Obituaries

Don F. Baldwin 65 of Coffee Creek passed away at his home of natural causes.  He was born March 6, 1952 in Washington, DC the son of Don M. and Mary E. (Coggins) Baldwin.  He received his schooling in the DC area.  He was married in DC and begin working in the Oil Fields.  He came to Montana in the late 1970’s working near Glendive.  He returned to Michigan and worked with his cousin Jim Lackie.  He met the love of his life in 1982 Margory (Margie) Mauch.  They worked together in Eastern Montana and Western North Dakota from 1982 until 2005 traveling from Michigan until moving to Coffee Creek in 2005.  They both retired in 2012 and continued to make their home in Coffee Creek until his death. 

He is survived by his wife Margie of Coffee Creek, MT; sisters Kathryn (Michael) Robinson, Tama Baldwin, Jenifer Baldwin and Mara Lewis; four grandchildren, four great grandchildren and several nieces and nephews. 

He was preceded in death by his parents and one step-son Dennis Connolly. 

No Services will be held for Don Baldwin, cremation has taken place at his request.  The Cloyd Funeral Home is assisting the family.  Condolences for the family may be posted online at www.cloydfuneralhome.com.

 

Mary R. “Rosie” Yaeger 75 of Hilger died early Friday morning, November 17th, 2017 in the Central Montana Medical Center of natural causes. She was born December 3, 1941 in Pendleton, OR the daughter of James W. and Mary E. (Colwell) Raw. The family moved to Montana then to Pennsylvania where she started her schooling at Bairdford. In 1954 they moved to back to Montana she continued her education where she graduated as Valdictorian from Moore High School in 1959. On May 22, 1959 she was united in marriage to Charles Yaeger in Lewistown and they made their home on the Armells Ranch near Hilger. Rosie worked at Valle Vista Manor as an aid and later as a cook at Valle Vista and at the Montana Mental Health Nursing Care Center until her retirement in the mid 2000’s.

Spending time with her kids and grandkids was very important to Rosie, she enjoyed gardening, the outdoors, flowers, swimming, dancing especially at the country dances in the area, the haying season (mainly because of all the beautiful flowers) and china painting and giving her items to family and friends.

She was a member of Marie Chapter Order of Eastern Star serving as Worthy Matron, she was a member of the First Presbyterian Church and the Roy Junction Women’s Club.

She is survived by her husband of 58 years Charles; sons Corey (Angela) of Tifton, GA and Chris (Gisele) of Hilger, MT; sisters Roxie (Odell) Ecker of Coffee Creek, MT and Nancy Raw of Petaluma, CA; one sister-in-law Jean Raw of Lewistown; eight grandchildren Stephanie (Zack), Clayton, Natalie, Noah, Nadia, Bryce, Travis and Cassandra; two great grandchildren Miriam and Jack and numerous nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by one daughter Cynthia Thompson, one son Chuckie, one granddaughter Kayla, one brother James Raw and her parents.

Services for Mary R. “Rosie” Yaeger will be Tuesday, November 21, 2017 at 2:00 p.m. in the First Presbyterian Church; private committal will be in the Roy Cemetery. The Cloyd Funeral Home is assisting the family.

Friends are asked to make memorials to the Roy Ambulance 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.

Don Regli – with your grizzly bear hugs, thick hands, and even larger heart, you will be so missed.  You were strong yet gentle, so big and so big-hearted.  You were our gentle giant with a kindhearted laugh and loving smile; everyone you knew became a friend. 

You were born in God’s country in 1930, raised on a ranch in Lewistown, Montana, and the cowboy in you never left.  Your love for our country and your servant heart eventually called you to join the Air Force.  We were always so proud of that part of you. 

In 1956, a blind date and fate would lead you to meet your sweet wife, Reba, the love of your life.  You loved her fiercely and it was so evident to all of us around you.  You never left each other’s side and together, you raised four children: Kim, Walt, Coleen, and Mike. 

You were the All-American-Man, a veteran, a cowboy, a lover of baseball and apple pie.  You loved to cook and garden, and anyone within proximity was always receiving baked goods or garden fresh vegetables.  Many received your delicious dill pickles, made from a “secret” recipe, yet the recipe was freely given to anyone who asked.  You molded wood into furniture for your friends and family, plus a fishing pole was one of your favorite accessories.  The cribbage games! Oh, how you loved to play and how rarely you lost.  

Grandpa, you loved your grandchildren.  You never seemed to tire of the endless soccer games, piano recitals, basketball tournaments, or graduations. You always gave to the people you loved and your presence was forever the foundation of our family.  This will endure.

You and Grandma had many wonderful adventures with your trailer and especially your trip to Switzerland!  How exciting it was to find your family roots in another land and appreciate your grandparents.  We were in awe to consider the journey they made to Montana. 

For those of us with heavy hearts, you so lovingly and delicately lightened that load. You forever made things so much easier for all of us, and we are going to miss you.

To Reba’s husband, our dad, our brother, our grandpa, our neighbor, our dear, dear friend:  We love you and miss you.

Visitation will be held on Thursday, November 16 from 1:00 to 2:00 P.M. at Dokken-Nelson Funeral Service, with Funeral Services to begin at 2:00 P.M.  Interment will take place Friday, November 17th, 2017 at 1:00 p.m. at Beaver Creek Cemetery near Lewistown. Condolences for the family may be posted online at www.cloydfuneralhome.com.

 

 

Julia “Judy” E. (Wieters) Barber, 74, of Lewistown and former Stanford resident, died early Monday morning, October 16th, 2017, at the Central Montana Medical Center of natural causes.  She was born April 4, 1943 in Scotland, SD, the daughter of Ralph and Frances (Fithian) Wieters.  She graduated from Scotland High School and attended National College in Rapid City, SD.  On April 17, 1966 she was united in marriage to Mahlon D. Barber in Scotland, SD. While Mahlon worked for Boeing, they traveled to many locations across the United States until 1976 where they settled in Stanford. She was active with her kids and community while at home until the mid-1980’s when she began to work as a cook at the Stanford School and operated the J&M Trailer Park. She retired from the school in the mid 2000’s and continued to live in Stanford. In 2012, Judy moved into the Eagles Manor in Lewistown and then in 2015 she moved to the Caslen Living Center where she continued to live her life until her passing. Judy enjoyed being around and helping people which always included the community, school and the Presbyterian Church. She was also an active member with the American Legion Auxiliary and the Stanford Woman’s Club. 

Julia “Judy” E. (Wieters) Barber, 74, of Lewistown and former Stanford resident, died early Monday morning, October 16th, 2017, at the Central Montana Medical Center of natural causes.  She was born April 4, 1943 in Scotland, SD, the daughter of Ralph and Frances (Fithian) Wieters.  She graduated from Scotland High School and attended National College in Rapid City, SD.  On April 17, 1966 she was united in marriage to Mahlon D. Barber in Scotland, SD. While Mahlon worked for Boeing, they traveled to many locations across the United States until 1976 where they settled in Stanford. She was active with her kids and community while at home until the mid-1980’s when she began to work as a cook at the Stanford School and operated the J&M Trailer Park. She retired from the school in the mid 2000’s and continued to live in Stanford. In 2012, Judy moved into the Eagles Manor in Lewistown and then in 2015 she moved to the Caslen Living Center where she continued to live her life until her passing. Judy enjoyed being around and helping people which always included the community, school and the Presbyterian Church. She was also an active member with the American Legion Auxiliary and the Stanford Woman’s Club. 

 

Judy is survived by daughter Deborah (Larry) Pratt of Lewistown; son Shawn (Janell) Barber of Fort Benton, MT; granddaughter Brittany Pratt (Lucca) of Bozeman, MT; sister Kay Streeter of Buffalo Gap, SD; and several nieces and nephews.  

 

She was preceded in death by her parents Ralph and Frances Wieters, her husband Mahlon, daughter Michelle Renae, and granddaughter Megan Renee.

 

Funeral services for Julia (Judy) Barber will be Saturday, October 21st, 2017 at 10:30 a.m. at the Stanford Presbyterian Church with committal to follow in the Stanford Cemetery.  The Cloyd Funeral Home is assisting the family.

 

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

 

 

Donald C. Thomas 80 of Lewistown and Moore died early Monday morning, October 9th, 2017 at his home of natural causes.  He was born January 10, 1937 in Lewistown the son of Clyde and Alma (Bender) Thomas.  He received his schooling in Trout Creek School and Moore High School graduating in 1955.  He then attended Montana State College in Bozeman for one year.  He returned to Lewistown and worked at the First National Bank.  He was united in marriage to Jean Lincoln and they lived in Lewistown until moving to Grand Rapids, MN in the mid 1960’s where he continued in the banking business working for West Bank.  In 1977 they returned to Moore and they divorced.   He worked for the Montana Bank in Butte and then moved to Cut Bank and worked in Montana Bank in Browning.  On December 21, 1979 he was united in marriage to Barbara Paulsen in Lewistown.  They moved back to Moore in 1983 and he was the Administrator for the Lewistown Eagles Manor.  He went back to the First National Bank in 1984 doing farm loans.  In 1986 they moved to Scobey and he continued in the banking business in Scobey and Wolf Point working at Citizen’s State Bank, later becoming Interstate Bank until he retired from banking in 2000 and returned to the ranch near Moore.  

 

Don enjoyed camping, hunting, fishing, snow mobiling and they served as camp hosts for 4 years at Crystal Lake Camp Ground. 

 

He was a member of the Moore United Methodist Church, the Masonic Lodge and was a Past Master, Eastern Star, Little Belt Snow Mobile Club, serving as Vice President and was a certified instructor, Served as District 9 Representative for the State Snow Mobile Association, member of the Optimist Club and served as Firearms and Snow Mobile Safety Instructor and a life member of the NRA.

 

He is survived by his wife Barbara of Lewistown; sons Karl (Jacki) of Lewistown, David (Kim) of Billings, MT, Les (Chris) of Laurel, MT; daughters Tammi (Rich) Anderson of Ontonagon, MI and April Thomas of Colorado Springs, CO; step-son James Paulsen of Jacksonville, AR; brother Verland (Erlyne) of Huntley, MT; sister Sharon (Gary) Drake of Billings, MT; 11 grandchildren, 6 great granddaughters and several nieces and nephews.

 

He was preceded in death by his parents and two sisters.

 

Funeral Services for Donald C. Thomas will be Tuesday, October 17th, 2017 at 1100 a.m. in the Cloyd Chapel with committal to follow in Central Montana Memorial Gardens.  The Cloyd Funeral Home is assisting the family.

 

Friends are asked to make memorials to Hospice of Central Montana, the Moore United Methodist Church 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.

 

 

Clayton Howard “Casey” Anderson 87, of Strasburg, CO.  Casey passed away peacefully on 30 September, 2017 at Prairie Creek Living Center in Strasburg, Colorado.  He was born 16 September 1930 in Great Falls, Montana, the son of Conrad V and Engeline (Blais) Anderson and was raised on the family ranch near Roy, Montana.   

He married his first wife, Helen Carol Lode, in 1951 and they first lived in Lewistown, MT.  In 1958 the family moved to Great Falls, MT where he worked for the Montana Farmer Stockman until 1962 when the family again moved, this time to Regina, Saskatchewan, Canada where he was editor of the “Westerner” magazine.  In 1968 Casey’s family moved to Guelph, Ontario, Canada where he was the Secretary of the Canadian Aberdeen Angus Association.  In 1969 the family again moved to Calgary, Alberta, Canada where Casey was the General Manager for Caravell Land and Cattle Company, Canadian Division.  In 1970 Casey started CA Livestock (International) and was instrumental in introducing the Simmental cattle breed from Europe to Canada and the US.  In 1972 he managed the first million-dollar beef cattle sale at the National Western in Denver, CO.  He was a long-time member of the National Western Association in Denver, CO.  He and Helen divorced in 1974 and he moved to Kansas City, MO where he headquartered his company for many years.  He married again in 1975.  In Carbondale, CO he sold real estate.  In the 1990’s he founded Ag Management, Inc in Kansas and Missouri, consulting through the US State Department about the beef cattle industry and beef genetics in the former Soviet Union and eleven countries on four continents.  He retired about 2002 in Byers, CO.  In retirement he travelled extensively to Mexico, South America, and Asia.  Casey was an accomplished photographer and enjoyed studying history.  His outgoing personality and knowledge of the beef cattle industry has touched many people. 

He loved the outdoors, especially hunting and fly-fishing which he missed in his later years. 

He is survived by his son LTC (Ret) Daniel (Margie) Anderson of Wichita, KS and four daughters: Sandra Birch of British Columbia; Cheryl Anderson-Kober of Laurel, MT; Anita (Jerry) Vandergriendt of Fort Wayne, IN, and Linda Anderson of Raleigh, NC; 8 grandchildren, and 20 great-grandchildren. 

Casey was preceded in death by his parents, two brothers Alvin and Gordon, ex-wife Helen Fowler, son Kenneth Mark Anderson, grandson Russell Alexander Birch and great granddaughter Caton Anderson.   

Graveside Services for Casey Anderson will be Friday, October 13th, 2017 at 2:00 p.m. in the Lewistown City Cemetery, Lewistown, MT.  The Cloyd Funeral Home is assisting the family.   

Friends are asked to make memorial donations 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.

 

 

Eugene A. (Gene) Langford, 73, a longtime resident of Valle Vista, passed away September 19th 2017 of natural causes.  Gene was born August 10th 1944 to Arthur and Lucille (Judy) Langford. He was the youngest of nine children. He left home at an early age, but always remained in Montana. He enjoyed horses, cars and had an extensive key collection. Gene was a gentle soul who touched the lives of those around him and will always be remembered for his thoughtfulness.

 

Gene is survived by two brothers, Richard Langford and Lawrence (Joyce) Langford and numerous nieces and nephews.

 

The family would like to express the deepest appreciation and gratefulness to all his caregivers over the years, whose loving care enriched Gene’s life.

 

Services for Eugene Langford will be held at 2:00 pm Saturday, October 14th 2017 at Valle Vista in the north dining room. A private committal will take place in Central Montana Memorial Gardens.  The Cloyd Funeral Home is assisting the family.

 

Memorials can be made in Gene’s memory to Hospice of Central Montana and they may be left at the Cloyd Funeral Home.  Condolences for the family may be posted online at www.cloydfuneralhome.com.

 

 

Duane T. “Buck” Butler, 87, of Lewistown died early Wednesday morning, September 27th, 2017, in the Central Montana Health & Rehab Center of natural causes.  He was born December 7, 1929 in Lewistown, the son of Wesley and Marguerite (Benjamin) Butler, Sr.  He received his early schooling in the Plum Creek School and then Fergus High School in Lewistown, graduating in 1948.  He went to Missoula to the University of Montana for 1 year and entered the U.S. Navy Reserve in Seattle, WA on April 16, 1947 serving on the U.S.S. Buck, receiving his discharge on December 6, 1951.  Prior to his Naval discharge he enlisted in the U.S. Army on February 8, 1951 in Butte, MT.  He served during the Korean War and received his honorable discharge on January 20, 1953 at Fort Lewis, WA.  During his Army service he received the Korean Service Medal and the United Nations Service Medal. While in the Army he was united in marriage to Mary Kottas on June 11, 1951 in Lewistown and they made their home in California while he finished his time in the Army.  Following his discharge, they returned to Lewistown where he worked at Lewistown Hardware and the Montana Department of Highways before returning to the family ranch in the Moulton area in the mid 1950’s, where they ranched and raised their family.

 

Buck enjoyed time with his family, playing poker, hunting and traveling. In Lewistown his coffee club was a source of enjoyment for the last several years.

 

He was a member of the V.F. W. and the American Legion and in the 1970’s the Fergus County Sheriff’s Posse.

 

Buck is survived by his wife of 66 years, Mary, of Lewistown; sons Gary (Peggy) of Lewistown, Billy (Natalie) and Tommy (Karla) both of Hilger; three grandchildren Garrett (Krischelle), Dawn (Ty) Zackus and Brandy (Joel) Barber; four great grandchildren Chelsea, Laurel, Salena and Mercedez and several nieces and nephews; as well as brother-in-law Gene (Patty) Kottas in Washington and sister-in-law Betty Butler of Billings, MT.

He was preceded in death by his parents, two brothers Wesley Jr. and Glen and one sister Rita Wiltgen.

 

Private family services for Duane (Buck) Butler will be held at a later date.  The Cloyd Funeral Home is assisting the family.

 

Friends are asked to make memorials to Hospice of Central Montana 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.