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Posted: Friday, July 11, 2008 12:00 am

The following obituaries appeared in our July 11 print edition.


Charlotte F. Amundson, 98, died Sunday, July 6. Swas born March 12, 1910, in Early, Iowa, and was five weeks old when she came to Union, Mont., with her mother, Mabel (Needham) Green and her brother, Delbert and sister, Mary to homestead their farm with her father, Harry Green.

Charlotte was preceded in death by both parents; her siblings, Delbert Green, Mary Starr, Doris England, Donald Green and Duane Green; as well as both husbands, Tilmer Amundson and Stanley Amundson.

Tilmer and Charlotte had one daughter, Louise (Bill) Smith of Belgrade, and three grandchildren, Celeste (Reece) Talley of Saugus, Calif., David Reed of Phoenix, Ariz., and Michael (Mirjam) Reed of Pasadena, Calif.; four great-grandchildren, Asia, Conner, Rhiannon and Jeremiah; and one great-great-grandchild, Dylan, 2 years old.

A private graveside service with family and friends will be held at the Union Cemetery

Leslie W. Day

Leslie Wayne Day, 59, died Thursday, July 3 after a series of strokes caused by an irregular heart rhythm disorder. He was born Sept. 21, 1948, to Wayne and Donna Day in Jacksonville, Miss, the eldest of six brothers.

Les met his future wife, Nancy, at a roller-skating rink in Denver. They were married Oct. 9, 1965 in Loveland, Colo.

In December 1968, Les was drafted into the Army where he served in Vietnam until being wounded by a landmine.

On April 26, 1971, Les and Nancy delivered their first and only child, Ann Marie. Six weeks later they moved to Bozeman, where they lived for 37 years.

Les’ main career was that as a fiber optic project manager and inspector. This work took him all over the world.

In August 1991, his daughter gave him a granddaughter, Caitlyn Ashley; and in September 2006, a grandson named Andrich Joseph.

Survivors include his wife of almost 44 years, Nancy Jean Day; daughter, Annemarie Bodner (spouse Greg); granddaughter, Caitlyn Ashley Ross; grandson, Andrich Joseph Bodner; Angel, his dog; mother, Donna Newnham; stepfather, Ivan Newnham; brothers, John Day (wife Cindy), Michael Newnham (wife Michelle), Donald Newnham, Peter Newnham and Joseph Newnham; nieces, Kimberly Orr, Jessie Day, Katie Newnham; nephews, Robert Newnham and Jace Newnham; and many, many, many dear friends.

Les was preceded in death by his father, Wayne Day; grandparents, Donald and Cleatis Day, Ted and Peg Day; and beloved dogs, Sarge, Tippy, Tisha, Mickey, Jogue and Max.

Honoring Les’ wishes, no funeral services will be held. A celebration of his life was held Wednesday.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests that memorials be sent to Valley Bank of Belgrade for his grandchildren’s trust.

J.A. “Frenchy” Dupree

J.A. “Frenchy” Dupree, 73, of Roundup, an Army veteran who later worked for Halliburton and then owned and operated Big Sky Cementers in Roundup, died Monday in Roundup.

A celebration of his life will be held at 1 p.m. Friday at the Masonic Hall in Roundup. Cremation has taken place.

Survivors include his wife of 35 years, Reta Dupree of Roundup; sons Robert Dupree of Billings, James Dupree of Winslow, Ariz., Darin Dupree of Issanti, Minn., and Dana Obrecht of Great Falls; daughters Michele Drube of Belgrade, Leanna Clawson of Denver and Charlene Thompson of Cascade; a brother, Dean Dupree of Worland, Wyo.; sister Merle Shyne of Yuma, Ariz.; 25 grandchildren and 19 great-grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by a daughter, Rebecca.


William J. “Bill” Sebena Sr., died Monday, June 30. He was born Oct. 29, 1919 in Butte to George and Mary Sebena

He attended Butte High School and later worked in Butte, selling fruit and Christmas trees. He built Wimpy’s Palace, one of the first drive-ins in the country to have outside speakers and actual carhops.

During this time he married Eileen Walsh. They had two sons, Joe and Dan, and a daughter, Susan.

Bill joined the army in World War II and was stationed in Paris, Texas.

In the early 1940’s, Wimpy’s Palace was changed to Bill’s Drive-In and a bar and dance hall were added.

In the late 1950s, Bill relocated to the Three Forks area, where he bought a restaurant. In Manhattan he built a small drive-in burger joint called the The Pee Wee Drive-in and ran it during the summers. Bill found love again in his fiery carhop at The Pee Wee, Anne Stotts. They were married and had three children together: Mark, Michael and Lisa.

Another venture of Bill’s was the Ruby Theatre in Three Forks. He also built another restaurant in Three Forks, naming it again Bill’s Drive-In. He purchased the Old Milwaukee Depot building and turned it into a hotel.

He purchased the old Siesta Motel at 824 West Main Street in Bozeman. He leveled the Siesta after operating it for about a year and built the Lewis & Clark Motel in its place.

Bill is survived by his children: William “Joe” J. Sebena Jr. and his wife Kathy, Daniel Sebena and his wife Nancy, Susan Sebena, Mark Sebena and his wife Britt, Lisa Sebena, Michael Sebena and his wife Debbie; grandchildren: Stephanie Gandulla and her husband Nick Myers, Julie Gandulla, Eric Sebena, Tyler Sebena, Dylan Sebena, Jake Sebena, Alex Sebena, a great-grandchild, Aidan Gandulla; his second wife, Anne, among other loving family and true friends.

Bill is preceded in death by his grandmother, his Dad George K. Sebena, his mother Mary Sebena, his brother George Sebena, and his first wife, Eileen.

Funeral services will be held at 10 a.m. Friday at the Bozeman ponds, adjacent to the Gallatin Valley Mall, in Bozeman. A reception will follow. Internment will follow at Holy Cross Cemetery in Butte.


Martha Agnes Schrock, 94, of Belgrade died Thursday, July 3. She was born Oct. 28, 1913, in Adams County, Ind., to Jacob and Rosina (Schwarz) Habegger.

Martha received an Associate Arts degree from San Diego State College.

She married Noah J. Schrock on May 14, 1933, in Berne, Ind., and the couple had three children.

Through the years, she was a factory worker, then a telephone operator, in Indiana. The family moved to San Diego, Calif., in 1959 where she worked as an accountant in retail. Following retirement, they moved to Mill Valley, Calif., in 1978. She moved back to Indiana in 1981 following the death of her husband, and in 2003 she moved to Ennis.

She is survived by her children, Luther J. (Janice) Schrock of Forest Grove, Ore.; Dr. Theodore R (Barbara) Schrock of Bozeman; Professor Richard R.(Nancy) Schrock of Winchester, Mass.; six grandchildren and four great-grandchildren. Also surviving are brothers, Joel Habegger, Jesse Habegger, Clifton Habegger and Lester Habegger.

Memorial services will be held at 11 a.m. Friday, Aug. 1, at Madison Valley Presbyterian Church in Ennis. Interment will be in San Rafael, Calif.


Florence L. Skinner, 84, died Monday, July 7 after a short bout with cancer. She was born to Alvin and Beryl Cowan on Aug. 17, 1923, on the family ranch at Dry Creek, north of Belgrade.

She attended Dry Creek School and graduated from Manhattan High School in 1941. After graduating from Great Falls Business College, she worked as a secretary and bookkeeper for several businesses, including Teslow’s Feed Company and Commercial National Bank in Bozeman.

Florence married her high school sweetheart, Lt. Paul Skinner on Jan. 15, 1944, during his service in World War II. They spent their life together ranching first at Dry Creek, then at Harrison, and then they settled permanently at the Cowan family ranch.

Florence was an active member of Dry Creek Bible Church all of her life. She was a founding member of the Jolly Neighbors Club and a member of Cowbelles.

She was preceded in death by her parents; her brothers, William and Russell Cowan; and her sister, Veda Clark.

She is survived by her husband, Paul; their four children, Bill (Shiela) Skinner, Mary (Jim) Larson, Joe (JoJo) Skinner of the Dry Creek area, and Cynthia (Paul) Crosbie of Belize; six grandchildren, Sarah (Guy) Millington, Dr. Wendy Skinner, Eric (Stacey) Larson, Corrie Larson, Sgt. Luke Skinner, and Jake Skinner; great-grandchildren, Eli and Adam Millington; sisters, Marlys Brown of Sacramento, Calif., Faye (Gene) Racht of Dallas, Texas, Judy Galle of Glendive; sisters-in-law, Marge Skinner and Irene Cowan; and many nieces, nephews and friends.

Memorial services were held Thursday at Dry Creek Bible Church.

Memorials may be made to Dry Creek Bible Church Missions Board, P.O. Box 1438, Belgrade, MT 59714.

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