Central Montana Obituaries

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Deborah D. Comes, 64

Deborah D. Comes, 64, passed away Thursday, October 10, 2019 in Missoula, MT.  Services are pending.  An obituary will be shared when complete.

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


Thomas A. Udelhoven 72

of Roundup passed away early Wednesday morning, October 9th, 2019 in St Vincent Healthcare in Billing of natural causes.  He was born January 16th, 1947 in Lewistown the son of Andrew M. and Viola (Davis) Udelhoven.  The family lived near Winifred where he received his schooling. He then worked on his fathers’ ranch and in 1968 was united in marriage to Joy Halter, they later divorced.  He worked for Cardinal Oil in the Oil fields and on March 12, 1975 he was united in marriage to Joni Woodard in Sheridan, WY. He worked at the N-Bar Ranch near Grass Range and for Stevenson Ranch near Hobson.  Later working as a truck driver for 3 Way Trucking, in the Sugar Beet Industry in Sidney and then for MK Weeden Construction of Lewistown until he retired in 2014.  

They then moved to Wyoming where they lived until 2018 when they returned to Montana and settled in Roundup.

Tom enjoyed hunting, fishing, spending time in the outdoors and was a good hard worker.

He is survived by his wife Joni of Roundup, MT; sons Martin of Billings, MT, Ronald of Lewistown, MT and James of Roundup, MT; daughters Sherry Strobel of Billings, Wendy Gray in Texas and Julie Layton of Torrington, WY; brothers Mark, Dave and Bill all of Winifred, MT; sister Betty Fordyce or Culbertson, MT; 7 grandchildren 4 great grandchildren and numerous nieces and nephews.

Memorial Services for Thomas A. Udelhoven will be Thursday, October 17th, 2019 at 11:00 a.m. in the Cloyd Chapel in Lewistown, cremation has taken place.  The Cloyd Funeral Home is assisting the family.

Friends are asked to make memorials to Compassus Hospice of Billings or the charity of their choice and they may be left with the Cloyd Funeral Home.  Condolences for the family may be posted online at www.cloydfuneralhome.com.


Daryl Henry Sereday, 62

passed away Thursday, July 18, 2019 in Lewistown, MT.  

He was born September 26, 1956 to Henry and Opal Sereday of Lewistown, MT.  Daryl grew up on Upper Spring Creek with a family of four brothers and three sisters.  He went to school in Lewistown and graduated from Fergus High School in 1974. He wanted to be a painter but his dad told him it might be hard to make a living at it.  Daryl went on to Vo-Tech school in Helena and received an electronic technician degree. He worked for about 35 years fixing electronics for many people.  

Daryl’s passion was painting.  Over the years he painted many wonderful paintings.  He enjoyed showing us the paintings as much as we enjoyed seeing them and he taught some of us how to paint.  He recently painted an amazing and surprising picture for his niece which she will cherish forever more.

Our hearts are broken; we are missing our brother, friend, and uncle Daryl.  We find comfort and peace knowing he is now reunited with all his family and friends that have previously passed before him.

We remember Daryl’s great sense of humor; him joking and making us all laugh.  He was very entertaining. He loved to write short stories and he wrote several touching poems over the years.

Daryl loved the country.  He often talked about going to the cabin or his many camping trips in the mountains with his family and friends.  Daryl took the time to enjoy life! A good friend said on the way out camping they pulled over just to lay down in a grassy meadow and enjoyed looking at the clouds.  He was very devoted to his favorite dog, Skinner/Skinny whom he loved very much. His fondness of animals was obvious as he enjoyed painting pictures of wildlife and scenery.  In some pictures the fine details of the hair that you could see was spectacular. He was famous for his little ant he painted in his pictures. We would all be hovered over his painting trying to find the ant.  He would laugh and say, “Keep looking, it’s there.” Sometimes he would have to show us where it was.

Daryl was a very gentle, kindhearted, sensitive man.  He was an extremely talented local artist, and loved his family and friends.  He enjoyed playing his guitar. He had a fun lovable spirit. Daryl never married, but he had very meaningful and significant relationships throughout his life.  He had many family and friends that deeply care for him.

Daryl is survived by his siblings, David (Sue) Sereday, Beverly (Rick) Halverson, Doug (Linda) Sereday, Susan (Bruce) Hinkley, and Dennis (Almyra) Sereday; many nieces and nephews; great-nieces; great-nephews; cousins; and many more.  

He is preceded in death by his parents, Henry and Opal Sereday; brother, Dominic Sereday; sister, Sandra Eastman; brother-in-law, Ronald Pospisil; and nephew-in-law, Wayne Arcand.

Join us please, in remembering Daryl’s life and his adventures.  A Service of Remembrance will be held at 2:00 p.m., Saturday, October 19th, at Celebration Community Fellowship.  Memorial donations in honor of Daryl can be left with the funeral home.
Arrangements are under the care of Creel Funeral Home.  Daryl’s family and friends can share memories and condolences at www.creelfuneralhome.com


Michael Francis Elliott 45

of Billings and formerly of Lewistown answered when Jesus whispered, “It’s time to go home” on Monday October 7th, 2019 in Billings.  Michael was born on August 23, 1974 to Darrel and Christa (Watson) Elliott in Spokane, WA., he was an active boy, always busy building or creating something.  When Michael was five, his brother Brian was born, and his sister Kelly soon followed. Michael was very protective of his siblings. He struggled in school but around fourth grade, he developed a love for reading. Moving to Billings at the age of 8, he attended Lockwood School and Senior High, graduating in 1994.  He was a Boy Scout, starting as a Cub Scout and going through to Life Scouts. He played soccer, ran track, cross country, and pole vaulted, and loved racing cars with Kurt Schulz while in high school. 

He entered the Marine Corp., trained as an electronics repairman and attended radio operator’s school; this training benefited him throughout the rest of his life. He earned the Navy Achievement Medal for running a radio repair shop two steps above his rank and was known as a brilliant guy and a great Marine, knowledgeable about the history and rules of conduct.  

All throughout Michael’s life, one of the places he enjoyed most was the family ranch in Lewistown, Montana.  A place where his wild spirit could soar, creating an abundance of hilarious stories. He was extremely close and devoted to his Grandma Helen (Hruska) (Watson) Schultz.    

In September 1998, Michael met Kristi Lindell. They married on June 23, 2001. They enjoyed traveling and building a home together. Michael’s proudest moments were when his children were born. In 2005, a son Brenner was born, his Little Buddy. In 2008, a daughter, Isabella, joined the family. Michael learned to attend tea parties and play Barbies. She was his Little Lady. He was a fierce protector of his family and a good provider.     

He was an avid reader, a skilled outdoorsman, and enjoyed board games, especially Cribbage, recently teaching Isabella how to play. She turned out to be a formative component.  He was a skilled blanket fort and snow igloo builder for the kids. He loved to hunt, fish, and hike with Brenner and was with him in 2018 when Brenner shot his first cow elk. Michael loved to snowmobile and sled with his family in the Judith Mountains and camp, canoe, and float Spring Creek during the summer. He was known as the “Cat Whisperer,” although allergic to his feline family.  

Michael worked repairing cars for his friend Kurt Schulz, Computer Renaissance fixing computers, and Industrial Communications and Electronics where his extensive knowledge base and relentless troubleshooting skills earned him the trust of his customers.  He became a Project Leader and was eventually recruited by Brian Hamilton to join the C3 Sales and Consulting, eventually becoming a co-owner.  In 2014, Michael broke away to purchase Centana Communications in Lewistown. He made this type of work look easy and for that, he was contacted by customers all over Montana to perform his “magic.”  Michael was a quick learner and even thought to have a photographic memory. Kristi often said he was “simply brilliant in what he does.” He was proud of his work in Lewistown but wearing all the hats of his own company proved to be a heavy load. Michael struggled with alcohol addiction and was eventually diagnosed with bi-polar disorder.  The progression of these diseases took him away from his family, the last few years. He was dearly loved and his kind, giving spirit will never be forgotten. 

Michael will always be remembered for his quirky sense of humor, charming personality, deep love for those in his inner-circle, strong protective instincts toward his family, and his love for Jesus.  

Michael is survived by his wife, Kristi Lindell Elliott; two children: Brenner, 14, and Isabella, 11; parents: Darrel and Christa Elliott of Billings; siblings: Brian (Johna) Elliott, and Kelly (Scott) Filbin; Several aunts, uncles, and cousins. And many friends and Marine Corp. buddies he called, “Brothers.”  

As a bird cannot exhaust the air in the sky, nor a fish exhaust water in the sea, neither can we exhaust the grace of God. ~C.H. Spurgeon   

Memorial services for Michael F. Elliott will be Saturday, October 19, 2019 at 11:00 AM. In New Life Assembly of God Church with Military honors will follow.  Michael’s ashes will be spread in the Judith Mountains by his family at a later date and interred at Yellowstone National Cemetery in Laurel, Montana. The Cloyd Funeral Home is assisting the family.

In Lieu of flowers, the family requests donations to help with funeral expenses: “Michael F. Elliott Memorial,” First Bank of Montana (Glacier Bank Group) or may be left with the Cloyd Funeral Home.  Condolences for the family may be posted online at www.cloydfuneralhome.com.

Special thanks to Ken Loss, friend and pastor of New Life Assembly of God Church and Dick Brown of Cloyd’s Funeral Home for the dignity and care with funeral arrangements and services.