Recent Obituaries

 

Pearle Shirley (Degner) Yaeger 86, passed away from natural causes early Sunday morning, February 3, 2019, at the Central Montana Nursing and Rehab. Pearle was born the seventh of eight children to Edward and Tekla (Dengel) Degner on July 14, 1932, at the Degner Ranch on Fords Creek near Grass Range, Montana. Pearle received her elementary and high school education at Grass Range School, graduating high school in 1950. After graduation, Pearle moved to Lewistown to live with her sister, Edith.  Edith's husband, Don, was on the road trucking, and Edith looked forward to the companionship of a sister and the help with her young son, Ronnie.  Pearle soon found employment at the Northwestern Bank.  

Pearle loved to dance, and while at one of those country dances, she met a tall, lanky guy from Glengarry by the name of Bob Yaeger.

Pearle and Bob were married on April 6, 1952, at the First Presbyterian Church in Lewistown.  
 

Pearle and Bob moved to Glengarry in 1953, where Bob ranched and farmed with his father, as well as in conjunction with the Yaeger Brothers ranches.  Sons, David and Lowell (Kim), and daughter, Vicky, were born and raised at Glengarry until 1965.
 

Pearle was very active in the Jayceen organization and served as State Jayceen President in 1964.  Pearle was a life member of Marie Chapter, Order of Eastern Star in Lewistown.

When Bob accepted a position at the Soil Conservation Service in 1965, the family moved to Lewistown.  Pearle worked a variety of jobs while in Lewistown, including as an assistant for Dr. Jack Payne, Montgomery Wards, Sears Roebuck, the Empire Cafe and Fergus Electric.   
 

In 1970, the family moved to Bozeman when Bob returned to college. (Go Bobcats!) Pearle immediately found a position at Montana State University as the head cashier in the registrar’s office.  Pearle loved helping all the young students enroll into college, but especially those from Central Montana.  It was a touch of "home" for each.

Over the years, Bob and Pearle lived in Reno, NV, Fort Benton, MT, Cody, WY, and Medicine Bow, WY.  It was during their time in Medicine Bow that Pearle's dream of having a restaurant was realized.   Over the years Pearle garnered quite a following of hunters and friends, from all over the United States, who came in for her fresh cinnamon rolls, homemade pies, soups and burgers.
     After retirement, Bob and Pearle bought a fifth wheel and headed south to Yuma, AZ, for warm winters, sunshine and many trips into Mexico, where friendships were made.  When the weather got to be too warm, they packed up and returned for the cooler summers in their native home of Lewistown. In 2003, they officially made Lewistown their permanent home at the Esplanade. 

Pearle was proceeded in death by Bob in 2009, her parents, brothers, Sterling and William Degner, sisters, Fern Hickey, Florence Duffy, Edith Duty, Ethel Gilpatrick and Maxine (Punky) Matovich.

She is survived by her sons, David (Flo) of Laurel, MT and Lowell Kim (Ruth) of Owensboro, KY; daughter Vicky (Bob) Ruckman of Lewistown; six grandsons, Chris, Barry, Daniel, and Matthew Yaeger, Shane and Shaun Ruckman, Brent and Clint Milliron, one granddaughter, Bethanie Shields, and great-grandchildren Lily, Baylee, Shelby, Avery, Nora and Ivy Yaeger, Grace and Audrey Shields, Brooke, Lani, Mylee, Kalli, Miles and Andrew Ruckman, and Emmy Smith.  She is also survived by her sisters-in-law, Janet Lewellen of Lewistown and Zelma Degner of Grass Range; brothers-in-law, Dave Duffy and John Gilpatrick both of Lewistown and numerous nieces and nephews.

Memorial Services for Pearle Yaeger will be Saturday, February 16, 2019 at 11:00 a.m. in the Cloyd Chapel, cremation has taken place. The Cloyd Funeral Home is assisting the family.  Memorials to the Central Montana Shrine or the charity of your choice are preferred by the family. Condolences for the family may be posted online at www.cloydfuneralhome.com.

 


 

 

 

 

It is with heavy hearts we announce the death of Charles Eugene Hayes, who passed away peacefully at the age of 82 on January 23rd, 2019. In the days prior to his death, he was surrounded by his loving wife, children, brother, and grandchildren. His family now has the overwhelming task of trying to fill the void that has been left behind and try to carry on without his wisdom, his smile, his laugh, and his unconditional love.     He will be missed every hour of everyday.    

Charles Eugene Hayes was born May 1, 1936 in East Chicago, IN., the son of Charles M. and Mary M. (Kurns) Hayes. He lived in Lewistown for many of his years and was a longtime member of the Seventh Day Adventist Church.

Graveside Services for Charles E. Hayes will be Thursday, February 7th, 2019 at 2:00 p.m. in the Lewistown City 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 at the Cloyd Funeral Home.  Condolences for the family may be posted online at
www.cloydfuneralhome.com.

 

Shirley M. Grindheim 91, of Lewistown and formerly of Roy died early Saturday morning, January 12th, 2019 in a Lewistown Assisted Living Facility of natural causes. She was born June 13, 1927 in Lewistown the daughter of Fred and Leona Belle (Bare) Corth. She received her schooling in Roy graduating from Roy High School in 1946. On October 6, 1946 she was united in marriage to Louis M. Grindheim in Lewistown. They lived, ranched and raised their family on the Grindheim Ranch near Fergus. They moved into Roy after retiring and he preceded her in death in 2008. She moved into Lewistown and lived for many years in the Eagles Manor and moved to the Caslin Living Center in 2018.

Shirley enjoyed embroidering, cooking, flower gardening and spending time with family and friends.

She is survived by one son Lyle (Barb) of Lewistown; one daughter Marilyn (John) Gervais of Roy; seven grandchildren, Shawn (Tammy) Grindheim, Shelly (Pat) Brown, Shari (Larry) Hagenbuch, Shane (Cynthia Burgh), Joshua (Danielle) Gervais, Trevor (Brittany) Gervais and Brett (Beth) Gervais, 10 great grandchildren, Jordan Grindheim, Kym (Colbee) Craig, Jake Brown, Lariat and Laredo Hagenbuch, Stella (Grindheim) Doty, Cooper, Keegan, Kaylynn and Cathryn Gervais one great great grandchild Payton Craig and several nieces and nephews.

In addition to her husband she was preceded in death by her parents, one brother and two sisters.

A Celebration of Life for Shirley M. Grindheim will be Friday, February 1, 2019 from 2 to 4 pm in the Roy School. Committal will be at 11:00 a.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 the Roy Fire or Ambulance 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.

Columbus R. “Dick” Regli 90, of Lewistown passed away Monday morning, January 7th, 2019 in the Central Montana Medical Center of natural causes. He was born August 31, 1928 the son of Columbus R. and Irene A. (Allen) Regli in Lewistown. He received his education in the Beaver Creek School and Fergus High School. Following high school Dick worked at Snowy Mountain Campers in Lewistown, then in the parts department at Horning Implement and then for Courtesy Chevrolet until he retired.

He was united in marriage to Patricia Barry on February 21, 1970 in Lewistown and they made their home in Lewistown with Pat’s daughter Julie.

Dick enjoyed fishing, dancing with Pat and her sister Cecelia and husband Ray Bibeau. He was active in the Knights of Columbus, Central Montana Medical Center Auxiliary and was a member of St. Leo’s Catholic Church, Eagles and Elks Lodges both of Lewistown.

He is survived by one step-daughter Julie of Vancouver, WA; two grandsons, several nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his wife Pat in 2016, his parents and one brother Don.

Funeral services will be Saturday, January 12th, 2019 at 1:00 pm in the Cloyd Chapel, with committal to follow in Beaver Creek Cemetery. The Cloyd Funeral Home is assisting the family.

Friends are asked to make memorials to St. Leo’s Catholic Church 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.

    

Our beloved Jolita McDaniel, 83, of Lewistown, quietly passed on to heaven early Friday afternoon, January 4, 2019, at the Central Montana Medical Center in Lewistown, Montana. She endured multiple health issues for years with grace and faith in her Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. She touched so many with her kindness and compassion even as she was in the midst of her own challenges.

Being the second daughter of three, Jolita Bryan Penn was born January 16, 1935, in Noland, Arkansas, to Bryan and Ann (Sullivan) Penn. Soon, the family moved to California, making Fullerton their home. She graduated from Fullerton Union High, class of 1952. A Sunday night church service is where she met "My Prince", her husband of 54 years, Bill McDaniel. Married in 1955, they had two daughters and one son. Family would always be number one, first priority. Staying in touch and loving her friends was her joy.

In 1962, Bill's job would bring the family to Lompoc, California. This would be home, a quiet coastal community, for the next 53 years. She worked as a medical assistant for 23 years. She then worked as a personal secretary at the Martha Negus Orthopedic Center until her disability retirement.

In 2016, six years after her husband’s passing, she made an adventurous move to Lewistown, Montana, to be near her daughter and son-in-law. She came to appreciate her new landscape, especially with her artist's eye. Many new friendships were made as well, which meant so much to her.

Jolita was a life-long member of the Church of Christ, dedicating her life at the early age of 12. She served in many ways: she taught Sunday School, worked Vacation Bible School, created beautiful decorations for church functions, hosted woman's Bible study, and was always involved in prayer ministry. Most recently, she felt inspired to write and self-publish her second book Angels Around You, desiring to bring encouragement and hope.

Jolita had multiple creative talents. Oil painting was her favorite, especially portraiture. Her gift of writing and love of literature resulted in her authoring four books, an annual Christmas letter and much more. She crafted beautiful knitted pieces for family and friends, receiving blue ribbons for her recent fair entries. Music was a passion. Her beautiful voice soared with a cappella harmonic songs, especially hymns. She played piano and, in her youth, harp and violin.

Jolita is survived by three children: Malia M. (Steve) Mosby of Lewistown, MT; Melanie McDaniel of Lompoc, CA; Mitchell R. McDaniel of Denair, CA; four grandsons: Evan M. Mosby of Yucaipa, CA; Shea M. (Michelle) Mosby of Los Alamos, NM; Joshua H. Forster of Lompoc, CA; Matthew R. McDaniel of San Diego, CA; two great grandchildren: Oliver P. Mosby, Emma M. Mosby; numerous dearly loved relatives.

She was preceded in death by: her husband Billy Ray McDaniel of Lompoc, CA; father Jennings Bryan Penn of Paradise, CA; mother Anna Frances (Sullivan) Penn of Lompoc, CA; also, many cherished relatives.

A private interment is planned for a later date. At her request cremation has taken place. Cloyd Funeral Home is assisting the family.

A memorial donation of Jolita's book can be made by contacting LaVonne Jurack at springcreekpress@gmail.com or (406) 868-2367. Jolita had just started this outreach to touch those in jails, homeless shelters, police stations, and more. As she said, "Join me in sending a reminder of Christ's love." Or, donations can be made to the Lewistown Church Of Christ, Lewistown, MT. Condolences can be posted at www.cloydfuneralhome.com.

The family wishes to thank Dr. Cathy Holmes and staff at the Family Wellness Center, as well as, the very caring staff at CMMC,

the ER, and the Home Health staff "angel" caregivers that helped take care of Jolita.

 

Leona Lola VanOmmen 91, of Judith Gap passed away peacefully Monday evening, December 31st, 2018 in Wheatland Memorial Healthcare of natural causes with her husband Paul holding her hand and surrounded by her loving family. She was born August 24, 1927 to George and Clara (Couch) Lauwers in Hedgesville, MT. She attended school in Hedgesville and graduated from Harlowton High School in 1944. On June 3, 1945 she was united in marriage to Paul VanOmmen in Harlowton in a double ceremony with Paul’s twin brother Pete and her sister Elza.

Leona was married for 73 years and was blessed with 4 children. She loved quilting, cooking, camping and spending time with her family. She was the chief cook and bottle washer at the Judith Gap School for 29 years. Se was a member of the Judith Gap United Methodist Church and taught Sunday School for years.

Leona was a wonderful wife, Loving Mother and Grandmother. Her family was the most important thing to her. She was also very adventurous, traveling with her children.

She is survived by her husband Paul of Judith Gap; children Ray (Gail) of Missoula, MT, Vivian (Dave) Foster and Barb (Ray) Breeding both of Judith Gap, MT, Bud (Cheryl) of Post Falls, ID; one sister Alma (Hank) Bayne of Billings, MT; 11 grandchildren, many great grandchildren, great, great grandchildren and numerous nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her parents, two brothers James and Dell and one sister Elza VanOmmen.

Funeral services for Leona L. VanOmmen will be Tuesday, January 8th, 2019 at 2:00 pm in the Judith Gap United Methodist Church, with committal to follow in Judith Gap Cemetery. Visitation will be Monday, January 7th, from 1 to 6 pm in the Cloyd Chapel. Cloyd Funeral Home is assisting the family.

Friends are asked to make memorials to American Cancer Society of Missoula, Judith Gap United Methodist Church 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.

“Mom we love you and will miss you, you will always be in our hearts.”

Daniel M. (Danny) Dahlin 43 of Lewistown died Thursday, December 13, 2018 in Lewistown. He was born September 16, 1975 in Lewistown the son of David M. and Catherine F. (Henderson) Dahlin. He received his education in Lewistown. He worked as a mechanic in Lewistown and Great Falls, worked a a ranch hand around Winnett and assisted in taking care of his mother during her illness.

Danny enjoyed fishing, camping, playing guitar and spending time with his family especially his nieces and nephews and he was always “tinkering” with something. Danny not only worked as a mechanic but it was also a hobby for him as he loved to work on and fix anything automotive.

He is survived by his two sons Logan and Dustin Busenbark of Hamilton, MT; siblings Tammie Pursley of Havre, MT, Wade (Dez) Pursley, of Zurich, MT, Dawn (Kevin) Gibbs of Circle, MT, Dallas (Gene) McCommon of Belgrade, MT, Darla (Todd) Pyles of Lewistown, MT, David Dahlin Jr. of Harlem, MT, Dixie Yeager of Columbia Falls, MT and several nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents and two brothers Dale and Wesley, one niece Kayla McCommon, his maternal and paternal grandparents.

Memorial Services for Danny Dahlin will be Wednesday, December 19th, 2018 at 11:00 a.m. in the Cloyd Chapel, 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.

Pearl L. Hovden 89 of Lewistown died peacefully in her sleep Saturday morning, December 15th, 2018 in the Central Montana Medical Center of natural causes.   She was born September 12th, 1929 at home near Fairfield the daughter of Andrew and Thilda (Jacobson) Austad. She grew up alongside 13 brothers and sisters on the Fairfield Bench. She graduated from Fairfield High School in 1947. She was united in marriage to her sweetheart LeRoy (Roy) Hovden on December 18, 1948 in Great Falls. They moved to Lewistown and opened Roys Tire, where she worked with her husband and son for many years.  Pearl also worked at the Eagles Manor for many years.

She enjoyed golfing, bowling, sewing, playing cards and especially spending time at the Gem.

Pearl is survived by her son Dale Hovden of Helena, MT; daughters Sandy (Steve) Goodpaster of Bozeman, MT, Sonja Shields of Idaho Falls, ID and Tina Kelly of Newman Lake, WA; sister Sonja (Joe) Baumgardner of Great Falls, MT; brother Richard (Jean) Austad of Fairfield, MT; numerous grandchildren, great grandchildren, great great grandchildren; nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her husband, one son James, one daughter Patricia Kalin, 11 brothers and sisters, two great grandchildren and a special friend Vern Smith.

Funeral Services for Pearl L. Hovden will be Thursday, December 20th, 2018 at 11:00 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 the Eagles Manor Memorial Fund 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.