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On the evening of Dec. 3, 2013, Peter “Bull” Leonard Stump Jr., 67, of Oswego, died north of Poplar, while spending time with a special friend, Darlyn Grainger.
He was born in Havre Dec. 31, 1945, the second son of eight children of Eleanor Marie Hubbard and Peter Walter Stump.
He joined the Army Dec. 15, 1965, and served in Germany, Europe and Greece. He spent a total of six years in the service, being honorably discharged Feb. 2, 1968.
He met and married Patricia Ann Jackson and they raised two sons together, Mike and Steve. They also raised three grandchildren, Donell, Pete and Kristin. He finished his education by receiving his G.E.D. and taking several college courses.
He had many jobs over the years — he was a custodian, police officer, game warden and a soil conservation technician. He received an award from the City of Billings for coming to the aid of a Billings city police officer that was being assaulted by a criminal. That was the kind of man he was; he had no fear, no quit and didn’t back down from any challenge.
He was a cowboy. He loved to rope and ride. He was a member of the PRCA for many years. He qualified for the Montana Circuit Finals three times. He was also a member of several local roping clubs. He was always game to load up the horses and head down the road, no matter how far he had to go roping.
He has won 10 saddles and trophy buckles and other prizes, so many that his family lost count. Even he couldn’t remember the exact number.
He was preceded in death by his wife of 44 years, Patty; brother, Harold; granddaughter, Stephanie; and great-grandchild, Pete III.
He is survived by his sons, Mike of Oswego and Steve of Williston, N.D.; brothers, Robert and Ronnie, both of Rocky Boy, Gordon of Salt Lake City, Utah, and Keith “Keno” of Great Falls; sisters, Darleen and Edwina of Poplar; and grandchildren too numerous to mention.
A funeral service was held Saturday, Dec. 7, at the Oswego Community Hall. Interment was at the Oswego Presbyterian Cemetery. Clayton Stevenson Memorial Chapel of Wolf Point was entrusted with the arrangements.
Last Updated on Wednesday, 11 December 2013 10:00
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LuVern B. Sundheim of Marysville, Wash., died Nov. 24, 2013, in Bethany at Silver Lake Nursing Home in Everett, Wash.
He was born in Peever, S.D., May 19, 1924, to Edwin and Inga (Grinde) Sundheim.
He entered the U.S. Army Nov. 1, 1944, serving with the 84th Field Artillery in the European Theater in World War II until his honorable discharge Aug. 10, 1946.
On May 10, 1952, he married Irene Larson. In the first years of their marriage, they made their home in Froid and Fairview. During this time, their two children, Jaycin and Jeraldine were born.
In 1960, the family moved to Lynnwood, Wash.
He worked in construction for many years, including having worked on the Space Needle and several buildings for the World’s Fair which was held in Seattle in 1962. He was proud to have worked on the Boeing airfield runways, Pike Place Market and several hospitals in Seattle.
After his retirement, he worked with his son-in-law, Jim Short, building houses for several years.
During LuVern and Irene’s retirement, they enjoyed watching their grandchildren’s sporting events in Washington and North Dakota.
He will always be remembered for his hard-working manner and his sense of humor.
He was preceded in death by his wife, Irene, Nov. 11, 2008; sister, Florence Anvik; and his brothers, Enid, Orville and Stewart.
He is survived by his son, Jaycin of Minot, N.D.; daughter, Jeri Short of Marysville, Wash.; eight grandchildren; eight great-grandchildren; and a sister, Helen Martin.
A memorial service will be held on Saturday, Dec. 28, at 11 a.m. at Zion Lutheran Church in Fairview. Burial for both LuVern and Irene will be held in the Fairview Cemetery following the service.
Last Updated on Wednesday, 11 December 2013 09:51
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Pastor Deloris “Dee” Ann Kirn Red Eagle, 65, of Poplar, died Dec. 6, 2013.
She was born June 15, 1948, to Leslie C. “Red” Kirn and Esther Yellow Owl-King. She attended school in Poplar, Missoula, and Helena and later earned her associate of arts degree and bachelor of arts degree at Naes College.
In February 1966, she met Elmer Sterling Red Eagle. They married one year later on Feb. 8, 1967. From this marriage, they had five children.
In 1994, she began her fight against cancer, a fight she would face for 19 years. She was pursuing a master’s degree in divinity at the time, but it was put on hold due to her illness.
In the 1990s, she was invited to a seminar at the University of Montana in Missoula. She was the only Native American invited to this seminar and was asked to speak on small business and give her ideas. There were people who attended this seminar from all over the world and this was a major milestone in her life.
She also owned and operated The Red Eagle Second Hand Store in Poplar and did very well in her business.
In the early parts of 2000, after being spared by the Lord from another bout of cancer, and her husband, Sterling, decided to pursue an education to become ministers. They attended the Presbytery of the Minnesota Valley Ministries where, after two years, they earned their rights to be pastors.
In 2011, she was commissioned by the Dakota Presbytery and appointed to help her husband pastor at the United Dakota Presbyterian Church in Wolf Point. A short while later, it was requested by the elders of the Red Eagle Memorial Presbyterian Church of Fort Kipp that she be their pastor. She was then appointed as the official pastor, where she remained until her death. Pastor Dee is the first lady pastor ever to be appointed in the history of the Red Eagle Memorial Presbyterian Church. She loved ministering, especially to children.
She was preceded in death by her son, Harvey Dean Red Eagle; great- grandson, Elmer Sterling Red Eagle III; and siblings, Emil and Ervin Laverdure and Charlotte Caulder.
She is survived by her husband, Sterling Red Eagle; sons, Elmer Red Eagle Jr. and Jerome Red Eagle; daughters, Lawanda Jefferies-Red Eagle and Mayme Red Eagle; adopted son, Paul Red Eagle Sr.; numerous grandchildren and great-grandchildren; and a great-grandson, Paul Red Eagle Jr., whom she was raising.
A wake will be held at 7 p.m. Monday, Dec. 16, at the Activity Center in Poplar. A funeral service will be held at 2 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 17, also at the Activity Center in Poplar. Interment will follow at the Poplar City Cemetery in Poplar. Clayton Stevenson Memorial Chapel of Wolf Point was entrusted with the arrangements.
Last Updated on Wednesday, 11 December 2013 09:50
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Reanna Marie Lambert, 37, of Wolf Point, Mont., went home to be with Jesus and her dearest daughter, Amanda Rose, on Nov. 30, 2013, at the Trinity Hospital in Wolf Point, Mont.
Reanna was born Feb. 27, 1976, in Wolf Point, Mont., to Stephen and Connie Lambert. She was raised in Wolf Point and graduated from Wolf Point High School in 1994.
Growing up, she was very active in sports, playing basketball, volleyball, softball and on the swim team. Reanna loved going to swim meets and softball games with her sister. They got up at 6 a.m. every morning for some type of practice and came home very hungry late in the afternoons.
Reanna also loved to play basketball with her brother; they would spend countless hours playing basketball at Borge Park, often showing up late for dinner. Listerud Street was her playground, from playing Ditch at night to ice skating in the winter time with all the neighborhood kids. Many great life-long friendships were made by her (too many to name but you know who you are).
She was a very kind person and rarely said no to a challenge. She was very competitive and anyone that knew her could attest to that. She also loved to hunt and fish throughout her life, especially with her dad, brother and grandpa.
Reanna also loved music of all types; she was musical and was member of the WPHS Pep Band. She loved spending time playing cards with her friends and family especially during the holidays. Some of her favorite card games were Whist, Hearts, Gin Rummy and Solitaire.
She married Chad Heser in Wolf Point, Mont., in 1998. From this union came Andrew Michael, Kevin David, Logan James and Amanda Rose. Early in their marriage, Chad and Reanna moved to Billings, Mont., but returned home to Wolf Point, Mont., in 2003. Her boys got their love of sports from her, especially basketball. They later divorced.
She was also a very hard worker, among her careers she worked as 911 dispatcher for Roosevelt County, a C.N.A. for Prioricare Staffing Solutions, Montana Health Network and other businesses in Montana and North Dakota.
After meeting Kendall Johnson, she loved working beside him at Nemont Weedbusters and on his farm/ranch. Reanna was always willing to help out wherever she was needed and she kept the team moral up during the long spraying season. She loved going to the ranch and riding Kendall’s four-wheeler and she was also working on her fear of flying with Kendall’s patient nature.
Reanna was the strongest and kindest person wrapped into one little firecracker package. She had wit, humor, compassion, love and loyalty through the good and tough times in her life. Reanna loved to play Words with Friends and dancing to country music. Her favorite thing to say to anyone was “Oh, come on now!”
Reanna is preceded in death by Amanda Rose Heser (daughter), Lorayne Lillian Berger (grandmother), Sarah Davis (great- grandmother), and Joseph and Mazel Petrick (great- grandparents).
She is survived by Andrew, Kevin and Logan Heser, Kendall Johnson (significant other), Connie Lambert and David Booke, Stephen and Cecilia Lambert and Abby Julio (stepsister), Chad and Kris (sister), Spencer, Colton and Nicole Rush (Scobey, Mont.), Ryan Lambert (brother), Dr. Jack and Mardelle (Mitzi) Lambert, Clifford and Cheryl Berger and family (Poplar, Mont.), Joseph Berger (Billings, Mont.), Pierre Berger and family, Carol Berger and family, William and Lori Berger and family, Nick and Barb Beery and family (Seeley Lake, Mont.), David and Maureen Piersak and family (Fort Peck, Mont.), Dennis and Kathy Buckles and family (Cowessess, Saskatchewan), Jay Lambert and family (Chula Vista, Calif.), Virginia LaRoche and family (Billings, Mont.), Elmer and Clarenell Davis (Clinton, Okla.).
Reanna will be greatly missed by those who knew and loved her.
Visitation will be held from 7 until 9 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 5, at the Clayton Stevenson Memorial Chapel in Wolf Point. A funeral service will be held 2 p.m. Friday, Dec. 6, at the First Lutheran Church in Wolf Point. Interment will follow at the Greenwood Cemetery in Wolf Point.
Clayton Stevenson Memorial Chapel of Wolf Point was entrusted with the arrangements and condolences may be sent to the family by visiting www.claytonstevensonchapel.com.
Last Updated on Wednesday, 04 December 2013 09:37
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Tressie ‘Theresa’ Catherine (Steele) Smoker, “Cante Waste Wi,” “Kind Hearted Woman,” died Nov. 19, 2013, at the Faith Home in Wolf Point.
She was born Feb. 9, 1939, to William “Billy” Steele and Agnes Scott in Poplar. She attended school until the young age of 16 when she met and married Kenneth Smoker June 18, 1955, in Poplar.
She instantly found her calling as a mother and nurturer with the birth of her four children, Jeri Lynn, Kenneth Jr., Karen Rose and John Rocky. She was a faithful homemaker and sold Avon until the 1970s when she was hired at the Indian Health Service as a dental assistant. She was a staple in Poplar Schools for her routine teeth checks. She faithfully served her role as dental assistant in the Vern E. Gibbs Indian Health Center in Poplar until 2009.
She was the biggest champion and cheerleader for her children. She was a devout Poplar Indians fan for over 40 years, watching her children and grandchildren flourish athletically.
She enjoyed a competitive game of Scrabble with her sisters and spending quiet evening putting together large challenging puzzles.
She was preceded in death by her children, John Rocky and Karen Rose; brothers, Fred, Dorrance ‘Curly’ and Lonnie; and sisters, Carlene, Trivian, Marlene and Mary Rose.
She is survived by her husband, Kenneth Sr.; children, Kenneth Jr. and Jeri; adopted daughter, Rose Morsette; adopted sons, Nick Hagadone and Lowell Standing; sister, Thelma; and numerous grandchildren, adopted grandchildren and great-grandchildren.
Mass of Christian Burial was held Saturday, Nov. 23, at the Our Lady of Lourdes Catholic Church in Poplar. Interment was at the Poplar City Cemetery in Poplar. Clayton Stevenson Memorial Chapel of Wolf Point has been entrusted with the arrangements.
Last Updated on Wednesday, 04 December 2013 09:36