Recent Obituaries

Babe McIntosh 96 of Denton died Thursday evening, October 29, 2020 at her home of natural causes.  A complete obituary will be released when completed.  The Cloyd Funeral Home is assisting the family.   Condolences for the family my be left at www.cloydfuneralhome.com.

“God hates a coward” was a phrase Dee Boyce proclaimed throughout his lifetime and he certainly lived up to those words. Dee 77 of Lewistown died Monday morning, October 26, 2020 at his home in Lewistown of natural causes with his loving wife Martha and ranch manager Allen Beard by his side.

Dee was born April 8, 1943 in Sheridan, WY to Claire and Edna (Knobloch) Boyce. He spent his early childhood learning how to be a cowboy and rancher across many ranches near Birney, MT. He graduated from Custer County High School in Miles City, MT in 1960. After spending almost, a year at Eastern Montana college in Billings, calving season was calling at the family ranch and Dee began building a legacy as one of the great ranchers in Montana.

In 1966 he married Sherrill Willey and they were blessed with three children while spending 18 years of marriage ranching in eastern Montana and opening Boyce’s Tack & Western store in Bozeman, MT in 1978. After divorcing, Dee moved to the Boyce Ranch in Lewistown in 1986. It is here where he built a respected reputation as a cattle rancher and a generous neighbor. In 2001 he married Martha Chapel, spending the next 20 years together. Dee valued being an active member of the community, graciously giving his time in all of the organizations with which he was affiliated. During the last few years Dee overcame many challenging illnesses, defying the odds and finishing the work God had in store for him.

Less than a month ago, Dee was able to saddle hie mare Megan and have one last ride, the way a cowboy defines his life.

He is survived by his wife Martha of Lewistown; children Bill and wife Kim of Lewistown, MT, Bob and husband Victor of Seattle, WA and Ann and husband Ken Nicholson of Bothell, WA; step-daughters Brenda Koch of Billings, MT and Brigette and husband Jeff Brantmeier of Belgrade, MT; two sisters Sharon Boyce of Missoula, MT and Lora Lonsberry of Kalispell, MT; 7 grandchildren who brought him great joy, Cody, Brady and Jett Boyce, Katie and Tavis Nicholson, Sophee and Laurel Brantmeier; several nieces, nephews and cousins.

He was preceded in death by his parents.

Services for Dee Boyce will be held at the ranch during the early summer of 2021. At his cremation has taken place with the Cloyd Funeral Home assisting the family.

Friends are asked to make memorials to the Central Montana Medical Center Foundation ER Fund, Benefis Foundation Sletten Cancer Institute, Billings Clinic Foundation Cardiology 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 www.cloydfuneralhome.com.

Dee Boyce 77 of Lewistown died Monday morning, October 26th, 2020 at his home of natural causes.  Services are pending and will be announced with a complete obituary.  The Cloyd Funeral Home is assisting the family.

Condolences for the family may be left at www.cloydfuneralhome.com

          Eva May Rich, 100, passed away Friday, October 23, 2020 at Benefis Eastview in Great Falls. She was born August 20, 1920 in Great Falls, MT to Michael & Emma (Dalluge) Dailey. Her family moved to Craig, MT in 1925 and then Ronan, MT in 1930. She graduated from Ronan High School and went on to Northwestern Business College in Spokane, WA.

     Eva met the love of her life, Albert Rich, in 1936, and they married on March 19, 1939. Eva along with their two oldest sons followed Albert from Louisiana to California to Nevada to Lewistown, MT. They then settled in Stanford, MT in 1946 where they welcomed another son and a daughter.

     Eva worked as a store clerk at Basin Trading Company and Bill’s IGA. She then became a bookkeeper for the GTA elevator until she was forced to retire due to her broken hip. Eva was a charter member of Trinity Lutheran Church and belonged to the VFW Auxillary. She enjoyed crossword puzzles, crocheting for family and friends, jigsaw puzzles, coffee hours with friends, and reading. She will be fondly remembered by all who knew her for her positive outlook on life and smile that could light up a room.

     Eva is survived by her sons Mel (Meg) Rich of St. Helens, OR, Galen (Bonnie) Rich of Butte, MT, and Don (Leslie) Rich of Kalispell, MT and one daughter LaDene (Bill) Raihl of Stanford, MT; a sister-in-law Helen “Patsy” Bermes. 18 grandchildren, 22 great grandchildren and many nieces and nephews.

     Eva was preceded in death by her parents, husband Albert Rich, brother Myron Dailey and daughter-in-law Meg Rich.

     Funeral Services for Eva M. Rich will be held Monday, November 2, 2020 at 11:00 AM at Trinity Lutheran Church in Stanford, MT with committal to follow at Lewistown City Cemetery at 1:00 PM in Lewistown, MT. Viewing will be held an hour before the funeral service. No formal reception will be held. The family requests that all in attendance wear masks. The Cloyd Funeral Home is assisting the family.

     Friends are asked to make memorials to the Trinity Lutheran 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.

 

Joseph Marinoff 80, died Friday evening, October 23rd, 2020 in the Villa of natural causes. He was born December 14, 1939 in Valentine, MT the son of Christopher and Elsie (Boneff) Marinoff. He received his schooling in Valentine and High School in Winnett. He lived in the Valentine area and later in the Roundup area until moving to the Villa in the late 2000’s.

He is survived by one sister Martha (Lawrence) Siebenaler of Great Falls, MT; several nieces and nephews.

In addition to his parents he was preceded in death by two brothers James and Benes.

Graveside Services for Joseph Marinoff will be Thursday, October 29th, 2020 at 11:00 a.m. at Central Montana Memorial Gardens in Lewistown. The Cloyd Funeral Home is assisting with the services.

Friends are asked to make memorials Hospice of Central Montana 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 www.cloydfuneralhome.com.

 

Michelle Lynn Hecht (nee Bliler) 61 of Lewistown died on Saturday evening, October 24, 2020 at her home of natural causes. She was a devoted wife, mother, and grandmother. Michelle was born on September 24, 1959 to Charles and Betty (Johnson) Bliler in Livingston, Montana. She spent her childhood in Livingston, graduating from Park High School in 1977.

After high school, she spent two years in Phoenix, Arizona, where she attended fashion design school. She later returned to Montana to attend Montana State University, where she earned her bachelor’s degree in elementary education with an endorsement in library. At Montana State University, she was actively involved in the Chi Omega sorority.

Following college, she taught first grade in Hobson, Montana. During this time, she met and married Dr. Donald Hecht, a chiropractor who lived in Lewistown, Montana. They married on December 22, 1984 and raised a family of four children in Lewistown.

She was an active member of the community of Lewistown. Her public service included membership on the Art Center Board, involvement at Zion Lutheran Church, and parental leadership in Silver Spurs 4-H club.

She adored her children, grandchild, and pets.

She is survived by her husband Don of Lewistown, her children Courtney (Andrew) Stewart of Fort Collins, CO, Morgan Hecht of Denver, CO, Sunni and Banner Hecht both of Lewistown, MT; her grandson Cormac and her brother William of Great Falls, MT.

She is preceded in death by her parents Charles and Betty and her brother John.

Cremation has taken place and committal is in the Lewistown City Cemetery and a private service will be held due to COVID-19. The Cloyd Funeral Home is assisting the family.

Donations to support her memory can be made to Saint Jude Children's Research Hospital and Heartland Equine Therapeutic Riding Academy (HETRA), 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 www.cloydfuneralhome.com.

Florence M. Kozikowski 92 of Lewistown died Wednesday evening in the Central Montana Medical Center of natural causes. She was born June 27, 1928 in Bristol, CT. the daughter of Andrea and Sophia (Acampora) Fusco. She received her education in Bristol and then worked at Maclluns 5 and Dime in Bristol. In May of 1948 she was united in marriage to Walter J. Kozikowski Sr.in Bristol. They lived in Bristol and she was a stay at home mother and homemaker while the children were young and in the mid 1960’s she went to work as a cook for the Bristol School System. Over the 25yrs as a cook and then head cook Flo or Mrs. K as the students would call her worked at various schools in Bristol but spent her years before retirement at South Side School. After her retirement she substituted in the kitchens for a few years. She retired from the school district in the late 1980’s. Walter preceded her in death in 1981.  She continued to live in Bristol, enjoying traveling to Italy, taking a cruise, going to Disneyworld with grandchildren and family and her trips to Montana to visit her daughter and family. Her trips to Montana took in all of what Montana had to offer from the National Parks, to the historical sites and even whitewater rafting. In 2012 she made Lewistown, Montana her home until the time of her death.

Florence enjoyed knitting, crocheting, playing cards, traveling and most of all visiting with family and friends. She could be found following her grandchildren in all of there activities from a National Football Championship game to dance recitals, soccer meets, wrestling tournaments in Conn. To State A Football Championship game, wrestling tournaments and summer swim meets throughout Montana. She could be found working in the snack shack at the Lewistown City Pool to helping with various fundraising dinners for her favorite Lewistown teams and groups. She was also a big help after her move to Montana with her grandson Joseph getting him ready for school and visiting with the bus people each day as she would get Joseph to and from the bus.

She was a member of Saint Stanislaus Catholic Church and the Osia Club both of Bristol, CT.

She is survived by three children sons Walter Jr. (Pam) and Paul (Linda) both of Bristol, CT, one daughter Linda (Mike) Rinaldi of Lewistown, MT; nine grandchildren, 11 great grandchildren and several nieces and nephews.

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

Committal will be in St. Joseph Cemetery with her husband in Bristol, CT next year, cremation has taken place. The Cloyd Funeral Home is assisting the family,

Friends are asked to make memorials to St Jude Children’s Hospital, Shrine Crippled Children’s Hospital 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 www.cloydfuneralhome.com.

Teresa Lynne Dygert-Trask, 60, of Lewistown passed away Friday morning October 16, 2020 at her home of natural causes. She was born July 26th, 1960 in Arcata, California to Claire and Ethel (Barker) Dygert. She graduated high school from Eureka, CA in 1978. Immediately following graduation, she traveled California sightseeing and working in varied restaurants throughout Central and Northern California. Through these experiences she attained the gift of gourmet cooking. She had the knack of making something out of anything and it was always delicious. Cooking wasn’t her only exceptional talent. She also made many beautiful glass etching pieces. Of which she shared with many.

In the late eighties she and her daughter Hannah moved to Lewistown. Shortly after the move she met the love of her life Dirk Trask. From this union along came Dexter “Dick”.  She worked varied jobs throughout the Central Montana area. She put her heart into everything she did from wrapping meat at her Brother Dennis’ meat shop to watching over the school children on the Garfield playground.

She loved family and never missed a birthday phone call with her famous Happy Birthday song! And you can’t forget her Chokecherry cheese cake! Her children and grandchildren were her everything.

She is survived by her husband Dirk, son Dexter (Brooke) Trask all of Lewistown, daughter Hannah Birch of Clovis, CA and step-daughter Brandy (Joel) Barber of Denton, MT; siblings, Dennis (Jane) Dygert of Christina, MT and Kathy (Dave) Ball of McKinleyville, CA; fivegrandchildren Gracie Birch, Chelsea Frehse, Laurel Kilgore, Salena Kilgore, and Mercedez Barber; several cousins, nieces, nephews, in-laws and friends.

Teresa was preceded in death by her parents.

As her son Dexter recently wrote, “You had a full heart and a talent for taking care of other people in need before yourself. You were very kind and little, but had the fight of a sow grizzly with cubs.” And as her daughter Hannah recently wrote, “You were a person no one will ever forget. You gave me a heart of gold and strong personality.”  Anyone who knew Teresa would agree that she had a big heart and left a piece of it with all those she touched. You can rest now. You are in a better place. We will all miss you and love you till the end of time.

Celebration of Life for Teresa Dygert-Trask will be Tuesday, October 20th, 2020 from 4:00 to 8:00 p.m. at the Eagles Club, cremation has taken place. The Cloyd Funeral Home assisting the family.

Friends are asked to make memorials to the Pet Assistance League (PAL), the Labyrinth Garden 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 www.cloydfuneralhome.com.