Recent Obituaries

Robert (Bob) Roswell May, 88, passed away on July 15, 2021 in Billings Clinic of old age complications. Bob was born in Great Falls, MT on November 21, 1932 to Claude and Susan (Thompson) May. He moved to Kalispell at a young age and called the Flathead home thereafter except for 2 years in the Army and a few final years in Lewistown, MT. After graduating from Flathead High School in 1950 he married his high school sweetheart, Jackie Peterson, in 1951 and became father to two girls.

Bob was a constant hard worker and was never without a project to finish into his final days. He was a mechanic for the State Highway Dept and the Department of State Lands and upon retirement he continued repairing, building and working in his own shop. Restoring a Diamond T truck and a Reo tractor were just two of his proudest accomplishments. He was also a founding member of the West Valley Fire Dept, serving as chief for a year. Antique engines were another hobby and he had a lot of fun showing them at engine shows for many years.

Spending time outdoors was Bob’s real passion and he spent many weekends camping with Jackie and their friends collectively known as the Lazy 8. In the winter he snowmobiled all over the valley and especially enjoyed the overnight snowmobile trips with his more hardy companions. Camping trips to Alaska were his favorite destination and he would share stories of all his adventures with anyone who would listen and laugh with him.

Bob was a mechanic, a fireman, an engineer, a tree farmer, a woodsman, a tractor driver, a forklift operator, a fisherman, an outdoorsman and he was a kind man who loved a good joke, a loving husband and a wonderful father and grandfather.

He is survived by his wife of 69 years Jackie of Lewistown; his two children, Gail Ohnstad of Orlando, FL and Reta (Steven) Knox of Winifred, MT; six grandchildren, 15 great grandchildren, 1 great, great grandchild and numerous nieces and nephews.

Bob was preceded in death by his parents and sisters, Jesse and Laberta, brothers, Vernon and Conna, his granddaughter Monica, and great granddaughter, Sarah.

No services are planned at this time, but a celebration of life will be held later in Kalispell where Bob will be laid to rest at the Glacier Memorial Gardens which overlooks the valley and his childhood home near the Bald Rock area.

Friends may 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.

Gary R. Nelson 86, of Moore was called home to his Lord and Savior on July 9th 2021. He was born April 7th 1935 at home, south of Moore the son of Archie F. and Alta I. (Thomas) Nelson. He attended the Trout Creek School until the 8th grade where he learned to hate Macaroni and Cheese because his teacher made it every day for lunch. After 8th grade he attended Moore Public School, until he graduated in 1953.

Gary spent his time doing what he loved, working on the ranch south of Moore until he decided to serve his country by joining the Marines on May 5th 1955. He spent time in San Diego for boot camp and then was stationed on the U.S.S. Wasp Aircraft Carrier. He often laughed and told many stories about how that it took 35 Marines to handle a “ship full of Navy guys.” Gary was very proud of his Marine career and mentioned many times that no one would ever believe how far he had gone on the ship. In the little over 2 years, he was on the ship he had crossed the Equator multiple times and the Artic Circle and always told us kids that he had gone around the world 3 times. Even went so far as to put up a giant world map in the hallway and marked with highlighters every port he had gone through. Gary had completed his tour with the Marines and then was united in marriage to Sheila Y. Brown on December 11th 1976 in Moore. Gary and Sheila had 4 children together Brett, Erin, Amie and Raelynn.

Gary is survived by his wife Sheila of 45 years of Moore, MT; children Matthew (Lilynea Meyers) of Moore, MT, Anna (Russell Coquillette) of Musselshell, MT, Brett (Mary) of Laurel, MT; Erin (Josh Pulse) of Havre, MT, Raelynn (Darren Morgan) of Lewistown, MT; brothers Don (Joan), Pete (LaVonne) both of Moore, MT and Melton of Laurel, MT and sister Joyce Turner of Hobson, MT; grandchildren. Ky-Leigh and Caitlin (Will Huff), Owen and Audrey Parker, Kimber, and Gage

Gary was proceeded in death by a baby girl Amie; his parents; sisters Connie Gauer and Barbara Durbin; brothers Clayton and Glen.

Gary had the best sense of humor and always a story or joke to tell. There was never a dull moment around him.

Memorial Services for Gary R. Nelson will be Friday, July 16th, 2021 at 10:00 a.m. in the Cloyd Chapel with committal to follow in the Moore 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.

Joseph W. (Joe) Murray 97 of Great Falls died Tuesday, January 5th, 2021 in Great Falls of natural causes. He was born October 4, 1923 the son of Joseph A. and Ella Rebecca (Hogeland) Murray in Lewistown. He was the second of their four boys. He lived his entire life in the Lewistown, Hobson and Danvers aera. When Pearl Harbor was bombed in 1941, Joe left high school and joined the US Navy. He served on the AR-2 U S S Medusa, a repair ship. Then he transferred to APA-167 U S S Freestone, a troop transporter. He was in the Navy until the end of the war.

He was united in marriage to the love of his life Betty Jean Anderson on August 21, 1944 in Fergus, Montana. They had seven children. In early life he was a cowboy and preferred being on a horse to any other option. He did ranch work, was a mechanic and a baler mechanic and ran the grain elevator in Danvers for many years until he retired. Because he left school to go to war, her received his honorary high school diploma when he was 70 years old.

He loved his family and was always there for school programs, concerts, plays and sporting events. He was a Boy Scout leader and was a member of the School Board in Danvers and in Denton. He was a devoted husband, father and grandfather and will be missed by many.

He was a member of the American Legion for 75 years.

He is survived by one son Scott (Pam) of Cut Bank, MT; two daughters Patricia (Robert) Dockery of Cascade, MT and Judy A. Miller of Great Falls, MT; one brother Ted (Beverly) Murray of Lewistown, MT; 13 grandchildren, 23 great grandchildren, 6 great great grandchildren and numerous nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his wife in 1999, his parents, children Joey, Bettie, Mike and Tim; brothers Robert and Thomas.

Graveside Memorial Services for Joseph W. Murray will be Saturday, July 17th, 2021 at 3:00 p.m. in the Lewistown City Cemetery. Cremation has taken place. The Cloyd Funeral Home is assisting the family.

Friends are asked to make memorials to Cancer Research, Wounded Warriors 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.

Callie Jo Pengelly, 26 of Frenchtown, MT, passed into the unknown early Saturday morning, July 3rd following a motor vehicle accident. Callie made her grand entrance to this world on June 7, 1995, to parents Mark Pengelly and Deb (Rockwood) Pengelly at their Frenchtown home.

From a young age, Callie’s passion for life and exploration was apparent. She thrived in the company of others and expressed a boundless, uncritical love that undoubtedly touched the lives of anyone lucky enough to cross her winding path. She will be sorely missed by each and every one of us who had the pleasure of witnessing her untamed, adventurous spirit. An inspiration to many, Callie’s mission in life was to live every moment like it was her last, never letting life’s struggles conceal her vivacious spirit. Her empathy and affection for others were truly unrivaled, and she passionately expressed these traits through her friendships, caregiving, and workplace.

Callie was unapologetically herself, inspiring others with her tenacious approach to life and love. While her time with us was fleeting, her impact will resonate for eternity in the hearts, smiles, and laughter of all those she cared for.

Callie, wherever you are, little girl, we hope you are continuing just as passionately and with just as free a spirit as you had during your time with us. Do some fishing with Grandpa and ice climbing with Uncle Dave; you are in good hands and will forever be free of your earthly concerns. We will love you forever, cherishing your spirit through the infinite beauty and abundance that this world has to offer.

Callie is survived by her mother, Deb (Rockwood) Pengelly of Alberton; father, Mark Pengelly of Frenchtown; four sisters, Aaron Bruffey of Alberton, Afton Bruffey (Jeremy Bristol) of Billings, Danni Bruffey (Adam Argyelan) of Bozeman, and Jesse Pengelly (RJ Matthews) of Billings; grandmother, June Rockwood of Frenchtown; as well as many loving aunts, uncles, cousins, one niece, one grandniece and her countless devoted friends.

Callie is preceded in death by grandfathers, Leslie Pengelly and Gerald Rockwood; grandmother, Mary Pengelly and an uncle, David Pengelly.

A Celebration of Life for Callie Jo Pengelly will be held Saturday, July 31st from 2-7:00 pm in the Nine Mile Community Center in Huson, MT located at 25620 Ninemile Road.  Cloyd Funeral Home & Cremation Service is assisting the family with arrangements.

In lieu of flowers, and to honor Callie’s love for children, animals, and the outdoors, we are asking friends to make memorials to the Frenchtown Little League, Clark Fork Coalition, Missoula Animal Shelter or the charity of their choice and may be mailed to Cloyd Funeral Home & Cremation Service, P.O. Box 595 Lewistown, MT 59457. 

Condolences for the family can be posted online at www.cloydfuneralhome.com

William C. “Bill” Haynie 89 of Grass Range passed away Wednesday afternoon, June 30th, 2021 in St. Vincent Healthcare in Billings.  He was born July 24, 1931 in Garfield County, Montana on the homestead west of the 7W Ranch in the Missouri River Breaks, the son of James and Goldie (Dunlap) Haynie.  He spent his younger years on the homestead.  The family moved to the Mission at Custer, Montana and in 1950 he graduated from Custer High School.  On December 29, 1958 he was united in marriage to Fay Redding in Crow Agency, Montana.  While living on Sarpy Creek he trapped and ran the river while helping build the school at Fort Smith.  He later worked at the sugar beet factory in Hardin.  In June of 1965 they bought the ranch in Edgar, while working at the Billings Sugar Beet Factory.  They bought the ranch in Grass Range in 1975 and made their home there until the time of his death.

Bill loved to fish, trap, be on the river and cowboying in his early years.  He was also known as a great dancer, teller of tall tales, good rancher and loved to be with his family.

He is survived by his wife of almost 63 years Fay; one son Craig both of Grass Range, MT; daughters Margaret (Bill) Lynch in Washington, Folly (Glenn) Nelson of Grass Range, MT, Penny Boka (JP Nicholas) of Congress, AZ and LaJette Haynie (Mark Styer) of Grass Range, MT; one sister Lillian Lawrence of Billings, MT; seven grandchildren, 8 great grandchildren and numerous nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents, one brother Emery (Bum) and one sister Marie Dumler.

Graveside Services for William “Bill” Haynie will be Tuesday, July 6th, 2021 at 10:00 a.m. in the Grass Range Cemetery with the Cloyd Funeral Home in charge.

Friends are asked to make memorials to the Yellowstone Boys & Girls Ranch, Special K Ranch 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.

Thomas William Arthur 84 of Suffolk died Saturday evening, June 26th, 2021 at his home of natural causes. He was born November 12, 1936 in Lewistown the son of James W. and Olive Ruth (Dillon) Arthur. He received his schooling in the Salt Creek School and Fergus High School graduating in 1955.

He then entered the U.S. Navy serving until 1959 when he returned to Montana. He helped his dad on the farm and also worked for other farmers in the Winifred, Suffolk and Salt Creek areas from 1960 to 1969. His Dad convinced him to come back home to the ranch as he needed help due to his poor health. His Dad passed away in 1971 and Tom assisted his mother. On December 26, 1971 he was united in marriage to Carolyn J. Sawyer in Lewistown. They lived on, raised their family and operated the ranch which now their son operates.

Tom was a member of the American Legion Post #16 of Lewistown.

He is survived by his wife Carolyn and son William of Hilger, MT, daughters Wendy (Tom) Barthelmeh of Great Falls, MT, Tara (Neil) Dahlen of Halladay, ND, Patty Arthur of Lewistown and Sarah (Jye) McDowell of Post Falls, ID; sisters Delores Melik of Hilger, MT and Amanda Cecrle of Lewistown; 10 grandchildren, 7 great grandchildren and several nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents, one sister Frances Peterson and husband Bob, one brother James and two brothers-in-law.

Private Graveside Services will be held in Central Montana Memorial Gardens 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.

          Joyce M. Dimock 89 of Lewistown passed away peacefully in Valle Vista Manor on Thursday morning, June 24th, 2021. She was born on May 27th, 1932 in Richmond, California to Donald and Jewel (Old) Dimock. She joined her older brother Donald. The family moved to Honolulu, HI where her father worked for C&H Sugar. She was an excellent swimmer and loved the sun, sand and water. Joyce graduated from Punahou High School in 1949 and soon she met Jimmy Crumal who was stationed there with the US Coast Guard. They were married on September 28th, 1950 and moved back to the mainland in 1951 where they had four children. Christopher Dennis in 1951, Michael Stephen in 1953, Lori Anne in 1954 and Diana Dawn in 1956. They moved several times due to Jimmie’s jobs living mostly in the San Francisco Bay Area.

     In 1973 Jimmie and Joyce moved to McCall, ID. There they bought a home and turned the living room into the only book store in McCall at that time. Ever since she’d gotten her first library card at the age of 6, she had an insatiable love of books. To have her own book store was her dream. In 1975 they moved to Whitefish, MT and opened a second-hand store. Good junk was almost as good as books.

     Jimmie and Joyce were divorced in 1993 and she moved on to Missoula, MT. There she worked at the Missoula Art Museum and loved it. Later moving to Hamilton, MT and in 2008 to Lewistown, MT.

   Joyce was an incredible artist of many mediums. Professionally she painted wall murals and portraits of people, pets and landscapes. Her wildlife paintings were sold in art galleries in Whitefish and Kalispell. She got bored with the normalcy of her paintings and began to create deconstructed furniture pieces that were sold in Missoula area art galleries. She was a published author of a cookbook, Lively Lemon Recipes, all her own original recipes, brought about by the lemon tree we had in our backyard. All pictures were hand carved wood prints done by her.

     Joyce was a self-taught herbalist, loved concocting teas and remedies. She spent as much time in her herb gardens as possible. All Christmas Cards were silk screened on the same screen she had used for over 30 years. One of her greatest joys was buying an old printing press from a local Montana Newspaper which led her to writing and printing her own books.

     Joyce is survived by her children Chris (Vicki) of Whitefish, MT, Lori Crumal of Bandon, OR and Diana (Paul) Harris of Lewistown, MT; five grandchildren Justin (Brandy) Tiffany, Rick (Sara) Marsh, Chris Ochoa, Elizabeth (Chris) Ochoa and Mathew Ochoa; four great grandchildren Jaiden, Alyson, Smanatha and Kaitlin.

     She was preceded in death by her parents, brother Donald, ex-husband Jimmie and infant son Michael Stephen.

     No Services will be held for Joyce M. Dimock, at her request cremation has taken place and committal will be at a later date in Central Montana Memorial Gardens. The Cloyd Funeral Home is assisting the family.

     To her wonderful care givers over the last 12 years, THANK YOU for your kindness and understanding. Huge appreciation to Crystal who was there with her from the beginning.

     There is no doubt that Mom is already painting mural on Heaven’s Walls and giddy over all the books Heaven holds!

     Friends are asked to make memorials Best Friends Animal Society 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.

 

Jody D. Woods 63 of Lewistown died unexpectedly Friday evening, June 18th, 2021 in the Central Montana Medical Center. He was born December 24, 1957 in Lewistown the son of Henry A. and Cecil F. (Fairbairn) Woods. He received his schooling in Lewistown and was working at the Lewistown Brickyard. He worked for Central Feed Company and operated Woods Trucking & Logging. On June 8, 1993 he was united in marriage to Tammy Lemmon in Reno, NV. They made their home in Lewistown and in 2000 he went to work for Fergus County on the Bridge Department, which he did until the time of his death.

Jody enjoyed spending time with his family, camping, hunting, fishing and just being a husband, dad and grandpa.

He is survived by his wife Tammy; son Jacob, daughter Jessica (Cody) Monfils; all of Lewistown; step-sons Jason (Becky) Rosman of Lewistown and Justin Peterson of Harlowton; four brothers Toby (Christine), Dan and Rodney all of Lewistown and Barry (Angie) of Billings; four sisters Ethel Espinosa of Lewistown, Anna Miller of Harlowton, Veronica Kinney in Washington and Wanda (Carl) Hoppis in Arkansas; five grandchildren Jasper, Jase, Isabella, Ivory and Scarlet and numerous nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents, two brothers and one sister.

Memorial Graveside Services for Jody D. Woods will be Saturday, June 26th, 2021 at 10:30 a.m. in Central Montana Memorial Gardens, cremation has taken place. The Cloyd Funeral Home is assisting the family.