Dalton Henry Mickelberry
Dalton Henry Mickelberry, 85, passed away May 8, 2014 at the Community Hospital of Anaconda. Born September 6, 1928 in Hodgeville, Saskatchewan, Dalton was the third child of Henry Estal and Lena Wave (Moulton) Mickelberry. Raised in Willow Creek and Three Forks, he developed a love for horses and ranching at an early age. He met the love of his life, Else Marie Sorensen of Three Forks, and they were married in 1950. After working at various Montana ranches the family moved to Anaconda in 1955 where Dalton began working on the smelter as well as various Deer Lodge Valley ranches. In 1970 the family moved to Opportunity where he could keep his horses near. Dalton retired in 1980 when the smelter closed, allowing him to focus on his horses and mules as well as passing on his knowledge of horses and cows to those who shared his love of all things Cowboy. Else was employed as an LPN at Warm Springs from 1974 until her passing in 1992.
Dalton was preceded in death by his wife Else, daughter, Carol Marie Gates; his parents and his sister; Sidney Davis and his brother Gordon Mickelberry.
He is survived by his sons; Ken (Yoshiko) and Doug, daughter; Chris, four grandchildren; Justin (Darcie) Mickelberry of Billings, Amanda Mickelberry (Able) Baca of San Diego,Calif.; Andrew and Alex Mickelberry of Merritt Island, Fla.; as well as two great-grandchildren, Scarlette Else Baca and Coraline Rosemarie Mickelberry, his brother; George Mickelberry of Three Forks and sister-in-law, Pat King of Bozeman.
Visitation was held on Tuesday, May 13 from 4-7 p.m. and funeral service will be on Wednesday, May 14 at 11 a.m. at Longfellow Finnegan Riddle Funeral Home. Graveside services will follow at 3:30 p.m. at Fairview Cemetery in Three Forks.
Online condolences may be sent at www.longfellowfinneganriddle.com.
On Sunday, May 4, 2014, surrounded by her loving family, Judy Wyant, 72, went to sleep and is at peace after her battle with cancer. She was an amazing wife, mom, grandma, great-grandma, daughter, sister, aunt, cousin, and friend to everyone she met.
Judy was born to Lawrence Martin and Molisa Stoumbaugh-Martin on July 23, 1941, in Miles City. As a young girl, her family moved to the Anaconda area. In 1959, she married the love of her life, George D. Wyant. During this loving 52 years of marriage, they raised six children.
As one of Jehovah’s Witnesses, Judy set an example of faith that was a steady encouragement for all who knew her. Her quiet, loving, and supportive nature reflected outstanding Christian qualities that she always put into practice.
Judy was happiest when she was serving Jehovah, surrounded by family and friends, or treasure hunting for antiques with her partner in crime, Donna. With everything we did, she would always say, “making memories.” Thank you for all the great memories.
Judy was preceded in death by her husband; parents; brother, David Martin; father-in-law, Joe Wyant; and mother-in-law, Fay Wyant.
Judy is survived by sons, Rick (Criss), Delbert (Kris), Roger Sr., and George (Lori); and daughters Debbie (Dan) Saltenberger, and Julie (Roland) Rees, as well as a special family addition, Brenda (Bill) Sandin. There are 22 grandchildren — Raymond Saltenberger, Aaron (Brianna) Saltenberger, Crystal (James) Parker, Coulter (Whitney) Wyant, Cayde Wyant, Ceira Wyant, Shezell Wyant-Bragg, Roger Wyant Jr., Emily Wyant, Morgan Wyant, Robert Hamel, Molisa Rees, Krysta Rees, RJ (Christina) Rees, Adam (Kylie) Rees, and Erik (Alesia) Rees; and 25 great-grandchildren. Also surviving is her sister, Joyce (Dale) Coutts; stepmother, Grace Martin; brothers-in-law, Jerry (Sharon) Wyant and Don Wyant; and many other relatives too numerous to mention.
We would like to send a special thank you to the Congregation of Jehovah’s Witnesses, Dr. Hueftle and the staff at the Cancer Center, Pintler Hospice, and all the great people that have supported our family in this difficult time.
A memorial service was held at 11 a.m. Friday, May 9, at the Kingdom Hall of Jehovah’s Witnesses, 100 N. Elm St., Anaconda, MT. A covered dish reception followed services at Cedar Park Lanes Bowling Alley, 301 N. Cedar, Anaconda.
Axelson Alternative Cremation is privileged to serve the Wyant family.