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James Anderson

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James Edwin Anderson passed away on Nov. 20, 2014, at LaCasa Assisted Living in Plentywood, Mont. He was born on March 15, 1934, in Poplar, Mont., to Martin and Ruby (Akers) Anderson.
He was raised on the family ranch west of Froid, Mont., where he resided until his passing.
He graduated from Froid High School in 1952.  He met and married Carol Jean Samuelson in November 1953.
To this union, five children were born: J.D. Anderson of Froid; Mary (Rod) Smith of Dagmar, Mont.;  Jackie (Steve) Hippe of Froid;  Susan Anderson of Gallup, N.M.; and Tony (Tiff) Anderson of  Froid.  He had 10 grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.
He was an avid lover of the western cowboy life, proud to be an enrolled member of the Fort Peck Sioux Tribe and gave many beefs to the tribe and their people.
He was very knowledgeable about history and especially the reservation.
He is survived by his five children, and by eight grandchildren:  Jonathan (Lacey ) Hippe of  Trenton, N.D.;  Matt (Britta) Smith and Sarah Smith, both of  Billings, Mont.; Marty, Joseph, and Whitney Anderson of Froid; Chelsie and Jordan Anderson of Froid; and two great-grandchildren, Izebele and Ezmae Hippe of Trenton.  He is also survived by sisters Mildred Hove of Homestead, Mont.; Marjorie Chadderdon of Coeur d’ Alene, Idaho; Doris Rudolph of Houston, Texas; and Judy (Pat) Waters of Froid.
He was preceded in death by his wife, Carol; his parents, Martin and Ruby Anderson; brother, George Anderson; and two grandchildren, Carlie and Ty Anderson.
Cremation has taken place and at his wishes no services will be held.
Fulkerson Funeral Home of Plentywood has charge of arrangements: Post remembrances, send cards and flowers online at www.fulkersonsplentywood.com.
(Paid Obituary)

Mildred First

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Mildred “Millie” Nadean First, 48, died Nov. 15, 2014, at Saint Vincent Hospital in Billings.
Her Dakota name was Wacah’ga Yuha Mani Wi, Walks with the Sweet Grass, given to her by the late Eva McKay from Sioux Valley, Manitoba, Canada. She was born Dec. 28, 1965, to Reno and Gladys First in Poplar. She attended school in Brockton participating in football, basketball and cheerleading. She also attended Four Winds High School in Fort Totten, N.D.
She worked as a waitress, home health care worker, tribal election judge and housekeeper in Wolf Point.
She liked to visit with family and friends, always having a good laugh with them, taking a nice cruise and listen to ‘80s and ‘90s music.
She is survived by a son, Cory Schindler; brothers, Del, Tuffy and Wayne First of Fort Kipp, Eugene Hale Sr. and Douglas Sevginy of Spirit Lake, N.D., Merval Sherman of Parshall N.D.,  Joe Sherman of Spirit Lake, N.D., Richard GreyBull of Virginia and Joel GreyBull of Poplar; adopted sister, Hope Montoya, who Millie resided with at the time of her death; grandmothers, Nellie Silk of Wolf Point and Lorraine Stormy of Poplar.
She was preceded in death by her son, Anthony Kane First; and sister, Lois Ann Lawrence.    
A family service was held at 7 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 19, at the Clayton Stevenson Memorial Funeral Home in Wolf Point. Funeral services will be at 1 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 20, at the Jim BlackDog Activity Center in Fort Kipp. Interment will be at Fort Kipp Cemetery in Fort Kipp. Clayton Stevenson Memorial Chapel was entrusted with the arrangements.

Benjamin Nice

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Benjamin “Ben” Earl Nice, 79, a longtime Bain-ville, Mont., resident, passed away Wednesday evening, Oct. 22, 2014, at his home in Bainville.
A memorial service celebrating Ben’s life will be held Saturday morning, Nov. 8, 2014, at 10 a.m. (Mountain Time) at the Bainville Fire Hall in Bainville. Pastor Jack Scotson will officiate and interment of the cremated remains will follow in the Bainville Cemetery.
Born to Earl and Signe (Auverson) Nice on Dec. 7, 1934, he was raised and educated in the Sanish, N.D., area.
On Oct. 22, 2014,  Ben was reunited with his loving wife, Betty (Rudolph).  Ben and Betty were united in marriage on June 28, 1954, on the Rudolph family farm in Bainville. They were married for almost 52 years and from this union they had six children: Beverly (Tony) Volske of Watford City, N.D., Mary (Lyle) Lambert, Robin (Dale) Manning, both from Bainville, Mont., David Nice of Williston, N.D., Alice (Rod) Luft of Froid, Mont., and Dennis (Kay) Nice of Sidney, Mont.
Ben was preceded in death by his wife, Betty; his parents, Earl and Signe Nice; and one infant grandson, Kent Lambert.
Ben always liked working in the dirt and grease. While living in Dore, N.D., it started with road construction, running huge earth moving equipment.  He helped with the Million Dollar Way in Williston and Hwy. 85 near Watford City, N.D. After moving to Froid, Mont., in 1962, he worked as a mechanic at Steve Rudolph’s Chevrolet and did this for many years. He then started working at the county maintaining roads in the Froid area.  In 1973, he and his family moved to Bainville where he took care of the roads for 30 years until he retired in 1999.
After retiring, Ben and Betty enjoyed fishing, gardening and camping. In 2010, Ben started his own battle with cancer, but this didn’t stop him. Ben continued to maintain the roads and mow in town and tending his garden until the very end. You could always see him and his dog, Rusty.   
He leaves behind his six children; 13 grandchildren, Sheila Hernandez, Joseph (Sara) Volske, Monica (Greg) Schroeder, Jon Volske, Val (Kent) Bjorge, Leona Lambert, Tawnya Wetzel, Maria (Diego) Valencia, Brittany (Tracey) Friedmann, Timmy Bouchard,  Mikayla Lambert, Hunter and Shyanne Nice; great-grandchildren,  Dori, Mia, Sammie, Kaige, Tyson, Cody, Jaylynn, Sofia, Dayl, Mandi, Little Val, Caytlynn and Gracelynn; one brother, Stan (Helen) Nice of Britton, S.D.; numerous brothers- and sisters-in-law; and several nieces and nephews.
Friends are welcome to visit www.eversoncoughlin.com to share remembrances of Ben or leave condolences with his family. Friends may also call at the Fire Hall in Bainville on Saturday for the hour preceding the memorial service.
The Everson-Coughlin Funeral Home of Williston is caring for the family.
(Paid Obituary)

Curt Halseide

Curt Halseide, formerly of Culbertson and presently residing in Bellevue, Wash., passed away peacefully on Oct 29, 2014, at 86 years old. Curt was born on the family farm near Sisseton, S.D., on June 28, 1928. After high school, he enlisted in the Army and was stationed in Panama which he often talked about. A few years after his discharge, he came to northeast Montana to work for Ernest Rued of Froid. There, he met and married Ivell Ryder of Froid and they had a daughter Kim. Curt and Ivell recently moved to Bellevue, Wash., to be nearer to Kim and her children. Curt is survived by his wife, Ivell; daughter, Kim Brady; and grandchildren, Hannah and Charlie Brady. Condolences may be sent to Ivell at 1640 148th Ave SE #145, Bellevue, WA 98007. (Paid Obituary)

Darrell Todd


Darrell Keith Todd, Wapaha Sa, 60, died Oct. 29, 2014, at the Faith Lutheran Home in Wolf Point.
He was born Feb. 9, 1954, in Frazer to Donald K. Todd and Marietta Blount Four Bear. He grew up in Los Angeles, Calif., in his younger years and later grew up in Brockton, graduating from Brockton High School in 1972. He played basketball for the Brockton Warriors.  
He worked for A & S Industries and several other tribal jobs. He worked for the Brockton School and was a dedicated clock-keeper for the Brockton Warriors.
He married Yvette Davis Nov. 1, 1980, and divorced in October 1981. He had one son, Darrell K. Todd Jr., and two step-children, Raquel White Hawk and Sherwin Myrick of Poplar.  
He married Valerie War Club in 1990 and was married to her until his death.  They have been together for 24 years in Brockton.
He is survived by his wife, Valerie Todd; one son, Darrell Todd Jr. of Poplar; his mother, Marietta Four Bear of Brockton; one brother, Wayne Little Crow of Brockton; two sisters, Kayleen Headdress and Luanne Pearl Four Bear Brown of Poplar; his grandmother, Joyce Tootoosis of Culbertson; three adopted sons, Merlino Bear, Wayan Bear and Randon Bear; and two adopted daughters, Melody and Waverly Bear.
He was preceded in death by his brothers, Dennis Todd and Al Rodney Todd; and his sister, Iva Todd.
A vigil service was held Wednesday, Nov. 5, at 7 p.m. at the Brockton Cultural Center in Brockton. His funeral will be held Thursday, Nov. 6, at 11 a.m. at the Brockton Cultural Center. Interment will be at Riverview Cemetery in Brockton.