Obituaries

Lea, 63, of Shawmut passed away on May 10th, 2018 near her home. She was born May 20th, 1954 in San Jose, CA the daughter of Henry and Claire (Oubridge) Daggett. She received a Bachelor’s degree in Sociology from the University of California at Santa Barbara and moved to Montana in 2008 with the AmeriCorps program. As an AmeriCorps volunteer, she started a wellness program in Harlowton and was the driving force in building the local community garden. She fell in love with Montana and decided to make her home in Shawmut.

She is survived by her three sons Kyle (Brittney) Crooks and Patrick Crooks all of Carpinteria, CA and Conner Crooks of Portland, OR; her mother Claire Daggett of Livermore, CA; brother Paul Daggett of Eagle River, AK; sister Patricia (Donald) Peed of Danville, CA; 3 granddaughters and several nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her father and her brother, Peter.

At her request cremation has taken place and services will be held later in Santa Barbara. The Perkins 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 Perkins Funeral Home, PO Box 313 Harlowton, MT 59036. Condolences for the family may be posted on-line at www.perkinsfuneralandcremation.com

Doris Lucille Murphy Rettke was born on July 6th 1922 in a log house east of
Winifred, Montana. She was raised in the Missouri River Breaks. She
attended Baker Springs School east of Winifred and graduated from Winifred
High School in 1940. She moved to Harlowton where she met and married John H.
Rettke. A few years later they started their little family, Nicky, Linda, and
Judy. Then ten years later David John joined the family.
They ran a dairy for a brief time and then ran the Standard Oil Bulk Station
in Winifred, the Standard Oil Station and the Cliff Apartments in Harlowton.
They also operated a small ranch south east of Harlowton. Her most important
job was being a homemaker. Later in life she worked for the Ranch Autel,
Harlowton Senior Center, Dr. Maxiner and the US Forest Service.
Her greatest joy was teaching Sunday school at the American Lutheran Church in
Winifred and Harlowton and the Assembly of God Church in Harlowton.

She wanted included in her obituary her greatest life changing event. This event was when she learned about JESUS and took him as her savior. She loved to share with people the simple way of salvation.
She had a great concern for her family and loved ones and did not want anyone to be lost.
Lucille was preceded in death by her husband John H. Rettke, family members:
John (Jack) and Mercy McLachlan Murphy, John A and Hazel Gilbert Rettke, Pat and Maxine Jaeger Murphy, Margorie and Jack Robinson, Helen and Frank Philp, Special daughter in law Patti Rettke. Special son-in-law Ken Lode, Alice and Elmer Scorby, Kathryn and Kenneth MacAskill, MaryLou & Ray Fredricks, Doris & Don Johnson, Great granddaughters Kezia Decker and Alisson Cass and great grandson Brian Blaquiere, Nieces Jennette Philp Brusch, Ann Scorby, niece-in-law Judy MacAskill, nephews Larry Scorby & Richard Johnson.

We have found it interesting to read, in many obituaries, of family members who we did not know were related to the deceased. Mom would like to have all the surviving offspring to the nieces and nephews to be mentioned as each one has given so much joy.  

Daughters and son: Nicole (Jess) Garfield, Linda Lode, Judith (Frank) Murphy & David Rettke.
Grandchildren: Ben (Patty) Blaquiere, Jay (Theresa) Lode, Barbara Cass, Susan (Will) Decker , Lura (Scott) Nuthak, Kenda (Bob) Biegler , Daniel (Alisa) Cass, Kyle Lode, Sarah (Sean) Griffin, Tyrell Rettke and Catlin Rettke,
Great-grandchildren:
Aaron (Samantha), Tess and Amy Blaquiere, Daniel, Molly and Caleb Lode, Timothy & Sean (Alayna) Cass, Hoyt (Maribel) Decker, Sonora (Josh) Schukar, Easton, Weston, Koby and, Keira Sue Decker, Alexander Hoffman and Scott and Blaise Nuthak, Emily, Jackson and Catalina Biegler, Andrew and Jacob Cass and Walker, Keegan Gunnar & Porter Griffin.  
Great, great grandchildren: William Alejandro Decker, Kayleigh Lucille & Kameron Lantz Cass and Lynnlee Raelyn Schukar. Aspen Fletcher (Blaquiere)

Brother John (Gay) Murphy,

Nieces & Nephews: Mike (Susie) & Brian (Becky) Murphy, Jackie (Ron) Murphy Naveran, Darlyn Buesch, Scott, Kerry, Kelly Murphy and Theresa (Tom) Murphy Ashworth, Jim (Billie) Philps, Robert (Fumiko) Scorby, Karen (Richard ) Hebl, , Ken (Chris) Johnson, Cathy (Pete) Frystak, Carol Bovee, Norma (Brad) Lehman, Steve (Nola) MacAskill, Donnie MacAskill, Kathy MacAskill & Dennis Jones, Willis (Kathy ), & John (Cathy ) , Butch & (Mimi ) Fredricks, Marilyn (Michael ) Vicchrilli.

Despite some rough spots in life it has been a great ride.   As 4 year old great-great grandson Willy Willy Decker said just moments after she passed away “It’s just not going to be the same without her!”   How true.

Funeral services for Lucille Rettke will be Friday, April 27, 2018 at 1:00 p.m. in Faith Chapel Assembly of God Church in Harlowton with committal to follow at Harlowton Cemetery. The Perkins Funeral Home is assisting the family.

Friends are asked to make memorials to, Deeper Life Ministries 10241 Brea Canyon Road Fort Worth Texas 76108-4956 or to Faith Chapel in Harlowton. Condolences for the family may be posted on-line at www.perkinsfuneralandcremation.com

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Irwin Conrad Allen, 95, Ryegate, passed away on Friday, April 6, 2018, in Billings Clinic Hospital surrounded by his family and close friends. He was born on January 16, 1923, to Stanley and Carrie Rozene (Ullman) Allen on their homestead near Rothiemay. Irwin attended grade school at the Huffman Gulch School. After finishing his schooling at Ryegate High School, he worked with his dad on the family ranch in the Big Snowy Mountains. Irwin loved to share countless stories from the forty years he spent trailing sheep and cattle in the Snowies. He often said that he wouldn’t trade his experiences for a million dollars, and you couldn’t pay him a million dollars to do it all over again.

Irwin valued hard work above all else, but throughout the years he also found time for many hobbies. He greatly enjoyed restoring antique cars and tractors, woodworking, horn hunting, flying his Super Cub airplane, horseback riding, snowmobiling, hunting big game, writing his book, and fishing in the ponds on his ranch. Irwin was also an avid photographer, and he rarely went anywhere without a camera. He could spend hours reminiscing over his slides and photographs with family and friends. Irwin also enjoyed traveling, and some of his favorite photos were taken during his trips to Alaska.

Although he spent his entire life in the Big Snowy Mountains, Irwin never took the beauty of his surroundings for granted. For twenty years, he looked forward to hosting the Rothiemay Community Picnic each summer at the picnic grounds on his ranch. He enjoyed visiting with everyone who came to the picnic, and was grateful for the ability to share this special place with others. Over the years, Irwin purchased more land to expand the ranch established by his parents, which he operated until the time of his death.

Irwin was an active member of his community. He belonged to the Lavina Temple Masonic Lodge, the Al Bedoo Shrine of Billings, the Billings Scottish Rite, the Montana Farm Bureau, the National Rifle Association, and the Goggle and Duster Car Club. He was a proud supporter of the Upper Musselshell Museum of Harlowton, where he served on the board of directors since the mid-1980s. Irwin owned a Heritage Room at the museum, which he furnished with memorabilia from his early ranching days and antiques that belonged to his parents and grandparents. He saw many changes throughout his lifetime, and it meant a lot to him to be able to preserve relics of days long past for future generations.

Irwin is survived by one brother, Forrest Allen of Cody, WY; his housekeeper of 34 years, Loretta Swanson of Ryegate; the Capps family of Cody, WY; the Ullman family of Big Timber and Bozeman; the Magelssen family of Texas; the Gallagher family of Arizona; the Allen family of Wisconsin; the Long family of Billings; the Burgess family of Ryegate; the Cronquist family of North Dakota; and many other extended family members and dear friends throughout the country.

Services for Irwin C. Allen will be held on Saturday, April 14, 2018, at 1:30 p.m. in the Perkins Chapel with committal to follow in the Harlowton Cemetery.

Friends are asked to make memorials to the Upper Musselshell Museum, Ryegate VFD/Ambulance, Lavina VFD/Ambulance, or the charity of their choice; memorials may be left with the Perkins Funeral Home, PO Box 313, Harlowton, MT 59036. Condolences for the family may be posted online at www.perkinsfuneralandcremation.com.

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William J. Shepherd “Shep” 87 of Harlowton died early Sunday morning, March 18, 2018 in Wheatland Memorial Healthcare of natural causes. He was born October 25, 1930 on the Winnecook Ranch in Harlowton the son of Charles and Verdie (Abney) Shepherd. He received his schooling in Harlowton schools and he began his working years at Painter’s Grocery Store where he worked during and after high school to help support his family. He later worked at Lammers Store and then at the Milwaukee Railroad. In 1950 he married Alice (Penny) Fulton, they later divorced. He operated Shep’s Phillips 66 Station and Wrecker Service until 1959 when he sold the station following a serious car accident that left him paralyzed. He worked hard to recover and was able to get around pretty good. He then began his second career repairing electrical appliances in his home until moving that business into a shop and he added Antiques to the business in the mid 1960’s and it became Shep’s Antiques. He also worked as a hunting guide in the 1960’s for many out-of-state hunters. He married Ladeane Maston in 1985 and they continued to operate the business until 2014 when they entered the Wheatland Memorial Nursing Home.

Bill enjoyed hunting, fishing, boating and their cabin on Deadman’s Basin and was known as the man that could fix anything. Bill was always willing to help anyone that needed help. His sense of humor and smile will be missed.

He was a member of the Montana Army National Guard, President of the Musselshell Boat Club and a member of the Federated Church in Harlowton.

He is survived by his wife Ladeane of Harlowton, MT; one son Ken (Mary) of Bozeman, MT; three daughters Karen (Floyd) Yant of Bozeman, MT, Kathleen (Val) Schreiber of Harlowton, MT and Kelly Jean Peake of Billings, MT; one step- son Jack Huston in Wyoming; two step-daughters Winnona (George) Widdicombe of Harlowton, MT and Tina Huston of Denver, CO; one sister Donabel (Ralph) Lotz of Kissimmee, FL; 9 grandchildren, 18 great grandchildren; one great great grandson, several step-grandchildren and numerous nieces and nephews.

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

Memorial Services for William J. Shepherd will be Thursday, March 29th, 2018 at 11:00 a.m. in the Perkins Chapel. Committal will take place in the Harlowton Cemetery at a later date. Cremation has taken place with the Perkins Funeral Home assisting the family.Cremation has taken place with the Perkins Funeral Home assisting the family.

Friends are asked to make memorials to the Harlowton Public Library 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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Lucille L. Cameron 81 of Harlowton passed away Monday evening, February 5th, 2018 in the Wheatland Memorial Healthcare of natural causes. She was born November 13, 1936 in Napoleon, ND the daughter of Lewis and Nellie (Tergeson) Schuchard. Her Father was killed at the end of WWII. The family moved to Harlowton and she graduated from Harlowton High School in 1957. On May 25, 1957 she was united in marriage to Gilbert Cameron and they made their home in Martinsdale area. During that time she cooked for hunters and guiding services in the Belt Mountains. They divorced in 1973 and she moved back to Harlowton. She worked as a dietary aide at Wheatland Memorial Healthcare, later as a clerk at Bains Department Store and then 8 years as a dispatcher for the Wheatland County Sheriff’s Department. In 1976 her son Randy was born. She retired in the early 1980’s.

Lucille enjoyed square dancing and was a member of the Martinsdale Square Dancing Club. She enjoyed crocheting, embroidery, reading, cooking, walks in the moonlight after a snowfall and working with animals. She has also baked many Christmas cookies and wonderful loaves of bread. Her greatest joy in life were her grandchildren. She was the most wonderful grandma and friend to them. It has also been said she was the favorite aunt to many of her nieces and nephews. Lucille was always happy and had a smile on her face, even while in pain and sickness.

She is a member of the American Lutheran Church and the Ladies Auxiliary of Post #115 of the American Legion in Harlowton.

She is survived by her son Randy (Megan) of Harlowton, MT; brothers Vernon Schuchard and Norman (Sally) Schuchard both of Harlowton, MT and Duane (Shirley) Schuchard of Billings, MT; two grandchildren Cadence and Carter and several nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her parents, one sister and three brothers.

Services for Lucille L. Cameron will be 11:00 a.m. Saturday February 17th, 2018 at the American Lutheran Church with committal to follow in the Harlowton Cemetery. After a luncheon will be served in the Faith Center at the church. Cremation has taken place at her request; the Perkins Funeral Home is assisting the family.

Friends are asked to make memorials to Shodair Children’s Hospital 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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Nancy M. Gollehon 58 of Ryegate passed away at her home on Tuesday afternoon, January 16th, 2018 with family and friends at her side. She was born February 1, 1959 the daughter of Albert and Bernice (VanDepopelier) Blockeel in Conrad, Montana. She received her schooling in Conrad graduating from Conrad High School in 1977. In 1978 she was united in marriage to Tim Rambo in Shelby and they made their home in the Valier area where they ranched. They later divorced and she moved to Choteau. She worked in the Trading Post, Rex’s Market, and operated her own ceramic shop. On July 31, 1999 she was united in marriage to Michael “Chip” Gollehon in Choteau. They were property managers living near Florence, Montana and she continued her crafts. In 2012 they moved to Ryegate where they made their home and worked on the Horpestad Ranch until the time of her death.

Nancy was an extremely talented artist who shared her gift with many around her in the form of her crafts and heart felt one of a kind gifts she made. She was an avid hunter who could spend hours just looking at country through her binoculars at all of God’s beautiful wonder. Her family meant everything to her. Nancy’s faith and love for the Lord was ever evident through her courageous battle where she never lost hope and was an inspiration for so many.

She was a member of the Golden Valley Baptist Church in Ryegate and the Women’s Bible Study.

She is survived by her husband Chip and son Colter of the family home in Ryegate; sons Chad (Tara) Rambo and Tyson Rambo all of Valier, MT; daughter Brandy (Will) Rambo/Niemeyer of Olds, Alberta, Canada’ step-daughters Kris (Clay) Lancaster of British Columbia, Canada, Jessa (Nathan) Shepard of Krum, TX and Heidi (Courtney) Virden of Glen Elder, KS; one brother Albert Blockeel of Conrad, MT; four sisters Charlene Henke and Patricia Peterson both of Valier, MT, Annette Gollehon of Bonner, MT and Linda Blockeel of Fairfield, MT; 10 grandchildren and numerous nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her parents.

Funeral Services for Nancy M. Gollehon will be Tuesday, January 23rd, 2018 at 1:30 p.m. in the Perkins Funeral Home Chapel in Harlowton. Private committal will be on Wednesday, January 24th, 2018 in the Cemetery of the Sacred Heart near Valier.

Friends are asked to make memorials to the Golden Valley Baptist Church to help with water damage sustained over the New Years’ Holiday or the charity of their choice and they may be left with the Perkins Funeral Home, PO Box 313 Harlowton, MT 59036 or may be posted on-line at www.perkinsfuneralandcremation.com

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This week vintage western movie channels lost their biggest fan!

Joe Keeley Sedgwick 75 left us on Monday afternoon, January 8, 2018. He truly was one of the last real cowboys. Joe was born on January 25, 1942 in Billings, the son of Tilford and Genevieve (Martin) Sedgwick. He grew up on a ranch near Two Dot and the Crazy Mountains. From riding his Shetland pony and roping as a boy to riding saddle broncs at high school rodeos, Joe forever embraced the cowboy way of life.

Joe was an outstanding football player at Harlowton High School. He went on to play at Rocky Mountain College and was a member of the rodeo team at Rocky as well.

On May 27, 1962 Joe was united in marriage to Kathleen Fochs in Harlowton. Together they raised their three children on the family ranch at Two Dot.

Improving genetics in cattle and sheep was a priority and a deep love of the land never wavered.

He was on the Two Dot school board, President of Wheatland County Woolgrowers and President of Stockgrowers as well.

Joe took great pride in his children’s athletic and academic endeavors and college degrees as well.

Joe loved children, ice cream, vintage western movies, rodeos, playing cards and good Red Angus cattle.

Survivors include his wife Kathleen, his two sons Kevin (Darla) Sedgwick, Chad (BranDee) Sedgwick, and his daughter Courtney (Jason) Bake, seven grandchildren Seth (Angela) Sedgwick and Kelby Sedgwick, Lauren, Tristen and Kindra Sedgwick, and Keeley and Kyler Bake and a sister Donna Morang.

He was preceded in death by his parents Tilford and Genevieve Sedgwick, son Keeley, brother George and granddaughter Shelby.

Funeral Services for Joe Sedgwick will be held at Perkins Chapel on Monday, January 15, 2018 at 1:00 pm, with committal to follow in the Harlowton Cemetery. There will be a celebration of Joe’s life after committal service at the Youth Center. The Perkins Funeral Home is assisting the family.

Friends are asked to make memorials to the Make A Wish Foundation or the charity of their choice and they may be left with the Perkins Funeral Home, PO Box 313 Harlowton, MT 59036 or may be posted on-line at www.perkinsfuneralandcremation.com

“May your trail be forever remembered and your legacy live on.”

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Bessie Abigail Galahan 95, passed away peacefully January 7, 2018 in Wheatland Memorial Healthcare in Harlowton, MT. Bessie is forever loved by many, she will always be remembered as a wonderful mother, sister, grandmother, great-grandmother and friend. Bessie was born on September 18, 1922 in Quesnel, British Columbia, Canada the daughter of Grant and Ethel (Foyle) Smith. The Smith family moved to Absarokee, Montana in the late 1920’s where Bessie attended school and eventually met the love of her life Harold “Gally” Galahan. Harold and Bessie were married on September 21, 1941. They had three children together, Gary, Gail, and Robert. The Galahan family moved to Harlowton, Montana around 1960 where they purchased the family business, “Gally’s Five and Dime.”

Bessie was always known for her amazing cooking abilities. She enjoyed good food, socializing, and nightly toddies with friends and family. In her free time, she loved to work in her garden and spent countless hours embroidering.

Bessie is preceded in death by her parents, brother Robert Smith and her husband of 52 years in 1994.

Bessie is survived by her children Gary (Judy) Galahan of Augusta, MT, Gail (Dennis) Powell of Yuma, AZ, and Robert Galahan of Harlowton, MT; brother Grant of Absarokee, MT; as well as multiple grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

Graveside Services for Bessie Galahan will be Friday, January 12th, 2018 at 11:00 a.m. in the Rosebud Cemetery, next to her husband, in Absarokee, MT. Visitation will be Thursday, January 11th, 2018 from 5:00 to 7:00 p.m. in the Perkins Chapel. The Perkins Funeral Home of Harlowton is assisting the family.

Friends are asked to make memorials 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