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Donald Alex (Don) Boysun died on Nov. 20, 2014, in Trinity Hosptial of brain cancer. He was surrounded by loving family during his final four days.
Don was born on Sept. 11, 1948, in Wolf Point, the fourth child of Alex L. Boysun and Alma Takle Boysun. He attended schools in Vida and Circle and obtained his GED in 1970. He graduated in June 2001 with an associate degree in auto mechanics from FPCC.
He enlisted in the Marine Corps on Feb. 1, 1968, and served with the 3rd Marine Division as a radio relay operator in Vietnam for 13 months and one day; as he would stress. He would later endure a lifetime of depression and medical issues related to PTSD and exposure to Agent Orange.
During the past six and one-half years, Don battled cancers — prostate, left tonsil and brain cancers twice. Sheer stubbornness alone proved the doctors’ time lines wrong. It was difficult to allow Don to spend several weeks during his last six months — in Bozeman with Alec and Brandi’s family, and with Shawn and Vicki and their family here — but they all needed the time as much as Don did.
In his lifetime, Don worked at numerous jobs — farm worker, activity school bus driver, semi driver and mechanic before retiring form WPHS after near nine years. He would work anywhere, anytime on vehicles and farm equipment. And how he loved to talk with everyone — when he said “I’ll only be 5 to 10 minutes.” I knew he would leave us waiting at least two to three hours.
He thought he had more time with us to make up for all the years he was gone. God had other plans. The time our kids did have with their dad forged a bond of love that will never be broken. Even Mom had to watch from the sidelines when they were together. And how he loved our grandchildren.
On June 17, 1967, Don met a 14-year-old A&W car hop, Judy Walley. They were married Sept. 13, 1971, recently celebrating their 43rd anniversary.
Surviving Don are his wife; children and grandchildren, Shawn (Vicky), Jed, Ben and Sam, all of Wolf Point; Andrea (fourth son Scott), Carry and Thomas Vandall, all of Wolf Point; Alec (Brandi), Wyatt and Waylon of
Bozeman; and Clay of the family home. Also surviving are his mother-in-law, Lorraine Walley of Choteau; his “sister in heart,” Vermae Taylor; adopted son, Robert Stensland; four sisters and three brothers; the Shirley and late Joe Vandall family; Oliver and Pat Peders and family; Willard and Viona Casterline family; and the Steve and late Wilbur Eggebrecht family — you all took him into your hearts and Don thought the world of you.
He was preceded in death by his parents; a sister, Ardelyn; and his father-in-law, Clifford Walley.
A celebration of Don’s life was held on Wednesday, Nov. 26, at 6:30 p.m. in the First Baptist Church in Wolf Point. Bell Mortuary of Glasgow is in charge of cremation arrangements.
In lieu of flowers, please donate to the wounded Warrior Project in his name. Their need is great.
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Robert Milferd Rorvig, 100, of Glasgow died Nov. 22, 2014, at Valley View Nursing Home in Glasgow.
He was born in Minnesota on his grandparents’ farm Jan. 2, 1914, to Nels and Minnie Rorvig. He lived in the Litchville area of North Dakota until he was two years old when he and his family moved to a homestead about 40 miles north of Frazer. They came by train with livestock and some household and farm machinery in November 1916. Nels owned a threshing machine and had to finish threshing before they could move. It was a nice fall so they got some buildings built but it was a long cold winter. The family consisted of Oscar, Robert and Martha. He had two more brothers, Gordon and Richard.
He was raised on the farm and went to grade school at the local country school 1.5 miles away and graduated in 1928. He went to high school in Opheim and graduated in 1932. He started college in the fall of 1934 and graduated with a degree in agricultural economics in 1939. He worked his way through college which was during the worst of the big depression. That fall, he started working for the Montana Extension Service. He worked as an assistant county agent until he went into military service. He was discharged in 1946.
While he was working in Culbertson, he met Eunice Shipstead who was teaching school. They married Dec. 20, 1941.
After his discharge from the Air Force, he was county Extension agent in Valley County for a year. In the spring of 1947, he started farming until he sold the farm to his sons Ronald and Glenn in 1974. While farming, he served on many boards and committees. Among them were he taught veterans for four years, county ASC committee for 10 years and school board, etc.
After selling the farm, they traveled, both in the United States and around the world. They owned a home in Mesa, Ariz., and a house on Poverty Ridge at Fort Peck. They enjoyed the southern winters and the northern summers.
He is survived by his sons, Ronald Rorvig and Glenn Rorvig; and a sister, Martha Halverson.
Services will be held Monday, Dec. 1, at 1 p.m. at First Lutheran Church in Glasgow. Interment will be at the Nashua Cemetery.
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Brett Robert Norman, 17, died Saturday, Nov. 8, 2014, east of Nashua in a motor vehicle accident.
He was born May 5, 1997, to Robert and Penny Norman in Salem, Ore. We were so happy for a third son and Mama especially delighted in his chubby little self.
As a child, Brett was full of life. He loved his binkie. He had a hearty, contagious laugh. He loved to snuggle, especially with his daddy. He was always ready to go along on the next adventure with his dad and brothers, Mitchell and Grant. He was only rarely left behind.
We have had the privilege of seeing him change into a young man, establishing for himself what standards he was going to live by, what goals he was shooting for and had broken these things down into step-sized pieces. Motivated by his love for his life, he was making his life what he wanted it to be.
Some of the core values that he chose for himself were to be reliable, loyal, honest, adventurous, fit and pure.
"Pop's," as Brett called him, enjoyed the fun communication during the week, especially the Friday morning wake up texts to let him know the weekend is almost here. His dad appreciated Brett and his willingness to fill in for him while he was away at work.
With his younger siblings, he enjoyed the freedom to be goofy with them and included them in fun adventures. When he came home after work, they greeted him with, "Brett! Come see the boat I'm making!" or "Hey, Brett, I made peanut butter cookies and saved you some." or if he was leaving, he would be followed around by siblings asking, "Can I ride along with you? Please? Oh, please?".
An example of the fun he liked to have with them is when he recently asked his sister Hannah if she would go air up the tires on the bulldozer and he laughed and laughed AND LAUGHED when she got halfway there and realized a bulldozer doesn't have tires.
With his older brothers Mitchell and Grant, he was 'The Third Amigo'. They shared countless adventures as the threesome — from the early days of riding bikes, fishing, hunting, leatherwork, trapping, playing music, riding horse, trailing cows, branding, to recently getting all three of their pickups stuck at the same time.
Brett especially enjoyed sneaking into the kitchen and giving Mama a scare just to hear her scream. To get a reaction out of her was his delight and the house rang with his laughter.
This year, Brett met Christean Holen and they developed a very special and meaningful relationship. She was a bright spot in his life. They were planning a future together. She was quickly welcomed as part of the family.
Now, we find ourselves having to say goodbye. We are grateful for the time we had with such a great young man.
He is survived by his parents; his brothers, Mitchell, Grant and Joshua; his sisters, Hannah and Mary Emma; and grandparents, Richard and Sandra Norman of Rickreall, Ore., and Vern and Jean Ratzlaff of Monmouth, Ore.
Services were held Saturday, Nov. 15, at the Evangelical Church in Glasgow. Interment was on the family farm near Lustre.
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Mildred “Millie” Nadean First, 48, died Nov. 15, 2014, at Saint Vincent Hospital in Billings.
Her Dakota name was Wacah’ga Yuha Mani Wi, Walks with the Sweet Grass, given to her by the late Eva McKay from Sioux Valley, Manitoba, Canada. She was born Dec. 28, 1965, to Reno and Gladys First in Poplar. She attended school in Brockton participating in football, basketball and cheerleading. She also attended Four Winds High School in Fort Totten, N.D.
She worked as a waitress, home health care worker, tribal election judge and housekeeper in Wolf Point.
She liked to visit with family and friends, always having a good laugh with them, taking a nice cruise and listen to ‘80s and ‘90s music.
She is survived by a son, Cory Schindler; brothers, Del, Tuffy and Wayne First of Fort Kipp, Eugene Hale Sr. and Douglas Sevginy of Spirit Lake, N.D., Merval Sherman of Parshall N.D., Joe Sherman of Spirit Lake, N.D., Richard GreyBull of Virginia and Joel GreyBull of Poplar; adopted sister, Hope Montoya, who Millie resided with at the time of her death; grandmothers, Nellie Silk of Wolf Point and Lorraine Stormy of Poplar.
She was preceded in death by her son, Anthony Kane First; and sister, Lois Ann Lawrence.
A family service was held at 7 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 19, at the Clayton Stevenson Memorial Funeral Home in Wolf Point. Funeral services will be at 1 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 20, at the Jim BlackDog Activity Center in Fort Kipp. Interment will be at Fort Kipp Cemetery in Fort Kipp. Clayton Stevenson Memorial Chapel was entrusted with the arrangements.
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Ronald W. Buckles Sr., 74, of Poplar, died Nov. 16, 2014.
He was born Oct. 24, 1940, in Poplar to Fred and Lorena Buckles. They lived in the Oswego area and he attended school in Frazer, graduating in 1958.
He joined the U.S. Air Force in 1961 and retired in 1983.
In 1967, he married Patricia Pitt of Poplar. They had three children together, Ronald Jr. “Custer,” Julia and Paula.
He is survived by his daughters, Julia Gray Hawk of Poplar and Paula Rankin of Poplar; seven grandchildren; two great- granddaughters; brothers, Jim Buckles of Poplar, Fred Buckles of Spokane, Wash., and Robert Buckles of Wolf Point.
He was preceded in death by wife, Patricia; son, Ronald, Jr. “Custer;” sister, Roberta; and brothers, Thomas and Duane.
A vigil will be held Thursday, Nov. 20, at 7 p.m. at Our Lady of Lourdes Catholic Church in Poplar. Funeral services will be held at 10 a.m. Friday, Nov. 21, at Our Lady of Lourdes Catholic Church in Poplar. Interment with full military honors will follow at the Poplar City Cemetery. Clayton Stevenson Memorial Chapel in Wolf Point has been entrusted with the arrangements.