Recent Obituaries


Frances J. “Fran” Stulc 91 of Lewistown and longtime Winifred resident died early Saturday morning, April 20, 2019 at the Central Montana Nursing and Rehab Center of natural causes.  She was born July 17, 1927 in Lewistown the daughter of Othar and Marie (Peterson) Limpus.  She received her elementary schooling in the Gerhardt School and Winifred High School graduating in 1945.  She then attended Montana State University for one quarter.  Fran starting working at Fry’s in Big Timber until her marriage to Anton Stulc on July 14, 1948 in Lewistown.  They lived on the Saner Place NW of Winifred until 1950 when they moved to the homestead also NW of Winifred where they ranched, lived and raised their family until they retired in the early 2000’s.  They then moved into Winifred and she came into the nursing home in Lewistown in 2015.

Fran will be remembered for her generosity always helping others, her cooking, always having an extra place at the table for friends and family.  She followed her children and grandchildren through all of their activities and was a loyal Red Raider and Outlaw fan.  Her hot cakes and caramel rolls will always be remembered and never repeated.

She was a member of Holy Family Catholic Church in Winifred, Winifred Altar Society, WIFE, and the Winifred Women’s Club.

She is survived by her children Rodney (Bobbe) Stulc of Lewistown, MT, Rudy (Anne) Stulc, Gregory (Eileen) Stulc, Teresa (Bill) Lee, Marita (Mark) Heggem and TJ (MaryLou) all of Winifred, MT, Gerald (Rita) Stulc of Billings, MT, Sue Ann McGillivray of Lewistown, MT and Aurilla (Marlin) Johnston of Richey, MT; one brother-in-law Frank (Vi) Stulc of Basin, WY and one sister-in-law Helen Miller of Bremerton, WA; 32 grandchildren, 59 great grandchildren and several nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her husband Anton in 2012, her parents, two brothers, one sister, one

daughter-in-law and two nephews.

Funeral Mass for Frances J. (Fran) Stulc will be Thursday, April 25th, 2019 at 2:00 p.m. in the St. Leo’s Catholic Church in Lewistown with Committal to follow in the Winifred Cemetery.  There will be a family gathering on Wednesday, April 24th, 2019 at 7:00 p.m. at the Winifred Community Center and the public is invited.  The Cloyd Funeral Home is assisting the family.

Friends are asked to make memorials to the Winifred Endowment 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.

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Frances J Stulc 91 of Lewistown and longtime Winifred resident died early Saturday morning, April 20, 2019 at the Central Montana Nursing and Rehab Center of natural causes.  She was born July 17, 1927 in Lewistown the daughter of Othar and Marie (Peterson) Limpus.  She received her schooling in

She is survived by her children Rodney (Bobbe) Stulc of Lewistown, MT, Rudy (Anne) Stulc, Gregory (Eileen) Stulc, Teresa (Bill) Lee, Marita (Mark) Heggem and TJ (MaryLou) all of Winifred, MT, Gerald (Rita) Stulc of Billings, MT, Sue Ann McGillivary of Great Falls, MT and Aurilla (Marlin) Johnston of Richey, MT;  29 grandchildren, 50 great grandchildren and several nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her husband Anton in 2012, her parents, two brothers and one sister.

Funeral Mass for Frances J. (Fran) Stulc will be Thursday, April 25th, 2019 at 2:00 p.m. in the St. Leo’s Catholic Church in Lewistown with Committal to follow in the Winifred Cemetery.  There will be a family gathering on Wednesday, April 24th, 2019 at 7:00 p.m. at the Winifred Community Center and the public is invited.  The Cloyd Funeral Home is assisting the family.

Friends are asked to make memorials to the Winifred Endowment 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.




     Francis L. Wickens, 95, of Denton died Friday night, April 19th, 2019, in the Central Montana Medical Center of natural causes.  He was born November 4, 1923, on the family homestead south of Denton the son of Martin C. and Alice G. (Kilganon) Wickens.  As a child, he rode a horse to the one room school house a mile down the road before enrolling in the Denton Public Schools from which he graduated in 1941.  Thereafter, he attended college briefly before returning to central Montana to work with his father on the family homestead.  World War II was raging at the time, and on April 30, 1945, he entered the United States Army, four months before the bombing of Japan.  He was then deployed overseas to Japan where he completed his service before being honorably discharged on November 30, 1946.  He then returned to central Montana where he began dating and then married Lois Bowen on July 3, 1948. Francis and Lois had three children, Carol, Keith and Kathleen and soon moved to the family farm in Denton, where Francis worked with his father.  Sadly, Lois passed away in 1955 but Francis remained on the farm working and raising their three children.  On February 2, 1959, he was united in marriage to Bernice Quick in Lewistown.  Francis and Bernice had four children, Martin, Sean, Mary and Lear, whom they raised together with their older siblings on the family farm.  However, on July 2, 1974, Bernice and Martin were killed in a tragic automobile accident after which Francis again remained on the farm raising his youngest children with much assistance from their older siblings.  Then, on June 21, 1980, he was united in marriage to Norma (Sally) Todd whom he had known since childhood as she had grown up on a neighboring homestead south of Denton.  Sally loved the farm life and the Denton community and the two spent many happy years together on the farm until Sally preceded him in death in 2012 after 32 years of marriage.

     Francis was a man whose life was centered around, faith, family, and farming. A true son of pioneers, he was as strong and enduring as the central Montana homestead where he was born and spent his entire life, living out his days in a home built by his father.  He took great pride in his Irish heritage which was evident in his bright red hair and the twinkle of his eyes.  He enjoyed playing guitar and singing, which he continued to do well into his later years, and he loved to dance when the opportunity arose.  He also had a passion for politics and finance with a decidedly conservative bent in both.  But of all his interests, his greatest joy was his large and extended family in whom he took much pride.  He lived each day with a sincere devotion to his faith which he shared with his children and grandchildren through his words and actions.  Although he was able to travel in his later years, he preferred to be home on the farm where he felt that living in the shadow of three mountain ranges gave him great tranquility, especially when the weather allowed him to sit on the screen porch looking out at the mountains silhouetted beyond his fields.  He always enjoyed an Irish blessing and so would enjoy one included here. Wherever you go and whatever you do, may the luck of the Irish be there with you.

     He was a member of St. Anthony Catholic Church of Denton and, previously, St. Rose of Lima Catholic Church of Stanford.  He was also a longtime member of the Eagles Lodge of Lewistown and Post #62 American Legion of Denton.

     He is survived by his children Keith (Judy) of Denton, MT, Sean of Auburn, WA, Lear of Clarkston, WA, Carol (Dann) Sims of Dutton, MT, Kathleen Wickens NoRunner of Missoula, MT, and Mary (Craig) Roloff of Bozeman, MT; step-son Dale (Rhonda) Shipp of Cody, WY, and step-daughters Norma (Harry) Haskell of Riverton, WY, Sue McDonnell of St. Marie’s, ID, and Julie Burton of Fort Collins, CO; 18 grandchildren, and 24 great grandchildren.

     Funeral Mass for Francis L. Wickens will be Thursday, April 25th, 2019, at 11:00 a.m. in St. Leo’s Catholic Church in Lewistown with Committal to follow in Mount Calvary Cemetery.  Vigil Services will be Wednesday, April 24th, 2019, at 7:00 p.m. in the Cloyd Chapel.  The Cloyd Funeral Home is assisting the family.

     Friends are asked to make memorials to St. Anthony Catholic Church of Denton, Denton EMS 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.


Paul G. Tesarek 75 of Coffee Creek died Wednesday evening, April 17th, 2019 in Missouri River Medical Center in Fort Benton after a battle with cancer.  He was born June 15, 1943 in Denton, Montana the son of Anton and Emily (Vraspir) Tesarek.  He received his elementary schooling in Coffee Creek and High School in Denton graduating in 1961.  He then attended Montana State University in Bozeman and graduated in 1965 with a BS in Agriculture.  He returned to the farm west of Coffee Creek.  On September 26, 1970 he was united in marriage to G. Gail Ross in Havre.  They made their home in Denton and began their family, Michael in 1972 and Steven in 1975.  They then purchased a home in Coffee Creek where they made their home and he continued to farm west of Coffee Creek until his death.

Paul was a very patient, loving family man always living by the motto “one thing at a time”.  He enjoyed hunting, fishing, attending sporting events, working on cars and tractors.  Farming was not only his work but his hobby as he loved to not only do the farming but also talking about it with his family and friends.  Paul loved to socialize and spending time with his family especially his grandkids which were the joy of his life.

He had served as Fire Chief in Coffee Creek for many years and was the water manager for Coffee Creek.

He is survived by his wife Gail of Coffee Creek, MT; two sons Michael (Adrienne) of Los Angeles, CA and Steven (Sheila) of Coffee Creek, MT; three grandchildren, Kaiser, Keira and Kamden and several nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents and one brother.

Memorial Graveside Services for Paul G. Tesarek will be Monday, April 22, 2019 at 11:00 a.m. at the Coffee Creek Cemetery, cremation has taken place.  The Cloyd Funeral Home is assisting the family.

Friends are asked to make memorials to the Denton School 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.


Sandra K. Fowler 74 of Lewistown died Friday afternoon, April 5, 2019 in a Lewistown Care Facility of natural causes.  She was born October 18, 1944 in Lewistown the daughter of Henry and Virginia R. (Flowers) Watson.  She received her schooling in Lewistown and worked as an Aide at Valle Vista Manor.  On July 19, 1961 she was united in marriage to Joseph F. Mullin in Lewistown.  He was in the military and they lived in Kansas, Colorado, South Carolina and in Germany, they had two sons Shon and Joseph, Jr. making a new family with Sandy’s son Stacy.  She returned to Lewistown in 1982 after their divorce and begin working at St. Joseph Hospital, the Yogo Inn and at Valle Vista Manor.  She was united in marriage to Robert Fowler on the May 21, 1983 and they lived in Lewistown.  She continued working at Valle Vista Manor and later at the Montana Mental Health Nursing Care Center.  They later divorced and she lived in Lewistown entering the nursing home in 2011.

She is survived by three sons Stacy Watson of Lewistown, Shon Mullin in Texas and Joseph F. Mullin, Jr; sisters Wilma “Billie” Shammel, Betty Watson and Holly Cox all of Lewistown and Patti Thiel of Sidney, MT; numerous nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her parents, five brothers Bud, Bob, Fay, Donald and Randy and four sisters Jane Damschen, Sharon Watson, Shyla Watson and Terri Wichman.

Graveside Services for Sandy Fowler will be Thursday, April 11, 2019 at 1:30 p.m. the Lewistown City Cemetery.  Memorial Services will be Saturday, April 13th, 2019 at 11:00 a.m. in the Celebration Community Fellowship Church with a luncheon to follow.  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.

Paul B. VanOmmen 97 of Judith Gap passed away Friday evening, March 29, 2019 with his family by his side in Wheatland Memorial Healthcare of natural causes. He was born February 20, 1922 in Judith Gap, Montana the son of Henry and Alida (Bleeker) VanOmmen.  He received his schooling in Judith Gap.  On June 3, 1945 he was united in marriage to Leona Lauwers in Harlowton in a double ceremony with his twin brother Pete and Leona’s sister Elza.  Paul and Leona were married for 73 years and were blessed with 4 children.

Paul worked as a ranch hand in the Harlowton and Judith Gap areas and for Ray Luther in his saw mill. In the early 1960’s he began working for Wheatland County in the Road Department until his retirement in the mid 1980’s.

Paul enjoyed helping others and working in his shop doing mechanic work, building trailers and building his Model A.

Paul loved to spend time with his family and was always willing to go with them when he was asked.

He was a member of the Judith Gap United Methodist Church, served many years on the Judith Gap City Council and served as Mayor, he was a member of the Judith Gap Fire Department and the Moose Lodge of Harlowton.

He is survived by children Ray (Gail) of Missoula, MT, Vivian (Dave) Foster and Barb (Ray) Breeding both of Judith Gap, MT, Bud (Cheryl) of Post Falls, ID; 11 grandchildren, many great grandchildren, great, great grandchildren and numerous nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his wife in 2018, his parents, 4 brothers and 3 sisters.

Funeral Services for Paul B. VanOmmen will be Tuesday, April 9th, 2019 at 2:00 p.m. in the Judith Gap United Methodist Church with committal to follow in the Judith Gap Cemetery.  The Cloyd Funeral Home is assisting the family.  Visitation will be Sunday, April 7th, 2019 from 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. in the Perkins Chapel in Harlowton.

Friends are asked to make memorials to the Judith Gap United Methodist Church, the Judith Gap Fire Department 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.

June E. Griffin of Lewistown died early Friday morning, March 29, 2019 at her home of natural causes. She was born June 30, 1930 in the Bronx, New York. She received most of her schooling in Wolfeboro, N.H. June was united in marriage to Richard (Dick) Griffin on April 28, 1959 in Morehead City, N.C. while he was serving in the United States Army. They lived on several military installations in the United States, as well as three years in Germany, and later returned to the U.S.
After her husband’s retirement from the military, June finished her schooling and graduated at the top of her nursing class. Her and her husband lived in several places in the U.S. before finally settling in Lewistown, MT. in 1995.

June loved her husband dearly, her pets, helping people, shoveling sidewalks in the winter and working for the Pink Ladies (currently called the Central Montana Medical Center Auxiliary).

She was a member of New Life Assembly of God for 24 years. Anyone who knew June knew she was a God-fearing woman, full of spice, and always willing to help people. Though she is already greatly missed, we know that she is with her Savior, Jesus and no longer in any pain.

She is survived by her husband Dick of Lewistown, several nieces and nephews, and numerous friends and “adopted family”.

Memorial services for June E. Griffin will be Saturday, April 6, 2019 at 11:00 a.m. at New Life Assembly of God in Lewistown. Cremation has taken place with Cloyd Funeral Home assisting the family.

Friends are asked to make memorials to 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.

Doris Ann Donaldson 86 of Denton passed away Monday evening, March 25th, 2019 of heart failure in Benefis Healthcare in Great Falls. She was born September 23, 1932 in Columbus, MT the daughter of Vernon and Ethel (Weppler) Kenyon. She joined older brother Ralph and 3years later younger brother Bob. The family moved to Livingston when she was in the 7th grade, she made lifetime friends there and completed high school, graduating from Park County High School. She then attended Eastern Montana College in Billings and graduated with a degree in elementary education. While in college she became lifetime friends with Phyllis (Donaldson) Senef who later set her brother Howard up with Doris on a blind date.

Following college, she taught kindergarten for three years in Lewistown. On June 17, 1955 she was united in marriage to Howard Donaldson in Livingston. They made their home on a farm east of Denton the remainder of her life. In 1958 Howard and Doris started their family, she had four children Dwight, Lloyd, Terri and Ronalea.

She worked alongside her husband and was a helpmate to him. She taught Sunday school for 25 years, cooked, canned and gardened. She washed clothes and dishes by packing water in and out as they had no running water for 18 years. She took care of her family members including her grandchildren serving hot meals in the harvest field. Doris sewed most of the family clothes for 35 years as well as for missionaries. She enjoyed her flowers, baking pies and buns, frying chicken and extending hospitality to family, friends and neighbors through her cards, food and being interested in their lives. She really enjoyed serving people.

Doris is survived by her husband of 64 years Howard of Denton, her children Dwight (Brenda) Lloyd (Tami) all of Denton, Terri of Anchorage, AK and Ronalea (Stephen) Gordon of Bozeman, MT; brother Ralph Kenyon in Florida, sister-in-law Carol (Kenyon) Thompson of Oregon, brother-in-law Harold (June) Donaldson of Lewistown; 14 grandchildren Stephanie, Gina (Drew), Dan, Addie, Riley, Parker, Callie, Jessica (Michael), Travis (Camille), Logan, Emily, Spencer, Trevor and Tyler; 6 great grandchildren Connor, Preston, Mason, Ty, Flint and Ella and several nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her parents and one brother Bob, sister-in-law Dalcie, brother and sister-in-law Rusty and Phyllis.

Funeral Services for Doris will be Tuesday, April 2, 2019 at 11:00 a.m. in the Denton Town Hall. The Cloyd Funeral Home is assisting the family.

Friends are asked to make memorials to the Cardiac Rehabilitation Center at the Central Montana Medical Center in Lewistown 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.

Wesley “Dale” Adams 67 of Park City and formerly of Belt passed away on March 18th after a five-month battle against pancreatic cancer. Dale's request, was for a celebration of life "when the snow is gone and the grass is green" that Celebration will be Saturday, May 11th, 2019 at 2:00 p.m. at Faith Chapel (Broadwater Entrance) in Billings. Cremation has taken place with the Cloyd Funeral Home assisting the family.

In lieu of flowers friends are asked to make donations to the pancreatic cancer society 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.