Donald P. Curlin
My wonderful husband of 49 years has gone to be with his Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. I am truly going to miss him as are his daughter Crystal, his son Patrick, grandsons Brett, Sean Robert, and Bryan, granddaughters Shaniah and Avonika, and great-grandson Jessie, that he never got to meet. He loved you all very much.
Don leaves a sister (Linda) behind as well as several cousins, nephews, and nieces and all of their children. Don loved you all very much. To Don’s many friends all across the U.S. and all his hunting buddies he loved you all. Don also loved his country and served in the Navy and the Coast Guard.
After retiring from the military, he moved his family back to Montana and went to work as a guard at the Montana State Prison for another 20 years. After retiring, he busied himself with fixing up his wife Sherry’s childhood home.
Don hunted and fished with his buddies, he loved it all. He was also busy with his church family and loved them all. Don loved his Lord and loved working alongside his Pastor, Dave Bluford. Don went peacefully and we will truly, truly miss him.
Honey, I love you so much, and you will always be in my heart right alongside our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ. ‘Til we meet again, your loving wife Sherry Vaughnel (Williams) Curlin.
There will be a memorial service at the Gold Creek Community Hall at 11 a.m. on Wednesday, October 4. We hope you will join us.
Nyla Kay Velk Long
Nyla Kay Velk Long, 64, passed away in her home in Deer Lodge on Friday, September 8, 2017 after a second battle with cancer. She was a native of Havre, born on December 2, 1952 to Tom and Joyce Velk. Her family moved to Great Falls in 1968, where she completed high school. She earned her teaching degree from Northern Montana College in Havre and started teaching in Deer Lodge in 1977. She taught junior high English, the gifted and talented program, and was the school librarian during her career there. She also spent six years in Malta where she worked as a substitute teacher and special education paraprofessional.
Nyla was a support system, listening ear, and source of humor for all who knew her. She was a loving friend, mother, wife, daughter, and sister. She will be remembered and missed greatly. Nyla is survived by her husband of 35 years, Huey, daughters, Mandy and Jocee, grandson, Hudson, father, Tom, sisters, Vicki and Sue, and numerous nieces and nephews, cousins, and aunts and uncles. She is preceded in death by her mother, Joyce Velk.
Please bring a story or memory to share at a celebration of Nyla’s life on Sunday, September 17, 2017 at 11 a.m. at the Elks Lodge in Deer Lodge.
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