Wolf Point Herald

Becky Zimmerman Geer


Becky (Schagunn) Zimmerman Geer, 60, formerly of Poplar, died Feb. 24, 2015.
She was born Aug. 6, 1954, to Alvin and Eileen (Bourassa) Schagunn in Poplar. She grew up on the family farm, where she spent much of her time out in the fields and driving truck.
After high school, she married Rusty Zimmerman and they had two daughters, Wendi and Kelly. She later moved to Spokane, Wash., where she found her calling in healthcare finance.
She then moved to California, where she later married Bob Geer. She loved the sunshine and warm weather that California had to offer.
In 2008, she suffered from a life-changing brain aneurysm and survived against all odds. She always had a sense of humor about it and into her final days. She was quick-witted and broke into song often. She moved to Washington to stay with her sister, Lynn, who provided the world’s best care ensuring that she was comfortable in her final days.
She was preceded in death by her brother Terry Schagunn, and husband, Bob Geer.
She is survived by her daughters, Wendi Bergthold and Kelly Howell; five grandchildren; sisters, Lynn Zavalney and Carrie Buckley; and brothers, Jack Schagunn and Steve Schagunn.
She requested a small family memorial service at the Schagunn family farm later in the summer.

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Roy O'Brien


Roy Edward O'Brien, died Wednesday, Jan. 21, 2015, in Arizona.
He was born May 22, 1931, in Purcell, Okla., the son of Furley and Irene O'Brien. Irene later married E.G. Nicholas, Roy's stepfather.
Roy married Betty Lavern West of Purcell in 1950 and had one son, Ronald Edward.
He married Norma Labatte Dix in 1988 and lived in Billings and Froid.
He graduated from Purcell High School in 1949. Roy was drafted into and later retired from the United States Army. After leaving active duty, he began working for Cater Oil/Humble Oil, and later Exxon. He retired after a long and distinguished career at Exxon and its subsidiaries. He then retired from the Army Reserve also, having earned the Army Commendation Medal.
After wintering in Bullhead City, Ariz., for many years, he moved there permanently in 2013 where he had many friends. Not having resided there for years, Oklahoma was always in his heart and spirit. He enjoyed traveling, fishing, golf and tennis; activities he continued to enjoy until his health prohibited him.
He is survived by his son, Ronald O'Brien; three grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren. He is also survived by stepchildren, Gregg Labatte, Lynn Labatte and Debbie Labatte Rucker; and numerous grandchildren and great-grandchildren.
A memorial service will be held at 2 p.m. Saturday, March 14, at the Froid Community Center.

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Nels Boe

Nels Edwin Boe, 84, of Circle, died March 6, 2015, at his home.
Family received friends on Wednesday, March 11, from 6 to 8 p.m. at Stevenson and Sons Funeral Home in Circle. A graveside service will be on Thursday, March 12, at 1 p.m. Mountain Time at the Nameless Cemetery near Cartwright, N.D. Stevenson and Sons Funeral Home of Circle is in charge of the arrangements.

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Brandon Garces

Brandon Lee Garces, 17, died Thursday evening, March 5, 2015, at his home northwest of Westby.
Funeral services were held at 10 a.m. Wednesday, March 11. Chaplain Mark Vanderlee and Pastor Barbara Westhoff officiated at the service at Westby High School; interment was in Lone Tree Cemetery northwest of Westby.

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James Buckles Sr.

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James “Jim” Lynus Buckles, 77, died Feb. 24, 2015, at the Northeast Montana Health Services in Poplar.
He was born to Lorena Brown and Fred Buckles Sr. Nov. 6, 1937, the oldest son of six boys. He was raised in the Oswego area spending time at both his parents’ house and with his maternal grandparents Agnes Lucky and Jim Brown. He grew up primarily attending Frazer Schools until he transferred to Wolf Point his junior year to play with the undefeated Wolf Point Wolves football team of 1954.  
He was the trailblazer in his family to begin a legacy of Buckles service men. He joined the Air Force towards the end of his senior year and served for four years with all of his brothers following thereafter. From his military experience and teachings from his parents and grandparents, he grounded himself in the principles of which he lived his life: hard work, family, honesty and humility.
Upon returning home from the military, he began a family in which he raised six children who he was extremely proud of: “Sonny”, Barry, Sissy, Kevin, Pat and Pam. He enjoyed teaching his children the importance of a strong work ethic, sharing his favorite pasttimes and watching them participate in various athletic activities.
He was a perfectionist who believed in an orderly home, nice yard and doing things right the first time.  He enjoyed watching and analyzing sports and he especially enjoyed keeping current on news. He was a quiet man but was always up for a good political argument. Later in his retirement, he enjoyed helping his wife, Monica, at the American Legion Supper Club and hosting barbecues for friends and family at his home. He also enjoyed the opportunity to watch his family grow with numerous grandchildren and great-grandchildren.  
He was preceded in death by a sister, Roberta Buckles; brothers, Thomas Buckles, Duane Buckles and Ronald Buckles Sr.; adopted sister,  Mavis Failing; and stepson, Ed Adams.
He is survived by his wife, Monica Buckles; children, James “Sonny” Buckles Jr., Barry Buckles, Agnes “Sissy” Little, Kevin Buckles, Patrick Buckles and Pamela Medina Buckles; stepson, Todd Adams; brothers, Fred Buckles and Bobby Dean Buckles; 16 grandchildren; and nine great-grandchildren.
Mass of Christian Burial was held Monday, March 2, at the Our Lady of Lourdes Catholic Church in Poplar. Interment was at Greenwood Cemetery in Wolf Point.

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