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June H. Kern, 93 yrs. young, passed away at sunrise on Thursday, July 24, 2014, in Wolf Point, Mont., and went home to be with her Lord.
June was born June 12, 1921, to Amzey and Lydia Dunn in a farm house south of Whitetail, Mont. She attended school in Whitetail by riding, in the early years, a horse-drawn wagon (or sleigh in the winter). After graduating high school, she attended North Central Bible College in Minneapolis, Minn.
When World War II broke out, June and her best friend Pauline, moved to Oregon and worked in the ship yards to support the war effort. While there, she met a handsome Army soldier from Missouri named Michael Kern. They fell in love and were married July 9, 1943. They celebrated 71 years together just a few weeks ago.
June followed Mike as the Army moved him between Oregon, California and Washington. In 1944, when Mike shipped overseas, June, who was pregnant, loaded their belongings in a 1938 Plymouth and headed back, by herself, from Oregon to her parents’ farm in Whitetail. Gas, tires and certain commodities were rationed in those days. What a brave woman she was to attempt ... and complete ... this journey! She had a can-do spirit that never left her.
While Mike was overseas, June lived with her parents and gave birth to their first child, Mike Jr. After the war was over, Mike joined June in Montana. They lived in Scobey where their second child, Nancy, was born.
In 1950, they moved to Frazer, Mont., where Mike and June were in charge of the dormitory where high school students who lived too far out in the country to commute daily, lived. Mike also drove bus and June cooked all the meals daily for the students. Many memories and wonderful lifelong friends were made during their time in Frazer. Years later, stories of those times would be shared sitting in Mike’s Furniture store when the ‘student’ would come in to buy a sofa or a bed. In 1952, a small trailer was bought and they traveled following work in the oil fields and the building of Garrison Dam in North Dakota.
In the spring of 1954, the family moved to Wolf Point in a car pulling a 37’ house trailer and arriving with 35 cents in their pocket. The next day, June got a job as the cook at the Cozy Café and Mike was hired by the local Buick dealership. Wasn’t long before June was hired as head cook at the Sherman Hotel where she cooked for several years.
A big oops … surprise came along four years later when Patti was born. Mike Jr was 13 and Nancy was 11.
Around 1962, June was hired in the government ran Federal Crop Insurance office in Wolf Point. She and a business partner later opened their own Crop Insurance Agency. She subsequently sold her interest in that business to her partner but after a short period of retirement, her former customers encouraged her to go back into business, and she opened Kern Insurance Agency in Wolf Point. When she sold that agency, she retired for good.
Not long after June retired, Mike closed the two furniture stores and retired also. They then enjoyed almost 25 years of traveling in a motor home or fifth-wheel trailer, visiting all but two or three states and most of the Canadian provinces. They even drove their motor home into Mexico and spent one summer in Alaska.
June loved to cook and having her family over was the highlight of her day! She loved having her grandchildren help her in the kitchen and because of her patience with them, all are pretty good cooks! Her cinnamon rolls were the best! When she wasn’t in the kitchen, she was at the table doing whatever new craft project was going around. She sewed hundreds of Christmas stockings for the children through missionary work.
June adored her children, grandchildren and great grandchildren. She lived these last few years knowing that there were more grandbabies on their way …
June became a Christian as a child. She loved the Lord, her church and serving people. While attending the Wolf Point Assembly of God Church for over 50 years, she taught Sunday school, vacation Bible school, organized and cooked for hundreds of church gatherings. She was president of the youth group until she had to give up that position when she turned 35. On the day she resigned, she was elected president of the Women’s Missionary Council, a position she held for probably 20 years. June was elected to the church’s board of directors and may have been the first woman to serve in that capacity in an Assembly of God Church in Montana. June was known as a prayer warrior. She was a shining example of God’s grace and leaves behind a great legacy for her family to embrace.
Wolf Point was June and Mike’s home for over 58 years. In 2011, they moved into Nemont Manor in Glasgow and she had just recently moved into Valley View Home because of declining health and to be closer to Mike.
June is survived by her husband of 71 yrs, Mike Kern Sr.; her son, Mike Jr. and wife Grace of Detroit, Mich.; daughter, Patti Kern Parcel and husband Duane of Wolf Point, Mont.; and son-in-law Don Turner of Glasgow, Mont. Her daughter Nancy preceded her in death in 2013. June had eight grandchildren and 11 great-grandchildren with one more on the way.
She will be forever in our hearts.
A celebration of June’s life will be held on Wednesday, July 30, at 1 p.m. at Clayton Stevenson Memorial Chapel in Wolf Point. Interment will be in Greenwood Cemetery in Wolf Point.
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Terry L. Riva, “Chedawica,” “Falcon Man,” 67 of Staunton, Ill., died Saturday, Jan. 11, 2014, at Alton Memorial Hospital in Alton, Ill.
Born Dec. 23, 1946, in Litchfield, Ill., he was the son of Maurice Riva and Pauline Chasinghawk.
He married Sherry Stahlhut.
He was employed as a carpenter for many years and was a member of the Carpenters Union. He was also a member of the Partriot Guard Riders and a past member of Staunton Volunteer Fire Department.
He loved going to and dancing in Indian powwows, also country and western dancing. He enjoyed traveling, especially to Montana. He also enjoyed woodworking.
He served in the U.S. Army Reserves during the Vietnam era.
He is survived by his wife, Sherry Riva of Staunton, Ill.; three children, Kyle Riva, “Shuk-Togeja-Nazhi,” “Standing Wolf,” of Grantfork, Ill., Samantha Riva-Phillippe of Las Vegas, Nev., and Macia Riva-Capuchino of Fontana, Calif; four grandchildren; a sister, Gisele Hemann of Staunton, Ill.; and a brother, Darryl Riva of Springfield, Mo.
He was preceded in death by a sister, Felicia “Pete” Riva.
A graveside service was held Wednesday, July 30, at the Greenwood Cemetery in Wolf Point.
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James “Jimmy” Smith Sr., 42, of Poplar, died July 19, 2014.
He was born March 20, 1972, in Poplar, the oldest child of Renee Melbourne and Duane Timothy Smith Sr. He was given the Indian name of “Lean Elk,” “Hehaka Tamaheca,” which he carried proudly.
He was a very active and free spirited man. He loved to be outdoors where he liked to fish, hunt, tinker with cars, cook and build things.
In his younger years, he loved to play football, play cards, draw, play pool and play guitar. He was the founder and ring leader of the “Wrecking Crew,” a name his aunt Arlene gave the boys.
He loved learning his Sioux way of life. He loved to sing Indian songs, attend ceremonies and was learning to speak his language. He always told everyone he was proud to be a direct descendant from the No Breast and the Bad Temper Bear families.
Everyone who knew him knew he was a proud family man. He would love to sit and visit and hang out. He loved to tease and give everyone nicknames.
Survivors include his daughters, Chantel Adrianna, and Miracle Mae; son, James Jr.; brothers, Thomas Smith of Billings; Duane Smith, Jr. of Billings, Tom Scott of Fort Kipp and JD Ferguson of Bismarck, N.D.; sisters; Vermae Brown of Poplar, Sandra Owns Pipe Ricker of Wolf Point, Stephanie Cloud of Poplar, Joel Rae Ferguson House of Hardin, Faye Johnson of Poplar and Colleen “Koshi Bear” Ferguson; and grandmothers, Donna Chase of Chelsea and Lydia Johnson of Wapato, Wash.
Funeral services were held Monday, July 28, at the Poplar Activity Center. Interment was at the Poplar City Cemetery.
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Rose Grainger, 90, of Poplar, died July 22, 2014.
She was born Nov. 14, 1923, to Oscar T. and Borghild T. Peterson in Wheeler, Wis. She was born again in the early 1980s when she gave her life to Our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ.
She worked many jobs throughout her lifetime; however, her favorite job was babysitting. Over the years, she babysat for more than 50 children. She was loved by all who knew her, both young and old.
She loved to quilt, crochet and work in her yard and was also known for her great skills as an artist. In addition, she loved to spend time with her children, grandchildren, great- grandchildren, family and friends.
She made her home in Poplar until 2003 when she moved to Sidney to an assisted living apartment.
In 2008, she moved (home) to the Poplar Swing Bed Unit. She resided there until her death.
She is survived by her sons, Richard Smejkal of Paradise, Calif., and John Q. Grainger of Helena; daughter, Mary Nesbit of Poplar; sister, Thelma Miller of Reno, Nev.; seven grandchildren; 15 great-grandchildren; and seven great-great-grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by three brothers, Oscar, Helmer “Fats” and Byron; sister, Lucille
Smejkal; husband, Orval Grainger in 1989; two grandsons, David and Charles; and stepdaughter, Iris Rollins.
Visitation will be held from 4 to 6 p.m. on Thursday, July 31, at the First Presbyterian Church in Poplar. Celebration of Life services will follow at 6 p.m. at the church. Inurnment will take place at a later date. Clayton Stevenson Memorial Chapel in Wolf Point was entrusted with arrangements.
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Edwin Mark Hardy, 60, died Tuesday, July 22, 2014.
He was born Oct. 19, 1953, to Ed and Mary Hardy of Sidney. He grew up on the family farm and dairy near Sidney and graduated from Sidney High School in 1972.
He attended college at Montana State University in Bozeman and graduated in 1977 with a degree in ag business. He met Rita Cusker while attending college, and they were married in December 1976.
He worked for the Peavey elevator in Wolf Point for several years and then was promoted to assistant manager of the Shelby elevator and then manager of the Peavey elevator in Cut Bank. He had a strong desire to succeed and won trips to Hawaii and Aruba based on his sales figures.
He and Rita returned to Wolf Point in 1983 to run the family ranch. He liked seeing things grow. He worked on getting irrigation systems set up so there would be moisture even in the dry years, and he loved to see a good field of alfalfa hay.
He enjoyed working with the livestock, both cattle and horses, and could talk for hours about his plans for the ranch.
He was a capable do-it-yourselfer and was able to figure out a way to accomplish most fix-it jobs.
Children Quinn, Megan and Vanessa were born and he enjoyed being part of their activities.
In 1989, they started a small business called Advantage Line from a room in their home. It later moved to an office in Wolf Point and then a bigger office in Williston, N.D., with satellite offices in Glendive, Billings and Havre, employing 600 people at its peak.
In 1994, the family moved to Williston, N.D., to be closer to their business.
He was a big fan of rodeo and spent a lot of time on the road driving the children to and from high school rodeos. He was National High School Rodeo director for North Dakota for many years and really enjoyed the people he met during that time, both in North Dakota and as a director at the national events. He was proud to watch all three children compete at the High School National Finals Rodeo.
He retired from Advantage Line in 2005 and started spending more time at the ranch in Wolf Point, irrigating and making hay. He did business consulting and worked for Agri-Industries for awhile. He liked to stay abreast of the latest technology and was always interested in business, particularly as it related to agriculture.
He enjoyed his children and was thrilled to have three grandchildren.
He is survived by his wife, Rita Hardy; son, Quinn Hardy; daughters, Megan Helmer and Vanessa Hardy; and three grandchildren, all of Wolf Point.
He was preceded in death by an infant brother.
Mass of Christian Burial was held Tuesday, July 29, at the Immaculate Conception Catholic Church in Wolf Point. Interment was at the Greenwood Cemetery in Wolf Point. Clayton Stevenson Memorial Chapel of Wolf Point was entrusted with the arrangements.