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Tyrone Paul Gourneau, 27, died Monday, Aug. 17, 2015.
He was born Nov. 21, 1987, to Greg Gourneau Sr. and Vera Longee.
First and foremost, he was a mama’s baby boy. He was a kind-hearted man, making many friends along his way. He graduated from Poplar High School in 2006, where he played football and participated in math events bringing home first-place awards.
He attended Fort Peck Community College and the University of Montana where he was in pursuit of degree in applied mathematics and education. He also became the general manager at Overland where he made life friends with the owners and coworkers. He began working at the Poplar Public school in the cafeteria. He enjoyed spending time with his nephew and they spent time building Legos, playing video games, and working on other little projects.
He was a firefighter on the Poplar Volunteer Fire Department for nine years along with his two brothers and mother. Serving on the department was his and his family’s hobby. He was a highly intelligent man, who was a mathematician and creative writing genius just like his father. He ranked in the top 3 percent of the nation in the subjects of math, science and English.
He loved to talk on the phone with his father because it was fun to say things and work him up then when he hung up he would say “I should have said ...”
He also loved hanging out at his home away from home with Uncle Vance and family. They loved hunting, fishing and camping. He enjoyed the long hours of playing Zilch with Grandpa Dee and was very adventurous. He especially enjoyed hanging out with his brother Zach.
Everyone associated him with his easygoing nature and crazy stories. He would always greet people with a smile and a funny remark. He was always willing to lend a hand.
He is survived by his mother, Vera Longee; father, Greg Gourneau Sr.; brothers, Greg Gourneau Jr., Zachary Gourneau, William Joseph Norgaard and Blake Nelligan; special cousin, Jorga Lin Christiansen who was like a little sister; and grandparents, Mary Ellen Gourneau and Patricia (Dave) Menz.
Funeral services were held Friday, Aug. 21, at the Poplar Cultural Center. Interment was at Riverview Cemetery in Brockton. Clayton Stevenson Memorial Chapel in Wolf Point was in charge of arrangements.
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Zayden Youngman Good Bird left us to be with the Lord on Aug.12, 2015 at Colorado Children’s Hospital in Aurora, Colo.
Zayden was born on July 17, 2013 to Annette Youngman and Chauncey Good Bird III in Wolf Point, Mont. In Zayden’s short life he was truly a blessing. He enjoyed playing with his sister Zamaria, loved being outside and had a special passion for collecting rocks. Zayden loved spending time with his cousins and siblings. His favorite show was Spongebob which he watched all the time. Zayden will be truly missed and never forgotten.
Zayden is survived by his parents Annette Youngman and Chauncey Good Bird; brothers John, Jarvis Marques Good Bird, Nicholas Russel; sisters Avery, Morgan and Sarah Russel and Zamaria Good Bird; aunts Chrystal Welch, FT. Totten, ND, Heather Young, Wolf Point, MT, Lemeia Youngman, Poplar, Mont., Chelsea (Patrick) Beauchamp, Wolf Point, Mont., Carolyn Good Bird, Maria Lone Bear all of Mandaree, ND; uncles John (Ralynn) Smoker, Poplar, Mont., Griffin (Adriann) Ricker Poplar, MT, Christopher Good Bird, Derris Good Bird, Steven Good Bird all of Mandaree, N.D. and Nathan Chase Jr. Poplar, Mont.; grandparents Tana Youngman Poplar, Mont., Chauncey (Loretta) Good Bird Jr. Mandaree, N.D., Scott Moran Poplar, Mont., great-great-grandfather Kenneth Smoker Sr. Poplar, Mont.; great-grandparents Doris and Gene Gone of Ft. Belknap, Mont., and all of his cousins which are too numerous to mention.
Zayden is preceded in death by his grandmother Karen Rose Smoker, great-grandmother Theresa Smoker both of Poplar, Mont.; grandpa John Rocky Smoker of Poplar, MT; grandma Arlene Riley Stiff Arm, Michelle Youngman, grandpa Ira Belion and great-grandparents William Bill Youngman, Stella Youngman, Arlene Youngman and Louis Jean Youngman.
Zayden was a great son, brother, cousin and grandson. He will be truly missed.
Funeral services will be held on Wednesday August 26, 2015 at 10:00 a.m. at the Assembly of God Church in Poplar, MT. Interment will follow at the Poplar City Cemetery. Condolences for the family may be left at www.claytonstevensonchapel.com. Clayton Stevenson Memorial Chapel has been entrusted with arrangements.
Written by John Plestina
Maria Ann Krauth Minear, 81, passed away Aug. 17, 2015 at the Hardin Hospital after battling cancer for several months.
Maria was born Sept. 25, 1933 to Fred and Ella Krauth. She was raised on the family farm north of Wolf Point on Hwy. 13. She attended Hammer School through third grade. A home was purchased in Wolf Point and school continued there, graduating in 1951. Summers were spent on the farm where Maria enjoyed all the animals, especially cats.
Maria worked at the Mountain Bell telephone office and later at MDU.
Maria married Myron Vietzke on August 25, 1956. A son Allan was born June 14, 1960. They were later divorced.
While working at MDU, Maria met Warren Minear, who happened to be doing plumbing work with Simenson Plumbing. He owned a plumbing shop in Hardin. They married Oct. 17, 1972. They managed W & M Plumbing in Hardin until Warren’s death October 23, 2008. They were members of First American Lutheran Church in Hardin.
Maria is survived by one son Allan of Lewistown, two granddaughters; Brittany of Billings and Nichole of Hardin, and five great grandchildren. She is survived by a brother Robert and Enid of Wolf Point and a sister Karyl Barnes of Glasgow.
She was preceded in death by her husband Warren and her parents Fred and Ella Krauth.
Funeral services will be held at 1 p.m. on Saturday, Aug. 22, 2015, at the First Lutheran Church in Wolf Point.
Interment will follow at the Greenwood Cemetery in Wolf Point where she will rest by her parents and her grandmother Anna Oehmig. Clayton Stevenson Memorial Chapel in Wolf Point is in charge of arrangements.
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Mary Finnicum Roberts Parkins, 84, of Culbertson, died at the Roosevelt Medical Center in Culbertson Thursday, Aug. 20, 2015.
Cremation has taken place. A memorial service and a complete obituary will be announced at a later date by Everson-Coughlin Funeral Home in Williston, N.D.
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On the evening of Aug. 11, 2015, John Alvin Toavs passed away peacefully in his sleep at his home north of Wolf Point, Mont. He is survived by his wife, Irene; four children, Kay (Travis) Lovelace, Cheryl (Joe) Ryan, Johnny (Patricia) Toavs and Cathy (Doug) Madison; 13 grandchildren; 27 great-grandchildren; and one sister, Lilly Baker.
John was born on the 13th day of September, 1925, the 13th child of 15 children to Abraham and Maria Toavs. He was raised on the homestead 14 miles north of Wolf Point. He attended Wide Awake Country School for eight years and graduated from Wolf Point High School in 1943. He joined the service during World War II. On his way overseas to Japan, the war ended and he spent his military service in Hawaii.
He returned home and married the love of his life, Irene (Rensvold), who loved him from the time she was six years old when she first saw him at the wedding of his brother and her sister. They were married and moved two miles east of his childhood home where they farmed and ranched together for 68 years. During their time together, John and Irene truly enjoyed an active and full life.
He was an avid reader and also served on the county library board for many years. He had a passion for reading almost anything he could get his hands on from mystery novels to westerns and periodicals including Popular Science and Popular Mechanics. His reading always kept him on the cutting edge of modern technologies and innovations. The joys of his life were his home, family, friends, horses, a dance shared with his wife and any cup of coffee. You rarely ever saw him without his cowboy hat.
As John was born the 13th child on the 13th of September and had 13 grandchildren of which, his first grandchild shares his birthday of Sept. 13th, you could say 13 was a lucky number for him.
Funeral services were held at First Lutheran Church on Saturday, Aug. 15, 2015, at 2 p.m. at 415 Johnson St. in Wolf Point. In lieu of flowers, the family has requested that memorials be given to the First Lutheran Church “Raise the Roof Fund.”