Obituaries

James S. (Jim) Umber 82 of Lewistown died Friday evening, November 10th, 2017 in Valle Vista Manor of natural causes. He was born October 1, 1935 in Lewistown at home across the street from the Presbyterian Church the son of James S. and Edna A. (Vanest) Umber. He attended Lewistown schools and earned his GED later. He worked on construction of power lines in his younger years. He later worked as a custodian as several schools and as an electronic technician until his retirement. Following his retirement, he worked as cook at the Villa in Lewistown.

On March 12, 1966 he was united in marriage to Barbara (Bobbi) Rowland in Lewistown and to this union three children were born. James, Robert and Leanna.

Jim is survived by his wife of over 51 years Barbara; sons James (Holly) of Missoula, MT and Robert (Kathy) of Columbia Falls, MT; one daughter Leanna (Gary) Lawrence of Billings, MT; brother Wallace Umber of Santa Barbara, CA; grandchildren Tyler and Payton Lawrence and Kaylee Umber; several nieces, nephews, great nieces, great nephews and friends.

He was preceded in death by his parents James S. Umber and Edna Kelly, sister Dolores Payton, half-sister Barbara Stingley, half-brothers Marion McCollum and Wilbur Umber.

Memorial Services for James (Jim) Umber will be held Saturday, May 26th, 2017 at 1:00 p.m. in the Cloyd Chapel with committal to follow in the Lewistown City Cemetery. At his request cremation has taken place. 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.

Gerald E. “Jerry” Jimmerson, age 95, of Lewistown passed away at his home with his wife Vada at his side early Thursday morning April 26, 2018.

Jerry was born in Suffolk, Montana March 20, 1923 to George and Jessie (Turner) Jimmerson. Jerry attended Salt Creek School for 2 years and graduated from Fergus High School in Lewistown in 1940.

Jerry and Alice Lund were married in 1943. He worked for various ranches including PN Ranch. Jerry enlisted and served in the United States Coast Guard from November 20, 1943 to February 7, 1946. During his time in the Coast Guard Jerry started purchasing land for his future career. Following his discharge, he came back to Suffolk and lived in the house he was born. Jerry retired and sold the farm in 1984.

He then went to work for the State of Montana as a Hail Adjuster for 18 years retiring in 2002. Jerry and Vada Ferdinand were married in Lewistown May 26, 1990. They are members of the First Christian Church in Lewistown. Past time enjoyments for Jerry were woodworking, playing in the Kitchen Band, and playing piano with the “Old Duffers”.

Jerry was preceded in death by his parents, two brothers, George and Murray, two sisters, Jean Wickens and Fay Williams and infant grandson, Ryan Jimmerson.

Jerry is survived by his wife Vada of Lewistown, sons, Gary Jimmerson of Great Falls, William “Bill” Jimmerson of Bozeman and Jack Jimmerson of Cincinnati, Ohio; daughters, Geraldine Branstetter of Bozeman and Nancy Felke of Arlington, Washington; brothers, Roy Jimmerson of Kalispell and Dick Jimmerson of Sacramento California; sisters, Ruth Dalton and Iris Vergason, both of Lewistown. Jerry was also survived by sister-in-law Jean Jimmerson of Lewistown and many grandchildren and great grandchildren.

Visitation hours will be from 12:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. with the family receiving friends from 4:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. Monday, April 30, 2018 at Cloyd Funeral Home. Viewing hours will also be one hour prior to service time at the church. Funeral services are scheduled for 2:00 p.m. Tuesday, May 1, 2018 at First Christian Church 103 12th Avenue South in Lewistown, MT. Burial with military honors will follow at Central Montana Memorial Gardens Cemetery.

Memorials in Jerry’s name are suggested to First Christian Church, 103 12th Avenue South, Lewistown, Mt. 59457 or to Hospice of Central Montana, 408 Wendell Avenue Lewistown, Montana 59457.

Cloyd funeral Home is care of the arrangements.

 

Sandra L. (Waltenbaugh) Wicks 66 of Lewistown passed on April 16, 2018 at the Central Montana Medical Center after a long, brave battle with cancer. Sandy was born August 3rd, 1951 in Miles City, MT to her parents, Jim and Mina (Osborn) Waltenbaugh. She received her education throughout Montana and Washington. She was united in marriage to Jon Wicks in 1973 in Coeur d’Alene, ID. Sandy was a talented artist and an even better friend. She loved her family endlessly and selflessly. She, without question, touched the lives of anyone she ever met and was always prepared to help someone who was in need.

Sandy loved the ocean, fishing and her memories of playing pool. She was fierce, loyal, and her love knew no lengths.

Sandy was survived by her husband of 45 years Jon of Lewistown; daughter Lori (Rick) Wicks Martin of Lewistown, MT; brothers Scott (Michele) of Port Townsend, WA, Steve (Karen) and Rick (Jan) Waltenbaugh both of Lewistown, MT; grandchildren Berkanna (Cody) Wicks Johnson, Summer Elmore, and Clayton Elmore, great grandchildren Milo, Rhett, and Cade Johnson.

A celebration of life for Sandy (Waltenbaugh) Wicks will be held during the summer of 2018. At her request cremation has taken place with the Cloyd Funeral Home assisting the family.

Friends are asked to make memorials to Hospice of Central Montana, St. Vincent Frontier Cancer Center 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.

Leona Marie (Spika) Strouf, 84, passed away peacefully in her home on the morning of April 15, 2018. She received excellent care by CMMC Hospice, her husband, Dick and granddaughter, Tara. She was always proud to say that she had lived a good life and had been everywhere and seen everything. She was an inspiration and always a hard worker. She could do so many things and always with a smile on her face.

She was born in Lewistown on September 20, 1933 to Charles and Martha (Vanek) Spika of Coffee Creek. She graduated from Denton High School and finished one year in Bozeman at MSU. She was united in marriage to Richard (Dick) Strouf on June 20, 1953 in Denton and they raised three children. In 1963 they bought their farm near Moccasin where they grew wheat and barley. Leona also worked part-time for the Judith Basin Press and drove the bus for the Stanford School District.

She volunteered several years as a 4-H leader and was involved in the Moccasin Garden Club and Little Belts Snowmobile Club. After they bought their first airplane in 1969, they got involved in the Montana Pilots Association and International Flying Farmers. They would fly all over the country to different gatherings, including several trips to Canada and Alaska. They even hosted their own Fly-ins at their family farm. She was selected as the Queen of the Montana chapter of International Flying Farmers in the mid-80’s.

Leona always loved to travel. She had been to Europe, Australia, New Zealand, and nearly every state in the US. In 1986 they bought a cabin at Seeley Lake where they would spend their free time and have family get-togethers. After they retired they traveled in their RV as “snowbirds” in the winter months and would seek warmer weather in the south.

She is survived by her husband of nearly 65 years, Dick Strouf and three children; Dale (Donna) Strouf, David (Cheri) Strouf, and Carol (Guy) Maberry, and two sisters-in-law; Virginia Spika and Alice Spika; seven grandchildren, six great-grandchildren, several nieces and nephews, and many great friends.

She is preceded in death by her parents and two older brothers, Frank and Albert Spika.

Private graveside services for Leona Strouf will be held at a later date, cremation has taken place. The Cloyd Funeral Home is assisting the family.

The family wishes to acknowledge the exceptional care of the hospice professionals. Friends are asked to make memorials Hospice of Central Montana or the charity of their choice and they may be left at the Cloyd Funeral Home. Condolences for the family can be left at www.cloydfuneralhome.com.

Lee Roy Langford passed away Thursday April 12, 2018, under the loving watch of the Central MT Medical Center. He was preceded in death by his mother (when he was nine years old) and his father in 1974. He is survived by his brother James Langford, wife Catherine, as well as eight children, 20 grandchildren, 32 great-grandchildren, and three great-great grandchildren.

Lee was born July 6, 1930 in Lewistown to Edward Langford and Mildred Sebek. He lived the bulk of his young life in Lewistown with grandparents Emil and Anna Sebek on their ranch where he went to Folda School up Maiden Canyon, then graduated from Fergus County High School. Lee joined the Army serving two years during the Korean War; first in El Paso, Texas and then in Fairbanks, Alaska where he was a communications specialist. One day he was put on K.P. and his commanding officer did not receive an important message in a timely manner. The C.O. ordered the Sergeant to “never put that man on KP again!” which irked the Sergeant and delighted Lee.

After his time in the service Lee learned the dry-cleaning business from his wife’s uncle and ran a shop in Poplar, MT. He then struck out on his own and built a garment empire that included the iconic Paris Cleaners in Lewistown, three laundromats and a commercial laundry. He served individuals and businesses all over central MT, employed hundreds of people from 1956 to 2007 spending over 50 years in the cleaning business.

He was blessed with many children. He and his first wife Jacqueline Green had Robert (Carleen) Langford, Jackilee (Bud) Leap, Mildred (Mike) Olson, Natalie (Bill) Parker, Leroy (Elizabeth) Langford and Lyda (Jerry) Hooks. Lee and his second wife Dorothy Muckey added Edward (Khriss) Langford, and his third wife Catherine rounded out the family with daughter Tina Hendrickson. Robert and Lyda live in Lewistown, Jackilee, Leroy, Edward and Tina live in Billings, Natalie lives in Lame Deer, and Millie lives in Albuquerque, New Mexico.

Lee loved spending time in the outdoors with his family—traveling, camping, boating, fishing, sharing strong opinions, and hunting (especially up Lost Fork Trail in the Belts). He and Cathy were members of the Moose Club, were avid motorcycle riders and Lee was a snowbird where he spent ten happy winters four-wheeling in Yuma, AZ.   Lee was the epitome of the philosophy “work hard, play hard” and will be greatly missed.

Visitation will be from 4:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. Thursday April 19th at Cloyd Funeral Home. Services are 11:00 a.m., Friday April 20, 2018 at the funeral home. After the graveside ceremony, everyone is invited to a lunch reception at the Central Montana Community Center.

Howard A. Cooper, 89, of Lewistown, passed peacefully from natural causes on Friday, March 30, 2018 at Haven Hospice Home, Jacksonville, Florida. Howard was born December 28, 1928 in Bozeman, Montana to William and Mabel Cooper. He received his schooling in Manhattan, graduating in 1946. Howard later enlisted in the U.S. Army, serving two years with the 2nd Armored Division in Germany. After returning from overseas, he enrolled at Western Montana College in Dillon, earning a B.S. in Education. While there, Howard met his future wife, Shirley Crosser. They were united in marriage in 1954. Howard and Shirley were blessed with two daughters, Teri and Leslie.

They settled in Lewistown where Howard accepted a teaching position at Fergus High, teaching Chemistry, Physics, and Math. He later received a Master’s in Education from Montana State University in Bozeman. Howard continued teaching until his retirement in 1987. Howard took pride in his teaching and educating many students over his career.

Howard loved the outdoors, hunting in the fall, and fishing year-round. He enjoyed endless hours of fishing with his grandchildren and many friends. Howard’s passion for the great outdoors lives on through them.

He was a member of several civic organizations throughout the community and was a Past Master of the Masonic Lodge of Lewistown.

Howard is survived by two daughters Teri Olsen (Bill Stiff) of Grass Range and Leslie (Patrick) O’Brien of Jacksonville, FL; one sister Joy Gover of Stevensville, MT; four grandchildren Kayla Olsen, Lauren O’Brien, Clint (Kodie) Olsen and Casey Olsen; two great grandsons Kane and Cord Olsen; and many nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his wife of 62 years, Shirley, his parents, 3 brothers and 2 sisters.

A celebration of Howard’s life will be held June 30th in Lewistown. Details will be announced at a later time. At his request, cremation has taken place. Cloyd Funeral Home is assisting the family.

Memorials may be made to the Veteran’s Park in Lewistown or Haven Hospice Home of Orange Park, Florida and they may be left at Cloyd Funeral Home. Condolences for the family may be posted online at www.cloydfuneralhome.com.

Mary Ann Metcalf 94 of Stanford died early Saturday morning, April 7th, 2018 in Pueblo, CO of natural causes. She was born December 19, 1923 in Sauk Centre, Minnesota the daughter of Ralph and Lucille (Borgmann) Steffes. She attended school in Sauk Centre graduating from High School in 1943. She then attended nurses training at St. Gabriel’s School of Nursing in Little Falls, Minnesota, becoming a registered nurse in 1947. She worked in hospitals in Melrose, Little Falls and Brainerd, Minnesota. She then went on to do private duty nursing in ST. Cloud and Melrose, Minnesota. In 1954 she moved with relatives to the Los Angeles, California area where she met John A. Metcalf. They were married on March 8, 1958 in Los Angeles. They returned to his ranch in Montana where they worked and lived near Stanford until 1978 when they moved into Stanford. They continued to operate the ranch until retiring in 1984 due to John’s heath. They traveled to Arizona in the winters returning to Stanford in the summers until 2006. They took many trips and enjoyed their retirement until John’s death in 2009.

Mary Ann continued living in Stanford following John’ death, until 2016 when she moved to Pueblo, Colorado.

Mary Ann was very community minded working for the Red Cross Bloodmobile as a County Chairman for several years, a 4-H leader and taught religious education at St. Rose of Lima Catholic Church in Stanford for many years, a member of the SET Club of Denton and was a member of St. Rose of Lima Catholic Church. She enjoyed serving her community and she did many crafts.

She is survived by sons Ken (Betsy) of Simi Valley, CA and Bill of Stanford, MT; daughter Rosanne (Dan) Ernst of Pueblo West, CO; brother Rev. Raymond Steffes, O.S.C. of Onamia, MN; sister Mona Denny of Wayzata, MN; sister-in-law Bonnie Steffes of Westfork, AR; brother-in-law Melvin Weyhrich of Marietta, GA; two grandchildren Samantha (Milo) Bushman and son Miles of Pasco, WA and Joshua (Jessica) Ernst of Albany, OR and several nieces and nephews.

In addition to her husband she was preceded in death by her parents, sisters Jean Johnson and Lorraine Weyhrich and brothers Ralph and Richard.

Memorial Services for Mary Ann Metcalf will be Friday, April 13th, 2018 at 10:00 a.m. in St. Rose of Lima Catholic Church with committal to follow in the Stanford Cemetery, vigil services will be Thursday, April 12th, 2018 at 7:00 p.m. in St. Rose of Lima Catholic Church. The Cloyd Funeral Home is assisting the family.

Friends are asked to make memorials to the Stanford Ambulance, St. Rose of Lima Catholic 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.

Herbert M. Greer, 87, of Lewistown, husband, father, grandfather, and great grandfather, went to be with his best friend and wife of nearly 63 years on March 30, 2018 in an Assisted Living facility in Helena. Since her death in 2012, he has longed to join her and is now at peace.

Herb was born August 2, 1930 in Damascus, VA, the son of Claude and Carrie (Widener) Greer. On August 29, 1949 he was united in marriage to June A. (Ayers). He retired as a Tech SGT in the United States Air Force where he was in charge of the dining facility. Herb was stationed at numerous Air Force bases, including overseas tours in Korea, Morocco, and Libya.   He retired in 1970 after 20 years of honorable service with the U.S. Air Force. In 1973 he moved his family to Lewistown, MT where he lived until September 2014, after which time he moved to Helena.

Herb enjoyed spending time with his children, grandchildren, and great grandchildren, hunting, and being a master gunsmith. Some of his other interests included attending yard sales, flea markets and gun shows.

He is survived by his daughters Carrie (Porter) Strausburg of Hanover, IN, Sherry Martin of Billings, MT, Gale (Keith) Greer-Kramlick of Helena, MT and Collette (Peter) Greer-Ziolkowski of Billings, MT; sons Herbert M. Jr. of Denton, MT and Byrne (Chris) of Florence, MT; nine grandchildren: Jessica (Michael) Martin-Biggins, Stefan (Maggie) Ziolkowski, Teal (Julien) Pates, Kayce (Neil) Koehler, Kevin Kramlick, Justin Martin, Jason (Tara) Martin, Beth and Josh Hunter; ten great grandchildren: Morella and Ruby Ziolkowski, Azaelya and Brookzyn Pates, Jaden and Kenyon Martin, Sophie Martin, and Tyzer, Tanner and Trevin Koehler as well as numerous nieces and nephews.

Herb was preceded in death by his wife, June A in 2012 and his son-in-law, Kenneth W. Martin.

At his request cremation has taken place and his family will celebrate his life in a private ceremony. Cloyd Funeral Home of Lewistown, MT is assisting the family.

In lieu of flowers, family and friends are asked to make memorials in our father’s name to Hospice of Central Montana or St. Pete’s Health Hospice of Helena, MT and they may be left with the Cloyd Funeral Home. Condolences for the family may be posted online at www.cloydfuneralhome.com.

A special thank you to all the compassionate and loving staff at Beehive Homes who cared for our Dad and to the Hospice staff, especially Mickie and Nancy.