Central Montana Obituaries

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loved with,

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Cecil F. Woods 92 of Lewistown died Sunday evening, February 26th, 2017 in the Central Montana Nursing & Rehab Center of natural causes. She was born November 24, 1924 in Blood Creek, Petroleum County, Montana the daughter of John and Fannie (Massingail) Fairbairn. She received her education in Petroleum County Schools and then worked in the Winnett area until her marriage to Henry Woods on June 4, 1938 in Harlowton. They moved to Lewistown in 1942 and she was a stay at home mother. Henry preceded her in death in 1986, she continued to live in Lewistown until the time of her death.

Cecil enjoyed sewing and spending time with family, especially her grandchildren.

She was a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints.

She is survived by her sons: Henry, Rodney, Jody, Toby and Daniel all of Lewistown and Barry of Billings, MT; daughters Nettie Egbert of Worland, WY, Ethel Espinoza of Lewistown, MT, Veronica Kinney of Fife, WA, Wanda Hoppis of Western Grove, AK and Anna Miller of Billings, MT; 28 grandchildren, numerous great grandchildren, great great grandchildren, nieces and nephews.

In addition to her husband she was preceded in death by one son William, one granddaughter, one grandson, her parents and 11 siblings.

Memorial Graveside Services for Cecil F. Woods will be held on Friday, June 23, 2017 at 2:00 p.m. in Central Montana Memorial Gardens of Lewistown; cremation has taken place. The Cloyd Funeral Home is assisting the family.

Friends are asked to make memorials to 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


Donald Ray Fleharty 74 of Grass Range passed away at his home on May 24, 2016 of natural causes.  He was born December 12, 1941 in Lewistown, Montana the son of Ray and Myrtle (Freberg) Fleharty.  Don was raised on the Freberg Homestead, receiving his schooling in Grass Range graduating from Grass Range High School in 1960.  His parents passed away and he operated the ranch, he was a man before his time.  Don was always reading and experimenting with his own solar energy system and electrical wind generation.  He had a CB base station and visited with people worldwide.  He was the Grass Range weatherman reporting the rainfall and daily weather to the U.S. Geological Survey.

His favorite spot on the ranch was on the top of the mountain in Beckett.  He said, “This is as close to God as anyone gets.”  He always looked forward to hunting season with friends and family coming to hunt with him.  His truck always came out of the mountains with an elk or a load of firewood for a friend.  He was a kind and gentle soul, always willing to take in a stray animal or help his friends.

He is survived by several cousins.

Memorial Graveside Services for Donald R. Fleharty will be Friday, June 23rd, 2017 at 4:00 p.m. in the Lewistown City Cemetery.  Cremation has taken place with the Cloyd Funeral Home assisting the family.

Friends are asked to make memorials in Don's memory to the NRA Foundation, Attention Office of Advancement, 11250 Waples Road, Fairfax, VA 22030 and they may be left at the Cloyd Funeral Home.  You may also call Frances at 703 267-1125 for information on specific donating options to the NRA. Condolences for the family may be posted online at www.cloydfuneralhome.com.


John B. “Jack” Shaver 81 of Lewistown died February 23rd, 2017 in Burien, WA of natural causes following a long illness. He was born March 21, 1935 in Lewistown, MT the son of James M. and Carro (Cook) Shaver. He received his schooling in Lewistown. He then entered the United States Air Force in 1952 serving during the Korean War. He was united in marriage to Annie L. Taylor on December 16, 1955 in Sherman, TX.

He received his discharge in 1956 and returned to Lewistown. He attended Northern Montana College, Montana State University, also one year of college in Salt Lake City, UT. After graduation, he worked in the Aerospace Industry in Goodyear, AZ, St. Louis, MO. In 1969, they returned to Lewistown and operated Shaver’s Music. In the mid 1983, they began a partnership in Courtesy Chevrolet until 2000 when they retired.

They traveled extensively for many years. Jack enjoyed his family, especially the many good times at the family cabin fishing, hunting and hiking with all of the family and friends. He also enjoyed his cars and the trips they made in them. He is loved and will be missed every day but good memories are forever.

He is survived by his wife Annie of Lewistown; sons Scot (Saiyan) of Normandy Park, WA, Dale (Esther) of Santa Fe, TX and Ray (Shannon) of Priest River, ID; daughter Janice (Perry) Williams of SeaTac, WA; 11 grandchildren, 8 great grandchildren and several nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents, 2 brothers James (Shorty) and Bill and 1 sister Pat Welch.

A Celebration of Life for Jack Shaver will be held Sunday, June 25th, 2017 at 1:00 p.m. at the Elks Club in Lewistown. Private Family Committal will be in the Lewistown City Cemetery. The Cloyd Funeral Home is assisting the family.

Condolences for the family may be posted online at www.cloydfuneralhome.com.


Lucille A. Hughes, 91

Lucille A. Hughes, 91, of Stanford, MT passed away due to natural causes on June 16, 2017 at Central MT Nursing and Rehab in Lewistown. Our beloved mother and grandmother peacefully passed into heaven surrounded by her family.

Lucille Anna Jegen was born February 19, 1926 to George and Anastasia (Weber) Jegen in Park,
Kansas. She arrived 15 minutes prior to her twin brother, Bernard. She was raised on the family farm near Park.

Lucy was a member of Sacred Heart Catholic Church and attended Gove County area schools with her brothers and sisters. She helped her father on the family farm before venturing out to take other jobs. Lucille enjoyed dressing in stylish clothes, complete with a hat, gloves and purse. She liked to travel, attend dances with family and friends, and play bingo and checkers. She also liked sewing and altering her own clothes to suit her style or the current fashion.

Lucy was a cook and nanny on farms and ranches in Kansas and Wyoming. While working in the Sheridan, WY area she did some clothes modeling for local department stores. She later went to Billings to work. While there she met Harley Hughes who convinced her to come and cook for the Hughes Livestock Co. ranch at Stanford. Lucille and Harley eventually married in 1955, remaining on the ranch and raising their 7 children there.

Lucy was well known for the delicious meals she prepared for her family and the hired help on the ranch. She enjoyed having company to visit with and always welcomed anyone that happened by to stay for whatever meal was being served. Everyone loved her homemade breads, desserts and canned goods, and usually ended up with some treats to take home.

Some of Lucille's favorite things were: jewelry, hats, collecting recipes and cookbooks, caring for animals, growing houseplants, picnics in the mountains, Sunday morning radio church programs, activities with her grandkids and listening to music while she worked in the kitchen.

Lucy was preceded in death by: her parents; brothers: John, Bernard and Lucas Jegen; sisters:
Josephine Bieker, Teresa Hoffman and Katherine Jegen; and husband Harley W. Hughes, Sr. She is survived by a sister, Anna Marie Wasinger (Mankato, MN); sons: Harley (Susan) Hughes (Stanford), Gordon Hughes (Stanford); daughters: Alberta (lra) Preshinger (Joliet), Patricia (John) Antonich (Geyser), Janet (Paul) Wertheimer (Utica), Teresa (Arnie) Smith (Stanford),
Connie (Joe) Moll (Great Falls); grandchildren: Jaegen Hughes, Debra (Dan) Tresch, Tara Preshinger, James (Kristan) Preshinger, Mandy (Riley) Dewitt, Owen Antonich, Victoria Antonich, Bailey Wertheimer, Morgan Wertheimer, Allison Wertheimer, Leah (Trent) Krieger, Zach (Kari) Smith, Kendra Smith, Zane Smith; great-grandchildren: Nichole (Tyler) Stidham, Ricky Fulbright, William Tresch, Brynley Krieger, Harper Krieger, Clay DeWitt; great-great- granddaughter, Lucy Stidham; and numerous nieces and nephews.

Mass of Christian Burial for Lucille will be celebrated at St. Rose of Lima Catholic Church in Stanford on Wednesday, June 28th at 11:00 a.m. There will be a time of viewing from 10-10:30 a.m. prior to the service. Rite of Committal will take place at the Stanford Cemetery. Following the graveside service, please join the family back at the church for a light luncheon and visiting.

Arrangements have been entrusted to Creel Funeral Home. Memories and condolences may be shared with the family online at www.creelfuneralhome.com. Memorials in Lucille's honor are suggested to CMMC Hospice in Lewistown, MT.


John Lee Baslee, 69, of Lewistown died peacefully Wednesday evening June 14, 2017 in his favorite chair.

He was born June 7, 1948 in Oakland, California, the son of Victor and Betty Baslee. He served in the Navy during the Vietnam War and was a nurse to the troops on the USS Sanctuary.

He received his education after the war and became a pastor of a Nazarene church.

He had a love for hunting, fishing, and fly-tying.

On March 19, 1977 he married Elaine Bass in Castro Valley, CA. He spent 22 years as an LVN until he had to retire because of being considered 100% disabled.

He is survived by his wife Elaine, his three daughters Debbie, Karen, and Michelle; he is survived by his four grandkids Alexus, Kadon, Peyton, and Olivia. He is also survived by his nephew Josh and two nieces Jodi and Jenna.

He was preceded in death by his sister June in May 2017.

A Celebration of Life service will be held on Friday, June 23, 2017 at 6:00 p.m. at the Nazarene Church, 1102 Casino Creek Road in Lewistown. The Cloyd Funeral Home in Lewistown is assisting the family with arrangements.

Condolences for the family may be posted online at www.cloydfuneralhome.com.