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  • Anne McKinney

    Jun 20, 2024

    Josephine "Anne" Carrel McKinney, 83, of Broadus, MT, passed away peacefully on June 3, 2024, after a long fight with Parkinson's disease. Born on February 24, 1941, in Miles City, MT, Anne was the daughter of the late Jack and Josephine Brown Carrel. She attended grade school in Birney, MT, graduated from high school in Sheridan, WY, in 1959, and was crowned the Sheridan-Wyo Rodeo Queen that summer. She went on to earn a business degree in college and married Bill McKinney in 1963. Together,...

  • Helen Johnson

    Jun 20, 2024

    Helen Johnson passed Saturday, May 25, 2024 in Billings, Montana, from complications of a broken hip. Helen was born February 12, 1944 to Mary Ann and Wayne C. Irion at Ranch Creek in Powder River County. She would later tell people, "I was born in a log cabin on Abraham Lincoln's Birthday on top of a dinosaur." She went to many schools in small towns around central Montana as her dad worked in road construction. Her high school years were spent in Miles City, and she was a member of the class...

  • Mary Ann McCullough

    Jun 13, 2024

    Mary Ann McCullough passed away peacefully on June 6, 2024 at the Powder River Manor in Broadus, Montana, where she had resided for the last seven months. Thank you to the team at Powder River Manor for the support and care you provided. Mary Ann McCullough was born June 29, 1935 in Van Buren, Arkansas to Harlan Irion and Helen Yerby. Though Mary Ann was not born in Montana, she was Montana through and through. They moved to the Mizpah in the winter of 1938. Many mornings the water pail was...

  • Gail Ivester

    May 30, 2024

    Gail Ivester, age 72, of Broadus, MT passed away on April 28, 2024, in Gillette, WY. Gail was born on April 22, 1952, to Kenneth and Delores (Bone) Carter in Miles City, MT. Gail spent the first several years of her life growing up in the Broadus area, before moving to Dever, WY, where she graduated from Dever High School. After high school Gail began dating Butch Ivester, and after a brief courtship they were married on September 18, 1971. Shortly after, the family moved to Oklahoma where Gail...

  • Kaaren Rizor

    May 23, 2024

    Kaaren Leanne (Olsen) Rizor was born in Glendale, California in 1943 to Thorvald (Tom) and Elizabeth (Kirkbride) Olsen. The oldest of three children, Kaaren grew up in the San Fernando Valley of Los Angeles among a large and close-knit extended family. She was raised Methodist. A born caregiver, she followed in her maternal grandmother's footsteps, attending community college to become a Registered Nurse. By her mid-twenties, Kaaren was Head Nurse on her floor at Holy Cross Hospital in Mission...

  • Forest Chapman

    May 23, 2024

    Forest Edward Chapman was born in White Sulphur Springs on the 23rd of March, 1986. Despite an early move to eastern Montana, he remained tightly bound to this area through the people he came to know, both here and in Wilsall. Because of his continuing friendship with the boys over the hill, he lived a childhood, that as James Dunkel puts it, like nothing in this generation nor in generations to come. Forest always maintained he was born one hundred years too late. He loved to be read. He may...

  • Jo Ann Buck Kemmis

    May 23, 2024

    Jo Ann Buck Kemmis, born to Gene and Dorthy Buck on September 14, 1954 in Miles City, recently passed away on April 4, 2024 while living in Portland, Oregon. Jo Ann and family moved from Miles City in 1965 to Broadus where she graduated from High School in 1972. She went to college at U of M, during that time her family moved to Sidney. In Sidney she met her husband Greg Kemmis and they married in 1975. From Williston to Sidney then to Bozeman then and Billings where Jo Ann finished with her... Full story

  • Mark Huseby

    May 16, 2024

    Mark Louis Huseby, 65, of Hulett, Wyoming, passed away on May 6, 2024. He was born December 25, 1958, in Belle Fourche, South Dakota, to Eric and Jeannie Huseby. Mark attended country school on the Huseby Ranch from Kindergarten through 2nd grade. He would go out at recess and milk the family cow "Ginger" for a quick cup of milk. Mark then attended Hulett School where he graduated. While in high school, he met a lovely young lady, Terry Ridinger. The two married on January 2,1976 and planted...

  • Melinda Traub

    Apr 25, 2024

    Melinda Traub, age 77, of Broadus passed away on Friday, March 29, 2024 following a vehicle accident in Nevada. Melinda A. Traub, was born Melinda A. Wright in Oroville, California to Alfred E. (Mike) Wright and Joy E. Thrapp Wright. She was born in Oroville on July 11, 1946. She was later joined by two brothers, Mike and Pat. She said school was not easy as her dad worked for California PG&E and they had to move alot. She did graduate from Oroville High School in May of 1964. She attended nurse...

  • Jeanne Beaman

    Apr 25, 2024

    Dianna "Jeanne" Beaman, age 80, passed away unexpectedly, March 24, 2024, at her home on the ranch. Jeanne was born December 23, 1943 in San Antonio, Texas to her parents were David Mitzkus and Mary (Schurman) Mitzkus. She was a lady who carried the voice of angels! A woman who loved God with all of her heart. A woman who, even if she didn't have enough to give, still found a way to give. She wrote letters like she was talking to you in person. She made the best meals from scratch. And did we...

  • Arthur "Skin" Collins

    Apr 18, 2024

    Arthur Lee “Skin” Collins, age 81, of Broadus, Montana peacefully left us on April 15, 2024, at Holy Rosary Residential Living in Miles City with his loving wife by his side. Skin was born August 27, 1942, in Cookietown, Oklahoma to Lois and Dena Faye Collins. Due to the death of his father, he started working at a young age. From selling blocks of ice to washing cars at the local gas station. He pulled cotton with his mother for a senior trip with his Temple High School graduating class. It...

  • Betty Nano Phillips

    Apr 18, 2024

    Betty Nano Phillips, (nee Pearson), passed away peacefully, at the age of 85, on Wednesday, March 13, 2024 at Highgate Senior Living in Billings, MT. Her daughters were with her as she left this life. Betty was born on June 17, 1938 in Lusk, WY to her parents, Oliver and Ellen (O'Shea) Pearson. Her grandfather and grandmother, John and Mary O'Shea lived with the family when she was a girl and together, they moved as a family to Montana in 1941. Betty and her sisters' early schooling was at the... Full story

  • Tim Blaede

    Apr 11, 2024

    Timothy Dale Blaede, 56, of Ashland Montana passed away on April 8, 2024, after losing a courageous battle with brain cancer. Tim was born June 29, 1967, in Rapid City, South Dakota to parents David James & Carole Lavonne Blaede of Custer, South Dakota. It was in Custer where he spent his entire childhood falling in love with lifelong passions that would define him. Tim loved anything that had a motor and tires. He enjoyed dirt track racing, trucking, wrenching and operating equipment. He also...

  • Sandra Wood

    Apr 11, 2024

    Sandra Lois "Sandy" Wood passed away in the afternoon of April 1, 2024 with family by her side. She died at Villa River Ridge Rehabilitation and Nursing Center in Billings, Montana from Cardio Obstructive Pulmonary Disease. She was 83 years old. Sandra was the first born of a set of twins in Miles City, Montana to Eugene and Agnes Mae Gold Wood on March 28, 1941. She grew up on ranches in Powder River County, one of four siblings. From a young age Sandra was athletic. She won many county track...

  • Jess Brost

    Apr 4, 2024

    Jess Morgan Brost, a beloved husband, father, grandfather, son, brother, and friend to many, passed away on March 15, 2024, at St. Vincent's Hospital in Billings, MT at the age of 63. Born on February 2, 1961 to Herman and Kay Brost, Jess led a remarkable life filled with dedication to his family and passion for his work. Jess was a man of many talents and interests. He excelled in mathematics to the point where even NASA considered recruiting him, but Jess's heart was always with his cows and...

  • Melinda Traub

    Apr 4, 2024

    Melinda Traub, age 77, of Broadus passed away on March 29th, 2024. We will publish an obituary and service times when that information becomes available, and update this page with that info. Stevenson & Sons Funeral Homes from Miles City is in charge of arrangements....

  • Helen A. Cossitt

    Mar 28, 2024

    Despite medical issues, hospitalizations, and surgeries that began decades ago and caused her to anticipate she wouldn't see age 70, Helen Cossitt lived to her fullest until Monday, February 26, 2024, when she passed away at 92 in Helena, Montana. And until the most recent few years, her "fullest" life was very full. She never missed an opportunity to socialize with friends, family and others she encountered wherever she might be. Helen had recently decided to move from Billings and all her...

  • Patricia "Pat" Ann Gardner

    Mar 28, 2024

    On the evening of March 16, 2024, Patricia Ann Gardner passed away peacefully in Billings, MT, surrounded and supported by her loved ones. Patricia Ann was born in Miles City, MT on December 26, 1951, to James C and Rose Marie "Mickey" (Shy) Phillips. On December 25, 1951, Mickey told Jim it was time to head to Miles City for the birth of their third child, but with below freezing temperatures of -32 degrees, their car wouldn't start. So, they had to patiently wait for Uncle Pistol and Tony...

  • Mary Rose Kolka

    Mar 21, 2024

    Mary Rose Kolka was born on Sept. 20, 1936 to Dan and Martha Steadman Gaskill. She grew up on the East Fork of Otter Creek with siblings Ray, Marjorie and Kathleen. Mary Rose attended school at St. Labre Mission (except for one year attending in Broadus) and graduated in 1954. As a youngster and teenager, Mary Rose spent great times with adored cousins Sheila and Sis and Jackie Daniels, along with many other relatives in the Steadman and Gaskill families. Chicky was her nickname to all her famil...

  • Lance Mace Holst

    Mar 21, 2024

    Lance Mace Holst, age 73 of Glendive, Montana passed away on Saturday, March 2, 2024 at his home in Glendive. A Memorial Service will be held on Saturday, April 13, 2024 at 10:00 AM at the Silha Funeral Home in Glendive with Celebrant Heidi Carney officiating. Silha Funeral Home of Glendive has been entrusted with the arrangements.... Full story

  • George Bement

    Mar 14, 2024

    George Patrick Bement, 73, of Ashland, Montana, passed away peacefully in his home on February 25, 2024. George Patrick Bement was born on October 19, 1950 to Jesse and Eldora Bement in Crow Agency, Montana. George met the love of his life, Georgia Lee Hoffman in 1966 at the St. Labre football field. After graduating from St. Labre Indian Catholic School in 1969, George and Georgia were married in 1969 by Rosebud County Justice of Peace, Faye Christopherson, in Ashland, Montana. George and...

  • Lula Reeves

    Mar 14, 2024

    Lula Grace Reeves went to be with her Lord unexpectedly, March 4, 2024. She was born in Sheridan, October 20, 1934, to John T. & Grace (Kennedy) Foster. She was 5th in line of the "Five Fabulous Fosters" older siblings, Vera, Helen, Ralph & Keith. The five foster children attended the little Buffalo Creek School. In 1942 John and Grace bought a seven-acre ranch on Leopard Street and a year later bought 24 acres on Meade Creek where the three youngest Fosters spent most of their years growing...

  • Lyndell McKenzie

    Mar 14, 2024

    Lyndell McKenzie (nee Harper) passed away after a brief illness on January 31, 2024 at the age of 75. Born in San Francisco, Lynn was the beloved adopted daughter of Reed and Ethel Harper. She is survived by her husband Barry McKenzie of Reno, her stepson Brad McKenzie and his family, including her step-granddaughter Nicole McKenzie of Lincoln, CA She is also survived by her daughter Sarah Ohlson of Santa Barbara, CA, and her three sisters and their families: Jeri Getty of San Marcos, CA; Kelly...

  • Francis Edwards

    Feb 22, 2024

    Francis Edwards died peacefully at his home on Friday, February 16, 2024. Francis was born on November 9, 1943 to Dale and Dorothy Edwards in Broadus. He graduated from Powder River County High School in 1962. He attended Montana State College for 4 years. In 1967 he married Diana McCurdy and they returned to the family ranch. Francis was very proud of his three sons who all graduated from Montana State. He was also proud of his family heritage, that his great grandfather and his three sons...

  • Dora Means

    Feb 15, 2024

    Dora Jane Geer was born May 21, 1925, in her grandparents' log cabin by the Little Powder River near Biddle Montana to H.W "Had" & Lois "Tiny" (Higgins) Geer. She grew up on her parents' ranch on Blacktail Creek and attended a small country elementary school. She attended high school in Gillette, Wyoming & Broadus, Montana. She had two sisters, Ila & Nola, and brother Chan. On March 17, 1947, she married Ray Harvey and they made their home on the Harvey ranch on Bowers Creek, south of Biddle....

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