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A Mass of Christian Burial for Rev. Robert James Fox will be celebrated at Our Lady of Lourdes Catholic Church in Poplar, Mont., on Friday, Sept. 18, 2015, at 2 p.m. A Vigil service will be held on Thursday, Sept. 17, 2015, at Immaculate Conception Church in Wolf Point, Mont., at 7 p.m. Interment will follow the Mass at the Poplar Cemetery. Bishop Michael Warfel of the Diocese of Great Falls-Billings will officiate.
Father Fox died on Thursday, Sept. 10, 2015, at the Faith Lutheran Home in Wolf Point. He was born on Oct. 14, 1931, along with his twin brother, William, in Bandon Township, Renville County, Minn. He is predeceased by his parents, Frank and Angela (Farrell) Fox, siblings, John, Mary, Edward, and William. He is survived by his brother Jerome (Grace) of Inver Grove Heights, Minn., and sister Rosanne (Sister of St. Joseph of Ca-rondelet) of St. Paul, Minn., sister-in-laws Joan (Edward) Fox of Redwood Falls, Minn., Mary Jo (William) Fox of Minneapolis, along with four generations of nieces, nephews and cousins.
He was ordained June 6, 1959, St. Mary’s Cathedral, St. Cloud, Minn., by Bishop Peter Bartholomew and said his first Mass at Sacred Heart Church in Franklin, Minn., on June 7.
After attending grade school in Franklin, Minn., he and brother Bill, lived with their uncle and aunt, Jim and Rose Redmond, while attending St. Mary’s Institute in Great Falls. His college education started at Mount Angel Seminary, Saint Benedict, Ore., and continued for three years at Basselin College of the Catholic University, Washington, D.C., studying philosophy and four years at the Theological College, Catholic University, Washington, D.C. He earned his B.A. in 1953, M.A. in 1954, Philosophy, S.T.L. 1959, and his Ph.D. in 1963. During his college years, he spent four months traveling Europe which he felt was comparable to a couple of years of college. He aided many a niece and nephew over the years to attain college degrees and encouraged them to travel and learn.
In 1959, he was assigned to St. Patrick’s in Billings and taught at Central Catholic High School while continuing his studies. In August 1962, he was moved to Great Falls as a Professor of Philosophy at the College of Great Falls. He became Chaplain and Head of the Philosophy Department in 1964, serving at the College for 25 years. Additionally, he served the people and priests of the Diocese of Great Falls-
Billings as a chairman to the Diocesan Ecumenical Commission, Priests’ Personnel Board, Judge of the Diocesan Marriage Tribunal, Chancellor of the Diocese, and Vicar for Ministries. Over the years, he served the Montana parishes of Blessed Sacrament in Black Eagle, Ursline Academy in Great Falls, Immaculate Conception in Fort Benton, Sts. Cyril & Methodius in Stockett, and Holy Family in Great Falls before being assigned to St. Raphael’s in Glasgow in1982 for six years. In 1989, he became pastor of Our Lady of Lourdes in Poplar, with additional duties at Immaculate Conception Church from 1991-1994. He served in Poplar until his retirement in 1996.
His thesis on nuclear war, “Sovereignty and World Order, The Limitation of Warfare” was published in the American Ecclesiastical Review in February 1964, and he authored and published many book reviews, letter to editors and articles for Catholic publications over the years. Always having an interest in Dorothy Day and her work with the poor, he began a book to introduce the reader to her life and works. In 2014, his book, Dorothy Day’s Visit to Montana, was published. An avid reader, his collection of books would amaze his visitors. He often authored a short poem or story that he would relay in his weekly correspondence and Christmas letters to a vast array of friends and family.
His ministry with the Native Americans on the Fort Peck Reservation was his calling. During his years in Poplar and after his retirement, he offered whatever he had to whomever needed it, whether it be a sandwich, clothing or counseling. His belief in the Beatitudes was well practiced.
Fr. Bob loved animals, having two black Labradors, Bosco and Jake, during his years in Glasgow and Poplar. At the Faith Home, he cared for Gracie, one of the home’s “community” cats, who took up residence in his room. He loved to see a dog or a puppy come to visit. Young children were also a favorite. He kept a stash of Oreo cookies and candy for their visits. He encouraged older ones to read and write letters, often quizzing them on what they had learned in school.
He also enjoyed his years sharing “The Cabin” on the Missouri River at Dearborn with family, friends, and fellow priests. Work was always to be done, but there was also lots of time for praying, meditation, cards, good food and visiting. Golf was his game, and he savored the winters he could spend in Arizona with family and friends pursuing the sport.
He was an integral part of the brotherhood of priests in the Diocese and served as the patriarch of the Fox Family. He was keenly aware of the needs of others and was so easy to talk with whether you were experiencing a problem in your life, or just wanted to share an event. Never judgmental, family, friends, and strangers sought him out for counseling or just to clarify a question they had about the Church. He offered Bibles, rosaries and books to anyone who showed the slightest interest in renewing or strengthening their faith. During his time at Faith Lutheran Home, he led the Rosary, helped with Mass, consoled fellow residents, and served as president of the Resident’s Committee. He will be deeply missed by all.
Memorials may be made to the Priests’ Retirement Fund, Diocese of Great Falls - Billings, PO Box 1399, Great Falls, MT 59403, or Faith Lutheran Home, 1000 Sixth Ave. N., Wolf Point, MT 59201.
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Delray Smith, 47, died Thursday, Sept. 10, 2015, at the NEMHS - Poplar Hospital.
He was born to Sharon Boxer and Raymond Anthony Smith of Tucson, Ariz., Dec. 1, 1967, in Williston, N.D. He attended schools in Poplar, Wahpeton, N.D., and Flandreau, S.D. He was currently residing in Welch, Minn.
He carried the Indian name “Wasaka Howaste Dowan," "Strong Voice Singer.” He loved to sing powwow and prayer songs. He started singing at a very young age. He sang with the Fort Peck Sioux Singers of Poplar, Badland Singers of Brockton, Prairie Island Singers of Welch, Minn., and Mystic River Singers from Connecticut. He traveled across the U.S.A. singing at powwows and ceremonies.
He was known to family and friends as Chubbz or Bubba and was a very generous and kind man. He loved to visit and tease his brothers and sisters.
He is survived by his son, Trevor Chaske Smith; and his mother, Sharon Boxer.
Funeral services were held at 11 a.m. Wednesday, Sept. 16, at the Cultural Center in Poplar. Interment was at the Poplar City Cemetery. Clayton Stevenson Memorial Chapel was entrusted with arrangements.
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Michael John Hotomani, 60, of Frazer, died Thursday, Sept. 3, 2015, in Billings.
He was born to Mike Ryder and Ruth Lillian Hotomani Sept. 18, 1954, on the Assiniboine Reserve, Carry The Kettle First Nation, Sintaluta, Sask., Canada. He was a quiet, loving and gentle person. He never said a wrong word to anyone.
He loved animals and enjoyed hunting, fishing, playing pool and keeping track of his favorite football team, the “Saskatchewan Rough Riders.” His favorite football teams were the Minnesota Vikings and the Rough Riders.
He was very athletic as a young boy and continued to participate in sports until he was middle age. He would look for the family horses and he would run long distances trying to catch the horses. He played center field on the Frazer slow-pitch team. He could throw a ball from the home run fence and have the ball reach home plate easily. Mike, his brother Regg and cousin, Laird "Skinny Pete" Isaac played together on the same team for more than 20 years. After quitting playing ball, they all joined and played for the Wolf Point and Glasgow pool leagues.
He worked at A & S Industries in Poplar for a few years. He worked at the Fort Peck Tribal ranch for 11 years and also worked for Joe Day, Flynn Ranch and other area farmers and ranchers.
He was preceded in death by sisters, Glennis Jack, Rosemary Bull Chief and Frances Jackson; brothers, Terry "Buddy" Ryder, Regg Hotomani and Elvis Hotomani; and step-son, Henry Williams.
He is survived by his wife of 33 years, Shirley Flynn; sister, Millie Hotomani of Carry The Kettle First Nation, Sask.; twin sister, Meryle Montclair of Frazer. and brother, Gary Hotomani of Regina, Sask., Canada; step-daughter, Marlene Beston; step-son, Torrey Flynn; and numerous grandchildren and great-grandchildren.
Funeral services were held at Frazer Community Hall Friday, Sept. 11. Burial was at the St. Joseph Catholic Cemetery in Frazer. Clayton Stevenson Memorial Chapel was entrusted with arrangements.
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Kathryn Marie (Hess) Cherney, 88, of Nashua/Glasgow, died at Frances Mahon Deaconess Hospital in Glasgow Friday, Sept. 4, 2015.
She was born to Allen and Hazel (Shirk) Hess April 10, 1927, in Poplar and was the oldest of four girls. She attended grade school north of Brockton and graduated from Poplar High School in 1946. She graduated college from Havre with a teaching degree.
While she was teaching school in Nashua, she met Joyce Cherney. The couple married June 7, 1953, at the Zion Lutheran Church in Brockton. In the fall of 1953, they moved to the homestead farm where they lived until they bought a house in Nashua in 1988. They had four children: Terrence, Darrell, Jodeen and Dayton. They lived in Nashua until 2005 when they moved to Nemont Manor in Glasgow.
Her life revolved around her family, children, grandchildren and her strong Christian faith. She enjoyed cooking and was known throughout the community for her Hallo-
ween popcorn balls.
She belonged to Our Redeemer’s Lutheran Church in Nashua and later attended services at First Lutheran Church and the Nemont Manor in Glasgow.
She is survived by her son, Dayton Cherney of Sidney; three grandchildren; and sisters, Hazel Gruys of Albuquerque, N.M. and Velma Savoie of Newberry, Calif.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Joyce; her daughter, Jodeen; sons, Terrence and Darrell; and sister, Audrey (Hess) Larson.
Cremation has taken place under the direction of Bell Mortuary. A memorial service was held Wednesday, Sept. 9, at First Lutheran Church in Glasgow with Pastor Bonnie Novak officiating. Burial of ashes will take place privately with family.
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Duane “Pete” Kummer, 64, of Bainville, died at the Billings Clinic in Billings Thursday, Sept. 10, 2015.
His funeral service will be held at 2:30 p.m. Friday, Sept. 18, at the Bainville Fire Hall. Pastor Steve Anderson will officiate. Cremation will follow the service.
Friends may call at the Fulkerson Stevenson Funeral Home in Williston on Thursday, Sept. 17, from 9 a.m. until 7 p.m. and at the fire hall in Bainville one hour prior to services on Friday.