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Kevin Leroy Unruh, 64, of Billings died at his home on Oct. 18, 2014.
He was born in Glendive on Nov. 18, 1949, to David and Viola Unruh of Richey and was one of four children. He graduated from Dawson County High School in Glendive in 1967.
He served in Vietnam with the U.S. Army from 1969 to 1970 as part of the 101st Airborne Unit (aka “The Screaming Eagles”). He was a Spec 4 rank and was awarded the Bronze Star for heroic service. He returned from Vietnam and served in the Army Reserves until 1975.
He was a skilled auto body technician, but in 1985 he joined the Billings Police Department. During his 25 years with the police department, he became a sergeant, and received numerous awards for his service and bravery, including a Medal of Honor in 1993. He retired from the police force Dec. 31, 2009.
He enjoyed riding his Harley and was an avid member of the Iron Warriors, Beartooth Chapter. He also enjoyed camping, boating, snowmobiling, gardening, restoring cars and spending time with friends and family.
He is preceded in death by second wife, Debbie; his brother, Lanny; and his sister, Elona.
He is survived by his wife, Andrea; brother, Ronald of Billings; two sons, David Unruh of Newalla, Okla., and Eric Unruh of Bozeman; and step-daughter, Erin Finley of Aurora, Ill.; four grandsons; and three granddaughters.
A memorial service will be at 10 a.m. on Saturday, Oct. 25, at Smith’s Downtown Chapel, 925 S. 27th Street in Billings.
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Nicholas Lee Kolstad, 22, of Glasgow, died Tuesday, Oct. 14, 2014, at Frances Mahon Deaconess Hospital.
Services were Saturday, Oct. 18, at First Lutheran Church in Glasgow. Interment was at Highland Cemetery.
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R.D. “Tag” Markle, 89, died Thursday, Oct. 16, 2014, at Frances Mahon Deaconess Hospital in Glasgow.
Private services are planned for a later date. Interment will be at Highland Cemetery in Glasgow.
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Lee Merle McCrea, age 94, of Wolf Point, Mont., went to be with the Lord on Thursday, Oct. 9, 2014.
Lee was born Dec. 16, 1919, on the river bank in a tent at Frazer, Mont. His parents Rupert McCrea and Eva (Lingle) McCrea had a family of two boys and five girls. A sister, Margaret, died at an early age.
The major part of Lee’s meager education was attained at Vida and Circle, Mont. At 14 years of age, Lee spent summers rounding up wild horses for the Collins Ranch. One summer, Lee earned a very nice pony for his work. He traded his prize pony for a small shack to call home for his parents and sisters.
When Lee was 16 years old, he became employed at Fort Peck on the dam project. It was there that he later met the love of his life at a country dance in Wheeler. He decided that evening that this was the girl he would spend the rest of his life with. Lee and Virginia Wilson were married on Oct. 13, 1938, at the Methodist Church in Glasgow. They were blessed with two children, Gary and Peny.
After leaving Fort Peck and at the suggestion of Virginia’s father, the couple bought 320 acres of farm land that bordered the Wilson farm. Lee built a two-room house near to where Virginia’s parents were living on Sheep Creek in McCone County. In 1945, the McCrea family moved to the Charley Smith Ranch near the mouth of Redwater in north McCone County. They managed the property for Smith during the following eight years. At that time, the ranch was sold to the McCreas. They farmed and raised cattle for the next 30 years, before retiring and moving to Wolf Point. Their son, Gary, took over the ranch at that time.
Lee was an avid believer in co-operative enterprise and served as secretary of the board of directors of the Farmers Union Oil Co., of Wolf Point, Mont., for 30- plus years.
Although it was late in life when Lee and Virginia took up the game of golf, it became their main source of entertainment during the summer. They acquired many friends through this pastime.
They were blessed that so many of their extended family lived in or near Wolf Point. Family love and friendship made the declining years more enjoyable. They especially enjoyed their great-grandchildren, traveling to all their sporting events and concerts.
Lee was a charter member of the Wolf Point Elks Lodge 1764 and a longtime member of the First Presbyterian Church of Wolf Point. He was also a member of the Lions Club.
Lee is survived by his wife, Virginia; his son, Gary (Shirley) McCrea; daughter, Peny (Darrell) Delger; grandchildren, Kim (Kevin) Frazer of Colorado, Debra (Gene) Loen-
dorf of Wolf Point, Julie McCrea of Arizon, Lisa (Dan) Horsmon of Minnesota and Terry (Vickie) Delger of Wolf Point; great-grandchildren, Lee and Loni Loendorf, Zach (Sonya) Delger and Ivy (Donald) Urbaniak, Justin and Cassie Frazer, and Garrett and Kristen Hors-mon. Lee was blessed with three great-great grandchildren, Emma, Evan and Leo.
Lee’s brother, Clayton McCrea, preceded him in death. Surviving sisters are Katy Bollinger, Myrtle DeTray, Della Barger and Claris Rogerson.
Visitation will be from 1 to 6 p.m. on Friday, Oct. 17, 2014, at the Clayton Stevenson Memorial Chapel, 102 Custer St., Wolf Point, Montana. Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 18, 2014, at the Clayton Stevenson Memorial Chapel, Wolf Point, Mont. Interment will follow at the Nickwall Cemetery on Nickwall Road in McCone County. Condolences for the family may be left at www.claytonstevensonchapel.com. Clayton Stevenson Memorial Chapel in Wolf Point is in charge of arrangements.
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Gladys Mae Solberg, age 90, passed away Oct. 10, 2014, at Faith Lutheran Home in Wolf Point.
She was born on June 28, 1924, in Spokane, Wash., and moved to Seattle the same year and lived there for 13 years. She moved to Billings, Helena and Missoula. She moved nine times while she was in the eighth-grade. She spent four years in Missoula and graduated from Los Gatos Union High School on June 17, 1943.
Gladys moved to Spokane to be with her sister who was separated from her husband. She was just a typing test away from graduating from a business college when her mom divorced her dad and they both moved out, leaving her sister, her two little girls and mom. She quit school and got a job at the air base and worked there for 2½ years.
When the war was over, she went to work in town and then, on the 14th of February, 1946, she met Eugene Solberg. He had just returned from 3½ years in a Japanese prison camp. They married three months later, May 18, 1946, and moved to Wolf Point. He built the house on the corner of Fourth Avenue North and Eureka Street where they lived for 23 years.
In 1969, they divorced. Mom moved to Platteville, Wis., in 1972 but moved back to Wolf Point.
She worked at Ben Franklin’s as a manager in the sewing and craft department until she retired and also helped at the store until they closed. For a time, she helped in Arnie and Mary Jo Solberg’s Christian book store “Son Mountain Christian Book Store” in Wolf Point. She had very many special friends and church family. She was a Cub Scout den mother. She was known as “Church Grandma” by very many children. She will be missed dearly here on Earth. She was known to move Heaven and Earth, both spiritually and physically, to offer support to all of her kids all of the time. Gladys was a “Prayer Warrior.”
She was involved in sewing, all crafts, artistry, and always enjoyed being with her family and friends. She was always willing to teach arts and crafts to others.
Gladys is survived by a daughter, Phillis (Bernie) Hydra of Welland, Ont., Canada; she is survived by her sons, John (Sharon) Solberg, Gary Solberg, Arnie (Mary Jo) Solberg of Williston, N.D., Bill (Lynn) Solberg of Laurel, Mont., Rick Solberg of Ruth, Nev., and Greg (Ceceilia) Solberg of Wolf Point. Gladys is survived by her sister, Laura (Will) Sugden of Platteville, Wis., and niece Beverly (Nick) Johansen of Platteville. She is survived by her niece Linda Boysun of Vida. Gladys is survived by 23 grandchildren, 39 great-grandchildren, five great-great-grandchildren, and several nieces and nephews and great-nieces and -nephews.
Gladys was preceded in death by her parents, Ralph Richardson and Lucy Mae McCollum. She was preceded in death by her daughter, Laurie Solberg Cairy; and ex-husband, Eugene Solberg. She was preceded in death by one nephew, Arnold Boysun; one great-grandson, Trenton Cooper; and one great-nephew, Frank Johansen.
Gladys’ family would like to send a special thanks to the staff at Faith Lutheran Home for your T.L.C. Also we would like to thank all the “Prayer Warriors” who always remembered our mother and our family. God bless you!
A prayer service will be held on Thursday, Oct. 16, at 7 p.m. at the Clayton Stevenson Memorial Chapel in Wolf Point. Funeral services will take place on Friday, Oct. 17, 2014, at 11 a.m. at the Clayton Stevenson Memorial Chapel in Wolf Point. Condolences for the family may be left at www.claytonstevensonchapel.com. Clayton Stevenson Memorial Chapel in Wolf Point is assisting the family with arrangements.