Recent Obituaries

Doyle L. Helm 81 of Lewistown died Sunday morning, January 19, 2020 at his home of natural causes, with his Grandson, Riley Colver, by his side. Doyle was born in Imo, AR on April 1, 1938 the son of Hurley and Eula (Gates) Helm. Work ethic was taught from an early age as he was proudly picking cotton by the age of 5; and always shared the story of being able to pack a 100 lb. bag by the age of 7.

Dad met Carole Brockway while working for her father at the River Ranch in Carmel Valley, CA.   They were married on July 1, 1960 in Monterey, CA.   They then began their life of raising five children: Stan of Lewistown, MT; Tom (deceased); Brad (Mary) of Wichita, KS; Matt of Lewistown, MT; Leslie (Fred) Colver of Lewistown, MT.

Dad worked as a building contractor for several years in California before moving his family to Montana in 1973 to pursue a life of ranching and construction. Mom was finally home as she was always true to her Montana roots. He started Helm Construction in Stanford, MT and continued his business in Lewistown until his retirement in 2000. His son, Matt, owns and operates the business today. After retirement, Dad indulged himself in the world of gourmet cooking.

Dad lost the love of his life Carole Marie, in 2010. After Mom was gone he moved to his daughter and son-in-law’s ranch north of Lewistown.

Dad’s love for horses started at a young age when he trained horses in CA. He always had a good horse that took him on many rides. He was so proud to have ridden The Great Montana Centennial Cattle Drive in 1989.   He recently stated he had the honor of having a good horse, a good dog and a good wife. Life had treated him well and we would all be ok.

Doyle was a proud member of the California Carpenter’s Union, NRA, 4-H and he taught Hunter’s Safety. He was a strong advocate for gun safety.

Doyle was preceded in death by his wife, Carole; son, Thomas David; parents Hurley and Eula; and brother William.  

Survivors include his 4 children; 9 grandchildren: James, Nicole, Larina, Riley, Kyle, Jamie, Courtney, Elizabeth and Thomas; 12 great grandchildren and his dog Dot.

Cremation has taken place and a private family committal will be in Central Montana Memorial Gardens at a later date. The Cloyd Funeral Home is assisting the family.

Friends are asked to make memorials to the Alzheimer’s Foundation or to the charity of their choice and they may be left with the Cloyd Funeral Home. Condolences for the family may be posted online at www.cloydfuneralhome.com.

Robert L. Durbin 93 of Lewistown died Sunday morning, January 19, 2020 in Valle Vista Manor of natural causes. He was born December 17, 1926 in Conception Junction, MO the son of Julius E. and Odelia F. (Walters) Durbin. He received his education in Missouri and then on July 2, 1945 he entered the United States Army. He received his Honorable Discharge on January 3, 1947 in Fort Sheridan, IL. Following his discharge, he moved to Montana and worked for Clarence Comes at Denton. He later went to the United States Gypsum Plant at Heath, then worked on the Hickey Ranch near Moore for 4 years. On July 31, 1954 he was united in marriage to Dorothy C. Darrah in Lewistown. They made their home in Lewistown and he worked at the Coca Cola Bottling Plant. He worked for Dan Morrison and Sons Implement for 17 years. He worked at Fabian Machine and Welding for 4 years, Wickens Construction for 7 years and then to Fergus Electric Cooperative for 10 years until he retired in 1992.

Bob enjoyed fishing, hunting and spending time with family and friends.

He was a member of St. Leo’s Catholic Church, Fergus Post #16 American Legion, Knights of Columbus and the Veterans of Foreign Wars.

He is survived by his wife Dorothy of Lewistown; sons Dan (Maria) of Lewistown, Tim (Cindy) of Moore, MT and Ron (Heidi) of Kalispell, MT; one daughter Paula (Ray) Barta of Billings, MT; brothers Francis of Savannah, MO and Cecil of Great Falls, MT; sisters Betty Bright of Kansas City, MO and Odelia Wells of Newton, IA; ten grandchildren Ryan (Cammi) Durbin, Stacey Durbin, Casey (Christine) Durbin, Kristin Barta, Joe (Samantha) Barta, Paden Durbin, Sierra Durbin, Amber Durbin, Tyler Durbin and Haley Durbin; six great grandchildren Patrick, Keegan, Samuel and Lucas Durbin, Peighton and Jay Barta and numerous nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents, brothers Eugene, Orville Gerald and Maurice; sisters Thelma Ruyan and Mary Rose Delaney.

Funeral Mass for Robert L. Durbin will be Friday, January 24th, 2020 at 11:00 a.m. in St. Leo’s Catholic Church with committal to follow in Mount Calvary Cemetery. The Cloyd Funeral Home is assisting the family.

Friends are asked to make memorials to the Central Montana Foundation, St. Leo’s Catholic Church or the charity of their choice and they may be left with the Cloyd Funeral Home. Condolences for the family may be posted online at www.cloydfuneralhome.com.

Deborah E. Walker 56 of Lewistown died early Saturday morning, January 11, 2020 in Saint Vincent Healthcare in Billings following heart surgery. She was born March 20, 1963 in Great Falls, Montana the daughter of Anthony (Tony) and Julia (Bordwell) Tuss. She received her education in Lewistown graduating from St. Leo’s High School. She was united in marriage to Louis Walker, they later divorced. She made her home in Lewistown where she worked for nearly 20 years for School District #1 in the Bus Barn doing many jobs including driving bus.

Debbie enjoyed playing cards and bingo and had many friends as she enjoyed visiting with people all of the time.

She is survived by two sons Brent and Dale Walker both of Missoula, MT; her father Tony (Daisy) Tuss of Lewistown; siblings Bob (Joyce) Tuss, Brett (Ann) Tuss and Barbara (Jim) Ward all of Lewistown; several nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her mother and one sister LaDonna Gies.

A Celebration of Life for Debbie Walker will be held later, cremation has taken place at her request. The Cloyd Funeral Home is assisting the family.

Friends are asked to make memorials to the Cheadle Community Club or the charity of their choice and they may be left with the Cloyd Funeral Home. Condolences for the family may be posted online at www.cloydfuneralhome.com.

Robert H. (Bob) Eckhardt 80 of Lewistown passed away Tuesday morning, January 8th, 2020 at his home with his loving family by his side. He was born April 24, 1939 in Great Falls, Montana the son of John & Leta (Stout) Eckhardt. Bob attended school in Moccasin, Lavina and graduated from Ryegate High school in 1957. Bob was first joined in marriage to Martha Warneke and they spent 35 years together raising their three children, Debbie, Joe & Rebecca, on the land he was so fond of at the base of the Big Snowy Mountains.

In 1995, Bob rekindled his friendship with high school crush, Audrey (Corcoran) Keller. The couple married in 1996 and enjoyed many years of dancing together. Between them, they have 7 children, 11 grandchildren and 3 great grandchildren, whom they loved very much.

Bob held many jobs over his lifetime. He was employed as a mechanic for Wojtowick Motors in Harlowton, Service Manager for Cooley Chevrolet in Lewistown, mechanic for Dave Miller’s shop and a hired hand for the Swanz Ranch both in Judith Gap. He owned and operated a filling station in Roberts, Montana and was foreman for Wheatland County in Harlowton from 1984 to 2001 when he retired. The past several years in Lewistown, Bob found great joy in working as a volunteer delivering Meals on Wheels and he spent a year on their Board of Directors.

Those who knew Bob will remember him for his kindness, honesty, hard work ethic, huge hugs and easy smile. He took great joy in helping others and working with his hands. He spent many hours of his retirement years tending to his garden, working in the yard, building sheds, decks and various other projects. He loved to fish and Bob and Audrey spent many summers fishing and camping all around Central Montana.

He is survived by his wife Audrey of Lewistown; children Debbie (Don) Lee of Great Falls, MT, Joe (Tammy) Eckhardt and Rebecca (Dustin) Reisig all of Lewistown, MT; stepchildren Kellee (Ron) Fisk of Grand Forks, ND, Joe (Andrea) Keller of Harlowton, MT, Mark Keller of Grand Forks, ND, Jeff (Robyn) Keller of Dallas, TX; grandchildren Brian (Diane) Lee, Jim Lee, Emily and Jamie Eckhardt, Jacob and Colt Reisig, Katy (Matt) Fisk, Cole and Grace Keller, Sophie and Summer Keller; great grandchildren Madeline, Caleb and Rebecca Lee; siblings Joan (Guy) Driver in Washington, Dale (Mel) Eckhardt of Bull City, AZ, Jon (Dee) Eckhardt of Columbia Falls, MT, Darlene Hodik of Lewistown, MT, Jane (Dennis) Dygert of Hilger, MT, Zane Zirschky in Colorado and Mary (Woodie) Westburg of Moore, MT; numerous nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents and one sister Betty Ann.

Memorial Services for Robert H. (Bob) Eckhardt will be Saturday, January 18th, 2020 at 11:00 a.m. in the Cloyd Chapel. Cremation has taken place and committal will be in the Stanford Cemetery at a later date. The Cloyd Funeral Home is assisting the family.

Bob’s family would like to thank the Hospice nursing staff for their care, comfort and kindness.

Friends are asked to make memorials to the Fergus County Council on Aging Meals on Wheels Program or the charity of their choice and they may be left with the Cloyd Funeral Home. Condolences for the family may be posted online at www.cloydfuneralhome.com.

Violet Agnes (Dolly) Smith 84 of Veteran, WY and formerly of Lewistown passed away Sunday morning, December 29, 2019 at her home after a lengthy battle with cancer. She was born March 5, 1935 the daughter of Earl and Alice (Bauman) Adams in Jordan, Montana. She received her education in Roy, Montana graduating from Roy High School in 1953. She then attended Northern Montana College in Havre and received her degree in elementary education. She then taught grade school at Hilger and Suffolk, Montana. On July 8, 1957 she was united in marriage to Vernon Smith in Sheridan, WY. They lived and ranched near Winifred where they raised their three children. When she stopped teaching, she began as a Cow/Calf producer and raised Registered Quarter Horses on her ranches in Montana and Nebraska until she retired and moved to Veteran WY.

She was supportive and encouraged her children throughout their Rodeo events in calf roping and ladies barrel racing.

Dolly is survived by daughters Joan of Veteran, WY and Jacqueline of Melstone, MT; son Vaughn of Veteran, WY; grandsons Jason (Aimee) Rich, Dillon (Alexandria) Rich; seven great grandchildren Shamus, Adeline, Thera, Oskar, Paislee, Cash and Joplyn Rich all of Billings, MT.

She was preceded in death by her husband, brother Monte Lund and parents.

Graveside Services for Dolly Smith will be Saturday, January 4th, 2020 at 2:00 p.m. in the Lewistown City Cemetery. Reception will follow at the Eagles Club. The Cloyd Funeral Home is assisting the family.

Friends are asked to make memorials to the charity of their choice and they may be left with the Cloyd Funeral Home. Condolences for the family may be posted online at www.cloydfuneralhome.com.

  

   Glen Richard Knox (90) passed through heaven’s gates on December 26th. Born in Denton, MT on June 11, 1929 to Paul and Jennie Knox, Glen was the fourth of nine children and was raised on his parents’ homestead on Louse Creek near the Judith River. Glen spent the best days of his youth fishing, hunting, playing baseball, and just “messing around down on the creek” with his siblings. Glen also learned to work at an early age as he and his siblings did whatever necessary to help his large homesteading family to survive the Great Depression.

     Glen attended school in Kolin, Moccasin and Lewistown. During his teenage years, Glen took much pride in working as a “bellman” at the Burke Hotel in Lewistown. After High School, Glen spent a few years working around central Montana. During his time, he worked as a “cat skinner” building reservoirs which were part of the county’s WPA program. Glen also held jobs at a local car repair shop and the MSU Experiment Station near Moccasin. In 1957, Glen went to work at the Coast-to-Coast hardware store in Lewistown. He very much enjoyed working at the store. He had a sincere fondness for his coworkers and customers alike. After retiring from his full-time position in the 90’s, Glen continued to volunteer at the store until age 88 when health issues finally forced him into full-time retirement.

     Glen was a proud veteran in addition to a very proud patriot. At age 21, Glen volunteered for the Army and was honorably discharged in 1952. He spent most of his military service deployed in Germany. Glen had very fond memories of his time in the service and talked often of the friends he made during this period.

   In 1952 Glen met and fell in love with Barbara Ann Berry of Lewistown. The two were married on September 2, 1955. Glen and Barbara raised three healthy, happy children. Mark (Great Falls), Laurie Peterschick (Lewistown) and Steven (Lewistown). The couple spent 58 happy years together until Barbara was called to the Lord on February 1, 2014. Glen put God and family above everything in his life. He worked tirelessly to provide for his family in addition to serving church and community. Glen was an extremely faithful servant of God and was an active member of the First Christian Church in Lewistown. He was also a lifetime member of the Fraternal Order of Eagles. Glen absolutely loved sports and watching his children and grandchildren compete in them. He loved the Griz, the Fergus Eagles and the Redbirds. He liked the Broncs, the Mariners and the Bobcats.

     More importantly, Glen was a tremendous teacher and role model. Glen was an extremely kind and honest man. He truly loved God, Family, and Country. He passed many of these virtues on to his children. He was a very content, humble man and led a simple life. His dedication to God and Commitment to “doing the right thing” was an example he set for all who knew him. Dad spent his “golden years” focusing on family. He adored all of his children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren. He cherished his time spent with family.

     Glen is survived by his children Mark (Diane) of Great Falls, MT, Laurie (Doug) Peterschick and Steve (Fonda) all of Lewistown; sister Josephine Grinalds of Spokane, WA; brothers Dale (Sharon) of Las Vegas, NV, Dean (Carole) of Portland, OR and Don of Lewistown; 10 grandchildren Sarah Greenberg, Beth Rodgers, Melissa King, Holly Phelps, Kristy Heller, John Peterschick, Mitchel and Diamond Braine, Eric and Sydney Knox; 21 great grandchildren and numerous nieces and nephews.

   He was preceded in death by his wife in 2014, his parents, one sister Dorothy, three brothers Bud, Paul and Jack.

     Funeral Services for Glen R. Knox will be Thursday, January 2, 2019 at 11:00 a.m. in the First Christian Church with committal in Central Montana Memorial Gardens at 2:00 p.m. The Cloyd Funeral Home is assisting the family.

     Friends are asked to make memorials to Hospice of Central Montana, Lewistown Redbirds, First Christian Church, American Heart or Lung Associations and they may be left with the Cloyd Funeral Home. Condolences for the family may be posted online at www.cloydfuneralhome.com.

Terrence (Terry) Alan Tennant, 69, passed away on Tuesday December 17, 2019 in his home in Lewistown, Montana of natural causes. Terry was born in Glendive, Montana May 15, 1950. He lived all over the country working as a heavy equipment operator and truck driver before settling in Lewistown to live out his retirement years. He was an avid lover of photography.

Terry is survived by his two daughters Margaret (Aaron) Hansberger and Michelle Tennant of Fort Worth, Texas; five grandchildren Zoë, Cameron, Reilly, Patrick, and William all of Fort Worth, Texas; sister Patty Jo Healey of Glendive Montana; brothers John Tennant of California, Douglas Dusek and Gregory (Toni) Dusek of Lewistown Montana; as well as a multitude of nieces and nephews.

No Services will be held for Terry A. Tennant and cremation has taken place at his request. His cremated remains will be scattered atop the beautiful mountain ranges that surround Lewistown as they’ve always held a special place in his heart. The Cloyd Funeral Home is assisting the family.

Friends are asked to make memorials to P.A. L. (Pet Assistance League) or the charity of their choice and they may be left with the Cloyd Funeral Home. Condolences for the family may be posted online at www.cloydfuneralhome.com.

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Maxine A. Burton 89 of Lewistown died Friday evening, November 29, 2019 in the Central Montana Medical Center of natural causes. She was born Maxine Addiline May 7, 1930 in Lewistown the daughter of Dallas and Lena (Schaefer) Goodan. She received her education in Lewistown graduating from Fergus High School in 1948. She then attended the Great Falls Academy of Beauty Culture graduating in April of 1949. She returned to Lewistown and worked at the Mecca Barber & Beauty Shop. On September 1, 1951 she was united in marriage to Sam E. Burton in Lewistown. They made their home in Lewistown and in the late 1950’s she opened her own beauty shop in the basement of their home. Maxine operated her beauty shop until retirement in 2015.

Maxine enjoyed knitting, crocheting, reading, but most of all, family time. She was the one that would organize family reunions and conference calls with her siblings; family was her life.

She also enjoyed watching professional football, the Dallas Cowboys, New England Patriots and most recently the Seattle Seahawks, were a couple of her favorites, as well as a number of basketball teams in the NBA.

She was a member of the First Presbyterian Church of Lewistown and Marie Chapter #36 Order of Eastern Star of Lewistown.

She is survived by her children Susan Burton Spurgeon of Missoula, Sherry (Doug) Cramer of Lewistown, and Sam Burton Jr of Helena; four grandchildren Rick (Jennifer) Spurgeon, Ashley Cramer, Brooke (Marcus) Ivey and Sam Burton III; five great grandchildren Mavryk, Jaxsyn & Ryker Ivey, Grace and Adeline Spurgeon; sister-in-law Peggy Burton of Clinton TN, numerous nieces and nephews as well as her latest 4 legged companion, Murphy.

She was preceded in death by her husband Sam in 1991, one grandson Chris Spurgeon in 2010, her parents, three brothers and two sisters.

Memorial Services for Maxine A. Burton will be Saturday, December 7, 2019 at 2:00 p.m. in the First Presbyterian Church, cremation and committal in Central Montana Memorial Gardens have taken place. The Cloyd Funeral Home is assisting the family.

Friends are asked to make memorials to the First Presbyterian Church Fellowship Hall, the Fergus County Council on Aging, or the charity of their choice. They may be left with the Cloyd Funeral Home. Condolences for the family may be posted online at www.cloydfuneralhome.com.