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William Saul Sansaver passed away on June 1, 2015, in Renton, Wash., lovingly surrounded by his immediate family, eight of his brothers and sisters and their families, and his mother.
Bill Jr. was born in Wolf Point, Mont., on Sept. 16, 1949, to Bill and Wilma (Morley) Sansaver and was the oldest of 10 children.
He attended grades 1-12 in Wolf Point graduating from Wolf Point High School in 1967. While in high school, he participated in Boys State, football and advanced to the state wrestling meet. He was very active in Scouting as a Scoutmaster and Eagle Scout.
He attended Montana State University in Boze-man, Mont., in 1967-68 and was a selected member of the Honor Guard.
Bill Jr. married Patrice Ann (Patty) Wilkinson on March 23, 1968, and to this union were born William Duane (Billy), Ryan Christopher and Sara Marie.
He was employed with the United States Post Office in Renton, Wash., for almost 38 years before retiring. He coached all sports including junior football in Maple Valley, Wash., all the years he lived there. He loved working with young people, even volunteering in the grandchildren’s school while in his wheelchair.
Bill Jr. is survived by his wife of 47 years, Patty, his three children, Billy Sansaver, Ryan (Toni) San-
saver and Sara (Justin) Wolf, and his four grandchildren, grandsons Alex, Marcus and Conner and granddaughter Riley, all of Renton, Wash.; his mother, Wilma Sansaver of Wolf Point; four sisters, Kyle (Darrell) Vinyard, Debbie (Jerry) Vinyard, Alexis (John) Garsee and Kelly Sue Schneider, all of Washington; and five brothers, Ross (Keri) Sansaver, Noel (Doreen) Sansaver, Jeff (Barbara) Sansaver and Mark (Kelli) Sansaver all of Wolf Point, and Brian (Janie) Sansaver of Tracy, Calif.; along with numerous nieces, nephews and cousins.
He was preceded in death by his father, William Alex Sansaver; and nephew, Logan John Gradin.
Funeral services and a celebration of Bill Jr.’s life were held at 1 p.m. on June 6, 2015, at the Milton Woods Presbyterian Church in Milton, Wash., with Pastor Wendy Taylor officiating.
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Joseph Ryan Hanson, 19, of Culbertson died June 21, 2015.
He was born Jan. 26, 1996, in Colorado Springs, Colo., to Krista Goebel and Joseph W. Hanson.
He was much loved and at the age of two he was blessed with another dad when Justin Lucas married Krista. Together, they were a family and welcomed three more children into their lives. He was the oldest and was the best big brother to Cassandra, Hunter and Morgan.
He attended grade school at Stratmoor Hills Elementary and junior high at Fox Meadow, both in Colorado Springs, Colo. He moved to Montana with his family where he attended high school and graduated with the Class of 2015 at Culberson High School on May 16.
During his elementary years, he played the flute and liked to go to the nursing hone and read to the residents. He easily made many friends, young and old. During his high school years, he loved to play and watch football and proudly wore #55 on the field for the Culberson Cowboys. He was an avid sports fan and his favorite teams were the Pittsburgh Steelers, the Golden State Warriors and the Colorado Rockies. His favorite players were Marshawn Lynch and JJ Watt.
He is survived by his parents, Krista and Justin Lucas of Culberson and Joseph W. Hanson of Pueblo, Colo.; siblings, Cassandra, Hunter and Morgan Lucas of Culberson; grandparents, Norman and Debbie Blair of Colorado Springs, Colo., Will Lucas of Shiner, Texas, and Bill and Linda Goebel of Bradenton, Fla.
Memorial services will be held Saturday, June 27, at 9 a.m. at the Culbertson High School gymnasium. Clayton Stevenson Memorial Chapel in Wolf Point was entrusted with the arrangements.
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Adrian Jerome “Bugs” Fourstar Jr., 53, died June 13, 2015, in Poplar.
He was born to Adrian and Odessa Fourstar on July 6, 1961, in Wolf Point. He attended and graduated from Frazer High School in May 1979 at the age of 18. He played basketball for the Frazer Bear Cubs.
He is a graduate of NAES College with a bachelor degree in computer science. He entered the United States Air Force and received an honorable discharge.
He traveled to many states playing in independent basketball tournaments as well as spending time coaching the youth. Such as traveling with them to boxing clubs and wrestling meets, in these travels he met many friends. He often enjoyed spending time with his niece, the late Charlie Fourstar, traveling to Pennsylvania on many occasion, as well as his other nieces and nephews who called him “UB.” He was always laughing and joking with them. He finally traveled to the West Coast with family two years ago to see the ocean as well as taking in a NBA game. He often enjoyed traveling to Montana, spending time with family and friends.
He is survived by his children, Taz, Charles and Hailey Fourstar of Portland, Ore., and Samantha Fourstar of Wolf Point; and sisters, Antoinette Fourstar, Claudia Fourstar and Janet Mudgett Sr., all of Poplar.
He was preceded in death by children, Chelsea Morgan Fourstar and Adrian “AJ” Fourstar III; sister, Dolly Denis Fourstar; and brothers, Michael Charles Fourstar and James Andrew Fourstar.
Services were held Friday, June 19, at Our Lady of Lourdes Catholic Church in Poplar. Burial followed services at the St. Ann’s Cemetery in Poplar, Montana.
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Russell Ralph Oelkers, 92, of Culbertson, died Tuesday, June 16, 2015, at the Roosevelt Memorial Nursing Home in Culbertson.
He was born April 13, 1923, in McCabe to Russell G. and Maren Olsen Oel-kers and was raised on the family farm one mile east of Culbertson. His youth was spent milking cows, delivering milk, haying, doing general farm work and playing with his 12 siblings. Listening to the radio was their favorite form of entertainment.
He was baptized at Ebe-nezer Lutheran Church in Dane Valley and confirmed at Trinity Lutheran Church in Culbertson. He continued to be an active member at Trinity throughout his life.
In 1941, he graduated from Culbertson High School. After graduation, he enlisted in the U.S. Army Air Corps. Most of his army life was spent in San Marcos, Texas, flying a twin-engine plane and training navigators. He was discharged in December 1945.
He returned to Culbertson and purchased the City View Dairy. While making local deliveries, he met Lorraine Luft. They were married at Trinity Lutheran Church Nov. 25, 1948. They had six children.
In 1953, he started a service station dealership. Oelkers Service Center went through several name changes including Carter, Enco, Exxon and then became an independent dealer.
He was an active member of the Culbertson community. He had vast knowledge of the area’s history and enjoyed sharing that with others, especially when he volunteered at the Culbertson Museum.
Spending time with family, playing Pinochle, throwing horseshoes and gardening were some of his favorite pastimes. A treasured family tradition was 3 o’clock coffee every Saturday. This tradition continued while he was at The Vista in Billings and the Culbertson Nursing Home.
He is survived by six children, Ron Oelkers, Vivian Beals, Arliss Redekopp, Linda Sorensen, Vicki Miller and Gordon Oel-kers; 14 grandchildren; 12 great-grandchildren; and siblings, Marvin Oelkers, Betty McGinnis, Ray Oelkers, Marion Wolff and Don Oelkers.
He was preceded in death by his wife, Lorraine Luft Oelkers; and siblings Ruth Iverson, Gladys
Tietz, Floyd Oelkers, Alice Oelkers, Leona Young, Stanley Oelkers and Ann Ueland.
Cremation has taken place. Memorial services were held Saturday, June 20, at the Trinity Lutheran Church in Culbertson. Pastor Gretchen Wagner officiated and inurnment with military honors was in Hillside Cemetery in Culbertson.
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Richard Dale Russell also known as “Ditchy,” 48, died June 7, 2015, in Des Moines, Iowa.
He was born Oct. 23, 1966, in Poplar and was raised by his grandma/mom Vida Muskrat since birth. He began his life of traveling at an early age, determined to experience life off the reservation, starting with the Mormon Placement Program at the age of 10.
From there, he went into the Chemawa Indian School where he stayed until his junior year. While attending Chemawa, he was a star football and basketball player for which he was featured in the 1984 Chemawa yearbook. In 1985 after leaving Chemawa, he met Karen Harrison and, from that union, they had a son, Darian Travis Russell, who is now 27, looks a lot like his dad and lives in Grand Ronde, Ore.
In 1993, he was featured in the American Indian Men Calendar, of which he was very proud. One of his many dreams that he had his heart set on was to attend the American Indian Arts Institute to study art and silver smithing so he could one day open up his own business. He also did landscaping and yard/garden work. His work was immaculate, therefore many people would hire him to edge their lawns and put in rock gardens.
No matter where he was, he always found a way to write or call home to check on Grandma/Mom and to tell her how much he loved and missed her. In one of his letters, he told her he was going to come home for a visit soon. Of the many states he traveled through, he finally settled in the Des Moines, Iowa, area where he lived the past 15 years and there he was known to all as Rick. There, he leaves behind many friends, including special friend Carol Young.
He is survived by his mom, Vida Muskrat of Poplar; son, Darian Russell, and his mother, Karen Harrison, both of Grand Ronde, Ore.; mother, Joann Russell of Poplar; father, Pierre Youpee Sr. of Poplar; sisters, Farrell Simons of Poplar, Tracy RedDog of New Town, N.D., Danette Scott of Poplar; and brothers, Kalijah GoodSoldier, Cliff and Cory Youpee, Pierre Youpee Jr., all of Poplar.
Funeral services were held Friday, June 19, at the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints in Poplar. Interment was at the Poplar City Cemetery. Clayton Stevenson Memorial Chapel in Wolf Point was entrusted with arrangements.