Wolf Point Herald

Doreen Rothe

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Doreen Rothe, 86, of Omaha, Neb., died Friday, April 3, 2015, at her home.
She was born the youngest child of Ed and Clara Huso of Cottonwood, Minn. She grew up on the farm, entered country school at age four and graduated at age 16.
Being musically talented, she sang in choirs, played in band and learned to play the church organ, which she continued to do for 30 years.
As a young woman, she moved to Wolf Point, where she met and married Ed Rothe. She did bookkeeping for the family dairy business, played organ and sang for their church and enjoyed bowling, bridge and golf.  
After they sold the business, they spent 10 years in semi-retirement in Sturgis, S.D. They once again entered business, for three years, running a motel and restaurant in Jacksonville, Texas. They then retired, spending winters in Sun City, Ariz., and summers in the Black Hills until Ed’s death in 1990.
She remained active in her church and enjoyed dancing and traveling. After living another 18 years in the Sun City area, she moved to be near her son Steven and his family in Omaha six years ago.
She was preceded in death by her husband of 41 years, Ed; her brother, Robert Huso of Sun City, Ariz., and sister, Exine Leverson of San Diego, Calif.
She is survived by their son, Steven Rothe of Omaha; five grandchildren; five great-grandchildren; her sisters, Lillian Nedrud of Wolf Point and Dorothy Benjamin of Carmichael, Calif.

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Ocean Deserly

Ocean Deserly, 21, died on Sunday, April 5, 2015, in Wolf Point.
A wake will be held at 7 p.m. on Friday, April 10, at the new Community Hall in Wolf Point. Funeral services will be at 1 p.m. on Saturday, April 11, at the new Community Hall in Wolf Point. Interment will follow at King Memorial Cemetery in Wolf Point. Clayton Stevenson Memorial Chapel was entrusted with arrangements.

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James Eder

James Eder, 69, of Wolf Point died March 27, 2015, in Wolf Point. Clayton Stevenson Memorial Chapel assisted the family with arrangements. No services are planned at this time.

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Roxa “Roxie” Wagar

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Roxa “Roxie” Wagar, 97, died Thursday, March 26, 2015, morning at Roosevelt Medical Center in Culbertson, where she had been resident for the last five years.  
The first of six children born to Leroy and Luetta (Snyder) Dickinson, she was born Nov. 7, 1917, in Scobey. When she was in eighth grade, she quit school. There was no bread in the house, so she stayed home to bake bread — and never went back.
She was married in May 1935 to Alfred Wagar in Scobey. They had five children: Pauline, Irene, Ellamae, Eugene and Sharon. They moved to Wheeler, while Alfred worked on the Fort Peck Dam, then returned to Scobey, where she worked in restaurants as a cook and baker.
In 1965, they left to help Irene and her family with the bar they owned in Greycliff, then later moved to Great Falls to work in a grocery store with Irene’s family. They then moved to Billings, where she and Alfred volunteered as foster grandparents.
In 1986, they moved to Minneapolis, Minn., to help Sharon with her children, while she returned to college; and in 1989 they returned to Plentywood, where she volunteered at Glenwood.
Alfred died in March 1991. On Roxie’s 90th birthday, she gifted each of her children with some silver dollars he had saved over the years. She moved to Culbertson, where she enjoyed going to Senior Citizens and her hobbies of reading, working puzzles (to prevent Alzheimer’s) and embroidering dishtowels.
In 2010, she entered the Roosevelt Memorial Nursing Home after an injury to her foot. She enjoyed all the activities of exercise, singing, and coffee time.
She is survived by her children, Pauline Thomas, Irene Cole, Ellamae Iverson, Eugene Wagar and Sharon Bahma; and numerous grandchildren, great-grandchildren and great-great-grandchildren; a brother, Elmer Dickinson; and a sister, Maxine Rogers.
She was also preceded in death by infant daughter Edna; and siblings, Hazel, Arthur and Vernon.
Funeral services were held at Saturday, March 28. Rev. John Nadasi officiated at the service at the Scobey United Methodist Church. Interment was in Scobey Cemetery.

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Arlin Fachner

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Arlin “Arlie” August Fachner was born to Matthias and Bertha Fachner on June 19, 1925, 20 miles north of Wolf Point, Mont.  He was the youngest of eight children and was the last survivor. He was promoted to Heaven on Tuesday, March 24, 2015, while being ably cared for at Community Medical Center in Missoula.
He left school early to help on the farm. During his schooling, he was proud to play the French horn with the high school band.  
He and two of his brothers, Ernest and Julius, drove one day to a small, family coal mine to bring some coal home for the stoves.  While they were doing so, the mine collapsed.  Julius was instantly killed.  However, Arlie, at age 14, dug Ernest out of the heap with his bare hands. Ernest survived and was Arlie’s closest brother and longtime farming partner.
He joined the service during World War II, but the war ended before he was deployed overseas.
Arlie married Marietta Olga Albert on Dec. 21, 1947. This was the smartest decision he made in his long life. He loved to joke that he chose the longest night of the year to be married. They had two children, Penny Sue (Fachner) Rodli and Wesley Arlin Fachner.
Farming was his passion. He told the story of how when he and his brother, Ernest, who were farming partners until the mid-1980s, were starting their partnership, they flipped a coin, and he lost.  This meant he would find a job outside of farming in case of crop failures to pay the bills (memories of the Great Depression). He put much sweat into developing the land and making it farmable. In fact, a large part of this development included rock picking. He enjoyed the slave labor of his son and son-in-law to pick those rocks but he worked as hard as they did. This inspired his CB handle of “Montana Rockpicker.” The sandy fields in north Wolf Point were often eroded by the wind.  He decided to plow the fields diagonally to stop the erosion. Flying over the area, it was the only field that stood out from all the others. He also farmed the sides of the hills which other farmers left as prairie.  When the ground was not frozen, he would leave the Montana Highway Department at 5 p.m., change his clothes and go to work on the farm until dark. One of the most difficult decisions Arlie ever made was the sale of his farmland in 1984. Even after he sold the farm, he maintained a miniature version of a farm at their home in Missoula. He had perfectly straight rows of vegetables. He had his John Deere riding mower to trim the grass.
He worked at the Montana Highway Department for 30 years. When he retired and moved to Missoula, his old boss, who had been transferred to Missoula, asked him to come back and work. Always a trooper, he agreed and worked for another season  
He loved to hunt and fish. He often talked of Dutch Fleming, his boss at the Highway. They both fished. Each had trained English setters for hunting pheasants and grouse.  They had many good times together. Arlie also liked to hunt deer.  He shot many deer over the years and, when he was 78, he shot his third and final elk.
Although he never kept up his French horn playing, he did play the harmonica. Over the years, he played many times at church in Wolf Point and Missoula. Even at age 89, Arlie played hymns while Wesley accompanied him on the piano.
He accepted the Lord as his savior later in life and followed Jesus’ example of being baptized in water.  He kept that commitment until his death. Thus, the family is confident of the peace his soul now enjoys and looks forward to reuniting in Heaven.
His survivors include his wife of 67 years, Marietta (Albert) Fachner; his daughter, Penny and her husband David Rodli; his son, Wesley and his wife Cindy Fachner.  Grandchildren include Brett (Gabriela) Rodli, Scott (Eriko) Rodli, Mark (Sunny) Rodli, Amy Rodli and Ethan Fachner. Great-grandchildren include Daniela Rodli, Juliana Rodli and Ella Rodli and Brett and Gabie’s foster son, Eathan.
A memorial service was held Tuesday, March 31, at 2 p.m. at Christian Life Center, 3801 S. Russell St., Missoula, with a reception following. Arrangements have been under the care of Garden City Funeral Home.
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