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Obituary: Garnet Gaaskjolen

Garnet Gaaskjolen

1924-2019

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

2003-2018

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.

Barbara King Marcy: 1927 – 2018

Lincoln Nebraska (formerly Chadron and Hay Springs)

Barbara Ruth King Marcy was born April 9, 1927 in Amherst, Nebraska, one of five children, and the only daughter, of George and Myrtle (Harris) King. Barbara passed Dec. 23, 2018 at Country House III in Lincoln Nebraska.

Barbara King was introduced to Charles Marcy by her brother – and Charles' fratemity brother – Keith King and his wife Betty. For the rest of their lives Keith and Betty proudly claimed credit for what proved to be an enduring marriage, partnership, and friendship. Barbara and Charles married on January 29, 1955, and were life partners until Charles' death in 2005.

Barbara King graduated from Amherst High School and Keamey State College, and pursued graduate study at the University of Wyoming. She taught as a schoolteacher in Lyons, Ainsley, Oshkosh, and Chadron schools before moving to the Marcy ranch in the Panhandle upon her marriage to Charles. She greatly valued education, and served as a Commissioner on the Nebraska Coordinating Commission for Postsecondary Education.

She was proud that all of her children graduated from the University of Nebraska. This lifelong commitment to learning and appreciation of education extended to both formal pursuits and lessons from "the school of hard knocks."

Barbara was an active partner in Marcy Brothers Angus (later Marcy Cattle Company), where she managed the books and kept records for the registered Angus herd, as well as helping with outdoor work.

She was a visible state and national representative of the industry, serving as President of the Nebraska Cow-Belles, Queen of Ak-Sar-Ben and Ak-Sar-Ben Goodwill Ambassador, a member of the Nebraska Beef Council, the Nebraska Cattlemen's Historical Museum, along with Charles was a founding member of the Coffee Gallery in the Mari Sandoz High Plains Heritage Museum, and was inducted into the Nebraska Agricultural Hall of Fame.

Barbara and Charles raised their family on their ranch in westem Nebraska. She was an active member of the United Methodist Church and Banner Community Club, and Worthy Matron of Eastern Star. She also served on the Nebraska Rural Health Advisory

Commission, the American Legion Auxiliary, and helped with 4-H and school events throughout the state.

In 1989 the couple retired from full time ranching and moved to Chadron, Nebraska where they enjoyed easier access to Fort Robinson, the Black Hills, the many activities at Chadron State College, time with friends and family, and travel.

In 2013, Barbara moved to Lincoln and appreciated the friendship and support of the community at Savannah Pines. In 2017, Barbara moved to CountryHouse in Lincoln, a facility that offered her kindness and professionalism through the end of her life. Hospice of Lincoln provided invaluable support and ensured she had a compassionate end to a long and full life, with her family present.

She remained curious about others' life and work, the development and importance of agriculture, opinionated about politics, an avid reader, and an enthusiastic fan of Cornhusker athletics and Rockies and Royals baseball to the end of her life.

Barbara was preceded in death by her husband Charles Marcy. She was also preceded in death by her brothers Stanley, Keith, Clark and Theodore (Ted). She is survived by her five children: Tom Marcy of Hay Springs (Kim), Ruth Gerdes of Auburn (Myron), George Marcy of Fort Collins, Colorado (Andrea), Sara Andres of Portland, Oregon (Gregg, deceased), and Mary Marcy of San Rafael, California (Jan). She is also survived by sister-in-law (and matchmaker) Betty King, and by grandchildren, great- grandchildren and many nieces, nephews, and friends that were very dear to her.

Committed to service and to learning, Barbara donated her body to the University of Nebraska Medical Center for research. A private family service will be held at UNMC. Memorials checks may be made out to the Masonic-Eastern Star Nebraska Home for Children; 2415 N Mains Street Fremont NE 68025; or the Nebraska Cattlemen's Foundation Scholarship Fund, and sent to Tom at 3950 470th Road, Hay Springs, NE 69347.

Barbara will be cremated and interred next to Charles in the Hay Springs, Nebraska cemetery. A public celebration of her life will be held at Camp Norwesca Chapel July 20 at 2 pm.

Quinn ‘Twinkles’ Marie Kougl: 2015-2018

Quinn 'Twinkles' Marie Kougl, age 3, was born on Nov. 11, 2015 to her loving parents William and Justine, and her amazing big sister Nora and big brother Cody. As she would want it with her full of sass attitude we will cut right to the chase, being born with Treacher Collins Syndrome (TCS) was a blessing and a curse. Never a day went by without concern over her airway and health due to TCS. This airway issue somehow caused her to occlude despite a multitude of surgeries, blocking her airway completely and she was unable to be saved despite the best efforts of her parents, the ambulance and the flight crew. She left this earth way too early on Dec. 17, 2018.

Quinn was known by many through her family, friends, and the Tour of Kindness teaching talks she did with her family, to teach others about acceptance and differences. Her personality lit up any room she walked into, her eyes were soft and gentle, and her attitude was tough as nails. She had a twinkle in her eye always, and no one ever knew what she was planning next as she always was up to something with her siblings.

Quinn and Nora loved to play in the fort and barn with Pancho the pony, riding double on Nora's big-girl bike and their on-going battle over whose dog Holly is, will never be forgotten. Cody and Quinn had a bond that you wish all little sisters could have with their older brother, going on dirt bike rides, sledding, and drawing together were some of their favorites. Quinn showed Nora and Cody how important it is to be unique, be yourself, and most of all have a little attitude (much to their parent's enjoyment) and they taught her how to love.

Quinn loved the ranch life, she loved horses, chasing cows, riding dirt bikes with her dad, riding horses with her mom, and yelling at all those pesky calves in the corrals. She kept right up with Nora and Cody on the ranch helping and being Dad's right hand gal whenever he needed fencing and feeding help. In Quinn's short 3 years on this earth, she taught her family everything they could ever need to know about true kindness, true admiration, true strength and true beauty. Those gifts she gave to her family and all around her will be forever remembered in her memories.

Quinn will be forever in our hearts and minds. She is always and forever loved by her siblings, Nora and Cody; her parents, Justine and William; her godparents, Aunt Marie and Uncle Richard Gross. Her grandparents, Gerry and David Pabst, Albert and Deleen Kougl; great-grandparents Joyce and John Pabst, and Sharon and Whitey Keller. Her aunts and uncles, Aunt Krystle and Uncle Casey Doud, Aunt Jewel and Uncle Matt Poss, Uncle Ty and Aunt Kelsey Pabst, Uncle Danial Kougl. And of course her cousins, Allison, Natalie, Rance, Clancy, Maci Jo, Sophia, Calissa, Cadey, Clay John, and Liam. Honorary grandparents Ed and Malea Richards and honorary aunt Lauren White.

Memorial services will be held 10:30 a.m. Dec. 20 at the Kougl Family Ranch in rural Busby. Bullis Mortuary has been entrusted with the arrangements

John “Trigger” Kymala: 1959-2018

John "Trigger" Kymala passed away in Spearfish on Saturday, December 15, 2018 after a courageous battle with kidney cancer. He died peacefully surrounded by his family.

He was born January 15, 1959 in Deadwood to Larry and Veanna (Feaster) Kymala.

John began his life on the Kymala ranch in Whitewood Valley where he attended a country school. He then moved to Spearfish with his family and during his teen years discovered a true love for rodeo, particularly riding bareback horses. He did quite well on the amateur circuit, coming in 2nd at the NARC finals. After he retired he continued supporting new riders and helping them in any way he could.

He moved to Arizona in the early 80's where he continued his rodeo and cowboy ways. It was during this time that he met his wife, Gayle. They were married in June of 1992 and moved back to the Spearfish area. They bought a small ranch and ran a commercial cow herd for many years. After selling out his herd, he bought a few longhorns. Saying they were more fun to look at. John and Gayle did foster care for over 10 years, he was a great mentor and "dad" to many young children. He loved fishing and looked forward to every summer that he could get out on the boat with family and friends.

John will be missed by all of his family and friends. He was someone that a person could always depend on for help.

He was preceded in death by his mother, Veanna Feaster Kymala.

John leaves behind his wife of 26 years, Gayle; father, Larry (Ann) Kymala; siblings, Doug (Toni) Kymala, Sue (Doug) Whitmire, and Shar Seiler; stepsister, Marci (Mike) Mammenga; nieces and nephews, Drew, Brittney Diverde, Nate Seiler, Shannon Kymala, Shayla Tetrault, Katie Whitmire, Baylee, Brett, and Greyson Mammenga.

We would also like to thank all of his friends that came to visit consistently over the last seven months, Bruce, Jim, Kurt, Joan, Clint, Wanda, Kim, Rosie, and all of the others that called so often to check in on him. It really meant the world to him that he was not forgotten. Thank you also to Father John Paul for all of his visits with John over the past few months. He found great strength and solace through your visits.

A celebration of life will take place on January 15, 2019 at the Branding Iron Saloon in Belle Fourche from 4 to 6 pm. This would have been John's 60th birthday.

Friends and family may sign his online guestbook and leave written condolences for the family at blackhillsfuneralhome.com.

Jack Ray Eatherton: 1943 – 2018

Jack Ray Eatherton, passed away December 09, 2018, at his home outside of Sundance, WY. Born on July 15, 1943, to Ray and June Eatherton, Jack grew up in Upton, Wyoming.

He married his high school sweetheart, Jackie Stolhand, and Casper, Wyoming was their first home. While there, Jack worked in the mining industry. Together they raised two children, Eric and Traci. The family moved to Steamboat Springs in 1978, and Jack continued to work in the mining industry, until he started his own oil company, which would eventually bring them back to Wyoming, landing them outside of Sundance.

Jack loved a good horse, roping, and his cattle. He, along with his family, spent many years raising and showing Suffolk sheep. He was an amazing cook and loved to host gatherings with his family and friends where he'd treat them to his tried and true recipes, or new ones he'd concocted.

Per Jack's wishes, a funeral service will not be held. Family and friends are invited to gather on December 29, 2018, at 1 PM, at the Buffalo Jump Steakhouse, in Beulah, Wy. In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations be made to Western Hills Humane Society, 324 Industrial Drive, Spearfish, SD 57783.

Jack is survived by his children, Eric (Brenda) Eatherton, and Traci Eatherton; four grandchildren, Ryan Rogers, Jadi (Jade) Ager, Corbin Eatherton, and Caitlynn Eatherton; two great-grandchildren, Wyatt Ager, and Laiklynn Ager; and his sister, Teri (Dan) Goddard. He is preceded in death by his wife, Jackie Eatherton, his parents Ray and June Eatherton, and his brother, Jim Eatherton.

Obituary: Ann C Smith, 1925-2018

Ann C Smith

1925-2018

Ann Catherine (Grilliot) Smith passed away in her home surrounded by many loving family members on Pearl Harbor Day, December 7, 2018. She was born on February 15, 1925, in Darke County, Ohio, to James and Barbara Grilliot. At the age of 5, she and her 3 brothers and 2 sisters moved from the bountiful state of Ohio to the desolate plains of western Kansas living in a "basement house" during the dustbowl days of the Dirty Thirties.

Her father, James Grilliot, died early in life from a tragic farm tractor accident on their farm in Kansas. At that time, she and her family were living in the vicinity of Syracuse, Kansas, in a "castle" on the plains. The loss of her father was a terrible hardship and tragedy for the entire family of six children in the pulse of World War II raging across the continent in the Pacific and European Theaters. Ann was 20 years old at the time of the death of her father, and her mother, Barbara Grilliot, was stricken with unbearable grief at a time in the country whence mental help was imprecise.

Stories of her childhood and journeys in life were shared with great enthusiasm, and she co-authored two books about her life with her daughter Kathleen entitled, Ohio Star of Bent County, Colorado and later, Road To 90.

Ann was a true woman of the plains, and as beautiful as any prairie flower on a spring day. She and her husband, Mahlon Dean Smith of 64 years, and a WWII 10th Mountain Division Veteran, pioneered a family home of 16 children post war years in the 40's, 50's and 60's.

She and her husband took baby booming literally, with five sons and eleven daughters. A good Catholic family, they chose the following names from the oldest, born in 1946, to the youngest, born in 1968: Michael Dean, Carol Ann, Kathleen Marie, John Daniel, Richard Delbert, Barbara Ellen, Mark Clark, Margaret Mary, Jeffrey Allen, Susan Elizabeth, Janelle Rose, Mary Louise, Nancy Irene, Karen Elaine, Joanna Kay, and last but not least, Amy Lucille.

Ann was always proud to be the wife of a veteran and became a life member of the VFW Auxiliary serving veterans in the community. Several of her daughters are life members and continue with her volunteerism. Ann was a homemaker in every sense of the word. She passed these skills on to all her daughters, teaching them to sew, cook, clean and keep a good home while at the same time keeping a cheerful heart, regardless how difficult times were.

Ann was an icon in the lower Arkansas River Valley, in Las Animas, the mother of 16 children, grandmother of 110, friend to everyone. Ann volunteered at the Kit Carson Museum in Las Animas for many years, scheduling the volunteers, then volunteering at the Heritage Library at the "new" Museum. She proofread 38 Bent County Chronicles for her daughter Kathleen and continued a lifetime membership for the Bent County Historical Society.

Ann enjoyed meeting new people and talking about the history of the valley. One day a Festus impersonator visited her at the Kit Carson Museum and she was so thrilled about that experience. Later in life, Ann left the isolated prairie south of Hasty and John Martin Reservoir and moved to a house on Maple Street in Las Animas.

Her husband, Mahlon, died in 1987 at the VA Hospital in Denver. Ann worked at the VA Hospital at the time of his death as a medical transcriptionist and retired a few years later. Her life away from the ranch and in retirement was very lively, traveling independently and freely, and continued until the time of her recent death. She volunteered at her church all her married life and was famous at the annual bazaar for "Mrs. Smith's pies." Ann was always spiritually enlightened and a woman working for the Love of God in her long life and on her journey home to heaven. She will soon be resting peacefully at the Peaceful Valley Cemetery on the vast and lonely plains of southeast Colorado, a mile south of the home place where she raised her beautiful family.

Koy Opdahl: 1999-2018

Koy Opdahl, 18, Zap, passed away November 24, 2018, in Bismarck, ND due to medical complications from Type 1 diabetes.

Koy was born Dec. 20, 1999, in Bismarck to his parents Kevin and Jane (Landeis) Opdahl and raised in Zap, North Dakota. He graduated from Beulah High School and was enrolled in the Mechanical Maintenance Technology program at Bismarck State College. He worked part time at Menards and was a proud member of the Zap Volunteer Fire Department.

Koy loved the cowboy way of life and rural North Dakota. This included Red Angus cows, the local branding circuit, and the backroads. Despite the dirt and wore tires, he always swore the gravel was faster and the view was better. Koy's favorite music was classic country and he was often found blasting his favorite, Brooks and Dunn. He said all he needed was KBMR radio, he didn't even need FM.

He felt most at home in the outdoors. He loved to hunt a variety of animals and fish in all kinds of weather. During the summertime, you would find him camping at the lake surrounded by loving friends around a bonfire.

Koy loved working with his hands. This included helping his dad around the ranch, cooking with his mother, and working on derby cars with his friends.

Koy was a loyal son, brother, grandson, nephew, cousin, and friend. He was stubborn, but had a soft spot for people and things he cared about especially his little corgi Tinkie.

Koy was always there when people needed him whether it was a shoulder to cry on, a sincere hug, or any task asked of him. He was often described as an old soul; at times he seemed like he was 80 instead of 18.

Koy also had a large group of friends and seemed to find company, new and old, in every place he wandered too. Plus, he was the best dance partner a girl could ask for. Koy was not the most vocal person, but he always had a joke to tell. A smirk meant a laugh and a person would be proud to get a small chuckle.

Koy was extremely brave and fought a long battle with type 1 diabetes.

He is survived by his parents, Kevin and Jane (Landeis) Opdahl of Zap; brother, Kane Opdahl of Watford City; twin sister, Kenzie Opdahl of Zap; maternal grandparents, Tom and Loretta Landeis of Mandan; Scott and Lorrie Berger and family of Mandan; Jay and Tammi Opdahl and family of Menoken; Pam Opdahl and family of Young America, MN; plus many friends who are considered family.

He is preceded in death by his paternal grandparents, Lyle and Maxine Opdahl and his uncle, Jeff Opdahl.

Services will be held at 2 p.m. CST on Friday, November 30, 2018 at Golgotha Lutheran Church, Golden Valley, North Dakota, with Pastor Tom Olson officiating.

Visitation will be held from 5-7 p.m. CST on Thursday at Barbot Funeral Home, Beulah and continue one hour prior to the service at the church.

In lieu of flowers, memorials are preferred to the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation in memory of Koy.

Arrangements are conducted by Barbot Funeral Home, Beulah and Hazen.