James L. (Jim) Hovden 68 of Lewistown died Wednesday, February 28th, 2018 at his home in Lewistown of natural causes. He was born September 20, 1949 in Great Falls, Montana the son of Roy E. and Pearl L. (Austad) Hovden. The family lived in Lewistown and he attended Lewistown schools graduating from Fergus High School in 1968. He then entered the United States Navy, he was stationed in Memphis, TN and Corpus Christi, TX until receiving his discharge. He returned to Lewistown following his discharge and worked with his dad at Roy’s Tire until it closed. He then worked on road construction until he retired.

He was a member of the Zion Lutheran Church, Eagles Lodge, Moose Lodge and Laborer’s Union Local #1686.

Jim loved hunting, fishing, golfing, bowling, archery, demolition Derby’s, the annual Goodpaster pool tournaments, camping, riding ATV’s and he loved cats. “Kitty” was his buddy for many years.

He is survived by his mother Pearl Hovden of Lewistown; one brother Dale Hovden of Helena, MT; three sisters Sandy Goodpaster of Bozeman, MT, Sonja Shields of Idaho Falls, ID and Tina Kelly of Newman Lake, WA; numerous aunts, uncles, nieces and nephews.

Jim was preceded in death by his father, Roy Hovden and sister Patricia Lynn (Hovden) Kalin.

Graveside Services for Jim Hovden will be held in Central Montana Memorial Gardens, Saturday, May 26th, 2018 at 10:00 a.m. followed by a Celebration of Life for Jim.   The Cloyd Funeral Home is assisting the family.

Friends are asked to make memorials to the Pet Assistance League (PAL) or the Veterans Memorial Park. Donations may be left at the Cloyd Funeral Home. Condolences for the family may be posted online at

Raymond L. “Snake” Plovanic 83 of Lewistown died Thursday evening, March 8th, 2018 in a Lewistown Care Facility of natural causes. He was born July 26,1934 in Lewistown the son of Raymond F. “Notch” and Angela (Wood) Plovanic. He received his schooling in Lewistown at St. Leo’s Catholic School. Before completing his senior year, he entered the Unites States Army and there he received his GED. He served 2 years in Alaska before it was a state. After receiving his discharge at Fort Richardson Alaska, he returned to Lewistown and worked for his uncle John “Whitey” Plovanic in his masonry business. In the early 1960’s he started his own masonry business. On September 2, 1961 he was united in marriage to Blanche Heller in Lewistown. They made their home and raised their family in Lewistown and he continued his masonry business until the mid-1980’s. He then attended the College of Great Falls and received his Associate of Arts degree in Human Services in 1988. He worked for the Salvation Army in Great Falls for 2 years and then returned to Lewistown and worked with the Chemical Dependency Center until retiring in the mid 1990’s.

Ray enjoyed cutting wood, doing wood work in his shop, hunting, hunting for morel mushrooms, hunting for arrowheads, he enjoyed having barbeques and pig roasts under the willow trees, playing cribbage and backgammon and more than anything visiting with people.

He was a member of St. James Episcopal Church, Alcoholics Anonymous, Eagles Lodge, Elks Lodge and Moose Lodge all of Lewistown.

He is survived by his wife of 56+ years Blanche; his daughters Lisa (Joe) Maynard of Billings, MT and Susan Plovanic (Steve Witte) of Lewistown; siblings Suzie (Ben) Tuss of Lewistown, David (Suzanne) of Great Falls, Michael “Mickey” of Helena, MT, James “Jimmy” of Lewistown, Tom “Curley” (Kathleen) of Missoula, MT and Katie (Tom) Mahoney of Helena, MT; 2 granddaughters Megan and Sarah Maynard and numerous nieces and nephews.

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

Funeral Services for Raymond L. Plovanic will be Thursday, March 15th, 2018 at 11:00 a.m. in the Cloyd Chapel with cremation to follow the services. The Cloyd Funeral Home is assisting the family.

Friends are asked to make memorials to Alcoholics Anonymous, St. James Episcopal 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

James C. Fuller 80 of Lewistown died Monday morning, February 26th, 2018 in Billings Clinic of natural causes. He was born April 7, 1937 in Lewistown the son of Theodore and Elizabeth (Fuorstonaw) Fuller. The family moved to the Greenfield Bench and he attended Rural Crowe School and then Simms High School graduating in 1955. After high school he was drafted into the United States Army and served in Korea. Following his discharge, he returned to Montana and worked at the smelter in Great Falls. He then went to work at the Post Office in Roy for a year and then moved to Lewistown and worked at the Post Office. Jim met the love of his life Diana (Lodman) Handford and they were united in marriage on May 26, 1977 in Lewistown. They made their home in Lewistown and he worked as a mail carrier until his retirement.

After his retirement he had more time to do the things he enjoyed, gardening, fishing, bowling and talking with anyone. His favorite subject to talk about was the grandkids and the furry kids.

He was a member of the Moose Lodge of Lewistown.

He is survived by five step-children Ken (Laurie) Handford, Kathy (Rex) Coleman, Kris (Scott) Perkins all of Lewistown, Amy Martin of Laurel, MT and Jan (Heath) Cox of Billings, MT; four sisters Karen Boomer of Maryland, Maxine Breidenbach of Miles City, MT, Lucy McShane and Eileen Fuller both in North Carolina; brother-in-law (and fishing buddy) Don Bowen of Philipsburg, MT; numerous grandchildren, great grandchildren, nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his wife Diana in 2012, his parents, two sisters Linda Henry of Helena and Janice Bowen of Philipsburg, MT.

Services for James (Jim) Fuller will be held at a later date. Cremation has taken place with the Cloyd Funeral Home 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

Georgianna “Georgie” “Jeje” R. Johnstone 65 of Stanford died Friday evening at her home in Stanford. She was born July 30, 1952 in Helena, MT the daughter of Ralph E. and Lenora “Jeanne” (Patterson) Rowland. She received her education in the Montague School in Choteau County, Beaver Creek School and Fergus High School graduating in 1970. She then attended Beauty School in Great Falls. She began working as a bar tender in Great Falls and as a cook in hunting camps going into the Bob Marshall for several years. She purchased the bar in Geraldine which she operated for several years. She moved to Columbia Falls and on August 26, 1999 she was united in marriage to Patrick W. Johnstone in Fort Benton. They continued to live in Columbia Falls where she worked as a bar tender and he worked for the railroad. In 2010 he retired from the railroad and they moved to Fort Benton to be closer to family. He preceded her in death in 2016 and she moved to Stanford. She made her home in Stanford until the time of her death.

She is a member and President of the American Legion Auxiliary in Geraldine, life member of the Veterans of Foreign Wars and a member of the Eagles Auxiliary of Columbia Falls.

She is survived by her mother Jeanne Rowland, sisters Melody (Dale) Skinner and Dolores (John) Sramek all of Stanford, MT; brothers Dan (Marci) Rowland of Geraldine, MT and Ron (Kim) Rowland of Casa Grande, AZ; step-daughters Jennifer (Ben) Johnstone of Whitefish, MT and Dani (Doug) Koenig of Stilwell, KS; step-son Jason Longsworth of Spokane, WA; mother-in-law Audrey Johnstone; sister-in-law Pam Johnstone and Jayme (Mike) Kline all of Great Falls, MT; several nieces and nephews.

In addition to her husband she was preceded in death by her father Ralph, one brother, one brother-in-law and one step-daughter.

A Celebration of Life for Jeje and Pat Johnstone will be held this summer in Geraldine. Cremation has taken place. The Cloyd Funeral Home is assisting the family.

Friends are asked to make memorials to the American Legion Auxiliary inGeraldine 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

Thomas R. Girvin 89 of Lewistown died Wednesday morning, February 14th, 2018 in the Central Montana Medical Center of natural causes.  He was born January 1, 1929 in Indianapolis IN the son of Thomas O. and Irene F. Girvin.  He met the love of his life Ruth A. Rohner and married her September 13, 1949 and they raised 5 children.   He served in the United States Marine Corp being stationed in Guam and Quantico, VA.  Tom was the oldest of 8 siblings and took on the responsibility of raising them along with raising his own children.  Being the outgoing and gregarious man that he was, he always said that laughter was the best medicine.  His interests were gardening, which he took great pride in having the best flowers surrounding his houses; fishing in streams, rivers, lakes and the Pacific Ocean and hunting.    

Tom was a member of the First Presbyterian Church of Lewistown and served as a deacon for several years.  He was also very active in various organizations whether living in California or living here in Lewistown.  Tom was always taking the time to meet new friends and keeping in touch with them.  His laughter and love for everyone was infectious.  His life started out living in Indianapolis but he didn’t stay there for long.  He moved to Evansville, IN and then to Chippewa Creek near Grass Range, MT and then to Lewistown, MT until 1966 when he moved the family to Goleta, CA working at the University of California at Santa Barbara as a carpenter.  He returned to Lewistown in the summer of 1977 with his wife and became the Judge.  One of his duties was marrying couples of which he did for 100+ couples.  His dedication and his love for his wife of 68 years was evident to all those who met him  For all those who have known him his life was filled with so much more than can be expressed in words.  His humor and love will forever be missed. 

Tom was a member of the Elks Lodge, Moose Lodge, Friendship Lodge #37 A.F. & A.M., Al Be Doo Shrine, Eastern Star of Grass Range, Disabled American Veterans, American Legion Post #16, Snowy Mountain Muzzleloaders and Past President CB Club in Santa Barbara, CA.

He is survived by his wife of 68 years Ruth; daughter Lyndia Sue Smitman; son Thomas Jr. all of Lewistown; sons Leslie A of Los Los Osos, CA and Timothy A. of Nipomo, CA; brother Lamont of Fairfield, OH; sister Mary Lou Wagner of Lewistown; 9 grandchildren, 11 great grandchildren and numerous nieces, nephews, great nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death one son Michael, one granddaughter, two brothers, four sisters and his parents.

Memorial Services for Thomas R. Girvin will be Saturday, March 24th, 2018 at 11:00 a.m. in the First Presbyterian Church.  Cremation has taken place at his request.  The Cloyd Funeral Home is assisting the family.

Friends are asked to make memorials to the Shrine Crippled Children Transportation Trust Fund 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



Norman Leroy Onstad 92, passed away February 9th 2018 at home in Lewistown Montana with some of his family by his side. He called New London Minnesota home for more than 40 years. He did not leave New London until he had no memory of home.  Norman was born January
4th 1926 to Alexander and Hilda (Warass) Turner in Hallock MN.  In 1928 Hilda was admitted to Fergus Falls hospital. Alexander was unable to care for all his children, he “borrowed” the 5 youngest to friends and neighbors. Norman went to live with Andrew and Della Onstad. Soon after, Della was also admitted to the Fergus Falls Hospital, Norman was then raised by Andrew’s in laws Muns Ronhovde and 3 of his daughters, he stayed there graduating from Barrett High School in 1943. He then joined the US Navy. Following his discharge, he moved to Benson Minnesota where he met, then married Gerda Thedora Olson in 1947.  Norman enlisted in 1948 in the US Air Force, retiring in 1965.  Norman was a Veteran with just over 20 years. He was in many places during his years of service, the South Pacific, Pakistan, Alaska,
Texas, New York, Wisconsin and Nevada.

They had 9 children and lived in several states while Norman served his country. In 1966 the family settled in New London. Norman worked at
the State hospital for more than 20 years, he owned and ran Onstad’s Auto and worked various jobs in the area.  He was great at fixing things and was always willing to lend a hand.  He took perfect care of his lawn and home.  He was a terrific and proud grandfather, many of them grew up iservice and coffee Forumn the area and spent many hours on Birch Street.

Norman was an active member of Peace Lutheran Church, he especially enjoyed the music at the celebration service and the Coffee Forum.
He was a lifetime member of the VFW, active in the Spicer American Legion marching in many parades and active in the color guard. Norman enjoyed fishing, shaking dice and coffee with family and friends. Norman was a very kind man and always had a joke or a few wise words in Norwegian. He also enjoyed writing editorials in the paper, crossword puzzles. He lived a good long life and will be missed by many.

Norman is survived by his sons Dean (Sue) of Lewistown MT, Bill (Lia) of Great Falls MT, Darell (Patsy) of New London MN; daughters Darla
Larson of Lewistown MT, Brenda Allen of Westfield IN, Beth (James) Taylor  of New London MN, Tammy (Melissa) Renee of Cokato MN, Kim Brideau of New London MN and daughters in law Renee Onstad of New London MN and special cousin Audrey Ronhovde of Barrett MN; 19 grandchildren, numerous great grandchildren and great great grandchildren.

Norman was preceded in death by his wife Gerda, his parents, brother Harry, sisters Sophie, Clara, Enid, Hazel, Annadale, Beth and
Marybelle, eldest son Randy, son in law Bill Allen, grandchildren Travis Fellers, Chris Nelson and great granddaughter Linda Allen.

Services for Norman Onstad will be at 11:00 a.m. on Saturday, July 7th, 2018  at Peace Lutheran Church in New London, followed by lunch and coffee.  There will also be a gathering in honor of Norman for family and friends at his home in Lewistown.   The family would like memorials to Hospice of Central Montana, 408 Wendall Ave, Lewistown MT 59457  Memorials can also be dropped off  Cloyd Funeral home in Lewistown MT.  Condolences for the family may be posted online at

John Lewis “Jack” Miller 80 of Judith Gap passed away February 7, 2018 at Central Montana Medical Center after a valiant and courageous battle against cancer. Jack was born February 1, 1938 the son of John and Daisy (Lilley) Miller, in Lewistown, the eldest of 6 children. Jack spent his entire 80 years in Central Montana, where he was known for his kindness, leadership and abilities to repair any item that showed up on his doorstep.  Jack was a devoted family man, marrying his high school sweetheart Eleanor Arneson, June 22, 1957, together they raised a family of five boys.  

Jack was a leader in Boy Scouts for over 30 years and leader in Civil Air patrol for 18 years, enjoying working with young people and helping them to achieve their goals was always important to him. He was also active in City Council, Volunteer Fire Department and a lifetime member of the Catholic Church. 

Jack was truly a jack of all trades, always available to help whom ever needed a repair done, with his amazing ability to figure out the problem and the large inventory of a little of this and a lot of that, we all turned to him for help! From owning his own business, to working for others Jack always made sure to keep everything working. 


Jack is survived by his wife Eleanor of Judith Gap; sons Marvin of, Tucson, AZ Neal (Lori) of Lake Stevens, WA, Leon (Delane) of Yakima, WA and Mike (Sandy) of Lewistown; brothers Dave and Tony (Susan) all of Judith Gap, MT; sister Mary Barner of Munden, KS; 7 grandchildren, Ben, Dillon, Gavin, Alyssa, Michael, Christina and Nicky and numerous nieces and nephews.  

He is preceded in death by his beloved son Don, his parents, brothers Frank (Susan) and Bernard (Anna), daughter in law Tina, sister in law Margaret, brother in law Creighton.  

A memorial service for Jack Miller is pending, when the weather breaks in Judith Gap, MT.  The Cloyd Funeral Home is assisting the family.  Jack would appreciate this as he was a devoted weather watcher for the National Weather Service, always the first up in the morning to check the Judith Gap temperature and precipitation.  

Jack will be missed by his family, his community and his friends; the time that he graced this earth was certainly well marked with his creativity and strength of character. 

Friends are asked to make memorials to Judith Gap Fire Dept.  Condolences for the family may be posted online at


John R. Foster 78 of Lewistown passed away early Wednesday morning, February 7th, 2018 in the Central Montana Health and Rehab Center of pulmonary fibrosis.  He was born December 16, 1939 in Lewistown the son of John Howard and Eileen Agnes (Simonfy) Foster.  His parents divorced when he was four years old and he went to live with his mother and his maternal grandmother Elisabeth Simonfy.  His mother later became disabled due to rheumatoid arthritis and he was raised by his grandmother.  He attended schools in Lewistown, Garfield Elementary and Fergus High School graduating in 1958.  He worked at a meat market during his high school years.  He later attended the University of Montana in Missoula where he majored in sociology.  As he was 100 percent self-support, he spent 13 years working his way through 4 years of college.  He worked primarily as an appliance salesman to earn enough money to continue at the university.  John became a member of the Delta Sigma Phi fraternity at the university and he credits this fraternity with encouraging and helping him to continue attending and finishing college.

On February 14, 1969 he was united in marriage to Eloise Johnson, of Onalaska Wisconsin, in Minneapolis, MN.  To this union two children were born, Susan Louise Foster in 1971 and Russell John Foster in 1974.  They later divorced.

John was appointed by Honorable Leroy L. McKinnon, 10th Judicial District court judge, to be the juvenile probation officer serving the 10th Judicial District, composed of Fergus, Judith Basin and Petroleum counties.  He worked there for 10 years before choosing to start a private Counseling practice in Lewistown.  John was a Licensed Councilor (LCPC), License #14 in the State of Montana and was the historian for Fergus, Judith Basin and Petroleum Counties, writing numerous articles in a variety of venues including the News Argus.  For well over 30 years, John wrote Christmas articles for the News Argus Christmas Edition and he published a book on James Fergus.  John retired in 2002 but continued as the county historian and counseled a few patients.

On February 21, 1997 John was united in marriage to Susan Schwarz in Coeur d’Alene, ID.

John continued to make his home in Lewistown with Sue until the time of his death.

He is survived by his wife Sue; one son Russell J. of Corvallis, MT; one daughter Susan (Lee) Taisarsky of Denver, CO; one half brother Raymond A. Foster of Reno, NV; two grandchildren and several nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents.

Memorial Services for John R Foster will be held in April, at his request cremation has taken place.  The Cloyd Funeral Home is assisting the family.

Friends are asked to make memorials to the Central Montana Historical Museum, Lewistown Genealogy section of Lewistown Library 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