Obituaries

Thelma B. Young 81 of Shawmut passed away Wednesday, August 14th, 2019 in Riverstone Hospice House in Billings with her daughters by her side of cancer. She was born July 18th, 1938 in Fairview, Montana the daughter of Cecil T. and Bertha C. (Freeman) Baxter. She attended school in Fairview and was a very smart student and an accomplished flute player, graduating from Fairview High School in 1956. She then attended Nursing School in Havre where she met James Young, Jr. who was stationed there with the United States Air Force. They were united in marriage and then spent 21 adventurous years as he served in the Air Force and the Navy. They lived in all four corners of the United States and many more. Upon his retirement in 1977 they moved to Idaho to the family farm where they lived and worked. She would go berry picking and cutting wood, so at the end of the day there was always a warm fire for winter days, fresh homemade bread and jam. She loved the farm animals and the outdoors. After his death in 1987 she returned to Montana and attended college to receive training as a teacher. She lived several places in Montana settling in Shawmut in the mid 1990’s.

She was an avid reader, loved playing many instruments, piano, flute and accordion but her specialty

was singing. She always made many friends wherever she lived and she loved them all.

She was a member of the Rebecca Lodge, Order of Eastern Star, the Daughters of the Utah Pioneers and the Royal Neighbors.

She is survived by her four daughters Mary Hyatt of Orting, WA, Celestia Cobia of Auburn, WA, Diane Call of Grace, ID and Evelyn Wiles of Hageman, ID; one brother Colin Baxter of Anchorage, AK; two sisters Virginia Fink of Fairview, MT and Barbara Hafemann of Hardin, MT; 8 grandchildren, 20 great grandchildren, 6 great great grandchildren and several nieces and nephews.

In addition to her husband she was preceded in death by her parents and one son Floyd J. Young.

At her request cremation has taken place and she will be committed next to her husband in Idaho.

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

Carl K Berg Jr. 60, of Martinsdale, MT, passed away on July 25th, 2019 peacefully, at his home. Carlie was born in White Sulphur Springs, MT on June 14th 1959 the son of Carl Kay and Ardella Jean (Smith) Berg Sr. as the eldest of 3 children. He attended school in Martinsdale from 1st through 3rd grade, Butte for 4th grade; then on to White Sulphur Springs until he graduated high school. Carlie was united in marriage to the love of his life, Debra Ann Miller on July 3rd, 1991 in Harlowton, MT. Together they welcomed their son Michael on October 12th, 1992. Carlie worked construction in telecommunications for over 40 years, where he enjoyed running and operating any form of heavy equipment, and trucking. This career took Carlie and his family all across the United States.

He also enjoyed elk hunting, snowmobiling, and riding his motorcycle. A self-proclaimed “gearhead”, he always was looking for a project that involved mechanic work or welding. Carlie was also an avid collector of older Jeeps.

Carlie is preceded in death by his parents, Kay and Ardella Berg, and his wife, Debbie in 2014.

Carlie is survived by 2 sons Michael of Martinsdale and Chad (Michelle) Fiedler of Columbus, MT; 2 daughters Stacy (Kevin) Fiedler of Big Timber, MT and Jenny (Eric) Fiedler of Belgrade, MT; brother Ken (Kelli) Berg of Harlowton, MT; sister Cathie (Ken) Garoutte of Tucson, AZ; 4 grandchildren and several nieces and nephews; as well as his companion, Sharon Mager of Harlowton who had been his partner and support for the past few years.

Memorial Service for Carl Kay Berg, Jr. will be on Saturday August 3rd, 2019, at 1:00 p.m. in the Lennep Church at Lennep, MT, with a reception to follow at the Martinsdale Community Center. Perkins Funeral Home is assisting the family.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests memorials to the Martinsdale Community Center 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

The family wishes to extend our sincere thanks to family and friends for all their support and condolences.

Carl K. Berg, Jr. 60 of Martinsdale died Thursday, July 25th, 2019 at his home of natural causes.  Memorial Services will be Saturday, August 3rd, 2019 at 1:00 p.m. in the Lennep Church with a reception to follow.  At his request Cremation has taken place.  A complete obitiuary will be released when completed.  The Perkins Funeral Home is assisting the family.

Albert R. Lasater 95 of Ryegate passed away Friday, June 28th, 2019 of natural causes at his home with his family by his side. He was born in the Tie Creek area of Montana near Ekalaka on October 23, 1923 the son of Jesse E. and Mary Ellen (Berry) Lasater. They lived on a homestead, which is still owned by a relative of the family. In1938 they moved into Ekalaka so the children could attend high school, where he graduated in 1942. Later that year he entered the United States Navy, attending boot camp in Northern Idaho. This was cut short by a desperate need for Seamen in the massive buildup of troops. Albert graduated radar training in Chicago, and sailed aboard the O’Brian, a troop transport ship from San Diego to Honolulu, where he received more training in this exciting new field of radar. He then served aboard the USS Proteus, a submarine tender, until the war ended. The USS Proteus was in the harbor the morning of September 2, 1945, when the surrender ceremony took place on the deck of the battleship, USS Missouri. Seamen aboard the Proteus were able to witness this historic event with the use of binoculars. Albert received his Honorable Discharge in 1946.

He returned to Montana and met the love of his life Donna Mae (Kay) Rishor and they were united in marriage on June 20, 1950 in Kellogg, ID. Albert held many positions working as a welder, carpenter, sheep-shearer, grave digger, farmer and rancher. He worked for the railroad, the REA (Rural Electric Association) and Golden Valley County Road Department. In 1962 he was elected Clerk of District Court of Golden Valley County and he held that position until 1985.

Albert was an historian, inventor, a loving husband, father, grandfather, and a friend to many.

Albert is survived by his wife Kay of 69 years of Ryegate; children Earl (Jeanie) of Kuna, ID, Mary Jo Jones of Spokane, WA, Nora (Bryce) Phelps of Billings, MT and Paul (Julie) Lasater of Shepherd, MT; one brother Harold of Manhattan, MT; 6 grandchildren Dason (Tess) Lasater, Damie (Stephanie) Lasater of Boise, ID, Justen (Wynne) Phelps of Boulder, WY, Eugene Pitts Lasater of Shepherd, MT Jake (Ashleigh) Lasater of Billings, MT, Christina (Chris) Gomer of Shepherd, MT; 11 great grandchildren, one great great grandchild and numerous nieces and nephews.

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

Memorial Mass for Albert R. Lasater will be Tuesday, July 2, 2019 at 11:00 a.m. in St. Mathias Catholic Church in Ryegate with committal to follow in the Ryegate Catholic Cemetery. All are welcome to attend a reception immediately following, at the Senior Center.

Friends are asked to make memorials to the Ryegate Senior Center, and they may be left with the Perkins Funeral Home, PO Box 313, Harlowton, MT 59457. The Perkins Funeral Home is assisting the family.

Special thanks to Stillwater Hospice for their services and the wonderful people who attended Dad in his final days. Condolences for the family may be posted on-line at www.perkinsfuneralandcremation.com.

Edward L. Ross 89 passed away Wednesday, Sept. 5, 2018 after a full active life. He was born Nov. 28, 1928 in Judith Gap, Montana to James and Gertrude Ross. His early years were spent with seven sisters and a brother on a working ranch. In his teen years, he loved hunting and fishing and brought in extra money through trapping. He took a well-documented trip to the Yukon and eastern Alaska in the mid 40’s. A story he told all his life. While working on a dude ranch in northeast Idaho he met Irene Haws and they eventually had three children – Victoria, Deborah and Leonard. Victoria was born in Idaho.

They moved to Seattle and eventually to the north Snohomish County. While there they had Deborah. Ed built a home in Alderwood Manor, Washington where Leonard S. Ross was born, followed by a move to Lakewood. On the coast Ed worked for Weyerhauser as a crane operator, built logging roads and took regular hunting trips back to Montana.

In 1970, the family picked up and moved to Quincy, Washington and then Ephrata, Washington. Eventually Irene’s Candy Kitchen was started with Irene’s candymaking training and Ed’s love of the business; it was open 20 years.

A store was opened in Leavenworth, Washington and they sold packaged goods throughout eastern Washington, something Ed was always proud of. In his later years he got jobs on local farms and with Grant County.

Dad was always quick with a smile and some friendly conversation. He loved life and the people in it. Ed was preceded in death by his daughter, Victoria Raber (1955-1988).

He is survived by Irene at home; his son-in-law Jeff Raber and his kids Amanda Raber and Kristopher (Tabitha) Raber and daughter Sara; two children Leonard Ross and Deborah (Craig) Fairclough and kids Nicole and Kramer.

Graveside Services for Edward L. Ross will be Saturday, June 22, 2019 at 9:00 a.m. in the Harlowton Cemetery.

We wish to thank our “G” Street neighbors for their years of friendship; the prayer and good conversation of the LDS home teachers; the staff at Columbia Basin Hospital, especially the nurses; Nicoles Funeral Home, and Hospice.

Please express your thoughts and memories for the family at www.nicolesfuneralhome.com.
Arrangements are under the care of Nicoles Funeral Home of Ephrata, Wash and Perkins Funeral Home of Harlowton, MT. Condolences for the family may be posted on-line at www.perkinsfuneralandcremation.com

John L. Barrett, 93, of Harlowton the oldest son of Lawrence and Josie (Lancelle) Barrett left this earth to meet his Friend Jesus on January 5th, 2019 in Wheatland Memorial Healthcare of natural causes.  He received his education in Lewistown graduating from Fergus County High School, then on to the College of Great Falls (now University of Providence) and Western Evangelical Seminary in Portland, OR.  and then entered the U.S. Army Air Corp during World War II.  Following his discharge, he returned to his home in Lewistown, MT and on April 10, 1948 he was united in marriage to Beth A. Baxter.  To this union three children were born, John L. II, Arlene Jo and Thomas Samuel.  The family served pastoral assignments in Oregon and Montana.  John and Beth had a wonderful life together for over 70 years.  They worked also with Mobile Missionary Assistance Program (MMAP) for 12+ years. 

He is survived by his wife of 70 years Beth of Harlowton; daughter Arlene Jo McGaffey of Harlowton, MT; son Thomas S. in Indiana; 9 grandchildren, 25 great grandchildren, 3 great great grandchildren; other relatives and innumerable “adopted great grandchildren” and friends are located all over the USA.

He was preceded in death by his oldest son John L. II in 2013, daughter-in-law Ona in 2019, his parents, sister Betty Hoover brothers Bill and Charles.

Memorial Services for John L. Barrett, Sr. will be Sunday, June 2, 2019 at 3:00 p.m. in Wesleyan Church in Harlowton.  Cremation has taken place and committal will be in the Lewistown City Cemetery at a later date.  The Perkins Funeral Home is assisting the family.

Friends are asked to make memorials to the Wheatland County Senior Citizens 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

James (“Jim”) Gordon Burrows 76 of Harlowton passed away on January 9th, 2019 in Quartzsite, AZ where he lived during the winter months living in his birth town of Harlowton the remainder of the year.  Jim was born on December 16th, 1942 in Harlowton, MT the son of Earl McKinley and Angeline Adeline (Hamel) Burrows.  Upon graduation from High School in Harlowton, Jim enlisted in the United States Army in June 1961 where he then attended Basic Training at Fort Ord, CA and advanced training at Fort Benjamin Harrison, IN.  After completing his training, Jim served in Korea and then Chicago, IL.  Jim was honorably discharged from the Army in 1965.

In the fall of 1965 Jim went to work for the Montana Highway Department and moved to Helena, MT.  Five years later (1970), Jim left the Highway Department and spent a period of time traveling and visiting various places around the country.  In the spring of 1971 Jim moved back to Harlowton, MT and went to work for The Milwaukee Railroad.  It was during this period (1973) Jim enlisted in the Montana Army National Guard and served in the Harlowton unit.   In 1980, the Milwaukee Railroad closed its operations in Harlowton and Jim went to work for the Montana Army National Guard full time (AGR) as a Recruiter.  Jim moved to Helena, MT initially, and then to Great Falls, MT.  While serving in both the Army and Army National Guard, Jim received numerous awards to include the Meritorious Service Medal.  Jim medically retired from the Army in 1991 as a Sergeant First Class (SFC), and moved back to Harlowton. 

After retiring, Jim enjoyed spending time and traveling with close friends and his beloved sister Cora.  He enjoyed photography, studying Montana History, visiting ghost towns/mines, woodworking and being active and participating in events with the American Legion and other service organizations. 

Jim is survived by his’s siblings Blanche (Burrows) Nilsen and Edward Burrows and several nieces and nephews.   

Jim was preceded in death by his parents and 7 siblings:  Harriet, Marguerite, Earl, Ernest, Cora, Pauline, Robert. 

Memorial Graveside Services for James “Jim” Burrows will be Saturday, May 25th, 2019 at Noon in the Harlowton Cemetery.  Cremation has taken place with the Perkins Funeral Home assisting the family.

Friends are asked to make memorials to the Milwaukee Railroad Depot Museum, American Legion Post #15 of 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

Carol Jean Clark 83 of Harlowton passed away Saturday evening, March 23, 2019 in Wheatland Memorial Healthcare of natural causes with her daughter by her side. She was born December 19, 1935 in Wagner South Dakota the daughter of Clarence and Doris (Vezey) Morse the eldest of 4 children. The family moved several times finally finding “home” in Harlowton. While roller skating in Two Dot she met Arden Rae Clark and they were united in marriage on May 31, 1953 in Harlowton. She received her education in Harlowton graduating from High School in 1954. Their marriage lasted just short of 64 years when he passed away in May of 2017.

They had three children Raymond Keith (stillborn), Dennis Arden and Patricia Jean. Carol worked for Wheatland Memorial Hospital, Wades Drive-in and Painters Food Mart until 1974 when she ran for the Office of Clerk and Recorder and won. She held that office until her retirement.

Carol loved a clean house and a beautiful yard. She was a hard worker holding down a full-time job and helping Rae on the family ranch. Carol was a devoted wife taking care of Rae during several years of declining health. She was a loving generous mother and grandmother.

Carol and Rae enjoyed doing a little traveling, Sunday drives and going out to dinner and driving around town.

She is survived by her children Dennis (Nadine) of Stanfield, OR and Patty (Jim) O’Connor of Drummond, MT siblings Joe Morse of Two Dot, MT, Vonda Hammond of Cripple Creek, CO and Lenna (Joe) Wester of Willow Creek, MT; 5 granddaughters Hope, Tawnya, Alexis, Allison and Amanda, 6 great grandchildren and several nieces and nephews.

In addition to her husband and son Keith she was preceded in death by her parents.

Memorial Services for Carol J. Clark will be at 1:00 p.m. on Saturday, March 30th, 2019 in the Perkins Chapel 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 Memorial Hospital Foundation 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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