Wolf Point Herald

Terry Riva

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Terry L. Riva, “Chedawica,” “Falcon Man,” 67 of Staunton, Ill., died Saturday, Jan. 11, 2014, at Alton Memorial Hospital in Alton, Ill.
Born Dec. 23, 1946, in Litchfield, Ill., he was the son of Maurice Riva and Pauline Chasinghawk.
He married Sherry Stahlhut.
He was employed as a carpenter for many years and was a member of the Carpenters Union.  He was also a member of the Partriot Guard Riders and a past member of Staunton Volunteer Fire Department.
He loved going to and dancing in Indian powwows, also country and western dancing. He enjoyed traveling, especially to Montana. He also enjoyed woodworking.
He served in the U.S. Army Reserves during the Vietnam era.
He is survived by his wife, Sherry Riva of Staunton, Ill.; three children, Kyle Riva, “Shuk-Togeja-Nazhi,” “Standing Wolf,” of Grantfork, Ill., Samantha Riva-Phillippe of Las Vegas, Nev., and Macia Riva-Capuchino of Fontana, Calif; four grandchildren; a sister, Gisele Hemann of Staunton, Ill.; and a brother, Darryl Riva of Springfield, Mo.
He was preceded in death by a sister, Felicia “Pete” Riva.
A graveside service was held Wednesday, July 30, at the Greenwood Cemetery in Wolf Point.

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James Smith Sr.


James “Jimmy” Smith Sr., 42, of Poplar, died July 19, 2014.
He was born March 20, 1972, in Poplar, the oldest child of Renee Melbourne and Duane Timothy Smith Sr. He was given the Indian name of “Lean Elk,” “Hehaka Tamaheca,” which he carried proudly.
He was a very active and free spirited man. He loved to be outdoors where he liked to fish, hunt, tinker with cars, cook and build things.
In his younger years, he loved to play football, play cards, draw, play pool and play guitar. He was the founder and ring leader of the “Wrecking Crew,” a name his aunt Arlene gave the boys.
He loved learning his Sioux way of life. He loved to sing Indian songs, attend ceremonies and was learning to speak his language. He always told everyone he was proud to be a direct descendant from the No Breast and the Bad Temper Bear families.
Everyone who knew him knew he was a proud family man. He would love to sit and visit and hang out. He loved to tease and give everyone nicknames.
Survivors include his daughters, Chantel Adrianna, and Miracle Mae; son, James Jr.; brothers, Thomas Smith of Billings; Duane Smith, Jr. of Billings, Tom Scott of Fort Kipp and JD Ferguson of Bismarck, N.D.; sisters; Vermae Brown of Poplar, Sandra Owns Pipe Ricker of Wolf Point, Stephanie Cloud of Poplar, Joel Rae  Ferguson House of Hardin, Faye Johnson of Poplar and Colleen “Koshi Bear” Ferguson; and grandmothers, Donna Chase of Chelsea and Lydia Johnson of Wapato, Wash.
Funeral services were held Monday, July 28, at the Poplar Activity Center. Interment was at the Poplar City Cemetery.

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Rose Grainger

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Rose Grainger, 90, of Poplar, died July 22, 2014.
She was born Nov. 14, 1923, to Oscar T. and Borghild T. Peterson in Wheeler, Wis. She was born again in the early 1980s when she gave her life to Our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ.  
She worked many jobs throughout her lifetime; however, her favorite job was babysitting. Over the years, she babysat for more than 50 children. She was loved by all who knew her, both young and old.
She loved to quilt, crochet and work in her yard and was also known for her great skills as an artist. In addition, she loved to spend time with her children, grandchildren, great- grandchildren, family and friends.  
She made her home in Poplar until 2003 when she moved to Sidney to an assisted living apartment.  
In 2008, she moved (home) to the Poplar Swing Bed Unit. She resided there until her death.
She is survived by her sons, Richard Smejkal of Paradise, Calif., and John Q. Grainger of Helena; daughter, Mary Nesbit of Poplar; sister, Thelma Miller of Reno, Nev.; seven grandchildren; 15 great-grandchildren; and seven great-great-grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by three brothers, Oscar, Helmer “Fats” and Byron; sister, Lucille
Smejkal; husband, Orval Grainger in 1989; two grandsons, David and Charles; and stepdaughter, Iris Rollins.
Visitation will be held from 4 to 6 p.m. on Thursday, July 31, at the First Presbyterian Church in Poplar. Celebration of Life services will follow at 6 p.m. at the church. Inurnment will take place at a later date. Clayton Stevenson Memorial Chapel in Wolf Point was entrusted with arrangements.

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Mark Hardy

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Edwin Mark Hardy, 60, died Tuesday, July 22, 2014.  
He was born Oct. 19, 1953, to Ed and Mary Hardy of Sidney. He grew up on the family farm and dairy near Sidney and graduated from Sidney High School in 1972.
He attended college at Montana State University in Bozeman and graduated in 1977 with a degree in ag business. He met Rita Cusker while attending college, and they were married in December 1976.
He worked for the Peavey elevator in Wolf Point for several years and then was promoted to assistant manager of the Shelby elevator and then manager of the Peavey elevator in Cut Bank. He had a strong desire to succeed and won trips to Hawaii and Aruba based on his sales figures.
He and Rita returned to Wolf Point in 1983 to run the family ranch. He liked seeing things grow.  He worked on getting irrigation systems set up so there would be moisture even in the dry years, and he loved to see a good field of alfalfa hay.
He enjoyed working with the livestock, both cattle and horses, and could talk for hours about his plans for the ranch.
He was a capable do-it-yourselfer and was able to figure out a way  to accomplish most fix-it jobs.  
Children Quinn, Megan and Vanessa were born and he enjoyed being part of their activities.
In 1989, they started a small business called Advantage Line from a room in their home. It later moved to an office in Wolf Point and then a bigger office in Williston, N.D., with satellite offices in Glendive, Billings and Havre, employing 600 people at its peak.
In 1994, the family moved to Williston, N.D., to be closer to their business.
He was a big fan of rodeo and spent a lot of time on the road driving the children to and from high school rodeos. He was National High School Rodeo director for North Dakota for many years and really enjoyed the people he met during that time, both in North Dakota and as a director at the national events. He was proud to watch all three children compete at the High School National Finals Rodeo.
He retired from Advantage Line in 2005 and started spending more time at the ranch in Wolf Point, irrigating and making hay. He did business consulting and worked for Agri-Industries for awhile.  He liked to stay abreast of the latest technology and was always interested in business, particularly as it related to agriculture.
He enjoyed his children and was thrilled to have three grandchildren.
 He is survived by his wife, Rita Hardy; son, Quinn Hardy; daughters, Megan Helmer and Vanessa Hardy; and three grandchildren, all of Wolf Point.  
He was preceded in death by an infant brother.
Mass of Christian Burial was held Tuesday, July 29, at the Immaculate Conception Catholic Church in Wolf Point. Interment was at the Greenwood Cemetery in Wolf Point. Clayton Stevenson Memorial Chapel of Wolf Point was entrusted with the arrangements.

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Amelia Frances Smith


Amelia Frances Smith, 96, died July 20, 2014, at Northeast Montana Health Services.
She was born in Roundup Aug. 21, 1917,  to Frank and Theresa Spindler.
The family moved to the Poplar area when she was about four years old. She went to school at the Fort Peck Indian School, completing the eighth grade.
She acquired 20 head of cows where she ran them in the “timber along the Missouri River.” One day in 1935 when she was out looking for the cows, she came across a truck stuck in the mud. The driver, David Jordan Smith, said, “Bub, go find Harry and tell him where I’m stuck at.” They were married June 1, 1938.
They farmed and ranched in the Poplar area where they raised six children: Barbara Smith, Catherine Kohl, Frank  Smith, Raymond Smith, Cecil  Smith and Marlene Smith.
She was preceded in death by her husband, David; infant son; three brothers, William and Donald Bridges and Frank Spindler; and two sisters, Theresa Spindler Carson and Kathryn Spindler Denny Grainger.
She had 17 grandchildren, 40 great-grandchildren and 15 great-great- grandchildren.
Services were held at the Presbyterian Church in Poplar on July 29 with burial at the Poplar Cemetery.

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