Donald Needham passed on his love of animals


Donald Elwood Needham, age 88, of   Forsyth, Montana passed away on Friday, June 8, 2012 at his home near Forsyth.

Donald Elwood Needham was born on   June 16, 1923, the youngest son of James and Maggie (Johnson) Needham.  He was born on the family farm and lived there most of his life. He went to Spring Valley School for nine years and then graduated from Parshall High School in North Dakota.

He started farming with his father after high school and continued until his father’s death in 1951.  He then rented from his mother until her death in 1963. He made his living farming and ranching.

Don married Florence Gesell in 1944 at Russell, N.D.

Don’s greatest interests were his horses and cattle.  He leased grazing land from his neighbors and after the Garrison Dam was put in he had pasture and hay land on the islands of the Missouri River Reservoir. He barged his haying equipment to the islands in the summer and hauled the hay off over the frozen ice in the winter.  He and his family swam cattle to the islands for summer grazing. Donald was also a State Brand Inspector, sold horse trailers and worked to promote high school rodeo. Don built an indoor roping arena at the farm and held league roping for several years.  Don passed on to his children and grandchildren his love for horses, cattle and all animals.

Don is survived by his wife, Florence, Miles City, Mont.; his daughters, Judy (Keven) Hurd, of Arizona, Barbara Needham (Kelly Kluver) of Montana, and Teresa Hoven of South Dakota; his sons, Tom Needham of North Dakota, Bruce Needham of Hawaii. Don ws also blessed  with many grandchildren and great grandchildren.

Don hung a plaque by his front door; it read:

Travel light in life

take only what you need;

a loving family,

good friends,

simple pleasures,

someone to love,

and someone to love you,

enough to eat, enough to wear,

and a little more than enough to drink,

for thirst is a dangerous thing..

Funeral services will be held on   Saturday, June 16, 2012 at 1 p.m. CDT, at the First Lutheran Church in Parshall.  Prayer services will be held Friday, June 15 at 6:30 p.m. at the church.

Stevenson & Sons Funeral Home of Miles City is in charge of the   arrangements.

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