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Arlin “Arlie” August Fachner was born to Matthias and Bertha Fachner on June 19, 1925, 20 miles north of Wolf Point, Mont. He was the youngest of eight children and was the last survivor. He was promoted to Heaven on Tuesday, March 24, 2015, while being ably cared for at Community Medical Center in Missoula.
He left school early to help on the farm. During his schooling, he was proud to play the French horn with the high school band.
He and two of his brothers, Ernest and Julius, drove one day to a small, family coal mine to bring some coal home for the stoves. While they were doing so, the mine collapsed. Julius was instantly killed. However, Arlie, at age 14, dug Ernest out of the heap with his bare hands. Ernest survived and was Arlie’s closest brother and longtime farming partner.
He joined the service during World War II, but the war ended before he was deployed overseas.
Arlie married Marietta Olga Albert on Dec. 21, 1947. This was the smartest decision he made in his long life. He loved to joke that he chose the longest night of the year to be married. They had two children, Penny Sue (Fachner) Rodli and Wesley Arlin Fachner.
Farming was his passion. He told the story of how when he and his brother, Ernest, who were farming partners until the mid-1980s, were starting their partnership, they flipped a coin, and he lost. This meant he would find a job outside of farming in case of crop failures to pay the bills (memories of the Great Depression). He put much sweat into developing the land and making it farmable. In fact, a large part of this development included rock picking. He enjoyed the slave labor of his son and son-in-law to pick those rocks but he worked as hard as they did. This inspired his CB handle of “Montana Rockpicker.” The sandy fields in north Wolf Point were often eroded by the wind. He decided to plow the fields diagonally to stop the erosion. Flying over the area, it was the only field that stood out from all the others. He also farmed the sides of the hills which other farmers left as prairie. When the ground was not frozen, he would leave the Montana Highway Department at 5 p.m., change his clothes and go to work on the farm until dark. One of the most difficult decisions Arlie ever made was the sale of his farmland in 1984. Even after he sold the farm, he maintained a miniature version of a farm at their home in Missoula. He had perfectly straight rows of vegetables. He had his John Deere riding mower to trim the grass.
He worked at the Montana Highway Department for 30 years. When he retired and moved to Missoula, his old boss, who had been transferred to Missoula, asked him to come back and work. Always a trooper, he agreed and worked for another season
He loved to hunt and fish. He often talked of Dutch Fleming, his boss at the Highway. They both fished. Each had trained English setters for hunting pheasants and grouse. They had many good times together. Arlie also liked to hunt deer. He shot many deer over the years and, when he was 78, he shot his third and final elk.
Although he never kept up his French horn playing, he did play the harmonica. Over the years, he played many times at church in Wolf Point and Missoula. Even at age 89, Arlie played hymns while Wesley accompanied him on the piano.
He accepted the Lord as his savior later in life and followed Jesus’ example of being baptized in water. He kept that commitment until his death. Thus, the family is confident of the peace his soul now enjoys and looks forward to reuniting in Heaven.
His survivors include his wife of 67 years, Marietta (Albert) Fachner; his daughter, Penny and her husband David Rodli; his son, Wesley and his wife Cindy Fachner. Grandchildren include Brett (Gabriela) Rodli, Scott (Eriko) Rodli, Mark (Sunny) Rodli, Amy Rodli and Ethan Fachner. Great-grandchildren include Daniela Rodli, Juliana Rodli and Ella Rodli and Brett and Gabie’s foster son, Eathan.
A memorial service was held Tuesday, March 31, at 2 p.m. at Christian Life Center, 3801 S. Russell St., Missoula, with a reception following. Arrangements have been under the care of Garden City Funeral Home.
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Jonnie “Pat” Jackson, 57, of Billings, formerly of Frazer, died March 25, 2015, in Billings.
She was born in Poplar to Enright and Ethel Johnson Jackson and raised in Frazer. She moved to Glasgow in 1968.
She loved to play pool, tease and hang out. She worked in Glasgow at Avco and at housekeeping. She later became a CNA.
She met her lifelong companion, Lisa Burshia, in 1988 and together they moved to Billings in 1989 where they started their family and made the south side of Billings their home. She then started her career as a CNA.
She is survived by Lisa Burshia of Billings, Mandy Jackson of Butte, Michael Wayne of Great Falls, Richie and the Jackson boys of Billings, Lacee Kaye of Billings; sisters, Carla McCarty of Great Falls, Bunni Jackson of Frazer and Paula Tennant of Glendive; brother, Richard Jackson of Wolf Point; and numerous grandchildren.
Funeral services were held Monday, March 30, at the Frazer Community Hall. Interment was at St. Joseph’s Cemetery in
Clayton Stevenson Memorial Chapel in Wolf Point assisted the family with arrangements.
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Iris Ann Greybull, “Wik muk hey Wakan O la Wan,” Rainbow Medicine Song Woman, 65, died March 24, 2015, at her home in Poplar.
She was born March 18, 1950, to Mary Red Feather and Arthur Greybull Sr. in Poplar.
She attended schools in both Poplar and Lodge Pole and graduated from Poplar in 1968. She then furthered her education thus becoming a dental assistant.
She met Robert Daniels and they married. From this union came two children, Shari Lynn and Robert Alvin Daniels. They later divorced, yet remained friends.
The path she began, the Red Road, led her to enriching not only her own life, but the lives of others, emotionally, spiritually and physically. She continually supported all those who chose to walk this way of life, making numerous lifelong friends in her journeys.
She was firm, strong- willed and knowledgeable, yet was compassionate and sympathetic toward anyone who she met. Always giving and sharing ─ be it spiritually or emotionally, she intuitively knew the needs of those she encountered.
She was a fire starter in anything that touched her heart and helped with volunteer work that she felt would benefit all, not only her own, but all people.
She had a fierce love for her grandchildren, Calvin, Cayana (Shari), spending many precious moments at pow-wows, round dances and family events.
In her last days, she enjoyed listening to music, eating what she wanted, spending time with friends and loved ones and eating some more.
She is survived by her children, Shari and Bob Daniels; and brother, Arthur Greybull.
Funeral services were held Saturday, March 28, at the cultural center in Poplar. Interment was at St. Ann’s Cemetery in Poplar. Clayton Stevenson Memorial Chapel was entrusted with the arrangements.
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Lois Ann Nichols, 52, died Tuesday, March 24, 2015, at her residence.
She was born Jan. 23, 1963, in Wolf Point to Donell and Ardis (Eliason) Nichols. She was raised on the family farm outside of Frazer, attending elementary school in Frazer. In 1976, she attended junior high school in Glasgow and went on to be a Scottie, graduating from Glasgow High School in 1981.
She continued her education at Northern Montana College that fall and graduated with a bachelor’s degree in interdisciplinary studies in 1985.
She moved to Helena and worked for the Catholic Diocese there for a year before returning to Havre to work for the Hill County Commissioners. She remained with the county commissioners office until her death. She worked countless hours helping everyone who came into the court house, greeting them with a smile and hello.
She enjoyed embroidery, genealogy and spending time with her partner working with the horses on the farm at Sunburst. She always remembered special occasions for others, making graduation quilts for all of her step-children and son, and remembering birthdays and holidays. Decorations always lit up her area and were worth a good chuckle.
She made multiple trips to Helena to see government in action and enjoyed time with her family. She loved traveling to visit family and friends, for work or pleasure. She spent endless hours researching an adventure she was planning to have in England. Travel was a passion of hers.
Her greatest pride and joy and the apple of her eye is Nicholas. She raised him to be a gentle courteous man with her wisdom.
She is survived by her son, Nicholas Mader of Havre; partner, Gwen Marshall of Sunburst; stepsons, Ben and Colby Mader, both of Havre; stepdaughters, Ashley and Kendra Mader of Arizona; mother, Ardis Nichols of Glasgow; sisters, Donna Nichols of Glasgow, Janet Irwin of Lincoln, Neb., Paula Nichols of Spokane, Wash., and Elaine Nichols of Bozeman; and brother, Loren Nichols of Billings.
Cremation has taken place and memorial services were held Monday, March 30, at First Lutheran Church in Havre with Pastor Linda Rose officiating.
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Russell Dean Thompson Jr., “Big Russ,” 42, died March 22, 2015, at NEMHS.
He was born on April 6, 1973, in Wolf Point to Russell D. Thompson Sr. and Patricia N. Harris Thompson. He was the only son of “Big Dean” and was the apple of his eye.
As a young boy, he enjoyed hanging out with all his friends and cousins on “Pumpkin Hill.” He enjoyed fishing and hunting with his dad and mom.
He would travel to Riverton, Wyo., with his mother every summer to spend time with his sister Kathleen Brannon and her family and all his nephews.
He attended school in Wolf Point all the way up to when he graduated from high school in 1991. He was an excellent basketball player and played basketball for Wolf Point High School and also ran track.
He loved to read and visit with his family, especially with his son, Drew. He loved to listen to music and his favorite band was AC/DC. He would ride around in his big Dodge and turn up the music and just cruise. He enjoyed hunting, fishing and spending time with his family and friends.
He worked all over, but his favorite job was working as a correctional officer. He got certified by the state in 2001 and worked for the Fort Peck Tribes. His last job was working for the Roosevelt County Sheriff’s Department for the last six years. He recently resigned due to health issues.
He was preceded in death by his brother, Dean Taylor.
He is survived by his wife, Doris Headdress Thompson of Wolf Point; son, Drew E. Thompson of Wolf Point; brother, Darrell L. Taylor of Wolf Point; son, Matthew WhiteHorse of New Town, N.D.; sister, Kathleen Brannon of Riverton, Wyo.; adopted sons, Michael and Zach Budak, Kevin Burshia; adopted daughter, Samantha Headdress; and numerous grandchildren.
Funeral services were held Friday, March 27, at the Community Hall in Wolf Point. Interment was at Greenwood Cemetery. Clayton Stevenson Memorial Chapel was entrusted with arrangements.