Recent Obituaries

     Dorothy Mae (Dusek) Diekman, 89 of Lewistown passed peacefully at home surrounded by her 3 daughters of natural causes.  She was born February 5, 1931 at St. Joseph’s Hospital in Lewistown one of four (4) children to Anthony T. and Mary (Schanilec) Dusek.  She lived her entire life in Lewistown. Her grandfather Vaclav Dusek and his 3 brothers came to Montana from Bohemia in 1903, being the first to enter the Judith Basin in an emigrant car on the Jawbone railroad. He, many times helped others get started on their new life in this area as well.   So, her roots in Central Montana were deep and strong.  She graduated in 1949 from St. Leo’s High School and soon after that became one of the last telephone operators for Mountain Bell before they went to dial.  She loved to dance and met the love of her life, Clint Diekman, on the dance floor at the Bar 19. Together they could jitterbug and swing dance like no one else. They were married on October 26 1957 at St. Leo’s Church in Lewistown and were together 56 years before his passing in 2013.  Dorothy and Clint raised 4 children, Kathy, Jan, Steve and Lori at the" big white house on Elm St.”  Dorothy was a typical 60’s mom - always home for the kids - 4 under the age of 6 didn’t allow for much else. As everyone got into school, she then worked outside home as a secretary for Hines Motor Supply and later for the school lunch program, coordinated funeral lunches and served as an election judge for many years. She also sang in the church choir for a number of years.

     She skied in the winter with her family and nearly every weekend in the summers were spent camping at Crystal Lake.  Occasionally everyone packed into the station wagon for a cross country road trip. Mom was the happiest being a mom, grandma and aunt.  Her family was everything to her and were her greatest source of pride.  She loved big.. and was loved big.  She will be greatly missed. 

     She is survived by her children Kathleen (Jeff) Koelzer, Jan Diekman (Mark Carmichael), Steve (Barb) Diekman all of Bozeman, MT and Lori (Ed) Burnham of Lewistown; sister Marge (George) Arnold of Arizona, brother-in-law Duane (Liz) Diekman of Lewistown and her sister-in-law Pat (Diekman) Gee of Utah; grandchildren Josh (Aga) Apple, Steve Apple of Bozeman, Jake Koelzer of Portland OR. Jenna (Bridger) Nelson of Bozeman, Elise Burnham of Lewistown, Zach Diekman and Caleb Diekman of Bozeman; great grandchildren Soren and Max Apple, Caden, Quentin, Noah, Lyla Nelson of Bozeman and Nevaeh Burnham of Lewistown; numerous nieces and nephews. 

     She was preceded in death by her husband Clint, her parents Anthony and Mary Dusek, her sister Mary Kathleen and her brother Duke.

     Graveside Memorial Services for Dorothy (Dusek) Diekman will be Saturday, August 15th, 2020 at 10:30 a.m. in Mount Calvary Cemetery.  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.

We are heartbroken to announce that Jacqueline Adele Olsen, 77, passed away on July 29, 2020 at her home in Lewistown, MT, she lost her valiant fight against multiple myeloma and advanced kidney failure. Jackie was born to Ernest and Alice (Berg) Wilcox in Yakima, WA on March 30, 1943. She graduated from Winifred High School. She was united in marriage to Robert H. (Bob) Olsen on June 4, 1961 in Lewistown. They made their home and spent most of the remainder of her full life on the Beaver Creek Ranch in Paradise Valley on which she and Bob created a home and raised their family.

Along with supporting her farmer/rancher husband, Jackie maintained a half-acre vegetable garden, several flower gardens, two milk cows, raised four children, chickens, rabbits, occasional ducks, border collies as sheep dogs, donkeys as sheep guards, but mainly she raised sheep.

Jackie was a respected wool grower and judge. She was the first woman board member elected to the Montana Wool Growers Association; a feat of which Bob is justifiably proud. As a breeder, she experimented pairing rams and ewes based on the wool she wanted to produce, often for a certain sweater, vest, socks or other project she wanted to make from said wool. She became a sought out wool judge and breeding consultant. Jackie also became a trainer of border collies as sheep dogs. Gus was her favorite and most accomplished dog and they won many competitions and awards together. She called him, “Gus, best dog ever.”

Jackie was enamored with fabric, especially wool. She cleaned her own fleeces, carded, spun, knit, crotched, and felted the wool into all kinds of wearable art, such as socks, mittens, scarves, sweaters, vests, hats, slippers and more. She repurposed wool coats making them into hooked rag rugs in primitive and intricate patterns. She was an experienced needle worker who crocketed, knitted, sewed clothes and made quilts. She sold her wares at fairs, online and in local shops. Jackie was a founding member of the Central Montana Fibre Arts Guild and continued to be their newsletter editor until the spring of 2020. She also served on the Montana Alzheimer’s Board.

Jackie loved to garden from childhood and kept garden journals of what she planted where and how her crops fared. She preferred to go barefoot, especially in the garden, to feel the soil squish between her toes. The basement shelves were lined with canned goods and the deep freeze full of produce from the garden, berries from the Ranch, cherries picked from yearly pilgrimages to orchards near Flat Head Lake and fruit from “town.”

She was also an amazing cook who, when you asked for her recipe, said she just put in a little bit of this and little bit of that. There was always freshly baked bread, the heels of which did not last long if the kids where in the house when the loaves came out of the oven, homemade jams, jellies, syrups and butter. Jackie even made cottage and hard cheeses.

She was a skilled carpenter and handywoman as well. She designed and custom built her kitchen with lumber she had Bob cut at the family sawmill. In addition, she learned how to weld. Jackie also loved to read. This made her a formidable Scrabble player. She also studied writing and wrote short stories; studied and wrote poetry and always had a book of crossword puzzles to work on. Bob always made sure he included crossword puzzles in her gifts. Bob and Jackie celebrated their wedding anniversary date every year with neighbors Earl and Jean Shammel.

Jackie enjoyed people and traveling. There never was a “quick trip” to town because she would always stop and socialize with so many people. Jackie traveled to many places in the United States as well as to England, Ireland, France, Sri Lanka, New Zealand and Australia.

Jackie is survived by her beloved husband of 59 years Robert (Bob) Olsen of Lewistown, their four children Kristin Olsen of Lewistown, R. Todd (Connie) Olsen of Lewistown, Connie (Regi) Chow (Palitha Wengappuly) of Charlotte, NC and Gretchen Collinson of Waldorf, MD; one sister Cheryl (Joseph) Pauli of Somerset, VA; seven grandchildren, five great grandchildren and several nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her parents, one sister MaryAnn Wilcox and one brother Ronald Wilcox.

Memorial Services for Jackie Olsen will be Tuesday, August 4th, 2020 at 1:30 p.m. in the Cloyd Chapel with committal to follow in the Beaver Creek Cemetery. The Cloyd Funeral Home is assisting the family.

Friends are asked to make memorials to the Beaver Creek Cemetery, Beaver Creek Fire Department 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.

 

Erik Mickelsen 82, of Lewistown, loving father, husband and grandfather passed away peacefully at his home on Sunday July 26th, 2020 of natural causes. Erik was born March 26th, 1938 in Milwaukee, WI to Gunnar and Esther (Shain) Mickelsen. Erik moved with his family to Montana in 1947 where he worked on the family ranch throughout his life. Erik attended Fergus High School where he excelled in academics and his passion for the arts. He sang with the Fergus County High School Choralaires where he performed in many different venues. Erik was class president of his Senior class at Fergus. He took part in several plays and had acted the lead role in his senior years production.

He won many top academic awards including a special citizenship award when he was in grade school. Erik received full scholarships to Dartmouth and Brigham Young but after a short time went on to pursue his acting and musical passions graduating from the Pasadena Playhouse.

Erik was an accomplished artist of many forms. He designed and executed amazing landscaping and architectural designs. He had several showings of his multiple kinds of expressions across the states including the Lewistown Art Center. One of his many passions was singing, playing the guitar and piano of which, he was classically trained. Erik was jack of many trades including Radio, and was an Announcer for KXLO. Eric was an avid Rancher, horseman and shootist. He trekked all over the state including the Bob Marshall wilderness. His travels took him all over the world. He worked on Transatlantic crossings on Liberty ships delivering goods back and forth to Europe and backpacking around with his older brother.

Eric suffered for many years with mental illness, which hindered some of his aspirations. Even throughout his struggles many of his accomplishments can still be seen and felt.

Erik was loved and admired by many for his truly gentle and kind spirt. We will miss you always.

Erik is survived by his wife Tina Mickelsen (Pitch), daughter Keri (Jeremiah) Ames of Lewistown, MT, sons Shane (Angie) Mickelsen of Billings, MT and John Mickelsen of Missoula, MT; brothers Peter (Nancy) Mickelsen of Lewistown, MT and Michael (Judy) Mickelsen of Waltham, MA; grandson Jackson Ames of Lewistown MT and several cousins.

He was preceded in death by his parents Esther and Gunnar Mickelsen, his aunt/uncle Anna Marie and John Gibbs, his aunt Beverly Shain, his cousin Alden (Snoop) Mikkelsen, his uncle/aunt Asgar & Ebba Mikkelsen, his aunt/uncle Bitte & Ola Skaarup as well as several aunts, uncles and cousins.

There will be a memorial picnic at the ranch to celebrate Erik’s life at a later date. 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 www.cloydfuneralhome.com.

Gerald A. Roppe 91 of Lewistown died Sunday evening, July 26th, 2020, in Valle Vista Manor of natural causes. He was born June 10, 1929 in Windsor, VT the son of Gerald F. and Harriett (Smith) Roppe. He received his education in Vermont graduating from high school in 1947. He then enlisted in the U.S. Navy in 1947. On January 26, 1957 he was united in marriage to Glenna Bozeman in Nickerson, KS. They lived throughout the United States while serving in the United States Navy until he retired in 1969 after 22 years as a Chief Petty Officer. They returned to Windsor, VT and he worked for Carriage House Chevrolet. In 1992 they moved to Pearce, AZ where they made their home until her death in 2002. He moved to Lewistown in 2004 where he made his home until the time of his death.

In his retirement he enjoyed Fishing, golfing and was an avid Boston Red Sox fan.

He was a member of the Masonic Lodge and a Past Master.

He is survived by one son Gerald P. of Las Vegas, NV and several nieces and nephews.

In addition to his wife he was preceded in death by his parents, two brothers and two sisters.

There will be no services for Gerald A. Roppe, as per his request, cremation has taken place with committal to be next to his wife in the Vermont State Veterans Cemetery. The Cloyd Funeral Home is assisting the family.

Friends are asked to make memorials to the Friendship Lodge #39 A.F. & A.M. of Lewistown 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.

Joyce (Rindal) Murphy 78 of Lewistown and formerly of Roy died Tuesday evening, July 21st, 2020 in the Central Montana Medical Center under Hospice Care following a massive stroke on July 5th, 2020. A complete obituary will be published at a later date and with COVID 19 no funeral services are planned at this time.  Cremation has taken place. In lieu of flowers memorials may be made to Roy Fire or Roy Ambulance Fund, New Life Assembly of God Church or the charity of your choice and they may be left with the Cloyd Funeral Home. Condolences for the family may be posted online at www.cloydfuneralhome.com.

Alan L. Hickel 75, of Lewistown died Sunday, July 19th, 2020 at his home of natural causes.   Services are pending and will be announced when completed by the Cloyd Funeral Home.

Marguerite (Meg) Richard 73 passed away peacefully on July 15th, 2020 at her home in Lewistown Montana of natural causes. She was born on October 24th, 1946 in Winthrop Massachusetts the daughter of Tom and Pat (Devereux) Perrault. She lived in various towns throughout New England. She met and married Ray Richard and together had two sons: Chris and Terry. After separating from her husband, Meg devoted herself to raising “her two boys” to be strong, self-sufficient individuals. During this time, she worked multiple jobs while putting herself through college, where she graduated Summa Cum Laude from the University of New Hampshire.

In the summer of 1989, she relocated to Montana to be closer to her sisters, Pat and Melissa. For a time, she lived in Billings, before moving to Idaho where she ran the kitchen at the Boise Bible College for nearly a decade. Meg then moved to Colorado to be closer to her granddaughter and lived there for several years. She moved back to Montana and settled in Lewistown to be near her sister Melissa and worked at Albertsons for several years.

Meg was an extraordinary self-taught baker, cook and crafter. She loved sharing her skills with everyone and taught many different classes ranging from baking to basket weaving. Meg was an avid reader and was always looking to learn and master something new. By her own measure, her greatest achievement was “her two boys”.

Meg’s life is celebrated by many friends and family. Her sons, Chris (Leslie) and Terry (Julie); granddaughter Sydnee, her “adopted” daughter Holly, sisters Melissa and Jinny (John) and their children as well as many nieces and nephews. She made room in her heart for so many people, you all know who you are.

A Memorial Service for Meg will be held on Thursday, July 23rd, 2020 at 3:00 p.m. in the First Presbyterian Church. Cremation has taken place. Committal will take place at a later date in Central Montana Memorial Gardens in Lewistown. The Cloyd Funeral Home is assisting the family.

Friends are asked to make memorials to the American Cancer Society or the charity of their choice and memorials may be left with the Cloyd Funeral Home. Condolences for the family may be posted online at www.cloydfuneralhome.com.

     Duane Allen Schultz, age 66, of Seguin, TX died peacefully on July 6, 2020 with his brother at his side in San Antonio, TX.  Duane was born in Seguin, Texas on May 17, 1954 to Allen and Patricia (Carroll) Schultz.  His family moved to McQueeney to be near his grandparents and he started school at McQueeney Elementary.  The freedom of country living and his sense of adventure made for a fun-filled childhood.  He was constantly in motion, usually with his sister tagging along, and they always got in trouble together. 

     As a teenager, Duane became interested in cars, motorcycles and anything with a motor.  In high school he went to work for Billy Dawson at the Seguin Speed Shop.  This crew worked hard and spent their free time honing their skills at the local motocross track.  Duane was a member of the Seguin Speed Shop team that traveled on their own bus and were very competitive at local, state and international motocross races.  His off road racing skills even landed him a part driving a dune buggy in a Dr. Pepper commercial.  

     Duane began a long career as a successful Seguin businessman starting at Pilgrim Cleaners before he became a partner at Adam’s Used Car Lot.  During this time, he was also in partnership with ATD Kennels, who owned and raced greyhounds. 

     In 1992 Duane married Rochelle Withers. They later divorced but remained friends. Always up for an adventure, Duane worked for WaterPark Experts traveling in the U.S. and to Guam.  For many years he enjoyed wholesaling cars to dealers.  In December 2013, Duane and his partner, Mike Van Norman, purchased Seguin Car Country.  Duane loved time spent at the car lot, auctions and everything connected to the business as a car dealer.  He developed a loyal cliental through the years and was always happy to help people get the transportation they needed.

     Duane lived his life to the fullest every day.  He enjoyed spending time with friends golfing, bowling, riding dune buggies, go-carts and motorcycles.  He loved to travel and would try most anything that looked like fun.  Duane’s greatest joy was to spend time with family and friends.  Duane loved spending time with his nephews.  He taught them how to fish at the coast, waterski, life lessons and was always there for them.  He was lovingly known to his Texas family as “Uncle D” and to his Montana family he was “The King of Texas.”  We will always remember his smile and how he lit up a room whenever he showed up.

     Duane is survived by his sister Diane (Scott) Lutz of Lewistown, MT and brother Gerald (Jo Ann) Schultz of McQueeney, TX.  Six nephews, Matthew (Lori Ann) Lutz of Lewistown, MT; Brian (Krystal Montgomery) Lutz of Grass Range, MT; Allen (Clair) Schultz of Schertz, TX; Ryan Schultz and Patrick  Schultz both of McQueeney, TX; and Austin (LeAnn) Schultz of Seguin.  Great nephews and nieces, Van Lutz; Chelsea, Wyatt and Brady Schultz; Sophia Schultz; Lauren and Raylan Schultz; Kirra and Evan Schultz.  His Uncle Larry Gunckel of Seguin, TX; cousins in Texas, Colorado and Arizona; his second parents Billy and Sherry Dawson and their family of Seguin, TX; his former wife Rochelle “Rocky” Schultz of Lyle, WA and is also survived by his treasured friends who brought joy to his life every single day.

     Duane was preceded in death by his parents and grandparents August “Pat” and Rosa (Galle) Schultz, Otto and Florine (Mills) Armbruster and Elizabeth Armbruster.  

     As Duane wished, there will be no service and cremation has taken place.  A celebration in his honor will be held at a later date.  Condolences for the family may be posted online at www.cloydfuneralhome.com.