Obituaries

 

 

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 (Luca) 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 Renee, 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.

 

 

Eugene A. (Gene) Langford, 73, a longtime resident of Valle Vista, passed away September 19th 2017 of natural causes.  Gene was born August 10th 1944 to Arthur and Lucille (Judy) Langford. He was the youngest of nine children. He left home at an early age, but always remained in Montana. He enjoyed horses, cars and had an extensive key collection. Gene was a gentle soul who touched the lives of those around him and will always be remembered for his thoughtfulness.

 

Gene is survived by two brothers, Richard Langford and Lawrence (Joyce) Langford and numerous nieces and nephews.

 

The family would like to express the deepest appreciation and gratefulness to all his caregivers over the years, whose loving care enriched Gene’s life.

 

Services for Eugene Langford will be held at 2:00 pm Saturday, October 14th 2017 at Valle Vista in the north dining room. A private committal will take place in Central Montana Memorial Gardens.  The Cloyd Funeral Home is assisting the family.

 

Memorials can be made in Gene’s memory to Hospice of Central Montana and they may be left at the Cloyd Funeral Home.  Condolences for the family may be posted online at www.cloydfuneralhome.com.

 

 

Duane T. “Buck” Butler, 87, of Lewistown died early Wednesday morning, September 27th, 2017, in the Central Montana Health & Rehab Center of natural causes.  He was born December 7, 1929 in Lewistown, the son of Wesley and Marguerite (Benjamin) Butler, Sr.  He received his early schooling in the Plum Creek School and then Fergus High School in Lewistown, graduating in 1948.  He went to Missoula to the University of Montana for 1 year and entered the U.S. Navy Reserve in Seattle, WA on April 16, 1947 serving on the U.S.S. Buck, receiving his discharge on December 6, 1951.  Prior to his Naval discharge he enlisted in the U.S. Army on February 8, 1951 in Butte, MT.  He served during the Korean War and received his honorable discharge on January 20, 1953 at Fort Lewis, WA.  During his Army service he received the Korean Service Medal and the United Nations Service Medal. While in the Army he was united in marriage to Mary Kottas on June 11, 1951 in Lewistown and they made their home in California while he finished his time in the Army.  Following his discharge, they returned to Lewistown where he worked at Lewistown Hardware and the Montana Department of Highways before returning to the family ranch in the Moulton area in the mid 1950’s, where they ranched and raised their family.

 

Buck enjoyed time with his family, playing poker, hunting and traveling. In Lewistown his coffee club was a source of enjoyment for the last several years.

 

He was a member of the V.F. W. and the American Legion and in the 1970’s the Fergus County Sheriff’s Posse.

 

Buck is survived by his wife of 66 years, Mary, of Lewistown; sons Gary (Peggy) of Lewistown, Billy (Natalie) and Tommy (Karla) both of Hilger; three grandchildren Garrett (Krischelle), Dawn (Ty) Zackus and Brandy (Joel) Barber; four great grandchildren Chelsea, Laurel, Salena and Mercedez and several nieces and nephews; as well as brother-in-law Gene (Patty) Kottas in Washington and sister-in-law Betty Butler of Billings, MT.

He was preceded in death by his parents, two brothers Wesley Jr. and Glen and one sister Rita Wiltgen.

 

Private family services for Duane (Buck) Butler will be held at a later date.  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.

 

 

 

Walter F. Williamson 76 of Lewistown died early Tuesday morning, September 12, 2017 of injuries sustained in a vehicle accident north of Billings on U.S. Highway 87.  Walter was born March 14, 1941 in Billings, MT the son of Benjamin and Addie (Eastburn) Williamson.  He received his education in Billings Schools.  He then started his working years, working in the Billings area doing a variety of jobs, his last being a janitor in a grocery store.  He found his true soul mate when he met Gloria J. Mehl.

 

They spent their time in Billings until moving to Lewistown in 2015 to retire.  She preceded him in death in 2016.  

 

Walter enjoyed hunting, fishing, visiting with friends and working on cars.

 

He is survived by several nieces and nephews including James White of Helena.

 

Graveside Memorial Services will be held for Walter Williamson at a later date in Sunset Memorial Gardens in Helena.  The Cloyd Funeral Home is assisting the family.

 

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

 

 

 

 

Donna Belinda Edmonds Sprouse 66, of Lewistown, after being diagnosed with acute leukemia went home Sunday morning, September 17th, 2017 with her family by her side.  She was born June 28, 1951 in Asheville, North Carolina the daughter of John and Margaret (Rice) Edmonds.  She received her education in Weaverville graduating from North Buncombe High School.  She then worked as a secretary for local businesses in Weaverville until her marriage to Bill Sprouse on December 1, 1972.  They made their home in North Carolina until moving to Great Falls, Montana in 1977 where they operated a business selling Buck Stoves.  They returned to North Carolina in 1981 to the Weaverville area and she began a career in healthcare as a certified nurse’s assistant.  They returned to Montana in 1992 settling in Lewistown where they started the Bread of Life Baptist Church. 

 

Donna loved church, reading her bible, singing, playing the piano and teaching her Sunday school class.  She enjoyed time with her family, cooking, crocheting and hunting and fishing with her husband.  She was a wonderful caregiver and devoted her entire life to nurture, care and love others selflessly.

 

She is survived by her husband Rev. Bill Sprouse of Lewistown; daughter Michelle Sprouse Blackburn; mother Margaret Edmonds; brothers John Edmonds, Michael (Faith) Edmonds, Jeffrey (Sandy) Edmonds; sister Iris (Tim) Wilson; mother in law Dusky Sprouse; brothers in law Rev. Larry (Marilyn)  Sprouse; Jack Sprouse; and sister in law Aleta Ratliff all in North Carolina; six grandchildren, Alexander, Brady & Izabella Blackburn, Katelyn, Caleb and Chloe Warren; many nieces and nephews and her church family.

 

Donna was preceded in death by one daughter Belinda Warren; her father John Edmonds; father in law Howard Sprouse; brother in law Ronnie Sprouse; and sister in law Judy Sprouse.

 

Funeral Services for Donna Sprouse will be Tuesday, September 26th, 2017 at 10:00 a.m. in the Bread of Life Baptist Church in Lewistown.  Graveside Services will be Saturday, September 30, 2017 at 10:00 a.m. in the Refuge Cemetery in Alexander, NC.  The Cloyd Funeral Home is assisting the family.

 

Friends are asked to make memorials to the Bread of Life Baptist Church and they may be left at the Cloyd Funeral Home.  Condolences for the family may be posted online at www.cloydfuneralhome.com

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Kim B. Jones (Kimmerz) 60 of Harlem died early Monday morning, September 18, 2017 in Billings Clinic of natural causes.  He was born June 3, 1957 in Fort Belknap, Montana the son of James and Helen (Striker) Jones.  He received his schooling in Hays and then begin working on ranches in Northcentral Montana.  He found his life mate and best friend in 1981, Vernie Healy.  They made their home on the Fort Belknap Agency until the time of his death. 

 

 

Kim loved his horses, building fences, collecting toy tractors, trucks and listening to his country music and had one special dog “Loca”.

 

 

Kim leaves behind his loving wife Vernie Healy; daughter Sheena Rae Healy; mother Helen Bell; brothers James (Cheryl) Stiffarm; John Mark Stiffarm, A. J. Stiffarm, Thomas Yellowtail, Merlin Yellowtail, Alan Cliff, Bernie Cliff, Tom Filesteel, John Filesteel; sisters Denise Stiffarm, Jackie Yellowtail, Ann Martin, Kate Jo LeBeau; aunt Dr. Lenore Stiffarm; uncles Ben Striker, John Matthew Stiffarm; grandchildren Mya, Rosa, James, Eric and Arin; Logan, Marcus, Lil Tom, Trevor, Christian, Ettsy, Neiko; and his special Lil man “Tristan” and special nephew Tom Jones.

 

 

He was preceded in death by son Eric, daughter Kalynne and his father James and brother Sherman Jones.

 

 

Wake Services for Kim will take place at 5:00 p.m. Friday, September 22, 2017 at the Fort Belknap Community Center at Fort Belknap Agency.  Memorial Services will be Saturday, September 23rd, 2017 at 11:00 a.m. at the Fort Belknap Community Center with a reception to follow the services.  Cremation has taken place with the Cloyd Funeral Home of Lewistown assisting the family.

 

 

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