Conrad High School will be hosting a Bigger, Faster, Stronger Clinic on Friday evening and all day Saturday, Nov. 22-23.
Clinic is open to students in grades 5-12. There is a fee which includes lunch on Saturday.
Registration forms are available at PVS, UMS, and CHS. For more information, contact Jim Carroll at 278-3285.
Glen Maurice Bouma, 74, passed away suddenly of natural causes on Nov. 8 at
his home four miles west of Conrad. His wife, Ruby, was by his side.
Services will be held on
Nov. 15 at 11 a.m. at the First Presbyterian Church in Conrad. Pondera Funeral Home is handling the arrangements. Condolences may be left at www.misermortuaries.com .
Glen was born in Conrad on Nov. 19, 1938, to Corney and Margaret Bouma. He was raised on
the family farm one mile west of Conrad with his two brothers, Howard and Ray, and sister Ruth. Glen
graduated from Conrad High School in 1959. After graduation, Glen purchased land west of Conrad where he
farmed and ranched for 54 years with his wife Ruby (Hansmann) Bouma. Glen and Ruby were married
on June 23, 1961.
In 1973, Glen was presented the “Outstanding Young Farmer” award from the Conrad Jaycees. The
following year Glen was presented with the 2nd place, “Montana Outstanding Young Farmer” award.
Both awards were in recognition of exceptional progress in agriculture and contributions to the
In Glen’s spare time he helped out at Big Sky Equipment putting new equipment together
and at the Equity Elevator in Conrad. In 2010, Glen was presented the Montana High School Association
and US Bank’s “Super Fan” award for supporting school activities. Glen followed local high school sports
from the early 70s to the last home football game of 2013. He was especially proud of his
grandchildren and loved watching them in all their sporting events.
Over the years Glen volunteered his time and supported youth organizations such as 4-H, FFA, Marias
Fair Horse Barn Project, the Pondera Shooting Sports Club and building, along with numerous others. Glen was a
Red Cross Volunteer, he supported/donated/worked at the Pondera Food Pantry. Glen was very
community minded and helped out whomever and where ever he could. Glen was a long time member
of the Conrad Moose Lodge and in 2013, Glen was elected one of the Grand Marshalls of the Whoop Up
He is survived by his wife Ruby (Hansmann) Bouma of Conrad; daughter Charlene Bouma of Conrad;
granddaughters Jerrica Harris of Bozeman, Jayleen Harris of Conrad; grandson Colt Harris of Conrad; and
great-grandson Cody Garlen Harris of Conrad. Other family members include his brothers Howard
Bouma of Conrad, Ray Bouma of West Glacier and sister Ruth (Bouma) of Texas, along with his cousin
LeRoy Bouma of Conrad, and Phyllis (Skov) Hammermeister of Conrad, plus numerous other cousins in
the Conrad and Choteau areas.
Glen is preceded in death by his parents, Corney and Margaret Bouma, numerous aunts, uncles and
cousins and grandson Cody Wyatt Harris.
Farmer, rancher, community volunteer, high school sports supporter—Glen leaves us a legacy of
achievements and dedication to his community. He will be sadly missed and remembered with love by
all that knew him.
Donations and memorials are suggested to the place of your choice or to the many organizations Glen
loved and supported.
John “Skip” Skipwith, 93, died of natural causes Nov. 8, at Pondera Medical Center Extended Care.
A memorial is scheduled for Nov. 13, at 11 a.m. at St. Michael’s Catholic Church in Conrad, with a military burial to follow in Hillside Cemetery. Pondera Funeral Home is handling arrangements. Condolences may be left at www.misermortuaries.com .
Skip was born in Camp Cooke, S.D. He and his family moved to Conrad where he graduated from high school. He went to Kinman Business College in Spokane and then served three years in the U.S. Army. He came back to Conrad and started Skip’s Auto Sales. He married Margaret Shaw in 1950. They were married 40 years before her passing. In 1955 Skip bought Conrad Motor & Tire from Frances Knobel and sold the business in 1990. He married Arliss Pillatzke in 1992. During their 22 years of marriage they traveled to Hawaii, Alaska, Branson and spent 10 winters in California and Arizona.
Skip was a 50-year member of both the American Legion and the Conrad Lions Club. Skip played a big part in many people’s lives as an employer and also was known to lend a helping hand to many people who were down on their luck. He said, “Conrad has always been good to me so I was good to Conrad.” He helped organize Whoop-Up Days and Rodeo for many years and was Grand Marshall of the parade. Skip was very active at the Community Center, with Meals on Wheels, the Pondera Food Pantry and the Whoop-Up concession booth.
Skip is survived by his wife Arliss; sister Doris Ball of Great Falls; nephews John (Janie) McFarland of Conrad, Tom (Pam) McFarland of Valier, Hugh (Elaine) McFarland of Conrad, Bill (Linda) McFarland of Yuma, Ariz., Lonnie Ball of Bozeman and Jim Ball Jr. of Nevada. He is also survived by long-time close friends Don and Carol Miller. Skip and Don Miller had a father/son relationship for the past 55 years. Also surviving are stepchildren Steve Pillatzke of Helena, Dave and Lori Pillatzke of Helena, Kathy Meagher of Missoula, Marilyn Farley of Helena, numerous grandchildren and great-greatgrandsons.
Skip was preceded in death by his sisters, Eileen McFarland and Jean Peterman of Conrad.
Memorials are suggested to the Pondera Food Pantry.