Lewis Gordon Carroll, 90, passed on Wednesday, February 1, 2023.
Lewis was born to Edwin and Nellie (Pond) on his father's homestead near Birch Creek, in Pondera County, on June 10, 1932, the youngest of five girls and three boys.
As with most Montana families, times were tough during and after the Great Depression. The Carroll family was very self-reliant and sufficient in the fact that they had nothing but also wanted for nothing. The family always had an abundant and well-tended garden with a beef or hog to butcher.
Lewis went to a country school where his mother was also the teacher. He, his mother, and siblings walked, rode horseback or traveled by team and wagon to the one-room schoolhouse. Childhood memories were retold on occasion that involved unbroke horses and runaway teams coming and going to school. When Lewis finished the 6th grade, he gave up schoolwork to work on local ranches. He was involved with horses most all his life, breaking colts to be good ranch horses. Lewis used many of these horses during calving time to "doctor" sick calves, drag calves to the branding fire and to check on cattle when they were on summer pasture. He always had a good horse nearby.
Lewis married Roselynn Pepion in 1957 and together they raised three children, first on the ranch at Birch Creek and later the Two Medicine River.
Lewis and Roselynn sold the Two Medicine ranch in 2002, moved to a small place near Sun River and later to Fort Shaw, and finally to Choteau.
There was always music in the family and in retirement Lewis played guitar providing back-up music for the good musicians of the Northern Rockies Band and later with District 8 Old Time Fiddlers Association.
Lewis is survived by his wife, Roselynn; sister, Edna; son, Vernon; daughter, Susan Racine (Bo); six grandchildren and their families.
He was preceded in death by his parents; two brothers; 4 sisters; and his daughter, Glenda.
No services are planned at this time.