Recent Obituaries

Glenn E. Gauer 68 of Lewistown passed away Sunday evening, July 14th, 2019 near Raynesford as the result of injuries received in a motor vehicle accident. He was born October 25, 1950 in Lewistown the son of Myron F. and Constance M. (Nelson) Gauer. He received his education in Lewistown graduating from Fergus High School in 1969. He then entered the United States Marine Corp, serving 3 years and then returning to Lewistown following his Honorable Discharge. He went to work for Moodie Implement as a Truck Driver, he was injured in an accident and could no longer work as a truck driver. He worked at Snuffy’s and Little Big Men. He worked for a time at the Ford Ranch in Livingston returning to Lewistown and working at Albertson’s until the early 2000’s. He then worked as a volunteer for the Senior Center and was active in the Moose Lodge, Eagles Lodge and the American Legion.

He is survived by three brothers Martin (Judy) of Columbus, MT, Dale (Mollye) of Helena, MT and Roger of Great Falls, MT; sisters Marie (Andy) Anderson of Grand Coulee, WA and Beth Ann Korst of Great Falls, MT; numerous nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents, one brother Daniel and one brother-in-law Jerry Korst.

Graveside Memorial Services for Glenn E. Gauer will be Friday, July 19th, 2019 at 3:00 p.m. in Central Montana Memorial Gardens. The Cloyd Funeral Home is assisting the family. Cremation has taken place.

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

Richard Eugene (Dick) Langford died peacefully of natural causes in the early morning of July 12, 2019 in Lewistown, MT at the age of 97. Richard was born on June 26, 1922 to Arthur and Lucille (Judy) Richards Langford in Lewistown, Montana. He lived the first few years of his life in Hanover before moving to Lewistown. He had many youthful adventures including driving his grandfather’s steam engine over the divide when he was 12 years old, rounding up and hauling wild horses on his uncle Martin Norman's ranch, and playing drums in a band. He entered the Marines on April 9th, 1943 where he trained as a mechanic. Six months later his troop was trapped fighting the Hauser Creek fire
in San Diego, CA and he was one of the few survivors. After spending two years in the Navy hospital, he returned to Lewistown where he opened a Harley Davidson motorcycle shop with his cousin Whaley Pallett. After the war he also became a pilot and a licensed aircraft mechanic. He had a Piper Vagabond he was restoring when the shop it was in caught fire... so he restored it twice. He later sold it and bought a Staggerwing Beech. He was the Lewistown Airport manager for 20 years before retiring. He was a very opinionated person and loved to argue... particularly about politics.

Richard met his wife V. Marie Litsey at the Judith Theater in Lewistown. When she finished her teaching job, she returned to Kentucky… but he couldn’t live without her. He borrowed $200, drove to Kentucky and arrived on Marie’s doorstep to propose. They were married on July 1, 1948 in Litchfield, Kentucky. They made a home in Montana where they settled down to raise a family, first in Moore, then in Lewistown where they lived together for the next 67 years until her passing in 2015.

Richard and Marie pursued a spiritual life by founding and supporting the Assembly of God Church in Lewistown.

Richard is survived by seven children: Allen Langford, Lewistown, MT; Michael (Sharyl) Langford, Seattle WA; Susan (Rene) Waters, Medicine Hat, Canada, Jenny O’Dell, Billings, MT; Daniel (Lana) Langford, Lewistown, MT; Jonathan (BarrieLynn) Langford, Fennville, Michigan; Patrick (Laura) Langford, Sandy, Utah; his brother Lawrence, Helena, MT; 19 grandchildren, and 21+
great-grandchildren.

He is preceded in death by his parents Arthur Langford and Lucille Richards Langford, sisters Mildred, Florence, Thelma and Francis, brothers David, Arthur, Donald, and Eugene, great granddaughter Rebbekah Hammond, and wife Marie (Litsey) Langford.

The family would like to thank everyone who cared for Richard in his final years and days, especially Central Montana Nursing & Rehab.


Graveside Services for Richard E. (Dick) Langford will be Saturday, July 27th, 2019 at 11:00 a.m. in the Lewistown City Cemetery. A reception will be held at the American Legion on Saturday at 2:00 p.m.  Please join the family to remember Richard. A visitation will be Friday, July 26th, 2019 from 4:00 to 6:00 p.m. in the Cloyd Chapel. The Cloyd Funeral Home is assisting the family.

Friends are asked to make memorials to the Department of Disabled American Veterans the American Legion 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.

Alan Scott Pollari, 55, of Geyser succumbed to the rigors of life on Tuesday, June 18th, 2019. He was born August 1st, 1963 in Great Falls, MT the son of Elmer and Gloria (Whitfield) Pollari. He received his schooling in Geyser Schools, went on to Northern Montana College in Havre for two years, and continued to Montana State University in Bozeman where he received his Bachelor of Science. He returned to the family ranch, near Geyser, later named Sourdough Gelbvieh Ranch. On May 28th, 1994 he was united in marriage to Melissa Olson, of Malta, in Great Falls, MT. They made their home on the ranch for 16 years with their two boys, Caleb and Jacob. Alan and Melissa later divorced.


Alan was always supportive of local sports, especially when his sons played basketball and football. He furthered his involvement by coaching Jr. High Football, Girls Volleyball, and high school basketball for several years. He served as Athletic Director and was part of the Geyser School Board. He encouraged the speech and drama team, too. In short, Alan was a true Geyserite.

In addition, Alan was an avid Seattle Seahawks and Montana State Bobcat fan and enjoyed watching sports on TV. He also enjoyed hunting, fishing, camping, and reading. His lifelong passion was ranching, proudly raising Gelbvieh bulls.


Alan is survived by his sons Caleb and Jacob, both of Geyser, nephew Trent Tonne of Great Falls, and niece Julia Tonne, of Stanford.

He was preceded in death by his parents Elmer and Gloria Pollari, sister Alice Pollari Tonne, and an infant child.


A Celebration of Life for Alan Pollari will be held Saturday, June 29th, 2019 at 2:00 p.m. in the Geyser High School Gym with a reception to follow in the Geyser Community Hall. Cremation has taken place with
Cloyd Funeral Home assisting the family.


Friends are asked to make memorials in the name of Alan Pollari to his children and  they may be left at any Stockman Bank, to the Geyser High School Athletic Fund 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.

Joy Virginia (Reeder) Wicks 93 of Lewistown passed peacefully away on Monday afternoon, June 17th, 2019 at Valle Vista Manor of natural causes. Joy was born in Miles City, Montana on September 21, 1925 the only child to J. V. and Rosella (Sommerville) Reeder. They moved to Roundup and lived until her sophomore year in high school when they moved to Lewistown. She was active in band, math and science clubs, she also taught many of her fellow students how to jitterbug. She graduated from Fergus High School in 1943 and then on to Montana State University in Bozeman. In college Joy was in the Sigma Phi Sorority and graduated with a teaching certificate in Math and Art. She was united in marriage to Joe C. Wicks in 1947 in Lewistown and they moved to Lancaster, PA. They returned to Lewistown in 1950 to help Joe’s dad on the ranch. They built their home on the homestead at the base of the South Moccasin Mountains. They built their house from a one room bunkhouse adding on as needed. They had 3 children, Jon, Jim and Jan all of which made their families in the Lewistown area as well.

Joy loved music and dancing, playing many instruments in the school marching bands, but loved the piano. She could take any song and play it with a ragtime or boogie beat. Music continued to play an important part in her life. She was in a Sweet Adeline’s group that traveled to many regional competitions, Choir director for the First Presbyterian Church, organizer of the Willing Vessels which sang weekly at the nursing homes, instigator of the Christmas Cantata and director/writer/actor/set designer of many skit night, follies and Judith Mountain Player productions.

Joy taught throughout the Lewistown area until the 1970’s. Even outdoor painting classes up Maiden one summer. In 1971 she was picked to be one of 2 Fergus County representatives to the Extension Service’s KEEP Program, which led her to spend a month traveling to Ethiopia, Greece, Italy and Yugoslavia. She was elected and served on Lewistown School Board 1978 to 1984 and the Fergus County planning board in the 1990’s. She was active in many causes, was instrumental in setting up the adult education classes helping many to receive their GEDs.   She started the local Crisis Center and organized the hotline in the 1970’s. This led to many state board positions in the Montana Mental Health Association spanning 3 decades. Joy was active in PEO, Bridge Club, Delta Kappa Gamma, Sweet Adeline’s, the Willing Vessels, South Moccasin Community Club, Judith Mountain Players and the First Presbyterian Church. She was a lady of great faith, through the Willing Vessels Joy saw a need for a free community Thanksgiving dinner. Joy believed in putting out the signs and people would come to assist and to give. She always said to just trust and believe in people and it’d come together and it did for 17 years.

She liked math and sciences and enjoyed learning new things, in 1975 Joy brought home one of the first computers, a 28k Tandy, most people thought she was crazy and it would never catch on, but she was certain it was the way of the future and she was right. She was a rock hound and enjoyed looking for different fossils and arrowheads. Geology, Paleontology and Archeology were lifelong interests.

She is survived by one son Jim (Mary) Wicks; one daughter Jan (Rick) Waltenbaugh both of Lewistown; grandchildren Lori (Rick) Martin, Jack (Mary) Wicks, Ethan & Jamie Waltenbaugh; great grandchildren Berkanna Wicks, Summer & Clayton Elmore; great-great grandchildren Milo, Rhett & Cade.

She was preceded in death by her husband of 59 years in 2006, her son Jon and daughter-in-law Sandy both in 2018.

Memorial Services for Joy (Reeder) Wicks will be Saturday, July 13th, 2019 at 11:00 am in the First Presbyterian Church, cremation has taken place. The Cloyd Funeral Home is assisting the family.

Friends are asked to make memorials to Hospice of Central Montana, the First Presbyterian 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.

Our dear brother, Herbert M. Greer, Jr. (Chip), age 56 of Denton, MT formerly of Lewistown, went to be with his parents and brother-in-law on June 9, 2019. He was born October 18, 1962 in Midwest City, OK, the son of Herbert M. Greer and June (Ayers) Greer, formerly of Lewistown, MT.

Chip enjoyed cooking, hunting, attending gun shows with his Dad, going on long rides in the mountains, and writing beautiful poetry. He was a master inventor and fix-it man and could repair almost anything. He owned Chip's Vacuum Repair in Lewistown and later established Our Light Works with his friend, David Newton. Chip was very creative, and built many custom lamps from everything imaginable.

At a young age, Chip was diagnosed with a very rare type of brain tumor which resulted in many surgeries and radiation therapies as well as other medical conditions throughout his short life. These procedures affected his speech, growth and appearance. As a result, he was bullied. In spite of that, he remained a kind-hearted and a loving person and never lost his faith in Jesus Christ. Quoting from one of Chip's many poems: "The struggles of life with no prediction, no equal measures or fairness given.

We all have the power to love, give and accept one another for who we are."

His wish was for all people to treat one another with kindness, despite their differences. In his honor, family and friends are asked to perform a random act of kindness for someone in need and to pay it forward.

He is survived by his siblings Carrie (Porter) Strausburg of Hanover, IN; Sherry Martin (Kenneth, deceased) of Lewistown (Billings); MT, Gale (Keith) Kramlick of Helena, MT; Collette (Peter) Ziolkowski of Billings, MT; and Byrne (Christine) Greer of Florence, MT; and many nieces and nephews. He is also survived by his best friend of many years, David R. Newton of Great Falls, MT.

Chip was preceded in death by his parents, Herbert and June Greer and his brother-in-law, Kenneth W. Martin of Lewistown, MT.

Celebration of Life for Herbert (Chip) Greer will be held in the Zion Lutheran Church on Saturday, July 20, 2019 at 11:00 a.m. with committal to follow in Central Montana Memorial Gardens, cremation has taken place. Cloyd Funeral Home of Lewistown, MT is assisting the family.

In lieu of flowers, family and friends are asked to make memorials in our brother's name to Riverstone Health Hospice House, Billings, MT. Condolences for the family may be posted online at www.cloydfuneralhome.com. A special thank you to all the compassionate and loving staff at Central Montana Hospice in Lewistown, MT and Riverstone Health Hospice House in Billings, MT.

Kenneth D. Bowser 68 of Lewistown died early Sunday morning, June 9th, 2019 in the Central Montana Medical Center of natural causes. He was born March 14, 1951 in Lewistown the son of James and Lavinnie Bowser. He received his schooling in Lewistown graduating from Fergus High School in 1970. He was united in marriage to Leslie Tindall in Lewistown in the summer of 1970 and in October he entered the U.S. Army serving in Germany. Following his honorable discharge in 1973 he returned to Lewistown. They made their home in Lewistown and began working as a truck driver for Francis Tindall Construction. Ken and Leslie later divorced. Francis Tindall Construction became Konitz Construction in 1980 when Ken became the crusher superintendent, he held this job until his retirement in 2005. In his retirement he worked part-time as a driver for Courtesy Motors in Lewistown.

Ken enjoyed hunting when he was younger, family trips to the Boulder River south of Big Timber and his coffee club. He was a member of the Eagle Lodge of Lewistown.

He is survived by his daughter Nicole (Tom) Williamson of Crestwood, KY; three brothers Larry and Richard both of Lewistown, MT and Jerry of Richland, WA; one sister Rhea Hughes of Grass Range, MT; 2 grandchildren Zachary and Joshua and several nieces and nephews.

Graveside Services for Kenneth Bowser will be Friday, July 19th, 2019 at 11:00 a.m. in Mount Calvary Cemetery with a Celebration of Life & luncheon to follow in Frank Day (City) Park. Cremation has taken place with committal to be in Mount Calvary Cemetery. The Cloyd Funeral Home is assisting the family.

Friends are asked to make memorials to the Veterans Memorial Park in Lewistown 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.

 

Hazel Nelson 91 of Lewistown died Saturday afternoon, June 8th 2019 in the Central Montana Medical Center of natural causes. She was born September 13, 1927 in Grass Range, Montana the daughter of Edward and Mattie (Smith) Gray. She received her schooling in the Grass Range School. She lived in the Grass Range area working as a cook on ranches. She was united in marriage to Art Fisher on November 1, 1943 and they later divorced. She married Eugene Nelson on January 24, 1958 in Harlowton, Montana and they made their home in Lewistown. She worked in housekeeping at the Mountain View Motel, the Sunset Motel and Valle Vista Manor, retiring as supervisor in the 1980’s. They continued to live in Lewistown and she was active as a volunteer with the Fergus County Council on Aging. He preceded her in death in 1974. She continued as a volunteer serving 15 years with Grub Steaks.

Hazel enjoyed gardening, sewing, embroidering and helping others.

She is survived by three daughters Janet (Larry) Lucas of Bismarck, ND, Frances Talbot of Great Falls, MT and Barbara (Louie) Miros of Helena, MT; five grandchildren six great grandchildren, three great great grandchildren and several nieces and nephews.

In addition to her husband she was preceded in death by a son in 2004, three daughters, her parents, one brother, two sisters, one son-in-law and her campanion of many years Harry Arthur.

Funeral Services for Hazel Nelson will be Friday, June 14th, 2019 at 2:00 p.m. in the Cloyd Chapel with Committal to follow in the Lewistown City Cemetery. The Cloyd Funeral Home is assisting the family.

Friends are asked to make memorials to the Shrine Cripple Children’s Hospital, Shodair Childrens Hospital, Hospice of Central Montana 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.


    Patricia Diane Schultz died peacefully on May 31, 2019 in Seguin, TX of natural causes.  She began her life in Georgetown, TX, the daughter of Howard and Florine (Mills) Carroll.  She grew up in Austin surrounded by her amazing Mills and Loney families.  Two strong women, her mother and her Grandma Esther (Loney) Mills, helped shape her life.  She graduated from Austin High and later moved to Seguin and married Allen Ray Schultz in December of 1952.

     As their family grew, Pat and Allen, moved to McQueeney, TX to be closer to her beloved mother Flo and stepfather, Otto Armbruster. With three active children, Pat was involved in the school and community of McQueeney.  After she and Allen divorced, Pat moved to Lewistown, MT to be closer to family. Several years later, she returned to Seguin.  Pat’s career took her from Southwestern Bell, to Acme Brick and then to Motorola.  She had many wonderful bosses and coworkers during her years in Seguin.  As the tech industry took off, many new opportunities became available and her sense of adventure took her to Silicon Valley in 1979.  A great network of friends and former Motorola personnel awaited her in California and she landed at Four-Phase. She later went on to have a very successful career at Sun Microsystems where she received numerous accolades and awards for her innovative work.

     Pat’s heart was always in Texas and she returned to Seguin upon her retirement in 1994.  With the help of her friend and fellow artist, Don Heitkotter, they transformed both the inside and outside of her wonderful 1920’s home.  Pat was instrumental in getting Seguin’s Heritage Museum up and running.  She and her long-time friend, Carla Anderson, were able to have a corner of the museum for their new business venture, “Art in Process.”

     Opportunity knocked again and Pat purchased the historic Heye’s Grocery Store building downtown and completely renovated it with the help of family, friends and great area construction crews.  Her vision and energy were endless. She and Carla re-opened “Art in Process” there and spent the next several years displaying and encouraging local artists.  It was the joy of her life.

     Under the leadership of friend, Mary Jo (Filip) Langford, Main Street Coordinator, Pat was actively involved in the Seguin Downtown Association. In 1999 she received the Downtowner of the Year award.  Pat spearheaded the creation of a Mural Committee for Seguin, which led to the fundraising, design and installation of a mural showing Seguin’s early history on the former Vivroux building at the corner of W. Donegan and S. Austin Streets.

     Pat was also an active board and committee member of the Seguin Oakwood Art League.  Her art has been included in many shows and exhibits.  In addition to painting, her passions were reading and gardening.

     She was preceded in death by her parents, step-parents, former husband and her cherished cat Patches.

     Pat is survived by her son Duane Schultz of Seguin, daughter Diane (Scott) Lutz of Lewistown, MT and son Gerald (Jo Ann) Schultz of McQueeney, TX.  Six grandsons, Matthew (Lori Ann) Lutz of Lewistown, MT; Brian (Krystal Montgomery) Lutz of Grass Range, MT; Allen (Clair) Schultz of Schertz, TX; Ryan Schultz and Patrick (Shannon) Schultz both of McQueeney, TX; and Austin (LeAnn) Schultz of Seguin.  Great grandchildren Van Lutz; Chelsea, Wyatt and Brady Schultz; Sophia Schultz; Lauren and Raylan Schultz; Kirra and Evan Schultz.  Her favorite artist, Don Heitkotter of Fresno, CA; brother in law Larry Gunckel of Seguin; numerous cousins, nieces and nephews in Texas, Colorado and Arizona.

     Pat has also survived with the help and love of her amazing friends.  Her love of the community, arts, and artists filled her life with incredible, colorful, remarkable friends. 

     We are grateful and thankful for Mom’s outstanding caregiver, Ms. Regina Lee, who’s help and spirit kept Mom happy and safe and kept us all together.

     As Pat wished there will be no services and cremation has taken place. A party in her honor will be held at a later date.

     Pat would be honored if you would like to plant a tree to beautify your community or donate to the Seguin Main Street Program, the Seguin Downtown Business Alliance, or Guadalupe Regional Hospice Services. Memorials and condolences may be sent to Diane Lutz, 56 Stoveman Lane, Lewistown, MT 59457.  Condolences for the family may be posted online at www.cloydfuneralhome.com.