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Lois Ann Nichols, 52, died Tuesday, March 24, 2015, at her residence.
She was born Jan. 23, 1963, in Wolf Point to Donell and Ardis (Eliason) Nichols. She was raised on the family farm outside of Frazer, attending elementary school in Frazer. In 1976, she attended junior high school in Glasgow and went on to be a Scottie, graduating from Glasgow High School in 1981.
She continued her education at Northern Montana College that fall and graduated with a bachelor’s degree in interdisciplinary studies in 1985.
She moved to Helena and worked for the Catholic Diocese there for a year before returning to Havre to work for the Hill County Commissioners. She remained with the county commissioners office until her death. She worked countless hours helping everyone who came into the court house, greeting them with a smile and hello.
She enjoyed embroidery, genealogy and spending time with her partner working with the horses on the farm at Sunburst. She always remembered special occasions for others, making graduation quilts for all of her step-children and son, and remembering birthdays and holidays. Decorations always lit up her area and were worth a good chuckle.
She made multiple trips to Helena to see government in action and enjoyed time with her family. She loved traveling to visit family and friends, for work or pleasure. She spent endless hours researching an adventure she was planning to have in England. Travel was a passion of hers.
Her greatest pride and joy and the apple of her eye is Nicholas. She raised him to be a gentle courteous man with her wisdom.
She is survived by her son, Nicholas Mader of Havre; partner, Gwen Marshall of Sunburst; stepsons, Ben and Colby Mader, both of Havre; stepdaughters, Ashley and Kendra Mader of Arizona; mother, Ardis Nichols of Glasgow; sisters, Donna Nichols of Glasgow, Janet Irwin of Lincoln, Neb., Paula Nichols of Spokane, Wash., and Elaine Nichols of Bozeman; and brother, Loren Nichols of Billings.
Cremation has taken place and memorial services were held Monday, March 30, at First Lutheran Church in Havre with Pastor Linda Rose officiating.
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Russell Dean Thompson Jr., “Big Russ,” 42, died March 22, 2015, at NEMHS.
He was born on April 6, 1973, in Wolf Point to Russell D. Thompson Sr. and Patricia N. Harris Thompson. He was the only son of “Big Dean” and was the apple of his eye.
As a young boy, he enjoyed hanging out with all his friends and cousins on “Pumpkin Hill.” He enjoyed fishing and hunting with his dad and mom.
He would travel to Riverton, Wyo., with his mother every summer to spend time with his sister Kathleen Brannon and her family and all his nephews.
He attended school in Wolf Point all the way up to when he graduated from high school in 1991. He was an excellent basketball player and played basketball for Wolf Point High School and also ran track.
He loved to read and visit with his family, especially with his son, Drew. He loved to listen to music and his favorite band was AC/DC. He would ride around in his big Dodge and turn up the music and just cruise. He enjoyed hunting, fishing and spending time with his family and friends.
He worked all over, but his favorite job was working as a correctional officer. He got certified by the state in 2001 and worked for the Fort Peck Tribes. His last job was working for the Roosevelt County Sheriff’s Department for the last six years. He recently resigned due to health issues.
He was preceded in death by his brother, Dean Taylor.
He is survived by his wife, Doris Headdress Thompson of Wolf Point; son, Drew E. Thompson of Wolf Point; brother, Darrell L. Taylor of Wolf Point; son, Matthew WhiteHorse of New Town, N.D.; sister, Kathleen Brannon of Riverton, Wyo.; adopted sons, Michael and Zach Budak, Kevin Burshia; adopted daughter, Samantha Headdress; and numerous grandchildren.
Funeral services were held Friday, March 27, at the Community Hall in Wolf Point. Interment was at Greenwood Cemetery. Clayton Stevenson Memorial Chapel was entrusted with arrangements.
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Robert Edgar “Bob” Lowe Sr., 77, died March 19, 2015.
On Feb. 16, 1938, Robert “Bob” Lowe was born to Virgil and Urena Lowe, who had a dairy farm in Wolf Point. He was the youngest of six siblings.
His family had bought farms all around Montana, such as Klein, Joliet, Rockvale and many other towns. He was quite the basketball player and even has a plaque on the Hall of Fame at Shepherd High for the most rebounds.
While in high school, he met Lynn Hudson at the horse races. He graduated from Shepherd High School and went on to marry his high school sweetheart, Lynn, on Oct. 27, 1956.
Their son, Robert Jr., was born Feb. 4, 1958. They lived and worked in Billings and then moved to Musselshell and worked on ranches until 1960, when they bought their own ranch near Custer. He loved to ranch and farm. Son Mark was born Feb. 7, 1961.
In 1972, he became a member of Heat and Frost Insulators Local #82 and retired from the trade in 1992. He continued to raise sheep and cattle on his ranch with Lynn.
When he wasn’t working on the ranch, you could find him watching his grandchildren’s sports, playing cards with friends and fishing. In the summer, you could always count on seeing him at the horse races. In 40 years, there were only two times that he missed the races. He was a tough cookie and it wasn’t until his first great-grandchild Rian was born that he softened. He would let Rian paint his fingernails or comb what little hair he had left.
In 2010, Lynn began her three-year battle with terminal cancer. He was by her side the entire time. After her death, he had a hard time with it. Family and friends would try to fill his days with activities, but without his best friend, he just didn’t want to do anything but sit and stare at her picture.
He was preceded in death by his wife, Lynn (Hudson) Lowe; grandson, Josh Lowe; sister, Mary (Lowe) Roedeske; and brothers, Clayton Lowe, Melvin Lowe and Lloyd Lowe.
He is survived by his sons, R.J. Lowe and Mark Lowe; eight grandchildren; four great-grandchildren; and brother, Wayne Lowe.
A memorial service was held at 11 a.m. Wednesday, March 25, at Smith West Chapel in Billings.
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Robin Ann Iceman, 53, of Minneapolis, Minn., formerly of Poplar, died March 16, 2015.
She was born Aug. 16, 1961, in Red Lake, Minn., to Frances Iceman. She attended grade school in Bemidji, Minn., junior high in Minneapolis, Minn., and high school in Poplar. She enjoyed both Minneapolis and Poplar, always traveling back and forth.
She was employed at A&S Industries, BIA Firefighters, waitress and home health care. She was always busy drawing, reading books, doing crafts, sewing, learning culture, and listening to her R&B/soul music, especially the S.O.S. band, her favorite. But, she always had time to listen or help her friends and family, they were a very important part of her life.
She is survived by her mother, Frances Nation of Poplar; brothers, Donald Iceman Jr. of Poplar and Lloyd Iceman of Billings; sisters, Ramona Iceman of Poplar and Francine Iceman of Poplar; sons, Demarcus of Stillwater, Minn., Alex of Billings and baby, Mikey; daughters, Tamaira of Minneapolis, Sabrina of Billings, Samarra and Tierra of Minneapolis, Halanna of Mexico and Maria of Minneapolis; four grandchildren; and grandparents, Arlie and Gloria Diserly, Doris Lester and Lloyd Youpee.
A celebration of life was held at 7 p.m. Wednesday, March 25, at Our Lady of Lourdes Catholic Church in Poplar. Clayton Stevenson Memorial Chapel assisted the family with the service.
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Deanna Rose Zerbe, a loving mother of three, was called home to her Lord Jesus Christ on Feb. 13, 2015, at the age of 63.
Deanna was born on Oct. 24, 1951, to George and Hazel Dover in Great Falls, Mont. She grew up on a ranch west of Buffalo, Mont., near the Little Belt Mountains. After high school, she attended several colleges, including “Eastern” in Billings, Multnomah in Oregon, Montana Institute of the Bible in Lewistown, and later she did continuing education through Northern in Havre and Montana State University in Boze-man. With her teaching degree, she first taught in Lustre, Mont., before she married Mark Zerbe. She also taught at Sage Creek Colony north of Chester, Big Horn Christian Academy in Hardin, and public schools in Lame Deer, Frazer and finally Lodge Grass, Mont.
Deanna is survived in her immediate family by a sister, Dorene Doran in Oregon. She left three children: Dwight, Robin and Coney. Dwight Zerbe and his wife, Rachel, have six children: Ben, Oliver, Ian, Wesley, Eliana and Ivanya. Coney Zerbe and his wife, Heather, have two children: Selah and Shalom, with a third child due in July.
Those who knew Deanna will remember her love and devotion for children. She had a passion to teach her students the academic skills needed to thrive, and also the important life values of respect, diligence, thankfulness and love. Over the years, she “mothered” many more children than her own. She also made a point to constantly be in prayer for her students. Even in the last few months of life, she said her focus was to devote all her remaining strength and energy to the students she had grown to love in her 3rd grade class.
“I remember Mom as always being generous. Raising three teenagers as a single mom wasn’t an easy task, but somehow she made it work. I know she sacrificed a lot to invest in us. If she had something you needed, she made sure to give it to you, even at her own expense. It seemed like every time I saw her she had a present for the grandkids or us. In fact, most of her life was dedicated to giving to others with little thought of herself. She never liked to be in the spotlight, rather her enthusiasm for others always pointed the conversation towards them. The love and optimism that characterized her life left a great legacy of faith for those she loved. She lived her life following the example of Christ who gave up everything including life itself that we might know Him.”- son.
Just as Deanna enjoyed decorating her yard every spring with beautiful flowers, trees, and a garden, we recognize God’s hand at work this spring. Yes, she will be missed by many here on earth, but our hearts rest in the peace that God has transplanted her beauty seen here, to glorify His heavenly kingdom above.
A memorial service to celebrate her life will be held at Lodge Grass School on Friday, April 10, at 2:30 p.m. The public is cordially invited.