In memory of

Donnie Newman, age 58, of Helena

August 12, 1959 – December 16, 2017

Donnie Gene Newman, 58, of Mtn. Home, AR, passed away on Dec 16, 2017 in Helena MT, due to an apparent heart attack.

He was born on August 12, 1959 in Fort Jackson, SC to Mary (Rita) and William (Sonny) Newman.

He attended Mountain Home High School. He was a long haul/hazmat truck driver and worked for Benny Magness for several years.  He recently moved to Montana, from Arkansas, due to his avid love for the outdoors, especially hunting.

Donnie is survived by his son, Cory Dicks, of Mountain Home, AR; daughter, Brittney Wigert of Helena, MT; parents, Mary (Rita) Newman, and  Sonny (Colene) Newman; sister, Belinda Manuel of Gassville, AR, twin brother Ronnie (Debbie) Newman of Buffalo Creek, CO,  sister Terry Newman of Helena, MT, and several nieces and nephews. He was adored by Angela, Sonja, Carrie, Pete, and all the rest of his many friends.

In lieu of flowers, please send donations to charity of your choice. A celebration of his life will be 1:00 p.m., Friday, December 22nd at Retz Funeral Home, 315 E. 6th Avenue. A light reception will immediately follow at Retz Funeral Home. In Lieu of flowers memorials in Donnie’s name may be made to a donor’s choice. Please visit below to offer a condolence or to share a memory of Donnie.


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  1. Sonja Junker says:

    There will never be a friend like you in my life again. I have reached for the phone several times in last couple days to call or text you. Then it hits me all over again that you are gone. My one wish for you is that you meet my mom in heaven and become good friends with her,I know she will love you as much as i do. I love and miss you very much.
    Until we meet again.
    Sonja Junker

  2. Dennis Osborne says:

    My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.

  3. Angela Gardner says:

    I am sorry for the loss of an excellent friend… while I will miss you and think of you every Sunday afternoon for our weekly visits say hello to my father for me and we love you. I am going to periodically throw a phone in the lake for you. To the family I want you guys to know that words cannot express the compassion and love he shared with my family and friends.

  4. Carrie Carlson says:

    Angela and Sonja are right, there will never be another person and friend like you…. I will certainly miss our girls night with the only man that was ever invited to join us, what will I do with the left overs….. I am going to miss the joy you brought to our girls night our family…

  5. Tammy House says:

    What an awesome man and friend, he will be greatly missed. He was always willing to go above and beyond to help anyone. He had a wicked sense of humor. I will miss having dinner with him and hearing his stories.

  6. Retz Funeral Home says:

    Donnie will be missed by many who knew and loved him. Heaven has another star! God makes no mistakes! He also called our precious son, Tres, suddenly at Christmas time on 12/12/2014. Because Jesus is our bridge to heaven, we can look forward to being together again with them forever. What a family reunion that will be! Thank you, Jesus! Love and prayers to all of Donnie’s family. Aunt Frances and Uncle Sonny.

  7. Sharon Hencley says:

    So sorry to hear Donnie passed away. I just saw him on the 16th an we talked and visited for a while. He was a very good friend to my Husband Robert who passed away 1 year ago in November. They shall both meet again in Heaven. Whenever Robert needed help Donnie was there. Prayers to you Rita and your family. He will be sorely missed by all who knew him.

    I will not be able to attend his funeral as i have to work. Just know my thoughts and prayers are with you all.

  8. Terry Newman says:

    Knowing all the love my brother has given, and received from his many friends has warmed my heart so much. Losing him so sudden has been hard, but he is up there, hopefully riding around on a razor or harley looking down on us, and letting us know that he’s ok now. I keep adding his name when i speak about my siblings, expecting him to be there. He will always be there in my heart. Love you bro, and see you on the other side.

  9. Steve Sautter says:

    We are so sorry to hear of Donnie’s passing. Our thoughts are with his family; may solace come to all soon.

  10. Adeline V. says:

    Sincere condolences to the Family and friends of Donnie Newman. I often write to those who have lost their dear loved ones, knowing the pain and sorrow that it brings to all.
    It truly is a difficult time when we lose someone who had a love for people, a good friend, and a happy way about them that naturally drew others to them. Not many have that quality. But certainly one to imitate. God created life and can restore life. John 5:28,29 and Acts 24:15 I pray that these words bring you comfort and hope.
    Sincerely, Adeline V.

  11. Kathy Walters & Virginia Oakley says:

    To the Family, We have just recently learned of Donnie’s passing. Sending our love and sincerest condolences. Mom (Virginia) had massive stroke & was in the hospital during this very sad time. If she could reach out to her sister Rita, she would. We will keep you all in our prayers. Love, Kathy Walters & Virginia Johnson Oakley (by Kathy), South Carolina

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