Obituaries

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

Joan E. Woolett 91 of Lewistown died early Monday morning, April 24, 2017 in the Central Montana Nursing and Rehab Center of natural causes. She was born January 17, 1926 in Skykomish, WA the daughter of William E. and Matilda H. (Dolman) Lawson. She received her education in Washington and then owned & operated a café. On February 2, 1962, she was united in marriage to Joe R. Woolett in Coeur d’Alene, ID. They made their home in Wenatchee, WA and she worked in restaurants. In the mid 1960’s they moved to Butte, MT and she worked for a florist. In the early 1970’s they moved to Anchorage, AK and she was a full-time mom. In the late 1970’s they returned to Idaho living in Post Falls and they operated the Woodshed Tavern. In the early 1980’s they moved to Lewistown and owned the Trail’s End Motel until their retirement. Joe preceded her in death in 2006.

Joan enjoyed gardening and time with her family.

She is survived by two sons Ron of Fayetteville, NC and Randy of Lewistown, MT; 8 grandchildren and 2 great grandchildren.

In addition to her husband she was preceded in death by one daughter Teresa West in 2008, her parents and a twin sister.

Graveside Services for Joan E. Woolett will be Friday, April 28th, 2017 at 11:00 a.m. in the Lewistown City Cemetery. The Cloyd Funeral Home is assisting the family.

Friends are asked to make memorials to Hospice of Central Montana 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.

Carl A. Pekkala 93, of Grass Range, MT “Whistling Carl” was called home on April 23, 2017. He was born on August 2nd, 1923 in Redridge, Michigan, the son of Emil and Tyyni (Holme) Pekkala. As a young boy, his family moved near Detroit where he lived until he enlisted into the US Air force at the age of 18. While training in Lewistown, MT, he visited the Civic Center for a night of roller skating. He winked at a cute brunette, Mary Kuhry. She heard on the loud speaker, “ladies’ choice.” Mary grabbed her future husband and never let go. He was soon shipped away, for his tour of duty as a B17 waist gunner in WWII. He flew 50 missions over North Africa and Italy and received Purple Heart and Bronze star. When he returned from active duty, Carl and Mary were married in Mountain Home, ID on January 8th, 1943. They eventually settled in Lewistown, MT, in a shack he turned into a home. He worked at the Gypsum Plant at Heath for around 20 years. In 1950, they bought 35 acres below Elks Country Club on Spring Creek. They started Pine Hill Dairy and sold raw milk until 1973. In 1974, they moved to the Kuhry ranch outside of Grass Range, MT, which was homesteaded by Mary's dad. They always said they discovered paradise on that land and two happier people could not have been found. During the busy years, his children were his priority. He taught them to value hard work, honesty, faith and integrity. He made sure Christmas's were magical with the house and the tree decorated just right. He made sure the skating pond was always clear during the winter for skating parties that included all the neighbors. Strength and hardworking barely describe him. He built every shed, barn and remodeled every house (to fit all those kids) building his last home at age 73. At the age of 88, he still was throwing rake teeth on every corner of every hay field, helping Mark and Karen with haying. Until his last breath, you knew Carl was close because your ears were serenaded with his welcoming whistle or song.

He leaves behind his wife of 73 years Mary Pekkala of Grass Range, MT; children Linda (John) Birkeland of Billings, MT, Keith (Anna) Pekkala of Phoenix, AZ, Kathy Lindh of Tucson, AZ, Mike of Emigrant, MT, Christine Mueller of San Rafael, CA, Teresa (Herb) Hastings of Helena MT, Karen (Mark) Matovich of Grass Range, MT, Kim (Jim) DeArman Tulsa, OK; sister Ruth Kaski; numerous grandchildren, great grandchildren, nieces and nephews.

Carl was preceded in death by his parents, 3 brothers, 5 sisters, two sons Daniel and Mark and grandson Christopher Birkeland.

The family would like to invite you to the celebration of Carl's life Friday April 28th, at 3:00 pm in the Methodist Church Grass Range, MT, inurnment to follow in the Grass Range Cemetery. The Cloyd Funeral Home is assisting the family.

Friends are asked to make memorials to the Central Montana Hospice House, Grass Range Ambulance or Grass Range Methodist Church and they may be left at the Cloyd Funeral Home. Condolences for the family may be posted online at www.cloydfuneralhome.com.

 

Lauren Luther Hill 68 of Lewistown, took his place in Heaven on April 13, 2017. Lauren was born in Shelby, MT on August 13, 1949 to Sherman and Velma (Spencer) Hill. He lived on the family farm before moving to Ft. Shaw, later moving to Great Falls, and then heading back to Shelby in 1965 living with his mother and step-father Jurgen B. Wiggen on the ranch. He graduated from Shelby High School in 1967 and attended MSU Northern before deciding to join the Marine Corp. Lauren served his country and had a tour in Vietnam where he received an honorable discharge and came back home to Shelby. Lauren moved to Toledo Ohio for work, where he met Rose Grogan whom he married June 20, 1975. Together they made Shelby their home and had one daughter, Amanda (grandson Brian) in 1982. They moved from Shelby to Great Falls and eventually to Tulatin Oregon. However, Montana called them home and Lauren moved back to Shelby in 1993 where he lived until moving to Lewistown for his remaining years.

Lauren enjoyed hunting, fishing, and being outdoors. His passion was aviation, he had his pilot’s license and loved flying a Cessna. Lauren was also an excellent marksman who won awards for his shooting abilities. He collected coins, read as often as he could, always had room for a slice of pie, and couldn’t go anywhere without running into someone he knew.

He is survived by his wife Rose of Lewistown; daughter Amanda Hill of Great Falls, MT; one brother Sherman D. Hill of Elkton AL; one grandson Brian.

He was preceded in death by his parents and step-father.

Services for Lauren will be held in Shelby at a later date, 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.

Harold L. (Pete) Andrus 83 of Moore died Monday afternoon in a Lewistown Nursing Home of natural causes. He was born April 29, 1933 in Roseburg, Oregon the son of Raymond and Elva (Irvin) Andrus. He received his schooling in Oregon and then served in the United States Navy during the Korean War. Following his discharge, he returned to Oregon and worked for U.S. Plywood in the Mill. In 1957, he was united in marriage to Jan Hoffman and they continued to live in Oregon. After their divorce in 1968 he moved to Eureka, CA and worked for about one year and then returned to Oregon and worked at Grants Pass on the Fire Department and Ambulance Service. On October 16, 1971, he was united in marriage to Marjorie Eakins in Roseburg. He returned to work at the mill until moving to Lewistown in 1975. He worked as an Animal Control Officer for the City of Lewistown until he quit do to medical issues. They moved to Moore in 1991 and he entered the nursing home in April of 2016.

Pete loved to hunt and fish with his friend Daryl Glidewell, enjoyed woodworking and time with family.

He is survived by his wife Marjorie of Moore, MT; sons Leonard Andrus, Paul Hart, Alan Williams, Calvin Williams all of Lewistown and David Hart of Billings, MT; daughters Robin Tweter of Port Angeles, WA and Sherry (Tim) Bishop of Moccasin, MT; 16 grandchildren, 16 great grandchildren and several nieces and nephews.

No Services will be held at this time for Harold “Pete” Andrus, a Celebration of Life will be held later this summer. Cremation has taken place with the Cloyd Funeral Home assisting the family.

Friends are asked to make memorials to the Pet Assistance League (PAL), Fergus Post #16 American Legion 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.

Larry Anton Yaeger, 77, of Lewistown passed away at home on April 9, 2017, in the early morning hours with his family by his side. He was born on June 10, 1939, in Lewistown to Charles Frank and Ester Judith (King) Yaeger, Sr. He was raised on the Yaeger Ranch at Glengarry. He attended grade school at Glengarry School through 8th grade. He then went to Fergus High School, graduating in 1957. He attended MSU in Bozeman and returned home to help on the ranch at Armells. He met the love of his life in 1960, Betty Pallett, and were united in marriage on May 26, 1962 in Lewistown. They lived in Lewistown for a short while then moved to the Yaeger Ranch at Hilger to begin their new life together. They had three children the oldest Ronnie, Brenda followed two years later, and then completed the family with their youngest, Bradley.

Larry was a big-time family man. He took pride in his kids, grandkids, and great grandkids. He loved going to all the sporting events. He and Betty were wonderful Jitterbug dancers, clearing the dance floor many times. Their love for each other was a special bond of 54 years.

Larry survived a brain aneurism in 1993 and always thought every day after was a gift from God. He was a FFA state officer, a member of the Order of Demolay, Demolay Dad, Marie Chapter No. 36 Order of Eastern Star, Past Master of Friendship Lodge No. 139, Montana Army National Guard, Central Montana Shrine Club, Eagles Lodge, Moose Lodge, Fergus Post #16 American Legion, Senior Pool League, Farm Bureau, and Hilger Community Club. He has many lasting friends from all the clubs he belonged to.

During his final week of life, Larry’s son, Brad, got his old 1931 Chevy Coupe going and took Larry for his last ride around the block. The smile on his face showed that this memory was a dream come true for Dad.

Larry is survived by his wife of 54 years , Betty, son Ronnie Yaeger both of Lewistown and children Tia (fiancé Todd), Tre Yaeger; daughter Brenda (Bart) Wilson of Hilger and children Tyler, Thomas (Kalyn, great-grandchild Ava) Jessie (fiancé Brendon, great-grandchildren Elise and Rylee), Austin Wilson;son Brad (Tina) Yaeger of Lewistown, Amber, Alyssa (Dylan), and Kylee Yaeger; brothers Charles (Rosie) Yaeger of Hilger and James Yaeger of Lewistown, brother-in-law Donald (Donna) Pallett in Idaho, sister-in-law Marcy (Ken) Dirkson and several wonderful nieces and nephews.

He was proceeded in death by his parents, father and mother-in-law William and Doris Pallett, son-in-law Nick Wilson, nephew Dean Pallett, niece Cynthia Yaeger, and nephew Chuckie Yaeger.

Memorial Services for Larry A. Yaeger will be Thursday, April 13th, 2017 at 1:00 p.m. in the Cloyd Chapel, cremation has taken place. The Cloyd Funeral Home is assisting the family.

Friends are asked to make memorials to Hospice of Central Montana, Central Montana Shrine Transportation Trust 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.

 

Barbara Ann (Newton) Petranek 53 of Hilger died Sunday morning, April 2nd, 2017 at her home of natural causes. She was born December 30, 1963 in Seattle, WA the daughter of Donald C. and Roberta J. (Wise) Newton. She traveled the world in her youth with her parents and graduated from Cascade High School in Everett, WA in 1982. She was united in marriage to Steven Ruiz in Washington and they had a daughter Alicia. They later divorced she continued living in Washington. In 1984 she came to Montana with her parents where she met David Petranek. They instantly fell in love and were married on November 17, 1984 in Bothell, WA. They lived in Washington until early 1985 when they moved back to the ranch near Hilger. She made her home there and was active in helping with the ranch work.

Barbara was very artistic, she loved music, was an avid rollerskater, enjoyed snow mobiling, hunting/shooting and just spending time at the ranch helping and being with family.

She is survived by her husband David of Hilger; son Charles D. of San Luis Obispo, CA; daughters Melinda Petranek of Bozeman, MT and Alicia Ruiz of Cheyenne, WY; brothers Thomas Newton of Seattle, WA and Donald C. Newton, Jr. of Everett, WA; one grandchild Noelani Cardel and several nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her parents.

A Celebration of Life for Barbara A. Petranek will be held later, 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

Stephen Lynn Hamilton, 38 was called home to his Lord in the early morning hours of Saturday, March 25th, 2017. He passed away at his parents’ home in Lewistown from diabetes complications. Stephen was born June 14, 1978 in Lewistown, the son of Neil and Jolynn (Sudbrock) Hamilton. He attended Highland Park Elementary and graduated from Fergus High School in 1997. Stephen loved the outdoors and joined his father on countless hunting, fishing, and camping trips. Going fishing with his dad was still his favorite pastime.

Stephen was an exciting person that was always ready for an adventure. He had many talents that included playing the piano, artwork, cooking, gardening, and was a self-taught computer whiz. As a top sales rep in the mattress industry, he spent several years traveling and lived in St. Louis, MO, Tucson & Phoenix, AZ, Tallahassee & Jacksonville FL, Cherry Hill, NJ, Philadelphia, PA, Richmond, VA, and Dallas TX.

Stephen’s winning personality and compassionate nature helped him connect with children, animals, and people from all walks of life. He had an unbreakable bond with his sister Stephanie, who was his best friend and confidante. A very happy time in his life was when he became the proud uncle of his nephew “Rekky.” Stephen was his grandmother’s special grandson and friend. They spent many hours visiting, laughing, creating art, and watching movies together. He adored his mother and never missed an opportunity to tell her how much he loved and appreciated her.

Above all, he loved his Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.

Stephen is survived by his parents, Neil & Jolynn Hamilton of Lewistown, MT; sister Stephanie (Derek) Cataraha and nephew Derek Neil Cataraha of Tustin, CA; maternal grandmother Erna Lou Sudbrock of Lewistown, MT; special great uncle and aunt Lynn & Grace Finn of Lake Havasu City, AZ, uncle and aunt Colie & Sandy Hamilton of Billings, MT; several aunts, uncles, cousins, and many dear friends.

He was preceded in death by his beloved and faithful dogs Bailey and Fritz.

Stephen will be remembered by his family for his loving, helpful, and outgoing personality. He was our “Ray of Sunshine” and will be missed dearly.

Celebration of Life for Stephen L. Hamilton will be held at 3pm on Saturday, April 8th, 2017 at New Life Assembly Church in Lewistown. Cremation has taken place and he will be laid to rest in Forest Grove this summer. The Cloyd Funeral Home is assisting the family.

Friends are asked to make memorials to New Life Assembly Church, Torch, Katie’s House 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.