HAVRE DAILY NEWS                                                                     Thursday, January 13, 2000

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THOMAS VELK

  Thomas Velk, 93, a long time Havre area resident and North Havre farmer, died Tuesday, Jan. 11, 2000, at a Great Falls hospital of natural causes.

  Rosary will be held 7 p.m. Friday at the Holland & Bonine Funeral Chapel. Funeral services will be held 10 a.m. Saturday at St. Jude Catholic Church in Havre with Father Robert D. Grosch officiating. Burial will follow at Highland Cemetery.

  Velk was born Jan 14, 1906, in Rugby, N.D., to Balthasar and Chistine (Keller) Velk. In 1913, the family moved north of Havre. He attended Miller and Black Diamond Schools in rural North Havre.

  On Jan. 14, 1928, he married Alice Brended in Havre. The couple lived north of Havre. In 1937, he worked for the WPA on the Wild Horse Road. The couple purchased a home in Havre and continued to travel between Havre and the farm. In the winter months he worked for the Great Northern and Grogan-Robinson Wholesale in Havre. The couple later sold the house in Havre and purchased another farm 12 miles north of Havre. In 1950, they purchased a home in Havre. He retired in 1971, and resided in Havre with his wife. He continued to work as an advisor to his children who were also farming.

  Velk played the accordion and would sometimes play for family gatherings. He was a avid card player and enjoyed games such as wist, pinochle and 500. He was a life member of the Eagles Club in Havre.

  He was preced in death by his parents, a brother, five sisters, and a daughter, Doris Velk in 1990.

  Survivors include his wife, Alice of Havre; sons, Thomas B. Velk of Great Falls, Richard and Rayborn Velk of North Havre and Vincent Velk of Havre; daughters, Joyce Velk Woodward og Grandview, Wash., Betty Velk Hankins of Carter, Iris Velk of Las Vegas, Nev., and Audrey Velk Cox of Chinook; 28 grandchildren, 63 great-grandchildren and two great-great-grandchildren.

  Memorials may be made to the donor's choice.

  Services and arrangements are under the direction of Holland & Bonine Funeral Home.

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GREAT FALLS TRIBUNE                                                                      Friday, January 14, 2000

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THOMAS VELK

  HAVRE - Thomas Velk, 93, a longtime North Havre farmer, died Tuesday, of natural causes Tuesday at a Great Falls hospital.

  Rosary will be held 7 p.m. Friday at the Holland & Bonine Funeral Chapel. Funeral Mass is 10 a.m. Saturday at St. Jude Catholic Church, with burial in Highland Cemetery.

  He was born Jan 14, 1906, in Rugby, N.D. He moved to Havre as a child and  attended the Miller and Black Diamond schools.

  He married Alice Brended Jan. 14, 1928,  in Havre. They homesteaded North of Havre and raised nine children.

  During the depression, he worked for the WPA and they moved to Havre so their children could attend school. He also worked for the Great Northern Railroad and Grogan-Robinson Wholesale in Havre during the winter months.

  They later purchased another farm north of Havre and in 1950 another home in Havre, in which they have lived since.

  He was a member of the Eagles Club in Havre and enjoyed playing the accordion and cards, especially wist, pinochle and 500..

  Survivors include his wife, of Havre; four sons, Thomas B. Velk of Great Falls, Richard and Rayborn Velk of North Havre and Vincent Velk of Havre; four daughters, Joyce Velk Woodward of Grandview, Wash., Betty Velk Hankins of Carter, Iris Velk of Las Vegas and Audrey Velk Cox of South Chinook; 28 grandchildren, 63 great-grandchildren and two great-great-grandchildren.

  A daughter, Doris Velk Patrick, died in 1990.

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BLAINE CO. JOURNAL NEWS-OPINION                                           Wednesday, January 19, 2000

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THOMAS VELK

  Thomas Velk, 93, a long time Havre area resident and North Havre farmer, died Tuesday, Jan. 11, 2000, at a Great Falls hospital of natural causes.

  Rosary was held Friday, Jan. 14 at the Holland & Bonine Funeral Chapel in Havre. Funeral services were held Saturday, Jan. 15 at St. Jude Catholic Church in Havre with Father Robert D. Grosch officiating. Burial followed at Highland Cemetery. Memorials in Tom's honor may be made to the donor's choice.  Services and arrangements are under the direction of Holland & Bonine Funeral Home.

  Thomas was born Jan 14, 1906, in Rugby, N.D., to Balthasar and Chistine (Keller) Velk. In 1913, when Tom was seven, his grandparents and parents  moved to Montana and homesteaded north of Havre about 30 miles. He attended Miller and Black Diamond Schools in rural North Havre.

  On Jan. 14, 1928, he married Alice Brended in Havre at St.Jude Catholic Church. The couple lived north of Havre where they also homesteaded. Together they raised nine children. During the depression in 1937, Thomas worked for the WPA on the Wild Horse Road.

  Ton and Alice purchased a home in Havre on First Street so the children could attend school. The family traveled between Havre and the farm. In the winter months, Tom worked for the Great Northern and Grogan-Robinson Wholesale in Havre. He would bring his livestock with him to town during the winter months and board them just outside of town so the family could care for them in the winter.

  Ton and Alice sold the house in Havre to purchased another farm 12 miles north of Havre. Times were good and they purchased another home in 1950 on Fourteenth Street were they currently reside. Tom retired in 1971 and lived in Havre with his wife. He still went out to the farm to serve as an advisor to his children who were also farming.

  Tom played the accordion and would sometimes play for family gatherings. He was a avid card player and enjoyed games such as wist, pinochle and 500. He was a life member of the Eagles Club in Havre. He will be missed by many.

  He was preced in death by his parents, one brother, five sisters, and one daughter, Doris Velk Patrick in 1990.

  Survivors family include his wife, Alice of Havre; sons, Thomas B. Velk of Great Falls, Richard Velk of North Havre, Rayborn Velk of North Havre and Vincent Velk of Havre; daughters, Joyce Velk Woodward og Grandview, WA, Betty Velk Hankins of Carter, Iris Velk of Las Vegas, NV, and Audrey Velk Cox of South Chinook; 28 grandchildren, 63 great-grandchildren and two great-great-grandchildren.

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