Central Montana Obituaries

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Dorothy Mae Larson, 87

Dorothy Larson, 87 of Potter, Nebraska passed away February 15, 2018 in Lewistown Montana surrounded by family, friends and caregivers.

Funeral Services will be held at 10:30 A.M., Thursday, February 22, 2018 in the Prairie West ELCA/UMC Church in Potter, Nebraska with Pastors Betsy Galloway-Carew and Tyler Larson officiating. Burial will follow in the Potter Cemetery.

There will not be a visitation at the funeral home and the casket will be closed at the church.

Memorials may be made to the Potter Historical Foundation, the Potter Volunteer Fire Department District #4 or the CMMC Foundation, Attn: ER, 408 Wendell Ave., Lewistown, MT 59457.

Dorothy Mae Larson was born March 29, 1930 in Gering, Nebraska to Alex and Lillian (Hoff) Benzel. She grew up west of Sidney on the family farm with her parents, sisters: Betty, Norma, Ruth, Pat, and Sharon and brothers: Harvey, Kenneth, and John.

Dorothy met the love of her life, Calvin Larson, at a rural youth function in Sidney. They were married on September 17, 1950 in Sidney. Dorothy and Calvin farmed and ranched south of Potter where they were blessed with five children: Gary, Janet, Scott, Craig and Linda. She was a loyal and loving wife, mother, grand-mother, and great grand-mother. She was married to Calvin for 65 years before he departed this earth on February 17, 2016. Later in life, and both in failing health, he would not leave her side. He said he orbited the sun 65 times with his dear love Dorothy. She orbited two more times without him, almost to the day, when he stopped and picked her up.

Dorothy was a hardworking housewife and mother. She especially enjoyed her garden and the springtime fixing fence with Calvin. She enjoyed the wildflowers and songbirds, but mostly just being with Calvin. She loved Jesus as her Lord and Savior, instructing her children in His ways and teachings. She was known to be a prayer warrior. She boldly professed the Christian faith with love and care. Dorothy loved music and had a deep rich alto voice. She loved the hymns, knowing many, many verses by heart. She made countless dear friends in her travels and travails.

Survivors include her children: Gary (Thuy Phan) Larson of Denver, CO; Janet (Rick) Davis of Big Springs, TX; Scott (Ronda) Larson of Alliance, NE; Craig (Amy) Larson of Centennial, CO; and Linda (Dean) Allen of Lewistown, MT; four sisters: Betty (Glen) Fleming of Lorenzo, NE; Norma (Jim) Phelps of Sidney, NE; Pat (Chuck) Hammond of Sidney, NE; and Sharon (Gary) Talich of Grant, NE; 12 Grandchildren and 14 Great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her husband, parents, three brothers (Harvey, Kenneth, John) and one sister (Ruth).

Creel Funeral Home is assisting with arrangements. Dorothy’s family and friends can share memories and condolences at www.creelfuneralhome.com


Floyd Lyle Emery, 84,

passed away Wednesday, February 14, 2018 in Roy, MT.  A Memorial Service will be announced and held later in Roy; cremation has taken place.  A full obituary will be shared when complete.  Arrangements are under the care of Creel Funeral Home.



Rodney Jaye Wichman, 46

Rodney Jaye Wichman passed into the hands of God on February 12, 2018 after his final battle with cancer. Rodney was born September 11, 1971 in Billings, Montana to John and Sharon (Nichols) Wichman.

Rodney grew up in Salem, Oregon graduating from South Salem High School in 1990. He went on to graduate from Montana State University with a bachelor’s degree in Mechanical Engineering. He spent most of his career working in the aerospace industry with the last 13 years spent at Triumph Group in Spokane, Washington.

Rodney had recently moved to central Montana to spend his final months. He had many fond memories of visiting relatives in the area and spending summers as a youth on his grandparents’ ranch. Rodney enjoyed hunting and his fishing trips on the Columbia River. He was also a fan of electronics and Chevrolets. Rodney was always thoughtful and witty even in the most trying of times.

Rodney is survived by his parents John and Sharon Wichman, his sister Paula Wichman, and his sister Greta Wichman along with her two children Luc and Colette Descantes. He was preceded in death by his grandparents Marshall and Betty Nichols and Joe and Vesta Wichman.

The family would like to express our thanks to the staff at the Central Montana Skilled Nursing Center for their compassionate care. Donations in memory of Rodney may be made to the website Glioblastoma Research/MD Anderson Cancer Center or to the choice of the donor.

Vigil and rosary will be at Creel Funeral Home in Lewistown, Montana on Friday, February 23rd at 7:00 pm. Funeral Mass will be celebrated at St. Leo’s Catholic Church in Lewistown on Saturday, February 24th at 11:00 am. A private burial will be at a later date.

Arrangements are under the care of Creel Funeral Home. Rodney’s family and friends can share memories and condolences at www.creelfuneralhome.com


Thomas R. Girvin 89

of Lewistown died Wednesday morning, February 14th, 2018 in the Central Montana Medical Center of natural causes. He was born January 1, 1929 in Indianapolis IN the son of Thomas O. and Irene F. Girvin. He met the love of his life Ruth A. Rohner and married her September 13, 1949 and they raised 5 children. He served in the United States Marine Corp being stationed in Guam and Quantico, VA. Tom was the oldest of 8 siblings and took on the responsibility of raising them along with raising his own children. Being the outgoing and gregarious man that he was, he always said that laughter was the best medicine. His interests were gardening, which he took great pride in having the best flowers surrounding his houses; fishing in streams, rivers, lakes and the Pacific Ocean and hunting.

Tom was a member of the First Presbyterian Church of Lewistown and served as a deacon for several years. He was also very active in various organizations whether living in California or living here in Lewistown. Tom was always taking the time to meet new friends and keeping in touch with them. His laughter and love for everyone was infectious. His life started out living in Indianapolis but he didn’t stay there for long. He moved to Evansville, IN and then to Chippewa Creek near Grass Range, MT and then to Lewistown, MT until 1966 when he moved the family to Goleta, CA working at the University of California at Santa Barbara as a carpenter. He returned to Lewistown in the summer of 1977 with his wife and became the Judge. One of his duties was marrying couples of which he did for 100+ couples. His dedication and his love for his wife of 68 years was evident to all those who met him For all those who have known him his life was filled with so much more than can be expressed in words. His humor and love will forever be missed.

Tom was a member of the Elks Lodge, Moose Lodge, Friendship Lodge #37 A.F. & A.M., Al Be Doo Shrine, Eastern Star of Grass Range, Disabled American Veterans, American Legion Post #16, Snowy Mountain Muzzleloaders and Past President CB Club in Santa Barbara, CA.

He is survived by his wife of 68 years Ruth; daughter Lyndia Sue Smitman; son Thomas Jr. all of Lewistown; sons Leslie A of Los Los Osos, CA and Timothy A. of Nipomo, CA; brother Lamont of Fairfield, OH; sister Mary Lou Wagner of Lewistown; 9 grandchildren, 11 great grandchildren and numerous nieces, nephews, great nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death one son Michael, one granddaughter, two brothers, four sisters and his parents.

Memorial Services for Thomas R. Girvin will be held later this spring. Cremation has taken place at his request. The Cloyd Funeral Home is assisting the family.

Friends are asked to make memorials to the Shrine Crippled Children Transportation Trust Fund or the charity of their choice and they may be left at the Cloyd Funeral Home. Condolences for the family may be posted online at www.cloydfuneralhome.com.