet or rodeo. They took the grandkids on many camping trips during the summer visiting the national parks, Mount Rushmore, and family reunions in Canada. The grandkids delight in retelling stories of these fun trips.

Don was preceded in death by his parents; granddaughter Julia Funk; Margaret’s parents, Ernest and Julia Riley; brother-in-law and good friend, Doyle Riley, and sister-in-law, Sharon Ozark.
Don is survived by his wife of 61 years, Margaret; brothers Bob (Joyce) Potter of Glasgow, Dick (Linda) Potter of Laurel; children Veronda (Craig) Biggart of Cascade, Sue (Shawn) FitzGerald of Jordan, and Ron (Deb) Potter of Glasgow; grandkids Brady (Matt) Brooks, Megan (Dustin) Pankratz, Jonathan (Courtney) FitzGerald, Rowena FitzGerald, Olivia FitzGerald, Nick (Kelsie) Stamper and Jenna Stamper and Jeremy Henderson; great-grandkids Cooper, Wylie, and Augustus Pankratz; Bridger & Houston Brooks; Taryn & Landon FitzGerald; Sophia & Carson Stamper; numerous nieces and nephews; caregiver and friend, Virgie ‘Izzy’ Abanes.

Family will receive friends from 4 - 6 p.m. Friday, January 10, 2020 at Bell Mortuary, Glasgow, Montana. Funeral services will be 10 a.m., Saturday, January 11, 2020 at the First United Methodist Church in Glasgow, with Pastor Rick Thompson and Howard Pippin officiating. There will be a celebration of life at the Glasgow Elk’s Lodge following burial at the Highland Cemetery.

Monday, December 30th 2019

Michael Chamberlain

Michael Chamberlain passed away unexpectedly on the morning of December 26, 2019 at his residence in Glasgow. As per his wishes, he has been cremated. A memorial service is being planned for this spring.

Thursday, December 26th 2019

Lloyd Edward Sundby

Lloyd Edward Sundby died of natural causes in his home near Glasgow on 23 December 2019. The “ol’ kid from Glasgow” spent about 35 years on “The North Ten” property.

Lloyd was born the fourth child of Orvin and Isabelle (Bakkum) Sundby 3 October 1948 in Glasgow, MT, the ninth child of Orvin’s children and always the “baby” of the family.

Lloyd graduated from Glasgow High School in 1966. He enlisted in the Army in 1968, spending ‘69-’71 stationed in Germany. He attended auctioneer school. L.E. then worked for Tumpane at Glasgow Air Force Base where he also became chief of law enforcement on the base.

Lloyd met a new teacher, fresh out of Eastern Montana College, Linda Jane Nash from Columbus, MT, who taught at the South Side School. Lloyd and Linda married in 1972.They welcomed sons Wade in 1975 and Myles in 1978.

Lloyd then became a deputy for the Valley County Sheriff Department and then an investigator for VCSD. L.E. was a valued officer, as his partner Dick Britzman said that you “knew he had your back covered.”

Lloyd was an Army National Guardsman from 1978-2007. After years as a part-time soldier, Lloyd served in the Guard full time in supply as a Readiness/Training/Operations NCO for the Cavalry, the Field Artillery, and then the Military Police. Glasgow Armory soldiers didn’t dare mess up his sparkling drill floor. Throughout his distinguished time in the Army and MT Army National Guard he continuously molded soldiers into men. Lloyd’s last deployment was to Fort Richardson, Alaska with the 484th MP’s from ‘04-’06. Lloyd earned numerous ribbons and recognitions in his 31 years of service, including being awarded the Meritorious Service Medal for military service.

Lloyd volunteered with the Long Run Fire Department for many years with many friends who called him “cupcake”, retiring as a chief of the department.

LloydE returned to law enforcement in 2008 as a probation and parole technician for the Montana Department of Corrections. He served at the Valley County office until 2017. He also provided security as an officer for Hi-Line Security in St. Marie.

Lloyd also molded many boys into young men. All those who worked with LloydE may remember the advice that sometimes “s*** happens”, but always “... and we proceeded on” like Captain Clark said.

Lloyd and Linda spent many weekends with friendly neighbors who became family. After a day of deer or elk hunting, the lid to the fifth was tossed away. L.E. could be found stoking the wood stove at home in the winter. His favorite pet was his boxer Titan, who would ride on the 4-wheeler snowplow with him. Lloyd could be found in the summers at Fort Peck, camping and fishing with many dear friends. Evenings around the campfire may find the hat “cocked and locked” and ready for a good time.

“Pretty Boy Lloyd” proudly displayed the U.S. flag and much military and fire-fighting insignia on his person, his home, and his vehicles. L.E. was a member of the American Legion and the First Lutheran Church. He was one of Dale Earnhardt’s biggest fans and excitedly attended a few NASCAR races. He kept busy in retirement working with leather and diamond willow carving. Many of us are lucky to have a piece of leatherwork or a diamond willow lamp or a walking stick hand-crafted by LloydE.

Not only was he Grandpa to his five Sundby grandchildren, LloydE became known as Grandpa to young friends.

LloydE’s survivors include his wife of 47 years Linda Nash Sundby; son Wade (Brenna Billingsley) of Glasgow; son Myles (Jennifer Berg) and children Isabelle, Tyson, Rylan, Brynn, and Chania of Maddock, ND; sister Myrna Blatter of Great Falls; sister-in-law Becky (Roger) Woltermann of Lewistown; brother-in-law Gary (Laurie) Nash of Absarokee; brother-in-law David (Julie) Nash of Billings; mother-in-law Dorothy Trask of Lewistown; numerous nephews, nieces, and cousins; special friends Teddi Seiler; Doug Seiler; Rachel Seiler; Walt (Bonnie) Bell and daughters Riley and Cessna.

Lloyd was preceded in death by his parents; sister Lorraine Spaulding; sister Darlene Monson, sister Lois Hermanson; brother Elroy Sundby; brother Orvin Sundby, Jr.; sister Shirley Strom; sister Joan Bekkedahl; and special friend Jim Seiler.

Cremation has taken place. Funeral services will be December 28 at 4:30 pm at the First Lutheran Church in Glasgow with a reception following at the VFW. The family suggests memorials be made to the Long Run Fire Department or to the Glasgow VFW. L.E.’s family would like to express its appreciation to the VCSD and the LRVFD for the special treatment and professional service. Online condolences may be made on the Bell Mortuary website.

Tuesday, December 24th 2019

Edith Margaret Scheele

Edith Margaret Scheele, 80, went to be with her Lord and Savior on December 21, 2019 at her home with her family at her side.

Edy was born to the proud parents, Leo and Geneva Griffin, on June 22, 1939 in Montevideo, Minnesota. She attended many different schools and shared stories of different pranks she learned along the way.

Edy met the love of her life and joined hands with Donald Dale Scheele on February 24, 1960 in Glasgow Montana, where she worked for her mother who, at the time, owned and operated the local truck stop. They had two daughters and two sons and went from Glasgow to Wolf Point and finally ended up on the Scheele farm north of Saco. After the farm life they moved to town where she never slowed down, taking on the Vita Rich milk business, sewing jobs, upholstery, both home and auto, and stayed with the post office for many years.

Edy took pride in everything she did, including her hobbies which were quilting, crocheting, stamping, woodworking, painting, ceramics and many others as she was a very creative and talented lady. She was an active member at the Saco Lutheran Church as a Sunday school teacher, member of the ALCW, the quilting team and numerous Bible studies as it was her desire to serve the Lord wherever needed. Her love for her family and friends was unconditional and nobody was a stranger in her eyes, she would sit at the kitchen table with her coffee and her morning devotional waiting for those who knew the coffee was always on. Her heart of gold was evident in many of their homes as she shared many of her homemade gifts with family and friends. One of her favorite sayings was "honey, a 100 years from now we will never know the difference".

Survivors include her loving husband, Don Scheele, daughters Leora (Craig) Robinson, Cindy (Wade) Riden and Sons Greg Scheele, Rick (Mary Ann) Scheele, a total of 58 grandchildren along with numerous nieces and nephews.

Funeral Service is Thursday, December 26, 2019 at 1p.m. at the Saco Lutheran Church.

Tuesday, December 17th 2019

Jerry James DeWeese

Jerry James DeWeese, 85, of St. Marie, Montana passed away December 14, 2019.

Jerry was born in Bonner Springs, Kansas on November 10, 1934. He was the only son of Thelma Marie DeWeese. At the height of the Korean War, Jerry joined the Navy at the age of 17, December 3, 1951. He completed the Radio Operator Training. Upon arrival in Korea, he was assigned to the Marines and went in with the first wave of troops. He decided to become a professional military man. He was a part of the regular navy but transferred to the nuclear submarines. He was part of the UDT and the Beach Jumpers where he distinguished himself.

When he retired from the service on June 2, 1971, he worked a variety of jobs and ended up at Pima Community College running the AV Department. This was where he met his wife, Leith Howard DeWeese, they shared 43 wonderful years.

Preceding Jerry in death is his mother, Thelma Marie DeWeese.

Jerry is survived by his wife Leith; daughters Dori (Todd) Carney and Dina (Jon) Norby; son, Bruce (Teresa) DeWeese; grandchildren: Kella Norby, Nate Norby, Aubrey Norby, John Carney and Kayla Carney.

Funeral services will be 10:00 a.m., Friday, December 20, 2019 at Bell Mortuary in Glasgow, Montana. There will be a celebration of life at the Cottonwood Inn following services. Condolences may be left for the family at bellmortuarymontana.com.

Monday, December 16th 2019

Carol Ann Sergent) Dixon

Carol Ann (Sergent) Dixon, 63 of Anaconda, Montana met with our Lord Jesus Christ Saturday, December 14, 2019 surrounded by family and friends.

Carol was born in Glasgow, Montana July 17, 1956 to Albert & Ruby (Krause) Sergent. While she was out one night out dancing, she met the love of her life William Leroy Dixon. After a night of dancing, a few wrong steps and a broken toe, Carol & William we’re married July 12, 1975. Together they had three children Albert, Leroy and Melinda. Carol enjoyed being with friends and family which included camping in the summertime and other outdoor activities. She enjoyed visiting with people, crafting, stamping homemade cards, scrapbooking, crocheting and woodworking. She took pride in making homemade gifts with heartfelt meaning and love. Carol worked as a waitress at Husky Cafe for 10 yrs. She ran a stamp crafting store in Glasgow for about three years.

She is preceded in death by her parents Albert and Lorraine Sergent, Ruby and William Owens; her oldest son, Albert Dixon and father-in-law, Leroy William Dixon.

Carol is survived by her love of 44 years William Dixon; son Leroy (Melanie) Dixon of Great Falls, Montana; daughter Melinda Dixon of Great Falls, Montana; grandchildren: Mary Dixon, Shelby Stewart, Tristan Stewart, William Dixon, Kadance Stewart, Lisa Dixon, Robin Dixon, and Aubrey McCallum; daughter-in-law Bobbie Jo Dixon (Will) of Anaconda, Montana and her siblings: Robert (Connie) Holmes of Oregon, David (Diane) Sergent of Glasgow, Montana, Jerry (Norene) Sergent of Williston, North Dakota, Betty (Curtis) Frizzell of Arp, Texas and Gloria Kountz (Joe) of Glasgow, Montana and many cousins, nieces and nephews. Other children of her heart not blood: Tina Wright-Scholler (Shawn) grandchildren Ashlie Wright (Billy Joe), Christopher Wright (Summer), Wesley Taylor, Elizabeth Foley. Great-grandchildren: Journey, Payton, Madilyn, Livia, Lane, John Wright (Josephine), Mercedes and Dorian Goble.

Family will receive friends 6-8p.m., Friday, December 20, 2019 at Bell Mortuary, in Glasgow, Montana. Funeral services will be 11:00 a.m., Saturday, December 21, 2019 at Bell Mortuary with Pastor Tom Fauth officiating. Burial will be at Highland Cemetery Glasgow, Montana.

Tuesday, December 10th 2019

Donald L. Doebler

Donald L. Doebler, 87, of Hinsdale, Montana passed way December 9, 2019 at Valley View in Glasgow, Montana.

Don was born April 21, 1932 in Sherburne County, Big Lake Township, Minnesota to Harold and Hazel (Johnson) Doebler.

Don’s family moved to Montana in 1933, where his father, Harold, found work on the Elmer Canen farm, the George Accola Farm and the Ft. Peck Dam project. The family relocated several times over the years, and Don finished all schooling in Port Orchard, Washington, graduating from South Kitsap High School in 1950.

Don went into construction work in Seattle, Washington from 1950 to 1952. He was then drafted into the Army and went to boot camp in San Luis Obispo, California where he went through basic training, and then through the "Signal Corp Training School” as wireless radio operator. In July of 1953 he was shipped out of Oakland, California to Okinawa. He was in Okinawa until August 1954. He was honorably discharged from the Army on August 13, 1954 and went back to Montana where his folks were.

Through the years, Don moved around following various construction jobs, one of which led him to Walla Walla, Washington on a military construction base, where he revamped military housing. While there, he met and married Dorothy Henzel in 1965 (they later divorced in 1984). He pursued other construction work which eventually would lead him to Alaska in 1970, where once again he worked in construction, started his own company in 1972 and worked there until June of 1987.

Don was a master craftsman, and the projects he did for numerous people were done to perfection. He took great pride in everything he did. It meant a lot to him to make toy chests for his grandchildren, kitchen cabinets and much more for those he loved.

Don married Ramona (Albus) Kubis February 17, 1987 and they lived in Alaska until 2001, when they moved back to Montana.

Preceding Don in death are his parents, Harold and Hazel; brother Dale and sister Norma.

Don is survived by his wife Mona; sons, Micheal (Samantha) Doebler and their children Dane and Colt and Mathew (Cindy) Doebler and their children Connor and Addison; daughters Elisa (Bob) Irvine and their children Emma, Tessa and Finn, and Mandy (Zac) Kassel and their children Zaeya and Zahna.

Family will receive friends 5 to 7 p.m. on Sunday, December 15, 2019 at the American Legion Hall in Hinsdale, Montana. Funeral services will be 11:00 a.m., Monday, December 16, 2019 at the American Legion Hall in Hinsdale, Montana. Burial with military honors follow at the Hillview Cemetery following funeral services.

Condolences may be left at bellmortuarymontana.com.

Wednesday, December 4th 2019

Neal Olson

Neal Olson, age 92, of Glasgow passed away at Valley View Home in Glasgow, Montana.

He was born south of Flaxville, Montana, June 24, 1927, to Nels and Alma (Boom) Olson. He grew up on the family farm south of Flaxville. He joined the Navy in February of 1945 at age 18, where his rank was a Seaman First Class and was honorable discharged July of 1946. Upon discharged he returned to the family farm for one year.

He met Ruby Shanks and the couple married February 1947.

In 1948, he went to work on the Fort Peck Dam in the maintenance department. 1949 he moved to Brockton, Montana to tended bar for two and half years. In 1951 he was hired on with the Great Northern Railroad where he was promoted to conductor in October 1964. After twenty years until he retired from the railroad. In 1971 he worked an oil job, that he traveled from Wolf Point to Bainsville, Montana, where he packed wheel bearings often doing fourteen hotboxes in a day.

He is proceeded in death by his parents, three brothers and sister.

He is survived by his wife, Jan Olson; children: Debbie (Russell) Smith, Ed Olson, Randy (Nancy) Olson, Karen (Ted) Newton, and Roger Olson; step-children Gary Meller and Chris (Mike) Crater and 28 grandchildren and 14 great-grandchildren.

As per Neal’s request cremation has taken place and no services will be held. Burial will be at a later date in Pleasant Prairie Cemetery.

Monday, December 2nd 2019

Sidney Albert Simonsen

Sidney Albert Simonsen, age 98 of Hinsdale passed away on November 24, 2019 in Glasgow. Sidney was born on May 1, 1921 in a log cabin on the left bank of the Milk River at Miles Crossing on property homesteaded by his father in 1902. When Sidney reached school age, the family moved north to the coulee in order that he and sister Grace could attend North Bench country school. When the time came for higher education, they spent school terms in a boarding house in Hinsdale, and graduated together in 1940, after which Sidney joined his father in farming operations.

Like many neighbors, Sidney was called into service during World War II. He enlisted in the Army and was initially shipped off to Chicago, a place very much unlike the left bank of the Milk River. This, in no small way, opened his eyes and began to expand his world. He was subsequently trained as a mechanic specializing in Pratt & Whitney airplane engines and was transferred to various stateside locations. His service was interrupted by a bout with polio which lasted more than a year, after which he was assigned duties of managing the soldier’s social center and the military mail delivery. He attained the rank of Corporal before returning home to resume farming with his father.

Margie Plotts eventually joined him on the farm, and they were married in California. They enjoyed many years together sharing music, socializing, and operating the farm. She preceded him in death.

Sidney enjoyed storytelling and social events in general. He travelled with friends, Don Timm, in particular, to points as far away as the Northwest Territories, and Mexico. In Mexico they found themselves in the midst of a political upheaval, feeling a bit conspicuous as two tall gringos. He enjoyed many hunting and fishing excursions to faraway places. His sister Jean joined him on the farm following her retirement in Seattle. In 2005, they travelled to Sweden to reconnect with kinfolk. This was a highlight in his life, as was a reciprocal visit to Hinsdale by Swedish relatives.

Sidney’s mechanical abilities were legendary, owing to knowledge passed down to him from his father as well as his own inquisitive nature. He could disassemble, study, rebuild, modify, and repair anything from a pocket watch to a combine. He was proficient with the simplest tools as well as those as complicated as a lathe. He also manufactured parts, gadgets, and equipment from scratch as needed. Throughout his life he willingly shared his knowledge and assisted his neighbors.

Sidney was an active member of Kyle Masonic Lodge and American Legion Post 45 in Hinsdale, and at one time, served on the board of the Farmer’s Union elevator.

He was an adventuresome soul who enjoyed taking on challenges and risks after careful evaluation of potential pitfalls. He was an avid historian and storyteller and could hold a room in rapt attention while recounting his adventures and mishaps.

Survivors include his sisters, Grace Kline of Seattle and Jean Williamson of Hinsdale; a niece, Cynthia Nicaise of Seattle; nephews, Douglas Kline and Jeff Williamson of Seattle, and numerous cousins in Nebraska.

Funeral services will be held 11:00 a.m., Tuesday, December 3, 2019 at Willie Nelson American Legion Hall #45 in Hinsdale, Montana. Burial with Military Honors will be in Hinsdale Cemetery. In lieu of flowers please make a donation in Sidney’s name to the Hinsdale Ambulance Service. Condolences may be left at bellmortuarymontana.com.

Friday, November 29th 2019

Calvin Fred Bunk

Calvin Fred Bunk, 86, of Glasgow, Montana, patriarch of the Bunk family and long-time deacon of Calvary Baptist Church, began his final battle after a recent stroke. On Tuesday, November 26, 2019, Cal went to be with Jesus, joining his father and mother, Henry and Lydia Bunk of Nashua; two sisters, Bernice (Rusty) Nickels and Linda Bunk; two brothers, Raymond (Sandy Bohonos) Bunk and Clyde (Yvonne Klinger) Bunk; and a son-in-law, Matt Geske.

The oldest son and second child, Calvin was born on August 1, 1933, in Golden Valley, North Dakota. The family moved to Park Grove in 1935 so his dad could work on the Fort Peck Dam, where they lived in a tent. Calvin began 1st grade in Nashua, speaking only German. Leaving school after eight grades, he helped out on the family farm where he’d been driving tractor since 6 or 8 years old. His jobs as a young man varied from working in the sugar beet factory in Chinook to water well drilling at the Opheim radar base to doodle-bugging for oil rigs which he was doing at the time he met Olive at a birthday party in Miles City. They married in 1954 and had five children. He served in the National Guard for nine years. Cal had a great talent at auto mechanics becoming the best mechanic in Glasgow, beginning at Schott’s, managing Phillips 66 for 20 years, and finally owning his own shop, Cal’s 66. His sons worked alongside him for many years. He had such a big heart for helping people out, loaning them his personal vehicles to continue vacations when their cars broke down and he repaired them.

Listening to testimony after testimony from a Gideon who came by his shop, Calvin became a Gideon in 1977, sharing the Gideon message in local churches. No matter where he was, he was always ready to share the love and message of salvation through Jesus Christ —to customers, family, friends, or strangers on Amtrak as he rode over to Fargo to pick up cars for Newton Motors. After retiring, he moved cars for Newton’s from coast to coast, but mainly from the Fargo auctions. He also became a good friend of Kenny Newton, driving him around in many errands.

A jack of all trades, Cal could do plumbing, electrical, construction … you name it, he could likely do it, even if it took duct tape. Cal was a firm believer in Jesus, sharing his faith with countless people, handing out thousands of Christian tracts and Bibles, and even putting up a huge 10 Commandments sign at his home. Just within a month of his trip to heaven, he climbed a ladder to replace an American flag on the top of that sign. Up till the end, he worked on his yard and planted trees, getting around on his riding lawn mower.

Cal was an avid supporter of Presidents Reagan and Trump and various Christian organizations, a John Wayne fan, loved his Western movies, watching them over and over, and looked forward to wrestling whenever it came on. Olive and he watched innumerable hours of Christian programming. Over the years, Cal enjoyed camping, hiking, ROCK HUNTING, fossil hunting; visiting relatives; reading the Holy Bible and Christian books; playing Yahtzee, pinochle, and Mexican train dominos; and following kids and grandkids in sports. He was proud to claim 55 descendants, including spouses.

Cal is survived by his wife of 65 years, Olive “Ollie” May Schoonover; a brother, Allen (Rita) Bunk; children: Sandra Plummer, Michael (Bonnie) Bunk, Lynnette Geske, Mark Bunk, and Valerie (Troy) Warr; 12 grandchildren: T.J., Liberty, Cherise, Brieanna; Jesse, Jennifer, Jeremy, Joshua; Jeryl; Cassondra; Tiffany and Dakota; and 31 great-grandchildren, and let’s not forget his faithful companion Buddy who is mourning along with the human family.
Visitation will be held 11:00 a.m., Saturday, November 30, 2019 ,at Calvary Baptist Church, 100 Highland Drive, in Glasgow, Montana. Funeral services will be 1:00 a.m., Saturday, November 30, 2019, at Calvary Baptist Church, 100 Highland Drive, Glasgow, Montana with Pastor Mark Pearson officiating. Burial will follow at the Highland Cemetery, Glasgow, Montana, with a luncheon at the Calvary Baptist Church, following the burial. Condolences may be left at bellmortuarymontana.com.

Donations in honor of the memory of Cal may be sent to the Gideon’s International at: https://www.gideons.org/donate

Monday, November 25th 2019

Jacquelyn "Jackie" Castleberry

Jacquelyn “Jackie” Castleberry passed away into God’s loving arms on Wednesday November 20, 2019 in Billings Clinic Hospital at the age of 73 after a brief battle with cancer. She was peaceful and surrounded by the love of her family and friends.

Jacquelyn was born in Cleveland, Ohio on October 8, 1946 to Jack and Helen (Collins) Masterson. Her younger sister and best friend Nancy joined the family in 1949. They lived in Strongsville, Ohio where Jackie graduated from St. Joe’s Academy in 1964 and St. John’s School of Nursing in 1967. While working for the Ohio Turnpike in 1967, Jackie and her friend Mary Lou Rubel took a vacation to Virginia Beach, where she met a handsome Navy sailor named David Faxton Castleberry. Dave and Jackie were married on February 17, 1968 in Strongsville, Ohio and lived in San Diego where Dave was stationed in the Navy. They welcomed son Michael Faxton on August 8, 1969. Mike was born in Ohio where Jackie lived with family while Dave was deployed to Vietnam. In November 1969, Dave, Jackie and Mike moved to Dave’s hometown of Glasgow, Montana to work in the family beekeeping business. They welcomed daughter Lyn Marie on November 22, 1971. Dave and Jackie worked for and later owned Northern Bloom Honey in Glasgow for 25 years. Once her children were in high school, Jackie worked at USDA ASCS Office and the City of Glasgow. In 1995, Dave and Jackie moved to Whitefish, Montana where Jackie worked for National Flood Service in Kalispell until her retirement in 2015. Dave and Jackie then moved back to Glasgow in 2015.

Jackie was a wonderful example of how God wanted us to live; full of love, kindness and compassion each other. She always put others needs before her own. Her children and grandchildren (along with other friends and family members) loved receiving the many, many handwritten letters and cards from Jackie. She never forgot a birthday or special occasion.

Jackie was proceeded in death by her parents Jack and Helen; her in-laws Faxton and June Castleberry and Zettie Castleberry.

Jackie is survived by Dave, her husband of 52 years; her son Mike (Yvonne) Castleberry and their children Cale and Casey of Saskatoon, Canada; her daughter Lyn (Dean) Thompson and their children Trey, Taryn, and Teague of Libby, Montana; sister Nancy (Jim) Nagy of Strongsville, Ohio; sisters-in-law Diane (Ron) Hanson of Malta, Montana and Jan (Keith) Ivers of Libby, Montana; and numerous nieces and nephews.

Please join us in celebrating Jackie’s life! Visitation and viewing will be at Bell Mortuary on Tuesday November 26 from 4pm to 6pm. Funeral Mass will be celebrated at St. Raphael’s Catholic Church on Wednesday November 27 at 10am. Graveside service at Highland Cemetery will follow Mass. In lieu of flowers, please consider a donation to Francis Mahon Deaconess Hospital in Glasgow or your favorite charity.

Tuesday, November 19th 2019

DuWayne Richard Johnson

DuWayne Richard Johnson, age 87, peacefully passed away on Sunday, November 17, 2019 at Valley View Nursing Home in Glasgow, Montana.

DuWayne was born on March 17, 1932 in Baker, Montana, the son of Llewell and Theresa (Souba) Johnson. He attended country schools south of Baker and Baker High School.

DuWayne married Edith Tunby on July 14, 1951 in Baker. In 1958 after working as foreman in the Baker oil fields, he and Edith moved to Hinsdale and bought the Old Mix Dairy where he ranched the rest of his life.

DuWayne loved and lived for his family. He enjoyed playing cards and visiting with friends. With his giving spirit, he was always quick to help friends and neighbors. He and Edie opened their homes to everyone especially those who needed a place to call home. He had special fondness for animals from cats, dogs to horses and cattle. He was a true cow man. He knew his cows and cared for each of them. DuWayne was on the boards of the Hinsdale Lutheran Church, Farmers Union, and Milk River Cowboys Association. With funds remaining from the closure of Farmers Union, he and Jean Dreiksosen were instrumental in establishing the Hinsdale Community Scholarship. In his early ranching days, he performed numerous jobs in the community. He drove school bus, custom hayed, sold seed and fertilizer, and did backhoe work, DuWayne was a hard worker and never complained. He will be remember for his kindness and generosity.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Edith Johnson in 2009; his grandson, Kevin; his sister, Reva, and his parents.

Survivors include his children; Dana (Jim) McColly of Hinsdale, Michael Johnson of Hinsdale, Lona Everett of Kalispell, Tari Johnson of Wilsonville, Oregon, and Mark (Heidi) Johnson of Hinsdale; his brothers: Llewell (Betty) Johnson of Baker, Montana, Darrell (Joan) Johnson of Baker, Montana; grandchildren: Michael (Heidi) McColly, Paul (Kristin) McColly, Linda (Rhad) Keel, Chad (Katya) Everett, James (Maggie) Everett, Sean Everett, Erika Voeltz, Lauren (Jacob) Clark, Brady (Leisa) Johnson, Lukas Johnson, Mickayla Johnson and Trey Johnson; 10 great-grandchildren; numerous nieces and nephews, and the extended family of Kenneth Ketchum of Richland, Washington.

Family will receive friends 6-8:00 p.m., Thursday, November 21, 2019 at the Hinsdale Lutheran Church in Hinsdale, Montana. Funeral services will be 11:00 a.m., Friday, November 22, 2019 at the Hinsdale Lutheran Church with Pastor Doris Tollefson and Howard Pippin. Burial will be in Hillview Cemetery. A reception will follow burial at the Hinsdale American Legion.

Tuesday, November 12th 2019

Beryl Ruth DeTienne

On Nov 9th, 2019, Beryl DeTienne began her next journey when she passed away at Valley View Home in Glasgow. She was born in Glasgow on June 25, 1932 to Earl and Alpha (Sevire) Traver. She grew up in Nashua and graduated from Nashua high school. She married Charles DeTienne on April 1st, 1950 and moved to Glasgow later. Beryl worked at the Frances Mahon Deaconess Hospital as a Nurse’s Aide for many years. She made many wedding and birthday cakes. Her hobbies included gardening and sewing. She enjoyed family time at the cabin and cooking.

She was preceded in death by her parents Earl and Alpha Traver; her husband Charles (Charlie); all 4 of her children, Randy, Martin (Marty), Michael and Cathy; and her granddaughter Cassandra. Siblings that preceded her include Charles (Chuck), Duane (Spud), Don (Doc), Judy and George.

Beryl is survived by her sister, Tess (Larry) Watterud and her daughters Brenda and Tami; her daughter in law, Tracy (Ralph) Arnold; her 6 grandchildren, Kay DeTienne (Ray Greenough), Crystal Fallat, Victor (Amy) DeTienne, Joel (Jenny) DeTienne, Kelly Scott Long & Bailey Witte Shields; 16 great-grandchildren, Samantha, Amanda, Skyla, Portia, Conner, Tanner, Ethan, Dylan, Harper, Hailey, Christian, Jonathan, Nathanael, Brynlea, Aubree and Brayden. Also 11 great-great-grandchildren.

A Memorial Service for Beryl will be held at the Bell Mortuary Thursday, November 14, at 11:00 a.m. with Inurnment in the Highland Cemetery. A luncheon will follow at the VFW Post #3107.

Tuesday, October 29th 2019

Eddie Anthony Erwin

Eddie Anthony Erwin (82) was called home on October 23rd 2019 at the Francis Mahon Deaconess Hospital with his family by his side.

Graveside interment with Military Honors will be Friday, November 8, 2019 11:00 A.M. at Highland Cemetery in Glasgow, Montana. There will be a luncheon following services at the Glasgow VFW.

Condolences for the family may be left at www.kirkwoodfuneralhome.com

Eddie was born December 10th 1936 to Samuel & Bulah Erwin of Hugo, Oklahoma. Eddie grew up in Hugo with his siblings; Roscoe, Autrey, Norma, Jo, and Martha. Following in his big brothers footsteps, Eddie enlisted in the United States Air Force in 1957. Eddie completed Air Police Tech School then traveled the world as an Air Force Security Police Specialist, spending years in places like Okinawa, Korea, Canada, and Turkey. Eventually assigned to a small radar base in Opheim, Montana in 1971, Eddie met and fell in love with a “Sassy Little Opheim Girl” (His Words).

In 1973, Eddie married Mildred “Dolly” Isackson and her two children, Betty and Kennie Hallock. Eddie and Dolly packed the family and moved to his next assignment, Vandenberg Air Force Base, California. A few short years later, Eddie and Dolly were surprised with an unexpected addition to the family, Brian Ed Erwin. In 1977, Eddie retired from the Air Force and the family (Mom) decided to move back to the Glasgow area and made it their home, still to this day. Eddie retired again after working another 20 years at Great Plains Lumber Yard. After retirement, Eddie continued to enjoy life! Loving Fort Peck, camping, fishing, woodworking and home projects. Eddie loved his puppies, watching tennis, spending time with friends and being harassed by his grandbabies

Eddie was preceded in death by his parents and his five siblings. Eddie was survived by his wife, Dolly, of 47 years, his four-legged companions, Charlie and Hope, son Brian (Tierra) Erwin of Wolf Point, son Kennie (Jetra) Hallock of Glendive, daughter Betty (Kevin) Lawrence of Billings, Grandchildren, Samuel and Annika Erwin, Brodie and Josie Hallock, and Aaron Dowell, a special sister-in-law, Lorraine Archambeault, countless nieces, nephews, and many countless friends all across the country, all whom he held close to his heart.

Forever Missed, Often Remembered, Never forgotten.

Monday, October 28th 2019

Richard Lynn Skyberg

Richard Lynn Skyberg, 60, of Havre, Montana passed on October 25, 2019. He was born in Glasgow, Montana on May 17, 1959. He was the second son of four, born to Melvin and Borghild (Hove) Skyberg. He graduated from Nashua High School and DeVry University with a Bachelor's Degree in the Electronic Technician Curriculum, working in cable/satellite installation for 32 years.

Richard moved to Havre, Montana in 1990 where he met his current wife Sharon in 1992, they married October 4, 1997. Although he did not have any biological children, Richard raised his two step-daughters and two adopted sons as his own. He resided on the family farm that he shared with Sharon in Havre until his passing.

He was a long-time member of Northwest Antique Power Association and North Central Montana Antique Enthusiasts. He enjoyed hunting, camping and basically anything having to do with the outdoors. His major passions were the antique engines that he worked on.

Richard is survived by his wife of 22 years, Sharon Skyberg; his four children, Ella Olin, Jessica Garza, Gabriel and Alexander; his 11 grandchildren: Elizabeth, Jeremiah, Richard, Rebecca, Thomas, Isaiah, Christian, Emma-lee, Kira, Nora and Anastasia; three great-grandchildren, Kaison, Kinsley and Jaxon; three brothers, Steve Skyberg of Columbia Falls, Montana, Jim (Carol) Skyberg of Greenville, South Carolina, and Paul (Bobbi and their two children, Emily and Nick) Skyberg of Fort Peck, Montana; and numerous aunts, uncles and cousins.

He is preceded in death by his mother Borghild, his father Melvin and first grandchild Taylor.

A Celebration of Life will be held 6:00 p.m., Wednesday, October 30, 2019 at the Eagles Club in Havre, Montana. Funeral services will be 2:00 p.m., Friday, November 1, 2019 at Our Redeemer Lutheran Church in Nashua, Montana with Bonnie Novak officiating. Burial will follow services in Fort Peck Cemetery, Fort Peck, Montana.

Monday, October 28th 2019

Jack Edward Bishop

Jack Edward Bishop passed away into the loving arms of his Savior, Sunday, October 20, 2019 at Hi-Line Retirement Home in Malta, Montana, with his loving wife by his side. Born the youngest of ten in Bassett, Nebraska, on April 26, 1940 to Fred and Ida Ellen (Lesher) Bishop. Jack would often tease he had more moms to keep him in line than any kid he knew. Early on he was given the nickname Jackson by his sister, Doris. The family moved to Minnesota and finally settled in International Falls. Jack and his brother, Floyd, were the prankers of the bunch. The stories they would share would have you laughing, add the Brottem family into the mix, and it was guaranteed hours of entertainment.
After graduating from Falls High School in 1958, Jack took on carpentry, and it was his life-long hobby. He then was hired on the paper mill, moving up to maintenance supervisor right away. He married Janice Dugas and together they had three children: Lori, Jeff, and Mary. They later moved to Lebanon, Oregon, where he became a journeyman pipefitter crane operator and foreman with the plywood mill. After their divorce, Jack transferred to Bonner, Montana, to work in the mill. While in the Missoula area, he bought Montana artist Edgar Paxon’s home and completely restored it to put it on the historical register.
After the mill shut down, he drove over-the-road as a truck driver. He then became the state boiler inspector for the eastern half of Montana. After moving to Bridger, he went back over-the-road and drove for a few more years. Jack decided on a career change; he worked for the Sage Corporation as a truck driving instructor, he taught hundreds of students all over the western United States. While working in Kalispell, he met his wife, Leslie. Together they had Jackson and Jacob.
Jack was contracted through Schlumberger to teach driving in Wyoming and Colorado. He was offered to be hired full-time and to move his family to Egypt. After finding out he was going to be a father again, he declined their offer. A medical issue forced him into early retirement. Jack and Leslie acquired an antique store and ran it for a number of years. However, Jack knew the importance of living on a farm, so the family moved to Opheim. Moreover, he wanted to go back to basics and live on a farm to raise his boys like he was raised. He did enjoy a few years, often hauling for local farmers. Jackson and Jacob loved riding in the semi with their father. Unfortunately, Jack became ill again, and his dream was shattered. He was diagnosed with the early stages of vascular dementia. The most challenging task was for him to surrender his commercial driver’s license.
Jack was raised in the Assembly of God Church and loved the Lord, Jesus Christ. He believed in being saved by grace and the power of prayer. He looked forward to going to church on Sunday mornings. He loved his family, extended family, and friends. Jack and his daughter, Mary, restored a 1965 Mustang as gift to her. Jack was an avid elk hunter in the Blue Mountains in Eastern Oregon. He enjoyed collecting antiques, playing cards, traveling, camping, fishing, hunting, the outdoors, raising goats, and Thanksgiving dinner. He was a master welder and carpenter. Jack was a natural leader and hard worker, but also a prankster, loved to laugh, and always optimistic. He enjoyed singing gospel, country western, and bluegrass music. He was a union and Elks Club member.
Preceding him in death are his parents; his sisters, Lulu Rogee, Vivian Clyde, Peggy Korte, Deloris Brottem, and Dorothy Cranston, and a special nephew J.R. Rogee.

Survivors include his wife, Leslie, of Glasgow, Montana; sons Jeff Bishop of Portland, Oregon, Jackson and Jacob Bishop of Glasgow, Montana; daughters Lori Bishop of Lebanon, Oregon and Mary (Jay) Durkee Albany of Oregon; brothers Fred Bishop of Glendale, Arizona, and Floyd Bishop of Lake Charles, Louisiana; sisters Doris Van Hale of Bemidji, Minnesota, and Leora Simon of Crookston, Minnesota; seven grandchildren; nieces and nephews known as the Brottem bunch of China, Texas; numerous nieces and nephews in Arizona, Georgia, Idaho, Louisiana, Minnesota, Wyoming, and Canada and good friends Tom and Kathy Mudd of Bridger, Montana.
The family would like to thank Hi-Line Retirement Home and the loving care they provided Jack, especially in his last days.
“Dad, you were the best ever, we will always love you and miss you”…Your Kids.
As per Jack’s request cremation has taken place. A memorial service will be 1:00 p.m., Saturday, November 2, 2019 at the Glasgow Evangelical Church with Reverend John Skillman officiating. A luncheon will be served at the church following the service. Condolence may be sent to P.O. Box 727, Glasgow, MT.

Monday, October 21st 2019

Lona Lee (Montgomery) Simensen

Lona Lee (Montgomery) Simensen, beloved wife, mother, and grandmother, passed away peacefully on Saturday, October 19, 2019 at Valley View Home in Glasgow, Montana where she has resided since 2017.

Born April 11, 1934 to Oliver and Viola (Johnson) Montgomery in Wolf Point, Montana, Lona also grew up in Wolf Point where she met and married a handsome young man, the love of her life, Kastor Simensen on April 29, 1950. Together they raised six children: four boys and two girls: Dean, Tom, Mona, Kenn, Marlyce, and Kris.

While at Wolf Point High School, Lona was a cheerleader, a twirler, and drum majorette. She loved the basketball and football games as well as anything involving music.

In her early adult years, Lona was a devoted full-time wife, mother, and homemaker, often singing as she worked. She loved all kinds of music, especially the old gospel hymns, country music, and later on the Gaithers gospel music. She also took time for church activities including choir, lady’s aide activities, even serving as president for a term. When the kids were older, she helped Kastor with his plumbing and heating business by working at the shop, taking phone calls, cleaning, and catching up on her ironing.

She loved to cook and bake and became very good at it. Her family, as well as many friends and neighbors were the beneficiaries, and will always remember her delicious meals and baked goods— especially her homemade buns and cinnamon rolls. She collected cook books, and actually read them, always looking for new recipes to try. She learned and perfected many Norwegian recipes such as meatballs, rice pudding and baked goods.

Lona’s culinary skills, along with her love of people, (possibly her most shining attribute), all came together in 1976 when she and Kastor bought and operated Hamill’s Drive-in in Wolf Point —where she realized her dream of having a “part-time job.” In 1978, the old drive-in was torn down and, in its place, they built Burger Kitchen, a beautiful new restaurant which became a more-than-full-time job for more than 12 years until it was sold.

After selling the Burger Kitchen, they moved to the Park Grove area on the Dredge Cuts of Fort Peck Lake. She and Kastor both loved the outdoors, boating, and traveling the world, including several trips to visit Kastor’s relatives in Norway. They also made time to attend graduations, weddings, and other special events involving their 14 grandchildren. For 12 years, they spent winters in Queen Valley, Arizona, where they met several delightful couples and enjoyed many good times together— golfing, hiking, sightseeing, shows, or just enjoying a meal together.

Lona was preceded in death by her parents, Oliver and Viola Montgomery; Kastor’s parents Torbjorn (Tom) and Andrea Simensen; one sister and her husband, Jeannie and Hans Pohl; brother-in-law James Burt; all of Kastor’s siblings and their wives: Susie and Johannes Osterhus, Gerald and Ruth Simensen, Donald and Dorothy Simensen, and son-in-law Terry Fast.

She is survived by her husband Kastor Simensen of Fort Peck, Montana; sister, Helen Burt of Billings, Montana; her six children: Dean (Lu) Simensen of Minot, North Dakota, Tom (Cathy) Simensen of Kalispell, Montana, Mona Fast of Fort Peck, Montana, Kenn (Lynette) Simensen of Minot, North Dakota, Marlyce (Bill) Braaten of Fort Peck, Montana, and Kristopher (Leslie) Simensen of Glasgow, Montana; plus 14 grandchildren; 17 great-grandchildren, and numerous nieces and nephews.
We are sad and mourning her loss, but also rejoicing over the many promises in the Bible, God’s love letter to us, that Lona is now healed and whole in heaven—with her new body—singing and dancing and praising her Savior, the Lord Jesus Christ for his awesome love and sacrifice, and being reunited with loved ones already there.

A special thank you goes to some “earthly angels” Martha, Joanne, Kim, and all the staff at Valley View Home for your loving care of Mom during her last difficult days and hours on earth.

A memorial service celebrating Lona’s life will be held on Saturday, October 26 at 2PM at Bell Mortuary in Glasgow, Montana.

All are welcome to attend, but if you cannot, cards may be sent to the family at PO Box 125, Fort Peck, Montana 59223.

Memorials in Lona’s name may be given to Valley View Home Foundation, 1225 Perry Lane, Glasgow, Montana 59230

Tuesday, October 15th 2019

Robert J. Schumacher

Robert J. Schumacher, 102, of Glasgow, Montana passed away peacefully at Valley View Home October 10, 2019.

Robert was born to Julius and Jennie (Emler) Schumacher August 2, 1917 in Bloomington Township, Wisconsin. Robert served his country during World War II in the U.S. Navy as a Machinist Mate with the Construction/Builder unit and later settled in the Glasgow, Montana area. He was a part of numerous musical groups and taught many kids how to fish.

Robert is survived by his children, Loetta Kurt, Robert Schumacher Jr., John Schumacher, James Schumacher, Joshua Coder; 11 grandchildren and 9 great-grandchildren and was preceded in death by his daughter Linda Loeffelholz.

Military Honors and a short Time of Remembrance will be at 11:00 a.m. on Thursday, October 17, 2019 at the Bell Mortuary in Glasgow. Burial will be in the Nashua Cemetery in Nashua, Montana.

Tuesday, October 15th 2019

Charles "Chuck " P. Sundeen

Charles “Chuck” P. Sundeen, 60, of Fort Peck, Montana passed away October 13, 2019 at Frances Mahon Deaconess Hospital.

Chuck was born July 12, 1959 to Kenneth and Doris (Lehn) Sundeen in Princeton, Minnesota.

Chuck married Laurie Gobely in 1979 and they made their home in Minnesota. In 1999 they moved to Gillette, Wyoming and eventually made their home in Fort Peck, Montana in 2013. Chuck was a carpenter by trade.

Chuck will be remembered as a great family man, even to the “outsiders”. He loved to make people laugh. Chuck loved all manners of hunting, fishing, snowmobiling and being outdoors; except for golfing.

Chuck is preceded in death by his father. He is survived by his loving wife, Laurie; mom, Doris; daughter Jessica (JD); son Thomas (Tonia); nine grandchildren Kyler, Breanna, Austin, Quinten, Olivia, Taden, TenLea, Taryn and Taya; great-granddaughter Charlotte; brothers Ron, Mark, Brian, and Jeff; sisters Mary, Deb, Jan and Jodi; and numerous nieces and nephews.

A wake will be held from 4-7 p.m., Friday, October 18, 2019 at Bell Mortuary in Glasgow, Montana, with a Rosary being prayed at 7:00 p.m. A Mass of Christian Burial will be 10:00 a.m., Saturday, October 19, 2019 at St. Raphael’s Catholic Church in Glasgow, Montana. Burial will be at a later date.

Condolences may be left at bellmortuaryglasgow.com.

Monday, October 14th 2019

Tuburscia "Toby" Anderson

Monday, October 14th 2019

Tuburscia "Toby" Anderson

Tiburscia “Toby” Anderson, 91, went to be with the LORD on October 10, 2019.

Born the eldest child of the late Alberto and Pilar Gomez on November 27, 1927.

Her entire life was devoted in service to her Savior, Jesus Christ and to her family in whom she loved so very much.

Her early life experience was in the state of Kansas and later in the state of Indiana. Eventually, she married Henry R. Vallejo and settled in Chicago, Illinois and remained there for about 35 years.

Toby and Henry begat a family of 10: Linda, Dolores, Richard, Henry Jr., Rosemary, Albert, Samuel, Patricia, Christine, and David.

In September 1971, Henry her spouse of 23 years passed away.

In August 1974, Toby married Robert L. Anderson of Riverside, California and became a loving mother to Rick, Terry, and Tina Anderson.

She loved her family and friends very much and especially the folks of St. Marie and Glasgow.

Toby remained married to Robert until her death, and is survived by the Vallejo and Anderson children and their spouses, and 120 grand and great-grandchildren.

Family will receive friends 6-8 p.m. Thursday, October 17, 2019 at Bell Mortuary. Funeral services will be 10:00 a.m., October 18, 2019 at the Assembly of God Church in Glasgow, Montana with Pastor Owen Childers officiating. Burial will take place in Highland Cemetery following services.

Condolences may be left at bellmortuaryglasgow.com.

Monday, October 14th 2019

James D. Holmes

James D. Holmes passed away September 30th, 2019, at his home in Freeport, Florida, after a brief bout with an aggressive cancer. He was born the fifth of six children, to Richard Holmes and Minnie Quattlebaum-Holmes in Pulaski County, GA on December 11th, 1931.

James grew up in a farming community, plowing a mule from 8 to 16 years of age, as he loved to tell us. He had a burning desire for an education and a career, which led him to join the Navy at the age of 19 and half years old. During his years in the Navy he served in the Korean War. After receiving his high school diploma, he continued his education at Devry Tech in Chicago, IL and Southern Tech in Chamblee, GA. He never stopped pursuing success, which he eagerly chased. During his 30 years in industry, his perseverance through his career brought him to efficaciously climb the ladder within the corporate world. One of his greatest accomplishments came in 1973 when he was chosen to represent the U.S. State Department to negotiate with the Vietnamese Government, to end the Vietnam War. He also spent 20 years in U.S. Civil Service – the last 10 years he spent with the Space and Missiles System Program. James was a 59-year Master Mason of the Tyrian Lodge in Macon, Georgia. He was a Scottish and York Rites Mason and a Shriner for over 50 years.

However, James Holmes was more than just a hard-working man. He was a revered man by family and friends alike. He was pre-deceased by his parents, Richard and Minnie Holmes, his sister Flora Mae Benford, and his brother Jessie Holmes. His beloved wife, Arlene Holmes, to whom he was married for over 46 years, survives James. He is also survived by his sisters Kathleen Hall, Trudie Warren and brother Louie Holmes; his daughter Pam Wilcox and husband Dr. John Wilcox, his son Bradley Holmes and wife Marshea, and his son Jeffrey Holmes; his six grandchildren Robert Wilcox, Katherine Wilcox, Samuel James Wilcox, Kelly Lynn Wilcox, Judson Holmes, Anna Shea Holmes; his three great-grandchildren Hudson, Landon and Grayson Wilcox; and numerous nieces and nephews. Along with his family that survives him, James will be missed by many friends he has made through his remarkable life.

Funeral graveside services with military honors will be held October 4, 2019, 2:00PM EDT, at Andersonville National Cemetery in Andersonville, GA. Address for Andersonville National Cemetery is 760 POW Road, Andersonville, Georgia 31711.

Graveside services will be held Friday, October 4, 2019 at Andersonville National Cemetery in Andersonville, Georgia beginning at 2 p.m. Military honors will be provided by the United States Navy.

Arrangements and services are under the direction of Davis-Watkins Funeral Home.

Monday, October 7th 2019

Anita Elizabeth Little

Anita Elizabeth Little

On the morning of September 30, 2019, Anita Elizabeth Little passed away peacefully with her family by her side.
Anita was born to Dr. B. P. Little, Jr and A. Charlene (Henry) Little on a spring day in 1955. She attended school in Glasgow and graduated from GHS in 1973. Two of her favorite childhood treats were green beans and a cold hot dog. The fight was on if you asked her to drink her milk! One of her favorite past times growing up was spending time at the cabin at the Pines with her family and the Lynn Grobel family. She held many fond memories from that part of her life.
Anita worked for many years as a desk clerk at the Roosevelt Hotel. She held various jobs in the community throughout her work career and most recently worked as a home care service provider.
Anita made friends wherever she went and always had a smile for all those she greeted. She loved to visit and she made many special friends at Nemont Manor over the years.
Aunt Anita had an unending love for her nieces and nephews. She was very proud of her extended family.
Anita is preceded in death by her parents and grandparents.
Anita is survived by six siblings John (Brenda) Little of Miles City, Montana, Alice (Floyd) Hopstad of Glasgow, Montana, Bridger P. III (Angie) Little of Altus, Oklahoma, Michael Little of Glasgow, Montana, Darin (Donabel) Little of Guam; and Kevin (Kassia) Little of Texas; nieces Annette (Chris) Braaten of Velva, North Dakota, Alicia (Travis) Nielsen of Glasgow, Montana, Molly Little of Burbank, California and Lexie Little of Altus, Oklahoma; nephews Jeremiah (Amy) Hopstad of Billings, Montana, Dustin (Shannon) Little of Gaithersburg, Maryland, Christopher (Katie) Little of Bozeman, Montana and Kiefer (Bianca) Little of Gainesville, Texas and numerous great-nieces and nephews.
A memorial service will be held 1:00 p.m., Friday October 18, 2019 at Bell Mortuary, in Glasgow Montana with Bonnie Novak officiating. A private family inurnment will take place in the Highland Cemetery in Glasgow, Montana.

Monday, October 7th 2019

Roger S. Hetrick

Roger S. Hetrick departed this life on October 2, 2019. He was born November 1,1929 in Glasgow, Montana to parents John (“Stan”) Hetrick and Gertrude (Schultz) Hetrick. He was raised with his sister Betty (Martinsen) in Saco, Montana in the Milk River area. He graduated from Saco High School in 1947.

Roger married Helen (“Nel”) Murdock in 1950, and served in the Army’s 82nd Airborne in Fort Bragg, North Carolina from 1952-1954. Upon returning to Montana, Roger managed a ranch with a large cattle herd outside of Cut Bank for a couple of years, putting many miles on his horse, before he and Nel moved to Glasgow. They later divorced.

Roger moved to California where he married Edith “Ede” Wratislaw. He worked for Plant Maintenance in Martinez, California for 25 years and retired in January 1990 as Vice President/ General Manager. After retirement, he got his real estate license and also developed a passion for golf.

After Ede’s death in 1999, Roger met Bee Bedwell in 2000 and they have been together since then.

Roger is survived by: Bee Bedwell, Albert “Fred” Wratislaw (Mary), Vicki Braden/Nelson, Steve A. Wratislaw (Vicki), and Kirk M. Hetrick; grandchildren Nathan Wratislaw, Natisha Powell (Clint), Heather Wratislaw, Brent Braden (Katherine), Kaysi Braden, Brooke Wratislaw, and Matt Wratislaw; great-grandchildren Carlie and Amanda Powell; Cody Wratislaw; Michael, Alexia and Anthony Braden; Vanessa, Jocelyn and Edith Wratislaw.

Roger will be missed for his love of family and friends, his wisdom and his humor.

A memorial service will be held at Sunset Memorial Gardens in Missoula, Montana at 10:00 AM on Friday, October 25, with burial to follow.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations can be sent to the Alzheimer’s Foundation of America, 322 Eighth Ave. 7th Floor, New York, New York 10001, or the non-profit of your choice.

Monday, October 7th 2019

Leo Ludwig Murr

Leo Ludwig Murr, 87, of Glasgow, Montana, peacefully passed away on October 2, 2019 at Prairie Ridge Village.

Leo was born in Flaxville, Montana to Ludwig J. and Viola C. (Linder) Murr on November 24, 1931. He attended school in Wheeler and Glasgow, Montana. He married Margaret C. Wagar on October 12th, 1954 at the St Raphael’s Parish in Glasgow. He worked as a lineman for Valley Rural Electric for 37 years. The union of their marriage blessed them with five children: Gwen, Leo, Trent, Valerie, and Kent. Leo was an active member of the Knights of Columbus and the St Raphael’s Parish for many years.

Leo will be remembered for his kind eyes and big smile. He loved to play pinochle and was crowned the winner and held the trophy amongst his friends often. He loved homemade baked goods. He never missed a sporting event, especially when it came to his grandchildren’s sports. He loved fishing, camping, horseback riding and going to church every week. He loved his kids, grandchildren and great-grandchildren; it brought joy to his life when they would come to visit.

Leo is preceded in death by his beautiful wife Margaret of 61 years; son, Trent; granddaughter, Amy Murr; son-in-law Curtis Johnson; brother, Anton Murr; sister, Nona Jimison, and parents Ludwig and Viola Murr.

Leo is survived by his sisters Beatrice Johnson and Shirley (Leroy) Siefert; kids, Gwen (Dean) Hawkins, Leo (Diane) Murr, Valerie (Chuck) Barstad, and Kent Murr; grandkids Angela, Travis, Lisa, Tony, Joseph, Chris, Nate, Kylan, Kristi, and Susan; 12 great-grandchildren and numerous nieces and nephews.

Family will receive friends Monday, October 7, 2019 from 6:00 – 8:00 p.m. at Bell Mortuary, Funeral Mass will be Tuesday October 8, 2019 10:00 a.m. at St. Raphael’s Catholic Church with burial in Highland Cemetery.

Monday, October 7th 2019

Cliff Isakson

Cliff Isakson, 76, passed away September 26, 2019, at Valley View with family by his side.

Cliff was born July 24, 1943, to Joe and Verna (Stellflug) Isakson in Opheim, Montana. He was the fifth of six children. He loved horses which began as a young child riding stick horses, he learned pinochle at a very young age and played it as often as he could with anyone willing to take him on. He married Dianna Hallock on November 28, 1964. Together they had three children. He was a ranch hand, veterinary’s assistant, and jailer. He was an avid rodeo fan and attended as many as possible. He enjoyed driving horses and attended wagon trains. He and Diane hosted hayrides for family and friends for many years at their home. For the Christmas stroll he would hook up the team and give hayrides for the town. He also enjoyed hunting with his kids, team roping, and trail rides. Later in life, he couldn’t give horse rides anymore, so he loved giving little ones rides on his electric wheel chair. He loved kids and last words were to his new great granddaughter. He also loved his little four legged friends.

He is survived by his wife Diane; sons Randy (Twylla), Wes; grandchildren Heather (Nick) Delaney, Shyanne Isakson, Cody Kovach, Scott Michael and Tianna Cook; great grandchildren Trevor and Kimber Dulaney, Willow Anne Britsch all of Glasgow; brother Ray of Bellingham, WA, sisters Lorraine Archambeault, Dolly (Ed) Erwin both of Glasgow, sister-in-law Kelly Isakson of Bellingham, WA; numerous nieces and nephews and his lifelong friend Benny Hallock.

He is proceeded in death by his parents Joe and Verna; daughter Brenda Cook; grandchildren Hanna and Ty Cook; brothers Alvin and Marvin.

Service will be held on Friday, October 11th at 2:00 at the First Lutheran Church in Glasgow with Pastor Todd Wright officiating.

Wednesday, October 2nd 2019

Louise "Lucy" (Dees) Linner

Louise “Lucy” M. (Dees) Linner, age 81, passed away peacefully on Monday, September 23, 2019, at Valley View Nursing Home in Glasgow. She was born January 28, 1938 in Hazelton, North Dakota to Fredrick and Christina (Oswald) Jenner. She attended school in Emmons County, North Dakota. Lucy met Edward “Humpty” Dees in 1963 while working at a restaurant in McLaughlin, South Dakota. The two would soon marry. After traveling the country with a drill rig crew, Lucy and Humpty settled in Fort Peck in 1967. Their marriage would produce three sons - Rick, Tim, and Rod. Humpty died in 1973 and Lucy would later go on to marry Darrell Linner, in 1975, and inherit four new children – Dawn, Donovan, Dodee, and Daron. Unfortunately, the two parted ways in 1985.

Lucy began her career as a waitress but later found employment working as a housekeeper for the Lakeridge Inn, the Fort Peck Hotel, and even Valley View Nursing Home, always taking great pride in her work. She loved to go fishing with Humpty and had a fondness for Charley Pride, Johnny Cash and, especially, Elvis. Lucy’s children and grandchildren were the light of her eyes. She showered them with love and spoiled them with sweets. Like clockwork, you could always count on Lucy having a plate of freshly baked caramel rolls on-hand when anyone arrived at her home. Lucy had a huge heart and loved dogs. She provided a home to many over the years. She never missed an episode of “The Bold and the Beautiful” and loved to “play the machines”, once hitting two Royal Flushes in one night. She will be deeply missed by all of her friends and family.

Lucy is survived by sons Rick (Gail) Dees, Tim (Janice) Dees, Rod (Deb) Dees, Donovan Linner, Daron (Christie) Linner, daughters Dawn (Wes) Thompson, and Dodee (Dennis) Oxarart, 18 grandchildren, 6 great-grandchildren, sisters Violet Anderson, Luella Stegeman, and brother Sam Walker. She was preceded in death by brothers Reinhold Walker, Edward Walker, Lavina Opp and Loretta Moser.

A memorial service for Lucy will be held next summer in Fort Peck.

Wednesday, October 2nd 2019

Heather Dawn Opheim

Heather Dawn Opheim

We are deeply saddened to announce the passing of our beloved mother, daughter, sister, and friend, Heather Dawn Opheim. Heather passed away on September 28th at St. Vincent’s Hospital due to health complications.

Heather was born on December 9th, 1978 to Jim and Kari Opheim in Glasgow, MT. Jennifer Jo Opheim is her loving sister and they have many great memories growing up together. She gave birth to her son Deavan Taud Jones on August 7th, 1996. 13 months later he was diagnosed with Type 1 Diabetes and she did everything possible to ensure that he had a healthy and active life. She graduated from Glasgow High School in 1997 with honors and had many friends. She then attended Montana State University-Northern in Havre, MT. She graduated with a double bachelor’s degree and a triple minor. After college, she joined a career in the health insurance field and enjoyed working with people.

Heather’s favorite things to do included going to her son’s sporting events, traveling, attending concerts, trying new foods, and laughing as much as possible. There was always a smile on her face and she loved to spread positivity to everyone she met in her life. She once traveled to Jamaica with Deavan and her best friend Kristi and family. She loved relaxing on the beach and enjoying a cocktail. Everybody who knew Heather knew that she was an avid Oakland Raiders fan and loved going to Montana Grizzlies football games. After many people had tried to convince her to get a dog, she finally got Brutus who she loved dearly. Heather touched so many lives and we are all sad to see her go, but she will be forever loved and missed by many.

Survivors include her precious son Deavan, Father Jim, Mother Kari, Sister Jennifer (Kenny Grimm), Boyfriend Brandon Chase, Dog Brutus. She is also survived by many aunts, uncles, and cousins.

Funeral services will be held on Saturday October 5th at Heights Family Funeral Home and Crematory on 733 Wicks Ln. in Billings, MT at 11:00 a.m.

Monday, September 30th 2019

Melvin Joseph Gauthier

Melvin Joseph Gauthier, age 93, passed away peacefully at Valley View Home September 26, 2019. He was born March 20, 1926 to Edmund and Agnes (Stater) Gauthier in Lake Leelanau, Michigan. Melvin married the love of his life Verna McCastle in 1948. They had three children together- Victor, Timothy and Lisa.

Melvin had a long military career. The military took him to Colorado for basic training, Florida, Alaska, Aleutian Islands, Iceland and ended at the Glasgow Airforce Base, Glasgow, Montana. Mel was trained as a ball turret gunner (aka suicide mission) on a B-17 known as the Flying Fortress. Lucky for his family WWII ended before he had to fly on a mission. Melvin retired after 20 years in the military. He and Verna stayed in Glasgow and purchased Trails West Trailer Court and a few other businesses such as the Clansman Café, Fabric Square and the Country Cafe. His wife, Verna passed away August 1998, just two months short of their 50th Wedding Anniversary.

Mel enjoyed carpentry from building houses to building model boats and planes. He was very skilled and could not only do all the carpentry but also the plumbing and wiring.

When not working Mel loved to travel, hunt, fish and camp. He enjoyed his yearly leave “home to Michigan” in his van to see his brothers and sister.

Mel loved to plant trees and shrubs, he was fondly called Johnny Appleseed by his family, friends and neighbors.

Charlie Pride was Mel’s favorite singer and all his vehicles had Charlie Pride music in them.

Mel was preceded in death by his parents Edmund and Agnes; son, Victor; wife, Verna; his brothers, Dean and Linus and his sister, Emily Walter.

He is survived by his brothers, John (Ruth) and Jim (Phyllis) Gauthier; significant other, Ethel ‘Jan’ Buchheit; son, Timothy (Karen Omdahl); daughter Lisa (Matt) Baxter; grandsons, Tyler (Casey)Edwards, Michael Gauthier and Jeremy Gauthier; granddaughters, Erica (Joshua) Ames, Candice Gauthier (Daniel Shawler), Bailee Baxter; great-grandsons, Michael Ames and Owen Shawler and many nieces and nephews.

Melvin wrote, “Six honorable discharges and not too bad a life all the way.”

Family will receive friends Thursday, October 3, 2019 from 5 to 7 p.m. Bell Mortuary. Mass of Christian Burial will be Friday October 4, 2019 11:00 a.m. St. Raphael’s Parish with Father Jose presiding. Burial with Military Honors will be at Highland Cemetery. Reception following at the Glasgow VFW Post #3107. Memorials can be made to St. Raphael’s Parish in Glasgow, Montana. Condolences may be left at bellfuneralhome@nemont.net

Monday, September 30th 2019

Mildred Floerke Irving

August 2, 1925 - September 24, 2019
Mildred, age 94, passed away on Tuesday morning surrounded by her loving family. She was a country girl who was raised on a cotton farm in Taft, Texas with her two brothers whom she dearly loved. Mildred was a devoted wife and a loving mother and grandmother whose first priority was always family.

Mildred was born August 2, 1925 in Taft, Texas to Max August and Hattie (Schilhab) Floerke. As a young girl, her father taught her how to shoot by aiming at water moccasins in the stock tank of the family farm. She played basketball in high school and learned to play tennis on a sea shell driveway on the farm. She graduated from Taft High School in 1942. Mildred continued playing in college winning the freshman Tennis Championship at Incarnate Word in San Antonio. She stayed physically fit throughout her long life through golf, long walks with friends across town to the post office, and spending time working in the house and the yard.

Mildred was very frugal, having grown up in the Depression and World War II era, and as a young girl she helped her mother sell eggs by the roadside. She was very determined and was a practical, hard-working, “no nonsense” type of person. She was a good neighbor and looked after her friends, values learned in her farming community.

While he was stationed in Corpus Christi, Texas, Mildred met and married Ken Irving, a Navy pilot and flight instructor, in 1945. They moved from Texas to Florida, where Ken was a flight commander on a flattop carrier preparing for the invasion of Japan. After the War they moved to Montana to raise their children where they lived until her death. Initially, Ken had moved to Valley County as a young man to work on the Fort Peck Dam. Mildred worked as a bookkeeper at the Valley County Courthouse for 23 years, first in the Assessor’s Office, then the Treasurer’s Office, and ultimately the Clerk and Recorder’s office until her retirement in 1985. Mildred made many lifelong friends at the Courthouse. Ken retired in 1984 after 47 years working for the Great Northern Railroad. They were active members of the First United Methodist Church.

Mildred was actively involved in the family farm in Texas. She also managed Irving LLC, the building formerly known as the First National Bank Building, of Glasgow- which is now on the National Register for Historic Preservation. She always had a special bond with her family and friends in Texas and traveled there on a regular basis. She enjoyed her brothers’ bar-b-que, trips to Mexico and shopping. Mildred stayed in her beautiful home, where she had lived since 1955, and continued to host ‘the bridge bunch’ every Friday afternoon. She was very good at cards. She and her husband had played couples bridge for almost 50 years.

She was very creative. Among her other lifelong hobbies were sewing, gardening (she entered her prize-winning roses in the Fair), cooking, canning and ceramics. She also enjoyed hunting; once filling both her antelope and deer tags in the same afternoon within minutes apart. She was one of the first elk hunters to draw a tag on the newly introduced elk herd in South Valley County (Ken had been a part of the team that got this herd introduced).

Mildred is preceded in death by her husband, Kenneth L. Irving; brothers, Roy Floerke, Max Floerke, Jr. and Dan Edward Floerke, and sister-in-law Betty Floerke. She is survived by her son, David (Debra) Irving; grandson, Jeff Irving; daughter, Debra (Phil) Freese; nieces, Diane West, Pattie Floerke, and Brenda Floerke; nephews, Monte (Pattie), Benton (Linda), Bart and Brad (Kris) Floerke; sister-in-law PD Floerke, and numerous grand nieces and nephews, as well as her special friends and caretakers Brooklyn McGarry and Connie Wethern. She will be missed by many. In her words, “I will be buried in Glasgow next to my husband, but my heart will always be in Texas.”

Family will receive friends from 6-8 p.m. on Tuesday, October 1, 2019 at Bell Mortuary, Glasgow, Montana. Funeral services will be Wednesday, October 2, 2019 at 11:00 a.m. at the First United Methodist Church in Glasgow, with Pastor Rick Thompson officiating. Condolences for the family may be left at bellmortuarymontana.com or emailed to bellfuneralhome@nemont.net. Memorials can be made to the First United Methodist Church of Glasgow or Valley County Museum.

Thursday, September 26th 2019

Larry Scanlan

Larry Scanlan, 82, was called home to join our heavenly father in the evening of Saturday, September 21, 2019, in Lake Havasu City, Arizona.

Memorial services will be held at a later date.

Larry was born in Fergus, Montana on May 5, 1937. The Scanlan family moved to the Kinsey Project near Miles City in 1940 to farm and ranch. He graduated from Custer County High School where he met the love of his life, Betty Lou Guidice. They were married Dec. 31, 1955.

In the early years after their marriage, they worked construction in the western United States until they returned to Kinsey, Mont., in 1967 to farm and ranch, continuing to do so until 1982. During that period, they raised five children on the farm.

Larry was a Custer County Commissioner from 1977 to 1983. In 1982, they moved to Fort Peck, where they continued their construction business. Having completed many notable projects, one he was very proud to have been a part of was building the NE Montana Veterans Memorial in Fort Peck.

In 1995, Larry and Betty started "snowbirding" in Arizona and New Mexico, joining with her brothers during the winter months. They loved to travel and enjoyed many cruises and other adventures around the world. Their snowbirding resulted in becoming winter residents in Lake Havasu City.

Larry and Betty were proud to have celebrated 62 years of marriage prior to the loss of Betty. Survivors include five children, Valerie Larimore and her husband, Marsh, Les Scanlan and his wife, Patti, Curt Scanlan and his wife, Lori, Tom Scanlan and his wife, Krissie, and Greg Scanlan and his wife, Susan; 12 grandchildren and two great-grandchildren. And of course, their schnauzer, Fritz!

Thursday, September 19th 2019

Leslie Loring (Sam) Kitzenberg

Sunset Hills Funeral home

Leslie Loring (Sam) Kitzenberg died peacefully in his sleep at Evergreen Nursing Home in Hot Springs, MT on September 12, 2019. Sam was 72 years old and suffered the last several years from dementia. Sam is survived by his wife, Ronnie of Deer Lodge, MT; children Mark (Paula) Kitzenberg, Josh Kitzenberg, Samantha (Corey) Kitzenberg of Billings, MT and Jordan (Jake) Lowney of Draper, UT; grandchildren Katie and Cole Kitzenberg, Jackson and Lily Lowney; brother Kim (Mary) Kitzenberg and their children Kyle and Kristina Kitzenberg of Williston, ND. Sam is preceded in death by his parents Leland and Agnes (Thorstenson) Kitzenberg.

Born on July 25, 1947 in Williston, ND to Leland and Agnes Kitzenberg, Sam graduated from Plentywood High School in 1965 and the University of Montana in Missoula, MT in 1969 with a BA in Education.

He married Ronnie Gilman in February 1969 and they moved to Columbia Falls, MT where Sam began a career in education. Sam and Ronnie later moved to Williston, ND where Sam joined the family shoe business (H & H Shoes/Sam’s Shoes) from 1977 to 1990.

Sam went back to school and updated his teaching certificate which led him to a teaching position at Glasgow High School until 2005.

During his time in Glasgow, Sam fulfilled a lifetime dream of serving in the Montana legislature in both House of Representatives and Senate for a period of 14 years. Showing early signs of political ambition, he was elected Boy’s State Governor in 1964, and, from then on, it was full steam ahead! He was extremely proud of his many accomplishments while serving the people of Montana. His accomplishments include: establishing the Fort Peck Fish Hatchery, the Great Plains Dinosaur Museum in Malta, MT and the Fort Peck Interpretive Center in Fort Peck, MT.

He also was instrumental in establishing the All-Day Kindergarten in MT. He was the presenter/champion of the School Bullying Bill and was a leader of the 4 for 2 Highway Campaign. Sam was tenacious on all projects he undertook and rarely took no for an answer, “anything was possible”. Riding around in his green Volkswagon Bug, proclaiming his faith on his license plate, “PRSEHIM”, Sam’s faith was an integral part of his life. He was a Deacon, Sunday School teacher and occasional Lay preacher. Anyone who knew Sam the least little bit, knew he chugged those 12 packs of Diet Pepsi like a thirsty man in the desert. Add a few turkey dinners in the mix, and he was a happy man.

A memorial service is scheduled for Saturday, October 19 at the Senior Citizen’s Center in Deer Lodge, with a reception to follow from 12-3pm. All are welcome to attend and celebrate Sam’s life. In lieu of flowers, please share Sam’s memories at sunsethillsfuneralhomes.net . The family would like to thank the Evergreen Nursing Home in Hot Springs, MT, the Genesis Home and the Renaissance Assisted Living Home in Deer Lodge, MT for their continued quality of care they gave Sam.

Thursday, September 19th 2019

Selma (Toews) Olfert

Selma (Toews) Olfert was born on December 16, 1923, the eighth child of Abram and Helena (Martens) Toews, two of the original homesteaders of Lustre, Montana. She had 2 brothers and 10 sisters (in order of birth: Anna, Abe, Tena, Lena, Sara, Martha, Rudolph, Selma, Mary, Elma, Linda, Viola and Bertha). Midwife Mrs. Baker was present at her birth on the homestead.

Selma attended the Lustre Bible School and then Glasgow High School. During and after school, she worked at Bowles Jewelry as well as serving Glasgow and Lustre homemakers. During later high school years, a close friend was hospitalized in Glasgow. Her surprise visit to serve him a milkshake, led to a long lasting relationship with Elvin. He recovered!

On March 28, 1946, she married Elvin Olfert. She and Elvin moved into their first home on the Olfert homestead which was a converted wooden granary, where they lived, remodeling and updating it for nearly 73 years until his death in December 2017.

Elvin and Selma had 3 children, Ken (Robin) of Seattle, Ron (Etta) of Lustre, and Jeanette Williams of Havre, who preceded both of her parents in death in March 2006. Selma has 9 grandchildren, and 23 great-grandchildren. And she knew them all by name!

Selma was a busy wife and mother. She loved cooking (her zwieback and green bean soup were always hits) but also tending her garden, harvesting the produce and berries. She loved being outside taking meals to the fields, going to the hills for chokecherries and juneberries, and tending her flowers. Then in the later years she loved her sewing projects as long as her eyes could see and Elvin would thread the needle.

She was kind, hospitable, generous, and gracious. Each one of her children, grandchildren and great- grandchildren has special blankets or embroidered pillowcases she made for them. The Seattle grandchildren all have fond memories of picking rocks in the garden and then making zwieback with her!

She loved and asked about people, the kids, grandkids, and great-grandchildren, taking a great deal of interest in their lives, praying for them each daily by name. During the last years, when her vision and hearing were failing, and she was alone in a room, she often would be singing, quoting Scripture, or praying for her family.

Selma understood forgiveness in a very personal way. First, needing forgiveness from her Heavenly Father, she then felt the need to offer it and receive it from those around her. This was a life-long process bringing her much peace and joy.

Her life verse was Galatians 2:20 and was quoted to almost all of her care givers, friends, and family. “I have been crucified with Christ and I no longer live, but Christ lives in me. The life I now live in the body, I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave himself for me.”

Selma especially appreciated the care given by the staff of Valley View and Glasgow Hospital prior to her death. Not remembering all of their names, she called them “servants”. She passed away at the Glasgow Hospital on Saturday, September 14, enjoying the “party” of visiting children and friends.

Selma is survived by her siblings, Rudolph, Viola and Bertha; sons, Ken (Robin); grandchildren Jeff (Heidi) and their 2 children, Stephen (Carmen) and their 3 sons, Stacy (Scott) Rupp and their daughter, and Grant Olfert; Ron (Etta); grandchildren Landon (Mindy), and their 5 children, Dawson (Alicia), and their 5 children, Ronda (Anthony) Lind and their 4 daughters, Caleb (Becca) and their 3 children, and Dhana Olfert.

Funeral services will be 10:00 a.m., Saturday, September 28, 2019 at the Lustre MB Church in Lustre, Montana with Pastor Frank Lenihan officiating. Burial will follow at the Lustre MB Cemetery.

To honor Selma’s desire to give to others her many gifts of time and love, gifts may be sent may be sent to El Roi School in Haiti (www.elroihaiti.com) or a charity of your choice.

Tuesday, September 17th 2019

Cecil D. Spear

Cecil D. Spear of Glasgow, age 78, passed away at Valley View Nursing Home on September 15, 2019. He was born on April 5, 1941 in Scobey, Montana to Florence (McCabe) and Donald Spear. He graduated from Opheim High School in 1959 and served in the US Marine Corp from 1961 to 1965. He was Honorably Discharge as a Corporal in August of 1965. Cecil then returned home to work on the family ranch.
In 1976 Cecil married Anna Lavey of Scobey. They later were divorced. To this union one child, Tara, was born. Cecil raised Tara in Opheim until she graduated in 1998. During this time, he worked for PRO-COOP. After he retired from PRO-COOP, he worked for Virgil and Travis Nelson on their family Farm/Ranch.
He remained living in Opheim until 2011. He then moved to Glasgow to be closer to Logan and Tara. This was a very special time in his life enabling him to have an even closer relationship with his daughter and son-in-law. Cecil was able to enjoy many family holiday dinners and BBQ’s with Tara and Logan.
In the community of Opheim, Cecil was very active and always had a smile on his face. His home was always open for anyone who wanted a cup of coffee or a hot meal. He loved cruising the town of Opheim with his best buddy, Jake Dog.
Survivors include his daughter, Tara (Logan) Hicks of Glasgow; sister, Eunice (Bill) Benjamin of Billings; and brother, Larry (Kathy) Spear of Roslyn Washington. He is also survived by numerous nieces, nephews and cousins.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Donald and Florence Spear; grandparents and numerous aunts, uncles and cousins.
Memorial services will be Friday September 20, 2019 at Bell Mortuary at 3:00 PM with Pastor Herb Sand officiating. Cremation has taken place; the family will have a private burial at a future date. A luncheon will be held following the services at the Elks Club.
The family would like to thank Doctor Anne Millard-Bradley for her wonderful care over the years and the wonderful nurses and Staff at FMDH. Also, a special thanks to the staff at Valley View Nursing Home for the amazing care they provided for Cecil.

Thursday, September 12th 2019

Glyn M. Bjerke

A celebration of life service for Glyn M. Bjerke will be 2:00p.m. Monday, September 16, 2019 at the Pleasant Prairie Lutheran Church south of Flaxville. Please note this will be an outdoor service next to the church. Cremation has taken place.

Glyn M. Bjerke, 85 died at the Daniels Memorial Health Care in Scobey on September 10, 2019.

Waller Funeral Home of Scobey has charge of arrangements.

Monday, September 9th 2019

Franklin B. Hill

Franklin B. Hill, age 85, of Nashua, Montana, passed away at Sky Ridge Medical Center in Lone Tree, Colorado on Monday, September 2, 2019 following a brief illness. Franklin was born July 1, 1934 to Byron and Bertina (Haugen) Hill in Nashua, Montana, the youngest of five children. He graduated from the Nashua School in 1953.

Franklin met his sweetheart, Joyce Rawe, in high school and they married on September 16, 1955.

In 1957, Franklin took over the Rawe farm. Farming was Franklin’s main passion, and it carried through until his death. Having a small herd of cattle gave Franklin enjoyment as well as the comfort of familiarity that he’d known since childhood.

Franklin’s interests included airplanes and electronics. These interests compelled him to earn a private pilot’s license and complete a home-study course in electronics. He and his wife were also founding members of the Evangelical church in Glasgow, Montana. In his spare time, Franklin liked tinkering with anything mechanical or with farm maintenance.

Preceding him in death were his parents and his siblings, Gladys-Rachel Naasz, Iner Hill, Lewis Hill, and Walter Hill.

Franklin is survived by his wife, Joyce; sons, Arnold Hill and his wife Ann, of Nashua, and Douglas Hill and his wife Robin, of Glendive, Montana, and numerous nieces and nephews.

Franklin’s Family Will Receive Friends from 4:00 p.m. until 6:00 p.m. on Wednesday, September 11, 2019 at the Bell Mortuary Chapel in Glasgow. A graveside Funeral Service will take place at 11:30 a.m. on Thursday, September 12 in the Nashua Cemetery with a reception to follow at the Nashua Senior Center.

In lieu of flowers, please donate to the charity of your choice.

Tuesday, August 27th 2019

Philip Woodrow Turner

Philip Woodrow Turner, age 66, passed away of natural causes at his home in Nashua, Montana on Thursday morning, August 22, 2019. He was a dearly loved son, brother, and uncle.

Philip was born on December 5, 1952 at Francis Mahon Deaconess Hospital to Kenneth D. Turner and Marjorie Pehrson Turner. He was the 5th of 8 children. Philip received all 12 years of his education at the Nashua School and graduated in 1972. He was baptized and confirmed at Our Redeemer Lutheran Church in Nashua. In approximately 1987 Philip accepted Jesus as his Lord and Savior at Assembly of God Church in Billings, Montana. He was so happy about the occasion.

He was a heavy equipment operator. His formal training of heavy equipment was obtained as a young man at Turner Construction Company. Philip worked in heavy equipment all his life and was especially proud of his First-Place trophy’s won at Heavy Equipment Rodeos at Glenrock Coal Company where he worked for approximately 10 years. Philip also appeared in the movie “Son of the Morning Star” when it was filmed in Billings, Montana. It was something he really enjoyed and was very proud of.

He loved all kinds of animals and would bring many of them home – even wild ones – much to his parent’s dismay. He was an avid hunter and fisherman and loved the outdoors and camping. He also had a keen sense of humor and was good at making us all laugh.

The name ‘Philip’ means “Lover of Horses” and his middle name ‘Woodrow’ means ‘house by the woods’. Both names fit Philip perfectly. He was especially proud to be named after his Uncle Woodrow Pehrson- who was killed in WWII.

Philip led a difficult life and fought the demons of mental illness. He self-medicated with drugs and alcohol, leading to abuse. He had a heart of gold and would help anyone who needed help. He did many good things for others and no matter what he was facing at the time, he always managed a smile and a laugh. One of the times Philip was really happy was while working for Beartooth Ranch as an outfitter, up off the Stillwater River.

Philip is survived by two children, his first daughter, Kathy Boyum Adkins and his second daughter, Michele Lynn Turner. Phil was married while living in Glenrock, Wyoming to Barb, Michele’s mother. Philip is also survived by his loving mother, Marjorie Turner; his brothers, Vern, Steven, and David (Janet) Turner; his sisters, Linda (Melvin) Novak, Wanda (Ron) Schodt, Patricia (Jerry) DeVille, his sister-in-law Maureen Turner; his two grandchildren, Hadynn and Gavin Adkins; along with many nieces, nephews, aunts, and uncles. Bob Sprinkle was Philip’s lifelong friend from childhood & was like a brother to him. Philip was preceded in death by his father, Kenneth Turner and brother Darryl Turner.

Memorial services will be Thursday, August 29, 2019 at Bell Mortuary at 11:00 a.m. with Pastor Jeannie Bergstrom officiating. Burial will be in the Nashua Cemetery.

A luncheon will be held following the services at the Cottonwood Inn. Please bring your funny stories of Philip to share. Inurnment will take place at a later date. Memorials are suggested to the family towards defraying burial expenses.

Philip will be loved and missed dearly by all who knew him.

Monday, August 26th 2019

Barbara Ruth Beil

Barbara Ruth Beil, age 99, of Glasgow, Montana, passed away August 23, 2019 at Frances Mahon Deaconess Hospital, in Glasgow, Montana. Family will receive friends from 6 - 8 p.m. Thursday, August 29 at Bell Mortuary. Funeral services will be held at 10 am, Friday, August 29, 2019 at the Bell Mortuary with Howard Pippin officiating. Burial will be in Hillview Cemetery, Hinsdale, Montana. A luncheon will be at the Willie Nelson American Legion Post #45 in Hinsdale following the burial.

Ruth was born on July 5, 1920 at 6 a.m. (a hot Monday morning) to James Chittick and Jessie Mae (Hill) Beil at their farm home north of Hinsdale.

“The year I was six our house was built and also the school I attended through 8th grade which Dad was instrumental in getting the school. At the time I finished 8th grade, students took state exams in order to pass into High School. I was pretty proud to come in second in all of Valley County. Graduates were invited to celebrate in Glasgow, which was exciting: we went to a movie, received awards at the High School, The Scottie Band played, and both the Governor and State Superintendent of Schools were there. While attending Hinsdale High School I lived at the dormitory during the week (I liked it) graduating in 1938. I attended Margaret Woods School of Cosmetology in Great Falls, Montana from 1940-1941. I owned the Hinsdale Shop from 1941-43.

World War II began and I felt very patriotic, but also wanted to get away from Hinsdale, so I joined the WAAC. I didn’t tell my parents until after I joined, but they thought it was ok. When I got told that I was going to Camp Monticello, Arkansas I thought it was the end of the world-but it was rather nice. One of the first things we had to do was run down a pig that was on the post to kill snakes. I didn’t run fast. This camp was built for Japanese Detainees, but our WAAC Detachment was first on the base. My first day there, I was given the job of waking the girls in my barracks. Even though I had borrowed an alarm clock, I slept right on. The officer in charge realized we hadn’t had much sleep the night before and so forgave me. The Mississippi River had flooded, so when it was time to leave, no trains could get through, so we spent an extra few days there. Most of us were afraid we’d be sent to “Cook and Bakers School;” - a few were. When word came that many of us would go to New York City to the Army Post Office, we were elated. The Army had taken over a twelve story hotel, the Collingwood, which was filled with WAACs, but it had no KP and some maid service. I worked in the section for mail that hadn’t been delivered. It was really exciting for a young Hinsdale, Montana native to get to the city. It took several days for some of us to go further than the end of the block. Of course, we marched to work. There were always free tickets for such things as plays, Metropolitan Opera and sports (that I wasn’t too interested, but did go once to Yankee Stadium over in Brooklyn). One summer we each had a week of R+R at Vassar.

At the end of the war, I didn’t have quite enough points to leave the service so was sent to Camp Shanks, near Nyack, New York. There I worked in the Identification Department where fingerprints and pictures were taken. We had German POW’s and Italian detainees come through: the Germans were very sullen but the Italians were happy-go-lucky. I was sent from New York to Camp Beale, California for my discharge, it seemed a little stupid, but that was the first time I had seen palm trees. After the discharge I stayed overnight in a hotel across from the Capital in Sacramento. Then it was home in a very old railway car. I believe, that was about January 4, 1946.

After staying with mother and Dad for a few months, I came to work in Glasgow. About 1949, a young woman came to Glasgow to organize a Beta Sigma Phi Group. It has been a very fine organization for young women. I was president a couple of times and made some very good friends. In 1951, another operator and I opened a beauty salon on 4th Street, where the Clansman once was. I operated that until 1962 when I had the chance to go into the in the Big “G” Shopping Center. (In 2007 Ruth retired at the age of 87.) In 1966, I joined the Eastern Star at Hinsdale. I have been quite active. I was Worthy Matron two times and have held several offices. In 1947 I was talked into joining Emmanuel White Shrine in Glasgow. I was sure I would never be very active, but was voted into office when I was on vacation and after that went to the east as Worthy High Priestess. I held that office for many terms and loved it. It was a sad time for many of us when we had to give up our charter.

I did not take a lot of vacations, but I had some very memorable ones: Mexico -1963, Lake Louise -1961, Vancouver and Victoria -1961, Alaska -1981, Florida (three times),the Tetons in Wyoming was great, Indiana, Seattle, Minneapolis several times, Glacier and Yellowstone Parks many times. In 2001 Dave and Lora graciously allowed me to accompany them to New York. The highlight was to hear Ginger solo at Carnegie Hall. That same year Gene, Evelyn and I went to Indiana to visit relatives and how glad we were to have gone then as so many of them passed away soon after.”

Ruth is survived by sister-in-law Evelyn Beil of Hinsdale, Montana; niece Lora Reinhardt (Dave) of Hinsdale, Montana; nephews, Fred Beil (Betty Lou) of Tenseness, Ed Beil (Dora Jean) of Hinsdale, Montana; Lester Beil (Mary) of Reed Point, Montana, Keith Beil (Myla) of Hinsdale, Montana, Jim Beil (Tori) of Nevada; many great-nieces and nephews; and great-great-nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Jessie and James Beil; brothers, Lewis and Gene Beil; and great-great-nephew Dustin Beil.

She will long be remembered for her appreciation for the small joys of life and her determination to speak her own mind.

Monday, August 26th 2019

Darrell Phillip Nordhagen

Monday, August 26th 2019

Darrell Phillip Nordhagen

Darrell Phillip Nordhagen

Darrell Phillip Nordhagen of Billings, age 89 passed away in Billings, MT, on August 21, 2019. He was born 10 July 1930 at Rural Westby, Montana to Arthur and Edna Stageberg Nordhagen. He graduated from Westby High School in 1948, and served in the United States Air Force from 1948 to 1952 with an Honorable Discharge as Staff Sergeant. Upon entry into the USAF, Darrell passed a 2 yr college equivalency exam and was promoted to Staff Sergeant before he was old enough to vote. He was employed in Wolf Point and Miles City, Montana for three years. Then was a Civilian employee of the United States Air Force at Fortuna, North Dakota. He was then transferred to the Glasgow Air Force Base as one of the first employees there. In 1959 he transferred into the United States Post Office in Glasgow, Montana.

He married Darleen Isakson 15 August 1959 and they made their home in Glasgow. In 1962 he transferred into the Post Office in Plentywood, Montana and also farmed at Westby, Montana. In the winter of 1965 they moved to Opheim, Montana and began ranching and farming. They retired in 1989 and moved to Billings, Montana.

He was an active member of the American Legion, and was a Patriot with an “America First” attitude. During retirement he was a populist believing that the government and its policies had strayed far from the Constitution created by our Founding Fathers. He said he was not a leader, nor a follower—simply independent.

Survivors include his wife Darleen and three daughters; Darla (Jeff) Larson of Opheim/Glasgow, MT, Darlis Nordhagen of Portland, OR, Darcie (Tim) Knight of Lubbock, TX, and son, Daren (Shelby) of Phoenix, AZ. Also surviving are his grandchildren, Kayla Larson and her daughter Audrey, Jayme (Mark) Iddins and their children Brooklyn and Jackson and Bryan Larson, Azia, Dayne and Reeve Smith, and Braden and William Knight. His sister, Arlee (Dick) Chamblin of Mesa, AZ, Sister in-law Delores Nordhagen of Williston, North Dakota, Sister in-laws, Joyce Devoy of Glendive and Marlis Ziskin of Albuquerque, New Mexico.

He was preceded in death by his parents Art and Edna Nordhagen and one brother Thomas Nordhagen, one Grandson, Michael Church Nordhagen, three Brother in-Laws, Walt Devoy, Chet Munger and Steven Ziskin and one Sister in-Law, Marie Ann Nordhagen.

Graveside services will be held on Monday, August 26, at 1 p.m. at the McElroy Cemetery in the Westby area followed by a lunch reception at the Westby Community Center. An additional reception for family and friends will be held in Opheim on Tuesday, August 27 from 2-4 p.m. at the Outpost Cafe. Memorial donations may be made to the charity of your choice.

Monday, August 19th 2019

Joan McGarvey

Services for Joan McGarvey will be 11AM Saturday, August 24, 2019 at the Fulkerson Memorial Chapel in Plentywood. Joan McGarvey, 82, of Plentywood (formerly of Grenora) died August 16, 2019 at the Sheridan Memorial Hospital. Joan was devoted mother to Steve, Randy & Tim Muse. A full obituary will be released when completed by the family.
Fulkerson Funeral Home of Plentywood has charge of arrangements: read the complete obituary, post remembrances, send cards and flowers online at www.fulkersonsplentywood.com

Monday, August 19th 2019

Merle R. Kaasa

Merle R. Kaasa, age 54, went to join his parents as a result a farming accident on Wednesday, August 14th, 2019.

Merle Richard Kaasa was born to Osbourne “Ozzy” & Joy Kaasa on January 19, 1965 in Malta, MT. Merle grew up in Dodson, working on the family farm and graduating from Dodson High School in 1983. He loved playing basketball in high school. His mother Joy kept a large scrapbook of his basketball games. Merle touted himself an “OK ball player that was “kinda big and slow”. To his mom, he was a talented player as she tallied and archived his games stats over the years – including fouls. His Dodson Coyote Team saw much success his senior year. Merle had a very close relationship with both parents. Ozzy was glad to have his son by his side until his death in 1997. He worked on the family farm until it was sold.

Merle married Jacki Berrisford in 2001. They welcomed sons, Dalton & Charlie and operated Jake’s Bar in Saco until they later divorced.

Merle worked for Wes Whitaker, Tom Boschee, and Gary Anderson throughout the years. In 2012, Merle went to work for Galen Zerbe at Zerbe Farms. He and the boys moved up to the Pearson Place at Richland.

According to Dalton, Merle loved it when harvest and seeding were done and he could get to hauling grain in the Maroon Kenworth truck that he drove for Zerbes. It was his baby. He hated it when Daryl would drive his truck and “tear it up”. Merle’s favorite car was a 1967 GTO. It was his dream car. He had been looking for one and almost had one found last year.
Merle loved playing pool league, darts, and palling around with his buddies from Malta/Dodson area during his years in Phillips County.

Merle was known for being a hard worker, never asked for much of anything and appreciated anything given to him. Things didn’t matter to Merle – people did. To him your handshake meant more than your checkbook. Merle valued the friendships he developed over the years like that with Galen, Daryl and John.

Merle’s world revolved around his boys, Dalton (17) & Charlie (11). He enjoyed going to their basketball games, their “guy” trips to Havre, and just spending time together at home.

Merle is preceded in death by his parents, Ozzy & Joy; and half siblings, Charlie Kaasa (Ozzy) and Christine Kaasa (Ozzy).

He is survived by sons, Dalton Kaasa & Charles “Charlie” Kaasa of Richland; half-brother, Alan “Butch” Fleming (Joy) of Wisconsin, half-sister Lynn Fleming (Joy) of Kalispell; uncle, Art Kaasa of Bowdoin; aunt, Mary Jane Ketchum of Hinsdale; numerous nieces, nephews and cousins- including Dale Kaasa of Malta and Duane (Wanda) Berrisford of Hinsdale; and many life friends.
Merle Kaasa will forever be missed and his legacy will live on through his boys whom he cherished.
Merle’s family will receive friends from 5:00 p.m.to 7:00 p.m. on Monday, August 19 at the Bell Mortuary in Glasgow. His Funeral Service will be at 11:00 a.m. on Tuesday, August 20- also at the Bell Mortuary. A luncheon will follow the service. Merle will be buried next to his mother, Joy, in the Dodson Cemetery at 3:00 p.m.

Friday, August 16th 2019

Mitchel Joseph Etchart

Mitchel Joseph Etchart was born in Glasgow, Montana on August 11, 1921 to John and Catherine Etchart, Basque immigrants. He passed away on August 13, 2019. He was the third of five children. He grew up in Tampico, Montana and had fond memories of going to school in a one room school house he called “Tampico Tech”. He graduated from Glasgow High School with the Class of 1938. He also graduated from St. Thomas College in Minnesota with a degree in Economics.

Mitch’s brother Gene taught him to fly at Gene’s flying school in Havre in 1940 as part of the Civilian Pilot Training (CPT) program. Gene was an important influence throughout Mitch’s life and he always looked up to him. Mitch hauled gas in 5 gallon cans to fuel airplanes to earn money for his lessons. In the spring of 1941 he completed the secondary CPT course at Johnson’s Flying Service in Missoula. By July 1941 he had become a certified flight instructor and held a commercial license at the age of 19. Mitch was then a CPT instructor for Lynch’s Flying Service in Belgrade, MT until Pearl Harbor.

Mitch entered the Army Air Corps in July 1943. He instructed Primary Air Corps cadets in Stearman biplanes and Basic Training cadets in BT-13s in Lancaster, CA. After World War II ended, he joined the Air Reserve Squadron and served for 20 years. He retired as a Lieutenant Colonel in the U.S. Air Force.
Mitch Etchart retired from flying in 2009 at the age of 88. He had over 10,000 hours of flight time and was a certified flight instructor with over 69 years of flying experience. Mitch received the Wright Brothers “Master Pilot” Award in 2004. Flying was his true passion.

Mitch returned to the ranch in 1945 upon the death of his father. He and his brother Mark eventually took over Etchart Ranch and enjoyed a lifetime partnership raising sheep and cattle. They were involved in all aspects of the ranch, including sheep and cattle drives. Working together they spent a half century running Etchart Ranch. They weathered northeast Montana’s extreme conditions, volatile markets and long distances. Mitch retired from ranching in 1993 when Page Whitham purchased Etchart Ranch.

Mitch met his future bride, Donna Lee Squires, in St. Paul in 1950. They were married in 1952 at St. Raphael’s. They raised a family of five children: Danielle, Rita, Paulette, Nancy and Paul. Mitch and Donna had a great life together. They loved traveling, boating at Fort Peck, attending their grandchildren’s activities and flying to air shows whenever they could. Sister Ferne and family visited every summer to enjoy the lake with him and his family. Mitch loved his friends and liked to visit and play cards with them. He especially enjoyed his talks with brother Leonard on visits to Billings in later years.

His advice to his children was often “use a little judgement” and the motto he lived by was “keep it simple”. His faith, family, flight, friends and fun was the essence of his life.

Etchart was an active member of the community serving on many boards over the years, including the Montana Pilots Association, Montana Stockgrowers, Frances Mahon Deaconess Hospital, Montana Wool Growers Association, the American Legion and many more. He was also President of the Montana Association of State Grazing Districts.

He is predeceased by his wife, Donna Lee; his daughter, Nancy; his parents, John and Catherine; his brothers Gene, Mark and Leonard and his sister, Ferne. He is survived by his children: Danielle (Einar) Anderson, Rita (Mitch) Gallagher, Paulette (Jon Satre) Etchart, and Paul (Barb) Etchart; grandchildren: Angie Watson, Lisa Swanson, Nicole Anderson, Thomas Gallagher, Alyssa Furman, Alex Gallagher, Erik Satre, Aron Satre, Brooke Satre, Evan Etchart, Emily Etchart and Ethan Etchart; great grandchildren: Quinn Swanson, Lauren Watson, Connor Swanson, Ealin Gallagher and Shelby Metz; sister-in-law Delores Etchart; brother-in-law Leon Squires and many nieces and nephews.

He was a founding member of the Glasgow High School Educational Trust. In lieu of flowers, please send memorials to the GHS Educational Trust, 904 Wedum Drive, Glasgow, Montana 59230.

A Rosary will be prayed 6:00 p.m., Sunday, August 25, 2019 at St. Raphael’s Catholic Church in Glasgow, Montana. A Funeral Mass will be 10:00 a.m., Monday, August 26, 2019 at St. Raphael’s Catholic Church with Father Jose Valliparambil presiding. Following Mass there will be a reception and fellowship at the Glasgow Elk’s Lodge. A private family burial is scheduled in Highland Cemetery.

Thursday, August 15th 2019

Albert George Franzen

Albert George Franzen, 88, of Glasgow Montana passed away peacefully August 10, 2019.

Albert was born September 7, 1930 to John and Alma (Willer) Franzen at Anna Chester’s Boarding House in Hinsdale, Montana. He attended school in Hinsdale for six years and then the family moved to Glasgow where he went to school until he went to work for his sister and brother-in-law, Charlotte and Clarence Fuhrman at their family farm near Opheim.

Albert joined the Army in 1948, serving in the Army Reserves. He was called to active duty in the Korean War and was honorably discharged in 1952. He completed his GED while serving his country. After returning from Korea he went back to work for Clarence and Charlotte. While working for them he met the love of his life, Doris Johnston. The couple married July 1, 1954.

That fall he went to work for Wagenhal’s Electric. Albert worked for several electric shops and earned his Master Electrician License. In 1982, he went into business with his brother-in-law, Bud Johnston, together they opened Glasgow Electric. He retired in 1993 to enjoy his family.

His family started with the birth of Rollie in 1955, 360 days later Brenda came along. Over the next twelve years the family grew to a total of eight children: Ann, Sharon, Louise, Linda, Bridger (Albert was so surprised it was a boy after five girls. He didn’t believe Doris so he had to go and check the equipment) and Theresa.

In 1961, Albert and Doris decided to build a home for their ever growing family. They constructed a beautiful five bedroom, one bathroom house that became a home for ten people. The second bathroom wasn’t added until most of the kids had moved out on their own. Once the children moved out there was no need for the large country home, so they moved to town in 1988. Their new home was a fixer-upper that they remodeled to reflect Albert’s many talents.

Albert and Doris enjoyed many happy retirement years with family and friends. One highlight was traveling to China with their son and daughter-in-law. He was a creative card player and taught his children how to cheat. We never played for money. It was all for fun! He was a member of St. Raphael’s Catholic Church, VFW Post 3107, International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers Local 233 and 8th District Unions, Valley County Mosquito Board and Friends Of The Pioneer Museum.

He left this world a very happy man feeling blessed by his beautiful family!

Albert is survived by his wife of 65 years, Doris. Albert was often heard saying “she’s such a wonderful woman!”; children Rollie (Lorie) Franzen of Henderson, Nevada, Brenda (Butch) Leckie of Glasgow, Montana, Ann (Tim) Potter of Glasgow, Montana, Sharon (Nick) Thelen of Kenmare, North Dakota, Louise (Clem) Lemieux of Glasgow, Montana, Linda (Jimmy) Kuich of Spanaway, Washington, Bridger (Thelma) Franzen of Henderson, Nevada and Theresa (Allen) Sevareid of Belgrade, Montana; 22 grandchildren, 30 great-grandchildren, one great-great-granddaughter and numerous nieces and nephews.

He is preceded in death by his parents, John and Alma; brothers, Bill and Tom Franzen, and Virgil Barnett; sister, Charlotte Barnett Fuhrman; infant sister, Dorothy Franzen and grandson, Derek Leckie.

Family will receive friends 4:00-6:00 p.m., Sunday, August 18, 2019 at Bell Mortuary in Glasgow, Montana. A Mass of Christian Burial at St Raphael’s Catholic Church will be 10:00 a.m., Monday, August 19, 2019 with Father Jose Valliparambil presiding. Burial with Military Honors will be at Highland Cemetery. Albert’s family asks that in lieu of flowers, donations be made in Albert’s memory to Friends Of The Pioneer Museum, VFW Post # 3107, Valley County Hope Project, St. Vincent’s Health Care Foundation in Billings, or Milk River Activity Center.

Wednesday, August 14th 2019

Audrey L. Feda

Audrey L. Feda, 89, passed away Wednesday, August 14, 2019 at Frances Mahon Deaconess Hospital in Glasgow, Montana.

Audrey was born in Missoula, Montana to Robert and Edna (Fuller) Wingo. She attended grade school in Missoula, graduated from Hellgate High School, in 1947 and went to Western Union School in California. After a short time in Dillon, she was sent to Glasgow to manage the local Western Union Office; in fact, she was the manager during President Truman's visit to Glasgow. She was raised by a single mother and she knew the value of hard work and even taught herself to drive as an adult.

It was in Glasgow she met Gerald “Jerry” Feda and they were married June 10, 1950, after a year and a half courtship. Jerry and Audrey settled in Glasgow and raised four children. They had a life full of adventures: from boating on Fort Peck to trips to Rome and Africa. A small part of their time was spent in Helena while Jerry was in the legislature and Audrey was able to experience another a circle of friends and activities. They set the standard when it came to marriage.

Audrey enjoyed her yard, playing with her bridge group, needlepoint, good books, crossword puzzles and sewing many of her daughters’ and her clothing. She loved her family and coffee. Her wit and humor were admired by those close.

She is preceded in death by her parents; infant daughter, Katherine; son, Daniel; sister, Barbara and brother, Gene.

Audrey is survived by Gerald, her husband of 69 years; daughters, Valerie (Duane) Bauch, Janice (John) Swanson and Donna Weise; grandchildren, Marie, Anne, Lisa, Julie, Joe, Beth, and Lana; 14 great-grandchildren and three great-great-grandchildren.

A Rosary will be Thursday, August 15, 2019 at 7:30 p.m. at Bell Mortuary in Glasgow, Montana. A Mass of Christian Burial will be 3:00 p.m., Friday, August 16, 2019 at St. Raphael’s Catholic Church in Glasgow with Father Jose Villiparambil presiding. Burial will be in Highland Cemetery in Glasgow, Montana. This would have been her 90th birthday. Condolences may be left at bellmortuarymontana.com.

Tuesday, August 13th 2019

Lalon Roger Trang

Lalon Roger Trang, 83, of Nashua, Montana, died Thursday, August 8, 2019, in the Intensive Care Unit of St. Vincent’s Hospital in Billings, Montana. Our beloved father, husband, grandfather and great-grandfather will be missed, but he's no longer in pain, and for that we are grateful.

A memorial service will be held at Bell Mortuary, in Glasgow, Montana, on Wednesday, Aug. 21, at 11:00 a.m. He will be laid to rest in the Nashua Cemetery in Nashua and a gathering of his friends and family will follow at the Nashua Senior Citizens Center.

Lalon was born on February 7, 1936, to Ole and Anna (Paulson) Trang. He was raised on a farm in the Ossette community with his two sisters and four brothers. From the very beginning, he developed a love for the land and farming. After graduating from Glasgow High School in 1954, he married the schoolteacher at the Cottonwood School across from the farm, Arlene Ramsbacher, on June 15, 1958.

He received his draft notice in the mail on the day they returned from their honeymoon, and he served in Fort Carson, Colorado, and Fort Lewis, Washington, for the next two years. He then received “an early out” to go home and run the farm. He was honorably discharged from the Army Reserve on August 31, 1964.

Lalon loved farming, ranching, family and sports. His favorite time of day was the early morning. He loved breathing in the crisp, cool air and listening to the birds sing as he started the daily chores. Lalon was also a carpenter. When he wasn’t tending to fields or caring for cattle, he was busy remodeling or building additions to his own home, sharing his love for woodworking with his kids by building projects alongside of them, or building cabinets in his workshop for neighbors in the surrounding areas. He played on the Ossette baseball team with his neighbors, even during harvest, and he attended all his children's events at the Peerless School and surrounding area. One of his favorite pastimes was to drive to the Silver Dollar in Richland and play Pitch.

He was elected to the Daniels County Board of Commissioners in 1996 and served for approximately 10 years. In 2008 he left his commissioners job mid-term to move to Wyoming to raise goats, but they stayed there for just a few months. Upon their return from Wyoming, they moved into Lorel Waarvik's house in Nashua.

He was a member of the Peerless School Board, served on the board of the Richland Oil Station, Our Savior’s Lutheran, and the Grace Lutheran Church in Nashua. He was confirmed in Glasgow by Rev. Huseby and later became a member of Our Savior’s Lutheran Church, of Larslan, Montana, where he maintained his membership until its closure in 1994. He was married at Our Savior's Lutheran and his oldest son was also married there in 1992. He became a member and was a regular attendant at Grace Lutheran in Nashua at the time of his death.

He was preceded in death by his parents; two sisters, Borghild Trang and Millie (Trang) Clausen; and three brothers, Lavern, Jake and Ernie.

Lalon is survived by his wife of 61 years, Arlene; three sons, Roger (Terry), Kelly (Pam) and Thom (Dina) Trang; two daughters, Barb (Mike) Castleman and Vicki (Justin) Heupel; thirteen grandchildren, Taylor (Chaz) Hopstad, Matt (Melissa) Sonsteng, Jessica Sonsteng, Morgan Trang, Jake Trang, Caleb Trang, Elia (Scott) Jarvis, Logan Castleman, Nathan Trang, Mikaela Trang, Abigail Trang, Luke Heupel and Evan Heupel; three great-grandchildren, Reese Sonsteng, Kellan Sonsteng and Silas Hopstad. He is also survived by one brother, Myron (Sharon) Trang, and several nieces and nephews.
May God bless his memory.

Tuesday, August 6th 2019

Frank Helland

A Wonderful Life with a Wonderful End

If you asked Frank Helland about his life, chances are he would have said it was wonderful. Dad felt this way up to the moment he passed away in Bozeman, Mont., from pneumonia on Monday, July 22, 2019, at age 92.

A memorial service will be held at the First Lutheran Church in Glasgow at 11 a.m. on Saturday, Aug. 10, with lunch served following the service.

The family will spread Dad’s ashes with Mom’s ashes at the cedar bush on the Reimche farm, where the Sam Reimche family picnicked during the summers. There is no more fitting place to put Dad to rest than with the love of his life in the beautiful countryside.

Franklin Raymond Helland was born on March 23, 1927, in Glasgow, Mont., to Harold “Cy” and Nellie (Blikken) Helland of Opheim, Mont. Like his parents, Dad was 100 percent Norwegian and, like his kids, he loved lefse but was not a fan of lutefisk. Brother Wayne joined the family before they moved to Glasgow in the early 1930s. Sadly, Wayne passed away at age 6. Brother Ronnie joined the family in 1937 and became Dads’ new buddy. Although they were 10 years apart in age, Dad and Ronnie shared a lot in common: They both had seven children (four boys three girls for Dad, three boys four girls for Ronnie); they both raised their families two blocks away from each other, and they both married amazing women, as shown by the fact that all 14 Helland cousins were born between 1954 and 1967.

In 1953, Dad met Carol Reimche, a farm girl from Nashua, Mont. For Dad it was love at first sight. Mom, on the other hand, took a little longer. However, Dad’s persistence paid off on Jan. 3, 1954, when he married the girl of his dreams and together they raised seven children, all who survive, including: Steve, Terry, Kathy Pence (Paul), Chris, Jean Mickelsen (Bruce), Pete (Allison) and Kari Barnett (Jay). Dad is also survived by 21 grandchildren, 10 great-grandchildren and numerous nieces and nephews.

Dad loved the Reimche family he married into. He admired his father-in-law Sam for his integrity, work ethic, and ability as a farmer. He respected his mother-in-law Lois’ intellect and determination, and he became life-long friends with Mom’s siblings, including the late Virginia Kalantzes and her husband Nick, Gordon Reimche and his late wife Patsy, and Mary Larson and her late husband Al. Some of Dad’s favorite memories were of traveling with Mom, Gordon and Patsy. Sadly, Carol passed away in August of 1992 following a brain aneurysm.

While growing up, Dad developed life-long friendships with neighborhood boys Leo Pattison, R.D. “Tag” Markle, and Francis “Butch” Gallagher, all who also lived and raised their families in Glasgow. In fact, the Hellands lived between the Markles and the Gallaghers for nearly 50 years. Ironically, there were also 14 children between the three families. In high school, Dad quarterbacked the Glasgow Scotties to the state championship game where they lost to Anaconda. Like most young men of his time, Dad entered the Army after graduation in 1945, where he later served in Panama. He considered himself fortunate to be discharged in time to be home for Christmas in 1946. Dad was also grateful to have benefited from the GI bill, which provided the opportunity for him to graduate college with a degree in business.

Beginning with his first job as Glasgow’s only newspaper delivery boy for the Tribune, Dad developed a life-long passion for work which continued until his retirement in 1991. Dad taught his kids that they “get” to go to work, not “have” to go to work, even on Saturdays. After college, Dad began a life-long career in sales with a stint traveling the country selling soap door-to-door. Before long, Dad went into the car business, first as a salesman for Kenny Newton, then owning his own Chevrolet agency in Nashua and culminating in a partnership with Peyton Terry in Terry Helland Chevrolet in Glasgow. Dad once said his time selling Chevys in Nashua was the best of times. In 1958, Dad became an agent for Farmer's Union Insurance working out of a small office in the back of the local Farmer’s Union service station. He retired in 1991 after sons Terry and Chris joined the agency. During his 30-plus years selling insurance, Dad thoroughly enjoyed his insurance customers, especially the farmers and ranchers he insured, and their families. In fact, Dad knew the names of his customers’ kids. His customers had a special place in his heart as people, not just insureds.

Dad loved his hometown of Glasgow and the surrounding communities. He especially loved the people and spent time every day in the closest coffee shops conversing with them. He served as a Shriner, as a board member for Valley View Home Foundation, as a board member and usher at First Lutheran Church, and he was co-founder of Luke’s 100, a charity which benefits the Valley View Home. A classmate and life-long friend described Dad as the friendliest person he ever met, earning him the nickname “friendly Frank.” Dad was well known for his ability to remember names after meeting a person the first time. In fact, Dad was so good at remembering names that if he called a person by the wrong name the first time they met and that person did not correct him, they forevermore had a new name whenever Dad saw them.

Dad left us two weeks after being diagnosed with pneumonia. Our family will be forever thankful for the blessing of the time we had to say goodbye and that he maintained that same, sharp mind he was known for until his final hours. This time together was so wonderful that Dad lived a week longer than the doctors thought possible. During his last days, Dad exhibited a sweetness and grace that will forever warm the hearts of his children and grandchildren. Dad’s final days were a testament to the power of love and family (and of bit of Norwegian stubbornness, Uff da!). Although this time ended with his passing, the love our family got to share with Dad and each other was truly wonderful. We should all be so lucky.

Our family would like to thank the medical providers and staff at Highgate Senior Living and Spring Meadows for their exceptional care of Dad over the last three years. We would also like to thank Bozeman Health Hospital, Bozeman Health Hospice and Gallatin Rest Home for the wonderful care and treatment dad received. Finally, thank you to Dokken-Nelson Funeral Home for making the arrangements for our family to bring Dad home.

The family suggests anyone wanting to make a donation in memory of Dad do so to any organization that supports Glasgow and the surrounding communities.

Monday, August 5th 2019

Frances C. (Sandvig) Newton

Frances C. (Sandvig) Newton, passed away peacefully July 30, 2019 at Valley View Home in Glasgow, Montana.

Frances was born December 27, 1918 in Bremerton, Washington to Carl J. and Helen J. (Pederson) Sandvig. The family moved to Sandpoint, Montana where Frances received her grade school education. She graduated from Glasgow High School in 1937.

She married Walter Newton October 25, 1937. Walter and Frances took over the Newton Farm in 1947 with the passing of Walter’s father. The couple farmed, raised cattle, hay, pigs and milked cows. Frances raised chickens, sold eggs and was the caretaker of a large garden for many years. They sold the farm in 2000 and moved to Glasgow.

Frances and Walter enjoyed square dancing and playing cards. They were members of the Ridge Runners Saddle Club. She was a great cook: cooking dinners served at the Saddle Club and lunches at the sale ring, but she was better known as a baker: making 16 loaves of bread every Saturday and Lefsa on Fridays.

Family was always important to them and as couple they traveled to visit family in California, Western Montana, Ohio and Maine. In later years, Frances traveled several times to Arizona to visit her daughter and sister there.

Frances is preceded in death by her loving husband, Walter Newton; her parents Carl and Helen; daughters Carol and Myrna and grandson Dane Newton.

She is survived by daughter, Helen Squires; sons, Carl Newton and Gale Newton; eight grandchildren; thirteen great-grandchildren and 7 great-great-grandchildren; sister, Marge Rundle Webber and numerous nieces and nephews.

A memorial service will be 2:00 p.m., Thursday, August 8, 2019 at the First Lutheran Church in Glasgow, Montana with Pastor Todd Wright officiating. Inurnment will take place in Highland Cemetery.

Monday, July 29th 2019

Sharon (McElvain) Robinson

Sharon (McElvain) Robinson passed away peacefully in Chandler, Arizona in the early hours of July 18, 2019 at the age of 79 after a lengthy battle with Alzheimer’s.

Sharon was born in Glasgow Hospital April 1, 1940 to Robert James and Alice (Jones) McElvain. She was a beloved mother, grandmother, sister and friend. Sharon will be missed greatly by all who knew and loved her. She spent her childhood years in Hinsdale Montana and graduated from Hinsdale High School in May of 1958. She continued her education at Northern Montana College in Havre, Montana and Eastern Montana College in Billings, Montana. In March of 1963 she moved to Helena where she worked for the State of Montana as a key punch operator. She was married to Gerald Robinson for 42 years and together they raised their 3 sons. She dedicated her time being a stay home mom and was well known for her cookie baking. Sharon had a giving heart and was an active volunteer with organizations that served others. Some of the places she called home over the years included, Helena, Montana; Boise, Idaho; Bellevue, Washington; Bismarck, North Dakota; Mesa and Chandler, Arizona. She had great friends in all these places and was an active member of the local United Methodist Church during her time in each place. She was an avid hiker and walker. She loved sunny weather and her tan skin was the envy of many. She had an infectious laugh and beautiful smile. She was crafty and made many quilts, cross-stitch and needlework projects, and could be found knitting up until the last couple years of her life. She was a two-time breast cancer survivor.

She is preceded in death by her parents, Robert and Alice McElvain; her brother Bud McElvain; her brother-in-law Sam Mercer; the father to her children, Gerald Robinson and her nephew Terry Lee Mercer.

Sharon is survived by her sisters Marlys Mercer of Shelby, Montana and Maxine (Kenneth) O’Brien of Kalispell, Montana; her sister-in-law Wilma McElvain of Billings, Montana; sons Gregory (Karen) Robinson of Chandler, Arizona, Todd (Charity) Robinson of Orofino, Idaho, and Dirk Robinson of Selah, Washington; nine grandchildren in Arizona and Idaho; and loving nieces, nephews and other relatives.

Memorial plans include burial service Hillview Cemetery, Hinsdale, Montana on August 3, 2019 at 11:30 AM to be followed by a reception at the Willie Nelson American Legion Post in Hinsdale. A celebration of life will be held in Helena, Montana on August 4, 2019 at 2PM at Covenant United Methodist Church, 2330 E Broadway St., Helena, Montana. Both will be officiated by her son, Pastor Dirk Robinson.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to the Alzheimer’s Association (alz.org) or Hospice of the Valley (hov.org).

Monday, July 29th 2019

Graydon "Bub" Edwards Jr.

Graydon “Bub” Edwards Jr., age 90, went to be with the Lord on July 22, 2019 at the Frances Mahon Deaconess Hospital, in Glasgow, Montana. He was a beloved father, husband, grandfather, great-grandfather, friend, and neighbor, who will be missed by all those that knew him.

He was born in Opheim, Montana in 1929 to Emma & Graydon Edwards Sr. His early childhood was spent on the family farm, where his love for the land and farming way of life became evident. He attended the single room Wheatland School just up the road from the family farm through the 8th grade, eventually graduating from Opheim High School in 1947. Upon graduation he decided to follow in his father’s footsteps by beginning to farm and ranch a short distance outside Opheim. In 1948, he married Evelyn Larson in Nashua, Montana. Together they had four children, Ronnie, Alan, Randy, and LeRae. He proceeded to build a family farm operation, that through the years saw him work together closely with his father, brothers, & his son Randy. In 1971, he married to Wanda Green, adding her children Judy and Brad to the family. Bub served on the Opheim school board, town council, and was a co-founder/ board member of the Treasure State Bank. He and Wanda enjoyed various travels, and among the other things that he cherished through his years were his dogs, driving the country side looking at crops, helping where he could on the farm by operating machinery, bowling, playing a game of cards, and of course Wanda’s cooking. But most of all he loved the time he was able to spend with his many grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

Bub was preceded in death by his parents Emma and Graydon Edwards Sr; brother Fay Edwards; sister Harriett Carlson, and step-son Brad Green.

He is survived by his wife of 48 years, Wanda; his children Ron (Penny) Edwards of Lebanon, Oregon, Alan (Sue) Edwards of Aurora, Colorado, Randy Edwards of Opheim, Montana, LeRae Sutton of Enumclaw, Washington, and Judy (Jay)Graham of Libby, Montana; his grandchildren Laura, Ryan, Erik, Jason, Lana, Andra, Jessie, Angela, Amy, Wynden, Jacob, Justin, Joel and Josh; great-grandchildren: Emma, Evelyn, Daphne, Cantyn, Kendall, Samantha, Sterling, Savannah, Mavin, Kamëra, and Everly; his sister's Marge Burdette of Opheim, Montana and Phyllis Furhman of the Furhman Community, Joan McKewon of Joliet, Montana, brothers Wayne Edwards, and Dick Edwards of Billings, Montana, as well as many nieces, nephews and cousins.

Memorial services will held 11:00 a.m., Thursday, August 1, 2019 at Opheim Community Church in Opheim, Montana with Pastor Owen Childers officiating. A luncheon will follow services at the Opheim Community Church.

Monday, July 29th 2019

Andros Delton Strommen

Andros Delton Strommen was born on January 3rd, 1920 on the Saco homestead in the wild rocky hills and arrived at heaven’s pearly gates on July, 25th, 2019, surrounded by family.

Andy was born to Andrew Mathias and Orl (Crance) Strommen and raised with siblings Andresa, Oris and Olaf. Andy and his siblings were pivotal in the running of the homestead from very early ages and this is where he found his love for hard work. He valued hard work and appreciated seeing others work hard, too. He was known to outwork men a quarter of his age. Seeing the fruit of his labor was the best part, as swathing and combining tickled him so much he continued running a machine until he was well into his eighties.

Andy started out his life without electricity, running water and automobiles. By age seven he drove a team of horses, broke up coal for the heater at school and washed clothes by hand. He witnessed the extraordinary advancements in technology while retaining every memory from his humble beginnings. Andy wasn’t afraid to embrace technology or change. He would brag “of course I email, I am a digitized man!” while he held his hands up in a quick typing motion to demonstrate his skills.? Andy shared amazing stories with his grandchildren over the years, including the time he took a train carload of cattle to Chicago on his own at the age of 17. During this trip, he attended a Chicago Cubs game, watched Dizzy Dean pitch, and had a following of fans mesmerized by his old, crumbly cowboy hat.

Andy graduated from Saco High School in 1937. He was drafted to the US Army on April 6th, 1942 and worked his way up to Staff Sergeant. He worked in the Judge Advocate General’s office and had hopes of continuing his interest in law. Andy met and married Elizabeth “Bette” Weier on November 17th, 1943 during his time in the army. When his father passed away, the army gave him a Service Necessity Discharge for the Good of the Nation, and he returned home to farm.
Andy and Bette were blessed with three boys to complete their “ABC’s” and named the El Cor Del bowling alley after their children. While raising the boys, Andy and Bette were busy building a bowling alley in Opheim, auctioneering, farming in five places, starting a lumber yard, and creating the Opheim Motor Company. Andy was also the director of the Montana Stock Growers Association, board director of Hinsdale National Bank, started an American Legion Club in Saco,
and ran a roulette table and dealt blackjack for a few years. During this time his boys started singing and performing alongside their mother for rodeos and fairs while Andy did the announcing. Andy’s love of baseball was instilled from his Chicago adventure and eventually led him to manage the town of Saco’s baseball team as well as the little leaguers of Opheim. Andy and Bette always lived in the area, with the family moving from Saco to north of Hinsdale, Opheim, Glasgow, and finally to Vandalia in 1965. In March of that year, there was a snowstorm and as the dedicated rancher he was, the 25 or so new calves were brought onto the hardwood floor of the house. Andy was proud of his boys as they grew into young men who shared his love of service, ranching, farming, singing, and auctioneering.

Bette died on July 4th, 1976. Andy continued his many trades and ventured to Arizona in the winters where he met Char. After a year of flirtation at the laundromat, he and Char were married on January 25th, 1986. The last 33 years with Char were spent being more of the audience member than the spotlight. He and Char enjoyed winning big bucks in casinos, betting on races, wintering in Arizona, spending time with grandkids, cutting hay and grass seed, branding (where he was lead castrater), harvesting, golfing, and going to sporting events, concerts and holidays. Char kept him 99 ½ years young. She took care of him at home until the last weeks of his life.

Andy was a man who enjoyed many types of notoriety. Whether it was writing to the President of the United States on policies, getting a patent on his bale wagon, being the Grand Marshall for Saco Fun Days,?going to the school named after Chet Huntley where his mother taught, winning a bowling or card tournament, co-hosting the Longest Lanes Tournament at the Fort Peck Spillway, playing the best pool player in America, writing poetry for The Army Times, or playing cards with Doris Day.

He was a competitor, gambler, bowler, auctioneer, golfer, businessman, inventor, writer, jelly-maker, Norton’s spice innovator, poet, rancher, farmer, soldier, PRCA Announcer and sports fan. One thing Andy was very proud of was listening to his sons and eventually grandchildren and great-grandchildren perform.

Andy had many accomplishments and accolades. Andy loved a bountiful crop, a lucky hand of cards, a well-placed bet and a good drink. He loved his family even more. In times of celebration and in times of trial, whether it was a death or a much needed rain, Andy kept his Faith. He would often say, “It’s up to the Maker above.”

He was a mover and a doer. He was 45 minutes early to everything, anxious and impatient, highly motivated, persistent, witty, amusing, steady and wonderful. We will miss him so.
In Andy’s words, “The first 100 years are the toughest, then it gets easier.”

Andy was preceded in death by his parents Andrew and Orl, his siblings Andresa, Oris and Olaf, first wife Elizabeth, son Delton, and daughter-in-law Judy. He was also preceded in death by many family members and lifelong friends.

Andy is survived by his wife, Char, his sons Corb Strommen and Eliot (Penny) Strommen, daughter-in-law Janice Strommen, and grandchildren Tanya (Jason) Brown, Tate Strommen, Justin (Amber) Strommen, Lucas (Tara) Strommen, Christopher (Jessica) Strommen, Jennie (Paul) Yoakam, Annie (John) Thayer, and Misti (Brent) Larson.

Great grandchildren: Elizabeth Brown, Elise, Cienna, Kade, and Kort Strommen, McKenna, Summer and Kinley Strommen, Adeline, Leila, Grace, and Lucy Strommen, Braden, Noah, Jonah, Marina, Tarren, Bennett, Brinley, Dodge, and Sarah Larson, Myles, Mayzie Del, and McKay Yoakam, and MelAndie Thayer. Andy is also survived by nephews, nieces, and extended family members.

Andy is survived by his stepchildren Sherrea (Wes), Greg, Shelly (Cliff), and Chad (Stacy) and their families, as well as brother-in-law Doug Jones.
In lieu of flowers, Andy’s family graciously suggests memorials to the American Legion, the Glasgow Elks or the charity of one’s choice.

Service will be Tuesday July 30,2019 11:00 a.m. at the First Lutheran Church in Glasgow. Burial will be in Highland Cemetery with luncheon to follow at the VFW.

Friday, July 19th 2019

Walter Dewey Murch

Walter Dewey Murch, 88, passed away peacefully surrounded by family July 16, 2019 at Valley View Home, in Glasgow, Montana.

Walt was born on June 18, 1931 to Dewey and Beatrice (Zeiger) Murch, the oldest of five. Walt graduated from Nashua High School. Walt served in the Army toward the end of the Korean War from 1953 – 1955 where he was an Army Air Section Aircraft Mechanic and achieved the status of a 6th Wing Corporal by the end of the Korean War. He lived in Nashua, Montana all of his life where he met his wife Darlene “Toots” and they were married for 64 years. They raised four children, Dave (Deby) Murch, Connie (Red) Whitten, Lori (Darryl) Kolstad, and Peggy (Will) Lauckner. Walt was proud of his family and loved when they all came to visit.

Walt and Toots enjoyed camping, travel, family dinners, crafts and watching their kids, grandkids and great-grandkids. Walt was very proud of his family and would smile so big when he spoke of them. He loved to talk about his grandkids. Walt enjoyed his daily drives. Walt always greeted people with a smile and his favorite phrase “Enjoy life while you are young”. He always told everyone enjoy your kids. His love showed through to everyone he came across in his smile and laughter.

Walt is survived by his wife, Toots; three of his four kids and their spouses; fourteen grandkids and twenty-four great-grand kids. Walt is preceded in death by daughter, Connie Whitten; son in-law, Red Whitten and grandson Nick Kolstad.

Services for Walt Murch will be 1:00 p.m., Saturday July 20, 2019 at Peggy Lauckner’s yard at 1402 Milk River Road in Nashua, Montana. Everyone is welcome to come and celebrate Walt’s life.

Wednesday, July 17th 2019

Vincent "Jim" Green

Vincent “Jim” Green, age 77, of Glasgow, Montana passed away on July 15, 2019.

Jim was born May 18, 1942 in Deer Park, Illinois to Vincent and Ellen (Snell). He attended Ottawa High School. He enlisted in the Air Force after graduation in 1960 where he was stationed in Constantine, Spain.

He married Karen Gremaux in 1964 and had three daughters: Dawna, Stacy, and Heidi.

Jim married Bonnie Watterud in 1978 and had two children; Luree and Jason. Together Jim and Bonnie ran Taco Johns and later Taco Shack in Glasgow.

Jim enjoyed gardening and was an avid supporter of anything that involved his children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren,

He is survived by his wife Bonnie Green; children Dawna (JR) Rasmusan, Stacy Green, Heidi Green, Brad (Jennifer) Stein, Luree (Mike) Chappell, and Jason (Brooke) Green; sister Linda (Roger) Hilton; 14 grandchildren; three great-grandchildren; numerous brothers and sisters-in-law; nieces, and nephews.

Jim was preceded in death by his parents, Vincent and Ellen Green, and brother Terry Green.

Services will be at the Assembly of God Church Thursday, July 18th. 11:00 a.m. with burial in Highland Cemetery.

Wednesday, July 10th 2019

Marvin Barnby

Marvin Barnby, 90, passed away in Nampa, Idaho, on Tuesday, April 4, 2018.

He was born August 1, 1927, to George and Frances Barnby. He married Clara Stein in 1950. They later divorced.

He was a Veteran and served in the Air Force in Germany from 1946 – 48. In the Air Force he learned the trade of an electrician and was stationed in Germany. He was a member of the National Brotherhood of Electricians Union and worked throughout Montana as an electrician.

In his early career, he was a lineman for Opheim Northern Electric and later at the Glasgow Air Force Base. He also worked in Columbia Falls, Great Falls and finished his career in Colstrip.

He loved horses and gardening. He participated in many of the Northeast Montana wagon trains. He shared a love for the wagon train by inviting family & friends to participate in the events. Marvin owned his own covered wagon. If he wasn’t on a wagon train he could be found in his garden.

He is preceded in death by his son, Darrell Barnby, in 2001; three brothers, Dick, Dale and Don; and one sister, Fern.

Survivors include his son, Randy, and his wife Marla, of Glasgow; daughter Karla, and her husband Robert Newell, of Nampa, Idaho; four grandchildren, Miranda Rice of Glasgow, Chad Newell of Kent, Washington, Lindsey and Landon Newell of Nampa; and one great-grandson, Ryan Rice of Glasgow.

There will be a grave side service for Marvin, Sunday, July 21, 2019 at 2p.m. at the Opheim Lawndale Cemetery in Opheim, MT. Friends and family are welcome.

Monday, July 8th 2019

Gene LaVerne Brandt

Gene LaVerne Brandt, age 95, beloved husband, father, grandfather, great-grandfather, great-great-grandfather, friend, and neighbor went to be with his Lord and Savior on July 4, 2019 at Valley View Home in Glasgow.

Gene was born March 22, 1924 on a farm north of Nashua to Otto and Effie (Speyer) Brandt. He attended school at the Bjorklund School north of Nashua through grade 7 and attended Nashua school beginning with grade 8 and graduated from Nashua High School in 1942.

After High-school, Gene went on to Coyne Electric School in Chicago, completing the basic Electrical Course and worked as an Electricians helper in a steel mill in Indiana Harbor, Indiana. He returned to Montana and worked for Nyquist Ranch north of Glasgow for four years before returning to Coyne Electric School to complete the Radio and Refrigeration Course. Gene returned Montana and worked as an electrician in Wolf Point. In 1949 he was called into the Army and was a Radio man at Battalion Headquarters at Fort Lewis, WA. Gene was transferred to the Army Reserves in Jan. 1950 and returned to Wolf Point to work as an electrician where he met his future wife, Doris Georgette Hustad. They were married on July 16, 1950 in Wolf Point. They raised five children: Terrance Keith, Colleen Marie, Barbara Faye, Mark Eugene, and Rebecca Arlene. In Sept. 1950, Gene was called back into the Army and was assigned to a Military Police Co. at Presidio of San Francisco, CA. until Nov. 1951. Gene moved back to farm north of Nashua for many years until retiring and moving to Glasgow in 2000.

Gene was a mechanic, craftsman, inventor, he could repair anything and made some of his own farm equipment. Gene had many hobbies; he was an Amateur Radio Operator “K7HLU” for over 60 years and enjoyed talking with the radio group every morning and still had a current license. He loved restoring things and getting old tractors running again, Gene was a member of the N. E. Montana Thrashers Assoc. and went there for many years running the threshing machine. He enjoyed shooting his black powder rifle and putting together jig saw puzzles which he glued to plywood and hung on the walls.

Gene was on the Board of Directors of the Farmers Union Grain Co. of Glasgow/Nashua for thirty years, the Farmers Union Oil Company of Nashua for ten years, the Valley View Home Board for 6 years and served 2 terms on the Lutheran Church Council in Nashua.

Gene is preceded in death by his parents Otto and Effie Brandt, a brother Ivan Brandt and twin sons who were born prematurely.

Gene is survived by his wife of 68 years, Doris; his children, Terrance (Dana) Brandt of Belgrade Mt., Colleen (Tom) Tripp of Glasgow, MT., Barbara (Don) Jones of Sagle, ID., Mark (LeAnne) Brandt of Glasgow, MT., and Rebecca (Carl) Tarum of Saginaw, MI.; his grandchildren, Jason, Rachel, Kierstyn, Stephen, Katrina, Arden, Joshua, Daniel, Jennifer, Marina, Matthew, Benjamin, Kathleen, Andrew, Holly and Nathan; numerous great-grandchildren and great great-grandchildren, and his sister Marle Brandt of Gig Harbor, WA., as well as many nieces, nephews and cousins.

A Celebration of Gene’s Life will be held at 10:00 a.m. on Thursday, July 11, 2019 at the Bell Mortuary. A reception will follow. Burial with Military Honors will take place in Highland Cemetery at 12:00 p.m. Condolences for the family may be posted online at https://bellmortuarymt.com/ .

Monday, July 1st 2019

Richard David Winderl

Richard David Winderl, 85, Longtime resident of Valley County, Passed away at Valley View Home on the afternoon of Friday, June 28, 2019.
Richard was born on March 22, 1934 to Theodore and Blanche (Rouse) Winderl. He was the ninth child of ten sons. He lived on the family farm just south of Richland, Montana.
Richard attended Highland School through 6th grade. He went to a boarding school in Great Falls for a couple of years and then just started high school when he ended up in the hospital and from there he returned home to work on the family farm. In 1957, Richard and his brother George, purchased the farm from their mother. He was also in the National Guard from 1958-1963. Richard and George also started moving houses/building in1963 until they sold their equipment in1978. They leased their farm out in 1997 and eventually sold it to their nephew, RJ.
Richard was a private person and kept many things to himself. If you are lucky enough to earn his trust, he would share personal stories with you. Along with his brothers, he liked spending time in the outdoors. They grew up hunting, trapping animals and working the farm to make a life for the large family. Richard said he first learned to shoot a gun after George gave him a shotgun and a box of shells. He always had an interest in guns and obtained quite a Collection over the years. Richard also had a large fun shell collection and enjoyed re-loading empty shell casings. As an avid collector of guns and shells, he could tell you the history of each particular kind, how many were made, which one he had, and the value of all. Richard was also a collector of coins and has many coin books filled. He also enjoyed finding and ordering coins for friends and family to complete their collections. Richard found pride in always getting the best deal.
Richard and George were almost always seen together, whether it was working on the family farm or going to town. They spent many hours together shooting gophers or whatever critter was in sight. Richard and George also enjoyed going to auctions and gun shows. They didn’t necessarily come home with a purchase as they knew when something was a good deal. They knew the value of everything and would not spend a penny more. Richard also enjoyed his daily drives around the countryside, making sure everything was in its place and if it was not the neighbors were informed. He said he was the “neighborhood watch”. Richard liked to watch a western movie and have a bag of popcorn before going to bed.
After George entered the nursing home in 2007, Richard continued to live on the family farm and would come to Glasgow every week to visit and get groceries. In Mach 2018, Richard ended up in the hospital and with failing health, went to live at Valley View Home. He enjoyed giving the caregivers a hard time and always seemed to know what was going on without ever leaving his room. Richard enjoyed watching the many birds that came to the feeders outside his room. He always appreciated his family and friends who came to visit him.
Richard is preceded in death by his parents and brothers: Joseph, William, Frances, George, Steve, Louis and Charles. Richard is survived by his brothers, Harold (Ann) Winderl of Syracuse, New York and Martin (Janet) Winderl of San Francisco, California; many nieces and nephews including R.J. (Deb) Winderl, Richard Winderl, and Teresa (Grady) Breipohl of the surrounding area.
Services will be Monday July 8, 2019 at St. Raphael’s Catholic Church at 10:00 a.m. with Burial in Highland Cemetery with a luncheon to follow at the Parish center.

Monday, July 1st 2019

O.K. Forest

O.K. Forest, age 88, passed away on June 26, 2019 at Faith Lutheran Home in Wolf Point, MT. O.K. was born August 2, 1930 South of Poplar, MT to Bert and Edith (Westfall) Forest. He served in the Korean War and was honorably discharged in 1953. On August 10, 1953 he married Jeanette Brenden. To this union they had three children; Deena, Mike and Kim.
Following his discharge, O.K. started his life long career with Glasgow Readi-Mix. After numerous huge jobs like the Glasgow Air Force Base, Byron Tressler entrusted the Wolf Point Readi-Mix operation to O.K. The family moved to Wolf Point where O.K. finished out his tenure of 42 years in the cement business.
Upon retirement O.K. and Jeanette fulfilled their lifetime dream of having a home on Fort Peck Lake. Jeanette made sure O.K. always had a project; although complaining, he loved every minute. They at last had time to do gardening, canning, fishing and boating that they thoroughly loved. Hosting Family for countless get-togethers was something O.K. really looked forward to and enjoyed. Following their Fort Peck adventure, they spent a few years in Bullhead City, AZ experiencing the warm weather. Ultimately, they returned to O.K.’s beloved Montana to be close to family.
O.K. loved his horses, whether it was roping with his son Mike or taking the family on wagon trains and rodeos. He enjoyed the yearly hunting trips with family and friends, mostly into the Montana Mountains for moose & elk. He was always trying to challenge anyone to a good game of cribbage. O.K. gave endless time every year to the Wolf Point Wild Horse Stampede.

O.K. is survived by his son: Mike/Laura Forest of Peerless, MT and their children Chad/Jackie & son Easton of Richland and Kyla Forest of Glasgow. Daughter: Kim/Dennis Visser of Williston, ND and their children; Jade of Williston and his daughter Brianna of MN; Ryan and his children Kaeley & Elijah all of Williston; and Jaclyn/Casey Bohanon & daughter Avery Jeanette of Lebanon, TN. The children of the late Deena DeWitt: Stacey DeWitt and her children Slade Martinez both of Wolf Point, Walker DeWitt/Shayna of Billings and Maestro Martinez of Phoenix, AZ; Justin/Arden DeWitt and their children Miexel and LaSandra DeWitt all of Wolf Point along with numerous nieces and nephews. O.K. was preceded in death by his wife of 64 years, Jeanette; daughter Deena DeWitt, his parents, sister Louise McNally and brother LeRoy Forest.
Cremation has taken place and a Celebration of Life for O.K. Forest will be held at the Clayton Stevenson Memorial Chapel, 102 Custer Street in Wolf Point, on Monday, July 1, 2019 at 11:00 a.m. Inurnment will take place at the Forest family plot of Poplar, MT Cemetery at 2:30 p.m. Clayton Stevenson Memorial Chapel of Wolf Point, MT has been entrusted with the arrangements.

Wednesday, June 26th 2019

Sherry Lersbak

Sherry Lersbak
Sherry L. (Bradley) Lersbak, 73, after returning from a six-week tour of Europe, was diagnosed with Organizing Acute Lung Injury and passed, onto the Lord Tuesday, November 7, 2018.

Friends are invited to attend a celebration of life for Sherry at the Glasgow Evangelical Church, in Glasgow, MT, Monday, July 1, 2019 at 12noon. A light lunch will be served during a video and speaking tribute.

Interment will follow at the Highland Cemetery in Glasgow.

Wednesday, June 26th 2019

Francis V. Jacobs

MALTA-Francis V. Jacobs, 82, passed away on June 24, 2019, in Malta with loved ones by his side after a courageous battle with cancer. Viewing will be Friday, June 28, 2019, 7:00 P.M. at Kirkwood Memorial Chapel. Funeral Service will be Saturday, June 29, 2019 at 11:00 A.M Kirkwood Memorial Chapel. Burial to follow at Malta Cemetery. Francis’s family has requested that memorial donations be made in his name to a charity of your choice.
Condolences for the family may be left at www.kirkwoodfuneralhome.com
Francis was born in Malta, Montana on June 6, 1937 to Vernon and Frances (Hulbert) Jacobs, and grew up and attended the Community Elementary School in the Whitewater-Loring area. He attended and graduated from Malta High School in 1955. This is where he met the love of his life Dolores Henderson. They were married on June 14, 1958. After marriage they lived and farmed and ranched on Dolores’s family’s homesteads in southern Phillips County, where they continued to grow to help make Jacobs Ranch what it is today. In the fall of 1958 he was employed with a contractor building power lines for the Big Flat Electric Cooperative. They had three children, Joyce, Lee and JoAnn. In the fall of 2012 they bought a home in Malta, and this is where they were residing at the time of his death.
Francis was a gentle, kind and proud man who loved and enjoyed his family. He truly loved what he did on the farm and ranch and worked on it until he just couldn’t any more. He enjoyed the outdoors, in particular dirt work, including his own gravel pit which helped gravel roads in the community. He had a sense for spotting certain rocks and artifacts, and enjoyed dances at the First Creek Hall and polka music. He also enjoyed Saturday nights at the Bucket.
He was involved in his community and served on the Second Creek School Board, the Phillips County Planning Board, the Big Flat Electric Board, was elected and served as a Phillips County Commissioner for six years, and was also appointed to serve on the Bureau of Land Management’s Central Montana Resource Advising Council.
He was preceded in death by his parents Vernon and Frances Jacobs, sisters Eva May Jacobs and Ina Bell Severeide, and brother Wayne Jacobs.
Francis is survived by his wife Dolores of 61 years, children Joyce (Willy) Hammar of Malta, Mt., Lee (Perri) Jacobs of Malta, Mt., and JoAnn (Bruce) Normandy of Havre, Mt. Grandchildren Julia (Nathan) Aasen, Nicole (Jonathan) Hutchinson, Trent Normandy, and Brett (Shelby) Normandy, great-grandchildren Brody, Logan and Brantley, and numerous nieces and nephews.

Thursday, June 20th 2019

Dagmar Farstad

Dagmar Farstad passed away June 8, 2019 at Hi-Line Retirement Center of natural causes. Memorial services will be Friday June 21, 2019 11:00 A.M. at Malta Lutheran Church.
Condolences for the family may be left at www.kirkwoodfuneralhome.com
Dagmar was born September 3, 1924 to John and Mary Hjelmstad in North Dakota. She attended schools there and was an active member in the Lutheran Church. She enjoyed being a homemaker and baking special Norwegian breads and lefse. She and James Farstad married and shortly after, he spent 2 years in the U.S. Navy during WWII. After his honorable discharge, the family moved to Montana where he managed grain elevators. They had two children Deanna Bergstrom of Harlem, and son James Farstad Jr. deceased.
Since living in Malta Dagmar has continued being active in the Lutheran Church. Serving on Church Council, Pres. WELCA, teaching Sunday school and singing in the senior choir. She was a member of P.E.O, and TOPS. The family attended many enjoyable family reunions in Colorado.
Survivors include Deanna Bergstrom-Harlem; brothers, Les Hjelmstad of Englewood, Colorado, Wendell Hjelmstad of Colorado Springs, Colorado; granddaughter, Susan (Rick) Anderson- Billings; great-grandsons, Teagan Anderson- Billings, and Taylor Nordhagen- Rowlett, Texas.
Dagmar’s family requests in lieu of flowers please do random acts of kindness.

Monday, June 17th 2019

Harold L. Holtan

Harold L. Holtan, 82, passed away on June 16, 2019 at Valley View Nursing Home in Glasgow, Montana due to extended complications from his cancer treatments.
Harold was born December 8, 1936 to Martin and Alice Holton in Plentywood, Montana. He was the youngest of six children.
He graduated from Outlook High School in 1954. After graduation Harold enlisted in the Army. He then went on to college in Bozeman, Montana.
Harold married Kea Verhaar on October 31, 1965 and to this union they had Greg and Michelle. They were married for 10 years. Harold than married Billie Jean Crossen on January 22, 1977. Billie Jean had her daughter Kelly Loucks from her previous marriage. They all lived in Glasgow for many years and when the kids were all out of high school, Harold and Billie Jean moved to St. Marie.
Harold was a master electrician that started his career at Rainbow Electric, then had partners at Tri-electric, then had his own business, Holtan Electric until he retired. Once he retired, the couple became snowbirds and went to Yuma, Arizona for the past eleven winters, where they loved the warm weather.
Back in the day Harold was a great stock car driver at Duck Creek and other places winning many trophies. He also enjoyed trap shooting, fishing, boating and Nascar, especially Jeff Gordon. He was a member of the VFW and Elks Lodge.
Harold is survived by his wife Billie Jean of 42 years; a son, Greg Holtan of Ennis, Montana; a daughter Michelle (Creyton) Hughes of Ennis, Montana; a step-daughter, Kelly (Norm) Sillerud of Fort Peck, Montana; step-sons, Dutch Newby of Canaan, Maine; and Darrell Newby of Madison, Maine; His grandchildren, Lauren Holtan of Dillon, Montana, and Austin Hughes of Ennis, Montana; step-grandchildren Josh (Jenni) Sillerud, Jason Sillerud and Nate Sillerud all of Glasgow, Montana; great-step grandchildren: Sage, Carter, Karsyn. Siblings Gordon, Beverly, Deloris, and several nieces and nephews.
He is preceded in death by his parents Martin and Alice; mother-in-law Eunice and his brothers Howard and Robert.
His big, warm smile will be missed by all.
Funeral service will be Thursday, June 20, 2019 at the First Lutheran Church in Glasgow, with Pastor Todd Wright officiating. Burial with military honors will follow in Highland Cemetery. Condolences may be left at bellmortuarymontana.com.

Friday, June 14th 2019

Steven Carl Bell

Steven Carl Bell, 70, passed away on June 11, 2019 surrounded by his family, from complications of a Cerebral Vascular Accident in Denver, Colorado. Steve was born November 18, 1948 to Carl W. Bill and Dorothy (Larson) Bell in Malta, Montana, he was the second of six children. He spent his early years of his childhood in Malta moving to Glasgow when he was in the fourth grade.

Athletics were a big part of Steve’s high school and college career: playing basketball, football, baseball and was a pole vaulter and a sprinter in track. Steve graduated from Glasgow High School in 1967. He then attended Kemper Military School in Booneville, Missouri. Steve was commissioned as an officer and was on Kemper’s basketball and football team. He then attended the University of Utah and Carroll College, where he majored in Biology, Business and Finance, and excelled greatly. Steve was a boxer and was proud to have fought in the Carroll College Smoker. He attended Mount Hood in Portland, Oregon to receive his Funeral Science Degree. He moved back to Glasgow in 1974 to operate Bell Mortuary, to carry on the family business, alongside his brother Kent. Together they served Northeast Montana for over 40 years in funeral service and operated Valley Monument.

On July 26, 1975, Steve married Vickie Lynn Schuler in Dutton, Montana. They established their lives in Glasgow, raising three girls, Nicole, Lisa and Jenna.

Steve was a professional man with a huge heart. His family was everything to him. He adored Vickie and courted her until the day he passed. He supported his girls and grandchildren like no other, he was the definition of Father and Grandpa. Steve was an avid golfer, fisherman, hunter and pilot. He treasured his time at his cabin, Fort Peck Lake, and Sunnyside Golf Course. He played in many golf tournaments and was very competitive. Steve was very proud to have run in the New York Marathon. He loved Glasgow and Fort Peck and would not want to be anywhere else. Steve loved traveling to Palm Springs with Vickie and his family. He enjoyed riding his Goldwing and attending his grand children’s sporting events. He was a Glasgow Scottie through and through. Steve had wonderful friends in his coffee groups, golf league, hunting and airport groups. He was a Patriot and loved his country.

Steve served as Past President of the Montana Funeral Association, and was active with First Congregational Church, the Montana Pilot’s Association, and helped with the Flight Search and Rescue, along with many other local organizations including the Scottie Booster Club. He was a man of faith and was active with North Star Lodge #46. A softball coach for his girls, Steve loved fishing in the Governor’s Cup with his daughter, Lisa, for nine years. They made quite a team and looked forward to this every summer.

Steve is survived by his wife, Vickie Bell, of 43 years, his three girls, Nicole (Jason) Herda Gleason of Great Falls, Montana, Lisa (Jace) Ball of Glasgow, Montana, and Jenna (Tony) Marsalek of Glasgow; his grandchildren, Hailey and Blake Herda, Alexa and Jacob Ball, and Joshua and Breelyn Marsalek; his step-grandchildren; Brady, Carson and Isaac Gleason and Adam, Jessica and AJ Marsalek ; siblings, Cherie Edwards, Kathy (Terry) Sather, Kari (Richard) Wiens, Kent (Kathy) Bell, and Jenny (Mick) Cunneen; mother-in-law, Joyce Schuler and in-laws Elaine (Mark) Elway; and several nieces and nephews that he absolutely adored. He loved being an uncle.
He is preceded in death by his parents Bill and Dorothy Bell; brothers-in-law, Marvin Edwards and Scott Alexander, and father-in-law, Frank Schuler.

Family will receive friends from 2:00 ~ 4:00 p.m. with sharing of memories at 4:00 p.m., Sunday, June 16, 2019 at Bell Mortuary in Glasgow, Montana. Funeral Services will be 11:00 a.m., Monday, June 17, 2019 at the Evangelical Church in Glasgow, Montana with Pastor Seth Runner officiating. Burial will take place at Highland Cemetery in Glasgow. Memorials can be made in Steve’s honor to the Scottie Booster Club, Glasgow High School Educational Trust Fund or the donor’s choice. Condolences may be left at bellmortuarymontana.com.

Tuesday, June 11th 2019

Joan Ruth Helland

Joan Ruth Helland, 82, passed away Friday morning, June 7, 2019 at Valley View Nursing Home in Glasgow, Montana surrounded by friends and family members.
Joan was born in Kensington, Minnesota, February 5, 1937, to Waldo J. and Eleanor (Larson) Wetterling. She was the oldest of four children. The family moved to Glasgow in 1945 to farm for Henry Osterberg, and Waldo later bought some land in the Milk River Valley between Glasgow and Nashua. Joan’s mother, Eleanor, was a long-time elementary school teacher in Valley County.
Joan graduated from Glasgow High School and married Ronald Blikken Helland on January 22, 1955. She was a homemaker for the first 15 years of their marriage, raising seven kids along with providing room and board for workers at the Air Force Base (now St. Marie) for a few of those years. When her seventh child started kindergarten, she began working alongside her husband at the Glasgow Courier and Courier Printing. In 1978, her husband Ron became the publisher/manager of the Glasgow Courier. Joan became the Publisher in 1988 after Ron passed away, and she left that position in 1993. She then worked at the Glasgow City Office until 2006. After retirement from her City Office job she had a part-time position at the First Lutheran Church as secretary.
Joan served on several boards and organizations: First Lutheran Church Council, Fort Peck Fine Arts Council, Valley County Republican Committee, FMDH Foundation, PEO, Glasgow Chamber of Commerce and served her church on the altar committee and quilting group. She loved to play cards (bridge and whist being her top two games). Her first “bridge club” was started in 1958 and she continued to play bridge throughout her life. The last several years, she played bridge at least three times a week. She also enjoyed going to her grandchildren’s sporting events and preferred a baseball, basketball, or football game on TV while doing her needlework and reading. She hand-stitched beautiful pillowcases and dish cloths. She was lovingly referred to as “Grandma Joan” to many of her great nieces and nephews and her grandchildren’s friends.
Joan was preceded in death by her parents; her husband; son David Helland; brother John Wetterling; sons-in-law James Fewer and Tom Link; and sisters-in-law Carol Helland and Pearl Wetterling.
Joan is survived by two sons, James Helland and Tom (Lynette) Helland of Rapid City, South Dakota; four daughters, Karen Link of Billings, Montana; Beth (Harry) Knowlton of Solon Springs, Wisconsin; Stephanie (Monte) Eayrs, Fallon, Montana; and Jennifer Fewer of Glasgow, Montana; and 16 grandchildren and 15 great-grandchildren. She is also survived by her sister, Sharon Wetterling, Eugene, Oregon; brother, Charles Wetterling, Missoula, Montana; a brother-in-law, Frank Helland, Bozeman, Montana and numerous nieces and nephews and many good friends.
Services for Joan will be held at First Lutheran Church in Glasgow, Saturday, June 22, at 11 am followed by a graveside service at the Highland Cemetery. Her memorial preferences would be First Lutheran Church, The Pioneer Museum, and Valley View Nursing Home. Condolences may be left at bellmorltuarymontana.com.

Tuesday, June 11th 2019

Wesley Lester Burg

Wesley Lester Burg
Wes Burg, Glasgow, Montana, passed away June 8th, 2019, in Malta, Montana of natural causes. Wesley Lester Burg was born September 13th, 1932 in Jasper, Minnesota to Lester and Alma (Handberg) Burg. He graduated from Jasper High School in 1950 and then enlisted in the army during the Korean conflict.

Wes married Marlyss Berge on August 30th, 1958. He was half owner of B&D Machine in Los Angeles, California, where they machined aircraft parts. Later they moved to Oregon where they owned a tavern, then onto Glasgow, Montana; where he worked at the air force base until its closure. He then worked at the packing plant until it’s closure, and finally the Corps of Engineers.

Wes was an avid hunter and fisherman; walleye and perch were his favorites. He participated in all of the first 20 Montana Governor’s Cups. He also enjoyed his pets through the years.

Survivors include one son, Dave (Mary) Burg, Williston, ND; one daughter Jana (Scott) Moran, Malta, Montana; four grandsons: Trent (Shandy) Moran, Scobey, Montana; Conor Moran, Malta, Montana; Seth Burg, Fargo, North Dakota; and Jared Burg, Williston, North Dakota. He is preceded in death by his wife, Marlyss; his parents and four sisters, infant Dorothy Burg, Lona Walvatne, Lois Jansma and Beth Parks.

Funeral services will be at 1pm Thursday June 13th, 2019 at Bell Mortuary in Glasgow, Montana. Internment will be at Highland Cemetery.

Monday, June 10th 2019

Marguerite Elizibeth Gamas

Marguerite Elizibeth Gamas "Mugs", 96, returned to her heavenly home on the early morning of June 8, 2019 from complications of dementia. Her devotion and firm belief in God supported her during her struggle and ultimately gave her peace.

Marguerite was born on September18, 1922, on a homestead in her family two room home built from railroad ties 9 miles East of Glasgow Just north of “old” highway two on Lindike Coulee. She was the daughter of Mike and Caroline (Grabon) Hlad who immigrated to the United States, traveled West from Ellis Island and filed for their 160 acre homestead claim. Marguerite was the fourth child of six siblings: Anna 1916, Joseph 1917 (died in infancy), Frances 1918, Irene 1920, and Marguerite in 1922. Just when things were going as planned, Lawrence (1934) arrived twelve years later.

Marguerite attended public school in Glasgow, Montana, and graduated high school in 1940. Upon graduation from high school, she attended college at Kinmen Business College in Spokane, Washington and graduated in the field of office administration.

In 1942, upon completion of her studies at Kinmen Business School, Marguerite returned home to Glasgow. She lived with roommates in an apartment in Glasgow owned by the Gamas family in order to be closer to work. She worked first for what used to be called Sternhagen Insurance agency and gained experience in bookkeeping and office accounting that she would continue as work throughout her career. Several years later, Marguerite took an accounting position at Newton Motors in Glasgow and remained at Newton Motors until the late 60's. After working for Newton Motors, Marguerite accepted a bookkeeping position at Boutell Motors in Miles City. She developed a love for Cadillacs. Marguerite remained at Boutell Motors, until she retired in 1981. Upon retirement, Marguerite returned to her home in Glasgow. Marguerite truly enjoyed working with the public and being involved with local business. She was proud of her work ethic and accomplishments. She was an exceptional bookkeeper and was routinely recognized by General Motors as such. She was very methodical with her office work, and held herself to high standards.

In 1945, she met the love of her life, and her best friend Warren Gamas Sr. in Glasgow. They were married in Washington in 1947 and remained inseparably in love for 64 years. Warren had two children from a previous marriage: Warren (Nick) H. Gamas of Glasgow, Montana, and Charlotte (Nonnie) Gamas-Farrington of Great Falls, Montana. Wherever Marguerite needed to be Warren was by her side. Marguerite never applied for a driver’s license throughout her life, she would always remark “If I need to be somewhere Warren will drive me.” Marguerite always rode shotgun in the Cadillac. They were inseparable. Warren passed away at the age of 100 in July of 2011, and left a void in Marguerite's life. Until her last days, she would always respond when his name was mentioned. She missed him.

Marguerite gave much of her free time in service of the Lord. She was very much involved with her local church, St. Raphael’s Catholic Church of Glasgow. She volunteered as a Eucharistic Minister for many years, and would travel to the neighboring Catholic churches administering communion, Warren in tow. She would also visit the sick and elderly who were unable to attend mass and bring communion. She was a member of the Altar Society, and in her early years offered her bookkeeping skills to the church administration. Back in the church choir days, she offered her voice and sang her hymns. She attended daily Mass, went to more funerals than could be counted, and was always there when the prayer chain needed prayers. Marguerite also enjoyed the duties of yard work. Her home resembled a doll house and was kept in order consistent with her bookkeeping standards. She was a historian on a personal level, and would always offer history of buildings, roads, and events that took place when she would ride along. She loved going for drives in the country. She never missed the Lawrence Welk show, and if Lawrence Welk was on TV, it was time for a Gin and Tonic and some music.

A Rosary will be prayed 7:00 p.m., Thursday, June 13, 2019 at St. Raphael’s Catholic Church, in Glasgow, Montana. Funeral Mass will be 10:00 a.m., Friday, June 14, 2019 at St. Raphael’s Catholic Church. Burial will take place in Highland Cemetery. A luncheon will follow burial at ST. Raphael’s Parish Center. Condolences may be left at bellmortuaryglasgow.com. The family gratefully declines flowers and donations, but prayers, condolences and memories are gladly accepted. If you feel compelled to gift please give to any charity for the greater good, Marguerite would have done the same.

Monday, June 10th 2019

Lyle Earl Franzen

Lyle Earl Franzen, 64, passed away on June 5, 2019, surrounded by his loving family and friends at home in Glasgow, Montana. He was a good man, who will be missed by many.

Lyle was born April 15, 1955 to William ‘Bill’ and Magdalina ‘Maggie’ (Schelert) Franzen in Glasgow, Montana. He attended St. Raphael Catholic Schools, graduated from Glasgow High School in 1973. Lyle was a successful competitor in stock cars.

In 1978, Lyle married the love of his life, Deanna ‘DeeDee’ Jackson. Together they built a home northwest of Glasgow. Lyle’s love of trees and plants led to the growth of the “Franzen Forest” that provides an oasis on the prairie.

Lyle began his career at Valley Electric as a lineman, following in the footsteps of his father. In 1989, for health reasons, the family moved to Great Falls, where he and DeeDee went back to school. He received his associates degree in accounting from the Great Falls VoTech in 1991. He retired as accountant from NorVal. Lyle developed lifelong friendships with his co-workers. Retirement finally brought enough time to dabble in his many hobbies. He was the ultimate handyman -- owning and maintaining numerous rental properties with family.

To prepare for the long Hi-Line winters, Lyle stockpiled firewood, canned and pickled garden items, and smoked homemade sausage. During the winter, bowling, woodworking, and furniture making provided Zen. Lyle’s wood inlay, “Pig in a Blanket”, won Best of Fair the Northeast Montana Fair. Lyle recently started turning bowls made from local trees. Lyle reconditioned his 1972 GMC pickup, completely rebuilding the engine and restoring the body and paint.

During the lovely summers, Lyle was frequently at Ft. Peck Lake where he enjoyed camping, boating, fishing, weather watching, and spending time with family and friends. In 2008, he and his wife purchased property in Duck Creek, where they grew another forest for their vacation home. He also enjoyed traveling, some highlights include an anniversary cruise to Alaska, chaperoning a KEY Club trip to Nashville and NASCAR races in Las Vegas. Lyle loved camping in Yellowstone and Glacier National Parks -- he was particularly fond of The Trail of Cedars near Avalanche Lake.

Lyle is survived by his wife DeeDee; son, Jesse (Joice) Franzen, and daughter, Jennifer Franzen; siblings Bill Franzen, Lorna (Wayne) Pitman, Dale (Augie) Franzen; sister-in-law Jill (Scott) Sanders; father-in-law, Robert Jackson; along with numerous aunts, uncles, cousins, nieces, nephews and dear friends. He is preceded in death by his infant daughter Kayleen Franzen and his parents Bill and Maggie Franzen.

Services will be held at St. Raphael’s Catholic Church on Wednesday, June 12th at 10:00 am. Immediately following the internment of his ashes at Highland Cemetery, a reception will be held at the Glasgow VFW. Honorary Pallbearers: Wayne Pitman, Tim Potter, Scott Sanders, Joe Tolzein, Mark Vosen, and Jim Wilham. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to these organizations Lyle supported: Montana School for the Deaf and Blind Foundation or Milk River Activity Center -- Special Olypmics.

Sunday, June 2nd 2019

Corbin Francis See

Corbin Francis See passed away peacefully in his sleep May 29, 2019 at FMDH Hospital.

Corbin was born to Missouri Benjamin and Emma (Gaetzke) See on July 8, 1925 in Hinsdale, Montana. He attended school in Hinsdale and went into the Navy in 1943, serving in the South Pacific until his discharge in 1946.

Corbin married Alice Joyce Nelson October 14, 1951 and they had seven sons. Corbin farmed and ranched in the Hinsdale area and also owned and operated a motel. In 2004 Corbin retired and resided in Glasgow since.

He is survived by his wife Joyce; six sons; fourteen grandchildren; and 24 great – grandchildren.

He is preceded in death by his parents; sister, Marion Romain; infant son, Tony Dean; and two grandchildren.

Friday, May 31st 2019

Margaret "Peggy" E. Pattison

Margaret “Peggy” E. Pattison, 98, passed away Monday May 27, 2019 at Frances Mahon Deaconess Hospital in Glasgow, Montana.

Peggy was born in Cohoes, New York October 21, 1920 to William and Ruth (Hartley) Donovan. She was destined to leave the East Coast when she met a handsome young Army Officer, Bill Pattison from Glasgow, Montana.

After a variety of assignments in the East, Southeast and the birth of their daughter, Karen, in Austin, Texas they made their way home to Glasgow.

Peggy did substitute teaching, bookkeeping for Pattison Implement and Motors. She loved to knit and sew right up until the time of her death. She was an avid reader, loved watching the birds at her bird feeder, but most of all she enjoyed her family and friends. She and Bill enjoyed traveling to see their first grandchild in Seattle, then Anchorage. Their travels took them to the four corners of the world: Alaska, Hawaii, Mexico, and China. Their souvenirs were always large pieces of art that cover the walls of their home and stacked in closets.

Peggy is survived by her daughter, Karen (Bob) Mathis of Portland, Oregon; grandchildren, Tyler Mathis and his wife Lesli Mathis of San Diego; and his sister Alissa Mathis of Las Vegas, Nevada; and many Pattison sisters and brothers -in-law, nieces and nephews.
Peggy is preceded in death by her husband and parents.

The Rosary will be said 7:00 p.m., Thursday, May 30, 2019 at St. Raphael’s Catholic Church. Funeral Mass with be 11:00 a.m., Friday, May 31, 2019 at St. Raphael’s Catholic Church with Celebrant Father Terry Regan officiating. Private burial will be in Highland Cemetery in Glasgow.

Wednesday, May 29th 2019

Donald James Helgeson

Donald James Helgeson was born January 30, 1955, at Glasgow, MT. His parents were James O. and Imojean (Fuhrman) Helgeson. Donny passed away peacefully of natural causes at his home at Big Sandy Activity Center on May 27, 2019 at the age of 64.

Donny spent his younger years being dotted on by his family. His parents were primary care keepers and loved him dearly. His aunts stepped in and spent many hours helping his mother when he needed constant care. His cousins spent many hours entertaining him and being his companion.

At an early age he moved to his home at Boulder. After many years there he was moved to Eastmont Training Center in Glendive. His last big move in life was to Big Sandy Activities Center where he resided for over 20 years.

His ‘family’ at Big Sandy treated him with the most dignity and respect that a family could ever ask for. When asked what Donny likes most…their immediate answer was COFFEE! He loved taking car rides, viewing pastures and fields were his favorite and he did not like to look at water. He loved to be by himself where it was quiet and only a few people. Outdoors were the best and he looked forward to summer so he could just sit outside watching the birds. They also shared that he did not like concerts!

Donny was preceded in death by his parents; grandparents, Kon C & Emma Fuhrman and Helge & Luella Helgeson and numerous relatives.

Donny is survived by his sister Connie (Ben) Danelson; nephew Casey (Katrina) Danelson and their children Mesa, Colby & Caz; niece LeeAnn Danelson and daughter Shay all of Scobey, Montana; Godmothers/Aunts Hilda Rosencrans of Glasgow, Montana and Aunt Theresa Sather of Bozeman, Montana;. Uncle Joe (Della) Helgeson of Kalispell, Montana and Aunt Adeline Mitchell of Glasgow, Montana; along with numerous cousins and their families. We would also like to add, all of his Big Sandy Activities Center Family who knew him better than we did.

A Graveside service for Donny will be held on Saturday, June 1, 2019 at 11:00 a.m. at the Glasgow Highland Cemetery.


Wednesday, May 29th 2019

Floyd D. "Bill" Wood

To know Bill was to know a storyteller. He was the author of his own story in his own book which was made up of many chapters. It began with a “preface” of changing his name to Bill because he wasn’t impressed with the name “Floyd”. No one else knew exactly how his story went but Bill did, and it was definitely a colorful version. If you wondered if you had ever met him, you hadn’t because you WOULD remember.

Bill rode off into the final sunset May 24,2019. He lived most of his life in Glasgow where he was born to his parents Charles and Elva (Buster) Wood on May 11, 1940. He grew up on the family ranch north of Glasgow and joined sisters Charlotte and Joyce with Lynn following as his baby sister. On the ranch he developed country values, cowboy skills and a “can’t be beat” attitude.

He attended school in Glasgow and began a long career of “cowboying” for local ranches including the Etchart Ranch and the Cornwell Ranch. He was proud of his experience driving a team of horses for tours around Montana’s capital in Helena. He had a mind full of stories of his rodeo and “bronc breaking” days and loved to tell tales of the “old days.” Bill had a unique affinity for horses and a special place in his heart for children.

In “A Cowboy Comes to Montana” Will James wrote: “And fast action and danger was what he went after. With the big rough horses he’d go and pile his rope on everything that was wild and needed roping, and lots of big stuff that didn’t need roping. Many a cowboy held his breath at watching the “fool things” he’d do”. Will James could have been describing Bill in his younger days.
“Woody” was willing to help anyone do about anything. From riding to move cows to driving truck when chopping corn; pushing cows up an alley or pushing a lawnmower. If he was able, he was willing. He had a knack for making diamond willow walking sticks, canes and lamp stands and gifted many of his creations to friends. He could fix anything leather and loved a newly cleaned and oiled saddle.

Bill will be having a reunion with his parents Charles and Elva (Buster) Wood, his sister Charlotte (George) Kolstad, his uncle Dick Peck and nephews Austin Kolstad, Nick Kolstad and Shane Rees.
Bill is missed by daughter Lacy Wood and his granddaughter Madison, the apple of his eye and the center of his universe. He is also survived by his sisters Joyce (Dick) Peck, Lynn (Gary) Ediger and his brother in law George Kolstad. His extended family includes nephews Dean, and Darryl (Lori) Kolstad, Gene (Ehrica), and Lance Ediger and nieces Janet (Jim) Black and Carolyn (Randy) Rees, Lorrie (Lee) Knight, Jim (Lisa) Peck and Karen (Don) Stein.

Bill loved the old cowboy way of life and lived by the “cowboy code.” He was surely a country gentleman. If anyone met him, they never forgot him and came away feeling like old friends.
Bill Wood will be honored Friday, May 31st at 2:00 p.m. at the Bell Mortuary and a graveside service at the Highland Cemetery. Pie and coffee will be served at the Bell Mortuary following the graveside service. Please plan to come and share your memories of Bill “Woody” Wood.

Wednesday, May 29th 2019

Margaret "Peg" Pattison

Margaret Eileen “Peg” Pattison passed away May 27, 2019. Rosary will be at St. Raphael’s Catholic Church Thursday May 30, at 7:00 p.m. and the Service will be Friday May 31 11:00 a.m. at St. Raphael’s Catholic Church. Burial will be in Highland Cemetery with a luncheon to follow.

Monday, May 27th 2019

Donald L. Plouffe

Donald “Don” Plouffe, 85, of Saco, Montana passed away the afternoon of May 26, 2019 in Glasgow, Montana.

Don was born June 13, 1933, in Malta, Montana, to Louis and Mabel (Homeier) Plouffe. He was raised and educated in the East Strater Community and helped on the family farm.

Don was working on a seismograph crew when he met his best friend and lifetime love, Nellie McNamara. Don was united in marriage to Nellie on November 1, 1953; the couple celebrated their 65th Anniversary last year. To this union they had four sons and one daughter.

Don’s family was important to him, which lead him to take a job as a farm laborer in the Saco area. He worked as a mechanic at the “Old Chevy Garage” prior to opening his own mechanic shop and gas station Don’s Conoco where he could make a motor hum. He then worked at MDU until he retired in 1995. Throughout the years while working full-time and raising his family, Don found time to be a wheat farmer. He took pride in farming his wheat and once was able to sell it for $20 a bushel.

Don had many hobbies which included restoring an old tractor, ice fishing on Nelson Reservoir, traveling and was always good for a game of cribbage. He was a lifetime Minnesota Twins fan getting to watch them play at both the Metrodome and Target Field. It was made even more special when, Trevor Plouffe, his cousin’s grandson played third base. Don had a deep sense of accomplishment for his blue-ribbon winning garden. He was even able to get his seeds in the ground this spring.

Don worked hard his entire life to provide for his family. He taught his kids that work ethic is a choice and one of the most important keys in life. Don took pride (and his children are grateful) that he had instilled those values.

Don is survived by his wife, Nellie; his children, Robert (Betty) Plouffe, Donna (Sonny) Anvik, Jason (Monica) Plouffe and Dale Plouffe; sisters, Gail Johannesen, and Judy Messerly; brothers, Gary (Wilma) Plouffe and Ed (Willie) Plouffe; sister-in-law, Jean Plouffe; brother-in-law, Gary (Vicki) McNamara; grandchildren, Tracey Plouffe, Melissa Plouffe (Mark Snodgrass), Travis Plouffe, Ashley Anivk (Tyson Swimmley), Caycee (Wyatt) Hermanson, Tyrell (Lacie) Anvik, Levi (Taryn) Plouffe, Randi Plouffe (Trennis Hindle) , Koltan Plouffe (Chad Sutton), Kalyn Plouffe, Karlyle Plouffe (Carley White) and great-grandchldren Olivia, Avery, Emma, Ryker, baby Cru, Tayson, Basil, Esme, Remmi and Bowie.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Louis and Mable Plouffe; son Steve Plouffe; great-grandson Cash Plouffe; siblings Louis Plouffe, Dale Plouffe, his twin Dorothy Ames, Dick Plouffe, Nancy Soennichsen and Grady Plouffe.

Don’s family will receive friends from 6:00 pm- 8:00 pm on Wednesday, May 29 at the Bell Mortuary in Glasgow.
A funeral Service will take place at 2:00 pm, on Thursday, May 30, 2019 at the Methodist Church in Saco with burial in Grandview Cemetery.

Monday, May 20th 2019

Karen Lou Sampson

Karen Lou Sampson, age 68, of Glasgow, Montana passed away on Wednesday, May 15, 2019 at Frances Mahon Deaconess Hospital, after a lengthy battle with COPD.

A funeral service will be held Thursday, May 23 at 2:00 p.m., at the Bell Mortuary in Glasgow with Pastor Bonnie Novak presiding. Cremation and burial will take place at a later date.

Visitation will be from 6:00 – 7:00 p.m. on Wednesday, May 22, at the Bell Mortuary.

Karen was born in the town of Glasgow, Montana on July 6th, 1950. She was the second of six children, and the first daughter, of Morris Ellwood and Evelyn Elizabeth (Nayes) Anderson.

Karen graduated from high school in 1968. She worked at the Deluxe Cleaners as a young adult, a job she often spoke very fondly of (something about a mangle? What is that?!) She was also a dog groomer for 20 or so years, and could make even the mangiest mutts look loveable. Perhaps her most favorite job was tending bar at the Montana for a number of years, where she considered most patrons to be friends (and a few jerks--Not her words exactly, this is a PG obituary).

In her younger days, she enjoyed bowling, dart league, and competitive pool league. She could handily kick butt in all of them, and didn’t mind telling you so. Karen was a skilled seamstress, from the fine details of clothing creation, to upholstery, she could do it all. She also was a self-taught hairdresser, and could not-only nail a 1980’s style perm, but also gave many grandchildren and great-nieces their first haircuts. (If you are looking for a Flowbee, we know where it is.) She taught her daughters to fish, and could fix nearly anything, even before YouTube existed. She was a caretaker through and through, and along with her sister Rene, she afforded her own mother to live independently as long as was possible. Karen was an avid shopper, and we hope the local delivery drivers will continue to have work after her passing.

Karen leaves behind a hell of a lot of ‘treasures’ that her family doesn’t know what to do with. For her friends that loved to see her come to their yard sale, please come collect your belongings, we won’t even charge you for them. If anyone is looking for an obnoxious gold cat vase/container, or any other odd yet fine piece of houseware, you should wait the appropriate amount of time and get in touch with the family.

Tomorrow would be fine.

In addition to her stuff, she leaves behind two daughters that she was extremely proud of, Angie (Bob) Peterson and Brandi (John) Knierim, as well as her husband of 48 ½ years, Lorrie Sampson. She will be missed by her five grandchildren who she did daycare for and taught to curse and play video games, Randy Peterson, Ian Peterson, Will Knierim, Sam Knierim, and Mary Knierim. She also left behind siblings Butch Anderson, Jo (Chuck) McAllister, Rene (Curt) Clampitt, and Victor (Carmen) Anderson, as well as numerous beloved nieces, nephews and cousins.

She will be having a reunion with many family members and friends that have gone before her, and being a bartender and a good cook, they will be happy to see her. She was preceded in death by her mother, Evelyn; her father, Morris; infant brother, John Dennis; brother-in-law, Leroy McAllister, and her father-in-law, Al Sampson.
A common line in obituaries is “She never met a stranger”, in Karen’s case, this was true. She was difficult to move through Disneyland as she attempted to get to know every other person visiting the park.

Despite her occasional saltiness and colorful language used when demonstrating frustration, Karen was a loving, giving, and caring person. The evidence is the sorrow felt by her family after her passing. Karen had a peaceful death, due entirely to the care and dedication of the FMDH hospital staff. The breathlessness that can accompany chronic lung disease can be overwhelming, but they helped her to handle it with grace, and we will be forever indebted to them. As a final gift, Karen was able to donate her corneas as a lasting tribute to her giving spirit.

In lieu of flowers, the family asks that you please consider making a donation to any animal assistance foundation or other charity of your choosing.

Tuesday, May 14th 2019

Donna Mae Austin

Donna Mae Austin passed away peacefully at home on May 10, 2019. She was born the second daughter of Marvin L. and Jean (Westby) Shanks on June 24, 1943 in Portland, Oregon.

After the Second World War ended in 1945, and the war manufacturing machine no longer was needed, the families moved back to Montana, residing at the Poplar and Flaxville areas. Marvin obtained a job with the Corps of Engineers and they moved to Fort Peck in 1948.

Later, Marvin & Jean built and managed the Lakeridge Motel and Conoco. Their children attended schools in Fort Peck, Nashua, and also Glasgow.

Donna Mae’s first job was with the Buttrey Clothing store until its closing, then for the United Insurance Company (Feda, Lee, Urs). She worked for Dwight Bramble for many years at the Credit Bureau.

In 1970 she married Ernie Austin, had two sons, Brian and Wade. She worked with Ernie, commercial fishing on Fort Peck Reservoir. They also worked with Pratt Enterprise making electric components. They also worked for Sam Allie at Sam’s Supper Club.

After the boys graduated high school, they moved to northern Nevada where Ernie worked construction, and Donna Mae became a postmaster at Valmy, Nevada, then back to Glasgow.

She was preceded in death by her Grand Parents, Frank and Alma Westby, her parents Marvin and Jean Shanks, sister Carolyn (John) Dick, and sister Peggy Brieland.

She is survived by her husband Ernie of 49 years, sons Brian and Wade (Vanessa), daughter Debe Miller, son Ken Austin (Janis). Grandson Travis Austin and Grandsons Drew and Cody Stensland, Granddaughter Laura Rookheizer(Kevin) and great Granddaughter Amy and many nieces and nephews.

A service for Donna Mae will be announced at a later date.

Tuesday, May 14th 2019

Berna Jo "BJ" Menge Fiedler Allen

In the early morning hours of Monday May 13th, our beloved mother was raised up by our heavenly father to be with her creator and savior after a beautiful and peaceful Mother’s Day and a courageous battle with cancer. And that she was, a warrior of faith, love and perseverance for family friends and her community. B.J. (Berna Jo) Menge Fiedler Allen was born in Glasgow, MT on August 27th, 1944 to Bernard J. “Pat” and Pansy Menge of Saco, MT. She is the devoted sister to Darrell (Loretta) Menge of Saco, Gregg (Sue) Menge of Lewistown and Kirk (Kelly) Menge of Billings. BJ is a loving and dedicated mother to her children Rachael (Lindy) Haynes of Red Lodge, Kristin (Paul) McColly of Hinsdale, and Clint (Anna) Allen of Ankeny, IA. Her grandchildren, Ethan and Aidan Haynes, John, Kaitlyn, CharLee and BaiLee McColly and Caleb and Addison Allen will remember her devotion and love!
Berna Jo Menge, or BJ as she was most affectionately known by, was named after her father, something she would occasionally refer to with her mother. Overheard one evening sometime in the late 80s after mom got off the phone spelling her name a few times to someone who must have been a bit hard of hearing possibly, “So mom ...why does the only daughter get named after a man and go by BJ and THREE boys get simple names like Gregg or Kirk??” “Well gee honey, maybe I should have stuck with flower names like Rose or Iris. At least I didn’t name you Bachelor Button!” replied her mother Pansy.
BJ attended Beaverton School Elementary and graduated from Saco High School in 1962. She grew up on a working farm just outside town here in Saco with 3 brothers who taught her many valuable life lessons which she would pass along to her children. Be respectful, gracious, kind and grateful. Remember, how fortunate you are because she had to feed the chickens, gather the eggs, get fresh water from the well to wash up in, make breakfast and wash the dishes every morning before having to walk 5 miles to school uphill both ways in a blizzard every day!
After graduating high school, she went to nursing school and earned her associates of nursing degree from Montana State College of Bozeman in 1964. The commencement exercises were held at Warm Springs State Hospital. After passing her boards, she moved to Washington DC where she worked as a registered nurse and met many new fun entertaining and interesting friends, Mary Ann Cohen and Susie Waksman. Together, the three musketeers camped, backpacked across Europe, and remain good friends.
One special and interesting friend was Theodore Raymond (Teddy Ray) Fiedler who would later become her husband. At that time, he was stationed at Fort Eustis, VA. After Ted’s release from the Army in 1970, they married and moved to Canyon City, CO where they managed a small airport and organized air shows. After Teds death in 1974, B.J. loaded up their daughter, Rachael, and began down the path to her next chapter. They moved to Denver, CO where she dusted off her nursing degree and went to work.
After working a few years in Denver, she was introduced to C.K. Allen who she married in 1976 in Maysville, MO. They bought a little farm in Kansas City, MO and added two kids, Kristin and Clint to the family. Her love of nursing and serving others continued. The family later moved to Savannah, MO where she worked at the St. Joseph Hospital, raised three children, and helped with the many nuances of the farm.
In 1984, B. J. moved back to Saco, MT and began working in Frances Mahon Deaconess Hospital in Glasgow, MT. She worked night shift there and enjoyed nighttime microwave cooking and staff antics. She attended to her patients with the utmost care and respect only the best nurses possess. Five years later, she took her skills to The Good Samaritan Retirement Home in Malta, MT where she continued her service to others. She was the director of nurses for a number of years before her retirement. The care and love she gave her residents, patients, nurses, and neighbors was full of patience and compassion and genuinely putting others first. Traits she would instill not only in her own children, but to anyone who would walk through her doors be it at home or work. If you spent time with her, you knew immediately you were in the presence of a real friend, sister, wife, aunt, cousin, confidant, teacher, protector… mother. Whenever she was around, there was a peace and a calm that would surround her and envelope you. (Her children MIGHT have tested those skills once or maybe twice, and have proven them).
BJ was a valuable asset to her community, she served on the Saco school board, ran home health care for anyone in need, and would drop everything if you came to her need. She was the first one to call in an emergency - usually before an ambulance even. Her home was a place of healing, safety, and compassion to those who needed it. And if you couldn’t go to her, she would come to you.
Throughout her entire life the only thing larger than her kindness and compassion was the always strong, never wavering love for her Savior, her Father and King, Jesus Christ. If you had a problem, she would have the right words and the right scripture! We, as her family - and her community - won’t be the same, without her physical presence. But, her spiritual presence will always be felt by those fortunate enough to have known her.
Berna Jo, this beautiful child of God, was preceded in death by her father Bernard Menge, her first husband Ted Fiedler, her mother Pansy Menge, her niece Jody Menge, and her grandson Cohen Haynes. All of whom, she is celebrating with again today and reveling in the joy of eternal life… so be joyful unto the Lord, be joyful in life and be joyful today and always!
Funeral Services will be held on Friday, May 17, 2019 at 10:00 a.m. in the Saco High School Gymnasium, with Howard Pippin officiating. There will be a reception following the service at the Saco IOOF Hall. Bell Mortuary is assisting the family with arrangements and condolences may be left at bellmortuarymontana.com.

Memorial in BJ’s name may be sent to either these or a charity of your choice https://www.gohomefoundation.org/ or https://www.ethanlindberg.com/donate

Wednesday, May 8th 2019

Dale Edward Marshall

Dale Edward Marshall was born March 31, 1956, in Malta, Montana, and died May 6, 2019, in Malta. He was raised 20 miles north of Saco on the Marshall family ranch with his older brother, Dick, and he attended Saco Public School all through his schooling. Though he wasn’t the most attentive student, he had basketball and Cecil Sudbrack to keep his grades up. Dale also enjoyed his fair share of shenanigans; one such shenanigan was a “baptism” at the Dumps that involved rolling down the hill and ended with cactus extraction. Refer to Corby for details.

In 1976, he married his high school sweetheart, Sue Albus, and they made their home on the family ranch. He took a job with the county in 1977 and continued working on the ranch as well. Dale and Sue had three daughters, Kelly, Trista, and Justinn. He loved to follow their activities, especially basketball and rodeo. Dale raised his daughters to have a strong work ethic, and they have excelled to become an English teacher, a nurse, and a physician, respectively.

Dale started battling health issues before he turned 40 that continued until his death. He overcame leukemia and several heart attacks, and he battled kidney failure for the last few years of his life. In addition to his health issues, Dale and his family lost their first home to a fire and later were hit by a tornado. Through every hardship, Dale kept his chin up and displayed a warrior’s resilience and perseverance, and through every hardship he had his rock, Sue, right by his side.

Throughout life, Dale enjoyed rodeoing, snowmobiling, branding, hunting- especially beavering on the Frenchman Creek. Most of all, he loved to socialize with friends and family. His favorite time of the year was always hunting season, and he enjoyed the week with the Frenchman Crew the most.

He retired from the county in January of 2018 after working there for 41 years. During his retirement, he enjoyed cruising around Saco in his side-by-side; shooting gophers; eating biscuits and gravy at Pip’s Diner; hanging out with this best buddy, Batman the corgi; and chasing around his grandkids.

Dale was preceded in death by his parents, Allen and Gladys Marshall. He is survived by his wife, Sue; his brother Dick (Jan) Marshall; his daughters, Kelly (Shawn) Downing, Trista (Jake) Nelson, and Justinn (Kody) Lahaye; his nephews Brett and Brad Marshall; his grandchildren, Blaine, Emerson, and Trey Downing, and Blaizy, Bridger, and Bostynn Nelson; and his faithful corgi companion, Batman.

Dale had many friends near and far, and he will always be remembered for his quick wit with a dash of orneriness. He had a zest for life and an iron will to live that was beyond measure. Dale led a life from which we can all glean strength and inspiration. He truly made the world a better place, and he will be sorely missed by all his family and friends he left behind.

Tuesday, May 7th 2019

Jeane L. Hughes

Jeane L. Hughes, age 87, passed away on May 2, 2019 at Frances Mahon Deaconess Hospital.

Jeane Hughes was born on April 27, 1932 to Gertrude (Vegge) Figmaka and Stephan Figmaka. She grew up on the Figmaka farm south of Glasgow. She graduated from Glasgow High School in 1950.

She married Donald “Bud” Hughes on October 6, 1951 in Glasgow, Montana. Their first child Barbara was born in 1953 and in 1955 their son Mitch was born.

Jeane began her paralegal career working for Thomas Dignan. She also worked for Larry Miyasato and County Attorney Gordon White, until Gordon retired at which time she went to work at the Clerk of Court’s Office, where she worked until retirement.

Jeane loved spring and couldn’t wait to get outside and get her hands in the dirt. She had a green thumb and had many beautiful flowers in the front yard and at the farm. As summer turned to fall, she put her gardening tools away and set up her sewing machine. She loved to quilt. She really enjoyed making baby quilts for her grandchildren and great grandchildren. I think they all have several of her quilts.

Jeane was the official pie maker of the family. It didn’t matter what holiday it was, she always made the pies. Her apple pie was the best we ever had and was always requested by many who had tried it.

Jeane was a strong believer in education and she was particularly proud of all her grandchildren as they all received college degrees.

Jeane was preceded in death by her husband, her parents and her sister Shirley Lacy.

Jeane is survived by her daughter Barbara Gallagher of Glasgow; son Mitch (Mary) Hughes of Glasgow; her four grandchildren, Steven (Janell) Wieder of Billings, Tammy (Jordan) Lanning of Boise, Karissa (Dominick) Keenan of Salt Lake City, and Dylan (Jami Johnson) Hughes of Glasgow. She is also survived by three great-grandchildren, Gabe and Liam Wieder and Dani Jo Lanning, as well as a brother Dennis (Sally) Figmaka.

Funeral Services will be held at the 1st Lutheran Church on Thursday, May 9, 2019 at 2:00 p.m. Burial will follow in Highland Cemetery.

Thursday, May 2nd 2019

Mary JoAnn Miller

JoAnn Miller, age78, passed away on Monday, April 29, 2019 at her home in Glasgow, MT.

JoAnn was born on October 30, 1940 in Culbertson, MT to Evron and Maxine Shuman. She grew up and graduated from Wolf Point, MT in 1958.

JoAnn married Richard Miller on February 23, 1960 and had 3 children - Rick, Darla and Dan.
JoAnn loved to have fun and was always the life of the party. You never knew what she was going to say of do but it was always wild and crazy. Her biggest passion was her family and her 7 grandchildren and 3 great-grandchildren. She always made sure to go to all their events. She enjoyed going to church,
playing cards, having lunch with her ("Cackling Hens") friends.

She is survived by her husband Richard, daughter Darla (Gregg) Russell, son Dan (Joyce) Miller, 7
grandchildren -Jeff Grewe, Mandi Grewe, Peri Russell, Sarah Miller, Ryan Smith, Parker Miller, Mason
Miller, 3 great-grandchildren - Leo, Laynee & Kodi Bakeburg, 2 sisters - Edna (Gene) Songer and
Margaret (Jim) Thomas, 1- sister-in-law - Judy Shuman, several nieces and nephews and cousins.

She is preceded in death by her parents- Evron and Maxine Shuman, 1 son - Rick Miller and 1 brother-
Bud Shuman.
Services will be held later this summer.

Condolences may be left at bellmortuarymontana.com.

Monday, April 29th 2019

Douglas Wayne Murdock

Douglas Wayne Murdock (Tí ?hpé’ic’ia) (throws himself in the lodge) passed April 25th peacefully with his family by his side in the Billings Clinic in Billings, Montana.

Dougal (as named by his Uncle Puss early in his childhood) was born in Poplar, Montana July 13, 1950, he was the second child of Albert “Bert” and Rosella (McConnell) Murdock. He grew up with his siblings Albert, Debra, Barbara, and Kurt in Frazer attending the school there. He worked on Jim Scott’s Farm in his early years into high school alongside of his dad and brother Albert, until he decided to forgo college and get an education from Uncle Sam’s Misguided Children in 1968 at the age of 17. He served in Vietnam as a member of 1st Reconnaissance Battalion, 1st Marine Division, as the smallest member of his squad, he served as a “tunnel rat”, he was in the Da Nang area for most of his tour.

Dougal married Janice Wallette June 9th, 1973, later that year he was honorably discharged from the Marine Corps in October. They moved back to Montana where he started his career with the Corps of Engineers in 1974. His son, Jason, was born later that year in October.

He retired in 2007, with 37 years of total federal service. He soon got bored with retirement and started working at the Silverwolf Casino and later worked for the TERO office for four years, he retired again. Once again, he got bored and started working for the Frazer School and eventually retired for health reasons from being an Assiniboine Language Teacher, a job he loved. Dougal had a great desire and love of coaching and sports in general, he coached alongside his dad as an assistant for Frazer. He coached junior high and high school boys’ and girls’ teams throughout the years, as well as teams for the youth tournaments. He followed all sports, except soccer, his favorites were the LA Angels, the KC Chiefs, the Washington Americans (Redskins) as he called them. He danced Fancy Dance and later switched to Grass Dance, which he danced with his nephew Aaron and his grandson Nathan. Traveling everywhere to attend many celebrations, he was active with the Red Bottom Committee from 1981 until 2016.

In 1998 he purchased his first Harley; that gave him a hobby that lasted the rest of his days. He attended Biker New Year (Sturgis Rally) every year from 1995 to 2018. He rode for cancer awareness, riding 1700 miles across the state, stopping at all seven of the reservations in Montana in one week. The only thing that rivaled his bikes was his family and his grandchildren, Nathan (Thunder Boy), Alyssa (Holy Tree), and Alexis (Grey Flying Woman). As his Facebook friends will recognize “well Lunatics it’s been a good ride that is all. Good night Chesty wherever the f#*k you are.”

Dougal is survived by his sisters Deb Murdock and Barb (Frank) Dumont; brother “Charlie” Huber (Deb) Wright; son Jason (Lisa) Murdock; grandchildren Nathan, Alyssa and Alexis; nephew Aaron (Stephanie) Murdock; aunties Ruth Todd of Frazer, Montana, Daisy Sherman of Havre, Montana, Liz Sherman of Browning, Montana and Audrey Hall of Billings, Montana; adopted brothers David (Victoria) Adams of Billings, Montana and Jeff Cappo of Canada; numerous cousins, nieces and nephews and his traveling partner Colleen Birdsbill.

A Wake will be held at 7:00p.m. on Sunday, April 28, 2019 at the Frazer Community Hall. Funeral Services are scheduled for 11:00a.m. on Monday, April 29, 2019 in the Frazer School Gymnasium. Burial will be in the Oswego Catholic Cemetery.

Wednesday, April 24th 2019

Roy Wetzel

Roy Lee Wetzel, age 88, of Glasgow, Montana passed away April 22, 2019 at Valley View Home.

Roy was born in Malta, Montana September 3, 1930 to his parents Ernest and Theresa (Pecora) Wetzel. Along with his brother Ray, he grew up in the Malta/Glasgow area. After the death of his mother in 1942, he resided with his grandparents Luis and Leona Pecora in Glasgow. He graduated from Glasgow High School in 1950.

He married Ione Collings in 1952 and they raised their five children here; Royanne Somers, Rene’ Morth Siler, Wade Wetzel, Dan (Kerry) Wetzel and Lisa Lehner.

Roy served in the National Guard. He was active in the community participating in Kiwanis, Elks, Glasgow Sports Club, Glasgow Football Chain Gang, Valley View Home Board, Glasgow School Board and served as a fireman for many years. He was a loving father, husband, son, uncle, and grandfather. He worked delivering milk and managing Vita Rich Dairy while providing up-keep on his many rentals in Glasgow. They bought Glasgow Auto Safety Center in 1978. Ione and Roy built one of the first cabins at the Pines and loved to spend time there. Ione passed away in 1998.

Their grandchildren are Jace and Brady Lehner, James and Dan Morth, Tanya (Luke) Renner, Beau (Bethany), Tyler and Casey (Brandie) Somers, Tiffany and Cassidy Wetzel. Great-grandchildren are Nyah and Naomi Somers, Alice and Sullivan Somers and Kellen Renner.

In 2004, he married his lifelong friend Beverly Gallagher. Roy and Bev enjoyed many summers together at the cabin and she cared for him as his health declined. From that marriage he was blessed with an extended family including Florann Hannesson of Glasgow, Colleen McAlmond (Ronnie) of Florence MT and Dean Farrington (Maria) of Alamogordo NM, six grandkids, sixteen great-grandkids and two great-great-grandkids, he is also survived by a step- sister Gayla Barbier of Coeur d’Alene, ID.

Roy was also preceded in death by his parents, his brother, Ray and daughter, Rene’.

Roy’s family will receive friends at Bell Mortuary in Glasgow on Friday, April 26, 2019 from 6:00 - 8:00 pm. Funeral Service will be held at 1:00 p.m. Saturday, April 27, 2019 at First Lutheran Church, Glasgow. Burial will follow at Glasgow Highland Cemetery. The reception will be held back at the Lutheran church following interment. Condolences may be left at www.bellmortuarymontana.com.

Tuesday, April 23rd 2019

Darlene Darcel Henderson

Darlene Darcel Henderson

Darlene Darcel (Komrosky) Henderson, age 61, passed away after a brief but valiant battle with cancer Sunday, April 7, 2019. She was surrounded by her beloved family and friends.

Graveside services will be held at 2 p.m., Friday, April 26, at the Highland Cemetery in Glasgow, Mont., where Darlene will be buried at the foot of her mother, Beverly's, grave. Family and friends are invited to a reception following the service at El Cor Del in Glasgow.

She was born in Miles City, Mont., on Dec. 10, 1957, to Leroy (Harry) and Beverly Komrosky.
Darlene married Roy M. Case in June 1982, and together they had one son and one daughter. Later, in June 2007, Darlene married Jim Henderson, who had one daughter of his own.

Darlene lived in several places throughout her life including: Glasgow, Great Falls, Mont., Phoenix, Ariz., Golden Valley, Ariz., Laughlin, Nev., Las Vegas, Nev., Pueblo, Colo., and Denver, Colo.

She loved Nascar, especially Jeff Gordon (#24), the Denver Broncos, and was a big hockey fan. She enjoyed working on Teeny Weeny with her dad, and when his health began to fail, she helped her mother care for him. She was adventurous and a bad-ass, but was incredibly big-hearted and would give anybody the shirt off her back. She was kind and funny, and her laugh was contagious.
Without a doubt, family came first for Darlene and her grandkids were her whole world.

Darlene was preceded in death by her parents, Leroy “Harry” and Beverly Komrosky; three brothers, Norris, Norman and Darryl; uncle Norman (Bawky) Dahl; and her best friend, Wilma Jaquez.

She was survived by her two children, Ryan Lee (April) Case and Lucinda Joy (Amory) Case and one stepdaughter, Autumn Henderson; her husband, Jim; four siblings, Debbie Bryan, Douglas (Carol) Komrosky, Roy Lee (Ole) Komrosky, and Raelynn (Dale) Harris; five grandchildren, Skyler, Jessica, Zachary, Nevaeh and Amory, Jr.; two step-grandsons, Noxx and Lyrx; and numerous nieces and nephews.

Monday, April 22nd 2019

Francis Gabin Laumeyer

Francis Gabin Laumeyer, 87, of Nashua, Montana, beloved husband, brother, father, grandfather, friend and neighbor went to be with his Lord and Savior, his best friend, April 18, 2019, surrounded by his wife and children.

Francis was born May 16, 1931 at his family home and farm outside of Nashua to Rose (Wagner) and Joe Laumeyer. He attended grade school at the French Country School and high school in Nashua, graduating in 1949. He then went to Northern Montana College in Havre and attained a welding certificate. It took Francis a trip to Iowa in December 1967 to find his bride and cook, Sandra Sonnenburg. They married October 5, 1968 and celebrated their 50th anniversary in Nashua last year. They had four children, Virginia Rose, Linda Louise, Carl Joseph and Joseph Albert.

Francis took over the family farm in 1966. Together with his wife, they raised their four children teaching them that God is first, family is second and all the rest of life will follow. Francis passed on his unflagging work ethic, but he also shared his enjoyment of fishing on the Milk River and horseback riding, especially his horses Flicka and Baldy, to his children. He was an extraordinary card player and he and Sandy attended many card parties where they were a fearsome pair. Practice included many weekends at various neighbor’s houses. Francis attended every dance possible and while his favorite partner was his wife, he never passed up an opportunity to dance with ‘a pretty girl’, which to him was every girl. After retiring to Nashua, Francis thoroughly enjoyed riding around town on his scooter with his cup of coffee and stopping to visit anyone out and about and watching the children play.

He was a lifetime member of Queen of Angels, serving on the council and as a lector for several years. He became an Extraordinary Minister of the Cup and home minister and was a member of the Knights of Columbus. Francis was a member of the Soil Conservation Board. Practicing and promoting care of the land was of the utmost importance to him and it was his love for the land that led him to plant the first tree shelter belt in Valley County in 1967 that people involved in conservation and agriculture toured. He was a member of the East HiLine Hereford Association and was widely respected for his registered Polled Herefords. He expanded to include other registered breeds, but his first love were the Polled Herefords, which afforded him many hours of humor and controversy with his beloved friend Wayne Waarvik. Francis was also a member of the Nashua Lions, NFO, and more organizations than it is possible to remember.

He is preceded in death by his parents, Rose and Joe Laumeyer, brother Lawrence, sisters Delores Brabeck and Frances Minks, and sisters-in-law, Verna (Fuhrman) Laumeyer, Bonnie (McGlynn) Laumeyer, and Elizabeth Laumeyer.

Francis is survived by his wife, Sandy, brother Robert (Bob), brother-in-law Steve, daughters Virginia Long and Linda Laumeyer, sons Carl (Justine) Laumeyer and Joe (Crystal) Laumeyer, and grandchildren Dalton, Denton, (Virginia), Taylor, Trace, Caden, Ellie, (Joe and Crystal), Hannah and Walker (Carl and Justine), and many nieces and nephews.

More than anything, Francis will be remembered for his service to his family, friends, neighbors, community, people in need and above all, to his God.

Vigil service is Thursday, April 25 at 6pm and Funeral service is Friday, April 26 at 10:30 am at Queen of Angels Catholic Church in Nashua, MT.

Friday, April 19th 2019

Jerry Lee Jacobson

Jerry Lee Jacobson, 82, passed away surrounded by his family in Great Falls, Montana on Sunday, April 7, 2019.

Jerry was born in Glasgow, Montana to Charles and Loretta (Christenson) Jacobson on May 27, 1936. He attended school in Glasgow and following graduation joined the Navy in 1955. After returning home he met Dora Lou Scanson and married her on January 21, 1961. They were blessed with 58 wonderful years together and two children, Brett and Sonda.

After marriage they both attended Northern Montana College where Jerry received his teaching degree. He taught school in Terry and Miles City, Montana for several years then became an FBI agent in 1969. In 1974 he transferred to the US Forest Service as a Special Agent, which took the family to Idaho through 1979, Colorado through 1985, and teaching at the Federal Law Enforcement Training Center in Glynco, Georgia through 1987. They returned to Montana where Jerry retired out of Missoula in 1994, after which he and Dora Lou relocated for the final time back home to their property north of Glasgow.

In the fall of 1998 Jerry was diagnosed with Guillain-Barre Syndrome which kept him hospitalized for almost two years. Dora Lou stayed in a recliner next to his bed the entire time. He miraculously survived and later wrote a book “My Wake-Up Call” which tells the battle of his recovery.

Jerry loved spending time with family and was always ready to help anyone in need. He was very active in Valley County with law enforcement training, and was very knowledgeable in installing audio equipment for the museum and his church. He enjoyed hunting and was an avid reader and photographer. While traveling to many areas in Montana Jerry created an extensive display of scenic photos, the majority of which have since been published into books. He was honored by the Montana Historical Society for some of his work.

Jerry was preceded in death by his parents, his cousin and best friend Charles McVee who was like a brother to him, his brother-in-law Esten Scanson, and several very special aunts, uncles and cousins.

He is survived by his wife Dora Lou, son Brett, daughter Sonda, grandchildren Lenny, Britni, Seth, Chelsea and Nicole, great grandchildren Adam, Eileen, Tucker and Dulcie, the McVee, Myhre and Scanson families, and many dear friends and extended family across the nation.

A Celebration of Life will be held at First Baptist Church in Glasgow on Saturday May 25, 2019 at 2:00 p.m. with private burial at a later date. In lieu of flowers the family requests memorial donations in Jerry’s name be made to the Valley County Historical Society, Pioneer Museum, in Glasgow.

Tuesday, April 16th 2019

Dale Rodger Enebo

Dale Rodger Enebo, age 82, passed away peacefully at home on April 15, 2019. He was born in Park Rapids, Minnesota on January 12, 1937 to Sverre and Cecelia (Rome) Enebo. When he was eleven, the family moved to western Montana. Dale graduated from Corvallis High School in 1954. After working a year out of high school, Dale enlisted in the Army and served two years, most of which was in Japan. Shortly after his return, he married his high school sweetheart, Dona I. Wood. They made their home in the Bitterroot Valley, where their three sons were born. After 13 years of dairy farming, the family moved to Glasgow in 1970, as new owners of a local hardware store, retiring with 26 years in the hardware business. Dale then worked with his son, Dan, for about ten years in construction. In his retirement years, Dale was able to travel to see family.

Dale served on his church councils in both Hamilton and Glasgow and he proudly served on the Valley View Board of Directors for twelve years.

Dale was a loving husband, father, and grandfather and was very strong in his faith.

He is survived by Dona, his wife of 61 years; his 3 sons, David (Susie) of Trophy Club, Texas, Dan (Laurie) of Glasgow, Montana, Dennis (Julie) of Silverdale, Washington; six grandchildren, Ryan Enebo of Grapevine, Texas, Jill (Stephen) Young of Granbury, Texas, Denise (Kurt) Wetzel of Bismarck, North Dakota, Kyle (Christa) Enebo of Dickinson, North Dakota, Jessica Enebo of Silverdale, Washington, and Linnea Enebo of San Luis Obispo, California; and four great-grandchildren.

Funeral services will be Saturday, April 20, 2:00 p.m. at First Lutheran Church in Glasgow with Pastor Todd Wright officiating.

In Lieu of flowers the family encourages memorials be sent to First Lutheran Church or a charity of donor’s choice.

Monday, April 15th 2019

James Farstad

MALTA- James Farstad 95, passed away on January 25, 2019 at Hi-Line Retirement Center. Memorial Services will be Saturday, April 20, 2019 at Malta Lutheran Church at 11:00 A.M.
Condolences for the family may be left at www.kirkwoodfuneralhome.com

Jim was born December 21, 1923 to Pedar and Julia Farstad in North Dakota. He attended school there and then spent nearly 2 years in the U.S. Navy where he served on a PT boat in the Pacific.

He married the love of his life Dagmar Hjelmstad and they were blessed with 2 children Deanna and James Jr. (deceased). He began working for grain elevator business in the Glentana- Opheim area. They moved to Malta where he managed the Equity Coop until his retirement in 1982. He really enjoyed parts and seldom missed a parts event in the area. His favorite hobby was wood working and keeping his yard in great condition. A member of Malta Lutheran church, he was often found volunteering his help and worked tirelessly at helping others. He also served on the committee for Malta chamber of Commerce.

He is survived by his wife Dagmar; daughter Deanna (Harlem); Granddaughter Susan (Billings); Son in law Rich, and 2 grandsons Taylor and Teagan (Billings)

He is preceded in death by his parents; 2 sisters, 2 brothers, and his son James Jr.

Wednesday, April 3rd 2019

Vicki R. Forbus

Vicki Renee Forbus, 48, of Glasgow, Montana passed away peacefully at her home with her dog, Missy, loyally by her side.

Vicki was born May 23, 1970 in Merrian, Kansas to Karen (Brooks) and Euell Forbus Jr. Vicki spent most of her childhood years in her family home. The family moved frequently, as Euell’s job required them to relocate often. In the late 1970s the family relocated to Eastern Montana, Vicki received her education through the Miles City School System and finished her education in May of 1990.

Vicki moved to her home at the Mitchell Group Home, in Glasgow Montana in March of 1993. She remained her in Glasgow at the Mitchell Group Home until the time of her passing.

Vicki loved to swing on a nice summer day, going for rides, outings around town, and watching movies. She enjoyed listening to music, singing and being outside. Her greatest joy was having letters from her family and books read to her. Vicki will be remembered for her sweet smile and her love of the song “Wheels On The Bus”.

She is preceded in death by her mother.

She is survived by her father, Euell Forbus Jr.; brothers, Steven Forbus and Robert Forbus; sister, Kimberly Cunningham; her Milk River and Mitchell Group Home friends and her beloved dog, Missy.

Funeral services will be 10:00 a.m., Friday, April 5, 2019 at Bell Mortuary with Pastor Bonnie Novak officiating. Burial will be in Highland Cemetery.

Monday, April 1st 2019

Doris Holman

MALTA- Doris Holman, age 92, our beloved mom, mother in-law, grandma, great- grandma, great great-grandma, aunt, and friend passed away peacefully in her home March 26, 2019.

Family will receive friends Monday, April 1, 2019 at 7:00 P.M. at Kirkwood Memorial Chapel. Funeral services will be Tuesday, April 2, 2019 at Malta Lutheran Church at 11:00A.M. In lieu of flowers, please send your donations to the Malta Historical Museum or the Malta Rural Fire Department. Condolences for the family may be left at www.kirkwoodfuneralhome.com

Doris was born on February 14, 1927, to Stanley and Clara McNamara and was named Doris Valentine McNamara. They lived in Whitewater Montana until she was 7 years old and then moved to Dodson Montana on a dairy farm where she attended Dodson School. That is where she met her true love, Clifford Holman; they married on August 4, 1944.

Doris and Clifford lived on the Holman Hereford Ranch at Dodson, MT for five years before moving three miles west of Malta, MT where they ranched and raised their children. She was a dedicated wife, working alongside her husband on the ranch, supporting loving mother and worked outside the home at Hi-Line Packing and Malta Rest Home.

Doris had a green thumb for houseplants and a huge garden. She enjoyed crocheting, giving afghan’s to family members and donating to local causes. She was an amazing cook, no one ever left hungry. Above all, she loved her children, grandkids and any dog or cat that showed up on her doorstep. She walked many of miles on the ranch with them all!

Many times mom would say how blessed she was to be able to live in her home. Her children and all the people she loved stopped in for numerous visits, many cups of coffee, desserts and laughs were shared. Her kitchen was warm friendly and welcomed to anyone! She also looked forward to phone calls from many who checked in.

Mom, you thought you were blessed, but we were the ones blessed to have a mom like you, who showed us how to love, respect others and be thankful for what we have.

Doris is survived by her six children, Ronald (Sue) Holman Billings, MT, Donovan (Billie Rae) Holman Malta, MT, Sherrie (Craig) Ottinger, Malta, MT, Barbara (Harvey) Fladland Billings, MT, Suzie (Bim) Oxarart Malta, MT, Mark (Ronna) Holman Malta, MT, 13 grandchildren, 24 great grandchildren and 6 great great-grandchildren.

Doris was preceded in death by her beloved husband Clifford Holman, father Stanley McNamara and mother Clara McNamara; brother, Richard McNamara and grandson Matthew Holman.

Tuesday, March 26th 2019

Dr. Jim "Kicker" Curtis

Preceded in death by Jesus of Nazareth and Butch Cassidy’s Wild Bunch, Dr. Jim “Kicker” Curtis died suddenly of a heart attack on Thursday, 21 March 2019. Some know him as Jim, while others shout out Kicker, Doc, Dad(dy), Grandpa, Poppa Doc and, among a select few, dirty rotten S.O.B.
Born John James Curtis on 7 February 1943 to John Lorenzo and Grace Caroline Pearce Curtis in Great Falls, Montana, Jim spent his early days kicking every which way and, thus, earned his lifelong moniker, Kicker, granted by his older, adoring sister Barbara Ann. Much to his entire Griz family’s disappointment, Kicker became a Bobcat (Montana State University) and, causing his Husky daughter further disappointment, completed his degree in veterinary medicine at Wazzu (Washington State University) in 1967. Post-degree, Kicker was gallantly drafted into the Army as Captain Curtis, and enjoyed the barrack amenities at several stateside stops before launching on his international adventure to South Korea (8th Army-Korea), where he served as veterinarian to the sentry dog units and met the greatest love of his life, military brat Gaelen Elizabeth Schell. Kicker easily lured Gaelen to the wide open spaces of central and, later, eastern Montana. The hope-filled couple married in 1970 and moved to Malta to establish the Phillips County Veterinary Clinic and his title as “Doc,” and also to wrangle cattle, sheep, horses, haying equipment, each other and three children, Rieder William Curtis, David Lorenzo Curtis, and Katherine Jean Curtis.
At his heart, Kicker was a renaissance cowboy, captivated by history, art, genealogy, geology, anthropology, sociology, theology, music, poetry and the stars while maintaining expertise in biology and animal science, and proficiency in mending harness. Consequently, he could, and did, talk with anyone, anywhere, anytime. Of further consequence, Kicker made lifelong and dear friends at each twist and turn on his journey. Kicker devoted himself to many community organizations and events. While much of the early years were focused on the Stockman Bar and the Milk River Wagon Train, the balance eventually tipped in favor of the Montana Veterinary Association (Past President), Freemasons (Past Worshipful Master), York Rite, Algeria Shrine (Past Potentate), Order of the Eastern Star (Past Worthy Patron), Malta Lutheran Church, his recovery (1989), and his family.
Kicker is survived by his wise sister Barbara, his courageous wife Gaelen, his competent to semi-competent children Rieder, David, and Katherine “Katie,” his Landusky-loving grandchildren Sydian and Rowan (Rieder and Karen), Daphne (David and Penelope), Jonah, Lee, Vida, Daniyah and Deayjah (Katherine and Aaron), and his long-loved nieces and nephews Jean, Karen, Keith, and Stephen (Barbara and Larry). What also lives on from our Kicker, our Doc, our Dad, our friend, and our partner: his love and compassion, his jokes and wit, his work and wrecks, and the genuine joy and hope that gleamed from his beautiful brown eyes. A river of tears wider than the Missouri follows his unexpected death, and is borne of the boundless love for you and me that he held in his heart.
Masonic rites, the retiring of his Shrine Fez, and your memories will be shared at 7 p.m. on Thursday, 28 March at Kirkwood Funeral Home. Funeral service will be held at 11 a.m. on Friday, 29 March at the Malta Lutheran Church with luncheon served. Burial rites will follow on the Curtis family property in Landusky. All are welcome. Condolences for the family may be left at www.kirkwoodfuneralhome.com
In lieu of flowers, please send your jewels and cash dollars in memory of Algeria Shrine Past Potentate John James Curtis to the Shriners Hospitals for Children by mail at Attn: Office of Development, 2900 N. Rocky Point Dr, Tampa, FL 33607, or online at https://donate.lovetotherescue.org.
Although we do not have a last request from Doc, or Jim, or Kicker, or whatever name you might know him by, we believe he would enjoy one everlasting guffaw: So, in his honor, please attempt to eat a banana. Because once you peel the banana and throw out the bone, well, the joke is on you and his love is in your laugh.

Tuesday, March 26th 2019

Terry "T.Y." Edward Young

Terry “T.Y.” Edward Young
Terry “T.Y.” Edward Young died peacefully the morning of March 22nd, 2019, at his home in Glasgow, 13 days after he was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer. Though his illness was sudden and shocking, his struggle was mercifully short and with minimal pain. He was 76 years old.
Terry was born August 11th, 1942, in Tulsa, Oklahoma to parents William and Katherine. Along with younger brothers Garry and Dee and older sister Martha, the family moved around the country, finally settling in Wagener, South Carolina. Terry graduated from Wagener High School in 1960 where he excelled as an athlete in baseball, basketball, and football. He was a popular student; known for his famously outgoing personality.
After high school, he attended Oklahoma University in Norman, Oklahoma, where he played football as a Sooner for 2 years. Fandom for his alma-mater remained a lifelong passion. Terry left college to work on the pipeline with his father.
Terry worked through his pipeline career as a welder helper, pipefitter, and welder. In his later years he was a pipeline inspector. He was a lifelong member of Pipeliners Union 798 and worked in nearly every state, including Alaska.
Terry’s job brought him to the Montana Hi-Line where he met the love of his life Debra. They married and Debra traveled around the country with him, having a family of 4 boys and 1 girl along the way. They settled for a few years in Lakeport, California, where Debra held together the household while Terry traveled to work.
In October 1985 Terry traded in the pipeline lifestyle for a more stable small-town raising of his growing family. He and Deb moved back north to Glasgow, Montana, where they found the support of family, friends, and the community.
In 1987 Terry went to work at Gordon’s foods, a local grocery store, where he would stay until 1998. There he got to know just about everyone in town and they got introduced to his friendly conversation, sharp Carolina accent, and famous smile.
Terry and his family faced many struggles together over the years, supporting his son during a battle with childhood cancer, and then his wife as she gradually lost all her vision. In their older years Deb would come to rely on him significantly through her several health challenges. He loved her dearly and was her caretaker without complaint.
Though he was an athlete in his youth, Terry didn’t push his own children into sports. However, he was always an enthusiastic supporter of any and all interests they pursued, be it art, music, hunting, fishing, or motorsports, and was very proud of all his children. He was an ardent supporter of Glasgow Scottie athletics and athletes, often making a round of phone calls to encourage players and coaches the night before a game. When it came to his niece and nephew, he was their #1 fan. His support extended further as his family grew and he was able to share in the interests of his grandchildren and in-laws. He loved spending time with his young granddaughter Kamry and hearing about her many exciting activities.
He was an avid outdoorsman who loved hunting and fishing with his children and friends. One of his truest joys was ice fishing at Nelson reservoir, spinning yarns at Murph’s, and having a few beers.
Terry was a master joke and story-teller who often held court with a tale from back in the day or made his opinion known on a variety of subjects. He was a fantastic music fan and loved to reminisce about the good old days of rock and roll or “really good country and western”. There wasn’t a close friend of his or his children that didn’t know the story of Bo Diddley or hadn’t seen him Hambone.
In 1998, with his oldest kids leaving high school, Terry returned to the pipeline. It was a testament to his incredible work ethic that he continued traveling and working to support his family until the age of 72, when his wife and children insisted he retire, after a health scare and stroke.
In retirement Terry continued to help where he could in the community. He volunteered for the Council on Aging, and Meals on Wheels. He drove the Valley County Transit bus and spent a lot of time with Glasgow’s senior citizens. He was happy spending time with friends and making his way around town - stopping to talk to everyone he knew along the way. He enjoyed traveling with Deb whenever they could to see their children and their families.
Terry truly was one-of-a-kind, and he will be dearly missed. We know he’ll be watching over us all and looking down from time to time to ask, “What’s your twenty?”
Terry was preceded in death by his daughter Terry Anne, son Timothy, sister Martha Kay Ellsworth, nephew Bill Young, parents William and Katherine Young, brother-in-law Robert Stenswick, and sister-in-law Ramona Stenswick.
Terry is survived by his wife Debra; his sons Travis (Hollie) Young, Trent (Tara) Young, and Todd (Emily) Young; his children from a first marriage - Kimberly (Tony) Wechter and daughter Anna and son Michael Young, and Dana (Darlene) Young - all of South Carolina; brother Garry (LaMyra) Young; nephew Tyler Young; brother Dee (Judy) Young; sister-in-law Mary (Mitch) Hughes; niece Karissa (Dom) Keenan; nephew Dylan Hughes (Jami Johnson); brother-in-law Jack Stenswick; granddaughter Kamry Young; grandson Cayden Sieler; grandson Julian (Jylisa) Butcher; great-granddaughter Finley Rose Butcher and grandson Trystan Butcher.
Funeral Services for Terry will be 2:00 p.m. Friday, March 29, 2019 at the Valley Event Center in Glasgow, Montana with Pastor Bonnie Novak officiating. Burial will follow in the Highland Cemetery in Glasgow. A reception will be at the Elks following services.
Condolences may be left at bellmortuarymontana.com.

Wednesday, March 13th 2019

Milton I Barstad

On March 7, 2019, Milton Barstad decided to quit fighting Alzheimer’s disease. After struggling on his admittance to FMDH, he settled down for a relaxing day of family visitations and then just drifted off peacefully.

Milton Ingvar Barstad, age 78, was born in Glasgow, Montana at FMDH on April 16, 1940 to Ingvar Barstad and Myrtle (Paulson) Barstad. Milton went to school in Glasgow and graduated from Glasgow High School in 1958.

After high school Milton worked on the runway at the Glasgow Air Force Base. He spent summers doing what he loved, helping his father on the Barstad Farm. In the winter he went to Denver. Then traveled to California to do various jobs including driving machinery on a rice farm. He then joined the National Guard and after training hired on the Great Northern Railroad in Glasgow and retired after 35 years of service.

He married Roberta Thompson on his 25th birthday. Milton enjoyed Montana’s two biggest lakes, Fort Peck and Flathead, fishing, boating, swimming, and water skiing. After he grew his white beard, Roberta would look back and feel as if she were pulling Santa.

Milton was an avid bicycle rider which he was seen by many on the Tampico Road, or the face of the Fort Peck Dam, or riding to Nashua or Hinsdale depending on the wind.

He also liked driving the combine and checking on all the wheat fields wherever he traveled on vacation or on the train.

Survivors include his wife of almost 54 years, Roberta and their three children, Mitchell (Dawn) Barstad, Brent (Danelle Murch), and Callie Pennington; grandchildren, Spencer, Banner, Skylar, and Ryder (Mitch’s children), Colton and Breanna (Brent’s children), and Mikayla and Cameron (Callie’s children); his brothers, Marvin (Georgia), and Harvey, and their sons and families. He was preceded in death by his parents, four aunts and Uncle Henry.

His funeral will be 11:00 A.M. on Thursday, March 14, 2019 at the First Lutheran Church in Glasgow, Mt. with Pastor Todd Wright officiating. Private family burial will be at a later time.

In Lieu of flowers the family welcomes donations to the Alzheimer’s Association, the New Glasgow Swimming Pool or the Pioneer Museum.

Sunday, March 10th 2019

Shirley Marie (Engstrom) Fuhrman

Shirley Marie (Engstrom) Fuhrman, 88, passed away March 2, 2019, at Eastern Idaho Regional Medical Center in Idaho Falls, Idaho, surrounded by her loving family.

Shirley was born on November 16, 1930, in Glasgow, Montana, to Adolph and Amanda (Gilbertson) Engstrom, the first of their seven children. She was raised on her family’s farm 10 miles southwest of Glasgow, moving into town with her family each schoolyear, and returning to the farm in the summers. She attended elementary through high school in Glasgow, graduating in 1948. She had many happy memories of growing up with her brothers and sisters. On the windswept and sometimes lonely prairie, Shirley recalls climbing to the top platform of their windmill, probably with her siblings in tow, to attempt a glimpse of the world beyond the farm. A child during the Great Depression and then the war, Shirley remembered rationing of food and supplies, driving no more than 35 miles per hour on the highway to conserve fuel and tires, and saving everything possible, including lard and aluminum foil, to support the war efforts.

At a young age, Shirley wanted to be independent and earn her own money. She began babysitting at 12 years old, worked at Corrie’s Confectionery Store as a sophomore, then assisted in the office at the dry cleaners in her senior year. After graduating from high school, she worked as a telephone operator at “Ma” Bell.

While in high school, Shirley began dating a handsome young man named Ken Fuhrman. From early on, Shirley was impressed by his kind heart and hard work, and knew he would make not only a wonderful husband, but also a loving father. The high school sweethearts were married on December 4, 1949, at the First Lutheran Church in Glasgow. They settled in the Larslan, Montana area after their marriage, first living with Ken’s parents and then moving to their own farmstead in May of 1953. While Ken farmed and ranched, Shirley was happy to be raising their five children – Greg, Kevin, Brent, Darcie and Paul.

Shirley loved her children, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren unconditionally, and from the moment they arrived in the world until Shirley passed away, they were always her first and foremost priority. Her and Kenny’s home was a frequent stopping place for many friends, family, and neighbors. Shirley was never too busy to welcome those who dropped by the house for a visit, no matter the time of day, always offering them food, beverages (the coffeepot was always on!) and good company.

In 2017, Shirley began a new chapter of her life, and her tenacity and strength became increasingly evident when she first was involved in a serious automobile accident in October of that year. About that same time, she had to make an immediate and unplanned move from the Montana home she had known for decades, to Idaho Falls, Idaho to begin kidney dialysis three times a week, every week for the remainder of her life. Through this difficult journey, Shirley rose above the multiple challenges she faced, made new friends and began adjusting to her new normal. As a result of this time in Idaho, her family was blessed beyond measure to have nearly an extra year and a half with her.

Shirley was a gracious and classy lady, up until the very moment she passed away. She always put the well-being of others above herself. She was a peacemaker, kindhearted, compassionate, humble, intelligent, always thankful and appreciative of others, and a friend to all.

Shirley was preceded in death by her parents, Adolph and Amanda; four brothers, Robert (Bobby), Wayne, Ingmar, and John; her loving husband, Ken; and beloved grandson Robert Martinson.

She is survived by her five children, Greg (Debi) Fuhrman of Larslan, Montana, Kevin (Joan) Fuhrman of Idaho Falls, Idaho, Brent Fuhrman of Hayward, California, Darcie (Steve) Martinson of Idaho Falls and Paul (Shari) Fuhrman, also of Idaho Falls; nine grandchildren, Marcea Soper, Jerod Fuhrman, Leah Fuhrman, Amanda Jenson, Wayne Fuhrman, Kendra Vaalemoen, Kaitlin Fuhriman, Clint Fuhrman and Laurel Fuhrman; five great-grandchildren, Sawyer Jenson, Parker Jenson, Macie Fuhriman, Bridger Fuhriman and Nicole Morocco; two sisters, Anita Gilbert and Vivian Hand; and numerous nieces and nephews.

Funeral services will be held at 2:00 p.m. on Saturday,March 16, 2019 at the First Lutheran Church in Glasgow, Montana with Pastor Todd Wright officiating. A visitation will be held with family and friends from 12:45 to 1:45 p.m. prior to the service. Food will be served at the First Lutheran Church following graveside services at Highland Cemetery.

Friday, March 8th 2019

Rita Mae Stein Zeller

Rita Mae Stein Zeller age 71, of Glasgow, passed away on March 6th, 2019 from a brief battle with cancer.

Rita was born on September 1st, 1947 in Glasgow Montana; the daughter of Raymond and Anna Mae (Zimmer) Stein. She grew up on a small farm east of Glasgow on the Fort Peck Highway and later moved to town. Rita attended St. Raphael's Catholic School and graduated from Glasgow High School in May of 1966. She moved up north to help her Uncle Leo and Aunt Dorothy Zimmer with the children and their home during high school summers and after graduation. She spent four years with the Zimmers on the ranch cooking, cleaning, and caring for the children in preparation for her future as a loving mother, meticulous homemaker and talented cook. During that time she met and married Wilmer Zeller on August 14th of 1970. She became a mother to “Little” Willie in December of 1971 and seven years later was blessed with a daughter Alicia in May of 1978. Rita was a hard worker, a trait she inherited from her parents, all anyone had to do was look at her loving hands and see the work they had done. Rita spent a short stint working at A&W, and then went on to work at Woolworths, a place known for the best hoagies in town. In the thirteen years of Rita working Woolworths’ Crazy Days Sales she found a passion for dressing up which led to her outrageous Halloween parties for which she will always be remembered. In 1981, Rita worked as a sub in the Irle School kitchen, she was then hired full time in 1990. It was in this kitchen Rita made her career not only as “The Best Lunch Lady Ever” but as a successful prankster as well. Though Rita was known for her humorous side, she also is known for her compassion. She loved the children of Irle School and often bought clothing and coats for those in need. When she retired in 2014 Rita had impacted the lives of thousands of Glasgow’s children.

Rita’s love of gardening and her ability to grow beautiful flowers will be something she will always be remembered for. During the summer months, her yard would be overflowing with flowers from front to back. Then during the Christmas season, her yard would be lit up with thousands of Christmas lights and ornaments. The lights had to be up and on by dusk on Thanksgiving Day. Rita’s cinnamon rolls were so famous that people would line up at the back door of the Irle School on days she made them, and during Christmas people would also be in line for a bag of her caramel corn. Rita’s infectious sense of humor and her ability to be a prankster made her one popular lady, because of this, she was a part of many friend groups including the Badland Bitties. Throughout Rita’s life, she has loved and touched countless people and was much loved back. She will be missed.

Rita was instilled with a strong faith in the Lord from birth. She lived by her faith to the very moment of her passing. She was proud of her beliefs and was always there to share with those who needed guidance.

Rita was preceded in death by her parents and baby Mary. She is survived by Willie Zeller Senior; her children: son Willie (Heather) Zeller and grandson Hunter; daughter Alicia and furbabies Bella and Lulu of Glasgow; siblings: Dan Stein of Missoula, Tony (Becky) Stein of Glasgow and their children Kyle and Mariah, Rod Stein of Miles City children Kinsey and Josh; beloved pets Jeffery, Jackson and Bobo.

Rosary will be said 7:00 p.m., Friday, March 8, 2019 at St. Raphael’s Catholic Church in Glasgow, Montana. Funeral Mass will be 1:00 p.m., Saturday, March 9, 2019 at St. Raphael’s Catholic Church, with Burial to follow in Highland Cemetery. A luncheon will follow at the Elk’s Lodge in Glasgow, Montana. Memorials in Rita’s name may be given to St. Raphael’s Coat Drive.

Thursday, March 7th 2019

Matthew Levi Ersland

With deepest sorrow, we announce that Matthew Levi Ersland, age 51 passed on the evening of February 28, 2019, at the Frances Mahon Deaconess Hospital (FMDH) in Glasgow, Montana.

A hug, a handshake, and my name is Matthew and my birthday is September 3rd was how most people will remember being greeted by Matthew. He was the son of Levi and Shirley (Kuecks) Ersland. Matthew was a very sociable person. The first years of his life were spent on the family farm in the Ossettee community where he enjoyed farm life. He enjoyed checking cows with his dad and when he was taught how to drive the old yellow pickup. After that, he moved on to driving a grain truck on the run while his dad drove the combine and his mom tried not to have a heart attack over it.

Matthew attended the Nashua school system for 12 years. During those years, janitor Bob Robbins took Matthew under his wing and taught him some important lessons of life such as the need for a good coffee break.

In 1985, he began working at The Milk River Activity Center in Glasgow. His tasks included sorting, folding, and delivering laundry to FMDH. For a short period of time, he worked as a janitor at U.B.C. Lumber.

Besides work, Matthew had other areas of interest. He was a member of Our Redeemer Lutheran Church and served as an usher. He routinely competed in Special Olympics in multiple events and even attended the International Special Olympics in St. Paul, Minnesota. Matthew enjoyed doing things with and for his family. He liked going on vacation with his parents and sister Diane. He mowed grass at his family’s house as well as at his Granny’s. He attended Griz games with his Aunt Nordy. And last but not least, he thoroughly enjoyed making the first pot of coffee every morning.

Matthew is survived by his parents Levi and Shirley Ersland; sister Diane Ersland; four aunts, Delores (Rodney) Baldry, Lorraine (Keith) Langseth, Nordy Riley, Darlene (Ken) Greenwood, and multiple cousins.

Matthew was preceded in death by his sister Marcie; grandparents Nels and Borhild Ersland Henry and Sarah (Sally) Kuecks; cousins Rodney Greenwood, Jason Riley, Steven Langseth and several other family members that he will be enjoying coffee within the hereafter.

Funeral Service for Matthew Ersland is Thursday, March 21, 2019 at 11:00a.m. at Our Redeemer Lutheran Church in Nashua, MT.

Tuesday, March 5th 2019

Robert W. Smith

Funeral services for Robert W. Smith, age 75 of Glasgow, Montana, who passed away unexpectedly at Billings Clinic on February 26, 2019, will be held Tuesday, March 5, 2019 at 10:00 a.m. at the First Lutheran Church in Glasgow with Deacon Judi Martin officiating. Interment will be in Highland Cemetery. Bob’s family will receive friends from 5-7 p.m. on Monday, March 4 at the Bell Mortuary in Glasgow.

Bob was born May 20, 1943 in Rochester, Minnesota to Irvin Smith and Florence Keckhafer. He received his early education at Northrup School and graduated from John Marshal High School. He then attended and graduated from the University of Minnesota.

He married Marilyn Amundson on June 11, 1977 at the First Lutheran Church in Glasgow, Montana where they made their home.

For 30 years, he and Marilyn owned and operated the Quick ‘N’ Tasty restaurant. They sold the business in 2011. Bob was a dedicated and active member of the First Lutheran Church. He was considered a “Mega Fan” of Glasgow Scottie sports, especially wrestling. He rarely missed a duel or meet. The highlight of his year was attending Montana High School State Wrestling Tournaments in Billings. Even as ill as he was, he made it to his final State Tournament- just weeks before his passing.

Because of his fond memories of hunting and fishing with his father, Bob fit seamlessly into the Glasgow community, hunting every fall and fishing every summer. He shared his love of the outdoors with many, but especially Ryan.

Bob is survived by his wife Marilyn; his daughters, Denise (David) Jarman, Karen Jenkins, Debbie (Brandon) Williams, Kristi (Bud) Bittner; his grandson/son, Ryan; his sisters, Sharon Smith and Nancy (Jeff) Haas; and his grandchildren, Alex Jarman, Jeanae Jenkins, Tyler Jenkins, Shaian Jenkins, Jasmine Hammond and Haley Bittner.

Bob was preceded in death by his parents; a sister, Marilyn Sparks; and an infant sister, Lois Smith.
In the immortal words of Bob Smith, “CROSS FACE AND WHIZZER HARD!” ”GO SCOTTIES GO!!”

Tuesday, March 5th 2019

Terrance Michael Grady

Terrance Michael Grady, age 71, and a life-long resident of Valley County passed away Monday, February 26, 2019. Mike was born on August 27, 1947 in Glasgow, MT to Philip and Florence Grady.

Mike served as a Tank Driver in the National Guard. He graduated from technical school in Billings, MT. Mike worked several different construction jobs in the state, including the Bentonite plant south of Glasgow and building pole barns. He worked with his father running the family ranch and later took it over. In his later years Mike worked for the county road department.

He was a man of few words, he loved a good joke. Even though he seemed rough on the outside, he was very tender hearted. His gruff exterior hid a keen mind. He was an avid student of history and his artistic talents included leatherwork and drawing. Mike was devoted to his family and friends. Mike was part of the community of Hinsdale, he helped others when he could and he will be missed.

Mike is survived by his sisters Valerie and Sheila and his brother Arden; his niece Billie and her husband Randy; his nephews Ryley, Brandon and his wife Kirstie, Shannon and his wife Kelly.
He is preceded in death by his parents Philip and Florence; his sister Phyllis and his brother Vaughan.

Services will be held at St. Alberts Catholic Church in Hinsdale, MT on Monday March 11th at 10:00 AM. A luncheon will be held at the American Legion Hall with burial at the family cemetery north of Hinsdale.

Monday, March 4th 2019

Shirley Fuhrman

Shirley Fuhrman, 88, formerly of Larslan, Montana, passed away Saturday, March 2, 2019 in Idaho Falls, Idaho. Services are pending at this time. Bell Mortuary is assisting the family with arrangements.

Monday, March 4th 2019

Patricia Jane Brunelle

Patricia Jane Brunelle, 71, Glasgow, MT, went to be with the Lord, Saturday March 2, 2019. Pat was born April 3, 1947 in Saint Paul, MN, the daughter of Fred E. and Viola E. (Kiihbaugh) Hill. She was baptized at Lutheran Memorial Church in South Saint Paul, MN.

She was raised in South St. Paul, Cannon Falls, and Cottage Grove and she graduated from Park Senior High, St. Paul Park, MN.

Pat married Dave Brunelle, the love of her life, and they were blessed with three children, Rob, Tammy and Michele. They lived in several cities in Minnesota before settling in Glasgow, MT. Pat loved her family and spending time with them. She equally loved spending time with her grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

She loved decorating her home year-round especially in autumn! She loved doing crafts and was very creative. She made many beautiful woodworking items and cross-stitch that she gave to family and friends. Pat had a love for her pets and there wasn't one that wasn't spoiled.

She also enjoyed gardening, cooking, baking and travelling. She loved nature and going out on the prairie collecting unique rocks. She passed her love of rocks all the way down to her great grandchildren.
We can't forget to mention Pat's love and loyalty to the Minnesota Vikings!

Pat is survived by her three children, Rob (Connie) Brunelle, Tammy Lewis and Michele (Steve) Frost; her grandchildren, Brandon (Mary Lynn), Dustin (Brianne), Dean and Katelyn; her great-grandchildren, Brantley and Maia; her sisters, Kitty (Gary) Robinson, Sandy Hill, Beverly (Dan) Scott and Cindy (Leo) Ballesteros; her brothers-in-law Tim Brunelle and Scott Brunelle and several nieces and nephews.
She was preceded in death by her husband Dave; her parents; brothers Gary and Mike; niece Becky; mother-in-law Dorothy and sister-in-law Jane.

There will be a celebration of Pat’s life on Sunday, March 10, 2019 from 1-3 pm at the Cottonwood Inn and Suites.

Friday, March 1st 2019

Alice May Hinerman

Alice May Hinerman, 88, of Glasgow, Montana, passed away peacefully at the Faith Lutheran Home in Wolf Point, Montana on February 25, 2019.

Alice was born on May 21, 1930, at the family home near Larslan, Montana to William Ray Hinerman Sr. and Anna (Garbe) Hinerman.

She grew up on the family farm, attended school in the one-room schoolhouses at Harmony and
Larslan, graduating from Nashua High School in 1948. She attended Montana State College in Bozeman, Montana, graduating in 1953 with a B.S. Degree in Home Economics and a minor in English. She started teaching that fall and throughout her teaching career taught in several schools throughout the state.

In January 1957, Alice became a worker with the American Red Cross, serving in the U.S. Armed Forces in South Korea, France, Morocco, Philadelphia Naval Hospital and the A.R.C. Recreational Supervisor at Andrews U.S.A.F. Hospital in Washington, D.C. This ended her career with the Red Cross in June 1969 – she went on to something different.

She became a Montana State College Cooperative Extension Service Agent in Big Horn County on the Crow Reservation at Hardin and Crow Agency.

In 1975 she was back teaching school again in Montana. Alice retired in 1986 in Billings, Montana due to poor health.

She later moved to Nemont Manor in Glasgow. She enjoyed bird watching, loved cats and dogs and enjoyed gardening. She was loved by her family and friends and she will be missed greatly.

She was preceded in death by her parents; sisters, Ethel (Hinerman) Maki, and Ilene (Hinerman) Hanson; two infant nephews and step-niece Virginia Olson Enman.

She is survived by her brothers, Ray (Lenore) Hinerman and Samuel Hinerman; sister, Norma Jean (Bruce Grossman; brothers-in-law, Lloyd Maki and Jim Hanson; niece La Mona Hanson; nephews, Neal Hinerman, and Ken (Shelia) Clark; many cousins; several step-nieces and nephews and great-step-nieces and nephews.

By her request no services are planned.

Monday, February 25th 2019

J.C. Clemmer

J.C. Clemmer, 93, peacefully passed away at his home Saturday, February 23, 2019. Funeral services will be 2:00 p.m., Tuesday, March 5, 2019 at the Assembly of God Church in Glasgow, Montana. Burial will follow in the Highland Cemetery in Glasgow, Montana. Condolences may be left for the family at bellmortuarymontana.com.

J.C. was born at home to Parker Estle and Essie Mildred (Beatty) Clemmer on September 9, 1925. He was the third of seven children. J.C.’s mother died when he was ten. J.C. received his education in schools at Reed and Altus, Oklahoma. Much of his learning was self-taught as he had to quit school and go to work to help make it easier for his father to raise the younger Clemmers.

As a teenager, J.C. had already begun making a living for himself. He followed the combine harvest north from Oklahoma. He was working in Wyoming and not yet eighteen when World War II began. As soon as he was old enough, he enlisted in the Navy Seabees at Cheyenne in 1943. J.C. was stationed at Saipan during the war. He was honorably discharged in 1946. Not long after that, he came to Montana and worked at a number of places. He went to Oregon and worked for a while and then came back to Montana. He seemed to prefer the Hinsdale, Montana area.

J.C. met Jean Wessler at the Rainbow Room in Hinsdale on January 4, 1953. J.C. was there for a bite to eat. Jean had just returned from Christmas vacation and had also gone there to have something to eat. J.C. and Jean were married six months to the day they met, July 4, 1953. Shortly afterwards, they went to Lebanon, Oregon, where his family had relocated from Oklahoma. After six months, the cloudy and rainy weather got the best of them and Montana called them back. They have made their home in Glasgow since February of 1954. Jean died November 15, 2008. Jean and J.C. were married for over 55 years. They had three children: Roberta “Bobbie”, Wanda and Paul.

J.C. worked for the State Highway Department from June 1, 1956 to January 4, 1991. He used to help family and friends on their ranch for years during his off time. He was the family fix-it man. If he couldn’t fix it, it was broken beyond repair.

J.C. was preceded in death by his wife Jean; his parents; sisters, Mildred Zuhlke and Ristora Morris and brother, Melvin Clemmer.

He is survived by daughters, Roberta (Richard) Britzman and Wanda Clemmer; son,Paul Clemmer; grandchildren, Stacy (Brent) Joseph, John (Katie) Britzman, Janeen Britzman (Ben Unterseher), Carla (Ricci) Olson, and Hannah, Wyatt, and Zane Clemmer; great-grandchildren, Leinie Hughes, Gabriel Hughes, Deshawn Joseph, Clair Britzman, Kendal Britzman, Paityn Britzman, Chezney Olson, Lakelyn Olson and Kreed Olson; his sister, Ellen Rogers; brothers, Ernest Clemmer and Calvin Clemmer and numerous nieces and nephews.

Monday, February 25th 2019

Gordon Olson

Gordon Olson, 98 passed away February 10, 2019 in Seattle, Washington.

Gordon was born November 7, 1920 on his father's homestead 25 miles south of Flaxville, Montana. In 1942 he joined the United States Army Air Force of Engineers where he built runways in Europe and Africa. After his honorable discharge, he returned and married Roberta in 1945. He went to work for the Great Northern Railway (now known as at the Burlington Northern Santa Fe Railway) in 1947 as a telegraph operator and depot agent in Lambert and Forsyth, Montana. He also had a mechanics shop as a hobby and business. He retired from the railroad in 1981. Gordon remarried in 1992, moved to Glasgow, Montana, owned a ranch, and divorced in 2008. Nemont Manor was his home for ten years (2008-2018). He played pinochle, bingo, led exercise sessions, and took care of the fish tank.

Gordon was preceded in death by his wife Roberta; parents Nels and Alma Olson; sons Gordon Olson Jr., and baby boy Olson; brothers George and Kenneth Olson and sister Grace Olson.

He is survived by daughters Christine Mlinar, Carol Olson, and Cynthia Kromarek; brother Neal Olson; sister Nada Shanks; grandchildren Richard Mlinar, Jeffery Mlinar, Callista Frye, and Michael Kromarek; great- grandchildren Kalei and Cole Mlinar.

Family will receive friends 6:00 – 8:00 p.m. Wednesday, February 27, 2019 at Bell Mortuary. Funeral Services will be 1:00p.m., Thursday, February 28, 2019 at the Evangelical Church in Glasgow with Seth Runner officiating. Burial will be 11:00 a.m. at the Forsyth Cemetery in Forsyth Montana, Friday, March 1, 2019. In lieu of flowers, memorials can be made to Nemont Manor or the Evangelical Church of Glasgow, Montana.

Thursday, February 21st 2019

Donald Larsen

Donald Larsen
Donald “Donnie” Arthur Larsen passed away unexpectedly on February 18, 2019 in Glasgow, Montana. Donnie was born in Glasgow to Melvin and Lois Shattuck Larsen on May 4, 1960, joining his brother and sister, Neil and Ruth and a foster sister Betty. He grew up in Glasgow and had many loving caregivers and therapist during his formative years. Donnie attended the opportunity room, a privately run school in Glasgow, Eastmont School in Glendive and Nashua Public Schools between 1966 and 1978. Donnie began attending Milk River Activity Center in 1978. He lived in the Milk River (Warren) Group Home from 1978 until his passing.
While living at Warren Group home, his dad would bring him the Courier every Wednesday and would read the church bulletin to Donnie on Sundays. Donnie loved these visits and the paper that was brought to him. Donnie loved paper. He enjoyed talking on the phone, playing with his hot wheels car, and was very patriotic, even though he didn’t enjoy fireworks, Donnie enjoyed going on outings to get a pop or go out to eat.
During his years at Milk River, he participated in Special Olympics. During one event, he was given an award by Governor Marc Racicot, who was in turn given one of Donnie’s famous hugs. Donnie enjoyed time with his friends and the staff. Donnie had a mischievous spirit and was spontaneous and fun. He was the greeter at the Activity Center for many years. He would meet you with a hand shake and a hug.
Donnie is survived by his father, Melvin Larsen of Glasgow; sisters Ruth (Lowell) Yaeger of Owensboro, Kentucky and Betty (Varian) Brandt of Fort Benton, Montana and numerous aunts, uncles, cousins, nieces, and nephews around the country.
Donnie was preceded in death by his grandparents, several aunts and uncles, his mother Lois Larsen and his brother Neil Larsen in 2011.
Family will receive friends from 5-7:00 p.m., Friday, February 22, at Bell Mortuary. Celebration of his life will 11:00 a.m., Saturday, February 23, 11:00 a.m. at Bell Mortuary with Howard Pippin officiating. Burial will follow at Highland Cemetery in Glasgow.

Tuesday, February 19th 2019

Gerald Lee Borgen

Gerald Lee Borgen, 81, beloved husband, father, grandfather, great-grandfather, friend and neighbor went to be with his Lord and Savior on February 16, 2019 surrounded by his family and loved ones.

Lee was born March 24, 1937 in Wolf Point, Montana to Helen (Janzen) and Gerhard Borgen. He attended grade school in the Cottonwood Community north of Frazer and graduated from Frazer High School in 1956. While a lifelong farmer, rancher and musician, he was a family man first. Lee took his future bride, Barbara Kay Bjorgo, on their first date on Valentine’s Day 1957 and they were married seven months later on September 8, 1957. They had four children: Eva Jean “Jeannie”, Dale Lee, Verlin Anerd, and Doreen Marie. He and Barb loved spending time with their eleven grandchildren and many sleepovers were had at their home. As his health declined, and his fourteen great-grandchildren never failed to bring a smile to his face.

Lee took over the farm in 1955, as a high school senior, after his father, brother, and grandmother had been killed in a car accident. He farmed and ranched throughout his life. Lee worked at Glasgow Ready Mix in the fall after graduating high school, pouring concrete for the Glasgow Air Force Base. He worked there during the winter months for seven years, while farming in the summer. He and Barb settled on a farm in the Grain Community north of Nashua where they raised their children. He was a member of the Bethel Lutheran Church of Grain since 1961, serving on the board and playing an active role in church leadership. He was a member of the Valley Ridgerunner’s Saddle Club and the Elks Club for many years. Lee was a cultivator of the land, growing wheat, raising cattle, and harvesting around Montana and eventually the Great Plains throughout his life. He was a talented mechanic and fabricator, building trailers and a self-propelled grain cart. He loved tinkering in the shop and found an artistic calling as a welder and woodworker. He learned guitar early and began playing for dances in 8th grade. His love of music continued throughout his life and he was often heard singing in church and jamming with friends and relatives. He passed his love of music to his children and grandchildren and taught several family members how to play guitar.

He is preceded in death by his parents Gerhard and Helen Borgen and brother Verlin and Norbert.
He is survived by his wife Barbara, daughter Jeannie (Paul) Malek, son Dale (Donna) Borgen, son Verlin Borgen and daughter Doreen (James) McKenney; eleven grandchildren Janie, Justin, Whitney, Alan, Blair, Haylee, Roy, Logan, Brittany, Darbi, and Kelsey; and fourteen great-grandchildren Keagan, Finley, Alanna, Heaston, Hunter, Kila, Chloe, Kelden, Rowen, Emma, Kaylan, Grace, Nolan, Saylor and one more on the way.

Funeral Services for Lee are Tuesday, February 19, 2019 at 11:00a.m. at the First Lutheran Church in Glasgow with burial in Highland Cemetery.

Friday, February 15th 2019

Marion Warren

Marion Warren of Nashua passed away at Valley View Home on February 13, 2019 at the age of 97. Marion was born May 25, 1921 to homesteaders Harvey and Avis Bissell. She lived with them, at their homestead on the North Bench 9 miles from Nashua, with her two sisters, Lois and Ruth. Marion’s children are now caretakers of that original homestead, which has been in the family for over 100 years. She attended the Nashua School and graduated from Nashua High School in 1939. In the fall of the same year, she went to beauticians’ school in Bismarck, ND. After finishing school, she lived and worked under Celia Hentz in Hinsdale until she completed her hours of certification. She took her boards in Great Falls. Marion’s father borrowed money and bought Marion her first Beauty Shop on Main Street of Nashua behind the Barber shop. That is where she met her husband, Lee Warren.

Lee and Marion were married November 19, 1941. She accompanied him to Portland, OR where he began work in the ship yards. When war was declared in 1941, Lee signed up with the Navy Sea Bees. They had bought a small house in Nashua and Lee fixed a Beauty Shop in their home. Marion was a busy beautician while Lee was gone. Lee was in the service from the summer of 1942 to the fall of 1945. On his return, Lee went to work for the Corps of Engineers in Fort Peck and they started a family.

She enjoyed many years of attending her children’s and grandchildren’s educational, sporting and cultural events. She loved to spend time at their cabin at Fort Peck lake.

Marion was an active member in Our Redeemer Lutheran Church in Nashua. She was always attentive to her daughter Judy’s life. Judy lived in the Milk River Group Home for many years. Judy passed away in 2003.

After Lee passed away in 1990, Marion knew she had to keep busy. She started traveling to church affiliated activities and many pleasure trips with her sister, Lois McCoy. She traveled to Israel with Kay Sundheim in 1993. This was one of the most exciting experiences of her life.

After Marion moved to Glasgow in 2000, she became very active in the Assembly of God Church. She will be remembered especially for her contributions to the youth activities.

Her hobbies included gardening, shopping, sewing and baking, especially her famous donuts. She was an avid reader of God’s word.

Marion’s first great-grandchild was born in 2008. This was a wonderful day in her life, she loved babies, and four more great- grandchildren would enter her life.

Marion is survived by her children, Linda (Van) Dostert of Fort Peck, Marilyn Warren of Billings and Milo (Elaine) Warren of Kaycee, WY; her grandchildren, Erin (Jordan) Hoagland of Billings, Vance Dostert of Vancouver, WA, Janel (David) Hutton of Gillette, WY, Michael Stone of Bozeman, Andrew Warren of Park City, UT and Levi Warren of Laramie, WY; her great-grandchildren, Cohen and Ally Hoagland of Billings, Lilyanna, Emmalee and William Hutton of Gillette, WY.

Services will be held on Saturday, April 20, 2019 at the Bell Mortuary, Glasgow, MT. Burial will be on Saturday, April 20th, at the Nashua Cemetery in Nashua, MT.

Condolences may be left at www.bellmortuarymontana.com

Tuesday, February 12th 2019

William Henry Sugg, Jr.

William Henry Sugg, Jr. (Shunga Wakan Ska), age 70, passed away on February 7, 2019 at the VA Medical Center in Salt Lake City, Utah. A vigil service will be held on Wednesday, February 13 at 6:00pm in St. Raphael’s Church. Mass of Christian Burial will be on Thursday, February 14 at 3:00pm in St. Raphael’s Church with internment and military honors at Highland Cemetery, followed by a meal at the VFW. Condolences for the family may be left at bellmortuarymontana.com.

Bill was born June 6, 1948 in Great Falls, MT to Mary Evelyn Beauchamp and William Henry Sugg, Sr. Until he was 8 years old, Bill was raised by his grandparents, Edward “Shorty” and Annie Beauchamp, near Porcupine Creek on the Fort Peck Indian Reservation.

Bill’s grandpa, who worked for the Etchart Ranch, taught him to hunt, fish, and build fences. Bill attended Glasgow Schools, and at age 14, he went to work for Gene and Mitch Etchart and spent his summers out south at the Stone House.

In 1965, at age 17, Bill enlisted in the Marines and attended basic training at Camp Pendleton in San Diego and then Camp LeJeune in North Carolina. He was deployed to Vietnam in 1967 where he was a Scout Rifleman for the Third Platoon of the Delta Company. Despite being severely wounded in the jaw by an enemy grenade, and having several other puncture wounds throughout his body, Bill continued to fight. He inspired his fellow Marines with his aggressive fighting spirit, inflicting much harm on the enemy, who outnumbered the Delta Company. Under cover of darkness, Bill helped to carry those who were unable to walk and saved several of his fellow Marines. He was awarded the Purple Heart, National Defense Service Medal, Vietnam Service Medal, Vietnam Campaign Medal, Presidential Unit Citation, Meritorious Mast, Marksman Rifle & Pistol Badge, and the Good Conduct Medal. He earned his GED while in the Marines.

After spending several months recovering in the hospital at Bremerton, Washington, Bill returned to Glasgow and his cowboy lifestyle at the Stone House. This became his refuge and a place to heal his many wounds. He also worked for masonry companies and competed in rodeos as a bareback bronc rider. It was during this time that he met Mary Anne Walker. When he got bucked off and broke his wrist, he decided it was time to quit rodeoing.

In 1972, Bill started working for Tumpane/AVCO Company at the Glasgow Air Force Base as a security patrolman. He was eventually promoted to Desk Sergeant and ultimately to Shift Lieutenant.

On November 30, 1973, Bill and Mary were married at St. Raphael’s Church in Glasgow. He patiently tolerated Mary’s dedication and involvement in the church and eventually became curious enough to join the RCIA program. With much prayerful support from family and friends, Bill was baptized and received the Sacraments of Initiation in 2013.

Bill worked for the Bentonite Plant for several years and then for the State Department of Natural Resources and Northern Border Pipeline, where he retired at the young age of 55. In “retirement”, he worked part time for the Farm Service Agency while taking care of his own farm/ranch operation. Bill had a deep love for all livestock, especially his paint horses. Another “retirement” job was the Glasgow Flower & Gift Shop, which he and Mary purchased in 1989. Bill was instrumental in the delivery portion of the Flower Shop operation during holidays, often making hundreds of deliveries in the area. He knew where everybody lived!

Bill was very active in the VA as a volunteer representative for northeast Montana. He helped many of his fellow servicemen get enrolled in the VA benefits to which they were entitled. Bill was Post Commander of VFW Post 3107 in 2009-2010. He was always in tune with the happenings at the VFW, whether it was fix-it projects, meetings, or events. Bill was one of the first people to be called whenever anyone needed anything. The Flag Pole Project was one of the things he relentlessly worked to complete. Bill was successful in coordinating and completing the mission to acquire the French Legion of Honor medals for local WWII veterans Lloyd Eide, Kenny Newton, and Gordon Olson.

Hunting and fishing with his sons, Ed and Levi, was a huge part of Bill’s life. He faithfully followed them in their sporting adventures – whether it was wrestling, football, basketball, or baseball. He spent lots of time in the bleachers. Bill never missed an event that his grandkids were involved in. He was a good Papa to Wyatt, Willow, Walker and Rivers. Horseback riding was an activity enjoyed by the whole family.

Beginning in grade school, Bill cultivated his artistic spirit. He started with pencil and pen then graduated to India ink and sketch pens on paper and wood. For the past several years, his sketches were of wildlife on sun bleached shoulder blade and rib bones from various animals. Bill was extremely generous and gave most of his art work to friends and family members.

Bill was preceded in death by his grandparents, Shorty and Annie Beauchamp, and his parents, Jack and Mary Sugg.

He is survived by his wife, Mary; sons Ed (Dawn) of Verndale, MN and Levi (Bobi) of Glasgow; grandchildren Wyatt, Willow, Walker, and Rivers; siblings Ernie (Barb) of Glasgow, Jeff of Longview, WA, Judy Bow and Joe Sugg of Wolf Point, Margaret Aguiar (Jimmy) of Glasgow; and numerous nieces and nephews.

In lieu of flowers, the family suggests memorials to the Salt Lake City VA Fisher House (690 S. Valdez Dr., SLC, UT 84113), VFW Post 3107 in Glasgow, or a charity of your choice.

Tuesday, February 12th 2019

Mark Stephen Jakanoski

Mark Stephen Jakanoski, age 63, of Billings, Montana, passed away February 2, 2019 at Riverstone Hospice House, surrounded by family and friends.

Mark was born November 16, 1955 in Glasgow to John and Nadine (Snyder) Jakanoski. He grew up on the farm Southeast of Glasgow on the south bench, and attended the Newton Country School until its closing. He attended schools in Glasgow playing basketball, football, and baseball. He loved the Scotties and bled Scottie plaid his entire life faithfully checking scores every Saturday and Sunday mornings. He attended MSU-Bozeman for a year than returned to Glasgow where he married Paulette Etchart and worked for Montana Power. The returned to Bozeman where Mark graduated with a bachelor’s degree in business management. He then worked for Bruce and Anderson construction as an office manager and helped put Paulette through the rest of her schooling. Upon her graduation they moved to Billings and Mark took a job with MacArthur Company working there for 30+ years eventually retiring from there. It was in this time period when he divorced and later married Barbara Jones Gallagher and took on the role of father to Barb’s daughter Nicole. They later divorced but still remained close friends.

Mark was an avid hunter, loved shooting clays and became a skilled marksman. He always enjoyed the farm and came back to work many harvests helping his dad and brother bring in the crop. He was of the opinion that golden retrievers were the greatest dog known to man and owned 3 of them over the years. He trained them, hunted with them and loved them to a fault. He was huge fan of MSU Bobcats, Nebraska Cornhuskers, Miami Dolphins, and the Oakland A’s and attended as many Cat games as he could.

Mark was a kind and gentle soul who loved his family and friends dearly and would help anyone at the drop of a hat. We will miss him every day.

Mark was preceded in death by his father John Jakanoski and sister Cheryl Erickson.

He is survived by his mother Nadine Jakanoski; brother Scott (Kim) Jakanoski; sisters Paula (Andy) Hicks and Lana (Jamie) Koch; nieces Leah (Nate) Miller and their children Vaughn and Tessa, Bridget (Justin) Sholley, and their children Tatumn, Bo, and Tucker, Jana (Jordan) Nelson, Brynn Feldman and Savannah Feldman; ex-wife and close friend Barbara Jones Gallagher, daughter Nicole (Neil) Kiner, grandson Moses and his faithful golden retriever Bonnie.

A memorial service will be held May 10, 2019 11:00 at Bell Mortuary. Condolences for the family may be left bellmortuarymontana.com.

Monday, February 11th 2019

Gloria J Fisher Doucette

Gloria J. Fisher Doucette of Fort Peck passed away peacefully surrounded by family on February 5, 2019 in Glasgow.

Gloria was born in Klamath Falls, Oregon on November 25, 1939 to Thomas and Anne Fisher. The family moved to Minnesota for a short time before relocating to Nashua, Montana in 1946. They enjoyed spending time in McCabe visiting grandparents, aunts and uncles where Gloria enjoyed riding horses and playing on the farm. Her parents ran Nashua Dry Cleaners while Gloria attended school in Nashua. Her favorite horse was named Honey and they performed in barrel racing events. She and her family also participated in parades in Glasgow and in the Wolf Point Stampede with their horses and carts.

Gloria worked at the family dry cleaning business delivering dry cleaning to locations as far as Opheim, Glentana and Fort Peck before a fire destroyed the family business. She also worked a mail delivery route north of Nashua. Gloria then worked at Glasgow AFB where she met the love of her life, Leon "Dewey" Doucette. They were married in October of 1967. The family was stationed in Puerto Rico from 1969 to 1973 during which time daughter, Melissa, was born into the family. After serving in Puerto Rico, the family was stationed at Malmstrom AFB in Great Falls and then returned to Nashua in February of 1974.

Gloria loved her community and enjoyed working at Bergie's Ice Cream Parlor, The B & B Market, The Nashua Town Office and the Glasgow Clinic until retirement. She spent her spare time quilting, gardening and assisting at the Nashua Senior Center and hosting '5 O'clocks' with her friends. One of her favorite past-times was sitting on the front deck of her home in Fort Peck and visiting with friends and neighbors. The Fort Peck Theater was near and dear to her heart and she enjoyed attending the many shows and events there over the years.

Gloria is preceded in death by her parents, Thomas Fisher and Anne Schile, and her sister, Carole Jean ‘Jeannie’ Fisher Schell.

She is survived by her adoring husband, Leon (Dewey), her children, Loretta Davis of Billings, Montana, Mike (Suzanne) Doucette of Oak Glen, California and Melissa Todd of Helena, Montana; five grandchildren Jeremiah, Ashley, Kyle, Kaleb and Dylan; and six great-grandchildren Owen, Harper, Thea, Braxtyn, Beckytt and Braezyn.

Services are pending and will be announced at a later date in the Spring of 2019. In lieu of flowers, the family welcomes donations to the Fort Peck Theater and St. Jude Children's Hospital.

Gloria's love, laughter and sweet spirit will be missed by her family and many, many friends in Montana and beyond.

Monday, February 4th 2019

Mark S. Jakanoski

Mark S. Jakanoski, age 63, passed away at Riverstone Hospice in Billings on February 2, 2019. A Memorial Service is being planned for spring.

Monday, February 4th 2019

Bonnie Arnold

On January 30, 2019 Bonnie Arnold ended her 93-year long journey into the arms of the Lord. She was born in Hinsdale on March 30, 1925 to Clarence and Crystal Nelson.

After graduating from Hinsdale High School, she did clerical work at Browning, Mt. She came home and married Ray Arnold on March 7, 1948. She was one of the first leaders in the Western Valley 4-H Club.

She went to work at the Frances Mahon Deaconess Hospital in the Housekeeping Department. She retired as a supervisor. She then went to work for Home Health retiring from that in 2006.

She was preceded in death by her parents, sibling Donald Nelson and her husband Ray Arnold.

She is survived by her 6 Children, Idona Blake, Willard (Mary Beth) Arnold, Kathy Gates, Janice (John) Larson, Ralph (Tracy) Arnold, and Calvin Arnold; her 12 grandchildren, Lori Springsteed, Odena Dopp, RaeLynn Arnold, Sheri Gates, Bonnie Ohm, Terry Gates, Christopher Hanson, Ashley Arnold, Brook Brennan, Maggie McClure, Kay DeTienne, and Victor DeTienne; her 21 great grandchildren and 8 great- great grandchildren with one more on the way.

Services will be February 9, 2019 at 10:00 a.m. at Hinsdale Lutheran Church, with burial in Hillview Cemetery.

Monday, February 4th 2019

Patricia (Patsy) Fatima Allie

Patricia (Patsy) Fatima Allie, 63, of Glasgow, went to be with the Lord Thursday, January 31, 2019 due to complications of cancer, at the Frances Mahon Deaconess Hospital.

Patsy was born September 18, 1955 to Sade and Beulah (French) Allie in Glasgow, Montana. She was a 1973 graduate of Glasgow High School. Following graduation, she went to college in Havre for one year and worked many years at Sam’s Supper Club. Patsy was a wonderful cook, a great mother, and a loving grandmother.

She is survived by a daughter, Jennifer Brown of Billings; a son, Robert (Brandi) Brown and grandchildren Jesse and Ellie of Bowman, ND; a step daughter, Tricia (Bryan) Anderson and granddaughter Kaitlyn of Billings; a sister, Pamela Laroque of Glasgow; an aunt, Lorraine Gundermann of Glasgow; various nieces, nephews, and cousins; and her long-time friends, Alicia Zeller of Glasgow; and Jory Scott of Glasgow.

She is preceded in death by one sister Myrna Lee and her parents.

A memorial service will be held at Alley’s Palace Bar from 3:00 to 7:30 P.M. on Wednesday, February 6, 2019 with a luncheon to follow.

Thursday, January 17th 2019

Theresa Shipp

On the evening of January 15, 2019, Theresa Shipp passed away at the Frances Mahon Deaconess Hospital in Glasgow, surrounded by family and friends. She died of natural causes at the age of 81.

Theresa was born in Glasgow, MT on August 12, 1937 to Leo and Pauline DeBray. She grew up west of Glasgow, attended Glasgow schools (most of the time), and graduated in 1955 from Glasgow High School.

Theresa met Lloyd Shipp and was married on July 22, 1956 at the First Lutheran Church in Glasgow. The couple ranched north of Glasgow and raised five children. Theresa spent many hours helping on the ranch and raising pigs, chickens, sheep, goats and any other animal the kids would talk her into getting. She kept very busy raising a house full of children who were always up to some type of shenanigans. In her later years, she always enjoyed reminiscing about those earlier times. Theresa was a 4-H leader for many years, in addition to being a member of the Cowbells Club and Homemakers Club. She was also a member of the First Lutheran Church in Glasgow.

Theresa received employment in the early 1980's at the ASCS office in Glasgow. She enjoyed working and visiting with the farmers when they came to the office. She developed many friendships during that time and worked at the ASCS until retirement. Theresa thoroughly enjoyed her retirement where she traveled to many places with older people (she was never old). She loved to play the slot machines and looked forward to trips to Four Bears and Wendover. Theresa was an avid quilter and made over 100 baby quilts to donate to the Denver Children's Hospital. She loved her quilting friends and always looked forward to her quilting retreats with the ladies.

Her children, grandchildren and great grandchildren were her pride and joy. Whether it was going paddlefishing with Jaylein, gambling with Patty, hunting elk with Doyle or shopping with Rose, she loved the experiences. Watching her grandchildren and great grandchildren participate in activities, along with spending time with them, and watching football on TV were some of her favorite times.

Survivors include her children Jaylein (Les) Nickels, Patty (Dan) Geer, Doyle (Colleen) Shipp and Rosalie (Greg) Spinler; grandchildren Jesse, Krista, Tanner, Lindsey, Wyatt, Joe, Erika, Della, Renee, Kyle, Ryley, Reo, Quinn and Gavin; and 12 great grandchildren.

Theresa was preceded in death by her husband, Lloyd; son, Wayne; mother and father, Leo and Pauline DeBray; brother, Jake; and son-in-law, Jeff Geer.

Family will receive friends 4:00 - 6:00 p.m., Friday, January 18, 2019 at Bell Mortuary in Glasgow, Montana. Funeral Services will be 10:30 a.m., Saturday, January 19, 2019 at the First Lutheran Church in Glasgow with Pastor Todd Wright officiating. Burial will follow at Highland Cemetery in Glasgow, Montana. A luncheon will follow at the First Lutheran Church.

Monday, January 14th 2019

Curtis "Curt" Alan Wesen

Curtis “Curt” Alan Wesen, 61, of Glasgow, Montana passed away at his home during the early morning hours of Friday, January 11th, 2019 with his family and his best friend by his side after a courageous battle with cancer.

He was born in Glasgow, Montana on April 7th, 1957 the oldest child of John A. & Dolores (Lee) Wesen. In his early years, he spent his days playing with his five younger siblings and helping his dad on the family farm and ranch where his love of tending the land and caring for livestock began.

Curt attended school in Glasgow and graduated from Glasgow High School. He participated in football and medaled in multiple events in track and field. A very significant trip in Curt’s life was a trip to Washington D.C. for 4-H, where he formed several lifelong friendships and where he met his best friend of 46 years, Gary Kolstad. While attending MSU Bozeman he studied agronomy and excelled in socializing and skiing. He often spoke fondly of the time he spent in Bozeman and of the close friends he connected with there who referred to themselves as the Wild Bunch. Curt became a lifelong MSU Bobcat football fan and continued to attend and cheer on the Cats often with Sam and Judy Waters.

Curt met the love of his life, Darcel Burfield at MSU and he filled her life with love and laughter for 36 years. They were married May 29th, 1982, during one of the worst snow storms to ever hit the northern Hi-Line. They lived on the family farm/ranch where he partnered with his father and brother. Soon after they were blessed with three children Jeron, Cole, and Kara. Curt loved spending time with his family and enjoyed teaching his children about farm and ranching, cooking them breakfast, and watching them participate in their various sporting activities. Curt was proud to be able to coach his sons, daughter, and the Glasgow High long and triple jump athletes to success at State. He had a gift for coaching and was always proud of his athletes.

A major highlight in Curt’s life was becoming a grandfather. He loved to spend time with his grandkids, photographing their adventures, taking them for rides on the equipment, checking the fields and cattle and sharing his love of motorcycles and music.

Curt had a wide variety of interests and enjoyed landscape photography, building stereo systems/listening to music, and visiting pawn shops. He often spent early mornings on his computer researching the different varieties of crops, livestock feeds and his latest interests. He served on the Valley County Fair Board and volunteered at various community events.

Curt was diagnosed with stage IV adenocarcinoma of the esophagus in December 2016. He began two years of palliative chemotherapy until early November when he made the decision to end his treatment after complications. He never lost his ambition to live every day to its fullest, enjoying many concerts, a trip to the Super Bowl and a trip to Going to the Sun, Waterton and Many Glaciers with his grandkids. He never lost his incredible, quick sense of humor or his ability to make everyone in the room laugh. Curt said from the very beginning of his diagnosis “I am going to laugh my way out of here” and he did exactly that up to the day he passed.

Curt was preceded in death by his beloved father John Wesen; father-in-law Ted Burfield; brother-in-law Mitch Burfield; and his paternal and maternal grandparents.

He is survived by his mother Dolores; his mother-in-law Diana Burfield; wife Darcel, sons Jeron (Sarah) and Cole of Glasgow, MT and daughter Kara (Noah) of Butte, MT; grandson Dallas; granddaughters Alexys, Harper, Kinley; sisters Susan (Dan) Hausauer, Joyce Wesen, Donna Wesen, Mike (Tara) Wesen, Lisa (Alan) Larson; sisters-in-law Perian (Chris) Smith, Teddi Jo (Paul) Johannsen, Caron (Joe) Lavoie and his beloved nieces and nephews.

Services will be held at the Glasgow Evangelical Church Friday, January 18th at 2:00 p.m., with internment at the Hi-Line Cemetery with reception to follow at the Cottonwood Inn. Condolences may be left at bellmortuaryglasgow.com

Memorials in Curt’s name may be made to the Glasgow Trust Fund, Glasgow Track and Field Program or a memorial of your choosing.

Thursday, December 27th 2018

Jack Albert Boston

Jack Albert Boston passed away on the morning of December 17, 2018, of natural causes. Born in Glasgow, Montana, on September 11, 1934, to parents Albert and Ellen Boston, Jack grew up helping out on the farm and welding with his dad on the Fort Peck Dam. He attended schools in Fort Peck and California and graduated from Glasgow High School. He was the oldest child and naturally took on the role of big brother and caregiver to his four siblings: Sally (Boston) Shipp, Dick Boston, Carol (Boston) Stein and Judy (Boston) Van DeVeer.

After graduating from high school, Jack joined the United States Army and proudly served his country until he was honorably discharged in 1955. He married the love of his life, Sharon Hopkins, on October 30, 1965. They combined their two families, totaling eight in all and spent the next 53 years together.

Jack had a long and accomplished career of 36 years with Montana Job Service and was known for his sound leadership and encouraging his employees' growth and success. He was a loyal advocate for local employers and had a strong involvement with the business community. He retired as Manager of the Bozeman office in December 1993.

Jack's life was filled with love, purpose and activity until the end. He learned to pitch horseshoes at a young age, often winning to avoid getting stuck washing the dinner dishes. His love of horseshoe pitching continued, and he participated in World Class A tournaments throughout his adult life and especially after his retirement. He became the Montana State Class A Champion three years: 1997, 2000 and 2004. Even while competing, he never missed an opportunity to help others by sharing tips and joining in to organize matches and events. His wide circle of horseshoe pitching buddies became lifelong friendships. Jack also loved golf and traveled the state playing at different courses. The Rio Grande Valley was a special place for Jack. After being invited by dear friends for a visit, he returned for the next six years volunteering with Habitat for Humanity for three to four months of the year and playing golf. In addition, he spent an extraordinary amount of time in service to various community groups. He was committed to the Evangelical Free Church and his men's bible study group. Their weekly breakfast meetings were a highlight and the friendships he made were lasting and important. Jack's faith in the Lord was strong and constant. He made a daily effort to lead by example and share the Lord's message with all who would listen.

He also volunteered regularly with the Bozeman Senior Center and their Meals on Wheels program and freely donated time with Love, Inc. All who knew him would say that Jack never met a person he couldn't help. He will be remembered for always lending a helping hand and his positive influence in communities far and wide.

Spending time with his 19 grandchildren and many great-grandchildren brought him constant joy. He is survived by his loving wife, Sharon Boston; and his children, Bill Boston of Oregon; Lorna Marie (deceased), children Ryan, Curtis and Andrea of West Virginia; Monte Boston (Aleka) of Colorado; Tim Boston (Lisa) of Bozeman, children Nathan, Brendan, Nicole, Lindsey, Loran, Kyle and Kim; Henry Boston (Joyce) of Billings, children Blake and Brenna; Lonnie Chappel of Helena, children Patrick and Tia; Deborah Foy (Richard) of Colorado, children Meredith and Olivia; and Michael Boston (Tonya) of Idaho, children Mikaela, Chance and Levi.

In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to a program near and dear to Jack's heart, the Meals on Wheels Program at the Bozeman Senior Center, 807 N. Tracy Ave., Bozeman, MT 59715.

A celebration of his life will be planned in early 2019.

Arrangements are in the care of Dokken-Nelson Funeral Service. www.dokkennelson.com

Thursday, December 27th 2018

Elizabeth Born Reddig Friesen

Elizabeth Born Reddig Friesen
February 15, 1913-December 25, 2018
On October 30, 2018, at the age of 105, Elizabeth Friesen moved from Nemont Manor to Valley View. Her desire to be home with Jesus was granted and she passed away less than two months later on the morning of Christmas Day, 2018. She is survived by her children, Elinor (Lon) Runner, Harry (Judy) Reddig, and Eileen (Kevin) Clemans; and grandchildren, Charlotte (Jack) Runner, Ruth (Rosoe) Kronfuss, Kathy (Steve) Marks, Dean (Karen) Sauskojus, Ken (Debbie) Sauskojus, Jim (Patty) Sauskojus, Deanette (Ron) Piesk, Nadine (Wayne) Steiner, Don Reddig, Charlene Reddig, Kelsey (Micah) Kramer, Tim Clemans, Josh Clemans, Jordan Clemans, and Josiah Clemans. She is also survived by 25 great-grandchildren and 27 great-great-grandchildren.
Elizabeth Friesen was born on February 15, 1913 in Omsk, Russia, to Jacob and Katarina Born. When Elizabeth was one year old, her family, grandparents and relatives, a total of 28 people migrated to Liverpool, England. From there they took a passenger ship and headed for Canada. In 1916, Elizabeth, with her parents, sister and two brothers crossed the border of the United States in a covered wagon and homesteaded in Larslan, Montana, moving to Lustre, Montana, in 1923. After graduating from grade school and finishing two years at the local Bible School, she married Harry F. Reddig in 1932. Their daughter, Elinor, was born in 1933. In 1935, her husband Harry died of pneumonia. Their son, named Harry after his father, was born in 1936. It had always been a dream of Elizabeth’s to teach, so she finished high school by correspondence and then attended Northern Montana College—all the while helping her dad with calving, milking and other farm work. Elizabeth graduated in 1948 with a 6-year teaching certificate. Three years later, she married Pete Friesen and their daughter, Eileen, was born in 1958. In 1983, they retired from the farm and moved to Glasgow, Montana. Pete died in 1996 and Elizabeth moved to Nemont Manor.
Elizabeth loved the Lord, her family, attending church, quilting, and entertaining among many other things. In 2011, she wrote that “Everything is getting slower, also my mind but I still enjoy going to church, singing, listening, praying and Bible studies. I did enjoy sewing, reading, singing, quilting, embroidering and other handwork… Of course, I enjoyed visiting with the family both here and in their homes. One of my greatest joys is holding a baby, new life!” She read through the Bible every year from 1976 through about 2015, a tradition she hoped her children and future generations would continue. Most of Elizabeth’s family lived miles away but they all knew that she prayed for them every day; she will be greatly missed!
The funeral service will be held Thursday, January 3, 2019 at 10:30 a.m. at Glasgow Evangelical Church with reception following. Burial will follow at Lustre Mennonite Brethren Cemetery in Lustre.
In memory of Elizabeth, donations can be made to her church of the last 35 years, Glasgow Evangelical Church.

Thursday, December 20th 2018

Thursday, December 20th 2018

Marilyn Lee (Hughes) Dykstra

On Nov. 23, 2018, our mother, grandmother and great-grandmother, Marilyn Lee (Hughes) Dykstra, joined her Heavenly Family. She died peacefully in her sleep just short of her 89th birthday at her apartment in the Missoula Manor with her daughter, Carol, and granddaughter, Jana, by her side.

A celebration of life was held Friday, Dec. 7, at Grizzly Peak and a memorial service will be held in the spring of 2019 at the First United Methodist Church with burial of her cremains at the Highland Cemetery.

Marilyn was born Dec. 23, 1929, in Litchville, N.D., as the second of five children to Hugh and Emma (Tweit) Hughes. In 1942, the family moved to Richland, Mont., where her father and mother managed the Farmers Union Store. She was a big help for her mother who was the community seamstress, while her father also hauled grain with the first semi-truck in the county, which turned into a lifelong trucking career for him.

After graduating eighth-grade in Richland, with no high school available for her freshman year; she commuted by riding the mail train to Peerless, Mont., and lived there in the dorm during the week.

She moved to Glasgow, Mont., for her sophomore year of high school to live with her sister, Darlene Nichols, and her children while Harold (Darlene's husband) was in the Navy overseas in WWII. The move to Glasgow resulted in meeting two of her best friends for life, Dorothy Dolson Eayrs and Nell Collins McIntosh. In addition, she met the boy next door, Cecil Dykstra, who later became the love of her life.

It was during her junior year at Glasgow High that she met a young WWII Navy sailor, Kenneth M. Butts on leave and visiting his brother. They were married on April 1, 1947, during her senior year. Upon graduating with the GHS class of 1947, they moved to Kalispell, Mont., where their first of four children, Frank Daniel (1948) was born. The family moved to the West Coast while Ken was receiving treatment from the VA; settling in Salem, Ore., where their second child, Suzette (1950) was born. The family moved to Bellingham, Wash., where their third and fourth children were born, Marie (1952) and Carol (1958). In 1962, the family moved to Nashua, Mont., where they bought the Home Café and made it the family business, as well as having the mail route north of Nashua. In 1966, after selling the Home Café; they moved to Glasgow, and owned and managed Brad's Place (night club north of Glasgow) and the Skylark Club (now the Sunnyside Country Club).

After 24 years of marriage, Marilyn and Ken divorced.

Marilyn continued her 20-plus year career as a bookkeeper for United Building Center, Newton Motors, Econo Lumber and Econo Glass in Glasgow and later at a car dealership and construction company in Plentywood, Mont., and Winona, Minn., while her daughter, Carol, finished high school.

Marilyn loved all the places she lived, always making lifelong friends everywhere she went and later would always stay in touch with them through letters and phone calls. While she was in Washington, she would design and sew matching outfits for Sue and Marie and canned the fruits from their many trees. She would make buttermilk and butter from their milk cow.

Her love for living was fueled by her natural curiosity of life and what was yet to come... The wonder of the future and her passion to learn more...

Marilyn eventually became reacquainted with the "boy next door," Cecil Dykstra, who was working as a railroad conductor. Their renewed relationship blossomed and on Aug. 14, 1977, they were married. Having so much in common, life took on a whole new meaning for both of them. They became avid rock hounds traveling throughout Montana hunting for sapphires, agates and fossils. They enjoyed hunting and fishing, and she canned and smoked deer jerky and filled their freezer with all the wild meat.

She continued with her activities in Glasgow's Methodist Church. Her faith was very important to her. She was a dedicated member, volunteering countless hours baking or making her famous caramels, fudge, and sour cream raisin pies to raise money for the church. She also was an essential part of getting the Methodist Hand-Bell Choir started and served as its director. Marilyn took great pride in the beautiful performances the choir gave at the church and for public gatherings.

In 1989, Cec and Marilyn retired to St. Marie, Mont. They enjoyed their life in the rural community where they made many new friends. Marilyn looked forward to the weekly gatherings where they played cards or dominos and shared a potluck meal, which she always liked to bring more than one dish. During this time, Marilyn became a breast cancer survivor, and added the annual cancer Relay for Life to the many local events she never missed.

Cec and Marilyn truly enjoyed their lives together; sharing 26 years of love, music and laughter until Cecil's passing in 2003. Her youngest daughter Carol moved to be with her while Marilyn continued with her church and volunteer work and helping put together care packages for soldiers serving abroad. She and Carol enjoyed their favorite pastimes, garage sales and traveled for visits with family and friends.

In 2013, she moved to the Grizzly Peak Retirement Home in Missoula, Mont., for better health care and to be near her granddaughter and family. For five years she thoroughly enjoyed making new friends and participating in the activities there. She again started and directed a hand-bell choir; fulfilling and sharing her love for the sound of the bells.

She moved to the Missoula Manor this May where she enjoyed the company of new friends and was known for her pinochle skills. Marilyn was under the care of her daughter Carol and Hospice of Missoula. Her apartment, with the beautiful views of the mountains, was to be the final earthly home for this truly gracious woman who loved life and her family so very much.
Our mom was such a loving and compassionate lady, who always found the best in everyone. When she wasn't busy baking or other activities; she loved reading books and writing poetry. She would cut out articles about her grand and great-grandchildren's accomplishments to compile scrapbooks. Mom never missed sending birthday and Christmas cards which always had a warm, uplifting message. We will miss her beautiful smile and her loving talks.

She was a member of the United Methodist Women's Club, Al-Anon, Rebekah's Club, Degree of Honor and St. Marie Women's Club.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Hugh and Emma Hughes; her husband Cecil; two brothers, Donald (Bud) Hughes and William (infant); two sisters, Darlene Nichols and Jacqueline Alsberg Hughes; one son-in-law, Daniel Lasar; one brother-in-law, Harold Nichols; and Mrs. Mary Butts (mother-in-law and friend).

She is survived by her son Frank (Dan) Butts, of Missoula; three daughters, Suzette (Rick) Kinzell, of Glasgow, Marie (Robert) Rundle, of Hamilton, and Carol Butts, of St. Marie; one brother, Murray "Mike" (Kim) Hughes, of Joliet; one sister-in-law, Mrs. Jean Hughes, of Glasgow; seven grandsons, Daniel Butts, Kenneth Butts, Teage (Kristie) Kinzell, Trent (Deb) Kinzell, Chris Partridge, Jason Partridge and Josh (Natalie) Partridge; one granddaughter, Jana (Duncan) Crawford; 17 great-grandchildren; extended family members, Wayne (Liz) Dykstra, Debbie Walston, Connie St. John and Greg (JoAnn) Dykstra; and many loved nieces and nephews and their families.

Wednesday, December 19th 2018

Erna May Marks Pidwerbecki

ERNA MAY MARKS PIDWERBECKI
Born to Ernest and Anna Marks in their northeastern Montana farmhouse on March 14, 1924, Erna went on to live a rich and purpose-filled life. She attended Saco public schools until high school graduation in 1942. Erna then packed her bags and left Montana for the first time on a train bound for Washington DC and a job with the Navy Department, where she did her part to support the war effort.

Two years later, her father fell ill, prompting Erna to return home. Erna studied business at MSC for a year before relocating to Fort Peck, MT to work in the civil service. She met her future husband, Walter Pidwerbecki, in December 1945. He had just been discharged from the Navy after serving in the South Pacific. A whirlwind courtship ensued and they were married on June 29, 1946 at St. Raphael’s Church in Glasgow, MT.

Erna became an active partner in their farming business while raising eight children. She was immensely proud of the fact that all eight of her children graduated from college, six of them with advanced degrees. She also claimed that all 43 of her grand and great grandchildren were exceptional. Genius even!

Walter suddenly died in the fall of 1982 when Erna was only 58 years old. She continued to farm for two years with the help of her younger sons, Jon and David. She subsequently leased her farm, but continued to live in Glasgow until 1999. During that time, Erna found great comfort in studying the Scripture. She taught Bible study classes, trained to become a lay minister and often was tapped to read the scriptures during Mass at her home parish. As the number of Catholic priests in NE Montana dwindled, Erna found purpose in conducting services in outlying parishes. Although Erna would never claim to be, others considered her a Scripture Scholar. She was also known for her delicious pies and beautiful roses. To protect her roses, she employed every known pesticide in her never-ending battle against invasive aphids and grasshoppers!

At the age of 75, Erna sold her farm land and relocated to Mission Ridge in Billings, MT, where she lived independently in her cherished third floor apartment. She enjoyed many new friendships, and kept fit with walking, swim aerobics, Wii bowling and chair yoga. She was a member of St. Thomas the Apostle Catholic Church and for many years served as a lector for services at Mission Ridge. Erna celebrated her 94th birthday on March 14, 2018.

The last nine months of Erna’s life were spent at St. John’s Lutheran Ministry Fischer Cottage, where she died peacefully on November 17, 2018.

She was reunited with her husband Walter (d. 1982), her daughter Hope Pidwerbecki Hronek (d. 1985), her father Ernest, mother Anna, sisters Elizabeth Callahan Seraphin Grubbe, Elinor Marie Marks, and Shirley Marks Bell, brother William Marks, and grandson Brian Pidwerbecki.
Erna is survived by children Michael (Karen) Pidwerbecki of Rancho Cordova, CA, Sandra (Tim) Tangan of Livingston, MT, Karen (Jerry) Stokes of San Mateo, CA, Dawn (Bill) Bray of Belgrade, MT, Jane (Lynn) Higgins of Highlands Ranch, CO, Jon (Kay) Pidwerbecki of Talladega, AL, and David (Nancy Herald) Pidwerbecki of Portland, OR, brother Everest Marks of Saco, MT, sister-in-law Adele (Robert) Zanon of Beaverton, OR, 43 grand and great grandchildren, and 31 nieces and nephews.

Funeral services will be held at St. Thomas the Apostle Catholic Church, 2055 Woody Drive, Billings, MT on January 4, 2019 at 10:00 am, with Fr. Steve Zabrocki officiating.

A memorial service will be held at 3:00 pm on January 4, 2019 at The Vista at Mission Ridge, 3840 Rimrock Road, Billings, MT, in the multipurpose room to accommodate residents who are unable to attend the funeral service. Pastor Elisabeth Daniels will officiate.

Ever practical, Erna left instructions that she not be buried in the winter time. Her family will place her ashes next to her husband Walter at the Glasgow Highland Cemetery in June 2019.
The Pidwerbecki family extends heartfelt gratitude to all who were so kind and caring to Erna in her last months, especially her friends and staff at Mission Ridge, Vista and the hospice and nursing staff at Fischer Cottage.

Monday, December 17th 2018

Marie (Tarum) Ostrem

Marie (Tarum) Ostrem passed away in her home in Shelby, Montana on Dec 12, 2018. Marie Olive Overby was born January 12, 1929 in Somers MT to Mentz and Olga (Lee) Overby. In high school, she and her friends raised enough money to build the first cabin at Flathead Lutheran Bible Camp. After a year at Pacific Lutheran University, she came to Northeastern Montana in 1948 and taught at the Sunnyside School near Larslan. She married Francis Tarum in June 1949.
She was active at Our Savior’s Lutheran Church south of Richland and served as organist for over 25 years. When Francis died in 1972, she turned operation of the farm to Marvin and Dale and she went back to college. After finishing her degree from Northern Montana College, she taught at North Harlem Hutterite Colony School for three years. In 1981, she married Howard Ostrem and moved to Shelby. Howard died in 1988.
Marie was active at St Luke’s Lutheran Church, serving on various boards, and playing organ for several years. She was also active in the community, serving on the board of directors for Crossroads Housing Association. While at the Heritage Center, she brought smiles to everyone with her collection of frogs (ceramic, stone, jewelry) and a reminder to Forever Rely On God (F.R.O.G). She loved flowers and birds.
Marie is survived by her sons, Arden (Erin) Tarum of Portland, OR, Marvin (Deborah) Tarum of Fort Peck, MT, Dale (Brenda) Tarum of Fort Peck, MT, and Carl (Rebecca) Tarum of Saginaw MI; grandchildren Brent (Jennifer) Tarum, Tyler (Krista) Tarum, Angela (BJ) Kemp, Zachary (BethAnne) Tarum, Chrissa (Jayson) Nelson, Tieg Tarum, Holly (Chris) DeCock, Nathan Tarum; great-grandchildren, Chase Tarum, Leslie Tarum, Josie and Jaxson Kemp, Jackie and Zane Tarum, Cameron, Austin, and Cora Nelson; her brothers, Glenn (Mavis) Overby of Devils Lake, ND and Neil (Carol) Overby of Blaine, MN; brother-in-law, Melvin Tarum of McPherson, KS; sisters-in-law, Rosalie Tarum of Great Falls MT and Elinor Stensland of Great Falls MT; and many cousins, nieces and nephews.
Marie was preceded by her brother, Erwin; sisters-in- law, Lucile Overby, Erma Overby, and Eunice Tarum; brothers-in-law, Gail Stensland and Clarence Tarum.
Services are planned for January 9, 2019 at 10:30 AM at St. Luke’s Lutheran Church in Shelby. Burial will be held January 11, 2019 in the Highland Cemetery in Glasgow.
Memorials can be sent to Flathead Lutheran Bible Camp in Lakeside, Marias Medical Center Hospital or Heritage Center in Shelby, or Frances Mahon Deaconess Hospital in Glasgow.

Condolences can be made to Marie’s memorial page at www.asperfh.com.

Funeral Services will be held Friday, January 11, 2019 10:30 a.m. at the First Lutheran Church with burial in Highland Cemetery. Luncheon to follow.

Monday, December 10th 2018

Melvin J. Dyrland

Melvin J. Dyrland Sr., age 83, of Opheim passed away in his home on December 5, 2018. Cremation has taken place. A memorial service is being planned for next spring. Bell Mortuary is assisting the family with arrangements.

Tuesday, December 4th 2018

Lois Esther (Montag) Cool

Lois Esther (Montag) Cool, age 91, passed away in her home after a long fight with dementia. She peacefully joined her Lord and Savior on November 28, 2018 as her daughter, Wendi, son-in-law, Mike, and caregiver, Carol held her hand. The chorus of Hallelujah played in the background.
Lois was born in Oshkosh, Wisconsin on December 2, 1926 to John Francis Montag, Sr. and Esther Emilie Marie (Schroeder) Montag. She attended Oakwood grade school in Oshkosh, Wisconsin. Lois graduated from Oshkosh High School. Lois worked at the American Excelsior Factory where her Dad was the superintendent. She was grateful for the high paying job that helped her to attend college. Lois attended college at North Central Bible College (NCBC) in Minneapolis, Minnesota where she studied three years of theology. Lois worked part time in the library checking out books to students. She enjoyed this job because she was able to study while she was working. While attending NCBC, Lois met her sweetheart, Fred Cool. At NCBC, Lois and her friends wanted a ride to the park. Lois knew that Fred had a Buick, so she asked him for a ride. Fred, already her secret admirer, gladly accepted and they were soon dating. Lois and Fred married on September 29, 1951 in Oshkosh, Wisconsin. After their wedding, they resided in Minneapolis, Minnesota for a period of time and then moved to Oshkosh, Wisconsin. Lois and Fred were blessed with a son, Stephen Monte Cool, on July 15, 1952. On September 24, 1954, Wesley Frederic Cool joined their family. Upon Fred’s dad’s sudden death in December 1954, the Cools lived in Larslan, Montana during the farming season to help with the family farm. During the rest of the year, they resided at their home in Oshkosh, Wisconsin. While in Oshkosh, Lois worked part time. In 1962, the Cool family permanently moved to Larslan, Montana to run the farm and raise sheep and pigs. Wendi Jo joined their family on October 4, 1965. Lois and Fred resided in their Larslan home until 2014 when they moved to Coupeville, Washington to be closer to their daughter and son-in-law.
Lois was a member of the Assembly of God church in Glasgow, Montana. She taught Sunday School to the teens. Lois was blessed to be a ‘stay at home’ mom when she lived in Larslan. She loved to drive the combine during harvest season. Lois was an amazing cook and baker. One of the family’s favorite desserts is her famous oatmeal cake. She enjoyed gardening and had many beautiful house plants. Lois and Fred held Bible study in their home. Lois was an avid reader. She always tried to learn new words and proudly used them. Her faith was the one thing she continued to recognize during her battle with dementia. Most words became difficult for her to articulate however, you could still hear her say the name of Jesus. Lois always had something nice to say to the people she met, whether it was telling them, ‘You’re beautiful’ or just to say, ‘God Bless You’. Her smile lit up the room and she wanted people to feel comfortable. Lois loved her family and prayed for each one of them every day.
Lois is preceded in death by her husband of 66 years, Fred William Cool; her father, John Frances Montag, Sr; mother, Esther Emilie Marie (Schroeder) Montag; brother, John Francis Montag, Jr; brother-in-law, John Ohlin; father-in-law, Frederick Cool; mother-in-law, Ruth (Borum) Cool , sister-in-law Dorothea Alice Bertelsen; brother-in-law Verner Bertelsen; sister-in-law Violet Mae Belling; brother-in-law, Olaf Belling; grandson, John Wesley Cool.
Lois is survived by her son Stephen (Carol) of Glasgow, Montana; grandson Joseph (Jennifer) of Baardstown, KY; grandson Justin (Amanda) of Calais, Maine; son, Wesley (Jackie) of Glendive, Montana; grandson, Treven (Alicia) Cool and great-grandchildren, Peyton and Conall of Glendive, Montana; granddaughter, Trenna (Bob) Antonelli and great-grandchildren, Jayden, Genesis, Noelle, Gabriel of Nixa, Missouri; daughter, Wendi Tow (Mike Anderson) of Oak Harbor, Washington; grandson, Micah Tow (Alexis Elsevier) of Oak Harbor, Washington; granddaughter, Chelsi (Sean) Simpson & great-grandson, Zayne of Pinehurst, North Carolina; sister, Joanne (Montag) Ohlin of Springfield, Missouri and nephews, nieces and cousins.
Family will receive friends Thursday, December 6, 2018 from 7:30 -9:30 p.m. at Bell Mortuary in Glasgow, Montana. Funeral services will be Friday, December 7, 2018 at 2:00 p.m. at Assembly of God Church in Glasgow, Montana with Tom Fauth officiating. Burial will follow at Highland Cemetery in Glasgow.

Wednesday, November 28th 2018

Anthony R. D. Curley

Anthony R. D. Curley, 71, of Nashua, Montana, passed away November 23, 2018 in Glasgow, Montana.

Anthony was born July 1, 1947 in Fort Wayne, Indiana to Mr. Edmund Curley and Mary Eileen Pope. He received his early education in Pasadena, California graduating from Pasadena Academy High School.

He attended several colleges including receiving a Master’s Degree from Point Loma Nazarene as well as Doctorate in Sacred Theology.

Anthony was a Lieutenant Commander in the United States Navy, from which he retired. He was a survivor of the Vietnam War.

He was called by God to become the founder and Bishop of The Benedictine Community of Saint Anthony.

He is survived by children Martin A. Pritchard-Curley, Elizabeth Hahn and Matthew Curley.
He is preceded in death by his parents.

Family will receive friends on Friday, December 7, 2018 at 5:00 p.m. at the Bell Mortuary. Burial with military honors will take place on Saturday, December 8, 2018 at 10:00 a.m. at the Nashua Cemetery. A Requiem Mass will be held following the burial at The Monastery in Nashua, Montana with The Most Reverend Abbott Martin Andrew officiating.

Monday, November 19th 2018

Dan Franklin Collins

Dan Franklin Collins passed away peacefully on November 15, 2018 following a brief stay in Valley View Home. Dan was born December 27th, 1924 in Glasgow, Montana. Dan was the son of Fred A. Collins and Ada Pearl (Nance) Willmore Collins.
Dan lived in Valley County his entire life except for his United States Navy service during WWII. Dan left Glasgow High School during his Junior year and enlisted in the US Navy on December 16, 1943. He was discharged from the Navy December 30, 1945. Dan was a Radarman 3rd Class and served in the South Pacific on the island of Pelelieu Pelieu (Palau) during the invasion of the Caroline Islands. Dan never talked much of his Navy service except to say that in addition to standing watch on the radar he also stood guard duty because there were still Japanese soldiers on the island. He said he didn’t get much sleep.
Dan returned home following the War and graduated from Glasgow High School in 1947, graduating with his youngest sister Nell. He ranched with his father near Willow Creek about 30 miles south of Glasgow until they sold the ranch in 1965. Dan told stories about life on the ranch, encounters with rattlesnakes, his Airedale terrier, ice skating across Ft. Peck Reservoir and the 125-mile sheep drive that had a few mishaps along the way. After selling the ranch Dan worked as a heavy equipment operator for Valley County for several years and retired from the County on August 31, 2004.
Dan married Martha Kolm at Sodus, Michigan on February 13, 1966. Dan and Martha resided on Dan’s ranch near Tampico, Montana. Martha passed away on August 24, 1984.
Dan married Lillie Schroeder on June 1, 1985 in Fargo, North Dakota. They resided on Dan’s ranch near Tampico, Montana until retiring and moving to Glasgow in 2011. Lillie passed away September 20, 2018.
Dan loved to play music and would play on the piano, fiddle or mandolin. He played music with his friend Hoolie Edwards for about 10 years and played dances in the Haxby and Ft. Peck areas.
Dan was preceded in death by his parents, Fred and Nance Collins, his sister Luella Collins Morken; his six-year-old sister Mildred; a brother who died at birth; his first wife Martha Collins (Kolm) and his second wife Lillie Collins (Schroeder).
Dan is survived by his sister Nell Collins McIntosh of Spokane, Washington; his step-children, Glen Schroeder of Cameron, Montana, Maxine Schroeder of Bozeman, Montana and Howard Schroeder of Carlsbad, California; two step-grandchildren, Daniel Schroeder of Washington, DC and Justin Schroeder of Bozeman, Montana and several nephews and nieces.
Dan was a quiet man, a gentle man, a patriot and what he loved most a rancher. He will be missed by all who knew him. Another great Montana cowboy is now riding God’s range in Heaven. Dan, we all loved you.
Family will receive friends Wednesday, November 21, 2018 from 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. at Bell Mortuary in Glasgow, Montana. Funeral Services will be Friday, November 23, 2018 at 10:30 a.m. at Faith Lutheran Church in Glasgow, Montana with Pastor John Valle officiating. Burial will take place following the service at Highland Cemetery in Glasgow, Montana. A reception will be held at the VFW Hall in Glasgow.

Wednesday, November 14th 2018

Dr. Robert "Doc" L. Martens

Funeral services for Dr. Robert “Doc” L. Martens, age 91, of Glasgow, Montana, who passed away November 13, 2018 at Valley View Home, will be held November 17, 2018 at 1:00 PM at the First Lutheran Church with Pastor Todd Wright officiating, reception to follow services and burial will be private.

Doc was born July 7, 1927 in Belle Fourche, South Dakota to Louis and Mabel Martens. Doc completed his primary education in South Dakota while working the family’s sheep farm, which prompted an extreme dislike of anything sheep related. Doc attended Northwestern University of Dentistry in Chicago class of 1954. He joined the Air Force, where he served in Alaska.

Doc practiced dentistry for a short time in Bozeman, but made his home in Glasgow, where he practiced for over 45 years, including a church mission trip to Bolivia where he assisted the locals with dental care.

Doc met Helen while in Glasgow, they married in Helen’s hometown in Farwell, Minnesota. From their union they had four children. Doc and Helen loved their time together, and were very involved in the First Lutheran Church in Glasgow.

His many hobbies over the years included obtaining his pilot’s license, gardening, golfing, skiing, painting and quilting. In his retirement, he enjoyed a good country dance, any card game he could participate in and traveling the world.

Survivors include his son Robert Martens, of Kalispell, Montana; daughters, Mary (Frank) Martens-Phillips of Chicago, Illinois, Julia (Kim) Martens of Glasgow, Montana, and grandson Hal Phillips of Chicago, Illinois.

Doc is preceded in death by his parents; his wife Helen; his sister Margaret and infant son Stephan.

Memorials can be made in Doc’s name to Valley View Home, Prairie Ridge Village or the First Lutheran Church.

Monday, November 12th 2018

Sherry L Bradley Lersbak

Sherry L Bradley Lersbak
Sherry L Bradley Lersbak, after returning from a 6-week tour of Europe, was diagnosed with Organizing Acute Lung Injury and passed onto the Lord November 7, 2018. She was born March 11, 1945 in Gulfport, MS to Robert Earl and Hortense Bradley. She attended school in Gulfport, MS, and Calgary, Alberta. She met her husband, Wayne, by asking him to a Sadie Hawkins Dance, while at Western Montana College in Dillon, MT. They were married in 1965. She received an Accounting degree from the College of Great Falls, MT and later a B.A. from Washington State University.

Over the years Sherry supported her husband’s career in farming, teaching, and the military. Wherever they moved, they always made good friends, many of whom they keep in touch with today. While her husband pursued his career, Sherry worked as a bank teller, accountant, real estate and insurance agent. Sherry rode out the San Francisco earthquake while at work on the 13th floor in the MetLife Building.

Sherry enjoyed the Christmas tradition for 43 years of the family all spending time together at Big Sky in Montana. Sherry enjoyed traveling, reading, knitting, cooking, entertaining, and gardening. In everything Sherry did she always considered others first, and would constantly sacrifice her own needs for those around her. Sherry held her family and friends dear and considered her relationships her most valued possessions.

She is survived by her husband, Wayne, her daughter Kersten (Wes) Kremer and son Mike Lersbak. Four grandchildren, Laurel Kremer, Mike Kremer, Kelsey Lersbak and Megan Lersbak. Brother Robert Bradley and sisters Fran Standen and Jackie Norton and numerous nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her father Robert and mother Hortence Bradley and her twin sister.

A Celebration of Life will be held at The Highlands Clubhouse, December 8, 2018 @ 3PM, Marana, AZ, and at the Sonlight CRC, December 18, 2018 @ TBD, Lynden, WA.

Internment will be in the Highland Cemetery in Glasgow, MT at a later date.

In lieu of flowers, please consider a donation to your local hospice or to the FMDH Foundation, Glasgow, MT.

Monday, November 12th 2018

Nick Pankratz

Nick Pankratz
Nick Pankratz, age 93, beloved husband, father, grandfather, great-grandfather, and great-great- grandfather, passed away on Friday, November 9, 2018 at the Valley View Nursing Home in Glasgow, Montana.

Nick was born on February 26, 1925 in Lustre, Montana, the son of Peter P and Helena (Falk) Pankratz. He was raised and attended grade school and 2 years of Bible School in Lustre.

On November 26, 1947 Nick married Irma Peters, the love of his life, in Larslan, Montana. They lived and farmed in the Ossette Community between Larslan and Lustre, where they raised their family. In 2004 they moved to Glasgow due to Irma’s failing health where he actively cared for her with love and attention. Nick was active in the community where he taught Sunday School and served on the Larlsan Mennonite Church Board, the Lustre Christian School Board, and the Norval Electric Board.

Nick was a kind and gentle man who taught his love for the Lord by his example. His faith in Jesus Christ was evident in his life and as he read the Bible to his family each morning before breakfast, he shared it. His discipline was fair and many times flexible; we always respected him because he was noncritical, loving and caring (and he could give a hard spanking!) He will always be remembered for the twinkle in his eye, his sense of humor which sometime caught us off guard and tickled our hearts, his bolo tie and cowboy hat. He could give a mean pickup ride chasing cows and always enjoyed talking ranching!

Nick moved to Nemont Manner in 2012, then to Valley View Nursing home in 2017 where he was at his passing. He lived an active life on the farm helping with the farming and cattle until his move to Glasgow. He enjoyed going to the sales ring to keep up with the price of cattle, walking at the Civic Center three times a week, driving to McDonalds to meet the guys for coffee, and attending EUB Church. He enjoyed company and would never turn down a chance to go out to eat or take a drive.

He was preceded in death by his son Bruce in 1955; his wife of 64 years in 2011; brothers Pete, Londo, Walter, Bill, John, Henry, and Richard; sister Lydia Dirksen and son-in-law David Lund.

Survivors include children Bonnie (Marlin) Reddig of Wolf Point, Lorene (Brent) Hintz of Billings, Wesley (Jodie) Pankratz of Glasgow, Charles (Sonya) Pankratz of Great Falls, and Cheryl (Jody) Faul of Glasgow; 12 grandchildren; 19 great-grandchildren and one great- great- grandchild; sister Helen (Jim) Hall of Billings, and sisters-in-law Marjorie (Richard) Pankratz of Malta, Marjorie (Larry) McKay of Monroe, WA, Marion (Elmer) Kesterke of Trochu, Alberta, Carloyn (Larry) Anderson of Mesa, AZ, Norma (Neil) Cromwell of Portland, OR, Ella (Ray) Stenka of Loveland, CO, Carolyn (Lavern) Peters of Lewiston and brother-in-law Robert (Deanna) Peters of Alberta, Canada.

Family will receive friends on Thursday, November 15, 2018 from 7-9 p.m. at Bell Mortuary in Glasgow, Montana. Funeral services will be Friday, November 16, 2018 at 2:00 p.m. at the Glasgow Evangelical Church with Pastors Seth Runner and Frank Lenihan. Burial will take place in Highland Cemetery.

Memorials can be sent the LCHS ( Lustre Christian High School )

Monday, November 12th 2018

Charles "Charlie" Eugene Copple

Charles “Charlie” Eugene Copple, passed away peacefully at the age of 85 on November 3rd, 2018 at the Hi Line Retirement Center in Malta, MT.

Charlie Copple was born on March 10, 1933 in Malta, MT. He was the second of five children, born to Mary Genieve Copple (Simpson) and Charles Dewey Copple. Charlie started working at a young age. He often told stories of being only 7 years old when he and his sister Ileen were in charge of 1500 head of sheep on the Missouri Breaks with only a 30/30 and a dog. Because of these extended stays, he missed so much school that he was forced to teach himself to read and write.

On July 12, 1953 he married Vivian M. Hoffman. They were married for twenty-nine years before divorcing. They had seven children: Debra, Charles “Chuck”, Tamra, Angela, Sherran, Sandra, and Barbra.

He could do anything! He worked for Gulf Oil on the Oil Rigs, was a Railroad gang-foreman, was certified in refrigeration, air conditioning and heating, tv repair, construction, and painter. He was a parts specialist in the Army stationed at Ft. Bragg, NC. Even though he had a terrible fear of heights, he joined the paratroopers for the extra income. He later went to Spokane, WA where he attended Barber College. After which, he barbered in Saco, MT, Glasgow Air Force Base, and partnered with CJ Carney in the Carney/Copple Barber Shop located in Glasgow, MT. He was very proud of the fact that at one time he owned and flew his own airplane.

After severely breaking his arm in a car accident, he and his son Chuck attended Western College of Auctioneering. They started World Wide Top Dollar Auction Service. Later, Charlie became well known for auctioning at benefit auctions in and around Glasgow, MT where you would most likely hear him say, “Give until it hurts; cuz it’s only money and that’s what you’d want people to do if it was your family.”

Charlie was a member of the American Legion Post #41 of Glasgow. He was a hunter, fisherman, and trapper. He spent many hunting trips with his sons-in-law, grandsons, and friends. For a few years during the winter months, he worked for Pacific Hide and Fur where he was skinning over 100 animals some nights. He was widely known around northeast MT for dealing cards, playing poker, being a collector of everything, and dancing the two-step!

Charlie could seem tough and gruff, but he had a heart of gold. He was always willing to help others any way that he could. He could make a joke about anything (most often inappropriate) and loved to make people smile or laugh. He was known for his “one-liners” and had a nickname for everyone.

In his later years, he commented often, “Don’t matter how much a person’s got; If you don’t have your health, you don’t have anything.” or “Good health is more important than all the money in the world.”

No doubt, he’s again happy, making others laugh, and two-stepping across Heaven, to the tune of his favorite song, “Guitars & Cadillacs”! He will be greatly missed.

Charlie was preceded in death by his parents, son Charles L. Copple, sisters Mary Ileen Pekovitch and Margaret Anderson, brother David Copple, and grandson Justin Nelson.

He is survived by six daughters and their families: Debbie (Walter) Nelson of Opheim, Tamra (Eric) Sonsteng of Helena, Angie (Kevin) Wersal of Glasgow, Sherran (Tim) Thompson of Windsor, Maine, Sandra Copple of Glasgow, and Barbie (Kris) Dahl of Las Vegas, Nevada, brother William (Betty) Copple of Saco, grandchildren; Jayson (Chrissa) Nelson, Joseph Nelson, Julie (Colton) McLaughlin, Nathan (Kathryn) Sonsteng, Luke (Michayla) Sonsteng, Shawn Wersal, Brittne (Jory) Casterline, Darrin Wersal, Gianna Dahl, Charlize Dahl, Ashlynn Dahl, Titus Dahl, many great-grandchildren, and many more relatives.

As Charlie would say, “Take ‘er Cool”.

Please join Charlie’s family for a celebration of his life at the Glasgow Elks on Friday November 16th starting at 11AM. Lunch will follow with fun times of reminiscing.

Monday, November 5th 2018

Elsie Belzer

Elsie Evelina Lingle Cusker Belzer passed from this world the morning of Saturday, October 27, 2018 at Sidney Extended Care, Sidney, MT. Elsie Evelina Lingle was born on July 8, 1924 to parents Earl and Ruth Thompson Lingle. She was born at home, in the community of Bodine, MT. She joined her older brother, Bert, and an older sister, Eleanor. The family grew to include four more sisters, Margaret, Jenny, Ella and Cecil, who was born on Mom’s twelfth birthday.

Mom loved the outdoors. She tagged around after her dad, riding horseback and doing all the other chores tomboys did. The family didn’t have much in the way of material possessions, but they always had enough to eat and extra to share with anyone who might stop by.

As a young woman, she took a job keeping house and caring for an elderly lady who had suffered a stroke. That lady was my dad’s mother. Mom and Dad were married on December 15 1948 in Poplar, MT. Mom thought the world of Grandma Grace and she cared for her until Grace passed away.

Mom and Dad had four children, Noela, Dawn, J.R. and Clair. Dad died in 1963, leaving mom a widow at 39 with four young kids to provide for. Mom managed to do that by working hours and hours at night altering clothing for dry cleaning and clothing stores, cooking and waitressing, babysitting or whatever it took. She was the best mother ever and would have done anything for us.

Even though Mom’s formal education ended in the ninth grade, she had a lot of native smarts and became an accomplished seamstress, furniture upholsterer, gardener and cook. She raised a huge garden. The basement held shelves and shelves of every canned food you could think of. She baked bread almost every day and made the most wonderful cinnamon rolls.

In earlier years when we were young, Mom was active in 4-H as a leader and as one of the mothers who did so much work behind the scenes, organizing everything and helping to keep the club going. During the school year, Mom rotated with the other mothers in providing hot lunches for all of us.
Mom loved to dance. She loved jazz sessions. She square danced, polkaed, schottisched, butterflied and waltzed. She made her own square dance outfits and looked beautiful on the floor. Mom also liked to visit and she loved it when company came by. She could have a meal ready for surprise guests in no time at all.

Mom made so many quilts I can’t begin to remember all of them. She made at least one quilt for everyone in her family, the favorite probably being the Pineapple Pocket pattern made from Levi’s pockets. She planned to make a quilt for just about everyone she knew, and she was working on that at the time of her accident.

Mom also loved horses, dogs and most other animals. Minnie Penny Pearl was such a good little friend to her. That’s a name a three year old great granddaughter gives a dog. Granddaughter Katie made sure Mom got to watch the baby lambs.

My brother built a log house for mom and she loved it so much. She could stand at the living room window and see all the way down to the highway. She watched deer walk across the yard. Mom was very fortunate. In spite of serious health issues, she was able to live in her own home until the summer of her ninetieth birthday. Then she needed help and we persuaded her to move into the Savage Sunrise Manor, which was the very closest thing to home that you’ll ever find. Wonderful people make it that way. At the Manor she got to know Leonard and all the ladies. Everyone was very kind. It’s hard when you have to leave your home. Leonard’s kindness and understanding helped make the transition a little easier.

Mom suffered a broken hip in September. She really never did come back to us after surgery and she was getting very tired. It was time for her to feel better. She was preceded in death by her six siblings and one daughter, Clair Brown.

She is survived by Neola Cusker of Huntley, MT, Dawn (Ted) Claymore of Sidney, MT, J.R. (Debbie) Cusker of Nashua, MT, son-in-law Darrel Brown of Sidney, MT, ten grandchildren and eight great-grandchildren. Love you always Mom.

Services will be held on Friday, November 9th, 2018, at the Nashua Civic Center at 11:00a.m. Lunch will follow. Graveside services will be held at the Greenwood Cemetery in Wolf Point at 1:30p.m.

Wednesday, October 31st 2018

Larry "Skip" Wayne Vegge

Larry “Skip” Wayne Vegge, 73, of Cheyenne passed away October 27, 2018 at his home.

He was born July 14, 1945 in Glasgow, Montana to Arthur and Thelma Vegge. He was a water treatment technician in Saudi Arabia and retired from the Cheyenne Water Treatment Plant. He was an excellent photographer, who traveled all over the world on photography trips. Some of his most memorable trips were to Norway, Zambia, Africa and Antarctica. He was also an avid cyclist. Larry was a member of First Lutheran Church in Glasgow, Montana.

He is survived by his brother Melvin (Betty) Vegge of Glasgow, Montana; niece Julaine (Corey) Cook and their children: Taylor (Courtney) Cook and son Sirius, Tanner (Autumn) Cook and son Zander, Levi Cook and Leksi Cook; nephew Daniel Vegge and niece Trina Vegge and her sons Chaz, Brandin and Dylan.

Preceding him in death are his parents.

Funeral services will be held at 11:00 a.m. on Friday, November 2, 2018 at the First Lutheran Church in Glasgow, Montana. A Luncheon will be following the service at the First Lutheran Church. Burial will be in Highland Cemetery.

Wednesday, October 31st 2018

Fredrick "Fred" William Eckard

Fredrick “Fred” William Eckard, 69, passed away October 25, 2018 in his sleep at home in St. Marie, Montana. He was battling multiple illnesses at the time of his passing.
Fred was born to Martin and Amanda (Bauder) Eckard, military family, in Bremen, Germany on February 4, 1949. His father was stationed in Germany after WWII and was transferred to Augusta, Georgia then to Fort Monmouth, New Jersey and on to Huntsville, Alabama, where he retired.
Fred enjoyed many sports activities: Football, Baseball/Little League and High School Football. He was a member of the Boy Scouts of America. Fred loved music, he played the drums and clarinet. He followed in the family military tradition: joining the U.S. Navy as a Medic Corpsman. Years later he often played golf with his brother Paul, fished and camped out in the beautiful Montana wilderness. Fred was a big help assisting in the care of his younger brother Paul and mother after the passing of her husband.
Fred will be remembered as a kind, giving, and generous soul. God bless you, Fred.
He is survived by his brothers Loran “Paul” Eckard of St. Marie, Montana and Doug (Margaret) Eckard of Florida, aunts, uncles and many nieces and nephews.
He is preceded in death by his parents Martin and Amanda.
A Funeral Mass will be 3:00 p.m., Friday, November 2, 2018 at St. Raphael’s Catholic Church, in Glasgow, Montana with Father Jose Valliparambil presiding.

Thursday, October 25th 2018

Rene Wetzel Siler

Rene Wetzel Siler

Rene' Wetzel Siler passed away early Tuesday, October 23, 2018 after a lengthy illness. She will be missed by many. Rene' was preceded in death by her beloved mom, Ione Collings Wetzel and is finally at peace and out of pain.

She is survived by her two sons, James Morth and Dan Morth of Billings, her father Roy Wetzel (Bev) of Glasgow, brothers Dan and Wade Wetzel of Glasgow. Her sister Lisa Wetzel Lehner of Billings and sister Royanne Wetzel Somers of Lake Stevens WA. She also leaves behind many dear friends and extended family.

Rene's wishes were to be taken to the Pines, where she had many special memories throughout her lifetime. We will fulfill her wishes at a private ceremony on a future date.

Condolences may be sent to: Lisa Lehner, 1740 Augsburg Drive, Billings, MT 59105.

Monday, October 22nd 2018

Sandra Kae McNulty

Sandra Kae McNulty peacefully passed away on Sunday, September 30, 2018 in Bozeman, MT with her family at her side. She battled Alzheimer’s for over 4 years and is now at peace with our Lord.
Sandy was born in Glasgow, MT on August 21, 1947 to Don & Audrey McNulty. She was the oldest of five girls and adored her sisters Patty, Deb, Tami and Kelly. She graduated from Nashua High School in 1965 where she was Valedictorian, Homecoming Queen, and Class President (among her many high school achievements). In 1968, Sandy left her beloved state of Montana and moved to Seattle, WA to be closer to her mom. There she met her soon to be husband, Richard “Van” Hale. The couple wed in 1971 and during their five year marriage they had three children, Michael, Kristen & Brandon. Sandy was a dedicated mother and raised her three children on her own in their forever home in the Magnolia community of Seattle.
Over the years she worked her way up at People’s Bank, Washington Mutual & Chase Bank and retired as a Computer Programmer in 2009. In her retirement, she enjoyed gardening, antiquing, going to movies, enjoying concerts, tending to her home and spending time with family and friends.
Sandy’s greatest joy was being a mother and grandmother. She worked tirelessly to give her three children an amazing life and loving home. She instilled in them the value of hard work, perseverance, tradition, selflessness, and kindness but most importantly the love of family and lasting friendships.
Her four grandchildren, Celia, Charlotte, McCormick and Audrey were the light of her life! Anytime she had the chance to spend time with them, she did! She loved taking them on all sorts of adventures to the zoo, the aquarium, children’s museums, parks, and Menchies! She made an ordinary trip on the bus a memorable adventure for them! At her home, she baked cookies with them, set up elaborate tea parties for them, and always had their favorite foods on hand! She made each of her grandchildren feel like a special treasure and they are blessed to have so many wonderful memories with her!
Sandy made many dear and lasting friendships in every aspect of her life. From neighborhood friends, to work friends, to her kids’ friends, to her Montana friends and beyond, she was a special presence in so many lives. Sandy was drawn to any and every child she came in contact with, especially babies! She easily became “Grandma Sandy”, “Mum-Mum”, or “Aunt Sandy” to many beloved friends and their children.
Sandy is preceded in death by her parents, Don & Audrey McNulty, her in-law’s Richard “Dick” & Charlotte Hale, and her sister Patty (Bob) Baker. She is survived by her step-mother Diana McNulty, sisters Deb (John) Partridge, Tami (Mark) Corner, Kelly McNulty, sister-in-law Dawn (Joe) Anguiano, brother-in-law Donald Hale, her three children Michael Hale, Kristen (Kevin) Hale, and Brandon (Stef) Hale, her four grandchildren Celia Hale, Charlotte Hale, McCormick Scofield and Audrey Scofield along with many nieces and nephews.
Sandy will be forever in our hearts and will be greatly missed by all who knew her!
We will celebrate Sandy’s life in Nashua, MT on Saturday, October 27th at 3:00pm. Please bring your memories and stories to share as we gather to honor the life of an amazing mother, grandmother, sister, daughter, aunt and friend. All who knew and loved her are invited to attend.
Celebration of Life
Saturday, October 27, 2018
3:00pm
Nashua Civic Center
705 Front Street
Nashua, MT 59248

In lieu of flowers, donations can be made in to the Alzheimer’s Association or to the Nashua Porcupines Booster Club (PO Box 286, Fort Peck, MT 59223) in Sandra McNulty’s name.

Friday, October 19th 2018

Mary Lillian Oliver Pattison

Mary Lillian Oliver Pattison joined her Lord and Savior on October 16, 2018. She left this world due to natural causes one week after celebrating her 95th birthday, surrounded by her three children and many loved ones. Her daughter Shirley was with her when she died.
Mary, the middle of three daughters, was born in Wolf Point on Oct. 8, 1923 to William and Helen Hines Oliver. Will and Helen established a homestead in the Grain community, north of Nashua, where they raised their children in frontier conditions. Surviving the Great Depression in those conditions instilled the unwavering faith, internal strength, resilient character and extraordinary work ethic which defined Mary. When she was fourteen, Mary’s family moved into Glasgow where she attended high school and contributed to family finances by taking a job working in the laundry at the hospital.
On December 14, 1946, Glasgow native and WWII veteran, Lyman Jacob Pattison married Mary Lillian in Glasgow where they settled and raised three children, Gloria Jean, Shirley Kay and Ronald Lyman.
While raising her family, Mary had countless hobbies and passions, such as participating as an active member of her church community, long serving on the library board, sewing and playing bridge. Mary and Lyman played bridge competitively at national events, becoming Life Masters. She was a great student and wonderful teacher of the game. Mary was instrumental in bringing Christian Women’s Club to Glasgow which kept her involved in leading bible studies and giving her testimony to a regional audience. She balanced these many activities with her life’s truest passion, motherhood, and then grand-motherhood. Her children were always the first to volunteer her as a chaperone or specialty baker for holiday parties. She never said no. She was Ronnie’s number one catcher until his fast pitch caught her in the shin and she put down her mitt, but never missed a game at any level. After the kids were raised she became Lyman’s assistant on the farm. Mary didn’t shy away from any task including tarping grain trucks and shoveling wheat, while always having prepared a well-rounded lunch and dinner for the field.
Mary and Lyman’s three children have grown to raise families of their own, instilling the values and teachings that their mother, Mary, raised them to uphold. Without question or fail, Mary was always there. She spent countless hours, turning days into weeks and months caring for her children through trying and tragic times, never expecting anything in return. She was the selfless rock of the family in so many ways, always knowing what needed to be done, and making it happen. When her first granddaughter was hospitalized in Billings, Mary maintained the night shift at Tessa’s side every night for three months. Mary’s quiet strength and unconditional support has been a pillar on which her children have built their lives.
Later in life, Mary found much satisfaction working with her daughters at the Medical Arts Pharmacy. When the Pharmacy sold to the hospital Mary continued to work there, retiring on her 90th birthday. During this time she served on the Evangelical Church Council actively promoting the building of a new church and activity center. She also loved supporting the Fort Peck Summer Theatre, devoting countless hours as a volunteer and never missing a production.
Mary had an adventurous spirit, whether it was a day skiing in an Eaglemount ski sled alongside her grandson, Jake, or taking a family friend up on an offer for an aerobatic plane ride over Fort Peck Lake in a P-51 Mustang. Mary earned her P-51 lapel pin which she wore every single day for the rest of her life. When asked about the pin, she would light up at the opportunity to describe her ride, and tell you that she wore it in honor of her grandson, Jake, who also wore his Mustang pin (on his wheelchair) every single day.
Mary was preceded in death by her parents, her husband Lyman, sons-in-law Don Robertson and Larry Baumgartner, granddaughter Tessa Robertson and grandson Jake Etchart, as well as her sister Shirley Lucke.
Mary is survived by her daughters Patt (Joe)Etchart and Shirley (Edwin Mogan) Baumgartner of Glasgow and son Ron of Albuquerque, NM., Granddaughters Mary Baumgartner, Alexa and Christen Etchart and Marissa Pattison; grandsons John (Ashley) Etchart and Derek (Andie)Baumgartner and Lyman Ronald Pattison; great-grandchildren Lillian and Larry Baumgartner and Jacob Etchart.
Mary’s memorial service will be Monday, October 29th at Glasgow’s Evangelical Church at 11:00 a.m. Her memorial preferences would be The Fort Peck Summer Theatre and the Evangelical Church of Glasgow.
Mary’s warm smile, gentle generous heart, experienced wisdom, patient understanding, and her perfect chocolate cake will be dearly missed. We love you forever.

Friday, October 19th 2018

Delores Mae (Albert) Brown

Dolores Mae (Albert) Brown, 73, passed away peacefully on March 2nd, 2018 at the Valley View Nursing Home in Glasgow, Montana from complications of Alzheimer’s disease, surrounded by her friends and daughter Samantha.

She was born on July 18th, 1944 in Williston, North Dakota to Fred and Frances (Johnson) Albert. She moved to Glasgow when she was in the 6th grade and graduated with honors from Glasgow High School in 1963. She married Gordon L. Brown on June 1st, 1963. They have three children Gordon II, Samantha and Cassia.

Dolores’ first job was at the Dairy Queen in Glasgow, where she made fifty cents per hour. She worked as a bookkeeper for several different businesses in Glasgow including Adrian’s, Sam’s Supper Club, Glasgow Distributors, Sinclair Distributors and Valley Drug. When Valley Drug closed in 2004 she retired.

She was very active in the First Lutheran Church. She and her friend Kelly Archambeault started their daily walks in 1988 and continued to walk together for 25 years.

She had a very special bond with her mother-in-law Virginia Svingen and would visit her often at her home and when Virginia went to live at Valley View Nursing Home, Dolores would drive up to visit her daily. Dolores was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease in 2010 and soon realized herself that she should not drive anymore.

She loved her family very much and made sure everyone was always taken care of. She hosted many Christmases over the years and absolutely loved having the whole family together. She adored her children and grandchildren and always put everyone else before herself. She was the most giving, caring, kind, honest and loving person you would ever meet.

She is survived by her loving children Gordon (Brigitte) Brown II of Billings, Montana, Samantha (Bruce) Floyd of Opheim, Montana and Cassia Ruiz of Lancaster, Pennsylvania; by her father Fred Albert Sr. and stepmother Betty Albert of Salem, Oregon; Brother Fred Albert Jr. Salem Oregon, sister Carol (Harvey) Loveall of Indio, California; brothers Greg (Sandi) Albert of Salem, Oregon and Jimmy (Jen) Albert of Vancouver, Washington; brother-in-laws Jerry (Judy) Brown of Texas, Robert Svingen and Jon Svingen both of Glasgow, Montana; many aunts, uncles, cousins, nieces, nephews; and her grandchildren Jay Brown, Sophie Ruiz, Joseph Ruiz, Nolan Ruiz and Sarah Fischer.

She is preceded in death by her mother, Frances Martin; stepfather, Ralph Martin; husband Gordon L. Brown and granddaughter Alison Kay Brown.

A Celebration of Dolores’ Life will be Monday, October 29, 2018 at 11:00 a.m. at First Lutheran Church in Glasgow, Montana with Reverend Todd Wright officiating. A luncheon will follow services. Inurnment in the Highland Cemetery will be private.

Thursday, October 18th 2018

Alma L. Jensen

Alma L. Jensen, age 94, of Hinsdale, Montana, passed away October 16, 2018 at Valley View Home with her family by her side. She was born September 14, 1924, to Albert and Ida (Hookland) Nelson. Alma went to school at the Hinsdale School graduating in 1942. She married Jens Frank Jensen in the First Lutheran Church in Seattle, Washington on August 20, 1944. They moved to Jacksonville, Florida, where Frank was stationed in the Navy. After Frank was discharged from the Navy in September 1945 they returned to Seattle, Washington. They returned to Hinsdale when Frank decided to start a dirt construction business and purchased the River place east of Hinsdale. After he retired from his construction business he purchased Albert Nelson farm north of Hinsdale. Alma loved being back up at the homestead. Cooking meals for the harvest crew was always a highlight for family in the fall.

Survivors include: David (Voni), Tyrone (Jordan), Wyatt, Summer and Shelby Jensen, Tiffani (Mike) Ottoboni, Carol (Garth) Allingham, Tracie (Dan), Abigail, Hunter, Bridger, and Emma Beck, Darcie (Danny) Fast, Connie Osen, Dane Osen and Aden Perkins, Desi (Rob) Frank, and Ailene Benedict, Kirsten (Tim Branda) Osen, and Otto Osen, Frank C. (Dawn) Jensen and Alysa; and Alma’s sister Darlene Jones.

She was preceded in death by husband Jens Frank Jensen, grandson Daniel Black, her parents and siblings Adeline Bomsta, Edith DeWalsche, Esther Lacock, and Tom Nelson.

Alma was a member of the Hinsdale Lutheran Church and WELCA, Eastern Star, American Legion, Montana Cowbells. Alma was also a Girl Scout and 4-H Leader, Sunday School teacher.

The family will receive friends on Friday, October 19, 2018 at the Bell Mortuary in Glasgow, Montana from 6:00 – 8:00 p.m. Funeral Services will be 11:00 a.m., Saturday, October 20, 2018 at Hinsdale Lutheran Church in Hinsdale, Montana with burial following at Hillview Cemetery in Hinsdale, Montana. A luncheon will follow at the Hinsdale American Legion Hall. Condolences may be left at bellmortuarymontana.com.

Friday, October 5th 2018

Wilmer John Britzman

Wilmer John Britzman
“Uncle Bill”
May 31, 1922 – October 4, 2018 96 years old.
Uncle Bill was born in Glasgow May 31st, 1922 the youngest of 9 children born to pioneer homesteaders, William and Paulina (Neumann) Britzman. Bill attended Glasgow schools and graduated from Glasgow High School.

He spent most of his life on the family homestead on the Westfork of Porcupine Creek midway between Glasgow and Opheim - taking care of both his dad and mom until their deaths. He helped his Dad and Mom run an overnight stopping place for the old freighters hauling supplies north and wheat and coal south. The old barn had room for 100 horses they could put up in there – along with room for the teamsters to roll out their bedrolls in the barn or house during cold weather.

After WWII he was in partnership with his brothers Lee and Carl in Britzman Bros farming operation which included a dairy for several years. In 2010 at the age of 88, after an illness, he was forced to move to Nemont Manor and then Valley View home.
His greatest enjoyment in life was his horses, cattle, border collie dogs and barn cats. His patience gave him a knack with training animals- especially horses and border collies. Bill kept riding horses well up to his eighty’s even though he was losing much of his balance. After having a young horse go over backwards and he was found unconscious in the yard he still would not blame the horse- said it was just his loss of balance that pulled the horse over on him. We finally convinced him not to go riding when no one was there.

His second favorite activity- was visiting. Neighbors that stopped in always knew there was a pot of coffee on the table and he was ready to hear what was happening in the community. Fridays were his favorite day- as he would come to Glasgow to deliver cream from the 2-4 cows he milked for years and eggs to his customers around Glasgow. That day usually started with a stop at Doc Browns Vet Clinic where he would visit with whoever there. After his day of visiting and deliveries he’d load up a pickup load of hay - stop and get groceries (where he might visit for a few more hours) and head back north to the homestead. Uncle Bill died Oct 4, 2018 at the age of 96.
Wilmer was preceded in death by 6 sisters, Wilma Britzman, Alice Bates, Clara Dix, Marie Pulliam, Edna Davidson, and Mildred Chidley; and brothers, Lee and Carl Britzman and a special niece Bonnie Britzman Billing.

Uncle Bill is survived by numerous nieces and nephews, great and great-great nieces and nephews. Local nephews are Dick Britzman, Lee Dix, Carl Dix and Jack Dix. After the passing of his brother Carl- Uncle Bill became like Grandpa to Stacy, John, Janeen and Carla Britzman and great grandpa to their kids.

Uncle Bill was baptized in the Methodist Church but usually was only seen in church at funerals or weddings. But in talking with him I know he was a very religious and spiritual person. I found an article one time that fit Uncle Bill and so many old-timers of the area. It was written by Stan Lynde the Montana artist originator of the Rick O’Shay cartoons. He was talking about how his most popular cartoon ever was about Hipshot riding thru town and past all the Christmas eve activities to a lonely hill side- where he takes off his hat - looks skyward and says, “Happy Birthday Boss”.

Lynde wrote that he thought the popularity of that cartoon lies in the nature of our relationship with the natural world and with the power that created the universe in which we dwell. As individuals we may have been disappointed or turned off by organized religion. We may have followed dark trails that led to dead ends and pain. We may even come to deny the existence of a creator at all, (if we can do that Hipshot says, we just aren’t paying attention.)

Growing up among cowboys, sheepmen, and ranch people in eastern Montana, I noticed a common trait. Men who earn their livings in the natural world are often deeply spiritual men. They may not confess an established denomination, they may not have been inside a church or synagogue since childhood, but they nearly all seem to be aware of a creative power in the world, a power Hipshot refers to as “The Boss”.
How could it be otherwise? Men who live close to creation, whose lives and welfare are affected on a personal level each day by weather, who witness the cycle of the seasons, the miracle of birth, the progression of growth, decline, and death, how could they not be believers?

Uncle Bill was a believer- and I’m sure he’s having coffee and a visit with “The Boss” right now.

At Uncle Bill’s request there will be no funeral - the family will spread his ashes on the homestead he lived most his entire life on.

Friday, September 28th 2018

Ivy (McNulty) Stebleton

Ivy (McNulty) Stebleton (1931-2018)
A celebration of life for Ivy Stebleton, age 87, of Glasgow, MT will be held Wednesday October 3, 2018 at 11a.m. at the Methodist Church in Glasgow. A dinner will be held directly after the service at the Glasgow VFW Hall. Condolences can be left at bellmortuaryglasgow.com.

Ivy was blessed to have her loved ones by her side when she passed away in the early-morning hours on Wednesday September 26, 2018 at the Frances Mahon Deaconess Hospital in Glasgow, MT.

Ivy was born on April 3, 1931 in Fergus Falls, MN to Martin and Hattie (Northup) McNulty. In the spring of 1934 Ivy's mother, Ivy, and most of her siblings, along with their two-family dogs, and all their belongings crammed into a 1929 Dodge to travel to the Fort Peck Dam project in northeastern Montana. There they joined their father, Martin McNulty, who had begun working on the Fort Peck Dam project in October of 1933. He was one of the first people hired to clear the land on the Missouri River bottom. In later years Ivy's mom told her that all they could see when reaching the boom town of Wheeler, was a “sea of tar-paper shacks”, with one of them to become their home.

The first winter in their tar-paper shack the temperatures dipped to -35 to -40 below zero. The following year Ivy's dad purchased a 24-foot by 24-foot home for $300. It came with logs whitewashed inside and out and even had linoleum on the floor. “Although it wasn’t a mansion, the new house seemed like one to us,” Ivy once wrote.

While growing up in The Great Depression of the 1930’s, Ivy made the most of things, displaying an entrepreneurial spirit lasting most of her life. By age 5 in Wheeler, Ivy was making wildflower bouquets and selling them to neighbors for 5 cents. She collected pop and beer bottles and redeemed them for coinage. Believe it or not Ivy even collected rocks and polished them, selling the pretty ones for 5 cents each.

Ivy moved to Glasgow at age 13 and eventually attended Glasgow High School. She worked for 7 years as a fountain girl at Al’s Cafe. Her can-do attitude would later turn into a lengthy career of selling cosmetics, owning and operating the Unique Shoppe and Ivy’s Gingerbread Crafts in Glasgow, where she would sell her many homemade crafts. Later in life Ivy purchased and operated the Buckhorn Lodge in Wheeler, MT where her childhood roots began.

On March 29, 1953 Ivy married Frank W. Stebleton. Frank was employed for nearly 40 years by the Great Northern and the BNSF Railroads. Together they raised their five children in the Glasgow community.

In the 1980's Ivy was the driving force behind creating the farmers market at the Red Rock Plaza. This was one of Ivy's proudest accomplishments. It was here that Ivy began selling her delicious homemade pies and crafts.

Ivy loved baking and cooking; homemade Italian raviolis were her specialty! She was also extremely creative when it came to arts and crafts. Ivy had a heart for animals but a real soft spot for cats.

In her later years Ivy enjoyed watching Turner Classic movies, especially John Wayne westerns. Musically she liked the big-band sound of the late 1930's and 40's with Glen Miller but Elvis was her all-time favorite musician.

In 2012 Ivy was interviewed for the Montana PBS documentary titled, “Fort Peck Dam”, where she shared her experiences of growing up in the boom town of Wheeler during the construction of the Dam. This film can still be seen today on the Montana PBS channel.

Miss Ivy's greatest joy and accomplishment was the time and love that she spent investing in the lives of her children, grand-children, extended family, and her friends within the community.

She is survived by: a daughter Diane (Jim) Brandt; four sons, Joe Stebleton, Steve (Mary) Stebleton, Mike Stebleton, and Doug Stebleton; four grandchildren, Matt (Amanda) Brandt, Dan Brandt, Angela (Rapheal) Gavin, and Jeremy Stebleton; and three great-grandchildren, Blaine Brandt, Jacob Brandt, and Xavi Gavin.

Ivy was preceded in death by: her parents Martin and Hattie McNulty; four sisters, Claryce, Dorothy, Irene, and Margaret; four brothers, Bud, Don, George, and Joe; and her husband Frank Stebleton.

Ivy had a love for life, color, laughter, music, and dancing and now because of her faith in Jesus Christ, she is dancing with her Lord.

Memorials in honor of Ivy can be sent to the Fort Peck Summer Theater, Valley View Home, and The Pioneer Museum.

Thursday, September 27th 2018

Lexis Synan

“A Thousand Moments That I Had Just Taken For Granted-Mostly Because I Had Assumed There Would Be a Thousand More.” ~ Morgan Matson
On September 24th, 2018 our lives changed forever. Lexis Telsea’s life began on January 19, 1996. She was the first and only girl in a family that made it very known she was their whole world. She has three little brothers: Alec, Dawson and Tavin that she absolutely adored and loved, these boys belonged to her and she was their “Sister”.
In a world full of brothers, sports were a huge deal; with hair and makeup running a very close second. Her game wasn’t only strong on the court, her selfie game was just as consistent. Her beauty was so radiant and shined through in both her personality and her appearance.
When you think of Lexis; loving, kind, humble, compassionate and a pinch of stubbornness are a few words that come to mind. Lexis loved hard, and was loved even harder. She had a unique and beautiful soul. She believed that everyone had a good side and deserved second chances.
Those that have gotten the pleasure of crossing paths with Lexis, never left without a huge smile. Her smile and her laugh were infectious. She made many long lasting friends that she loved immensely. Lexis leaves behind many memories, tears and broken hearts of friends and family that are here loving her from a distance. How lucky we are to get to love someone whom is making it so hard to say goodbye!
Those that are left to miss here are her parents Matt and Charlene Boland; brothers Alec, Dawson and Tavin Boland; Papa Bob Olson, Grandpa William (Karen) Synan, Grandparents Rod and Karen Boland, Uncle Terry (Denise) Synan, Uncle Wayne (Jaye) Synan, Aunt Sheena (Kent) Hubbard, Aunt Ashley Olson and Uncle Taylor (Audrey) Olson, Aunt Angela Boland and numerous cousins whom she loved dearly.
She was welcomed home into the open arms of her Grandma Linda and her Great-Grandparents Jim and Olive Mullen and Great-Grandpa and Grandma Synan.
Family will receive friends from 2-6p.m., Sunday, September 30, 2018 at Bell Mortuary. Funeral service is at 11:00 a.m., Monday, October 1, 2018 at the Glasgow Evangelical Church, 125 Aberdeen Street, Glasgow, Montana.

Tuesday, September 25th 2018

Terry Bud Zeiger

Terry Bud Zeiger was relieved of pain September 23, 2018. Terry was born in Libby, Montana on January 26, 1943 the son of Roy and Violet (Kapphahn) Zeiger. He was raised from an early age in Glasgow and attended Glasgow Public Schools through the 8th grade. He married Nora Irene Dalby June 16, 1964. Together they raised three children Danny Mike, Cindy Lou, and Carol Ann (Bootie).

Terry spent his life working various jobs including Pacific Hide and Fur, Morehouse Painting, and with Larry Scanlan, but his lifelong occupation was dealing in fur from trapping in his early years to raising fox, bobcats, and mink up until his retirement in 2012.

Terry enjoyed nature and being outdoors. He especially loved spending time with his grandchildren. Combining his passion for nature and his love for his grandchildren, he taught them a respect of nature as well as life skills he felt were important. He lived life by his own rules and in his own way. He believed in a life of working hard and installed this value into his children.

He is survived by his wife, Nora; his son Danny (Shantel) and their children Luke and Rachael; Cindy Hill and her daughter DeAnna; and Carol Stingley (Bert) and their children Trysta and Brady. He is also survived by his cousin Gary Barnett who has been a faithful companion and friend especially these last few years.

He is preceded in death by his parents Roy and Violet Zeiger. Services will be held Thursday, September 27, 2018 at 2:00 PM. Bell Mortuary is officiating, and burial will be in the Highland Cemetery. Eulogy and services will be delivered by Brian Austin with luncheon to follow at Senior Citizens Center.

Monday, September 24th 2018

Lillie Irene Collins

Lillie Irene Collins passed away at Frances Mahon Deaconess Hospital, September 20, 2018, following a brief illness. She was born Lillie Irene Streick the only daughter of Gotlib (George) Streick and Wanda Streick (Bohn). Lillie was born November 9, 1927, in Ridgeville, Manitoba, Canada. She grew up in Ridgeville and worked briefly in Winnipeg, Manitoba.
In 1948, she married Roscoe Schroeder. They lived in Pembina, ND, Glasgow, MT, and Hamilton, ND where they farmed and worked town jobs. In 1974 they moved to Fargo, ND where Roscoe worked as a communications engineer and Lillie worked at Perkins Restaurant. Lillie became a Naturalized United States Citizen in 1951.
Roscoe and Lillie had three children; Glen, Maxine and Howard. Glen is married to Jean (Lindseth) and they live near Cameron, MT, Maxine lives in Bozeman, MT and Howard lives in Carlsbad, CA
Roscoe passed away in 1980 and Lillie remained a widow until 1985, when she married Roscoe’s lifelong best friend Dan Collins. Lillie came to Glasgow following their marriage. They lived and ranched in the Tampico area. Following retirement, they moved to Glasgow in 2011 and lived in town until her passing.
Lillie loved gardening- always raising a large garden. She was a farm girl at heart and loved having cows and sheep within view of her home. She was a devout Christian and a member of Faith Lutheran Church.
She is survived by her husband Dan; her three children and two grandsons, Daniel of Washington, DC and Justin of Bozeman, MT; her brother, Harvey Streick of Portage La Prairie, MB and several nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her parents George and Wanda Streick; her first husband Roscoe Schroeder and four brothers, Wally, George, Erwin and Gordon Streick.
Lillie was a devout wife and mother. Her smiling face and pleasant voice will be missed by all who knew her.
Visitation will be Wednesday, September 26, 2018 at Bell Mortuary from 5PM to 7PM. Funeral services will be held at 10:30 AM on Thursday, September 27, 2018 at Faith Lutheran Church in Glasgow, MT. All are invited to join the family for a remembrance reception at the VFW Hall, Glasgow, MT following the service at noon on Thursday. Interment will be at 11AM on Monday, October 1, 2018 in Riverside Cemetery in Fargo, ND.

Thursday, September 20th 2018

Joe Carson

FORT PECK- Joseph Carson 95, passed away at the Frances Mahon Deaconess Hospital surrounded by his devoted wife and family Saturday, September 8, 2018 of natural causes. Per Joes request he has been cremated and a memorial service to celebrate his life will be on September 29, 2018, at the Evangelical Church, at 11:00, with military honors. A luncheon will follow at the Glasgow Elks Lodge.
Condolences for the family may be left at www.kirkwoodfuneralhome.com

Joe was born March 1, 1923 in Wolf Point, Montana to Charles and Margaret LaRoque Carson. He attended school in Wolf Point for 8 years. At the age of 16 he went to work with the section crew on the Great Northern Railroad. In 1943 he joined the Army as a heavy equipment operator and as a construction laborer. Joe served in New Guinea, Luzon, and Korea. Joe was honorably discharged on December 28, 1945.

In 1950 Joe met the love of his life in Brockton, Montana – Mary Ann Johnson – On January 27, 1951 they eloped to Glasgow Montana and were married in the Methodist Parsonage. They have been together for 67 years, proving that a man can actually love a woman faithfully and unconditionally for a lifetime.
Joe was a jack of all trades. Besides the railroad he worked for Servisoft, the Glasgow School District, Saboe Oil, finally landing a job with the Corp of Engineers as a laborer and heavy equipment operator. In 1979 Joe suffered a heart attack and retired on January 2, 1986 with 28 years of service.

Joe is survived by many people who loved him and laughed with him, including his loving wife Mary Ann, daughters Mary Jo (Bruce) Berry of Superior, Montana, Ginger ( Jerry ) Rice of Belgrade, Montana, son Rick (Melissa) Carson of Montrose Colorado, and Debbie ( Butch ) Heitman of Glasgow, Montana. He is also survived by his sister Patricia Annis of Denver Colorado.

He has 11 grandchildren, 25 great grandchildren, many nieces, nephews, and cousins besides many other extended families including Tan Leckie, and Diane Carlson. He is preceded in death by his brother Robert Carson, sisters Alice Boyer, Katie Belle Mc Dermott, and Josephine Berger.

Tuesday, September 18th 2018

Zane James Tollefson

Zane James Tollefson, 69 passed away September 15, 2018 at Valley View home after a brief battle with cancer. He was born in Malta, Mont., the son of Jim and Georgel (Elhard) Tollefson. He was the oldest of four siblings.

Zane attended Malta, Vandalia and Hinsdale schools, graduating in 1967 from Hinsdale High School. While in high school, he began working for KLTZ filling in on Saturdays hosting a program called “Record Romp”, a call-in request show. Following graduation, Zane attended Brown Institute in Minneapolis, Minn. to study radio broadcasting. He worked in Minneapolis for four years before returning to Hinsdale in 1971 and purchasing the Hinsdale Tribune and Saco Independent newspapers. He eventually merged the two papers, calling the publication the Independent Tribune. In the four years he operated the Independent Tribune, he won several newspaper awards including those for general excellence, best photography, and best special issue. I

In 1975, Zane moved to Corte Madera, Cali. where he worked for the Twin City Times and the Corte Madera Larkspur News. He also worked in La Jolla for Del Mar News Press in sales. After his time in California, Zane moved back to Montana and owned and operated several small businesses, including the Sunlit Plains publication and two TMG (Tollefson Media Group) video stores in Glasgow and Wolf Point. He also had an interest in the arts and was involved in several productions at the Fort Peck Summer Theatre. Through all of these ventures, his passion for radio never ceased and he continued working for KLTZ for many years. Zane was an extremely creative and talented individual.

Survivors include one brother, James (Doris) Tollefson, Hinsdale; sisters, Hollie (Stuart) Frost and Ruth (Roger) Waarvik, Glasgow; two nephews and four nieces. Zane is preceded in death by parents, James G. Tollefson (1993) and Georgel E. Tollefson (2011); nephew, Adam Tollefson (2007).

There will be a Memorial Service for Zane James Tollefson on Saturday, September 29th at the Hinsdale Lutheran Church at 11:00a.m.; Reception to follow.

A private family ceremony will be held at Reitan Cemetery north of Saco at a later date.

Memorials in honor of Zane can be sent to Valley View Home or Fort Peck Summer Theatre.

Monday, September 17th 2018

Kenneth L. Cumber

Kenneth L. Cumber, 83, of Glasgow, Montana passed away Sunday, September 16, 2018 peacefully at his home.

Kenneth was born May 17, 1935 in Jamestown, North Dakota to Conroy and Irene (Peckham) Cumber. He received his early education at Montpelier, North Dakota. He served in the Army which he was stationed in Germany for a couple of years. Upon returning state side he met Delores Wuzke. The couple married June 28, 1958 in Jamestown, North Dakota. The couple made their home on the plains of North Dakota in Jamestown, where Kenneth made a living hauling grain and cattle. To this union three boys were born. Later Delores and Kenneth separated. Kenneth married Cynthia Manns, to this union one son was born. When Cynthia passed away he and Delores reunited and were married in 1986.

Kenneth managed the Blair Ranch from 1976 until 1988 until a horse riding injury forced him to retire from ranching.

Kenneth was an avid wood worker, with Delores by his side they logged many hours in the “shop” making signs and shelves for friends and family. In his retirement, the couple was able to travel more: with trips to visit family in Oregon and California and multiple trip to Arizona, Mexico and South Dakota.

Preceding Kenneth in death are his second wife Cynthia Manns, parents Conroy and Irene and sister Collen.

He is survived by his wife Delores; sons Ronald (Susanne), Randal (Tracy), Kevin (Gabrielle) and Ritchie; special family friend Kim Gookin; grandchildren Kristina, Brad (Lauren), Anthony, Colter, Amber, Dusty (Zack), Gus, Marissa and Gavin; several great-grandchildren; step-children Mitch, Julie, Michelle, and Tina.

Family will receive friends Thursday, September 20, 2018 6-8:00 p.m. at Bell Mortuary in Glasgow, Montana. Funeral Services will be held Friday, September 21, 2018 at 2:00 p.m. at Bell Mortuary, with Pastor Rick Thompson officiating. Burial will take place following services at Highland Cemetery in Glasgow, Montana. A reception will follow burial at VFW Fort Peck Post #3107 in Glasgow, Montana.

Monday, September 17th 2018

Jack Snare

Graveside services for Jack Snare will be held on Saturday, Sept. 22nd at 10:00a.m. at the Scobey Cemetery with a reception following at the Scobey Lutheran Gym/Education Center.

Monday, September 17th 2018

Virginia Lee Olson Enman

Ginny Enman, age 67, passed away peacefully at her home near Drummond on September 13, 2018.

Virginia Lee Olson was born September 6, 1951, in Glasgow, Montana to Stanley and Lenore (Frisch) Olson of Larslan. She was raised on the family farm and developed strong work ethics that she demonstrated throughout her life. She attended grade school in Larslan and graduated from Opheim High School in 1969. She attended Airline Training School at Denver, Colorado and early in 1970 was hired by Telemax of Omaha, Nebraska to complete her training. She returned to Montana in the fall of 1971.

Ginny married Duane Palin in 1972 and they made their home in Drummond, MT. They had two sons, Jason Duane and Eric Stanley. She began a career in the restaurant business working 2 days a week as a waitress at the D-M Café. They eventually purchased that café and Ginny was the primary cook and managed it until selling in 1999. She and Duane were divorced in 1988.

She married Elliott Ralph Enman in August of 1999 and they moved to a new home in the country, where they established a yard that the family now lovingly calls “the park”. She continued to work at the restaurant until she was hired by the school as a cook and worked there until retiring this year.

Ginny, true to her “farm girl” roots enjoyed the outdoors and especially enjoyed her flowers and the birds in their yard.

She was preceded in death by her father, Stanley Olson; two infant sisters; grandparents; aunts, uncles and cousins.

She is survived by her husband Elliot; sons Jason Palin and Eric (Becky) Palin; step-daughters Lisa Beach and LaRae Munns; grandchildren Jake, Dylan, Ava, Abby, Lucas Palin and Gavin Munns; mother Lenore (Ray) Hinerman; siblings Dan (Rose) Olson, Kathy (Leland) Smith, Karen (Joe) Bergtoll, and Dave (Michele) Olson; stepbrother Neal Hinerman; aunt Helen Peterson; and numerous nieces, nephews and cousins.

Celebration of life will be at First Lutheran Church in Glasgow on Friday, September 21, 2018 at 11:00 a.m. Inurnment in Highland Cemetery will follow the Celebration of Ginny’s Life on Friday.


Tuesday, September 4th 2018

Beverly Denise Komrosky

Beverly Denise Komrosky, 88, passed away September 3, 2018 at St. Vincent Hospital in Billings, Montana.

Beverly was born March 7, 1930 in Sheldon, North Dakota to Hans and Rose (Meyer) Dahl.
June 3, 1959, Beverly married Leroy “Harry” Komrosky and, together, they raised 8 children. During their many years together in Glasgow, Beverly worked at Stockman Bar, Markle’s Hardware, Kilts Café, drove school bus, and was owner of Curley Top Beauty Salon. Some of her greatest stories came from riding shotgun to Harry as a long haul truck driver throughout the U.S.

During their marriage, Beverly enjoyed taking family vacations, dancing with Harry, racing at Duck Creek Raceway, playing bingo, and bowling. For the last two years, Beverly has enjoyed watching her grandson, Dayne, race cars where he carried on Grandpa Harry’s tradition of #88. If Beverly had a choice, every day would be race day with Dayne. Beverly’s biggest joy was her family. Her kids, grandkids, and having the privilege of being “GG”(Great-Grandma). Beverly was the true matriarch of the family. Caring and nurturing was always her priority. The last 15+ years of her life was spent living with her daughter Rae and grandkids in Billings. During this time, she helped Rae care for her kids while she went to Nursing School. These years together have created a strong, unbreakable bond with her grandkids Dayne, Alyssa, and Ashlie.

Beverly was proceeded in death by her husband Leroy “Harry” Komrosky; her sons Norris, Norman, and Darrell; her brothers Gary, Roger, and Norm “Bawky”; sisters Mavis, Sharon, Darlene, Delores “Bing”, and Elenor “Sis”.

She leaves to cherish her memory three daughters Raelynn (Dale) Harris, Darlene (Jim) Henderson, and Debbie Bryan; two sons Doug (Carol) Komrosky and Ole Komrosky; granddaughters Alyssa (Jake) Pierce, Ashlie Kocher, Paige Komrosky, Lucinda Aguirre, Brandi Komrosky, and Lacy Wood; and grandsons Dayne (Kayla) Kocher, Brandon (Krista) Komrosky, Drew (Stacey) Komrosky, Brandon Harris, Larry (Christine) Bryan, Ron (Debbie) Bryan, Ryan (April) Case and Norris Thompson. Beverly also has 16 great-grandchildren. “GG Bev” has had many fond memories with Preston, Aynslee, Quinton, and Kayson and will be missed by them dearly.

Family will receive friends September 6, 2018 5:00 – 7:00 pm at Bell Mortuary in Glasgow. Funeral services will be 2:00 pm, Friday, September 7, 2018 at First Lutheran Church, in Glasgow, Montana with Reverend Todd Wright officiating. Burial will follow at Highland Cemetery in Glasgow, Montana. A luncheon will follow at Glasgow VFW, Post 3107.

The family would like to thank the staff on 3 Fortin, St. Vincent Hospital for their excellent care of Beverly. Special thanks to Dr. Kat Dietrich. Also, the family would like to thank Compassus Hospice especially Kathy Stokes, RN and Chaplain Richard Vettle Becker for your loving care and compassion.

Monday, August 27th 2018

Dorothy Alice Solberg

Services for Dorothy Solberg will be conducted 11AM Tuesday, August 28th, 2018 at the Community Church of Opheim (formerly the First Lutheran Church in Opheim). Interment will follow in the Lawndale Cemetery in Opheim. Music will be provided by Cathy Bailey, Brad, Dannielle and Micah Solberg. Her 6 grandsons will serve as pallbearers and her 3 granddaughters as honorary pallbearers. Waller Funeral Home has charge of arrangements: read or print the complete obituary, post remembrances, and send cards and flowers online at: www.wallerscobey.com

Dorothy Alice Solberg was born on March 3, 1927, the first child to August and Carmel Devaurs in Merced, California. She was later joined by a sister, Dorris and brother, August.
Dorothy grew up in Merced, graduating from Merced High School in 1945. It was at a dance she met a young Army Air Corp pilot, Vern Solberg, from Montana. They were married at Luke AFB in Arizona on June 17, 1945. Upon Vern’s discharge he returned to his very rural home with his city-raised bride. This was quite an adjustment to the young newlywed girl, but she adjusted over time and eventually declared she always wanted to live on the farm. They lived on the Solberg homestead until 1950 when they bought an adjoining farm from Norman and Margaret Boe. It was there they raised their five children, Carole (Terry) Maier of Helena, Ken (Cyndi) of Larslan, Debra of Meridian, Idaho, Wes of Scobey and Wayne (Candy) of Richland. Dorothy and Vern moved to Scobey for the school year until 1967 when they made the farm their year round home.
Dorothy adapted well to her rural life role as farm wife, raising large gardens every year and processing the harvested vegetables for her family. She was also a lover of flowers and always had flowers blooming on every side of the house.
She and Vern enjoyed traveling in their motorhome, but their trip to Alaska was their favorite.
Dorothy was always active in her church, and Order of Eastern Star, later taking up ceramics and golf, which she enjoyed immensely. She spent many hours watching birds on the bird feeders and cutting out recipes from magazines.
Dorothy died peacefully August 25, 2018 at the DMHC where she had been a resident since January.
Dorothy was preceded in death by her parents, husband, siblings and many brothers and sisters in law.
She is survived by her 5 children, 9 grandchildren, Michelle McGuire, Trevor (Mary) Thompson, Derek (Judee) Solberg, Tiffany (Ryan) Hanson, Brad (Dannielle) Solberg, Brian (Barbara) Solberg, Cass (Hailey) Solberg, Tawny Solberg and Dylan Solberg. She is also survived by 19 great grandchildren and numerous nieces and nephews. Her family was very important to her and Grandma Dorothy (or) Great Grandma Dorothy was a favorite of theirs.

Thursday, August 16th 2018

Edward Adolf Frueh

A much loved father and grandfather, Edward Adolf Frueh, 88 passed away on August 10, 2018. Ed was born to Edward A. Frueh Sr. and Catherine (Patterson) Frueh on March 26, 1930 in Lima, Ohio. Ed was the eldest of two sons.

He studied for the priesthood at the Pontifical College of Josephinum in Columbus, Ohio. In 1957 Ed was ordained a priest. After ordination, he spent many years in spiritual leadership and seminary work in parishes located in both North Dakota and Montana.
On August 13, 1970, Edward married Marcellena A. Wehri and they moved to Glasgow, MT. Married for 45 years, Ed and Marci raised their six adopted children at their farm in Glasgow.

Ed wore many hats throughout his life. To name a few, he was an addiction counselor with Family Training Center, manager of Milk River Activity Center, a baker at Glasgow Bakery, a butcher at Treasure Trail Processing and an insurance agent.

Ed and Marci made a big difference in many lives as foster parents. Their hearts and home were always open for children in need of shelter for the night or for months at a time.

Ed was an avid reader and writer, enjoyed crossword puzzles, gardening, playing pinochle and spending time with his kids and grandkids. He was a theologian and a studier of Human Kind. Both Ed and his late wife, Marci, enjoyed traveling, gardening, cooking and spending time with each other. Even though in the past two years Ed had slowed down a bit, he continued to be a master cook, baking pies and banana bread to share with his neighbors and grandkids. Ed was a man of strong faith, believing in the power and strength of Jesus Christ’s love and the beauty and peace that would greet him after his passing.

Ed is survived by his six children, Jim Frueh (Alicia Doke) of Glasgow, Bobbi Jean (Michael) Kirby of Hershey, Nebraska, Anthony (Sandra) Frueh of Pueblo, Colorado, Ann (John) Kulczyk of Glasgow, Beth Jeide of Bismarck, North Dakota and Byron (Robyn) Frueh of Stanley, North Dakota, 15 grandchildren and 10 great-grandchildren. Ed is also survived by his brother Theodore (Wilhelmine) Frueh of Lima, Ohio, brother-in-law Cletus Wehri, sisters-in-law Bernice Wehri, Eleanor Wehri all of Glen Ullin, North Dakota and Marie Wehri of Miles City, Montana, and numerous nieces and nephews.

Ed requested to be cremated and to have a small private service with his family. A family memorial service to celebrate the life of Ed will take place in Haymarsh, ND where Ed’s ashes will be buried alongside the love of his life, Marci Frueh.

In lieu of flowers or visitation, the family ask that you send a donation to the Glasgow Snack Pack Program, c/o Katie Kaiser, #1 Scotty Pride Drive, Glasgow, MT 59230, or any local program that feeds hungry kids.

Tuesday, August 14th 2018

Eugene “Gene” Naasz

Eugene “Gene” Naasz, age 94 of Glasgow, went to be with his Savior on August 12, 2018 at the Prairie Community Hospital in Terry, Montana.

Gene was born April 28, 1924 at Crow Rock, Montana; the son of Ludwig and Christina (Wahl) Naasz. He was baptized and confirmed in the Lutheran faith, was a lifetime Christian, and was active in Joy Fellowship in Glasgow for many years.

Gene’s native language growing up was German, and he attended a country school at Crow Rock up through 3rd grade. He had to drop out of school, as his older sister, Erna, who interpreted for him, moved on to middle school at a different school. Gene later learned English, and his beloved wife, Gladys Rachel Hill Naasz, who he married on July 2, 1960, taught him to read. Gene loved to read, and learn new things.

Gene left the family ranch in Crow Rock when he was 21 to follow his dream of being a construction worker. He worked on many of the wooden bridges in eastern Montana, and always had many funny stories to tell passengers whenever he traveled, and they passed over a wooden bridge. Gene also worked on Tiber Dam, Yellowtail Dam, and Libby Dam. Gene retired from Western Energy in Colstrip, and was a cat operator and an oiler.

Gene and Gladys were lifetime members of the Nashua Senior Citizens, and were Nashua’s Senior Citizen’s of the Year in 1998. Gene loved to socialize, tease people, and to find the little joys all around him. He never met a stranger, and appreciated all people. He was an avid gardener, enjoyed horses, and was always one to tell a great story.

Gene is survived by one son, Kenneth Eugene Naasz; one daughter, Diane Marie Naasz; one sister, Delila Scheid and numerous nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his wife, Gladys; one infant daughter, Dawn Christina Naasz; his parents; two sisters, Martha Neiffer and Erna Haber and two brothers Edgar and Edwin Naasz.

Funeral service will be Thursday, August 16, 2018 at 2 p.m. at Bell Mortuary with Bonnie Novak officiating. Burial will be at the Nashua Cemetery with a reception at the Nashua Senior Center.

Friday, August 10th 2018

Alden Leland Smith

Alden Leland Smith passed away on Thursday, August 9 in Glasgow Montana. He was born on August 26th, 1921 in Glasgow, Montana, in the "old hospital". He was the firstborn of Samuel & Lena Smith. He grew up on their family farm/ranch in rural Richland/Larslan Montana with his parents and sisters, Verneille, Margaret, and Verda.

Alden was baptized and confirmed, and throughout his life he was a man of strong Christian faith. He attended grade school at the little country Sunnyside School and graduated from Richland High School in 1939.

After high school, Alden went to Long Beach, California, and worked in an aircraft factory. When WWII was declared, he came back to Montana so he could enlist in the Army Air Force. His dream was to be a pilot. But, after drinking a case of carrot juice, his eyes still failed the eye test for pilots. He was sent to aircraft mechanics schools, and eventually became a crew chief on P-51 Mustangs in India and Pakistan. He was in the air force almost 4 years, stationed in Lincoln, Nebraska, Las Vegas, Nevada, North Africa, and India.

After his discharge from the service, Alden returned to Richland to farm with his Dad.

Alden met the love of his life, Audrey Berntson, on a blind date arranged by his childhood friend, Bob Hansen. At the time, Audrey was a nurse at the Deaconess Hospital in Glasgow. They were married on June 18, 1949. Alden and Audrey had two children, Leland and Jacquelyn. They lived, loved, and worked on their Richland farm for the majority of their married life.

During those years, Alden served on many boards, such as the Deaconess Hospital Board, Hospital Foundation Board, Farmer's Union Elevator, Farmers Union Station, Lukes 100, and Our Savior's Lutheran Church. He was chairman of the hospital board for 9 years. He taught Sunday School for many years.

Alden never forgot his love for flying and he earned his private pilot's license after training in Bozeman and Glasgow. Eventually he purchased an airplane of his own and every Sunday morning that he could, he flew to Glasgow for coffee and to get the Billings Gazette for Audrey (his excuse).

Alden loved visiting and helping neighbors of all ages. He acted as a fantastic medical assistant and ''makeshift ambulance driver'' to Audrey, as she cared for the medical needs of the surrounding community.

Alden and Audrey loved attending family activities, community events, local theater, and local sports. While members of the Good Sam's Club, they traveled to many interesting places including camping trips in Lethbridge and Calgary, Alberta. Alden made sure that they rarely missed a thing, no matter if they arrived by car, truck, tractor, airplane or snowmobile. He loved traveling, music of all kinds, adventures, playing baseball, photography, camping, fishing, hunting, and playing a lot of pinochle.

They retired from farming and purchased a home in Glasgow. While living there, they joined the 1st Lutheran Church. Alden volunteered much of his time to the maintenance of the church and also, the Valley County Pioneer Museum. Later, dad decided it was time for Mom to retire as well and they became a part of the Nemont Manor community. He was able to be there until his health required that he become a resident of Valley View Home. His family can never express enough how grateful they are for the wonderful and loving care he received from all the staff there.

Alden was preceded in death by his wife, Audrey; his parents; his sisters, Vemeille Faulk and Margaret Music; and brothers-in-law, Glen Sillerud and Jack Faulk.

He is survived by his sister, Verda Sillerud; son Leland (Kathy) Smith and daughter Jacquelyn (Steve) Lund. He is also survived by 6 grandchildren, Shane Smith, Joel (Lara) Smith, Alana Zayden, Geoff Lund, Jessica Lund and Jason (Michelle) Lund; and 5 great-grandchildren, Joey Zayden, Riley Smith, Annika Smith, Addison Lund and Aiden Lund; numerous nieces and nephews and 14 godchildren.

Memorials can be made to the charity of your choice.

Visitation will be Friday August 10th , 6-8p.m. at Bell Mortuary with the Service held Saturday August 11th, 10:00 a.m. at the First Lutheran Church in Glasgow followed by burial in Highland Cemetery

Wednesday, August 8th 2018

Dennis Lee Jansa

Dennis Lee Jansa, of Glasgow, Montana, died on August 5, 2018, surrounded by his family, at Billings Clinic Hospital in Billings, Montana, at the age of 79, from natural causes. Dennis was born in Omaha, Nebraska to his parents, Louis Edward and Maxine Todd Jansa on May 27, 1939. Dennis lived at Nemont Manor in Glasgow for the past three years where he met many friends and enjoyed dining and visiting with them.
Dennis is survived by a brother, David Jansa (Pamela) of Huntsville, Texas and his four children: Ken Jansa (Cheryl) of Glasgow, Montana; Anthony Jansa (Valerie), of Wellington, Colorado; Shelli Potts (Scott) of Elko, Nevada; Kelli Drake (Steve) of Rock Springs, Wyoming, and his former wife and friend, Joyce Jansa Corcoran, of Rock Springs, Wyoming. He is also survived by ten grandchildren and twenty-one great grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his parents and his grandson, Dustin Lee Troup.
The ten grandchildren are Christopher Troup (Kristie), Kristina Gordon (Dale), Stacie Hillman Canen (Ray), Tyler Hillman (Christy), Anthony Jansa, Jr., Brittany Jansa Samsel (Dan), Joshua Herbst (RaCheal), Nikole Herbst (Kris Palmaccio), Eli Miller (Megan Ferguson), Alexis Tornquist (Eric). The twenty-one great-grandchildren are Mariah Moreno, Ahrian Troup; Trinity, Dale III, and Isabella Gordon; McKenzi and Avery Troup; Derek Canen (Michelle), Kendra Canen (Phillip Luedtke); Sawyer Hillman, Danika Soper, Berkley Hillman; Madysin Herbst; Olivia Palmaccio; Justice, Kimber and Ackley Miller; and Caleb, Cadrin, Corbyn and Cambryn Tornquist.
Dennis was a U.S. Navy veteran, having served on the Heavy Cruiser USS Albany and the Aircraft Carrier USS Roosevelt from 1956 – 1960. He was a member of the Steamfitters Local 464 in Omaha, Nebraska and worked building nuclear power plants in Brownville and Fort Calhoun, Nebraska along the Missouri River. Dennis had a love for art. He honed his artistic skills under the tutelage of Tom Palmerton. Dennis made sure all his kids and grandkids had plenty of artwork to adorn their homes and offices. He continued to paint into his retirement years until his eyes failed him. Dennis was a recovering alcoholic with thirty-one years of sobriety, thanks to Alcoholics Anonymous and his higher power. Dennis also had a passion for Walleye fishing with his sons at Fort Peck Reservoir near Glasgow, Montana and Devil’s Lake in North Dakota. “Dad could always catch the BIG ONE”
The family will have a reunion and fishing trip in his honor at Devil’s Lake in North Dakota at a later date.
The family will receive friends at Bell Mortuary, 701 2nd Avenue South in Glasgow on Thursday, August 16, 2018 from 5 – 7 pm.
The family requests no flowers. Memorial gifts may be made to the American Lung Association.

Monday, August 6th 2018

Leonard J. Hersel

Funeral Services for Leonard J. Hersel, of Scobey will be 10AM Tuesday, August 7th, 2018 at the Scobey Lutheran Church with Pastor Paul Landeraan officiating. Interment will follow at the Daniels County Cemetery in Scobey. Visitation will begin at the Waller Funeral Home Sunday afternoon. Mr. Leonard J. Hersel, 65 of Scobey died at his home with his loving wife of 45 years, Linda Hersel near his side. The Waller Funeral Home of Scobey has charge of arrangements: read or print the complete obituary, post remembrances, and send cards and flowers online at www.wallerscobey.com

Friday, August 3rd 2018

Justin Estabrook Johnson

Justin Estabrook Johnson, 38, of Belle Fourche, SD passed away peacefully in his sleep on Monday, July 30, 2018.

He was born September 21, 1979, in Glasgow, MT. Justin grew up in Nashua, Montana, and graduated from Nashua High School in 1998. While in high school he played basketball, football (earned all-conference for his kicking abilities) and was in track. Justin earned several awards in track and when he was running you could hear his friends yelling “Run Forest, Run” or “Go Gump, Go”.

He eventually moved to Aurora, CO where he worked for Mountain Wireless and loved his job.

Somewhere along the line he earned the nickname “Lunchbox” which was eventually shortened to “Box” and friends still call him that.

On one of his visits to his grandfather Gail in Nisland, SD, he met Jenny Rude and they married on June 12, 2010 in Belle Fourche.

Justin then went to work for American Colloid which is where he was employed at the time of his death. He enjoyed his job and was always willing to work an extra shift for anyone who needed him to.

Justin was very proud of the fact that he was a member of the Belle Fourche Volunteer Fire Department.

Justin is survived by his Jenny, daughters Marissa and Madison, sons, Dylan and Daxson, all of Belle Fourche, SD; his parents Patricia and Karl Johnson, Nashua, Montana; his brother Christopher Perdew, Billings, Montana; sister Meghan Johnson and her children Ashlyn Aten and Rylan Johnson, Glasgow, Montana; grandmother Alicia Hoyt, Glasgow, Montana; Grandfather Gail Johnson, Nisland, SD; many aunts, uncles, cousins, nieces and nephews who loved him dearly.

He was preceded in death by his grandmother Helen Johnson, grandfather, John Hoyt and aunt Kacey Johnson Hoffbauer.

The viewing will be Sunday, August 5, 2018 from 12:00 to 7:00p.m. at Kline-Frost Funeral Home with the funeral services to be held on Monday, August 6, 2018 at 2:00p.m. at St. James Lutheran Church in Belle Fourche with Pastor Will Olsen officiating.

The Pallbearers are Kelly Dean, Scott Redstone &Tyrel Brandt of Glasgow, MT, Cody Grimsrud of Collinsville, TX, Dave Ornelas, Aurora, CO and Jesse Staley, Jon Carbajal, and Jesse Kracht of Belle Fourche, SD.

Honorary Pallbearers are the 1998 Nashua High School graduating class, Nate Sillerud, Glasgow, MT, Jason Skolrud, Clancy, MT, John Johnson, Aurora, CO & Rory Blount, Belgrade, MT and the Belle Fourche Volunteer Fire Depart

In lieu of flowers the family suggests memorials be made to the Belle Fourche Volunteer Fire Department.

An online guest book is available at klinefuneralchapel.com

Monday, July 30th 2018

Susan Marie Jones Miller

GLASGOW- Susan Marie Jones Miller passed away July 18, 2018 at the age of 68 from a longtime illness. Memorial service will Monday, August 6, 2018 at 10:00 A.M. at Kirkwood Memorial Chapel in Malta. Graveside to follow at Malta Cemetery. A potluck will follow Graveside at the Trafton Park in Malta, Montana. Condolences for the family may be left at www.kirkwoodfuneralhome.com

She was born in Malta, Montana. on September 24, 1949 to Robert “Al” Jones and Wilma Young Spoonheim. She attended school in Malta until 8th grade, then later received her GED. She worked many jobs during her life time, however her favorite job was being a mom.

Susan enjoyed her family most and other things such as picnics, camping, fishing, barbequing, puzzles, and most of all reading.

She is preceded in death by her father, mother, and baby sister, along with numerous aunts, uncles, cousins, and friends.

She is survived by her three children; Darla (Chris) Gillaspie, Harlan (Paula) Rankin, and Kelly (Rick) Rankin. Her grandchildren Breanna Buckles, Taylor Marquart, Hunter Rankin, Samantha Gillaspie, Connor Gillaspie, Curtis Rankin, Ethan Rankin, and Alyssa Rankin.; two great granddaughters Laila and Kelsey; three brothers and their families Dan (Linda) Jones, Michael (Deb) Jones, James (Amayi) Jones; Three sisters and their families, Diana (Fritz) Trumbo, Sherry (Mike) George, and Tracy (Rick) Spoonheim-Wells; as well as many more important family and friends.

Monday, July 23rd 2018

Ruth Emma Feigel

Ruth Emma Feigel age 88, passed away July 23, 2018 at Valley View Home in Glasgow, Montana.

Ruth was born on July 15th, 1930 in Santa Barbara, California to Robert and Beulah (Bright) Feigel. Ruth Completed the 8th grade in Saco, Montana. Her Comment on her education “I learned everything I ever needed to know”.

Ruth’s parents farmed south of Saco and moved into town for the school term. They sold garden produce and grain. As a young girl, Ruth sang on the radio, traveling from Saco to Wolf Point for a 15-minute set. She was known as “Little Ruthie” singing with her father who was known as the singing farmer. Ruth also had polio as a young girl.

The Feigel’s moved to Saco permanently in 1952. Ruth was often seen around town pruning trees or pulling “that darn creeping Jennie.” Every Mother’s Day Ruth would play the piano and play the song “Mother” in tribute to mom’s everywhere. She was active in and faithfully attended Saco Methodist Church, Women’s Club, Royal Neighbors, The Rebekah’s and the Garden Club. Ruth was also known for keeping lists of everything from trapping mice to greetings cards.

She moved to Valley View in 2004, due to health issues. She had one half-brother Elmer, who owned Feigel Photos. He preceded her in death. Ruth is survived by nieces, nephews and many friends in Saco.

Funeral services will be held for Ruth at 11:00 a.m. on Monday, July 30, 2018 at the Saco Methodist Church. Burial will follow in Grandview Cemetery.

Thursday, July 19th 2018

David Wesley Erickson

SACO- David Wesley Erickson, age 96, passed away July 17, 2018 at the Hi-Line Retirement Center in Malta, Montana. Funeral services will be July 23, 2018, 11:00 A.M. at Saco Lutheran Church with a luncheon to immediately follow. Graveside services will be 1:30 P.M.; July 23, 2018 at Reitan Cemetery. Condolences for the family may be left at www.kirkwoodfuneralhome.com

David was born November 8, 1921 to Ernest and Maud (Hess) Erickson in Saco, Montana. David grew up North of Saco attending several schools in the area. While growing up he helped neighbors with haying, threshing, lambing, and various other jobs.

On July 17, 1942 David was sworn into the Army. He got to come home for two weeks before he was sent to Ft. Douglas, Utah. From there, he was sent to Ft. Lewis, Washington for basic training. On January 28, 1943 David was sent overseas. He was an ambulance driver for the 542nd Amphibian Regiment serving in New Guinea and the Philippines. On November 10, 1945 after 3 years, 3months, and 23 days, and on his mother’s birthday, he received his discharge from the army. He truly was one of The Greatest Generations.

After the Army, David worked for his dad and while visiting one of the neighbors, he met Agnes Kegel. On October 3, 1948 they were married. They raised five children; Gary, Mike, Connie, Lyle, and Diane on the home place 21 miles north of Saco.

David was president of the Phillips County Stockgrowers, a member of the Saco Lutheran Church, moose and Elks organizations, and served on numerous boards throughout the years. He enjoyed hunting, woodworking, word puzzles, and everything associated with farming and ranching.

Together David and Agnes enjoyed dancing, jam sessions, and playing cards, going on trips, and their children and grandchildren.

David was preceded in death by his parents, brother Lawrence, sisters Nellie and Bernice, and a son Gary. He is survived by his wife Agnes of 69 years, sons Mike (Diane) Erickson, Lyle (Joyce) Erickson of Saco, daughters Connie (Alan) Wasson of Loring, and Diane (Will) Eklund of Saco, 19 grandchildren, 55 great grandchildren, and 2 great-great grandchildren.

Monday, July 16th 2018

LaVerne Arlene (Lacock) Davis

LaVerne Arlene (Lacock) Davis, age 82 of Glasgow, MT passed away July 9, 2018 at the Frances Mahon Deaconess Hospital in Glasgow after waging a fierce 2-year battle against colon cancer.

She was born to Thomas and Alpha Lacock on March 9, 1936, in Hinsdale, MT and lived there until the family moved to Sandpoint, ID in 1949. Laverne graduated from Sandpoint High School in 1954. On January 7, 1955, LaVerne married James Davis. From this union, 5 children were born- 3 daughters and 2 sons.

After Jim was discharged from the Air Force, the family moved to Indiana, Tennessee and Georgia before settling in Crown Point, IN. During this time, LaVerne worked in both a shirt factory and a furniture manufacturing plant. She attended Indiana University for 2 ½ years and 2 summers at Liberty College in Lynchburg, VA. While receiving her education, she worked at a local community hospital. In 1972, she began teaching school at the Family Christian Academy. She was a teacher there until 1988- when she was appointed as the School Administrator. LaVerne oversaw the operations of the Academy and day care facility until November of 1993- when she moved to Glasgow to be near her family. She worked at Frances Mahon Deaconess Hospital until retiring in June of 2002.

LaVerne had a tender heart for her students and loved them all, regardless of troubled actions or rebellious behavior. She believed that no really knew what was going on in the sphere of a child’s life. Her influence and impact on the people she touched is far reaching. She probably never realized how beloved she was too many of her students.

She loved to fish and spent any spare time fishing off the rocks at Fort Peck Dam. She was also a very capable hunter. LaVerne carved a number of birds out of wood that rivaled those of any professional carver! She also had a green thumb and enjoyed gardening. This came in handy during her stay in California for cancer treatment. The residence she stayed in had a rose garden that was in poor shape, but with LaVerne’s loving care- it was producing lovely blooms in short order! LaVerne was an avid “Ice Dawg” fan, cheering her grandkids on. She took her cowbell to each game and let them know she was there by cheering louder than anyone else at the rink! She travelled to as many of the out-of-town games as she was able.

LaVerne was an avid quilter and made many special quilts for family members and friends. She also crocheted intricate lace doilies that she shared with those she loved. Crocheting helped her get through the endless days and nights of cancer treatment. During her treatment at City of Hope, in California, she felt led by the Lord to paint scriptures or an uplifting words on rocks. She then waited on word from the Lord as to which patient’s door to leave them. She was always thinking of others, even in the midst of her own painful fight against cancer. She left a legacy at City of Hope- just as she did at every stop on her journey through life!

LaVerne is survived by her 5 children, Nancy (Ben) Hubbard of St. Marie, Ronnie Davis of Glasgow, David (Mari) Davis of Crown Point, IN, Carolyn Svingen of Glasgow and Lynette Svingen of South Pasadena, CA; her 11 grandchildren, Justin Davis, Jessica Svingen, Kara (Chris) Knodel, Kent (Sheena) Hubbard, Jeremiah (Caleigh) Davis, Hollie (Axel) Modic, Matthew (Kourtney) Davis, Marcus (Katrina) Svingen, Berkley Svingen, Austin (Shyla) Svingen and Michael Uphues; 9 great-grandchildren; a brother, Melvin Lacock of Simpsonville, SC; 7 sisters, Evelyn Beil of Hinsdale, Leora Needham of Sandpoint, ID, Zella Farrell of Fort Peck, Elaine Dyer of Crestview,FL, Connie Young of Moxee, WA, Geneva Anderson of Siletz, OR and Lois Rutherford of Hinsdale. She was preceded in death by her parents and a sister, Eva Tucker.

Visitation is 6-8 p.m. at Bell Mortuary on Wednesday, July 18, 2018 and Funeral services will be 11:00 a.m., Thursday, July 19 at the Hinsdale American Legion burial will follow at Hillview Cemetery.

Wednesday, July 11th 2018

James (Jim) Alexander Murdock

Lifelong Whitewater rancher, James (Jim) Alexander Murdock, 83, passed away July 8, 2018, in Malta, Montana, from congestive heart failure. He was born in Malta on June 3, 1935, to Scottish immigrants Alexander and Agnes (Hunter) Murdock.

Jim was raised on the family homestead north of Whitewater with his three elder sisters, Margie, Evelyn, and Kathleen (Ree), and little brother, Bill. At the young age of 4, Jim and his siblings lost their mom to pneumonia. Determined to keep the family together, the three sisters took over the mom duties and father, Alec, made it a priority to be home with all his children each evening. Between Alec and his widowed sister Jean, 11 kids grew up on their family homesteads, a short pony ride apart.

Jim attended grade school at Plainsview and entered high school in Whitewater. At 14 years of age, Jim had to forego school to help on the ranch while his dad recovered from kidney surgery. During winter months, he and his siblings hand pumped water for 100 head of cows between feedings.

At an early age, cousin Tant Anderson taught Jim and Bill how to haze the cattle back home on horseback prior to the building of fences. As a young man, Jim grew a love for good cattle and a handy sorrel horse, a love he passed on to his children, grandchildren, and now, great-grandchildren. He broke many a good horse (like his Tony) and roped and rode well into his seventies.

Jim married Patricia Solberg on June 6, 1954, in Malta. Pat joined him on the ranch. After the loss of their father in 1956, Jim and Bill took over the ranch. Jim and Pat continued to make a home for their children: Jesse, Jimmy, Lexie, Jeffrey, and Kathleen. Life was never easy for the family. Jim picked up odd jobs to bring in desperately needed cash. The near breaking point was met shortly after taking over the ranch. Operating money ran out, and the bank turned down his loan request. If not for the intervening of major bank stock holder, Fred Robinson, this family wouldn’t be here now. Jim proved his worth trailing Fred’s yearlings in from the Frenchman to the stockyards in the dead of winter a few years before when no one else was willing. He refused pay. Fred never forgot. Jim continued to operate the ranch until his death.

Generations of family and friends helped celebrate the renewal of Jim and Pat’s vows on their 60th anniversary. The event was all the more special as they were joined at the altar by his Best Man Bill Murdock and her Maid of Honor, the bride’s cousin, Maureen Kirwan. Pat was escorted down the aisle in her original wedding dress by great-grandson Ty Murphy led by great-granddaughters as flower girls. Grandkids and great-grandkids knew him well and felt the love he held for each.

Jim is survived by his wife of 64 years, Patricia, his sisters Marjorie Olsen and Kathleen (Ree) Simonson, brother William (Bill), and children: Jesse (Rebecca), James W (Nancy), Alexis (Ron) Haynes, Jeffrey (Athlene), Kathleen (Charlie) Carlson, and special son Joe (Tammie) Cartwright. He is also survived by his grandchildren (Jerilyn, Mary, Kathy, Jane, Kate, Alex, Billie Sky, Lacey, Therese, Stacey, Hector, Daisy, Emma, Cally, Tristen, Jesse, and Blaize), his “adopted” exchange students from Mexico, and numerous great-grandchildren, nieces, and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents, sister Evelyn, sister-in-law Jeannette (Bill), and brothers-in-law Swede (Margie) Olsen, Roger (Ree) Simonson, and Lyle (Ev) Hanson.

A visitation for family and friends will be held Friday, July 13th, 7pm, at Kirkwood Funeral Home in Malta. Funeral services will be conducted by Pastor Bob Nagy on Saturday, July 14th, 1pm, at Malta Lutheran Church. Condolences may be left at www.kirkwoodfuneralhome.com.

Tuesday, July 10th 2018

Franklin Lewis Johnson

Franklin Lewis Johnson, 85, of Glasgow, Montana passed away June 8, 2018 at Frances Mahon Deaconess Hospital with his family by his side.

Franklin was born November 24, 1932 to Louis and Stella (McPherson) Johnson in Nashua, Montana. He graduated in the Class of 1950 from Nashua High School. He married Ann Fay Erickson, June of 1954. Their daughter Debra Ann was born December 13, 1955.

Franklin served his country in the Air Force and was stationed in Japan for a while. He was discharged early, when illness struck at home and he returned to Montana. He served several years with the Reserves from Opheim.

In 1957 he began a career as a laborer but was promoted to carpenter’s helper and then promoted to carpenter in 1959.

Franklin loved to garden, enjoyed his summers out at Fort Peck Lake at his cabin, looked forward to watching Westerns, was known to indulge in a bowl of popcorn or Maple Nut or Chocolate ice cream. Franklin was probably best known as his loving role at caregiver to his wife Ann, whom had developed debilitating arthritis at an early age. The two of them traveled a lot, especially to and from Rochester, Minnesota.

Preceding Franklin in death are his parents Louis and Stella; wife Ann Fay Erickson Johnson; daughter Debra Ann Johnson Roness and sister Francis Kuszmaul.

He is survived by his son-in-law Roger Roness; granddaughters Jamie (Eric) Seyfert, Amanda (Jeremy) Lacy, and Ashley (Josh) Roness; great-grandsons Kasey Seyfert and Caleb Lacy, great-granddaughters Kailey and Avery Lacy; and several nieces.

Family will receive friends 5:00 – 7:00 p.m., Wednesday, July 11, 2018 at Bell Mortuary. Funeral Services will be 10:00 a.m., Thursday, July 12, 2018 at Bell Mortuary with Pastor Bonnie Novak officiating. Burial with military honors will follow at Highland Cemetery. A luncheon will be at the Glasgow VFW Post #3107 following burial.

Monday, July 9th 2018

Kelly Fuhrman

Kelly Fuhrman

Kelly Fuhrman died from natural causes on July 6, 2018. Born to Gloria and Melvin Fuhrman on January 16, 1951, Kelly grew up near Nashua, MT, and attended school there until the seventh grade when his family moved to Glasgow, MT. Upon high school graduation, he attended college at Concordia College, Moorhead, MN, and finished his education at Montana State University in Bozeman, MT. Sailing was Kelly’s passion and he spent many years sailing in the U.S Virgin Islands and at Fort Peck Lake. He was a voracious reader a, knowledge-seeker, and a gift handyman.

Kelly was preceded in death by his father of Glasgow, MT, and his sister-in-law Ardis Parke Fuhrman of Fargo, ND.
Kelly is survived by his mother, Gloria (Bob) Schlieve of Billings, MT; significant other, Peggie Fleming of Nashua, MT; sister Donna (Jerome) Garsjo of Billings, MT; brothers Dennis Fuhrman of Sarasota, FL, and Bart (Karen) Fuhrman of Healdsburg, CA; nieces and nephews, Jill (Doug) Fargo, Grand Island, NE, Renee Janhunen of Billings, MT, Scott (Kristin) Garsjo of Billings, MT, Julie (Kelly) Hornby of Billings, MT, Brad (Donna) Fuhrman of Durango, CO, Dacia (Robert) Gonzales of Houston, TX, Brett (Karen) Fuhrman of Asheville, NC, Trevor (Lauren) Fuhrman of Denver, CO, and Cassie Arnold of Cloquette, MN; and seventeen grandnieces and grandnephews.

An informal gathering is planned at Bell Mortuary this Thursday, July 12th from 5pm-7pm.

Monday, July 9th 2018

James Scoville

James Scoville passed away July 2, 2018. Memorial Service is 1p.m. Wednesday, July 11, 2018, at St. Raphael’s Catholic Church.

Monday, July 9th 2018

Kimberly Jessica Bates Wilson

Kimberly Jessica Bates Wilson, age 30, went home to be with her Heavenly Father on July 5, 2018. Memorial services will be held Wednesday, July 11 at 1:00 pm at the Evangelical church, with internment at the Highland Cemetery in Glasgow. A public reception at the Glasgow Elks Lodge will follow.

Kimberly was born to Russ and Patty Elletson Bates on September 10, 1987 in Las Vegas, Nevada along with her twin sister, Krysta Jeannine Bates. They were embraced by their sister, Meagan Christine. Krysta went home to her Heavenly Father on September 14, 1987. Kimmy and her family lived in several states, settling in Poulsbo, WA in 1993. Kimmy, along with her mom and sister, moved to Glasgow in 1999.

Kim loved to SING! She had a voice that won her many singing competitions and accolades over the years. But, after her Grandpa Glenn passed away in 2001, she was challenged to find that voice in her heart. The song went silent for years.

Kimmy attended schools in Washington and Montana. She graduated from Glasgow High School in 2006. On July 31, 2008 (Grandpa Glenn's birthday) we feared we would lose her after a horrific car accident from which she was ejected. She was blessed to have angels watch over her (perhaps her Grandpa Glenn? Her sister Krysta?) who chose Dean Hawkins that happened to come upon the accident and call for help. Kimmy and Dean had a very loving bond from that day forward. She miraculously recuperated and decided "life is too short" as she packed up and headed back to Washington to be with the love of her life, Dan Wilson. They were married May 29, 2010 in Glasgow.

Kim was embattled with epileptic seizures until 2012 when she underwent a surgical procedure, receiving a stimulator to aid in her fight. And fight she did! Life was rarely easy for Kim, so she battled on for those she held so dear. She loved her husband and her children to the ends of this earth and showed that every day. She had a knack of caring for people and wanting to help them. When you met Kim, you were no longer a stranger, you were her friend. She was fun, loving, giggly, and loved to sing and dance. She loved dance-offs with Hunter and her "little cousins". They just loved her so and wanted to spend all their time with her.

Kim was preceded in death by her sister Krysta, Grandparents Jess and Tiny Bates and her Grandpa Glenn Elletson. She is survived by her cherished husband and best friend, Daniel and their two children, her "every breath and every heartbeat" Hunter Dean and Jack Henry. Kimmy is also survived by her mother Patty Schedel and Eric, father Russ and Cindy Bates, sister Meagan Wersal, niece and nephew Kelbi and Asher Wersal, Grandmother Jeannine Elletson, father-in-law Dan Wilson, mother-in-law Marilyn Mcardle, sisters-in-law Tina Taylor and Alyssa Jordan. Uncles and Aunts include Carson and Terri Bates, Don and Judy Elletson, Deb Elletson and RJ, Donna and Gary Dascher. Cousins Travis Hayes, Marcie and Travis Kittleson, Mitch Young and Stormy, Josh and Kayla Dascher, Jeanelle Dascher, John and McKenzie Kalinski, Jeff and Cami Kalinski, DJ Elletson and Hannah, Randy Elletson, Amanda and James Haney. Her "little cousins" Elle, Brantley, Tasha, Carson, Audrey, Koby, Keevan, Kadia, Kerrick, Easton, Hattie and many more cousins, aunts, uncles, relatives and friends. This kind, loving, bubbly, sweet soul will be missed by all. Your voice is back Kimmy! Heaven sings with a new angel in its choir.

Monday, July 9th 2018

Arlo Bernell Pohle

Arlo Bernell Pohle
Arlo B. Pohle was born October 20th, 1949 in Plentywood, MT to Lucille and Andrew Pohle. He passed away on July 4th at 68 years of age.
Arlo completed grades 1-12 in Plentywood and graduated from Plentywood High School in 1967. It was there he became interested in sports. He was active in basketball, football, and Legion baseball. He continued his education at Rocky Mountain College, Billings where he continued with baseball (2 years) and University of Montana, Missoula (1 year).
He loved to hunt and fish and thoroughly enjoyed his hunting and fishing trips with friends.
Arlo was quite adventurous. He began working in construction, went to work on a fishing boat in Alaska, and worked in the copper mines and AZ Engine & Pump Co in Arizona.
After trying out various jobs, he started working for Pacific Steel in Miles City and Sidney. This experience gave him the opportunity to pursue and become the manager of Pacific Steel in Glasgow, MT where he made his home. He retired from Pacific Steel in 2010 with 35 years of service.
Arlo lived his life to the fullest and enjoyed many lifetime experiences. After retiring, he continued his hobbies of fishing and hunting. His most important hobby was being an avid Chicago Cubs fan! Flying the Cubs flag for every win was a must!
Preceding him in death were his parents, Lucille and Andrew Pohle; brother-in-law Gary Christensen; uncle, Irvin Larter; aunts, Betty Connor and Alice Larter.
Arlo is survived by his sister, Arlene Christensen of Antelope; brother, Dale (Dianne) Pohle of Great Falls; uncle, Kenneth Connor of Plano, TX; nephew, Dean (Amy) Christensen of Antelope; nieces, Lisa (Robert) Kirby of Dagmar; Patty (Nate) Achenbach of Great Falls; and Karole (Dan) Callahan of Las Vegas, NV; and several great nieces, nephews, and cousins; and a best friend, Tim Jennings and wife, Renee.
A Celebration of Life will be held at the Elks Club in Glasgow on Monday, July 9th at 2:00 p.m. A memorial will be held at 10:00 a.m. on Wednesday, July 11th at Fulkerson Funeral Home in Plentywood. A reception at Angel Light Catering will follow. A private burial will be held at a later date.

Thursday, June 28th 2018

Jacqueline C. Burner

Jacqueline Colleen Burner passed away peacefully at her home on Monday, June 25, 2018. She was born on September 7, 1946 to Ruben and Thelma (Long) Decker in Fayetteville, NC. Shortly after she was born, the family moved to Frazer, MT. She was joined by siblings Stan, Jody and Doug. The family then moved to Fort Peck, MT. Jacque attended Nashua High School. She was baptized and confirmed into the Lutheran Church while living in Frazer.

On September 28, 1963, Jacque married John Burner Jr. in Fort Peck. They lived in Glasgow where their daughter, Cynthia Rhea, was born on November 24, 1964. The family grew with the addition of John Valance on May 17, 1968. A new job moved them to Havre for three years. The family returned to Glasgow, moving to the Glasgow Air Force Base. On August 9, 1981, Zachary Ryan joined the family.
Jacque and John later separated.

Jacque liked to work with people and worked in the customer service industry a majority of her life. She worked at the sewing center and at the grocery store on the base and later at the Trailside Store, the Roosevelt Hotel, Pizza Hut and finally at the Cottonwood Inn in the kitchen as a baker. She retired in September 2014.

Other than the three years in Havre, Jacque lived in the Frazer/Fort Peck/Glasgow area her entire life.
Jacque enjoyed reading; playing cards with family; playing Canasta on the computer; following the Denver Broncos and Chicago Cubs; the “Breakfast Club”, the “Princess Bride”, and the first 5 minutes of credits of “Top Gun”. Above all….she loved her family! Her children and grandchildren were her world!
She is preceded by her father, Ruben Decker; her step-father, Charlie Frost; and her nephew, Kris Decker.

She is survived by her mother Thelma Frost of Glasgow; daughter, Cindy (Tom) Erickson of Miles City; sons John Burner and Zack (Melanie) Burner of Glasgow; brothers Stan (Diane) Decker of Graham, WA, Doug Decker of Boise, ID; sister Jody (Mark) Nystrom of Onida, SD; grandsons; Jess Fuhrman of Des Moines, IA, Cody Fuhrman of Miles City and Bryant Burner of Glasgow; step-grandchildren Beth (Casey) Lapp of Glendive and Brock (Jamie) Erickson of Miles City and four step great-granddaughters: Caylee, Brooklyn, Finley and Emery. Other survivors include step-siblings James (Robin) Frost, Rita Allie, Jolene DeBolt, and Steve (Michelle) Frost. She is also survived and loved by numerous nieces, nephews and cousins.

Honorary Pallbearers are Jess Fuhrman, Cody Fuhrman, Bryant Burner, Tom Erickson, Ryan Feezel and Dustin Edwards.

Mom…you left us so fast. It’s hard to comprehend that you are gone! The prize that we have on this end is that you are no longer in pain. The prize on your end is that you have time to begin putting together a place for us to gather when we join you. We love you Mom! For your strength, your humor, your “you can get through this” speech you gave us all. We miss you – and will always miss you – forever.

Services for Jacqueline Burner will be on Saturday, June 30th at 2:00p.m. at Bell Mortuary with Pastor Bonnie Novak officiating.

Monday, June 18th 2018

Mary Lou Eide

Mary Lou Eide, age 91, of Glasgow, Montana passed away January 9, 2018 in Glasgow.

Mary Lou was born Mary Lois Nell Molvig to Susan Walde Molvig and Ole Christopher Molvig. Mary Lou was raised in the Tampico area where she attended several of the rural schools before the family moved to Glasgow.

Mary Lou graduated from Glasgow High School in 1945. After graduation, Mary Lou worked at several jobs including the Glasgow Stock Yards before going to work at the Valley County Clerk and Recorder’s Office. Mary Lou was elected as Valley County Clerk and Recorder in 1955 and was re-elected until she retired 1998.

After Mary Lou retired, she was able to spend her days with Harold farming and ranching. Mary Lou met Harold in high school and they were married in 1948. Loving her job as Clerk and Recorder, as Mary Lou did, it was easy to see that working with Harold was what Mary Lou enjoyed most. While working for the county, Mary would drive to the ranch in the spring, when the road was passable. May Lou would fix supper on a wood stove and get up to check cows throughout the night. Mary Lou would then return to Glasgow in the morning to go back to work.

Mary Lou was preceded in death by her husband, Harold; her parents; brother Glen “Buddy” and sisters Evelyn and Betty Ann.

Mary Lou is survived by numerous cousins, nieces and nephews.

We would like to thank the Schlabs, DeDobbeleers and the Borseths for the care and consideration they showed Mary Lou.

A Celebration of Life for Mary Lou will be 10:30 a.m. on Wednesday, June 27, 2018 at Bell Mortuary in Glasgow, Montana with Pastor Bonnie Novak officiating. Burial will follow at the Highland Cemetery. A luncheon will be held following burial at the Cottonwood Inn. In lieu of flowers the family requests that donations be made in Mary Lou’s name to Valley View Home, FFA or 4-H. Condolences may be left at bellmortuarymontana.com.

Monday, June 18th 2018

Lyle Arthur Walstad

Lyle Arthur Walstad, 85, of Opheim, MT passed away on June 13, 2018, at Valley View Nursing Home of Alzheimer’s Disease. He was born in Opheim on May 26, 1933, to Elmer and Alvina (Stein) Walstad, the 3rd of 4 children and the only boy. He graduated from Opheim High School in 1951, where he was active in football, basketball and student council. He attended college at MSU Bozeman for a brief time before coming home to help on the family farm due to an illness in the family. Lyle married his high school sweetheart, Nina Flickinger, on June 20, 1953, at Holy Family Parish in Glentana. From this union, seven children were born. Lyle was a farmer his entire life, and in the off seasons he worked for construction building as heavy an equipment operator. He worked to build many dams in the area and also cleared snow at the Opheim radar base. He was involved in many community activities and served on various boards including the Opheim School, Farmers Union Grain, First Security Bank, and Frances Mahon Deaconess Hospital.

Lyle lived an active life. He played catcher on the local baseball team for many years and traveled to tournaments in Canada. and made many friends. At age 68, he became an avid runner, and participated in many Governor’s Cups and Fort Peck Dam runs. In 2006 Lyle climbed Mt. Kilimanjaro with his son, Michael. Lyle and Nina did much traveling in the winter time, and together they saw the entire world. His passport included stamps from all seven continents: favorites were Mexico, much of Europe, Africa, South America, and Asia, many different islands, and repeated visits to Australia and New Zealand. His fondness for Guinness can be traced back to this spirit of adventure and eventually, he would travel to Dublin and enjoy it at its birthplace. He and Nina made friends wherever they went, and hosted many of them on their farm, giving people from all over a chance to see the life of an American Farmer.

He is survived by his wife of 65 years, Nina; his sister Carol Williams of Edgewood, WA; his seven children – Donette Johnson of Opheim, Michael (Sherri) Walstad of Chester; Paulette (Steve) Knaff of Glasgow; Lynnette Nelson of Opheim; Darrell (Maggan) Walstad of Glasgow/Opheim; Annette Walstad (John Rausch) of Helena; and Suzette (Steve) Stokke of Belgrade.

Nineteen (19) Grandchildren: Lisa George of Edmonds, WA; Sarah Morales of Opheim; Stephanie Johnson of Washington, DC; Bethany (Matt) Schatzke of Billings; Stacee (Dru) Lyders of Tuscon, AZ; Patrick (Gaylen) Walstad of Billings; Greg Knaff of Omaha, NE; Laura (Isaac) Vigil of Glasgow; Loren (Kendra) Nelson of Billings; Luke (Ashley) Nelson of Opheim; Leah (Kevin) Johnson of Highwood; Ellen Walstad of Glasgow/Opheim; Abigail, Emma and Isabel Rausch of Helena; and Jacob, Paige and Hanna Stokke of Belgrade.

Sixteen (16) Great grandchildren: Tree, Kenya and Eli George, Keleigh Morales, Kenzee, Adalyn and Lylah Lyders, Payton Heilbrun, Hazel Walstad, Hailey and Jason Vigil, Kaelynn Canfield, Nash and Briggs Nelson, Elliot and Avery Nelson; and many other relatives.

Lyle was preceded in death by his parents Elmer and Alvina; sister and brother-in-law Viola and Floyd McDowell; sister and brother-in-law Shirley and Lee Conley; brother-in law Wayne Williams; grandson Erik Walstad; and sons-in-law Brad Johnson and David Nelson.

Memorial donations may be made to the Alzheimer's Association, Montana Chapter, 3010 11th Ave N, Billings MT 59101 https://www.alz.org/montana/ or to a charity of donors choice.

Friday, June 15th 2018

Verona "June" Eklund

MALTA-Verona “June” Eklund, 92, passed away on June 12, 2018 from natural causes at Hi-Line Retirement Center.

Memorial services will be 11:00 A.M., Tuesday, June 19, 2018 at the Saco Lutheran Church. Internment of ashes will be at Grandview Cemetery Saco, Mt. following the services. Condolences maybe left at www.kirkwoodfuneralhome.com.

Verona “June” Eklund was born June 11, 1926 to Carrol and Hazel (Kapphan) Young in Saco Mt. She grew up in the Saco area and graduated High School there. June married Chris Pacadena on July 26, 1943 in Washington. They had a daughter Vicki Rae. Because of circumstances beyond her control she allowed Vicki to be raised by her father in California. June married Adolph Eklund on September 13, 1947 in Great Falls Mt. they made their family home near Cole Ponds North West of Saco Montana with their sons Daniel “Tom”, and Richard.

June was a homemaker and helped with the animals on the family farm. She also helped Adolph on his mail route if the weather was ok. June and Adolph enjoyed camping and fishing with their family. June loved baking, knitting, crocheting, and needle point. June was also very active with the youth in her area.

June is survived by her children Vicki Bermodes, Richard (Joyce) Flom, and Daniel “Tom” (Eva) Young, and sisters, Betty Flom, & Donna Kirkaldie. She is also survived by numerous grand and great grandchildren.

June was preceded in death by her parents Carrol and Hazel Young, Husband Adolph Eklund, Son John Eklund, sisters Pearl Skinner, Dorothy Scheffelmaer, Carol Jean “Kitty” Scheffelmaer; and Brothers Calvin Young and Daniel Lee Young.

Thursday, June 14th 2018

Lloyd Lindvig

Lloyd Lindvig, age 70, of Glasgow, Montana passed away June 11, 2018, at Frances Mahon Deaconess Hospital in Glasgow, Montana.
Lloyd was born June 8th, 1948 in Williston, North Dakota to John W. And Mabel (Trehaus) Lindvig. He was the oldest of 6 children. He was raised on the Lindvig Family Farm south of Williston. He attended schools in the Williston area. After High School, Lloyd moved to Seattle, Washington, and worked at Boeing. After a short stay he decided that city life was not for him and he moved back to Williston to start a lifetime of rural living.
Lloyd graduated from Chadron State College with a degree in Social Work in 1971. After college, he moved to Minot, North Dakota, and eventually ended up working for Dakota Boys Ranch, which started his passion of service to others and the community.
Lloyd later moved to Northeastern Montana, first to Bainville and then to Culbertson, where he ended up working at the Culbertson Implement. He started out working as a salesman, but couldn’t keep his hands clean. He just couldn’t stop himself from working or fixing his customers’ equipment; this lead to his career change, from salesman to service technician.
Lloyd moved to Glasgow, Montana, to finish his career as a service technician at Zerbe Brothers. He loved working on equipment and his co-workers soon found that things around the shop became “Lloydatized”. Lloyd was always trying to make a process easier and shorter. He was always willing and ready to help a friend or farmer in need. Lloyd retired from Zerbe Brothers as the Service Manager, in March of 2015, to spend more time with his family and friends.
In June of 1969, Lloyd married Wendy Hamre and was blessed with two daughters Lea and Jelena.
In November of 1990, Lloyd married Colleen Deutsch/Lannen and took on the role of Dad, to Michael, Teresa, Andrea, Curtis and Cassandra.
With the birth of his first grandson Corey, in 1997, he took on the new role of Grandpa; a role that fit him to the T. You could always find a kid on Lloyd’s lap if there was one around. He loved doing things with all the kids from shooting gophers, to playing Pooh sticks, and rides in Ole (Lloyd’s side by side).
Lloyd was noted for his love of horses. He was an active member of the Culbertson Saddle Club, and organized many roping and O-mok-see events. Lloyd was always up for a horse ride, whether in cowboy boots and blue jeans or his bright yellow shorts and flip flops. He loved going on the Wagon Trains. If he was driving his team of Belgians, he would always have the wagon or sleigh full of kids.
Lloyd took great pride in his sobriety.
Lloyd will be remembered for his big smile and his infectious laugh, which could be recognized from across the room.
Lloyd is survived by his wife Colleen; his children: Lea (Chris) Johnson of Charlotte,TN and their children: Corey, Mahaila, Arianne, Judah, Solomon, and Matthias; Jelena (Eric) Ranum of Billings, MT and their children Ashtyn and Brittyn; Michael Lannen of Grand Forks, ND and his children: Logan, Cullen and Tarek; Teresa (Lloyd) Revious of Bozeman, MT; Andrea (Michael) Frovarp of Bismarck, ND and their children: Emalin, Eli and Ellie; Curtis (Erin) Lannen of Carson City, NV and Cassandra (Kyle) Shipp of Opheim, MT; siblings Thomas (DorisAnn) Lindvig Joan (Bob) Olson, Donald Lindvig all of Williston, North Dakota, Mavis (Dennis) Johnsrud of Epping, ND, Marilyn Lindvig (Roy Schmit) of Concord, CA.
Lloyd was preceded in death by his parents, John and Mabel Lindvig.
There will be a Family Receiving Friends Service on Friday, June 15th from 6-8pm at Bell Mortuary in Glasgow, Montana. Funeral Service will be at St. Raphael’s Catholic Church in Glasgow, Montana on Saturday, June 16th at 10:00 a.m. with Father Rodrigo Mingollo presiding. Condolences may be left at bellmortuarymontana.com

Wednesday, June 13th 2018

Lyle Walstad

Lyle Walstad age 85 of Glasgow, Mt.
Rosary will be at St. Raphael’s Catholic Church in Glasgow Friday June 15, at 7 – 8 p.m.
Service will be held at the Holy Family Parish in Glentana June 16, at 2:00 p.m.
Burial will be in Lawndale Cemetery in Opheim

Monday, June 11th 2018

William R. "Bill" Grant

A graveside service for William R. “Bill” Grant, 80, of Portland Oregon, will be 10:00 a.m., Saturday, June 16, 2018 at Highland Cemetery. Military honors will be rendered by U.S. Navy and VFW Post #3107.

Monday, June 4th 2018

Agatha Lenore Rohde

Agatha Lenore Rohde, age 85, passed away on December 31, 2017, in St. John’s Lutheran Home in Billings.

Agatha was born on December 14, 1932 to William & Gladys (Miller) Harmon in Bainville, Montana. She received her education at Lakeside Elementary and graduated from Bainville High School. She worked for Smestad Lumber and the Culbertson State Bank before marrying Richard F. Rohde on June 18, 1951.

Agatha and Richard would spend the next 65 years together raising their 5 children and their families.

Agatha was “Aggie” to her friends and “Mumzie” to her children, grandchildren and all their spouses. She spent her life caring for family, caring for patients as a nurse’s aide at the hospital and caring for all the customers at Rohde Seed House. Mumzie made work fun, was full of laughter and enjoyed dancing. She learned to play the electric guitar, knitted and sewed many clothes, played cards and even played in a pool league. When she reached her 60’s, she bought a computer, took a class at the high school and soon she was navigating the internet. Mumzie loved to learn and spent her entire life reading whatever she found interesting from Biblical topics to nutrition to self-help books. When she found a book that made a difference to her, she excitedly bought five copies and all her children received another volume for their library. Even during her last months in the nursing home, she still would pick up any magazine or paper and start reading out loud. She brought joy to all who came into her life.

Agatha was preceded in death by her husband, Richard “Dick” Rohde in 2017 on their shared birthday.

She is survived by her 5 children, Colleen (Larry) Pankratz of Opheim, Glenn (Lori) Rohde of Glasgow, Alan (Nancy) Rohde of Absarokee, Nola (Jeff) Howell of Billings and Echo Konecki of Billings; her 25 grandchildren, and 33 great-grandchildren.

A Memorial service to celebrate Agatha’s life will be 1:00 p.m., June 8, 2018 at Bell Mortuary in Glasgow, Montana, with Pastor Tom Fauth officiating.

Wednesday, May 30th 2018

Mable Jo Engstrom

Mable Jo Engstrom (4/11/1932 – 5/28/2018)

Mable Jo Engstrom, 86, will be forever remembered by family and friends. Mable passed away May 28th, 2018 in Glasgow, Montana. She was born April 11th, 1932 in Helena, MT. She attended school in Medicine Lake and continued her studies for a short time in nursing in Aberdeen, SD. She moved to Glasgow, MT, where she worked at Frances Mahon Deaconess Hospital for two years. She met and married the love of her life, John Engstrom on November 8th, 1952. “We raised four of the world’s best boys! The Lord knew we needed them”.

Mable enjoyed living out on the Engstrom Ranch raising her four boys. She took pride in cooking for family, friends, and for all the help when it came to branding and harvesting. One thing was for certain- you would always find Mable in the kitchen. Everyone loved her apple pie. The love for her family grew with every grandchild. She was a strong-willed woman and you never questioned what she thought. Through the eyes of her grandchildren she was perfect and more than a grandmother, she was a friend and confidant. Through her eyes, she was very proud of each and every one of them. She taught them all to be strong, have a sense of humor, and that life goes on.

She was a lifelong member of St. Raphael’s Parish in Glasgow. Mable’s favorite Bible verse was Proverbs 3:5-6 “Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding. In all your ways submit to him and he will make your paths straight”.

Mable was preceded in death by her parents and husband. She is survived by her sons Robert Ensgtrom (Janet Stahl), Wade (Karen) Engstrom, Jeri (Tammie) Engstrom and Jon Engstrom (Jill Ferdina); grandchildren Zach (Jacqui) Engstrom, Amanda Engstrom, Jake (Karra) Engstrom, Avery (Leif) Sorensen, Jordan Engstrom, Kati Engstrom, Abby Engstrom, John Engstrom Jr., and Ethan Engstrom and her great-grandchildren Bostyn, Beckett and Berklei Engstrom, Knox Sorensen and Makenna Engstrom, as well as three great-grandchildren due in July, September and January.

The family would like to thank the many employees at Valley View Home who cared for and loved her over the years.

Family will receive friends 4-6 p.m., Friday, June 1, 2018 at Bell Mortuary in Glasgow, Montana. A graveside service will be held 10 a.m., Saturday, June 2, 2018 at Highland Cemetery. Condolences may be left at bellmortuaryglasgow.com.

Tuesday, May 29th 2018

Agnes Lenora Lasar

Agnes Lenora Lasar, 96, of Davenport, Washington, passed away May 18, 2018 at her daughter’s home in Davenport.
Agnes was born October 31, 1921 at Colgan, North Dakota to Carl E. and Laura (Asplund) Monson. She received her early education at Crosby, North Dakota where she graduated from 8th Grade. She worked in Sewing Room in Crosby, Continental Can Company in Chicago, Illinois and then was a hired girl for Henry and Glenda Gardner in Richland, where she met and fell in love with Frank Lasar.
She married Frank on November 11, 1944 at Plentywood, Montana and the couple made their home in Richland, Montana (five miles south of Richland), in a two-room house. They remained there for five years until Frank was able to build their first real home in 1949. She was a devoted and loving wife and mother. She was very religious. The couple raised four children.
Agnes was a member of the Ladies Temperance Society, Nazarene Church, and then Seventh Day Adventist Church.
She was like an angel among us. She taught lots of children about the Lord, both at home and at church. When it came to entertaining children she was amazing perhaps because she was a child at heart. Agnes was a good cook and whenever company came, she always found something for all to eat and enjoy. She sang and played the guitar and piano. She sewed and quilted. She enjoyed cross-word puzzles and other types of word games. She enjoyed discovering her family roots via genealogy. She loved reading and writing letters over everything else and was a pen-pal to many.
She is preceded in death by her parents, Carl and Laura; her husband Frank Lasar; son Danny; half-brother Ken Monson; half-sister, Ella Holte, Verna Welsch and Aileen Reckner; brother Clair Monson; and sisters, Irene Armitage, Eleanor Globis, Marie Warwas and Lenora Pettit.
Agnes is survived by her daughters Lenora Kelly of Glasgow, Montana and Diane McGovern of Davenport, Washington; son Ken Lasar of Glasgow, Montana; brother Lloyd Monson of Citrus Heights, California; sister Stella (Vern) Challes of St. Cloud, Minnesota; thirteen grandchildren; thirty great-grandchildren; two great-great-grandchildren and many nieces and nephews.
Family will receive friends Wednesday, May 30, 2018 at Bell Mortuary from 6-8 p.m. Funeral services will be held Thursday, May 31, 2018 at 11:00 a.m. at Bell Mortuary with Pastor Herb Sand officiating. Burial will follow at Highland Cemetery. A luncheon will follow at Bell Mortuary following the burial.

Tuesday, May 22nd 2018

Noel Martin Capdeville

Noel Martin Capdeville

Noel “Spud” Martin Capdeville,78, was born March 19th, 1940 to Martin and Anna Marie (Carlson) Capdeville at the hospital in Opheim, MT. He was raised on a farm, 7 miles west of Opheim, where his family grew grain and tended to 1,400 head of sheep. Neighbor and life-long friend, Ken Floyd, noticed Noel’s eagerness to consume all varieties of potatoes as a child & dubbed him the nickname “Spud.”
Spud attended the Opheim School through his Sophomore year. During his teen years, Spud enjoyed partaking in the Opheim Boxing program. He had a pair of heavy, horse-hair boxing gloves that are still a thrilling memento to the family. As a summertime job, he went south to combine with custom cutter, Art Lawrence, in places such as Texas, Oklahoma, and Nebraska.
At 20 years old, Spud offered a ride home to a young lady carrying groceries. Less than a year later, on December 2nd, 1961, that young woman would become his wife. Elsie Iletta McLaughlin blessed him in the course of their 56-year marriage with 5 children. Tami Sue was the first born, then followed Kerry Thomas, Mitchell Allen, Christina MarAnn, and Amanda Amber.
In the early years of their marriage, Spud and Elsie lived in the western part of the state. In Kalispell, Spud worked at a plywood plant alongside his brother, Glenn. But Spud always wanted to come back to Valley County. In 1967, Gene Etchart, offered a ranching job to Spud in Hinsdale and helped make this wish a reality. There at the Etchart Ranch, Spud’s true patience shined through. He was always willing to teach young men and children. Several years later, Spud went to work for Gordon Carlson as a self-taught carpenter. During that time, he helped remodel and build new houses in Hinsdale, along with the log cabin and pole barn at the Heart Ranch. He took great pride pointing out homes and talking about all the work he had done with his hands. Spud put not only his back, but his heart into his work. His passion for the trade and immaculate craftsmanship spoke for itself.
Spud’s love of farming, drew him to go work for Roger Ereaux in Malta. Connections through Roger allowed him to purchase the farm west of Hinsdale. Spud and Elsie raised their children there until their son, Mitch, took over in 1991. They then moved into town and Spud went back to work for Etcharts, at Hinsdale Livestock. In 1997, Elsie obtained her teaching certificate. To support his wife, Spud followed her to Nevada where she could fulfill her dream of teaching. While there, he became the maintenance man at Western Nevada Community College. They stayed there for 10 years before retiring and moving home to Montana. They moved Spud off the farm but they could never take the farmer out of Spud. In town, he planted a garden big enough to supply and share with the whole Hinsdale Community.
September of 2017, Spud and Elsie moved to Nemont Manor in Glasgow. There he took pleasure in special treatment, such as a waitress warming up his coffee mug. On Saturday, May 19th, 2018, Spud passed peacefully surrounded by his loving family.
Spud was known for his sense of humor and seeing the bright side of everything. His family was most important to him and always came first. Some say children keep you young, but Spud kept all of us from growing up too fast. Of all 12 of his grandchildren, Spud was always the youngest.
Survived by his wife, Elsie Capdeville; children Tami (Dennis) Mitchell, Kerry (Amy) Capdeville, Mitch (Marjie) Capdeville, Christina (Dave) Gnose, and Mandy (Darcy) Lammers; grandchildren Russel (Erin) Satterfield, Jaycie Mitchell, Dariane Mitchell, Lane Capdeville, Courtney Capdeville, Levi (LeAnn) Capdeville, Kirk (Brianne) Capdeville, Dallas Capdeville, Tyler Gnose, Hunter Gnose, Trew Lammers, and Olivia Lammers; great-grandchildren Layten Shelton, Cason Capdeville, Davis Capdeville, and Rosalie Capdeville; brother Alex Capdeville and sister Dolly Capdeville. He is preceded in death by his parents Martin and Anna Capdeville; brothers Glen Capdeville & Paul Capdeville; nephew Doug Lawrence; and brother-in-law Bill Lawrence.
Spud and his family appreciated and the special care that the nurses, aides, specialty nurses, Dr. Mallard, & Dr. White gave him at Francis Mahon Deaconess Hospital on 2nd floor.
Family will receive friends 6:00 – 8:00 p.m., Wednesday, May 23, 2018 at Bell Mortuary. A Celebration of His Life will be 10:00 a.m., Thursday, May 24 at the American Legion Hall in Hinsdale, Montana with Pastor Howard Pippin officiating. Burial will follow in Hillview Cemetery.

Tuesday, May 22nd 2018

Eleanor Evelyn Biem Buen

Eleanor Evelyn Biem Buen, 91, of Nashua, MT, passed away peacefully, May 17, 2018, surrounded by her loving family at the Missouri River Manor in Great Falls, MT.

The funeral service will be Wednesday, May 23, 2018, at 11:00 a.m. at the First Lutheran Church in Glasgow, MT with burial to follow at Highland Cemetery. Lunch will be provided after the graveside service at the church.
Eleanor was born on September 30, 1926 to Albert and Selma Biem in Brockton, MT. She was raised on their family farm and always had a love for the land. She became a caregiver to her Mother whose health was failing. Eleanor attended school and graduated from Brockton High School as valedictorian of her class in 1944.
After graduation, she rode the train to Havre to pursue her teaching career. After returning home, she went to work for various country schools. She started her teaching career at Damm School, northwest of Culbertson where she almost froze her fingers walking 2 ½ miles in freezing weather. She continued her journey working at Soo School, south of Flaxville, Grain School, north of Nashua, Prairiedell School, south of Peerless, Spring Valley School, north of Nashua, and Westfork School of Peerless. It was at Grain School where Eleanor met Arthur Buen and they went square dancing on their first date. Many of the students Eleanor taught eventually became a part of her extended family.

On June 30, 1954, she married the love of her life, Arthur Buen, at St. John’s Lutheran Church in Poplar, MT. She then moved to his family farm north of Nashua. Eleanor was a devoted wife, mother and a very religious woman. She and her husband raised four children. Eleanor was a lifelong member of Bethel Lutheran Church of Grain, read her Bible daily and lived her life as a very faithful servant to the Lord. She always had a kind word to say about everyone. Her family believed she was an angel on earth.

Eleanor’s teaching skills continued with Sunday School, Farmers Union, Vacation Bible School and WELCA. She was a member of the Sons of Norway and received the Golden Membership Award as an expression of gratitude for long and faithful service. She also received the Margaret Bucher Eklund Cooperative Education Award recognizing her display of leadership and interest in cooperative education from the Montana Farmers Union.
Eleanor was an avid gardener, raising many vegetables. She also loved to quilt with WELCA, dancing, and loved to play the game of Scrabble.

She is survived by her husband of 63 ½ years, Arthur; of north Nashua; daughters Linda (Daryl) Lassila, Charlotte (Dick) Tabacco, Ann Buen, Marjorie Hill, all of Great Falls; grandchildren Trista (Kyle) Anderson, Brady (Gracie) Lassila, of Great Falls, Krystal Tabacco, of Billings, Derek Tabacco, Jenna (Chad) Hayes, Kendra Hill,of Great Falls; great grandchildren Lucas and Layla Hayes, Kailey Rush, Aiden Hill, Tayler Anderson, Emma Lassila, all of Great Falls, and all family members on the Biem and Buen side as she considered them all as her family.

Eleanor was preceded in death by her parents, Albert and Selma Biem, step sister Ida Halgrimson, brother Alvin Biem, sister Stella (Jerome) Friedenbach.

Her family would like to thank all of her caregivers (past and present) at the Missouri River Manor for their excellent care and compassion. Eleanor always said, “They are ALL SO GOOD TO ME”.

Visitation is Tuesday May 22nd 5 – 7 at the Bell Mortuary Service is Wednesday 23rd 11:00 a.m. at the First Lutheran Church.

Friday, May 18th 2018

Victor A. Adolphson

Victor A. Adolphson, 55, of Glasgow passed away Tuesday, May 1, 2018.
Victor was born December 27, 1962 to Sharon (Hampa) and Douglas Adolphson in Great Falls, Montana. Victor graduated in 1981 from Glasgow High School. He attended M.S.U. Bozeman and graduated from the Culinary Institute of America in Portland, Oregon. He worked for many years as a Chef in California. Victor returned to Glasgow in 2013, where he resided until his death.
Victor is survived by his parents, Doug and Sharon Adolphson of Glasgow, MT; brothers Erick Adolphson of Glasgow, MT and Alec (Julie) Adolphson of Raymore, MO; uncle, Douglas Pederson of Meridian, ID and numerous relatives.
We lost a son, brother, uncle, nephew and friend. He will be greatly missed.
A Celebration of Victor’s life will be held Saturday, June 23, 2018 at 11:00 a.m. at the First United Church of Glasgow, Montana with Howard Pippin officiating.

Monday, May 14th 2018

Carl Wilford "Bill" Bell

Carl Wilford “Bill” Bell, age 93, passed away on May 11th, 2018 at Valley View Nursing Home in Glasgow, Montana. Visitation will be on Wednesday May 16th at 6 PM. Bill’s service will be held at Bell Mortuary in Glasgow on May 17th at 11 AM. Interment will be at the Highland Cemetery followed by a reception and lunch at the VFW. Condolences may be left at bellmortuaryglasgow.com.

Bill was born in San Bernardino, California on August 25th, 1924 to Wilford and Kathryn Bell. Bill was raised in Malta. He was involved in band, sports, and community activities. He was proud to be a Malta Mustang. After graduating he enlisted in the United States Navy and served in World War II on the USS Suwannee. Prior to his deployment he married Dorothy Larson in Everett, Washington and post war he went to Mortuary Science School in St. Louis, Missouri, returning to Malta to work with his father until 1957. Bill and Dorothy moved their family of six children to Glasgow and Bell Mortuary began. He was active in the Congregational Church, a member of the Masonic Lodge, DeMolay, Shriners, American Legion Post 41, and the VFW. He was commander of the National Guard in Malta for several years. Bill was a patriot. He was president of the Montana Chamber of Commerce and the Montana Aeronautics Commission. He was a welder, stone mason, pilot, carpenter, avid hunter, vocalist, actor, farmer, and boat enthusiast.

Bill was preceded in death by his wife of seventy-three years, Dorothy, his parents and his sister Betty Smith, sons-in-law Marvin Edwards and Scott Alexander, and grandson Daniel Cunneen. Bill was extremely proud and honored to have the wonderful family that he and Dorothy created. Their beautiful children are Cherie Edwards of Chinook, Steve Bell (Vickie) of Glasgow, Kathy Sather (Terry) of Billings, Kari Wiens (Richard) of Glasgow, Kent Bell (Kathy) of Glasgow, and Jenny Cunneen (Mick) of Billings.
He is also survived by grandchildren Camia Savage, Tyler Edwards, Eric Edwards, Sean Edwards, Nicole Gleason, Lisa Ball, Jenna Marsalek, April Sather, Amber Sather, Ben Sather, Christopher Wiens, Nathan Wiens, Jonathan Wiens, SaraAnn Rasmusan, Brian Bell, Katie Maehl, Brad Bell, Seth Cunneen, Kara Cunneen, Tessa Berl, and 43 great-grandchildren.

Monday, May 7th 2018

Gene John Etchart

Monday, May 7th 2018

Gene John Etchart

Gene John Etchart passed to his Heavenly Home on May 3, 2018, with family at his side. Gene was born in Glasgow on Dec. 26, 1916, to John and Catherine Etchart, Basque immigrants from the French Pyrenees who came to Montana and settled on the grasslands north of the Missouri river in 1912. Gene, his older sister and three younger brothers were raised on that remote sheep ranch, which grew to nearly 250,000 acres and ran 30,000 sheep together with a fine herd of registered Herefords. Their early one-room school experience included a teacher’s admonition to Catherine to never speak Basque in their home as the kids needed to learn to speak English. They grew up involved in every aspect of the ranch. By age 10, Gene was part of the crew that drove 25 teams of horses to mow, rake and gather hay. By his mid-teens, he was accompanying railcars of cattle to market in Chicago, trips sometimes scheduled at his request to coincide with Notre Dame home football games in South Bend. His education included schools in Tampico, Glasgow, Notre Dame Academy in North Dakota, the Ursuline Academy in Great Falls, and Mount St. Charles in Helena, which later became Carroll College. In 1975, Gene was awarded an Honorary Doctorate from Carroll. He always loved the Scotties, the Fighting Irish and Carroll’s Fighting Saints.

As Gene grew up, barnstorming airplanes flying overhead fascinated him. Anytime a pilot or instructor could be talked into giving a ride or a flying lesson, he went. His mother’s brother had died as a pilot in WWI, making his parents reluctant about his aviation interest. In spite of that, Gene was a licensed pilot and flight instructor and owned an Aeronca airplane by age 20. Gene gradually taught his parents to appreciate the “high lopin’ buckskin’s” utility on the ranch. His father’s typical journey to supply scattered sheep camps would take more than a week in a heavily loaded buckboard. One day, Gene put his dad in the back seat and gave him an aerial tour of all of those camps, landing at several. They were back at headquarters by lunchtime. With that convenience, plus the plane’s utility for confirming livestock whereabouts and coyote control, the airplane became a key part of the ranch operation. Gene taught his younger brothers, many of his friends and eventually some of his children, grandchildren and a daughter-in-law to fly.

Flying proficiency led Gene to own and operate three Civilian Pilot Training Program flying schools in Montana before WWII. After Pearl Harbor, Gene and his crew were assumed into the Army Air Corps as flight instructors. On a weekend away from his flying duties in 1942, he married his Glasgow sweetheart, Elaine Newton, in Las Vegas. His father died suddenly when Gene was 26 years old, bringing Gene and Elaine back home to operate the Etchart Ranch and raise their family of five children. With Elaine tending the children in Glasgow and managing the office and bookkeeping, Gene focused on the operations of the ranch. When Gene’s younger brothers returned from the military, Gene sold them his interest in the Etchart Ranch, and then he and Elaine built Hinsdale Livestock Company, which they operated until their retirement. Gene was an innovator, having one of the BLM’s first Allotment Management Plans and one of the original silage operations and automated feed yards in the Milk River Valley.

Gene, like his father before him, was involved in the politics of the livestock industry, especially as it pertained to public lands. Gene chaired the BLM National Advisory Board Council in the 1950s, as well as the Federal Land Law Review Commission in the 1960s and served as president of the Public Lands Council in the early 1970s. In 1975, Gene was recognized by the Department of Interior as “Conservationist of the Year.” He served many years on the Boards of the Montana Stockgrowers, Montana Livestock Ag Credit, the Helena Branch of the Federal Reserve, and Montana’s Reserve Water Compact Commission. As the young president of the Montana Stockgrowers, during the organization’s Diamond Jubilee year, he promoted sending Montana steaks to the then-last place 1959 New York Yankees, steaks they ate for breakfast before a weekend sweep of the Baltimore Orioles … starting the Yankees’ run back into contention. Montana steaks for breakfast made the news.

Family, ranching, flying and storytelling were his loves. Gene maintained his flying status to nearly age 95. He pioneered utilizing the airplane on the ranch; his five-digit pilot’s license number was among America’s longest active licenses. His interest in physical fitness was instrumental in promoting Glasgow’s first racquetball court in the 1960s, where he could rekindle the jai alai skills (a traditional Basque game) which he developed while at Mount St. Charles. He credited his longevity to exercise and his Montana beef diet. His passion for saving history had him taping old timers’ stories as far back as the 1960s, interviews which became basis for several books he has compiled about Montana history and lore. Gene was a proud man; proud of his family, proud of the country he calls home, proud of his Basque heritage and proud of his chosen profession: Rancher. He lived the Faith instilled in him by his parents; he was a good citizen and a gentleman.

At an all-family reunion recently, Gene and Elaine celebrated their 75th wedding anniversary, Elaine’s 95th and Gene’s 100th birthdays. This gathering represented their greatest joy; nothing surpassed the love and pride they held for their children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

Gene lost his beautiful bride Elaine seven months ago and his son John Newton Etchart a year ago. He was also preceded in death by his grandson, Jacob Etchart; son-in-law Brent Frederickson (Jacque); granddaughter Sally Jo Page Haynie; and daughter-in-law Sarah Etchart (John). Also preceding him in death were his parents; Elaine’s parents, Bill and Annie Newton; his sister, Ferne; and his brothers, Mark and Leonard.

He is survived by his brother, Mitch Etchart of Glasgow; daughters Michele (Steve) Page of Billings, Janeen (Tom) McCarvel of Helena, Jacqueline Jeanne Frederickson of Radium Hot Springs, British Columbia; son Joe (Patt) of Glasgow; 15 grandchildren, 14 great-grandchildren; his cousin, Jeanine Etchegaray of Les Aldudes, France; brother-in-law Kenny Newton of Glasgow; sisters-in-law June (Dean) Newton, Delores (Mark) Etchart; and numerous nieces and nephews.

It was Elaine’s request that their lives be celebrated together. There will be a funeral Mass for Gene and Elaine at St. Raphael’s Church in Glasgow at 10 a.m. Wednesday, May 23 (their 76th wedding anniversary).

Rather than flowers, if you are inclined to consider a memorial gift the family favorites include Carroll College, the Fort Peck Summer Theatre, St. Raphael’s, and RiverStone Hospice of Billings.

Michelotti-Sawyers Mortuary is handling Billings arrangements and Bell Mortuary is handling Glasgow arrangements.

Friday, May 4th 2018

Byron Mathias Lindsay

Byron Mathias Lindsay of Saint Marie, MT died Sunday, March 18, 2018. Byron was the sixth of seven children, born in Wheaton, MN on January 11, 1930 to Math and Blanche (Sauby) Lindsay. He grew up on the family farm in Rosholt SD and graduated from Sisseton High School in 1947.

Byron worked on the family farm for 3 years before joining the Air Force on April 30, 1950. Byron remained in the Air Force for 20+ years. He was honorably discharged on September 30, 1971.

On June 24, 1955 Byron married Elinor Tyte at the First United Methodist Church in Riverhead, NY. While in the military, Byron resided with his family in England, Oklahoma, West Virginia, Illinois, Alaska, Mississippi, and New York. In 1990, Byron and Elinor retired to Saint Marie, MT- where he became an active part of the community.

Byron was active in the Glasgow Methodist Church, Masons, Shriners, Odd Fellows and Rebekahs. Byron served as Grand Master of the Montana Odd Fellows in 2002-2003.

Byron is survived by his wife Elinor; three daughters, Sandra Goleski of Riverhead, NY, Loretta (Mark) Goldberg of Peoria, AZ and Deanna (Don) Harter of Alvin, TX; and one son, David (Carmen) of Towson, MD. Fifteen Grandchildren, Jeffrey (Monika) ODell, John Goleski, Nicole Goleski, Matthew (Kate) Goldberg, Allison Goldberg, Shelley Goldberg, Emilie (Brian) McDonald, Craig (Erica) Lindsay, Nicholas Harter, D.J. Harter, Tyler Lindsay, Mia Lindsay, Maddox Lindsay, Lily Lindsay, and Violet Lindsay; and four great-grandchildren, Marie Sapp, Raina McDonald, Kaiden McDonald and Charles Goldberg. Byron is also survived by two sisters, Marilyn Meyer of Sioux, SD and Marlys (Gene) Nelson of Stillwater, MN. Byron was preceded in death by his parents, three sisters and one brother.

The family will receive friends on Saturday, May 5, 2018, from 2PM-5PM at the Bell Mortuary in Glasgow. Memorial services will be held at Bell Mortuary on Sunday, May 6th starting at 2PM, with full military honors.

Monday, April 30th 2018

Byron Lindsay

The Family of Byron Lindsay will receive friends from 2:00 – 5:00p.m. Saturday, May 5th, at the Bell Mortuary. Memorial Service will be Sunday, May 6th, at 2:00p.m. at Bell Mortuary with Howard Pippin officiating.

Monday, April 30th 2018

Florence Schumacher

MALTA-Florence Schumacher 87, retired schoolteacher, passed away Friday, April 27 with her family by her side.

The family will receive friends 6:00 P.M., Monday, April 30 at the Kirkwood Memorial Chapel. Funeral Mass will be 10:00 A.M., Tuesday, May 1, at St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Malta. Interment will be in the Malta Cemetery. Condolences may be left at www.kirkwoodfuneralhome.com.

Florence was born April 13, 1931, in Belt, MT, the daughter of John M. and Flora T. (Krier) Howanach. She attended schools in Belt, graduating from Belt Valley High School in 1949. Florence graduated from Montana State College with a teaching degree in 1953, where she remembered taking her first teaching position at Fairfield, MT for $3,600.00 per year. In 1954, Florence moved to Malta, MT. where she met her husband Lee Vaughn Schumacher of Malta and they were married June 30, 1956 in St. Marks Catholic Church in Belt, MT. Florence taught for 36 ½ years retiring in 1993. She said if she had not taken time off to be with her children when they were born it would have been well over 40 years of teaching. While teaching she was active as FHA Advisor/concessions -selling tens of thousands of hot dogs and soda-, drill team, tumbling team and the Junior Miss Program. Florence coached AAU Girls Basketball and Track. She coached the M-ettes to two AAU Girls Basketball titles in 1967 and 1968. Florence stated, “I was not qualified to be a coach. I was qualified to be a teacher, but in those days if they needed a coach for something and you could walk and talk, you got the job. And I could do both.” Many will remember her banquets, meals and selling you a ticket, popcorn and a coke while you were at a ball game. After retirement, Florence enjoyed the garden club, Retired Teachers of Northeast Montana, Alpha Zeta Chapter of Delta Kappa Gama, Floriculture Supervisor at the Phillips County Fair, and once again back at the high school, selling tickets for many athletic events at Malta High School. She was an active member of St. Mary’s Catholic Church.

In October of 2010 Florence moved to Glasgow (Prairie Ridge Retirement Village) to be closer to her grandchildren, although her heart would always be in Malta, the high school and with her friends. Florence did return to Malta (Hi-Line Retirement Center) in 2017 as her health declined and she needed more help. At HLRC she met up again, with former students and friends.

Through Florence’s journey, she made lifelong friends who became her family, whether it was Mike or Suzanne’s friends, coworkers, club members or care givers. She will be remembered for being “tough but fair” and always giving you the “honest” answer.

Survivors include her son, Michael (Mary) Schumacher of Seattle; daughter, Suzanne (Scott) Billingsley of Glasgow; grandchildren, Miles Adams, Patrick Billingsley, Rachel & Jordan Billingsley; Sister, Sr. Johnelle Howanach and her daughter, Melissa “Lissie” Clark. She was preceded in death by her husband, Vaughn, on February 25, 1986; and her parents.

Monday, April 23rd 2018

Delores L. Wentland

Dolores L. Wentland, age 71, of Glasgow passed away April 15, 2018 in Billings, Montana.
She was born in Holyoke Massachusetts, on October 24, 1946. She was later adopted by her loving parents Amos and Charlotte (Frischkorn) Carrignan. She was raised in New Haven, Connecticut and later moved to Stamford Connecticut where she attended high school. The family spent many wonderful days at Candlewood Lake and Cape Cod. She and her cousins, John, Susan and Dick Hendrie practically grew up on the beach. She met the love of her life Harold Wentland at Jamestown College in North Dakota. They were married September 18, 1966 in Bozeman, Montana. She knew that nursing was in her blood and pursued a nursing career. Dolores and Harold raised two wonderful children, Eric was born in 1970 and Nikki was born in 1972.
After the children were in school, Dolores returned to nursing. She worked at Glendive Medical Center for 12 years. While living in Glendive, Dolores’s mother moved in with the family. When Charlotte suddenly needed kidney dialysis Dolores took on that responsibility too. After the family moved to Glasgow, she worked at Valley View Nursing Home- for over 24 years. In 2016 she suffered cardiac arrest and spent many months in Billings at Advanced Care and Aspen Meadows where she received excellent care. She returned home to Glasgow in December. Harold and Home Health Care provided loving support.
Dolores is survived by her husband Harold of Glasgow and a daughter Nicole R. Peterson of Billings Montana. She was preceded in death by her parents and her son, Eric.
Memorial Service will be Thursday April 26, 1:00 P.M. at the Evangelical Church in Glasgow with luncheon to follow. Burial will be in the Highland Cemetery.

Monday, April 23rd 2018

Charlotte Waber Claypool

Charlotte Waber Claypool, a loving wife, mother, grandmother, and great grandmother, 89, passed away peacefully into her Heavenly Father’s loving arms on April 18, 2018. Charlotte was born February 2, 1929 to Oswald and Nina Waber in Glasgow, Montana.
Charlotte was an only child, but had many stories about her adventures with her cousins and neighborhood friends. She graduated from Hinsdale High School in 1947. She then traveled to Minnesota to attend a business school. Upon returning to Hinsdale, she married Robert Claypool on March 21st 1948, and they enjoyed 70 eventful years of marriage. To this union, three children were born, Diane, Jane and Duane.
Charlotte worked at the Hinsdale Post Office for several years, and then started a 30 year career with the Hinsdale school district as the clerk. She was dedicated to the financial structure of the school district and earned the praise of several superintendents and board members that worked with her at HHS. The successful final auditing of her “books” at the end of June was a cause for celebration each year. She also kept the books for the grocery store they owned and was treasurer for several local organizations.
Charlotte was a superb seamstress and volunteered countless hours as a 4-H leader teaching many young members how to sew. She designed her own wedding dress and sewed numerous prom dresses and clothes for her daughters. She also helped construct both of her daughter’s wedding dresses.
She was an active member of the United Methodist Women and the Hinsdale Methodist Church and American Legion Auxiliary. She was a former Worthy Matron and longtime treasurer of the Riverview Chapter of the order of Eastern Star. Both she and Bob were staunch supporters of the school and the town of Hinsdale. Whenever there was an all school reunion or 4th of July activity, you would see them helping out selling tickets or fireworks.
Charlotte and Bob enjoyed their retirement to the fullest by traveling all over the United States, Europe, and cruising in Alaska and the Panama Canal. They wintered in Yuma Arizona for several years, enjoying the warm weather and making new friends. Charlotte never knew a stranger, because if you talked to her for just a few minutes, she would glean all of your personal history and be considered a friend by the end of the conversation. She also knew how to get strategic information from her grandchildren.
Charlotte’s greatest joy came from her family. She was a wonderful cook and so enjoyed hosting many Christmases for the family. No one could make turkey dressing or cinnamon rolls as delicious as grandma’s. She insisted that all Christmas gatherings had to include the annual family photo.
Charlotte is survived by her husband, Robert, her three children Diane (Mark) Ball, Jane Frye (Mark Stiver), Duane (Laurie) Claypool; her grandchildren, Shawn (Mariah) Ball, Justin (Jamie) Ball, Jeremy (Marissa) Frye, Jason (Kristy) Frye, Bryan Claypool and Anna Claypool; her great- grandchildren are Brooke and Cade Ball, Logan, Colter, Taylor and Bridger Ball, Ethan and Kaleb Frye, McKinley and Piper Frye. She was preceded in death by her parents Oswald and Nina Waber and son-in-law, Jack Frye.
Service will be held In Hinsdale April 28, 11:00 Am at the Hinsdale High School. Burial in the Hillview Cemetery with a luncheon to follow at the Willy Nelson Legion Hall Post # 45.

Monday, April 9th 2018

Grace Bernice Fullerton

Grace Bernice Fullerton, 92, passed away peacefully at Faith Lutheran Home on April 4, 2018.
Grace was born October 19, 1925 to Betsy (Engg) and George Shipp. She was delivered by her father. She attended school at Rose Hill, Irle and Glasgow Schools.
Grace married Art Fullerton and to this union there were born eight children.
Grace loved to bowl and did so as long as she could. She made many treasures for her family and friends with her embroidery and blankets.
Grace is preceded in death by her brothers, Lloyd, Kenny, and Albert; her parents, George and Betsy; and a granddaughter, Deanna Penor.
She is survived by her eight children, Bernice Penor of Washington, Darlene Holt of Havre, Montana, Chet Fullerton of Bayard, Nebraska, Gloria Scott of Libby, Montana, LeRoy Fullerton of Nashua, Montana, Liz Kwasney of Circle, Montana, Peggy Fullerton of Glasgow, Montana and Herbert Fullerton of Glasgow, Montana; 27 grandchildren; 83 great-grandchildren; 23 great-great-grandchildren and one great-great-great-grandchild; brothers, Marvin and Lawrence Shipp; sisters, Dolores Schneider and Bertha Root; numerous nieces and nephews.
Family will receive friends 5:00 p.m.- 7:00 p.m., Tuesday, April 10, 2018 at Bell Mortuary. Funeral service will be 1:00 p.m., Wednesday, April 11, 2018 at Glasgow Evangelical Church with Pastor Bonnie Novak Officiating. Burial will take place at Highland Cemetery. A luncheon will follow at the VFW Fort Peck Post #3107.

Monday, April 9th 2018

Mary Estella Moseley Cilz

Mary Estella Moseley Cilz passed away peacefully on April 5, 2018 at Valley View nursing home in Glasgow, Montana.

Mary was born May 17, 1931 in Dover, Montana to Rose Evelyn Carver and Charles Louis Moseley. She attended schools in Great Falls, Judith Gap, Bainville and Glasgow, Montana, graduating from Glasgow High in 1949. She met and married Edward Tade Jr. in 1950. From that union four children were born; Larry Edward Tade, Jerry Lee Tade, Debra Kay Tade and Vicki Jo Tade. They were divorced in 1967. In 1970 she married Arthur H. Cilz, a very kind and loving man.

Mary worked for Valley County in the Clerk and Recorders office as a Deputy Clerk for 30 years and she retired in 1994. In 2014 she moved to Prairie Ridge Village where she renewed many old friendships and thoroughly enjoyed bingo, horseracing and all the other activities.

Mary enjoyed attending volleyball games and basketball games when her grandkids played, and enjoyed visiting with grandchildren and great-grandchildren whenever possible. Mary enjoyed traveling, camping, sports on TV, baking, flower gardening and any activities at her church. She was a member of Faith Lutheran Church in Glasgow and served as Treasurer for over 20 years and where she shared her love with her Lord Jesus Christ with her church family.

Mary is preceded in death by her husband, Arthur Cilz; her mother Rose E. Bretzke; her father Charles L. Moseley; baby brother, William Ralph Moseley; sister, Betty R. (Don) Abern; stepsons, Henry Cilz and Bobby Cilz; step-grandson, Scott Siers; brothers-in-law Fred Cilz, Ralph Anderson, Vernon Anderson and Rupert Cilz; stepfather, Leo (Bertha) Bretzke; and sisters-in law, Laura Anderson of Salem, Oregon, Ella Anderson of Minot and Arliene Cilz of Rugby, North Dakota .

Mary is survived by a brother, Jim (Carol) Moseley of Whitefish, Montana; sons, Larry E. (Beverly) Tade of Lake Havasu City, Arizona, Jerry (Teresa) Tade of Glasgow, Montana; daughters, Debra Tade Glasgow, Montana and Vicki Jo (Sean) Beaulieu of Missoula, Montana; stepchildren, Marlin (Debbie) Cilz, and Kristine (Jim) Webb all of Malta, Montana; 28 grandchildren and 20 great-grandchildren: one great-great-grandchild and many nieces and nephews as well as her loving church family.

Family will receive friends 5:00 ~ 7:00 p.m., Friday, April 13, 2018 at Bell Mortuary in Glasgow, Montana. Funeral service will be 10:30 a.m., Saturday, April 14, 2018 at Faith Lutheran Church with Pastor John Vallie officiating. Burial will follow at Highland Cemetery. A luncheon will follow burial at the VFW Fort Peck Post #3107 in Glasgow, Montana. Memorials may be made in Mary's name to Faith Lutheran Church of Glasgow, or Prairie Ridge Village of Glasgow. Condolences may be left at bellmortuarymontana.com.

Friday, April 6th 2018

Grace Fullerton

Grace Fullerton, 92, passed away Wednesday, April 4, 2018 at Faith Lutheran Home in Wolf Point, Montana. Family will receive friends from 5:00-7:00 pm, Tuesday, April 10, 2018 at Bell Mortuary. Funeral services will be held at 1:00 p.m., Wednesday, April 11, 2018 at Glasgow Evangelical Church, with Pastor Bonnie Novak officiating, burial will follow at Highland Cemetery.


Monday, April 2nd 2018

Chad J. Smith

Chad J. Smith, 46, of Glasgow, Montana passed at his home in late March.
Chad was born July 17, 1971 in Kellogg, Idaho to Pete Smith and Cherlyen McLaurin. Chad attended school in Nashua, Fort Peck, and Glasgow; ending back in Nashua for his high school years. He left school before graduating to move to Idaho to stay with his father.
He had a seamless rain gutter business in Spokane with his brother, Dwayne for several years. He left Spokane and took up trucking out of Great Falls and was able to see much of the United States. After ten years of traveling he decided to be with his family in Glasgow. He worked at the Oasis as a bartender, he worked on vehicles and then for the Valley Transit.
He loved bike racing, his boat, walleye fishing, snowmobiling and working on his and others trucks. He loved wood working. He loved his garden, watching it grow and harvesting it and went as far as to learn canning. Being self-taught, there wasn’t anything he couldn’t do. He totally enjoyed hanging out with Levi and James in anything he did. His smile could light up a room.
Chad is preceded in death by a brother, Todd Smith; uncles, Gary Schroeder and Terry Metvedt; aunt, Carol DuBeau; grandmother, Ovidia Metvedt; and numerous great-aunts and uncles.
He is survived by his mother, Cherylen McLaurin of Glasgow, Montana; father, Peter Smith of Rathdrum, Idaho; brothers, Dwayne (Tami) Smith, Levi McLaurin, and James McLaurin; numerous cousins, nieces and nephews.
A Funeral service will be 1:00 p.m., Thursday, April 5, 2018 at Bell Mortuary, with Pastor Bonnie Novak officiating. Burial will be at a later date in the Nashua Cemetery. Condolences can be left at bellmortuarymontana.com.

Thursday, March 29th 2018

Larry Gordon DuBeau

Larry Gordon DuBeau, 80, passed away of natural causes at his home in Park Grove Monday, March 26, 2018.
Larry was born January 10, 1938 to Hazel (Cornwell) and William “Eddie” DuBeau in Glasgow, Montana. He was the third of five children and the only one without a nickname. He attended elementary school in Fort Peck and graduated from Glasgow High School in 1956. After high school he worked at the Glasgow Air Force Base.
On December 19, 1957 he married the love of his life, Frances “Fritzie” Bondy. He started working for Eagle Western in 1959 on the second power house in Fort Peck. Continuing construction work, they traveled most of the Western United States for the next 22 years. On August 1, 1977 Fritzie and Larry purchased their home and the trailer court in Park Grove, planning for retirement. In March of 1982 he hung up his hard hat and put on his Bartender apron when they purchased The Park Grove Bar and Café. He served many Valley County residents their first drink on their 21st birthdays. He worked right up till the time of his death.
You couldn’t have found a more honest, trusting man. He was always up for a game of pool or darts. He took pride in his yard and garden and was always ready to rake or burn a few leaves. Larry enjoyed spending time with his family: boating, pulling skiers, or just sitting on the swing watching. He was an avid hunter and fisherman in his younger years.
Larry is preceded in death by his parents, his wife, his brother, Ed and sister, Carroll.
He is survived by his four children: Gordon “Gordy” (Val) DuBeau of Gillette, Wyoming, Roxanna “Roxy” (Willie) Williams of Gillette, Wyoming, Kimberly “Kim” (Doug) Cook of Park Grove, Montana, and Robin (Reed) Sutton of Billings, Montana; his grandchildren, Joshua (Stayce) Williams, Beau (Kate) Williams and Kaytlyn Williams of Gillette, Wyoming, David (Jodi) Tracy of California, Jory (Cortney) Cook of Park Grove, Montana, Shandy (Fuzz) Stingley of Nashua, Montana, Ali Cook (Jaime Riseden) of Great Falls, Montana, Ty and Jax Sutton of Billings, Montana; fourteen great-grandchildren; sister, Sharon (Dick) Olson; brother, Punk DuBeau and numerous nieces, nephews and cousins.
He will be forever missed.
A Celebration of Larry’s Life will be held 11:00 a.m., Saturday, March 31, 2018 at Bell Mortuary in Glasgow, Montana. Private family burial will follow in the Nashua Cemetery. A luncheon will be 1:00 p.m. at The Park Grove Bar and Café following burial.

Monday, March 26th 2018

Byron Mathias Lindsay

Byron Mathias Lindsay of Saint Marie, MT died Sunday, March 18, 2018. Byron was the sixth of seven children, born in Wheaton, MN on January 11, 1930 to Math and Blanche (Sauby) Lindsay. He grew up on the family farm in Rosholt SD and graduated from Sisseton High School in 1947.
Byron worked on the family farm for 3 years before joining the Air Force on April 30, 1950. Byron remained in the Air Force for 20+ years. He was honorably discharged on September 30, 1971.
On June 24, 1955 Byron married Elinor Tyte at the First United Methodist Church in Riverhead, NY. While in the military, Byron resided with his family in England, Oklahoma, West Virginia, Illinois, Alaska, Mississippi, and New York. In 1990, Byron and Elinor retired to Saint Marie, MT- where he became an active part of the community.
Byron was active in the Glasgow Methodist Church, Masons, Shriners, Odd Fellows and Rebekahs. Byron served as Grand Master of the Montana Odd Fellows in 2002-2003.
Byron is survived by his wife Elinor; three daughters, Sandra Goleski of Riverhead, NY, Loretta (Mark) Goldberg of Peoria, AZ and Deanna (Don) Harter of Alvin, TX; and one son, David (Carmen) of Towson, MD. Fifteen Grandchildren, Jeffrey (Monika) ODell, John Goleski, Nicole Goleski, Matthew (Kate) Goldberg, Allison Goldberg, Shelley Goldberg, Emilie (Brian) McDonald, Craig (Erica) Lindsay, Nicholas Harter, D.J. Harter, Tyler Lindsay, Mia Lindsay, Maddox Lindsay, Lily Lindsay, and Violet Lindsay; and four great-grandchildren, Marie Sapp, Raina McDonald, Kaiden McDonald and Charles Goldberg. Byron is also survived by two sisters, Marilyn Meyer of Sioux, SD and Marlys (Gene) Nelson of Stillwater, MN. Byron was preceded in death by his parents, three sisters and one brother.
The family will receive friends on Saturday, May 5, 2018, from 2PM-5PM at the Bell Mortuary in Glasgow. Funeral services will be held at the mortuary on Sunday, May 6th starting at 2PM, with Pastor Howard Pippin officiating.

Tuesday, March 20th 2018

Jeanette E. Forest

Jeanette E. Forest, 81 passed away on February 19, 2018 surrounded by her family. Jeanette was the firstborn child of John & Esther (Opland) Brenden on October 16, 1936 in Glasgow. She was educated in Nashua and graduated from Nashua High School. On August 10, 1953 she married O.K. Forest and to this union they had three children; Deena, Mike and Kim. They made their home in Glasgow and a few years later moved to Wolf Point to run the Wolf Point Readi-Mix.

She had many talents some of her favorites were sewing, stain glass, planting flowers and making unique floral arrangements. Jeanette enjoyed bowling and was an avid reader. She was always doing a project. She went on wagon trains and rodeos in her early years, giving tours at the Fort Peck Dam and spent ten years designing at the Glasgow Flower Shop.

After retiring they moved to Park Grove by Fort Peck, later moved to Bullhead City AZ. to enjoy the warm weather until making their way back to Glasgow near family and friends.

Jeanette is survived by her husband O.K. of 64 years. Son: Mike/Laura Forest of Peerless and their children Chad/Jackie of Richland and Kyla Forest of Billings. Daughter: Kim/Dennis Visser of Williston and their children; Jade of Denver CO and his daughter Brianna of MN; Ryan and his children Kaeley & Elijah of Williston; and Jaclyn/Casey Bohanon of Lebanon TN. The children of the late Deena DeWitt: Stacey DeWitt and her children Walker DeWitt/Shayna and Slade Martinez all of Billings and Maestro Martinez of Wolf Point; Justin/Arden DeWitt and their children Miexel and LaSandra DeWitt all of Wolf Point. Jeanette is survived by three Sisters; Darlene/John Ramsbacher of Missoula, Betty/Daryl Trueblood of Kalispell and Susan/Dale Vertz of Tucson AZ and a Brother Gary/Jo Brenden of Saint Augustine FL and numerous nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her Parents, Brother Dick Brenden and Daughter Deena DeWitt.

Cremation has taken place and Bell Mortuary of Glasgow is assisting the family. A Celebration of Jeanette’s Life will take place on March 26, 2018 at 10:00 a.m. in the Bell Mortuary Chapel; 701 2nd Ave South in Glasgow. Inurnment will take place later in the Forest family plot in Poplar Cemetery.

Tuesday, March 20th 2018

Lauren Paul Stingley

Lauren Paul Stingley, age 52, passed away on Sunday, March 18, 2018, in Spokane, Wash.

Lauren was born on November 3, 1965, in Dickinson, N.D., to Leon Stingley and Ardella (Kruckenberg) Stingley. He spent his childhood growing up in Fort Peck and graduated from Glasgow High School in 1985. After graduating Lauren enlisted in the United States Air Force where he served his country for 20 years before retiring in 2005. During his time in the Air Force, Lauren served in Nevada, Washington, Delaware, Guam, Korea and the Middle East. While serving at Nellis Air Force Base in Las Vegas, Nev., he met the love of his life, Sharon Crigger, and married on December 12, 1987, and become the proud father of Sharon's son, Jason. Jadon later joined the family while stationed in Delaware.

Lauren was an avid lover of the outdoors who enjoyed spending his weekends on his boat fishing on Lake Roosevelt. He thoroughly enjoyed playing basketball, winning Hoopfest 10 times and recently picked up country swing dancing. Lauren thought of others and was always more than willing to help out others in their time of need, often when they didn't ask. He was caring, selfless, kind and a true joy to be around.

Lauren is preceded in death by his parents Leon and Ardella; his father in-law; and brother in-law David.

Lauren is survived by his wife Sharon; two sons Jason (Nicole) Crigger and Jadon; four brothers Jeff (Linda) of Alma, Wis., Kyle (Kim) of Glasgow, Mike (Shandy) of Nashua and Robert (Carol) of Riverton, Wyo.; two sisters Joy (Roger) Detienne and Lisa (Jon) Wiltfong of Glasgow; sister in-law Roxanne; brother in-laws Tony,and Bobbie; and mother in-law Shirley Miller; along with numerous nieces and nephews who adored him.

Visitation will be held at Heritage Funeral Home in Spokane, Wash on Wednesday, March 21, from 10 a.m. - 5 p.m. Funeral Services will be held at Heritage Funeral Home on Thursday, March 22, at 1 p.m. with interment to follow at Washington State Veterans Cemetery in Medical Lake, Wash.

Monday, March 19th 2018

Phyllis Edna Schultz


Phyllis Edna Schultz (Duckwitz) passed from this world into heaven on March 17th, the birthday of her beloved husband, Barney, who along with Jesus, welcomed her with open arms.

Phyllis was born 82 years ago in a log cabin in southwestern North Dakota as the second of Arnold and Ethel (Hoerauf) Duckwitz’s twelve children. She grew up on their family farm near Hebron, North Dakota. After high school, she earned a teaching certificate at Dickinson State Teacher’s College. She formally taught one year in a one-room school house, but never stopped teaching whether it was at Sunday School, 4-H, Cub Scouts, or any other teachable moment. Through her, many of us have learned to sew, knit, cook, and care for others.

Phyllis and Bernard Schultz were married during a 3-day military leave on June 1, 1956. Dad spent their first year in Germany, but they stayed close by reading the same devotional and writing letters. Words were important to mom. You probably received a letter or card out of love from her sometime. She wrote in journals daily. She enjoyed wise quotations, but above all, she treasured the words of the Bible in her heart and knew Jesus as the Living Word. Many of us can close our eyes and hear mom reading something aloud to us. Her daily phone texts were endearing.

Phyllis and Barney raised their family of five children in Riverdale, North Dakota until 1974 when they moved to Fort Peck, Montana. After two years they moved into Glasgow where she lived the remainder of her life.

Phyllis is survived by her five children: Terry (Kim) Jung, Glasgow, MT; Dale (Dorothy) Schultz, Butte, MT; Daryl (Deb) Schultz, Havre, MT; Patrick (Annette) Schultz, Fargo, ND; and Connie Sharp, Glasgow, MT; eleven grandchildren, and ten great-grandchildren; four brothers and five sisters: Wallace (Darlene) Duckwitz; Marilyn (Don) Schlafman; Margaret (Walt) Mandeville; Fred (Donna Mae) Duckwitz; Marjorie (Milton) Kinghorn; Will (Rita) Duckwitz; Linda Duckwitz, Donnalee (Wayne) Quarberg; and Noel (Cathy) Duckwitz. She is preceded in death by her parents, her husband, and two sisters: Sylvia (Dan) Hepner and Lois (Jim) Martz.

Family will receive friends at Bell Mortuary, 6:00 ~ 7:00 p.m. Thursday, March 22, 2018. Funeral services will be held 11:00 a.m. Friday, March 23, 2018 at the Evangelical Church with Pastor Seth Runner officiating. Her body will be laid to rest in Highland Cemetery in Glasgow, Montana. Memorials can be made in memory of Phyllis to YNOP (Your Network Of Praise radio station), P.O. Box 2426, Havre, MT 59501

Monday, March 19th 2018

Darryl Eugene Cozad

Darryl Eugene Cozad, age 82, passed away peacefully on March 11th, 2018, in Glasgow, MT.

Darryl was born on Sep. 8, 1935, in Mira Loma, CA. He was the son of Ivan R. Cozad and Dollie A. Pendley. He spent most of his growing up years in Pocatello, Idaho. Where he met and married H. Anita Hayden. They were married for 24 years and spent most of their married life together in
the Bitterroot Valley of Montana. Together they had five children.

Later he married Cindy Pennoyer. They had one daughter together and Darryl adopted her daughter Rashael. They lived in Kalispell, Mt., for many years.

Darryl earned a degree in welding. He was self-employed most of his life. He owned several businesses throughout his life. These included a welding shop, a logging company with a team of horses, and a trucking company. For many years, he would cut and sell Christmas trees in Salt Lake City, UT. People would wait for his tree lot to be set up every year. In his later years, he owned his own scrap metal business.

Darryl had a passion for horses. He loved rodeos, wagon train drives, and race horses. He loved his family and the time he was able to spend with them. He enjoyed being outside, skiing, cooking with his dutch ovens, and hunting. He loved traveling to new places. Life was an adventure for him and he enjoyed it. Darryl spent the past 8 years in Glasgow.

Darryl is survived by his brother Calvin Cozad and his sister Glenice Thompson, daughter Karyn Seal, son Justin Cozad (Pam), daughter Darby Rustenbeck, daughter Mesa Atchley (Jay), daughter Jody Jenkins (Lee), and daughter Dallas Heine (Loren). He has 14 grandchildren and 8 great- grandchildren. He loved his family deeply.

A celebration of life will be held on Mar. 24th 2018, at the LDS Church located at 15 Airport Road in Glasgow, MT. The celebration will begin at 10am. Condolences for the family may be left at www.kirkwoodfuneralhome.com.

Wednesday, March 14th 2018

Delores M. Brown

Dolores M. Brown passed away peacefully at Valley View Nursing Home in Glasgow MT on Friday March 2, 2018. She was 73 years old. She leaves behind three children, Gordon Brown II (Brigitte) of Billings MT, Samantha Brown Floyd (Bruce) of Opheim MT and Cassia Brown Ruiz (Joe) of Lancaster PA. Services will be later this Summer as Dolores’ Daughter Cassia is currently supporting her Daughter Sophia as she undergoes Cancer treatments. A full obituary will be posted at a later date.

Monday, March 12th 2018

Pearl Carol Wesen

Pearl Carol Wesen, 95, of Glasgow, MT passed away peacefully on March 10, 2018 at Valley View Home.
Pearl was born January 1, 1923 in Lwow, Poland to her parents William and Annie (Fidunchuk) Zamotsny. She received her education at Grassland, Alberta in Canada. After graduation, she attended nurses training in Edmonton Alberta and later received her Licensed Practical Nursing Degree.
While in Edmonton she met and married the love of her life Clayton A. Wesen on August 19, 1944. They were stationed in New Orleans, LA while Clayton was in the military, where they lived in the French Quarter. Later they relocated to Glasgow, MT which became their lifelong home and they started their family. She and her dance partner of 62 years, lived and loved together. Family and friends were Pearl’s passion and delight. Her warm smile could always light up any room she entered. Her grandchildren were a huge part of her life. She rarely missed events they participated in and was always their biggest fan. She loved writing letters to family members who did not live nearby. She constantly wanted them to know she was thinking of them and held them all close to her big heart.
Pearl was a member of First Lutheran Church, ELCW, Sarah’s Circle, lifetime member of Odd Fellows and Rebekah’s, American Legion Auxiliary, Birthday Club, Home Demonstration Club, Boots and Belles Square and Round Dancing Club three days a week, a First Lutheran Church Quilter and many more. Pearl was a lady of many talents cooking, gardening, baking, knitting, croqueting, and sewing on a daily basis which kept her busy and she was always giving. Her baking and sewing talents won multiple rosettes from the Valley County Fair. Pearl worked at FMDH for over 40 years. Her door was always open to whomever wanted to come visit, at the same time you would never leave empty handed, or hungry.
Pearl is survived by her children, Evelyn (Ivyl) Wells of Mountain Home, ID, Patricia (Ronald) Garwood of Nashua, MT, Gary Wesen of Glasgow, MT, and Beverly (Mark) Falcon of Billings, MT; eight grandchildren, Stacy Garwood of Nashua, MT, Seth Garwood of Nashua, MT, Greg (Emily) Wells of Meridian, ID, Shawn Garwood of Glasgow, MT, Eric (Sarah) Wells of Eagle, ID, Michael (Cortney) Falcon of Billings, MT, Steven Falcon of Billings MT, and Kimberly (Taylor) Shanahan of Great Falls, MT; twelve great-grandchildren; a brother; a sister; three sisters-in-law and many nieces and nephews.
Preceding Pearl in death is her beloved husband Clayton; her parents; four sisters, two brothers, and a grandchild.
Family will receive friends 7:00 – 8:30 p.m. on Friday, March 16, 2018 at Bell Mortuary in Glasgow, MT. Funeral Services will be held 3:00 p.m. Saturday, March 17, 2018 at First Lutheran Church in Glasgow, MT with Pastor Todd Wright officiating. Burial will follow in Highland Cemetery in Glasgow, MT. Memorials can be made in Pearl’s name to the First Lutheran Church of Glasgow, FMDH Foundation or Valley View Foundation.

Friday, March 9th 2018

Sarah Russell Etchart

Helena - Sarah Russell Etchart, age 70, passed away peacefully March 5, 2018.

Sarah was born Sarah Fortune Russell on August 13, 1947 in Bronxville, New York, to Betty and Edwin Russell — former mayor of Bronxville, senior partner in the Brooklyn law firm of Cullen & Dykman, and President of the New York State Bar Association. A New York debutante, Sarah graduated from Bronxville High School in 1965 and went on to attend Bradford Junior College in Haverfill, Massachusetts. After spending her summers waitressing at Jackson Lake Lodge in Jackson Hole, WY, Sarah fell in love with the Mountain West and graduated from the University of Colorado in Boulder.

Sarah's time in Jackson Hole inspired a life-long love for the West, which ultimately brought her to San Francisco and into the advertising business as a media buyer with D'Arcy-McManus & Masius. During this time, Sarah met John Newton Etchart, a young Marine from Glasgow, MT just back from Vietnam, on a blind date. The pair fell in love and were married on October 18, 1975 in the Borromeo Chapel at Carroll College. The newlyweds then moved to Billings where Sarah continued working in advertising and John received a masters degree.

In April 1984, Sarah and John welcomed their only daughter, Jeannie, who was, from the very beginning, the light of their life. The family soon moved to Helena when John took a position with Burlington Northern and Sarah embraced her new life raising young Jeannie, taking care of the home, and engaging in the Helena community.

Sarah was well known for her quick wit, smart and balanced opinions, and extreme generosity. She was selected for a number of leadership positions in the Helena and greater Montana community. She served on the boards of St. Peter's Hospital, Helena Education Foundation, Foundation for Animals, Greater Montana Foundation, and was appointed by the Montana Supreme Court to serve on the Commission on Practice from 2007-2011.

Sarah was the epitome of elegance, regarded for her excellent skills in the kitchen and as a gracious hostess and entertainer. Sarah was often found maintaining her meticulous and flourishing garden, spending time on the tennis courts with dear friends or walking her beloved dogs around the neighborhood.

Sarah was preceded in death, 11 months to the day, by her husband of 41 years, John N. Etchart; parents Ed and Betty Russell; mother-in-law Elaine Etchart; sister-in-law Alicia Russell; brother-in-law Brent Frederickson; nephew Jacob Etchart; and niece Sally Jo Page Haynie. She is survived by her daughter Jeannie; older brother Edwin Larson Russell (Kimberlie) of Watch Hill, RI; father-in-law Gene Etchart; in-laws Michele (Steve) Page, Joe (Patt) Etchart, Janeen (Tom) McCarvel, Jacque Frederickson; and many nieces and nephews and their children. A very special thank you to Marie Lavinder, Jennifer Crowley, and Michelle Suero — the indispensable team of caregivers who became like family these past two years.

A celebration of Sarah's life will be held at the Cathedral of St. Helena on Tuesday, March 13th at 10:00 a.m. followed by a reception at the Montana Club, 24 W 6th Ave. In lieu of flowers, donations may be sent to the Lewis & Clark Humane Society, P.O. Box 4455, Helena, MT 59604, the Helena Foundation for Animals, P.O. Box 389 Helena, MT 59624 or an organization of the donor's choosing. Please visit www.aswfuneralhome.com to offer a condolence to the family or to share a memory of Sarah.

Tuesday, March 6th 2018

Clarence George

Our beloved Father, Grandfather, and Brother, Clarence George, age 82, passed away peacefully in his sleep at his home in Glasgow, Montana on March 3rd, 2018. He always had a great sense of humor and had more to add to every story.
Clarence was born in Mondovi, Wisconsin on June 7th, 1935 to Matt and Lillian George. He was raised in Mondovi and spent many of his summers working on Uncle Christ and Aunt Agnes George’s farm in Arcadia, Wisconsin. He became very close to both of them.
He met the love of his life, Marlene Hanson in Gilmanton, Wisconsin and they moved to Glasgow, Montana and married. They were married for 65 years and had 6 children; Dave, Joanne, Linda, Dan, Mike, and Lana.
They moved to Montana to join Marlene’s relatives who were helping to build the Farmers Union Elevator where he started working. He then worked at the Fort Peck Dam as a foreman for a few years. Clarence was a self-taught mechanic and could fix anything. Anyone that knew him, appreciated that he would jump right in to help them.
He worked for Earl’s Body Shop and had a great friendship with the Hallock family. While there he worked as a mechanic/salesman. He retired from there after 14 years and then went to work for the Cenex station as the assistant-manager for 7 years.
He then went to work for the Glasgow School District as the supervisor/mechanic for the bus barn for 10 years and then drove bus for another 8 years. He truly loved hauling all the sports teams to and from Glasgow, especially the wrestlers.
Clarence started leasing land and haying with the help of his sons, Dan and Mike each summer. He then purchased the Milk River Farm in 1980, which was his pride and joy. He was always out there after work and weekends farming and raising pigs, sheep, peacocks, llamas, cows, and chickens. After retiring he spent many hours out there trying to keep the equipment running to cut that hay. He and Marlene always had a great garden, taking pride in the vegetables they grew. Dave and Shelly purchased the farm in 2013 and they still enjoyed going out to garden and caring for the animals.
He is preceded in death by his parents Matt and Lilian George; his brothers Wayne Schafer and Larry George; and his sister Phyllis Burt.
He is survived by his loving wife Marlene; his six children Dave (Shelly) George of Glasgow, Montana, Joanne (Roger) Snedigar of Kalispell, Montana, Linda (Greg) Moreno of Gig Harbor, Washington, Dan (Christine) George of Bixby, Oklahoma, Mike (Sherry) George of Fairfield, Montana, and Lana (Gordon) Moberly of Kalispell, Montana; his grandchildren Tyler (Kim) George of Sheridan, Wyoming, Ryan (Erin) George of Joliet, Montana, Chris (Melissa) George of Missoula, Montana, Michael Snedigar of Kalispell, Montana, Lena (Josh) Stewart of Kalispell, Montana, Alisha (Tony) Kazmierczak of Kalispell, Montana Nina (Tim) Vianno of Kalispell, Montana, Justin (Kailey) Moreno of Gig Harbor, Washington, Alisha (Alex) Criss of New Jersey, Vicky (Jake) George, Matt (Courtney) George, Kalynn Maag of Great Falls, Montana and James Palmer of Billings, Montana; two brothers Norman (Doris) George of Billings, Montana and William (Christine) George of Kingman, Arizona; as well as a brother and sister-in-law Alger and Sandy Hanson.
Funeral Services will be held 11:00 a.m., Saturday, March 10, 2018 at First Lutheran Church in Glasgow, Montana with Pastor Todd Wright officiating. A luncheon will follow the service and burial will be in Highland Cemetery following the luncheon. Condolences may be left at bellmortuaryglasgow.com.

Monday, March 5th 2018

Clinton "Les" Mason

February 27, 2018, the “barefoot boat mechanic” from Fort Peck Marina went to his last best Walleye spot on the lake and took all his fishing secrets with him.
Clinton “Les” Mason was born in Wolf Point, Montana, August 22, 1950 to Clarence “Swede” Mason and Christine Jackson Mason. He grew up in Fort Peck, attending school there and in Nashua, Montana.
He was a natural mechanic and after high school he attended a marine mechanic tech school and began a career that always played a part in his life. He moved to Great Falls in the early 70’s, working on boats and RV’s at Alpenhaus/Sports Motors, now known as White Bear Island Marine. In 1981 it was time to go home to Eastern Montana, this time taking his new wife and step-daughter with him. A son joined the family in the 1983. They made a home in Glasgow and enjoyed everything Fort Peck Lake and the surrounding area had to offer.
In 1982, Northern Border Natural Gas Pipeline was being constructed and Les was hired. Again, his mechanical aptitude stood out, and in the following years he excelled at the computer technology and needed to keep the gas flowing. He officially retired in May, 2017. Until complications from diabetes took its toll, he continued to repair boat motors and keep his friends and fellow fisherman out on the water. Feeling better in his last months, Les was looking forward to a summer on the lake, taking his fair share of Walleye.
Les is preceded in death by his parents and baby brother, Clarence. He is survived by his wife, Loryn “Lori” Mason; son Curtis (Mandy) Mason of Glasgow; daughter JoAnn (Barry) Gilman of Helena; grandchildren Nathan, Aaron and Kaleigh Gilman, Maria Morris and Reyna Merritt; sisters Susan (Buck) Tihista, Frances “Tan” (Ed) Leckie and Sarah Mason; niece Cathy Rodenbaugh; nephews Christopher Leckie and Caleb Mason and three great-nephews.
Family will receive friends from 5:00 to 7:00 p.m. on Friday, March 9, 2018 at Bell Mortuary in Glasgow. There will be a celebration of Les’ life at a later date. Condolences may be left at bellmortuaryglasgow.com
To replace the fisherman we have lost, Les’ family suggests, in lieu of flowers, to consider a donation to the “Kids to Fish” program at Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks, an account has been set up at Wells Fargo Bank in Glasgow.

Monday, March 5th 2018

Kenneth T. Floyd

Kenneth T. Floyd, age 90 of Opheim passed away on March 1, 2018 in Francis Mahon Deaconess Hospital in Glasgow, surrounded by his most valuable treasures- his family.
Ken was born August 20, 1927 to Gilbert & Doris Floyd in Woodrow, Saskatchewan and came to the Tango Community west of Opheim where he, except for his tour of duty in the navy, spent of rest of his life. He married the love of his life, Vivian “Babe” Thievin in Scobey on October 1, 1950. They set up life farming and ranching and soon four sons Mike, Jerry Danny and Len joined them on their journey.
Although Ken loved farming and ranching, he also devoted a large amount of his personal time to his community. He served on the School Board for 15 years, the North Valley Grazing District for 40 years, Northern Electric Board for 17 years, North Valley Ambulance Board, Opheim Rodeo Club and the Opheim Cemetery District. Ken was also a vital part of the American Legion and in July of 2017 was honored with an article highlighting his 70 years as a member and officer.
Ken’s woodworking and mechanical skills were highlighted with his restoration of 1925 Model T car & 1963 Econoline pickup. A mechanical “Bucking Horse” Ken built saw many years of fun and was shown in many parades! Ken fit the title “Jack of all trades”. He was also a private pilot for 63 years and owned both an Aeronca and a Cessna 172 during that time.
Preceding Ken in death were his parents; two brothers, Ross and Robert; and two sons, Jerry and Danny.
Ken is survived by his wife of 67 years, Vivian “Babe” Floyd of Opheim; two sons, Mike (Candy) Floyd of East Wenatchee, WA, and Len (Rosalee) Floyd of Hope, British Columbia; four grandchildren, Kimberly Floyd of Phoenix, AZ, Jared (Megan) Floyd of Gillette, WY, Jacqueline Floyd of Kamloops, British Columbia, and Alexandra Floyd of Kamloops, British Columbia; and great-grandson, Theo Floyd.
Ken was always ready to lend a helping hand to anyone in need in any way he could.
Open visitation will be Tuesday afternoon March 6th at Bell Mortuary. Visitation will be March 7th 10:00 A.M. in Opheim at the Community Church with funeral service at 11:00 A.M. with burial in the Lawndale Cemetery

Monday, March 5th 2018

Arnold Louis Anderson

Arnold Louis Anderson, 86, of Opheim, Montana, passed away at the Billings Clinic after a short illness and surgery on February 28, 2018. Arnold was born June 28, 1931 on the family homestead in Valley County, south of Opheim. He was the youngest of four children born to Daniel G. and Anna Anderson. Arnold’s father passed away when he was 9 years old, and he and his siblings helped their mother keep the farm solvent through difficult years. He graduated from Opheim High School in 1949.
In 1952, his family was informed by the U.S. Government that either he or his brother, Dan, were required to be drafted into the Armed Services. Arnold, being the younger of the two, volunteered to join. On his way to sign up for the draft, Arnold ran into a friend and both decided to enlist into the U.S. Navy rather than be drafted into the Army. He served his basic training in San Diego and served on the USS Polaris. On a weekend leave from a Naval Station in Japan, he and a friend were taking pictures and had just taken a picture of a woman working in her garden. As they were walking away, a young Japanese woman asked if they would come and have tea with her grandmother (the woman in the garden) because it was an honor to have your picture taken at that time. When they joined the woman for tea in her home, they soon discovered that she was the widow of Commander Yamamoto, the commander-in-chief of the Combined Fleet during WWII and the mastermind of the Pearl Harbor attack. He and his friend were able to visit extensively with her through her granddaughter who spoke fluent English. During his service in the Navy, Arnold was on all continents, except Australia and Antarctica.
Arnold was honorably discharged from the Navy as a second petty officer in 1955. He returned back to the family farm. On February 10, 1957 he married Mary Lou Gardner in Cut Bank, Montana. They had two children and were married for 41 years. Mary Lou passed away in 1998. Arnold subsequently married Donna Sorum, of Two Harbors, Minnesota, and they spent time traveling between the Opheim farm and their Two Harbors home on the banks of Lake Superior, as well as trips to Florida, the East Coast, and Europe. Arnold cared for Donna until her death in 2015. He then returned to the family farm and lived both there and at Prairie Ridge in Glasgow until his death. He spoke fondly of his extended family at Prairie Ridge and greatly enjoyed his time there socializing and painting. He was asked and honored to be the painting instructor at Prairie Ridge during his time there.
Arnold greatly enjoyed spending time with his many lifelong friends in Opheim as well as new friends he made in Two Harbors, but his time with his children and grandchildren, his siblings and his very special nieces and nephews, as well as Donna’s sons, was priceless to him. He also enjoyed fishing, playing cards, attending the sporting events of his children and grandchildren, and traveling, but his heart always led him back home to the family farm.
Arnold was preceded in death by his wife, Mary Lou; his wife, Donna Sorum; his parents; his siblings, Ellen Lenoir, Hazel McGaffey, and Dan Anderson. He is survived by his son Blake L. (Kim) Anderson; his daughter, Judith Anderson (Matt Simley); and his four grandchildren, Teal Hansard (Buc Weisert); Brandon (Darbi) Hansard, Chere and Mitchell Anderson, as well as his dear nieces and nephews.
Memorials may be made to the North Valley EMA or a charity of your choice.

Service will be Tuesday, March 6th at 11:00 A.M. at the Community Church in Opheim with burial in the Lawndale Cemetery.

Thursday, March 1st 2018

Bonnie Rae (Britzman) Billing

Bonnie Rae (Britzman) Billing
July 15, 1953 - February 24, 2018

Bonnie (Britzman) Billing was born July 15, 1953 in Glasgow, the daughter of Carl and Tillie Britzman. She grew up on the family farm south of Glasgow and attended Glasgow schools graduating from GHS in 1971. She then continued her education at Montana State University, graduating in 1975.

After graduation she went to work as a Juvenile Probation Officer for the 16th Judicial District and spent several years living in Miles City. In 1980 she was accepted into the Federal Bureau of Investigation as an FBI Agent where she served in field offices in West Virginia, Chicago, and Austin Texas.

On December 28, 1992 she married Ben Billing in Chicago. With Ben being an airline pilot and Bonnies FBI career, they spent much of their time traveling. Bonnies last assignment took her to Austin Texas where they fell in love with the Texas hill country. So after her retirement in 2004 they bought a little chunk of Texas where they built a house, had a few cows, and took a Montana pup (Bea) to Texas. She used to love to call on a 20 below Montana day and tell how she was sitting on her deck having a toddy and watching their pecan tree blossom.

Bonnie passed away on February 24, 2018 after complications from knee replacement surgery. No services are planned at this time. She has been cremated and her wishes were for her ashes to be buried in the two places she loved- Texas and Glasgow. Ben will be up when the weather warms up and we will have a celebration of her life.

She is survived by her husband Ben, brother Dick Britzman (Bobbie), Uncle Wilmer Britzman, nieces Stacy Britzman, Janeen Britzman, Carla Olson (Ricci) - nephew John Britzman (Katie), and great nieces and nephews - Leinie Hughes, Gabe Hughes, Paityn Britzman, Chezney Olson, Lakelyn Olson, Clair Britzman, Kendal Britzman, and Deshawn Joseph.

Wednesday, February 28th 2018

Gay Marie Anderson

Gay Marie Anderson
Gay Marie (Minnerath) Anderson, 68, passed away peacefully at her home surrounded by her family, Monday, February 26, 2018.
She was born to Raymond and Ida (Fjeldheim) Minnerath on April 7, 1949, in Glasgow, Montana. She attended school in Saco until she was in the 7th grade when her family moved to Glasgow. Here she spent the rest of her school days until she graduated in 1967. This enabled her to make lifelong friends from both Saco and Glasgow.
She married Richard Larry Anderson and while they were married, had one son, Gary Thomas Anderson in 1968 and a daughter, Jennifer Marie Anderson-Munden in 1971. In 1981, she married John (Butch) Leckie. Though they later divorced, they remained lifelong friends to this day.
After high school, she worked at Cable-Vision for a few years. She then went to work at the Department of Health and Human Services for the state of Montana where she eventually retired after 30 years of service.
Her family was her pride and joy. She dedicated herself to creating the most wonderful memories with those she loved. Some fondest memories include late nights playing rambunctious games of Spoons, an endless supply of milkshakes, baking monster cookies in the kitchen, sending random care packages to her grandkids that always smelled of cookies, and having the best Easter egg hunts. She had the best house to make endless forts complete with its very own doorbell. Her house was, the "MacGyver" house - she always had whatever someone was looking for. All they had to do was ask and she would point them in the right direction to find it. Her kitchen was a place of gathering for great food, games, and stories. She had the most incredible knack of creating a fabulous sense of home. A sense of comfort just came over anyone who stepped through her door and she made everyone feel welcome in the warmth of her home.
Along with her love of family, she poured her passion into quilting, Bunko nights, enjoying her beloved dog Rango, cooking for her family, and tending to her flower beds. She knew anything and everything about birds and how to entice them into her yard.
She built wonderful friendships with many. She especially enjoyed coffee and drives with her lifelong friend Sue Garsjo and morning breakfasts at the Oasis with her beloved friend Gloria Robertson whom she considered both to be more like family.
She was preceded in death by her parents Ray and Ida, her sisters Betty (Minnerath) Fielder and Kerry Ann (Minnerath) Ross, a nephew Mike MInnerath, and a grandson Ethan Munden.
She is survived by two forever loving children; a son Gary (Brenda) Anderson of Glasgow and a daughter Jenny (Travis) Munden of Missoula, grandchildren; Katelin (Taylor) Anderson of Missoula, McKenna Munden, Kinley Munden and Haiden Munden of Missoula, and Gage Anderson of Glasgow, four siblings; one sister Shari Minnerath of Billings, three brothers Ken (Alice) Minnerath of Laurel, Don (Holly) Minnerath and Bob (Patty) Minnerath both of Saco; and many nieces, nephews and great nieces and nephews.

Cremation has taken place and a memorial service and inurnment will take place in the Saco Cemetery at a date and time to be determined and announced.

Thursday, February 22nd 2018

Myron J. Stratton

Myron J. Stratton, age 90, passed away on February 15th, 2018, in Billings, Montana.

Funeral services will be held at 2 o’clock, February 24th, at Michelotti-Sawyers Mortuary. Burial will be at a later date in Lewistown, Montana where Myron will be laid to rest with his family.

Myron was born January 3rd, 1928, in Moore, Montana. He was one of seven siblings. He was the son of Myron Oscar Stratton and Blanche Marie (Blackman) Stratton. Myron attended two years of high school and then enlisted in the Navy in July of 1945 at the age of 17. Myron was honorably discharged as a Seaman Second Class in August of 1946. After leaving the Navy, Myron spent his time working for the Great Northern Railroad. He took a brief break from his job at the railroad to continue his higher education at Minot State University. After attending college, Myron was rehired by the railroad and worked for many years, as a dispatcher along Montana’s hi-line, before retiring in 1992. Myron enjoyed traveling as well as collecting trains and cars.

Myron was preceded in death by his parents, Myron O. and Blanche M. (Blackman) Stratton; his brothers, Donald E. Farrington, John L. Stratton; his sisters, Betty L. Laveen, Patty A. Goodan, and Jeanette L. Stratton. He is survived by his sister, Barbara L. Nelson (Stratton) of Glasgow, Montana; her children, and many other special nieces, nephews and dear friends.

Myron’s family wishes to thank The Springs at Grand Park and RiverStone Hospice for giving him a loving home and excellent care.

Tuesday, February 20th 2018

Jeanette E. Forest

Jeanette E. Forest, age 81, of Glasgow, passed away Monday, February 19, 2018. Services are pending at this time.

Monday, February 19th 2018

Eugene "Al" Martin

Eugene “Al” Martin, 85, of Glasgow, Montana passed away February 15, 2018 at Valley View Home.
Al was born May 17, 1932, the oldest of two sons to Mary Emma (Falcon) and Albert Martin in Trenton, North Dakota. He went his first ten years of school in Trenton and then to Williston High School, where he graduated from high school.
He married Alpha Overstreet on June 6, 1952 at St. John’s Catholic Church in Trenton, North Dakota. To this union was born seven children.
Al played American Legion Baseball when he was young, he raced cars and go carts and won many trophies. Al worked as a Brakeman-Conductor on the Railroad for thirty-five years. He built a cabin at the Pines Recreation Area and the family enjoyed their time spent there over the years. He had a large H.O. Train Collection, many of which he built himself.
Since his retirement, Al and Alpha spent twenty-two years traveling to Yuma, Arizona in the wintertime. During his time in Yuma, Al took up wood carving classes through the local college. He became a very good woodcarver and we have enjoyed his many creations.
Al is preceded in death by his mother and father; his brother Ralph Martin and is great-granddaughter Victoria Martin.
Al is survived by his wife Alpha; children Twila Martin, Tracy (Ralph) Arnold, Terri (Tony) Peterschick, Teddi (Brent) Shorten, Randy (Lisa) Martin, Tamara Teitelbaum and Tina (Mike) Daggett; nineteen grandchildren; twenty-six great-grandchildren and four great-great-grandchildren.
A rosary will be prayed at 6:00 p.m. on Tuesday, February 20, 2018 at St. Raphael’s Catholic Church. A Mass of Christian Burial will be held Wednesday, February 21, 2018 at 10:00 a.m. at St. Raphael’s Catholic Church with celebrant Father Jose Villiparambil. Inurnment will take place at Highland Cemetery following the service. A luncheon will be held at the St. Raphael’s Parish Center following inurnment.

Monday, February 19th 2018

Terrace Kennedy Cole

Terrace Kennedy Cole passed away on February 13, 2018 in Great Falls, MT. He was born on November 18, 1960 the oldest of seven children.

Terry graduated from Glasgow high school in 1979. When he was hired on with BNSF and worked out of Shelby, Cut Bank, Havre, Glasgow and Wolf Point calling crews.

Terry greatest joy was his siblings and nieces and nephews. He was a very kind hearted, loving soul. He would help anyone that asked. And chatting with friends on the Internet.

He is proceeded in death by his parents, Dennis and Judy Cole; brother Edmond, and grandparents, Claude and Alpha Traver, and Forrest and Hilda Cole. Survivors include five siblings, Shannon and his wife, Jennifer, Derwin, Denise, Robert and his wife, Helen, Danial and his wife, Nicole. Nieces and nephews, Noah, Lucas, Raina, Kathryne (Quentin), Nikki (Brad), Aby, Duane, Liberty, Thaison (Kimberly), Samara and Sierra, Phoenix (Rocio), Mythias and Mykhia, Mark and Maria, great-nephews and great-nieces, Madison, Hayden, Taylor and Craig and Samirah, Lillyanna, Tristan, Jaxon, Noah, Hiro. One uncle, Darrell Cole; and two aunts, Beryl DeTienne and Tess Watterud.

Services will be held at a later date.

Tuesday, February 13th 2018

Josephine "Jo" Marie Lauckner Dorsey

Josephine “ Jo” Marie Lauckner Dorsey - 81
Josephine “Jo” Dorsey was born on November 24, 1936 in Glasgow, Montana. She was the daughter of William A. Lauckner and Hilda Marie Beer Lauckner. Jo attended twelve years of school, graduating from Nashua School, in Nashua, Montana. She continued her education studying business in Fargo, North Dakota.

Jo married John Lawrence Dorsey, on June 24, 1961. They enjoyed 52 years of marriage before John passed away on February 18, 2013. Jo is survived by her son, William Lawrence Dorsey “Larry”, daughter-in-law Tracy Dorsey and three grandchildren Alexis (22), Kohl (20) and Regan (16) who currently reside in Arizona. Her Montana family includes her sister, Helen Lauckner Heikens (husband-Bob), brothers Andy (wife-Jamie) and Bill Lauckner (wife-Myrna) along with numerous treasured nieces and nephews.

Jo knew how to work hard, in fact, she was most happy when busily working and serving others. Growing up in Montana, Jo began working on the family farm at a young age. Her first job was at Farmers Union Market. She was also employed at First National Bank of Glasgow, Farmer’s Stock Growers Bank of Glasgow, First Security Bank of Montana, and Norwest Bank. She finished her 35 year banking career at Wells Fargo Bank of Glasgow, retiring on March 31, 2000.

Although the majority of Jo’s life was spent living on the highline in Nashua, Montana, she also resided in Missoula, Montana for two years and in Gary, Indiana for three years. She moved to Billings, Montana in August of 2015 to be closer to medical care. Throughout her life, she was surrounded with a special love from her brother Andy’s family. She shared laughter amid many adventures and fun times enjoying a special closeness with her sister-in-law, best friend and caregiver, Jamie Lauckner, brother Andy, niece Katrina (and Lance) and her best buddy, Brexton. While she lived in Billings, Jo also enjoyed many family gatherings with her niece Gayle, nephews Bradley and Andrew, and their families.

A strong Christian, Jo will be remembered for her kindness and quiet strength. As a long-time member of the Lutheran Church, she assisted with numerous church and community functions. At the Nashua Senior Citizens Center, she was an assistant cook for senior meals where she served alongside her good friend, Pat Neulieb. She also aided in the distribution of commodities for many years. Jo belonged to the American Legion Auxiliary of Montana. One of her most loved ventures involved joining P.D.Q.s in Nashua where she was honored to sew memory quilts for families. Jo enjoyed cooking, baking and canning. An important tradition she passed on to her brother, Andy and niece, Katrina is the making of kapusta and padia sauce. Some of her other favorite pastimes included Bingo, Mexican Train, puzzles, hunting and fishing and traveling to rendezvous as a “Mountain Woman” with her husband, John. Jo enjoyed spending time with her large extended family and former co-workers as well as many of the public she knew from working in Glasgow. When visiting her Arizona family, she could often be found in the backyard near the grapefruit or lemon tree enjoying a fresh snack while throwing the ball for Aussie (the family dog) or cheering at one of her grandkids’ sporting events. A fun-loving, proud grandmother, Jo enjoyed hearing about the kids’ activities and achievements when away from them.

After a long, fearless fight battling ovarian, uterus, blood and bone cancer, Jo passed away peacefully in her home at Morning Star Senior Living on February 10th, 2018 at 6:45 pm surrounded by her family’s love. She was blessed by many incredible medical caregivers who walked with her providing support and overall care during this time. Although we will miss her dearly, we know her cheerful spirit will always walk among us.

Visitation will be held Friday, February 16th from 4:00 P.M. to 8:00 P.M. at Bell Mortuary in Glasgow, Montana. The funeral service is Saturday, February 17th at 2:00 pm at the Glasgow Evangelical Church. Luncheon will be provided directly after and then burial at the Nashua Cemetery. Condolences can be sent to Bell Mortuary at 701 2nd Avenue South, Glasgow, MT 59230. 480-228-2112.

Monday, February 12th 2018

Deborah Jo (Spillum) Fogle

Deborah Jo (Spillum) Fogle age 54 of Wolf Point, Montana passed away February 10, 2018 at Billings Clinic Hospital after a courageous and hard fought battle against gastric cancer.

Debbie was born on April 5, 1963 to Bayard and Agnes Spillum in Jordan, Montana. She joined brothers Jack and Tom at home and Loren followed not long after. Agnes married William (Bill) Stanton in 1971 and little brother Ebert joined the family, too. Although Bill was her stepfather, Debbie always saw him as her father and loved him dearly.

Debbie loved Brusett and living on the ranch. She was known to jump on a dirt bike and take off into the pine trees. She went to the country school until 1977 then moved into the dorm in Jordan, MT to attend high school. She was an excellent student and finished her junior and senior years in one to graduate early in 1980. After high school, Debbie moved to Billings, briefly, to attend college, but Jordan called her home.

Debbie married Monte Billing in 1984 and their son, Lane, was born in 1987. She married Keith Fogle in 1989 and their daughter, Loni, joined the family in 1990. The family moved to Glasgow in 1992. Keith went to work at the Post Office and Debbie worked part-time at Dairy Queen, but she spent most of her time home with her children. When both kids were in school, she found joy working at Irle School as a Librarian and loved having the same schedule as Lane and Loni. She never missed a play, recital, or sporting event. Camping and boating at Hell Creek were some of Debbie’s favorite things to do in the summer. She loved music and could be seen on the dance floor jitterbugging her heart out. Debbie loved to play darts, shoot pool, throw horseshoes and drink a cold beer. One thing that can be said about Debbie is that she loved to be the boss.

She went to work at Valley Bank for several years before moving to Wolf Point. She worked at Peavey Grain Elevator for several years, eventually settling into a job in Medical Records at Northeast Montana Health Services, that she really enjoyed. Debbie dearly loved all of her work colleagues throughout the years.

Debbie was preceded in death by her father, Bayard Spillum in 1989, her beloved brother Jack in 1997, her step-father Bill Stanton in 2013, and her grandparents.

Debbie is survived by her son Lane Billing; daughter Loni (Tony Gundermann) Fogle; mother Agnes Stanton; brothers Tom Spillum, Loren (Tamara) Spillum and Ebert (Karen) Stanton; grandkids Alice, Charlie and baby Gundermann due in July; several nieces and nephews; special companion Dana Schumacher; daughter-in-law Whitney Swanson and many more special relatives and friends.

A visitation will be held on Thursday, February 15th, 2018 with family receiving friends from 5:30 PM to 7:30 PM at the Bell Mortuary in Glasgow, Montana. A prayer will be held at 6:30 PM and will be followed by an open sharing time of our stories with Debbie.

Friday, February 16th, 2018 a visitation with family receiving friends will be from 11:00 AM until 12:00 PM at Stevenson & Son’s Funeral Home in Jordan, Montana. Burial will follow at Hearts of Peace Cemetery in Brusett, Montana. Please join Debbie’s family at The Summit Corral in Jordan, Montana following the graveside service.

Friday, February 9th 2018

Teresa Gail Watson Lenart

Teresa Gail Watson Lenart, age 61, of West, Texas, died surrounded by family on Friday, January 12, 2018, at Hillcrest Hospital in Waco, Texas.

An “Independence Day Baby”, Teresa was born July 4th, 1956 to Ray and Vivian Watson in San Diego, California.

Teresa moved from Texas to St. Marie / Glasgow in 2004. While in Montana, she attended college and graduated with honors to become a licensed addiction counselor for the state of Montana, and while in Glasgow, helped a lot of people. A straight shooter, she was loved and adored by her co-workers and clients.

Over her lifetime, she was a medical transcriptionist for the VA hospital in Waco, Texas, and in Oak Cliff, Texas. In the mid 90’s she was a manicurist in her sister’s beauty shop.

Teresa’s hobbies included listening to classic country and golden oldies —which she dearly loved —and playing games on her tablet. She also enjoyed crocheting, social media and riding horses.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Ray and Vivian Watson, her sister Kitty Hollifield, grandson Jayson Moore, and nephew Dakota Wood.

Survivors include her daughter Brandy (Tim) Thatcher of Hubbard, Dawn Moore of Missoula, and son James Piel of Malone; sister, Donnice Sorrell of West, Texas; sister Sherry (Cliff) Wood of West, Texas; and brother Don Watson of St. Marie.; four grandchildren, Mallori Slaughter, Destynie Moore, Caleb Moore, Katelyn Brown and Thomas Thatcher; and one great grandchild, Averi (who will be a ‘Big Sister’ this summer). And her beloved dog, Niecey, misses her greatly.

Memorial service was held on January 15th at Hubbard Cowboy Church. Cremation was arranged by Lake Shore Funeral Home in Waco.

Memorials may be made to Hillsboro Paw Pals, P.O. box 1533, Hillsboro, TX 76645, or NAMI (National Alliance for Medical Illness) at 800-950-NAMI or info@nami.org.

Friday, February 9th 2018

Fred William Cool

Fred William Cool, age 90, passed away at Whidbey General Hospital from a head injury. He peacefully joined his Lord and Savior on January 25, 2018.

Fred was born in Valley County, Montana on November 12, 1927 to Frederick and Ruth (Borum) Cool. He attended Harmony grade school in Larslan, Montana. Fred graduated from Glasgow High School and attended college at North Central Bible College (NCBC) in Minneapolis, Minnesota where he obtained his ministerial degree. While attending NCBC, Lois Montag and her friends wanted a ride to the park. Lois knew that Fred had a Buick so she asked him for a ride. Fred, already her secret admirer, gladly accepted and they were soon dating. Fred and Lois married on September 29, 1951 in Lois’ hometown of Oshkosh, Wisconsin.

After their wedding they resided in Oshkosh. Fred and Lois were blessed with a son, Stephen Monte Cool, on July 15, 1952. On September 24, 1954, Wesley Frederic Cool joined their family. Upon Fred’s dad’s sudden death in December 1954, the Cools lived in Larslan, Montana during the farming season to help with the family farm. During the rest of the year, they resided at their home in Oshkosh, Wisconsin. In 1962, the Cool family permanently moved to Larslan, Montana to run the farm and raise sheep and pigs. Wendi Jo joined their family on October 4, 1965. Fred started Cool’s Backhoe Service in 1975. Fred and Lois resided in their Larslan home until 2014 when they moved to Coupeville, Washington to be closer to their daughter and son-in-law.

Fred was a member and deacon of the Assembly of God church in Glasgow, Montana. Fred’s relationship with Jesus Christ was the most important decision in his life. He lived a Christ filled life. Fred believed that it was important to read his Bible and pray at the beginning of every day. If you had the privilege of meeting Mr. Cool, you and your family were automatically added to his prayer list. He lived a life that reflected Christ and the Bible was his guide. Fred loved to joke and tease. He always had a smile to share. He left an impression on everyone he met. Fred loved his family.

Fred is survived by his wife and sweetheart of 66 years, Lois of Coupeville, Washington; son, Stephen (Carol) of Glasgow, Montana; grandson, Joseph (Jennifer) of Bardstown, KY; grandson, Justin (Amanda) of Calais, Maine; son, Wesley (Jackie) of Glendive, Montana; grandson, Treven (Alicia); great grandchildren, Peyton and Conall of Glendive, Montana; granddaughter, Trenna (Bob) Antonelli; great grandchildren, Jayden, Genesis, Noelle, Gabrielle of Rifle, Colorado ; daughter, Wendi Tow (Mike Anderson) of Oak Harbor, Washington; grandson, Micah Tow (Alexis Elsevier) of Oak Harbor, Washington; granddaughter, Chelsi (Sean) Simpson of Pinehurst, North Carolina; sister-in-law, Joanne (Montag) Ohlin and brother-in-law, John Ohlin of Springfield, Missouri; cousin, Conrad (Carol) Eckert of Stevensville, Montana and many cousins.

Fred is preceded in death by his father, Frederick; mother, Ruth; sister, Dorothea Alice Bertelsen; brother-in-law, Verner Bertelsen; sister, Violet Mae Belling; brother-in-law, Olaf Belling; grandson, John Wesley Cool; father-in-law, John Montag; mother-in-law, Esther (Schroeder) Montag; brother-in-law, John Montag, Jr.

A cremation has taken place and a memorial service will follow at a later date in Glasgow, Montana.

Tuesday, February 6th 2018

Lona Highfill

Lona Highfill

Lona B. (Hanson) Highfill of St. Marie, Montana, died on January 28, 2018. She was born on April 16, 1930.

Lona lived a full life and was married five times. She was very well liked and respected to all who knew her upbeat, endearing personality. She loved 4-Bears Casino and loved going there with her friend Audrey Sands. In fact, that’s how she ended up in St. Marie. They had homes next to each other in Lomita, California. Audrey, who moved to St. Marie in the late 80’s, was a snow bird, going to California in the winters. Lona ended up coming to St. Marie a couple of weeks each summer, and before you knew it, Lona moved here in April 1994. Growing up in the city, she simply loved Montana, even when her health failed and she couldn’t get out of her house. She was a high-roller at the Montana Bar where Paul Monson was one of her dear friends. She also enjoyed a little TV as well as collecting John Wayne memorabilia and collecting porcelain Indian dolls, among other collectibles.

Preceding Lona in death was her grandfather Leslie Russel Hanson, Sr., her husband Paul Highfill; daughter Kitty (Eileen) Karr Stockdale; son Tim Karr; brother L. Russ “Uncle Bum” Hanson, Jr.; Mother Vera (Duke) Hanson (California/Texas who took a covered wagon from Indian Territory to Texas as a child).

Survivors include Don Watson of St. Marie; Johnny Sterling Barnes of Monument Valley, Arizona; sister Mary Ridenour of Tucson, Arizona; nine grandchildren and one great-grandchild.

Lona was laid to rest February 2, 2018, in the Highland Cemetery in Glasgow, Montana. There were no services.

Monday, February 5th 2018

Yvonne "Tillie" Cox-Hopkins

Yvonne “Tillie” Cox-Hopkins our beautiful and loving mother, grandmother, sister and aunt went to be with the Lord on February 2, 2018 at Faith Lutheran Home in Wolf Point, Montana. She was born July 24, 1931 to Joseph and Julia (Grandchamp) Cox at home in Frazer, Montana.

Tillie attended school in Frazer, Montana, then she went on to cosmetology school in Chicago. She also worked at Johnnie Café for numerous years as a cook and waitress. Tillie was a very accomplished seamstress. She taught herself to make star blankets which she hand sewed because she said they looked better. She made many afghans, doilies, tablecloths, and aprons. She enjoyed sewing and had a natural eye for blending colors. She was a wiz at crossword puzzles, word finds and Lottery scratch off tickets. She loved bingo and playing solitaire even with cards that were curled up, she said the older the better then she would give you her laugh. She had four husbands, which Floyd Hopkins was her last one and the true lover of her life which the feeling was mutual. She had a very good sense of humor which was infectious. Everyone loved her at Nemont Manor in Glasgow and Faith Lutheran Home in Wolf Point where she kept them amused with her stories. She had a heart of gold and would help anyone.

Tillie is survived by her daughters Julianna Ackerman, Debra Cantrell, Carole (Ross) Nimrod, and Robin Cox; sons Michael (Earlene) Ackerman, twins Rex and Ray Cox, Ricky Gives, Richard Cox, Jeffery Cox and Randy Cox; brother Ed (Marilyn) Cox; many grandchildren and great-grandchildren; numerous special nieces and nephews and sister-in-law Lillie Cox.

Tillie was preceded in death by her husband Floyd; parents Joe and Julia (Grandchamp) Cox; sisters Lenora Red Elk, Loretta Adams, Genevive Cox and Darlene Cox; brothers Joseph JR. Arlee, Julius, Nelson, Melvin, Raymond, Alvin and Donald Cox and son Parker.

Tillie was much loved and will be greatly missed but not forgotten.

Visitation will be Thursday February 9, 2018 from 6 – 8pm at the Bell Chapel. Services will be Saturday February 10, 2018 at the Frazer Community Hall with a viewing at 11:00am and the service beginning at 1:00pm.

Monday, February 5th 2018

Theodore Gerhardt Urban

Theodore Gerhardt Urban, as he wrote, “took that long journey never to return” under the loving care of the staff at Daniels Memorial Healthcare Center on February 1, 2018. At the age of 86, he died peacefully. Ted, as most people knew him, was born September 12, 1931 to Alfred and Agnes (Stannebein) Urban on the farm his parents homesteaded just west of Richland, MT. He attended Highland School and went on to graduate in 1950 from Opheim High School. Having grown up on the farm and ranch, it was a natural transition to make a living raising grain and cattle. Ted spent very few days without cowboy boots and polyester pants. Living through the Great Depression, he saved everything, just in case one might have a use for it later. From an early age, he enjoyed building things. A bale loader is still parked next to the home he was born in and an air compressor he built in high school is used to this day. He truly loved being on the farm, watching sparrows out the kitchen window or deer visit the farmyard. Many a Sunday afternoons were spent taking a drive to check out the countryside. Ted last visited his beloved home in June of 2017.

Ted often told stories of the happenings of Northeast Montana. He vividly recalled the snow storm of 1964, noting “the next morning, I looked out the door and the countryside looked like the Arctic!” He owned a D-4 Cat, spending many hours pushing snow and helping to keep the country roads open. He loved cameras and taking pictures, especially the novelty of the Polaroid. He left behind innumerable pictures of neighbors, family, antique cars, and snow. In 1974, he married Frances Delores (Boehm) Urban and went on to have three children. He enjoyed traveling, packing the van and tooling about Montana and into Canada. He often spoke of his 1976 trip to China. His retirement years were spent at the Nemont in Glasgow; he treasured the companionship of his cats and his radio was always on. Ted experienced many adversities in life including the death of his father in 1941. Life lessons were learned from our father and friend, some in what to do and others in what not to do. Throughout it all, his Lutheran heritage and attending church on Sunday remained an important part of his life.

Ted was preceded in death by his parents, Alfred Urban and Agnes Stannebein Urban Gunther, his step-father, Herman Gunther, and infant granddaughter Abigail Ilecki.
Ted is survived by his family: daughter, Karen and Perry Baatz and Matthew of Fargo, ND; son, Eric and Sarah Urban and Isaac, Elizabeth, and Matthew of Helena, MT; and daughter, Janice and Adam Ilecki and Bennett and Annabelle of Brown Deer, WI; and his former wife, Frances Delores Urban of Fargo, ND.

A service will be held Saturday, February 10th at 1 pm at the Opheim Community Church with burial per Ted’s explicit instructions to follow. Waller Funeral Home of Scobey is in charge of services.

Monday, February 5th 2018

Rosalie Marie Palazzo

Rosalie Marie Palazzo went peacefully surrounded by loved ones to be with our Lord on February 2, 2018. She was born on March 12, 1931 in Bronx, New York. She was the youngest child of Anthony and Carmella DeCarlo.

Since the day she was born, Rosalie was a vibrant and genuine soul. Growing up, Rosalie loved to dance. Throughout her childhood and teenage years, she danced alongside her brother, Peter in numerous recitals and performances. She met the love of her life, Lawrence Palazzo in 1952, while bowling, another of her favorite hobbies. They fell deeply in love and got married on June 26, 1954.
They started their family shortly after, having their first child, Larraine in April 1955. Two years later they moved their family to Italy, and had their only son, Christopher, in 1959. They returned back to New York in 1962 and completed their family with Marisa (1962) and Gina (1964).

Eventually, Rosalie and Doc settled in Glasgow in 1981. Here, Rosalie quickly became a loved and respected member of the community. She was a loyal member of the Soroptimist, Bible Study, PCCW and Hospital Guild. She enjoyed golf, bingo and playing the slot machines. She was an avid knitter who initiated the "Baby Hat" program at Frances Mahon Deaconess Hospital.

Her greatest blessing in life was becoming a grandmother to four grandsons and one granddaughter. She was a proud and dedicated grandma, and her life became even more complete with the births of her two great-granddaughters in 2017.

Rosalie is survived by her loving husband, Dr. Lawrence Palazzo; brother, Peter DeCarlo (Mary); children Larraine Eiland (Pete), Chris Palazzo, Marisa Brockmier, and Gina Hirsch (Dave); grandchildren Jeffrey Eiland, Emily Miller (Zach), Nick Hirsch (Sarah), Zack Hirsch (Chelsea), and Miles Palazzo; great-grandchildren Charlotte Miller and Rowan Hirsch; and numerous nieces and nephews.

She is preceded in death by her parents; brother Jack; son-in-law Wade Brockmier.

Rosalie was loved by everyone who knew who her and will be forever missed.

Vigil will be February 6, 2018, 6 PM at St. Raphael’s with the Mass of Christian Burial on Wednesday 7, 2018 at 10:00 AM with luncheon to follow at noon.


Tuesday, January 30th 2018

Allen C. Sevareid

Allen C Sevareid, 73, of Glasgow, Montana passed away January 7, 2018.
Allen was born in Glasgow, Montana to Henry and Ann (Waldhal) Sevareid July 8, 1944. He graduated from Glasgow High School in 1963. After high school he went to neon sign school in New York. He was drafted into the Army in 1968 and received an honorable discharge in 1969. He married Julia Nelson in 1968 and they made their home in Glasgow.
Allen was a well-known sign painter in the Eastern Montana area. He enjoyed woodworking, planes, trains and painting. He was a member of the VFW, Jaycees, and Elks.
Preceding him in death are his parents Henry and Ann, his sister Arlene, and wife Julia.
Allen is survived by his sons, Allen (Theresa) of Belgrade, Montana and Eric (Kristi) of Billings, Montana; five grandchildren Kayla (Travis), Ryan, Alex, Sara and Tyson; and two great-grandchildren Paityn and Zoey.
A memorial service will be Thursday February 1, 2018 at 10:30 a.m. at Bell Mortuary. Luncheon will follow at Bell Mortuary. Burial will take place at Highland Cemetery in Glasgow at 12:30 p.m.

Monday, January 29th 2018

Heather Anne Swanson Monson

Heather Anne Swanson Monson
Heather Anne Swanson Monson, age 49, passed away Friday, January 26th at Swedish Medical Center in Denver, CO from a severe AVM rupture.
Heather was born on March 22nd, 1968 to Mick and Sharon Swanson in Baker, MT while her father was the Vo-Ag teacher in Plevna. She and her family moved back to the family ranch north of Hinsdale shortly after she turned three. She grew up there with her sister and brother where she enjoyed the many aspects of ranch life. Riding horses, working cattle, putting up hay and milking the cow!
Heather graduated from Hinsdale High School in 1986 at the top of her class. She went on to attend Eastern Montana College and there met many friends that would be special to her throughout her life. She worked at the Soda Fountain and First Citizens Bank in Billings. During this time she met her first husband Grant ‘Gus’ Sinclair. They were married on October 16th, 1993. They celebrated the birth of their son, Boyd in December of ’94. They divorced after only three short years of marriage, but Gus continued to be an important part of her life.
She and her young son moved to Glasgow shortly after the divorce where she worked at CHMS. On August 22nd, 1998, she married Kelly Monson. They had a small ceremony looking out over Fort Peck Lake, one of their favorite places. They lived in Glasgow for several years, her working at Earl’s Body Shop, Quick and Tastee, Glasgow Irrigation and most recently Sand Electric. She and Kelly bought a house with a few acres just outside of town where she was able to dip back into her farming background. She loved to talk about irrigating, haying and working on their haying equipment. She was really pretty handy with repairs and enjoyed the fact that she was usually able to figure out what was wrong with it!
Throughout her work experiences she made numerous friends. You couldn’t go out in public with her without stopping several times to chat with pretty much everyone around. She loved her pets, her one and only niece often referred to her as the crazy cat lady, and she was fine with that. She wasn’t just a cat person, but also a dog person. She loved the beagles that she and her husband had and was absolutely thrilled to become the adoptive family for a beautiful Chow, named Alice, who doesn’t really like anyone to touch her, except Heather.
Heather followed Boyd and his classmates and friends, as well as her nephews and niece through all of their many sports and other activities and supported them with enthusiasm and sometimes even coffee. She claimed many of Boyd’s friends as her own and treated them just as she did him, either with hugs or by chewing them out when they needed it.
The end of Heather’s life was the beginning for many. She was generous enough to be an organ donor and we are comforted by the fact that she will be helping so many families be able to enjoy their loved ones for many more years to come.
She is preceded in death by her father, Mick and her brother, Russell. She is survived by her beloved son Boyd Sinclair, his wife Courtnee and her first grandbaby who will join us in May of Glasgow. Her mother Sharon Swanson of Absarokee, her sister Heidi (Mark) Johnson of Hinsdale, nephews Brady, Lukas and Trey and her favorite niece, Mickayla, all of Hinsdale. Her husband, Kelly Monson (Glasgow) and nephews Dillon and Jacob Billman. Her many loving aunts, uncles and cousins and friends too numerous to mention.
There will be a short funeral service at 11:00 on Saturday, February 3rd at the Hinsdale Lutheran Church with a luncheon to follow at the Legion Hall.

Wednesday, January 24th 2018

Wayne Jacobs

Wayne Jacobs 86, retired rancher, farmer and Korean War Vet, passed away peacefully January 24, 2018 surrounded by family.
Wayne was born to Vernon and Francis (Hulbert) Jacobs July 8, 1931 in Malta, Montana.
On January 21, 1958 Wayne married Elsie Edna Math, who passed away September 16, 2015.
Wayne is survived by four sons Clarence (Irene), Clinton (Cindy), Dale (Lori), and Wes; seven grandchildren; four step-grandchildren; ten great-grandchildren; 6 step-great-grandchildren; brother Francis (Delores); a cousin and several nieces and nephews.
Wayne is proceeded in death by his wife, Elsie; parents; two sisters and a step great-grandson.
Visitation will be Friday January 26, 2018 from 1-4 pm at Bell Mortuary Chapel.

Thursday, April 12th 2018

Donald (Don) Ray Bauer

Donald Ray Bauer “Don”, age 83 of Glasgow, Montana passed away January 4th, 2018.
Don was born January 8, 1934 in Glasgow to George and Anna (Pulaski) Bauer. Don graduated from Glasgow High School and upon completion served in the Military. Following military service, he attended the school of engineering in Milwaukee Wisconsin. He returned home to Glasgow and worked for two companies.
On August 2, 1958 Don married Janet Evelyn Cowart a future nurse student he met while in Atlanta, Georgia.
In 1960, Don started working for the Glasgow Post Office, and after 30 plus years he retired to travel and go fishing with good friend Mike Murphy in Alaska.
Don and Jan made many trips to Florida to see her family, to Vancouver Washington to visit David, Laura and their two precious granddaughters.
Don spent many years with good friend Gail Johnson on the farm and with their two families visiting or on picnics at Fort Peck lake.
Don is survived by his wife of almost 60 years of marriage, Sons; Paul of Glasgow, David (Laura) of Vancouver Washington; granddaughters Claire and Megan of Vancouver, Washington; sister Marlene Jackson of Glasgow, and brother Tom Bauer of Mukilteo, Washington.
Don is preceded in death by his parents George and Anna Bauer, and two sons Tim and Brian Bauer.
Memorial service will be Tuesday April 17, 2018 4 P.M. at Bell Chapel, a luncheon will follow the service at the Cottonwood Inn. Private Family inurnment the next day.

Friday, January 19th 2018

Christina "Tina" Ellen Marks

Christina “Tina” Ellen Marks died January 17, 2018 at the Frances Mahon Deaconess Hospital in Glasgow, surrounded by family. She had been diagnosed with Leukemia two days earlier. Mom had been feeling tough for a while, but she resisted seeking medical help, as was her nature.
Tina was born November 16, 1929 to Mary Meharry Mix and Henry Earl Mix of Hinsdale, MT. Tina attended completed high school in Hinsdale.
On December 29, 1948 Tina married the love of her life William Ernest “Bill” Marks. Together they raised eight children, most of whom were born in Roundup, Montana. Mom worked as a waitress and cook at the Busy Bee café in Roundup while Dad worked in the oil fields.
The family moved to Havre for two years while dad went to college after he suffered a coronary heart attack. After college, the family moved to Glasgow where all eight children graduated high school. Tina worked at JC Penney’s for 28 years and Bill worked at Arnie’s Electric. They enjoyed square dancing every week. They were both active in the Catholic Church. Tina and Bill were married 64 years.
Tina and Bill retired and moved to the farm house in Saco, MT in which Bill was born. They spent about six years remodeling and expanding the farm house and in the process built a nice retirement home. They lived in the farm house from 1992 until Bill’s death in 2014. Tina was active with the Rebekah’s in Glasgow and Saco. She and Bill worked diligently on the maintenance of the IOOF Hall and Catholic Church in Saco.
Tina was well known for her fancy work. She exhibited much of her work at the Valley County Fair. She received many Rosettes for her work. Tina’s work included crochet, knitting, tatting, crewel, quilting, and sewing. She made many Christmas, wedding, and birthday presents with her fancy work. She made wedding dresses for her children. Tina made baby quilts for the new babies at the Frances Mahon Deaconess Hospital in Glasgow. She also made many wedding cakes. Tina always had a vegetable garden. She canned vegetables for food year-round and was known county wide for her pickled beets.
Tina is survived by her children Ernest Marks, Patrick Marks, William Marks, Christopher Marks, Betsy Marks-Quaring, Connie Marks-Goodwin, Carol Marks-Robbins and Cheryl Marks-Bruce, her sisters Margie Yeska and Thelma Robertson; her brother Tom Mix and 23 grandchildren and numerous great-grandchildren. Tina has a large extended family, and an untold number of friends who admire her strength, stability, and productivity.
Tina will be missed. Heaven has another angel.
Visitation will be January 21, 2018 from 2:00- 5:00 p.m. at Bell Mortuary.
Mass of Christian Burial will held 2:00 p.m., Monday, January 22, 2018 at St. Francis Assissi in Saco, Montana with Father Cory Sticha presiding. Burial will follow in Grandview Cemetery and a luncheon will be at the IOOF Hall in Saco following burial.

Tuesday, January 16th 2018

Richard Dennis Eklund

MALTA- Richard Dennis Eklund, 49, a mechanic, passed away of unknown causes December 2017.

Cremation has taken place. Memorial services will be Saturday, Jan. 20, at 11:00 A.M. at the Kirkwood Memorial Chapel. Condolences for the family may be left at www.kirkwoodfuneralhome.com.

Tuesday, January 16th 2018

Mary Ileen Pekovitch

MALTA- Mary Ileen Pekovitch 87, passed away on Saturday January 13th at Hi-Line Retirement with her family by her side.

Viewing will be available on Thursday, Jan 18, 2018 from noon to 6:30pm at Kirkwood Memorial Chapel, and sharing of memories with the family at the Tin Cup Bar and Grill beginning at 7:00pm. Funeral Mass will be held in Saco, MT, Friday, Jan 19th, 10:00am at St. Francis Assisi Catholic Church. Interment to follow at Grandview Cemetery. Condolences for the family may be left at www.kirkwoodfuneralhome.com.

Friday, January 12th 2018

Bud Geer

Bud Geer was born the first of twins at home near New London, Minnesota on September 18, 1921 to Henry and Jennie (Price) Geer. At the age of 13, Bud and his family moved from the Minnesota farm to Park Grove, Montana where his father worked for the Army Corp of Engineers building the Fort Peck Dam; while Bud delivered newspapers and did other small odd jobs. After he graduated from Nashua High School in 1939 he worked on the Nefzger Ranch in Vida, Montana.

On November 12, 1944 Bud married Mildred Habeck in Hingham, Montana and they made their home in Nashua, Montana. In 1948 the family moved 12 miles North of Nashua to the farmstead known as the “Geer Place”.

In the early 1960’s Bud began tinkering in the Rodeo Stock business. By 1971 Bud had a sizable rodeo stock and became a stock contractor himself. Geer Rodeo Company furnished stock to rodeos throughout Montana.

Bud always enjoyed watching rodeos in his later years, never losing his touch on what a horse was going to do coming out of the chute. With a sparkle of humor in his eye he could be found telling a story that kept everyone laughing or sitting at a table playing cards with friends.

He is preceded in death by his parents, Henry and Jennie; wife, Millie; son Jeff; daughter-in-law, Pam; grandson, Dru; sister-in-law, Theda; twin sister, Merridith “Sis” Kummerfeldt; and followed by his brother John “Jack” Geer later that day.

Bud is survived by his children Bob (Ferna) Geer, Dan (Patty) Geer, Zane (Dixie) Geer, Shelley Geer, Joel Geer; grandchildren Zane, Tammy, Matthew, Callin, Doni, Tanner, Lindsey, Jason, Justin, Jake, Jessie, Tara, Ryan, Autumn, and Amber; great-grandchildren Wally, Miles, Dawsyn, Owen, Cody, Tommy, Katy, Sam, Amanda, Kat, Allan, Kayla, Logann, Quinn, Buddy, Rowan, and Aadn; great-great-grandchild, Craig; and nieces and nephews Karen (Will) Taylor, Kurt (Tammy) Kummerfeldt, Charlene Schlotte, Diane (Pete) Nagel, Beverly (Jerry) Freeman, Laurie McConnell, Monte (Lonnie) Geer, Mary (Dave) Jensen and Chuck (June) Geer.

Funeral services will be held 11:00 a.m Saturday, January 13, 2018 at the Evangelical Church in Glasgow with Tom Fauth officiating. Burial will follow at the Highland Cemetery. A luncheon will be at the Elks in Glasgow. Bell Mortuary is in charge of arrangements.

Wednesday, January 10th 2018

Marie H. Hobby

Marie H. Hobby, 82, died on Tuesday January 2, 2018 in Atlanta, Georgia. A Mass of Christian burial will be held at Transfiguration Catholic Church in Marietta, Georgia on Tuesday, January 16 at 11:00 am with Father Fred Wendel officiating. A visitation will be held at Mayes Ward-Dobbins Funeral Home in Marietta on Monday, January 15 from 5:00 to 6:30 pm, with a prayer service to follow at 6:30 pm. A memorial service and interment will be held in Glasgow, Montana at a later date.

Marie Helena Nelson Hobby, the daughter of Ralph and Mabel Nelson, was born on December 5, 1935 in Glasgow, Montana. She graduated from Glasgow High School and began work at Frances Mahon Deaconess Hospital. She was primarily a homemaker but also worked with her family at various restaurants, and again with the hospital in purchasing. Marie enjoyed many years with her large extended and immediate family—she was the oldest of 10 siblings. She enjoyed picnics with family, fishing, trap shooting, boating at Fort Peck Lake, and spending time with friends.

Marie Nelson married Arvid Hobby on April 28, 1956 in Glasgow, Montana and had one daughter, Sandra. As a mother, Marie kept busy helping at her daughter’s school and attending the school performances of her daughter and many nieces and nephews. She and Arvid always had a pot of coffee on and enjoyed hosting their friends and happy hours. Outside the house, they enjoyed traveling with friends, taking trips to Las Vegas, bowling, and playing bingo!

After living in Glasgow for 40 years, Marie and Arvid moved to Kennesaw, Georgia in 1996 where she became actively involved with her grandsons. She attended many of their events – whether that be Boy Scouts or sports, band or high school football; she was always there. Marie was a member of Transfiguration Catholic Church in Marietta, and, after Arvid passed away in 2003, she became an active member in the Widow’s Web ministry. Marie was an avid fan of the Atlanta Braves, through wins and losses, watching nearly every game of every season. She attended several Braves games, Atlanta Falcons games, and many Georgia Tech football games. To top it off, she saw Neil Diamond in concert a few years ago.

Aside from weekly visits to friends in a retirement community, she also played cards at the East Cobb Senior Center.

She made good friends in Georgia and touched many lives. All will remember her as a sweet and kind person who loved her family and friends, the Braves, and believed that every dog needed a treat.

Marie was preceded in death by her husband, Arvid Hobby; her parents, Ralph Nelson and Mabel Nelson Masters; five sisters, Donna Rennick, Helen Blanchard, Masha Smith, Sharon Anderson and Julie Severeid; and four brothers, George, Buddy, Brent and Ralph Nelson.

She is survived by her daughter, Sandy (Ron) Richards, and two grandsons, Stephen (Nora) and Andrew Richards.

Tuesday, January 9th 2018

Julia Judith Teske Britsch

Julia Judith Teske Britsch, 95, passed away peacefully at her home north of Hinsdale, December 27, 2017.

Julia was born December 23, 1922 near Lustre, Montana to Dan and Helen (Peters) Teske. Her family lived in New Deal for three or four years, in one of the nicest houses. Julia would use cats as her dolls and put them in a buggy and push them around until they fell asleep. She attended a one room school at Canterbell Country School, there were 7 or 8 students in her first-grade class. Her transportation was horse and buggy. She graduated high school through a correspondence course. Julie lived her life in Valley County except for the four years at college.

Her plan A was to be a nurse. When that plan was nixed she went to plan B: to become a missionary. She went to Grace Bible Institute in Omaha, Nebraska for four years, graduating in 1949. She stayed in Omaha and worked at the school until she was called home because her dad had suffered a heart attack.

At that time, the Valley Old Folk Home was operated on a contract bid basis, and her mom, Helen, was awarded this bid for several years. Julie worked alongside her mother at the nursing home in Glasgow, Montana doing the bookkeeping and grocery shopping. While working there she met her future husband, Earl Britsch, while he was visiting his mother.

Plan C apparently was the plan God chose, for Julie and Earl were married June 14, 1955 in Rugby, North Dakota. They moved to the house that Earl had built north of Hinsdale. She liked the rolling hills and loved seeing the little green valley when she came down the hill to the ranch. Julie had to get used to the work that came with this lifestyle. Julie was a very good cook, especially her bread. Her ranch life summary- “sheep are a lot of work, cows are easy.”

Julie and Earl were blessed with three children: Karla, Roger and Dan.

For one year, Julie and the kids lived in Glasgow, so Karla could go to school. During this time, Julie worked at the hospital in the laundry department. Washing and Ironing the big sheets was made fun by working with her dad’s distant cousin.

Mom loved the Lord. She taught Sunday school, she liked to plink out a hymn on the piano and Psalm 23 was her favorite scripture. She treasured the fact that she led her dad to the Lord. She was a member of the Grace Baptist Church in Hinsdale.

Julie is preceded in death by her husband Earl and her daughter Karla.

She is survived by her sons Roger Britsch and Dan (Kate) Britsch; grandsons Chris Britsch, Cody (Jenny) Britsch and Jesse Britsch (Amanda Redding) as well as numerous great-grandchildren; brother, Gordon (Edna) Teske; sister-in-law, Blanche Schuler and nieces Carol, Irene and Vicki.

Due to weather conditions we will be having our graveside services inside at the Willie Nelson American Legion Post #45 in Hinsdale at 2:00 p.m., Friday, January 12, 2018 with Pastor Tom Tripp officiating. Luncheon will follow burial at the Willie Nelson American Legion Post #45.

Monday, January 8th 2018

Virgie Schweigert

Virgie Schweigert
(1920-2018)
Virgie Schweigert, 97, of Glasgow, MT passed away peacefully Wednesday, January 3, 2018 in Faith Lutheran Home, Wolf Point, MT. Virgie was born July 21, 1920 in Twila, KY, and daughter to Clavin and Reney Tipton.

She was a loving wife, mother and grandmother. She enjoyed cooking, gardening, and most of all spending time with family and friends. She had a strong faith in God through her entire life.

She was preceded in death by her parents Calvin and Irene (Reney) Tipton, husband Jake Schweigert, Sr., son Jake Schweigert, Jr. and granddaughter Susan Carter.

Survivors include her daughter, Reney Carter and husband Robert of Glasgow, MT., 7 grandchildren, Darrell Schweigert of Cincinnati, OH., Mitchell Schweigert and wife Julie of Miles City, MT, Lori Hinton and husband Perry of New Carlisle, IN., Les Schweigert and wife Jenny of Fargo, ND., Steve Carter and wife Guillermina of San Diego, CA, Gary Carter of Billings, MT. and Shawn Carter of Billings, MT., 8 great grandchildren; Chelsea, Stephenee, Stephen, Ashley, Samantha, Taylor, Tyler and Connor.

As per her wishes, Virgie has been cremated. A celebration of her life is being planned for this March. Bell Mortuary is assisting the family with arrangements.

We thank the staff of FLH for their care and services over the years.

Tuesday, January 2nd 2018

Gladys Nybakken


Gladys Nybakken passed away on January 1, 2018 at the VVNH where she had been a resident for seven years. The daughter of Dedrick and Bentine Opland, Gladys was born in Halstad, Minnesota on November 19, 1917. She was very proud of reaching her hundredth birthday which she celebrated with family and friends at the VVNH on Sunday, November 19, 2017.

Gladys grew up north of Nashua on various farmsteads and attended country schools. When she began high school stayed with other families in Nashua and worked for them to earn her room and board.

She married the love of her life, Carl Nybakken, on June 22, 1935. They lived 15 miles north of Nashua where they farmed and raised their family until they moved to the edge of Nashua so they would be closer to the school as the older children began high school.

Gladys was a wonderful spouse and mother as her and Carl made their livelihood off of the land and raised their family. Besides being a great cook she enjoyed crocheting and other crafts and many people have her handiwork in their kitchen. There is probably not a family member or an employee at VVNH that had not received one of her kitchen towels until she finally had to give up that hobby when it became too painful for her to use her arms. She was preceded in death by and infant daughter, Ann Marie, her husband Carl, her parents, and her four siblings – Esther, Bennie, Ruth, and Clarence.

Survivors include her children: one son, Donald Nybakken of Nashua; five daughters: Carol (Glen) Haag of Hendersonville, North Carolina; Glenna (Mel) Wilks of Genesee, Idaho; Linda Pederson of Vancouver Washington; Judi Ross of Vancouver, Washington; Jeannie Bergstrom (Larry) of Nashua. She is also survived by eighteen grandchildren, twenty-eight great grandchildren and 4 great – great - grandchildren.

Gladys was a member of the Grace Lutheran Church of Nashua.

Services will be on Friday, January 5th at 1:30pm at the Bell Mortuary Chapel.

Wednesday, December 27th 2017

Eleanor H. Kolstad

Eleanor H. Kolstad, 94, of Glasgow, MT passed away peacefully, Thursday, December 21, 2017 in Billings Deaconess Hospital. She was born December 2, 1923 in Opheim, MT, daughter to Axel and Hilda (Dahl) Watterud. She married Alfred Kolstad, Oct. 24, 1942 in Coeur d'Alene, Idaho.

Eleanor was a loving wife, mother and grandmother. She enjoyed spending time with her family, gardening and crocheting.

She was preceded in death by her husband Alfred Kolstad, her brothers, Leonard, Lester, Rudy, Myron, Donald and Glen Watterud and sisters Evelyn Watterud and Lorraine Halverson.

Survivors include her children Terry (Peggy) Kolstad of Castle Rock, CO, Arden Dwain (Julaine) Kolstad of Fountain Hills, AZ, Vince (Rose) Kolstad of Glasgow, MT, Robin Kolstad of Denver, CO and Kelly (Will) Bishop of Billings, MT, 14 grandchildren and 21 great grandchildren.

Funeral services will be held at 2:00 PM on Saturday, December 30, 2017 at the First Baptist Church.

Tuesday, December 26th 2017

Elvin A. Olfert

Elvin A. Olfert, 94, of Frazer was born April 30, 1923 to Dietrich M and Katharina (Franz) Olfert on the family homestead in Lustre, MT. He married Selma Toews in March of 1946 and they raised their family on that same farm living there until his passing on December 23, 2017.

Elvin was preceded in death by his parents and a daughter Jeanette K. Olfert Williams. He is survived by his wife of 71 years Selma Toews Olfert, son Kenneth (Robin) Olfert of Seattle, WA, son Ronald (Etta) Olfert of Lustre, MT, 9 grandchildren and 25 + great-grandchildren. Memorial Services will be on December 30, 2017 at 1:00 p.m. at the Lustre MB Church.

Wednesday, December 20th 2017

Albert Leroy Sergent

Albert Leroy Sergent, 88, went to be with the Lord December 18, 2017 in Warm Springs, Montana.

Funeral Services will be held Friday, December 22, 2017 at 1:00 p.m., at Bell Mortuary in Glasgow, followed by burial at the Highland Cemetery in Glasgow, Montana

Albert was an identical twin and the fourth child born to Benjamin Harris Sergent and Delilah Margret Bailey on October 19, 1929 in Wolf Point, Montana. He went to grade school in New Deal. He moved to Minnesota to live with his family. He went in the Army November 17, 1948 and was stationed in Alaska during the Korean War Era. He was discharged July 28, 1952.

He married Ruby Crause November 26, 1952 in Wolf Point, Montana They had six children and later divorced in 1964. He married Lorene Crider in 1965 and together they raised the six children.

He worked lots of odd jobs in Montana when he came back from Minnesota. He was a sheep herder, he cleaned lots of different places like the City Cafe, the First Security Bank and their computer building and the rest area west of Glasgow. He plowed snow, but his main jobs were working at the Chevy garage and the Glasgow Post Office as the custodian maintenance man, from which he retired.

He enjoyed hunting and fishing with family and friends. Christmas was his favorite holiday where he would put up his Christmas village around the tree and in the surrounding areas of the house. He liked visiting and playing cards and bingo with his close friends at Nemont Manor, Leona Garsjo, Hilda
Rosencrans, Ron Bradford, Cecil Speer and Darryl Cozad.

He is preceded in death by his parents Benjamin and Delilah; two wives Ruby Sergent and Loraine Crider; two brothers George Sergent and his identical twin, Alfred; and two sisters Florence Sergent and Ethal Underwood.

He is survived by all six children Robert Holms and his wife Connie, of Oregon, David Sergent and his wife Diane, of St. Marie, Montana, Carol Dixon and her husband William, of Anaconda, Montana Jerry Sergent and his wife Noreen, of Williston, North Dakota, Betty Frizzell and her husband Curtis, of Arp, Texas, and Gloria Kountz (Joe Yeoman) of Glasgow, Montana; two brothers, Delvin Sergent and his wife Betty, of Texas and Wilfred Sergent of Helena, Montana; two sisters Myrtle McClerry of Helena, Montana and Aletha Crampton of Minnesota; 16 grandchildren; 34 great-grandchildren; and one great-great-grandchild; as well as many nieces and nephews.

Tuesday, December 19th 2017

Jacquelynn Lee Fargo

Jacquelynn Lee Fargo, 59, of Wolf Point, Montana, passed away Sunday, December 17, 2017 at St. Vincent’s Hospital in Billings, Montana.
Jacquelynn was born October 4, 1958 in Glasgow Montana to John and Rhoda (Lentz) Fargo. She received her education in the Glasgow School system, where she was a member of the National Honor Society. She attended Montana State University and graduated in 1980, with a degree in elementary education.
After graduating she made her home in Miles City where she taught 2nd grade for 25 years.
Jacque will be remembered for her positive attitude towards life, she never allowed her physical challenges to take away from her love to live. Her heart was one that was grateful towards all those that assisted her in her journey through life.
Jacque is survived by her sister Colleen (Rocky) Kittleson of Glasgow; brothers Rod (Shannon) Fargo of Glasgow, Doug (Jill) Fargo of Grand Island, Nebraska and Arnie (Britt) Fargo of Monroe, Washington; nieces and nephews Dusty (Melissa) Kittleson and their children Ty and Kohl; Travis (Marcie) Kittleson, Jaryn (Sarah Hickman) Fargo, Danica (Matt) Harders and their children Cannon and Maevyn; and Courtney Arneson, Dallas and Dillon Fargo, Daylan Fargo, Katie Kittleson and Myles (Faith) Kittleson.
Preceding her in death are her parents John and Rhoda Fargo.
Family will receive friends Thursday, December 21, 2017 from 5-7 PM at Bell Mortuary. Funeral services will be Friday, December 22, 2017 at 10:30 a.m. at Assembly of God Church in Glasgow, Montana with Tom Fauth officiating. Burial will take place at Highland Cemetery in Glasgow. A luncheon will be held at the Assembly of God Church following burial.

Tuesday, December 19th 2017

Peter Fredrick Granada

Peter Fredrick Granada, 82, of Frazer, passed away in the arms of his wife, December 16, 2017 at Highgate Memory Care in Billings, Montana.
Pete was born in Glasgow, Montana, April 16, 1935, the only child of Fred (Fernando) and Dominica (Urreltz) Granada, immigrants of the Basque Pyrenees who were sheep and cattle ranchers. Pete was raised on the family ranch on the Little Porcupine Creek north of Frazer and graduated from Frazer High School in 1953. Pete attended Montana State College in Bozeman for one year before enlisting in the United States Army at Ft. Ord, California where he later served in a heavy artillery unit in Germany. After an honorable discharge upon completion of his service, Pete re-entered college under the GI Bill, but quickly returned home to take over operation of the ranch with his mother when his father was unexpectedly killed in an accident in 1957. In June of 1964, Pete married his one and only, Carol Elizabeth Uphaus, of the Glasgow area and together they raised Hereford cattle, hard red spring wheat, and two children. Pete was gifted with calling his cattle and keeping them gentle and easy to work with. Pete enjoyed walking the prairie and ranch in his later years. When he reached the point he could no longer speak, his eyes would still light up when shown photos of his friends, family and grandchildren.
Pete is remembered as a wonderful husband and father, his gentle spirit and kind hazel eyes, a smart business mind, and having a reputation for always being the first to have his crop seeded in the spring.
Pete was blessed with and is survived by his wife, Carol, of over 53 years; one son, Gene Granada, of Frazer, MT; one daughter, Genna Granada, of Billings, MT; three grandchildren Dominica, Renee and Gabriel Granada; numerous cousins in France, Spain and California; and many wonderful friends and neighbors.
A Rosary will be prayed Wednesday, December 20, at 6:00 p.m. at St Raphael’s Catholic Church in Glasgow, MT. Mass of the Christian Burial will be held Thursday, December 21, 2017 at 10:00 a.m. at St. Raphael’s Catholic Church in Glasgow, MT with Father Jose Valliparambil officiating. Graveside services will follow at Highland Cemetery. A reception and luncheon will follow burial at St. Raphael’s Parish Center.
Family requests in lieu of flowers, please consider a donation to the NE Montana Veterans Memorial at Ft. Peck or the Alzheimer’s Association for research.

Monday, December 18th 2017

Donna F. McNabb

Donna F. McNabb, age 84 of Glasgow passed away early Sunday morning, December 17, 2017 at Frances Mahon Deaconess Hospital in Glasgow.
Donna was born on January 10, 1933 in Glasgow to Alfred & Cora (Wager) Beaudry. She and her three siblings were raised in the Wheeler area- where Alfred was working on the Fort Peck Dam Project. She developed a love for music in high school that she would carry with her throughout her life.
Donna worked as a cook for Johnny’s Café off and on for over 48 years. She married Leon McNabb on March 5, 1970 and together they raised three children- Jackie, Sanford and Juanita. In her spare time, Donna enjoyed crochet, crafts and music (she not only could sing, but also played accordion, ukulele, violin and piano.)
Donna was preceded in death by her parents; brothers, Sanford and Louis Beaudry; sister, Antoinette Beaudry; her daughter Jackie Swan and a grandson, Jared Leno.
She is survived by her children Sanford (Mona) DeBray of Billings and Juanita (Tyler) Haider of Glasgow; and 5 grandchildren.
As per her wishes, Donna has been cremated. A celebration of her life is being planned for next spring. Bell Mortuary is assisting the family with arrangements.

Tuesday, December 12th 2017

Harold M. Brown

Harold M. Brown 96, son of Martin and Leila (Hull) Brown was born and raised on the family homestead in North Valley County on July 17, 1921. He grew up with a love of the outdoors, and working with cattle and horses. While not as enthusiastic about farming, he learned to love the changing seasons and the joy of a good crop in the bin. As the middle child of 13, he left home early to find work, which would supplement the family income.

As a teenager, he joined many other farm kids in the CCC’s working in the forests. He worked in Glacier Park in Western Montana clearing trees in what would become the future “gem” of the National Park Service. In addition to creating parking lots, trails and camping spots, he worked on what is now the “Going to the Sun” highway - one of the most beautiful drives in the nation.

On July 25, 1942, he married Erma Bjontegarrd at the United Methodist Church in Glasgow, Montana. WWII dawned and he was called to service in the US Army Air Corps. From 1943 to 1945 he served in the “Unknown War” in the Aleutian Islands. He returned in March of 1945 from overseas and ended the war driving for the Russian delegation as a chauffeur in the UN Conference in San Francisco. In October of that year he was furloughed from the service and returned home.

He joined the Black Ranch and worked for John and Roy for 4 years during which time the family lived along the Milk River East of Hinsdale. In 1951, the family moved to the Klind Ranch, south of Hinsdale, ultimately doing the farming of all Waino’s cropland – until he injured his back while carrying a sack of grain pellets to feed cattle during the winter of 1959. From February – June he spent either in the VA Hospital in Miles City or at home in bed.

Unable to do farm work do to the back injury, in July1959, he purchased the Park Grove Bar north of Fort Peck. He and Mom operated this until it was sold in 1982. He then became a brand inspector for the state, which he did for the next 15 years.

Dad was the consummate “fix- it” guy. Like many farmers, by necessity, he developed many skills. Through the US Army Air Corps and his work in the Aleutians he learned carpentry skills. Through the GI Bill, he learned welding, which kept our farm equipment operating. He was proud of his Army experience, but never shared many stories.

The Park Grove Bar echoed with his huge laugh during the time he and Mom operated it. His friends Lud Grose, Mickey Trotter, and others kept everyone on their toes with their practical jokes and stories of the day. Dad discovered there was a shortage of housing for temporary workers in the Ft. Peck area so he hauled in some trailers and bought adjacent land with small houses on it, which he rented out. This provided an adequate income during their retirement years. It kept him busy and everyday he was up and out the door by 7:00 AM with places to go and people to see and grass to cut.

His greatest joy were his grandchildren and great grandchildren. His greatest disappointment was when it became clear that they would have to move to assisted living in Glasgow. His greatest sadness was the loss of Erma his wife of 74 years in October of 2016 and two sons – Bob in Vietnam (1969) and Calvin (2008) to cancer. The men that they became were his greatest pride.

He is survived by sons Harold (Buck) and Vernon; grandchildren Trish Anderson, of Glasgow; Jason of Fort Worth, TX; Jessica Hickson of Luxembourg; Leila Avery of Kalispell; Johannas of Turner; Jennifer of Billings; and Robert of Bowman, N. Dakota; 10 great-grandchildren and many nephews and nieces.

A Memorial Service will be held 10:00 a.m. Saturday, December 16, 2017 at United Methodist Church in Glasgow, Montana with Pastor Howard Pippin officiating. Inurnment will follow at Hillview Cemetery in Hinsdale, Montana at 11:30 a.m. A reception and Celebration of Life will follow at the American Legion Post 45 in Hinsdale. The family requests, that in lieu of flower to consider a donation to the American Legion Auxiliary, Post 45, Hinsdale, MT 59241 or to the NE Montana Veterans Memorial in Fort Peck, P.O. Box 202, Glasgow, MT 59230.

Monday, December 4th 2017

Glenda Sanders

Glenda Sanders, age 69 of Glasgow, MT. died December 2, 2017 at home. Glenda was born October 26, 1948 in Grand Forks, ND., to Glenn Sanders and Lorna Hagen. Glenda grew up in Gilby, ND., where she graduated from high school. In 1979 Glenda moved to Glasgow and raised her two daughters.
Glenda was a modest person that loved family and spending time with them. She was the keeper of cleaning up Mother Earth here in Glasgow. She loved the simple things in life, like spending time with her daughters and grandchildren, watching TV, helping others in need, or just taking a stroll around town. She was very hard working and never complained about not having enough. A single mother of two, she was an inspiration to those who knew her best- always putting their needs first but teaching them to enjoy the little things in life.
Glenda is survived by two daughters Heather Sanders (Adam Hooper), and Shelly Sanders (Tim Milam); four grandchildren, Jada Buckman, Julia Buckman, Jack Milam, Jonah Milam; two sisters Sharon Burdett and Terry Johnson; and a special niece Tracy Sanders and her son Blayd Sanders. She is preceded in death by her mother and father, brother Gary Sanders and a great – nephew Damien Sanders.
A Memorial service will be held at 2PM, Thursday, December 7, 2017 at Bell Mortuary. Memorials in honor of Glenda can be left at Bell Mortuary.

Monday, December 4th 2017

Dorothy Risa

Dorothy Risa was born on September 12, 1922 in Regina, Saskatchewan to James and Annie B. Walters. She passed away on November 30, 2017 in Glasgow Montana.
Dot moved frequently with her mother as a young girl and also when her mother married Harry Ackers, a custom agent. She moved 12 times before she graduated from high school in Westby, Montana in 1941. She then moved to Missoula for secretarial classes and on to Great Falls to work at Rocky Mountain Insurance. There she met and established lifetime friendships. She enjoyed going to dances and brought her friends to Opheim to visit her mother and eventually met her first husband, Albin (Fat) Risa. She married Fat on January 1, 1946. He moved her to the family farm in Opheim. Dot, the city girl, adapted to living on the farm where she lived until 2007 and then moved to Glasgow. Lee was born on December 14, 1950 and Brian on February 7, 1954. After Albin's death in 1961, she married Theron Risa on December 28, 1963.
Dot was very involved in First Lutheran Church serving as district secretary, teaching Sunday School, leading the Lutheran women, Bethel Bible Study, and confirmation. In her community, she was on the school board, active in Opheim senior citizens, and a community club member. Their home was always open and welcoming. Dot and Theron's nephew, Kenneth Christofferson, lived with them for 5 years and attended school and graduated in Opheim. All of Dot's grandchildren received handmade quilts for graduation. She enjoyed blessing her family and others with numerous afghans and handiwork. She frequently attended sporting events in Opheim, especially for her grandchildren's ballgames.
She enjoyed family vacations, senior citizen trips and traveling, especially her two trips to Hawaii with Theron and close friends. She and Theron enjoyed ten years of friendships and visiting at Nemont Manor and Prairie Ridge in Glasgow. In her final month she was cared for at Valley View Nursing Home in Glasgow.
She was preceded in death by her mother, father and step-father, her first husband, Albin, brothers, Melvin Ackers and Allen (Millie) Ackers, and grandson, Tyler Risa.
Dot is survived by her husband, Theron of nearly 54 years. She is also survived by two sons, Lee and wife, Terry (Ackerman) of Opheim and Brian and his wife, Diana (Leibrand) of Blackfoot, Idaho; grandchildren, Jessica (Greg) Perry of Pocatello, Idaho, Travis (Candra) Risa of Blackfoot, Idaho, Kari (Cowboy) Murch of Glasgow, Kristy (James) Miller of Taylor, North Dakota and Bryce Risa of Opheim and 9 great-grandchildren Abby, Lily, Tayley, Caleb, Cole, Collin, Callie, Karstin and Kaisen; two sister-in-laws Lenora Ackers of Vancouver, Washington and Pat Risa of Glasgow along with many nieces and nephews.
Visitation will be held from 5:00 – 7:00 p.m. Friday, December 8, 2017 at Bell Mortuary in Glasgow, Montana. Funeral services will be 11:00 a.m., Saturday, December 9, 2017 at Opheim Community Church in Opheim, Montana with Pastor Owen Childers officiating. Burial will take place in Lawndale Cemetery in Opheim. A luncheon will follow burial at the church. Memorials can be left in Dorothy’s name to your favorite charity.
She will be missed by her family and friends but has left everyone with memories that will live on.

Friday, November 10th 2017

Betty Scanlan

Betty was called home to join our heavenly father in the early morning of November 10th, 2017 in Lake Havasu City, Arizona.

Betty, 80, was born in Miles City, Montana, on September 9th 1937. She graduated from Custer County High School where she met the love of her life Larry Gene Scanlan. They were married December 31st, 1955.

In the early years after their marriage they worked construction in the western United States until they returned to Kinsey Montana in 1967 to farm and ranch, continuing to do so until 1982. During that period, they raised 5 children on the farm. In 1982 they moved to Fort Peck, Montana, where Betty assisted Larry in the continuation of their construction business, worked for Western Area Power Administration, and also was active on the city council for several terms. In 1995, Larry and Betty started “snowbirding” in Arizona and New Mexico, joining with Betty’s brothers during the winter months. Betty loved to travel, and enjoyed many cruises and other adventures around the world. Their snowbirding resulted in becoming winter residents in Lake Havasu City, Az.

Betty is survived by her loving husband of 62 years, Larry Gene Scanlan, her 5 children Valerie (Marsh) Larimore, Les (Patti) Scanlan, Curt (Lori) Scanlan, Tom (Krissie) Scanlan, and Greg (Susan) Scanlan. She is also survived by 12 grandchildren and 2 great grandchildren. And of course their schnauzer Fritz!

Memorial services will be held at a later date.

Monday, November 6th 2017

Elai A. Erickson

Elai A. Erickson Jr. 63 passed away October 14, 2017 at the Ray Hickey Hospice in Vancouver Washington after a short illness. He was born March 5, 1954 to Elai & Bernice (Larson) Erickson in Devils Lake, N.D

When he was in the 2nd grade, Elai Sr was transferred to Glasgow. Elai attended school in Glasgow graduating in 1972.

He started his working career as a paperboy for the Billings Gazette, during his high school years he worked for the Cornwell Ranch, & after graduation he headed for California to make his new life. He worked for the Melby Law Firm hoping to make a career in the legal world. Not being his cup of tea, he headed north to Washington along with his sister, where he became a maintenance man for a chain of hotels throughout Washington and Oregon. He came back to Glasgow for a brief time but made his way back to Washington, where he was working at the time of his death.

He enjoyed tinkering with cars, he and his brother-in-law bought a gold mine, which took most of their weekends for many years. Elai was active in scouts, played hockey, loved horseback riding and enjoyed the country. He lived life to the fullest.

Elai was preceded in death by his parents, maternal and paternal grandparents, his only aunt and uncle, sister Rheta & brother-in-law Ferg.

He is survived by his son TJ (Jenn) Erickson & granddaughter Sophia of Vancouver, Washington sister Judi (Pete) Elsenpeter of Brooklynn Park, Minnesota, brother B.J Erickson of Tampico, Montana and numerous nieces and nephews and great nieces and nephews.

At his request, there will be no services. Cremation has taken place and there will be a family service later.

Monday, November 6th 2017

Mary Ann Squires

Mary Ann Squires, 62, of Scobey formerly of Nashua and Glasgow passed away November 3, 2017 in Scobey at Daniels Memorial Nursing Home where she had lived since 2006.

She was born April 20, 1955 in Glasgow, Montana to George and Mildred (Bondy) Squires.

Mary Ann lived with her parents in Richland at their home which was also their place of business, Squires Grocery, and rode the school bus to attend Special Education Classes taught by Mrs. John Nesbitt in Opheim.

Mary Ann loved to play Bingo and watching her ‘soaps’. She and her folks spent many enjoyable hours at the Senior Center in both Opheim and Nashua playing bingo.
During the 1980’s the family moved to Nashua and resided there until 1996.

She is preceded in death by her dad, George, in 1992 and her mom, Milly, in 2001.
Mary Ann is survived by her sister Arlene (Lalon) Trang of Nashua, MT; nieces and nephews Roger (Terry) Trang of Nashua, MT, Kelly (Pamela) Trang of Pierz, Minnesota, Barbara (Mike) Castleman of Kalispell, MT, Thom (Dina) Trang of Dillon, MT, and Vicki (Justin) Heupel of Kalispell, MT; great-nieces and nephews Morgan, Jacob and Caleb Trang, Taylor Trang, Logan and Elia Castleman, Nathan, Mikaela, and Abigail Trang, Luke and Evan Heupel, Matthew (Melissa) Sontseng and their children Reese and Kellan Sonsteng and Jessica Sonsteng.

Visitation Monday November 6, 2016 at Bell Mortuary 12-5 p.m.
Services Tuesday November 7, 2017 at Bell Mortuary 11:00 a.m.
Burial in the Nashua Cemetery 12:30 p.m. on November 7, 2017

Thursday, October 26th 2017

David Groche

David Groche, 87, a retired teacher, died Tuesday, October 17, 2017 at his home after a lengthy illness. Cremation has taken place. Memorial services will be at a later date. Condolences for the family may be left at www.kirkwoodfuneralhome.com,

Thursday, November 9th 2017

Lois Therese Grobel

Lois Therese Grobel died October 17, 2017. Born July 16, 1930, in the Asbury Hospital in Minneapolis, Minnesota, she was the youngest child of Richard and Alvina Carlson. Lois graduated Roosevelt High School, Minneapolis, and on January 22, 1949, married Lynn D. Grobel after he completed service with the 82nd Airborne. In the early 1950’s, Lois and family moved to Montana, living first in Billings, then Helena and finally settling in Glasgow in 1959, a move for which she was always grateful. She loved the people of Glasgow, their down-to-earth warmth and welcoming character. Northeastern Montana, its rugged beauty, boundless plains and majestic skyline was always a source of inspiration for her.

Lois was preceded in death by her parents; brothers, William and Robert Carlson, and her sister, Jean Mullane; by Lynn, her husband of 61 years, her daughter, Mary, and son, Peter.

She is survived by her son, Stephen of York County, Virginia; grandchildren Nick, Sarah, Lynsey and Zack and several nieces and nephews.

At Lois’ direction there will not be a public service. There will, however, be a memorial reception at the Cottonwood Inn on November 14, 2017, beginning at 3 p.m.

Lois thrived the last seven years at Valley View Home and regularly expressed her appreciation for the loving and outstanding care she received. It is her desire that anyone inclined to make a memorial contribution do so in favor of the Valley View Home, 1225 Perry Lane, Glasgow, Montana 59230.

There will be a Memorial Reception for Lois Grobel, Tuesday, November 14, 2017 at 3:00p.m. at the Cottonwood Inn.

Thursday, October 19th 2017

Donna Jeannine Cotter

Donna Jeannine Cotter born September 6, 1936 to Bob and Edna (Dodson) Cotter of Malta, Montana and later of Glasgow, Montana, peacefully passed away at Faith Lutheran Home in Wolf Point Montana on October 16, 2017.

Preceding her in death are her parents Edna and Bob Cotter, and brother, Jerry Cotter.

Donna is survived by her brother, Jim Cotter of Watauga, TX; sister-in-law Margaret Jobe of Fort Worth, TX; her children Debra (Steve) Greenwood of Wolf Point, Kimberly (Tom) Taylor of Spokane, WA, Valorie (Shannon) Lasyone of Huntsville, TX and Robert (Sherri) Jones of Springfield, MO; grandchildren Travis (Jordan) Taylor, Chad Taylor, Mallory Taylor, Chase Taylor, Tanner Neumann, Chance Neumann-Severs, Ashley (Cory) Young, Amber (Billy ) Kennedy and 14 great-grandchildren, and numerous nieces and nephews. She was a mother and caregiver to many others throughout her life.

Family will receive friends at Bell Mortuary in Glasgow, Montana Friday October 20, 2017 from 5:00 -7:00 p.m.

Tuesday, October 17th 2017

Bernice M. (Lohman) Barrett

Bernice M. (Lohman) Barrett age 90 passed away on Saturday, October 14, 2017 at Valley View Home in Glasgow, MT.

Bernice was born on June 28, 1927 in Marion, ND to Erma and Bennie Lohman as the oldest of 3 girls. Bernice graduated from Malta High School in 1946.

Bernice married Hank Morgan on November 28, 1946. He passed away from a fatal car accident on July 4, 1950.

Bernice married Bernard Boreson on March 25, 1952. They lived on the Boreson farm in Tampico, west of Glasgow. There they raised two boys, Bennie and Scott. They enjoyed visiting and celebrating with friends and neighbors through music, food and games. Bernard was diagnosed with cancer; Bernice and the boys took care of the cows, chickens and farming. Bernard passed away on February 5, 1976.

Bernice married Duane Barrett on April 10, 1981. They lived on the farm until November of 1987 when they moved to Glasgow. They enjoyed time with their family, playing cards and traveling the country together. Duane passed away on October 7, 2007.

Bernice belonged to the Valley County CowBells, VFW Auxiliary, Friends of the Pioneer Museum and the First Lutheran Church. She was the Clerk of School District #14, Tampico. Bernice was loyal to all those around her and enjoyed people, serving coffee or tea and cookies for anyone who came to visit.

She was preceded in death by her parents Erma and Bennie; stepfather, James Murphy; three husbands, Hank, Bernard and Duane; and sister, Betty Ohs.

Bernice is survived by her sister, Marilyn (Art) Wildhalm; children, Ben (Connie) Boreson and Scott (Myrtle) Boreson; four grandchildren, Brodie (Lindsey) Boreson, Bo (Crystal) Boreson, Jake (Shanda) Boreson and Emma (Andrew) Kuester; five great grandchildren, Sam, Brynlie, Bentley, Bree and Layla; and many nephews and nieces who will miss her.

Bernice’s funeral service will be held on Wednesday, October 18, 2017 at 11:00 AM at the First Lutheran Church in Glasgow, MT with Pastor Stan Hoobing officiating. A luncheon will follow services also at the First Lutheran Church. In lieu of flowers donations may be made to the Pioneer Museum, the First Lutheran Church or a charity of the donor’s choice.

Monday, October 16th 2017

Darlene H. Johnson

Darlene H. Johnson passed away October 13, 2017, in Billings, Montana. A graveside service will be held at 2p.m. on Thursday, October 19, 2017, at the Fort Peck Cemetery, with a gathering after at the Fort Peck Fish Hatchery.
Darlene was born April 29, 1932, in Henning, MN, to Ace and Selma Helmbrecht. She was one of 14 children. On July 4, 1949, she married Joe Johnson. They lived in Brockton where they farmed until they moved to Fort Peck in 1972. She moved to Billings in her later years, living at the Pleasant View Apartments, where she had many friends.
Darlene was not only a devoted housewife but was affectionately known as “the egg lady” to many in Fort Peck, delivering fresh farm eggs for many years. She could also be seen helping her son, John, at the Gateway and Fort Peck Hotel, doing whatever was needed.
Darlene was an avid Card and Bingo player. She and her twin sister, Dorine, spent many hours playing dummy rummy. Her wonderful friends, Ina and Rita, in Billings made sure she got to the Bingo hall even after she quit driving.
Darlene was preceded in death by her husband Joe, son Mike, her parents and 12 siblings. She is survived by her children: Mary Ann (Joe) Carson of Fort Peck, Juanita Hagen of Glasgow, John Johnson of Plentywood, Joan Burns of Stevensville, Jeff (Andi) Johnson of Glasgow, Sally (Larry) Strom of Billings, 21 Grandchildren, 36 Great Grandchildren and 32 Great-Great Grandchildren, her twin sister Dorine Hagen of Billings, and brother Gary Helmbrecht of California and many nieces and nephews.
In lieu of flowers, please donate to the Charity of your choice.

Wednesday, October 11th 2017

Steven DeYoung

Steven DeYoung age 49, passed away unexpectedly at his residence by Tiger Butte, near Glasgow, Montana on October 7, 2017.

Steve was born on August 3, 1968 in Chicago Heights, Illinois to Robert and Shirley (Dykema) DeYoung. His family moved to Bozeman where he received his education and graduated from Bozeman High School in 1987. He always had a passion for engines and motorsports including dirt bikes and snowmobiles.

Stevie met his future wife Diana Lynn Guttenberg in Bozeman, MT in 1992 through a mutual friend. After a few low-key drive by’s and a year and a half of friendship, Steve and Diana began dating after a stealthy camping trip. They were married on the shores of Fort Peck Lake on September 19, 1998.

Steve loved his dogs, being outdoors, fishing and was an accomplished marksman. He was involved in competitive shooting and won quite a few awards. Steve also raced in motocross with his friends and took home trophies and prize money from races.

Steve was a gear head and enjoyed riding with his awesome friends. They spent a lot of time riding both bikes and sleds in the mountains of Montana. Steve was an expert technician and a master mechanic and held certificates of training from mechanical trade schools on many types of vehicles, including the certificate of Harley-Davidson PhD.

Steve eventually found his home working for Thompson & Sons in Glasgow as a diesel mechanic under their guidance. He was well respected for not only his skill, but also for his hard work ethic. He often worked late or on weekends to get a vehicle back on the road for the owners. He truly “Rode for the Brand”.

Steven is survived by his wife, Diana DeYoung, his parents, his in-laws, his sister Amy and many close friends. He is also survived by his and Diana’s dogs Goose, Wolfie, Bella and Odessa who he loved dearly.

His visitation will be held on Thursday, October 12, 2017 from 5-7 PM at the Bell Mortuary in Glasgow, MT. Services will be held on Friday, October 13, 2017 at 10:00 AM at the Bell Mortuary in Glasgow, MT. A reception will follow the funeral service at the Cottonwood Inn in Glasgow, MT.

Monday, October 9th 2017

Sarah Charlotte Alma Bryant

Sarah Charlotte Alma Bryant, beloved mother and grandmother, passed away on October 5, 2017 in Glasgow, MT. Sarah was born September 28, 1922 to Swedish immigrants Henning and Ada Emanuelson, the youngest of six children. Sarah was born on the family homestead 16 miles east of Malta, MT. She attended school in the small railroad town of Bowdoin, MT. When that school closed she finished her schooling in Saco, MT where she made many friends. While attending school Sarah made her living as a telephone operator to pay for her room and board. As a young teen she was thrown from a horse, leaving her with lifelong pain. While in Saco, she met Harold Y. Bryant. They married in April of 1942 and had two children- Charlotte Marie in 1944 and Thomas Harold in 1943.

Sarah and Harold spent most of their lives in Fort Peck. Sarah worked at J.C. Penney in Glasgow and when Harold retired from the Army Corp. of Engineers, they moved to Great Falls, MT, where she continued working for J.C. Penney. When she retired she had worked for JC Penney for about 35 years. After Harold passed away, Sarah moved back to Ft. Peck until 2011 when she moved into Valley View Nursing Home. Sarah was preceded in death by her husband Harold; brothers Gus, Carl, Verner, Harold (Margaret) Emanuelson and sister Dorothy Scheffelmaer.

Sarah is survived by her children Tom (Irene) Bryant and Charlotte (Larry) Unger; a nephew Charles (Ranelle) Emanuelson; grandchildren Kevin, Darryn (Carol), Kyle (Cindy) Bryant, Christa (Bill) Wagner, David Unger and Christine Wright; Great grandchildren Spencer, Dane, Henley, Maddox and Murphy Bryant and Sarah and Brendan Wagner. Sarah will be remembered most for her awesome chocolate chip cookies, the beautiful flowers she grew and her love of Christmas. She will forever be in our hearts until we meet again.

A visitation will be held on Tuesday, October 10, 2017 from 5-7 PM at the Bell Mortuary in Glasgow, MT. Sarah’s funeral service is Wednesday, October 11, 2017 at 1 PM at the Bell Mortuary in Glasgow, MT. Burial will follow at Highland Cemetery.

Tuesday, October 3rd 2017

Elaine Newton Etchart

Elaine Newton Etchart passed to her Heavenly Home September 30, 2017 with her husband Gene at her side, just short of her 96th birthday. Margaret Elaine Newton was born in Hobson, Montana October 23, 1921. She was the eldest of William “Bill” and Annie McClellan Newton’s four children, arriving ahead of brothers Kenny and Dean and sister Donna. The Newton family spent their early years in Hobson where Bill had mail routes and developed a trucking business, hauling dirt and aggregate as highways were developed in the area.

Elaine’s father moved the young Newton family to Glasgow in 1933 and opened the Hudson Terraplane dealership amid the busy days surrounding the construction of the Fort Peck Dam. Elaine loved people, sewing and music. She was a drummer in the proud kilt clad Glasgow High School marching band (a band of about 90 which required four buses to transport), graduating from Glasgow High in 1939. She became an accomplished pianist and for several years played piano with a ragtime band with friends Bob Rundle, Jack Burgess and others entertaining at “clubhouse dances” in Glasgow, Fort Peck and the surrounding area. All through her life she could make a piano rock with ragtime favorites like The Twelfth Street Rag, The Entertainer and the Charleston Rag. In later years she needed to be coaxed, but she could still make the piano dance to the delight of her family and friends. She worked as a bookkeeper for the Buttrey Department Store in Glasgow at that same time. It was then that she caught the eye of rancher aviator Gene Etchart, who remembers her first as the “Beauty in the red Hudson convertible with white side wall tires.”

After the dam construction days Bill Newton moved his family to Sheridan, Wyoming. Elaine followed them and worked in the First National Bank there. Gene was operating a flying school in Miles City and would fly to Sheridan on weekends as he courted Elaine. The onset of World War II took Gene to Oxnard, California as an Army Air Corps flight instructor. Elaine joined Gene there after being married in Las Vegas on May 23, 1942 and they lived near various air bases during the war. They moved back to Glasgow to operate the Etchart Ranch. Elaine brought Michele into the world in 1943, John in 1945, Joe in 1948, Janeen in 1951 and Jacque in 1958. Elaine and Gene raised their children as they were building the Hinsdale Livestock Company ranch, which they operated until retirement. Elaine was a devoted wife, mother and partner. Through the ranching years she was also very involved in St. Raphael’s Altar Society, the American Legion Auxiliary, the local Republican Party, and the Montana CowBelles among many more. She and a group of friends founded the “Chequers” investment club, who recreationally studied the markets and invested in the 1960s and 70s. And she learned to fly.

She was an artist with sewing and knitting, and sometimes with tile and woodworking. The magnificent needlepoint Christmas stockings she made for all her children, their spouses, her grand and great grandchildren are precious reminders of her pursuit of perfection and flair for beauty. Gene, all of her children and some of their friends wore sweater jackets she made; sweaters with themes tied to each personality. She also took a great deal of pride in her coin and stamp collections. She loved crossword puzzles, Jeopardy, whist and bridge. She was a very good player.

She was a great mother, always immersed in her children’s and their children’s activities. She enjoyed planning and hosting family gatherings, was a magnificent cook and loved to share her recipes. She was quietly generous, often finding little ways to brighten your day or lend a helping hand.

Mom had an uncommon elegant dignity. She was compassionate, courteous, patient and kind. She was interested in everything and everybody. Mom seldom forgot a name or a face. She always had a warm gentle greeting as she encountered acquaintances, wanting to know what was happening in their lives. You could put her in a room full of strangers, and with her gracious way Mom would soon know everyone’s name and be able to tell you about their children.

Mom touched so many lives in so many tender graceful ways; she will be dearly missed by many. Gene, and his beloved Elaine, celebrated their 75th wedding anniversary this spring, and together with the entire family marked their 100th and 95th birthdays in August of 2016.

Elaine was preceded in death by her parents, Bill and Annie Newton, her brother Dean and her sister Donna; by Gene’s parents, John and Catherine Etchart, her son John Newton Etchart, grandson Jake Etchart, granddaughter Sally Jo Page Haynie and son-in-law Brent Frederickson.

She is survived by her husband Gene, her brother Kenny Newton of Glasgow, daughters Michele (Steve) Page of Billings, Janeen (Tom) McCarvel of Helena, Jacqueline Jeanne Frederickson of Radium Hot Springs, British Columbia, son Joe (Patt) of Glasgow, daughter-in law Sarah Etchart of Helena, 16 grandchildren, 15 great-grandchildren, sisters-in-law June (Dean) Newton, Delores (Mark) Etchart and brother-in-law Mitch Etchart.

At Mom’s request, there will be no services at this time; there will be a memorial service later. Rather than flowers, if you are inclined, Mom would have you consider something for the cause of your choice. The Fort Peck Theatre, Carroll College, and St. Raphael’s Parish were among her favorites.

Monday, October 2nd 2017

John W. McLeod

John W. McLeod, age 48, of Opheim, MT passed away on October 1, 2017 in the wonderful care of the staff of Frances Mahon Deaconess Hospital in Glasgow, MT. He fought a brave battle against an aggressive form of Lung Cancer.

John was born on June 18, 1969 to Bill and Pat (Duffy) McLeod in Seattle, WA. He grew up in the shadows of the Cascade Range and had many great memories of biking the trails with his brother. He graduated high school from Monroe, WA and soon came to North East Montana.

John enjoyed working a number of jobs including stints in the bakery, printing at the Courier, the St. Marie Water District and in the maintenance department at FMDH. Then he found his passion at the Opheim School. The work was long and required him to get certified to operate a boiler, but he enjoyed going to work every day. He loved his job and the students. Go Vikings!

In July, he was diagnosed with a rapid and aggressive form of lung cancer. The cancer soon spread and eventually led to his death. He fought bravely and always kept a positive outlook. His family wishes to publicly thank the amazing staff of dedicated medical professionals who helped John’s last days to be well remembered.

John is survived by his parents, Bill and Pat McLeod of Glasgow, MT; a brother, Ken of Monroe WA.; his life partner, Suzi Kirby of Opheim, MT.

He was preceded in death by both maternal and paternal grandparents.

A memorial service will be held to remember John’s life at the Opheim School on Saturday, October 7, 2017 at 10:00 AM.

In Lieu of flowers, the family asks donations be sent to the FMDH Foundation or the Opheim school district #9D.

Monday, October 2nd 2017

Gerald "Joe" Lee Alden

Gerald “Joe” Lee Alden passed away on September 27, 2017 at the Advanced Care of Hospital of Montana in Billings, MT. He was born to Straud and Lenore (Fuhrman) Alden at Glasgow on March 15, 1941.

He was four years old when our parents moved to a farm in the Fuhrman Community near Larslan. When our dad died in 1965, Joe took over the family farm, enabling mom to live the rest of her life there.

When George graduated from college, Joe and he went into a life-time partnership in farming and ranching. Joe was a member of the Elks and served on the Opheim Farmer Union Board.

He enjoyed hunting, fishing, boating, playing cards, team roping and going to hear the elk bugle at Robinson Bridge, but he mostly enjoyed farming and all the equipment involved, especially tractors.

Joe dearly loved his nephews and nieces; great-ones and great-great-ones. Many of them had their first experience in camping, fishing, hunting and trail rides with “Uncle Joe” and Uncle George.

He was preceded in death by his parents, paternal and maternal grandparents, uncles Walter, Clarence, Mel, Earl, Jim and Ken; aunts, Ruth Gilberston and Phyllis Campbell; brother-in-law Lee Eblen and cousins, Joyce Haven, Les Gilbertson, James Fuhrman and Travis Fuhrman.

Joe is survived by his sisters, Pat (Mark) Fauth, Susan (Bob) Fauth and Jane Eblen; brother George Alden, aunts Barbara (Barry) Bales, Phyllis Fuhrman and Shirley Fuhrman; nephews Steve, Tom, Brad, and Mike; nieces Margaret, Dawn and Michele, Marie, Nikki and Kristal; 26 great-nieces and nephews and 19 great-great-nephews and nieces.

He will be missed by family and friends but welcomed by his dad and mom. Memorials can be made to the donor’s choice in his name.

A visitation will take place on Tuesday, October 3, 2017 with family receiving friends from 5-7 PM at the Bell Mortuary in Glasgow, MT. His funeral service will be on Wednesday, October 4, 2017 at 11 AM at the Evangelical Church in Glasgow, MT with burial to follow at the Highland Cemetery. A luncheon will follow burial back at the Evangelical Church.

Monday, October 2nd 2017

Imojean (Fuhrman) Helgeson

Imojean (Fuhrman) Helgeson was born September 12, 1928, one of five daughters born to Kon C. and Emma (Miller) Fuhrman. Jean passed away peacefully of natural causes at Frances Mahon Deaconess Hospital on September 29, 2017 at the age of 89. She was born in the small community called Baylor, located south of Opheim, MT.

After spending her younger years at their farm, Jean went to school in Glasgow at the South Side School and graduated from Glasgow High School in 1947. She then attended Beauty School in Chinook, MT becoming a hairdresser, which fulfilled her childhood dream. Along with doing hair she was employed at Buttrey’s Women’s Clothing Store and Friedl’s.

On March 5, 1950 Jean married James Helgeson of Nashua. They resided at the farm of her father before moving to Havre and later moved back to Nashua. During their Nashua time, she worked at the Farmers Union Oil Company of Nashua and J.C. Penny in Glasgow as their bookkeeper. She was very adamant that every account and ledger must balance to the penny at all times. After Jim’s death, she moved to Glasgow where she was employed by United Insurance and Realty. In her later years she moved to Nemont Manor.

Jean was a member of the First Lutheran Church of Glasgow. Many hours of her life were dedicated to her favorite past time of sewing. As in her bookkeeping skills, her stitches in sewing had to be perfect. She took great pride in her sewing. Jean also loved to go to bingo anytime she could. Rounding out her hobbies were baking cookies, bowling, embroidery and you could always find a word search book close to her chair.

Jean was preceded in death by her husband, parents, sister Helen Rennick and numerous relatives.

Jean is survived by her sisters, Hilda Rosencrans and Adeline Mitchell of Glasgow, MT and Theresa Sather of Bozeman, MT; son, Donald of Big Sandy, MT; daughter, Connie (Ben) Danelson of Scobey, MT; grandchildren, Casey (Katrina) Danelson and children Mesa and Colby and LeeAnn Danelson and daughter Shay of Scobey, MT; along with numerous nieces, nephews, great-nieces, great-nephews and great-greats who graced her life.

Jean’s funeral service will be held on Thursday, October 5, 2017 at 1:00 PM at the First Lutheran Church in Glasgow, MT. Burial will follow at the Highland Cemetery in Glasgow, MT.

Monday, September 25th 2017

H. James Belcher

Jim’s Story: H. James Belcher relocated to live in heaven September 19, 2017. Born in Devils Lake, ND on August 20, 1944 to Harold and Selma (Lee) Belcher. Jim grew up with seven sisters and one brother on a farm near Fort Totten, ND. He graduated from Sheyenne, ND in 1962. Attended Oak Hills Bible Institute in Minnesota and University of North Dakota in Grand Forks. A drafted Vietnam era veteran he was a chaplain’s assistant in Okinawa.

He married Sheryl Kunkel in 1970 in Everett, WA. Together they had three children, all of whom graduated from Glasgow High School. Jim retired in 2004 from the Corps of Engineers as a power plant operator/high voltage electrician. His passion for hunting and fishing kept him in Montana. His laughter is still a living memory with his dear friends. His retirement job of driving the activity bus was another great joy to him. He encouraged and cared about students from Frazer, Glasgow and Nashua. Jim also grew bountiful gardens and loved to can sauerkraut, pickled beans, corn, crab apples, beets, dill pickles and fantastic salsa. He also loved being a grandpa.

Welcoming him into heaven are his parents, one sister and one brother. He is survived by wife, Sheryl Kunkel-Belcher; three children, Kimberlee and husband Mohammed Badal and their sons Ihsaan age 7 and Ilahn age 5 of Virginia, Kirsten of Honolulu, HI and Matthew of Colorado Springs, CO. As per his request no memorial service was held. The family held a celebration of his life on Saturday, September 23, 2017. A spring military procession will be held in Sturgis, SD. Date to be announced.

Monday, September 25th 2017

Travis Lee Fuhrman

Travis Lee Fuhrman, 53, of Long Beach, CA, left our world on September 12, 2017.

Travis was born December 16, 1963 in Glasgow, MT to Harry (Jim) and Phyllis Fuhrman, and was raised on the family farm in Larslan, MT. He attended Opheim School and graduated as valedictorian in 1982. He was selected as the Montana Presidential Scholar and was flown to Washington, D.C. to receive honors. He then attended Carroll College in Helena, Montana, where he graduated with honors and a double BA in Business & Public Administration. He earned his MBA in Finance from the University of California – Irvine, where he graduated valedictorian of his class.

Travis was not your ordinary child. He was incredibly smart and articulate from a very early age. He loved numbers and could multiply three-digit numbers in his head before first grade. Instead of Dr. Seuss, he read the Farmer’s Almanac, Guinness Book of World Records, and Richey Rich, and could recite all presidents, vice presidents, and their parties as a young child. He continued his love for numbers and after college began working for the FDIC, and later worked for Downey Savings & Loan, Option 1 Mortgage, and was with the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs for the last 13 years.

Travis was a kind, caring, and sensitive soul with a huge heart. His family, friends, and his animals meant everything to him. He had a great sense of humor, and even during those times when he was struggling, he always had a joke or story to cheer somebody up. He had an infectious laugh that warmed your heart and made you laugh as hard as he did. Travis was a wonderful human being and would give anything he had to someone in need. His generosity and compassion extended to the homeless, and at Christmas he passed out blankets and other items to the homeless throughout Long Beach. He also volunteered many hours at the Long Beach Rescue Mission doing “KP” duty. Over the years he gave a home to many animals including snakes, rats, chinchillas, and dogs.

Certain times of the year were very special to Travis. His favorite vacation was going to the farm to see his mother and helping her with her garden and yard work. He loved planning costumes every year for Halloween, and they were eagerly anticipated by his friends, family, and especially his co-workers. They were always unique and amazing!

Our Travis is no longer struggling. He is at peace and the pain he endured here on earth is no more. He was a wonderful son, brother, uncle, friend, and co-worker, and touched so many lives during his time with us. He will be forever in our hearts.

Travis was preceded in death by his father, Harry (Jim) Fuhrman, and his nephew, Damon Soper. He leaves behind his mother, Phyllis Fuhrman, his sisters Tara Andren (Dale) Ebersviller of Billings, Tanya Fuhrman of Santa Maria, CA, Kim Madler (John Vermulm & family, Cut Bank) of Larslan, and Penny Shipp of Larslan, as well as nephew Tanner (Katy) Andren, and nieces Alison (Kelly) Pusley & family, Ashley (CJ) Kemmis & family, and Kelsey Madler (Tim Shehan). He is also survived by his “furry family” of 2 dogs, Lola and Cocopuff, and 2 chinchillas, Shadow & JJ.

Cremation has taken place. A Celebration of Life will be held on Saturday, September 30th at 3 p.m. at Bell Mortuary in Glasgow, with a reception immediately following at 4 p.m. at the Elks Club in Glasgow. The family asks that everyone wear a bright colored shirt and/or jeans to the service to pay tribute to Travis’s love of bright colors. His favorite color was purple. In lieu of flowers, please make donations to the Long Beach Rescue Mission, or if you wish, the family can forward your donation. Condolences may be left for the family at bellmortuarymontana.com.

Wednesday, September 20th 2017

Roger Allen Davis

Roger Allen Davis Sr., 77, passed away on Sunday evening, September17, 2017 at his residence in St. Marie, MT.

He was born October 18, 1939 in Chicago, Illinois to Fredrick and Eleanor (Rieske) Davis. He grew up in Rockford, Illinois with his younger sister, Sharon Davis-Grimmett, who preceded him in death and his brother, Terry Davis.

Roger joined the Air Force at the age of seventeen years old in 1956. He spent his career teaching in the Physiological Training Unit. He was an instructor for student pilots in teaching simulated flying. He also taught parachute training, desert and jungle survival. He was a noted desert survival teacher who set up displays in a natural environment. His later years in the military provided him with the opportunity to be an Air Force Recruiter in the panhandle of Coeur d’ Alene, Idaho. He always met and exceeded his quota for enlisting recruits.

Roger was the father of three sons and three daughters as noted in the following; daughters Deborah Davis of Dalton,Georgia, Teresa Davis of Birmingham, Alabama, and Rachel Etheridge of St. Marie, Montana and sons Roger Davis Jr. of Great Falls, Montana, Robert Davis of Billings, Montana and Aaron Davis who preceded him in death. He also leaves behind 14 grandchildren.

Roger was an active member for 54 years of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints. He always had a firm handshake and a humorous personality.

Family will receive friends from 5-7 p.m. Wednesday, September 20, 2017 at Bell Mortuary. Graveside service will take place in Sheridan, Wyoming at the Sheridan Municipal Cemetery at 2:00 p.m. on Thursday September 21, 2017. Condolences may be left at bellmortuarymontana.com. Memorials in Roger’s name can be given to the Relief Fund for Hurricanes Harvey and Irma.

Tuesday, September 19th 2017

Donna (Aal) Hatton-Olson

Donna (Aal) Hatton-Olson was born April 23, 1935 and passed away September 7th, 2017.

Donna was born to Earl & Lillian (Knutson)Aal at Williston, ND. She attended school in Williston until her Junior year when her family moved to Watford City. She graduated from Watford City High School class of 1953. She was then accepted to the Trinity School of Nursing Registered Nursing program. She graduated with the Trinity class of 1957.

She met Robert T. Hatton shortly following returning to Williston, when he was working for Great Northern Railroad. Bob and Donna were united in marriage August 7th, 1961 in Englewood, CO. Shortly after being married they traveled thru Turkey, Germany and Europe. They returned to Glasgow MT. In 1966, Bob and Donna adopted their 1st child, Lisa Kae. They then moved to Broomfield, CO. In 1971, they adopted their 2nd child, Paul Andrew. Bob passed away April 7th, 1977. In 1980 Donna moved the family to Williston, ND to reside closer to family.

Donna worked in hospital and clinic settings, when moving to Williston she began a new phase of her life working at Bethel Lutheran Home. She began her new position as Assistant Head Director of Nursing in the fall of 1980. During her time with Bethel she made so many new friends that felt like family. Donna’s nursing career spanned a 50-year time frame.

On October 16th, 1983, Donna had her 1st date with Leland (Ole) Olson. From that day on they were inseparable. Together they not only enjoyed each other’s company but enjoyed, boating, traveling and most of all dancing. On December 22nd, 1985, they were united in marriage in Plentywood, MT.

Donna is survived by her husband Leland (Ole) Olson, Coeur d’Alene, ID, daughter Lisa (Wade) Soiseth, Williston, son Paul (Sue) Hatton, Coral Gables, FL, step-son Leland Olson, Jr., Rathdrum, ID, step¬daughter Tami Skurupey, Hayden, ID, 8 grandchildren and 10 great-grandchildren. Numerous sisters-in¬law, brothers-in-law, nieces & nephews.

Preceding Donna in death were her parents, husband, Robert Hatton, brother, Robert Aal, mother-in law Hazel Hatton, brothers-in-law Charles Lynch Ill and Bill Hatton.

A memorial service will be held in honor of Donna on Saturday September 23rd, 2017 at 11:00AM in the Chapel of First Lutheran Church.

Friday, September 15th 2017

Gerald Paul Monson

On September 13, our beloved “Babe” left this world, surrounded by his children and friends, to be with his high school sweetheart, Darlene. Gerald Paul “Babe” Monson was born on November 5, 1938, in Rothsay, MN. He was the sixth child of Julian Monson and Effie Halbakken. Shortly after his birth, the name Gerald Paul was dropped, and he became known as “Babe” He was baptized November 30, 1938 and was confirmed on May 24, 1953 at the First Lutheran Church in Glasgow.

Babe and his family moved to Montana during Thanksgiving of 1944. He was a hard worker and started working at the young age of eight cutting grass, snow shoveling, and as a paperboy. Throughout his years he had many jobs from a ranch hand, sheep herder, hay hauler, bellhop, construction worker, pouring the runway for the Glasgow Air Base, laying water line, building the second powerhouse at the dam, beer distributor, bank loan officer and a tank driver in the National Guard.

Paul graduated from Glasgow High School in 1956. In December of 1959 he married the love of his life, Darlene Sundby. He and Darlene were involved with the Lutheran Church early in their marriage with Darlene teaching Sunday School and Paul serving as the Treasurer. Together they raised three children, Lance, Lana, and Louis. He bought the Montana Bar in 1976 with a partner. He sold it in 1979 only to buy it back in 1982. Since then they have run it as a family business making friends with everyone who walked through the front door.

Babe made friends with everyone and frequently traveled to Minnesota for whist tournaments. He also hosted an annual whist tournament at the Montana Bar for 30 years. He would take annual trips to Vegas with his friends and family to bring a little piece of Cadillac Corner to Vegas. During the summer you could find him and his friends loaded up in the van traveling to all the eastern Montana rodeos. You could frequently find him shooting off the cannon at the high school football games and the Montana Governors Cup. They had a 100-year celebration of the bar in 1999 which wouldn’t have been complete without a horse poker run. Babe hosted the Catfish Classic for many years and was awarded the Aaron “Chappy” Chatten award in 2016. He was honored at the Northeastern Montana Rodeo in 2017 for his continued support of the rodeo association. The Cowboy Calcutta was a popular event for many years in the Montana Bar, which brought everyone together, and it was a great time for all involved. He was very proud of his Norwegian heritage and every May 17 he could be seen proudly marching the Norwegian flag up front street in celebration of Norwegian Day.

He is survived by his children Lance, Lana, and Louie; his grandchildren, Paula and her husband Landon, Ryan and Chase; his great grandchild Ryley; his sisters, Arlys and Vonnie and brother Leland; numerous nieces, nephews, and too many friends to count. He is preceded in death by parents Effie and Julian; his wife, Darlene; sisters Evelyn and Donna and brother Buster.

A celebration of his life will be held at the Valley Event Center on Saturday, September 16, 2017 at 11:00 AM with burial following at Highland Cemetery. The family will be hosting a gathering at the Elks Lodge following the graveside service. Babe said it best when he said, “I had an enjoyable life; I met a lot of interesting people and I like them all.”

Thursday, September 14th 2017

Meredith Shirley (Geer) Kummerfeldt

Meredith Shirley (Geer) Kummerfeldt passed away of natural causes September 11, 2017 at Valley View at the age of 95.

Meredith was the second of twins, born September 18, 1921 near New London, Minnesota to Henry and Jennie (Price) Geer.

At the age of 13, she and her family moved from their Minnesota farm to Park Grove, Montana where her father worked for the Army Corp of Engineers building the Fort Peck Dam. Meredith graduated from Nashua High School in 1939 then attended Deaconess School of Nursing in Great Falls, Montana to become a Registered Nurse.

During WW2, Meredith served in the United States Naval Reserve from 1943-1946, promoting to Lieutenant and stationed at Farragut, Idaho, San Leandro, California and Aiea Height, Hawaii. While stationed in Hawaii, she nursed the soldiers returning to the mainland from fighting in the Pacific Theater. After her honorable discharge from the Navy, she worked as an operating room nurse at the University of Minnesota and at Michael Reese Hospital in Chicago.

Meredith then earned her Bachelors of Nursing from Montana State University in 1953 followed by completing her Master’s Program in Nursing Education at the University of Washington. She worked at the VA hospitals in Seattle, Washington and Boise, Idaho from 1957-1960.

In 1961, Meredith moved back to the Nashua area and married Franklin Kummerfeldt. She was very active at Bethel Lutheran Church of Grain, where she was baptized, on November 23, 1969, along with her children Kurt and Karyn and mother-in-law, Ossie Kummerfeldt. Meredith was a long-standing member of the ALCW Ladies Aid, as well as teaching Sunday School and Vacation Bible School. Meredith was a member of the local DAR and American Legion Auxiliary. She volunteered for many years at the Nashua school conducting immunization clinics, eye tests, height and weight record keeping and the annual preschool round-ups. Her hobbies and passions were reading, gardening, traveling and spending time with her grandchildren. After her divorce, she moved to Portland, Oregon in 1994 to be near her daughter and returned to Glasgow in 2007.

Meredith was preceded in death by her parents, Henry and Jennie Geer, sisters-in-law, Mildred “Millie” Geer, and Theda Geer and nephew, Jeff Geer

Meredith is survived by her twin brother Miles “Bud” Geer of Glasgow Montana, brother John “Jack” Geer of Billings, Montana; daughter Karyn (Will) Taylor of Portland, Oregon, and son Kurt (Tammy) Kummerfeldt of N. Nashua and grandchildren Caleb, Luke and Zackary Taylor and Kaden and Zevin Kummerfeldt.

Meredith’s funeral service will be held on Saturday, September 16, 2017 at 3:00 PM at the First Lutheran Church in Glasgow, MT. Burial will follow in the Glasgow Highland Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, please make any donations to the Valley County Pioneer Museum in honor of Meredith Kummerfeldt.

Monday, September 11th 2017

Ollie Merleen (Tweeden) Armstrong

Ollie Merleen (Tweeden) Armstrong passed away peacefully on September 2, 2017, at Valley View Home, in Glasgow, MT. Ollie was born June 24, 1925, the only child of Amos and Ethel Tweeden, in Tacoma, Washington. She was raised in Spanaway, and attended Spanaway Elementary School.

She spent much of her childhood at the home of her grandparents, Spanaway pioneers Chris and Nettie Turner. Her parents had a gas station and car lot where Ollie learned to drive in an old wrecker out behind the station. She also loved to sneak into her father’s laundry truck so she could go to the horse races with him after laundry delivery.

Ollie attended Stewart Junior High and Lincoln High School, in Tacoma, where she graduated in 1941. She went on to attend Pacific Lutheran University. Ollie was active in swimming, skiing, school newspaper, forestry and student government. She married Hartzell (Hank) West in 1943 while Hank was serving in the Navy. Together they had two children, Stormy and Sandra. In 1954, Ollie married Robert (Bob) Armstrong. Together, they added two more children, Mary and Patrick, to complete Ollie’s wish of having four children. She taught her children to work hard, be honest, and to value family above all.

Ollie could make a dollar stretch a mile. She always found a way to get that perfect birthday and Christmas present for her children, despite being a single mother on a tight budget.

Ollie worked as a bookkeeper for several businesses in Tacoma before she worked at both Fort Lewis and McChord Air Force base in the civil service. During that time, while she was raising her children, she attended night school, sometimes four nights a week, to finish her associate degree in accounting. She eventually became the budget office manager for Civil Engineers at McChord, retiring in 1987.

After she retired, Ollie learned to play bridge and golf. She volunteered for 15 years at St Clair Hospital’s gift shop. Ollie’s happiest times were spent with her children and grandchildren. She travelled extensively with daughter Sandy, and granddaughters Stephanie and Denise, eventually taking a trip to visit her grandpa Chris’ birthplace in England, and her father Amos’ birthplace in Norway.

She enjoyed reading and playing cards, shopping with her kids and grandkids, drinking wine and martinis with her girls, and going out in the boat. She loved the water, was a great swimmer, learned to surf in Hawaii, and loved trips to the ocean. Ollie was an avid Seattle Mariners’ fan, and had a beautiful home in Fircrest. The family especially loved to get together at Grandma Ollie’s every Christmas Eve.

Ollie had an amazing spirit and a wonderful sense of humor. She lived in her own home until she was 87 years old. She then lived in Long Beach, California with her daughter Sandy, and granddaughters Stephanie and Denise, for two years before moving to Valley View Home in Glasgow, Montana.

She was preceded in death by her parents; her oldest son, Stormy West; and her grandson, Shane West. She is survived by daughter, Sandy Swick, Long Beach, CA; daughter, Mary Armstrong (John Lamb), Glasgow, MT, and son, Pat Armstrong (Stacy), Wenatchee, WA, daughter-in-law Debbie Yager (Jeff); grandchildren Kenneth Alvin Swick, Jr (Roberta), Stephanie Swick (Denise Tonini), Neil Good (Danielle), Jeremy West (Charlene), Daniel Russell, Reilly Armstrong and Jacob, Joshua (Soeni), Zack (Melanie) and John Ross Lamb; great-grandchildren Keith (Jen) Swick, Jeff (Meghan)Swick, Griffin and Alexandria Swick, Dylan Good (Leanna), and Destinee Beckner; great great-grandchildren Taya and Neve Swick, and Oliver Good.

The family will hold a celebration of Ollie’s life in Washington State at a later date.

Tuesday, September 5th 2017

Roger Fred Ereaux

MALTA-Roger Fred Ereaux, 81 years old, passed away of natural causes on Monday, August 28th at the Great Falls hospital.

Rosary will be at 6:30 P.M., Sunday, Sept. 3, at Kirkwood Memorial Chapel. Sharing of stories will start at 7:00 P.M. after the rosary. Funeral Mass will be at 10:00 A.M. Monday, September 4 at St. Mary’s Catholic Church. Interment will be in the Malta Cemetery. Condolences for the family may be left at www.kirkwoodfuneralhome.com.

Roger was born on January 6th, 1936 to Fred and Ilene (Burlingame) Ereaux in Wheeler, MT. He was the oldest of 11 children. Roger’s youthful days were spent attending South Wagner School. Many hours were spent playing basketball, baseball and learning to dance. His love of hunting, fishing all sports and hard work began at that early age. He graduated from Malta High School in 1954, married Alice Cauffman in 1955 and had 10 children divorcing in 1988. Roger was a salesman, promoter and developer who held his community and friends with the highest regards. He sold insurance, owned and operated bars & hotels, EH&S Construction Company, Holiday Realty, member of the MT National Guard and volunteer fireman. He became widely known for promoting and rebuilding the community of Malta. The many boards he served on benefitted from his visions to make things better for the people of Phillips County and the state of MT. Among his many accomplishments were bringing to our county famous country music artists such as Charlie Pride, daredevil Robbie Knievel, helping to organize the breaking of the Guinness Book World’s Largest Hamburger, promoting both district and state high school rodeos, the original Milk River Pavilion, helping to make the new Phillips County Hospital a reality and helping keep the Hi-Line Retirement Center open. He spent many hours fishing on the pontoon at Nelson Reservoir, played a lot of pinochle, whist, 31, poker and threw some dice. He won some and lost some.

Allie and Roger traveled to all parts of the U.S. with good friends Swede & Lois Goodheart, his faithful secretary Grace, Cliff & Helen Heck, Marvin and Donna Korb and many others. He was especially fond of Aunt Sadie and Uncle Don Pope, living with them during his high school years and building a log cabin at the lake with them. Many parties, reunions and get-togethers were hosted there by Roger, Allie and the Pope’s that were enjoyed by many friends and relatives.

He married Velma (Pickles) James in later life and made their home at the Sleeping Buffalo. He remained at the Sleeping Buffalo until 2013 when he moved to Malta to semi-retire. Roger had a good life with many successes and set-backs. He lived it to the fullest extent possible, had a lot of fun and helped others to do the same.

He is survived by his 10 children Roger Dale (Brenda) Ereaux of Fort Benton, James Howard Ereaux of Malta, Shaune Marie Kuszmaul of Great Falls, Michael Fred (Nancy) Ereaux of Malta, Anita Faye (Brian) Green of Malta, Darcy Ann (Brian) Kirkhorn of Fairfield, Mark Allen Ereaux of Spokane, Donald Earl Ereaux of Malta, Daniel Edward Ereaux (Barbie) of Metaline WA, Kenneth (Kathy) Ereaux of Malta and 23 grandchildren and 35 great-grandchildren. He is also survived by brother Roy (Marian) Ereaux, sisters Claris Darrah of Malta, Phyllis Harrington of Helena, Stella (John) Murray of Great Falls, Darla (Leo) Barthelmess of Malta, sisters-in-law Jane Ereaux and Lynette Ereaux of Malta and Jean Ereaux of Morgan Mill TX, as well as a host of nieces, nephews and close friends. He was preceded in death by his parents Fred and Ilene Ereaux, Aunt Sadie and Uncle Don Pope, son in-law Don Kuszmaul, daughter in-law Donna Ereaux, brothers Ezzie, Carrol and Byron Ereaux and sisters LaDonna Itcaina and June Fitzpatrick, brother in-laws Jean Itcaina and Jim Fitzpatrick and niece Monica Darrah.

Monday, August 14th 2017

Linda Nybakken

Linda Nybakken passed away, surrounded by family, at Hillside Health Care Center in Missoula, Montana, on Sunday, August 6, 2017, following a long and courageous battle with Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease and other health problems. She maintained an upbeat and positive attitude until the end and as her great friend Karen Gaskill wrote, “Can you imagine the cleanest, purest air she is breathing right now? I am just happy for her at this moment.”

She was born August 16, 1944, in Broadus, Montana, to Leland and Montana “Tana” (Ames) Cook. Linda had one sibling, Robert (Bob) Cook. She was preceded in death by her parents. Linda loved horses and the ranch life growing up and her favorite vacation spots were the “hills of Powder River County.”

Linda graduated from Powder River High School in 1962 and then attended Eastern Montana College. She married Dan Fraser and they had two sons. Linda and Dan later divorced. She lived in many different places during her life, including Billings, Browning, East Glacier, Helena, Boise, Miles City, and Glasgow. She was a very hard worker and had a number of different jobs including working for an oil drilling outfit and a company that built doors for naval ships. She also worked for the Blackfeet Tribe in Browning and finally for the Welfare Department for the State of Montana.
She moved to Glasgow, Montana, in 1991. While in Glasgow, she met her future husband Don Nybakken, whom she married in 1993. Don brought three children to the union, and together they ended up with 12 grandchildren that they were both tremendously proud of. Linda worked in Glasgow as the County Director for the Welfare Department while Don farmed. She retired from the state with 30-years of service in 2005. After retirement, she took on contract work in addition to the many duties required of a farmer’s wife.

Linda loved her post-retirement work as the District One Trustee and Chairman for the Montana Cowboy Hall of Fame & Western Heritage Center. She also loved to stay in contact with her many friends and family no matter where they lived, and she just loved visiting with people. She enjoyed politics, cooking, sewing, arts and crafts, and began making jewelry as her health deteriorated and endless hours of physical work became more difficult. She found true joy in giving to her family and many friends. Don always said her jewelry making was a great business that probably only cost her about $5,000 a year, not counting the many hundreds of hours of her time. But she loved the hours spent, and she loved the people she gave the jewelry and other crafts to, most often with an accompanying note.

She is survived by her husband Don Nybakken of Nashua, Montana; her brother, Bob Cook of Pocatello, Idaho; her sons Denver (Tammy) Fraser of Clancy, Montana, and Dax (Kim) Fraser of Missoula, Montana; two grandchildren, Dane and Kodi Fraser; three step-children, Brian Nybakken, Greg (Kelli) Nybakken, and Jana (Luke) Tolzien; and 10 step-grandchildren: Jordan, Trinn, Allie, and Kyra Nybakken; Katelin Anderson, Hayley, Brianna, and Cash Nybakken; and Davis and Garris Tolzien.

Family, friends, and others whose lives Linda touched are invited to the First Lutheran Church in Glasgow, Montana, at 11:00 a.m., on Saturday, August 26, 2017, for a funeral service. Lunch will follow. Should friends desire, memorials may be made to the Montana Cowboy Hall of Fame & Western Heritage Center, PO Box 1569, Big Timber, MT 59011.

Monday, August 14th 2017

Terence "Terry" Colbrese

Terence “Terry” Scott Colbrese, 59, of Glasgow, Montana passed away August 13, 2017 in Glasgow, Montana.

Terry was born October 4, 1957 in Glendive, Montana to John and Joyce (Patterson) Colbrese. He graduated from Dawson County High School in 1976. He started to work at Reynold’s Market in 1976 in Glendive as a stocker, working his way up to manager of the Glasgow location.
On February 7, 1976 he married Vicky Raisl and they had two daughters, Tara and Lynsey. In 1982 he met Stacy Bryant and they were married August 4, 1984 and they divorced in 2017.

Terry was an avid football fan and loved his Dallas Cowboys. He enjoyed doing things for his community and supporting community events; he was a Glasgow Chamber member, served on the FMDH Board, was active working with the Montana Governor’s Cup Walleye Tournament. Terry had a special place in his heart for animals, especially his dog, Bentley. He valued his friendships and held them close to his heart. He adored and loved his daughters and grandkids, they always said “Just ask grandpa, he never says no.”

Terry is preceded in death by his parents, John and Joyce Colbrese.

Terry is survived by his daughters, Tara (Darin) Bulock and their children Daltin, Maklay, Brock and Taitlin of Miles City and Lynsey (Ricky) Reyes and their children Ava, Grace and Rico of Glasgow; brothers Mike (Jan) Colbrese, Dennis (Sonja) Colbrese, Brad (Michelle) Colbrese and Craig Colbrese; sister Diane (Pete) Leath; numerous nieces and step-mother Jackie Colbrese of Rapid City.
Family will receive friends on Wednesday, August 16, 2017 from 6-8 PM at the Bell Mortuary in Glasgow, MT. His funeral service will be Thursday, August 17, 2017 at 12:00 PM at St. Raphael’s Catholic Church in Glasgow, MT. Inurnment will take place at 1:00 PM, Saturday, August 19, 2017 at Dawson Memorial Cemetery in Glendive, MT.

The family asks that memorials be left in Terry’s name to (City of Glasgow- Memo: swimming pool) or a community club in his honor.

Wednesday, August 9th 2017

Dorena Blanchard

On August 5, 2017 we lost our sister, mother and best friend, Dorena Blanchard, unexpectedly in the comfort of her own home. Dorena was born April 9, 1969 in Glasgow, Mont. to Myron Blanchard and Helen (Nelson) Blanchard. She attended Glasgow High School from where she graduated in 1987. She then went on to graduate from UND-Williston with her Associates in Interior Design in 1989. Only a short while later she had her first child, Brittany Anne, in May of 1991. Her second daughter, Elena June, came along in March on 1993. Her third child and eldest son, Ryan Joseph, joined in April of 1995. Her youngest baby, Robert Joseph, joined the family in November 1996. Her life then became full of sleepovers, birthday parties, laughter and creating memories.

Dorena was an extremely hard worker, which she did solely to provide for her children. She wouldn’t have changed that for the world. She worked at Tastee Freeze in her younger years, then as a house keeper at La Casa and the Rustic Lodge. She eventually went to Frances Mahon Deaconess Hospital where she dabbled in many departments. She finally settled in on the second floor Outpatient Clinic where she spent the rest of her remaining time. She absolutely loved her spot on the second floor where she cared deeply for all her patients, doctors and friends who became family. Many will remember her for her huge heart and compassionate soul. She never turned away a friend in need of someone to cry to, to lean on or even to rant to. She constantly had a warm, genuine smile for everyone she saw.

Dorena loved her children more than anything. Everything she did was for the sake of her babies. She was the most extraordinary mother who taught us all to show compassion to everyone we met. To always forgive anything. Give everyone the chance they deserved and how to live every day to the fullest with no regrets. She gave the best advice ever.

Dorena had many joys to fill her time. From kicking back and watching shows with her beloved pets, Rhino and Quanick, to spending time in her gorgeous yard, where she was most at peace. Dorena was an avid collector of “treasures”. She deeply enjoyed people watching, taking drives and listening about her babies’ days. There wasn't anything Dorena didn’t do for her babies.

Dorena will be greatly missed by all.

Survivors include her daughters, Brittany Anne and Elena June; sons, Ryan Joseph and Robert (Robbie) Joseph Grandchamp; loving sister, Georgie Kulczyk; nephew and niece, Parker and Jordan Kulczyk and many cherished family members and friends.

She was preceded in death by her parents, mother Helen Blanchard and father Myron Blanchard; grandma Mabel; grandpa Burt; her second family, Iris Grandchamp, Robert (Bobby Joe) Grandchamp Sr., Robert (lil Bob) Grandchamp Jr., as well as numerous aunts, uncles and friends.

Family will receive friends on Friday, August 11, 2017 from 5-7 PM at the Bell Mortuary. Funeral service will be Saturday, August 12, 2017 at 11:00 AM at the Evangelical Church in Glasgow. Burial will follow in Glasgow's Highland Cemetery. Following the burial, a luncheon will be held at the Evangelical Church. Condolences may be left at bellmortuarymontana.com.

Wednesday, August 9th 2017

Leith Wimmer

Leith Dewayne Wimmer, age 82, of Glasgow, MT passed away on Monday, August 7, 2017 at the Eastern Montana Veterans Home in Glendive, MT. A memorial service will be held at 3:00 P.M. on Saturday, August 12, 2017 at the Glasgow Evangelical Church.

Leith was born on May 18, 1935 to Earl and Dalene (Crone) Wimmer in Scobey, MT. He grew up in the town of Fort Peck graduating from Glasgow High School Class of 1953. He was proud of accomplishing an Eagle Scout ranking. Leith was awarded a Navy ROTC scholarship, and attended Iowa State College, where he received his Bachelors Degree in Civil Engineering in
1957.

During college, Leith met Frances "Anne" Radcliffe, the soon-to-be love of his life, and the two were married on December 24, 1956 in Moline, IL. Upon graduation Leith was commissioned as an Ensign in the Navy and assigned to San Diego, where he served as an Engineering Officer on the Destroyer USS Bradford (DD-545), making deployments to the Western Pacific Ocean.

Completing military service, the family added two sons, Leith and Chuck, and returned to Fort Peck where he began working as a Civil Engineer at Glasgow Air Force Base. His next stop, with an additional family member (Sue), was Kalispell, MT where he designed roads for the Forest Service.

Leith then decided that he wanted to raise his family in a better environment and purchased a farm in Glasgow. He became a farmer in 1965, shortly there after adding a ranching operation located near Tampico, MT. During that time another Wimmer family member was added (Sandy). Leith became a Real Estate Broker and later served as a real estate appraiser. Leith slowly transitioned to retirement, eventually spending time with family as much as possible.

Leith was passionate about fishing, bow hunting, golf, and most of all his wife Anne, his kids and grandkids. He and Anne shared incredible life experiences from building their home in 1982 to traveling together on many adventures. Relationship with the Lord, Bible Study Group and fellowship were key elements in his life. He was a member of the Glasgow Evangelical Church, the Gideons and Sunnyside Golf Course.

Leith was preceded in death by his parents Earl and Dalene Wimmer, his wife Anne and his son- in-law Walt Peterson. He is survived by his children, Leith S. Wimmer of Montana City, MT; Chuck (Becky) Wimmer of Havre, MT; Sue Peterson of Glendive, MT and her daughter Katy; Sandy (John) Nichols of Escondido, CA and sons Andre, Quinn and Liam; one sister, Beve Finley of Bozeman, MT. Sister-in-laws Dor Sease, Margaret Radcliffe and Karen (John) Molgaard.

Leith’s last words to family was: “see you later alligator”, a true testament to his wonderful sense of humor, even at death’s doorstep.

Thursday, August 3rd 2017

Ronald Warren Bondy

Ronald Warren Bondy, the oldest son of the late Warren and Betty Bondy, was born July 20, 1945 in Walla Walla, WA where his father was stationed as an Arial Gunnery Instructor for the Army Air Corp. Following Warren’s release from active duty, the family moved to Ft. Peck, MT where Ron attended grade school. Ron attended high school in Nashua where he graduated in 1963. After a year of continuing education in Nashua, Ron joined the U.S. Navy where he enjoyed four years of active duty at Great Lakes, Il, Newport News, VA, Hawaii and Guam. He had sea duty on the USS Isle Royale and the USS Newport News.

After his Navy tour, he returned to the family home in Highmore, SD where he took a job as the “Sunshine Milk Man”. He then attended Black Hill State College in Spearfish, SD during which time he worked seasonally as a firefighter for the US Forest Service. This eventually turned into permanent employment with the BLM in fire suppression. Ron moved to Riverside, CA and later transferred to Battle Mountain, NV where he retired from the BLM in 1999 and moved to Park Grove, MT.

Ron never met a stranger. He would visit with anyone, anywhere and even though he was a big man with big hands, he was an expert at counted cross stitch, crocheting, tatting, fly tying, leatherwork, and lathe work. He would make gifts for a lot of people he met which included crocheted scarves, personalized book markers, tatted crosses and pen and pencil sets. He also made many rattlesnake belt buckles after eating the snake for breakfast! Ron loved Amtrak and would usually take the train whenever he traveled to see family for holidays although would sometimes drive. Sadly, he was never able to make his dream trip across Canada via Amtrak but in his earlier days, he was able to go through Scandinavia with his youngest sister, Chucky. Ron was a back roads kind of traveler and wasn’t afraid to go off the beaten path to explore small town USA. He would occasionally look up long lost relatives and stop in to reconnect during his travels.

Ron was light on his feet and loved to dance. He belonged to Square dancing and Clogging Clubs and would dance 7 days a week. He was great at Waltzes, Polkas and Jitterbugging. Any time there was music on, you could be sure he was dancing to it with anyone he could get out on the floor with him.
Ron also loved hunting and fishing and was a licensed Ham Radio Operator with a call sign of KB7GCX.

Sadly, Ron’s traveling days ended after suffering multiple strokes which ultimately lead to him being admitted to Valley View Nursing home in Glasgow later transferring to Fallon Memorial Nursing Home in Baker, MT to be closer to his sister Terry. Ron passed peacefully in his sleep on Tuesday August 1, 2017.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Warren and Betty Bondy and two nieces, Christy and Michelle Mace. He is survived by his brother, Rick of St. Ignatius, MT, Mikey (Jim) Hamlin of Spokane, WA, Terry Bondy (Dave Hickey) of Baker, MT, Nicki (Larry) Mace of Spring, TX, and Chucky (Jeff) Fink of Elk Grove Village, IL as well as numerous and dearly loved nieces and nephews.

Funeral services will be held on August 7, 2017 at 1:00 PM at the Bell Mortuary in Glasgow, MT.

Wednesday, August 2nd 2017

Lois Marguerite Wilson Markle

Lois Marguerite Wilson Markle peacefully passed away at Frances Mahon Deaconess Hospital in Glasgow on Aug. 2, 2017 from complications of a stroke. She was 96 years old.
A private family funeral service will be held at Bell Mortuary in Glasgow on Saturday, Aug. 5, with Episcopal Deacon Shirley Putz officiating. Friends are invited to a celebration of her life at the VFW Club in Glasgow beginning at 4:30 on Saturday, August 5. Inurnment will be at Highland Cemetery in Glasgow.
Lois was born March 14, 1921 in the Deaconess Hospital in Glasgow to Mary (McKitterick) and Floyd G. Wilson. She attended Glasgow schools for most of her education and graduated in 1938. She attended MSU in Bozeman and NMC in Havre where she studied business and earned a private pilot’s license. Returning to Glasgow, she was employed by MT Bell and in the Valley County attorney's office before her marriage to O.E. Markle in April of 1942. They lived in California while O.E. was in the Army Air Corp and where their oldest son, Tom, was born. They moved back to Glasgow in 1945 and were blessed with Jack, Dick and Janet.
An important and meaningful part of her life was her work with the Glasgow High School Educational Trust, started in 1964 by members of her class of 1938. Lois was a founding board member and served as chief executive officer until the year 2000. It was a great satisfaction to her as the trust helped GHS graduates further their educations while it also provided much needed equipment for the school. In recognition of her work with the Trust, the auditorium at Glasgow High School was named the Lois Wilson Markle Auditorium. It was a great honor to her.
Lois was very active in St. Matthew’s Episcopal Church, serving for many years as leader of the Altar Guild. She and O.E. were active participants in numerous civic organizations. Lois had many talents which she graciously shared with so many. She was a wonderful cook and meticulous with her needlework; she enjoyed golf and found great joy in playing bridge with her friends.
She was very proud of her children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren and loved spending time with her family.
She is survived by her children: Tom (Cindy), Jack (Jeanine), Dick (Janet Perkins), and Janet (Meredith) Reiter; grandchildren: Mary Beth (Kevin) Kofstad, Drew (Ashley) Markle, Michelle (Brett) Huntsman, Annie (Rob) Compson, Dirk (Bonnie) Markle, Bess (Nick) Reid, Kitty Earley, Krista (Ty) Traxler, and John (Anna) Earley; 18 great-grandchildren; sister-in-law Kae Markle; and numerous nieces and nephews.
She was preceded in death by her husband, her parents, her sister Alice Huxsol, brothers-in-law C.D. Markle, Tag Markle and Robert Huxsol, and sister-in-law Jean Markle.

Monday, July 31st 2017

James (Jim) K. Seiler

James (Jim) K. Seiler, age 73, of Glasgow, MT passed away on July 28th, 2017 at the Frances Mahon Deaconess Hospital. Jim was born on February 8th, 1944 in Glasgow to Charles M. Seiler and Marie Roos and received his early education from St. Raphael's Catholic School, graduating from Glasgow High School in 1962. Immediately after graduation, he joined the U.S. Navy, serving 4 years. He married Teddi L. Kamrud on December 27th, 1969 and made their home in Glasgow where they raised two children, Doug and Rachel.

Jim enjoyed hunting, fishing, camping, gardening, and spending time with family and friends, especially his grandchildren. He was a member of the Elks Lodge for a number of years and volunteered on the Long Run Fire Department. Jim worked at and later managed Northeast Auto Parts in Glasgow for 25 years, and then worked as a custodian at the Glasgow High School until retirement.

Survivors include: wife, Teddi; son, Doug (Michelle) Seiler of W. Richland, WA; daughter, Rachel Seiler of Havre, MT; 3 grandchildren, Cayden, Erica, and Jeremy; 2 sisters, Marlene Zinner of Aurora, CO and Sherryee (John) Turner of Nashua, MT; and numerous nieces and nephews.

Jim is preceded in death by his parents, sister-- Lois Marcinkowski and brother-- Chuck Seiler.

Per his request, cremation has taken place and no services will be held.

Monday, July 31st 2017

Thomas James Miller

Thomas James Miller went to be with our Lord and Savior on Friday, July 28, 2017. He passed away in a tragic car accident, due to no fault of his own. Thomas was born to Wesley and Sheila (Toavs) Miller in Glasgow, MT on June 12, 2001. He attended school in Nashua where he would have been a junior this year. Thomas was a polite, fun-loving kid. He was a hero to his little sister Kaitlyn; Right hand man to his father; and the light of his mom's life.

He loved to make those around him laugh and smile by pulling a prank or two on them. Thomas was an avid fisherman. He had worked for over three years perfecting the fine art of crank bait fishing with his father. This dedication paid off: He and his father entered Thomas' first ever fishing tournament this summer in Hell Creek. They won second place out of 89 teams AND first place adult child team AND they caught the largest Northern of Day 1 of the tournament. It was an awesome day for this great young man.

Thomas may have only been 16 years of age, but he had knowledge and skills that far exceeded his age. He was skilled in computer science and had hopes of pursuing higher education in this field. He was also a trumpet player, practically a master mechanic, and an accomplished grill master and BBQ chef. Thomas enjoyed doing farm work for his grandpa