Recent Obituaries

Sherine (Sherry) M. Thompson 69 of Sapphire Village passed away Saturday evening at her home of natural causes.

Cremation has taken place and a complete obituary will be released when completed.

The Cloyd Funeral Home is assisting the family.

Garnet H. (Tink) Bacon, 90, of Lewistown died early Sunday morning while camping in the Little Belt Mountains of natural causes. Tink Bacon was born December 31, 1928 in a little house in Lewistown. His parents Ross and Bernace (Short) Bacon named him Garnet Henry and called him “Tink”. The family moved many times when he was small but he spent most of his growing years on the “ranch” in Heath, Montana. He went to school at the little country school down the road – and according to him he had to walk both ways up a hill with a baked potato in his pocket to keep his hands warm.

He joined the Army in 1946 and served as a guard at Leavenworth Kansas during the Korean conflict.

He married Louise Isaacson in 1950. They had one son Henry in 1951. Louise passed away later that year.

He met and married Azalea Howard in 1952, together they had five children: Don, Ruth, Leslie, Bill and Tracey. At the time of his death Tink and Azalea had been married off and on for 67 years.

Tink had worked for the railroad and the GTA elevators. He started his own business as a contractor and loved doing that until he retired. After his retirement he drove school bus for a few years and had more than a few stories to tell about that.

He was a member of the Friendship Lodge #139 AF & AM of Lewistown, Moose Lodge, and the “Morning Coffee Club” that met every morning at the destination of their choice.

Tink was a good dad but he was an amazing grandfather. He loved his grandkids Olivia, Matt, Luke, James, Jenny, Terrille, Kelsey, Kaylee, Shay, Robby, Angie, and Suzy. He showed them how to bounce on beds – took them fishing and hunting and taught them to love the mountains and the river. He also had them all convinced that the scar on his leg was from a bear that had clawed him.

He loved to fish – anywhere, anytime – He loved to hunt; deer, elk, and birds. He loved his 1952 Chevy; he waited all year to drive it in 4th of July parade with his kids and grandkids waving from the windows. He loved the American flag – He taught all of his grandkids how to put the flag up his flag pole and what it means to honor our country and its flag.

He is survived by his wife, Azalea; sons Don, Bill and Henry all of Lewistown; daughters Ruth (Chuck) Pentecost of Billings, Tracy Bacon (Kurt Samuels) of Renton, WA, and Leslie Bacon of Billings, MT; sister Leah Kay Roane of Stanford, MT; 11grandchildren and their spouses, fifteen great grandchildren and several nieces and nephews and his good friend Robert Emmerson.  

Tink was preceded in death by his parents, first wife Louise, brother Loren (Sonny) and Earl (Cy) and sister Donna.

A Celebration of Life for G. H. “Tink” Bacon will be held on Friday, September 6, 2019 at 3:00 pm in the Moose Lodge. 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 with the Cloyd Funeral Home. Condolences for the family may be posted online at www.cloydfuneralhome.com.

Anna M. Koncilya 91 of Lewistown died early Monday morning, September 2, 2019 in the Central Montana Medical Center of natural causes.  She was born October 17, 1927 in Klein, Montana the daughter of William L. and Anna L. (Schwab) Preece. She received her education in Klein graduating from high school in 1945 as Salutatorian. She then attended Western Union School in Billings and worked for Western Union in Oakland, CA.

She attended Grand Island Business College in Grand Island, NE on a scholarship graduating in 1947. Following her graduation, she started working for the Bureau of Land Management in Billings. On June 18, 1949 she was united in marriage to Frank J. Koncilya in Roundup, MT. She continued working for BLM until 1952. In 1955 she worked as a clerk at the County Treasurer Office and then back to BLM for a couple more years.

Anna enjoyed playing cards, especially Bridge, working in the garden, making crafts, cooking and baking and worked as a cake decorator for several years.

She is survived by her husband of 70 years Frank of Lewistown; sons Frank Alan of Lewistown and Kenneth W. (Karen) of Great Falls, MT; daughter Diane L. (Jonathan) Polly of Helena, MT; 7 grandchildren and 2 great grandchildren.  

She was preceded in death by her parents, one sister and one granddaughter Rylan Devin Polly.

Services for Anna M. Koncilya will be Thursday, September 5, 2019 at 2:00 p.m. in the New Life Assembly Church. Visitation will be Wednesday, September 4th, 2019 from 5:00 to 7:00 p.m. in the Cloyd Chapel. Private committal has taken place. The Cloyd Funeral Home is assisting the family. 

Friends are asked to make memorials to New Life Assembly 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.

Harold Nolan Barber 89 died early Sunday afternoon, August 25th 2019 at his home in Lewistown MT as a result of an accident.  He was born June 2, 1930 in Denton, the son of Nolan and Lela (Wise) Barber.  Harold worked for the United States National Forest Service.  He also spent much of his time packing horses in the Bob Marshall Wilderness.   He was an excellent hunting guide in the great states of Alaska and Montana and loved his time spent around horses and pack mules.  In the early 80’s he was united in marriage to his stubborn, and hard-working other half, Naomi Summers, in Whitefish MT.  Harold continued living the life of a typical Montanan with his wife and his grand-daughter Skye in Lewistown. Harold liked to spend time fishing and hunting in the great Montana outdoors up until his death.  He had many hobbies that included leather work, spending time with horses, feeding barn cats and cooling off with a refreshing red beer.   His craftsmanship, and warm personality were reasons that Harold was such a joy to be around.               

He was a member of the American Legion Club, and the Moose lodge, AQHA.               

He is survived by his wife, Naomi of Lewistown; one Brother, Larry Barber of Denton, MT; sons Melvin of Billings, MT, and David in Kentucky; stepsons Larry Brown and Jack Brown, both of Billings, MT, Shannon (Leslie) Summers of Semi Valley, CA, Joe Summers of Big Fork, MT and Nick (Cindy) Stalenski of Boise, ID; as well as his many grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his parents, and his son Tom Barber.

A celebration of his life for Harold N. Barber will be held on Friday August 30, 2019 at the Moose lodge at 11 am.  As per the request of his family, cremation has taken place.  The Cloyd funeral home is assisting the family with arrangements. 

Friends are asked to make memorials to SAVES Inc., the Central Montana Food Bank 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

Ronald L. Craig 63 of Lewistown died early Monday morning, August 5th, 2019 at Crooked Creek. He was born December 28, 1955 in Lewistown the son of Jack and Glenna (Potterf) Craig. He received his schooling in Lewistown Schools. He worked on area ranches until the late 1970’s when he went to work for the Milwaukee Railroad. On July 12, 1980 he was united in marriage to the love of his life Carri Bishop in Christina, MT. He continued with the railroad which became Burlington Northern and they lived in Judith Gap, later moving to Christina and then to Lewistown. He retired in the late 2000’s after 30 years with the railroad. After his retirement he kept busy helping anyone that needed help. In 2016 his son Slim and daughter-in-law purchased the marina at Crooked Creek Ronnie was the go-to man and entertainer with telling stories and drinking beer. Ronnie and Carri were the couple at Crooked Creek during the summer months.

Ron loved fishing, boating, hunting, friends and family but most of all his grandkids.

He was a member of the The Crooked Creek Chapter of Walleyes Unlimited, the Eagles Club, American Legion Club, City Pool League and the “Ranger” Club.

He is survived by his wife Carri, sons James “Slim” (Abbie) and Jacob (Tamsen) all of Lewistown; daughter Jessica Goodhart of Geyser, MT; his father Jack and brother Larry “Snort” both of Christina; sister Joann Geary of Lewistown; 5 grandchildren and several nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his mother and two brothers-in-law Curtis Geary and Curtis Bishop.

A Celebration of Life will be held on Saturday, August 17th, 2019 at the Eagles Club at 1:00 p.m. At his request Cremation has taken place. The Cloyd Funeral Home is assisting the family.

Friends are asked to make memorials to the Crooked Creek Chapter Walleyes Unlimited, Tough Enough to Wear Pink 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.

    Jack Martinson Gies , 72, of Lewistown, passed away in the presence of his wife Denise at St. Vincent Hospital in Billings, MT on the morning of Saturday, August 3rd. Jack fought the hard fight with strong determination and will be deeply missed by all his family and friends.

Jack was born August 24th, 1946 in Missoula, Montana the youngest child of Anthony (Tony) Vincent and Jean (Martinson) Gies.   He grew up in Lewistown and graduated from Fergus High School in 1964. Jack enlisted in the United States Marine Corp in 1968 and served in Okinawa, Japan as a warehouseman. He was a proud marine and patriot. Upon discharge Jack attended the University of Montana, graduating with a B.A. in History in 1973. Soon after, Jack was fishing on a small creek outside Missoula when he came across a little cabin. He found a sense of calm in this tucked-away spot and sat down to contemplate his life after graduation. It was there he decided to move back to the Judith Mountains and build his own cabin where his great grandfather Vincent Gies had homesteaded and mined in the late 1800’s. As a history major, he loved his deep Montana roots and thus began his lifelong passion…

     He was united in marriage to the love of his life, Denise Ziolkowski on June 25, 1983 at the cabin. He was blessed with son Vincent Robert in 1984 and daughter, Emily Jean-Etoile in 1986. He loved his family, the outdoors and was deeply devoted to their life in the mountains. “The Cabin” served as the solid foundation to raise their children close to all things Montana. He was an avid hunter and hosted many weekend hunts at the family property. It was there he found himself the happiest, and those memories will be cherished forever. He was a true mountain man and will be remembered for his practical wisdom, good advice, gift of storytelling and practical jokes. Jack loved listening to music, reading a good book, cooking and was famous for his blue cheese “Roquefort” dressing.

     In 1985, as history would have it, Jack followed in his great grandfather’s footsteps to re-open the Gies Gold Mine. Always willing to learn a new trade, Jack started as a greenhand and went on to become the superintendent until it closed in 1991. The years he spent mining were some of his best as he found great pride in carrying on the family mining history.

Jack was a talented builder, providing custom carpentry through his business Judith Mountain Cabin Company. He especially enjoyed building cabins in the mountains and sharing his knowledge about living self-sufficient. His carpentry can be found in the very woodwork of this community, from St. Leo’s Church to the front door of the Lewistown Public Library. Jack also found a great deal of fulfillment working with the Medicaid Waiver program for over 25 years, handicapping homes and making a big difference in the lives of so many clients.

     Jack is survived by his wife of 36 years, Denise and son Vincent both of Lewistown, daughter Emily (Mike) Coates of Billings, his sister Toni Gies of Lewistown, numerous beloved cousins, nieces, nephews, extended family and friends.

     He was preceded in death by his parents and brother, Karl A. Gies.

Graveside military services for Jack Gies will be held on his 73rd Birthday, Saturday, August 24th at 11:00 a.m. at Mount Calvary Cemetery, with a Celebration of Life to immediately follow at the Judith Mountain Lodge. 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

Helen C. Brown 83 of Hilger died Saturday evening, July 27th, 2019 in Valle Vista Manor of cancer. She was born January 16, 1936 in Lewistown the daughter of Oral T. and Katherine (Stipech) Jones. She started her schooling in country schools and then Lewistown Schools and Fergus High School.

On February 10, 1954 she was united in marriage to Merrill K. Brown in Lewistown. They made their home near Winifred and raised their family. They both worked on ranches in northern Fergus County. He preceded her in death in 1987. She continued living near Hilger and working until entering Valle Vista Manor earlier this month.

Helen loved animals and she started sewing, crocheting and making rugs in the last few years.

She is survived by one daughter Jessie Brown of Lewistown; one sister Kathy Lemke in Washington; Six grandchildren, several great grandchildren and several nieces and nephews.

In addition to her husband she was preceded in death by her son Andrew in 1995, one brother Robert Jones and her parents.

Memorial Services for Helen C. Brown will be Sunday, August 11th, 2019 at 1:30 p.m. in the Winifred United Methodist Church with committal in the Winifred Cemetery. A reception will be held in the Winifred Community Center The Cloyd Funeral Home is assisting the family, cremation has taken place.

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.

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.