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Offerdahl, Betty  
Betty June Offerdahl Great Falls —Betty June Offerdahl, 87, of Great Falls, passed away peacefully on Wednesday, June 22, 2016 of natural causes at a local care facility. A Memorial Service in honor of her life will be held on Monday, June 27, 11:00 a.m. at the Emmanuel Bible Church located at 3400 11th Ave So, in Great Falls. The Graveside Service will take place in Lakeview Cemetery, Valier, Mt, following the reception at the church. Betty was born on October 13, 1928 to parents Walter and Emma Scheel in Conrad, Mt. She attended school in Valier, graduating from Valier High School and is where she met the love of her life, Vernon Lee Offerdahl, whom she married on May 21, 1948. The happy couple were blessed with one daughter, Lana, and three sons, Kenny, Gary, and Roger. Betty was heavily involved in her church, enjoying such activities as teaching Sunday School, serving in the nursery, and assisting with yearly vacation bible schools. She also enjoyed a wide array of hobbies like sewing, making beautiful quilts, fishing with her husband Lee, gardening, working on the farm, cooking, cleaning, and making homemade bread for a crew of 30 people. She was one of the hardest working people you could ever find. She was devoted to her husband and kids, and she was a dear friend to everyone who knew her. She was truly blessed having had a wonderful 62 years of marriage before her husband's untimely death in August of 2010. Betty is survived by her daughter, Lana (Steve) Hilton of Great Falls; sons, Kenny (Marie) Offerdahl of Valier, Gary (Christine) Offerdahl of Buckley, WA, Roger (Peggy) Offerdahl of Columbia Falls; and many grandchildren, great-grandchildren, and step-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her husband Lee; brother, Leonard Scheel; sister, Drusilla Struss; parents, Walter and Emma Scheel. Condolences to the family may be shared at www.croxfordfuneralhome.com
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Published in Great Falls Tribune on June 24, 2016
Orcutt, James  
James W. Orcutt Conrad —Our hearts are heavy, yet full of joy for the years we shared with our beloved husband, father, grandfather and great-grandfather, James Weston Orcutt. Jim died peacefully on Saturday, June 25, 2016, from complications of Alpha-1 Antitrypsin Enzyme Deficiency. Jim was born in Conrad, Montana on June 17, 1938, the first of two children born to Elbert H. (Tuffy) and Lucile Howard Orcutt. Early on in his life he developed a deep love for the prairie and his pioneer heritage. Jim is survived by his wife, Martha, children, Mark (Maureen) Orcutt, Greg (Julie) Orcutt, Kathi (Kirby) Kauk, Ward (Julie) Orcutt, Richard Orcutt, step children, Joe Carleton, Richard (Kathy) Carleton, 15 grandchildren, 13 great grandchildren, a niece, a nephew and cousins. Jim is preceded in death by his parents and a sister, Carol Orcutt King. Beginning in the late 1950's, Jim built a successful farming operation based on certified seed production. He established Northern Seed Service in the early 1970's. Jim served as President of the Montana Seed Growers Association. Jim was involved in sheep production and served as a director of the Pondera Wool Pool and was a member of the Montana Wool Growers. Utilizing sheep, Jim demonstrated his land stewardship by initiating leafy spurge and weed control along the Marias River. His family meant everything to him and he spent a great deal of his retirement spending time with them. His family loved him dearly and will miss the daily visits and unconditional love and compassion he shared. A Memorial Service will be held at 11:00 a.m. June 29th at the First Presbyterian Church, the corner of 4th Ave and Maryland St. A luncheon will follow the service. Memorials may be sent to the charity of your choice. Condolences can be made to Jim's memorial page at www.whittedfuneralchapel.com .
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Published in Great Falls Tribune on June 28, 2016
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