Obituaries

Florence L. (Lori) Miller 74 of Harlowton passed away Sunday afternoon, June 24th, 2018 in the Wheatland Memorial Healthcare of natural causes with her family by her side. She was born August 7, 1943 in Lewistown, MT, the daughter of Perry and Evelyn (Berry) Best. Being the second daughter born after six consecutive boys, she was the one who was most spoiled by her parents and siblings.   She was very family oriented and her whole life was spent with family. Where there was one you could always find at least 2-3 more. She received her education in Lewistown graduating from Fergus High School. She was united in marriage to Wayne Dahl in Lewistown in August of 1960 and they had three children, Anita, Barry and Calvin. They divorced and she married Charles LeRette and they had three children Barbi, Jodi and Tony. Chuck adopted Anita, Barry and Calvin, they later divorced. In 1977 she met John “Jack” Miller and in 1983 they were united in marriage and with his two daughters they made a family of 10.

She lived most of her life in Montana and always called Lewistown home. In her younger years she loved the water and camping with family. She was a cook and a bartender most of her life, cooking in the infamous Fergus Café and the Empire Café.

Raising 6 children didn’t leave her a lot of time for hobbies, but she was an avid reader and loved to play card games. In her last few years, she lived with her niece Gail McEuin in Billings where they would play Yahtzee every morning while having their morning coffee. She also loved her keno machines and playing Bingo on a regular basis.

She is survived by her children, Barry (Tracy) LeRette of Harlowton, MT, Calvin (Denise) LeRette of Missoula, MT, Barbara (Brian) Wohlk of Denton, MT, Jodi (Dick) Mardikian of Billings, MT, Anthony LeRette of Sheridan OR; step daughters, Crystal (Jim) Carlin of Moriarty, NM and Cindy Miller-Best of Butte, MT; 31 grandchildren, 33 great grandchildren and numerous nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her husband Jack, her oldest daughter Anita England, her parents, her eight brothers and one sister.

Memorial Services for Florence L. Miller will be Saturday, July 21st, 2018 at 11:00 a.m. in the Perkins Chapel in Harlowton, cremation has taken place. The Perkins Funeral Home is assisting the family.

Friends are asked to make memorials to the American Cancer Society 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

Melbie “Mel” Alan Holman 80 from Harlowton, MT. Passed away Monday June 4th, 2018 in Harlowton,MT from natural causes, with his daughter Leona at his side. Mel was born June 7, 1937 in Hamburg, Iowa to his loving parents C. Edward and Neta Holman. Mel attended school in Iowa, shortly after finishing school he moved to California. Mel leaves behind 3 children and 6 step children. Mel’s true passion was bull riding, horses, ranching, and wood working. Mel’s contagious smile and laugh would light a room. Once moving to Harlowton in 2000, Mel worked for the golf course and many other small jobs. Mel started working for the Senior Citizens Center where he became actively involved and well known within the community. In 2006 Mel married his high-school sweetheart Arla where they continued to reside in Harlowton. Mel had such an impact on the community of Harlowton, everyone always said he was an amazing man. While he worked for the Senior Citizen Center he got to know a majority of the community closely. He was always looking out for everyone’s best interest even if it didn’t work for him. There was never a day that he didn’t have a smile on his face. Mel retired from the Senior Center about 2 years ago, but that didn’t slow him down. You could always find him out in his shop making signs, furniture, Knick-knacks, or just messing around almost everyday after his retirement.  Mel loved his animals, his dog “pud” and his dog he leaves behind Chloe. Mel enjoyed spending time with his family, friends and dog. Mel always held a close special bond with his family, he was always the leader, the go getter, the pusher, and the achiever.  Mel was truly passionate about his life, and everything he did in it he did it with a purpose. He never gave up on anyone or anything that was thrown his way. Many people in the community and his family referred to him as “pops” simply because he took everyone under his arms, providing love, a roof over their heads if they needed it, food, rides, a friend, a shoulder to lean on, an ear to listen, or just someone they could sit there with and say nothing too and just relax with. Mel will be greatly missed by many. This is not a goodbye, this is a “til we meet again.”

A Cowboy’s Prayer: Heavenly Father, I pause, mindful of the many blessings you have bestowed upon me. I ask that you will guide me in my life. Help me lord, to live my life in such a manner that when I make that last ride to the country up there, where the grass grows lush and the water runs cool that you’ll take me by the hand and say, “Welcome Home Cowboy”.

Mel is survived by sons: Rick and Larry in Nebraska, Kevin in California. Daughters: Dana in Iowa, Kim and Denise Holman in California, Tonya Adams in Florida and Leona Holman in Deer Lodge, MT. Grandchildren: Breanna (Corey) Roe in Anaconda MT, Rowan Fogerty in Bozeman MT, Luke Rhodes in Oregon, Ty Cameron, Mariah Cameron, and Jordan Cameron. Great-Grandchildren: Bella Cameron, Camden (Cam) Roe, K.C. Roe, Marilyn (MJ), and Victoria (Toots), and numerous other grandchildren, great - grandchildren, nieces and nephews. 

He was preceded in death by his parents, his loving wife Arla, and 3 siblings. 

No services will be held at this time, at a later date there will be a celebration of life for Mel. Cremation has taken place at his request. 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, P.O. Box 313 Harlowton, MT 59036. Condolences for the family may be posted online at www.perkinsfuneralandcremation.com

Audrey Jean (Beauchot) Miller 82 of Harlowton left our world to once again be with Jerry

on May 31, 2018. Audrey was born on June 26, 1935 in Harlowton, Montana, a daughter of Frederick James and “Nellie” Ellen Minnie (Vezey) Beauchot. She was raised on the family ranch with her siblings, giving them a life time of stories that have entertained her family throughout her life. Audrey attended Harlowton Schools graduating from Harlowton High School in 1954.

Audrey married Gerald Miller on January 5, 1954 in Harlowton where the couple made their home during most of their married life. After being a housewife while raising their three children, she became office manager when the couple purchased The Times-Clarion newspaper in Harlowton in 1973 and worked in that position until they retired in 1999.

Audrey will be fondly remembered by her family for making holidays special, the most perfect tinsel on her Christmas tree, personalized pancakes for her grandkids, never losing a water fight with the grandkids (even when Jerry would help them cheat), and all the love she shared with all of us.

Audrey was a lifelong member of Trinity Lutheran Church (Missouri Synod) in Harlowton.

Survivors include her three children: Debra Vanderhoof of Billings, Julie (Dennis) Swibold of Missoula, MT and Aubrey (Cloosey) Miller of Harlowton; sisters Darlene Murphy of Post Falls, ID and Evelyn Decker of Portland, OR; five grandchildren, Amy Vanderhoof, Kane Vanderhoof, Mindy Teini, Amanda Peck, and Colton Swibold; one great-grandchild, Olan Teini, and many nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Gerald, her parents, two sisters, Louise Bleeker and Wilma Beauchot, and two brothers, Frederick Jr. and Dale Beauchot.

Funeral services for Audrey J. Miller will be held on Friday, June 8, 2018 at 1:00 pm at the Trinity Lutheran Church in Harlowton with committal to follow in the Harlowton Cemetery. Perkins Funeral Home is assisting the family.

Memorials may be made to the Activities Fund at Wheatland Memorial Healthcare Long Term Residence or the Harlowton Kiwanis Flag Program, 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

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