Obituaries

Elma H. Stone, 97, of Lewistown, passed away Wednesday (June 13, 2018) at the Central Montana Medical Center in Lewistown.

She was born July 26, 1920 at Comstock, Nebraska to Frank and Kamila (Cernik) Hruby, the oldest of 6 children. She attended rural grade school there and later Ord, NE High School.

On September 30, 1938 she married Robert W. Stone.

They moved to California where Robert worked as a logger for a time. Then they moved to Judith Jap, MT where they ranched for many years before moving to Lewistown in 1958, where Robert was a Cattle buyer up until his death in 1978.

She was very active in the Methodist Church and had served as past Worthy Matron of the Marie Chapter Order of the Eastern Star #36, 1986-1987.

She enjoyed baking decorating cakes and mints and also loved her garden and flowers.

She is survived by her son, Bob (Andra) Stone and her daughter, Carolyn Stone both of Lewistown.

Grandson, Robert D. (Christie) Stone, children; Mariah and Kaylee. Granddaughter, Amy (Bret) Miller, children; Walker Evelyn and Conner

Brothers; Frank, Robert and Edwin. Sisters; Minnie and Evelyn.

She is preceded in death by her parents, husband Robert and a brother Robert.

Graveside services and Eastern Star Rites, will be Wednesday, June 20th, 2018 at 2:00 PM at the Judith Gap Cemetery.

The family suggests memorials to hospice, Methodist Church of the charity of choice, and may be left at the Cloyd Funeral Home who is assisting the family with arrangements.

     Catherine, “Cathy” Frances Henderson, 72, passed away with a loved one, Thursday, June 7, 2018. She passed doing what she loved to do… traveling to be with family. Cathy was born June 22, 1945, in Havre, MT, to Greg and Elaine (Hockett) Henderson. She grew up in a large, ranching family in the Bears Paw Mountains. Amongst music, mountains and memories…the stories, also family, fun and faith. She was united in marriage to Glen Pursley and they lived in Zurich and brought 3 children into the family. She later married David Dahlin in 1968 and lived in Havre until moving to Lewistown with their seven children. She developed special relationships during these marriages that have lasted for a lifetime.

     Cathy enjoyed her family, cooking, baking, specialty cakes, gardening, music, square dancing, playing pool, bowling, rodeos, Cowboy Church and the Lord’s Prayer. She taught us to be servant hearted and compassionate. We grew up going to nursing homes visiting, singing, and hugging the residents, she often “adopted”, many elderly lonely people and made them meals, went grocery shopping and had birthday parties for them. One of the best gifts in life for her was when her parents and GRANDparents moved closer. She spent as much time as she could with them…even baiting hooks for her Dad.

     One of her greatest joys was being with her children, siblings and extended family, later traveling to her children’s home and trying to be there when her GRANDchildren were born, later for birthdays and to help out as needed. It was important to honor family members. She initiated and wrote an autobiography of her father Gregory Henderson and Grandfather Fred Henderson and they were inducted into the Cowboy Hall of Fame.

     Cathy’s residence was in Lewistown, MT and the surrounding areas, where Mom had many good friends. Her wish was not go be in a nursing home so later in life her home was where ever her children and GRANDchildren were.

     She is survived by her children Tammi Pursley of Havre, MT, Wade Pursley (Des), of Zurich, MT, Dawn Gibbs (Kevin) of Circle, MT, Dallas McCommon (Gene) of Belgrade, MT, Darla Pyles (Todd) of Lewistown, MT, David Dahlin Jr. of Harlem, MT, Dixie Yeager of Columbia Falls, MT and Danny Dahlin of Circle, MT; siblings Sharon (Clint) Martin of Grass Range, Carol (Lester) Sluggett of Roy, MT, Linda (John) Warburton of Havre, MT, Jerry (Cheryl) Henderson of Blackfoot, ID, and Cindy of Havre, MT; and 26 GRANDchildren; 9 Great GRANDchildren, and numerous nieces and nephews.

   She was preceded in death by her parents, brothers Greg Jr., Jim, sisters Sarah, Mary and Rita Andrews; children Wesley Pursley and Dale Dahlin. GRANDS Kayla and others Great GRANDS Paige, Kenley and others.

     We will miss the birthday cards that she never failed to send every birthday, her sense of humor and her tender heart.

     Funeral Services for Cathy F. Henderson will be Thursday, June 14, 2018, at 2:00 pm at the Celebration Community Fellowship, in Lewistown, MT. 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 at Cloyd Funeral Home. Condolences for the family may be posted online at www.cloydfuneralhome.com.

   

  Warren Lewis Willmore 96 of Roy, passed away on June 11, 2018 at home with his family by his side. Warren was born November 8th, 1921, the coldest day of the 1921/1922 winter in a small house near Spring Creek in Lewistown to Louis “Curley” and Martha (Danger Hanson) Willmore. He didn’t make it home on the homestead until April and there he remained the rest of his live with the exception of a couple of years during the terrible drought in the thirties.

     The world change dramatically during his life time: from horse and buggy to soaring jets, from farming a few acres a day with a team to farming over a hundred acres with big equipment; from gas lanterns to electric lights and from seeing this country and wild open spaces to fences to a highway that connected the northern part of the state to the southern and gave him an opportunity to go and explore the Little Rockies that he had gazed at as a child and had wondered what was there.

     During the drouth of the thirties the family moved to the western part of the state with their livestock which they had to eventually sell. During this time, they bought a business and ran a mail route at Trout Creek and Warren got to attend a year of high school at the boarding school in Thompson Falls.

     School was always a haphazard affair; it depended on whether the district had enough money to hold school (fi only for a couple of months) and whether there were enough kids that would attend. He boarded out much of the time and rode horseback to school at others. He attended numerous rural one room schools. Finally, he got to attend another year of high school in Roy after they returned from Trout Creek.

     That was short lived though as his parents had to return to take back their business and took his brother with them leaving Warren to tend to the ranch. That was the end of any schooling and he took over the ranch at the age of 17. From then on, he lived alone for much of the time keeping up with world and local events by reding horseback to the neighbors to visit.

     He rode the range when it was still open and there were no fences and spent many a night under the stars when roundup time came along. He ate many lunches with his saddle as his chair and ants, flies and snakes as guests, hence his dislike of eating outdoors at any time or place.

     When WWII came along he rode with dozens of others on the train to Helena to take their physicals only to be rejected because of a severely deformed back caused by an injury when he fell off the hay wagon when he was five. So, while his friends all marched off to war he remained behind; something he forever felt guilty about.

   He remembered the stop that Lindbergh made in Roy during one ho his barn hopping trips across the country and he also remembered a plane crash that happened a few miles south of his home that was kept pretty hush hush. The area was well guarded until the wreckage could be cleaned up.

     He never traveled far from home until he married Illa LeBrun in 1952 and together they made several trips with their young family to Oregon, Northern California, Alberta Canada to visit relatives and to Minnesota to visit his sister whom he did not get to know until he was in his thirties. A couple of memorable trips were made to Washington DC and to Hawaii which were highlights of his life. He was always glad that his children got to travel a bit and see the things he only read about. But he was more content to remain at home. He was very proud of the accomplishments of his three sons, but he only bragged about them when they were out of earshot.

   Warren served on rural school boards and was on the Roy Fire Board for many years. He was a member of the Indian Butte Grazing District, once serving as president. Warren also assisted the Rural Electric Association when they strung electric lines down through the breaks along highway 191 with his team of horses in the 1960’s.

     He was deeply saddened by the death of his only daughter Dawn Marie and his oldest grandson Dustin Lewis Willmore while they were still very young. He was also preceded in death by his parents, brother Bob and sister Lucille Todora, all of his cousins, aunts, uncles, his childhood playmates and classmates.

   He is survived by his wife Illa and sons Ralph (Shelly) and Jeff (Sue) all of Roy and Ken (Deb) of Lewistown; grandchildren Misty (Jason) Pitts of Roberts, MT, Roxie (Jay) Harrison of Wibaux, MT, Hallie ( Jason) Olson of Holdrege, NE, Amber (Ed Stahl) and Amanda (Blake) Murray of Froid, MT, Nicole (Kyle) Senner of Richey, MT, Casey (Bronya) Willmore of Denton, MT and Matt (Jayme) Willmore of Roy, MT; great grandchildren, Garret and McKenzie Pitts, Zeke Harrison, Hadley Olsen, Keith, Missouri and Jacob Kalal, Leah, Bryce and Kade Murray, Quincy Willmore and Austin, Wesley and Mirra Lynn Willmore; special nephew Skip Willmore of Burney, CA and a very special acquired family members Rick (Mandy) Olson of Shepherd, MT, Vicki Nunn of Roberts, MT, Dusty (Jorden) Deupree and children Colter, Madison and Brayden of Moore, MT, Cody (Mandy) Deupree and there children Mark, Callie and Camrie of Utica, MT.

     Private Memorial Services for Warren L. Willmore will be held at a later date, cremation has taken place. The Cloyd Funeral Home is assisting the family.

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

Janet R. Burnham died early Monday morning, May 21st, 2018 at her home of natural causes. She was born April 21st, 1946 in Lewistown to Jim and Sally Comes. She attended elementary school in Ware and graduated from St. Leo’s High School in 1964. She then attended Carroll College in Helena for nursing school, completing her degree at St. Vincent School of Nursing in Billings. On June 24, 1967 she was united in marriage to David J. Burnham in Fort Bragg, NC. They made their home and raised their family in Lewistown. She worked as a Registered Nurse for over 30 years, with the majority of her career at the Montana Center for the Aged. She retired due to health reasons in the mid 1990’s.

Janet enjoyed camping and riding motorcycles with friends and family. She also loved to read, sew, garden and spend time with family. All animals were very dear to her, especially her cats.

She was a member of St. Leo’s Catholic Church.

She is survived by her husband of nearly 51 years, Dave of Lewistown; one daughter Kim (Mark) Rapkoch of Laurel, MT; one son Greg (Lisa) of Billings, MT; one brother Gene Comes of Billings, MT; one sister Marilyn (Leo) Barrick of Lewistown, MT; seven grandchildren, Jeremy, Kyle, Mariah, Brandon, Brock, Peyton, and Mykayla; two great grandchildren Brynlee and Greysen; and several nieces, nephews and cousins.

She was preceded in death by her parents.

No services will be held at this time; Cremation has taken place. The Cloyd Funeral Home is assisting the family.

Memorials are being taken for the Pet Assistance League of Lewistown (P.A.L.) and may be left at Cloyd Funeral Home. Condolences may be posted online at www.cloydfuneralhome.com.

 

 

Larry L. Wrobetz 71 of Kolin died Friday morning at his home of natural causes. He was born March 27, 1947 in Lewistown the son of Lawrence and Irene (English) Wrobetz. He received his schooling in the Indian Creek School near Kolin and then the family moved into Denton where he attended school graduating from Denton High School in 1965. He then entered the United States Navy for a short time returning to Montana and attending Helena Vo-Tech for two (2) years. He then returned to the ranch at Kolin and worked with his father. In the late 1980’s he took over operation of the ranch. On December 3, 2009 he was united in marriage to Janet Barr in Stanford, MT. They continue to live and operate the ranch until the time of his death.

Larry was a member of the United Methodist Church, the Eagles Lodge of Lewistown and the Kolin Trap Club.

Larry loved hunting, especially Elk hunting, building harnesses and driving his team of horses and flying his Piper Cub airplane.

He is survived by his wife Janet of the family home; sons Shane of Bozeman, MT and Fred of Billings, MT; brothers Clifford of Belgrade, MT and Donald; sister Barbara Tornow of Wentworth, SD; two grandchildren Jadin and Jarek and several nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents.

Graveside Services for Larry L. Wrobetz will be Wednesday, May 30th, 2018 at 11:00 a.m. in Central Montana Memorial Gardens. 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 at Cloyd Funeral Home. Condolences for the family may be posted online at www.cloydfuneralhome.com.

James S. (Jim) Umber 82 of Lewistown died Friday evening, November 10th, 2017 in Valle Vista Manor of natural causes. He was born October 1, 1935 in Lewistown at home across the street from the Presbyterian Church the son of James S. and Edna A. (Vanest) Umber. He attended Lewistown schools and earned his GED later. He worked on construction of power lines in his younger years. He later worked as a custodian as several schools and as an electronic technician until his retirement. Following his retirement, he worked as cook at the Villa in Lewistown.

On March 12, 1966 he was united in marriage to Barbara (Bobbi) Rowland in Lewistown and to this union three children were born. James, Robert and Leanna.

Jim is survived by his wife of over 51 years Barbara; sons James (Holly) of Missoula, MT and Robert (Kathy) of Columbia Falls, MT; one daughter Leanna (Gary) Lawrence of Billings, MT; brother Wallace Umber of Santa Barbara, CA; grandchildren Tyler and Payton Lawrence and Kaylee Umber; several nieces, nephews, great nieces, great nephews and friends.

He was preceded in death by his parents James S. Umber and Edna Kelly, sister Dolores Payton, half-sister Barbara Stingley, half-brothers Marion McCollum and Wilbur Umber.

Memorial Services for James (Jim) Umber will be held Saturday, May 26th, 2017 at 1:00 p.m. in the Cloyd Chapel with committal to follow in the Lewistown City Cemetery. At his request 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 at the Cloyd Funeral Home. Condolences for the family may be posted online at www.cloydfuneralhome.com.

Gerald E. “Jerry” Jimmerson, age 95, of Lewistown passed away at his home with his wife Vada at his side early Thursday morning April 26, 2018.

Jerry was born in Suffolk, Montana March 20, 1923 to George and Jessie (Turner) Jimmerson. Jerry attended Salt Creek School for 2 years and graduated from Fergus High School in Lewistown in 1940.

Jerry and Alice Lund were married in 1943. He worked for various ranches including PN Ranch. Jerry enlisted and served in the United States Coast Guard from November 20, 1943 to February 7, 1946. During his time in the Coast Guard Jerry started purchasing land for his future career. Following his discharge, he came back to Suffolk and lived in the house he was born. Jerry retired and sold the farm in 1984.

He then went to work for the State of Montana as a Hail Adjuster for 18 years retiring in 2002. Jerry and Vada Ferdinand were married in Lewistown May 26, 1990. They are members of the First Christian Church in Lewistown. Past time enjoyments for Jerry were woodworking, playing in the Kitchen Band, and playing piano with the “Old Duffers”.

Jerry was preceded in death by his parents, two brothers, George and Murray, two sisters, Jean Wickens and Fay Williams and infant grandson, Ryan Jimmerson.

Jerry is survived by his wife Vada of Lewistown, sons, Gary Jimmerson of Great Falls, William “Bill” Jimmerson of Bozeman and Jack Jimmerson of Cincinnati, Ohio; daughters, Geraldine Branstetter of Bozeman and Nancy Felke of Arlington, Washington; brothers, Roy Jimmerson of Kalispell and Dick Jimmerson of Sacramento California; sisters, Ruth Dalton and Iris Vergason, both of Lewistown. Jerry was also survived by sister-in-law Jean Jimmerson of Lewistown and many grandchildren and great grandchildren.

Visitation hours will be from 12:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. with the family receiving friends from 4:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. Monday, April 30, 2018 at Cloyd Funeral Home. Viewing hours will also be one hour prior to service time at the church. Funeral services are scheduled for 2:00 p.m. Tuesday, May 1, 2018 at First Christian Church 103 12th Avenue South in Lewistown, MT. Burial with military honors will follow at Central Montana Memorial Gardens Cemetery.

Memorials in Jerry’s name are suggested to First Christian Church, 103 12th Avenue South, Lewistown, Mt. 59457 or to Hospice of Central Montana, 408 Wendell Avenue Lewistown, Montana 59457.

Cloyd funeral Home is care of the arrangements.

 

Sandra L. (Waltenbaugh) Wicks 66 of Lewistown passed on April 16, 2018 at the Central Montana Medical Center after a long, brave battle with cancer. Sandy was born August 3rd, 1951 in Miles City, MT to her parents, Jim and Mina (Osborn) Waltenbaugh. She received her education throughout Montana and Washington. She was united in marriage to Jon Wicks in 1973 in Coeur d’Alene, ID. Sandy was a talented artist and an even better friend. She loved her family endlessly and selflessly. She, without question, touched the lives of anyone she ever met and was always prepared to help someone who was in need.

Sandy loved the ocean, fishing and her memories of playing pool. She was fierce, loyal, and her love knew no lengths.

Sandy was survived by her husband of 45 years Jon of Lewistown; daughter Lori (Rick) Wicks Martin of Lewistown, MT; brothers Scott (Michele) of Port Townsend, WA, Steve (Karen) and Rick (Jan) Waltenbaugh both of Lewistown, MT; grandchildren Berkanna (Cody) Wicks Johnson, Summer Elmore, and Clayton Elmore, great grandchildren Milo, Rhett, and Cade Johnson.

A celebration of life for Sandy (Waltenbaugh) Wicks will be held during the summer of 2018. At her request cremation has taken place with the Cloyd Funeral Home assisting the family.

Friends are asked to make memorials to Hospice of Central Montana, St. Vincent Frontier Cancer Center or the charity of their choice and they may be left at Cloyd Funeral Home. Condolences for the family may be posted online at www.cloydfuneralhome.com.