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The Star June 21, 2021 John Martin Sr. John Martin Sr., age 76, of Bel- -court, ND, passed away on Friday, June 11, 2021, at his home. John Francis Martin, Sr., was born on March 27, 1945, to Henry “Hank” Martin and Flora Gourneau Martin. When he entered the world, he was given the healing name Pacaa— chininiis— Man Who Walks Alone by his Grandpa Gourneau. He carried his spirit name throughout his life and it truly defined him. Growing up, John was the middle child out of 11 children. He often V shared stories about his adventures with his parents and siblings. There were many hard times but there were just as many good times; he would have a twinkle in his eyes as he would tell his stories and remember his upbringing. He loved all his fam- ily. John graduated from Turtle Mountain Community High School in 1963. He was very proud of his achievement and he kept his gradua- tion picture hanging in his home. The class motto was “Let us be seen by our deeds” and this reflected who he ‘was as a humble man and what he would accomplish in his life. John and his brother Mokey went to school in Fargo, ND, at Hanson Mechanical Trade school. We often heard the onion soup story and how hard times were, but they persevered. In 1969, they graduated with degrees in automotive repair, diesel repair, collision and auto body repair, elec- trical and welding. Following graduation, John and Mokey worked together for many years at Mokey’s Garage. They were always together as their relationship was beyond brothers; they were best friends. John met the love of his life, Donna Moore, in 1963 and on May 8, 1970, they married. John and Donna spent 51 years laughing, spar- ring and loving. They made their home in Martinville for most of their years together, with only a short res— idency in Fargo and in Mississippi. They had two children, Terri and John-John, and they added a new light to his eyes. John and Donna also helped raise many nieces and nephews and later, friends of their children. Their door was always open with many meals to be shared. They were raising their granddaughter, MijahJo, at the time of his passing. John was a jack of all trades. In his earlier years, he spent time fire- fighting in Washington and welding in North Dakota and in the shipyards in Mississippi. For a short time, he worked with electricity. In the 80’s, John worked as diesel mechanic at the Road Garage. In the 1990s, he owned and operated Martin Trucking with his son", John-John and they worked throughout the states of . Glen, Clarence North Dakota and Minnesota. John built his own garage and continued doing what he loved in his spare time. He later worked with his brother Jerry as’ a diesel mechanic as they built up and paved Martin Road, the smoothest road within the reser— vation boundaries. John didn’t do anything “mama sheesh.” John always had a strong work ethic, a value he learned from his Dad, Hank. There was not a day that went by that he didn’t have some— .thing to do, fixing cars, trucks or small engines, welding metals, or the seasonal garden. He Was a true engi- neer and his intellect and capable ' hands knew no boundaries. When company came, you could expect a beer and many stories about his ad.— ventures. To capture his true essence, family and hard work was what he lived for- he will be so deeply missed. John is survived by his wife Donna, daughter Terri (Todd), grand- children Alyssa, TJ (Alexis), Tahni (Cole), Sunniyand MijahJo, great- grandchildren, Nora “Little Girl” and Joseph, siblings Twila (Rollin), Jay (Linda), Jerry (Charlotte), Dean (Delilah), and Cathie (Charles “Bobby”), and sister-in—law Shirley, Debbie “Chook,” brothers—in—law “Che-Man” and many nieces, nephews, great-nieces and great-nephews. . John was preceded in death by his son John-John, parents Flora and Hank, siblings ‘Carol (Ike), Judy, Janet (Michael “Wobby”), Richard “Butch” (Bernadette “Bunny”), Henry “Mokey,” sisters-in-law Judy and Vivian, brothers-in-law Leslie and John, nephews John Henry, Kit, David, great-nephews Craig and Harley, great-niece Everly and many cousins and friends. ' A Memorial Service was held on Tuesday, June 15, 2021 , at the John and Donna Martin Residence, Bel— court,. A meal followed services. Elick Funeral Home, Rolla, ND, was in charge of arrangements. Dick Benson Dick Benson, 88 of Wolford, ND, passed away on Sunday June 13, 2021 , at the Towner County Medical Center, Cando ND. Services will be held at‘ a later date. In leu of flowers, memorials are preferred to Metigoshe Ministries, 165 Larson Beach Road, Bottineau, ND 58318 or the Mylo, Cemetery, 8203 49th AVE , Mylo ND 58353. Carl Richard “Dick” Benson was ' born April 5, 1933, to Carl and Doris (Paulson) in Bisbee, North Dakota. He attended school in Bisbee and on June 3, 1951, he was united in mar- riage to Babe Jolliffe in the Mylo Lutheran Church. They made their home in the rural Wolford area on a farm and to this union four children were born — Carla, Rick, Randy,'and Dean. ’ Dick farmed in the Wolford/Agate area his entire life and worked sev- eral winters in the late 1950s in the oil fields of T ioga. He enjoyed spend- ing summers at the lake cabin on. Bel— court Lake where his family‘would visit and enjoypontoon rides, water skiing and fishing. He loved to hunt in the area and out west. Dick earned his private pilot’s li—' cense and had 2 planes, first a Cessna 170 with a red tail that Babe would spot when he flew over the lake. Later with his second plane, a Cessna 172, he flew Babe all over the state to fly-in breakfasts, or to “visit” friends (by buzzing them overhead) and sometimes just checking fields. In his retirement he took up garden- ing, growing abundance of tomatoes, beans, peas, and was proud of the roses around the deck. Dick had many blue heeler dogs over the years and leaves behind Rusty, a red heeler. Dick was a member of the Mylo Lutheran Church and served on the church ‘council; he also served on the Wolford School Board, the Agate Oil Company and later the North Central Grain Co-op boards. Dick joined Babe in the Towner County Living, Center in August of 2020. She passed away on April 26, 2021. Dick is survived by sons Rick of Wolford, Randy (Kathryn) of Bisbee, Dean (Klang) .of Wolford; son-in—law Don Lee of Minot, ND; grandchil- dren Rebecca (Tracy Tarr) Lee and Emily Lee of Minneapolis, MN; Jar- rin Benson with great-granddaughter Lennon of Portland OR; and Sara (Kyle) McClammer with great-grand sons Maxwell and George of Indi- anapolis, IN. He was preceded in death by his wife Babe of nearly 70. years, his par— ents, daughter Carla Lee, daughter— in-law Lavonna Benson, brother Jerry Benson and grandson Jay Essen. An online guestbook is available at WWw.dunnigandix .com. Dunnigan-Dix Funeral Home of Cando, ND, is in charge of arrange- ' ments. Robert George Ackre Robert George Ackre of Cando, ND passed away on Wednesday, June 9, 2021, at the age of 54. It was un- expected and a terrible shock. The funeral service will be at 2 pm, Saturday, June 26, 2021 at the Cando Lutheran Church with Pastor JoHanna Buchholz officiating. The visitation will be on Friday, June 25, 2021, from 5 pm. to 7 pm. at the Dunnigan-Dix Funeral Home. Pall- bearers will be Blake Benson, Paul Olson, Mark Olson, Paul Belzer, Marshall Whalley, Des McIntyre, Reed Soderstrom, and Kyle Craig. 2 Music will be provided by Paul Mur- phy. The burial will take plaCe at the 1.0.0 .F. Cemetery in Cando. On February 21, 1967, Robert and his twin brother were born at the Cando Memorial Hospital to his par- ents, George and Susan (Wright) Ackre. He will be lovingly remem- bered by his children, Raquelle and Cade Ackre; his siblings, Shawn Ackre, Darin Ackre, and Melissa' (Ackre) Westlind; and his parents, George and Susan Ackre. In his‘youth, Rob enjoyed hockey, football, racquetball, baseball, golf, skiing, track, and Boy Scouts. As he got older he loved hunting and fish- ing with friends and family. In 1985, Rob graduated from Cando High School. The proceeding summer he began classes at University of North Dakota. He joined Lambda Chi Fra— ternity and participated in hockey. He graduated Summa Cum Laude in 1989 with a degree in Anthropology and Political Science. The summer after graduating, Rob worked as a page at the Legislature in Bismarck, ND for one session. In 1989, Rob began law school at the University of North Dakota. While attending law school, he wrote for the law review and a publication at the University, and joined'a law frater- nity. Rob graduated from law school in 1992 and began practicing with his father, George Ackre, and Larry Baer at Ackre & Baer Law After the Ackre 'and Baer partnership dis- solved, Rob, his brother, Shawn, and George started the Ackre Law Firm LLC, which currently still operates in Cando and Minot with Kyle Craig. Some other law related activities Rob was proud of included being a part of the Inquiry Committee for the Northeast Judicial. District, Trial Lawyer Association, State’s Attorney for Towner County, Prosecutor for the Spirit Lake Tribe, on the board for the ND Association for Justice, and he also participated in a docu- mentary film for Prairie Public Broadcasting called “Kind Hearted Woman”. Rob had a passion for hockey and spent many years coach- ing and playing. Other actives Rob enjoyed were Sons of Norway and Ducks Unlimited. Rob was married from 1996-2010 ‘ EAT LocAL. V srrun LocAL. rum LocAL. Ir mes rou ro srnnr-rnrrnrun. SUPPORT THE LOCAL BUSINESSES ,WHO SUPPORT THE AREA WHERE YO )p‘ LIVE, WORK AND PLAY. ‘ (USPS 644-300) Established in 1888 Published every Monday © 2021 JTN inc. Jason Nordmark, Publisher/Editor Subscription Rates $38 per year in Rolette, Towner, Bottineau and Pierce counties $40 per year elsewhere in North Dakota $42 per year lor snowbirds $45 per year for e-subscription $46 per year elsewhere in the U.S.A. . Periodicals Mail Postage paid at Rolla, North Dakota 58361 and at‘additional mailing offices POSTMASTEB: Send address changes to Turtle Mountain Star, Box 849, Rolla, North Dakota 58367 Ph: 701-477-6495 - Fax: 701-477-3182 E-maiI: tmstar@ utma.com to Paula Youngerrnan. They had two wonderful children together, Raque- lle and Cade Ackre. Raquelle was born 1999 and .Cade was born in 2002. They were raised in Cando until 2014, when Rob decided to move to Minot with the children. In Minot, Kyle Craig and Rob opened an Ackre Law Firm. At the same time, Rob took on the role as Chief Tribal Prosecutor for the MHA Na- tion Fort Berthold Indian Reservation in New T6wn, ND. Rob touched the hearts of everyone he worked with. He always provided a listening ear to anyone, no matter how busy he was. . Rob loved his career and made many life—long friends through it. Rob was preceded in death by his twin brother, who passed away at birth; grandparents, George and Mil- dred Ackre, and_Bernard and Drusilla Wright; and an uncle, Roger Wright. He is survived by his children, Raquelle and ~Cade; his siblings, Shawn, Darin, and Melissa (Ackre) Westlind; their spouses, Natalie Ackre and Reed Westlind. His nieces ' and nephews, Alaina and Kenyon Ackre, Maia, Susanne, and Anne Ackre, Alexis and Aiden Kiecker, and Will Westlind. Parents, George and Susan Ackre. Aunts and uncles, Don (Jean) Wright ’and DeVonne Wright. ' Online guestbook is available at www.dunnigandix .com. Dunnigan- Dix Funeral Home of Cando is in charge of arrangements. Clarice “Rudy” Murchie Clarice “Rudy” Murchie, 79, of Blair, NE, passed away on June 10, 2021, surrounded by her family. Clarice was born on June 30, 1941 on a farm near Breda, IA. She is preceded in death by her fa- ther Clarence Karstens, mother Eve- lyn Lawler, stepfather Vincent Lawler, and grandson Jack Dollison. She is survived by her- husband, Dan Murchie, brother Virgil Karstens (Julie), sister Patricia Montag (David), son ,Daniel, Dollison (Nicole), son Kevin Dollison (Lorinda), son Thomaleollison (Jeri), son Matthew Dollison (Amanda), grandchildren , Cole Dollison, Paige Marler (Adam), Taylor Dollison, John Dollison,Adam Dollison, Scout Dollison, Lucas Dol— lison, Claire Dollison, Will Dollison, and Demi Dollison, great grandchil- dren Aven English, Kellan English, Patrick Marler, and Ryan Marler, as well as numerous nieces and nephews. , ‘ Clarice grew up in the Wall Lake, IA, area and after high school at- tended the Lutheran‘School of Nurs- ing in Sioux City, IA. She graduated in 1962 before starting her career as a registered nurse at various hospitals throughout Iowa, Nebraska, and North Dakota before retiring in 1999. She was also an insurance agent for Shelter Insurance for a 7 year period while taking a break from nursing in the 1980’s. ' Clarice’s lifelong Christian faith sustained her through her medical Kindness or Cruelty? Ultimately, there are only two basic motives which animate us, kindness or cruelty; On the side of kindness is everything that unites and uplifts us: the kind or encouraging word, the helping or healing hand, the invitation to join the group and to be a part of the great fanrily of God. On the side of cruelty is everything that divides and debases: the mean or cutting remark, the discouraging word, the clenched fist and the hand-which pushes away,the barrier to inclusion which says you aren't welcome here. There is love and there is strife. Love unites; strife divides. Love is kind; strife is cruel. There is no third option here. You cannot be indifferent to the choice between kindness and cruelty. We should pray that we steadfastly choose to be on the side of ‘ ' kindness. — Christopher Simon o‘lanséow Cemetery Please remove Memorial Day ‘flower by June 26. If they are not removed by this day, they will be removed for you as they‘are difficult to trim around. .~ ThanKXQl’; . difficulties and comforted her in her final hours. Her favorite past times included Spending time with family, quilting, and playing bridge. She lost a long battle with heart disease that began with a major heart attack in 1983. Her family is very thankful to all of her physicians and other health care professionals that enabled her to live such a long and fulfilling life. Funeral was held Tuesday June 15, at Zion Lutheran Church, 14205 Ida St., Omaha, NE 68142. Memo— rials in Clarice’s memory may be sent to Zion Lutheran Church. Campbell Aman Funeral Home of Blair was in charge of arrangements.- ’ infer! shall not Way again. William Penn The businesses listed below sponsorthis message and urge you to regularly attend the church ofyour choice. Turtle Mountain Star j 477-6495 Dacotah Bank Member FDIC 477-3175 Rolla- Drug . 477-3174 v Munro Motor Company 477-3124 '