Recent Obituaries

Jerome B. (Pete) Peterschick 86 of Lewistown passed away while at home surrounded by Hazel his wife of 65 years and his loving family. We lost the rock of our family. Loving husband, father and friend. Family was everything to Pete and everything he did was to nurture and support his family.

Pete was born August 18, 1932 in Hankinson, ND the son of Joseph and Magdalen (Schlener) Peterschick. He was the 9th of 10 children, his father died when he was 2 years old and the hardworking family struggled to stay together. Following his graduation from Saint Francis Academy he worked several jobs before coming to Montana to work on a family farm. In 1952 he met and married the love of his life Hazel Slanger. In December of 1952 he was drafted into the Army during the Korean War. After his discharge he worked briefly at the Coast-to-Coast store in Choteau before joining his brother in farming in Oilmont, MT. In 1961 he purchased his own Coast-to-Coast store in Chinook, MT. After 12 years in Chinook he purchased the Coast-to-Coast store in Lewistown, which is now True Value. This store still remains in the family.

After his "retirement" Pete was involved in Real Estate and an Auto Dealership.

He was a member of St Leo’s Catholic Church and the Knights of Columbus where he rose to become the Grand Knight.

He is survived by his wife Hazel of Lewistown; sons Tony (Terri) of Billings and Doug (Laurie) of Lewistown; daughters Kathy (Greg) Perrine of Bozeman, Beth (Todor Todorov) Walter of Great Falls, MT, Chris (Alan) Schaff of Easley, SC and Gayle (Vince) Heard of Helena, MT; sisters Willetta Bommersbach of Hankinson, ND and Magdalen Tomlinson of Minneapolis, MN; 10 grandchildren, several great grandchildren, nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by one son Mark, his parents, 2 brothers, 5 sisters, his father and mother in law.

Pete was a kind and generous man who was loved and respected by many.

Memorial Mass for Jerome B. (Pete) Peterschick will be Thursday, September 27th, 2018 at 11:00 a.m. in St. Leo’s Catholic Church, rosary will be Wednesday, September 26th, 2018 at 7:00 p.m. in the Cloyd Chapel. Private Family Committal will take place in Mount Calvary Cemetery. Cremation has taken place. The Cloyd Funeral Home is assisting the family.

The family would like to thank Ted Reppe for his kind and compassionate care of our Dad, which allowed him to remain in his home, as was his wish.

Friends are asked to make memorials to the Central Montana Foundation or the charity of their choice and they may be left at Cloyd Funeral Home. Condolences for the family may be posted online at www.cloydfuneralhome.com.

     Henry Joseph (Joe) Hukill 70 passed away Sunday, September 16th, 2018 in Lewistown, Montana of natural causes. He was born in Deer Lodge, Montana on October 14, 1947 to Henry John and Kathryn (Dye) Hukill. Joe grew up in Deer Lodge and graduated from Powell County High School in 1968. He enlisted with the United States Air Force, serving his country as the officer in charge of helicopter maintenance and turn-around and jet loading and turn-around in Viet Nam and Thailand. Upon returning from Viet Nam, the Air Force deployed him to Alaska for his final tour. Joe earned an honorable discharge and worked for Bell Helicopter when he returned from the service. Throughout Joe focused his interests and skill sets in mechanical engineering, obtaining certifications in both Automotive and Diesel Tractor operation & maintenance in Colorado.

     Joe’s heart was forever at home in Montana and he was happy to return to Missoula. He is remembered by his friends and family for the loving care he provided for his parents, for his generous spirit and for his compassion and eagerness to help others. Joe stayed in constant contact with friends and family, primarily to ensure that everyone was in good health. To some extent, Joe was the conduit between our geographically disparate family and our Montana friends. Joe was a gentle man and he was a man who would give the shirt off his back without hesitation. He brought his gifts of love and laughter to all who knew him. His sense of humor always earned him points. He liked to joke with friends, and he delighted in devising tricks that brought smiles all around, as well as entertainment for his young nephews.

   Joe is survived by his brother, John Dye Hukill of Lothian, MD; his sister, Carol Rives of Salem, OR; several nieces and nephews who are scattered across the country.  

     Joe will be buried on Thursday, September 20, 2018 at 11:00 in Hillcrest Cemetery in Deer Lodge, Montana with Mount Powell and all its splendor in the foreground. A memorial service for friends and family will be scheduled in June 2019.   The Cloyd Funeral Home of Lewistown is assisting the family.

   Friends who wish to honor Joe’s memory, the family would suggest a donation to your Humane Society, being ever mindful of Joe’s well-loved and pampered kitties and they may be left at the Cloyd Funeral Home PO Box 595 Lewistown, MT 59457. Condolences for the family may be posted online at www.cloydfuneralhome.com.

  

 

    Charlene “Shonnie” Phillips 90 of Lewistown died early Thursday morning, September 6th, 2018 in the Central Montana Medical Center of natural causes. She was born June 29, 1928 in Butte, America. The daughter of Harry and Laura (Rivenes) Richter. During Shonnie’s early years the family moved to several cities in Montana including Miles City, Livingston, East Helena and eventually Bozeman which she always thought of as home. During one summer season she worked at Old Faithful at Yellowstone Park where she had many wonderful memories. She attended public schools in Bozeman graduating from Bozeman High and from Montana State College in Bozeman with a degree in business administration. It was while she was attending college Shonnie met the love of her life, Sam Phillips, who had returned from service in the Navy during World War II. Sam and Shonnie were married July 21, 1950 in Bozeman. Their marriage lasted 64 years. Following the wedding the couple moved to Lewistown where they lived at their cattle ranch north of Lewistown in the South Moccasin Mountains. Mom always prepared wonderful meals for the family and hired workers who ate around the same small table in the kitchen.

     Shonnie was a past officer of the PEO organization for women and a member of Zion Lutheran Church. She was also active in a local bridge club in Lewistown and met many life-long loyal friends who made her life all the more special. A fun group called the ‘dizzy dozen’ that gathered annually at Bozeman which was made up of friends during her time at high school and college in Bozeman. Mom was a ready listener and frequently offered wise advice when needed most as a loving mother and devoted wife. She was not one to tolerate prejudice or bigotry of any kind.

     Shonnie is survived by sons Sam (Christine) and Todd (Nancy) all of Lewistown and Mike (Debbie) of Billings; one brother Mick (Anne) Richter of Oakland, CA; 3 granddaughters Kacey (Shelby) of Sioux Falls, SD, Koley (Jamie) of Hamilton, MT, Dani of Hardin, MT and 2 grandsons Landon (Megan) and Keelan both of Billings, MT; seven great grandchildren, several nieces and nephews and many dear friends.

   A memorial service was held at the family ranch on Monday, September 10th, 2018 with Pastor Lynne Ogren leading the ceremony. At her request cremation has taken place with the Cloyd Funeral Home assisting the family.

     The family takes comfort in the belief that mom was a woman of faith in the love of God in Christ and that she passed from this world to the eternal into his loving care and that she is again reunited with her beloved husband Sam.

     Memorials are suggested to the Hospice Care at the Central Montana Medical Center, Zion Lutheran Church, or to the charity of your choice and they may be left at Cloyd Funeral Home. Condolences for the family may be posted online at www.cloydfuneralhome.com.

She will be missed.

Elsie Marie (Petersen) Hunter 86 of Winnett passed away at the Central Montana Health & Rehab Center in Lewistown on Wednesday, August 22, 2018 after a short illness.   She was born September 13th, 1931 in Mosby, MT the daughter of David and Nora Nell (Hetrick) Petersen. She was the youngest of 7 siblings, receiving her education in Petroleum and Garfield Counties. She lived in the Winnett area most of her life and enjoyed living in a community where she could walk anyplace she needed to go and looked forward to the familiar faces, friends, fellow card players and lunch companions she would seek out. She would often share stories of who she saw at the Kozy Corner and got to catch up with, relatives coming by to check on her or random acts of kindness that she received. We found comfort in the camaraderie and support network that her friends provided her. If we kids, expressed concern for her living alone or worried about her will being, she would always assure us not to worry, “we all check on each other, its fine”.   She sure loved a competitive (and vocal) card game, puzzles, books and in her younger years, music and dancing. We have many great memories of she and Carl showing up for a surprise visit when the whim for a road trip came up and will always appreciate the adventures of those years they spent being companions. Her wit, humor and the sparkle in those blue eyes will be missed.

She is survived by her children Mike A. Bentley of Lewistown, Henry J. Bentley of Great Falls, MT, Tena (Hunter) Ross of Big Timber, MT; sisters Florence Eike of Bozeman, MT and Fern Kestersen of Billings, MT; step-daughters Toni (Bentley) Hughes in Michigan and Deb (Bentley) Rauh of Big Sky, MT; 9 grandchildren, 7 great grandchildren and numerous nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by daughter Judy A. (Bentley) Collier, daughter-in-law Jackie (Barisich) Bentley, brothers Carl, Daniel, William and Elmer and her parents.

Memorial Services for Elsie M. Hunter will be Saturday, September 15th, 2018 at 2:00 p.m. in Celebration Community Fellowship Church. Cremation has taken place and Committal has taken place in Central Montana Memorial Gardens. The Cloyd Funeral Home is assisting the family.

Friends are asked to make memorials to the Petroleum County Senior Citizens or to the charity of their choice and they may be left at Cloyd Funeral Home. Condolences for the family may be posted online at www.cloydfuneralhome.com.

Doris F. Jeffery 84 of Winifred died Monday afternoon at the Central Montana Medical Center following a short illness. She was born March 15, 1934 near Roy in a Little Log Cabin the daughter of Lyle and Martha (LaFountain) Waits. She received her schooling and graduated from Winifred High School. On March 15, 1954 she was united in marriage to Melvin C Jeffrey in Billings, MT. They made their home near Denton on the family ranch and were blessed with 3 children, Wayne, Susan and Jody. In 1976 they moved to Winifred and purchased the Down Below Bar which they owned and operated until their retirement.

Melvin preceded her in death in 2002, she continued living in Winifred until 2014 when she moved to the Meadows in Lewistown, where she met many new friends.

Doris’s door was always open to family, friends and anyone else that wanted to visit. She was always making new friends.

Doris was active in the Denton Fair & Horse Show. She enjoyed riding horses, bowling, playing pool, camping and fishing.

She was member of the American Legion Auxiliary of Winifred.

She is survived by her daughters Susan Barnes of Helena, MT and Jody Olson of Denton, MT; one brother Richard Waits of Oregon; four sisters Betty Montgomery and Peggy Folda both of Lewistown, MT, Bobbi Stivchitis and Birdie Kirk both in Oregon; 4 grandchildren, Jolie Saisbury, Somer VanLith, Calub Herman and Jeffery Barnes 5 great grandchildren and numerous nieces and nephews.

In addition to her husband she was preceded in death by her son Wayne in 1992, son-in-law Doug Barnes in 2005, 2 brothers, 1 sister and her parents.

Memorial Services for Doris F. Jeffery will be Friday, August 31st, 2018 at 1:00 p.m. in the Winifred Community Center with committal to follow in the Winifred Cemetery. At her request cremation has taken place. The Cloyd Funeral Home is assisting the family.

Friends are asked to make memorials to the Winifred Fire Department, Winifred Ambulance or the charity of their choice and they may be left at Cloyd Funeral Home. Condolences for the family may be posted online at www.cloydfuneralhome.com.

“Always remember Doris by honking your horn as you cross the PN Bridge.”

Emily Ruth “Ruthie” Kaufman, of Hamilton, formerly of Lewistown, passed away at the age of 17 from injuries sustained in a vehicle accident near Lewistown. Ruthie is the daughter of Paul Kaufman of Lewistown and Tamera (Taylor) Klapwyk of Hamilton. Ruth was born on June 8, 2001 in Billings, MT. Ruthie received her schooling in Lewistown through the 10th grade and was attending school while living with her mother and step-father in Hamilton at the time of her passing.                                   

Ruthie loved art, drawing, cooking, animals and her family.

She was a member of the Crossroads Christian Fellowship in Hamilton where she worked in the nursery.

She is survived by her parents: Paul (Karen) Kaufman of Lewistown, Tamera (Bill) Klapwyk of Hamilton; brothers Milo, Otto and Jason Kaufman of Lewistown; grandparents Linda Kaufman of Glendive, MT and Mike and Deann Taylor of Great Falls, MT; several aunts, uncles and cousins.

She was preceded in death by her grandfather Ron Kaufman.

Memorial Services for Ruthie will be Saturday, September 1st, 2018 at 11:00 a.m. at the First Christian Church in Lewistown, and on Wednesday, September 5th, 2018 at 6:00 p.m. at Crossroads Christian Fellowship in Hamilton. Cremation has taken place. Cloyd Funeral Home is assisting the family.

Friends are asked to make memorials to the Central Montana Medical Center Ambulance, First Christian Church of Lewistown, Crossroads Christian Fellowship of Hamilton or the Charity of their choice. Memorials may be left at Cloyd Funeral Home. Condolences for the family may be posted online at www.cloydfuneralhome.com.

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Barbara A. Harchenko 85 of Lewistown died Sunday evening in Benefis Healthcare in Great Falls following a short illness. She was born December 27, 1932 in Beach, North Dakota the daughter of Hugh and Rachel (Zielsdorff) Ross.   Raised on a farm as a “tom boy”. She loved being outdoors with her dad and taking care of lambs, calves, kittens and our dog. At age six my mother decided it was time for Barb to take piano lessons, which she did for eight long years. She did not enjoy all of the practicing. She was fortunate that she had a very patient mother. She received her education in Beach graduating from High School there, then attended Walla Walla College in Washington and Bismarck, Nd school of nursing. She returned to Beach and helped on the farm and then worked in Beach. On August 2, 1959 she was united in marriage to Clifford Harchenko in Beach. He worked for the USDA SCS and they made their home in Glasgow for a short time, then to Sidney for 14 ½ years. They joined the Eastern Star Lodge Richland Chapter #62. Their children Paul and Ruth both were born in Beach, ND. They later moved to Baker for one years and then to Lewistown. Barb was active in the Zion Lutheran Church and a stay at home mother. Barb was active in the Zion Lutheran Church and a stay at home mother. She was Organist for over 40 years at Zion Lutheran Church and the Order of Eastern Star. She also played for many weddings and funerals.

Clifford retired in 1989 and the tow of them spent time with their children and grandchildren, enjoyed fishing and camping. He preceded her in death in 2008. Barb continued to live in Lewistown close to her son, she has knitted numerous blankets, lover to play bridge and baking. Her favorite past time was meeting friends for coffee and she loved her dog Bear.

She was a member of the Zion Lutheran Church serving as Organist for over 40 years and the Order of Eastern Star.

She is survived by one son Paul (Chris) of Lewistown; six grandchildren, 13 great grandchildren and several nieces and nephews.

In addition to her husband she was preceded in death by a daughter Ruth, her two brothers and her parents.

Memorial Services for Barbara A. Harchenko will be Saturday, September 1, 2018 at 2:00 p.m. in the Zion Lutheran Church, committal will be in the Lewistown City Cemetery. The Cloyd Funeral Home is assisting the family.

Friends are asked to make memorials to the Zion Lutheran Church or the charity of their choice and they may be left at Cloyd Funeral Home. Condolences for the family may be posted online at www.cloydfuneralhome.com.

Guelda W. Johnson 96 of Lewistown died Monday afternoon, June 18, 2018 in Monterey, CA of natural causes.  She was born June 29, 1921 in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada the daughter of Percy R. and Jennet M. (Smyth) Harmon.  She received her education in Idaho and on September 13, 1941 she was united in marriage to Martin L Johnson in Stanford, MT.  They lived in Lewistown until 1947 and then moved to Billings.  After 22 years in Billings Martin and Guelda moved to Salt Lake City, UT where they lived until retirement in 1984 when they moved to Mesa, AZ.  In 1994 they moved back to Lewistown to spend retirement closer to family.  They lived for several years in the Lewistown Eagles Manor.  Martin preceded her in death in 2016 after 74 years together.  She remained at the Eagles Manor until moving to Monterey, CA in July 2017 to be closer to family.

She is survived by her son Martin L. (Victoria) of Monterey, CA; grandsons Martin D. (Jelveh) of Morgan Hill, CA and Christopher A. (Pia) of Pebble Beach, CA; great grandson Jett Johnson and numerous nieces and nephews.

A Celebration of Life for Guelda W. and Martin L. Johnson will be Saturday, August 25th in Lewistown, committal Saturday, August 25th, 2018 at 10:30 a.m. in the Lewistown City Cemetery.  The Cloyd Funeral Home is assisting the family.

The family wishes to thank the staffs of the Lewistown Eagles Manor, Central Montana Medial Center in Lewistown, Hospice of Central Montana and Ave Maria Convalescent Hospital in Monterey and the VNA Hospice of Monterey for their loving care.

Friends are asked to make memorials to the Council on Aging, Eagles Manor Memorial Fund or the charity of their choice and they may be left at Cloyd Funeral Home.  Condolences for the family may be posted online at www.cloydfuneralhome.com.