Recent Obituaries

Elizabeth Ann (Nicoll) Lehfeldt 91, of Laurel and formerly of Lewistown passed away in the early morning hours of February 19, 2021. She was born in Los Angeles, California on January 17, 1930 the daughter and only child of Andrew “Nick” and Margaret (McPherson) Nicoll.   

Dede grew up in the Los Angeles area.  She moved with her family to Douglas, Wyoming as a teenager.  There her parents owned the “Kandy Koop” and Dede helped out after school.  The last two years of high school, Dede attended North Hollywood High, as her father worked in the motion picture business in old-time westerns.

Upon graduation, Dede moved to Lewistown, Montana to attend St. Joseph’s School of Nursing.  Dede graduated as a Registered Nurse in 1952.  Dede treasured the many friendships that she made while going to nursing school.

On December 15, 1951 Dede was united in marriage to Oswald “Gilbert” Lehfeldt in Los Angeles, California.  They spent their early years in Stanford, Montana and Lewistown where they raised their two children, Chris (Holly) Lehfeldt and Cathy (Jerry) Williams. Dede and Gil were married for nearly 69 years. Gil passed away less than 3 months ago.  We all take solace in the fact that they are together once again.

Dede worked as an RN for many years in various places in Lewistown including St. Joseph’s Hospital, The State Home for the Aged, Valle Vista Manor, and as a medical officer with the Civil Air Patrol.  She also was a tireless volunteer for the March of Dimes, as she had been stricken with polio as a teenager and she appreciated the help she had received.

Dede’s greatest treasures were her children, grandchildren, and great grandchildren.  She loved each and every one abundantly.  She was the hugging kind of grandma, that made each one feel special.  Dede was a character and kept us all laughing.  Her sense of humor was one of her greatest assets.

Dede is survived by her son Chris (Holly) Lehfeldt of Billings, Montana; daughter Cathy (Jerry) Williams of Laurel, Montana; grandchildren Brock (Rebekah) Williams, Cara (Zach) Waitman, Erika (Bill) Wilson, Kelsey (Chad) Gluhm; and eleven great-grandchildren, Kaden, Brecken, Alexa, Camden, Kyler, Mathias, Keaton, Kolby, Henry, Kooper, and Kinley; one brother-in-law Herbert Lehfeldt, one sister-in-law Sylvia Fred and numerous nieces and nephews. 

Memorial services will be held for Elizabeth “Dede” Lehfeldt on Saturday, March 6th, at 11:00 a.m. at the Cloyd Chapel with committal of both Dede and Gil to follow at the Lewistown City Cemetery, cremation has taken place. The Cloyd Funeral Home is assisting the family.

Friends are asked to make memorials to the March of Dimes 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.

William E. “Bill” McLendon 89 of Lewistown, joined his beloved wife Margaret “Margy” McLendon in heaven on Monday, February 22, 2021, he passed away in his sleep shortly after returning home from an extended stay in the hospital where he was being treated for heart problems. Bill was born June 13, 1931, in Georgia to Edward and Louise (Holt) McLendon. They moved to Montana when Bill was a freshman, and he graduated from Fergus High School in 1949. He married Margy Biehl on March 12, 1955, and together they had two sons, Clay and Mark McLendon. 

Bill served in the Army Corps of Engineers for 20 years, eventually attaining the rank of Lieutenant Colonel. During this time, he served in both the Korean and Vietnam conflicts. The family moved all around the United States, Iran and Germany. After retiring from the service in 1972, they returned to Montana to run the Big Coulee Ranch near Buffalo, where he was active in the Buffalo Church and Community Club as well as supporting his boys’ activities in Hobson. In 1996, they sold the ranch and retired to Lewistown, eventually moving to the Esplanade where he and Margy had lots of friends and good times. Bill enjoyed attending Coffee Call with his friends almost every day. He was also very involved in his community, including being a long-time member of both Kiwanis and the American Legion. Thanks to Margy, they were active members of the Fitness Center at the hospital for 24 years, where Bill mostly enjoyed the cafeteria.  

Bill truly did love his family. He was a cherished husband, father, grandfather, and dear friend to many. His rumbling laugh could put a smile on anyone's face, as could his deep singing voice. He was happiest when fishing, hunting, watching the Yankees game, or sitting down to an all-you-can-eat breakfast. All these activities were made even better when he got to do them with his family.

“I loved my country and my family. My kids are my heroes.”

That is the obituary that my dear grandpa, one of the most talkative people I’ve ever known, wrote for himself. He lived a full 89 years, lived all around the world, proudly served his country, and had more stories to tell than we could ever count, but he summed up his life with those two simple sentences. We loved him, too. He was our hero, too.

He is survived by his two sons Clay (Cindy) of Great Falls and Mark (Darcy) of Lewistown; seven grandchildren Michelle McLendon, Kyle McLendon, Mathew McLendon, J.B. (Shaneal) Miller, Ryan McLendon, Haley (Luke) McLendon, and Cassie (Dearl) Kitch; four great grandchildren Tanner and Payton Miller, and Kael and Kiley Kitch; one brother-in-law Glenn Biehl; one niece Bev Biehl and one nephew Bruce Biehl. He will be dearly missed.

He was preceded in death by his wife in October of 2020 and his parents.

Memorial Services for Bill McLendon will be Friday, March 5, 2021, at 1:00 p.m. at the United Methodist Church. Cremation has taken place with the Cloyd Funeral Home assisting the family.

Friends are asked to make memorials to CMMC Hospice or the American Legion and they may be left with the Cloyd Funeral Home. Condolences for the family may be posted online at www.cloydfuneralhome.com

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Frances L. “Fran” Coats 65 of Lewistown died Tuesday afternoon at the Central Montana Medical Center of natural causes. She was born July 24, 1955 in Rock Springs, WY the daughter of Darwin and Phyllis J. (Frye) Collins. She received her schooling in Wyoming. She met and married her soulmate Merlin Coats on March 28, 1975 in Casper, WY, a marriage that has lasted 45 years. They lived in Casper and Sheridan, WY until moving to Lewistown in 2000. She worked in the healthcare industry until her retirement a few years ago.

Fran enjoyed bowling and time with family.

She is survived by her husband Merlin of Lewistown; two daughters Dixie Ellis in Florida and Dawn (Chris) Feller of Lewistown; three brother Dan Collins of Green River, WY, Don Collins of Rock Springs, WY and Duane Collins of Lewistown, MT; one sister pam Galey of Reno, NV; one grandchild Brady Feller.

She was preceded in death by her parents.

No Services will be held at this time for Fran Coats, 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 with the Cloyd Funeral Home. Condolences for the family may be posted online at www.cloydfuneralhome.com.

Jessie M. Brown 65 of Lewistown died Monday evening, February 15th, 2021 at her home of natural causes.  She was born July 12, 1955 in Lewistown, MT the daughter of Merris K. and Helen C. (Jones) Brown.  She received her schooling in Winifred graduating in 1975.  She then moved away returning to Winifred in 1980.  She worked as a CNA in Lewistown and then in 1990 moved to Idaho and worked as a cook returning to Lewistown in 1994.  She found her soul mate Claude Cox and they lived various places as he worked in the logging industry.  They settled in Lewistown in the late 1990’s. 

Claude died in December of 2020.

Jessie enjoyed canning, going to yard sales, crafts and spending time with her family.

She is survived by two daughters (Brandon) Pace in Mississippi and Mariah (Travis) Wade of Lewistown, MT; two grandchildren Joseph Riley and Zhoe Wade.

Graveside services for Jessie M. Brown and Claude C. Cox will be Tuesday, February 23rd, 2021 at 11:00 a.m. in the Veterans Section of the Lewistown City Cemetery.  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 with the Cloyd Funeral Home.  Condolences for the family may be posted online at www.cloydfuneralhome.com.

In what came as a big shock to her loving family, Kimberley Kay (Cavan) Bradley, 64, of Garneill, passed away suddenly and unexpectedly on February 15th, 2021 at her beloved home.  Kim was born on November 27th, 1956 in Billings, MT to Robert and Aletha (Parker) Cavan their second child and younger sister to Robert, Jr. In 1960, the family relocated to Fridley, MN, where she spent her childhood, graduating from Fridley High School in 1975.  While in high school, she participated in cheerleading and was on the dance line. She attended the Hennepin Technical College, earning a certificate in phlebotomy.  In 1986, while visiting her (very insistent) grandmother, Ann, in Judith Gap, Kim was introduced to the love of her life, Russell Bradley. Ann was so insistent on their courtship that she invited herself to chaperone their first date. Her match-making skills must have been successful, as only true love could entice this fiercely independent city-girl to pack her bags and move to the windy, middle-of-nowhere town (if you can call it that…) of Garneill. She and Russ were married in the Fall of 1987, in Couer D’Alene, Idaho. 

They began their married life with Russ testing her skills—and patience— with horses, cows, and pigs; but they eventually settled on farming, tending sheep, and raising their three children. Kim was a quick learner in all things related to farming, including caring for the sheep, haying, and bottle feeding dozens of bum lambs. She was a great cook, and regularly prepared large feasts for “her” Points North harvest crew, Russ’s construction crew, sheep shearing crews, and her incredibly hungry kids. She was the rock that organized the bookkeeping for every aspect of the farm and construction business.  As busy as she was, Kim’s many jobs on the farm just weren’t enough.  She worked at Central Montana Medical Center for over a decade, then transitioned into the role of Clerk/Treasurer for the town of Moore, where she worked until her passing. As the perfectionist she was, she took pride in every detail, and her heart and integrity could be seen in everything she did.  She was a whiz with numbers, which was evident in her perfectly kept check book register—just ask the accountant! Kim was a proud member of the CMMC Hospital Auxiliary, The Order of The Eastern Star, and the John Birch Society.  She was dedicated to her faith as a Christian and to her country as an Americanist. While her presence in the community was notable, it was her presence in her family that will be missed beyond measure.

Kim was always the number one fan (and mom) at every basketball, football, and volleyball game, track meet, band concert, and piano recital her kids participated in. She also served as a Boy Scout Troop Leader for several years.

As her kids left her empty-nested, she took up a passion for gardening.  As Russ stated: they might not have ever eaten anything she grew, but she sure enjoyed doing it.  Her rock garden was always full of beautiful flowers perfectly placed, along with the ever-growing rock collection she obtained on every side-by-side adventure her and Russ took.  As anyone who has seen the collection knows, some were gathered by hand, by excavator, from Montana, and from every state visited.  Her and Russ spent many weekends adventuring with the Treasure State ATV Club as well as the Montana Trail Vehicle Riders Association.  New sites were seen, new friendships made, and family bonds strengthened.  Kim could also be found many nights beating Russ at cribbage and other various board games both at home and in their motorhome “Winnie the Whale”.  Her creativity, spunk, and adventurous soul will be enjoyed for years to come.

Kim is survived by her husband, Russell of Garneill; sons Jeff (Jaimie), of Watford City, ND, Paul, of Garneill; daughter Anna (fiancé Ryan McCracken) of Colstrip; brother Bob (Deb) Cavan, of Elk River, MN; and three grandchildren Cole, Katie, and Alex of Watford City, ND.

She was preceded in death by her parents Robert and Aletha Cavan.  

A memorial service for Kim Bradley will be held Saturday, February 20th, 2021 at 2:00 p.m. in the Cloyd Chapel in Lewistown.  Cremation has taken place and a private committal will be at a later date.  A reception will follow at the First Christian Church (103 12th Ave. S.; Lewistown, MT). We look forward to celebrating the life of Kim and further cherishing the countless memories we will have for the rest of our lives. Kim will always be remembered as the best mom and wife anyone could ever ask for.

Memorials may be made to the Central Montana Medical Center Auxiliary, Salvation Army or a charity of your choice and they may be left with the Cloyd Funeral Home.  Condolences for the family may be posted online at www.cloydfuneralhome.com

Terry Obit

Terry Hinderer (Spurgeon-Landru) 73 of Culbertson MT. died February 12 after a brief illness at SLC Hospital in Billings, Montana. Terry was born to Gayle and Rae (Rousek) Spurgeon on February 12, 1948 in Belle Fouche, South Dakota.  She was soon joined by brothers Michael and Rory Spurgeon.   Most of her earlier years were spent growing up on the Landru Ranch near Lewistown, MT, where she was joined by brothers Alan and David Landru and sister Shelley Landru.  After graduation from Fergus County High School, she spent several years in St. Paul, Minnesota before returning to Montana, where she lived between the mountains of Lewistown and Helena before finally settling in the prairies of Culbertson. 

All who ever knew Terry understood her capacity to love and persevere.  It was often said that “her heart was as big as Texas.”  Her smile was big, her laugh was hearty, her hugs were unforgettable and her stubbornness legendary.  The most cherished moments of her life were when her daughter Lindsey Rae was born and the births of her granddaughters Destiny and Madison.  They were truly her heartbeat.

For the last twenty years of her life, she found an enduring love and companionship with her husband Richard Hinderer who whisked her away as his bride to the rolling prairies of Culbertson.  They enjoyed many road trips out searching to capture the beauty of eastern Montana in photographs.  Through Richard she found more loving family with daughter Sandra and her children Avery, Easten and Peyton and son Steve.  

She is survived by her husband Richard of Culbertson; daughter Lindsey Landru (Robert Fasuga) of Helena; granddaughters Destiny and Madison of Helena; Sandra Smith of Lynchburg Virginia; granddaughter Avery and grandsons Easten and Peyton of Lynchburg Virginia;  son Steve Hinderer of Lakeville Minnesota; brothers Mike (Yayoi) Spurgeon of Missoula, Rory (Leslie) Spurgeon and Jody Spurgeon of Spokane, Washington, Bill Spurgeon of Tennessee, and David Landru of Prescott Valley, Arizona; sister Shelley Andrus of Great Falls; nephews Rick (Jennifer) of Missoula and Dustin (Jennea) of Great Falls; nieces Tiffany (Bodie) of Great Falls, Carli of Austin, Texas, and Stephanie (Shawn) of Spokane Washington as well as grandnieces and grandnephews.  She is also survived by sisters (in-law) Susan Spurgeon and MaryJo Landru.

Terry was preceded in death by her parents, Bob and Rae Landru, Gayle and Chris Spurgeon, brother Alan Landru and nephew Chris Spurgeon. 

Cremation has taken place and the family is planning a memorial service in the summer. Cloyd Funeral Home of Lewistown 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.

Nora Louise Anderson 36 of Roundup, MT passed away Thursday morning, February 4th, 2021 at Roundup Memorial Healthcare of natural causes.  She was born October 17, 1984 in Hardin, MT the daughter of Bruce H. and Kathy Ann (Davis) Anderson.  She attended school in Lavina and Broadview graduating in Darby, MT.  Nora met Randy Brooks in Darby and from this relationship they had two sons Aaron and Derrick.  Nora held various jobs but her favorite and most cherished was working at the Maverick Bar in Roundup and doing deliveries.  She considered them family and that is where she met Glen Derheim, the love of her life. 

She enjoyed being around family and friends, especially during the holidays.  She cherished her family with all of her heart.  Her favorite pastime was to go fishing and spending time with Glen.  She also enjoyed singing Karaoke at the Maverick with her sister. 

She fought hard during her fight with cancer.  She was diagnosed to be cancer free this last year. 

She will be dearly missed by all who knew her.  RIP our sweet Nora, Fly High.

She is survived by her husband Glen Derheim of Roundup, MT; her mother Kathy Anderson of Post Falls, ID; sons Aaron and Derrick both of Roundup, MT; siblings Robin (Kirk) in Oregon, Michelle (Bill) Martin, Bryan Anderson and Kurt (Brandy) Anderson all of Roundup, MT; Randy Brooks of Missoula, MT; numerous aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews, cousins and a grandnephew.

Nora was preceded in death by her father Bruce’ brother Jon; maternal and paternal grandparents.

A special thank you to Lisa Heimbigner.   Thank you also to Chris Wanner from Wanner’s Weddings for the donations and the Maverick family for helping with everything that was needed.

A Celebration of Life for Nora L. Anderson will be held on Monday, February 15, 2021 art 1:00 p.m. in the Masonic Hall in Roundup, MT with a potluck lunch to follow the services at the Maverick Bar.  Cremation has taken place with the Cloyd Funeral Home assisting the family.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to 1st Security Bank of roundup under Nora’s Fundraiser, Kurt Anderson or Michelle Martin.  Condolences for the family may be posted online at www.cloydfuneralhome.com.

Vada Mae Jimmerson 83, of Lewistown, went to be with her Lord and Savior Wednesday, February 3, 2021. She had been staying in an assisted living for the past six months in Western Montana close to her daughters. Vada was born in Rockford, Illinois on May 16, 1937 the daughter of Harry and Bessie (McPherson) Ferdinand. Her family moved to California for a short time before relocating to Lewistown when Vada was about six years old. Vada was a lifelong resident of Lewistown. She will be missed by many loved ones and friends.

Vada was very active at First Christian Church of Lewistown, making her famous raspberry pretzel salad for potluck dinner, serving on the mission board at the church and also teaching Sunday School for many years.   Her gift of hospitality was a blessing to many missionaries and others with whom she opened her home to in the community on many occasions. Whether she was hosting countless family meals, baking candy and other goodies for Christmas to give to others, or baking cinnamon rolls for special treats for her loved ones, Vada spent her life serving others through her gift of food and fellowship.

She and her husband Jerry were also very active at Central Montana Council on Aging; they delivered meals and Vada served as hostess for many years, doing anything from setting up tables to training new volunteers. Jerry and Vada served on the board for Central Montana Memorial Gardens for about 28 years. They played an instrumental role in moving the cemetery into financial stability and Vada served as secretary as well. A helpmate to her husband, Vada loved to go with him when he played with the Kitchen Band and Ole Duffers at nursing homes in the area. Vada later started playing with the band which she also enjoyed. She loved a good visit with friends and family.

Vada also liked sports; she and Jerry would attend many ball games in the area. The day before she passed away, she was watching a rodeo on the TV. While growing up, Vada played baseball with her brothers and always loved her family.

Vada is survived by her brother Duane (Donna) Ferdinand of Lewistown; her dear friend and neighbor Randy Peterson; her children Bill (Bonnie) Shammel of Hemingford, Nebraska; Vivian Shammel of Billings; Maxine (Ned) Kent of St. Ignatius; Audrey Larsson of St. Ignatius; Lyle Shammel of Colorado Springs; Geraldine Branstetter of Bozeman; Gary (Carol) Jimmerson of Great Falls; Bill (Molly) Jimmerson of Bozeman; Jack (Marlene) Jimmerson of Cincinnati; and Nancy (Pat) Felke of Arlington, Washington. She is also survived by many grandchildren, great-grandchildren, and nieces and nephews of whom she dearly loved.

Vada was preceded in death by her husband Jerry Jimmerson; her mother and father, Harry and Bessie Ferdinand; her grandson, Robert Paul Brown II; her sister-in-law Carlita Ferdinand Davidson; her brothers Adelbert Ferdinand and Gerald Ferdinand; and son-in-laws Larry Branstetter and Jon Larsson; and her first husband Vernon Shammel.

Funeral Services for Vada Jimmerson will be on Wednesday, February 10th, 2021 at 2:00 p.m. at the First Christian Church in Lewistown with committal to follow at Central Montana Memorial Gardens. The Cloyd Funeral Home is assisting the family.

Friends are asked to make memorials to Central Montana Memorial Gardens 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.