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James Emerson Baldwin, 85, of Culbertson, died at Roosevelt Memorial Nursing Home in Culbertson Sunday, Nov. 22, 2015.
He was born Oct. 8, 1930, in Poplar to George and Mildra Baldwin. He attended school in Poplar and graduated from high school in 1948. After graduation, he began working with the Montana State Highway Department and later became a project engineer.
On Aug. 6, 1949, he married Eleanor Anne Graham. Together, they shared 61 years of marriage until her death in 2010.
His work with the highway department brought him to the community of Culbertson in 1958, where he and his family settled. He was extremely involved with improving his community. He was elected mayor of Culbertson and served in that position for three terms. He was a leader of the United Methodist Church serving as board chairman for 30 years. His passion for his community prompted him to become a hospital board member and later chairman in 1977, where he was instrumental in helping build the new hospital facility in Culbert-
son. He was a member of the Masonic Lodge and also served on the Cul-
bertson Museum board and Senior Citizens.
After working for the highway department for 44 years, he retired in 1992. He spent his retirement working on restoring old vehicles in his garage, traveling with his wife and enjoying coffee with friends at the Wild West Diner.
He is survived by his four children, Cheryl Hal-
verson of Prescott, Wis., Eve Hennessy of Bismarck, N.D., James Baldwin of Missoula and Poplar and Steven Baldwin of Culbertson; nine grandchildren; 10 great-grandchildren; and his brother, Roy Baldwin, Athol, Idaho.
His funeral was held Monday, Nov. 30, at the Culbertson United Methodist Church. Pastor Tim Hutslar officiated and internment was in the Hillside Cemetery in Cul-
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Linda Marie Boyd, 63, died Monday, Nov. 23, 2015.
She was born March 29, 1952, to Ralph Longee and Fanny Smith-Longee in Poplar. She attended school in Poplar and Flandreau Indian School. She graduated from Brockton High School in 1971.
She met her husband, Lowell Boyd Sr. when she was 16 years old at the Fort Kipp Celebration. They married on Dec. 21, 1970, at the Baptist Church in Poplar. A son, Lowell, was born in 1971 and a daughter, Sherry, in 1976.
In 1984, she started with the Fort Peck Tribes in the administration office. While working, she attended the NAES College in Poplar and earned an AA in human services in 1987 and general studies in 1986.
In 1999, she moved over to the Fort Peck Youth Corrections as a secretary. She was employed there until the time of her death. She had planned to retire at the end of November. She really cared about her co-workers and thought of them as family.
She enjoyed crocheting and being with her grandchildren. She enjoyed watching the Food Network and was known for her delicious banana bread. She enjoyed planting a garden with her husband.
She is survived by her husband, Lowell "Buddy" Boyd Sr.; son, Lowell Boyd Jr.; daughter, Sherry Cantrell; six grandchildren; two great-grandchildren; sister, Pearl Longee; and brother, Darrel Longee.
She was preceded in death by two brothers, Jimmy and Bobby; and a sister, Darlene Burshia.
Funeral services were held Saturday, Nov. 28, at the Assembly of God Church in Poplar. Interment was at the Poplar City Cemetery. Clayton Stevenson Memorial Chapel was entrusted with arrangements.
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James T. Doney, 80, died Sunday, Nov. 22, 2015, at the Faith Home in Wolf Point.
He was born on Feb. 12, 1935, to Tom and Rose Doney.
He joined the Army Aircorps and was in the Panamanian Police Action, He was wounded and received the Purple Heart. He came home and went to the GEER Tech in Illinois for Heavy Equipment School.
He returned home after college and met Martha Ohlson. They were married at St. Joseph Catholic Church. To this union, they had two sons, Paul Doney and Michael Doney. After Martha's death, he met Sandra Svenningson.
He farmed and ranched on his family homestead for over 40 years.
He is survived by his companion, Sandra; sons, Paul Doney and Mike Doney, both of Wiota; step children, Deb Kuryn of Lignite, N.D., Margie Greenwood of Shelby and Todd Svenningson of Glasgow; numerous grandchildren; sisters, Cheryl Barnhart of Lander, Wyo., and Frances Bighorn of Poplar; and brother, John Doney of Wiota.
He was preceded in death by his wife, Martha; and sister, Mary Alice Redman.
Services were held on Saturday, Nov. 28, at Immaculate Catholic Church in Wolf Point. Burial was at the St. Joseph Cemetery in Frazer.
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Vernon Pacovsky, 87, of Bainville, died Sunday night, Nov. 29, 2015, at the Roosevelt Medical Center in Culbertson.
Vernon John Pacovsky was born Dec. 18, 1927, in St. Leo’s Hospital in Lewistown — the exact center of Montana — the son of Joe and Anna (Piscak) Pacovsky.
His first three years of school were in Roy, starting first grade at age five. He attended Monforton Country School west of Bozeman, Gallatin County High School in Bozeman during World War II and Montana State College in Bozeman (now MSU).
He started teaching vocational agriculture at Culbertson and Bainville in 1949-50, ½ day in each place each day. He organized and started two Vo-Ag departments and FFA chapters at once, which had never been done before or since in Montana, all without the help of computers. He also organized and taught Institutional on Farm Training in Bainville from 1950-51, which was a class of WWII veterans all older, smarter and more experienced than the teacher.
He was united in marriage to Virginia Mae Robinson in Glasgow on July 10, 1951, and moved at once to Bozeman to help on the farm as his dad had been injured in a car accident. He worked through the winter as a farm/ranch hired hand for a neighbor.
He loved hunting and fishing. He held the state record for white bass on three different occasions. He taught Hunters Safety for 35 years. He liked to watch his grandchildren and great-grandchildren play sports.
Vernon and Virginia moved to Plentywood and taught Vo-Ag from 1952-54. Michael was born in Williston, N.D., May 7, 1953. Vernon and his family moved back to Bainville at the end of the school term to be near Dora McBrien and daughters, Pat and Debbie.
He taught Vo-Ag, plus some math and science classes and for several years was the high school principle in Bainville, again from 1954-80. He then drove school bus another 11 years.
Mark Edward was born June 2, 1956, and Teresa Lynn was born on Aug. 14, 1959.
Virginia died May 24, 1969. He married Ella Marie (Halverson) Romo on June 4, 1971. Ella died Feb. 18, 2003.
He is survived by his two sons, Michael Pacovsky of Plains and Mark Pacovsky of Bainville; daughter, Teresa Stockford of Fargo, N.D.; stepsons, Lawrence Romo, Dale Romo, Lee Romo and Alan Romo, all of Bainville; 21 grandchildren; 36 great-grandchildren; and a sister, Patty Vander Vos of Bozeman.
He was preceded in death by an infant daughter; his first wife, Virginia; his second wife, Ella; his brothers, Joe and Gerald Pacovsky; and one grandson.
A memorial service will be held Monday, Dec. 7, at 2 p.m. at the Bainville High School gymnasium. Rev. Lane Vannatta and Rev. Neil Knudsen will officiate and interment of the cremated remains will follow in the Bainville Cemetery. Friends may also sign the guest book and view pictures for the hour before service time at the Bainville High School.
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David (Dave) Lee Hoch, 71, of Fairview, Mont., formerly of Wolf Point and Shepherd, passed away suddenly Friday, Nov. 13, 2015, in Phoenix, Ariz., of cardiac arrest.
Dave was born to Elias (Lee) and Juanita (Gunn) Hoch on Nov. 26, 1943, in Wolf Point, Mont., and grew up in the Wolf Point area. He served in the U.S. Army, stationed in France and Germany, from 1961-1964.
Upon returning home, he married Virginia (Ginny) Johnson in 1965. They moved to Oakland, CA where he learned welding and upon returning to Wolf Point he started the Wolf Point Iron Works. The family moved to Shepherd in 1985, and he worked for Permanent Log Homes.
Dave married Rita (Norgaard) Wiens March 4, 1991. That same year, Dave was badly burned in an accident. After a long recuperation, he joined his wife, Rita, as a crop insurance adjuster, a job they enjoyed together for 18 years.
They moved to Fairview in 1997, and for the last few years they enjoyed traveling the country in their RV with their dogs, visiting family and friends and spending winters in Phoenix near his loving sisters, Julie and Tammy.
Dave battled prostate cancer for many years, but he never let it get him down or take the joy out of his life.
He was capable of making, fixing or building anything, and he was a master wood carver, winning many awards over the years. He was seldom without at least one pet by his side.
Dave is survived by his wife, Rita; daughter, Lynn (Randy) Juell of Redwood Falls, Minn.; sons, Lee (Kim) of Shepherd, Kelly (Amy) Wiens of Taylor, Ariz., and Lenny Wiens of Billings, Mont.; sisters, Julie (David) Schumacher of Vida, Mont., and Tammy (David) Bush of Glendale, Ariz.; brother, Tim Handran of Shepherd, Mont.; 10 grandchildren; and five great-grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by his parents, sister Norma Schultz and one grandson.
A celebration of Dave's life will be held at a future date.