11/15/2018 (2680)

Stephanie Marie Evans Montgomery (DHS ’71)
Obituary posted by Paula Fassett (’71): Walhalla, ND

STEPHANIE MARIE EVANS MONTGOMERY, 65  WINTER HAVEN – Stephanie Marie Evans Montgomery, 65, passed away peacefully on Friday, October 12th, 2018 with her daughters by her side at the Heart of Florida. She had battled cancer for 9 long years.  She was born August 17, 1953 to Joseph and Joyce Evans from Dunseith, ND. She came to Florida in 1971 to see the beach and started her new journey. In 1983, Stephanie got married to the late John Montgomery and had 2 daughters. Martae and Stacy Montgomery.  She was always spontaneous when it came to experiencing new things in her life from working at a Dude Ranch, to Editor, and finishing out her Career in printing for over 35 years.  Stephanie was a kind and gentle soul who loved her family deeply. She always enjoyed her coffee, reading books, cross stitch, the beach, and most of all her grandchildren. She had a sharp mind , quick wit, and good sense of humor. Mom / Grandma we will miss you.  Stephanie is survived by her mother Joyce Hagen Evans, father the late Joseph Evans, three brothers (Jeff, Joseph, and Jon ), sister (Laurie Hill ), her two daughters Martae and Stacy Montgomery, 4 grandchildren Kaydence Lee, Brody, Dayla, and Chloe Lynn.  May our Strong-willed woman rest in peace on her next chapter in life. Though our hearts are heavy, our love for you will always grow stronger remembering our thrilling ride together.  The Family will hold a Celebration of Life on Saturday, October 27 at Winter Haven Worship Center at 11:00 a.m.


Pam Fassett Faust (’65) Sympathy
From Orval Moren:

Hello:  I remember her, I am Orval Moren, pastor at Peace Lutheran 1960-63,

My sympathies,



Pam Fassett Faust (’65) Sympathy
From Pat Corbin Miller 

So sorry to hear about Pam Fassett.  She was such a beautiful gal



Blog (755) posted on March 26, 2010


No Blogs for the next three days:


This is Friday in the PI. Bernadette and I will be attending a house warming for friends of ours on Monday, on the North end the Island. It’s about 75 miles up there. We will be leaving tomorrow morning, Saturday, with friends of our and returning later Monday evening. I will be sending out the next Blog either Monday evening or Tuesday morning. Please continue to send your email messages. I will catch up when I get home. Gary


Helen Bye (February 3, 1914 – March 25, 2010) Sign Guest Book Send Flowers


Helen Bye, age 96 of Bottineau, died Thursday in a Bottineau hospital. Funeral services will be held on Monday at 2:00 P.M. in the Peace Lutheran Church in Dunseith. Burial will be in Rendahl Cemetery of rural Dunseith. Visitation will be held on Monday beginning at 10:00 A.M. until noon in the Nero Funeral Home in Bottineau.


Helen Christianson Bye was married to Clarence. They lived on the west side of Willow lake a short distance south of Freddie Hiatt’s. Clarence and Helen were wonderful folks. Clarence was our county commissioner for all the years I lived there. I am so sorry to hear of Helens passing. Clarence and Helen had no children. Helen came from a very large family and has many relatives. Gary


 Everette Enno’s (76) birthday Today the 26th: Williston, ND.

Happy Birthday Everette. We are wishing you the happiest birthday ever. Enjoy. Gary


To Vickie Hiatt LaFontaine (73)
Reply from Marlys Hiatt (71): Dunseith, ND

You have many good stories regarding you and Wanda but that one will always be one of my favorites. I can just picture it.

Marlys Hiatt

Vickie, I remember you well as a little girl when you first started to talk and walk. You were so cute and always had to lots to talk about. Gary


11/05/2018 (2678)

Alvin Moe
Moe, Alvin
May 03, 1930 – October 30, 2018

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Alvin Moe, age 88 of Bottineau, died Tuesday in a Minot hospital. His Memorial service will be held on Saturday, November 3, 2018 at 10:00 A.M. in the Our Savior’s Lutheran Church in Bottineau.

Alvin Moe, a son of the late Almer and Bertha Fortun Moe, was born on May 3, 1930 in Bottineau. It was here he was reared and attended school. Following his education, he was married to Janette Hahn on September 24, 1953. They made their home in Bottineau where Alvin was a mechanic and also the owner and operator of Hi-Way Grocery. Following his retirement, they continued to make Bottineau their home.

Alvin was  a member of Our Savior’s Lutheran Church in Bottineau.

Alvin passed away on Tuesday, October 30, 2018 in a Minot hospital.

Alvin is survived by his wife, Janette Hahn Moe of Bottineau; four sons, and their spouses, Terry and Diane Moe of Bottineau, Robert and Jane Moe of Peoria, AZ, Rodney and Sabrina Moe  of West Des Moines, IA, and Gregory and Christine Moe of Peoria, AZ; seven grandchildren, Tracy Gorder of Fargo, Corey Moe of Farmington, MN, Rian Moe of West Des Moines, IA, Aaron Moe of Peoria , AZ, Brandon Moe of Peoria, AZ, Jacob Moe of Peoria, AZ, and Connor Moe of Peoria, AZ; and one brother, Lloyd Moe of Bottineau.

In addition to his parents he is preceded in death by a sister Bernice Anderson.

Arrangements were with Nero Funeral Home in Bottineau.

Friends may sign the online registrar at www.nerofuneralhome.net

Condolences to the Alvin Moe Family
From Vickie Metcalfe (’70):  Bottineau,ND

Gary and Dunseith friends,

Sincere sympathy to the family of Alvin Moe.

Several of Alvin’s children attended  and graduated Dunseith School.

The Moe’s owned a  business in Dunseith.


Vickie M.


Don Peltier Question: Dunseith Basket Ball player
From Lee Stickland (’64) Dickinson, ND


a gentleman that’s doing a physical therapy on my right shoulder where the rotator cuff was torn ask me about my t-shirt that said Dunseith dragons on it. He said that he recalls A Don Peltier who had a nasty 3-point shot when they played for the state Championship with Underwood years ago. I had to admit to him that I did not know a gentleman by that name as I had been long removed from Dunseith Sports Circles.

Gary, maybe you would have information about this high school player who would now be about 40 years old. My physical therapist has advanced to be a master’s in physical therapy and that would have taken good number of years to acquire, through the University of North Dakota at Grand Forks.


Blog (753) posted on March 24, 2010
Reply from Don Boardman (60): Bottineau, ND.

You can add my name to the list of coming to the Dunseith reunion.

The picture that you got from Neola of “Just Us” playing at Brentmoor in Minot was taken three days after we had been to the Valley City Winter Show and did a concert there. When Jerry Olson is playing with us we are Hills and Plains Country Gospel. When he is gone in the winter the three of us – Dave Mettler, Tina Bullinger, and myself perform as “Just Us”. We did an hour at the Frozen Fingers festival in Minot in February and we also go to nursing homes, hospital, assisted living facilities, churches and other festivals. We sponsor the International Country Gospel Music Fest at the Peace Gardens the 3rd weekend in August with performers from both Canada and the US. We have a good time performing for people.

Don Boardman (60)


Reply from Aimee Lagerquist (97): Boulder, MT

Hi Gary, Just a quick clarification…my grandma’s full name is Florence Christianson Williams Struck…and yep, she is a sister to Alma and Emma…and numberous others! =) Aimee Lagerquist

Aimee, I really screwed that one up yesterday. I just didn’t bring all my thoughts together when I put that message out. I talked to your Grandmother, Florence Christianson Williams Struck, several times when I was putting class lists together. She is such a nice lady. She is the one that told me she and Orvin Hagen were in the same class in their country school. She requested that I add Orvin to their Class list of 1938 of which I have. Thank you so much for this correction. Gary


Reply from Kim Fassett: Coos Bay, OR.

Wow! That is so cool! To see Grandma, Mom & Dad Fassett ‘out of the blue’ in these old photos – is phenomenal! I just watched one episode of “Who do you think you are” (think that’s what it’s called?) and it’s really inspired me to know more about family history. In fact (Dick J.), watched something on The History Channel (about Jesse James and his stashed treasures) … so that inspired me even more, considering we’re related Who knows what the past will reveal … hopefully all good.

Like (sister) Pam said “THANKS for all you do”.

Kim Fassett – Coos Bay

 Kim, It’s great hearing from you. I understand that you were about 5 years old when your family left Dunseith. I know you have stayed well connected with your many relatives and others from Dunseith over the years. You come from great stock. Gary


Mr. Myron Haugse, previous Superintendent, Passed away:
From Gaillord Peltier (80): Turtle Lake, ND

Good Morning Gary;

I writing to inform everyone that one our previous superintendent’s Mr. Myron Haugse passed away Sunday evening at about 6:30pm. Mr. Haugse worked for the Dunseith School District from 1987 to June 1995. I was a classroom teacher all the years that he was in Dunseith. Mr. Haugse’s wife Marlene is originally from Rugby and have been living in Rugby in the summers. Mr. & Mrs. Haugse have been snowbirds for the last several years and been spending their winter’s in Arizona. Mrs. Haugse is making plans to have a memorial sometime in mid April. I will give updates as Mrs. Haugse informs me with more information.

Thank you Gary;

Gaillord Peltier DHS “Class of 1980“

Gaillord, We are so sorry to hear of Mr. Haugse’s death. I see he was a 1954 High School graduate from Dickinson. He was a young man. Our Condolences are extended to his family with his passing. Gary


’64 1/2 Mustang:
Reply from Dick Johnson (68): Dunseith, ND.

Gary and Friends,

I would just like to say thanks to Don Lamoureux for providing the interesting history of my ’64 1/2 Mustang. Someday I would really like to see it again just for the memories. Don, I know how hard it is to find original 4 barrel intake manifolds for the 289 cubic inch engines. Few cars were equipped that way and very few intakes exist today. I do happen to have two of them, but that’s after looking constantly for many years. The story of the theft of the old car is something I had never heard about. You are lucky to ever see it again, let alone getting it back mostly complete. That doesn’t happen very often. Thanks Don and Gary!



Viking Exploration of the Turtle Mountains:
Reply Sharon Zorn Gerdes (62): Windsor, CO

Gary, regarding the Viking history in the Turtle mts. Several years ago John Molberg ( he taught at the Bottineau Forestry) put considerable time and effort into that very subject. He published a booklet with very interesting Viking information. I bought one at the Spectrum in Bottineau. I think their children still have the family cabin up at Metigoshe. They were an awesome family. Thanks, Sharon Zorn Gerdes.


Viking Exploration of the Turtle Mountains:
Reply from Dick Johnson (68): Dunseith, ND.

Gary and Friends,

Thanks to Glenda Fauske and my wife Brenda for locating this information. This is from a small book written by John Molberg, a long time professor at the School of Forestry, about the possibility of the Viking exploration of the Turtle Mountains. I will have to send the articles over several days as there are many pages and all are of interest to this subject. Thanks Gary!



Fauske – Lutheran Confirmation Picture:
Reply from Bonnie Awalt Houle (56): Becker, MN

Hello Gary,

In looking over the Lutheran Confirmation Picture, I believe the Lady on the far right in the first row, is Betty Lou Poepple. In the second row numbers 5, 6, 7, on your right are Bertha Kraft (Marlene Armentrout’s Sister), Doris Peterson and Mary (Tootsie) Peterson. What a great picture.

Bonnie Awalt Houle (56)


Fauske – Lutheran Confirmation Picture:
Reply from David Slyter (70): Fargo, ND.


That is Bernard Hiatt next to Freddie.

Dave Slyter (70)


Fauske – Lutheran Confirmation Picture:
Reply from Murl Watkins Hill (50): Dunseith, ND.

Gary, I think I can get all the names of the Dunseith Lutheran Church Confirmation or probably a new membership group that Rev. C.T. Hanson had.

Back row: Rev. C.T. Hanson, Cliff Halvorson, Albet Halvorson, Darrel Fassett and Lloyd Hills,

3rd row: Bernard Hiatt, Freddie Hiatt, Alma Christianson Halvorson, Emma Christianson Halvorson, Raymond Nerple, Bob Stickland.

2nd row: Jackie Larson, Joy Stickland Peterson, Dorothy Strietzel Fassett, Florence Hiatt Dahl, Dorothy Kraft Schneider, Doris Peterson Williams, Mary Peterson.

1st row: Betty Eurich Nerple, Kate Kraft Fassett, Annie Kraft Hills, Charlotte Hiatt Lang, Dolly Hagen,Betty Lou Poeppel Olson, ?Really enjoy off my screen.

Rev Hanson’s daughter, Clarice graduated with Marlene Molgard, Florence Hiatt, and I in 1950, They left and that is when Rev. O.O. Lovaas came.


 We nailed this one. Thanks again for all your input and thank you Fauske’s for sharing. This is fun. We now have another picture, with the correct identities, to add to our archives.

 Note to Carrole Fauske Rude (66), When I saw the gal, 4th from the left in the 2nd row, I could see your look in her eyes. I didn’t think it was your mother, but I was pretty sure it was one of her sisters. Florence, you look great in this picture! Gary

4th Row: Rev C.T. Hanson, Cliff Halvorson, Albert Halvorson, Darrel Fassett and Lloyd Hill.

3rd row: Bernard Hiatt, Freddie Hiatt, Alma Christianson Halvorson, Emma Christianson Halvorson, Raymond Nerpel, Bob Stickland.

2nd row: Jackie Larson, Joy Stickland Peterson, Dorothy Strietzel Fassett, Forence Hiatt Dahl, Dorothy Kraft Schnieder, Doris Peterson Williams, Mary Peterson

1st row: Betty Eurich Nerpel, Kate Kraft Fassett, Annie Kraft Hill, Charlotte Hiatt Lang, Dolly Hagen Marten, and Betty Lou Poepple Olson



11/01/2018 (2677)

Gary Morgan (DHS 1954) Obituary
Posted by Vickie Metcalfe (’70):  Bottineau, ND

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Gary Dale Morgan, age 82, of Bismarck, ND died October 28, 2018 at Sanford Hospital surrounded by his loving family.

A memorial service will be held at 11:00 am Friday, November 2, at Parkway Funeral Service, 2330 Tyler Parkway, Bismarck.

Burial will be at Fairview Cemetery, Bismarck.

Gary (McGee) was born on Leap Year, February 29, 1936, to Kenneth and Marjorie (Watkins) Morgan in Bottineau, ND. He was raised in Dunseith and graduated high school in 1954. He was a member of Sigma Chi Fraternity while attending UND, where he received a Bachelor of Education degree in 1958.

On June 9, 1957, Gary was united in marriage to Mary Lou Axtell in Noonan, ND. Before beginning his career with U.S. Customs, he taught and coached for four years in McClusky and Drake, ND. Gary moved his family to Portal, ND in 1963, where he worked as a US Customs Inspector. They moved to Detroit, MI in 1969 for two years before moving back to Portal as Port Director. After 30 years of service with US Customs, Gary retired, and they made their home by the lake in Garrison, ND.

He was involved in the community serving on the Portal City Council, Burke Central School Board, and the Presbyterian Church Board. He enjoyed coaching basketball, football, and track, as well as officiating football. Other passions included reading and history. He enjoyed spending time at the lake, fishing, traveling, playing softball, watching his children and grandchildren in their sporting events, and spending time with family and friends.

Gary is survived by his wife, Mary Lou of Bismarck; his five children: Pamela Christianson and her children, Lee (Heather) Christianson, Trisha (Jon) Reis, Morgan (Derek) Hauck, Bismarck, ND, Mark (Sheila) Morgan, Stanley, ND, and their children, Ashley (Kyle) Nichols, Stanley, ND, Brittany (Cody) Uran, Piedmont, SD; Robert Morgan, Mandan, ND and his daughter, Heather (Art) Flores, Cheyenne WY; Stacy (Chad) Willer of Bismarck, ND, and their children, Cory (Emma) Ploof, Columbia, MO, Christopher Wilson, Bismarck, ND, and Caden Willer, Bismarck, ND; Laurel (Josh) Wenger and their daughter, Harper Wenger, Bismarck, ND; sisters-in-law: Gini Morgan, Pelican Rapids, MN and Shana Morgan, Falkirk, ND, and many great grandchildren, nieces, and nephews.

Gary was preceded in death by his parents, Kenneth and Marjorie Morgan; brothers, Richard and John Morgan; and grandson Camden Willer.


Memorial Service

Friday, November 02, 2018 11:00 AM

Parkway Funeral and Cremation Service 2330 Tyler Parkway Bismarck, North Dakota 58503


Delores Faine (’69) Memories
From Sue (Gary ‘57) Metcalfe: Forsyth, MO

Thank you Gary for sharing this.  I worked with Delores Faine at San Haven and had so much respect for her and how kindhearted she always was.  She loved the residents as well as local kids. In need.


Blog (752) posted on March 23, 2010


Reply from Don Lamoureux (75): Bethel, MN

I’m a little behind on the mail. I doubt my mom replyed about your 64 1/2 mustang. It ended up for sale at the Lamoreux Bros. garage. I beleive the story was mom wanted it bad, but dad (Jay) wasn’t about to hand it over, it was for sale. So mom went to the bank, got approved for the loan, and bought it. So it really was hers, not “theirs”. WhenI was a senior, Dad overhauled I “got it”. Great car . It sat at Hank Thorstenson’s (the druggist after Shelvers) for the 4 (5) years I was at school. After graduation, went back to Hanks to get the car. It smelled funny, pulled the back seat out, a mouse nest with mice in it. While I was trying to figure out what to do with them, his black lab took care of the problem with one gulp. Thanks. We put a new battery in it, changed oil, and drove it from there to Wickenburg AZ. Got married down there, and Liz and I drove it back towing a Uhaul to Mpls. Drove it there. Went out to drive it after Memorial weekend, stolen out of the parking lot. We were distraught. Cops found it in Isanti county north of the cities miunus the 4 barrel carb and header. Had to scrounge like hell to find one.

After that mom came up and got it with a friend of hers, and it is restored. Beautiful, and living a rust free life in AZ.

Don Lamoureux (75)


Raymond Burr & Fess Parker:
Reply from Lloyd Awalt (44): Bottineau, ND.

Gary, in reply to Raymond Burr & Fess Parker, they were in Dunseith hunting. I’m not sure where all they hunted. I think it was about late 40s or early 50s. I didn’t meet or see them. Lloyd


Ed Milliagan – Fess Parker:
Reply from Gary Metcalfe (57): Forsyth, MO

More about Ed Milligan….I guess he had an interest in Native American history all right, as he kept the road hot between Bottineau and Belcourt the years I worked at Dale’s. He had a couple of good teachers that I knew of. Old Pat Gourneau at Belcourt forgot more than most people new about Native Americans. Another source that Ed used was an old Dutchman by the of Henry Klebe. More people may have known his son, Egon Klebe. At least I think he was Dutch and he did have a great sense of humor.

Doug Striker and I spent some time locating rocks in the Turtle Mountains to be used at the Peace Garden. We ran into ole Henry one day and he told us he has just buried a couple of wheel barrows of war clubs under an old oak tree. He was tickled to death to think that some young adventurers would find them and say, “there sure must have been a lot of Native Americans around here.” He lived in the Metigoshe area and I think he donated his life’s collection to a museum in Bismarck.

By the way Fess Parker just died last week.

Gary Metcalfe


Reply from Dale Pritchard (63): Leesville, LA


Is there Global Warming? You couldn’t prove it by me! I think it’s more like Global Cooling. We got our 4th snowfall of the season yesterday and it didn’t get much above 35 degrees all day. Normal snowfall here is about once every two or three years. I haven’t forgotten what it’s like to be on the receiving end of an abnormal Winter like many of you in the North have experienced this year. The forecast for today is 67 degrees.

Dale Pritchard


Fauske – Lutheran Confirmation Picture:
Reply from Aimee Lagerquist (97): Boulder, MT

I typically don’t write…but the second tall slim guy in the back is Clifford Halvorson…next to him is Albert (his brother). Directly in front of each of them (the ladies) is Alma Christianson Halvorson and Emma Christianson Halvorson their wives.

Aimee Lagerquist


Alma & Emma Christianson Halvorson would be your Grandmother’s (Florence Christianson Williams) sisters.

Florence Christianson Struck is also a sister to your Grandmother. She is currently living in the Oak Manor Apartments in Bottineau.

Your parents are Lori Williams Lagerquist (75) and Ray Lagerquist (70):

 Aimee, We love hearing from you and everyone else. You mentioned one time that you share these daily messages with your folks. We welcome their comments and contributions too. Thank you so much for sharing. Gary


Fauske – Lutheran Confirmation Picture:
Reply from Bobbie Slyter (70): Wichita, Kansas


In the photo from Russell Fauske, I believe that is Clifford Halvorson isn’t it. and in the third row second from the left is my dad Freddie Hiatt, I am not positive but the guy in the third row second from the right isn’t that a Nerpel


Fauske – Lutheran Confirmation Picture:
Reply from Susan Fassett Martin (65): Spearfish SD

RE: picture–It looks like a church gathering. Front row L to R=Betty Nerpel, Kate Fassett, Dorothy(?) Kraft, Charlotte Lang , ?, Poepple 2nd row–Larson, Cynthia Johnson, Dorothy Fassett, ?,?,?,? Back row–?, Rev Lovaas, Freddie Hiatt, Clifford Halvorson, Alma Halvorson, Halvorson, Halvorson, Darrel Fassett, Raymond Nerpel, ?. Pastor


Fauske – Lutheran Confirmation Picture:
Reply from Pam Fassett Faust (65): Lilburn, GA

Gary – I’m sure you will get lots of replies to this photo. In the 1st row, second woman from the left is my Grandma Kate Fassett; second row, 3rd from the left is my Mom, Dorothy Fassett; in the back row, 2nd from the right is my Dad, Darrel Fassett. I’m sure Mom or Dad could tell you on what occasion this photo was taken. I haven’t a clue. Thanks again for all you do!


Fauske – Lutheran Confirmation Picture:
Reply from Darrel Fassett (47): Boynton Beach, FL

The group picture in this message is a Lutheran Confirmation group from the mid 50’s. The ones I know are: 1st row-Betty Nerpel, Kate Fassett, Annie Hill, Charlotte Lang, Dolly Hagen ?, and unk. 2nd row-unk, Joy Peterson, Dorothy Fassett, unk., unk., unk., unk.,. 3rd row-unk., Freddie Hiatt, Alma Halvorson, ? Halvorson, Raymond Nerpel, Bob Stickland. 4th Row-unk. Minister, Cliff Halvorson, ? Halvorson, Darrel Fassett and Lloyd Hill. Joy Peterson or Murl Hill could probably name them all. Darrel

Folks, I have labeled this photo with the replies we have gotten so far. We still have a few in question and unknowns. Please reply with any corrections you think should be made. The two gals on the right in the 2nd row have not been identified. Hopefully some of you may have an idea who these gals are. Also please comment on those in question. Is that Bernard or Eldon Hiatt in the 3rd row? We’d like to have the correct identifications of those in this photo for our Achieves. My guess is that this picture was taken in about 1946, give or take a year or two. Gary

4th Row: Rev Lovaas, Cliff Halvorson, Albert Halvorson, Darrel Fassett and Lloyd Hill.

3rd row: Eldon or Bernard Hiatt, Freddie Hiatt, Alma Christianson Halvorson, Emma Christianson Halvorson, Raymond Nerpel, Bob Stickland.

2nd row: Jackie Larson, Joy Stickland Peterson, Dorothy Strietzel Fassett, Dorothy Hiatt Swanson?, Irene Stickland?, ????, ????

1st row: Betty Eurich Nerpel, Kate Fassett, Annie Hill, Charlotte Lang, Dolly Hagen?, and Ella May Poepple Vogsland?