Wolf Point Herald

Keith Johnson

Keith Alan Johnson was born Dec. 30, 1953, and died Aug. 23, 2014.
He was raised in Culbertson and joined the U.S. Navy after graduation. He retired after 21 years, meeting the love of his life, Anna, while stationed in the Philippines.  
Keith, Anna and their sons James and Justin lived in California where he worked for G2 Secure Staff for 14 years until his death in 2014.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Nonie and Lucy Johnson; and his brother, Lester.
He is survived by his wife, sons, four grandchildren; and sisters, Sue Orand and Carol Finnicum.
Graveside services with military honors will take place on Monday, July 6, at Culbertson Hillside Cemetery at 10 a.m.

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Bonnie Red Elk

Bonnie Red Elk, 62, of Poplar died Sunday, June 28, 2015, at the Faith Lutheran Home in Wolf Point.  
A wake will be held on Friday, July 3, at 7 p.m. at the Cultural Center in Poplar. Funeral services will be held on Saturday, July 4, at 9 a.m. at the Cultural Center in Poplar. Interment will follow at Riverside Presbyterian Cemetery.
Clayton Stevenson Memorial Chapel was entrusted with arrangements.

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Lester Sansaver


Lester Lee Sansaver passed away peacefully at home surrounded by his family on June 12, 2015.  
Born in Poplar, Mont., on the Fort Peck Indian Reservation on Feb. 23, 1940, he moved to Everett, Wash., when he was a youngster and met the love of his life, Phyllis Boland. They married in 1958 and raised their three children in Granite Falls, Wash., on the farm where the family still lives today.  
Throughout his colorful life, he was a loving husband, father, farmer, cook, and outdoorsman. Lester loved cookin’ up a mean pot o’ chili, hosting parties for his friends and family, and most of all he loved wheelin’ and dealin’.  
Over the years, Les made countless friends from many walks of life. He was a member of the Riverside Rats and the Laborers Local 292 Everett. Les also was a member of the F.O.E Aerie No. 2584 in Twisp, Wash. He made a lasting impression on everyone he met and will be deeply missed.
Twisp, Wash., was his second home, where he was chief of the Rowdy Bunch, and where he loved his apple and pear trees, changing sprinkler pipes and pointing his finger.  
Les was preceded in death by his mother, Flora; father, Jack; and brothers, Rick and Ron Sansaver.  
He is survived by his wife, Phyllis Sansaver; his children, Danny, Darcy and Tamara; and his granddaughter, Carly. Les also leaves behind his brothers, Bob, Jack and Gordon, as well as his sister Darlene; and numerous nieces, nephews, cousins, and in-laws, who will never forget his larger-than- life personality. He will be missed by many and forgotten by few.  
A Celebration of Life Potluck will be held at 1 p.m. on Saturday July 11, 2015, at the Granville Grange, 9401 163rd Ave NE, Granite Falls, WA 98252. Please bring a story to share.  
In lieu of flowers, Les would have wanted cash.
(Paid Obituary)

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William Sansaver


William Saul Sansaver passed away on June 1, 2015, in Renton, Wash., lovingly surrounded by his immediate family, eight of his brothers and sisters and their families, and his mother.
Bill Jr. was born in Wolf Point, Mont., on Sept. 16, 1949, to Bill and Wilma (Morley) Sansaver and was the oldest of 10 children.
He attended grades 1-12 in Wolf Point graduating from Wolf Point High School in 1967. While in high school, he participated in Boys State, football and advanced to the state wrestling meet. He was very active in Scouting as a Scoutmaster and Eagle Scout.
He attended Montana State University in Boze-man, Mont., in 1967-68 and was a selected member of the Honor Guard.
Bill Jr. married Patrice Ann (Patty) Wilkinson on March 23, 1968, and to this union were born William Duane (Billy), Ryan Christopher and Sara Marie.  
He was employed with the United States Post Office in Renton, Wash., for almost 38 years before retiring. He coached all sports including junior football in Maple Valley, Wash., all the years he lived there. He loved working with young people, even volunteering in the grandchildren’s school while in his wheelchair.
Bill Jr. is survived by his wife of 47 years, Patty, his three children, Billy Sansaver, Ryan (Toni) San-
saver and Sara (Justin) Wolf, and his four grandchildren, grandsons Alex, Marcus and Conner and granddaughter Riley, all of Renton, Wash.; his mother, Wilma Sansaver of Wolf Point; four sisters, Kyle (Darrell) Vinyard, Debbie (Jerry) Vinyard, Alexis (John) Garsee and Kelly Sue Schneider, all of Washington; and five brothers, Ross (Keri) Sansaver, Noel (Doreen) Sansaver, Jeff (Barbara) Sansaver and Mark (Kelli) Sansaver all of Wolf Point, and Brian (Janie) Sansaver of Tracy, Calif.; along with numerous nieces, nephews and cousins.
He was preceded in death by his father, William Alex Sansaver; and nephew, Logan John Gradin.
Funeral services and a celebration of Bill Jr.’s life were held at 1 p.m. on June 6, 2015, at the Milton Woods Presbyterian Church in Milton, Wash., with Pastor Wendy Taylor officiating.
(Paid Obituary)

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Joseph Hanson


Joseph Ryan Hanson, 19, of Culbertson died June 21, 2015.
He was born Jan. 26, 1996, in Colorado Springs, Colo., to Krista Goebel and Joseph W. Hanson.  
He was much loved and at the age of two he was blessed with another dad when Justin Lucas married Krista. Together, they were a family and welcomed three more children into their lives. He was the oldest and was the best big brother to Cassandra, Hunter and Morgan.
He attended grade school at Stratmoor Hills Elementary and junior high at Fox Meadow, both in Colorado Springs, Colo. He moved to Montana with his family where he attended high school and graduated with the Class of 2015 at Culberson High School on May 16.
During his elementary years, he played the flute and liked to go to the nursing hone and read to the residents. He easily made many friends, young and old. During his high school years, he loved to play and watch football and proudly wore #55 on the field for the Culberson Cowboys. He was an avid sports fan and his favorite teams were the Pittsburgh Steelers, the Golden State Warriors and the Colorado Rockies. His favorite players were Marshawn Lynch and JJ Watt.
He is survived by his parents, Krista and Justin Lucas of Culberson and Joseph W. Hanson of Pueblo, Colo.; siblings, Cassandra, Hunter and Morgan Lucas of Culberson; grandparents, Norman and Debbie Blair of Colorado Springs, Colo., Will Lucas of Shiner, Texas, and Bill and Linda Goebel of Bradenton, Fla.
Memorial services will be held Saturday, June 27, at 9 a.m. at the Culbertson High School gymnasium.  Clayton Stevenson Memorial Chapel in Wolf Point was entrusted with the arrangements.

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