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I passed from a wide assortment of ailments on Monday, Nov. 24, 2014. My choice was not to have a funeral as those who knew me would understand.
My life began in Wishek, N.D., born to Charles Frederick and Ella Alsberg (Reick), wonderful parents, on Aug. 31, 1932. It was the Golden Era of "Children should be seen and not heard" and my sister Betty Clara (Jerry) Adams and brother John Gordon (Linda) Alsberg often joked about this.
After graduation from Nashua, Mont., High (“Go Porcupines”) School in 1940, I took on several interesting employment opportunities including National Guards and United Building Center which took me from Nashua, Mont., to Plentywood, Mont., to Winona, Minn., and eventually starting my own Builders Supply in Billings, Mont., while residing in Laurel, Mont.
I met my wife of 42 years Jacqueline (Hughes) while I was working in Glasgow, Mont., getting married in a double wedding with Jacqueline’s older brother Bud (Geane) Hughes in 1951. What a wonderful ceremony. With the help of this lavish salary, I raised four wonderful children Julie (Harley) Kleppen of Plentywood, Mont., Charles (Robyn) of Neshkoro, Wis., Bryan (Melisa) of Atlanta, Ga., and Jeff (Simone) of Glasgow, Mont. All successful and very close — my greatest accomplishment.
During my last few years, I focused on my lifetime hobbies including auto restoration, fishing, hunting, gardening, traveling and simply having a wonderful yard at my cabin in Fort Peck, Mont. Unfortunately, the last two years my health began to fail and I ended up for a short stay in Prairie Ridge (wonderful staff and people) to Nemont Manor and eventually to Valley View where I was very lucky to enjoy a top notch friendly staff and cared for by some of the finest doctors from Billings and Glasgow. A special recognition to the very caring nursing staff of Francis Mahon Hospital and Valley View. A tremendous thanks to all of you for making my life longer and my last days comfortable.
Again, I enjoyed my life and want to thank some of those that made this possible. Topping the list is family and close survivors, the most important, my daughter Julie supported by her husband Harley who was with me to the end; my son Jeff and his caring wife Simone who always was there to tend to all my needs, and my sons Charles (Robyn) and Bryan (Melisa) who cared for me during my visits giving me tremendous support. Thanks again for always being there.
Surviving is my brother Gordon and his wife Linda of Kalispell, Mont.; deceased sister Betty and her husband Jerry of Augusta, Ga. One mistake was not mending fences with my brother and sister; for this, I apologize. Surviving besides my four children are eight grandchildren and 13 great-grandchildren living in Wisconsin, Minnesota, Montana, Washington and California. I am so very proud of each and everyone of you!
I was blessed almost every morning for the great meal and wonderful company at Nickel Bills. What a truly great start to my days especially during my many struggles.
I always tried to give new meaning to the word "friend." Trying my hardest to be friendly, courteous, and hope you took my sharp wit with a smile. Thanks to my many wonderful friends, especially Jake of Havre. I don't know what I would have done, living alone my last years, without all of your company and enjoyment.
I've had a wonderful life and thank you to all who made it so.
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James Edwin Anderson passed away on Nov. 20, 2014, at LaCasa Assisted Living in Plentywood, Mont. He was born on March 15, 1934, in Poplar, Mont., to Martin and Ruby (Akers) Anderson.
He was raised on the family ranch west of Froid, Mont., where he resided until his passing.
He graduated from Froid High School in 1952. He met and married Carol Jean Samuelson in November 1953.
To this union, five children were born: J.D. Anderson of Froid; Mary (Rod) Smith of Dagmar, Mont.; Jackie (Steve) Hippe of Froid; Susan Anderson of Gallup, N.M.; and Tony (Tiff) Anderson of Froid. He had 10 grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.
He was an avid lover of the western cowboy life, proud to be an enrolled member of the Fort Peck Sioux Tribe and gave many beefs to the tribe and their people.
He was very knowledgeable about history and especially the reservation.
He is survived by his five children, and by eight grandchildren: Jonathan (Lacey ) Hippe of Trenton, N.D.; Matt (Britta) Smith and Sarah Smith, both of Billings, Mont.; Marty, Joseph, and Whitney Anderson of Froid; Chelsie and Jordan Anderson of Froid; and two great-grandchildren, Izebele and Ezmae Hippe of Trenton. He is also survived by sisters Mildred Hove of Homestead, Mont.; Marjorie Chadderdon of Coeur d’ Alene, Idaho; Doris Rudolph of Houston Texas; and Judy (Pat) Waters of Froid.
He was preceded in death by his wife, Carol; his parents, Martin and Ruby Anderson; brother, George Anderson; and two grandchildren, Carlie and Ty Anderson.
Cremation has taken place and at his wishes no services will be held.
Fulkerson Funeral Home of Plentywood has charge of arrangements: Post remembrances, send cards and flowers online at www.fulkersonsplentywood.com.
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Donald Alex (Don) Boysun died on Nov. 20, 2014, in Trinity Hosptial of brain cancer. He was surrounded by loving family during his final four days.
Don was born on Sept. 11, 1948, in Wolf Point, the fourth child of Alex L. Boysun and Alma Takle Boysun. He attended schools in Vida and Circle and obtained his GED in 1970. He graduated in June 2001 with an associate degree in auto mechanics from FPCC.
He enlisted in the Marine Corps on Feb. 1, 1968, and served with the 3rd Marine Division as a radio relay operator in Vietnam for 13 months and one day; as he would stress. He would later endure a lifetime of depression and medical issues related to PTSD and exposure to Agent Orange.
During the past six and one-half years, Don battled cancers — prostate, left tonsil and brain cancers twice. Sheer stubbornness alone proved the doctors’ time lines wrong. It was difficult to allow Don to spend several weeks during his last six months — in Bozeman with Alec and Brandi’s family, and with Shawn and Vicki and their family here — but they all needed the time as much as Don did.
In his lifetime, Don worked at numerous jobs — farm worker, activity school bus driver, semi driver and mechanic before retiring form WPHS after near nine years. He would work anywhere, anytime on vehicles and farm equipment. And how he loved to talk with everyone — when he said “I’ll only be 5 to 10 minutes.” I knew he would leave us waiting at least two to three hours.
He thought he had more time with us to make up for all the years he was gone. God had other plans. The time our kids did have with their dad forged a bond of love that will never be broken. Even Mom had to watch from the sidelines when they were together. And how he loved our grandchildren.
On June 17, 1967, Don met a 14-year-old A&W car hop, Judy Walley. They were married Sept. 13, 1971, recently celebrating their 43rd anniversary.
Surviving Don are his wife; children and grandchildren, Shawn (Vicky), Jed, Ben and Sam, all of Wolf Point; Andrea (fourth son Scott), Carry and Thomas Vandall, all of Wolf Point; Alec (Brandi), Wyatt and Waylon of
Bozeman; and Clay of the family home. Also surviving are his mother-in-law, Lorraine Walley of Choteau; his “sister in heart,” Vermae Taylor; adopted son, Robert Stensland; four sisters and three brothers; the Shirley and late Joe Vandall family; Oliver and Pat Peders and family; Willard and Viona Casterline family; and the Steve and late Wilbur Eggebrecht family — you all took him into your hearts and Don thought the world of you.
He was preceded in death by his parents; a sister, Ardelyn; and his father-in-law, Clifford Walley.
A celebration of Don’s life was held on Wednesday, Nov. 26, at 6:30 p.m. in the First Baptist Church in Wolf Point. Bell Mortuary of Glasgow is in charge of cremation arrangements.
In lieu of flowers, please donate to the wounded Warrior Project in his name. Their need is great.
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Robert Milferd Rorvig, 100, of Glasgow died Nov. 22, 2014, at Valley View Nursing Home in Glasgow.
He was born in Minnesota on his grandparents’ farm Jan. 2, 1914, to Nels and Minnie Rorvig. He lived in the Litchville area of North Dakota until he was two years old when he and his family moved to a homestead about 40 miles north of Frazer. They came by train with livestock and some household and farm machinery in November 1916. Nels owned a threshing machine and had to finish threshing before they could move. It was a nice fall so they got some buildings built but it was a long cold winter. The family consisted of Oscar, Robert and Martha. He had two more brothers, Gordon and Richard.
He was raised on the farm and went to grade school at the local country school 1.5 miles away and graduated in 1928. He went to high school in Opheim and graduated in 1932. He started college in the fall of 1934 and graduated with a degree in agricultural economics in 1939. He worked his way through college which was during the worst of the big depression. That fall, he started working for the Montana Extension Service. He worked as an assistant county agent until he went into military service. He was discharged in 1946.
While he was working in Culbertson, he met Eunice Shipstead who was teaching school. They married Dec. 20, 1941.
After his discharge from the Air Force, he was county Extension agent in Valley County for a year. In the spring of 1947, he started farming until he sold the farm to his sons Ronald and Glenn in 1974. While farming, he served on many boards and committees. Among them were he taught veterans for four years, county ASC committee for 10 years and school board, etc.
After selling the farm, they traveled, both in the United States and around the world. They owned a home in Mesa, Ariz., and a house on Poverty Ridge at Fort Peck. They enjoyed the southern winters and the northern summers.
He is survived by his sons, Ronald Rorvig and Glenn Rorvig; and a sister, Martha Halverson.
Services will be held Monday, Dec. 1, at 1 p.m. at First Lutheran Church in Glasgow. Interment will be at the Nashua Cemetery.
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Brett Robert Norman, 17, died Saturday, Nov. 8, 2014, east of Nashua in a motor vehicle accident.
He was born May 5, 1997, to Robert and Penny Norman in Salem, Ore. We were so happy for a third son and Mama especially delighted in his chubby little self.
As a child, Brett was full of life. He loved his binkie. He had a hearty, contagious laugh. He loved to snuggle, especially with his daddy. He was always ready to go along on the next adventure with his dad and brothers, Mitchell and Grant. He was only rarely left behind.
We have had the privilege of seeing him change into a young man, establishing for himself what standards he was going to live by, what goals he was shooting for and had broken these things down into step-sized pieces. Motivated by his love for his life, he was making his life what he wanted it to be.
Some of the core values that he chose for himself were to be reliable, loyal, honest, adventurous, fit and pure.
"Pop's," as Brett called him, enjoyed the fun communication during the week, especially the Friday morning wake up texts to let him know the weekend is almost here. His dad appreciated Brett and his willingness to fill in for him while he was away at work.
With his younger siblings, he enjoyed the freedom to be goofy with them and included them in fun adventures. When he came home after work, they greeted him with, "Brett! Come see the boat I'm making!" or "Hey, Brett, I made peanut butter cookies and saved you some." or if he was leaving, he would be followed around by siblings asking, "Can I ride along with you? Please? Oh, please?".
An example of the fun he liked to have with them is when he recently asked his sister Hannah if she would go air up the tires on the bulldozer and he laughed and laughed AND LAUGHED when she got halfway there and realized a bulldozer doesn't have tires.
With his older brothers Mitchell and Grant, he was 'The Third Amigo'. They shared countless adventures as the threesome — from the early days of riding bikes, fishing, hunting, leatherwork, trapping, playing music, riding horse, trailing cows, branding, to recently getting all three of their pickups stuck at the same time.
Brett especially enjoyed sneaking into the kitchen and giving Mama a scare just to hear her scream. To get a reaction out of her was his delight and the house rang with his laughter.
This year, Brett met Christean Holen and they developed a very special and meaningful relationship. She was a bright spot in his life. They were planning a future together. She was quickly welcomed as part of the family.
Now, we find ourselves having to say goodbye. We are grateful for the time we had with such a great young man.
He is survived by his parents; his brothers, Mitchell, Grant and Joshua; his sisters, Hannah and Mary Emma; and grandparents, Richard and Sandra Norman of Rickreall, Ore., and Vern and Jean Ratzlaff of Monmouth, Ore.
Services were held Saturday, Nov. 15, at the Evangelical Church in Glasgow. Interment was on the family farm near Lustre.