Written by Darla Downs
Duane Sibley, 72, of Wiota, died Saturday evening, Feb. 15, 2014.
He was born Sept. 13, 1941, to Fred “Bud” and Ruby Turner Sibley. He was the oldest of his four brothers and two sisters. His mother and father lived in Neihart at the time and he was born in Great Falls. At the age of four, he came to Wiota to begin his life as a cowboy and a farmer.
With the large farm family, the experiences and adventures were many. He enjoyed being called upon to rope calves at the many neighborhood brandings. His horse Egypt was special to him.
He attended school in Nashua and Frazer, graduating from Frazer High School in 1960. He served four years in the United States Marine Corps before coming back to the home place.
He met Linda Coon, who became his wife April 20, 1974. They built their cottonwood log home and began farming and raising hay. Their one son, Cole, was born June 28, 1975.
He gave his time to the Nashua School board, the Fort Peck Water Users board and various other community organizations. He was instrumental in the building and fruition of the Fort Peck Dam Interpretive Center and Museum. Fossil hunting from the Hell Creek formation of Montana to as far away as China was explored.
He was also an inventor of sorts with the development of an auger-type baler and also a hay hauling and stacking machine. If the need was there, he said “Why not build it?”
He enjoyed his retirement from the farm with he and Linda watching their son build his own log house and raise two granddaughters as the next generation on the Sibley farm.
He was preceded in death by one brother, Norman.
He is survived by his wife, Linda; his son, Cole of Wiota; two granddaughters; brothers, Dwight Sibley, Dewey Sibley and Earl Sibley; and sisters, Sharon Lloyd of Nashua and Linda Shumway of Glasgow.
Services were held on Wednesday, Feb. 19, at 11 a.m. at Our Redeemer Lutheran Church in Nashua. Burial was to be on the family farm that Duane so dearly loved. Pastor John Bent of Whitefish will officiate.