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Juan Pabolo
FORSYTH -- Funeral services were conducted for Juan Pabolo, 69, a resident of the Rosebud community 23 years.
Mr. Pabolo was born in Michuacan, Mexico, June 24, 1886, a son of Mr. and Mrs. Jesus Pabolo. He grew to manhood in Mexico and married Juanita Guerrero at El Paso, Tex. They came to Rosebud in about 1932.
Mr. Pabolo, who spent the last year in the sanitarium in Galen, died there Jan. 25.
Rosary was recited in Beals Chapel Sunday and services were held in the Catholic Church at 9:30 with Father Galour officiating. Burial was in Forsyth Cemetery, pallbearers being George Avalos, Joe Lopez, Tom Manguia, Rayes Salazer, Don Covarrubias and Louis Carranco.
Surviving are three sons and five daughters, Jesus, Angel and Joe Pabolo, Mrs. Carmen Lopez, Mrs. Manuel Martinez, Mrs. Salvador Gandara, Mrs. Severo Garza and Mrs. Roberto Corral, and 22 grandchildren.
[The Billings Gazette, Feb. 1, 1956 - Sub. by A. Pabolo]

Juanita Pabolo
Juanita Pabolo, 55, of Forsyth, formerly of Billings, died Sunday, Nov. 2, 1997, in the Rosebud Health Care Center at Forsyth following a long illness.
Born Nov. 28, 1941, in Thurlow, she was the daughter of Jess and Lola Marthinez Pabolo. She spent her youth and attended schools in Rosebud, Carterville and Hysham before moving to Huntley.
She started working in a motel in Billings before working in various cafes as a cook. Later she worked at the Skyview Terrace Cafe at the Logan International Airport and then at the Ramada Inn before moving to Forsyth in 1990 where she had lived since.
She was a member of the Immaculate Conception Church in Forsyth.
Her survivors include her brother, Roy, and his wife, Arlene, of Forsyth; two sisters, Louise Mascarena of Billings and Isabelle Brown of Alexandria, Va; three aunts, Helen Ruiz of Whiting, Ind., Lena Rodriguez of Montagere, Calif., and Mary Gonzales of Tule Lake, Calif.; and numerous nieces and nephews.
Funeral Mass will be at 10 a.m. Thursday, Nov. 6, 1997, in the Immaculate Conception Catholic Church at Forsyth. The Rev. Gill will officiate. Interment will follow in the Forsyth Catholic Cemetery.
Beals Mortuary of Forsyth is in charge of arrangements.
[Billings Gazette, Nov. 4, 1997 - Sub by A. Pabolo]

Lola Pabolo
Lola Pabolo, 74, of Forsyth died Wednesday, Dec. 21, 1994, in the Rosebud Health Care Center at Forsyth.
Mrs. Pabolo was born Jan. 19, 1920, in Greenville, Texas, the daughter of Adolph and Jessie Zamora Martinez. She moved to Hysham with her family when she was a young girl and continued to live in Hysham.
On Feb. 5, 1938, she and Jess Pabolo were married in Hysham. They lived and farmed in the Thurlow area before returning to the Hysham area in 1956. In 1958, they moved to Huntley and later to Billings in 1965. They moved to Whiting, Ind., in 1977 and there she worked at the Mount Carmelita Home.
Mrs. Pabolo returned to Billings in 1985 and retired in 1991. In July 1994, she moved back to Forsyth where she had lived since.
She was a member of the St. Patrick's Co-Cathedral in Billings and the Immaculate Conception Catholic Church in Forsyth.
Her survivors include a son, Roy Pabolo of Forsyth; four daughters, Louise Mascarena of Billings, Juanita Pabolo, Isabelle Brown and Ann Dragoo, all of Forsyth; 19 grandchildren; and 25 great-grandchildren.
Survivors also include three sisters, Helen Ruiz of Whiting, Lena Rodriquez of Montague, Calif., and Mary Gonzales of Tule Lake, Calif.
She was preceded in death by her husband in 1975; two brothers, Raymond and Bill; a sister, Eva Robles; and two grandchildren.
Rosary will be recited at 9:30 a.m. Tuesday, Dec. 27, 1994, in Beals Mortuary Chapel at Forsyth. Funeral Mass will be celebrated at 10 a.m. Tuesday in the Immaculate Conception Catholic Church at Forsyth. The Rev. Michael O'Hanlon will be the celebrant. Burial will follow in the Forsyth Catholic Cemetery.
[Miles City Star, Dec. 23, 1994 - Sub by A. Pabolo]

Gayla M. Palmer
Gayla Marie Palmer, age 51, left this earth to be with Jesus early Sunday morning, June 20, 2004. Gayla spent the last few days of her life surrounded by her loving family and friends. Her delightful sense of humor and great courage were evident even during those last days. Gayla came into this world on February 16, 1953, much to the joy of her parents, Robert and Shirley Palmer. As she grew, her love of animals and all living plants grew with her. Gayla was an avid reader and loved puzzles. Her favorite hobby was crocheting beautiful afghans and doilies that she enjoyed giving to family and friends she met from all over the country was one of her greatest joys.
Gayla is survived by her parents of Forsyth, MT., her beloved soul mate and partner Donnell (Hippie) Barstad of Billings, his sister Dava Barstad also of Billings, her aunts Helen Palmer of Forsyth and Dona Palmer of Deer Lodge, numerous cousins and all of her friends.
Services will be held Thursday, June 24th at 11:00 AM at the Immaculate Conception Church of Forsyth.
Stevenson & Sons Funeral Home of Forsyth is in charge of the arrangements.
MASS FUNERAL SERVICE: Thursday, June 24, 2004 at 11:00 AM Immaculate Conception Church, Forsyth, Montana
INTERMENT: Family lot in the Forsyth Cemetery Forsyth, Montana
[Funeral announcement, June 24, 2004 - Sub. by A. Pabolo]

Martin L. Peterson
Martin Peterson left this world on September 13, 2012 at the age of 58. Martin was born on April 9, 1954 in Miles City to Orville & Anastasia Peterson. Martin had an infectious smile & he loved telling jokes & making people laugh. He had a story or ancedote for every occasion. He loved his work & the freedom it gave him to travel the country seeing new places & meeting new people. The people he worked with often referred to him as "brilliant" & he took great pride in the work that he did. He was an electrical engineer, avid coin collector, published author, painter, photographer, father, son, brother, & friend. Martin spent his early years on the prairies of eastern Montana. He loved playing baseball, fishing, & cross-country skiing. He worked road construction during the summers while he was in college at MSU-Bozeman before beginning his engineering career that took him to places like Houston TX, Anchorage AK, Gresham OR, Burlington VT, & Billings MT. Along the way he wrote a western novel, started an engineering firm & an online publishing company, fathered 3 kids of his own, Annie, Jesse, and Heidi & was dad to a few more, taught Sunday school & coached little league. He was a person who loved adventure & who wold go out of his way to help anyone he could. He will be greatly missed by all who loved him & all those he impacted throughout his life.
Travel well.
Funeral Service: Monday, September 24, 2012 11 A.M.; Immaculate Conception Catholic Church; Forsyth, Montana; Officiating: Father Michael Schneider
Internment: A private internment will be at a later date.
[Source: Sub by A. Pabolo - Funeral Home Memorial]

Robert Payovich
Robert "Bob" Payovich, age 55, passed away on Monday, December 17, 2007 at his home in Forsyth, MT.
Bob was born May 31, 1952, the son of Robert and Mary Payovich in Red Lodge, MT. He attended school in Roberts and Red Loge. Bob entered the United States Marine Corps in 1969 and served in the Vietnam War where he suffered a severe leg injury in July 1972 and was medically discharged as a decorated Disabled Veteran receiving the National Defense Purple Heart.
Bob married Madge "Choppy" Doran on January 12, 1973 in Red Lodge. In 1980 the family moved to Forsyth where Bob worked for Prince, Inc, followed by employment with Rosebud County. In 1994 he went to work for Peabody Coal. Bob eventually lost his leg due to his Vietnam War injury and was forced to retire. Bob spent his remaining years doing what he did best "being there" for his immediate and extended family, especially his sister Toni, to whom he was a constant companion from beginning to end during her courageous battle with cancer.
Bob loved to hunt, fish and enjoyed life to the fullest. He looked forward to his annual elk hunt with his uncles, George and Paul and his group of friends from Bemidji, MN and his frequent ice fishing trips back to Bemidji, MN with his son Jarrad. Most recently, Bob especially enjoyed spending time with his first Grandson Konnor. The two of them were essentially "glued at the hip."
Bob was preceded in death by his infant daughter Danielle Payovich, Parents, Robert and Mary Payovich, Grandparents Harry and Frances Allen, Grandparent Chris and Mary Payovich, his dearly loved Sister Toni Payovich and his very special Uncle Paul Payovich.
Bob is survived by his wife, Madge "Choppy" Payovich of Forsyth; his daughter Darci (Dustin) and their son Hunter of Portland OR; daughter Paula and her son Konnor of Forsyth, MT, his sisters Donna Payovich of Anchorage, AK; Jodi Payovich of Casper, WY, and our special family member Dianne Davis of Casper, WY; his brothers Nickolas (Denise) Brooke, Morgan and Tyler of Anchorage, AK; Mark Payovich and his children Mathew, Miranda, Mark, Skylar and numerous aunts, uncles and cousins, especially his cousin Johnny Payovich of Belgrade, MT who were constant companions during their youth including entering into the Marine Corps together.
VISITATION & FAMILY RECEIVING FRIENDS: Thursday, December 20, 2007 from 1:00 to 8:00pm with Family Receiving Friends from 5:00 to 7:00 pm in the Chapel of Stevenson & Sons Funeral Home Forsyth, MT
MASS OF CHRISTIAN BURIAL: Saturday, December 22, 2007 at 11:00 am at the St. Agnes Catholic Church Red Lodge, Montana
OFFICIATING: Father Denis Keane
INTERMENT: Rite of Committal will follow in the Red Lodge Cemetery with full Military Honor.
[Funeral Memorial, Dec. 20, 2007 - Sub. by A. Pabolo]

Rita J. T. Philbrick
Rita Julius Theodora Robertson Philbrick, born December 23, 1907, in a sod house in Hog Hollow, NE, the only living child of Gavin and Ann Robertson. Rita's mother passed away when Rita was about six years old. Rita and her father became very close as he continued operating his farm as a single parent. Rita had many stories to tell about riding horses with her dad, always accompanied by their big farm dog. After a time Gavin married Rita's teacher, Leah Dutton. A son, "Dickie" and a daughter, Ardis, were born to Gavin and Leah.
In 1919, Gavin, Leah, and the three children moved to Montana where they operated a farm on Rosebud Creek. Rita would tell about riding her horse to school in Rosebud, as did some of the other children. She also talked about "baby-sitting" Vesta Polich. In high school Rita played on the girl's basketball team. They traveled to and from their out-of-town games on the local train. She attended school until 1926, when she married Dale Philbrick on August 27, 1926 a sheep rancher on Rosebud Creek.
Rita and Dale made their home in the former Sabra post office building, where they began operating the DK ranch. Initially they ran sheep with Dale's father, Newell G. Philbrick, later they began raising Hereford cattle. Their only child, Newell, was born to them in November 1932, in Forsyth. When Newell started school, Rita became a school bus driver for students on the Rosebud Creek. She was always an active supporter of the students and school events. Rita and her husband, Dale, retired to Forsyth in 1959 where they purchased the Tarbox residence on 9th Avenue. Dale passed away in 1962, and Rita continued to make this house her home until 2003, when in failing health, she entered the Rosebud Health Care Nursing Home. In October of 2009, Newell and Andre' cared for her in their home at the Philbrick ranch. It was there that she passed away peacefully on April 11, 1010 in the presence of her minister Rev. John Vallie, Newell and Andre', and her other care giver Mrs. Jennifer Johnson, at the age of 102+ years.
Rita always enjoyed being involved with people. She was an active member of many organizations including Homemaker's Club, a charter member of Cow Belles (Rosebud Cattle Women) and the Nile, Range Riders, Sage Riders, Pink Ladies, SECW, and Classic Car Club. She was also active in Republican party activities. Rita was an active member of the Concordia Lutheran church, baptized, and confirmed in her faith.
After her husband Dale's passing, Rita began traveling extensively. She visited the home of her grandmother in Denmark, her grandfather's home in Scotland, - England, Japan, Philippi9nes, Hawaii, Alaska, Canada, and Mexico. She also traveled about visiting relatives in many states over the years. She kept active with daily walks to town, and exercising in the local swimming pool. She also enjoyed being a substitute bowler for a bowling team. Her pastimes included driving her 1934 Chevy car with the Classic Car Club, in parades and on tours around the state. Playing cards with friends and family was another interest she enjoyed. She said she didn't have a "sit down" nature to enjoy knitting, crocheting, or things of that sort.
Rita leaves behind her son Newell and wife Andre', three granddaughters, Rochelle Pulver, Denise (Ernie) Brewer, and Kristi Dayle (Bill) Gross. Four step-granddaughters, Roberta (Martin) Bunting, Rita Trostel, Rochelle (Scot) Wahlert, and Rebecca Compher. Six great-grandchildren, twelve step-great-grandchildren, one great-great-grandchild, and three step-great--grandchildren. Also nephews Gary (Jen) Jensen and family, and Kevin (Carol) Robertson, nieces Janet (Bud) and family, Patti (Don) Langor and family, Betty (Ray) Clark and family, Karen Lane and family. She is preceded in death by her parents, Gavin and Ann Robertson, step-mother, Leah Robertson, half-sister Ardis Jensen, and half-brother "Dickie" Gavin Dawson Robertson.
INTERNMENT: In the family lot of the Forsyth Cemetery.
[Funeral Home Memorial, 16 April 2010 - Sub. By A. Pabolo]

Joseph R. Phillips
Joseph R. Phillips was 67 when he died December 1 in the Veterans Administration Hospital in Bonham, Texas. He was born Sept. 21, 1913 in Rosebud, son of James and Lillian Phillips. After spending his youth in the Ashland and Broadus area, he served in the Army during World War II until 1945 when he returned to Rosebud County where he ranched and worked at Costrip.He later operated the City Cafe and the Tastee Freeze drive-in in Forsyth until 1972 when he moved to Powell Wyo. and later retired and moved to Gordonville, Texas in 1979, married Alice Horsman on June 13, 1962. He was a member of the American Legion and Veterans of Foreign Wars posts of Forsyth and the Eagles Lodge of Powell, Wyo.Survivors include his wife; two daughters, Denise Kay at home and Mrs. Edith Scott of Tacoma, Wash.; two sons, James of Springfield, Va., and Donald G. of Lathroy, Calif.; also two stepsons, Jerry Calflisch of St. Louis Park, Minn., and Rodney Baldwin of Renton Wash.; two step-daughters, Roxanne Gilge and Beverly Boschee, both of Forsyth; three brothers, Harry of Spokane, Wash., James Gerald of Ashland; two sisters, Mrs. Ethelma Drung of Medford, Ore., and Janie Swank of The Dalles, Ore.; 21 grandchildren and 6 great grandchildren. The Rev. Cecil Eanes of the Federated Church will officiate at the services , Dec. 6 at 10:30 a.m. in Beals Mortuary Chapel. The Rev. Rick Griffin will sing “Beyond the Sunset” and “How Great thou Art” He will be accompanied by Rita Martens. Pallbearers will be Hermie Harkin, Glen Blakesley, Stan Edgell, Art Polich, Robert Martinek, and Joe Vassau. Interment will be in Forsyth Cemetery with Military honors.
["Forsyth Independent" December 4, 1980 - Submitted by Bradley Thomas ]

Laura S. Phillips
Laura S. Phillips died on Sunday March 8, in her home at the age of 83. She was born the daughter of John and Katherine Hoffman in Medelia, Minn., on June 2, 1897. She came to Rosebud County in 1911 with her parents to the Rosebud Creek. After her marriage to Herbert Jellison in 1917 they settled on a homestead on the upper Rosebud Creek.
She came to Forsyth in 1935 and has been here since. She married Joe Phillips on May 1, 1943 in Forsyth.
For many years, Laura has been working as the Joseph Hotel manager. She was very active in the American Legion Auxiliary and the VFW Auxiliary, serving both organizations as past president and as district past president. She was also a member of the Eight and Forty of Miles City, Rosebud County Pioneers and the Episcopal Church in Forsyth.
Laura is survived by four sons, Harold Jellison of Roseburg, Ore., Clayton Jellison of Billings, James Jellison of Springfield. Va., and Donald Gene Jellison of Lathrop, Calif.; two daughters, Mrs. LaBerta Kelly of Madera, Calif., and Mrs. Edith Scott of Tacoma, 20 grandchildren, 16 great grandchildren and 1 great-great grandchild.; two sisters, Mrs. Viola E. Carlson of Stockton, Calif. and Mrs. Doris Woodward of San Adreas, Calif.
The Rev. Charles Mitchell of Ascension Episcopal Church will officiate at the funeral on Friday at 10 a.m. in Beals Mortuary Chapel. Dr. John Forsberg will sing The Old Rugged Cross and In the Garden accompanied by Mariellen Lee. Pallbearers will include Charles Harris, Ben Berdahl, Bob Martinek, Alfed Coate, Jim Kuckler and Butch Riley. Interment will be in the Forsyth Cemetery.
["Forsyth Independent", March 12, 1981, submitted by: Bradley Thomas]

Lillian Edith Phillips
Last Rites For Mrs. Jas. Phillips
Lillian Edith Phillips, 76, died at her home in Forsyth Wednesday, Oct. 15. Funeral services will be conducted Saturday, Oct. 18, 2 p.m. from Beals Mortuary with Rev. Marlin Foster officiating. Mrs. Jack Mees, soloist will sing “The Old Rugged Cross” and “Jesus Holds My Hand.” Burial will be in the Forsyth Cemetery.
She was born the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Henry C. Goodale March 30th, 1893 at the family home in Brandenberg. She lived in North Dakota and New Mexico for a short time and the past few months made her home with her husband in Forsyth.
Survivors include her husband James, and son Joseph in Forsyth; sons Harry, Spokane; James, and Gerald, Ashland; William, Ft Smith, Ark.; daughters, Mrs. Marie Kerr, Bowman, N. Dak.; Mrs. Etelma Drung, Ashland, Ore.; Mrs. Janie Plumlee, North Plains Ore.; a sister, Mrs. John L. Flower, Brandenberg and 30 grandchildren and 16 great grandchildren.
Pallbearers will be Buck Boouslaugh,Les Snodgrass, Ray Wilbur, Charles Macklengburg, George Wagner and Mr. Wickman.
["Forsyth Independent" 16 October 1969 - Submitted by Bradley Thomas]

Kelly Jo Piseno
Kelly was born in Beach, North Dakota, on April 19, 1950, the daughter of Edward and Vivian (Heath) Stull. She grew up and attended schools in Beach, North Dakota and graduated from high school in 1969. After graduation, she attended the School of Cosmetology in Miles City, MT. and earned her degree in 1970. She was later united in marriage to Robert Piseno in Forsyth. While raising her family, she worked as a cosmetologist and also managed the Sinclair Convenience Store for 6 years. In 1996, she was hired as the manager of the Forsyth Villiages, a position she truly enjoyed doing. Kelly was a loving mother, grandmother, sister, aunt and friend. She enjoyed playing darts and making crafts, but especially she loved spending time with her family and friends. Kelly will be missed by all. WE LOVE YOU AND WILL MISS YOU, MOM Kelly is survived by her daughters, Kami Jo Piseno of Las Vegas, NV, and Kyla (Kurt) Mees of Seattle, WA; her sons, Trever (Jessica) Piseno of Larimore, ND, and Trent (Jennifer) Piseno of Billings, MT.; her mother, Vivian V. (Heath) Stull of Forsyth, two brothers Jack Stull of Great Falls, Douglas Stull of Bismarck, ND; and four sisters Carol Hansel and her husband John of Diamondhead, Miss., Charlys Schulenberg and her husband Andy, of Forsyth, Layne Kreitenger and her husband Ken of Richardton, ND, Kimberly Helsper and husband Tom of Decatur, AL; as well as numerous nieces and nephews, uncles, aunts and cousins. She is preceded in death by her son Travis Piseno, her father Edward Stull and infant sister Billie Jean Stull.
MEMORIAL SERVICE: Saturday, November 20, 2004 at 11:00AM at the Federated Church Forsyth, Montana OFFICIATING: Pastor Vicki Waddington INTERMENT: Will follow in the Forsyth City Cemetery Forsyth, Montana.
[Funeral Memorial, Nov. 20, 2004 - Sub. by A. Pabolo]

Margaret P. Piseno
Margaret P. Piseno, 75, of Forsyth, died peacefully surrounded by her family, Friday February 9, 2001 at the Billings Deaconess Medical Center following a short illness.
Margaret was born March 17, 1925 in Los Angeles, CA, the daughter of Paul and Pauloa Soria Perez. She spent her youth and attended schools in the Hysham, MT area, earning her GED in Helena.
In 1945, Margaret married Raymond Piseno Gonzalez in Hysham. They lived in Hysham where Raymond worked for the Northern Pacific Railroad. In 1955, they moved to Forsyth where Margaret worked aa a Certified Nurses Assistant at the hospital and nursing home in Forsyth for many years. She enjoyed working with the patients, always trying to make their day better with her smile, company, and taking care of their needs.
She enjoyed tending to her gardening, walking, visiting with her friends, eating at restaurants, listening to music and dancing, especially at the Senior Citizens. Margaret especially loved her grandchildren and was a member of the Immaculate Conception Catholic Church, PCCW, Degree of Honor, the VFW Auxiliary, Forsyth Senior Citizens and other numerous organizations.
She is survived by her four sons, Bob (Carla) Piseno of Forsyth, Joe Piseno and special friend Danielle of Forsyth, David (Jeneane) Piseno of Atlanta, GA, and Ron (Becky) Piseno of Laurel; her brother Efren Escabedo of San Diego, CA; sister-in-law Virginia Perez of San Francisco, CA; 17 grandchildren; 10 great grandchildren; 4 nephews, one niece; adopted family Angie, Jenny, and Josie; as well as her extended family and many special friends. Margaaret was preceded in death by her son Raymond Richard (Rick) Piseno, her brother Tony Perez, and her grandson Travis Lee Piseno.
[Funeral Memorial, Feb. 13, 2001 - Sub. by A. Pabolo]

Veronica Pomarleau
With her daughter by her side, our most beloved and beautiful mother, grandmother, great grandmother and sister passed into the arms of her Lord Jesus Christ, January 21, 2006 at Friendship Villa Care Center, Miles City, Mt. She was 86 years old.
Veronica I. Kurtz was born to Peter R. and Henrietta (Peltier) Kurtz on October 4, 1919 in Flaxville, Mt. She attended and graduated from Flaxville High School in 1937. On February 25, 1941 she married Ray Pomarleau, her husband of 61 years. He passed away in 2003. Together they raised four children. The started their life together farming, then later Dad went to work in construction. Mom loved traveling to new places and seeing different parts of the country
Mom was a stay-at-home mother until her children were grown. She then returned out into the work world which she loved, especially working at JC Penneys in Miles City.
After Dad retired they bought a small place in Huntley, Mt, where she could indulge in her love of flowers, planting fruit trees, gardening and baking for Dad and his sweet tooth.
Mom loved all kinds of music, but especially old time piano music, taking pictures of almost anything, working crossword puzzles, collecting dishes, pottery and glassware, and going for rides with Dad to look at new scenery. She loved reading and collecting books and taught her children that love. Her favorite saying was "Oh Beautiful for Spacious Sky".
Most of all, Mom loved her husband, children, grandchildren, great grandchildren, brothers and sisters. She was so proud of her large and loving family. She believed deeply in her faith and the Lord was a constant companion to her.
Although Alzheimers ravaged her, through it all, her beauty, sweetness and sense of humor remained.
Mrs. Pomarleau was preceded in death by her husband Ray, her parents, one sister Jacquelline, and one brother Lyle. She is survived by her four children: Kay (Ken) Harmsen of Sorsyth, Mt., Jim (Gerrie) Pomarleau of Belfield, ND., Mary (Wally) Bonneau of Worden, Mt., and Sue (Gary) Ballard of Hysham, Mt. Also surviving are six grandchildren; Mark (Stacie) Pomarleau, Mike (Tonya) Pomarleau, Michelle Pomarleau (fiance Jason), Matthew Pomarleau (fiance Lacy), Ehren Schneider and Danielle (Todd) Wyckoff; four great grandchildren; Evan, Cole, Isaac and Jayden. Seven sisters and five brothers also survive; Frances Maloney, Loretta Head and Carolyn Kurtz of Renton, Wa., Acquina Larson of Four Buttes, Mt., Donna McDowell of Flaxville, Mt., Jean Schultz and Joan Torno of Billings, Mt., Robert and Leroy of Flaxville, Mt., Leo of Cohasset, Mass., Darrel of Sheridan, Wy., and Dennis of Sedro Wooley, Wa.
[Funeral Memorial, Jan. 26, 2006 - Sub. by A. Pabolo]

Wayne Darwin Purkett
Wayne Darwin Purkett, age 58, of Forsyth, passed away on April 2, 2006 at the Saint Vincent Hospital following a short battle with cancer.
Darwin was born the son of Henry James and Opal (Eayrs) Purkett on September 5, 1947 in Glasgow, MT. He grew up and was educated in the Forsyth school system graduating in 1965. While growing up in Forsyth Darwin took part in many youth activities such as baseball and the scouting program. Darwin was active in wrestling, football and track & field in his high school years. His time playing sports was a great passion for Darwin as he shared the field and mat with his friends and team mates, Brian Rolston and Bill Parker, He threw the shot put in track and broke the school shot put record in 1965 which had been held by his brother Duane since 1954. This record still stands today as one of the oldest breakable records to date at Forsyth High School. Following his graduation, Darwin attending Eastern Montana College inMiles City, where he earned his associates of arts degree and was a vital part of a successful wrestling team with his friends, Ron Brumfield and Dick Ferguson. Darwin married Susan Reh in 1978 in Forsyth, MT. Together they made their home in Forsyth where Darwin was employed by Kent Autobody, Bechtel Power Corporation and was part of the construction of the power plants in Colstrip as well as working at the Conoco refinery in Billings. Later Darwin worked in Forsyth for different contractors as a carpenter, even though it was frustrating to some because he took his time wanting everything to be perfect. He lived by the code, "measure twice, cut once".
Darwin's passion was fishing and could almost always be found at the dam in Forsyth. He enjoyed working on and restoring cars, photography, the Young Mens Club and traveling on his motorcycle throughout the west coast. Some of his fondest memories were times spent hunting and fishing with his brother, Duane, spending time with the Piseno Family, and camping and barbecuing with his his family and the Steinberger family. Recently Darwin spent his time polishing agates with his friend, Richard Stevens.
Darwin's greatest pride was his four boys. He enjoyed watching them play sports, camping, teaching them to fish, how to survive in the wilderness, and working on cars.
He is survived by his parents, Jim Purkett and Opal Purkett both of Forsyth, his sons Chrisopher Purkett of Missoula, Joshua Purkett of San Antonioo, TX, David Schafer and Dan Schafer both of San Antonio, TX; two nieces Danae (Ryan) Pinkerton, Darci (Donald) Saeman, two nephews, Darin (Kristine) Purkett, and Dalen (Wendy) Purkett, sister-in-law Nancy Purkett, numerous cousins, as well as his former wife Susan Reh.
Darwin was preceded in death by his brother Duane.
FUNERLA SERVICE: Saturday, Aril 8, 2006 at 1:00pm Chapel of Stevenson and Sons Funeral Home. Forsth, MT
INTERMENT: Will follow in the family lot of the Forsyth Cemetery
[Funeral Announcement, April 8, 2006 - Sub. by A. Pabolo]

James Jay Quinlan
James "Jim" Jay Quinlan, 60, of Miles City passed away Thursday, Feb. 19, 1998, at his home in Miles City.
Jim was born Jan. 9, 1938, in Thurlow, east of Rosebud, the son of John Vincent and Eva Marie Yockavich Quinlan. He was raised and attended schools in the Rosebud area. After his schooling, he began working for a seismograph company.
Jim and Irene Herauf were married Feb. 17, 1959, in Glendive, where he was working for L.P. Anderson on the oil rigs for seven years. They moved to Miles City in 1965 where he worked for Gus Albert as a truck driver on road construction. In 1972 they moved to the Hook Ranch where he worked for nine years, and then moved to the Newman Ranch in Cohagen where they lived until 1986. Jim, being a free spirit, tried prospecting for gold for four months, primarily in Wyoming. They then moved into Miles City in 1989 where Jim worked for Agri Basics until his retirement in 1994.
Jim enjoyed fishing, and hunting for asparagus, and loved spending time with his grandchildren. He was a member of the Miles City Eagles Lodge. Jim was also an inventor and had patented a drywall marker used for hanging sheetrock.
Survivors include his wife, Irene, of Miles City; a son, Kevin, and his wife, Dianna, of Miles City; four daughters, Diane and her husband, Robert Rainey, of Miles City, Carol and her husband, Mark Molstad, of Longmont, Colo., Tamara and her husband, Loren Spillum, of Billings, and Jane and Rowdi McMillan of Rosebud; two half brothers, Ed and John Yonkaitis; two brothers, Walter and Tom Quinlan; two half-sisters, Vicki Benner and Julie Hall; a sister, Angie Stayley; 11 grandchildren, Josh Taneasha, Amber, Ashley, A.J., Nathan, Garrett, Shelby, Sean, Tori and Kori.
Prayer services were held Monday, Feb. 23, in the chapel of Stevenson & Sons Funeral Home in Miles City. Funeral services were held Tuesday, Feb. 24, at the Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Miles City with Father Kirk Morgan officiating. Interment followed in the family lot in the Custer County Cemetery.
Stevenson & Sons Funeral Home of Miles City is in charge of the arrangements.
[The Independent-Enterprise, February 26, 1998 - Sub. by A. Pabolo]

Richard P. Raymond

Richard Patrick "Pat" Raymond (62), of Forsyth, MT passed away September 28, 2009 after a long baattle and recent complications from Crohns.
Pat was born in Miles City, MT on August 15, 1947. He was one of 7 children to Warner and Beartice Raymond. Pat attended Dawson County High School before joining the Navy in 1967. He served 4 years with the Navy before he was honorably discharged on medical orders from Crohns. He married Carole Spears on August 12, 1972, and together enjoyed 37 years of happy marriage, raising 2 children together. He spent 29 years working as an EMT for the Rosebud County Ambulance and retired from Heberle Ford last summer.
He had a deep passion for life and loved food, cooking and trying new things. Hobbies throughout his life were his many corvettes and the constant tinkering that goes along with sports car ownership; hunting and shooting, especially out on the ranch; and he loved to travel, spending much of his time the last several years of his life traveling with his loved ones.
Pat is preceded in death by his parents Beatrice and Warner Raymond, his sister Janice Parks and nephew Chad Raymond.
He is survived by wife Carole Raymond and their two sons Bryan Raymond of Billings, MT and Keith Raymond (Dee) of Rapid City, SD and 3 grandchildren (Vance, Skylar and Aspen) and several brothers; Roger Raymond (Farmer's Ranch, TX), Ron Raymond (Lou) of Great Falls, MT, Curt Raymond (June) of Great Falls, MT, Bruce Raymond (Andeen) of Glendive, MT and his sister Mary Morgan (Duane) of Gillette, WY and their families. He is remembered and greatly missed by many people.
A CELEBRATION OF LIFE: Thursday, October 1, 2009 at 11:00am at the Chapel of Stevenson and Sons, Forsyth, Montana
OFFICIATING: Pastor Jerry Coon
FULL MILITARY HONORS: Provided by American Legion Post 39.
[Source: Funeral Home Memorial, Oct. 1, 2009 - Sub. by A. Pabolo]

Ray Rizor
Raymond Robert Rizor of Ashland passed away January 24, 2013 at the age of 69.
Raymond was born November 27, 1943 to Steve and Lethea (Daley) Rizor in Guernsey, Wyoming where he spent his early years surrounded by a large extended family.
Later his family moved frequently as his father was a power plant operator for the Bureau of Reclamation. Ray spent his junior high years in Wyoming and New Mexico and attended high school in Jamestown, North Dakota prior to joining the Marine Corps.
Following three years in the military, Ray was united in marriage to Kaaren Olsen May 1, 1965 in Los Angeles, California.
Ray's career in fire control with the US Forest Service began in 1970.
In 1978 Ray and Kaaren moved with their children, Mike and Lisa, to Fort Howes Ranger Station near Ashland, Montana where Ray served for many years as the Fire Management Officer on the Ashland Ranger District of the Custer National Forest.
After Ray retired in 1992, the Rizors enjoyed raising their foster daughter Marlene Flying Horse, visiting their children and grandchildren in the Midwest, traveling, boating, serving their area through Ashland Community Health Center, and raising Ray's prized herd of registered Appaloosa horses on Otter Creek. Ray was an active member of the Appaloosa Horse Club and his contributions to the Appaloosa Journal magazine focused on creating a healthy breed, free of genetic diseases.
Ray's line of work called on him to set aside personal safety not once but many times when lives, homes, and property were at stake. He'd never admit to being a hero, saying he was just doing his job. Perhaps most importantly, Ray was a bridge builder.
His friendships with people from all walks of life were central to who he was and what he believed. His philosophy, "we're all just people" enabled him to connect with others and find common ground. As a result, Ray was loved by many.
Ray's exuberance for life, his love of nature, and his quest for adventure made for quite a journey. Indeed, he lived and in doing so inspired the rest of us to do the same. Ray loved bluebirds and built many houses for them on his place. Bluebirds will forever remind us of the man we knew and adored.
Survivors include his wife, Kaaren; two children, Mike (Anne) Rizor of Delano, MN and Lisa (Russ) Aslesen of Ottumwa, IA; two sisters, Kathy Reardon of Casper, WY and Vickie Storm of Glenrock, WY; one brother, Steve Rizor of Colorado Springs, CO; five granddaughters, Maddy, Libby, Ellie and Maggie Rizor and Hannah Aslesen; eight nieces and nephews and many great-nieces and -nephews.
Ray was preceded in death by his parents, one brother, Ron, and one sister, Clea, who died in infancy.
Funeral Service will be held at 11:00 a.m. on Friday February 1, 2013 in the Ashland Public School Gym in Ashland, MT.
Stevenson and Sons Funeral Home of Forsyth is assisting the family with these arrangements.
[The Independent Press, January 31, 2013 - Sub. by Genie Bug]

John C. Salazar
John C. Salazar, 70, of Billings, former Miles City resident, died Sunday, March 18, in the Deaconess Hospital in Billings, following a long illness.
He was born Nov. 14, 1919, in Greenville, Texas, the son of Reyes and Guadalup Martinez Salazar. John was raised in Hysham, Mont., where he attended schools and graduated from Hysham High School. He served in the Army Air Corps during World War II and fought in the China-Burma-India Theater. After four years of military service he was honorably discharged as a Sergeant. In 1950 he married Frances J. Rangel and following their marriage he farmed beets in the Forsyth and Miles City area. He later went to work at the VA Hospital until he retired. John moved to Billings nine years ago where he has resided since.
He was a member of the VFW and Sacred Heart Parish.
Survivors include three sons James R. Salazar and John S. Salazar, Jr., both of Miles City and Thomas D. Salazar of Laurel; two daughters Mrs. Monte (Patricia) Herzog of Ismay and Mrs. Steven (Cecelia) Mills of Boyes, Mont.; an uncle Manuel Martinez of Forsyth; an aunt Loretta Carranco of Miles City, numerous cousins and 13 grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by his parents.
Rosary will be recited Wednesday at 7:30 p.m. in the chapel of Stevenson & Sons Funeral Home with funeral mass to be held at 1p.m. Thursday in the Sacred Heart Catholic Church with Father Steve Zabroski officiating. A memorial service will be held Monday at 4 p.m. in the Deaconess Medical Center in Billings. Burial will be in the Calvary Cemetery with military graveside rites. Stevenson & Son Funeral Home of Miles in charge of the arrangements.
[Funeral Memorial, March 21, 1990 - Sub by A. Pabolo]

George N. Schantz
George Nicholas Schantz, age 85, of Forsyth, MT passed away on Monday, July 13, 2009 at the Rosebud Health Care Center in Forsyth.
George was born September 9, 1923 the son of Basil and Kathern (Schmidt) Schantz in Sunnyside, ND. He was raised in Mandan, ND with his twelve siblings and graduated from Mandan High in 1942. Following graduation, he entered the Navy where he was stationed in Hawaii and Guam during WWII. George received an honorable discharge as a Yeoman 2nd Class on May 23, 1946.
He was united in marriage to Hazel A. Johnson on March 26, 1953 in Forsyth, MT. Together they raised their children in Forsyth. During this time, George was employed with the United States Postal Service as a Postal Clerk and worked for them until his retirement.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Basil and Kathern; his twin daughters, Joyce and Judy; his brothers, Frank, Casper, twins James and John; his sisters, Barbara, Margaret, Rose, Clementina, twins Hennretta and Ann, and Dorothy.
George is survived by his wife of 56 years, Hazel Schantz of Forsyth; his sons, Jay Schantz of Glendive, MT and Ron (Deanna) Schantz of Washington D.C.; his grandson Joey Schantz of Washington D.C.; and his sister Jean (George) Paul of Mandan, ND.
INTERMENT: Will follow in the Forsyth Cemetery with full military honors.
[Funeral Home Memorial, 17 July 2009 - Sub. by A. Pabolo]

James M. Schantz
James Michael Schantz, age 76 of Forsyth, Montana passed away on Friday, July 2, 2004 in Forsyth, Montana.
Jim was born on November 3, 1927 at Fort Rice, ND the son of Basil and Catherine (Schmidt) Schantz. James was raised in Mandan, ND and in Miles City, MT. He attended schools in Mandan and moved to Forsyth in 1943, where he began working for the Northern Pacific Railroad. James was then drafted in the United States Army in 1946. He served in Japan during the end of WWII. After his honorable discharge from the service he returned to Forssyth and continued his employment with the railroad. James retired after forty-four years with the railroad. On February 14, 1986, James married Mildred Koylmyer in Forsyth, MT.
After his retirement, James enjoyed working in his yard and fishing. He was and avid sports fan and attended most of the home baseball and softball games at Riverside Park. He enjoyed having coffee every morning at the Speedway Diner with his friends. James took care of his wife until she passed away in 2001.
He is survived by his two brothers, George Schantz and his wife Hazel of Forsyth, MT and Frank Schantz and his wife Margaret of Mandan, ND, a sister Jean and her husband George Paul of Mandan, ND, two step-daughters, Billie Rose Veach of Sheridan, WY, and Patsy Jo (Clarence) Brown of Miles City; two sisters-in-law, Margaret Schantz of Billings, MT and Rose Schantz of Miles City, and several nieces and nephews. James was preceded in death by his wife, Mildred; his parents, two brothers, John and Casper and five sisters; Dorothy and Alice Schantz, Barbara Clevenger, Margaret Dyba, and Rose Creesy.
VISITATION SERVICES: Tuesday, July 6th, 2004 from 1:00 to 7:00 PM Chapel of Stevenson and Sons Funeral Home Forsyth, Montana
FUNERAL SERVICE: Wednesday, July 7th at 10:00 PM at the Immaculate Conception Church Forsyth, Montana
INTERMENT: Family lot in the Catholic Section of the Forsyth City Cemetery
[Stevenson & Sons Funeral Home, July 6th, 2004 - Sub. by A. Pabolo]

Arthur Schiffer
Arthur Schiffer, age 88, of Rosebud, MT passed away on Thursday, September 17, 2009 at the Holy Rosary Hospice in Miles City, Montana.
Art was born at home May 20, 1921 in Mandlin, Montana, the son of Peter and Louisa (Hoffer) Schiffer. His parents were immigrants from Germanyu and Russia, who met in North Dakota and married then moved to settle in Montana. The family moved from Maudlin to Thurlow in 1927. They then moved on to Cartersville where they bought the farm land and stayed.
On May 15th, 1942, Art enlisted into the Air Force during WWII. He was assigned to the 2nd Bomb Group, 429th Squadron, 15th Air Force as a left waist gunner in a B-17 Bomber. Art flew 36 missions in the war.
He was involved in the European-African-Middle Eastern Campaign, Turnisian Campaighn, Italian Campaign, and Sicilian Campaign. Art was wounded on August 17, 1943 over Marseille, France by anti aircraft fire that came through the plane and went through his ankle. He earned the rank of Staff Sergeant. The medals he earned were: Oak Leaf Clusters, Three Bronze Stars, Good Conduct Medal, Purple Heart Medal, Air Medal with 4. He was honorably discharged October 4, 1944 in Clinton, Iowa.
Art went back to the family farm and met Ruby Smith at Redmond's Cafe where she was a waitress. They were married on June 15th, 1947 in Forsyth, Montana. They purchased their first land in 1950 called the "Miles City Place". And additional lands were bought in 1955 "Jordan Place", 1958 "Home Place", 1958 "Acorn Flates", 1971 "Devil' Dancing Ground", and 1991 "Kearns Place". He raised cattle, hay, sugar beets, small grains and corn. Art raised his children to work the land, they worked side-by-side from a young age. They were all active on the family ranch/farm. Three of the four children are still keeping the dream alive.
Art enjoyed fishing, hunting, boating, water skiing, bowling and golfing. He was a 4-H leader for 15 years. Art served on the Cartersville School Board, Cartersville District Ditch Board, FHA Board, Miles City Cattlemen Association Board and a member of the MontanaStock Growers Association.
Art is survived by his wife Ruby of 62 years; one brother Alvin (Clara) Schiffer of Forsyth, MT; his daughters, Julia (Jack) Ferguson of Rosebud, MT and Karen (Roland) Mayberry of Saint David, AZ; his sons, Michael (Teresa) Schiffer of Rosebud, MT, and Joseph (Dusty) Schiffer of Rosebud, MT. He is also survived by 15 grandchildren, 26 great grandchildren and 4 great, great grandchildren.
Art was preceded in death by his parents Peter and Louisa Schiffer, sisters Mary Kuntz and Alice Kuntz, brothers Pete Schiffer and Paul Schiffer.
[Source: Funeral Home Memorial, September 25, 2009 - Sub. by: A. Pabolo]

Alex Seleg
ROSEBUD - Alex Seleg, 78, of Rosebud, died Wednesday, May 6, 1998, at the Deaconess Medical Center in Billings. Alex was born June 5, 1919, in Roundup, the son of Steve and Margaret Gaydos Seleg. He spent his youth and began his schooling in Roundup, in March of 1931 he came to Carterville with his family where he attended the Carterville school. Alex worked on the family farm as well as for others in the area. On Aug. 2, 1953, he married Irene Owens in Forsyth, they lived in Rosebud and operated the family ranch up until his death. Alex was a member of the Immaculate Conception Catholic Church in Forsyth. He enjoyed gardening and attending the Rosebud County Fair, also fairs in Miles City and Billings displaying his garden products. Alex loved baseball, both as a player and a spectator, as well as bowling and his grandchildren. He is survived by his wife, Irene Seleg of Rosebud; one son, Allan and his wife, Diana Seleg of Rosebud; two daughters, Connie and her husband, Jimmy Lucas of Florence, Colo., and Rosie Seleg of Rosebud; his brother, Joe Seleg of Rosebud; three grandchildren, Tracy, Trina and Tim Lucas; six nieces and two nephews. Prayer Service will be held at 9:30 a.m. Friday, May 8, 1998, with Funeral Mass to follow at 10 a.m. at the Immaculate Conception Catholic Church in Forsyth. Interment will follow in the Forsyth Catholic Cemetery. Beals Mortuary in Forsyth in charge of the arrangements.
[unknown newspaper, c. May 1998 - unknown contributor]

Joseph Seleg Sr
On January 16, 2013 Joseph "Joe" Seleg, Sr. passed away at the Billings Clinic Hospital. He passed peacefully surrounded by his family. He lived independently for 91 remarkable years. Joe was born on May 13, 1921, in Roundup, MT to Steve and Margaret Giados Seleg. He had one brother Alex. Both of Joe's parents were immigrants from Hungary. Joe moved with his family to Cartersville, MT in March of 1931. He always told his children and grandchildren how he walked or rode a bicycle to school. He graduated from Rosebud Schools in 1940. One of the forst jobs Joe had was to help build the Heart Mountain Camp for Japanese refugees in Powell, WY. Joe served his country during World War II in the Pacific Theater. On December 24, 1942, he began his service in the Army. After training he traveled on the USS Kinkaid to Iwo Jima to guard Mount Suribachi. He served for 30 months overseas without a furlough. He stated many times, the happiest day of his life was the day he was discharged from the army. In 1946 Joe began driving school bus. He drove for both the Cartersville and Rosebud Schools. For 45 years the community put their children in Joe's capable hands to safely transport their children to school and other various events. Joe was not known for his patience when driving, but he truly was respected and fondly remembered by many students. On June 11, 1955, Joe married the love of his life, Lenora "Lynn" Beyl. They raised their 3 children Linda, Steve and Joey on their farm in the Cartersville community. Joe was an active parent and community member serving as a 4-H leader for many years. The saddest day of Joe's live was the day he lost Lynn to her battle with cancer. When he became a widower, he couldn't boil water! Through perservence and a strong Hungarian constitution, he became an awesome cook. As age slowed him down, determined to continue farming, he turned his farming ambitions to gardening. Every year he stated he wasn't planting another garden, but when sring came, you would find him out putting in lettuce seeds before the ground had even been properly worked. Grandpa Joe was blessed with six grandchildren. He enjoyed camping with them, working with them and attending some of the many events they were active in. He was always eager to share their successes with anyone who would listen. In his later years, Joe was blessed with good friends that encouraged him to travel and gave him a reason to "get off the farm". Clarence Melle was the first to gather Joe up and take him on road trips. When Clarence passed away Dan Biery picked up where he left off. Their Sunday trips to Miles City gave them both the opportunity to socialize. Dan has been a great friend to Joe and the family wishes to express their appreciation for all he did for Joe. Joe is survived by his children Linda (Mike) Wyse, Steve (Dixie), and Joe, Jr. (Sheri), his grandchildren, Zach, Andrew, Jonathan, Myranda, Shannon and Kelsey Seleg and his cousin, Margaret Demi. He is also survivied by one brother-in-law, 4 sister-in-laws and numerous nieces, nephews and cousins.
FUNERAL SERVICE: Tuesday, January 22, 2013 11:00 am in the Chapel of Stevenson and Sons Funeral Home OFFICIATING: Don Holland INTERMENT: Burial with Full Military Honors will take place at the Forsyth Cemetery.
. [Funeral Memorial, January 21, 2013 - Sub. by A. Pabolo]

Tony Seliski
Tony Seliski, 79, of Forsyth died Monday, Dec. 8, 1997, at the Central Valley Medical Center in Nephi, Utah, following a long illness.
Tony was born July 5, 1918, in Forsyth, the son of William and Agnes Brazowsky Seliski. He spent his youth and attended schools in Forsyth, graduating from Forsyth High School in 1936. Tony worked in various garages and shops before his marriage.
On Oct. 14, 1940, he married Frances "Sis" Sorenson in Forsyth. They continued to live in Forsyth and on May 25, 1944, Tony entered the US Army, serving in the Philippines until his discharge on May 15, 1946.
Following his discharge, Tony returned to Forsyth where he worked as a mechanic to Tepee Ford and later for Wallin Merc. Tony retired from L.M. Larsen in the 1980s. Tony was a member of the Forsyth Volunteer Fire Department for 21 years, the Montana National Guard for 12 years and VFW Post #1849 of Forsyth.
Survivors include his daughter, Jeannie Hullinger and her husband, Kevin, of Mona, Utah; his grand-daughter, Brandi Gagnon of Mona; a brother, Bill (Janice) Seliski of Missoula; a brother-in-law, Red Sorenson of Forsyth; three sisters-in-law, Tody Seliski of Glendive, Helen Seliski of Forsyth and LaVerne (Clyde) Brumfield of Forsyth. Tony was preceded in death by his wife, Frances, in 1994; two brothers, John and Joe; and his two sisters, Helen Knoll and Frances Wilhelm.
Funeral services were held Saturday, Dec. 13, at Beals Mortuary Chapel in Forsyth with the Rev. Dan Houston officiating. Jeff Aasland played and sang "In the Garden" and "Beyond the Sunset." Pallbearers were LeRoy Larsen, Bob Martinek, Bill Rolston, Kevin Hullinger, George Sherman and Bob Martelle. Interment followed in Forsyth Cemetery with military graveside honors. Beals Mortuary in charge of arrangements.
[Forsyth Independent, Dec. 18, 1977 - Sub. by A. Pabolo]

Laura Katherine Seward
Laura K. Seward, 70, of Billings, passed away peacefully on Thursday, January 10, 2013 at Riverstone Hospice.
She was born March 19, 1942 in Forsyth to Melvin and Margaret Cross. She graduated from Forsyth High in 1960.
Laura married her husband of 52 years, Les Seward, in 1961. They resided in Forsyth where she was a longtime daycare provider until moving to Billings in 2004 where she worked as a caregiver in her daughter Lecia's daycare. She loved the kids she watched over the years.
She was preceded in death by her father Melvin; brothers Ken, David and Steve; and nephew Randy.
Laura is survived by her husband Les; sons Kurt and Jeff; daughters Lecia (Todd) Holbert and Cori; grandchildren Kyli, Tedeen, Ty and Jarod; mother Margaret; six brothers and two sisters; along with numerous nieces and nephews.
The family would like to thank all the staff at Riverstone Hospice for all of their help.
Arrangements are by Cremation & Funeral Gallery.
FUNERAL SERVICE: 11:00 am Monday, January 14, 2013; Federated Church of Forsyth
INTERMENT: Forsyth Cemetery Forsyth, MT
[Funeral Memorial, Jan. 2013 - Sub. by A. Pabolo]

John Snedker
John "Butch" Snedker, age 82, of Forsyth, passed away on Saturday, October 1, 2005 at the St. Vincent Hospital in Billings.
"Butch" was born on October 22, 1922 in Billings the son of Michael and Regina (Hidding) Snedker. He grew up and was educated in the Hysham area. Following his graduation in 1940, Butch served three years with the US Army in the Pacific Theatre during World War II making landings on Makin-Tarawa, Saipan and Okinawa after the bombing at Pearl Harbor. He was discharged as a staff sergeant and came back to Hysham where he spent some time in the car business, handling Kaiser-Frasier automobiles. In 1950 "Butch" came to Forsyth and ran the Hotel Howdy, which he ran for 25 years. He then bought the Hoboken Rooming House in Forsyth which he owned until recently.
"Butch" was a member of the Catholic Church and Lions Club. He was chosen as Senior Citizen of Year in 1997.
He is survived by his five sisters, Margaret Hinnenkamp, Corrine Snedker, Colleen Dodroe and her husband Edward, all of Spokane, WA, Jean Harris and her husband Jack of Brea, CA, and Joan Caldwell and her husband Allen of LaHabra, CA. He also survived by ten nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his parents and one infant sister.
FUNERAL SERVICE: Tuesday, October 4, 2005 at 10:00 AM Immaculate Conception Catholic Church Forsyth, Montana INTERMENT: Family lot in the Calvary Cemetery 18th & Broadwater, Billings, Montana
[Funeral Memorial, October 3, 2005 - Sub by A. Pabolo]

Mary Lange Spurlock
Mary Spurlock 60, of Forsyth died Thursday January 22, 1998 at the Rosebud Health Care Center Nursing Home.
Mary was born August 14, 1937 in Miles City, Montana the daughter of Frank and Jean Cramer Lange. She spent her youth on the Lange family ranch on Rosebud Creek. She attended schools in Rosebud graduating from Rosebud High School in 1955. Mary then attended Business College in Minneapolis for a couple of years. She lived in numerous places before returning to the family ranch in 1980. Mary moved to Forsyth in 1991 and has lived her since.
Mary was a member of the Immaculate Conception Catholic Church in Forsyth. She enjoyed crocheting and cooking.
She is survived by her three sons: Marty and Annetta Spurlock of Spearfish, SD, Wesley Spurlock of Austin, TX, and Mike and Lisa Spurlock of Sheridan, WY; three daughters: Cynthia and John Swenson of Gillette, WY, Tammy and Ed Richards of Spearfish SD, and Linda Teague of Sheridan, WY: three brothers: Frankie of Billings, Dennis of Forsyth, and Brian of Boulder: six sisters: Pat Lenton of Tucson, AZ, Kathy Warner of Hillsboro, ND, Diana Hollowell of Hysham, Teresa Blackman of Hysham, Veronica Mavencamp of Billings, and Virginia Lange of Miles City; 16 grandchildren and 1 great-granddaughter, she was preceded in death by her parents and one brother Tim.
ROSARY-- Saturday, January 24, 1998 9:30 A.M. - Immaculate Conception Catholic Church
FUNERAL MASS-- Saturday, January 24, 1998 10:00 A.M. - Father Gil, Celebrant
PALLBEARERS-- Dennis Lange, Brian Lange, Frank Lange, Doug Hollowell, Cactus Warner, Newell Philbrick
INTERMENT -- Forsyth Catholic Cemetery
[Funeral Memorial, Jan. 24, 1998 - Submitters Name: A. Pabolo]

Jay L. Strang
Jay L. Strang, age 57, of Forsyth passed away on Thursdaty, May 7, 2009 at Horizon Hospice in Billings, Montana after a long and courageous battle with cancer.
Jay was born April 12, 1952, the son of David and Ann (Carroll) Strang in Dickinson, North Dakota. He graduated from Forsyth High School in 1971 and joined the United States Navy during the Vietnam Conflict. Jay attended a trade school in Sidney, Nebraska where he became an electrician. Jay returned to Forsyth and began working for Western Energy inn Colstrip for 27 years. Due to his illness he was forced to retire. He was united in marriage to Marsha Dinius on November 16, 1972 in Forsyth. To this union four children were born, Jeremy, D.J., Jennifer and Sandra.
Jay loved fly fishing, oil painting, cooking, camping, gardening, motorcycling, music and was a jack of-all-trades. He loved being with his family and friends. He entertained everyone with his quick witted sense of humor. He lived each and every day as if it were his last one.
He is preceded in death by his father David; sister-in-law, Sandy Fitterer and father-in-law, Jerry inius.
Jay is survived by his wife Marsha, of 36 years, of Forsyth; his children, Jeremy (Emma) Strang of Pasco, WA., D.J. (Jessica) Strang of Billings, MT., Jennifer (Christopher) Mills of Olathe, KS and Sandra (Quentin) Kilwien of Billings, MT/ his mother Ann Hart of Bartley, NE; his grand-daughters, Taylor Mills and Tiana Strang, his brother, David Strang of Scottsbluff, NE.; his sister, Kathy Strang of San Antonio, TX; his mother-in-law, Evelyn Dinius of Forsyth, MT., his sisters-in-law, Wanda (Dennis) Russell of Missoula, MT., Debbie (Leon) Riley of Billings, MT, and Brenda (Craig) Stellmach of Babbit MN. He is also survived by numerous nieces and nephews.
FUNERAL SERVICE: Monday, May 11, 2009 at 10:00 a.m. Stevenson and Sons Funeral Home Forsyth, Montana
INTERMENT: Will follow in the Forsyth Cemetery with full Military Honors
[Funeral Memorial, May 11, 2009 - Sub. by A. Pabolo]

James M. Swisher
Pioneer of Wyoming Dies in Montana
James M. Swisher, whose career as a cowboy and early day sheriff was one of the most picturesque in the history of the northwest, was buried in Forsythe, Montana last Thursday afternoon. Mrs. Lida Boman Parker, of Forsythe, took charge of the funeral directions and assisted in the last sad rites of their old cow puncher friend.
Negro Proctor, one of the old Flying E cow punchers and faithful servants of the Swisher's was one of the chief mourners.
Funeral services were conducted from Booth's chapel by the Rev. J. L. Craig, pastor of the Episcopal church of Miles City. Death occurred last Tuesday night as the result of heart trouble.
Jim Swisher, as he was popularly known, was born in Austin, Texas, December 5, 1860. He began his career at the age of 16 as a member of the Texas rangers, serving as Powder Boy. When about 20 years of age he came up the trail to Wyoming with some cattle belonging to Matt Murphy, who later married his only sister. From Wyoming he went to Custer, S. D., where he served as sheriff for several years and won fame for capturing single handed numerous cattle thieves and desperadoes. He was a sure shot and feared by the outlaws of his time.
He later returned to Wyoming to enter the employ of the Murphy Cattle Company, and in 1893, when that company moved to Montana, Mr. Swisher came to this state. Since then he has lived in Montana, making his home in Forsythe the greater part of the time. For several years he was chief of police there.
Mr. Swisher is survived by his sister, Mrs. M. H. Murphy of Greensboro, Alabama and by a nephew and three nieces. One niece is the Countess Adolph Kind of Turin, Italy, who married the Count in 1911 while traveling with other members of her family in Europe. A nephew M. H. Murphy, is an attorney at Birmingham, Alabama, and a niece, Mrs. Francis Brown, also resides in Birmingham, and another, Mrs. Sophia Kimbrough is in New Orleans, La.
[Buffalo (WY) News, 7 January 1926, page 1]

Dorothy R. Tadsen
Dorothy R. Tadsen, age 81 of Forsyth, passed away on Friday, April 23, 2004 at the Rosebud Health Care Center in Forsyth.
Dorothy was born on September 23, 1922 in Brandenberg, MT the daughter of George C. and Floy (Barbour) Goodale. Dorothy grew up in the Brandenberg area and was educated in Forsyth where she graduated. Following graduation Dorothy continued her education at Eastern Montana College. She was united in marriage to Walter W. Tadsen on June 29, 1942 in Crow Agency. Together, they made their home on the A.P. Webb ranch where Walt was a foreman. Dorothy began her teaching career in the Beaver Creek School on Sarpy Creek. She taught there 11 years and later taught in the Forsyth school system for the next 27 years as the district Librarian until she retired. During her life time, Dorothy was very involved and active in the Eastern Star, holding many offices at the local and state level including Worthy Grand Matron.
She loved life and people of all walks. Dorothy especially loved her grandchildren and enjoyed traveling throughout the state watching them in their school functions.
Dorothy is survived by her son Walt Tadsen II and his wife Linda of Forsyth, two grandsons Cody and Casey, one great-grandson Jared Andrew Mack of Billings, her nephew John John Goodale, great nieces and nephews Wade Fleming, Ginger Flemming-Nangle, Flint Fleming, Jason, Joel, and Jennifer Goodale. She is also survived by her Cousin Sadie Brewer, Ed Davis, sister-in-law, Migon Tadsen and Louise Fleming.
She was preceded in death by her parents, her husband Walter W. and her brother Hank.
FUNERAL SERVICE: Tuesday, April 27, 2004 at 11:00 AM Chapel of Stevenson and Sons Forsyth, Montana.
INTERMENT: Family lot in the Forsyth Cemetery Forsyth, Montana.
[Funeral announcement, April 27, 2004 - Sub. by A. Pabolo]

Hazel Louise Tait
Hazel Louise Tait, age 97, passed away November 23, 2010 at the Rosebud Health Care Center. Hazel was born October 27, 1913 at Orinoco in Rosebud County to Harold Walter and Edith Mae (Jackson) Finch. She grew up on the family ranch and attended grade school at Orinoco and high school at Forsyth and Colstrip. Hazel and Howard C. Tait were united in marriage on February 3, 1934 in Forsyth. Most of her adult life was spent in Forsyth where she worked for the local locker plant as a meat wrapper and was a cook, eventually head cook, for the Forsyth schools. She retired in the early 1980's. She worked part time as curator at the Rosebud County Pioneer Museum in Forsyth and could answer most questions put to her regarding "Old Timers" as her family has been in what became Rosebud County since the 1870's. Hazel enjoyed cooking, traveling, going to coffee with her friends, embroidery,playing cards and most of all her family. She was preceded in death by her parents, her husband of 50 years, Howard Tait and two brothers Walter and George Finch. Survivors include a sister, Lavina Edgell of Forsyth, a sister-in-law, Dorothy (Tait) Spannagel, three sons Jack (Sharon) Tait of Westminster, CO, Harold (Annette) Tait of Mandan North Dakota Howard Allen (Candy) Tait of Greenacres Washington and one daughter, Lavina (Jim) Hall of Forsyth. She is also survived by 18 grandchildren, 29 great-grandchildren and 5 great-great-grandchilden.
FUNERAL SERVICE: Wednesday December 1, 2010 at 11:00 am Immaculate Conception Catholic Church Forsyth, Montana
RITE OF COMMITTAL: In the family lot of the Forsyth Cemetery
[Funeral announcement, Nov. 2010 - Sub. by A. Pabolo]

Lois Marie Taylor
Lois Marie Taylor, 75 years of age loving wife, mother, and grandmother died December 13, 2001 at a Havre hospital after a long courageous battle with cancer.
Cremation has taken place. Memorial Service is Saturday December 15th, 10:00 AM at the Holland and Bonine Chapel with Chad Leathermon officiating. Burial to follow the Memorial Service at Highland Cemetery. There will be a fellowship reception at the Eagles Club following the committal service. Memorials in Lois' honor may be made to: Bear Paw Hospice, The American Cancer Society, or to a person's choice. Services and arrangements are under the direction of the Holland and Bonine Funeral Home.
Lois was born May 9, 1926 to Roy and Ethel (Gardner) Baker in Havre.
Lois was educated in Havre Public Schools. Lois made a life long career of the restaurant business, operating the Club Cigar Cafe in Great Falls, and the Glacier Cafe in Havre. Lois met her husband Dean while she was operating Buffs Cafe in Forsyth, MT. They were married on July 14, 1979, in Havre
They owned and operated The B & L Big Sky Cafe in Forsyth. Lois enjoyed cooking and entertaining, gardening, crocheting, and spending time with her family andher dog, Tara.
She loved animals. She enjoyed watching bullriding, boxing, and betting on football games with her brother-in-law and niece.
She was preceded in death by her parents, Roy and Ethel (Gardner) Baker; and son Kenneth Knickerbocker.
She is survived by husband Dean Taylor of Havre; daughters Carol (Gary) Russell of Hardy Creek, MT; Debbie Piseno of Great Falls; step daughters Laurie Taylor and Lynn Taylor, both of Portland, OR; sons Dale (Yolanda) Tuttle of Forsyth, MT; Robert (Connie) Knickerbocker of Huntley, MT; step son Les Taylor of Portland, OR; sister Louise (Mrs. Woodrow) Skinner of Havre; Barbara Baker of Great Falls.
She is also survived by numerous nieces and nephews, 20 grandchildren, 8 step grandchildren, 13 great grandchildren and 2 step great grandchildren.
[The Independent Press, Dec. 20, 2001 - Sub. by A. Pabolo]

Betty D. Thomas
Betty D. Thomas, nee Betty Helen Davis, born January 21, 1923, in Forsythe, Montana, died surrounded by family on March 22, 2011, at the home of her daughter inn Lacey, Washington. She was the forst child of William Graham and Ethel Irene (Rountree) Davis. She grew up in Montana, graduated from Forsythe High School in 1940. In April 1941, Betty was married to Ralph Elton Thomas, who precceded her in death in December of 2003.
She is survived by her daughters Betty Irene Thomas of Lacey, Washington, Sammy Graham Armstrong of Tenino, Washington, five grandchildren, Robert and Deanna Jackson, Lacey, Washington, Robert Elton and Kathryn Taylor, Mililani, Hawaii, AnnaLee and Darryl Giesman, Lacey, Washington, Jennifer Moree and Brian Hanson, Lacey, Washington, Patrick Allen Thomas and Sharon Taylor, San Diego, California; eleven great-grandchildren, Gail Melissa and John Jensen, Alexander Martel and Chrissy Jackson, Joshua Graham McDaniel, Nicholas James Giesman, Ashlee Irene Giesman, Payton Erin Hanson, Michael Elton Taylor, Rachel Graham Taylor, Daniel Orville Taylor, Carter Allen Taylor, and Spencer Thomas Taylor; four great-great grandchildren, Onaka Lynn Jensen, Jacob Michael Jensen, Katelyn Elizabeth Jackson and Thomas Robert Jackson; one sister, Susie Lipschultz, and her husband Bill, of Napa, California, one brother, Thomas Charles Davis, and his wife Jan, of Reno, Nevada, and many nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by one brother, two sisters, two grandsons and one great-grandson.
For several years Betty and Ralph traveled around following Ralph's employment in construction and, in 1955, they purchased their home in Tenino. Betty attended business college in Olympia and ultimately worked as office managerfor Remington Rand in Olympia and later as Executive Secretary to the Director of the Bridge Division at the Washington State Department of Transportation until her retirement in 1982. Betty and Ralph enjoyed retirement, traveling to Arizona in the winter and home in Tenino in the summer. During her retirement, Betty was an avid quilt maker and also enjoyed machine knitting. She loved making sweaters and quilts for her grandchildren, great-grandchildren and great-great grandchildren. If she wasn't reading a book, watching the Discovery Channel, she was working on a quilt. Betty attended church at the Assembly of God Church in Tenino and loved the Sunday evening singing services. She will be greatly missed by her family and friends.
[Funeral memorial, March 22, 2011 - Sub. by A. Pabolo]

David Andrew Thomas
Funeral services were held in Forsyth Wednesday for Dave Thomas, well known farmer of this section who since 1942 had made his home in Washington and Idaho.
David Andrew Thomas was born Nov. 24, 1882, at Millgrove, Mo., and came with his parents to Moore, Mont., in 1887. In 1905 he married Lula E. Haggerty at Lewistown, and in 1917 they came to the Forsyth community where they farmed on the Forsyth Flat until 1942 when they moved to Richland, Wash. Since 1955 he made his home with a son Leslie, at St Maries, Idaho, where his death occurred March 3 in a hospital there. He had been in ill health for some time.
The Rev. Wayne Larson, pastor of the Federated church, was in charge of funeral services at Beals chapel with Mrs. H.E. Brovold as soloist.
Mr. Thomas is survived by his wife, St. Maries; children, Leslie of St. Maries, Oren E. of Spokane, Ralph E. of Olympia, Wash.; Mrs Doris Hindman of Richland, Wash., Mrs. Bonita Pattison of Carterville, Mont., Norman K. of Richland and 17 grandchildren and 8 great grandchildren. Also among the survivors are six sisters and four brothers.
Pallbearers were George Larsen, Neal Larsen, John Pinkerton, John White, Guy Gray and R.J. Borer. Burial was in Forsyth cemetery.
[Forsyth Independent, March 8, 1956 - Submitted By A. Pabolo]

Lulu Thomas
Services for Mrs. David (Lulu) Thomas, 70, will be at 2 p.m. Tuesday at Beals Moruary, Forsyth, Mont.Eiman Deseret Chapel at Richland is in charge of local arrangements.
Mrs. Thomas, a resident here for 15 years, died Friday at the home of her daughter, Mrs. Doris Hindman, West Richland.
Born on Nov. 3, 1888, at Ironton, Ohio, Mrs. Thomas was married to David Thomas on Aug. 2, 1905, at Lewiston, Mont. They moved to Forsythe, Mont., in 1917, lived there for 25 years, and were in Spokane a short time before coming to Hanford.
Mr. Thomas, who was a farmer most of his life, died on March 3, 1956.
Mrs Thomas, a retired house-wife, was a member of the Reorganized Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.
Survivors include: four sons, Leslie, St. Mary's, Mont., (Idaho)Oren of Spokane, Ralph of Olympia and Norman of Yakima; two daughters, Mrs. Hindman, and Mrs, Bonita Pattison, Rosebud, Mont.; three brothers, Walter Hagerty, Kent, James Hagerty of Portland, Ore., and Charles Hagerty of Sacramento, Calif.; 19 great-grand-children. (Note: Buried in the Forsyth Cemetery in the family plot.)
Unknown newspaper from Richland, Wash., c. 1958 - Submitted By: A. Pabolo

Norman K. Thomas
Norman K. Thomas, 78, passed away peacefully on Oct. 15, 2005, at Fairbanks Memorial Hospital after a brief illness. Norm was born the youngest of 10 children on July 10, 1927 in Forsyth, Mont. He was raised on a ranch in Montana then moved to Washington state where he joined the Navy and proudly served in World War II.
Norm and his wife, Elsie, married in their early 20s and established a home in Washington before moving the family to Fairbanks in 1961. His father, David Thomas, always said, "If I were a young man, I'd go to Alaska." Norm followed that dream, going to Alaska in 1954 to work on the runway at Eielson Air Force Base. He continued to work in Alaska for the White Alice Communications System Air Base at Pedro Dome for 16 years before going to work for Golden Valley Electric Association in 1977. Norm celebrated 50 years with the international Union of Operating Engineers Local 302 before retiring in 1988.
After retirement, he bought Elsie an RV and they had a wonderful time traveling in the Lower 48. Last year, Norm's daughter Laurie, and her husband Roger, accompanied him to Ireland where he thoroughly enjoyed seeing the home of his heritage. Norm's favorite part of retirement was spending time at home, taking care of the yard, visiting with family and friends who stopped by, and reading many books.
Norm loved to be in the great outdoors of Alaska and purchased his first Super Cub in 1964, honing his flying skills so he could land on a 400-foot sandbar. Flying inspired Norm--his family often referred to his blue Super Cub as "his Bluebird of Happiness."
Norm shared his love for Alaska operating a small guide service on the Wood River, hosting clients from the Lower 48 and Europe. Along with an adventrous hunt, clients were often entertained with Norm's stories of hunting and camping in Alaska. As he aged, Norm found he preferred shooting animals with his camera rather than his rifle, becoming an excellnt, prolific photographer.
He will be greatly missed by his family and all those who knew and loved him.
Norm is survived by his wife, Elsie; children and their spouses, Robert and Shauna Thomas, Virginia and Jack Benson and Laurie and Roger Ostrem; grandchildren, Michael and Jenny, Heidi, Davie, Natalie and Ramon, Jeremy, Tiffany and Kyle, Bobbi and James and Eric and Angela; great-grandchildren, Arianna, Michael, Zoe, Shaylee, Tobias, Camryn,Darian and Sienna; and his sister, Bonnie Pattison.
[Fairbanks Daily News-Miner, Oct. 23, 2005 - Submitted by A. Pabolo]

Veronica Thomas
Veronica Thomas, 73, died Saturday, December 30, 1995 at the Deaconess Medical Center in Billings.
She was born on March 24, 1922 in Sumatra, the daughter of Elias and Julia Kluk. She attended schools at Galbreth and Sumatra graduating from Sumatra High School in 1940. On August 28, 1943, Veronica married Vincent "Red" Thomas in Forsyth and they settled in Hysham in 1948, where together they raised six children.
Most important in Veronica's life were her God, her husband of 53 years, her family, and her friends, especially the ones from Sumatra where she grew up. She was a very faithful member of the St. Joseph's Catholic Church, and active in the Altar Society, and the American Legion Auxillary of Hysham.
Veronica will be sorely missed by not only her children and grandchildren but by all the kids whose lives she touched while growing up in Hysham, where she was well known for sharing her Ukrainian Traditions. She was a perfect mom!
She is survived by her husband Red of Hysham; her four sons, Bob of Sumatra, Ron and his wife Kathleen of Hysham, Rich and his wife Linda of Grapevine, TX, and Vince of Forsyth; two daughters, Judy and heer husband Ron Myers of Omaha, NE, Deb and her husband James Klessens of Joliet; Her grandchildren, Stacy Harper of Cornellus, OR, Sarah and Stephanie Thomas of Hysham, Ann Myers of Omaha, NE, Chad and Miranda Thomas of Grapevine, TX and Matthew Klessens of Joliet; as well as her sister Irene Person of Missoula.
FUNERAL MASS: Wednesday, January 3, 1996, 11:00 A.M. St. Joseph Catholic Church, Father Michael O'Hanlon, Celebrant Barr Edward, Speaker
INTERMENT: Hysham Cemetery
[Beals Funeral Memorial, Date: Jan 3, 1996 - Sub. by A. Pabolo]

John C. Thompson
John C. Thompson, age 65, of Forsyth, passed away on Saturday, November 1, 2003 at his home in Forsyth, MT.
John was born on May 21, 1938 in Sheridan, WY, the son of John and Lillian (Collinge) Thompson. John moved with his family to the ranch on Reservation Creek when he was a young child. He attended country school and later graduated from Forsyth School. Following his graduation, John went to Texas where he worked as a geology surveyor and later returned to Forsyth. John was married to Christie Schenk and together they had two children; Becky and Wayne. John was later married to Karen Scott in Forsyth on February 4, 1977. John worked in construction doing dirt work his entire life. He was a member of the Land Improvement Contractors Association (LICA). John enjoyed flying, sking, snowmobiling, but most of all John enjoyed working and loved moving dirt.
John is survived by his wife Karen, of 26 years, of Forsyth, his children Wayne Thompson (Dawn) of Bozeman, Becky Thompson-Flatness of Forsyth, Barbara Fulton (Clay) of Billings, David Keyes (Marlissa) of Sand Point, ID, and his grandchildren Dustin, Cody, Austin, Olivia and Slater. John is also survived by his three brothers Gary Thompson (Shari), Dwight Thompson (Sherry) and Charlie Thompson (Mary), as well as several nieces and nephes. He was preceded in death by his parents, and one sister Kay Lenz.
Funeral Service: Thursday, November 6, 2003 at 2:00 P.M.; Chapel of Stevenson and Sons Forsyth, MT, Officiating: Bill McKinney
Interment: Scattering of the ashes will be at a later date.
[Source: Sub by A. Pabolo - Funeral Home Memorial]

Yolanda Tuttle
Yolanda Salao Tuttle, age 55, of Forsyth, MT passed away on Monday, September 14, 2009 at St. Vincent Healthcare in Billings, MT.
Yoloanda was born on July 10, 1954, the daughter of Geraldo and Natividad (Samson) Salao in Malabon City, Philippines. She grew up and attended school in the Philippines.
She was united in marriage to Dale Everette Tuttle Jr. on March 19, 1987 in the Parish of St. Roche, Olongapo City, Philippines. She met her husband while he was serving in the Navy in the Philippines. Together, they moved to the U.S. in 1989 and lived in California. They resided in California until 1991. After Dale's retirement from the military they moved to Forsyth where they have resided together until her passing.
Yolanda was a member of the Catholic Church. She loved to cook and enjoyed preparing meals for her family and friends. She enjoyed bowling with her bowling team, doing arts and crafts, working in her flower and vegetable gardens, camping and going fishing, and watching the MInnesota Vikings Football team play. Yoland especially enjoyed watching her children in their activities and sports and best of all spoiling her grandchildren.
She is preceded in death by her parents, Natividad and Geraldo Salao; her sister Nora and her brother Gerry.
Yolanda is survived by her husband of 22 years, Dale Tuttle of Forsyth; her children, Elizabeth, Marvin, Marlon, Brannon, Mary, BJ, Ryan and Kimmy; her grandchildren, Kaden, Shaye, Leila, Hunter, Gavin, Paige, Ethan, Jasmine, Ivory and Carmen; her sisters, Linda, Zenny and Leah; and her brothers, Eddie Alfred and Joey.
[Source: Funeral Home Memorial, Sept. 19, 2009 - Sub. by A. Pabolo]

Charles D. Watson
Charles D. Watson, age 78, passed away on April 22, 2011 at the Rosebud Healthcare Center in Forsyth, Montana.
Charles was born on January 19, 1933 to parents Cleo Watson and Anna Ludwig in Meyers, Montana. He attended country school at Meyer West. He married Mary Ellen Biery on April 8, 1953 in Miles City, Montana. He worked on the John Grierson Ranch, and later moved to the Forsyth and Colstrip areas. He worked for Peabody Coal for over 25 years, and Charles and Mary Ellen made their home in Forsyth in 1995.
Charles loved to hunt and fish, taking care of his yard, and most of all, spending time with his family.
Charles is survived by his wife, Mary Ellen Watson of Forsyth, Montana; his sons, Daniel (Rita) D. Watson of Forsyth, Montana and David (Elizabeth) L. Watson of Richland, Washington; two daughters, Cynthia (Bruce) Miller of Colstrip, Montana and Marilynn Serrato of Forsyth, Montana; three brothers, Cletus (Dorthy) Watson of Miles City, Montana, Eddie (June) Watson of Forsyth, Montana, and Ken (Janice Watson of Billings, Montana; his sisters, Jenny Jones of Richland, Washington and Debra (Don) Reiger of Forsyth, Montana; eleven grandchildren, five step-grandchildren, and eighteen great-grandchildren. Charles was preceded in death by two brothers, James "Doby" and Allen, one sister, Lorraine Blackman, and his parents.
FUNERAL SERVICE: Thursday, April 28, 2011 at 11:00 am Chapel of Stevenson & Sons Funeral Home Forsyth, Montana
[Funeral Memorial, April 27, 2011 - Sub. by A. Pabolo]

June Watson
June Watson passed away June 7, 2012 at Rosebud Community Hospital with her family at her side.
June was born in Pompeys Pillar, MT on June 14, 1939. She moved with her family in 1948. She lived on beet farms while growing up and attended school at Forsyth. June was married to Edward Watson on September 2, 1956. They were constant companions and soul mates for 56 years. June's greatest love in her life was her family. She loved to cook and you could find her family gathered together every week-end and holiday. She worked at Rosebud Community Hospital in Housekeeping for 8 years.
She was an avid gardener, raising huge gardens and sharing the bounty with family and friends. The entire summer was spent filling her canning shelves with winter food. She loved roses and had a beautiful rose garden. June also loved to quilt and do puzzles with Eddie. Several of her puzzles are framed. June also had two cats that she loved. Everyone called them Fat Cat.
She was preceded in death by her parents Art and Minnie Martens, and brothers Charles Martens, Duane Martens and John VanderPas.
June is survived by her husband; her sons, Richard and Dale Watson of Forsyth, Ivan (Shannon) Watson of Colstrip; her daughter Darla Anderson of Forsyth; 8 grandchildren and 8 great grandchildren; her brothers, Albert (Rita) Martens of Forsyth, Eugene (JoLee) Martens of Tipton, Missouri; her sisters, Ann (Mike) Schenk of Roundup and Marge (Glen) Simenson of Forsyth and many nieces and nephews.
She was loved greatly and will be missed by many.
FUNERAL SERVICE: Saturday June 16, 2012 at 11:00am. Chapel of Stevenson and Sons Funeral Home, Forsyth, MT
OFFICIATING: Pastor Mark Umfleet
MUSIC: Susie Wester, Roger & Chavis Berdahl.
PALLBEARERS: All of June's grandchildren are considered pallbearers.
INTERMENT: Will follow in the Forsyth Cemetery.
["Funeral Home Memorial", June 15, 2012 - Sub. by A. Pabolo]

Robert Watson
Robert "Bob" Watson, 58 of Forsyth, died Sunday March 1, 1998 at the University Hospital of Utah in Salt Lake City following complications from cancer and heart problems since 1985.
Robert was born November 22, 1939 in Myers, MT, the son of Samuel and Margaret Ludwig Watson. He spent his youth and attended schools in Myers and Hysham. Robert worked for various farms in the Hysham area. On April 5, 1963, Robert was inducted into the U.S. Army, serving overseas. Following his discharge on March 25, 1965, Robert returned to the Forsyth area where he continued to work for various farmers and ranchers.
On April 11, 1968, Robert married Ruth Moos in Miles City. They lived in Forsyth while Robert worked construction jobs with a local contractor. He later formed a construction business partnership with his brother Stan until 1979 when Robert went to work for Western Energy in Colstrip. In February of 1981, Ruth died from cancer and Robert continued to live in Forsyth.
On February 13, 1982, Robert married Shirley Guimond in Forsyth. He continued to work at Western Energy in Colstrip until 1992, retiring due to his heart condition. Following his retirement, Robert stayed busy by participating in the Forsyth Dart League, Bowling League's, and the Forsyth-Colstrip Pool League's.
Robert was a member of the Concordia Lutheran Church in Forsyth, the American Legion Post #39 of Forsyth, a past member of the Forsyth Young Mens Club, Pronghorn Bow Hunters, Rosebud Treasure Wildlife Assn., and Southeastern Fiddlers Assn. He enjoyed hunting, fishing, camping and playing cards. Robert loved music and enjoyed playing the guitar, especially with his brother Tom. He loved being around his family and friends, as well as loving Shirley's family as his own.
He is survived by his wife Shirley of Forsyth; four sons, Douglas Watson of Belle Fourche, SD, Chris (Mary) Guimond and son Garrerr of Green River, WY, Troy (Army) Guimond and daughter Kristin of Cheyenne, WY, Todd (Cindy) Guimond and sons Rou, Loren and Derrick of Boise, ID; two daughters, Susan (Chris) Wester and son Hunter of Laurel, MT, Christine (Kenny) Chenoweth and sons Dustin, Adam and Danny of Powell, WY; his mother-in-law Ruth Moos of Forsyth; two brothers, Tom (Pat) Watson of Hardin, Stan (Bev) Watson of Forsyth; four sisters, Vi (Billy) Millholin, Joyce Watson, Ruby (Warren) Jessen, and Betty Howe all of Forsyth; as well as numerous nieces and nephews. Robert was preceded in death by Ruth, his parents, and three brothers, Sam, Mel and Max.
FUNERAL SERVICE: Friday March 6, 1998 Concordia Lutheran Church, Rev. Kevin Oster, Officiant
INTERMENT: Forsyth Cemetery
[Funeral Memorial - March 6, 1998 - Sub. by A. Pabolo]

Marie Weamer
FORSYTH - Marie Weamer, 89, of Forsyth died Tuesday, May 5, 1998, at her home.
Marie was born Sept. 18, 1908 in Baird, Wash., the daughter of Walter and Virgie Rice Bechtol. She spent her youth and attended schools in Washington and Oregon before coming to Big Timber with her family. She graduated from Sweet Grass County High School in 1926 and attended Billings Business College.
On Dec. 17, 1929, she married Edward Weamer in Bozeman, they lived on a ranch 12 miles east of Big Timber, and they moved to Big Timber in 1937, coming to Forsyth in 1944, where she and her husband worked in Gambles Store. They opened Weamers Jewelry in 1947. She retired in 1981, and has lived in Forsyth since.
Marie was a member of the Forsyth Federated Church in Forsyth, the Order of Eastern Star Bethlehem Chapter 27, serving as Past Worthy Matron, Forsyth Homemakers Club, and was active in the Democratic Party.
She is survived by his son, Budd and his wife Karen Weamer of Forsyth; daughter-in-law, Cheryl Weamer of Billings; one brother, Walter Bechtol of Elmira, Ore.; one sister Virginia Pearson of Salem, Ore.; four grandchildren: Kim Morton and Kane Weamer both of Martinez, Calif., Karla Mahan of Santiago, Chile, and Rick Weamer of Billings; and five great-grandchildren; she was preceded in death by her husband, Ed in 1972; and a son, Don in 1981.
Funeral services will be held at 10 a.m. Saturday, May 9, at the Forsyth Federated Church. Interment will be at 2 p.m. at the Mountainview Cemetery in Big Timber. Beals Mortuary of Forsyth is in charge of the arrangements
. [unknown newspaper, c. May 1998 - unknown contributor]

Marjorie Yonkaitis
Marjorie Yonkaitis, age 72, of Rosebud, passed away on Monday, July 17, 2006 at Holy Rosary Healthcare in Miles City. Marjorie was born April 1, 1934 the daughter of Dudley and Lela (Wyrick) Tetschner in Sheridan, Wyoming. At the age of three she moved to Rosebud County when her mother died. Her grandparents William and Frances Wyrick raised her. She would continue growing up and attended school in Rosebud. She worked as a CNA at Holy Rosary until she met and married Ed Yonkaitis on June 7, 1952. Following their marriage they lived in Forsyth until moving to Tongue River. During this time they worked for the Muggli family. Eventually they moved to Cartersville, north of Rosebud, where they purchased the Wyrick farm. On October 13, 1998 her husband Ed passed away. Marjorie continued to reside on the farm until the time of her death. Marjorie enjoyed crocheting, reading, working on puzzles, gardening, and most of all she enjoyed spending time with her grandchildren. She is preceded in death by her parents, her husband, 6 step brothers and 2 step sisters. Marjorie is survived by her daughter Barbara (Donald) Purdon of Forsyth, MT and their children, Bettinna (Jeff) Moss of Brockway, MT, Lynnette (Kurt) Nodland of Halliday, ND and Don Charles (fiance Amanda) of Colstrip, MT; her sons, Steve (Milica) Yonkaitis of Fort Collins, CO and their children Megan, Matthew and Christopher, Greg Yonkaitis of Rosebud and his children Zac of Redding, CA, Miranda (Justin) Reese of Forsyth, MT and Jim Yonkaitis of Rosebud, MT; her step sister Jean Foster of Olathe, CO; her brothers, Fred Tetschner of Miles City, MT and Robert Tetschner of Sanderson, FL; and 4 great grandchildren. Visitation will be held on Thursday, July 20, 2006 from 1:00 to 8:00 pm in the Chapel of Stevenson and Sons Funeral Home in Forsyth. Funeral Service will be held on Friday, July 21, 2006 at 2:00 pm in the Chapel of Stevenson and Sons Funeral Home in Forsyth. Stevenson & Sons Funeral Home of Forsyth is in charge of these arrangements.
[The Independent Press, July 20, 2006 - Sub. by A. Pabolo]

Rose L. Youngbauer
Rose L. Youngbauer, age 77, of Forsyth passed away on Sunday, April 17, 2005 at her home of natural causes. Rose was born the daughter of Andrew and Mary (Marciniak) Kryzsko on July 17, 1927 in Carlyle, Montana. She grew up and was educated in Carlyle and then eventually moved to Miles City. While in Miles City she worked at various jobs.
She was united in marriage to Gale Youngbauer on April 25, 1946 in Miles City. Together they made their home in Miles City until moving to Forsyth in 1952. While in Forsyth, Rose worked as a waitress at the Joseph Cafe and at the Bronze Boot.
Rose was active in the Catholic Church Ladies Parish. She enjoyed sewing, making beaded ornaments and angels for Christmas, going to garage sales, having coffee with her friends, but most of all she enjoyed spending her time with family and grandchildren.
Rose will be at home, with the angels.
She is preceded in death by her parents and her brothers, Frank Kryzsko, Tony Kryzsko, Tifel Kryzsko, Albin Kryzsko and Johnny Kryzsko; her sisters, Genevia Drennen, Theresa Job, Sophie Clark, Mary Olson and Arlene Parker.
Rose is survived by her husband of 58 years, Gale Youngbauer; her son, Don Youngbauer and his wife Mary of Forsyth; her daughters, Carole Youngbauer of Miles City and Mary Wagner and her husband Jim of Colstrip; her grandchildren Laura Keating and her husband Philip of Missoula and Sarah Youngbauer of San Francisco, Calivornia also numerous nieces and nephews.
ROSARY SERVICE: Wednesday, April 20, 2005 at 6:30 PM Stevenson and Sons Funeral Home Forsyth, Montana
FUNERAL SERVICE: Thursday, April 21, 2005 at 10:00 AM Immaculate Conception Catholic Church Forsyth, Montana
INTERMENT: Family lot in the Forsyth Cemetery Forsyth, Montana
[Funeral Memorial, April 20, 2005 - Sub. by A. Pabolo]

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