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Obituaries

Willis Cotant formerly of Martinsdale, MT passed away January 14th, 2022 in Texas. A private burial will be held at a later date in the Lennep Memorial Park Cemetery in Montana. Cremation has taken place with the Perkins Funeral Home assisting the family.  Condolences for the family may be posted on-line at www.perkinsfuneralandcremation.com

 Lanny Clayne Berg was born in Chester, Montana on July 2, 1941 to Lyle Emorie Berg and Cleo Bernice Belstead. He had two brothers Craig and Harley and four sisters Andrea, Cheryl, Paulette, Laurel and one sister Sheila deceased.

  Lanny married Katherine Jean Hale on October12, 1960 in Circle, Montana and they have three children: Lanny Dee, Deidra and Loren.  They moved to Junction City, OR in Sept 1968 and they had an International Harvester dealership with father and brother and in 1976 moved to Albany, OR and they opened an AMC, Jeep, Dodge dealership and later a Chevrolet dealership in Florence, OR. When Lanny turned 40, he sold the Dodge Jeep store and retired to a used car lot with his son Lanny Dee until Chevrolet called him up and said they had a store for him in Caldwell, Idaho – so off the family went!

  Lanny loved the friendliness of the people in Idaho; saying, it reminded him of Montana. Caldwell was very good to us as a family and business. He sold the store in 2001 and retired to his son LD’s used car lot and traveled to NASCAR races and visited family.  Lanny loved the car business, his family, his pugs and Montana.  He never knew a stranger and was always there to help anyone.  He was a life-long Lutheran and successful businessman.

  Lanny passed away in the arms of his family on November 21, 2021 at St Al’s hospital in Boise.  His family would like to thank them for helping us be together when Lanny left us.

  He leaves behind his wife of 61 years; children Lanny Dee (Sarah), Deidra (Jay) Schriver, Loren (Lisa); grandchildren Matthew (Marjan), Jessika (Chris) Vorderstrasse, Jacob Berg, Michelle Berg, Lauren Schriver, Dillon Schriver, Taylor Martin, and Ashleigh (Adam) Cressman; great-grandchildren Kallie Jo Berg, Christopher and Lincoln Vorderstrasse, Noah, McKenzeigh Reimes, Mace Cressman with twin girls coming; siblings Harley (Gloria) Berg, Craig Berg, Laurel Lightner, Paulette (Larry) Moore, Cheryl Williams, Andrea Percell, Billy (Cathy) Hale, Patti (Chris) Wood.  He was preceded in death by his sister, parents, and grandparents.

  A viewing for friends and family was held on Friday, December 3, 2021 from 5-8 pm at Flahiff Funeral Chapel in Caldwell.  Funeral Services were held on Saturday, December 4, 2021 at 11:00 am at Grace Lutheran Church in Caldwell.  Interment will take place at Riverview Cemetery in Circle, Montana at 1:00 on Saturday, December 11, 2021.  Perkins Funeral Home is assisting the family with the graveside service in Circle.  www.perkinsfuneralandcremtion.com 

Loriene T. Dunbar went to be with the Lord Oct 24.2021. She had been battling Pancreatic Cancer for several Months.

She was preceded in death by her father David Thomas Cook and her mother Jewel Carter Cook. Her sisters Helen Martin, Beaula Martin, Dorthy Syme, and her Brother Cy Cook. Five days after Loriene passed, her brother Pete Cook went to be with the Lord.  Also Her Granddaughter Samantha Dunbar.

   Loriene was survived by her Husband RoyI Dunbar, Sister Rosalie Goff from Newton KS, her three sons Tom,Lee, and Mike (wife Robin), Two Grandsons Chris and Jake Dunbar Two Granddaughters Brittney Caufield and Allison Dunbar 5 great grandsons and 1 great granddaughter.

Loriene Was born in Utteyville CO.She went to school in several towns in CO.  Loriene Cook and Roy I Dunbar went with Cy Cook and Caroline Jessorto to NM, They went to New Mexico and got married on February 17,1948 .

Loriene and Roy lived on the family farm west of Pritchett Co.until April 1959. They moved to Harden MT to buy a farm from Loriene's Uncle. Buying the farm didn't work out,Roy went to work for Miles and Ulmer John Deere dealership in Hardin. While there he applied with the Soil Conservation Service. 

Moved to Scobey Feb of 1961. Loriene got a job with the County Extension Office.Then moved to Culbertson MTWhere Loriene worked for the Safflower Plant, then the County Extension Office. Mike was born May 28,1966.

Moved to Glasgow MT june of 1969 and was there for almost 30 years. Loriene worked for Security Bank and was bought by  Wells Fargo.  She was the secretary for the President . When he retired Loriene became a loan Officer for the local Farmers and Ranchers. Loriene retired in 1996 and enjoyed the summers golfing and going to the lake. They didn't enjoy the winters so they moved south to Fowler Co. Loriene had a sister that lived in Pueblo CO. two brothers that lived there, a sister that lived in Denver,  A Sister that lived in Canyon City Co.and a sister that lived in Albuquerque NM. Roy had a sister that lived in Fowler and a sister that lived in Canyon City. Loreine and Roy were busy in Fowler with the Senior Citizen Center. .Loriene was the bookkeeper and Roy was a trustee, while there they helped rebuild the center. .Loriene got a hole in at the Golf course in Fowler.

September of 2014 Lorine  and Roy moved to the Regency in Pueblo. They helped decorate the Dining Room for all the changes in the seasons.  They enjoyed the Bible Classes they were  part of and. Hosting for a couple of years.

  In July of 2021 they moved to Boise  ID to be closer to family.  Loriene became ill and went to be with the Lord on OCT 24, 2021.

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