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Shirley “Rene” LaBree: 1947-2019

Shirley Laureen (Rene) Frye LaBree passed away on March 8, 2019 at Holy Rosary Hospital in Miles City, Montana, after a hard-fought battle with cancer.

Rene was born in Baker, MT, on January 12, 1947, the second child of Glen Edward Frye and Ethel Marie Arnold Frye. She joined an older brother Richard Alan born June 14, 1945. At an early age the family moved to Canby, California. Glen and his brother Bert went to work in the logging industry to earn money, so that Glen could come back and buy his mother's place. While there, another daughter Betty Jean was born July 3, 1949. In 1949 they moved back to the old place in the Opeechee area.

Rene attended the Spring Valley school for a year and a half, and then the family moved to Ekalaka to Ethel's parents place in 1954. Rene's first teacher was Ruby Rowley.

Rene finished her schooling in Ekalaka graduating in 1965. She was very strong and tough from milking cows and other farm work all her life and could throw a ball farther then most of the boys. She was always upset that girls couldn't play basketball like the boys.

Two more brothers were added to the family, William Charles (Bill) was born June 30, 1954, and John Michael (Jack) was born June 27, 1956.

On January 4, 1966, she married Jordan Lee LaBree. While on their honeymoon, they toured the southwest including the Grand Canyon and looked for job opportunities. Their first job was at the Meyer Land and Cattle Company in Arthur, Nebraska. In the fall of 1966, they moved to Plevna and worked for Glenn Rugg. John Edward (Buddy) was born December 7, 1966 in Ekalaka, MT. Their next job was working for the Horse Creek Grazing Association in North Dakota. After the death of Jordan's brother Harold in December of 1968 they moved back to the ranch to help Linda and ended up taking over. Lee Tat was born November 25, 1969 in Miles City, MT.

Rene enjoyed cooking, gardening, canning, and leatherwork. She loved to take lots of her produce and projects to the county fairs. We can only imagine how many cow hides were cut to make all of the leatherwork projects that she tooled over the years. Rene's pies and jellies were always a hit at any gathering.

Photography, picture framing, playing cards, and throwing horse shoes were some of her favorite hobbies. She had a love for horses and Border Collie dogs. She traveled to many states and Canada to compete in dog trials. She qualified and competed in the National Sheep Dog trials. Rene had many dogs from her first (Max) to her last (Gabe).

Being active was the norm for Rene. She was a member of The Cowbelles, Homemakers, and Cattlewomen and was president of the Wyoming Sheep Dog Association.

Rene loved and supported all of her family in their activities. There was not a bigger fan of her nieces, nephews and granddaughters in their sports careers. If she couldn't be at the games she listened on the radio, watched on the computer, or waited impatiently for a phone call or text to get the score or a rundown of the game.

Rene was preceded in death by her parents, brother Rick, and brother Jack.

She is survived by her husband Jordan of 53 years, son Buddy (Amy), Brandee (Derek) Maier and Tyann (Kory) Gausen, son Lee (Cam), granddaughters Hannah, Heather, and Heidi, sister Betty (Jerry) Cline, brother Bill (Cathy) Frye, sisters-in-law Jane and Leanne, and numerous nieces and nephews.

Funeral Services for Shirley "Rene" LaBree, 72 of Miles City formerly of Ekalaka will be held 2 p.m., Friday, March 15, 2019 at the Ekalaka Elementary School Gymnasium, Ekalaka, MT. Burial will be in the Beaver Lodge Cemetery, Ekalaka, MT

Family will receive friends from 4 p.m. – 6 p.m Thursday, March 14, 2019 at Stevenson and Sons Funeral Home in Miles City.

Should friends desire, memorials may be made to the Carter County Museum in Ekalaka or to the Frye Memorial Scholarship Fund.

Ralph Keffeler: 1937-2019

Ralph David Keffeler was born in Sturgis, SD, on Jan. 22, 1937, to John and Mary (Grubl) Keffeler. He attended school through 8th grade at the Lower Alkali School. Later, he worked hard, studying down on the floor with the kids, and finished his GED.

Ralph married Betty Ann Harwood on June 10, 1957, at the St Francis of Assisi Church in Sturgis. The first year and half they were married, he worked at Homestake Mine. Over the years, he also worked at Ellsworth AFB tearing down buildings, had a hay grinding business, and worked at Sturgis Salebarn.

Like all farmers, he didn't think he had enough horse power to pull bigger equipment, so he hooked 2 Ms together and sitting on the back one pulled 24 ft "one-ways." Ralph loved to see how tall his sorghum could grow. One year it was so tall, Doug and John went to start cutting, in his John Deere of course. The tractor completely disappeared except for the exhaust pipe on top. He was so proud that year. "Green" was the only color machine that was worth bringing home.

Ralph took flying lessons. Eventually he soloed, scared himself, and quit. He still rode as a gunner with Dewey Rathke and Roger Hlavka for coyotes. Friends were very important to him. Everyone he met became a friend and he LOVED to visit. He enjoyed snowmobiling and loved to dance, and once you got a drink or two in him, he even thought he was pretty good at it! But what he cherished most in life was his children and his grandchildren.

Ralph was happy and friendly to all, and all kids adored him, partly because he was quite the prankster. He once told all of his grandkids when they would come for visits that Bear Butte was in fact a volcano and some day it was going to erupt. Tony and Tanna happened to be visiting when the Butte caught fire in 1996 and, of course, everyone had to pile into the car to go grab some ice cream and watch the "eruption."

Ralph David Keffeler, 82, Sturgis, died Friday, March 1, 2019, at Sturgis Regional Hospital.

He is survived by his wife, Betty Ann (Harwood) Keffeler; daughters, Linda (Mike) Howie, White Owl, SD, Donna Keffeler, Littleton, CO, and Tammy (Scott Sieler) Lorenz, Alkali, SD; son, Travis Keffeler, Alkali, SD; daughter-in-law, Shari Keffeler, Alkali, SD; grandchildren, Tanna (Vince) Holzer, Rapid City, SD, Tyrell Lorenz, Alkali, SD, John D. Keffeler, Alkali, SD, Monique Antunovich, Littleton, CO, and Gianna Antunovich, Littleton, CO; great-grandson, Zakary Joseph; 3 sisters, Mabel (Donald) McPherson, Rose Marie "Pickles"(Kenny) VanSickle, and Irene (Benny) Long; and a brother, Murrin Keffeler.

Ralph was preceded in death by his parents, John and Mary (Grubl) Keffeler; son, Douglas Keffeler; infant daughter, Karen; grandsons, Trent Howie and Anthony Howie; four brothers; and three sisters.

Visitation will be held from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. Thursday, March 7, 2019, at Kinkade Funeral Chapel in Sturgis.

Funeral services will be held at 1 p.m. Friday, March 8, 2019, at the Sturgis Armory with Pastor Harold Delbridge officiating. Burial will follow at Bear Butte Cemetery in Sturgis.

In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the Shriners Hospital.

Betty Littau: 1928-2019

Betty Littau, 90, of Winner, SD passed away on Monday, February 18, 2019 at the Winner Regional Long-Term Care Facility in Winner, SD.

Betty Lenore Littau was born Dec. 21, 1928 south of Carter, South Dakota to Edwin and Vera (Beckner) Sachtjen. Betty attended rural grade schools and graduated from Winner High School in 1948. She married Reuben Littau on December 26, 1949. To this union four children were born: LeRoy, Robert, Marsha and Joyce. She was baptized, confirmed and joined the Jerusalem Lutheran Church south of Carter in the spring of 1951. They lived in Todd County until they purchased their farm later that year where she resided until moving into Elder Inn in 2016 and then Winner Nursing Home in January 2018. Betty was a faithful member of St. John's Lutheran Church in Witten which the family joined in 1953 after the Jerusalem Lutheran Church was closed.

Betty was active in her community and in the local and state Cattlewomen's organizations, Tripp Co. Historical Society, St. Johns Ladies bible Study Group and her friendship club, Idle a While. But like most women in agriculture, she spent her life partnering with Reuben in their Registered Angus business, keeping books, helping organize the annual bull sale and making a loving home.

Betty was a historian, she collected a wonderful history of Carter and was very interested in her and Reuben's family's ancestry. She was so happy when the research was finalized enabling her to become a member of DAR and General Society of the Mayflower Descendants. She will be remembered for her very gentle and loving nature, with a caring spirit known for sending cards and notes of encouragement.

She leaves to mourn two sons, LeRoy (children Ty (Cody), Kip); Robert (Becky, children Luke (Jena), Will (Naomi), Logan (Kristi); two daughters, Marsha (Gregg Hubner, children Jesse (Jaimie), Jodi (Jason Van Ruler), Jordan, and Jamin (Jessica); Joyce (Rick Kartak, children Kirby (Amy), Kelli, Clay, and Cody (Ashley), nineteen great-grandchildren, sisters and brother-in-law Edna Haase, Leona Mathis, Arlene Post and Ted Littau, many nieces, nephews and friends. She was preceded in death by her parents, brother Alfred, sister Florence Bromwich, husband Reuben and great-grandson Wesson.

Funeral service will be held on Friday, Feb. 22, 2019 at 1:30 p.m. at the Trinity Lutheran Church in Winner. Burial will follow in the Winner City Cemetery. A visitation will be held on Thursday, February 21, 2019 from 5-7PM at the Trinity Lutheran Church.

Jerrold Gliko: 1943-2019

Little Belt native and Belt area resident, Jerry Gliko, 75, passed away quietly at Peace Hospice House in Great Falls, February 10, 2019 from complications of Emphysema and COPD.

Born in Great Falls, Montana on June 10, 1943 to Rudy Gliko and Edna Lee Gliko, Jerry began life on the ranch in Little Belt. His life came full circle back to the ranch as he and his brother Gary have spent the last several years working together on the place. Doing what else, but picking rocks, spraying weeds and fixing fence.

Just shy of his third birthday, Jerry suffered the untimely loss of his father Rudy. Gary joined the family three months later and Edna moved everyone to Great Falls for a short period of time. They soon returned to the ranch. Aided by faith and trust in God with help from family and neighbors, they moved forward. In 1951 Edna married Tony Urick. Three sisters and a brother were added to the family. All the kids looked to Jerry as a big brother and friend.

Jerry attended one-room country schools around the ranch through grade eight and then graduated from Belt Valley High School. In 1961 he headed off to Montana State College in Bozeman to study Animal Science. After numerous interruptions, a college degree was obtained in the spring of 1969. He was then hired by the American Hereford Association as a fieldman. He then worked for the Association for several years based out of Kansas City, MO, living in various states and then went into ranch management. Eventually he found a spot with the Western Livestock Journal, where he was actively engaged for several decades. Livestock insurance added another industry dimension to his numerous capabilities. In addition, he produced the annual Stock Growers Association Directory. Agriculture and the cattle industry were his life-long occupations. His eternal optimism and gift of gab suited him well over the years.

While working in Ohio, the delightful manager of Jerry's apartment building caught his eye. Elaine Adams, raised in New Jersey and living in Ohio, brought a special dimension to Jerry's life. They were married in Kansas City, MO in December of 1973 and before long moved to Billings, where sons Josh and Aron completed their family. While there, Jerry, enjoyed many family activities that centered around fishing and boating and spending time with his wife and sons. In 2008 Jerry and Elaine moved to their present residence north of Belt.

In recent years Jerry has found strength through his church and the Knights of Columbus activities. Not to mention, those special visits with relatives, family and old friends.

Jerry is survived by his wife of 45 years, Elaine of the family home; son Josh of Bozeman and San Diego, CA; son Aron of Bozeman; brothers Gary Gliko of Great Falls, Rick (Barb) Urick of Waxhaw, NC; sisters Debbie (Russ) Sorensen of Butte, Virginia (Bruce) Sorensen of Belgrade, and Becky Murray of Belgrade; sister -in-laws Jane of Pickerington, OH and Lin of Princeton, NJ; brother-in-law Joe Adams of Lancaster, OH; and fourteen nieces and nephews and their families.

Preceding Jerry in death were his parents, Rudy Gliko and Edna Gliko, Urick; parents-in-law Joe and Ruth Adams, and nephew Drew Murray.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Belt Volunteer Ambulance, St. Mark's Knights of Columbus and Peace Hospice.

The family would to like extend their sincere thanks to all of those who have extended such loving care of Jerry.

A vigil will be held at St. Mark's Catholic Church in Belt on Thursday, February 14, 2019 at 7 pm. Funeral liturgy will take place at St. Mark's in Belt on Friday, February 15, 2019 at 11 am. Cremation has taken place under the direction of O'Connor Funeral Home and internment of the ashes will take place at a later date.

Condolences for the family may be left at http://www.OConnorFuneralHome.com.

Robert Gene Burke: 1951-2019

Robert Gene Burke was born January 31, 1951 and passed away at home on February 1, 2019 after a courageous battle with cancer.

Born in Belle Fourche, South Dakota to William and Harriet (Alexander) Burke, he grew up on the 2U Ranch near Redig, South Dakota, along with his younger sister Jennifer. He attended grade school at the Dunn School and then went to high school in Spearfish, South Dakota, graduating in 1969.

While in high school Bob participated in football, basketball and rodeo. He was instrumental in starting the Lookout Riders rodeo club and competed in calf roping, steer wrestling and team roping.

Bob continued his education at South Dakota State University on a rodeo scholarship and continued to compete in his three favorite events. It was while attending SDSU that he met his sweetheart Kathy Swan, Newell, South Dakota. They became engaged the summer of 1970 and married in Newell, South Dakota on December 29, 1970.

After college, they returned to the Burke Ranch near Hoover, South Dakota in 1973. Bob ranched and continued to rodeo in the NRCA and SDRA circuits in all three of his events. His favorite event though was steer wrestling, and he also hazed for many other steer wrestlers. Kathy also ran barrels at this time and they have many happy memories of going to rodeos and being with the friends they made there.

In September of 1973 Bob was drafted and went to basic training at Ft. Leonard Wood in Missouri for the National Guard. He served with the Guards for six years.

On February 14, 1974 they welcomed their first born, Chad Robert, to the family, then Jason William on November 22, 1976 and Shannon Rae on August 10, 1978. The whole family worked on the ranch and also enjoyed going to the rodeos with Bob, enjoying many summer weekends among great friends.

While on the ranch at Hoover Bob obtained his pilot's license and enjoyed time flying to check stock and water, hunt coyotes and occasionally startle a neighbor with a low flyover.

The summer of 1990 Bob, Kathy and family moved to the ranch south of Sundance, Wyoming and have ranched there since. Bob worked for TriCounty Electric/Powder River Energy, retiring in February 2017.

Bob continued to rodeo after moving to Sundance, concentrating on the Old Men's Breakaway when he turned 50, winning multiple saddles in NRCA, SDRA, NDRA circuits.

Bob and Kathy were blessed with eight grandkids and enjoyed watching all of their various activities in and out of school. Bob especially had fun helping his grandkids and other kids with their rodeo events and horses. He was involved in many organizations over the years, including rodeo association leadership and county fairboard. When "someone" needed to do something, he was willing to be that someone. His great good humor and capable attitude made him the "go to" guy for anything that came along.

There was never a dull moment when Bob was around and he had fun everywhere he went. He and Kathy enjoyed dancing and could really "cut the rug". He wasn't above playing practical jokes on anyone he knew and made a lot of people laugh over the years. He was also kind and compassionate and would help anyone in need, whether he knew them or not. He was a larger than life personality who will be greatly missed.

He was a beloved son-in-law to Bill and Wilma Swan, and a treasured member of the whole Swan family.

Bob is survived by his sweetheart of 48 years, Kathy; children Chad and Carrie Burke, Cottonwood, California, Jason and Deb Burke, Encampment, Wyoming, and Shannon and Tadd Haugen, Sundance, Wyoming; his mother Harriet Burke, Sturgis, South Dakota; his sister Jennifer Coles, Yakima, Washington; grandkids Ethan and Thomas Burke, Carslbad, California, Haley and Austin Burke, Cottonwood, California, and Dillon, Annika, Harris and Maura Haugen, Sundance, Wyoming. He's also survived by cousins and his brothers and sisters in law and many nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his father William Burke, his grandparents, and his in-laws Bill and Wilma Swan.

Funeral services will be Saturday, February 9, 11 a.m., at the Sundance High School Gymnasium, Sundance, Wyoming. Visitation will be a Cowboy Gathering and Sharing time at Kinkade's Funeral Home, Sturgis, South Dakota on Friday, February 8, 5-7 p.m.

Karen Sue Bryan: 1955-2019

Karen Sue Bryan, born January 1, 1955, died unexpectedly January 25, 2019.

She was born in Belle Fourche, SD, to Dorwin and Hope Weiss. She was the third of four siblings. She graduated nursing school in Rapid City in 1982 and went on to become a certified nurse practitioner.

She is survived by four children. Shohn (Jimmy) Humphrey of Spearfish, Katie (Amos) Cox of Waverly, MN, RP (Pina) Bryan of Belle Fourche, and Nick Bryan of Spearfish; seven grandchildren; and several great -grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her father, mother, and brother.

She will be greatly missed by many.

Visitation will be 5 to 7 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 31, at Kinkade Funeral Chapel in Sturgis.

A memorial service will be 10 a.m. Friday, Feb. 1, 2019, at the United Methodist Church on Ballpark Road in Sturgis. Private burial will be held at a later date.

Condolences may be sent to the family at http://www.kinkadefunerals.com.

Obituary: Garnet Gaaskjolen

Garnet Gaaskjolen


Garnet passed away on Saturday, January 12, 2019 at the Five Counties Nursing Home in Lemmon, SD.

Garnet (Carmichael) Gaaskjolen was born in Beulah, ND on August 13, 1924 to James and Mary Carmichael with only a midwife attending the birth. When Garnet was 3 years old, they moved to a place north of Faith, which would be the first of numerous moves. Most of the locations they called home were in the Meadow area with one of them being a house SW of the Thunder Butte Bridge which they lost to a fire. Her father then built a sod house on the same location.

When Garnet became school age, she attended various country schools until her seventh grade at which time she moved to Salem, SD to live with her Aunt and Uncle to attend school. Upon graduation from the 8th grade she stayed another year due to the depression, helping them on the farm doing a lot of hard work.

Occasionally she got to town on Saturday night and got a dime to spend, which wasn't all bad as it bought an ice cream cone and a candy bar. Candy bars were a lot bigger then than they are today or at least she thought so. On occasion her folks would send her a couple dollars of spending money and there was an Alden's Catalog from which you could order dress material. Garnet would send for 3 yards for 9 cents a yard. On arrival she would go early in the a.m. to her twin cousins' home and go home that night with a nice dress as the twins were really good at sewing. On a sadder note, while living in Salem, Garnet got notice her mother had died suddenly in the beauty operator's chair.

In 1940 Garnet went back to Lemmon to live with her dad. She got a job working for Mrs. Earl Papke. She worked from 7 a.m. until late afternoon for $3.00 a week.

Garnet and Vergil were married on March 10, 1942. In their early years there was lots of land for sale but there was no money. Vergil's dad finally loaned them a little money and they bought a quarter or two for 50 cents an acre and then managed to get ahead enough to buy some for a $1 an acre. In 1949 Vergil and Garnet built a new house near Meadow, SD and after Vergil's passing Garnet built a new house near the highway in 1986. She then sold the remainder of the ranch to Keith and Roxi.

In 2001 Garnet moved to an apartment in Faith where she resided until December 2018. Garnet entered the Five Counties Nursing Home in late December 2018.

Garnet will be remembered for all the angel food birthday cakes and Easter cakes she made for her grandchildren over the years. Each Christmas children/grandchildren received cookies that she had spent many hours preparing. You never stopped at Garnet's without being offered angel food cake, caramel rolls, or cookies and a hot cup of coffee.

One of Garnet's greatest enjoyments was attending Sunday Services at the Faith Christian Center and the fellowship that followed.

She was preceded in death by her husband Vergil Gaaskjolen. Surviving are her son Keith (Roxi) Gaaskjolen; three daughters, Arlene (Darwin) Oliver, Lemmon, SD, Lois (Vaughn) Meyer, Reva, SD, and Wava (Bruce) Gotfredson, Newel, SD; 11 grandchildren, 13 great-grandchildren, and one sister-in-law Esther Carmichael.

Funeral services for Garnet Gaaskjolen, age 94, of Faith, SD, will be held at 1 p.m. on Friday, Jan. 18, 2019 at the Prince of Peace Chapel of the Evanson Jensen Funeral Home in Lemmon, SD. Pastor Terry Bottjen will officiate, with burial to follow in the Greenhill Cemetery at Lemmon.

Visitation will be one hour prior to services at the Funeral Home on Friday.

Traven Harold Bies


On February 12, 2003, Traven Harold Bies was welcomed into the world by his parents, Travis and Deanna, and 4 older sisters: Karli, Hailey, Madison, and Jayden. Their family was finally complete with a wild, little brother, who was the apple of their eyes for 15 short years. Each sister had a unique, special bond with him. His life was tragically cut short doing what he loved on December 31, 2018, following a farm accident on his family ranch.

Traven was left behind to be loved and missed dearly by his parents and sisters, brother in law, Chauncey Phillips, aunts, uncles, cousins, and special friends too numerous to mention. Traven and his family are forever grateful for each and every one of the remarkable people who impacted Traven's life.

Traven was baptized at St. Therese Catholic Church, alongside his godparents, Todd Tuschen and Heather Jankord, who supported him throughout his life. He attended St. Thomas More Elementary and Middle School, and then went on to attend school at Steven's High School with the class of 2021. Traven made many forever friends during his school years and his classmates will miss his freckle-faced smirk and infectious laugh.

Traven lived a life that most 15-year-olds only dream of. He traveled to Africa and Alaska three times. He was always in pursuit of the next wild adventure but was equally happy hunting anything on the ranch. He met so many great friends during his adventures and travels. Hunt in Heaven, buddy!

Traven is welcomed into Heaven by his Aunt Donna Klapperich, Grandpa Kenny Hall, and cousin, Carson Powell.

Visitation will be held from 5-6:30 p.m., with a Prayer Service starting at 6:30 p.m. at St. Therese Catholic Church on Thursday, January 3, 2019. Mass of Christian Burial will be offered at 11am on Friday January 4, 2019 at the church. Burial will follow at Nemo Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be directed to SD Youth Hunting Adventures. Online condolences at kirkfuneralhome.com

Service: Thursday January 3, 2019, 5 p.m. – 6:30 p.m. at St. Therese The Little Flower Church.

A Prayer Service will begin at 6:30 p.m.

Mass of Christian Burial: Friday Jan. 4, 2019, 11 a.m. at St. Therese The Little Flower Church

A burial will follow at the Nemo Cemetery.

Memorial donations may be made to SD Youth Hunting Adventures.

Theodore Herbert “Ted” Hirsch: 1921-2019

On Christmas Eve, December 24, 2018, Theodore Herbert "Ted" Hirsch joined his beloved wife, Ruthie, in heaven. Christmas Eve was their most joyful holiday to the very end of this life. During the time after his stroke on Friday, Ted was surrounded by his children, their spouses and many grandchildren.

Ted was 97 years old, having celebrated his birthday with family and friends at the Residential Living on Monday. His son Les and daughter Gail played music and Ted strummed his guitar and sang along.

Ted was born to Jacob and Annie (Redman) Hirsch at the family home near Rock Springs, Montana on December 17, 1921. He was the sixth child in a family of ten children living in a small cabin during very hard times. They were a close family and enjoyed and loved each other all their lives.

German was spoken at home so attending the East Uall School (riding horseback or walking to get there) must have been difficult the first few years. Because there was much work to be done at home, Ted wasn't afforded a formal education, but he never stopped learning or reading or solving problems. Years later, education was so important to him he made sure his kids had high school and college educations at Miles Community College and Montana State.

When Ted was 17 years old, after years of struggle with the drought, grasshoppers and bad winters, his family moved to an irrigated farm in the Yellowstone Valley where they raised beets, grain and hay. In the wintertime, Ted worked for the John Herzog dairy.

During these years, Ted met Ruthie Toennis, the pretty girl down the road and waited for her to graduate from high school. After getting the crop in, they were married November 10, 1945 at the Sacred Heart Church in Miles City.

Ted farmed with his father three more years then moved his family in 1948 to the SH Ranch on Tongue River where he leased land from Ed Love. Things weren't easy, there was no electricity, no running water and bad roads but Mom and Dad made a beautiful childhood for us kids. We learned the dignity of hard work, being kind to each other and your neighbors and had a lot of fun along the way. There was no school so Ted arranged to have SH School moved in and he served on the board for years.

In 1963, the family moved to the ranch on Moon Creek formerly owned by Emil Olander and later Ed Love. Ted was an excellent farmer, raised premium cattle and spent time in community service. He served on FHA, ASCS boards both county and state, and was a Custer County Commissioner. He was a good neighbor, always the first to a fire in the summer and the first to plow out roads in the winter or whatever else was needed. In 2002, Ted was chosen Ag Person of the Year by the Chamber of Commerce. He was a good steward of the land. He treated it with knowledge and respect and in return his farms and ranches always flourished.

Over the years, Ted appreciated the ranch help he received from family, many loyal ranch hands and especially that of Todd and Pam Vaughn, Rick Abbott and Ron McPherson and their families. Ted practiced his Christianity in every day life. He was humble, didn't criticize others, had a deep respect for all was generous and had a quiet grace about him.

Ted enjoyed family, farming, dancing with Ruthie, going to the 600 Café, visiting and music. When Les was elected to the legislature and was gone, Ted stepped in to help play in Les and Gail's band for dances they had booked. Ted was very good playing in the band. This family has been so blessed to have this remarkable man in their lives.

Ted is survived by his two sons, Wayne (Traci) Hirsch of Billings and Les (Donna) Hirsch of Tongue River; three daughters, Pansy (Bill) Jones, south of Miles City, Diane (John) Jones of Moon Creek and Gail (Kyle) Shaw of Tongue River; one brother Elmer Hirsch of Billings; two sisters, Gertie Fisher of Miles City and Ruby Fields of Seattle, WA; sister-in-law, Eunice Hirsch of Miles City; brother and sisters-in-law, Pat and Aggie Toennis of Miles City and Dorothy Toennis of Phoenix, AZ and many wonderful nieces and nephews. Ted is also survived by seventeen grandchildren: Corey (Janette) Jones, Marcie (Jim) Niebur, Ryan (Nicole) Jones, Reed (Shannon) Jones, Lori (Tim) Blaede, Sara Hirsch, Heidi (Curtis) Hirsch-Obie, Ty (Val) Jones, Stacey (Leal) Brimmer, Sydney (Adam) Dice, Kyla (Josh) Sanders, Jay (Edyna) Shaw, Kristi (Cedar) Jeffers, Jamie (Barbara) Coston-Hirsch, Darrell (Jodie) Hirsch, Nathan Hirsch and Heather Hirsch. Ted was very proud of his grandchildren, their spouses and his 35 great grandchildren and their accomplishments. Those who have preceded Ted in death are his wife, Ruth, of 64 years in 2009, his parents, his brothers, Edwin and Alfred, and sisters, Edna, Hilda, Martha and Ruth.

Family will receive friends on Friday, January 4, 2019 from 4-6 p.m. at Stevenson & Sons Funeral Home in Miles City. Funeral services will be held on Saturday, January 5, 2019 at 11 a.m. at Grace Bible Church in Miles City. Interment will follow in the Custer County Cemetery. Condolences may be sent to the family by visiting: http://www.stevensonandsons.com.

Should friends desire, memorials may be made to the Friends of the Fairgrounds Event Center, Range Riders Museum, 4-H Council or to the charity of one's choice.

Barry Rice: 1953-2018

Long time Madison Valley rancher, Barry Rice, owner of Rice Ranches Inc., passed away on Friday, Dec. 28, 2018 unexpectedly from a heart attack. Barry was on the ranch, loading cattle and doing what he loved when God decided it was time.

Barry Leslie Rice was born on March 6, 1953 in Butte, Montana to Bob and Bonnie (MacMillan) Rice. Barry graduated from Ennis High School in 1972. Following high school, Barry attended and graduated from Montana State University with a Bachelor degree in Pre-Vet Science with an emphasis in Chemistry and Animal Science.

Barry was President of Madison County Weed Board, "2012 Weed Fighter of the Year," avid member of the Montana Stockgrowers Association, member of the Montana Angus Association, member of the Virginia City Elks Lodge, and State Committeeman of the Madison County Republican Committee.

Barry's many passions included cattle ranching; riding his favorite horse, Budweiser; riding in the truck with his canine side kick Jolt; golfing; trips to Las Vegas to play poker; time with family; "talking it over" with friends and cooking steaks. Barry never knew a stranger and everyone loved him! Barry will be missed by anyone who had the pleasure of knowing him. Most importantly, Barry had a smile and personality as big as the Montana Sky!

Barry is preceded in death by his parents, Bob and Bonnie Rice. Barry is survived by his Queen of Hearts, Diane Rice; his children, Dan (Marvena) Rice, Sam (Erika) Rice; his stepchildren, Dana (Jake) Ankeny, Dustin (Tara) Rowe; his grandchildren, Cameron, Jordan, Elias, Mercedes, Johnathan, Tristan, Sarah, Christina, Bridger, Katelyn, Lexy, Bryson; his great-grandson Judah; his brother, Greg (Karen) Rice; his nephew, Collin (Jessie) Rice, and niece Kristi (Rick) Swandal.

In lieu of flowers, please send memorials to Madison/Jefferson 4-H Council, P.O. Box 1079, Whitehall, Montana 59759 or Shriners Hospital for Children, Attn: Office of Development, 2900 N. Rocky Point Drive, Tampa, Florida 33607 or the Donor's Choice.