Obituaries

John L. Barrett, 93, of Harlowton the oldest son of Lawrence and Josie (Lancelle) Barrett left this earth to meet his Friend Jesus on January 5th, 2019 in Wheatland Memorial Healthcare of natural causes.  He received his education in Lewistown graduating from Fergus County High School, then on to the College of Great Falls (now University of Providence) and Western Evangelical Seminary in Portland, OR.  and then entered the U.S. Army Air Corp during World War II.  Following his discharge, he returned to his home in Lewistown, MT and on April 10, 1948 he was united in marriage to Beth A. Baxter.  To this union three children were born, John L. II, Arlene Jo and Thomas Samuel.  The family served pastoral assignments in Oregon and Montana.  John and Beth had a wonderful life together for over 70 years.  They worked also with Mobile Missionary Assistance Program (MMAP) for 12+ years. 

He is survived by his wife of 70 years Beth of Harlowton; daughter Arlene Jo McGaffey of Harlowton, MT; son Thomas S. in Indiana; 9 grandchildren, 25 great grandchildren, 3 great great grandchildren; other relatives and innumerable “adopted great grandchildren” and friends are located all over the USA.

He was preceded in death by his oldest son John L. II in 2013, daughter-in-law Ona in 2019, his parents, sister Betty Hoover brothers Bill and Charles.

Memorial Services for John L. Barrett, Sr. will be Sunday, June 2, 2019 at 3:00 p.m. in Wesleyan Church in Harlowton.  Cremation has taken place and committal will be in the Lewistown City Cemetery at a later date.  The Perkins Funeral Home is assisting the family.

Friends are asked to make memorials to the Wheatland County Senior Citizens or the charity of their choice and they may be left with the Perkins Funeral Home, PO Box 313 Harlowton, MT  59036.  Condolences for the family may be posted on-line at www.perkinsfuneralandcremation.com

James (“Jim”) Gordon Burrows 76 of Harlowton passed away on January 9th, 2019 in Quartzsite, AZ where he lived during the winter months living in his birth town of Harlowton the remainder of the year.  Jim was born on December 16th, 1942 in Harlowton, MT the son of Earl McKinley and Angeline Adeline (Hamel) Burrows.  Upon graduation from High School in Harlowton, Jim enlisted in the United States Army in June 1961 where he then attended Basic Training at Fort Ord, CA and advanced training at Fort Benjamin Harrison, IN.  After completing his training, Jim served in Korea and then Chicago, IL.  Jim was honorably discharged from the Army in 1965.

In the fall of 1965 Jim went to work for the Montana Highway Department and moved to Helena, MT.  Five years later (1970), Jim left the Highway Department and spent a period of time traveling and visiting various places around the country.  In the spring of 1971 Jim moved back to Harlowton, MT and went to work for The Milwaukee Railroad.  It was during this period (1973) Jim enlisted in the Montana Army National Guard and served in the Harlowton unit.   In 1980, the Milwaukee Railroad closed its operations in Harlowton and Jim went to work for the Montana Army National Guard full time (AGR) as a Recruiter.  Jim moved to Helena, MT initially, and then to Great Falls, MT.  While serving in both the Army and Army National Guard, Jim received numerous awards to include the Meritorious Service Medal.  Jim medically retired from the Army in 1991 as a Sergeant First Class (SFC), and moved back to Harlowton. 

After retiring, Jim enjoyed spending time and traveling with close friends and his beloved sister Cora.  He enjoyed photography, studying Montana History, visiting ghost towns/mines, woodworking and being active and participating in events with the American Legion and other service organizations. 

Jim is survived by his’s siblings Blanche (Burrows) Nilsen and Edward Burrows and several nieces and nephews.   

Jim was preceded in death by his parents and 7 siblings:  Harriet, Marguerite, Earl, Ernest, Cora, Pauline, Robert. 

Memorial Graveside Services for James “Jim” Burrows will be Saturday, May 25th, 2019 at Noon in the Harlowton Cemetery.  Cremation has taken place with the Perkins Funeral Home assisting the family.

Friends are asked to make memorials to the Milwaukee Railroad Depot Museum, American Legion Post #15 of Harlowton or the charity of their choice and they may be left with the Perkins Funeral Home, PO Box 313 Harlowton, MT  59036.  Condolences for the family may be posted on-line at www.perkinsfuneralandcremation.com

Carol Jean Clark 83 of Harlowton passed away Saturday evening, March 23, 2019 in Wheatland Memorial Healthcare of natural causes with her daughter by her side. She was born December 19, 1935 in Wagner South Dakota the daughter of Clarence and Doris (Vezey) Morse the eldest of 4 children. The family moved several times finally finding “home” in Harlowton. While roller skating in Two Dot she met Arden Rae Clark and they were united in marriage on May 31, 1953 in Harlowton. She received her education in Harlowton graduating from High School in 1954. Their marriage lasted just short of 64 years when he passed away in May of 2017.

They had three children Raymond Keith (stillborn), Dennis Arden and Patricia Jean. Carol worked for Wheatland Memorial Hospital, Wades Drive-in and Painters Food Mart until 1974 when she ran for the Office of Clerk and Recorder and won. She held that office until her retirement.

Carol loved a clean house and a beautiful yard. She was a hard worker holding down a full-time job and helping Rae on the family ranch. Carol was a devoted wife taking care of Rae during several years of declining health. She was a loving generous mother and grandmother.

Carol and Rae enjoyed doing a little traveling, Sunday drives and going out to dinner and driving around town.

She is survived by her children Dennis (Nadine) of Stanfield, OR and Patty (Jim) O’Connor of Drummond, MT siblings Joe Morse of Two Dot, MT, Vonda Hammond of Cripple Creek, CO and Lenna (Joe) Wester of Willow Creek, MT; 5 granddaughters Hope, Tawnya, Alexis, Allison and Amanda, 6 great grandchildren and several nieces and nephews.

In addition to her husband and son Keith she was preceded in death by her parents.

Memorial Services for Carol J. Clark will be at 1:00 p.m. on Saturday, March 30th, 2019 in the Perkins Chapel in Harlowton with committal to follow in the Harlowton Cemetery.   The Perkins Funeral Home is assisting the family.

Friends are asked to make memorials to the Wheatland Memorial Hospital Foundation or

the charity of their choice and they may be left with the Perkins Funeral Home, PO Box 313 Harlowton, MT 59036. Condolences for the family may be posted on-line at www.perkinsfuneralandcremation.com

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Beulah M. Jordan 98 of Harlowton died Thursday evening, March 21, 2019 in Wheatland Memorial Nursing Home of natural causes. No services will be held at this time and cremation has taken place at her request. A private family committal will be in the Harlowton Cemetery later this year. The Perkins Funeral Home is assisting the family.

Friends are asked to make memorial to the charity of their choice and they may be left with the Perkins Funeral Home, PO Box 313 Harlowton, MT 59036. Condolences for the family may be posted on-line at www.perkinsfuneralandcremation.com

Charles J. Frost 66 of Harlowton passed away Wednesday morning, March 14th, 2019 in Harlowton. He was born April 28, 1952 Townsend, MT the son of James D. and Annette (James) Frost of White Sulphur Springs. They later lived in Lewistown and he received his education there. In 1970 he was united in marriage to Janice Suda and they lived in Lewiston, Idaho and he worked at Potlatch. They later divorced, he stayed in Lewiston until moving to Harlowton and working for the Milwaukee Railroad. In 1977 he was united in marriage to Kathleen Fox in Las Vegas, NV. The lived in Miles City and he worked as a lineman for a cable company. They later moved to Billings and he continued with the Cable Company moving into the shop. He retired in 1988 due to a disability and they moved to Harlowton.

Charles enjoyed hunting, fishing, camping, time in the mountains, watching sports, following his grandchildren and spending time with family.

He is survived by his children John Frost of Billings, MT, Jessica Jones of Jacksonville, FL, Cassandra Stamm and Jennifer Mack both of Billings and Chad Frost in Oregon; sisters Gwen Brown and Sharon Bennett both of Harlowton, MT, 8 grandchildren, 2 great grandsons and several nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by one daughter Jamey Ewing, one son-in-law Jash Fry, one niece Dusty Taber and his parents.

No services will be held for Charles J. Frost and cremation has taken place at his request. The Perkins Funeral Home is assisting the family.

Friends are asked to make memorials the Montana Chapter of the American Diabetes Association

or the charity of their choice and they may be left with the Perkins Funeral Home, PO Box 313 Harlowton, MT 59036. Condolences for the family may be posted on-line at www.perkinsfuneralandcremation.com

Marjorie Diane Morse 79 of Two Dot died Monday afternoon, February 25th, 2019 at her home of natural causes. She was born March 3, 1939 in Billings, MT the daughter of Dana and Marjorie (Muir) Martin. She received her schooling in the Two Dot School through 8th grade and then to Harlowton where she graduated from Harlowton High School in 1957.   She then attended College in Casper Wyoming for one year and then the University of Wyoming in Laramie for 2 ½ years and then attended Montana State University in Bozeman. They lived in Forsyth for a short time and then lived on the ranch at Two Dot. The moved to St. Xavier until returning to the ranch in 1963.   They have lived and ranched at there until the time of her death.

She was a member of the Republican Party, Chi Omega Sorority and the Tough Old Broads Club, these 10 or so women would \went into the Bob Marshall Wilderness and other areas and camped and enjoyed time together.

Diane also enjoyed horseback riding and rodeo’d in her younger years, she loved the ranching and spending time with her family.

She is survived by her husband Joe of Two Dot, MT; sons Joe (Mina) of Columbus, MT and Grant (Abby) of Two Dot; one brother Earl (Joan) Munson of Bloomfield, CO; 5 grandchildren Joseph, Ian, Thea, Grant and Garth; 2 great grandchildren Eloise and Miles; several nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by one daughter Kari, her parents and one sister.

Funeral Services for Diane Morse will be Saturday, March 9th, 2019 at 2:00 p.m. in the Perkins Chapel with committal to follow in the Harlowton Cemetery. The Perkins Funeral Home is assisting the family.

/Friends are asked to make memorial to the Two Dot Community Club or the charity of their choice and they may be left with the Perkins Funeral Home, PO Box 313 Harlowton, MT 59036. Condolences for the family may be posted on-line at www.perkinsfuneralandcremation.com

 

James E. Petterson, Jr. 69 of Harlowton died early Thursday morning, January 24th, 2019 in Billings Clinic after a battle with lung cancer. He was born March 31, 1949 in Redwood City, CA the son of James E. and Oma J. (Hahn) Petterson, Sr. The family moved to Aspermont, TX where he received his education graduating from High School in Aspermont in 1967. He then worked with a harvest crew from Texas to Canada until joining the Air Force in 1969.   He received his discharge in 1979 and continued on in the Air Force Reserve. He then begins working as a lineman in Wyoming and Montana. He was united in marriage to Kathryn Rosenberg on April 17, 1981. They lived in Harlowton until moving to Whiteman Air Force Base in Johnson County Missouri. He worked on the Minuteman Missiles with the Civil Engineering department as an electrician. He retired in 2012 and in 2016 they moved to Harlowton.

Jim enjoyed fishing, hunting, shooting at the gun range, reloading, working on his old Jeep and spending time with his family especially his “Pride & Joy” his grandson Nolan.

He is survived by his wife Kathryn and daughter Melissa both of Harlowton; son Michael (Roxanne) of Leeton, MO; brothers Steve (Debra) of Aspermont, TX and David (Randee) of Maple Plains, IA; sister Billie Carter of Aspermont, TX; one grandson Nolan; several nieces and nephews.

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

Memorial Services for James E. Petterson, Jr. will be Wednesday, February 6th, 2019 at 2:00 p.m. in the Federated Church in Harlowton. Cremation has taken place and committal will be in the Harlowton Cemetery at a later time. The Perkins Funeral Home is assisting the family.

Friends are asked to make memorials to the Wheatland County Veterans Memorial Wall or the charity of their choice and they may be left with the Perkins Funeral Home, PO Box 313 Harlowton, MT 59036. Condolences for the family may be posted on-line at www.perkinsfuneralandcremation.com

     Timothy Gerald (Remo) Willis 49, passed away on Thursday December 27, 2018 in the presence of family at St. Vincent Healthcare in Billings, MT. Tim was born on April 12, 1969, to Gerald and Bonnie (Moore) Willis in Greybull, WY where his parents were teaching at the time. After a few short years of teaching in Wyoming, Bonnie, Gary, and Tim moved back to Bonnie’s childhood home and family ranch in Two Dot, Montana. Tim then started Kindergarten at the Two Dot School, where he was quick to meet many lifetime friends. After sixth grade, he then transferred to the big school of Harlowton where he would finish out his high school career. Tim’s childhood was filled with the great outdoors, weekend card games, his beloved pets, a bit of mischief, and anything he could find that went fast. Especially if it only involved two wheels.

     Once Tim graduated from Harlowton High School, he attended Glendive Community College. He majored in Criminal Justice, however his true fondness while there was for bareback riding. After college, while back home helping out his childhood friends at the Martin Ranch, Tim met Cindy Asleson. The two dated, fell in love, and got married. Though later divorcing, Tim would always say his love for her remained.

     Tim then moved around from place to place, finding things that made him happy. He was a free spirit that wanted to see all that this world had to offer. He ranched and logged in Monarch, mined in Gillette, worked Construction in Jackson Hole, but always managed to come back to the one place that made him truly happy; his childhood home in Two Dot. Once home for good, Tim split his time between ranching and running heavy equipment. Many people believed he was the best heavy equipment operator they had ever seen, and they weren’t wrong.

     Tim was a bit of a nomad, never wanting to be caught in one place. He sought adventure at every turn in life, and usually found it. He was an enthusiastic motorcycle rider, an accomplished heavy equipment operator, an avid outdoorsman, a fine hunting guide, and one heck of a barbecue cook. He would proudly don his Two Dot pool league shirt labeled “Remo” on the back, the baseball cap that he had made in memory of his mother Bonnie, and his favorite apron, and barbecue with Nick and Rick at many special occasions, including his favorite; the Two Dot Street Dance. He was a proud volunteer at the Two Dot Fire Department, and he lived to help friends and family at every opportunity. Tim had the heart of a giant, just in a Moore sized frame. He will be missed dearly by many friends and family.

     Tim was preceded in death by his parents Gerald and Bonnie (Moore) Willis, and baby brother Jack Marvyn Willis.

     He is survived by many aunts, uncles, and cousins from both the Willis and Moore families, as well as Jennifer, Rick, Patty, Ray, and all of his friends and loved ones at the Two Dot Bar.

     A memorial for Tim will be held at The Two Dot Bar and Grill in Two Dot, MT on the evening of January 26th. A potluck dinner will be held at 5 p.m., and friends and family will share a few words and stories in remembrance of Tim shortly after.

     Contributions in Tim’s name can be sent to the Two Dot Fire Hall, and will be used to help buy a new Fire Truck for the community or the charity of their choice and they may be left with the Perkins Funeral Home, PO Box 313 Harlowton, MT 59036. Condolences for the family may be posted on-line at www.perkinsfuneralandcremation.com