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
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
Nancy M. Gollehon 58 of Ryegate passed away at her home on Tuesday afternoon, January 16th, 2018 with family and friends at her side. She was born February 1, 1959 the daughter of Albert and Bernice (VanDepopelier) Blockeel in Conrad, Montana. She received her schooling in Conrad graduating from Conrad High School in 1977. In 1978 she was united in marriage to Tim Rambo in Shelby and they made their home in the Valier area where they ranched. They later divorced and she moved to Choteau. She worked in the Trading Post, Rex’s Market, and operated her own ceramic shop. On July 31, 1999 she was united in marriage to Michael “Chip” Gollehon in Choteau. They were property managers living near Florence, Montana and she continued her crafts. In 2012 they moved to Ryegate where they made their home and worked on the Horpestad Ranch until the time of her death.
Nancy was an extremely talented artist who shared her gift with many around her in the form of her crafts and heart felt one of a kind gifts she made. She was an avid hunter who could spend hours just looking at country through her binoculars at all of God’s beautiful wonder. Her family meant everything to her. Nancy’s faith and love for the Lord was ever evident through her courageous battle where she never lost hope and was an inspiration for so many.
She was a member of the Golden Valley Baptist Church in Ryegate and the Women’s Bible Study.
She is survived by her husband Chip and son Colter of the family home in Ryegate; sons Chad (Tara) Rambo and Tyson Rambo all of Valier, MT; daughter Brandy (Will) Rambo/Niemeyer of Olds, Alberta, Canada’ step-daughters Kris (Clay) Lancaster of British Columbia, Canada, Jessa (Nathan) Shepard of Krum, TX and Heidi (Courtney) Virden of Glen Elder, KS; one brother Albert Blockeel of Conrad, MT; four sisters Charlene Henke and Patricia Peterson both of Valier, MT, Annette Gollehon of Bonner, MT and Linda Blockeel of Fairfield, MT; 10 grandchildren and numerous nieces and nephews.
She was preceded in death by her parents.
Funeral Services for Nancy M. Gollehon will be Tuesday, January 23rd, 2018 at 1:30 p.m. in the Perkins Funeral Home Chapel in Harlowton. Private committal will be on Wednesday, January 24th, 2018 in the Cemetery of the Sacred Heart near Valier.
Friends are asked to make memorials to the Golden Valley Baptist Church to help with water damage sustained over the New Years’ Holiday 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
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.”
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
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
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
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