Obituaries

Donna Mae Chamberlin 75 passed away peacefully in her sleep early Monday morning, November 25, 2019 at Wheatland Memorial Healthcare where she had been hospitalized since September 2019. She was born August 20, 1944 in Lewistown, MT the daughter of John W. and Ida Mae (Gray) Brown. She was raised in Harlowton and graduated from Harlowton High School in 1962. She worked at various restaurants around Harlowton until she moved to Billings, MT in 1968. On December 6, 1969 she was united in marriage to Michael Herman in Harlowton and they made their home in Billings. Michael left his family way too soon in May 1972 due to a tragic accident. She continued living in Billings with their son Jason. In August 1981 she was united in marriage to Fred Hanson and they moved to Cascade, MT. Fred passed away in February 2001 and she moved back to Billings to live with her son. She was united in marriage to Richard Chamberlin in April 2011 and they moved to Harlowton where they made their home.

Donna was a member of the Federated Church in Harlowton.

She was known for her handy work of crocheting, knitting, sewing and her knitting machines. She also loved the color purple.

She is survived by her son Jason; sister Betty Hanson (Dave Fochs), brother Dave (Gwen) Brown; her husband Richard all of Harlowton, MT; numerous cousins, nieces and nephews.

Graveside Services for Donna Mae Chamberlin will be Friday December 6, 2019 at 11:00 a.m. in Sunset Memorial Gardens in Billings with a reception to follow at the VFW in Billings heights. Cremation has taken place with Perkins Funeral Home 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, P.O. Box 313, Harlowton, MT 59036. Condolences for the family may be posted on-line at www.perkinsfuneralandcremation.com

We love you Donna Mae and will miss you forever Jason, Betty (Dave) and Dave (Gwen).

Daloris Joy Olson 87 of Two Dot passed away early Tuesday morning, November 26th, 2019 in Billings Clinic of natural causes. She was born August 14, 1932 in Harlowton, MT the daughter of Elmer H. and Elsie R. (Pronoveaux) Ringhand. She received her schooling in the Langston School and then the Harlowton High School graduating in 1950. On January 27, 1951 she was united in marriage to John Olson in Billings, MT. They made their home in Two Dot and she worked at Budge’s Honey. They ranched north of Two Dot and she worked as a fill in Post Master in Two Dot and also worked as a cook in the lunchroom at the Two Dot School.

She was an Artist, enjoyed sewing, quilting, cooking and making sock monkeys.

She was a member of the Trinity Lutheran Church, the Two Dot Community Club and served many years as an election judge.

She is survived by three sons John (Candace) of Two Dot, Rick (Kathy) of Harlowton and Cy of Dayton, WY; two sisters Ethel Berg of Martinsdale, MT and Paulette Amundson of Harlowton, MT; 13 grandchildren, 18 great grandchildren and several nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death her husband in 2001 and her parents.

Memorial Services for Daloris J. Olson will be Saturday, November 30th, 2019 at 2:30 p.m. in the Trinity Lutheran Church in Harlowton. Cremation has taken place with committal to be on the Olson Ranch at a later date. The Perkins Funeral Home is assisting the family.

Friends are asked to make memorials to the Two Dot Community Club, Trinity Lutheran Church 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

    

    Mary L. McGinty Alexander Carrier 97 of Rapid City, SD and formerly of Harlowton, Montana, died Friday, October 4, 2019 at Clarkson Health Care in Rapid City. She was born on July 6, 1922 in Miles City, Montana the daughter of William and Junomae (Watson) Ingham. She attended school in Miles City graduating from Custer County High School in 1940. She spent two years in college and one year as a secretary for the highway department in Helena, MT.

    Mary was united in marriage to John McGinty in 1943. Two children were born to this union, John and Sharon. Following their divorce, she married Zoyd Alexander on May 19, 1949 at Billings, MT. Mary and Zoyd had two more children, Edward and Jane. Zoyd died in 1982. Mary was united in marriage in March of 1986 to Arthur Carrier at Yuma, AZ. He passed away in 1996.

    Mary enjoyed gardening, dancing, quilting, camping, traveling, card playing and, most of all, being with grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

     She was active in the Eastern Star, hospital guild, American Legion Auxiliary and as a counselor for Girls State.

    Grateful for have shared in Mary’s life are her children, Sharon (Mike) Mertens, Edward Alexander and Jane Kurth; six grandchildren and nine great-grandchildren.

    She was preceded in death by her parents, two husbands, brother William Ingham and son John Alexander.

    Memorial service for Mary Carrier will e Friday, June 12th, 2019 at 11:00 a.m. in the Perkins Chapel with committal to follow in the Harlowton Cemetery. The Perkins Funeral Home is assisting the family.

            Condolences for the family may be posted on-line at www.perkinsfuneralandcremation.com

Jeri Lynn Forrest 38 of Harlowton died unexpectedly at her home Monday evening, November 4th, 2019. She was born October 28, 1981 in Harlowton the daughter of Robert and Janine (Hill) Best.

The family moved to Nevada and she received her education in Yerington. She lived in Yerington and a few other places before settling in Harlowton in in the late 2000’s. She began working for Elk River Systems in 2008, being a quick learner and hard worker, she soon grew to a leadership position. She was working for Elk River Systems until the time of her death.

She enjoyed fishing, spending time in the outdoors, in the mountains, the snow and loved music, all of which she did with her sons and they were the most important part of her life.

Jeri Lynn was an amazing woman, having the ability to make people laugh and cheer them up.

She is survived by three sons Brandon, Jayden and Ryan; brother Kacy Best; companion Cort VanCampen all of Harlowton.

She was preceded in death by her parents.

A Celebration of Life for Jeri Lynn Forrest will be held on Sunday, November 17th, 2019 at 2:00 p.m. in Kiwanis Youth Center in Harlowton. Cremation has taken place with the Perkins Funeral Home 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

Robert Dean White, age 84 of Ryegate passed away from complication due to lung cancer early Friday morning October 25, 2019 in Billings, Montana.

Robert was born August 31, 1935 in Des Moines, Iowa to Dwayne and Ila (Conaway) McNamee. He received his grade school and some high school education in Iowa. He considered Marshalltown, Iowa his home town. Robert Graduated High School from Phoenix Technical High in Phoenix, Arizona in June 1954. He enlisted and served in the United States Navy from September 8, 1954 receiving an honorable discharge July 31, 1958.

Robert spent a career in Engineering field retiring as a Systems Test Engineer for Boeing in Seattle. Following his retirement Robert moved to Ryegate Montana to spend his past time

as an archery enthusiast and enjoyed the outdoor activities Montana had to offer namely hunting and fishing.

Robert is survived by his daughters, Teresa L. (Kurt) White of Judith Gap, MT and Tracy L. White of Ryegate, MT; son, Robert D. of Ryegate, MT and one granddaughter Tierra K. White.

The family invites to join them in a celebration of Robert’s life to be held Saturday, November 9, 2019 beginning at 1:00 p.m. at the Ryegate Bar. Cremation has taken place with the Perkins Funeral Home assisting the family.

Memorials in Roberts name are suggested to a 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

Robert L. (Bob) Ritchey 70 of Harlowton died Friday afternoon, September 27th, 2019 in Harlowton of natural causes. He was born April 1, 1949 in Everett, PA the son of Rev. George S. and Laura E. (Jackson) Ritchey. The family moved following the calling of his father and he received his education in Arizona, Maryland, Montana and Minnesota graduating from Long Prairie High School. He then moved with his parents back to Pennsylvania and worked in a dealership selling motorcycles. In the mid 1970’s he moved to Shawmut with his parents and he begin working for the Forest Service as a Wildland Firefighter and EMT. He also was a member of the Shawmut Volunteer Fire Department. In the late 1980’s he was injured and retired moving into Harlowton.

He was Chairman of the Committee working on transforming the Shawmut School into a Community Center. He was always helping local ranchers with mechanical problems.

He is survived by one sister Sandra (Paul) Hilderman of Jefferson City, MT and several nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents, one infant brother and sister.

Funeral Services for Robert L. Ritchey will be Saturday, October 5th, 2019 at 10:00 a.m. in the Perkins Chapel in Harlowton with committal to follow in the Ryegate Cemetery. The Perkins Funeral Home is assisting the family.

Friends are asked to make memorials to the Wheatland County Fire & EMS, the American Heart Association 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

Richard O. “Dick” Spencer 73 of Harlowton passed away September 22, 2019 in Wheatland Memorial Hospital with his family at his bed side. He was born November 26, 1945 in Nashville, TN, the son of Charles and Audrey (Stock) Spencer. The family moved to California where he lived and received his education in Westchester. Following his graduation from Westchester High School, he attended Los Angeles Trade Technical College where he would master his skills in welding. After his graduation he began working with the City of Los Angeles Police Department in their Civil Defense and Disaster Corps. After several years in L.A. he became a Quality Control Manager with Bell & Howell & Telos Medical before finding a home with J.G. Plastics Group. He would meet Virginia “Ginny” Karen (Casciato) in 1973 and later marry January 12, 1974. Together they would move to Burbank, CA. They bought their first home in Rialto, CA in 1986 where they raised their two children Carey & Brian Spencer. On June 27, 1995 he lost the love of his life “Ginny” losing her battle to cancer. He moved to Moreno Valley, CA and become neighbors to his sister Joyce Spencer. In 2008 he moved to Harlowton, Montana for health reasons and lived with his sister Joyce Spencer.

Over the years he enjoyed the countryside and peace. Also enjoying camping, fishing, four-wheeling, dinner parties and passing on his knowledge to the younger generation in town. Most of all he really enjoyed helping create and run the haunted house and Christmas Light show in Harlowton, MT.

He is survived by his sons Carey Spencer of Yucaipa and Brian Spencer of Redlands; sisters Joyce Spencer of Harlowton and Jean Dobkowski of Valencia. Dick had a wide range of friends in Harlowton

In addition to his wife he was preceded in death by his parents and brother George Spencer.

Funeral Services for Richard O. “Dick” Spencer will be held at graveside at Forest Lawn Hollywood Hills, 6300 Forest Lawn Dr, Los Angeles, California 90068 at a future date. For any information please call Joyce or Carey Spencer @ (951) 259-7638

Any donations may be made to a charity of your choice or Wheatland Memorial Hospital @ 530 3rd St NW, Harlowton, MT 59036 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

Hugh Z. Reynolds 99 of Ennis and former Harlowton resident died Wednesday evening, September 4th, 2019 in the Madison Valley Manor in Ennis of natural casues. He was born December 21, 1919 in Blooming Prairie, MN the son of James C. and Antha B. (Frye) Reynolds. He attended school in Judith Gap, Big Timber, Melville and Harlowton areas. He worked on ranches, trapped and logged in the Melville area until entering the U.S. Army on September 16, 1940 in Harlowton. He trained at Fort Lewis until shipping overseas on March 19, 1942, with Company D of the Montana 163rd Division, the first unit sent overseas after the Japanese attacked Pearl Harbor. Hugh was the last survivor of the group of 65 men from Harlowton that went to confront the Imperial Japanese Army in the islands of the South Pacific. He fought in the first successful campaign against Japanese ground forces at Sanananda in Papua, New Guinea in January of 1943 and again in northwest Dutch New Guinea in early 1944, making four combat beach landings before being wounded on Biak Island on the northwest tip of New Guinea in June 1944.

After more that five years of service during World War II, he returned to Harlowton to work and helped re-establish the local National Guard unit and served until retiring as a Major with 28 ½ years of service.

ON June 21, 1947 he was united in marriage to June Hereim and to this union three boys were born. He also spent many years in the bar business and metal building business.

He is survived by three sons Gary (Debbie), Darwin (Leslie) and Rick (Trina); five grandchildren and several nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents, wife June, three brothers Raymond, Clifford and Dale and two sisters Mildred Ledger and Gertrude Harroun and earlier this year lost his soulmate Lydia Peterson.

A Memorial Military Service for Hugh Z. Reynolds will be Saturday, October 5th, 2019 at 2:00 p.m. in the Perkins Chapel in Harlowton, cremation has taken place.

Friends are asked to make memorials to the Upper Musselshell Veteran’s Memorial or the Upper Musselshell Museum 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