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Lee Merle McCrea, age 94, of Wolf Point, Mont., went to be with the Lord on Thursday, Oct. 9, 2014.
Lee was born Dec. 16, 1919, on the river bank in a tent at Frazer, Mont. His parents Rupert McCrea and Eva (Lingle) McCrea had a family of two boys and five girls. A sister, Margaret, died at an early age.
The major part of Lee’s meager education was attained at Vida and Circle, Mont. At 14 years of age, Lee spent summers rounding up wild horses for the Collins Ranch. One summer, Lee earned a very nice pony for his work. He traded his prize pony for a small shack to call home for his parents and sisters.
When Lee was 16 years old, he became employed at Fort Peck on the dam project. It was there that he later met the love of his life at a country dance in Wheeler. He decided that evening that this was the girl he would spend the rest of his life with. Lee and Virginia Wilson were married on Oct. 13, 1938, at the Methodist Church in Glasgow. They were blessed with two children, Gary and Peny.
After leaving Fort Peck and at the suggestion of Virginia’s father, the couple bought 320 acres of farm land that bordered the Wilson farm. Lee built a two-room house near to where Virginia’s parents were living on Sheep Creek in McCone County. In 1945, the McCrea family moved to the Charley Smith Ranch near the mouth of Redwater in north McCone County. They managed the property for Smith during the following eight years. At that time, the ranch was sold to the McCreas. They farmed and raised cattle for the next 30 years, before retiring and moving to Wolf Point. Their son, Gary, took over the ranch at that time.
Lee was an avid believer in co-operative enterprise and served as secretary of the board of directors of the Farmers Union Oil Co., of Wolf Point, Mont., for 30- plus years.
Although it was late in life when Lee and Virginia took up the game of golf, it became their main source of entertainment during the summer. They acquired many friends through this pastime.
They were blessed that so many of their extended family lived in or near Wolf Point. Family love and friendship made the declining years more enjoyable. They especially enjoyed their great-grandchildren, traveling to all their sporting events and concerts.
Lee was a charter member of the Wolf Point Elks Lodge 1764 and a longtime member of the First Presbyterian Church of Wolf Point. He was also a member of the Lions Club.
Lee is survived by his wife, Virginia; his son, Gary (Shirley) McCrea; daughter, Peny (Darrell) Delger; grandchildren, Kim (Kevin) Frazer of Colorado, Debra (Gene) Loen-
dorf of Wolf Point, Julie McCrea of Arizon, Lisa (Dan) Horsmon of Minnesota and Terry (Vickie) Delger of Wolf Point; great-grandchildren, Lee and Loni Loendorf, Zach (Sonya) Delger and Ivy (Donald) Urbaniak, Justin and Cassie Frazer, and Garrett and Kristen Hors-mon. Lee was blessed with three great-great grandchildren, Emma, Evan and Leo.
Lee’s brother, Clayton McCrea, preceded him in death. Surviving sisters are Katy Bollinger, Myrtle DeTray, Della Barger and Claris Rogerson.
Visitation will be from 1 to 6 p.m. on Friday, Oct. 17, 2014, at the Clayton Stevenson Memorial Chapel, 102 Custer St., Wolf Point, Montana. Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 18, 2014, at the Clayton Stevenson Memorial Chapel, Wolf Point, Mont. Interment will follow at the Nickwall Cemetery on Nickwall Road in McCone County. Condolences for the family may be left at www.claytonstevensonchapel.com. Clayton Stevenson Memorial Chapel in Wolf Point is in charge of arrangements.
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Gladys Mae Solberg, age 90, passed away Oct. 10, 2014, at Faith Lutheran Home in Wolf Point.
She was born on June 28, 1924, in Spokane, Wash., and moved to Seattle the same year and lived there for 13 years. She moved to Billings, Helena and Missoula. She moved nine times while she was in the eighth-grade. She spent four years in Missoula and graduated from Los Gatos Union High School on June 17, 1943.
Gladys moved to Spokane to be with her sister who was separated from her husband. She was just a typing test away from graduating from a business college when her mom divorced her dad and they both moved out, leaving her sister, her two little girls and mom. She quit school and got a job at the air base and worked there for 2½ years.
When the war was over, she went to work in town and then, on the 14th of February, 1946, she met Eugene Solberg. He had just returned from 3½ years in a Japanese prison camp. They married three months later, May 18, 1946, and moved to Wolf Point. He built the house on the corner of Fourth Avenue North and Eureka Street where they lived for 23 years.
In 1969, they divorced. Mom moved to Platteville, Wis., in 1972 but moved back to Wolf Point.
She worked at Ben Franklin’s as a manager in the sewing and craft department until she retired and also helped at the store until they closed. For a time, she helped in Arnie and Mary Jo Solberg’s Christian book store “Son Mountain Christian Book Store” in Wolf Point. She had very many special friends and church family. She was a Cub Scout den mother. She was known as “Church Grandma” by very many children. She will be missed dearly here on Earth. She was known to move Heaven and Earth, both spiritually and physically, to offer support to all of her kids all of the time. Gladys was a “Prayer Warrior.”
She was involved in sewing, all crafts, artistry, and always enjoyed being with her family and friends. She was always willing to teach arts and crafts to others.
Gladys is survived by a daughter, Phillis (Bernie) Hydra of Welland, Ont., Canada; she is survived by her sons, John (Sharon) Solberg, Gary Solberg, Arnie (Mary Jo) Solberg of Williston, N.D., Bill (Lynn) Solberg of Laurel, Mont., Rick Solberg of Ruth, Nev., and Greg (Ceceilia) Solberg of Wolf Point. Gladys is survived by her sister, Laura (Will) Sugden of Platteville, Wis., and niece Beverly (Nick) Johansen of Platteville. She is survived by her niece Linda Boysun of Vida. Gladys is survived by 23 grandchildren, 39 great-grandchildren, five great-great-grandchildren, and several nieces and nephews and great-nieces and -nephews.
Gladys was preceded in death by her parents, Ralph Richardson and Lucy Mae McCollum. She was preceded in death by her daughter, Laurie Solberg Cairy; and ex-husband, Eugene Solberg. She was preceded in death by one nephew, Arnold Boysun; one great-grandson, Trenton Cooper; and one great-nephew, Frank Johansen.
Gladys’ family would like to send a special thanks to the staff at Faith Lutheran Home for your T.L.C. Also we would like to thank all the “Prayer Warriors” who always remembered our mother and our family. God bless you!
A prayer service will be held on Thursday, Oct. 16, at 7 p.m. at the Clayton Stevenson Memorial Chapel in Wolf Point. Funeral services will take place on Friday, Oct. 17, 2014, at 11 a.m. at the Clayton Stevenson Memorial Chapel in Wolf Point. Condolences for the family may be left at www.claytonstevensonchapel.com. Clayton Stevenson Memorial Chapel in Wolf Point is assisting the family with arrangements.
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Al Rodney Todd, 53, died Oct. 5, 2014, in Poplar.
He was born on April 2, 1961, in Los Angeles,
Calif., to Donald K. Todd and Marietta Blount Fourbear.
He grew up in Brockton and graduated from high school at Riverside Indian School in Anadarko, Okla., in 1979. After graduation, he joined the United States Marine Corps and received an honorable discharge in 1984.
He worked at A&S Industries, West Electronics and Poplar Schools. He liked to go hunting, enjoyed taking pictures and was a #1 Bronco fan. He enjoyed horseshoes and loved spending time with his children and grandchildren.
He is survived by his daughter, Tamara Jefferson of Poplar; son, Doug Todd, and JaSara and Iva Todd; his mother, Marietta Four Bear; brothers, Darrell K. Todd Sr. and Wayne Little Crow; sisters, Kayleen Headdress and Luane Pearl Four Bear Brown; seven grandchildren; and grandmothers, Joyce Tootoosis and Ruth Todd.
Funeral services were held Friday, Oct. 10, at the Brockton Cultural Center. Interment was at the Riverview Cemetery in Brockton. Clayton Stevenson Memorial Chapel in Wolf Point was in charge of arrangements.
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On the night of Oct. 5, 2014, our sister, mother and grandmother slipped away from her earthly family and into the arms of Jesus. She passed away in her sleep at age 80.
Shirley Gabrielson was born March 17, 1934, in San Francisco, Calif. After WWII, her family returned to Anaconda, Mont., where Shirley graduated high school. She received her B.S. degree in nursing from Montana State University. It was there a young Phi Kap caught her eye. Shirley and Grant Gabrielson celebrated 49 years of marriage.
Along the way, two children, Jim and Kari, joined their adventure, which took them to Wibaux (Jim), Big Sandy, Fairfield (Kari), Missoula, Sidney and finally Wolf Point in 1970. Shirley resided in Rapid City, S.D., for the past six years to be near daughter Kari and husband Joe and (to spoil) her two grandchildren.
Besides being a loving, involved and dedicated mother and wife, Shirley poured her energy into her nursing career. She held various positions, served on several state boards, and lobbied for patient rights for over 50 years. As education director, she developed a national course for training nurses’ aids in rural hospitals, as well as “The Teddy Bear Clinic” designed to help children overcome their fear of hospitals. This program was recognized by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services and is in use around the world.
Shirley also dearly loved the Order of Easter Star and her Star family. During her 60+ year membership, she served faithfully in many offices, including Worthy Grand Matron of Montana 1994-95. As a member of Wolf Point Riverside Chapter, she volunteered tirelessly for many community service projects.
She was a patriotic citizen, passionate sports fan and quick wit. She loved to bake, picnic, camp, sew, visit with friends, travel, the outdoors and keeping up on the news. She enjoyed nieces, nephews and all kids who crossed her path. She followed their activities all through life. Her wish was to make the world a kinder, more gentle and compassionate place. She did a great job!
She is survived by her children, Jim (Anissa) Gabrielson of Missoula, Mont., and Kari (Joe) Jagodzinski of Rapid City, S.D.; grandkids, Janna and Joey of Rapid City; brother, Art (Peggy) Ellison of Anaconda, Mont.; sister, Jean Stanley of Yuma, Ariz.; uncle, Irwin Mueller of Butte, Mont.; and many beloved nieces, nephews, cousins, co-workers and friends. She was preceded in death by her mother, Lois Ellison-Marick; father, Art Ellison; and husband, I. Grant Gabrielson.
A celebration of life will be held Saturday, Oct. 18, at 11 a.m. at Rimrock Evangelical Free Church in Rapid City. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be sent to: Shriner’s Hospital for Children, Smile Train, St. Jude’s Hospital for Children, Disabled Veterans of American, Michael J. Fox Foundation for Parkinson’s Research, American Heart Association, American Cancer Society or any animal welfare organization .
Friends may sign Shirley’s online guestbook at www.kirkfuneralhome.com.
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Michael Bad Hawk Jr., 23, passed away on Wednesday, Oct. 9, 2014, at his residence. Wake services began at 3 p.m., Friday, Oct. 10, 2014, at Our Saviour’s Lutheran Church in Rocky Boy. Wake services were held in Frazer, Mont., on Sunday, Oct. 12, 2014, at 1 p.m. with funeral service on Monday, Oct. 13, 2014 at 11 a.m.; both taking place at the Frazer Community Center. Burial was at the Frazer Cemetery. Holland & Bonine Funeral Home has been entrusted with arrangements. Please visit Michael’s online memorial page and leave a message of condolence for his family at www.hollandbonine.com.
Michael was born in Wolf Point on Nov. 16, 1990, to Michael Bad Hawk Sr. and Melissa Whitford. He was raised in Wolf Point and Rocky Boy, attending elementary and junior high school in Frazer, and graduating from Wolf Point High School.
Michael worked for a short time after graduation at the Sherman Inn in Wolf Point and spent a great deal of time caring for his two sons. He returned to Rocky Boy full-time in 2010, and attended Stone Child College, playing basketball for them. He worked odd jobs, always trying to stay outside. Most recently, he spent his time caring for his nephew.
Michael was an outgoing young man who loved to hike and spent a great deal of time in his younger years hunting with his dad. He was a bit of a jokester, and loved to make people laugh, especially when you were frustrated with him. He was everyone’s friend, trying to pick up their spirits when they were down. Michael also liked cooking, working out and staying in shape. His favorite pastime was playing with his nieces and nephews. He was especially close to Constance, who was like a son to him. Michael’s constant concern was the kids.
He was preceded in death by his grandparents, Art and Mabel Raining Bird, Leslie Four Star and Dolores Four Star; his uncles, Donovan Raining Bird and Wayne Bad Hawk; and his aunt, Ralee Raining Bird.
Michael is survived by his sons, Martavis Scott Bad Hawk and Michael Scott Bad Hawk III of Texas; his adopted son, Constance Bad Hawk of Rocky Boy; his parents, Melissa Whitford of Rocky Boy and Michael S. Bad Hawk Sr. of Wolf Point; his sister, Letecia Bad Hawk of Rocky Boy; his brothers, Cole Bad Hawk and Clay Bad Hawk of Rocky Boy; and numerous beloved aunts, uncles, cousins, and extended family and friends.