Richard A. Avent

Thursday, September 13, 2018
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On September 4, 2018, a true gentleman left this valley for a better one.  Richard A. Avent, 85, passed away after a short stay at The Willows in Red Lodge, MT.

Richard’s parents were Alden and Margaret Avent who ranched outside of Meeteetse, WY.  When it was time for Richard to be born, Margaret traveled back to her hometown of Sparta, WI where her father, Dr. Carlton Beebe, helped bring Richard into the world. 

Richard had lots of fond memories of growing up on the Greybull River.  He and his younger brother, Jon, started their schooling by riding a horse named Fox to country school.  They attended various country schools, concluding their high school education by graduating from Cody in 1951.  Richard furthered his education by getting a Bachelor’s degree from Colorado State University in 1955.  While at college, he was in the process of getting his pilot license but was unable to complete the process because just before he was supposed to take his final test, another student crashed their plane.

After college, Richard returned to the family ranch.  In 1967, he met and married the “best gal a rancher could have”, Doris Hamilton from Pryor, MT.  They settled down on a ranch outside of Reed Point and in 1968 had their only child, James.  In 1971, the family moved to Red Lodge Creek and continued to raise cattle for another 41 years.

Richard is preceded in death by his wife, Doris, in 2010.  He is survived by his son, James (Susette), grandson, Camron and granddaughter, Zoe, of Red Lodge; a brother, Jon Avent of Washington; and his special cousin, Maury Heiss of Loveland, CO.

The family wants to thank Dr. Fouts and all the staff of the Willows for the exceptional care given to Richard.  Memorials may be given to Red Lodge Fire Rescue Community Care, PO Box 318, Red Lodge, MT  59068.  

Richard was laid to rest alongside his wife at Riverside Cemetery in Cody, WY.


Upcoming Events

  • Friday, September 20, 2019 - 7:00pm
    Rock Creek Group meets Tuesdays and Saturdays at 8 a.m. and Wednesdays and Fridays at 7 p.m. at Calvary Church, 9 N Villard, Red Lodge.
  • Saturday, September 21, 2019 - 11:30am
    Ross Orchards, located at 111 North Street in Fromberg, is proud to announce the opening of a farm stand this Fall. The orchard will be open Saturdays from 10 a.m. - 5 p.m. and Sundays noon - 5 p.m. starting Sept. 21 and closing Oct. 13. The orchard is working in conjunction with the Last Chance Pub and Cider Mill and Red Lodge Ales to offer fun, family-friendly events.   Every weekend apples, fresh apple cider pressed with apples from the orchard, apple pastries, local honey, food, hard cider, and beer will be available.  There will also be pumpkins and a variety of local produce for sale. Additionally, each weekend will have a different event. Sept. 21 - 22 – Cider and Salutations yoga 11:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. Sept. 28 – A farm to table dinner at 5 p.m. catered by the Last Chance Pub’s chef Kevin McNourlin. The dinner will feature local foods paired with cider. Contact to reserve seats (limit 40) Oct. 5 - 6 - Kidz Dayz. Bounce house, pumpkin carving, face painting and tractor rides through the orchard. Oct. 12- Orchard run 5k. A family-friendly run/walk through Ross Orchards. Visit to sign up. Sam Hoffmann, President of Red Lodge Ales, remarked, “it has been fun to get to know John, Laura, Hilary, and Elizabeth Ross over the last ten plus years. Together we have pruned, picked apples, and made cider on a home brew level and now commercially. We are proud to share our work with the public.” John Ross, owner of Ross Orchards, adds, “The orchard has always been a source of pride and happiness for me.  Our family has enjoyed working with Sam and Lindsey Hoffmann and their employees. We look forward to the success of Orchard days.” Contact for more info: John Ross 406-671-9614,; Sam Hoffmann 406-425-4607,; Lindsey Hoffmann 406-425-3734,  
  • Monday, September 23, 2019 - 7:00pm
    Joliet Group meets at the Community Center Monday at 7 p.m.
  • Tuesday, September 24, 2019 - 7:00pm
    Now Group meets at the Bridger United Methodist Church, 222 W. Broadway (west entrance of church) Tuesday at 7 p.m.
  • Thursday, September 26, 2019 - 7:00pm
    Meets every Thursday, 7 p.m. – 8 p.m. at the Red Lodge Area Community Foundation, 122 S. Hauser. It is open to all. 425- 1755.
  • Thursday, September 26, 2019 - 7:00pm
    Clarks Fork Group meets at St. Joseph’s Catholic Hall, north end of Montana Avenue, Thursday at 7 p.m.

The Carbon County News

Street Address:

11 N. Broadway, Red Lodge, MT 59068

Mailing Address:

P.O. Box 970, Red Lodge, MT 59068

Phone: 406-446-2222

Fax: 406-446-2225

Toll-Free: 800-735-8843

Open: Monday-Friday, from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m.