Obituaries

Jason Earl Jensen, 36 of Belgrade, MT passed away Monday, July 16th at St. James Hospital in Butte MT, surrounded by his family and friends.

Jason was born July 27th, 1981 in Williston, ND to proud parents Brett and June (Johnson) Jensen.

Jason attended elementary school in Lewistown, MT and high school at Skyview High in Billings, MT. After deciding school was not his cup of tea, Jason received his GED in Pendleton, OR, and then he attended Blue Mountain College also in Pendleton, OR.

Later in life, Jason attended Mueller College of Holistic studies in San Diego, CA, graduating with a degree in personal training, something Jason was very proud of.

Jason had various jobs in his lifetime, most recently at Mesa Laboratories in Bozeman, MT.

Jason was a social butterfly who loved spending time with family and friends. Always the life of the party and loved by all he came in contact with.

Jason’s adventures took him from San Diego to London, France. Always driving the best cars, wearing the best clothes, and living life to the fullest.

Jason will be dearly missed by all his family and friends.

Jason is survived by his loving parents Brett and June Jensen of Belgrade, MT; siblings Amanda (Craig) Smart of Billings, MT, Jimmy (Leslie) Jensen of Lewistown, MT, and Maryann (Gary) Jennen of Billings MT; nieces and nephews, Elijah, Isabelle, and Amelia Smart, Chelsea and Kayla Jensen, Jayda, Ashton, Journie Owens; special friend and partner Kipp Shumway of Butte MT; his cat Miss Kitty and dog Diesel and numerous aunts, uncles, cousins and friends.

Jason was preceded in death by grandparents, Melvin and Helen Johnson, Earl and Dorothy Jensen; aunt Cindy Jensen; cousins Larry Erickson, Wayne Wentz, and Jacob Wentz.

A celebration of life for Jason Jensen will be held Friday, July 27th at 2:00 P.M. on what would have been Jason’s 37th birthday, at the American Legion Club, 1540 Broadwater Ave, Billings MT. The Cloyd Funeral Home is assisting the family.

Friends are asked to make memorials to Project Tomorrow Montana (Suicide Prevention & Education), Heart of the Valley Animal Shelter of Bozeman, MT or the charity of their choice and they may be left at Cloyd Funeral Home, PO Box 595, Lewistown, MT 59457. Condolences for the family may be posted online at www.cloydfuneralhome.com.

Michael George (Mike) Wollman 77 of Flatwillow Ranch passed away peacefully early Tuesday morning, July 10th, 2018, at his home of natural causes, surrounded by family. He was born June 8, 1941 in Lewistown, MT the son of George and Sarah (Hofer) Wollman. He grew up near Lewistown and on December 1st, 1968 he was united in marriage to Susanna Hofer. Mike grew up the true Montanan way. He was a hard-working cowboy, farmer, rancher and gardener who took great pride in all that he did. He loved rodeos and was sure to receive a subscription to the Western Horseman every year for Christmas. Planting crops and haying time were some of his favorite seasons. We can still see him kneeling by his small garden right outside the kitchen window, making sure there was not a single weed next to his precious plants. From his garden to his starched dress shirt, jeans, vest, cowboy hat and meticulous curl, he was neat as a pin. Whether it was a sprinkler head that needed fixing, a litter of piglets in the barn, or a batch of stray kittens under his porch, he took great care of whatever he touched. Dad loved his family, black licorice, lemon drops, checking his mail, his adopted dog (Spike) and a strong cup of coffee early in the morning.

Most of all, Dad loved the peaceful, quiet solitude of his home at Flatwillow Ranch, where he will be laid to rest.

He is survived by his wife Susie; six children Helen (Brad) Stahl and grandchildren Zane, Tia and Kenyon of Flatwillow Ranch, Miriam (Reuben) Stahl and grandchildren Muriah, Sonya (Dillon) Scheetz, Caleb of Laurel, MT, Mick (Debbie) Wollman and grandchildren Whitney, Roman (Tylee) and great grandson Reid and Cameron of the Flatwillow Ranch, Junia Wollman of Laurel, MT, Tammy (Sam) Huseby and grandson Wyatt of Laurel, MT, Marlene (Lester) Martin and grandchildren Austin, Sierra and Summer of Woodbury, TN; sisters Katie (Ben) Stahl of Grass Range, MT and Susie (Mike) Hofer of Walsh, Alberta; numerous nieces and nephews

Funeral Services for Michael G. (Mike) Wollman will be Friday, July 13th, 2018 at 2:00 p.m. at the Flatwillow Ranch with committal to follow in the Flatwillow Ranch Cemetery. 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 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 held in Lewistown at a later date, with committal in the Lewistown City Cemetery.  The Cloyd Funeral Home of Lewistown and the Bermudez Family Cremation and Funeral of Monterey are assisting the family.

The family wishes to thank the staffs of the Lewistown Eagles Manor, 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.

 

James Steven Hikel 78 of Christina, Montana, passed away Sunday, May 6, 2018 in the Central Montana Health and rehab of natural causes. Steve was born December 18, 1939, to Richard Salem Hikel and Virginia Inez (Daniels) Hikel at Laconia, New Hampshire. He graduated with the class of 1957 from Spaulding High School in Townsend, Massachusetts. He was active in the Navy for 2 years serving on the aircraft carrier USS Tarawa and worked in the legal department. After the Navy, Steve started his higher education journey by attending Worcester Massachusetts Junior College. In 1965 he received his Bachelor’s Degree from Kansas Wesleyan University at Salina, Kansas; then taught 4th Grade at Molly Stark in Bennington, Vermont, followed by 4th Grade in Hartford, Connecticut. He continued his education and in 1967 received a Master’s in Anthropology from Adams State College in Alamosa, Colorado. On August 8th, 1970 he was united in marriage to Gail Williams in Missoula, MT. In 1972 Steve received a Doctorate in Education from the University of Montana at Missoula. Steve was the boy who hated school and wanted to be in the woods and outdoors. He dedicated his professional life to teaching and administration in schools, hoping to make the experience more enjoyable and rewarding for his students and teachers.

Steve and his wife Gail Diane (Williams) Hikel worked in Alaska for the Bureau of Indian Affairs for 2 years and were stationed in Eskimo bush schools at Savoona on St. Lawrence Island and at Little Diomede Island. Following the jobs in the village schools, Steve was Elementary Principal at Homer, Alaska, until 1981. He relocated to Montana and was the Principal at Highland Park Elementary School from 1981 to 1984. During this time Steve enjoyed singing in the Snowy Mountaineer Barbershop Chorus and was in many local shows.

Steve’s next work adventure took him back to the east coast from 1986-1992 where he worked as a carpenter doing commercial construction at Auburn, New Hampshire. Steve returned to Christina, Montana, and raised sheep from 1992-2004, before he officially retired.

Steve is survived by his wife Gail, and 2 sons: Gregory Scott Hikel of Shrewsbury, Massachusetts, and grandsons Jessie and Ian Hikel; and Colter Shane Hikel of Odessa, Texas, and granddaughter Lillyan Hikel; two brothers, Ronald Salem Hikel of Toronto, Ontario, Canada, and Gerald Kent Hikel of Farmington, Connecticut.

He was preceded in death by his parents.

Steve’s family thanks both Empress Nursing Care and Central Montana Hospice for the care and compassion that Steve received under their care.

A memorial for James Steven Hikel will take place this fall when his family can gather together. At his request 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 Cloyd Funeral Home. Condolences for the family may be posted online at www.cloydfuneralhome.com.

Anna I. Kramlich 62 of Winnett died Monday evening, June 4th, 2018 in St. Vincent Healthcare in Billings of natural causes with her family by her side. She was born September 17, 1955 in McKinleyville, CA the daughter of David and Alice (Cool) Deupree. She received her schooling in California. She was united in marriage to Robert Kramlich on October 28, 1989 in Lewistown, MT. They made their home in Winnett until her death.

She is survived by her husband Bob of Winnett; daughters Sarah (Tim) Browning of Winnett, MT and Terri (Coy) Loberg of Lewistown, MT; sons Michael (Brandy) Dygert of Lewistown, MT, Kirtis (Amy) Kramlich of Great Falls, MT, Jake (Mel) Kramlich of Billings, MT and Josh (Marti) Kramlich of Buffalo, WY; brother David (Marilyn) Deupree of Lewistown, MT; sisters Sally Deupree and Becky Passow both in Florida; 16 grandchildren and several nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her parents and one brother Daniel.

No Services will be held at this time for Ann Kramlich and cremation has taken place at her request.

Friends may make memorials 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.

Elma H. Stone, 97, of Lewistown, passed away Wednesday (June 13, 2018) at the Central Montana Medical Center in Lewistown.

She was born July 26, 1920 in Comstock, Nebraska to Frank and Kamila (Cernik) Hruby, the oldest of 6 children. She attended rural grade school there and later Ord, NE High School.

On September 30, 1938 she married Robert W. Stone.

They moved to California where Robert worked as a logger for a time. Then they moved to Judith Gap, MT where they ranched for many years before moving to Lewistown in 1958, where Robert was a Cattle buyer up until his death in 1978.

She was very active in the United Methodist Church and had served as past Worthy Matron of the Marie Chapter Order of the Eastern Star #36, 1986-1987.

She enjoyed baking, decorating cakes and mints and also loved her garden and flowers.

She is survived by her son, Bob (Andra) Stone and her daughter, Carolyn Stone both of Lewistown.

Grandson, Robert D. (Christy) Stone, children; Mariah and Kaylee. Granddaughter, Amy (Bret) Miller, children; Walker, Evelyn and Conner

Brothers; Frank, Robert and Edwin. Sisters; Minnie and Evelyn.

She is preceded in death by her parents, husband Robert and a brother Robert.

Graveside services and Eastern Star services, will be Wednesday (June 20th) 2:00 PM at the Judith Gap Cemetery. The Cloyd Funeral Home is assisting the family.

The family suggests memorials to Hospice of Central Montana, United Methodist Church or the charity of their choice, and they may be left at the Cloyd Funeral Home.

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     Catherine, “Cathy” Frances Henderson, 72, passed away with a loved one, Thursday, June 7, 2018. She passed doing what she loved to do… traveling to be with family. Cathy was born June 22, 1945, in Havre, MT, to Greg and Elaine (Hockett) Henderson. She grew up in a large, ranching family in the Bears Paw Mountains. Amongst music, mountains and memories…the stories, also family, fun and faith. She was united in marriage to Glen Pursley and they lived in Zurich and brought 3 children into the family. She later married David Dahlin in 1968 and lived in Havre until moving to Lewistown with their seven children. She developed special relationships during these marriages that have lasted for a lifetime.

     Cathy enjoyed her family, cooking, baking, specialty cakes, gardening, music, square dancing, playing pool, bowling, rodeos, Cowboy Church and the Lord’s Prayer. She taught us to be servant hearted and compassionate. We grew up going to nursing homes visiting, singing, and hugging the residents, she often “adopted”, many elderly lonely people and made them meals, went grocery shopping and had birthday parties for them. One of the best gifts in life for her was when her parents and GRANDparents moved closer. She spent as much time as she could with them…even baiting hooks for her Dad.

     One of her greatest joys was being with her children, siblings and extended family, later traveling to her children’s home and trying to be there when her GRANDchildren were born, later for birthdays and to help out as needed. It was important to honor family members. She initiated and wrote an autobiography of her father Gregory Henderson and Grandfather Fred Henderson and they were inducted into the Cowboy Hall of Fame.

     Cathy’s residence was in Lewistown, MT and the surrounding areas, where Mom had many good friends. Her wish was not go be in a nursing home so later in life her home was where ever her children and GRANDchildren were.

     She is survived by her children Tammi Pursley of Havre, MT, Wade Pursley (Des), of Zurich, MT, Dawn Gibbs (Kevin) of Circle, MT, Dallas McCommon (Gene) of Belgrade, MT, Darla Pyles (Todd) of Lewistown, MT, David Dahlin Jr. of Harlem, MT, Dixie Yeager of Columbia Falls, MT and Danny Dahlin of Circle, MT; siblings Sharon (Clint) Martin of Grass Range, Carol (Lester) Sluggett of Roy, MT, Linda (John) Warburton of Havre, MT, Jerry (Cheryl) Henderson of Blackfoot, ID, and Cindy of Havre, MT; and 26 GRANDchildren; 9 Great GRANDchildren, and numerous nieces and nephews.

   She was preceded in death by her parents, brothers Greg Jr., Jim, sisters Sarah, Mary and Rita Andrews; children Wesley Pursley and Dale Dahlin. GRANDS Kayla and others Great GRANDS Paige, Kenley and others.

     We will miss the birthday cards that she never failed to send every birthday, her sense of humor and her tender heart.

     Funeral Services for Cathy F. Henderson will be Thursday, June 14, 2018, at 2:00 pm at the Celebration Community Fellowship, in Lewistown, MT. 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 Cloyd Funeral Home. Condolences for the family may be posted online at www.cloydfuneralhome.com.

   

  Warren Lewis Willmore 96 of Roy, passed away on June 11, 2018 at home with his family by his side. Warren was born November 8th, 1921, the coldest day of the 1921/1922 winter in a small house near Spring Creek in Lewistown to Louis “Curley” and Martha (Danger Hanson) Willmore. He didn’t make it home on the homestead until April and there he remained the rest of his live with the exception of a couple of years during the terrible drought in the thirties.

     The world change dramatically during his life time: from horse and buggy to soaring jets, from farming a few acres a day with a team to farming over a hundred acres with big equipment; from gas lanterns to electric lights and from seeing this country and wild open spaces to fences to a highway that connected the northern part of the state to the southern and gave him an opportunity to go and explore the Little Rockies that he had gazed at as a child and had wondered what was there.

     During the drouth of the thirties the family moved to the western part of the state with their livestock which they had to eventually sell. During this time, they bought a business and ran a mail route at Trout Creek and Warren got to attend a year of high school at the boarding school in Thompson Falls.

     School was always a haphazard affair; it depended on whether the district had enough money to hold school (fi only for a couple of months) and whether there were enough kids that would attend. He boarded out much of the time and rode horseback to school at others. He attended numerous rural one room schools. Finally, he got to attend another year of high school in Roy after they returned from Trout Creek.

     That was short lived though as his parents had to return to take back their business and took his brother with them leaving Warren to tend to the ranch. That was the end of any schooling and he took over the ranch at the age of 17. From then on, he lived alone for much of the time keeping up with world and local events by reding horseback to the neighbors to visit.

     He rode the range when it was still open and there were no fences and spent many a night under the stars when roundup time came along. He ate many lunches with his saddle as his chair and ants, flies and snakes as guests, hence his dislike of eating outdoors at any time or place.

     When WWII came along he rode with dozens of others on the train to Helena to take their physicals only to be rejected because of a severely deformed back caused by an injury when he fell off the hay wagon when he was five. So, while his friends all marched off to war he remained behind; something he forever felt guilty about.

   He remembered the stop that Lindbergh made in Roy during one ho his barn hopping trips across the country and he also remembered a plane crash that happened a few miles south of his home that was kept pretty hush hush. The area was well guarded until the wreckage could be cleaned up.

     He never traveled far from home until he married Illa LeBrun in 1952 and together they made several trips with their young family to Oregon, Northern California, Alberta Canada to visit relatives and to Minnesota to visit his sister whom he did not get to know until he was in his thirties. A couple of memorable trips were made to Washington DC and to Hawaii which were highlights of his life. He was always glad that his children got to travel a bit and see the things he only read about. But he was more content to remain at home. He was very proud of the accomplishments of his three sons, but he only bragged about them when they were out of earshot.

   Warren served on rural school boards and was on the Roy Fire Board for many years. He was a member of the Indian Butte Grazing District, once serving as president. Warren also assisted the Rural Electric Association when they strung electric lines down through the breaks along highway 191 with his team of horses in the 1960’s.

     He was deeply saddened by the death of his only daughter Dawn Marie and his oldest grandson Dustin Lewis Willmore while they were still very young. He was also preceded in death by his parents, brother Bob and sister Lucille Todora, all of his cousins, aunts, uncles, his childhood playmates and classmates.

   He is survived by his wife Illa and sons Ralph (Shelly) and Jeff (Sue) all of Roy and Ken (Deb) of Lewistown; grandchildren Misty (Jason) Pitts of Roberts, MT, Roxie (Jay) Harrison of Wibaux, MT, Hallie ( Jason) Olson of Holdrege, NE, Amber (Ed Stahl) and Amanda (Blake) Murray of Froid, MT, Nicole (Kyle) Senner of Richey, MT, Casey (Bronya) Willmore of Denton, MT and Matt (Jayme) Willmore of Roy, MT; great grandchildren, Garret and McKenzie Pitts, Zeke Harrison, Hadley Olsen, Keith, Missouri and Jacob Kalal, Leah, Bryce and Kade Murray, Quincy Willmore and Austin, Wesley and Mirra Lynn Willmore; special nephew Skip Willmore of Burney, CA and a very special acquired family members Rick (Mandy) Olson of Shepherd, MT, Vicki Nunn of Roberts, MT, Dusty (Jorden) Deupree and children Colter, Madison and Brayden of Moore, MT, Cody (Mandy) Deupree and there children Mark, Callie and Camrie of Utica, MT.

     Private Memorial Services for Warren L. Willmore will be held at a later date, cremation has taken place. The Cloyd Funeral Home is assisting the family.

   Friends are asked to make memorials to Hospice of Central Montana, Roy Ambulance, Roy Endowment 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.