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 Zortman - Bert Azure, 92, of Zortman, MT, a WWII veteran and ranch hand, passed away on July 13, 2017 in Havre.

    Services will be held at Bert’s home in Zortman, MT on July 29, 2017 at 1pm. A family & friends’ potluck will be at Bert's old home in Zortman after services. Please bring your own chairs. Condolences for the family may be left at

    Bert was born in Zortman and left to attend Indian boarding schools until he dropped out to enlist in the Army. He joined the Army in October 1943 and went on to fight in WWII, returning home after the war to continue his ranch hand work.

    Bert loved to entertain family and friends by singing along as he played his guitar and accordion. Bert always wore his cowboy hat and carried his walking stick whenever he hiked his beloved Little Rockies Mountains, which he did almost every day until his sight no longer allowed him. Bert always had a smile for anyone he met and was a kind and gentle soul.

    Bert was an enrolled Assiniboine member of the Fort Belknap Reservation.

    He is preceded in death by his father, Pat Azure and mother, Ida Mae Azure (Toombs); brothers: Leroy Azure, Levi Azure, Oliver Helgeson, Harold Helgeson, Clifford Helgeson and Paris Helgeson; sisters: Mildred Bauer (Helgeson) and Baby Girl Helgeson.

    He is survived by sister Lillian Sharette (Helgeson) of Great Falls and although he never married or had any children, he loved, and was dearly loved by many nieces, nephews and cousins.

Guest book

From: Kim Kaftan

Bert had such a gentle soul. I loved interacting with him at the Care Center. May God bless you!

From: Robin Murray

Hoot, you were always such a pleasure to be around. Thank you for such warm memories from my youth.

From: Rob Larson

Uncle Bert was the Best !! He always treated us kids very well. The last time I saw him, he played and sang for several hours. He will be missed.

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