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Amber Leigh Iron Bear, Tatanka Duta Win, “Red Buffalo Woman,” 35, died Tuesday, April 7, 2015, at the Billings Clinic.
She was born Oct. 1, 1979, to Alfred and Marzetta (Two Bulls) Iron Bear in Williston, N.D. Being the oldest of three, she attended school in Poplar and graduated in 1999.
She worked for Tribal
Express and Fort Peck Head Start as a teacher’s aide.
She was raised in her traditional way, taught to her by her grandmother, Mary Iron Bear. She danced old-style jingle dress and enjoyed competing and traveling to various pow-wows. She served on two pow-wow committees, the Badland and Poplar Indian Days as princess.
She enjoyed traveling, listening to pow-sow music, playing machines, visiting friends and family and watching her son dance grass and sing Indian.
In 2002, she met Darryl Red Eagle, who she thought of as her “Indian husband.” They had one son, Dennis Melvin Red Eagle, on Dec. 16, 2003.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Darryl, in 2012.
She is survived by her son, Dennis Melvin Red Eagle; mother, Marzetta; brothers, AJ Iron Bear and Jay Whitehead; adopted brother, OJ Grey Bear; sister, Lisa Dukes; adopted sisters, Jaime Two Bulls, Shannon Lezard and Denise Bear.
Her funeral service was held Monday, April 13, at the Poplar Cultural Center. Interment was at St. Ann’s Cemetery in Poplar. Clayton Stevenson Memorial Chapel has been entrusted with arrangements.
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Dustin Eric Scott Sr., “Lovable Fighter,” 31, died April 10, 2015, at Poplar Community Hospital.
He was born Jan. 20, 1984, to Brenda Big Leggins and Matthew Scott Sr. in Poplar.
He had two daughters, Sereda Black Wolfe and Dezi Elaine Scott, and one son, Darroll “DJ” Jones.
He loved spending his time with his children and visiting family and friends telling his jokes, bringing smiles to everyone’s faces.
He went to school in Medicine Lake and enjoyed playing basketball and horseshoes. He liked taking cruises and listening to music. He was always willing to put others before himself and always giving a helping hand to those in need.
He is survived by his daughters, Sereda Black Wolfe and Dezi Elaine Scott, both of Poplar; son, Darroll “DJ” Jones of Poplar; mother, Brenda Big Leggins of Poplar; father, Matthew (Mary Ann) Scott Sr. of Poplar; stepfather, Gerald “Herman” Goodbird of New Town, N.D.; adopted mothers, Sharon Yellow Owl of Poplar and Debbie (Jerrie) Wagner of Culberson; brothers, Matthew “Son” Scott Jr., Chad Eagleman, both of Poplar, Jim Whittet of Glendive and Richie Comes Last of Minnesota; sisters, Andrea Herman, Sue Ann Big Leggins of Poplar, Miranda Scott and Mattie Rush of Wolf Point, Patty Whittet of Glendive and Jonnie Huerta of Poplar; and grandmothers, Estelle and LaVerne Loves Him, Agnes Ward and Rosemary (John) Morsette, all of Poplar.
He was preceded in death by his baby son, Dustin Eric Scott Jr.; and sisters, Annette and Geraldine Scott.
A wake will be held on Thursday, April 16, at 7 p.m. at the Cultural Center in Poplar. Funeral services will be held on Friday, April 17, at 11 a.m. at the Cultural Center in Poplar. Interment will follow at St. Ann’s Cemetery.
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Alicia M. (Berger) McLeroy, 71, of Joliet, Ill., died at home Tuesday, April 7, 2015.
She was born in Wolf Point Sept. 9, 1943, to the late Mary Josephine "Toots" and Peter Berger. She moved with her family to the Joliet area at the age of 13 and attended Lockport Township High School where she graduated with the Class of 1961.
She enjoyed a lengthy career in retail sales. She volunteered in various capacities for several area organizations, including the Crisis Line. Her hobbies included line dancing, bowling, puzzles, cards, dice games and the movies. She was an Elvis fan and very proud of her Indian heritage.
She was preceded in death by siblings, JoAnne Berger (in infancy), Gerald “Jerry” Berger and Geraldine “Sis” Ridge.
She is survived by her children, Leah Treasure, Richard McLeroy Jr., Mark McLeroy, Angela McLeroy and JoAnne McLeroy; three grandchildren; and siblings, Sandra Berger Lippy, Elizabeth Berger Russell and Peter Dale Berger.
A Mass of Christian Burial was held Monday, April 13, at St. Patrick Catholic Church in Joliet. Interment was at Woodlawn Memorial Park in Joliet.
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James David Stone, 67, passed away Sunday, April 12, 2015, at his home in Hope, Ark.
Born in Norwood, Mass., on March 29, 1948, to the late Edwin and Eva Stone, Jim lived the majority of his youth on the eastern plains of Montana in Wolf Point with his two brothers and two sisters.
It was there he met and married the love of his life for 43 years, Dianne (Jensen) Stone.
After proudly serving his country in Viet Nam, Jim was honorably discharged from the Navy and returned to Wolf Point to marry. His job within the lumber industry took him from Montana to New Mexico then finally to Arkansas, where he and Dianne have lived for over 15 years.
Afflicted with many physical ailments since his mid-30s, he attacked each diagnosis with ferocity and a positive attitude that was both admired and envied by all who knew him.
Jim was preceded in death by his parents and brother, Edwin "Ed" Stone.
He is survived by his faithful wife, Dianne; his brother, Tracey Stone of Glasgow, Mont.; his sisters, Karel (Stone) Schutt and Laurie (Stone) Lien of Wolf Point, Mont.; his daughter, Allison (Stone) Chavez and her husband, John, along with their five children, Chandler, Brandon, Annalise, Evan and Julianna of Phoenix, Ariz.; his daughter, Sara (Stone) Garcia, along with her four children, Kelly, Erik, Erica and Sabrina of Hope and Las Vegas, N.M.; and his great-grandson, Christian, and his mother, Chelsea Greenman.
"Dado" Jim loved nothing above his family and while we mourn his passing, we smile knowing Jim walked without pain to meet our heavenly Father and his loved ones waiting for him.
Visitation will be Friday, April 17, 2015, beginning with a rosary at 5:30 p.m. and continuing on until 8 p.m. at Herndon-Pharr Funeral Home.
A Celebrating Memorial Mass will be held Saturday, April 18, 2015, at 10 a.m., at Our Lady of Good Hope in Hope, Ark., with Father Alphonse officiating. Military honors will follow service.
In lieu of flowers, memorials can be made to Our Lady of Good Hope, 315 South Walker Street, Hope, AR; 870-777-3202.
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Roger Duane Frislie, 54, of Colstrip, formerly of Wolf Point, was born Sept. 2, 1960, in Wolf Point, Mont., to Allison and Mildred (Vacura) Frislie Sr. and passed away gently in his sleep April 6, 2015.
He attended schools in Wolf Point, Mont., until he was 12 and then in Greenbush, Minn., where he excelled in basketball and baseball and appeared in the book of Who’s Who of High School Athletics, of which he was very proud.
He married Mary Ellen Gray Hawk and to this union came four children, and since she already had three children from a previous marriage, he helped to raise them as well. They later divorced, but remained friends until his passing.
April 14, 2008, he married Jerri Lynn Smoker.
Roger worked at various jobs and farms as a ranchhand before moving back to Wolf Point and working at A&S
Tribal Industries in 1983. He worked there for 13 years in various capacities such as a sander operator, welder, press mechanic, third shift supervisor and finally in the smelting area, melting scrap aluminum into ingots to be sold. He also drove truck for a period of time with his dad Al and later for the Ost brothers. He was a trusted and dedicated employee. Roger met many lifelong friends during this time and continued their friendship until his death.
In his later years, Roger worked at the Tribal Ranch as a ranch hand and especially enjoyed his job working cattle and riding horses.
Roger also tried his hand at rodeoing. He rode saddle bronc, bulls, he loved calf roping and his ex-father-in-law Jim Boyd also taught him to steer wrestle. He was a member of the Burton Rider Rodeo Club and helped to weld chutes and ready the grounds for Poplar’s Wild West Days.
Roger is survived by his wife, Jerri Lynn; children, John Martell Jr., Unity (Alex Gwin) Martell, Felicia (Dave Mathison) Martell and Melissa (Michael) Horn, Patience and Derrick Frislie, all of Poplar, and Alison (Chad) Failing of El Paso, Texas; and seven granddaughters; and 19 grandsons. He is also survived by his mother, Mildred Frislie of Badger, Minn.; sisters, Karen (Brian) Trangsrud, also of Badger, Minda (Jeff) Przekwas of Roseau, Minn.; brothers, Allison (Renae) Frislie Jr. of Lancaster, Minn., and Franklin (LaRae) Frislie of Badger; and numerous nieces and nephews, all of Minnesota.
He was preceded in death by his father, Allison Frislie; sister, Christie Bentow; and best friend, Woodsy.
His hobbies included fishing, hunting, playing softball, golfing, trapshooting, barbecuing and visiting his children and grandchildren. He also enjoyed horseback riding and took many rides into the Pryor Mountains with his friend, Robert Wallette.
Dad, the last few years we grew closer together and you will be missed more than words can say. Give Grandpa Frislie and Auntie Christie a big hug from us. We love you.
A prayer service was held at 7 p.m. Friday, April 10, at Clayton Stevenson Memorial Chapel. His funeral service was held at 10 a.m. Saturday, April 11, at Clayton Stevenson Memorial Chapel. Interment was at Greenwood Cemetery in Wolf Point.