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Mitchell Curtis Todd, 58, died Sunday, Aug. 2, 2015.
He was born in Los Angeles, Calif., Feb. 23, 1957, to Benny Todd Sr. and Ruth (McConnell) Todd.
Despite being in an accident at the age of 14 that left him paralyzed, he finished his education and graduated valedictorian from Frazer High School in 1976.
For physical therapy, he enjoyed painting ceramics and various other objects that people would bring him. He also enjoyed watching NASCAR racing. Jeff Gordon was his favorite driver. His favorite football team was the Seattle Seahawks. He still kept up with the Frazer Bearcubs and made it to the tournaments when he could.
He was a member of the Morning Star Baptist Church.
He loved family get-togethers, especially at Christmas and his mom’s Fourth of July birthdays.
He married Geri Keiser Oct. 27, 1990. To that union, he gained four step-children.
He is survived by his wife, Geri of Wolf Point; step-children, Ron Keiser and Sophie Keiser, both of Wolf Point, and Justin Keiser of Deer Lodge, which he raised as his own; mother, Ruth Todd of Frazer; brother Benny Todd Jr. of Wolf Point; sisters, Julie Namyniuk of Hebron, N.D., Lisa Ackerman of Frazer; 19 grandchildren; and eight great-grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by his father, Benny Todd Sr.; step-daughter, Tammy Keiser; grandson, Brandon Keiser; and granddaughter, Whitney Adams.
A prayer service will be held on Thursday, Aug. 6, at 6 p.m. at the Clayton Stevenson Memorial Chapel, 102 Custer St. in Wolf Point. Funeral services will be on Friday, Aug. 7, at 2 p.m. at the Clayton Stevenson Memorial Chapel, 102 Custer St. in Wolf Point. Interment will follow at Oswego Catholic Cemetery. Clayton Stevenson Memorial Chapel in Wolf Point was entrusted with arrangements.
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Beatrice Jensen Koon, 85, died Friday, July 31, 2015.
She was born May 23, 1930, to Katheryn and Henry Peterson in Burleigh, Idaho. After the tragic death of her mother in 1940, she was raised by Lynwood and Lorraine (sister) Hickel. They brought her to Wolf Point in 1946.
She worked at Gillette Pharmacy’s soda fountain, Mountain Bell Telephone, JCPenney as a bookkeeper and The Fad.
She married Jerry Jensen June 30, 1949. After the death of Jerry on Feb. 2, 1989, she moved to Oregon. There, she met and married Waitman Koon and relocated in Johnstown, Ohio.
After Koon’s death, she moved to Glasgow, residing at Nemont Manor and Valley View Nursing Home.
Her faith in God carried through her life. Her trust in Jesus as her savior gave her peace.
She was preceded in death by nine siblings.
She is survived by children, Pam Galster and Dewayne Jensen; five grandchildren; 13 great- grandchildren; and one great-great-grandson.
Cremation has taken place and a graveside memorial will be held Sunday, Aug. 9, at 1 p.m. at Greenwood Cemetery in Wolf Point. Clayton Stevenson Memorial Chapel of Wolf Point and Bell Mortuary of Glasgow were entrusted with the arrangements.
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Rod Johnson, 83, died July 16, 2015, in Helena.
He and his brother, Ron, were born May 18, 1932, in Wallace, Idaho, to “Pat” (Gertrude Naomi Stuart) and Dick Johnson. He and his brother were raised in and around Montana; they were the closest of friends, as well as brothers, each other’s closest companions through thick and thin.
He served in the Air Force while Ron went to the Navy at age 17, their first separation, leaving behind their young siblings, Janet, Joan (twins again!) and Chuck Spencer. Four years later, they were back in Montana, each finding their spouses and beginning their family lives.
He met Shirley Forsness of Wolf Point at the University of Montana. They married in 1957 and commenced to build their lives and family together. They had Kirk, Kent and Kristine over the next few years and Rod began his career in the Montana State Highway Patrol. Incidentally, his twin, Ron, applied and was accepted in the same class, graduating together in 1963. They greatly enjoyed their patrol years together, made lifelong friends and had wonderful stories to tell.
He retired from the Patrol in Great Falls in 1973 and became Superintendent of Public School Transportation, where he enjoyed a second career with the school district in Great Falls.
Rod and Shirley’s family life was filled with camping trips, fishing, skiing and family get-togethers. Later, they took up kayaking, sailing and traveling, often with family, which brought them both great joy.
His greatest sadness was the loss of his wife, Shirley, in January 2011. He is survived by his children, Kent of Seattle, Wash., and Kristine of Halifax, Nova Scotia; and was predeceased by Kirk in 2012. He is also survived by his brothers, Ron of Wolf Point and Chuck of Helena; sister, Janet of Helena; and numerous grandchildren.
Family and friends will celebrate his life at New Hope Lutheran Church, 3125 Fifth Ave. S. in Great Falls, on Saturday, Aug. 15, at 1 p.m.
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Marie Louise Kjelgaard Long Vaughan, 92, of Glasgow, Mont., passed away on July 22, 2015, at Frances Mahon Deaconess Hospital.
With family by her side, Marie spent her final days recalling several stories throughout her life. Marie was the fourth child born to John and Esther (Pederson) Kjelgaard on March 20, 1923. Marie spent her childhood and early adult life in the Highland community of McCone County.
On Jan. 10, 1943, Marie was married to Harvey P. Long. In this marriage, eight children were born. With sights on obtaining land with access to irrigation and greater opportunities, the family moved to Charlo, Mont., in 1962. Marie and Harvey adapted to life in the mountains and together worked tirelessly to establish and maintain the family ranch and dairy farm. In October 1964, Harvey passed away. With the support of her children, family and friends Marie persevered in keeping the family ranch running during difficult times.
Marie then met Gerald Vaughan and they married on Nov. 21, 1981. This marriage expanded Marie’s family further by two sons and their families. Upon Gerald’s passing on April 16, 1996, Marie moved close to her son, Irvin, until suffering a stroke in 2005. Marie then made her way back to eastern Montana where she lived at Prairie Ridge Village and later Valley View in 2012 until presently. Her move back to eastern Montana made it possible to reconnect with old friends from around the Highland community along with sparking new friendships.
Marie enjoyed quilting, gardening, playing cards and cooking as well as visiting family and friends which she always had goodies and coffee waiting. In her younger years she enjoyed dancing and horseback riding. Marie will be missed for her quick recall of family event and historical dates. Even at the spry age of 92, Marie kept close tabs on all her children down to her great-great-grandchild. It is safe to say she was very proud of her family!
A special thank you goes out to all of Marie’s caregivers over the years. In addition, to FMDH staff for the wonderful care provided during her final days.
Marie is survived by her children, Carol (Dwight) Sibley, Gary Long, Irvin (Mary Jane) Long, Susan (Don Vaughan) Long, Ruth Moran, Gordon (Julie) Long, Leisha (Gary) Edwards, Pete (Nancy) Vaughan and Lonnie Vaughan; one sister, Ruth Miller; two sisters-in-law, Betty Johnson and Thelma Frost; one brother-in-law, Chancy Long; as well as 13 grandchildren, 28 great- grandchildren and one great-great-granddaughter.
Preceding Marie in death include husbands, Harvey P. Long and Gerald Vaughan; infant daughter, Patricia Long; son, Larry Vaughan; sisters, Margaret and Ellen; and her brothers, Orville, Harold and Arnold.
Family memorial services will be held on Aug. 1, 2015, in Charlo, Mont., with a celebration of life to follow at the Charlo Senior Center at 1 p.m. Burial will take place in Ronan, Mont., in Mountain View Cemetery. Additionally, a memorial service in Glasgow, Mont., will be held at the Bell Mortuary on Sept. 10 at 2 p.m. In lieu of flowers, please make a donation to a charity of your choice.
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Adeline A. Ueland, 84, died unexpectedly at Sheridan Memorial Hospital in Plentywood Friday, July 24, 2015.
She was born Feb. 25, 1931, to Floyd and Alma (Fleischfresser) Axness in Winona, Minn., where she was baptized and confirmed in the Lutheran faith. When she was in the eighth-grade, she moved with her parents, one older brother, Willard, and her younger sister, Charlotte, to Medicine Lake. To have a little spending money, she worked for families in the community after school and on weekends — everything from changing diapers to cleaning houses. She decided to be a nurse and, two weeks after graduating from Medicine Lake High School in 1949, she entered the three-year nursing program at Montana State College in Boze-
man. She graduated in the class of 1952.
She came home and worked in the Plentywood Hospital and took her state board exams to become a registered nurse. She went to New York City, and worked in the neurosurgical department for two years, then returned home to work at Sheridan Memorial Hospital in Plentywood, attaining the status of head nurse, occasionally even delivering babies when the doctor was not in attendance.
She married Kurtis Ueland from Antelope Sept. 2, 1956. He attended the University of Montana, graduating in 1958. During their time in Missoula, she worked at St. Patrick’s Hospital.
After Kurt’s graduation, they returned to Medicine Lake and Plentywood for a short while before buying a small house in Antelope in 1960. They lived there until moving to the Pioneer Manor in December 2013. They had three children, son Keith in 1957, and daughters Kathleen in 1959 and Kendal in 1961.
She “specialized” as a nurse until 1972, when she became the Sheridan County Public Health Nurse for nearly 25 years. This job included driving throughout the county providing home care.
She and Kurt often had get-togethers at their home before all going to the Blue Moon east of Plentywood to dance. Dancing was a large part of their lives. They taught their children and grandchildren how to dance. She followed and attended all school functions and supported the athletic teams, going to all the tournaments statewide. She bowled for the Sheridan Cleaners.. Other activities included grain hauling, moving machinery and taking meals to the field during harvest.
She is survived by her husband, Kurt; son, Keith; daughters, Kathleen Tangedal and Kendal Tangedal; and five grandchildren.
She was also preceded in death by stepfather, Holger Groskurth; granddaughter, Randi Tangedal; brother, Willard; and sister, Charlotte Tronson.
Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. July 31, Pastor Mark Taylor will officiate at the service at Plentywood Lutheran Church; interment will be in the Antelope Creek Cemetery.