Obituaries

Donald S. Hauge 92 of Harlowton died Wednesday afternoon, September 23rd, 2020 in the Wheatland Memorial Healthcare of natural causes. He was born September 21, 1928 with his twin brother Ronald the son of Ole S. and Christine M. (DeCock) Hauge on the family homestead near Shawmut, MT. He was raised on the family homestead southwest of Shawmut and along with his brothers operated the ranch until his retirement.

Don loved ranching, hunting, fishing with his twin until Ron’s passing in 2000.

He is survived by several nieces and nephews including Sharon (Dean) Mager and Susan (Norman) Sillivan both of Harlowton, MT, Jim (Christie) Connolly of Laurel, MT and Larry (Shonna) Connolly of Shawmut, MT; four great nieces, six great nephews and 4 great great nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents, brothers Ronald and Soren, sisters Adeline, Sophie and Frieda, nephew Chip Connolly and niece Della Connolly.

Funeral Services for Donald S. Hauge will be Monday, September 28th, 2020 at 1:30 p.m. in the Perkins Chapel with committal to follow in the Harlowton Cemetery.  Perkins Funeral Home assisting the family

Friends are asked to make memorials to the Shawmut Community Center of 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

Joseph “Joe” Vezey Morse, Sr., 81 of Two Dot, Montana, died on July 26, 2020 at his home on the ranch of natural causes.  He was born in Sequim, Washington on April 11, 1939 to Clarence and Doris (Vezey) Morse. The family shortly after moved to Harlowton, Montana where he attended school and was active in many sports throughout his youth. He was an avid baseball player with the “Flat Rats” in Harlowton, playing catcher.

He eventually got bored with school and joined the U.S. Navy attending a number of schools and becoming an electrician’s mate aboard the S.S. Hancock. He was proud of his top-secret clearance. 

He returned to marry his life love, Diane Martin on June 5, 1960 in Harlowton. They worked farm jobs in Myers, St. Xavier, and Billings, before returning to the Martin-Morse Ranch where they built a home and settled for the remainder of their lives.

In 1979, Joe contracted encephalitis and endured the process of rehabilitating himself. He was an avid reader and he learned to do many crafts such as needlepoint art and latch hook rugs. He was a devoted grandpa and always made time to be part of his grandchildren’s lives.  For many years he took great enjoyment in being the Two Dot correspondent for the Harlowton Times.  Politically, he was a staunch Republican and loved showing off his Trump hats.

He is survived by sons Joseph II (Mina) of Columbus, MT and Grant (Abby) of Two Dot, MT; grandchildren Joseph III, Columbus, Ian (Joni) of Spokane WA.; Thea Sostrom (Spencer) of Newcastle, CO.; Grant and Garth of Two Dot; great-grandchildren Elouise and Miles: sisters Vonda Hammond of Cripple Creek, CO and  Lenna (Joe) Wester of Willow Creek and several nieces and nephews

He was preceded in death by his parents, daughter Kari Morse, wife Diane, and sister Carol Clark.

Memorial Services for Joseph (Joe) Morse will be Saturday, August 1, 2020 at 11:00 a.m. in the Perkins Chapel 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 St. Jude Children’s Hospital or 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.

 

     Doris Bouchard 92, left early Thursday morning, July 16, 2020, to go dancing with her late husband, Bud, at Wheatland Memorial Healthcare in Harlowton.  They are most likely doing a polka or two-step right now.  Doris was born on June 17, 1928 in Harlowton, Montana the daughter of Sam and Mary (Marshall) Drogitis.  She joined her brother, Harry, brothers John and Bob and sisters Marjorie, Sophia and Gloria followed to make the family of seven children.  Sam worked for the Milwaukee railroad and his job took him and the family to places like Eustis, Three Forks, Ringling, and Two Dot all during their childhoods.  Doris graduated from Harlowton High School, while living in Two Dot.

     She met and fell in love with Bud (Cecil) Bouchard.  They were married May 1, 1948 in Harlowton where they planned to live as Bud was working for the Milwaukee railroad.  Fate had other plans for the young couple, as Bud’s parents were ranching near Shawmut, Montana and needed help.  Doris and Bud moved to the ranch, living in the same home as Bud’s folks.  Their son, John, was born in 1950 and Mike was on the way in 1953 when Doris told Bud they needed their own house.  She got one!  Bud moved an old chicken coop about 80 yards from his folks and fixed it up with all the ‘modern’ conveniences; outhouse, wood burning stove, clothesline, ‘running’ water (they had to hand pump water from the well at Bud’s folks and carry it to their home).  Eventually the house was added on to, room by room, and they made it a warm, cozy home.

     City girl Doris learned way more than she ever intended to about raising three boys, sheep, cooking for family and hired men, gardening and canning and living in the country.  She did it, and did it well.  Where she found the time and energy to also serve 30 years as the Shawmut School Clerk and relief clerk at the Shawmut Post Office and fill in at the Shawmut Store when needed, is a mystery. 

     Doris loved and cherished her family, and was absolutely thrilled when she became a grandmother.   Her seven grandchildren were her pride and joy.

     She is survived by her sons John (Monica) of Harlowton, Mike (Kerry) of Augusta, Montana and Jim of Harlowton, her sisters Sophie Ness and Marge Bouldin, and thirteen great grandchildren, several nieces and nephews and many, many friends.

     Preceding Doris in death are her husband Bud; her parents, grandson Shawn; her brothers Bob, Harry and John and sister Gloria.

     Memorial Services for Doris M. Bouchard will be Friday, July 24th, 2020 at 2:00 p.m. in the Assembly of God Church in Harlowton.  Cremation has taken place and committal will be in the Harlowton Cemetery at a later date.  Perkins Funeral Home is assisting the family.

     Friends are asked to make memorials Wheatland Memorial Nursing Home, Upper Musselshell Museum 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.

Charles G. Nehring, 70, of Shawmut died early Monday morning, July 13th, 2020 at his home of natural causes. He was born October 30, 1949 in Williston, ND. He is the son of Charles J. and Perris (Girard) Nehring. He received his education in Williston. In 1968, he entered the United States Air Force and served in Viet Nam. He was united in marriage to Rebecca Holm in Williston and they later divorced in the mid 1980’s. He completed his military service in 1972 and following his discharge, he returned to Williston. He worked in the Oil fields and returned to college in Williston. He continued working and received his BA from Minot State in the early 1990’s. In the mid 1990’s he moved to New Jersey where he learned to be a cobbler. He returned to Williston in 2003, where he met Melva Keller. They moved to Shawmut in 2013.

Charles was very involved in Mountain Men and attended many Rendezvous. He was able to continue his trade as a cobbler and was interested in Antique Guns. He also enjoyed his horses, cowboy poetry and has published two books, with another at the publisher and working on a fourth.

He is survived by one son Justin (Leslie) and one daughter Tracie Nehring both of Williston, ND; his companion Melva Keller of Shawmut, MT; two brothers Emil and Dennis (Ce’Dale) both of Williston, ND; four sisters Charell (Daryl Beard) Schillo and Karen Amsbaugh both of Williston, ND, Lanette (John) Collins of Parker, CO and Kay Ann Nehring of Prescott, AZ; two grandchildren and several nieces and nephews.

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

A Celebration of Life will be held on Saturday, August 15th, 2020 at 2:00 p.m. at 15051 49th Street Northwest in Williston, ND. Cremation has taken place. The Perkins Funeral Home is assisting the family.

Friends are asked to make memorial 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

     Richard Maurice Knudson 64, of Harlowton died Thursday evening, June 18th, 2020, he was born to Kenneth M. and Dortha E. Knudson March 29, 1956. He was the youngest of four boys and was raised in Harlowton. Rich graduated from Harlowton High School in 1974. While in high school, he was proud to have been selected as a member of the FFA National Band. Shortly thereafter, he went to work for the Milwaukee Railroad, during which time he took numerous speedwriting and shorthand courses.  

During Rich’s first few years of working on the Milwaukee, Susan square-danced her way into his life and he waited very patiently for her to say “yes”. They were married June 24, 1978 in Big Timber, Montana. They planted roots in Harlowton and raised three children, who were the center of his world.  

After six years of working on the Milwaukee Road, Rich was fortunate to work for Golden Sunshine Honey, owned by Larry and Cherrel Budge. Rich truly enjoyed learning all aspects of beekeeping.   His love for honey harvest continued well beyond those six years, as he continued to raise bees, harvest, and share his own infamous Knudson Honey with his children, grandchildren, and their friends.

Six years after immersing himself in the beekeeping world, Rich became a janitor for the Harlowton schools. He enjoyed being spoiled by the cooks and loved to keep others on their toes with his practical jokes.

Tired of his six-year plan, Rich took a leap of faith and ventured into business for himself “doing anything for a buck”. Carpentry was his pride and joy. His precision and artistic talent with

woodworking was perfection. His hard work, dedication, and love is evident throughout all his work, from small fix-it jobs to remodeling and woodworking. Rich took pride in everything he did and rarely trusted others to finish what he started. Susan was extremely blessed to work alongside him throughout the years and enjoyed the personal connections Rich encountered during his jobs.

Rich was steadfastly involved in the community. In recent years, he retired from the volunteer fire department after 30 years; however, he continued to put in his time. He was also a member of the Harlowton Jaycees, the American Lutheran Church, the Milwaukee Depot Museum, and the Mussellshell Mudcat Dixieland Band. Rich became involved in the annual Kiwanis Show when he was in high school and has participated in the Kiwanis Show every year since. Rich had a desire and willingness to help others, and never hesitated to volunteer and help out those in need.

     Rich was whole-heartedly a good man. His unwavering love for his family and friends was undeniable. He was a true family man and has always been happiest when he was in the presence of his three children (and later on, grandchildren) working on his jobs and building projects, playing music together, or spending time in the great outdoors. Rich lived life through steadfast faith and love, as well as laughter. Rich lived in the moment and his philosophy for life was “we’ll figure it out.” Rich was sure to always highlight the two possible outcomes for anything: “well…either it will or it won’t”. He taught his family the virtue of patience, as he would strike up a conversation anywhere and with anyone he met, while his family sat and waited in the pick-up truck with his door ajar, hoping to progress things along a bit faster. His children grew accustomed to using “elbow grease” and putting a bit more effort into what they did.

Rich is survived by his wife of 41 years, Susan, and their three children, Colleen of Lockwood, Jill (Troy) of Coeur d’Alene, ID, and Kevin of Harlowton; grandchildren Ashton, Kenzie, Wyatt, Quinn and Wylie dog (“Fire 2 ½”); his brother, Gary of Spokane; his mother-in-law, Shirley Esp of Big Timber; his sister-in-law, Jan of Billings, and an abundance of nieces, nephews, and extended family whose respect and adoration he earned.

Rich is preceded in death by his parents, Kenneth and Dortha Knudson, brothers Robert and Jim Knudson, and father-in-law Jim Esp.

     Memorial services for Richard M. Knudson will be held on Tuesday, June 23, 2020 at 10:00am at the Wheatland County Fairgrounds with committal to follow at the Harlowton Cemetery. Luncheon and reception will follow at Chief Joseph Park. Perkins Funeral Home is assisting the family.

     Thank you, Rich/Dad/Grandpa/Uncle, for being the best example of living life to the fullest, enjoying every moment, and going with the flow. You were an exceptional leader, teacher, confidant, friend, and role model. Thank you for being our sunshine, in every way. May your smile continue to shine radiantly as you look over us from above.

     Friends are asked to make memorials to the Wheatland County Fire Department, Milwaukee Depot Museum, or ACS Yellowstone County Relay For Life or to the charity of their choice be sent to PO Box 179, Harlowton, MT 59036 or 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

Our father, Bud (James Ray) Jones, was welcomed into this world by his parents James Dewey Jones and Iva Viola (Harbour) Jones on July 1, 1925 in Roscoe, Texas. At a very early age he’d received the nickname “Bud,” because his older brother Walter Carroll could not pronounce his name. Bub, short for brother, turned into Bud, and he was known as Bud Jones for the rest of his life.

Bud was a very intelligent young man and graduated Roscoe school systems in a total of 10 years. After graduation in 1942, he joined the U.S. Navy at the ripe age of 17. He was stationed at Wake Island during World War II. He always smiled when telling us about the time he and some other young sailors sneaked out to go skinny dipping and had a brief encounter with First Lady, Eleanor Roosevelt, who ensured they didn’t get in trouble for their antics. He was honorably discharged in June 1946 and shortly after headed north to Montana to visit his uncles Ted and JB Harbour. He worked for various ranchers and farmers in the area. One night, a young lady by the name of Ruby Fay Geisler spotted Bud at a rodeo and said she knew he was the one. They were married on August 6, 1949.

Bud and Ruby enjoyed dancing to all the local bands around Flat Willow, Winnett, Harlowton, Roundup and Billings. They had the envy of all the locals because their garden was always the best looking one in the neighborhood. If you drove by their house, you would often see them spending time in their yard and gardening together. Dad also enjoyed fishing with his grandkids and friends, boating in the local lakes, and camping. Bud was a sweet and kind man, but had the fastest belt in the west when shenanigans went too far.

Bud was a strong man with a good work ethic. He led the family legacy to be good, honest and hardworking people. He was a problem solver and would always try and leave people in a better spot. he lived by the motto of “Give a man a fish and you feed him for a day; teach a man to fish and you feed him for a lifetime.” He had many jobs throughout his years, always working with purpose and intent. He held positions at Grandpa Pete’s farm on Big Wall Road, Conoco Refinery, and Nebraska Feeding Company. During his retirement he also worked for Musselshell County, owned a shoe repair shop, helped lamb out at Sieben Ranch, and lent his expertise at the Miller Ranch until his wife became ill in 2009.

After Ruby passed away on April 22, 2010, he still lived on his own. The family had a huge celebration for his 90th birthday over the Harlowton 4th of July Rodeo in 2015. Dad moved into the Wheatland County Memorial Nursing Home on November 17, 2015. He entered on his own, so he would have the freedom he desired. He had an electric golf cart that he could go get the mail in or go to the community garden to raise some vegetables. When he couldn’t do that anymore, the nursing home staff made sure he had a spot where he could at least grow a few tomatoes. Not one time did he ever complain about the food or the people who looked after him.

            Our deepest appreciation goes out to all the wonderful people at Wheatland Memorial for the terrific care they gave our father. He had a peaceful death on June 11, 2020. He would have been 95 on July 1st.

He is survived by his children, Steve and Penny Jones, Carla Jones, James Ray II and Laura Jones, and Tammy and Wes Schenk; sister Lucy Mullins; his grandchildren, Mike and DeDe Jones, Michelle Nelson Montalto and John Montalto, Stephen and Stephanie Jones, Jeremy Jones and Paula McDougal, Teal Darkenwald and Dave Lovelace, Maya and Cesar Sanchez, Bryson and Brittany Jones, Kellen Jones and Ginger Michel, Taryn and Jeremiah Russ, Will Schenk and Angela Alaers, Clay and Sheila Schenk, 17 great grandkids, and 9 great great grandkids.

He was preceded in death by our mother, Ruby Fay Giesler Jones, his parents James and Iva Viola Jones, his brother Walter, and his sister Nola. He was also preceded in death by all of his aunts and uncles.

No services are planned. A memorial party will be held sometime in the future. Perkins Funeral Home is assisting the family.

Friends are asked to make memorials to the Harlowton American Lutheran Church, Wheatland Memorial Healthcare 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

 James (Big Jim) F. Widdicombe 60 of Harlowton died early Sunday morning, May 3, 2020 unexpectedly of natural causes.  He was born January 18, 1960 in Harlowton the son of Charles R. (Bob) and Helen B. (Burbee) Widdicombe.  He received his schooling in Lewistown graduating from Fergus High School.  He then started working on area ranches, a job he loved, until about 10 years ago.  He then went to work for Harlowton Honey Company where he was employed at the time of his death.

Jim enjoyed hunting, fishing and visiting with friends and family.

He is survived by one brother Rod (Mary) Widdicombe and their sons Charles, Nathan and Jacob all of Fond Du Lac, WI.

He was preceded in death by his parents and one sister Sandy.

Graveside Services for Jim Widdicombe will be Thursday, May 7th, 2020 at 11:00 a.m. in the Harlowton Cemetery with a Celebration of Life to follow at the Moose Lodge.  Cremation has taken place with the Perkins Funeral Home is assisting the family.

Friends are asked to make memorials the Moose Lodge 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

Cleto H. Perry 59 of Ryegate passed away Saturday evening, January 18th, 2020 at his home of natural causes. He was born July 3, 1960 in Livingston, Montana. The family moved around while he was growing up. In 1978 he joined the United States Army receiving his honorable discharge as Sergeant in 1982. He settled in the Ryegate area working as a cook for the last 12 years. He was united in marriage to Barbara Hartwick on October 16, 2017 in Roundup, MT. They made their home in Ryegate.

He loving cooking, singing music, had a great sense of humor and was very fun loving. He will be remembered fondly and missed by his many friends, co-workers and family.

He is survived by his wife Barbara of Ryegate; mom and dad Lyle and Neva Perry of Lewistown; father Dwight Riley of Ryegate, MT; daughters Aubrey, Savannah and Vanessa; step-children Joe Shaw and Hugh Shaw; brother Jack (Robin) Perry; nephew Ethan Perry.

He was preceded in death by one brother Bucky and one sister Cindy.

A Celebration of Life for Cleto Perry will 11:00 a.m. on Saturday, February 8th, 2020 at the Ryegate Bar & Café in Ryegate, MT. 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