Recent Obituaries

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 www.cloydfuneralhome.com.

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 www.cloydfuneralhome.com.

Ted E. Ashford 56, of Lewistown died Wednesday evening, May 6, 2020 at his home of natural causes. He was born April 15, 1964 in St. Joseph, MO the son of Linda Ashford. They moved to Nevada and he received his schooling there. He was married and divorced in Nevada. He worked as a cook in Nevada and Colorado until his health forced him to retire in 2015 and he moved to Montana to be near family. He settled in Polson with his sister until moving to Lewistown in 2018 where he lived with his daughter.

Ted enjoyed playing many sports, fishing, taking walks and spending time playing with his grandchildren.

He is survived by daughters Ashley (Buck Keeter) Ashford of Lewistown, Crystal Thompson of Dillon, MT, Camille Ashford of Spokane, WA and April Groves of Tallahassee, FL; one brother William Pasca of Lewistown; one sister Vicki Hallegan in Arizona; 13 grandchildren and several nieces and nephews.

Preceded in death by his mother and one brother Jerry.

No Services will be held for Ted Ashford, 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.

Frank Valach of Lewistown, aged 101 died of natural causes early Wednesday, April 15, 2020 at Valle Vista Manor. He was born the eldest of eight children to John and Anna (Hruska) Valach at Saint Joseph's Hospital

in Lewistown. Growing up in a Czech household Frank spoke Czech before he learned English. Hence his love of all things Czech. Especially music and Polka dancing. Frank’s Lewistown education started at the stone Garfield School, next the original Highland Park School, then Lewistown Junior High, before graduating from Fergus High School in 1936. Throughout those years he was an active member of the Corbly 4-H Club. During High School Frank apprenticed as a bricklayer. Post-graduation he studied architecture at the Washington Technical Institute in Seattle. During the dirty thirties’ jobs were scarce. Frank returned home to work as a solution tender at the gold mine in Kendall, Montana. Then went back to Seattle to work as a bricklayer for the Austin Corporation. At the onset of WWII, he was building the Reynolds Metals Aluminum Plant in Longview, WA. Soon thereafter he joined the Air Force to study radio and radar. Serving as a flying radar operator for the sixth Air Force on LB-30s and B-24s for 45 months.  

In 1946 he married Pearl Mane, a lovely nurse. Together they raised three sons. Following the war Frank joined his father in John Valach and Son Construction. Building masonry structures across Montana. Key projects included St. Leo's High School and grade school addition. Schools in Crow Creek, Forsyth and Roy. Telephone buildings in Winifred, Roy, Grass Range, Winnett, Moore, Judith Gap, and Martinsdale, The Treasure County Court House in Hysham (one of their more beautiful jobs). The Yogo Inn, Zion Lutheran Church, and service stations as far away as Miles City. Along with dozens of brick veneered houses and many, many fireplaces and chimneys. One of Frank’s love was restoring old masonry buildings. Including seismic work at the Bair Family Museum near Martinsdale and restoration of the historic "Castle" in White Sulphur Springs.

Frank's service to Lewistown included being elected as the Fergus Country delegate to State Legislature. He was active in the Eagles and Elks Lodges, American Legion, and Bricklayers Union. Along with serving on the hospital board (twelve years), Yogo Inn board, City Board of Adjustments and as chairman of the Central Montana Historical Association which he helped found. He also donated much of the masonry work for its new building.

Education was very important to Frank. He never voted against a school levy. And proudly helped all three of his sons to achieve college degrees.

He is survived by his three sons - Frank J. (Greg); Robert (Susan); both of Lewistown; and William (Julie) of West Linn, OR; grandchildren Jenna, Julia, Joel (Eryn); step-grandchildren Briana Stanley (Charles), and Rhett (Sally) Stanley; sister, Helen Craig (Jim), brothers Ernie, and Tony (Wanda), brother-in-law Thomas Mane (Lydia), along with numerous generations of nieces, nephews, and their offspring.

Frank was proceeded in death by his parents, wife Pearl of 70 years, sister Betty, and brothers Jim, John, and Charles. As well as many Aunts, Uncles, and cousins.

A Celebration of Frank Valach’s Life will be held at a later date. Cremation has taken place at his request. A private committal next to his beloved wife Pearl will occur at Mount Calvary Cemetery in the near future. The Cloyd Funeral Home is assisting the family.

The Valach family would like to thank both the Villa at Valle Vista and the Valle Vista Manor staff for their kind and committed care of Dad during his final years. And the Central Montana Hospice team for their
help and support during his last days.

Memorials can be made to the Central Montana Historical Association or the charity of your choice and left with the Cloyd Funeral Home. Family condolences may be posted online at www.cloydfuneralhome.com.

Bobbie R. Catron 96 of Lewistown died Tuesday morning, April 14th, 2020 at his home of natural causes. He was born July 30, 1923 the son of O.H. (Bob) and Fern (Clark) Catron on a homestead in Carter County what is called Long Pines. He was the third of six children and the oldest son. After leaving the ranch in the early 1940’s he found work in Billings, MT doing shoe repair and other odd jobs. While in Billings he met the love of his life Victoria M. Herbold. His wandering feet took him to Homer, Alaska in1949 and he found work on a cannery boat for 2 years. He returned to Great Falls, MT in the fall of 1951 and on February 23, 1952 he was united in marriage to Victoria. They returned to Alaska where he worked in a shoe repair shop in Anchorage. Expecting their first child in February of 1953 they traveled the Alcan Highway in a 1947 Jeep in the middle of winter to Great Falls. Soon after, Bob and Vicky moved to Butte for a year and then moved to Lewistown to be close to his parents and for employment. Bob worked several jobs of which were at the old Brick Yard, Shoe Repair Shops and several years on the Strain Ranch near Hanover. He then began working as a custodian for School District #1 for 26 years retiring in 1985. Mr. Bob as he was called by the school children, was loved by all and he truly enjoyed being around the kids every day.

Bob thoroughly enjoyed his retirement years to the fullest, riding his 4-wheeler, hunting coyotes, riding into middle fork, branding calves in the spring and playing pool in the winter.

Bob always had a smile on his face and made it a point to tease anyone he could to make them laugh or smile. A man of many talents and dreams, who loved his family especially his grandkids.

We will miss you Bob, for you are truly one of a kind.

He is survived by his sons Rick (Terri) of Lewistown, Doug (Stephanie) of Great Falls, MT and Dennis of Santa Fe, New Mexico; 10 grandchildren Jason (Austina Lee), Chad (Kristy Hofer), Todd (Whitney), Joshua, Michael, Allison, Anna Lisa, Kevin, Brianne (Clemens Zefferer), and Ryan; 20 great grandchildren Tessa, Liam, Claira, Destyne, Mea, Liam, Rilyn, Townes, Sullivan, Sebe, Jaeki, Taemin, Elizabeth, Deji, Fikayo, Carson, Liam, Henrik Catron and Frederik Zefferer; several nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents, his wife, three sisters Helen, Mildred and Irene and two brothers Rex and Clyde.

A Celebration of Life for Bob Catron will be held at a later date. 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.

Gordon Krogedal 82 of Billings passed away Tuesday morning, March 31, 2020 in St. Vincent Healthcare of natural causes. He was born July 17, 1937 in Froid, Montana the son of Art and Martha (Hanson) Krogedal and was one of four children. He attended school in Froid and was the best and worst student in the 4th & 8th grade cuz he was the only one in the class. After graduation from Froid High School he moved to Lewistown and worked for Roy’s Tire Company and drove cattle truck.

After leaving Lewistown, he moved with his family to Great Falls and he worked at Great Falls Tire Company. They later moved to Butte and he worked for Rocky Mountain Tire Equipment and returned to Froid for a short time. They moved to Denton where he managed a large hog operation for 6 years.

In the late 1980’s he moved to Idaho where he worked in the RV business at which time, he became a Master Certified RV Technician.

He enjoyed the outdoors with his girls and their families. His greatest love was hunting and he always had many stories to share about his past hunting successes.

In his retirement years, he resided in Billings where he made many friends at the senior center and the VFW where he loved playing cribbage and pinochle.

He is survived by three daughters, Connie Carson of Helena, Twana (Fred) Bourke of Billings and Roxann (Greg) Buckentin of Denton; two sisters Bernie Grovom of Helena, MT, Linda (Al) Lien of Butte, MT; one sister-in-law Sharon Krogedal of Froid, MT; 8 grandchildren, 11 great grandchildren, one great great granddaughter and several nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents, brother Merle, grandson Mark Buckentin; brothers-in-law Farrel Lien and Harold Grovom.

A family gathering for Gordon Krogedal will be held later, cremation has taken place. The Cloyd Funeral Home is assisting the family.

Friends are asked to make memorials to the Denton Ambulance Fund 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.

Maxine E. Hruska 64 of Great Falls died Sunday morning, March 29th, 2020 in Benefis Health Care of natural causes.   She was born January 20, 1956 in Olympia, WA the daughter of James and Nadine (Place) Parker. She received her schooling in Washington where she graduated high school. She met and married the love of her life David Hruska and they moved to Montana in the early 2000’s. They moved to Great Falls in the 2017 and she worked as a housekeeper.

She enjoyed the outdoors, camping, star gazing, her dachshunds and time with family and friends. There will never be another woman like her again, her big beautiful blue eyes, her loving and caring personality and her desire to care for others before herself.

She is survived by her husband David of Great Falls, MT; one son Jeremy Parker in Washington; one daughter Amanda Knerr of Lewistown, MT; two sisters Cathy (Bruce) Lutz in Washington and Mary Hruska of Lewistown, MT; five grandchildren Madison, Nicholas, Wyatt, Natalie and Derik all of Lewistown, MT; along with her caring friends and nurses.

Graveside Services will be Friday, April 3rd, 2020 at 2:00 p.m. in the Buffalo/Straw Cemetery.

The Cloyd Funeral Home is assisting the family. Friends are asked to make memorials to assist the family with expenses and they may be left with the Cloyd Funeral Home. Condolences for the family may be posted online at www.cloydfuneralhome.com.

Nancy R. McKeen 68 of Lewistown and formerly of Kolin died early Saturday morning, March 21, 2020 in Missouri River Manor in Great Falls of natural causes.

A complete obituary will be released when completed.

At her request Cremation has taken place and committal will be in Ukian Cemetery in Ukiah, California next to her mother.

The Cloyd Funeral Home is assisting the family.

Friends may leave condolences for the family at www.cloydfuneralhome.com.