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Clara Jean (sangrey) Boster

Clara Jean (Sangrey) Boster Boster Family Clara Jean (Sangrey) Boster, age 89, of Townsend, MT, passed away peacefully at home on Friday, May 17th, surrounded by her loving family. Clara was born January 26, 1935, to John and Mary (Courchane) Sangrey on the Rocky Boy Reservation, Box Elder, MT. Clara was the fifth of seven children. She spent her early childhood at Rocky Boy, moving to Townsend as a teenager where she met Maurice Adair “Guz” Boster. They were married in November of 1950 in Townsend, MT. This union was blessed with two children; John and Vince. Clara was a woman of many talents. She was a longtime grocery clerk, a hairdresser, and a homemaker following a childhood of hard work with her parents and siblings. When Clara was not busy with her family and work, she enjoyed fishing, bowling, and playing guitar. She also enjoyed a good game of pinochle, going to the casino, playing bingo, and teaching her grandchildren to play keno. Clara was an avid baker-especially cinnamon rolls, apple bars, and lemon pie. She passed these culinary skills on to both of her sons. Clara was a longtime member of the Holy Cross Catholic Church and Rebekah Lodge. She had a strong faith throughout her life, and her family finds comfort in knowing she is with our heavenly Father. Clara will be dearly missed by her son, Vince; grandchildren, Anissa Skidmore of Spokane, WA; Jesse (Mariah) Boster of Trinidad, NM; Karee (Roger Reiman) Eichinger of Townsend, MT; sister, KariLee (David) Olson of Lima, MT; great-grandchildren, Dylan (Ashley) Boster of Townsend, MT; Baylee (Devin Schipman) Boster of Townsend, MT; Peyton Vogl of Dillon, MT; Ainsley Skidmore of Spokane, WA; Kennedy Vogl of Townsend, MT; Cole Skidmore of Spokane, WA; Rowan & Hayes Eichinger of Townsend, MT; Emmett & Jude Boster of Trinidad, NM; 3 great-great grandsons, and many nieces and nephews, including Steve Skaro of Sebeka, MN. Clara is also survived by “family of the heart” Kristi (Boster) Gersch (Larry) of Townsend, MT; Linda White of Townsend, MT, and her pinochle crew at the Senior Center. Clara was preceded in death by her parents, John & Mary; brother, Elmer (Ruby) Sangrey; sisters, Bernice (Fred) Toney; Rita (Don) Odland; Jacqueline Sangrey, Delaphine Sangrey; niece, Laurie Skaro, and her son, John Boster. A viewing will be held from 11:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Friday, May 24, 2024, at Stevenson Wilke Funeral Home, Townsend, with a Vigil Service to be held at 6:00 p.m., at Holy Cross Catholic Church, Townsend. A Funeral Mass will be held at 11:00 a.m., Saturday, May 25, 2024, at Holy Cross Catholic Church followed by an Interment at Deep Creek Cemetery. A reception will follow the burial back at the church. The family would like to express their sincere thanks to St. Peter’s Hospital and St. Peter’s Hospice for their compassionate care. Please visit www.stevensonwilke.com to offer a condolence to the family.


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Obituary: Lois Ereth

Family of Lois Ereth Lois Ann Ereth, mother, grandmother, great-grandmother, and great-great-grandmother, went to be with her Lord on April 15th, 2024, at the age of 85. She passed away of natural causes at the Billings Clinic Broadwater nursing home with her daughter and granddaughter by her side and surrounded by the love of all her large and extended family.


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Obituary: Judith Cowlishaw Olsen

Gary Olsen Judith Cowlishaw Olsen passed away on April 15th, 2024, after a brief illness.


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Obituary: William Peter Cooper Ii

William Peter Cooper II 7/12/1951 - 3/23/2024 Lea Townsley Born in Butte Montana; raised in Torrance California; joined Marine Corps 1968 -1972 active; 2 yrs reserve honorable discharge; passed away peacefully in Great-Falls Montana. Survived by son Jahrome (Emily)Youngker, daughter Delia Cooper, daughter Jennifer (Joel) Morelock, son William Peter Cooper lll and 3 grandchildren Trenton Morelock Cami Morelock and Nolin Youngker, sisters Lea Ann (Rick) Townsley, Ruth Cooper, Delia Cooper, Brother Jim (Linda) Cooper, many nieces and nephews and one Aunt Ruth McIntyre (93). Preceded by dad and stepmother William P & Joyce Cooper of Townsend, Kathleen C Cooper his mother and Nan Cooper Ex-wife. Was cremated and will be buried at Montana State Veterans Cemetery (Fort Harrison Cemetery) in Helena, Montana at a later date.


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Obituary: Marilyne Ann Campbell

Marilyne Ann Campbell Family of Marilyne Campbell Marilyne Ann Campbell was born August 23, 1951, in East Grand Forks, North Dakota to Melvin and Marion Hagen. The family moved to Billings, Montana in the late 1990’s. Marilyne married Tom Campbell April 15, 2000, and they helped raise Tom’s young boys in Townsend. Marilyne loved to cook, and especially enjoyed raising her beloved dachshunds. She passed away at the family home at 58 Indian Creek Road on March 24, 2024. No service is planned.


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Obituary: Kim Martinson

Kim Russell Martinson August 7, 1951 ~ January 24, 2024 Cindy Martinson Kim Russell Martinson, age 72, peacefully passed away at his home, with his wife, Cindy, by his side, in Townsend, MT on January 24, 2024, following a courageous three-year battle with pancreatic cancer.


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William James Bird Obituary

William James Bird Jim Bird Family William James Bird (Jim), 83, of Townsend, MT, passed away in Helena, MT, on March 14, 2024. Son of William Hoyt Bird and Lucille Bird (Carter), he was born February 2, 1941, in Sydney, MT. Jim was number seven among nine children. They lived in Lambert, MT, until he was six months old, then went on to Kalispell, MT, where he attended and graduated from Kalispell High School in 1960. After high school, Jim directly enlisted in the Army National Guard and was sent to Fort Sill, OK, for basic training. He served in the National Guard for approximately six years in various areas throughout Montana. He was an artillery crew member in the 154 Artillery where he advanced in rank to Staff-Sergeant. During his time in the service, he served in multiple positions. He loved to tell stories about cooking for the men. He said he was chosen often for KP because “Bird” was at the top of the list. He was a Training Sergeant, a CBR Warfare Specialist, a Sergeant of the Guard, a Squad Leader, a Platoon Sergeant, and an Acting First Sergeant. In 1963, Jim attended the University of Montana in Missoula, completing three years of study in Wildlife Biology. He continued to study and learn all his life. Jim didn’t complete his degree because Montana Fish and Wildlife offered him a position with them as Game Warden, including on-the-job training – starting immediately. Jim was a Game Warden for 29 years, and during that time served as Field Training Officer and Firearms Instructor before retiring. He found he wasn’t ready to retire, so worked about three years for the Census Bureau and another ten years at the Helena Federal Reserve, before actually retiring. Because of his position as Game Warden, Jim moved to Townsend, MT, where, through her father, Paul Hahn, he met Beverly Jean Hahn. They were married on September 13, 1969, in the Hahn Family living room. They purchased and ran a small farm. They were married for 54 years. Their children are Cory Bird and Eric Bird. Jim loved fishing, hunting, fly-tying, gemstone faceting, gunsmithing, woodworking, hiking, playing softball, basketball, and loved living vicariously through his grandkids in sports and music. He loved children, telling stories, teaching the things he loved to others, and just being a good friend. He was a lover of people. Jim was a Boy Scout leader, baseball coach, and taught Hunter’s Safety courses for thirty years. He was a member of Mountain Valley Church, the Lions Club, and Jaycees. Jim is survived by his wife, Beverly Bird; sons, Cory Bird (wife, Jennilee Bird) and Eric Bird (wife, Sarah Bird); grandchildren, Emily Bird, Tanner Bird, Tyler Bird, Benaiah Bird, Noelle Bird, Eowyn Bird, and Eva Bird. He is also survived by his sisters, Donnadell Sampson and Patty Keeler (husband, Ray Keeler); as well as numerous brothers-in-law, sisters-in-law, nephews, nieces and cousins. He is preceded in death by his father William Hoyt Bird; mother-Lucille Bird; siblings Eugene Bird, Carol Searle, Marilyn Meyers, Robert Bird, Theodore Bird, and Michael Bird. A memorial service was held on March 23, 2024, at Mountain Valley Church in Townsend, MT.


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Obituary: William James "Jim" Bird

William James "Jim" Bird Simple Cremations William James "Jim" Bird passed away on March 14, 2024.


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Obituary: Wayne Edward Herrington

Wayne Edward Herrington James Green Wayne Edward Herrington was born to Wayne and Irene Herrington in Townsend, Montana, on May 16, 1945. Wayne served in the United States Navy from 1964 to 1968. While living in Caldwell, Idaho, he worked as a carpenter and met Janet Rogers and her children, Kasey and James. Wayne was a natural father—he and Janet welcomed their son Brent in 1974. A great teacher and adventurer, he taught his children to fish, garden, build, and explore on many family trips.


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Obituary: Nancy Marie Wilson

In Memory Of Nancy Marie Wilson, age 39, of Townsend November 28, 1984 – March 4, 2024 Family of Nancy Marie Wilson


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