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Michael Lawrence Wagenseller, 62, died Aug. 18, 2015, at St. Vincent’s Hospital in Billings.
He was born June 25, 1953, on the Fort Peck Reservation in Wolf Point to Bonnie Whitehorse Wagenseller and Chester Wagenseller.
When he was 16 years old, he started to work in the oilfield. He worked on the oil rigs most of his life.
Some years later, he met and married Diane Downing and they had one daughter, Maranda Caffey. They later divorced.
In the early 1990s, he came back to Montana. In 1994, he met Wallis R. Scheaffer and they started their life together. Wallis had six children that Mike helped raise as his own.
Later in his life, he had health problems that he faced, but they never kept him down. He loved to be outside and was always walking as a way to rehabilitate himself.
He is survived by his six step-children, Benjie Wise-Spirit, Valanda WhiteHawk, Shantelle Scheaffer, Shalee Scheaffer, Chancey Blu Scheaffer and Chereé Scheaffer; grandchildren; his adopted mother, Iris “Cissie” Anderson; brother, Jim Wagenseller; amd sister, Susan Roberts.
He was preceded in death by a brother.
Funeral services were held Tuesday, Aug. 25, at the new Community Hall in Wolf Point. Interment was at King Memorial Cemetery. Clayton Stevenson Memorial Chapel was entrusted with arrangements.
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Roy C. Adams, 53, of Frazer, died Thursday, Aug. 27, 2015, in Billings.
He was born to Tommy Dean Adams and Naomi (Archdale) Adams June 12, 1962. He was born the sixth in a family of 12 children. Although he wasn’t the oldest boy, he was the biggest. He was a born leader, tried anything once and had many stories to tell.
He attended Wolf Point and Frazer schools. At an early age, he began work as a laborer for all the local ranches especially for his uncle, Lionel Flynn. He loved every aspect of farming and ranching. He continued this and was employed at the Fort Peck Tribal Ranch as a laborer for many years. He absolutely loved the outdoors. He had deep respect for elders. He would often make sure they had wood. He helped all.
He had a lot of compassion for people and children. He had a very considerate and gentle soul. He loved to hang out on the river bottom of Oswego, get together, tell stories, joke, laugh and have a good time.
He loved his wife, Lynette Brown, and their dog, “Tiny.”
He had three children Quinton, Sunshine and Chelsie Lindsay and several grandchildren.
He is survived by his wife, Lynette; his children and grandchildren; his brothers, Rodney, Kevin, Darin, Jeff and Mike; and his sisters, Karen McLaughlin, Monica Buckles, Lynette, Thayle, Nadine, Andrea and Michelle Adams.
A traditional Assiniboine four-day feast was held on Sunday, Aug. 29. A celebration of life was held at 7 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 2, at Clayton Stevenson Memorial Chapel in Wolf Point.
His funeral will be held at the Frazer High School on Thursday, Sept. 3, at 1 p.m. Burial will follow at the St. Joseph’s Cemetery in Frazer. Clayton Stevenson Memorial Chapel of Wolf Point was entrusted with the arrangements.
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Edmond Clark, 77, died Saturday, Aug. 29, 2015, in Wolf Point.
He was born Tuesday, Oct. 19, 1937, at Shiyo Baha (Prairie Chicken Hill), five miles west of Wolf Point on the Fort Peck Indian Reservation. He was the third son of Earl Clark Sr. and Laura Ryan. He was a member of the Hudeshana-Red Bottom Clan of Assiniboine and an enrolled member of the Fort Peck Assiniboine Tribe.
In his early years, he attended grade school and high school in the Wolf Point Public School System. He graduated from Flandreau Indian School in Flandreau, S.D., in the class of 1957. He was an accomplished athlete, winning letters in basketball and football. In the mid-1950s, he was also a Montana State Golden Gloves Boxing champion.
He married Marie Shy Face Jan. 5, 1996.
He is survived by his children, Steve, Earl Ray, Eldon II, Donald and Jennifer; three grandchildren; and brothers, Dr. Kenneth Ryan of Wolf Point; Walter E. Clark of Frazer and Charles Clark of Sisseton, S.D..
He was preceded in death by his siblings, sister Joyce Clark Bellanger; brothers Earl Clark Jr. and Alvin Clark and sister Sharon Clark Nielson.
Funeral services were held at 10 a.m. Wednesday, Sept. 2, at Clayton Stevenson Memorial Chapel. Clayton Stevenson Memorial Chapel in Wolf Point was in charge of arrangements.
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Donna Chase, Itanchá Winyán, 85, died Aug. 22, 2015, in Poplar.
She was born May 23, 1930, to Eliza No Breast and David B. Johnson “Bad Temper” in Poplar. She was a very proud Dakota Sioux woman, one of the last full blood Dakota on the Fort Peck Reservation. She was proud of her Hunkpapa Minneconjou, Yanktonai and Sisseton Wahpaton heritage.
During her lifetime, she was employed at various places, she had wonderful memories of her employment at A&S Industries as an inspector, Pratts Enterprises, West Electronics as a supervisor and as a professional bingo player. She enjoyed making star quilts and would always help the family out by making her famous drymeat and chokecherry soups for family gatherings.
She enjoyed visiting with family and friends. She loved to laugh and crack jokes. She enjoyed going to celebrations to watch her great-grandchildren dance.
She lived most of her life in Chelsea “Minishda.” She always talked about her life when she was younger; horseback riding with her father, brother and sisters along the Missouri. She enjoyed traveling, talking on the phone with her friend Vivian Lindahl.
She is survived by her children, John Johnson, Richard White Owl III of Poplar, who she raised as her own, Eliza White Owl and Roberta “Jerry” Hegdahl of Wolf Point; numerous grandchildren; two sisters, Lydia Johnson of Wapato, Wash., and Gloria Buckles; and brother, Arnold Eagle Boy of Poplar.
She was a member of the Lindsey Dakota Presbyterian of Poplar and the Ladies Auxiliary of Glasgow.
She was preceded in death by daughter, Davetta Big Leggins Taylor; brother, Isadore R. Johnson; sisters, Evelyn Johnson, Cynthia Johnson, Gwendolyn Johnson Mail; husband, Elijah Curly Chase; grandchildren, Shelly Taylor, Elijah Runs Through; sisters, Mary Turning Heart, Mayme Red Eagle, Savannah Eagle Boy, Cynthia Sparvier, Flora Eagle Boy and Sandra Red Elk Adams; brothers, Floyd Eagle Boy, Willy Eagle Boy, Nelson Eagle Boy and Melvin Eagle Boy.
Funeral services were held Saturday, Aug. 29, at 1 p.m. at the Cultural Center in Poplar. Interment was at Poplar City Cemetery. Clayton Stevenson Memorial Chapel was entrusted with arrangements.
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Tyrone Paul Gourneau, 27, died Monday, Aug. 17, 2015.
He was born Nov. 21, 1987, to Greg Gourneau Sr. and Vera Longee.
First and foremost, he was a mama’s baby boy. He was a kind-hearted man, making many friends along his way. He graduated from Poplar High School in 2006, where he played football and participated in math events bringing home first-place awards.
He attended Fort Peck Community College and the University of Montana where he was in pursuit of degree in applied mathematics and education. He also became the general manager at Overland where he made life friends with the owners and coworkers. He began working at the Poplar Public school in the cafeteria. He enjoyed spending time with his nephew and they spent time building Legos, playing video games, and working on other little projects.
He was a firefighter on the Poplar Volunteer Fire Department for nine years along with his two brothers and mother. Serving on the department was his and his family’s hobby. He was a highly intelligent man, who was a mathematician and creative writing genius just like his father. He ranked in the top 3 percent of the nation in the subjects of math, science and English.
He loved to talk on the phone with his father because it was fun to say things and work him up then when he hung up he would say “I should have said ...”
He also loved hanging out at his home away from home with Uncle Vance and family. They loved hunting, fishing and camping. He enjoyed the long hours of playing Zilch with Grandpa Dee and was very adventurous. He especially enjoyed hanging out with his brother Zach.
Everyone associated him with his easygoing nature and crazy stories. He would always greet people with a smile and a funny remark. He was always willing to lend a hand.
He is survived by his mother, Vera Longee; father, Greg Gourneau Sr.; brothers, Greg Gourneau Jr., Zachary Gourneau, William Joseph Norgaard and Blake Nelligan; special cousin, Jorga Lin Christiansen who was like a little sister; and grandparents, Mary Ellen Gourneau and Patricia (Dave) Menz.
Funeral services were held Friday, Aug. 21, at the Poplar Cultural Center. Interment was at Riverview Cemetery in Brockton. Clayton Stevenson Memorial Chapel in Wolf Point was in charge of arrangements.