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Daniel E. Eshleman, 83, passed away Oct. 13, 2014, at his home in Great Falls. His memorial service was held Monday, Oct. 20, at 11 a.m. at Holy Spirit (201 44th St. South) with burial to follow at Highland Cemetery.
Daniel was born in Crow Agency, Mont., on Aug. 16, 1931, to Emerson and Ella Eshleman of Reno Creek, Mont. Dan grew up working on the family farm, living in a two-bedroom house with his three brothers and two sisters. He attended schools in Crow Agency and Hardin. He was involved with Boy Scouts of America and earned Eagle Scout status.
As a young man, Dan worked for Camel Farming Corporation before joining the army in 1949. He served during the Korean War as a supply specialist stationed in Okinawa, where he refueled B-29 bombers for missions into Japan. Dan received the Army Occupation Medal (Japan) and attained the rank of Sergeant. Upon his discharge in 1953, he attended school in Wahpeton, N.D., and received a degree in automotive mechanics and drafting. Dan worked as a mechanic in Hardin before becoming a Hardin City Police Officer for two years.
In 1961, he graduated from Montana Law Enforcement Academy in Bozeman as a Montana Highway Patrolman. His first duty was Baker, Mont., until 1967. While he was there, he renewed his association with Boy Scouts of America as a troop leader for many years. He was transferred to Wolf Point, Mont., where he was promoted to sergeant and remained there until 1974. That summer, he transferred to Deer Lodge for six weeks before being promoted to lieutenant and was then transferred to Great Falls, where he stayed and became captain until his retirement in 1990. During his time with the patrol, he was closely involved with officer training and was a firearms and driving instructor.
Almost immediately upon his retirement, Dan set to building a small home on his farm in Reno Creek where he would spend most of his time from early spring to late fall farming his property and working for his neighbors and friends of Lamar Ranch, farming from sunup to sundown. Winters were spent in Great Falls.
Dan was highly respected by all who knew him for his leadership. Kindness, integrity and common sense. He would always make time for others and welcomed the opportunity to visit with old friends or make new ones. He was a loving husband, father, grandfather and great-grandfather. In 1955, Dan was married to Verlette Graham in Worland, Wyo.
He is survived by his wife of 59 years, Verlette Eshleman; daughters, Sheryl (Dennis) Hunking of Keizer, Ore., Tammy Eshleman of Bozeman, Mont., and Karen Southers of Great Falls; grandchildren, Steven (Natalie) Black, Michael Black, Jason (Anne) Black, Kayle (Josh) Villegas, all of Keizer, Ore., and Jennifer (Joe) Knarr of Bozeman; great-grandchildren, Austin and Faith Black, Gaige Black, Zoe Black, Josh, Elijah and Jeremiah Villegas and Cooper Knarr; brothers, Robert (Mary) Eshleman, John (Joy) Eshleman, William (Clara) Eshleman; sisters, Dorothy (Tom) Scally, Marie (Jack) Bartenhagen; as well as many nephews and nieces. Dan also found his special late-in-life pet, his cat, Gracie.
Memorial donations are suggested to Montana Hope Project, PO Box 5927, Helena MT 59604 or to Boy Scouts of America, 820 17th Ave S, Great Falls, MT 59405.
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Marian R. Laubach of Berthoud, Colo., a former resident of Vida, Mont., passed away peacefully at Longmont (Colo.) United Hospital on Thursday, Oct. 9, 2014, with her family at her side. She was 92 years old.
She was born June 2, 1922, in McCone County, Mont., to Raymond and Ruth Marsh. There she grew up learning the values of hard work and responsibility. She attended schools in Wolf Point and graduated high school in 1941.
On May 31, 1941, she married Clarence J. Laubach. Marian continued in the role of farm wife doing many jobs to support Clarence and lovingly raised her children. Marian loved the farming lifestyle. She continued living in the Vida community until 2011 when she moved to Berthoud to live with her daughter.
She enjoyed doing handiwork such as crocheting. Marian also enjoyed bowling with friends in single’s leagues and with Clarence in couple’s leagues. It was a real treat to go to town and bowl. She attended the Vida Community Church.
She is preceded in death by her husband in 1987; son, Lynn C. Laubach in 2011; son-in-law, Michael Patterson in 2010; and a sister, Dorothy Tingler.
Marian is survived by her daughter, Rena’ Patterson of Berthoud; daughter-in-law, Susan Laubach of Vida, Mont.; three grandchildren, Brandi Lynn Laubach, Crissy Laubach-Young and Shane M. Patterson; two great- grandchildren, Samantha Patterson and Wade Patterson; two sisters, Evelyn Casterline of Vida, Mont., and Rae Murphy of Circle, Mont.; and numerous nieces and nephews.
Services will be announced at a later date. Cremation entrusted to Ahlberg Funeral Chapel and Crematory. Visit www.ahlbergfuneralchapel.com to share condolences.
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Wade Patrick Todd, 53, died Oct. 16, 2014, in Wolf Point.
He was born Sept. 3, 1961, in Los Angeles, Calif., to Patricia Darlene Bauer and the late Elliott Lynn Todd.
He was very fortunate to have living experiences in various areas. Starting in California to Washington state, New Mexico, Utah and then moved here to Montana where he resided since 1995.
He married Arlene Todd in New Mexico and with her had a son, Brandon Todd. He then married Dorothy Rowl in New Mexico and to this union, three children were born, Joshua Todd, Justin Todd and Jacob Todd.
He was a jack of all trades, master of none. He worked in the family restaurant in New Mexico cooking and mostly enjoyed working with his brothers in the construction trade. He was very close to his brothers. They spent a lot of great times together. His father was a rancher and Wade also enjoyed time with him.
Those preceding him in death included his stepfather, Ron Klotz; and brother, Ken Todd.
He is survived by his mother, Patricia Bauer of Wolf Point; sons, Brandon, Joshua, Justin and Jacob Todd, all of New Mexico; daughter, Amber Jager of Wolf Point; sisters, Teri Long of Nashua and Tonya Thomas of Wolf Point; brothers, Jeff Todd and Tim Todd of Wolf Point; and many grandchildren.
His funeral service was held at 11 a.m. Wednesday, Oct. 22, at the Clayton Stevenson Memorial Chapel in Wolf Point. Interment was at the Greenwood Cemetery in Wolf Point. Clayton Stevenson Memorial Chapel of Wolf Point was entrusted with the arrangements.
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Conrad E. Peterson went to be with his Lord and Savior on Oct. 14, 2014, in the Eagle Cliff Manor in Billings, Mont. He was 88 years old.
He was the fourth child born Jan. 11, 1926, in Vida, Mont., to Walter and Bertha Peterson. He attended grade school years in Vida, Mont., and then attended Wolf Point High School.
He enlisted in the Navy and served in World War II and the Korean War and was honorably discharged in July of 1952.
He married Pauline Gunn Oct. 15, 1952. To this union, three children were born, Walter, Gaylene and Lonnie.
He is survived by his wife of 62 years, Pauline Peterson; daughter, Gaylene Casterline of Wolf Point, Mont.; and son, Lonnie Peterson of Lake Stevens, Wash.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Walter and Bertha Peterson; brothers, Sid, David and Billy Peterson; sister, Lauren Olson; and oldest son, Walter Peterson.
A family graveside burial service with U.S. Military honors was held Tuesday, Oct. 21, at 11 a.m. at the Yellowstone County Veterans Cemetery in Laurel, Mont. Memorial services will be held at 12 noon on Oct. 21 at Park Hill Assemblies of God Church in Billings, Mont. Funeral arrangements are by Remington Letcher Chapels of Laurel, Mont.
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A memorial service was held for Daniel Joseph Handran, 68, of Coquille, Ore., on Oct. 4, 2014, at Nelson’s Bay Area Mortuary.
Daniel was born Feb. 11, 1946, in Gillette, Wyo., the son of Warren and Ruth (Wolff) Handran. He passed away on Sept. 29, 2014, at his Coquille home.
Daniel was raised and educated in Scobey, Mont., and graduated from Wolf Point High School in 1963. He received a bachelor’s degree in commerce from Montana State University in Bozeman and went to work as an accountant and later became a certified public accountant. He made his home in Baker, Glendive and Gardiner, Mont., then moved to
Wieser, Idaho, and in 1989 moved to Coos Bay, Ore., where he opened his own office, Daniel J. Handran, CPA, PC in 1992.
Daniel was an active member of the community, serving on the board of the Coos Art Museum, St. Monica Catholic Church and Holy Name Catholic Church in Coquille. He was a member of the Knights of Columbus and had served as an auditor for many community and charitable organizations. Daniel had a passion for horses and had been around them most of his life.
He is survived by his wife, Judy of Coquille; sons, Shawn (Debra) of Fremont, Calif., Patrick (Natesai) of Spokane, Wash., Ryan of Coquille and Tyler of Eugene, Ore.; daughter, Kerry Leigh of Salem, Ore.; eight grandchildren, Rebekah, Rachel, Miranda, Calista, Marisa, Caitlin, Olivia and Isaac; brothers, Jim (Lois) Handran of Gillette, Wyo., Jack (Darnell) Handran of Gillette, Wyo., Jerry (Jackie) Handran of Glendive, Mont., Bill (Peggy) Handran of Glendive; Tom (Jeri) Handran of Rapid City, S.D., and Tony Handran of Miles City, Mont.; sister, Betty (Dave) Fyfe of Wolf Point; and numerous nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his parents and brother, Richard “Dick.”