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Barbara Lewis Berkstad Berglee, 93, died Friday, Jan. 16, 2015, at Rocky Mountain Care Center in Helena.
She was born June 27, 1921, in Corvallis, Ore., to Jesse Thayer and Wade V. Lewis Sr. Her father was a geologist. Her mother raised eight children. Being the eldest, she assisted in this. She grew up in Oregon and Montana and graduated from high school.
She married Arnold P. Berkstad in Boulder in 1941. They lived in California and she worked as a riveter during World War II. Arnold served in the Navy, stationed in Okinawa. They were married 51 years and raised four children. They also lived in Washington and moved back to Montana in 1970. They enjoyed trips to Norway, visiting Arnold’s relatives. She learned some Norwegian and had fun there. Arnold died in 1993.
She married Clifford M. Berglee, another Norwegian, of Wolf Point while in Boulder in 1999. They enjoyed traveling Montana and adjacent states. He played guitar and harmonica and they both enjoyed singing and spreading the word of God through gospel tracts and Gideon Bible distribution. They traveled back and forth from Boulder to Wolf Point and then settled in Wolf Point as they got older. Clifford died in 2011.
She was a full-time mother and worked outside the home cleaning houses. She enjoyed traveling and camping. She attended various churches and enjoyed a variety of worship of her Savior Jesus Christ.
She enjoyed reading and retained that ability a very long time. She also enjoyed music, photography, gardening and family. She enjoyed the outdoors and appreciated God’s creation of nature and animals, and praying and worshiping God.
She had “high adventures” and exploits. Unfortunately, her mind couldn’t keep up with her many adventures and her health declined over the last years. She dealt with it gracefully. Curiosity and a positive attitude persisted through her nursing home stays.
She was preceded in death by her brother; sisters; son, Peter; and husbands, Arnold and Clifford.
She is survived by a brother, John of Oklahoma; sisters, Kathleen and Sue of Helena and Mary of Oregon; four children; five grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren.
A memorial service was held Saturday, Jan. 24, at Rocky Mountain Care Center with Faith Baptist Church conducting the service to celebrate her life.
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Carolyne Cora Bird (Martell), 72, of Billings died Jan. 20, 2015, in Billings.
Funeral services were held at 10:30 a.m. on Tuesday, Jan. 27, at the Makaicu Church near Brockton. Interment was at the Riverside Presbyterian Cemetery. Clayton Stevenson Memorial Chapel in Wolf Point assisted the family with arrangements.
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John Kyle Hauso, 62, of Culbertson died Saturday, Jan. 24, 2015.
He was born Nov. 26, 1952, in Jordan to John “Gardner” and Frances (Hoverson) Hauso. He spent most of his childhood in the Jordan area and moved to Culbertson in 1978.
He was in the graduating class of 1971 at Culbertson High. He began working at the local safflower plant during his high school years and continued to work there for nearly 20 years.
In 1980, he married Laurie Finnicum Thomsen and took on the role of being “dad” to her two young daughters, Jill and Jennie. They expanded their family with two more children, a son, John “Tom,” and a daughter, Kayla.
In 1995, he married Mare Hauso and they had a son, Kyle.
He was an outdoorsman; hunting, fishing, camping and an all-round “original cowboy,” riding and helping at all the local brandings and trail rides. He was a member of the Culbertson Saddle Club for many years. He loved to garden, make pit-fire barbecue and cook for his family and friends. He was a practical joker and a prankster.
In the late 1990s, he was hurt in a work-related accident and then again on his little farm. He was unable to work and do many of the things he loved. He continued to fish, hunt and garden ... and later formed an early morning coffee ritual at the laundromat, reading newspapers with friends.
He was preceded in death by his brother, Thomas Hauso; and grandson, Owen Jaccar Thomsen.
He is survived by his children, Tom Hauso, Kay-
la Hauso, Kyle Hauso, Jill McIntyre and Jennie White; brother, Ronald Hauso; and six grandchildren.
Friends may call at the Everson-Coughlin Funeral Home in Williston Thursday from 9 a.m. until 5 p.m. (CDT) and at the church on Friday for the hour preceding the funeral service. His funeral will be celebrated Friday, Jan. 30, at 2 p.m. (MDT) at the Community of Christ Church in Culbertson. Pastor Jack Scotson will officiate and interment will follow in the Hillside Cemetery in Culbertson.
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Marian Sprague, 82, went home to her Lord and Savior Jan. 14, 2015, at the Rosebud Health Care Center in Forsyth.
Marian was born July 16, 1932, in Glasgow to Marvin and Clystia Dilbeck and spent her childhood in Frazer.
Marian married Jack Sprague on June 22, 1952, they had two children, Debbie and Patti. They raised the girls in Wolf Point.
Marian was a hard worker and worked various jobs throughout her life however, her focus was always on her family. She took tremendous pride in keeping a clean home and enjoyed cooking. Her family especially remembers her fried chicken and pork chops. She made photo albums and crocheted afghans for her children and grandchildren. Marian enjoyed playing cards, puzzles and Bingo.
Marian was a baptized member of St. Paul’s Lutheran Church of Frazer and became a member of the Lutheran church in each town she lived.
Life is filled with joy and sorrows, Marian’s was no exception, the constant was always having her loving family by her side. Twice in her life, she was able to participate in five generation photos first with her mother Clystia, daughter Patti, granddaughter Sheila and great-granddaughter Regan. Then, this past spring, George Crosby took a picture of Marian, Patti, granddaughter Allison, great-granddaughter Elizabeth and great-great-grandson Jaxon.
Marian is survived by her twin brother, Marvin (Elly) Dilbeck of Grand Junction, Colo.; sisters, Ruby Lingle-Moorehead of Columbia Falls, Ina (Harry) Downs of Wolf Point, Connie Hansen of Seattle, Wash.; daughter, Patti Crosby of Forsyth; and grandchildren, Nickie Endressi of Butte, Allison (Mark) Stoltz of Red Lodge, Jason Krummel of Forsyth, Sheila (Shannon) Kautzman of Laurel, Danny (Nicole) Krummel of Miles CIty, Kris (Cheryl) Crosby of Waseca, Minn., Wally and Odis Crosby of Forsyth; nine great-grandchildren; and one great- great-grandchild. Marian had numerous nieces and nephews and half brothers/sisters whom she dearly loved. When Patti and George married, she quickly “adopted” and loved the Crosby children as her own.
She was preceded in death by her parents; Jack Sprague; brother Melvin Dilbeck; sister Bertha Dilbeck; an infant brother; daughter Debbie; grandson Shawn Sprague; and son-in-law George Crosby.
Marian’s family will always remember her sharp wit, her mastery of flirting and the mouthwatering meals always seasoned with love. Burial will be held at a later date. It was Marian’s wish was to be buried next to her daughter and grandson in Wolf Point. In lieu of flowers, memorials can be made to the Forsyth Senior Center, the Wolf Point /Forsyth Lutheran churches or a charity of your choice.
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Lester Alvin “Jim” Youpee Sr., died Jan. 11, 2015.
He was born Oct. 5, 1922, in Poplar to Frank Youpee and Helen Lester Brush Horn. He was raised by his mother, Helen, and stepfather, Joe Brush Horn.
He went to Indian school in Poplar and boarding school in South Dakota. He enlisted in the U.S. Army in 1940 and was honorably discharged in 1943.
He married Jeannette Cloud Youpee Oct. 2, 1950, in Wolf Point. To this union, 12 children were born, Dolly, Linda, Sharon, Lester Jr., Joe, Gary, Bobby Sr., Tommy, Kate, Millie, Russell and Jamie. They also raised and adopted two grandsons, Sheldon Ray Youpee and Shilo Wade Four Bear, and a granddaughter, Jeannette Lorraine Youpee and adopted children Toni and Dewey Johnson, Joseph Red Star and Ida Good Bird.
He sat on the Fort Peck Tribal Executive Board during the years between 1955 to 1957, 1957 to 1959 and 1969 to 1971 and was also on the Brockton School board. He owned and operated Jim’s Standard gas station in Brockton from 1961 to 1974.
He had various hobbies that included Bingo, watching rodeos, watching the men’s pool league, playing cards especially Solitaire, chewing tobacco and sitting on his ramp hanging with Diondre “Tuffy” and Dante “Tiny Man.”
He is survived by his brother, Lloyd Youpee of Poplar; sons, Robert Youpee Sr. of Brockton, Russell, Sheldon and Illenda Youpee of Poplar and Shilo Four Bear of Brockton.; daughters, Dolly Boyd, Sharon Red Thunder, Kate Youpee, Millie and Marion Runs Through Sr., all of Poplar, Jaime Kay of Brockton, Toni and Dewey Johnson of Medicine Lake; adopted children, Joseph Red Star of South Dakota, Ronald “Stinker” Crow, Ida and Arnie Good Bird, all of Poplar, and Aurelia Bets His Medicine of Fort Kipp; numerous grandchildren, great-grandchildren and great-great-grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by his brothers, Bill, Louie and Leroy; sisters, Edith, Elizabeth and Helen; daughter, Linda; his sons, Lester Jr., Joe, Gary and Tommy; adopted sons, Shep Ferguson, Ernie Yozachippi and Richard Blue Earth; grandsons, Joseph Boyd, Kenny and John Jr., Rocky Clark and Baby Boy Yellow Horse; and granddaughters, Denise Kay Red Thunder and Danny Joe Youpee.
Funeral services were held Thursday, Jan. 15, at the Brockton Cultural Center in Brockton. Cremation followed. Clayton Stevenson Memorial Chapel was entrusted with arrangements.