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Amelia Frances Smith, 96, of Poplar, died July 20, 2014, at Northeast Montana Health Services.
Shea was born in Roundup Aug. 21, 1917, to Frank and Theresa Spindler.
The family moved to the Poplar area when she was four years old. She went to school at the Fort Peck Indian School, completing the eighth grade.
She acquired 20 head of cows where she ran them in the “timber along the Missouri River.” One day in 1935 when she was out looking for the cows, she came across a truck stuck in the mud. The driver, David Jordan Smith, said, “Bub, go find Harry and tell him where I’m stuck at.” They were married June 1, 1938.
They farmed and ranched in the Poplar area where they raised six children, Barbara Smith, Catherine Kohl, Frank Smith, Raymond Smith, Cecil Smith and Marlene Smith.
She had 17 grandchildren, 40 great-grandchildren and 15 great-great- grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by her husband, David; infant son; three brothers, William and Donald Bridges and Frank Spindler; and two sisters, Theresa Spindler Carson and Kathryn Spindler Denny Grainger.
A visitation will be held Monday, July 28, from 6 to 8 p.m. at the Presbyterian Church in Poplar. Funeral services will be held on Tuesday, July 29, at 11 a.m. at the Presbyterian Church in Poplar. Interment will follow at the Poplar City Cemetery.
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Services for Frank D. Huebert Sr., 97, of Fairview, Okla., were held at 1:30 p.m. Saturday, July 12, 2014, at the Fairview Mennonite Brethren Church. He peacefully passed away July 11, 2014, at the Fairview Regional Medical Center. Arrangements were by Fairview Funeral Home, Inc.
Frank D. Huebert Sr. of Fairview, Okla., reached Heaven’s gate and was welcomed into glory on 11 July, 2014, in Fairview, Okla., at the age of 97 years, one month and one week. He was born to Jacob F. and Sara (Dick) Huebert at home near Lustre, Mont., on 4 June, 1917. He was the sixth of nine children.
Life was simple, with hard work, which taught him many skills and gave him many memories for his later years. He never tired of talking about Colonel, his very own horse, which his father gave him when he turned 16. Colonel was his loyal companion for many years. He also had several border collie dogs that were much more than working sheep dogs to him.
After graduating from the eighth-grade he attended Lustre Bible School and helped with farming and was finally able to go to Frazer High School at the age of 21. The school superintendent convinced Frank's dad that he needed further education. While attending school, he and his younger sisters lived in a tar paper shack in Frazer, which was 30 miles from home. He was given a job helping the janitor to earn living expenses. He prided himself in receiving the Citizenship Award as a senior.
Following graduation, Frank spent several months in the Seattle area working in the steel foundries before joining the Civilian Public Service (CPS), an alternative service of national importance, as a conscientious objector during World War II.
He worked for the Forest Service in Oregon and California. Later, he was stationed in Lincoln, Neb., and helped with raising rabbits for food to help with expenses. He met a number of men who became lifetime friends, from as far away as some place called Fairview, Okla. They became reacquainted when he and the family moved to Orienta in 1963.
It was during this time in Lincoln that he was introduced to Evelyn Edna Epp by his cousin Marie Huebert. A relationship began and during this time Evie moved to Lincoln to work so they could become better acquainted. On the day of his discharge from CPS, he and Evie were married in Henderson, Neb. The bond remained sure until his beloved passed away in March 2012 after 66 years of marriage.
Frank and Evelyn farmed in western Nebraska the first seven years of marriage. Although his first passion was farming and ranching, he knew God had greater things for him. God’s will was for him to be a spiritual farmer, tilling the fertile soil of man’s heart and shepherding His flock. In preparation, he attended Grace College of the Bible (Grace University) in Omaha, Neb. Upon graduation in 1957, they began their first pastorate in Wolf Point, Mont. In 1963, the family made a move to Orienta, Okla., where he pastored the Saron Mennonite Church. In 1971, they moved to Elbing, Kan., where he taught junior high and senior high Bible at Berean Academy. In 1978, they returned to the pastorate and served the Adams, Okla., Mennonite church until 1984. At that time, they bought and remodeled the only earthly home they ever owned.
Fairview became their home base as they did interim work for five years and then took over the custodial duties at the Fairview Mennonite Brethren Church.
Throughout his life, Frank was a diligent student of the Word and was especially interested in prophecy. Another passion was the Old Testament tabernacle of which he made a scale model. He taught many week-long special meetings at a number of churches through the years, and following full retirement, he continued to teach Bible on Wednesday evenings.
Frank and Evelyn's ministry took them many places and impacted many lives, with friends far and wide. Surely he said “Bless Your Heart” to many, many people he met along the way. If he didn’t have a chance to say it, it was prominently displayed as a bumper plate on the front of their car. It later became his ‘shingle’ on his room door at Fairview Fellowship Home.
His hands made many wooden projects, with Evie's assistance in design and finishing, including furniture and gifts for newlyweds and others. A favorite past time was cutting and splitting firewood, which he continued to do until he was 93.
He equally enjoyed feeding the wood into his fireplace and sometimes became overly zealous, with house temperatures soaring into the upper 80s on a cold winter day.
Although he never was a man of physical wealth, he has stored up many heavenly treasures, as well as treasures in the hearts of his family and many friends. He will be missed as a brother, a father, grandpa, grospa, and a faithful friend.
Preceding him in death were his parents, four sisters and three brothers. He is survived by his sister, Anna Huebert of Glendive, Montana. Sons include Allen Huebert and wife Jackie of Bellevue, Neb.; Frank Jr. and wife ReNita of Fairview, Okla. Twin daughters Sharon and husband John Oglesbee of San Augustine, Texas; Karen and husband Ivan Penner of Peoria, Ariz. There are 11 grandchildren and 13 great grandchildren, with two more on the way.
Not enough words can be spoken for the care he was given at the Fairview Fellowship Home where he was loved and cherished, and the Fairview Regional Medical Center where he spent the last few miles of his long journey.
Memorials may be given to Grace University with the Fairview Funeral Home of Fairview, Okla., acting as custodian.
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Patricia Halverson, 73, of Wolf Point died July 13, 2014, at Northeast Montana Health Services in Wolf Point after a long and courageous battle with cancer. Cremation has taken place and no services are planned at her request. Clayton Stevenson Memorial Chapel is assisting the family.
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Robert John Schriver, 83, went home to be with the Lord on July 4, 2014, at St. Vincent’s Health Care in Billings, Mont.
Rob was born on June 24, 1931, on the family farm to Joseph and Margaret Schriver. He was the youngest of nine brothers and sisters, all of whom are deceased including his mother and father. Rob went eight years to a country school and graduated from Circle High School in 1949.
He loved farming and ranching and continued working on the family farm following his graduation.
In 1957, Rob married Marjorie Pawlowski. Three daughters (Roxann, Patti, and Tami) became a loving part of their family. In 1960, Rob and Marge purchased the family farm where they built a happy home.
Church, country music, farming, family and friends were a big part of Rob’s life. He was a very talented musician playing the fiddle, guitar, and mandolin. The family joined in with piano, guitars, and singing. Rob and his family played for many 4-H dances, schoolhouse dances, and church functions. Rob and Marge also played music and provided church services in the surrounding communities and at the Circle Nursing Home for many years.
Rob served on the First Lutheran Church council, the Farmers Elevator board and the Country School board. In 1996, the family farm was sold to their daughter Patti and her husband Larry. Rob and Marge then retired to Circle.
Following retirement, Rob worked for Clayton- Stevenson Funeral Chapel, Rolandson’s John Deere Implement and for carpenter Don Quick. During this time, Rob served on the County Tax Appeal board and the Council on Aging.
When Rob was on the farm, he very much enjoyed milking cows. You could always hear him whistle when he headed for the barn with the milk pail in his hand and the dog by his side.
Rob always kept very busy while living in town in his later years. He loved helping people by tilling gardens, mowing lawns and various repair work.
Rob was preceded in death by his six brothers, Ervin, Edwin, Vic, Jim, Isadore and Sonny; his two sisters, Martha and Louise; and his parents, Joseph and Margaret.
Rob is survived by his loving wife, Marge; his three daughters, Roxann (Gary) Funk, Patti (Larry) Schipman and Tami (Jeff) Strand; his seven grandchildren, Jennifer (Steve) Theisen, Janeen (Jason) Unruh, Taylor and Trent Schipman, Shoni (Will) Townsend and Carl and Miranda Strand; as well as three great-grandchildren, Jaylee, Michael and Zachary.
We will miss you deeply — Husband, Father, Grandfather and Great-Grandfather — but we know you have gone home to be with the Lord. Thank you for your love, your faith and your Christian walk while you were here with us. You have made our lives rich and full.
Family received friends on Tuesday, July 8, 2014, from 4 to 6 p.m. at Stevenson and Sons Funeral Home in Circle following the visitation a family service was held at 6 p.m. Funeral services were held on Wednesday, July 9, 2014, at 2 p.m. at the Circle Evangelical Church. Interment was in the Riverview Cemetery. Condolences may be sent to the family by visiting www.stevenson
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Elias “Mac” Walter Jr. of Prairie Elk Colony, Wolf Point, died July 11, 2014 at Trinity Hospital in Wolf Point.
He was born Feb. 20, 1938, in Lewistown, the oldest son of Elias and Susie (Stahl) Walter. He was in the Black Hills at the Conscientious Objector’s Camp of South Dakota from 1962 to 1964.
In 1964, he moved from King Colony to Surprise Creek at Stanford where he spent most of his life. In 1965, he married Annie P. Walter. He worked in the hog barn when he was younger and was poultry boss for a number of years.
In 2006, he moved to the Prairie Elk Colony near Wolf Point where he lived until his death.
He is survived by his wife, Anna; daughter, Esther; son, Robert “Bob;” four grandchildren; brothers: Darius, Ben, Paul, Joe and Dave; and sister, Mary.
He was preceded in death by his parents Elias, Sr. and Susie Walter, his sister Rachel, and his brother Leonard. May the Lord rest his soul.
Uncle Mac will be remembered by his gruff voice and kind heart.
Funeral services were held Sunday, July, 13, at the Prairie Elk Colony with interment following at the colony cemetery.