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Betty Hustad

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Betty Lou Hustad, 82, of Bainville, Mont., passed away on Sept. 17, 2014, at Bethel Lutheran Home in Williston, N.D., after a long and happy life.
Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. (MDT) Thursday, Sept. 25, at the First English Lutheran Church in Bainville, Mont., with Pastor Neil Knutson officiating.
Betty Lou Hustad was born Feb. 4, 1932, in Bainville, the daughter of William “Bill” Eschenbacher and Violet Riplogle. Betty was raised by Ben and Belva Eschenbacher on a farm north of Bainville, along Shotgun Creek. Her early years were spent at Burgett Country School and she later graduated high school in Bainville.
In 1949, she married Norman Shanks. They later divorced and she married Leonard Hustad on Oct. 20, 1957. She brought two sons into this marriage and together they raised Don and David. The boys were later joined by their little sister, Lyanna.
In 1965, the family moved from Wolf Point, Mont., back to her family farm just north of Bainville where she and Leonard raised their family and continued to work the farm, together. For years, they milked cows and were known for their excellent cream which they delivered to customers’ doors.  
Betty was a hard worker and tried to instill good work ethics in her kids and grandkids and did so by example. Over the years, she waited tables, worked as a surgical assistant at the Wolf Point hospital and even worked beside Leonard on their family farm.  They were a great team.
For years, she enjoyed her annual Woman’s Week trips to Bozeman, Mont., with her friends and daughter and never shied away from a craft show, whether attending or having a booth with her sister, Colleen at the Tri County Craft Show in Williston.  It was their shared love of crafts that helped Betty and Colleen reconnect after spending many years apart. They were not only sisters, but best friends.  Betty was a very talented lady and was known for her beautifully crocheted afghans that she gave for weddings, graduations and new babies as well as her handmade cards.
The greatest joy in Betty’s life was to see her grandchildren and great- grandchildren and they adored her too. Each visit with her started and ended with a big hug. She was a kind and gentle woman who will be greatly missed by her family and friends.
Betty passed away surrounded by her family after a brief and courageous fight with cancer.
She was preceded in death by her parents, Violet Riplogle and Bill Eschenbacher; her brother, Kenny Eschenbacher; her sister, Colleen Gasho; and infant sister, Jeanne.
Betty is survived by her wonderful and loving husband of almost 57 years, Leonard of Bainville; her son, Don of   Bainville; her son, David of Nashua, Mont.; her daughter, Lyanna and son-in-law, Clark “Bill” Gable of
Bainville; her brother, Dale Eschenbacher of Savage, Mont.; seven grandchildren; 17 great-grandchildren; and three great- great-grandchildren.
Rembrances and condolences may be shared with the family at www.fulkersons.com.
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Eric Red Bull -- Full Obituary

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Eric Shane Red Bull,  45, of Poplar died Thursday, Sept. 11, 2014, at the Poplar Community Hospital.
He was born in Poplar June 16, 1969, to Rudolph “Wixie” Young and Margaret Red Thunder.
He married his companion of 19 years, Dani Green Red Bull, on March 1, 1995, in Wolf Point. He made his home in Fort Kipp with his wife, Dani. His hobbies included hunting, fishing, weightlifting and other outdoor activities. He especially loved spending time with his grandchildren.
He worked various jobs at Poplar Community Hospital, Roosevelt Medical Center, Brockton Schools, John Morrels in Sioux Falls, S.D., seismographing, construction and many summers firefighting for the B.I.A. He was also asked to go to Texas and help NASA search for debris of a shuttle explosion in 2002 and was very proud to be a part of that effort.
He was preceded in death by brothers, Dennis Red Boy, Bill Strauser and Roger Strauser.
He is survived by his wife, Dani Green Red Bull of Fort Kipp; stepdaughter, Laurelle Green of Fort Kipp; stepson, Landis Green of Brockton; sisters, Connie Young of Poplar, Sheryl Berger and Shelly  Sears; brothers, Wayne Little Crow of Brockton, Richard Duboise, Jeff Strauser, Marty Strauser, Glenn Strauser and Ross Strauser; and numerous grandchildren.
Mass of Christian Burial was held Friday, Sept. 19, at the Our Lady of Lourdes Catholic Church in Poplar. Interment was at the Poplar City Cemetery in Poplar. Clayton Stevenson Memorial Chapel of Wolf Point was entrusted with the arrangements.

Michael Thomas

Michael H. Thomas, 70, of Fort Kipp died Sunday, Sept. 21, at Billings Clinic in Billings.
His funeral service will be Friday, Sept. 26, at 10 a.m. at James Black Dog Community Hall in Fort Kipp. Interment will be at Fort Kipp Cemetery.

Irene Panasuk

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Funeral services for longtime Bainville resident Irene Panasuk will be held on Sunday, Sept. 21, 2014, at 3 p.m. (Mountain Time) in the Bainville High School gymnasium. Pastor Lyle Thorpe will officiate and burial will follow in the Bainville Cemetery.  Friends and family may call at the Everson-Coughlin Funeral Home in Williston, N.D., on Saturday, Sept. 20, from 11 a.m. until 6 p.m. (Central Time) and at the school for the hour preceding the service on Sunday.
Friends may visit www.eversoncoughlin.com to share remembrances of Irene or leave condolences for her family. The Everson-Coughlin Funeral Home of Williston is caring for the family.
Irene Marie (Torgerson) Panasuk, at 85 years, went to be with the Lord on Wednesday, Sept. 10, 2014, in the home of her daughter and son-in-law, Mary and Greg Peed in Redmond, Ore. She spent the last nine years of her life in the care of her daughter with a debilitating illness.  
Irene was born Aug. 13, 1929, on the family farm of her father, Ole Michael Torgerson, and mother, Inger Marie (Huso) Torger-
son, second generation Norwegian immigrants and early homesteaders northeast of Bainville, Mont. Her father was one of the farmers who broke up many acres of land for homesteaders around the Bainville area and as far west as Brockton with a steam engine and plow.  She was the youngest of seven children, and the last to pass away.
Irene grew up on the farm and started her school life at the Huso School, a small country school, until it was closed in 1936.  After that, she attended school at Bainville Public School.  When the weather turned cold and the roads were impassable, she boarded in Bainville. This was difficult for her and, during her last year, her brother Virgil and sister Violet stayed with her.
She remained close with her siblings throughout their lives, especially her sisters, Hazel and Violet, who lived with their families in Kellogg, Idaho, and Edmonds, Wash., respectively, and brother, Virgil of Choteau, Mont. They visited every summer to see the Panasuk clan. Hazel’s daughter, Ann Marie Hake of San Diego, Calif., was a very special niece to Irene.
Irene graduated from Bainville High School in 1947 and attended a year at Montana State College.  She never finished college, instead returning to the farm to care for her parents, and then married her husband, George Panasuk, on Feb. 5, 1949. They lived on the original homestead of the Panasuk family before buying land and building their own farm nearby.  
For almost 55 years of marriage, George and Irene built their farm, were active in the community and raised seven children.  All the children married and had their own families, giving them 17 grandchildren and 15 great-grandchildren (with two more on their way). Irene was proud of her family and their achievements which included many college and professional degrees and several military service records. Four of her sons remained close to Bainville and three of them are farmers/ranchers like their parents.
Irene will be remembered by everyone as a friendly, generous and community-oriented woman. She knew many folks in Bainville and the surrounding region. She took great pride in her home and her farm and anyone who visited her would find a home meticulously cared for and clean, yet welcoming and comforting.
Irene loved visitors, and was extremely quick to offer coffee, sweets or an entire meal to anyone from school bus drivers to out-of-town visitors. She also loved calling on others, and she had a wealth of loyal friends.
She was involved in many school, community and church activities and, in the early years, she was a member of the First English Lutheran Church.  She was on the building committee for the new Bain-
ville Public School built in 1986.
She had many other interests, as well, including, reading, music, refinishing furniture, canning, collecting hair receivers, playing games and enjoying delicious sweets. She also enjoyed laughing, especially at Norwegian jokes. She could occasionally be spontaneous like when she painted her kitchen red only to decide she hated it and painted it a different color the very next day.  
As important as family and community were to Irene, the core of her life, and the source of her love for the people around her, was the Lord Jesus Christ. She was never afraid to share her faith because she knew the hope that it offered. In the early 1980s, she became involved with Bainville Faith Fellowship Church where she was a constant presence and longtime member. She taught Sunday school for many years and was involved in many Bible studies. She had a rich and deeply-committed prayer life, and she could be counted on to pray whenever a need was expressed.  
Although her family and friends are much saddened that the light of Christ in her is no longer with us here, we know that she is now close to the Throne and finally at peace in the arms of our Savior.
Irene is survived by her seven children, including her two daughters, Mary Katherine (Gregory) Peed, Redmond, Ore., and Amy Beth Marie (Kelly) Miller, Tijeras, N.M.; and her five sons, Dana George (Brenna) Panasuk, Williston, N.D., Miles Gordon (Cyndy) Panasuk, Bainville, Mont., Mark Timothy (Jan) Panasuk, Douglas, Wyo., Scot Tracy (Diane) Panasuk, Bainville, Mont., and Todd Michael (Brinda) Panasuk, Bainville, Mont.  Also, she is survived by 17 grandchildren and 15 great-grandchildren. The pallbearers are the eight grown grandsons with one honorary pallbearer who is the youngest grandson.
Irene was preceded in death by her parents, Ole and Inger Torgerson; each of her siblings, Orvin, Hazel, William, infant Violet, Violet and Virgil; and her husband, George Panasuk on Jan. 29, 2004.   
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Nina Busby

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Nina “Sugar” Busby, 59, died  Aug. 11, 2014, in Denver, Colo.
She was born Sept. 18, 1954, to Lloyd and Eleanor Lien in Brooklyn, N.Y.
She was raised in Froid; Beville, Texas; and San Diego, Calif. She graduated from Medicine Lake High School in 1973. In August 1973, she married Randy Parpart and in their union they had a son, Gene Allen. They divorced in 1976.
On May 29, 1976, she married Lloyd “Buzz” Busby and they had two daughters, Kari in 1977 and Tracy in 1978.
She had a huge heart and would do anything for anyone and made friends everywhere she moved. She loved to bake and cook for all occasions, school fundraisers, benefits, etc. She never let anyone go hungry. She also loved crocheting, word searches and spending time with all those close to her including her beloved pets. She had numerous “special” people in her life that became her “extended family.”
She is survived by her husband of 38 years, Lloyd “Buzz” Busby of Culbertson; son, Gene of Billings; daughters, Kari Delagrave and Tracy Holum, both of Scobey; stepchildren, Elly Moe, Paula Franke and Jason Franke, all of Sco-bey; siblings, Elizabeth Pendland of Scobey, Lloyd “Chick” Lien of Las Vegas, Nev.; and 11 grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by stepson, Tommy Busby; and grandson, Tarin Westby.
Cremation has taken place at A-Simple Cremation and Funeral Home in Denver, Colo. Memorial Services are tentatively scheduled for Sept. 18, at 10 a.m. at Bethel Church in Culbertson.