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James Baldwin

James Baldwin, 85, longtime Culbertson resident and former Culbertson mayor, died Sunday afternoon, Nov. 22, at the Roosevelt Memorial Nursing Home in Culbertson.  
His funeral service will be held at 11 a.m. Monday, Nov. 30, at the United Methodist Church in Culbertson. Rev. Tim Hutslar will officiate and interment will be in the family lot at Hillside Cemetery in Culbertson. Friends may call at the church in Culbertson  one hour prior to services.

Melvine Merculieff

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Melvine “Mena” Jewel Birthmark Merculieff, Wambdencia Owayanka Winyan, Girl that Looks for Orphans, 49, died Wednesday, Nov. 4, 2015, at Billings Clinic in Billings.
She was born to Melvin D. Birthmark and Gloria F. Fast Horse at Poplar Hospital Aug. 26, 1966. She was named after her dad Melvin and he gave her the middle name Jewel because she was her daddy’s jewel. Her grandfather George Fast Horse could not say her name, Melvine, because he was a fluent in Sioux and spoke very little English, so he called her “Mena.” The nickname followed her throughout her life.
She was raised in Brockton and Poplar, where she attended grade school. She attended boarding school and graduated eighth-grade from Circle of Nations Indian School in Wahpeton, N.D. She attended high school at Flandreau Indian School in Flandreau, S.D. She later came home to Poplar and received her G.E.D. at Fort Peck Community College in 1985. She went to college and graduated with an associate of applied science degree in building trades. While in college, she specialized in roofing, siding, masonry, concrete and framing. She also took part in building FPCC’s Toka Tibi Bookstore.
She held many jobs which included housekeeping in Billings, telemarketing in Williston, N.D., home healthcare worker/CNA in Poplar, Walmart associate in Williston, N.D., Kum & Go clerk in Watford City, N.D., main cage cashier at Four Bears Casino and Lodge in New Town, N.D., laundry worker at American Linen Laundry for different hospitals in Billings, laborer for Fort Peck Tribes, certified flagger for TERO, landscaper and a bartender in Williston, N.D. She was a jack of all trades. She could do any job and fix any sort of problem with little supplies. She could also make a huge meal out of very little ingredients and always fed whoever walked through her door and clothed those who were in need.
Nothing about her was selfish. She was also an organ donor. After she left this world, her eyes were donated. Four people have the gift of sight, because of her generosity.
She loved to read romance novels and do crossword puzzles. She always supported the pow-wow committees by playing Bingo at the activity center.
She used to care for her grandson Victor when he was a baby and nicknamed him “Bubba.” After he learned to talk, he called her “Grandma Bubba.”
She took pride in her children and grandchildren. She is survived by six daughters, Amanda Fast Horse-Boyd of Poplar, Jessica Winge-Peterson of Flaxville, Katherine Leibrand of Scobey, Diana Imlay of Malta, Kayla Little Head of Wolf Point, Tyrae Birthmark of Las Vegas, Nev.; four sons, Richard Baros Schwan of Aberdeen, S.D., Kevin Standing of Wolf Point, Carlos Pedraza III and Malcolm GoodBird Jr. of Poplar; 24 grandchildren and two on the way; parents, Gloria and Arlie Diserly; and her husband, Virgil Vernon Merculieff, whom she married on Sept. 20, 2013, in Fort Peck Tribal Court.
They began their relationship 11 years ago and made a home together in Poplar. No children came from this union; however, she took his children as her own. In all of her sickness towards the end, Virgil was right by her side and never left her.
She is also survived by her brothers, Marvin FastHorse of Sandstone, Minn., Randy Birthmark of Oklahoma City, Okla., Frank Diserly of Poplar;  and sisters, Diana Tuttle and Dinah Diserly of Poplar.
She was preceded in death by brother, Kevin Alfred Birthmark; unborn grandson, Cody Rae Birthmark.
A funeral service was held Tuesday, Nov. 10, at the Poplar Cultural Center. Interment was at the Poplar City Cemetery in Poplar.

Oliver Urdahl

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Funeral services for Oliver  Urdahl will be held at 2 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 14. Pastor Alvina Olstead will officiate at the service at Froid Lutheran Church; interment will be in Kvile Cemetery, just north of Froid.
Oliver Burnie Urdahl, 79 years old, passed away peacefully at Hospice of the Hills in Rapid City, S.D., on Nov. 4, 2015. He had been battling cancer for the past five years.
Oliver was born March 8, 1936, in Plentywood to Burnie and Julia Urdahl, the youngest of eight children. Attending Froid Public School, Oliver enjoyed playing football and basketball and met the love of his life, Marlene Urdahl. On March 3, 1954, Marlene and Oliver were married in the Froid Lutheran Church; they were married for 56 years before Marlene passed in 2010. Marlene made the first move in that relationship by asking Oliver to a Sadie Hawkins Dance.
Oliver farmed west of Medicine Lake and in the Froid area for most of his life. Oliver and Marlene were blessed with five children. Oliver was an active participant in the Froid community; supporting and attending events. He was a Froid town councilman for 30 years, on the Rural Water District board, a member of the Froid Lutheran Church, the Rod and Gun Club and was a volunteer for many other activities in the community. He enjoyed clearing driveways of snow and socializing at the "Office" (Agland) with a cup of coffee and good friends.
Oliver spent hours toward the planning and building of Froid's community center and library. He took great pride in helping Froid be a strong, cohesive and vibrant community.
Oliver was a kind, caring man who had a wonderful sense of humor. He was an incredibly hard worker who built an excellent life for his family. He gave unconditional support and love to his children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren. Oliver is deeply loved by his family and community and will be missed by all.
He is survived by his children, Craig (Lisa) Urdahl, Spokane, Wash., Doug (Sandie) Urdahl, Yuma, Ariz., Cindy (Mike) Wong, Sherwood, Ore., Kim Wind (Pete Bergman),  Rapid City, S.D., and Randy (Dee) Urdahl, Broomfield, Colo.; 11 grandchildren, Bradley, Jason, Ashley, Kristen, Lewis, Caitlin, Daniel, Courtney, Shardai, Karissa and Kelsey, five great-grandchildren, Natalie, Mckenna, Noah, Jacob and Jackson; four sisters, Blanch Stewart, Farmington, N.M., Lillian Ebel, Williston, N.D., Gladys Shae, Wenatchee, Wash., Leona Larson, Williston, N.D.; one brother-in-law; one sister-in-law; and many nephews and nieces.
He was preceded in death by his wife, Marlene Urdahl; his parents; and three siblings, Stanley Urdahl, Leonard Urdahl and Lila Engberg.
Fulkerson Funeral Home of Plentywood has charge of arrangements: Read and print the obituary, post remembrances, and send cards and flowers  online at www.fulkersonsplentywood.com.
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Julianne Dille

Julianne Swain Dille, 72, died Nov. 6, 2015, at St. Patrick’s Hospital in Missoula.
She was born April 11, 1943, in Seattle, Wash., to Josephine Julia Haggard Dille and Dr. Rodger Swain Dille.
Much of her earliest years were spent with her brother, Bryce and grandparents in the mountains north of Seattle at Maple Falls, but not before a memorable adventure across the upper half of the United States on bad roads and in a 1940s vintage Ford Coupe that barely held four. However, between constant car sickness and big brother teasing, she made the trip to Rochester, Minn. She persevered through the first of many life complications to follow.
As a young girl, she attended St. Patrick’s Elementary School in Tacoma, Wash. One memorable school day in second grade during a rare blizzard, brother Bryce picked her up and together they forged their way from school to home. She cried and complained of the cold, but soothed by her brother’s encouraging “home is just around the corner” words, they trudged on through the snow and cold and 30 mile an hour winds to home and hot cocoa, after kisses for Bryce and thanking him for taking her home protected and unharmed through the storm. Thus began her total trust in a higher, or at least older, power to bring her home safe through all of life’s tempests.
After grade school, she attended Aquinas Academy and Stadium High schools. She then pursued further studies at the University of Washington and University of Puget Sound.     
She was outgoing, friendly to all, with a good and pure heart that would not hurt a fly. She wrote poetry, handwritten in a spiral-bound notebook she carried with her always, and she loved working as a clerk in various thrift shops around Tacoma, where she spent most of her life. But most of all, she loved her family … especially her many nieces and nephews. Nothing in this life made her smile more than a visit from family.
She lived most of her life in Tacoma, Wash., and her last four years in Missoula.
She is survived by her brother, Bryce Haggard Dille; two sisters, Esther Jane Dille-McCoy and Evelyn Dille Carlisle; and a step sister, Vernetta Boyle.
Services will be held at St. Francis Catholic Church in Missoula and burial in Bellingham, Wash., at Bay View Cemetery.

Billy Dale Eschenbacher

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Funeral services for Billy Dale Eschenbacher, 78, of Savage will be at 2 p.m. Oct. 29, 2015, at the First Lutheran Church in Savage, with Pastor Nell Lindorf officiating. Interment will be in the Riverview Cemetery in Savage under the direction of the Fulkerson-Stevenson Funeral Home in Sidney. Remembrances, condolences and pictures may be shared with the family at www.fulkersons.com.
Dale was born Jan. 30, 1937, in Williston, N.D., to William and Violet (Replogle) Eschenbacher. He spent his early days living with Henry and Minnie (Eschenbacher) Peterson and attended grade school at Midway. He later moved to Froid where he lived with August and Katie Eschenbacher. He attended Froid High School and graduated in 1955.
Dale married his high school sweetheart, Delores Luft, on April 8, 1956 at the Froid Lutheran Church. They established their home near Savage where Dale started Dale’s Trucking and they raised their five children. Dale and Delores later moved into the town of Savage.
Dale was a member of the National Guard and served as a tank commander. He was very active in the Savage community.  He was one of the founding members of the Savage Booster Club. He was quite active in high school activities and could always be seen at sporting events. He participated in bowling leagues as well as sponsoring them. He was a member of Savage Senior Citizens Center, Savage Fire Department, Richland Credit Union board member, and was a member of the First Lutheran Church Lutheran Brotherhood. Dale loved traveling, camping, yearly trips to Medora, attending auctions and collecting antiques. He was a fun loving guy and really loved the Savage community and his many friends.
 Dale died at his daughter’s home in Idaho on Tuesday, Oct. 20, 2015, of natural causes.  
Dale is survived by:  two sons, Wayne and Darin, both of Savage; two daughters, Dorie, of Santa Fe, N.M., and DeeLaura (Sis) and her husband Owen, of Nampa, Idaho;  10 grandchildren: Misty, Tara, Kari, Joey, TJ, Jaima, David, Alyssa, Nick and Trent; and two great-grandchildren: Marshall and Avi.  
He was preceded in death by his parents, William and Violet Eschenbacher; his brother, Kenneth; sisters, Betty and Colleen; a son, David Dale; and his loving wife, Delores.
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