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Serving the MonDak area since 1908 Sunday, Aug. 3, 21X)3-3A Obituaries for William 72, Fairview, Friday, Aug. 1, Mary's Catholic with Father g. it 2:30 p.m. Friday National Ceme- Sturgis with Fr. Lg. Full was provided by American #66 of Lemmon and Veterans Honor music was pro- Nehl, organist. sang "Amazing as honorary were John and Tommy casketbearers Borchert, Corey GOrdon Tishunack, Brabazon 7, 1931, II1., to Charles and Rafferty. He in Pawpaw, 1949. Bill enlisted Air Force and from Nov. 2, 1, 1955. He re- again from to Dec.I, 1967. his discharge, he William "Bill" Rafferty William Rafferty moved to Tacoma, Wash., and began working for Boeing. He was united in marriage to Ber- nice (Blotsky) Tishmack in 1975 at Lemmon, S.D. Bill continued working for the Corcoran Truck- ing until 1978 when he began hauling crude oil for Koch Oil Co. In 1983, Bill was forced to retire due to his failing health. Bill passed away on Tuesday afternoon July 29 at the Sidney Health Center, following a lengthy illness. He was a lifetime member of the VFW. Bill enjoyed collecting miniature antique cars. Surviving family members include his wife Bernice, Fairview; two sons and two daughters-in-law, Jim Rafferty, Spencer and Holly Rafferty, all of Tacoma, Wash., and Pat Raf- ferty, Glendale, Ariz.; two daughters and two sons-in-law, Margo and Bern Ackland, Mt. Morris, IlL, and Alyson and John Stevens, Tacoma, Wash.; eight grandchildren; two stepsons, Gordon Tishmack and his wife Patti, Pukwana, S.D., and Ken- neth Tishmack and his wife Patsy, Franklin, La.; two step- daughters, Dorene and her hus- band, Dennis Brabazon, Lem- man, S.D., and Myrna and her husband, Mahlon Schweigert, Hettinger, N.D.; seven step- grandchildren and four step- great-grandchildren; one brother and sister-in-law, Jim and Mar- jorie Rafferty, Hendersonville, N.C.; and one sister and brother- in-law,. Kathleen and Chuck Marks, Zeeland, Mich. Bill was preceded in death by his parents, one son William Rafferty, two brothers, Orville and Russell Rafferty; twin sis- ters in infancy; one step-daugh- ter Arlys Christiansen; and one stepgrandson, Bobby Brabazon. Funeral services for Ronald L. "Ran'.' Brown, 59, will be 10 a.m., Monday, Aug. 4, 2003, at the Sidney Lutheran Brethren Church with Pastor Bruce Valle- vik officiating. Music will be provided by Bruce and Ruth Val- levik and Linda Bergstedt. Cas- ketbearers are Lance Leivestad, Brian Leivestad, Brent Leives- tad, Lonnie Brown, Harley Brown and Cordeli Conradsen. Honorary casketbearers are Randy, Tim, Marty Shields, Tom Jones Seth Leivestad and Don Flamm. Ushers are Ardean Sko- gen and Kevin Skogen. Inter- ment will be in the Fairview Cemetery, under the direction of Fulkerson Funeral Home, Sid- ney. Ronald L. Brown was born Aug. 5, 1943, in Sidney to par- ents Albert C. and Viola (Nor- ton) Brown. Ran grew up and attended school in Girard Com- munity, moved with the family to Buena Vista, Colo., where he started high school, later returned to Sidney and started driving trucks for Hillings Road Construction in Montana and North Dakota. Ran met Julia Leivestad and they were united in marriage in Savage on April 28, 1963. Ran and Julia made their home across the river southeast of Sidney. is a traveling COnnecting the dots state, playing music folks and talk- about Montana's history, and plays; he per- piano Wednes- Memorial Park. is going great. I to raise millions. I to plant seeds for and the ongoing Want people to be problem of lack of' music education," , togo. My personal with the prairies is The prairies to relax, compose music. The land- Kirby said. is to raise !and money for arts tin Montana while the values of local aspect of which interviews with of interest; and residents the relevant issues. Kirby hopes his .tour, "Barnstorming Montana," will be a model for arts funding, helping to replace the dependen- cy upon federal sources with community-based grass roots "If the arts are to be saved, it's up to us, not the government. My stance is not political, just practical" - Scott Kirby funding alternatives. The Montana Performing Arts Cbnsortium will receive all profits from this endeavor ,including grants, corporate sponsorships, private donations and ticket sales. "In these times of less and less government support for the arts, it falls upon all of us to partici- pate in saving the traditions of the past and forging ones which will be vital to future genera- tions," Kirby said. "When the stock market clos- es, and the ball game is over, and we finally have a quiet moment, can we imagine what our lives would be like without our music, our paintings, our dance, without the flavors of existence? How far are we willing to go to L. 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O'Brien, 89, passed away on Sunday, July 27, 2003, at the Heritage House in Missoula. He was born on Dec. 2, 1913, in Newlon to George and Bertha (Dare) O'Brien. Fred was raised and educated in Sidney. Alter he started working for the railroad in Missoula, he met Frances "Scotty" Miller and the couple was married on June 3, 1945. Fred worked for the rail- road for over 40 years and retired in 1977. For most of his life, he enjoyed raising Morgan horses. Fred was also known as an avid scholar of the Old West. He was preceded in death by his wife, Frances; four brothers, John, Henry, Donald and Gerald /n Merry efrCi a F~ry15, 1939- At~k~ J, 2002 My Grandma Rita left this life and went on to her heavenly home,I loved her a lot and because of this I wanted to write this poem. I wanted her to stay here with us and watch us as we grew, but Grandma's heart was tired and I guess God needed Grandma too. But we have something very precious that no one can take away, and that's our memories of grandma and the things she would always say. She had nine awesome grandchildren who meant the world to her, but to get our names correctly, she would often take a "tour". She'd start out with the oldest and work on down to me, Britney, Jami, Katie - "oh no, t mean Bailee"t! When Grandma Rita felt much better, she loved to cook for us, she made good and simple food, without a lot of fuss. She'd make her famous chili, and everyone loved her ribs, I was pretty old before I caught on to a few of Grandma's "fibs", Her apple pie came from County Market, but I just didn't care, because Grandma always told me - she did all the baking there?!! Her coleslaw was real yummy but I wondered how she did it, it tasted just like KFC's - I just didn't get it! Her grilled cheese were the very best - she would make them taste just right, these Grandma made her very self - each gooey awesome bitel Grandma Rita would play "Go Fish" with us, but when we'd go to pick, she'd often fall asleep, unless we were real quick! Before swim meets Grandma always said - "wear your fioaties when you race", Grandma always knew just what to say to put a big smile on my face. Anyone that Grandma called has heard her say "Can you hear me know" a lot, well Grandma I hope you hear me know - you will never be forgot!! We'll take good care of Grandpa Larry - cuz we know you loved him lots, we'll help him fish, work in his yard and plant his flower pots. We love you Grandma Rita and we will miss you every day, but we know you're watching over us and so we'll all be okay. We love and miss you Grandmal Bailee, Cole, Kevin, Bree, ???, Bdtney, Kelby, KC, Jami, Katie Ronald L. Brown Ronald Brown Ran purchased a gravel truck and continued with Hillings Construction, then started a paving business with his broth- er, Don. Ran later started a repair shop next to his home. In 1973, he entered the oil patch and moved to Douglas, Wyo., until 1976, when they moved to Fairview where Ran was a tool pusher for Bomac Drilling. Ran and Julia purchased a home in Cartwright, N.D., in 1978. Then in 1984, when his rig stacked out, Ran opened his own repair shop. In November 1988, the repair shop burned, so he went back to work in construction for Oakland Fisher and later W.L. O'Brien O'Brien; and two sisters, Anna Kizziar and Dorothy Ford. Survivors include his son, David O'Brien, Billings; two grandsons, Cory and Will O'Brien, both of Billings; one sis- ter, Pauline Kopp, Glendive; and many nieces, nephews and cousins. At Fred's request, no services will be held. Donations may be made to a charity of the donor's choice. Arrangements are under the care of Garden City Funeral Home and Crematory. Neu Construction. In September 1998, he purchased the Big Opening and was currently working with W.L. Neu Con- struction. Ran enjoyed spending time with his wife, children and grandchildren. Ran loved pick- ing on Mum and his "favoritist" daughter-in-law. Ran loved to sing, play the guitar, John Wayne movies, Marty Robbins songs and experimenting in the kitchen. Ron also loved garden- ing, working on cars, reading and was a history buff. Ron passed away at the Sidney Health Center, Wednesday, July 30, 2003. Ron is survived by his wife, Julia Brown, Cartwright, N.D.; sons, Larry (Lynn) Brown, Col- orado Springs, Colo., and Wade Brown, Fairview; daughters, Debbie (Ron) Norby, Fairview, Anita (Justin) Karst, Fairview, Wanda (Travis) Menefee, Cen- tennial, Colo., and Wendy (Chad) Sundheim, Ft. Lewis, Wash.; brother, Don Brown, Peoria, Ariz.; sisters, Vi Shields, Missoula, and Mary Lou Sanderson, Casper, Wyo.; and nine grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his parents, Albert and Viola Brown; and brothers, Marvin and Terry Brown. Ron's legacy of love, laughter and family will live on in the hearts of us all, forever. II Please Welcome Bert Lepel Bert Lepel, PA-C will be seeing patients at ' the Mondak Clinic while Charlene ! Pontoriero, FNP is out of the office on the following days over the next six weeks: . 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