Obituaries

Hugh Z. Reynolds 99 of Ennis and former Harlowton resident died Wednesday evening, September 4th, 2019 in the Madison Valley Manor in Ennis of natural casues. He was born December 21, 1919 in Blooming Prairie, MN the son of James C. and Antha B. (Frye) Reynolds. He attended school in Judith Gap, Big Timber, Melville and Harlowton areas. He worked on ranches, trapped and logged in the Melville area until entering the U.S. Army on September 16, 1940 in Harlowton. He trained at Fort Lewis until shipping overseas on March 19, 1942, with Company D of the Montana 163rd Division, the first unit sent overseas after the Japanese attacked Pearl Harbor. Hugh was the last survivor of the group of 65 men from Harlowton that went to confront the Imperial Japanese Army in the islands of the South Pacific. He fought in the first successful campaign against Japanese ground forces at Sanananda in Papua, New Guinea in January of 1943 and again in northwest Dutch New Guinea in early 1944, making four combat beach landings before being wounded on Biak Island on the northwest tip of New Guinea in June 1944.

After more that five years of service during World War II, he returned to Harlowton to work and helped re-establish the local National Guard unit and served until retiring as a Major with 28 ½ years of service.

ON June 21, 1947 he was united in marriage to June Hereim and to this union three boys were born. He also spent many years in the bar business and metal building business.

He is survived by three sons Gary (Debbie), Darwin (Leslie) and Rick (Trina); five grandchildren and several nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents, wife June, three brothers Raymond, Clifford and Dale and two sisters Mildred Ledger and Gertrude Harroun and earlier this year lost his soulmate Lydia Peterson.

A Memorial Military Service for Hugh Z. Reynolds will be Saturday, October 5th, 2019 at 2:00 p.m. in the Perkins Chapel in Harlowton, cremation has taken place.

Friends are asked to make memorials to the Upper Musselshell Veteran’s Memorial or the Upper Musselshell Museum 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

John J. Kranz 84 of White Sulphur Springs died Sunday evening at his home of natrual causes.

Cremation has taken place and a complete obituary will be released when completed.

The Perkins Funeral Home is assisting the family.

 

Leonard “Pat” J. Mager

     Leonard “Pat” John Mager was born on September 19th, 1922 in Two Inlets, MN to Max and Clara (Schmitz) Mager. Leonard was one of 11 children. Although his given name was Leonard, his father nick named him Pat as he thought it fit better.  

     Pat headed west to Montana in search of better work. He began as a ranch hand baling hay and eventually took pack horses into the mountains in 1938.  In 1940 Pat joined the 163rd MT National Guard 41st Company D Infantry Regiment. He was only 17 at the time so he lied to join. He went on to Fort Lewis, Washington for training. He was given the job of firing boilers, water heaters and furnaces. Pat was not impressed with the work and jumped at the opportunity to join the 161st Army Infantry in hopes to see more action. The 161st was only accepting privates at the time so Pat pulled of his stripe and told them “here, shove it”.

     On December 6th, 1941 Pat’s company was put on a ship leaving from San Francisco headed to the Philippines on a troop transport. Pat recalled watching ships turn back to San Francisco on December 7th, but they weren’t told why. They were assigned as a machine gun company and they set up artillery all along the coast. Eventually they learned that Pearl Harbor had been bombed. On December 8th they arrived in Honolulu and were told to shoot anything they saw especially planes. His company made their way down the line of islands digging foxholes and bunkers all along the way.

     Pat’s first real taste of combat took place in Guadalcanal as his company helped to take over the Bloody Ridge. Pat led many missions as a Staff Sergeant including protecting ammo, securing smaller islands and even rescuing pinned down marines. Pat’s time in the Solomon Islands ended in Luzon where he was hit with shrapnel in the jaw and has his leg scrapped up from a sniper. Pat was sent to recover in New Zealand. He later was assigned as an MP in New Caledonia and was eventually discharged towards the end of the war. When Pat was interviewed many years later, he stated “I would do it all over again if I had to”.

     Pat returned to Montana and worked for 28 years on the railroad. He left Harlowton briefly to work in a steel and aluminum foundry. He moved back to Harlowton after he had aluminum poising. Pat loved watching westerns in his free time; John Wayne was his hero. He was an avid hunter and fisherman, he loved fishing with all his friends and family. He was excellent at woodworking and made many gifts for friends and family members.

   One fateful day, a beautiful Loretta Parks walked into the restaurant Pat was at. A mutual friend introduced them, and Pat went on to ask her on a date. On December 19th, 1945 in Park Rapids, MN Pat married Loretta in a double wedding with his brother Tony and his wife Joyce. Pat kept Loretta busy canning with his green thumb. He loved a good home cooked meal. If you came to visit and left hungry, it was your own fault. Pat and Loretta had 5 children: Jerry, Bob, Dean, Lorraine, and Sharon.

     Pat is remembered as having a sweet tooth and always having sweets stashed next to his chair that he would graciously had out to visitors. He had a big heart and a kind soul. He loved treating people at the local establishment to their favorite beverage. He was always a hard-working man who was devoted to his family.

     He is survived by his sons Bob (Deb) Mager and Dean (Sharon) Mager all of Harlowton, MT; daughters Lorraine Hinman of North Dakota and Sharon Mager of Harlowton, MT; 10 grandchildren, 20 great grandchildren and numerous nieces and nephews.

     Pat was proceeded in death by his wife Loretta Mager, son Jerry Mager, granddaughter Lilia Baltazar. 

     Friends are asked to make memorials to the Milwaukee Railroad Museum 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

Thelma B. Young 81 of Shawmut passed away Wednesday, August 14th, 2019 in Riverstone Hospice House in Billings with her daughters by her side of cancer. She was born July 18th, 1938 in Fairview, Montana the daughter of Cecil T. and Bertha C. (Freeman) Baxter. She attended school in Fairview and was a very smart student and an accomplished flute player, graduating from Fairview High School in 1956. She then attended Nursing School in Havre where she met James Young, Jr. who was stationed there with the United States Air Force. They were united in marriage and then spent 21 adventurous years as he served in the Air Force and the Navy. They lived in all four corners of the United States and many more. Upon his retirement in 1977 they moved to Idaho to the family farm where they lived and worked. She would go berry picking and cutting wood, so at the end of the day there was always a warm fire for winter days, fresh homemade bread and jam. She loved the farm animals and the outdoors. After his death in 1987 she returned to Montana and attended college to receive training as a teacher. She lived several places in Montana settling in Shawmut in the mid 1990’s.

She was an avid reader, loved playing many instruments, piano, flute and accordion but her specialty

was singing. She always made many friends wherever she lived and she loved them all.

She was a member of the Rebecca Lodge, Order of Eastern Star, the Daughters of the Utah Pioneers and the Royal Neighbors.

She is survived by her four daughters Mary Hyatt of Orting, WA, Celestia Cobia of Auburn, WA, Diane Call of Grace, ID and Evelyn Wiles of Hageman, ID; one brother Colin Baxter of Anchorage, AK; two sisters Virginia Fink of Fairview, MT and Barbara Hafemann of Hardin, MT; 8 grandchildren, 20 great grandchildren, 6 great great grandchildren and several nieces and nephews.

In addition to her husband she was preceded in death by her parents and one son Floyd J. Young.

At her request cremation has taken place and she will be committed next to her husband in Idaho.

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

Carl K Berg Jr. 60, of Martinsdale, MT, passed away on July 25th, 2019 peacefully, at his home. Carlie was born in White Sulphur Springs, MT on June 14th 1959 the son of Carl Kay and Ardella Jean (Smith) Berg Sr. as the eldest of 3 children. He attended school in Martinsdale from 1st through 3rd grade, Butte for 4th grade; then on to White Sulphur Springs until he graduated high school. Carlie was united in marriage to the love of his life, Debra Ann Miller on July 3rd, 1991 in Harlowton, MT. Together they welcomed their son Michael on October 12th, 1992. Carlie worked construction in telecommunications for over 40 years, where he enjoyed running and operating any form of heavy equipment, and trucking. This career took Carlie and his family all across the United States.

He also enjoyed elk hunting, snowmobiling, and riding his motorcycle. A self-proclaimed “gearhead”, he always was looking for a project that involved mechanic work or welding. Carlie was also an avid collector of older Jeeps.

Carlie is preceded in death by his parents, Kay and Ardella Berg, and his wife, Debbie in 2014.

Carlie is survived by 2 sons Michael of Martinsdale and Chad (Michelle) Fiedler of Columbus, MT; 2 daughters Stacy (Kevin) Fiedler of Big Timber, MT and Jenny (Eric) Fiedler of Belgrade, MT; brother Ken (Kelli) Berg of Harlowton, MT; sister Cathie (Ken) Garoutte of Tucson, AZ; 4 grandchildren and several nieces and nephews; as well as his companion, Sharon Mager of Harlowton who had been his partner and support for the past few years.

Memorial Service for Carl Kay Berg, Jr. will be on Saturday August 3rd, 2019, at 1:00 p.m. in the Lennep Church at Lennep, MT, with a reception to follow at the Martinsdale Community Center. Perkins Funeral Home is assisting the family.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests memorials to the Martinsdale Community Center 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

The family wishes to extend our sincere thanks to family and friends for all their support and condolences.

Carl K. Berg, Jr. 60 of Martinsdale died Thursday, July 25th, 2019 at his home of natural causes.  Memorial Services will be Saturday, August 3rd, 2019 at 1:00 p.m. in the Lennep Church with a reception to follow.  At his request Cremation has taken place.  A complete obitiuary will be released when completed.  The Perkins Funeral Home is assisting the family.

Albert R. Lasater 95 of Ryegate passed away Friday, June 28th, 2019 of natural causes at his home with his family by his side. He was born in the Tie Creek area of Montana near Ekalaka on October 23, 1923 the son of Jesse E. and Mary Ellen (Berry) Lasater. They lived on a homestead, which is still owned by a relative of the family. In1938 they moved into Ekalaka so the children could attend high school, where he graduated in 1942. Later that year he entered the United States Navy, attending boot camp in Northern Idaho. This was cut short by a desperate need for Seamen in the massive buildup of troops. Albert graduated radar training in Chicago, and sailed aboard the O’Brian, a troop transport ship from San Diego to Honolulu, where he received more training in this exciting new field of radar. He then served aboard the USS Proteus, a submarine tender, until the war ended. The USS Proteus was in the harbor the morning of September 2, 1945, when the surrender ceremony took place on the deck of the battleship, USS Missouri. Seamen aboard the Proteus were able to witness this historic event with the use of binoculars. Albert received his Honorable Discharge in 1946.

He returned to Montana and met the love of his life Donna Mae (Kay) Rishor and they were united in marriage on June 20, 1950 in Kellogg, ID. Albert held many positions working as a welder, carpenter, sheep-shearer, grave digger, farmer and rancher. He worked for the railroad, the REA (Rural Electric Association) and Golden Valley County Road Department. In 1962 he was elected Clerk of District Court of Golden Valley County and he held that position until 1985.

Albert was an historian, inventor, a loving husband, father, grandfather, and a friend to many.

Albert is survived by his wife Kay of 69 years of Ryegate; children Earl (Jeanie) of Kuna, ID, Mary Jo Jones of Spokane, WA, Nora (Bryce) Phelps of Billings, MT and Paul (Julie) Lasater of Shepherd, MT; one brother Harold of Manhattan, MT; 6 grandchildren Dason (Tess) Lasater, Damie (Stephanie) Lasater of Boise, ID, Justen (Wynne) Phelps of Boulder, WY, Eugene Pitts Lasater of Shepherd, MT Jake (Ashleigh) Lasater of Billings, MT, Christina (Chris) Gomer of Shepherd, MT; 11 great grandchildren, one great great grandchild and numerous nieces and nephews.

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

Memorial Mass for Albert R. Lasater will be Tuesday, July 2, 2019 at 11:00 a.m. in St. Mathias Catholic Church in Ryegate with committal to follow in the Ryegate Catholic Cemetery. All are welcome to attend a reception immediately following, at the Senior Center.

Friends are asked to make memorials to the Ryegate Senior Center, and they may be left with the Perkins Funeral Home, PO Box 313, Harlowton, MT 59457. The Perkins Funeral Home is assisting the family.

Special thanks to Stillwater Hospice for their services and the wonderful people who attended Dad in his final days. Condolences for the family may be posted on-line at www.perkinsfuneralandcremation.com.

Edward L. Ross 89 passed away Wednesday, Sept. 5, 2018 after a full active life. He was born Nov. 28, 1928 in Judith Gap, Montana to James and Gertrude Ross. His early years were spent with seven sisters and a brother on a working ranch. In his teen years, he loved hunting and fishing and brought in extra money through trapping. He took a well-documented trip to the Yukon and eastern Alaska in the mid 40’s. A story he told all his life. While working on a dude ranch in northeast Idaho he met Irene Haws and they eventually had three children – Victoria, Deborah and Leonard. Victoria was born in Idaho.

They moved to Seattle and eventually to the north Snohomish County. While there they had Deborah. Ed built a home in Alderwood Manor, Washington where Leonard S. Ross was born, followed by a move to Lakewood. On the coast Ed worked for Weyerhauser as a crane operator, built logging roads and took regular hunting trips back to Montana.

In 1970, the family picked up and moved to Quincy, Washington and then Ephrata, Washington. Eventually Irene’s Candy Kitchen was started with Irene’s candymaking training and Ed’s love of the business; it was open 20 years.

A store was opened in Leavenworth, Washington and they sold packaged goods throughout eastern Washington, something Ed was always proud of. In his later years he got jobs on local farms and with Grant County.

Dad was always quick with a smile and some friendly conversation. He loved life and the people in it. Ed was preceded in death by his daughter, Victoria Raber (1955-1988).

He is survived by Irene at home; his son-in-law Jeff Raber and his kids Amanda Raber and Kristopher (Tabitha) Raber and daughter Sara; two children Leonard Ross and Deborah (Craig) Fairclough and kids Nicole and Kramer.

Graveside Services for Edward L. Ross will be Saturday, June 22, 2019 at 9:00 a.m. in the Harlowton Cemetery.

We wish to thank our “G” Street neighbors for their years of friendship; the prayer and good conversation of the LDS home teachers; the staff at Columbia Basin Hospital, especially the nurses; Nicoles Funeral Home, and Hospice.

Please express your thoughts and memories for the family at www.nicolesfuneralhome.com.
Arrangements are under the care of Nicoles Funeral Home of Ephrata, Wash and Perkins Funeral Home of Harlowton, MT. Condolences for the family may be posted on-line at www.perkinsfuneralandcremation.com