April 10, 2019
Duanne Stellflug, longtime resident of Opheim, Mont., passed away Saturday, March 23, 2019.
A memorial service will be held in Billings, Mont., Thursday, June 13, as well as a service in Opheim, Saturday, June 22. Inurnment will be at the Opheim Cemetery.
He was born in Opheim on Sept. 16, 1941, to Joe and Jeanette Stellflug. He attended school in Opheim and graduated in 1959. Duanne enlisted in the army after high school, and served in Frankfurt, Germany, as a communications operator. After his time in the army, Duanne owned and operated a harvesting crew, harvesting crops in the Valley County area as well as Kansas, then returned to the Opheim area and began farming and ranching. He married Sandy Granrud in 1966 and they had three children, Kim, Konlin and Kari. The family lived west of Opheim on the Golden Valley Ranch, where they farmed wheat, raised red angus cattle and registered quarter horses. Duanne and Sandy divorced in 2003.
In 2007, he married Nicky Carr, and the two resided south of Laurel. They enjoyed traveling to horse sales, working with their horses, roping steers, competing in team penning events, and spending time with family and friends.
Duanne enjoyed team roping and started the Opheim Roping Club and was a member of the Hi-Line Roping Club. He served as the 4-H Beef Superintendent at the Valley County Fair for many years. Duanne loved good horses, and he knew a good horse better than anyone. He dedicated his life to being a talented stockman.
Duanne was preceded in death by his father, Joe, and mother, Jeanette.
He is survived by his wife, Nicky Stellflug; brother Lavern Stellflug; daughter Kim Stellflug; son Konlin Stellflug and Maria (Wigton) Stellflug; daughter, Kari (Stellflug) Carbajal and Jim Carbajal; eight grandchildren, Konnor, Trevor and Joshua Stellflug, Avery, Jackson, and Sophie Carbajal, Shawna (Carr) Michelena and family, Dana (Carr) Wagner and family; as well as nieces, nephews, and many cousins.
Memorials for Duanne can be given to the Yellowstone Boys Ranch.