Recent Obituaries


Maxine A. Burton 89 of Lewistown died Friday evening, November 29, 2019 in the Central Montana Medical Center of natural causes. She was born Maxine Addiline May 7, 1930 in Lewistown the daughter of Dallas and Lena (Schaefer) Goodan. She received her education in Lewistown graduating from Fergus High School in 1948. She then attended the Great Falls Academy of Beauty Culture graduating in April of 1949. She returned to Lewistown and worked at the Mecca Barber & Beauty Shop. On September 1, 1951 she was united in marriage to Sam E. Burton in Lewistown. They made their home in Lewistown and in the late 1950’s she opened her own beauty shop in the basement of their home. Maxine operated her beauty shop until retirement in 2015.

Maxine enjoyed knitting, crocheting, reading, but most of all, family time. She was the one that would organize family reunions and conference calls with her siblings; family was her life.

She also enjoyed watching professional football, the Dallas Cowboys, New England Patriots and most recently the Seattle Seahawks, were a couple of her favorites, as well as a number of basketball teams in the NBA.

She was a member of the First Presbyterian Church of Lewistown and Marie Chapter #36 Order of Eastern Star of Lewistown.

She is survived by her children Susan Burton Spurgeon of Missoula, Sherry (Doug) Cramer of Lewistown, and Sam Burton Jr of Helena; four grandchildren Rick (Jennifer) Spurgeon, Ashley Cramer, Brooke (Marcus) Ivey and Sam Burton III; five great grandchildren Mavryk, Jaxsyn & Ryker Ivey, Grace and Adeline Spurgeon; sister-in-law Peggy Burton of Clinton TN, numerous nieces and nephews as well as her latest 4 legged companion, Murphy.

She was preceded in death by her husband Sam in 1991, one grandson Chris Spurgeon in 2010, her parents, three brothers and two sisters.

Memorial Services for Maxine A. Burton will be Saturday, December 7, 2019 at 2:00 p.m. in the First Presbyterian Church, cremation and committal in Central Montana Memorial Gardens have taken place. The Cloyd Funeral Home is assisting the family.

Friends are asked to make memorials to the First Presbyterian Church Fellowship Hall, the Fergus County Council on Aging, or the charity of their choice. They may be left with the Cloyd Funeral Home. Condolences for the family may be posted online at



Magdelena Josepha Hinckley 81 of Winnett died Monday evening in her home in Winnett of natural causes. She was born February 20, 1938 in Munich, Germany the daughter of Paul M. and Ludowika (Jungling) Aign. She received her education in Germany and the worked in a factory making license plates. In December of 1964 she was united in marriage to Robert Olin Flansburg. They moved to New York in 1967 and then on to Montana settling in Missoula and then to Turah. They later moved to Casper, WY in the early 1970’s. They also lived in Glenrock, WY before moving to Carson City, NV. They divorced and she moved to Michigan in the mid 1980’s. She returned to Montana living in Broadview until moving into Aspen Meadows in Billings. She moved earlier this year to Winnett and lived with her daughter.

She sis survived by four sons Siegfried “Ziggy” Flansburg, Ludwig Flansburg, Robert Flansburg and Steven Flansburg all of Billings, MT; two daughters Lucia Tackett of Winnett, MT and Erika Huff of Phoenix, AZ; one sister Christal Narra in Michigan; two grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her parents, one brother and one child.

At her request cremation has taken place and no services will be held at this time. She will be buried at a later date with her family. 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 with the Cloyd Funeral Home. Condolences for the family may be posted online at

Donna Rae (Hess) Kalcso, 78 of Denton passed away at her home in Denton over the weekend. She born June 16, 1941 in Denton, MT to Ivan and Agnes (Pospisil) Hess.  Donna always missed living in Denton and after moving to Idaho in 1971, was able to move back in 2007 and remain until her passing. 

Although later divorced, Donna married Ronald Kalcso in 1960 and was blessed with three children from this marriage, Teri, Traci and Tad. 

Donna served as the Corporate Treasurer of Idaho AAA for the majority of her career as an accountant/bookkeeper.  This was a great source of pride for her and she excelled in the position.

Donna was an avid knitter, crocheter and lover of all crafts, a gift she shared with her daughters.  Donna loved the outdoors, camping and fishing, as well as building puzzles and playing games.

Donna was a loving mother, grandmother, sister, aunt and friend.  She will be missed by all who loved her so much.

She is survived by her children Teri (Ken) Lloyd of McCall, ID, Traci (Jim) Drew of Portland, OR and Tad Kalcso of El Cajon, CA; her sister Joyce (Ron) Malcolm of Wyoming, MI; her brother Laurence Hess of Denton, MT. Donna enjoyed her grandchildren Jessica (DeWayne Riedman) Drew, Sean (Samantha) Kaldhusdal, Trevor (Taylor Fast) Drew, Ryan (Janae) Kaldhusdal and Jordan Drew; one great-grandson, Tyson Kaldhusdal; three nieces, Sheila (Malcolm) Domina, Laura (Malcolm) Gorkowski and Carol (Malcolm) Glanville in addition to great-nieces and nephews.

Donna is preceded in death by her parents.

The family wishes to thank the community of Denton for their love and support, not only during this difficult time but for all the love and kindness shown over the years.

The family is planning a memorial in Spring 2020 and to lay her to rest in Hillcrest Cemetery in Denton at that time.  Cremation has taken place with the Cloyd Funeral Home assisting the family.

In lieu of flowers, the family has asked that donations be made to the Denton Endowment Fund or to the charity of their choice and they may be left with the Cloyd Funeral Home.  Condolences for the family may be posted online at

Charles Roy Gaugler 70 of Garneill died Sunday afternoon at his home of natural causes. He was born September 9, 1949 in Lewistown, Montana the son of Bill and Faith (Stone) Gaugler. He was proud of his birth date: 9-9-49. He lived his entire life at his ranch headquarters in Garneill, Montana. Charles will be remembered by his generosity, sense of humor, and laugh.

Agriculture was in Charles' blood and he developed a passion for farming and ranching early in life. He enjoyed nothing more than spending time on the ranch with his cattle, sheep, equipment, and dogs. At the age of five he could be found herding sheep to “mow the grass” around the shop. Charles' love of Black Angus cattle began when he won Grand Champion Black Angus heifer and Best Breeding project with his Hampshire ram lamb at the Harlowton youth fair. Together Charles and his wife, Pauline, developed one of the most reputable Black Angus herds in Montana. He was proud of the fact that he sold many Hereford breeders their first Black Angus bull.

He looked up to and loved working alongside his brothers Frank and Bill. Whom he credited for teaching him everything he knew about agriculture.

Charles also loved sports and is remembered as an outstanding high school athlete. He was recognized as an All-Conference player for multiple years in both basketball and football. As a defensive end he led the district in tackles, in basketball he frequently scored 40 points in a game, and as a senior in track he scored 27.5 points at the district track meet.

Charles attended Northern Montana College playing football until his father became ill, at which time he returned to the ranch in Garneill. He served in the National Guard for six years and developed many lifelong friendships.

In 1976, Charles married the love of his life, Pauline Keegan. They had four children: Sarah, Daniel, Mark, and Laura. Charles loved kids and enjoyed spending time with his grandchildren.

He is survived by his wife of 43 years, Pauline of Garneill; children Sarah (Brad) Walters of Riggins, ID, Daniel (Kelly) Gaugler of Bozeman, MT, Mark (Laurie) Gaugler of Judith Gap, MT, and Laura (Gus) Mundt of Belt, MT; siblings Marlene Uglum of Glendora, CA and Elloise (Kirk) Warner of Carrollton, GA; six grandchildren, Raney, Rylee, Tanner, Quinn, Dylan, and Libby; and loyal Labrador, Sweetheart.

Charles was preceded in death by his parents, brothers Frank and William and sister Mary.

Funeral Services for Charles R. Gaugler will be held Friday November 29th at 11 a.m. in the Judith Gap School Gymnasium with committal to follow in the Judith Gap Cemetery. The Cloyd Funeral Home is assisting the family.

Friends are asked to make memorials to the Judith Gap Fire and EMS, Judith Gap 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

We lost our Hunter Marshall Longtine of Lewistown at the young age of 15 years old suddenly on November 23, 2019. Hunter was born in Helena on September 23, 2004, to Raymond Marshall and Jamie Lyn (Jenni) Longtine, joining his much loved big brother Bridger. He lived in Helena until they moved to the ranch in Lewistown in 2018.

Hunter attended schools in Helena. He started playing football in grade school. In Lewistown he continued playing in Junior High and then became a proud member of the Fergus Eagles Football team.

Riding four wheelers and side-by-sides was a favorite past-time. He started riding when he was big enough to climb on one and spent many hours riding them. He could always find someone to go with him so he could drive. He became very skilled and could do a wheelie for a mile or more on the road to the ranch. He loved anything to do with outdoors. Fishing and hunting with family and friends at the cabin was something he enjoyed. Much time was spent on Warm Springs Creek and in the Moccasins in the summer and winter.

Whether fixing fence or working cattle, Hunter were passionate about his love of anything that pertained to the ranch. He had a natural ability for all of it. He was gifted mechanically and could figure out how to do almost anything. He had intended to spend the rest of his life on the ranch. Hunter was greatly loved and will be missed by all who knew him.

He is survived by his parents of Lewistown; brother Bridger of Dillon, MT; Grandparents; Gary (Kathy) Jenni of Lewistown, Diane Longtine of Helena, MT, Jeanne Jenni of Lewistown, MT, Dewey (Bonnie) Longtine of Ranchester, WY; great grandfather: Floyd Jenni of Lewistown, MT; Numerous aunts and uncles; great aunts and uncles; many cousins.

Memorial Services for Hunter M. Longtine will be Wednesday, November 27, 2019 at 2:00 p.m. in the First Presbyterian Church. Cremation has taken place with the Cloyd Funeral Home assisting the family.

Friends are asked to make memorials to the charity of their choice and they may be left with the Cloyd Funeral Home. Condolences for the family may be posted online at

Klara Elgestad Coffey Bedard 94 of Lewistown passed away early Friday morning, November 22nd, 2019 at her home, where she wanted to be of natural causes.  Although her presence will leave an emptiness for all those who loved her as well as those that knew her, she was ready to join all her loved ones in heaven. Be prepared she is bringing her cards and will be ready to deal.

Kay was born January 4, 1925 to Gustav and Esther (Skoe) Elgestad in the Madoc community. She graduated from Scobey High School and after one year of business college she went to work for Fairchild Air Force Base in Spokane, WA. While in Spokane she was also the office Manager at Cummins Diesel.

In 1952 she married Robert (Pete) Coffey in Wolf Point, he was the owner of KVCK Radio. Together they raised 4 children John, Cathryn, Patricia and Robert Jr. Pete passed away much too soon in 1972. In 1975 Kay moved to Whitefish Lake where the family has spent many summers. In 1988 she married Robert (Bob) Bedard. They spent much of their time traveling, visiting 49 countries and spending many winters in Hawaii.

Bob died in 2004 at which time Kay moved to Lewistown to be near family. Moving to Lewistown brought back many of her favorite pastimes. She could be found playing cards and bingo at the Senior Center as well as gathering with her many friends playing that mean game of pinochle. One of her favorite places was sitting on her deck in the sunshine among the birds and flowers. On occasion you would see her at a Redbirds or Fergus Eagles game.

She was a member of St. Leo’s Catholic Church and the Senior Citizens Club.

She is survived by her 4 children, John Coffey of Kalispell, MT Cathy Coffey Bartel of Lewistown, MT, Patricia Coffey of Boise, ID and Robert Coffey, Jr. of Pullman, WA; one sisters Ellen Fossen of Flaxville, MT; four grandchildren Monica Clinton, Willis Coffey, Kadine Coffey and Alex Whitsell; two great grandsons Jacob and Luke Clinton and several nieces and nephews.

In addition to her two husbands she was preceded in death by her parents, two brothers and four sisters.

Celebration of Life for Klara Bedard will be Saturday, November 30, 2019 at 11:00 a.m. in the Cloyd Chapel, cremation has taken place as per her wishes. 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 with the Cloyd Funeral Home. Condolences for the family may be posted online at

Bradley B Parrish, 80, died Monday, November 4th at Central Montana Medical Center of natural causes. He was born December 8, 1938 in Lewistown, Montana, the son of Elton G and Vinette (Bell) Parrish. He received his education in Lewistown graduating from Fergus High School in 1957. He then attended Montana State College in Bozeman, the University of Alaska, and the University of Montana receiving his law degree in 1963. He moved back to Lewistown and opened his private law practice and served many years as a Deputy County Attorney for Fergus County. In 1983 he joined the Peace Corps and was in the Solomon Islands working with a team of attorneys to develop the country’s constitution. He returned to Lewistown and his private practice in 1985 until he retired in 2002. He continued making his home in Lewistown, moving into Shepherd’s Way in 2015.

Brad served as a State Representative from 1971-1973, on the Lewistown City Study Commission, served on the Lewistown City Commission for 8 years, 7 of which he served as Chairman. He was a member of the Lewistown Eagles Lodge of which he was a past president, Lewistown Eagles Manor Board of Directors serving many years as Secretary, Lewistown Rotary Club, Montana Committee for Humanities and the Montana Officials Association. In 1998 he was honored with a Community Service Award by the University of Montana. He was an avid fan of the Montana Grizzlies, Pittsburgh Steelers, and Pittsburgh Pirates and also treasured music and literature.

Brad is survived by son Trevor (Donya) of Helena, MT, daughter Andrea Renner of Nashville, TN, a sister Marilyn (Ed) Eberly of Kalispell, MT; four grandchildren Shelbey & Brady Parrish and Nathan & Sarah Renner; nephew Mark (Aleasha) Eberly of Boise, ID, niece Angela Davis of Norfolk, VA and several cousins.

He was preceded in death by his parents.

Celebration of Life Services for Bradley B. Parrish will be held in the spring in Lewistown with details to be announced later. Cremation has taken placed with the Cloyd Funeral Home assisting the family.

Friends are asked to make memorials to the Lewistown Grizzly Scholarship Association, the Lewistown Public Library or Hospice of Central Montana and they may be left at the Cloyd Funeral Home.

The family is appreciative of the hospice care Brad received in recent months, as well as the care he was given during his nearly five years at Shepherd’s Way.

     Paul Hofer, 71 of King Colony, passed away peacefully in his home Friday, November 1st, 2019 with his loving wife by his side. He was born on August 26, 1948 in Lewistown, MT, the oldest of ten children, to Peter and Mary (Walter) Hofer. Paul lived at the King Ranch Colony his entire life. On October 17, 1976, he married his wife Sarah Tschetter. Paul and Sarah spent 44 years together, raising a family of 4 boys. Paul served the colony in numerous ways. He took care of the poultry and the hog barn and in 1992 he became German School teacher and gardener. Together with his wife Sarah they took care of the garden and taught the colony children for 15 years. Paul took great pride in his work and approached life with a “do what you do do well” attitude. From the early age 26 years old, Paul suffered from diabetes. After many years of struggling with the condition he began to lose his sight and was blind at the time of his death.

     He spent his last years at home in the care of his faithful wife, constantly surrounded by his sons and grandchildren, who were his greatest pride and joy. Even though he was without sight he was never discouraged, and always made the best of things, offering countless advice and wisdom. He loved to tell stories and talk about the history of King Colony and of the Hutterite people. There was not much that he did not know. He loved to visit with family and friends, of which he had so many in the surrounding towns and communities. Even though he could not see, he could still dial a phone number and we all received a phone call at least once a day.   Paul relied on the Lord to bring him through each day, faithfully singing and praying until the end.

     Paul is survived by his wife Sarah, three sons Marvin (Sara), Sammy (Pam), and Toby (Sarah); eight grandchildren Dylan, Tristan, Savannah, Celine, Justin, Bo, Hailey, and Emmitt; brothers Peter, Walter (Rita), John (AnnaMarie), and Joe; sisters Esther (Steve) Walter and Ruth (Bill) Stahl; sisters-in-law Judy (Samuel) and Bertha (David); and numerous nieces and nephews.

   He was preceded in death by his parents, his son Danny, whom he greatly missed and longed to see again, and three brothers Samuel, David, and Edward.  

     I have fought the good fight, I have finished the race, I have kept the faith. 2 Timothy 4:7

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