|Ruben Fuhrmann, 81, died Thursday, May 25, 2000, of severe complications
of diabetes in Frances Mahon Deaconess Hospital in Glasgow.
He was born Oct. 22, 1918, in Baylor to P.H. and Elizabeth Fauth Fuhrmann.
At age 18 he joined the U.S. Marine Corps and served four years in Shangai,
China. He served with the 3rd Marine Division in the South Pacific during
World War II.
He was wounded twice, once in Bougainville and in Iwo Jima where he
was honored with the two Purple Hearts. He served in the consolidation
of the Northern Solomon Islands, Guam, Marianas Islands and Volcano Islands.
He worked on construction for several years. He was a life member of
the V.F.W. and a life member of the Elks Club and a member of the American
Legion. In February 1948 he married Allie Squires and they were later divorced.
From that union a son, Ronald, was born.
He is survived by a son, Ronald, and his wife, Peggy, of Deer Lodge;
three grandchildren, Rebecca of Minneapolis, Minn., Jamie of Maplewood,
N.J., and Cody of Deer Lodge; a brother, Jim Fuhrmann of Ronan; and sisters
Leaha Walker of Glasgow, Lydia Berrier of Seattle, Wash., Ruth Fredrickson
of Polson and Hulda Tade of Great Falls.
He was preceded in death by four brothers, Sam, Dan, Dave and Abraham,
and two sisters, Martha Yaeger and Esther Fuhrmann.
The funeral service was Tuesday, May 30, at 11 a.m. in Bell Chapel
with Herb Sands officiating. Burial was in Highland Cemetery in Glasgow.
Bell Mortuary was in charge of arrangements.
Military Riteswere provided Tuesday, May 30, for Ruben Fuhrmann at
the Glasgow High- land Cemetery. Ruben was a life member of VFW Post 3107
and the American Legion Post #41. Kenny Newton presented the folded American
flag to Ruben's son, Ron.
The American flag was posted by George Kolstad. Don Ashpole posted
the Legion Post flag and John Hoyt posted the VFW Post 3107 flag.
Honor Guards under the command of Phil Mitchell were Emil Kravik, Jack
Nelson, O.E. Markle, Manson Bailey Jr., Wallace Nelson, Mitch Etchart and
The VFW Firing Squad under the command of Jack Hays were Art Widhalm,
Bill Bell, Duane Barrett, Vince Orme and Les Poland. Dual taps were done
by Leonard Swenson and Colleen Thompson.
Gilbert Scheffelmaer, 82, a lifelong resident of Montana, died
of natural causes Thursday, May 25, 2000, at the Phillips County Hospital.
He was born March 17, 1918, in Valley Town, north of Saco, to Gottfried
and Wilhelmia Albrecht Scheffelmaer and grew up in that area. He married
Dorothy Olesen on July 12, 1960, and they lived several years in Saco and
He was a trucker and part owner of the GEM Theatre in Saco and a retired
farmer who enjoyed woodworking and listening to country and western music.
Survivors include his wife Dorothy of Malta; stepdaughters Ada L. Minge
of San Antonio, Texas, and Elaine E. Gilman of Billings; stepson Jens R.
Olesen of Billings; brother Otto Scheffelmaer of Dodson; sisters Martha
Squires of Malta and Thelma Saunders of Missoula; 10 grandchildren and
11 great-grandchildren; and 19 nephews and nieces.
Funeral services were held Tuesday, May 30, at 2 p.m. at the Adams
Memorial Chapel followed by burial in the Malta Cemetery.
Memorials are suggested to the Cancer Research Fund.
Bernard "Ben" Ophus, 78, died Monday, May 22, 2000, of natural
causes on his farm in Hinsdale.
He was born to Anton and Pearl Sluggett Ophus in Big Sandy on May 2,
1922, the fifth of 14 children. He quit high school at age 16 and went
to the Civilian Conservation Corps stationed at West Glacier. When he came
home he went back to school for a while, but found carpentering, mechanicing
and bus driving more interesting. He bought 80 acres and three cows but
didn't really become a farmer then.
He was drafted in July 1942. He did a lot of moving around the U.S.
He was assigned to several eastern states where he was taught topography,
making maps for the Air Force showing where to bomb.
When in Tennessee, they were moved to a new camp-cow pasture. There
they built floors for tents. He said the lumber was so green that he thought
if they watered it, it would grow. They were guarding prisoners of war
there. In December 1942 he earned a Rifle Marksman pin and certificate.
He was sent to England to do map work, but said he'd rather be in the middle
of fighting than be in England dodging buzz bombs. He transferred to the
infantry and went to France and Germany. There were seven Ophus brothers
in Uncle Sam's service. In October 1945 he had a choice - to come home
or stay in the army for $60 a month and board and room. He and his brother
Helmer came home from the service and with Helmer's wife, Fern, they bought
the town of Thoeny. They liked the country and people. Later they moved
to Hinsdale and that became home.
He is survived by four brothers, Lyle of Big Sandy, Lester of Havre,
Vernon of Denver, Colo., and Laurence of Big Sandy; four sisters, Evelin
LaBuda of Big Sandy, Ruth Pegar of Big Sandy, Jeanine Liquin of Great Falls
and Loretta Murphy of Reno, Nev.; and many nieces and nephews. He is also
survived by his adopted family: Donna Christensen, her son Chris, his wife
Carol and their three children, her daughters Cheryl, Valerie, Pam, Renae
and their families; and the Lloyd Jones family.
He was preceded in death by his parents, brothers Alfred, Myron, Helmer
and Byron, and a sister, Gertrude. Funeral services will be held on Friday,
May 26, at 1 p.m. in the Hinsdale Legion Hall, with Rev. Evert Gustafson
officiating. Burial will follow in Hillview Cemetery in Hinsdale.
The pallbearers will be Mike Jones, Corby Palm, Chris Christensen,
Hal Ophus, Chad Nelson, Dusty Jones, Pete Mogan, Macy Klind and Roy Jones.
The honorary pallbearers are Dennis Boucher, Lloyd Jones, Joe Stuber, Lester
Johnson, John Mogan, Esmond Vanderhoef, Johnny Arnold, Jim McColly, Owen
Funk and Frank "Bud" Jones.
Bell Mortuary is in charge of arrangements.
Myrtle M. Omvig, 70, died May 17, 2000, of cancer in Frances
Mahon Deaconess Hospital in Glasgow.
She was born Dec. 8, 1929, in Opheim to Theodore and Hazel Crowl Miller.
She was raised in Opheim. After graduating from high school she worked
as a waitress in Opheim, where she met LeRoy Omvig. After two years they
married and lived in Glasgow.
She was a housewife and mother, raising her five children in Glasgow.
She worked in the lab at the Glasgow Clinic, for John Deere, then in the
Clerk and Recorder's Office in the Valley County Court House, retiring
in 1997. She headed the Valley County Combined Campaign Fund and worked
with the Heart Association. She was very active in the Reorganized Church
of Latter Day Saints. She enjoyed spending time with family and friends.
She is survived by a son, Douglas, and his wife, Shirley, of Glasgow;
three daughters, Charla May Hoiness and her husband, Ken, of Laurel, Patti
Jean Hines and her husband, Mike, of Yorba Linda, Calif., Leah Marie Arneson
and her husband, John, of Glasgow; seven grandchildren; two sisters, Laura
House Vernon of Bellevue, Wash., and Bunny Daggett of Glasgow; and a brother,
Ted Miller of Opheim.
She was preceded in death by a daughter, Lori Ann, in 1959; a sister,
Valerie Morris of Iowa, in 1997; two grandchildren, Jason Hoiness in 1995
and Jeffrey Jurgens in 1998.
Funeral services were held on Saturday, May 20, at 2 p.m. in the Reorganized
Church of Latter Day Saints, with Ted Morris officiating. Burial was in
Highland Cemetery in Glasgow.
Pallbearers were Mike Daggett, Curt Brayko, Sandy Arvin, Tim Miller,
Tony Miller and J.D. Omvig. Bell Mortuary was in charge of arrangements.
John A. Brooks, 86, of Lewistown died Sunday, May 14, 2000, of
natural causes at the Central Montana Medical Center.
He was born Aug. 27, 1913, in Lewistown, the son of Henry and Effie
O'Brien Brooks. They lived on the Brooks River Ranch in the Salt Creek
area and he attended Balky Horse School and Fergus High School. After his
father's death he operated the ranch and played in a band with his mother
On Dec. 10, 1938 he married Claudia Jackson in Lewistown. They continued
to operate the ranch until they retired in 1975 and moved into Lewistown.
He again played saxophone and fiddle in a band, the Old Duffers, for several
years. He loved spending time with his family, especially his grandchildren.
He enjoyed music, gardening, fishing and hunting.
He is survived by his wife, Claudia of Lewistown; son Jack and his
wife, Rita, of Glasgow; daughter Barbara Phillips and her husband, Charlie,
of Lewistown; seven grandchildren; nine great-grandchildren; and several
nieces and nephews. His parents, one brother and two sisters preceded him
Funeral services were Thursday, May 18, at 2 p.m. in the Cloyd Chapel,
followed by interment in the Lewistown City Cemetery. The Cloyd Funeral
Home was in charge of arrangements. Friends may make memorials to the Salvation
Army or the charity of their choice
Doneta Jean Davenport, 38, died Wednesday, May 10, 2000, following
a long period of ill health, at Nemont Manor in Glasgow.
She was born Oct. 8, 1961 in Glasgow, the daughter of Don and Myrtle
(Westby) Davenport. She graduated from Opheim High School and attended
school at the College of Great Falls and at Northern Montana College. Later
she attended Carroll College. She worked for the Forest Service, then the
State of Montana, retiring from state service in 1998 because of her health.
She lived in Glasgow the past two years, the last year at Nemont Manor.
She was crazy about computers, baking and had been very active in 4-H.
She went to Washington, D.C., for the 4-H kids. She loved music and played
the piano and sang.
She is survived by her parents in Opheim; two brothers, David Davenport
of Forsyth and Jerry Davenport of Davies, Fla.; two nieces, Christie and
Mandy Davenport; one nephew, Wesley Davenport; and numerous aunts and uncles.
Funeral services were held on Saturday, May 13, at First Lutheran Church
in Opheim, with Rev. Mark Koonz officiating. Burial was in Lawndale Cemetery
in Opheim. The pallbearers were Jeff Roberton, Jeff Larson, Vince Traeger,
Todd Westby, Buster Stuber, Duane Stellflug and Ken Floyd. Bell Mortuary
was in charge of arrangements.
May Tihista, 95, died Friday, May 5, 2000, of natural causes
in Valley View Home in Glasgow.
She was born Dec. 13, 1904, in Banca, France, the youngest of the six
children of John and Gracianne Sallaberry. Even though she was the baby
of the family, life was not easy for her in pre-World War I Europe, especially
in the Basque lands.
She was educated by nuns at the local Catholic school and taught how
to do beautiful handwork, but she had to leave school in the fifth grade
at the beginning of the "Great War." She lost two of her brothers in that
war. Her sister died of diphtheria when she was 18 and one of her brothers
died as a child.
She met Peter Tihista in 1925, and married him April 29, 1926. The
came to Ellis Island on a ship in 1926 and traveled by train from New York
City, arriving in Glasgow in the spring. Peter had homesteaded on Fifth
Point at the mouth of Gilbert Creek. Their ranch house was a log cabin
of two rooms and a screened porch.
In 1936 the Tihistas had to abandon their farm to make way for the
Fort Peck Dam. They lived in Nashua for two years, then bought a small
farm west of Glasgow on the Tampico Road where they raised grain and hay
as well as horses, chickens, turkeys and a milk cow. They moved into Glasgow
in 1943, to 618 3rd Ave. N. Peter died in 1950 and the next year she went
to work for Jack and Fern Shepherd's Glasgow Flower Shop. She work there
for many years, then worked in L.J. Baker's jewelry store.
After her retirement, she returned to visit the Basque Pyrenees for
the first time in 29 years. Her nieces and nephews were still living on
her parents' farm, named Zubigain, near Banca. She loved it so much, she
made four more trips to her other homeland to introduce the Basque land
to her children and grandchildren. In 1952 she brought her nephew John
Sallaberry from Banca. He went to work with Peter and Fred Itciana at the
Matador Ranch. She enjoyed knitting crocheting and sewing.
She is survived by two sons, Mitchell of Sidney and Ronald of Great
Falls; one daughter, Helen Marks of Glasgow and Los Angeles; a nephew,
John Sallaberry of Malta; 12 grandchildren; 33 great-grandchildren; and
many nieces and nephews in the old country.
A vigil service was held Monday, May 8 at 7 p.m. at St. Raphael's Catholic
Church in Glasgow. The funeral was Tuesday, may 9, at 10 a.m. in St. Raphael's
Church with Rev. Thad Kozikowski officiating. Burial was in Highland Cemetery
The pallbearers were Gene Etchart, Pete Granada, Mitch Bengochea, Kenneth
Newton, Paul Tihista and Jed Tihista. The ushers were Jon Bengochea and
John Egosque. Bell Mortuary was in charge of arrangements.
Robert Cuniff, 77, a former resident of Valley County, died on
Satuday, April 29, 2000.
Born on April 6, 1923, in Opheim, he grew up with his parents, David
and Rembie Cuniff, and brothers David, Dick, Jack, and Rex, and his sister,
Margie Harvey. He graduated from Glasgow High School in 1941.
His children were raised with fond and humorous remembrances of the
Cuniff family growing up in Montana.
He is survived by his wife, Mary; a sister, Margie Harvey; two daughters,
Kristine Bradley and her husband, Randy, and Diane Cuniff; a son, Steven
Cuniff and his wife, Sharon; and grandchildren Allison Bradley-Bradac and
Funeral services were held on Sunday, May 7, at 3 p.m. at Pacific View
Memorial Park in Newport Beach, California.
The family requests, in lieu of flowers, donations be sent to the Glasgow
Educational Trust Fund in care of Lois Markle, 742 7th Ave. N, Glasgow,
Rose Mae Mathison, 84, died Monday, May 1, 2000, of natural causes
in Pondera Medical Center.
She was born July 16, 1915 in Tryon, Neb., the daughter of Henry and
Jessica Anthony Lowery. She grew up in Nebraska and at age eight she moved
with her family to Buffalo, Wyo., and then to Decker, Mont. She lived in
Dutton, Mont., for 18 years, from 1938 to 1956. She lived in various towns
in Montana, including Helena and Glasgow, and settled in Dupuyer in 1992.
She worked at Glasgow Air Force Base as a maintenance person. She was a
security guard on the pipeline on base. She also worked at the Johnnie
In October 1938 she married Robert Donohue in Billings. They were later
divorced. She married Louis Walstad in September 1940 at Three Forks, and
was divorced in 1956. In 1972 she married Adolph Mathison in Choteau. He
died in 1973. She enjoyed flower gardening, crafts, crocheting and her
She is survived by two daughters, Helen Stearley of Grand Island, Neb.
and Marie Thomas of Dupuyer; a sister, Daisy Edgemen of Norman, Okla.;
a brother, Joe Curry, also of Norman; seven grandchildren and 10 great-grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by a daughter, Nancy, in 1943; a baby boy in
1944; a son, Lonnie Walstad, in 1950, and a granddaughter.
A Funeral service was held on Thursday, May 4, at Dupuyer Community
Hall, with burial at Dutton Cemetery. Croxford and Sons Funeral Home in
Great Falls was in charge of arrangements.
Richard C. "Dick" Fisher, 58, died Wednesday, April 26, 2000,
at his home in Billings.
The son of Charles and LaVida Rau Fisher, he was born in McLaughlin,
S.D., on Aug. 25, 1941. He attended McLaughlin public schools, where he
graduated in 1959. He received a general business education from the Aberdeen
School of Business in Aberdeen, S.D. He went on to become business manager
of U.S. Steel in Shelby, business manager of Hatch Motor Co. of Shelby,
manager of Hovey & Stone Chevrolet in Wolf Point, owner and manager
of KVCK Radio in Wolf Point, owner and manager of Dick Fisher Motors in
Glasgow, owner and manager of Hertz Rent-A-Car in Glasgow, manager of Wolf
Point Ready Mix, Oilfield Construction Division, in Wolf Point, owner and
manager of Hotco, Inc., co-owner and manager of J-D Auto, wholesale and
retail used car business in Wolf Point, owner of Car & Truck, Inc.,
in Billings, and fleet and lease sales manager at Auto Auction of Billings.
He was a member of Atonement Lutheran Church in Billings. He served
as director of the Independent Auto Dealers Association, and was a member
of the B.P.O.E. Lodge in Glasgow. He was a member of Ducks Unlimited and
was a volunteer for the Governor's Cup Walleye Fishing Tournament. He loved
hunting, camping, fishing, boating, water skiing and gardening. He will
be remembered for his sensitivity to the needs of others and his generosity
to his family and friends.
He was preceded in death by his father in 1999. Survivors include his
wife, Celia of Billings; his mother, LaVida of Rapid City, S.D.; his two
children, Stephanie Fisher of Billings and Brad Fisher and his wife, Janet,
of Helena; his three stepchildren, Kathryn Sorum, Laura Sorum and Kristina
Sorum, all of Billings; his brothers, Kenneth Fisher and his wife, Linda,
of Fort Collins, Colo., and Barry Fisher and his wife, Donna, of Pine Mountain,
Ga.; his sister, Peggy Thompson and her husband, Jim, of Appleton, Minn.
and four grandchildren, Chelsea, Brianna, Emily and Harrison Fisher, all
Visitation was held on Friday, April 28, at Michelotti, Sawyers &
Nordquist. Funeral services were held on Saturday, April 29, at Atonement
Lutheran Church in Billings, followed by cremation.
Memorials may be directed to AFLAC Cancer Center, attn. Sarah Batts,
1680 Tullie Circle N.E., Atlanta, GA 30322, in memory of Richard C. Fisher,
father of Brad Fisher, S.S.C. MT/WY.
Perry N. "Red" Svingen, 80, died on Saturday, April 22, 2000,
at the Utah State Veterans' Home in Salt Lake City, Utah.
He was born November 18, 1919, to Edward and Inger Svingen in Frazer,
Mont. After graduating from high school in Glasgow in 1938, he joined the
Army and proudly served his country during WWII in the South Pacific where
he was a lieutenant in the 163rd Infantry Regiment of the 41st Division
stationed in Australia, New Guinea and the Philippines. In 1940 he married
Nita Wood, also of Glasgow. When WWII ended, they made their home in Great
Falls where they lived for over twenty years. They were later divorced.
In the late 1940s, after attending the College of Great Falls, he joined
the Air National Guard and was a career officer stationed at Gore Field
in Great Falls until his retirement as a lieutenant colonel in 1967. He
married Edith Quick in 1967. They lived in Lincoln, Billings and Helena
until moving to Sequim and Bellingham, Wash. where they enjoyed retirement
until Edith's death in 1991. In 1991 he returned to Montana, settling in
the Missoula Manor Retirement Home where he had many friends. For the past
two years he had lived in Salt Lake City.
In addition to his second wife, Edie, he was preceded in death by his
parents, his sister, Judy, and two brothers, Al and Lorenzo. Perry is survived
by his former wife, Nita, and their three daughters, Janet Adair and her
husband, Paul, of Northport, N.Y., Joyce Lewis and her husband, Bill, of
Missoula, and Judy Cosgrove and her husband, Butch, of Salt Lake City.
Survivors also include five grandchildren, Peri Roeme, Paul Adair,
Danielle Lewis and Matt and Amber Cosgrove; three great-grandchildren,
Cassie, Patrick and Victoria; his brother Bob and family of Glasgow; a
sister-in-law, Phyllis of Helena; several nieces and nephews and their
families; four stepchildren, Priscilla Robinson and her son, Douglas, of
Helena, Terry Quick and his family of Lynnwood, Wash., and Bob and Gordon
A celebration of his life will be held this summer at the Missoula
Manor. Memorials may be sent to the Missoula Manor Endowment Fund, 909
West Central, Missoula, MT, or to the charity of the donor's choice.