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Arlene Magdalena Gollihugh, 79, passed away Thursday, January 26, 2023 at The Villa Assisted Living in Lewistown. Arlene was born on March 10, 1943 in Big Horn County, MT to August and Mary Hochhalter.

Arlene graduated from Hardin High School in 1961. She married Clyde Miller on December 30, 1961; they later divorced. On June 26, 2004, Arlene married Preston Glynn Gollihugh in Lewistown. Arlene and Glynn attended Celebration Community Fellowship.

During her 25-year career, Arlene worked for the Production Credit Association in Chinook, MT and the Farm Service Agency, first in Chinook and later in Lewistown, MT. She retired from the FSA on June 30, 2008.

Arlene found lifelong joy performing music for church services, weddings, and funerals, and accompanying high school band and choir students.  She was the pianist/organist for every church she attended.  She loved growing flowers, landscaping her yard, and raising vegetable gardens.  She spent time as an active volunteer in Lewistown.  Although these hobbies helped fill her days, her true passion was her friends.  She loved to travel, attend plays, go fishing, and play cards and cribbage.  She lived her life with the heart of a servant.  She always put everyone else’s needs before her own and truly never met a stranger. 

Arlene is survived by her son, Mark (Jodi) Miller of Eau Claire, WI; and daughter, Rochelle (Bill) Earl of London, KY; step-daughter, Lori (Jim) Tallman of Simi Valley, CA; step-son, David (Jenifer) Gollihugh of Granada Hills, CA; step-daughter, Denise Gollihugh of San Fernando Valley, CA; grandchildren, Kayla and Brandon Miller and Shelby, Harley, and Johnny Cathcart; step-grandchildren, James Earl, Jessica Taylor and Ryan (Michelle) Earl, Jason Verity, Ashlyn Gollihugh, and Taylor Gollihugh; step-great-grandchildren, Will, CJ and Leo Earl, Madalin and Amelia Taylor, and Rhea Earl; brother, Larry (Dorothy) HochhalterShe was preceded in death by her husband, Glynn; brother, Harold; parents and grandparents.

A memorial service for Arlene will be held on Friday, February 3, 2023, 11:00 a.m. at Celebration Community Fellowship in Lewistown, MT. A private committal will be held later. Donations in Arlene’s honor can be made to Celebration Community Fellowship.

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




Charlie Jones, age 70, passed away on January30, 2023A visitation will be held on Sunday, February 5, 2023 from 4:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m at Creel Funeral Home.Funeral Services will take place at Central Baptist Church on Monday, February 6, 2023, at 10:30 a.m.

An obituary will be shared when complete. Arrangements are under the care of Creel Funeral Home. Charlie’s family and friends can share memories and condolences at



Eugene Ronald Comes, 85, passed away on Thanksgiving, November 24th, 2022, in Billings, MT. Gene was born in Lewistown, Montana, graduated from St. Leo’s Catholic High School in Lewistown, and lived his entire life in Montana. He attended Carroll College where he was an active member of the Carroll College debate team. After earning a bachelor’s degree from Carroll College and a master’s degree from the University of Montana, Gene dedicated his career to education, first as a teacher and principal and then as Superintendent of Schools in Edgar, Brady, Deer Lodge, and Belt. One of his greatest accomplishments in education was overseeing the funding and construction of the Central Park Center, a new gymnasium and swimming pool benefitting both students and the community of Deer Lodge.

Gene kept his wife and four children busy with family activities including hunting with cousins, uncles, and Grandpa Comes and the International; camping seemingly every weekend in the summer; motorcycling on virtually every trail in the Little Belts, road biking with the Rainmakers; backpacking, including that epic trip in the Bob Marshall with rain and snow that we barely survived; running, cross-country and downhill skiing, and golf, all of which created many lasting memories for his children and family.

Gene was preceded in death by his parents, Jim and Sally Comes and his sister, Janet Burnham. He is survived by his sister, Marilyn Barrick; his children, Patty Cahill (Howard Hold), Keith Comes (Deb), Sandy Burt (Howard), and Kathy Harris; his grandkids, Chad (Sheeana), Cole and Claire Cahill, Tanner and Ben Comes, Michael (Taylor) and Jordan Burt (fiancé Trent Pearson), and Zach and Libby Harris; great-grandchildren, Emmie Burt and Quinn and Avery Cahill; and former wife and life-long friend, Lorraine Dooner.     

Gene’s family would like to thank the care providers at both Billings Clinic and the Advanced Care Hospital of Montana for the exceptional care Gene received throughout the past 20 years, and especially in his last days of life. Gene always said, “They are good people. They are taking really good care of me here.” The family would also like to thank Keri Henan, who provided in-home care for Gene, allowing him to achieve his goal of remaining independent for as long as he was physically able.

Services will be held at Saint Leo the Great Catholic Parish in Lewistown, Montana, on Friday, April 28, 2023, at 11:00am. In lieu of flowers, the family asks that any donations in Gene’s name be sent to Carroll College in Helena, Montana, in honor of the deceased.

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