Obituaries

     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

Donna Mae Chamberlin 75 passed away peacefully in her sleep early Monday morning, November 25, 2019 at Wheatland Memorial Healthcare where she had been hospitalized since September 2019. She was born August 20, 1944 in Lewistown, MT the daughter of John W. and Ida Mae (Gray) Brown. She was raised in Harlowton and graduated from Harlowton High School in 1962. She worked at various restaurants around Harlowton until she moved to Billings, MT in 1968. On December 6, 1969 she was united in marriage to Michael Herman in Harlowton and they made their home in Billings. Michael left his family way too soon in May 1972 due to a tragic accident. She continued living in Billings with their son Jason. In August 1981 she was united in marriage to Fred Hanson and they moved to Cascade, MT. Fred passed away in February 2001 and she moved back to Billings to live with her son. She was united in marriage to Richard Chamberlin in April 2011 and they moved to Harlowton where they made their home.

Donna was a member of the Federated Church in Harlowton.

She was known for her handy work of crocheting, knitting, sewing and her knitting machines. She also loved the color purple.

She is survived by her son Jason; sister Betty Hanson (Dave Fochs), brother Dave (Gwen) Brown; her husband Richard all of Harlowton, MT; numerous cousins, nieces and nephews.

Graveside Services for Donna Mae Chamberlin will be Friday December 6, 2019 at 11:00 a.m. in Sunset Memorial Gardens in Billings with a reception to follow at the VFW in Billings heights. Cremation has taken place with 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, P.O. Box 313, Harlowton, MT 59036. Condolences for the family may be posted on-line at www.perkinsfuneralandcremation.com

We love you Donna Mae and will miss you forever Jason, Betty (Dave) and Dave (Gwen).

Daloris Joy Olson 87 of Two Dot passed away early Tuesday morning, November 26th, 2019 in Billings Clinic of natural causes. She was born August 14, 1932 in Harlowton, MT the daughter of Elmer H. and Elsie R. (Pronoveaux) Ringhand. She received her schooling in the Langston School and then the Harlowton High School graduating in 1950. On January 27, 1951 she was united in marriage to John Olson in Billings, MT. They made their home in Two Dot and she worked at Budge’s Honey. They ranched north of Two Dot and she worked as a fill in Post Master in Two Dot and also worked as a cook in the lunchroom at the Two Dot School.

She was an Artist, enjoyed sewing, quilting, cooking and making sock monkeys.

She was a member of the Trinity Lutheran Church, the Two Dot Community Club and served many years as an election judge.

She is survived by three sons John (Candace) of Two Dot, Rick (Kathy) of Harlowton and Cy of Dayton, WY; two sisters Ethel Berg of Martinsdale, MT and Paulette Amundson of Harlowton, MT; 13 grandchildren, 18 great grandchildren and several nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death her husband in 2001 and her parents.

Memorial Services for Daloris J. Olson will be Saturday, November 30th, 2019 at 2:30 p.m. in the Trinity Lutheran Church in Harlowton. Cremation has taken place with committal to be on the Olson Ranch at a later date. The Perkins Funeral Home is assisting the family.

Friends are asked to make memorials to the Two Dot Community Club, Trinity Lutheran Church 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

    

    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