HAVRE DAILY NEWS                                             Monday, May 31, 2004

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ORDWAY RAFTER


Rafter

   CHINOOK - Ordway Clinton "Bud" Rafter, died Saturday, May 29, 2004, at the central Montana nursing center.

   Burial will be at 10 a.m. Thursday at the Wing Cemetery with the funeral to follow at 11 a.m. at the American Lutheran Church in Hogeland. Visitation will be at the Rafter farm east of Hogeland on Wednesday.

   Bud Rafter was born on Oct. 18, 1913, in Harlem to William and Elsie (Hogaboam) Rafter.

   Bud spend most of his life on the family farm near Hogeland. He went his first eight years of school at Wing School, which was located two miles from the farm. He attended high school in Harlem, boarding with various families. He dropped out of school his sophomore year and his dad put him on the "North Place," 16 miles from home in the homestead shack with a band of sheep to care for. When school started the following year, he was the first in line to register. He graduated from Harlem High School in 1932. He also worked for a few years in Harlem at the J.C. Penney store.

   On Oct. 17, 1944, Bud married Verna Jensven from Hogeland. They were married 52 years. He thoroughly enjoyed his family, including his grandsons, many nieces, nephews and their children, as well as his many friends. He loved holidays when everyone would congregate at the farm for great food and fun. He and Verna also attended many basketball games and drove many miles to cheer on their favorite teams. He also enjoyed playing pinochle with neighbors during the cold winter months.

   He was a member of the American Lutheran Church in Hogeland and an associate member of Zion Lutheran Church in Lewistown.

   Bud took great pride in his farm/ranch operation. He raised Hereford cattle and was one of the first in the area to introduce Charolais cattle into his herd. He also raised wheat and barley, and he was chosen Blaine County's Conservation Farmer of the Year in 1987.

   In 1990, Bud and Verna purchased a small home in Lewistown near their daughter. Soon Verna's health began declining, and he became a loving caretaker. He continued to spend as much time as possible on the farm. Even though his address was Lewistown, his heart was always on the Big Flat. He loved spending time on the farm, especially sitting on the porch watching the activity. He continued living in Lewistown until the time of his death. In January of 2003, he moved into New Horizons Assisted Living, where he was a favorite with everyone. In April of this year, he went into a skilled nursing home due to failing health.

   Bud was a wonderful story teller and would share with anyone who had a minute to stop and listen.

   Bud was preceded in death by his parents; wife, Verna in 1996; son, Lee in 1994; brothers, Clayton and Richard; and sisters, Erma Klungland, Ruby Murphy, Beth Dolven and Grace Meitzel.

   Survivors include his daughter, Lynette (Brian) Sallee, grandsons, Del (Staci) Sallee with the U.S. Army and Kale (Jessie) Sallee of Lewistown; sisters, Margaret Thronson of Bellevue, Wash., and Garnett Sumner of Toano, Va.; and step-grandsons, Ralph and Mike Wiks.

   Memorials may be made to the American Lutheran Church in Hogeland, Zion Lutheran Church in Lewistown, the Hogeland Fire Department, or a charity of one's choice.

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BILLINGSS GAZETTE                                              Tuesday, June 1, 2004

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Ordway Clinton "Bud" Rafter                            

           

   HOGELAND - Ordway Clinton "Bud" Rafter, 90, longtime Blaine County farmer/rancher, passed away May 30, 2004, at Central Montana Skilled Nursing Center in Lewistown, due to natural causes. Burial will be June 3, at 10 a.m., in the Wing Cemetery, with services following at 11 a.m. in the Hogeland American Lutheran Church. Visitation will be Wednesday, June 2, at the Rafter farm, east of Hogeland, from 3 to 9 p.m.

   Memorials may be sent to the Hogeland American Lutheran Church, Zion Lutheran Church in Lewistown, the Hogeland Fire Department or one's choice.

   Arrangements are by Edwards Funeral Home of Chinook.

   Mr. Rafter is survived by his daughter, Lynette (Brian) Sallee of Lewistown; grandsons, Del Sallee with the U.S. Army, Kale Sallee of Lewistown; step-grandsons, Ralph and Mike Wiks; sisters, Margaret Thronson of Bellevue, Wash., Garnett Sumner of Toano, Calif.

   He was preceded in death by his parents; wife Verna in 1996; son Lee Rafter in 1994; brothers Clayton and Richard; sisters Erma Klungland, Ruby Murphy, Beth Dolven and Grace Meitzel.    

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GREAT FALLS TRIBUNE                                       Tuesday, June 1, 2004

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Ordway Clinton 'Bud' Rafter      

 

   HOGELAND -- Ordway Clinton "Bud" Rafter, 90, a Hogeland area farmer and rancher, died of natural causes Saturday at a Lewistown care facility. 

   Visitation is 3 to 9 p.m. Wednesday at the Rafter farm residence. His memorial service is 11 a.m. at the Hogeland American Lutheran Church, with burial at 10 a.m. Friday in Wing Cemetery.

   Edwards Funeral Home of Chinook is handling arrangements. 

   Survivors include daughters Lynette Salee of Lewistown; sisters Margaret Thronson of Bellevue, Wash., and Garnett Sumner of Toano, Calif; two grandchildren and two stepgrandchildren.  He was preceded in death by his wife, Verna Rafter; and a son, Lee Rafter.      

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THE BLAINE CO. JOURNAL NEWS-OPINION                  Wednesday, June 2, 2004

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Ordway Rafter

Ordway Clinton “Bud”

Rafter, 90, passed away on Saturday, May 29, 2004 at the Central Montana Skilled Nursing Center. Visitation will be at the Rafter farm east of Hogeland on Wednesday. Burial will be at 10:00 a.nl on Thursday, June 4, in the Wing Cemetery with the funeral to follow at 11:00 a.m. in the American Lutheran Church in Hogeland. The family suggests donations in memory of Bud be given to the American Lutheran Church in Hogeland, the Zion Lutheran Church in Lewistown, the Hogeland Fire Dept., or to the charity of one’s choice.

Bud was born on October I 8, 1913 in Harlem to William and Elsie (Hogaboam) Rafter. He was the fourth of nine children in the family and he spent most of his life on the family farm near Hogeland. He attended the Wing School for his eight years of elementary education (the school was located just two miles from the farm). He attended Harlem High school, boarding with various families. He dropped out his sophomore year and his dad put him on the “North Place” which was located 16 miles from the home farm. He lived in a homestead shack and bad. a band of sheep to care for. When school started the following year he was the first in line to regis­ter! He graduated from Harlem High in 1932. For a few years he worked in the 1. C. Penny’s store in Harlem.

On October 17, 1944, Bud married Verna Jensven of Ho­geland and to this union a son (Lee) and a daughter (Lynette) were born. Bud thoroughly en­joyed his family, including his grandsons, many nieces and nephews, plus all of their chil­dren and their many friends. He loved holidays when everyone would congregate at the farm for great food and fun.

      Bud and Verna attended many basketball games and drove many miles to cheer on their favorite teams. Playing pinochle with neighbors was another ac­tivity they enjoyed during the cold winter months. He was a member of the American Lu­theran Church in Hogeland and was an associate member of the Zion Lutheran Church in Lewistown.

      Bud took great pride in his farm and ranch operation. He raised Hereford cattle and was one of the first in the area to introduce Charolais cattle into his herd. He also raised wheat and barley, and in

1997 he was chosen as Blame County’s Con­servation Farmer of the Year.

      In 1990 Bud and Verna pur­chased a small home in Lewistown to be near their daughter Lynette. Soon Verna’s health began declining and he became a loving caretaker. He continued to spend as much time as possible on the farm and even though his address was Lewistown, his heart was always on the Big Flat. He loved spend­ing time on the farm especially enjoyed sitting on the porch watching the activity. In January of 2003 he moved in to the New Horizons Assisted Living com­plex in Lewistown where he was a favorite with everyone. In April of this year he went into a skilled nursing home, due to failing health.

     Bud was a wonderful story­teller and would share with any­one who had a minute to stop and listen. He could delight young and old with his stories of his treks with his siblings to the Wing School, hauling mail with his brother Clayton to Harlem by team and sleigh during the winter of 1936, sleeping with the bedbugs in some of the places he stayed, his first communion when the neighbor boy drank the wine and they had to go to Silverbow the next week to take communion, plus many, many more. He will be greatly missed by all who knew him for his warm personality, his wonderful sense of humor and his caring ways.

     Survivors include his daugh­ter Lynette (Brian) Sallee of Lewistown; grandsons Del (Staci) Sallee with the U.S. Army and Kale (Jessie) Sallee of Lewistown; two sisters, Margaret Thronson of Bellevue, WA and Garnett Summer of Toano, VA; and two step-grandsons, Ralph and Mike Wiks.

     He was preceded in death by his parents; his wife Verria in 1996; his son Lee in 1994; brothers Clayton and Richard; and sisters Erina Klungland, Ruby Murphy, Beth Dolven and Grace Meitzel.

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