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Marvin A. Baker, 86, was born March 17, 1929, to Forest and Berneice Baker in Wolf Point, Mont. Marvin passed away April 7, 2015, surrounded by his loving family.
He grew up on a farm in McCone County, Mont., and graduated from Wolf Point High School in 1948. After graduation, he enlisted in the U.S. Navy and serving four years, receiving an honorable discharge in August of 1954.
Marvin met and married Dorothy Vest in 1952. To this union, two children were born.
Upon returning home from the military, Marvin worked for PCA until he had the opportunity to purchase part ownership in Triple Supply, a farm and ranch supply store. After several years, he and his wife became sole owners. They retired in 1980 and moved to Bigfork.
Later on, Marvin and Dorothy divorced and, after several years of bachelorhood, Marvin met Judy Waymire and they were married and spent 26 wonderful years wintering in Mesquite, Nev., and their summers in Bigfork.
During his younger years, Marvin was very active in the Wolf Point community, serving on the chamber of commerce, city council, Jaycees and Masons and serving his community in any way he could.
He was preceded in death by his parents, his ex-wife, his mother- and father-in-law and sister-in-law.
Marvin is survived by his wife, Judy of Bigfork; daughter, Sherry (Nufry) Boysun of Wolf Point; son, Randy (Angie) Baker of Bigfork; as well as four grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren. He is also survived by his stepsons, Sean Waymire of Wisconsin and Kirt Prestwich, Utah; and brother, Douglas Baker of Fort Peck.
A visitation was held for Marvin on Tuesday, April 14, 2015, from noon to 1 p.m. with services at 1 p.m. at Johnson-Gloschat Funeral Home. Burial was at Bigfork Community Cemetery following the service Please visit www.jgfuneralhome.com to leave condolences for the Baker family. Arrangements entrusted to Johnson-Gloschat Funeral Home and Crematory Kalispell, Mont.
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Peyton Terry entered the world on Aug. 23, 1923 in Wolf Point, Mont. He was the third child of James E. and Maude (Stone) Terry. Peyton left this world on April 12, 2015.
His gifts were apparent at an early age and he used those gifts throughout his life. Peyton was a salesman. As a youngster he was the seventh highest grossing salesman for the Literary Digest in the United States.
Peyton was a showman. He loved to be in front of a crowd. As the drum major for the Wolf Point High School Band, he made state news by tossing his baton higher than the Sherman Hotel and to the amazement of all, he caught it. He won honors as a member of the speech and debate team.
Peyton was dependable and a hard worker. He held down several jobs as a youngster and used his hard earned cash to help send his sister to college.
He graduated Wolf Point High School in 1941 and attended the University of North Dakota. He returned home to work on the Milwaukee Railroad, to farm and later as the sales manager for Hovey – Stone Chevrolet.
On July 2, 1950, he married Connie Whitmus. They spent 64 years working together and supporting each other through the good and bad times. Peyton and Connie were blessed with three children, Cheryl, Paula and Joel.
In 1955, Peyton moved his family to Glasgow where he purchased a partnership with Frank Helland in the local Chevrolet dealership. A. J. “Tony” Hoffmann became his partner in 1957 and in May of 1966 he bought out his partner to become the sole owner of the Terry Chevrolet Buick until selling the business in 1978.
In 1970, Peyton and Connie purchased two local movie theaters. The Survant Theater burned in August 1982, reopening July 1983 as Terry’s II Theaters. They subsequently opened Terry’s II Video in the spring of 1985. In 1998, Peyton and Connie moved to Red Lodge and in 2004 they moved to Billings into a neighborhood of wonderfully caring and special people.
Service to one’s community, state and nation were important to Peyton. He lead, he supported, he sold, he believed, and he worked for the success of each organization he joined.
Some of his achievements and recognitions include: president of the Glasgow Auto Dealers Association, president of the Glasgow Kiwanis Club, president of NEMARC (Northeast Montana Association for Retarded Children), chairman of the Regional Council for Developmental Disabilities, chairman of Valley Industrial Park, Inc., chairman of the board for Milk River, Inc., president of the Montana Theater Owners; 1990 Distinguished Service Award Recipient of the Montana National Guards, 1973 Boss of the Year. Peyton held many offices of the Aledoo Shrine and completed all of the chairs of the Masonic Lodge.
Peyton worked tirelessly for local, state and national Republican candidates. He was privileged to know senators, congressmen and presidents. In 1972, he attended the National Republican Convention as an alternate delegate.
His faith was at the center of his convictions. He served several churches, sang in the choir and worked many Methodist Men’s ham dinners.
Peyton was preceded in death by his mother, Maude; father, Jim; sister, Bess Hovey; brother, Jim “Bub” Terry; and son, Joel Terry.
Peyton is survived by his wife Connie Terry of Billings, Cheryl Terry of Red Lodge, Paula Terry of Glasgow and five grandchildren Keeton, Teagan, Isabella, Rose and Bess Martin.
Peyton lived a long life, he influenced many, he loved and was loved by his family and many friends. A friend once described Peyton as a “class act.” He was that and much more. As a man of small stature, he left a big imprint on the hearts and lives of those he knew. Ever the poet, Peyton penned “When the good Lord calls us home and we cross that Great Divide, I hope to meet my Savior face to face and say “Sweet Jesus, my life has been a wonderful ride.”
Services will be held on Thursday, April 16, at 11 a.m. at Grace Methodist Church in Billings. Memorials can be made to the charity of your choice.
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Amber Leigh Iron Bear, Tatanka Duta Win, “Red Buffalo Woman,” 35, died Tuesday, April 7, 2015, at the Billings Clinic.
She was born Oct. 1, 1979, to Alfred and Marzetta (Two Bulls) Iron Bear in Williston, N.D. Being the oldest of three, she attended school in Poplar and graduated in 1999.
She worked for Tribal
Express and Fort Peck Head Start as a teacher’s aide.
She was raised in her traditional way, taught to her by her grandmother, Mary Iron Bear. She danced old-style jingle dress and enjoyed competing and traveling to various pow-wows. She served on two pow-wow committees, the Badland and Poplar Indian Days as princess.
She enjoyed traveling, listening to pow-sow music, playing machines, visiting friends and family and watching her son dance grass and sing Indian.
In 2002, she met Darryl Red Eagle, who she thought of as her “Indian husband.” They had one son, Dennis Melvin Red Eagle, on Dec. 16, 2003.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Darryl, in 2012.
She is survived by her son, Dennis Melvin Red Eagle; mother, Marzetta; brothers, AJ Iron Bear and Jay Whitehead; adopted brother, OJ Grey Bear; sister, Lisa Dukes; adopted sisters, Jaime Two Bulls, Shannon Lezard and Denise Bear.
Her funeral service was held Monday, April 13, at the Poplar Cultural Center. Interment was at St. Ann’s Cemetery in Poplar. Clayton Stevenson Memorial Chapel has been entrusted with arrangements.
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Dustin Eric Scott Sr., “Lovable Fighter,” 31, died April 10, 2015, at Poplar Community Hospital.
He was born Jan. 20, 1984, to Brenda Big Leggins and Matthew Scott Sr. in Poplar.
He had two daughters, Sereda Black Wolfe and Dezi Elaine Scott, and one son, Darroll “DJ” Jones.
He loved spending his time with his children and visiting family and friends telling his jokes, bringing smiles to everyone’s faces.
He went to school in Medicine Lake and enjoyed playing basketball and horseshoes. He liked taking cruises and listening to music. He was always willing to put others before himself and always giving a helping hand to those in need.
He is survived by his daughters, Sereda Black Wolfe and Dezi Elaine Scott, both of Poplar; son, Darroll “DJ” Jones of Poplar; mother, Brenda Big Leggins of Poplar; father, Matthew (Mary Ann) Scott Sr. of Poplar; stepfather, Gerald “Herman” Goodbird of New Town, N.D.; adopted mothers, Sharon Yellow Owl of Poplar and Debbie (Jerrie) Wagner of Culberson; brothers, Matthew “Son” Scott Jr., Chad Eagleman, both of Poplar, Jim Whittet of Glendive and Richie Comes Last of Minnesota; sisters, Andrea Herman, Sue Ann Big Leggins of Poplar, Miranda Scott and Mattie Rush of Wolf Point, Patty Whittet of Glendive and Jonnie Huerta of Poplar; and grandmothers, Estelle and LaVerne Loves Him, Agnes Ward and Rosemary (John) Morsette, all of Poplar.
He was preceded in death by his baby son, Dustin Eric Scott Jr.; and sisters, Annette and Geraldine Scott.
A wake will be held on Thursday, April 16, at 7 p.m. at the Cultural Center in Poplar. Funeral services will be held on Friday, April 17, at 11 a.m. at the Cultural Center in Poplar. Interment will follow at St. Ann’s Cemetery.
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Alicia M. (Berger) McLeroy, 71, of Joliet, Ill., died at home Tuesday, April 7, 2015.
She was born in Wolf Point Sept. 9, 1943, to the late Mary Josephine "Toots" and Peter Berger. She moved with her family to the Joliet area at the age of 13 and attended Lockport Township High School where she graduated with the Class of 1961.
She enjoyed a lengthy career in retail sales. She volunteered in various capacities for several area organizations, including the Crisis Line. Her hobbies included line dancing, bowling, puzzles, cards, dice games and the movies. She was an Elvis fan and very proud of her Indian heritage.
She was preceded in death by siblings, JoAnne Berger (in infancy), Gerald “Jerry” Berger and Geraldine “Sis” Ridge.
She is survived by her children, Leah Treasure, Richard McLeroy Jr., Mark McLeroy, Angela McLeroy and JoAnne McLeroy; three grandchildren; and siblings, Sandra Berger Lippy, Elizabeth Berger Russell and Peter Dale Berger.
A Mass of Christian Burial was held Monday, April 13, at St. Patrick Catholic Church in Joliet. Interment was at Woodlawn Memorial Park in Joliet.