Obituaries

     Clayton “Dean” Barkhoff, 52 of Lewistown, passed away early Wednesday morning, November 29th, 2017 on Montana Highway 200, west of Bowman’s Corner of an apparent heart attack.  Dean was born March 27, 1965 in Lewistown to parents Clayton and Lorraine (Abel) Barkhoff.  He received his schooling in Lewistown, graduating from Christian Alliance School in 1983.  After high school, Dean worked with his dad at Clayton’s Independent Repair.  On February 15, 1986 he was united in marriage to Kim Foster in Lewistown.  Early on in their marriage, along with working at the repair shop, Dean also helped his dad with his outfitting business and worked hard to make it the success it was.  In 1998, Dean took over full operation of the repair shop.  Recently, along with running the repair shop, he worked for Randy Thompson as a truck driver.

     Dean was passionate about life.  Anyone meeting Dean had a friend for life, he knew no strangers.  He loved his friends, but most importantly he loved his family.  He took care of his wife Kim, two daughters, Jennifer and Sarah, their husbands Rick and Andy and his four grandsons who he loved with all his heart.  Dean always worked very hard but played even harder.  If anyone needed help with anything, Dean was always available to help. He loved the mountains and recently took his family on a hike in Lost Fork in the Belt Mountains where he fished with his four grandsons. That was a very special trip and meant the world to him. He loved his grandsons and enjoyed playing with and entertaining them.  They loved their Papa and will miss him dearly growing up and teaching them how to live life to the fullest.

     He worked on the Hereim Ranch and more recently the Yaeger Ranch through calving, haying, feeding, branding or anything that needed done (… some gopher, coyote, porcupine, deer and elk hunting on the side and a little beer drinking.)  If anyone needed firewood he was more than happy to help, as it was his way into the mountains and a way to fill his own trailer with wood.  Dean always made sure he had a big supply of firewood to keep the shop nice and warm for all of his friends to stop by and “shoot the breeze.”  Everyone was always welcome at Dean’s shop.

     Dean enjoyed camping with his family and friends and always seemed to earn the title “Camp Cook,” which he was good at.  He didn’t need a fancy camper when a tent would do.  Recently, low and behold, to everyone’s amazement, his last camping trips were in a camper.  Dean spent countless hours snowmobiling with friends and family and always made memories while having the time of his life.  He enjoyed snowmobiling with his nephews and teaching them to ride, but more importantly teaching them how to dig themselves out when they got stuck.

     Dean loved playing cards, especially pinochle and cribbage.  He was very good and competitive at both games.  He was always up for a good game of cards and sometimes maybe cheated his way to a win.  Dean waited with a deck of cards and cribbage board in hand for anyone who challenged.

     Most of all, Dean was full of life and lived his life to the fullest.  He was an adventurer and a hard worker and will be greatly missed by everyone who knew him.

He is survived by his wife, Kim of Lewistown; Two daughters, Jennifer (Elric) Charbonneau of Lewistown and Sarah (Andy) and their four sons, Mason, Tajen, Carter and Blake Spadt of Billings; His parents, Clayton and Lorraine of Broadview; Brother, Paul (Sandra) of Broadview; Three sisters, Cheryl Walsh of Lewistown, Yvonne Ulmer of Rapid City, SD and Roselyn (Omer) Rychner of Killdeer, SD; Father and Mother-in-law David and Vivian Foster of Judith Gap; Numerous nieces, nephews and cousins and many, many friends.

     He was preceded in death by his two brothers Loren and Wayne. 

     Funeral Services for Dean Barkhoff will be Wednesday, December 6th, 2017 at 1:30 pm in the Fergus Center for the Performing Arts (Fergus High School) with cremation to follow the service.  Committal of ashes will take place in Central Montana Memorial Gardens at a later date. 

     Friends are asked to make memorials to Log Jam, Inc. or the charity of their choice and they may be left at the Cloyd Funeral Home.Cloyd Funeral Home is assisting the family with arrangements.  Condolences for the family may by posted online at www.cloydfuneralhome.com.

 

     At 88 years old, a Lewistown legend, Joseph Robert Fabian, better known as “Bob”, passed away in the Central Montana Health & Rehab Center on Tuesday evening, from a long battle of illness. Bob was born in Lewistown on January 18, 1929 as the son of Joseph Alexander and Vinette Adele (Campbell) Fabian. He began his lifelong career with welding in high school when he worked for John Zacker at Zacker Machine & Welding. He was a graduate of Fergus High School in 1947 and entered the United States Army in 1951, serving during the Korean War. Following his discharge in 1953, Bob returned to Lewistown resuming work at Zacker Machine & Welding. On September 11, 1954, he was united in marriage with Margaret A. Storfa, in Lewistown, where they made their forever home.  In 1958, on 1st Avenue North, Bob built and opened Fabian Machine & Welding.  He retired from the operation of this business 30 years later, in 1988, when his son Mark bought the machine shop. Retirement didn’t stop his love for welding and building things.  With his free time, he restored a 1914 Harley Davidson Motorcycle which sparked the opening of Spring Valley Arts, where Bob was then a Metal Artist and Machinist. He then designed and built many metal art masterpieces that are all around Central Montana. 

     Bob & Margaret enjoyed many adventures with traveling and their regular cruise trips, with their favorites being to Alaska and on the Eastern Seaboard.  They traveled to many old car shows and bike shows, going yearly to the Rally in Sturgis.  Every summer, He & Margaret would enjoy going to Flathead during Cherry harvest.   They loved water skiing and snow skiing with their family and friends.  Then in 2003, Margaret passed away, but Bob continued with his many hobbies.  Bob loved to hunt, loved to play pool, never missed a day of coffee club, adored his dog Cocoa and most of all loved being a part of Central Montana.

     Bob was a member of many organizations supporting his love for Lewistown.  He was a member of St. Leo’s Catholic Church, Knights of Columbus, Eagle’s Lodge, American Legion Post #16, Central Montana Flywheelers, Silver Mountain Ski Club, as well as being a Life Member of the National Rifle Association.  Bob was also a founding member of the Central Montana Traildusters.

Bob is preceded in death by his parents, his wife, his 3 sisters, and Cocoa.

He is survived by one sister Geraldine “Gerry” Soike of Seattle; Mark (Susie) Fabian of Lewistown, MT; Leslie Fabian of Great Falls, MT and her three children Chris, Chase, and JoLee; Joe (Amy) Fabian of Bozeman, MT and their four children Andrew, Cayman, Ava, and Jasmine; as well as several nieces and nephews.

     The celebration of Bob Fabian will be held on Saturday, December 2, 2017 at 1:00 PM in St. Leo’s Catholic Church with the committal to follow at the Mount Calvary Cemetery.  The Vigil Services will be Friday, December 1, 2017 at 7:00 PM also at St. Leo’s Catholic Church.  The family is being assisted by the Cloyd Funeral Home.

     Friends are kindly asked to make memorials to the Veteran’s Memorial Park, Hospice of Central Montana, or the charity of their choice.  All memorials may be left at the Cloyd Funeral Home.  Condolences for the family may be posted online at www.cloydfuneralhome.com.

 

Don F. Baldwin 65 of Coffee Creek died unexpectedly of natural causes on November 16, 2017 at home in Coffee Creek, Montana.  Donnie was born on March 6, 1952 in Washington D. C. to Don and Mary (Coggins) Baldwin.  Donnie had an inquisitive mind and many interests. At a very young age, working with his father, he built his first crystal radio. When he was in high school he started his own “underground” radio station that was a thrill for all teens in a 2 mile radius until the FCC dropped by to inform him that you had to have a license to broadcast a radio station! He was a talented musician. He was fascinated by antique bottles (he and his buddies did extensive excavation of abandoned homesteads on the Eastern shore of Maryland and unearthed an impressive collection dating back to the early 1800’s). Donnie also had a love of gardening. While in high school he tended a huge garden at home which included a large section dedicated to flowers for his mother. For a time after high school he worked at the University of Maryland Agricultural Research Farm where he expanded his knowledge of growing stellar produce. 

He graduated from James M. Bennett High School in Salisbury, Maryland.  He was a self-taught geologist which ultimately lead to his own business, Baldwin Geological Consulting. He and his wife Margie, who were together for 35 years, spent many years running a laboratory at oil drilling sites across the plains states which eventually led to Don and Margie settling in Coffee Creek, Montana. Since his retirement he returned to his lifelong loves of music, electronics and gardening. 

Donnie was preceded in death by his parents and his step-son, D. R. (Dennis Ray) Conley. 

He is survived by his loving wife, Margie (Mauch) Baldwin, grandchildren, Dennis R. Conley Jr., Alex Conley, Kalynn Conley, and Ryley Conley, great-grandchildren, Kaiden Conley, Elijiah Conley, Evelyn Conley and Cameron Castor, as well as by his sisters, Kathryn (Mike) Robinson, Mara (Vivian Opelt) Lewis, Tama (John Mann) Baldwin and Jenifer (Eric Jeitner) Baldwin, and nephews Sean (Rachel) Robinson and Justin Robinson. 

No Services will be held for Don Baldwin, cremation has taken place at his request.  The Cloyd Funeral Home is assisting the family.  Condolences for the family may be posted online at www.cloydfuneralhome.com.

 

Mary R. “Rosie” Yaeger 75 of Hilger died early Friday morning, November 17th, 2017 in the Central Montana Medical Center of natural causes. She was born December 3, 1941 in Pendleton, OR the daughter of James W. and Mary E. (Colwell) Raw. The family moved to Montana then to Pennsylvania where she started her schooling at Bairdstown. In 1954 they moved to back to Montana she continued her education where she graduated as Valdictorian from Moore High School in 1959. On May 22, 1959 she was united in marriage to Charles Yaeger in Lewistown and they made their home on the Armells Ranch near Hilger. Rosie worked at Valle Vista Manor as an aid and later as a cook at Valle Vista and at the Montana Mental Health Nursing Care Center until her retirement in the mid 2000’s.

Spending time with her kids and grandkids was very important to Rosie, she enjoyed gardening, the outdoors, flowers, swimming, dancing especially at the country dances in the area, the haying season (mainly because of all the beautiful flowers) and china painting and giving her items to family and friends.

She was a member of Marie Chapter Order of Eastern Star serving as Worthy Matron, she was a member of the First Presbyterian Church and the Roy Junction Women’s Club.

She is survived by her husband of 58 years Charles; sons Corey (Angela) of Tifton, GA and Chris (Gisele) of Hilger, MT; sisters Roxie (Odell) Ecker of Coffee Creek, MT and Nancy Raw of Petaluma, CA; one sister-in-law Jean Raw of Lewistown; eight grandchildren Stephanie (Zack), Clayton, Natalie, Noah, Nadia, Bryce, Travis and Cassandra; two great grandchildren Miriam and Jack and numerous nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by one daughter Cynthia Thompson, one son Chuckie, one granddaughter Kayla, one brother James Raw and her parents.

Services for Mary R. “Rosie” Yaeger will be Tuesday, November 21, 2017 at 2:00 p.m. in the First Presbyterian Church; private committal will be in the Roy Cemetery. The Cloyd Funeral Home is assisting the family.

Friends are asked to make memorials to the Roy Ambulance 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.

Don Regli – with your grizzly bear hugs, thick hands, and even larger heart, you will be so missed.  You were strong yet gentle, so big and so big-hearted.  You were our gentle giant with a kindhearted laugh and loving smile; everyone you knew became a friend. 

You were born in God’s country in 1930, raised on a ranch in Lewistown, Montana, and the cowboy in you never left.  Your love for our country and your servant heart eventually called you to join the Air Force.  We were always so proud of that part of you. 

In 1956, a blind date and fate would lead you to meet your sweet wife, Reba, the love of your life.  You loved her fiercely and it was so evident to all of us around you.  You never left each other’s side and together, you raised four children: Kim, Walt, Coleen, and Mike. 

You were the All-American-Man, a veteran, a cowboy, a lover of baseball and apple pie.  You loved to cook and garden, and anyone within proximity was always receiving baked goods or garden fresh vegetables.  Many received your delicious dill pickles, made from a “secret” recipe, yet the recipe was freely given to anyone who asked.  You molded wood into furniture for your friends and family, plus a fishing pole was one of your favorite accessories.  The cribbage games! Oh, how you loved to play and how rarely you lost.  

Grandpa, you loved your grandchildren.  You never seemed to tire of the endless soccer games, piano recitals, basketball tournaments, or graduations. You always gave to the people you loved and your presence was forever the foundation of our family.  This will endure.

You and Grandma had many wonderful adventures with your trailer and especially your trip to Switzerland!  How exciting it was to find your family roots in another land and appreciate your grandparents.  We were in awe to consider the journey they made to Montana. 

For those of us with heavy hearts, you so lovingly and delicately lightened that load. You forever made things so much easier for all of us, and we are going to miss you.

To Reba’s husband, our dad, our brother, our grandpa, our neighbor, our dear, dear friend:  We love you and miss you.

Visitation will be held on Thursday, November 16 from 1:00 to 2:00 P.M. at Dokken-Nelson Funeral Service, with Funeral Services to begin at 2:00 P.M.  Interment will take place Friday, November 17th, 2017 at 1:00 p.m. at Beaver Creek Cemetery near Lewistown. Condolences for the family may be posted online at www.cloydfuneralhome.com.

 

 

Julia “Judy” E. (Wieters) Barber, 74, of Lewistown and former Stanford resident, died early Monday morning, October 16th, 2017, at the Central Montana Medical Center of natural causes.  She was born April 4, 1943 in Scotland, SD, the daughter of Ralph and Frances (Fithian) Wieters.  She graduated from Scotland High School and attended National College in Rapid City, SD.  On April 17, 1966 she was united in marriage to Mahlon D. Barber in Scotland, SD. While Mahlon worked for Boeing, they traveled to many locations across the United States until 1976 where they settled in Stanford. She was active with her kids and community while at home until the mid-1980’s when she began to work as a cook at the Stanford School and operated the J&M Trailer Park. She retired from the school in the mid 2000’s and continued to live in Stanford. In 2012, Judy moved into the Eagles Manor in Lewistown and then in 2015 she moved to the Caslen Living Center where she continued to live her life until her passing. Judy enjoyed being around and helping people which always included the community, school and the Presbyterian Church. She was also an active member with the American Legion Auxiliary and the Stanford Woman’s Club. 

Julia “Judy” E. (Wieters) Barber, 74, of Lewistown and former Stanford resident, died early Monday morning, October 16th, 2017, at the Central Montana Medical Center of natural causes.  She was born April 4, 1943 in Scotland, SD, the daughter of Ralph and Frances (Fithian) Wieters.  She graduated from Scotland High School and attended National College in Rapid City, SD.  On April 17, 1966 she was united in marriage to Mahlon D. Barber in Scotland, SD. While Mahlon worked for Boeing, they traveled to many locations across the United States until 1976 where they settled in Stanford. She was active with her kids and community while at home until the mid-1980’s when she began to work as a cook at the Stanford School and operated the J&M Trailer Park. She retired from the school in the mid 2000’s and continued to live in Stanford. In 2012, Judy moved into the Eagles Manor in Lewistown and then in 2015 she moved to the Caslen Living Center where she continued to live her life until her passing. Judy enjoyed being around and helping people which always included the community, school and the Presbyterian Church. She was also an active member with the American Legion Auxiliary and the Stanford Woman’s Club. 

 

Judy is survived by daughter Deborah (Larry) Pratt of Lewistown; son Shawn (Janell) Barber of Fort Benton, MT; granddaughter Brittany Pratt (Lucca) of Bozeman, MT; sister Kay Streeter of Buffalo Gap, SD; and several nieces and nephews.  

 

She was preceded in death by her parents Ralph and Frances Wieters, her husband Mahlon, daughter Michelle Renae, and granddaughter Megan Renee.

 

Funeral services for Julia (Judy) Barber will be Saturday, October 21st, 2017 at 10:30 a.m. at the Stanford Presbyterian Church with committal to follow in the Stanford Cemetery.  The Cloyd Funeral Home is assisting the family.

 

Friends are asked to make memorials in Judy’s name to the Central Montana Foundation or the charity of their choice and may be left at the Cloyd Funeral Home.  Condolences for the family may be posted online at www.cloydfuneralhome.com.

 

 

Donald C. Thomas 80 of Lewistown and Moore died early Monday morning, October 9th, 2017 at his home of natural causes.  He was born January 10, 1937 in Lewistown the son of Clyde and Alma (Bender) Thomas.  He received his schooling in Trout Creek School and Moore High School graduating in 1955.  He then attended Montana State College in Bozeman for one year.  He returned to Lewistown and worked at the First National Bank.  He was united in marriage to Jean Lincoln and they lived in Lewistown until moving to Grand Rapids, MN in the mid 1960’s where he continued in the banking business working for West Bank.  In 1977 they returned to Moore and they divorced.   He worked for the Montana Bank in Butte and then moved to Cut Bank and worked in Montana Bank in Browning.  On December 21, 1979 he was united in marriage to Barbara Paulsen in Lewistown.  They moved back to Moore in 1983 and he was the Administrator for the Lewistown Eagles Manor.  He went back to the First National Bank in 1984 doing farm loans.  In 1986 they moved to Scobey and he continued in the banking business in Scobey and Wolf Point working at Citizen’s State Bank, later becoming Interstate Bank until he retired from banking in 2000 and returned to the ranch near Moore.  

 

Don enjoyed camping, hunting, fishing, snow mobiling and they served as camp hosts for 4 years at Crystal Lake Camp Ground. 

 

He was a member of the Moore United Methodist Church, the Masonic Lodge and was a Past Master, Eastern Star, Little Belt Snow Mobile Club, serving as Vice President and was a certified instructor, Served as District 9 Representative for the State Snow Mobile Association, member of the Optimist Club and served as Firearms and Snow Mobile Safety Instructor and a life member of the NRA.

 

He is survived by his wife Barbara of Lewistown; sons Karl (Jacki) of Lewistown, David (Kim) of Billings, MT, Les (Chris) of Laurel, MT; daughters Tammi (Rich) Anderson of Ontonagon, MI and April Thomas of Colorado Springs, CO; step-son James Paulsen of Jacksonville, AR; brother Verland (Erlyne) of Huntley, MT; sister Sharon (Gary) Drake of Billings, MT; 11 grandchildren, 6 great granddaughters and several nieces and nephews.

 

He was preceded in death by his parents and two sisters.

 

Funeral Services for Donald C. Thomas will be Tuesday, October 17th, 2017 at 1100 a.m. in the Cloyd Chapel with committal to follow in Central Montana Memorial Gardens.  The Cloyd Funeral Home is assisting the family.

 

Friends are asked to make memorials to Hospice of Central Montana, the Moore United Methodist Church or the charity of their choice and they may be left at the Cloyd Funeral Home.  Condolences for the family may be posted online at www.cloydfuneralhome.com.

 

 

Clayton Howard “Casey” Anderson 87, of Strasburg, CO.  Casey passed away peacefully on 30 September, 2017 at Prairie Creek Living Center in Strasburg, Colorado.  He was born 16 September 1930 in Great Falls, Montana, the son of Conrad V and Engeline (Blais) Anderson and was raised on the family ranch near Roy, Montana.   

He married his first wife, Helen Carol Lode, in 1951 and they first lived in Lewistown, MT.  In 1958 the family moved to Great Falls, MT where he worked for the Montana Farmer Stockman until 1962 when the family again moved, this time to Regina, Saskatchewan, Canada where he was editor of the “Westerner” magazine.  In 1968 Casey’s family moved to Guelph, Ontario, Canada where he was the Secretary of the Canadian Aberdeen Angus Association.  In 1969 the family again moved to Calgary, Alberta, Canada where Casey was the General Manager for Caravell Land and Cattle Company, Canadian Division.  In 1970 Casey started CA Livestock (International) and was instrumental in introducing the Simmental cattle breed from Europe to Canada and the US.  In 1972 he managed the first million-dollar beef cattle sale at the National Western in Denver, CO.  He was a long-time member of the National Western Association in Denver, CO.  He and Helen divorced in 1974 and he moved to Kansas City, MO where he headquartered his company for many years.  He married again in 1975.  In Carbondale, CO he sold real estate.  In the 1990’s he founded Ag Management, Inc in Kansas and Missouri, consulting through the US State Department about the beef cattle industry and beef genetics in the former Soviet Union and eleven countries on four continents.  He retired about 2002 in Byers, CO.  In retirement he travelled extensively to Mexico, South America, and Asia.  Casey was an accomplished photographer and enjoyed studying history.  His outgoing personality and knowledge of the beef cattle industry has touched many people. 

He loved the outdoors, especially hunting and fly-fishing which he missed in his later years. 

He is survived by his son LTC (Ret) Daniel (Margie) Anderson of Wichita, KS and four daughters: Sandra Birch of British Columbia; Cheryl Anderson-Kober of Laurel, MT; Anita (Jerry) Vandergriendt of Fort Wayne, IN, and Linda Anderson of Raleigh, NC; 8 grandchildren, and 20 great-grandchildren. 

Casey was preceded in death by his parents, two brothers Alvin and Gordon, ex-wife Helen Fowler, son Kenneth Mark Anderson, grandson Russell Alexander Birch and great granddaughter Caton Anderson.   

Graveside Services for Casey Anderson will be Friday, October 13th, 2017 at 2:00 p.m. in the Lewistown City Cemetery, Lewistown, MT.  The Cloyd Funeral Home is assisting the family.   

Friends are asked to make memorial donations to the charity of their choice and they may be left at the Cloyd Funeral Home.  Condolences for the family may be posted online at www.cloydfuneralhome.com.