Central Montana Obituaries

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Debora Edith Dunlap Taurman, 64

Debora Edith Dunlap Taurman, 64, died Thursday, 03 May, 2018 in Centralia, WA surrounded by her loving family and sweet dog, Chloe.

Debbie was born in Lewistown, MT on 08 June, 1953 to May (McDonald) and Howard Dunlap.

She attended Lewis and Clark Elementary, Lewistown Junior High and Fergus High. She graduated with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Microbiology from Montana State University, Bozeman.

Debbie married Will Taurman, a Utica native, on 28 August, 1978 at St. James Episcopal Church, Lewistown.  For nearly forty years, their love and friendship was deep and enduring, especially throughout the two years and seven months following the diagnosis of Glio sarcoma cancer of the brain.

Debbie chose a career in banking and rose to the position of branch manager in Centralia before retiring in August, 2015.

After college, Debbie moved to Vancouver, WA where her sister, Patti, and family lived.  She and Will lived in Vancouver for 18 years before relocating to Centralia where they lived together for 23 years.

Debbie enjoyed flower gardening and bird watching with Will, as well as making home cooked meals to share with family and friends in the beauty of the yard and home they created together.  They watched football, played pinochle and cribbage, board games and Pictionary and Debbie created beautiful cross-stitch projects.

Family reunions, Victoria, Canada, Hawaii, the mountains, camping at their lakeside property home and especially the ocean at Cannon Beach and Seaside, OR were favorite places Debbie and Will traveled.

Survivors are her husband, Will, Centralia; sisters, Barbara (Jim) Connolly, Billings, and Patricia Farley, Lewistown; nieces, Cynthia Farley, Snohomish, WA, Doreen (Scott) Smith, Billings, and Kathleen (Russ) Kirkpatrick, Red Lodge, MT; nephews, Scott Farley, Seattle, WA, and Patrick Dunlap, Elmira, CA; and many nieces, nephews, and great nieces and nephews.  Additionally, Will’s sisters and brothers, Rosemary Kelley, Betty Jenkins, Wayne Taurman, Melvin Taurman,

Bob Taurman, Sherman Taurman, Judy Hertz, Don Taurman, Luann Grigeroff and numerous friends, especially Jolynn (Sudbrock) Hamilton her lifelong best friend forever.

Preceding Debbie in death are her parents, May and Howard Dunlap; brother, George Dunlap; brother-in-law, Lloyd Farley; nephew, Stephen Connolly; grandparents, Margaret (Crockett) and George McDonald; brother-in-law, Gary Taurman; mother and father-in-law, Mildred and Charles Taurman and numerous aunts and uncles.

A Memorial Service will be held on Saturday, 30 June, 2018 at 11:00 AM to honor and celebrate our Debbie’s life at St. James Episcopal Church, 505 W. Montana St., Lewistown, MT.  The Reverend Jean Collins is officiating. A reception will follow the service in the church Parish Hall.

A sincere thank you is given to Hospice, 3432 S. Bay Road NE, Centralia, WA, 98056 for the loving and compassionate care given to Debbie, Will and family. Donations to honor Debbie may be sent to Hospice in her name.


Opal Allene Rung, 93

Opal Allene (Grove) Rung, 93, of Lewistown passed away Monday, June 18, 2018. She was born on June 23, 1924 to Edwin & Hazel Hanchett Grove in Buffalo, Montana.

Opal graduated from Buffalo School in 1942 and from Great Falls Business College in 1944. She married Robert Rung on October 28, 1944 in Helena, Montana.

Opal spent more than 20 years ranching and farming. She also worked briefly at a dress shop in town and was manager of Eagles Manor for 22 years. After retiring she worked part-time at McDonald’s doing birthday parties with kids.

Opal was a member of the Buffalo Community Church and she kept busy with her many hobbies: china painting, traveling, gardening, spending time with her family and as a pie and cinnamon roll baker extraordinaire! Opal spent many hours on the roads between Lewistown, Judith Gap, Hobson and Buffalo attending church and family events. She was also a member of the Central Montana China Painters, Montana China Painters Association and the American Legion Auxiliary Judith Gap.

Opal is survived by her daughter, Leslie (Mike) Hanson, Cody, WY; grandchildren, Holly (Dave) Sessoms, Billings, MT and Marlow (Matt) Mitchell, Murray, UT; great-grandchildren, Maya, Max, Mason Mitchell, Sam and Carter Sessoms; and many nieces, nephews and great-nieces and great-nephews.

She is preceded in death by her husband, Robert H. Rung; son, Robert E. “Robbie”  Rung; her parents; brothers, Forrest and Earl Grove; and sister, Faye Brown.

Memorials in Opal’s memory may be made to the Central Montana Medical Center and CMMC Hospice.

Visitation will be held at the United Methodist Church in Judith Gap on Monday, June 25th, 9:30 a.m.  Funeral Services will be at the church at 10:30 followed by a luncheon.  Interment will be at Central Montana Memorial Gardens.

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

Sandra (Sandi) R. Muckelston 73

of Billings peacefully passed away on July 7, 2017, of natural causes.  She was born June 23, 1944, to Oren (Muck) and Alyce (Nation) Muckelston in Lewistown, Montana. After graduating from Fergus County High School in 1962, she graduated with honors from Rocky Mountain College in Billings with degrees in both English and Political Science and a minor in Religion.

Sandi then moved to Boston after graduating from Rocky to work at Harvard University.  She decided to become a lawyer and moved to Missoula to earn her degree from the University of Montana.  One of her most memorable endeavors while attending U of M, was to be chosen to staff the Montana Constitutional Convention.  The experience stayed with her throughout her life. She served as both a professor and acting Dean of the U of M. Her career then led her to becoming the Chief Legal Counsel for the Dept. of Health and Environmental Sciences for the State of Montana.  Her next adventure led her to the State of Oregon where she worked for the Dept. of Energy and Dept. of Water Resources. She loved Oregon and Washington and lived there for some time. She supervised environmental and permitting reviews for the Hermiston Power Project in Hermiston, Oregon.

She had an enviable career and always pushed herself to be the best.  

She loved the outdoors; her many Fur Babies; reading; researching; life-long learning; her family and friends; flowers; a good debate; and helping others.  She came to live with her sister as she dealt with various health issues. She will be sorely missed.

She is survived by her sister, Sheryle (Sherri) Shandy of Billings, her niece, Shawna Shandy of Vancouver, Washington, an aunt Berniece Stewart of Waverly, Illinois, several cousins, many friends, and her two Fur Babies, Smudge and Charlie.

Sandi is preceded in death by her parents.  

A Celebration of Sandi’s Life will be held on her birthday, June 23, 2018, in the Sapphire Room of the Yogo Inn in Lewistown, from 1 p.m.-3 p.m. with committal of her cremated remains with her parents to follow at the Lewistown City Cemetery.  Please bring your favorite Sandi stories to share at this casual gathering. 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 Cloyd Funeral Home.  Condolences for the family may be posted online at www.cloydfuneralhome.com