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John Bates

May 25, 1975 - Nov 25, 2023

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Great Falls, MT

John Zachary Bates, beloved father, brother, son, partner, and friend, died on Saturday November 25, 2023, at the age of 48. He was born in Great Falls, MT on May 25, 1975, and never wanted to live anywhere else. From the age of two, Zach's strength was making friends and charming people and pets with his mischievous smile and thoughtfulness. He was the neighborhood "little brother" and grew into a talented man who was quick to pick up new skills. He explored a variety of interests including mus...Read More

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Walter Raoul Richardson

May 16, 1934 - Feb 27, 2024

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Great Falls, MT

Walter Roaul “Rich” Richardson passed away on Tuesday, February 27, 2024 in Great Falls, Montana at 89 years old. Rich was born on May 16, 1934 in Indianola, Mississippi to Morrell Richardson and Irene Beard. He was raised here alongside his brother Arthur. Upon his high school graduation in 1954, Rich made the courageous decision to serve his country in the United States Air Force as an electrician. Not long after his enlistment, he met the lady he knew he was meant to spend the rest of his life with, Antoinette Marie Freitas. Their love was solidified in Orlando, Florida on June 1956 where they shared their vows. Rich continued his journey with the Air Force with Antoinette close behind. Together they traveled to Florida, Germany, California, North Dakota, and finally, Montana, where they would spend the remainder of their years. Rich retired from the Air Force on June 30, 1980 after 26 years and spent a few years doing Civilian HVAC trades work before his final retirement. Rich was a man of many talents, often described as a jack of all trades. Alongside his electrical talents, he was an avid locksmith and woodworker. Rich was also the guy you would go to if you needed your ice skates repaired or sharpened. If it could be fixed, Rich was there to do it. He was a wonderful brother, husband, father, and grandfather and will be remembered for generations to come. He is survived by his sons, Robert (Deb) Richardson and David Richardson; his daughter, Lisa (Richardson) Ripley; his sister in law, Beverly Richardson; his grandchildren, Amber (Richardson) (Nicholas) Scribner, Alida Richardson, Robin (Richardson) (Michael) Jackson, Heather Richardson, Sarah Richardson, Sierra (Richardson) Carughi, Jayde (Richardson) (Austin) Iannucci, and Abby Ripley; and his great grandchildren, Porter, Sawyer, Chandler, Chase, Dean, Beau, Abigail, and Aubrey. He was preceded in death by his parents, Morrell Richardson and Irene (Beard) Richardson; his loving wife, Antoinette Marie (Freitas) Richardson and his brother, Arthur Richardson. A Graveside Service will be held on Friday, March 1, 2024 at 10:30AM at the Fort Harrison Cemetery in Helena, MT with a Memorial Service Saturday, March 2, 2024 at 1PM in Croxford Funeral Home’s Rose Room Chapel. To to the family or in memory of Walter Raoul Richardson, please

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Kay Evelyn (Yeager) Brannen

Feb 16, 1944 - Feb 20, 2024

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Great Falls, MT

Kay was a strong-willed, independent, intelligent, beautiful, God-fearing woman, with a great sense of humor and a love of life. She was devoted to her family, including her two dogs (Sunny and Bridget), and to her numerous friends. She was extremely successful as a wife, mother, and as a Computer specialist/System Analyst. Kay loved reading and researching on the internet. She used the knowledge and skills from her reading and research to do what she enjoyed (I.e., problem-solving for family and friends.) As many a friend can attest, Kay was always there to help and was very good at resolving issues. Kay passed away quietly in her sleep with her husband at her side on February 20, 2024 at Benefis Peace Hospice in Great Falls, Mt. Kay is survived by her husband Patrick Brannen, daughter Kristin Keeling (Robert Keeling), three grandchildren Jack Keeling, Matt Keeling and Patrick Keeling, and her sister Diane Leavitt (Phil Leavitt). Services will be private Born in Great Falls, MT on February 16, 1944 to Sidney and Rosalie Yeager. Kay grew up in Shelby, MT. Graduating from Shelby High School in 1962, she could not wait to leave the State, but she was always a Montana-girl at heart. For two years she attended Colorado Woman’s College and for two years went to San Francisco State University, where she graduated with a BA degree in Sociology. To obtain work, Kay took a competitive test along with 500 other students. She was one of two student selected by Alameda County (i.e., Oakland, CA) to be trained as a Computer Programmer. After working for several years, Kay and her college roommate, Linda Homer, went on the trip of a life-time, spending six months traveling in Europe. Returning home, Kay went to work in Honolulu, HI and later to Washington, D.C., where she met and married her husband, Patrick Brannen (It must have been a good marriage as it lasted more than forty-eight glorious years.) On December 22, 1976 Kay gave birth to a beautiful daughter, Kristin. Kay continued to work at various computer jobs as a Government employee and as a consultant to the Government. Then Kay and her business partner, Dick Haller, started a Management Consultant firm working with the Department of Energy. After retiring, Kay prepared personal income tax returns for H&R Block and later for AARP. She also became a Certified Financial Planner and an Enrolled Agent for IRS. She continued to take trips with her husband and to help people solve problems. She will be greatly missed, forever loved and never forgotten. To to the family or in memory of Kay Evelyn (Yeager) Brannen, please

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Lisa Michelle Smith

Sep 28, 1971 - Feb 25, 2024

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Great Falls, MT

Lisa Michelle Smith passed away on February 25, 2024. She was born on September 28, 1971, in Butte, MT to Jeffery and Shirley (Sand) Novack. Lisa met Mark Smith at a drag race, and they were married on July 2, 1993. Lisa was a CNA and paraprofessional. She enjoyed hunting, fishing, camping, board games, playing cards, video games, hanging out with her grandchildren, sightseeing, and watching scary movies. Her greatest joy in life was having her children and becoming a grandmother. Lisa is survived by her husband, Mark Smith; parents, Sam and Jacquline Tweedy; son, Chris (Jewellz) Smith; daughters, Brittany (Richard) Hayes and Michaela (River) Smith; brother, Tim Novack; grandchildren, Mason, Chevrolet, Maci, Cam, Myles, Maverick, Jameson, Simone, KZ, and Ezra. She was preceded in death by her father, Jeff Novack; mother, Shirley Novack; daughter, Chantel Novack; mother-in-law, Sharon Smith; and life-long friend, Brenda Latham. A viewing will take place at Hillcrest Lawn Memorial Chapel on Tuesday, March 5, 2024, from 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. The graveside service will take place that Craig Cemetery on Wednesday, March 6, 2024, at 2:00 p.m.

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Samuel Vladimir Boor

Oct 06, 1932 - Feb 04, 2024

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Great Falls, MT

Born Oct 6th, 1932, in Roselle, NJ, to Ladislav Boor and Catharine Richardson. Sam had two older brothers, John, and Pete. They were raised between New Jersey, Connecticut, and Maryland. The foregoing doesn’t come close to even summarizing Sam’s achievements. His daughters found some of his writing that will be released in the future. He was quite the philosopher and writer. Sam attended Chevy Chase High school in Bethesda, MD and graduated in 1950. He enjoyed playing basketball, baseball, building model airplanes, and talking to beautiful girls. Sam continued on to George Washington Medical School from 1950-1953 for undergraduate and 1953-1957 for graduate school, to be an Otolaryngologist. He then attended Temple University Hospital in Philadelphia, PA for internship 1957-1958 and residency in ENT 1958-1962. He served in the Army as a doctor in between the Korean and Vietnam Wars, stationed at Second Field Hospital Munich from 1961-1963. After returning from Munich, he decided to open his private practice as an ENT in New York City and shared an office with Dr. John Eden, on the upper east side in Manhattan. John was an Ophthalmologist who Sam attended medical school with and was his best friend. He had many years of success. While in New York, Sam heard the announcement on the radio during the Woodstock Festival, requesting medical volunteers. He was inspired to help. He was flown into the festival in an Army helicopter, along with other medical personnel. Once amid the “Aquarian Exposition”, he manned the large medical tent that dealt with the most critical patients, for the duration of the festival. He also returned days later to assist in the cleanup. He met and married his first wife, Patricia Bunbury, and shortly after they decided to move to Ogden, UT. There he attended the University of Utah, Family Practice Residency Program, from 1971-1973. He opened a private practice as a Family Physician and decided to start a small family. His first two children were born, Eric Vladimir Boor and Michelle Patrice Boor. Sam had a successful practice and met many friends in Ogden. As life has many chapters, he divorced, and moved to Roosevelt, UT, working in Emergency Medicine. Over the years he covered various ER’s, including spending a ski season in Jackson Hole, WY, then up to Sidney, MT. In 1987, Sam moved to Roundup, MT, working at the Roundup Memorial Hospital and Musselshell County Medical Clinic. He met the love of his life, Leslie Feaster. They were married on September 23, 1988. They managed a small sheep farm at home, and after leaving the clinic, Sam and Leslie opened “Roundup Family Practice,” his private family practice, in town. In 1994, their first daughter, Emily Catharine Boor, was born. The Boor’s moved to Wolf Point, in 1996. Sam worked in the ER at Trinity Hospital, and as a Family Physician at Listerud Rural Health Clinic. In 2000, he retired, and in 2001, Sam and Les welcomed another daughter, Carolyn Alena Boor. They continued with the sheep and added to the farm management – breeding and training Great Pyrenees dogs, Les and the girls rode and worked with horses, the girls managed the chickens (Sam built the coops), and Sam and Les farmed wheat and alfalfa. Sam kept busy and enjoyed restoring antique Volkswagon vans and vanagons, Chevy trucks, and even a ’64 Galaxie! Sam was always interested and involved in the school system, his garden, learning different languages to include Slovak and German, and innumerable projects. In 2007, Leslie’s work led them to Great Falls, MT. Here, Sam continued with his antique vehicle restoration - launching “SVB Enterprises.” That gorgeous green and yellow 2 ½ ton Chevy outside of Custom Body Company in Black Eagle? That’s his! He loved to travel the U.S. and Europe, attend basketball games, (he rarely missed a boys Bison game) talk politics, and go out to eat at Boston’s, Dante’s, Jakers and Bert and Ernie’s – all great local Montana restaurants. Sam passed away on February 4th, 2024, at home, with Leslie and Emily at his side. In addition to his wife and children, Sam is survived by his granddaughter, Peyton, and grandson, Alexander. He was preceded in death by his brother, John, and many friends. In lieu of flowers, pick up a copy of “Woodstock ‘69: Three Days of Peace, Music & Medical Care,” get involved in your local city council/board/commission meeting, or watch “Casablanca,” Sam’s favorite movie. If the snow is good, there will be a “Ski for Sam” day on March 7th at Showdown, and a Celebration of Life, on what would be his 92nd birthday, October 6, 2024. Logistics don’t always work out – wherever you find yourself on that day, or any day, do something in his honor – preferably, something that will make him smile and laugh! Anyone interested in attending either event, get a hold of his daughter, Emily at (406) 781-9887, or ecboor@yahoo.com Showdown Ski Area, Montana - 2850 US HWY 89 S, Neihart, MT 59465 A copy of “Woodstock ‘69: Three Days of Peace, Music & Medical Care” by Myron Gittell and Jack Kelly, is available on thriftbooks.com, or amazon.com, among many other sites. To to the family or in memory of Samuel Vladimir Boor, please

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Boyd Waid Spellman

Feb 01, 1941 - Feb 21, 2024

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Great Falls, MT

Boyd Waid Spellman, 83, of Great Falls, MT passed on February 21, 2024. Boyd was born on February 1,1941 in Columbus Ohio to Melvin and Garnet (Zimmerman) Spellman. His family moved to Florida and then on to Arlington Virginia where Boyd graduated from High School. He received his Bachelor’s degree from Emory and Henry College and continued his education at the University of Virginia where he received his Master’s degree in Business Administration. Boyd served 34 years working for the Culpeper County School System of Virginia beginning as a math teacher followed by Assistant Principal, Coordinator of Federal Programs and finally Superintendent, retiring in 1999. During his tenure at Culpeper County Schools he was a gun safety instructor for students. This was back in the day when you could still bring shotguns and rifles to school. He felt that it gave students who were not involved in athletics an outlet to keep them on a positive path. Boyd was known to be an outdoorsman who loved trapp