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Another year gone by. It certainly feels like the saying “time flies” is exactly what happens to every day of every year, they fly right by. Before we know it, we are into a New Year and now, with 2020 upon us, a new decade.

But even though another year begins, there is still much to remember and reflect on from 2019. Most importantly, we want to remember those we lost in the last year. They all hold a special place in our hearts. 

It is our hope that the memories of each and every one of them stay with us for years to come.

January

Fred Berkram was born in Cut Bank and lived here his entire life. He served in the United States Army a year out of high school and returned to Cut Bank where he farmed for over 40 years. He and Marlene were married for over 50 years. He retired from UPS after working there for 20 years as a mechanic.

Max Ronald Cebulla worked in the family business, Maxie’s Bakery in both Shelby and Cut Bank. He and his wife Zita operated another business in Cut Bank, Maxie’s Restaurant. He also sold insurance in Cut Bank and in his later years, worked in Glacier National Park.

Jessica Johnson was born and raised in Cut Bank. She fulfilled her dream of becoming a cosmetologist and lived and worked in Great Falls for nine years. She was only 28 years old when she passed away.

Lila Mae Christine (Paulson) Pritchard was born in Portland, Oregon, before the family moved to Chinook and then settled in Cut Bank in 1944. She and her husband Jess Pritchard were married for 60 years and had homes in Montana and in Nevada.

Steven Chambers was born in Canada but made his way to Montana and worked in Cut Bank at Bell Motors. 

Frances Smith was born in Sunburst. She and her family eventually moved to Cut Bank when she was in the third grade. She graduated from Cut Bank High School and went to business school following graduation. She returned to Cut Bank and worked for Wilber Warner law offices. She and her husband Bob were married for 62 years.

LeeAnn McAdam Getten grew up in Cut Bank and graduated from Cut Bank High School. She moved to Great Falls and went to beauty college and later in her life worked for Benefis Health Care, also of Great Falls. 

February

Ardith Campbell Roush and her husband Glenn of 60 years were residents of Cut Bank for the same number of years. She was active in her church, the Women’s Auxiliary and volunteered as a Pink Lady for Glacier County Medical Center for 30 years. She also served as a Glacier County Election Judge.

Helen Marie Waggoner was born in Havre, but the family found their way to Cut Bank and Helen eventually graduated from Cut Bank High School. She and George were married in 1947 and remained in Cut Bank until 1992. She was active in her church, the Hospital Auxiliary and co-managed the restaurant at the Cut Bank Golf Course for several years.

K. Wallace “Wally” Bradley attended country school north of Cut Bank and eventually graduated from Cut Bank High School. He spent two years in the United States Army before returning to the family ranch located north of Cut Bank. He and his wife Marilyn ranched west of Valier.

Gail Hietpas was born and raised in Cut Bank and was a Cut Bank High School graduate. She was married to David Funk for a time and later became a claims adjuster for United Fire and Casualty Group. 

Theresa Kimmet met and married her husband Leo at a picnic and after the wedding, the pair moved to Cut Bank where they lived for many years on the farm. In her later years, she and her husband lived in Lake Tapps.

Ruth W. Hatch was almost a 100 years-old before her passing, living a life well-lived to the age of 96. 

March

Kerma Jean Phippen was born in Browning but spent most of her life in Cut Bank where she tended bar at the Stables, the Den and the Moose Lodge. In 2015, she moved to Great Falls to be with her daughter.

Ina Ree Dreiling was raised in Cut Bank, but the family moved to Colorado where they established a successful drilling company. 

Wanda June Aus was born in North Dakota and lived there until she married Noble “Toby” Aus in 1942. Once they started their family, they all moved to Cut Bank in 1956. Wanda worked at Buttrey Food and Drug until she retired. She and Toby then moved to Billings.

Arlene Schaefer was born in Cut Bank and it was in Cut Bank that she met her husband Leo. They lived here for a time before moving to Boise.

Melvin Fugle was born and raised in Cut Bank, graduating from Cut Bank High School. He met and married Donna Aschim of Sunburst in 1958. Melvin was a farmer and rancher and an oilfield worker for a number of years. He was active in his church and a big supporter of the county’s 4-H program.

John “Mike” McCormick was born in Conrad and lived there for a time until the family moved to Cut Bank where he graduated from Cut Bank High School. He married his classmate Candace Jacobson some years later and the two remained married for 25 years.

Roberta Mae Harvie-Perkins was born and raised in Cut Bank. A few years after her high school graduation, she joined the United States Navy and made it her career for 20 years. It was while in the Navy she met her husband of 24 years, Kenneth Perkins. Her final job was working for the World Wide Custom Brokers in Alberta. 

William Harry Yunck was born and raised in Cut Bank. Following graduation from Cut Bank High School, he attended Montana State University where he met his first wife Myrna Chamberlin. He lived in Great Falls for a time and also Billings before moving the family back to Cut Bank in 1978. He worked as a carpenter and started his own business while in Cut Bank. He eventually relocated to Whitefish in 1984. 

Lee Ann Hirst-Racine was born in Browning but grew up in Cut Bank and went to school in Cut Bank. Her second marriage was to Robert Virgil Racine and the two of them had many, many pets as their companions over the years. 

April

Peggy Ann Woodworth was born in Sweetgrass and lived there for a time until her family moved to a ranch outside of Cut Bank. It was at that time Peggy finished her high school education in Pullman, Wash. and worked on her musical talents and it was there that she met and married Charles Woodworth. The couple retired in Montana, working and serving congregations in many churches along the Hi-Line. 

Lila P. Orcutt was born in Connecticut but had been to Cut Bank a few times thanks to her daughter and son-in-law, Susie and Ric Beals, living in Cut Bank. She and her husband William had been married for 61 years. She passed away while at the assisted living facility of Glacier Care Center. 

Anna J. Wurz of Horizon Colony passed away this month. She was born at Hillside Colony where she lived for 60 years until she moved to Horizon Colony in 2012. Anna was a kindergarten teacher for eight years. She married John Wurz in 1980.

May

Norman Fugle was born in Cut Bank and grew up on the family farm north of Cut Bank. He attended country school in the beginning and ultimately graduated from Cut Bank High School. But farming was his love, so he returned to the family farm and finally farmed his own piece of land. Norman was drafted into the United States Army, but after his honorable discharge he returned to Cut Bank to live, farm and work for a few oilfield companies during his life. 

Arley Joliffe farmed for several farmers north of Cut Bank during his time in Cut Bank. He ultimately purchased a ranch for himself north of the Pardue elevators in 1969 and worked it until he sold it in 1990. Arley was active in many service organizations in Cut Bank.

Alvina Brown was born in the Kevin-Sunburst oilfield and for a time, the family moved around. They returned to Cut Bank where Alvina graduated from Cut Bank High School. She worked at Dave’s Drug while in high school and for many years after, working as buyer, bookkeeper and cashier before retiring from there. She and Robert Brown were married for over 50 years.

Edna Persling moved to Cut Bank in the 1950s where she stayed until 2016. While in Cut Bank, Edna was a professional drapery seamstress. She married James Persling in 1951.

William “Bill” Clark was born in Cut Bank and served in the United States Marines for six years. Following his discharge, he worked for Getter Trucking, owned Clark Crane Service and worked for High Country Crane. He also worked in Wyoming as a transport driver until his retirement in 2016. Bill was married to Diana until her passing and then married Patricia Sammons who he remained married to for 44 years. 

Mark Thomas Schaefer was born in Cut Bank and he went to school in Cut Bank, eventually graduating from Cut Bank High School. He received a degree in electronic engineering from Devry University in Phoenix. He worked in that field for over 20 years. He and his wife, Mary Ann Givens, were married in 1978. 

June

Joann Dye lived in Cut Bank starting in 2000 and remained in Cut Bank until 2018 when she moved to Great Falls. She worked as an accountant for a number of years, including working in the United States Naval Reserve as a storekeeper first class until she retired from the reserve in 1999.

Curtis Shanks was born in Cut Bank and then the family moved to California. He returned to Cut Bank when he married Wanda Humrich in 1979. He loved to farm and enjoyed the outdoors. 

Terrance “Terry” O’Brien was born in Cut Bank and went to school in Cut Bank. He did, however, graduate from Sunburst High School. He enlisted in the United States Air Force in 1952 and met his wife Elnita Avery there, marrying her in 1956. He worked for an oil company in Kevin for a time before moving back to Cut Bank in 1977 where he worked for a refinery and oil company until he retired in 1995.

Wanda Shanks was born in California and met Curtis Shanks there, marrying him in 1979. The two lived in Cut Bank until the time of their deaths this year.

Greg Fuller was living in California when he passed away, but he was no stranger to Cut Bank, having been introduced to this community through his wife Jean Dilley. He served for three years in the United States Marine Corp Reserves, following active duty in the United States Army. He retired from Pendleton Woolen Mills after 35 years and it was then that he and his wife returned to Cut Bank. 

William “Bill” Kropp was born in Deer Lodge and graduated from high school in Malta. He obtained a business degree from the University of Great Falls. He married Janice Moritz in 1971, staying married to the love of his life for 47 years. He owned the Cut Bank NAPA store for 38 years.

July

Fayedean “Freddie” Tibbitts was born in Cut Bank and went to school in Cut Bank for a time. She ended up graduating from high school in Billings. She worked a few different jobs, enjoying the experience of each and every one of them. She even worked for the Glacier County Road Department for a time as a secretary and a driver of the asphalt roller. 

Donna Bedord lived for many years in Cut Bank and in Coeur d’ Alene before settling in Yakima, Wash. where she passed away two years after her beloved, Oscar Heglar. She was 94 years old.

August

Richard Michael Cline was born in Cut Bank and graduated from Cut Bank High School. He then joined the United States Navy in 1970 and remained with them until his retirement in 1993. He and his wife Karen were married for 42 years.

David Frank Audet was born in Fort Benton and served his country for four years in the United States Air Force. When he married Patsy Hopper Edmisten in 1981, he and his bride took up residence in Cut Bank. He owned and operated Cut Bank Fashion Cleaners and retired from the United States Postal Service in Cut Bank after having worked for them for 28 years.

Allan John Bullock and his wife Arla Marie Woods did not grow up in Cut Bank, but they settled here after their children were grown. Allan became the road supervisor for Glacier County for many years. He and Arla eventually moved to Butte to enjoy their retirement.

Gloria Quenzer grew up on the family farm located north of Cut Bank. She graduated from Cut Bank High School. Five years later, she married her husband George in 1954. Gloria lived in Cut Bank her entire life, working at Bank of Glacier County until she retired. She was active in her church and multiple civic organizations throughout her life. 

September

Beryle E. Miller Anderson was born in Kevin, but she went to school in Cut Bank, graduating from Cut Bank High School. She lived in Anacortes, Wash. until her passing. 

Mary Ellen Anderson was born in Cut Bank and graduated from Cut Bank High School. She went on to achieve a degree in microbiology from Montana State University. Even though she was a Cut Bank native, Mary Ellen lived in Kalispell for many years of her life. 

Ed Snoeck was a long-time resident of Cut Bank, even though he was born in New York City. Ed was stationed near Cut Bank while in the United States Airforce and it was in Cut Bank that he met his wife, Evelyn. They were married for 55 years. He owned and operated the Sears catalog store in downtown Cut Bank for a number of years. 

Ron Bealer was born and raised in Cut Bank and attended schools in Cut Bank too. He went to trade school where he learned how to be a machinist. Ron was the owner of Glacier Signs and Monuments. That business has locations in both Kalispell and Cut Bank. 

Galen Reagan Rhoades was born in Seattle and grew up on the family ranch north of Cut Bank. She attended school in Cut Bank and later went to business school in Spokane. She married Donald Rhoades and the two were married for almost 59 years. 

October

John Roland Harper spent his lifetime working in the oilfields across America. When he finally found a place to settle, it was Cut Bank and it was here that he became the owner and operator of Roland Oil and Gas. 

Betty Lou VanDeKop was born in Spokane but grew up in the Dupuyer area. She moved to Cut Bank in her later years of life. She and her husband Cornelius were married for over 35 years. Betty eventually moved to Oklahoma where she could be close to family.

November

Don C. Werner and his family moved to Cut Bank shortly after he was born where his dad set up his own business. Don graduated from Cut Bank High School and spent years of his life working in oilfields across the country. He married Mildred Castlemen, who was his wife for over 60 years. 

December

Pamela Ann Halvorson was a long-time Cut Bank resident and worked as a bookkeeper for many years. She was 60 years old at the time of her passing.

Marion DeKay lived in Cut Bank for a dozen years before moving back to Brooten, Minn. She was 96 years old when she died. 

Charles “Cal” Loudermilk was born in Cut Bank, however, he went to school in Sunburst. In 1978, he married Katherine Swooger. They were married for over 40 years.

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