Richard "Fritzie" Brown, 87, a World War II Marine Corps
veteran who was awarded the Purple Heart, died of
natural causes Thursday, Nov. 11, 2004 at a Browning
A wake and rosary were held at Old Eagle Shield. His
funeral was Tuesday at Little Flower Parish. Burial
followed in Willow Creek
Cemetery. Day Funeral Home handled arrangements.
Brown was born July 27, 1917 in Great Falls and
raised in Browning. He played basketball in high school.
On July 18, 1936, he married Helen Conway in Cut Bank.
She died in 1992.
He proudly served in the U.S. Marine Corps from Dec.
14, 1943 to Nov. 9, 1945. He served in the Hawaiian
Islands area and at Iwo Jima, VI.
Brown owned and operated his own dump trucks. He was
an ambulance driver for IHS and a field man for
Blackfeet Credit. He had worked at various jobs
including as a game warden and a bus driver. He worked
in the shipyards in the Seattle area and also worked for
Boeing. He raised cattle on his ranch in Seville. He was
a member of Little Flower Parish.
Brown was proud his grandfather, Richard "Dick" Croff
was the very first Native American Sheriff in
He enjoyed watching sports and loved watching his
grandkids, nephews and friends rodeo.
Survivors include a daughter, Helen Augare of
Browning; an adopted daughter, Tony Brown of Browning; a
son, Charles "Butch" Brown of Browning; James Beau Glaze
Jr. of Spokane, Wash., Ronnie Blackman, Doug Blackman,
Stewart Blackman and "Lil Stu" Brown, all of Browning,
whom he raised; and sisters Geneva "Wizzie" Bird of Cut
Bank and Aurice Show, Leona "Deeds" Racine and Betty Ann
Hall, all of Browning.
He was preceded in death by his wife, Helen Conway
Brown; and a daughter, Marlene Glaze.
Geneva Marie Bird
Geneva Marie "Wizzy" Bird, 85, of Cut Bank, a retired
community healthcare representative, died of cancer
Sunday, Nov. 14, 2004 at a Cut Bank hospital.
Rosary is 7 p.m. today (Wednesday) at Seville Bingo
Center. Funeral Mass is 2 p.m. Thursday at St.
Margaret's Catholic Church in Cut Bank, with burial in
Cemetery. Day Funeral Home is handling arrangements.
Wizzy was born Sept. 26, 1919, in Browning where she
was raised and educated, graduating from Browning High
School. She married Sam Bird Jr. on Oct. 8, 1939, in Cut
Bank; he died Feb. 22, 2000. She was a homemaker until
1960. In 1963, she became a community heath care
representative on the Blackfeet Reservation, retiring in
She was a member of St. Margaret's Parish. She
enjoyed family events, church, rodeo, basketball,
dancing and playing cards. Her favorite thing in life
was spending time with her children and grandchildren.
Survivors include daughters Elaine "Sis" Guardipee,
Margaret "Margie" Bird and Barbara "Babs" Bird, all of
Cut Bank; sons Leo "Beaver" Bird of Wickenburg, Ariz.,
John Bird of Tucson, Ariz., Richard "Dick" Bird, Ron
Bird, Dale Bird, Sam Bird III and Dan Bird, all of Cut
Bank; sisters Aurice Show, Leona Racine and Betty Ann
Hall, all of Browning; a brother Kenny Goss of Browning;
27 grandchildren and 36 great-grandchildren and
She was preceded in death by her husband, Sam Bird
Jr., her father, Leo Brown, her mother, Eva Croff Brown,
a sister Margaret Brown Wagner and a brother, Richard
Leo Bull Child, Sr.
Leo John Bull Child, Sr., 58, died of natural causes
Wednesday, Nov. 10, 2004 at the Browning Hospital.
Rosary Service was held Sunday at the Glacier Homes
Community Center. Funeral Mass was held Monday, Nov. 15,
at Little Flower Catholic Church in Browning with Father
Ed Kohler officiating. Burial followed in Willow Creek
Cemetery. Pondera Funeral Home handled the
Survivors include his wife, Betty Ann (Little Dog)
Bull Child of Browning; sons, Leo John Bull Child, Jr.
of Browning, Melvin C. Long Time Sleeping of Ethete,
Wyo., Arnold Long Time Sleeping of Browning; daughter,
Charlene Long Time Sleeping Mancha of Browning;
brothers, Joseph C. Bull Child, Alvin Bull Child,
Francis E. Bull Child Sr., Fred Bull Child, Harold Bull
Child; sisters, Elizabeth F. Bull Child Blackman, Mona
J. Bull Child all of Browning; seven Grandchildren; and
several nephews and nieces.
He was preceded in death by his father, Joseph Owen
Bull Child and mother, Theola (Night Gun) Bull Child,
and one brother, David Bull Child.
Loretta (New Breast) Roundine, 75, of Browning, a
nursing assistant, died of natural causes Wednesday,
Nov. 10, 2004 at a Great Falls hospital.
A wake was held at her home. Rosary was recited
Monday at Little Flower Parish. Funeral Mass was Tuesday
at St. Anne's Catholic Church, with burial in St. Anne's
Cemetery. Day Funeral Home was in charge of
Roundine was born Jan. 15, 1929 in Big Badger. She
married David Roundine. He later died. She waited tables
and cooked, then worked as a certified nurse's assistant
at Blackfeet Nursing Home for 33 years.
She was a spiritual woman who belonged to the Horn
Society, the Slickfoot Society, Crazy Dog Society,
Medicine Pipe Bundle and Beaver Bundle. She practiced
all her Indian ways.
An avid stickgame player, she enjoyed card games and
jigsaw puzzles, playing bingo and attending powwows.
Survivors, all of Browning, include daughters La Vern
Prairie Chicken, Ethel "Cookie" Costello, Carol Garrow,
Mary Ellen Roundine, Laurie Vielle and Rena Barnaby;
sons Harold St. Goddard, Jimmy St. Goddard, David
"Pumpkin" Roundine and Hoovey La Plant; a sister, Cecile
Doore; numerous grandchildren, great-grandchildren,
nieces and nephews.
She was preceded in death by her husband, David
Roundine, Sr.; and a son, Glen St. Goddard.
Phyllis Mazie (Edwards) Vaile, 54, a former
schoolteacher, died of liver failure Thursday, Nov. 11,
2004 at a Great Falls hospital.
Rosary is 7 p.m. Thursday at Glacier Homes Community
Center. Funeral Mass is 11 a.m. Friday at Little Flower
Parish in Browning, with burial in St. Anne's Catholic
Cemetery. Day Funeral Home is in charge of
Vaile was born Jan. 14, 1951 in Browning. She
received her bachelor's degree in education from
Montana College. In August of 1995, she married
She worked for School District 1, Browning High
School as a physical education teacher. She also served
as vice principal for a half year at Browning High
She was a member of Little Flower Parish. She enjoyed
beading, riding horses and taking car rides. She was an
excellent seamstress and liked to make Pendleton coats,
vests, dance outfits and moccasins.
Survivors include her husband, Jimmy Vaile of Great
Falls; her mother, Elizabeth Bushie of Great Falls;
daughters Nicole Duncan, Norma Martin and Veronica
Hamlet, all of Arizona and Elizabeth Archambault of
Great Falls; sons Grinnell "Sonny" Duncan of Arizona and
Donivan Archambault Jr. of Fort Belknap; a sister, Mary
Ann Heavy Runner Denny of Great Falls; a stepsister,
Laurie Randall of Cut Bank; a brother, Ed Boushie of
Wolf Point; a stepbrother, Louis Randall of Olympia,
Wash.; and six grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by two sisters, Karen
Marceau and LaNore Heavy Runner; and a brother, Grinnell
Jean Paul Wippert
Jean Paul Wippert, 79, of Browning, died
Wednesday, April 24, 2002, of natural causes. Funeral
services were held at Little Flower Parish in Browning
on April 29.
She was born Dec. 8, 1922, to Josephine
La Barge Paul and Edward Paul of Browning. She and
Hunter Wippert were married on Sept. 12, 1942. They
spent much of their married life together on Seville
where he worked as a water master for the Bureau of
Indian Affairs Irrigation project. She worked as a nurse
for more than 25 years in
Glacier County as well as in Fort Washakie, Wyo.,
and St. Ignatius. She and her husband farmed and ranched
on Seville where they raised 11 children. In 1985, they
retired to Browning to be near family and friends. She
was an active member of the Little Flower Parish in
Wippert is survived by two sisters,
Velma (Tiny) Smith of Cut Bank and Noreen (Bea) Martin
of Browning; 11 children, Herb Gilham of Browning, John
Wippert of Billings, Quentin Gilham of Billings, Merlin
Gilham of Cut Bank, Barbara Aubert of Browning, Donna
White of Browning, Mary Blue of Browning, Mike Gilham of
Babb, JoAnn Grant of Browning, Terry White of East
Glacier and Kerry Kay McKay of Billings; 29
grandchildren; 20 great- grandchildren; and numerous
nieces, nephews and cousins.
She was preceded in death by her husband
in 1995; her parents; four sisters, Eloise "Ellie"
Gilham, Alfreda McClusky, Leona Conway and Dorothy Paul;
and five brothers, Clarence Paul, George Paul, Lloyd
Paul, Roger Paul and Buzzy Paul.
Fern (Rogers) Souther
Violet Fern (Rogers) Souther,
age 88, of Helena died of natural causes Sunday, April
25, 2004, at Cooney Convalescent Home in Helena.
was born August 30, 1915, in Bowbells, North Dakota, to
Charles and Anna Rogers. Mom grew up
during the hard years of the Depression.
Her mother died when Mom was 14, and she had to
leave school after the eighth grade to help support her
family. In January 1937, she met her one and only love,
Orville Wilford Souther and married him August 30 of
that year. They waited until five
minutes after midnight so they could be wed on her 22nd
birthday. Orville sold a load of hay for $2.50 so he
could buy the marriage license.
farmed near Columbus/Lignite, North Dakota, until 1950,
then moved to
Montana, where Orville went to work for Mom's
brother Clint on his farm. He later
began a career in the oilfields and they lived near
Oilmont and in Conrad, then in Shelby.
When they retired, they moved to Libby, where
they resided until moving to Cut Bank in 1990.
worked hard and raised five children, along with opening
her home to numerous family members and foster children.
Their home was always open and friendly to anyone who
came to visit. Mom always made sure
they had a home-cooked meal. She was very generous and
kept foster kids, especially during the summer.
After more than 55 years of marriage, Dad passed
away in 1993.
resided in Cut Bank with her daughter Judy until
Glacier County Nursing Home in Cut Bank. In May
2000, she moved to Cooney Convalescent Center in Helena
to be near Judy, who had moved there.
always said she was a "tough old German" and proved it
by overcoming a hard early life, working hard all her
life and doing it all with very few complaints, even
about multiple hip fractures.
loved her sons-in-law, Don and Mick, and especially
enjoyed ice fishing with Don. We will always value
the lessons we learned from her and be grateful for the
loving care she gave to us, and her kindness to
everyone. We love you and will miss
addition to her husband, two brothers, a sister and a
grandson, Brian, preceded Violet in death.
Survivors include daughters Judith Ann (Souther) Boutin
of Helena and Nancy Violet (Souther) Nassett of Henning,
Minnesota; sons Leonard Orville Souther, Roger William
Souther and Jim Benjamin Souther, all of the Seattle
area; 13 grandchildren and 25 great-grandchildren.
funeral was Thursday, April 29, at Saint Paul
Lutheran Church in Cut Bank, with burial in Crown Hill
Cemetery. Day Funeral Home of
Cut Bank is handling arrangements. Independent
Record, 1 May 2004
Bungay, 56, died at
Glacier County Medical Center on May 23, 2001, of
services were held Tuesday at First Presbyterian Church
with burial in Hillside
Cemetery at Conrad.
Born Jan. 11,
1945, in Great Falls, she graduated from Conrad High
School in 1963. She also graduated from Great Falls
On Sept. 5,
1964, she and Bruce Robert Bungay were married in
Conrad. They divorced in 1989.
for Community Home Oxygen in Great Falls and was a
respiratory therapist at
Glacier County Medical Center for 13 years until she
She was a Cub
Scout den leader, 4-H volunteer and belonged to the
Eastern Star and Wishing Well Foundation. She enjoyed
gardening, flowers, making dolls, collecting bells and
spoons, spending time with her grandkids and her medical
friends, Glacier Park, watching animals, playing cards
include her father, Jim Russell of Ledger; sons and
wives, Troy and Debbie Bungay of Kalispell, Corey and
Kelli Bungay of Lincoln, Neb., and Daniel and Kristy
Bungay of Cut Bank; a sister, Juanita Karr of Elko,
Nev.; and three grandchildren, Kennedy Bungay, Devyn
Bungay and Tawny Rae Bungay.
preceded in death by her mother, LaVerne Russell; and a
brother, Jack Russell.
Home handled arrangements
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