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Esther Emma Dumke Loomer, 100, of Culbertson, died Monday, March 23, 2015, at the Roosevelt Medical Center in Culbertson.
She was born just over 100 years ago on Feb. 1, 1915, on the family farm near Fergus Falls, Minn., to William and Henrietta Peterson Dumke. She joined two brothers and a sister and was later joined by another brother. She attended country school and graduated from Fergus Falls High School in 1933. She was employed as a legal secretary.
On Nov. 24, 1939, she married her high school sweetheart, Francis W. Loomer. Their first home together was in Bowman, N.D., where he was teaching school and coaching. In 1946, they settled in Glasgow. They lived there until 2010 when they moved to Culbertson to be near their daughter, Jill. They were married for nearly 72 years. Born to this union were a son, Douglas, and a daughter, Jill.
She taught Sunday school and held many offices in the Congregational Church, including treasurer and chairman of the women’s group. She was a 50-year member of PEO and Order of the Eastern Star, of which she was Worthy Matron. She was a 4-H leader and a Cub Scout den mother.
She enjoyed needlework, petit point, needlepoint, knitting and tatting. When Fran retired, they wintered in Mesa, Ariz., where she attended porcelain painting classes and created many beautiful pieces of her own design. She enjoyed reading, doing crossword puzzles and playing cards. She was an excellent cook and baked bread and other goodies on a regular basis. She was always a positive person and saw the bright side of life, being an inspiration to many.
She was preceded in death by brothers, Arthur, Carl and Henry; sister, Ethel; husband, Francis; and her granddaughter, Jami Marie Herness.
She is survived by her children, Douglas Loomer of Bigfork and Las Cruces, N.M., and Jill Herness of Culbertson; and one granddaughter.
Funeral services will be at 2 p.m. Saturday, March 28, at Trinity Lutheran Church in Culbertson with Pastor Gretchen Wagner officiating. Interment will take place in Hillside Cemetery in Culbertson.
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William “Willie” Joseph Reed died Wednesday, March 18, 2015, in Billings.
He was born Oct. 5, 1970, in Wolf Point to Cleo and Oliver Reed. He was raised in Montana, Arizona and Wyoming.
He was an outstanding athlete from the beginning. Living in Wolf Point during elementary school, Willie and his younger brother, Daryl, were in Little League Baseball, winning many awards. Moving to Billings, he won Billings City Wrestling for six-year- olds. He also played in Little Guy Football.
Moving to Wyoming, he attended junior high and high school at Fort Washakie and Ethete. He excelled at basketball and football. He and Daryl were members of the Wyoming Indian High School Chiefs championship basketball team.
After high school, he married Michelle Harris and joined the United States Marine Corps. They had two children Johanna and Robert “Rob” Reed. They later divorced. After serving in Desert Storm, he finished his tour of duty and was honorably discharged.
After his service in the military, he was employed by the National Guard as a mechanic. He worked there several years and then went to work at Billings Clinic. The last nine years, he worked as a carpenter and roofer.
He met Laureen Bell Rock and Kaden was born — Willie’s second son. She in 2011. He raised his children pretty much as a single dad. His children were his joy and his mom was his rock.
He is survived by his daughter, Johanna of Billings; sons, Robert “Rob” and Kaden Reed, both of Billings; two grandsons; sister, Lisa St. Clair of Pablo; and brother, Daryl Reed of Parmelee, S.D.
Funeral services were held at 11 a.m. on Wednesday, March 25, at the Clayton Stevenson Memorial Chapel in Wolf Point. Interment was at Oswego Presbyterian Cemetery. Clayton Stevenson Memorial Chapel was entrusted with arrangements.
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Duane Buettner, 91 years old, formerly of Wolf Point, died March 15, 2015, at the Billings Clinic.
He was born on Feb. 19, 1924, to Fred and Maude Buettner at their farm home 20 miles northeast of Wolf Point. Duane attended elementary school at Divide Rural School. In August 1937, he enrolled at Wolf Point High School. After completing his junior year, he enrolled in the Civilian Conservation Corp to provide financial support to his parents. Duane returned to school a year later and graduated in 1942. He joined the U.S. Navy in 1943 and served aboard a submarine that made four successful war patrols. He worked for the Montana Job Service in Wolf Point until December 1984.
Duane married Lorentina Spitzer June 15, 1946, and she preceded him in death on June 8, 2005. Also preceding him in death were two sisters, Helen Eggebrecht and Hazel Greufe; and a brother, Ralph.
Duane is survived by four sons, Allan (Nora) of Seattle, Wash.; Loren of Bozeman, Mont.; Darrel (Dee) of Greeley, Colo.; Steven (Cathy) of Billings, Mont., and one daughter, Vicki (Brian) Eggebrecht of Malta, Mont. Also surviving Duane are 10 grandchildren, one step-grandchild, three great-grandchildren and a sister, Marjorie
At Duane’s request, no services are planned. Private inurnment of ashes will be at Greenwood Cemetery in Wolf Point at a later date. Cremation and Funeral Gallery of Billings is in charge of the arrangements and condolences for the family can be left at cfgbillings.com or mailed to 8270 U.S. Hwy. 191 S, Malta, MT 59538.
Duane was a wonderful father and grandfather and did a great job of raising and caring for all of us. We were grateful to be able to return that care over the last nine and a half years, since the passing of our mom. We take great comfort in knowing that our dad was peacefully guided from our care by God to Heaven and to his rightful place beside our mom. The family is very thankful for the care he received at St. John’s Lutheran Home and the Billings Clinic, especially in his last days. Memorials may be made in Duane’s name to St. John’s Lutheran Home or Family Services, Inc., both in Billings.
Arrangements are by Cremation & Funeral Gallery. Condolences may be sent to the family at www.cfgbillings.com through “Our Families.”
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Tyrone Allen Jones, 40, of Poplar, died March 12, 2015, at Poplar Hospital.
He was born in Williston, N.D., Nov. 18, 1974, to Sybil Darlene Jones. He was the youngest of five siblings. He lived in Brockton with his mother until her death in January of 1982. He then went to live with his uncle and aunt Ray and Aurelia Bets His Medicine of Fort Kipp.
He attended school in Brockton and graduated with high honors in 1993. He was a highly intelligent young man and proved so in many areas of his life. He was also involved in high school sports, especially basketball making it to the state Class C tournament in 1992.
During his high school years, Jim Dillon of Brockton took him under his wing and helped and guided him like he was own son. He also spent time under Terry and Debbie Wagner’s care. He thought the world of these people who touched his life and spoke very highly of them.
He was preceded in death by his sister, Debbie Scott, and brother, Carly Scott.
He is survived by his sons, Anthony Spotted Bird of Brockton and Carlus Jones of Poplar; daughters, Prairie Jones of Canada and Brittany Running Rabbit of Browning; seven grandchildren; sister, Claudia Scott of Fort Kipp; and brother, Tom Scott of Fort Kipp.
Funeral services were held at 11 a.m. on Wednesday, March 18, at the James Black Dog Center in Fort Kipp. Interment followed at Fort Kipp Cemetery.
Clayton Stevenson Memorial Chapel was entrusted with arrangements.
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Charlotte C. Tronson, 79, died March 7, 2015, in Plentywood at Sheridan Memorial Hospital.
She was born in Winona, Minn., a daughter of Floyd and Alma Axness in 1935. The family moved to Medicine Lake, where she attended Medicine Lake Public Schools, graduating in 1953, and continued education in Omaha, Neb. She enjoyed a long career in the U.S. Postal Service as postmaster in Antelope.
She is survived by her husband, Melvin Tronson Jr. of Medicine Lake. They have made their life farming/ranching and raised five children, Kerri Hart of Enumclaw, Wash., Stacy Brunsvold of Sidney, Steven Tronson of Medicine Lake, Sharri Lunde of Medicine Lake and Stephanie Tronson of Fort Worth, Texas. She is survived by nine grandchildren; one great-granddaughter; and a sister, Adeline Ueland.
She is preceded in death by a brother, Willard.
She was known for her many talents, some of which included cooking, decorating, quilting and entertaining. She was a gracious and lovely lady, known to be well-dressed and hair perfected.
Strong in faith, God lived in her life.
A service celebrating her life will be at 10:30 a.m. Thursday, March 12, at Medicine Lake Lutheran Church.