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Clarence Follows The Road

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Clarence Follows The Road, “Cánteya Wasté,” "His Words Makes People Happy," 82, of Fort Yates, N.D., formerly of Fort Kipp, died Oct. 25, 2015, in Fort Yates.
The son of Thomas Edward and Lucy (Long Cloud) Follows The Road, he was born Dec. 3, 1932.  
He spent most of his life back and forth from Fort Kipp to Fort Yates.
He attended the Presbyterian church in Fort Kipp and the Presbyterian church in Fort Yates.
He enjoyed listening to pow-wow and church music.
He was preceded in death by his brother, Peter Follows The Road; sisters Betty and Ruby Follows The Road; sons Allen Follows The Road, Thomas John Necklace, Milo Buckles and Christoffer Buck Elk; daughter Arlene Follows The Road; grandson, Emmanuel Buck Elk; and great-granddaughters, Carry Moccasin twins.
He is survived by his son, Elvis Eagle of Poplar; brother Oscar Follows The Road and Joseph Follows The Road, both of Standing Rock, N.D.; sister Nellie Silk; eight grandchildren; and 18 great-grandchildren.
Funeral services were held Monday, Nov. 2, at the James Black Dog Activity Center in Fort Kipp. Interment was at the Fort Kipp Cemetery. Clayton Stevenson Memorial Chapel was entrusted with arrangements.

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Sarah Montclair

Sarah Montclair, 34, died Saturday, Oct. 31, 2015, in Spokane, Wash.
The funeral service will be announced at a later date pending the completion of the arrangements. Clayton Stevenson Memorial Chapel of Wolf Point has been entrusted with the arrangements.

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Michael Leo Kern Sr.


Michael Leo Kern was born Sept. 2, 1921, in Ste. Genevieve, Mo., to Francis and Anna Margaret Kern. Sonny, as he was called by his family, was their firstborn. Nine years later, his mother passed away, leaving four small children. His father remarried and the family grew by four more girls, taking the count to eight siblings.
Mike grew up on a dairy farm a few miles out of town. Along with his dad, he would milk the cows in the early dawn hours. When the milking was done, he then delivered it all on his way to school.  Sonny spent long days in the corn fields, from planting to harvest time, behind mules and horses. In 1939, he graduated from Ste. Genevieve High School and joined the Army on Oct. 26, 1939.
While serving in the Army during World War II, Mike was stationed up and down the West Coast. While in Portland, Ore., he met a beautiful young lady, June Dunn, from northeast Montana working in the shipyards. They quickly fell in love and were married July 9, 1943.
In 1944, Mike’s unit, the 96th Infantry Division was ordered to the Pacific Theater, but Mike was given orders to remain in the U.S. as a troop instructor. He wanted to stay with the men he had trained with so he refused the order, was demoted in rank and sent off to war. In fierce fighting, the 96th defeated the enemy on the island of Leyte in the Philippines and then on Okinawa. As a result of his actions, Mike received a number of awards and commendations including two individual Bronze Stars, Philippine Liberation Ribbon with two Bronze Stars, Combat Infantryman Badge and Ryukyus Campaign Ribbon.
While Mike was overseas, June moved back to her parents' farm near Whitetail, Mont., and gave birth to their first child, Mike Jr. After the war, Mike and June lived in Scobey where their second child, Nancy, was born. Mike dug basements by hand under existing homes, worked on the dray line and was a school janitor.
In 1950, they moved to Frazer where the family lived as dormitory parents and school bus driver. They enjoyed lifelong friendships with the students they were "parents" to and mentors. Years later, stories of those times would be shared sitting in Mike’s furniture store when the former students, now much older adults, would come by.
In 1952, they moved to North Dakota. Mike worked in the oil field now called the Bakken, helped build Garrison Dam and later cored for uranium in Wyoming. In 1954, they moved to Wolf Point, arriving with 35 cents in their pocket. Mike worked in the service department for the Buick dealership and later the GM dealership.
When Mike Jr. was 13 and Nancy 11, Mike and June got a big surprise! They were expecting and Patti joined the family.
Mike became a letter carrier with the Post Office in 1961, a job he loved for the next 21 years, retiring on Sept. 18, 1981. He was quite honored to deliver more than one letter from the President of the United States to one of his patrons on his route. His mail route brought him by his own house, so Mike was always able to eat lunch at home with his wife June and take a 10- to 15-minute nap on the floor before continuing on with his route.
Mike was a founding member of the Wolf Point Federal Credit Union and served on their board of directors for many years. He always had a positive can-do attitude and served the community of Wolf Point well, being involved in many community events, usually behind the scenes, never in the lime light.  Mike loved to do surprises for his family and others, preferring to go without any recognition.
Mike started Kern Furniture in Wolf Point in 1963, first selling used merchandise and furniture he bought at auctions, then he taught himself to reupholster some pieces before selling them. He took on upholstering jobs and was very proud of the horse-drawn sleigh he was commissioned to redo. Mike covered many truck seats for area truckers. During this time, he also self-taught himself to be an auctioneer and started a weekly consignment auction sale. His auctioneering time was short lived but he was able to do the "auction yodel" way into his 90s ...
Eventually, his used furniture store revolved into only new furniture and went from being open from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Saturday to more regular business hours. One of his greatest joys was when he bought a semi and furniture van. He could now drive directly to the furniture factories to purchase his store inventory. He later opened a second furniture store in Glasgow. When he closed the Glasgow store, daughter Nancy bought the building.
Mike started the Free Trader shopper paper, adding pressman to the long list of acquired talents. About a year later, he sold the paper to daughter Patti. The paper is in its 28th year of publication.
Mike acquired several rental houses in Wolf Point, making lifelong friends with many of his renters who were long term. He was always designing, building and tinkering on something. Mike built three homes, an all-wood camper trailer that resembled a shoe box with the top-half being raised by a pulley system, a motor home from the chassis up and a custom diamond plated sleeper behind the cab of a semi-truck he hauled furniture in.
Christmas was a special time for Mike to make little ones smile. For years, he dressed as Santa Claus, had June drive him around town so he could deliver sacks of candy, nuts and fruit to different families. Many of those families never knew who their "Mystery" Santa was until they were adults as June parked down the street in the pickup and Mike would run and hop in the back and tell her to GO! When the grandchildren came along, he was able to play Santa for them.
Mike and June enjoyed 25+ years of retirement traveling in a motor home or 5th-wheel trailer in all but two or three states, most of the Canadian provinces and Mexico. They took their motor home on a train trip through Mexico, seeing Mexico's Grand Canyon and visiting many villages. They drove to Alaska twice, spending most of one summer there. Most of the time, they traveled solo but on occasion they would travel with friends or relatives. Mike often volunteered to do construction and maintenance work on churches along the way.  
June passed away in July of 2014, right after they celebrated their 71st wedding anniversary. Mike went home to be with the Lord Wednesday, Oct. 22, 2015. He leaves behind his son Mike Jr. and wife Grace of Michigan, daughter Patti and husband Duane Parcel of Wolf Point  and son-in-law Don Turner, Glasgow. His daughter Nancy preceded him in death in 2013. Mike had eight grandchildren: Ginger, Michael III, Kim, Kevin, Kari, Kris, Josh and Matthew; and 13 great-grandchildren.
A memorial service was held Monday, Oct. 26, 2015, at 11 a.m. at Clayton Stevenson Memorial Chapel in Wolf Point, Montana. Interment, with military honors, will follow at Greenwood Cemetery in Wolf Point, Mont.
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Jason Morales


Jason John Morales, 41,  of Wolf Point died Oct. 24, 2015, at Northeast Montana Health Services in Wolf Point.
He was born in Washington state April 19, 1974, to Seraphine Juan (John Sr.) and Arden Rae Morales. He was raised on the 4/J ranch in Chelsea. He grew up ranching and started helping his father haul hay when he was three years old. He was the youngest of seven children.
He attended schools in Poplar, Billings and Wolf Point. During his high school years, he played football and was a member of the Billings Boxing Association.
He had a son, Jason Corne, who was his pride and joy. Being separated from his son 15 years ago took a toll on him and he wasn’t the same again. He was proud when his son’s team, Helena Capital High School, won the AA state basketball championship, and is attending the University of Montana.
Jason was a big guy with a heart as big as himself. He helped raise two of his nephews, Brett and the late Paul Morales, as well as being a father figure to all his nieces and nephews.
He worked many jobs including custom combining, assistant manager at Walmart in Miles City, hab aide and respit provider for Hi-Line Home Health for his niece Rebecca Morales, as a farmhand for Butch Andresen of Andresen Farms and Dunn O’Connor of Badger Creek Ranch.
He was known for his mechanical skills. He was always helping family and friends with vehicle repairs and advice. He learned vehicle mechanics from his father and brother Rick.
He had a passion for wild horse racing. He competed in several wild horse races around the country with his brother John Jr., including Wolf Point Wild Horse Stampede where the team placed first in 2003. The highlight of Jason’s wild horse racing career was when they placed first three nights in a row at Cheyenne River Rodeo Sioux Tribes Fair Days.
He enjoyed hanging out with his nephews and buddies, fishing, working on cars, listening to all types of music, country was his favorite. He loved having backyard bonfires. People were drawn to Jason, his laid back attitude and his crazy sense of humor.
He is survived by his son, Jason Corne; mother, Arden Morales of Wolf Point;  brothers, John Morales and Rick Morales of Chelsea; and sisters, Sarah Morales of Poplar, Diane Morales, Becky Failing, and Sherri Morales of Wolf Point.
A prayer service will be held at 7 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 29, at Blue Sky Ministries in Wolf Point. His funeral will be held at 11 a.m. Friday, Oct. 30, at Blue Sky Ministries. Interment will be at Chelsea Cemetery.

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Henry Hamill


Henry Hamill, 67, formerly of Wolf Point, died Sunday, Oct.11, 2015, at Kootenai Medical Center in Coeur D Alene, Idaho.
He was born in Wolf Point Oct. 28, 1947, the third of four children born to Henry “Spud” and Evelyn (Hartz) Hamill. He grew up in Wolf Point and was a 1965 graduate of Wolf Point High School, where he excelled in football, baseball and basketball.
He attended Northern Montana College in Havre, Montana and graduated with a B.A. in secondary education in 1970. While at Northern, he continued to excel in football, earning All-Conference honors as a senior. In 1991, he earned a master’s degree in education from the University of Idaho. In 1973, he signed a contract to teach social studies and become the head football and assistant basketball coach at Thompson Falls High School in Thompson Falls. Thus began a teaching and coaching career that would span nearly 40 years and help to shape thousands of young lives.
He was a colorful man who rarely went anywhere without leaving an impression. His nature walks, his abnormally large set of keys, his unique phraseology and his uncompromising commitment to wearing shorts — even in the coldest of temperatures — were famous and made him a favorite among his students.
In his spare time, he loved to golf, fish, hunt, read Louis L’Amour novels, was a history buff and a superb story teller.
He was, however, at his core, a high school football coach. He loved the game and it was good to him. In that role, he won four state championships; two as a head coach in Montana (Thompson Falls and Glasgow), and two as an assistant coach in Lake City, Idaho . His honors and awards are countless, but include being named the Montana State Coach of the Year in 1974 and 1980 and the Aflac National Assistant Coach of the Year in 2002.
His stop in Glasgow brought him more than just gridiron glory — he met Mary Crawford, whom he married in 1978. They had two boys, Pete (1981) and Alex (1985) and were married for 18 years. The Hamill family moved to Idaho in the fall of 1986, where he began his Idaho career teaching in the Coeur d’Alene School District and coaching football at Coeur d’Alene High School. He coached the Vikings for 10 seasons before moving to what would be his final teaching and coaching stop at Lake City High School when it opened in 1994.
He was an iconic figure at Lake City as a teacher, mentor and coach, helping to guide the Timberwolves to 12 of their 15 straight state playoff appearances, beginning in 1997. He retired from coaching in 2007 and retired as a teacher in Idaho in 2010 to take a job as superintendent of schools in his hometown of Wolf Point, where he served one year before retiring to live out the rest of his years at his home on the Coeur d’Alene Public Golf Course in 2012.
He is survived by his two sons, Pete of Haiku, Hawaii, and Alex of Coeur d’Alene, Idaho; sister, Marilyn of Ashburn, Va.; brother, Harvey of Billings; and his girlfriend, Christy of Spokane, Wash.
A service was held on Saturday, Oct. 17, in the auditorium at Lake City High School.

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