Obituaries

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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

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Vickie Ann Cameron went to be with her Lord and Savior on December 23, 2017. Vickie was born April 2, 1948 to Warren & Irma (Platter) Horne. She attended schools in Townsend and White Sulphur Springs graduating in 1966 from White Sulphur Springs High School. She then attended and graduated from the Helena Business School in 1968. She was united in marriage to Ronald Emmet Teig, Sr. in 1968 and they had two children Ron Emmet Teig, Jr. and Sandra Lynn Teig Holman, they later divorced. She moved to Martinsdale in 1988 and was united in marriage to George Cameron. They lived and ranched in the Martinsdale area until his death. Vickie held various jobs in her lifetime including owning the Martinsdale Mercantile, working at White Sulphur Springs Hospital, Harlowton Veterinarian Clinic and at the Wheatland Memorial Healthcare until her retirement in 2016 as an Administrative Assistant.

Vickie’s greatest joy in life was her children and grandchildren closely followed by living in the country, riding horses, raising cattle and all aspects of the ranch life.

She is survived by her children, Ronnie (Lauri) Teig Jr of Harlowton and Sandy (David) Holman of Meville; sisters Billie Thornes, Cora Lee Horne, Gerry Wight and Sherry Gray; brothers Jay Horne and Paddy Horne; grandchildren, Quentin (Cheyanna Sitek) Teig, Bailey Rose Teig, Leif Holman, and Libby Rose Holman, great granddaughter Sophie Ann and numerous nieces and nephews.

Vickie was preceded in death by her parents Warren and Irma Horne, her husband George Cameron, sisters Bonnie Burrows, Dorothy Nelson, Lorna Flynn and brother Ray Horne.

All those whose lives were touched by Vickie Ann Cameron are invited to celebrate her life at the Evangelical Church in Big Timber on December 30th, at 11:00 a.m. The Perkins Funeral Home is assisting the family.

Memorials may be made to Eagle Mount at 6901 Goldenstein Lane, Bozeman, MT 59715 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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We are here to commemorate our mother Margaret Mary Johnston whom the angels guided to Heaven on Wednesday, November 15th, 2017 in Billings.

The second daughter to Clement Michael and Edna (Buckland) Conroy, Margaret Mary joined sister Helen on May 19, 1925 in Judith Gap, Montana. She was to be followed with four brothers Kenneth in 1927, Patrick in 1931, Thomas in 1934 and David in 1937.

Margaret was an avid horse lover, a trait she inherited from her father.

On July 3rd, 1941 she married Hugh DeWayne “D.J.” Johnston and they lived East of Judith Gap on the Badger Ranch. First child Patricia Marwayne was born in March 1942 at the St. Vincent’s Hospital in Billings. That same year they moved to Long Beach, California where D.J. and brother Graham were welders in the shipyards for the war effort. Margaret was kept busy as a car hop for McDonalds.

Brother Baxter Dewayne was born April 1943 in Hollywood. D.J.’s sister Margaret was a professional dancer who entertained in nite clubs and movie musicals.

Before the war’s end the family returned to Montana East of Judith Gap on the Abney Place. Margaret was a busy farm wife the following years as her family grew with Clifton David born May 1945, Logan Michael January 1947, Kleiv Clement November 1948 and Susan Michelle in July 1950, all born in Lewistown.

In 1951 the family moved North of Helena to a farm up the Prickly Pear Road to Canyon Creek. In July 1952 Kathleen Ann was born in Helena.

In 1953 the family moved again to a small farm in Washington where the kids went to school at Springdale three miles distant. They moved their entire belongings in a hay wagon pulled by an orange Allis Chalmers tractor with a top speed of 12 MPH. It took three days to reach their destination. During the years in Washington, Kelley Marie was born in 1957, followed by Casey Lynn in 1951. In Washington the family enjoyed summers swimming in Loon lake and raising Shetland ponies.

In 1965 the family returned to Montana where Margaret was Post Master at Garneill where they also operated a small store. In May 1970 Clancy Margaret was born at the St. Vincent Hospital in Billings making a full circle. Margaret was advanced in 1970 to Post Master of Moore where she worked until her retirement in 1990. She frequently slept on a cot at the Post Office during Montana blizzards when the Garneill road was closed.

In 2011 Margaret took residence at the Eagles Manor in Lewistown until she moved to St. John’s Nursing Home in 2016 in Billings.

She is survived by brother Tom Conroy of Hardin, cousins Bonnie Herminghaus and Patty Erickson of Billings, daughters-in-law Yvonne Johnston of Belgrade and Karen Johnston of Hardin, nieces Sherron Hughes in Wisconsin and Sandra Stevens in Minnesota; daughters Patsy Johnston Bradley of Billings, Susan (Francy) Petty of San Diego, Kathleen (Dennis) Stanley of Lewistown, Kelley (Dave) Evans of Red Lodge, MT, Casey (Scott) Brewington of Helena and Clancy (Scott) Tice of Portland, OR; sons Clifton (Stephanie) of Spokane, WA and Kleiv (Bernice) of Lewistown; 32 grandchildren, 38 great grandchildren, 2 great great grandchildren and numerous nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death with D.J.’s passing in 1994, sons Baxter and Logan; son-in-law Richard Petty sister Helen; brothers Kenneth, Patrick and David.

Funeral Mass for Margaret Mary Johnston will be Saturday, November 25th, 2017 at 11:00 a.m. in Immaculate Conception Catholic Church in Judith Gap with committal to follow in the Judith Gap Cemetery. A rosary will be Friday, November 24th, 2017 at 7:00 p.m. in Immaculate Conception Catholic Church. The Perkins Funeral Home is assisting the family.

Friends are asked to make memorials to the 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 or may be posted on-line at www.perkinsfuneralandcremation.com

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Joyce I. (Quigley) Massing 81 long-time resident of Harlowton passed away peacefully surrounded by loving family on Monday, November 13th, 2017 in Morning Star Assisted Living Facility in Billings. Joyce was born April 6, 1936 in Valentine, MT the daughter of Durward & Marie (Rice) Quigley one of seven children. She received her schooling in Harlowton graduating from Harlowton High School in 1954. She worked for Continental National Bank following High School. On December 10, 1955 she was united in marriage to H.P (Pete) Massing in Harlowton. They began their family with a daughter Patricia in 1956 and a second daughter Julie in 1958. During her life she worked at the Coast to Coast Store and the State of Montana Liquor Store. She was also the Wheatland County Deputy Assessor and lastly worked as curator for the Upper Musselshell Museum in Harlowton.

Joyce was an avid artifact hunter, artist and bowler. Golfing was another pastime that she enjoyed. She was also a voracious reader for the last ten years of her life. She also loved canning food and was known for sharing her gooseberry and buffalo-berry jellies and her hand knitted dishcloths. She enjoyed politics in her younger years.

She is survived by daughter Patricia (Randy) Melvin of Billings, MT and Julie (Brad) Berg of Brandon, SD; sisters Doris Pallett of Lewistown, MT, Pauline Short of Bozeman, MT; brother Danny (Judy) Quigley of Billings, MT; two granddaughters Aubrie Jo Melvin, Erin Marie Calderon and one grandson Joshua Massing (Michal) Beemer; six great grandchildren and countless cousins, nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her husband in 1987, her parents, brother Leo, twin brother Joseph and sister Bernice.

Memorial Services for Joyce I. Massing will be Saturday, December 16th, 2017 at 11:00 a.m. in the Perkins Funeral Home Chapel. Cremation has taken place and committal will be later in the Harlowton Cemetery with her husband. The Perkins Funeral Home is assisting the family.

Friends are asked to make memorials to the Upper Musselshell Museum, 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 or may be posted on-line at www.perkinsfuneralandcremation.com

Michael G. Ewing, Sr. 73 of Harlowton died early Saturday morning, October 7th, 2016 in St. Vincent Healthcare in Billings of natural causes. He was born July 4, 1944 in Port Angeles, WA the son of George M. and Lois A. (Stewart) Ewing. He received his schooling in Port Angeles and then started working for the State of Washington Parks Department. He worked on ranches in the Port Angeles area and then as a longshoreman. He went to work for Rox Trucking and learned to be a truck driver, working for various trucking companies for several years. In 1964 he was united in marriage to Marjorie Smith in Port Angeles. In 1965 he started working for M & R Timber and learned to operate heavy equipment. He worked for various trucking companies until returning to M & R where he worked until he retired in 2000. Michael and his friend John (Mike) Chapman then started Acme Taxi in Port Angeles which they operated until 2005 when they moved to Harlowton, Montana. He worked for the City of Harlowton maintaining the Park until 2015 when he retired.

He enjoyed woodworking and made several rocking horses. He enjoyed spending time with his family and friends.

Michael is survived by his wife Marjorie of Harlowton; sons Mike (Jody) of Harlowton, Brett (Kathey) of Port Angeles, WA, Kasey (Mary) of Harlowton and Travis (Laurie) of Bremerton, WA; one sister Kathy Smith of Harlowton; seven grandchildren Dean, Dana, Lacey, Mary, Brittany, Hailey and Mason; three great grandchildren and several nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents, two brothers and one grandson.

No Services will be held for Michael G. Ewing and cremation has taken place at his request. The Perkins Funeral Home is assisting the family.

Friends are asked to make memorials the Senior Center in 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

Lester VanOmmen 71 of Idaho Falls, ID passed away Friday, September 8, 2017 after a shot stay at Eastern Idaho Regional Medical Center. Lester was born January 13, 1946 in Harlowton, Montana the son of Peter and Eliza VanOmmen. He received his education in Harlowton graduating from Harlowton High School in 1965. He then entered the United States Air Force serving for 25 years. He had varied duties throughout his career. The most outstanding years were when he worked at the Embassy in Bern, Switzerland and he worked for the US Forest Service in Missoula, MT until he retired. He remained in Missoula with his wife DeLores until June of 2017 when they moved to Idaho Falls.

Lester enjoyed traveling, fishing, hunting and camping. He especially enjoyed the company of his grandchildren and loved reading and watching movies.

Lester is survived by his wife DeLores of Idaho Falls, ID; his brother Wesley (Kathy) in Idaho; nephew Dominic VanOmmen; great niece Alexis VanOmmen; step daughters Sue (Marty) Pollreisz of Maple Valley, WA and Robin Beavers (Doug) Dahl of Great Falls, MT; grandchildren Ryan, Cassie, Felicia, Tyler, Drue, Douglas and 12 great grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his parents, brothers Gary and Roger, nephew Wesley and stepson Doyle Beavers.

Graveside Services for Lester J. VanOmmen will be in the Harlowton Cemetery in Harlowton, Montana at a later date. The Perkins Funeral Home is assisting the family in Montana.

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 or may be posted on-line at www.perkinsfuneralandcremation.com

All those who crossed paths with Les, whether often or just once will always have a memory that will bring a smile.

“And God shall wipe away all tears from their eyes; and there shall be no more death, neither sorrow, nor crying, neither shall there be any more pain: for the former things are passed away.” ~Revelation 21”4

Bryan Cyril Jamison, 51, of Stanley, Wisconsin, formerly of Harlowton, passed away Friday, Aug. 4, 2017, after a long and courageous battle with cancer. Bryan was born Aug. 26, 1965, in Billings, to Roy and LaDonna (DeBuff) Jamison. He was the youngest of four children. Bryan grew up in Harlowton, attending elementary school there. He lived in Lewistown, Billings and finally graduated high school in Belgrade. After graduation Bryan built a career welding for Brown Tank. He traveled throughout the U.S. building ethanol storage tanks. On March 17, 1989, Bryan married Karen Rigby and to that union came a tiny bundle, Kendrick Cort (K.C.). After working in Wisconsin, Bryan decided to make Stanley his home. He made many great friends there who were present in his life right up to the end.

Bryan took great pride in his work as well as enjoying hunting, fishing, snowmobiling and his dogs.

Bryan is survived by his son K.C. of Billings; mother LaDonna and sister Marcia both of Billings; brother Don (Pam) of Harlowton; nephews Jordan, Tanner and Hunter all of Billings; and niece Alexis and nephew Wayne, both of Oregon.

Bryan was preceded in death by his father Roy, sister Beverly and both sets of grandparents.

Memorial Mass for Bryan C. Jamison will be Saturday, Sept. 2, 2017 at Noon in St. Joseph Catholic Church in Harlowton with committal to follow in Harlowton Cemetery. The Perkins Funeral Home is assisting the family. A celebration of Bryan's life will be held at the Moose Lodge immediate following. Please come and share your favorite memory of Bryan! Cremation has taken place

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