Recent Obituaries

Irene E. Stower 102 of Great Falls and formerly of Lewistown, passed away at Goldstone Assisted Living in Great Falls, of natural causes, early Wednesday morning June 16th, 2021. A complete obituary will be released when completed. The Cloyd Funeral Home is assisting the family. Condolences for the family may be posted online at www.cloydfuneralhome.com

David A. Lininger 63 of Fort Collins, CO died Tuesday, March 30th, 2021 in Poudre Valley Hospital in Fort Collins of natural causes.

Graveside Memorial Services will be Saturday, July 10th, 2021 at 1:00 p.m. in Mount Calvary Cemetery in Lewistown.  The Cloyd Funeral Home is assisting the family.

Michael P. (Mike) songer 74 of Garneill, MT died Friday, October 23, 2020 in Port St. Lucie, FL of natural causes.  Memorial Graveside Services will be Saturday July 7th, 2021 at 11:00 a.m. in the Judith Gap Cemetery with Military Honors.  The Cloyd Funeral Home is assisting the family.

Suzanne M. Battrick 85 of Lewistown died early Monday morning, May 31st, 2021 in Valle Vista Manor of natural causes. She was born August 26, 1935 in Butte, Montana the daughter Leonard & Jane (Freund) LeRoux. She received her schooling in Great Falls graduating from High School in 1953. She lived in Missoula and Great Falls and was united in marriage twice before finding her true love Richard Battrick and they were married on April 9, 1990 in Coeur d’Alene, ID. They lived in Helena until moving to Lewistown in November where they enjoyed her retirement. She entered the nursing home in 2011.

She is survived by her husband Richard of Lewistown and several nieces, nephews and cousins.

She was preceded in death by her parents and two brothers.

Funeral Services for Suzanne M. Battrick will be Friday, June 4th, 2021 at 1:30 p.m. in the Cloyd Chapel with committal to follow in the Forest Grove Cemetery. The Cloyd Funeral Home is assisting the family.

Friends are asked to make memorials to the Forest Grove Cemetery, Montana Sheriff’s and Peace Officers Association 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.

Lewis Jordan “Joe” Stilson slipped from this earthly life into heaven at the age of 88 on May 24, 2021. Christened Lewis Jordan on March 15, 1933, he was the son of George and Lorna (Miner) Stilson. He gave himself the nickname, “Joe,” at an early age to avoid confusion with his namesake, paternal grandfather Louis and an Uncle Lewis. Joe lived the first few years of his life at the family farm near Glengarry, before they moved to the Stilson ranch on Lower Spring Creek in 1938.

Joe was a 1951 graduate of Fergus County High School. His heart was always set on being a farmer/rancher and that was reflected in his high school activities. He was active in FFA and was proud to have been elected as a state FFA First Vice President his senior year. He was also a 10-year 4-Her and won a trip to the 30th Anniversary of the National 4-H Congress in Chicago in leadership. He went on to be a 4-H leader.

     Joe enlisted in the U.S. Army in 1951 during the Korean War and was stationed at Camp Hanford, Wash. When his superiors figured out that the young private knew a bit about putting in fence posts from his ranch work, they enlisted him to signal school and he served as a pole lineman during his two years of service. He was released early on a medical hardship when his father became seriously ill, but served another eight years with the Army Reserve. He was a 50+ year member of the American Legion Post No. 16.

     Joe began courting a young school teacher, Geraldine “Geri” Schilreff in 1958, and within a few months they were engaged, then married in her hometown of Hardin on Feb. 28, 1959. They recently celebrated their 62nd Anniversary. He had a sweet tradition of seeking out the first crocus every spring and presenting a bouquet to his beloved bride.

     Joe was a remarkable steward of the Stilson Ranch and was committed to continually improving the land to which he was entrusted. He raised beautiful alfalfa for feed for his commercial herds of Hereford, then later moving to Simmental, Gelbvieh, then Black Angus cattle. Through the years they expanded the farming operation to barley and wheat crops. He and Geri purchased summer pasture on Beavercreek in the foothills of the Snowy Mountains in 1980, and the family has many special memories centered upon both the Lower Spring Creek and Beavercreek ranch. Joe was proud to pass the torch to his oldest son, Daniel, who is now working with the fourth generation, as his son, Jordan, returned to the family ranch in 2015.

     Joe’s father, George, was a founding member of the Lewistown Ditch Company, and Joe and his neighbors and their successors have worked hard to continue bringing and maintaining the irrigation water originating from Big Spring Creek in Lewistown to producers along the route to Hanover.

Joe was a 70-year member of the Fraternal Order of the Eagles in Lewistown, a long-time member of the First Presbyterian Church of Lewistown, and enjoyed participating in many skits, pinochle nights and social events through the years with the South Moccasin Community Club. Upon their retirement, he and Geri enjoyed being snowbirds in Puerto Penasco (Rocky Point), Mexico, then Yuma, Ariz. Joe became quite the shuffleboard player and won a number of tournaments.

     Joe never met a stranger, and was bound to strike up conversations with people in cafes, gas stations, and waiting rooms across the country. His love of a good joke and embellished stories endeared him to his family and old and new friends alike. Alzheimer’s slowly took away his ability to communicate his yarns, but his family is comforted by the thought of him picking up those stories in his new heavenly home; no doubt bringing an indulgent smile to the face of His Savior, Jesus.

     Joe is survived by his wife, Geri Stilson; children, Dan (Sherry) Stilson of Lewistown, Carrie (Kelly) Mantooth of Denton, Scott (Susie) Stilson of Pulllayup, Wash., and Diane Stilson of Helena; seven grandchildren and eight great-grandchildren; a sister, Betty Maruska of Lewistown; and numerous other relatives and beloved friends.

     He was preceded in death by his parents, a newborn grandchild, Jacob Stilson, aunts and uncles, including his favorite fishing buddy, Madison Miner.

    A memorial service is planned for Saturday, July 24th, at 11 a.m. at the First Presbyterian Church in Lewistown, followed by a barbeque at the Stilson Ranch

     Memorials may be directed to the First Presbyterian Church of Lewistown or the charity of one’s choice and they may be left with the Cloyd Funeral Home. Condolences for the family may be posted online at www.cloydfuneralhome.com.

George R. Birdwell 88 of Lewistown died Thursday afternoon, May 20, 2021 at his home of natural causes.

He is survived by his wife Eva (Matovich) of Lewistown; son David of Lewistown; daughter Linda (John) Polich of Red Lodge; brothers Gale (Carol) and Larry (Wilma) both of Lewistown; sisters Donna Yaeger of Helena, MT and Carol Fraser of Lewistown, MT; 3 grandchildren.

At his request cremation has taken place and no services will be held. 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 www.cloydfuneralhome.com.

Charles B. Foster 83 of Lewistown died Tuesday afternoon, April 27th, 2021 at his home of natural causes. He was born August 17, 1937 in Prince Albert Saskatchewan Canada. He began his schooling in Canada and then the family moved to Great Falls, Montana and he attended Great Falls High School graduating in 1955. He then entered the United States Air Force in September of 1955 and was discharged in November of 1955. He returned to Montana and attended college for 2 years. He lived and worked in many places while doing various jobs. His primary occupation was working as a Bounty Hunter (fugitive recovery agent), working in California, Arizona, Oklahoma and Missouri. Charles was married and divorced in Missouri. In late 1999 he met Gayle M. Nichols when she was visiting Missouri while living in Illinois. On April 5, 2002 they were married in Berryville, AR and made their home in SW Missouri until moving to Lewistown in 2009.

Charles was a lifetime member of the National Rifle Association.

He is survived by his wife Gayle of Lewistown; two sons Christopher and Craig in Oklahoma; step-son Denis G. Duncan, Jr. in Georgia; step-daughters Ashley Carr in Ohio and Lili Coval in Illinois; 12 grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his parents.

Visitation for Charles B. Foster will be Saturday, May 1st, 2021 from Noon to 2:00 p.m. at the Cloyd Chapel with Graveside Services to be at 2:00 p.m. in the Veterans Section of the Lewistown City Cemetery. The Cloyd Funeral Home is assisting the family.

Friends are asked to make memorials to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, American Diabetes Association 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.

Edith M. Lehmann 86 of Lewistown died Friday afternoon, April 23rd, 2021 at her home of natural causes. She was born February 13, 1935 in Lewistown the daughter of William and Gladys (Fulbright) Strouf. She received her schooling in Lewistown graduating from St. Leo’s High School in 1953. On June 2, 1953 she was united in marriage to Bernard Lehmann in Danvers, MT. They made their home in Lewistown and started their family. She graduated from St. Joseph’s School of Nursing and began her nursing career at St. Joseph Hospital. She worked is many different areas and continued during the transition to Central Montana Medical Center, working as an Operating Room Nurse until her retirement in 1993.

She enjoyed spending time with family, crocheting, ceramics and traveling.

She was a member of St. Leo’s Catholic Church.

She is survived by her husband of 67+ years Bernard; sons Donald of Lewistown and Kenneth (Robin) of Helena/Bozeman, MT; daughters Deborah (Karl) Bawden of Spokane, WA; Patricia (Lyle) Roberts of Sidney, MT and Laurie Lehmann of Prescott, AZ; one brother Richard Strouf of Moccasin, MT; 9 grandchildren, 16 great grandchildren and several nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her parents and sisters Ruth Gore and Anna Mae Morris, brothers Roy Strouf and Robert Strouf and one granddaughter Suzanne Lawson.

Memorial Services and Committal for Edith Lehmann will be held at a later date, cremation has taken place. The Cloyd Funeral Home is assisting the family.

Friends are asked to make memorials to St. Jude Children’s Research 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.