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Neil Ephraim Doten

December 6, 1926 ~ January 8, 2019 (age 92)
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Neil Doten passed away on Jan. 8, 2019 at the age of 92. He was born on Dec. 6, 1926 to Roy and Alma Doten. He was raised in Solway, Minnesota with his five siblings. Hildegard Doten (Stegman) joined her husband in heaven on Feb. 14, 2019 she was 90 years old. Hilde was born in Bathgate, North Dakota on Mar. 6, 1928, to her parents William and Beata Stegman, where she was raised with her ten siblings. Both Neil and Hilde passed away peacefully in their home in Somers, Montana.

Neil served in the army and was stationed in Korea before returning home to marry Hilde on Valentine’s Day 1948.They were married in North Dakota and then moved to Montana where Neil worked on the Fort Peck Dam for a time before they moved to the Flathead Valley and settled in the Somers area. They had 2 children, Doug and Carolyn. Neil drove school bus for 42 years and owned and operated his own gravel business. Hilde was a hairdresser, drove school bus and later owned and operated a bridal shop. Both Neil and Hilde were actively involved in Eidsvold Lutheran Church. They were well known and loved in their community and known for their hospitality to friends and strangers alike.

Neil is survived by two sisters, Eleanor Hall and Maryanne Lewis. Hilde is survived by one sister, Frieda O’Hara. They are also survived by their two children, Doug and wife Helen Doten and Carolyn and husband Wade Bryant, as well as three granddaughters; Janalynn and husband Adam Doten-Ferguson, Felisha and husband Keith Dale and Franshesca and husband Paul  Hildebrand and also six great grandchildren; Aaron and  Meilani Doten-Ferguson, Grady and Colden Dale, and Maryn and Edyn Hildebrand. Neil and Hilde were greatly loved and will be deeply missed.

Join us in a celebration of both of their lives being held at Eidsvold Lutheran Church, Somers, MT, on June 8, 2019 at 1:00 P.M Friends are encouraged to visit our website at to leave notes of condolences for the family. Buffalo Hill Funeral Home and Crematory caring for the family.

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