Obituaries

Erna Melcher

Funeral Services for Erna Melcher, age 94, of Page, will be at 10:30 A.M., Monday, March 6, 2017, at the Page United Methodist Church.  Burial will be in the Page Cemetery.  Visitation will be Sunday, March 5, 2017, from 5-7 P.M. at Biglin’s Mortuary in O’Neill.  Erna passed away Tuesday, February 28, 2017, at the Alpine Village in Verdigre, NE. 

Erna Schwager Melcher was born on December 21, 1922, to Otto and Grace (Bridge) Schwager in Orchard, NE.  She was 1 of 7 children.  She attended grade school ½ mile from their home, and graduated from Orchard High School in 1939.  After graduation, she stayed at her parent’s farm home and helped with house work and cooking. 

Erna married Harold Melcher on March 11, 1942, in Neligh, NE.  She and Harold lived on the Melcher Ranch until Harold passed away in 2007. 

Erna remained on the ranch until April 2016, when she went to Alpine Village in Verdigre. 

Erna and Harold were blessed with 3 sons.  She kept busy by keeping up with the sons and their activities, along with Harold’s playing ball.  She enjoyed going to all the Hereford activities along with Harold and sons as they grew up showing all their Hereford calves.  She also enjoyed all the Hereford people who stopped in and looked at their Hereford cattle.

In later years, she was always outside, taking care of her yard and flowers.  She loved being with family and friends and, most of all, her grandchildren and great grandchildren.

Erna is survived by her 3 children; James Melcher and wife Susan of Papillion, NE, Thomas Melcher and wife Loraine of Hot Springs, AR, Donald Melcher and wife Jean of Page, NE, 6 grandchildren: Lisa Keyes and husband Kevin, Crystal Beissenherz and husband Jason, Kay Storck and husband Matt, Kevin Melcher and wife Sherry, Abby Jacobsen and husband Ryan, Matt Melcher and Fiancé Kristen, 9 great grandchildren, and one Sister-In-Law, Gladys Fink of Orchard. 

She was preceded in death by her husband Harold, her parents, 3 brothers, 3 sisters, and one grandson, Jay Dee Melcher.


Tony Woods

Alfred “Tony” Thomas Woods passed peacefully on Feb. 23, 2017, at the Ruby Valley Hospital in Sheridan, Montana. He was born to Earl and Grace (Weingart) Woods on his great-grandfather’s homestead near Silver Star, Montana on Sept. 2, 1930.

Tony attended school in Silver Star and Twin Bridges. He graduated from Twin Bridges High School in 1948, where he participated in both football and basketball.

He married Ruth Corienne Massey on June 13, 1953, in Butte, Montana. They were married for 55 years and were blessed with one son, Douglas Leroy Woods.

Tony loved his family, ranching and being outdoors. He lived his entire 86+ years within three miles of the family ranch. He has been a member of Twin Bridges School Board, National Farmers Organization, the Church of the Valley, and the Three Rivers Chapter of the Back Country Horseman of Montana.

He was preceded in death by his parents; his beloved wife, Ruth; his son, Doug; brother, Richard Woods; sister-in-law, Billie Jo Woods; and brother-in-law, Russell Edwards.

Tony is survived by two granddaughters, Bailey (Nimon) Badgley of Hickory, North Carolina and Kacee Woods of Nampa Idaho; daughter-in-law, Sheryl Woods of Dillon; sisters; Pearl Edwards of Butte, Lois (Russell) Hartse of Missoula, and Jesse (Fred) Seibert of Scottsdale., Arizona; sister-in-law, Sarah (Juan) Massey of Seattle; and numerous nieces and nephews, cousins and many, many dear friends.

Services for Tony Woods will be at 2 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 28, at the Church of the Valley in Twin Bridges. There will be a reception at the church following the service. A family burial will take place in Sliver Star before the service.

Memorials in memory of Tony may be made to the Ruby Valley Hospital, the Church of the Valley, or an organization of your choice.

Express condolences at www.mtstandard.com.


Donald Carl Steiger

Donald Carl “Daddy Don” Steiger, 92 passed away on January 28, 2017. He was born on October 27, 1924, in Oshkosh, Wisconsin, to the late Carl E. and Ruth (Storm) Steiger. He was married to Mary Patricia (Speier) on November 20, 1954. He was preceded in death by a granddaughter Katelyn Ruth Myhill.

Don served in the US Army in the European Theatre during World War II. He was a graduate of the University of Wyoming and a beef cattleman. He owned and operated the JH Ranch at Hulett, Wyoming and Steiger Charolais/Dairy in Bentonville, Arkansas, as well as served as a longtime herdsman for JACS Ranch in Bentonville. He was a well-respected, innovative seedstock breeder of Hereford and Charolais beef cattle. He raised and showed champion steers at the National Western Stock show and at other national shows. He was an early adopter of technology in ranching, performance testing and beef cattle improvement.

Don had a lifetime of active leadership in his community. Serving on the boards of Schools, Farm Bureaus, Cattleman’s associations and was a 50+ year 4-H leader. He was a Christian and served on the Vestry boards of The Church of the Good Shepherd in Sundance, Wyoming, an Elder at First Presbyterian Church in Bentonville and was a long time Community Group leader at Fellowship Bible Church NWA. Don also helped lead the fledgling Republican Party in Benton County starting in 1970. He was County chair and enjoyed volunteering as a poll worker and at the Samaritan Community Center in Rogers.

His surviving family includes his wife Mary Patricia of the home; his six children, Donald Carl “Rocky” Steiger Jr. of Rich Hill, Missouri, Fritz (Francis) Steiger of Bentonville, Katherine (Donald) Myhill of Chesapeake, Virginia, Donna (Scott) Winn of Bentonville, Lamar (Shari) Steiger of Bentonville, Alex (Shelly) Steiger of Cuba, Missouri. He is also survived by eighteen loving grandchildren and ten great-grandchildren; two sisters, Connie Dempsey of Albuquerque, New Mexico and Mary Garman of Sundance. Many nieces and nephews also survive him.

Don was also preceded in death by his brother, Congressman William A. Steiger and his sister, Ann Haberstroh.

The staff at Jamestown Nursing Home in Rogers provided many years of care as Daddy Don’s Alzheimer’s continued to take its toll on him.

A Memorial Service was Tuesday, January 31, 2017 at the Training Center Chapel at Fellowship Bible Church NWA in Rogers with Pastor Mickey Rapier officiating. Interment will be at a later date at Fayetteville National Cemetery.

Memorials made be made to Fellowship Bible Church NWA, 1051 W. Pleasant Grove Road, Rogers, AR 72758.

Arrangements have been entrusted to Stockdale-Moody Funeral Services of Rogers. Words of comfort may be expressed at www.stockdalefuneral.com.


Paul Smokov

Paul Smokov, 92, Steele, died Jan. 21, 2017, from complications of heart failure. He was surrounded by his family at home with hospice care. A memorial service will be held at Trinity Lutheran Church, Steele, with the Rev. Jake DeBoer officiating.

Family will greet guests from 6:30 to 7 p.m. where a prayer service will begin at 7 p.m. Friday at Eastgate-Steele Memorial Chapel, Steele.

Paul was born on Oct. 18, 1924, near Broadus, Mont. He completed the eighth grade in Steele and continued learning in the “School of Hard Knocks.” Paul was married to Betty Lorraine Benson on Sept. 20, 1953. They raised four daughters and one son on their ranch northwest of Steele. Paul was a naturalist who loved God in the outdoors. He dedicated his life and livelihood to raising cattle and could often be heard to say, “You take care of the cows, they’ll take care of you.” He enjoyed a ranching career that spanned seven decades, beginning in the era of horse-drawn farm implements and extending to the age of satellite-guided tractors. Throughout his life, he was frequently recognized and honored for his professional accomplishments. In 2013, he was named Rancher of the Year by the North Dakota Stockmen’s Association.

Paul is survived by his wife, Betty, and their five children and spouses, Bonnie (Phil) Peterson and Connie (Eric) Nikiforoff, North Dakota, Nancy (Don) O’Neill, California, Kathy (Marvin) Dykes, Washington, and Terry (Donna) Smokov, South Dakota; 10 grandchildren, Amber Joy, Aaron Peterson, Adam Peterson, Alex Nikiforoff, Garrett Nikiforoff, Jason O’Neill, Kristin Harrington, Justin Smokov, Jamie Schomp, and Jodie Severson; plus 11 great-grandchildren. He is also survived by one sister, June Miller, Calif.; two sisters-in-law, Lois Smokov, New Mexico, and Alvina Smokov, California; as well as his 106-year-old aunt, Lydia Grekoff and her daughter, Paul’s close cousin, Sandee Schmidt, North Dakota; plus many other cousins.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Wasilie and Barbara Smokov; and his siblings, Mildred (Art) May, Doris (Bob) Kniefel, Johnny Smokov, and Jimmy Smokov.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be sent to the Golden Manor or the Kidder-Emmons Senior Services, Steele.


Mozelle Hotchkiss

Mozelle Hotchkiss, age 87 of Mud Butte, died Sunday, January 15, 2017 at the Belle Estate in Belle Fourche.

The funeral service will be held 2pm Friday, January 20th, 2017 at the Opal Community Church in Opal.

Visitation will be held 5 to 7 pm Thursday at Leverington Funeral Home of the Northern Hills in Belle Fourche, and one hour prior to the service at the church. Interment will take place in the Opal Cemetery.

Mozelle is survived by her son, Terry (Beth) Hotchkiss of Mud Butte; daughters, Sandy (Max) Blanchard of Athol ID, Cindy (Ken) Baumeister of Buffalo WY; 8 grandchildren, Cassie, Andrea, Evie, Jamin, Wesley, Ashley, Christian, Blane; and 15 great grandchildren. She is also survived by her sisters, June Hotchkiss of Reva, Omy (Ted) Berg of Stevensville MT, Jackie Caywood of Sitka AK, and Hazel Lynn (Dale) Cleveland of Fairland, OK; and Mary Warner of Mud Butte who for the past few months has been a special angel to Mozelle.

She was preceded in death by her parents; and husband, W.A. “Dub” Hotchkiss.


William "Bill" Neil

William “Bill” Neil, age 85 of Northfield, passed away Wednesday, January 11, 2017 at the Reflections Care Suites in Northfield. Funeral Services will be 10:30 am Saturday, January 21st at the Northfield United Methodist Church with burial at Oaklawn Cemetery. Visitation will be 3-7:00 pm Friday, January 20th at the Northfield United Methodist Church and on Saturday 1 hour prior to Services at the Church.

William Thornton Neil was born on December 31, 1931 in Castle Rock Township to Fred and Ruth (Cleland) Neil. He grew up on his family’s farm, as the youngest of seven children. Bill attended country school, Randolph Elementary School, and graduated from Northfield High School in 1950. During high school, he was involved in FFA and worked at Enfield Motors.

He started hauling milk as a relief driver in 1950 and bought his own milk route on June 15, 1956. He continued his bulk milk route until 2006; enjoying the conversation with his customers and watching their families grow. Bill also farmed with his family in Dakota County, raising livestock and crops his entire life.

On May 1, 1956, Bill married Dorothy Lyman at the Northfield United Methodist Church. They lived in Greenvale Township before moving to their farm near Castle Rock in 1964. Together, they raised their children, David, Garry, Nancy Jane, and Steven. Dorothy passed away on November 28, 1985. He married Arlene Fossum on October 1, 2005 at Bethel Lutheran Church, Northfield.

Bill was very proud to be a member and adult leader in the Dakota County 4-H program, with his involvement spanning from age nine until he was 77. He started the Bright Stars 4-H Club, served as county Federation treasurer, and served as a beef project leader. As a young adult, he was involved in the Rural Youth Association and was awarded the State Outstanding Member award in 1955. Bill served on the Federal Land Bank Board of Directors, Dakota County Farm Bureau Board, and the Castle Rock Township Board of Supervisors. The Neil’s were recognized as the Dakota County Farm Family of the Year in 1993. Bill was a member of the Northfield United Methodist Church.

Throughout his life, Bill enjoyed finding the right piece of farm equipment by checking the Sunday paper want ads and going to auctions in his younger days and having Arlene check the internet after they were married. He purchased many tractors, all of them RED, but always had green trucks, including his 1949 Chevrolet pickup. Bill enjoyed coffee and good conversation at several locations, including The Quarterback Club, Castle Rock Mini-Mall, and Roehl’s. He liked playing cards, especially 500 with neighborhood friends and at the senior center. Bill followed the Northfield Raiders basketball teams closely and loved watching his grandchildren play for the Randolph Rockets. His trademark uniform was bib overalls, which he wore until his final days.

Bill’s focus was his family and always appreciated that his career allowed him to spend time with them, as he took his kids and most of his grandchildren on the milk route. He enjoyed working together on their diversified farm. Bill was a dependable babysitter and driver for his grandchildren over the years. His smile, caring attitude, and gentle teasing will be missed.

Bill is survived by his wife Arlene; daughter Nancy (Darin) Hegland of Northfield; sons David (Ann) Neil of Pine Island, Garry Neil of Northfield, Steven (Keely) Neil of Northfield; grandchildren Ruth (Tim) Greenslade, Elizabeth and Bradley Neil, Jeffrey (Carrie) Neil, A.J. (Cortney) Neil, Amelia (Ryan) Kappers, Ryan, Ella Jane, and Maria Hegland, Jackson and Hannah Neil; 6 great grandchildren; step children Julie (Dale) Walston, Kevin (Vicki) Fossum, and Craig (Sandra) Fossum; brother and sisters-in-law Gene (Betty) Berge, Marilyn (Glenn) Lueaders, and Judy Berge; 6 step grandchildren, 5 step great grandchildren; and many nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents; his first wife Dorothy; sisters Beth and Mary Neil; brothers Fred, Ralph, Paul, and John Neil; twin grandchildren Katherine and Daniel Hegland; and brother-in-law Kenneth Berge.

Memorials to Northfield Hospice or the Minnesota 4-H Foundation.


Craig Gary Ludwig

Craig Gary Ludwig, husband, father, grandfather, passed away Sunday, January 8, one day before his 76th birthday. He was born in Denison, Iowa on January 9th, 1941. Craig attended a one-room schoolhouse, drove a tractor at a young age, and worked on neighbors’ farms in his teen years to earn money to keep his family’s farm going. He always felt a close connection to his western Iowa origins and friends and family in the area.

Craig attended Iowa State University for his Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees – where het met his wife Nancy on a blind date on Valentine’s Day, 1965 – and Oklahoma State University for his PhD in Animal Science. He and Nancy married on May 27, 1967, and moved to the Kansas City area in 1969.

Craig worked for the American Hereford Association for 29 years, travelling throughout the U.S. and the world, including Hungary, Australia, southern Africa and South America, and making many lifelong friends. Following his work for the AHA, he was the CEO for several other cattle associations.

At home Craig was a skilled builder and remodeler, finishing his basement and building a bedroom and bathroom, and building a beautiful deck in his backyard, which subsequently provided years of quality family and grilling time. He loved caring for his yard, planting and tending his extensive garden – especially the tomato plants and flowers – feeding the birds, playing fantasy football with his longtime league, and participating in his Bible study group.

When his sons were young, Craig coached their softball and 3&2 Baseball league teams, leading them to division championships on a couple of occasions to his great delight. As a sports fan, he was also for many years a keen tailgater at Chiefs games with close friends.

His grandchildren were his pride and joy and he went to many baseball, football, soccer, and basketball games played by his grandchildren living in the Kansas City area. He and Nancy were also able to visit their two granddaughters on several occasions when they lived in England and Germany.

Craig is survived by his wife of 49 years, Nancy, his son Chad (Tracy Moran), his daughter Laura Butler (Marvin), his son Scott (fiancée Bri), brothers Arnold (Marilynn) and Jon (Barb), grandchildren Elrica and Gabriella Ludwig and Remi, Brody, and Hadley Butler. Preceding him in death were his parents, Arnold and Marjorie Ludwig, his sister Suzan and brother-in-law Ronnie.

The family would like to thank the wonderful staff at St. Luke’s Hospital, Kansas City MO, that provided care for Craig through his many health problems, to his internist of many years, Dr. Frank Titterington, and to the staff of the various other facilities who cared for him in the last several months. Donations in Craig’s name can be made to the Trinity Lutheran Church, 5601 W. 62nd Street, Shawnee Mission, KS, 66202, or to the City Union Mission, 1100 E 11th St, Kansas City, MO 64106.


Vernon W. Sanders

Vernon W. Sanders, 94, passed away on Friday, Jan. 6, 2017, following a series of health issues.

He is survived by his nephew Duke Herrero (wife Jill), nephew Mark Herrero and an extended family of cattle breeders and friends worldwide.

He was born in San Francisco in 1922 and graduated from Stanford University in 1947 with a B.A. in psychology. In 1948, Vern was married to Jane Prakel of San Francisco for 10 years. They had no children. During World War II, he served four years in the U.S. Army, retiring as field artillery captain, followed by five years in the Army Reserve.

His business career included vice president of Thompson Aircraft Tire Corp. for 10 years, and ultimately president for another 10 years. Thompson was a large military supplier following WWII with factories in California, Florida, New York and Belgium.

In 1960, Vern Sanders bought the first Polled Hereford cattle for his Oak Hill Ranch near Santa Rosa, CA. Oak Hill was successful with numerous championships in the early ‘60s, and in 1967, he bought property in South Central Montana he named Beartooth Hereford Ranch, where he began acquisition of Registered Polled Hereford livestock. After a reorganization dispersal sale in 1979, Vern became partners with manager George Ellis, and they continued the unprecedented success with numerous Superior Sire awards, Gold Trophy Dam awards and National Show Championships. Over the years, Beartooth became a force in the show ring with Premier Breeder awards in 13 of 16 consecutive National Polled Hereford Shows.

Vern Sanders was an innovator in record keeping and performance testing in an era when little or no records existed. He pioneered and created computer programs and systems that measured and tracked every stage of development of every animal he owned. Many of his innovations have become standards in Breed Association records and Purebred breeding programs around the world. He created some of the early Artificial Insemination protocols, and Beartooth was site of the first on-farm embryo transfer in North America in 1977.

Vern Sanders was a member of Big Brothers, past president of the Tire Industry Association, a member of President Eisenhower’s Highway Safety Committee, past president of the Montana Polled Hereford Association, past chairman of the American Polled Hereford Association, and a director of the National Cattlemen’s Association. He was a lifetime member of the American Legion and VFW, and a selfless supporter of Honor Flight. Following retirement he focused much of his time on Veteran activities and travel.

He was a downhill skier into his 70s throughout the Rockies and the European Alps, was an avid motorcycle rider while living in Marin County and enjoyed international travel while promoting his cattle.

Vern was the consummate gentleman, in every sense of the word. He was the kind of man that sent a personal thank you note. Well into his 90s he would still open the door and pull out a chair for a lady. He would go out of his way to ask how you were doing. He made you feel as though your life was the most important thing to him, and he loved to catch up over a glass on the rocks, no water.

We will miss his gentle, caring and polite demeanor. We will miss his guidance and steadfast hold on manners, integrity and dignity. He will live on with the lives he touched, and the global effect his cattle and innovations have had on the livestock industry.

Per his request, there will be no funeral service and his ashes will be scattered on the ranch he built and loved. Memorials may be made to your local VFW or charity of your choice. Vern would want us to remember him with a “remember the time he ..." story, and honor him with a kind and respectful gesture to someone you meet.


Robert "Bob" J. Milligan

Robert J. Milligan, 93 yrs., of Kings, IL, passed away Thursday, December 29, 2016 in Fort Pierce, FL. Bob was born January 8, 1923 to Harry and Kathryn (Oakes) Milligan on the family farm in White Rock Township, IL. He married Ann Marie Miller on September 2, 1949.

Bob loved life and lived it to the fullest. He deeply loved his family and friends. Bob is survived by his wife of 68 years, Ann, four children: Jim Milligan, Mac (Grace) Milligan both of Kings, Jacque (Bill) Rowland and Martha (Terry) Ashcraft both of Albuquerque, NM; four grandchildren: Breanne Rowland, Lynzie Rowland (Nic Argibay), Robert and Andrew Ashcraft. He was preceded in death by granddaughter, Kathryn “Katie” Nicole Milligan.

He was a legend in his own time. He spent most of his life farming and raising one of the oldest herds of Registered Hereford Cattle in the U.S. started by his father in 1918. He was a trick rider on the Iowa State team called the Cosacks doing tricks involved with horses. He was a member of the Lions Club for more than fifty years. He was supporter of 4-H as a member, leader and judge of many county fairs. He raised an internationally known herd of Hereford cattle exhibiting them over 40 years at The International Show in Chicago and over 60 years at the National Western Show in Denver. In early years hauling them by railroad. He was also a member of the former Kings Presbyterian Church.

In Celebration of a life well lived, there will be a visitation from 4:00 - 7:00 P.M., Wednesday, January 4, 2017 at the Unger-Horner Funeral Home, 400 N. 6th St., Rochelle. The funeral service will be held at 10:00 A.M., Thursday, January 5 at the First Presbyterian Church, 1100 Calvin Road, Rochelle with Pastor James Tilley officiating. Burial will follow the service at White Rock Cemetery in Kings. Memorial donations may be made to Rochelle Lions Club or Ogle County 4-H visit www.ungerhorner.com to sign the online guest book.


Judy Imig

Judy Lou Munn Imig, 79, of Lakeside Nebraska, who founded Imig Herefords with her husband Roger, passed away surrounded by family on November 28, 2016.

Judy Lou Munn Imig was born January 22, 1937 in Harrison, Nebraska to Mabel Clare Higgins Munn and John Owen Munn.  The family moved to a farm north of Waverly in 1939, where they lived with Judy’s grandmother and uncles during WWII.  Her family lived in Rokeby, Nebraska in 1945 where her family operated the grain elevator.  Judy was actively involved in farming, helping her dad at the grain elevator, and in 4-H.  She won numerous purple ribbons with her calves at the Nebraska State Fair and Ak-Sar-Ben.

Judy excelled at school.  She skipped 3rd grade and matriculated at the Teacher’s High School, an experimental teaching high school on the campus of the University of Nebraska, Lincoln.  Judy was awarded a Regent’s Scholarship upon graduating from high school.

Judy married Roger Imig in November, 1954 and they moved to the Imig farm outside of Goehner, Nebraska.  There Roger and Judy started their family of 4 daughters and one son.  They farmed corn and soybeans and began a herd of Hereford cattle.

Judy was a competitive seamstress, competing and winning awards for beautifully constructed women’s and children’s clothing in the Nebraska Grange competitions.  She often sewed through the night while raising 5 children under the age of 6, running a home and farming with Roger.
The Imig family moved to a ranch south of Valentine in 1968 to begin cattle ranching exclusively.  The family moved to a ranch near Thedford, Nebraska in 1973.  Judy and Roger purchased the Arapahoe Ranch north of Lakeside and moved there in 1983 to continue the development and running of Imig Herefords.  In 1982, Judy and Roger’s family was named the Nebraska Farm Family by the Lincoln Journal-Star.

Judy loved living in the Sandhills.  She was actively involved in the ranch, feeding, riding, haying, calving and marketing and catering their bull sales held on the ranch.  She loved learning about the history of the Sandhills and enjoyed her neighbors immensely.

Judy loved every aspect of delivering cattle around the country to Imig Hereford customers.  She enjoyed seeing the ranches where their cattle would produce and getting to know customers and their families.  She especially enjoyed the independence and adventure of driving her pickup and trailer thousands of miles over the years in all kinds of weather and on all kinds of roads keeping the cattle healthy and safe.

Judy’s sense of humor was often the magic needed to help the family through the hard work of ranching.  Silly songs and bad puns were in her arsenal, as well as the perfect line to make a ridiculous day funny.

Judy was an avid reader of biographies, history, Nebraska authors, and of course, John Grisham.  When she travelled with family to places like New York, London, Wales, Alaska and Hawaii she knew much about the history and culture from her reading which enriched everyone’s experience.

Judy actively supported her kids’ involvement in 4-H, Nebraska Jr. Hereford Association, high school sports, speaking contests, spelling contests, and piano lessons.  She worked hard to make it all happen – making clothes, drilling spelling words, washing calves, driving everywhere, so her kids could pursue a wide range of activities and interests.

Judy was a leader in her community as a 4-H leader, Western Nebraska Community College Board of Education member, Lakeside School Board member, and Sheridan County Election Board member. Judy was an enthusiastic Nebraska Cornhusker fan and began going to games with her father in the 1940’s at Memorial stadium in Lincoln.   She was encouraged by the growing strength of the current Husker team into her last days.

Judy loved her dogs, her registered Tibetan Terriers which she raised and showed, and her beloved rescue dogs Lulu and Charlie.
Judy was actively involved in the lives of each of her grandchildren.  She loved spending time with them, knowing all that was going on in their lives and group texts on Nebraska game days.  Grandma Judy will be sorely missed.
Judy was very close with her sisters and brother, and loved getting updates from them about their kids and grandkids and so she could relay them to her own children.

Judy is survived by her children Janyce Imig West (Tess Southard), Mike Imig (Vicki Hoecher), Mary Imig (Robert Schweitzer) and Julie Imig (George Shopp); grandchildren Clare Schweitzer, Jack Schweitzer, Ellen Imig Arkfeld, Grace Imig Arkfeld, Margaret Imig, Madison Imig, Emily Judith West Southard, Trystin Gielissen, Zane Gielissen; and her sisters Janis Munn Davis, Eddie Munn Ranson, and brother John Munn.
Memorial services will be Monday, December 19 at 1:00 p.m. at the Lakeside United Methodist Church, Lakeside, NE with Pastor Gideon Achi officiating.  Burial will be in the Lakeside Cemetery.

Memorials may be given to the Alliance Public Library.
Online condolences may be left at www.batesgould.com with Bates-Gould Funeral Home of Alliance in charge of arrangements.


Mary Frances Reimer

Funeral services for Mary Frances Reimer, 86, of Chamberlain will be 10:00 am Tuesday, November 29, 2016 at St. James Catholic Church in Chamberlain with burial in the Grandview Cemetery at rural Chamberlain. Visitation will begin Monday at 5:00 pm with a scripture service at 7:00 pm at St. James Catholic Church.

Mary Frances Olinger was born December 4th, 1929 to Joe and Clara (Bentz) Olinger in Chamberlain, SD. She lived her entire life on the same farm. She attended a rural school through 8th grade and then attended Notre Dame High School in Mitchell, SD. After graduation, she attended Northern State Teachers College where she got her teaching certificate. Her first teaching job was at the Bode School in rural Brule County.

Mary Frances met William Reimer and on September 12, 1949 the two were united in marriage. They lived on her parent’s farm near Chamberlain, in the house that her father built in 1903. She lived in this same house until she moved to Regency Retirement in 2014. After her husband passed away, Mary Frances went to work at Alco in Chamberlain. She really enjoyed her time at Alco, but heath forced her to retire.

Mary Frances was an avid gardener and loved her houseplants. She liked to sew, knit and crochet in her spare time. She was very active in her church and community as a member of St. James Catholic Church, St. James Altar Society, and teaching CCD for several years. She was also 4-H club leader, was active in the Brule County Democrats and the Prime Cowbelle clubs as well as Extension Homemakers.

Mary Frances passed away on November 24, 2016 at Avera McKennan Hospital in Sioux Falls at the age of 86 years. Gratefully sharing her life are her son Steve (Elaine) Reimer of Chamberlain; two daughters Janelle (Gerald) Bischoff and Kathy (Pete) Torres all of Huron; 10 grandchildren Jaimi (Brady) Lammers, Brian (Laura) Reimer, Amber (A.J.) Johnson, Lori (Mike) Peskey, Garret Bischoff, Abby Bischoff, and Matt (Heather) Bischoff, William Torres, Courtney Johnson, and Jeremiah Johnson; and 12 great grandchildren Patricia, Jimmy, Jake, Sydney, Keegan, Blake, Kyla, Peyton, Cooper, Parker, Reagan, and Easton; and son-in-law Gary Johnson of Huron.

Preceding her in death were her parents Joseph and Clara Olinger, her husband William "Bill" Reimer, and daughter Lisa Johnson.


Marjorie Jean Nelson

Our family is saddened at the loss of our mother, Marjorie Jean Nelson. She went to be with the Lord, on Nov. 10, 2016, at the age of 89. She was born in Quincy, Ill., on Jan. 27, 1927, to Laura and Artie Holtman, and raised on the family farm in Ursa, Illinois. On a trip to Montana to visit her cousins, she met the man who would sweep her off her feet: Allen Nelson. They were married on March 6, 1948. They ranched on the family place until 1995 when they sold the ranch in Livingston and moved to Red Lodge.

Marge was doing great: walking a couple of miles a day and going to exercise class three times a week, but God needed a special angel, so He called her home. We are thankful she was blessed to live a long and healthy life. Her wish of living in the family home and not dying alone were granted. She was very independent.

Marge loved the Lord, her family and her many friends, in that order. She loved to bake. Her cookies were always a hit, her cinnamon rolls were loved by all, and her pecan pies were the first to go. Her jerky, deviled eggs, and caramel popcorn were coveted by all. She loved to play games with the family and was very competitive. Marge spent many fun filled afternoons playing Tenzi with her dear friend Vonnie Heare.

Marge loved watching her grandkids and great grandkids play sports and other activities such as showing animals, FFA, and recitals. She tried not to miss any events.

Her love for Christ was very evident. She attended Luther Community Church every Sunday and faithfully brought treats to share.

Marge is survived by the love of her life: Allen Nelson; four children: Dixie Hoffman (Denny), Janet

Dietz (Dwayne), Kent Nelson (Becky), and Lorra Mitzkus (Jim). She is survived by her four sisters: Rosie Jost, Jeanette Werner, Sylvia Baxter (Ralph) and Sandra Deal (Joe). Marge is survived by many grandchildren, great-grandchildren, nieces and nephews. She was a grandmother to more than her biological ones. We were blessed to have her as our Mom, as a wife, as a grandmother, a great- grandmother, a daughter, a sister, an aunt, and a dear friend. We are shocked and saddened but are so very thankful that God allowed us have her for so long. We cry a lot, then we laugh some, and we rejoice when remembering her. She is up in heaven walking the streets of gold. Thanks, Mom, for all the love and support that you gave each one of us. We love you and miss you so much. Until we see you again.

Memorial services will be at 11 a.m., Nov. 26, at the Luther Community Church. A luncheon will follow. In lieu of flowers, memorials can be made to the Luther Community Church.


Charles Ingerson

Charles “Chuck” Richard Ingerson, 91, of Aberdeen, passed away Monday, October 17, 2016, at Avera St. Luke’s Hospital in Aberdeen.

His memorial service, with Masonic Rites conducted by Aberdeen Lodge #38, will be 2:00 p.m., Saturday, October 22, 2016, at St. Mark's Episcopal Church, 1410 North Kline St, Aberdeen, with Fr. Richard Zephier officiating.

Schriver’s Memorial Mortuary & Crematory, 414 5th Ave NW, Aberdeen, is handling arrangements.

No visitation will take place prior to the service.

Friends may sign Chuck’s online guestbook and also view his service via the live stream service link at www.schriversmemorial.com.

In lieu of flowers, memorials in his name are preferred to the Yelduz Shrine Transportation Fund.

Charles “Chuck” Richard Ingerson was born October 12, 1925, to Bruce and Madge (Christian) Ingerson at Browns Valley, MN.  Chuck lived for a short time with his Uncle Otto and Aunt Belle Wegyand.  He attended grade school in Browns Valley and junior high in Huron, SD, before graduating from Aberdeen Central High School in 1943.

At the urging of Coach Milo Jackson, Chuck joined the United States Navy to become a pilot.  While in the Navy, he attended Dickenson (North Dakota) Teachers College and the University of Iowa.  With an abundant supply of Navy pilots, he turned his attention to the Submarine Service and served as an Ensign in the North Atlantic.  After being honorably discharged in 1945, Chuck attended the University of Minnesota, where he majored in Accounting and Engineering.  He then worked on the farm owned by his aunt and uncle and raised Registered Horned Herefords.

In 1948, Chuck met Arvilla Kemnitz of Sisseton, SD.  They were married on December 4, 1949.  Deciding farming wasn’t for him, (“work too hard and pay wasn’t good”), they moved to Aberdeen in 1950.  He began employment with McLaughlin Electric doing counter work and stocking shelves.  Chuck then transferred and started working for Mr. Paul Green at Hub City Iron where he was employed as an accountant and later as a salesman.  After Mr. Green sold Hub City to Safeguard, Chuck became the C.E.O.  In the fall of 1972, a portion of Safeguard burned and was relocated to the Industrial Park, where it is today.  He remained C.E.O. until his retirement in 1993.

Chuck’s love of farming and livestock returned when he purchased the Louie Miller farm at Richmond Lake where he raised Registered Polled Herefords and Black Angus with his wife and son, Clif, until 1999.

Chuck was honored to serve the city of Aberdeen by being a founding board member of the Aberdeen Boys & Girls Club; a board member and Board Chairman of St. Luke’s Hospital; Chairman of the Aberdeen Development Corporation; and a board member of Norwest Bank.  Chuck also served the state of South Dakota after being appointed by Governor William Janklow to the first board of the State Game & Fish Foundation and also served on the State Mineral Board and on the board of the South Dakota Hereford Association. In addition, Chuck was an active member of Elks Lodge #1046 in Aberdeen, Sidney L. Smith American Legion Post #24 of Aberdeen, Aberdeen Lodge #38 of the Masons, the Scottish Rite, York Rite, and had been a Shriner since 1958.  Chuck loved God and was a faithful member of St. Mark’s Episcopal Church, where he served on the Vestry.

Chuck enjoyed pheasant hunting and fishing for salmon on Lake Michigan.  His dream of becoming a pilot finally came true after meeting his good friend, Jim Caven.  Chuck loved taking his family on “Sunday drives” and vacations in his prized Beachcraft Bonanza.  In his later years, he would enjoy sitting on his deck watching the boats, wildlife, and sunsets on the lake.  He was an avid University of Minnesota Golden Gophers and St. Louis Cardinals fan.  Chuck also enjoyed checking the stock market on a daily basis.  

Grateful for being a part of Chuck’s life are his wife of 66 years, Arvilla Ingerson; children:  Jeffrey (Janet) Ingerson, Clifton Ingerson, and Barbara Ingerson; grandchildren:  Sarah Ingerson, Captain Matthew (Captain Renee) Ingerson, Ronna (Christopher) Schrenk, Christina Kusler, and Anne (Tyler) Weig; great-grandsons:  Lucas Michael Ingerson, Braeden Fischer Schrenk, and Camden Charles Weig; his brother, Rodney Ingerson; his sister, Elizabeth Woods; sisters-in-law:  Eleanor Ingerson, and Luella Eggers; several nieces and nephews; and special family members:  Steve Engel, Marylou Engel, Craig Engel, and Christy (Jason) Stark and their sons, Hunter and Logan.

Chuck is preceded in death by his parents, his brothers, Robert and Roger; and his brother-in-law, Jeff Woods.


Vincent L. Marvin

Vincent L. Marvin was born December 16, 1921 west of Imperial, Nebraska in the home of his parents, Loyd Edward and Clara Verneal (Casebeer) Martin.

Vincent had two younger brothers, Keith and Bernard.

Vincent graduated at age 16 from Chase County High School in 1938.  Upon entering the United States Armed Forces, he was given the opportunity to attend Cornell University in New York State and became a tech sergeant in the Signal Corps., stationed in the European Theatre.

Throughout his life, the church was always very important and a necessary part of Vincent’s years.  He accepted Jesus as his Lord and Savior at an early age and was baptized in the Christian Church of Lamar, Nebraska.  He was a longtime leader in the Church, serving as Elder and Deacon and was still serving the Lord by teaching his Sunday school class the Sunday prior to his passing.

Starting as a young boy, Vincent helped in the family farm with milking Shorthorns and farming.  Agriculture continued to be a major part of his life after service to his country in WWII.

Vincent fell in love and married Thyra Mae Hill on September 21, 1947.  They were blessed with the birth of two daughters, Cynthia Ann and later Sylvia Sue, and were saddened when Sylvia was lost due to a tragic accident at a young age.

They enjoyed many happy years together and were able to celebrate their 50th wedding anniversary on September 21, 1997.  Vincent was a dedicated caregiver for Thyra the last years of her life while she was afflicted with chronic arthritis disease.  Little did he know that this experience would prepare him to be self-sufficient in his home alone for the last 17 years of his life.

Their life together allowed them to live their dream of building a reputable Registered Hereford herd.  They enjoyed many lifelong friends from this work.  His passion for Hereford Cattle allowed him to be honored many times for his contributions to the beef industry, including Nebraska Hereford Breeder of the year in 1993.

Vincent was active in several state and local boards including the District 22 School, Imperial Coop, Nebraska Hereford Association, Nebraska Cattlemen, and a member of the American Hereford Association, VFW Post 4688 in Imperial, Pheasants Forever and NRA.

Thrya’s health changes in later years allowed them to explore new interests together, including gardening and antique collecting.  It led to working at the local “Junkers” Antique Store.  This became a labor of love that continued for many years after Thyra’s passing.  This permitted him to connect with many people of similar interests and become a resource to other collectors.

Vincent was a food steward of the land and everything the Lord gave him.  He was awarded the Jaycee Young Farmer Award in 1955 and the natural Resources Conservation Award in 1984.  Still this summer, he was chopping musk thistle and on two special days, taught his two oldest great-grandchildren the value of caring for the land.

A long and healthy life allowed Vincent to live independently on the 125 year old Angelo C. Hill homestead in Chase County just 2.5 miles away from where he was born.

Vincent set high standards for himself and expected the same from his family and friends.  He was extremely proud of his entire family and expressed it often with “just the right words”.

Vincent Marvin passed away peacefully in his home on October 7, 2016.  He was 94 years of age.

Vincent was preceded in death by his wife, Thyra, daughter, Sylvia, son-in-law, Larry White and brother, Keith.

He leaves to morn his passing: his daughter, Cynthia Ann Haynes and husband, Gale of Holyoke, Colorado; granddaughter, Kellie Sue and Husband Chan Melton of Ham Lake, Minnesota; granddaughter, Becky Ann and husband, Brad Claycamp of St. Joseph, Missouri.  Four great-grandchildren: Ashlyn Claycamp, Colton Claycamp, Abby Claycamp and Taylor Sue Melton.  One Brother, Bernard Marvin and wife Margaret of Imperial, Nebraska and many other relatives and friends.

Funeral Services for Vincent Marvin will be 10:00 A.M. (MT), Tuesday morning, October 11, 2016 at the First United Methodist Church in Imperial with Pastor Dirk Weiss and Mr. Kent Swink officiating with interment following at Mount Hope Cemetery in Imperial with full military honors.

Visitation will be Monday afternoon, October 10, 2016 from 2:00-6:00 P.M. (MT) at the funeral home in Imperial.

Memorials have been established to the Chase County Hospital Cardiac Rehabilitation and Physical Therapy Departments.

Online condolences can be left at liewerfuneralhome.com

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Ray L. Johnson

Ray L. Johnson, 83, of Lancaster, MN, passed away on Sunday, September 11, 2016 at the Kittson Memorial Healthcare Center in Hallock, MN, after a brief battle with cancer.

Ray Lowell Johnson was born November 12, 1932 in Cannon Township, Kittson County, MN to Oscar and Karin (Carrie Johnson) Johnson. Ray was baptized at Sion Lutheran Church in Lancaster. He graduated from Lancaster High School in 1951. After graduation he went to work on the family farm with his father. He served in the U.S. Army in Germany. He was united in marriage on September 5, 1953 to Lillah Mardell Goodrich at Zion Lutheran Church rural Greenbush. Ray and Lillah farmed for a number of years with his parents. They later purchased the farm and raised Registered Polled Hereford cattle. During that time they held several production sales on their property which were attended by buyers from Canada and several states. In April of 2007, the farm was sold, and they built a home in Lancaster where Ray lived until being hospitalized. Ray was an active member of Sion Lutheran Church and served on the church council. Ray was a member of the Cannon Township Board for 50 years, serving as Treasurer and Chairman of the Board. He also served on the Lake Bronson Farmers Union Oil Company board for 18 years. In 1991 Ray and Lillah were honored with being named the Valley Farmer and Homemaker. Ray was also very active with the American Hereford Association, the Minnesota Hereford Breeders and the Northwest Stockmans Association. In 1995 he was recognized in the American Polled Hereford Association Hall of Fame for his outstanding contribution to Polled Herefords. On numerous occasions, his cattle have been awarded Benchmark Dam status by the American Polled Hereford Association. He spent many years as a member of both the American Legion and Lancaster Lions and was awarded the 100% Club President Award.

Ray is survived by four children and their spouses, Lowell Johnson and Diane (Missy) McFadden, Minneapolis; Karen Johnson, Thief River Falls; Kevin Johnson and Carol Beecher, Lancaster; and Michelle and Nasir Mukhtar, Houston, TX; grandchildren, Carrie (David) Edmondson; Christopher (Ashley) Johnson; Zak Mukhtar and Sophia Mukhtar; six great-grandchildren; a sister Pat Michel, Moorhead, MN; a sister-in-law Nellie Storhaug, McIntosh, MN; and many nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.  He was preceded in death by his parents, wife, a daughter-in-law, Paula (Grube) Johnson; brother Ronald; sister, Phyllis and brothers-in-law, Warren Spilde, Haldor Goodman and Kenneth Michel.


Marguerite Naomi (Wilson) Gies

Marguerite Naomi (Wilson) Gies, 96, of Eaton, Colorado, died August 28, 2016.  She was born in Eaton, CO, August 21, 1920 to James Earnest and Esther Wilson. 

After graduation from Eaton High School in 1938, Marguerite attended Greeley Business School.  Upon completion of her courses, she worked for Civil Services.  At that time, Marguerite met Harold Gies, and they were married June 14, 1941.

Harold joined the Second Air Force Command in 1941, and the couple traveled across the country.  Upon returning to Eaton, they started farming, and raised registered Hereford cattle.  Their son, Jim, was born in 1947.  Marguerite served as a wedding coordinator for 36 years, assisting many brides-to-be.

Marguerite belonged to and served in numerous organizations.  Her many honors for dedication and commitment include; Hereford Woman of the Year, Colorado Cattlewoman of the year, President of The American Hereford Auxiliary, Founding Member of the Colorado Hereford Auxiliary, Master Farm Homemaker of Colorado, Chairwoman of Weld County March of Dimes, Grand Marshall of Eaton Days, Member of Eaton and Greeley Chamber, Fifty-year Member of Eaton United Methodist Church, Member of the Eaton Historical Society, and Member of the Eaton Tree Board.

Her hobbies included traveling, which she visited all 50 states, and 13 foreign countries.  She had a fondness for Hereford cattle, flower gardening and playing bridge.  Marguerite had a gregarious nature and abundant generosity.  She lived life to its fullest.

Marguerite is survived by her son, Jim (Cheri) Gies of Eaton, CO, two granddaughters, Wendy (Kent) Andersen of Windsor, CO, Jodi (Nolan) Stone of Eaton, CO, great-granddaughters, Claire Andersen, Shae Stone, and great-grandson, Dylan Stone.  She was preceded in death by her parents, husband, and sister, Betty Hemenover.

Services for Marguerite will begin with visitation from 10:00 until 11:00 a.m. on Friday, September 2, 2016 at the Eaton United Methodist Church, 303 Maple Avenue in Eaton.  A funeral service to celebrate Marguerite’s life will follow at 11:00 a.m. on Friday, at the church.  Interment will be at the Eaton Cemetery.

Memorial gifts can be made to the Eaton United Methodist Church in care of Moser Funeral Service, 3501 S. 11th Avenue, Evans, Colorado 80620.

An online obituary and guest book are at www.moserfuneralservice.com


Janet Ruth Brooks

Janet Ruth Brooks, 88, passed away Sunday, March 27, 2016 at Good Samaritan Society-Valley Vista, in Wamego, Kansas. She had been a resident of Wamego since she and her husband Loren moved from Hardin, Montana in 2011 to be closer to their family.

She was born in Glenburn, North Dakota on October 28, 1927, the daughter of William E. and Laura (Erickson) Phillips. She attended schools there and upon graduating from Minot State Teacher’s College moved to Sidney, Montana where she taught elementary school. She was united in marriage to James “Loren” Brooks on April 10, 1948 in Minot, North Dakota. Together with Loren, they owned and operated their family’s ranch first at Lansford, ND and then in Big Horn County, Montana where they moved in 1976. She was proclaimed by many as “the best cook in Big Horn County”, and the ranch hands looked forward to her arrival with bountiful and delicious meals each day.

Janet was a 4-H leader for several years and a very active member of her church. She was a member of the Glenburn Baptist Church, serving as youth leader for several years as well as on state church boards, a past member of Church of the Open Bible in Hardin, MT, and was a founding member of Gateway Christian Church of Hardin. She was also a Charter Member of the American Hereford Auxiliary, and a member of the North Dakota & Montana Hereford Auxiliaries.

Her survivors include: her husband, Loren, of Wamego, KS; a daughter, Vickie Bishop Kern (Bill) of Wamego; one sister, Doris Nelson, Minot, ND; three granddaughters: Jodi Jordan (Toby) of Rensselaer, IN; Tami Weaber (Bob) of Wamego; Kristi Bishop of Stillwater, OK; and seven great-grandchildren.

A memorial service for Mrs. Brooks will be held at 11:00 a.m. Saturday, April 9, 2016 at the Gateway Christian Center north of Hardin. Inurnment will be held at a later date. Memorials are suggested to the Gateway Christian Center of Hardin, and may be left in care of Stewart Funeral Home, P.O. Box 48, Wamego, KS 66547.


William R. Swan

July 12, 1926 - March 22, 2016

Service to be held: 2:00 pm Saturday March 26, 2016

William R. "Bill" Swan, 89, Spearfish, longtime Newell area rancher, passed away on March 22, 2016, after a short illness, with his large and loving family at his side.

Bill was born July 12, 1926, at Hugo, CO, to W.H.C. and Elsie ( Palmateer) Swan. He grew up on the Swan Ranch and was later joined by his brother, Keith, and sister, Jean. He graduated from high school in 1944 and soon joined the Navy to serve his country. After basic training, he was shipped out to the Pacific Islands where he served his country honorably.

He began courting the prettiest girl he ever met in high school, and after four years of courtship, which included her awaiting his return from overseas, he married Wilma G. Pisel on October 6, 1946, in Hugo, CO. They made their home on the Swan Ranch south of Hugo until moving to Kansas the fall of 1948, and then DeRidder, LA, to buy sheep after the ranch sold in Colorado. They then moved, along with his parents W.H.C. and Elsie, and brother, Keith, and his wife, Lois, to Newell, SD, in July of 1949. They finally moved to their ranch on Jug Creek east of Newell on May 7, 1954, where they lived until November 2001 when they retired and moved to their home near Spearfish, SD.

Bill and Wilma had a family of six children who were raised on the ranch and learned to ride and work on the ranch and love the prairie. He was an "equal opportunity" man before that became stylish and his daughters worked right along with his sons to help with the ranch work. He always expected them to behave like ladies, even though they might be covered with mud, manure or worse. He was proud of his home grown ranch crew and they learned valuable life lessons through the ranch work.

In the early years in South Dakota, Bill headed up the dipping of the thousands of sheep in the region during the scabies disease outbreak in the early '50s. During the dipping, he became acquainted with his new neighbors and made lifelong friends during that miserable time. He also rode many miles of the fenceless range looking for sheep that strayed due to the unreliability of sheep herders and rustlers. He treasured a good horse that could cover the miles at a fast walk or a lope and always sought out those leggy Thoroughbred types. He was involved in many a horse gather, some of them pretty wild, due to the ranch partnership buying outlaw and feral horses from all over the area. His all-time favorite horse of the 1950's era was a snorty, sorrel gelding named Red that could run the wild ones all day. After Red, and after several hammerheads, he started riding his horse-of-a-lifetime, Reno, a home raised buckskin gelding that many of his friends will remember.

Bill and Wilma ran cows, yearling cattle and sheep (when necessary). Bill spent many days and nights at the region's sale barns buying cattle and visiting with his sale buddies. He enjoyed the challenge of buying light and "fixer-upper" calves and making them into fat yearlings on grass. He had an eye for any animal that would make money and was usually right. The bonus of those sale barn times were the great friendships that developed and were sustained through the years.

Bill was one of the founders of the Prairie Pals 4-H Club and was the leader of that club for many years. He was heavily involved in the Butte County Fair, was on the county and state fair boards, and enjoyed helping kids excel in 4-H. He also worked hard at putting on 4-H rodeos and was the rodeo announcer at many 4-H and youth rodeos.

He was a leader of the Newell Saddle Club and enjoyed the playdays and events that entailed until his kids were all grown up. Newell Labor Day was another of his favorite things and he did everything from sort bucking stock to flagging until he became the announcer of the rodeo, a job he held and enjoyed for decades. Even after "retiring" from announcing, he attended every Labor Day celebration in Newell.

Though Bill was involved in many activities outside of the ranch, he dedicated himself most intensely to loving Wilma. They were the best of friends and they never ceased to not only love each other, but to be in love with each other. For over 50 years, Bill made the coffee in the morning and took a cup to Wilma in bed after he was done shaving. From there they planned out the day ahead and had some quiet time without interruption. His devotion to her and respect for her never ceased, even after she was gone.

In the 1990's, Bill and Wilma got a small motor home and started traveling. They enjoyed trips all over the country, taking in draft horse sales in Iowa, music shows in Branson, MO, and mule days at both Ralston, WY, and Bishop, CA. He visited and loved Venice Beach, CA, of all places. They enjoyed looking at pretty country together and toured many of the national parks all over the west. They also visited relatives and old friends on their trips. All of the grandkids college graduations and weddings also warranted trips. They continued to travel after they retired and up until Wilma's health prevented it.

Bill never met a stranger and enjoyed visiting with people of every description. He was a master of the telling of a story and could make one feel as if they were there in the moment. He could see the funny side of most situations and had a very positive attitude about life in general. One of his favorite sayings was "It's a great life if you don't weaken.

After moving to Spearfish, Bill had more time for his social activities and got acquainted with people all over the Spearfish community. If someone said they saw him it was usually in Walmart, where he enjoyed sitting on a bench and people watching. He always had a good word for everyone and liked to share his Dove dark chocolates. He was a friend, Dad, and Grandad to many besides his own family and had friends everywhere.
Survivors include his children, Steve and Billie Swan, Hubbard, TX, Kathy and Bob Burke, Sundance, WY, Dave Swan, Los Angeles, CA (and Aladdin WY), Linda Swan and Brett Engelson, Rapid City, SD, Bob and Christy Swan, Belle Fourche, SD, and Jan and Bill Wood, Newell, SD; 14 grandchildren; 21 great-grandchildren; sister, Jean and Hank Langeman, Wenatchee, WA; sister-in-law, Lois Swan, Newell, SD; sister-in-law, Myrna and Dale Ashcraft, Matheson, CO; and numerous nieces, nephews, cousins, and dear friends.

He was preceded in death by his sweetheart, Wilma in 2010; his parents; his brother, Keith; his in-laws, William and Valley Pisel; and grandson, Carson Gifford.

Visitation will be Friday, March 25, from 5:00 to 7:00 p.m. at Kinkade Funeral Chapel, Sturgis, SD, and prior to the services in Belle Fourche. Funeral services will be Saturday, March 26, 2016, at 2:00 p.m. at the Belle Fourche Area Community Center Auditorium, Belle Fourche, SD. Burial will be Monday, March 28, 2016, at 1:00 p.m. at Black Hills National Cemetery, Sturgis, SD.

A memorial has been established to Shriner's Hospitals for Children to benefit children with cleft palates, as was his fondest wish.


Roger Imig

Roger Imig of Lakeside Nebraska, who founded Imig Herefords with his wife Judy, passed away March 5, 2016.  Roger is survived by his wife of 61 years, Judy Munn Imig, his children Janyce Imig West (Tess Southard), Mike Imig (Vicki Hoecher), Mary Imig (Robert Schweitzer) and Julie Imig (George Shopp); grandchildren Clare Schweitzer, Jack Schweitzer, Ellen Imig Arkfeld, Grace Imig Arkfeld, Margaret Imig, Madison Imig, Emily Southard, Trystin Gielissen, Zane Gielissen; and sister Shirley Sloup.

Roger is preceded in death by eldest daughter Jean Imig Olsen, daughter in law Darcy Stephens Imig, and parents Elmer and Helen Kauffman Imig.

Roger’s funeral will be June 11 at Lakeside Methodist Church at 1 PM (Mtn.), Lakeside, NE.

Online condolences may be left at www.batesgould.com.


Harold Carswell

J. Harold Carswell was born to Jay & Jennie (Paynter) Carswell on September 8, 1923 in Alton, Kansas.  He passed away on Friday January 29, 2016 at Parkview Care Center in Osborne, Ks.  After he graduated from high school, Harold attended KSU for a short time but returned to the farm to help his parents.  He later met and married Pat Mines.  They made their home in Alton, Kansas and to this union 2 daughters were born, Carol & Cathy.

Harold has been a cattleman and farmer all his life. He was co-owner of Carswell-Nichols Herefords of Alton. Harold was a long time member & treasurer of the Alton United Methodist Church.

Harold's survivors are his wife, Pat (Mines) Carswell of the home in Osborne; daughters, Carol (Jim) Nichols of Alton & Cathy (Jerel) Delaney of Norman, OK; 4 grandchildren; 7 great-grandchildren.


Patrick K. Goggins

Billings, MT — Our hearts are heavy — yet full of joy! Our beloved husband, father, and grandfather, Patrick King Goggins, died peacefully surrounded by his whole family on Thursday, December 31st, 2015.

Born in Orland, California on May 28, 1930, Pat was the last of John and Pearl Goggins’s six sons. His sister Jane arrived ten years later. As a toddler, Pat’s family returned to Montana. Being raised in the Great Depression, Pat learned to work at a very young age and the value of a day’s work, done right, stuck with him throughout his lifetime.

On December 26th, 1951, Pat married Babe Becker, and the “Great Partnership” began! Together, they raised six children and were blessed with 16 grandchildren, 19 great grandchildren, and number 20 is on the way in June: Coreen & Bob Cook (Kelly, Bill, Brian, Joe), Laurie & Jeff Mosher (Brandon, Russell, Katie, Mick), Sandy & Roger Jacobs (Becky, Jackie, Mandy), John & Debi Goggins (Machaela, Zack), Joe & Linda Goggins (Greg, Kayleen, Abbie), and Mike Goggins. Pat is preceded in death by his parents, John and Pearl, brothers Don, George, Ralph, and sister Jane. He is survived by brothers Jack and Bob.

Pat received an Animal Husbandry degree from Montana State University in 1952. He worked as a herdsman early on, and then was a fieldman and ringman for Western Livestock Journal, the Montana Farmer Stockman, and finally the Western Livestock Reporter. In March 1957, Pat started sharing his opinions, comments, and advice in the weekly column “As I See IT” and continued to do so for 54 years.

In 1961, Pat bought the Western Livestock Reporter. Pat taught himself to auctioneer as he drove miles and miles selling advertising for the paper. Auctioneering grew into a career where he has been recognized as one of the leading purebred livestock auctioneers in the country. Even after he retired, and with all his business interests, auctioneering was his passion and he dearly missed it.

Pat’s entrepreneurship continued and his keen business savvy allowed him to acquire three auction markets, numerous ranches and feedlots, the first livestock video auction, a real-estate company, in addition to numerous other business ventures. Truly, this man thrived on being an achiever and never looked back once he had a plan.

The family wishes to express their sincere gratitude to lifelong employee and “right hand man” Bonnie Zieske, Dr. Neal Sorensen, Dr. Tim Dernbach, Kristen Lepley, Marcie Kading, caregivers Payton, Jody, Michelle, Stephanie, Christy, and the Synergy employees. We also wish to thank Pat’s faithful employees too numerous to mention. God bless.

Dad lived his life faithful to God and Family. He exemplified strong moral fiber, innovative vision, common sense, and above all, was A MAN OF TRUE CHARACTER.

Memorials are to St. Vincent’s Healthcare Foundation, Frontier Cancer Center, the Angus Foundation, or one of your choice.

Arrangements are in the care of Dahl Funeral Chapel and memories may be shared with the family at www.dahlfuneralchapel.com.

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Mae Ann Manning

Mae Ann Manning passed away in the Wyoming Medical Center in Casper, Wyoming on Saturday December 12, 2015.  Mae Ann had been confined to her home this past year due to illness.

A celebration of her life will be held Thursday, December 17, 2015 at 2:00 P.M. at the Wyoming State Fair Grounds, Upper Ag Building with Pastor Echo Klaproth officiating. Interment will be in the Douglas Park Cemetery.

Mae Ann was born September 2, 1932 in Douglas, the daughter of Henry Fredrich “Hank” and Gladys Mae (Sims) Amend.  She had a brother, Marvin, and a sister, Mary Amend.  Her early years were spent in the oil patch where her father was a driller on some of the first wooden rotary derricks.  She attended kindergarten in Lovell, Wyoming.  In 1938 Mae Ann’s parents purchased the Lost Springs Ranch two miles south of Lost Springs and it became their permanent home.

Mae Ann attended the Lost Springs grade school, graduated from the Manville High School 1950 and attended Chadron State College.
She lived a full and vibrant life filled with hard work and lots of achievements and joy.  Even though she was a rancher’s wife her true love was horses.

Mae Ann and Robert Wayne “Bob” Manning were married February 11, 1951 in the Lusk Congregational Church in Lusk, Wyoming.  Their son, Alvin Wayne, was born December 11, 1951 and daughter, Debra Ann, was born May 26, 1955.

As a child Mae Ann had always dreamed of living on the Twenty Mile Ranch and raising horses which became a reality when she and Bob were able to purchase it from Mae Ann’s grandmother Della Sims in 1952 a year after they were married.  During their first years of marriage they lived at Bear Creek, 55 miles north of Douglas on Bob’s family’s place and after the Twenty Mile purchase, they trailed cows from place to place which would take them a week staying in a sheep wagon with the kids.  They later purchased the Bear Creek ranch from Bob’s family where they ran sheep.  In 2014 the Twenty Mile Ranch was inducted as a Wyoming Centennial Ranch.

Mae Ann belonged to the Woodbine Chapter #18 Eastern Star, Walker Creek Homemakers, CowBelles, Wyoming Stock Growers, Wyoming Wool Growers, Wyoming Pioneer Association, and the Prairie Hills Lusk Community Church.

Mae Ann rarely missed an opportunity to follow all of her family members at any of their activities from sporting events and rodeo.  Mae Ann especially enjoyed being a timer at rodeos and team ropings. One of her highest highlights was sponsoring the Twenty Mile Roping Club Gymkhanas at her home arena for all the youth in the area. Mae Ann had many passions from attending rodeos, dancing, and she was an avid collector of many fine things such as museum quality turquoise jewelry, antiques, and retired horses.

After Bob’s passing she maintained and ran the ranching operation at Twenty Mile and Bear Creek until her health limited her in her last year.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Bob Manning, on February 12, 2006; parents, Hank Amend in December 18, 1970 and Gladys Amend on May 17, 1963, and brother, Marvin Archie Amend, on July 18, 1970.

Mae Ann is survived by her children Alvie (Billie Ann) Manning and Debra (Bruce) Murray;  grandchildren, Ammie Murray, A.W. (Rachel) Manning, and Man Dee (John) Moore; great grand- children, Tessa Mae Manning,  Aubrey  Manning, PaisLee Moore, and twins Bella Gray Moore and Annie Mae Moore; sister, Mary (Chuck) Engebretsen; sister-in-law, Irene (Bill) Lindmier; numerous nieces and nephews; a host of wonderful friends and numerous other relatives.

Serving as pallbearers will be JV Boldon, Luke Thar, John Ralph Sullivan, Joe Rankin, Chris Hickman, Chad Budd, Todd Wright, and Freddie Thomas.
Serving as honorary pallbearers will be Jess Rodgers, Dennis Irwin, Artie Joss, Bob Hageman, Joe Hageman, Jimmy Shepperson, PeeWee Johnson, Chloe Haefele, Jane Irwin, and all of her Twenty Mile Rodeo Club Kids.

Memorials may be given to the Converse County Ranchers Scholarship Fund in care of Converse County Bank, P.O. Box 689, Douglas, Wyoming 82633, the Wyoming Pioneer Association Building Fund, P.O. Box 1313, Douglas, Wyoming 82633 or to the Wyoming Cowboy Hall of Fame, 938 Shoshone, Powell, Wyoming 82435.

The Gorman Funeral Home – Converse Chapel of Douglas, Wyoming is in charge of the arrangements.  
Condolences may be sent to the family or at www.gormanfh.com.


Robert "Bob" Hopper

Robert Donald Hopper “Bob” passed away peacefully on December 5, 2015 at his home in Adams, Oregon.

A viewing will be held on Friday, December 11, 2015 from 12:00 pm to 4:30 pm at Pendleton Pioneer Chapel, Folsom-Bishop. Graveside service will be held at 10:00 am, Monday, December 14, 2015 at Olney Cemetery.

Bob was born on February 1, 1925 in Pendleton, Oregon to Max and Isabelle Hopper. He graduated from Pendleton High School in 1943 and went to serve in the Navy Seabee’s until 1946. Upon his return he enrolled at the University of Washington where he played football. After one year he returned home and began his life long career as a farmer and cattle rancher which he truly loved.

In September of 1946 Bob married his wife Patricia Ann Mann in Walla Walla, Washington. They were married for 69 years.

Bob really enjoyed traveling to Hawaii, swimming, farming, cattle and his wife’s baking.

Bob is survived by his wife Patricia A. Hopper; daughters, Patricia Taylor and Susan Lyon; daughter-in-law, Diana Hopper; sister, Anne Olson; grandchildren, Michelle Hopper, Seth Hopper, Sam Taylor, Jack Taylor, Alex Lyon, Nicholas Lyon, and Gracie Lyon; great- grandchildren, Cassidy Hopper, Colton Duquette and Teagan Taylor.

Bob was predeceased by daughter, Sally Ann Hopper; son, Michael Irvin Hopper; son-in-law, Tracy D. Lyon and his parents Max and Isabelle Hopper; grandparents, Thomas and Elizabeth Hopper and Donald and Annie McIntyre.

The family wishes to thank Bob’s wonderful care givers, Amber, Barb, Melissa and Sandy.

In lieu of flowers donations may be made to the Mike Hopper Memorial Scholarship Endowment for the National FFA Scholarship Endowment, c/o Pendleton Pioneer Chapel, Folsom-Bishop, 131 SE Byers Ave., Pendleton, Oregon 97801.


Dr. Michael Schlosser

Dr. Michael Schlosser was taken to his right place in heaven on Saturday, November 21, 2015 from injuries sustained in a motor vehicle accident near Mina, SD. A loving husband, son, father, brother, doctor, soldier and teacher; he will surely be missed.

Michael James Schlosser was born on March 21, 1956 to Henry and Rose (Kokkeler) Schlosser in Mandan, ND. One of seven siblings, he grew up and attended school in Mandan. Michael went on to get his Master’s Degree in Chemical Engineering at University of North Dakota School of Medicine and Health Sciences in Bismarck, ND. He continued his education there receiving his medical degree from University of North Dakota School of Medicine and Health Sciences. Dr. Schlosser did his residency at University of North Dakota Family Practice Center in Bismarck. He also served as an instructor with the American College of Surgeons.

In 1990, he began his career as a family practice doctor in Linton, ND for three years. Michael was united in marriage to Cynthia Rausch on May 18, 1991 in Linton, ND and together they raised five children. In 1993, Dr. Schlosser transitioned into emergency medicine at MeritCare/Sanford in Fargo, ND. He practiced there for 19 years before joining Avera in Aberdeen, SD for another three years.

Dr. Schlosser was known for his caring hands and decisive decision making in the ER. He served as a Lt. Colonel in the North Dakota Army Reserve as a physician with four tours of duty including two tours in Iraq and one in Afghanistan. During that time, he served six years with the 164th Engineering Battalion in the National Guard, Minot, ND. In the National Guard, Dr. Schlosser was a Medical Officer and Assistant State Surgeon. He participated as a medical support staff for the Honor Flight program, Fargo, ND.

Mike found peace in raising registered Hereford cattle with his brother-in-law and close friend, Gary Rausch. He was quite handy and would attempt to fix anything; whether a dishwasher or a broken arm. He enjoyed hunting pheasants with his sons and good friends, Doug Hushka, Scott Parks and Shane Madsen. Some of his favorite pastimes were spending time skiing, trying to fish, grilling and just relaxing with his family and friends at Lake Park, MN. His lake home there was built by a professional builder and good friend, Terry Becker. Dr. Schlosser and his beloved wife enjoyed scuba diving on trips to the Caribbean and going on many family trips. One of his greatest joys came from being a grandpa.

Grateful for having shared his life are his wife: Cindy Schlosser, Aberdeen; five children: Andy (KariAnn) Buntrock, Bismarck, ND, Kent (Rebecca Harbage) Schlosser, Helena, MT, Joseph (Michelle Drozd) Buntrock, Fargo, ND, Kara (Brent Knodle) Schlosser, Minneapolis, MN and Ben (Natalie Crawford) Buntrock, Williston, ND; his granddaughter: Tyne Buntrock and baby Buntrock who is due in mid-January; his mother Rose Schlosser, Bismarck, ND; four siblings: Patricia (Tim) Kearns, Colorado Springs, CO, Mirna (Cordell) Stromme, Bismarck, ND, Diane (Bruce) Roth, Denver, CO and Angela (Kevin) Hollatz, Bismarck, ND; and numerous nieces and nephews.

Dr. Schlosser was preceded in death by his father: Henry Schlosser; one sister Theresa and one infant sister Annette Schlosser; and his faithful hunting buddy, Buck, his yellow lab.

In lieu of flowers, the family prefers memorials for the establishment of a program dedicated to the reintegration of service persons with the aid of equine therapy through SPURS Therapeutic Riding Center in Aberdeen, SD.


Charles Chandler

Charles Herbert Chandler, 96, a life long resident of Baker Valley died November 18, 2015 at Settler’s Park in Baker City.

Charles was born Sept. 4, 1919 at the Chandler home on Valley and Clark Street in Baker City to Linda (Bodmer) and Herbert Chandler.  He married Maribeth Gragg in 1941 and they had two sons, George and Charlie.

Charles raised prize purebred Hereford cattle, having bred national champions and some of the finest animals to ever be led into the show ring.  Charles and his father, Herbert, successfully showed cattle all over North America.  He also judged many of the national shows.  Charles loved horses and was a very accomplished horseman using his skills daily on the Chandler Hereford Ranch.

Charles was a past President of the American Hereford Association, Baker County Cattleman’s Association, member of the Historical Society, Oregon Cattleman’s Association, and Life Member of the Baker Elks Lodge.  There are too many other awards and honors to list, but the latest honor was the American Hereford Association Hall of Fame given in October 2015 in Kansas City, Missouri.

Charles loved the cattle and the ranch.  He saw many changes from horse drawn implements to computers and GPS guided equipment, being very forward thinking he started using computers back in the DOS operating system era and was self taught.  He was an intelligent man and was the first of three generations to graduate from Oregon State University.  George and grandson Duane are also graduates.

Charles loved his family dearly and would do anything for them.  He enjoyed watching his grandchildren grow up on the ranch as well as his great grandchildren.  He enjoyed fly fishing and camping in the Eagle Caps and loved Boulder Park Resort when it was in operation.

Charles is survived by son, George Chandler and wife Janet, grandson Duane Chandler, granddaughters Patti Hall and husband Cliff, and Kelli Bullington and husband Rodney, great granddaughters McKenzie and Morgan Hall, great grandson Truman Bullington, daughter-in-law Margaret “Meg” Moore, great granddaughters Maddee and Lacey Moore.

Charles was preceded in death by his parents Herbert and Linda Chandler, wife Maribeth Chandler, sister Herberta Chandler, and son Charlie Chandler.

Contributions may be made in honor of Charles to the Baker County Livestock Producers Scholarship Fund or a charity of your choice through Gray's West Co., Baker City, OR.  97814.


James "Jim" Lawler

JAMES "JIM" LAWLER, 85 of Paxton, NE, passed away Wednesday, November 4, 2015 at the Golden Ours Convalescent Home in Grant.

Jim was born January 16, 1930 in North Platte, Nebraska to Harvey “H.D.” and Georgia (Feltz) Lawler. He attended District 16 rural school from 1st through 8th grade and then spent his Freshman year at the Nebraska School of Agriculture in Curtis, which was typical of farmers/ranchers of that time. He graduated from Paxton High School and then furthered his education at Regis University in Denver, CO.

Jim married Peggy Marie Heiser on September 26, 1949 at St. Patrick’s Catholic Church in Paxton. The couple made their home on the Lawler homestead. Their union was blessed with 3 daughters.

Jim continued the legacy of his grandfather and had a passion for farming and ranching. He loved the land, his cattle, and worked hard to refine his operation. He was a skilled roper, cattleman and loved watching rodeos. He and Peggy enjoyed traveling all around to attend various rodeo events. He served as a County Commissioner for several years. He was a long time member of the Elks Lodge in Ogallala and a lifelong member of St. Patrick’s Catholic Church in Paxton.

Jim was preceded in death by his parents and a grandson, Zach Upton.

Survivors include his wife of 66 years, Peggy "Lou" of Paxton; 3 daughters, Barbara (Wayne) Upton of Monroe, Connecticut, Kae (Greg) Madden of Westminster, CO, Jo (Barry) Perlinger of Paxton; 6 grandchildren and 8 great grandchildren.

A memorial has been established in his memory. Condolences may be shared at www.prairiehillsfuneralhome.com, where the service will also be streamed live for those unable to attend.

Mass of Christian Burial will be held on Monday, November 9, 2015 at 10:00 AM at St. Patrick's Catholic Church in Paxton with Father Bryan Ernest as Celebrant. Burial will be in the Paxton Cemetery. Visitation will be on Sunday, November 8, 2015 from 1:00 PM to 4:00 PM at the Prairie Hills Funeral Home with a Rosary being recited at 7:00 PM at the St. Patrick's Catholic Church in Paxton.

Prairie Hills Funeral Home of Ogallala is in charge of arrangements.

James Wilbur Storey

James “Jim” “Papa” Wilbur Storey, 90, of Bozeman, passed away Saturday, Oct. 17, 2015. He was born Aug. 29, 1925, in Bozeman, Montana, to Wilbur and Hilda (Smith) Storey.

Jim’s entire life was spent on his family’s Storey Hereford Ranch. He attended Pine Butte School, Gallatin County High and Montana State College.

Jim married Beatrice Louise “Bette” Andrews on Nov. 24, 1949, in Chicago, Illinois.

Jim’s parents, Wilbur and Hilda Smith Storey, began farming outside of Bozeman in the early 20s. His father entered the registered Hereford business in 1935, making Storey Hereford Ranch one of the oldest Hereford operations in the state.

Jim served on the Pine Butte and Gallatin County High School boards. He served on the Gallatin Farmers’ Advisory board of directors from 1971-72, on the board as president in 1974 and vice president in 1979. He sat on the first Gallatin County Study Commission in 1985-86 and on the Gallatin County Fair Board for 18 years. He served as advisor to the Montana Junior Hereford Association for nearly 20 years.

Jim was inducted into the Montana Winter Fair Wall of Fame in 1994. In 1996, the 50th Montana Winter Fair gave special recognition for 50 years of continuous participation in the Montana Winter Fair Cattle Show. In 1995, he was honored by the Montana Hereford Association as the Hereford Man of the Year for his long time support and dedication to the Hereford industry.

Jim was named 1997 Outstanding Farmer/Rancher. This award recognized individuals dedicated to agriculture and its value to the area’s economy and resident’s lives.

Jim never retired from ranching; he was involved in the operation with his family until he died.

Papa will be remembered for his quick wit, sense of humor, his patience, his manner and his kind soul and heart.

He was preceded in death by his parents and his wife Bette.

Survivors include daughter and son-in-law Kathy and Chuck Kohlbeck , daughter Lisa Storey, granddaughter Katelyn Storey Kohlbeck, sister Marjorie Williams, long time herdsman Ted Ruf, close family friend Sadie Reddick, all of Bozeman, Montana, and long time friends from the Kountry Korner Cafe and The Korner Klub.

A Celebration of Jim’s life will be held 1 p.m. Friday, Oct. 23, 2015, at Dahl Funeral Chapel. Reception following services at the Elks Club, 205 Haggerty Lane, 2-4 p.m.

Memorials may be made in his name to the MSU Foundation, 1501 S. 11th Ave, Bozeman, MT 59715. In memo line put Livestock Judging Team.

Condolences and memories may be shared with the family at www.dahlcares.com


Douglas "Buddy" Leachman

"Buddy" Leachman passed away at the Riverside Health Complex, Turtleford, Saskatchewan at the age of 60 years.

Buddy leaves to mourn his passing: his wife, Frances; sons Lance (Shari) and Tyler (Amanda Renaud); his mother Pam; his brother Charlie (Sally) and their children Daegan (Joseph) Coyne, Ryan, and Allie; and his mother-in-law, Agnes Oddan as well as numerous brothers and sisters-in-law, nieces and nephews, aunts, uncles and cousins.

He was predeceased by his father Lloyd in 1992 and his father-in-law Vick in 1997.

Donations may be made to Big Gully Farm Beef Cattle Learning Award, set up in memory of Buddy, to help young cattle enthusiasts.

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Stephen Douthit

ST. FRANCIS, KS — Stephen Vincent “Steve” Douthit, 63, died Wednesday, Oct. 7, 2015. He was born June 1, 1952, in St. Francis.

Survivors: wife, Melva (O’Dell); son, Thomas Douthit, of St. Francis; daughters, Ana Enfield, Margo Douthit and Courtney Douthit, all of St. Francis, and Erica Gotchall, of Goodland; brothers, Walter Douthit, of St. Francis, and Rudy Douthit, of Loveland, Colo.; sister, Emily Peter, of Denver; and five grandchildren.

Visitation: 1-5 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 11, at Knodel Funeral Home, St. Francis.

Wake: 7 p.m. Sunday at St. Francis Catholic Church, St. Francis

Funeral: 10 a.m. Monday, Oct. 12, at Peace Lutheran Church, St. Francis.

Memorials: Cheyenne County EMS, Cheyenne County 4-H and FFA or Knights of Columbus.


Charles Boyd

Charles Eugene Boyd, 73, passed away on Sept. 30, 2015, at the University of Kentucky Medical Center in Lexington.

Mr. Boyd was born on Aug. 16, 1942, in Maysville, to the late Ward and Violet Boyd. His grandparents Eugene Asbury Boyd and Mae Wallingford Boyd served as influential people in laying the foundation for the cattle business as well as other aspects of the agriculture industry.

He graduated from Maysville High School in 1960, and attended the University of Kentucky. He was a member of the Alpha Gamma Rho Fraternity, UK Livestock Judging Team and the Block and Bridle Organization. He returned home after college to farm and raise registered livestock. He was a third generation of Hereford breeder.

Mr. Boyd was a member of Shannon United Methodist Church and attended May's Lick Christian Church and Highland Christian Church.

Throughout his life he has had many accomplishments on local, state and national levels. He was inducted into the Mason County Alumni Hall of Fame in 2012, a founder of the Mason County Cattlemen's Association and its first president, recognized as the Kentucky Outstanding Young Farmer, Kentucky Cattleman's Association Seedstock Producer of the Year, Founding Member Beef Advisory Committee for the North American Livestock Exposition, member of State Board of Agriculture under two administrations serving on his second term, Kentucky Hereford Association Past Director and President, Board of Directors American Hereford Association, and the American Hereford Association Hall of Fame. He was a prominent beef cattle judge at all major livestock shows, exhibited several International and National Champion Hereford cattle, and bred and raised over 20 bulls in major artificial insemination studs which is one of the most significant achievements of any Hereford breeder.

Family, loving others, and mentoring young people in the agriculture and Hereford industries were the way he lived his life.

Mr. Boyd is survived by his wife of 52 years, Martha Donovan Boyd of May's Lick; his children, Charlie II (Paula) of May's Lick, Suzanne (Andrew) Matheny of May's Lick; four grandchildren, Blake Boyd, Logan Boyd, Austin Matheny and Taylor Belle Matheny; one sister, Susan Hoag of Greenville, S.C.; one sister-in-law, Helen Donovan Thomas of Flemingsburg; and two nephews, Johnny and Jason Hoag both of Greenville, S.C.

He was preceded in death by his mother-in-law and father-in-law, Forrest and Lucy Donovan.

Services will be 2 p.m., Sunday, Oct. 4, at Moore and Parker Funeral Home in Maysville.

Burial will be in May's Lick Cemetery.

Visitation will be 4-8 p.m., Saturday, Oct. 3, at the funeral home and from Noon to 2 p.m. Sunday at the funeral home.

Memorials may be given to the Charles Boyd Scholarship for the Hereford Youth Foundation of America, P.O. Box 014059, Kansas City, Mo. 64101 and condolences can be sent to mooreandparkerfh.com.


Calvin L. Coulter

Calvin L. Coulter, life-long resident of Bridgeport, Nebraska, died Thursday morning at Morrill County Community Hospital, surrounded by family. He was 85. His funeral will be held on Monday, August 17 at 10:30 a.m., at the Presbyterian Church in Bridgeport, Nebraska. Pastor Jonathon Berosek will officiate. In lieu of flowers, the Coulter family requests memorials be made to the First Presbyterian Church in Bridgeport.

Cal was born on January 4, 1930, in the Scottsbluff hospital to Bern and Esther (Scott) Coulter. He graduated from Bridgeport High School in 1947 and attended the University of Nebraska, graduating from the law college 1952.

He married Virginia Christensen in 1951 and they lived in Lincoln until his graduation, when they both returned to Western Nebraska. Cal ranched and farmed in the Redington community, building a distinguished herd of registered Hereford cattle alongside his father. The annual Coulter Hereford bull sales were an event the whole family looked forward to.

As the Coulter herd grew, so did the Coulter family. Cal and Virginia raised six children on their Redington ranch, and throughout his life the ranch continued to be a gathering place they would bring their children, friends, and extended families to experience and enjoy.

Cal dedicated much of his life and efforts to the Beef Industry, serving on the State and National Brand Committees, the State and National Beef Boards, the National Cattleman’s Association, and was a proud Past President of the Nebraska Stockgrower’s Association. Calvin received numerous awards and recognition for his efforts promoting agriculture and the beef industry, including Panhandle Outstanding Service to Agriculture in 1986

Calvin was is survived by his wife of 64 years, Virginia; daughters Sheryll Coulter of Webster Groves, MO., Susan Coulter of Scottsbluff, Nebr., Kris Coulter of Santa Fe, NM, and sons Kenneth (Peggy) Coulter of Wright’s Gap Road, and Lewis (Susan) Coulter of Bridgeport Nebr., and son-in-law, Peter Lapaseotes of Bridgeport, Nebr.; sisters Madelyn Anderson of Broadwater Nebr. and Nancy Myers of Longmont CO.; 11 grandchildren and 4 great grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Bern and Esther Coulter, in-laws Carl and Lucille Christensen, and daughter Robin Coulter Lapaseotes.


Bobbie Jean Debter

Mrs. Bobbie Jean Debter, age 81 of Horton, AL., passed away on Sunday, July 26, 2015 at Cullman Regional Medical Center.

Bobbie was married to Glynn Debter for 61 years and was a Business Partner and Office Manager for Debter Hereford Farm for more than 60 years. She clerked the Annual Sale at Debter Hereford Farm for 42 years and at one time was book keeper for 5 businesses. Bobbie strongly supported the promotion of the Hereford breed and the family business.

Bobbie was a long time member of New Prospect Baptist Church. She was very active in raising her 6 grandchildren and always enjoyed being around her family. Bobbie was on the Board of Directors for Blount County Department of Human Resources for over 20 years. She was always concerned with her community and it was evidenced by the fact that over 600 people paid their respects at her visitation and funeral.

She is survived by her husband: Glynn Debter of Horton, AL.; her sons: James (Jana) and Perry both of Horton, AL.; her grandchildren: Jennifer, Carrie (Steve), Brittany, Haley (Jon), John Ross (Rebecca), and Robert; her great grandchildren: Owen, Emma, Kanin, Cash, Jackson, Claire, and Eva; her siblings: Bill & Sue Kornegay, James "Bo" & Jeannette Kornegay, and Louise Long; her In-Laws: Ann & Ronnie Tidwell; and a host of nieces and nephews.


Jacob Jerome Kolousek

Jacob Kolousek, age 11, passed away July 24, 2015 at Avera Weskota Hospital in Wessington Springs.

A Mass of Christian burial will be 10:30 am Wednesday, July 29, 2015 at St. Josephs Catholic Church in Wessington Springs with a burial at Immaculate Conception Catholic Cemetery at Crow Lake.

Visitation with family present will be 5-6:30 pm Tuesday, July 28, 2015 at St. Josephs Catholic Church with a scripture service and rosary
at 6:30; or Wednesdsy morning one hour prior to the service at the church.

Jacob's family prefers memorials be given in Jacob's name.

Jacob Jerome Kolousek was born August 20, 2003 to Amber (Rounds) and Scott Kolousek and lived all his life on the family farm near Wessington Springs. He attended Wessington Springs Elementary School and was a member of Prairie Hills 4-H Club and Western Riders 4-H Club, as well as a member of Youth Blackhawk Football and was the water boy for the High School Blackhawks.

He was a member of St. Josephs Catholic Church and earned the honor of serving as a Red Rope Altar Server.

Jacob loved having opportunities to spend time with his many friends.

Jacob's real love was the farm and helping his Dad & Grandpa in the shop and caring for all the animals.

Our sweet boy's other interests included riding horse, fishing, hunting and shooting his .22, playing golf, reading, snow skiing, building forts
& Lego creations and Minecraft.

Jacob is survived by his parents; one brother, Isaac; two sisters, Abby and Ella; his maternal grandparents, Darold and Cindy Rounds; paternal grandparents, Dick and Janet Kolousek; great-grandparents, Fred and Lucille Geisler; great-grandmothers, Marvilla Rounds and Goldie Carter; numerous aunts, uncles, cousins, and friends.

He was preceded in death by great-grandparents Dale Rounds, Pete & Ione Kolousek and Alfred Carter.


Merle Michaelson

Merle Michaelson, 84, Jamestown, ND died Wednesday evening July 15, 2015 at his home in Jamestown, ND.

Merle Michaelson was born February 2, 1931 on the family farm home in Griggs County near Walum, ND, the son of Omer Michaelson and Myrtle
(Heyerdahl) Michaelson. He received his education at Dover and Buffalo schools and graduated from Wimbledon High School in 1948.

Merle married Joyce Cresap on June 18, 1952 at Eidfjord Lutheran Church near Walum, ND. They were married for 63 years because of the great love  and laughter in their relationship. They made their home in Wimbledon, ND where they farmed and raised registered Hereford cattle. In 2014 they  moved to Jamestown, ND. He never retired from raising cattle. He still has a few head left.

He was a member of St. Paul’s Lutheran Church in Wimbledon, ND and served as the secretary for the voter’s assembly. He was a lifetime member of the American Hereford Association and he enjoyed raising cattle. He served on the Courtenay school board for many years and was a  4-H Leader.
Merle was the rock of his family. He was a kind and generous man with a great sense of humor. He loved his family and was a great role model for  his kids and grandkids. He was community-minded and was a helpful neighbor. He will be greatly missed.

He is survived by his wife, Joyce, Jamestown, ND; 3 daughters, Amy (Chuck) Wanzek, West Fargo, ND; Carmen Larson, Jamestown, ND; Beth Marsolek, Jamestown, ND; 2 sons, Dean (Cheryl) Michaelson, Wimbledon, ND; Barry (Tammy) Michaelson, Jamestown, ND; 12 grandchildren; 2 step grandchildren; 9 great grandchildren, and 1 sister, Betty (Paul) Larson,  Battle Lake, MN.

He was preceded in death by his parents and 3 brothers.

Funeral Service – 10:30 AM Tuesday July 21, 2015 at St. Paul’s Lutheran Church in Wimbledon with Rev. Robert Hill, officiating Interment – Prairie View Cemetery at Wimbledon, ND.


Pauline Oberg Bayers

Pauline Oberg Bayers passed away on July 3, 2015 at the Marquis Care Center in Butte, Montana after a courageous 15 year battle with Alzheimer's disease.

Pauline was born in Great Falls, Montana on May 26, 1931 to parents Ross and Oubri Oberg of White Sulphur Springs, Montana where her father was manager of the Woodward's Department store. Approximately 10 years later the Obergs moved to Twin Bridges, Montana where her father managed the Woodward’s store there. Her parents were also teachers at the Montana Children’s Center and her mother was a music teacher and church organist.

In the Twin Bridges school system Pauline excelled in academics and music and she was elected to be the first delegate to Girls State Montana from Twin Bridges in her junior year. She and her siblings were musically talented and had music lessons every Saturday in Butte, some 45 miles away. For the times this was unusual for an entire family to have weekly music lessons. Pauline excelled in piano and strings, primarily viola, and she was a part of the Twin Bridges High School music programs.

She graduated as salutatorian of her high school class the following year. Pauline went on from high school to college at the University of Montana in Missoula, where she obtained a degree in Music Education and graduated with honors. During this time she was also named to the Mortar Board organization and was a member of the Tri Delta sorority.

Shortly after graduation in 1953 Pauline was married to Byron Bayers, who at that time was in the Air Force. Pauline and Byron spent the next two years at an isolated radar site in Yaak, Montana. From this union three children were born, Rich, Kathy and Jill.  After Byron’s release from active duty, they returned to the ranch in Twin Bridges where they raised registered Herefords.

Pauline was a dedicated ranch wife and was involved in the family’s Hereford ranch, traveling to many sales and events with her husband Byron. They attended two World Hereford Conferences, one in Brazil and the other in Canada. She spent many summers cooking for at least 12 hungry young ranch workers. She was a fabulous cook. Since the ranch had an annual bull sale, Pauline was also in charge of feeding the sale day crowd which often numbered between 600 to 1000 people. These were both huge tasks that she did very well. She was active in the Montana Hereford Auxiliary and Montana Cowbelles for many years. She was awarded the Montana Hereford Association Woman of the Year.

At age 50, after flying with her husband for over 25 years, she decided to learn to fly and received her pilot’s license. She took her flight test in a high performance Cessna Centurion to prove her skill at that juncture in her life. Pauline was the first licensed woman pilot in Madison County.

Pauline was an accomplished musician and over the years was part of several musical groups. She was a member of the Chug Chug Girls, a group of local ranch wives who entertained throughout the state of Montana for about 10 years. She also was part of a Ruby Valley string quartet which practiced regularly. Her children often marvel that not too many ranch kids had a string quartet practicing in their living room. The quartet occasionally performed at local events in the valley. Pauline also taught piano lessons to many Twin Bridges kids, one of whom recently carried on part of the tradition by teaching children in Africa how to play piano.

She was the director of the local church choir at the Church of the Valley for 35 years and with friend Ruth Woods, started the Ruby Valley Choral, which is still in existence today. Ruth and Pauline, along with Phyllis Ruppel and several others in the Twin Bridges community were instrumental in organizing Jubilate which was a music and arts retreat held at the Church of the Valley for close to 20 years. This was a tremendous Christian outreach which included music and art seminars, choral groups and instrumental performances. The group was able to obtain professional singers and musicians who participated in and taught at the retreat which was held in the little town of Twin Bridges.

Along with her musical talents and activities at the Church, Pauline had a deep Christian faith and was very involved in the Church of the Valley her entire life.

Pauline was a member of the Butte Symphony for over 15 years, playing the viola. A highlight of her time with the symphony was being selected to play with the Montana Summer Symphony in Helena for three years.

Pauline was also an avid member of Toastmasters and participated in speaking events throughout Montana.

Pauline was fortunate enough to see some of the great cities of the world, mostly because of connection to the cattle and agricultural community and her travels with her husband, but also in traveling with her daughter Kathy. Those cities included London, Paris, Madrid, Rio de Janeiro, Montevideo, Buenos Aires, Honolulu, New York, San Francisco, Seattle, Denver, Phoenix, Kansas City, Chicago and Calgary, among others. Her travels also included many bull sale trips.

Pauline had a definite love of fun and adventure, especially with her family. She would take the kids and any young cousins that wanted to go, swimming, touring Yellowstone Park, skiing and any other fun activity.

Pauline and Byron’s 62nd wedding anniversary was July 4, 2015.

Survivors include husband, Byron of Twin Bridges Montana, son, Rich (Mary Ann) of Buffalo Wyoming, Kathy Bayers of Bozeman, and Jill Bayers Hotchkiss (Marc) of Reva, South Dakota. Granddaughter Lindsay Hruby (James) of Cheyenne, Wyoming, Britt Bayers of Portland, Oregon, great granddaughter Mia of Cheyenne, Wyoming and numerous nieces and nephews.
Preceding her in death were parents Ross and Oubri Oberg, brother Bob and sister Marian.

Remembrances can be made to the Church of the Valley, PO Box 11, Twin Bridges, MT 59754 or the Alzheimers Organization.
A Memorial service will be held at the Church of the Valley in Twin Bridges, Montana on August 22 at 1:00.


JOANNE “JODY” CAROL WHITE

    Funeral services for Jody White, who went home to the Lord on June 18th 2015, will be held June 22nd at 11:00 a.m. at the Niobrara County Fairgrounds in Lusk Wyoming, with visitation at the Pier Funeral Home in Lusk on Sunday, June 21st from 3:00 to 9:00 p.m. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the Church at Jay Em in care of Pier Funeral Home, Lusk Wyoming or Harness Funeral Home, Buffalo, Wyoming.

    Joanne “Jody” Carol White was born on December 20, 1948 to Robert and Elizabeth (Bashelor) Mason on the naval base in San Juan Puerto Rico. She died on June 18, working cattle and doing what she loved on the family ranch in Jay Em, Wyoming. Jody grew up on naval bases around the country, but her heart always longed for Wyoming and she dreamed of life on a cattle ranch. She graduated from high school in 1967 in Guantanamo Bay, Cuba and then realized her dream by attending the University of Wyoming.

    While at a dance at the University, she met a blue eyed cowboy and determined that this was the man she would one day marry. Jody married the love of her life, LeRoy “Butch” White on September 18, 1970 in Laramie, Wyoming. She and Butch along with Butch’s parents, Mort and Jessie White, moved to the Bridger Valley and began their great adventure of raising registered Hereford Cattle and kids in Robertson, Wyoming.  Jana, Joel and Coby kept her running and active in 4-H, FFA, Wyoming Junior Hereford Association, rodeo and various other activities over the years.  One of her greatest joys was working alongside her family on the ranch. She was in her element as a ranch wife and mother and she loved every part of this way of life; the good and the bad, the beautiful and the hard. She would tell you that it was in the difficult situations in life that her faith in God was refined and her character was made into the sturdy stuff that ranch women are known for.

    Butch and Jody also ranched in Buffalo, Wyoming, Douglas, Wyoming, Elsmere, Nebraska and finally in Jay Em, Wyoming. Her heart was in Wyoming, but she also gave a big piece of it to the sandhills of Nebraska and its people. In each community that Jody lived she made lifelong friends and forged strong bonds. She didn’t know a stranger and didn’t have an enemy. Her church family extends from one end of the state to the other as well as in the Sandhills. Jody wrote columns for the Cattle Country News, the Wyoming Roundup and The Fencepost. She also authored and co-authored two books. She loved to write about her faith, her family and the agricultural way of life and made it a goal to defend it with the written word. She was quite the cowboy poet and did some traveling and sharing of her wit and wisdom with other ranch women. Jody also enjoyed quilting and gardening.  She loved the quiet simplicity of her life.

    Jody’s family was her greatest source of joy and accomplishment and more precious to her than any material possession. She has handed down a strong heritage and legacy of faith, family, strong work ethic and perseverance to her children and grandchildren. Jody’s faith and trust in her Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ, is what shaped and guided her to be the woman that she was. Her love of Christ defined who she was in this life and where her hope was found in the next. We know that she went from being horseback one moment to being welcomed with “Well done, good and faithful servant” the next.

    She is survived by her husband, Butch of Jay Em, her daughter and son-in-law Jana and Mike Fraley of Buffalo, her son and daughter-in-law Joel and Karri White of Buffalo, her son and daughter-in-law Coby and Lisa White of Lusk, her daughter-in-law Cora Twombly of Oklahoma.  A sister and brother-in-law Robin and Ralph Gronlund of Virginia; brother, Robert Mason of Colorado; brother-in-law Greg Coco of Delaware.  Sisters and brothers-in-law Linda and Larry Armstrong of Cody, and Loretta and Tut Anderson of Texas; and sister-in-law Harlene White of Colorado.   Nine beloved grandchildren:  Brian Schiermiester, Lauren Collins, Hannah Fraley, Kade Fraley, Cuinton White, Cenzie White, Jessie, Stevie, and Cole, and numerous nieces and nephews who adored her.  She also leaves behind her loyal dog Witt and beloved horse Rio.  Jody was preceded in death by her parents Robert and Elizabeth Mason, one sister Marty Coco, her father-in-law Morton White, and her mother-in-law Jessie White, brothers-in-law Ben and Jim White and sister-in-law Mickie White.


Marvin E. Reinhold
June 22, 1929 – June 14, 2015

Marvin E. (Tige) Reinhold, 85, of rural Sturgis, went to be with the Lord at his home on the Lonetree Ranch on Sunday, June 14, 2015.

Tige was born on June 22, 1929, to Emanuel and Hazel (Jensen) Reinhold in Rapid City, South Dakota. He attended grade school at the Morse Creek School located on the ranch. He went on to attend Rapid City High School where he played football for Coach Cobb. He was unable to finish high school due to the need during the war to help on the family ranch in Meade County, South Dakota. Tige also attended a diesel mechanics course in Fargo, North Dakota.

Tige lived his entire life on the Lonetree Ranch which began as a homestead by his parents in the early 1900’s. He loved the land and took seriously his role as a steward of God and a caretaker of the soil, the grass and the livestock which grazed upon it. He was able to dream and worked on many conservation efforts on the ranch including the building of reservoirs upon the many draws coming out of the breaks on the ranch. He had the vision of building one rather large dam that has had a major impact on the ranch and camp.

He met the love of his life, Voreta (Vicky) Rae Bangert in 1955. Tige was doing youth meetings at Big Bend west of Rapid City and he needed a piano player. A local salesman, to whom Tige had loaned $300, told him of Vicky whom he had met at his store. The salesman skipped town with Tige’s money, but Tige did find a piano player. They were united in marriage on a very icy February 14, 1956. Vicky said that she would never marry a rancher, but Tige’s big smile and his love for the Lord changed that. And as history goes, they spent 48 years working together. Tige was a great husband.

Tige was a great Dad. He had a phenomenal work ethic. Many mornings, he would wake us kids in a jovial manner with the greeting, “Are you going to sleep all day?” The Reinhold kids loved Chore Time and summer, because we could work side by side with our parents. Dad was a gentle giant. His huge hands guided us in many projects and on few occasions they would “guide the rod of instruction on the backside” as well. But he poured himself out into his family. He enjoyed his Hereford Cattle and he loved good horses. Earliest memories include those of him training colts and also of training his children how to train horses and work cattle. He was always diligent in picking up a hoe and working in the garden with his family as well. This gratification was instilled into his children, too.

Tige could be the jack of all trades, as are many in farming and ranching, but what set him apart was his love. Tige was passionate about his relationship with Jesus Christ. Due to that, his love abounded for all that crossed his path.

God would continue to use Tige in his unique ways to demonstrate what He can do with ordinary people. In 1979 Tige and Vicky were present as two of their sons died in a drowning that the world thought as a tragedy. The family was shaken, but it was held firm to a foundation in Christ that had been built over the years in Tige and Vicky’s relationship. Together the family that remained forged ahead in the building of the Rainbow Bible Ranch. Tige and Vicky desired to share their life in reaching out to young people and their families. The family’s working ranch would serve as the stage, but it was the passion within people like Tige, that would impact others.

As Tige aged, he would still gain great delight in sharing with young people at camp. He eagerly attended Bible studies and events at Rainbow. At his table during meal time, he would get to know hundreds of kids. And in later years, even though he could not give rides on horseback, he loved giving rides on his golf cart as he drove around the ranch.

Tige became “Grandpa” to thousands of people. It seemed everywhere his children would go, people would ask, “How is your Dad?” The opening line of the mission statement for the Lonetree Ranch is “Our Heritage Is, Our Legacy Shall Be”. Tige Reinhold has established a powerful legacy. We as family and friends are grateful.

Tige experienced the drought of the Dirty Thirties in his youth. He could tell stories of blizzards such as the Winter of ’49. Tige had the thrill of building a reputable cattle herd. Tige could talk of tragedy and triumph. He was an encourager. In his later years, he observed the terrible drought of the first decade of the 21st century and then he watched as his family experienced the devastation of the October 2013 Blizzard named Atlas. Again he showed his sensitive heart, one of his strongest attributes, as he cried with his family.

We as family and friends have but one right thing to do, and that is to “press on.”

Tige is survived by his son, Larry and wife Robin and their children, Rachel, Molly, Danny, Caleb, Julia and Kiersten Reinhold, rural Sturgis; his daughter, Lana and husband Christopher (Box Elder) and their children, Jason , Jana, and Joel (Liz) Morris, Rapid City; and great grandchildren, Madi and Lee; and his sisters, Dorothy Gapp, Piedmont and Ruth Humke, Texas. He was predeceased by his precious wife, Voreta (Vicky); three sons, Danny, Lyle and Lee; his parents, Emanuel and Hazel (Jensen) Reinhold; his sisters, Rose Davis and Ila Reinhold; and three brothers, Carl (Dick) Reinhold, Earl (Tom) Reinhold and Paul Reinhold.

A memorial has been established for the continuing ministry and outreach of the Rainbow Bible Ranch where Tige devoted 36 years of his life in reaching out to youth and their families.

Visitation with the family present for Tige will be at Kirk Chapel of Light on Saturday, June 20, 2015 from 10:00 AM till noon. Visitation will also be 1 hour prior to services at the Church.

Funeral Services will be at the Parkview Evangelical Free Church on Saturday, June 20, at 2:00 PM with his son, Larry Reinhold officiating. Burial will follow at Mt. View Cemetery, with a time of fellowship and refreshment following at Rainbow Bible Ranch.

KENNETH “KENNY” L. LARSEN was born April 29, 1921 to George and Marie (Peterson) Larsen in Decatur, Nebraska. He passed away Wednesday, June 3, 2015, at the Oakland Mercy Hospital in Oakland, Nebraska, at the age of 94 years.Kenneth attended grade school at Deman Country School. He attended Blackbird High School for two years, and graduated from Decatur High School in 1938. Following graduation he spent two years working in California, until World War II, when he enlisted in the Civil Air Patrol. He was in training at Brookings, South Dakota. He was honorably discharged, to help his father with his farming operation, after his brother James died serving in the war. He was married to Lauretta Beard on July 15, 1944. To this union were born two children, Larry and LeAnn. Kenny and Lauretta lived their entire lives on the home farm place; four miles West of Decatur, farming and raising registered Polled Hereford cattle. Kenneth was baptized and confirmed into the Trinity Lutheran Church. He served as an elder and chairman of the church board for several years. He was very active in many organizations. He served on the District 32 School Board, 4H Extension Board, Burt County Fair Board, Decatur Township Board, Citizens State Bank Board, was a 4H leader, a member of the Burt County Feeders Association, and was Director of the Nebraska Polled Hereford Association.

He was preceded in death by his wife of 63 years, Lauretta; his parents; his brothers, Paul and James.

Survivors include his son, Larry (Janice); daughter, LeAnn (Paul) Richards all of Decatur; sisters-in-law: Fran Beard of Oakland, Kay Smilie of Loveland, CO; brother-in-law, Bill Beard of Rockford, IL;  five grandsons: Rodney (Stefanie) Larsen of Omaha, NE, Keven (Pam) Larsen of Lincoln, NE, Jason (Linda) Richards of Omaha, Justin (Billie Jo “BJ”) Richards, Joshua (Skye) Richards all of Onawa, IA; three great granddaughters and nine great grandsons; several nieces and nephews, many cousins and a host of friends.

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Tom Stromberg

Tom Stromberg passed away at his home on April 23, 2015. He was born on Sept. 23, 1950, in Minot, North Dakota, to Douglas and Caryl Stromberg.

Tom was a long time Gallatin Valley resident. His career in the agriculture and cattle industry spanned several years and took him to many states across the U.S. and Canada. It was through these connections that he developed some of his closest friendships.

On Jan. 10, 2003, Tom married Pamela Allgier and they made their home in Manhattan, Montana.

Tom had a special connection with his four grandchildren. They were his pride and joy. Rarely did he miss a school or sports related function as he became a fixture at many baseball/softball fields and basketball courts around Bozeman. Tom enjoyed spending time with his horses and going on horseback rides with his granddaughters.

Tom leaves behind his wife Pam of Manhattan, Montana; his son Travis and daughter-in-law Karsen of Bozeman, sister Cheryl Moore (Dave Kraft) of Bismarck, North Dakota; sister Ina (Randy) Gowin of Ottertail, Minnesota; brother Dan (Nyla) Stromberg of Minot, North Dakota; sister Darla (Andy) Fimrite of Burlington, North Dakota; sister-in-law Sue Stromberg of Westfield, Indiana; grandchildren Libby, Karly, Kendall, and Harris all of Bozeman; several nieces and nephews; and many special friends.

Tom was preceded in death by his parents Doug and Caryl Stromberg and his older brother Larry Stromberg.

Memorials may be made in his name to The American Diabetes Association, P.O. Box 11454, Alexandria, VA 22312.

Condolences and favorite "Tom" stories may be shared with the family at www.dahlcares.com.


Alvin Goldenstein

Alvin (Buzz) Goldenstein passed away of natural causes at the age of 92.

He attended Leverich School and graduated from Gallatin County High School. Buzz was respected and loved throughout the community as a Rancher/Farmer. He belonged to many clubs and organizations: First National Bank Board of Directors, Montana Hereford Association, American Hereford Association, Park/Gallatin Hereford Association, Mystic Lake Ditch Company, Bozeman Creek Reservoir, Middle Creek Ditch Company, Sons and Daughters of the Gallatin Pioneers, Montana Winter Fair Board, Cofounder of Sourdough Volunteer Fire Company, member of First Lutheran Church, Elks, Eagles, Gallatin Shriners Desert Scooter Patrol, Riverside Country Club, Bobcat Steer of the Year, and Bobcat Booster Club. He won many awards including Senior Farmer of the year.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Georgia Monroe Goldenstein; son, John (Jack) Goldenstein; sister, Lucille Goldenstein Frood; and brother, Gerald (Babe) Goldenstein.

He is survived by his sister, Verna Goldenstein Adams; son, Eldon Goldenstein; daughter, Linda Goldenstein Storrusten (Don); and son, Tim Goldenstein (Debbie); eleven grandchildren; and many beloved nieces, nephews, and cousins.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made in his name to Bozeman Deaconess Foundation, 931 Highland Blvd., Ste. 3200, Bozeman, MT 59715; First Lutheran Church, 225 South Black, Bozeman, MT 59715; Eagle Mount, 6901 Goldenstein Ln., Bozeman, MT 59715.

A Celebration of Buzz's Life will be held Saturday, April 25 at 3:00 p.m. at the First Lutheran Church. We will all miss him.

Arrangements are in the care of Dokken-Nelson Funeral Service. www.dokkennelson.com


Stanley Clyde Allen

TEMPE, ARIZ. | Stanley Clyde Allen peacefully passed April 19, 2015, in Tempe, where he enjoyed the warm winters, secure in the love of his family. He was 80 years old.

Stan was born Jan. 15, 1935, in Jackson, WY, the second son of Buck L. and Ethel Wilson Allen. Raised in Salmon, ID, on a purebred Hereford ranch, Stan graduated from Salmon High School where he was the captain of the football team. He married his high school sweetheart, Sharon Rose Smith, in 1957. The newlyweds moved to South Dakota residing in Pierre, Rapid City and Spearfish. Stan worked for Western Livestock Reporter as a Field Editor supporting the purebred livestock industry in South Dakota, North Dakota, Wyoming, Nebraska and Colorado for over 40 years. He retired in 1998 and devoted his remaining years to enjoying life with his family and friends.

Stan was a dedicated supporter and advocate for kids in agriculture, sharing his love of livestock and passion for animal husbandry with all.

Stan is survived by his ever supportive wife, Sharon; daughters and sons-in-law, Teri and Bill Kinghorn of Rapid City, and Lisa and Mike Brown of Phoenix; son and daughter-in-law, Tom and Kelli Allen of Argyle, TX; three grandchildren, Cash Kinghorn of Chicago, and Jordan and Lauren Allen of Argyle, TX; and two sisters.

He was preceded in death by a grandson, Spencer Allen; his parents; and a brother.

Respectfully honoring Stan’s wishes he will be remembered in a private ceremony among the pine trees and mountain breezes he so loved. Stan will be inurned in the Salmon (ID) Cemetery.

A Stan Allen Memorial scholarship has been established at the Western Junior Livestock Show. Memorial contributions can be sent to: WJLS, 15678 Lower Spring Creek Road, Hermosa, SD 57744.

Arrangements entrusted to Messinger Indian School Mortuary in Scottsdale.


Virginia (Sorlie) Roen

Virginia Corine Sorlie was born October 19, 1932, in Church’s Ferry, North Dakota. Virginia “Gin” attended schools in the local area and then graduated with honors from Churchs Ferry High School in 1950.  She attended college in Moorhead, Minnesota, then transferred to Minot State Teachers College where she received her degree and teaching certificate.  She then returned home and lived with family, accepting her first teaching position at a little country school south of Churchs Ferry, ND. When a teaching position opened up in Bowman, ND, Virginia was anxious for the opportunity, little did she know she would meet the love of her life there, rancher Robert “Bob” Roen. On August 25, 1954, they were married and to this union, three children were born, Jonathan, Bobby and Julie. Gin could be proud of her roles as an excellent mother, wife, teacher, aunt, and godmother.

She also was considered a great horsewoman and helped alongside her husband Bob on the family ranch. Bob and Gin were an integral part of the Roen Ranch in Bowman, ND, and the legacy the Roen boys built developing Hereford cattle and raising top notch herd bulls. Virginia could be found horseback on the ranch quite often and valued good Quarter horses and smart dogs.

Virginia’s loves in this life were her family, her many friends plus, the love she had for all animals, especially her Australian Shepherd dogs and her beautiful Quarter Horses. She instilled her love of horses in her children. Gin taught Bobby and Julie how to ride and some of their fondest memories were traveling to 4-H horse events and rodeos, as well as cattle shows.

In the 80’s, Bob and Gin pursued other opportunities to keep their children active in rodeo and horses. They decided to purchase a saddlery near Bozeman, MT. Bob, Gin and Julie ran the saddlery together until Julie’s passing from complications of her diabetes. Bob & Gin then sold the saddlery and moved to the Black Hills of South Dakota with their horses. Their beautiful home tucked in the hills gave Virginia some gorgeous areas to ride in. After Bob’s retirement, the couple moved to Arizona for awhile, then back to Montana to be near family, before finally deciding to return the Black Hills and settling in Spearfish. Bob and Gin were married over 50 years at the time of his passing in 2013. Virginia remained in assisted care in Spearfish until the time of her passing.

Virginia was preceded in death by her parents Harold and Berneice Sorlie, her husband Bob and their three children Jonathan, Bobby and Julie, as well as brothers-in-law Chriss, Glen and Leland Roen, Melvin Holmquist and Bernard Johnson, sisters-in-law Alice and Pearl. Virginia is survived by two brothers Harold “Hal” (Ann) Sorlie of San Diego, CA, brother Roger “Pete” (Rosemary) Sorlie of Lavista, NE, and sister, Carol (Bob) Reeves of Jackson, TN, sister-in-laws  Ethel Johnson of Reeder, ND, and Ann Roen Deisz of Billings, MT, as well as numerous nieces, nephews and great-nieces and nephews. She is also survived by Julie Roen’s husband, Russ Olsen, his wife Lauri and their daughters Emily, Hailee and Lynsie Olsen of Gallatin Gateway, MT.

A memorial service will be held in Belle Fourche, SD, on May 7, at 11 AM at St. James Lutheran Church with interment in Bowman, ND, on May 8, 2015, at 11 AM.


Brandon Scott Elkington

Brandon Scott Elkington, 30, of Ammon, Idaho, died March 18, 2015 at his home, due to complications of the flu.

Funeral Services will be held at 11:00 a.m. Monday, March 23, 2015 at the LDS Church at 4375 E. Sunnyside Rd in Ammon with Bishop Jack Schwieder officiating. The family will receive friends from 6-8:00 p.m. Sunday, March 22, 2015 at Coltrin Mortuary, 2100 First St. Idaho Falls, and one hour prior to the service at the church. Interment will take place in the Ammon Cemetery. Condolences may be sent to the family online at www.coltrinmortuary.com.


Tama Baumgarten

A Funeral Mass for Tama Baumgarten, 54, of Belfield, will be 10:00 a.m., Wednesday, January 21, 2015 at St. Bernard's Catholic Church in Belfield with Father Bill Ruelle OSB celebrating. Burial will follow in St. Bernard's Cemetery.

Visitation for Tama will be from 1:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. Tuesday, January 20, 2015 at Stevenson Funeral Home in Dickinson with a Rosary and Vigil service at 7:00 p.m.

Tama Baumgarten, 54, peacefully passed away Jan. 16, 2015, in her home at her family ranch 10 miles south of Belfield after a five-year battle with breast cancer.

Tama was born Sept. 27, 1960, in Dickinson, N.D., to Theodore and Rose Fischer in Dickinson. Several days later, they brought the beautiful girl to their ranch south of Belfield, where she would grow up with four sisters: Jackie, Nancy, Paula and Linda. She graduated from Belfield Pubic School, where she made many lifetime friends. She left home to graduate from the North Dakota State College of Science with a two-year degree so she could work as a secretary for several companies.

On the ranch, she worked with her family to raise and show registered Hereford cattle, a life she soon fell in love with. The love of showing helped her to find her true love, Rollie Baumgarten, whom she married on June 25, 1982. After living for five years in Casselton, N.D., she returned with her loving husband to the ranch she loved so much, and together they took over the family business of raising cattle and farming. Their love of showing and raising cattle was passed down to others, including their children, April and Jake Baumgarten.

Tama loved photography and cooking for her family. She devoted countless hours to the Catholic faith and took joy in serving at local events. She often donated money and helped local organizations, including 4-H, FFA and the North Dakota Junior Hereford Association. She made so many friends while showing cattle and helping throughout the community.

Tama also saw the importance of spending time with her family. She would often plan family trips to the South Dakota Black Hills and organize holiday dinners, sometimes inviting neighbors. Her nephews and nieces gathered numerous times at the ranch, where Tama taught them to ride horse and educated them about life on the farm.

Tama considered many of her friends a part of her very large family. She cared for them, often lending a hand to many, even when they didn't ask. She was often called the glue of her family, because she was able to bring so many people together in happiness.

She is survived by her husband, Rollie Baumgarten; son, Jake Baumgarten; daughter, April Baumgarten; sisters, Jackie (Sam) Buckley, Nancy Newall, Paula (Gregg) Kostelecky, and Linda (Paul) Miller, and numerous nieces and nephews.

She is preceded in death by her parents, Ted and Rose Fischer.

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

Stevenson Funeral Home & Crematory in Dickinson, ND.


Troy Perman

Troy Perman, 55, Streeter, ND died Wednesday December 31, 2014 at his home south of Streeter, ND.

Scott Troy Perman was born September 11, 1959 at Gackle, ND, the son of Glen and Esther (Freier) Perman. He attended school at Streeter and graduated from Streeter High School. He farmed with his father on the family farm.

He and Peg Trudell were married in December 3, 1988 at Napoleon, ND. They made their home on the Ben Miller farm 10 miles south of Streeter where they raised registered Herefords and quarter horses.

Troy enjoyed riding and training horses and made many trips to the Badlands to camp and trail ride. Winters found him showing and selling Hereford seed stock at national cattle shows.

Troy was a member of the American Hereford Association, ND Cattlemen’s Association and director for the Streeter Fire District and the ND Hereford Association.

He is survived by his wife Peg, Streeter, ND; his mother, Esther Perman, Streeter, ND; his sister, Gwen (Craig) Gillespie, and 3 nieces, all of Morris, MN.

He was preceded in death by his father Glen in 2003.

Funeral Service – 10:30 AM Monday January 5, 2015 in the United Methodist Church at Streeter, ND, with Pastor Hazel Behrens, officiating

Interment – Perman Family Cemetery, south of Streeter, ND

Visitation- 4:00 – 7:30 PM Sunday @ the Church Prayer Service – 7:30 PM Sunday @ the Church

Arrangements – Haut Funeral Homes, Jamestown, ND

Online Guest Book – www.hautfuneralhome.com


William George Watson

William George (Bill) Watson (80) passed away December 30, 2014 at the Mitchell County Hospital in Beloit, Kansas. Bill was a lifetime member of the American Polled Hereford Assn. and the American Hereford Assn. He and his wife Charlene owned and operated Watson’s Walking W Polled Herefords and  were active in the National Polled Hereford Assn. and the Kansas Polled Hereford Assn. breeding and showing cattle all over the United States for the past 60 plus years. The family is still raising Herefords and will continue to do so on a local basis.

Bill, was born on February 22, 1934 in Lincoln County Kansas, to Emery H. Watson and Hazel A. (Loy) Watson. He passed away on December 30, 2014, at the Mitchell County Hospital in Beloit, Kansas, after a lengthy illness. Bill spent the first five years of his life on a farm west of Barnard, Kansas. He attended Rocky Point Country School, located across the road from his home, for the first year of school. This was during the Kansas Dust Bowl years and was not an easy time for the family. In 1939 or 1940 the family moved to a farm northwest of Barnard, where Bill lived for the rest of his life. He attended grade school in Barnard and graduating from Barnard Rural High School with the class of 1952. While in school he participated in baseball, basketball, and football, school plays, and was an active member of the Salt Creek 4-H Club. He became the 4-H Club livestock leader as the years went by and his own children joined the club. Bill had fond memories of walking or riding his horse to school with other kids throughout his freshman year of high school. After graduation Bill enlisted in the U.S. Army Active Reserves in 1953 and was in the QMCUSA through May 31, 1961.

He met his future wife at a surprise birthday party at the home of his parents in February 1952. Two years later on June 11, 1954 he married Charlene May Rawlings at the Presbyterian Church in Beloit, Kansas. In his words, she became his wife, his lifetime partner and the love of his life. The couple made their home on the family farm near Barnard where they owned and operated their ranch as “Watson’s Walking W Polled Herefords,” farmed with his father, and raised their five children, Vicki, Beverly, Dwight, Jeana and Ginger.

When he graduated from high school, Bill’s parents gave him three registered Hereford cows and this was the foundation for a lifetime in the registered Hereford business.  Seeing that the future of the Hereford breed was in the Polled Hereford segment, Bill and his new bride switched to the polled cattle in 1954-1955 and continued to raise them for the next 60 plus years until his death.

Bill’s “love for raising and showing cattle” continued throughout his life as he and his family showed in local, state, and national cattle shows all over the country. All five of his children belonged to the Junior Polled Herfeord Association and showed cattle at Junior National shows all over the country. They also raised Registered Australian Blue Heeler dogs. The Watson’s had an enjoyable life with a host of cattle friends they made throughout the U.S, Canada, Australia, and the world. Bill was proud of being the Lincoln County Wheat King and later named the Outstanding Farmer of Lincoln County.

Bill was baptized and became a member of the First Baptist Church of Barnard, where he served as a Deacon in later years. He was a member the Kansas Polled Hereford Assn. and served on the board of directors many times and also belonged to the Lincoln County Hereford Assn. He served as a director on the Salt Creek Watershed Board for over 30 years. Bill enjoyed attending his children and grandchildren’s school activities and sporting events over the years.  He celebrated his 80th Birthday on February 22, 2014 and the Watson’s celebrated their 60th Wedding Anniversary on June 14, 2014. He was preceded in death by his parents. Survivors include his wife Charlene of the home, five children: Vicki (Doug) Lebien, Lincoln; Beverly Boling, Tulsa, Oklahoma; Dwight (Tracy) Watson, Barnard; Jeana (Mark) Eckhart, Lincoln; and Ginger (Steve) Sedbrook, WaKeeney.  Also, seven granddaughters, seven grandsons and six great grandchildren, all of whom he loved dearly.


Kurt William Gilmore
March 4, 1949 – Lincoln, Nebraska
December 18, 2014 – Calgary, Alberta

Kurt Gilmore, beloved husband of Maxine, passed away on December 18, 2014 as a result of cancer, at the age of 65 years.
Kurt was born March 4, 1949 in Lincoln, Nebraska to parents Keith and Betty Jo Gilmore. Not long after his birth, his family moved to Callaway, Nebraska to one of the original farms owned by his paternal grandfather and the original home of his father. In his early years, he walked (on good days) with his older brother, Kent to attend the Redfern County School. The family moved to Calgary in June of 1956 so that his father could assume management of The Canadian Hereford Digest.

While in junior high school, Kurt developed an interest in competitive swimming and by the time he finished high school was a nationally rated competitor. Kurt was offered an athletic scholarship at Washington State University and entered there in the fall of 1967 majoring in animal science. After one year, he decided to work for the university farm and moved to and managed their beef production test facility for three years.

Between college terms he worked two summers on the Budd Hereford Ranch in Wyoming and his future in the registered Hereford business was assured. Following graduation in 1971, he joined the field staff of The Canadian Hereford Digest, and visited breeders throughout Alberta and British Columbia. In 1980, he purchased the publication from his father.

Following the death of his father in 1987, Kurt took a keen interest in the promotion and success of the Keith Gilmore Foundation which provides agricultural scholarships to worthy young farm students from throughout Canada. He served as its chief fundraiser for many years and was elected as a trustee in 2009.

In 1998, he met Maxine Williams, the love of his life, which led to their marriage on June 28, 2002. They lived for five years at their acreage north of Cochrane and then moved to Calgary in the fall of 2003.

They spent many wonderful and happy years together, often travelling on vacation as well as business. Kurt and Maxine loved all of their grandchildren and attended their sporting events and competitions, Christmas concerts and many family and holiday get-togethers. Those were special times when any of the grandchildren came for a "sleepover" with "Gramma" and "Poppa".

Kurt enjoyed good food and loved to cook. Maxine and Kurt loved hosting dinner parties for family and friends at their home on a regular basis.
One of the highlights of springtime was always his annual fishing trip with close friends in search of Walleye at lakes in northern Saskatchewan. As official camp cook, his co-fishermen never lacked for prime rib, crab or steak with all the fixings.

Kurt was honoured for his long time service to the Calgary Bull sale by the Alberta Cattle Breeders in 2009 and was inducted to the Alberta Hereford Association Hall of Fame in 2010. In 2013, he was admitted as a member to the Canadian Hereford Association Honour Roll.
Following the sale of The Canadian Hereford Digest to The Canadian Hereford Association in 2009, Kurt took on a new career in real estate sales with CIR Realty and worked closely with his friend of over forty years, Perry Wilkes.

Kurt is survived by his loving wife, Maxine; three children Julie (Chad) Smith, Jeanie (Mike) Colling, and Kevin (Catherine) Gilmore; stepson Kevin (Carrie) Williams; brothers Kent and Karl (Alyda); sister Karen (Norris) Graham; seven grandchildren Evan, Easten, Kaden, Avree, Sydney, Kylie and Chase; nephews and nieces Tom (Melissa) Graham, Marianne (Jeff) Shigematsu, Steven (Chelsey) Gilmore, Nicole Gilmore, and Christy (Clark) Camp. Kurt was predeceased by his parents Keith and Betty Jo Gilmore and by his first wife Virginia Gilmore.

Funeral Services will be held at Bow Valley Baptist Church (54 West Aarsby Road, Cochrane, AB) on Monday, December 22, 2014 at 1:00 p.m. Condolences may be forwarded through www.mcinnisandholloway.com.
It was Kurt's special request that in lieu of flowers, donations be made to the Keith Gilmore Foundation Scholarship Fund, 5160 Skyline Way NE, Calgary, AB, T2E 6V1, www.keithgilmorefoundation.com.
In living memory of Kurt Gilmore, a tree will be planted at Fish Creek Provincial Park. - See more at: http://www.legacy.com/obituaries/calgaryherald/obituary.aspx?n=kurt-gilmore&pid=173523131&fhid=6135&FBNF=ShareObitAt&refsvce=facebook#.VJQ6Tcg5jcc.facebook


William “Bill” Pankratz
(November 27, 1946 - November 12, 2014)

William Pankratz, 67, of Marion, SD, died Wednesday, November 12, 2014 at his home. Funeral services will be at 11:00am Monday, November 17, 2014 at Emmanuel Presbyterian Church, Marion. Visitation with family present will be from 5-7pm Sunday at the church with a Prayer Service at 7pm. Arrangements by Hofmeister Jones Funeral Home.

William David Pankratz was born on November 27, 1946 at Marion, South Dakota to Harold and Charlotte (Muhmel) Pankratz. He grew up near Marion where he graduated from Marion High School in 1964. He attended South Dakota State University in Brookings where he was on the livestock judging team, graduating with a BS in animal science in 1968. After serving in the US Army he was united in marriage to Linda Dahlgrad on June 15, 1973 at Lennox, SD. He farmed and raised cattle just north of Marion. He was a member of Emmanuel Presbyterian Church where he served as an elder, a 4-H Leader for over 25 years, member of the Herford Association, and served on the Monroe Township Board.

Grateful for having shared his life are his wife Linda; 2 sons, Dave (Anne) and Marc (Jennifer), all of Marion; 6 grandchildren, Gavin, Odalite, Madison, Shelby, Riley, and Clayton; 2 sisters, RoseMary (James) Christenson, Katy, TX and Helen (Tom) Harty, Phillip, SD; and 2 aunts, Mildred (Ted) Schaeffer, Viborg, SD and Donna Muhmel, Scotland, SD.


Dennis Geffert

Dennis R. Geffert, age 64, of Reedsburg, died Sunday morning, November 2, 2014 in his home. He was born on January 8, 1950 in Reedsburg, the son of Robert and Helen (Steinhorst) Geffert. Dennis was a 1968 graduate of Webb High School. On October 21, 1972, he was married to the former Kathryn A. Marshall.

He was a lifelong farmer in the Town of Westfield. Dennis was a man of strength, integrity, grace, patience and most of all love. The gentle kindness he showed all living things in nature and his livestock illustrated how he was one of God's angels sent to nurture all living things.

He and his brothers operated Geffert Hereford Farms for many years. He was especially proud of their accomplishments including having won the Champion Carload at the National Western Stock Show in Denver, Colorado. Dennis was a lifelong member of St. Peter's Lutheran Church in Loganville. He had also served on the Board of Directors for the Westfield Mutual Insurance Company. One of his greatest joys in life was the time spent with his children and grandchildren.

Survivors include his wife, Kathy; two children: Melissa Geffert, of Oconomowoc and Shea Geffert, of LaValle; five grandchildren: Noah, Olivia, Lily, Brooks and Isaac; two brothers: David (Jan) Geffert, of Reedsburg and Dan Geffert, and his partner, Laura, of Reedsburg; one sister: Rita (Eric) Leis, of North Freedom; his father-in-law: Paul Marshall, and his partner, Lorraine Traeder, of Reedsburg; nieces, nephews, many other relatives and friends.

He was preceded in death by his parents; his mother-in-law: Lillian Marshall and his brother-in-law: Doug Schultz. A Celebration of Life service will be held at 12 noon on Saturday, November 8, 2014 at St. Peter's Lutheran Church in Loganville with Pastor Donald Glanzer officiating. There will be a visitation from 9:00 A.M. until the time of the service on Saturday at the church. In lieu of flowers, memorials to St. Peter's Window Restoration Fund would be appreciated.

Kathy, Melissa and Shea would like to thank all of their loving family and friends for all their love and support during the last weeks of Dennis' life. The support and strength that were gained from each of you has meant more than can be expressed in words. He will be greatly missed by all his family and friends but a part of him will live in our hearts always. The Hoof Funeral Home is serving the family.


Robert (Bob) Arthur Rathwell

Robert (Bob) Arthur Rathwell passed away at the age of 69 at Abbotsford Regional Hospital on October 27, 2014. Bob was born on January 29, 1945 in Dauphin, Manitoba. He moved with his family after the Second World War to Moose Jaw, Saskatchewan where he started elementary school and then moved to Swift Current, Saskatchewan where he finished his education.

Bob always liked the ranching lifestyle and entered Washington State University graduating with a degree in animal sciences. He started a long career in the cattle industry in 1970 in Abbotsford, BC working for Coppertone Farms. Bob thoroughly enjoyed helping Spud and Jean Huestis operate a Champion purebred Polled Hereford operation.

In 1974 Bob moved to Alberta to start his own purebred operation but returned to Coppertone Farms in 1979 to carry on with cattle and subsequent hog operations.

Bob looked forward to sharing his knowledge and skill with many farms in the area and especially enjoyed assisting 4-H Clubs in the area. He was well liked in the area with many contacts in the Canadian Hereford and Canadian Cattlemen’s Associations. The love and support from Patrick and Karen Huestis did much to enable Bob to enjoy his life as much as possible and is very appreciated by all that knew Bob.

Bob was predeceased by his father Lloyd Rathwell October 13, 1973 and mother Aileen Rathwell on February 13, 2008. He will be remembered by his brother Jim Rathwell (Patricia) and nephew Patrick Rathwell all of Calgary and Cameron Rathwell (Julie) of Vancouver, BC. Bob will also be remembered by his sister Patti Blower and niece Jennifer (Jason) Booth of Victoria and niece Kristin (Ryan) Payne of Chicago, Ohio.

There will be no funeral but a celebration of his life on Sunday November 2, 2014 at Peardonville Hall  29450 Huntington Road, Abbotsford, from 1:30 to 4:00.  Please bring your stories of the big man with the big heart. No cards, no flowers just great stories. Donations to the Kidney Society.


Mary Lou Boehnke

Mary Lou Boehnke, age 85 of Bottineau, died Oct. 20, 2014 at a Bottineau hospital. Mary Lou Boehnke, a daughter of Russell and Mary “Lena” (Tuchscherer) Hoynes, was born on October 24, 1928 at Mapes, ND. She lived with her family at Michigan, ND, Mapes, ND and Guthrie, ND before moving to Towner in 1936. She later graduated from Towner High School and began working at the McHenry County Courthouse. On November 26, 1952, she married Robert Boehnke at Towner. They made their home on the Boehnke farm near Upham where they raised registered Hereford cattle. Robert passed away on September 27, 1998. Mary Lou moved into Bottineau in 2000 and has resided there since.

She was a member of St. Cecilia Catholic Church in Towner and later St. Mark’s Catholic Church in Bottineau where she was a member of the Altar Society. She was also a member of the Heartwarmers Club, Upham Birthday Club, McHenry County 4-H and the McHenry County Homemakers. She also volunteered at the Bottineau Good Samaritan Center and St. Andrew’s Hospital in Bottineau. She also sang in the Good Samaritan Choir.

Mary Lou passed away on Monday, October 20, 2014 at a Bottineau hospital.

She is survived by 2 sons, Jeffrey (Vicki) Boehnke of Kramer and Matthew (Missy) Boehnke of Tucson, AZ; 3 grandchildren, Jared (Jessie) Boehnke of Kramer, Chelsea (Nate) Jaeger of Horace, ND and Lexie (Gabriel) Prado of Seneca, MO; great-grandchildren, Bobbi Jo Boehnke, Easton Jaeger, Tristen Alequin, Mya Rodriquez and Alyssa Prado; brothers and sisters, Francis “Red” Hoynes of Fargo, Cecilia Kossan of Las Vegas, Carolyn (Phillip) Aubol of Las Vegas and Jim (Monica) Hoynes of Bismarck; sister-in-law, Sadae Hoynes of Las Vegas and numerous nieces and nephews.

In addition to her husband and parents, she was preceded in death by a brother, Clarence; sister-in-law, Charlotte Hoynes and brother-in-law, Paul Kossan.

Arrangements were with Nero Funeral Home in Bottineau. Friends may sign the online register book at www.nerofuneralhome.net.


Dennis Rex Curtis
August 5, 1937 ~ October 1, 2014

Dennis Rex Curtis, better known as "Denny," was born on August 5, 1937, in Declo, Idaho, to Blaine D and Edna Ruth Brower Curtis. He passed away on October 1, 2014, at his home after a courageous battle with cancer.

Denny was a "one-of-a-kind child," roping everything in sight. His mischievous smile and big blue eyes brought automatic suspicion to his very being. He loved spending his teenage years in Sublett with the cattle. Denny graduated from Burley High School in 1955 where he was active in drama and athletics.

In 1973, Denny married Corky (Cora Jean) Waters Hilliard. This union lasted 28 years. In 2004, Denny married Janice Christensen Garner. Denny loved his homes on the Snake River. He felt he was the luckiest man alive to have so much and to be so happy.

Denny was larger than life, a pillar of a man when it came to his community. He believed in service to his fellow man and community. This is what he stood for as a man. Denny often stated, "We only take with us what we give while we're here." He received countless awards and recognitions throughout the state of Idaho. Denny was asked to run for Governor of Idaho by a senator and previous governor. He was honored by the endorsement and contemplated it long and hard, but declined the offer so he could be with his family and community.

He donated properties, funds, and time to help without ever mentioning a word. Denny loved helping youth organizations. He served on countless boards. Denny was a leader in the Hereford cattle industry for more than 50 years. He enjoyed raising and showing Hereford cattle with his dad and his son, Rod. Together, they had raised national champions and represented the cattle industry with pride.

Denny had many accomplishments, teaching college at the College of Southern Idaho, farming, and raising registered Hereford cattle. In 1968, Denny was hired to run a large cattle operation near Klamath Falls, Ore. He then moved back to Burley and formed a farming and cattle commodities partnership with Scott Simplot. Trading cattle, potatoes, and grain became the start of D R Curtis. He truly enjoyed being a part of agriculture and working with farmers. Denny recognized his own weaknesses and used them to his advantage. He always hired brilliant minds to form the foundation that built the future of all his businesses. Because of this, the Amalgamated Sugar Company purchased D R Curtis, and it was later acquired by Evans Grain. Denny built solid relationships with the Union Pacific Railroad - he had great influence in creating unit train shipments from Idaho to the North Coast. Later, Denny went into real estate and retired to enjoy all of the relationships he had ever built.

He truly believed one could not serve enough. It was his honor to serve the City of Burley as a city councilman for over ten years. Denny was also a trustee of the Minidoka Memorial Hospital and a public speaker for many foundations and organizations. With Denny's vision and hard work, he was able to acquire the abandoned J. R. Simplot plant for the City of Burley and the benefit of the community.

Denny was a man of many words and great wit, he never met a stranger. He was a faithful member of the LDS Church. He leaves this earthly life but is moving on to an eternal one. Well done, Denny!

Denny is survived by his wife, Janice Curtis of Burley; his children (with Helen Anderson), Randy Curtis of Twin Falls, and Rodney (Karen) Curtis of Logan, Utah; (with Jeanette Sorensen), Travis (Lori) Curtis of Centerville, Utah, and Denette Curtis of Oregon; his beloved sister, Susan (David) Toner of Burley; his stepchildren (with Corky Hilliard), Suzanne (Rodger) Martin, Steven (Barbara) Hilliard, and Fred (Roxie) Hilliard; his stepchildren (with Janice Garner), Burke (Jenette) Garner, Justin (Alisa) Garner, Gwen (Cory) Whiting, Tracy (Casey) Bradshaw, and Clint (Katie) Garner; 33 grandchildren; and eight great-grandchildren.

Denny was preceded in death by an infant son, Ronald Curtis; parents, Blaine and Ruth Curtis; wife, Corky Curtis; brothers, Raleigh Taylor Curtis, and Gale Blaine Curtis; and nephew, Kennion Taylor Curtis.

The funeral will be held at 11 a.m. Monday, October 6, at the Burley LDS 2nd and 4th Ward Church, 515 E. 16th St., in Burley, with Bishop Clay Handy officiating. Burial will be in the Declo Cemetery.
Friends may call from 5 until 7 p.m. Sunday, October 5, at the Rasmussen Funeral Home, 1350 E. 16th St., in Burley, and from 10 until 10:45 a.m. Monday at the church.


Brice Dean Anderson

Brice Dean Anderson was born on Oct. 15, 1993, in the Burley Mini-Cassia hospital to the parents of Johanna and John Anderson. Brice returned home to his loving Heavenly Father on Sunday, Sept. 21, 2014, in Buhl, Idaho.

Brice graduated in 2012 from Buhl High School. He then attended Lincoln Tech College in Denver, Colo., for welding, where he excelled at the top of the class. Brice was very outgoing and loved spending time with his family and friends. Brice had a big personality and a wild smile that could lite up any room he walked into. Brice was a great strength to his family and friends that will never be forgotten.

Brice had a passion for raising and showing cattle where he excelled on a state and national level. He was a member of the Idaho State Junior Hereford Association, and National Hereford Association. He had a passion for agriculture and loved to work on the ranch farming. He was very athletic and loved to play baseball. Ever since Brice was a little boy you could find him out on the ball field. His love for baseball continued all through his high school career. Brice was a true Redneck through and through, you could find more grease under Brice's knuckles than on any car or truck. He could tell you how to fix anything around. He had a true passion for tinkering with any tool. Brice was an avid sportsmen who loved to hunt and fish with his family and friends. Brice loved to hunt anything from ducks to deer. You could always find Brice's dog KC by his side. She was his greatest companion and best friend, he would always take her out and buy her cheeseburgers, it got so bad he had to start calling them CB's when she was around. He could never turn the windshield wipers on in the truck when she was in there because she hated them so bad. Brice was the greatest strength and protector to his mother, Johanna, and sisters, Sallie and Bailey. He loved them very much and would do anything for them.

He is survived by his father, John (Stephanie) Anderson of Rupert, Idaho; his mother, Johanna (John) Gomez of Buhl; his sisters, Sallie and Bailey Anderson of Buhl, Idaho; step siblings, Janelle (Mike) Lyman, Amanda (James) Blankenchip, all of Washington, Jonathon Gomez of Buhl, Idaho; grandparents, Jearlyn Nelson, Del Barnes, Marlin (Liz) Nelson; aunts and uncles, Arlin (Jennifer) Nelson, Ted Nelson, Mike (Catherine) Nelson, Bruce (Tara) Anderson, Les Anderson; cousins, Boeden and Treven Nelson and other cousins who greatly loved him; dearest friends, Oren Carlton and Devin Silva.

He was preceded in death by his grandparents, Keith and Sallie Anderson, Frank and Elva Garner, and Al and Jeanive Applen.

A viewing will be held from 5-7 p.m. Friday, Sept. 26, at Farmer Funeral Chapel in Buhl. A funeral service will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 27, at the Seventh Street Gym in Buhl.


Paul L. Trueblood

BARCLAY, KS – Paul L. Trueblood, 71, passed away Saturday, Sept. 13, 2014, at his home in Barclay.

He was born Feb. 7, 1943, in Emporia, Kan., the son of Claude and Ellen Marconett Trueblood. Paul attended Osage City High School where he was very active in the FFA program. He went on to graduate with the class of 1961. Paul served in the Army Reserve for six years following high school.

Paul spent his entire life in Barclay, working as a rancher and running a cattle fitting service.

He showed Polled Hereford cattle and later bred Salers cattle. He received the herdsman of the year award from both the American Polled Hereford Association and the American Salers Association.  He retired in 2009. His memberships also included the American Quarter Horse Association.

Paul married Dorothy Kramer in 1963. They were later divorced. He married Virginia Mercer in 1971 and they later divorced. He married Janice Washburn and she preceded him in death on Feb. 8, 1998. He married Patti Egan on Aug. 2, 2012, after being together since 1999.

He will be forever missed by his wife, Patti, of their home; a son, Matthew Grizzell, Aurora, Ill.; a brother, Bill Trueblood, Barclay; two nephews, Scott and Brent Trueblood; a niece, Crystal Sixbury; and six grandchildren.

Funeral services will be held at 10:30 a.m., Friday, Sept. 19, at the Osage City First United Methodist Church. Burial will follow services at Barclay Cemetery. The family will receive friends 6:30-8 p.m. Thursday evening at the VanArsdale Funeral Chapel, 107 N. Sixth St., Osage City, Kan. Condolences may be expressed at vanarsdalefs.com.


Julia Ollerich

Julia Ollerich, 94 of Sioux Falls, died Wednesday, July 30, 2014 at Avera Prince of Peace, Sioux Falls.

Julia Elizabeth Aylward was born at Harrisburg, SD on September 10, 1919, the daughter of Phillip and Kathryn (Devitt) Aylward. She grew up in this area graduating from Cathedral High School. She went on to earn her teaching certificate from Mount Marty College in Yankton. She became an elementary school teacher and taught at the Dewey School three miles north of Tea in rural Lincoln County.

On May 29, 1940 she was united in marriage to William Ollerich at the St. Magdalen’s Catholic, Lennox. The couple lived on a farm north of Tea. In 1961 they moved to their farm home west of Sioux Falls. Julia worked as a cook at the Sioux Falls Livestock Auction Co. from 1963 to 1966. From 1967 until 1970 she worked for Nelson Concessions and in 1971 became a cook at the Minor Seminary until retiring in 1994. William died on March 7, 1983.

Julia was an active and faithful member of St. Nicholas Catholic Church. She belonged to the Catholic Daughters for 35 years. She was deeply religious and was involved in Bible study and church group activities. Julia was an Avera McKennan Hospital volunteer for over 20 years. She traveled extensively to all 50 states and Europe. She had been a 4H leader and enjoyed her large gardens, canning and baking apple pies from their own apple trees-making sure all the apples were utilized. Julia was a gifted seamstress who sewed for her daughters and made wedding dresses and formals.

Because her parents had died at a young age, William and Julia raised Julia’s younger brother, “Boz” and sister, Peggy. Besides her parents and husband, Julia was preceded in death by one daughter, June Ellen in 1965, two brothers: Vincent and Phillip “Boz”, son-in-law, Roger Berg and daughter-in-law, Rita Ollerich. Grateful for having shared her life are her six children: Janet (Darrell) Timmerman, Tea, SD Joanne Berg, Fallon, NV, Jerald (Jean) Ollerich, and Jeffrey (special friend Sherrie) Ollerich both of Sioux Falls, Jerome Ollerich and James Ollerich both of Clearfield, SD; 14 grandchildren: LouAnn Gillette, Lee Timmerman, Larry Timmerman, Lynette Wold, Julianne Chaparro, Jacqueline Trease, Jessica Preister, Jenelle Ollerich, Jason Ollerich, Johanna Ream, Justin Ollerich, Traci Collison, Tyler Ollerich and Tamara Ollerich; 21 great-grandchildren: Anthony, Andrea, Eric, Ashley, Savanna, Gus, Rylea, Alexander, Benjamin, Bailey, Bella, Kaleb, Karson, Kensley, Meredith, Nathalie, Nicholas, William, John, Hadleigh and Burkley; sister, Peggy Kemp, Sioux Falls and sister-in-law, Ruth Aylward Pommer, Alexandria, SD, as well as other relatives and friends.

Funeral Mass will begin at 10:00 a.m. Monday, August 4 at St. Nicholas Catholic Church, Tea with burial to follow in the Mt. Olivet Cemetery, Lennox. Visitation also at St. Nicholas, will begin at 5:00 p.m. Sunday with the Rosary at 6:45 p.m., prayer service at 7:00 p.m. and fellowship time with the family present to follow,


Clarence Frederick William Helms

Clarence Frederick William Helms, age 93, of Arapahoe, Nebraska passed away July 25, 2014 at Good Samaritan Society – Arapahoe. Clarence was born on January 21, 1921 to Henry C & Bertha (Hinz) Helms on the family farm Northeast of Arapahoe, Nebraska. He was baptized & confirmed at Immanuel Lutheran Church Northeast of Arapahoe, Nebraska and also attended Immanuel Lutheran School through the 8th grade.

On February 16, 1944 Clarence married Lois Stillman at St. Matthews Lutheran Church northwest of Arapahoe, Nebraska. Clarence & Lois celebrated their 70th Wedding Anniversary on February 16, 2014. To this union four sons were born; Lanny, Randy, Dick and Bruce.

Clarence enrolled in Co. 754 CCC Camp SCS-Neb-23 Beaver City, Nebraska. on June 25, 1941. During this six month period, Clarence worked on the surveying crew, tractor crew, and as a tractor driver. He also serviced & operated a Diesel type 50 tractor.

Clarence traveled to North Platte, Nebraska. to work for Orvil Kuhlman, picking corn by hand & working with the Polled Hereford cattle on the Kuhlman Ranch & the W. F. Cody Scouts Rest Ranch.

On March 17, 1944, Clarence was inducted into the U.S. Army at Ft. Leavenworth, Kansas. After his Basic & AIT training at Ft. Benning, Georgia & camp Pendleton, California, Clarence was shipped to Germany where he worked in the motor pool during the Ardennes, Rhineland & Central Europe campaigns. Clarence attained the rank of TEC 4 Motor Sergeant & was in charge of maintenance on 25 vehicles & supervised 28 mechanics & drivers. He also was in charge of dispatching drivers & vehicles to & from the front lines. Clarence was honorably discharged & separated from U.S. Army on April 28, 1946 at Fort Lewis, Washington.

When Clarence returned to Arapahoe, he worked for two years as a mechanic at the International Dealership of Arapahoe. Clarence moved his bride to a farm seven miles north of Holbrook, Nebraska. that he was able to rent from his Uncles William & Charles Stillman. Clarence enjoyed raising milo, wheat, hay, chickens, milking cows, and raising Polled Hereford cattle. Clarence formed a partnership with Uncle Henry Haussler, known as Haussler & Helms Polled Herefords. In March of 1962 Haussler & Helms Polled Herefords dispersed their partnership. Clarence took the money from the sale & purchased the farm on the West Muddy Creek from Uncles William & Charles Stillman.

Clarence would rebuild his Polled Hereford herd, known as Helms Polled Herefords. He exhibited many champion Polled Herefords on a local, regional & national level. On October 24, 2004 the American Hereford Association awarded Clarence with a Golden award for raising Hereford cattle for more than 50 years.

Clarence was a 4-H club leader for many years for the Busy Beavers 4-H club in Gosper County North of Holbrook, Nebraska. He also held various offices & positions in the Nebraska Polled Hereford Association.

Clarence faithfully served his Lord & Savior by regular attendance, holding offices, serving on committees & boards for St. Matthews Lutheran Church, St. Pauls Lutheran Church-Cambridge, Nebraska, & Trinity Lutheran Church Arapahoe, Nebraska. Clarence was a member of the Burton Bends VFW 9357.

Proceeded in death by his parents, brothers: Reinhold & Henry, sisters: Viola Monter, Bertha Evers, Edna Downing, Loreen Flicker, & Alice Irene Helms.

Survivors include his wife Lois Helms of Arapahoe, Nebraska.

                     Sons: Lanny (Martha) Helms of Arapahoe, Nebraska

                               Randy (Linda) Helms of Holbrook, Nebraska

                               Dick (Bonnie) Helms of Arapahoe, Nebraska

                               Bruce (Sue) Helms of Holbrook, Nebraska.

  Brother: Edwin(Grace) Helms of Arapahoe, Nebraska

   Sisters: Ruth McGhghy of Greeley, Colorado

                 Lucilla Carr of Elkhorn, Nebraska

10 Grandchildren, 14 Great Grandchildren.

Condolences or personal reflections can be left at wenburgfuneralhome.com

Viewing & visitation will be Monday, July 28, 2014 from 4 PM until 8 PM at Wenburg Funeral Home, Arapahoe, Nebraska & prior to the service at the church. Funeral services will be on Tuesday, July 29, 2014 at 10:30 A.M. at Trinity Lutheran Church, in Arapahoe, Nebraska. with Pastor James Moshier, officiating. Interment will be at Arapahoe Cemetery at Arapahoe, Nebraska. Military rites will be given by the Arapahoe American Legion & Nebraska Army National Guard Honor Guard. The family is suggesting that memorials be given to the Trinity Lutheran Church Radio Station, Good Samaritan Society-Arapahoe or Mission Central 40718 Highway E16 Mapleton, Iowa 51034-7105.


Mary Fenton

On Wednesday, June 18, 2014 Mrs. Doris Fenton of Irma, Alberta passed away at the Wainwright Auxiliary Hospital at the age of 99 years. Doris is survived by her loving family; her five children, Carl (Marna) Fenton of Calgary, Alberta, Barb (Bernie) Powlesland of Fort MacLeod, Alberta, Henry (Judy) Fenton of Irma, Jay (Jackie) Fenton of Irma, Al (Lori) Fenton of Irma; thirteen grandchildren; nineteen great grandchildren. She was predeceased by her husband, Stuart; one sister Jean. A Funeral service for the late Mrs. Doris Fenton will be conducted on Wednesday, June 25, 2014 at 2:00 PM from the Irma School Auditorium with Reverend . Interment will follow in the Irma Cemetery. If so desired the family suggests memorial contributions be made to the Alberta Heart and Stroke Foundation. Creech’s Funeral Home in care of all arrangements.


Lisa Johnson

Lisa Johnson, age 49, of Huron, SD, died Tuesday, June 3, 2014, at her home.

Her funeral service will be 10:00 a.m. Friday, June 6, at Holy Trinity Catholic Parish in Huron with burial at 2:30 p.m. Friday afternoon at Grandview Cemetery at Chamberlain.

Visitation with family present will be Thursday, June 5, from 6-8 p.m. at Holy Trinity Catholic Parish with a scripture and rosary service at 8:00 p.m.; or Friday morning one hour prior to the service at the church.

Lisa Johnson was born Lisa Marie Reimer, daughter of William C. and Mary Frances (Olinger) Reimer, on November 3, 1964, in Chamberlain, SD. She attended grade school in Chamberlain and Chamberlain High School 1980-1983; South Dakota State University 1983-1987 graduating with a double major in Ag Marketing and Ag Journalism.

Following graduation Lisa moved to Denver, CO, where she was employed by North American Limousin Association until 1989 when she moved to Silverthorne, CO, where she worked at Summit Co. Bank until 1989, then worked as the office manager of Colorado First Construction until 1995. Lisa then returned to Chamberlain and worked at Register Lakota Printing until 1997, when she moved to Huron. She started her own business, Cowmania Creations in 1997 so she could stay at home with her children. In 2004, she sold Cowmania Creations, and then worked for Legend Seeds in De Smet, SD, from 2004 to 2005. She worked at Farm Service Agency in the Federal Building in Huron from 2006 until the present as an Administrative Specialist.

Lisa’s many interests involved all of her children's activities including showing cattle, sheep, rodeo, wrestling, football, soccer, and volleyball. She had an unending zest for volunteerism as well as a love of gardening and fishing.

She was a member of 4-H for 11 years; FFA member; 1985 Miss South Dakota Stockgrower; SDSU Alpha Gamma Rho RhoMates, 4-H Leaders Association; Chair of Buchanan PTAO; Chair of Huron Wrestling Club; President of Tiger Roar; chaired U-Fit-It at SD State Fair; Holy Trinity Catholic Parish; taught CCE at Holy Trinity; involved with SD Jr Simmental and SD Jr Hereford Associations.

Lisa is survived by her husband, Gary of Huron; 2 children, Courtney and Jeremiah; 3 siblings, Steve (Elaine) Reimer of Chamberlain, Janelle (Gerald) Bischoff of Huron, and Kathy (Pete) Torres of Atlanta, GA; her mother, Mary Frances Reimer of Chamberlain.

She was preceded in death by her father, William C. Reimer; paternal grandparents, Pete and Dora Reimer; and maternal grandparents, Joe and Clara Olinger.


John David Lewis

John David Lewis, son of Joe W. Lewis and Margaret Lewis, passed away on May 19, 2014.

A former Larned, KS resident, he moved to Poulsbo, WA in 2008 to be near his daughter Renee Carroll and her family. He was the third generation farmer/stockman of Alfalfa Lawn Farms in Larned, KS.

John was a member of the First Presbyterian Church in Larned. On September 4, 1970, he married Janis Mills in Excelsior Springs, MO.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Joe W. Lewis and Margaret Lewis and is survived by his wife Janis of Poulsbo, WA; son Anthony W. Lewis of Uttarakhand, India; daughter Renee Carroll (husband Jason Carroll) of Bainbridge Island, WA;  three grandchildren: John, Maja, and Frances Carroll of Bainbridge Island WA; three sisters: Marriane Fritzler (husband Don) of Ness City, KS, Barbara Burgett (husband Chet) of Hutchinson, KS, and Joan Clarke (husband Monte) of Great Bend, KS; and eight nieces and nephews.

There will be no funeral, and the family requests that no flowers be sent. Well-wishers can send donations to Larned EMT, First Presbyterian Church of Larned, KS, and Pawnee County Food Pantry of Larned. KS.


JULIE “NAN” TASH 1958-2014

Julie “Nan” (Turney) Tash passed away doing what she loved: Serving others while working cattle in the Big Hole Valley.

John 14:12 Let not your heart be troubled; believe in GOD believe also in me. In my Fathers house are many mansions; if it were not so, I would have told you; for I go to prepare a place for you.

Julie came into the world on the 16th of June 1958 in Philipsburg, MT.  She was born to Jack and Yuvanne Turney…giving them the best Fathers Day present a couple could ask for.

Shortly thereafter, the family moved to the Big Hole Valley and later onto the Ruby Valley.

Ranch life instilled in her a great work ethic; good humor “developing character and making work fun:” a dedication to our community; and, an unconditional love and solid faith in GOD…all of which will be passed onto many generations to come.

In 1976, Julie graduated from Sheridan High. She then decided it was time to further here studies at Pillsbury Baptist College in Minnesota.

A short time later, she met Guy Lalicker while attending Western.  Out of this marriage, three great daughters were born.

Years later, Julie remarried and started a new chapter in her life with her soul-mate Billy Tash.  They were a perfect match for each other.  While we all agree, her life was cut way too short.  These were some of the happiest of times for Julie.

Julie is preceded in death by her father Jack Turney and brothers Bobby & Jaydee Turney, and many cherished aunts & uncles.

She is survived by her husband Billy Tash, daughters Angie (Jeff) Himmelberg, Lyndsey Lalicker, Tanya Lalicker and Noah Bronner.  Aaron (Kami) Tash, Kyle (Jayme) Tash, and Kacee-Jo (Dallas) Mock, and Julie's first husband: Guy Lalicker.

Her grand kids: Cache Lalicker-Hartkopf, Kaiser & Sienna Himmelberg, Tess & Taytum Tash, Adrijana Bronner, Brooks & Daxton Mock and Ladeley Tash.  Mother Yuvanne Turney, sisters: Cheri Burke, Vicki (Matt) Woods, Jackie (Mark) Peterson, Doug Wilson, sister-in-laws Jenny Turney & Carol Rossen and many, nieces, nephews, and cousins.

Psalm 143:8 Let me hear Thy loving-kindness in the morning; For I trust in Thee; Teach me the way in which I should walk: For to Thee I lift up my soul.

Celebration of Life services will be held at Mountain View Baptist Church in Twin Bridges, MT on Tuesday, May 20th , 2014 at 11:00 a.m.  (p.s. Julie may be ½ hour late)

A luncheon will be held at Madison County Fair Grounds following services.

Chloris Zimmerman

Chloris Guth Zimmerman, age 80, of Wilsall, passed away peacefully on Friday, May 2, 2014 at Livingston Health and Rehabilitation Center. A Funeral Service will be held Thursday, May 8, 11 A.M., at the American Lutheran Church in Livingston (129 S F Street). A viewing will be one hour prior to the service at the church. Interment will take place at the Wilsall Cemetery followed by fellowship at the Wilsall Senior Citizens Center. Memorials may be made to: the Wilsall Scholarship Fund, P.O. Box 334; Wilsall, MT 59086 or to the charity of the donor’s choice.

Chloris was born October 13, 1933 the daughter of Henry and Angeline (Kuhns) Guth. She resided on the family ranch near Wilsall for her entire life. She graduated from Wilsall High School in 1951 and for a while attended Eastern Montana College in Billings. On November 27, 1955 she married Charles “Bud” Zimmerman, Jr. and began ranching with him. Because the two ranches were right next to each other, she was able to continue helping with and later run her father’s ranch.

Chloris loved 4-H and was a leader of the Wilsall Wranglers for 36 years. She was a member of the Montana Hereford Association, the Park-Gallatin Hereford Association and the Park-Gallatin Ladies’ Auxiliary and insisted on raising Hereford cattle until the end. Chloris believed in the ranching way of life. During her 24 years of service on the Park County Planning Board, she worked to preserve those lands and that way of life. She belonged to the Daughters of the Nile, Wilsall Vets and Auxiliary and the Shields River Lutheran Church. She always loved to visit with friends. During the many years on the ranch she enjoyed cooking and baking, especially chocolate cake and entertaining the many relatives that came to visit in the summers.

Chloris is survived by her sons, Ned (Cindy) Zimmerman and Van (Christina Sharpe) Zimmerman, grandchildren, Grete (Andrew) Telander, Caitlin and Eric Zimmerman, great-grandchildren, Hazel and Vivian Telander and many beloved nieces and nephews other relatives and friends.

Chloris is preceded in death by her parents, Henry and Angeline Guth, husband, Bud Zimmerman, sisters, Evelyn Stoner and Elaine Tashjian.

Arrangements by the Franzen-Davis Funeral Home and Crematory in Livingston.  Chloris Guth Zimmerman, age 80, of Wilsall, passed away peacefully on Friday, May 2, 2014 at Livingston Health and Rehabilitation Center. A Funeral Service will be held Thursday, May 8, 11 A.M., at the American Lutheran Church in Livingston (129 S F Street). A viewing will be one hour prior to the service at the church. Interment will take place at the Wilsall Cemetery followed by fellowship at the Wilsall Senior Citizens Center. Memorials may be made to: the Wilsall Scholarship Fund or to the charity of the donor’s choice.

Chloris was born October 13, 1933 the daughter of Henry and Angeline (Kuhns) Guth. She resided on the family ranch near Wilsall for her entire life. She graduated from Wilsall High School in 1951 and for a while attended Eastern Montana College in Billings. On November 27, 1955 she married Charles “Bud” Zimmerman, Jr. and began ranching with him. Because the two ranches were right next to each other, she was able to continue helping with her father’s ranching operation.

Chloris loved 4-H and was a leader of the Wilsall Wranglers for 36 years. She was a member of the Montana Hereford Association, the Park-Gallatin Hereford Association and the Park-Gallatin Ladies’ Auxiliary and insisted on raising Hereford cattle until the end. Chloris believed in the ranching way of life. During her 24 years of service on the Park County Planning Board, she worked to preserve those lands and that way of life. She belonged to the Daughters of the Nile, Wilsall Vets and Auxiliary and the Shields River Lutheran Church. She always loved to visit with friends. During the many years on the ranch she enjoyed cooking and baking, especially chocolate cake and entertaining the many relatives that came to visit in the summers.

Chloris is survived by her sons, Ned (Cindy) Zimmerman and Van (Christina Sharpe) Zimmerman, grandchildren, Grete (Andrew) Telander, Caitlin and Eric Zimmerman, great-grandchildren, Hazel and Vivian Telander and many beloved nieces and nephews other relatives and friends.

Chloris is preceded in death by her parents, Henry and Angeline Guth, husband, Bud Zimmerman, sisters, Evelyn Stoner and Elaine Tashjian.

Arrangements by the Franzen-Davis Funeral Home and Crematory in Livingston.


Clark Thomas Stillahn

Clark Thomas Stillahn, 49, of Cheyenne passed from this world into the arms of our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ, on March 30 in his home.

Born June 2, 1964, in Syracuse, Neb., to Arthur and Jeannette Stillahn, Clark was the youngest of four children. His family moved to Cheyenne in 1965.

He graduated from Cheyenne’s East High in 1983 and attended Laramie County Community College. In 1986, Clark took a job with the state of Wyoming working in the Department of Motor Vehicles and continued to work for the state to the present, working as a commercial driver’s license examiner for the Wyoming Department of Transportation.

Clark grew up in agriculture, working his family’s ranch north of Cheyenne raising Hereford cattle and growing alfalfa hay. He continued ranching and farming while he worked for the state.

Clark loved to dance and attend his nieces’ and nephews’ sporting events and activities. He was a member of St. Paul’s Lutheran Church in Cheyenne and was involved with the Wyoming Junior Hereford Association, the Wyoming Hereford Association and Future Farmers of America, as well as other organizations. Clark’s smile will be truly missed by his many friends and family who loved him.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Arthur and Jeannette.

He is survived by his sister, Kathy Nutter (Joe); brothers, Gene (Cindy) and Jerry (Mary) Stillahn; nieces, Amy Stillahn and Stacia Nutter; and nephews, Christopher, Trey and Evan Stillahn.

Clark’s family would be honored if you would join them for a service celebrating his life at 2 p.m. Saturday at St. Paul’s Lutheran Church, 218 E. 19th St. in Cheyenne. Memorial donations can be made to High Plains FFA Chapter or St. Paul’s Lutheran Church.

Condolences can be made at www.schradercares.com.


Seth J. McKay

Seth J. McKay, age 17, of Marysville, KS, passed away on Sunday, March 30, 2014, in a one car accident south of Marysville.

Born Jan. 23, 1997, in Washington, KS, Seth was the son of Grant and Linda McKay. He was a junior at Valley Heights High School, Blue Rapids.

Seth’s passions in life were showing Herefords, playing golf, hunting and spending time with family and friends. He will be remembered for his contagious smile and his ability to make anyone laugh.

He was a member of the National Junior Hereford Association, National Junior Angus Association, and the Kansas and Nebraska Junior Hereford Associations. He also served as a Nebraska junior director. Seth was proud to exhibit a bred-and-owned class winner and reserve division champion heifer at the Junior National Hereford Expo (JNHE). Seth and his sister, Bailey, are the only exhibitors to have shown the champion and reserve heifers at both the Nebraska State Fair and Ak-Sar-Ben in the same year with the same heifers.

His involvement in the Hereford industry went beyond the show ring. He was a member of the champion junior team marketing team at the 2011 JNHE, the champion 3-on-3 basketball team at the 2013 JNHE and was the champion peewee judge and team at the 2005 JNHE.

Seth’s true strength was getting the cattle ready. He was a mentor to many younger NJHA and 4-H members with their beef projects.

He was a member of Valley Heights and Franklin (Nebraska) FFA chapters and the Wide Awake, Busy Hands Happy Hearts and Young Guns 4-H clubs. In FFA he received second-place district beef placement proficiency and participated in many contests. He also attended the 2013 National FFA Convention. In 4-H he served on the Marshall County 4-H Council (2012-13), secretary of the Wide Awake 4-H Club (2013-14), and president and vice president of the Busy Hands Happy Hearts. He attended the 4-H Citizenship Washington Focus trip in 2012.

Seth placed second overall in the South-Central Nebraska Science and Engineering Fair and was a participant in the Intel International Science and Engineering Fair plus numerous science fair awards.

He also participated in basketball, golf, forensics and the all-school play. He qualified for state two years in golf and qualified to go to state forensics in prose and solo acting humorous (SAH). Seth was a state trap-shooting participant for four years and was a member of the 2008 Coach Pitch All-Star Team in Franklin.

Seth was a member of the St. Monica/St. Elizabeth (Blue Rapids) St. Katharine Drexel (Franklin), and St. Gregory (Marysville) churches.

Survivors include his parents, Grant and Linda McKay; a sister, Bailey McKay; grandparents, Morley and Ruth McKay, Brandon, Manitoba, Canada; and Don and Sheila Crays, Tobias, NE; great-grandmother, Evelyn Elznic, Exeter, NE; uncles and aunts: Dale and Natalie McKay, Brandon, Manitoba; Kent and Kim McKay, Boissevian, Manitoba; Kirk and Stephanie Jensen, Courtland, KS; Clara and Tim Grace, Hartford, SD; cousins: Sara, Kale and Ashley McKay; Jennifer and Heather McKay; Cody, Casey and Jessica Jensen; and Kane and Weston Grace; other family includes: Sue Rowland; Dave and Delores Stump; Sally Peterson; John, Angie, Wesley and Dustin Denton; Jarrod, Jami, Dakota and Kinsley Gillig; Dan, Kim, Callie, Lexi and Spencer Schmidt; and Brandon, Lyndse, Bradyn and Brody Greenwood; special friend, Emily Meinhardt; as well as many classmates and friends. He was preceded in death by Jim Rowland.


Edwin D. Beery

Edwin D Beery 74, of Vida, eldest son of Margaret and Newell Beery passed into Eternity on March 27th, 2014 at the Billings Clinic from complications of a worn out heart. 

Eddy was born on Aug 25, 1939 in Wolf Point, Montana. He lived and breathed the family farm and ranch from birth to death.  Eddy graduated from Richey High School in 1957 and was always proud of being a Richey Royal.  He kept in touch with many of his high school buddies and would look for any excuse to have a reunion.  They usually discussed how good they were at playing basketball and what a good manager Eddy was – such a vital part of the team.   Eddy met the love of his life at the Richland County Fair in Sidney, and hired her to show cattle for him, thinking he might have a better chance of winning if he had a good lookin gal showing his herefords.  He married Joanne Eggen in Plentywood on October 17th 1964. Rarely would you see one with out the other in life. Eddy and Joanne survived a life time of ups and downs which only made their union stronger.  From their love and hard work, they raised 5 kids: Leanne, Lissa, Nita, Beth and Matt. Eddy became an enterpreneour at a young age. He and his siblings sold pop and hot dogs to interested spectators wanting to see the very first oil well in the area. He never really cared what others thought of him or what he was driving. He would rather struggle along, as materialistic things were not important. His wealth was based on his abundant friends and family and the strong relationships with each and every one of them. He was a neighbor to all and taught his kids the importance of always lending a hand. He spent his entire life raising cattle and was very passionate about the Hereford breed.  Every year, he would say “next years calf crop will be better then this years if we’re doing anything right.”  It wouldn’t bother him one bit to cut a bunch of bull calves out of new genetics saying “they gotta be a good steer before they can be a bull.” He was an early member of Total Performance Records and stood by breeding honest cattle.  He was a true cowman with a strong passion for the beef industry. Eddy enjoyed work and valued people on their work ethic. He learned this from his parents and he passed this on to his own kids and grandkids. He always had work to do – no matter what the season was.  Along with his family Eddy had a love for politics, Education, the cattle industry, and healthcare.  He never met a stranger and would visit with anyone anywhere.

Eddy was named Hereford Man of the Year by the Montana Hereford Association and served as the Montana Hereford Association president.  He was on the Vida School Board, was named Jaycee Farmer of the Year, was a member of the Lutheran Church of Richey and served on the church council for the Community Church in Vida.  He was an advocate of the Yellowstone Boys and Girls Ranch and The Shriners Hospital.  He was proud to step up and donate every chance he could.  He was a Mason for 50 years, belonged to Eastern Star and was a Shriner. The local masonic lodges were dear to his heart.  He believed in 4-H and was a youth member and then leader for many years. At the time of his death he was a 4-H advisor to his grandkids.  They valued grandpas opinion and learned quick, if you had Grandpas approval, well, you had it made – no matter what anyone else said.  He loved to watch Rodeo and the PBR with Joanne but rarely left his favorite recliner to go to these events.  They were the best in the comfort of his own home on the TV.

Joanne and Eddy worked hard to make Beerys Land and Livestock a success. This family operation was his life.  If they weren’t hauling beef to Jordan or Miles City, they were promoting the cattle and always offering advice to Matt. During his later years he spent time chasing his grandkids to their numerous activities as he was one of their biggest fans.   Eddy acquired a new passion towards the end of his life and founded the Redwater Manor Senior and Assisted living Complex board.  His vision will become a reality, and he will be proud. Eddy loved his family, hereford cattle, his community and his friends.  Neighbors in his community meant the world to Eddy.  He always had time for coffee and a good visit.   He especially loved a good heated discussion over politics.  Right or Wrong – his intent was to keep all secure for the next generation.

Eddy will be dearly missed by his family and community.

Eddy was preceded in death by his parents Newell and Margaret, daughters Karlene at birth and Leanne at 37 years of age and his mother and father in law Joe and Kay Eggen of Plentywood.  He is survived by his wife of 49 1/2 years, Joanne; Jerry Switzer, Shayna and Ryan of Wibaux; Lissa and Clint Volbrecht, Megan and Ellie of Richey; Nita and Ed Crockett, Courtney, Jim, Taylor, Mariah and his first great grandson Parker of Circle; Beth and Michael Conroy, Colton, McKinna, Calder, Kayanna and Maggie of Circle; Matt and Krista Beery, Leah and Ethan of the family farm of Vida.  Two sisters: Elaine and Dale Rosaaen of Lambert; Vesta and Dave Verschoot of Lambert; Two brothers: Nick and Barb Beery of Seely Lake and Joe and Janet Beery of Richey; Brother in law, Arvid and Linda Eggen and sister in Law Linda and Ed Schackelford all of Plentywood, and many numerous nephews and nieces.

Visitation will be at the Clayton Stevenson Chapel in Circle on April 1st from 3-6 PM with Masonic Services at 6 PM. The funeral will be at the Richey school at 1 PM on April 2nd. with a private family burial later that evening at Prairie Lawn Cemetery near the Ranch.  Memorials can be made to Redwater Manor Senior and Assisted Living Complex, Richie Community Park or to the Yellowstone Boys and Girls Ranch of Billings, Montana.


Bobby C. Hitchcock

Bobby C. Hitchcock, 89, Skidmore, Missouri, died Monday, March 24, 2014, at Nodaway Nursing Home, Maryville, Missouri.

Bobby was born March 23, 1925, in Skidmore, Missouri to Charly and Anna (Sanders) Hitchcock.

A graduate of Skidmore High School he was a farmer. Bobby married Betty Jean Barnett December 21, 1947, in Maryville.

He served his country in the United States Army during the World War II, and was the last surviving World War II Veteran in Skidmore.

Bobby was a member of the Skidmore Christian Church, American Hereford Association and the Sam R. Albright American Legion Post #411,

He was preceded in death by his parents, wife Betty Hitchcock (January 22, 2003), brother William Hitchcock and sister Nina Hemphill.

He is survived by his cousin Lois Derr, Maitland, Missouri and nieces and nephews.

Visitation will be 1:00-2:00pm, Saturday, March 29, 2014, at the Skidmore Christian Church.

Funeral Services be 2:00pm Saturday, after the visitation, also at the church, with burial in Hillcrest Cemetery, Skidmore.

Memorials may be made to the Hillcrest Cemetery Association, Skidmore, Missouri or The Senior Center, Maitland, Missouri.


William "Bill" Marty, Jr.

September 14, 1925 - March 18, 2014

William "Bill" Marty, Jr., 88, Prairie City, died Tuesday, March 18, 2014, at Country Senior Living in Belle Fourche.
Funeral services will be held at 2:00 p.m. on Saturday, March 22, 2014, at Grace Lutheran Church with Pastor Andy Anderson and Pastor Harold Delbridge officiating. Burial will follow at Bear Butte Cemetery.
Visitation will be held from noon to 8:00 p.m. on Friday, March 21, 2014, at Kinkade Funeral Chapel with family present from 4:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.
Bill was born September 14, 1925, in Spearfish to William and Ruth L. (Phipps) Marty, Sr. He grew up and lived on the Marty Ranch, which he enjoyed and was proud of until July 2013, and then retired at the Country Assisted Living in Belle Fourche, due to health. He remained there until his death, with family by his side.
Bill went to grade school at the Marty-Granpre School on the Marty Ranch. He graduated from Spearfish High School and attended one year of college at Black Hills College at the young age of 16. He came back to the Marty Ranch and went into partnership with his father and brother, John Marty, raising sheep and Hereford cattle. When his dad retired, they raised only Herefords and were one of the few and last ranches to sell three year old steers.
Bill was very well known for his personality and humor. He was born with a natural talent for drawing and art. He drew cartoons of real life experiences of friends and family. It was easy for him to tell the story in a picture. He drew hundreds of pictures and gave them to friends and relatives which are precious to everyone. Bill was awarded the Northwest Ranch Cowboy's Rodeo Assoc. Cartoonist of the year for several years, and received several awards in high school and college. He was a member of the Moose Lodge in Belle Fourche and a Master Mason and Eastern Star, Pasque Lodge in Bison for nearly 65 years, and was a member of the Immanuel Lutheran Church at Zeona.
Bill married Shirley Maxine Wells from Fifty-Six, AR, on November 17, 1944. They had one son, William Jesse Marty, who remains on the ranch; a daughter, Ruth Ann Marty-Sprague, who lives northwest of Mud Butte on a ranch; and granddaughter, Melissa Ann Marty and great-granddaughter, Ella Mia Marty of Beresford, SD.
Bill built a roping/barrel racing arena on the ranch for Jesse and Ruth Ann. Friends and neighbors gathered on Wednesday evenings and Sunday afternoons for roping and pot lucks, which gave everyone wonderful memories. Bill and Maxine enjoyed hunting, fishing, golfing, bowling, and dancing. They were actively involved in and supported Jesse in track and football, and Ruth Ann in rodeo. He loved taking his family to the Slim Buttes for picnics, going to movies, fishing, hunting, sledding, ice skating, and spending time with them as they were growing up. He made everything fun.
He is survived by his wife of 69 ½ years, Maxine; one son, William Jesse (Mary Lee) Marty; daughter, Ruth Ann (Dale) Sprague; grand-daughter, Melissa Ann Marty (Todd Schick); and great-granddaughter, Ella Mia Marty; a sister, Ruth Marie Blair of Ekalaka, MT; and sister-in-law, Helen Marty of Spearfish; nieces and nephews, Jerry Wells, Sam Marty, Mary Lou Marty, Liz May, Grace Blair, Tom Blair, and Doris Matz; step-grandchildren, Randy Russell, Delana Nelson, and Chuck Russell; and several step-great-grandchildren.
Bill was preceded in death by his parents; sister, Doris Marty; and brother, John Marty.


Robin Coulter Lapaseotes

REDINGTON, NE - Robin Coulter Lapaseotes, 56 died Tuesday afternoon, February 4, 2014.

Her funeral will be held at Prairie Winds Community Center in Bridgeport at 2:30 p.m. on Saturday, February 8, with Father Elias Warren officiating.  A Trisagion Prayer Service will be Friday, February 7, at 6:30 p.m. at Assumption Greek Orthodox Church in Bayard.

The family requests that in lieu of flowers, any memorials honoring Robin be made in care of Robin Lapaseotes Memorial, which will be allocated to charities at a later date.  Tributes of sympathy may be left at www.bbchapels.com.  Bridgeport Memorial Chapel is in charge of arrangements.

Robin was born on July 31, 1957, in Bridgeport, to Calvin and Virginia (Christensen) Coulter. She attended Bridgeport Public Schools, graduating with the class of 1975. Robin continued her undergraduate education as an animal science major at University of Nebraska –Lincoln (UNL), and earned her Master of Science degree of psychology at Chadron State College.

She was united in marriage to Peter C Lapaseotes of Bridgeport on June 24, 1984.

Her enthusiasm for life was evidenced by her numerous community involvement activities and eagerness for helping others.  She was a member of the Executive Committee of the Morrill County Cattlemen, and served as Tax Chairperson for Nebraska Cattlemen.  She was a past board member of Bridgeport Public School Board, Morrill County Weed District, and Engler Agribusiness Entrepreneurship Program at UNL. A fervent teacher, Robin established and directed her own young girl’s camping group, and was an avid mentor for youths seeking opportunities in agriculture. She was an active member of the Assumption Greek Orthodox Church and sang in the church choir.

Robin purchased and operated Coulter Ranch in Redington, where she later established Coulter Feedlot. Her passion for cattle and horses drove her lifestyle. She routinely traveled to show livestock, earning several accolades in her younger years.  She was a staunch proponent of preserving the land and improving it for future generations.  She frequently took advantage of using her chores on the ranch to host friends at her remote cabin in the Wildcat Hills.  Her free-spirited personality was evident, as she welcomed and embraced anyone sharing and taking part in her activities and lifestyle. She will be deeply missed by her family and loving community.

Robin is survived by her husband Pete; son Constantine of Chicago, IL, daughters Nicole (Jacob) Dean, and Cassandra, both of Bridgeport; grandchild Waylon Dean; parents Calvin and Virginia Coulter of Redington; mother-in-law Chrysoula Lapaseotes of Bridgeport; sisters Sheryll Coulter of Saint Louis, MO, Susan Coulter of Scottsbluff and Kris Coulter of Santa Fe, NM; brothers Kenneth (Peggy) Coulter of Scottsbluff and Lewis (Susan) Coulter of Bridgeport; sister-in-law Helen (Steve) Plummer of Bridgeport; brother-in-law Nicholas (Angela) Lapaseotes of Bridgeport; “McGill”, as well many aunts, uncles, nephews, nieces and dear friends.

She was preceded in death by her grandparents Bern and Esther Coulter and Carl and Lucille Christensen, and father-in-law Constantine Lapaseotes.


Cleve L. Woods

Cleve L. Woods, 62 of Sturgis, passed away January 28, 2014 at Rapid City Regional Hospital after a courageous battle with cancer.

Cleve was born June 18, 1951 in Sturgis to Richard and Maxine (Horton) Woods. He grew up in Lead and graduated from Lead High School. He attended Casper College at Casper Wyoming for two years. He lived with his grandparents, Roy and Laura Horton at Hereford and started his Angus Cattle Herd. He was united in marriage to Carolyn Harrington on October 22, 1977. They lived on a ranch in rural Meade County.

Cleve was a member of the Angus and Hereford Associations, and proudly served as the Hereford Breed Representative for the Black Hills Stock Show with Bruce Blair for more than 20 years. He was a Worshipful Master of Masonic Lodge #220 Rapid City, and belonged to the Elks Lodge and bowled for Elks for many years. Cleve was also a Deacon and an Elder at the First Presbyterian Church, Sturgis, and served on several committees. He was involved in 4-H for years with his kids and grandkids, and helped many others through the years. He even helped start the 4 Corners 4-H Club. Cleve was also a Boy Scout in Lead.

Cleve leaves behind his wife, Carolyn; three sons, Justin (Bree), Todd, and Tyler; two granddaughters, Devin and Danae; sisters, Marlene (Rick) Yberra, Lori (Doyle) DeJong, and Monica (Michael) Bage; and a brother, Rick Woods. Also surviving are several nieces and nephews. A memorial has been established to help with the medical expenses.

Visitation for Cleve will be on Friday, January 31, 2014, from 2pm to 5pm at Kinkade Funeral Chapel Funeral Chapel. Funeral Services will be held at 1 pm Saturday, February 1, 2014, at the First Presbyterian Church, Sturgis, with the Rev. Denzel Nonhof officiating. Burial will follow in the Elk Vale Cemetery.

Condolences may be sent to the family at www.kinkadefunerals.com.


Dub Hotchkiss

W.A.”Dub” Hotchkiss, age 88, of Mud Butte, SD died Sunday, January 12, 2014 at the Friendship Villa Care Center in Miles City, Montana.

The funeral service will be held 1 pm Saturday, January 18th, 2014 the Opal Community Church in Opal.

Visitation, with the family present, will be held 5 to 7 PM Friday at Funeral Home of the Northern Hills in Belle Fourche. During that time, at 6:30 pm, there will be a public prayer service and time of storytelling.

Interment will be held in the Opal Cemetery.

Memorials are preferred to the Rainbow Bible Ranch or Gideon’s International.

W.A. (Dub) was born at Raton, New Mexico on May 10th 1925, the third child of Lora (Messick) and John Samuel Hotchkiss. He grew up on the home ranch near Capulin, New Mexico and graduated from high school at Des Moines, NM.

Dub loved music especially the lively old hymns. He and his sister, Reta, sang together whenever the opportunity arose. The young brother and sister duo sang in many churches and camp meetings.

Dub joined the Army in 1944 during WWII. He was stationed in Hawaii, following Pearl Harbor, training other soldiers to drive anti-aircraft tanks. During this time his mother encouraged a young lady, a close friend of his sister’s, to write to this homesick soldier. When he was honorably discharged in 1946 he returned to Capulin to help his father. He soon asked his faithful pen pal if he could come calling. Romance blossomed. He and Mozelle Johnson fell in love. They were married June 4, 1948. They made their home on the home place near Capulin. Daughter, Sandy, was born in 1952. After years of drought took their toll, they sold out and moved to Nebraska to farm with Dub’s parents.

Dub and Mozelle bought a ranch near Livingston, Montana in 1956. Son, Terry, joined their little family that year. Hard work was always at hand including a dairy and hundreds of chickens. Cindy, their youngest, was born in 1961. In 1966 they moved again, buying a ranch north of Big Timber, MT, where they lived until 1973. Dub longed for good grass country and no irrigation. He did some searching and found a ranch near Mud Butte, SD. They pulled up stakes and moved to South Dakota settling in for 35 years.

Through good times and bad, church was always a priority and a very important part of Dub’s life and that of his family. He served on church boards and taught Sunday School wherever they lived.

Dub’s deep and genuine love for God and his family characterized his life. He knew and loved his Lord Jesus and wanted others to know Him too. Dub loved raising black cattle, cutting hay, and fly fishing the streams of Montana. He loved playing with and teasing his kids and grandkids who were very special to him. They loved to hear him sing and yodel. He seldom met a stranger and if he did, they weren’t strangers for long. He was dearly loved by all his family and friends and will be deeply missed. For his life and the godly legacy that he left, the family is truly thankful.

Dub is survived by his wife, Mozelle of Hathaway Mt, and Mud Butte; son, Terry (Beth) Hotchkiss of Mud Butte; daughters, Sandy (Max) Blanchard of Hathaway MT, Cindy (Ken) Baumeister of Worland WY; 8 grandchildren, Cassie, Andrea, Evie, Jamin, Wesley, Ashley, Christian, Blane; and 11 great grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his parents; brothers, John Samuel Jr., Howard ; sister, Reta Maxine (and Spence) Hall; and nephew, John Hall.


W.C. (Preacher) Ashe of Selmer, TN

W.C. (Preacher) Ashe was born May 14, 1913 in McNairy County, TN the son of the late John and Patie Hawkins Ashe.

He was united in marriage to Addillia Gray on October 17, 1934. Mrs. Ashe preceded him in death on June 8, 1990, following 55 years of marriage.

Mr. Ashe was a farmer and cattleman. In the early 1950’s, he, along with his wife and son, founded Ashewood Farms, which went on to become a nationally known and respected Polled Hereford and Angus seedstock operation. In 2008 Mr. Ashe received the Fifty Year Breeder Award from the American Hereford Association. In 2009, the Ashe family was recognized as the Tennessee Polled Hereford Association Family of the Year. In his younger years, Mr. Ashe was known as an outstanding baseball pitcher, and could throw a “dropball” that would rival many Major League pitchers. He was a loving granddaddy who gave his grandchildren the gift of fun, while passing down his tremendous work ethic. Mr. Ashe was an avid gardener. He was a member of the Good Hope Baptist Church.

Mr. Ashe departed this life on January 7, 2014 in Selmer, Tennessee at the age of 100 Years, 7 Months, 24 Days. He is survived by a son, Billy C. Ashe and wife Joyce of Stantonville, TN; two grandchildren, Patti (Ashe) Coleman and husband Will David of Nashville, TN and Wesley Ashe and wife April of Stantonville, TN; a great-grandchild, Ashe Thompson Coleman; a sister, Ruby Davis of Selmer, TN; three sisters-in-law: Winnie Mae Sweat, Genelle Freeman, and Lorraine Gray, all of Selmer, TN; and many extended family and friends.

In addition to his wife and parents, Mr. Ashe was preceded in death by an infant daughter; two sisters, Ollie Walker and Bessie Woods; and four brothers: Artie Ashe, J. D. Ashe, Millard Ashe, and Willard Ashe.

Memorials may be made to the W. C. and Addillia Ashe Ag Education Scholarship Fund, C/O Hardin County Bank, Savannah, TN.


Henry Hopkins "Hop" Dickenson

Henry Hopkins "Hop" Dickenson passed away peacefully at his home, with his family by his side, on Dec. 24th, 2013. His death followed an eighteen month battle with cancer. He was preceded in death by his infant son, Samuel McClure Dickenson, and his parents, Henry and Margaret Dickenson.

He is survived by his wife, Polly McClure Dickenson. Also, his son Hank, daughter-in-law Missy and grandsons Dan and Joe, of Denton, Texas; His sister Kathryn Johnson, brother and sister-in-law Charles and Virginia Dickenson, all of Lebanon, Virginia; brother-in-law Fin McClure and his wife Sibley, brother-in-law J.A."Mac" McClure, all of Staunton, Virginia; six dearly loved nieces and nephews and eleven great nieces and nephews.

He was a graduate of Virginia Tech. He served two years in the Army in Germany. He was employed by the American Hereford Association for 38 years, 24 as chief executive officer. During his career, he traveled to 36 countries. Considered the originator of Certified Hereford Beef, he was regarded as a beef association trail blazer. He was a driving force in bringing the two populations of Hereford people and the cattle they raise together for the good of the industry. He was responsible for introducing total performance recording.

He served on the National Livestock Meat Board, Agricultural Hall of Fame, American Royal Board of Directors, Past President of the U.S. Beef Breeds Council, Past President of the National Society of Livestock Records, and was inducted in to the Hereford Hall of Merit.

He was a member of Village Presbyterian Church. The greatest loves of his life were his family, his many friends, music, Virginia Tech football, North Texas football, the Kansas City Royals and the Kansas City Chiefs.

A celebration of his life will be held on Tuesday, January 7th at 11:00 A.M. at Village Presbyterian Church, followed by a reception at the church. In lieu of flowers, the family asks that memorials be made to Kansas City Hospice, 10100 W 87th Street, Suite 100, Overland Park, Ks. 66212 or to Village Presbyterian Church, 6641 Mission Road, Prairie Village, Ks. 66208. - See more at: http://www.kccremation.com/obituary/Henry-Hopkins-Hop-Dickenson/Overland-Park-KS/1326562


Tracy Ann Jonas

Funeral services will be held 10:30 a.m. Friday, December 27, 2013 at St. Vincent Catholic Church in Springfield. Visitation will be at the Crosby-Jaeger Funeral Home in Springfield on Thursday from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m., with the family present from 6 to 7. A Scripture Service will begin at 7 p.m.

Tracy Ann Jonas (Talsma) was born December 8, 1967 in Yankton, SD at Sacred Heart Hospital. She was born to Jack and Annetta (Orr) Talsma, the eldest of 3 children. Tracy died unexpectedly Sunday, December 22, 2013 at St. Michael’s Hospital in Tyndall.

Tracy attended Kindergarten thru 2nd grade at Dahlenburg country school, 3rd grade thru 12th grade in Avon. She attended college courses at SDSU, Mount Marty, and Northeast Technical in Norfolk. She enjoyed her time spent in New York City being a nanny. Tracy loved her adventure to Alberta working as a ranch hand.

On May 27, 1995, Tracy married Jon Jonas at Trails End Ranch. She automatically became a Mom to 2 wonderful girls, Cassandra and Kimberly. Soon after another bundle of joy named Ryan joined the family. In 2000, Tracy's last bundle of joy, Josephine was born.

Tracy was active with her horses in 4-H and loved working with the cattle on the ranch. She developed a passion for coffee early on in life which continued throughout the years. She had a love for all animals, which could range from her pet box elder bugs, her pet mouse Jimmie to her newest love, yorkie poo Molly. She could be caught crocheting and cross stiching in her idle time. Most recently she enjoyed attending her children's school activities and sporting events.  One of Tracy's greatest joys was spending time with her 4 grand babies.

Tracy enjoyed helping people which showed through her employment choices. She loved to work with the residents at Good Samaritan Center in Tyndall and the Assisted Living Center in Springfield. She was currently employed with CBM food service at the Mike Durfee State Prison where she met her dear friend, Tiffany (Tif) Kyte.

Tracy is survived by her husband Jon of Avon; 4 children: daughter Cassandra Medricky (Jonas) and husband Roger with 3 children, Peytn, Bradyn and Preslyn of Dante , SD; daughter Kimberly Jonas and Travis Balvin, with one child, Kason of Tyndall, SD; son Ryan Jonas and daughter Josephine Jonas both of Avon; mother Annetta (Orr) Talsma of Springfield, SD; sister Corrie (Talsma) and husband Rich Trujillo with 2 boys, Nathan and Jacob of Sioux Falls; brother Jerry Talsma and wife Tina with 2 children, Hayden and Hensley of Avon.

Tracy was preceded in death her father Jack Talsma; grandparents Clifford and Elizabeth Talsma, Burdette and Marion Orr; and great uncle Bud and many other aunts and uncles.


John M. Kelsch, 95, died Nov. 27, 2013, at Rancho Mirage, Calif. John was born Dec. 1, 1917, in Napoleon.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Andreas and Elizabeth Kelsch, who came to America from the Crimean Peninsula on the Black Sea and from Odessa, Russia in 1898, where their German ancestors farmed the land since 1805. His three brothers and two sisters also preceded him in death. John’s wife of nearly 50 years, Katherine, died in 2001.

Mr. Kelsch is survived by two sons, John A. Kelsch, Grand Rapids, Minn., and James D. Kelsch, Rancho Mirage; two grandchildren at Grand Rapids, Jonas T. Kelsch currently living in Zhuhai, China and Celeste K. Kelsch currently living in Madiun on the island of Java in Indonesia; along with many nieces and nephews.

John fought the height of the Great Depression. He jumped freight trains from North Dakota to California at age 16 in 1933. While working in Santa Monica, he graduated from Whittier High School in 1935 and then returned to North Dakota.

He co-owned and managed the Sunshine Ranch, 5,457 contiguous acres 40 miles east of Bismarck at Steele with his father from 1935 until 1969. John’s sister, Margaret, and brother-in-law, Alton Edwards, managed the day-to-day operations. The ranch produced some of the nation’s finest purebred Hereford cattle. In 1946, investors purchased “Real Silver Domino,” a famed bull for the highest sum ever paid at the time for an animal of any breed in North Dakota.

Mr. Kelsch became one of the early pioneers in the North Dakota oil industry with his partner, Charles Donlin, soon after oil was discovered at Tioga in 1951. Together, they formed Keldon Oil Company which was traded on the NASDAQ Stock Exchange.

John was a VIP guest at President Eisenhower’s first inauguration in January 1953, where he met and had a meaningful conversation with newly elected Sen. John F. Kennedy from Massachusetts.

He married Katherine Dahl of Crookston, Minn., in November 1955. After a six week honeymoon in South America, they settled in Bismarck to raise their family. While in South America, John and Katherine had a private audience with exiled President Juan Peron of Argentina.

In October 1956, Louis W. Hill Jr. (grandson of James J. Hill, founder of the Great Northern Railway), Mr. Kelsch and Joseph Bachmeier saved an 1,800 pound horse named “Buster” from drowning, after the animal became mired in the cold water of the Mouse River. John and his friends were awarded special citations from the American Humane Association.

Mr. Kelsch donated the land and a monument for a cemetery to St. Francis Catholic Church at Steele. He supervised work on the grounds during 1960, and dedicated the cemetery in memory of his parents.

He always enjoyed life today; never waiting for tomorrow, and traveled the world with his wife, Katherine and children — taking many trips to Europe, Russia, the Far East, South America, Mexico, Alaska and Hawaii.

“Oh, Sunshine Ranch, with your vast acre expanse, keep up the good work to make things advance. With a sunshine outlook, we are looking ahead, and don’t let the sun catch you crying.”

A funeral Mass will be held at St. Louis Catholic Church in Cathedral City, Calif., at a later date to be announced.


James R. Beckstrand

James R. “Jim” Beckstrand, 62, lifelong resident, farmer and rancher of rural Warwick, ND passed away at his home on Saturday evening, November 16, 2013.

Funeral services for Jim will be held on Saturday, November 23 at 10:30 a.m. at the River of Life, Assembly of God Church in Devils Lake. Visitation will be held at the Gilbertson Funeral Home, Devils Lake on Friday from 5 p.m. until 7 p.m. and on Saturday at the church one hour prior to the funeral service.  Burial will take place at a later date. Music will be provided by Kevin Regan, soloist and Lynda Pearson, pianist.
James Roy, son of John and Inez (Milde) Beckstrand was born on St. Valentine’s Day, February 14, 1951 at Fargo, N.D.  At one month of age, his adoptive parents, John and Inez brought him home to the family farm and he would call it home the rest of his life.
Jim attended the Warwick Public School and graduated from Warwick High School with the class of 1969. A recipient of a full music scholarship, Jim attended the Grand Canyon Bible College in Phoenix, Ariz. for one year. He returned to North Dakota at attended NDSU, Fargo working towards a degree in engineering.
Jim was united in marriage to Cynthia Bauch on April 15, 1978 at the Baptist Church in Devils Lake.  They were married by Jim’s uncle, Pastor Floyd Beckstrand.  Jim had been farming and ranching with his parents and continued to after marriage.
Jim was very active in many local, state and national boards.  He was chairman of the board for the North Central Soil Conservation District for over 30 years and also served on the Benson County Weed Board.  He was always a true steward of the land and was a representative on the State Technical Committee of the Soil Conservation District and was the first State President of the Northern Plains RC and D. (Resource, Conservation and Development). He also generously gave of his time to the Stockman’s Association, serving on the Purebred Council and was also a member of the State and National Hereford Association.  He served on the eight county board of the North Central Planning Council as  a representative from Benson County for several years.  In his younger years, Jim shared his talents and knowledge as a Ramsey Riders 4-H Club leader.  When he had time away from the farm, he enjoyed hunting and fishing and was an avid gun collector.

Jim spent his life as a devoted husband, Dad and grandpa.  He always did his best to care for the many blessings of his life and to be thankful for those blessings and to give back to his community, his peers and family the best he could.

Those who shared in Jim’s life are his wife of 36 ½ years, Cindy; his four children and eight grandchildren,  Justin Beckstrand of Warwick; Jon (Natalie) Beckstrand, Moose Lake, Minn. and their boys, Carlos, Julian, Daymian and Nicolas; Sandra (Charles) Schantz of Hebron, N.D. and their boys Calvin, Logan and Jacob; and Joanna Beckstrand (Adam Berger) and their daughter Emmalynn Berger of Devils Lake; his father, John Beckstrand, Warwick; sister, Julie (Jim Tallant) Beckstrand also of Warwick and brother, Jack Beckstrand of Santa Rosa, Calif; mother-in-law, Frances Bauch, Max, N.D.; aunts and uncles, Gladys and Robert Jacobson, Melvin and Marie Beckstrand all of Warwick, Barb Beckstrand of Finley, N.D., Irene Murphy of Ohio and Lane Midle also of Ohio;  many nieces, nephews, cousins and brothers-in-law and sisters-in-law.
He was preceded in death by his mother, Inez; grandparents, Gus and Selma Beckstrand and Martin and Marie Milde and several aunts, uncles and cousins.
Friends may sign the online register book and share memories of Jim at www.gilbertsonfuneralhome.com.
Gilbertson Funeral Home, Devils Lake, is in charge of arrangements.

Dorothy Berry

Dorothy Berry, 87, of Cheyenne, WY died October 20, 2013.

Dorothy was born August 30, 1926, and raised on her family’s ranch in the Little Bear Community south of Chugwater.

She married D.C. Berry on December 4, 1946. They celebrated 63 years of marriage before his death in 2010. She was a member of Laramie County Cow-Belles, Friendly Folks Extension Club, and Chapter Z PEO.

Dorothy led a Christian life of faith made perfect by her works. Her faithful service to God was demonstrated by her countless hours of work at the First United Methodist Church. She was a “doer of the Word.”

If there were times of discouragement, as there are for us all, we never saw them, only her beautiful smile and willing spirit.

She is survived by three sons, Don Berry and wife, Patty, of Cheyenne, Dave Berry of Horse Creek, and Ty Berry and wife, Valerie of Cheyenne; daughter, Sue Ford and husband, Randy, of Cheyenne; 10 grandchildren, Ryan Ford, Travis Ford, T.C. Berry and wife, Kim, Jeff Berry and wife, Tatum, Brett Berry, Karen Daily and husband, Miles, Colby Berry, Cameron Berry, Joshua Berry and Hadley Berry; and two great-grandchildren, Tate and Cooper Berry; sister, Nellie Dryden, of Denver, CO; in-laws, Evelyn DuVall, of Salt Lake City, UT, Margaret Berry, of Cheyenne, and Mary and Elton Wells, of Torrington, along with many nieces and nephews.

Memorial service will be Wednesday at 2:00 p.m. at the First United Methodist Church.

Those who wish may contribute to Meals on Wheels or First United Methodist Church.

Condolences may be made to the family online by going to www.schraderfuneral.com.


Edwin Ray Brown

Edwin Ray Brown, 83, of Stephenson, VA, died Wednesday, October 9, 2013 in Meritus Medical Center, Hagerstown, MD.

Mr. Brown was August 11, 1930 in Lewis County, WV, son of the late Marshall Clifton Brown and Isa Opal Queen Brown.

He was a 1949 graduate of Weston High School. After graduation, he was employed with registered Hereford cattle for T. F. Koblegard of Weston, WV, as a herdsman. In 1954, he was drafted into the U.S. Army and proudly served until 1956. After returning home, he continued working as a herdsman and was employed by Polka Dot Farm, Charles Town, WV, Green Pastures, Elizabethtown, NC, and Blakely Farms, Charles Town, WV. He later was self-employed as a cattleman at Monterey Farm, Berryville, VA. Upon retiring, he moved to his current residence in Stephenson, VA with his wife, the love of his life, Patricia Vincent Brown. He married Patricia on November 24, 1954 in Weston, WV. She preceded him in death on February 5, 2009.

He was a member of Zion Episcopal Church, Charles Town, WV; Moose Lodge # 948, Charles Town, WV; and the American Hereford Association.

Surviving are a daughter, Kimberly Ann Triplett and her husband, Charles, of Stephenson, VA; a sister, Jo Brown Clark of Weston, WV; a grandson, James Christopher Fitzgerald of Winchester, VA; and several nieces and nephews.

His brothers, Clifton Brown, Jr., Forrest E. Brown and Robert L. Brown preceded him in death.

Memorial contributions may be made to Blue Ridge Hospice, 333 W. Cork St., Winchester, VA 22601.


Carl Hinderager

Great Falls — Carl Berner Hinderager, 94, passed away at his home of natural causes on September 25, 2013. He was born April 18, 1919 to Carl and Lucy (Highbarger) Hinderager in the same house north of Great Falls in which he began raising his own family of seven children.

Carl attended rural and Great Falls schools until the 8th grade. He lost his father as a young child and farmed with his mother on her homestead adjoining Benton Lake. He met and married Leone Scott at Grace Baptist Church in Great Falls in 1946. He moved his family to Darby in 1957 to be closer to schools, then moved to the Fairfield Bench in 1959 where he farmed and ranched until his retirement. Carl married Hazel Holland in 2002 then later moved to Great Falls.

He enjoyed and raised polled hereford cattle and was active in the Montana Polled Hereford Association. He was active in local churches throughout his life.

Carl received Christ as Savior as a young man and spent his entire life serving Him, leading countless people to the Lord. His life was blessed and his life blessed many others.

He is survived by his dear wife, Hazel, and children, Ted (Audre'), Choteau, Ann (Rich) Jergenson, Vaughn, Scott (Sally) Fort Shaw, Carl Jr. (Della), Caronport Sask., Paul (Berva), Vaughn, and Max (Carla), of Lewistown; step-children, Peggy (Greg) Larson, Vaughn, and Frank (Tina) Holland of Gardiner; 15 grandchildren, 7 step-grandchildren, 27 great-grandchildren, and 9 step-great-grandchildren.

His first wife, Leone and his daughter, Karen, preceded Carl in death. Also, his brother Charles, and sisters Betty Woodward and Bernice Ewing.

Memorials may be made to Intermountain Christian Fellowship, Box 9, Ulm, MT 59485 or to the donor's choice. Memorial services will be Saturday, October 5th at 11am in the Rose Room Chapel at Croxford Funeral Home with private burial preceding the service.

Condolences to the family may be shared at www.croxfordfunerahome.com.

Steve C. Tachenko

Steve C. Tachenko, 92, Grassy Butte, died Thursday, Sept. 5, 2013, at St. Joseph’s Hospital and Health Center, Dickinson.

Steve’s funeral service will be at 3 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 14, 2013, at the Grassy Butte Seventh Day Adventist Church. Interment will follow at the Seventh Day Adventist Cemetery. Visitation will be Friday from noon to 5 p.m. at Ladbury Funeral Service, and will continue Saturday from 2 p.m. to 3 p.m. at the church.

Steve Clint Tachenko was born Nov. 28, 1920, at Grassy Butte, the son of Mike and Rose (Sokirka) Tkachenko. He lived on the M Lazy T Ranch in western North Dakota with his parents, where he attended the Little Knife Butte country school. He remained on the ranch into his early 20s, ranching with his parents, where they raised cattle and horses. They were a good supplier of horses to the United States Army Remount Service.

Steve married Virginia Stroh on Aug. 28, 1949, in Greely, Colo. They made their home in the Grassy Butte area on the UL Ranch that Steve had purchased. Here, they raised Hereford cattle and always looked forward to the annual production sale held at the ranch.

He belonged to the Seventh Day Adventist Church, and the Medora Grazing Association. Reading, riding and racing horses, and attending rodeos were all favorite pastimes of Steve.

Steve is survived by his wife, Virginia; two daughters, Rita Smith, Louisville, Colo., and Cheryl (Bruce) Buckley, Southern Pines, N.C.; daughter-in-law, Jan Abernathy, Littleton, Colo.; six grandchildren, Adam and Margo Smith, Seth and Grant Buckley, and Luke and Chloe Abernathy; three siblings, Lonny (Estelle) Tachenko, Dickinson, Ann (Delmer) Holbrook, Colton, Calif., and Mike (Marvella) Tachenko, Avon Park, Fla.; sister-in-law, Alma Tachenko, Baker City, Ore.; and numerous nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents; son, Jeff Tachenko; brothers, Matt, Gus, and Joe; half brothers, Nick Tkachenko, George, Andrew, Sam, and Bill Sterling, and John Davis; and sister, Leone Quast.


John R. Hayes

John R. Hayes born Aug. 2, 1937 in American Falls, Idaho to Wallace and Anita (Bade) Hayes. He passed at Pocatello, Idaho on August 11, 2013 of natural causes after an exciting game of Bingo at the Shriner’s picnic, and watching the morning slack at the American Falls rodeo.

John was born and raised in Rockland on a cattle and dry land wheat farm. He graduated from Rockland High School where he was active in FFA and athletics. While in high school he was a stand out athlete and a member of the speech club. After graduation from high school he attended Utah State University and was also active in the Idaho Cowboys and PRCA rodeo associations as a bulldogger.  In 1961 he married Kathleen Goicoechea of Gooding. They built their life south of Rockland on the family farm where they raised many crops but their best was their three daughters: Tani, Tami, and Heather. John was active with the farming; raising and showing Hereford cattle; bull sales; racing Quarter horses; activities with the girls - 4-H, high school rodeo and basketball; and in the fall when the harvest was done it was hunting season. Over the years, John was very active in several organizations the Masonic Lodge; the Shriners; the Order of the Eastern Star; DeMolay; Idaho Hereford Breeder’s Association; American Hereford Association; National Cattleman’s Association; the Power County Fat Stock Sale and 4-H advisory board; Power County Grain Growers; Idaho Purebred Breeders; Idaho Cattleman’s Association, and served as an advisor to the Idaho 4th District and State High School Rodeo Associations. John and Kathleen later divorced and John retired to Pocatello where he sold real estate and spent the last 23 years with his longtime significant other Karen Skinner. John and Karen spent their time enjoying each other, traveling, meeting new people, and visiting family and friends. They even lived a few years down in the Louisiana bayou. John and Karen both enjoyed traveling, fishing, playing cards, collecting and spent most of their later years following their grandchildrens’ many activities. John got the greatest enjoyment from his grandkids, and he was always there to tell them a story and give them advice.

He is survived by his children – Tami (Zach) Parris of Pocatello, and Heather (Travis) Williams of Gooding. Grandchildren Brandee (Tyler) Sabala; RJ Thompson; Zachary Parris Jr.; Samantha Parris; Wyatt Williams; Wacey Williams; his great-grandchildren – Isabella Tani and Augustin Hayes Sabala, and his ex-wife Kathleen Goicoechea.  His significant other Karen Skinner and her  children – Ed Waldal and grandchildren Kendra Adams; Kayla Adams; and Zachary Waldal. His siblings – Mary(Jay) Leyshon, Kathy Barkdull both of American Falls and Robert (Gaylynn) Hayes of Lewiston, several nieces and nephews, and many friends.

He is preceded in death by his daughter Tani Hayes, Brigette Adams (Karen’s daughter), his sister Marie Hayes Reinstra, his parents Wallace and Anita Hayes, Grandparents and numerous aunts, uncles, and cousins. The funeral service will be held at 11 am Fri., August 16, 2013 at St. John’s Lutheran Church in American Falls.  The visitation will be from 6-8 pm Thurs. Aug. 15th at the church and Fri. at 10 am prior to the service.  Interment will be in Falls View Cemetery in American Falls. Condolences and memories may be shared at www.davisrosemortuary.com.

Memorials can be made to the Shriner’s Children’s Hospital in Salt Lake or Idaho Friends of 4-H.


Robert Call

Robert Call, retired certified public accountant, passed away Sunday, Aug. 11, 2013, in Cushing, OK, at the age of 85.

The son of the late Ira Call and Ita Souders Call, Bob was born on May 28, 1928, in Sedan, KS, and received his early education in Caney, KS, graduating from Caney High School in the class of 1946. Following his discharge from the United States Air Force, he graduated from the University of Kansas with a degree in accounting.  He became a certified public accountant in 1961, retiring in 1990.

He was united in marriage to Dolores Krepps on July 25, 1949. The couple has made their home in Cushing since 1962. He became a managing partner of  Call, Barrick, Ethridge & Co. working with auditing, tax work, bookkeeping, computer services, management services and financial planning.  He had served on many committees of state and chapter CPA. 

In addition to his accounting practice, he was an avid farmer and very active in the Hereford business. Bob and Dolores owned and operated CBY Polled Herefords, a 70-head registered cow operation located in Cushing.  Bob had been an active member in the association since 1975 and had been involved in the merchandising of show prospects, youth projects, as well as domestic and Mexican bull marketing. He was active in both the Oklahoma Hereford Association and the American Hereford Association.

Bob was a former member of the Cushing Lions Club, where he was very instrumental in the success of the Lions Club fruit sale for a number of years. He had served as the Oklahoma District Governor District 3M from 1976 to 1977, served as the council chairman of the District Governors of Oklahoma from 1977 to 1978 and held most of the local club offices. Bob was a recipient of the Melvin Jones Fellow award from the Lions Club International. Bob was past-president of the chamber of commerce and helped set up the original home page on the Internet for the chamber.  In 1995, the chamber honored him and Dolores for their involvement in the city.   

Bob’s claim to fame was serving as a math tutor for the legendary basketball player Wilt Chamberlain at the University of Kansas.

Survivors include his wife Dolores of the home; one brother, Archie Call of Smithville, TX; three sisters, Betty Holmburg of Caney, KS, Iva Schultz of Shawnee and Ella Pace of Bartlesville, OK; several nieces and nephews and a very appreciated friend and ranch hand, whom Bob treated as an adopted son, Dr. Bret White and his wife, Tammy.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Oklahoma Medical Research Foundation, 825 N.E. 13th Street, Oklahoma City, OK 73104; Dean McGee Eye Institute, 608 Stanton L. Young Blvd., Oklahoma City, 73104, or to the Hereford Youth Foundation, P.O. Box 014059 Kansas City, MO, 64101.

You may share your condolences with the Call family at www.davisfh.net.


Stanley Pope

Stanley Glen Pope, 81, of Bowman, ND died on Monday, June 10, 2013. Stan was doing what he loved; working cattle with his sons at TP Ranch, when a woofy cow (who will soon be hamburger) charged and tossed him over the fence, tragically ending his life. Stanley died just like he lived: on his terms doing exactly what HE wanted to do, and nobody would tell him any different.

Funeral services for Stan will be will on Friday, June 14, 2013, at 2:00 pm at St. Charles Catholic Church, Bowman, ND, with Father David Mormon officiating. Visitation will be on Thursday, June 13, 2013, from 9:00 to 5:00 at the Krebsbach & Kulseth Funeral Service. Following visitation at 7:00 pm, there will be a Family & Friends Celebration of Life at St Charles Catholic Church.

Stanley was born December 14, 1931, at Bowman, ND, to Ted & Ellen (Roberts) Pope. Stan attended school in Slope & Bowman Counties. One of the schools that Stan attended was Chalky Butte School across the road from his beloved TP Ranch.

Stan married Joan Andrews on September 8, 1953. They started their married life ranching with Ted & Ellen, then moving to Deer Lodge & Ennis, Montana in 1956 for a short time, before returning to God's Country.

Stan & Joan raised three rotten little boys (Doug, Dennis, Dewey) and one stubborn little girl (Darcy)on the ranch. In the early years Stan raised commercial Hereford cattle, and in his later years was known to say that the herd was getting blacker every year. For a few years there was a small herd of another breed on the TP - Stan got the nickname "Longhorn" from them.

Stan got his first airplane, a Piper J3 Cub in 1955, and continued flying up until his death. He helped many young pilots earn their taildragger endorsement. Stan served on the Bowman County Airport Authority for over 35 years and was proudly the first to land on the new (not yet complete) runway east of Bowman!

Stan & Joan loved to travel, visiting Australia, New Zealand, Canada, Alaska, Hawaii, and throughout the lower 48. Where ever he went he always met a new friend and never missed an air museum.

Stan enjoyed men's night at the golf course (many times not even taking his clubs), and his friends will miss his "technique" when playing cards for breakfast or quarters. He had a quick wit and a keen sense of humor - Stan waited years for Joan's stove to die so he could put up the "open range". and his Christmas lights were legendary. Stanley was a rugged cowboy to the end - he was tough on his family and looked for the best from them - and he never expected more than he was willing to do himself. Words of emotion were few, but Stan loved and was extremely proud of his family. His sole grandchild (Rani) and two great grandchildren (Elli Jo & Ty) were the apples of his eye.

Stanley was active in his comunity, he served as Pilot for the Bowman Fire Department, Assistant Chief and Chief for the Amidon Fire Department, President of the ND Fire Chief's Association, Slope County Deputy Sheriff for 27 years, Slope County Fair Board, Slope County 4-H Leader receiving the 2001 Friend of 4-H Award. Stan was a Director for the Little Missouri Grazing Association, a life member of the Dickinson Elks Lodge, a member of the Experimental Aircraft Association, the ND Stockmen's Association & the ND Hereford Association. He served as Trustee for the ND Cowboy Hall of Fame, was given the 1973 FFA Honorary Chapter Farmer Award, volunteered countless hours to ND High School Rodeo, was named the NDSU Harvest Bowl Slope County Agriculturist Honoree, was a member of the Bowman Area Chamber of Commerce and was given their prestigious Farmer/Rancher of the Year Award in 2001.

Stan was preceded in death by his parents, Ted & Ellen Pope; his brothers, Myron and Denver; and his sister, Lorelyn. He is survived by Joan, his wife of 59-3/4 years; his sons, Doug (Cheryl Tollefson), Dennis (Edie), and Duane (Lauren Torpen); his daughter, Darcy (Todd) Fuchs; granddaughter Rani (Kyle) Lloyd; and great-grandchildren, Elli Jo & Ty.


Lester M. “Skeet” Hathorn Jr.

Lester M. “Skeet” Hathorn Jr., 78, of Gordon, Nebraska, died Monday June 10, 2013, at Gordon Memorial Hospital.

He was born March 8, 1935, to Lester Sr. and Margaret (Sanders) Hathorn in Gordon. He attended school in Gordon.

On August 12, 1954 in Rushville, Nebraska he married Marilyn Coon. They started their life in Gordon where he worked at the Messenger Ford Garage. In 1955 they moved back to the ranch where they have lived ever since.

Skeet was a member of the Sheridan County Fair board from 1967 until 2002. He was also a member of the Tri-State Cowboys Association and the Nebraska Hereford Association. In 1991 he was awarded the Commercial Cattleman of the Year Award and in 1995 he was awarded the Outstanding Ranch Award. The Sheridan County Fair Board presented Skeet with the Outstanding Individual Award in 2000 and in 2002 he was inducted into the Cowboy Hall of Fame.

Survivors include his wife Marilyn of Gordon; two sons, Maurice (Sandy) of Gordon and Brian (Laurie) of Gillette, WY; a daughter Jennifer (Todd) Raether of Gordon, a sister Jenny Dewing of Loveland, CO; 11 grandchildren and 17 great grandchildren.

Visitation was held Thursday June 13, 2013, 7:00pm at Chamberlain-Pier Funeral Home. Funeral Services were held Friday June 14, 2013, 2:00pm, at the United Methodist Church with Pastor Bill Combs officiating. Burial was held in the Gordon Cemetery.

Pallbearers were Shane Fisher, Jay Hansen, Clyde Lefler, Harold Hupp, Dan Quinn, Buck Buckles, Scott Lindsey and Tim McGinley.

A memorial has been established for the Tri-State Cowboys Museum or the Gordon Volunteer Fire Department and donations may be sent in care of Chamberlain-Pier Funeral Home, PO Box 366 Gordon, NE, 69343.


Terry Robinson

Terry L. Robinson, long time livestock field director for Farm & Ranch Guide, died suddenly Friday, May 17, in a mowing accident at his home north of Bismarck, N.D. No further details of his passing were available at press time.

Visitations and a prayer service will be Wednesday, May 22, at Weigel Funeral Home, located at 309 4th Ave. NW, Mandan, ND. Time of the prayer service is yet to be determined.

Funeral services will be held at 1:30 pm, Thursday, May 23, at St. Joseph Catholic Church located at 108 3rd St NE, Mandan.

Robinson began his career with Farm & Ranch Guide in 1981, serving as advertising manager. He later became livestock field director and for the past several years has also been director of Livestock Services for Lee Agri-Media, a stable of agricultural publications in the upper Midwest that includes Farm & Ranch Guide, Minnesota Farm Guide and The Prairie Star in Montana, along with publications in South Dakota, Iowa, Missouri and Nebraska.

"We were deeply saddened to hear of the passing of Terry Robinson this past weekend," said Pat Sitter, general manager for Farm & Ranch Guide/Minnesota Farm Guide. "He was dedicated to the livestock industry which was evident by the job he did for us at Farm & Ranch Guide along with the level of service he gave to our customers.

"Terry will be missed by the lives he touched throughout his career, especially his family, co-workers, friends and constituents of the National Guard," Sitter continued. "Terry was very proud of his family, and enjoyed showing pictures of his grandchildren with us at work.

"It is with a heavy heart, we say good-by to our friend and member of the Farm & Ranch Guide family."

Robinson also spent 35 years in uniform, starting with his enlistment into the U.S. Navy in 1970. He received his officer commission from the North Dakota National Guard Officer Candidate School in 1973 and went on to serve in the U.S. Army Reserve and the North Dakota National Guard, retiring from the military as a brigadier general in 2003.

He served in several capacities during emergency operations throughout North Dakota. He was the Task Force Commander in Grand Forks during the flood of 1997. He also commanded two Task Force operations working with the Spirit Lake Tribe near Fort Totten, N.D., constructing housing units on their reservation.

In 2009, then North Dakota Gov. John Hoeven called again on Robinson to help lead the state’s recovery efforts after devastating floods in Valley City and elsewhere. He worked with FEMA and other federal agencies, along with cities, counties and townships to coordinate flood recovery efforts.

"It is critical that we have someone in charge to coordinate federal, state and local assistance for our people and businesses as we work to recover from severe flooding this season," Hoeven said at that time. "General Robinson’s experience in managing emergency situations and crisis response will provide vital support for the citizens of North Dakota throughout the course of the recovery effort."

Robinson also worked with Homeland Security and the state of North Dakota conducting training exercise in conjunction with the ND Association of Counties. The exercises were designed to help train first responders and local community support personnel in response to terrorist activities that may occur within North Dakota at high value targets identified by Homeland Security officials at both the state and federal levels.

Robinson, 64, graduated from Mandan High School, Mandan, in 1966 and went on to graduate from North Dakota State University with a Bachelor Degree in 1970, majoring in psychology and a minor in sociology. He is also a graduate of the U.S. Army War College.

He is survived by Joyce, his wife of more than 43 years; a son Cade (April), Bismarck, ND, and a daughter Kree (Troy) Nelson, Bismarck; and eight grandchildren.

In lieu of flowers, memorials preferred to North Dakota Veterans Cemetery, Farm Rescue or Prairie Public TV.

"As we say farewell to Terry, think fondly of the memories you have and tip your cowboy hat in remembrance of our friend," Sitter said.


Vivan Lyon

Funeral services for Vivan Lyon, age 69, of Meadow, SD, were held at 2 p.m. on Saturday, Feb. 23, 2013, at the Calvary Lutheran Church in Lemmon, SD. Chaplain David Peterson officiated. Following a time of fellowship, burial is in the Gallaway Cemetery at Meadow, SD. Military Honors were provided by the Brattvet-Green American Legion Post #66.

Special music was provided by Marilyn Willey, pianist.

Vivan Watt Lyon was born to N.F. (Red) and Margaret (Tidball) Lyon on April 11, 1943, at Dupree, SD. He was raised on the family ranch in the Coal Springs Community. He attended all eight grades in a nearby country school. Vivan graduated from Lemmon High School with the class of 1961.

On Jan. 16, 1961, he joined the 211th Engineering Co. of Lemmon, SD, and was honorably discharged Jan. 15, 1965. He was called to active duty on Nov. 15, 1961 to Aug. 7, 1962, during the Berlin Crisis.

On June 20, 1964, Vivan and Barbara Welter were married at Faith, SD, and started their married life on a ranch northwest of Thunder Butte working for his father. Three children were born to this union: Cary in 1965, Twyla in 1967 and Tracy in 1968.

On June 1, 1969, the family leased and moved to the former L.J. Seim ranch on the South Grand River, south of Lemmon. They later purchased the ranch and there Vivan raised Hereford cattle and enjoyed many years of ranching.

Health reasons forced the sale of the cows in March of 2012. On March 23, 2012, he was diagnosed with ALS at Mayo Clinic in Rochester, MN. On July 30, 2012, he entered Five Counties Nursing Home where he fought a courageous battle with ALS and passed away Feb. 19, 2013.

He served on the Anderson Township board for many years, the Grand River Grazing board for 12 years; a number of those years as President and severed on various other boards in the community. Vivan thoroughly enjoyed recording and reporting the weather for the National Weather Service.

Vivan is survived by his wife Barbara of Meadow, SD; son, Cary (Caren) Lyon of Dickinson, ND, and grandchildren Mike, Katie, Emily and Zachary Lyon; daughter, Twyla (Wayne) Chapman, Billings, MT, and grandchildren Amanda (Martin) Villafranco, Frank Chapman and Amber Chapman; daughter, Tracy Landsem, Sioux Falls, SD, and grandchildren Logan and Dylan Landsem; great-granddaughter, Elizabeth Villafranco and another great-granddaughter due March 2013; his mother, Margaret Lyon Reno; three brothers, Jim (Joan) Lyon, Norman (Sue) Lyon, Ralph (Shari) Lyon; two sisters, Lu Anne (Irving) Jordan and Barbara (Tony) Lorenz; two brothers-in-law, Mike Schoenfelder and Dennis (Noma) Welter; and numerous nieces, nephews, cousins, aunts and uncles.

He was preceded in death by his father N.F. (Red) Lyon; sister, Laska Schoenfelder; father and mother-in-law, Gene and Lila Welter; maternal and paternal grandparents; one nephew, Cody Lyon; step-father, Russell Reno; and several aunts and uncles.


Marjean Fawcett

Marjean Fawcett, 77, of Ree Heights, passed away peacefully Saturday evening, February 16, 2013 at her home on the ranch. She lived and died the way she wanted to: on the ranch, surrounded by family.

Funeral services will be 1:00 p.m., Saturday, February 23, 2013 at Trinity Lutheran Church, Miller with Rev. Brian Jones officiating. Burial will follow at Morningside Cemetery, Ree Heights. Visitation will be 5:00 to 7:00 p.m., Friday, February 22, 2013 with a 7:00 p.m. prayer service, all at Trinity Lutheran Church, Miller.

As the sun rises over the eastern hillside, we stop and appreciate the warmth and goodness of our wonderful Green Valley. Her home for nearly 60 years, Marjean Joanne Fawcett experienced the coldest of winters, the beauties of every spring, and the long and enduring summers and falls full of never ending work. She was in awe of the beauty of the first crocus every spring, picked especially for her by the love of her life, and marveled at the first breaths of a newborn baby calf. Her front door was always open, the coffee was hot, and the dinner table expanded to feed “her crew” and whoever else had found their way to the ranch that day.

Born to Theodore and Anne (Stoebner) Diede on February 27, 1935, on a farm 6 miles southwest of Miller, Marjean was the middle child of 5 children. Always a farm girl, with plenty of German spirit, most notably her hard headedness and determination, she grew up north of Miller, attending country school through the eighth grade and graduating Miller High School in 1953. Later that fall, she married the love of her life, her confidante, and best friend, Robert Fawcett. They settled on Robert’s family’s ranch south of Ree Heights. Three children were born to this enduring union. Together, they opened their home to a foreign exchange student, Irene Vesci, building a relationship that has grown stronger over the past 35 years. Her 12 grandchildren are an extension of her strength and courage. Two great grandchildren have enlightened her days and brought a smile to her face.

Marjean’s life was her family and the ranch; her home was the hub of the ranch. She knew the plan of the day, where a hired hand was working, and the price of the load of cattle that went to market that day. Her radio was always on and her voice was heard and heeded as she directed all to “Toe the mark”. Her utility room was at times a calf orphanage her kitchen was the conference room where decisions were made, weather was discussed, and the activities of her grandchildren and great grandchildren were noted. Many a pet was loved but especially Jocko, her special companion. As the matriarch of Fawcett Elm Creek Ranch, Marjean was a lady who worked as hard as any man and would clean up as pretty as any lady.

Her many talents are recorded in the stained glass windows hanging in local churches and many homes. Her leadership lives on in the lives of many 4-H’ers whom she taught and nurtured. Her faith was strong, her beliefs never waned, and her love of nature and God’s Country was always the force within her.

Marjean is survived by her husband, Robert, three children: Kim (Bill) Priest, Sabetha, KS; Peggy (Steve) Busse, Rapid City, SD; and Keith (Cheryl) Fawcett, Ree Heights, SD; 12 grandchildren, two great grandchildren; sister, Mavonne (Linn) Neu; brother, Marvin (Carolyn) Diede; and brother-in-law, Leo Istas; and the Fawcett, Diede, and Stoebner extended families.

She was preceded in death by her father and mother; and her sisters, Shirley (Bud) Wellner and Delores Istas.


Elizabeth “Betsy” Runner

Elizabeth “Betsy” Aguirre Runner, age 71, passed away February 12, 2013 at her home in Tonopah, Arizona. She was born October 27, 1941 in Elko, Nevada to Joseph Pio and Amy (Arascada) Aguirre. Betsy attended several schools graduating from Rawlins High School in Rawlins, Wyoming. She married Stewart Runner June 4, 1959. They had been married just shy of 54 years at the time of her passing. Betsy and Stewart had lived in Wyoming, South Dakota and Arizona establishing friendships everywhere. Some of the high points in Betsy’s life were High School Rodeo, Breakaway Calf Roping, Team Roping and Goat Tying. She was a winner at all of these events on a State level. Betsy was active in the community as a 4-H leader for years as well as a member of the Cowbelles, serving in various offices during her membership. She also served as past national president of the American Hereford Auxiliary from 1983 to 1984. Most important in her life was her family, she was a devoted wife, mother and grandmother. Betsy was preceded in death by her parents Joseph and Amy and her father & mother in law, John W. & Marjorie Runner. She is survived by her husband Stewart Runner of Tonopah, AZ and children: Charlotte (Keith) Melius of Faulkton, SD, Raymond Runner of Hayes Center, NB, Trina Runner (Chuck Willey) of Pierre, SD and grandchildren: Brandi Elizabeth & Jori Ellen Melius, Dusty John & Cody Arthur Runner, Randy Thomas, Dereck John & Jessica Rose Burghardt and a brother Dan (Wanda) Aguirre of Prescott, Az. Family services will be held in Tonopah at the family home on Saturday, February 16, 2013 at 11:00 AM. The family suggests memorial contributions in Betsy’s memory be made to Hospice of the Valley at 1510 E. Flower St. Phoenix, AZ 85014.


Susan Rankin

Susan Rankin, 56, of Draper, died Thursday, January 31, at St. Mary’s Hospital in Pierre.

Susan was born October 11, 1956, in Murdo, SD, to Ray and Janice (Cressy) Pike. She grew up in Draper, graduating from Draper High School. After high school, she attended SDSU and received her bachelor’s degree.

She married her high school sweetheart, Robert Rankin, on August 12, 1977, at St. Martins Catholic Church in Murdo. Susan stayed home raising her kids until they were all in school and then went on to work at West Central Electric where she just received her 20 year service award this past fall.

She loved rainbows, Father’s Day camping trips and Christmas. But most of all, she loved her family. She took care of everyone; she was their rock. Her grandchildren were her life and Gramma Susie was always there ready to spoil them. She made every occasion extra special for them and she never missed a chance to decorate a special birthday cake for each one of them no matter what she had going on. Susie treasured the cruises she and Bob have taken the past four years and was always thinking where the next destination would be; she was looking forward to traveling in the years to come.

She is survived by her husband, Robert; three children: Andy (Jill) Rankin, Kati (Drew) Venard, Tyler (Chelsee) Rankin; her parents, Ray and Janice; sister, Sandy (Tim) Zibell; six grandchildren: Riley and Peyton Rankin, Mallory and Tenley Venard and Addison and Joey Rankin; special great-nieces: Landry and Hatti Giblet and Laramie Zibell; mother-in-law Margaret Rankin; brothers-in-law: Ron (Nan) Rankin, Greg Rankin and Bill Abernathy; sisters-in-law: Kris (Dick) Bradley and Karen Authier and numerous nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her grandparents: Everett and Lola Cressy and Gordon and Nettie Pike; father-in-law Harold Rankin and sister-in-law Karla Abernathy.

Online condolences may be made at www.isburgfuneralchapels.com.


B.C. "Bud" Snidow

Longtime American Hereford Association (AHA) employee and friend of the Hereford industry B.C. “Bud” Snidow, 95, of Fairway, Kan., passed away Jan. 26, 2013, at Kansas City Hospice House from a brain tumor.

Bud served as AHA's assistant secretary from 1961 to 1983 and retired in 1983 after 32 years of distinguished service. While working for the Association he traveled worldwide and had many friends all over the world.

Since 1983 he was associated with the U.S. Beef Breeds Council acting as a coordinator between the Foreign Agricultural Service of the U.S. Department of Agriculture and the various breed associations that participate in promotional activities, health laws, shipping facilities and money exchange. As well as any other phase of marketing U.S. breeding beef cattle in foreign countries along with improved U.S. genetics through semen and embryos from top U.S. cattle.

A native of Princeton, W.Va., he joined the Association staff in 1951 as a fieldman for the eastern states. He is a graduate of Virginia Tech, Blacksburg,Va., with a degree in animal husbandry. After graduation, he went to work for the Eastern Breeder magazine in June 1940 as livestock editor in Warrenton, Va.

Bud served in the U. S. Army from 1942 to 1945 in Airbanks, Alaska. He moved to Kansas City in 1955 to join the AHA staff. With this move to Kansas City began his passion and volunteer work with the American Royal. He served as a goodwill ambassador and was an honorary governor.

Bud will also be remembered as an accomplished artist of Hereford paintings and other various subject matter as well as for his beloved knowledge of Hereford history.

Bud was preceded in death by his wife, Hilda, in March 2009.

Private burial will be at Leavenworth National Cemetery.

Memorial contributions may be sent to the American Royal, 1701 American Royal Court, Kansas City, MO 64102 or to the Hereford Youth Foundation of America, 1501 Wyandotte, Kansas City, MO 64101. Funds contributed to HYFA will be used to establish a scholarship in remembrance of Bud and for his contributions to the Hereford industry and Hereford youth.


Kenneth Burns

Kenneth R. “Whitie” Burns of Hotchkiss, CO, passed away Sunday, Jan. 20 at the Paonia Care Center after a five-year battle with Alzheimer’s at the age of 83.

Whitie was born April 6, 1929, in Ardmore, OK, to John E. (Bud) and Biddie Burns and grew up in the Tishamingo, OK area. In high school, he played football and participated in FFA. He fell in love with the first Hereford he saw and dreamed of owning his own herd one day. He finished high school and started working for ranches and showing cattle in Oklahoma, Oregon, California and Colorado. He traveled with these show cattle by railroad. In 1950, Whitie joined the Army and served in the Korean War until he was honorable discharged.

Whitie married Delores Wright of Gillette, WY. They lived and worked on the O’Neill Ranch in Big Piney and the Haycreek Ranch, Gillette, WY, before moving to Dillon, CO. They brought four children into the world: Kenney, Susan, Karl and Sandra. Over time, they all helped raise and exhibit Hereford bulls and heifers at many major livestock shows.

Whitie was extremely proud of the King Rupert blood line with which he produced the first Register of Merit Sire in Colorado. From there they moved Burns Herefords to Hotchkiss, CO where Whitie lived the rest of his life and continued to be a dedicated Hereford man.

Whitie was an avid professional and high school football fan and in his later years, enjoyed drinking iced tea and visiting with many friends at Roberts Short Stop.

Whitie was a Life Member of the American Hereford Association, Honorary Delta County Fair Board Member, Honorary Hotchkiss FFA Chapter Member, belonged to the Colorado Cattlemen’s Association, the Colorado Hereford Association, and Delta County Livestock Association, the American Legion and the Elks Club.

Whitie was preceded in death by his parents; a brother Hiram Burns; and sisters Mary Jo Burns, Arlene Haugan, Linda Burns and Doris Selfridge. He is survived by a brother AJ (Janice) Burns of Adams, OR; and a sister Pat Posey of Claremore, OK. He his further survived by his sons Kenney (Teresa) Burns of Hotchkiss, CO; Karl (Joetta) Burns of Paonia, CO; and his daughters Susan (Dave) Miller of Buena Vista, CO, and Sandra (Nevil) Speer of Smiths Grove, KY. His grandchildren include Klayton (Sonya) Burns of Tifton, GA, Kacie Burns of Paonia, CO, Danny Shuss, Canon City, CO, Brandi Miller of Colorado Springs, CO, Codi Miller Buena Vista, CO, and Lydia Speer of Smiths Grove, KY; as well as 4 great-grandchildren of Tifton, GA whom he did not get a chance to know.

A memorial service and barbeque will be held Monday, May 27. 2013, at 1 pm at Zack’s Barbeque Pavilion in Hotchkiss, CO. A Whitie Burns Memorial Scholarship has been set up through the Hotchkiss Elks BPOE #1807 and donations can be made through the Clem Audin Scholarship Fund, PO Box 96, Hotchkiss, CO 81419.


Robert Duane Roen
(January 19, 1935 - January 16, 2013)

Robert Duane RoenRobert Duane Roen, 77, Spearfish, SD died Wednesday, January 16, 2013 at his home. He was born January 19, 1935 in Bowman, ND to Henry and Elizabeth (Kradvil) Roen.

He was raised in the Bowman area, where he graduated from high school. Bob went into ranching after graduating from high school. A short time later he met and married the beautiful new school teacher who came to town, Virginia Sorlie on August 25, 1954. They ranched together for nearly 50 years. Bob was well known for his mechanical abilities, being able to fix anything on the ranch. He also was an insurance agent, and sold water softeners for a time. Bob was a very talented singer, who loved the chance to sing. His children followed his lead as Bobby was a talented musician and Julie an avid cowgirl. After leaving the ranch, they lived in several places, before settling in Spearfish.

Robert is survived by his wife of over 50 years, Virginia, Spearfish, sister Ethel Johnson, Reeder, ND, son-in-law Russ (Lauri) Olsen and their daughters; Emily, Hailee and Lynsie. He was preceded in death by his parents; children, Jonathon, Robert and Julie Roen; brothers, Chriss, Glen, Leland; and sister Edith.

Memorial Services for Robert will be at 10:00 AM, Saturday, January 19, 2013 at St. James Lutheran Church in Belle Fourche, with Reverend Jeff Otterman officiating.


Bertha Obrigewitch

A funeral Mass for Bertha Obrigewitch, 100, of Belfield will be 1 p.m., Wednesday, Jan. 16, 2013, at St. Bernard’s Catholic Church in Belfield with Rev. William Ruelle celebrating. Burial will follow in St. Bernard’s Cemetery.

Visitation for Bertha will be from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m., today, at Stevenson Funeral Home in Dickinson continuing at 5 p.m., with a rosary and vigil service being held at 7 p.m. at St. Bernard’s Catholic Church in Belfield. Visitation will continue on Wednesday one hour prior to the Mass at St. Bernard’s Catholic Church.

Bertha “Bert” Obrigewitch, died at 8:10 p.m. Thursday at St. Benedict’s Health Center in Dickinson.

Bertha was born on June 1, 1912, in South America in the pampas near the town of Machachin, Argentina to Liberatus and Celestina (Heck) Schaeffer. Bertha was baptized in Machachin, South America by a missionary priest of the Divine Word Society from Buenos Aires. No decision could be made on a name, and this missionary priest settled the conflict and thus this baby girl was named Catherine Bertha Mary Margaret.

The promise of free land for homesteaders in the United States offered a new and prosperous life for the young Schaeffer family, and they arrived in the USA on May 12, 1914. Their family traveled to Albion, Nebraska and then came to Dickinson in the winter of 1916. Bertha made her First communion and was confirmed at the St. Thomas Church at Gladstone in 1922. They lived in and around Dickinson until 1925 and then moved to a farm 25 miles south of Belfield in the Amidon area. Bertha graduated with honors from the eighth grade in 1927 from a small country school near their farm.

On Nov. 24, 1931, Bertha married Anton (Tony) Obrigewitch at Ss. Peter and Paul Catholic Church at Amidon. Bertha and Tony made their home farming and ranching northeast of Belfield along the Green River where they raised 13 children. Bertha was deeply devoted to her Catholic faith and often prayed the rosary and other prayers. Bertha often said that the rosary was her best friend and sometimes her weapon. She was devoted to her family and to her grandchildren, who believed she was the perfect Grandma.

Bertha enjoyed gardening and raising poultry and was very interested in genealogy. Other interests included reading and working crossword puzzles.

She was a member of St. Bernard’s Catholic Church, the Third Order of St. Francis, Christian Mother’s-St. Bernadette’s Guild, Catholics of the Golden Age, the Germans from Russia Heritage Society, American Association for Retired Persons and the Billings County Historical Society.

Bertha is survived by her children, Charlotte Hlebechuk, Belfield; Cliff Obrigewitch, Sentinel Butte; Gloria Weber, Joliet, Mont.; Claude (Ruth) Obrigewitch, Belfield; Maurice (Bernette) Obrigewitch, Belfield; Bertram (Bud) Obrigewitch, Belfield; Val (Carol) Obrigewitch, Sentinel Butte; Rose Mary Obrigewitch, Seattle, Wash.; Juanita (Nita) Talkington (Curt), Belfield; Tony Obrigewitch, Belfield; Tim Obrigewitch, Meadow, S.D. and Terry Obrigewitch, Meadow, S.D.; one sister, Ida Schaefer, Dickinson; 42 grandchildren; 84 great grandchildren; 11 great-great-grandchildren; many nieces and nephews; and many friends who will miss her company and caring.

She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, who died July 26, 1980; one son, Gerald Obrigewitch; two sons-in-law, Albert Hlebechuk, Jerry Weber; three daughters-in-law, Gertie Obrigewitch, Karen Obrigewitch, Cecilia Obrigewitch; one grandson, Bill Hlebechuk, and three infant granddaughters; one infant great-grandson; four brothers and sisters-in-law, Nick (Myrtle), Joe (Ann), J. Phillip, baby boy Philipp Schaeffer; three sisters and brothers-in-law, Monica (Ross) Olds, Mary Ann (Ernest) Rau, and Rose (Robert) Rotering.


Lester Gene "Jake" Nelson

Funeral Services for Lester Gene "Jake" Nelson, 90, of Hettinger, ND will be Tuesday, January 8, 2013 at 2:00 p.m. at the Centennial Chapel of Evanson Jensen Funeral Homes in Hettinger. Rev. Jerry Erickson will officiate. Burial will be on Wednesday, January 9, 2013 at 3:00 p.m CT at the North Dakota Veterans Cemetery south of Mandan, ND. Visitations will be from 1:00 to 7:00 p.m. on Monday, January 7, at the Centennial Chapel and one hour prior to the funeral on Tuesday afternoon.

Lester "Jake" Gene Nelson was born on February 2, 1922, in rural North Dakota (Adams County) to Carl and Lizzie Nelson. He graduated from Hettinger High School in 1941. In 1942 he was drafted into the US Army and served in the South Pacific as a Sergeant in the 129th Infantry Regiment. While serving in World War II, he earned two Bronze Stars.

Upon returning from the military after the war ended, Jake began farming with his dad. In March of 1955, he married Frances Dokken. They lived north of Lemmon and went on to raise a family of five children. Jake was a steward of the land and dedicated his entire life to farming and ranching until two years ago when they moved to Hettinger to be closer to medical facilities.

When not farming and ranching, Jake enjoyed fishing, hunting, baseball (his favorite team was the Brooklyn now Los Angeles Dodgers), horseshoes, pool, playing cards, reading and spending time with his family.

Jake was recently honored as an active member in the Mott American Legion for fifty-five years.

Jake passed away peacefully at home in Hettinger, North Dakota on January 3, 2013. He was preceded in death by his parents, Carl and Lizzie Nelson, two brothers, Clifford "Cliff" and Robert "Bob" Nelson and two sisters, Marian Olson and Vera Skjordal, a granddaugher, Kaya Huling and a grandson, Tucker Smith. Jake is survived by his wife Frances, four sons Steve (Marte), Billings MT, Dennis, Philip, SD, Mark, Mobridge, SD, Russell (Becky), Lemmon, SD and daughter Diane (Don), Denver, CO; ten grandchildren Stephanie Morrison, Boston, MA, Staci Knuths, Glendive, MT, Zane Nelson, Casper WY, Heather Nelson, Quinn, SD, Dane Nelson, Philip, SD, Cheyenne Russell, Tillamook, OR, Sage Nelson, Tillamook, OR, Jesse Crouch, Dickinson, ND, Sara Baumeister, Denver, CO and Joe Smith, Denver, CO; six great-grandchildren, Keegan and Kaden Russell, Tillamook, OR, Allie and Natalie Kjerstad, Quinn, SD, Henry Morrsion, Boston, MA and LaBron Nelson, Sacramento, CA; one sister Goldie Dresden, Fresno, CA and one sister-in-law Carole Gaugler, Denver, CO.


Douglas Browning Schohr

Full of years and loving family, Douglas Browning Schohr, 83, of Gridley, California, entered into eternal rest on Friday, December 7th, 2012.

Doug, the son of farming pioneers, Mr. and Mrs. Max Paul and Elna (Browning) Schohr, was born in Woodland, California, on the 19th of June, 1929.

Growing up, Doug attended grammar school at Grand Island (Grimes), Calif, followed by Catholic school in Colusa, Calif. Begrudgingly, Doug attended the Tamalpias School for Boys in San Rafael, Calif where he graduated in 1948. Doug attended the University of California, Davis where he studied Agriculture.

Doug fell for the love of his life, Alma "Jean" Bachels, after a bear hunting trip to Plumas County was canceled, requiring an overnight stay at the McKenzie Guest Ranch; which Jean, together with her family, owned and operated near Graeagle, Calif. The pair had met once previously in 1945, but rekindled love took hold in 1949. Jean says he still ended up with a bear, and the two were married on January 20, 1951. Doug and Jean "strolled the lane together, laughed in the rain together, and both knew then that it would never end." They celebrated their love over 61 years of marriage.

Doug was drafted into the United States Army on November 24, 1950, entering service in Sacramento, Calif. His duties took him to Fort Ord in Monterey, Calif, and then into combat in Korea, where he was awarded with the Korean Service Medal for his duties in the 6th Infantry Division.

Upon his discharge from the Army on August 25, 1952, Doug returned home to Gridley to continue with family farming alongside his mother Elna at the Schohr Ranch west of Gridley. Crops grown at the ranch over the years included: wheat, corn, milo, safflower, wild rice, with the largest crop now being medium grain rice. Livestock raised at the ranch include: Quarter horses, commercial beef cattle, as well as registered Hereford cattle.

In 2011, Doug, his family, and the Schohr Ranch were inducted into the California Agricultural Heritage Club, and recognized for their legacy of 150 years of continuous family farming in California. That same year, Doug was pleased to celebrate the farm's 100th rice crop; his Grandfather, J.W. Browning, being the first to commercially plant the crop in the region.

Hobbies included duck, goose, pheasant, and deer hunting over the years. He enjoyed square dancing in the Gridley club with many friends and enjoyed spending time in the mountains of Northern California. In later years, his most cherished travels and memories were spent with his 7 Grandchildren and 3 Great Grandchildren traveling and participating in their activities. His most favorite trip of all, was taking grandchildren to Disneyland once they learned to spell (or memorize) "Mickey Mouse."

Doug was a member and supporter of the Ben Ali Shrine of Sacramento, and the Gridley Moose Lodge. He was a 3rd Degree Master Mason of Gridley's North Butte Lodge #230, the Gridley Little League, a member of the Gridley Roping Club, a member of the California Butte County Farm Bureau, the California Cattlemen's Association, and the American Hereford Association.

His legacy continues to live on through his family. His wife and family matriarch, Jean, continues on at the ranch west of Gridley. Doug and Jean's son Carl and his wife Susan (Orme) of Gridley; son Jim, of Gridley; and son Bill and his wife Lisa (Butler), of Gridley. Grandchildren include Ryan Schohr and his wife Holly (Whittaker), of Chico; Steven Schohr of Gridley, Jamie and husband Mark Owens of Eagle, Idaho, Tracy Schohr of Gridley; Lee Schohr of Star, Idaho; Tayler Schohr of Gridley, and Justin Schohr of Gridley. Great Grandchildren include Kylee and Makenzie Owens, and Joseph Schohr.

A memorial service followed by a celebratory lunch for the many family and friends is planned for 11 a.m., Monday, December 17, 2012 at the Gridley Moose Lodge, 1533 State Highway 99 in Gridley.

In Doug's honor, and in lieu of flowers, the family has requested contributions be made to The Shriner's Hospital for Children, or the St. Jude Children's Research Hospital.


Si West

Sylvester E. West better known as “Si” was called home on Dec. 5, 2012, at the age of 91. He was residing at the Niobrara Life and Health Center in Lusk, WY, at the time of his death.

He was born, April 7, 1921 in Fort Collins, CO, to Floyd S. and Alice (Reese) West. When he was three years old the family moved to Laramie, WY, where he was raised and graduated from Laramie High School in 1938. He attended the University of Wyoming and graduated with a degree in Animal Production. He was a member of the University’s Livestock judging teams his junior and senior years. He was a member of the Sigma Alpha Fraternity.

Following graduation in 1942, he enlisted in the United State Marie Corp and reported to Officers Candidate School in Quantico, VA. He was commissioned a 2nd Lieutenant. He was stationed in Hawaii and was honorably discharged in March of 1945 as a 1st Lieutenant.

On Jan. 16, 1943, he married, Rosamond M. Logsdon of Laramie, WY, in Quantico, VA. After his discharge from the United States Marine Corps, Si and Rosamond moved to Lander, WY, and 6 months later to Lusk, WY, where he worked for the University of Wyoming extension office as Niobrara’s County Extension agent for 32 years. As an extension agent he took great pride in his 4-H club programs especially his livestock judging teams. Even after retirement he supported the 4-H program. His work of raising Hereford cattle under the name of S.E. West & Sons, before and after his retirement, filled his life until his death.

Si was a dedicated family man. He and his wife of 57 years were blessed with four children, five grandchildren, five step-grandchildren, four great-grandchildren, and eight step-great-grandchildren. Survivors include two sons and their wives, Gary of Casper and Brett of Lusk; and daughter, Tamra Jensen and her husband of Lusk.

He was preceded in death by his parents; three brothers; one sister; one son, Thomas Floyd; and one infant granddaughter.

Services were held on Dec. 10, at the Niobrara County Fairgrounds. Mark Lohr officiated the services and Pier Funeral Home was in charge of the arrangements.

In lieu of flowers the family has requested memorials to be made to the Si and Rosamond West 4-H Scholarship Fund or charity of the donor’s choice.


Bill Fraser

William Sidney Fraser, III, was born June 9, 1934 and departed this earth December 5, 2012, in pursuit of his lifelong love, his wife Katie, whom preceded him in death just seven months ago. Bill was in his home on the Fraser Family Ranch at Reed Point, MT when he died.

For nearly sixty years, it was Bill and Katie, then Mom and Dad, then Grampa and Gramma. One was rarely without the other and Katie’s absence was unbearable.

Bill was state Jaycee President and a delegate to national conventions in Atlanta and Las Vegas. He was active in the Hereford Association and he and Mom loved their Hereford cows and were very successful breeders. The two were devout Democrats and Yankee fans.

But, above all, he was a father, a grandfather and a husband. Nothing was more important to him than his family. He was the colonel of his own little Army. He led us into battle to gather cows, mounted on the best horses he could afford. We rode seven abreast and he would announce “Aroar Har” and we would spur our horses into action.

He was the captain of our inner tubes as we floated down the Yellowstone River. He was the pilot of the pickup and trailer hauling all the horses to the Pederson Arena to team rope and barrel race against the neighbors. He was our guide on fishing trips up Bridger Creek with the “banny rooster” Duffey clan.

He was the judge that kept us halter breaking our 4-H and FFA cattle and exercising them every morning. During the county fair, he would awaken us with overly enthusiastic commands, “4-Hers, 4-Hers, it’s time to get up. There’s daylight on the swamp!” We were always the first to arrive to the barns, we even woke the chickens!

He loved morning. Mom didn’t. He would be in the kitchen happily singing “Mockingbird Hill” while he fashioned huge pancakes for each child. A horse, a sheep, if he couldn’t come up with a symbol, the child’s name became a pancake.

He was the foreman and head mechanic of the haying crew. He expected us to be out early and work hard, but we were greatly rewarded. We all eagerly watched the road in midafternoon for his pickup to stop the swather, the baler, the buckrake, the rake and the stacking crew. He woud load all five children to take a dip in the river. He spent a good portion of his days repairing broken equipment, fueling tractors and redirecting the crew.

He was tough with his discipline but he was soft. Majority generally ruled and there were five of us that could vote him into almost anything. If we wanted something bad enough and worked as hard as we could to achieve it, he would do whatever was humanly possible to help us reach our goals. It didn’t always happen, but we knew he gave it his best shot.

He was an innovative creator. He built gorgeous furnishings for our homes from wood and steel. He was a wishful gold miner. Hundreds of little trails led to failed “digs” from which he extracted worthless rock, melted down in front of his eager family while he fueled our imaginations with old mining stories. Several family trips involved panning for gold on old abandoned mining claims.

Every family trip was a history lesson. He had a passion for books, especially Louis Lamour and old history books. He was an extremely discriminate reader and would quit a book midstream if he discovered an historical error. He absorbed the history and related it to us as we traveled.

Mom and Dad loved to travel the southwest and the Four Corners were a favorite. They loved to experience the culture of the areas they toured and we were constantly stopping at roadside signs and visiting local museums. Yellowstone Park was a family favorite. Rarely a year went by without at least one trip through the park.

He had an enthusiasm for adventure that always involved his family. His greatest fault was that he loved too deeply. He died of a broken heart when he lost Mom. He is at peace now, and we must be too. He has rejoined her and the new adventures shall begin.

Bill leaves behind his children: son Scott, (Maggie) and Sam; son Rob, (Cindy) and Kelsey; daughter Cyd, (Stu Hoefle) and children Mitch (Libby), Lindsey and Melanie; daughter Carolyn (John Deeney) and daughter Martha, (Dale Sargent) and children Wes (Lydia) and Kayla. Two sisters, Marilyn Iversen and Jan Kocsis, and sister in law, Jean (Jim) LeBar. We survive knowing that we were deeply loved by both of our parents.

Condolences may be sent to the Fraser Family at Reed Point. Memorials can be made to Riverstone Health Hospice/Stillwater Team at 123 S. 27th Street, Billings, MT 59101 or the charity of your choice.


Gary Getzmier

Gary Getzmier was born on April 12, 1938 in Fort Dodge, IA to parents Lloyd and Ruth (Peterson) Getzmier. He passed away on November 10, 2012 in Gold Valley, MN.

He was baptized on June 30, 1938 and confirmed on April 6, 1952 at St. John’s Lutheran Church of Hanover, rural Alta. After grade school at Hanover, Gary attended Galva High School graduating in 1956. He continued his education at Morningside College and the University of Nebraska, then returned home to farm with his dad.

On July 26, 1969, he married the love of his life, Sandy Conover. They lived and farmed near Schaller, IA for 43 wonderful years. Their marriage was blessed with the birth of their daughter, Carrie Jo.

Gary’s favorite conversations were bragging about his daughter, Carrie, of whom he was infinitely proud, the Nebraska Cornhuskers, his Hereford cattle and fishing trips.

Gary devoted his life’s work to improving his Hereford herd. He bought his first Hereford at age 16. When his herd increased to 10, he went to Chicago to show cattle for Adams Ranch in Odebolt. He also showed cattle in Denver for Wiese and Sons of Manning, IA. As his herd increased further, he showed in the Kansas City Royal, the state show and sale in Des Moines and the annual Bell Ringer Sale in Sioux City. In his retirement years his herd decreased to 12 cows but he continued to offer 2 year old bulls for commercial herds in the area.

Gary and Sandy were active members of St. John’s Lutheran Church and enjoyed retirement together on the Getzmier Family Century Farm.

Gary was preceded in death by his parents; his father-in-law, Alex Conover; his brother-in-law, Cliff Conover; and his friend, Jerry Jensen.


Gene Plager

Gene L. Plager was born to Richard and Vera (Bohling) Plager on June 28, 1951 at Humboldt, NE. He was baptized at St. James Lutheran Church, Humboldt and confirmed at Martin Luther Church, Johnson. Gene grew up on farm east of Elk Creek and attended Elk Creek Public Schools, graduating with the class of 1969. In high school he was active in football, basketball and track. He entered the National Guard and served for a few months until receiving a medical discharge. Gene was united in marriage to Pam Kerner on March 8, 1980 at St. James Lutheran Church. They made their home near Table Rock where they raised their family and were active in the community. Gene was most passionate about farming and raising his herd of Registered Polled Herefords.

He was a member of the National Polled Hereford Association, Elk Creek Rural Fire Department, Southeast NE Cattlemen, St. James Lutheran Church Council and Cemetery Board and Elk Creek Rescue Squad. In his younger days Gene played town team basketball and men’s softball. Gene enjoyed working and showing cattle, golfing, hunting and poker. Gene worked for Speckmann Auction & Realty for many years. He is remembered by many for his participation in the Elk Creek Alumni Plays for 21 years. Gene was a strong supporter of the Johnson County 4-H program. He was a trophy sponsor for many years & provided livestock for his nieces, nephews and family friends to show at the fair, even after his own children were grown. In recent years, Gene traveled with Pam, Ron and Shirley, including the 2011 Rose Bowl where Russ was a graduate assistant for TCU. He enjoyed time with his grandchildren, family and his many friends. One of his biggest accomplishments was receiving National Reserve Champion Registered Polled Hereford at the Denver Stock Show in 2000. Gene passed away on October 17, 2012 at the age of 61 years at the Johnson County Hospital in Tecumseh after a courageous battle with cancer.

He is survived by his loving wife, Pam, of rural Table Rock, children, Lesley Slaymaker and husband Rick, Lisa Stevens and husband John of Kearney, Joel Kerner and Russell Plager of Lincoln, parents, Richard and Vera Plager of Humboldt, sister, Susan Klanecky and husband Bryan of Lincoln, grandchildren, Kaleb, Brooklyn and Evan Slaymaker and Tyler Stevens, nephew, Adam Klanecky, mother-in-law, JoAnne Lade of Tecumseh, sisters and brothers-in-law, Linda and Brad Meints of Winston, MO, Steve and Mary Lade of Douglas, Susie and Jim Hill of Beatrice, David and Mary Lade of Tecumseh, Sarah and Dan Sears of Sterling, Les Lade of Tecumseh, Ron and Shirley Lade of Tecumseh and Bruce and Christy Lade of Tecumseh and many aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews and friends.

Gene was preceded in death by grandparents, John and Mary Bohling and Fred and Lena Plager, granddaughter, Kayla Stevens and father-in-law, Orvil Lade.

Funeral services will be held at the St. James Lutheran (Long Branch) Church, rural Humboldt, Nebraska at 2:30 Sat. October 20, 2012. Visitation will be at the Wherry Mortuary in Tecumseh, Nebraska, Friday, October 19, 2012 from 9:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. with family greeting friends from 6-8 p.m. and one hour prior to the service at the church. Memorials may go to the family’s choice. Interment will be in the St. James Lutheran (Long Branch) Cemetery, rural Humboldt, Nebraska. Online condolences may be left @ www.wherrymortuary.com.


Gail Williams

Gail Williams, 70 of Presho, died Wednesday, October 10 at Avera Hospital in Sioux Falls. A visitation will be held from 5-7pm, Sunday, October 14 at Presho Methodist Church. Funeral Services will be held at 10:30am, Monday, October 15 at Presho Methodist Church with Rev. Bob Bogart officiating. Burial will be at Presho City Cemetery.

Gail was born on January 11, 1942 to Donald and Velva (Ashby) Williams in Mitchell, SD. Gail loved life; he loved the Lord; he loved his family and he loved the land.

In his youth, he laid the foundations of his lifelong dream, as he spent his summers on the farm working alongside his dad and his grandfather. That dream of someday working the land and raising cattle never left during the years he spent studying for his Doctor of Veterinary Medicine Degree at the University of Minnesota and his PhD in Nutritional Pathology from MIT. Gail married Debbie Gibble on August 16, 1969 at Manheim, PA. Gail then taught for eight years at the College of Veterinary Medicine at Texas A&M where he loved working with his students.

In 1980, Gail, Debbie and their children, Aaron and Brooke moved to Greenfield, IN and Gail continued working in the field he loved at Eli Lilly Drug Company until his retirement in 2005. He was able to make a life-long dream a reality when he and Debbie moved to Presho and he began building his Hereford herd.

Gail is survived by his wife of 43 years, Debbie; son, Aaron of Greenfield, IN; daughter, Brooke (Travis) Edwards and their son, Sebastian, of Fayetteville, AR; father, Don R. Williams, of Huron; two sisters: Barbara (Joe) Coble, of Presho and Sandy (Denis) Grimard, of Hooksett, NH; and several nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his mother, Velva.

Memorials may be directed to Gideon’s International.


Joyce Dubois

Joyce Ilene Dubois, age 72, of Huron, formerly of Wolsey, SD, died Sunday, October 7, 2012, at the SunQuest Health Care Center in Huron, SD.

A private family service will be held at a later date at the Welter Funeral Home, Huron, with burial at the Restlawn Memory Gardens Cemetery.

Joyce Ilene Curtis was born on February 28, 1940, to Frank and Hazel (Aldrich) Curtis on the family farm near Virgil, SD. She attended Curtis School, Virgil School, and Sand Creek School, and graduated from Wolsey High School in 1958.

On October 16, 1958, Joyce married Donald Dubois at Wolsey, SD. The couple farmed and ranched in rural Wolsey all of their life. They raised and sold Polled Hereford cattle under the Curtis Polled Hereford name.

Joyce was a member of 4H and was a 4H leader for many years. She was also a member of the Neighborly Get Together Club and the Vernon Club. Joyce enjoyed cooking and baking, ceramics, painting, stitchery, and working with the 4H kids. She loved spending time with her family and friends and always made time to attend all of her children and grandchildren’s various activities.

Joyce is survived by one son, Kurt (Maureen) Dubois of Wolsey, SD; two daughters, Vicki (Steven) Neuharth of Wolsey, SD, and Darci (Kevin) Weeldreyer of Huron, SD; ten grandchildren, Eric (Tracee) Neuharth of Brookings, SD, Jason Neuharth of Wolsey, SD, Amanda (Andy) Chipman of Virgil, SD, Gena Dubois, of Mobridge, SD, Dana Dubois of Huron, SD, Megan (Daniel) Pridie of Mitchell, SD, and Katie Weeldreyer of Madison, SD; three great-grandchildren, Mayssa and Jaxson Neuharth, and Abigail Chipman; sister, Carol (Larry) Gildemaster of Virgil, SD; and brother-in-law, Everett (Bernie) Dubois of Bainbridge Island, WA.

Joyce was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Donald in 2008; and one grandson, Benjamin Dubois.


Kent Robinson

Kent Robinson, age 79 of Belle Fourche, SD, died Wednesday August 8, 2012 in Casa Grande, Arizona, following a courageous fight against cancer.

In lieu of flowers memorials are preferred to the United Methodist Church, Cancer Cure, and Harmony Hospice.

Kent Eugene Robinson was born August 19, 1932 in Jackson Hole, Wyoming. He was the son of Eugene and Florence (Tucker) Robinson. In 1942, Kent moved with his family to the Belle Fourche area, where they began ranching west of town. In 1950, Kent graduated from the Belle Fourche High School. He attended college in Brookings, at SDSU, for a short time before returning home to help his father with the ranch.

On December 27, 1960, Kent was united in marriage to Barbara Dobesh. Together they enjoyed more than 50 years of marriage. Following their marriage they continued their cow/calf ranch, raising registered Hereford and Gelbvieh cattle which they sold all over the world. During his ranching years, he and Barb enjoyed exhibiting their cattle at several stock shows and fairs throughout the country. In 2005 he retired from ranching, and two years later he was named the Ag Person of the Year by the Belle Fourche Chamber of Commerce.

In 1999, Kent and Barb began wintering in Casa Grande, Arizona. Many friendships were made, and time there was wonderful.

Kent enjoyed many things in life, and he always excelled in whatever he pursued. He was a Lay Speaker and he helped conduct church services all over South Dakota. He also served as a Chaplain for a SD camping group. Kent loved to bowl and he was excellent. His best score was a near perfect game of 297. He loved pitching horseshoes and he competed in many state and national tournaments, and 11 world tournaments (of which he was class champion twice). In 2002 he was inducted into the SD Horseshoe Hall of Fame. Kent loved golf and he was a lifetime member of the PGA. Whether it was ranching, public speaking, or all these other activities, Kent received countless awards and honors. His motto was: “I tried to serve, not just exist” and his life truly showed it. What mattered most to him however, was his family. He loved his wife, children, and grandkids and great grandkids very much. He will be greatly missed.

Kent is survived by his wife, Barbara of Belle Fourche; daughters, Sandi (Steve) Litschewski of Spearfish, Kimberly Stover of Walcott ND, Dee Stieneke of Humboldt SD; son, Shaun (Mariella) Robinson of Mira Loma CA; 13 grandchildren; 7 great grandchildren; and sisters, Ruby Hutchinson of Spearfish and Loretta Artus of Golden CO. He is also survived by his brother-in-law, Frank Dobesh of Belle Fourche, and mother-in-law, Bernice Dobesh of Spearfish.

He was preceded in death by his parents; daughter, Rebecca Larson; grandson, Kyle Stover; and sister, Doreen Koopman.


Joyce Myran

Joyce Myran, 91, formerly of Taylor, ND, died Monday, August 27, 2012 in Bismarck, ND.

Joyce Merz was born January 3, 1921 in Marmarth, the third child of Leo A. and Grace (Bacon) Merz. She went to Crawford Country School and graduated from Marmarth High School. She went on to attend Dickinson State Teachers College, where she received a teachers certificate. Joyce moved to Bremerton, WA and worked in the shipyards during the war as an Industrial Artist. She had also taught in several country schools when she was younger.

Joyce married Gordon Myran on December 23, 1944 in Glendive, MT. After several temporary homes they ranched north of Tappen, ND until 1957. They then moved north of Taylor, ND to Gordon’s grandparent’s homestead where she lived until moving to Halliday, ND with her daughter in 2005. She then became a resident of the Evergreen in Dickinson, ND in 2008.

Joyce is survived by three children, Louise (Stan) Pollestad, Halliday, ND; Lanell (Jerry) Greff, Dickinson, ND; and Milton (Beverly) Myran, Gladstone, ND; five grandsons; six great-grandchildren; one brother, Howard Merz, Rhame, ND; and one sister, Grace Privratsky, Bemidji, MN. She was preceded in death by her husband, Gordon on September 29, 2005; her parents; and one sister, Helen Paulson.


Arlene R. Grassel was born on January 28, 1924, in Sioux Falls to John and Laura (Lampson) Doyle. Arlene grew up and went to school in Madison. She attended nurses training in Mitchell where she was fondly known as “Doyle.” While in training, she would meet her future husband John Grassel, to whom she would be married for 65 years. Arlene married John on May 10, 1947, in Brookings, after which they made their home on the farm north of Artesian. Arlene commuted to St. Joseph’s Hospital for two years before retiring from nursing to partner with John in building their rapidly expanding Hereford livestock business.

Arlene along with John was a member of St. Charles Catholic Church in Artesian where she was involved with the Altar Society, volunteering for many years on the cemetery committee. Arlene will always be known for planting trees, growing tomatoes, tending her flowerbeds, and watching birds from the kitchen table. Her home was full of laughter and tears while raising children and grandchildren and entertaining John’s associates and buyers in the bull-sale business. Arlene was most famous for her infectious laugh. They lived on the farm until 2009 when they moved to Mitchell.

Arlene is survived by her loving husband and life partner John; daughter, Kathleen of Albuquerque, NM; daughter, Karen Hilgenberg and her husband, Dan of Milbank; daughter-in-law, Wanda Grassel Clarke and husband, Dave of Howard; and five grandchildren and 11 great-grandchildren: Tanya Grassel Krietlow and husband Kurt of Pierre, and their children Molly and Dalton; Shaun Grassel and wife Marcie Carter of Lewiston, ID, and their children Michael and Zoe; Shana Grassel Harming and husband Mark of Elkton, and their children Taylor, Cameron, Marcus and Miles; Jeff Hilgenberg and wife Kim of Sioux Falls, and their children Jack, Max, and Hannah; and Alex Hilgenberg and wife Jessie of Reno, NV. Arlene is preceded in death by her parents and her children Michael and Bernie.


Allen Schutte

Allen Schutte, the oldest of nine children, was born July 18, 1936 to Hildred (Bangert) and Alfred Schutte north of Guide Rock, NE in Webster County. He departed this life on Sunday, August 12, 2012 at his home in Kearney, NE.

On August 9, 1936 he was baptized at Zion Lutheran Church into the Christian faith and reaffirmed his faith at his confirmation at Salem Lutheran Church on July 3, 1949. Allen attended Zion Lutheran Parochial school for seven years until he went to Eckley, where he graduated with his class at the age of 16. He missed most of the first half of his senior year due to polio. He got his pilot’s license in 1954, and then worked for Westland Construction Company, Kealy Construction Company and H.V. Beahm Drywall Company to help pay farm bills. On November 24, 1966 he was united in marriage with Norma Griess at Faith Lutheran Church in Hastings. This union was blessed with three children. His love for his family was immeasurable and he cherished the time they spent together.

He served on the Guide Rock School Board for 12 years, handing each of his three children their high school diplomas. He loved his profession as a farmer and cattleman, and he highly valued his relationships within these close-knit communities.

In 1965, he joined NFO and worked for parity prices for farmers. In 1970, he joined his father and brother Ron in a partnership of registered Polled Herefords, Schutte and Sons Polled Herefords. Their first annual cattle sale was in 1974. They hosted many cattle tours including the World Hereford tour.

In 1999, they raised the National Champion bull, received the Outstanding Breeder Award in 1997 and the Heritage Breeder Award in 2009.

Allen was a faithful member of Calvary Lutheran Church in Rosemont until retirement in 2009, when he moved to Kearney and joined Holy Cross Lutheran Church. At Calvary he served as Elder, Chairman, Treasurer, Sunday School teacher and LLL (local officer and Zone 8 Chairman and Treasurer). He also was a member of Walther League serving as local and zone president, district assistant Christian Growth Chairman and State Wheat Ridge Seals Director.

Preceding him in death were his parents; two sisters, Mary Ann Schutte and Janice Shambaugh; a brother Garry, and a nephew Ben Schutte. A loving husband, father and grandfather, left to treasure his memory are his wife Norma; his children and families, Eric and Deanna Kitzelman, Jordan and Taylor of Kearney, NE; Timothy and Wendy Schutte, Spencer and Jackson of Kearney; John and Janelle Andreini, Rachel and Chloe of Lincoln, NE; three sisters, Marjorie Martin and husband Jerry of Acton, CA; Kay Schutte of Hastings, NE and Merilee Wood of Helotes, TX; two brothers, Marvin and wife Cindy of Canon City, CO and Ronald and wife Nancy of Guide Rock; other relatives and friends.

Funeral services will be held Friday, 2:00 p.m., August 17, 2012 at Trinity Lutheran Church in Blue Hill with Rev. Ronald Kuehner officiating. Interment will be at the Zion Cemetery. Visitation will be held Wednesday and Thursday, 8:00 a.m. - 8:00 p.m. at the Williams Funeral Home in Red Cloud with the family present on Thursday from 5:00 - 7:00 p.m. In lieu of flowers the family requests memorials be directed to Allen’s favorite charity the Orphan Grain Train. Williams Funeral Home 241 West 4th Avenue Red Cloud, Nebraska 68970 402-746-2500 williamsfuneralhomes@yahoo.com.


Clint Parker

GETTYSBURG | Clint Parker, 92, of Gettysburg, passed away Monday, July 16, 2012, at the Selby Good Samaritan Center.

Funeral services will be at 10 a.m. CDT Friday, July 20, at the United Methodist Church, Gettysburg, with burial to follow at the Gettysburg Cemetery. Visitation will be from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. Thursday, July 19, and will include open informal sharing at Luce Funeral Home, Gettysburg.

Clint Parker was born February 9, 1920, on the Parker farm in southwest Iowa to Clinton P. and Ethel Parker. He grew up working with horses and riding. Most of the field work was done with horses in the 1920s and '30s. He worked his way up from a team on a mower to five or six horses on a disc.

Clint graduated from Henderson High School and attended Iowa State University in Ames, Iowa. His professor knew that Roy Houck needed help on the Triple U Ranch at Gettysburg, SD. On April 1, 1940, Clint stepped off the train in Gettysburg carrying only his saddle. He worked for Roy Houck until 1955 when he had put together a small herd of cows and enough machinery to ranch on his own in Dewey County.

Clint married Jeannette Winright on December 27, 1945. Their two children, JoAnn and Dan, were born in 1947 and 1949.

Clint served on the South Dakota Brand Board from 1957-1962 and was director of the South Dakota Stockgrowers Association for 12 years. He was honored in 2004 for 40 years as a brand inspector.

At the age of 61, Clint started Old Men’s Breakaway roping competition in SDRA, NRCA, and Old Timer’s Rodeo Association. In later years he enjoyed roping at brandings.

In 1997, Clint and Jeannette were inducted into the Casey Tibbs Hall of Fame. In 2007, Clint received the Tom Didier Pioneer Award at the Black Hills Stock Show Rodeo Old Timer’s Cowboy Breakfast.

He is survived by his son, Dan of Gettysburg; daughter, JoAnn (Duane) Shea of Bison; three grandchildren and seven great grandchildren: Jennifer (Todd) Brist, Watertown, SD, and their children, Tomas, Allison and Emma; Jody (Brad) Kerzman, Bismarck, ND, and their children, Alexis, Jacob, Elizabeth and Morgan; John Shea, Bison; two brothers, Kenneth (Clara) Parker, WA, and Don (Lora Mae) Parker, Muscatine, IA, and their families; and cousin, Darrel (Eli) Parker, Geneseo, IL.

He was preceded in death by his wife and parents.

Luce Funeral Home of Gettysburg has been entrusted with Clint’s arrangements. (www.familyfuneralhome.net)


Rebecca Micheli

Ft. Bridger, WY — Rebecca Twitchell Micheli passed away at her home on Sunday, July 1, 2012. Rebecca was born October 9, 1925 to Frank and Myrtle Twitchell. She grew up on the family farm in Lyman with her six sisters and two brothers. Music was a big part of their lives and she and her sisters sang at numerous funerals, in church and other community events.

Rebecca married the love of her life, Joe G. Micheli, on December 20, 1947, and they enjoyed 63 happy years together until his passing in November. They worked side-by-side on the ranch, for the Bridger Valley Water Conservancy District, 4-H, and Farm Bureau. She enjoyed being at Joe’s side as he called square dancing and instructing the dancers. They also enjoyed playing their accordions in a band for several years.

Rebecca was a lifelong member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and served in many different capacities therein. She especially loved her callings in Junior Sunday School where she could work teaching children. She was a very devoted visiting teacher and loved visiting those sisters. Rebecca also loved serving throughout the community. She was a dedicated 4-H leader for 25 years where she patiently taught many young girls in the community to sew and cook. Rebecca loved music and taught youth on both the piano and accordion. She worked for the Postal Service in Fort Bridger for 24 years.

Throughout her life, nothing meant more to Becky than her family. She lovingly served her children and they were her greatest joy. The highlight for her children and grandchildren was to reach into grandma’s cookie jar for a treat. Going to grandma’s house was always a special treat because you were welcomed with individual love and affection. She was an example of devotion and sense of duty to her posterity.

Rebecca is survived by her two sons Ron (Patty) Micheli, and Dale (Terry) Micheli both of Fort Bridger and four daughters Marcia (Jeff) Gonda of Sheridan, WY, Marielle (Barney) Brisko of Fort Bridger, Patty (Mark) Taylor of Afton, WY, and Michelle (Greg) Reasch of Vernal, UT. She is also survived by her 31 grandchildren and 60 great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her husband; parents; sister, Marcelle Carter; and two granddaughters, Mandy Micheli and Stephanie Gonda.


Fae B. Rolfe

Fae B. Rolfe, of Bozeman, MT, passed away Friday, June 8, 2012, in Helena following complications from a fractured pelvis.

Fae was born Nov. 17, 1913, in Sweet, ID, to Alpheus Wing Boynton and Mercy Emeline (Skippen) Boynton. Her family, including two brothers and two sisters, moved to Damascus, OR, south of Gresham, when she was young. She graduated from Gresham High School in 1931. She married William A Rolfe, Jr., who was also from Damascus, on Jan. 28, 1933.

Fae worked as the administrative assistant to the president of a lumber company, while Bill started his career in the automobile business in Portland and served in the Marine Corps during World War II.

In 1947, she and Bill moved to Bozeman, where they partnered with others to open Rolfe and Mest Dodge Plymouth. It later became Rolfe and Wood, “Where it’s Gottabee Good,” a full-line Chrysler-Dodge-Plymouth dealership and a registered Hereford cattle ranch. Fae was actively involved in all of Bill’s business ventures and frequently worked with him. She was always at his side, encouraging him and letting him have the credit for their success. In fact, in later years, when Bill developed Alzheimer’s, most people didn’t realize how advanced his disease was because of the clever way she brought people’s names into the beginning of a conversation.

Fae was a charter member of the Montana Hereford Auxiliary and rose to be the national president of the organization. She was a member of Mad Gals, livestock women from Madison and Gallatin counties. Fae enjoyed playing bridge, and played a little poker and bingo with her friends at Aspen Pointe.

Fae turned out to be the perfect wife for the impetuous, fun-loving daredevil Bill. She encouraged and supported him as he grew into a successful entrepreneur. In fact, the story of her life was one of encouragement and support of others, many times being the “wind beneath their wings.” She had a positive, upbeat, can-do attitude that inspired her family and friends. Fae was a classy lady who always dressed up, even if she was just going to lunch.

Fae encouraged her sons, Dick and Tom, in everything they did in life. She nurtured and supported her five grandchildren in school and later in their chosen line of work. The family thinks of her as one of the most positive people they know.

She was always there to support members of her family and a multitude of friends when life threw them a curve. Fae took care of her mother-in-law, mother, sister-in-law and husband right up until the time they literally died in her arms. She was there for several special nieces who seemed to be drawn to her when they needed love and support, and help from “Auntie Fae.”

Fae was preceded in death by her parents; in-laws; husband of 66 years, Bill; and her youngest son, Dick. She leaves behind, her son, Tom and his wife Judy of Helena; and her daughter-in-law, Fay Ann Rolfe of Cardwell. Her five grandchildren are Truxton and his wife Shelby of Missoula, Holly of Oceanside, Calif., Beth of Helena, Myriah Marsh of Bozeman and Dr. Kelsey Rolfe of Scottsbluff, Neb. She leaves three great-grandchildren, Colin, Shannyn and Jorgen; and several nieces and nephews. Fay Ann’s son, Ryan Clark of Fishtail and his wife Lindsey and their daughter Lainey Ann were very special in Fae’s life.

Underlying all of who Fae was, is a quiet but strong Christian faith that endures from her youth. Knowing that Fae leaves a forwarding address of heaven is comforting to her family and friends who choose to meet her there someday.


Charles E. "Chuck" Larsen
June 23, 1932 to April 17, 2012


Charles Larsen of Benson, Arizona, died April 17, 2012, at this home with his wife Arlene by his side.

Chuck was born June 23, 1932, in Miles City, Montana, to Floyd and Lena Larsen. The family ranched near Ashland, Montana, until 1940 when they moved to Billings. Chuck attended Billings Catholic schools and spent summers on his uncle Kirk Badgett's ranch near Ashland.

Chuck joined the U.S. Army in 1952, serving for five years in Georgia, Arizona, and Germany. Following his Army service, Chuck worked on ranches in Montana and Wyoming and also shod horses.

In 1960, Chuck married Helen Dixon. They and their kids ranched in Wyoming until 1970 when they moved to Montana. Chuck and Helen divorced.
Chuck continued to shoe horses and trim purebred cattle feet until 1982 when he started an independent trucking company with his wife, Arlene, whom he married in 1984. Chuck and Arlene traveled over 2.5 million miles all over the United States and made many friends along the way. He was most proud of the fact that every mile was accident free.

Chuck enjoyed "happy hour" from 6 a.m. to 9 a.m. drinking coffee at PAYS or BLS and swapping stories with all of his friends. His grandkids were the light of his life, and he enjoyed many hours watching and listening to them play.

After they retired, Chuck and Arlene traveled around the country with their camper trailer, spending the winters in the South and summers in Montana and Wyoming. In 2006, they located permanently in Benson, Arizona, while still traveling north each summer to visit family and friends.
Chuck is survived by his wife Arlene; his children Loren, Bruce, and Carol and their children; his step-children and their children; his sisters Kathy Bauer, Ellen Kolpien, and Anna Lee Higgins; his great-grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews. Chuck was preceded in death by his parents; his brothers Ray, Loren, and Carl and his sister Margaret.

A memorial service is scheduled for June 23 in Billings, Montana.


Catherine "Katie" Arneson Fraser

REED POINT, MT — The world lost a beautiful woman this week. Katie Fraser — wife, mother, and grandmother. While checking the progress of construction of her new home, she fell in a cattle guard, breaking her leg. She died of complications following surgery on Monday, April 23. As in life, she was surrounded by her loving family.

Katie was born in Big Timber, Montana on Oct. 20, 1934, the fourth and youngest child of Elmer and Melva Arneson. She lived on the Arneson Ranch north of Big Timber, spending her young years on her father's heels as he lambed and gardened and worked the big teams in the fields. Her great love of the outdoors and admiration of the beauty in God's creations began and they continued to grow throughout her lifetime.

She met her soul mate in Bill Fraser, beginning a courtship in their early high school years at Sweet Grass High. They married in 1954. In 1956, she started her family with the first birth of five children. She always said she would have had 10 children if she could have afforded it. She committed her life to her family and the management of Fraser Herefords. When the cattle were dispersed and the children grown, she commenced to being the perfect grandmother. She devoted her life to others — her husband, her children and grandchildren and her endless friends. Her sharp wit and offbeat humor were not only appreciated, but expected.

Other highlights in her life that she served with great pride were: founder of the Montana Hereford News and editor for 25 years; secretary of the Montana Hereford Assn.; president of the TBone Cowbelles, president of the Crazy Mountain Museum. She was a tireless activist with the Democratic Party and she also testified in Washington, D.C., in front of the House Ag Committee for the Stockgrowers and again for the 1960 Farm Bill. She devoured the opportunity to engage in debate.

She always had time for everyone. If she wasn't writing letters, emails or posting on Facebook, she was hammering someone with her quacky wit.

She is survived by her devoted husband, Bill, and five children whom she never succeeded in weaning: Scott (Maggie) and Sam; Rob (Cindy) and Kelsey Jo; Cyd (Stuart) and Mitch and wife Libby, Lindsey and Melanie Hoefle; Carolyn Fraser and husband John Deeney; Martha (Dale) and Wes and Kayla Sargent; her sister Jean (Jim) LeBar and several nieces and nephews.

Funeral services will be held Saturday, April 28, at 11 a.m. at the Reed Point church. Memorials may be sent to Crazy Mountain Museum in Big Timber or the Volunteer Fire Departments of Reed Point and Big Timber.


Gerald R. Goldenstein

Gerald R. “Babe” Goldenstein passed away March 24, 2012, at the family ranch where he was born, lived, and worked all his life. He was 87 years old.

Babe is survived by his daughters, Shelia Ruffatto and Shelley (Gordy) Vance all of Bozeman; grandsons, F. Ray (Bobbi) Ruffatto, Shane (Stephanie) Heiser of Lackland Air Force Base, Texas, Kris (Aspen) of Sandy, Utah, Ryan (Jennifer) Vance of Bozeman; sister, Verna Adams of Townsend; brother, Alvin “Buzz” Goldenstein of Bozeman; sister-in-law, Eleanor Ingstrum of Mesa, Ariz.; four great-grandchildren, and many nieces and nephew who all have fond memories of working and playing on the ranch.

Babe was preceded in death by his wife, Lu; his parents, John and Etta Goldenstein; his sister, Lucille Frood; his sister-in-law, Georgia Goldenstein; and his son-in-law, Frank Ruffatto.


Lillah Johnson

Lillah Johnson, 82, of Lancaster, Minnesota passed away on Wednesday, March 21st, 2012 at the Kittson Memorial Healthcare Center in Hallock, Minnesota after a long battle with cancer.

Lillah Mardell Goodrich was born December 2, 1929 at Greenbush, Minnesota to Charles and Julia (Nesland) Goodrich. Lillah was baptized at Zion Lutheran Church, Greenbush and confirmed at Our Savior's Lutheran Church, Grygla. She graduated from Greenbush High School in 1948 and attended Thief River Falls Teachers' Training. After graduation she taught school at Caribou District 81 South, then at Grasslake School in Roseau County and later at Happy Corner School in Kittson County.

She was united in marriage on September 5, 1953 to Ray Lowell Johnson at Zion Lutheran Church rural Greenbush. Ray and Lillah farmed for a number of years with his father and mother, Oscar and Karin (Carrie) Johnson. They later purchased the farm and raised Registered Polled Hereford cattle. During that time they held several production sales on their property which were attended by buyers from Canada and several states. In April of 2007 the farm was sold and they built a home in Lancaster where Ray continues to live. Ray and Lillah have been active members of Sion Lutheran Church where Lillah served as president and treasurer of WELCA. She also served as a Sunday School teacher for numerous years and as a member of church council. Lillah served as the treasurer of Cannon township for a number of years and in the 1960's put her teacher's training back to use serving as a teacher's aide at Lancaster Public School. In 1991 the couple was honored with being named the Valley Farmer and Homemaker. Lillah was also a member of the Lancaster Lions Club and the American Legion Auxiliary for a number of years. For many years she belonged to the McKinley Homemakers Club and held a number of officers positions, both locally and county-wide.

Lillah is survived by her husband, Ray; four children and their spouses, Lowell Johnson and Diane (Missy) McFadden, Minneapolis, Karen and Roger Asselin, Brooks, MN, Kevin Johnson and Carol Beecher, Lancaster and Michelle and Nasir Mukhtar, Houston, TX; as well as a special family friend, Lorna Vujnovich; grandchildren, Carrie (David) Edmondson, Christopher (Ashley) Johnson, Zakeria Mukhtar and Sophia Mukhtar; six great grandchildren; a sister, Nellie Storhaug, Thief River Falls, MN; a brother-in-law, Kenneth Peterson, rural Lancaster, MN and many nieces, nephews, relatives and friends.

She was preceded in death by her parents; a daughter-in-law, Paula (Grube) Johnson; sisters, Challotta and Adeline; a brother, Basil and brothers-in-law, Elmo Lusignan and Robert Storhaug.

Funeral services are scheduled for Monday, March 26th, 2012 at 10:30 a.m. in Sion Lutheran Church, Lancaster.


Joe G. Micheli

Ft. Bridger, WY — Joe G. Micheli passed away peacefully in his home on November 3, 2011 surrounded by his family. He was born January 3, 1927 to Joseph & Mary Micheli. He married his lifetime sweetheart Rebecca Twitchell on December 20, 1947. As a third generation rancher, he was able to work and raise his six children on the ranch he loved dearly. It brought great joy for him to attend the annual ranch bull sale the week before he died to see the family, cattle and heritage that meant so much to him throughout his life.

Recently, Joe was honored to attend the World War II Veteran Honor Flight to Washington, DC. He had a deep and abiding love for this wonderful country.

As a charter member of the Mountain View Lions Club, the Mountain View School Board for 27 years, a lifetime member of Wyoming Stock Growers, he demonstrated a great life of service, leadership and community involvement.

He enjoyed fishing, hunting, family picnics and rides in the beautiful Uinta mountains.

Calling square dances for family, friends and groups locally and across the state was a unique and treasured past time that will be remembered by his children and grandchildren.

Joe G. is survived by his sons: Ron Micheli (Patty), Dale Micheli (Terry), both of Ft. Bridger. His daughters: Marcia Gonda (Jeff) of Sheridan, Marielle Brisko (Barney) of Ft. Bridger, Patty Taylor (Mark) of Afton, and Michelle Reach (Greg) of Vernal. His legacy will live forever through his 31 grandchildren and 55 great-grandchildren.

He is preceded in death by his parents, 2 sisters, Aileen Bugas and Dorothy Marincic, two granddaughters, Mandy Micheli and Stephanie Gonda. His wife Rebecca passed away a few months after Joe.


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Lorrie A. Peterson (1928 - 2011)

Lorrie Alvin Peterson, 82, of Livingston, died at his home Sunday, Sept. 11, 2011, after a four-year battle with cancer.

Cremation has taken place at Franzen-Davis Crematory.

Memorial services will be held at 11 a.m. Thursday, Sept. 15, at Holbrook United Methodist Church, corner of Fifth and Lewis Streets in Livingston. Pastor Glenn Woodson will officiate. Masonic honors will be accorded at the church.

Arrangements are under the direction of Franzen-Davis Funeral Home.

Lorrie was born Dec. 22, 1928, in Great Falls, the son of Alvin and Ruth (Smail) Peterson. He attended school through his freshman year in Lewistown and, in 1944, the family moved to Bozeman. He graduated from Gallatin County High School in 1947.

On May 21, 1950, he married Jeannie Swanson in the Methodist church in Bozeman. They lived at various locations in Montana until 1958 when they settled in Livingston. Together they started their registered Hereford cattle ranch, which they operated for the next 38 years.

One of Lorrie’s proudest accomplishments during his cattle career was showing and selling the grand champion horned Hereford bull known as the “G.P. Golden Treasure” at the National Western Stock Show in 1974. The bull was sold to the 26 Bar Ranch in Arizona owned by John Wayne and Louis Johnson. It was during a visit to the ranch that Lorrie had the opportunity to meet and visit with John Wayne.

Lorrie was an active member of Holbrook United Methodist Church in Livingston, Park County Fair Board, and the Livingston Ditch Co. He was a member of and past president (1980) of the Montana Hereford Association, and a member of the Park/Gallatin Hereford Association. One of Lorrie’s greatest passions was the Freemason Brotherhood, and he dedicated much of his time to its many appendant bodies. He served as Grand Master of the Grand Lodge of Ancient & Accepted Masons of Montana from 1996-1997.

Survivors include his wife, Jeannie Peterson, sons, Terry (Patti) Peterson and Richard (Treva) Peterson, all of Livingston; son, Jerry Peterson of California; brother, Paul (Diane) Peterson of Bozeman; sisters, Lorraine Gaugler of Alberta, Canada, Doris (Bob) Redman of Sidney, and Nancy Hasch of Billings; and numerous grandchildren, great-grandchildren, aunts, uncles and nieces and nephews.

In addition to others, he was preceded in death by a brother, Eugene Peterson.

If so desired, memorials may be directed to Holbrook United Methodist Church Foundation, P.O. Box 442, Livingston, MT 59047; to the American Cancer Society; or to a charity of the donor’s choice.


Jim Rowland

Jim Rowland of G & R Polled Herefords, Marysville, Kansas passed away August 24, 2011 as a result of a vehicle wreck. A celebration ceremony honoring Jim will be on Saturday, August 27th, at 3:30 p.m. at the Round Barn at David Stump's home in Blue Rapids. There will also be an opportunity to pay respects at the Kinsley Mortuary in Marysville from 1 p.m. to 8 p.m. Friday evening.


Ken Tracy

MINIDOKA, ID – Kendall L. Tracy, 57 died surrounded by his family, Thursday, August 18,2011, at the Portneuf Medical Center in Pocatello, ID of cancer.

He was born June 25th 1954 in Brigham City, UT the son of LaVere and Fontella Tracy. His early years were spent in Malta, ID graduating from Raft River High School in 1972. He attended Utah State University on a football scholarship, playing running back. His lifelong love of sports never dimmed, with many a day spent at kids, grandkids and friends sporting events, watching BSU football and Utah Jazz basketball.

After college, he worked as a surveyor for the state and continued in the cattle business. He married the love of his life, Paula on September 29th, 1978 in Malta, ID. They ran registered Hereford cows and worked as custom fitters, preparing show and sale cattle. In 1985 they moved to Minidoka, ID to continue their livestock work as herdsman at Split Butte Ranch. Ken and Paula were able to work side by side and made many lifelong friends, as they travelled the country exhibiting Herefords for the ranch.

KT’s lifelong ambition was to build a better Hereford and his eye for cattle was exceptional. The progeny from his matings were always on the cutting edge.

He spent hours with his Hereford friends, both in person and on the phone. A day didn’t go by without trying to find that next great bull or cow. For years he hosted “cowboy” church on Sundays at the ranch office. It consisted of a cup of black coffee, sometimes a doughnut and great conversation centered around cattle. He valued others and prided himself on getting the most out of others. In many cases, the recipient didn’t even know he was helping them, until years later.

He saw the good in people, on the inside and didn’t care what the kind of “costume” they wore. He was a straight shooter whose compliments were few, but meaningful. KT was a friend, mentor and role model. His legacy will be proudly carried on by many. Ride on Cowboy, ride on!

Survivors include his wife Paula of Acequia; three sons, Ron and his wife, Jeni of Minidoka; Rett and his wife, RyAnn of Burley; Jess and his wife Christy of Clearwater, Kansas; and daughter Jade of Burley. One brother Bud of Eugene, OR and sister Verna Markuse of Santa Rosa, CA. Grandchildren Rysten, Remington, Joesie, Kassidy, Siarah, Baeleigh-Jo (affectionately nicknamed Fred), Kiley, Jaxton, Kinlee, Chloee, Taygen and Great Grandaughter Madisyn.

He was preceded in death by his parents.

Funeral services under the direction of Hansen Mortuary will be held at 10a.m. Wednesday, August 24, 2011 at the Acequia LDS 1st Ward Chapel with Bishop Calvin Bailey officiating. Burial will follow at the Valley Vu Cemetery in Malta. Viewing for friends and family will be held from 6-8:00 p.m. on Tuesday, August 23rd at Hansen Mortuary, Rupert, ID and from 9-9:45 on Wednesday at the Church prior to the services.

In lieu of flowers donations can be made to the Kenny Tracy Junior Hereford Scholarship Fund c/o Cache Valley Bank, 101 North Main, Logan, UT 84321.


Lee Campbell

Lee Campbell died in Midland on Saturday, August 20, 2011. He was born in Midland, Texas on December 25, 1920. He was raised on a cattle ranch east of Kermit in Winkler County Texas. Lee attended high school in Kermit and graduated from Texas A&M in June 1941. He went into the Navy three days later as an Aviation Cadet and was a Lt. Commander when the war ended. Lee flew Grumman F6F Hellcats as a carrier fighter pilot during World War II. He received several air medals and the Distinguished Flying Cross. After the war, he operated ranches in Winkler, Comanche, and Erath Counties raising registered Hereford cattle. He was the past President of the American Hereford Association and the Texas Hereford Association. He is survived by his daughter Betty. Funeral arrangements are under the direction of Ellis Funeral Home. Condolences may be offered at www.ellisfunerals.com.


Claude R. Harland

Claude Ray Harland, 73, of Texhoma, Texas, died Friday afternoon, July 15, 2011, at the Baylor Health Care System in Dallas, Texas.

The son of Garrett and Tula (Goodman) Harland, he was born Sept. 1, 1937, in Guymon, Oklahoma. Texhoma was his home for his entire life. He graduated from the Texhoma High School with the Class of 1955, and attended college for two years.

Claude was a farmer-rancher, and a Pioneer Hybrid Seed Representative for 38 years. His breeding of Hereford Cattle made Harland Herefords widely known. He was a member of the St. Paul Lutheran Church, served in the Army Reserves, and was on the Texhoma Cemetery Board, Sherman County District Hospital Board, and FSA Sherman County Committee.

He was united in marriage to Peggy Fitzgerald on June 10, 1961, in Texhoma.

Claude was preceded in death by his parents, and brother, Jerry Harland.

Survivors include his wife, Peggy of the home; daughter, Charisse Harland of Fort Worth, Texas, daughter, Nicole and husband, Tim Benton of Amarillo, Texas, and son, Shane Harland and wife, Christy of Ponca City, Oklahoma. He was adored Poppy to four grandchildren, Chrissen Harland, Crayton Harland, Christyona Harland, and Konnor Benton.

Funeral services will be conducted Tuesday morning, July 19, at 10:00 a.m. in the Texhoma High School Auditorium with Rev. John Wackler pastor of the Texhoma St. Paul Lutheran Church officiating. Interment will follow in the Texhoma Cemetery. Servicers are under the care of the Bunch – Robert Funeral Home of Guymon.

The Harland family requests memorials be given to the Texhoma FFA Chapter or the St. Paul Lutheran Church. Memorials will be accepted at the Bunch – Roberts Funeral Home, P.O. Box 1112, Guymon, Oklahoma 73942.


James D. Hirschman

James D. "Jim" Hirschman, 71, of St. Paul, died Friday, July 22, 2011, at the Nebraska Medical Center in Omaha.

Services will be 10:30 a.m. Tuesday at Sts. Peter & Paul Catholic Church in St. Paul. The Rev. Ray Kosmicki will officiate. Burial will be in the Elmwood Cemetery in St. Paul.

Visitation will be Monday from 5 to 7 p.m. at the church, with a 7 p.m. vigil service and Knights of Columbus rosary.

Peters Funeral Home of St. Paul is in charge of arrangements.

Mr. Hirschman was born on Oct. 13, 1939, at Grand Island, the son of Donald and Emma (Safarik) Hirschman.

Survivors of the immediate family include his wife, Virginia; two sons and daughters-in-law, Bob and Kathy Hirschman and Ken and Deanna Hirschman, all of St. Paul; one daughter and son-in-law, Linda and Don Esch of Unadilla; and one brother and sister-in-law, Jerry and Patti Hirschman of Grand Island.

He also leaves to cherish his memory eight grandchildren, MaKayla Coufal and her husband, Joe; Madison Hirschman; Jessica, Allison and Hannah Esch; and Zachary, Abby and Braden Hirschman.

He was united in marriage to Virginia M. Matousek on Sept. 17, 1960, at St. Paul. The couple celebrated their Golden Anniversary last fall.

Jim attended Howard County Rural Schools and graduated from St. Paul High School in 1956. He lived in the Gage Valley area his entire life until moving into St. Paul in 2008. He began farming at the age of 16 and loved to work the land. His main love was his registered Hereford cattle which he still raised at the time of his death. He had many champion bulls throughout his years of showing cattle.

He was a steward of the land and was conscientious of environmental issues. His sense of humor made him many friends. He was loved by his family and grandkids and will be missed by many.

He was a longtime member of St. Libory's Catholic Church and a current member of Sts. Peter & Paul Catholic Church and Knights of Columbus Council No. 1918 of St. Paul. He was a member of the American, Nebraska, Central Nebraska and North Central Nebraska Hereford Associations, having been a leader in all of them. He was also a member of the former Howard County Feeders and Breeders, and served on District No. 15 School Board, Extension Board, Rural Fire Board, Howard/Greeley R.E.A. Board and was a 4-H leader.

He was preceded in death by his parents; infant brother, Robert Hirschman; stepfather, Sigurd Christensen; stepbrother, Gary Christensen; and his in-laws, Anton and Anna Matousek.

Memorials are requested to the family's choice.


Dale Doyle

Dale Kenneth Doyle of Wolfe City, Texas, Died June 19, 2011, at Hunt Regional Community Hospital in Commerce, Texas.  Services were held at 2p.m. on June 21, 2011 at the First United Methodist Church in Wolfe City with Dr. Ed Lee and Rev. Buist Wilson officiating.  Burial was held at Pecan Gap Cemetery in Pecan Gap.

Son of Marcus Luther and Eula Mae Davis Doyle, he was born Feb. 10, 1931, in Spring Creek Community near Wolfe City.  On Oct. 8, 1949, he married Patricia June Young in Ladonia.  Mr. Doyle was the owner and operator of Doyle Hereford Ranch and Doyle’s Garage and Body shop along with his wife.

Surviving is his wife of Wolfe City; son and daughter in law, Mike and Madelyn Doyle of Garland; son and daughter in law, Terry and Debbie Doyle of Richardson; Daughter and son in law, Cindy and Dan Brown of Wolfe City; daughter, Stacey Nicholson of Commerce. Grandchildren and spouses, Courtney & Younus Baiani, Landon & Jenni Doyle, Meredith Doyle, Jordan Pitts, Melissa Pitts, Tim Doyle, Amanda Doyle, Alana Doyle, Chad & Crystal Brown, Nicole and Kerry Miller Jr., Ashley Brown, and Kaitlyn Nicholson; great-grandchildren, Jaycee Brown, Koby Brown, Jayden Baiani, Avery Doyle, Layton Doyle, Aubrey Benton; and one sister, Loreta Miller of Garland.

He was preceded in death by his parents and three brothers, Jackie Doyle, Billy Doyle, and Tubby Doyle.

Pallbearers are Lanny Davis, Paul Chamberlain, Cody Malone, Landon Doyle, Chad Brown, Tim Doyle, Pete Ganis, and Brian George.  Honorary pallbearers were Louie Bill Robinson, Bill George, Kenneth Lesley, Jayden Baiani, Koby Brown, and Syldean Davis.


Doris L. Spencer

Doris L. Spencer, 83, of Brewster, died March 27, 2011, at the Community Memorial Health Center in Burwell.

Doris Lee Wells Spencer was born at her Grandma and Grandpa Wells farm near Walworth in Custer County on Aug. 21, 1927.

Doris grew up on a farm near Milburn, and attended Milburn School and graduated from Broken Bow High School in 1945. She attended St. Francis School of Nursing in Grand Island.

She married Donald Clayton Spencer, of Brewster, on May 18, 1947. Don and Doris had three sons, Dan, Mike and Dale Spencer.

When Don and Doris were married they started ranching with Don’s parents, Roy and Elma Spencer, east of Brewster. Don and Doris enjoyed ranching and all aspects of rural Sandhills life. In the mid 1950s, they purchased a small ranch adjacent to the Spencer Ranch. The Spencer Ranch had been raising registered Red Herefords before Doris married Don and this became the focus of their ranching operation and future years. They had their first production sale in 1959, and Spencer Herefords hosted their 51st annual sale in the fall of 2010.

Doris greatly enjoyed traveling with Don to various cattle events, meetings, and on bull deliveries through the years. They especially enjoyed cattle trips to Canada and Montana. Someone asked Doris if she disliked the cattle trips, her answer was “Oh no, if we didn’t do that we wouldn’t go anywhere.” Don and Doris took great pride in enjoying their 60th wedding anniversary in 2007.

Don and Doris loved dancing, attending Nebraska Hereford meetings, as well as Stockgrower and Sandhills Cattle Assn. events. In their later years they especially enjoyed attending American Junior Hereford events with a group of friends known as the Super Eight.

Doris was an active member of Brewster United Church of Christ and the American Legion Auxiliary in Brewster.

Doris was predeceased by her parents; husband, Don; and son, Dan (Sue).

She is survived by son, Mike (Donna), of Lincoln; his children, Stacy Spencer, of Phoenix, Ariz.; Brandin (Michaela) Keith, of Taylor; and their children, Monica, Shelby, and Garrett; Brett (Johanna) Spencer, of Dunning; and their daughters, Lena, and Ashley Spencer, of Broken Bow; son Dale (Terrill); his children, Trey, Mitch, and Jacy Spencer, all of Brewster; Tashina (James) Golden, of Kansas City; and their children, Alexi, Quinn, Beau, and Samantha; Nikkia Spencer, of Lincoln; and son, Brecken; Dan’s children, Brian and Kim Spencer, of Champagne Ill.; Jake (Andrea) Ray; and children, Chance, Jacob, Brooke, Jase, and Jesse, of Burleson, Texas; and Wesley (Bernadette) Spencer; and children, Ty, Victoria, Bailey, Eli, and Danny, of Beaumont, Texas.

Memorials are suggested to the Brewster American Legion Post No. 323 or Nebraska Hereford Youth Foundation.


Dawn Marie Powlesland

LAUREL — Taken from this life too soon after waging a courageous battle against breast cancer, Dawn M. (Bramlette) Powlesland passed away on Monday, June 20, 2011, at Saint Vincent Hospital, Billings. Dawn was the only child of Roger Jensen and Sandra Bramlette, born February 15, 1964, in San Diego.

Dawn attended grade school in Fort Benton and graduated from Fort Benton High School in 1982. She attended business college in Great Falls, and later attended Eastern Montana College in Billings.

After college, Dawn moved to Cut Bank, where she worked for an insurance agency and the Western Store. It was while she was working at the Western Store that the love of her life walked in. Dawn married Terry Powlesland on June 11, 1994, in Cut Bank. Her angel, as she called her daughter, Ashley, was born in Great Falls. The family moved to Park City, where Terry began working at Mohican West, a registered Polled Hereford Ranch. Dawn worked beside Terry on the ranch helping with chores, sales and taking cattle to the various shows. She was very proud of Ashley's accomplishments with her show cattle. Dawn also loved to travel and spending time with friends. She and Terry were able to travel to several of her favorite places, including her special trip to Savannah, Ga.

Dawn is survived by her loving husband, Terry, Laurel; her daughter, Ashley and husband Dan Vanek, Silesia; her parents, Sandy Bramlette, Fort Benton; Roger (Patty) Jensen, Billings; and cousins, Dannette Bramlette and daughter Tori, and Joe Bramlette, and very special friends.

Dawn was preceded in death by her grandparents, Guy and Elsie Bramlette; and uncle Denny Bramlette.

A celebration of Dawn's life will be at 1 p.m., Saturday, June 25, at Smith Funeral Chapel, 315 E. Third St., Laurel. In lieu of flowers, please make Memorials to any breast cancer fund of your choice.


William R. Henderson Sr. (79), Alliance, NE

William R. Henderson Sr. died Friday, June 17, 2011 at the Good Samaritan Society nursing home in Alliance, NE. He was 79. Funeral service will be held Tuesday, June 21 at 2:00 p.m. at the United Methodist Church in Alliance. Burial will follow at the Alliance Cemetery. Following the burial service friends are invited to come to the Alliance Country Club for coffee and dessert.

Bill was born to Earl and Kathryn (Yost) Henderson, November 10, 1931 at his grandparent’s home north of Scottsbluff. He attended 11 years of school in rural Sioux County, graduating from Sunflower High School in 1948. He married Barbara Jane Hood, May 11, 1952 in Scottsbluff. He ranched in Sioux and Box Butte Counties with his father and brother, raising Hereford cattle under the Earl Henderson & Sons banner. Following his father’s death, Bill and his brother, Jack, ranched together until the ranch was divided in recent years. At the time of his death he ranched with his sons Bill Jr. and Doug.

His first grandchild, Jeri, named him “Pa.” A kind gentle man, he was as playful as he was helpful. After a long day of work he loved nothing more than a bonfire in his driveway, complete with hotdogs and marshmallows. This was followed by homemade ice cream he churned, surrounded by youngsters, in the basement. He loved checking windmills, fixing fence, feeding 4-H animals, washing calves, attending school and church events, and helping in the roping arena. The grandkids remember Pa teaching them to drive the pickup and hay machinery. His favorite snack was root beer and a chocolate candy bar. He was never too busy to catch a pollywog, help fill the bird feeder, or take a nephew snipe hunting. He enjoyed watching birds and other wildlife. He loved mornings, waking the family with “Quick like a fox, we’re burning daylight!” He never thought a rabbit’s foot was very lucky—especially for the rabbit and often wondered why God put two mosquitoes on Noah’s Ark. He was not against pie for breakfast.
A 4-H member himself, his proudest honor was being a Box Butte County 4-H leader. He became a 4-H leader when his oldest son joined in 1962, remaining one until 1985. At one time the Barrel Spring’s 4-H Club was the county’s largest livestock club. Bill’s favorite 4-H activity was helping load a semi with 4-H animals and heading to the Nebraska State Fair or Ak-Sar-Ben with a caravan of 4-H families. Few things sparked a smile like having a past 4-H member introduce their children to him and explain they were 4-H members too. He was president and treasurer of the Box Butte County 4-H Council.

Bill served on the board of directors for the Sandhill’s Cattle Association. He was a member of the Nebraska and American Hereford Associations. Bill and his family showed Hereford cattle on both a state and national level from the On Top Bull Sale in Alliance to Denver, Omaha and Chicago. As a young man he enjoyed judging cattle shows and traveling the great Hereford ranches of Nebraska on sale selection committees. He served as president of the local school board, secretary of the On Top Bull Sale and chairman of the election board. He was a Master Mason of Alliance Lodge 183, receiving his 50 year pin in 2010. He was member of the Elks for more than 60 years. He received the Rural Leadership Award from the Alliance Area of Commerce in 1972 and was named an Honorary FFA Chapter Farmer of the Alliance FFA. He believed his word and a handshake were as good as a signed contract.

He is survived by his wife of 59 years, Barbara and four children William R. Jr. (Pam); E. Douglas (Sally) all of Alliance and daughters Ann Henderson and Carla Berglund (Robb) both of Mesa, AZ. The lights of his life were his seven grandchildren: Jeri Massie, Gary Henderson, Shea, Sage and Cody Henderson, Trey and Micayla Berglund and a great grandson Anthony Massie.  He is also survived by his sister Mary Jane (Tom) Gray of Vale, Oregon and many nieces and nephews and cousins. Preceding him in death were his parents Earl and Kate, his step mother Lee Henderson and his brother John (Jack) Henderson.

A memorial fund has been established to the Box Butte County 4-H Council to benefit the building of the new 4-H and FFA Livestock Barn at the fairgrounds in Hemingford. Memorials can be sent to the Box Butte Extension Office, 415 Black Hills, Alliance NE 69301. Another suggested memorial is the United Methodist Church in Alliance.


Patrick R. Descheemaeker

GRASS RANGE — Patrick Ray Descheemaeker, 46, a central Montana rancher, died in a tragic accident at the Descheemaeker Ranch on Monday, June 13, 2011.

Funeral services were held Friday, June 17, at St. Leo’s Catholic Church in Lewistown. Central Montana Crematorium was in charge of arrangements.

On March 14, 1965, Pat was the fourth son born to Molly and Larry Descheemaeker in Sheridan, Mont. He lived there until fifth grade when the family moved to Grass Range. After graduating from high school, he attended MSU, where he ran cross-country for the Bobcats.

On the same day he graduated from MSU with his degree in Animal Science, he also married his wife Melissa. They lived on the Pryor Creek Ranch in Billings for less than a year until 1989, when he and Melissa moved to the ranch outside of Lewistown. Pat and Melissa were blessed with two children, Jamie in 1990, and Bo in 1992.

Pat was a man with many deep passions. He loved to run and was a gifted and natural athlete. He and his wife Melissa enjoyed running and logged many miles on the ranch together.

In recent years, he was the assistant coach for the Fergus High Cross-Country team. He instilled his zest for running in the kids he coached. His love for his runners was reciprocated by them.

He also loved ranching. Pat knew by the time he was a fifth-grader that he wanted to be a rancher, and an innovative and forward-thinking rancher he became. He carried on his grandfather Charlie’s legacy by raising registered and commercial Hereford cattle, but soon foresaw the need for change in his breeding program. He started genetically experimenting with different breeds of cattle, eventually designing a new breed of cattle which became Tendermax Beef. In 2005, Pat was named the Jaycee Outstanding Young Farmer for the state of Montana. In 2010 he was honored with the Reserve Grand Champion Naturalean Bull Champion at the North American Piedmontese Show. Pat was also a steward of the land and of the animals on it, and passionately reviled noxious weeds.

Pat’s love of the ranch was surpassed only by his steadfast love for his family. He was a loyal and loving husband to his wife of 23 years, and was incredibly proud of his wife and his children. He openly expressed this pride to others and to them.

Pat will be remembered as an exceptionally kind man who went out of his way to befriend others. Truly, no one was a stranger to Pat. He was a man with an open door and an open heart.

Few things gave Pat more pleasure than sponsoring and supporting young people in youth hunting and Fergus High School sports. In honor of Pat, his family has set up a scholarship fund for Fergus High and Grass Range graduates.

In lieu of flowers, checks can be made out to the Central Montana Foundation with a notation signifying the check is specifically in Pat’s memory.

Survivors include his wife Melissa; his children Jamie and Bo; his parents Molly and Larry; his grandmother Ann; and his brothers Dennis (Kris), Scott (Nancy), Paul (Mary), and Gregg (Lynda).

He was preceded in death by his grandfather Charlie and his father-in-law Bob.


Donald L. Burke

BOWMAN — Donald “Donnie” L. Burke, 77, Bowman, died May 22, 2011, at Southwest Healthcare Hospital, Bowman, after his battle with cancer. Mass of Christian burial will be held at 1 p.m. MDT Thursday, May 26, at St. Charles Catholic Church, Bowman, with the Rev. David Morman  officiating. Interment will be at Bowman Cemetery.

A rosary and vigil service will be held at 7 p.m. MDT Wednesday at St. Charles Catholic Church, Bowman.

Donnie was born Dec. 28, 1933, to Henry Joseph (H.J.) and Margie (Stephens) Burke in Rhame. He was the oldest of four children. He attended Cash School near the family farm for the first eight grades and one year of high school by correspondence. He graduated from Bowman High School in 1952, then attended North Dakota State School of Science. After college, Donnie returned to the farm, where he went into partnership with his father and brother, Jim.

Donnie was united in marriage to Sue Ann Lewton on July 31, 1954. They made their home on the Burke farm, where they raised their seven children. In February 1978, he was at Sue’s side when she passed away from her battle with cancer.

On Oct. 24, 1980, Donnie married Lenore West Stebbins. They lived on the farm until 1989, when they moved to Bowman. Living in Bowman brought with it new things. After moving to a home in Bowman, Donnie joined the morning breakfast crowd and enjoyed friendly banter to start the day. He had a good sense of humor. Although he enjoyed living in town, his heart was always on the farm.

Donnie valued his neighbors; and was himself, a good neighbor, always ready to lend a hand. Living in a good community was important to him and because of this he was involved with several boards including: Parish Council, Sheets School Board, Southwest Medical Hospital Board, Bowman Grain Executive Board and Bowman Weather Mod.

Donnie was blessed with the opportunity to work with his father, brother, sons, nephews and grandsons. In 2007, they held a 100-year celebration of the farm with family, friends and neighbors. Donnie dedicated his life to farming and ranching, it was his passion and his hobby. He could usually be found in the field or in the shop getting equipment ready for the field and Sunday drives often included a drive through the implement lots. His love for farming can be reaffirmed by the awards he received from the community.

Donnie was known as a conservative Republican and patriotism was very important to him. You can find a picture of former President George Bush in his office. At election time, he was not afraid to post his choices in his yard. He wanted you to “get out and vote.”

Donnie was a kind, compassionate, humble, caring person with a deep Catholic faith and was a lifetime member of St. Charles Catholic Church. He was a deep thinker, a man of few words, much more comfortable listening than speaking. His comments or replies, even though often delayed, were fair and to the point, with words carefully chosen. His life has been an example for us and we can all be better people for having known him.

He is survived by his wife, Lenore; sisters, Sharon Burke, Margaret (Tom) Klecker; sisters-in-law, Faye (Jim) Burke, Gail Lewton Murner, Linda (Jay) Lewton Olpin, Marion (Gene) Lewton; his children, Tom (Twyla), Wanda McKitrick Belland, Bruce (Tammy), Donna (Craig) Speidel, Mark (Kitty), Pat (Angie), and Ruth (Paul) Adam, Chuck Stebbins, Randy Stebbins (Donna), Rick Stebbins (Heidi), Tim Stebbins and Roxanne (Mark) Breen; 38 grandchildren; and 16 great-grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his parents; brother, Jim; his wife, Sue; and son-in-law, Ron McKitrick. (Krebsbach and Kulseth Funeral Service, Bowman)


Jerry Vaad

Oacoma, SD - Funeral services will be 10:30 a.m. Tues., May 17, 2011 at the Oacoma Community Center and burial in Graceland Cemetery at Oacoma, SD. Visitation will be 1 to 4 p.m. Monday, May 16 at the Hickey Funeral Chapel in Chamberlain. A prayer service will be 6 p.m. Monday at St. Joseph's Indian School Rec Center Gymnasium followed by a balloon release at 7 p.m. In lieu of flowers, the family will direct donations to Beacon Ministries Native American orphanage project, Sanford Diabetes Research and families of patients suffering from Amyloidosis.


Gary L. Carlson

Gary L. Carlson, 67, of Spiritwood, ND, died Friday, April 22, at his home near Spritwood.

Gary LeRoy Carlson was born to LeRoy and Dorothy (Koenig) Carlson on February 14, 1944. He grew up on their family farm in Spiritwood. As a child, he was involved in 4-H and FFA showing livestock at county and state fairs. Gary attended Spiritwood Elementary and graduated from Jamestown High School in 1962. After graduation, he enlisted in the North Dakota National Guard.

Gary married the love of his life, Marlys Suko on May 8, 1965 in Jamestown. They lived near Spiritwood where they farmed and ranched, along with raising and showing registered Hereford cattle. He also raised commercial cattle for many years. Gary’s many interests included his family, riding horse, showing cattle, spending time with his six grandkids, and helping his son farm and ranch.

Gary is survived by his wife, Marlys, Spiritwood; two children, Ryan (Lisa), Jamestown and Mylee (Eldon) Redlin, Woodworth, ND; six grandchildren, Layne, Chloe, and Alexa, children of Ryan and Lisa, Jaden, Cale Ann, and Hank, children of Mylee and Eldon; two brothers, Gerald (Diana), Spiritwood, and Jerome (Linda), Casper, WY; three sisters, Ramona Cole, Lemmon, SD, Connie (Morry) Gullickson, Spiritwood, and Judith (Dan) Maulding, Montpelier, ND.

He was preceded in death by his parents.


Harry Carlson

Harry Carlson, 86, of Winner, SD, died Saturday, March 12, 2011, at the Winner Regional Healthcare Center in Winner, SD.

Harry was born June 30, 1924 to Harry and Frances (Winchell) Carlson, joining sisters Lorece and Marjorie on the ranch his father homesteaded in 1909. As a youngster on the ranch he enjoyed riding horseback and helping drive cattle to Winner that his father had purchased at various places for shipment to Omaha. He loved to fish, hunt, bowl, play baseball and was a multi-sport athlete in high school. In January 1944, he joined the Marines, went to Camp Pendleton, CA, for boot camp, then served in the Pacific Theatre. He was wounded on Okinawa and received the Purple Heart. He was honorably discharged in San Diego in 1946.

Returning to the ranch, he married Ruby Johnson of Hamill, SD, on Jan. 1, 1948 at the Old Methodist Church in Winner. They were married 63 years and lived on the home place where they raised their four children. In 2000, they moved to Winner. Harry served on the Progressive school board that he had attended as a child and that his children would later attend. He belonged to the Rosebud Hereford Association, VFW, American Legion, NRA and DAV. He was a lifelong member of the Millboro UCC Congregational Church and served in all capacities. He was an ardent Green Bay Packers fan.

Surviving are his wife Ruby of Winner, SD; son Russell (Deborah), Owatonna, MN and their children Jason (Rachel) and great-granddaughter Sydney, Cedar Rapids, IA and Lindsey (Travis) Wieck, Allen, TX, son Brad (Vicki) living on the ranch and their children Bridget, Rapid City, SD, and Clint, Winner, SD, daughter Crystal Walton (Russ), Rapid City, SD and their children Jesse, Wright, WY, Chelsea, Rapid City, SD and Cassidy (Shelby), Rapid City, SD, and daughter Robin Millin (Vern) and son Dallas, Wright, WY, and brother-in-law Bud Johnson, Hamill, SD, and sister-in-law Alice Schuette, Newcastle, WY, and nieces Judy Janak and Jean (Dennis) Kelley, Winner, SD, and nephews Doug (Linda) Addington, San Antonio, TX and Brent (Beth) Rahn, Columbia, MO.

He was preceded in death by his parents, his sisters Lorece and Marjorie, brothers-in-law Redman Albaugh, Jack Rahn, Charlie Schuette, and Gerald Addington, his niece Janet Rahn Hansen and Dick Janak.

Harry embodied the lifestyle and values of the Greatest Generation. He went to war when necessary to help save the world, came home and without fanfare proceeded to help make America into the great country it is today. He will be terribly missed.

Funeral services were held Wednesday, March 16, at the United Methodist Church in Winner. Burial will be in the Winner Cemetery.

Memorials may be directed to the Millboro UCC Congregational Church, Tripp County Veteran's Courthouse Memorial or the SD Honor Flight.


Katharina Redlin

Katharina Redlin, age 93, of Summit, SD, passed away on Saturday, April 9, 2011 at the Golden Living Center in Lake Norden, SD. Funeral services will be at 11:00 a.m. on Thursday, April 14, 2011 at St. John's Evangelical Lutheran Church of Rural Summit, SD. The Reverend Jason Schulz will officiate. Interment will be at a later date at Hope Lutheran Cemetery, Summit, SD. Darlis Heuer will be the organist. Visitation will be from 4:00-8:00 p.m., with a rosary at 4:30 p.m. on Wednesday, at the Wight, Comes & Sogn Funeral Chapel in Watertown. Visitation will continue on Thursday prior to services at the church.

Honorary Pallbearers will be Katharina's grandchildren: Susan, Tammy, Becky, Amanda, Jennifer, and Cristina; Alan Costa, Dave Compton, David J. Law, Art Handel; and the staff of Golden Living Center in Lake Norden.

Pallbearers will be Dr. E.L. Larson, DVM, Raymond Arneson, Paul Dumman, Robert Gustafson, Aaron Brouwer and Ryan Kistner.
Anna Katharina was born September 17, 1917 to Josef and Katharina (Muller) Spengler in Straubing, Germany. She was the second of eight children. She attended convent school run by the Ursuline Sisters and considered joining the convent. When she was 16, Katharina was sent to work on one of the largest farms in Bavaria for two years as part of the Nazi social work programs. When her time on the farm ended she moved to Saxony and worked at a drugstore owned by the farmer's son. She married and had a son, Gunter Alfred Grimm.

When her marriage ended she returned to Bavaria and worked as a cigarette girl in a large hotel in Munich. The war came and Katharina realized that the place she had chosen to live, near the railway station, would be one of the first targets bombed by the Allies. She moved further out from the city center. Four more times during the course of the war she moved and each time it seemed just ahead of the bombs.
On May 1, 1945 the Allies took Munich. During the occupation she made friends with American military wives. Their kindness and the stories they told of America convinced her to emigrate. With their help, Katharina placed advertisements seeking a sponsor in American newspapers and began a correspondence with Alfred Redlin who she married on March 16, 1953.

Alfred was a small grain and certified seed farmer in Grant County. Within a few years of their marriage, at Katharina's insistence, they started raising registered Hereford cattle. Katharina worked daily with the cattle and maintained the highest standards for their care. She was a tireless promoter of the Hereford breed and Redlin Herefords attained national prominence. The Redlins were instrumental in advancing the Hereford event at the Watertown Crop Show and each year consigned a string of their best bulls. Katharina was a member of the American Hereford Association and the South Dakota Hereford Association.

Katharina became a regular caller on "What's Up", a talk radio program on KWAT, Watertown. She had strong opinions and wasn't afraid to share them. It could have been the strong German brogue but people listened to her and she soon became a popular contributor to the program and its discussions. She often shared her reasons for coming to America and her love for the country she chose to make her home. Katharina became a United States citizen in 1986.

Anyone who visited the Redlin farm was guaranteed a warm welcome. Katharina always had a hearty lunch along with fresh homemade bread and sweet treats to offer company. She loved meeting people and loved to talk and visit.

Katharina continued to live on the farm after Alfred died in 1999 and worked daily with the cattle until her health became too frail. She moved to Golden Living Center, Lake Norden in the fall of 2006 and lived there until her death. She was a member of St. John's Evangelical Lutheran Church at Mazeppa Township.

Katharina is survived by one sister, Rosina (Reinhard) Zirngibl, Straubing, Germany; daughter, Kathryn (Robert) Gustafson, Brookings, SD; son, Frank (Brenda) Redlin, Summit, SD; daughter-in-law, Josephine (Gunter) Redlin, Santa Barbara, CA; six granddaughters; and five great grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by her parents; six of her seven siblings; her husband, Alfred; her son, Gunter Redlin; and her grandson, Jeremy Redlin.


Dr. Glynden T. Easley

(May 29, 1915 - January 20, 2011)

Dr. Glynden Travis Easley, a resident of Sulphur, OK, was born May 29, 1915 in Comanche, Texas to Simon Peter and Sarah Elizabeth (Daniel) Easley. He passed away Thursday January 20, 2011 at Sulphur, OK at the age of 95.

He moved with his family to homestead near Fort Sumner, NM. Three years later they moved to a farm southwest of Portales, NM where he attended school until graduating from High School. He received his BS degree in Animal Science from New Mexico State University. He worked for the State of New Mexico Agricultural Adjustment Administration for two years as range examiner. In 1940 he was offered a fellowship at the University of Missouri in Columbia, where he received a Master of Science in Animal Breeding. He initated an artifical insemination program in registered Hereford herd of the Navajo Indian Reservation in Whiteriver, AZ. After receiving his Masters he spent eight months in the highland pastures (12,000 to 14,000ft. above sea level) in Peru, working on a sheep improvement program. He was called back to enter the US Army. While in the army he received his Veterinary degree from Kansas State Veterinary College in January 1946. He was employed by the Turner Ranch, owned by Gov. Roy J. Turner, in March 1946 as ranch veterinarian to initate an artifical insemination program in their registered Hereford cattle leading Turner Ranch to be one of the top Hereford herds in America for over 30 years. Through the changes of ownership Dr. Easley stayed on as the veterinarian for over 30 years. He later entered private practice doing only large animals. In 1960 Dr. Easley received the American Veterinary Medical Association’s Practioners Research Award for making records 14 years of breeding and other research available. He was inducted into the Hall of Fame of American Hereford Assn. In the early 1950s Dr. Easley started his own Hereford cattle herd at Hickory, Oklahoma.

On October 28, 1951 he and Elizabeth Plaster Buchanan were married in Pauls Valley. She preceded him in death June 10, 2001.

Dr. Easley served as a member of the Sulphur Board of Education for 14 years. He has been a active member of the Sulphur United Methodist Church since living in Sulphur.

Survived by his Daughter, Ann Mosness, Sulphur, OK; sons, David Easley and wife Debbie of Colorado Springs, CO; Mark Easley and wife Kathye of Seminole, OK; 4 grandchildren, 2 great-grandchildren.

Services: Friday January 28 at 1:30 PM at the Sulphur United Methodist Church with interment to follow in Mt. Olivet Cemetery in Pauls Valley.


Louis Taylor Latimer

It is with great sadness that the Latimer family announce the passing of Louis Taylor Latimer on December 21, 2010, following a brief illness.

Louis is survived by his loving wife Jean, their children Linda (Doug Henderson), Gary (Jacci), Marlene (Ian Harvie) Nancy Latimer, Bryan (Annette) and Elaine (Greg Urwin), 22 grand children and 14 great grandchildren and numerous nieces and nephews. He is also survived by his sister Mary (Jim Buzzard), brother Marvin (Mary) and sister-in law, Jeannie Latimer and predeceased by two brothers Carroll and Norval.

Louis was born on February 13, 1923 on the family farm near Bowden, AB. He attended the Nesbit School and at the same time started his business career by trapping weasels, muskrat and coyotes until he had enough money to buy a Shorthorn heifer, which started a fabulous career of breeding purebred seedstock in four breeds, Shorthorn, Polled Hereford, Gelbvieh and Angus.

Louis married Jean Winter on December 3, 1945. Their marriage was a partnership in both love and business. Together they raised six children and successfully built the Remitall herd.

In 1954, Louis and his brother Carroll formed a partnership that continued for twenty years. When they dissolved their partnership in 1976, he formed a partnership with his two sons, Gary and Bryan.

During the period 1960 to 1972  Louis & Jean, Carroll & Jeannie purchased the John Deere business “GreenLine” in Olds.

Louis was very active in the Olds Agricultural Society, and twice had the honor of being President. Louis was active on many different boards, including the Calgary Stampede, Canadian Hereford and Shorthorn Associations.

Louis has received numerous awards during the years including: Hall of Fame at NILE Exhibition 1979 (Billings, MT); Canadian Livestock Man of the Year 1987 (Denver, CO); American Shorthorn Association “Builder of the Breed” (Omaha, NB); Canadian Hereford Association Honor Roll 1988; Alberta Angus Association Breeder of the Year; County of Mountain View Family Farm Award. Honored as a Pioneer by the Beef Improvement Federation on July 3rd, 2008. The Remitall name and its bloodlines are known world-wide and have made great contributions to the cattle industry.

Louis strongly believed in his family and attended many 4-H shows, Junior Livestock shows, hockey, soccer games and many other events to show his support. He was always willing to share his knowledge of life with both his family and friends.

In lieu of flowers please send donations to the Canadian Cancer Society, or Olds Health Care Centre or charity of your choice.


Rural Juniata, NE resident, William C. “Bill” McLeod, 85, passed away Sunday, January 2, 2011 at his home.

Services will be Thursday, January 6, 2011; 11:00 A.M. at First St. Paul’s Lutheran Church, Hastings with Pastor Joel Remmers officiating. Burial will be Thursday, January 6, 2011; 2:00 P.M. in Concordia Cemetery, rural Juniata, Nebraska. Visitation will be Tuesday, January 4, 2011; 5:00 P.M. – 9:00 P.M., Wednesday, January 5, 2011; 9:00 A.M. – 9:00 P.M. with the family present from 6:00 P.M. – 8:00 P.M. at the funeral home and 1 hour prior to service at the church. Memorials may be given to First St. Paul’s Lutheran Church.

Bill was born January 10, 1925 at home in rural Adams County, Nebraska to Malcolm & Johanna (Boltz) McLeod. He attended Adams County District 45 Hayland through 8th grade. On November 2, 1958 he married Klara H. Scheer at First St. Paul’s Lutheran Church. They had one son, William M. McLeod. He was a lifelong farmer beginning in 1939 with his father. He was a member of First St. Paul’s Lutheran Church. Bill served as President of the Adams County District 81 Prosser Board of Education from 1968 until 1976. He was a long time member of the American Polled Hereford Association and was one of the first members of the Adams County Farm Bureau.

Bill was preceded in death by his parents.

Survivors include:
Wife: Klara H. McLeod – Rural Juniata, NE
Son & Spouse: William M. & Diane McLeod – Rural Hastings, NE
Granddaughters & Spouse: Pamala & Justin Gregg – Rural Hastings, NE
    Cassandra McLeod – Rural Hastings, NE
    Karissa McLeod – Rural Hastings, NE
Great-Grandson: Braxton Gregg – Rural Hastings, NE
Sister: Mary Buss – Hastings, NE


Remi Monforton

WHITEHALL, MT - Surrounded by his loving family, Remi Ernest Monforton, 77, died on Dec. 1, 2010, after a long, dignified battle with colon cancer.

Remi was born on July 6, 1933, on the family ranch in Gallatin Gateway. Growing up on the ranch, Remi was the fourth of 10 children born to Nan (Malin) and Ernest Monforton. He graduated from Holy Rosary High School as salutatorian. Remi was proud of this, but did not often mention that it was a class of six.

In 1953, Remi married Betty Jo Dawson. Remi graduated from Montana State College in 1955 with a degree in animal science. Betty and Remi then moved home to the family ranch. Later Remi went on to complete an animal science master's degree from the University of Idaho. After college, they then moved to Butte where he worked as an ag loan officer at the Metals Bank.

In 1966, Remi and Betty Jo purchased a ranch south of Whitehall and raised their five children. They later sold the ranch, and Remi became a Realtor until his retirement. His favorite retirement activities were spending time at the family cabin and following his grandchildren's activities.

His accomplishments include: winning the 1955 National Livestock Judging Contest, chairman of the St. Teresa Parish Council, member of Whitehall School Board, organizer of the Madison County Planning Board, founding member of the Whitehall Booster Club, longtime member of the Whitehall Toastmasters, member of Whitehall Habitat for Humanity, 4-H Leader, CYO Leader, member of the American Hereford Association, as well as being a licensed pilot.

Remi is survived by his loving wife of 57 years, Betty Jo, and their five children, Diane and Pat Dolan (Jennifer, Colene and Joe), Bonnie and Jack Martinell (Thomas and Jayme), Mary Ann and Vince Carey (John and Sally), Tom and Rachel Monforton (Chris and Paul), and Nancy and Scott Roginske (Tru and Maya). He and Betty Jo have six great-grandchildren. Surviving siblings include Helen Howard, Margaret Blair, Donald Monforton, Robert Monforton, Tom Monforton and Jerry Monforton.

He was preceded in death by sisters Dee Dee, Marie and brother, Joe.

Vigil services will be held Sunday, Dec. 5, at 7 p.m. at the K&L Mortuary Chapel at Whitehall. Mass of Christian Burial will be held Monday, Dec. 6, at 11 a.m. from St. Teresa Catholic Church at Whitehall, with a luncheon following.

Memorials: Ladies Medical Auxiliary of Whitehall, St. Teresa's Ladies Auxiliary, or a charity of the donor's choice.


Bruce Orvis

FARMINGTON, CA - Bruce Orvis' life was as large as the land. He founded Bear Valley ski resort at the crest of the Sierra. He acted to preserve his 2,500-acre ranch in the foothills near Farmington forever. And in the heart of the Central Valley, at Stockton's College of the Pacific, he played football with future NFL pro quarterback Eddie LeBaron.

Orvis died Saturday morning after a sudden illness. He was 83.

"Bruce created a community and a major Western resort area," said Eric Jung of Bear Valley, publisher of the Cub Reporter newspaper and author of a history of Bear Valley.

Those who knew him said Orvis never boasted of his achievements and never spoke ill of others.

"He was a prince of a guy," LeBaron said. "I had great admiration for him. He was like a big brother to me."

LeBaron said he was 12 and just starting his first year at Oakdale High School when he met Orvis. Orvis was one year ahead of LeBaron in school. Orvis served briefly in the Navy after high school in the final months of World War II. So it happened that LeBaron and Orvis entered college at the same time.

"He basically talked me into going to Pacific," LeBaron said.

There, LeBaron played quarterback, and Orvis was a running back on a team that went undefeated in 1949. LeBaron went on to professional football, playing seven years for the Redskins and four years for the newly formed Dallas Cowboys.

Orvis married his wife, Roma, in Morris Chapel on the Pacific campus in January 1949. After the couple graduated in 1950, they returned to the family ranch in Farmington to stay.

"He loved the ranch," Roma Orvis said. "He loved Bear Valley, too."

In the 1950s, Bruce Orvis and other members of his family bought land in what would someday be the town of Bear Valley. They already knew the area, because for generations they had summered cattle there.

LeBaron remembers a day in the early 1950s when Bruce Orvis invited him on a cross-country ski journey

"We looked at it. In fact, I'd gotten home from the Marine Corps. I'd been in Korea. And he said, 'I want to show you this Bear Valley,' " LeBaron said. "We had a friend of ours who had been at Squaw Valley, and we wanted to know what he thought of (Bear Valley) as a ski area. We decided it could be a great ski area. It was close to Stockton and those areas."

The ski resort opened the winter of 1967-68. The resulting ski boom employed hundreds of people in Bear Valley itself and triggered vacation-home building and business development all along Highway 4.

"Just the whole Highway 4 corridor really started to hum because we had the ski resort," said Mark Phillips, general manager of the Bear Valley Lodge and a resident of Bear Valley since 1974.

Not that Bruce Orvis profited from the boom.

"They almost went under," said Jung, the historian. "The Orvis empire was definitely on the line to keep Bear Valley afloat."

Orvis was also a leader in the cattle industry and had served as a director for the American Hereford Association. In 2006, he and his wife placed their 2,500-acre ranch near Farmington in a conservation easement to ensure it would remain productive ranchland and never be divided up for housing.

Friends say Orvis enjoyed his life to the end. In mid-July, Bear Valley hosted a barbecue for his birthday in the meadow where his family has taken cattle to graze for generations. And on Thanksgiving, he was with many family members at the home of his oldest son, Bill, in Pleasanton.

"We just had a wonderful day, and we felt so blessed," Roma Orvis said.

Roma Orvis said her husband's ashes will be scattered on the family ranch. She said she expects to plan a memorial service after the holidays and hopes to use Morris Chapel.


Leo Peter Arbach
(December 28, 1913 - November 14, 2010)

Leo P. Arbach, age 96, died Sunday, November 14, 2010 at his home near Hoven, SD. The Mass of Christian Burial will be 10:30 AM, Wednesday, November 17, 2010 at St. Anthony’s Catholic Church, Hoven, with Father Lance Oser, celebrant. Burial follows at the Church Cemetery. Organist will be Alice Simon and St. Anthony’s Church Choir will sing “Mother Dearest, Mother Fairest”, “You are Mine”, “O Lord I am not Worthy”, “Blest are They”, and “I know that my Redeemer Lives”. Lectors will be Andrew Rausch and Maria Rausch. Eucharistic Minister will be Joel Rausch and Mass servers will be Derek Rausch, Michael Rausch, Jacob Rausch, Peter Rausch, and Garrett Rausch. Offertory gift bearers will be Sue Rausch, Stacy Rausch, and Missy Rausch. Leo’s granddaughters--Sue Alberts, Julie Ignowski, Shelly Wyatt, Mary Jurgens, Sandy Delker-Holbert, and Trudy Morgan—will be placing the pall on his casket.

There will be a Wake Service at the Church 7:00 PM Tuesday with visitation beginning 6:00 PM.

Leo’s family prefers memorials to the Hoven Health Clinic, C/O Vern Rausch, 14831 Hereford Rd., Hoven, SD 57450 or to St. Anthony’s Geothermal Project, PO Box 98, Hoven, SD 57450.

Leo Peter Arbach, son of Anna (Hoffman) and Mike J. Arbach, was born December 28, 1913 at his parent’s homestead NW of Hoven in Walworth County. He received his formal education at St. Bernard’s Catholic School in Hoven graduating from 8th grade in 1928. He then farmed with his dad and, in the fall of 1937 and 1938, went to pick corn in Minnesota. Leo married Rose G. Schmidt at St. Anthony’s Church on November 22, 1938. The newlyweds first settled on the Pete Arbach farm north of Hoven along Hwy 47. In February 1946 they relocated to Leo’s homeplace NW of Hoven. In November 1993, Leo retired and moved into Hoven. He belonged to St. Anthony’s Catholic Church (where he was active in the Church’s first interior restoration), the Catholic Aid Society since 1930, and the Knights of Columbus. He also belonged to the Hoven Country Club and was a board member of the Hoven Senior Center. He belonged to the Hoven area Right to Life and was a state Right to Life board member for 4 years. He also served as director of the Hoven Equity Board for 27 years. In 1962 he was active in building Hoven’s Blue Valley Bowl and owned the alley until 1974. Leo enjoyed golfing, playing cards, bowling, dancing, and socializing. He also supported and enjoyed watching his grandchildren’s athletic endeavors. During his youth, Leo trapped fur bearing animals at the nearby Swan Lake and was an avid hunter throughout his life.

Leo is survived by three daughters—Darlene (Jerry) Delker of Sioux Falls, SD, and Sharon (Vern) Rausch and Vicki (Jerry) Rausch of Hoven; 1 sister-Margaret Hericks of San Rafael, CA; 15 grandchildren, 33 great grandchildren, and 5 great, great grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his father on December 12, 1972, his mother on June 16, 1970, his wife on April 7, 1989, 1 granddaughter (Jodi Rausch), and 2 brothers (Victor and Bill).

Honorary bearers will be the members of the St. William’s Council #4750 Knights of Columbus, Hoven, SD.

Casketbearers will be Leo's Grandsons-Jeff Delker of Dell Rapids, SD, Jim Delker of Soldotna, AK, Shannon Rausch, Joel Rausch, and Lance Rausch of Hoven, Dana Rausch of Sioux Falls, Nick Rausch of Omaha, NE, Wade Rausch of Webster, SD, and Clint Rausch of Mankato, MN.

Lien Funeral Home, Bowdle, is in charge of arrangements.


Mary Catherine Shaw

Mary Catherine (Feltman) Shaw joined her husband, Tom, in heaven on November 3, 2010. She passed away at home from cancer with her family at her side.  Her life began on October 6, 1927 in Los Angeles, California, daughter of George B. Feltman and Elizabeth (Nash) Feltman and sister to older brother Georgie.  In 1945, she met the love of her life, Tom Shaw, in L.A. while he was on leave from the Navy.  They were married six months later.  She and Tom moved to Idaho in 1946, to build their ranch, their family, and their lives together.  While living in McCall, their three children, Linda, Tim, and Greg, and the beginning of Shaw Hereford Ranch were born.  In 1952, Tom and Mary moved their family to Marble Front, and later to Notus, where they called home.  They purchased a summer ranch in Cascade in 1984.  The Cascade ranch was a favorite place for their grandchildren to ride horses, four-wheelers, swing from the rope swing in the barn, and plan their next fishing trip.  In 1988, they enjoyed semi-retirement, spending summers in Cascade playing golf, fishing, and helping out on the ranch.  She loved to travel and was active in her church in both Cascade and Caldwell.
Mary was a loving wife, mother, grandmother, and great-grandmother.  She adored her grandchildren, enjoyed playing cards with them and attending their sporting events, and she doted on her great-grandchildren, who always knew they could find candy in Grandma Shaw’s pocket.  She never forgot a birthday or an anniversary.   
Tom and Mary would have celebrated 65 years of marriage in January.  Her loving commitment to Tom saw him through a long illness and death on October 1, 2010.  Mary was diagnosed with cancer just one week ago.  Their time apart was brief, but their reunion in heaven sweet .
Mary is survived by daughter Linda (John)Draney of Nampa, sons Tim (Tina) Shaw of Cascade, and Greg (Cleo) Shaw of Caldwell, ten grandchildren: Terri Harder of Kahlotus, WA, Nick (Erika) Pettinger of Blackfoot, Brenda Pettinger of Nampa, Tucker (Angie) Shaw of Caldwell, Jeremy Pettinger of Grangeville, Thomas (Sandelle) Shaw of New Plymouth, Marc (Tracy) Pettinger of Blackfoot, Sam (Janel) Shaw of Caldwell, Jaime (Kelley) Osterman of Eugene, OR, and Lisa (Kevin) Bennett of Nampa, and twenty-five great-grandchildren.
Rosary will be held in Caldwell at Our Lady of the Valley Catholic Church—1122 W. Linden—on Sunday, November 7 at 7:00 p.m.  Mass of the Christian Burial will be held at Our Lady of the Valley Catholic Church on Monday, November 8 at 10:30 a.m., with burial later that day at Veterans Cemetery in Boise.  In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Align Hospice—940 E Carol—Meridian, ID 83646 or to a charity of your choice.  The family would like to give special thanks to Shauna and Loretta with Align Hospice.


Doyle Bicknell Schoen

Doyle Bicknell Schoen died at his home at the age of 90 October 16, 2010.   He was born September 5, 1920, in Osborne Kansas.  The third child of John Andrew and Grace Eileen (Bicknell) Schoen, Doyle grew to manhood on the Graham County family farm south of Lenora and graduated from Lenora Rural High School. On September 1, 1941 he married Helen Louise Hickert at Norton, Kansas.  Doyle was drafted and trained as a fighter pilot in the Army, but was transferred and served under General Patton as a tank commander with the 1st Armored Division.  He returned home to farm and ranch winning many cattle awards with J.A.  Schoen and Sons Registered Herefords.  Doyle ran a custom harvesting operation cutting wheat from Texas to Montana.   Doyle and Helen supported many local organizations.  He was preceded in death by his parents J.A. and Grace, sisters Viola Lorene Hillis, and Lola Kathryn Martin. Doyle is survived by his wife Helen residing at the Logan Manor,  a brother Dr. Edwin Andrew Schoen of Virginia Beach Virginia, four children, Maxine Caroline Mai (Jim), Edwin Loyd Schoen (Claudia), both of Lenora, Norma Joyce “Butch” Veazey (Tom), of Hesston, Kansas and Roberta Esther  “Susie” Schoen, Santa Fe, New Mexico. Seven grandchildren:  Nita Lynn and Jared I. Mai, Melissa Marie and Andy John Schoen, Teresa Christine, Aerica Joan (Chris Kennedy), and Laura Louise Veazey, and great grandchild Helen Elizabeth Veazey-Heying. Visitation will be Wednesday evening at Doyle’s home in Lenora from 7:00 to 10:00 pm.  Funeral services will be held Oct. 21 @ 11:00 am at the United Parish of Lenora.  Interment of ashes will be Friday at sunset in the Lenora South Cemetery.  In lieu of flowers the family requests donations to the United Parish Church or The Lenora Jubilee.


Dorance C. (D.C.) Berry

D.C. was born March 8, 1918, on his family’s homestead north of Cheyenne, a son of the late Jay C. and Mary (Bevan) Berry.

D.C. attended a one-room country school with four other boys. He then attended Cheyenne High School and was a member of the ROTC. He graduated from high school in 1936, and then enrolled at the University of Wyoming for one year on a Union Pacific Scholarship. He was inducted into the United States Army on June 1, 1942, at F.E. Warren. He served in General Mark Clark’s 5th Army Field Artillery in North Africa and Italy during World War II. On February 19, 1944, he was severely wounded during one of the bloodiest battles of the Italian campaign in Monte Cassino, and he spent the next 11 months recovering in numerous hospitals. He was awarded the Purple Heart, Victory Medal, Good Conduct Medal, Middle East Medal and numerous other battle stars. He was very proud of his military service and he was honorably discharged in 1944.

For most of his life, D.C. was actively involved in the Hereford industry. During the 1920s and 1930s, he participated in 4-H where he showed fat steers and won two State Champion Livestock Judging Team titles. He was also actively involved in FFA. In 1935, he, his father and two brothers purchased some registered Hereford heifers from F.F. Cykendall Ranch in Roggen, CO, which was their beginning in the purebred cattle business.

Following his and his brothers return from the war, The Berry’s Herefords was officially incorporated and their ranch held an annual bull sale from 1941-1980, when the entire herd was sold and the corporation was dissolved.

He married Dorothy (DuVall) Berry on December 4, 1946, at the First Baptist Church in Cheyenne, and they lived on the ranch north of Cheyenne until 1985 when they moved to town. He was a member of the First United Methodist Church of Cheyenne, the American Legion Post #6, the Disabled American Veterans, and The Military Order of the Purple Heart Chapter #008.

D.C. is survived by his loving wife of 63 years, Dorothy Berry of Cheyenne; three sons, Don Berry and wife, Patty, of Cheyenne, Dave Berry of Horse Creek, WY, and Ty Berry and wife, Valerie, of Cheyenne; his daughter, Sue Ford and husband, Randy, of Cheyenne; his sister, Mary Wells and husband, Elton, of Torrington, WY; 10 grandchildren, Ryan Ford, Travis Ford, T.C. Berry and wife, Kim, Jeff Berry, Brett Berry, Colby Berry, Karen Daily and husband, Miles, Cameron Berry, Joshua Berry and Hadley Berry; and two great-grandchildren, Tate and Cooper Berry.

He was preceded in death by his parents and two brothers, Jim and Marvin Berry.

Memorials: Expressions of sympathy in D.C.’s memory may be made to the Honor Flight Wyoming, P.O. Box 1143, Cheyenne, WY 82003, or to the Meals-on-Wheels, 2015 South Greeley Highway, Cheyenne, WY 82007.


Hazel Curtis

Hazel Curtis age 95, of Virgil, SD, died on Wednesday, October 13, 2010 at the Huron Regional Medical Center.

Hazel Aldrich, the daughter of William and Irene (Hale) Aldrich was born on February 1, 1915 in Chery Township north of Wessington Springs. She attended school and graduated Salutatorian from Sand Creek High School in 1932. She was also class President.

Hazel married Frank Curtis, Jr. on June 11, 1939 in Huron, SD. The couple made their home on the family farm. Hazel was a Farmwife, and loved to help on the farm, in fact, Hazel and Frank were noted for raising Registered Polled Hereford Cattle.

Hazel was a member of the Neighborly Get-Together Club and the South Dakota Poll-ettes. Hazel loved the New York Yankees. The highlight of her day was watching the Yankees play on television.

She enjoyed crossword puzzles, playing cards, doing the family geneology, exhibiting apples at the State Fair, and spending time with her family and
friends.

Grateful for having shared in her life are her 2 daughters, Joyce Dubois, of Huron, SD and Carol (Larry) Gildemaster of Virgil, SD; 5 grandchildren: Kurt
(Maureen) Dubois of Wolsey, SD, Vicki (Steve) Neuharth, of Wolsey, SD, Darci (Kevin) Weeldreyer of Huron, SD, Michele (Jeff) Bush, of Pierre, SD, and Mark (Tyann) Gildemaster, of Pierre, SD; 13 great-grandchildren; 2 greatgreat-grandchildren; her brother, William (Barbara) Aldrich of Huron, SD;
3 sisters: Catherine Fastnacht of Miller, SD; Dorothy (John R.) Clouser, of Wolsey, SD; and Betty (Elmer) Presuhn, of Virgil, SD; and many nieces and nephews. Hazel was preceded in death by her parents; husband, Frank, in 2000; 2 sisters: Isabell Goodall, and Doris Schiltz; son-in-law Donald Dubois; and greatgrandson, Benjamin Dubois.


Thomas E. (Tom) Shaw

Tom Shaw took his last breath on this earth and his fi rst breath in heaven on October 1, 2010 with his family at his side.

Tom was born in McCall, ID on May 26, 1926, the fourth and youngest child of Roy and Lora (Sis) Shaw. He graduated from McCall-Donnelly High school in 1944 and joined the Navy.

In the summer of 1945, while on leave in Los Angeles, CA he met his future wife, Mary Catherine Feltman. It was love at fi rst sight for both, and on January 26, 1946 they were married. Later that year, he was discharged from the Navy and he & Mary Catherine returned to the Shaw Homestead ranch in McCall. Upon his return to McCall, Tom was given a registered Hereford heifer as a belated graduation gift and the concept of Shaw Hereford Ranch was born!

Tom & Mary lived in McCall for the fi rst few years of their marriage. During this time Linda, Tim & Greg were born. In 1959 they bought the home place outside of Notus, still home to this day. They worked hard together, and as a family, to grow Shaw Hereford Ranch into a nationally recognized Hereford seed stock producer.

Tom was very active on several boards at the community, state & national level. He started the first Performance Bull Test in the Northwest in 1969 in cooperation with the University of Idaho and he also helped initiate the Idaho Beef Improvement program and the IRM system in Idaho. He served on the National Beef Board, the National Cattleman’s Association, the Idaho Cattle Association Board and the American Hereford Association
board, serving as President of the ICA and the AHA. He was inducted into the American Hereford Association Hall of Fame in 2009. He was a 4-H leader for many years and was active in his church, both in Caldwell and Cascade.

Tom was a kind, patient, gentle man who knew what had to be done and worked hard to make it happen. His word was as good as any contract and he set an extraordinary example for his family on what a husband, father and grandfather should be. He loved spending time in his old stomping grounds, the mountains of McCall, where many fond memories were formed with his kids and grandkids: fishing, camping, pack trips, picking
huckleberries, and brewing campfire coffee. He will forever be remembered for the sly grin that made his eyes sparkle and always whistling a tune.

Tom is survived by his loving wife of 64 years, Mary Catherine, a daughter, Linda (John) Draney of Nampa, two sons, Tim (Tina) Shaw of Cascade and Greg (Cleo) Shaw of Caldwell; 10 grandchildren, Terri Harder of Kahlotus, WA, Nick (Erika) Pettinger of Blackfoot, Brenda Pettinger of Nampa, Tucker (Angie) Shaw of Caldwell, Jeremy Pettinger of Grangeville, Tom (Sandelle) Shaw of New Plymouth, Marc (Tracy) Pettinger of Blackfoot, Sam (Janel) Shaw of Caldwell, Jaime (Kelley) Osterman of Eugene, OR and Lisa (Kevin) Bennett of Nampa; 25 great grandchildren, a sister Evelyn (Leon) Goodman of Gooding, a very special cousin who was more like a brother, Jim Hamrick of Meridian, and numerous nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents, a brother John, a sister Mildred and a grandson-in-law Eric Harder.

In lieu of flowers memorials may be made to Align Hospice, 940 E Carol, Meridian, ID 83646 or to a charity of your choice. The family would like to give special thanks to The Cottages Staff
in Middleton and to Shauna, Loretta & Stephanie with Align Hospice for all the excellent care he received.


Rebecca Anne (Payton) Sellman

Rebecca Anne (Payton) Sellman, 55, of Crawford, NE died suddenly at home on the ranch on Sunday, September 5, 2010. Becky was born August 26, 1955 in Las Vegas, New Mexico. She graduated from Borger High School in 1973. She showed Hereford steers in 4-H and a highlight of her life was watching her children and grandchildren do the same. Becky was a 4-H club leader for many years and served on the 4-H council.

On November 24, 1973 she married her soul-mate, Marshall Sellman, Jr. (Butch) in Borger, Texas. They moved to the Table community southeast of Crawford, Nebraska, where they built the Sellman Ranch and raised their three children, Adam, Ryan, and Georganne. Butch and Becky worked side by side to become successful ranchers. She took great pride in her home, her yard, her antiques, and always knew when the kids needed a diversion from the ranch. She would load them up and go somewhere fun and different. Becky had a passion for travel, history, and loved a good book.

The Sellman Ranch and her family were the center of her life. Becky enjoyed ranch life and took great pride in baling hay, fixing fence, pulling a calf, and all the adventures that nature and ranch life provides. She was an excellent cook and enjoyed feeding and entertaining her family and friends.

Becky loved flowers, always enjoyed a new project and convinced Butch and the kids to help her raise feeder pigs. The last few years, Becky spent her time and expertise at The Ranch House in Crawford. Her family and friends were so proud of her accomplishments at The Ranch House.

Becky was actively involved in the Crawford Historical Society, Nebraska Hereford Women, American Hereford Women, and the Ya-Yas of Crawford. She made friends easily and many people benefited from her help, time, and encouragement.

Becky is survived by her husband, Butch, her son Adam and Jodi, and their children, Jake and Bailey of Chadron; son Ryan and Sandi of Crawford; and daughter Georganne and Brent Shaw, and their children Wiley and Hannah of Crawford; her parents George and Lois Payton of Borger, Texas; her sister Tambre Lumpkin of Midland, Texas; her brother Gerald Payton of Borger, Texas; her grandmother, Alta Koons of Chadron; her aunt Shirley Sellman of Chadron; and many nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her granddad, Gerald Koons. The family suggests memorials to the Becky Sellman Memorial Scholarship Fund, c/o First National Bank, 315 W. 3rd St., Chadron, NE 69337, and the Crawford Fire Department, 220 Elm St., Crawford, NE 69339.


Fritz Byde Lamey

Fritz Byde Lamey, of Eureka, MT died Wednesday, Aug. 25, 2010, in Health Care Northwest in Kalispell.

He was born Sept. 25, 1939, in Libby, to Byde and Juanita Bozarth Lamey. The family moved to Eureka in 1948. He was raised on the family ranch near the Canadian border and attended school in Eureka, graduating from Lincoln County High School with the class of 1957.

He had a real eye for cattle and was active in 4-H. He won several livestock judging awards.

In high school he excelled in football, basketball and boxing. He attended junior college in California. He then returned home and joined the family’s registered Hereford ranch on Phillips Creek.

He raised and exhibited many grand and reserve champion cattle with his father. He married Janet Holmes in 1962. They had four children and later
separated. In the early 1980s he began breeding and raising performance horses. He had a passion for competing on the cutting circuit and he earned a reputation for breeding top quality horses.

Survivors include his children, Chris Lamey of Benson, Ariz., Penny Lynch and husband, Jerry of Winnemucca, Nev., Cory Lamey and wife, Kari of Wise River, Tracy Ward of Douglas, Ariz.; 13 grandchildren; seven greatgrandchildren; sister, Barbara Osler and husband, John; and special friend,
Kahnee Winchester.


Clara Louise Giem Nash

Clara Louise Giem Nash was born on Jan. 20, 1926 and passed away on Aug. 25, 2010. Her husband, Benjamin Franklin Nash and daughter, Patsy
Nash, preceded her in death. She is survived by her sister Hazel Giem Thom; six children, Sally, Jane, Harriet, Jeff, Clint and Julie Nash; 11 grandchildren and five great-grandchildren.

Clara Louise was a graduate of Canon City High School in Canon City, CO. As a young woman, Clara Louise was a trick roper and played the piano for local dances. She was a princess in the annual Canon City Blossom Festival and known for her amazing grace and ethereal beauty. Clara Louise lived
the life of a ranch woman. She was a member of the Kansas Hereford Women and a past member of the Colorado Cattlewomen (Cowbelles). She did an exceptional job of raising her six children in the rural lifestyle.

An incredible cook, Clara Louise at one point taught adult cooking classes and was particularly famous for her pies. She was also a talented painter and promising silversmith, though she never pursued either seriously. She was happiest in her garden or out hunting for arrowheads that she was unrivaled in finding. She was above all, loved and deeply adored by her children who will miss her sense of style, emotional strength and amazing fortitude.

Donations can be made to the Franklin & Louise Nash Memorial 4-H Scholarship at the Fremont County Extension Offi ce, 615 Macon Ave., Canon
City, CO 81212.


Viola Ruth McKechnie

Viola Ruth McKechnie passed away on Thursday, Aug. 6, 2010. She was born May 24, 1910, the only child born to James and Mae (Fishell) Blackford on a farm near Hopkins, MO. When she was 3 years old, Ruth and her parents moved near Milestone, Saskatchewan. She attended grade school in Regina, Saskatchewan. The family moved to Shelby, MT, in 1923. Ruth graduated from Shelby High School in 1927, and earned her B.A. degree from the Intermountain Union College in Helena in 1931. After college, she worked in the law offi ce of G.C. Hoyt in Shelby.

Ruth married James McKechnie on Jan. 16, 1939, in Conrad, MT. Three children, Harlan, Bonnie, and Eileen, were born to this union. Upon their marriage, Jim and Ruth purchased the Dunkirk General Store and Post Office, where Ruth served as storekeeper and postmaster for 19 years, until the post office was discontinued in 1958. Jim and Ruth were involved in their farming and ranching operation, which included McKechnie Herefords purebred cattle; they enjoyed many good times with friends in the Marias Hereford Breeders Association.

Jim and Ruth enjoyed square dancing and ballroom dancing. Ruth was active for nearly 50 years in Home Extension work, and spent many happy times in the Prairie Hens Home Extension Club. She was a 4-H leader and loyal supporter of 4-H for many years. Ruth was a devoted and loyal duplicate bridge player in the Shelby Unit for many years. She was a longtime member of the Shelby Methodist Church and a 50-year member of Eastern Star.

Ruth was an unofficial historian of the Dunkirk community and the Shelby area. With her excellent memory of people and events, she was often sought out for information on homesteads and burial places. Ruth was very proud and honored to be recognized and celebrated on several occasions for her 100th birthday in May.

Ruth is survived by daughters Bonnie (Leroy) Flesch of Conrad, and Eileen (Don) Pettigrew of Great Falls and Shelby; grandchildren Julie (Brad) Fisher and their children, Tiffany, Kylie and Max, all of Scottsdale, Ariz.; Justin McKechnie of Great Falls; Jill Newman and her daughter, Hannah, of Bozeman; Rachel (Aaron) Brown and their children Ashlyn and Ethan, all of Cut Bank; Hyer McKechnie of Dunkirk; Gary (Lois) Flesch of Helena; Lisa (Alan) Snell and their children, Amanda and Adam, all of Helena; Lea (Jay) Peterson and their children, Meaghan and Paul, all of Alder; Ty (Nancy) Pettigrew and their children, Keeley, Kinsey, Kayley and Korey, all of Hilmar, Calif.; and Amy (Blake) Ellis of Missoula. Ruth also is survived by special daughters-in-law Bernice Hoffman of Great Falls, and Jo Zeitner of Shelby; sisters- and brothers-in-law Dorothy Bronken of Missoula, Harris (Evelyn) McKechnie of Milton, WA, and Sam (Karen) McKechnie of Billings; many treasured nieces and nephews, along with several much-appreciated friends and neighbors.

Ruth was preceded in death by Jim, her beloved husband of 62 years, in October 2001, and son Harlan in November 2005.


James Earl Mrnak
(June 7, 1927 - July 21, 2010)

James "Jim" Mrnak, 83, a lifelong rancher from Bowman, ND, died on Wednesday, July 21, 2010 at the Southwest Healthcare Hospital in Bowman. Funeral Services for Jim will be at 10:30 a.m. on Monday, July 26, 2010 at the Bowman Lutheran Church. Pastor Galen Strand and Pastor Charles Swanson will officiate with burial to follow in the Bowman Cemetery. There will be a Family and Friends Service on Sunday, July 25, 2010 at the Bowman Lutheran Church beginning at 7:00 p.m. Krebsbach and Kulseth Funeral Home in charge of the arrangements.

James Earl Mrnak was born on June 7, 1927 to Wencle and Alice (Monson) Mrnak on the family ranch south of Bowman that his grandfather homesteaded in 1906 and where he resided until his death on Wednesday, July 21, 2010. He and his only sibling a sister, Maxine Miller attended a country school and then he finished his education by graduating from Bowman High School in 1945. His love was the ranch and especially Hereford cattle. Jim started his herd 65 years ago. He was an avid student of cattle where he would learn and remember the pedigrees and history of many red and white animals. His intrests were visiting with friends and fellow Hereford breeders. He was very active in the local community and state activities. He was a 4-H leader, township board member, Bowman County Fair board, school board, church council, North Dakota Hereford Association where he served as a director and president, Consolidated Telephone,, State ASCS committee, Bowman Farmers Union Oil board, Bowman Rotary and the N.D. Beef Council. Besides all these outside activities he was always there for his family which consisted of his wife Marlene (Brown) Mrnak whom he married on June 21, 1953. He is also survived by his five children, Connie (Mick) Hurlburt of Sturgis, SD, Wayne (Jill) Mrnak of Bowman, ND, Terry (Debby) Mrnak of Bowman, ND, Loren (Terrie) Mrnak of Whitmore, CA, and Carla (Chris) Coplan of Watertown, SD; eleven grandchildren, Mandy (Brandon) DeWitt, Tonya (Tom) Atyeo, Kelsey (Jon) Brosz, Robyn Mrnak, Brent (Jenna) Mrnak, Andy Mrnak, Hunter Thomas, Tanner Thomas, Tara Coplan, Clint Coplan and Marlee Coplan; five great grandchildren, Chase DeWitt, Lance DeWitt, Myles DeWitt, Austin Atyeo, Ella Atyeo, Kyle Brosz and Ashlynn Brosz; and sister, Maxine Miller of Bowman, ND. Jim had many relatives and friends, he never met a stranger, and was loved by most. He will be deeply missed.

Krebsbach and Kulseth Funeral Services in charge of the arrangements.


Bill Jacobs

Bill Jacobs was born December 18, 1944, in Santa Rosa, CA, to William Ingwer and Ruth Margaret “Jameson” Jacobs. He departed this life May 29,
2010, east of Sulphur, OK, at the age of 65 years.

The family had a cow/calf and dairy operation where Bill worked with his father until graduating from high school. He then attended Santa Rosa Junior College for a couple of years until his interest in livestock judging led him to Oklahoma State University. He returned to California after graduating from OSU in 1967 and became a professor at California Polytechnic University in San Luis Obispo and taught there for 17 years.

During that time he coached the Cal Poly Judging Team to many championships and became a widely respected livestock judge himself, judging many shows all over the U.S. and the world.

In 1984 he resigned at Cal Poly and returned to Oklahoma where he became a partner in K74 Herefords with Cliff Knight, beginning his dream of working in production agriculture.

In 1989, the Jacobs family purchased the old Turner Ranch in Sulphur, OK. Bill developed it into one of the premier ranches in the state, running both a cow/calf operation and a stocker program using an innovative cell grazing program.

Over the years Bill served as director, president, and advisor to numerous cattle organizations. He donated his time, his ranch facilities and his considerable expertise to the advancement of Hereford cattle and the industry in general. He will be greatly missed.

Survivors include his wife, Kelly; his two daughters, René Lee Guthrie and her husband, John of Porterville, CA, and Marci Ann Jacobs of Chicago, IL; son, Jason Jacobs and his wife, Tonya of Sulphur; three grandchildren, Grace Guthrie, John Wes and Harley Jacobs; and sister, Marilyn Herzog of Petaluma, CA.


Ben Westlund

Oregon State Treasurer and former Hereford breeder, Ben Westlund died March 7, 2010, after a long battle with lung cancer. He was 60 years old.
He was born in Long Beach, CA, on September 3, 1949, and raised in an affluent Republican family in Lake Oswego, OR. He graduated with a degree
in education and history from Whitman College in Walla Walla, WA, and worked as a business analyst in Portland.

He moved to central Oregon to help start a mining venture and then became a rancher and businessman, selling cattle genetics through his company, High Country Herefords. He lived near Bend with his wife, Libby, and two children.

Westlund took office as Oregon State Treasurer just over a year ago, after serving 12 years in the Oregon Legislature, first as a Republican, then as an Independent, and finally, as a Democrat.

During his short tenure as treasurer, he helped stabilize the Oregon college savings plan after one of its managers, Oppenheimer Funds, Inc., posted big losses with one of its so-called “conservative” portfolios. Westlund and the Attorney General’s Office successfully sued Oppenheimer Funds, winning a $20 million legal settlement to restore some of the losses to thousands of investors in the state college savings fund.

As a lawmaker, the gregarious and good-humored Westlund worked first in the House and later in the Senate, eventually becoming co-chairman of the budget-writing Ways and Means Committee.

He is survived by his wife, Libby, and children B.J. and Taylor, all of Bend, and his brothers, Richard and Morris Westlund, of Lake Oswego, OR.


Thomas Bruce Ihry

Thomas B. Ihry, age 57, of Valley City, ND, died Monday, October 26, 2009 at Mercy Hospital in Valley City. A funeral mass will be celebrated at 10:00 AM on Saturday, October 31st at St. Catherine’s Catholic Church in Valley City with Reverend Michael Schommer celebrant. Visitation will be held on Friday from 4:00 PM until 7:00 PM at St. Catherine’s Catholic Church in Valley City. A prayer service will be held at 7:00 PM on Friday evening at the church. Interment will be in St. Catherine’s Catholic Cemetery near Valley City.

Tom was born in Valley City, ND on February 27, 1952 to Elmer (Pete) and Rosalie (Semrad) Ihry. The oldest of eleven siblings, Tom grew up on a farm near Luverne, ND. After graduating from Luverne High School, Tom attended North Dakota State University, in Fargo, ND and graduated with a baccalaureate in Animal Science. While at NDSU, he was an active member of the Saddle and Sirloin Club, Alpha Zeta Honor Society and FarmHouse Fraternity. Upon graduation, Tom returned to Hope where he farmed with his father, Uncle Leo Ihry, and brother John J. Ihry; together they raised grain and livestock. Tom was active in the Hope community and St. Agatha’s Catholic Church in Hope. On June 19, 1993, Tom married the love of his life, Dawn Crum, in Rushville, IL. Tom and Dawn have three children: Ruth Ellen, 14; Samuel Leo, 11 and Grace Noel, 11. Since August 2004, the family has resided in rural Valley City and are members of St. Catherine Catholic Church. Tom was so proud to have his daughters attend St. Catherine School as his mother did. The family ranch, “Ihry Circle C” was purchased from longtime cattle friends, Bev and Curly Werner. Putting down roots on his own land with his family brought Tom great joy. Tom could be described as a fanatic when it came to sports, especially watching his siblings, nieces and nephews and own children compete. He very much enjoyed following the Hi-Liner football and basketball teams the last two years. His enjoyment of sports particularly football will live on in his son, Sam. Tom loved the livestock industry, from raising chickens as a child to his beloved cattle. His passion for breeding good livestock will be missed throughout the industry. Tom was not a cowboy, but a true cowman. Tom was a lifelong member of the American Hereford Association, American Angus Association and ND Stockman’s Association. He most recently started his third purebred herd of Texas Longhorns. Above it all, was Tom’s vocation as husband and father. Tom daily used every opportunity available to prepare his wife, children and family for eternity. His example of love, faith and loyalty will live on in those whom he touched. A beloved husband, father, son, brother, uncle, cousin and friend, Tom leaves a hole in his community and our hearts.

Tom is survived by his wife and children; his mother, recently of Silver Lake, MN; nine siblings, Timothy (Diane Nugent) Ihry of Papillion, NE, Lynne (Jon) Hesse of Minneapolis, MN, Rachel (Joe) Degenstein of the Woodlands, TX, Patricia (James) Kirchner of La Crosse, WI, Kevin (Shari Sussex) Ihry of Fargo, ND, Karen (Mark) Gould of Oconomowoc, WI, John (Peggy Visby) Ihry of Hope, Sarah (Richard) Heuer of Lester Prairie, MN, and Beth Ihry of Minneapolis, MN; nieces and nephews; In-laws Wayne and Kay Crum of Rushville, IL, Judy Hoerman of Canton, IL; Brothers-in-law Curt (Andrea) Crum of Roseville, IL and Cody Crum of St. Paul, MN; and a large extended family.

He was preceded in death by his father Elmer (Pete), brother Paul and father-in-law Larry Hoerman.


Donald Clayton Spencer

Donald Clayton Spencer, 83, of Brewster, died Wednesday, Sept. 23, 2009, at the Jennie Melham Medical Center in Broken Bow, NE. He was born July 27, 1926, in Brewster to Roy and Elma (Copp) Spencer.

Survivors of the immediate family include his wife, Doris; two sons, Dale (Terrill) Spencer of Brewster and Mike Spencer of Lincoln; three sisters, Ima Stapleman of Albuquerque, N.M., Sandra (Conrad) Erickson of Burwell and Dixie (Duanne) Gaedke of North Platte; and two brothers, Ted Shirley) Spencer of Brewster and Jerry (Edna) Spencer of Burwell. Other survivors include 12 grandchildren and 18 greatgrandchildren.

He grew up on the family ranch and attended rural school and continued his education at Brewster High School graduating in 1944. After his education he joined the Army serving the occupational forces in Japan.

He was united in marriage to Doris Wells on May 18, 1947, enjoying more than 60 years of marriage. Don and Doris lived on the family ranch working with Don’s parents and brothers. They later started Spencer Herefords, which will be celebrating its 50th anniversary on Nov. 21, 2009.

Don was a hunting and fishing enthusiast. He liked to ice fish and loved the outdoors. He was a Husker fan, volleyball and football. In his later years he enjoyed everything sports related and staying up on current events. He was a devoted conservative Republican. Don was a great Hereford enthusiast, traveling with the Super 8 group, attending the Junior National Hereford Shows and always working to promote the breed.

Don was a member of the American Legion for more than 60 years, served on the board for the Sandhills Cattle Association, was a lifetime member of the American Hereford Association and was a member of Stockgrowers - Nebraska Cattleman.

Don’s greatest pride was in his family. He loved his children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren more than anything. He will be greatly missed.

He was preceded in death by his parents; and a son, Dan. Memorials are suggested to the American Legion Post No. 323, the Nebraska Hereford Foundation, or the donor’s choice.


Mary von Forell

WHEATLAND, Wyo. - A memorial service for Mary von Forell, 52, will be conducted at 10 a.m. Thursday, Aug. 6, 2009, at the First Christian Church in Wheatland, with Jim Scott officiating.

She died Monday, Aug. 3, 2009, at the Platte County Memorial Hospital in Wheatland. She courageously battled bladder cancer for over a year, even before she was diagnosed. It is an honor for us to share this amazing woman's story.

Mary was born Jan. 8, 1957, in Billings, Mont., the daughter of Leo and Donna (Dowlin) McDonnell. She was reared and educated in Billings, graduating from Billings High School in 1975, and continued on to be a phenomenal gymnast and team roper on the national level at Oklahoma State University and Montana State, which she gained her degree from.

After college Mary went on to work for Iowa Beef Improvement Association. She then returned to Montana to help her father and brother continue to build and develop Midland Bull Test. Midland is now the most renowned performance test facility in the world.

Twenty-one years ago Mary moved to Wyoming to marry Hardy von Forell. They raised three children, Kristine, Ben, and Amanda. Mary's enjoyment of breeding and showing cattle led her to inspire the same in her children and they had numerous champions throughout the country. This family activity made her family very close and allowed her to develop wonderful friendships throughout the country.

Mary always encouraged greatness. Not only did she believe the people around her could succeed, she knew it and demanded it. First and foremost she was a mother and this quality she passed on to her children and family. She was the kind of leader who did not lead only by direction, but encouragement and example. The example she set was one that allowed her to be idolized. Everything that she did was purposeful and if there is a fault in what she did it was that she was too selfless at times. Her acute eye for detail allowed her to enhance everything around her, from building one of the best cow herds in America to encouraging creativity and sensitivity. However, with everything that she achieved, everyone who really knew her will remember her for her passion and her compassion. Her love had no boundaries and no prejudice. Those closest to her felt the core of her love and excelled because of it. It is our hope that she is remembered as the compassionate, competitive, loving woman whom we all knew. We want her to be remembered for who she was; the woman whose obituary took hours to write because as we dug deeper into our memories, happy tears and loving stories were shared and cherished.

The family appreciates the skilled and loving hands that provided care to Mary from the staff of the Wheatland Hospital, Billings Clinic, Cheyenne Hospital, University Hospital in Denver, and MD Anderson in Houston.

She was preceded in death by her father.

Survivors include her husband, Hardy of Wheatland; children, Kristine (Levi) Maltby of Great Falls, Mont., Benjamin of Annapolis, Md., and Amanda of El Dorado, Kan.; mother, Donna McDonnell of Missoula, Mont.; siblings, Leo (Debbie) McDonnell of Columbus, Mont., Jeanette (Scott) Manley of Missoula, Mont., Patty (Tim) Brus of Cody, Wyo., Kevin (Beth) McDonnell of Townsend, Mont., and Mike McDonnell of Missoula; nieces and nephews, Darcy, Steve, Kelsey, Buffy, Erin, Andrew, Augusta, Kathryn, Grace, Christian, and Zane. As well as numerous other family members - aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews, cousins and great nieces and nephews who supported Mary in her battle with cancer. Friends from every stage of her life have stopped to visit, called and sent cards of support this past year.

Serving as honorary pallbearers will be Jake Landers, Dr. John Edwards, Lee Hershrud, Tyler Braisted, Hershel LeClair and John Tucker.

Memorials may be sent to a charity Mary organized titled "Wheel Get You There" (a fund to assist cancer patients to travel for treatment) in care of Platte Valley Bank, P.O. Box 337, Wheatland, WY 82201.

Gorman Funeral Homes-Platte Chapel of Wheatland is in charge of the arrangements.


John E. Deewall

John E. Deewall passed away July 22, 2009 in Comanche County Kansas.

Born July 3, 1915, on a farm south of Coldwater he was the oldest son of Roy and Nettie Deewall.

A farmer and rancher he was a lifetime resident of Comanche County. His family maintained a small herd of Registered Herefords and a larger herd of top quality commercial Herefords. John hosted a stop on the Kansas Hereford Tour  several times over the years. He enjoyed attending Kansas Hereford Events.

John was a Veteran of World War II having served in the European Theater with The 378th Infantry. He was a member of the First Presbyterian Church and was Past Commander of The Coldwater V.F.W. where he was in charge of the Local Honor Guard for many years. He was a past member of The American Hereford Association and the Kansas Hereford Association. He was a Charter Member of NCBA and had been active in The Kansas Livestock Association serving as Comanche County Committeeman.

He is survived by his wife Jane E., a daughter Elizabeth Smith of Alva, OK, 2 step sons and 3 step daughters. Funeral services were July 26th with Full Military Honors.


Alice J. McIntosh

Early in the morning on Wednesday, July 1, 2009, Alice J. McIntosh, 92, went to be with the Lord. She passed away at Aspen Gardens, an assisted living residence in Helena where she had lived for over three years following a fall that resulted in a broken hip. She left this earth uncomplaining, the same way she had lived her whole life.

Alice was born in Butte Sept. 24, 1916, the first child of Charles and Edith Cunliffe. Her family moved a number of times through her early years, moving wherever Charles could find work as a miner, truck driver, carpenter and farmer. She attended school in Avon and Butte and graduated from Big Fork High School in northern Minnesota when her family moved to a homestead there in the early 1930s.

In 1934, she enrolled at Macalester College in St. Paul and graduated in 1938 with a degree in teaching. Her college years were years of hard work a she worked at the home of a St. Paul family for her board and room at the rate of 10 cents per hour. Alice spent many long days attending school, rushing home to her job as housekeeper, babysitter and sometimes cook and then studying long into the night.

She moved back to Montana after graduation, completed some more courses at what is now Western Montana College in Dillon and secured a teaching job at Halfway School therefore returning to the Avon area where she was to spend her life until her fall in February of 2005.

Alice began her teaching career with three students, all the daughters of Alex and Ida Jones. When Ida became quite ill, the school and its teacher and students moved to the home of Ida’s parents, the McIntosh Ranch on Three Mile Creek. Alice set up her school in a new log building on the ranch and lived in room in the McIntosh home. There she met Will McIntosh who was recuperating from a horse fall and so began a relationship that resulted in their marriage on Sept. 14, 1941, and lasted almost 43 years until Will passed away in 1986. All their years together were spent on the ranch they both loved. To their union two children were born, Margaret who resides in Helena, and Bill who lives on the ranch.

Alice was dedicated to her role as wife, mother and rancher. She loved to sew and worked late into the night many times finishing garments for her family and herself. She was known as a wonderful cook and for many years cooked for the haying crew preparing three big meals each day for the crew of 10 or more. Will often commented it was Alice’s cooking that brought back many of the hay men year after year.

Alice loved Avon and was very involved in community activities. She was a faithful member of the Get-Together Club and served for many years as president. She was also a member of the Avon Community Church and taught Sunday school for many years. She was active in the Avon Community Club and for a number of years headed up the committee that put on the Fall Turkey Dinner that funded many repairs and projects at the community hall. Alice especially enjoyed afternoons spent at ceramics classes at Ruth Schultz’s house in Avon. She loved to crochet and enjoyed tole painting as well. She was a member of the Little Blackfoot Extension Club and especially enjoyed the company of the ladies in that organization.

Alice was preceded in death by her parents, Charles and Edith; husband, Will; sister, Margaret; and brother, Russel.

She is survived by her children, Margaret and Bill; six grandchildren, Richard, John and Kurt (Margaret’s children) and Lou, Heather and Gibson (the children of Bill and he wife, Jill).

Alice is already missed and will be always fondly remembered by all who knew her.

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Thomas E. Connelley
Thomas E. Connelley“The Beef Man”

Thomas E. Connelley age 63 of Belle Fourche died suddenly on Monday June 15, 2009 at the Spearfish Regional Hospital.

The funeral service will be held 11am Monday June 22nd, 2009 at the Christian Life Center in Belle Fourche with Rev. Paul Howard officiating.  Visitation will be held 5 to 7 pm Sunday at Funeral Home of the Northern Hills in Belle Fourche.  Inurnment will take place in Pine Slope Cemetery, Belle Fourche.

Thomas Edward Connelley was born February 24, 1946 in a little old house near Hugo, Colorado.  He was the second son of John and Virginia (Elliot) Connelley.  Tom grew up on his father’s ranch southwest of Wild Horse, CO.  He spent his youngest years interested in cattle and riding horses.  One of his fondest memories was going to horse sales with his dad.  When he was 9 years old, Uncle Bill Connelley gave him a colt and he named him Bimbo.  That was his first horse.

Tom’s first seven years of grade school were spent at Aroya, CO.  Later he graduated from high school in Kit Carson, CO.  During high school, he was involved in all the seasonal sports including rodeo.  As a senior he was proud to have won the Colorado State Bulldogging High School Championship.  It was one of his biggest thrills in life.

Tom knew at an early age that he wanted to be a cattle buyer and his opportunity to learn the business came when he was 24.  By that time he was married to Peggy Turner and had two children, Dawn Marie and Tom Jr..  Tom went to work for American Beef Packers.  When he was 25, Peggy passed away and his mother helped him take care of the children until he remarried 5 years later.

In 1976 he started buying cattle at Foxley Cattle Company.  In 1979 when Foxley sold their packing plant, Tom became an independent order buyer, buying all classes of cattle.  In 1983 he had the opportunity to lease the Eagle Rock Ranch near Cheyenne, WY.  This ranch was very special to Tom.  In 1988 he left the ranch and moved to Billings MT and he bought cattle in that area until 1991 when he moved to Belle Fourche.  On May 20, 1995 he was married to Dorothy (Hemmingson) Ireland in Belle Fourche, where they have lived since.

In 2003 Tom started a beef business, buying beef and selling it processed to his many retail customers.  Tom became well known as “The Beef Man” during these years.  Tom also enjoyed cooking and he cooked and catered meals to many brandings, rodeos, weddings, and special events.  Tom loved doing that very much, and it was during a branding event like this when he suffered a severe heart attack at a ranch in Montana.  Tom died while doing what he loved to do.  He will be greatly missed by his family and friends.

Tom is survived by his wife Dorothy of Belle Fourche; son, Thomas (Christina) Connelley of East Rochester, Ohio; step-son, Rob (Donna) Ireland of Watertown, SD; daughter, Jennifer Sargent of Loveland, CO; step-daughters, Barb (Brad) Gartner of Interior SD, RaVonne (Keith) Lukonen of Watertown SD; brother, Jim (Janet) Connelley; 5 grandchildren; and 5 step-grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his parents; daughter, Dawn Marie Woltersdorf; and grandson, Tim Sargent.


Pierce H. (P.H.) White Jr.

Pierce H. (P.H.) White Jr., 77, Dyer County civic leader, cattleman and entrepreneur, passed away on June 11 at his home in Dyersburg. He spent his life in service to his family, his church, and his community, contributing generously of his abundant energy and creative ideas to many endeavors.

P.H. graduated from University of Tennessee College of Agriculture and was a lieutenant in the U.S. Army. He devoted much of his career to raising registered Hereford cattle and to advancing that breed by serving as director and president of the American Hereford Association.

In addition to being a successful cattleman, P.H. led Dyer County as county executive for 12 years. Since the early 1970s, P.H. has operated a flourishing company to manufacture and sell the Cow-Life Cattle Rub, one of numerous products he personally invented and patented. He served on the Board of Directors of First Citizens National Bank for over 30 years.

Boy Scouts of America benefited from P.H.'s lifetime involvement. As a former Eagle Scout and recipient of the Silver Beaver Award, P.H. served on the first staff at Camp Mac Morris in the 1940s, was scoutmaster of Troop 87 for 18 years, and president of the West Tennessee Council. For the past 25 years he has organized and hosted the annual "Seafeasters" fundraiser to benefit scouting.

He was a lifelong, devoted member of First United Methodist Church, president of its Wesley Homes ministry, and a loyal member of the Sellers Sunday School Class. As past president of the Dyersburg Noon Rotary Club and a Paul Harris Fellow, he founded and chaired the annual Rural-Urban Day.

A descendant of the Todd and Burgie families who were early settlers of Dyer County in the 1840s, P.H. is survived by his wife of 55 years, Polly Webb White, their four children, Nancy White Bryan of Arlington, Va.; Marion White Tilson of Atlanta, Ga.; Sally White Veith of Alexandria, Va.; and Dr. Pierce H. White III of Dyersburg, as well as 10 grandchildren.

P.H.'s numerous philanthropic interests include the West Tennessee Council of the Boy Scouts of America and First United Methodist Church of Dyersburg.


Elizabeth “Libby” McCullough Tucker Cowgill

Elizabeth “Libby” McCullough Tucker Cowgill, granddaughter of Overton Harris (1856-1931) was born on September 4th, 1918, in Harris, Missouri to Gird and Elizabeth Amber (Harris) McCullough. She passed on June 9th, 2009, at the Sullivan County Memorial hospital as the result of a stroke.

Libby spent her earliest years in Harris, MO where she loved to ride horses, roller skate, play tennis, swim and play marbles at school.  A tomboy, she loved being outdoors and loved nature.  Libby was musically considered to be a child prodigy, as she played the piano by ear and by sight.  At the age of four, she played for silent movies at the Harris Opera House, owned by her family.   Her first piano teachers were her mother and Aunt Abbie Harris.  At the age of sixteen, she was sent to New York and attended the Julliard School of music where she became an accomplished pianist.

In 1937, she married Daniel Pratt Tucker, and to this union, three children were born: Randolph Tucker, who survived only three days; Daniel Pratt Tucker, Jr.; and Martha Elizabeth Tucker.

In 1948, Libby married William Wayne Cowgill, and to this union, two sons were born; William Stackhouse (Stack) and Harris McCullough (Cully).  They lived in Milan the rest of her life.

Preceding her in death are her parents, her two husbands, three brothers, one infant son and one grandson.

Libby is survived by four children, ten grandchildren, eleven great grandchildren, and to nephews; John Warren McCullough of Trenton, Missouri, and David Charles Cowgill of Green City, Missouri.


Edwin A. Neu

Edwin A. Neu, passed away on June 6, 2009 near Ashley, ND. The son of Andreas and Louisa (Weber) Neu, he was born May 1, 1923 on the family homestead two miles west of Ashley, ND. He attended country school and worked on the family farm.
He was united in marriage to Estella Woeszner on September 28, 1947 in Zion Lutheran Church in Ashley. They made their home on the Woeszner family homestead east of Ashley. They have raised purebred Hereford cattle for over 60 years. In 1979, the Neu Hereford Ranch was chosen to host the Junior Hereford Field Day.
He was a member of Zion Lutheran Church and a past member of Zion I rural Lutheran Church. He was also a member of Gold Star Saddle Club and North Dakota Hereford Association. He had been on the McIntosh County Soil Conservation Board for 17 years and in 1965 his farm won an Achievement Award.
Survivors include his wife, two sons, Steven (Judy) Neu of Green Bay, WI; and Ralph (Debra) Neu of Ashley; one sister, Edna Eszlinger of Ashley; one sister-in-law, Leona Neu of Ashley; and three grandsons, Shiloh, Zachary and Jentry.
His parents, two brothers, Richard and Herbert and one sister, Charolette Cooper-Shier preceded him in death.


Kurt & Eric Harder...
Deaths of two brothers devastate Washington community

The small Franklin County, Washington, town of Kahlotus, maybe more accurately described as an extended family of 220 people, is reeling from the deaths of two brothers who were community leaders. Kurt Harder, 45, and his brother Eric, 39, died June 5 when they were overcome by fumes while using a gas-powered pump to drain a leaking cistern at Eric's home. The brothers planned to drain the 6,500-gallon cistern, let it dry, patch it, and refill it. The enclosed cistern has a 3-foot hole at the top and a ladder that went straight down into the tank, said their older brother, Bill Harder Jr.
Kurt apparently realized what was happening and was able to climb out of the cistern and get to the house to call their father, Harder said. "He said something was awful bad and to get there as fast as he could," Harder said. "Then he went back down to try to save his brother. He tried to carry him up the ladder, but he fell back down. That's how they found them."
Volunteer firefighter/EMTs with Franklin Fire District 2 pulled the men out of the cistern and tried to revive them. One of the rescuers was also affected by the fumes. He was taken to Lourdes Medical Center in Pasco and then flown to Deaconess Medical Center in Spokane, Harder said. He has since returned home. The emergency responders are close friends of the Harder family, which likely added to the stress of the situation.
"It's a terrible tragedy," said Sheriff Richard Lathim.
Kurt and Eric Harder were the great-grandsons of one of Kahlotus' founders, Hans Harder, and were fourth-generation operators of the family farm and ranch. They worked with their father, William Harder Sr., and their older brother. Kurt managed the wheat farm, while Eric and his wife Terri managed the Hereford cattle business.
"It's not just going to be a great loss to the family," Harder said as he talked about how his brothers grew up in Kahlotus, were active in the community, and how Kurt was like a father to many in town.
Kurt was chairman of the Franklin County Farm Service Agency, president of the Franklin County Wheat Growers Assoc., and a Franklin Fire District 2 commissioner. He also was a member of the Natural Resource Conservation District, Washington Cattleman's Assoc.,, National Cattleman's Beef Assoc., and Washington Wheat Growers Assoc.
Eric was president of the Kahlotus Lions Club, chairman of the Kahlotus School Board, and a Franklin Fire District 2 volunteer firefighter. He also was involved with the Washington Cattleman's Assoc., National Cattleman's Beef Assoc., and Washington Wheat Growers Assoc.
Superintendent Randy Behrens said, "Both Eric and Kurt were very active, very strong leaders within the community. Kahlotus is going to miss both of them tremendously."
The brothers died the day before the annual Kahlotus Days festival, which takes place the first Saturday of June. They were on the Kahlotus Days' committee and were going to be the cooks for the Lions Club breakfast on Saturday, their brother said. The Lions Club turned the breakfast into a memorial to the men, he said. They accepted donations for the breakfast, and "the money box was just stuffed with donations," Harder said.
Eric Harder leaves behind his wife Terri of 13 years, a daughter Nicole (10), and two sons: Eric Max (11) and Timothy J. "TJ" (7).
Eric and Kurt are survived by their older brother and parents, William George Sr. and Vivian Harder.
The brothers will be buried side by side at the Harder Family Cemetery in Kahlotus.
- By Paula Horton, thenewstribune.com, 6/9


William T. Berry "Dub" Jr.

William T "Dub" Berry Jr., 88, of Lenexa, KS, passed away May 21, 2009. Visitation will be from 12 Noon to 1 p.m. Tuesday, May 26, at D.W. Newcomers, Johnson County Chapel, 11200 Metcalf, Overland Park, KS. There will be a private family Interment at Fort Leavenworth National Cemetery, Leavenworth, KS. Dub was born April 4, 1921 in Vernon, TX to William Thomas and Martha Esther Berry.

Dub's career spanned over 50 years of notable accomplishments and recognitions. He was raised on a livestock farm in Texas, graduating from Texas A&M University in 1942 with a B.S. degree in Animal Husbandry and immediately went on active duty as a commissioned 2nd Lt. in the U.S. Army. His military service included 2 1/2 years of overseas service in the Southwest Pacific Theater and ended with service as a Lt. Col. in the United States Air Force Reserves. From 1946 to 1953, Dub operated a large commercial cattle and farming enterprise in partnership with his father in the panhandle of Texas. In 1953, he joined the staff of the Animal Husbandry Department at Texas A&M University. He served as Professor of Beef Cattle Production, conducted research in animal nutrition and genetics and received both his M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in Animal Nutrition. During his tenure at Texas A&M, he received the Distinguished Teaching Award and was elected the Outstanding Professor in the School of Agriculture.

From 1960-1967, Dr. Berry was the Operations Manager for Winrock Farms in Arkansas and Oklahoma. From 1967-1974, he was the Executive Vice President of the American Hereford Association in Kansas City, MO. From 1974-1979, Dr. Berry was Sr. Vice President and Director of the Victorio Land and Cattle Company and Western Farm Management in Phoenix, AZ. From 1980-1986, Dr. Berry was Executive Vice-President of the National Cattlemen's Association in Denver, CO. After retiring from NCA, he continued his business endeavors serving as Agricultural and Food Consultant with LBAS Consulting Group as well as his own private business, Berry Enterprises in Lenexa, KS.

Dub and Mabel moved to Lakeview Village in 1999 where he continued to be active in both community and Lakeview Village committees. In addition to his vast career, Dub was recognized worldwide for his many contributions to the agricultural and cattle communities serving on numerous international committees and boards.

Dub was preceded in death by his wife of 59 years, Mabel Barbour Berry and his son-in-law Michael A. Kearny. Dub is survived by his three children, William Thomas Berry, III and wife Lisa of Bella Vista, AR, Judy Spafford and her husband Mike of Lenexa, KS, Blanche Kearny of Olathe, KS, Granddaughter Jennifer Hays and her husband Robb, Grandson Mark Berry, his wife Rhonda and great grandson, Luke, Granddaughter Kristal McMillan and her husband Nathan, and great Granddaughter Alyssa, Grandson Josh Berry and Grandson Matt Berry, his sister, Betty Koeninger of N Little Rock, AR, and his devoted companion Phylas Lose of Lenexa, KS.

The Berry Family would like to express their sincere gratitude to the many friends, family and professionals whose kindness and compassion made his journey easier. In lieu of flowers the family suggests donations in Dub's name to the Texas A&M University Foundation, 401 George Bush Drive, College Station, TX 77840.


Douglas Lee Temple

Douglas Lee Temple, 66, of Porcupine , SD, died Saturday, May 2, 2009.
 He was born June 18, 1942 in Rapid City. Douglas was raised and resided in the Rockyford area his whole life. He attended grade schools at several area rural schools. While attending high school in Gordon, NE, Douglas was president and Star Farmer of the Future Farmers of America chapter. This involvement in FFA led to an extensive trip through Europe that left a big impression upon him. Doug was a longtime member and director of the South Dakota Stockgrowers Association.
 He married Judy Hanneman in 1959 and raised a family of six children on the family ranch at Rockyford. His last seven years were spent with his compassionate and caring friend, Madonna Adams with whom he found great peace and love. Doug was first and foremost a rancher and cattleman. He raised top notch commercial horned Hereford cattle. He operated his ranch through the years with the assistance of valued hired men, many of whom helped him for over 20 years. He valued his good neighbors and the help they traded at branding and shipping time as one of his greatest assets. Doug’s greatest love was working his cattle with his family, all mounted on horses that were raised and broke on the Pitchfork Ranch. These horses all descended from two mares given to him by his uncle, Willard Lange, that were descended from his Grandfather Lange’s horses from before 1900. Doug’s idea of a vacation was trucking cattle for the neighbors or hauling his equipment somewhere to be worked on. He treasured his relationship with people that he did business with.
 Survivors include two sons, Curtis Temple and Merle Temple, both of Porcupine, two daughters, Kim Lensegrav, and her husband, Ken, Kyle, and Jennifer Temple, Chadron, NE, his special companion, Madonna Adams, and her family, Rapid City; and 7 grandchildren and 2 great-grandchildren. Also his trusted and faithful sidekick, LeRoy Pourier and his family. He was preceded in death by his parents and two sons; A.D. and Jeff and his former wife, Judy.
 A memorial has been established to the Sky Ranch for Boys, Sky Ranch, SD, near Camp Crook.


Conner Albert Morgan

BURWELL - Conner Albert Morgan, 2, of Burwell, NE, died Monday, April 13, 2009, at Valley County Health Systems Hospital in Ord.

Services will be at 2 p.m. Thursday at United Methodist Church in Burwell. Burial will be in Cottonwood Cemetery in Burwell. The Rev. Alan Petersen will officiate.

Visitation will be from 5 to 7 p.m. Wednesday at Hitchcock Funeral Home in Burwell.

Conner was born Oct. 18, 2006, at Superior to Patrick and Jessica (Adams) Morgan.

Survivors of the immediate family include his parents and a sister, Claira Morgan, of Burwell; grandparents, Mike and Deb Adams of Superior and Ronny and Kay Morgan of Burwell; and great-grandparents, Marjorie Everhart of Hastings, Wayne and Betty Adams of Superior, Doris Morgan of Burwell and Inez Munn of Waverly.

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Norman C. Brademeyer

Funeral Services for Norman C. Brademeyer, 83, of Dickinson formerly of Taylor will be 2 p.m., Wednesday, April 15, 2009 at Immanuel Church of Taylor with Pastor Lynn Marshall officiating. Burial will be in the Immanuel Cemetery.

The family will receive friends on Tuesday, April 14, 2009 from 6 p.m. to 7 p.m. at Stevenson Funeral Home. Visitation will be held on Tuesday from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. and continues on Wednesday from 8 a.m. to 11 a.m. at the chapel and at the church one hour prior to the service.

Norman passed away on Saturday, April 11, 2009 at St. Luke’s Home in Dickinson.

Norman was born Oct. 29, 1925 to Albert and Elsie (Gerhardt) Brademeyer in Taylor. He attended school in Taylor, graduating valedictorian in 1943. Following graduation he attended Jamestown College for a short time. He then returned home to help his dad on the family farm.

Norman raised registered polled Hereford cattle and through the years earned numerous championships in area livestock shows. In 1973, he was honored as the North Dakota Polled Hereford Association Man of the Year for his years of service.

Norman was a lifetime member of the Immanuel Church of Taylor, serving various roles. In later years, he served as sexton of the church cemetery and took great pride in maintaining accurate church records. One of his favorite pastimes was taking long drives in the country, admiring the beauty around him. Friends always enjoyed visiting Norman because of his quick wit and genuine interest in others.

He is survived by a sister-in-law; Lorraine Brademeyer and numerous cousins and friends.

Norman was preceded in death by his parents, Albert and Elsie and a brother Vernon.

A special thank you for his loving care to the staff of St. Luke’s Nursing Home; Bill and Jeanette Dohrmann, Harlan and Gloria Bloom and Don and Kristi Rasmussen.

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


Morrie Jensen

F.M. ‘Morrie’ Jensen, 83, Rapid City, SD and formerly of Caputa, SD died Sunday, April 12, 2009 at Fountain Springs Healthcare.

Morrie was born March 2, 1926 in Rapid City, the son of Albert C. and Violet (Speck) Jensen. He was raised in Scenic, SD and attended all 12 years of school in the Scenic Public School system. He was active in all the school activities and basketball during the years he was in school. In 1945 he moved with his parents to a ranch located on Kube Table north of Scenic. He helped on the ranch and also did custom trucking.

In the latter 1940s and early 1950s, Morrie and his brother, Jim, made custom combine runs into Kansas, Colorado and Nebraska during the wheat harvest season in these states. In 1951 Morrie married Joyce Jurisch and at this time they started and established their own ranching and farming enterprise on Kube Table. Beginning in 1956, Registered Hereford cattle were incorporated into the cattle herd and gradually Black Angus were purchased and added to the cattle herd in 1980. Since that time both Angus and Hereford were in the Annual Production Sale held at the ranch.

Morrie was a director on the Pennington County Fair Board and served nine years, three different terms. Morrie was also appointed to the SD State Weed Board. He was chairman for several of the ten years he served. He also served a number of years on the Pennington County Weed Board and was also a community committeeman on the Pennington County ASCS. He was an active member of the Black Hills Hereford Association, served as a director of SD Hereford Association, was a member of both the American Hereford and American Angus Associations and was named to the 1995 Hall of Fame at the Black Hills Stock Show.

Morrie is survived by partners and part of the family, Mike and Jodie Lehrkamp and their family, Caputa; one sister-in-law, Joyce Whitney, Spearfish and other cousins, nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his wife, Joyce Jensen, Sept. 23, 2007.


Jacque Arneson

Jacqueline "Jacque" Althea Arneson, 46, died of cancer Saturday, April 4, 2009, at the family ranch near Gilt Edge, MT. Jacque had her mother, Joy, and brother, Jess, by her side. She fought a courageous battle with cancer for four years.
Jacque was born to James and Alice Joy (Poetter) Arneson on Dec. 29, 1962, at St. Joseph's Hospital in Lewistown. In 1981, she graduated from Fergus High School in Lewistown. Jacque's complete life was being involved on the Poetter Ranch where Hereford cattle were raised. Working the cattle was a highlight each day. She was a true cowgirl at heart, assisting Sharon Martin for several years at the Big Sky Central Entry for rodeo contestants as the entry assistant.
Jacque was a member of the Hereford Association, the Montana Stockgrowers, and the Anna Smalley Chapter 112, Order of Eastern Star. She also served as an election judge. Jacque was deeply devoted to her family, especially her brother, Jess.
She is survived by her mother, Joy; her brother, Jess both of the family ranch; several aunts and uncles and a great aunt Pat Davis of California; as well as numerous close friends.
Jacque was preceded in death by her father, Jim in 2007 and her grandparents, George and Alice Poetter and Art and Frances Arneson.
Memorials are suggested to the Grass Range Ambulance or to the charity of the donor's choice.
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Bob Brooks

Robert E. Brooks, 81, a prominent farmer and rancher, died Monday, March 16, 2009, from complications of Lou Gehrig's disease in Great Falls, MT, surrounded by his family.
Bob was born Sept. 30, 1927, in a stone farm house near Glenburn, ND to James and Goldie Brooks. He graduated from Glenburn High School, where he excelled in basketball and played trombone in the school band. He was also a member of the Glenburn Baptist Church. With the support of their parents, Bob and his brother Loren purchased their first Hereford heifers in 1943, starting a lifelong commitment to the breed. From that small beginning, their herd expanded rapidly. The cornerstone of their breeding program consisted mainly of Line 1 breeding, specifically females of Prince Domino breeding and herd sires Mischief Aster and WHR Proud Mixer C. He was the sire of most of the bulls in their National Western Stock Show carload in Denver in 1951. In 1950, with the cooperation of their parents, another ranch was purchased near Burlington.
On Dec. 11, 1958, Bob married Alexzine Grenz. They made their home on the Burlington ranch, where they raised their three girls. Bob loved the ranch life, enjoyed teaching his girls to ride horse and work cattle. Brooks Ranch had their first production sale in 1958, and 55 sales followed. Some of these were rated as the top 10 sales of the year by the American Hereford Association. The Brooks brothers were among some of the first breeders to begin performance testing on their registered herd. A second ranch was purchased near Hardin, MT, in 1975. In 1977, they were registered as the third largest registered herd in the nation by the American Hereford Association. In the later years, he enjoyed farming and ranching side by side with his daughter, Candy. They grew wheat, durum, barley and sunflowers.
Some of their achievements include owning the grandsire of a Denver Champion bull, and the Grand Champion Hereford Bull at the Calgary Stampede. Bob was instrumental in getting his grandchildren interested in livestock, and enjoyed helping them select their 4-H steers and watching them show. Bob was a member of the ND Stockmen’s Association for 56 years, and was an active member of the North Dakota Hereford Association where he served as director and president. He also served as a trustee in the North Dakota Cowboy Hall of Fame, and was a member of Immanuel Baptist Church in Minot.
Bob walked softly around his herd of cows. He would carry a baby calf on his saddle, coaxing a cow to come and find shelter in the barn. He was a true and honest cowboy, loved and respected by his family.
Bob lovingly cared for his wife, Alexzine, for many years after she was diagnosed with Alzheimer's disease. He stayed by her side as she battled the disease and cared for her at home until she passed away on Nov. 3, 2008. His children and grandchildren loved to hear him sing and whistle his large repertoire of old songs.
Bob’s family includes: his daughters, Lisa (Troy) Lindquist, of Great Falls, Candy (Duane Tofteland) Brooks, of rural Minot, and Becky (Ron) Nelson, of Great Falls, his brother, Loren (Janet) Brooks, of Hardin; and his four grandchildren, Kelsey, Brooks, Connor, and Allie.
Bob was preceded in death by his wife and parents.
Memorials are suggested to the ALS Association and the North Dakota Cowboy Hall of Fame.


Bud Stadstad, 82

Leroy “Bud” Kenneth Stadstad, age 82, of Northfield, and formerly of Dennison, died Monday, March 16, 2009, at St. Mary’s Hospital in Rochester.

Leroy was born July 21, 1926, in Grand Forks, N.D., the son of William and Cora (Storstad) Stadstad. He was raised on his parents’ farm near Manvel, along with his two brothers, where they raised various crops and animals. He attended country school through eighth grade and graduated from Manvel Central High School in 1943. From 1943-1945 he lived and worked in Washington near Seattle at a Boeing Factory, building planes for WWII. Bud returned to Manvel in 1945 and managed the Manvel Farmers Union Elevator. In 1950 he enlisted in the U.S. Army serving two years in Korea and Japan in the Military Police. On Oct. 10, 1953, Leroy was united in marriage to Lavina Mae Bartels in Elgin. He graduated from Winona State College with a teaching degree in 1956, then moved to Cannon Falls where he managed the Farmers Union Elevator. In 1959 he and Lavina purchased the Dennison Mill and Elevator which they owned and operated until retirement in1989. Bud had never lost his love for farming and in 1969 purchased a farm southeast of Dennison near Vang Lutheran Church, where he raised crops and Polled Hereford beef cattle. For a number of years he showed Polled Herefords at the state fair and was still active in farming helping his son-in-law plant in the spring of 2008. He even added some Black Angus on the farm.

Leroy was elected to the Northfield School Board for three terms, was a charter member of both the Manvel American Legion and the Dennison Lions Club and was a longtime member of the Dennison Lutheran Church. He loved to golf, watch sports, play cards and meet for coffee and euchre in Dennison most mornings. He liked to fish and looked forward to meeting his brothers at Springsteel Resort near Warroad on Lake of the Woods for their annual fishing trip. Following retirement from the elevator in 1989, Bud and Lavina spent their winters in Apache Junction, Ariz.

Bud is survived by his wife, Lavina; son, Karl (Jean) of Eagan; daughters, Kari Stadstad of St. Ann, Mo., Lori (Darwin) Amy of Dennison, and Martha (Mark) Larson of Eagan; brothers, Ray (Frances) of Grand Forks, N.D., and Odell (Reggie) of Manvel, N.D.; 10 grandchildren and three great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his parents and daughter-in-law, Patty Stadstad.

Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. Thursday, March 19, 2009, at the Dennison Lutheran Church. Interment will be in the Prairie Creek Cemetery. Visitation will be from 4 to 8 p.m. Wednesday at the Bierman Funeral Home of Northfield.

Funeral arrangements by the Bierman Funeral Home of Northfield.


James A. Fiedler

James A. Fiedler, 87, a Stanford , MT rancher and cowman, died of natural causes March 14 in Great Falls, MT.
Survivors include his wife, Judy of Stanford; daughter Jan (Ned) Ward and their daughter Bell, all of Sheridan, Wyo.; his late son Jim's children, Frank, Garth and Addie Fiedler, and their mother, Pam, all of Stanford; and daughter Jean (Todd) Klick and their daughters Katy and Nora, all of Simms, Mont.
Jim was born June 21, 1921, in Great Falls, MT, to Frank and Katherine Fiedler, and was raised south of Stanford. He graduated from Stanford High School in 1939.
As a young man, he worked for neighboring ranchers and began his love for being a cowboy. In his younger years, he also enjoyed rodeoing and loved calf-roping with friends.
He married Judith Ann Neubert on Dec. 10, 1959. They made their home on the Neubert homestead, where they raised their three children. He passed on his love of ranch life and hard work philosophy to his children.
Jim put together one of the finest commercial Hereford herds, buying the top L1 bulls from Les Holden, Jack Cooper and the Miles City Experiment Station. He later switched to straight Black Angus with Vermillion Ranch bloodlines, and once again created a premier herd of mother cows.
He loved Charlie Russell and the way his art depicted the cowboy life, particularly his pictures of the Judith Basin country.
Jim was a true cowboy and cowman, with the strongest of work ethics, which allowed him to put together a ranch that most only dreamed of. His ranches, cattle and horses were his life.
In addition to his son, James Armin Fiedler; he was preceded in death by his parents, Frank and Katherine Fiedler; his brother, Bud Fiedler and twin brother Joe Fiedler; and sister Kathryn Fiedler.
Memorials are suggested to the Stanford Ambulance Service and may be sent to the Basin State Bank, Box 428, Stanford, MT 59479.
Condolences may be posted online at www.gftribune.com/obituaries.


Hilda Brown Snidow

Hilda Brown Snidow, 90, wife of B.C. “Bud” Snidow, passed away at home March 14, 2009 following a two year decline in health. Born May 5, 1918 in Hume, VA, Mrs. Snidow attended local schools and graduated from High School at Warrenton, VA. Bud and Hilda were married in Warrenton on February 5, 1951 and moved to Fairway, KS, in June, 1955 with Bud working for the American Hereford Association as Assistant Secretary. Burial at Leavenworth National Cemetery. Arrangements: Cremation Society of Kansas & Missouri, 8837 Roe, Prairie Village, KS 66207.


Swain William House

Swain William (Bill) House, 93, Arkansas City, KS and Cedar Vale, KS, died Sunday, March 8, 2009, at his Arkansas City home.
He was a resident of Cedar Vale until 1992, when he moved to Arkansas City. In 1933, he graduated from Cedar Vale High School. After graduating from Arkansas City Junior College, he finished his bachelor's degree in 1937 and his law degree in 1939, at the University of Kansas in Lawrence. Bill married Catharine Holroyd in 1938, in Cedar Vale. They lived in Cedar Vale, where he ranched and practiced law. She preceded him him in death in 1990.
After practicing law briefly, his father-in-law became ill and Bill decided to take over the ranch after his death. He changed from a steers to a cow-calf operation, expanding and building what is known as House Hereford Ranch. Bill was an active participant on behalf of the beef industry. A few of his past ventures include: president of the American Hereford Association in 1963-1964, president of the Kansas Livestock Association 1964-1965 and a two-term president of the American Nation Cattlemen's Association in 1968 and 1969. He was the first Kansan to head that organization.
Mr. House had a strong influence in many state and national legislative endeavors concerning the entire beef cattle business. As a leader of the ANCA, he worked on committees that were successful in establishing import quotas on beef from Australia and New Zealand. These quotas have been advantageous in maintaining the stability of the beef industry in the United States. In 1992, he married Carol Ard Smith, in Cedar Vale, at the Wee Kirk Church. That same year, Bill was also honored as the “Kansas Stockman of the Year” and recently received the 2008 Chautauqua County Pioneer Award. Active in many organizations, Bill has touched many lives in a positive and caring way. Friends were a treasure to him and he enjoyed life to the fullest. He made everyone feel special and will be deeply missed by all who knew him.
Survivors include his wife, Carol, of the home; two stepsons, Jason and Jeff Smith and his wife, Eryn; three grandchildren, Micah Jeffrey, Addie Mae and Canaan Swayne, all of Manhattan, Kan.; brother, Alvin House and his wife, Anne, of Okemos, Mich.; sister-in-law, Louise House, of Bartlesville, Okla.; mother-in-law, Hattie Mae Ard, Arkansas City; brothers-in-law, Bruce Ard and wife Jeanette, of Kinsley, Kan., and Michael N. Ard, Okinawa, Japan; extended family, Michael Young, wife Sunny and children Uriah and Jasper, Cedar Vale; goddaughter, Lorri Pontious and husband John; children, Adam and Chelsea; and numerous nieces and nephews. Bill was preceded in death by his parents and brother, Robert R. House.
Memorials have been established with the Cherokee Strip Land Rush Museum and the Denton Art Center or Hospice of Kansas. Contributions may be made through the funeral home. Arrangements are under the direction of the Rindt-Erdman Funeral Home. Online condolences may be made at www.rindt-erdman.com. ADV.


S. Lynn Loosli

S. Lynn Loosli was called home to his Heavenly Father on February 12, 2009, leaving behind a legacy of love, family, and friends.
Lynn was born on July 25, 1935, in St. Anthony, ID, to Stanley and Katie Loosli. He spent his early years on his family’s farm. While growing up, Lynn says he had only one dream: becoming a farmer. He attended schools in Ashton, ID, where he participated in football and basketball. Lynn was also active in the Future Farmers of America and received the prestigious National Star Farmer award. He was elected as a National Vice President of the FFA, traveling all over the US promoting the program. Lynn graduated in 1953 from North Fremont High School.
Lynn attended Utah State Agricultural College in Logan, Utah, and became a nominee for the Rhoades Scholar. Instead of taking this award, he continued in the ag field and graduated in 1957. That fall he entered the military to fulfill his ROTC commitment and then returned to Ashton to farm.
His first project was raising eight acres of potatoes, followed the next year by seven registered Hereford heifers. Lynn continued raising potatoes and cattle just on a much larger scale. Lynn’s hobby eventually bloomed into a full-fledged commitment to breeding excellent stock. He raised Herefords for the first 20 years, but in recent years changed to Red Angus, currently breeding 350 head of cows. Lynn maintained a life-long interest in seeking out, and applying, the newest innovations in farming and ranching technology. He worked closely with the extension service out of the University of Idaho to put theory into large-scale practice and to get his findings out to other ranchers.
In the 1980s, he worked with his local veterinarian to reduce copper deficiency in calves through copper injections. He also achieved advances in farming. In the late 1970s, an employee noticed a potato mutation — a potato vine about half the size of a regular Russet vine — in one field. Lynn and his brother reproduced the mutated potato, eventually patenting it. The HiLite patent was the first utility patent on a potato variety in the US; it was the first patent on a potato that could be used for any purpose.
On December 19, 1956, he married Portia Reeves of Brigham City, UT, in the Logan L.D.S. Temple. They became the parents of nine children. Lynn was an active member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.
Lynn served for six years in the Idaho State Legislature for District 28 and served on several committees. He truly cherished that experience. Lynn was active in many civic groups including the Rotary Club, Republican Party, and American Legion. He also served on numerous farming and irrigation boards including the Committee of Nine for 12 years. In 1995, Lynn was inducted into the Agricultural Hall of Fame.
His great love was his wife, his children, and especially his grandchildren.  Lynn was always proud to tell everyone how wonderful they were. He often said, “There is hardly a day goes by that we don’t hear something wonderful about them.” He loved watching the local sport teams, especially when his children or grandchildren were involved.
Lynn is survived by his loving wife of 52 years, Portia; children: Kathryn (M.J.) Pritchett of Piedmont, CA; Brian (Karen) Loosli of Ashton; Bruce (Connie) Loosli of Irvine, CA; Michelle Loosli of Arlington, VA; Joel (Barbara) Loosli of Riverton, UT; Jayne (Mel) Henderson of Falcon, CO; Sara (David) Kimball of Helotes, TX; Jared (Saren) Loosli of St. George, UT;  and Aaron (Michelle) Loosli of Salt Lake City, UT ; and 29 grandchildren.
Lynn was preceded in death by his parents and his sister Gayle Wynn of New Port Beach, CA.


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Jesse Michael Southard

Jesse Michael Southard, 91, of Topeka, KS, formerly of Hoyt, KS passed away Saturday, September 13, 2008 at the Topeka Homestead. He was born October 30, 1916 in Comisky, KS the son of Robert Charles and Elsie Dennis Southard. Jesse worked for Southwestern Bell Telephone as a PBX repairman and owned a cattle ranch northeast of Hoyt, KS where he and his wife, Mary, lived for 40 years. He was a member of Masonic Lodge #327 in Hoyt and belonged to the Scottish rite and the Arab Shrine in Topeka. Jesse was a lifetime member of the Kansas Hereford Association.

He was married to Mary Catherine Chanoux on September 13, 1941 in Chicago, IL. She passed away September 12, 2004. He is survived by his daughters, Marilyn Rowland and her husband, Doug Flair of Topeka, KS and Janet Gartner and her fiancé, Bob Fleischer of Spring, TX; his brother, Albert Southard of Overland Park, KS; 7 grandchildren; 16 great-grandchildren; his nephew, John Southard and his niece, Linda Harris.


Geraldine Irene Nicholson

Jerry Nicholson, 64, of Jefferson, Oregon died October 6 at the Mennonite Home, after a courageous battle with cancer.

She was born on August 28, 1944 in Lebanon, Oregon to R. Delbert "Mike" and Louise (Looney) Cox. She was the daughter of two early Oregon pioneer families of Marion and Linn Counties. The Looney family homesteaded in the Jefferson area in 1843 and the Cox family settled east of Albany in 1850. She graduated from Albany High School in 1962.

Jerry married Jim Nicholson on August 13, 1970 and they lived in Wallowa, Oregon, where they were employed as herdsmen for Wolfe Herefords and Double M Hereford Ranches. While living in eastern Oregon, she was an active member of the Cow Belles, Walla Walla and Umatilla County Fair Boards, and served as the American Hereford Auxiliary president in 1989.

Jerry moved to Jefferson, Oregon in 1991. Her home reflected her love of antiques, creative decorating and gardening talents. She was an accomplished seamstress, avid family historian, and admirer of Native American culture.

She was an active member of the Morningstar Grange, Jefferson Women's Club, Red Hat Society, and Jefferson United Methodist Church.

Jerry is survived by her mother Louise (Looney) Cox of Albany, Oregon, brother Smith Cox and Teresa Barber of Jefferson, Oregon, sister Kay Cowanthompson and husband Bob of John Day, Oregon, nephews Brad Cox and wife Buckley, of Eagle Point, Oregon, Wade Cox and Danelle, of Albany, Oregon, Thaddeus Cowanthompson of John Day, Oregon, and niece Tirza Shaffer and husband Mike of Virginia Beach, Virginia, 2 great nephews, and 3 great nieces.

She was preceded in death by her father Mike Cox and infant brother Troy Cox.

A graveside memorial service for family and close friends will be at 1 p.m. Thursday, October 16 at Jefferson Cemetery.

Memorial contributions may be made to Santiam Central Cemetery and sent in care of Fisher Funeral Home, 306 Washington St. SW, Albany, OR 97321.


Wilmer C. Wuertzer

Wilmer C. Wuertzer was born January 20, 1921, to Edward and Ida (Schuler) Wuertzer at Parkston.

He was married to Annetta Friederich of Tripp on September 5, 1943. They remained on the Wuertzer homestead farming and raising Registered Hereford cattle. He had been highly recognized by the South Dakota Hereford Association for his achievements and contributions. After retiring in 1997, they moved to Parkston. On September 5 they celebrated their 65th wedding anniversary. He passed away on Saturday, Sept. 6, at Avera Bormann Manor in Parkston at the age of 87 years.

He is survived by his wife, Annette, Parkston; daughters, LaVonne Vinson, Arlington, Wash., Bonnie and husband, Bill Bevis, Coeur d’Alene, Idaho; son, Stan Wuertzer and wife, Patricia, and their son, Andrew, Kirkland, Wash.; and a sister, Marlys Aspel, Darien, Ill.

He was preceded in death by his parents; a half-brother, Alton Wuertzer; and three half-sisters, Martha Tiede, Ida Leischner and Sadie Schmidt.


Max Robert Benson

Max Robert Benson, age 91, a lifelong resident of the Clark, SD community, died suddenly at his apartment in Clark on Sunday evening, August 31, 2008.

Max Robert Benson was born and raised in Clark County, South Dakota. He was the son of Bernhard and Laura (Bailey) Benson, a graduate of Vermillion High School and attended the University of South Dakota. As a young man he worked for Gambles in O’Neil, Nebraska and Marshall, Minnesota. He married Genevieve Geise on July 21, 1940. Max and Gen returned to Clark in 1942 to farm. They had three sons and two daughters.

Max enjoyed farming and the people of Clark. He was active in his community as president of the South Dakota Hereford Association, president of the Clark Rotary, president of the Clark Golf Club, a board member of Saint Paul’s Lutheran Church and a frequent recipient on conservation and livestock awards.

His interests included baseball, hunting, golf and the history of Clark County. A descendant of the original pioneers of Clark County, he heard the stories as a young boy of the original settlers. He could drive the roads around Clark and recite the histories of the old farms, the people who farmed the land and the events in their lives.

Max Benson loved his family and the occasions when the generations would gather in Clark for celebrations and the annual family pheasant hunt.

He is survived by his loving wife Genevieve “Gen” Benson of Clark; his sons, Gail (Connie) Benson of Sioux Falls, Jim (Kathy) Benson of Spearfish Canyon and Bob (Marlys) Benson of Clark; daughter Jean (Fred) Ford of Austin, TX; 16 grandchildren and 18 great grandchildren.

Max was preceded in death by his daughter, Carole; his parents; his brother, James; and sisters, Kathryn, Joyce and Margaret.

Memorials may be directed to the Clark Area Community Foundation or the St. Paul Lutheran Church of Clark.


Sylvester Seidensticker

TWIN BRIDGES - Lifelong Twin Bridges resident, Sylvester “Siv” Seidensticker, age 92, died at his home Thursday, Aug. 14, 2008.

He was born July 31, 1916, at Twin Bridges to John C. and Agnes (Woosley) Seidensticker. When he was seven his mother died, and he was raised by his mom Veronica G. Seidensticker. He graduated salutatorian of the Twin Bridges Class of 1935. His class held its 72nd class reunion last year.

In 1939, he earned his bachelor’s degree in Range Management from the College of Forestry from the University of Montana at Missoula. Siv then worked for the BLM from 1939 to 1941 as a range surveyor in Eastern Montana.

In 1941, he returned to the ranch until 1989 when he sold to Allen Hamilton. He was always very proud of the fact that the ranch would continue to be a working ranch after the sale. From 1990 to 2006 he sprayed weeds and did dozer work for the Hamilton ranch.

In November 1939, Siv and Fern were married. They later divorced. In November 1977, he married Chris Taylor.

Siv was always very involved in his community. He belonged to numerous groups including Rotary, the Masons, the Elks and Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation. He started the Twin Bridges Historical Association. He served on the Twin Bridges Cemetery Board for 25 years, and also on the Twin Bridges School Board. He was a member of the Montana Hereford Association and the Ruby Valley Conservation District from 1968 to 1988.

He was very proud of authoring Senate Bill 310 - Streambed Protection Act. He was on the Ruby Valley Conservation Advisory Board for 20 years and the Landowner/Sportsman Advisory Committee for the Department of Fish, Wildlife and Parks from 1977 to 1980.

He also served on the BLM Butte District Advisory Council and as State President in 1977 of the Montana Association of Conservation Districts.

He belonged to the Ruby Valley Chapter Order of DeMolay. Siv was a charter member of the Montana Farm Bureau and he was honored as the Weed Fighter of the Year in 2001 by the Montana Weed Control Association.

The joys of his life included his family, his ranch, elk hunting, hunting camps, the mountains, showing people the big ridge, sage brush burning, clearing brush with his dozer, building roads and community dirt work.

He enjoyed traveling around the world visiting five continents. Siv was a historian, writing three books and collecting numerous Indian artifacts. He enjoyed his garden, flowers and lawn. He was a range conservationist working his entire life to improve his ranch through extensive soil, grass and water improvement projects.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Chris; daughter, Carol Pederson; brother, Lowell S.; dad, Jack S.; mother, Agnes; mom, Veronica; infant daughter, Marjorie, stepsons, Jerry Engle and Joe Glick.

Survivors include his brother, Dr. John C. and Elaine Seidensticker III of Missoula; sister, Jane and Jim Grant of Butte; grandchildren, Mark and Julie Pederson of Twin Bridges, Ramie Pederson of Lolo, Peder Pederson of Ennis, and Laura Hajny of Seattle; stepchildren, Ron and Judy Engle of Townsend, Dolly Glick of Twin Falls, Idaho, Sharon Engle of Waterloo; six stepgrandchildren, 19 great-grand-children, numerous nieces, nephews and cousins, and many great friends.

Memorials: Twin Bridges Museum, Twin Bridges Fire Department, Twin Bridges Cemetery or the charity of the donor’s choice.

Funeral services will be held Thursday, Aug. 21, at 11 a.m. from the Twin Bridges Elementary Gym with Tom Rummel officiating. Interment will follow in the Twin Bridges Cemetery. A potluck reception will be held at the Madison County Fairgrounds Round Building following the interment.

K&L Mortuaries of Twin Bridges in charge of arrangements.


Charles Barkley

Funeral service for Charles Henry Barkley, 93, a former resident of Gillette and Rapid City died Wednesday, August 6, 2008 at the Douglas Care Center in Douglas, Wyoming of natural causes. He was born March 15, 1915 in Paris, Illinois the son of Orlando and Rosa (Rhoades) Barkley.

Charles came to Gillette in an immigrant car in 1918 with his parents, brothers, and sisters. His parents homesteaded southwest of Gillette on the 4-J Road. His father built the Bethlehem Community Church in 1922, and Charles was an active preacher and teacher there for over 60 years. In 1935 he graduated from Campbell County High School and was married to his high school sweetheart, Louise McClelland, in November 1935. They enjoyed 60 years of marriage and raised five children. Charles was proud of having planted the twin spruce trees in front of Twin Spruce Junior High School in 1934.

During the 1960s, ‘70s, and ‘80s, Charles and his sons had one of the finest herd of registered Hereford cattle in the United States. Charles loved his God, his family, and his cattle. Charles and Louise retired to Rapid City, SD in 1992, where Charles was active in the Big Ben Presbyterian Church and Rimrock Church and preached occasionally.

Charles was preceded in death by his parents; his wife, Louise; and one daughter. Left to grieve his passing are his children, Nancy Taylor of Simsbury, CT, Bob (Betty) Barkley of San Antonio, TX, Bill (Trenette) Barkley of Cheyenne, WY, Jack (Deborah) Barkley of Eden Prairie, MN, and Dan Barkley of Shakopee, MN; 12 grandchildren, Steven, Sandra, Diana, Beth, Rosemary, Barbara, Jason, Jennifer, Julie, Justin, Chelsey, and William; and nine great grandchildren.


Melvin Price

Melvin Price, 91, of Tulare, SD, died Tuesday, July 22, 2008 at the Huron Regional Medical Center. His funeral will be Friday, July 25, 2008 at 10:30 a.m. at the Tulare United Church. Reverend Deb Mack will officiate. Burial will be in the Garfield Cemetery near Tulare. Visitation will be Thursday from 1-8:00 p.m. with the family present from 6:30-7:30 p.m. at Thelen Funeral Home in Redfield. www.thelenfuneralhome.com

Melvin George Price was born January 12, 1917 to George and Laura (Smart) Price at Tulare, SD. He grew up on a farm near Tulare and attended school in Garfield Township as well as Tulare where he graduated from high school in 1935. Melvin attended one year at Northern State, before farming, in 1937. He continued farming until his retirement. His special interest was raising registered polled Hereford cattle. He belonged to the SD Hereford Association, Farm Bureau and was a member of the Tulare Township Board for many years. Melvin was a life long member of the Tulare Methodist Church which later became the Tulare United Church.

Melvin married Vera Radcliffe on September 26, 1940 in Watertown, SD. They have three sons: Donald (Jan) Price of Huron, SD; Dale (Sandra) Price of Marquette, NE; and Roger (Jeri) Price of Plumas Lake, CA; and one daughter Delores (Richard) Gould of Mitchell, SD. Melvin is also survived by one brother Wesley Price of Tulare, SD and a sister-in-law Harriet Price of Sacramento, CA, twelve grandchildren and thirteen great grandchildren as well as many nieces and nephews.

Melvin was preceded in death by three brothers: John, Harvey and Maurice, and one sister Lauretta.


Arthur "Bob" Kunde

Winery trailblazer Kunde dies

A celebration of Arthur "Bob" Kunde's life will be held Friday at Kunde Estate Winery in Kenwood.

Friends and family are invited to attend the 4 p.m. celebration at the winery, located at 9825 Sonoma Highway. Inurnment is private.

Kunde, a lifelong Glen Ellen resident who co-founded the winery that bears the family name, died Friday of complications from surgery following a bad fall. He was 80.

Memorial contributions may be made in Kunde's name to either the 4-H Foundation of Sonoma County, P.O. Box 1283, Rohnert Park 94927, or to the Kenwood Firemen's Association, P.O. Box 249, Kenwood 95452.


Jodee Kawulok

A celebration of life for Jodee Kawulok will be held at 11:00 a.m., Friday, July 18, 2008 at the Family Life Church with Dr. Brad Powell officiating. Gillette Memorial Chapel is entrusted with arrangements.

Miss Kawulok, age 50, of Gillette, Wyoming died on Sunday, July 13, 2008 at her home after a long battle with cancer.

Jodee Ann Kawulok was born on October 11, 1957 in Gillette, Wyoming to Joseph and Dorothy Ann (Wormwood) Kawulok. She grew up in Gillette, graduating from Campbell County High School in 1976. Jodee attended Sheridan College where she received an Associates Degree in Dental Hygiene. She worked for numerous dentists in the Gillette and Wright area from the time she received her degree in 1978 until 2005.  Jodee loved raising Hereford Cattle and Quarter Horses. She was a member of the American and Wyoming Hereford Associations, and the American Quarter Horse Association. Jodee served as advisor to the Wyoming Junior Hereford Association for a number of years. Jodee was a member of the Campbell County Cow-belles and Wool Growers.  Her love of animals also lead her to work as a vet tech for Animal Medical Center from 1994-2004. One of Jodee’s favorite past times was competing in the Team Penning held each year at the County Fair. She won the “buckle” in 2004. Jodee served as superintendent of the Beef division and the Sheep Lead contest at the Campbell Co. Fair for a number of years. She actively supported the 4-H program having participated in it while growing up. Jodee loved baking and cooking. She was always finding new recipes to try out.  She enjoyed gardening, was an accomplished seamstress and LOVED TO SHOP!!!

Jodee is survived by her father Joseph R. Kawulok and her sister Toni K Kawulok both of Gillette, Wyoming.

She was preceded in death by her mother Dorothy Ann Kawulok, and her grandparents George and Florence Wormwood, and Joseph and Edith Kawulok.

Memorials are suggested to benefit the Campbell County Memorial Hospital Hospice for the Hospice House. Memorials and condolences may be sent in care of Gillette Memorial Chapel, 210 W. 5th Street, Gillette, Wyoming 82716 or via the internet at www.stevensonwilson.com.


Roy Darnell

The funeral for Roy Darnell, 62, of Freedom, OK, was held Monday, July 7, 2008, at First Christian Church, Coldwater, KS. Brian Frable officiated. Burial was in Crown Hill Cemetery, Coldwater. Arrangements were by Hatfield-Prusa Funeral Home, Coldwater.

He was born June 26, 1946, in Lamar, CO, to Donald Bryce and Wanda Belle Hoffman Darnell and died Thursday, July 3, 2008, at Grace Living Center, Buffalo, KS.

He grew up in Coy and attended Coy and Centerview country schools and graduated from Freedom High School in 1964. He attended Oklahoma State University. He was a cattleman known for his efforts to breed and promote Line One Herefords and was a lifetime member of American Hereford Association. He also cowboyed for many area ranchers.

Surviving are his wife, Sandy, of Freedom; two sons, Kirk Darnell of Bartlesville, OK and Clint Darnell of Haviland, KS; one daughter, Connie Johnson of Ringwood, OK; his stepmother, Harriette Darnell of Hitchcock, OK; one brother, Gary Darnell of Watonga, OK; one sister, Charolette Martin of Fort Valley, GA; and 15 grandchildren.

Memorials may be made through the funeral home to American Hereford Association Junior Scholarship Fund or American Cancer Society.


Donald E. Dubois

Donald E. Dubois, age 68, of rural Wolsey, died Monday, June 9, 2008, at the Huron Nursing Home.

His funeral service will be at 2:00 p.m. Thursday, June 12, 2008 at the Welter Funeral Home, Huron. Burial will be at Restlawn Memory Gardens Cemetery.

Donald Eugene Dubois was born on August 4, 1939, to Glen and Gertrude Edith (Brock) Dubois at Wolsey, SD. He attended Roosevelt country grade school in Vernon Township, and graduated from Wolsey High School in 1958. On October 16, 1958, Donald married Joyce Curtis at Wolsey, SD. He farmed and ranched in rural Wolsey all of his life. He raised and sold Polled Hereford cattle under the Curtis Polled Hereford name.

He was a member of the American Hereford Association and South Dakota Hereford Association, Township assessor for three years, school board member, and represented South Dakota in the national Outstanding Young Farmer competition in Peoria, Illinois at age 35.

He was an avid sports fan, especially following the Minnesota Twins and the Minnesota Vikings. He participated in 4-H in his youth showing cattle, and coached 4-H softball for many years. He and Joyce always made time to attend all of their children and grandchildren’s various activities.

He is survived by his wife Joyce of rural Wolsey, one son, Kurt (Maureen) Dubois of Wolsey; two daughters, Vicki (Steven) Neuharth of Wolsey, and Darci (Kevin) Weeldreyer of Huron; nine grandchildren, Eric (Tracee) Neuharth of Brookings, Jason Neuharth of Fargo, ND, Amanda (Andy) Chipman of Aberdeen, Gena Dubois, Dana Dubois both of Wolsey, Megan Weeldreyer of Spearfish, and Katie Weeldreyer of Huron; one great grand daughter, Mayssa Neuharth; one brother, Everett (Bernie) Dubois of Bainbridge Island, WA; his mother-in-law, Hazel Curtis of Virgil; and his sister in law, Carol (Larry) Gildemaster of Virgil.

He was preceded in death by his parents, one grandson, Benjamin Dubois, and his father-in-law Frank Curtis, Jr.


Jack Lawrence Cooper

Jack Lawrence Cooper, 90, lifelong rancher, beloved husband, father, grandfather and great-grandfather, passed away peacefully at his home on Tuesday, June 3, 2008, surrounded by his family.

The oldest of five children, Jack was born to Frank and Anna (Shogren) Cooper on Sept. 12, 1917. He was raised on his family’s homestead and received his education at Willow Creek High School.

On Oct. 30, 1948, Jack married Phyllis Georgieana Garcelon in Clear Lake, Wis. Together they raised three children, Bob, Mark and Lois.

Jack remained on his family’s ranch throughout his life. He bought his father’s small dairy farm and built it into a nationally recognized cattle operation. Jack and Phyllis’ association with the cattle industry brought many wonderful people into their lives who eventually became lifelong friends. Many cups of coffee and cookies were shared and memories made around their kitchen table.

A charismatic man who led by example, Jack’s quiet nature and loving arms touched many people throughout his life. He was a man with a firm handshake, a tender heart, and a contagious smile. Known by many as a prankster, Jack loved telling stories and was quick to laugh at himself and his past. Jack loved his family very much and remained in contact with them and his many close friends throughout his life.

An avid sports fan, Jack spent a great deal of his time following his children’s and grandchildren’s sporting events. He and Phyllis attended many Bobcat games and enjoyed watching the Boston Celtics on TV. The two also enjoyed playing cards and traveling.

Jack’s passion for ranching and his keen knowledge of Hereford cattle led him to be one of the premier Hereford breeders in the world. He received numerous awards and recognitions for his accomplishments. In 1975, he was honored by the Beef Improvement Federation as Seed Stock Producer of the Year and as Outstanding Cattleman by the Gallatin County Beef Producers. Jack also won the Agricultural Recognition Award by the Bozeman chapter of Alpha Zeta. In 1980 he was inducted into the American Hereford Association’s Hereford Heritage Hall’s Honor Gallery. He was an active member in the American Hereford Association, National Cattlemen’s Association, Beef Improvement Federation and Montana Stock Growers Association. He was a charter member of the Montana Beef Performance Association, a board member for the Federal Land Bank Association, and an area trustee for the Yellowstone Boys Ranch.

Jack was also an active member in his community. He served on the Willow Creek school board for 25 years, was a 4-H club leader for five years, and served on the Willow Creek water and cemetery boards. He was a longtime member of the Willow Creek Methodist Church, Three Forks Masonic Lodge No. 73, and the Baghdad Shriner Center.

Jack was preceded in death by his wife, Phyllis, of 53 years; parents, Frank and Anna Cooper; sisters, Constance Rowe and Betty Woodward; halfbrothers, Leslie Holden and Raymond Cooper; half-sisters, Helen Green and Verniece Torgerson Byrd.

Jack is survived by his three children, Robert (Adeline) Cooper of Bozeman, Mark (Cristy) Cooper of Willow Creek, Lois (Doug) Zeitner of Billings; eight grandchildren: Gabrielle Cooper of Bozeman; Tracy (Stuart) Schopp of Bozeman; Kelsy and Natalie Cooper of Willow Creek; Katie Cooper of Sacramento, Calif.; Kellie Zeitner of Nan Province, Thailand; Chad Zeitner of Kalispell; Kimberly Zeitner of Billings; and three greatgrandchildren. He is also survived by his sister, Marjorie Kegel of Miles City; brother, C. Scott Cooper of Arizona; and numerous nieces and nephews.

We don’t have the words to express our gratitude to Dr. Castillo and her nursing staff, his kind caregivers, the hospice team, and the overwhelming support and generosity of his faithful friends who never left his side. We will all treasure his life in our hearts. Jack was a very gentle and honorable man. He embraced death as he graced life – with a smile. Should friends desire, memorials may be made to the Yellowstone Boys Ranch Foundation, P.O. Box 80807, Billings, MT 59108; American Hereford Association, P.O. Box 014059, Kansas City, MO 64101; Willow Creek United Methodist Church, Willow Creek, MT; or to a charity of your choice.

Please visit www.cooperherefords.com to view photos celebrating Jack’s life.


Leland W. Herman

Leland W. Herman was born at the family farm northeast of Wayne on Nov 13, 1922.  He died July 2, 2008 at the Providence Medical Center in Wayne, Ne. Leland was the third generation to live on the farm called Hervale.

He had a life long love for his Polled Herefords, agriculture, 4-H, youth activities, Wayne County Fair and the conservative side of politics.

Leland’s early beginning in purebred livestock started when he showed and won the Grand Champion at Ak-Sar-Ban in Omaha in 1940 and 1941.  His cattle were exhibited nationally at Chicago, Baton Rouge, Fort Worth, Denver, San Francisco and in Calgary and Edmonton in Alberta Canada and lots of State Fairs in between.

After serving in the Army during WW II he went right back to the farm and raised Polled Herefords.

Leland was on the Wayne County Fair board for 54 years and President for 23.

He was a long time member and Chairman of the Board of the American Polled Hereford Assn in 1975.

He won the Grand Champion Steer in both 1940 and 1941 at Ak-Sar-Ban.  He showed cattle nationally as well as in 41 states.

Leland helped organize the Wayne County Farm Bureau and was President for seven years.

He was a member of Masonic Lodge of Wayne, NE since 1945.

He was preceded in death by his parents Walter J. Herman and Julia Lundahl Herman and sister Twila H. Claybaugh.  He is survived by a nephew and niece William J and Julie Ann Claybaugh of Carroll, Ne and brother-in-law Joseph W Claybaugh of Wayne, Ne.

A memorial service will be Tues July 8, 2008 at 10:30 at Salem Lutheran Church in Wakefield.


Kenneth Naugle

Kenneth W. Naugle Born Aug. 21, 1937 in Nampa Idaho to Wayne and Margaret Naugle. He passed at home in Nampa Idaho early Saturday morning May 31, 2008 of natural causes. Ken was born and raised in Nampa on a cattle and row crop farm. He graduated from Nampa High School where he was active in the FFA and Band. While in high school he was in the Selmer Music Company National concert band and the National FFA band.

Ken was also featured on the C.A.T. Implement magazine as an upcoming future farmer. After graduation from high school he attended and graduated from the Lincoln Welding School with honors, was named to play in the 25th Army band, was the National Outstanding Young Farmer in 1973, served in the National Guard on the 169th engineering division. In 1957 he married Linda Schurr. They built their home North of Nampa where they raised two children Mike Naugle and Michele Naugle-Ellis. Last August they celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary. Kenny was active with the row crop farming, Hereford cattle and Thoroughbred race horses.

Ken and Linda "semi-retired" and spent their time traveling to California to watch their race horses. They have been season ticket holders for BSU Football for the last 30 years. For the past couple of years Ken and Linda traveled the country following the BSU Football team. They were loyal fans and supporters. He is survived by his wife Linda, son Mike Naugle and his fiance Terri Relka, daughter Michele Naugle-Ellis and grandson's Michael Naugle, Toby Naugle, Dennis Ellis and Garrett Ellis. He is preceded in death by his parents Margaret and Wayne Naugle, Grandparent's and numerous aunts and uncles. Memorials can be made to the Garrett Ellis Travel Fund c/o the El Korah Shrine Temple P.O. Box 1127 Boise Idaho 83702. The Ronald McDonald House Boise or the Boise State Football Program.


Gordon Atley Chapelle

Gordon Atley Chapelle, 78, died May 27, 2008 in Lincoln, NE. Gordon was born October 4, 1929 to Fred H. and Hilda B. (Hand) Chapelle in Lincoln.

He served in the United States Army and was a Korean War Veteran having served as Platoon Sergeant and Army Veterinary Tech and Ferrier instructor. After apprentice training in Tucson, AZ from 1947-1948 he became a farrier and cattle corrective hoof trimmer. Gordon worked for the U.S. Department of Agriculture Meat Inspector for over 32 year with numerous awards, including 12 USDA certificates of merit awards for outstanding inspection service. Along with these duties and many other accomplishments, he also raised Polled Hereford cattle and was a member of the Nebraska Polled Hereford Association for 25 years and manager of the association’s Nebraska State Fair booth and National Polled Hereford Show, barn superintendent, Lincoln.

He was a charter member of the Tucson Roping Club; American Federation of Government Employees Local 771, Omaha, serving as vice-president for numerous years; Charter member, Lancaster County Sheriff’s Posse; Past President, District #69 School Board; 4-H Livestock Leader over 35 years; Beef Cattle County Fair Superintendent Open and 4-H Divisions for numerous years; Pioneer 4-H Club Leader and Livestock Show Producer; Lancaster County Fair Board for 15 years during which time he served as Vice President and President; taught numerous horse and beef cattle clinics for the University of Nebraska at Lincoln.

Survivors: wife, Ellen; daughter, Deb Chapelle, Scottsdale, Ariz.; son and daughter-in-law, David & Alicia Chapelle, Lincoln; granddaughter, Ty Chapelle, Lincoln; sister, Naomi Dutton, Tucson, Ariz.; brother, Daryl O. Chapelle, Lincoln. Preceded in death by: parents; brothers, Robert (at birth), Ralph E., Fred L.


Anna Beth Allgood-Pierce

Anna Beth Allgood-Pierce, 90, ended her journey on earth peacefully on April 6, 2008, at her home in Prescott, AZ. She was born on July 2, 1917, the oldest of four children born to Ernest and Viva Allgood. The family moved in a Model A to the Salt River Valley where Ernest farmed in Chandler and Scottsdale. Anna Beth attended Scottsdale schools where she met her future husband, Delbert Pierce, at 10 years of age. She and Delbert were two of the first graduates of Scottsdale High School. Anna Beth attended Arizona State Teachers College where she obtained her three-year teaching certificate. In 1938, she and Delbert were married. They raised four children and continued farming in the Phoenix/Scottsdale area. In 1963, they moved to Prescott after purchasing the Las Vegas Ranch. Anna Beth was a true farmer and ranch wife — bottle-feeding lambs, helping herd cattle down Chicago Avenue, now 44th Street, branding cattle, milking cows, churning butter and canning. She did it all with her wonderful wit and sense of humor. She was always loving, thoughtful and fun to her children, grandchildren and friends. Her birthday cards and phone calls were always anticipated and she never forgot anyone. Anna Beth loved being a mother and grandmother and we in turn loved spending time with her. Being with grandma was a favorite thing to do.

Anna Beth was active in Yavapai County Cowbelles where she served as president several times. The First Congregational Church was fortunate to have her as a member. Anna Beth enjoyed P.E.O. Chapter O for many years and she never revealed what P.E.O. stood for despite much begging.

Anna Beth is survived by her daughter Betsy and sons Steve and Mike; eight grandchildren; five great-grandchildren and sister Delma Baker of State College Pennsylvania. She is preceded in death by her son Gary Delbert.


Clyde Delbert Pierce

Clyde Delbert Pierce, 91, “passed over the Great Divide” to join his wife, Anna Beth, on Friday, April 18, 2008, in Prescott, AZ.

He was the oldest of four children born to Hazel Amelia and Nelson Clyde Pierce on Dec. 19, 1916. Delbert’s wife of 69 years, Anna Beth, preceded him in death just 12 days earlier and Delbert lost his will to live.

He was born and raised in Phoenix and Scottsdale. At 10 years of age, he met his future wife and best friend for the next 81 years, Anna Beth. He and Anna Beth were in the first graduating class from Scottsdale High School where he served as quarterback of the football team and Student Body President. In later years, he served on the Scottsdale School Board.

Delbert always loved the land and the outdoors. He attended Colorado State University and the University of Arizona studying Animal Science. On Nov. 8, 1938, he married his lifelong sweetheart, Anna Beth Allgood. They lived in Phoenix farming and raising cattle. He and his father started Pierce Farms, Inc. when they purchased several farms and properties in the Valley. Delbert did what he had always wanted to do, live a life in agriculture. He and his father farmed at Thomas Road and Chicago Avenue, later named 44th Street.

After a family tragedy of losing a son, Delbert and Anna Beth opened the Larro feed store on Van Buren and worked at The Tropical Grove Nursery until he returned to farming and raising registered Shorthorn cattle.

Throughout his life, Delbert owned several ranches around Northern Arizona, one at Mayer, then the Doll Baby Ranch in Payson, Cold Springs Ranch in Payson, and in 1959 settled in Prescott after buying the Las Vegas Ranch.

In 1961, his family-owned Pierce Farms, Inc. purchased the adjoining Long Meadow Ranch. Delbert operated both ranches with the help of Anna Beth until 1975. He bred and raised registered and commercial Hereford cattle, selling and showing cattle at the Arizona National Livestock Show, which he helped organize in 1949. The Las Vegas Ranch Herefords won many championship ribbons at ANLS, which cover the wall of the Ranch office. In 1981, they showed the Grand Champion Heifer at the National Western Livestock Show in Denver at the American Hereford Association Centennial Show with the help of Larry Stark.

Delbert believed in God, his wife, his family, treating people as he wanted to be treated, honesty, integrity, hard work, and his Republican Party. He could never have a conversation without getting into politics. He always said that a man’s word is his bond and lived with business and a handshake. He loved gardening, planting dahlias and always planted trees “to make the world a better place when you leave.” He was active in his church, as a 4-H leader, and in numerous associations.

He was a member of Arizona Cattle Growers and past President of the Yavapai Cattle Growers and he and Anna Beth were Cattle Growers of the Year in 1996. Delbert was the 1966 Rancher of the Year presented by the Prescott Kiwanis. Also, in 1966 the Society of Range Management honored Delbert and then again in 1983, he won the same award with his son Steve from the Arizona Section of the Range Management Society for extensive work in habitat improvement, range management and conservation. Delbert received numerous awards and honors from the Arizona Cattle Growers Association as Rancher of the year, the University of Arizona Ag College, 4-H Foundation, Ag Extension Service, inductee to the Arizona Ag Hall of Fame, the Arizona National and the Arizona Farm Bureau just this past fall.

In April 1974, Delbert was instrumental in saving the Bashford House from destruction by donating the House and helped raise funds to have it moved to its current location on the grounds of the Sharlot Hall Museum.

One sister, Marjorie in Texas; a daughter Betsy; two sons, Mike and his wife Pam Powers and Steve and his wife Joan; eight grandchildren and five greatgrandchildren survive Delbert.


JOHN E. "JACK" HENDERSON

SIOUX COUNTY - John Earl "Jack" Henderson, 79 died Wednesday April 16, 2008 at Regional West Medical Center. Memorial Services will be held on Monday April 21, 2008 at 2:00 p.m. at the Mitchell Berean Church with Pastor Doug Keener officiating. At Jack's request there will be no visitation as cremation has taken place at the Jolliffe Funeral Home Crematory. Memorials may be made to the Hemingford Volunteer Fire Department or the Shriner's Crippled Children Hospitals. Condolences may be made by visiting www.jolliffefuneralhome.com and will be forwarded to the family. Jolliffe Funeral Home is assisting the family with arrangements.

Jack was born in rural Scotts Bluff County to Earl and Katherine (Yost) Henderson on December 11, 1928.

He was active in numerous organizations such as the West Nebraska; Nebraska and American Hereford Association, and the R-Calf Association. A 32nd Degree Mason as well as the Tehema Shrine Temple and Cattle Capital Shrine Clubs of Alliance. Jack was also a 4-H leader and a past president of the Hemingford Telephone Cooperative.

He is survived by his wife Dorothy Henderson of Sioux County; daughter Debra Henderson of Hemingford; sons David (Dee) Henderson and Bryan (Trudy) Henderson all of Sioux County. Brother Bill (Barbara) Henderson of Sioux County and a sister Mary Jane (Tom) Gray of Vail, Oregon. Grandchildren Tresa Goss; Sean Jensen; Jace & Kyle Henderson; Wendy Caldwell and Bob Curtis. Great-Grandchildren Brian, Austin, Brandon, Hailie, Dillon, Reagan and Cruzz. As well as numerous nephews and nieces.

He was preceded in death by his parents.


James “Bubby” Carmichael

   Mass of Christian Burial for James “Bubby” Carmichael, age 81, lifelong Meadow rancher, will be 11:00AM Friday, September 28, at the Faith Community Center in Faith with Fr Brian Fawcett and Deacon Bill Dustman, officiating.  

   A rosary service will be held 7:00pm on Thursday evening at the Blessed Sacrament Catholic Church in Bison.

   Burial will be at 3:00pm at Gallaway Cemetery at Meadow with full military honors afforded by the Robert O’Shea American Legion Post #106 of Faith.

   Special music will be provided by Kathy Schuhardt and Amy Wicks.

   Serving as Honorary Casketbearers are his granddaughters, Nicole Craig, Kamette Keffeler, Trish Dinkins, Carrie Hulm, Colette Johnson, Brittany Carmichael, and all Bubby’s family and friends.

   Serving as Active Casketbearers are his grandsons, Trevor Peters, Kyle and Kelly Carmichael, Brett and Rory Carmichael, Riley and Brice Carmichael, Colton and Garrett Hunter.

   JAMES LOUIS CARMICHAEL “Bubby” to his many friend’s, was born February 25, 1926 at Buelah, ND to Peter and Garnet (Miller) Carmichael. Bubby attended grade school at Miller Country School in Perkins County and in Gregory, SD. After moving back to ranch southeast of Meadow, he worked for his parents and area neighbors. He was inducted into the US Army on October 2, 1944 and participated in combat in the Pacific during World War II. He earned a Purple Heart with One Bronze Oak Leaf Cluster, the Good Conduct Medal, and the Bronze Star Medal. Bubby was honorably discharged on December 11, 1946. Bubby started ranching on his own by purchasing county land and throughout the years expanding his ranching operation on which he spent almost 50 years devoted to raising Purebred Hereford Cattle and supporting the Hereford Cattle industry. He was a good steward of the land.

   James was united in marriage to Dorothy Hartman on December 30, 1948 at Bison, SD. To this union seven children were born. Bubby was a loving husband, father, grandfather, great grandfather, and great great grandfather.

   In his younger years, he enjoyed playing baseball and participating in rodeo. Later in life, he enjoyed watching baseball, boxing, rodeo, and playing cards.

   He served on the SCS Board in Ziebach County for eighteen years. In 1997, James was awarded “Stockman of the Year” by the Black Hills Stock Show in Rapid City.

   Bubby passed away on Monday evening, September 24, at Five Counties Nursing Home in Lemmon.

   Grateful for having shared his life are his wife, Dorothy of 58 years, 9 months, and children, Connie (Toby) Peters, Sturgis, SD; Jess (Susan) Carmichael, Bison, SD; Kathleen Carmichael, Lemmon, SD; Daryl (Corena) Carmichael, Sturgis, SD; Keith (Carol) Carmichael, Meadow, SD; Bryan Carmichael, Faith, SD; Deane (Craig) Hunter, Ardmore, SD; 15 grandchildren, 21 great grandchildren, 2 great great grandchildren; 1 brother, Pete (Ann) Carmichael, Timber Lake, SD; 2 sisters, Carol (Tim) Valentine, Bend, OR; Iris (Bud) Day, Meadow, SD; and numerous nieces, nephews, and friends.

   He was preceded in death by his parents, and a great grandson, Trenton James Keffeler. A memorial has been established to aid in the research and treatment of Parkinson’s Disease.

   Visitation will be Thursday 1:00 to 4:30 pm at the Evanson-Jensen Funeral Home in Lemmon and on Friday one hour prior to services at the Faith Community Center in Faith.

   Condolences may be sent to the family at www.evansonjensenfuneralhome.com.


Joyce A. Jensen

CAPUTA - Joyce A. Jensen, 77, Caputa, died Sunday Sept. 23, 2007 at Fountain Springs Healthcare. Joyce was born Friday, Dec. 13, 1929 at New Underwood, SD, the daughter of E.T. and Dakota (Hynes) Jurisch. The first seven years of her life were spent on Sheep Mountain; her maternal grandmother's homestead. The National Park Service purchased Sheep Mountain in 1936 and made it a part of the Badlands National Park system. At this time the Jurisch family purchased a ranch north of Scenic, on the Kube Table. Joyce went to school for two years in Scenic and the next five years at a country school on Kube Table. She stayed with a cousin and uncle in Deadwood where she completed four years of high school. She graduated at the age of sixteen as valedictorian of her class. During the time Joyce was in high school, she was a member of Jobs Daughters; the National Honor Society and various other school activities. After graduation, she was employed at the First National Bank of the Black Hills in Deadwood. The Deadwood PEO Chapter and the State PEO Chapter awarded Joyce a scholarship to their college, Cuttey College, Nevada, MO. She attended the college for one year and came back to work at the Deadwood Bank. She also worked at Underwood State Bank in New Underwood and Wall until her marriage to F.M. "Morrie" Jensen in 1951. Since then she has devoted her time and energy to developing their farm and ranch on Kube Table. She and her husband raised registered Hereford and Black Angus Cattle. They had annual production sales at the ranch. During the earlier years, they had cattle at the various shows and sales. Joyce and Morrie attended production sales in many US States and Canada. They also went to Alaska and Canada on fishing trips. Joyce was always Morrie's hunting and fishing companion. Joyce is survived by her husband Morrie Jensen, Rapid City; Mike and Jodie Lehrkamp and their family, Caputa. Mike and Jody are partners and as close to family as anyone could be. Other relatives are 2 sisters-in-law, Joyce Whitney; Helen Jensen and numerous cousins, nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her parents and one brother Bob Jurisch.

A memorial has been established to benefit Western Junior Livestock Show/Hereford Show. Condolences may be conveyed to the family at www.behrenswilson.com. Behrens-Wilson Funeral Home is in care of arrangements.


Dale Jamison

Dale Eugene Jamison was born August 27, 1920 to Owen Thomas ‘Tom’ and Malissa (Flora) Jamison. He went home to be with his Lord, September 22, 2007.

Dale was the youngest of twelve children. He was born in the farmhouse on the homestead his parents claimed in 1898 and lived on this farm all of his life. Dale accepted Jesus Christ as his personal Savior as an early teen and was baptized at that time.

On July 18, 1941, Dale married Doris Pease and they were blessed with five children, Dalene, Dorothy, Gordon, Russell and Marcie.

Dale was called into the ministry in October of 1942 and the eldership some years later. He served in numerous leadership capacities in the Dunkard Brethren Church and had a great love for God and His people. Dale proclaimed God’s Word in many different locations and circumstances. He was privileged to travel to Kenya on two different occasions to help in the establishment of a mission point there.

Dale and Doris enjoyed traveling and over the years they spent time in Mexico, Florida, Texas and at their cabin in White Pine, CO, with family members and friends. They especially enjoyed traveling to church conferences.

In his early years Dale enjoyed fishing and later he spent many hours creating gifts for family and friends in his woodshop.

Dale established Jamison Herefords in 1946 and was an active part of ranch life until his health limited him in the last few months. He cultivated long-time friendships within the Hereford industry. Honesty and integrity in business dealings were important to him.

Survivors include his wife, Doris, of the home; three daughters, Dalene Reinecker and husband Rex, of Quinter, Dorothy Hefner of Shawnee Mission, Marcie Keller of Hesston; two sons, Gordon and wife, Marsha, Rusty and wife, Beth, all of Quinter; fifteen grandchildren, twenty-five great-grandchildren; and a brother, Herman Jamison of Quinter.

Those who knew and loved Dale have many memories of life lessons learned from him. His commitment to the Lord and his wife and his prayers for his family and church family are a strong testimony.


Jack “Pops” Delaney

John Delaney was born May 14, 1919 to Frank and Bernece (Salisbury-McVenes) Delaney at Woodstock, Minnesota. He was baptized at St Martin’s Catholic Church in Woodstock. He moved in 1928 with his parents and brothers Dudley and Roland to a farm in Drammen Township, northwest of Lake Benton, Minnesota, and attended a rural school through the eighth grade, graduating from Verdi High School in 1936. During his high school days, Jack became interested in Hereford cattle. In 1936 he purchased several purebred heifers that provided the start of Delaney Herefords. In 1939, a purebred heifer from this small herd was Grand Champion in the 4-H division at the Minnesota State Fair, and Jack was named Champion Showman. The same year he was chosen Champion Showman at the Junior Livestock Show in South St. Paul, Minnesota.
In January 1942 he joined the United States Army and saw service in World War II in the Lingayen Gulf battle on Luzon, in Panama, and other areas in the South Pacific. In the battle for the Philippine Islands he was awarded the Bronze Star and also was given a battlefield commission of 2nd Lieutenant. He was honorably discharged in January 1946 and returned to the family farm.
He married Dorothy Weber on January 30, 1946 at St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Elkton, South Dakota. Their union was blessed with seven children and 58 years of life together. The couple lived on the Drammen Township farm, raising their family and Hereford cattle. Jack was inducted into the Minnesota Livestock Breeders Association Hall of Fame in March 1983. He was recognized for his support of the livestock industry and beef cattle. In 1996 he was honored by the SD Hereford Association.
Dorothy preceded him in death in 2004. In 1998, he was diagnosed with Parkinson’s Disease. On June 1, 2006 Jack became a resident of Homestead Place in Lake Benton, where he died on Sunday, August 12, 2007 at the age of 88 years, 2 months, and 28 days.
Jack was a member of St. Genevieve Catholic Church in Lake Benton where he had served as a trustee, Eucharistic minister, and lector. He served on the Farmers Elevator Board for 21 years and was the Drammen Township Clerk for 24 years. He was on the local ASCS board for 18 years, and Chairman of the County Officer’s Association for four terms. He served on the Lincoln County Fair Board for 47 years, most of which as president of the board. He was a member of Henry Sollie American Legion Post #10 in Lake Benton for 50 years. He was a member of the Minnesota Beef Cattle Improvement Association, the Minnesota Livestock Sanitary Board, and the Minnesota Hereford Breeders. He enjoyed raising and showing cattle, and playing cards with family and friends, watching sports, and being with his children and grandchildren.
Jack is lovingly remembered by two daughters, Mary Caraway and her husband Clarence of Lake Benton, MN, and Jeanee Delaney of Apple Valley, MN, and former son-in-law Norm Svien of Eagan, MN; four sons, William and his wife Denise of Chokio, MN, Joe and his wife Marilyn of Lake Benton, MN, John and his wife Deb of Gordon, NE, and Jerry and his wife Shelly of Lake Benton, MN; 23 grandchildren; 15 great-grandchildren; brother James Roland (Luverne) Delaney of Hendricks, MN; brother-in-law James (Gail) Weber of Aurora, SD; sisters-in-law Rosemary Weber (Howard) Reynolds of Verdi, MN, Joan Weber and Marie Weber, both of Lake Benton, MN, and Virginia Delaney of Brookings, SD; and many other relatives and friends. He was preceded in death by his wife, Dorothy, their son James Joseph (Jimmy Joe), his parents, and his brother Dudley.


Marie Fraser

Mrs. Sidney (Marie) Fraser, Jr. passed away on July 16, 2007.

Marie was born on Feb. 13, 1914, in Osakis, MN, to Walter and Lena Bayers. After spending her early childhood along the Musselshell in Lavina, in 1927, Marie moved with her family to Reed Point, which she called home for the rest of her life. After graduating from Reed Point High School as valedictorian, Marie attended the Dillon Normal School. She then came home to Sweet Grass County and rode horseback to her teaching position at the one-room Stockade schoolhouse. Marie married her high school sweetheart, Sidney Fraser, in Reed Point on April 3, 1933. Sid and Marie were married on a Monday night, and had four flat tires, but Marie still arrived on time to teach the next morning.

Sid and Marie moved on to the Fraser ranch with Sid’s parents and cared for them in their final years. Together, Sid and Marie kept the ranch going through the difficult Depression years, eventually building up the 1889 family homestead to a large and successful ranch. In 1937, Sid and Marie began raising Herefords with 14 head of Penn Randolph cows and a Dugout Domino bull. Sid and Marie built a champion herd of registered Herefords with “Evan Mischief” breeding known for their good legs and back, thickness, and yellow color. Marie played a vital role in ranch operation, keeping the books and even bringing calves with frozen ears and tails into her kitchen to thaw them during calving season. The Fraser Hereford Ranch held its first production sale in 1954, which was the second established production sale of Hereford cattle in Montana. At the annual sale, Marie and her women’s club would serve lunch from a kitchen in the sale barn, and the sale would always be capped off with a great party in the ranch house.

After a long and productive life of ranching, Sid and Marie held a dispersion sale in 1975. Fraser Herefords went to 22 states and Canada and were shown in Denver, Ogden, and nearly every show in Montana. However, Marie was not quite ready to give up the ranching life and continued on with her “girls,” becoming known as a recognized breeder in her own right. One of Marie’s bulls even earned a top performer rating at the Billings test station.

Although the ranch consumed much of her time, energy and love, Marie still found room for her friends and community. Marie was one of the last surviving charter members of the Bridger Creek Junior Women’s Club, was a charter member and on the steering committee of the T-Bone CowBelles, and was active in the American Hereford Association Auxiliary. Marie served as a 4-H leader for years and held numerous offices in her church, the First Congregational United Church of Christ. A personal friend of Sen. Mike Mansfield, Marie had a lifelong passion for politics and proudly served as a National Committeewoman to the Democratic National Convention in 1964. In their retirement, Sid and Marie also developed a love of travel. Some of Marie’s fondest memories were of her round-the-world trip to over 20 countries, which she took with her daughter, Jan, while Jan was a stewardess with Pan Am.

Even as they spread across the country, Marie stayed close to her five brothers and sisters, starting a family newsletter in 1960 that continues to the present day. Marie and Sid’s ranch was the site of many happy family reunions, when Marie and her siblings reminisced and played cards long into the night. In her later years, Marie enjoyed her pinochle games and the companionship at the Big Timber Senior Center, and throughout her life, Marie felt that it was important to support community causes, be it a new pool, improving the library or even organizing transportation for her children and other students in Reed Point before school buses ran.
Marie was preceded in death by her husband, Sidney; her parents, Walter and Lena Bayers; and her siblings, Lyle Bayers, Marval Kaping, and Max Bayers. She is survived by her children, William (Catherine “Katie”) Fraser of Reed Point, Marilyn (Erik) Iversen of Great Falls and Jan (Joe) Kocsis of Santa Cruz, Calif.; her sisters, Janice (Erle) Gross of Hardin and Lorraine (Albert) Wilson of Knoxville, Tenn.; seven grandchildren; and eight great-grandchildren.

Memorials are suggested to the Carnegie Library of Big Timber or a charity of the donor’s choice.


Irven G. Brand

On July 1, 2007, this world lost Irven G. Brand at the age of 96 years old.

Irven started life on Feb. 20, 1911, as the son of pioneer settlers, Zella Reddick Chippendale and Alonzo S. Brand. He moved to his residence in rural Tolono by way of horse and buggy in March of 1917. He lived there until his death.

Irven enjoyed a full life filled with many accomplishments. Irven graduated from Philo High School in 1929 and Urbana High School in 1930. He farmed the earth to provide for his family for more than 65 years. During this time, he held positions as the superintendent of Country Union School #106 and Philo Presbyterian Sunday school. Irven served the church as a deacon and trustee. Other positions held include being on the board of directors for the Champaign County Grain Association in Philo, and leader in the 4-H community.

Irven was an active member in the fraternal lodges. He held lifetime membership status in both Centennial #747 and Vesper Chapter of the Eastern Star. As a Master Mason, Irven held the esteemed position of Past Master eight different times. Irven was also a 50-year member of the Scottish Rite Order in Danville.
Irven G. Brand was preceded in death by his mother, father, two sisters, five brothers, infant daughter, Barbara, and his loving wife, Marion. He will be loved and missed by all, including those of his family who survived him. Those included are his children, Robert, Lawrence and Anita. Also surviving are six grandchildren, 10 great-grandchildren and a great-greatgrandson.

Memorials are to be made to Shriners Hospitals for Children.


Art E. Schock

Art E. Schock, age 88, rancher and farmer from Vida, MT, departed this earth for his heavenly home on Sunday, May 27, 2007 at McCone County Health Center in Circle, MT.

He was born July 2, 1918 at the family homestead in rural Vida. Throughout his 88 years, Art was known for the twinkle in his eyes, his ready smile and gentle spirit.

As a young man, Art served in the CCC’s helping to construct the Ft. Peck Dam. He was a member of the Christian and Missionary Alliance Church in Richey, MT. Art served his community in many ways through the years including: a McCone county commissioner from 1964 to 1970, on the board of directors of the Trinity Hospital in Wolf Point, the McCone County Fair Board and a 4-H leader for many years.

His passion was his registered Polled Herford herd. Art loved nothing more than discussing the merits of a good herd of beef cattle (even the black or red ones, though they could never quite measure up) with a fellow rancher. He exhibited his cattle at shows across the country and several times in Canada highlighted by exhibiting the Champion Pen of Bulls at the National Western Stock Show in Denver in 1978. He served as director and President of both the Montana Polled Hereford Association and the Modak Polled Herford Association. In 1992 he was an honoree of the National Western Polled Hereford Show. He was also named Montana Hereford Association Man of the Year in 1996.

Art is survived by his bride of 66 years, Lydia Schock; his seven children, Robert (Sherri) Schock of Goldendale, WA, Lois (Gary) Greenfield of Centennial, CO, Ardell (Dennis) Savage of Gretna, NE, LaDonna (Larry) Haber of Circle, MT, Joyce Hanlon of Dyersburg, TN, Dennis (Mary) Schock of Sherman, TX and Arlene (Eric) Huff of Rockwall, TX; 22 grandchildren; 11 great-grandchildren with 3 on the way; and one great-great-grandchild; and four sisters, Anna Buechler of Galata, MT, Esther Kaiser of Geyser, MT, Violet Kahm and Laura Wittenberg both of Circle, MT.

He was preceded in death by his parents, two brothers, Christ and Gottlieb Jr., a sister, Ella Buechler, and an infant grandson, Carlin Art Schock.

In lieu of flowers please make a donation to the American Hereford Youth Foundation, PO Box 014059, Kansas City, MO 64101 or the McCone County 4-H Council.


James Armin Fiedler

James Armin Fiedler, 45, of Stanford, MT, a rancher, died May 8, 2007 of injuries he received in a vehicle accident east of Stanford.

His memorial service is 1 p.m. Friday at the Taylor Ranch 15 miles south of Stanford on Dry Wolf Road. Croxford Funeral Home and Crematory is in charge of arrangements.

Survivors include his wife Pam, sons Frank and Garth and daughter Addie, all of Stanford; parents James and Judith of Stanford; sisters Jan (Ned) Ward and daughter Bell of Sheridan, Wyo., and Jean (Todd) Klick and daughters Katy and Nora, all of Simms, Mont.; a brother-in-law, Rich (Michelle) Lynn and daughter Rachel of Stanford, and son K.C. of Missoula.

He was preceded in death by his grandparents, Frank and Catherine Fiedler and Armin and Marion Neubert.

Jim was born Jan. 18, 1962, in Great Falls. He was raised on the family ranch south of Stanford and graduated from Stanford High School.

On Dec. 3, 1983, he married Pam Lynn, and they made their home south of Stanford with their three children. He was a fourth-generation family member to live on the original homestead.

Jim will best be remembered for the dedication and pride in his work on the ranch. He was at the height of happiness when his children were with him sharing his knowledge and love for The Life. He had a driving passion for our beautiful area, the soil under his feet and the animals he cared for. He was a true cattleman in every sense of the word.

He enjoyed sharing a laugh with a good friend and would always make time to help them out. Children found his fun-loving spirit and mischievous ways irresistible - he truly loved kids.

Memorials are suggested to the Judith Basin County Rural Fire Department and may be sent to the Basin State Bank, Box 428, Stanford, MT 59479.

Condolences may be sent online to croxfords@qwest.net and/or www.greatfallstribune.com/obituaries.


Orville Sweet

Orville Sweet, 83, died in Springfield, Mo., April 19. Orville will be fondly remembered as a leader and friend to the Hereford breed and livestock industry. He served as president/executive secretary of the American Polled Hereford Association (APHA) from 1963-79 and authored Birth of a Breed: The History of Polled Herefords – America’s First Beef Breed.

Orville served as a U.S. naval air crewman in the South Pacific during World War II. He earned bachelor’s and master’s degrees from Oklahoma State University and then taught vocational agriculture, managed a beef cattle ranch and was a beef specialist at the University of Georgia. After his years of service with the APHA, he was hired as executive vice president of the National Pork Producers Council. He worked for the council until 1989 and spearheaded the “Pork. The Other White Meat®” campaign.

He was active and influential in many livestock industry associations and well-known for his speeches, averaging more than 100 speeches a year in 49 states and 63 countries during his career.

Orville was a dedicated steward of the Church of Christ, serving in numerous leadership roles at the Overland Park Church of Christ in Kansas and the Kimberling City Church of Christ in Missouri. He also volunteered at Lives Under Construction Boys Ranch in Lampe, Mo., and served on the board of directors of BNL Insurance Co.
Orville was married to Mary Lewellwyn Gwaltney Sweet for nearly 61 years when he passed away. The couple had four children, 12 grandchildren and four great-grandchildren.

Memorial donations may be made to Lives Under Construction Boys Ranch, 296 Boys Ranch Rd., Lampe, MO 65681.


Edson Lund

Edson Lund, age 75, of Carrington, ND, died Thursday, April 5, 2007, at Golden Acres Manor in Carrington.

     Edson Lund was born May 22, 1931, at Carrington, ND, the son of Herbert and Violet (Black) Lund.  He attended country school at Rosehill #4 (rural Carrington) and graduated from Carrington High School in 1949.  On July 5, 1953, Edson was united in marriage to Ruth E. Hjelseth at Carrington.  They farmed and raised Hereford cattle near Carrington.  Ruth Lund died December 8, 1996.  Edson was a member of Trinity Lutheran Church and served on the church council.  He had been a Rosehill Township Supervisor for 40 years.  In 1994, Edson was the Valley City Winter Show Livestock Honoree.  In 2004, he was the Foster County Soil Conservation Achievement Winner.  Edson was very active in raising and showing his Herefords in various livestock shows, and had been a 4-H Leader.  He had been a Director and President of the ND Hereford Association and was a member of the ND Stockmen’s Association.  Edson enjoyed his family, trapping, and playing cards.

     He is survived by two sons, Neill (Mary) Lund of Groton, SD, and Terry Lund of Carrington; one daughter, Robin (Brent) Christ of Wimbledon, ND, 11 grandchildren; 3 great-grandchildren; and one sister, Lucille (Fritz) Carr of Glendale, AZ.

     Edson was preceded in death by his wife, Ruth; his parents; and one brother, Leo.


Karen D. Heinrich

Karen D. Heinrich, 62, of Bowman, ND, passed away on Wednesday, February 7, 2007 at the Southwest Healthcare Services Hospital in Bowman. Funeral services for Karen were on Saturday, February 10, 2007 at 10:00 a.m. at the Bowman Lutheran Church. Reverend Val Rush will officiate and burial will follow in the Bowman Cemetery. There will be a Family and Friends service for Karen on Friday, February 9, 2007 at 7:00 p.m. at the Bowman Lutheran Church.

Karen Diane Anderson was born to Mrs. Helen Anderson on October 12, 1944 in Minneapolis, MN. She moved with her family to Bowman, ND as an infant. From the time that she was a toddler her legs were constantly on the go. She played hard and made the most of every day.

Karen attended Sunday school and church services as a youth at the Bowman United Methodist Church. She attended the very first service held in the present church before the construction was complete as the minister was leaving before the completion of the church. Karen received her education at the Bowman Grade and High Schools through her junior year. She completed her education when she successfully completed her GED at the age of 54. Karen loved her animals and spending time in the great outdoors. She often said the prairie was her church. She had many gardens and flower patches throughout the years. She always took pride in keeping her yards tended, things picked up and put in their place and her barn was always clean enough to eat off the floor. She shared her home with many people and pets over the years. She also had many great working relationships with several horses. The best days of her life would be out riding horseback and checking the cattle. She would skip school and ride for Chris and Alice Roen if there were cattle to be worked or moved.

Karen was united in marriage to Leo Heinrich on December 31, 1961, at the Bowman United Methodist Church. After their marriage they made their home on several ranches until buying a home in Rhame. While in Rhame Karen became a mother to her three children, LeAnne, Lori and Billy.

She was also involved with the Rhame School Board. She and her good friend Micky Swenson-Manion and others started the School of Promise in the 1970s for those in need. They organized the first white elephant sale to raise money for the School of Promise and also helped start the Cedar Chest through the ARC. One of Karen’s hopes was that one day Bowman would have permanent homes for special people. Karen was also one of supporters for Special Olympics. Over the years she has been owner of several businesses, however, her favorite will always be the one she loved the most, at home on the Broken Diamond Ranch. She was the head straw boss and loved every minute of running their ranch. She was out working, riding horseback and sorting cattle the day before she was diagnosed with her brain tumor. Being on the ranch made Karen feel free and full of life.

She was a member of the Bowman United Methodist Church, loved riding horseback and team penning, spending time with her children and grandchildren, taking her family to Medora and traveling with her friends to Hawaii and other exciting places. Karen was a hard working and strong willed woman that will be deeply missed.

Memorials are suggested to the School of Promise or the Dakota Prairie Helping Hands.

She is survived by her husband, Leo Heinrich of Bowman, ND; mother, Helen G. Anderson, Bowman; son Gaylord William “Billy” Heinrich, Bowman; daughters and son-in-law, LeAnne Kaye and Pat Rafferty of Bowman, and Lori Lynn Heinrich of Bowman; grandchildren Lindsey and Daniel Grooms and Dustin Leo Rafferty; sister and brother-in-law, Janice and Charles Burk, Bowman; brother and sister-in-law, Marvin and Annetta Anderson, Bowman; and father-in-law, Gaylord Heinrich, Bowman. Several nieces, nephews and cousins also survive.

She was preceded in death by her mother-in-law, Myrtle Heinrich.


KENNETH BAKER

Kenneth Baker, 81, Ada, Minnesota, died Monday, January 8, 2007, near Glyndon, Minnesota, as a result of a motor vehicle accident.

Ken was born January 30, 1925 to Alex and Lucy (Mell) Baker in Perley, MN. He was baptized and confirmed at First Lutheran Church in Ada. Kenneth attended school in Ada, MN. In 1943, he enlisted in the United States Navy as a part of the Amphibious Force during WWII. Due to war injuries he was discharged in 1945. Kenneth then began to farm and ranch in Ada, MN and in Rapid City, SD area for over 60 years. He was still actively farming and ranching upon his death. He was a successful Registered Hereford breeder who sold cattle around the world. Kenneth was united in marriage to Arlene Greuel on April 14, 1952, at St. Marks Lutheran Church in Fargo, ND. He and Arlene made their home in Ada, MN with their seven children.

Ken was a member of the Hegne Hustlers 4-H Club, a church usher at First Lutheran which later became Grace Lutheran, Red River Valley Beet Association, Minnesota and South Dakota Hereford Associations, American Hereford Association, Disabled Veterans, VFW, and the American Legion. He was also honored in the National Cowboy Hall of Fame, Soil Conservation Farmer of the Year, Outstanding Norman County Young Farmer of the Year, runner-up to Minnesota Young Farmer of the Year, Black Hills Seed Stock Producer of 2000, and South Dakota HerefordAssociation Seed Stock Producer of 2002.

Ken enjoyed watching all his children and grandchildren’s activities. He followed all sporting events from the Minnesota Vikings to high school sports. When he found time he enjoyed the game of golf. He loved watching his crops come up from seed, and following the growth of his baby calves. Ken had a deep love of God, family and his friends which he felt were all the most important things in life. He was an encourager and good listener to many, and he served others and God faithfully. He touched many people’s lives with his warm personality and will be greatly missed.

Ken is survived by his seven children; John (Shirley) Baker, Ada, MN, Jim (Karn) Baker, Box Elder, S.D., Julie (Jack) Olson, Owatonna, MN, Jeff (Leann) Baker, Piedmont, S.D., Joan (Barry) Soberg, Fargo, N.D., Jay (Coreen) Baker, Ada, MN, and Joel (Paula) Baker, Ada, MN, nineteen grandchildren; Ryan, Lance, Sarah Baker, Marin, Megan, Melissa Baker, Angela, Peter, Gregory Olson, Kevin, Kyle, Kristofer Baker, Lucas, Eric Soberg, Ben Baker, Joie (Mac) Danner, and Allen, Crystal and Jamie Fetterer. He also had four great grandchildren, Braeden Baker, Mason and MacKenzie Danner and Addison Fetterer. Also surviving is his sister, Doris Schmidt, Ada, MN, two brothers, Leo (Marilyn) Baker, St. Onge, SD, Ron (Carolyn) Baker, Ada, MN, and many nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his wife, Arlene, and his parents, Alex and Lucy Baker.


CLAUDE ROBERT KISSACK

Claude Kissack, age 86, of Rozet, Wyoming died on December 31, 2006, of complications of a stroke at the family home north of Rozet, surrounded by his family.

Claude Kissack was born at home on September 6, 1920 to John Claude and Marion (McGregor) Kissack in Spearfish Valley, Spearfish, South Dakota. Claude joined sister, Louise, brothers: John, Phil and Donald. He went to school in Spearfish through the 7th grade and then went to work on the family farm. As a young man Claude went to Oregon and worked in the big timber as a high climber.

Claude married Martha Reffel in Portland, Oregon in 1947. They had a son, Claude Kissack Jr. in 1949. Martha died shortly after in 1949 from heart complications. Claude moved back to the Black Hills. It was there that he bought his first truck for $800 in 1949. His parents helped him with his baby son until he married Mildred F. Somers on February 10, 1952. Four children were born to this union. Claude and Mildred’s first home of one year was in Custer, South Dakota.

Claude hauled bag cement from Laramie, Wyoming to Newcastle, Wyoming on a daily basis. They then moved to Newcastle where Claude hauled lumber supplies from Rapid City, South Dakota to Newcastle for Culver Lumber. Claude then started working in the oilfields around Newcastle as the oil boom was on.

Claude and Mildred moved their family to Rozet, Wyoming in 1965 where they bought the Dave Whistler Ranch. They expanded their trucking business and continued to work in the oilfields around Gillette and other parts of Wyoming and neighboring states. Claude and Mildred incorporated their business in 1975. They sold stock in Kissack Water and Oil Service, Inc, to their son Doug Kissack and daughter Sally Reynolds and her husband John. Claude owned Kissack and Belmont Well Service, Inc, and Three Cornors Leasing, LLC. The business continued to grow and expanded into commercial cattle feeding in Wyoming, Nebraska, Colorado, South Dakota, California and Montana. Claude and Mildred sold their interest in Kissack Water and Oil Service, Inc., to Doug and Jo Kissack and John and Sally Reynolds in 1999.

Claude was very involved in the stock market and was a member of the Odd Fellows Lodge in Newcastle, Wyoming. He continued to work in his ranching business until his death; he also was currently in business with his youngest son, Quent and his wife Wendy. This business is a roustabout business called Kissack Oilfield Service, Inc. Claude worked very hard and was known to be quite a business and family man.

Claude is survived by his wife of 54 years, Mildred and their five children: Claude Jr. (Kathy) Kissack, Sally (John) Reynolds, Douglas (Jo) Kissack, Bart (Kathy) Kissack and Quentin (Wendy) Kissack all from the Gillette area; sister, Louise Cardinal of Portland, Oregon; 15 grandchildren and 10 great grandchildren and many nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents, wife Martha and 3 brothers.

A memorial has been established to the American Cancer Society or the Gideon International. Condolences may be sent in Claude’s name in care of Stevenson-Wilson Funeral Home 210 W. 5th Street, Gillette, Wyoming 82716 or via the internet www.stevensonwilson.com.


Arturo Torres — Veladi Ranch

Arturo Torres, age 70, passed away recently from complications due to diabetes and cancer at the Mount Sinai Medical Center in Miami.

In Cuba, Torres’ father owned a small mercantile store along with cattle. Arturo fled to the United States in 1961 after the Bay of Pigs invasion, landed in Miami without a penny and soon got a job as a hotel bellhop. The city was crowded with refuges and no other jobs were available.

Arturo had learned about Texas from movies he had watched in Cuba and had always dreamed of living there. Less than a year after coming to the U.S. his dream came true when a Presbyterian church helped him to move from Miami to Amarillo.

He soon got a job at 85 cents an hour operating a printing machine. In the evenings he worked at a drive-in theater. One day, while eating at a local Pizza Hut where he had applied for a job and turned down because of his poor English, Torres noticed they needed help. Without being asked, he began washing dishes.

In 1969 he became a U.S. naturalized citizen.

In 1972 he purchased his first Pizza Hut in Del Rio, Texas and from that start grew to become the largest independently owned Pizza Hut franchise in the world. Following a lengthy dispute with PepsiCo, Arturo sold all of his Pizza Hut and Taco Bell restaurants to the parent company for $125 million. At one time he had restaurants in seven states, Spain, Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands.

Other ventures included several steakhouses that served beef from his Karnes County ranch.

His ranch was about 50 miles south of San Antonio and was called the Veladi Ranch after the first two letters of his three youngest daughters, Veronica, Laura and Diane.


Jerry Engle

Jerry Donald Engle passed away at the Bozeman Deaconess Hospital Tuesday, Oct. 17, 2006.

Jerry was born Dec. 8, 1940, in Forsyth, to Max and Christine Engle of Hysham. Jerry went to school in Hysham, Sarpy, and graduated from Custer High School in 1959. Jerry married Sharon Potts in 1960; they moved to Twin Bridges to ranch, a way of life he cherished. Their son, JD, was born while in Twin Bridges.

Jerry worked for Montana Propane in Twin Bridges and Plains, then returned to the Ruby Valley to manage ranches for Dr. Romers, Byron Bayers and Joe Adams. Horses, cattle and farming with modern agricultural techniques were truly his life. He loved going hunting and traveling to the mountains with his longtime hunting buddies. Cattle shows and auction sales were a great pastime.

Flying was a great accomplishment and pleasure for Jerry. He held a private pilot’s license for many years. He was a 23-year member of the Virginia City Elks Lodge 390, Montana Hereford Association, and three-time president of the Missoula Hereford Association.

Jerry was preceded in death by his parents.

He is survived by his wife, Sharon Engle of Waterloo; son, J.D. and daughter-in-law, Deb, special granddaughter, Kacie, all of Bozeman; his brother and sister-in-law, Ron and Judy Engle of Townsend; sister, Dolly Glick of Twin Falls, Idaho; stepfather, Siv Siedensticker of Twin Bridges; and many nieces, nephews and cousins.

Services are 11:30 a.m. Saturday from the K&L Mortuary Chapel at Whitehall with Tom Rummel officiating. Memorial: Emergency service of your choice in Madison or Jefferson County.


Bette Lodoen

Bette was born on August 20, 1939, at Westhope, the daughter of Lyman and Rosalie (Jensen) Henry. She was raised on a farm near Newburg. She attended Liberty School in Kane Township and graduated from Newburg High School in 1957. She attended Minot State and received her Standard Teachers Certificate and taught for a time in Bowbells. She was married to Leonard Lodoen in Westhope on October 22, 1959. She was an active member of the First Presbyterian Church of Westhope her entire life. She was also active in the Westhope Homemakers, Bottineau County Historical Society and the United Presbyterian Women. They made their home on a Farm north of Westhope for 46 years.

She was a life long genealogist and enjoyed tracking down her ancestors all over the country. Bette loved history and has written several books pertaining to Westhope history and family genealogy. She enjoyed sewing, crafts, Native American artifacts and history and sharing her knowledge with others. She especially enjoyed friends and family, from grandchildren to any cousin who had a drop of blood in common with her.

Bette passed away Saturday, August 16, 2006 at a Minot Hospital following a six year battle with cancer.

Surviving family includes Husband Leonard; children, Jim (Teresa) of Burnsville, MN, Toni Joraanstad of Rolla, ND, Penny (Ross) Ballantyne and Matt (Jennie) all of Westhope; 15 grandkids; brother Bob (Wanda) Henry of Newburg; sisters, Robyn (Clyde) Kersten of Newburg and Patty (Myron) Lodoen of Westhope; brother-in-law Mylon (Teresa) Lodoen of Ashville, C and many nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her father Lyman Henry, mother Rosalie Henry, son-in-law Joel Joraanstad and thousands of grand parents most of whom she could identify by name.


THOMAS J. STANGLE

Thomas J. Stangle, 68, of Marsland, died Thursday, September 14, 2006, at Regional West Medical Center in Scottsbluff. A Celebration of his life will be held at 1:00 p.m., Tuesday, September 19, 2006, at the Box Butte County Fair Multi-purpose Hall in Hemingford with Pastor Matt Parker officiating. Interment will follow at the Hemingford Cemetery. Memorials in his name may be given to the Nebraska Hereford Foundation, 601 Pink Schoolhouse Rd., Marsland, NE, 69354, to the Harrison Rural Fire Department and or the Sioux County Ambulance Fund, c/o Security First Bank, Harrison, NE 69346.

Online condolences may be left at www.jolliffefuneralhome.com.

Tom was born October 7, 1937, at the family home near Creston, South Dakota to Frank and Delphine (Jobgen) Stangle. He grew up and attended schools near Folsom and New Underwood, SD. He married Joyce Lauzon September 24, 1955, at Rapid City, SD. He managed the HO Ranch in Rapid Valley, SD before moving to Nebraska in December of 1969 to manage the Davis Cattle Company at Hemingford. He also established and operated Stangle Herefords at this location.

Tom was an active member of the American Hereford Association for forty plus years, and was a director of the Western Junior Livestock Show for over 20 years. For 37 years he was a member of the Nebraska Hereford Association and also served as President of the Western Nebraska Hereford Breeders. Tom also served on the Sioux County Extension Board and was a 4-H leader for 20 years.

He is survived by his wife Joyce of Marsland, daughters Vicky (Ronald) Hula of Weston, NE, and Linda Stangle of Alliance, sons Russell (Shirley) Stangle of Gordon, Larry Stangle of Marsland and Kenneth (Linda K.) Stangle of Hemingford, 12 grandchildren and 2 great grandchildren. He is also survived by a sister Mary Ann (Dean) Parsons of Wall, SD, brothers Frank (Sonny) Stangle of Milesville, SD, and Leo (Rosalie) Stangle of Scenic, SD and a sister in law Gretchen Stangle of Covington, WA. His parents, a grandson Bradley Stangle and a brother John Stangle preceded him in death.


Leon Calmus

Howard - Leon Philip Calmus, 65, of Howard, SD, died Monday, June 19, 2006, as the result of a vehicle accident southwest of Howard.

Mass of Christian Burial will be at 10:30 a.m. on Thursday, June 22, 2006, at the St. Agatha Catholic Church, Howard. Burial will be in the St. Joseph Catholic Cemetery, Howard, with military graveside rites by the Nels Pederson Post #145, Howard. Visitation will be Wednesday from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. at the Willoughby Funeral Home, Howard, and will resume at 6:00 p.m., with a Scripture and Rosary Service at 7:00 p.m., at the Catholic church in Howard.

Those grateful for having shared his life include his wife, Judy of Howard; 4 daughters, Laurie (Darren) Simons of Huron, Marlene (Gene) Lorenz of Aberdeen, Darlene (Terry) Steffenson of Madison, and Carolyn (Brad) Geyer of Aberdeen; 14 grandchildren; 3 brothers, Gene (Linda), Jerry, and Robert (Nancy), all of Howard; and his father, George, of Howard.


Andreas C. Grande

Andreas C. Grande, loving father, respected businessman and community leader, passed away Aug. 23, 2006, after a long and enriched life. He loved his family and his home, and was selflessly involved in serving society in many different arenas, feeling a strong commitment towards returning something of value back to the people and state that he loved.

Andy was born May 28, 1913, to Andrew C. and Agnes Grande at Lennep. He attended Gallatin County High School and graduated from the University of Montana in 1935. He played trumpet with the Grizzly Marching Band and studied tap dancing, and was a loyal and vocal Grizzly fan throughout his life, as well as a generous supporter of the University. After completing his degree, Andy attended graduate school while fulfilling his passion for music, playing with a traveling dance band. He loved to dance himself. He also played organ and piano; he will be fondly remembered by family and friends for his impromptu renditions of his favorite music on the living room piano, all played by ear.

After his time in Missoula, Andy worked in banking in Helena until his father’s demise in 1938, at which time he returned to Lennep to operate the family ranch. Andy married the new Lennep country schoolteacher, Joyce Claire McVay, in Lewistown, June 19, 1954. They made their home on the Grande Ranch at Lennep, with a second home in White Sulphur Springs while their three children, Lynda, Mary Karen, and John, attended high school there. They spent the past few years living in Bozeman; enjoying a well-deserved respite from the Lennep cold and wind.

Andy was civically active and dedicated throughout his entire life. He served on the Lennep and White Sulphur Spring High School boards, was a director of the Montana Hereford Assoc., MT Stockgrowers Assoc., MT Association of County Commissioners, Montana Taxpayers Assoc.; and served as president of the MT Woolgrowers. He held the elected position of Meagher County Commissioner for four terms, was a member of the executive committee of the MT State Republican Party, and acted as a state and local Republican precinct committeeman. He served on the Fish and Game Commission for 10 years, and was instrumental in the reintroduction of the bighorn sheep to the Holter Lake area in the early ’40s. In addition, he was a director and then chairman of the board of the First National Bank of WSS, now the Bank of the Rockies ; was a member of the Peabody Study Commission on Education in Montana, appointed by then Governor Aronson, a founding member of the MT Beef Performance Association, and was named Meagher County Conservationist of the Year. While striving to operate a successful cattle ranch at Lennep, he was also a partner in Grande-Peterson Herefords based in Livingston for many years. He never missed a Montana Winter Fair or an opportunity to stop by and look at the purebred cattle; Grande-Peterson Herefords boasted the Denver Champion Bull in 1972.

Andy’s demise may well have been noted with a dip in the Dow; he was passionate about investing his whole life, and well respected for his knowledge of the stock market. He pursued this interest until his final passing, poring over market research word by word with the assistance of a reading machine as his eyesight failed. His interest was always in the here and now, and he greatly enjoyed any lively conversation regarding current politics or stock tips.

Andy is survived by his wife, Joyce; his children, Lynda (David) Myers of Absarokee, Mary Karen Grande of Wilsall and John Grande, on the family ranch at Lennep; as well as grandchildren Callee, Jace and Seth Swandal of Wilsall, and Gavan and Sarina Myers of Absarokee. He was preceded in death by his parents and six siblings.


Kay L. Wolff

Kay Lynn (Moen) Wolff was born on November 28, 1959, in Denison, IA, to parents, Olaf and Ruth (Jensen) Moen. Kay attended school in Denison and graduated from Denison High School in 1978. Following graduation, Kay moved to Ames, IA, where she attended Iowa State University earning BS in Home Economics education. She later earned her Masters Degree from St. Cloud State University.

It was during her time in college that Kay met Jeffrey Wolff. The couple was married on June 26, 1982, at the United Presbyterian Church in Denison, IA. The couple then moved to Eureka, SD. Kay began her teaching career in 1983 at Bowdle High School in Bowdle, SD. In this position she started the Home Economics program and developed a curriculum for Independent Living, teaching life long skills to her students. Kay was a very dedicated teacher and spent many hours mentoring her students.

Kay and Jeff were blessed with two children, Jan and Amy, whom she loved dearly. She cherished the many memories they gave her.

In 1995, Kay and her family moved to Beardsley, MN, where she began teaching at the Beardsley School and later the Clinton-Graceville-Beardsley School as the Library Media Specialist. In 2001, Kay became employed by the Wheaton Area Schools, where she was currently the Middle School and High School Family and Consumer Sciences teacher.

Kay was a member of various professional organizations dealing with teaching and held a number of leadership roles in these organizations. She was awarded the 1988 South Dakota Home Economics Teacher of the year award. In 1990 she was bestowed the South Dakota FHA/Hero Master Advisor award by her peers. Kay touched many lives and will be truly missed.

Kay passed away Wednesday, August 9, 2006, as result of a motor vehicle accident in Brookings County, SD. She is preceded in death by her father, Olaf Moen; and father-in-law, Philip Wolff.

She is survived by her husband, Jeffrey Wolff; children, Jay Wolff and Amy Wolff, all of Beardsley, MN; mother, Ruth Moen of Denison, IA; brother David Moen of Denison, IA; mother-in-law, Rose Wolff of Dell Rapids, SD; sister-in-law, Karla (Tony) Muller of Austin, MN; brother-in-law, Tom (Lisa) Wolff of Sioux Falls, SD; three nieces, Abigail Muller, Grace Wolff and Coryn Wolff; two nephews, Kadin Wolff and Philip Wolff; as well as many other family and friends.


Donald J. Lambert

Donald J. Lambert, 86, Redfield, SD, died Wednesday, July 12, 2006, at Avera St. Luke’s Hospital in Aberdeen, SD. Don was born May 13, 1920, at Chelsea, SD, and graduated from Frankfort High School in 1938. In February 1941 he moved to Los Angeles, CA, with cousins, LJ and Willis Lambert. While in Los Angeles, Don worked at Lockheed Aircraft until September 1942, when he enlisted in the Army Air Corps. He was a navigation flight officer until his release from active service in October 1945, when he returned to South Dakota and began farming south of Athol. He married the love of his life, Hilde Jungwirth, on Nov. 14, 1946, in Athol. They bought a farm two miles south of Athol. He was proudest of his herd of Hereford cattle. In 1978, they moved to Redfield, where Don enjoyed watching the sunsets on Redfield Lake.

Don played saxophone for over 40 years with several bands. The last 35 years he spent with the Harry Eisele Band. From the 1950s to the mid-1970s, they played at least two dances a week. The last dance he played was for the Frankfort All School Reunion in June of 1992. The Harry Eisele Band also played for two gubernatorial inaugural balls in the 1970s. Don and Hilde especially enjoyed spending their winters in Arizona and the many friendships they made.

Don was a devoted husband, father and grandfather. His passions were his farm and music. Don was a proud patriot, having served in the Armed Forces, and being a World War II veteran. His trademarks were his ever-present smile, even demeanor and quiet wit. He will be especially remembered for his special kindness and gentle manner.

Don served many years on the Spink Electric Cooperative and he was a 4-H leader for the Athol Ramblers. Don also belonged to the South Dakota Hereford Association where he formed many lasting friendships. He was a member of the Knights of Columbus, the American Legion, and the Athol Vets Club.

Grateful for having shared his life are his wife of nearly 60 years, Hilde Lambert; two daughters, Carole (Richard) Verhelle of Troy, MI, and Jan (Steve) Betten, Spearfish, SD; four sons, Robert (Kris) Lambert, Spearfish, SD, Ron (Edna) Lambert, Appleton, WI, Gary (Tanya) Lambert, Beresford, SD, and Doug (Angie) Lambert, Orinda, CA; and 10 grandchildren, Lauren Verhelle, Nicole Lambert, Alison Odland, Ryan Lambert, Jessica Woodruff, Shannon Cooper, Christopher Lambert, Brian Lambert, Jennifer Cypher and Scott Betten. He was preceded in death by his parents, Joseph and Catherine (Rueschenbert) Lambert.


Jack McCaffery

Jack F. McCaffery, 74, nationally known cattle feeder of North Platte, passed away June 1, 2006, at Great Plains Regional Medical Center.

He was born Nov. 13, 1931, in Powell Butte, Ore., to Fred and Neva Weigand McCaffery. He was raised in Powell Butte and graduated from Powell Butte High School.

In 1951, he married Dolores Haldorson in Redmond, Ore. He was in the commercial cattle feeding business since 1961, in various places including Scottsbluff, Yuma, Colo., Ellinwood, Kan., and eventually to North Platte in 1989.

Survivors include his wife, Dolores of North Platte; two sons, Neil (Linda) McCaffery of Ellinwood, and Dean (Kelly) McCaffery of North Platte; three grandchildren, Aaron, Patrick and Ceri; two sisters, Doris (Franklin) Nolan and Lois (Clark) Maddox, all of Oregon; and many other relatives.

He was preceded in death by his parents.

A memorial has been established toward an agriculture scholarship in his memory. Online condolences may be shared at www.carpentermemorial.com.

There will be an informal gathering from 2 to 5 p.m. Tuesday at the Quality Inn and Suites in North Platte. Graveside services will be private.

Visitation will be from 1 to 7 p.m. Sunday and from 8:30 a.m. to 8 p.m. Monday at Carpenter Memorial Chapel in North Platte.


Stanley Stout

Stanley E. Stout, Cottonwood Falls, Kan., died from an aortic aneurism Sunday afternoon, April 30. Stout was a premier livestock auctioneer and seedstock marketeer. He started in the purebred livestock auction business in 1975 and has sold numerous sales throughout the U.S. and Canada.

Stout was raised on a Flint Hills Ranch in Cottonwood Falls, Kan. He attended Kansas State University and then went to auction school in Bryan, Texas. After graduating from auction school, he showed and managed a group of Herefords in Japan for the American Hereford Association. Upon returning to the states, he joined the Western Livestock Journal as a field representative covering the state of Texas. He then joined the Drovers Journal and covered Kansas, Oklahoma, and Texas. From the field, he moved to the main office and was in charge of the field staff. He then went to work for the Charolais Banner as director of advertising, and then entered the sales management business with the North American Auction Company. In 1975 he started Stanley E. Stout Auction Services.

Funeral services will be at 10 a.m., Thursday, May 4 at the Flint Hills Rodeo Arena in Strong City, Kan. Following the burial there will be a barbecue luncheon at the rodeo grounds. The funeral home is Brown-Bennett-Alexander, Cottonwood Falls, Kan., (620) 273-6311.

Stout's sudden death leaves a tremendous void in the industry. The "Colonel" was a legend among livestock producers everywhere and touched countless lives throughout the thousands and thousands of miles he traveled. Our thoughts and prayers go out to the Stout Family and Stanley's family of friends in the industry.

The family suggests memorial contributions to the Kansas State University Department of Animal Science and Industry, c/o Dave Nichols, 133 Weber Hall, Manhattan, Kansas 66506 or the American Royal, c/o Neil Orth, 11700 N.W. Plaza Circle, Kansas City, Missouri 64153. Doug’s Flowers and Gifts can be reached at (620) 273-6340.


Virgil Wesley Isbell

Virgil Wesley Isbell, 81 of Wilsall, Mont. died at his home Sunday morning, April 16, 2006 after a courageous battle with cancer. 

Virgil was born January 6, 1925 in Wilsall, Mont. The third child of Ray and Cora Virginia (Carr) Isbell, he grew up on the family ranch where he lived until the time of his death.  He attended grade school at the Meyersberg country school through the fifth grade and rode horseback to school on his welsh pony “Shirley”.  Meyersberg was the first country school to consolidate with Wilsall and so from the sixth grade on Virgil attended Wilsall schools. As a ten-year-old boy Virgil became involved in 4-H. He purchased his first 4-H steer with money earned feeding bum lambs and a Holstein bucket calf given to him by a neighbor. Through his 4-H years he had many Grand and Reserve Champion steers and in 1940 he received an outstanding livestock 4-H youth award which earned him a trip to the  Chicago International Livestock Show. Virgil purchased his first registered Hereford heifer in 1938.  He and his father continued to build their herd of registered Hereford cattle while also feeding and showing bulls for several other breeders.

In 1945 Virgil entered the United States Navy and served during WWII with the Sea-bees in the South Pacific. He married Gerry Lu Olsen on April 3, 1949 in Livingston, Mont. Through the years Virgil built one of the premier registered Hereford herds in Montana. Virgil sold registered seedstock to ranchers in many other states as well as Canada, Mexico and Brazil. He was honored for 50 consecutive years of showing cattle at the Montana Winter Fair.  He was named Montana Hereford Man of the Year in 1983 and Park County Ranchers Hall of Fame in 1999.

Virgil served on the board of directors of the Bozeman PCA, He was a 4-H leader for 15 years and secretary of the Park Farmers CO-OP for 12 years.  He held offices in the Park-Gallatin Hereford Association and was a member of Montana Wool Growers, the Shields River Rodeo and Racing Association, Montana Hereford Association, R-Calf, Montana Cattlemans Association, Shields River Lutheran Church and the American Legion Post #0023.

Virgil is survived by his wife Gerry Lu of 57 years. Three sons: Loren (Shirley) of Veteran, Wyo; Wade (Sue) of Solen, North Dakota; and Garth (Robbie) of Cardwell, Mont. One daughter: Shelley (Jay) Bailey of Clyde Park, Mont. Two sisters: Joan Roth of Livingston, Mont. and Fae Rooksberry of Butte, Mont.  Grandchildren: Cash, Chance, Blake, Jerid (Toby) and Mariesa Isbell, Camri (Ken) Piwarski and Kira and Joshua Bailey; four great grandchildren and numerous nieces and nephews. Virgil was preceded in death by his parents and one sister.

“Now when I’m dead and gone, and you hang my old worn tack, I want you to remember, I never sold my saddle or harness and I never bred’em black”

If desired memorial contributions may be directed to the Wilsall Senior Center, P.O. Box 11, Wilsall, MT 59086, Wilsall Cemetery Fund, 2057 Hwy 89 North, Wilsall, MT 59086 or R-Calf, P.O. Box 30715, Billings, MT 59107.


Greg Entzi

Greg Entzi, son of Harold and Violet (Huse) Entzi was born May 26, 1951 at Eureka, SD. He moved with his family and attended school in the Fredonia area. Greg graduated from Lehr High School in 1969. Greg was united in marriage to Tresia Davis on June 1, 1969 in Fredonia, ND. They lived on the family farm for 20 years and in the fall of 1989 they moved to their present ranch in the Fredonia area. Greg was a 4-H leader for many years and in 1997 he was honored as North Dakota Commercial Cattleman of the year. He was a member of the American Hereford Association. Greg was a member of Martin Luther Lutheran Church in Fredonia, ND and the church council.

Greg died Tuesday, March 21, 2006 at St. Alexius Hospital in Bismarck, ND. He was 54 years old.

Greg is survived by his wife, Tresia, Fredonia, ND; two sons, James (Susan) Entzi, Atlanta, GA, Paul Entzi, Fredonia, ND; five grandchildren, Chelsee and Colton, Fredonia, ND, Brittany, Carrington, ND, Samuel and Maxwell, Atlanta, GA; his mother, Violet Entzi, Fredonia, ND; two brothers, Bruce Entzi, Lehr, ND, Donald ( Kristin) Entzi, Rolette, ND; one sister, Paulette (Richard) Clifton, Johnson Creek, WI. He was preceded in death by his father, Harold, and his daughter, LoRee.


Neil Wilson

Neil Wilson passed away suddenly on February 21, 2006 of a heart attack at the family farm, near Wawota, Saskatchewan. Neil, age 59, is survived by wife Lenna, daughter Kristy, son Chad, mother Clara Wilson, and siblings Kenneth (Anne) Wilson, and Lois Greenbank. Special nieces and nephews Kevin Wilson, Shannon Aleksic, Tamara Greenbank, and Natalie Bloomfield. Neil will be fondly remembered for the challenge and passion with which he approached the life events of track and field, baseball, hockey, the cattle industry and most of all his love for his family, neighbours and friends. His friends and fellow cattleman held Neil in a place of high esteem and had an appreciation for his talents in many arenas. His calm, confident presence, sense of humor, and charisma are all attributes to be valued as we proceed. A celebration of Neil’s life will take place at the Wawota Town Hall on Friday, February 24,2006 at 3:00 p.m. If you wish to acknowledge Neil’s death, memorial donations may be forwarded to the Town of Wawota (S0G 5A0), designating the Wawota Community Forum, Wawota Curling Club or Lyle’s Ball Park. Reverend Sally Bullas officiating and Carscadden Funeral Service assisting.


Ralph Heinemann

Ralph Dean Heinemann, 80, was called to his Heavenly Home on Saturday evening, January 14, 2006 at his Billings home during his sleep. He had suffered a stroke at Thanksgiving with a needed stay at Aspen Meadows. He had only been back home three days when he died. We will dearly miss his gentle ways and tender smile.

Ralph was born July 13, 1925 in Reardon, Washington to George and Martha Heinemann. He was the third of four siblings. The family were wheat farmers and of German descent. They knew nothing but hard work in the 30’s. Ralph’s father took his life in 1939, leaving the family in poverty. But with chopping wood, working for other farmers, driving school bus, they “eked” out a living, never wanting to accept the “relief” program.

Ralph attended a country school his first three years. Upon consolidation, he attended elementary and high school at Edwall, WA. He knew the only way to get out of poverty was an education. After chopping a 3 year supply of wood for his mother and younger brother, he entered the US Navy as a volunteer in late 1943. He went through boot camp at Farrogot, Idaho, on to engineering school at Great Lakes, Illinois, and on to water tender school at Philadelphia, PA. He was assigned to the USS Charles E. Brennen, as an escort destroyer with the 7th Fleet, serving in the Philippine Islands at Lagoon, Okinawa in1944-45. He served at Hong Kong, China and at Shanghi in 1945-46. He was on the USS Brennan escorting a cargo ship into Hong Kong on Christmas Eve when the Japanese attacked. Several escort destroyers were hit but his forged ahead, making it safely into port. He was discharged in early 1946, after having served in the Southwest Pacific, at 21 years of age. It gained him a 4 year education at Washington State College under the GI bill with a degree in animal husbandry. The mileage of his travels had been equal to 3 ½ times around the world and he had seen over ½ the world’s surface.

After college graduation, Ralph worked at Armor and Company in Spokane as a cattle buyer and later in Portland. He was employed for 5 ½ years for the American Shorthorn Association as their western field representative. He went on to be the field rep for Western Livestock Journal out of Denver for 28 years.

On March 10, 1974 Ralph married Marilyn Tollefson at the American Lutheran Church in Billings. He was baptized in the Lutheran faith as an adult and had continued to be an active member there where he enjoyed being an usher, greeter and sometimes an auctioneer, until his failing health. He belonged to the Elks, the Yellowstone Country Club, the Washington Grange Growers and Alpha Zeta WSU. He received honors throughout the years from the Midland Bull Test Center, Missoula Hereford Association for the Top Cut Sales, and the Livestock Marketeers from the Denver Livestock Shows.

Ralph had two passions in life, being a conservative cattle buyer and being a conservative politician. He bought bulls for many years for the Grant’s out of Utah.

Ralph is survived by his wife, Marilyn, of almost 32 years; his nephew, Steve (Lôre) Hilby of Issaquah, WA; his nieces, Cory Hilby MD of Olympia, WA, and Darcy Hilby of Burien, WA; great-nieces, Veronica and Roxanne Hilby.

He was preceded in death by his parents; step-father, Dave Anderson; two brothers, Laurence and Robert Heinemann; a sister, Ruth Hilby and brother-in-law Noel Hilby.

Visitation will be 12 to 5 p.m. Tuesday and 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Wednesday and Thursday at the Dahl Funeral Chapel. Services will be held Friday, January 20th at 11:00 a.m. at the American Lutheran Church. A lunch reception will follow the service with burial in Yellowstone Valley Memorial Park. Memorials may be made to American Lutheran Church, 5 Lewis Ave., Billings, MT 59101; Yellowstone Boys & Girls Ranch Foundation, 2303 Grand Ave., Billings, MT 59102; or the Montana Rescue Mission, 2822 Minnesota Ave., Billings, MT 59101.


Lloyd A. Rockeman

Lloyd Rockeman, beloved father and friend, long-time North Dakota and Montana rancher and registered Polled Hereford breeder, died “with his boots on” while feeding his calves at his home near Grassy Butte on December 6, 2005. His two loves were his family and his cattle. He was a member of the North Dakota Stockmen’s Association for 56 years, a member of the 50 Years in the Saddle Club, and recognized by the American Hereford Association as a Golden (50+ years) Breeder.

Lloyd was born near Donnybrook, North Dakota on January 13, 1921. He attended Donnybrook High School, from which he graduated in 1938, and farmed with his father August until entering the U.S. Army in 1946. He served his country with pride for two years, including occupation duty in Japan, and after being discharged returned to Donnybrook where he and his brother Howard formed the Rockeman Brothers farm and ranch partnership. They raised durum wheat, other small grains, and cattle – buying their first registered Polled Hereford cattle in 1949 – and were founding members of the MonDak Polled Hereford Association. He married Eunice Dell Wheeler of Berg, North Dakota on March 11, 1951 in Minot, and they had four children; Kurt, Kenneth, Keith and Carolyn. After Eunice’s death in 1964, he married Betty Kay Chisholm on September 6, 1965 and they had one daughter, Kimberly. He was a Second Lieutenant in the Civil Air Patrol, served on the board of the Gooseneck Soil Conservation District in Ward County, and was an active member of the Aurelia Moravian Church.

He and Betty purchased the Rockeman Pine Hollow Ranch near Stevensville, Montana in 1968, concentrating on raising and selling registered Polled Herefords. In 1976 they provided 45 of the 100 registered Polled Hereford heifers exported from Western Montana to Taiwan as the basis of the then Republic of China foundation herd. In 1972 they purchased the Rockeman Ranch on the Little Missouri River in southern McKenzie County in partnership with his son Kenneth and Dr. James O. Foss of Minot, and later bought a home in Sidney, Montana. After selling the ranch in Stevensville, the Rockeman Ranch was sold to their sons in 1981 and purchased the Rockeman Silver Dollar Ranch near Columbus, Montana. They sold the Columbus ranch in 1984, and began a second career selling western art, rocks and antiques at the Moosehead Gallery, Campground and Store near Conner, Montana while maintaining the registered cattle herd through share arrangements. He moved back to McKenzie County, North Dakota in 2000 after he and Betty separated, staying active by operating the Fin and Feather Inn and enjoying his cattle, family and grandchildren.

Lloyd was a committed and loving father, a kind and helpful friend, and a spirited North Dakota man deeply connected to the western lands of which he was so much a part. He touched many with his easy manner, amusing commentary, humor and loves. He will live forever in the hearts of all who loved him.

He is survived by three sons, two daughters and their families: Kurt and Kathleen Rockeman of Watford City and their children Anne, Geneva, August, and Christian; Kenneth and Becky Rockeman of Big Timber, Montana and their children, Matthew and Austin; Keith Rockeman of Grassy Butte and his children Joshua, Cody and Kayci; Carolyn and Robert Neumann of Castroville, Texas and their children Kendra and Kyle; and Kimberly and David Proffitt of Winthrop, Maine and their children Hunter and Jeneva. He is also survived by: his brother Howard Rockeman and his wife Elvina of Donnybrook, North Dakota; Betty Rockeman Chisholm of Hamilton, Montana; and his special friend Rose Eschenko of Grassy Butte. He loved them all, and will be missed deeply.

Messages of sympathy and condolence can be sent to Box 821, Watford City, ND 58854. In lieu of flowers the family requests that memorials be sent to the Grassy Butte Baptist Church, 761 Highway 85, Grassy Butte, ND 58634.


Gordon Myran

Gordon Myran was born April 8, 1922 to Lars and Esther (Anderson) Myran. He attended grade school at Lone Eagle School, rural Taylor, and high school in Taylor. He entered the Army Air Corps and served in the 8th Army Air Borne. Gordon was a golden gloves boxer while in the Air Corps. After his military service he worked for Northern Pacific Railroad for 2 1/2 years. In 1950 he purchased a ranch north of Tappen where he raised registered Hereford cattle. Then in 1957 he purchased his grandmother Myran’s ranch north of Taylor where he continued to raise registered Herefords until the time of his death. He married Joyce Merz in Baker, MT on December 23, 1944. He was a member of the American Hereford Association, North Dakota Hereford Association, North Dakota Stockmen’s Association, American Legion, Taylor Horsefest Committee, Ridgeway Cemetery Board, Richardton Saddle Club and the Taylor Lutheran Church. He enjoyed rodeos, roping and the Taylor Horsefest.

He is survived by his wife, Joyce, rural Taylor; two daughters, Louise (Stanley) Pollestad, Halliday, Lanell (Jerry) Greff, Dickinson; one son, Milton (Beverly) Myran, Gladstone; five grandchildren; five great-grandchildren; three sisters, LaVern Dubrall, Pico Riveria, CA, Laura Zweifel, Beresford, SD and Margaret Nolte, Hebron, ND. He was preceded in death by his parents, four brothers and one sister.


Orville Bennie Haiwick

Orville Bennie Haiwick was born in Highmore, SD, on October 22, 1927, to Bennie and Clara (Stoley) Haiwick and died October 13, 2005, at his home in rural Hyde County, SD, at the age of 77 years, 11 months and 21 days. He was baptized and confirmed in the Lutheran faith, remaining active in the church throughout his life.

Orville attended grade school in Eden and Washington townships. As did many families during the depression years, the family moved a number of times, eventually settling on the farm he would call home for the remainder of his life. He went on to attend Highmore High School, graduating in 1945.

Following graduation, he chose to join his dad on the family farm where they raised Hereford cattle and sheep. His parents retired and moved to Highmore in 1967 and he took over the farm at that time, continuing to actively farm and ranch until just before his death.

In the 1950’s, he worked for the Stake Construction Company setting telephone poles for the Sully Buttes Telephone Company. He served on the Draft Board, was a board member of the Highmore Co-op Elevator and Our Savior Lutheran Church, and acted as a director of the Mid-Dakota Rural Water System from inception to near completion.

He enjoyed music and participated in band and vocal groups in high school, sang in the Highmore Community Choir and danced to the music of the Big Band era. He was an avid sports fan as well, especially enjoying football, baseball and basketball.

He was united in marriage to Minnie Duchene on June 24, 1956, at Lutheran Memorial Church in Pierre. To this union four daughters were born.

Orville experienced the dust bowl era and knew what hard work was all about. A quiet and resourceful man, he enjoyed his family, nature and Hereford cattle. In 2004, he was honored to receive the South Dakota Hereford Association Commercial Producer of the Year award.

He is survived by his wife, Minnie; three daughters and sons-in-law, Carolyn (Roger) Price of Sioux City, IA, Janell (Rick) Schutz of Litchfield, MN, and Julie (David) Jensen of Bothell, WA; sister and brother-in-law, Joyce (David) States of Prior Lake, MN; five grandchildren, Charlotte, Jacqueline and Hannah Price and Dylan and Ryan Schutz; and his two step-grandchildren, Joshua and Bethany Jensen. His parents and an infant daughter preceded him in death.


Murray Dale Duke

On Tuesday, July 12, 2005, Murray Dale Duke, late of Langbank, Sask., age 81, passed away peacefully after a very short period of illness, at Moosomin Union Hospital, with his loving wife Mary and family at his side.

Murray was born on June 30, 1924. He was predeceased by his parents Euphemia and Thomas Duke, father-in-law Andrew Peroska, mothers-in-law Julia and Alice Peroska, infant brothers Bobby and Carl; brothers Ivan, Tom Jr., and Lloyd; sisters Mary Carson and Frances Duke; sisters-in-law Violet Duke, Lydia Duke, and Myrtle Duke; and brothers-in-law Oliver Heighington, Adam Carson, and Keith Woodcock. Murray is survived by his loving and devoted wife Mary, of 57 years; his children Carol (Jim) Adair of Moosomin, and their family of Sarah, Jinny and Ian; Harvey (Shery) Duke of Regina and their family Susan and Bradley; Eileen (Bill) Blyth of Saskatoon and their family Charlene, Greg and Nolan; Jim (Lori) Duke of Langbank and their family Jason, Stephen, Deanna and Megan; Gerry (Paula) Duke of Calgary, Alta., and their family Kelly, Reid and Tel; and Ken (Shelley) Duke of Langbank and their family Rhett, Clint and Julie. He is also survived by one brother Allan Duke of Saskatoon, and one sister Edna Heighington of Red Deer, Alta., two sisters-in-law Annie Duke of Regina and Thressa (Don) McRae of Brandon, Man. He is also survived and fondly remembered by numerous nieces and nephews.

Murray farmed his entire life on the family farm north of Langbank, Sask. on #9 Highway. It was the life he enjoyed and he took pride in farming productive land the best he knew how. He worked hard and loved life, always interested in a variety of subjects and activities. While actively raising Polled Hereford cattle over the last 50 years, he met and dealt with many people he liked, respected, and who also shared his vision of quality livestock.

Murray was especially proud and devoted to his children and grandchildren, and he was much loved and respected by all of them. Murray was especially devoted to his wife Mary, not only his partner but best friend. He will be greatly missed.

Murray was grateful for his life, blessed with family, friends and good fortune. He led a full life, with a zest for living, learning and laughing. We will remember him when driving by a beautiful crop of canola or a herd of good Hereford cattle.

The funeral service was held at Langbank United Church, Langbank, Sask. on Friday, July 15 with Rev. Barbara Wilkins officiating and pianist Jeannette Cross. Interment followed at the Whitewood Cemetery, and a lunch was held at the Harmony Club in Whitewood. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Moosomin and District Health Care Foundation in memory of Murray. Arrangements were in care of G.R. Carscadden Funeral Chapel, Moosomin, Sask.


Gene Johnson

One of the most respected men in the livestock industry, Gene Johnson, passed away at home in Sun City, Arizona on September 23, 2005.

Reared on an Illinois general livestock farm, Gene showed cattle for many years as an ardent 4-H club member. He was also part of the state champion cattle judging team for two years. After an interesting career managing farm operations in Indiana, including Earlham College and Dr. Will Moore’s White Oak Farms, he managed famed Velva Haven Farms, headquartered in Kentucky with operations in Florida and Georgia. He remained there until their dispersion, which was the largest of its kind ever to be held.

Gene then enjoyed a successful tenure with the American Hereford Journal as a fieldman before joining the Record Stockman staff. He later returned to ranch management for Thorp Herefords, Britton, SD until the herd’s liquidation. As co-owner and manager of Coteau Cattle Co., a pioneer in Simmental Cattle breeding, he enjoyed similar success.

During Gene’s long, distinguished career in the livestock business, he worked with and participated in many evaluation clinics through-out the nation. He served as a judge at many cattle shows in Canada, South America and the United States.

After retiring to Arizona, Gene maintained a keen interest in livestock events and kept in contact with his numerous friends in the industry. He is survived by his wife, Patsy, of Sun City. Private family memorial services were held September 27, 2005 in Sun City, Arizona.

Contributions may be made to the Shriners Hospitals for Children, Fairfax Road at Virginia Street, Salt Lake City, UT 84103 or to the donor’s charity of choice.


Cyrus H. Goertz

Cy Goertz, 82, died May 31, 2005, at Marion, KS. Born June 6, 1922, in Grant, NE, he was the second of three children born to David and Mary (Northrup) Goertz.

He attended Marion schools graduating from Marion High School in 1941. He attended McPherson College. In 1942 he married L. Dena Sampson at Marion. He served in the US Air Force and was a veteran of World War II where he was stationed in Okinawa and the Philippines. He was an active member of the American Legion, VFW, and was a Master Mason. He was a longtime member of the Youngstown United Methodist Church until it closed, then joined Eastmoor United Methodist Church. At Youngstown he was a youth fellowship leader, Sunday School teacher, Sunday School superintendent and member of the men’s chorus.

One of his loves was his Hereford cattle. Goertz Herefords was founded in 1950. He was an exhibitor at the National Western with a pen of bulls from 1954-1974.

He was preceded in death by his wife, L. Dena, his parents, and sister, Rachel. Survivors include a daughter and son-in-law, Diana and Clint Jost of Burdick, KS; son and daughter-in-law, David and Jessye Goertz of Berwyn, NE; sister, Maryanna Scharenberg of Mapleton, KS and four grandchildren.


Claude Jarvis Miller

Claude Jarvis Miller, 84, of Oxford, NE, passed away Monday, May 30, 2005 at the Phelps Memorial Health Center in Holdrege, NE.

Funeral services were conducted from the Evangelical Free Church in Oxford on Friday, June 3 at 10:30 AM with Pastor Wes Holen, officiating. Interment was the Oxford Cemetery.

Claude was born on July 28, 1920 on the family farm near Atlanta in Harlan County, NE, the third of four boys born to Fred and Pearl (Canipe) Miller. Jarvis attended rural high school and graduated from Mascot High School with the Class of 1939.

On August 3, 1949 he was united in marriage  to Maxine Dietz and the couple were blessed with four children: Curtis, Scott, Kathryn and Kristi.

Jarvis was a member of the Oxford Evangelical Free Church for many years and loved farming, especially raising his registered Polled Herefords.

Jarvis leaves to mourn his passing his wife, Maxine of Oxford; his two sons, Curtis Miller and his wife, Sue, Greeley, CO, Scott Miller and his wife, Ruth, Delta, CO; two daughters Kathryn Marks and her partner Danny Hefner, Lincoln, NE and Kristi Rounds and her partner Robert Forpney, Fort Smith, AR; seven grandchildren, Joshua, Nicholas and Brandon Miller, all of Greeley, CO, Scott Miller and his wife Brandy, Oxford, Shea Marks, Lincoln, Wayne Rounds and his wife, Brittany, Van Buren, AR, and Kenny Rounds, Hutchinson, KS; three great grandchildren, Logan, Kasey and Garrett Miller, all of Oxford; one sister-in-law, Delilah Lauer and her husband, Melvin, Holdrege; and a host of nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.

Besides his parents, he was preceded in death by one grandson, Chad and three brothers, Merlin, Dean and Gail. Memorials were suggested to the Oxford Volunteer Fire Department and Rescue Unit.


Ora Leota LaBree

Ora Leota LaBree was born July 29th 1939 to Herman and Leota (Elmore) in Ekalaka, Montana. She attended schools and graduated from high school in Ekalaka. On July 16, 1957, Ora married Emmett LaBree. They resided on the Lame Jones Ranch south of Plevna, MT until 1976. From there they moved to the present day ranch south of Ismay, Montana. Ora enjoyed the Eastern Montana Cowbelles of which she was a president for a period of time. She enjoyed visiting with her family and friends. The door was always open and there was always a meal and cookies for all. She enjoyed baking, sewing and helping her husband with many of the demands of the ranch. Ora loved her garden and was persistent in making the trees grow in the back yard. She was an avid antique and Indian artifact hunter. Above all, Ora was a devoted wife and mother. She provided a lifetime of nurturing, support and encouragement to her children and grandchildren.

After an epic courageous battle with cancer and her family by her side, Ora was called to be with our Lord on October 20th, 2005 at the age of 66. Ora is survived by her husband, Emmett LaBree of Ismay; one son, Tracy of Boise, ID; three daughters: Teri Taylor and husband Clay of Queen Creek, AZ; Tami (LaBree) Jackson of Queen Creek, AZ; Tana LaBree of Eddy, TX; six grandchildren and three great-grandchildren; her mother, Leota Elmore of Ekalaka, MT; one brother, Jim Elmore of Park City, MT: one sister, Louise Crans of Roberts, MT; and two half-sisters, Bernice Gross of Miles City, MT and Carla Holmes of Washington. Ora was preceded in death by her father, Herman Elmore; and three sisters: Darlene, Judy and Sharon. Memorial donations may be made to the Eastern Montana Cancer Center, 2600 Main Street, Miles City, MT 59301 or to Holy Rosary Hospice, 2600 Wilson, Miles City, MT 59301.


Benjamin Franklin Nash

Benjamin Franklin Nash, 87, died Aug. 1, 2005 in Canon City, CO.

He was born Jan. 13, 1918 to Walter Combs Nash and Elizabeth Means Savage Nash in Canon City.

Mr. Nash graduated from Canon City High School in 1935. While in high school he was a member of ROTC and the Rifle Team. He attended the University of Colorado in Boulder for two years. While at CU he joined the Colorado National Guard.

In December of 1941 he enlisted in the Army. In 1942 he was sent to Guadalcanal and helped set up the first radio control tower on Henderson Field. This duty earned him the Bronze Star. He was then transferred to the Allied Intelligence Service and became the first and only American Coast Watcher who worked in the bush. This service was done on the Soloman Islands and New Guinea where he spent up to 26 months behind enemy lines. He was awarded the Legion of Merit, two Presidential Citations, the King George Medal from Britain, a personal letter of commendation from General Millard Harmon and the South Pacific Combat Ribbon with two battle stars for his service in the Coast Watchers. He was discharged in December of 1945.

In June of 1947 he married Clara Louise Giem of Canon City. Seven children were born to this union. Benjamin was a life-long rancher at Canon City where he raised registered Hereford cattle. He was a member of the American Hereford Association, Fremont County Cattlemen’s, BLM Board of Directors, Canon City School Board, Entertainment Incorporated Board, Colorado Cattlemen’s Association, Fremont County Geology Club, Colorado Hereford Association and a lifetime member of National Western Stock Show in Denver.

Mr. Nash is survived by his children, Sally Para of San Carlos, CA, Jane Deewall, Coldwater, KS, Harriet Holloway, Colby, KS, Jeff Nash, McLoud, OK, Clint Nash, Otis, CO, Julie Nash, Colorado Springs, CO; four sisters, Patty Ris, Denver, CO, Nancy Beckham, Pasadena, CA, Betty Rider, Denver, CO, Ellen Jean Williams, Boulder, CO; 11 grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.

His daughter Patsy Nash, brother Dave Nash and sister Fritz Rohwer preceded him in death.

At his request, he will be cremated and there will be no funeral services.

Memorials may be made to the Fremont County 4-H Foundation. They can be left at the Fremont Bank of Canon City or at the Fremont County Extension Office in Canon City.


Warren G. Brown

Warren G. Brown, a long time Polled Hereford breeder passes away Saturday, Aug. 13, 2005. He was 87. He died at the Hartford Health Care Center as a result of complications from pneumonia and heart congestion.

Warren and his wife, Isabel, owned the 100-year-old W. W. Brown Nursery, which was started in 1901 in the Village of Hartland by Brown’s father, Walter William Brown. Brown was among the hundreds of thousands of American men and women - dubbed "The Greatest Generation" by author Tom Brokaw - who fought in and survived World War II and returned home to become business and community leaders.

He was president of the Wisconsin Polled Hereford Association, secretary of the Wisconsin Sheep Breeders, a member of the Wisconsin Livestock Breeders board and a member of the Waukesha County Farm Bureau. In addition, he served as a trustee on the village boards of both Hartland and Merton during his life. He also served a four-year term on the statewide advisory board that assisted in the development of regional community colleges such as Waukesha County Technical College. He was also an active 4-H leader and instructor. He was a past president of the Hartland Lions Club and former commander of the Flanagan Dorn American Legion Post 294 of Hartland.


Donald L. Burt

Donald L. Burt, 63, Aitkin, MN, died April 23, 2005 at his home.

He was born on April 22, 1942, in Grand Rapids, MN. He graduated from Grand Rapids High School, attended Itasca Junior College, Bemidji State, and received his masters degree from UMD. He married Janet Miller on April 19, 1968 in Grand Rapids. He was an elementary teacher in Aitkin; was active in area cattle and breeding Associations; and was the Junior High School wrestling coach for 15 years. He was a member of St. James Catholic Church and the Aitkin County Fair Board.

During his career, he was president of the Minnesota Polled Hereford Assn; president of the Minnesota Hereford Breeders Association; president of the Aitkin County Fair Board; delegate to the Central Livestock Association; representative to the Minnesota Livestock Breeders Assn; and executive director of the Minnesota Livestock Breeders Assn.

A Mass of Christian Burial was held April 27 at St. James Catholic Church, Aitkin. Fr. Paul Fruth and Fr. Jerry Schik officiated.

He is survived by his wife, Jan; son and daughter-in-law, Graig and Tonya Burt, Rogers; daughter and son-in-law, Jennifer and Bob Sampson, Gayles Ferry, CT; grandchildren, Justin and Evan Burt; sister and brother-in-law, Marjorie and Frank Anderson, Bismarck, ND; brothers and sisters-in-law, Jack and Mary Burt, Jacobson, David and Gloria Burt, Cameron, MO; nieces and nephews; and Godson, Darik Lamke.


Irene D. Carter

Irene D. Carter, 69, Rocklake, ND, died Wednesday, June 1, 2005 at Towner County Living Center, Cando.

Irene, daughter of Otto and Esther (Klebaum) Tuenge, was born on November 29, 1935 at the Rolette Hospital in Rolette County. She grew up in the Perth and Rocklake areas and attended school in Ellsworth School near Perth, a rural school named Virginia #1 near Rocklake and Rocklake High School. Before her marriage, Irene cared for the Eckholm girls after their mother had passed away and also worked in the Kirton Cafe’ at Harvey, ND.

On October 20, 1956, Irene married Jimmy E. Carter at Rocklake. Following their marriage, the couple lived and farmed south of Rocklake until November of 1993. In January of 1994 they moved into their home in Rocklake. Irene was a member of All Nations Lutheran Church, served on the All Nations Lutheran Church Women’s League and sat on the school election board for years. She enjoyed ice fishing, baking, babysitting, polka fest on the radio, having friends over to play cards, scrapbooks, the game of scrabble and saving articles from the local papers; she was always eager to look up a statistic for anyone that asked.

Irene is survived by her loving husband, Jimmy; her sons, Dennis Carter and Terry (Mavis Gault) Carter and two special grandchildren, Malynda Rae and Troy Alan, all of Rocklake. Other survivors include her sisters: Margaret Free and Darlene Gunderson, both of Sidney, MT; her brothers: Raymond Tuenge of Fairdale, ND, and Kenny (Karen) Tuenge of Buckeye, AZ, and many nieces and nephews. Her parents and an infant sister preceded Irene in death.


Lloyd Schlueter

Lloyd Schlueter was born on June 15, 1925, at Moyer Township, Swift County, to parents Leonard and Emma (Petrick) Schlueter. He was baptized at Trinity Lutheran Church, Fairfield Township, in 1925 and was also confirmed at Trinity Lutheran Church in 1942. On July 26, 1944 he was inducted into the US Army. He served with an anti-tank gun crew. He saw action in the Ardennes Campaign, the Rhineland Campaign and the Central Europe Campaign. He was wounded in action on March 30, 1945 and spent many months in hospitals recovering from his injuries. He was honorably discharged on October 26, 1945. He received the Good Conduct Medal, ETO Service Ribbon, the Combat Infantry Badge, Presidential Citation, three Bronze Stars, and the Purple Heart. After returning from service he farmed with his father, the late Leonard Schlueter. On October 8, 1955, he was married to Jean Leenay of Graceville. They continued farming in the Madison area for several years and raised registered Hereford cattle. They retired from farming in 1992. Lloyd held various county and township offices during his life and was President of the Minnesota Hereford Association. He was a long-time member of St. John’s Lutheran Church where he served as an Elder and a member of the Board of Stewardship. He belonged to VFW Post #1656, Madison, for 42 years where he served as Commander and Chaplain. He also was a member of the Madison American Legion. After becoming a resident of the Appleton Nursing Home he transferred his life Membership to VFW Post #4955, Appleton. Lloyd died on Saturday evening, July 2, at the Appleton Municipal Hospital. He had reached the age of 80 years and 7 days. He is survived by his wife, Jean, of Olivia; his sister Doris Schlueter, of Reno, NV; two brothers: Harvey (Louise) Schlueter of Appleton and Oscar (Lola) Schlueter of Ortonville; his sister-in-law, Ione Schlueter, of Appleton; nieces, nephews, and other relatives. He is preveded in death by his parents; brother and sister-in-law, Gordon and Nellie Schlueter; sister and brother-in-law, Frances and Reuben Schroeder; his brother, Russell Schlueter; two nieces: Kathy (Schlueter) Vroman and Jane Schlueter; and three nephews: Jerry Schlueter, Tim Schlueter and Wayne Schroeder.


Raymond Sutton, Jr.

Raymond Sutton Jr., 61, of Gettysburg, SD, died at the Gettysburg Memorial Hospital on Monday, Sept. 5, 2005, of injuries received fighting a grass fire on his ranch Sunday evening.

A prayer service was held at 7 p.m. Friday, Sept. 9, at Luce Funeral Home, Gettysburg.

Funeral services were at 10:30 a.m. Monday, Sept. 12, at the Onida Presbyterian Church with the Rev. Roland Kemink officiating.

Burial was at the Onida Cemetery.


George Schlickau

George Hans Schlickau, 82, died Thursday evening, August 25, 2005, at Mt. Hope Nursing Center.

He was born November 2, 1922 at Haven, the son of Albert R. and Florence Wittorff Schlickau.

He was a 1941 graduate of Haven High School.

A lifetime farmer and rancher, he raised and exhibited prize winning Hereford cattle throughout the country. He served as a cattle judge and speaker at cattle events throughout the United States.

He belonged to St. Paul’s Lutheran Church, Haven.

He was Reno County’s Chamber of Commerce first Outstanding Young Farmer and Reno County’s first FFA American Farmer degree recipient.

He served as president and as a board member of the American Hereford Association, Kansas Hereford Association, Kansas Junior Livestock Show, Ark Valley Electric Cooperative, St. Paul’s Lutheran Church and School, and the Reno County Hereford Assoc. He served on the original boards of the Equus Bed Groundwater Management District #2 and the Kansas Bull Test Station at Beloit. He was on the board of Haven High School, Kansas Livestock Association, Reno County Cattleman’s Association, and a BankHaven director. He served as a 4-H beef leader, FFA Advisory Committee member, and on the agriculture advisory committee for Hutchinson Community College.

He was a member of Kansas Wheat Growers Assoc., Kansas City Hereford Club, and Haven Industries, Inc.

He was the recipient of the Reno County Soil Conservation award, Reno County 4-H Family of the Year, Kansas State University Block and Bridle Outstanding Livestock Breeder, Kansas Hereford Herdsman of the Year, Kansas Livestock & Meat Industry Council Stockman of the Year, Reno County Cattlemen’s Association Lifetime Achievement Award, and a Kansas Master Farmer, among others. His biography has appeared in Who’s Who in America since 1975.

With his family, he hosted a youth livestock judging school for 44 years, the Governor’s Farm Tour in 1991, foreign exchange students from 7 countries, and foreign visitors from 27 countries including, at the request of then Senator Bob Dole, Soviet Union official Evgeniy Primakov, along with his entourage.

On April 26, 1955, he married Lois Ritthaler at Hutchinson. She survives.

Other survivors include 2 sons, Bruce, Hutchinson, and James, Haven, 2 daughters, Susan Russell, Sugar City, Colorado, and Nancy Bernard, Wichita, 1 sister, Opal Knappenberger, Stafford, and 9 grandchildren and 1 step-grandson.

One brother, Harry, and one sister, Mildred Mellies, preceded him in death.

Funeral will be at 10:30 a.m. Monday, Aug. 29, 2006 at St. Paul’s Lutheran Church, Haven, Pastor Daniel Galchutt presiding. Visitation will be 3-8 p.m. Sun., Aug 28 at Van Campen Funeral Home, Haven.

Memorials may be sent to St. Paul’s Lutheran Church, the Progressive Supranuclear Palsy Society, Erin is Hope Foundation, Mt. Hope Nursing Center, Hospice of Reno County, or donor’s choice in care of the funeral home.


AHA President, Richard Hudson, Passes Away

Richard Hudson, president of the American Hereford Association, passed away suddenly Monday evening, December 20. Richard suffered a fatal heart attack while attending a University of Arkansas basketball game in Fayetteville, Ark., with three of his grandchildren.

Richard and his son, Wes, were partners in Hudson Herefords, which was founded by Richard’s father in 1939. He graduated from the University of Arkansas with a major in animal science. A very successful businessman, Richard later became involved in his own real estate and construction business. He was also involved in banking and hotel development in conjunction with establishing one of the premier Hereford herds in North America. A pillar of the Harrison, Ark., community, Richard served on several boards, including North Arkansas College Public School board, North Arkansas Medical Center, two bank boards and one savings and loan board. Richard was a deacon and treasurer of his church and all of those who knew him were touched by the way he lived and his sound and thoughtful judgment.

Richard is survived by his wife, Freida, their four children, Sharon and Jerry Smith, Ralph and Lisa Hudson, Wes and Shellie Hudson and Sarah and James Breedlove, thirteen grandchildren and one great-grandchild.

Funeral services were Thursday, December 23, at the First Baptist Church in Harrison, Ark.

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