Jessie Howard

Jessie David Howard, a coach and rancher of Sabinal, TX passed away on December 11, 2023 at the age of 90. Born February 24, 1933 in Concan, TX to Mary Elizabeth Coleman Howard and Jessie S. Howard. He attended Sabinal High School where he participated in everything from FFA, basketball and football under Coach Ralph Curtis. His love of sports lead him to a lifetime of adventures in playing and coaching.
After high school he earned a scholarship to Trinity University in San Antonio, TX. On his way to register for his second year in college he stopped by the post office where he received a letter, he was drafted by the US Army during the Korean conflict. He was in the US Army for two years before returning home in September 1955. On October 8, 1955 he married his high school sweetheart Dorothy Jane Arnim. They started their married life in San Marcos, TX where he played football and pursued a teaching degree from Southwest Texas University. It was there in the “Dog Patch” apartments that they meet lifelong friends. These young couples would hunt, fish, swim and ultimately raise their families together. They shared many emotions along the way, from the loss of a friend as well as the joys of a newborn child and starting a family. As years went by they all moved on to different careers and locations across Texas, but the friendships made were lifelong and a true blessing.
San Marcos was the start of Coach Howards career, starting as a junior high football coach, then freshman team, assistant high school coach and head football coach of the San Marcos Rattlers in 1967. He worked with some great coaches and talented young men in basketball and track during those six years.
In 1974 he moved to Hondo, TX where he guided the Hondo Owls to five district championships in eight years as well as six playoff trips. In 1982 Howard started focusing on the registered Hereford breeding program known as Howard Herefords. He served as president of the Texas Hereford Association in 1984 and a lifetime member of the Texas and American Hereford Associations. He is also a life member of the San Antonio Stock Show and Rodeo. Member of Sabinal Masonic Lodge No.943, Scottish Rite Valley of San Antonio, San Marcos York Rite, Ben Hur Shrine, Austin, TX.
He is preceded in death by his parents: his sister Margie Howard Armstrong, and niece Mary Hope Armstrong Breaux, Odessa, TX.
He is survived by his wife, Dorothy Howard, of 68 years. His daughter, Carol Howard White (Tommy), Blackwell, TX, granddaughter, Tana White (Anthony) Blackwell, TX and Travis Howard White (Elizabeth) San Diego, CA, great grandchildren MaKinlee, Addison, Weylyn, Crockett and Alyvia.

Brock Smedra

Brock Smedra, 47 of Miller, NE passed away Tuesday, December 5, 2023 as the result of a motor vehicle accident near Miller, NE.
Brock David Smedra was born October 7, 1976 in Kearney, NE to David and Linda (Winter) Smedra.  He was raised near Miller, NE and attended Ansley High School, graduating with the class of 1995.  Brock then attended Nebraska College of Technical Agricultural and later Panhandle State University in Oklahoma.  After graduation Brock returned to the family ranch, Zero Hereford Ranch Inc.
He was a member of the Nebraska Cattlemen’s and Sandhills Cattle Association.  Brock was an avid Husker fan and enjoyed cooking, hunting and riding his Harley.
Left to cherish his memory are his parents, David and Linda Smedra of Miller:; sisters, Michelle Smedra of Kearney, Billie (Jason) Madsen of Kearney, and Sonya (Dave) Petersen of Miller; nieces and nephews Zane (McKenzie) Petersen, Bailey (Jeremy) Henkel, Lane Madsen and Morgan Madsen; great nephew Liam Winston Henkel; as well as many aunts, uncles, extended family and friends.
Brock was preceded in death by his grandparents Bill and Evelyn Winter and Ignac and Theresa Smedra.

James Bennett

James Dewey Bennett, 90, of Knoll Crest Farms, Red House, Virginia passed away peacefully on Wednesday, January 24, 2024, at his residence on Knoll Crest Farm. He was the devoted husband of Barbara Scott Bennett for 66 years.

Born on April 11, 1933, in Campbell County, Virginia he was the son of the late Paul Dewey Bennett and Hannah Baldwin Jennings Bennett. He was an active member of Providence Baptist Church. James proudly served his country as a member of the United States Army. He was honorably discharged from the service in 1957, one month early to get home in time for planting. Upon his return, he married his childhood sweetheart, Barbara.

Over a 60-year career in the beef seedstock cattle business, James was a performance pioneer, master breeder, industry leader and consummate gentleman. His influence in the industry had a positive impact locally, statewide, nationally, and internationally. James led a life of honor and service, serving as a role model for young and old. His thoughtful, steady, and respectful leadership style shepherded numerous organizations through both good and difficult times.

In the fall of 1950 at age 17, James left the farm to attend Virginia Tech, majoring in Animal Science. His college career was cut short after his father suffered a series of heart attacks in late autumn. James returned home to run the farm full time but returned to Virginia Tech in 1981 when he was appointed by the governor to the Board of Visitors. He was reappointed by a subsequent governor for a second term, serving as vice-chair and then chairman of the board.

James was a dedicated cattleman and agriculturist. He was involved in many local, state, and national organizations that promoted the advancement of cattle breeding and agriculture. This involvement resulted in many recognitions which began in the early 1950’s with the coveted FFA American Farmer Degree. He received the National Beef Improvement Federation (BIF) Seedstock Producer of the Year in both 1978 and 1998, was inducted into the American Hereford Association Hall of Fame, and the Virginia Livestock Hall of Fame. He also received both the BIF Continuing Service Award and Pioneer Award. For many years his time was spent serving on various boards, including Chairman of the American Polled Hereford Association Board, President of BIF, National Cattleman Beef Board, Virginia Beef Expo, Dominion Bank, Central Fidelity Bank, and First Bank and Trust Agriculture Advisory Board. He twice served a gubernatorial appointment to the Virginia Board of Agriculture and Consumer Services.

James was instrumental in developing a missions humanitarian support cattle project in Croatia and Liberia. This project is still an operating success. He also traveled to Israel as part of the Virginia/Israel Committee of Agriculture.

While growing up with James at the helm of the Bennett family, his children remember the many nights he spent sitting in the hallway at the “phone table” talking with people all over the country about the betterment of the cattle industry. It is comforting to them now to think that he is reminiscing with many of these people in Heaven. The cattle/agricultural industry was a place of passion and phenomenal people in which James thrived. He always knew, and his children and grandchildren know now, that the agricultural community consists of the best people in the world, making every day a blessing.

In addition to his wife, he is survived by five children, Elizabeth B. Holthaus and husband, Lowrey of Richmond; Paul S. Bennett and wife, Tracy; James G. Bennett and wife, Annette; Brian R. Bennett and wife, Cara; and Jonathan H. Bennett and wife, Melissa, all of Red House; ten grandchildren, Scott Bennett and wife, Sarah; Hunter Holthaus and wife, Brandi; Dalton Bennett and wife, Monica; Sarah Grigg and husband, Matt; Olivia Fanney and husband, Dylan; Leighanne Saunders and husband, Andrew; Anne Bennett Kemp and husband, Richard; Meredith Bennett and fiancé, Cory Wingo; Audrey Bennett, and Hannah Bennett; five great-grandchildren, Kennedy Ann Bennett, Hadley Mae Bennett, Eller Grey Saunders, Brooks Bennett Holthaus, and Mallorie James Fanney, and four expectant great-grandchildren coming spring/summer 2024; one sister, Mae Bennett Guthrie of Harrisonburg; and numerous nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by an infant son, James Dewey Bennett, Jr. and a brother, Ralph Jennings Bennett.

A funeral service will be held at 2 pm, Sunday, January 28, 2024, at Providence Baptist Church with Pastor Mike McDowell and Pastor Anthony Reeves officiating. Burial will follow in the church cemetery.

The family will receive friends from 4 to 6 pm Saturday, January 27 at Providence Baptist Church, and other times at the residence.

In lieu of flowers the family has requested that friends honor James’ memory by making contributions to the Hereford Youth Foundation of America, 11500 N. Ambassador Drive, Suite 410, Kansas City, MO 64153, or the Angus Foundation, 3201 Frederick Avenue, St. Joseph, MO 64506.

Robinson Funeral Home and Crematory is serving the family. An online condolence may be sent by visiting

Clarence Caraway

Clarence Edward Caraway, was born May 17, 1944 in Cedar Rapids, Iowa to George John Caraway and Harriett Winifred (Platner) Caraway.  He attended grade school at Marion Rural Independent, one year of high school at Alburnett Iowa and graduated from Linn Mar High School in Marion Iowa in 1962.  He was active in 4-H and FFA and developed his love for fitting and showing cattle.  He worked at Colonial Bakery in Cedar Rapids, Iowa while helping his dad on the farm.  He moved to Redfield, South Dakota and worked for Walter Schultz and continued his love of Hereford Cattle.  In 1966, he came to Minnesota and was hired at Delaney Herefords as a herdsman where he showed cattle all over the upper Midwest.  On June 8, 1968, he married Mary Elizabeth Delaney.  Through this union they were blessed with six children.  As a family they continued raising and showing Hereford cattle.  Clarence developed a reputation for breeding elite quality Hereford cattle that were competitive at the national level.  He was a mentor for many future generation cattle producers and was respected by his peers.  He has served on many boards; Minnesota Beef Council, Minnesota Grazing Association, Lyon-Lincoln Electric, Minnesota Hereford Association, Minnesota Red Angus Association, and Lincoln County Co-Op Oil, church cemetery board, and church council.  In 2013, Clarence was inducted into the Minnesota Hereford Breeders Hall of Fame.  In 1995, Clarence was looking for a new challenge in the cattle business. He purchased his first Red Angus cattle and quickly became respected by his peers in an additional breed.  In addition to cattle, Clarence enjoyed playing cards with family and friends.  He took great pride in attending his children and grandchildren’s events.  He enjoyed using his creativity to fabricate anything to make life easier and more efficient.  He was very proud that he passed these skills, talents, and passions onto his children and grandchildren.  Clarence was admitted to the Avera Tyler Hospital and passed away on Wednesday, December 6, 2023 surrounded by his loving family.  

He is survived by his wife Mary of fifty-five years.  His six children; Barb (friend Carey) of Baltic, South Dakota, James of San Antonio, Texas, Lori (Fiancé Cory) of Brookings, South Dakota, Mary Kay of Ivanhoe, Minnesota, Corey (Alethea) of Volga, South Dakota, Jon (Blair) of Lexington, Nebraska.  Thirteen grandchildren; Carter Carruthers, Tyler Lacek, Renee Caraway, Cody Caraway, Carson Carruthers, Taylor Lacek, Solomon Caraway, Colby Carruthers, Connor Carruthers, Brady Caraway, Gabrielle Caraway, Parker Caraway, and Meredith Caraway.  Brothers; George (Karen) Caraway and Ken Caraway.  Sister; Mary Sue (Ned) Detert; and many other family and friends.

He is preceded in death by his parents George and Harriett Caraway.

Gayla Berens

Gayla Renee Berens, born on January 20, 1954, in Quinter, KS, peacefully returned to the embrace of our Heavenly Father on December 27, 2023 after spending Christmas surrounded by her family.

Gayla's life was a testament to her faith and devotion to God.  Through her actions, she demonstrated a deep love and care for her family and neighbors, always placing their needs before her own.  Gayla's selflessness and compassionate nature inspired all who had the privilege of knowing her.

In the face of adversity, Gayla remained steadfast, displaying resilience, perseverance, and an unyielding trust in God's plan.  Her determination and unshakeable faith were a shining example of what it means to walk with grace and strength.

Gayla leaves behind her husband, Wayne, and her father, William.  Gayla's memory will forever be cherished by her four children, Allison (Josh), Ryan (Melissa), Craig (Karyn), and Sarah (Darren), as well as her treasured grandchildren.  She was preceded in death by her mother, Leona.

In her moments of solitude, Gayla found solace and joy in the art of quilting and sewing.  These creative endeavors allowed her to express her gratitude for the beauty of God's creations and to share her talents with those she loved.  Through her skilled craftsmanship, she transformed fabric into works of art, each stitch a reflection of her love and dedication.

A ceremony of remembrance and celebration of Gayla's life will be held on January 2nd at the Church of the Brethren in Quinter, KS.  This sacred gathering will offer an opportunity for family, friends, and community members to join together in prayer and thanksgiving, honoring the life of a remarkable woman who touched the hearts of many.

As we bid farewell to Gayla, let us remember her as a devoted servant of God, a beacon of light and love, and a woman who lived her life with faith and humility.  May her legacy inspire us to embrace the virtues she embodied and to walk in her footsteps, spreading compassion, kindness, and grace to all those we encounter.

Memorial donations may be made to the Hospice Service of Northwest Kansas in care of Schmitt Funeral Home, 901 S. Main St, Quinter, KS 67752.

Jarold Callahan

It is with heavy hearts that we announce the passing of our esteemed Cattlemen’s Congress Board Chairman, Jarold Callahan. A devout agriculturalist, life-long leader, and champion of the cattle industry, Callahan has easily become one of the most outstanding figures in the livestock world. Callahan’s unparalleled vision and unwavering devotion to the cattle industry were the driving forces behind the founding of Cattlemen’s Congress, evolving into the ‘World’s Largest and Most Elite Show.’

As the CEO of Express Ranches, the world’s largest seedstock operation, Callahan stood as one of the most influential figures in the cattle industry. His dedication extended to serving as a beacon of inspiration for the upcoming generation, urging them to think creatively and venture beyond conventional boundaries in the livestock industry.

Callahan also served in many other prestigious roles and has received countless accolades, most recently as the 2023 inductee into the historical Saddle & Sirloin portrait gallery. Previously, after his distinguished livestock judging career, he transitioned into education, becoming an Assistant Professor of Animal Science and the Livestock Judging team coach at Oklahoma State University. Coaching multiple national champion teams and contributing to the construction of the OSU Animal Science Arena, Callahan demonstrated a deep commitment to the beef cattle industry and its future. But his involvement does not stop there.

20 years ago, Callahan and a team of visionaries hosted a type conference focused on creating a blueprint for the right kind of cattle. In 2023, he brought the conference back, seeing a need for the industry to pivot in order to raise cattle to fit today’s consumer. Callahan always strove for improvement and excellence, pushing not only his own operation, but others as well.

Cattlemen’s Congress stands as a testament to Callahan’s commitment and outstanding leadership, providing cattlemen and women a platform to showcase their genetics. In tribute to his life’s legacy, the show will continue to grow and provide an exceptional show experience for exhibitors, remaining as the ‘Gathering Place for the Industry,’ just as he would’ve wanted. His legacy will forever resonate in the heart of this iconic event.

We extend our deepest condolences to Callahan’s family and friends during this difficult time. Funeral details are yet to be determined, and we will share information as soon as it becomes available. Jarold Callahan’s impact on the cattle industry and Cattlemen’s Congress will endure as a testament to his lasting legacy.

Judith Fiedler

So sad to see you go……. yet our hearts are filled with peace!

Judith A. Fiedler, 88, of Stanford, MT, traveled over the “Great Divide” on Friday, December 15, 2023, with her daughters by her side. Judy was born on April 18, 1935, in Salinas, CA, to Armin and Marion Neubert, and joined older brother, Armin Jr. to complete the family. She spent her early childhood in California where her family owned a produce cold storage facility. In 1950, she and her Folks moved to their “RW Ranch” out of Stanford, Montana. Judy spent all but a few years of her life on the RW, in the foothills of the Little Belt Mountains, always able to see her beloved “Baldy” and “Sleeping Lady”.

She graduated from Stanford High School in 1953, and then headed to Montana State University where she was active in the Alpha Omicron Pi sorority and the Rodeo Team. She won an all-around title and became the MSU rodeo queen in 1956. Always proud to be a Montana State Bobcat, she attended several MSU reunions, the last being in 2017, her 60th! With an elementary education degree, she proudly spent one year teaching first graders at Whittier Elementary in Great Falls.

On December 10, 1959, she married James Fiedler. They made their home on the Neubert homestead where they ranched and raised their three kids, Jan, Jimmy and Jean, and instilled in them the strongest work ethic and love for their cattle and the land. Always available and willing to help on the ranch, she was our “weed warrior”, spending many hours spraying weeds, as well as being a miracle worker for sick or injured animals and riding with her family. She was a perfectionist in everything she did, from her home, to cooking and baking, her penmanship, ranch bookkeeping and to the way she presented herself. Mom was a spectacular cook and baker. Many meals were made with love and pride for family, friends and ranch employees. She loved shopping for and refinishing antiques, the Western Art show, a new batch of kittens or puppies, a faithful dog, a good-looking grey horse, her yearly hike in Glacier Park with friends, wildlife, wildflowers, good food, and an uncontrollable tear-filled laugh. Baba, as she was known by her grandchildren, had absolute joy being with them. Always the schoolteacher, she loved to read books to them and take them on a nature adventure! Our Mother was very private, soft-spoken and kindhearted. She possessed strong moral values and lived her life faithful to God.

Survivors include daughter, Jan (Ned) Ward, and their daughter, Bell Ward, all of Sheridan, Wyoming; her late son, Jim’s children, Frank (Kirstie) Fiedler, Garth (Shelby) Fiedler all of Stanford, and Addie (Will) Held of Townsend; daughter, Jean (Todd) Klick, of Simms and their children, Katy Griffen (Aaron) of Fort Shaw and Nora Klick of Simms; and her daughter in law, Pam Fiedler of Stanford; eight grandchildren, Heidi, James, and Lane Fiedler, Zoey, Lexi and Tate Fiedler, Knox Held, and Ruby Griffen.

In addition to her son, James Armin Fiedler, she was preceded in death by her parents, Armin and Marion Neubert; and her brother, Armin Neubert Jr.

A service will be Saturday, December 23, 2023, at 1:30 p.m. at Stanford Presbyterian Church, followed by a short graveside burial at Stanford Cemetery. A gathering to celebrate Judy’s life will be at the church fellowship hall after burial.

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Jerry Delker

Jerry Delker, age 84, passed away on Tuesday, November 21, 2023, at the Dougherty Hospice House in Sioux Falls, SD. He was born on June 28, 1939, to John and Anna (Geist) Delker in Tolstoy, SD.

Jerry’s journey began in 1957 when he completed his high school education at Hoven High School. While serving at Offutt Air Force in Omaha, Nebraska, he pursued his bachelor’s degree in business administration at the University of Nebraska, Omaha. It is there that he developed his passion for leadership and entrepreneurship. His love story with his soulmate, Darlene Arbach, began on September 30, 1958, and they raised a family of seven children together.

In 1962, Jerry and Darlene returned to Hoven, South Dakota, where they established their entrepreneurial spirit by opening the “Blue Valley Bowl” bowling alley. Their hard work and dedication led them to Sioux Falls, South Dakota, where they rooted themselves and created a life for themselves. Jerry was not afraid of new challenges and took on various roles, serving as a crop hail specialist and marketing/sales manager. He also contributed significantly to his community as a member of St. Michael’s Parish, a Legionnaire, and the Sioux Falls Knights of Columbus.

Jerry had a zest for life and enjoyed outdoor activities such as fishing, hunting, baseball, and softball. He was known for his great sense of humor and his witty personality. Jerry’s selflessness was evident in his willingness to lend a helping hand to anyone in need, going above and beyond to assist others. He treasured his roles as a father and a grandfather who enjoyed attending his children’s and grandchildren’s sporting events. He created many special memories fishing on “Darlene’s boats” and hunting with his family and friends. He and Darlene shared a love for bowling, which they did for many years together.

Jerry’s legacy lives on as a kind, confident, and enthusiastic leader who brought joy into the lives of those he encountered.

Grateful to have shared his life are his wife of 65 years, Darlene Delker; children, Jeff Delker, Sue (Brian) Sweet, Julie (Jim) Ignowski, Shelly (Steve) Wyatt, Mary (Tim) Jurgens, Sandy (Mike Wetrich) Delker-Holbert, and Jim (Deb) Delker; siblings, Orville Delker and Joleen Delker; grandchildren, Travis, Taylor, Taci, Jennifer (Shawn), Wade, Kalyn (Donnie), Elizabeth, Joe, Anthony, Michael, Zach (Tasia) Brooke, Morgan, Alexis (David), Gabbi, Ross (Tascha), Grace (Bryce), Hannah and Katie; 15 great-grandchildren; brother-in-law, Ron Sjodin; numerous family and friends.

He was preceded in death by his parents; and sisters, Vivian Sjodin and Joan (Wendy) Lange.

Visitation will be Monday, November 27, 2023, from 5-7 PM, with a prayer service at 6 PM at Miller Funeral Home Westside Chapel. Funeral Mass Tuesday, November 28, 2023, at 10 AM at St. Michael Parish. Interment at St. Michaels Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be directed to Dougherty Hospice House.

Robert Harrell

April 30, 1938 – November 12, 2023

Robert L. (Bob) Harrell passed away peacefully November 12, 2023 of natural causes, following several years of overcoming the effects of strokes in his later years.

Born in Grants Pass, Ore. the son of Lyle Harry Harrell, an Oregon State Police officer and his mother, Frances Marie Harrell. At the age of 10 Bob, sister Barbara Mae and family moved to Baker City, Oregon where he graduated from Baker High School with many lifelong friends and fond memories.

After graduating from Baker High School, Bob attended Stanford University on a football scholarship. He married his his high school & college sweetheart, Edna Rogers in 1959, then after graduating in 1960, he realized his dream of joining the Air Force, undergoing training at Travis Air Force Base. He graduated first in his class at Williams AFB, then the leading pilot training program in the U.S.  His favorite movies were always the "Top Gun" series.

Bob's Air Force career included Vietnam War missions and flying for the 354th and 356th "Green Demons" Tactical Fighter Squadrons, based at Myrtle Beach, South Carolina. He flew the fastest jets of the time, including the T-33 and T-38 trainers, the F-101, F-104, the F-100 Super Sabre, and the F4 Phantom. He was posted all over the world, including Aviano, Italy and Incirlik, Turkey.

Honorably discharged in 1965, Bob continued to fly for the Nevada Air National Guard and beyond, including classified missions. He earned many commendations, including the Silver Star citation for valor.

In 1966, Bob began flying for Pan Am, the premier commercial airline at the time. He flew the Boeing 707 as first officer, graduated to the 747 for years flying the Pacific routes, but the highlight of his career was flying 727's as a captain out of Berlin, Germany when it was divided by the Berlin Wall and partly under Soviet control. He flew all over Europe, thrilled with the short trips that allowed more takeoffs and landings. When the wall finally came down in 1989, Bob retrieved pieces of it for family members and friends.

In 1968, Bob had a vision and in 1970, Bob and his wife Edna founded Harrell Hereford Ranch outside Baker City with the purchase of 100 cows from TT Herefords. The ranch grew in size and scope by adding additional ranches and purchasing an additional 50 cows from the Stone Dispersion.  The ranch exhibited numerous champions from Cow Palace to Filer, ID to the National Western Stockshow in Denver Colorado, where they had the 1984 Reserve National Champion with L1 Challenger.  Today the ranch consists of over 15,000 acres and consists of Hereford, Angus, Commercial Cows and Quarter Horses. It was always a family affair, which included their three kids—Beth, Bob Jr. and Linda—helping with ranch duties, starting and training horses, AI and embryo transfer with the cowherd, and farming operations.  This year will be the 45th annual Production Sale held each spring at the ranch facilities. Now run by Edna and Bob Jr. & family, was an enormous source of pride for Bob Sr., the ranch has become one of the most respected purebred Hereford operations in the country, being listed as one of the top 10 Sale Averages for sales selling over 100 bulls.

After the 1988 bombing of Pan Am's flight 103 over Lockerbie, Scotland, which led to the ultimate collapse of the airline, and no longer able to fly for his beloved Pan Am, Bob, like so many of his fellow pilots, sought other cockpits. He joined Korean Airlines as a captain, and later United Airlines. He flew for United until it, too, suffered the impacts of the 9-11 terrorist attacks in 2001.

Bob remarried in 1988 and he and wife Deb had two children, Doug and Kelsey, and made their home in Bellevue, WA. Bob continued to find a way to stay connected to the airlines. He became a flight instructor with United (737's) based in Denver, and later a pilot training consultant for Boeing Commercial Airlines.

After retiring from United Airlines at the age of 65, Bob suffered a stroke in 2009 and another two followed.  But the man who had built a ranch and remodeled the family home went on to earn certifications as a property manager, managing a large condo complex on the Eastside.

Yet his love of planes remained. Bob started volunteering at the Seattle Museum of Flight in December 2012. He graduated from the March 2013 docent class, and became a volunteer docent until two days before he died. He had 2,357 volunteer hours and received the museum's 2,000-hour "Barnstormer Award" in 2021.

Bob was a man of many interests in his life, including hunting, hiking, sailing, skiing, rafting, photography, as well as flying and ranching, attending numerous cattle sales and shows.  He was also active in his community and believed in giving back.  He served on the Baker School Board, local Rotary Club, was a Boy Scout leader, and belonged to the Order of the Elks. Bob was instrumental in the formation of the Anthony Lakes Ski Resort and served on the board at the time of the first chair lift and new lodge which is still in use today. He also helped rescue a derelict narrow gauge steam engine from Skagway, Alaska, spearheading an effort to restore it as the "Steam Engine" for the Sumpter Valley Railroad in Baker County. He was very active in his church and enjoyed singing in the choir for the First Presbyterian Church of Bellevue, helped restore cars with the nonprofit Auto Angels and worked with men experiencing homelessness.

­Through it all, Bob was a loving father who earned the respect of all his kids and both wives. He adored his blended family and will be remembered above all for his spirit and determination. Despite suffering many losses, he retained a positive attitude, a big heart and an unshakeable faith in God.

 He is survived by his wife of 35 years, Debera Carlton Harrell; first wife Edna Rogers Harrell; sons Robert Harrell Jr. (Becky) and Douglas Harrell (Kiersten); daughters Beth Mackenzie (Wannie); Linda Anderson (Walt); Kelsey Harrell and five grandchildren: Duncan Mackenzie; Lexie Harrell; Maggie Mackenzie and twins Matt and Marti Anderson.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests that remembrances be made to the Museum of Flight, or Porchlight (formerly Congregations for the Homeless),

Cobbie Magness

HURON — Gordon “Cobbie” Magness, 90, of Huron, passed away Sunday, November 5, 2023, at Avera McKennan Hospital in Sioux Falls.

His Funeral Service will be held 11 a.m. Friday, Nov. 10, at First Presbyterian Church with burial at St. Lawrence Cemetery in St. Lawrence.

His visitation, with his family present, will be from 5 to 7 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 9, at First Presbyterian Church. A Prayer Service will begin 6:30 p.m. Thursday evening at the church.

Gordon Earl “Cobbie” Magness, Jr., went to be with the Lord Nov.5, 2023. Cobbie was born in St. Lawrence on June 23, 1933, to Gordon “Cobb” and Novella Magness. Cobbie was a fourth generation Magness auctioneer and learned the auction business from his family.

He graduated from St. Lawrence High School. On Oct. 22, 1951, Cobbie married Viola Beckett, the love of his life. In 1954 they moved to Huron for Cobbie to attend college where he played basketball. Cobbie and Vi’s love for the game continued throughout their lives.

While he was in college, Cobbie worked at the Mitchell, Miller, and Bales auction markets. He and Vi then took the opportunity to purchase a small sale barn on Commercial Street in Huron. He graduated from Huron College with a B.S. in Chemistry in 1958.  For several years, Cobbie and Vi had an additional market in Faulkton. In 1969, they had their first sale at the new facility located on the east side of Huron.

Cobbie’s priorities were the Lord, his family, friends, and work. He continually thanked his heavenly Father for His many blessings. Cobbie valued Vi not only as his wife but also as his business partner. He appreciated Vi and family members for all their hard work throughout his life. He was also grateful for the kindness of many. He would say, “People have been so good to us.” Cobbie had an inexhaustible love for people. He cared about every aspect of their lives.

Most of all, he cared about where they would spend eternity. He shared his testimony from many church pulpits and everyday encounters. He played an integral part with the Billy Graham Association in bringing the film The Hiding Place to Huron. Cobbie was also instrumental in the Bill Glass Crusade and The John Wesley White Crusade coming to Huron. He was a member of the First Presbyterian Church where he had served as a Sunday school teacher and elder. Cobbie valued Christian education. He supported Sunshine Bible Academy, James Valley Christian School, For His Glory School, and Byron Bible Camp many years.

Cobbie was a man of character. He was a man of his word. He would say, “If your word isn’t any good, you don’t have anything.” He was a kind man who knew how to comfort and encourage people with his gentle, wise words, sweet and contagious smile, strong hugs, and where there was a need, he was generous.

He received many honors and awards for his service to humanity. Among them were his many appointed terms on the SD Animal Industry Board, Heartland Saddle Award, Huron College Distinguished Alumni Award, Plainsman Lusk Award for Outstanding Voluntary Community Service in Agriculture, Huron Area Chamber of Commerce Distinguished Civic Service Award, FFA Degree of Honorary Chapter Farmer, and Recognition for Meritorious Service to 4-H. Throughout the years, he served on the Huron Board of Education, Huron College Board of Trustees, and Huron Parks and Recreation Board.

Cobbie is survived by Vi, his wife of 72 years; his children, Brad (Lori) Magness of Huron, Julie (Rick) Bauer of Harrold, and Becky (Greg) Klein of Dallas; 11 grandchildren; 17 great-grandchildren; sister, Kay McBrayer of Georgia; brother, Jack (Sue) Magness of Nebraska.

He was preceded in death by his parents; infant brother, Jimmy; sisters and brothers-in-law, Mary Lou and Brice Clegg and Joan and Don Dennis; and brother-in-law, J.D. McBrayer.


Odell Gelvin

Odell Wesley Gelvin, a longtime Fairland Area Herdsman passed away at his home on Wednesday, November 1, 2023, he was ninety-five.

Odell was born on November 8, 1927, in Morris, Oklahoma to Elmer and Clara Gelvin. He married Anna Kathryn “Kate” Heatley on February 23, 1946, in Tulsa, Oklahoma. They moved to Fairland in 1965. Odell was a Herdsman at heart. He worked in Ranching and Farming all his life. Odell was a member of First United Methodist Church in Fairland. He loved his family and enjoyed sports. He rarely missed one of the grandkids’ ballgames. After Kate’s passing Odell married Betty (Walker) Gelvin. Mr. Gelvin is preceded in passing by his parents Elmer and Clara Gelvin, his wife Kate Gelvin, his son Ron Gelvin.

Those left to share Odell’s memories are his wife Betty Gelvin, his daughters, Linda G. Wilmoth and her husband Steve of Fairland, and Susan D. Spencer and her husband Junior also of Fairland, his daughter in law Beverly Gelvin of Willow Springs, North Carolina. Also surviving are his grandchildren, Michelle Martin, Heather Gelvin, Misty Moncada, Laci Couch, Amber Spencer, Cody Lewis, Juliana Caldwell, and Brian Wilmoth, fourteen great grandchildren, and two great great grandchildren

Visitation will be at Mr. Gelvin’s home 22100 S Highway 125, Fairland, Oklahoma on Sunday, November 5, 2023, from 2:00 PM until 4:00 PM. Services are in the care of Brown-Winters Funeral Home and Cremation Service of Fairland.

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Daniel Daniels

Daniel Ray Daniels, 60, of Malad City, Idaho was called home on October 29, 2023, while surrounded by his family at home after a courageous battle against cancer.

Danny was born on February 9, 1963, in Malad, Idaho to Rex and Gloria Daniels. He grew up on the family ranch where he spent his time working side-by-side with his father and siblings. He attended Malad High School where he enjoyed activities such as FFA, Ag, and the automotive department. He graduated from Malad High School in 1981 and continued his education at Bridgerland where he was certified in diesel mechanics.

In high school, Danny met the love of his life, Teresa Ann Tracy. They were married on October 8, 1982, and later sealed for time and eternity in the Idaho Falls, Idaho temple. They started their life together in Park Valley, Utah while Danny worked for Rose Ranch. After a summer there, they settled back in Malad where they started and raised their family of four children: Krichele, Kooper, Kelly, and Kyle.

Danny began working at Hess Pumice driving truck and was the mine foreman in Daniels and also continued helping his dad on the ranch. He then began his 24-year career with Idaho Transportation Department where he was known as “Herf”. While there, he put in the hard work to earn multiple awards including District 5 Truck Rodeo finalist, Economic Opportunity for Improved Truck Routes, and became the foreman for several years. He enjoyed his time there with his crew, pushing snow, fixing guard rails, and maintaining the highways. Due to his battle with cancer, he made the difficult decision to retire in October 2022.

Danny’s love for ranching became a reality when he purchased the family ranch. He carried on the tradition of raising, showing, and selling registered Hereford cattle. He took pride in raising quality herd bulls and replacement heifers. Dad made it a priority to teach and share his love of cattle to his children and grandchildren. Together over the years, they have raised and shown multiple champion bulls, heifers, and steers. Dad also had a love for driving tractors and producing quality crops including alfalfa, barley, and wheat.

He was a faithful member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints. He held many callings including Sunday School president, teacher, Scout Master, and Ward Clerk.

Danny “Poppy” was loved by many. We will miss him, his humor, his goodness, and his love.

He is survived by his wife, Teresa, his four children: Krichele (Jason) Smith, Kooper (Lacey) Daniels, Kelly (Kaylie) Daniels, and Kyle (Nicole) Daniels along with ten grandchildren, three sisters, and three brothers. He was preceded in death by his parents, father-in-law Ross K Tracy, and mother-in-law Mary Ann Tracy.

Funeral services will be held on Friday, November 3, 2023, at 1:00 P.M. Friends may visit with the family at the Malad Stake Center, 1250 N. 1100 W., on Thursday, November 2 from 7:00-9:00 P.M. and Friday, November 3 from 11:30 A.M. to 12:30 P.M. Burial will follow at the Malad City Cemetery.

Betty Walker

McMinnville resident and Warren County native Betty Jo Mayes Walker, age 89, was born September 8, 1934 and died suddenly September 25, 2023 at her residence.

A retired secretary with Tennessee Department of Human Services and a member of Central Church of Christ, she was the daughter of the late Oscar and Mary Pearson Mayes. She was married to Sam Eugene Walker on August 16, 1958 who preceded her in death on July 21, 1997. In addition to her parents and husband, she was preceded in death by sisters, Carrie Blanks, Edna Woodlee, Frances Bell, Charlene Smith and Lucille Blankenship and brothers, George, Willie and Howard Mayes.

Mrs. Walker is survived by son, Eric (Rhonda) Walker of Morrison, TN; two grandsons, Cody (Trisha) Walker and Casey (Martha) Tomberlin, both of Morrison, TN; four great-grandchildren, Hayden Spears, Westin Walker, Kimber Walker and Bo Tomberlin, all of Morrison, TN and several nieces and nephews.

Don Crays

A Mass of Christian Burial for Don will be held on Thursday, September 28, 2023 at 10:00 a.m. at St. Joseph Catholic Church in Tobias, Nebraska with Father Robert Barnhill presiding.

Visitation will take place on Wednesday, September 27, 2023 from 1:00 p,.m. until 8:00 p.m. with family present from 5:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m. at Farmer & Son Funeral Home - Kotas Chapel in Milligan, Nebraska.

Visitation will cease at 6:00 p.m. for the Praying of the Rosary but will continue following the Rosary at 6:30 p.m. until 8:00 p.m.

Praying of the Rosary will be held on Wednesday, September 27, 2023 at 6:00 p.m. at Farmer & Son Funeral Home - Kotas Chapel in Milligan, Nebraska with Father Robert Barnhill leading the Rosary.

Graveside Services will be conducted following the funeral service at the Atlanta Cemetery in rural Milligan, Nebraska.

In Lieu of Flowers - Memorials are to be directed to the family to be designated at a later date.

Don Roger Crays was born to Donald and Anna (Herynk) Crays on October 1, 1935 on a farm southwest of Tobias, NE. He passed away September 23, 2023 in Grand Island, NE at the age of 87. He was the oldest of five children.

He attended Atlanta Center Country School through 8th grade and graduated from Tobias High School in 1953. Before becoming a full time farmer, he worked for the railroad in Lincoln, appraised land in Custer County, constructed concrete elevators around the Milligan area, and worked at the ammunition depot in Hasting.

Don began farming at the age of 15 with his grandfather Joe Herynk on the farm that eventually became his lifelong home. He was proud to be the owner of three farms that have been in the family for over 100 years that all received the Nebraska Pioneer Farm Family award.

Don was married to Sheila Elznic in Exeter, NE on November 6, 1965. To this union, three daughters were born; Stephanie, Linda and Clara.

His love for cattle started at a young age when he began showing in 4-H, this led to over 40 years as a 4-H leader mentoring many youth including his sisters and daughters. His passion for Polled Hereford cattle began in 1976 with the purchase of four heifers from his brother, Roland. Little did he know this endeavor would be the beginning of many friendships and “family vacations” to cattle shows and events across the nation. Don & Sheila served as Nebraska Junior Polled Hereford Advisors for three years and were awarded the Nebraska Hereford Association Outstanding Breeder and Pioneer Breeder Awards.

He was a member of St. Joseph’s Catholic Church, serving on the parish council, the Tobias Volunteer Fire Department and EMTs, serving as the Fire Chief, the Nebraska Hereford Association, and the American Hereford Association.

Don will long be remembered for his orneriness, his signature cowboy hat and cigar, his passion for cattle and horses but most of all his dedication to his family and friends.

Don was preceded in death by his parents Don & Anne Crays, in-laws Clarence & Evelyn Elznic, grandson Seth McKay, brother-in-law Leo Etter, and sister-in-law Norma Crays.

Don is survived by his wife Shelia of Tobias; daughters, Stephanie (Kirk) Jensen, Courtland, KS, Linda (Grant) McKay Marysville, KS, Clara (Tim) Grace, Humboldt, SD; grandchildren, Cody, Casey (Rileigh), Jessica Jensen, Bailey McKay, Kane, Weston, Xavier, & Blaze Grace; Great-Granddaughter Blair Jensen; Siblings, Roland Crays, Barry (Jean) Crays, Sharon (Jerry) Kroese, and Karen Etter; and many nieces, nephews, cousins and friends.

Norma Tenold

Norma Tenold, 83 of Reva passed away on September 7, 2023.

Visitation will be on Tuesday at 4:00pm with family service at 6:00pm at the Centennial Chapel of the Evanson-Jensen Funeral Home in Hettinger.

The Funeral Service for Norma will be held at 2:00 pm with viewing at 12:00 pm on Wednesday, September 13, 2023 at the Slim Buttes Lutheran Church near Reva. Burial to follow at Slim Buttes Cemetary.

The Funeral will be live streamed on the website and can be viewed by going to Norma’s obituary and clicking on “view funeral service here”.

NORMA ANN VIKEN was born on September 20, 1939 in Hettinger, ND to Oscar and Nora (Ellingson) Viken.  She attended the Swanson grade school in the Ellingson Community of Perkins County.  She graduated from Hettinger High School in 1957.  Norma began working at the First National Bank in Hettinger and the Super Value store.
She married Robert Tenold on March 19, 1961 at Lodgepole, SD.  They began their life together on the Tenold Ranch near Reva where they raised their 4 children - Ricky, Sheri, Todd and Daron while farming and ranching together for 62 years.

Norma grew a large garden, did canning, raised chickens and sheep which she was particularly fond of. Her home cooked meals, pies, buns, and other baked goods made sure that all the family attended every family gathering. She helped in all aspects of their farming and ranching operation.

In her younger years she enjoyed bowling and teaching Sunday School. She was a member of the Slim Buttes Lutheran Church where she served as treasurer of the WMF and took pride in keeping up the church and church grounds.  Most of all she enjoyed watching her children and grandchildren in all of their activities.

Surviving family members include her husband, Bob; daughter and son-in-law, Sheri and Ross Glass, Hebron, ND; son and daughter-in-law, Daron and Amy Tenold, Reva, SD; grandchildren, Brian (Chelsey) Glass, Trish (Wayde) Bauman, ShaLee (Tanner) Tescher, Chance (Alyssa) Glass; Deon, Dace,  Dualy, Dawson, Tenold; great grandchildren, Chet, Westyn and Gracielyn Glass, Britt and Bear Bauman; Sawyer and Tipp Tescher, and Leo Glass; sister-in-law, Bonnie Viken, Fosston MN.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Oscar & Nora, sons, Todd and Ricky; brothers, Norman and Oscar; and sister Naomi Coleman.

Susan Loehr

Susan D. Loehr, age 62, of Peoria, passed peacefully away with her family and close friends at her side on Sunday, August 13,2023 at 10:37 a.m. at her residence after a 5 year courageous and valiant battle fighting several kinds of cancer.

She was born May 6, 1961 in Columbia, MO to Ronald E. and Doris I. (Simpson) Hill. She married P.T. “Pete” Loehr on June 5, 1999 in Bloomington.

He survives along with Susan’s mother of Bloomington, three siblings: Jenny (Roger) Scott of Bloomington, Douglas (Kayla) Hill of Skaneateles, NY, David (Lindsay) Hill, Sr. of Shorewood, IL, and one sister-in-law, Ann (Mark) Jackson of Decatur. She is also survived by 13 nieces and nephews: Meghan (Derick) Moser, Lauren (Charles) Gauthier, Alexandra (David) Haldeman, Caleigh Hill, David (Ashley) Hill, Jr., Lacey Hill, Drake (Kari) Hill, Katherine Hill, Connor Hill, Taylor Hill, Julia (John) Douglass, Laura (Erik) Van Kampen, Paul Jackson, and her two precious Maltese, Bailey and Annie.

She was preceded in death by her father.

Susan was a 1979 graduate of Bloomington High School and went to Peoria, graduating with her nursing diploma from Methodist School of Nursing in 1982. Susan started her nursing career at OSF Hospital Open Heart Cardio-Thoracic Surgery between 1982-2004. She then was working at Soderstrom Skin Institute between 2004-2023.

Nursing was her life, as she loved the people she worked with as well as the people she served. Susan took two mission trips serving in Haiti with Dr. John Carroll. Susan was always caring, always kind, always had a smile, and was a wonderful friend to those around her. She will be dearly missed.

The family would like to thank all the Doctors and Nurses who cared for Susan, all those who prayed for her, and especially her caregivers: Liza Dickerson RN, Diane White, and Jolee Tincher RN.

She was a member of Mt Hawley Country Club in Peoria.

Cremation rites have been accorded. A celebration of Susan's life will be Saturday, September 30, 2023 at Second Presbyterian Church at 404 N Prairie St., Bloomington, IL 61701 at 11:00 am.

Memorials, in Susan's name, may be made to the M.D. Anderson Cancer Center, P.O. Box 4464, Houston,TX 77310-4464 or to the Second Presbyterian Church, 404 N Prairie St., Bloomington, IL 61701.

Gary Glass

April 7, 1938 — August 7, 2023

Funeral Services for Gary Glass, 85, of Hebron, ND, will be 1:00 p.m. (CDT) Thursday, August 10, 2023 at St. John Church, Hebron with Pastor David Ling officiating.  Burial will follow at St. John Cemetery, Hebron.

Visitation will be an hour prior to the funeral at the church.

Gary passed away Monday, August 7, 2023 in New Salem.

Gary Lowell Glass was born April 7, 1938 in Hebron to Henry and Esther (Hanson) Glass. He grew up in Hebron on the family farm and attended rural country school.

Gary married June Heinle on July 7, 1962 at St. John UCC Church. Together they farmed and raised their four boys, Ross, Kent, Bryan and Stuart northwest of Hebron. June and Gary scratched out a living doing anything and everything to make things work. They did everything sided by side from milking cows and selling cream to putting in large gardens or working in the fields. Although retiring in 2001, he still helped his boys around the farm where he could. He spent the last 10 years spending time with his companion, Faye Sanders. Together they spent time at brandings, grandchildren and family events.

Gary was a member of St. John Church, The Broken Arrow Saddle Club and was a 4H leader for many years. He enjoyed playing pinochle, snowmobiling, riding horse, and going to rodeos.

Gary is survived by his four sons, Ross (Sheri) Glass, Kent (Wendi) Glass, Bryan (Tanya) Glass all of Hebron and Stuart (Candi) Glass, Sydney, NE; brother, Vernon Glass; sister, Charmayne Bell; her grandchildren, Brian (Chelsey) Glass, Trish (Wayde) Bauman,  ShaLee (Tanner) Tescher, Chance (Alyssa) Glass, Krystal (Javon) Massey, Kash Glass, Landree Glass, Makenzie (Austin) Ball, Taizalee Glass, Brycen Glass, Brooke (Brandon) Gasseling and Seth Glass; great-grandchildren, Chet, Westyn and GracieLyn Glass, Britt and Bear Bauman, Sawyer and Tipp Tescher, Leo Glass, Kaydee Massey and Lainey Ball; special friend, Faye Sanders; numerous nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Henry and Esther; wife, June; grandson, Ty Glass; and brother, Duane Glass.

Ellen Nieslanik

Remembering Ellen Strang Nieslanik

It is with great love and heartbreak that we announce the death of Ellen Strang Nieslanik. After a 25+ year battle with Scleroderma and other autoimmune conditions, Ellen passed away peacefully on April 24, 2023 at her home in Waldport, OR, surrounded by family. She was 61.

Ellen Lathrop Strang was born in Glenwood Springs, CO on December 10th, 1962, the second of four daughters to Mary and Bart Strang. She grew up on registered Hereford ranches near Carbondale, CO before her family relocated to their long-time ranch in Meeker, CO in 1973. Ellen’s childhood was colored vividly by Hereford cattle, Junior Hereford Associations, bull sales in Kremmling, Colorado and the carload show at the National Western Stockshow. She was a lifelong supporter and member of the livestock industry and all that surrounded it.

In 1984, Ellen graduated top of her class from Colorado State University with a degree in Ag Business and Animal Science. She took a job on her Uncle Mike Strang’s successful congressional campaign. Though nepotism disallowed Ellen for working in Mike’s administration, she followed him to Washington D.C. and became a staffer for Arizona Congressman, Jim Kolbe. A naive ranch kid from the middle of nowhere, Ellen’s experiences in D.C. reframed her perspective for the rest of her life.

In July of 1986, Ellen, 24, returned from D.C. to Meeker for a few days over the 4th of July. There she re-connected with Joe Nieslanik, the freckled kid she’d known since middle school. They were married on May 28, 1988 and had three children: Meg in 1991, Jake in 1992, and Sam in 1998. After one short stint in Riddle, OR, chasing the dream of sheep ranching full-time, Ellen and Joe settled in Meeker in late 1999 to raise their family.

Ellen’s favorite jobs she ever had were ranching and parenting, though, neither was very lucrative. So for over 20 years, she kept a side gig as a paralegal on criminal defense cases, most often with the Office of the Alternate Defense Counsel. In her words, she’d shepherd by day and solve murder by night.

In 2005, Ellen was hired as the Executive and Trial Director at the Meeker Classic Sheepdog Championship Trials – the premier sheep dog trial in the US. As a dog trailer and sheep rancher herself, Ellen, was a natural in this role. She revolutionized the Meeker Classic, including implementing a dog-sponsorship fundraising program that is now replicated at almost every major sheepdog trial across the world. Ellen retired in 2010, and spent one final year as the Trial Director role for the National Sheepdog Finals hosted in Carbondale, CO in 2011.

By this time, Ellen’s health was in a noticeable decline, and she felt deeply that if she wanted to make her lifelong dream of ranching full-time a reality, it was now or never. She and Joe bought a 160 acre farm in Scio, OR, where they ran the 350 ewes, 200 pasture-raised ducks for harvesting eggs, and hosted farm-to-table parties in their stunning rustic barn. With green grass as far as the eye could see, it was truly Ellen’s heaven. But in late 2016 Ellen’s health took another turn, and in the heartbreak of her life, they sold the farm, retired from fulltime ranching, and headed home to Meeker.

From then, through the conclusion of her life, Ellen still found ways to invigorate her passions for farming, animals, and the natural world. She founded Intuitive Dog Training, training dog owners (more than their dogs) to achieve harmony in the pet/owner relationship. She fostered and re-homed border collies who were retired or deemed unfit to herd sheep.

In the fall of 2020, Ellen and her pup Charlotte, relocated to the milder climate and lower elevation of the Oregon coast, which greatly improved her quality of life. She opened “Seals Landing”, an AirBnB in Waldport, OR, baking fresh muffins and leading crabbing, clamming, and beach adventure tours for guests, including her favorite guest, Joe, who would visit from Meeker every few weeks.

Ellen contracted COVID-19 in June of 2022 which eventually led to the rapid acceleration of her long-time autoimmune conditions. On March 15, 2023, she entered hospice care in Waldport. Ellen, Joe, Meg, Jake, and Sam were together during her last ~6 weeks, which they will remember as some of their fondest memories as a family.

Ellen prepared for death with the same enthusiasm, honesty, and tender-hearted love that she summoned every day to fully live her life. Always gracious, never afraid, she approached every hand she was dealt with curiosity and gusto.

Ellen is preceded in death by her father, Stephen Bartow (Bart)  Strang, who passed away in 2009. She is survived by her husband Joe Nieslanik, 61; children: Meg Nieslanik, 32, Jake Nieslanik, 30, and Sam Nieslanik, 25; her mother, Mary Strang, 84; and three sisters, Mary Cunningham, Sarah Hjelm, and Lisa Walsh.

Ellen’s life was celebrated on May 12th in Meeker, CO.  She will be missed by many but her memory and legacy lives on in all that she knew and all that she did.

In lieu of flowers, Ellen wished that memorial donations be made in her name to the following organizations.

  • Meeker Classic Sheepdog Championship Trials (, PO Box 1394, Meeker, CO 81641.
  • National Scleroderma Foundation (, 300 Rosewood Drive, Suite 105, Danvers, MA 01923, (800) 722-4673
  • Condolences can be sent to PO Box 2624, Meeker, CO 81641

Teresa Endres

Funeral services for Teresa Eleanor Endres, age 90, of Watertown will be held at 10:00 a.m. on Thursday, April 13th, 2023 at the Immaculate Conception Church with Father John Lantsberger officiating. Music will be provided by the I.C. Choir.

Burial will follow at St. Mary’s Cemetery, and then lunch and fellowship in the church parish hall.

Teresa passed away on April 8, 2023 at Jenkins Living Center.

Visitation will be at the Wight & Comes Funeral Chapel on Wednesday, April 12 from 5:00 – 7:00 p.m. There will be a prayer service at 7:00 followed by a Time of Sharing.

Pallbearers will be nephews Mark Elder, David Schlenker, Gary Schlenker, Ron Schlenker, Steve Venner and Marty Venner. Honorary pallbearer is Kent Clausen of Spokane.

Teresa was born on November 8, 1932 in Bryant, SD to Vinzent and Angela (Schon) Schlenker, as the 14th of 18 children. Her family moved to Hazel, SD where Teresa graduated from Hazel High School in 1951. In 1949, she began singing and yodeling on KWAT Radio Station as the “Yodeling Cowgirl” sponsored by Farmers Union. She was employed at the Farmers and Merchants Bank until her marriage to James Endres in 1954. She was a 4H Leader, Secretary of the Leaders Association, a vice-regent for the Catholic Daughters, and Chairperson for the Jr. Catholic Daughters and served on the American Heart Association Board.

She was employed by Harmony Hill Senior Citizens Food Service, Fiberglass Unlimited, Ramkota Inn, River Park and Oak Valley Farms. She retired in 1997.

She entertained with her family for local organizations & nursing homes. Later she sang with the Kenny Carlson Band, Dakota Country Band, Country Rose Band and most importantly the Sherwin Linton Show. Sherwin made it possible for her to record a C.D. He also arranged for her to receive the Proclamation of “Teresa Endres Day” at the SD State Fair in 1999 in honor of her contribution of 50 years of entertaining. She was inducted into the Iowa Country Music Hall of Fame in 2001, and the SD Country Music Hall of Fame in 2013. Teresa was also a member of the Sweet Adelines, and the I.C. Choir.

She is survived by 3 sons: Greg (Ann) Endres, and Terry Endres, both of Watertown, and Don (Angela) Endres of Brookings; four daughters Carol (Lyndon) Waters of Kranzburg, Janet Endres of Watertown, Judy Endres (Mike Woessner) of Chaska, MN, and Ruth (Derek) Parkhurst of Sioux Falls; 19 grandchildren, 23 great grandchildren, her brother Carl (Rosemarie) Schlenker of Sioux Falls, sisters-in-law Eva (Franklin) Schlenker of Watertown, and Diane (Robert) Schlenker of W. Des Moines, one brother-in-law Larry (Lillian) Venner of Pierre, and many beloved nieces and nephews.

Preceding her in death are her parents Vinzent and Angela (Schon) Schlenker, siblings Anna, John, Vincent, Helen, Fred, Rose, Andrew, Bernard, Paul, Leo, Louis, Robert, Elizabeth, Franklin, Lillian and Angela, and grandchild Elbert Endres.

Jimmy Carter

Jimmy E. Carter, 85, of Rock Lake, ND, passed away Monday, March 20, 2023 at the Towner County Medical Center in Cando, ND.  Arrangements are pending.

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Philip George

Philip Woodbury George, beloved husband, dad, papa & great grand-papa, as well as respected stockman & proud WW II veteran, passed away peacefully & ascended into eternal life, while in the presence of family, on Sunday morning, February 12, 2023, at the age of 101. He was welcomed at the Gates of Heaven, by his parents & three siblings, as well as many cousins, extended family & friends.
Philip was born on September, 14, 1921, in the family home where he grew up, on Sunbyrne Farm, located along the county line road between Osage & Coffey Counties, east of Lebo. He was the second eldest of four children born to Frank Jackson George & Harriet Edith George (nee Woodbury), which included older brother, Frank Jackson, Jr, younger brother, Howard Douglas & younger sister Eleanor Louise.
Except for a brief time when the family lived in Garden City, KS, where his father worked as a receiver, settling the accounts of insolvent banks in Southwest Kansas during the Depression, Philip grew up on the family ranch & attended the one-room Elmwood country school. During his youth, Phil & his siblings were all active in 4-H, as well as being fully engaged in all aspects of the family livestock operation. After graduation from Lebo High School in 1939, Phil enrolled at Kansas State College of Agriculture & Applied Science (now, Kansas State University) & was a student there for two years during the early portion of World War II.
Phil had never seen & didn't know anything about the sea, but in late August, 1942, just before his Junior year in college & just before the report date listed on the draft notice he'd received, he reported early & enlisted in the U.S. Navy. His decision to join the Navy was in part, because he didn't think he wanted to be a "foot soldier" & in part, out of respect for & to honor his close friend & high school classmate, Harold "Skinny" Spatz, who had joined the Army Air Corps right after high school, and had volunteered for Doolittle's Raid on Tokyo, which resulted in him being captured, tortured & ultimately executed, after his plane crash landed in occupied China.
During World War II, Phil served in the Pacific Theatre, where his first assignment was on the air craft carrier USS Intrepid. After the Intrepid was torpedoed at Truk Lagoon & returned to port for repairs, Phil was assigned to Torpedo Squadron 17 on the air craft carrier USS Hornet, where he was the gunner, in a three man crew (with the pilot & radioman), on a Grumman TBF Avenger, torpedo bomber. During WWII, Phil was involved in multiple significant battles at Marshall Islands, Truk Lagoon, Iwo Jima & Okinawa, which included sinking the Japanese Battleship Yamato. Phil flew over 25 missions, including missions in early 1945, that were the first flights to return to targets over mainland Japan, after the Doolittle Raid in April of 1942. As a result of his combat service, Phil earned numerous awards, including the Air Medal, Gold Star, Distinguished Flying Cross & Presidential Unit Citation.
After the end of WWII, Phil returned to Kansas State, where he competed on the livestock judging team. Phil received his degree in Animal Husbandry from Kansas State in May of 1947, then returned to the family ranching operation near Lebo.
It was during this post-war return to Kansas State that Phil met Julia Frances Gardner, a young coed whose family owned a livestock operation south of Hartford, KS, in south Lyon County. Phil & Julia were married at her parent's home on June 12, 1949, just a month after her graduation from Kansas State, with a degree in Home Economics.
Before their wedding, Phil purchased the Elmwood school building, the one-room school house where he'd attended elementary school, then moved a mile up the road to a spot near the house where he'd grown up & converted it into a residence. That converted one-room school house became the home where they forged an abiding partnership, centered around faith, family & operating the ranch, a partnership that lasted the next 73+ years. That home was where they raised their family, including three sons, Jay Gardner, Philip Dana & Vern Woodbury, and daughter, Frances Ann.
Phil devoted his life to his family, to the family ranch & to the community. He was a 4-H leader, a Sunday School teacher & served the community in a wide variety of volunteer leadership positions, as a board or committee member over the years. He was a lifetime member of the Lebo United Methodist Church, a member & later leader of the Blue Ribbon 4-H Club. He was a member of the Key West Grange, the Flint Hills Hereford Association, the Coffey County Democrats, and was an especially proud member of American Legion Post #323. Following his return from WWII and continuing until his death, Philip had the honor of carrying the United States flag for the Lebo American Legion color guard, including at Lebo's annual Memorial Day ceremony and also at the 4th of July Parade, where he rode horseback.
As a rancher & stockman, Phil devoted his life to raising quality cattle & quarter horses, and to being a good steward of the native prairie grass pastureland entrusted to him. An expert horseman, he worked cattle with a good horse & a little patience, and he remained actively engaged in the day to day operation of the ranch up until just the last couple of years. Even in recent years, it wasn't uncommon to see him sitting straight up in the saddle as he rode his horse to check pastures or move cattle, almost daily.
Phil was an avid baseball fan & grew up following the St. Louis Cardinals, Kansas City Monarchs, and also the Kansas City A's. He never missed a Royals game on the radio & he celebrated his 100th birthday by attending a Royals game as a guest of his Wingert cousins.
In later years, Phil became engaged in a role as a local historian, speaking at schools, sharing stories & information with younger generations about their ancestors, as well as, about his experience during World War II. He felt a strong responsibility to recognize the sacrifice of all those who had served our country & he embraced the opportunity to share their stories with future generations.
Philip was preceded in death by his parents, his brother Jackson & sister-in-law Margie, as well as their daughters Patricia Koons & Cynthia Simmons, his brother Doug & sister-in-law Roselyn, his sister Eleanor & brother-in-law Bob Pasley, his father & mother-in-law, Samuel Ray & Emilie June Gardner, sister-in-law, Annie Cunningham & sister-in-law, Virginia Gardner. He is survived by his wife, Julia, son Jay, Lebo, KS, son Phil & wife Lynna, Winslow, AZ, son Vern & wife Eileen, Denver, CO, daughter Frances Forbes & husband Chris, Bradford, PA, grandchildren, Tyler George (Jessica), Lebo, KS, Emilie Clarke (Collin), Margaret Gurley, Russell George & Tucker George, all of Denver, CO, Jackson George, Whitefish, MT, Julia George, Mission, KS, Madelaine Kimerle (Joseph), Lawrence, KS, Mitchell Forbes (Ashley), Lincoln, NE & Truman Forbes, Bradford, PA, and great-grandchildren, Samantha & Harper Gurley, and Barrett, Declan & Graham Clarke, as well as brother-in-law Gordon Cunningham, Goshin, IN, brother-in-law, Dan Gardner, Harford, KS, and numerous nieces, nephews & cousins.
Family & friends will be received from 6 p.m. to 7 p.m., on Friday, February 24, 2023, at the Lebo United Methodist Church. A memorial service will be held the at 11 a.m., on Saturday, February 25, at the Lebo United Methodist Church, with Pastor Lori Schwilling & Pastor George Pasley officiating. A burial with full military honors will follow, at Lincoln Cemetery. All attendees are invited to share memories and renew acquaintances with a meal afterwards.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions, if desired, may be made to The Benefit of Lebo Youth in c/o Farmers State Bank of Aliceville, P. O. Box 66, Lebo, KS 66856; Lebo American Legion, or a charity of the donor's choosing.
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Gene Leddy

Gene Arlin Leddy, 85, of Twin Brooks, SD passed away on February 13th at Avera Milbank (SD) Hospital after a courageous fight against cancer. He was a devoted farmer and rancher, proud Irishman, and above all a loving father, grandpa, and great-grandpa. A visitation and prayer service celebrating his life will take place at Mundwiler Funeral Home, on Friday, February 17, 2023, with visitation at 5:00 pm – 7:00 pm and prayer service at 7:00 pm.  A funeral service will take place at Parkview United Methodist Church at 10:30 a.m. on Saturday February 18th in Milbank, SD. Burial will be in the Milbank City Cemetery.

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Gene was born on January 29, 1938, to Ralph and Ethel (Henstrand) Leddy on the family farm. Gene lived all but six months on the family farm near Twin Brooks. Gene attended country school at Grant Center #6 through the eighth grade, and graduated from Milbank High School in 1956. During high school, Gene was active in FFA, 4-H (Whetstone Valley General  Livestock Club), and a myriad of livestock events. On September 18, 1960, Gene married Sandra Tesch. They were blessed with six children.

Gene worked as a rancher and farmer his whole life on the Leddy Hereford and Red Angus Centennial Farm. In 1955, Gene enlisted to serve for the Army National Guard in the 740th Transportation Company. He served as the company clerk and was part of the unit when they were activated during the Berlin Crisis in 1961.   The six months that the unit was in Colorado was his only time off the farm. Family meant the world to Gene. When Gene’s children were young, he was an active volunteer with the Grant County 4-H program and the South Dakota Junior Hereford Association.  He was proud of the fact that the Leddy Farm hosted a 4-H livestock judging school for over 75 consecutive years.  He was also active with the South Dakota State Fair. He continued to show cattle until he “semi-retired” and then he volunteered as a courtesy cart driver up until the summer of 2022. During his life, Gene only missed one State Fair - 1952 -  due to a severe polio outbreak in South Dakota and his parents were scared he and his siblings would get sick. Gene always remembered birthdays—sending a card and a gift of money to all kids, grandkids, and great-grandkids to “buy yourself a treat.” Gene loved to play cards, spend time visiting with friends and family, tending to his cattle, and watching birds. He was active until his last days.

Gene is survived by his son, Mark (Susan) Leddy of Milbank, SD, and their children: Lauren (Colby) Sanders, Andrew (Danielle) Leddy, and Kate (Sam) Wickstorm; his daughter, Jody (John) Neubauer of Olivia, MN and their children: Jessica Dooner, Jacob (Ashley) Dooner, Ty (Kenzy Lippert) Dooner, and Austin Neubauer; his daughter, Jana (Jon) Gadberry of Sioux Falls, SD, and their children: Jack (Breanna) Gadberry, Elizabeth (Sam) Koob, and Ben Gadberry; his son, Kent Leddy of Brookings, SD, and his son, Tristan Leddy; his son, Scot Leddy of Brookings, SD, and his children Darian, Quinn, and Jett; and  his son, Wade (Lori) Leddy of Twin Brooks, SD, and their children: Rebecca (Alex) Harms, and Allison Leddy. He is also survived by 13 great-grandchildren.

Gene is preceded in death by his parents; brothers: Arlo and Dale; and sister, Arlys Jacobs; sister-in-law, Shirley Leddy; and brother-in-law, John Jacobs.   The family requests memorials be directed to Grant County 4-H in lieu of flowers.

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Leonard Lodoen

Leonard Leroy Lodoen, 85, a lifetime resident of Westhope, ND, died peacefully with his wife and family at his side on Thursday, February 16, 2023 at the Baptist Health and Rehab Center in Bismarck, ND.

He was born in Westhope on March 17, 1937, the son of Clarence and Hazel Lodoen and the eldest of four children. He attended Westhope High School and was a key member of the basketball team which won the North Dakota Class “C” tournament in 1954. Upon graduation, he began a lifetime of farming and ranching north of Westhope, living on the same farm since1960. He refereed the basketball games of, and later married, Bette Henry on October 22, 1959. They were married for 46 years until her death in 2006. They shared many interests including their love of the rural life and history having co-authored “This Land of Mine,”a history of the local community and its homesteaders. They have four children: Jim, Toni, Penny and Matt. Leonard was supportive of his children, assisted them in pursuit of their many dreams and endeavors, and was proud of his grandchildren’s accomplishments whether in showing cattle, farming, sports, music or academics.

Leonard married Maysil Malard, a diabetes nurse educator and widowed farm wife, on June 27, 2015. Leonard spent the last 3 ½ years of his life in the Bismarck Health and Rehab Center where he enjoyed the daily visits by his loving and dedicated wife Maysil who lived a mile away.

Leonard liked farming but loved his cattle. His first experience showing cattle was in 7th grade when his steer earned him a white ribbon — last in the class-at the Bottineau County Achievement Days. He was determined to do better and the next year his steer was first in the red-ribbon group. After that he showed the grand champion the next three years in a row. From this start, he and his brother Myron, and their families, developed a nationally recognized herd of Hereford cattle and then a nationally recognized herd of Red Angus cattle under the name of L83 Ranch. He exhibited cattle at all the major national shows, resulting in many champions. He developed a reputation among cattlemen of both breeds as a known student of bloodlines, genetics and performance criteria. Cattlemen, young and old, sought his advice.

He was recognized as the International Seedstock Producer of the Year by the Beef Improvement Federation, Agriculturalist of the Year by the NDSU Saddle and Sirloin Club and along with his wife Bette, recognized as Golden Age honorees by the Bottineau County Crop Improvement Association. He and Bette were honorary Westhope FFA Chapter Farmers and he received the NDSU Outstanding Agriculturalist Award for Bottineau County.

He was also called upon to serve in many capacities including as a director and president of the American Hereford Association, being appointed by the Governor to serve on the North Dakota Board of Animal Health, and locally serving on the Westhope School board, Bottineau County School Reorganization Board, president of the Westhope Rural Fire Department, director of the Farmers Union Grain Elevator, director and president of the Bottineau County Fair Board, elder of the First Presbyterian Church, and as a leader for the B&W Livestock and Antler Farm Boys 4-H clubs. He also brought the motion and arranged support to have the state fair officially located in Minot.

Leonard is survived by his wife Maysil, his children Jim (Teresa) Lodoen, Toni (Myron) Broderick, Penny (Russ) Ballantyne, Matt Lodoen and daughter-in-law Jennie Lodoen, 15 grandchildren, and 13 great-grandchildren, his brother Mylon, sisters-in-law Patty Lodoen and Wanda Henry and Maysil’s children Kim (Doug) Rausch , Lowell (Shannon) Malard and Wendy (John) Wellmann, and their respective children.

Leonard was preceded in death by his parents, his wife Bette, son-in-law Joel Joraanstad, brother Myron, nephew Dusty Lodoen, infant sister Linda Lou, brothers-in-law Bob Henry and Clyde Kersten and sister-in-law Robin Kersten.

The family prefers memorials to the Westhope Volunteer Ambulance Service, Westhope Volunteer Fire Department or the Westhope Cemetery Fund.

Jack Vanier

John K. "Jack" Vanier

August 6, 1928 - February 10, 2023

To call Jack Vanier a founding father of a bygone rural Kansas culture would be three things at once.

An understatement, a compliment, and a chance for Jack to respond in his characteristic unassuming nature – accompanied by that brilliant smile – that he was just doing what came naturally.

In his self-effacing, low-key way, it would also offer a golden opportunity for Jack to take issue with the “bygone” sentiment.

Soft-spoken and successful. Kind and productive. Reliable and generous.

If someone were to ask, “What does it mean to be called ‘the salt of the Earth?” One would only need to spend a few minutes talking about Jack Vanier to get a deep and meaningful sense.

Jack grew up on the bedrock of honesty. He came of age with a work ethic. Integrity drove his success in business. With his bride, Donna, he raised a family on faith. Jack Vanier did not struggle with a greater cosmic meaning of why he was here, and that’s what made him such a good husband, father and grandfather, rancher and businessman. That’s what made him such a good friend.

He loved his neighbor and walked humbly. His sense of humor put you at ease as soon as you encountered him. Jack Vanier was fun to be around.

Born in Salina, Kansas to John J. (“J.J.”) and Lesta Vanier. Jack operated the CK Ranch in Brookville, KS, once the largest producer of purebred Hereford cattle in the country. The family also held ranching interests in Wyoming, Colorado, and Oklahoma.

Jack offered his gift of service and leadership capacity to a host of organizations, including the American Hereford Association, the Kansas Livestock Association, the Boards of Directors of the National Cattlemen’s Association and Archer Daniels Midland. Roles in which he provided wisdom and insight, but mostly what he would have described as common sense.

And while much has changed in Kansas and the world during Jack Vanier’s time on this planet, his passing is not the end of an era. Jack’s legacy is with us today. You see it in Mary’s compassion for her community, in Marty’s brilliant smile and intellect, in the life lessons John learned from his father. In Jack’s grandchildren, you don’t have to look very far, to see a direct reflection of his light and love.

You see it in the promise of entire generations touched by Jack’s benevolence through scholarship, mentorship, and stewardship.

Jack lives on, in the thoughts and memories found uppermost in the minds and the warm feelings which lie deep in the hearts of all who encountered him. When we think of Jack Vanier, it is what comes naturally.

His contributions to agriculture, the livestock industry, to Kansas State University, and to all the organizations and people he touched, are many and significant. But it was by living his life the way he did that marks the profound contribution Jack Vanier made to our greater society, the rural culture and a way of life worth preserving, that will stand out.

Not because he wanted it to, but because he didn’t.

Preceded in death by his wife, Donna Lindsey Vanier, Jack is survived by sister Joyce Hale and brother Jerry Vanier of Kansas City, daughter Mary Vanier of Manhattan, daughter Dr. Marty Vanier of Manhattan and her stepchildren Katie (Kevin) Buehler, Kirsten (Nathan) Beemer and Kathy Krause, and son John K. Vanier II of Salina, his daughters Lauren Vanier and Sarah (Ryan) Geiger, John’s wife, Kim, and children Pallie (Bryan) Swartz, Landon Koehn, Jess Koehn, and Ty Koehn, Jake Mooney and Norah Mooney.

A funeral will be held on Friday, March 3, 2023, 1:00 p.m. at Christ Cathedral in Salina, Kansas. The family suggests memorial gifts to any of the following organizations: the Salina Community Foundation and the Meadowlark Hills Good Samaritan Fund in Manhattan. Memorials may be sent in care of Ryan Mortuary, 137 N. 8th Street, Salina, Kansas 67401.

Bonnie Bieber

Bonnie Bieber's passing on Thursday, December 22, 2022 has been publicly announced by Luce Funeral Home - Gettysburg in Gettysburg, SD.

According to the funeral home, the following services have been scheduled: Prayer Service, on December 29, 2022 at 7:00 p.m., at Emmanuel Lutheran Church, 601 E Logan Ave, Gettysburg, SD. Funeral service, on December 30, 2022 at 2:00 p.m., at Emmanuel Lutheran Church, 601 E Logan Ave, Gettysburg, SD.

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The most recent obituary and service information is available at the Luce Funeral Home - Gettysburg website.

Hans Ulrich

It is with great sadness that the family of Hans Ulrich announce his passing, at the age of 92, surrounded by loved one’s on December 13th, 2022 at the Claresholm General Hospital.  

Hans was born July 20th 1930 in Zurich Switzerland, he was the eldest child of Hans and Lina Ulrich. He spent his early years in Oetwil am See, after primary school he went on to farming school. In 1954 Hans made the journey to Canada to see the country and learn the language. He initially spent time in British Columbia in a variety of jobs. When he returned to Switzerland in 1957 he was offered an exciting opportunity to manage a ranch near Claresholm AB for a Swiss lawyer. He came back to Canada with dear friends Florian and Luise Eberl and started managing Dr. Ammann’s Ranch in 1958. In 1960 Hans returned to Switzerland for a visit, and it’s there he met Annette Suter. They returned to Canada and got married June 25, 1960, leading to a long and loving marriage of over 62 years. Together they raised their four children – Elisabeth, Peter, Margaret and Marianne.  

Hans had a very strong passion and influence in agriculture, especially the Hereford industry. In time he and his wife were able to purchase the ranch, operating under the very successful operation of Ulrich Hereford Ranch. Hans made many friends within the industry all over North America and was well respected by his peers. The ranch split between his son and son-in-law in the early 2000s in which Hans continued to be an integral part of both operations. Hans was known to be a family man and of strong Christian faith. He spent his “retired” years still being an essential part of day to day operations by running errands, transporting grandchildren, making his weekly journey on Wednesdays for the sale at Balog Auction Mart, and always ensuring to have a good visit with friends.

Hans leaves behind his loving wife Annette; children, Elisabeth Weber (Fritz), Peter, Margaret Schuepbach (Andy), and Marianne; grandchildren Leah Weber, Ruth & Daniel Schuepbach, and Michelle Unsworth (Clint). He is also survived by siblings Ursula Isler, George Ulrich, & Regula (Chris) Witschi. As well as many other relatives and friends in Canada and Switzerland. Hans was predeceased by parents Hans & Lina Ulrich; siblings/inlaws, Hansjakob Isler, Verena (Alfred) Wittwer, and Trudi Ulrich.

A Celebration of life will be held on Thursday, December 22, 2022 at the Peace Lutheran Church 4303 2 St W - Claresholm, AB at 1:00 PM

Memorial donations may be made to: Keith Gilmore Foundation Scholarship Fund, 5160 Skyline Way NE, Calgary AB, T2E 6V1, or the Claresholm & District Health Foundation, Box 2638, Claresholm AB, T0L 0T0, (403) 682-3739, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Funeral Service will be on Thursday December 22nd at 1 PM at Peace Lutheran Church in Claresholm, with Graveside service for families and close friends at the St. Peters Cemetery east of Claresholm at 11 AM.

Funeral arrangements are handled by:

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Claresholm, AB, T0L 0T0
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Dan Coonrad

Dan Coonrad, beloved husband, father, grandfather, friend and passionate Coug, passed into the arms of his heavenly father Dec. 6, 2022, at Pullman Regional Hospital.

Dan was born Dec. 18, 1940, in Denver, Colo. His family homesteaded in Elizabeth, Colo., at the time. In 1949, they moved to the Kittitas Valley in central Washington, where his family bought a ranch. Dan was active in 4-H and played sports at Kittitas High School, where he met the love of his life, Karen Green.

In 1958, Dan started attending Washington State College, majoring in agricultural sciences. A member of the Alpha Gamma Rho fraternity, he worked with the show cattle and was a member of the Livestock Judging Team.

Upon Karen’s graduation from high school, they were married Aug. 18, 1961. They spent Dan’s senior year in Pullman, sharing many joy-filled times with lifelong friends.

Following graduation, Dan took a position on a ranch in Coulee City, Wash., and then bought a small ranch in Ellensburg, Wash., where he worked with his father, Ken.

In 1967, Dan was offered the position of beef cattle herds manager at WSU, a position he held until his retirement in 2004. Dan treated this position like he did everything his entire life … wholeheartedly. One of the hardest working people anyone could know, he often worked seven days a week, and as he said to the administrator who did his paperwork: “8 to 5, Monday through Friday? Mister, you don’t know cows very well!” Dan loved his work, the cattle industry and the Cougs.

Dan lived a life of service; many called him a coach, teacher, board member, volunteer, leader or mentor. The WSU Livestock Judging Team, Three-Forks 4-H Beef Club, Angus Association(s), Palouse Empire Fair, Washington Cattleman’s, WSU Athletics, WSU Retirees and the Pullman Presbyterian Church were all organizations that benefited from his contributions. But, perhaps one of the most influential was the mentorship he provided to the students who lived and worked at the WSU Beef Center, commonly known as the “Barn Boys” (and girls). It shows a common thread of wanting everyone and every organization he was a part of to be better than when he found it.

Many will remember Dan for his friendly greeting, listening ear, hearty handshake or hug, and a darn good football tailgate. He rarely knew a stranger; many were considered extended family to Dan and Karen. He has left a legacy of love, friendship, and a well-lived life (but he would hope for one more Cougar win).

He is survived by his beloved wife of 60 years, Karen; two daughters, Julie (Todd) Patrick, of Bellevue, Wash.; Kellie (Mark) Enns, of Nunn, Colo.; two sons Darren (Sarah) Coonrad, of Pasco, and Craig Coonrad, of Glendale, Ariz.; two sisters, Roma Stokes and Lorretta Edwards; 10 grandchildren: Lindsey (Thomas) Buck, Justin (Meg) Patrick, Lauren Patrick, Dillion, Garrison and Shane Coonrad, Crystal Mitchell, Wyatt and Avery Enns; and four great-grandchildren: Olivia and Josie Buck and Palmer and Leighton Patrick.

He was preceded in passing by his parents, Kenneth and Genevieve (Jean) Coonrad.

The memorial service will be held 4 p.m. Jan. 20 at the Pullman Presbyterian Church. Corbeill Funeral Home of Pullman has been entrusted with arrangements. Memorial donations are suggested to a WSU Livestock Student Experience fund to honor Dan’s love of cows and kids.

Marlin Main

Marlin Main, age 75 of Aladdin WY, went home to heaven on December 4, 2022 at his home, following a sudden cardiac event. The funeral service will be held 10:30am Monday, December 12, 2022 at the Christian Life Center in Belle Fourche. Visitation will be held 3 to 5pm Sunday at Leverington Funeral Home of the Northern Hills in Belle Fourche. Interment will take place in Pine Slope Cemetery. Marlin's service can be viewed live or afterwards from his obituary page, located on the funeral home's website: Marlin Main was born March 25, 1947 in Mobridge, South Dakota. He was the son of Lester and Vivian (Trager) Main. Marlin grew up on the family ranch located south of Keldron, South Dakota. He attended White Deer Country School and graduated from Lemmon High School in 1965. Marlin was married to Patricia Brams on December 28, 1968 in Dupree, SD. To this union two children were born: Jeff and Juliet. Following their marriage, Marlin and Pat finished their college educations. Marlin graduated with degrees in Animal Science and Business from the SD State University. After college, they moved back to the family ranch where they raised Hereford cattle. In March of 1988, the family moved to Belle Fourche and Marlin became an insurance agent. He started selling life and health insurance and later expanded into property and casualty. In 1997 he became the owner of Main Insurance, which his son Jeff now operates. He served on the Christian Life Center board for many years and especially enjoyed the Men's prayer breakfasts on Thursday mornings. Marlin enjoyed his many clients and the friendships that he was blessed with through his insurance days, but always a cowboy at heart, he held onto this way of life with his small herd of Corriente cattle and horses. Spending time in the saddle, going to brandings, checking his cows, or roping with family and friends was something he loved. If he was doing it with family, especially the grandkids, then Marlin was the happiest. Marlin will be remembered for his solid faith in the Lord, quiet inner strength and for always putting his family first. He was a man of few words. If he said it, you knew he meant it. Nothing was ever for show with Marlin and his word was his bond. He was well respected for his integrity, honesty, kindness, and for being a true gentleman. He loved his grandchildren dearly and was so proud of them – always making time to help them in the arena or to cheer them on at their games, rodeos and all their activities – just like he did with his kids when they were growing up. Marlin and Pat enjoyed over 50 years of marriage and God blessed them abundantly. He will be missed greatly by his family, friends, and neighbors. Marlin is survived by his wife, Pat of Aladdin WY; son, Jeff (Holly) of Belle Fourche; daughter, Juliet Main of Washington DC; 3 grandchildren, Anika, Lydia, Joshua; and brother, Max (Mary) Main of Aladdin WY. He is also survived by his sisters-in-law, Carlene (Jeff) Hayward of Glasgow MT, and their daughter, Sydney, and Kathy (Mike) Moorman of Riverton WY, and their children, Matt and Brett. Funeral Service 10:30 A.M. – Monday – December 12, 2022 Christian Life Center Belle Fourche, South Dakota Officiant Pastor Paul Howard Music "God Must Be a Cowboy at Heart" "Amazing Grace", "Happy Trails" Paul Larson, vocalist Casketbearers Clay Birkeland Dick Meyers Levi Dacar Matt Moorman Al Garr Mike Steiger Interment Pine Slope Cemetery Belle Fourche, South Dakota

Ray Mettler

Ray Mettler, age 100 of Menno, SD passed away Thursday, October 13, 2022, at the Menno-Olivet Care Center, Menno, SD.

Funeral services will be 10:30 a.m. Monday, October 17, 2022, at Zion Reformed Church, Menno, SD with Rev. officiating. Burial will be in the Menno Cemetery.

Visitations will be one hour prior to the service at the church.

The Aisenbrey-Opsahl-Kostel Memorial Chapel, Menno, SD is assisting with the service details. Online condolences may be sent at:

He was born to Jacob F. and Magdalena (Mettler) Mettler on April 7, 1922. He was baptized and confirmed in Kassel Reformed Church, rural Menno, SD. He married Velma Haisch on September 19, 1943, at Grace Lutheran Church, Menno, SD. They had 3 children. They farmed north of Menno until his semi-retirement in 1984, at which time their son Ronald and family took over the farm and the Polled Hereford cattle operation which Ray began in the 50’s. He never lost interest in his cattle. It was his livelihood. He was a member of Zion Reformed Church serving in numerous ways including choir, Sunday school superintendent and offices of Deacon and Elder. He also served on the Board of directors of the Lower James River Sub-district.

He is survived by sons Ronald of Menno, SD and Earl (Lisa) of Albuquerque, NM, and daughter June Aisenbrey of Sioux Falls, SD. Five grandchildren Kevin and Brian (Teresa) Mettler, Dani Mettler, and Cameron (Chelsey) and Marc (Bekah) Aisenbrey. Five great-grandchildren, Brooklyn and Jaxen Mettler, Emerson, Luca and Creighton Aisenbrey. Sisters-in-law Carol Mettler and Pat Mettler.

He was preceded in death by his wife, granddaughter Emily Mettler, grandson Brett Mettler, daughter-in-law, Marcia, and son-in-law, James. His siblings Erna Tueting, Cecilia Hueneman, Elsie Herrboldt, Helen Handel, Calvin, Gordon and Gerold Mettler.

Freda Largent

Freda Sherwood Largent peacefully went home to be with the Lord in Logan, NM on Wednesday October 5, 2022. Freda was born July 19, 1929, in Crosbyton, TX to Harry and Freda Sherwood. She attended Crosbyton schools her entire life until she graduated from Crosbyton High School in 1946, where she was the Salutatorian of her class. She was married December 1st that same year to David S. Largent of Merkel, Texas. She and David resided on his family ranch at Merkel for a time before moving to a ranch not far from Clayton, New Mexico. The Largents moved several times during their life together including several moves in New Mexico, back to Texas, then to Arizona, back to Texas, to Montana, then Wyoming and finally to Glenrio, New Mexico. They were blessed with two sons, Steve born in 1950 and Mark born in 1952. No matter where they lived, Freda and David raised Hereford cattle, which was their primary focus as a vocation. Freda was an enthusiastic support in that endeavor, caring for cattle, attending and working with the cattle at various Cattle Shows across the United States. As part of her support for the Hereford industry she was involved with the ladies Hereford Auxiliary for many years.
Freda was a devoted mother to Steve and Mark, encouraging them in all the sports, school activities, and cattle events in which they participated. As a grandmother, she babysat frequently and was much loved by five granddaughters and one grandson.
Freda was a wonderful cook. She enjoyed preparing meals for her family, guests, and for events. She made traditional southern fare as well as many new recipes gleaned from cookbooks, magazines and from friends all over the country. Freda spent many hours sewing western shirts for her husband and sons, making sure they had pockets large enough to accommodate herd notebooks and pens. Among other things she made aprons, which she wore every day, saying those were part of her 'uniform' as a ranch wife. She embroidered some special projects over the years, making gifts for friends and family, which are especially treasured by those who received them. Her home was always clean, cozy, and welcoming. She had a gift for providing hospitality to whoever might come to the ranch.
Freda had an infectious laugh, a good sense of humor, and a beautiful smile. Whenever people remember her, they say that she was outgoing, sweet and encouraging. She was glad to be a wife and mother, she took both roles very seriously and was a good example of being totally involved in those endeavors, being joyful and loving her occupation.
Freda was preceded in death by her husband, David in 2003; her parents; and her older sister, Jean Sherwood Halbert. She is survived by her son, Steve and his wife Ann of Glenrio, New Mexico, and her son, Mark and his wife, Cathy of Kaycee, Wyoming. In addition, she is survived by her six grandchildren and their spouses as well as by numerous great grandchildren, and several great, great grandchildren.
The family wishes to thank the staff of Autumn Blessings in Logan for taking amazing care of Freda during the last 4 years of her life.
Services for Freda Largent will be a graveside celebration of life at 10 am on Tuesday October 18, at the Tucumcari Memorial Park Cemetery.

Martha Anderson

Martha Louise (Mayer) Anderson, age 89, of Arapahoe, Nebraska went to her Heavenly home on Friday, August 12, 2022 at Community Memorial Health Center in Burwell, Nebraska. Viewing and visitation will be Wednesday, August 17, 2022 from 1 PM to 6 PM at Garey Funeral Chapel, 652 Main St., Arapahoe, Nebraska with family present from 3 PM till 5 PM. Rosary will be recited on Wednesday, August 17th, 2022 at 7 PM at St. Germanus Catholic Church, Arapahoe, Nebraska. Mass will be Thursday, August 18th, 2022 at 10:30 AM at St. Germanus Catholic Church, Arapahoe, Nebraska with Father Kenneth Wehrs, officiating. Burial will follow at Arapahoe Cemetery, Arapahoe, Nebraska. Service will be Livestreamed on Garey Funeral Home Arapahoe Facebook page for those who wish to attend but cannot. Garey Funeral Home of Arapahoe, Nebraska is in charge of the arrangements. Condolences and personal reflections may be left at

Martha was born on October 28th, 1932 in Furnas County, Nebraska to Hubert and Hattie (Beeler) Mayer. She grew up on the farm in Furnas County, where she helped raise Hereford cattle. When she was 16 years old, she took a carload of bulls to Denver, Colorado on a train, which she rode on by herself. Martha attended country school and graduated from Arapahoe High School with the class of 1950. She passed a four-month course and then taught country school for one year. Martha also worked for the FDIC during the farm crisis in the 1980’s.

Martha was united in marriage to William “Bill” Junior Anderson on February 27th, 1954. To this union, the ‘6 T’s’ were born: Verne “Tony” (Keri), Tim (Pam), Todd, Tammy (Harlan Grunden), Tonna (Ron Drudik), and Trudy (Mike Nolles). They made their home in rural Gosper County, where they raised Hereford and dairy cattle, hogs, horses, corn, wheat, soybeans, milo, and hay. Bill and Martha both purchased their childhood homesteads, and in 2019, Martha received the Aksarben Pioneer Farm Family Award for both farms being in the family for 100 years.

She was heavily involved in the 4-H program for seventy years, which includes her own childhood membership and assisting with her children, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren with their livestock and other projects. For a number of years, Martha served as the beef superintendent. Other Hereford Associations she was involved with are: the Old Reliable, Southwest Nebraska, and Hear of Nebraska. Martha also served as the president of the Nebraska Hereford Auxiliary. She was an active member of the St. Germanus Catholic Church and Altar Society.

Martha’s hobbies and interests included playing cards, dancing, sewing, gardening, and spending time with her family.

Martha is preceded in death by her husband, parents, sister Mary Graf, and several sisters-in-law and brothers-in-law.

Survivors included her six children and their spouses, 15 grandchildren, 29 great-grandchildren, and multiple nieces and nephews.

In lieu of flowers, memorials are suggested to Our Lady of Fatima Shrine at St. Germanus Catholic Church, Arapahoe, Nebraska.

Kathleen Schafer

Kathleen L. Schafer, wife of Lester Schafer, age 91, of Buffalo Lake, Minnesota, passed away on Friday, August 5, 2022, at the Olivia Restorative Therapy and Nursing Home in Oliva, Minnesota. Memorial Service will be held Saturday, August 13, 2022, at 11:00 A.M. at Zion United Methodist Church in Buffalo Lake with interment in Zion Evangelical Cemetery in Buffalo Lake. Gathering of Family and Friends will be held Friday, August 12, 2022 from 4:00-7:00 P.M and will continue one hour prior to the service ALL at the church. Arrangements are with the Hughes-Hantge Funeral Chapel in Hector.

Charles Gray

Charles Walter Gray, DVM was born December 4, 1940, in Shawnee, Oklahoma to Carl S. and Lora A. (Goode) Gray. He and his two sisters grew up in Clinton, Oklahoma where he graduated from Clinton High School in 1959. Charles served in the Army Reserves from 1959-1966. He attended Oklahoma State University from 1961-1964 where he obtained his bachelor's degree, then went on to veterinary school and graduated in 1967.

While attending Oklahoma State University, he met Karen S. Sharp and they married on December 27, 1964. Charles worked at Britton Road Veterinary Clinic for 3 years until opening his own practice, Southern Hills Veterinary Hospital in Edmond in 1973 until his retirement in 2019. He was passionate about all his clients, human and animal. Charles was a member of O.V.M.A., A.V.M.A, and A.A.H.A. He carried on his upbringing of being a farmer and rancher throughout his adulthood, then passed the tradition on to his family. Charles was a member of the Texas and Southwest Cattle Raiser’s Association and Oklahoma Cattlemen’s Association. He enjoyed raising Hereford cattle and would spend hours discussing cattle with other breeders and friends and set many records with his cattle at Oklahoma Beef Incorporated. He was also a member of the Edmond O.U.R. Club and enjoyed his weekly meetings with Edmond professionals whom many he called friends.

Charles was preceeded in death by his parents and one sister Wanda Thomas. Survivors include, his wife Karen S. Gray, son Carl B. Gray of Carter, Oklahoma, son Kevin S. Gray of Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, Kimberly (Gray) Woods and husband Cameron of Edmond, Oklahoma and Charles Fredrick Gray and wife Kimberly (Benne) Gray of Edmond, Oklahoma. Grandchildren Alice Woods, Andrew Woods, Emily Woods and Kayla Gray.

The family would like to say a special thank you to The Timbers and Good Shepherd Hospice for their support and care they provided. Public visitation will be held at Matthews Funeral Home on Wednesday, May 4th 2022, from 3:00 PM to 8:00 PM with family to greet friends and guests from 5:00 PM to 8:00 PM. Services will be held Thursday, May 5th 2022, at the Matthews Funeral Home Chapel beginning at 2:00PM. Interment is to follow at Gracelawn Cemetery of Edmond.

Carol Gildemaster

Carol J. Gildemaster, age 78, of Virgil, passed away on Sunday, April 3, 2022 at Sanford USD Medical Center in Sioux Falls surrounded by her family. Her funeral service will be held on Friday, April 8, 2022 at 11:00 AM at Welter Funeral Home with burial to follow at Virgil Cemetery in Virgil. Visitation, with her family present, will be from 5-7 PM on Thursday, April 7, 2022 at Welter Funeral Home; or one hour prior to the service on Friday morning. A prayer service will begin at 6:30 PM on Thursday evening at the funeral home.

Dale Heins

Dale Edward Heins, 70, was born on April 15th, 1951, in Rochester, MN to Norma (Bushman) & Clayton Heins. He was the oldest of six children and could often be found at the farm with his Uncle Howard and Aunt Marion Heins. Dale took care of life on the farm while his dad worked driving truck and first got the opportunity to participate in Football and Wrestling his junior year of high school at Plainview High. He quickly succeeded and after graduation moved on to Wrestle at Concordia St. Paul.

On February 6, 1970, he was united in marriage to Janis M. Piepkorn in Plainview, Minnesota. The two of them most recently celebrated 52 years of marriage. Dale and Jani settled near Hewitt, MN and spent 34 years raising their family on the farm, Heins Polled Herefords. They welcomed Bobbi on June 14th, 1971, and she quickly had her dad wrapped around her finger, to which she still did today. Bobbi and her dad had the neatest relationship, she was one of the few who he always listened to, and often is referred to as “the favorite.” Tony was born on August 5th, 1972, and quickly took after his dad in many ways, the two of them enjoyed conversations about football, wrestling, cattle, and life. Kent completed their family on January 24th, 1974, the two of them also bonded over football and wrestling, but mostly their passion for Hereford Cattle.

When Dale got promoted to Grandpa, we soon saw a new soft version of him. He particularly enjoyed treating the grandkids to things he would have said ‘no’ to his kids for. He was very proud to share with his friends what the grandkids were up to in sports, school, and their careers. None of the grandkids will be able to listen to Tom T. Hall’s “Old Dog’s & Children, and Watermelon Wine” without hearing it in grandpa’s voice.

Dale would tell many how “Great” he was when the first great-grandchild was born in 2014. He loved to listen about the naughty things the littles did and enjoyed watching them play with the toys his own children grew up with. Great-Grandpa made it to each one of their baptisms as that was very important to him.

Dale spent 17 years working for Mason Brothers Wholesale Grocery before working at Midwest Information Systems and most recently Unicel. In 2005, his career took him and Jani to Hayes, KS. Upon retirement in 2011, they decided to move closer to family and ended up in Gaylord, MN. As Dale’s health declined, the two of them decided to downsize and be closer to their church in Glencoe, MN.

Dale will be remembered by many for his passion of the Lord and his service to each church he was a member of. He had a knack for Hereford Cattle and in 2013 was inducted into the Minnesota Hereford Hall of Fame. He had an interest in History and he particularly enjoyed going to “cousins” once a month. Family gatherings were spent listening to stories and many, many, games of cards. When visiting with Dale, it was likely you would hear of the many sporting achievements made by his children and grandchildren as he was always following along in their events.

Dale went home with Jesus, surrounded by family at his home, on March 23rd, 2022, after a long road of health complications. “Well done, good and faithful servant! You have been faithful with a few things; I will make you ruler over many things. Enter into the joy of your Lord.” Matthew 25:23

Dale is survived by & will be missed by his wife, Janis; children, Bobbi (Brian) Downing, Tony (Tami) Heins, Kent (Michelle) Heins; grandchildren, Jordan & Drew Downing, Chris (Holly) Heins, Derrek (KyLee) Heins, Jaci (Preston) Cargo, Taylor (Karly) Heins, AJ & Clayton Heins, Sydney, Joe, Christian, & Bennett Heins; great-grandchildren, Jaelyn, Natalie, & Ryker Heins, Taten & Collin Heins, Karsyn & Davey Cargo, Hannah Heins; and siblings, Sharon (Doug) Craig, Diane Heins, Bonnie Schlough, Sara (Brad) Meyers.

He was preceded in death by his parents Clayton & Norma Heins and parents in-law Harold & Sophy Piepkorn.

James Nichols

James Robert Nichols, son of Robert (Bob) and Peggy Nichols was born April 5, 1951 in Beloit, Kansas and went to be with the Lord on March 23, 2022 at Smith County Memorial Hospital, Smith Center, at the age of 70.

Jim graduated from Alton High School with the class of 1969. After high school Jim attended Colby Community College, and Fort Hays State University, then returned to Alton to farm. He farmed for many years, with his father-in-law Harold Carswell, and later in life with his son Brock.

On June 8, 1975 Jim married Carol Carswell in Alton, Kansas at the Alton United Methodist Church. In August 1978, Jim and Carol welcomed a son, Ryan James, to their family. In June 1981, their second son, Brock Harold, joined the family. Over the years, the family grew to include two daughters-in-law, and nine grandchildren. Jim loved his wife, his sons, and their families dearly and held his years with his grandkids close to his heart. While Jim was a strong and occasionally stern father, as a grandpa he softened into a playful and loveable, some may even say he was a ‘mainly mild-mannered man’.

Jim spent his life as a farmer and rancher, while Carol taught school, and together they built a life and a family he was very proud of. On the farm, Jim loved crop farming, while Harold and later his sons’ passion of raising Hereford cattle rubbed off on him. He was active in the agricultural community, volunteering his time to various organizations like the Farm Service Agency, Kansas Livestock Association, Kansas Hereford Association and American Hereford Association. Even in retirement, Jim continued his lifelong commitment to agriculture by mentoring younger farmers and helping with harvest each fall.
In addition to serving the agricultural community, Jim also served the community of Alton and his church community. Jim was a familiar staple in the Bull City Opry at the Alton Jubilee, where he always played the role of comic relief. He was a member and trustee of the Alton United Method Church.

Jim truly enjoyed life in so many ways. In his free time, he loved to travel and had been to 47 states. He had a kind heart and often could be found making new acquaintances and turning them into friends on his travels. He loved watching NASCAR races, fishing, and tailgating at K-State games.

The greatest pride of Jim’s life were his sons, and his grandkids. He spent as much time as possible following their lives, activities, sports, and livestock showing and even just playing with the littler kids. In his final days, he spoke of his pride in his sons and all they have accomplished, which he said he could never have done himself, but he truly enabled through his commitment as a father and grandfather. In the end, he shared the advice that we should all work less and enjoy our families more.
Jim’s family will miss his voice while fixing fence, nursing a newborn calf, putting up hay, and having a drink in the shop after the work is done. May we all remember Jim as ‘a mainly mild-mannered man’.

Jim was preceded in death by his parents; sister, Nancy; and brother, Randy.

He is survived by his wife Carol (Carswell) Nichols, Alton; son, Ryan (Kesha) Nichols, St. Louis, Missouri; son, Brock (Carolyn) Nichols; nine grandchildren, Avery, Emma, Zoe, Coy, Colt, Knox and Flint Nichols, Willow Lake, South Dakota; Merritt and Hayes Nichols, St. Louis Missouri; sister, Becky (Jim) Byrd; and many special friends and family.

Nell Feddes

Nell Feddes entered the joyous presence of Jesus on March 5, 2022, at the age of 91.

Born March 26, 1930, to Marcus and Lena Izenbaard, Nell grew up in a Christ-centered home in Kalamazoo, Michigan, and became a devout disciple of Jesus. Gifted with musical talent, she became a pianist in junior high and a church organist by age 19. Gifted with a brilliant mind, she was valedictorian of her class. For a few years she worked for the Upjohn pharmaceutical company.

Nell was engaged to Marvin Feddes in 1950, but their wedding was delayed for three years while he was in Germany with the United States Army. Marv and Nell were married on August 14, 1953. They settled on a ranch near Manhattan, Montana. Their loving union lasted until Marv died in 2017.

God blessed Marv and Nell with six children. They learned the Bible at home, saw the life of Christ at work in their parents, and were educated at Manhattan Christian School. Nell nourished her family with delicious meals but also fed their minds by reading aloud with them and offering wise, often funny sayings. When grandchildren came, they relished Grandma’s homemade bread, Grandpa’s candy, and lots of hugs from both. Marv and Nell also drove many thousands of miles each year to visit children and grandchildren who lived far from Montana.

Nell’s love and kindness reached far beyond her family. She was a charter member of Bethel Christian Reformed Church. She served as church secretary for many years and as organist until age 80. Nell was a founder and volunteer at the pregnancy care center (now ZoeCare), helping women in difficult situations. She taught correspondence Bible lessons to students in prison and encouraged them with countless personal letters. She served on the board of Reformed Bible College and in the leadership of Christian Women’s Club. A lover of God’s creation, Nell could often be seen walking along the roads near her house, picking up litter as she went. Because she experienced God’s forgiveness and peace, she loved to share the gospel of Jesus so that others could have eternal life. Her favorite hymn was, “It Is Well With My Soul.” Her favorite verse was Isaiah 26:3, “Thou wilt keep him in perfect peace, whose mind is stayed on thee: because he trusteth in thee.”

Nell is survived by her children, Michael (Rene’), Dan (Robyn), Tim (Tami), Marvanne (Dwight) Logterman, David (Wendy), and Paul (Deb); 27 grandchildren; and 22 great-grandchildren. Nell was preceded in death by her husband of 64 years, Marv; brothers John, Don, and Marv Izenbaard; and granddaughter, Rebekah Feddes.

Visitation will be held 2 P.M. to 5 P.M. on Sunday, March 20, at Dokken-Nelson. Graveside committal will be at 10 A.M., Monday, March 21, at Churchill Cemetery, followed by a Memorial Service at 11 A.M. at Bethel Christian Reformed Church.

Memorial gifts may be sent to ZoeCare (2251 W. Kagy Suite #2, Bozeman, MT 59718) or Crossroads Prison Ministries (2480 44th St SE, Kentwood, MI 49512).

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

Bruce Larson

Bruce Jerry Larson, age 58, passed away unexpectedly in his home on Sunday, Feb. 27th, 2022.

Bruce was born on September 29, 1963, the second of three children of Jerry & Joyce Larson. He was raised on the family farm, growing up doing daily chores- milking cows and baling hay. As a Spring Valley High School Cardinal, he lettered, won all-conference honors and was part of the Div. 5 1978 State Champion football team. He was also an outstanding heavyweight wrestler and competed in the state tournament twice. Being coached by the legendary Bob Thomas, Bruce’s love for sports and coaching took root. He graduated from Spring Valley H.S. in 1982 and moved on to UW- River Falls. He continued his football and wrestling career there and earned his degree in Physical Education. It was there that he met his sister’s college roommate, Kelly Christopherson. After they both graduated, they married on July 25, 1987. They moved to Somerset and began to raise their children and their football centered family.

Bruce was hired in 1987 by Somerset (WI) High School. His Spartan coaching career included Girls Basketball (87-88), Wrestling (88-99) and Football as an assistant to his longtime friend, Brad Nemec from 87-1998 and took over as head coach in 1999 after Brad retired. He remained in this position through the 2021 season.  As head football coach, his teams claimed nine Middle Border conference championships, and went on to win state titles in 2002, 2012 & 2014, as well as state runner-ups in 2004, 2005 & 2011. In 2013 he was inducted into the UWRF Sports Hall of Fame. He was awarded the Wisconsin High School Coach of the Year in 2014 and the Don Shula National High School Coach of the Year in 2015. Most recently, he was honored with the inaugural Wisconsin Bell Cow Leadership award in 2021. Under Bruce’s guidance, Somerset H.S. has had several players reach the NFL. Bruce’s greatest accomplishment was all of the students he impacted daily at Somerset High school for the past 36 years. He affirmed this in a quote he shared: “I think we have made many good fathers [and mothers], some great employees, people that will look you in the eye and will do what is right and honest.”

Bruce also founded and owned the Bumper to Bumper School of Driving and has trained thousands of drivers over the past 10+ years. He loved to cook- especially grilling meat to everyone’s delight. Bruce’s wardrobe color selection was small, black and red, and green and yellow, but growing. In recent years he added in blue and orange, but he would have never ever added in purple. Bruce was a dedicated Packer fan and could be found every Sunday cheering them on. After a 40 year wait, this Bruce finally got his Packer season tickets.

He is survived by his wife, Kelly; sons, Rocky (Richell), granddaughter, Lettie, Mayville, ND, Reggie (fiancé’, Bailey Walz), New Richmond, WI. and daughter, McKell, Somerset. Gaelin (Micaela) and daughter, Laniah Elmore are also part of the Larson’s cherished extended family. Bruce and Kelly’s influence on education and coaching impacted their children’s future careers. Rocky is currently the Head Football Coach at Mayville State University, ND. Reggie is a Physical Education Teacher and Head Football Coach at New Richmond High School, WI. McKell is an 8th-grade Social Studies Teacher at Osceola Middle School, WI, and was at her dad’s side during every single game. Gaelin advocates for youth and foster care improvement. Parents, Jerry & Joyce Larson, Spring Valley (who rarely missed any Spartan games), brother, Fred (Lori), Spring Valley, and sister, Beth Carlson (Ross), Murdock. Nieces and nephews, Justin, Easten Larson and Mallory (Ryan Vos, fiancé), Regan Carlson. Mother-in-law, Kathy Christopherson, Ridgeland, WI. Brother-in-law, Jeff (Diana) Christopherson. Nieces and nephews; Austin, Lee, Beau and Veda.

Bruce was preceded in death by his grandparents, Fred & Grace Larson, Spring Valley, and Walter & Verna Larson, Minneapolis, MN; and his father-in-law, Larry Christopherson, Ridgeland, WI.

None of us will ever forget that small spark of mischief in his eyes, infectious smile, and quick-witted one-liners.

Visitation Friday, March 4, 2022, 4:00-7:00 P.M. at SOMERSET SENIOR HIGH SCHOOL, 645 Sunrise Drive, Somerset, WI with a celebration of Bruce's life at 7:00 P.M.  Spartan or Packers attire is encouraged.  Funeral service Saturday, March 5, 2022, 11:00 A.M. at CHRIST LUTHERAN CHURCH, 510 Germain Street, Somerset, WI with visitation one hour prior to the service at the church.

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George Ochsner

Funeral services for George Laverne Ochsner, 88, will be held at 10 a.m. Saturday, February 19, 2022, at the First Wyoming United Presbyterian Church with Reverend Matt Gordon officiating. Burial will follow in the Valley View Cemetery. George died at his home north of Torrington on February 13, 2022. Memorials may be given to the Wyoming Junior Hereford Association, the Prairie Center Fire Department or the Mennonite School. Visitation will be Friday at the funeral home from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. and the casket will be open at the church. Arrangements are by the Colyer Funeral Home and condolences may be sent to

George LaVerne Ochsner was born May 12, 1933, to Godfrey and Esther Ochsner. He was born in his original homestead house 20 miles north of Torrington. George’s education consisted of attending several country schools in the Burge community. George was married 64 years to the woman he adored, Ruby Arnold Ochsner. They set a great example of Christian love and marriage for many. Their union brought four children: Tena (Elden) Baldwin, Rodney (Deb) Ochsner, Dixie (Steve) Roth, and Blake (Chrissy) Ochsner. The love of ranching was instilled in all four children. George was blessed with eight grandchildren: Erin (Jeff) Hinton, Jason (Shannon) Baldwin, Jeremy (Angela) Ochsner, Vanessa (Chris) Crisman, Sarena (Cody) Assmann, Rustin (Britte) Roth, Katie (Devin) Martin and B.W. (Terra) Ochsner. He adored his fourteen great-grandchildren and was looking forward to welcoming two more this summer. George was blessed to still have his three siblings: Jack Ochsner, Delores Hatch, and Marge Smith. George will be remembered as a hard-working, honest, family and cattleman. He was always striving to improve his ranch through land and cattle. His great knowledge will be missed by many. George never knew a stranger. George was recognized for many things but being selected to the Hereford Hall of Fame in Kansas City and having the ranch chosen for the 2020 Wyoming Environmental Stewardship Award were among his favorites. George was involved with many ag-related organizations and church. George’s great insight, love of life, love of family and friends, will be missed by many. His legacy will continue through his children and grandchildren. His final words would be: “Now everyone get out and get to work.”

Leon Seefeld

Leon Roy Seefeld, 77, of Harvey, ND died after a courageous battle with cancer on Friday, November 26, 2021, surrounded by his family at a Fargo healthcare center.

A recording of the service will be posted here within 48 hours after the service.

Funeral services will be at 10:30 a.m. Saturday, December 4, 2021 at the St. Anthony’s Catholic Church, Selz with burial following in the church cemetery.  Visitation will begin at 4 p.m. Friday at St. Anthony’s Catholic Church in Selz and will be followed by a Rosary Service at 6:30 p.m. and a Prayer Service beginning at 7 p.m.

Leon was born on April 24, 1944, in Harvey, ND to Arnold and Ida (Mertz) Seefeld. He was raised on a farm in southern Pierce County beside Antelope Lake.  He grew up in a hardworking, fun-loving close-knit family.  Leon attended a one room classroom school in Truman township.  He joined the ND Army National Guard in 1963 and was honorably discharged in 1969.

Leon met the love of his life, Catherine (Lageson) at a dance in Selz, ND. They were married on September 1, 1972, at St. Anthony’s Catholic Church in Selz, ND. They were blessed with their children Janell, Colleen, Ross, and Sarah all of whom he was very proud of.

For 44 years Leon worked road construction as a truck driver all over North Dakota. He could tell you something about every single little town, but most importantly where all the good ice cream shops were.

Leon’s full-time passion was raising registered Polled Hereford cattle. He took great pride in raising the best stock he could, becoming a respected cattleman across the state. In 2015, he was awarded the North Dakota Hereford Breeder of the Year. Leon valued being with his fellow cattlemen, making special friendships along the way.  He also volunteered his time teaching cattle showmanship skills to youth in 4-H and FFA.

Leon looked forward to spending time with his neighbors and friends, always enjoying good food, a good laugh and a good game of cards. Another past time of Leon’s was his love of music. He and Cathy attended many polka, bluegrass, and old country concerts throughout the years. They looked forward to their annual trip to the Medora Musical.  Leon was always tapping his toe or whistling, especially to the radio on Sunday afternoons. He did his best to live his life in the way of serving others.  He was a long-time active member of St. Anthony’s Catholic Church, Knights of Columbus, Harvey Rural Fire Department, Eagles Club, American Legion, Hereford Association and ND Stockman’s Association.

Most importantly was Leon’s faith. He lived it himself and taught his children to practice it daily, to treat others how you want to be treated, to value the meaning of hard work, to take pride in what you do and to use good old fashion common sense. He taught them over the years the ability to have a conversation with anyone they meet.

Leon is survived by his dedicated wife, Catherine, his children, Janell Seefeld, Moorhead, MN; Colleen (Corey) Aas, Moorhead, MN; Ross (Darcy) Seefeld, Ellendale, ND; and Sarah (Kyle) Helm, Williston, ND; eight grandchildren: Codilynn (Cody), Blake, Nickolas, Hannah, Peyton, Annaliese, Clayton and Alyssa; two great grandchildren: Emory and Juniper; brothers,  Francis (Sally), Arnold Jr (Rose); sisters: Rita (Jerry) Weippert, DeLilah Volk and many nieces and nephews.  Leon was preceded in death by his parents, infant sister Theresa and brother-in-law Gerald Volk.  A life well lived Leon…”Well done, good and faithful servant…” Matthew 25:23.

Cora Goggins

Cora Mae Amdor Goggins of Ennis, 92, passed away on November 29, 2021. She was born on March 3, 1929, to Earl and Cora Hamel Amdor in Harlowton, Montana. Her dad worked for the railroad, and she grew up in Harlowton, Sand Springs, and Miles City, graduating from Harlowton High School in 1946. She worked at the local soda fountain through school and a good-looking, red-headed young man was a regular patron. The day after she graduated from high school that young man, Bob Goggins, asked her for a date and they were married on October 30, 1946. This began an epic journey of over 71 years together.

In 1948, they moved to Bear Creek at Cameron, Montana, where Bob was the herdsman for Orr Herefords. Cora made a deal with Mrs. Orr to cook the noon meal for the crew all summer, making enough so Mrs. Orr had leftovers for supper. In lieu of payment, Mrs. Orr gave Cora a Hereford steer. Bob fed and fitted the steer and showed him at the Montana Winter Fair where he was named Grand Champion. He sold for $1000, which was quite a sum in the late 1940s. She always joked that was the best paid cooking gig she ever had. In 1959, Bob and Cora bought the home ranch a mile north of Ennis where they raised their family and high-quality Hereford cattle. Cora was well known for her cooking and baking, and it is no coincidence that the livestock fieldmen would drive into the ranch around 11:00 am to look through the cattle, knowing that Cora always served a big ranch dinner at noon. Over the years, she cooked for big cattle working crews and family gatherings and was also famous for her delicious roast beef lunch at the annual bull sale, including her famous Montana wheat salad.

As well-known as she was for her cooking, her baked goods were legendary. When her kids were growing up, she would send baked goods to the school bake sales, but the items seldom made it to the table to be sold because people lurked by the door and pounced upon Cora’s kids to buy whatever Cora had sent with them. Her cookies, dinner rolls, and donuts were amazing, but her homemade bread was the stuff of legend. Cora taught catechism, was a Cub Scout den mother, and a supportive 4-H mom. She volunteered at the Ennis School Library for many years, combining two of her favorite things, kids and books. She also volunteered at the Madison Valley Manor and the Nearly New Shoppe. She served on the Madison County Planning Board, the Madison County Library Board, and was an active member of the Madison Valley CattleWomen.

Cora is survived by her daughters, sons, and daughters-in-law who she considered daughters, Betty Goggins, Janet Endecott, Terri Goggins, Jim and Shelly Goggins, and Pat and Michelle Goggins, as well as grandchildren Coralee (Chad) Butterfield, Rachel Endecott, and Coy (Valene) Goggins, and great-grandchildren Aaron and Marlee Butterfield. Other survivors include sisters Sue (Gary) Foust, Alice (Don) Crum, sisters-in-law Babe Goggins and Millie Goggins, and brother-in-law George Ellinghouse, along with many nieces and nephews.

She was predeceased by her husband Bob Goggins, son Bob Goggins, and son-in-law Bob Endecott, parents Earl and Cora Amdor, stepmother Elizabeth Amdor, brother Bill Amdor, and sisters and brothers-in-law Marlene and Bill Moody and Betty and Gene Gunlock.

Cora will be remembered as a pillar of the community, a steadfast ranching partner, and a supportive and loving mother and grandmother. A private family service is planned. Memorials may be made to Madison Valley Medical Center, PO Box 993, Ennis, MT 59729, or St. Patrick’s Catholic Church, PO Box 17, Sheridan, MT 59749.

Alma Jean Schohr

Living a life full of fun, travel, flowers, and family Alma “Jean” Schohr, 90, of Gridley, California, entered into eternal rest on Tuesday, November 16th, 2021.

Jean was the daughter of Carl and Abbie (McKenzie) Bachels, born in San Jose, Calif., on May 16, 1931. She grew up on her family’s McKenzie Guest Ranch in Mohawk Valley located near Graeagle, California, with her sister, Louise who was 10 years older.

Her early schooling was nearby in the valley in the Sulfur Springs one room schoolhouse. School was during the summer after snowmelt, which, according to her, was an uphill walk, both ways! She later attended Portola High, graduating in 1949.

During WWII, Jean, along with her family, spent time in the Kilkare Woods area in the East Bay, near Sunol, where her father helped lumber operations in support of war efforts. Her favorite recollections were stories of her childhood on the guest ranch, with mountain adventures in the Sierras, cooking, caring for livestock, gardening, and helping her family with guests from all over that helped shape her life, caring spirit, and work ethic.

Her favorite guest? The man who went on to be the love of her life. The story goes, Douglas Schohr fell for the love of his life, when a bear hunting trip to Plumas County was canceled, requiring an overnight stay at the McKenzie Guest Ranch. The pair had met once previously in 1945, but rekindled love took hold in 1949. Jean always claimed he still ended up with a bear! The two were married on January 20, 1951. Doug & Jean “strolled the lane together, laughed in the rain together, and both knew then that it would never end.” They were happily married 61 years, until Doug’s passing in 2012.

While Doug was serving in the United States Army, Jean attended the California State College in Chico (CSU, Chico) teaching program while continuing to help her family on the guest ranch. They would exchange letters often during this time, expressing their love for each other. In 1952, Doug returned from Korea and home to Gridley alongside his wife to farm on the Schohr Ranch west of town.

They built their family and life in a renovated “Bunkhouse” on the ranch, welcoming 3 boys, Carl, Jim and Bill. Raising these boys was a challenge, she would remark “one boy all boy, two boys some boy, three boys no boy” referring to their decision making! Jean, known as “Mimi” to most, was a mountain girl at heart. She loved going to the cabin her father built in Sierra County to smell the essence of fresh pine and cedar in the afternoon “Mariah” winds, drinking water from the spring, strolling the meadow for a bouquet of wildflowers, and cooking on the wood fire griddle outside. She was a connoisseur of her grandchildren’s “mud” pies there and loved a good book on the porch while tanning her legs! She enjoyed cooking, canning, baking, knitting, working in her yard, watering, mowing the lawn, pruning roses, watering, feeding the birds, rearranging the flowerpots and more watering!

Most of her cherished travels and memories were spent with her 7 Grandchildren and 11 Great Grandchildren traveling and participating in their activities. For 3 generations she made sure youth sports were cheered on, 4-H whites were starched and blue FFA jackets cleaned, ready for the show or convention. Mickey Mouse knew her well, as there was hardly a calendar without a trip to Disneyland planned for her, Papa Doug and family. She celebrated her 90th birthday at the “Happiest Place on Earth.”

Her legacy continues to live on through her family, son Carl and his wife Susan (Orme) of Gridley; son Jim, of Star, Idaho; son Bill and his wife Lisa (Butler), of Gridley; and niece Abbie Beran of Chico. Grandchildren include Ryan Schohr and his wife Holly Whittaker, of Chico; Steven and his wife Amanda (Farrah) Schohr of Oroville, Jamie (Schohr) and husband Mark Owens of Eagle, Idaho, Tracy Schohr and Ryan Imbach of Gridley; Lee and his wife Taylor (Steadman) Schohr of Meridian, Idaho; Tayler (Schohr) and her husband Bryce Brumley of Orovada, Nevada, and Justin Schohr of Gridley. Great Grandchildren include Kylee and Makenzie Owens; Colton Imbach; Cash Brumley, Brock Schohr; Madison Schohr; Joseph, Madeline and Aiden Schohr; and Steele and Tayson Schohr.

Per her wishes, there is a PARTY to celebrate Mimi’s life planned for 11:30 AM, Thursday, December 9th, 2021, at the Gridley Moose Lodge, 1533 State Highway 99 in Gridley. In Jean’s honor and in lieu of flowers, the family has requested contributions be made to Gridley FFA (300 E. Spruce Street, Gridley, CA 95948) or CSU, Chico, College of Agriculture Scholarship Fund (400 W. Frist Street, Chico, CA 95929-0999). Arrangements entrusted to Gridley-Block Funeral Chapel.

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Jim Courtney

James Edward Courtney was born October 29, 1931 to James M. and Dorothea (Bischoff) Courtney at the beginning of the Great Depression …drought, dust and hard times were all Dad knew during his early childhood. This humble, meager beginning lit a fire within Dad to make everything he was involved in or touched “better!” Never one to fuss about the negatives of a situation, Dad looked at life through the lens that, with hard work and determination, things could be done better and smarter. He finished his earthly journey on November 19, 2021 at the Spearfish (SD) Canyon Rehab.

Funeral services will be held in Belle Fourche, SD on Saturday, November 27, 2021 at St. Paul Catholic Church at 10:30 a.m. with Visitation at Leverington Funeral Home of the Northern Hills on November 26, 4-6 p.m. followed by a Wake at the Church at 7 p.m. Interment will take place in Pine Slope Cemetery.

Jim’s funeral will be broadcasted live online, on his obituary page located on the funeral home’s website:, where there is also a video tribute available to view.\

With only a high school education, Dad was gifted with a vision and determination to succeed at ranching and raising livestock that few possessed. His passion was to raise the best sheep and cattle, otherwise, why put out the effort. He also felt an obligation to belong to organizations that worked to protect the land and that championed Agriculture. Throughout his life, he belonged to many county, state and national organizations and was often elected to leadership positions.

Dad married Hazel Summers on June 14, 1953. Ranching with sheep and Herefords, Dad and Mom were the perfect team and raised our family to know hard work, to resiliently endure storms and setbacks, yet learn to adapt as we faced challenges. The fifth Courtney generation is now calling the ranch home continuing to build on the foundation laid by decades of commitment and perserverance. Dad’s life was a master class in taking modest beginnings forward to a life well lived and passing it on to the next generation!

After Mom passed in 2001, Dad married Della Crago in 2002 and they shared a love for Herefords and ranch life. Della passed in 2012. Alone again, he found companionship with Sondra Giacometto and they married in 2013.

We marveled at Dad’s ability to “never stop living.” During the past couple years, he faced health issues including heart valve replacement with a steady resolve to get better, but he never stopped driving to the ranch, going to great grandkids’ programs and attending community events. He was passionate about living. He lived a full, ambitious and very accomplished life that impacted many. We are proud to be his family.

Left to miss him are wife Sondra; daughter Lezlie and husband Larry Moore, Vivian, SD; daughter Colleen Courtney, Belle Fourche, SD; son Tom and wife Jody, Alzada, MT; 13 grandchildren and 18 great grandchildren; sister Virginia Ludwick and her children Roger and Jo and their families; Hazel’s brother Ned Summers and wife Patsy and their family. Also saddened by his passing are Sondra’s children Sabrina, Leo, Joe and John and their families.

Dad was preceded in death by his parents, wife Hazel, daughter Jeanne Wombold, a stillborn daughter, second wife Della, brother-in-law Bill Ludwick and Hazel’s sister Betty and her husband Edwin Loken.

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Arlo Janssen

Arlo Janssen, 82, died in Klamath Falls, OR, on Nov. 4. He was born Jan. 8, 1939, to Herschel “Pete” Janssen and Marian Craig Janssen. He married Abbie Ryan on March 17, 1967, and they had one daughter, Andra Campbell, on Dec. 15, 1971. Arlo and Abbie divorced in 1973.

Arlo was active in sports in high school and received a full ride scholarship to Kansas State University for basketball. In typical Arlo style, he walked into and out of his first classroom the same day. He served in the Army from 1961-1963, stationed in Paris.

Arlo’s passion was showing cattle, and he hit the trail from his hometown of Lorraine, KS, where he had a farm and started fitting and showing registered Hereford cattle. He formed Mid-America Cattle Co., a professional fitting and showing service, and hauled cattle all over the country. Arlo moved to Darby, MT, continuing on with his fitting service.

L1 Pacesetter was the 1983 and 1984 National Western grand champion bull and set the pace in the ’80s as the two-time champion and one of best breeding bulls of all time. L1 Challenger was the 1984 reserve champion at the National Western, Show Bull of the Year and five-time Register of Merit (ROM) champion. Arlo exhibited the grand champion bull at five of the nine ROM shows that year. He was named Top Herdsman during the 1984 stock show.

Shifting between Montana, Wyoming and Colorado, Arlo continued showing cattle and spending the summers in the mountains on horseback, which was his other passion. Few people know how much Arlo loved horses and mules. He also loved the mountains, and his wish was to be cremated and his ashes spread in the mountains of Wyoming.

Arlo judged several county fairs, state fairs and jackpot shows—including the 1972 National Junior Angus Showmanship Contest in Lexington, KY; Western Junior Livestock Show in Rapid City, SD, in 1981; the Arizona National in 2004; Western National Angus Futurity in 1987; and Cow Palace in San Francisco, CA.

In the mid ’90s, Arlo purchased a handful of cows from Green Gardens Angus Farm, which was his dad’s and brother Dick’s operation. Arlo bred most of the cows to TC Stockman and made a run of his own in the registered Angus world, showing TJ Amigo and TJ Poppy to several championship banners. Having now acquired Roll of Victory Bull of the Year and Heifer of the Year on his own, he continued showing and fitting cattle for both himself and outside breeders.

Arlo spent the last years of his life with his daughter in Klamath Falls, OR. He is survived by Andra; his brother, Richard “Dick” Janssen; his sisters, Arvo Jo Walker and Joyce Cotton; two grandchildren, Colton Campbell and Caitlin Leslie; and many great friends. He was preceded in death by his parents and sister, Rachel Janssen. A celebration of life will be held Jan. 8, 2022, at the Cattlemen’s Congress in Oklahoma City, OK.

Neal Ward

On Friday night October 15, 2021 Neal DeLoy Ward (62) of Blackfoot, Idaho passed away. Neal loved his family, God and country. Neal, the son of DeLoy and Viola Ward, grew up in Rexburg, Idaho and was an avid scouter earning his Eagle and his American Farmer degree in FFA. He married his high school sweetheart Shelly Greene in the Idaho Falls Temple on March 21, 1980. Neal and Shelly moved to Blackfoot, Idaho to raise kids, cows, hay and grain. He passed his love of cows and the farm to his kids and grandkids. They have all helped with both the farm and cows.

Neal started a life-long love of cows and farming at the age of 3 as he rode a tractor with his dad and even the herd bull on his own when he was a little older. He accomplished his dream of owning and operating a successful farming and seedstock operations in both Madison and Bingham Counties and is well known for his purebred cattle across the United States and beyond. He owned Wooden Shoe Farms and Timber Creek Ranch which raise and sell registered Polled Hereford and Angus cattle. His cattle have won many awards at state, regional and national shows.

Neal had a big heart and has helped a lot of people. Everyone knew him as the person that could tell a good story that even in sad situations could make everyone laugh and smile. He will be greatly missed by his family including: wife Shelly Ward, Son Brad Ward (Blackfoot, ID) and his wife Brittany Ward and their children Jaylin, Zeke, Zade, Emma, Breck and Locke; his Daughter Alicia Billman (Rigby, ID) and her husband Steve Billman and their children Tymber, Chyloh, and Cache; his daughter Jennifer Nelson (Buhl, ID) and her husband Arlin Nelson and their children Boedon, Treven, and Case; his son Kyle Ward (Blackfoot, ID); and his daughter Kelsie Ward (Santaquin, UT) and partner Brooke Ward; his parents DeLoy and Viola Ward (Rexburg, ID); mother-in-law Ada Greene (Archer, ID); brother Robert (Karen) Ward (Mountain Home, ID), sister Eileen (Glenn) Bradbury (Perry, UT), sister Ruby Ward (Logan, UT), sister Susan Rose (Matt) Lindsey (Rigby, ID) brother Perry (Holly) Ward (Blackfoot, ID), and more including in-laws, Bryant & Michelle Greene (Archer, ID), Gary & Wendy Wilcox (Archer, ID), Richard & Julie Griffel (Ashton, ID) and many nieces and nephews.

A viewing will be held on Thursday October 21st from 6:00 to 8:00 pm at the Hawker Funeral home (132 S Shilling Ave., Blackfoot, ID). On Friday October 22nd at Blackfoot Northwest Stake Center (100 N 740 W., Blackfoot, ID) a viewing will be at 10:00 - 10:45 am followed by funeral services at 11:00 am.

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Charles Chamberlain

Clinton Charles Chamberlain was born on December 12, 1926, in Winner, SD the third of seven children of William and Gertrude Chamberlain. At that time the family was living in Ideal, SD. In 1928 the family moved to Mellette County to homestead a half section of land. Charles remembered that they lived in two little shacks located south of what is now SD Highway 44—one for cooking and one for sleeping. Later they built a house on the north side of the road to be on the homestead land. This is where the ranch headquarters is located today.
In 1934 the family rented land and feed near Martin, SD because there was no feed for the cattle on their land. That winter was the hardest time of Charles’ childhood. On December 1, at age 35, his mother died. Elsie Sanders had come to work for the family in June of 1934 and she stayed with the family to help raise the children. Many years later Bill and Elsie married.
Charles attended Running Bird School through eighth grade. He graduated from White River High School in 1944. Charles remembers driving to school in a car without heat. By the time he and his brothers got there his hands were freezing cold. His first class was typing which always began with a speed test. Needless-to-say, this did not always go very well.
After graduation he enlisted in the US Army and was sent to a special program at the University of South Dakota in Brookings for about six months. He remembered coming home on the train during that winter. The train stopped so he got off but there was no place to get inside so he spent the night standing by the tracks in the cold.
Charles’ active-duty service began on January 8, 1945. After basic training he went on the become a paratrooper. By the time the training was done the war was over and because he could type, he was assigned to an office calculating back pay for soldiers returning from overseas. After discharged he returned to the family ranch.
Charles loved his family, his country, his church, and his Hereford cattle. His dad bought the first registered heifers in 1939 and the Chamberlains have been the registered Hereford business ever since. They added TUF to the name of the business because of their brand. Charles showed cattle over the years with some success. He had the grand champion Hereford bull at the Black Hills Stock Show in 1971 and in 1973. His bull calves placed fifth in the pen show at the Western Livestock Show in Denver in 1971. He was a strong supporter of the Mellette County Livestock Improvement Association. Charles was on the board of directors for many years where he solicited donations and found judges. He always brought calves to town for the Pen of Three heifer show.
Charles married Arlene Schmitz on August 11, 1973. Arlene came to White River as a teacher. Arlene worked for the Todd County Schools as food service director for thirty-two years and helped on the ranch as she could. Since her retirement in 2010 she has been the muscle to Charles' brains on the ranch.
Charles is remembered as a warm, kind person especially by his many nieces and nephews. Since he did not have a family of his own, he acted as big kid who was always up for fun and games.
Charles passed away on October 8 at Avantara in Pierre as he was there for rehab. He was looking forward to returning home the week of October 18.
Charles was a life-time member of Sacred Heart Catholic Church in White River. He was a member of the American Legion for sixty-five years. He was stalwart member of the Mellette County Senior Citizens. He served as president for several years and rarely missed a Monday card game.
Charles is survived by his wife, Arlene, his brother, Edward and numerous nieces and nephews. He was proceeded in death by his parents, stepmother Elsie, brothers Richard, Raymond and Emery and sisters Jessie (Alvin) Fuerst and Theresa (Pat) McDonald.

Delores Schmidt

delores schmidtDELORES AUDREY SCHMIDT was born to Alfred Ernest and Rosa Margaret (Wahlert) Staeffler on February 14, 1935 in Luverne, Minnesota. She was raised on a farm east of Hardwick, Minnesota where she attended school in District #55. She continued her education at the Luverne High School. After her graduation in 1953, she worked in an insurance agency in Luverne. In 1955, she became employed with the Rock County Extension Office. On June 29, 1957, she was united in marriage to John Schmidt at St. Leo Catholic Church in Pipestone. Following their marriage, they lived on a farm in Sweet Township of Pipestone County and Delores worked at the Pipestone County Extension Office until the birth of her first child. At that time, she stayed at home to care for her children. While living on the farm, she raised poultry and sold eggs. In 1968, she began working as a secretary at the Pipestone Insurance Agency. She earned her insurance license in 1982 and continued working at this agency until Lathem Insurance purchased the business. She then became employed by the Key Agency in Pipestone until her retirement in 1999. At this time, she worked part-time for Farm Bureau Insurance Agency, she worked as a receptionist at the Pipestone Vet Clinic, and she worked part-time for D’s Sanitation. Delores passed away Tuesday, August 31, 2021, at the Pipestone Medical Center at the age of 86 years, six months, and 17 days.

Delores was baptized on June 2, 1935 at the Methodist Episcopal Church in Luverne and confirmed in 1947 at Zion Lutheran Church in Hardwick. She was currently a member of St. Leo Catholic Church where she was active in the Ladies Aid and was a circle leader. She was also a member of the American Legion Auxiliary, the Hi Neighbor Birthday Club, and the Pipestone Senior Citizens. She enjoyed watching TV, especially the Minnesota Twins. She also enjoyed baking, and everyone loved her angel food cakes. Her spare time was spent playing solitaire on the computer. She enjoyed watching her children at their 4-H and school events. She looked forward to family get togethers, especially Christmas where she could be with her children, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren.

She is lovingly remembered by her husband of 64 years, John E. Schmidt of Pipestone, Minnesota; three children, John A. (Joyce) Schmidt of Pipestone, Minnesota, Joan A. (Barry) Kelley of LeRaysville, Pennsylvania, and Jacqueline J. (Danny) Schaefer of Marshall, Minnesota; six grandchildren, Jenna (Patrick) McGunegill, Amber (Brad) Seiss, Brittney Schaefer, Shelby (Steven) Buchholz, Addy Schaefer, and Jason (Rebecca) Kelley; and great-grandchildren, Logan, Mabry, Max, and Lenox McGunegill, Piper and Brooks Seiss, and Alice and Austin Schaefer. She was preceded in death by her parents; her brother, Virgil Staeffler; her sister-in-law, Marjorie Staeffler; her nephew, Larry Staeffler; and her niece, Sandra Vander Beek.

Memorials are preferred to the St. Leo Catholic Church maintenance fund, 415 Hiawatha Ave, Pipestone, Minnesota 56164.

Miles McKee

miles mckeeLongtime Kansas State University animal science professor and renowned beef cattle judge Richard “Miles” McKee, 91, passed away on Monday August 30, 2021, in Manhattan, Kansas.

Miles was born on October 8, 1929, to Nell (Miles) McKee and Thomas F. McKee in Cottonwood Falls, Kansas. He was united in marriage with his high school sweetheart, Marjorie (Fisk) McKee on June 22, 1952, in Cottonwood Falls, Kansas. They raised one daughter Annell, and three sons, Dave, Richard, and John.

Miles grew up on a ranch in Chase County, Kansas. He attended Kansas State University (KSU) receiving a degree in animal science. He enlisted in the U.S Marine Corps and served in the Korean War as a 1st Lieutenant. Upon completion of his service he worked as a beef herdsman on ranches in Kansas, Missouri, and Michigan. He returned to KSU as the herdsman for the purebred beef unit. Miles received his Doctoral Degree in Animal Science from the University of Kentucky in 1968 and returned to KSU, to join the Animal Science and Industry faculty where he received numerous teaching awards and developed a reputation as a top beef cattle judge. His greatest legacy is as an academic advisor, guiding, mentoring, and caring for generations of students. Miles felt each student who walked in his office door was special and unique.

In 2015, Miles received the initial “Don L. Good Impact Award” from Kansas State’s Livestock and Meat Industry Council. Miles was a member of the 1950 National Champion Livestock Judging team at Kansas State coached by Dr. Good.

Miles was an active member of the First Presbyterian Church in Manhattan where he sang in the choir and volunteered part-time as a host and receptionist in retirement. He enjoyed tending his apple trees, harvesting a bounty of apples that his wife Marjorie processed into apple sauce and pie fillings each year. For years Miles served as a “Burger and Brats Griller” at the Animal Science tailgate tent on Football Saturdays greeting current and former students from across the state.

Miles was preceded in death by his wife Marjorie, parents Nell and Thomas, one brother, Tom, and two sisters, Margaret and Jane. He is survived by his, four children Dave (Susan), McKee of Sheridan, Wyoming; Richard McKee of Topeka, Kansas; Annell (Gary) Danczyk of Whitefish, Montana; John (Angie) McKee of San Clemente, California; and nine grandchildren.

Services are pending at this time and will be announced by the Yorgensen-Meloan-Londeen Funeral Home, 1616 Poyntz Avenue, Manhattan, Kansas 66502.

Charitable donations in memory of Miles can be made to the Miles McKee Student Enrichment Fund, at the Department of Animal Science and Industry, Kansas State University, 1424 Claflin Road, 232 Weber Hall, Manhattan, KS. 66506-8028. For more information contact: 785-532-6533, or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

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Gary Rausch

Onaka, SD-Mass of Christian Burial for Gary G. Rausch, 62, of Onaka will be 10:30 am, Wednesday, August 4, 2021, at St. John the Baptist Catholic Church in Onaka, SD.  Rev. Fr. Darin Schmidt and Rev. Fr. Brian Simon will officiate.  The service will be live streamed and available at under Gary’s obituary.

There will be a Liturgical Wake Service at 7:00 pm, Tuesday, with visitation at 6:00 pm at the church in Onaka.

Interment will be in St. John the Baptist Catholic Cemetery at Onaka.

Gary died Sunday, August 1, 2021, from injuries sustained in an accident near his farm.

Gary was born November 22, 1958, to Duane and Janice Rausch of Onaka, SD.  Gary grew up with his 12 brothers and sisters on their family farm in Onaka, SD, where his passion and love for cows began.  He attended his early years of school in Onaka, but finished his schooling in Cresbard.

While in school, he met and fell in love with Twila Baker.  They were married in February 1979.  For the first two years of their marriage, they lived in Onaka, at which point they moved to their family farm where they remained.

Gary loved Hereford cows, sporting events, hunting, never missing a meal, and winning AM radio trivia.  However, Gary’s peak happiness came from watching his kids and grandkids compete in various sporting events.  He coached both teener and legion baseball, including being selected to coach the all-star game in Milbank, SD. Gary was a member of the parish council for St. John the Baptist Catholic Church. He was also a volunteer firefighter for Onaka and was a member of the Clark Township Board. Gary loved the Twins, the Vikings, and very much enjoyed the “Minneapolis Miracle.”

Gary was a kid at heart and could often be found instigating mischief.  The sparkle in his eye always gave him away.  Gary was a “talker” and could often times be found in lengthy conversations with complete strangers. He loved going to bull sales.  He loved the road trips, the comradery, and the lifelong relationships.

Gary is survived by his wife: Twila Rausch; mother: Janice Rausch; mother in law: Frankie Baker; siblings: Rick Rausch (Linda), Jeannie Hiem (Leonard), Cindy Schlosser, Pam Holt (Kevin), Shellie Melius (Owen), Kay McGaugh (Scott), Deb Owens (Joel), Tim Rausch (Teresa), Kristie Beal (Jon), Peg Goetz (Lee), Troy Rausch (Lovette), and Chad Rausch (Cortney McEntyre); children: Melissa Larson (Chris), Mark Rausch (Erin), Nicole Hieb (Austin); and his beloved grandchildren: Kalen Larson, Talon Larson, Amari Larson, Everly Larson, Kendall Rausch, Opie Hieb, and William Rausch; brother in law: Clyde Baker (Traci); sister in law: Darcy Swier (Greg); and many nieces and nephews.

Gary was preceded in death by his father: Duane Rausch; father in law: Elroy Baker; brother: Robert Rausch; sister in law: Carmen Rausch; brother in law: Mike Schlosser; and his precious granddaughter: Amaya Larson.

In lieu of flowers the family prefers memorials to Immanuel Lutheran Church in Wecota, SD, St. John the Baptist Catholic Cemetery Fund in Onaka, SD or St. Anthony’s Catholic Church in Hoven, SD or just go have yourself a steak in memory of Gary.

Carlsen Funeral Home and Crematory of Aberdeen has been entrusted with arrangements.

Dick Drake

Richard R. “Dick” Drake, of Cheyenne, Wyoming passed away peacefully at the age of 85, on July 14, 2021, at Cottonwood Creek Memory Care in Cheyenne.  He was a much-loved husband, father, granddad, brother and friend.

Dick was born on April 26, 1936 at Arapahoe, Wyoming, the son of Joe F. and Ethel P. Drake.  His early years were all about family and raising all kinds of animals, and he went on to become active in 4-H and FFA and showing champions at the county and state fair.

Dick graduated from Riverton High School and then attended and graduated from the University of Wyoming in 1958.  While at UW, Dick met Myra Louise “Lou” Holmes, and on October 26, 1958 they were married.  Dick and Myra Lou then moved to the family ranch, north of Cheyenne, and started their lives together in Myra Lou’s grandparents’ home that was originally built in 1925.  They welcomed three children, Jolene, Kent, and Joylyn.  Together they joined other family members; Myra Lou’s parents, Keith and Myra Holmes, and brother, Buck Holmes, raising cattle and later formed the registered Hereford cattle business, “Holmes Herefords, Inc.”.

Dick was a Wyoming rancher that had a tremendous passion and eye for producing the best Hereford cattle he could for himself and the ranch family.  He sold “Holmes Herefords” cattle all over the world.

Dick and Myra Lou were a true team on the ranch and were married for 41 years, until Myra Lou’s death in 2000.  Dick later remarried Patricia “Pat” Fox on June 15, 2002 and the family welcomed her to the ranch in Cheyenne.  They were married 19 years.

Dick served in the Wyoming Army National Guard.  He was a member of the Wyoming and American Hereford Associations, Wyoming Stock Growers, National Cattleman’s Beef Association, and served as President on the Laramie County Fair Board.

He was preceded in death by his parents; wife, Myra Lou; his infant daughter, Jolene; and a sister, Wanda Davidson.

He is survived by his wife, Pat; son, Kent (Laura), Cheyenne; daughter, Joylyn (John) Ciz, Wheatland; step-children, Christine (Jeff) Hilliard, Canyon Lake, TX, Kevin (Dixie) Fox, Sheridan, WY, Janet (John) Peyrot, Sheridan, WY;  brother, Bill (Marsha), LaPorte, CO; sister, Connie (Willard) Woolwine, Jackson, WY;  grandchildren, Kolby (Mallory) and Lucas Drake, Jaycilou Ciz; step-grandchildren, Jodi (Jim) Buffington, Jason (Nichole) Ciz, Jamie (Kurtis) Wilson; and numerous nieces, nephews, and great step-grandchildren.

The memorial service for Dick will be at King of Glory Lutheran Church, 8806 Yellowstone Road, Cheyenne, Wednesday, July 21, 2021 at 1:30 p.m.  An interment service will follow in Lakeview Cemetery.

In memory of Dick, friends may contribute to the Wyoming Children’s Society, 314 East 21st Street, Cheyenne, WY, 82001.

Services are entrusted to Schrader, Aragon and Jacoby Funeral Home, 2222 Russell Avenue, Cheyenne, Wyoming 82001.

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Jordis Baumgarten

Jordis Eleanor Robertsdahl, died Saturday, May 29th, 2021 at the age of 96 at St. Gabriel’s Living Community in Bismarck, ND. 

She was born February 7, 1925 to Eddie and Christine (Gylland) Robertsdahl near Christine, N.D., the fourth oldest of nine siblings. She was baptized at North Pleasant Church near Hickson, ND.  Jordis was proud to have been confirmed at South Pleasant Church near Christine (which now stands at Bonanzaville). She graduated from Pleasant Consolidated High School in 1943 when she began working as a secretary at Central Livestock in West Fargo. She married the love of her life, Hilbert Baumgarten, on December 30, 1945 at Hickson Lutheran Church. They farmed and raised their family near Durbin, N.D. until moving to Fargo in 2008. They were happily married for over 71 years. Their love for each other was so strong that they spent almost every moment together until Hilbert passed away on May 14, 2017. Jordis moved to Bismarck in August of 2017 to be closer to her children and grandchildren. 

Aside from raising her children and supporting Hilbert's Hereford and farming operations, Jordis was an Avon Representative for over 15 years and later enjoyed her 15 years as a Senior Companion Volunteer, an experience she found very rewarding. She was an active member at Canaan Moravian Church, her home church her entire adult life ever since she was married. She especially enjoyed traveling to her childrens' homes and, most importantly, attending the many special events of her grandchildren and great-grandchildren whom she was so proud of. 

She is survived by her children Lynette (Gary) Nieuwsma, Cheryl (Randall) Naze, and Rolland (Wendy) Baumgarten; 7 grandchildren Brody (Heather) Felchle, Shawn (Lindsey) Nieuwsma, Kyle (Amber) Nieuwsma, Doug (Lori) Naze, Abbie Naze, April Baumgarten and Jake (Savanna Mccarty) Baumgarten;  7 great-grandchildren; Reagan, Reed, Teague, Soren, Sabine, Teddy, and Delphine; sisters Lenore Frederickson and Carolyn Freeman; sisters-in-law Velora Robertsdahl, Marlys Robertsdahl Kluck, and Arlene Cullen; brother-in- law Donnie Baumgarten; as well as many nieces, nephews and extended family. 

She was preceded in death by her parents, husband Hilbert, daughter Lorraine Snyder, daughter-in-law Tama Baumgarten; sisters Agnes Liudahl, Arleen Funseth, and Edith Nord; brothers Clarence, Ellsworth, and Wesley Robertsdahl; sisters-in-law Adeline Robertsdahl, Bobbie Baumgarten, and Elaine Baumgarten; brothers-in-law Norman Liudahl, Melford Gylland, Carlott Funseth, DeRoyal Nord, Dave Frederickson, Wally Freeman, and George Cullen; and nieces and nephews. 

The family would like to extend their gratitude to the staff of St. Gabriel’s Benedictine Living Community for their family-like companionship and their care for Jordis these past few years. The family would also like to extend gratitude to Canaan Moravian Church and the community for their long time love and support. 

Memorials are preferred to Canaan Moravian Church or the donor's choice. 

Visitation:  5 to 7 p.m.  Friday, June 4, 2021, at West Funeral Home, West Fargo and Saturday at the church an hour before the service

Prayer service:   7 p.m.  Friday, June 4, at West Funeral Home, West Fargo 

Funeral:  2 p.m.  Saturday, June 5, 2021, Canaan Moravian Church, rural Davenport 

Burial: Canaan Moravian Cemetery 

Laverl Singleton

LaVerl E Singleton was born on April 19, 1933 to Frank Ray Singleton and Ruby Barney Singleton. He died quietly in his sleep on May 28, 2021 in Plano, Idaho.

He was born at home in Wilford a little prematurely, and spent the first weeks of his life in the warming oven of the coal stove. LaVerl grew up on the family farm, learning at a young age the value of hard work A trait he retained up to the day he died. He enjoyed working with his father and often said he wished he could figure out and fix things the way his dad did.

He graduated from South Fremont High School where he was a member of the boxing club. LaVerl grew grain, hay, and for a few years potatoes. But the thing he enjoyed the most was raising Hereford cattle. After his father's death in 1974, he continued to farm and ranch. The collapse of the Teton Dam in 1976 was a devastation to LaVerl, to his spirit as well as his beautiful farm ground.

LaVerl married Patsy Ann Liebert on June 14, 1988. They enjoyed 32 years of marriage. Her death on February 5. 2020 left LaVerl feeling very lonely as he missed her everyday. In June of 2020, LaVerl suffered a very mild heart attack. He was separating his bulls and getting ready to put them in with the cows. The story of what happened got a little mixed up in the emergency room, and it was reported that he had been fighting bulls. The heart surgeon was trying to decide if he was a good candidate for surgery. One of the nurses told the doctor about the "bull fighting" and he had bypass surgery. LaVerl continued to raise Hereford cattle, doing a full day's work, and visiting with neighbors and friends.

He is preceded in death by all his siblings, his parents and his sweet wife Patsy. He is survived by several nieces and nephews, good friends and his beloved dogs, Sammy, Fred and Spike.

Funeral services will be held Thursday June 3, 2021 at 1:00 p.m. at Bert Flamm Mortuary, 581 E. 1st N., St. Anthony. Friends and family may call at the funeral home from 12:00 until 12:45 p.m. Burial will be in the Parker Cemetery.

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Tony Stroh

Anton “Tony” Stroh, 90, longtime Killdeer area rancher and registered Hereford Producer passed away on Thursday, May 27, 2021 at Hill Top Home of Comfort, Killdeer with family by his side. Tony’s Liturgy of Word Service will be at 11 a.m., Wednesday, June 2, 2021 at St. Joseph’s Catholic Church, Killdeer with Deacon Dan Tuhy presiding. Interment will take place at St. Joseph’s Cemetery, Dickinson. Visitation will be on Tuesday from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. at Ladbury Funeral Service, Dickinson. Visitation will continue from 6 p.m. to 7 p.m. at St. Joseph’s Catholic Church, Killdeer with a rosary and vigil at 7 p.m.

Tony was born to Ambrose and Katherine (Hecker) Stroh on August 14, 1930 on the family farm near Emerson in Dunn county. He was the fourth born of six children. He attended school in Gladstone and then later in Killdeer when the family moved to begin the International Harvester Implement (Killdeer Implement) business.

From an early age, Tony was involved in 4-H where he began his love and interest in Hereford Cattle. He purchased his first female Herefords in the late 40’s which was the start of Stroh Herefords. On November 16, 1950, he married Leona Mack at St. Joseph’s Catholic Church, Dickinson. They moved to the family ranch east of Killdeer and started a family and the registered Hereford business. In 1964, he purchased the land from his father then expanded the ranch and Hereford business.

Tony was involved in several organizations and boards over the years. He served as a 4-H leader and instilled the importance of 4-H to his children and grandchildren. Tony was awarded the Outstanding Young Farmer Award for Dunn County, numerous Soil Conservation Awards:  including the Tree Farm Award for planting numerous tree belts on the ranch. He served on the board for the Dunn County ASC Committee, Killdeer area Economic Development Corporation, ND Hereford Association, where he served as President and a Director. He was awarded the Hereford Man of the Year in 2005 for his contributions to the Hereford Association and a special FFA Award from the Killdeer High School Chapter. Tony was a member of the ND Stockman’s Association, American Hereford Association, Dunn County Farm Bureau Board, Killdeer Saddle Club and St. Joseph’s Catholic Church.

Tony will be greatly missed by his family. He always loved visiting about cattle and politics, giving and receiving good jokes now and then. Tony was a true steward of his cattle, the land and his family he cherished so .

He leaves behind his wife of 70 years, Leona, Hill Top Home of Comfort, Killdeer; six children, Roberta (Wayne) Schmitz, Elgin, Dave (Debb) Stroh, Killdeer, Jackie Stroh, Miles City, Mont., Neil (Alvara) Stroh, Sandy, Ore., Mike (Dawn) Stroh, Killdeer, and Kelly (Mike) Weidner, Kindred; 13 grandchildren, Sheldon (Cody Schneider) Schmitz, Shawn (Heather) Schmitz, Kayleen Stroh, Joshua Stroh, Jesse (Mariah) Stroh, Tara (Bob) Schmitz Watson, Garrett (Olivia) Lamach, Jill (Chris Anderson) Stroh, Jodi Stroh, Krystle Twiss, Lucas Stroh, Brandon (Samantha Blattenbauer) Weidner, and Matt Stroh; 11 great-grandchildren, Myra Stroh, Hannah Schmitz, Brittney Schmitz, Jaden Schmitz, Brennan Schmitz, Kenyatta Stroh, Faye Ann Remboldt, Abi Watson, McKenna Remboldt, Madison Stroh, and Leona Stroh; numerous nieces and nephews; and sister-in-law, Kathleen Stroh.

Tony was the last member of his siblings. He is preceded in death by his sisters, Irene Boe, Theodora Sabrosky, and Leona Gunsch; brothers, James “Cap” Stroh and Donald Stroh; and his parents, Ambrose and Katherine (Hecker) Stroh.

Gene Boner

Eugene Harold Boner was born November 20,1943 to Harold and Verla (Gouldie) Boner in Red Cloud, NE. Although a farming accident unexpectedly took his life on April 29, 2021, Gene was doing what he loved.

Gene resided in Line Precinct all of his life and attended Red Cloud public schools. He married Serena Hansen in September 1963 and they established their family farm southwest of Red Cloud. To this union were born 2 daughters, Martha and Marie.

Gene grew up in 4-H and FFA and so began his lifelong passion for Hereford cattle. After their girls graduated and began families of their own, Gene continued to be involved in both organizations by helping in the show ring passing on pointers and assuring nervous kids they had a winner.

Gene was preceded in death by his sister Martha Jane and his parents, Harold and Verla. Left to carry on his memory are his wife Serena, daughters Martha Meyers, Marie Farr and husband Bill, grandchildren Mikhaila and Chaz Heim, Joshua Meyers, Dorie Meyers, Levi Farr, and 7 great grandchildren along with other family and numerous friends.

Cynthia Scott

Cynthia Sheren (Stirling) Scott

Only stage-four colon cancer could slow Cynthia Sheren (Stirling) Scott down in her life full of family, friends, and FEMA adventures.

After a two-year, hard-fought battle, she passed away Wednesday, March 3, 2021, in Boise, ID, surrounded by her children and the prayers of many family and friends far and wide.

A Celebration of Life to honor Cyndi will be held at 10:00 a.m., Saturday, March 27, 2021, at the United Methodist Church in Highmore, SD, with Pastor Kippy Udehn officiating. For those unable to attend, the service will be livestreamed on the funeral home’s website. A lunch will be provided directly after the service. The burial will follow at 3:00 p.m. at Riverside Cemetery in Pierre, SD.

Cyndi’s surviving family include her children Stacey (Shannon) Galinat of Boise, ID; Jackie (Ted) Quinn of Nolensville, TN; Shari (JoHan) Wang of Boise, ID; Justin Scott of Kadoka, SD; grandchildren Megan and Shelby Galinat, Jenna and Kellen Quinn, Keira and Lincoln Wang; mother, Nancy (Ray) Neuhauser; siblings Kathy Heezen of Miller, SD; Julie (Rod) Fieldsend of Sioux Falls, SD; Sandy (Randy) Sivertsen of Ree Heights, SD; Allen (Fran) Stirling of Belle Fourche, SD; Brett (Rhonda) Stirling of New Castle, WY; Carrie (Tom) Kelly of Odessa, TX; Kristen (Mike) Grant of Whitewood, SD; and numerous nieces, nephews, cousins, and extended family and friends.

Cyndi was preceded in death by her father, Richard (Dick) Stirling and infant son, Chad Weston Scott.

In lieu of flowers, Cyndi requested memorials be given to Stirling Family Memorial Ranch Rodeo or Steps for Hope. Both organizations provide financial grants to families fighting cancer. Luze Funeral Home of Highmore has been entrusted with Cyndi’s arrangements. Visit

Doug Lawrence

Douglas Patrick Lawrence, 78 , of Coon Rapids, MN passed away peacefully on Wednesday, January 20, 2021, at the ARK on the River in Anoka Minnesota. He wasborn October 5, 1942 at St. Mary’s Hospital in Minneapolis to Ralph and Irene Lawrence. Douglas was infant baptized and confirmed in the Methodist Church and was Born Again and baptized as an adult at Fridley Assemblies of God Church. As a youth he was an active Boy Scout and achieved the Order of the the Arrow as well asa 4-H member. He graduated from Anoka High School in 1961 but spent the majority of his young life attending school in Columbia Heights. Following his schooling he worked at Independent Packing and for Rocket Oil, entering the Minnesota National Guard in1964 and served for 6 years.

After completing basic training Douglas purchased Rocket Oil Company from his father in 1964 and started Rocket Turf Landscaping in 1967, growing Kentucky Blue Grass Sod in Anoka County. Douglas and JoAnn were married in 1969 in Willmar, MN and settled in Coon Rapids where they operated their businesses until he retired in October of 2020. Douglas was an active supporter of the Republican Party and served as President of the Minnesota Turf Association and current President of the Anoka County Farm Bureau.

Douglas had many interests including home building, land development and raising Hereford Cattle. His enjoyment of raising Hereford Cattle gained many close friendships across the country and he has been honored many times for his support of the Junior Hereford Association both in Minnesota and Nationally. He would receive the American Junior Hereford Association Advisors of the Year Award in 1995, American Hereford Association 50 Year Golden Hereford Breeder Award 2009, Minnesota Farm Family of the Year 2010 and was inducted into the Minnesota Hereford Breeders 2020 Hall of Fame.

Preceded in death by Father Ralph E. Lawrence, Mother Irene E. Lawrence, and Sister-in-law Kathy Lawrence.

Survived by Wife of 51 years JoAnn (Krueger), children Bryan (Marytina), Bradley (Brigitte) and Jason Viebrock and six grandchildren, Montana (Leyton,Fiance’), Wyatt (Claire), Wade, Wynn, Dawson and Hutton, Twin Brother Dennis and elder brother Richard (Sandra) many nieces and nephews.

Walter Walsh

Walter J. Walsh, 98, of DeGraff, died Saturday, January, 30th at Gabriel House in Murdock. Mass of Christian Burial will be at 11:00 am, Monday, February 8th at Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Murdock. Visitation will be from 2-4:00 pm, Sunday at the church and one hour prior to the service.  Burial will be in the church cemetery. Arrangements are with Harvey Anderson Funeral Home in Willmar.

Walter Joseph Walsh was born June 5, 1922, to Henry and Mary (Foley) Walsh in Murdock. He grew up on the family farm where he started helping with chores at an early age. Walter attended country school near Murdock. Following his schooling, Walt enlisted in the US Army where he honorably served for two years during WWII. After his honorable discharge he moved back to the farm where he continued working with his dad. On November 27, 1948, Walter was united in marriage to Catherine McCann. Walter and Catherine raised their family and worked together on the farm for 42 years. Walter was a hard-working, christian man who enjoyed farming his entire life.  He could be described as “a great man of few words and a lot of work.” He loved spending time with his family, especially his grandchildren. He was proud to know that three grandchildren carried out his legacy of farming and ranching. He was a loving husband, dad and grandpa.

Walter is survived by his children: Charles (Kendra) Walsh, Thomas (Lisa) Walsh, Mary Kay (Mark) Frederickson and Louise Waterman; grandchildren: Nate (Jayna) Frederickson, Sarah (Shawn) Frederickson Tatman, Dustin (Bobbi) Walsh, Ben (Catie) Waterman, Katie (Nick)  Waterman Lambert, Jackson Walsh, Halle Walsh and Mia Walsh; great-grandchildren: Teegan and Tiernan Frederickson, Peyton and Trygve Tatman, Olivia, Addy, Ella and Emmy Walsh, Ethan Waterman, Madi and Brooke Lambert; sister, Monica Osterbauer; and sisters-in-law: Mary Walsh and Albie Walsh; and many nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents; step mother, Nora Walsh; wife, Catherine; son, James Walsh; great-granddaughter, Brooklyn Walsh; son-in-law, Fran Waterman; siblings: Henry, Clarence and Jerome Walsh, Anna Scepaniak, Mary Fennell;  brothers and sisters-in-law: Alice and Albert Grosso, Don and Mike McCann, Lowell Fennell, Veldon Osterbauer, Joe Scepaniak; father and mother in-law, Ed and Alice McCann; nieces, Susan Scepaniak Sanders, Diane Walsh Nolan; nephews, Steve, Max and Joe Osterbauer, Greg Walsh.

Grady Sparks

While we will grieve with family and friends over his passing, we would like to raise a Hallelujah that Grady Nolan Sparks is now home with the Lord and is excited to have all of us join him when our time on planet earth is done.

“Three.” That was Grady Nolan. He did not wait for One, Two. He was always ready to take on the next challenge. He started out in life a bricklayer, got his degree in Building Construction at Auburn University (one of the last things he said was War Eagle) and quickly became a contractor/developer/cattleman. He loved to travel and see and explore new land. He could look at a piece of property and quickly envision how it could best be used for farming, hunting, development, or as a sanctuary. Truly insightful and creative, a visionary, he even took western art classes in Taos, NM.

His interests ranged from coaching little league football to raising/training Bird Dogs for Field Trials to piloting American Tugs in Alaskan/Canadian waterways to recording gospel music. He obtained his multi engine pilots license and flew for business and pleasure. He raised champion Reining Horses, Cutting Horses, and Pleasure horses. He loved Hereford cattle. His introduction to Herefords began in the 1960s and maintained and developed one of the finest Hereford cattle herds in the nation. He would play bridge or tennis or pickleball with equal drive and determination. In fact, he travelled the country competing in major Bridge Championships, was a highly ranked southern section tennis player for over 20 years, and won back to back US Open Pickleball Championships rising to #5 in the world rankings. Grady Nolan often told us that he still holds the Walker County record for the mile run having run it in 5 minutes flat in 1956. Since high school track competitions switched to the metric system not long after that, this may be true.

Our point is this. Grady Nolan did not “dabble” in anything. He took on every new interest with the goal in mind of being the best he could be. He had a strong will, fierce determination and knew how to make things happen!  He did this by meeting and listening and learning from others and eventually teaching others. He believed one should always be eager to learn, respectful of others, intentional with their efforts, realistic in setting their goals, and passionate about achieving them. This was not work for him. It was love.

And love is what he showed all family, friends, and strangers alike. He knew the love of Jesus and shared it with all he encountered either through counsel or song. We were at his bedside wondering why he was handling his failing health so much better than us. Grady Nolan was like the bricklayer before him, Nehemiah, who encouraged all around him by reminding them that “the joy of the Lord is my strength”.

Hallelujah to the precious name of Jesus Christ for blessing us with Grady Nolan Sparks! Amen!

Dorothy Hoffman Herman

Dorothy Hoffman Herman, age 82, passed away peacefully in her home in Leola, SD, on Sunday, January 17, 2021.

Dorothy Ann Crompton was born May 31, 1938, at Brentford, SD, to L.T. and Grace (LaBay) Crompton Waltman.  As a small child, she grew up on the Crompton homestead five miles west of Wetonka. When she was about 8 years old, the family moved two miles north of Wetonka where she attended grade school.  She graduated from Westport High School in 1956, where she was very active in school activities and was an honor roll student.  In the 1990s, she assisted her mother in compiling a family history and recipe book where Dorothy was referred to as “Pa’s Little Helper.” Dorothy always liked to go along with her dad and when she was old enough to drive, she worked in the field with him. She had many fond memories of her life at Wetonka.

Following graduation, she was employed at the McPherson County Extension office in Leola.  On May 30, 1958, she married Gerald Hoffman and they made their home on the Hoffman ranch west of Leola. Gerald and Dorothy raised 3 children while expanding their registered Hereford business that took them to many states and foreign countries.  Most family vacations included a Hereford sale or ranch visit to view cattle and meet and make new friends.  Dorothy was a crucial part of the ranching business with her meticulous bookkeeping skills and involvement in the American Hereford and South Dakota Hereford Associations.  She was also active with the Circle L Cattlewomen group in Leola for many years.   She enjoyed gardening, sewing, and preparing meals for hungry hired hands and special guests.  For fun, she and Gerald could be found square dancing!

After the death of her husband in 2004, she took on a supportive role in the ranch management and transitioned the ranch to her son, Colin, and his wife, Mary Beth.  After a few years, she moved to Leola where she became active with the Senior Citizen group and enjoyed entertaining guests and grandchildren.

On October 13, 2012, she married Fred Herman Jr. and together they enjoyed each other’s company while attending church, shopping and social events. Looking forward to “whose birthday is next” and getting together at the farm for “birthday parties” with plenty of cake and ice cream was always a good time.

Dorothy had an unwavering Christian faith that was the cornerstone of her life as she spent many hours daily reading her Bible and praying.  She taught Sunday school and 7th grade confirmation for many years at St. James Lutheran in Leola.  She loved to study the bible, take sermon notes and wrote many of her own Bible studies.  Her church family, whether at St. James, Praise Family Fellowship, or Freedom Church, was something she held dear to her heart.

Grateful for having shared in her life are her husband, Fred Herman, Jr., Leola;  her children, Jerome (Charlene) Hoffman, Brooklyn Park, MN, Joan (Steve) Crombie, Faribault, MN, Colin (Mary Beth) Hoffman, Leola, SD;  stepchildren, Kim Herman, Lake of the Ozarks, MO, Michelle (Scott) Hinkle, St. Louis, MO, Todd Herman (Susan), Troy, IL; 3 exchange daughters, Cristiane Mello, Sao Palo, Brazil,  Stephany Pons Bessone, Marseille, France, and Dasha Zhagina, Ukraine;  her brother, Leo Crompton, Aberdeen, SD, her sister, Kelli Waltman, Leola, SD;  sisters-in-law, Mary Ann Roehr, Britton, SD, Sue Crompton, Bothall, WA.  Dorothy was blessed with 11 grandchildren, 12 great grandchildren, 7 step grandchildren and many nieces and nephews.

Dorothy was preceded in death by husband, Gerald Hoffman; father L.T. Crompton; mother Grace (LaBay) Crompton Waltman; stepfather, Martin Waltman; parents-in-law, Emil and Elizabeth Hoffman; her brothers, Louis Crompton, Jackie Crompton, Tom Crompton; her sisters, Lucille Goodfellow, Mary Lou Kamm;  brothers-in-law,  George Goodfellow, Marvin Kamm, Richard Pitkin, Dennis Roehr, Elmer Kaul;  sisters-in-law, Marcella Kaul, Norma Crompton, Viola Crompton; grandson, Stefan Hoffman.

A celebration of Dorothy’s life will be held Thursday, January 21, 2021, at Freedom Church 516 Production Street, Aberdeen, SD.  Visitation begins at Noon at the church followed by funeral at 2:00 pm with Pastor Drew Becker officiating. The use of masks is respectfully requested, but not required. Burial will immediately follow at Green Mound Cemetery 1 mile south of Leola. Gramm Funeral Home, Ipswich, SD is in charge of arrangements.

Gene Wirth

Eugene M Wirth (Gene), age 77, of New Richmond, WI passed away at Regions Hospital suddenly on Friday, January 8, 2021. He was born on October 4, 1943 in River Falls, WI the son of Marvin and Beatrice (Deiss) Wirth and lived on a dairy farm outside of Prescott. The family then moved to Boardman and ran the Wirth General Store. He graduated from New Richmond High School in 1961 and served in the National Guard from 1964 to 1970 and worked for Relander Dairy. He was united in marriage to Cheryl Hinz on August 5, 1972 in East Farmington, WI. He started driving for Cemstone Ready Mix and eventually become a dispatcher for 39 years and retired in 2004. He started working for River Valley Ford in 2006 until he retired in 2018.
Some of his early hobbies included bowling, softball, fishing, hunting, and dancing. After his first retirement, he took up the game of golf. He loved his family, playing cards, high school sports, an occasional pull-tab and listening to old country and polka music and watching westerns. He enjoyed watching NASCAR and the Badgers sports teams and cheering on his Milwaukee Brewers and Green Bay Packers. He loved nothing more than to visit with someone while having a cold beverage and discussing his beloved Hereford cattle and cats. Every summer, the family would travel thousands of miles to exhibit at fairs and shows.
Gene is survived by his wife, Cheryl Wirth; four children: Tracy, Matthew (Melinda), Brent, and Lance; 2 step granddaughters; Ashlee (John) Duff and Alyssa (Jared) Hentz; 2 step great grandchildren; Kaylee and Avalee Duff; 3 sisters, Verla Baker, Corinne (Don) Cardell, Nancy Cavegn; one brother, Allyn (Michelle) Wirth. He is preceded in death by his parents and in laws, Paul and Rita Hinz.
Gene was a member of the Immaculate Conception Church in New Richmond, American Hereford Association, Indianhead Hereford Association Hall of Fame member, Wisconsin Hereford Association and Minnesota Hereford Breeders.
A Public Memorial Mass of Christian Burial will be held on Saturday, January 16, 2021 at 1:00PM at Immaculate Conception Catholic Church (151 S. Washington Ave) in New Richmond. A visitation will be held on Friday, January 15, 2021 from 5:00-7:00pm at Bakken-Young Funeral & Cremation Services (728 S. Knowles Ave) in New Richmond and one hour prior to the Mass at the church. Interment will be in Boardman Cemetery. Guests will be asked to follow all CDC guidelines for gathering including social distancing and face masks. Arrangements are with Bakken-Young Funeral & Cremation Services.

The livestream for Gene’s service will be operated by the Immaculate Conception Catholic Church. The link provided will bring you to their Facebook page and the livestream will go live approximately 20 minutes prior to the start of Mass. Click here for the link.

Marvin Espenscheid

Marvin J. Espenscheid, age 80, of Argyle, WI passed away at his home on Monday, December 07, 2020.

He was born on October 05, 1940, in Rockford, IL the son of Milton and Leona (Yokers) Espenscheid. Marvin graduated from Pecatonica High School in 1958 and attended the University of Illinois. He was united in marriage to Ruth Lehto on September 02, 1961 in Rockford, IL. He loved his family and his Hereford cattle.

Marvin is survived by his wife: Ruth Espenscheid; six children: Sarah (Kevin) Lueschow, Ben (Bev) Espenscheid, Jon (Shannon) Espenscheid, Thad (Meredith) Espenscheid, Amy Espenscheid, and Carrie Espenscheid; sixteen grandchildren; four great-grandchildren; one sister: Marilyn Bicksler. He is preceded in death by his parents; and one brother: Gary Espenscheid.

Marvin was a member of the Argyle Lutheran Church in Argyle, American Hereford Association, Wisconsin Hereford Association, Wisconsin Livestock Breeders Association, and Wisconsin Beef Improvement Association. Marvin was in the purebred cattle business for over 52 years. He will be fondly missed by his family, friends, and neighbors.

Private family services for Marvin will be held Saturday, December 12, 2020 with Rev. Dan Bohlman officiating. A public visitation will be held Friday, December 11, 2020 from 4:00 pm until 6:00 pm at the Erickson Funeral Home in Argyle (801 Milwaukee St., Argyle, WI 53504). The Erickson Funeral Home in Argyle is serving the family. Online condolences may be expressed to the family at

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be directed to the family.

Bob Hermann

Robert "Bob" Hermann, age 71 of Lemmon, passed away on Thursday, November 19, 2020 at the West River Regional Medical Center in Hettinger, ND.

   The Public is invited to attend the Graveside Service at 1:00pm MT, Saturday, November 21, 2020 at Greenhill Cemetery in Lemmon with Pastor David Peterson. Full Military Honors will be provided by the Brattvet-Green American Legion Post #66 of Lemmon.

   Serving as casketbearers are Paydon Casper, Riley Casper, Garrett Hermann, Kole Hermann, Walker Hermann, Weston Hermann, and Eric Casper.

      Robert G. Hermann was born September 25th 1949 in Lemmon, SD to Gustav and Albina (Maier) Hermann.  Bob was the youngest of three children with two older sisters Caroline and Delores.  As a young boy he lived on the family farm southwest of White Butte SD where his passion for ranching and farming got started.  He was able to roam the fields and pastures throughout his youth anchoring his foundation. Bob attended Liberty Country School and Lemmon High School graduating with the Class of 1967.  He served in the US Army in Vietnam receiving the United States Bronze Star Metal for distinguishing himself by meritorious service in connection with military operations against a hostel force in Vietnam.  He married Connie Spoering on January 6, 1973.  They raised their 4 children, Darin, Jamie, Laurie, and Ryan, on the family ranch near Lemmon.  Bob had a love for ranching and Hereford cattle.  He was always working to improve the genetics of the herd and traveled many states to purchase bulls.  Life-long friends were made with Hereford breeders and their families. The Hermann Ranch was honored to receive the SD Hereford Association Commercial Breeder of the Year Award in 2014.  Bob believed there is not a better way to live than to live in a ranching community raising Hereford cattle. Bob was a humble man with a strong-quiet faith.  He had a special love for his family and was proud of his children and grandchildren passing on the value of hard work and the value of integrity and honesty.  He attended their school and sports activities with enthusiasm.   Bob was always smiling and happy.  His optimistic attitude drew people to him, and he enjoyed interacting with the different folks he would meet.

   Being community minded Bob served in many capacities.  He served on the church board and as an elder in the church.  He served on the Perkins County Weed Board, hospital board, Dakota Propane Board, Grand River Grazing Association Board, and on the local township board in various capacities.

   Bob is in heaven with the Lord Jesus hearing the words “Well done good and faithful servant.”

   He is survived by the love of his life, Connie Hermann; children, Jamie (Julie) Hermann, Kadoka, SD; Laurie (Eric) Casper, Lake Preston, SD; Ryan (Tina) Hermann, Lemmon, SD; Kristy (Joe) Lokken, Bismarck, ND; grandsons, Paydon Casper, Riley Casper, Garrett Hermann, Kole Hermann, Walker Hermann, Weston Hermann, Ty Moran, Kolden Lokken; sisters, Caroline Tucker and Delores Huber.

   Bob was preceded in death by his son, Darin, parents, Gustav and Albina Hermann, mother-in-law, Marie Spoering, infant sister, Lorraine, brother-in-law Ervin Huber, brother-in-law Charles Tucker, and nephew, Michael Huber.

   Cards may be sent to Connie Hermann, 17958 105th St, Lemmon, SD  57638.

William Friedt

William F. “Willie” Friedt, 89, Dickinson, formerly of Mott, died Sunday, November 15, 2020 with family by his side at St. Benedict Living Community, Dickinson. Willie’s Private Mass of Christian Burial will be 10 a.m., Saturday, November 28, 2020 at St. Stephen’s Catholic Church, Richardton with Fr. Thomas Wordekemper, OSB as celebrant. Interment will follow at St. Stephen’s Cemetery. Visitation will be on Friday from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. Ladbury Funeral Service. A private rosary will be held at Ladbury Funeral Service, Dickinson with Deacon Bob Zent presiding. A livestream link for the Mass will be available on the funeral home website.

William F. Friedt was born April 21, 1931 to Anton B. and Ottilia (Loran) Friedt on the family farm. Willie grew up 15 miles north of Mott milking cows, raising hogs, chickens and grain farming. He attended Colgrove Country School in Campbell Township, Hettinger County. After graduating from eighth grade he remained on the farm working side by side with his dad to continue his passion of farming and ranching.

Willie met Luella Koenig, telling family it was love at first site. While dating they enjoyed bowling, roller skating, and dances at the Halfway and Hardmayer Hall. One winter when the roads were blocked Willie road on horseback to visit Luella. There were no TV’s at the time so when they gathered with friends there was card playing, singing, and Willie played the guitar. Willie and Luella were married June 10, 1953 at St. Stephen Catholic Church. The Koenig family initiated him by teaching him “Gloverous,” a card game with lots of pounding! After getting married, they lived with Willie’s parents for a short time and then moved to the Koenig farm. Willie and Luella continued to farm and ranch both family farms until retirement in 1995. Willie shared his passion for farming with both his sons, Dale and Gary as they joined him operating the family farm.

Willie enjoyed snowmobile trips with friends and family to South Dakota, trapping, hunting, fishing, collecting model cars, and was an avid reader. He enjoyed neighborhood Pinochle and Pitch games. Willie and Luella spent many nights dancing to one of their favorite bands, “The Shadows.” Willie worked hard all his life. When he suffered his stroke on March 1, 2000, he told his told his doctor his hobby was work! Willie served two three-year terms on the Mott Equity board of directors, was a member of St. Stephen Catholic Church; serving on the church board, singing in the choir, and was a lifelong member of the Knights of Columbus, at one time serving as president. When work was needed at the church he was always ready to help.

Willie moved to Dickinson in 1995 yet continued to “commute” to help at the farm. He suffered his first stroke March 1, 2000. Willie continued to live at home for 16 years until moving into the Benedictine Living Community in July 2016. He continued to always be interested in what was going on at the farm, with the cows, the harvest, planting, the grandchildren, etc. Trips back out to the farm always brought him joy. When able, he attended school events of the grandchildren. His greatest interest in recent years was the antics of his great-grandchildren. Family gatherings will not be the same without Willie sneaking treats to the family pets.

Willie will be greatly missed by his family, Dale (Terryl), Mott, Gary (Kirsten), rural Mott. Wille was blessed with four grandchildren, Nicholas Friedt, Oakes, Megan (Dusty) Dukart, Richardton, Lindsey (Drew) Courtney, Oakes, Aaron (Tatian) Friedt, Mott; and 11 great-grandchildren, Isabelle, Aliyah, Easton Friedt, Hudson, Hoyt, Hayes, Holden, Heston Dukart, Avery, Ella, and Claire Courtney; brothers, Henry, Mesa Ariz. and Darrel, Turnwater, Wash. He was preceded in death by his parents, Anton B. and Ottilia Friedt; brother, Albert, sisters-in-law, Sarah, Ina, and Bertha; and nephews, David and Raymond Friedt. Arrangements are with Ladbury Funeral Service, Dickinson,

Doug Smith

Douglas Roland Smith, age 84 of Sheyenne, N.D., passed away peacefully on Sunday, November 15, 2020 at Sanford Hospital in Fargo, ND.

He was born on Midway Farm, which was still his home, on December 9, 1935 to Floyd and Anne (Jacobsen) Smith.  He went to Rocky Mountain School #2 just down the road from home. He rode his horse to school many times.  After graduating from 8th grade he entered the New Rockford High School.  He was a busy student as he played saxophone in the school band then getting the nickname “12th Street Rag”.  After graduation Douglas enrolled in the Winter Short Ag Course at NDSU.  Upon returning in 1953 he began farming and purchased 2 registered Polled Herefords to start the foundation of Midway Polled Herefords.  In 1970 he sold Polled Hereford breeding stock to Chile and in more recent years to Kazakhstan.  He loved to work the land and had a love for raising the Polled Hereford seed stock, which his family still raises from his original herd.

Finding out that he had a yearning to take flying lessons, he bought his first plane.  He tried 3 other planes before finding his love of a Cessna 172.  He enjoyed giving rides in his plane, especially to kids.

On Valentine’s Day, February 14, 1959 he married the love of his life, Ann Bonderson of Sheyenne.  To this union they had 2 sons James and William.  Doug and Ann enjoyed traveling and visited over 30 states and Canada.

Over the years he has been on the Eddy County Crop Improvement Board, President of the North Dakota Polled Hereford Association, was awarded the Soil Conservation Award, Outstanding Young Farmer Award, and in 1992 was awarded the Polled Hereford Man of the Year for North Dakota.

He also had a love of music.  He had his own band for 20 plus years playing for weddings and clubs all over the state.  In his later years he enjoyed entertaining at several nursing homes.

He had special relationships with his two granddaughters Kate and Whitney, as they lived on the same farm, and now also his two great grandchildren Will and Andie, who are the 6th generation to live on Midway Farm.

As an only child, Doug also had special relationships with his cousins, Robert, Nick, and Don Holthe, Eileen (Holthe) Patrick, Ellen (Smith) Messner, Lester Smith, Erland Bergland and Leona (Bergland) Bouret.

Doug is survived by his wife of 61 years, Ann; his sons James Smith, Fargo and William (Karen) Smith, Sheyenne, granddaughters Kate (Austin) Langley, Warwick, Whitney (Jacob) Burkhardsmeier, and great grandchildren, Will and Andie Burkhardsmeier, all of Sheyenne and we can’t forget his beloved dog Taz.

Doug was preceded in death by his parent, in-laws, many musician friends and fellow Polled Hereford breeders.

Visitation will be Wednesday, 9:00AM-5:00PM at Evans Funeral Home, New Rockford.

His Private Funeral Service will be held Thursday, November 19, 2020, at Evans Funeral Home, New Rockford, ND.

Burial will be Thursday, November 19, 2020 at 2:30 PM at the Nystrom Cemetery, rural Sheyenne, ND.

(Family and friends wishing to join the procession to the cemetery.  We will be leaving the funeral home at 2:00 PM.)

Roelena Venhuizen

It was Tuesday evening, October 6, 2020, when Roelena (Lee) Venhuizen went home to her Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ.  Roelena was born on February 9, 1926 to Jacob and Lena Feddes near Belgrade, Montana.  She was the fifth of their six children.  She attended Belgrade School for 12 years, after which she attended Calvin College in Grand Rapids, Michigan for one year. 

After completing this education, Roelena taught at Manhattan Christian School for a number of years.  On June 5, 1947, she married John Venhuizen.  They were blessed with four children: Judy, John, Donna and Dale.  They farmed in the Three Forks area for a few years and in 1958 they purchased the farm south of Manhattan where Roelena resided for the rest of her life, except for the last two years when she moved to Parkhaven Retirement Home.

Roelena took an active part in the farm life and was an excellent partner for her husband in this regard.  She enjoyed participating with John in the Montana Hereford Association and the American Hereford Association.  She and John developed good relationships with others in the Hereford business and travelled to many different countries because of this.

In the 60s, Roelena took courses at Montana State University to upgrade her education so that she could go back to teaching part time.  She did this for a few years, but then chose to return to 100% farm life.

Roelena and her husband were always very involved in church and Manhattan Christian School activities. They were charter members of Bethel Christian Reformed Church. 

Roelena is survived by son and daughter-in-law, John and Barb Venhuizen, daughter and son-in-law, Donna and Jake Stelpstra, and son and daughter-in-law, Dale and Nancy Venhuizen.  She was blessed with 10 grandchildren and 29 great grandchildren, plus one more on the way.  She is also survived by one sister-in-law, Nell Feddes.  She was predeceased by her parents, her husband, John Venhuizen, her daughter, Judy Venhuizen and son-in-law, Robert Allen, as well as 2 sisters and 3 brothers. 

Roelena’s life was best portrayed by her love for her Lord, her husband and her family, as well as the church and school.  She loved visits from grandchildren and later great grandchildren.  She was always very engaged with school and church activities that her grandchildren were involved with.  She was a huge support for them, always attending sports and musical activities, as well as big events like graduations and weddings.  The last number of years of her life she became more strongly dependent on her Lord.  She spent much time in prayer and reading her Bible, running with endurance the race that was set before her, looking to Jesus, who was the founder and perfecter of her faith. (adapted from Hebrews 12:1-2)  Mother, Grandma, Great Grandma, we love you and we will miss you dearly.

A private graveside service will be held for immediate family only at 2:00 pm on Saturday, October 10, 2020.  To watch the service online please go to Roelena’s obituary page at  Should friends desire, memorials may be made to Manhattan Christian School.  Arrangements are in the care of Dokken-Nelson Funeral Service.

Gene Meitler

Lucas- Gene C. Meitler, 71, of Lucas, KS, died Friday, October 2, at Hutchinson Regional Medical Center, Hutchinson, KS. Gene was born in Lucas, Kansas on August 8, 1949, a son of the late Norma (Thaemert) and Armin Meitler.

He was a farmer/rancher and owner/operator of Heartland Hay in Lucas, KS. Gene is survived by a daughter, Crecia Reeves, of Russell, KS.; two sons Darris Meitler, of Lucas, KS.; Clint Meitler, of Sylvan Grove, KS, a sister, LuBell Adams, of Ellsworth, KS; a brother, Neal Meitler, of Wales, WI ; and 7 grandchildren.

Memorial Services will be held at a later date and there will be no visitation. lnterment will be in the Lucas Cemetery - Lucas, KS.

Rodrick & Minear Funeral Home of Lucas, KS. is entrusted with arrangements

Dusty Lodoen

Dustin Wayne Lodoen, better known as Dusty, (41) left this earth tragically on 09/30/2020 while doing what he loved: farming the land. He leaves behind an immeasurable legacy with his wife, two precious little boys, his family, and a community of friends that spread as far as the North Dakota plains lie.

Dusty was born 01/19/1979 at St. Andrews hospital (Bottineau, ND), to Myron and Patty (Henry) Lodoen. He was welcomed home by his loving older sister, Emmy Lou, and later blessed by the birth of a little brother, best friend, and farming partner, Danen “Wood”. Dusty grew up on the family farm for all of his life, where his parents still reside.

Dusty was always a talented, successful, intelligent, kind, and influential “go-getter” from an early age. He was active in sports, 4-H, farming, showing cattle, wheeling and dealing, and trying new things for as long as anyone can remember. In his earlier years, Dusty took extreme pride in bull riding. With that said, his daring and “no-fear” attitude landed him scars and stories to tell for years to come (even if he used those same scars to tell some stories that weren’t true.) You had to be a good sport if you were around Dusty because he always knew how to get a good debate going- but they always ended up in laughs, a hug, handshake, or a “cheers.”

Dusty attended Westhope high school for all of his schooling years, graduating in 1997 alongside many of his best friends. He has maintained those true friendships to this day, and we’ve never met anyone who didn’t call Dusty a friend, role model, mentor, or “one of the good ones.”

Following graduation, Dusty attended NDSU majoring in agricultural economics. He thoroughly enjoyed college life (as he loved his whole life), and he excelled, as farming and business has always been in his blood.

The next step in Dusty’s life brought him back to Bottineau County where he worked as a loan officer for State Bank of Bottineau. He later moved to Minot and continued working as a loan officer for Farm Credit Services. While living in Minot, he also took on part ownership of the Pita Pit. Many great memories were made during his years in Bottineau and Minot.

Dusty’s final life destination took him back to his hometown roots, Westhope ND, where he lived until his final day. Dusty moved back and started working as a crop insurance agent for Artz Insurance, while also taking on farming with his brother Danen. After a year of farming together, the brothers became “Richburg Farms,” and continued to successfully expand and provide for their families and community. Dusty was also a member of several boards and committees, including Soybean Council, Westhope country club board, and the local Border Ag elevator board. He was a member of the Presbyterian Church in Westhope as well.

In 2011, Dusty met Kylie Thom unexpectedly and fell in love instantly. Their dating life was never boring. He constantly reminded her that she was the “love of his life,” and they completed the missing pieces in each other’s lives. Her family fell in love with him just as quickly. Together, they enjoyed traveling the world, hitting up sporting games, amusement parks, and the best steak restaurants. Life with Dusty was spontaneous and adventurous. There was also a relaxing side to Dusty, and they loved lounging at home enjoying each other’s company. This was just as important. They were united in marriage on 12/03/2015, a beautiful and memorable wedding at St. Pete Beach, Florida.

In 2016, Dusty and Kylie welcomed their first beautiful son, Emerson Robert Lodoen. At that very moment, Dusty found himself in a new role in life, which would become his most prideful and loving part of him: A Dad. In 2019, a second beautiful son would join the family, Asher Kevin Lodoen. Dusty loved his boys and wife more than anything in the entire world. Even on his busiest days, he remained actively involved and often invited the boys out to join him on the farm or wherever he was headed that day.

Dusty always made sure that his family was taken care of, and if he couldn’t be there for something, he always had a plan B arranged. His two special sons want to be just like daddy and their lives revolved around everything farm, everything Daddy-related, and being with Daddy’s “workers.” He truly was their idol and he went over and beyond to be the best dad and husband that we could ever ask for. Dusty spent many hours sleeping/napping wherever and whenever if it made the boys feel comfortable and happy. He enjoyed the naps just as much. They will forever cherish every pickup, combine, tractor, and semi ride with Dad, or just hanging out at the shop with “the guys.” There was no object or situation that Dusty couldn’t fix. He truly was invincible and constantly told his wife, his love, “Don’t worry about it hun!”

Although Dusty’s life was too short, it was never boring. He loved staying busy and truly lived each day from sun up to sun down loving his family, taking care of the farm, his crew, insurance clients, and filling voids in the lives of everyone around him.

Some of Dusty’s favorite hobbies included golf tournaments, men’s nights, social gatherings, snowboarding, cooking, rolling dice and playing blackjack, investing in stocks, watching football (especially NDSU and 49ers), attending the events of his nieces/nephews, donating his time to the community, napping, and spending time with all of his beloved family and friends, even if it went well into the night. His phone was always ringing, and he made sure to take care of everyone else’s needs, even before his own.

An encyclopedia could easily and effortlessly be composed on the life of Dusty, and he would probably enjoy reading and reliving it, as he loved reading and was a history buff. Dusty was not a materialistic person, but would rather spend his time and finances on living adventurously and generously.

The best words that repeatedly come to mind when describing Dusty are as follows: generous, BEST friend, influential, loyal, invincible, idol, instigator, hard worker, family man, counselor, negotiator, wise, self-less, and a leader. He was also a son, brother, father, husband, friend, business partner/coworker, cousin, nephew, uncle, and an irreplaceable piece of everyone’s life.

Dusty will be missed so greatly and deeply. Keep his memory alive, as he would tell us all that this is the “final final.” The truth is, it isn’t the “final final” for any of us. So much love and tears will be shed for him eternally, until we meet again.

Dusty’s celebration of life will be held at the Richburg Farm shop, his prized possession and place of peace during all farming seasons. The funeral will be held on Thursday, October 8th, at 2:00PM (Located at the shop north of 9339 County RD27B, Newburg).

Dusty is survived by: his wife Kylie and two toddler sons, Emerson and Asher Lodoen (Westhope); Parents Myron and Patty Lodoen (Westhope); Sister Emmy (Bryan) Huber and children of Jud; Brother Danen (Natalie) Lodoen and children of Westhope; Mother and father in laws, Lori (Kevin) Deschamp of Westhope, and Dobie (Lorie) Thom of Maddock; special aunt Wanda Henry of Newburg; Uncles Leonard Lodoen of Westhope, Mylon Lodoen of Indiana, Clyde Kersten of Newburg; Brother and sister in laws, Kendra Thom(Seth Hamnes) of Bottineau, RaeAnn(Ryan) Ellsworth and children of Newburg, Levi Deschamp, Beth, and children of Westhope; cousins, and friends. He is also survived by his farm hands: Taylor Whitlock, Jon (Boy) Sivertson, Wade Genre, and Keith “Doc” Martin.

Dusty is proceeded in death by his grandparents: Lyman and Rosalie Henry and Clarence and Hazel Lodoen; brother in law Kevin Thom, aunts Bette Lodoen and Robyn Kersten, and special Uncle Bob Henry; and Godson Burke Henry.

Arrangements were with Nero Funeral Home in Westhope.  Friends may sign the online regisiter book at

Lilla Bell

Lilla Hunter Bell passed away peacefully Sept. 17, 2020 surrounded by family at the Bell Ranch in Paradise Valley, NV. Lilla and her twin brother, Bob, were born on June 12, 1938 in San Francisco, CA, to Phelps and Lilla Hunter. Her sisters, Beth and Pat, followed a few years later. Lilla spent much of her early years on the family ranch near Hollister, CA where she found immense joy caring for and raising animals. Lilla was active in 4-H at an early age, raising and showing Hereford cattle. She also had a deep love for corgis, breeding and showing them throughout the years.

Lilla was a pioneer in the agricultural industry. She received a Bachelor of Science in animal husbandry from California Polytechnic State University in San Luis Obispo. Lilla was the first woman to graduate from Cal Poly’s animal science program. She also achieved incredible success on the college’s livestock judging team and was the first woman on a champion collegiate judging team. She also won the Women’s Stockhorse class at the Salinas Rodeo with Bill Dorrance’s horse, Patrick. In later years, she served on the American Polled Hereford Association’s (APHA) board of directors, representing five Western states. Lilla was the first and only woman to serve as chairman for APHA’s board. She was an integral part in bringing together the APHA and the American Horned Hereford Association into a single association. As a result of her contributions and lifelong support of the breed, she was inducted into the Hereford Hall of Fame in 2012.

In 1957, she attained worldwide fame when a photograph of her and her triplet Hereford calves hit the newspapers. She received fan mail from across the world, and her famous photograph made its way to Humboldt County, NV, into the home of the Bells. A few years later, Forrest “Woodie” Bell would meet the beautiful young woman in the photograph at the San Bento Fair in California. Woodie bought Lilla an Orange Crush soda pop. Lilla often remarked to her family and friends, even years later, that she could still taste that soda.

Lilla and Woodie were married in 1960 and had three sons together: Dean (Nikki), John (Jhona), and Dan (Theresa). Lilla loved and cared for her boys deeply. They rejuvenated her interest in the Hereford breed as the boys joined 4-H and started breeding heifers to show. She loved watching her boys compete in high school, college, and professional rodeo.

Lilla’s grandchildren, Dawson, Lilla “Lilly”, Trase, Quint, Cade, Shane, and Carly, also raised and showed Hereford cattle in 4-H. Lilla gifted each of her grandchildren a Hereford heifer to foster the joy she had felt raising Herefords over the years. During the time her grandchildren were showing cattle, Lilla served as an adviser for the Paradise Valley 4-H Beef Club and sat on the Humboldt County Show and Sale Committee.

Lilla enjoyed taking drives through the fields at the Bell Ranch. She was an accomplished photographer and a world-class cook. She was the kindest soul this world has ever known.

The family will be holding a celebration of life in December. More details on that event will follow. In lieu of flowers, the family asks that donations be made to the Winnemucca FFA Alumni Association Scholarship Fund.

Elizabeth Kettle


Daughter of Esther and Norman Howard, Bet was born 6/20/1933 and passed in her sleep 9/12/2020. She was wife and partner at San Isabel Ranch to Benjamin W (Doc) Kettle, mother and grandmother to five children, seven grandchildren and two great grandchildren. Bet was an avid reader of contemporary novels from authors such as Michener, McMurtry, Ben K. Green, Patrick Taylor, and Edward Rutherford. She appreciated fine antiques and preferred Victorian style antiques and fine china. Bet loved to sing – especially duets with Ben. Hers a strong alto to soprano range, Ben’s tenor/bass voice made beautiful music. She loved Harry Belefonte, The Kingston Trio, Andy Williams, Glen Campbell, and Luciano Pavarotti.

Bet was an avid gardener and loved flowers. A labor of love, she kept a beautifully manicured yard and brimming full, gorgeous flower beds. The main house was always embellished with extraordinary cut flower arrangements and flowering potted plants. For Bet, Tuesday's were always "no-cow-work" days at the ranch. She would dress in her “Sunday best” and spend the afternoons in a mean game of bridge with life-long friends like Paulie Canda, Marie Holmburg, the Tanglewood ladies, and more. They shared many a good conversation after the cards were played, of course.

She served for years as the Convention Committee Chairman of the Colorado Cattlemen’s Association, Secretary of the Colorado Hereford Association, member American Hereford Association, Secretary of the Colorado Republican Party, and President of the Custer County School Board.  Bet’s tough, straight talk, no excuses philosophy was filled with love for many Custer County Bobcats over the years. Bet enjoyed basketball and football– especially Bobcat Basketball, March Madness, and Joe Montana.

Although having no previous experience in ranching, she quickly adapted to the life caring for hundreds of wet baby calves in her back porch during Spring calving. One of her favorite times spent with Ben was evening calving checks. She loved how the calves played and chased and the love they shared for the life they lived together. She kept all the pedigree and performance data on 40 years of cowherd genetics. She also processed genetic breeding records for the American Hereford Association. Hereford cattle were the mainstay of San Isabel Ranch at the time and together Ben and Bet were recognized nationally for their outstanding genetics and high quality cattle. She enjoyed the seasonal life of the ranch, including calving, weaning and hours in the saddle on good horses moving cattle from one pasture to the next.  She was an excellent horsewoman and had an accomplished eye to spot outstanding cattle.

Bet was an accomplished writer and was often asked to pen the history of the Wet Mountain Valley, area churches, and wonderful stories of the ranching and community history. Her joy was writing advertising copy for San Isabel Ranch.  Over the years, hundreds of bulls were marketed well with the help of her gifted advertising. The Kettles were portrayed in the National Geographic book The Mountain People and the Sunday Denver Times, and many beef industry publications. San Isabel Ranch and Ma and Pa Kettle were described and written about often.

Bet loved people in a big way. She had such a good heart and fierce convictions - her legacy of that good heart and feisty spirit shall remain through her children for generations to come.

Services will be held at the Sangre de Cristo Cowboy Church in Westcliffe Colo. at 1:30 pm, September 26, 2020. If donations are wished, they are encouraged to be made to the Custer County Medical Foundation (CCMF)/Ben Kettle Memorial Scholarship; or the Colorado Cattlemen's Association - Floyd Cross Foundation.

Marti Wilber

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Marti Jo (Valek) Wilber met her Heavenly Father on September 2, 2020, at the age of 47 years, 11 months, 18 days.  She was born September 15, 1972, to Eddie and Marcella (Bouley) Valek.   She grew up near Wayne, KS, the youngest of 7 kids (one, Jerry, died at birth).  She enjoyed everything about her childhood, working hard alongside her siblings & parents, fishing, hunting, caring for all the critters, cattle shows, harvest, putting bales in the barn by hand (except when Bill chased me with a snake in the hayloft – Bad, Bad Bill!), watching the sunrise and the sunset.  She loved the family God put her in with all her heart.

She graduated from Hillcrest in 1991, Cloud County in 1993 (where she participated in Basketball and Track), and also attended K-State for a year (where she worked at Nelson’s Hatchery where she vaccinated thousands of baby chicks daily).  In May 1995, she started working at Hillcrest and continued to work for the school system even after consolidation occurred.  She continued to work for USD 109 until fighting cancer became her full time job.

Marti married Dan Wilber in September 1995.  His playful spirit, ability to fix whatever she broke, and God’s blessing was the glue that bonded them in marriage.  They had two children, Cameron and Tobi.  It was at this point that Marti relinquished her place on the tractor seat and began grooming her mothering abilities.  I have to admit, I never saw myself being a mother, but oh how God blessed me with two bundles of joy!

She still loved the outdoors, and the kids would always be found alongside her in whatever outside activity was happening.  When the kids were in trouble, they didn’t have a naughty chair – they would have to do laps around the house.  So, yes, you can thank me for being such good runners in H.S. and college.

As the kids grew older, the activities multiplied.  If they participated in it, she made a point to attend every activity she could!  Of course she missed some due to cancer & West Nile meningitis, but neighbors and friends would always send pictures and videos so she could feel a part of the event.

God, kids, family, cattle, dogs and goats were her passion.  She was sprinkled as a child, but baptized by submersion when she was 31.  She was an active member of the Central Christian Church, Merry Meadowlarks 4-H Club, and the Kansas Hereford family.

She held such jobs as vaccinating chickens at Nelson Hatchery, scale operator at Cloud County Co-Op, tax prep for FMSI, Hillcrest USD 455 secretary/para/bus driver, and Republic County USD 109 secretary/para/bus driver.  Her love for children never ceased.


Marti is preceded in death by her parents, Eddie and Marcella, brothers Jerry and Randy Valek, nephew Jacob Valek, and brother-in-law, James Wilber.

She will be forever remembered by her husband Dan, son Cameron, and daughter Tobi of Belleville. Marti is also survived by her sisters Janis Krob (John) of Cuba, and Nancy Erickson (Glenn) of Maysville, MO; brothers Mick Valek (Donna) of Wayne, and Bill Valek (Resi) of Wayne; sister-in-laws, Becky Lewis (Craig) of Wichita, Charlotte Sullivan (Blake) of Wichita, Susan Thomas (Zach) of Lawrence, KS; her father and mother in law, Charles and Ruth Wilber of Belleville, numerous nieces and nephews, and a host of friends.

Visitation will be held on Friday, September 4, 2020, from 9:00 am – 9:00 pm, at Tibbetts-Fischer Funeral Home in Belleville, where the family will greet friends from 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm.

Funeral Services will be held on Saturday, September 5, 2020, at 10:00 a.m., at the Central Christian Church in Belleville, with Pastor Jacob Rice and Pastor Mark Imel officiating. Burial will follow at Rose Hill Cemetery, rural Wayne.

Memorials are requested to the Family’s Choice to be designated at a later date, and may be sent in care of the funeral home.

Wells Bekins

Wells Bekins, age 79, passed away on April 22, 2020. He went peacefully surrounded by his daughter and a dear friend. Wells Bekins was born in Seattle, Washington on October 29, 1940 to Margaret Elizabeth Wells Bekins and Claude Bekins. He attended Lakeside School, graduated from Queen Anne High School and then went on to Menlo Park Junior College and attended Oregon State University class of 1964. He went to work for the family business, Bekins Moving and Storage in Portland, OR. He married Marta Knifton in 1967. They had two children, Dirk and Brooke. In 1974, he moved to Seattle to be President of Bekins Moving and Storage. He remarried in 1982 to Jennifer Boone and began buying for his herd of Polled Hereford cattle. He became very involved in Polled Hereford Show cattle and specialized in breeding them for show purposes. His love and passion for animals continued throughout his life. His first cattle ranch was in Arlington, Washington. He also had ranches in Idaho and Buffalo, Wyoming. He also enjoyed his time in Cabo San Lucas, Mexico. He was actively involved in scholarship programs for Washington State University Veterinary school, Colorado State University Veterinary school and Colorado State University-VACA International outreach Program. He was on the Board of Directors for Bekins Storage NW and on the Board and President of Aurora Improvement Company.

He is preceded in death by his son Dirk, mother Margaret and father Claude. Wells is survived by daughter Brooke Schuldt, son-in-law Chris Schuldt, granddaughter Gabriella Schuldt, sisters Jana Anderson and Jill Anthony.

In lieu of flowers, contributions can be made to WSU - Large Animal Veterinary School - Wells Bekins Scholarship fund or CSU - Large Animal Veterinary School - Wells Bekins scholarship fund.

Charles Martin

Charles Joe (Charlie) Martin was born July 8, 1920 to Roy M. Martin and Cumilla Martin in Quitman, Arkansas. He graduated from North Little Rock High School and attended the University of Arkansas where he met the love of his life, Mary L. Staats. They were married on April 24, 1942 and remained married for seventy-eight years until Charlie’s death on July 20, 2020.

Prior to graduation from the University of Arkansas, Charlie left school and joined the Army Air Corp. He served as a “hump pilot” flying supplies from India to China to support the Chinese army and the Flying Tigers.

Following WWII, Charlie and Mary moved to Bartlesville, where Charlie went to work in the oil fields for his father-in-law Carl W. Staats. In 1960 Staats purchased a large cattle ranch near Sedan, Kansas. In 1964 Staats, who was in ill health, turned most of his business assets over to Charlie and Mary.

Charlie was a very enthusiastic rancher, and eventually served as President of the American Hereford Association. He sold the ranch in 1998 and began an active retirement. During his retirement Charlie played trumpet in various community bands, was the regular bugler for the James H. Teel Post 105 honor guard, received the status of Life Master in duplicate bridge, played gin rummy regularly at Hillcrest Country Club, and finished his degree from the University of Arkansas at age eighty-seven.

Charlie was a member of St. Luke’s Episcopal Church, a member of Bartlesville Rotary, and served for years as a member of the Union Bank & Trust Executive Committee.

Charlie was preceded in death by his parents and in-laws, and by his son, Charles J. Martin, Jr. He is survived by Mary, of the home, sons Stephen Martin and Robert Martin, seven grandchildren, and twelve great grandchildren.

Charlie will be honored at a private funeral at St. Luke’s Episcopal Church on August 6th.

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Cage Landers

Cage Levi Landers, 18, of Scotia, died Saturday, Aug. 15, 2020, at the Howard County Medical Center in St. Paul.

Services will be 10:30 a.m. Wednesday at Central Valley Auditorium (Sacred Heart Gym) in Greeley. The Rev. Mark Middendorf will officiate. Burial will be in the Mount Hope Cemetery in Scotia.

Visitation will be Tuesday from 5 to 7 p.m. at the Central Valley Auditorium in Greeley.

All CDC guidelines will be followed in regards to social distancing and face masks are required. The service will be live streamed on the Peters Funeral Home Facebook page. The direct link for that page is

The family strongly suggests that instead of flowers and plants that memorials be given to the family for later designation of setting up a scholarship in Cage’s name.

Peters Funeral Home of St. Paul is assisting the family.

Cage was born on Oct. 10, 2001, at Minneola, Kansas, the son of Levi H. and Julie D. (Quick) Landers.

Cage attended Ord Public School through the 3rd grade and then North Loup Scotia Public School. When he was in the 6th grade, the school system became Central Valley Schools. He was a recent 2020 graduate of Central Valley High School. Throughout high school he was involved in football, basketball, track and one act plays.

Cage loved sports, playing video games and spending time with his family and friends.

He was a fun loving, vivacious young man who will be deeply missed by all who knew him. He continues his giving spirit, even in death, by being an organ and tissue donor through Live On Nebraska.

He is survived by his parents, Julie and Jay Meyer of Scotia and Levi and Jessica Landers of Minden; brothers, Casey Landers, Tanner Landers, Ty Landers and Bronson Meyer, all of Scotia; grandparents, David and Dianna Quick of Ord, Mike and Teddy Landers of Miles City, MT, Larry and Denise Umberger of Bonesteel, SD and Phyllis Carlsen of Sidney, MT; uncle and aunt, Brad and Jalena Davison of Texhoma, OK; and cousins, Austyn, Macee and Josie Davison, all of Texhoma, OK.

He was preceded in death by his grandmother, Pat Landers.

Keith Huwaldt

RANDOLPH -- Funeral service for Keith A. Huwaldt, 93, of Randolph will be held at 10:00 a.m., Tuesday, August 18, 2020 at the Keith and Virginia Huwaldt family farm, rural Randolph with Pastor Trudy Powell officiating. Those attending are encouraged to bring lawn chairs and face masks. Visitation will be 5:00 to 7:00 p.m., Monday, at St. John's Lutheran Church in Randolph without the family present, face masks are encouraged. Interment will be at the Randolph City Cemetery. Military rites will be provided by Alvin Kessler V.F.W. Post #5545 and American Legion Post #113 of Randolph.
Keith passed away Friday, August 14, 2020 at Faith Regional Health Services in Norfolk. In lieu of flowers, the family requests that memorials be made to the family for a later designation.
Stonacek Memorial Chapel in Osmond is in charge of the arrangements.
Keith Arthur Huwaldt was born Aug. 16, 1926, at Randolph to Ferdinand and Lola Grace (Beaton) Huwaldt. He attended school at District #28 through the eighth grade, and then attended Randolph High School for one year.
Keith served in the United States Navy from Feb. 21, 1945, until May 27, 1946, as Seaman 1st Class.
He married Virginia (Robinson) on June 1, 1947, in Randolph. After marriage, Keith and Virginia farmed and lived south of Randolph. Keith drove truck for numerous years and they raised Hereford cattle. Keith was a former representative for MA Gedney Pickle Company.
Keith was a member of St. John’s Lutheran Church in Randolph, 4-H, FFA, former president with Randolph Equipment Repair and Pierce Threshing Bee.
Survivors include spouse Virginia Huwaldt of Randolph; children Susan (Frank) Wattier of Randolph, Jean (Gaylen) Bierschenk of Randolph, Peggy (Robert) Christensen of Pierce, Donald (Audra) Huwaldt of Osmond, Ed (Marsha) Huwaldt of Randolph, Joe (Bobbey) Huwaldt of Huntsville, Ala.; sister Delores Haselhorst of Randolph; 17 grandchildren; 37 great-grandchildren; sister-in-law Alvina Heller of Norfolk; sister-in-law Delores Robinson of Foster; and brother-in-law James Wagner of Winnetoon.
He was preceded in death by parents Ferdinand and Lola Grace, and two grandchildren, Crystal Huwaldt and Shawn Bierschenk.
Casket bearers will be his grandsons, Dean Wattier, Brad Huwaldt, Adam Christensen, Mark Huwaldt, Jonathan Huwaldt and Jacob Huwaldt.
Honorary casket bearers will be his grandchildren, Shelly Backer, Wendi Bennett, Kelly Schwede, Kari Buss, Sara Huwaldt, Kim Huwaldt, Landon Koehler, Mark Koehler, Mandy Backer, Tracy Larsen, and Angie Huwaldt.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests that memorials be made to the family for a later designation. Condolences may be expressed to the family online at

Todd Tegtmeier

Todd Allen Tegtmeier was born on June 8, 1971 in Pawnee City, Nebraska to Ronald D. and Lois A. (Svanda) Tegtmeier. He grew up on the family farm west of Burchard and his love for farming was apparent from an early age. He attended Lewiston Consolidated High School, graduating with the class of 1989.

Following high school, Todd attended Southeast Community College – Milford. He started out in the auto mechanics program, but quickly learned that was not for him, and switched to the John Deere program instead.

Todd spent the majority of his professional life as a salesman at Oregon Trail Equipment (now LandMark Implement) in Marysville, Kansas. He also worked for Dummermuth’s Implement and Marshall County Equipment in Marysville, and for a brief time at John Deere in Tecumseh, Nebraska.

However, in 2016, Todd made the decision to do what he loved full time. He loved nothing more than to spend full days in the field, planting and harvesting. Todd spent numerous hours tending to cattle and row crop with his mom and dad. He had a passion for conservation work and was committed to being a good steward of the land. If there was anything Todd liked, it was to keep busy.  In addition to the farm work, Todd enjoyed hauling various kinds of equipment across Nebraska and the Midwest. He also did a number of odd jobs for others for “grocery money.”

Never one at a loss for words, Todd had a story for everything and always knew how to turn a phrase. He had a great sense of humor and never failed at making people laugh. He was, at all times, a man of his word. Todd will be missed by all who knew him.

On February 7, 2014, he married Sandy (Burton) Botkin in Marysville, Kansas.

Todd passed away on Wednesday, August 12, 2020 at his farmstead that he loved and purchased when he was 19 years old.

Preceding him in death are his grandparents, Clarence and Doris Tegtmeier and Joe and Blanche Svanda; and uncle, Roger Tegtmeier. 

Todd is survived by his wife Sandy, parents, Ron and Lois Tegtmeier of Burchard, brother, Trent Tegtmeier of Lincoln, sister, Shawn Tegtmeier, of Norwalk, Connecticut; step-children, Quincie (Zach) Olberding, Prairie Village, KS, Gentry (Mark) Howell, Blue Rapids, KS, and Haden Botkin, Manhattan, KS; uncles, Russell Tegtmeier, of Burchard and Kermit (Sue) Svanda, of Nehawka, aunts, Clarice Tegtmeier of Lewiston, Julie Tegtmeier of Burchard, Donna (Bob Stepanek) Svanda, of DuBois, and Janet (John) Vetrovsky, of Pawnee City,  nephew, Kobe Hicks; niece, Kylie Tegtmeier; as well as many other cousins, relatives, and good friends.

Carol Fisher

It is with deep sorrow that we announce the death of Carol Fisher of Spencer, Nebraska, born in Lynch, Nebraska, who passed away on August 8, 2020, at the age of 76, leaving to mourn family and friends. You can send your sympathy in the guestbook provided and share it with the family. You may also light a candle in honor of Carol Fisher or send a beautiful flower arrangement to the funeral service.

She was predeceased by : her parents, Richard Anderson and Aileen Anderson; and her sister Beverly. She is survived by : her husband Lowell Fisher; her children, Sarah Price (Tim) of Coeur, Steven Fisher (Dalene) of Bartlesville, OK, Mary Tollie (Chip) of Olathe, KS and Ruth Hogue (Alex) of Lakewood, CO; and her siblings, Bruce Anderson (Nancy) of Norfolk, NE and Janice Ruda (Carl) of Spencer, NE.. She is also survived by eleven grandchildren; two great-grandchildren.

Visitation will be held on Tuesday, August 11th 2020 from 5:00 PM to 8:00 PM at the Brockhaus Funeral Home (204 S Thayer St, Spencer, NE 68777). A funeral service will be held on Wednesday, August 12th 2020 at 10:30 AM at the Community Hall.

Dean Snyder

dean snyderDean Snyder passed away on August 2, 2020.  Dean was born in Sturgis, SD, on March 17, 1934.  He did not have a bit of Irish in him despite being born on St. Patrick’s Day.  Never the less, he really liked corned beef and cabbage.

     Dean graduated from Sturgis High School in 1953.  He attended a partial semester at SDSU.  During this time, his younger brother Dale, was killed in a tragic car accident.  Following the accident, Dean returned to the family ranch to help his dad.  Other than the brief time at SDSU, Dean spent his entire life ranching along the Eastern slope of the Black Hills near Tilford.  His mother, Janice, said she knew by the time Dean was 10 that ranching was in his future.  He and his dad, Clifford, added milk cows to the operation in 1950.  They built a dairy barn with lumber sawn from and milled at the Tilford ranch.  They grade A milked around 60 Holsteins until 1966.  When the milk inspector told them the screen door on the milk parlor was hinged on the wrong side, they quit milking…according to the story.  Dean always said they got a lot done the years they milked because they got an early start to the day.  He commented that he didn’t miss milking but he sure missed the monthly milk check.  Dean had a top notch set of commercial Hereford cows.  He sold feeder steers to repeat buyers and bred heifers to neighboring ranchers.

     Dean married Kay (Schryvers) in 1958.  They built a small house on the ranch near Dean’s parents and soon had to add a couple rooms when their son, Kenny, was born in 1962 and daughter, Sherroll, in 1964.  Dean and Kay enjoyed entertaining family and friends at their ranch home.  Dean and Kay traveled quite a bit.  Kay was involved in several state and national organizations.  Dean was her driver traveling with her across South Dakota and across the USA.  Dean said his favorite trip was to the Holy Land.  

     Dean was active in the Sturgis United Methodist Church serving on several boards.  He also participated in Meade County Farm Bureau, Order of Eastern Star and was a 50-year Mason.  He was a strong supporter of 4-H.  His grandsons were able to belong to the same 4-H club Dean was a member and leader of. 

     What Dean truly liked was working on the ranch.  He didn’t have any hobbies except reading “old cowboy books.”  He didn’t hunt or fish, play cards, or go to coffee with the guys.  He just liked to work. 

     Dean is survived by his son, Ken (Ronda) Snyder, Piedmont; daughter, Sherroll (Howard) Scow, Sturgis; six grandchildren, Bailey Collins (fiancé Tony Palumbo), Andrew (Tacy) Snyder, Daniel (Jenna) Snyder, Michael Snyder, Casey Scow, and Hannah Scow; two great-granddaughters, Kynlee and Eiley; sister-in-law, Marilyn Asher; and brother-in-law, Larry Schemmel. 

     Dean was preceded in death by his parents, Cliff and Janice; his wife, Kay; sister, Angie; and brother, Dale. 

     Memorials have been established to the Sturgis United Methodist Church and the Meade County 4-H Event Center. 

     The family invites you to attend a memorial service in Dean’s honor on Friday, August 7, at 10:00 a.m. at the Snyder ranch with Pastor Jenene Earl officiating.  Lunch and fellowship will follow the service.  Burial will be at 4:00 p.m. at Bear Butte Cemetery.

     Condolences may be sent to the family at

JD Mutchler

jd mutchlerJohn Dale “JD” Mutchler was born October 20, 1968, in Rapid City to Neil and Margaret Mutchler of Mud Butte, SD.  He grew up and attended high school in Newell, SD, where he graduated in 1987.  He moved to Mud Butte and worked on the Mutchler Ranch, raising Hereford cattle. 

     He married Danelle Mutchler on September 20, 1997.  Together with their children, Tyler, Megan, and Prestyn, they welcomed another son, Caleb, in 2001.  He continued to ranch in Mud Butte, and soon became busy taking his kids to ropings, rodeos, and following their athletic teams and other activities from elementary school through college.  He loved his kids, but he had an even bigger place in his heart for his grandchildren, who will always remember “Papa JD” in every tall man they see with a cowboy hat. 

     He also enjoyed spending time with his wife, Danelle, no matter what they were doing - marathons, camping, or paddle boating.  He would always be up for a new adventure, clad in his cowboy hat, denim western shirt, Hawaiian swimming trunks, and crocs. 

     JD was known by many, and had many long-lived friendships.  His personality matched that of his horses: sometimes stubborn and wild, but gentle-mannered.  He always had a sarcastic joke to tell (mostly inappropriate ones) and liked to make people laugh.  Each joke was always followed by a big smile and a belly laugh.  He loved kids, and developed a passion of helping and teaching kids to rope.  Over the last few years, he helped build the arena into a place where kids could learn to love rodeo as much as he did. 

     He wanted to live, to share many more moments with his wife and family.  He wanted to run his ranch, carrying on the Mutchler name.  He wanted to watch his grandkids bounce on the backs of horses he made “kid broke” himself.  He fought the hardest battle of his life for many years, and is finally at peace. 

     The family extends their most sincere thanks to all of those who cared for JD and his family throughout his life.  Your help was what did, and will continue to, hold his family together for many years to come. 

     JD, age 51 of Newell, SD, passed away on Sunday, August 2, 2020, at his home. 

     JD is survived by his wife of 24 years, Danelle (Conitz) Mutchler; his children, Tyler (Jordynn) Mutchler, Megan Dix, Prestyn Novak, and Caleb Mutchler; his grandchildren, Josie Dix (age 2) and Tilden Mutchler (age 1); his mother, Margaret (Bauer) Mutchler; his brothers, Marvin (Teka) Mutchler and Bill (Tricia) Mutchler; numerous uncles, aunts, cousins, nieces, and nephews; and his loyal pal, Roper. 

     He was preceded in death by his father, Neil Mutchler, and infant sister, Mary Mutchler. 

     Visitation will be held on Thursday, August 6, from 5:00 to 7:00 p.m. at Kinkade Funeral Chapel in Sturgis, SD.

     Funeral services will be held Friday, August 7, 2020, at 1:00 p.m. at the Newell Rodeo Arena.  A family burial will take place afterward.

     A memorial has been established to the Community Club for the Newell Arena improvements.

     Condolences may be sent to the family at

Roger Tegtmeier

Roger Melvin Tegtmeier, 73, of rural Burchard, Nebraska passed away on Monday, July 20, 2020 at his home.  Roger was born on February 7, 1947 in Beatrice, Nebraska to Clarence and Doris (Searcey) Tegtmeier. He was the second of four, following Clarice Jean and older brother to Ronald and Russell.  He spent his childhood on the Tegtmeier family farm learning how to farm from his father.  In junior high, Roger was introduced to his great passion of coon hunting by some local hunters and continued this sport for the rest of his life.  

       Roger graduated in 1965 from Lewiston Consolidated School in Lewiston, Nebraska.  He played on the Lewiston Boys Basketball team that won the MUDECAS Basketball Tournament in 1965.  Roger loved all sports and was an outstanding athlete during his high school years.  He enjoyed supporting his grandchildren in their sports activities with pats on the back and sometimes an idea for future use.  He always wanted to know how everyone did, even if he wasn’t able to attend the activity. 

       Roger married his high school sweetheart, Julie Bredemeier on November 24, 1968 at Salem United Church of Christ, rural Steinauer, Nebraska.  The couple made their home south of Lewiston where Roger farmed row crops and developed the Tegtmeier Polled Hereford herd with his father and brothers.  The marriage was blessed with two sons, Tim and Sherman.  His sons each picked up one of his passions, Tim became a farmer and Sherman became a horse trainer. 

       Roger was involved for many years with the Flying Tigers 4-H club as member and leader.  He was actively involved with the beef and horse projects.

       As an avid coon hunter, Roger met some of his lifelong friends and enjoyed innumerable hours with his dogs chasing raccoons.  He was also a great horse enthusiast.  Roger loved talking, riding and just simply being around horses and horse people.  Roger could always be found at the reining horse show, riding his latest show horse, cheering on friends or lending a helping hand.  

       In all his years, Roger never met a stranger. No matter where he went, he would make a new friend, whether at a horse show in Oklahoma or introducing himself to the neighbors, while his son was moving to a new home.  Roger also never left the house without a snack in his pocket, most likely his favorite oatmeal raisin cookies or a bag of M&M’s.

       He was preceded in death by his parents, Clarence and Doris, and an infant daughter.

       Roger is survived by his wife Julie, sons Tim (Kim) Tegtmeier of Burchard, NE and Sherman (Sarah Jo) Tegtmeier of Blair, NE, sister Clarice Jean of Lewiston, NE; brothers Ronald (Lois) Tegtmeier and Russell Tegtmeier of Burchard, NE; grandchildren, Reyanna, Larissa and Tyler Tegtmeier and Emmett and Frazier Tegtmeier; aunt Verna (Tegtmeier) Light of Beatrice, NE; mother-in-law Jeannine Bredemeier Kamen of Burchard, NE; numerous nieces, nephews, cousins and other family members.

       Funeral Services were Saturday, July 25, 2020 at Salem United Church of Christ Church, rural Steinauer, Nebraska.  Officiating was Pastor Eric Biehl.    Interment at the Salem U.C.C. Cemetery, Steinauer, Nebraska.  Memorials to family choice.  Online condolences may be left at

Orville Beyea

orville beyeaLong-standing Nebraska Sandhill rancher Orville Swarthout Beyea died July 1, 2020 in the Cherry County Hospital in Valentine, NE at age 92 after sudden complications related to Parkinson’s disease.

He was born May 25, 1928 in Dundee, NY to Hobart McKinley Beyea and Lucy Ida Swarthout Beyea. Orville grew up poor on a small farm in upstate New York when agriculture was still mechanized by horse power. He milked cows by hand, drove teams of horses to do the field work and haying, and learned the skills needed to live off the land.

He earned a national 4-H scholarship for designing a milking system for the family farm. He attended Cornell University where he was active in collegiate livestock events, and competed as a pole vaulter on the university’s track and field team. He worked in the West during his summers off from college and nurtured his dream to become a rancher after he completed his degree in animal science.

Orville met his wife Joan Felice Palermo of New York City while they both were attending college at Cornell. They married Oct. 20, 1951. He served in the United States Army during the Korean War and was stationed in Germany with the 483rd Veterinary Food Inspection Detachment.

Orville and Joan worked on Hereford farms and ranches in Pennsylvania, Colorado and Nebraska before starting their own business, Wishbone Herefords, in 1964 in the Nebraska Platte River region. Since there was no ranch to inherit, the couple built their operation on rented spreads, moving to larger ranches as their herd of cattle and horses grew. They eventually landed in the Sandhills.

Wishbone Herefords held an annual production sale of registered horned Hereford bulls and provided herd sires for numerous repeat customers across the Great Plains for over 35 years. Orville judiciously studied pedigrees and performance records, and was committed to developing cattle that were sound, efficient and had a calm temperament. The family exhibited Herefords on the national level and Orville was active in cattle producers’ organizations and helped youngsters by volunteering as a 4-H leader. He served a term as Nebraska Hereford Association president and was frequently invited to judge regional Hereford exhibitions. 

Orville had a special love for horses and took great pride in the family’s Quarter Horse herd. As with the cattle breeding program, he paid special attention to the pedigrees, temperament, athleticism and soundness of the mares and stallions on the ranch. He preferred to work the cattle herd the “cowboy way” by using horses to do the livestock moving and sorting chores.

Most of the haying and hay feeding equipment used on the Wishbone ranches had custom improvements that Orville designed and fabricated. He was inventive with a welder and torch and it was rare that a piece of equipment had to be taken to town for repair. He received a patent for a hay stacking implement, and together with his sons, manufactured and marketed the Wishbone calf puller to cattle producers across the Midwest and Rocky Mountain states.

Orville moved to town for the first time in his life in the fall of 2000 when he and Joan dispersed the cow herd and retired to live in Valentine. He authored and self-published the book “Against the Current” in 2009 which colorfully details his life-experiences as a rancher and self-made man.

Orville’s younger brothers Norman and George preceded him in death. His wife Joan passed away from cancer in 2008.

He is survived by his youngest brother the Rev. Francis (Dr. Linda) Beyea, Ames, IA; younger sisters Elizabeth Vrooman, Poulson, MT and Carolyn Tubbs, Santee, CA; sister-in-law Helen Frederick, North Platte, NE; sons Kurt (Evelyn), Elmore City, OK and Kyle (Jerri), Gothenburg, NE; daughter Dr. Louise (Robert Cragin), Superior, WI; six grandchildren, two great-grandchildren, and numerous nieces and nephews.

Due to limitations imposed by the viral pandemic, a funeral will not be held. His cremains will be interred at Ft. McPherson National Cemetery near Maxwell, NE and a memorial service will be conducted at a later date. An online guest book is available at

Orville’s children extend special thanks to Sally Conner and staff at Cherry Hills Estates, and to Cassandra Schill, PA-C, and the nursing staff at Cherry County Hospital.

Cal Thybo

cal thyboAndrew Callesen “Cal” Thybo, 61, left this earth to go on to ride fences for the biggest spread around on June 27, 2020. Cal was a cowboy, rancher, husband, father, brother, and dear friend.
He was born December 12, 1958, in Belle Fourche, SD, to Arlo James “Buck” Thybo and Karen (Steele) Thybo. He spent his youth on the family ranch south of Reva, SD. He attended country school at the Rock Ranch School just a couple miles from home. He and his brother, Jimmy, spent their days riding in the Slim Buttes, riding calves, yearlings, and whatever else they could capture. He attended eighth grade in Nisland, SD, and high school in Spearfish, SD, where he graduated in 1977. He started riding saddle broncs as a freshman in high school. He continued to ride saddle broncs for several years after school.
Cal worked for the Crago ranches, first for Walt Crago, then later Vince Crago. He worked on the Kudlock ranch for three years before moving to the Bar H Ranch at Reva. The Bar H was special to him because it was an original Thybo family ranch. He managed the Bar H for 21 years, from 1999 until his passing. He worked hard to improve the cows and the grass on the place. He really enjoyed helping the neighbors; he would drop anything when someone needed help. Many of his favorite days were spent working with the neighbor crew. He loved cowboying and spent a lot of long days on horseback. Cal was also a silversmith, accomplished at making bits and spurs. His grandson, Tregg, put a twinkle in his eye.
Cal is survived by the love of his life, Gail Thybo; children, Teresa Thybo, Tyrel (Jamie) Thybo, and Ashley Thybo; his grandson, Tregg Mitchell Thybo; sister, Kay Thybo Kornemann; brother, Jimmy (Rhonda) Thybo; sister, Oddette Thybo Lambert; aunt, Marie (Jimmie) Donohue; and many cousins, nieces, and nephews.
A prayer service will be held at 6:00 p.m. Wednesday, July 1, at Kinkade Funeral Chapel in Sturgis.
Funeral services will be at 11:00 a.m. Thursday, July 2, 2020, at Besler’s Cadillac Ranch in St. Onge. Interment will be at Pine Slope Cemetery in Belle Fourche, next to his grandpa, James, and grandma, Mary Thybo.

Jean Priefert

Jean (Bernasek) Priefert was born March 1, 1935 in Geneva, NE to James and Alba (Fujan) Bernasek. She passed away on June 21, 2020 at her home near Fairmont, Nebraska at the age of 85 years, 3 months, and 20 days.

She graduated from Geneva High School. On September 5, 1954 she married Neil Priefert at the United Brethren Church in Geneva. Neil and Jean were married for 63 years. Four daughters filled their home with activity; Mary, Carol, Linda and Susan.

Jean was a 50-year member of the Fairmont Federated Women’s Club. She enjoyed the camaraderie as well as the community mindedness of this group of women. Jean was also an active member of WIFE, Women Involved in Farm Economics. Her task for the weekend of her death was getting a newsletter article written for them. Jean was a founding member of the Nebraska Poll-ettes and served on the National Poll-ette Cookbook Committee typing sections of the cookbook with recipes submitted from around the nation on a Royal manual typewriter at the kitchen table. In 2017 she was honored as the National Hereford Woman of the Year at the American Royal in Kansas City, MO.

Jean enjoyed the outdoors and her animals. Every morning and every evening you could find her “doing chores,” feeding cats, dogs, letting the chickens out and feeding grain to the cows. While spending years in the registered cattle business, it wasn’t unusual to find a calf being warmed in the bathtub, or a chicken being nurtured back to health after falling in the oil pit. While many used the Sunbeam electric skillet to fry chicken on the kitchen counter, Jean hatched baby chicks in hers. The story had been told of Jean, classmates Elaine and Helen Carol, being caught with a kitten hidden in a box in their Home Ec class by Miss Betty Christiancy. Betty Christiancy went on to be Betty Betka, who was Jean’s daughters 4-H leader.

The registered cattle herd was an integral part of Jean’s life on the farm. Hours were spent at the kitchen table filling out registration forms, recording birth weights, and weaning weights. The neighborhood party line let callers know when Jean wasn’t home and let Jean know someone was looking for a bull. Life-long friendships developed as the family spent time each summer attending cattle tours with the Riffel family, county and state fairs, Junior Nationals and AK-SAR-BEN, auctions in the winter, and progress shows in the spring. Jean and Neil enjoyed traveling the country to the Standard of Perfection Shows in Kansas City, Denver, Fort Worth and Portland. Neil and Jean were avid supporters of young people in the beef industry, hence the Neil Priefert Scholarship for a member of the Nebraska Junior Hereford Association. In recent years, Jean and Neil were staples at the Sutton sale barn for lunch on Fridays. They recorded the lot number, weight and price of every animal that went thru the ring.

Jean farmed right along side her husband. It wasn’t unusual to see her on the tractor, headed to the field. She also made many parts runs for Neil. It is quite possible some of those parts were to repair equipment she’d been using. Tractors didn’t always have cabs then, but Jean was happy if the tractor had a radio so she could listen to polkas, KRVN and baseball games on KFAB.

Jean coached countless innings of girls’ softball in Fairmont. Playing catch in the yard with her daughters was a normal part of summers. She played many seasons on the Fairmont Lion’s Club women’s team. She could be counted on to try a bunt and steal a base. The women’s team’s season culminated at the Strang Tournament where the team won the coveted trophy several successive seasons. Her pregnancy with youngest daughter Susan was kept a secret from everyone so Grandma Bernasek wouldn’t be upset to see Jean continuing to catch behind home plate with Bonnie Nelson on the mound.

Jean spent her working career as a Cottage Parent at YRTC in Geneva. Following her retirement from YRTC, she drove for Eichman’s transport company in York. She transported Epworth Village residents and clients to school and varioius appointments. Any unwholesome conversations or arguments between students brought them an exposure to Jean’s Czech heritage as she turned up her polka music on the radio.

Jean was a pioneer in her own right. She was concerned about ground water, soil conditions, and proper care of animals. She was an avid gardener, promoting nutrition to her family before it was a public health initiative. What would be called family bonding time today, took place on the back step as Jean and the girls snapped 5-gallon buckets of green beans while swatting mosquitos. Jean was a tireless supporter of the beef industry and providing home-raised beef for her family. She spent many years supporting youth, sitting on the bleachers watching ballgames and cattle shows after her own family was raised. She spoke her mind and was proud of her heritage. She cared deeply about sports opportunities and education for girls. She truly was ahead of her time.

Jean was proceeded in death by her husband Neil, her parents, James and Alba Bernasek and in-laws Elmer and Margaret Priefert.

Those who remain are: Daughters: Mary (Dana) Scott of York, NE; Carol (David Wentworth) Priefert of Centennial, WY; Linda (Kirby) Zuerlein of Fairmont, NE; Susan (Brandon) Priefert Voss of Sisters, OR. Grandchildren: Zac (Amanda) Scott of York, NE; Nick (Kelsey) Scott of Norfolk, NE; Ryan (Sara Stearns) Scott of York, NE; Adam (Anna) Scott of Lincoln, Curtis (Sydney) Scott of Gretna, NE; Lindsey Carroll of Lincoln; Danielle (Dakota) Cooper of York, NE; and Leslie Carroll of Fairmont, NE. Great-grandchildren: Jane Scott, Ethan Stearns, Hudson and Wyatt Scott, and Dominic, Derek & Dusty Cooper.

A Funeral Service for Jean was held on Friday, June 26, 2020 at 11:00 a.m. at the Fairmont Community Church. Pastor SeungLi You officiated the service. Gwenda Mau accompanied the congregation in the singing of “Joyful, Joyful, We Adore Thee” and “For The Beauty Of The Earth.” She also played the instrumental recessional, “Apples, Peaches, Pumpkin Pie.”

Pallbearers for the service included Zac Scott, Nick Scott, Ryan Scott, Curtis Scott, Adam Scott, and Dakota Cooper.

It was Jean’s wish to be cremated following the Funeral Service. A private committal of ashes will take place in the Fairmont Public Cemetery at a later date.

Farmer & Son Funeral Home was in care of the arrangements and online condolences can be left at

Memorials are suggested to the Neil Priefert Scholarship Fund or the Fairmont Community Church.

Floyd Richard

Floyd Peter Richard of Rolette, N.D., died peacefully in his home on Friday, May 29, 2020, at the glorious age of 91.  A private family funeral will be held on Monday, June 1, 2020 at 3:00 pm at the Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Rolette.  His funeral will be live streamed at

Floyd was born January 4, 1929, in the Rolette Hospital to George and Anna (Boucher) Richard. Growing up through the Great Depression and Dust Bowl, Floyd was always enthralled with his parent’s farming operation, recounting numerous stories about bringing lunch to the field as a young boy, then threshing and hauling bundles as a teenager.

Floyd’s formal education ceased at 8th grade as he struck out on his own at age 14, yet his thirst for knowledge – particularly about agriculture – never stopped. As a young man, he farmed with his brother Art and made ends meet by installing heating systems for a local contractor. A 1952 scholarship to a “Short Course in Agriculture” at North Dakota State University (NDSU) in Fargo, N.D., solidified his decision to farm. He went on to farm for 66 years in Rolette, Pierce and Bottineau Counties, retiring from the profession at age 85. He saw the evolution of agriculture from literal horse-power, to today’s precision ag, survived droughts, floods, depressed farm markets and the farming crisis of the 1980’s. Floyd epitomized Paul Harvey’s writing “So God Made a Farmer.” He rejoiced in seeing a field of ripe wheat or a newborn Polled Hereford calf.

On June 10, 1954, Floyd married Carmen Leonard of Fonda, N.D., at Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Thorne, N.D. The couple made their home 10 miles southwest of Rolette, where they raised six children, each of whom share their Dad’s love of agriculture.

Throughout his farming career, Floyd was recognized by numerous groups and organizations, being named a North Dakota Seedstock Producer of the Year by the ND Beef Cattle Improvement Association (NDBCIA), an Honorary State and Chapter Farmer from the FFA, an Outstanding Conservationist by the Rolette County Soil Conservation District and Rolette County Agriculturist of the Year by the Rolette County NDSU Extension Service. He was a charter member of the National Cattlemen’s Association, president of the North Dakota Polled Hereford Association, a 26-year member of the North Dakota Stockmen’s Association, and a member of the NDBCIA. He was proud to have exported Polled Hereford cattle to Chile in the late 1960’s. 

His opinions were as strong as his Catholic faith, which he lived out in quiet action, as a member of the Knights of Columbus and active participant in the men’s Cursillo. He served 18 years on the Rolette Hospital Board of Directors.

Floyd could strike up a conversation with anyone and had the uncanny ability to make others laugh. He enjoyed a good joke, a strong handshake, playing cards, and dancing to the music of a live band. When he wasn’t farming, he absolutely relished a heated political debate among family or friends – particularly if the subject was. . . farming. He had more common sense than many with advanced education and could calculate numbers in his head faster than they could be punched into a calculator – routinely pricing the cost of the girls’ shopping trips in bushels of wheat.

Floyd is survived by his loving family, wife of 65 years Carmen, his children: daughter Cheryl (Keith) Anderson of Walcott, N.D.; sons Daniel (Mary) Richard, Curt (Cindy) Richard, Craig Richard and Mark (Lanette) Richard all of Rolette, N.D.; and daughter Sheyna (Aaron) Strommen of Fort Rice, N.D.; 10 grandchildren Brady Anderson, David (Kari) Anderson and Ryan Anderson, Chelsey (Eric) Rongen, Kacie (Lacey) Richard, Riley Richard, Megan Richard, and Cassidy, Cooper and Clint Strommen; and 4 great grandchildren Ridley and Ryker Rongen, Sadie Richard and Hayden Richard. He is also survived by a sister Stella Schimetz of Dunseith and brother Donald (Marlys) Richard of Bottineau.

He is preceded in death by his parents, sister Irene Lagasse and brothers Ernest, Arthur and Gene Richard.

In Lieu of flowers, the family requests that memorials be given to the Rolette Ambulance Service.

Donna Vanier

Donna L. Vanier Donna L. Vanier, 85, passed away Saturday, May 23, 2020. The scriptures say, "To whom much is given, much will be required." Luke 12:48. To Donna Vanier, this was much more than Biblical council. It was a way of life. Born in Salina, Kansas, on October 24, 1934 to Willis and Helen Lindsey, Donna is preceded in death by her parents and brother, Douglas. She is survived by her husband of 65 years, John K. (Jack) Vanier, daughter Mary Vanier of Manhattan, daughter Dr. Marty Vanier of Manhattan and her stepchildren Katie, Kirsten and Kathy, and son John K. Vanier II of Salina, his daughters Lauren and Sarah, his wife Kim, and stepchildren Pallie, Landon, Jess, Ty, Jake & Norah. Donna Vanier possessed an outlook on life that focused on others and needed to look no further than her own family and community to make a difference. When her family's way of life called, Donna replied with time, talent and treasure. Donna lived most of her adult life with her husband on the CK Ranch outside of Brookville, Kansas. As matriarch of a ranch family, Donna's commitment to their way of life did not stop at the fence line. She worked harder at CK Ranch than anyone; active in all aspects of the cattle business including producing the ranch's annual production sale catalogs, hosting countless ranch tour groups, tracking cattle inventories, and making employees and their families feel valued and appreciated. Her dedication and support of her family and her family's work was motivated by care and kindness. She was one of the founders of the American Hereford Association Auxiliary and sought to ensure leadership in the next generation of agriculture by offering scholarships through the Hereford Youth Foundation and the Kansas 4-H Foundation. When Salina Kansas called, Donna Vanier answered with benevolence. She served as the driving force behind the creation of the Donna L. Vanier Children's Center which opened in 2012. Donna also served many years as: treasurer of the Christ Cathedral Episcopal Church and the Episcopal Diocese of Western Kansas; founding board member of the Greater Salina Community Foundation; Chair of the governing Boards of the Salina Regional Health Foundation, the Rolling Hills Museum, and St. John's Military School; and was a contributing member to countless other local boards and organizations. When Kansas State University called, Donna responded with generosity. At Kansas State, her service and leadership included roles on the KSU Foundation Board of Directors, the Ahearn Scholarship Board, where she originated the Powercat Auction, and Chair of the Beach Museum of Art Board of Visitors. Through these acts and countless others, Donna earned the Kansas State University Medal of Excellence, which recognizes those who have advanced K-State through exceptional service, leadership and philanthropic contributions. When her friends and family called, Donna was always there with love. Not one to forget a birthday, anniversary or other significant milestone, Donna was the truest of friends and a source of wisdom and kindness. Her many friends from the Salina area, the cattle business and the K-State family brought her immense joy. To whom much is given, much will be required. The scripture from Luke is an exhortation to vigilance. Generosity, strength, benevolence, toughness, vigilance. Over the generations, the Kansas culture has cultivated an apt description for people like Donna Vanier. She was a do-gooder. Wherever she went, Donna Vanier did good. The scripture ends, "And of him to whom they have entrusted much, they will demand more." Donna understood innately what God expected of her and her life reflected it. Funeral service plans will be made and announced when COVID-19 gathering restrictions are lifted. The family suggests memorial gifts to any of the following organizations: the St. Francis Ministries of Salina; the KSU Foundation; the Christ Cathedral Endowment Fund in Salina; the Meadowlark Hills Good Samaritan Fund in Manhattan; and St. Paul's Episcopal Church of Manhattan. Memorials may be sent in care of Ryan Mortuary, 137 N. 8th Street, Salina, Kansas 67401


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Ernest Ashcraft

Jan. 19, 1937 - May 26, 2020

Bing Ashcraft died at his home in Twin Bridges May 26, 2020. He was born to Ernest and Fern Ashcraft on January 19, 1937, at Fort Peck, Montana. He graduated from high school in Twin Bridges and held the state class C javelin record for many years. He sang in the high school choir. His team won a tournament after their coach insisted they all drink a shot of whiskey before singing.

He married Jackie Hopper. They had two sons, Barry and Ron.

Bing was a Boy Scout leader and it didn't matter if there were no fish in that lake, the scouts were still going to hike up to it and go fishing.

Bing worked for the Bayers Ranch for 22 years. He showed cattle all over the west. Then he worked for George Swan, and finally for the Hamilton Ranch. He retired after he wore his knees out.

He loved to hunt, fish, drink and tell stories. That continued after his knees were worn out. He was an expert teller of many unprintable poems.

He was preceded in death by his parents; wife, Jackie; son, Ron; and siblings, Eleanore, Norman, Martha and Maida Lee.

He is survived by Barry; two grandchildren, Jenny and Kevin; six great-grandchildren; brother, Dwight (Sally) Ashcraft; and sister-in-law, Gay Ashcraft.

Cremation has taken place. There will be no services. There will be a celebration of life at a later date.

Harold Sidwell

harold sidwellHarold F. Sidwell, 81, of Cheyenne, Wyoming passed away May 16, 2020 at the Cheyenne Regional Medical Center.

Harold was born May 14, 1939 in Fort Collins, Colorado, a son of the late Frederick and Georgia (Townley) Sidwell.

Harold loved farming and ranching and was actively involved in numerous organizations including serving as president of Belvore Grazing Association, Oklahoma Hereford Association, Wyoming Hereford Association, Colorado Hereford Association, American Hereford Association, Weld RE-9 School Board, Nunn Presbyterian Church, and served as a deacon for the First Presbyterian Church in Cheyenne. He was inducted into the American Hereford Association Hall of Fame in 2011, and he was honored as a Century Hereford Breeder within the American Hereford Association in 2008. Harold exhibited many champion Herefords on a local, state, and national level. He will be remembered as a loving husband, father and grandfather, and his three passions: God, family, and Horned Hereford cattle.

Harold is survived by his loving wife, Marlene Sidwell of 61 years; sons, Warren (Jolene) Sidwell and Bryan (Linda) Sidwell; daughter, Cheryl Sidwell; brother, Richard (Becky) Sidwell; grandson, Matthew (Laurie) Sidwell; granddaughters, Valerie Langston, Shaylea (Sheldon) Chadwick, and Brooke Hinojosa-Sidwell; and three great-grandchildren.

He is preceded in death by his parents; son, Harold "Todd" Sidwell; and brother, Walter Sidwell.

A graveside service will be conducted on Wednesday, May 20, 2020 at 1:30 p.m. at Mountain View Cemetery in Nunn, Colorado. A celebration of life will be held later this summer with a date and time to be announced.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Nunn Fire Department.

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Win Bauer

win bauerWinfred “Punk” Bauer of Vale, SD, passed away peacefully on April 14, 2020, at Monument Health Sturgis Lippold Hospice in Sturgis, SD.  He was born to Winfred and Florence (Bennefeld) Bauer on July 18, 1938, in Ada, MN.

     Punk was baptized and confirmed at Pleasant View Lutheran Church in Pleasant Valley Township near Ada, MN.  He went on to graduate from Ada High School in 1956, and during his time there was very active in both 4-H and FFA.  After graduation, he began farming the third generation farm with his father while establishing a herd of registered Black Angus cattle.  Punk’s interest in raising and showing Black Angus was cultivated under the guidance of his dear friend Floyd Myers, who was like a brother to him.

     On March 10, 1965, Punk married Diana (Miller) Bauer and in true cattleman fashion, they spent their honeymoon at the Valley City Stock Show.  Their family was blessed with three children, all of whom he enjoyed spending time with while teaching the art of showing cattle and working with horses.  Punk never forgot his love for Angus cattle and always stayed current on what was happening in that industry.

     Punk moved his family and cattle herd to Vale, SD, in 1982 where he continued his love for farming and ranching.  Many trips were made back and forth between Minnesota and South Dakota over the years to stay connected with family and friends.  He always said he never regretted the move to South Dakota, and his family wholeheartedly agreed with him.  It was an adventure for him in this ranching country, most especially meeting and making lifelong friends with neighbors and fellow cattle producers.

     Punk worked for Butte County as the Weed and Pest Supervisor for many years and retired in 1999.  After retirement, he served for three years on the South Dakota Weed and Pest Commission.  During his retirement, he enjoyed his irrigated alfalfa farm, feeding a few cattle and dabbling in the sheep business.

     Along with the move to South Dakota, he came to be interested in Western history and became quite knowledgeable on the subject.  Punk was a voracious reader and read everything he could about ranching history and how the big ranches shaped and influenced ranching country.  This interest led to his passion for collecting Old West memorabilia which he enjoyed doing until his passing.  Through this love of old cowboy lore, he became involved with some wonderful people and was an integral part of the “Cowboy Heritage Collectable Auction” that was held during the Rapid City Stock Show from 1994-2014.  He was honored by the Black Hills Stock Show Foundation with the “Gathering the History” award and was granted an honorary lifetime membership.  In 2014, he was inducted in to the National Bit, Spur, Saddle Collector Association Hall of Fame for his contributions to the NBSSCA.

     He is survived by his wife, Diana Bauer.  They were blessed to have celebrated 55 years of marriage on March 10, 2020.  He is survived by three children, John Bauer (special friend, Judi) of Jackson, WY, James Bauer of Columbus, NM, and Teresa (Robert) Huston of Valdez, AK; he lives on through his grandchildren, Jesse Bauer, Jordan Bauer and Taylor Huston.

     He was preceded in death by his mother, Florence in 1969, and his father, Winfred, Sr.  in 1981.

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Jake Harder

Jake was a well-known and respected cattle rancher who concentrated his efforts on improving the Hereford and Angus breeds to give the consumer a higher quality product. In 1987, the First National Bank of Spokane awarded him the grand champion award for a load of yearling steers. A true conservationist in 1997 he received the wild life farm of the year award from the Adams county Conservation District and in 1984 he received Ducks Unlimited award for his conservation practices. In 1981 he was awarded the conservation Farmer of the year award. Community Service was important to Jake. He served on the first Adams County Board of Equalization. He served several terms on the Adams County Sheriffs Civil Services Committee. He served 8 terms as a fire district number 1 commissioner. He was a member of the National Cattleman’s Association, a member of the Washington Cattleman’s Association, and served a term on the executive committee. Jake was a local member of the Lions Club, he also was one of the building architects in the restoration of the Legion Hall and the building of the amphitheater. He was one of the founding fathers of the Rodeo association and served a term as president. Jake the poet- often wrote amazing poems about his friends; the artist he enjoyed creating things out of metal. The life size metal sculpture of the cowboy on display in Ritzville was created by Jake “The story teller”. Jake passed away on April 13, 2020 leaving behind his wife Joan of 59 years. Survived by children: J.C., Paige (Louise), Cameron (Chari); grandchild, Renae. Great grandchildren: Dean Clark and Etta May Harder. Jake loved people, so it is only fitting that we have a memorial for him sometime later on. To leave online condolences for the Harder family please visit our website at

Kenny Carlsen

Kenneth “Kenny” Alfred Carlsen, age 70, of Newell, died Sunday, March 29, 2020 as the result of a tragic 4-wheeler accident that happened on his ranch, north of Newell.

Visitation will be held 3 to 7pm Friday, April 3rd, 2020 at Leverington Funeral Home of the Northern Hills in Belle Fourche.  Graveside services will be held 12 noon Central Standard Time on Monday, April 6th, 2020 at the Trinity Lutheran Cemetery in Fairfax SD.

Memorials are preferred to the Castle Rock Fire Department.

Kenneth A. Carlsen was the third child and only son of Alfred and Vera Zeisler Carlsen. He was born on February 24, 1950 at Mitchell, S.D. His first home was the “North Place” which overlooked the Missouri River. The river and river hills played an important part in his life as it provided an opportunity for boating, water skiing, hunting with Uncle Andy, a partner in the Carlsen Bros Ranch, and hunting rattlesnakes with his friend Vic Koenig.  He attended Star Valley Country School as the only student in his class. Star Valley Students were lifelong friends as they were one big “family”. When the country schools closed, he attended Fairfax School and graduated with the class of 1968. Sen. George McGovern was the commencement speaker. During high school he participated in sports and also attended Boys State as the representative of his class. On a football scholarship he attended one year of college at Southern State College at Springfield, S.D. Other activities he enjoyed were snow skiing and bull riding at rodeos. He loved his mother’s cooking and the plentiful ranch dinners she prepared. He also took several trips with his parents and grandparents and had many stories to tell!

In 1993, he made the move to his ranch at Castle Rock, The Carlsen Homestead!  His ranch was his pride and joy and he installed miles and miles of water lines and fences while making many improvements to the ranch. He transitioned from a sheep ranch to a cattle ranch. Castle Rock, a majestic mountain could be viewed from any place on the ranch and it enticed many to climb!

Twenty years ago, he met Mary Mentele, his fiancé and forever companion. They enjoyed family celebrations and activities and persevered through happy and sad times. They enjoyed activities at the ranch with neighbors working together on branding days and just being supportive and helpful to their “western” neighbors. He didn’t like to travel too far from the ranch, but when he did he enjoyed going to the Spring bull sales.

Kenny was a member of the Castle Rock Volunteer Fire Dept. He was always willing to help with a project as needed.

Kenny loved to give tours of his ranch and if you were one of those lucky individuals it was an extensive tour with a wealth of information.

He is survived by his sisters: Charlene Carlsen Bringelson (Gene); Jeanne Carlsen Nelson (Rick) niece Nicole Jean Nelson and nephew Nicolaus Tate Nelson; fiancé Mary Mentele and her children Elizabeth Mentele and Alex Mentele; and God Daughter, Jess Heil of Newell.

He was preceded in death by his parents Alfred and Vera Zeisler Carlsen; uncle, Andrew B. Carlsen; maternal grandparents Emil and Martha Kehn Zeisler; paternal grandparents Chris and Cecilia Olsen Carlsen; and friend Donnie Taylor.

Les Fritz

Services will be held at a later date.

Leslie “Les” Joseph Fritz was born in Belfield on March 15, 1915. He was the eldest son of Joe and Lucy (O’Brien) Fritz. He was raised near Gorham and attended area schools through the eighth grade, seven years of which his mother was the teacher. He had two older sisters, Margaret “Marge” and Helen “Pudd” and two younger brothers, Henry “Hank” and James “Jim”. He grew up working hard and doing the things he loved, working with horses and tending cattle and crops and being close to his Fritz and O’Brien cousins.

Les and his brother Hank stayed on the place after his parents moved to Medora and his dad became the Billings County Sheriff. Times were too tight for everyone to stay home. During the war years, he volunteered, but after a month as sent home with an honorable discharge. After the years of drought, war and depression, he and Hank settled about 20 miles south of Belfield on a place they bought for taxes. There he met a pretty gal from Washington, Ollie Smedley, that was visiting cousins in the neighborhood. They married in 1945 and soon after, an opening came up to manage the Evangelical Lutheran Church Ranch that neighbored him. There they raised their three children and enjoyed the wonderful neighborhood and all of the activities. During the 60’s they were given the opportunity to buy the ranch. They moved to Dickinson in the 80’s and sold the ranch to the boys. They thoroughly enjoyed their retirement; gardening, playing cards, visiting, and traveling. When Ollie passed away in 2005, Les moved into Evergreen Assisted Living. He loved it there and the staff was wonderful to him, even playing horseshoes and cribbage with him until he was over a hundred. He finally had to move to St. Benedict’s Health Center in May of 2019 where he lived until his death on March 23, 2020.

Les spend the majority of his years raising cattle, horses and kids. He enjoyed them all and taught his children and grandchildren to do so too. Les was a devoted father and husband. He knew how to make do with what he had and fix the problems when they arose. He enjoyed telling a story about the old times and old friends and family and was a remarkable source of information about those times. He and his brother, Jim, were honored as “Rancher of the Year” by the Roughrider Rodeo in 2014. He was also honored to be in a book about people of the United States over 100 years old and photographers from Carhartt came and took some photographs for possible use in advertising.

Les passed peacefully from this life on March 23, 2020. He is survived by daughter, Connie (Lynn) Weishaar of Reva, S.D.; son, Larry (Linda), of Hermosa, S.D.; and daughter-in-law, Chunks, of Belfield. He enjoyed visiting with his grandchildren and great-grandchildren, Erik (Alicia) Fritz [Pete, Beth, Stephanie], Seth (Nicole) Weishaar [Shaine, Sern, Slone], Jerad (Sarah) Fritz [Madi, Owen], Jodi (Rob) Hendrickson [Ollie, Scout], Tyler (Kayla Benson) Fritz [Janie, Cain, Lauren, Keaton, Kendall, Riley] and Stoney (Maria) Fritz [Kenedee, Olga]; sisters-in-law, Donna Fritz and Patricia “Rusty” McCarter; and numerous family and friends.

Les was preceded in death by his wife, Ollie; son, Rocky Fritz; grandson, Quain Fritz; brothers, Hank and Jim; and sisters, Marge (Ed) Schmeling and Helen Fritz.

George Edgar

Mr. George Campbell Edgar passed away peacefully at the Red Deer Hospice on March 16, 2020 at the age of 85 years. George was born in Innisfail, Alberta to Mabel and Wilfrid Edgar on September 7, 1934 and lived his entire life on the Little Red Deer Hereford Farm in the District of Little Red Deer located west of Innisfail. He attended LRD School House, Red Deer Composite High School and Olds College.
George will be fondly remembered and respected for his love of farming and his pride in being a cattleman. He was an avid sportsman and outdoorsman. George will be lovingly remembered by his wife Marjorie, his son Peter of Bowden, Alberta, Wilf of Innisfail, Penny of Red Deer and Keith of Denver as well as nine grandchildren and one great grandchild. George was predeceased by his father Wilfrid in 1978, his mother Mabel in 1984 and three siblings, William (Bill) Edgar, Robert Edgar and Jean Novel. Arrangements in care of Heartland Funeral Services, 4415 – 49 Street, Innisfail, Alberta, 403.227.0006.

Harry Born

Harry Born, 92, passed into eternity on Monday, March 9, 2020, at his home in Follett less than one mile from where he was born. A Funeral Service will be held at 2:00 p.m. on Wednesday, March 11, 2020 at the First Baptist Church in Darrouzett with Rev. Stephen Ammons officiating. Family visitation will be at Boxwell Brothers Funeral Home in Perryton on Tuesday, March 10, 2020, 5:00-7:00 p.m. Arrangements are by Boxwell Brothers Funeral Home, Inc. of Perryton, Texas.

Harry was born and raised in Lipscomb County and graduated from Darrouzett High School in 1945 after attending a one room schoolhouse for many years where he rode horseback to school. He met his wife, Lillian, at a Congregational Church conference and they married in 1950 and raised four sons: Stanley, Darrell, Lynn, and James. To date, Harry and Lillian have eight grandchildren, fifteen great-grandchildren, and two great-great-grandchildren.

Harry enlisted in the Air Force in 1952. His basic training was at Lackland Air Force Base in San Antonio, Texas. He was then transferred to Sheppard Air Force Base in Wichita Falls, Texas, where he was trained as a B-36 mechanic. During this time, he was sent to Guam for a time to work on B-50 airplanes. He was then transferred back to Roswell. He also trained for a time at B-47 Mechanic School at Amarillo, Texas.

Harry spent four years active duty and four years reserve duty in the Air Force and was honorably discharged in 1960. After serving in the Air Force, Harry returned back home to continue working at the ranch in Lipscomb County and over time built the farming operation into Ochiltree County as well. In the early years from the 1940's to the 1960's a partnership was formed with his father and brother, known as Alex Born & Sons. In the later years, Harry and his sons operated Born Herefords providing outstanding Hereford cattle to ranchers across the United States. Harry also built up his farming operation in both in Lipscomb County and Ochiltree County where he farmed both grain sorghum and wheat. After his retirement, he was active in helping his sons farm and ranch for many years. He also enjoyed camping and fishing throughout his lifetime.

Harry was active in the community by serving on the Darrouzett Independent School Board for a number of years. He also was awarded the title of Lipscomb County Soil and Water Conservation Farmer of the Year in 1993 and was inducted into the Texas Hereford Association as an honorary member.

The most important aspect of Harry's life was his devotion to his Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ. He became a Christian in 1951 at a revival in Shattuck, Oklahoma. He was a member of St. John's Congregational Church in Follett for 67 years from 1927-1994. Harry served in the church in several roles including: deacon, trustee, treasurer, Sunday school superintendent, and Sunday school teacher. He has been an active member of the First Baptist Church in Darrouzett since 1994.

Harry is preceded in death by his parents Alex and Selma Born, son Darrell Born, sister Irene Hamburger, brother-in-law Harvey Hamburger, granddaughter Tamara Born, and great-grandson Sterling Franks.

Harry is survived by his loving wife of nearly 70 years, Lillian, and their three sons: Stanley (Ronda) Born of Darrouzett, Lynn (Rayma) Born of Follett, and James (Dana) Born of Perryton; one brother, Leroy (Gertrude) Born of Darrouzett. Other survivors include his grandchildren Terri (Gene) Franks, Weston (Kristin) Born, Nicole (Eric) Woodson, Jessica (Bryan) Bell, Lane Born (fiancée Shayne Gallagher), Lonnie (Chelsea) Born, Ethan Born, and Evan Born. He is also survived by greatgrandchildren Sheldon (Taylor) Franks, Sierra Franks, Sheridan Franks, Shayne Franks, Sheyenne Franks, Hudson Born, Kortlyn Born, Cambryn Born, Breckyn Born, Kulton Garton, Ryker Garton, Dash Garton, Alexis Bell, Brooklyn Bell, and Landon Born. He is also survived by great-great grandchildren Gunner Franks and Truitt Franks as well as a host of nieces and nephews.

Family and friends will miss his soft voice, gentle smiles, and always caring attitude. He loved the Lord, his family, farming, and good cattle and left a rich and lasting heritage.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests memorials be made to the Ochiltree General Hospice Volunteers, 3101 Garrett, Perryton, Tx 79070 or the First Baptist Church of Darrouzett, 110 Santa Fe Ave, Darrouzett, Tx 79024

John Ward

Zionsville - John E Ward passed away on February 14, 2020 in Zionsville, Indiana at age 90. John was born in Walton, Indiana, and then moved to Brookston as a school boy, where he lived the rest of his life until the last six months when he moved closer to family. With his wife of 62 years, Norma Kay Allen of Brookston, they established their corn, soybean, and livestock farm, on which they raised their family and champion Herefords.

He was preceded in death by his parents and brother, Albert Lee and Martha Knapp Ward and Richard Ward; as well as his wife, Norma Kay (Allen) Ward. John is survived by his brother, Dale Ward, and his sister, Mary Ward Guiffre, and his four children and their families: Gay Ward Maddox, Neal Ward and Avery Jessup, Ned and Jan Ward, and Curt and Kristy Ward. In addition, John loved his 7 grandchildren and their spouses: Amy (Maddox) & Brian Kavicky, Lynn (Maddox) & Kurt Strueh, Clay & Becky Maddox, Bell Ward, Jack Ward, and Kate Ward; and 7 great grandchildren: Nate Kavicky, Ella Kavicky, Ashley Strueh, Zach Strueh, Rachel Strueh, Weston Maddox, and Chase Maddox.

John's life was rooted on the farm that he and Norma successfully established in Brookston, but his life of service and leadership extended beyond that through his own efforts and those of his family. He served on the Board of Directors for more than 50 years of the Farmers State Bank of Brookston and the Board of Directors of the Lafayette Home Hospital, and in many capacities serving the Federated Church of Brookston, including the Board of Elders. He was also a member of the Brookston Masonic Lodge. After his own success in 4-H, all his children continued that winning tradition at the White County Fair and Indiana State Fair. He eventually became and Director of the Indiana State Fair, serving as President in 1988, and in that year was awarded the Sagamore of the Wabash. Though he was talented and a fierce competitor at many sports, basketball was his favorite and he continued to remain active in basketball through officiating the sport as an IHSAA referee for 27 years culminating in an Indiana title game in 1974, and then years of service to the Big Ten Conference as an officials observer at Purdue University.

His family will carry his generous and hard-working spirit with them in the days to come. Their success has been shaped by his pride in a job well done, his attention to the up keep of his farm, and the welcome he gave to all he met.

Join them in celebrating his life on Sunday, February 23, 4pm-7pm at Hartzler-Clapper Funeral Home in Brookston and Monday, February 24, 11am at Federated Church of Brookston.

In lieu of flowers, donations can be made in his honor to the White County Ag Association directed to the White County Fair Beef Barn.

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Mark Stephens

Services for Mark Oliver Stephens, of Wesson, are at 11 a.m., Friday, March 6, 2020, at Clear Branch Baptist Church in Wesson, with interment at Sylvarena Baptist Church Cemetery in Wesson. Visitation will be from 5-7 p.m., Thursday, March 5, at Riverwood Family and will resume at 10 a.m. Friday at Clear Branch until the time of service.

Mr. Stephens, 65, passed away quietly at his home on March 1, 2020. Mark was born December 23, 1954, in Brookhaven, to Ted Oliver Stephens and Jimmy Ruth Joyner Stephens. He was a member of Clear Branch Baptist Church, Wesson.

He attended high school both within the United States and abroad, before graduating High School from The Joint Embassy School, Jakarta, Indonesia. He attended Copiah-Lincoln Junior College, Wesson.

Mark was an avid outdoorsman his entire life and was an enthusiastic knife collector. His love of the outdoors led to many lifelong friendships. Mark also enjoyed sports; especially baseball, basketball and football, and for many years he coached youth baseball in Wesson.

He loved all types of hunting and fishing, mostly saltwater fly fishing and spent many happy times with friends at hunting camps and on his boat in the Louisiana marsh. Mark also loved to vacation in the scenic outdoors and fish the White River in Arkansas. Another ritual that he cherished was making “old fashioned cane syrup” with his Tolar family and distributing their syrup to family and friends. He loved every moment spending time with them.

Mark’s proudest achievements were being a wonderful father to his two beloved children. He was an enthusiastic supporter of his children’s registered Hereford cattle activities while they were growing up, which included numerous trips across the country exhibiting their cattle. He was a proud and doting Pawpaw to Mark Kypton and Ellie Ann, the new loves of his life.

Preceding him in death are his father, Ted Oliver Stephens, mother, Jimmy Ruth Joyner Stephens; father-in-law, Lawrence M. “Buddy” Lowery; mother-in-law, Julia Lee Lowery; paternal grandparents, Mr. and Mrs. Jimmy Stephens; and maternal grandparents, Mr. and Mrs. Doyle Joyner.

Those left to cherish his memory are his loving wife, Julia Ann Lowery Stephens; son, Christopher Mark Stephens; daughter, Erica Ann Lofton; son-in-law, Don Louis “Boomer” Lofton; and grandchildren, Mark Kypton Lofton and Ellie Ann Lofton. He is also survived by his brother, Tim Stephens; sister, Melissa Stephens, and their families; sisters-in-law, Myra Lowery and Nancy King and husband Mike King and their families; as well as his cousin, Cynthia Miller and other loving family members and friends.

The family requests memorials be made to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, 501 St Jude Place, Memphis, TN 38105, and The Hereford Youth Foundation of America, 11500 NW Ambassador Dr., Suite 410, Kansas City, Mo 64153.

Richard Crow

Richard A. Crow; 1925-2020

Richard (Dick) Ashton Crow passed away Feb. 20, at his home in Denver, CO. Dick was a Christmas baby, born Dec. 25, 1925 to Nelson and Mary Jo Crow, in Los Angeles CA. Nelson was the founder of the Western Livestock Journal, which he started in 1922. Dick grew up around the livestock industry and eventually made a career out of it. He served his country in the Navy during World War II, assigned to the aircraft carrier, USS Hancock, serving in the Pacific Theater. After his Navy service, he attended Claremont College, then a men’s college in Pomona, CA. Dick had four younger siblings, Sue, Joe, John, and Bill, who all preceded him in death.

Dick went to work for his father, Nelson, and first became a fieldman for the Western Dairy Journal while raising a family in Newport Beach, CA. Then he and his family moved to Colorado where he served as a fieldman for the Western Livestock Journal. Dick became publisher of WLJ in 1968. He also had a passion for travel and traveled the world with WLJ Tours. He visited every major continent, though never made it to Antarctica because there are no cattle there.

Dick retired from WLJ in 2000 after working side by side with his son, Pete, for 14 years. Pete continues to serve as publisher as WLJ approaches its 100th year in business.

Dick married Sally Corbit in California and they had two children; Katie Crow of Port Townsend, WA; and his son, Pete, who both survive him. Dick and Sally divorced after 30 years. He then married Barbara Peck and they made their home in Franktown, CO, where he enjoyed gardening. Barbara shared his passion for travel and participated in many WLJ ranch tours. She passed in 2017. His long-time friend, Marylin Montgomery, took care of him until his death.

Dick had two grandchildren, Lauren (Hogan) Jones, and David Crow who passed in 2013.

Dick loved his family, friends and his country. At his request, in lieu of services, Dick asked that his ashes be taken to the Continental Divide of Colorado to be scattered, half on the west side of the Rockies and half on the east side.

Jessica Snyder

July 31, 1993 - Feb. 17, 2020

Funeral Services for Jessica Snyder, 26, of South Heart will be 11:00 a.m., Tuesday, February 25, 2020 at St. John’s Lutheran Church in Dickinson with Pastor Lisa Lewton Officiating. Burial will take place at Belfield Lutheran Cemetery.

Visitation for Jessica will be 4:00 p.m. to 7:00 pm Monday, with a prayer service being held at 6:00 p.m.

Jessica passed away on Monday, February 17, 2020 at her home in South Heart.

Jessica Marie Snyder was born July 31, 1993 in Minot, ND to Tracy and Wendy. She grew up in Minot and attended Minot Public Schools and then transferred to Our Redeemers Christian School. Jessica was always a high spirited little girl, creating many journeys for her parents. Her smile was as beautiful as they come. She enjoyed spending time at the lake and camping growing up, she caught many fish with her Dad. She could tell many hunting stories, she loved deer hunting and was an excellent shot pheasant hunting. She was involved in softball, volleyball and basketball. Jessica was never one to miss a prank on her brother growing up or food fights.

She later moved from Minot to Dickinson. Jessica discovered she loved the western part of the state and enjoyed seeing the Badlands. Jessica welcomed two little boys to the family: Isaiah and Benjamin. She made her home in South Heart and Jessica was thrilled to own her first home.

Family meant everything to Jessica. She was an amazing mother and loved her boys with all of her heart. She enjoyed trips to the zoo, Medora, camping trips to South Dakota, picnics, going to the park, swimming, campfires, taking trips to Minot to see her Dad, Aunts, Uncles and the farm to visit her Mom and Rollie. She had recently developed a love of cooking and trying new recipes. She was creative in her recipes to find things that Isaiah would eat. Jessica and her mother had a close bond and talked on phone many times a day and did not go long without seeing each other. Jessica was blessed with 2 great step parents. She developed a special relationship with her step-father, Rollie, and they enjoyed each other’s company greatly. Her Step-mother, Staci has been so kind and supportive.

Jessica is survived by her mom, Wendy (Rollie) Baumgarten; dad, Tracy (Staci) Snyder; sons, Isaiah and Benjamin; Brother, Jordan (Nicole) Snyder and their children, Hunter and Kimber, step-brother, Jake (Savanna) Baumgarten, step-sister, April Baumgarten. Grandparents; Don (Greta) Snyder, Sharron Snyder. Uncles and Aunts; Scott (Nancy) Snyder, Don Snyder, DeeMaris (Rod) Buckingham, Lori (Jamie) Nelson, Kelly (Darin) Opperude, Patrick(Cammy) McCarty. Cousin: Sean (Melissa)Hagen, Tara (Justin) Petrali, Travis (Kaitlin) Buckingham, Thomas (Jenny) Buckingham, Shane McCarty, Riley Opperude, Braedon McCarty, Bailey McCarty, Brandon Lipe, Brittany(Jesus) Jimenez, Kierianna Klinginsmith, Kirsten Nelson. Ryan McCarty, Joshua McCarty, Matthew McCarty, Savanna McCarty. Whitney (Chris) Croft, Kaylee (Jon) Gappmaier, Katie Snyder, Gavin Snyder.

She is preceded in death by her maternal grandparents, Jack and DeeMaris McCarty, Uncle; Jay McCarty.

In lieu of flowers, the family suggests contributions be made to Benjamin and Isaiah Keel’s trust fund set up at Town and Country Credit Union in Minot, ND.

Trent Hofer

Trenton Hofer, age 24, of Brookings and formerly of Hitchcock, passed away Saturday, February 8, 2020, after a skiing accident near Lead, SD.

His funeral service was held at 10:30 AM, Wednesday, February 12th at Bethesda Church, Huron. Burial will be in the Prairie Bible Church Cemetery, rural Carpenter.

Trenton Ethan Hofer was born October 10, 1995, to Todd and Melanie (Ellis) Hofer at Huron. He grew up on the family farm near Hitchcock. In September 2012, Trent was baptized through the Prairie Bible Church at Lake Byron. Trent became a member of Prairie Bible Church, rural Carpenter at that time. He attended school in Huron and Hitchcock and graduated from Hitchcock-Tulare High School in 2014. He continued his education at SDSU, graduating from there in 2018 with a degree in Ag-Business.

Trent’s continued desires were to learn scripture and sharing the Gospel through evangelism and discipling others. Having this desire, he was mentored by Pastor Gavin Retzer of the First Baptist Church in Brookings where he also became a member. He was enjoying studying through the Timothy Pastoral Apprenticeship and was excited to be learning Hebrew and Greek. He also worked in construction and refereed lower levels of basketball along with playing on numerous intermural teams.

He loved the role as counselor at Byron Bible Camp near Huron directed by Jon Duba and continued that love by helping lead in Equip Campus Ministries under Luke Perkins at Brookings. His soul’s desire was to be in ministry and to lead people to the Lord. He also helped with the family cattle and farming operation. Trent loved keeping track of his siblings and their activities and was always intentional about staying in touch.

He was preceded in death by his maternal grandfather, Rev. Doyle Ellis who had a great impact on his spiritual life and shaped his call to ministry.

Grateful for having shared in his life are his parents, Todd and Melanie Hofer of Hitchcock; five siblings, Travis (Leah) Hofer and their son, Barrett, all of Hitchcock, Morgan Hofer of Warrenton, Missouri, Trevor Hofer of Hitchcock, Ty Hofer of Hitchcock and Madison Hofer of Hitchcock. He is also survived by paternal grandparents, Eldon E. and Alie Hofer of Hitchcock, maternal grandmother, Eva Ellis of Claremont, South Dakota; his aunts and uncles, Helene (Brad) Wedel of Yale, Shari (Mark) Steinheuser of Tulare, Kenneth (Jodi) Hofer of Hitchcock, JoEllen (Tom) Salmen of Tulare, Darinda (Lars) Tunby of Houghton, South Dakota, Laronda (Mark) Becker of Waterloo, Iowa and Lonnie Ellis of Houghton, South Dakota; his cousins, Andrea (Bret) Larson, Jessica (Derrick) Bulthuis, Sarah (Zach) Schweinsberg, Nathan (Anna) Wedel, Emily Wedel, Lance Steinheuser, Scott (Jaclyn) Steinheuser, Shaylyn (Clint) Stout, Brittani Hofer (Jose Tepexpa), Chelsea Hofer, McKenzie Hofer, Kolby Hofer, Jeremy Hofer, Elizabeth Salmen, Thomas John Salmen, Erik Salmen, Matthew Salmen, Neil Salmen, Chantel (Orrin) Hughes, Shawna (Ryan) Hagy, Krista (Moses) Geiger, Dawson Tunby, Sierra Tunby, Genae Becker and Daniel Becker; and his girlfriend, Katelyn Duba of Huron.

His memory will be cherished by all of them and the hundreds of extended family and friends he made along his brief journey of life.

Patsy Liebert

Patsy Ann Liebert passed away February 5, 2020 in Idaho Falls, ID. She was 83 years old. Patsy was born on November 10, 1936 in Rexburg, ID to Stanley Liebert and Carrie Zeimer Liebert. She spent a happy childhood in Egin where she attended elementary school and then graduated from South Fremont High School. On June 14, 1988 she married LaVerl Singleton. She was a kind and patient care giver to her parents. She cared for her father the last seven years of his life. In 1988 she began to care for her mother and continued until her mother’s death in 2001.

Patsy had an infectious smile, a kind personality that extended to many people as well as her beloved cats. She was preceded in death by her parents. She is survived by her husband.

LaVerl thanks the staff at EIRMC for their care the last few days of Patsy’s life.

Ruby Ochsner

April 2, 1935 - Jan. 15, 2020 

          Funeral services for Ruby Pearl Ochsner, 84, will be held at 2 p.m. on Jan. 21 at the First Wyoming United Presbyterian Church with the Rev. Matt Gordon officiating. Burial will follow in the Valley View Cemetery. Ruby entered the gates of heaven on Jan. 15, 2020 at Community Hospital in Torrington.

          Memorials may be given to either the Goshen County 4-H Foundation or the Prairie Center Fire District.

          Visitation will be Jan. 20 from 3 to 5 p.m. at the funeral home. Arrangements are by the Colyer Funeral Home and condolences may be sent to

          Ruby was born April 21, 1935, to Louis Sr. and Pearl Arnold. She was raised in Hawk Springs, where she attended all 12 years of school. After graduation, Ruby attended nursing school in Denver and worked as a LPN for a year and a half.

          Ruby became the loving bride of George Ochsner in 1955. They celebrated their 64th wedding anniversary on Dec. 3, 2019. Their union brought four children, Tena (Elden) Baldwin, Rodney (Deb) Ochsner, Dixie (Steve) Roth and Blake (Chrissy) Ochsner. All four children ranch in Torrington.

          She was blessed with eight grandchildren, Jason (Shannon) Baldwin, Jeremy (Angela) Ochsner, Rustin (Britte) Roth, B.W. (Terra) Ochsner, Sarena (Cody) Assmann, Vanessa (Chris) Crisman, Erin (Jeff) Hinton and Katie Ochsner and fiancé (Devin Martin) and 11 great-grandchildren, with two more on the way.

          Ruby was involved in Cattle Women, Church Circle, Wyoming Art Association, Burge Community 4-H, and many other agriculture-related events. Family was everything to Ruby and she was happiest when she was with them. She loved ranching, arrowhead hunting, checking cattle and working in her yard. Ruby will be remembered for her love of life and her kind heart. She will be missed greatly.

George Swan

George left his earthly life January 3, 2020. He is survived by Elizabeth (Betty) Swan, his wife of 63 years, and their sons George Robert Swan, Jr, Steven McCahan Swan and Michael Scott Swan, eight grandchildren and one great-grandchild.

George was born October 23, 1931, in Washington, D.C. to Christopher MacDonald Swan and Jeanette Ure Swan. The family soon moved to Swarthmore, PA where George attended kindergarten and there met, and later married, his wife Betty. He attended Episcopal Academy the last three years of high school graduating in 1950 and then went on to graduate from Colgate University in upstate New York.

His love of sports kept him involved in all he could fit into his schedule, and he remained an avid sports fan throughout his life, attending and encouraging all his sons and following all their events through high school and college.

George's parents had moved east during depression years, so most of George's relatives were still "out west", where one of his uncle's owned and operated a large sheep and cattle ranch in Utah, which George grew to love. From high school on, he traveled every summer to work on the ranch. His love of the west continued to grow, and six months after he and Betty were married, they headed west once again with all their belongings loaded in an old moving van.

George's first job in Bear Lake, UT was as a ranch hand, and Betty worked as the local public health nurse. After one year, they moved to Promontory Point on the salt flats of Utah where George managed the Swan Brothers, his cousins' hay ranch. Two months after their arrival, their first son Rory (George Jr.) was born.

Two years later they moved to Manila, UT to manage the ranch of an aging Utah legislator. George also took on an additional position with Peter Kiewit, the contractor who was building the Flaming George Dam, which would eventually back up the Green River all the way to WY. Starting first as a carpenter foreman, George was soon put in the position of Assistant Powerhouse Supervisor. Meanwhile, Betty worked at the construction hospital until the birth of their second son, Steven. For the next two years with the funds they were able to save, they purchased cattle and grazing ground in the area. After five years in Manila, they were able to buy an 1880 homesteaded ranch north of Twin Bridges, MT where they wanted to live and raise their family.

Their third son, Michael, was born at the hospital in Sheridan, MT. Eventually all three sons graduated from Twin Bridges High School.

George became very involved in the community and the school as a creative problem solver and foresighted thinker with a strong will and body, and love of community. He enjoyed being able to contribute and tackle what he perceived to be the foremost issues of the time. As a member of the school board for almost two decades, he promoted the building of the football field, track, weight room, and a stage for the speech and drama department.

Another great joy was in conservation of land and water as he strove to maintain the beauty and productivity of the Ruby Valley. He was actively involved from the beginning with the Ruby Habitat Foundation, and with the Montana Fish & Game promoting soil and river conservation and stream access. As a leader of the Upper Ruby Stock Association for many years, he worked with the U.S. Forest Service on issues pertaining to grazing rights and permits, and other issues benefiting the forest and permittees.

The purchase of the First National Bank of Twin Bridges in 1982 with several other community members, to maintain its leadership locally, was as important to him as it was to those who joined in this endeavor.

After retirement, he and Betty moved to the Manhattan area to be closer to kids and grandkids.

He leaves this present life with a sense of gratitude to all who enriched his life on earth, and to God who gave him the opportunity and "tools" to be of help to others.

Services will be held at the Twin Bridges High School Gymnasium on Sunday, January 12, 2020, at 2:00pm. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to: Park Haven Memory Center in Manhattan, Dry Creek Church in Belgrade, or Twin Bridges High School Foundation.

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