Recent Obituaries

Louanne Woodford 89 of Lewistown former Winnett & Mosby resident died Tuesday morning in the Central Montana Medical Center.  She was born September 20, 1931 in Lewistown the daughter of Lou E and Margaret I (Youderian) Hill.  She received her education in Winnett graduating from Winnett High School in 1949.  On June 5, 1949 she was united in marriage to Robert Sinclair in Lewistown and they made their home in Winnett and they later divorced.  On December 21, 1957 she was united in marriage to Dewitt C. “Clint” Woodford in Jordan.  They lived and ranched near Mosby until the time of his death in 2009.  Louanne lived on the ranch until moving into Caslen Living Center in Lewistown in 2016.

Mom was amazing!  Think about it, 7 kids, cooking, cleaning, working outside and imagine the laundry.  She was Dad’s right-hand man, which at times wasn’t an easy task I’m sure, yet she did it all with ease from riding to “tractor tower” and enjoyed every minute of it!  She loved having a “full house” and you can bet her home was a little on the warm side, ha-ha.  She was the sounding board for “good ideas”, “bad ideas” and everything in between.  Mom would you ask Dad if I can take the pickup to town?  If Dad would tell us a story that was “as true as true can be”, we’d ask Mom if that was true and if she replied “now Clint” it might not have been true.  She had nerves of steel I’m sure, the proof was riding shotgun with Dad on some of their road trips.  Probably where Dad’s parting words “for every mile of road, there’s two miles of ditches”, came from.

Her children, grandchildren and great grandchildren were her whole world and she was ours.  She was the biggest fan in whatever activity her crew was interested in.

Words cannot express what an amazing inspiration she was.  If you were happy and wanted to share you called mom.  If you were sad and needed a shoulder, you called mom.  If you were mad and needed to vent you called mom.  If you couldn’t remember who was related to so and so, you called mom.  When Heaven gets a phone….  “We love you Mom, Grandma and Great Grandma”

She is survived by three sons Don Sinclair of Mosby, MT, Bill (Rose) Woodford of Superior, MT and Jay (Wyna) Woodford of Mosby, MT; two daughters Paula (Duane) Johnston of Billings, MT and Jana (Kevin) Kelly of Brusett, MT; 21 grandchildren, 34 great grandchildren and several nieces and nephews.

In addition to her husband she was preceded in death by one son Jim, one daughter Marge, her parents and two brothers.

A Celebration of Life for Louanne Woodford will be held in the summer of 2021, cremation has taken place with the Cloyd Funeral Home assisting the family.

Friends are asked to make memorials to the Petroleum County Ambulance 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

Ross Vardy Lipke, 62, of Lewistown, died Tuesday, November 3rd, at his home.  He was born December 7, 1957, in Lewistown the son of Erving (Bud) and Lorraine (Halverson) Lipke.  He attended Hilger Grade School and graduated from Fergus High School in 1976.  He married Barbara Jones of Hilger, but later divorced.  In 1983 Ross married Patricia Schneider, He started his own business, Central Montana Lawn Care and Snow Removal. Many people enjoyed talking to Ross, discussing local history; and we all know He loved any excuse to talk about antiques and coins. 

Ross was the favorite uncle of many nephews and nieces. Ross was a “collector” from an incredibly early age. He began collecting rocks, doorknobs, coins, stamps, antiques, trains, lamps, and incredibly old fur coats (anything old).  When Ross was still in High School, he bought his first Model A, and was then hooked on old Model A’s and Model T’s. During parades he loved driving his old cars, he loved an excuse to drive his Model A.  He always had a great attitude even when things could be at the worst.

He is survived by his wife Patricia; daughters, Annie (Darren) Neibel of Phillipsburg, Sarah (Anthony) Robison and Amanda (Patrick) Lipke, and son Daniel all of Lewistown and also a son Jessie Blood of Oklahoma; brothers Roger (Marcia) Lipke of Hilger and Ronald of Missoula; sister Renee Kuntz of Great Falls; grandsons Isaac and Ethan of Missoula and great grandson Brantley. 

He was preceded in death by his parents, one sister Robin, and one infant brother.

A Celebration of Life for Ross Lipke will be held at a later time.  Committal has taken place in the Hilger Cemetery, with the Cloyd Funeral Home, assisting with arrangements. 

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

Donald L. Ward, 88 of Lewistown died Tuesday afternoon, November 17th, 2020, at the Villa in Lewistown of natural causes. He was born August 21, 1932 in Lewistown, the son of William and Marjorie (Hebb) Ward. He received his schooling in Hobson where he excelled in basketball playing on the State Championship Team. He graduated in 1951 and then went to Montana State College in Bozeman and played basketball as a walk-on. On March 22, 1952 he was united in marriage to Dolores Robinson in Harlowton, MT. They made their home in Lewistown and he entered the United States Army in 1952 serving in Korea. He received his honorable discharge in 1954 and returned to Lewistown and worked at Dunlap Chevron. He then worked for Doug Brown at the OK Tire Store which he purchased in the mid 1960’s. He owned and operated the OK Tire Store until his retirement in the late 1990’s.

Don was active with the Western Invitational Basketball Tournament held in Lewistown as a player and longtime sponsor. He was a basketball official and member of the Montana Officials Association from 1954 to 1975 and was inducted into the Montana Officials Hall of Fame in 1988. He was a sponsor and coach for the Lewistown Girls Softball for many years, was a member of the Eagles Lodge, Elks Lodge, Friendship Lodge #37 A.F. & F.M. of Lewistown, Central Montana Shrine Club and founding member of the Ah-Ooga Patrol, 61-year member of Fergus Post #16 American Legion, and past member and past president of the Montana Tire Dealers Association.

He is survived by his wife, Dolores, of 68 years; daughters: Linda Ward of Lewistown, Terri Ward (Kerry Benedict) of Caldwell, ID and Sandy (George) Heinzelman of Lakewood, CO; three brothers: Joseph (Shirley) and David (Joanne) both of Lewistown and Bob (Pennie) of Fairfield, MT; four sisters: Jean Stevenson of Hobson, MT, Kate Stoner of Lewistown, MT Betty Stinar of Great Falls, MT and Barbara (Mike) Headlee of Billings, MT; three grandchildren, one step-grandchild, nine great grandchildren, and numerous nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by one granddaughter: Becky Richey in 2013, two brothers: Bill and Ray, and his parents.

Memorial Services for Don Ward will be Friday, November 20, 2020 at 11:00 a.m. in the Cloyd Chapel, cremation has taken place and committal will be at a later time in Central Montana Memorial Gardens. The Cloyd Funeral Home is assisting the family

Friends are asked to make memorials to the Melanoma Research Foundation, the Central Montana Foundation 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

Sylvester W. “Sie” Schindler 82 of Lewistown went to be with his Lord and Savior on Monday, November 16, 2020 at his home surrounded by his family.  He was born at home in Crystal Lake Township, south of Harvey, ND the son of Charlie and Ella (Brodehl) Schindler.  He was nicknamed “Vessy” by his mother and affectionally known as “Sie” later.  He received his education in North Dakota graduating from Harvey High School in 1956.  He then attended State School of Science in Wahpeton, ND and studied Auto Body for 2 years graduating in 1958.  On August 28, 1958 he was united in marriage to Judy Orman in Harvey, ND.  He worked in the autobody industry in North Dakota, Malta, MT and moving to Lewistown, MT in 1961.  He opened Antique Sie’s Bodyshop which he operated until 1977.    Judy preceded him in death in 1995.  On May 28, 1999 he was united in marriage to Frances (Bateman) Hunter in Lewistown.  He worked for Farm Bureau Insurance for 43 years as an Agent until the time of his death.

Sie was Baptized in the Sheyenne River in the summer of 1954 when he was 16 years old.  His faith was very important to him!  At given times Sie would share a simple faith with Jesus as his personal Savior and the only way to get to Heaven was to trust in Him!

Sie was a “Jack of all trades” and wasn’t afraid to tackle any project, big or small.  He was always willing to lend a hand to all who needed help.  He was a mentor and teacher to others in anything to do with autobody, mechanics, home improvement and anything with a motor.  He had a love for restoring old cars and driving them in local parades and car tours.

He was a member of the Central Baptist Church, Camp Maiden volunteer, the Eagles Lodge, Kiwanis Club, Central Montana Trail Dusters and donated time to many local community services.

He was a beloved and loving husband, father, step-father, grandfather and friend.

He is survived by his wife Frances Hunter of Lewistown; son Troy (Lynn) of Great Falls, MT; daughters Rollie (Jim) Pearson and Robin (Doug) Beardsley of South Lyon, MI; step-son Shawn Hunter of Lewistown; step-daughters Lori (Ron) Degenhart of Belgrade, MT, Shelley McCord of Lewistown and Jamie (Nathan) Putnam of Bozeman, MT; one sister Sharon Whigham of Stockton, CA; 6 grandchildren Mandy, Jesse, Shelby, Chloe, Logan and Camryn; 8 step-grandchildren Brooklyn, Bailey, Madison, Caden, Taylor, Hope, Payton and Jackson and several nieces and nephews.

In addition to his wife Judy he was preceded in death by his parents, 3 brothers Lyle, Milo and Dennis, 2 sisters Patty Sommer and Janet (as an infant).

A Celebration of Life for Sie Schindler will be held next Summer, cremation has taken place with the Cloyd Funeral Home assisting the family. 

Friends are asked to make memorials to Camp Maiden, Judith Basin 4 H, Kiwanis Scholarship Fund 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


Thomas Achille Mane 

Thomas Achille Mane, 94, of Lewistown, Montana, died at his home early morning, on Veteran’s Day, Nov. 11, 2020. He will be greatly missed by his family.

Tom was born at his grandmother’s home in Petaluma, California, on Sept. 25, 1926, the son of August and Anna (Tognetti) Mane. The Mane family lived at the Tognetti Ranch near Ross Fork where he attended the Tognetti School in his early years. The family moved to Lewistown where Tom attended St. Leo’s school, graduating in 1944.

After graduation, Tom, at 17 years old, was sworn into the Navy in April of 1944 and entered active service on June 6, 1944, serving in World War II. He was stationed at Port Chicago, right after the Port Chicago disaster of July 17, 1944. Upon receiving his honorable discharge, July 24, 1946, Thomas was awarded two medals.

He returned to Lewistown where he worked as a butcher at the Central Montana Meat Market. He had a daughter, Mardell Annette, “Mickey,” with his first wife, LaVonne Heck. 

On Sept. 22, 1953, he married the love of his life, “Polly” Lydia (Barry) Mane. He met Polly while she was a waitress at the Spudnut Shop. 

In 1955, he purchased the National Meat Market with Dick Plovanic. In 1957, the family moved to Gillette, Wyoming, where Tom continued work as a meat cutter for three years at Boyds Supermarket. In 1960, Tom and his family returned to Lewistown. Tom was hired by Carl Rahn as the butcher for Rahns’ Food Center, then years later, became partners with Don and Fern Rahn and purchased the local grocery store.

In 1985, he sold his interest in the business and retired. Tom and Polly enjoyed picnics with the family at Crystal Lake, and especially enjoyed hiking in Glacier National Park and Yellowstone National Park.

Tom had fun traveling to visit friends and family throughout the western U.S. He enjoyed hunting, bowling and loved to trap shoot and “Play Pool” and he always enjoyed a good laugh.

A few years later, Tom came out of retirement to work at the American Legion Club, eventually becoming their manager, working for 24 years and retiring at the age of 85. Tom was a member of the American Legion Club, the Eagles Club, and the Moose Lodge.

He is survived by his wife of 67 years, Polly of Lewistown; two daughters, Diana Brosseau (Lonnie Trogstad) of Kalispell, and Carol Grubbs (Larry) of Billings; one son Gary Mane (Jan) of Lewistown, two sons-in-law, Dwain Lowry and Richard Brosseau, 15 grandchildren, 16 great-grandchildren, several cousins, nieces, nephews and a dear sister-in-law, Ardie Smith.

Tom was preceded in death by two sons, Jimmy, as an infant, and Ronald, one daughter, Mickey Lowry, an infant grandson, Greg, Tom’s parents, his brother, Bill Mane, and his sister, Pearl Valach and brother-in-law, Frank Valach, brother-in-law and sister-in-law, Bill and Carlene Barry, brother-in-law Everett Smith, and brother-in-law Jack Barry.

Interment in the Veterans Section of the City Cemetery, with Military Honors by Fergus American Legion Post #16, will be held with a reception to follow in the spring/summer of 2021.

Memorials may be made to the First Presbyterian Church of Lewistown, the Veteran’s Memorial Park or to the charity of their choice. Cloyd Funeral Home has assisted in arrangements. Condolences for the family may be posted online at


     Bernard Burton Taylor, age 72, took God’s hand surrounded by family and left us peacefully Thursday, November 12, 2020 after a hard fought battle with cancer. He was a very loving husband, father, papa, uncle, brother and friend. Bernard wore many hats and touched the lives of those associated with each one.

Born November 16, 1947 to Charles (Burt) and Bernice Taylor, Bernard attended Windham grade school. He was a 1966 graduate of Stanford and went on to the National Electronics Institute in Denver. He also served 4 years in the Navy or “Uncle Sam’s Canoe Club” as he always referred to it, serving during the Vietnam War.

While in Denver, Bernard met and married Barbara Kennedy. A daughter Becky joined them in 1968. They later divorced.

     Upon his return to Montana after the Navy, Bernard’s head was turned by the local preachers kid, Martie. Their journey together began in 1974. They had quite an adventure for 46 years.

     Their EMT career began in 1974 when they took the class in Lewistown. Forty-six years later, many ambulance calls, classes taught and knowledge shared, Bernard retired. He enjoyed sharing his experiences with many. The EMS humor, as it is known by fellow colleagues, was necessary to get through some of the more difficult calls. This never slowed Bernard down from doing something he loved most-community service. In addition to being an EMT he was a charter member of the Judith Basin Search and Rescue and the Little Belt Snowmobile Club. He also served as Hobson Fire Chief for many years.

     As dedicated as Bernard was to community, nothing was more important to him than family. Bernard and Martie had 2 children, Shane, 1977 and Keri, 1979. Their family grew over the years as their kids got older. Many winter snow days from school found their basement wall to wall kids watching movies and just hanging out. Everyone was always welcome at their home and he soon became “dad” to several, and still are today.

Grandkids made the circle of life complete. Sharing his knowledge of the mountains for hunting, finding the best fishing holes, sitting around the campfire, or finding the deepest snowdrift to get stuck in snowmobiling were things that brought great joy to him. Of course, his “Johnny” jokes and other words of wisdom were always a highlight to the kids.

     “No” was seldom found in Bernard and Martie’s vocabulary. Building floats, coaching baseball, cutting firewood or Christmas trees for school fund raisers, or driving bus they were always there. Bernard became a master chef flipping burgers and steaks at Stevenson’s sales and spending hours basting and putting the right touch on the many pigs he would BBQ for graduations, weddings and any other event that he was asked to cook one for.

     Bernard was Postmaster in Hobson for 32 years, retiring in 2003. At that time, he and Martie started a construction business. Many marveled at how they could work together without killing each other. But for those that know them well, it was no mystery. The way they could spin around the dance floor as one, with smiles as wide as the sky, showed how in sync they were at anything.

     He is survived by his wife of 46 years Martie of Hobson; son Shane (Billi) Taylor of Stanford; daughters Becky Kane (Bexton Carlisle) of Colstrip and Keri (Joe) Lockwood of Shepherd; sister Bernadine (Allen) Mikkelson of Windham; 6 grandchildren, Rachel, Dylan, Taylor, Breanna, Dani and Ryker; several nieces and nephews.

     Graveside Memorial Services for Bernard B. Taylor will be Saturday, November 21st, 2020 at 3:00 p.m. in the Philbrook Cemetery in Hobson, cremation has taken place with the Cloyd Funeral Home assisting the family.

     Friends are asked to make memorials to Hobson Rural Fire or Hobson Ambulance or the charity of their choice. They may be left with Cloyd Funeral Home. Condolences for the family may be posted online at

Mary L. “Mitzie” Lund 93 of Lewistown died Wednesday morning, November 11, 2020 in Caslin Living Center in Lewistown of natural causes. She was born May 24, 1927 in Helena, Montana the daughter of George E. and Dorothy (Brown) Pettit. She received her schooling in Hobson and Lewistown graduating from Fergus High School in 1945. She worked at the Judith Theatre following high school and was united in marriage to Laurence A. “Larry” Lund on November 14, 1946 in Lewistown. She then worked as a waitress at several places in Lewistown and in Denton working as the manager of waitresses at the Yogo Inn. She then went to work at the Montana Mental Health Nursing Care Center in the kitchen and later to the activities from which she retired as Activities Director in the early 1990’s.

Mitzie loved playing the piano which she learned mainly by ear, she did many crafts, making candles, sewing many clothes and costumes for her children, hunting, fishing and camping with her family.

She was a member of the United Methodist Church, Central Montana Genealogy Society, V.F.W. Post #1703, Red Hat Society, Democratic Central Committee, Voice of Democracy, S.A.M. club, Eagles Auxiliary and a Girl Scout Leader for many years.

She is survived by one son Larry of Lewistown; daughters Sherry (Bud) Dengel of Lewistown, Susan (Jere) Chastain of Pinehurst, ID and Vicki (Tom) Philp of Suffolk, MT; one brother Dr. Lawrence Pettit of Helena, MT; 6 grandchildren, numerous great grandchildren and nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her husband in 2005, her parents, one brother, one sister and one daughter-in-law.

Graveside Services for Mary (Mitzie) Lund will be Wednesday, November 18th, 2020 at 2:00 p.m. in the Lewistown City Cemetery, a Celebration of Life will be held later next summer when more family and friends are able to attend. The Cloyd Funeral Home is assisting the family.

Friends are asked to make memorials to the Boys & Girls Club 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

Mary’s family would like to thank the staff at Caslin Living Center for their excellent care and compassion shown for the mother and their family.

James P. Gidley 90 of Judith Gap and formerly of Moore died Saturday morning, October 31, 2020 in the Central Montana Medical Center of natural causes. He was born October 16, 1930 in Brockton, MT the son of James W. and Ella (Foreman) Gidley. He received his education in Montana and Oregon. He then worked on farms in the Wolf Point area and on October 16, 1948 he was united in marriage to Rose Tymofichuk in Sidney, MT. They lived in Sidney and he worked in the Feed Lot until 1962 when they moved to Lewistown. He worked for Keith Royston and for Demorise Allen, Sr for three years and then began working at the Moore Farmer Oil until he retired in 1995. They continued to make their home in Moore during retirement. In 2012 he moved to the assisted living in Judith Gap.

James enjoyed tinkering in the garage, working on cars, fishing and time with family.

He is survived by his wife Rose of Moore, MT; son Robert (Mary) of Marysville, WA; daughters Janice Spoonheim of Moore, MT, Wanda Hebert of San Antonia, TX and Laura Yates of Aurora, CO; six grandchildren, four great grandchildren and several nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by one grandson Robert Spoonheim, his parents, one brother and four sisters.

No Services will be held at this time for James Gidley, cremation has taken place at his request with the Cloyd Funeral Home assisting the family.

Friends are asked to make memorials to the Moore Fire and Ambulance 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