Obituaries

Geraldine L. Jones 82 of Harlowton died early Friday morning, November 16th, 2018 in Wheatland Memorial Healthcare of natural causes with her family by her side. She was born February 27, 1936 in Harlowton the daughter of Harry and Diana (Teen) M. (VanderSloot) VanDerVoort. She received her education in several places settling in Ryegate where she graduated from Ryegate High School in 1954. She remembers growing up in a large very close-knit family and has vivid memories of living in a sheep wagon and cooking in a cave while her Dad herded sheep. On July 21, 1954 she was united in marriage to James Hagberg in Ryegate. They lived in Ryegate and then moved to Harlowton where they raised their family. She worked for many years at Harlowton Gardens, she loved working with the flowers and was very good at it.   She later worked at the A G Grocery and then the Town Pump. In 1985 they divorced and she continued living in Harlowton. She was united in marriage to Gordon Jones on March 8, 1987 in Harlowton. They built the current home they live in from used materials they got from tearing down the old lumber yard in Harlowton. They continued to live and work in Harlowton. She was injured in an accident leading to her early retirement and several surgeries. They spent 18 years traveling to Arizona during the winter, returning to Harlowton in the summers.

She enjoyed taking her kids and grandchildren to early morning yard sales to find treasures. She crocheted afghans for all of her grandchildren and great grandchildren. She also enjoyed her flower garden, traveling and square dancing.

She was a member of the Timber Trippers Square Dance Club and the Crazy Mountain Car Club.

She is survived by her husband Gordon of Harlowton; son Terry (Yvonne) Hagberg of Ryegate, MT; daughters Kristi (Dan) Hogemark of Big Timber, MT and Roxie (Jim) Hogemark of Springdale, MT; step-son Ted (Stevie) Jones of Martinsdale, MT; step-daughter Melanie (Ed) Schott of Stanford, MT; brother Harry (Rosie) VanDerVoort of Glendon, Alberta, Canada; sister Sandra Trippe of Potomac, MT; 15 grandchildren, 11 great grandchildren and several nieces and nephews.

Memorial Services for Geraldine L. Jones will be Saturday, December 8th, 2018 at 11:00 a.m. in Perkins Chapel with committal to follow in the Harlowton Cemetery, cremation has taken place. The Perkins Funeral Home is assisting the family.

Friends are asked to make memorials to the Wheatland Memorial Healthcare 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

Donald E. Sivertson 87 of Harlowton died early Wednesday morning, October 10, 2018 of natural causes with his son by his side. He was born February 11, 1931 in Harlowton, MT the son of Elmer O. and Ethel K. (Smith) Sivertson. He received his education in Harlowton graduating from Harlowton High School in 1949, he then went to Montana State College graduating in 1953. He then entered the United States Air Force serving until 1973 retiring as Lt. Colonel. He returned to Harlowton and served as Harlowton City Justice of the Peace and as a volunteer EMT & Firefighter for Harlowton. He was also a member of the Harlowton Kiwanis Club.

He is survived by two sons David (Stephanie) and Daniel Sivertson both of Las Vegas, NV; one sister Dorothy Corlett in Washington; two grandsons Cody & Brandon, one granddaughter Kylah, one great grandson Kaleb, one great granddaughter Ava, and several nieces and nephews.

Graveside Memorial Services for Donald E. Sivertson were held Saturday, October 13, 2018 at 11:00 a.m. in the Harlowton Cemetery. Cremation has taken place and 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

    

     Alma Hinand (98) passed away October 3, 2018 at Wheatland Memorial Hospital & Nursing Home in Harlowton, MT. Alma Pauline (Sharrah) Hinand was born in Miles City, Montana on August 8, 1920 the middle of 3 daughters born to Arthur & Nellie (Hobbs) Sharrah. Her parents originally from Missouri homesteaded near Rosebud County, MT.

     Anyone that ever-met Alma knew she was a business woman through and through. Her sense of western fashion & turquoise jewelry were her trademark. She first moved to Harlowton to manage the State Theater and met the love of her life Raymond Hinand and married him May 16th, 1947. The two were life & business partners from then on. They had Wheatland Groceries, then Martinsdale Mercantile until they partnered with Dutch & Eleanor Callant and built the AG's Super Market in 1957. In 1968, they sold their interest to Dutch & Eleanor and started Ray's Sports & Western Wear on the corner of Central Ave & Hwy 12. In 1984, Ray retired but Alma wanted no part of that. Instead at the young age of 64 and with great foresight, she and her sons Rick & Ron, built the new & current Ray's Sports & Western Wear east of Harlowton at the intersection of Hwy 12 & Hwy 191. Alma worked full time in the store until she was 80 when medical reasons made her slow down. She continued to play a role in the store for another dozen years. And boy was she fighting mad when her vision kept her from being able to read the store mail.

     Alma loved to work, but she was passionate about her horses and rode until she was 80. Many hours of riding and beers were shared down at Hinand Happy Acres with her friends Mary Moseman & Jewell Harper.   Alma also shared her joy of showing horses with her granddaughter Melissa (Bug). She loved riding her horses in parades especially the 4th of July Parade in Harlowton where she was honored as grand marshal. She was proud to be a charter member of the Miles City Range Riders. Her most memorable ride was in 1989 at the age of 69 she participated in the Montana Centennial Cattle Drive which took 6 days and covered 50 miles from Roundup to Billings.

     Alma was preceded in death by her loving husband Raymond Hinand, parents Arthur & Nellie Sharrah, sisters Iva Hansen (Twin Falls, ID) & Letha Mehling (Forsythe, MT).

     Alma is survived by her sons Rick (Katherine Parks) Hinand of Harlowton and Ron (Tami) Hinand of Harlowton/Joliet. Grandchildren: Michele (Jon) Wrzesinski of Baker, MT; Melissa (Sean) Carlson of Sammamish, WA; and Miles Hinand. Great Grandchildren: Cleet Wrzesinski of Dickinson ND, Wrenzi Wrzesinski of Baker, MT; and Mackenzie Carlson of Sammamish, WA.

     The family would like to give a special thanks and gratitude to Becky Lewis whose decades of friendship & care kept Alma home until she was almost 97. Also like to thank the entire staff of Wheatland Memorial Hospital & Nursing Home for taking care of Alma this past year. Cremation has taken place and services will held at a later date. The Perkins Funeral Home is assisting the family.

     Memorials may be made to the Federated Church, Wheatland Memorial Nursing Home 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

Chad Lenhart Olson, 42, of Judith Gap MT passed away Wednesday morning, September 26th, 2018 of injuries sustained in a four-wheeler accident while taking care of some jail-breaking cows down on the desert. He was born September 11th, 1976 in Lewistown, MT to Kenneth Belt and Virginia (Klein) Olson. He received his education and graduated from Judith Gap School in 1995. He then attended school in Havre. After returning to the family ranch, he ran Swede’s Auto Body from the shop on the ranch for a short time and then worked side by side with his father Kenny whom he dearly loved. In 2002 he met his perfect match Sherri Kolar. They were wed November 22nd, 2003. Their first son Otto was born September 7th, 2009 and their second son Otis September 24th, 2012. He loved the town of Judith Gap. His family is in sorrow for themselves, but also for the people who did not have the opportunity to know him. He could do impersonations, some of which Hollywood should have never been denied. He had a quick wit and perfect timing on his one-liners. He often left at random times with no one knowing where he was headed or what his plans were on the ranch for the day. However, in the absence of his cell phone, which was often left on a pick-up dash or tractor seat, he left a trail of clues that made him easier to locate. An open gate, open pick-up door, a hoodie on a fence post, heavy metal rocking from a feed truck or the shop, muddy boot prints, or a flashing beacon on top of a tractor and if all else failed a call to Judith Gap Oil could usually get you in the right direction. He started every morning with a stop at the station to discuss topics from weather to world domination. He was a fourth-generation rancher who could not wait until his boys were big enough to work beside him as he had worked daily beside his father, who worked beside his father before. Chad had a knack of choosing nicknames for the people and things around him. He would name fields, equipment, chosen cows, pets, family and friends. He had a deep love for music and was quite fluid in his dance moves especially for a “big guy” that grew up on a ranch in small town Montana. His wife always told him he was pretty fly for a white guy. He could rock an air guitar and karaoke mike with the best. Music had to be at an appropriate volume to be fully enjoyed and Thunderstruck was only acceptable at the max. He and his wife enjoyed dressing up on Halloween and that tradition did not stop when the boys were born. Always a family theme that often made the annual Christmas card or family calendar photo. He had a love for Tapatio, Michael Jordan, Ford pickups, New Holland/Case Equipment and Duke University. His love for those things was equally matched by his dislike of certain unnamed basketball players who wanted to “be like Mike”, Dodge pickups, any white vehicle and sheep. His loyalty to the things he loved could have entered him in multi-million-dollar advertising contracts, but he did it for free. He bought a white feed truck that was a good buy, but had a hard time accepting a white vehicle and “the wife” wouldn’t let him take a feed truck into the paint booth so he remedied the problem by putting a Duke Logo on its hood. Chad didn’t operate his ranch in the usual way as most of his neighbors did, which often led to many discussions at coffee and head shakes from passer bys; however, at the end of the season his bales were perfectly round, his calves were always fat and the sun always shone on shipping day. Like his dad before him he was very generous. He was always quick to help a neighbor and always quick to respond as a volunteer fire fighter. His service will be held at his Alma Mater in the Judith Gap School Gymnasium and we are expecting a packed house in “peanut butter stadium” that day. One of our most recent memories of Chad was if you didn’t get what you ordered, it was good, and you ate it anyway. If you had met Chad you would never forget the way he made you feel. He had a true gift of making others laugh or smile in an unforgettable way. His wife and boys loved him so deeply, but the true joy and laughter that he brought to them will never be forgotten.

He is survived by his wife Sherri, sons Otto and Otis all of the Judith Gap; sister Kirsten (James) Kannaley of North Port, Fl, nieces Ivy, Holly and Lily and nephew Ian; sister Keri (Rodney) Noone of Lewistown; mother Virginia Olson of Judith Gap; mother-in-law Glenda Kolar of Lewistown; father-in-law Wade (Hazel) Kolar of Ryegate.

He was preceded in death by father Kenny Olson.

Services for Chad Olson will be Thursday October 4th, at 2:30 p.m. in the Judith Gap School Gymnasium. Cremation has taken place with committal on the Olson Ranch with his father. The Perkins Funeral Home is assisting the family.

Donations can be made to the Judith Gap Volunteer Fire Department, Judith Gap Ambulance, Judith Gap Endowment 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

Chad L. Olson 42 of Judith Gap died early Wednesday morning from injuries sustained in an ATV accident. Memorial Services will be Thursday, October 4, 2018 at 2:30 p.m. in the Judith Gap School Gymnasium with committal on the Olson Ranch. The Perkins Funeral Home is assisting the family.

Memorials are suggested to the Judith Gap Fire Department, the Judith Gap Endowment or the charity of your choice and they may be left with the Perkins Funeral Home, PO Box 313 Harlowton, MT 59036. Condolences may be posted on-line at www.perkinsfuneralandcremation.com

     Jane L. Glennie 84, of Harlowton died in her daughter Janie’s arms and in the presence of her grandson Jason at sundown on Sunday, September 9, 2018. Jane Law was born during a snow storm in Lewistown, Montana on April 26, 1934 – the youngest of three girls born to Jim and Helen (Baxter) Law.

     All Jane ever wanted to be was a cowboy. She spent most of her time growing up on the Baxter Ranch. Her uncle Bob Baxter was her mentor. She was really handy with a fly rod and became a crack shot. She went to Harlowton High School and was the youngest Junior Rifleman instructor in the nation. Jane claimed that she was never in trouble and received good grades! This may be in some dispute. Jane attended college at the University of Montana in Missoula and graduated with a degree in Education. A lifetime of winning all the Bobcat-Grizzly football bets caused some first-class hissy fits from the rest of her family since they were all Bobcats! Maybe that’s why she was the brains of the outfit! Jane was captivated by horses at a young age by a big black horse named Star. Then she was given a mare named Flicka that Gib McFarland raised. Flicka was a Steel Dust-bred horse, and that started a lifetime of roping and riding. She won an All-Around Cowboy buckle, a very prized possession! She also won the 1966 Montana Rodeo Association Champion Barrel Racer on a little bay gelding named Chester that Jane bought from John Harstad.

     One night in the Two Dot Bar she got engaged to George Glennie, and they were married on November 29,1958 on the Baxter Ranch. Jane and George were both very active in the day-to-day ranching activities. At the time everything was fed with a team and wagon. They raised their daughter Janie along with top notch Hereford cattle. The Glennie Ranch continues to be known for the quality of its cattle, although they turned black in the 1990’s, and its outstanding horse herd. George passed away in 1980, and Jane continued to run the daily ranching operations. Ranching became increasingly complex, but Jane ran a darn shipshape outfit and was attentive to every detail.

     One of the highlights of Jane’s life was being featured in a 1982 front page article of the Wall Street Journal. In a portrait of a tough and savy ranch woman succeeding in a man’s world, Jane is quoted as saying”…You can spend all day cleaning to make your house look slick. Then you turn around and it’s a mess again. But get yourself some barbwire and steel posts and build a good fence and you can admire that for 20 years…”

     In addition to running the ranch, Jane was a director on the Board of the Continental National Bank in Harlowton from 1980 until it merged with Citizen’s Bank in 2008. Jane was recognized as the Montana Hereford Woman of the Year in 1987, the Wheatland County Stockgrowers Stockman of the Year in 1997, she received the Montana Hall and Wall of Fame Cowboy and Cowgirl Heritage Award in 2016, the Northern Livestock Video Auction Pioneer Rancher of the Year in 2012, and the Wheatland County Friends of the Fair Award in 2016. Jane was one of the selected Drovers on the 1989 Montana Centennial Cattle Drive. Jane was a Kappa Alpha Theta and a lifelong member of the Republican Party. Jane was an enthusiastic supporter of the Harlowton Engineers and the broader community. She played an important role in establishing the Two Dot Community Center and Firehall and she served on the Two Dot school board.

     Jane never missed anything that her daughter Janie or her grandson Jason participated in. She logged endless miles to attend basketball and football games, track meets, Range Days, ropings and rodeos. She was a supporter of 4H and worked behind the scenes to ensure that kids were well mounted in Wheatland County and beyond. Jane had a particular soft spot for little girls that lived in town that wanted a horse…

     Strong in her opinions, Jane never lost an argument – even when she was wrong! But Jane enjoyed a good laugh, and could tell epic tales of ranch mishaps and misdeeds that left everyone rolling in the aisles. And as long as no one was hurt, she really loved watching a good ranch wreck unfold! Her handshake was an ironclad guarantee, and a more loyal friend never existed.

     Jane is survived by her daughter Janie Carlson, grandson Jason Carlson, nephews Bob Russell, James Mollander, George Mollander and niece Carol Mollander.

     In addition to her husband Jane was preceded in death by her parents Helen and Jim Law, her sisters Mary Fran Mollander (Denny) and Helen (Doodie) Russell (Spen).      

     Jane was grateful for the kind and attentive care she received from the doctors, nurses and staff of the Wheatland Memorial Hospital and Nursing Home during the last few years.  In particular, she would like to acknowledge the affectionate care she had from Wendy, Cindy, Atha, Lorna and Janell. She loved playing Bingo with the other residents. Very special care taker Kathy Miller and her dog Roper… I can’t describe the feelings. Jane had for your companionship. Thank you so very much.

     Jane’s favorite things were really good cattle, top-notch cow horses, her dogs and cats – especially Cairn Terrier Oscar- her swather, her four-wheel drive, rain, brook trout, her .30-.30, calf fries, her daughter Janie and her grandson Critter!

  Funeral Services for Jane L. Glennie will be Friday, September 14, 2018 at 2:00 p.m. at the Glennie Ranch at Two Dot. Committal will be Monday, September 17th, 2018 at 11:00 a.m. in the Harlowton Cemetery. The Perkins Funeral Home is assisting the family.

     Friends are asked to make memorial to the Two Dot Community Club, Wheatland County Senior Van 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

Jacob Levi Yerger, 37, died Thursday, August 2, 2018 in Billings, MT surrounded by his family. Jake was born in Billings, MT on May 2, 1981 to Buzz and Debbie (Pardis) Yerger of Harlowton, MT. He grew up and attended school in the Harlowton and the Two Dot area.

Jake was married to Cerise Marr in El Paso, TX in 2005; they later divorced. Jake spent his life working on the ranch and at various other jobs. He was a professional sheep shearer and worked on crews that sheared all over Montana and in adjacent states and Hawaii.

Jake was kind hearted and a bit of a jokester. He worked hard his whole life, from boyhood on, easy going and always a pleasure to work with. He related well and had an affinity for all animals, especially sheep.

Jake dearly loved his step children: Anna, Izzy, and Eddie.

Jake is survived by his parents Buzz (Ken Jr.) and Debbie Yerger of Harlowton, sisters Connie (Greg) Davis of Yorktown Heights, NY, Kris Yerger (Roger Dereszynski) of Billings, MT, and Kaycee (Luke) Quinn of McCall, ID; grandmothers Victoria Pardis and Shirley Yerger both of Billings, MT; numerous Aunts, Uncles, Nieces, Nephews and Cousins.

He was preceded in death by grandfathers Ken Yerger and Bud Pardis cousins Robby Pardis and Timothy Pardis.

Memorial Services for Jacob Levi Yerger will be held at Perkins Funeral Home in Harlowton, MT at 2:00 PM Saturday August 11, 2018. The service will be followed by a gathering at The Moose Lodge. The Perkins Funeral Home is assisting the family.

Memorials to American Diabetes Association, 2451 Crystal Drive, Suite 900, Arlington, VA 22202 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

He will be missed by all.

Gerald D. (Jerry) Boutsen 77 of Harlowton died early Saturday morning, February 3rd, 2018 at his home in Harlowton of natural causes. He was born May 3, 1940 in Harlowton the son of Michael M. and Hulda M. (Nilsen) Boutsen. The family lived in Judith Gap and then moved to a farm near Judith Gap. Jerry grew up working on the farm, and he received his schooling in Judith Gap. He later worked on the maintenance crew for the Burlington Northern Railroad. Later in life, he moved to Harlowton.

He is survived by one brother Thomas Boutsen of Scottsdale, AZ and one sister and brother-in-law, Sandra and Terry Prongua of Hot Springs, MT. He is also survived by a niece, Angelica Prongua of Hermiston, OR, a niece, Michelle Boutsen and her daughter Avery, of Scottsdale, AZ, and a niece and husband, Cynthia and Chris Stangl of Saugus, CA and their children Chloe and Chase.

He was preceded in death by his parents.

Graveside services for Gerald D. Boutsen will be held Friday, August 23rd, 2018 at 2:00 p.m. in the Judith Gap Cemetery. 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