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Michael H. Thomas, 70, died Sunday, Sept. 21, 2014, at the Billings Clinic in Billings.
He was born May 29, 1944, in Poplar to Boke Thomas of Fort Totten, N.D., and Mercy White Bear of Fort Kipp. He graduated from Brockton High School and worked all his life as a carpenter for Fort Peck Housing.
He also drove bus for 24 years for the Brockton School and Headstart in Fort Kipp. He enjoyed spending time with his family and being outdoors. He was a pair of helping hands to those who needed it.
He was preceded in death by his children, Michael Thomas Jr. and Andrew Thomas; brothers, Dino and Timothy Thomas; and a sister, Sheryl.
He is survived by his wife, Della Thomas of Fort Kipp; children, Ida Moran and Thomasine Thomas of Riverside; step-children, Leslie Long Hair and Valerie Youpee, both of Fort Kipp; his raised children, Ashten Vielle and Brennen Bets His Medicine of Fort Kipp; and numerous grandchildren and great-grandchildren.
Funeral services were held Friday, Sept. 26, at James Black Dog Community Hall in Fort Kipp. Interment was in Fort Kipp Cemetery in Fort Kipp.
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Helene Emelia Eschenbacher Coolidge, 92, died Sept. 22, 2014, at her home in Culbertson.
She was born Feb. 15, 1922, at the family farm in Froid to August and Marie (Wagner) Eschenbacher.
She was one of the most selfless, kindest, loving people alive. She would help anyone and enjoyed life to the fullest.
She married Herbert Coolidge on Oct. 24, 1954, in Froid. They had a long life together for 57 years. From this marriage, they had one daughter, Susan, born May 2, 1960, in Centralia, Wash.
They owned and operated an A&W restaurant in Centrialia for many years before returning home to Froid. They lived in Froid and Medicine Lake for many years before retiring in Lewistown.
She loved to sew and embroider and had several jobs. But when asked what her favorite job in her life was, she would always say “being a wife and mother.” These jobs were her pride and joy.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Herb; and daughter, Susan.
Services were held Oct. 1 at the Grandview Cemetery in Froid.
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Thomas Edward Fox, of Wolf Point, passed away peacefully surrounded by family on Sept. 17, 2014. Tom was 65 years old.
Tom was born to Edward and Joan (Andre) Fox on August 27, 1949; the oldest of six children. He spoke often of the years growing up on the farm outside of Franklin, Minn. At age 16, the family moved into town and Tom graduated high school in 1967. He attended college in Wilmar, Minn., until 1969 when he traveled to Montana to attend the College of Great Falls (University of Great Falls).
It was there he met his wife and love of his life, Trudy McGowan. They were wed on March 6, 1971, in Great Falls. When he graduated in 1974, with a BS degree in business and sociology, two job opportunities presented themselves’ one in Chicago, Ill., and one in Wolf Point, Mont. He opted for Wolf Point, because he had “spent a summer working at O’Hare airport in Chicago and never wanted to live east of the Mississippi again.”
In October 1974, he began working for Wolf Point Implement as the parts manager, later bought into the dealership and managed it until 1987. At that time he partnered with his longtime friend, Bill Rathert, in Rathert Fox Ford for 26 years and continued with his son, Mike, in Fox Ford until his death.
Always loving farming, he purchased a small farm east of Wolf Point in 1990 and became an avid collector of John Deere tractors, specializing in the “30” series. His favorite was his John Deere 8020, #41 of only 50 built. He loved children, especially his grandchildren, and was always excited when youngsters would visit, putting them in the driver’s seat of a John Deere or Ford taking them around the farm.
Tom loved spending time and visiting with family and friends and telling a good story. A successful and admired businessman, he was active throughout the years in various community events and organizations, as well as his parish, Immaculate Conception Church. He enjoyed his travels around the United States, Europe and Mexico with his family and friends, but loved exploring Montana the most and returning to his roots in Minnesota.
He is survived by his wife Trudy of Wolf Point; his mother, Joan Fox of Redwood Falls, Minn.; children, Tiffaney (Reynaldo) Quintana and grandson Zachary of Menlo Park, Calif., Michael (Laurie), grandsons Jack and Callan and granddaughter Ella of Wolf Point, and Jason Hruby of Pasadena, Calif.;
siblings, Andy of Pine City, Minn., Kevin (Sue) of Franklin, Minn., Mary Anne (Devon) Glover of Idaho Falls, Idaho, Peggy (Perry) Ziegenhagen of Owatanna, Minn., and Joe (Jody) of Inver Grove Heights, Minn.; uncles, Fr. Robert Fox of Wolf Point, Jerry (Toni) of Inver Grove Heights, Minn., and James Andre, Roseville, Minn.; aunts, Sr. Roseanne Fox of St. Paul, Minn., Eileen Nelson, Buffalo, Wyo., and Ann Gergen, Minot, N.D.; and numerous nieces and nephews whom he loved dearly.
He was preceded in death by his father, Edward.
Vigil services were held Monday, Sept. 22, 2014, at 7 p.m. at Immaculate Conception Church in Wolf Point and Mass was celebrated there at 1 p.m. on Tuesday, Sept. 23, 2014. A reception will follow at the family farm.
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Betty Lou Hustad, 82, of Bainville died Sept. 17, 2014, at Bethel Lutheran Home in Williston, N.D.
She was born Feb. 4, 1932, in Bainville, the daughter of William “Bill” Eschenbacher and Violet Riplogle. She was raised by Ben and Belva Eschenbacher on a farm north of Bainville, along Shotgun Creek. Her early years were spent at Burgett Country School and she later graduated high school in Bainville.
In 1949, she married Norman Shanks. They later divorced and she married Leonard Hustad on Oct. 20, 1957. She brought two sons into this marriage and together they raised Don and David. The boys were later joined by their little sister, Lyanna.
In 1965, the family moved from Wolf Point back to her family farm just north of Bainville where she and Leonard raised their family and continued to work the farm, together. For years, they milked cows and were known for their excellent cream which they delivered to customer’s doors.
She was a hard worker and tried to instill good work ethics in her kids and grandkids and did so by example. Over the years, she waited tables, worked as a surgical assistant at the Wolf Point hospital and even worked beside Leonard on their family farm. They were a great team.
For years, she enjoyed her annual Woman’s Week trips to Bozeman with her friends and daughter and never shied away from a craft show, whether attending or having a booth with her sister, Colleen at the Tri County Craft Show in Williston. It was their shared love of crafts that helped Betty and Colleen reconnect after spending many years apart. They were not only sisters, but best friends. She was a very talented lady and was known for her beautifully crocheted afghans that she gave for weddings, graduations and new babies as well as her handmade cards.
Her greatest joy was to see her grandchildren and great-grandchildren. Each visit with her started and ended with a big hug.
She was preceded in death by her brother, Kenny Eschenbacher; sister, Colleen Gasho; and infant sister, Jeanne.
She is survived by her husband, Leonard of Bainville; sons, Don of Bainville and David of Nashua; daughter, Lyanna Gable of
Bainville; brother, Dale Eschenbacher of Savage; seven grandchildren; 17 great-grandchildren; and three great-great-grandchildren.
Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. (MDT) Thursday, Sept. 25, at the First English Lutheran Church in Bainville with Pastor Neil Knutson officiating.
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George Heide, 88, of Circle died Wednesday, Sept. 17, at the McCone County Nursing Home.
He was born May 6, 1926, on the family homestead, the third child of Rudolph and Otilie (Kulhanek) Heide. He went to Brockway School his first 11 years with the exception of parts of two years spent in the Washington Rural School. Brockway High School closed in 1943 and he transferred to Circle High School where he graduated in 1944. He attended Montana State University in Bozeman and graduated in 1948.
After graduating from college, he returned to Circle to farm, ranch and teach vocational training for veterans from World War II and the Korean War.
On Dec. 27, 1952, he married Ilamae Flemming in Harvard, Ill. To this union, six children were born.
He was a member of the First Lutheran Church where he taught Sunday school for many years. He served on the Farmers Union Elevator board and worked for the ASCS as a field man. He was the clerk of the Washington School for many years and a 4-H leader for many years.
He loved auction sales, always finding a unique; one of a kind item and you quickly got an education on whatever he found. He had an incredible green thumb and always had a wonderful garden.
He was preceded in death by his wife, Ilamae; son, Shawn Leroy; brother, Edward; sister, Alice Holben.
He is survived by his children, Mark of Billings, Scott and Gregg, both of Circle, Gale of Belgrade and Dawn Harvey of Dillon; 11 grandchildren; and five great grandchildren.
Funeral services were held Wednesday, Sept. 24, at 10 a.m. at the First Lutheran Church in Circle. Interment was at the Riverview Cemetery.