Marvin C. Kostelecky, 79, of White Sulphur Springs died Saturday, Nov. 18, 2023. He was born on April 18, 1944, to Mildred and Charles Kostelecky in Dickinson, N.D. He went to many schools during his lifetime including White Sulphur Springs. He was drafted into the Army in 1967. During his tour of duty, he was wounded and received two Purple Hearts and the Bronze Star. After returning home, he met Fran Van Dyke. She brought into the family a son, Deon. Together, they had together two children, Kandi Mil and Karson Ray. They lived in the farming area of Ryegate and Rapelje. They divorced in 1976. In 1976, he met and married Phyllis Ball, she came into the family with two children, Spencer and Lonnele. He was able to work for many different ranchers across Montana from Colstrip to Malta, Plentywood to Dagmar. He and Phyllis had a son, Kevin Charles. During their marriage, he found another daughter, Stacy. In 1992, they divorced. He then met Yvonne through his brother, Randy, and Randy’s wife, Connie, who is Yvonne’s sister. They married on July 16, 1993. She brought into the family two daughters, Sheila and Roberta. They worked on many different ranches together across Montana including Bainville and Shonkin. He also worked at the Wagonhound Land and Livestock Ranch in Douglas, Wyo., where he was able to drive teams of horses to feed with and to pull different kinds of buggies. They moved to WSS in 2010 and retired. Once again, Marvin was able to farm and ranch part time for Castle Mountain Ranch and for Jock & Jamie Doggett until his health became poor. He loved to watch his children and grandchildren play sports. He also loved watching the WSS Hornets and the Montana Griz. During his life, he was able to rodeo and even won a saddle at the NILE. He loved being a cowboy and driving a tractor. He is survived by his wife of 30 years, Yvonne; children, Deon, Stacy, Spencer, Sheila, Kandi, Lonnele, Roberta, Karson and Kevin; 14 grandchildren; and one great-grandchild; four brothers, Dennus of Wilsall, Randy of Columbus, Doug of Billings and Francis of Billings; and one sister, Coleen of Aurora, Colo. He was preceded in death by two brothers, Kenneth and Duane Kostelecky; one sister, Audrey Edwards; and one great-granddaughter, McKinley. Funeral services were held at 11 a.m. on Wednesday, Nov. 29, at the Yoked Parish of First Presbyterian and American Lutheran Church in White Sulphur Springs. Burial followed the service at Mayn Cemetery.
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Leroy Allen Simonson, 74, died Nov. 5, 2023, in Malta. He was born on Aug. 18, 1949, in Havre to Roger and Kathleen “Ree” (Murdock) Simonson. He was their firstborn son, delivered by Ree’s sister and nurse, Marjorie (Murdock) Olsen. From that day on, Leroy and his gunt Marjorie had a special relationship. He graduated from Whitewater High School in 1967. After high school, he joined
Gary Dale Brien Sr., 79, died Nov. 13, 2023, at Sanford Hospital in Bismarck, N.D. He was born April 28, 1944, on the farm at Medicine Lake to Julius and Joy (Rather) Brien and spent the majority of his life in Medicine Lake. He was a rifle marksman in the Army National Guard from 1964-1970 and served his country proudly. He enjoyed doing many things, but it was hunting and fishing, especially
Dana Eugene Gunderson, 70, of Plentywood died Nov. 2, 2023. He was born April 25, 1953, to John and Elsie (Graham) Gunderson. The third oldest of eight children, he grew up in Plentywood. On Aug. 22, 1979, he married Joan (Lizotte) and, together, they raised their family in Montana and later in Kansas. While in Kansas, he successfully ran his own business until he and Joan decided to return
William R. Woods, age 88, passed away on Thursday, Nov. 16, 2023, in Chester. A memorial service will be held at 11 a.m. on Tuesday, Nov. 21, at the Chester Community United Methodist Church (510 Monroe Ave., Chester, Mont.), followed by a reception for friends and family. Bill will be laid to rest at Highland Cemetery in Havre with a committal service at 2:30 p.m. Please visit Bill’s online
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