Richard R. Bandow, our beloved father and grandfather, passed away on March 20, 2017 surrounded by his family.
Born in Glendive on Feb. 3, 1929, Dick (as he preferred to be called) was the oldest of five sons born to Alice and Ray Bandow. The family homesteaded in Intake, Mont., and during the tough years of the Great Depression lived and worked on the Fort Peck Dam project. The family relocated to north central, Montana where they farmed on the Fairfield Bench and later moved to Choteau. Dick graduated from Teton High School in 1947 and upon graduation enlisted in the Army. During his tenure in the military he was stationed in Hawaii. Upon returning to Montana, Dick attended the Great Falls Business College. On Oct. 24, 1954 he married Elgene (Jeanie) Wiseman in Choteau.
During the majority of his working life, Dick split his time farming east of Conrad and working as an accountant in Great Falls for Houston, Helseth, & Myers CPA’s. Farming was always Dick’s passion, he was happiest driving a tractor or operating a combine. Dick’s passion for agriculture also led him to serve on the Equity Co-op and Farmer’s Terminal Elevator boards in Conrad.
Reverend Charles Allen Woodworth, 88, entered eternal life on Feb. 10, 2017, in Great Falls.
A family graveside service has already taken place.
He is survived by his beloved wife and their children, grandchildren, and a great-grandchild.
A Celebration of Life service will be held at Hillcrest Memorial Chapel, 1410 13th St. S. in Great Falls on April 12, 2017, at 2 p.m. with Reverend Grover Briggs presiding.
In lieu of flowers or gifts, the family requests Pastor Chuck’s lifetime commitment to those in need be remembered with memorial donations to the Great Falls Rescue Mission, P.O. Box 129, Great Falls, 59403; Family Promise of Great Falls, P.O. Box 455, Great Falls, 59403; or to your local Food Bank.
Shane Byers Yeager, 35, passed away from natural causes on March 22, 2017.
Shane was born on Sept. 5, 1981 to Gary and Bobbi Yeager in Conrad. Their beautiful baby boy had an amazing zest for life and loved to reach it at all of its extremes. From the moment he was born there was an extra twinkle in his eye, a reflection of his neon personality.
Shane enjoyed and respected the outdoors, a relationship he learned from his father, Gary. Starting as a young boy, they spent many days together fishing, hiking, hunting, searching for artifacts and exploring the beauty of the Montana landscape.
From his mother he learned the meaning of true grace and compassion for the human spirit. He was an advocate for the underdog and passionately expressed his feelings for justice.