Recent Obituaries

Wesley “Dale” Adams 67 of Park City and formerly of Belt passed away on March 18th after a five-month battle against pancreatic cancer. Dale's request, was for a celebration of life "when the snow is gone and the grass is green" that Celebration will be Saturday, May 11th, 2019 at 11:00 a.m. at Faith Chapel in Billings. Cremation has taken place with the Cloyd Funeral Home assisting the family.

In lieu of flowers friends are asked to make donations to the pancreatic cancer society 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

Richard Scott Lohmuller, 70, passed away March 1, 2019 at his residence in Lewistown, Montana. Richard, aka Scott, was born June 15, 1948 in Boulder, Colorado to Richard and Arlys (Flick) Lohmuller. His family moved often throughout his early childhood. In 1962 they moved to Bozeman where he started eighth grade, and thereafter he called Montana home. He graduated from Bozeman Senior High School in 1966. At Montana State University he studied architecture for 5 years and developed a critical eye for building design, but he found his true calling in hands-on construction and fine woodworking. Richard was a talented self-employed cabinetmaker for 35 years before retiring to Lewistown. He was always happiest when he had a building project; his last project was a log cabin in Alaska which he designed and built during the summer of 2018. Throughout his life he enjoyed camping, hiking, and tinkering on old tractors and trucks, always with a Border collie at his side. In recent years he was involved with the Community Garden in Lewistown and kept busy doing maintenance and upkeep on his apartment buildings. He always looked forward to the Thursday morning men’s coffee group.    

On December 22, 1971 he married Susan Ostlind in Casper, Wyoming. In the 47 years they were married they made their homes in Kelly Canyon, east of Bozeman, the Sedan community west of Wilsall, and finally in Lewistown. Together they raised three children.

He is survived by his wife, Susan of Lewistown; his mother Arlys Lohmuller of Denver; children Hannah Lohmuller of Livingston, Luke (Anne Barker) Lohmuller of Denali Park, AK and Mariah (Brandon) O’Halloran of Lewistown; siblings Vicki (Ben) Vaughn of Denver, CO, Monica (Rik) Ochel of Broken Arrow, OK and Kent (Sylvia) Lohmuller of San Antonio, TX; grandchildren Lucas, Quin, and Kale O’Halloran, and Linnaea and Jolena Lohmuller; several nieces and nephews.

A memorial service for Richard Scott Lohmuller will be held at the family’s Prairie Cemetery in Lewistown in the spring, cremation has taken place. The Cloyd Funeral Home is assisting the family.

Memorials may be made in his name to the American Prairie Preserve c/o 3643 Lime Kiln Road, Lewistown, MT, 59457.   Condolences for the family may be posted online at

William A. (Bill) Christians III, 88 of Denton passed away early Thursday morning, February 28th, 2019 in the Central Montana Medical Center of natural causes. He was born October 11, 1930 in Watertown, Wisconsin the son of William Alfred and Ethel Louise (Ayers) Christians II. The family lived in Johnson Creek where he received his high school education. His mom owned and operated the Rock River Telephone Company. His dad owned the Haufbrau House which housed a bar, bowling alley and dance floor and was the postmaster of the Johnson Creek Post Office.  As a young kid, he sold popcorn for the dances and set the bowling pins by hand at the bowling alley. In the fall of 1951, he enlisted in the United States Air Force. He served temporary duty in Ireland and was stationed in England as a Veterinarian Technician. While in Dublin he met his Irish Colleen and the love of his live, Mary Theresa O’Brien. They were united in marriage on May 19th, 1953 in the Pro-Cathedral Dublin, Ireland

In 1958 he attended and completed Officer Candidate School and received the rank of 2nd Lieutenant. He went on to earn his master’s degree in Business Administration from Ohio State. He continued in the Air Force serving in California, Okinawa, South Dakota, Vietnam, Thailand, Wyoming, Alaska and Montana. While in South Dakota working in the missile silos with his partner, he was featured in the November 6th, 1964 issue of Life Magazine in a story titled “Holding the Nuclear Trigger”, the Gold Finger Edition. In Vietnam he earned a Bronze Star and in 1972 was away from his family commanding a remote radar station in Alaska. He retired May 31, 1973 at the rank of Major.

His dream of owning a ranch came true when stationed in Rapid City, South Dakota.   He and Mary purchased 160 acres in the Black Hills of South Dakota with 28 cows. When Bill was transferred to Malmstrom Air Force Base in Great Falls they sold that place, and a short time later bought the Harold Lee place north of Denton, Montana on Everson Bench. While on this ranch he continued to expand the operation until they sold the main ranch in 2006.   At that time, they moved closer to Denton while keeping a little bit of land to hay, graze and farm.   Bill and Mary had a few auctions but could never truly let go of having a swather, tractor and baler to provide him the frustrations of breakdowns. Just this past summer, Bill put up his last crop of hay.

Bill loved hunting deer, antelope and elk in South Dakota and Montana as well as bear and caribou in Alaska, but mostly Bill enjoyed helping others hunt deer, pheasants and sharped tail grouse on his ranch on Everson Bench. He also loved taking his pride and joy horse Paydirt into the Scapegoat Wilderness to hunt elk.   As an avid hunter, Bill enjoyed telling stories from his excellent memory as he could remember all the details and names, even from his childhood.

Bill is survived by his wife of 65+ years, Mary; sons William A. IV of Wilsall, MT, John (Laurel) of Wolf Point, MT and Karl (Rae Lynn) of Helena, MT; daughters Marie Christians of Hobson, MT and Kathleen (Steve) Rogers of Alabama; one sister Susan Clark of Bozeman, MT; nine grandchildren, 2 great grandchildren and numerous nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents, one brother and one sister.

Funeral Mass for William A. (Bill) Christians III will be March 9, 2019 at 10:00 am at St. Anthony Catholic Church in Denton with committal to be at the Montana Veterans Cemetery at Fort Harrison in Helena on March 11th, 2019, at 1:30 p.m.  The Cloyd Funeral Home is assisting the family.

Friends are asked to make memorials to St. Jude’s Children’s Hospital. The American Cancer Society 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


Pearle Shirley (Degner) Yaeger 86, passed away from natural causes early Sunday morning, February 3, 2019, at the Central Montana Nursing and Rehab. Pearle was born the seventh of eight children to Edward and Tekla (Dengel) Degner on July 14, 1932, at the Degner Ranch on Fords Creek near Grass Range, Montana. Pearle received her elementary and high school education at Grass Range School, graduating high school in 1950. After graduation, Pearle moved to Lewistown to live with her sister, Edith.  Edith's husband, Don, was on the road trucking, and Edith looked forward to the companionship of a sister and the help with her young son, Ronnie.  Pearle soon found employment at the Northwestern Bank.  

Pearle loved to dance, and while at one of those country dances, she met a tall, lanky guy from Glengarry by the name of Bob Yaeger.

Pearle and Bob were married on April 6, 1952, at the First Presbyterian Church in Lewistown.  

Pearle and Bob moved to Glengarry in 1953, where Bob ranched and farmed with his father, as well as in conjunction with the Yaeger Brothers ranches.  Sons, David and Lowell (Kim), and daughter, Vicky, were born and raised at Glengarry until 1965.

Pearle was very active in the Jayceen organization and served as State Jayceen President in 1964.  Pearle was a life member of Marie Chapter, Order of Eastern Star in Lewistown.

When Bob accepted a position at the Soil Conservation Service in 1965, the family moved to Lewistown.  Pearle worked a variety of jobs while in Lewistown, including as an assistant for Dr. Jack Payne, Montgomery Wards, Sears Roebuck, the Empire Cafe and Fergus Electric.   

In 1970, the family moved to Bozeman when Bob returned to college. (Go Bobcats!) Pearle immediately found a position at Montana State University as the head cashier in the registrar’s office.  Pearle loved helping all the young students enroll into college, but especially those from Central Montana.  It was a touch of "home" for each.

Over the years, Bob and Pearle lived in Reno, NV, Fort Benton, MT, Cody, WY, and Medicine Bow, WY.  It was during their time in Medicine Bow that Pearle's dream of having a restaurant was realized.   Over the years Pearle garnered quite a following of hunters and friends, from all over the United States, who came in for her fresh cinnamon rolls, homemade pies, soups and burgers.
     After retirement, Bob and Pearle bought a fifth wheel and headed south to Yuma, AZ, for warm winters, sunshine and many trips into Mexico, where friendships were made.  When the weather got to be too warm, they packed up and returned for the cooler summers in their native home of Lewistown. In 2003, they officially made Lewistown their permanent home at the Esplanade. 

Pearle was proceeded in death by Bob in 2009, her parents, brothers, Sterling and William Degner, sisters, Fern Hickey, Florence Duffy, Edith Duty, Ethel Gilpatrick and Maxine (Punky) Matovich.

She is survived by her sons, David (Flo) of Laurel, MT and Lowell Kim (Ruth) of Owensboro, KY; daughter Vicky (Bob) Ruckman of Lewistown; six grandsons, Chris, Barry, Daniel, and Matthew Yaeger, Shane and Shaun Ruckman, Brent and Clint Milliron, one granddaughter, Bethanie Shields, and great-grandchildren Lily, Baylee, Shelby, Avery, Nora and Ivy Yaeger, Grace and Audrey Shields, Brooke, Lani, Mylee, Kalli, Miles and Andrew Ruckman, and Emmy Smith.  She is also survived by her sisters-in-law, Janet Lewellen of Lewistown and Zelma Degner of Grass Range; brothers-in-law, Dave Duffy and John Gilpatrick both of Lewistown and numerous nieces and nephews.

Memorial Services for Pearle Yaeger will be Saturday, February 16, 2019 at 11:00 a.m. in the Cloyd Chapel, cremation has taken place. The Cloyd Funeral Home is assisting the family.  Memorials to the Central Montana Shrine or the charity of your choice are preferred by the family. Condolences for the family may be posted online at






It is with heavy hearts we announce the death of Charles Eugene Hayes, who passed away peacefully at the age of 82 on January 23rd, 2019. In the days prior to his death, he was surrounded by his loving wife, children, brother, and grandchildren. His family now has the overwhelming task of trying to fill the void that has been left behind and try to carry on without his wisdom, his smile, his laugh, and his unconditional love.     He will be missed every hour of everyday.    

Charles Eugene Hayes was born May 1, 1936 in East Chicago, IN., the son of Charles M. and Mary M. (Kurns) Hayes. He lived in Lewistown for many of his years and was a longtime member of the Seventh Day Adventist Church.

Graveside Services for Charles E. Hayes will be Thursday, February 7th, 2019 at 2:00 p.m. in the Lewistown City Cemetery.  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 at the Cloyd Funeral Home.  Condolences for the family may be posted online at


Shirley M. Grindheim 91, of Lewistown and formerly of Roy died early Saturday morning, January 12th, 2019 in a Lewistown Assisted Living Facility of natural causes. She was born June 13, 1927 in Lewistown the daughter of Fred and Leona Belle (Bare) Corth. She received her schooling in Roy graduating from Roy High School in 1946. On October 6, 1946 she was united in marriage to Louis M. Grindheim in Lewistown. They lived, ranched and raised their family on the Grindheim Ranch near Fergus. They moved into Roy after retiring and he preceded her in death in 2008. She moved into Lewistown and lived for many years in the Eagles Manor and moved to the Caslin Living Center in 2018.

Shirley enjoyed embroidering, cooking, flower gardening and spending time with family and friends.

She is survived by one son Lyle (Barb) of Lewistown; one daughter Marilyn (John) Gervais of Roy; seven grandchildren, Shawn (Tammy) Grindheim, Shelly (Pat) Brown, Shari (Larry) Hagenbuch, Shane (Cynthia Burgh), Joshua (Danielle) Gervais, Trevor (Brittany) Gervais and Brett (Beth) Gervais, 10 great grandchildren, Jordan Grindheim, Kym (Colbee) Craig, Jake Brown, Lariat and Laredo Hagenbuch, Stella (Grindheim) Doty, Cooper, Keegan, Kaylynn and Cathryn Gervais one great great grandchild Payton Craig and several nieces and nephews.

In addition to her husband she was preceded in death by her parents, one brother and two sisters.

A Celebration of Life for Shirley M. Grindheim will be Friday, February 1, 2019 from 2 to 4 pm in the Roy School. Committal will be at 11:00 a.m. in the Lewistown City Cemetery, cremation has taken place. The Cloyd Funeral Home is assisting the family.

Friends are asked to make memorials to the Roy Fire or Ambulance or the charity of their choice and they may be left at the Cloyd Funeral Home

Condolences for the family may be posted online at

Columbus R. “Dick” Regli 90, of Lewistown passed away Monday morning, January 7th, 2019 in the Central Montana Medical Center of natural causes. He was born August 31, 1928 the son of Columbus R. and Irene A. (Allen) Regli in Lewistown. He received his education in the Beaver Creek School and Fergus High School. Following high school Dick worked at Snowy Mountain Campers in Lewistown, then in the parts department at Horning Implement and then for Courtesy Chevrolet until he retired.

He was united in marriage to Patricia Barry on February 21, 1970 in Lewistown and they made their home in Lewistown with Pat’s daughter Julie.

Dick enjoyed fishing, dancing with Pat and her sister Cecelia and husband Ray Bibeau. He was active in the Knights of Columbus, Central Montana Medical Center Auxiliary and was a member of St. Leo’s Catholic Church, Eagles and Elks Lodges both of Lewistown.

He is survived by one step-daughter Julie of Vancouver, WA; two grandsons, several nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his wife Pat in 2016, his parents and one brother Don.

Funeral services will be Saturday, January 12th, 2019 at 1:00 pm in the Cloyd Chapel, with committal to follow in Beaver Creek Cemetery. The Cloyd Funeral Home is assisting the family.

Friends are asked to make memorials to 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


Our beloved Jolita McDaniel, 83, of Lewistown, quietly passed on to heaven early Friday afternoon, January 4, 2019, at the Central Montana Medical Center in Lewistown, Montana. She endured multiple health issues for years with grace and faith in her Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. She touched so many with her kindness and compassion even as she was in the midst of her own challenges.

Being the second daughter of three, Jolita Bryan Penn was born January 16, 1935, in Noland, Arkansas, to Bryan and Ann (Sullivan) Penn. Soon, the family moved to California, making Fullerton their home. She graduated from Fullerton Union High, class of 1952. A Sunday night church service is where she met "My Prince", her husband of 54 years, Bill McDaniel. Married in 1955, they had two daughters and one son. Family would always be number one, first priority. Staying in touch and loving her friends was her joy.

In 1962, Bill's job would bring the family to Lompoc, California. This would be home, a quiet coastal community, for the next 53 years. She worked as a medical assistant for 23 years. She then worked as a personal secretary at the Martha Negus Orthopedic Center until her disability retirement.

In 2016, six years after her husband’s passing, she made an adventurous move to Lewistown, Montana, to be near her daughter and son-in-law. She came to appreciate her new landscape, especially with her artist's eye. Many new friendships were made as well, which meant so much to her.

Jolita was a life-long member of the Church of Christ, dedicating her life at the early age of 12. She served in many ways: she taught Sunday School, worked Vacation Bible School, created beautiful decorations for church functions, hosted woman's Bible study, and was always involved in prayer ministry. Most recently, she felt inspired to write and self-publish her second book Angels Around You, desiring to bring encouragement and hope.

Jolita had multiple creative talents. Oil painting was her favorite, especially portraiture. Her gift of writing and love of literature resulted in her authoring four books, an annual Christmas letter and much more. She crafted beautiful knitted pieces for family and friends, receiving blue ribbons for her recent fair entries. Music was a passion. Her beautiful voice soared with a cappella harmonic songs, especially hymns. She played piano and, in her youth, harp and violin.

Jolita is survived by three children: Malia M. (Steve) Mosby of Lewistown, MT; Melanie McDaniel of Lompoc, CA; Mitchell R. McDaniel of Denair, CA; four grandsons: Evan M. Mosby of Yucaipa, CA; Shea M. (Michelle) Mosby of Los Alamos, NM; Joshua H. Forster of Lompoc, CA; Matthew R. McDaniel of San Diego, CA; two great grandchildren: Oliver P. Mosby, Emma M. Mosby; numerous dearly loved relatives.

She was preceded in death by: her husband Billy Ray McDaniel of Lompoc, CA; father Jennings Bryan Penn of Paradise, CA; mother Anna Frances (Sullivan) Penn of Lompoc, CA; also, many cherished relatives.

A private interment is planned for a later date. At her request cremation has taken place. Cloyd Funeral Home is assisting the family.

A memorial donation of Jolita's book can be made by contacting LaVonne Jurack at or (406) 868-2367. Jolita had just started this outreach to touch those in jails, homeless shelters, police stations, and more. As she said, "Join me in sending a reminder of Christ's love." Or, donations can be made to the Lewistown Church Of Christ, Lewistown, MT. Condolences can be posted at

The family wishes to thank Dr. Cathy Holmes and staff at the Family Wellness Center, as well as, the very caring staff at CMMC,

the ER, and the Home Health staff "angel" caregivers that helped take care of Jolita.