Obituaries

Gustave E. (Gus) Swanson 93 of Lewistown died Tuesday evening, January 9th, 2018 in the Villa of natural causes.  He was born January 22, 1924 on the family homestead near Cheadle, MT the son of William and Katie (Abbott) Swanson.  He received his education in Lewistown and graduated from Fergus High School in 1941.  He worked in the family coal mine until entering the U.S. Army Air Corp in 1946 returning to Lewistown after his discharge in 1947.  Gus was considered part of the occupying forces of World War II, though the majority of hostilities had ceased.  He worked on farms and in the coal mine in Central Montana.  On December 12, 1953 he was united in marriage to Marie F. Darrah in Lewistown.  He then worked for George Fries at his service station and then Rindal Oil delivering fuel.  He worked several years as a rural mail carrier, returning to Rindal Oil until his retirement in the mid 1990’s. 

Gus enjoyed time with family and friends, cutting wood, gardening and was an avid reader.  He was a member of the Eagles Lodge of Lewistown.

He is survived by his wife Marie of Lewistown; sons Gary (Kate) of Helena, Greg (Terri) of Woodinville, WA and Rod (Wendy) of Missoula, MT; daughter Pam (Jerry) Kaiser of Shepherd, MT; 8 grandchildren, 5 great grandchildren and several nieces and nephews.

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

Memorial Services for Gus Swanson will be Saturday, January 27th, 2017 @ 1:00 p.m. in the Cloyd Chapel with committal to be at a later date.  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. 

 

“The family would like to give special thanks to the Staff at the Villa and

Hospice of Central Montana for all to the wonderful care they provided.”

 

Joan (Congdon) Matheson, age 85 of Lavina, MT passed away peacefully on January 3, 2018 at Roundup Memorial Hospital.  Joan was born on July 15, 1932 in Livingston, MT to Loyal & Margaret (Stands) Congdon. Her early years were spent on the family farm near Pray, MT where she attended school. In early 1945 the family moved to Seattle, WA where Loyal went to work for Boeing building aircraft for the war effort. After VJ day the family moved back to Billings, where Joan graduated from high school.

Joan met Alex Matheson, they were married January 7, 1950 and made their home in Shepard MT and finally back to Billings. To this union they raised 5 children, Ron, John, Diana, Larry and Alex. She enjoyed crocheting, sewing, gardening and many other crafts. She was also an excellent cook, no-one ever left her kitchen hungry or with too little coffee! 

Alex’s truck driving jobs took them to many states including Alaska, she worked various jobs. They eventually settled on their farm in rural Lavina, MT.  They raised sheep & goats, and ran a well drilling business.

Joan is survived by her husband Alex, of Lavina, MT, son Ron, of Wasilla, AK, daughter Diana Larson, of Harris, MN, son Larry of Lavina, MT, daughter-in-law, Lynette, of Roundup, MT, brother-in-law Dave Demotte; 5 grandchildren, 8 great grandchildren and several nieces and nephews.

Joan was proceeded in death by her parents, Loyal and Margaret, infant son Alex, son John, daughter-in-law Nancy, sisters Mildred and Barbara and brother Robert.

A private family service and internment will be held at a later date. The family would like to thank Roundup Memorial Heath Care for the care they provided for Joan.  The Cloyd Funeral Home of Lewistown assisted the family,

Friends may leave condolences for the family at www.cloydfuneralhome.com.

 

 

Mary L. (Nemec) Dolena 102 of Great Falls and former Coffee Creek resident passed away Friday afternoon, January 5th, 2018 in the Missouri River Manor in Great Falls of natural causes. She was born April 25, 1915 in Lawrence, MA the daughter of Michael and Dora (Navardaukas) Ross. The family moved to Cicero, IL where she received her schooling. On June 24, 1933 she was united in marriage to Henry J. (Hank) Nemec in Cicero, IL. During the beginning of World War II, she worked in a machine shop on airplane motor parts. Her husband Hank was transferred from Pearl Harbor to Long Beach, CA in 1945, Mary and son followed to Long Beach where she worked for the Navy at the Navy Yards working on binoculars.

April 1946 the family moved to Coffee Creek, MT where they opened and operated Hank’s Super Market until September 1962. May 16, 1951 Mary was commissioned as Postmaster of Coffee Creek until retirement in August 1980. After her retirement they continued to live in Coffee Creek until August 1988 when they moved to the Eagles Manor in Great Falls. Henry preceded her in death in 1989.

On June 8, 1991 Mary married William S. (Bill) Dolena and continued living at the Eagles Manor. In August 2012 William and Mary moved to Cambridge Court. She was living in Missouri River Manor at the time of her death.

Mary was a member of our Lady of Lourdes Catholic Church, Eagles #14 Auxiliary of Great Falls, past president and member of Retirees Montana Branch of National League of Postmasters, Coffee Creek 4-H Club, VFW Auxiliary #1087, Sisters of St. Casimir Auxiliary of Chicago, IL.

She is survived by her husband William S. (Bill) Dolena, son Henry Nemec (Arleen Heintzelman) of Great Falls; one grandson Lon (Patty) Nemec of Coffee Creek; five grandchildren, Dustin (Shannon) and Degan Barber, Darcie Jurenka, Linsee (Jermiane) Saunders, and Lance (Erin) Nemec, three great great grandchildren and a special dear friend Lois Stout Houchen of Sidney, MT.

She was preceded in death by her husband Hank in 1989, granddaughter LaDene Barber and sister Ann Galczak.

Graveside Services for Mary L. (Nemec) Dolena will be Thursday, January 11th, 2018 at 2:00 p.m. in Central Montana Memorial Gardens of Lewistown. The Cloyd Funeral Home is assisting the family. Friends are asked to make memorials to the Denton Ambulance Fund, Gift of Life 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 www.cloydfuneralhome.com

Robert C. “Bob” Thomas age 79, of Elliston left our Earth, on December 27, 2017, quietly in the middle of the night one month after his youngest brother died. His wife, children and granddaughter Cassie were by his side. He fought a courageous battle the past few years of infections and strokes.

Bob was the first baby born in the new Coeur d Alene hospital on September 29, 1938 to William and Mayme (Engler) Thomas. He joined his older brother Bill and soon siblings Barney, Bruce and Sue followed. The family moved to Elliston, MT when he was a 4th grader and the family made Elliston their forever home. Bob finished Powell County High School and he and his brother Bill joined the United States Army in 1955. They were stationed at Fort McArthur in San Pedro CA when they met their California blondes. He married Sherry Anne Brow on November 7, 1957 in CA and soon he and brother Bill moved their wives home to Elliston. They made their home in the Elliston Gulch. Bob and Sherry recently celebrated their 60th Wedding Anniversary.

Bob had numerous occupations in his life; laying carpet, building homes, running a pole yard with his brother Bill and eventually they purchased the Elliston store in 1972. He eventually started working for the State of Montana, a position he retired from. Bob loved to bird hunt but his biggest joy was following his wife around the State while she participated in showing horses and later judging them. They also enjoyed making small trips to visit their kids and grandkids. Bob and Sherry were inseparable and he always said he was the lucky one because he found his soul mate. “Sherry my Sweet heart” was a tattoo he proudly showed off on his arm.

Bob is survived by his loving wife Sherry of Elliston; children Rob (Toni) Thomas of Virginia, Millissa Schmit Riggin of Elliston, Molley Barr of Liberty Lake, WA, Sommer (Mike) Cox of North Carolina; brother Bill (Marilyn) Thomas, sister Sue Hiltz, sister-in-law Cheryl Thomas all of Elliston; fifteen grandchildren, six great grandchildren and numerous nieces and nephews.

Bob was preceded in death by his son Barney, daughter Carrie, parents William and Mayme, brothers Bruce, Barney and infant brothers Brian, Barry and Byron and brother-in-law Jim Hiltz.

The Family would like to give an extended Thank You to Guy Hayter and Cooney Apple-Rehab for the excellent care they provided the past couple of months. Especially Susan RN, Eliza LPN, CNA’s Robby, Cody, Peter, Robyn, Kelli, Klarissa, Gina and the excellent kitchen staff. Thank you to the VA Hospital, St. Peter’s Hospital, Melinda, Brenda and Amy from Compassus Hospice. Special thanks to Dick Brown of Cloyd Funeral Home in Lewistown for handling the arrangements.

A memorial for Bob Thomas will be held at a later date, cremation has taken place at his request.

Condolences for the family may be posted online at www.cloydfuneralhome.com.

Jane L. McGiboney 77 of Lewistown died Thursday morning, December 7th, 2017 in Central Montana Medical Center of natural causes. She was born January 3, 1940 in Shelton, WA the daughter of John and Nedra (Day) Bevis. The family moved to Cat Creek, Montana in 1945. They also lived in the Snowy Mountains, Mosby, Cut Bank, Roundup and Billings where she received her schooling. The family moved to California in 1957 and she graduated from High School in Citrus Heights, CA in 1959. She then worked for the State of California in various positions and finally that of executive secretary to the Commissioner of the California Highway Patrol. She moved to Lewistown in 1966 and worked at Cooley Chevrolet. On March 2, 1968 she was united in marriage to Hanley McGiboney in Winnett and they made their home on the family ranch on the Musselshell River south of Mosby. They lived and raised their family there until moving to Lewistown in 1987. In Lewistown she worked in retail sales and as a bookkeeper. In 1993 they moved to Great Falls and managed a motel until 1997 when they returned to Lewistown to retire.

Jane has a unique and distinct sense of humor and wit, and was always cheerful and smiling. She was happiest when serving her delicious meals and desserts to the many lucky people who she called family and friends. She loved shopping at garage sales, where many “family heirlooms” were acquired. She enjoyed attending church, and her faith brought her happiness, strength and guidance. She was a proud wife, sister, mother and recently grandmother and enjoyed telling stories of various shenanigans performed by her sons and brothers. She often boasted of her prowess behind the wheel of a car, calling her talent “expert driving”.

She is survived by her husband Hanley and son Monty of Lewistown, son Glen (Megan) of Bozeman, MT; brothers Mike (Barbara) Bevis of Yreka, CA and Dan (Donna) Bevis of Klamath Falls, OR; grandchildren Davensky, Carry and Isemaella of Bozeman, MT and several nieces and nephews.

Jane was preceded in death by her parents.

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

Friends are asked to make memorials to the Gift of Life Foundation 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 www.cloydfuneralhome.com.

     Today a golden heart has quit beating. A great, generous, and kind man passed into the loving arms of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. Joe A. Stahl 89 died on December 23, 2017 surrounded by his loving family at the Central Montana Medical Center. He was 89 years old, 24 days shy of his 90th birthday. Joe was born on January 16th, 1928 to John and Anna (Hofer) Stahl at the Beadle Colony near Huron, South Dakota. He was the third oldest of six brothers and five sisters. Growing up in the depression made a mark on him the rest of his life. In 1944, at the age of 15, his family moved to Ayers Colony near Grass Range, MT, where he started out farming on horse and plow, and throughout the years he kept pace with the changing of technology. On June 3rd, 1951, he married his soulmate, Dora Walter at the Ayers Colony and they were blessed with 66 wonderful years together. To this happy union eight children were born. In 1975, he relocated to the Fords Creek Colony, where he became the field boss, and he resided there until his passing.

     Joe deeply loved the outdoors; the mountains, streams and fields of Montana. Dad took great pride in his work and whatever he set his heart to, which he shared so freely. Joe's greatest pleasure was farming the land. Spending endless hours on the tractor was like being on vacation for him. He was a man of many interests. While Joe grew personally, he greatly enriched the lives of his family and friends. He took great pride in his children and grandchildren.

     Joe is survived by his wife, Dora, and his children Josie (Ed) Stahl of Lewistown, MT, Susan Stahl of Grass Range, MT, Ruth (Herb) Hofer of Raymond, Alberta, Glen (Judy) Stahl of Shepherd, MT, Rev. Frank (Kathy) Stahl of Grass Range, MT, Dorothy (Tim) Stahl of Stanford, MT, Eileen Stahl of Grass Range, MT and Robert (Lydia) Stahl of Grass Range, MT; brothers Rev. John Ayers Colony, David (Miriam) Drumbo, Ontario, George (Mary) of Lethbridge Alberta, and Josh of Lewistown, and his sisters Katie, Mary (Darius) both of Spring Creek Colony, Susie (Sam) Drumheller, Alberta and Lana of Lethbridge, Alberta; 24 grandchildren and 19 great-grandchildren, preceded in death by 3 great-grandchildren.

    He was preceded in death by his parents John and Anna Stahl, brother Martin, sister Annie, two grandchildren and one great grandchild.

     Services for Joe A. Stahl will be Tuesday, December 26th, 2017 at 10:00 a.m. at the Ford’s Creek Colony with committal to follow in the Ford’s Creek Cemetery.  The Cloyd Funeral Home is assisting the family. Condolences for the family may be posted online at www.cloydfuneralhome.com.

      I have fought the good fight, I have finished the race, I have kept the faith. Now there is in store for me the crown of righteousness, which the Lord, the righteous Judge, will award to me.                                                                               2 Timothy 4:7-8

 

Anna M. (Billy) Irish, 95, of Lewistown, Montana, died Wednesday morning, December 20th, 2017 in the Central Montana Medical Center of natural causes.  She was born January 26, 1922 in Lewistown, the daughter of Frank A. and Martha L. (Hruska) Matejcek.  She graduated from Fergus County High School in 1939.  She then attended and completed Normal School in Great Falls and received her 2-year teaching certificate.  She returned to the Lewistown area and taught at the Upper Cottonwood School until her marriage on March 1, 1942 to Alden E. Irish.  She raised her children and worked on the ranch with her husband until 1961 when she began teaching again at the Upper Cottonwood School.  In 1968, she and her husband and youngest son Ted, moved to Marysville, Washington where she taught school at Marysville Elementary, until she and her husband retired in 1981 and moved to Livingston, MT.  In 1987 they returned to Lewistown where they lived until his death in 2003.  She has continued to make her home in Lewistown until the time of her death.

Billy’s priority was always family first. She loved being a farmwife, her flower gardening, camping,  sewing, crocheting, and later in life wrote her memoire, “Billy’s Story”, sharing the story of the first 20 years of her life. 

She is survived by two of her sons: Alden R. (Patricia) Irish of Lewistown and William F. (Lynn) Irish of Bozeman, and a daughter Judith Wentworth of Lewistown, MT; daughter-in-law Janet Rathbun Johnson Irish of Everett, WA, 12 grandchildren, 28 grandchildren, sisters-in-laws: Mary I. Lowe of Cashmere, WA and Ruth I. Smith of Lewistown and many nieces, nephews, and great-nieces and great-nephews. 

In addition to her husband, she was preceded death by her son Theodore Irish, and her parents, and her brother Albert E. Matejcek. 

Memorial Services for Anna M. (Billy) Irish will be 11:00 AM, Friday, December 29, 2017, in St. Leo’s Catholic Church with committal to be in the Beaver Creek Cemetery at a later date.  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 www.cloydfuneralhome.com

 

James W. Sauby 75 of Lewistown died Tuesday evening, December 19th, 2017 in St. Vincent Healthcare in Billings.  A complete obituary will be released when completed, services are pending with the Cloyd Funeral Home assisting the family.  Condolences for the family may be posted online at www.cloydfuneralhome.com.