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Ty Robertson

Ty Adam Robertson, 44, passed away November 19, 2023, in Lewistown, Montana after a long series of health issues. 

Ty was welcomed into this world by brother, Carson, and parents, Conrad and Nancy (Campbell) Robertson.  Sister, Amber later joined the family and claimed her position as boss of the boys: a position she still holds today.

Ty graduated from Fergus High School in 1998, and later from the University of Montana with two majors and a minor. In typical Ty fashion, he embraced college life and made many friends, resulting in innumerable and timeless stories.  Everyone who knew him has a “Ty story.”

Many broken hearts are left behind: parents, Conrad and Nancy; brother, Carson (Emily) Robertson of Chandler, AZ; sister, Amber (Joe) Barta of Lewistown, MT; nephews, Hayden and Lane Barta, Max and Noah Robertson; aunts and uncles, Jerry (Donna Funk)Robertson, Elaine (LaurySealey, and Cindy (Frank) Donnes; cousins, Amanda Robertson, Jill Robertson, Landon (Bianca) Sealey, Jeff (Katie) Sealey, Darren (JennellDonnes, Jamie (Mike) Hass, Lisa (AJ) Van Setten.  

Ty was preceded in death by his grandparents, Bud and Ardy Robertson, John and Doris Furst;and aunt, Christy Robertson.

Those are the obligatory stats of an obituary, but they are not the story of who he really was or how he impacted his family, friends, and community. His family has received an outpouring of love and sorrow from across the world. Ty touched people’s lives wherever he went, and, likewise, he treasured those people and their lives. Ty will be remembered most as a gentle, generous, and non-judgmental soul who drew people of all ages and backgrounds to him.  Known for his integrity and steady nature, he was well liked and respected. 

Not surprisingly, as Ty welcomed all people, he was a world traveler.  He lived in Egypt, both Alexandria and Cairo, teaching English as a Second Language.  He also taught at a Cambodian orphanage, teaching English to children with HIV. He even sold snow cones on the beach in Mexico. His travels took him through Europe, Africa, Asia and Mexico. He loved his time in these countries, meeting new people, learning new cultures, and embracing their music.

He was also known for quick quips, love of blue rare steaks, questionable food combinations and bourbon. However, Ty’s greatest love was music. He began with the piano and later the alto and baritone saxophones. He was an impressive self-taught guitarist, spending countless hours singing and playing the guitar. His nephews loved when Ty would play and create songs just for them.  In recent years in most of his free time, he could be found with like-minded individuals who loved music as much as he did.  His bandmates and their families were dear to him.  He and his band had just begun writing and recording their own music, and like his time on earth, those aspirations were cut short. 

A Celebration of Life will be held on December 2, 2023 at 5:00 P.M at Central Feed Grilling Company in Lewistown, Montana. In lieu of flowers, please donate to the Fergus High School music program or any youth music program of donor’s choice. 

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


Thomas A. Haugen

Thomas A. Haugen, 63, of Lewistown, MT passed away November5th, 2023 following a massive stroke on October 31st.  

The early years of Tom’s life were spent on Upper Spring Creek at the family home.  Following graduation from Fergus High School in 1979, Tom joined the Navy, serving 10 years.  After his discharge, Tom stayed in San Diego, CA working for several years while earning a degree in Computer Science.  

He eventually returned to Montana; first settling in Billings and eventually returning to Lewistown.  Tom was very active in AA, celebrating more than 25 years of sobriety.  Tom can be credited with sponsoring many through their journey to sobriety.

Tom is preceded in death by his grandparents; his mom and dad, Fran and Trig Haugen; and sister, Mary Kay Haugen.  He is survived by his brothers, Mike (Jeri Lynn) Haugen, Bill Haugen of Lewistown; sister, Patti (Tom) Bryson; and several special nieces and nephews.

Tom’s ashes will be placed at the foot of his parent’s grave.  In lieu of flowers, a donation in honor of Tom is suggested to the Council on Aging’s Meals on Wheels. 

Arrangements are under the care of Creel Funeral Home.  Tom’sfamily and friends can share memories and condolences at