Wolf Point Herald

Russell Oelkers


Russell Ralph Oelkers, 92, of Culbertson, died Tuesday, June 16, 2015, at the Roosevelt Memorial Nursing Home in Culbertson.  
He was born April 13, 1923, in McCabe to Russell G. and Maren Olsen Oel-kers and was raised on the family farm one mile east of Culbertson. His youth was spent milking cows, delivering milk, haying, doing general farm work and playing with his 12 siblings. Listening to the radio was their favorite form of entertainment.
He was baptized at Ebe-nezer Lutheran Church in Dane Valley and confirmed at Trinity Lutheran Church in Culbertson. He continued to be an active member at Trinity throughout his life.
In 1941, he graduated from Culbertson High School. After graduation, he enlisted in the U.S. Army Air Corps. Most of his army life was spent in San Marcos, Texas, flying a twin-engine plane and training navigators. He was discharged in December 1945.
He returned to Culbertson and purchased the City View Dairy. While making local deliveries, he met Lorraine Luft. They were married at Trinity Lutheran Church Nov. 25, 1948. They had six children.
In 1953, he started a service station dealership.  Oelkers Service Center went through several name changes including Carter, Enco, Exxon and then became an independent dealer.
He was an active member of the Culbertson community. He had vast knowledge of the area’s history and enjoyed sharing that with others, especially when he volunteered at the Culbertson Museum.  
Spending time with family, playing Pinochle, throwing horseshoes and gardening were some of his favorite pastimes. A treasured family tradition was 3 o’clock coffee every Saturday. This tradition continued while he was at The Vista in Billings and the Culbertson Nursing Home.
He is survived by six children, Ron Oelkers, Vivian Beals, Arliss Redekopp, Linda Sorensen, Vicki Miller and Gordon Oel-kers; 14 grandchildren; 12 great-grandchildren; and siblings, Marvin Oelkers, Betty McGinnis, Ray Oelkers, Marion Wolff and Don Oelkers.  
He was preceded in death by his wife, Lorraine Luft Oelkers; and siblings Ruth Iverson, Gladys
Tietz, Floyd Oelkers, Alice Oelkers, Leona Young, Stanley Oelkers and Ann Ueland.
Cremation has taken place. Memorial services were held Saturday, June 20, at the Trinity Lutheran Church in Culbertson. Pastor Gretchen Wagner officiated and inurnment with military honors was in Hillside Cemetery in Culbertson.

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Richard “Ditchy” Russell


Richard Dale Russell also known as “Ditchy,” 48, died June 7, 2015, in Des Moines, Iowa.
He was born Oct. 23, 1966, in Poplar and was raised by his grandma/mom Vida Muskrat since birth. He began his life of traveling at an early age, determined to experience life off the reservation, starting with the Mormon Placement Program at the age of 10.
From there, he went into the Chemawa Indian School where he stayed until his junior year. While attending Chemawa, he was a star football and basketball player for which he was featured in the 1984 Chemawa yearbook. In 1985 after leaving Chemawa, he met Karen Harrison and, from that union, they had a son, Darian Travis Russell, who is now 27, looks a lot like his dad and lives in Grand Ronde, Ore.
In 1993, he was featured in the American Indian Men Calendar, of which he was very proud. One of his many dreams that he had his heart set on was to attend the American Indian Arts Institute to study art and silver smithing so he could one day open up his own business. He also did landscaping and yard/garden work. His work was immaculate, therefore many people would hire him to edge their lawns and put in rock gardens.
No matter where he was, he always found a way to write or call home to check on Grandma/Mom and to tell her how much he loved and missed her. In one of his letters, he told her he was going to come home for a visit soon. Of the many states he traveled through, he finally settled in the Des Moines, Iowa, area where he lived the past 15 years and there he was known to all as Rick. There, he leaves behind many friends, including special friend Carol Young.
He is survived by his mom, Vida Muskrat of Poplar; son, Darian Russell, and his mother, Karen Harrison, both of Grand Ronde, Ore.; mother, Joann Russell of Poplar; father, Pierre Youpee Sr. of Poplar; sisters, Farrell Simons of Poplar, Tracy RedDog of New Town, N.D., Danette Scott of Poplar; and brothers, Kalijah GoodSoldier, Cliff and Cory Youpee, Pierre Youpee Jr., all of Poplar.
Funeral services were held Friday, June 19, at the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints in Poplar. Interment was at the Poplar City Cemetery.  Clayton Stevenson Memorial Chapel in Wolf Point was entrusted with arrangements.

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Colleen Dupree


Colleen Diane Dupree, 57, died June 14, 2015.  
She was born Aug. 11, 1957, to Colma and Angeline Dupree in California.  She was known as “Aunty Pete” to all that knew her. She was a fun-loving and spirited person. She loved to cook and always welcomed anyone into her home. No one left her home without a good home-cooked meal.  
She is survived by her longtime companion, Kenneth “Andy” Garfield of Poplar; sons, Jason Dupree, T.J. Dupree and Joe Dozelick, all of Poplar; daughter, Terrise Eagleman of Poplar; sisters, Patricia Iron Cloud, Thomasyna Dupree and Ella Talks Different; and brother, Dallas Dupree of Salmon, Idaho; and numerous grandchildren.

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Obituary Correction

In the obituary for Elsie Ross that was in the June 18 issue of The Herald-News, the correct name of a person who preceded her in death was Lois Moes.

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Rose Friesen

Rose Friesen, 88, died Saturday, June 20, 2015, at the Faith Lutheran Home in Wolf Point.
Clayton Stevenson Memorial Chapel has been entrusted with arrangements.

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