Recent Obituaries

Helen P. Elliot 100 of Lewistown died Thursday evening, September 17, 2020 in the Central Montana Health and Rehab Center of natural causes. A complete obituary will be released when completed, cremation has taken place. The Cloyd Funeral Home is assisting the family. Condolences for the family may be posted online at

Darlene Sue Thomas 74 of Lewistown died Saturday afternoon, September 12th, 2020 at her home of natural causes. She was born April 18, 1946 in Miami, FL the daughter of Eldridge (Tony) and Meredith (Triplett) Cordoza. She received her schooling and graduated from Immokalee School in Florida and attended college.

She worked many jobs while raising six (6) children, worked as a CNA for 25 years and the last several years she worked and lived with the love of her life, her husband Ken, in Yellowstone in the summers.

She was an avid pool player, enjoyed playing cards, darts and softball in her younger years.

She was a Girl Scout Leader, a member of the Women of the Moose, the Eagles Auxiliary. VNEA and the Catholic Church.

She is survived by her husband Ken of Lewistown; sons Joel Bennett of Billings, MT, John Bennett of Cascade, MT and Chris Heiser of Lewistown, MT; daughters Connie (Berry) Sonnenberg of Belgrade, MT, Jessica (Sean) Foster of Roundup, MT and Crystal Heiser of Lewistown, MT; brother Donny (Lynn) Wilksman of Pomona, NJ and Carl Graff of Palm Beach, FL; 19 grandchildren, 15 great grandchildren, 3 great great grandchildren and several nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her mother, one brother Ralph, step-father and one granddaughter Mercedes Bennett.

A Celebration of Life for Darlene Sue Thomas will be Saturday, October 10th, 2020 at 1:30 p.m. at the Moose Lodge in Lewistown. Cremation has taken place with the Cloyd Funeral Home assisting the family.

Friends are asked to make Mooseheart 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

Harry L. Plum 80 of Moore died early Saturday morning, August 29, 2020 in the Central Montana Health & Rehabilitation Center of natural causes. He was born November 14, 1939 in Roundup, MT the son of Louie F. and Faye E. (Baker) Plum. He received his education in Montana graduating from Bozeman High School in 1957. He then attended college and received an Associate of Arts Degree in Electrical Engineering. He was active in the Army Reserve for 8 years. He was married several times, including his marriage on December 19, 1991 to Patsy Clark in Coeur d’Alene, ID. He was a master plumber operating his own plumbing business for many years.

Harry enjoyed hunting and fishing and has several mounts to attest to that fact. He was a member of the Bullhook Bottoms Black Powder Club of Havre, the Snowy Mountain Muzzleloaders of Lewistown, the Central Montana Trap Club, the Eagles Club and a founding member of the Central Montana Shooting Sports Complex of Lewistown.

He is survived by his wife Patsy of Moore, MT; sons Terry Lee Bates of Belgrade, MT and Clifford E. Plum of Havre, MT; one daughter Vicki Lynn Plum in Minnesota; one step-daughter Kari Lee (Terry) Morelli in Colorado; one brother Clifford L. in California; 15 grandchildren, 14 great grandchildren, several nieces and nephews and many loved friends and relatives.

He was preceded in death by his parents, sister Shirley Chapel and infant sister Florence.

A Celebration of Life for Harry Plum will be held later, 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 with the Cloyd Funeral Home. Condolences for the family may be posted online at

Christy Pearl Odum, 78, of Missoula, died of natural causes August 11, 2020 in a Lewistown Nursing Home. She was born December 27, 1941 in Missoula, MT a “Pearl Harbor baby” the daughter of Addison Moser and of Pearl J. (Connolly) Odum. Her father, Addison was stationed in Alaska for the Army. He came home on leave to see his daughter's birth, but because of Pearl Harbor, he was sent immediately to Fort Lewis. When he retired from the Army, the family bought a small acreage in the Orchard Homes area. Her mother, Pearl, owned a beauty shop, first in the home, later in downtown Missoula. Christy attended Hawthorne Grade School and Missoula County High School, graduating in 1959. She developed a passion for show-horses at an early age, and took several awards in dressage. Christy was a prolific and skilled writer, especially skilled in poetry. She graduated from the University of Montana in 1964 with a B.A. in English and attended several poetry workshops with local writers that resulted in collections that included her work. She held several jobs while writing and pursuing education in her craft. For a time, she lived in the Los Angeles area where she worked as a substitute teacher and a social worker. Always interested in travel, Christy joined travel groups on several occasions for trips to Europe. She especially enjoyed Ireland and remembered France, especially Paris, fondly. While fighting a life-long battle with schizophrenia, Christy managed to acquire many loyal friends, attend several local churches pursuing her interest in Christian theology and fellowship, participate in life at River House, an extension of the Missoula Mental Health Center and could often be seen at local music events, especially University choral and symphony performances.

Christy Pearl Odum 78 of Lewistown went over her last high jump, on her favorite horse, on August 11, 2020 just shy of her 79th Birthday. She had a zest for life, a never-ending quest for knowledge and a desire for travel. She was a beneficial patron of the best card shops in Missoula and gladly sent them to friends and family for all occasions. She was intelligent, engaging, deeply spiritual and a friend to the lonely. She embraced all of the performing arts, and walked the streets of Missoula, going to a multitude of events, unit! she couldn't. Christy enjoyed beauty, the written word, and friendships. She was extremely loyal to those she cared about. The thread of her life story wound around Montana, California, Europe and the East Coast. She always showed up for the people who mattered, and there were many."

A celebration of her life will take place at a future date, because of the current Covid-19 virus. Cremation has taken place with the Cloyd Funeral Home assisting. Her cremated remains will be spread at a relative's ranch near Cut Bank, Montana, as Christy had requested.

Her friends request that any memorials be sent to NAMI, an organization that continues to support those fighting the devastating effects of mental illness.

Many thanks to the Montana Mental Health Nursing Care Center in Lewistown and the Village Health Care in Missoula for their dedication to giving Christy the best care possible as she struggled with her disability

Condolences for the family may be posted online at

     Dorothy Mae (Dusek) Diekman, 89 of Lewistown passed peacefully at home surrounded by her 3 daughters of natural causes.  She was born February 5, 1931 at St. Joseph’s Hospital in Lewistown one of four (4) children to Anthony T. and Mary (Schanilec) Dusek.  She lived her entire life in Lewistown. Her grandfather Vaclav Dusek and his 3 brothers came to Montana from Bohemia in 1903, being the first to enter the Judith Basin in an emigrant car on the Jawbone railroad. He, many times helped others get started on their new life in this area as well.   So, her roots in Central Montana were deep and strong.  She graduated in 1949 from St. Leo’s High School and soon after that became one of the last telephone operators for Mountain Bell before they went to dial.  She loved to dance and met the love of her life, Clint Diekman, on the dance floor at the Bar 19. Together they could jitterbug and swing dance like no one else. They were married on October 26 1957 at St. Leo’s Church in Lewistown and were together 56 years before his passing in 2013.  Dorothy and Clint raised 4 children, Kathy, Jan, Steve and Lori at the" big white house on Elm St.”  Dorothy was a typical 60’s mom - always home for the kids - 4 under the age of 6 didn’t allow for much else. As everyone got into school, she then worked outside home as a secretary for Hines Motor Supply and later for the school lunch program, coordinated funeral lunches and served as an election judge for many years. She also sang in the church choir for a number of years.

     She skied in the winter with her family and nearly every weekend in the summers were spent camping at Crystal Lake.  Occasionally everyone packed into the station wagon for a cross country road trip. Mom was the happiest being a mom, grandma and aunt.  Her family was everything to her and were her greatest source of pride.  She loved big.. and was loved big.  She will be greatly missed. 

     She is survived by her children Kathleen (Jeff) Koelzer, Jan Diekman (Mark Carmichael), Steve (Barb) Diekman all of Bozeman, MT and Lori (Ed) Burnham of Lewistown; sister Marge (George) Arnold of Arizona, brother-in-law Duane (Liz) Diekman of Lewistown and her sister-in-law Pat (Diekman) Gee of Utah; grandchildren Josh (Aga) Apple, Steve Apple of Bozeman, Jake Koelzer of Portland OR. Jenna (Bridger) Nelson of Bozeman, Elise Burnham of Lewistown, Zach Diekman and Caleb Diekman of Bozeman; great grandchildren Soren and Max Apple, Caden, Quentin, Noah, Lyla Nelson of Bozeman and Nevaeh Burnham of Lewistown; numerous nieces and nephews. 

     She was preceded in death by her husband Clint, her parents Anthony and Mary Dusek, her sister Mary Kathleen and her brother Duke.

     Graveside Memorial Services for Dorothy (Dusek) Diekman will be Saturday, August 15th, 2020 at 10:30 a.m. in Mount Calvary Cemetery.  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

We are heartbroken to announce that Jacqueline Adele Olsen, 77, passed away on July 29, 2020 at her home in Lewistown, MT, she lost her valiant fight against multiple myeloma and advanced kidney failure. Jackie was born to Ernest and Alice (Berg) Wilcox in Yakima, WA on March 30, 1943. She graduated from Winifred High School. She was united in marriage to Robert H. (Bob) Olsen on June 4, 1961 in Lewistown. They made their home and spent most of the remainder of her full life on the Beaver Creek Ranch in Paradise Valley on which she and Bob created a home and raised their family.

Along with supporting her farmer/rancher husband, Jackie maintained a half-acre vegetable garden, several flower gardens, two milk cows, raised four children, chickens, rabbits, occasional ducks, border collies as sheep dogs, donkeys as sheep guards, but mainly she raised sheep.

Jackie was a respected wool grower and judge. She was the first woman board member elected to the Montana Wool Growers Association; a feat of which Bob is justifiably proud. As a breeder, she experimented pairing rams and ewes based on the wool she wanted to produce, often for a certain sweater, vest, socks or other project she wanted to make from said wool. She became a sought out wool judge and breeding consultant. Jackie also became a trainer of border collies as sheep dogs. Gus was her favorite and most accomplished dog and they won many competitions and awards together. She called him, “Gus, best dog ever.”

Jackie was enamored with fabric, especially wool. She cleaned her own fleeces, carded, spun, knit, crotched, and felted the wool into all kinds of wearable art, such as socks, mittens, scarves, sweaters, vests, hats, slippers and more. She repurposed wool coats making them into hooked rag rugs in primitive and intricate patterns. She was an experienced needle worker who crocketed, knitted, sewed clothes and made quilts. She sold her wares at fairs, online and in local shops. Jackie was a founding member of the Central Montana Fibre Arts Guild and continued to be their newsletter editor until the spring of 2020. She also served on the Montana Alzheimer’s Board.

Jackie loved to garden from childhood and kept garden journals of what she planted where and how her crops fared. She preferred to go barefoot, especially in the garden, to feel the soil squish between her toes. The basement shelves were lined with canned goods and the deep freeze full of produce from the garden, berries from the Ranch, cherries picked from yearly pilgrimages to orchards near Flat Head Lake and fruit from “town.”

She was also an amazing cook who, when you asked for her recipe, said she just put in a little bit of this and little bit of that. There was always freshly baked bread, the heels of which did not last long if the kids where in the house when the loaves came out of the oven, homemade jams, jellies, syrups and butter. Jackie even made cottage and hard cheeses.

She was a skilled carpenter and handywoman as well. She designed and custom built her kitchen with lumber she had Bob cut at the family sawmill. In addition, she learned how to weld. Jackie also loved to read. This made her a formidable Scrabble player. She also studied writing and wrote short stories; studied and wrote poetry and always had a book of crossword puzzles to work on. Bob always made sure he included crossword puzzles in her gifts. Bob and Jackie celebrated their wedding anniversary date every year with neighbors Earl and Jean Shammel.

Jackie enjoyed people and traveling. There never was a “quick trip” to town because she would always stop and socialize with so many people. Jackie traveled to many places in the United States as well as to England, Ireland, France, Sri Lanka, New Zealand and Australia.

Jackie is survived by her beloved husband of 59 years Robert (Bob) Olsen of Lewistown, their four children Kristin Olsen of Lewistown, R. Todd (Connie) Olsen of Lewistown, Connie (Regi) Chow (Palitha Wengappuly) of Charlotte, NC and Gretchen Collinson of Waldorf, MD; one sister Cheryl (Joseph) Pauli of Somerset, VA; seven grandchildren, five great grandchildren and several nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her parents, one sister MaryAnn Wilcox and one brother Ronald Wilcox.

Memorial Services for Jackie Olsen will be Tuesday, August 4th, 2020 at 1:30 p.m. in the Cloyd Chapel with committal to follow in the Beaver Creek Cemetery. The Cloyd Funeral Home is assisting the family.

Friends are asked to make memorials to the Beaver Creek Cemetery, Beaver Creek Fire Department 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


Erik Mickelsen 82, of Lewistown, loving father, husband and grandfather passed away peacefully at his home on Sunday July 26th, 2020 of natural causes. Erik was born March 26th, 1938 in Milwaukee, WI to Gunnar and Esther (Shain) Mickelsen. Erik moved with his family to Montana in 1947 where he worked on the family ranch throughout his life. Erik attended Fergus High School where he excelled in academics and his passion for the arts. He sang with the Fergus County High School Choralaires where he performed in many different venues. Erik was class president of his Senior class at Fergus. He took part in several plays and had acted the lead role in his senior years production.

He won many top academic awards including a special citizenship award when he was in grade school. Erik received full scholarships to Dartmouth and Brigham Young but after a short time went on to pursue his acting and musical passions graduating from the Pasadena Playhouse.

Erik was an accomplished artist of many forms. He designed and executed amazing landscaping and architectural designs. He had several showings of his multiple kinds of expressions across the states including the Lewistown Art Center. One of his many passions was singing, playing the guitar and piano of which, he was classically trained. Erik was jack of many trades including Radio, and was an Announcer for KXLO. Eric was an avid Rancher, horseman and shootist. He trekked all over the state including the Bob Marshall wilderness. His travels took him all over the world. He worked on Transatlantic crossings on Liberty ships delivering goods back and forth to Europe and backpacking around with his older brother.

Eric suffered for many years with mental illness, which hindered some of his aspirations. Even throughout his struggles many of his accomplishments can still be seen and felt.

Erik was loved and admired by many for his truly gentle and kind spirt. We will miss you always.

Erik is survived by his wife Tina Mickelsen (Pitch), daughter Keri (Jeremiah) Ames of Lewistown, MT, sons Shane (Angie) Mickelsen of Billings, MT and John Mickelsen of Missoula, MT; brothers Peter (Nancy) Mickelsen of Lewistown, MT and Michael (Judy) Mickelsen of Waltham, MA; grandson Jackson Ames of Lewistown MT and several cousins.

He was preceded in death by his parents Esther and Gunnar Mickelsen, his aunt/uncle Anna Marie and John Gibbs, his aunt Beverly Shain, his cousin Alden (Snoop) Mikkelsen, his uncle/aunt Asgar & Ebba Mikkelsen, his aunt/uncle Bitte & Ola Skaarup as well as several aunts, uncles and cousins.

There will be a memorial picnic at the ranch to celebrate Erik’s life at a later date. 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

Gerald A. Roppe 91 of Lewistown died Sunday evening, July 26th, 2020, in Valle Vista Manor of natural causes. He was born June 10, 1929 in Windsor, VT the son of Gerald F. and Harriett (Smith) Roppe. He received his education in Vermont graduating from high school in 1947. He then enlisted in the U.S. Navy in 1947. On January 26, 1957 he was united in marriage to Glenna Bozeman in Nickerson, KS. They lived throughout the United States while serving in the United States Navy until he retired in 1969 after 22 years as a Chief Petty Officer. They returned to Windsor, VT and he worked for Carriage House Chevrolet. In 1992 they moved to Pearce, AZ where they made their home until her death in 2002. He moved to Lewistown in 2004 where he made his home until the time of his death.

In his retirement he enjoyed Fishing, golfing and was an avid Boston Red Sox fan.

He was a member of the Masonic Lodge and a Past Master.

He is survived by one son Gerald P. of Las Vegas, NV and several nieces and nephews.

In addition to his wife he was preceded in death by his parents, two brothers and two sisters.

There will be no services for Gerald A. Roppe, as per his request, cremation has taken place with committal to be next to his wife in the Vermont State Veterans Cemetery. The Cloyd Funeral Home is assisting the family.

Friends are asked to make memorials to the Friendship Lodge #39 A.F. & A.M. of Lewistown 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