Dale Gunderson

Dale was born on March 16, 1939 and passed away on Wednesday, February 14, 2018.

Dale was a resident of Rudyard, Montana at the time of passing.

Services will be in the Spring 2018.

Dick Malcom

Funeral Liturgy for Dick Malcom, 72, of Baker, MT, will be 1:00 p.m. Thursday, January 4, 2018 at Stevenson Funeral Home, Baker, MT with Father Philip Chinnappan celebrating. Burial will follow at St. John’s Cemetery, Baker.

Visitation for Dick will be from 4:00 to 7:00 p.m. Wednesday, January 3, 2018 at Stevenson Funeral Home, Baker, MT, with a Rosary & Vigil taking place at 6:00 p.m.

Dick Malcom passed away from a tragic horse accident at the family ranch north of Baker, Montana on Friday, December 29, 2017.

Richard James “Dick” Malcom was born to Willard and Evelynn (Huber) Malcom on October 3, 1945 in Miles City, Montana. He attended the Preston Country School grades 1-5, Baker Elementary School grades 6-9, and graduated from Baker High School in 1963. Dick was proud of his perfect attendance throughout high school. Following graduation he drove truck for Dale Wyrick until he was called to serve in the U.S. Army in 1965. He was honored to serve his country until his discharge in 1967 and remained on Standby Reserve until 1971. Dick attended the International Farrier School, as well as a mechanic school in Colorado. For the next several years Dick enjoyed traveling the country shoeing horses and meeting people. Prior to returning back to the family ranch, he worked for Warner Johnson in the Lindsay, Montana area before leasing his own place nearby.

Dick was introduced to the love of his life, Patty Thielen, at a dance in July of 1984. Dick and Patty found their forever dancing partner and were married that same year on November 24th. With this union Dick gained his son, Chad Follmer.

Over the years they worked side by side to continue building the legacy of the Malcom Family. Dick was extremely proud of Chad and was excited when he left the oilfield to be on the ranch full time. This dream was realized with the creation of the Malcom-Follmer Ranch. In December of 2006, Dick became Grampa to Chad’s twin boys, Chance and Chase. These boys were the light of his life.

Dick’s love of life and his family was apparent, as was his passion for his horses and his herd of cattle. He spent countless hours breaking and training horses. He was a kind, quiet soul who was known for the strength of his beliefs and his work ethics. He was a humble, respectful man. Dick made an impact on everyone who met him.

More than once, Dick made the statement “Why would I go on vacation when I can step out my front door and be on vacation”. His love for this life was beyond words and as he told his sister Lynnda, “I’m living my dream”.

Dick was currently a member of Horse Creek Grazing Association and served as President for 31 years; Fallon County Weed Board for many years; American Legion Post 55 for 51 years; and Baker Rural Fire Department.

Dick is survived by his wife Patty; son Chad; sister Lynnda (Gary) Evans, Phoenix, AZ; Jim (Marynel) Malcom, Salmon, ID; grandsons, Chance and Chase Follmer. He is also survived by all of Patty’s siblings and their spouses, as well as numerous nieces, nephews, great nieces and nephews, and cousins.

Dick was preceded in death by his parents, Willard and Evelynn; sister, Marilyn Perry; father and mother-in-law, Ambrose and LaVonne Thielen.

Clint Fletcher

Clint Lee Fletcher, 56, of Galena, KS passed from this life on Monday January 8, at his home surrounded by his family.

He was born on August 25th, 1961, in Baxter Springs, KS to Howard and Lois (Weaver) Fletcher. He lived on his family farm in rural Carl Junction with his wife Mari.

Clint and Mari were married in 1988 at Smithfield Christian Church. They would have celebrated their 30th wedding anniversary in February.

Clint graduated in 1979 from Columbus Unified High School. Clint worked for a short time at Tri-State Motor Transit Company, but his heart was always in carrying on his family farm. He started Country Agency crop insurance in 2001, where most recently his wife, Mari, has become an integral part. He was a lifetime member of the Smithfield Christian Church where he served as a dedicated teacher and board member most of his adult life, serving as an Elder for the last three years. Clint could be counted on to help anyone in need and was active in any project devoted to helping spread the word of the Lord. Clint enjoyed working on the farm with his dad Howard. They were engaged in raising registered Polled Hereford cattle until the late 80s and constantly worked on herd improvement as a commercial cattle and grain operation ever since. Clint has set on many boards throughout his career for livestock and agriculture advancement such as County Extension Board, County Livestock Improvement, and most recently Kansas Farm Management. Clint was a lifetime Kansas City Chiefs fan. He was also a classic muscle-car enthusiast. He enjoyed driving and showing his cars with his wife Mari. Other hobbies included hunting, target shooting, and fishing when he had the time, and any activities involving his family and friends.

Clint has two sons Justin and Jed Fletcher, and a daughter, Paige, married to Dereck Palmer. Clint was raised with one sister, Gail, married to Bob Kennedy, along with three brothers, Doug Fletcher and wife, Yvonne, Russ Fletcher and wife, Lisa, and Curt Fletcher and wife, Kathy. Clint was the very proud Papa to his three wonderful grandsons Clint Ryan Fletcher, Caine Fletcher, and Easton Palmer who were the light of his life. Clint is now reunited in heaven with his dad and mom, Howard and Lois, and his loving grandparents, Galen and Sylvia Fletcher and Shorty and Myrtle Weaver.

Visitation will be held Friday, January 12th at Riverton Friends Church starting at 4:00-8:00 pm. Services will be held at Riverton Friends Church on Saturday, January 13th at 10:00 a.m. officiated by Robert Lewis and Wess Davis. A private family service will be held at Mound Cemetery immediately following. Serving as pallbearers are Steve Chorum, Woody Chorum, John Wheeler, Dennis Elbrader, Joe Keck, Eric VanBeber, Rick Rexwinkle, Clark Wilson, Mark DeGraff, Daniel Roth. Serving as honorary pallbearers are Pam Overman, Amber Sachetta, Sherry Lewis, Marianne York, Becky Jury.

A memorial fund has been made in Clint’s honor for Smithfield Christian Church in the care of Derfelt Funeral Home.  Online condolences may be expressed at www.derfeltfuneralhomes.com.

Gerhardt Bartling

Gerhardt R. Bartling was born July 21, 1924 to Henry and Elizabeth (Klein) Bartling and died January 6, 2018 at his home in rural Herrick, South Dakota.

Gerhardt grew up on the family farm with his seven brothers and two sisters.  He was baptized, confirmed and was a life long member of the Grace Evangelical Lutheran Church in Burke, South Dakota.  He graduated from Burke High School and  enjoyed playing baseball with local teams.  He then joined the service, and it was during that time he met Joan Inglett and they were joined in marriage in 1951.

After their marriage they lived on a ranch outside of Lucas, where they began raising registered Herefords.  They later moved to an acreage outside of Burke, South Dakota and settled there to raise their family.  Gerhardt enjoyed fishing, playing cards, caring for his livestock and visiting with friends and family.  He loved to watch baseball and cheer on the Minnesota Twins.  He was an active member of the American Legion, Hereford Association, Livestock Improvement Association and always available to help out his neighbors.  He ran the Gregory County Spray Service for several years, spraying livestock and trees.  He was a man that understood nature and the effects on mankind.  He was thankful for the blessings of a good harvest, but respected the wrath as well.  Gerhardt was known for his friendly smile, hard work ethic and his kindness.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Joan, his infant son, Morris Dean Bartling, and a grandson, Grant Simunek.

Gerhardt is survived by his seven children: Jay Bartling of Herrick, SD; Jan and Mike Simunek of Hot Springs, SD; Sherri Raschke of Herrick, SD; Bart and Julie Bartling of Gregory, SD; Laurie and Doug Wernke of Lennox, SD; Matt Bartling of Herrick, SD; and Krista and Dean Holliday of Orchard, NE; seventeen grandchildren and nineteen great-grandchildren.  Also surviving are: brother, Alvin Bartling of Burke, SD; sister-in-law, Fern (Lloyd) Bartling of Gregory, SD; sister-in-law, Norma (Gene) Inglett of Burke, SD; brother-in-law, Gale and Jan Inglett of Roseville, CA; sister-in-law, Cheryl (Neal) Inglett of Reseda, CA;  sister-in-law, Velma and Neal Burkinshaw of Newport, NE and sister-in-law, Lila and David Howe of Corte Madera, CA.

Funeral services will be held on Friday, January 12, 2018 at 10:30 AM at Grace Lutheran Church in Burke.  Burial will be in the Graceland Cemetery, Burke.  There will be a prayer service on Thursday at 7:00 PM at the Church.  Visitation will be held prior to both services at the church. 

James Graves

A memorial service for James H. “Jim” Graves, 80, will be held at 2:00 P.M. Monday December 18, 2017 at the First Christian Church in Wheatland, Wyoming with Pastor S. Eric Wiseman officiating.  Immediate family members will privately scatter the ashes at a later date. 
Jim Graves died Friday, December 8, 2017, at the Cheyenne VA Hospital after losing an intense battle with MDS that was only diagnosed in September. 
Jim was born November 8, 1937 in Fort Morgan, Colorado, to Herbert E. and Lois (Ripley) Graves. In 1948, Jim moved along with the family to the ranch south of Wheatland that is currently raising its fourth generation of Graves along with Hereford cattle.  Graduating in 1956 from Wheatland High School, he attended the University of Wyoming majoring in art and architectural engineering.  While in college, Uncle Sam called and Jim went to serve in the United States Army from 1960-1962 stationed first at Fort Hood, Texas then in Okinawa.   Following his military commitment, Jim returned to continue ranching with his father. 
In December of 1970, Jim married a nurse from the local hospital, Donita Hill, in her hometown of Brookings, South Dakota. Two sons, Joshua A. and Nathan J., completed the family. Jim served as a 4-H Beef Leader and was a board member of the Wheatland Irrigation District for 12 years.  Governor Mike Sullivan appointed him to the Wyoming Beef Council where he served six years. Jim continued to be appointed and served on national committees.  He always was an active participant in the local Laramie Peak Stock Growers, Wyoming Stock Growers Association, and NCBA. 
Jim was devoted to his family and their ranching operation, increasing its size by purchasing available land and improving the cattle herd.  His loyalty always was to the Hereford breed. Jim had many ideas for improvement before his life was cut unexpectedly short.  He handed the reins over to his older son, Joshua. 
Jim was pre-deceased by his parents; older sister, Lucy Flora; and an infant brother, Willard. 
Jim is survived by his wife of 47 years, Donita; son, Joshua (Jill), granddaughters, Jadea and Jessie of Wheatland, and son, Nathan (Susie) of Cheyenne; brother, John Graves of Falcon, Colorado; sister, Jean Wiseman of Burns, Wyoming;  and numerous nieces, nephews, grandnieces, and nephews. 
In lieu of flowers, memorials can be sent to United Blood Services of Cheyenne or donate blood at your next local blood drive would be appreciated by the family. 
The Gorman Funeral Homes – Platte Chapel of Wheatland is in charge of the arrangements. 

Daniel Koester

Daniel Malcolm Koester, age 69, passed away on Saturday, December 16, 2017, with his family by his side. Dan, the son of Malcolm and Ruth (Nelsen) Koester, was born on December 13, 1948, in Northfield. He was raised on the family farm near Dennison and graduated from Northfield High School in 1967—just recently attending his 50th class reunion.
Dan was an active member of Rice County 4-H and the Big Giants Club, receiving Rice County Outstanding Junior Leader and the I Dare You award. A parliamentary tactician, Dan was “Mr. Robert’s Rules of Order”, and honed his early leadership skills conducting Rice County 4-H Federation meetings. He was a founding member of the Minnesota Jr. Hereford Association and attended many American Jr. Hereford Association (AJHA) events in Kansas City.
After high school, he attended the University of Minnesota and majored in animal science. He was President of the St. Paul Board of Colleges in 1970-71, was awarded the A.M. Freeman Student Leadership Medal, and introduced Nobel Laureate Dr. Norman Borlaug at the reception given in his honor. As a member of the College Republicans, he worked on many campaigns. For 17 years, his family was committed to the University of Minnesota Agriculture Foreign Exchange Program, bringing more than 25 students from Europe, New Zealand and South Africa to the farm during the summer months.
While at college, Dan met Karen Wetter who was a Bailey Hall resident advisor. They were married May 19, 1972, and together they returned to the family farm, GVF Herefords. For many years, Dan worked early mornings at the South St. Paul stockyards as a hog buyer. Dan and Karen enjoyed being together, whether it was showing cattle, being active 4-H adult leaders, drives along the Mississippi, overnights at La Crosse, cutting the annual Christmas tree, collecting Hereford art, or attending national Hereford activities, particularly AJHA Expos.
In 1977, Dan and Karen welcomed their first daughter, Audra. She was a joy to Dan who loved Herefords, too. Barbie joined her big sister in 1980 and would ultimately become Dan’s right-hand man. Though Dan respected their femininity, he raised them to do all the things boys were expected to do on the farm. While he was tremendously proud of his daughters, his family would tell you the role he was most suited to play was dad—the best dad. He relished in his promotion of becoming Grandpa to Vivian (5), Dean (4), and Thomas (2). In particular, he and Dean were “best buddies”, spending many days of the week colluding and conspiring together.
Dan loved showing Herefords, particularly at the MN State Fair, and did so for 42 years missing only one year (a most unbearable experience). In 2009, Dan was honored by the American Hereford Association with The Golden Hereford Breeder medallion for fifty years as a Hereford breeder. Dan remained active in Rice County 4-H, being named Outstanding Adult Leader in 1988 and receiving the 4-H Alumni Award in 1994. Additionally, he was a board member of the Rice County Agricultural Society and a member of the State 4-H Livestock Project Development Committee. Dan was active in the Dennison Lutheran Church council.
In the past year, he had endured and conquered a number of health issues. On the day of his accident, he was happy and feeling great, compiling an organized itinerary of the cattle work that was to be done the next day.
He is survived by his wife, Karen; daughters Audra Koester (David) Thomas of Fountain Hills, AZ, and Barbara Koester-Amy (Ryan) of Dennison; grandchildren Vivian Koester Thomas, Dean Malcolm Amy, and Thomas William Amy; sister Sharon Wolseth of Aurora, CO; many nieces, nephews, and cousins, as well as other relatives, cattle friends, and neighbors. He was preceded in death by his parents.
Funeral services will be Friday, December 22, 2017, beginning at 11 a.m. at St. John’s Lutheran Church in Northfield with Reverend Paul Graham officiating. Visitation will be Thursday, December 21, 2017, from 4 to 7 p.m. at Bierman Funeral Home and one hour prior to the service in the church. Burial will be at Prairie Creek Cemetery. Arrangements by Bierman Funeral Home. biermanfuneralhome.com

Clifford Handel

Clifford was born on August 5, 1926, on a farm four miles east of Menno, S.D. to William and Annetta (Heckenlaible) Handel.  He was baptized and confirmed at Ebenezer Reformed Church.  He attended school at Knodel School and Menno High School.  He then began farming and raising purebred Hereford cattle.  He married Helena Katherina Mettler on September 15, 1946. They farmed east of Menno until 1981, when they moved to Menno and acquired Handel Insurance Agency.  He was one of the founding members of the Hutchinson County Soil Conservation District.  He served as a supervisor from 1963-2004.  He and Helen celebrated 61 years of marriage, until her death in May of 2008.  He married Donna Johnson on September 19, 2009.  He entered Menno Olivet Care Center in December 2015.

Cliff loved working on the farm, with his cattle, particularly harvest time.  He served as Molan Township Supervisor; on the Consistory of Peace Reformed Church.  He enjoyed traveling.  He sold the insurance business following a debilitating stroke in 2001.  Through his determination, he continued to enjoy and remain active at the farm.

Cliff is survived by his wife, Donna; his children:  Katherine Handel (Lynn Pennington) of Paoli, OK, Bruce (Mary) Handel of Menno, SD, John (JoLynn) Handel of Dry Ridge, KY; grandchildren:  Deaun Maas Steed,  Stean (Raissa) Maas, Jeremy (Denise) Handel, Justin (Joanie) Handel, Hayden, Holten and Halena Handel;  great-grandchildren:  Tyler, Avery and Grant Handel, Austin and Hailey Handel, and Jaeyla Maas Steed.  Cliff is also survived by his brother-in-law, Ray Mettler; sisters-in-law:  Bernice Handel, Carol Mettler and Pat Mettler; as well as, nieces and nephews.

Cliff was preceded in death by his parents, wife, Helen; his brothers, Harvey and Duane. 

Memorial contributions may be made to Peace Reformed Church Mission Fund, 306 North High, Menno, SD  57045.

Marvin Fink

We think it is fair to say that Marvin George Fink wasn’t one to enjoy a great deal of sentimentality.  He wasn’t a person who enjoyed being the center of attention or too many romantic notions.  He was, however, a good man who worked hard, liked to laugh, and enjoyed nothing more than a lively philosophical debate with his family or a good road trip.

Marvin was born in Valley Township, Douglas County, South Dakota on July 10, 1939.  He was the third of seven children born to Emil and Gertrude Fink, nee Grosz.  He was baptized, confirmed, and married at St. Peter Lutheran Church, rural Armour, South Dakota.  He died on December 15, 2017 after being married to Margaret (Maggie) Lois Baird for 52 years.  He was father to four children and grandfather to seven.

Marvin’s formal education ended after graduation from Armour High School when he began farming, married our gift of a mother, and started his family.  Even so, he sent all four children to college and made sure we never got too big for our britches. Our dad loved toddlers, chocolate cake with peanut-butter frosting, tinkering with old engines, inventing things, and making (and eating) homemade ice cream with his grandchildren.  Each of his children know the meaning of hard work because we did an awful lot of that.  But, we also know how to make a smart remark, appreciate mountains, and speak up for what we believe, even when it isn’t popular. Our dad taught us how to use a hammer, show cattle, make popcorn, and drive a tractor – all things that have served us well. His children will remember him as an adventurer, inventor, historian, photographer, and Polled Hereford man.

Marvin is survived by his wife, Maggie, his four children, their spouses and grandchildren, Molly and John Flaspohler, Lydia and Claire; Mike Fink and Valerie Marsh, Owen, Oscar, and Greta; Marcia Fink and Mark Skaff; Sarah Fink and Mike Clifton, Benjamin and Anne.

There will be a memorial service at 10:00 am Tuesday at Zion Lutheran Church, West Wall Lake, rural Hartford, SD. Interment will be at 2:30 pm in the St. Peter Lutheran Cemetery, Armour, SD.  Visitation with the family will be from 5:00-7:00 pm Monday at the church.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests that memorials be directed to NAMI.

Marvin Fisher

Marvin F. Fisher, age 88, of Riceville, died Sunday, November 5, 2017 at Faith Lutheran Home in Osage.

Funeral services will be held at 10:30 a.m. Friday, November 10, 2017 at Our Savior’s Lutheran Church in Osage with Rev. Cindy S. Krause officiating. Burial will be at the St. Ansgar Cemetery in St. Ansgar, Iowa. Visitation will be from 5:00 to 7:00 p.m. Thursday at the Champion-Bucheit Funeral Home in Osage.

Marvin was born June 5, 1929 on the family farm near Ackley, Iowa, the son of Joe and Amelia (Siemers) Fisher. He attended school in Grundy County, Iowa. On September 18, 1949, he married Doris Tesch at St. John’s Lutheran Church, west of Osage. Marvin farmed and raised cattle in the Riceville area. He was a member of Our Savior’s Lutheran Church in Osage, the American Hereford Association, and the American Angus Association. Marvin enjoyed his grandchildren and great-grandchildren, raising cattle, traveling out west, and watching Westerns.

Marvin is survived by his wife, Doris Fisher of Osage; his children, Duane (Becky) Fisher of Mt. Auburn, Vernon (Kathy) Fisher of Garner, Donna (Jim) Emerson of Urbandale, Barbara (Reid) Klapperich of Stacyville, Beverly Klapperich of Whitefish, Montana, David (Lisa) Fisher of Ankeny, Connie (John) Holmen of Riceville, and Carol (Wayne) Hicok of Nashua; 22 grandchildren; 11 great-grandchildren; sister, Shirley Sadler of Arizona; and brother, Lee Fisher of Minnesota.

He was preceded in death by his parents; brother, Harold Fisher; sister, Lois Frerichs; son-in-law, Barry Klapperich; and granddaughter, Julie Klapperich.

Champion-Bucheit Funeral Home (641) 732-3706.

Curtis Eggers

Curtis Ordell Eggers died Wednesday, October 4, 2017 at Avera Mckennan Hospital in Sioux Falls, SD.

Curtis Eggers was born February 3, 1924 in Renner to Elmer and Minnie (Moe) Eggers. He attended Eggers' Grade school through the 8th grade. He received an Honorary High School Diploma from Baltic High School in 2002.

Curtis enlisted in the United States Army in January 1943. He became part of the 114th Regiment, 44th Division and was assigned to A. Co. Curtis fought in the European Theatre and was awarded with three Bronze Service Stars and the Combat Infantry badge.

On March 2, 1946, Curtis was united in marriage to Jean Bachtell in Pipestone, MN. They moved to the Ed Nessan farm in 1946 where they farmed as well as milked cows for 29 years. In 1976 they moved to the Eggers' Homestead and continued to farm until the fall of 1986.

Curtis was involved in many leadership roles such as Soil Conservation, Minnehaha Funeral Home, Mapleton Township board, The American Legion, Farm Services Agency, Silver Creek Watershed, Eastern Dakota Development District, VFW, 40 & 8, Farm Bureau, Renner Fire Department, and Republican Party to name a few.

Curtis was a member of Renner Lutheran Church all of his life. One of his joys in life was taking care of his grandchildren and planning activities for them. Saturday morning was also an important day for Curtis as it was "pancake breakfast day" at his home with the entire family and walk-in guests. He was also known for his delicious chocolate chip cookies.

Grateful for having shared his life are, daughters, Sandra (Dean) Sorum, Kathy (Paul) Evenson, Lanette (Darold) Diede, sons, Timothy Eggers, and Michael (Shelly) Eggers. Twelve grandchildren, seventeen great grandchildren, and three great great grandchildren. Survived by his sisters Eleanor Emmel, Delores Christenson, Darlene (Richard) Thoreson, and Carol Eggers, sister-in-law. He is preceded in death by his wife Jean, parents and his brother Robert.

The family requests memorials to be directed to Renner Lutheran Church. minnehahafuneralhome.com

Marvin Feddes

Marvin Feddes entered the joyous presence of Jesus on September 19, 2017, at age 87. God blessed him with health and energy until the very last hours of his life.

Born May 15, 1930, the youngest son of Jacob and Lena Feddes, Marv grew up in a Christ-centered home. Aside from military service, he was a lifelong rancher in the Gallatin Valley. He was engaged to Nellie Izenbaard 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.

Marv and his older brother, Neal, became ranching partners in the 1950s and established Feddes Herefords near Manhattan. The cattle gained a stellar reputation and sold to herds across America and in other countries. In recent years, sons Dan and Tim took over management of the herd, but Marv continued to help. He loved driving through pastures, distributing nutrients, and making sure the cattle were all healthy.

Although successful raising cattle, Marv cared more about raising kids. 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. When grandchildren came, Grandpa delighted in them and gave them lots of candy and hugs. He cheered for them at sports events. He also drove many thousands of miles with Nell each year to visit children and grandchildren who lived far from Montana.

Marv’s love reached far beyond his family. He was a charter member of Bethel Christian Reformed Church and served as an elder or deacon for many years. He worked to relieve poverty locally and served in disaster relief efforts with World Renew and the American Red Cross. He was generous with people in need and befriended countless people at the county jail and state prison. Because Marv had experienced Jesus’ love and forgiveness, he shared that love and forgiveness with people convicted of crimes. He believed God could rescue and transform anybody. His favorite song was “Amazing Grace.”

Marvin is survived by his wife of 64 years, Nell, and their children Michael (Rene), Dan (Robyn), Tim (Tami), Marvanne (Dwight) Logterman, David (Wendy), and Paul (Deb); 27 grandchildren; 9 great-grandchildren; and his sister Lee Venhuizen. Marv was preceded in death by brothers Henry and Neal; sisters Alice Huttinga and Nellie Cole; and granddaughter Rebekah Feddes.

Visitation will be 4-6 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 24, at Dokken-Nelson Funeral Service (www.dokkennelson.com). Graveside committal will be at 10 a.m. Monday, Sept. 25, followed by the funeral at 11 a.m. in Bethel Christian Reformed Church.

Memorial gifts may be sent to Bozeman Prison Ministries (P.O. Box 6281, Bozeman, MT 59771) or Christian Leaders Institute (17771 West Spring Lake Rd, Spring Lake, MI 49506).

John Baker

John William Baker, 64, Ada, MN, died Tuesday, September 12, 2017, at his home.

Funeral: 2:00PM, Saturday, September 16, 2017, at Grace Lutheran Church, Ada, MN.

Visitation: Friday from 5:00PM to 7:00PM with a 6:30PM prayer service at Fredrikson-Ganje Funeral Home, Ada, MN.

Burial: Ada Municipal Cemetery, Ada, MN.

A complete obituary to follow.

Andrew Dosch

Andrew Jordon Dosch, age 30, of Powers Lake, ND died Friday, August 4, 2017 at St. Mary’s Hospital, Rochester, MN.

Andrew Jordon Dosch was born on September 19, 1986, in Harvey, ND to Dennis and Lovera Dosch. He passed away on August 4, 2017 at St. Mary’s Hospital, Rochester, MN. Funeral services are scheduled for Thursday, August 10, 2017 at 10:30 am at St. James Catholic Church in Powers Lake. Visitation is Wednesday from 3:00 pm at the church followed by a rosary service at 5:30 pm. Burial is in St. James Catholic Cemetery at Powers Lake.

Andrew grew up in Powers Lake in a rambunctious family of seven kids. He attended Powers Lake Elementary and graduated from Powers Lake High School in 2005. Andrew always had a strong work ethic and started mowing lawns with his brother, Nick, when he was thirteen years old. This eventually led to part-time employment at Powers Lake Cenex which continued into summer employment during his college years.

During his school years he participated in basketball, Know Your State contest, Geography Bee and was very active in Powers Lake FFA. After graduation he served one year as a ND State FFA officer. He attended Dickinson State University for one year then transferred to NDSU where he graduated in 2010 with an Agricultural Education degree. He started his teaching career at Gackle, ND where he taught for two years. He returned to Powers Lake to begin building a Hereford cattle operation in partnership with Larry Tinjum while working full time at Powers Lake Cenex. Upon leaving Cenex he taught Ag. Ed. for one year at Stanley, ND while expanding his cattle operation. He was elected Burke County Commissioner in November 2016.

While working at Cenex Andrew met Samantha, a special young lady with two adorable children, Jaylynn and Jeremy (his right hand man). This relationship has continued to grow over the last two years which was soon to culminate in marriage.

Andrew was very committed to his Catholic faith and served his home parish, St. James, in many ways. He was active in the Knights of Columbus where he was currently the Grand Knight.

Andrew was an outgoing young man who developed many friendships across the state during his high school, FFA, and college years.

As a family we owe a debt of gratitude to a very special man. Larry Tinjum was willing to work with and mentor a young man with limited experience in the cattle business. Larry became Andrew’s “second Dad” as they worked together these last five years to improve the ranch and start Andrew in cattle ranching.

Andrew is survived by his parents, Dennis and Lovera, and six brothers and sisters: Mike, Nick (Morgan), Beth (Bryan) Moberg, Katy (AJ) Cvancara, Anthony (Sarah), and Laura (Sam) Preble; his fiancé, Samantha and her children, Jaylynn, and Jeremy. Andrew also leaves thirteen nieces and nephews, Cainbridge, Carsen, Makenna, Mylee, Addison, Brinley, Cora, Austyn, Bridger, Alaina, Wesley, Harper, and Avalyn.

Andrew is a beloved son, brother, and husband-to-be who will be deeply missed.

On line condolences may be shared at www.springanfuneralhome.com

Gary Meyer

Gary Henry Meyer, 84, of Penrose, CO, passed away Tuesday, September 5 at the Forget Me Not Memory Care home in nearby Florence.

Gary was surrounded by his family and friends in the days and minutes preceding his death and was in the warm embrace of his wife of nearly 24 years when Jesus finally called him home after a courageous battle with Alzheimer’s disease.

Gary was born October 28, 1932 to Alfred and Marguerite (Dieterich) Meyer in Fargo, ND. Growing up and spending his formative adolescent years on the family dairy farm taught Gary his impeccable work ethic and incredible ingenuity. After losing both his parents at a young age, Gary graduated from West Fargo High School in 1950 and left the family farm to share his numerous talents with several companies throughout his career (Woolworths, KXMB TV, Ralston Purina and Globe Life United American).

Gary also spent time as a ranch hand in the scenic Sandhills of Nebraska and served as a Citizen Airman in the Bismarck Civil Air Patrol. As his insurance career wound down, his life-long love for the Ol’ West, leatherwork and fast-draw gun belts led him to meet his wife, Sandy. Their leather business, Classic Leather Designs, was a source of many wonderful friendships throughout the country. Gary loved people and a good conversation. He was right at home meandering though the many trade-shows they attended in his cowboy boots, custom cowboy hat and sharply pressed wranglers - looking for an ear to bend.

Gary will be remembered for his kind smile, quick wit, and honest-to-goodness chivalry. He had a clever one-liner for nearly every situation you could encounter. He was dearly loved by many.

Gary is survived by his wife (Sandy) and stepson (Tom), Gary’s adult children (Laurie, Hollie, Lee, Clay, Wendy, Clint and Travis and their spouses), a sister (Elinor), 22 grandchildren and 10 great-grandchildren. Gary was preceded in death by his parents and siblings (Lawrence, Emily, Allen, Leroy, Robert, and Arleigh).

A celebration of life service will be held at 2:00pm on Saturday, September 16th at Mountain View Community Church (200 Justice Center Rd, Canon City, CO 81212). Service arrangements are under the care of Holt Funeral Home (719.275.4113). In lieu of flowers, memorials are requested to be directed to one of the following: Canon Cowboy Church, First Baptist Church of Canon City or Sangre de Cristo Hospice.

Allen Nelson

On Aug. 12, 2017, God called our dad, grandpa, uncle and friend home.

Allen Floyd Nelson was born Dec. 7, 1924, in Livingston. He was married to Marjorie Jean Holtman on March 6, 1948.

They ranched on the family place Nelson Hereford Ranch in Paradise Valley, until 1995, when they sold the ranch and moved to Red Lodge.

While living in Livingston they had four children, Dixie (Denny Hoffman) Nebraska, Janet (Dwayne Dietz) Billings, Kent Nelson (Becky) Red Lodge and his favorite Lorra (James Mitzkus) Red Lodge.

In Livingston, he was active in Paradise Valley Community Church, American Hereford Association, Montana Hereford Association, Park Gallatin Hereford Association, and served as chairman for the Park County Tax Appeal Board.

Dad loved to hunt, fish and golf. He loved to help kids in 4H and enjoyed going to all sporting events.

Once they moved to Red Lodge, he was quick to get involved with the morning coffee group. He was also a member of the Luther Community Church and Carbon County Conservation Board.

Dad loved to visit and enjoyed having lots of people around. His generosity was a gift.

Dad is survived by his children, grandchildren, great-grandchildren and he was a father and grandpa to many more than just his own. He would tease them with a twinkle in his eye.

He was preceded in death by his wife Marge.

A special thank you to the staff at TenderNest in Billings for their compassionate care of Dad. Services will be held Saturday, Sept. 16, with Interment at 9 a.m., at the St. Olaf Cemetery. Memorial service will follow at 11 a.m., at the Luther Community Church.

In lieu of flowers, memorials can be made to Luther Community Church, 233 Lower Luther Road, Red Lodge, and MT 59068.

Oscar Huso

Oscar Joseph Huso Jr. age 92 of Aneta, ND died Monday June 12, 2017 at Northwood Deaconess Health Center in Northwood, ND.

Oscar was born January 18, 1925 in Lenora Township, Griggs County, ND, the son of Oscar and Signa (Engen) Huso. He grew up in the area and graduated from Aneta High School in 1942, and entered the US Army in 1946. After his military service, he attended NDSU and graduated in 1952. Oscar married Nola Westman on October 6, 1951 at Sundahl Lutheran Church in Aneta, ND. The couple lived on the family farm where they worked and raised their 5 children for over 65 years.

Oscar served on boards for his church and community. He was a 4-H leader for over 50 years, and the 1994 Polled Hereford man of the year for North Dakota.

Oscar is survived by his wife Nola of Aneta; children Odin Jim (Brenda) Huso of Aneta, Jane (Fred) Lukens of Aneta, Nathan (Theresa) Huso of Eagan, MN, and Holly Huso of Minnetonka, MN; daughter-in-law Angela Huso of Parkton, MD; grandchildren Katie (Nathan) Pinke, Robbie (Jenn) Lukens, Kirsti (Mike) Craig, Joseph Lukens, Nicholas Huso, Tait Huso, Walker Huso, Vienna Huso, Wyatt Huso, and Logan Huso; great-grandchildren Hunter, Elizabeth, and Anika Pinke, Elijah Lukens, Nola, Hakkon, and Odin Oscar Craig; sister Eunice Stine of Fargo, ND; and his nieces and nephews.

Oscar is preceded in death by his parents, son David Huso, and sister Donna Plunkett.

The funeral service will be Sunday, June 18, 2017 at 3:00 p.m. at Sundahl Lutheran Church, Aneta, ND. Visitation will be one hour prior to service in the church. Military honors will be by Edward A. Broberg American Legion Post 16, Aneta, ND. Interment will be in Silent Hill Cemetery, Aneta, ND.

Robert "Bob" Walsh

Robert ‘Bob’ Henry Walsh, 87

May 17, 1930-May 21, 2017

Robert “Bob” Henry Walsh passed away Sunday, May 21, 2017, at the family ranch after an extended illness.

Bob was born on May 17, 1930, to Elizabeth (Davis) Walsh and Carter E. Walsh at the family ranch home near Stockton, California. His great-grandfather arrived in Stockton and San Joaquin County after traveling from New York as a hunter for the John James Audubon Party. He was the direct descendent of early settlers in San Joaquin County, California. Bob had a great life and many dreams came true – ranching, racing horses, being a banker, father, husband, father and grandfather.

Bob attended schools in Linden, California and graduated in 1947. After graduation, he worked at farming and ranching with his father and brother, Gene. Through mutual friends, he met a Texas girl who was visiting her brother and sister-in-law in Stockton. And that was that! Coralene Williams and Bob were married on June 11, 1950, which resulted in a marriage that lasted almost 67 years and to which three children were born – Katherine, Kenneth and Karen.

Bob farmed on the family ranch on Jack Tone Road in Linden. His brother Gene bought a cattle ranch in Montana and after visiting them, Bob knew that was what he wanted to do as well. So after buying the Mailey Ranch on the East Bench near Twin Bridges in 1962, Bob packed up his family and moved to Montana. After a rocky start, a lot of hard work with his wife and family at his side, Bob made the ranch profitable. Bob acquired more land, more cattle, and more horses. Bob had a strong affection for horses – he bought his first one at the age of 8. He raised reputable horses that sold at special sales and always had many repeat buyers. He started racing Quarter horses and then moved on to the raising and racing of Thoroughbred horses. Traveling to racetracks all over the country and to most of the Canadian providences to see his horses run was his greatest pleasure and entertainment.

In 1982, Bob was part of group of investors that purchased the First National Bank of Twin Bridges. Soon thereafter, the Bank of Sheridan was acquired and the name changed to Ruby Valley Bank. The motivation to invest in the bank was so that the small communities would be viable with local lending and financial services available. Bob served as Chairman of the Board up until his retirement in 2016.

After the ranch was finally paid off, Coralene convinced him it was time to see some of the world – and they did -- Africa, New Zealand, Australia, Ireland, Panama Canal, Austria, Germany, and many other beautiful places.

Bob was a faithful supporter of the Twin Bridges School and community. He served two terms on the Twin Bridges school board and was a devoted fan of the Falcons. He was a member of the Church of The Valley, served as a director for Southwestern Montana Stockgrowers, director for the East Bench Irrigation System, WMC Foundation Board, Montana Stockgrowers and Dillon Elks. He was a generous contributor to the Ruby Valley Hospital, Church of the Valley, MSU Bobcats, scholarships and many other charities.
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Bob is survived by his wife, Coralene; children, Katherine Gebhardt (Duane), Kenneth (Mary Beth) and Karen Town (Fred); grandchildren, Jaclyn Gebhardt Oliver (Kyle), Neil Gebhardt, Robert Walsh and Michael Walsh; sister, Nadine VanderLans of Long Beach, California; sisters-in-law, Noni Walsh of Jackson, California and Wanda Williams of Stockton, California; brother-in-law, Gordon Smith of Florence, Montana; and numerous nieces and nephews.

Bob was preceded in death by his parents, Carter and Elizabeth Walsh; brothers, Earl and Gene; sister-in-law, Lois Walsh; in-laws, C.M. (Pete) and Ada Williams; brother-in-law, John Stewart Williams; and sister-in-law, Glane Smith.

Special gratitude and thanks to Dr. John Madany for his personal care of Bob and family with his home visits, consultations and care. Bob’s last months were comfortable with the loving care of Julie McAlear and Lori Burwell who truly are angels to the family. The Barrett Home Health and Hospice staff are also very much appreciated.

A Memorial Service will be held at 2 p.m. Friday May 26, at The Round Barn at Twin Bridges, located on the Hamilton Ranch. In lieu of flowers, please consider supporting the Church of the Valley in Twin Bridges or Barrett Home Health and Hospice in Dillon.

Hilbert Baumgarten

Hilbert Baumgarten’s love for his wife, Jordis, was so strong that they spent almost every moment in their seven decades of marriage together, holding each other’s hand even as he peacefully passed away Sunday, May 14, 2017, at Bethany on 42nd  in Fargo. He was 96 years old.

Born May 6, 1921, Hilbert grew up on a farm near Durbin, N.D., where he fostered his passion early in his life as a herdsman. He began showing registered Herefords in his teens at the Red River Valley Fair, eventually raising cattle in partnership with his father and brother until he built up his own herd. The third-generation Hereford herdsman would carry on the legacy that continues to thrive after more than 100 years of operation. He also won numerous awards and accolades for raising Herefords. He was named ND Hereford Man of the Year in 1981. The ND Winter Show honored him in 1988 for his service to agriculture and his involvement to the Winter Show.

Hilbert farmed  all of his adult life raising grain and corn. He sold Pioneer Seed Corn for 28 years.

He was a 4-H leader for 40 years and loved to share his knowledge and skills with youth. Hilbert was named ND Pioneer 4-H Leader in 1981.

There were few things that Hilbert loved more than talking about Herefords, watching the Minnesota Twins play baseball and seeing his children and grandchildren prosper. He would often drive hundreds of miles to see his seven grandchildren succeed in their endeavors, whether it was watching them play sports or participate in music concerts, seeing them walk down the aisle to marry their loved ones or sitting down at a fair during livestock shows. Hilbert had a definitive dedication to supporting and loving his family.

In all of his endeavors he made many lifelong friends. He would visit and listen to whomever was sitting next to him.

He and his wife, Jordis, joined a lifelong journey when they were married Dec. 30, 1945. They lived on a farm near Durbin until they moved to Fargo in 2008. Hers was the only love of Hilbert’s that surpassed his passion for Herefords and his family. In the 71 years they were married, they seldom spent a day apart. Even in his last months at Bethany, Jordis would walk every day across the campus from her apartment to Hilbert’s room.

Hilbert is survived by his wife Jordis, children; Lynette (Gary) Nieuwsma, Bemidji, Mn; Cheryl (Randy) Naze, Garrison, ND; Rolland (Wendy) Baumgarten; seven grandchildren; Brody Felchle, Shawn and Kyle Nieuwsma, Doug and Abbie Naze, Jake and April Baumgarten and 3 great- grandchildren, Reagan, Reed and Teague Nieuwsma.

He was preceded by his parents Richard and Gertrude (Hans) Baumgarten; sister Elaine, daughter Lorraine Snyder, and daughter-in-law Tama Baumgarten.

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

Visitation: Friday, May 19, 2017 from 5 to 7 PM with a prayer service at 7 PM at West Funeral Home, West Fargo, ND.

Funeral: Saturday at 10:30 AM at Canaan Moravian Church, rural Davenport, ND with visitation one hour prior.

Burial: Canaan Moravian Cemetery.

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Doug Jensen

Douglas Howard Jensen died unexpectedly on May 8, 2017 at his home in southeastern Harding County at the age of 63.

Doug is survived by his wife, Myla; his children, Stephanie Good, Brian Jensen, and Chad Jensen; numerous grandchildren; his mother, Donna Jensen; his sisters, Dee Dee Page, Rhonda Page, LuAnn Schroeder, and Nancee Kinghorn; his brother, Jeff Jensen; and many wonderful friends and neighbors.

He was preceded in death by his father, Howard Jensen.

Doug was born on February 27, 1954 in Rapid City, SD to Howard and Donna Jensen. He moved to the ranch full time in 1970, shortly after his marriage to Myla.  Over the next 47 years on the ranch, the couple welcomed three children into their home.  His children remember his dry sense of humor and love of the area.

Anybody that knew Doug was well aware of his distaste for public gatherings like weddings/graduations/funerals, as well as his intense love of Accuweather, Fox News and cooking fried chicken.

As per his wishes, no funeral is planned, but a reception will be held at the JX Ranch on Saturday, May 13, 2017 at approximately 2:00 pm. All are welcome to attend and celebrate Doug’s life. 

In lieu of flowers, please send donations to the Sorum/Reva Volunteer Fire Department 14573 Dog Creed Pl, Reva, SD 57651 or Prairie City Volunteer Fire Department 12696 SD Hwy 75, Lodgepole, SD 57640.

The family would like to thank all the friends and neighbors for their thoughts and condolences.

T.V. “Tommy” Jones

T.V. “Tommy” Jones

T.V. “Tommy” Jones, 80, of Cheyenne passed on April 17, 2017 in Cheyenne.

T.V. was born October 5, 1936 in Crawford, NE to Vernon and Doris Jones. He was raised on the family ranch north of Henry, NE on Sheep Creek in the Hereford business. He attended country school until high school and graduated from Torrington High School in 1954. He attended the University of Wyoming for two years and then moved to California and became a DJ on KCBQ in San Diego.

He returned to the University of Wyoming and graduated in 1956. He then worked for the Wyoming Stockman Farmer until he went to work for Harry Green at the “the Record Stockman” in Denver as a field man.

He met April Belecky in 1961 when he was announcing the chuck wagon races. His famous phrase, “Thunder From The North” was heard for over 20 years at the Cheyenne Frontier Days night shows. They were married in 1962. He was a PRCA Gold Card Member, a Shriner and a Mason. He also was a member of the Heels.

He was a joint owner of the Thomas & Jones Sales Management for cattle sales with Ted Thomas.

He was a member of St. Andrews Episcopal Ministry Church, a member of the Kappa Sigma Fraternity, the Cowboy Joe Club at the University of Wyoming and the Alumni Association at the University of Wyoming.

He was a world traveler and a great story teller. He never forgot a name or a face and he never met a stranger. He traveled all over the United States for cattle sales. He enjoyed the outdoors and liked hunting but loved fishing.

He is survived by his wife of 54 years – April, son Cotton Jones and wife Kris, granddaughters Lyndsay and Brandi, great granddaughter Aubrianna, step grandsons, Scott Beville and Trey Stetter, 2 brothers Jon & wife Janet, Barry & wife Sharon. He is also survived by many nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents and daughter Codi Lee Bocanegra.

Private family services will be held. A Celebration of Life reception will be held at the Old West Museum Wednesday April 26 at 12:30. His friends are invited to come with stories to share. (The T.V. stands for Thomas Vernon)

Donations may be made to the Shriners Hospital for Children, Salt Lake City, UT, Cheyenne Frontier Days Scholarship Fund, Cheyenne Frontier Days Old West Museum, St. Andrews Ministry Church, Cheyenne or do something nice for somebody.

Erna Melcher

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Tony Woods

Alfred “Tony” Thomas Woods passed peacefully on Feb. 23, 2017, at the Ruby Valley Hospital in Sheridan, Montana. He was born to Earl and Grace (Weingart) Woods on his great-grandfather’s homestead near Silver Star, Montana on Sept. 2, 1930.
Tony attended school in Silver Star and Twin Bridges. He graduated from Twin Bridges High School in 1948, where he participated in both football and basketball.
He married Ruth Corienne Massey on June 13, 1953, in Butte, Montana. They were married for 55 years and were blessed with one son, Douglas Leroy Woods.
Tony loved his family, ranching and being outdoors. He lived his entire 86+ years within three miles of the family ranch. He has been a member of Twin Bridges School Board, National Farmers Organization, the Church of the Valley, and the Three Rivers Chapter of the Back Country Horseman of Montana.
He was preceded in death by his parents; his beloved wife, Ruth; his son, Doug; brother, Richard Woods; sister-in-law, Billie Jo Woods; and brother-in-law, Russell Edwards.
Tony is survived by two granddaughters, Bailey (Nimon) Badgley of Hickory, North Carolina and Kacee Woods of Nampa Idaho; daughter-in-law, Sheryl Woods of Dillon; sisters; Pearl Edwards of Butte, Lois (Russell) Hartse of Missoula, and Jesse (Fred) Seibert of Scottsdale., Arizona; sister-in-law, Sarah (Juan) Massey of Seattle; and numerous nieces and nephews, cousins and many, many dear friends.

Services for Tony Woods will be at 2 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 28, at the Church of the Valley in Twin Bridges. There will be a reception at the church following the service. A family burial will take place in Sliver Star before the service.
Memorials in memory of Tony may be made to the Ruby Valley Hospital, the Church of the Valley, or an organization of your choice.

Donald Carl Steiger

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Paul Smokov

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

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

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

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

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

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

Mozelle Hotchkiss

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

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

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

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

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

William Neil

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Craig Gary Ludwig

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Vernon W. Sanders

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Robert Milligan

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

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

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

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

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