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Obituaries

Nancy Ruth (Pitts) Roesler of Harlowton, MT passed away April 18, 2021 at the age of 91 in Wheatland Memorial Nursing Home of natural causes. Nancy was born on August 4, 1929 in Grant City, WI (Platteville Township), on the family farm to Ernest and Kathryn (Burris) Pitts.

Nancy attended Woodchuck Country School through 8th Grade and graduated from Platteville High School in 1947. She attended Finley Hospital School of Nursing in Dubuque, IA where she graduated as a Registered Nurse in 1950.

She met and married her husband, Eugene Roesler on January 29, 1952 in Dubuque, IA. Together, they pastored congregations in Sibley, IA, Lockhart, MN and Brownton, MN where Nancy continued to pursue her Nursing career. In 1960, they adopted their first child, daughter Cindy and added to the family with son David in 1963. The family continued to enjoy the communities of Alberta, MN, Marinette, WI, Mt. Vernon, SD, Bowdle, SD, Mobridge, SD, while in Mobridge Ernest passed away in 1991.  Nancy then moved to Lennox, SD where she retired from Nursing in 1977.  In 2012, Nancy decided to move to Montana, where she and husband Gene had planned to retire. She resided for a short time while with her daughter Cindy and family before locating to the St. John’s Lutheran Home in Billings, MT. In 2015, she transferred to Wheatland Memorial Healthcare in Harlowton, MT where she resided until her passing. Nancy’s biggest frustration was her Parkinson’s and Scoliosis diagnoses’ which progressively limited her mobility. However, her mind remained sharp as ever and she frequently advised her caretakers in the medical field.

Nancy enjoyed many hobbies including cooking, sewing, gardening, crossword puzzles and scrabble. She especially enjoyed teaching Sunday School, attending bible study and participating in all church activities. Nancy was also active in the Lennox, SD Senior Center, where she enjoyed many activities, meals and conversation. She made several trips back to Wisconsin to spend time with her family. Nancy’s love of history, facts and sports (namely the Green Bay Packers; of which she was a shareholder), however her greatest joy was spending time with her children and their families.

She is survived by daughter Cindy (Greg) Berg of Harlowton, MT; son David (Rhonda) Roesler of Sioux Falls, SD; granddaughter Jamie (Chris) Garhart; granddaughter Gina Berg; grandson Jacob (Tara) Berg; granddaughter Alanna Jo Berg; great-grandchildren Eastyn and Kennedy Garhart, Henry and Dakota Berg; brother Robert Pitts and sister Shirley Pitts as well as many nieces and nephews.

In addition to her husband Nancy was preceded in death by her parents Ernest & Kathryn and granddaughter Kelly.

So many thanks to all her wonderful caretakers and staff of Wheatland Memorial Healthcare in Harlowton who made her final transition a positive one.  Finally, as our dear mother would have said: “Go Packers!”

Services for Nancy Roesler will be Saturday, May 22nd, 2021 at 2:00 p.m. in the Emmanuel Lutheran Church in Canova, SD, cremation has taken place.  Perkins Funeral Home in Harlowton, MT is assisting the family.

Friends are asked to make memorials to 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

John C. Olson left this earth suddenly March 17, 2021 in a vehicle accident on the family ranch to be with his Lord and Savior whom he loved.                            John Clay was born in Harlowton MT April 20, 1957. He was raised and went to school in Two Dot, MT through 8th grade and High School in Harlowton MT. He loved football and FFA and Shop.

            After high school John worked for the Milwaukee Railroad until 1979 when it closed down. He returned to working full time on the family ranch with his mom and dad and 2 brothers. John had a fantastic witty humor. On May 18th 1984 John married the love of his life Candy. They started their life in Two Dot MT by setting down a mobile home.

            John also worked for Ellen and Bill and Don Hanser family on their Two Dot farm southwest of Two Dot for 36 years until his death.

            John Clay lived life to the fullest, eagerly willing to help anyone who needed help. He put others’ needs before his own with a smile. Our lives and many lives are forever changed without him here on this earth.

            He is survived by his wife Candy Olson of Two Dot MT, son Jeremy Stahl (Sari), Sierra, Ellie, Emily, and Phyllis, daughter Holly Benson (Ken), Layla and Wyatt, a son Clay Olson, two aunts and one uncle, cousins, nephews, and nieces, brother Rick Olson and brother Cy Olson.

            John is preceded in death of his parents Daloris and John Olson and both sides of the family’s grandparents.

            Memorial Services for John will be 11:00 a.m. Friday March 26th at the Trinity Lutheran Church in Harlowton MT. Reception with refreshments following at Community Center Fire Hall in Two Dot MT. A slide show of John will also be shown. Perkins Funeral Home is assisting the family.

            Graveside burial will be at a later date on the ranch with family.

Memorials can be made to the Two Dot Fire Dept. Community Center and/or can be made also for the Two Dot Water Users or Charity of Choice and can be mailed to Olsons, P.O. Box 244, Two Dot, MT 59085 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

Jason Daniel Thomas “JD” went peacefully to be with his Lord on March 6, 2021, at the age of 44.   Jason was born on February 26, 1977 in Livingston, MT to Cecil and Sandy Thomas. 

Jason grew up riding bikes and playing outdoors with his younger siblings.  He spent many years involved in the Boy Scouts of America going camping and attending jamborees.  Once he discovered Dungeons & Dragons, computers, video games, and Sci-Fi; he was hooked.  As a teenager he would pull apart smaller electronics just to see how everything worked.  Jason joined the Speech and Drama club in high school where his sister introduced him to Rebecca Stewart and he fell in love.  The couple graduated from Park High School in 1996 and married 2 years later.  He and his bride moved to California where Rebecca was attending college.  After graduating they returned to Montana to raise their family.  

Their first son, Dante was stillborn in 2002.  Son Cedric was born in 2003, followed by daughter Katarina in 2005 and son Xander in 2008.  His children were the bright lights in his life.  He spent several years working from the home and thoroughly enjoyed spending the extra time with the kids.  He was so very proud of his wife and children.  

Jason was a master gamer, spending hours finding every hidden item, and completing every quest.  He enjoyed a wide range of music (not particularly fond of country twang however), movies and Sci-Fi television shows.  Family gatherings often turned into a game on Name That Tune or matching famous quotes to movies.  Over the past several years Jason became very passionate about photography.  He had an eye for finding the beauty in the old, weathered or discarded, but also really enjoyed capturing the plays in the theater, the action of school football and basketball games, or how the light gently touched a beautiful landscape at sunset.  In recent years, he found joy in cooking and teaching his children and nephew a few things in the kitchen.  

Jason is lovingly remembered by his wife, Rebecca and his children; Cedric, Katarina and Xander Thomas of Harlowton, MT; his parents, Cecil and Sandy Thomas of Big Timber, MT; His brother Beau (Linda) Thomas and niece, Lorelai; his sister, Sena Estes and nephew James Estes all of Livingston, MT; paternal grandfather Cecil A. Thomas, Sr of Phillipsburg, KS; maternal grandmother Artyce Hoppe of Phillipsburg, KS.

Jason is proceeded in death by infant son Dante Raymond Thomas, grandmother, Clella Thomas and grandfather Meredith “Bud” Forell. 

Memorial Service for Jason D. Thomas will be 2:00 pm Sunday, March 21st at Faith Chapel in Harlowton, MT.  A gathering for sharing memories will follow at the Two Dot Bar. Cremation has taken place and committal will be at Mountain View Cemetery in Livingston, MT at a later date.  The Perkins Funeral Home is assisting the family.

Friends are asked to make memorials to the Faith Chapel in Harlowton, TAPS (Tragedy Assistance Program for Survivors) 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

Alice Fay VanderVoort 77 of Ryegate, went to be with the Lord on February 20, 2021. Alice was born in Billings Montana on August 13, 1943 to Sam and Florence Smeding. Alice attended Musselshell, Golden Creek School, and graduated from Ryegate Public School in 1962.

She was raised in the Bull Mountains of Musselshell, Montana before going to Ryegate Montana. Alice married Morlee VanderVoort on September 15, 1962 and was blessed with three precious children: Wayde, Mark and Peggy. She was a rancher’s wife and helped her husband raise pigs on one of the first pig farms in the county. In 1976 they bought Fish Creek Ranch south of Barber, Montana and started raising cattle and farming.

During her lifetime, Alice helped at her church as church secretary and Sunday School Teacher. You could always find her sewing, baking and reading when she had down time. She was a true cowgirl, always riding her horse and pushing cows from pasture to pasture.

Alice was always ready to help everyone she could along her way. This showed through the most as a loving wife and great momma. She is loved by her family and will be greatly missed.

Alice was preceded in death by her parents, Sam and Florence Smeding; brother, Bud Smeding; and her son, Wayde VanderVoort.

Alice is survived by her husband Morlee VanderVoort; son, Mark VanderVoort; daughter, Peggy (Robert) Everts; 2 grandchildren, Krissy VanderVoort and Cassidy VanderVoort; her aunt, Shirley Thomas and sister-in-law, Lou Rene Sherod.

Funeral Services celebrating Alice’s life will be 10:00 A.M. Saturday February 27, 2021 at the Ryegate Gymnasium. Viewing will be one half hour prior to funeral service at the gymnasium. Committal will follow in the Ryegate Cemetery. A reception is being planned and will be announced when known. Perkins Funeral Home is assisting the family.

Memorials in Alice’s name are suggested 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

Frederick S. “Stan” Cougill III, 64 of Ryegate died unexpectedly Wednesday morning, February 17th, 2021 at his home.  He was born April 17, 1956 in Okanogan, WA the son of Frederick Stanley and Doris (Sanderson) Cougill, Jr.  He received his education in Washington and Montana graduating from High School in Troy, MT.  He then entered the United States Marine Corps and served proudly for over 20 years all over the United States and overseas retiring in the mid 1990’s. He returned to Montana settling in Ryegate and began his work as a Blacksmith.  He operated his own business Dragon’s Fire Forge.  Stan worked other jobs over the years but his passion was being a blacksmith.

He was united in marriage to Susan Ballard in Roundup, MT in December of 2005 and they made their home south of Ryegate.

Stan was a proud Life Member of the NRA.

He is survived by his wife Susan of Ryegate, MT; Sons Brandon of Billings, MT and Joe (Deborah) Brabec of Wichita, KS; daughters Tabatha (Ken) Apple in Colorado, Jessica (William) Hackett of Lexington, VA, Jennifer (Gary) Grams of Port Orchard, WA and Kristie (Derrick) Fox of Laurel, MT; father Frederick S. Jr. of Ajo, AZ sisters Kamiah (Clint) Goodwin of Colville, WA and Winoma (Gary) Jellicoe of Bain Bridge Island, WA; 11 grandchildren and several nieces and nephews.

Private Family Services will be held later for Stan, cremation has taken place with the Perkins Funeral Home assisting the family.

Laina LaVonne Weber 19 or harlowton died unexpectedly Friday afternoon, February 12th, 2021 in Harlowton.  

Cremation has taken place and services will be held later.  The Perkins Funeral Home is assisting the family.

Condolences may be left for the family at www.perkinsfuneralandcremation.com

LaDeane Fawn Shepherd 77 of Harlowton, Montana passed away on February 7, 2021 of natural causes. She was born in April 30, 1943 in Wheatland, Wyoming.  She was the eldest of four children born to Thomas Nelson Lambert Sr. and Ethel Mae Maston

She is survived by two sisters: Carol Day and Elona Bruner, 7 children: Ken (Mary) Shepherd, Karen Yant, Kathleen (Val) Schreiber, Kelly Tierney, Wenona Widdicombe, Jack T. (Alicia) Huston and Tina Houston; 29 grandchildren, several great grandchildren and one great great grandchild. 

She was preceded in death by her Father, Mother, Brother (Thomas Nelson Lambert Jr.) and husband Jack C Huston and William James “Shep” Shepherd.

A joint celebration of life for LaDeane and Shep will be held Friday February 12, 2021 starting at 6pm.  The celebration will be a potluck please bring a favorite memory and a dish if you so choose.

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 Frederick Lyons 82 of Judith Gap died Saturday morning, January 30th, 2021 at his home of natural causes. Jim was born on November 3rd, 1938 to George and Pauline (Elliot) Lyons in Harlowton MT. He was raised with his older sister on the ranch in Two Dot, MT. Jim spent his youth and much of his young adulthood working on his family’s ranches in Two Dot and Judith Gap.   He attended the Two Dot School until the 8th grade. He graduated from Harlowton High school in 1956. Jim also attended Eastern Wyoming College where he met the farmer’s daughter, Janice Stricker.

Jim was united in marriage with Janice Stricker, the love of his life on June 29, 1958 in Torrington, Wyoming. Together they raised a family, working on ranches in Wyoming and Montana. They returned to Jim’s family ranch, west of Judith Gap in 1970.   Jim was also known for his skills in construction. He spent the last several years building in Central Montana. Jim finally retired in 2017, spending his remaining years enjoying family and friends.

Jim is survived by his loving wife Jan of 62 years; His treasured children, daughter Shawn (John) Gaugler of Bozeman, MT; son Shay (Linda) Lyons of Graham, WA; daughter Shannon (Joe) Balas of Butte, MT; 7 grandchildren, Josh (Renee), Dustin (Alyssa), Tyler (Lysee), Taylor, Kendal, Macey and Payton; 11 great grandchildren; Lexi, Koen, Kasen, Oakley, Madison, Blake, Addison, Gavin Nox, Isla and Crew as well as his God daughter, Kathy Leikam and several nieces and nephews.

Jim was proceeded in death by his parents, two infant sons (Michael and Robbie), his sister and his infant granddaughter Jordyn.

Friends and relatives are asked to join in the celebration of Jim’s life on Thursday, February 4, 2021 at 11:00 A.M in the Judith Gap Methodist Church, committal will be at 3:00 p.m. in the Harlowton Cemetery. Perkins Funeral Home of Harlowton is assisting the family. Due to Covid-19, please use your own discretion regarding your attendance.

Friends are asked to make memorials to the Judith Gap Methodist Church 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