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the MonDak area since 1908 Wednesday, Sept. 3, Obituaries Gene Fulkerson Samuel Harold "Bud" Simard for Gene be held at 2 p.m. 4, 2003, at the Church in Fraternal Masonic will follow the with military in Plenty- Gene, 89, died Hospital • 31, after Son of Grover and Fulkerson, Was born in Halli- 12, 1914 (the born in Halli- family moved In 1922 they in Mohall, N.D., to Medicine Lake spring of 1924. graduated from in 1932 and high more courses Cincinnati graduat- was granted a embalmer's then a Montana gh rec- North Dakota. Due error, the licenses though Gene and the licenses age of 21! in Devils Forks, N.D., during the Dam con- were married Gene and Dot and then for Bell and then as a a highway con- moved to Gene joined funer- War II broke Volunteered for the 23, 1944, he and was technician, to the 96th Field unit was assigned India The- tire chet- and Joan to be with the Aug. 28, Gene Fulkerson ater of Operations• On their arrival in Asia, the hospital was not needed. Because of Gene's experience with farm vehicles, he became a truck driver, driv- ing convoys over the "hump" (the Himalaya mountains) to China. Discharged June 3, 1946, as a Tech 4, he returned to Plen- tywood to work with his father in the Fulkerson Funeral Home. After Grover's death in 1947, Gene took over the firm and operated it until he retired in 1976 when his son, Dave, and his family assumed the practice. Through the years, Gene was also instrumental with his broth- er Clint and son, Jack, in the founding and operation of Fulk- erson Funeral Home in Sidney. After retirement, Gene and Dot traveled some, enjoying the company of their close friends. There were trips to Hawaii, Eng- land, Alaska, and "south" by travel trailer for the winter months. Gene's greatest satis- faction was always just being at home and savoring the daily cof- fee routine with "the gang," as well as trout fishing in area ponds. He always stayed in touch with, and found great pride in, the activities and accomplishments of his family. Since Dot's death Dec. 21, 1990, Gene has lived at home. A natural marksman, Gene was a member of the Montana National Guard Rifle Team for a time prior to World War II, was an avid trapshooter in his youth, and hunted upland birds, water- Kara Jo McChesney was born in Kalispell. Impassioned life spent with her She loved to travel, camp Park. She for movies, lattes She sought Parasailing, water diving and rock ATTENTION HUNTERS: Don't park your vehicle in tall grass. Remember we are still under Stage 1 restrictions. made friends Was and lent her and contagious ~ Kara Jo McChesney ) all who knew her. skating with her dad hovering as princess guardian angel lest she fall. She best friend, entered adulthood with her Young adventures mother beside her as confidante, sledding and ice cheerleader and friend. fowl and big game as long as he could. Through the years, Gene was active in community affairs with the Jaycees, Lions Club, Congregational Church, retired from the Plentywood Fire Department in 1964 and was a Life Member of the Veterans of Foreign Wars. He was a 50-year member and Past Master of the Plentywood Masonic Lodge, Past Patron of the Order of East- ern Star and was honored as "Rainbow Dad" by the Plenty- wood Rainbow Girls Assembly• He was a member of the Scot- tish Rite in Great Falls, and was an Ambassador of the Algeria Temple of the Shrine. He served as a board member of the Mon- tana Funeral Directors Associa- tion and was one of the charter members initiating the Eastern District of the association. He was honored as the first "Morti- cian Emeritus" by the Montana Board of Funeral Service and Gov. Marc Racicot. Recognized by the profession in both Mon- tana and North Dakota as the most-senior active licensee, he served for over 65 years. Gene is survived by two sons: Jack and his wife, Kay, Sidney; and Dave and his wife, Jane, Plentywood. He is "Grampa Gene" to Staci Daniel and her husband Mark, Billings; Mara Sanderson and her husband Don, Reno, Nev.; David Eugene Fulk- erson, Helena; and Jess Fulker- son and his wife Sarah, Wenatchee, Wash. He is "Great" to Derek Daniel and Malia and Luke Sanderson. He is also sur- vived by his sister, Shirley Petersen, LaGrande, Ore.; and by his companion and friend, Olive Hansen, Plentywood. His nephews and nieces are Bobbi Lea Bush, Ron Robke, Joni (Petersen) Simonis, Randy Petersen, Kris Petersen, Marlene Love, Phyllis and Gladys Neville and Russell DeHaven. He was preceded in death by his parents, his wife Dorothy, brother Clint Fulkerson and sisters, Maren Fulkerson and Marge Robke. Fulkerson Funeral Homes have charge of arrangements. Her generous spirit touched many young lives. "Kara will live on in our hearts and through those who receive the blessing of life through her generous choice to be an organ donor." Kara is survived by her par- ents; her grandmother, Lois McChesney, Sidney; aunts, uncles, cousins, and innumer- able extended family and friends. Memorial services were held on Tuesday, Sept. 2, at the Christian Center in KalispeU. In memory of Kara and her special love for Laser School, a scholarship fund has been creat- ed to assist other Laser students. Send donations to Laser School at 285 Fifth Ave. E.N., Kalispell, MT 59901 to contribute to this fund. Buffalo Hill Funeral Home, Kalispell, is caring for the family. Funeral services for Samuel Harold "Bud" Simard, 89, Sid- ney, are at 10 a.m., Thursday, Sept. 4, 2003, at th~ Peoples Congregational Church in Sid- ney with Father Ned Shinnick officiating. Musical selections are provided by Jeri Dee Stone and Virginia Olsen. Casketbearers are Mitch Tihista, Saltie Prichard, Jim Steinbeisser, Bud Bouchard, Bob Frank and Gary Torgerson. Honorary casketbearers are Car- los Collins, Bob Binder, Robert Webber, Robert Petersen, War- ren Cook, Joe Halvorsen and Bud's many other friends and neighbors. Ushers are Marion Martin and Joe Halvorsen. Inter- ment will be in the Sidney Cemetery under the direction of the Fulkerson Funeral Home in Sidney. Samuel Harold "Bud" was born on Palm Sunday, April 5, 1914, to Samuel and Gertrude (Dotson) Simard. When his mother went into labor, his father rode to Newlon to phone the doctor. Dr. Beagle arrived shortly after and Sam rode his horse, Comet, ahead of the doc- tor's car to lead him to the ranch. The new baby joined two sis- ters and was nicknamed Bud. His parents were Samuel Oscar Samuel "Bud" Simard Simard and Gertrude D. Simard. Bud was raised to work, and his children liked to hear of his experiences. At a young age he rode around the county gather- ing cattle his father bought. He used a pillow and cercingle until his father brought home a prized possession - a used saddle• On June !, 1940, Bud and Alberta McCullough were unit- ed in marriage. They had two sons, three grandchildren and 10 great-grandchildren. Bud's first community service position was on the Newlon School Board. He was later a Federal Land Bank director for 22 years, on the Richland Coun- ty Fair Board 10 years, Farmers Elevator and a Lower Yellow- stone Reclamation water com- missioner for many years. He also served on supervisor com- mittee on Sidney Country Club and Richland County Shrine Club. When Bud was young, he liked to hunt, trap shoot and bowl. Later, he started golfing and played in Sidney, Arizona and even in Hawaii. Bud loved to sing; each of his grandchil- dren sat on his lap while he sang "Little Bucaroo" to them. Bud died on Sunday evening, Aug. 31, 2003, at the Sidney Health Center Extended Care facility. Bud is survived by his wife, Alberta, Sidney; son, Harold and wife Judy, Glendive; grand- children, Tana (Mike) Pacheco, Littleton, Colo., Teri (Brad) Suhr, Wellington, Colo., Tyler (Aimee) Simard, Forsyth; and 10 great-grandchildren. Also a brother, Coon (Alpha) and wife Martha, Sidney. He was preceded in death by his son, Gordon; parents; sisters, Verona Slotta, Iola Wheeler, Corrine Schilling, Audrey Schilling and Melba Vitt; and two brothers, Robert and Edsel. Arthur "Art" Sorteberg Memorial graveside services for Arthur "Art" Sorteberg, 88, Sioux Pass, are at 10 a.m., Tues- day, Sept. 9, 2003, at the Lone Butte Cemetery with Tim Anderson officiating. Fulkerson Funeral Home in Sidney is in charge of arrangements. Arthur "Art" was born on Dec. 3, 1914, to Carl and Jane (Davies) Sorteberg. He grew up and attended schools in Savage and Fairview. During his high school days, Art worked for Axel Danielson. He later started working for his uncle and grand- parents on the family farm. On Nov. 12, 1940, Art was united in marriage to Bessie E. Palmer in Plentywood. After the marriage, they lived on Art's farm and have been there ever since• While on the farm, Art worked several other jobs. He was the first welder in the Sioux Pass area. He went to Tioga to be a welder when they put up the refinery, then he checked grain fields and grain bins in the late 1950s, early 1960s for the USDA, and later sold Farm Bureau insurance. His wife, Bessie, died on May 28, 1997, and Art remained on the farm. Sidney Fire Arthur "Art" Sorteberg Art was in a dance band play- ing his saxophone for over 25 years. He loved to play baseball and was on the Sioux Pass team, and he loved to play cards. He never met a kid or dog that he did not like. He enjoyed going to Sidney Senior Citizens for the fellowship• Art died on Sunday, Aug. 31, 2003, at the Roosevelt Memori- ~0rsing Home in Culbertson. Surviving him are his son, William "Bill" (Sheila) Sorte- berg, Fairview; a daughter, San- dra (Donald) Schlothauer, Fairview; six grandchildren, Kelly Garcia, Vicki Schlothauer, Ben Sorteberg, Lee Sorteberg, Andrew Sorteberg and Courtney g. 26 - Haystack fire, Fairview assist. Wed., Aug. 27 - Grass fire, west of Sidney. Thure., Aug. 28 - Grass fire, west of Sidney. Thurs., Aug. 28 - Haystack fire, 39 west of Sidney. I Washed rock and sa~, concrete, gravel and dirt hauling Phone: 482-1572 After Hours Phone: 482-5093 MT/ND Toll Free 1-888-482-1572, Sidney', MT Sorteberg; two step-grandchil- dren, Eywon Lambert and Thomas Qualley; and three great-grandchildren, Grant Gar- cia, Gabriella Garcia, and Dominic Sorteberg. He was preceded in death by his parents; a great-granddaugh- ter, Cassandra; two brothers William and Howard; and sever- al half-sisters. ................ REGISTRY ~ATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 6 Bhchole Bouchard 8e Cole Rrugler ,ATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 20 gessica q;ischer Oerren Erickson SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 20 goan vlarx Blaine Raad FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 7 q,4 cole 9tsfieck C/ m Dvorak Sidney o 482-1402 www.joh Q plans support group meetings Center Hospice is sponsoring a will be held at 721 Third St N.E. If you are interested in attending this session, call the Hospice office to register at 488-2226. OO0 is pleased to announce that Family Nurse Practitioner is joining will begin seeing patients the in September. If you would like to appointment with Patti, please call at 488-2525. in the Sidney Clinic - Suite 102 406-488-2525 Patti Iversen, FNP Jerome Kessler, MD 20* OFF Jewelry! Including Frornes, Rorols & This Week Only! 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