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  • Graveside Service Notice: Neil G Toma

    Apr 17, 2024

    Neil G Toma on May 4th at the Holy Cross Cemetery in Townsend at 10:00.... Full story

  • DEt Meskimen

    Apr 10, 2024

    On the morning of Friday, March 29, 2024, DEt Meskimen lost her battle with cancer at the Ruby Valley Medical Center in Sheridan, MT. DEt Ann Cook was born to Art and LaBina Cook in Bozeman, MT, on April 16, 1947. She grew up in Willow Creek, MT, riding horses, raising sheep, and enjoying her youth playing with her cousins. Growing up, DEt was active in Rainbow and 4-H. DEt attended grade school and high school in Willow Creek. After high school graduation, she attended Montana State University... Full story

  • May Louanne Petersen McLees

    Mar 20, 2024

    May Louanne Petersen McLees passed away on March 11, 2024. She was born May 21, 1942, in Havre, MT, to Margaret (Minor) and Marinus Petersen. May attended and graduated from Big Sandy High School. She attended and graduated from Rocky Mountain College. At Rocky, she met her future husband, Gary, on a blind date. They were married on August 4, 1962. They were then blessed with two children, Blair and then Brooke. May taught high school English for 25 years. She was also a great sports fan, following her children in all of their sports – but a... Full story

  • Harriet Mjelde

    Feb 14, 2024

    12-2024 Harriet Mjelde, a Home Economics teacher and longtime resident of Three Forks, MT, passed away on February 9, 2024, at the age of 103. Harriet was born on May 14, 1920, in Denver Colorado to Reverend Henry and Anna Mecklenburg. She was preceded in death by her sisters, Florence Ylinen, and Ruth Warren. Her father was a Methodist minister and her family moved frequently. She spent her childhood in Montana, California, and Minnesota. Harriet graduated from Helena High School in 1938 and went on to receive her Bachelor of Science in... Full story

  • Death Notice

    Jan 31, 2024

    Mel Obrigewitch, 86, of Three Forks passed away Thursday Jan 11. Services will be announced in the spring or early summer.... Full story

  • Merrill Arbuckle Jr.

    Nov 29, 2023

    Merrill Arbuckle Jr., a beloved husband, father, grandfather, and friend, passed away peacefully on Friday, November 17, 2023, at his home in Three Forks, Montana. He was 81 years old. He is preceded in death by his sister Michal, his father Merrill Sr. and his mother Hazel. He is survived by his youngest sister, Marny Deborah (Enrique) Barrau Arbuckle; his wife, Becky Ar-buckle; his four daughters, Lori (Jim Evans) Arbuckle, Teri (Jake) Harwood, Heidi (Donald Eva) Arbuckle and Judi "Phatty"... Full story

  • Neil G Toma

    Nov 15, 2023

    Neil G Toma passed away on November 1, 2023, due to natural causes. Neil was born in Townsend, Montana on September 30, 1943. He was the sixth of six children born to Eli and Marion Toma, and was raised on a ranch near Radersburg, Montana. On the ranch, Neil learned the value of hard work that helped him later in life. He had to travel to Townsend for school, and later lived with his sister, Dorothy LeTempt in Three Forks and finished school in Willow Creek. He graduated from Willow Creek High School in 1961. Neil married Sharon Ranney of Three... Full story

  • Donna Lee (Todd) Handschke

    Oct 18, 2023

    Donna Lee (Todd) Handschke of Three Forks passed away on Oct. 09, 2023, surrounded by her family at Spring Creek Inn Memory Care Center in Bozeman, MT. She was born December 15, 1952, in Townsend, MT, to parents Donald Lee "Cotton" Todd and Madeline May (Lane) Todd. Donna graduated from Three Forks High School and Secretarial School in Bozeman. Throughout the years, Donna worked at the Dew Drop Cafe, Stuckey's, Johnson's Drug Store, and the GTA-Cenex, all in Three Forks. She also worked at the Cowboy Cafe in West Yellowstone and the State of Mo... Full story

  • Mary Maxine Pogreba

    Oct 11, 2023

    16-2023 Maxine passed away on October 1, 2023. Maxine was the fourth of nine children born to Willis and Bina Lane Albro. They were ranched and lived a mile west of Willow Creek, Montana. Through 4H, Maxine learned sewing and gardening, both of which served her well as she became a talented seamstress and avid gardener. In school, she was active in gymnastics, basketball, skating and ballroom dancing, all of which she later encouraged in her children and grandchildren. She remained a fitness buss throughout her life. She graduated from Willow... Full story

  • Donna Lee (Todd) Handschke

    Oct 11, 2023

    Donna Lee (Todd) Handschke of Three Forks passed away on Oct. 09, 2023, surrounded by her family at Spring Creek Inn Memory Care Center in Bozeman, MT. She was born December 15, 1952, in Townsend, MT, to parents Donald Lee "Cotton" Todd and Madeline May (Lane) Todd. Donna graduated from Three Forks High School and Secretarial School in Bozeman. Throughout the years, Donna worked at the Dew Drop Cafe, Stuckey's, Johnson's Drug Store, and the GTA-Cenex, all in Three Forks. She also worked at the Cowboy Cafe in West Yellowstone and the State of Mo... Full story

  • Deloris F. Erickson Barney

    Sep 27, 2023

    Deloris F. Erickson Barney, 79, of Three Forks passed away Tuesday, September 19, 2023. She is survived by her husband, Donald R. Barney; daughters, Kimberly Pennington and Melissa Demers; grandsons, Tyler and Austin; and multiple cousins, nephews, and nieces. Cremation has taken place and a Memorial Service will be held at a later date. Arrangements are in the care of Dokken-Nelson Funeral Service. www.dokkennelson.com... Full story

  • Frances Jean Dellinger

    Sep 27, 2023

    Frances Jean Dellinger died peacefully on September 25, 2023, at the Parkhaven Retirement Community in Manhattan, MT. Frances was born in Whitehall, Montana on October 26, 1936, to Lulla and Goodlet Rogers. She attended Cardwell Elementary School and Whitehall High School. Frances met her husband, Clyde Dellinger, where they both worked on the Shaw Ranch. They were married in 1953 and celebrated 41 years of marriage prior to his death in 1994. Frances and Clyde had three sons, Danny, Jerry and Bobby, and one daughter, Gayla. Frances was a homem... Full story

  • William Thomas Kanta

    Aug 30, 2023

    William Thomas Kanta (Tom) was born on April 23rd, 1938, at Bozeman Deaconess Hospital to Joseph and Mary (Ridzon) Kanta. The youngest of four children, Tom spent his childhood on the family farm on the outskirts of Bozeman. Graduating from Rosary High School in 1957, he briefly attended Montana State College before making the move to Idaho to help on his brother Joe's farm. In 1960, Montana eventually called Tom back home, where he settled in Three Forks and went to work with his brother George at Builders Products, which later became the... Full story

  • TERRANCE "TERRY" MADDING

    Aug 23, 2023

    Terrance "Terry" Madding, 79 years old, passed away in Corpus Christi, Texas on August 13, 2023. After a long battle, he left this earth on a "Sunday Morning Coming Down." Terry grew up in Three Forks, Montana, where he graduated from Three Forks High School in 1962, then joined the U.S. Navy where he began his adult life, in Corpus Christi, Texas. He later moved to Fort Worth, Texas where he spent the next three decades working as an aircraft painter by day and "pool shark" by most nights. Upon retirement, he moved back to the Corpus Christi... Full story

  • CHERYL RUSSELL

    Aug 23, 2023

    Cheryl Russell of Florence, Montana, went to her Lord and Savior on August 17, 2023. She was born Cheryl Anderson in Malta, Montana, on May 3, 1954, to Byron "Swede" and Betty Jo Anderson. Cheryl was quite young when her Dad started working for the Milwaukee Railroad in Harlowton, Montana as a trolley lineman. A short time later, he transferred to Three Forks, they bought a piece of property in nearby Willow Creek and built their home. Cheryl and her siblings, 4 sisters and 1 brother grew up as typical small-town Montana kids. She helped her... Full story

  • Mabel Mae McDonald

    Aug 9, 2023

    Mabel Mae McDonald, age 93 of Three Forks, MT, entered into God's Kingdom on August 7, 2023. She was born November 28, 1929, to Fred and Dora Hautier in Cameron, MT. She graduated from Madison Valley High School in 1948. Mae then traveled to visit her sister Kay in California where she met Holly J. McDonald. They were later married in Nevada. They moved to Virginia Beach, VA where they worked and raised their family. Mae was proud of her 23 years of working in Government Civil Service. Upon retiring in 1991, Holly and Mae returned to her... Full story

  • GARY C. DAVIS

    Jul 26, 2023

    Gary C. Davis, originally from Willow Creek, wanted us to tell you, “The old fart’s dead.” Dad passed from this Earth on February 8, 2023. We will be having a memorial service for him on Saturday, August 19, 2023. It will take place at the Missouri Headwaters State Park from 9 am to 4 pm in the picnic area. Feel free to come and go as you please. If you have any questions, please contact Tami Davis at [email protected].... Full story

  • Funeral Notice

    Jun 21, 2023

    Graveside services for Lewis K. May and Max Townsend will be held at the Harrison Cemetery Saturday, July 1, 2023, at 11:00 AM. Luncheon following at Gene and Pat Townsend’s at 322 5th Avenue E., Three Forks.... Full story

  • Rodger "Darby" Parker

    Jun 7, 2023

    Rodger "Darby" Parker (81), of Willow Creek, Montana, passed away on May 25, 2023. Darby was born to Jesse and Frances Parker in Bozeman, Montana, on September, 16, 1941.. He grew up in Willow Creek, Montana, and graduated from Willow Creek High School in 1959. Following this, he studied to become an auctioneer. He started working as a teenager hauling hay, and worked as a hired hand for several farmers and ranchers in the area. He and his father owned their own mechanic shop for a time. He also worked as a school bus driver, and for Montana Po... Full story

  • Don Ray Kelly

    Jun 7, 2023

    Don Ray Kelly Three Forks, Montana July 1, 1938 - May 17, 2023 Holy, Holy, Holy Lord God Almighty All thy works shall proclaim thy name In Earth and Sky and Sea With a song written on his heart, Don Ray Kelly was welcomed to this Earth by Paul and Pauline Kelly on July 1, 1938 in Tucson, AZ. He spent his youth alongside his brothers Gene and Scott. enjoying times at the family drug store, pulling sodas. Don enjoyed playing all sorts of sports as a young boy as well. Don's 21 year marriage to Jean Williams welcomed his 5 children DeLynn, Angie,... Full story

  • James Clifford Phillips

    May 31, 2023

    James Clifford Phillips, 74, of Three Forks passed away suddenly on May 23 at his family cabin in the mountains above Pony. Jim was born in Three Forks to Cliff and Ruth (Colegrove) Phillips. Jim grew up on the west side of town on the edge of Buttleman's field. He played in the woods and river bottom all day, collecting sheds and dragging stuff from the old dump to build forts. The family had a little trailer and camped often. When he was 10 years old, they bought land up the Gallatin Canyon and, until they got their cabin built, parked the tr... Full story

  • Russell Calvert Green

    May 31, 2023

    Russell Calvert Green, age 87 of Bozeman, went to drive the big semi (“boop boop”) in the sky on May 21, 2023. Russ was born to Gail Green and Lydia Bennett Green in Bozeman where he also spent most of his youth. Russ was a self-made man who worked and played hard his whole life. He hiked Hollowtop Mountain at age 70. He was in the National Guard in Bozeman and Butte from 1958-1965. He married Sandi Duncan July 3, 1962, at which time he worked for the city of Bozeman. They then moved to Butte where he managed Pacific Hide & Fur for 10 yea... Full story

  • Carter Alvin Collins

    May 24, 2023

    On May 13th, Carter beat us home unexpectedly. Our young son blasted out of here just like he came into this world through a hail of prayers, Love and support, all the likes of which we could have never foreseen. Carter was born in Bozeman, Montana at Bozeman Deaconess Hospital. Soon after, Carter would begin his life-long journey through the medical system, with his amazing mother Amanda packing him around to every necessary appointment needed to try and better his temporary stay here on this earth. Carter passed away unexpectedly in Salt... Full story

  • T. Ralph McCormick

    Apr 12, 2023

    T. Ralph McCormick, an MSU Bobcat through and through, passed away on April 3, 2023, at the age of 87. He is survived by Linda Prinkki McCormick, his wife of almost 41 years, who resides at the family home in Bozeman. Ralph was the friend and neighbor you’d want. He was quick to lend a helping hand, with a smile on his face and only a beer or coffee expected for payment. He was a jack of all trades and was beloved for snowblowing entire neighborhoods and installing solar tubes, carports and decks, lending his leadership skills to homeowner a... Full story

  • Robert E. Jones

    Apr 5, 2023

    Robert E. Jones, (94), of Three Forks, MT, passed away on March 26, 2023, at Bozeman Deaconess Hospital. Robert was born to R. Frank and Nora D. Jones on August 3, 1928, in Bozeman, MT. He lived in Three Forks all 94 years. At the age of 13, Robert went to work at the Yellowstone Garage in Three Forks and there he discovered his passion for mechanical repair. Graduating from Three Forks High School in 1946, he entered the Army and completed basic training in tank repair at Fort Knox, KY. World War II ended at that time, and he was assigned to... Full story

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