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  • Marilyn "Joanne" Willman

    Jul 24, 2024

    Marilyn "Joanne" Willlman (92) passed away on July 11, 2024, due to natural causes. A celebration of life was held on Friday, July 19, 2024, at the American Lutheran Church at 1:00pm with burial following at the Kuper Memorial Cemetery. Joanne was born on April 18, 1932, to Harold and Mina (Ames) Thielman. She was the third oldest of nine kids raised on the farm northeast of Tiber. She attended and graduated from school in Chester. Joanne married Harold Lybeck on March 17, 1951, and together...

  • Robert Melvin Cross

    Jul 24, 2024

    Robert Melvin Cross, 75, passed away on Sunday July 14, 2024 at his ranch in Chinook, Montana. A service was held at the Blaine County Fairgrounds Commercial building at 11:00 AM on Tuesday July 23, 2024 with a burial following at the Chinook Cemetery. Bob was born on August 3, 1948, in Havre, MT and lived in Big Sandy, MT. In 1972, he married Pam (Zarn) and moved to Chinook. Throughout his life he worked various jobs around the farming community, various grain elevators, pole line...

  • Douglas Lee Plouffe

    Jul 24, 2024

    Douglas Lee Plouffe, 91 born 2/23/33 from Wagner, Montana passed away July 10, 2024. He was preceded in death by his first wife Evelyn Faye Watson from Malta, Montana. He is also preceded in death by his siblings Margaret Plouffe Siroshton (Hank), Sonny Amos Plouffe (Ilene), Alan Plouffe (Dorothy), Thelma Plouffe Carnahan (Gene). Doug and Evelyn lived in Memphis, Tennessee while Doug was in the Navy SEABEES. From 1956-1986 Doug worked for Burlington Northern Railroad in Havre as switchman,...

  • Robert Eugene Roudebush

    Jul 24, 2024

    Robert Eugene Roudebush, 82, passed June 26, 2024 at home surrounded by friends and family. Bob was born in Hermiston, Oregon on May 21st, 1942, the son of Miles and Marilla Roudebush. Bob graduated from McLaughlin High School in Milton Freewater, Oregon in 1960. He married Gailya Severin on August 4, 1962. Bob was drafted by the Army in 1967 and attended the Hercules Missile School. He served in Germany during the Vietnam War. Bob and Gay lived in Portland, Oregon in the early seventies where...

  • Stephen Earl Vaile

    Jul 24, 2024

    Stephen Earl Vaile, 77, passed away Sunday, July 14, 2024 with his wife Randina by his side. Services were held on Monday, July 22, at 11:00 AM at Kuper Memorial Cemetery. Stephen was born on October 20, 1946 in Browning, MT. He resided in Browning with his grandparents for much of his early life, before moving to Joplin where he graduated from High School. He then joined the Airforce, leaving right after graduation. After the military, he worked selling cars in California, owned a vehicle leasi...

  • Michael John Kase

    Jul 24, 2024

    Michael John Kase, 78, of Billings, went to be with his Lord and Savior on June 25, 2024. Mike was born in Jamestown, North Dakota, on May 26, 1946, to Eugene and Dorothy (Kenna) Kase. Michael moved with his family at the age of 3 to Havre. He attended local parochial schools, graduating from Havre Central High School in 1966. Throughout his middle and high school years, Michael worked his summers on the Anderson farm near Harlem, which he loved. After high school, Michael enlisted in the U.S....

  • Christina Marie Downs

    Jul 17, 2024

    Christina Marie Downs was born January 31,1963, in Havre Montana and earned her official angel wings on July 5, 2024, surrounded by her loving family. Chrissy was the middle child and only daughter of Alton and Jean (Walker) Annis. She grew up in Savoy on the family farm with her two brothers "little house on the prairie style" as she would put it. She attended the one room schoolhouse in Savoy for a time, sometimes barely escaping with her life, until she finished out her school years in Harlem...

  • Perry Lynn Brown

    Jul 17, 2024

    Perry Lynn Brown, born on April 2, 1951, in Havre, Montana, passed away peacefully in his favorite chair on July 6, 2024. He was the son of Edgar "Buster" Brown and Rose Marie O'Brien and spent his younger childhood on the family ranch South of Big Sandy. As the eldest of seven children and the only son, Perry took on the responsibility of caring for his family after his father's passing when he became the man of the house at ten years old. Perry attended high school in Judith Gap where he lived...

  • Julia Sattleen Dolan

    Jul 17, 2024

    Julia Sattleen Dolan, age 99, passed away peacefully on June 20, 2024, in Billings, Montana, under the care of St. John's United. Julia was born March 9, 1925, in Chinook, Montana, to Jonas and Olive (Ramberg) Sattleen. She was raised South of Havre on the family ranch/farm. She often reminisced about riding a horse to grade school in the snow. Julia attended and graduated from Havre High School. During this time, she worked for A.F. Buttrey. Any thoughts of a career ended when she joined the...

  • Ray Earl "Chuck" Harbolt

    Jul 17, 2024

    Ray Earl "Chuck" Harbolt passed away in Renton, WA June 30th 2024. He was born August 19, 1934 in Chinook, Montana to Glen M. and Daisy E. (Thompson) Harbolt. He was the youngest of four children. Ray was raised on a ranch / farm north of Chinook in the Cherry Ridge Community, and went to Chinook Public Schools. He graduated from Chinook High School in the class of 1952. While living in town during the school year, Ray was a member of the Sugarbeeter band and football team. In addition to this,...

  • Joan Elser

    Jul 17, 2024

    Joan Elser was born Barbora Joan Sheldon in Hialech, Florida July 10, 1930 and passed away in Billings, Montana on February 24, 2024. Her mom died when she was five years old. Her dad worked for Terry Morse Seeds which took them to Sheridan, MT. She graduated from high school in 1948. She and her future husband, Wayne Elser, went to Montana State College, graduating in 1952. They lived in Highwood from 1952-1963, when they moved to Dutton. She lived there almost 56 years. Her husband died in...

  • Gregory Scott Swenson

    Jul 17, 2024

    Lifelong Chinook resident Gregory Scott Swenson, 76, passed away July 1, 2024, at home. Graveside services were held on Sunday, July 7, at 1pm at Kuper Memorial Cemetery near Chinook. Greg was born May 29, 1948, in Havre, Montana to Gladys and George Swenson. He graduated from Chinook High School. Greg served in the US Army from February 1968 to October 1970 and was awarded the Bronze Star Medal after two tours of duty in Vietnam. He began working at the US Postal Service and returned after a 30-year career there. He was a member of the Veteran...

  • James S. (jim) gallus

    Jul 10, 2024

    James S. (Jim) Gallus, age 80, passed away at the Sweet Memorial Nursing Home on June 22, 2024, after his battle with cancer. According to his wishes, no services will be held. His ashes will be interred at Kuper Memorial Cemetery at a later date. Jim was born February 28, 1944, to Dr. Edward J. and Viola M. (Simenson) Gallus in Havre, Montana. He was raised and educated in Chinook. After his high school graduation in 1962, Jim had a variety of jobs. He worked for a construction company and was...

  • Karon Rose (Hofeldt)Kimball) Baertsch

    Jul 10, 2024

    Karon Rose (Hofeldt)Kimball) Baertsch, 80, passed away peacefully at home June 26, 2024 after a 3 year battle with Acute Myeloid Leukemia Cancer. She had wonderful care at St. Pat's Cancer Center from Dr, Sara Scott and all the Nurse's in the center. She was born April 29th, 1944 to Paul and Doris Hofeldt in Havre, Mt. She grew up on the family ranch in the Bears Paw Mountains herding sheep, bucking bales, wrestling calves and many other chores. She also became a wonderful cook and always...

  • Julia Sattleen Dolan

    Jul 10, 2024

    Julia Sattleen Dolan, age 99, passed away peacefully on June 20, 2024, in Billings, Montana, under the care of St. John's United. Julia was born March 9, 1925, in Chinook, Montana, to Jonas and Olive (Ramberg) Sattleen. She was raised South of Havre on the family ranch/farm. She often reminisced about riding a horse to grade school in the snow. Julia attended and graduated from Havre High School. During this time, she worked for A.F. Buttrey. Any thoughts of a career ended when she joined the...

  • Miyoko (matsumato)Molyneaux

    Jul 3, 2024

    Miyoko (Matsumato) Molyneaux was born November 16, 1928 in Saseba, Japan. She passed away on February 20, 2024 of natural causes with her two children by her side. Miyoko lost her mother when she was 3 years old. She lived with her father and stepmother, two brothers, a sister and a step-sister. Her father was a tailor and Miyoko picked up his skills quickly. She loved sewing, especially, making clothes for her grandchildren and great grand-children. No patterns were needed. She would take a tap...

  • Betty Mae Haynes

    Jun 19, 2024

    Betty Mae Haynes age 85 passed away peacefully June 6, 2024 at Bassett Long Term Care surrounded by family. Betty was born July 3 1938 in Bassett NE where she was raised and went to school. She had 2 children from a previous marriage, Nadean and Scott. Betty and Willis were married Jan 9, 1977 and adopted a daughter, Judy. Betty and Willis enjoyed 47 years of marriage. In their early years of marriage, they operated a hog and cattle ranch in Purdum, NE They later moved to Bassett, NE where they...

  • Dr. Lewis Leon Gilbert Jr.

    Jun 19, 2024

    Dr. Lewis Leon Gilbert Jr. MD, age 82, of Great Falls, MT, passed away on February 2, 2024 surrounded by his family. Lewis was born to Lewis Gilbert Sr. and Irene Gilbert at Fort Belknap agency on December 26, 1941. Lewis grew up on the Gilbert Ranch at Fort Belknap and in Harlem, Montana. After graduating from Harlem High school, Lewis joined the Air Force Reserves and graduated from basic training from Lackland Air Force Base San Antonio, Tx. Following basic training, Lewis attended the...

  • Linda Kay Murch

    Jun 19, 2024

    Celebration of life for Linda Kay Murch will be on June 26, 2024 at First Presbyterian Church in Harlem, Montana at 11 am. Linda was born February 10, 1943, in Hamilton Montana to Wyatt P. Frost and Leland N. Weber. Linda passed away January 16, 2024 in Havre, Montana. Linda was married to James E. Murch on September 1, 1962 in Corvallis Montana. Linda and James were blessed with three children Carol (Mike), Chris and Cook (Kelly)....

  • Leo Joseph "Kip" Schuhmacher

    Jun 5, 2024

    Leo Joseph "Kip" Schuhmacher passed away December 15, 2023 in Wheatridge, Colorado from complications of Quadriplegia, with his three children by his side. Kip was born October 16, 1951 to Leo Joseph "Mick" Schuhmacher and Betty Rose (Mangold) Schuhmacher. He was the first, and only boy, of four children. On March 22, 1972 Kip married Barbara Kay Belloni from Newport, Oregon. Together they had three children: Jed Alan (Janeene Smith) Schuhmacher, Tess Ellen (Matthew) Langford and Leo Joseph "Mic...

  • William Henry Drugge

    Jun 5, 2024

    William Henry Drugge, 86, passed away from natural causes on Friday, May 24, 2024. A Funeral Mass will be held Friday, June 7, 2024 at 10 a.m. at St. Gabriel Catholic Church in Chinook, Montana. Bill was born in Havre, MT to Oscar William and Hilda Montana (Hofeldt) Drugge on December 8, 1937. He grew up on his parents' farm in Zurich and attended Zurich Elementary School. In 1955 he graduated from Chinook High School. August 3, 1957, Bill married Duan Musgrove at St. Gabriel's in Chinook. They...

  • Minerva Crantz Allen

    Jun 5, 2024

    Minerva Crantz Allen, Sunk' Pa (Muskrat), 90 passed away on Friday May 24, 2024 surrounded by family. She was the daughter of a French Chippewa man Ernest Crantz Sr and an Assiniboine – Gros Ventre mother Felistis Chopwood. Born at home in a log cabin in Big Warm, a small community 3 miles south of Lodgepole with the help of midwives Lady Goes Flying and Prisoner Wing on a snowy spring day, April 24, 1934. After she was born her grandfather Henry Chopwood held her up to the sun, and asked the s...

  • John Thomas (JT) and Wilma Mary Butler

    Jun 5, 2024

    One lovely March evening in 1948 at the old Chinook Armory during a St. Patrick's Day dance, Soldier Boy, home after two years overseas, noticed a bouncy, curly haired girl that could really dance. He remembered her from high school days. He asked for the next dance, and they jitterbugged the night away in the Armory. That dance led to a fast paced eight-month courtship between those two jitterbuggers, and on November 26, 1948, John Thomas (JT) Butler and Wilma Mary Butcher were married at the...

  • Dennis R. Nelson

    Jun 5, 2024

    Dennis R. Nelson was taken home on May 24, 2024. He was 71 years old. A viewing was held on May 29th from 6-8pm, funeral services were held Thursday the 30th at 11am at Wilderness Funeral Homes Malta. Burial followed at Malta Cemetery with a reception following at the VFW. Arrangements have been made by Wilderness Funeral Homes. Dennis was born in Malta on April 27, 1953 to Elmer and Dorothy Nelson. Dennis grew up in Montana all his life. Dennis enjoyed listening to country music and traveling t...

  • Avis Marie Boe

    Jun 5, 2024

    Avis Marie Boe, 65, of Fort Belknap, passed away on May 16, 2024 at her residence in Chinook, MT. She was born on September 12, 1959 in Fort Belknap to Stella Maine and Grant Boe Sr. She lived most of her life in Fort Belknap, MT, aside from her attendance to boarding school at Flandreau. Following her first marriage to Kenneth Dean Flying Cochran, she had four children. Dawn Michelle Cochran, Myrna M. Cochran, Toni Rae Cochran, and Kenneth P. Cochran. Avis was truly a wonderful soul with a hear...

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