Obituaries

    

    Mary L. McGinty Alexander Carrier 97 of Rapid City, SD and formerly of Harlowton, Montana, died Friday, October 4, 2019 at Clarkson Health Care in Rapid City. She was born on July 6, 1922 in Miles City, Montana the daughter of William and Junomae (Watson) Ingham. She attended school in Miles City graduating from Custer County High School in 1940. She spent two years in college and one year as a secretary for the highway department in Helena, MT.

    Mary was united in marriage to John McGinty in 1943. Two children were born to this union, John and Sharon. Following their divorce, she married Zoyd Alexander on May 19, 1949 at Billings, MT. Mary and Zoyd had two more children, Edward and Jane. Zoyd died in 1982. Mary was united in marriage in March of 1986 to Arthur Carrier at Yuma, AZ. He passed away in 1996.

    Mary enjoyed gardening, dancing, quilting, camping, traveling, card playing and, most of all, being with grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

     She was active in the Eastern Star, hospital guild, American Legion Auxiliary and as a counselor for Girls State.

    Grateful for have shared in Mary’s life are her children, Sharon (Mike) Mertens, Edward Alexander and Jane Kurth; six grandchildren and nine great-grandchildren.

    She was preceded in death by her parents, two husbands, brother William Ingham and son John Alexander.

    Memorial service for Mary Carrier will e Friday, June 12th, 2019 at 11:00 a.m. in the Perkins Chapel with committal to follow 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

Jeri Lynn Forrest 38 of Harlowton died unexpectedly at her home Monday evening, November 4th, 2019. She was born October 28, 1981 in Harlowton the daughter of Robert and Janine (Hill) Best.

The family moved to Nevada and she received her education in Yerington. She lived in Yerington and a few other places before settling in Harlowton in in the late 2000’s. She began working for Elk River Systems in 2008, being a quick learner and hard worker, she soon grew to a leadership position. She was working for Elk River Systems until the time of her death.

She enjoyed fishing, spending time in the outdoors, in the mountains, the snow and loved music, all of which she did with her sons and they were the most important part of her life.

Jeri Lynn was an amazing woman, having the ability to make people laugh and cheer them up.

She is survived by three sons Brandon, Jayden and Ryan; brother Kacy Best; companion Cort VanCampen all of Harlowton.

She was preceded in death by her parents.

A Celebration of Life for Jeri Lynn Forrest will be held on Sunday, November 17th, 2019 at 2:00 p.m. in Kiwanis Youth Center in Harlowton. 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

Robert Dean White, age 84 of Ryegate passed away from complication due to lung cancer early Friday morning October 25, 2019 in Billings, Montana.

Robert was born August 31, 1935 in Des Moines, Iowa to Dwayne and Ila (Conaway) McNamee. He received his grade school and some high school education in Iowa. He considered Marshalltown, Iowa his home town. Robert Graduated High School from Phoenix Technical High in Phoenix, Arizona in June 1954. He enlisted and served in the United States Navy from September 8, 1954 receiving an honorable discharge July 31, 1958.

Robert spent a career in Engineering field retiring as a Systems Test Engineer for Boeing in Seattle. Following his retirement Robert moved to Ryegate Montana to spend his past time

as an archery enthusiast and enjoyed the outdoor activities Montana had to offer namely hunting and fishing.

Robert is survived by his daughters, Teresa L. (Kurt) White of Judith Gap, MT and Tracy L. White of Ryegate, MT; son, Robert D. of Ryegate, MT and one granddaughter Tierra K. White.

The family invites to join them in a celebration of Robert’s life to be held Saturday, November 9, 2019 beginning at 1:00 p.m. at the Ryegate Bar. Cremation has taken place with the Perkins Funeral Home assisting the family.

Memorials in Roberts name are suggested to a 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

Robert L. (Bob) Ritchey 70 of Harlowton died Friday afternoon, September 27th, 2019 in Harlowton of natural causes. He was born April 1, 1949 in Everett, PA the son of Rev. George S. and Laura E. (Jackson) Ritchey. The family moved following the calling of his father and he received his education in Arizona, Maryland, Montana and Minnesota graduating from Long Prairie High School. He then moved with his parents back to Pennsylvania and worked in a dealership selling motorcycles. In the mid 1970’s he moved to Shawmut with his parents and he begin working for the Forest Service as a Wildland Firefighter and EMT. He also was a member of the Shawmut Volunteer Fire Department. In the late 1980’s he was injured and retired moving into Harlowton.

He was Chairman of the Committee working on transforming the Shawmut School into a Community Center. He was always helping local ranchers with mechanical problems.

He is survived by one sister Sandra (Paul) Hilderman of Jefferson City, MT and several nieces and nephews.

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

Funeral Services for Robert L. Ritchey will be Saturday, October 5th, 2019 at 10:00 a.m. in the Perkins Chapel in Harlowton with committal to follow in the Ryegate Cemetery. The Perkins Funeral Home is assisting the family.

Friends are asked to make memorials to the Wheatland County Fire & EMS, the American Heart Association 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

Richard O. “Dick” Spencer 73 of Harlowton passed away September 22, 2019 in Wheatland Memorial Hospital with his family at his bed side. He was born November 26, 1945 in Nashville, TN, the son of Charles and Audrey (Stock) Spencer. The family moved to California where he lived and received his education in Westchester. Following his graduation from Westchester High School, he attended Los Angeles Trade Technical College where he would master his skills in welding. After his graduation he began working with the City of Los Angeles Police Department in their Civil Defense and Disaster Corps. After several years in L.A. he became a Quality Control Manager with Bell & Howell & Telos Medical before finding a home with J.G. Plastics Group. He would meet Virginia “Ginny” Karen (Casciato) in 1973 and later marry January 12, 1974. Together they would move to Burbank, CA. They bought their first home in Rialto, CA in 1986 where they raised their two children Carey & Brian Spencer. On June 27, 1995 he lost the love of his life “Ginny” losing her battle to cancer. He moved to Moreno Valley, CA and become neighbors to his sister Joyce Spencer. In 2008 he moved to Harlowton, Montana for health reasons and lived with his sister Joyce Spencer.

Over the years he enjoyed the countryside and peace. Also enjoying camping, fishing, four-wheeling, dinner parties and passing on his knowledge to the younger generation in town. Most of all he really enjoyed helping create and run the haunted house and Christmas Light show in Harlowton, MT.

He is survived by his sons Carey Spencer of Yucaipa and Brian Spencer of Redlands; sisters Joyce Spencer of Harlowton and Jean Dobkowski of Valencia. Dick had a wide range of friends in Harlowton

In addition to his wife he was preceded in death by his parents and brother George Spencer.

Funeral Services for Richard O. “Dick” Spencer will be held at graveside at Forest Lawn Hollywood Hills, 6300 Forest Lawn Dr, Los Angeles, California 90068 at a future date. For any information please call Joyce or Carey Spencer @ (951) 259-7638

Any donations may be made to a charity of your choice or Wheatland Memorial Hospital @ 530 3rd St NW, Harlowton, MT 59036 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

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