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Keith Johnson

Keith Alan Johnson was born Dec. 30, 1953, and died Aug. 23, 2014.
He was raised in Culbertson and joined the U.S. Navy after graduation. He retired after 21 years, meeting the love of his life, Anna, while stationed in the Philippines.  
Keith, Anna and their sons James and Justin lived in California where he worked for G2 Secure Staff for 14 years until his death in 2014.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Nonie and Lucy Johnson; and his brother, Lester.
He is survived by his wife, sons, four grandchildren; and sisters, Sue Orand and Carol Finnicum.
Graveside services with military honors will take place on Monday, July 6, at Culbertson Hillside Cemetery at 10 a.m.

Russell Oelkers

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Russell Oelkers, 92, of Culbertson, Mont., died Tuesday, June 16, 2015, at the Roosevelt Memorial Nursing Home in Culbertson, Mont.  
Russell Ralph Oelkers was born on April 13, 1923, in McCabe, Mont., to Russell G. and Maren Olsen Oelkers.  He was raised on the family farm one mile east of Culbertson. His youth was spent milking cows, delivering milk, haying, doing general farm work and playing with his 12 siblings. Listening to the radio was their favorite form of entertainment.
Russell was baptized at Ebenezer Lutheran Church in Dane Valley and confirmed at Trinity Lutheran Church in Culbertson.  He continued to be an active member at Trinity throughout his life.
In 1941, Russell graduated from Culbertson High School. After graduation, he enlisted in the U.S. Army Air Corps. Most of his army life was spent in San Marcos, Texas, flying a twin-engine plane and training navigators. He was discharged in December of 1945.  
Russell returned to Culbertson and purchased the City View Dairy. While making local deliveries, he found the love of his life, Lorraine Luft. They were married at Trinity Lutheran Church on Nov. 25, 1948. From that union, they were blessed with six devoted children.
In 1953, he started a service station dealership.  Oelkers Service Center went through several name changes including: Carter, Enco, Exxon and then became an independent dealer.
Russell was an active member of the Culbertson community. He had vast knowledge of the area’s history and enjoyed sharing that with others, especially when he volunteered at the Culbertson Museum.  There was never a stranger to him.
Spending time with family, playing Pinochle, throwing horseshoes and gardening were some of his favorite pastimes. A treasured family tradition was 3 o’clock coffee every Saturday. This tradition continued while he was at The Vista in Billings and the Culbertson Nursing Home.
Russell is survived by his six children: Ron Oelkers, Vivian (Jack) Beals, Arliss (Rich) Redekopp, Linda (John) Sorensen, Vicki (Gordon) Miller and Gordon (Ardis) Oelkers; 14 grandchildren: Teresa Beals, Craig Beals, Ryan Redekopp, Scott Sorensen, Amy Quigley, Carmen Hayes, Kara Halvorson, Heidi Flatau, Casey Sorensen, Robyn Rice, Ashley Wishman, Nicholas Oelkers, Renee Oelkers and Lucas Oelkers; 12 great-grandchildren: James Lee, Nyreece Halvorson, Adrian Lee, Rigley Beals, Rock Beals, Asher Redekopp, Blake Sorensen, Tinsley Redekopp, Kaden Hayes, Tucker Wishman, Olive Flatau and Emma Sorensen; and siblings: Marvin Oelkers, Betty McGinnis, Ray Oelkers, Marion Wolff and Don Oelkers.  
Russell was preceded in death by his parents, his wife, Lorraine Luft Oelkers; his siblings; Ruth Iverson, Gladys Tietz, Floyd Oelkers, Alice Oelkers, Leona Young, Stanley Oelkers and Ann Ueland; and his daughters-in-law; Shairl Oelkers and Aggie Oelkers.
Cremation has taken place. His memorial service was held at 2 p.m. MDT on Saturday, June 20, 2015, at the Trinity Lutheran Church in Culbertson. Pastor Gretchen Wagner officiated and inurnment with military honors was in the Hillside Cemetery in
Culbertson. Friends could call at the church on Saturday one hour prior to services.
Relatives and friends are invited to share their memories and condolences with the family at www.fulkersons.com. Arrangements have been entrusted to the Fulkerson Stevenson Funeral Homes of Williston.
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Joseph Hanson

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Joseph Ryan Hanson, 19, of Culbertson died June 21, 2015.
He was born Jan. 26, 1996, in Colorado Springs, Colo., to Krista Goebel and Joseph W. Hanson.  
He was much loved and at the age of two he was blessed with another dad when Justin Lucas married Krista. Together, they were a family and welcomed three more children into their lives. He was the oldest and was the best big brother to Cassandra, Hunter and Morgan.
He attended grade school at Stratmoor Hills Elementary and junior high at Fox Meadow, both in Colorado Springs, Colo. He moved to Montana with his family where he attended high school and graduated with the Class of 2015 at Culberson High School on May 16.
During his elementary years, he played the flute and liked to go to the nursing hone and read to the residents. He easily made many friends, young and old. During his high school years, he loved to play and watch football and proudly wore #55 on the field for the Culberson Cowboys. He was an avid sports fan and his favorite teams were the Pittsburgh Steelers, the Golden State Warriors and the Colorado Rockies. His favorite players were Marshawn Lynch and JJ Watt.
He is survived by his parents, Krista and Justin Lucas of Culberson and Joseph W. Hanson of Pueblo, Colo.; siblings, Cassandra, Hunter and Morgan Lucas of Culberson; grandparents, Norman and Debbie Blair of Colorado Springs, Colo., Will Lucas of Shiner, Texas, and Bill and Linda Goebel of Bradenton, Fla.
Memorial services will be held Saturday, June 27, at 9 a.m. at the Culbertson High School gymnasium.  Clayton Stevenson Memorial Chapel in Wolf Point was entrusted with the arrangements.

Dolly Boyd

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Dolly M. Red Boy Boyd, 76, died Tuesday, June 2, 2015, at Billings.
She was born Jan. 16, 1939, to Jeanette Cloud and William Jordan Red Boy and was raised in Riverside and Brockton. She attended Brockton High School until the 11th- grade. It was then she met Wayne A. Boyd Sr. and they married Jan. 19, 1957, in Plentywood. They had nine children.
She held various jobs. She enjoyed each of them, but her longest employment was working for the Head Start program as a classroom teacher and later a transition coordinator. She also continued her education while working. She attended NAES College and Dawson Community College, eventually earning her bachelor’s degree in early childhood education. She retired in 2013 with 45 years in the Head Start program.
One of the greatest experiences of her life was in 1960 when she accepted Christ as her Savior. This marked the beginning of a lifelong dedication to serving the Lord, which included a family-based ministry and working alongside Wayne in a variety of church functions and evangelistic outreaches.
She often talked of a loneliness for Wayne and the years on the road and longed to return to ministry. She believed her love for the Lord and ministry was grounded in learning years ago that her grandparents Moses and Rebecca Cloud came to this area as Presbyterian missionaries, where they established what is now known as Makaicu Presbyterian Church.
Thursday, May 21, she was honored for her and Wayne’s ministry work together during the Native American Fellowship’s “All” conference in Rapid City, S.D. During this honoring, she experienced the powerful foot-washing ceremony and received several awards on behalf of her and Wayne’s 40-plus years of ministry work, which took them and the family across the U.S. and Canada. The family ministry continues today in various capacities.
Her joy was supporting her grandchildren in their various activities, sharing kindness and gifts with others and would ride around Poplar praying for people and the reservation.
Survivors include six daughters, Debi, Valerie, Jodie, Machelle, Waynette Boyd-Weinberger and Sharon Kidman; sons, Wayne Jr. Samson, Habakkuk and Maschil;  numerous grandchildren; sisters, Sharon Red Thunder, Kate Youpee, Millie Runs Through of Poplar, Jamie Youpee of Brockton; and brothers, Robert Youpee of Brockton, Russell Youpee of Poplar.
She was preceded in death by her husband;  son, Joe; step-father, Lester Youpee; sisters, Delores Red Boy and Linda Red Boy; brothers, Lester Youpee Jr., Joseph Youpee, Gary Youpee and Tommy Youpee.
A celebration of life was held Wednesday, June 10, at 1 p.m. at the Poplar Assembly of God Church. Rev. Wayne A. Boyd Jr. and Rev. Phil Hamilton officiated.

Danny Caldwell full obituary

Danny Caldwell, age 55, of Culbertson, Mont., passed away near his home early Sunday morning, May 31, 2015.
Cremation has taken place under the direction of Fulkerson Funeral home, Sidney, Mont. Remembrances, pictures and condolences may be shared at www.fulkersons.com.
 Danny Ray Caldwell, 55, a longtime resident of Culbertson, Mont., passed away on May 31, 2015.
There will be no services to the public as cremation will take place.
Danny was born on Aug. 11, 1959, in Wynnewood, Okla., to Vernon and Laura Caldwell.After living in Sulphur, Okla., for a short time they moved to numerous places following his father’s oil field work. Employment of both Vernon and Laura landed them in Seeley Lake, Mont., where Danny attended school until 1973, they then moved to Culbertson where he resided for the rest of his life. He attended the rest of his school years in Culbertson and graduated in 1977.
Danny married Charlotte Ann Pennell Dec. 28, 1985. They made their home south of the Missouri River next to his parents on the family farm and lived there his entire life.
Danny has had numerous jobs throughout his life including a ranch hand on and off the family farm, Continental Grain, Mon-
tola Growers, many different construction jobs, and most recently a yard hand for a frac sand facility. He was always very dedicated to his jobs.
Danny was an avid outdoorsman. He greatly enjoyed hunting, fishing, trapping and all the outdoors involved. He was a very enjoyable guy to be around, well liked by all his co-workers, and always “long winded” when it came to visiting with his friends.
Danny is survived by his mother, Laura Caldwell; sister, Diane Lambert (Rick Maus); his in-laws, Ronald and Geraldine Pennell; sisters-in-law, Janet (Robert) Royan and Brenda (Fran) Kostelecky; nephews and nieces, Cory (Jennifer) Lambert, Carrie (Quentin) Heller, Cassie (Nick) Williams, Charlie Royan, Brittney Kostelecky and Brandon Kostelecky; nine great-nephews; two great-nieces; and numerous aunts, uncles and cousins.
Danny was preceded in death by his father, Vernon; and wife, Charlotte.
Condolences may be sent to the family at PO Box 733, Culbertson.
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