Brandon Irvin Big Leggins Sr., 39, of Wolf Point died Jan. 16, 2023, in Wolf Point. A wake will be held at 7 p.m. on Thursday, Feb. 2, at the Poplar Cultural Center. The funeral will be held at 12 p.m. on Friday, Feb. 3, at the Poplar Cultural Center. Interment will follow. Clayton Stevenson Memorial Chapel was entrusted with arrangements.
02 February 2023
Quentin Weeks Combs, 26, died Jan. 19, 2023. He was born on May 23, 1996, in Wolf Point. To the people who didn’t know him, he looked stoic and intimidating, but for the friends and family who knew him, he was soft-hearted and would give the shirt off his back. He was very athletic during school and outgoing. He was the type of person to attract genuine people. His outgoing personality brought him lifelong friends throughout the country. He also considered himself the “roast master,” whether it was in person of teasing over Facebook. He had a strong work ethic no matter what job it was. He put his heart into his work and was proud to get the job done, whether it was doing construction or even just cooking at home. He was preceded in death by his brother, Cody. He is survived by his mother, Frances Weeks; father, James Combs Jr.; step-mother, Laureen Yellowhammer- Combs; siblings, Shannon Crosier, Christina Rojas, Joyce Fuapau, Jared Weeks-Combs, Amanda Laura Weeks-Combs, Sebastian Yellowhammer-Combs and Zoran Yellowhammer- Combs; step-siblings, Alleen, Princess, Malcolm, Allen, Kyra, Mariah and Preslie Yellowhammer-Combs; and grandmothers, Laura Clemence and Midge Harold of Washington. Funeral services were held Wednesday, Jan. 25, at the new community hall in Wolf Point. Interment was at Chelsea Cemetery. Clayton Stevenson Memorial Chapel was entrusted with arrangements.
Elaine Louise Vinger, 88, of Billings died Jan. 14, 2023. She was born Nov. 17, 1934, in Magnet, Neb., and was one of six children born to Rader and Gertrude Remmen. She graduated from high school in Plainview, Neb., in 1953. She met Orren Vinger in November 1955. They got engaged that December and the two young Norwegians were married on St. Patty's Day in 1956. It was a whirlwind start to a romance that lasted nearly 67 years. They had three children — two sons, Terry and Mark; and a daughter, Tammy. Her greatest roles in life were as a wife and mother, raising her children and supporting her family, including her eight grandchildren and three great-grandchildren. They spent most of their married years between North Dakota and Montana and eventually settled in Wolf Point where they raised their family. They also enjoyed their time together in Billings and Chandler, Ariz., which allowed them to be close to family. She was an avid reader. She loved crossword and regular puzzles, and she loved to bowl and golf. She was active in the Lutheran church and enjoyed helping with youth group. She is survived by her husband, Orren; sons, Terry Vinger and Mark Vinger; daughter, Tammy Baker; and siblings, Thelma Ewalt and Norman Remmen. She was preceded in death by her siblings, Carmen Matthis, Arnold Remmen and Arlo Remmen. Services will be held at a later date.
26 January 2023
John Laverdure, 62, of Wolf Point died Jan. 14, 2023. He was born Feb. 17, 1960, to Esther (King) Yellow Owl. He loved to help people and give to the people, even if he went without. He loved spending time with family and friends, telling stories, watching scary movies and digging roots. He loved spending time with Steve drinking coffee and going for rides to make sure everyone was happy and taken care of and that everything was on the right path. He loved cooking, making soup and bread, but hated cleaning. His hobby was firefighting and going places. He fought fires for 18 years. He loved talking about the mountains to anyone who would take the time to listen. He loved life and worked very hard to make every day count. He was preceded in death by his wife, Angel Garfield; first wife, Danielle Margie Delorme; mother, Esther (King) Yellow Owl; brothers, Pat and Emile Laverdure; sisters, Robin and Tanya White Hawk and Karen Yellow Owl; and his stepson, Carter Lilley. He is survived by his three daughters, Erica Swift Eagle, Sandy and Megan; and numerous grandchildren. Funeral services were held Friday, Jan. 20, at Clayton Stevenson Memorial Chapel. Interment was at King Cemetery in Wolf Point. Clayton Stevenson Memorial Chapel was entrusted with arrangements.
Marion RunsThrough Sr., 65, of Poplar died Jan. 12, 2023 in Poplar. He was born March 8, 1957, to Ruby and Wallace Runs-Through, Sr. He was born and raised in Frazer and was the third oldest of 11. He attended Frazer School. He enlisted in the United States Army where he successfully completed basic training at Fort Leonard Wood, Mo., in 1980. He was then deployed to Germany for the next 3½ years. He was honorably discharged, returned home and started working for A& S Industries in Poplar. During his years at A& S, he met Millie Youpee in 1988. He took and raised as his own Windy and Rocky Clark and, together, they had Millie RunsThrough II and Marion RunsThrough Jr. They made their home in Poplar and he continued to work at A& S until his back injury in 1996. He was unable to return to work, so he became a stayat- home dad. He taught all four of his children most of his knowledge, from hobbies like fixing things in the garage with him to cooking and hunting, changing parts, oil, tires and patching. He also loved to be on You-Tube channel messing with his tablet and TV, especially cruising with his wife and grandchildren. He was always telling a story about his days in Frazer or hunting. He is survived by his wife, Millie; daughters, Windy Howard and Millie RunsThrough II; son, Marion RunsThrough Jr.; eight grandchildren; adopted sons, Raymond Track and Robert Youpee Jr.; and sisters, Marva RunsThrough, Kathy TalksDifferent, Debra Ramsey, Carol RunsThrough, Brenda Hollow Horn, Janet Goodbear and Janeen Firemoon; brother, Wallace Runs-Through Jr. He was preceded in death by his son, Rocky Clark Jr; brothers, Tom and Arthur RunsThrough; and grandsons, Enright Beston, Bryce Onstad and Ayzail Leider. Funeral services were held on Thursday, Jan. 19, at the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints in Poplar. Interment was at Riverview Cemetery. Clayton Stevenson Memorial Chapel was entrusted with arrangements.
19 January 2023
Russell John Hollow Horn, 59, of Poplar died Jan. 5, 2023. He was born April 4, 1963, in Poplar to Stanley and Irene (Smith) Hollow Horn. He attended school in Poplar and, in 1996, earned his GED in Pine Ridge, S.D. He worked various jobs, which included ESCO, A& S Industries, nursing home in Chadron, Neb., Tuba City School kitchen in Arizona and Prairie Wind Casino in South Dakota. In 2000, he moved back to Wounded Knee, S.D., to help his older brother Stanley in his ministry at the Church of God until he moved back to Poplar. He was always a joy to have around, quick to laugh, kindhearted, caring and gentle, who was loved by all who knew him. He touched hearts and made many friends wherever he went. He was also very talented at beading and made many beautiful cross necklaces and key chains, which he gave away as gifts to family and
Dean Dueth Nelson, 91, of Williston, N.D., formerly of Bainville, died at the Sheridan Memorial Hospital in Plentywood on Wednesday, Jan. 11, 2023. He was born Dec. 12, 1931, in Bainville to Oscar and Mabel (Torgerson) Nelson. He was raised on the family farm east of Bainville and graduated from Bainville High School in 1949. After graduation, he moved to Houston, Texas, and worked in construction with his brother Dennis. He moved to Denver, Colo., and started a television sales and repair business with his brother-in-law. While in Denver, he met Jean Schweitzer while she was waiting tables at her family’s diner and they married three months later on Jan. 24, 1959. In 1963, he returned to the family farm in Bainville, where they raised their five children. His passion was farming and, even after he retired and moved to Billings, he returned to the farm to help his son Dennis every spring for planting and fall for harvest for many years. In 1998, Dean and Jean settled in Williston, N.D., where they lived until Jean’s death in May 2019. They spent many years calling square dancing and teaching round dancing. He was also an excellent carpenter and remodeled every house they lived in. He loved gardening and took particular pride in his extensive flower garden in Williston. He was also known as a competitive
Doris Ann McKay, 72, of Poplar died Jan. 4, 2023, in Billings. She was born July 22, 1950, to Patrick McKay and Theresa Walking Eagle-McKay. In her early life, she met Dewayne “JimmyJohn” Duncan while she was living in San Francisco, Calif., and they had three children, Anthony, Haleena and Dena. Later in her life, she met Rodney Bruner while residing in Poplar and they had two children, Mikel and Ke'Anna. She started working at a very young age and flourished in many career paths. She began as a rod man surveying many homesites, which started the builds for homes in Poplar. She also worked as a seismographer, sugar beet worker and firefighter. With some of these careers, she had worked alongside her daughter and nephew. Doris also worked as a FEMA responder and helped people during natural disasters, including Hurricane Katrina and Columbia Spaceshuttle recovery for NASA. Her recent employment was working at Fort Peck Housing as a counselor, providing for her grandchildren. She positively impacted many communities, was a hard worker and was never intimidated by masculine jobs. She was brought up in a Catholic church that she attended with her parents and her siblings. Later in life, she became born again and was a respected sister of the Poplar Assembly of God. She was always giving and always helpful. She attended Bible study, prayed for all of her family, friends, relatives and anyone