Obituaries

 

 John Lee Baslee, 69, of Lewistown died peacefully Wednesday evening June 14, 2017 in his favorite chair.

He was born June 7, 1948 in Oakland, California, the son of Victor and Betty Baslee. He served in the Navy during the Vietnam War and was a nurse to the troops on the USS Sanctuary.

He received his education after the war and became a pastor of a Nazarene church.

He had a love for hunting, fishing, and fly-tying.

On March 19, 1977 he married Elaine Bass in Castro Valley, CA. He spent 22 years as an LVN until he had to retire because of being considered 100% disabled.

He is survived by his wife Elaine, his three daughters Debbie, Karen, and Michelle; he is survived by his four grandkids Alexus, Kadon, Peyton, and Olivia. He is also survived by his nephew Josh and two nieces Jodi and Jenna.

He was preceded in death by his sister June in May 2017.

A Celebration of Life service will be held on June 23, 2017 at 6:00 p.m. at the Nazarene Church, 1102 Casino Creek Road in Lewistown. Interment of the urn will be held at 2:30 p.m. on June 27, 2017 at the Yellowstone National Cemetery in Laurel with military honors. The Cloyd Funeral Home in Lewistown is assisting the family with arrangements.

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

Arthur Family 2 cropFranklin J. Arthur, 77, passed away peacefully on June 14, 2017 at his home in Winifred surrounded by family.

Franklin was born in Lewistown on December 18, 1939 to Walter and Loretta (Nelson) Arthur. He was raised in Suffolk and attended schools in Winifred graduating in 1958. Franklin thoroughly enjoyed racing fast cars and shooting guns.

After high school, he enlisted in the U.S. Army and Army Reserve. He farmed with his father and then the family moved to Wisconsin for several years.

Franklin worked for Peter Kiewet and Sons Construction as a Superintendent of Labor on bridge and road projects over a seven-state area.

He married Ramoncita Vigil in 1978 and welcomed daughter Teresa in 1979. Franklin and Ramoncita later separated in 1992.

Franklin returned to Winifred to re-unite with family and in Winifred he owned the Trails Inn Bar. He also operated many small service companies in the area.

Franklin married Donna Rowley on April 4, 2010 in Las Vegas. Franklin will always be remembered for his warm smile, humor, and as one who could always find a solution to any problem encountered.  

Franklin is survived by his wife Donna and daughter Teresa (David) Lindberg, his sisters Freeda Carlstrom and Alice Anderson, and his stepdaughter Cheryl Mann. He is survived by his stepson Mathew Rowley as well as 2 grandchildren and numerous nieces, nephews, and cousins.

Franklin was preceded in death by his parents and his sister Betty Jensen.

A memorial service will be held at 11:00 a.m. on Monday, June 19, 2017 at the Winifred Community Center. A reception follows. Cloyd Funeral Home is assisting the family with arrangements.

Memorials in Franklin’s name may be made to the Winifred Ambulance or the Shriner’s Children’s Hospital and they may be left at the Cloyd Funeral Home. Condolences for the family may be shared at: www.cloydfuneralhome.com.    

Dorothy M. Ziesman 94 of Helena and former Lewistown resident died Monday, May 29, 2017 in the Masonic Home in Helena of natural causes. She was born August 4, 1922 in Arco, ID the daughter of Oliver B. and Elsie (Wilhite) Bain. She received her education in Worland, Wyoming graduating from High School in 1941. She worked in Worland as a bookkeeper following high school and on April 5, 1942 she was united in marriage to Reynold Ziesman in Worland, WY. They lived on the Ziesman Ranch near Hyattville until 1946 when they moved to Mosby, MT. She worked at home and helped Reynold. In the early 1980’s they retired and moved to Lewistown where they built a home.

Dorothy played the fiddle and was a member of the Harbor Lights Dance Band and the Kitchen Band in Lewistown. She also enjoyed gardening, sewing, painting and was always available to give permanents and fix the ladies hair in the community.

Reynold preceded her in death in 2012 and she lived in Valle Vista Manor until moving to the Masonic Home in Helena to be closer to her nephew Harley Ziesman and niece Marva Luraski.

She is survived by numerous nieces and nephews.

Funeral Services for Dorothy M. Ziesman will be Monday, June 12th, 2017 at 3:00 p.m. in the Cloyd Chapel with interment to be on Tuesday, June 13th, 2017 at 1:30 p.m. in the Ten Sleep Cemetery in Ten Sleep, WY. The Cloyd Funeral Home is assisting the family.

Friends are asked to make memorials to the Senior Citizen’s Club 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

Pamela Sue McGlynn 53 of Lewistown passed away peacefully in her sleep due to heart complications on Monday morning, May 15th, 2017. Pamela was born in Spokane Washington, the eldest of four daughters (Patty, Sunny and Denise Randles) to Zenith and Judy Randles. Pamela graduated from Thomas Downey High School in Modesto California and obtained her bachelor’s degree in Early Childhood Education from San Joaquin Delta College in Stockton, CA. Pamela enjoyed teaching at Head Start in Stockton where she spent seventeen joyous years nurturing young minds. She married Michael Arthur McGlynn and had two children, Kaitlyn and Michael McGlynn whom she loved dearly. Pamela took great pride in Kaitlyn’s artistic abilities and loved that Michael could always make her laugh. Pamela had a third child, Ryan Scott Reimers, whom she adored and always had good things to say about. She admired Ryan’s unique vision and artistry as a chef and treasured having him as a son. Pamela moved to Lewistown with Ryan and blossomed within the small community. Her life in Montana consisted of being a chef at the Yogo Inn and making many friends along the way. She enjoyed the gentle summers of Lewistown, spending time at the lake, participating in the Color Run marathons, or simply admiring the horses grazing in the fields. Pamela was known for her selfless spirit, love of coffee, cooking skills, and sassy sense of humor. Pamela could bring a smile to the saddest of souls and had a distinguishable laugh that will be deeply missed among friends and family.  Pamela was delighted to attend the wedding of her daughter Kaitlyn, the wedding of her son Michael, and the engagement of her son Ryan whose wedding she attended in spirit. She was happily anticipating the birth of her grandchild (from Michael and Rachel McGlynn) Nolan Michael McGlynn, whom she will lovingly watch over from heaven along with any future grandchildren. It is with heavy hearts that her children, family and friends wish her soul peace as Pamela joins her Mother and Father in the arms of our Lord and Saviour. Her children chose what would have been her fifty-fourth birthday as a day to honor and cherish her memory.

A Celebration of Life for Pamela S. McGlynn will be at 2:00 p.m. on Tuesday, June 13th, 2017 in the Cloyd Chapel.  Cremation has taken place and the Cloyd Funeral Home is assisting the family.

Special thanks to the Yogo Inn for their generous donations towards her service, as well as the Nexus Treatment Center for their gracious donation of flowers for her service. The McGlynn and Randles family would also like to thank all of those who have donated funds towards funeral expenses, and to her many friends for their condolences and support through this difficult time. Condolences for the family may be posted online at www.cloydfuneralhome.com.

“Mother, you left us beautiful memories, your love is still our guide, although we cannot see you, you’re always at our side.”

Ronald Leon Moody, born Sept. 20th, 1946 in Memphis, Tennessee passed away on Saturday June 3rd at his home looking over the Judith Mountains in the early morning hours as the beautiful Montana sun rose to the sky.

Ron achieved his Bachelor’s Degree in Journalism and Political Science from Ole Miss while building a career on journalism at The Memphis Press Semeter while raising a family with his then wife Bonnie and only child Ben. Other jobs he had included being a stock broker for Dean Witter and courier for Fed Ex from which he retired.

Ron's important years came after retirement where he became involved in conservation and wildlife management. Ron served as a commissioner for The Montana FWP. He cofounded the Montana Sportsman Alliance, was part of the Montana Wildlife Federation, Central Montana Pheasants Forever, Big Sky Upland Bird Association, Back Country Hunters and Anglers, Public Land/Water Access Association, Central Montana Resource Council, Montana Resource Advisory Council, Missouri River Breaks National Monument, CMR Community Working Group, Sportsmen for Game Farm Reform, Central Montana Democratic Committee, Friends of the Missouri Breaks, Northern Plains Resource Council, Central Montana Resource Council, Montana State Library Commission, Upland Bird Association, Billings Rod and Gun Club, Central Montana Conservation Council, Montana Civics Chamber, Friends of the Library and much more.

He was preceded in death by his father Ira Lonnie Moody, his mother Sudie Leigh Moody, his sister Lawanta Sylvester, his brother Ancel Moody, and his niece Robin Moody.

He is survived by his son Benjamin Moody and his beloved daughter in-law Jennifer Moody of Lewistown, 5 Grandchildren: Ashley Moody of Tennessee, Ronald Jacob Moody, Jordan Patrick Moody, Alexis Graham, and Madison Hair of Lewistown, loyal hunting companion Dixie, nieces Dawn Sanders, Lisa Nabholtz, and Lorey Phillips, nephew Joey Moody all of which from Arkansas, niece Karen Woods of Mississippi, niece Deborah McWhorter of Indiana and partner in life Yvonne Lincoln of Lewistown. There are many great nieces and nephews as well he adored and loved.

A memorial service for Ronald Moody will be held at 11:00 a.m. on Wednesday, June 7, 2017 in the Cloyd Chapel. Cloyd Funeral Home is assisting the family with arrangements.

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

Ronald “Ronny” Kramlich passed away peacefully in his sleep on Thursday, May 11, 2017. He was born Friday, September 13, 1957 at St. Joseph Hospital in Lewistown, MT to parents Raymond “Hap” and Marjorie (Getsman) Kramlich. Born the youngest sibling of 7 children, Ronny was hit by a car at age 4 and spent Christmas in the hospital with a leg and jaw broken in 2 places. Ron started Boy Scouts at a young age and continued until he graduated from high school in 1977, one badge away from Eagle Scout. He was an avid fisherman and hunter his whole life, often taking his nieces and nephews along to learn the ropes and they joked he was the grumpiest man alive. Ron worked for USG, Roy Tire, and Berg Lumber where he hurt his back and became disabled. He spent the rest of his life hunting, fishing and spoiling his nieces and nephews and his many dogs.

He is survived by his brothers and sister; Duane Kucera, Rocky, Robert, Roger and Donna; nieces and nephews Ryan, Lea, Mike, Keith, Kevin, Krista, Robert, Jake, Kurtis, Josh, Dustin, Dawn, Marji, and Kelsey. Ronny is survived by many more great nieces and nephews. He is also survived by his chosen family, best friend Mary Wright and her children Kursti, Kelsey, Kristin, and her son with whom he held a special bond, Brayden Robertson.

Ron was predeceased by his father Hap in 1982, his sister Vonda “Punk” in 1984, his mother Marjorie in 2005, brother-in-law Maurice Vance and sister-in-law Linda Kramlich both in 2012.
Services to celebrate Ronny’s life will be held Saturday, June 10, 2017 at 3:00 p.m. in the Cloyd Chapel in Lewistown, a private committal will be in the Lewistown City Cemetery. A potluck dinner and gathering of friends will follow at his favorite bar, the Glacier. Cloyd Funeral Home is assisting the family with arrangements.

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

John B. “Jack” Shaver 81 of Lewistown died February 23rd, 2017 in Burien, WA of natural causes following a long illness. He was born March 21, 1935 in Lewistown, MT the son of James M. and Carro (Cook) Shaver. He received his schooling in Lewistown. He then entered the United States Air Force in 1952 serving during the Korean War. He was united in marriage to Annie L. Taylor on December 16, 1955 in Sherman, TX.

He received his discharge in 1956 and returned to Lewistown. He attended Northern Montana College, Montana State University, also one year of college in Salt Lake City, UT. After graduation, he worked in the Aerospace Industry in Goodyear, AZ, St. Louis, MO. In 1969, they returned to Lewistown and operated Shaver’s Music. In the mid 1983, they began a partnership in Courtesy Chevrolet until 2000 when they retired.

They traveled extensively for many years. Jack enjoyed his family, especially the many good times at the family cabin fishing, hunting and hiking with all of the family and friends. He also enjoyed his cars and the trips they made in them. He is loved and will be missed every day but good memories are forever.

He is survived by his wife Annie of Lewistown; sons Scot (Saiyan) of Normandy Park, WA, Dale (Esther) of Santa Fe, TX and Ray (Shannon) of Priest River, ID; daughter Janice (Perry) Williams of SeaTac, WA; 9 grandchildren, 8 great grandchildren and several nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents, 2 brothers James (Shorty) and Bill and 1 sister Pat Welch.

A Celebration of Life for Jack Shaver will be held Sunday, June 25th, 2017 at 1:00 p.m. at the Elks Club in Lewistown. Private Family Committal will be in the Lewistown City Cemetery. The Cloyd Funeral Home is assisting the family.

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

Brian C. Pester 59 of Stanford died over the weekend of May 13th, 2017 while on his farm SE of Windham. He was born August 15, 1957 in Great Falls, Montana the son of Charles A. and Rose M. Pester. He received his schooling in Stanford graduating from Stanford High School in 1975. He then attended Northern Montana College, now MSU Northern in Havre. He returned to Lewistown where he worked as a mechanic, then returned to Stanford where he held many jobs over the years including the “City Man”, and operating Pester Tire and Repair. He worked for Youderian Construction for several years and then doing what he loved working as a farmer for himself and others.

Brian loved drag racing and has several trophies for his efforts, he enjoyed hunting, fishing, camping and his cats, commonly known as a “cat herder”.

He is survived by his mother Rose M. of Stanford, MT; sisters Jean M. Raprager of Stanford and her children Derrick (Amanda), Dustin and son Damon, Danielle (Tim) Crabtree and children Dakota, Colt & Shiloh, Dabrianna (Cheslon) and daughter Charlie Ann; Christine Munsey of Townsend, MT and her children Connor and Hunter; Julie (Tom) Tatarka and children Shelby & Drew.

He was preceded in death by his father Charles.

Memorial Mass will be Thursday, May 18th, 2017 at 11:00 a.m. in St. Rose of Lima Catholic Church in Stanford with committal to follow in the Stanford Cemetery. The Cloyd Funeral Home is assisting the family.

Friends are asked to make memorials to the Stanford 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