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

     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

Lauretta Colvin Berg 80 of Martinsdale died Sunday morning December 16th, 2018 as a result of smoke inhalation received in a fire in her home. She was born May 6, 1938 at home in King County, Washington the daughter of Webb E. & Ruth V. (Smedley) Colvin. They lived several places where she received her education, graduating from Charlo High School in 1956. She then attended Teachers College in Dillon receiving her teaching certificate. She moved to Martinsdale and taught at the Martinsdale School. This is where she met Byron L. Berg and they were united in marriage on June 13, 1959 in Ronan, MT. They raised their family and ranched near Martinsdale and she would substitute teach when needed.

Lauretta enjoyed writing, riding horses, the outdoors, taking her grandchildren on nature walks and teaching them about the flowers, animals and all things in nature.

\She was a Champion Barrel Racer in 1958 and was a 45 year Hunter Safety Instructor.

She was a member of the Trinity Lutheran Church in Martinsdale and later American Lutheran Church in Harlowton, Meagher County Cowbells, Martinsdale Mavericks, Martinsdale What Not Club and the Wheatland County Stockgrowers Association.

She is survived by her children sons Larry (Roxanne) of Judith Gap, MT, Keith (Amy) of Helena, MT, daughters Norma (Greg) Clements of Big Piney, WY and Sandra (Trent) Woldstad of Harlowton, MT; one brother Dallas Colvin of Jordan, MT; one sister Leila Roberts of Charlo, MT; 7 grandsons Trent, Trevor, K.C., Cole, Beau, Garret, Coulter and several nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her husband, parents and sister Eileen Montgomery.

Funeral Services for Lauretta Berg will be Friday, December 21, 2018 at 2:00 p.m. in the American Lutheran Church 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 County Fire Departments, including Harlowton, Judith Gap, Two Dot and Martinsdale 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

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

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


     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

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

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