GREAT FALLS TRIBUNE                                                                Monday, March 25, 2002

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Richard Steven Magda

 

 CHINOOK -- Richard Steven Magda, 75, a rancher on the Raglan Bench south of Chinook in the Missouri River Breaks area, died Thursday at his daughter's home in Great Falls of colon cancer.

  His funeral is 10 a.m. Wednesday at Assembly of God Church in Chinook, with burial in Alice Nash Memorial Cemetery on Lone Tree Bench south of Chinook. Edwards Funeral Home of Chinook is in charge of the arrangements.

  Survivors include his wife, Marge Magda of Raglan Bench; daughters Lori Shaver of Great Falls and Norma Monfils of Lewistown; sons Jerry Magda of Raglan Bench and David Christopherson of Billings; sisters Matilda Moe of Havre; Helen Bleha and Frances McGillivray of Chinook.; 10 grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.

  He was preceded in death by an infant son, Ricky Ray in 1971.

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HAVRE DAILY NEWS                                                               Monday, March 25, 2002

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RICHARD MAGDA

           

   CHINOOK - Richard Steven Magda, 75, died Thursday, March 21, 2002, at the home of his daughter, Lori Shaver in Great Falls, of colon cancer. 

  Funeral services will be Wednesday at 10 a.m. in the Chinook Assembly of God Church. Burial will follow in the Alice Nash Memorial Cemetery on Lone Tree Bench.

   Richard was born in a log cabin that still stands on Raglan Bench to Izidor and Elizabeth (Suca) Magda on Oct. 26, 1926. He was raised on Raglan Bench and attended school there through the eighth grade. He attended high school in Big Sandy and Chinook. 

  He returned to Raglan Bench to care for his parents while farming and ranching. He remained until his recent illness. 

  Richard married Marge Hockett on Dec. 13, 1969, in Chinook.    Richard enjoyed dancing, country music, hunting, children, storytelling, and his cows and horses. He was a deputy livestock inspector for the state of Montana for years. Family and friends were always welcome for a good visit and great hospitality. People could stop by day or night - the coffee pot was always on. 

  Richard was preceded in death by his parents; brothers, Frank, Ed and Gerald Magda; seven siblings died in infancy in Roslyn, Wash.; and an infant son, Ricky Ray Magda in 1971. 

  Survivors include his wife, Marge Magda of Raglan Bench; sons, Jerry Magda of Raglan Bench and David Christopherson of Billings; daughters, Lori Shaver of Great Falls and Norma Monfils of Lewistown; sisters, Matilda Moe of Havre, Helen Bleha of Chinook and Frances McGillivray of Chinook; 10 grandchildren; two great-great-grandsons. 

  Memorials may be made to the Gift of Life Housing or to Benefis Peace Hospice of Great Falls.    Arrangements are by Edwards Funeral Home of Chinook.           

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THE BLAINE COUNRY JOURNAL, NEWS-OPINION                             Wednesday, March 27, 2002

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RICHARD MAGDA

 

  Richard Steven Magda, 75, died of colon cancer on Thursday, March 21, 2002, at the home of his daughter, Lan Shaver, in Great Falls. Funeral services will be held on Wednes­day, March 27 (today), at 10:00 a.m. in the Assembly of God Church in Chinook. A luncheon will be served in the church basement following the services. Burial will be in the Alice Nash Memorial Cemetery on Lone Tree Bench. Family and friends are cordially invited to a gathering and time of remembering at the Lone Tree Bench School following the services at the cemetery. Memorials may be given to the Gift of Life Housing, or to the Benefis Peace Hospice, both of Great Falls. Arrangements are by Edwards Funeral Home of Chi­nook.

  Richard was born to lzidor and Elizabeth (Suca) Magda on Rag­lan Bench, south of Chinook, on October 26, 1926, in a log cabin that still stands today. He was raised on Raglan Bench and at­tended school there through the glh grade. He attended high school in Big Sandy and Chi­nook. While attending school in Big Sandy he had the job of stoking the boiler that heated the school. While attending school in Chinook he worked at the Richards and Stain Ford Garage. Richard returned to Rag­lan Bench where he farmed and ranched, while he also took care of his parents. On December 1 3, 1969,  he married  Marge (Hockett) Christopherson in Chinook. He remained on the ranch until he became too ill with his recent illness.

  Richard’s special interests in­cluded dancing, country music, hunting, children, story telling and his cows and horses. He loved to fish and thoroughly en­joyed playing the harmonica, banjo and accordion. He was a Deputy Livestock Inspector for the State of Montana for many years. In his younger years his friends began calling him “Spi­der” Magda, a nickname that stuck with him. His penchant for keeping everything is another aspect that family and friends share stories about.

  It seems that Richard always saw some use for everything, no matter how old or broken it was. He was quite the welder, and through this skill he often found use for all those “pieces of junk” that others would have probably discarded.

  His tender hearted care of any and all kinds of animals, espe­cially those that were sick or in­jured, is well-known and stories abound of the patience and lov­ing care he exhibited when tend­ing to them.

  Family and friends were always welcome at his home, where they were met with great hospitality and visiting. All anyone had to do was stop by, day or night, and the coffeepot was always on.

  Survivors include his wife Marge at the home ranch on Rag­lan Bench; son Jerry Magda of Raglan Bench; children David Christopherson of Billings, Lori Shaver of Great Falls, and Norma ( Monfils of Lewistown; three sis­ters, Matilda Moe of Havre,   Helen Bleha of Chinook and Frances McGillivray of Chi­nook; ten grandchildren; and two great grandsons.

He was preceded in death by his parents; three brothers, Frank, Ed and Gerald; plus seven siblings who died in infancy in Roslyn, WA; and one infant son, Ricky Ray in 1971.

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