Recent Obituaries

Jon R. Wicks 68 of Lewistown died Tuesday, November 6th, 2018 in St. Vincent Helathcare in Billings of natural causes. 

Arrangements are pending and will be announced with a complete obituary.

The Cloyd Funeral Home is assisting the family.

Larry L Brewington 79 passed away at his home in Lewistown on Thursday, November 1, 2018 of natural causes. Larry was born on October 15, 1939 the son of Roy and Lola (Bruflat) Brewington, in Judith Gap, Montana, where he grew up on the family ranch east of Judith Gap. He graduated from Judith Gap High School in 1957 and enlisted in the United States Navy. He served aboard the aircraft carrier, U.S.S. Wasp until his discharge in 1960. Upon being discharged on the east coast, Larry attended and graduated from barber school as a Master Barber and established his first barber shop, The Western Barber Shop, in Lynnfield, MA. His clientele included athletes from the Boston Red Sox and Bruins. After twenty years, Larry returned to his beloved state of Montana. He spent a short time in Billings before moving to Lewistown where he established and operated the Post Office Barber Shop until his retirement in 2010.

Larry was a lifetime member of the Al Bedoo Shrine Temple in Billings, serving as the secretary/treasurer for the Lewistown district. He worked tirelessly to get local children the medical care they needed through the Shriner’s Hospital for Children in Spokane, WA, for over forty years.

Larry enjoyed golfing, camping in the Snowy Mountains, and spending time with his family and friends. Larry was also an avid hunter spending countless days with Roy and Lola, his children and family members hunting deer, elk and antelope in the Judith Gap area. His hunting achievements were proudly displayed on his barber shop walls and each had a story Larry would share with his customers. He will be missed by all.

Larry is survived by his sons Scott (Casey) Brewington of Helena and Glenn (Alison) Brewington, of Boise, ID; daughters Bethany Brewington of Salem, MA and Lori (Tim) Grenier of Georgetown, MA; sister Helen Conroy of Judith Gap; seven grandchildren, one great grandson, numerous nieces, nephews and friends.

Larry was preceded in death by his parents, Roy and Lola Brewington of Judith Gap and his wife, Mary Brewington of Lewistown.

A private memorial service for Larry Brewington will be held at a later date, with committal in the Harlowton Cemetery with his wife Mary. Cremation has taken place, the Cloyd Funeral Home is assisting the family.

The family wishes to thank everyone for their condolences and prayers at this

Friends are asked to make memorials to the Central Montana Shrine Transportation Trust, Shrine Crippled Children’s’ Hospital, 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.

Duane Paul Phillips 69, longtime resident of Hilger, MT, died Tuesday afternoon, November 6th, 2018 of natural causes at the Central Montana Medical Center.   Duane was born March 22, 1949 in Great Falls, Montana to David and Helen (Munski) Phillips. His family moved to Hilger when Duane was three years and he lived in Hilger for the remainder of his life. He attended numerous rural schools in northern Fergus county while his mother taught at those schools and he graduated from Winifred High School in 1967. After high school he took automotive and engine classes in Denver, CO and at Northern Montana College in Havre. He then worked as a mechanic for most of his life with some time spent in construction and truck driving.

Duane served as a member of the Army Reserve for several years. For 35 years he operated an independent business in Hilger, “Hilger Auto Dynamics”, before retiring in 2013. His business card stated that “we don’t work on anything that does not have the dimmer switch on the floor”.           

Duane enjoyed working with his friends and his customers and there was rarely an automotive issue he wouldn’t take on. He was known for going out of his way to help others when there was need of his expertise. He enjoyed exploring the nearby mountains on his ATVs, especially the Kendell and Maiden areas, as both sets of grandparents came to this country as miners from Wales and Poland. Duane was especially attached to his uncles’ ranch in the North Moccasin Mountains near Kendall. He had great interest in, and substantial knowledge of, Central Montana history.           

Duane is survived by his brother Tom (Elaine) of Hilger, Dwight (Kathy) of Bozeman, and sister Margaret (Len) Miller of Ephrata, Washington, as well as numerous nephews and nieces and numerous cousins, including his cousin Ken (Cindy) Munski of Lewistown with whom he shared many interests including working on older cars and trucks, Model A’s, and the Munski cabins in the Judith Mountains. In addition, Duane is survived by a legion of friends from the Hilger, Roy, Lewistown and Winifred area who were always willing to lend support.           

No Services will be held for Duane Phillips as he requested. Cremation has taken place and committal will be in the Central Montana Memorial Gardens near his parents. The Cloyd Funeral Home is assisting the family.

The family asks that any memorials in his name be made to the Hilger Home Demonstration Club, for upkeep and improvements to the Hilger Community Garden 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.

Duane’s family would like to express sincere gratitude to the Hospice of Central Montana staff for the excellent quality care he received.

Melvin James Campbell passed away on November 4, 2018 at home surrounded with family in Hood River, Oregon. He was born on November 20, 1936 and was 81 years of age at the time of his passing.

Services for Melvin are planned as follows 10:30 a.m., Saturday, November 10th, 2018 at The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, Hood River, Oregon.  Graveside Service will be Monday, November 12th, 2018 at 2:00 p.m. in the Roy Cemetery in Roy, Montana.

Harold Phillip Matovich, 74, of Grass Range, died Thursday, October 11, 2018, of natural causes. He was born on June 12, 1944, in Jordan, MT, the son of Philip and Bette (Sult) Matovich. He grew up on a cattle ranch on Calf Creek in Garfield County, halfway between Mosby and Sand Springs. In addition to learning the survival skills needed for ranching, Harold developed an early love for music. He got his first guitar from a catalog store, and his mother taught him the basic chords. Largely self- taught, he became an accomplished guitar player and vocalist.

Flying became his second love, starting with a Taylorcraft. Altogether, he had 14 different planes, almost as many as he had guitars. He took flying lessons from Roland Albright in Roundup, and only had one unplanned landing in all of his flying years. He owned Mission Flying Service in Livingston a few years, but he also flew for Corporate Air, Weeden Construction and others, counting more than 30,000 hours in the cockpit. Sister Linda believes she was his first passenger once he was legally allowed to take passengers. But sister Carey knows she was his first passenger before it was really legal (his log book confirms this). He was a member of the Montana Pilots Association and the AOPA, and was a Montana Pilot of the Year after he spotted an SOS while on a winter night flight to Denver, and helped direct rescuers to a family stranded in the mountains.

He attended schools in Garfield County, graduating from Garfield County High School in 1962. He studied automotive mechanics at Northern Montana College in Havre for two years. There wasn’t anything he couldn’t fix or weld. In the late 1960’s, he married Sharon LaFountain and they had two daughters. They divorced, and on November 23, 1991, he married Margie Edwards in Las Vegas, NV. In 2001 Harold and Margie moved to Grass Range, operating the Wrangler Bar & Café until they retired in 2015. During that time, they hosted over 100 monthly musical jams, delighting the local dancing community.

He is survived by his wife Margie of Grass Range, MT; daughters Charlotte (Howard) Eike of Malta, MT, and Joey (Chris) Joseph of Pompey’s Pillar, MT; step-sons Ron Brewington of Judith Gap, MT, Brad (Kelly) Brewington of Billings, MT, and Lance (Diane) Loberg of Great Falls, MT; sisters Linda (Gary) Gershmel of Winnett, MT, and Carey Matovich (Robert Delk) of Columbus, MT; 12 grandchildren, 2 great grandchildren and numerous nieces, nephews, cousins and friends.

Funeral Services for Harold P. Matovich will be held at 11:00 am Thursday, October 18, 2018, in the Grass Range School, with committal to follow in the Grass Range Cemetery.

Friends are asked to make memorials to the Grass Range High School Music Scholarship Fund or the charity of their choice and may be left at Cloyd Funeral Home. Condolences may be posted online at www.cloydfuneralhome.com.

Lloyd K. Prather 71 of Lewistown died early Friday morning, October 5th, 2018 in the Central Montana Medical Center of natural causes. Services and Committal will be in Locust Grove, Oklahoma. The Cloyd Funeral Home is assisting the family. A complete obituary will be released when completed.

Esther Jenni passed away at age 92 on October 1st, 2018 at Central Montana Medical Center after a brief illness, surrounded by her close family. She was born July 17, 1926 in Lewistown, MT to Nels and Ragnahild (Stautland) Rolfsness emigrants from Bømlo, Norway. She attended local schools and graduated in 1944 from Fergus County High School. During WW II she worked in the Navy Yards in Bremerton, WA and for a short time at Boeing in Seattle. When she returned to Lewistown she worked at Power Mercantile until her marriage. On Sept. 7, 1947 she was united in marriage to Lawrence Jenni in Lewistown. They shared almost 57 wonderful years together until his death in 2004. They made their home on lower Spring Creek, raising their family and working together to build up their ranch.

She loved her family and always looked forward to their times together. The families’ “HUGS” were very special to her. She especially enjoyed her grand and great grandchildren. She always tried to attend their school & sports activities.

Lawrence and Esther enjoyed traveling. Masonic activities took them to almost all 50 states as well as Australia & New Zealand. They visited Germany and then on to Norway to the homes of Esther’s relatives and the places her parents lived. Later they enjoyed an Elderhostel in Switzerland near where the Jenni family came from.

Esther loved the water! She loved visiting Carol & Pete at their home on Flathead Lake. Her trips to Patti Jo & John’s always included time on the Oregon coast, another special treat for her.

The ranch was her favorite place of all. She enjoyed seeing the many improvements Don & Nancy and their family have made on it. She was able to stay in her home on the ranch longer thanks to their care.

Esther enjoyed bird watching, knitting, reading, and genealogy. She was known as a good cook and no ranch hand ever left the table hungry.  

She was a member of the First Presbyterian Church and served as a Sunday school teacher and an elder. She was a charter member of the South Moccasin Community Club and of the Sons of Norway, a member of Eastern Star, Daughters of the Nile, Farm Bureau, a Pinochle club and the “Out to Lunch Bunch” (Fergus classmates who started meeting in 1944.)

She is survived by three children, Carol (Peter) Nelson of Kalispell, MT, Don (Nancy) Jenni of Lewistown and Patti Jo (John) Meshnik of Eugene, OR; nine grandchildren, Jenn (Christopher) Rowlison, David Nelson, Thad (Angie) Jenni, Scott (Kate) Jenni, Michael Jenni and Kendra, Paul, Haley, Greg (Anna) Meshnik; six great grandchildren Lachlan & Marielle Rowlison, Parker Miner & Bellamy Jenni, Liam Jenni, & Jane Meshnik.

In addition to her husband Lawrence, she was preceded in death by her sisters; Margaret (Jerry) Larson, Ruth (Gifford) Maryott, Edna (Bert) Bjornson, Mildred (Harold) Bjornson and brothers Oscar (Nonnie) Rolfsness, Nels (Wampie) Rolfsness, and Robert (Margaret) Rolfsness.

A Celebration of Life for Esther Jenni will Saturday October 6th, 2018 at 2:00 pm at the First Presbyterian Church, private committal will be in the Lewistown City Cemetery. Cloyd Funeral Home is caring for the family.

Friends are asked to make memorials to the First Presbyterian Church, Lewistown Shrine Travel Fund, Sons of Norway or 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.

Albert Allan Ward 53 former Lewistown resident, died Monday, September 24th, 2018 of pancreatic cancer in Salem, SC. He was born September 16, 1965 in Lewistown the son of Kenneth and Barbara (Vanek) Ward. He received his schooling in Lewistown graduating from Fergus High School in 1983. He then entered the United States Navy working as a sonar tech, serving 6 years. After his honorable discharge he returned to Lewistown. He attended college in Missoula and then moved to Stevensville where he worked in various fields. He was united in marriage to Tonia Field in June of 1994 and they later divorced. He wrote books for photoshop, did some teaching and taking photographs, while living in Stevensville. He moved to Great Falls and worked at the 4 B’s Restaurant until moving to South Carolina in 2015. On August 26, of 2018 he was united in marriage to Stephanie Couch in Salem, SC. He was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer about 45 days before his death.

He is survived by his wife Stephanie of Salem, SC; one son Noah of Stevensville, MT; one daughter Ali Ward of Salem, OR; his mother Barbara Ward of Great Falls, MT; siblings Jeanne Ward of Great Falls, MT, Larry (Valerie) Ward of Layton, Utah, Janet (Jim) Kitchens of Missoula, MT, David (Marilyn) Ward of Lewistown, MT and Jim (Barb) Ward of Moore, MT; numerous aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews, cousins, shipmates and very close friends.

He was preceded in death by his father Kenneth Ward, a nephew Jim Kitchens and a cousin Pat Vanek.

A Celebration of Life for Albert A. Ward will be Saturday, October 6th 2018 at 11:00 a.m. in Brooks Market in Lewistown. Cremation has taken place and committal will be in Central Montana Memorial Gardens. The Cloyd Funeral Home is assisting the family.