Recent Obituaries

Joan Elizabeth Zormeir 89, of Billings and formerly of Lewistown passed away of natural causes on June 27, 2020. Joan was born at the family home in Forsyth, Montana, on January 28, 1931, to Robert E. and Eleanor (Borer) McKeever. She was the third of four daughters. Joan grew up in Forsyth and graduated from Forsyth High School in 1949 where she was a cheerleader, a member of Glee Club and the F.H.A. as well as the yearbook staff. After high school, Joan attended Mount St. Clare Junior College, in Clinton, Iowa. After graduation, Joan worked as a legal secretary for Coleman Jamison & Lamey in Billings, Montana. She met her future husband, Bud (Cloud L.) Zormeir at Pat Club, a youth group at St. Patrick’s Catholic Church. They settled in Lewistown, Montana, after their wedding on May 30, 1953. With the birth of their first son, Bob, Joan became a stay-at-home mom. Children Bill, Dave, and Mary followed in the next five years. Ann was born five years later followed by the birth of Jean five years after that.

Joan was a life-long Catholic and never went a day without praying the Rosary. She had strong convictions and followed them unwaveringly. During the 1970’s, Joan became involved in politics. She attended the first March for Life in Washington DC in 1974 and was one of the Montana delegates to the National Women’s Conference in Houston, Texas, in 1977. Joan was active in the Montana Republican Women, Right to Life and was the president of Montana Stop ERA, believing that it was of critical importance to preserve traditional family values. She was also a member of St. Leo’s Women’s Guild and Altar Society, Montana Cow Belles, and Lady Lions Club. Throughout her life, her primary focus remained on her husband and family. She was an expert seamstress and sewed everything from matching shirts for the boys when they were young to prom dresses and complicated Gunne Sax patterns for her daughters in high school. She was highly creative and enjoyed doing every imaginable type of craft with her children and grandchildren. She baked, canned, and cooked always keeping everyone well fed. Her children rushed home on Thursdays anticipating her delicious homemade bread. Joan was a Den Mother for the boys and could always be counted on for any school project or volunteer work that needed to be done. She was an accomplished pianist and even wrote pieces; music was a staple in the home. Dancing in the living room was common.

Joan is survived by her sons Robert (Diane) Snohomish, WA and William (Bonnie) of Port Townsend, WA; daughters Mary (Duncan) McRae of Rapid City, SD, Ann (Joseph) Peterson of Hudson, FL and Jean (Kirby) Hellegaard of Billings, MT; one sister Constance Rasky of Billings, MT; 12 grandchildren and several nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her sisters, Mary Ellen and Sheila, her husband, Bud, and her son, David.

Funeral Mass for Joan E. Zormeir will be Saturday, July 11th, 2020 at 11:00 a.m. in St. Leo’s Catholic Church with committal to follow in Mount Calvary Cemetery, vigil and remembrance will be held on Friday, July 10, at 7 pm in the Cloyd Chapel. A reception will follow the mass at The Eagles Club.

Friends are asked to make memorials to NAMI, 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

Today a golden heart has quit beating. And so, Mom we say well done, good and faithful servant. You have enriched our lives and now we place you in the arms of Jesus. Dora W (Walter) Stahl 89 died June 25,2020 surrounded by her loving family, Dora was born the daughter of Jacob and Susanna (Hofer) Walter on March 31, 1931 in Lethbridge, Alberta Canada. Dora was the seventh of 10 children at the age of 4 years old Dora lost her mother and gain a stepmother 5 years later. In 1944, Dora moved to Spring Creek Colony near Lewistown, Montana

     On June 3, 1951 she married her soulmate Joe A Stahl at the Ayers Colony, they were blessed with 66 wonderful years together and to this happy union eight children were born. In 1975, she relocated to the Fords Creek Colony where she diligently and gracefully worked hard to establish a firm foundation for the future generation.

     First and foremost, Dora was dedicated and devoted to her Christian Hutterian heritage, faith and belief, until the very end she was a shining example of her love for the Lords Words, works and wonders.

     Throughout Dora’s life she was always the cornerstone of the home, she was quiet, a lady of few words, no task was left undone and it was thoroughly done. She was an excellent homemaker, talented seamstress and awesome head cook for many years.

     Dora also loved nature and the outdoors, gardening and flowers were her passion.

     Dora is survived by her children, Josie (ED) Stahl of Deerfield Colony, Susan Stahl of Fords Creek Colony, Ruth (Herb) Hofer of East Raymond Colony, Glen (Judy) Stahl of Shepherd, MT, Rev. Frank (Kathy) Stahl of Fords Creek Colony, Dorothy (Tim) Stahl Surprise Creek Colony, Eileen (Dave) Hofer East Raymond Colony, Robert (Lydia) Stahl of Fords Creek Colony; brother Darius (Mary) Walter of Spring Creek Colony; three sisters-in-law Katie, Rachel and Kathryn Walter of Spring Creek Colony; 24 grandchildren, 27 great grandchildren, 4 extended grandchildren and 9 great grandchildren.

     She was preceded in death by her husband Joe A Stahl on December 23, 2017, her parents; five brothers Jake, George, Elias, Joseph and Paul, two brothers in child birth and 6-year-old special sister Anna; one grandchild and two great grandchildren.

I have fought the good fight, I have finished the race, I have kept the faith. Now there is in store for me the crown of righteousness, which the Lord, the righteous Judge, will award to me.                                                                      2 Timothy 4:7-8

     Funeral Services for Dora W. Stahl will be Sunday, June 28th, 2020 at 10:30 the Fords Creek Colony with committal to follow in the Fords Creek Colony Cemetery. The Cloyd Funeral Home is assisting the family. Condolences for the family may be posted online at


     It is with profound sadness that the family of Joseph R Stahl announce his unexpected passing on June 22, 2020.  Joe was born in Sterling, Alberta, Canada on February 25, 1946; the third child to John and Rebecca (Hofer) Stahl. This family later moved to central Montana and were essential in the growth of the Deerfield Hutterite Colony, where he resided for the rest of his life.

     Joe was united in marriage to Maria Walter (Mary) on November 30, 1974. To this Holy union, they welcomed 4 children: Jerry, Mark, Clara, and Diana.

     Joe was a big man which matched nicely with his giant sense of humor and quick wit. He spent most of his younger days chumming with his brother, where one went, the other was sure to be close by. Joe enjoyed working at the colony. You could say that he knew something about everything and was a bit of a Jack-of-all-trades! He was the manager of the Hog Operation for many years and enjoyed helping his brother John with the carpentry. Joe was also responsible for raising the chickens on the Colony for many years. Joe was an incredibly hard worker, who just retired 2 years ago; for as long as his health allowed, he would drive his red and white single axel truck at harvest time and haying season. Joe took tremendous pride in all that he did and was never known to do anything halfway.

     Dad enjoyed taking Sunday evening drives, checking the crops, taking in the scenery, and observing the livestock. The family fondly recalls fishing trips, blowing on the dice to win the pennies while playing 6-5-4, playing checkers, and enjoying each other’s company. Dad had a sweet tooth and you could always enjoy a treat with him.

     Mary was the love of his life. He would take a few moments every day to make sure she knew that, in the loving, teasing way that only he could. He escorted and accompanied her to prayer meeting every evening. Ever the tease, a nickname was given for all the special people in his life. Always the family man, our Dad took great honor in his ability to offer care for his Mom when she was elderly; doing the lunch dishes with “a lot of foam”, offering support and comfort and a listening ear. “Pop Joe” was a proud family man and was always happy to share a story with you about his kids or grandchildren. With reference to his grandchildren, often he would say “He’s a go-getter” or “That won’t slow her down”. Grandpa Joe looked forward to his talks and visits with the little ones, they lit up his life and added a spark (or several!). He was a great mentor, motivator, and encourager.

     He could talk to anybody about anything and would say “Sit down and have a ‘wisit’”.

     Joe was welcomed into Heaven by his parents, infant sister Rebecca, brother John. He leaves to carry on legacy – his loving wife, Mary; son Jerry (Maggie) of Fairbanks, AK children Seth and Tyler, Mark (Delayne) of Billings and children Emerysn and Haidyn, Clara of Deerfield; Diana (David) of Smoky Lake Colony and children Cameron, Jenessa, Weston and Analynn.

     He will be fondly remembered by many sisters and brothers-in-law, nieces, nephews, and the numerous lives he has touched. He was truly a favorite Husband, Dad, Uncle, Brother, and Friend. “We will miss you always”  

   Funeral Services for Joseph R. Stahl will be Friday, June 26, 2020 at 10:00 a.m. at the Deerfield Colony Committal will follow in the Deerfield Colony Cemetery, the Cloyd Funeral Home is assisting the family. Condolences for the family may be posted online at

“May you live forever, and I never die”


Lenora Amy McDonald 87 of Lewistown died Saturday morning, June 6th, 2020 in Valle Vista Manor of natural causes. She was born April 6, 1933 in Lewistown the daughter of Albert and Alice (Shoemaker) Moberly. She received her education in Lewistown graduating from Fergus Highs School in 1951. On June 17, 1951 she was united in marriage to Harry Nathan McDonald in Lewistown. They made their home in Lewistown until 1955 when they moved to Oregon. In 1959 they moved to California where they raised their family and were active in 4-H and FFA. In 2004 they returned to Lewistown and he preceded her in death in 2012.

They enjoyed traveling and she loved horses.

She is survived by three sons Harry of Lewistown, Nathan in Idaho and Bill in California; one daughter Lupita Narkevicius in California; one brother Arod (Jackie) Moberly of Lewistown; one sister Elvira A. Strouf of Lewistown; eight grandchildren, 4 great grandchildren and several nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her husband, parents and two brothers.

At her request cremation has taken place and committal in the Lewistown City Cemetery with her parents. The Cloyd Funeral Home is assisting the family.

Friends are asked to make memorials to the Central Montana Shrine Transportation Trust 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

Lawrence R. Harper 92 of Lewistown died Saturday morning, June 6, 2020 at his home surrounded by his family after a short battle with Leukemia. He was born February 25, 1928 in the family home in Harper Coulee near Roundup, MT the son of Harry and Edna (Haroun) Harper. They lived on a homestead and he attended Harpers Coulee School through 4th grade, they then moved into Roundup and he attended school there graduating from Roundup High School in 1948. He was drafted into the United States Army serving in October of 1950 serving in Germany during the Korean War. Following his discharge in 1952, he returned to Roundup where he worked various jobs. On May 8, 1955 he was united in marriage to Jean Rathbun in Roundup.  They made their home in Roundup until moving to Lewistown in 1958. He worked at the U.S. Gypsum Plant at Heath and later for Coast to Coast. He worked as a CNA at the Montana Mental Health Nursing Care Center until his retirement. On April 24th, 1981 he was united in marriage to Minnie (Harmon) McLaughlin in Lewistown, her children Mike Smith, Roger Smith, Terry Smith, Gerald McLaughlin, Robin McLaughlin and Susan Youngbauer.  She preceded him in death in 2013. He continued living in Lewistown until the time of his death.

He and Minnie enjoyed camping, viewing the Elk bugling on the CMR Game Range, traveling and visiting with family especially nieces Connie Lacey, Sharon Boyer and Sharon Hansen and he loved to hunt

He was a member of St. Paul Lutheran Church in Lewistown.

He is survived by two sons Roger (Teri) and Richard both of Lewistown; two daughters Cheri (Lance) Hins of Tappen, ND and Sally (Stevie) Aives of Boca Raton, FL; one brother Glen Harper of Missoula, MT; one sister Mabel Stralo of Poway, CA; niece Connie Lacey of Redmond, WA;  several grandchildren, great grandchildren, nieces and nephews.

In addition to his wife Minnie he was preceded in death by his parents and three brothers, Donald, Harold and Teddy.

Graveside Memorial Services for Lawrence R. Harper will be Monday, June 15th, 2020 at 2:00 p.m. in the Lewistown City Cemetery with a Celebration of Life to follow in the Labyrinth Garden in Frank Day Park. The Cloyd Funeral Home is assisting the family

Friends are asked to make memorials to the Fergus County Council on Aging, Musselshell/Golden Valley County 4-H Council 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

Veda Eleanor Barrick 88, formerly of Hobson and Moccasin, died early Saturday morning May 30th, 2020 in Lewistown at the Central Montana Health & Rehab Center. She was born April 29,1932 in Bozeman, MT at the Gallatin County Jail which is now the Gallatin County History Museum. Her parents, Robert J. and Pauline Mullica lived at the jail as Pauline’s father Orin L. DeVore was the Gallatin County Sheriff. Robert was a Gallatin County deputy at the time and Pauline’s mother Bess cooked for the prisoners.

Veda received her education in Bozeman. She attended elementary grades at Emerson School, which is now the Emerson Cultural Center. Veda graduated from Gallatin County High School in 1950. She then attended the University of Northwestern at St. Paul, MN for one year studying music. The Reverend Billy Graham was the president of the college at this time and also signed her Bible. In August of 1951 she married Keith Jongeward in Bozeman. They made their home in Bozeman and Salt Lake City until the marriage was annulled. Veda was staying with her cousin Ella when she met Darrell M. Barrick at the Green Ranch in Buffalo, MT. Ella was married to Darrell’s older brother Raymond and Darrell was their hired hand at the time. Veda and Darrell were united in marriage on December 28, 1956 in Bozeman. They lived in Bozeman until 1958 when they moved to Moccasin to operate the family farm which they farmed until Darrell’s retirement.

Veda was a member of the Hobson United Methodist Church and was their musician for over 30 years. An excellent baker she took treats to church every Sunday to share during coffee hour. She was also a delegate to the United Methodist Yellowstone Conference, and member of Benchland Community Club, Benchland Women’s Club, PTA, Young Matrons and Eastern Star. Veda drove school bus for many years and was the newspaper correspondent for the Lewistown and Stanford papers, writing the Moccasin and Benchland Community news.

She enjoyed cooking, baking, sewing, knitting, crochet, and was an avid reader. She always read to her children and grandchildren. Cooking, baking, caring for and spending time with her family was most important. Veda was an excellent hostess and fed everyone. She and Darrell also took in many FFA (Future Farmers of America) foreign exchange farm interns from a variety of countries over the years and treated them as members of the family.

Veda is survived by one son Dean (Connie) of Billings, MT; two daughters Marianne (Greg) Frank of Great Falls, MT; and Paula Kohrt of Hobson, MT; seven grandchildren, three great grandchildren, one brother-in-law Leo (Marilyn) Barrick and sister-in-law Shirley Barrick all of Lewistown and several nieces and nephews and cousins. She was preceded in death by her husband in 2012, oldest son Brian in 1993 and her parents.

Memorial Graveside Services for Veda E. Barrick will be Friday, June 19, 2020 at 1:00 p.m. at Philbrook Cemetery west of Hobson. Cremation has taken place with the Cloyd Funeral Home assisting the family. A lunch reception will be held in the outdoor pavilion at Tall Boys in Hobson following the services.

Friends are asked to make memorials to the Shodair Children’s Hospital, Intermountain Deaconess Children’s Home, Hobson United Methodist Church or the charity of their choice. They may be left with the Cloyd Funeral Home. Condolences for the family may be posted online at

Larry E. Krumwiede, 73, of Carter died unexpectedly of natural causes at his home, Friday, May 15th, 2020. He was born on January 2, 1947 in Great Falls, Montana, the son of Edward and Mary (Fisher) Krumwiede. He received his schooling in Carter through 8th grade and then at Fort Benton High School, graduating in 1965. He then attended and graduated from the University of Montana in Missoula with a bachelor’s degree.

After college, he worked in the Wood Products industry in Oregon in Human Resources. In the early 1980’s he moved to the hotel industry, again in Human Resources, moving to Alabama. It was there that he met Lynda Kay Griffin (Kay) and they were united in marriage on July 23, 1987 in Mobile, Alabama. They worked together in property management for Holiday Inn, which was a multi-state operation in the southwest. They moved to Bend, Oregon and Larry helped start an insurance agency. He then worked for the State of Oregon as a private consultant and wrote a personnel manual for state employees. He later returned to the Wood Products industry until his retirement in 2005 at which time they moved to the family farm in Carter, Montana.

Larry was a compassionate, thoughtful husband. He loved his girls and their families and was a loyal, true friend to all in his circle of friends. He enjoyed hunting, fishing, shooting and camping. He loved the farm and appreciated that in his retirement he could live there and share it with his wife, children, step-children and grandchildren.

He was a member and Board Member of the Carter United Methodist Church.

He is survived by his wife Kay of Carter; daughters Rebecca (Rick) Van Wagner of Clermont, FL and Jennifer Kennedy (Jerry Gosch) of Hillsboro, OR; brother William “Bill” (Ruby) Lohse of Carter, MT; step-children Barron (Scarlett) Brock of Dahlonega, GA, Joel Brock of Bourbonnais, IL and Randi Borrego of Spanish Fork, AL; grandchildren Abbey (Nathan) Van Wagner-Harmon of Birmingham, AL, Gabrielle Van Wagner and Ricky Van Wagner both of Clermont, FL; ex-wife and mother of his children Barbara Booth-Krumwiede of Bend, OR and several nieces and nephews.

A Celebration of Life for Larry Krumwiede will be held later this year in Carter, with committal to follow. Cremation has taken place with the Cloyd Funeral Home of Lewistown assisting the family.

Friends are asked to make memorials to the Carter Volunteer Fire Department, Carter United Methodist Church, 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

Dick Windels 79 of Lewistown died Saturday morning, May 9th, 2020 in the Central Montana Health & Rehab of natural causes.  He was born February 5, 1941 in Southerland, NE the son of Frederick and Elsie (Holmstedt) Windels.  He lived and received his education in Paxton, NE graduating from Paxton High School in 1959 and then entered the United States Air Force.  He was united in marriage to Frances L. Battrick on May 11, 1963 in Lewistown.  He continued his military services retiring in 1979.  They then moved to Rapid City, SD and he worked at the Rapid City Hospital until 2001 when he retired and they moved to Lewistown.  He worked at the Montana Mental Health Nursing Care Center in Lewistown for a few years and then fully retired.

Dick enjoyed hunting for arrowheads and fossils, he loved to read, finding rattle snakes and always enjoyed working.

He is survived by his wife Frances of Lewistown; two sons Reed of Lakewood, CO and Cory of Greeley, CO; one sister Donna (Norval) Eberspacher of Thermopolis, WY; two grandchildren, Casey and Cailyn and several nieces and nephews.

At his request cremation has taken place with the Cloyd Funeral Home assisting the family.

Friends are asked to make memorials to the Central Montana Foundation 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