Recent Obituaries

Ted F. Murray, 88 of Lewistown, died Monday, October 18, 2021 in the Central Montana Medical Center of natural causes.  He was born February 27, 1933 in Lewistown the son of Joseph A. and Ella R. (Hogeland) Murray.  He received his schooling in Lewistown graduating with the Class of 1951 from Fergus High School, although he enlisted in the U.S. Navy in February 1951 prior to his graduation.  He returned to Lewistown following his honorable discharge in 1953 and worked at Moody Implement.  He was working at the State of Montana Fish Hatchery in Lewistown when he was united in marriage to Beverly Watschke on August 20, 1955 in Moore, MT.  Ted and Bev moved to Seattle, Washington where he worked for Boeing.  They moved back in 1958 before the birth of their first child, Vicky, and made their home in Lewistown.  He went on to work at the Montana Department of Highways and then Jason’s Hub Clothing in Lewistown where he worked his way up to manager.  In the early 1980’s, he began selling cars at Courtesy Pontiac-Buick and then worked at the Creel Funeral Home for several years.  He operated his own business, Creative Visions, frame shop, for many years.  He worked for the Cloyd Funeral Home and drove school bus for School District #1 for 20 years, receiving the Bus Driver of the Year for the State of Montana in 2012. 

In his retirement, Ted spent many hours doing photography and studying the history of Lewistown, his many hours doing woodwork that he loved and helping raise monies for the Shrine Hospitals through the Central Montana Shrine Club.  Ted also volunteered his time at The Central Montana Museum.

Ted was a member of the First Presbyterian Church, Friendship Lodge #37 AF & AM of Lewistown, Central Montana Shrine Club, Fergus Post #16 American Legion, Lewistown Kiwanis Club, Elks Lodge #456 of Lewistown and the Fergus County Council on Aging. 

Ted was very proud of his family and spent quite a bit of time with his grandchildren, Taylor and Dalton Jensen, and Aaron and Amy Galt.  The volume of pictures, slides and computer discs full of pictures provides a great history for his family.

He is survived by his wife of 66 years, Bev of Lewistown; two daughters, Wendy (Mike) Jensen of Glendive and Vicky (Dave) Galt of Helena, MT; four grandchildren, 5 great grandchildren and several nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents and 3 brothers.

Funeral Services for Ted F. Murray will be Thursday, October 28th, 2021 at 1:00 p.m. in the First Presbyterian Church with committal in the Lewistown City Cemetery.  Visitation will be on Wednesday, October 27th, 2021 from 3:00 to 6:00 p.m. in the Cloyd Chapel.  The First Presbyterian will  live steam the service on their facebook page for anyone unable to attend. The Cloyd Funeral Home is assisting the family.

Friends are asked to make memorials to the Shrine Travel Fund, Lewistown Veterans Memorial Park or the charity of their choice and they may be left with the Cloyd Funeral Home.  Condolences for the family may by posted online at www.cloydfuneralhome.com

Louise Betty Anglin 95 of Lewistown died Friday morning October 8th, 2021 in Valle Vista Manor of natural causes. She was born March 18, 1926 in Moore, MT the daughter of Frank and Lilian (Martenic) Pospisil, the third of eight children. She received her schooling in Moore and graduated from Moore High School. She was united in marriage to Arthur Stapleton in November of 1946. To this union 3 children were born, Dean Stapleton, Lyle Stapleton and Sheryl Stapelton. In 1973 she married Dick Anglin and they traveled and enjoyed visiting family and digging for sapphires and were amazing grandparents. She moved to Lewistown and lived at the Eagles Manor until the time of her death.

She is survived by her three children Dean of Lewistown, MT, Lyle of Kalispell, MT and Sheryl of Superior, MT; six grandchildren and several great grandchildren.

At her request cremation has taken place and no services will be held. 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 with the Cloyd Funeral Home. Condolences for the family may be posted online at www.cloydfuneralhome.com.

Joan M. Pedersen 65, of Lewistown, died Wednesday morning, September 29, 2021 in Benefis Healthcare in Great Falls of natural causes. A complete obituary will be released when completed. The Cloyd Funeral Home is assisting the family. Condolences for the family may be posted online at www.cloydfuneralhome.com

Julien G. Ransom 29 of Billings died of injuries sustained in an automobile accident on Thursday, September 23rd, 2021 near Lavina.

A Family service has been held and cremation has taken place with the Cloyd Funeral Home is assisting the family. Condolences for the family may be posted online at www.cloydfuneralhome.com

Jacklyn “Jackie” B. May 88 of Lewistown passed away early Saturday morning, October 2, 2021 in the Villa in Lewistown of natural causes with her daughters by her side. She was born August 28th, 1933 in Malta, MT the daughter of Bernhard and Hannah (Anderson) Peterson. The family moved to Kalispell and she received her education there graduating from Flathead High School in 1951. She married her high school sweetheart Robert “Bob” May on June 8, 1952 in Bigfork, MT. They had two daughters and spent 69 years together prior to his death in July of 2021.

Jackie was a wife and mother first but also worked part-time in retail most of her life, first at Montgomery Ward and later at the Equity Supply Company working with and serving lifetime friends in the Flathead area for many years and eventually retiring in her 60’s.

She always had a vegetable garden, raised beautiful flowers and especially enjoyed decorating for the holidays.   She was an outdoor girl which fit perfectly with a marriage spent camping with the Thompsons, Hartsochs and Petersons in the early years, later with friends from the Lazy Eight and Shakey Six or some variation of that! When it wasn’t camping weather, Bob and Jackie would go hunting for firewood or just for a drive. She had wonderful times picking huckleberries on a warm late summer day on the side of a mountain and then finding new recipes for them. Best of all Jackie enjoyed all of the little children in her life, especially her own children, grandchildren and great grandchildren. She loved to buy little presents and Beanie Babies and have a bowl of candy for any kids who came to visit.

She is survived by her daughters Gail Ohnstad of Winter Springs, FL and Reta (Steven) Knox of Winifred, MT; six grandchildren, fifteen great grandchildren, one great great grandchild and numerous nieces and nephews.

In addition to her husband, she was preceded in death by her parents, siblings Bernice, Helen, George, Ben and Clayton, granddaughter Monica and great granddaughter Sarah.

No Services will be held at this time for Jackie May, a joint committal will be held for Jackie & Bob next year in Glacier Memorial Gardens in Kalispell. Cremation has taken place with the Cloyd Funeral Home assisting the family.

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

Michael Paul Berger, Sr. 72 of Lewistown passed away at his home on September 26, 2021, after a long illness.  Mike was born in Moore, Montana on July 2, 1949 to Francis and Mary (Swan) Berger.  Mike was married two times and had eight children.  When Mike was a baby, the family moved to Butte.  Mike worked at various jobs in his lifetime.  He worked for the Anaconda Company at their smelter in Anaconda, MT.  Mike attended Northern Montana College in Havre and received an Associate’s degree in Diesel mechanics.  While in Havre he worked at a car dealership as a lead mechanic.  Mike worked as a diesel mechanic at Blankenship Construction in Butte for two years then moved to Lewistown and opened his own diesel mechanics business with his brother–in-law Ken.  Mike eventually moved to Seattle, Washington and worked as a machinist making metal templates in preparation for building various machines. Mike retired in 2019 and moved back to Lewistown. 

Mike was an avid hunter and fisherman, he loved the outdoors and playing canasta with anyone who would play.  He was very competitive.  Mike’s favorite saying when he was leaving was “What did the beaver say to the tree?  Nice naughin ya.” He will be greatly missed.

He is survived by his children, Michael Berger, Jr., Gayle George, David Berger, Kenneth Berger, Corey Berger and Robert Berger all of Colorado, Shawn Berger of Butte and Travis Berger of Great Falls; his siblings Eileen (Michael) Richey of Gresham, OR, Barbara Wichman of West, TX and Joseph (Colleen) Berger of Butte, MT; numerous grandchildren, great grandchildren, nieces and nephews. 

Mike was preceded in death by his parents, grandparents Steve and Rose Swan, John and Eliza Berger, his brother Ed and brother-in-law Ken Wichman. 

Memorial Services will be Tuesday, October 12th, 2021 at 11:00 a.m. in St. Leo’s Catholic Church, cremation has taken place at his request 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 with the Cloyd Funeral Home.  Condolences for the family may be posted online at www.cloydfuneralhome.com.

John Lester Fleharty, age 74, of Lewistown passed away at his home in Lewistown on September 18, 2021. John was born in Lewistown November 2, 1946 to Russell and Fay (Sweeney) Fleharty. He received his education in Lewistown, graduating from Fergus High School in 1965. In high school John played and was a part of the Fergus High School championship football team of 1964.

John continued his education, attending and graduating from MSU Northern with a teaching degree in Industrial Arts. Following his graduation from MSU Northern, John taught school in Eureka and Roundup. During his tenure in college, John worked as a seasonal firefighter before working his way up to a maintenance worker for the Bureau of Land Management retiring in 2009 after a 35 year plus career.

During a social outing, John met Helen Bailey a young lady he would join in marriage, December 26, 1981 at the First Presbyterian Church in Lewistown. The couple made their home in Lewistown. Later in the marriage, their daughter Kyra was born. John enjoyed her growing years, partaking in watching her play basketball. He also was an avid bowhunter.

He was a member of the Lewistown Bowhunters Association, Pope and Young Club, Montana Bowhunters Association and a supporter and member of the Fergus High School Booster Club. John was a large man with a big heart and was a very a talented man. He spent time in his shop creating, building most anything from materials of leather, steel and wood.

John was preceded in death by his parents and brother, Pat Russell Fleharty. John is survived by his wife Helen of Lewistown; daughter, Kyra Fleharty; step-mother, Kathy (Kimbel) Fleharty; sister, Kim (Dave) Ferrell; step-brothers, Tom Petranek and Jeph Fleharty; step-sister, Julie (Rick) Massaro; nephew, Jay Ferrell and niece, Shannon Larson. John is also survived by several extended relatives and friends.

Come join the family and friends during a social event celebrating the life of John Fleharty during the hours of 12:00 noon to 3:00 p.m. Sunday, September 26, 2021 at the Elks Country Club, 320 Country Club Lane here in Lewistown.

John, as stated above was a member of several organizations. The family suggest that memorials may be made to those organizations or simply to an organization or charity of the donor choice and they may be left at the Cloyd Funeral Home.  Condolences for the family may by posted online at www.cloydfuneralhome.com. Cloyd Funeral Home is assisting the family with arrangements. 

Richard D. Chamberlin 80, of Harlowton, died September 18, 2021 in Central Montana Medical Center of natural causes.  Graveside services will be held on Saturday, October 23rd, 2021 in the Harlowton Cemetery in Harlowton, Montana. A complete obituary will be released when completed.  The Cloyd Funeral Home is assisting the family. Condolences for the family may be posted online at www.cloydfuneralhome.com