Obituaries

Edmond C. Taylor 92 of Harlowton died Thursday evening, January 7th, 2021 at his home of natural causes.  He was born November 12, 1928 in Clarendon, TX the son of Marcus W. and Virginia (McClenney) Taylor.  The family moved to New Mexico and he received his schooling in New Mexico and California.  He worked construction until his marriage on September 4, 1953 to Virginia Chavez in Socorro, New Mexico.  He then worked in the Mine at Grants, NM and went into demolitions.  They moved to Montana and he worked in powerline construction in Billings and they lived in Worden until 1975 when they moved into Billings.  He served as a minister with the Rescue Mission in Billings and then in the mid 1980’s to Harlowton and served as the Baptist Church as their minister.  He also served in Ryegate and then started the Baptist Church in White Sulphur Springs which he pastored until his retirement in the mid 1990’s.  He continued to make his home in Harlowton until the time of his death.

He was a member of the Fellowship Baptist Church in Lockwood.

He is survived by his wife of 67 years Virginia of Harlowton; daughters Elisa Taylor of Harlowton, MT, Clarita (Ken) Kirby and Edwina Taylor both of Billings, MT; one brother Frank (Rachel) of Denver, CO; 7 grandchildren, 10 great grandchildren and several nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents, three brothers and one sister.

A Celebration of Life for Edmond C. Taylor will be held later, 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

     Asa John Woodard was born on March 2, 1998, to John and Julie Woodard in Bozeman, MT. Asa fell in love with cowboyin’ at the age of 4 when his family relocated to the LO Bar Ranch near Sand Springs, MT. He loved everything about it, the early mornings, late nights, the smell of the branding fire, all of it. Asa knew three things that he wanted to be, a cowboy, a soldier, and to play football. He accomplished all three in his short life.

     Asa began his school career at Sand Springs Elementary School and later attended school in Winnett, where he started playing the sports he loved, football and basketball. He was also extremely active in the Garfield County 4-H.

     When Asa was in the 6th grade, he moved with his family to Harlowton, MT. Asa exhibited Passion, Pride, Grit, Compassion, Commitment, and Hard Work, all traits of a Harlowton Engineer. As a Jr. High student, Asa balanced working for Jim Lane, playing sports, and playing bass with the Faith Chapel Worship Team. In High School, to say Asa “played” football and basketball was an understatement. Football was life to him. When he hit the field, he became a warrior and was a natural-born leader for the team both on and off the field. While in High School, Asa also worked for C Bar J Ranch.

     In his junior year of high school, Asa joined the Montana National Guard. After completing basic training at Ft. Leonard Wood, Missouri, he returned home to complete his senior year at Harlowton High School. In addition to being a student, he balanced playing sports, working, and his commitment to drill. There would be weeks he would play in a football game on Friday night and report for drill in Billings Saturday morning. After graduation in the Class of 2017 from HHS, he flew to Missouri to finish AIT for the Montana National Guard. He worked various jobs and drilled with the 484th MP Company out of Billings.

     Dave and Nancy Dutton afforded Asa the opportunity to return home to the country he loved in Garfield County. He and his beloved Penny-Dog headed east. Finally, he could live his dream as an adult with the mentors he looked up to as a child.

     In addition to his large and loving family, Asa was loved by three communities of friends. His Eastern Montana family, where he got his start and where he was able to return to work as a cowboy, his Harlowton family, where he formed an extensive network of close friends and his National Guard family. He loved them all. No matter the circumstances or the person, he was there to help you succeed every step of the way. Asa played to the whistle and encouraged you to do the same. Asa was an old soul with a great sense of humor. And somehow, he always found a way to stash massive amounts of candy.

     Asa is preceded in death by his paternal grandfather, Blain Woodard, cousin Jesse Adolph, maternal grandfathers Michael Robertson and J.P. Cooney, cousin Jay Robertson Jr, cousin Shawn Bouchard, and great grandfather Leslie Austin.

     He is survived by his parents, John and Julie Woodard of Harlowton MT, sister Cassidy Woodard of Miles City MT, Brother Wyatt Woodard of Bozeman, MT, sister Rachael Woodard of Harlowton, MT, Grandmother Jan Cooney of Shepard, MT, Grandmother Marie Woodard of Harlowton MT. He is survived by Great Aunt Kate Lechner, uncles Johnny Cooney, Rory Robertson, Jay Robertson, Blaine Woodard, Chris Cain, John Lester, Kris Killorn and aunts Christy Woodard, Deborah Adolph, Nancy Cain, Jonni Udelhoven, Karen Lester, Jill Killorn, Brittany Cooney, Dimothy Robertson, and numerous cousins.

     A visitation will be held on Sunday December 27th at the Perkins Chapel from 2:00-4:00 pm. Funeral Services for Asa Woodard will be held Monday, December 28, 2020, at 1:00 pm at Harlowton High School Gymnasium. Weather permitting, there will be a wagon procession from the school to the Harlowton Cemetery. Outriders are welcome to usher Asa home if they choose. The Perkins Funeral Home is assisting the family

     Memorials can be sent to: Forever 42 Dusty Taber Memorial Scholarship C/O Perkin Funeral Home, PO Box 313, Harlowton MT 59036.

     There will be a reception following the graveside service at Faith Chapel Church, 601 Pritchard NW, Harlowton, MT.

Gladys J. Norman, 80, of Harlowton passed away early Friday morning, December 11, 2020 at her home of end-stage renal failure surrounded by her family.  She was born September 22, 1940 in North Bend, NE, the daughter of Floyd and Naomi (Helm) Wigington.  She grew up the 5th child of 11 and received her schooling in Council Bluffs, IA.  She received training in Iowa and worked as a Certified Nurse’s Assistant (CNA) in Iowa until moving to Eureka, MT in 1977.  She continued as a CNA, moving to Spokane, WA in 1982 where she worked at the Veterans Administration Hospital.  She retired from the VA in 1999 and moved to Harlowton, MT.  She continued to make her home in Harlowton and worked a few summers at the Jawbone Creek Golf Course.

Gladys was an exceptional gardener and could grow most anything.  She enjoyed cooking, shopping, planning family gatherings and her coffee, but most of all she loved her children, her grandchildren and her two cats, Porsha and Beemer.

She is survived by her daughter Kristy (Joe) Brouillette of Harlowton, daughter Vicki (Ty) Paddock of Hamilton, MT, daughter Catherine Norman of Harlowton, son Robert Norman of Harlowton, and daughter Sandra Charbonneau (Jon) of Billings, MT.  She is also survived by her brothers Merlin Wigington of Council Bluffs, IA and Darryl Wiginton of Fullerton, CA and sister Lorraine Tally in Texas.  Lastly, Gladys is survived by 9 grandchildren; Frank, Bruce, Anne, Kristina, Sarah, Justin, Jacqueline, Aubree and Dayzee, 17 great grandchildren and numerous nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her parents, 2 brothers and 5 sisters.

Per her request, no funeral services will be held.  Cremation has taken place.  The Perkins Funeral Home is assisting the family.

Donations can be made to the Disabled American Veterans 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

Elizabeth P. Marvidiki 38 of Harlowton died Friday afternoon, December 4th, 2020 at her home.  A complete obituary will be released when completed.  Cremation has taken place with a family celebration to be next year.  The Perkins Funeral Home is assisting the family.  Condolences for the family may be posted online at www.perkinsfuneralandcremation.com.

Perry T. Smith, 92, of Harlowton died Friday night, November 27th, 2020 at his home of natural causes. He was born April 1, 1928 in Hilger, Montana weighing 3lbs. He was the son of Luton and Dorothy (Decker) Smith. He received his education in Maiden, Lewiston and Harlowton schools graduating from Harlowton High School in 1946. He then entered the United States Marine Corp and served one year until the end of World War II. He returned to Harlowton, and on January 10, 1948, he was united in marriage to Winona M. Anderson. They made their home and raised their family in Harlowton. He worked several jobs until the early 1960's when he began working for the Army National Guard in Harlowton. He retired in 1980 as a 1st Sergeant from the Army N.G.. After retiring from the Guard, he founded Smith Trucking Co. His wife preceded him in death in 2017.

He served as past Commander and was still active in the American Legion of Harlowton and was a member of the VFW; was a past president of the Harlowton Kiwanis Club; served on the Board of the Jawbone Creek Country Club, the Harlowton School Board, and at the Wheatland County Senior Center; was one of the first EMTs in Wheatland County and served on the fire department. He drove school buses for many school sport activities.

He is survived by his three children Perry T. (Carol) Smith of Missoula, MT, Jeanne (Charles) Widdicombe and Karen (Tom) Sippel both of Billings, MT; 6 grandchildren Michelle, Shannon, Jan, Chad, Cameron and Miranda, 12 great grandchildren and several nieces and nephews.

In addition to his wife, he was preceded in death by his parents.

Graveside Memorial Services for Perry T. Smith will be Tuesday, December 8, 2020 at 11:00a.m. at the Harlowton Cemetery. Cremation had taken place with the Perkins Funeral Home assisting the family. Due to Covid restrictions, there will be no reception following the service.

If friends wish to make a memorial, in lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Wheatland County Senior Center, the Harlowton American Legion or the charity of their choice to be left with the Perkins Funeral Home, PO Box 313, Harlowton, MT 59036. Condolences for the family may be posted online at www.perkinsfuneralandcreamation.com

Dennis Keith Reynolds, 74, of Billings, MT, passed away Monday morning, November 16th, 2020, at Billings Clinic due to complications from COVID.  He was born in 1946 in Lewistown, MT the son of Dale W. and Mildred H. (Basler) Reynolds.  He received his education in Harlowton, MT. In 1964 he joined the United States Navy, proudly serving on the USS Hancock during the Vietnam War.  After being honorably discharged in 1967, he returned to Billings where he worked as an insurance salesman.  In 1969 he began working for Fochs Pelleting in Billings and was united in marriage to Diane Fochs.  To this union two children were born. Their marriage dissolved in 1974.  He later worked for the City of Billings Water Treatment Plant and for Bekins Van Lines.  He retired in the late 2000’s and remained in Billings until the time of his death.

Keith enjoyed fishing, cars, and going to rodeos. He was a self-taught guitar and harmonica player, always the life of any gathering. He had a fond affection for all animals. His mother said he would "bring home an elephant if he could."

He is survived by one daughter Lara (Kelly) Kuehn of Billings, MT; one son Buddy Ray of Los Angeles, CA; one sister Carol Blackquiere of Bozeman, MT; and one grandson Damien Kuehn.

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

Graveside Services for Dennis Keith Reynolds will be Saturday, November 21, 2020, at 11:00 a.m. in the Harlowton Cemetery with visitation at the Perkins Chapel from 10:00 a.m. until the time of the Service.  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

James M. (Jack) Simpson 93 of Harlowton died Saturday afternoon, November 7th, 2020 in the Wheatland Memorial Healthcare of natural causes. He was born March 6, 1937 in Athens, TN the son of James P. and Thelma L. (Flinn) Simpson. He received his schooling in Spokane and in 1945 he entered the United States Marine Corp receiving his honorable discharge in 1947. He returned to Spokane and in 1948 he was united in marriage to Marilyn Zachow, they later divorced. He worked for a Packing Plant in Spokane and moved up the company to become a cattle buyer working out of Tacoma. In the late 1950’s he moved to Montana and went to work for Pierce Packing as a cattle buyer. In the late 1970’s when Pierce discontinued the cattle buying, he went out as an independent cattle buyer, buying for several packing plants. On May 30th, 1990 he was united in marriage to Miriam G. Hischier in Red Lodge, MT. He retired in the early 1990’s and they later lived in Harlowton. She preceded him in death in 2017 and he continued to live in Harlowton entering the nursing home in December 2019.

Jack enjoyed leather work, making belts, purses and other items, he also enjoyed fishing and golfing.

He is survived by two sons Paul (Luane) of Polson, MT and Jerry (Rita) of Phoenix, AZ; one daughter Jackie (Jim) Sullivan in Billings, MT; one sister Lola Smith of Casper, WY; 4 grandchildren, 2 great grandchildren and several nieces and nephews.

In addition to his wife he was preceded in death by his parents.

No Services will be held at this time for Jack Simpson, cremation has taken place at his request. 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

     Mary Pearl Lode 85 of Harlowton passed away on Saturday, Oct 24, 2020 at Wheatland Memorial Healthcare. Mary Pearl was born on Jan 19, 1935 in Lewistown, MT to Howard C. & Pearl (Harrah) Beerman, the fourth of five children. The family moved to Power, MT, where Mary Pearl graduated from high school in 1953.

     After receiving a Degree in Elementary Education from the College of Great Falls, she taught in Augusta and then in Harlowton. While teaching in Harlowton, she met & married Henry (Bud) Lode. They raised three children, Russell, David, & Mary (Mia).

     Mary Pearl taught music in Two Dot and Shawmut; she wrote & directed the school musical programs. She taught at the Harlowton Play Center for many years.

     Bud & Mary Pearl formed a band, the Lode Orchestra, and play for dances all over central Montana. Mary Pearl also was a pianist for the Musselshell Mudcats; she played in the Kiwanis Show for over 50 years.

     Mary Pearl was an active member of the Moose Lodge in Harlowton as well as a recent member of the hospital guild.

     After retiring from teaching, she drove to 7 different nursing homes in the area and entertained the residents with her honky-tonk music. She also enjoyed playing the piano at the Wheatland County Senior Citizen's Center.

     Mary Pearl is survived by her children, Russell (Bonny) Lode, David Lode, and Mia Lode, all of Harlowton. Additionally, she is survived by grandchildren, Brad Lode & Robyn Lode, both of Harlowton and 8 great grandchildren, 3 great-great grandchildren plus many adoring nieces & nephews.

     She was preceded in death by her parents, husband, brothers Lawrence (Harriet) Beerman, Allen (Lorna) Beerman, sister Evelyn (Kenny) Trick and Gracia (Ev) Creek.

   Cremation has taken place and a memorial service will be held at a later date. The Perkins Funeral Home is assisting the family.

Friends are asked to make memorials to the Wheatland County Senior Center or the Wheatland Memorial Hospital Guild 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