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  • Obituary: Gerald "Jerry" Arthur Wiederhold

    Updated May 2, 2024

    Jerry passed away in his sleep after a stroke and a short stay in the hospital. Born to Virginia and Moritz Wiederhold, Jerry grew up in Lincoln, Mont. before volunteering to join the Army and completing tours in Vietnam. He lived and worked in Alaska briefly and returned to Montana. He enjoyed reloading, coin collecting and traveling to visit his family members across the country. He was a father, a Veteran and a friend to so many. He always had a bright smile and a crude, bu...

  • Obituary: Charles "Eddie" Edward Grantier Jr. 

    Updated Apr 30, 2024

    On the morning of April 20, 2024 lifelong resident of Lincoln, Eddie rode out to greener pastures. He passed peacefully at his home in Lincoln where friends and family had been staying with him. Eddie was 88 years young. Eddie was born on May 1, 1935 in Helena, Mont. to Charles "Ed" Edward Grantier Sr. and Pearl Lott Grantier. He was the only son of four Grantier children. Eddie was raised on the Stonewall Ranch until his parents purchased the Company Ranch, later named the...

  • Obituary: Marlis Willey

    Updated Apr 25, 2024

    Marlis Willey passed away peacefully at home on a beautiful spring morning Saturday 4/13/2024. She will be joining her husband Mack at the Montana State Veterans Cemetery at Fort Harrison in Helena on Monday, May 6 at 10:30 a.m. Please join us for a short graveside service if you can. Marlis and her twin Mavis were born in North Dakota and were raised by loving parents during the Great Depression. They grew up with enough to eat but very little else. Gardening and homemade clo...

  • Death notice: Billie Ann Shafford

    Updated Apr 10, 2024

    Billie Ann Shafford, age 57 of Helena, passed away April 3, 2024. Services are pending at this time and will be announced when they're complete....

  • Obituary: Charlotte A Barger Geist

    Updated Apr 10, 2024

    Our beloved wife, mother, grandmother, and great-grandmother, surrounded by family, passed away peacefully in her home Feb. 20, 2024 at the age of 88. Charlotte was born on March 20, 1935 in Cadiz, Ohio to Dennis and Mable Mizer. She was the oldest of four siblings. After graduating from Cadiz High School, she attended White Cross Nursing School in Columbus, Ohio graduating with an RN degree. She married Roland "Ron" Barger Oct. 9, 1955. With Ron's Forest Service career, they...

  • Obituary: Jason Martinson

    Updated Feb 13, 2024

    Jason Michael Martinson, of Lincoln, passed away on Sunday, Jan. 7, 2024 at the age of 44. Jason was born March 24, 1979, in Bremerton, Wash. to David and Jerri (Strandskov)Martinson. His first 10 years of life he lived in Poulsbo, Wash. After that, his family moved to Quilcene, Wash. on the Olympic Peninsula. He attended Quilcene High School. Jason moved to Lincoln, Mont. where he lived with his brother and mother after his step dad's passing. He worked for the Lincoln Sewer...

  • Obituary: Barbara Lee Grimes

    Updated Jan 9, 2024

    Barb Grimes, 76, of Lincoln, Mont., passed away peacefully on Dec. 25, 2023. She was born on May 16, 1947, in Butte Montana to Joyce and Richard Vashro. She married Mike Grimes on July 3, 1970, and they had two children. Barb was a devoted wife and mother who dedicated herself to her family, protecting them, teaching them, and loving them. She had a kind and generous heart and a gentle spirit. She loved all creatures, especially her dogs. She enjoyed the outdoors and watching...

  • Obituary: Judith Diane Jones

    Updated Dec 11, 2023

    Judith Diane Jones was known to all as Judy and so help you if you called her Judith or made fun of Joe Montana. She was born in Bremerton, Washington to Lillian and Willard Eaton. Her dad was a Navy Man, and she grew up as a Navy brat and proud of it. Because he was in the military, she moved around quite a bit from California to Guam. So, if you said you were from California, so was she, but her first love was the Mountains of Montana. She finished her schooling in Lincoln,...

  • Obituary: Danny Wallace

    Updated Nov 29, 2023

    Danny C. Wallace "Dan or WALLY" of Lincoln Mont. passed away in his home surrounded by his family on Nov. 9 2023. He was 72 years old. His family and many friends are missing his presence in their life. Dan was born Nov. 11,1950 in Soap Lake, Wash. He was the third child of Arnold and Laurene Wallace. Dan grew up in Ephrata, Wash. and he had many fond stories of his childhood. I n 1971, after Dan had traveled around the United States and Mexico, he came home to Ephrata. With...

  • Obituary: Connie Guegold

    Updated Nov 29, 2023

    A talented self-taught chainsaw artist, free hand drawer, watercolor painter, and skilled woodworker was always learning new skills and forever blessing us with beautiful art for all to enjoy. She had her own personal chainsaw art display at the bottom of her property and donated many pieces to Lincoln and close friends. Connie, 67, of Lincoln, Montana, rejoined her dad Calvin, peacefully in her Montana home on Oct. 27, 2023. Connie was born in Mansfield, Ohio in 1956 to...

  • Obituary: Gene Frank "Joe" Youderian

    Updated Nov 29, 2023

    Gene Frank "Joe" Youderian, 81, of Lincoln passed away on Nov. 9, 2023. He was born Sept. 2, 1942, to Gene and Martha Youderian in Great Falls Mont. prior to his family moving to Oklahoma where his father was stationed. In 1948, the Youderians moved to Lincoln, Mont., where Joe lived for all but a handful of years. Joe grew up in an outfitting family, finding joy in the outdoors and alongside animals. In his younger years, Joe was active in Lincoln's 4-H club showing horses...

  • Obituary: Maurice "Rusty" VerHoeven

    Updated Nov 7, 2023

    Maurice Wayne "Rusty" VerHoeven, 85, born to Pete and Anne VerHoeven on Aug. 24, 1938, passed away on Oct. 31, 2023, at Benefis Hospital in Great Falls, Montana. He leaves behind a legacy of love, laughter, and countless memories that will forever be treasured by those who knew him. A funeral service will be held at 11 a.m., Wednesday, Nov. 8, 2023 at Eastgate Funeral Service, 2302 East Divide Ave, Bismarck. Visitation will begin one hour prior to service. Interment will take...

  • Obituary: Enie Fisher

    Updated Aug 9, 2023

    Elizabeth Maureen "Enie" Fisher She was given life by wonderful parent Maurice and Thelma Dineen on Aug. 25, 1941, in Helena, Mont. She was greeted by two older sisters, Mary Lou and Jen who were waiting anxiously to meet their baby sister. Maureen grew up and went to school in Helena. She started ballet at a young age with Blanche Judge. She became a Prima Ballerina and was offered a position in the Royal Canadian Ballet, shortly before graduating in 1959 from Cathedral High...

  • Obituary: Joseph Paul Perry

    Updated Aug 4, 2023

    Joseph Paul Perry passed away the evening of July 28, 2023, at the age of 92 years. Joe was born on Oct. 5, 1930, in Evansville, Ind. to Emma (Meisler) and Isaac Perry. Joe had two younger siblings, sister, Joyce and brother, Emil. He did not remember much about his biological father, but recognized Pearl Hodges, Emma's later husband, as his father. Joe joined the Air Force at an early age and was stationed in Hawaii before being transferred to Malmstrom Air Force Base in...

  • Obituary: Virginia Lambkin Horner

    Updated Aug 4, 2023

    The eldest daughter of Leonard and Mary Lambkin, Virginia was born in Great Falls in 1921, and spent much of her life in Lincoln, growing up at her parents' hotel, the now -iconic Hotel Lincoln and Lambkins of Lincoln Bar and Restaurant. Virginia was born with intense beauty, intelligence, a great sense of humor, and real grit. Virginia navigated through life with confidence and pride, and because of these traits she greatly influenced those lucky enough to be in her...

  • Obituary: Herf Ingersoll

    Updated Jul 27, 2023

    Wilmer Zane Ingersoll, of Wolf Creek, MT died in his home at Hunter's Pointe on July 2, 2023. He was 93 years old. Wilmer was better known as Herf. Herf was born on January 12, 1930 in Helena MT to Sam and Alice Ingersoll. He was raised in Helena and graduated from Helena High School. He served with the U.S. Army two years during the Korean War, putting in time in Europe. He married Colleen Steinbach on June 19, 1951. They lived on the family ranch north of Wolf Creek, MT for...

  • Carol Wells

    Updated Jul 10, 2023

    arol Darlene Wells Nov. 8, 1938 - June 21, 2023 LINCOLN - Carol Darlene Wells, 84 years old, of Lincoln, MT, passed away peacefully at home on Wednesday, June 21, 2023, at 7:15 p.m. Carol was preceded in death by her parents, Katherine and Delos Wells; two sisters: Pat Hutsell and Joyce Wells; and two brothers: Richard and Merle Wells. Carol is survived by two sisters: Myrna Wells and Phyllis Ward. She was a pillar of strength in the family and was considered the best bonus...

  • Obituary: Marilyn Sewell

    Updated May 30, 2023

    Marilyn Gail Sewell Oct. 14, 1936 - Nov. 4, 2022 HELENA - Marilyn Gail McNeil-Shelton-Sewell, 86, a lifelong Montana resident, passed away Nov. 4, 2022. A graveside memorial will be held on May 30, 2023, at 2:30 p.m. in Helena at Forestvale Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, the family requests that Marilyn's friends and loved ones reserve a quiet moment of reflection for her. Marilyn was born in Polson on Oct. 14, 1936, the first of two children born to Glen McNeil and Beatrice...

  • Obituary: Thelma Louise Ray

    Updated Apr 18, 2023

    Thelma Louise Ray, age 73, passed away on April 8, 2023, at Logan Health in Kalispell, Mont. Thelma was born to Roy and Frances Owings in Lewistown, Mont. In June of 1972, Thelma and Alvin Ray married. They raised their four children, proudly supporting each child's every endeavor. Alvin and Thelma most recently lived in Kalispell, where they have resided for the last eleven years. Prior to Kalispell, Thelma and Alvin lived in Lincoln, Mont. spanning forty years. Many great...

  • Obituary: Peggy Knight

    Updated Mar 14, 2023

    HAMILTON - Peggy L Knight, 64, of Hamilton, passed away on Wednesday, March 8, at her home with family by her side, after a valiant battle with cancer. She was born Nov. 14, 1958, in Glasgow, Montana, to Harland L and Marian E (Nakken) Estrem. Peggy was raised in Glasgow and graduated from Glasgow High, in 1977. She attended college in Billings for one year and then returned to Glasgow to work. She and Richard Knight were married on Sept. 1, 1978. They moved to Lincoln, Mont....

  • Obituary: Dick Gannon

    Updated Jan 30, 2023

    Richard "Dick" Gannon, 81, died on Jan.25, 2023, surrounded by the love of his family. He is survived by his wife, Debbie Gannon of Lincoln; children, Steve (Peggy) Gannon of Fort Benton, Doris Anne (Steve) Schoenecker of Corvallis, Joanie (Bill) Kieffer of Richland Washington, Jerome (Amy) Gannon of Missoula, and Richard (Jennifer) Gannon of Cut Bank. He leaves behind numerous grandchildren, nieces, and nephews. One of nine children, Dick is survived by siblings, Jack...

  • Richard "Dick" Gannon

    Updated Jan 27, 2023

    Richard "Dick" Gannon, 81, died on January 25, 2023, surrounded by the love of his family. He is survived by his wife, Debbie Gannon of Lincoln; children, Steve (Peggy) Gannon of Fort Benton, Doris Anne (Steve) Schoenecker of Corvallis, Joanie (Bill) Kieffer of Richland, Washington, Jerome (Amy) Gannon of Missoula, and Richard (Jennifer) Gannon of Cut Bank. He leaves behind numerous grandchildren, nieces, and nephews. One of nine children, Dick is survived by siblings, Jack...

  • Obituary: Myrna Orr

    Updated Jan 19, 2023

    Myrna Kay (Daniel) Orr, of Lincoln, Mont. died in her home, surrounded by her family, on Jan. 4, 2023. She was 80 years old. Myrna was born on Sept. 24, 1942 in Great Falls, Mont. to Dolf and David Calvert. Myrna married Lee Daniel on March 19, 1957. They raised three children in Laredo on the outskirts of Havre, Mont. Mom was stubborn and witty, which made it clear where the rest of the family got it from. She had a heart so big, and she always put a smile on your face....

  • Obituary: Steve Williamson Stocks

    Updated Jan 19, 2023

    Steve Williamson Stocks was the youngest of four children born to William Heber and Ella Maude (Williamson) Stocks. He was born on the 4th day of August, 1925, in the beautiful town of Lewiston, Utah, which is situated at the foot of the Wasatch Mountains in Cache Valley. He resided most of his young life in Southern California, graduating from Compton High School. In 1943, Steve joined the United States Coast Guard. Within several months he had been trained as a radar...

  • Obituary: Gary Stephen Williams

    Updated Dec 6, 2022

    Gary Stephen Williams passed away Nov. 18, 2022, at the age of 69 after a brief illness while battling leukemia. Gary was born on May 19, 1953, to Verna and Pete Williams in Helena. He attended Helena High School in Helena, Montana. He spent much of his time enjoying life at the cabin in Lincoln, Mont. He enjoyed friends, laughter, outdoor adventures, hunting, fishing, picking huckleberries, gathering firewood, countless games of cribbage and the peace of the mountains. He...

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