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The Star August 30, 2021 More obituaries can be found on Page “ Susan Wilkie, age 73, of Belcourt, ND, passed away peacefully on Fri- day, July 23, 2021, at the Belcourt Hospital, Belcourt. Susan Marie (Azure) Wilkie was born on August 19, 1947, in Bel- court, to Raymond and Margaret “Maggie” (Morin) Azure. She was raised in Belcourt and completed her education there as well. She furthered her education at Bottineau College and Mayville College obtaining her Bachelor of Education Degree, and then the University of North Dakota receiving a Master’s in Education Leadership Degree. Susan was united in marriage to Oscar Wilkie Sr. She was the proud mother of four children, Oscar Jr., Marilyn, Gene, and Jerilyn. Susan was very active in her com- munity and contributed time on the school board and the N .D. Drug Court, being the first woman to work within the court. She worked various jobs including, assistant principal at Belcourt Schools, a loan officer, and finally in HR at the Sky Dancer Casino. Susan had a passion for working with children in need as it brought her much joy to do so. She enjoyed debating politics whether it was tribal, state, or national debates. Susan could often be found sitting and looking out her window or work- ing on her catering and baking busi- ness that she ran. She was an amazing cook. Susan also liked going to the casino, playing bingo, and especially spending time with her family mem- bers and friends. She will be lovingly remembered and greatly missed. Susan is, survived by her children, Marilyn (Mitch) Laducer of Bel- court, Gene (Jen) Wilkie of Hills- boro, and Jerilyn Wilkie of Wildo-. mar, CA; 19 grandchildren; 18 great- grandchildren; siblings, Jean Domben, Lenard (Roberta) Azure, Deborah (Lynn) Goumeau, Larry Azure, Mary (Terry) Morin, Fred Azure, Keith (Melinda) Azure, and Dean (Michelle) Azure; and many nieces and nephews. Susan was preceded in death by her parents, Raymond and Maggie Azure, husband, Oscar Wilkie Sr. son, Oscar Wilkie Jr., grandson, Oscar Wilkie III, great-grandson, Myles Allen, and brothers, Greg Azure, Howard Azure and Dwight Azure. Honorary Bearers were all family and friends. A Memorial Mass was held Fri- .day, August 27,2021, at at St. Ann’s Catholic Church, Belcourt. Rosary Service was held prior to the funeral Mass. A Celebration of Life followed services at the KC Hall, Belcourt. Elick Funeral Home, Rolla, ND, was in charge of arrangements. Eric Nerpel ' Eric Nerpel was brought into the world on April‘ 23rd, 1970 in Rolla, North Dakota, and raised in Bot- tineau, North Dakota. He was one of four siblings alongside Gina LaCroix, Gabriel LaCroix, and Maria Gleason-LaCroix. As a kid, Eric was. always dancing to the beat of his own drum. 'A self—learner of many talents, ‘ Eric had a passion for breaking down‘ electronics, machinery, automobiles, and anything that consist of wires, gasoline & tools. ’As an adult, Eric traveled all over the United States and spent time liv— ing in Nevada, Colorado, North Dakota, and Minnesota. No matter where Eric lived, he either brought the party along with him while he worked on the hundreds of cars/mo- torcycles that friends, family, and close associates brought across his unique aura. More often than not, if you could find Eric in a garage working on a project, you may catch him (...catch him if you can) riding on several self— built motorcycles'or sports cars (His White BMW 5—Series Sedan is con- sidered one of his Magnum Opus of projects). Eric’s exterior of his build was. made for adventure; his slight frame held up by well-worn denim jeans, black leather boots, and any baseball cap that laid around complemented and sustained the intelligence and “can-do-anything” attitude which surely was attractive whenever a per- son had a chancevto sit down and have a conversation with him (prefer- ably with a cigarette and Mountain Dew). > Any conversation with Eric could begin all morning and carry on way past midnight... Eric is preceded in death by Maria Gleason-LaCroix (Sister), his Grand- parents Eleanor & Clifford Nerpel. More importantly, Eric is survived by his Mother, Katherin; Step dad Gre- gory LaCroix; Brother Gabriel LaCroix; his Sister Gina LaCroix and kin-in-spirit Chuck Pedersen; Son Zach Nerpel and Daughter Morgan Nerpel... One of his proudest mo- ments in life was twitnessing his daughter’s wedding in 2021. . He will be remembered dearly by a vast list of friends, comrades that he rode motorcycles with, andpeo— ple who wereblessed to get assis- tance On any and all projects that Eric took a task working on. Ride-On... Rolette County Soil ' Conservation District has a 12’ Truax Drill available to rent $12/acre For other info and rental agreement Call 701-477-3167, ext. 104 Ride Free... ~Ride in Peace~ Amazing how your tools, your toys and your messes transform any garage into a throne You never aim to be head of the household yet, riders, customers, visitors & onlookers ‘ _ knew when & when not-to come on thru. .. V If any rules you chose to follow —it was to come through for family & friends- ' _‘ ‘No matter awake before Sunrise or set on sleeping, ‘til midnight yourspirit drove all of us wild in a world full of Road Warriors ...And scars you earned Eric were stripes to showcase your world of a Rick (comedy) & Morty (ge- nius) TV Series of ' Laughs and fighting fears throughoutyour years here... We could see your small eyes vi- sualize no job too large For we all knew your job was to be in charge of your heart Any task complete was your pay- day -So much so that we can see you adding a 5-speed transmission along your last ride towards tran- sition onto the other side... . So just know the Compound down here will be cleaned up by all of us we ask you this favor as a must: Rest easy is your First ,_& Final work order for a» Brother in, Spirit U 1 Forever 3 Sbn at Heart& Father in Training " Lover of machines... Robert Courtland Gailfus was born, on November 12, 1934, in Rolla, North Dakota, one hour before his tWin brother Richard. He passed from this world on Au- gust 'l7, 2021, at 1:20 am. at Good Samaritan Hospital in Puyallup, Washington, with his wife of 65 years at his side. Bob attended Rolla Elementary, School and High School in Rolla, North Dakota, where he lived with his parents, Alfred'and Mary Gailfus, and 10 siblings. He sang in the quar- tet and graduated from high school in 1953. He volunteered for the draft and served in Texas, Michigan and Korea. Robert Gailfus and Janice Ko— Robert Courtland Gailfus varik were married in 1956. He at- ' tended what is now Dakota College in Bottineau, North Dakota, ma— joring in pre-engi- neering courses. At the end of the two ' year course the family moved to Fargo, where he had transferred his credits to North Dakota State University. Bob also worked for the North Dakota State Highway Department until an attractive job came to his at- tention in Flagstaff, Arizona. He left schoolfor the job in Flagstaff. After a year and a half of experiencing sn0w on the Fourth of July, the cou- ple headed to Washington state, where he had a job waiting for him with the Washington State Depart-t ment of Transportation (DOT). While working with the DOT, he earned his Professional Civil Engi- neer’s License by taking an exam at the University of Washington. Bob worked 28 years for the DOT as“a “ highway engineer. ‘He was a caring and entertaining father. When December came around the family would go to the Red Barn "2 Tree Farm to find a Christmas tree. \ They would walk through the rows, ‘ commenting, evaluating, deciding, then Bob would cut the chosen tree, we would load it onto the cart and after paying for it, he would load it unto the top of the car to bring homefi, sefiup, and decorate. Because Santa brought candy and forever after be-; came the one who delivered candy to his children and grandchildren on 1‘ Valentine’s Day. A co-worker,‘ amused by the Valentine Creep, drew a sketch which was quite a likeness to Robert. He coached little league baseball, went to his kids’ bandconcerts, and nevermissed one school activity or. any of his son’s fodtball games. He and his son went salmon fishing in the Pacific. He even helped deliver HPaul DeCoteau ' Paul DeCoteau, age 67, of Bel- court, ND, passed away on Wednes- day, August 25, 2021 at Altruh, 1 Hospital, Grand Forks, ND. r A visitation will begin at 5 pm. on ‘ . Tuesday, August 31, 2021, at Fid- dler’s Hall, Belcourt. Filneral Serv- ices will begin at 10 am. on Wednesday, September 1, 2021, at Fiddler’s Hall. Elick Funeral Home, Rolla, ND; {is in charge of arrangements. A» public notice is information informing citizens of government activities that may affect the citizens’ everyday lives. . Public notices have been printed in local newspapers, the trusted sources for community information, i . for more than 200 years. WW3? . (USPS 644-300) ,. Established in 1888 Published every Monday 5 2021 JTN Inc. Jas‘on Nordmark, Publisher/Editor Subscription Rates $38 per year in Roletle, Towner, Bottineau and Pierce counties . $40 per year elsewhere in North Dakota 842 per year for snowbirds e ' $45 per year for e-subscription ' $46 per year elsewhere in the U.S.A. ’ “ Periodicals Mail Postage paidat Bella, North Dakota and at additionalmailing offices « POSTMASTER: Send address changes to Turtle Mountain Star, Box 849, Bolla, North Dakota 58367 Ph: 701-471-6495 - Fax: 701-477-3182 E-mail: tmstar@ utma.com our pet Lady Shamrock’s Irish Setter puppies. He enjoyed the memories of it all when the children were grown and _on their own. When visiting one could always hear...”Remember when...” He liked the game of golf and played many weekends at High Cedars near Orting, Washington, often. He enjoyed the camaraderie and the quips the game inspired. He played Pebble Beach and Spyglass, as well as courses in Arizona. ‘ Bob enjoyed softball with the team at his work. He had to hit a home run in order to even get on first base, and he often did. His favorite karaoke song to sing was “What a Wonderful World.” He wrote poetry and had a one poem, The Man With the Gun, published 'in the book Peaceful Journeys. .‘ He left us filled with a‘trove of memories that will brighten our days and stay in our hearts forever. He is survived by his wife, Janice; his four Children Bobbi Lynn, Terri v. Janine, Kell Dawn, and Kenneth James; his four grandchildren, Kelsi Maree, Rian Ely'ssa, Adelaide Win— ter, and Robert Alexander; his great- granddaughter, Laurel; his twin brother, RiChard; and his younger {twin sisters, Debbie and Diane, as ‘ well as many nephews and nieces. If you wish to donate in his name, his three favorite charities are Dakota College at Bottineau;:.Fred.Hutchin- ~. cathetzahfigtmas‘g‘. the kids twofitlsison Cancer Research Centet, Seattle, : dd'jed who wouldrbringwcandy on ,r,..W§Slungton,and University of Wash“ V entine’s Day. Tlfekvalentine Creep. ‘ihgton Medical Center' Fund for . Greatest Need, Seattle, Washington. No services will be held. compassion, kindness, patience. V ""Therefore, as God’s chosen people, holy and dearly loved, clothe yourselves with humility, gentleness and ——Colossians 3:12 NIV Dacotah Bank Member FDIC 477-3175 W. Larry Belgarde W. Larry Belgarde, age 75, of Bel- court, ND, passed away on Sunday, August 8,2021, at the Belcourt Hos- pital, Belcourt. W. Larry Belgarde was-born on December 13, 1945, in Belcourt, to Martin and Elizabeth (Martin) Bel- garde. He was raised in Belcourt and completed his education there as well. Larry furthered his education at UND in Grand Forks, in Duluth where he finished his Master’s de-’ gree and then obtained a PHD at Stanford. Larry worked for Belcourt schools as a teacher and also in ad- ministration for many years before retiring. He was one of the proud founders of Turtle Mountain Com- munity College in Belcourt. Larry was united in marriage to Anita Hamley and together they had two children, Amy and Tim. They later divorced. He then married Mary Jiron and together they had three children, Martin, Reycita,'and Jovita. They later divorced. Larry enjoyed many things throughout his lifetime including sports. plaving basketball in his younger years and loving being out on the golf course well in to his later years. He also enjoyed poetry and theatre as well as being a wonderful singer. Larry was often times found bet— ting on his ponies when he had the chance. He will be lovingly remem— bered and greatly missed. Larry is survived by his children, Matt Harriman, Tim Belgarde, Mar- tin (Erika Rojas) Belgarde, Reycita (Erik) Eskew,,and Jovita (Mahalia Aponte) Belgarde; four grandchil- ‘dren, Madelyn Eskew, Gavin Eskew, Adrienne “Allie” Eskew and Lucia Rojas; siblings,.Lorraine (Melvin) Reed, Verlin (Mary) Belgarde, Do- lores (Lloyd) Bell, Raymond “Budgie” (Patti) Belgarde, Harry (Bev) Belgarde, Yvonne “Shakie” (Bill) Blackburn, Sandy (Gary) Thomas; ; and many nieces and nephews, Marilyn Brown, Barbara Valdez, Cheryl Williams, Keith Reed, Vicki Watson, Kenny Reed, Julie Greeley, Laurie Wearmouth, Raylene Parisien, Jackie Mundy, Lisa McCloud, Dallas Belgarde, Janie Keplin, David Belgarde, Craig Bel- garde, Doug Belgarde, Scott Bel- garde, Dean (Lori) Belgarde, Wendy I Belgarde, Brian Blackburn, Darin Blackburn, Brenda Blackburn, Cathy Williams, Shelly Thomas, Lea Bel- garde, Kellie Hall, Michelle Thomas— Langan, Gary “Guy” Thomas Jr. Larry was preceded in death by his parents, Martin and Elizabeth Belgarde, daughter, Amy Belgarde, brothers, Jerry and Donald “Duck- sie” Belgarde, and nephew, Verlin Belgarde Jr. Elick Funeral Home, Rolla, ND, was in charge of arrangements. Marvin Blue Marvin Blue, age 62, of Belcourt, ND passed away on Friday, August 20, 2021 at Sanford Hospital, Fargo, ND. Funeral arrangements are pend— ing at this time. Elick Funeral Home, Rolla, ND, is in charge of arrangements. Donna Martin Donna Martin, age 71, of Belcourt, ND passed away on Friday, August 27, 2021 at her home. _A Memorial Service will be held on Tuesday, August 31,2021 at1~200 PM . at her home, 502 Martinville Loop, Belcourt, ND. Elick Funeral Home, Rolla, ND, is in charge of arrangements. BeKind to g Everyone R I t’s easy to be nice to those who are The businesses listed below sponsor this message and urge you to regularly attend the church of your choice. ,' Turtle Mountain Star 477-6495 nice to us. We are designed to respond to a smile with a smile, and only the hardest heart is unmoved by the tears of someone who is genuinely suffering. 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