17 June 2021

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Llewellyn Eagle

Llewellyn Eagle


Llewellyn James Eagle, 67, of Wolf Point died June 4, 2021, at the Billings Clinic. He was born in Poplar on June 24, 1953, to Geraldine Eagle, but was raised by his grandparents Frank and Mary Eagle. He attended school in Poplar and also had attended Job Corps until he moved to California. He spent his teen years living in Newark, Fresno and Hayward, Calif. While residing in California, he worked in Sacramento and the Bay area as a certified welder and also a mechanic. In 1985, he was involved in a motor vehicle accident and later returned to Montana to be near his family. Prior to moving to California, he met Evelyn Hernandez in 1974 and, from this union, his son Joel was born. After he returned to Montana, he met Shelly Porras in 1991 and, from this union, came Cassandra “Sandy” and Llewellyn Jr. He raised Lisa Marie on his own. In his younger years, he enjoyed giving mechanical advice and working on cars, digging turnips/roots, going fishing and cruising. He had the best cooking skills and was locally “famous” for his homemade salsa and chili. He had a crazy sense of humor and was always joking and laughing. Some of his favorite TV shows were Maury and Steve Wilkos. His favorite of all was watching Nascar races, football and basketball. Some of his favorite teams include the San Francisco 49ers, Oakland Raiders and, of course, the Philadelphia Eagles. He spent the last few years of his life sitting on the couch watching his pride and joy “Rosie” and his grandson LewAnthony playing outside. He is survived by his children, Joel C. Adams of Spokane, Wash., Cassandra “Sandy,” Llewellyn Jr. “BobaLew” and Lisa Marie Eagle of Wolf Point; and five grandchildren. He was preceded in death by siblings, Edna R. Eagle, Kathleen Eagle-Forrest and Raymond Messelt. His funeral was held Friday, June 11, at the Clayton Stevenson Memorial Chapel in Wolf Point. Interment was at the Riverside Catholic Cemetery, south of Brockton. Clayton Stevenson Memorial Chapel was entrusted with the arrangements.

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Laurelle Green

Laurelle Green


Laurelle Lyn Green, 34, of Fort Kipp died May 28, 2021, in Brockton. The daughter of Dani Green, she was born Sept. 8, 1986, at the Poplar Hospital. She was given the Indian name “Holy Breath Woman” which was passed down to her by her grandmother Rozelda (Blackdog) Loans Arrow. She grew up mostly with her cousins, Thena Epps, Reannon Black-DogBear, Roger Running Bear Jr. and Edith Youpee in the Fort Kipp and Culbertson area. She attended school and graduated from the Brockton High School in Brockton. She worked various jobs, which included working as a clerk in the prosecutor’s office and at Tribal Express for the Fort Peck Tribes. She worked at Walmart in Williston, N.D., and at Albertsons in Wolf Point. She also worked at the Poplar Hospital as a CNA and dietary aide in the kitchen. Her most favorite place of employment was Sidney Sugars where she also received her CDL license. She was a very fun and loving person who enjoyed spending time with her daughters, Devyn, Daija, DeMya, Rosslyn and Royal and her son, Roman. Some of her favorite things to do were cruising around and hanging out with her friends and family. She had a smile that would light up the room when she walked in with a bright, loving personality. She is survived by her mother, Dani Green of Fort Kipp; children, Devyn Lizotte, Daija Lizotte, DeMya Lizotte, Rosslyn Russell, Roman Russell and Royal Russell; brother, Landis Green, of Brockton; and grandmother, Loretta Bearcub of Fort Kipp. She was preceded in death by her step-father, Eric Red-Bull. Her funeral was held Tuesday, June 15, at the James Black Dog Center in Fort Kipp. Interment was at Fort Kipp Cemetery. Clayton Stevenson Memorial Chapel was entrusted with the arrangements.

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Perry Hekkel

Perry Hekkel


Perry Hekkel, 73, lifetime resident of Culbertson, Mont., passed away peacefully at the Roosevelt Memorial Nursing Home in Culbertson, Mont., on Saturday morning, June 5, 2021. Fulkerson Stevenson Funeral Home of Williston, N.D., is assisting the family. Friends may sign the on-line register and leave their condolences at www. fulkersons.com. His funeral service was held at 10 a.m. Thursday, June 10, 2021, at the Trinity Lutheran Church in Culbertson, Mont. Pastor Gretchen Wagner officiated. A light lunch followed. Interment was at the Friedens Gemeinde Cemetery, northwest of Culbertson. Friends could call at the church one hour prior to services on Thursday. The funeral service was broadcast, you can view Perry’s service directly on his obituary page on Fulkerson’s website www.fulkersons. com. Due to COVID-19, we ask that everyone adheres to local and state requirements for social distancing. Perry Hekkel, 73, passed away at Roosevelt Medical Center in Culbertson on June 5, 2021. Perry LaVern Hekkel was born Jan. 7, 1948, in Williston, N.D., to John “Pete” and Lorena Hekkel. Perry was baptized and confirmed in the Lutheran faith and a lifetime member of Trinity Lutheran Church in Culbertson. Pete and Lorena raised Perry to first have faith in God, to be polite and respectful and to love everyone. Perry attended school in Culbertson. He was very proud of his job as a worker for S & S Sanitation, serving Culbertson, Bainville and Froid. He was off to work early mornings for six years, never missing a day of work. After that, he also worked for two additional garbage truck businesses. Perry’s sister, Marcia “Marcie,” was a constant and inseparable companion. Perry always looked out for and protected his little sister. On one occasion, Marcie and Perry walked to school and the weather turned chilly during the day. When they returned home that afternoon, Marcie had on Perry’s warm jacket and Perry was squeezed into Marcie’s tiny sweater because he didn’t want his sister to be cold. Marcie helped Perry with a special hooked rug craft that when finished was turned into a pillow. She patiently took each strand of wool and handed it to Perry so he could “hook” them into the pattern. Perry kept “Fox” beside him always, his treasure. Marcie’s favorite endearment was to call Perry “Harry Pickle.” Perry’s cousins meant the world to him. Whenever he saw one of them, his face would light up a room. With large families on both sides, there are countless memories of cousin fun. On the farm, building a clubhouse, playing outside and cousin birthday parties to name a few. As an adult, Perry loved being in on all birthday celebrations and family gatherings. He thoroughly enjoyed making trips to Williston to Walmart with cousin Sharon Salvevold, having a hamburger and Pepsi after shopping. Sharon gave him much time, attention and care over the years. Perry loved riding his bike. He enjoyed morning coffee hour at the Wild West Diner with his dad and cousin Larry Hekkel, drinking his favorite, a Pepsi. Every one of Perry's 40+ cousins loved him dearly and has precious memories to keep in their hearts forever. Perry loved animals. His favorite pet as a child was a white pig named The Judge. The Judge followed Perry everywhere on the farm. Often, he would comment, “Here comes The Judge!” In later years, his dog, Barfy, was dear to his heart. Perry was full of good humor and loved to laugh. He was pure love, kindness and a very joyful soul who knew and loved Jesus as his Savior. Gracious thanks to all who brightened Perry’s days in any way, especially all the staff at Roosevelt Medical Center who gave him excellent care and made him feel at home over the past eight years. Survivors include his loving mother, Lorena Hekkel; aunts, Adeline Rasmussen, Jeanie Hekkel, Christine Jensen, Ila Mae Mattingley and Mavis Schledewitz; cousins and cousins once- and twice-removed. Perry was preceded in death by his father, Pete; his sister, Marcia; his grandparents; and many aunts and uncles. To honor Perry’s love of children, memorials may be given to Ike’s Fishing Pond and Walking Trail. (Paid Obituary)

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Vivian Stephanie

Vivian Stephanie


Vivian Mae Stephanie, 84, died on June 6, 2021, at Faith Home in Wolf Point. She was born Oct. 28, 1936, in Poplar to Oscar and Elizabeth (Habben) Dahlberg. She attended school at the Anderson School north of Brockton and, when the family moved into Poplar, she attended Poplar Public School through the eighth grade. She married Matt Stephanie on Dec. 10, 1953, in Havre at the First Lutheran Church. Through this union, they had four children, Marvin, Darrell, Bonnie and Gay. They also had two more children who they lost at birth, Thomas and Mary. They were married for 35 years before Matt’s death May 8, 1989. She was a very hard and trustworthy worker her whole life. She kept busy by cleaning houses and ironing clothes for many families in Poplar and surrounding areas and worked many years on the weekends at the American Legion Club. However, Vivian’s true calling was babysitting children for over 50 years in her tidy house that each child called their second home. She began her babysitting career in the late 1960s, starting with Fred and Violet Sayers’ two boys, Glenn “Pumpkin” and Baby Boo, and Ronnie and Gemma Smith’s three boys, Craig, Doug and Danny Smith. These five boys were the start of thousands of children passing through “Grandma Viv’s” loving door. She was preceded in death by her husband, Matt; son, Thomas; daughter, Mary; and sisters, Elsie Martin and Doris Bahner. She is survived by her sons, Marvin and Darrell, both of Poplar; daughters, Bonnie Paige, of Poway, Calif., and Gay Pennington, of Billings; five grandchildren; 12 great-grandchildren; and two brothers, Don Dahlberg and Darrell Dahlberg, both north of Brockton. A funeral was held at Monday, June 14, at the First Presbyterian Church in Poplar. Interment was at Zion Lutheran Church Cemetery, north of Brockton. Clayton Stevenson Memorial Chapel was entrusted with the arrangements.

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Ole Raymond ‘Ray’ Halvorson

Ole Raymond ‘Ray’ Halvorson


In the early morning hours of June 3, 2021, Ray passed peacefully in his sleep after a brave battle with cancer. Ray was being cared for by Doris, his wife of 71 years, and Clint, his oldest son while also receiving hospice care which allowed him to remain in his home in Miles City. Ray was born at the family farm at Snowden, Mont., on July 5, 1930, to Martin and Frances (Bjelland) Halvorson. He joined grandparents, Ole and Amelia (Fierstein) Bjelland, Uncle John Halvorson, and siblings, Oliver, Millie, Ella and Louise. He would soon be joined by his little sisters, Margaret and Marilyn. Early life at the farm had Ray learning the values of family, hard work and good times. He also started to cultivate a lifelong love of horses and nature. He started his formal education at Fort Union, and continuing on to Bainville when they closed the old Mondak school. He drove the school bus carrying the other kids from Mondak and Snowden to Bainville while attending high school. During his late teen years, Ray worked for various farms and ranches around the Bainville area, especially during harvest when he contracted out with a team of horses and his dad’s hayrack to bring in the wheat. He had already started breaking horses to ride, an activity he enjoyed for the rest of his life. During a foray across the Snowden Bridge to a dance at “Dreamland,” south of Fairview, Ray met Doris Mae Seliger, his future wife. The buildings are still there but it is no longer called Dreamland and they no longer promote romance but sell fresh produce! Ray and Doris were married on June 28, 1949, beginning a long journey together. Ray worked for both the Romos and Wilsons while Doris began creating a home. They went to work for Ben Nordell at Mondak, living in a small travel trailer. It was hot in the summer and cold in the winter. They soon moved up to the McNary house on the ranch and Ray was soon promoted to ranch foreman, allowing them to move into the big Weinrich house where they soon welcomed Clint into the family with Clay joining in on the fun a few years later. Ray went to work for Bill Wilson in the early ‘60s, where he was fortunate to meet Wayne and Sue Grimsrud. He working for Charlie Johnson in Lambert. Every cloud has a silver lining though as their time in Lambert brought them to meet Kenneth and Kay Thornton, becoming lifelong friends also. Then providence struck as Bruce Randall, Sue Grimsrud’s father, suggested that Ray try to get on with the state highway department and then he could eventually get transferred back close to home in Culbertson. So in 1966, the household was packed up and moved to Opheim, Mont., where Ray learned how to plow 8’ drifts of snow! In 1967, the desired move to Culbertson was realized and Ray and Doris lived there for over 40 years. Many blistering summer days were spent on the asphalt and many cold, miserable nights were spent plowing snow. Sioux Pass was one of his “favorite” places! Ray continued to advance within the ranks of the highway department, eventually retiring as foreman in 1993. Ray formed multitudes of friendships along the way with co-workers in his 27 years with the state. Ray was active in the community, serving on the city council and was active in the volunteer fire department. He was a member of the Saddle Club for most of his years, helping run Frontier Days, the Wagon Train, steer ropings and O-Mok-sees. Ray helped out in a pinch one week and soon was trim job or if you needed a dingaling straightened out. Ray fulfilled his need of being active with horses, cattle and nature by helping many in the area with brandings and working cattle. If there was a chance of getting to rope a calf, he would be there! Many great times were had at various ranches … Wayne Grimsrud, Bob Traeger, Fred Thompson, Gerald Raaum, Ray Johnson, Shorty Atwood, Louie Vournas and, of course, the Romo Bros. to name a few. He also enjoyed parades, riding with family or driving Doc Reitzel’s black horses with McCann’s stagecoach. Rodeos were also a passion, traveling near and far, to watch. Ray and Doris also with Gene Foss on the Foss Cattle Drives, helping city slickers experience the life of a real cowboy. In 1995, with the death of his brother Oliver, Ray assumed ownership of his beloved badlands. He built fences, corrals and drilled wells, working on improving the old home place. He was very proud of the small herd of Herefords that he developed. In 2008, Ray and Doris decided it was time to downsize so an auction was held and they sold their Culbertson property, moving to Miles City, Mont. They proceeded to build their first “brand-new” house as they approached their ‘80’. Ray continued to stay active with his new shop and lots of yard work to do, even bringing young cedar saplings from the hills to plant in their new yard. Ray was proceeded in death by his parents, Martin and Frances Halvorson; and siblings, Oliver, Millie, Ella, Louise, Margaret and Marilyn. Ray is survived by his wife, Doris Mae (Seliger) Halvorson; sons, Clint (Mary) Halvorson and Clay (Carol) Halvorson; granddaughters, Amy (Mike) Quigley and Kara (Scotty Brown) Halvorson; and great-grandson Nyreece Halvorson. He is also survived by the multitudes of nephews and nieces from both the Halvorson and Seliger families who he loved and cared for as though they were his own children. Ray has requested that no service be held and his ashes be spread up on the top of the badlands down home. Stevenson and Sons of Miles City is assisting the family. Condolences may be sent to stevensonandsons.com or 1717 Main St., Miles City, MT 59301. (Paid Obituary)
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Melvin Torgerson

Melvin Torgerson


Mass of the Christian Burial for Melvin “Mel” Torgerson, 91, of Beulah, N.D., formerly of Sidney, Mont., is at 10 a.m., Friday, June 4, 2021, at the Sacred Heart of Jesus Catholic Church, Bainville, Mont., with Fr. Anietie “Akama” Ukanide as presider. Interment will be in the Bainville Cemetery, Bainville, Mont., under the care of the Fulkerson-Stevenson Funeral Home of Sidney. Visitation will be Thursday, June 3, 2021, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the funeral home and one hour before services at the church. Rosary will be recited at 6 p.m. Thursday, June 3, 2021, at the funeral home. Remembrances, condolences and pictures may be shared with the family at www.fulkersons. com. Melvin Harry Torgerson, son of the late Sophie and Harry Torgerson, was born on March 3, 1930, in Williston, N.D. He grew up in Bainville, Mont., but did some traveling with his dad’s construction company, attending his freshman year of high school in Oklahoma. Melvin graduated from Bainville High School in 1948. Melvin met the love of his life, his brown-eyed beauty, Margaret Halvorson and they were wed on Nov. 10, 1949. Their union was blessed with five children. They made their life in Bainville, Mont., with Melvin managing the grain elevator and Margaret keeping things running smoothly at home. He, along with a group of investors, eventually purchased the elevator and he continued to run it until he retired. With an almost empty nest, Margaret and Melvin purchased the Tastee Freeze in Culbertson, Mont., and renamed it M& M’s Place. They built and ran this wonderful business, a business known for their smiling faces, hometown feel, exceptional service and locally famous broasted chicken until they retired in 2004 and moved to Sidney, Mont. This is where they made their home until Margaret’s passing in 2006. Melvin continued to reside in Sidney until he moved to Beulah, N.D., in 2014. He was residing at the Knife River Care Center at the time of his passing on May 21, 2021. Family, faith, friends, sports, puzzles and cards were a few of the things that fulfilled Melvin’s life. Whether it was playing football in his younger years with his cardboard and leather helmet, reffing basketball, attending as many of his kids’ and grandkids’ events he could or watching his beloved Vikings on TV, sports were one of his favorite ways to spend his time. Anyone that knew Melvin knew he loved to do puzzles. He was so proud to have a gallery showing at the museum and an article in the newspaper showcasing the talent of “The Puzzler” in 2008. Pinochle and cribbage have been pastimes his whole life. It wasn’t a family get together without cards. He even had running tally’s of wins and losses with some family members; one of the many ways he constantly reminded family members of his stubborn competitiveness stemming from his love for sports. However, it wasn’t always about competition with Melvin, some of the best memories of playing cards with him were the witty comments and colorful stories mixed into the card game. Melvin thrived on socialization and could always find someone to listen to his stories of the past. If he wasn’t at home, you could find him playing cards at the senior center or socializing with coffee and donuts. The family values that Margaret and Melvin instilled on their children and grandchildren is unmatched. Torgerson family get-togethers are always a loud, happy crowd and family always comes first. Faith was Melvin’s foundation. He was a very active Catholic in every community he lived: Bainville, Sidney and Beulah. His beautiful life will forever be cherished in the lives of his children, Billie Lou (Chris Elder) Giese, Howard (Teri) Torgerson, Brent (Carrie) Torgerson, Brian (Kristy) Torgerson and Doug (Debra) Torgerson; his 11 grandchildren; 13 great-grandchildren; and a host of devoted nieces, nephews, cousins and friends. (Paid Obituary)

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