07 October 2021

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Roy Deubner

Roy Deubner


Roy Edward Deubner, 75, of Homestead died Sept. 27, 2021. He was born on May 21, 1946, to Ed and Joyce (Johnson) Deubner in Williston, N.D. He grew up on the farm near Homestead. That way of life would never leave him. He graduated a Honker from Medicine Lake High School in 1965. He went on to Northern Montana College of Havre where he continued not only his academics in diesel mechanics but also played football. He married Cheryl Rae Rossmeier on March 26, 1967. This relationship started without Cheryl even knowing it. He spotted Cheryl on the playground from a classroom window. She was playing Kicker Ball. He said he knew she was the one. After their marriage, he attended his basic training for the National Guard at Fort Campbell, Ky. During the winter of 1968, they lived in Sidney, where he worked at the sugar beet factory. In the spring of the year, he worked for the Hendrickson family farm. It was also this year that he purchased a 510 Massey and a truck and started going south with his father, Ed. He and Cheryl purchased their first home in 1969. Paul was born in 1970 and, that same year, they started farming in Canada along with going south combining. In 1972, Tracie came along two months early and could fit into Roy’s shoe box. In 1974, their journey going south combining ended. Not going south opened new doors at home where he had a successful custom farming business along with still farming in Canada. In 1979, they began renting the Tim Hjort land east of Medicine Lake. The years of farming in Canada ended in 1990, but the friendships forged have stood the test of time especially with the Jacobson and Tytlandsvik families. His passion was farming no doubt and his dream to own his own farm became a reality in 1983 with the purchase of the Tom McCabe farm in Homestead. His lifetime dream was fulfilled when Paul moved home to the family farm in 2011. He always talked about farming. He was anxious to get going in the spring and on one or two occasions might have put some green wheat in the bin. His thing was harvest and digging for seed. He was a pro at setting a combine. He talked about his years of custom combining and was always excited to get Wright’s here to get things going. When checking for seed, he didn’t use a seed pick; he used his finger. His other passion was his family. He had a heart of gold. He loved spoiling his grandchildren. He was always there for his children and always willing to help someone in need. His journey with cancer began in 2009 and he fought the battle with dignity to the end. He is survived by wife, Cheryl of 54 years; son, Paul Deubner of Medicine Lake; daughter Tracie Prigge of Drayton, N.D.; numerous grandchildren; sister, Mary DiFonzo of Sidney; and brother, Don Deubner of Homestead. He was preceded in death by his brother, Wayne. Funeral services were held Sunday, Oct. 3.

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Duane Rabbe Sr.

Duane Rabbe Sr.


Duane Morris Rabbe Sr., 81, of Bainville, formerly of Williston, N.D., died Sunday evening, Sept. 26, 2021, at the Roosevelt Medical Center in Culbertson. He was born Dec. 28, 1939, to Joel and Valborg Rabbe of Williston, N.D. He was educated in the Williston area, graduating from Williston High School in 1958. Just one short month after graduation, he enlisted into the Navy, where he spent the next four years traveling between Haiti, France, and Lebanon on the USS Gainard DD706. Him and his brother Gary were pen pals during this time. On Sept, 20, 1967, he was united in marriage to the love of his life, Sarah Granbois, and together had two children: Linda Enget (Sister) and Duane Rabbe Jr. (Jr.). He was a great father and provider for his wife and children. His employment over the years included Boeing, Westland, Flying J and Kensington, from which he retired. Some of his hobbies included collecting “junk” for his flea markets, metal detecting, working on vehicles and spending time with his friends and family every chance he got. He is survived by his wife of 55 years, Sarah; daughter, Linda Enget of Bainville; son, Duane Rabbe Jr., of Bainville; numerous grandchildren and great-grandchildren; siblings, Betty of Plentywood, Judy of Bremerton, Wash., Duane of Spanish Fork, Utah, JoAnn of Williston, N.D., Darlene of Williston, N.D., Gary of Fargo, N.D., and Diana of Williston, N.D. He was preceded in death by his sister, Harriett. Funeral services were held Tuesday, Oct. 5, at Our Redeemer’s Lutheran Church in Williston with Rev. Jon Wellumson officiating. Burial was at Riverview Cemetery in Williston.

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Willard Landsrud

Willard Landsrud


Willard Gerald Landsrud, of Wolf Point died Aug. 13, 2021, at Trinity Hospital in Wolf Point. The son of Wilhelm and Grace Grandahl Landsrud, he was born Dec. 10, 1932, in Dagmar and raised in Medicine Lake. He was an electrician and owner of Landsrud Electric and Trenching in Wolf Point for 48 years. He was very active with the community as a member of the Optimist Club and the American Legion. He was also a member of the Wolf Point Assembly of God church and served with Gideons International for many years. He was a veteran of the US. .Air Force, where he served as a mechanic. He is survived by his wife of nearly 31 years, Lovella Landsrud of Wolf Point; one son, Kenneth Landsrud of Wolf Point; three daughters, Connie Doornek of Livingston, Karen Samuels of Marysville, Wash., and Cynthia Landsrud of Edmonds, Wash.; three stepchildren, Lyndell Cooper of Linn, Mo., Regina Cooper of Springfield, Mo., and Waylan Cooper of Russellville, Ark.; two sisters, Wilma Weaver of Nacogdoches, Texas, and Dorothy Tucker of Townsend; 15 grandchildren; two step-grandchildren; and 28 great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by a daughter, Cheryl Conaway; two brothers, Gaylord Landsrud and Kermit Landsrud; three sisters, Florence Luecke, Alice Madsen and Viola Russell; and a grandson, Noah Landsrud. A visitation will be held from 4 to 7 p.m. on Friday, Aug. 27, at the Clayton Stevenson Memorial Chapel in Wolf Point. The funeral will be held at 2 p.m. on Saturday, Aug. 28, at the Assembly of God church in Wolf Point. Interment will follow at Greenwood Cemetery. Clayton Stevenson Memorial Chapel was entrusted with the arrangements.

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Edwin Chaser

Edwin Chaser


Edwin Chaser, 76, of Poplar, died Aug. 15, 2021, in Billings. A graveside service was held Monday, Aug. 23, at the Riverside Presbyterian Cemetery. Clayton Stevenson Memorial Chapel was entrusted with the arrangements.

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Elwayne Rush Sr.

Elwayne Rush Sr.


Elwayne Rush Sr., 47, of Poplar died Thursday, Aug. 12, 2021, at the Poplar Hospital. He was born to Elmer Rush and Clara Bow on Feb. 23, 1974, but was raised with by Josephine Black Dog. He was raised in Brockton and also attended and graduated from Brockton High School. One of his biggest memories was going to state in 1992 with the Warriors ball team. He also excelled in cross country, which he also went to state in previous years. After graduation, he did firefighting which took him on many adventures and traveling. He had a big heart with a great sense of humor with his jokes and teasing people. There was never a dull moment when he was around. Family was always most important to him. He is survived by his children, Lavael Shayne of Missoula, Elwade Blake of Brockton, Kobe Rush of Fort Kipp, Elwayne Jr. of Lawton, Okla., and Sundown, Daylen and Eljay of Poplar; sisters, Karla Ricker, Vernita Bear, Roberta Bird, Kae Roberts, Gina Spotted Bird, Larissa Spotted Bird, Lynette Long Hair, Bernadette Wind, Mary Wetsit and Valerie Todd; brothers, Theo Crowe, Myron Spotted Bird, Bear Roberts and Dean Necklace; and numerous grandchildren and great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his granddaughter, Laila Christian; sisters, Wilma Bear, Glenda Crawford, Connie Bear and Carlene Spotted Bird; and brothers, Kenny Spotted Bird, Merlin Yellow Owl, Gerald “Ponce” Bear and Lyle Bear. His funeral service was held Friday, Aug. 20, at the James Black Dog Center in Fort Kipp. Interment was at the Fort Kipp Cemetery.
05 August 2021

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Kevin Olson

Kevin Olson


Kevin Gene Olson, 53, died unexpectedly July 24, 2021, from injuries sustained in a motorcycle accident near Plentywood. He was born on Aug. 24, 1967, in Heidelberg, Germany, to Lyle “Gene” and Joan Olson. At that time, Lyle served in the Army and was stationed in Germany. The young family returned to Westby in 1968 when Kevin was 10 months old. He was later joined by his brothers, Kelly, Troy and Travis. He was a lifelong resident of Sheridan County. He graduated from Westby High School in 1986. Thereafter, he attended the University of Minnesota until he joined the United States Coast Guard. While serving in the Coast Guard, he was stationed in California and, during that time, debuted his acting career as an extra in The Hunt for Red October alongside Sean Connery. He was honorably discharged from the Coast Guard in 1992. Following his honorable discharge, he returned to Westby and began his long career of over 25 years with the railroad. He married April Lutnes in January 1998. From this union, two sons, Austin and Hunter, were born. He enjoyed the outdoors and was an avid reader. Since he was 10 years old, he enjoyed riding motorcycles and was a talented mechanic. Put simply, he was handy to have around. His entire life, he was a kind person and a hard worker. He loved children and animals. Those who knew him remarked that he did not have a mean bone in his body and would give you the shirt off his back. He is survived by his sons, Austin and Hunter Olson; parents, Lyle and Joan Olson; and brothers, Kelly Olson, Troy Olson and Travis Olson. Services were held Tuesday, Aug. 3, at the Plentywood Lutheran Church. Burial was at the Comertown Cemetery.