Obituaries

Sandra L. (Waltenbaugh) Wicks 66 of Lewistown passed on April 16, 2018 at the Central Montana Medical Center after a long, brave battle with cancer. Sandy was born August 3rd, 1951 in Miles City, MT to her parents, Jim and Mina (Osborn) Waltenbaugh. She received her education throughout Montana and Washington. She was united in marriage to Jon Wicks in 1973 in Coeur d’Alene, ID. Sandy was a talented artist and an even better friend. She loved her family endlessly and selflessly. She, without question, touched the lives of anyone she ever met and was always prepared to help someone who was in need.

Sandy loved the ocean, fishing and her memories of playing pool. She was fierce, loyal, and her love knew no lengths.

Sandy was survived by her husband of 45 years Jon of Lewistown; daughter Lori (Rick) Wicks Martin of Lewistown, MT; brothers Scott (Michele) of Port Townsend, WA, Steve (Karen) and Rick (Jan) Waltenbaugh both of Lewistown, MT; grandchildren Berkanna (Cody) Wicks Johnson, Summer Elmore, and Clayton Elmore, great grandchildren Milo, Rhett, and Cade Johnson.

A celebration of life for Sandy (Waltenbaugh) Wicks will be held during the summer of 2018. At her request cremation has taken place with the Cloyd Funeral Home assisting the family.

Friends are asked to make memorials to Hospice of Central Montana, St. Vincent Frontier Cancer Center or the charity of their choice and they may be left at Cloyd Funeral Home. Condolences for the family may be posted online at www.cloydfuneralhome.com.

Leona Marie (Spika) Strouf, 84, passed away peacefully in her home on the morning of April 15, 2018. She received excellent care by CMMC Hospice, her husband, Dick and granddaughter, Tara. She was always proud to say that she had lived a good life and had been everywhere and seen everything. She was an inspiration and always a hard worker. She could do so many things and always with a smile on her face.

She was born in Lewistown on September 20, 1933 to Charles and Martha (Vanek) Spika of Coffee Creek. She graduated from Denton High School and finished one year in Bozeman at MSU. She was united in marriage to Richard (Dick) Strouf on June 20, 1953 in Denton and they raised three children. In 1963 they bought their farm near Moccasin where they grew wheat and barley. Leona also worked part-time for the Judith Basin Press and drove the bus for the Stanford School District.

She volunteered several years as a 4-H leader and was involved in the Moccasin Garden Club and Little Belts Snowmobile Club. After they bought their first airplane in 1969, they got involved in the Montana Pilots Association and International Flying Farmers. They would fly all over the country to different gatherings, including several trips to Canada and Alaska. They even hosted their own Fly-ins at their family farm. She was selected as the Queen of the Montana chapter of International Flying Farmers in the mid-80’s.

Leona always loved to travel. She had been to Europe, Australia, New Zealand, and nearly every state in the US. In 1986 they bought a cabin at Seeley Lake where they would spend their free time and have family get-togethers. After they retired they traveled in their RV as “snowbirds” in the winter months and would seek warmer weather in the south.

She is survived by her husband of nearly 65 years, Dick Strouf and three children; Dale (Donna) Strouf, David (Cheri) Strouf, and Carol (Guy) Maberry, and two sisters-in-law; Virginia Spika and Alice Spika; seven grandchildren, six great-grandchildren, several nieces and nephews, and many great friends.

She is preceded in death by her parents and two older brothers, Frank and Albert Spika.

Private graveside services for Leona Strouf will be held at a later date, cremation has taken place. The Cloyd Funeral Home is assisting the family.

The family wishes to acknowledge the exceptional care of the hospice professionals. Friends are asked to make memorials Hospice of Central Montana or the charity of their choice and they may be left at the Cloyd Funeral Home. Condolences for the family can be left at www.cloydfuneralhome.com.

Lee Roy Langford passed away Thursday April 12, 2018, under the loving watch of the Central MT Medical Center. He was preceded in death by his mother (when he was nine years old) and his father in 1974. He is survived by his brother James Langford, wife Catherine, as well as eight children, 20 grandchildren, 32 great-grandchildren, and three great-great grandchildren.

Lee was born July 6, 1930 in Lewistown to Edward Langford and Mildred Sebek. He lived the bulk of his young life in Lewistown with grandparents Emil and Anna Sebek on their ranch where he went to Folda School up Maiden Canyon, then graduated from Fergus County High School. Lee joined the Army serving two years during the Korean War; first in El Paso, Texas and then in Fairbanks, Alaska where he was a communications specialist. One day he was put on K.P. and his commanding officer did not receive an important message in a timely manner. The C.O. ordered the Sergeant to “never put that man on KP again!” which irked the Sergeant and delighted Lee.

After his time in the service Lee learned the dry-cleaning business from his wife’s uncle and ran a shop in Poplar, MT. He then struck out on his own and built a garment empire that included the iconic Paris Cleaners in Lewistown, three laundromats and a commercial laundry. He served individuals and businesses all over central MT, employed hundreds of people from 1956 to 2007 spending over 50 years in the cleaning business.

He was blessed with many children. He and his first wife Jacqueline Green had Robert (Carleen) Langford, Jackilee (Bud) Leap, Mildred (Mike) Olson, Natalie (Bill) Parker, Leroy (Elizabeth) Langford and Lyda (Jerry) Hooks. Lee and his second wife Dorothy Muckey added Edward (Khriss) Langford, and his third wife Catherine rounded out the family with daughter Tina Hendrickson. Robert and Lyda live in Lewistown, Jackilee, Leroy, Edward and Tina live in Billings, Natalie lives in Lame Deer, and Millie lives in Albuquerque, New Mexico.

Lee loved spending time in the outdoors with his family—traveling, camping, boating, fishing, sharing strong opinions, and hunting (especially up Lost Fork Trail in the Belts). He and Cathy were members of the Moose Club, were avid motorcycle riders and Lee was a snowbird where he spent ten happy winters four-wheeling in Yuma, AZ.   Lee was the epitome of the philosophy “work hard, play hard” and will be greatly missed.

Visitation will be from 4:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. Thursday April 19th at Cloyd Funeral Home. Services are 11:00 a.m., Friday April 20, 2018 at the funeral home. After the graveside ceremony, everyone is invited to a lunch reception at the Central Montana Community Center.

Howard A. Cooper, 89, of Lewistown, passed peacefully from natural causes on Friday, March 30, 2018 at Haven Hospice Home, Jacksonville, Florida. Howard was born December 28, 1928 in Bozeman, Montana to William and Mabel Cooper. He received his schooling in Manhattan, graduating in 1946. Howard later enlisted in the U.S. Army, serving two years with the 2nd Armored Division in Germany. After returning from overseas, he enrolled at Western Montana College in Dillon, earning a B.S. in Education. While there, Howard met his future wife, Shirley Crosser. They were united in marriage in 1954. Howard and Shirley were blessed with two daughters, Teri and Leslie.

They settled in Lewistown where Howard accepted a teaching position at Fergus High, teaching Chemistry, Physics, and Math. He later received a Master’s in Education from Montana State University in Bozeman. Howard continued teaching until his retirement in 1987. Howard took pride in his teaching and educating many students over his career.

Howard loved the outdoors, hunting in the fall, and fishing year-round. He enjoyed endless hours of fishing with his grandchildren and many friends. Howard’s passion for the great outdoors lives on through them.

He was a member of several civic organizations throughout the community and was a Past Master of the Masonic Lodge of Lewistown.

Howard is survived by two daughters Teri Olsen (Bill Stiff) of Grass Range and Leslie (Patrick) O’Brien of Jacksonville, FL; one sister Joy Gover of Stevensville, MT; four grandchildren Kayla Olsen, Lauren O’Brien, Clint (Kodie) Olsen and Casey Olsen; two great grandsons Kane and Cord Olsen; and many nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his wife of 62 years, Shirley, his parents, 3 brothers and 2 sisters.

A celebration of Howard’s life will be held June 30th in Lewistown. Details will be announced at a later time. At his request, cremation has taken place. Cloyd Funeral Home is assisting the family.

Memorials may be made to the Veteran’s Park in Lewistown or Haven Hospice Home of Orange Park, Florida and they may be left at Cloyd Funeral Home. Condolences for the family may be posted online at www.cloydfuneralhome.com.

Mary Ann Metcalf 94 of Stanford died early Saturday morning, April 7th, 2018 in Pueblo, CO of natural causes. She was born December 19, 1923 in Sauk Centre, Minnesota the daughter of Ralph and Lucille (Borgmann) Steffes. She attended school in Sauk Centre graduating from High School in 1943. She then attended nurses training at St. Gabriel’s School of Nursing in Little Falls, Minnesota, becoming a registered nurse in 1947. She worked in hospitals in Melrose, Little Falls and Brainerd, Minnesota. She then went on to do private duty nursing in ST. Cloud and Melrose, Minnesota. In 1954 she moved with relatives to the Los Angeles, California area where she met John A. Metcalf. They were married on March 8, 1958 in Los Angeles. They returned to his ranch in Montana where they worked and lived near Stanford until 1978 when they moved into Stanford. They continued to operate the ranch until retiring in 1984 due to John’s heath. They traveled to Arizona in the winters returning to Stanford in the summers until 2006. They took many trips and enjoyed their retirement until John’s death in 2009.

Mary Ann continued living in Stanford following John’ death, until 2016 when she moved to Pueblo, Colorado.

Mary Ann was very community minded working for the Red Cross Bloodmobile as a County Chairman for several years, a 4-H leader and taught religious education at St. Rose of Lima Catholic Church in Stanford for many years, a member of the SET Club of Denton and was a member of St. Rose of Lima Catholic Church. She enjoyed serving her community and she did many crafts.

She is survived by sons Ken (Betsy) of Simi Valley, CA and Bill of Stanford, MT; daughter Rosanne (Dan) Ernst of Pueblo West, CO; brother Rev. Raymond Steffes, O.S.C. of Onamia, MN; sister Mona Denny of Wayzata, MN; sister-in-law Bonnie Steffes of Westfork, AR; brother-in-law Melvin Weyhrich of Marietta, GA; two grandchildren Samantha (Milo) Bushman and son Miles of Pasco, WA and Joshua (Jessica) Ernst of Albany, OR and several nieces and nephews.

In addition to her husband she was preceded in death by her parents, sisters Jean Johnson and Lorraine Weyhrich and brothers Ralph and Richard.

Memorial Services for Mary Ann Metcalf will be Friday, April 13th, 2018 at 10:00 a.m. in St. Rose of Lima Catholic Church with committal to follow in the Stanford Cemetery, vigil services will be Thursday, April 12th, 2018 at 7:00 p.m. in St. Rose of Lima Catholic Church. The Cloyd Funeral Home is assisting the family.

Friends are asked to make memorials to the Stanford Ambulance, St. Rose of Lima Catholic 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.

Herbert M. Greer, 87, of Lewistown, husband, father, grandfather, and great grandfather, went to be with his best friend and wife of nearly 63 years on March 30, 2018 in an Assisted Living facility in Helena. Since her death in 2012, he has longed to join her and is now at peace.

Herb was born August 2, 1930 in Damascus, VA, the son of Claude and Carrie (Widener) Greer. On August 29, 1949 he was united in marriage to June A. (Ayers). He retired as a Tech SGT in the United States Air Force where he was in charge of the dining facility. Herb was stationed at numerous Air Force bases, including overseas tours in Korea, Morocco, and Libya.   He retired in 1970 after 20 years of honorable service with the U.S. Air Force. In 1973 he moved his family to Lewistown, MT where he lived until September 2014, after which time he moved to Helena.

Herb enjoyed spending time with his children, grandchildren, and great grandchildren, hunting, and being a master gunsmith. Some of his other interests included attending yard sales, flea markets and gun shows.

He is survived by his daughters Carrie (Porter) Strausburg of Hanover, IN, Sherry Martin of Billings, MT, Gale (Keith) Greer-Kramlick of Helena, MT and Collette (Peter) Greer-Ziolkowski of Billings, MT; sons Herbert M. Jr. of Denton, MT and Byrne (Chris) of Florence, MT; nine grandchildren: Jessica (Michael) Martin-Biggins, Stefan (Maggie) Ziolkowski, Teal (Julien) Pates, Kayce (Neil) Koehler, Kevin Kramlick, Justin Martin, Jason (Tara) Martin, Beth and Josh Hunter; ten great grandchildren: Morella and Ruby Ziolkowski, Azaelya and Brookzyn Pates, Jaden and Kenyon Martin, Sophie Martin, and Tyzer, Tanner and Trevin Koehler as well as numerous nieces and nephews.

Herb was preceded in death by his wife, June A in 2012 and his son-in-law, Kenneth W. Martin.

At his request cremation has taken place and his family will celebrate his life in a private ceremony. Cloyd Funeral Home of Lewistown, MT is assisting the family.

In lieu of flowers, family and friends are asked to make memorials in our father’s name to Hospice of Central Montana or St. Pete’s Health Hospice of Helena, MT and they may be left with the Cloyd Funeral Home. Condolences for the family may be posted online at www.cloydfuneralhome.com.

A special thank you to all the compassionate and loving staff at Beehive Homes who cared for our Dad and to the Hospice staff, especially Mickie and Nancy.

James L. (Jim) Hovden 68 of Lewistown died Wednesday, February 28th, 2018 at his home in Lewistown of natural causes. He was born September 20, 1949 in Great Falls, Montana the son of Roy E. and Pearl L. (Austad) Hovden. The family lived in Lewistown and he attended Lewistown schools graduating from Fergus High School in 1968. He then entered the United States Navy, he was stationed in Memphis, TN and Corpus Christi, TX until receiving his discharge. He returned to Lewistown following his discharge and worked with his dad at Roy’s Tire until it closed. He then worked on road construction until he retired.

He was a member of the Zion Lutheran Church, Eagles Lodge, Moose Lodge and Laborer’s Union Local #1686.

Jim loved hunting, fishing, golfing, bowling, archery, demolition Derby’s, the annual Goodpaster pool tournaments, camping, riding ATV’s and he loved cats. “Kitty” was his buddy for many years.

He is survived by his mother Pearl Hovden of Lewistown; one brother Dale Hovden of Helena, MT; three sisters Sandy Goodpaster of Bozeman, MT, Sonja Shields of Idaho Falls, ID and Tina Kelly of Newman Lake, WA; numerous aunts, uncles, nieces and nephews.

Jim was preceded in death by his father, Roy Hovden and sister Patricia Lynn (Hovden) Kalin.

Graveside Services for Jim Hovden will be held in Central Montana Memorial Gardens, Saturday, May 26th, 2018 at 10:00 a.m. followed by a Celebration of Life for Jim.   The Cloyd Funeral Home is assisting the family.

Friends are asked to make memorials to the Pet Assistance League (PAL) or the Veterans Memorial Park. Donations may be left at the Cloyd Funeral Home. Condolences for the family may be posted online at www.cloydfuneralhome.com.

Raymond L. “Snake” Plovanic 83 of Lewistown died Thursday evening, March 8th, 2018 in a Lewistown Care Facility of natural causes. He was born July 26,1934 in Lewistown the son of Raymond F. “Notch” and Angela (Wood) Plovanic. He received his schooling in Lewistown at St. Leo’s Catholic School. Before completing his senior year, he entered the Unites States Army and there he received his GED. He served 2 years in Alaska before it was a state. After receiving his discharge at Fort Richardson Alaska, he returned to Lewistown and worked for his uncle John “Whitey” Plovanic in his masonry business. In the early 1960’s he started his own masonry business. On September 2, 1961 he was united in marriage to Blanche Heller in Lewistown. They made their home and raised their family in Lewistown and he continued his masonry business until the mid-1980’s. He then attended the College of Great Falls and received his Associate of Arts degree in Human Services in 1988. He worked for the Salvation Army in Great Falls for 2 years and then returned to Lewistown and worked with the Chemical Dependency Center until retiring in the mid 1990’s.

Ray enjoyed cutting wood, doing wood work in his shop, hunting, hunting for morel mushrooms, hunting for arrowheads, he enjoyed having barbeques and pig roasts under the willow trees, playing cribbage and backgammon and more than anything visiting with people.

He was a member of St. James Episcopal Church, Alcoholics Anonymous, Eagles Lodge, Elks Lodge and Moose Lodge all of Lewistown.

He is survived by his wife of 56+ years Blanche; his daughters Lisa (Joe) Maynard of Billings, MT and Susan Plovanic (Steve Witte) of Lewistown; siblings Suzie (Ben) Tuss of Lewistown, David (Suzanne) of Great Falls, Michael “Mickey” of Helena, MT, James “Jimmy” of Lewistown, Tom “Curley” (Kathleen) of Missoula, MT and Katie (Tom) Mahoney of Helena, MT; 2 granddaughters Megan and Sarah Maynard and numerous nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents, one brother Bob and one sister Marianne.

Funeral Services for Raymond L. Plovanic will be Thursday, March 15th, 2018 at 11:00 a.m. in the Cloyd Chapel with cremation to follow the services. The Cloyd Funeral Home is assisting the family.

Friends are asked to make memorials to Alcoholics Anonymous, St. James Episcopal 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.