Central Montana Obituaries

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loved with,

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Rachel Brasier Cowen Eide, 93

Rachel Brasier Cowen Eide passed away peacefully on the evening of August 2, 2018.  She was born on August 15, 1924 at St. Joseph's Hospital in Lewistown, to Walter G. and Ruth (Heatherly) Brasier of Roy, Montana.  Rachel was raised on their ranch Southeast of Roy and loved the ranch life. She was particularly fond of her horses and became an expert horsewoman.  

Rachel graduated from Roy High School in 1940 and later that fall married William (Bill) G. Cowen of Lewistown.  They had three children together, Keay, Diana and Billy. In 1957 the family moved to Billings, where Rachel continued her career as a Real Estate Broker that began in Lewistown.  Rachel and Bill later divorced and several years later she married Lloyd Eide and moved to Bozeman. In 1976 she moved back to Lewistown and opened Spring Creek Realty. After 30 plus years in the real estate business, Rachel retired but soon went back to work as the Night Manager at Eagles Manor.  She was there for 18 years and developed many wonderful friendships with the residents and her faithful companion Maximillian “Max”, her shiatsu dog. She and Max could be seen by many walking around the block several times a day.

Rachel was preceded in death by her parents and brother.

She is survived by daughters, Keay J. Cowen, Diana R. C. Hewitt, and son, William W. (Vickey) Cowen, all of Lewistown; grandchildren: Malisa (Brad) Therriault, Carra (Brian) Godbey, Jason D. (Jacinta) Hewitt, Justin D. Hewitt, Brandon W. (Dawn) Cowen and Tina M. (Kevin) Larson; great grandchildren: Dayna Jones, Jacob and Aubrey Godbey, Jason D. (Jr) and Tierany Hewitt, Rylee and Rider Cowen; great-great grandchildren: Justin W. Jones and Zane L. Ford.  She also has step grandchildren: PJ, Brad, Jennifer, Chris and Nick; step-great-great grandchildren: Jadeyn, Austin, Isabelle, Alana and Ian.

A family service is planned.  Memorial donations can be made to  K9 Care Montana (supported by the Order of the Eastern Star) P.O. Box 411, Philipsburg, MT 59858 or a charity of your choice.  

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

Donald Gene "Don" Arthur, 71

A Celebration of Life for Don will begin at the Lewistown City Cemetery on Saturday, August 18th, 11:00 a.m. when his ashes will be buried and Military Honors will be presented.  We will then proceed to the Trade Center (Fergus County Fairgrounds) for socializing, eating, Pow-Wow Dancing and remembering. 

Creel Funeral Home is assisting with the arrangements.

 Kipp S. Heppner, 49

Kipp Shane Heppner, 49, died Tuesday, August 14, 2018 at the Fort Belknap Health Center.  He was highly allergic to wasps/bees and passed away suddenly due to complications from a wasp sting.  

Kipp was born in Terry, MT on January 25, 1969 to Fred and Carolyn (Martin) Heppner.  He attended school in Colstrip, MT. Kipp loved to draw and be outdoors; hunting, fishing and working with horses.  He worked various jobs including at a dude ranch by Utica, MT where he was a guide.

In the 90’s, Kipp married Carol Olson; they later divorced.  Kipp did some roofing work where he worked for others and at one time owned his own business.  Then he was back to ranch work, working mostly around Utica, Hobson, and Buffalo.

Kipp is survived by his mother, Carolyn Askins of Stanford, MT; father, Fred Heppner of Forsyth, MT; sister, Doris Higbee of Billings, MT; stepdaughter, Lauren Olson of Lewistown, MT and her daughter Aubrey; niece, Jessica Robertson; nephews, Kasey Robertson and Quentin Higbee; two great nieces; and several aunts and uncles.  He is preceded in death by his grandparents; one uncle; and his sister, Laura Herrera.

At Kipp’s request, cremation has taken place.  A gathering will take place later. In honor of Kipp, donations may be made to a charity of your choice.   

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