GREAT FALLS TRIBUNE Friday, February 21, 2003

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Havre man dies in rollover

By Tribune Staff

A Havre man died Thursday morning when he was ejected from his pickup outside Big Sandy.

Bart Wilson, 32, was found dead in a field around 8 a.m. Thursday. The Montana Highway Patrol believes the rollover happened during the night.

The patrol said he was traveling north on Ihmsen Well Road a mile outside of Big Sandy when he drifted off the right side of the road, overcorrected twice sending his truck into a clockwise skid.

He went off the right side of the road into a field and rolled five times.

He wasn't wearing a seat belt and was ejected.

The gravel road is straight and flat and was dry. Speed is a factor in the fatality, the patrol said.

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HAVRE DAILY NEWS Friday, February 21, 2003

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Area farmer is killed in crash

By Patrick Winderl

A Havre farmer was killed in a single- vehicle crash early Thursday morning near Big Sandy, the Montana Highway Patrol said.

Bart Owen Wilson, 32, lost control of his pickup while driving north on Ihmsen Well Road, the highway patrol said. He over-corrected and the pickup left the road about a mile outside of Big Sandy.

The pickup rolled five times before coming to stop in a ditch on the right side of the road, the patrol said. Wilson was ejected and died at the scene. His body was found about 8 a.m. Thursday.

"We are just devastated," his brother Kenny Jay said today. "He will be missed. It is a void that can never be filled."

His mother, two brothers and sister remember Wilson as a fun-loving man who enjoyed the outdoors.

"Bart was a very giving person," Kenny Jay said. "He worked hard and he played hard."

Wilson's sister, Cindy, recalled one of Bart's favorite mottoes.

"He used to tell me, 'You have to bet the max or you'll never hit the jackpot,'" she said. "I'm going to miss him so much."

Wilson's family members said they will miss his constant humor. Cindy laughed when she remembers their adventures together.

"He was so funny," she said. "He was a very good storyteller. He was quite the character."

His brother Brian said: "He definitely had a sense of humor about everything."

Wilson was a 1990 graduate of Havre High School, where he was on the football and track teams. He received a degree in business administration from Montana State University-Northern.

Wilson loved to hunt and fish, and recently enjoyed playing racquetball at Northwinds, his mother, Caroline, said.

He was an invaluable contributor at the family farm, Kenny Jay said.

Wilson enjoyed traveling and meeting new people, Kenny Jay added.

"He just really enjoyed people," he said. "He was well-liked by everyone in the community. He knew everyone."

Cindy said one of her favorite childhood memories was playing on the farm with Bart.

"He was a really good brother," she said. "We had a heck of a good time together. I remember when we would play in the mud out on the farm. We would just go all out. We would be covered from head to toe in mud, and when we came back in the house, our mother would always be so mad at us."

Cindy recalled her 16th birthday when Wilson gave her a piece of Black Hills gold jewelry.

"I have never been able to find anything like it," she said. "It is something I have treasured my entire life."

Wilson spent the Christmas holidays with his sister, a time she said she cherishes.

"It was just so much fun," she said. "I'm glad we got that time together because I will never get to see him again."

Information from The Associated Press was used in this story.

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GREAT FALLS TRIBUNE Saturday, February 22, 2003

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Bart O. Wilson

HAVRE -- Bart O. Wilson, 32, a Havre farmer, died Thursday in a one-vehicle accident northwest of Big Sandy.

His funeral is 11 a.m. Wednesday at the Fifth Avenue Christian Church, with burial in Highland Cemetery. A fellowship will follow burial at the Vets Club. Holland and Bonine Funeral Home of Havre is in charge of arrangements.

Survivors, all of Havre, include his mother, Caroline Wilson; brothers Brian Wilson and Kenneth J. Wilson; and a sister, Cindy Lu Wilson.

He is also survived by five nieces and nephews.

The youngest of four children, Bart, was born in Havre on Jan. 13, 1971, to Kenneth Lloyd and Caroline (Becker) Wilson. He attended grade school in Havre and in 1990 graduated from Havre High School, where he lettered in track and football.

He attended MSU-Northern in Havre and Montana State University-Bozeman, majoring in business administration. Bart was from a farming family, and owned and farmed land west and north of Box Elder. He was heading to his farmstead west of Box Elder the morning of his accident.

Bart was a staunch member of the North Winds Athletic Club. He enjoyed racquetball, but most of all the social interaction and travel. He had gone to Mexico, California, Washington and other places for fun, adventure or work. He worked hard and he played hard, and leaves many special friends.

He was preceded in death by grandparents Roy and Dorothy Wilson and Carl and Lucille Becker; his father, Kenneth Lloyd Wilson, on July 10, 2001; and an uncle, Ernest "Tiny" Wilson, in 2002.

Memorials in Bart's honor may be made to The American Cancer Society, c/o Charlotte Kelly, P.O. Box 1107, Havre, MT 59501; the American Lung Association, Montana Division, 825 Helena Ave., Helena, MT 59601-3459; or the donor's choice.

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