BRISTOL, Va. (AP) -- Sam Church, former leader of the United Mine Workers of America, died early Tuesday after a long illness, the union announced. Church, 72, lived in Pennington Gap in southwestern Virginia. He died at Bristol Memorial Hospital in southern Virginia, union spokesman Mike Kennedy said. A native of Matewan, W.Va., Church began working in the mines in 1965 at Clinchfield Coal Co. in southwest Virginia. He quickly rose through the local union ranks and joined UMWA's headquarters staff in 1975.
Alma Opp, 86, Gackle, N.D., died Wednesday, July 15, 2009, at Hi-Acres Manor Nursing Center, Jamestown. Services: 10 a.m. Monday, Emmanuel Lutheran Church, Gackle, with the Rev. Ruth Kaden officiating. Prayer service: 7:30 p.m. Sunday at the church. Visitation: 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Sunday, Haut Funeral Chapel, Gackle. Arrangements by Haut Funeral Homes, Gackle. Burial: Gackle Cemetery, Gackle. Online guestbook: www. hautfuneralhome.com
Sherman Montgomery, 92, Carrington, N.D., died Tuesday, July 14, 2009, at Carrington Health Center, Carrington. Services: 10:30 a.m. Saturday, Federated Church UCC/UMC, Carrington. Prayer service: 7 p.m. Friday, Evans Funeral Home, Carrington. Visitation: 1 to 5 p.m. today and 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. Friday at the funeral home. Burial: Melville Cemetery, Melville, N.D.
William "Bill" P. Romanoski, 80, New Rockford, N.D., died Sunday, July 12, 2009, at Carrington Health Center, Carrington, N.D. Mr. Romanoski was born on July 4, 1929, in Eddy County, North Dakota, the son of Joseph and Rose (Kubzik) Romanoski. He attended New Rockford Consolidated and graduated from New Rockford Central High School in 1946. He attended Dakota Business College for two years. He then moved to Monterey, Calif., and worked at a Ford dealership. He married Mary Lesmeister on Sept. 23, 1950, at San Carlos Catholic Church, Monterey.
Leary Getz, 71, Bowman, July 9. Lila R. Hermanson, 86, McVille, July 11. Daniel G. Hersch, 55, West Fargo, July 11. Lincoln Lyle Huseby, 61, Fargo, July 12. Rickie F. Leach, 61, Fargo, July 11. Selma Leum, 90, Hillsboro, July 12. Edwin Martin, 72, Halliday, July 11. Frank Neigum, 80, Bismarck, July 9. Lela Nesseth, 78, Devils Lake, formerly Crary, July 9. Harold Okerson, 87, Minot, formerly Coleharbor, July 8. Theodore "Ted" Olheiser, 65, Bismarck, July 5. Edith Olson, 98, Kenmare, formerly Donnybrook, July 9. Elaine Paul, 66, Mandan, July 8. Axel H.
Arlie Everett Cloke, 94, Fargo, N.D., formerly of Edgeley, N.D., died Monday, July 13, 2009, at MeritCare Hospital, Fargo. Mr. Cloke was born on May 26, 1915, in LaMoure County, North Dakota, the son of Arlie M. and Goldie (Strating) Cloke. He grew up on the family farm in Wano Township and attended country school not far from the farm. He worked on the family farm. He married Shirley Schupp on July 3, 1945, in Jamestown. They lived on a farm in Wano Township. They farmed until 1990 when they retired and moved to Fargo. She died May 2, 2005. He was a member of Jehovah's Witness.
Christ Wegner, 95, Alfred, N.D., died Sunday, July 12, 2009, at Ave Marie Village, Jamestown. Arrangements pending with Haut Funeral Homes, Jamestown.
Charles "Morrie" Anderson, 80, Minot, July 10. Arnold Boyko, 89, Ruso, July 7. Raymond "Bud" Brousseau, 88, Bismarck, July 8. James Davis, 55, Belcourt, July 9. Barbara Ereth, 89, Mandan, July 10. Veronica Freidt, 94, Mandan, July 9. Gina Grandalen, 90, Portland, July 11. Darlene "DJ" Gullickson, 69, Dickinson, June 27. Darrell Hansen, 54, Bismarck, July 8. Sylvia Hansen, 84, Bismarck, July 7. Carole Keeley, 63, Grand Forks, July 8. Theodore Koenig, 87, Carson, July 10. Margaret Kuntz, 81, Grand Forks, July 9. Ella Kuhn, 88, Napoloen, June 9. Ilene Larson, 71, Fargo, July 8. Ros
Floyd Wesley Radtke, 87, Ypsilanti, N.D., died Saturday, July 11, 2009, at Arthur Good Samaritan Center, Arthur, N.D. Mr. Radtke was born June 13, 1922, in Ypsilanti, the son of Rudolph W. and Clara Mae (Holden) Radtke. He at-tended Radtke School, rural Ypsilanti. He joined the U.S. Navy in September 1942 and served on several battle ships, including Gambier Bay, Hawthorne and Enterprise. He was involved in seven battles. After he was discharged, he farmed and worked at Vaughts Tire Shop, Ypsilanti, and Circle 13, Montpelier, N.D. He married Florence Priebe on Jan. 10, 1948, in Jamestown.
Ellena Rau, 81, Napoleon, N.D., died Sunday, July 12, 2009, at Napoleon Care Center, Napoleon. Ellena Franz was born Oct. 15, 1927, at Napoleon, the daughter of John and Pauline (Graf) Franz. She worked many jobs in the area. She married Walter Rau on June 15, 1949, at Napoleon. They lived and farmed in rural Napoleon. They moved into Napoleon in 1982. She was a member of Salem United Methodist Church, Napoleon, and the United Methodist Women.