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Joseph Jones

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Joseph Harold Jones, 81, of Wolf Point, died at  Billings Clinic Oct. 4, 2014.
He was born Oct. 12, 1932, in the Poplar Community Hospital. He was raised in the Brockton/Riverside community by his parents, William and Phoebe Fast Horse-Jones. He was the youngest of 13 siblings and is the last survivor of the Jones family.
He married Alaida Suzanne B. Hopkins in December 1963. From this union, Henry, Dana, Phoebe and Corrine were born. They made their home in Oswego, where he resided until his death.
He was an avid hunter and exceptional marksman. He was an ace mechanic and an ingenious engineer.
In his younger years, he was an excellent basketball player, mastering the “low-post” against well-trained competition at the Glasgow Airbase and surrounding areas. He was physically strong and filled with raw talent and a very strong will. Many knee injuries put an abrupt end to his playing career, though basketball was always in his heart.
Although the Jones family has a strong Catholic background, they’ve learned how to inner-mesh their Native traditional ways. He had knowledge of traditional medicines and spoke fluent Sioux. He also took pride in his ¼ Assiniboine blood and his ¼ German blood.
He made his living working with heavy equipment on the BIA Roads Department. He loved attending pow-wows and political rallies; listening to pow-wow and country western music; watching boxing, baseball, basketball and football; and his grandson Joey’s events. He loved the moments spent on his lawnmower and his drives to see his relatives in the Brockton/Riverside area.   
He is survived by his sons, Hank Buckles and Dana Sam Buckles; daughters, Phoebe Blount and Corinne Jones; special grandson, Joey; numerous grandchildren, great-grandchildren and great-great-grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by his brothers, Frank, Earl, Steven, Ralph and Samson; and his sisters, Virginia War Club, Lucy Spotted Bird, Gladys
Lewis, Jessie Walking Eagle, Bessie Melbourne, Alves Bird and Agnes White Hawk.
A funeral service will be held at 10 a.m. Thursday, Oct. 9, at the Immaculate Conception Catholic Church in Wolf Point. Interment will follow at the Oswego Presbyterian Cemetery.

Donna Ann Yellow Hammer

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Donna Ann Yellow Hammer, 52, died  Sept. 28, 2014.
She was born in Poplar  May 9, 1962, to Ray and Susan Cheek. She grew up in Brockton and graduated from Brockton High School in 1981. She was active in basketball and cheerleading.
She was very friendly and outgoing and helped anyone that came to her for help. She loved her grandchildren and helped raise the first one, Charlie Johnnie Willa Yellow Hammer.  At the time of her death, she was working for foster home licensing.  
She loved to tease and made people laugh. She loved to gamble, always going places where there were machines.
She is survived by her husband of 38 years, Eriol Yellow Hammer. From this union, they had three children, Misty Yellow Hammer, Traci Yellow Hammer and Myron Yellow Hammer; and four grandchildren. She is also survived by her parents; two sisters, Charlene Cheek and Linda Melbourne; and a brother, Clifton Cheek.  
Mass of Christian Burial was Friday, Oct. 3, at Our Lady of Lourdes Catholic Church. Burial was in Riverside Cemetery in Brockton.

Gregory Wallander

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Funeral services for Gregory S. Wallander were held at 2 p.m. Monday, Sept. 29. Pastor Alvina Olstead officiated at the service at the Froid Lutheran Church, with interment in the Froid South Cemetery. Casketbearers were Robert Christianson, Bruce Crain, Bill McNeil, Denny Lura, Penny Picard, Jeff Wallander, Lee Vanatta and Buddy Nelson; all of Greg's other friends, classmates, and cousins are regarded as honorary bearers. Bruno Ostwald and Mike Dorsey will be ushers.
Greg, 65, died Thursday, Sept. 25, 2014, at Roosevelt Medical Center in Culbertson.
The son of Donald and Lillian Wallander, Greg was born April 22, 1949, in Great Falls, Mont. When he was four, the family moved to Williston, N.D., where he grew up and attended schools. The family moved to Froid, Mont., while Greg was in high school; he graduated from Froid in 1967 and earned a bachelor’s degree from Concordia College in Moorhead, Minn.
Baptized and confirmed in the Lutheran church, Greg was a member of Froid Lutheran. After finishing his education, Greg returned to Froid; he spent his working career in the bank there and retired a couple of years ago.
A history buff, Greg read everything he could lay his hands on, especially  about Montana and Western history. An avid musician, albums, especially of the greats in folk music.
Preceded in death by an infant brother, Timothy David, and by his father, Don Wallander, in 2000, Greg is survived by his mother, Lillian Wallander of Froid; by his uncle Greg Wallander and his wife Shirley of Billings; and by numerous cousins.
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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Helene Coolidge

Helene Emelia Eschenbacher Coolidge died at her home in Culbertson surrounded by her family that loved her. She was born Feb. 15, 1922, at the family farm in Froid, Mont., to August and Marie (Wagner) Eschenbacher.
She was one of a kind. She was one of the most selfless, kindest, loving people alive and we were blessed to have her on earth when she was really an angel. She would help anyone and enjoyed life to the fullest.
Helene was married to Herbert Coolidge on Oct. 24, 1954, in Froid. They had a long life of love for 57 years. From this marriage, they had one daughter, Susan, born May 2, 1960, in Centralia, Wash.
Herb and Helene owned and operated an A&W restaurant in Centrialia for many years before returning home to Froid. They lived in Froid, Medicine Lake for many years before retiring in Lewistown, Mont.
Helene loved to sew and embroider and had several jobs. But when asked what her favorite job in her life was, she would always say “being a wife and mother.”  These jobs were her pride and joy. She loved her family dearly  and missed them everyday after their passings in June 2012 and was reunited with them in heaven on Sept. 22, 2014.
She will be missed dearly by the family she left behind, but is delighted to be back with her Herb and Susan.
She was preceded in death by the family and friends she loved and is survived by the family and friends that loved her. Thank you, Helene, for blessing us with your presence.
Services for Helene and her family were held at the Grandview Cemetery in Froid at 10 a.m. on Oct. 1  with a lunch at the Methodist Church in Culbertson following the service. Everyone was welcome to come share and celebrate their lives as Helene would have enjoyed you to.
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Michael H. Thomas

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Michael H. Thomas, 70, died Sunday, Sept. 21, 2014, at the Billings Clinic in Billings.  
He was born May 29, 1944, in Poplar to Boke Thomas of Fort Totten, N.D., and Mercy White Bear of Fort Kipp. He graduated from Brockton High School and worked all his life as a carpenter for Fort Peck Housing.
He also drove bus for 24 years for the Brockton School and Headstart in Fort Kipp. He enjoyed spending time with his family and being outdoors. He was a pair of helping hands to those who needed it.
He was preceded in death by his children, Michael Thomas Jr. and Andrew Thomas; brothers, Dino and Timothy Thomas; and a sister, Sheryl.
He is survived by his wife, Della Thomas of Fort Kipp; children, Ida Moran and Thomasine Thomas of Riverside; step-children, Leslie Long Hair and Valerie Youpee, both of Fort Kipp; his raised children, Ashten Vielle and Brennen Bets His Medicine of Fort Kipp; and numerous grandchildren and great-grandchildren.
Funeral services were held Friday, Sept. 26, at James Black Dog Community Hall in Fort Kipp. Interment was in Fort Kipp Cemetery in Fort Kipp.