Central Montana Obituaries

In memory of those we've lived with,

loved with,

and learned with.

Our finest regards.

Guelda W. Johnson 96

of Lewistown died Monday afternoon, June 18, 2018 in Monterey, CA of natural causes.  She was born June 29, 1921 in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada the daughter of Percy R. and Jennet M. (Smyth) Harmon.  She received her education in Idaho and on September 13, 1941 she was united in marriage to Martin L Johnson in Stanford, MT.  They lived in Lewistown until 1947 and then moved to Billings.  After 22 years in Billings Martin and Guelda moved to Salt Lake City, UT where they lived until retirement in 1984 when they moved to Mesa, AZ.  In 1994 they moved back to Lewistown to spend retirement closer to family.  They lived for several years in the Lewistown Eagles Manor.  Martin preceded her in death in 2016 after 74 years together.  She remained at the Eagles Manor until moving to Monterey, CA in July 2017 to be closer to family.

She is survived by her son Martin L. (Victoria) of Monterey, CA; grandsons Martin D. (Jelveh) of Morgan Hill, CA and Christopher A. (Pia) of Pebble Beach, CA; great grandson Jett Johnson and numerous nieces and nephews.

A Celebration of Life for Guelda W. and Martin L. Johnson will be held in Lewistown at a later date, with committal in the Lewistown City Cemetery.  The Cloyd Funeral Home of Lewistown and the Bermudez Family Cremation and Funeral of Monterey are assisting the family.

The family wishes to thank the staffs of the Lewistown Eagles Manor, Ave Maria Convalescent Hospital in Monterey and the VNA Hospice of Monterey for their loving care.

Friends are asked to make memorials to the Council on Aging, Eagles Manor Memorial Fund or the charity of their choice and they may be left at Cloyd Funeral Home.  Condolences for the family may be posted online at www.cloydfuneralhome.com.


Raymond Joseph Cox, 79

Raymond Joseph Cox, 79, of Lewistown passed away Tuesday, June 19, 2018, at Central Montana Medical Center.

Raymond was born at St. Joseph’s Hospital in Lewistown on November, 4, 1938 to Archibald Arthur Cox and Mable Isabel (Heggen) Cox. He graduated from Fergus High School in 1956.

He worked for his uncle, John Stanley, and on many local ranches during his young adult life. In the early 1960s he worked on the missile project and at the US Gypsum Plant. Shortly after, he worked at Fabian Welding in Lewistown until 1970 when he opened his own welding business, “R” Machine and Welding.

In March of 1982 he married Holly Watson in Lewistown.

Raymond enjoyed the outdoors, family gatherings, farming and country drives. He served the community for 46 years, welding, building, and designing various projects for the community and throughout the United States.

He is survived by his wife, Holly Cox; children, Rickie Dean Cox, Raymond Joseph Cox, Jr. Robert  Arthur Cox, Randal Leland Cox, Reece Alan Cox, Robin Alena (Hughes) Cox, and Dustie Duran Williams; grandchildren, Daniel, Dallas, Devin, Aislyn, Liam, Justice, Landra, Aubre, Tobiah and Nekoda; great-granddaughter, Scarlet; siblings, Laurence Dale, William Leon, and Shirley Ann; and ex-wife, Rose Ingalls.

He is preceded in death by his parents, Archibald and Mable Cox; grandparents, Jabez and Eliza Cox and Iver and Thea Heggen; son, Rodney Gene Cox; siblings, Kenneth Arthur Cox, Richard Lee Cox and Eugene Alton Cox.

Graveside service will be held at the Forest Grove Cemetery on Wednesday, June 27th, 11:00 a.m.  A potluck luncheon will follow at the Schoolhouse; please bring your own chairs.  Memorial donations can be made to the Forest Grove Cemetery, c/o Bobbie Cox.

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