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Joyce Taylor, 88, of Harlowton, passed away Tuesday morning, October 5, 2021, in the Wheatland Memorial Nursing Home of natural causes. She was born August 18, 1933, in Lovell, WY, the daughter of Darr and Evelyn (Watts) Johnson. The family moved from Byron, WY, to Bridger, MT, when she was a young girl, and then to Harlowton, where she continued her education. On January 7, 1950, she was united in marriage to Floyd G. (Ted) Taylor in Harlowton. They made their home in Harlowton until the early 1960’s when they moved to Milwaukee with Ted’s job returning to Harlowton in 1964. In 1970 they moved to Valier and then in 1974 to Alaska, living there until 1990 when Ted’s health brought them back to Harlowton. He preceded her in death in 1997.

Joyce enjoyed being able to work for the Wheatland County Senior Citizen’s Center and Wheatland Memorial Healthcare in transportation, where she could drive people to their doctor appointments and deliver meals on wheels. She retired in 2017 and spent the next two winters in Texas with her daughter before becoming a resident at the Nursing Home where she previously knew and was friends with everyone who lived there.

Joyce enjoyed many years of bowling, sewing, and making clothes for friends and family. She made quilts for each of her grandchildren as they were married and also did repairs and alterations for the Harlo cleaners. In addition, Joyce was an Avon Lady for 60 years. Joyce was famous at her church for her delicious, homemade caramels which she brought to each activity. They were also a special treat to her kids at Christmas time. For entertainment, she was an avid BYU Sports Fan, a collector of Elvis Presley memorabilia, and enjoyed all old Western movies.

She is a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints and the Wheatland County Senior Citizens.

She is survived by son Ted G. (Nancy) of Dillon, MT; daughter Vicki Brady of Georgetown, TX; daughter-in-law Anne Taylor of Kalispell, MT; 9 grandchildren, Jory Taylor, Kelly Taylor, Kari (Dalen) Davis, Todd (DeAnn) Brady, Beth (Martin) O’Connor, Tara (Yaniv) Dinter, Jeremy (Tiffany) Taylor, Chad Taylor, Justin Taylor; 15 great-grandchildren and several nieces and nephews.

In addition to her husband, she was preceded in death by her parents, son Ben, daughter Diane, sister ElDonna Pierce, son-in-law Bobby Walters and granddaughter-in-law Joy Taylor.

Funeral Services for Joyce Taylor will be Saturday, October 9, 2021, at 2:00 p.m. in the Perkins Chapel, with committal to follow in the Harlowton Cemetery. The Perkin Funeral Home is assisting the family.

Friends are asked to make memorials to the Wheatland County Senior Center or the charity of their choice. They may also be left with the Perkins Funeral Home, PO Box 313 Harlowton, MT 59036. Condolences for the family may be posted online at www.perkinsfuneralandcremation.com

Loren M. Parker 90, of Harlowton died September 22nd, 2021 in VA Medical Center in Fort Harrison, MT of natural causes.  The Perkins Funeral Home is assisting the family.  Condolences for the family may be posted on-line at www.perkinsfuneralandcremation.com

Gerald D. Zumbaum 81, of Harlowton died September 20th, 2021 in Community Medical Center in Missoula of natural causes.  Graveside services are to be held on Tuesday, September 28th, 2021 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

Donna C. Rosenberg 92, of Harlowton died early Monday morning, September 13th, 2021 in Wheatland Memorial Healthcare of lung cancer. She was born January 10, 1929 in Williston, ND the daughter of Delbert W. and Mary H. (Ackerman) Vader. She received her education in country schools and Williston School and then on to the McPhail School of Music in Minneapolis, MN. On December 10, 1949 she was united in marriage to Francis Rosenberg in Williston, ND. They lived and worked in Williston, Tioga and Stanley, ND before moving to Billings in 1968. In 1971 they moved to Harlowton and she taught in the Harlowton school.

Donna played for many weddings and funerals during her life in Harlowton.

Donna was a member of the Federated Church, The American Legion Auxiliary and the Women of the Moose all of Harlowton. She enjoyed time with family, golfing, reading and traveling.

She is survived by one son Jim (Lynn); one daughter Kathy Petterson both of Harlowton; daughter-in-law Patti Rosenberg of Laurel, MT; grandchildren Mandy (Brandon) Glover, Chris (Shannon) Rosenberg, Melissa Petterson, Mike (Roxanne) Petterson, Casey Rosenberg, Kayla (Dwayne) Mullens, Kyle (Megan) Rosenberg; six great grandchildren Lily Jo Glover, Hanna Glover, Kaiya Rosenberg, Mica Mullens, Cedar Mullens, Jasper Mullens and Nolan (little Oscar) Petterson.

She was preceded in death by her husband Francis “Doc” in 2017, one son John, one son-in-law Jim Petterson and her parents.

Memorial Services for Donna C. Rosenberg will be Monday, September 20th, 2021 at 2:00 p.m. in the Harlowton Wesleyan Church with committal to follow in the Harlowton Cemetery. 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

    

     William “Bill” Steven Kotan was called home to heaven on July 18, 2021 after succumbing to cancer peacefully at home with his wife, daughter, and hospice care by his side. Bill was born January 12, 1940, in Harlowton, Montana, the third child of Steven and Alice (Coleman) Kotan.  He spent his youth in Harlow with brother Joe and sister Kay, learning to love the northwest spirit and the outdoors, enjoying friends, working a paper route, playing high school football, graduating a Harlowton Engineer in 1958.  After attending Carroll College in Helena, MT he returned to Harlowton to care for his mother.  During this time, he married Karen Johnson in 1960.  After his mother’s death Bill moved his family to Bozeman, MT where he began a career in the Montana National Guard. 

     Bill and Karen spent 17 years in Bozeman raising their family—Steve, Kris, and Kevin.  These years were spent camping, fishing, tending gardens, pets, including ducks and spending wonderful years vacationing at Whitefish Lake.

     Bill moved to Helena in 1980, still working for the Montana National Guard and Army until his retirement in 1993.  In 1989, after his wife Karen’s untimely death, Bill met and married Margie Joscelyn and together they enjoyed many years of gardening, cooking, working together for the Montana National guard, attending Mariner Baseball games, vacations to Seattle, Florida, Utah and many Oregon and Washington beaches.  During retirement Bill worked at Power Townsend and Lowe’s Hardware Stores as well as the Ghost Art Gallery where he was a certified framer.  Bill also loved his two cats, Fiskers and Gamalial… they miss him too.

     To know Bill Kotan, our Bill, was to see beyond the man.  An ordinary man by man’s observation, but to those who knew him best, his commitment to taking care of people, his people, was extraordinary.  A devoted husband, father, friend, and patriot who’s concern for others needs above his own shined through.  This noble gentle man was always looking out for his family, friends, neighbors, and community, providing support and assistance with strong, steady, reliable judgement and a generous heart.  He was our rock, the solid constant that could be counted on, never burdening others.  He stoically brought stability, trust, energy, encouragement, and responsibility to our lives.  He is deeply missed.

     Bill is survived by his wife Margie of Nampa, ID; son Steven (Sharon) Kotan of Panama City, FL; daughter Kristine (Dan) Droppers of Lynnwood, WA; son Kevin (Janine) of Issaquah, WA; and his brother Joe (Phyllis) of Stansbury Park, UT.  Bill has 6 grandchildren (Kate, Matthew, David, Kendra, Andrew, and Alex) and one great grandson (Liam). Along with many nieces and nephews.

Bill is preceded by his parents Steven and Alice; one sister Kay Elliott and brother-in-law Jim Elliott.

     Bill’s family would like to welcome you to attend memorial graveside service on Saturday, September 11, 2021 at 11:00 a.m. in the Harlowton Catholic Cemetery.  The graveside will be followed by a reception to share remembrances of Bill at the Harlowton Youth Center, Harlowton, MT. Perkins Funeral Home is assisting the family.

     Friends are asked to make memorials to World Vision, or to the Harlowton Youth Center 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

Harry B. Peck, 84, of Judith Gap, Montana passed away August 18, 2021, in Billings, Montana from natural causes. Harry was born September 1, 1936, in Lewistown, Montana to John W. and Margaret (Schuster) Peck of Garneill, Montana and joined 6 siblings. Harry went to grade school in Garneill and then road the train to Lewistown and went to High School at Fergus. He attended college in Bozeman and Missoula but graduated and got his College Degree at Eastern Montana College at the age of 56.

Harry married Julie Nilsen May 21, 1961, and they just had their 60th Anniversary! Harry and Julie ranched in Garneill for many years, was a Boy Scout Leader, was 1st Lieutenant, Commander in the National Guard, Built the Carroll Trail Inn, Logged, Transportation Broker, School Bus Driver, Tool Man at the Wind Farm, Construction with the Heart Attack Crew, retired from General Mills after working at several elevators around the state, and mowed and mowed the Gap!

He had a heart for serving the community and greatly enjoyed serving on many Clubs and Boards. He was involved in Masons/Eastern Stars, American Legion, School Board, Director of the Snowy Mountain Development Corp., Director of the Norwest Bank, President of the Tri-County Development Corp of Judith Gap to name a few.

Harry is survived by his wife Julie; children Lorrie (Russ) Hedden, Jan (Jeff) Fisher, Greg (Michael) Peck all of Billings, MT and Brett (Kathy) Peck of Shepherd, MT; grandchildren Alex (Rhonda) Hedden, Kyle (Dillon), Ben (Lisa) Fisher, Drew (Jessica) Fisher, Kenzie (Robbie) Vincent, Sam (Susie) Fisher, Nicole Peck, Courtney (Roy) Voss, Carly DeBar, Tyler Peck, Ashley (JP) Blakey, Madison (Dillon) Peck, Emily Peck and 14 Great Grandkids; his sister Zelinda Songer, brother-in-law Larry Nilsen both of Billings, MT and sister-in-law Roxie Nilsen of Lewistown, MT and several nieces and nephews

He was preceded in death by his parents, 3 brothers, and two sisters.

The family would like to thank Compassus Hospice of Billings, Montana for their help in caring for Harry the last three months.

Memorial services for Harry B. Peck will be Saturday, September 4, 2021, at 2:00 p.m. at the Judith Gap Methodist Church with burial to follow in the Judith Gap Cemetery. Cremation has taken place with the Perkins Funeral Home assisting the family. His wishes are that all his Friends and Family be Honorary Pall Bearers.

Memorials can be made to Judith Gap Methodist Church, Judith Gap School, Judith Gap Fire Department, Judith Gap American Legion or a Charity of your 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.

     Geoffrey Paul Smith, 62, of Judith Gap, Montana passed away on July 31, 2021. Geoff was born in Havre, Montana on July 22, 1959 to the Reverend Warren Paul Smith and Marjorie S. (Smith) Smith. Throughout his youth he moved with his parents as they served rural churches throughout North Central and Northwestern Montana, finally settling in Dillon Montana in the early 1980s.   Geoff graduated from Ronan High School in 1977 and earned a teaching degree from Western Montana College in Dillon. From 1986 through 2019 he taught math and science at Miles City (Pine Hills), Denton, Outlook, Phillipsburg, and Judith Gap, Montana, retiring after 22 years at Judith Gap where he also coached and drove bus. He kept current on the lives of many of his former students to his end of life.

     From the summer of 1988 through the summer of 2019, Geoff enjoyed recurring summer employment at The University of Montana Western in the Continuing Education office (now known as The School of Outreach). Geoff was the consummate “guy Friday” for Continuing Education activities. He performed various office tasks, helped set up for events (including providing pink shag carpet for decorating the boss’s office), drove bus for kids’ and Elderhostel field trips and provided much appreciated historical and scientific side notes to instructor’s lectures. He was always considerate of each person and was adept at anticipating individual needs, to include making sure, just in case, to have extra coats and gloves with him. Elderhostel participants provided many comments about Geoff’s knowledge and kindness.

     Over the years as Elderhostel (now known as Road Scholar) programs became more focused in Yellowstone Park, Geoff spent most of his summer employment in the Park, driving bus, helping coordinate programs and being a hiker helper. Geoff was a consummate punster with a fun sense of humor, always ready with a witty quip that he sometimes had to explain, which he did patiently. In retirement during the Covid-19 pandemic Geoff worked odd jobs occasionally, in the summer of 2021, started part time work at the Bair Family museum in Martinsdale, which was interrupted by his death on July 31, 2021.

     Geoff was well known in his circle of friends for his lifelong collection of memorabilia and interesting items of all sorts, and for his astonishing ability to remember where it all was and all the details associated with it. He was also known for his love of vintage motorcycles and vehicles, all of which he named, some of which still run, and most of which still ran when he discovered them. His enjoyment of those seemed to increase as their mileage accumulated and they needed more attention, and he was not extremely bothered when during one of his innumerable road trips he found himself needing a tow.

     He was preceded in death by his parents and by his brother, Barry Smith, all of Dillon Montana. He has no surviving immediate family aside from his cat, Karma.

     A memorial service will be held on Saturday, August 28, 2021, at 11 o’clock at the Judith Gap United Methodist Church. His remains will be laid to rest near his parents and brother in a graveside service at noon the following day (August 29) at Mountain View Cemetery in Dillon, Montana.  

     Friends are asked to make memorials University of Montana Western School of Outreach Road Scholar Program, Judith Gap United Methodist Church, Judith Gap Volunteer Fire and EMS or 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

Rhoda Squires Beardsley Campbell, 85, passed away at the Wheatland Memorial Hospital on July 3rd, 2021. She was born in Scobey, Montana on August 20, 1935 to Harry and Pansie (Phelps) Squires and raised on a farm that her father had homesteaded. She graduated from Opheim High School. Rhoda was the second youngest child – the Squires family boasted 8 girls and 3 boys.

Rhoda was known for having a big heart, a quick laugh and a strong determination to do the right thing. She was always willing to help someone in need, including family, friends and strangers. She loved people – she was a gifted listener and people felt cherished and somehow nourished after a visit with her. She enjoyed working and riding horses, reading, politics and pinochle. Rhoda was a woman of faith. She was a member of St. Joseph Catholic Church in Harlowton, the Montana State Democratic Party, and the Northeastern Montana Land and Mineral Achievers Association.

Rhoda married Howard Beardsley in 1954 and together they had five children, all born and raised in Glasgow. Rhoda was widowed in 1976 and in 1983 she married Douglas Campbell. Rhoda and Doug shared a love of horses and cattle, and a goal of owning a cattle ranch. They count many friends from their time on their ranches near Miles City, Rapelje and now Harlowton.

Rhoda is survived by her husband Doug of Harlowton; her children Howard (Connie) Beardsley of Bel Air, MD, Doug (Robin) Beardsley of South Lyon, MI, Mark Beardsley of Deale, MD and Mary (Dan) Murray of Mill Creek, WA; stepchildren Doug (Barb) Campbell II of Bozeman, MT, Scott (Chantel) Campbell of Chandler, AZ, Lauri Loaiza of Belle Meade, NJ; sisters Allie Russell of Larslan, MT and Pat Mueller of Great Falls, MT and many loving grandchildren, nephews and nieces.

Rhoda was preceded in death by her youngest daughter, Kathy, sisters Lorraine Johnsen, Leone Eide, Mary Bartley, Grace Squires and Evy Bies and brothers Bernard, Phillip and David Squires.

Memorial Services for Rhoda Campbell will be held Saturday, July 10th, 2021 at 10:30 a.m. in St. Raphael Catholic Church in Glasgow, MT with committal to follow in the Highland Cemetery in Glasgow. Cremation has taken place with the Perkins Funeral Home of Harlowton and Bell Funeral Home of Glasgow assisting the family.

Rhoda volunteered for many causes and organizations - she was especially interested in the welfare of Native American children. Friends are asked to make memorials to the charity of their choice in lieu of flowers. Condolences for the family may be posted online at www.perkinsfuneralandcremation.com