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Richard L. Finkbeiner, 85

Richard L. Finkbeiner, 85, of Manhattan, MT passed away October 18, 2014 in Billings, MT.

A graveside service will be held at 2:00 p.m., Saturday October 25, 2014 at the Lewistown City Cemetery, Lewistown, MT.

Richard was born January 17, 1929 in Lewistown, MT to Leno & Minnie Finkbeiner who preceded him in death.  On April 5, 1962 Richard married Ruth Claver of Lewistown, MT.

Richard is survived by his wife Ruth of Manhattan, MT; sons, Richie, Dale and Kerry; daughters, Linda, Dorothy, Cathy, Donna, Pam and Pat; sister, Pearl; brothers, Bob, Russ and Roy; and many extended family.

Richard’s family and friends are welcome to share condolences and memories online at  Service arrangements are under the care of Creel Funeral Home.


Charles M. “Buck” Wood 76 of Winnett died Thursday afternoon at his home of natural causes.  He was born September 4, 1938 in Laurel, MT the son of Charles and Sylvia (Gunter) Wood.  He received his education in Laurel and then entered the United States Marines.  He served in Viet Nam and was discharge in 1970 returning to Laurel.  He worked for the Laurel Police Department and then in the Real Estate Business.  He moved to Winnett and managed a ranch.  There he met Ellen Carrell and they were united in marriage on September 24, 1988 in Winnett.  They made their home there and in 1992 they purchased the Kozy Korner Café which they operated until the time of his death.

He was a member of the Lutheran Church in Winnett.

Buck is survived by his wife Ellen of Winnett, MT; sons John Shultis and Brad Shultis both of Stafford, VA, Cole Phipps of Winnett, MT and Michael Phipps of Lake Havasu, AZ; daughter Rene Hartford of Portland, OR; brother Dan and Herb both of Colorado Springs, CO; sisters Nola Piper of Surprise, AS and Rissa Kroll of Kalispell, MT; 13 grandchildren, 4 great grandchildren and several nieces and nephews.

Memorial Services for Buck Wood will be Monday, October 27th, 2014 at 2:00 p.m. in the Winnett School with inurnment to follow in the Winnett Cemetery.  The Cloyd Funeral Home & Cremation Service is assisting the family.

Friends are asked to make memorials to the Marine Corp League, the Winnett Ambulance or Fire Department 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


Constance M. (Connie) Gauer 87 of Lewistown died Sunday morning, October 19, 2014, at an assisted living of natural causes.  She was born July 17, 1927 in Moore, MT the daughter of Archie F. and Alta I. (Thomas) Nelson.  She received her schooling in Moore where she lived and worked until her marriage to Myron Gauer on March 12, 1949 in Moore.  They then settled on Mill Creek south of Lewistown.  She worked for many years as a cook at various healthcare facilities in Lewistown.  Myron preceded her in death in 1998.  She continued to live on Mill Creek until 2013 when she moved to the assisted living.

Connie was a very active volunteer with the Eagles Auxiliary, Woman of the Moose, Red Cross Bloodmobile 30+ years, Central Montana Medical Center Auxiliary and the Disabled American Veterans.  Connie loved plants, flowers, animals and wildlife.  People were her friends first and she always gave a helping hand.

She is survived by sons Martin (Judy) of Port Angeles, WA, Glenn of Lewistown, Dale (Mollye) of Helena and Roger of Great Falls; daughters Marie Anderson (Andy) of Grand Coulee, WA and Beth Korst (Jerry) of Great Falls, MT, Jean Nelson of Lewistown; brothers Gary(Sheila), Donald (Joanne) and Pete (Lavaun) all of Moore, MT and Butch (Suzanne) of Laurel, ; one sister Joyce Turner of Hobson, MT; 14 grandchildren, 35 great grandchildren, 4 great great grandchildren and numerous nieces and nephews.

In addition to her husband she was preceded in death by one son Daniel, one great grandson Dakotah Holt, two brothers Clayton and Glen, one sister Barbara Durbin and her parents. 

Memorial Services for Connie Gauer will be Saturday, October 25th, 2014 at 11:00 a.m. in the Cloyd Chapel with inurnment to follow in Central Montana Memorial Gardens.  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