Johnny Evan Lingle, 67, who had owned the café at the MetraPark racetrack, died at home at 2:35 p.m. Feb. 17, 2015, of metastatic lung cancer.
He was born March 4, 1947, to Evan and Leona (Bentz) Lingle in Glendive. He was raised in Circle and graduated from Circle High School in 1968.
He worked in the oil patch around Circle and Richey for 23 years. He moved to Sidney in 1990 to work at Holly Sugar and later as a saw hand at Sidney Millwork.
He and his wife, Marylin, moved to Billings in August 1992. A month later they bought the cafe on the backside of the race track at MetraPark. They owned and operated it for nine years, and during that time they managed the cafe at Billings Livestock Commission for 21/2 years.
They sold their cafe at the racetrack in 2001 and a few weeks later, he went to work at the Second Shift and cooked there for several years. He then started worked as a line cook at Billings Clinic cafeteria until his retirement in 2013.
He made leather rifle scabbards and shell belts and pistol holsters and shell belts for his family as well as himself. He made his own patterns by drawing them on paper first.
He was an avid gun collector and enjoyed target shooting.
Survivors include his wife, of Billings; a sister, LaWanna Moran of Billings; four children, Bo Lingle of Baker, Jamie Lingle of Bozeman, Jodi Grinsteiner of Banner, Wyo., and Callie Burman of Fort Drum, N.Y.; grandchildren and great-grandchildren; and two stepdaughters, Lisa Rekdal of Shepherd and Kari Sinks of Sidney.
Services were held Feb. 21 at Heights Family Funeral Home & Crematory. A prayer service will be held at the cemetery in Circle at 2 p.m. Feb. 28.
Last Updated on Thursday, 26 February 2015 16:34
Kenneth “Kenny” William Harrison, 58, who enjoyed fishing, camping and boating, died Thursday, Feb. 19, 2015, at his home in Laurel.
He was born in Billings to Raymond and Virginia Harrison on July 4, 1956. He was one of four siblings. He graduated from high school in Shepherd.
On Dec. 27, 1980, he married Katrina “Becky” Smith.
Survivors include his wife; mother; daughter, Krystal Harrison; sons, Kenneth Harrison and Keith Smith; four grandchildren; and siblings, Cindy, Richard and Monty Harrison.
Arrangements are by Cremation & Funeral Gallery.
Last Updated on Thursday, 26 February 2015 16:33
Chrystee Lea Ballan, 67, a homemaker and a daycare provider, died Thursday, Feb. 19, 2015, at Billings Clinic.
She was born Aug. 11, 1947, in International Falls, Minn., the daughter of Margaret Lind and Frank Wilson.
She married David Ballan on June 25, 1966, and traveled extensively as an Air Force wife. They moved to Billings in 1982 after military retirement.
Survivors include her husband; sons, Andy and Tony; six grandchildren; a great-grandson; a sister, Kathie Todd; and a brother, Bill Lind.
Services were held Feb. 24 at Messiah Lutheran Church. Arrangements were by Cremation & Funeral Gallery.
Memorials may be made to Messiah Lutheran Church Women of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America.
Last Updated on Thursday, 26 February 2015 16:28
Samuel Cox Jr., 80, who had been an assistant pastor, died Feb. 7, 2015, at Eagle Cliff Healthcare Community of lung cancer.
He was born Nov. 13, 1934, to Samuel Cox Sr. and Gusie Neil Lane. He had worked as an assistant pastor for Greater Victory Church.
Survivors include siblings, Gloria Sims and Frankie Cox, both of Lubbock, Texas; daughters, Donna Williams and Tiffany Darnise Cox; sons, Michael Cox, Frankie Cox and Lloyd Alan Cox; and stepchildren, Latreese Bass, Shatoya Bass and Andrew Bass.
Services were Feb. 18 at Eagle Cliff Manor. Arrangements were by Heights Family Funeral Home & Crematory.
Last Updated on Thursday, 19 February 2015 13:23
Emilee Ann Grimm, 44, who had worked as a hair stylist, died unexpectedly on Friday, Feb. 13, 2015.
She was born in Billings on May 30, 1970, to Robert and Karen Grimm. She was baptized and confirmed in the American Lutheran Church. She graduated in 1988 from Skyview High School, where she was a cheerleader and active in softball, gymnastics, dancing, drama and Young Life.
After high school she attended Blanco Blanco School of Cosmetology and later worked as a stylist at Blanco Blanco Salon until she moved to Florida.
She lived in West Palm Beach for several years and worked at various salons including Bloomingdale’s. She married Augie Pellegrini at midnight on the eve of the millennium in the center of the city square. Their daughter, Isabella Rain, was born the following December.
In early 2005 the family moved back to Montana to be near family and so that she could help take care of her father. Later she fell in love with Jay Weigand of Hardin. She moved to Hardin to be with him, and two years later they had a daughter, Lola Jae, who joined his two boys, Weston and Todd.
Survivors include Jay Weigand; two daughters, Isabella and Lola; her mother; a brother, Ryan of Billings; a sister, Kitrina Carter of Seattle; Augie of Brockport, N.Y.; and Weston and Todd Weigand.
Services will be at 1 p.m. Friday, Feb. 20, at Smith Downtown Chapel, 925 S. 27 St.
Last Updated on Thursday, 19 February 2015 13:22
Gay Corrin Hardy, 78, a lifetime resident of Montana and secretary of the Iron Workers Union, Local 708, died of cancer on Sunday, Feb. 8, 2015, at her home in Worden.
Born Aug. 27, 1936, in Billings, she married Dan Hardy on Feb. 16, 1953. She was secretary of the Iron Workers Union, where her husband was a member, and in later years worked as a librarian in her hometown of Worden.
She spent time with the Worden Senior Citizens and earned her GED when she was in her 50s. She had received care from Billings Clinic and RiverStone Hospice.
Survivors include a daughter, Debbie Hardy; a son, Rod Hardy; six grandchildren; and nine great-grandchildren.
A potluck memorial service for friends and family will be held at 2 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 21, at the Yellowstone Electric REA building conference room in Huntley. Any foods or drinks are appreciated. There will be no funeral, as her wishes were to have her friends and family celebrate her life over good food and good drinks. Arrangements are by Heights Family Funeral Home & Crematory.
Donations may be made to the Worden Senior Citizens Group in her name and may be sent to her daughter, Renee Tracy, 2244 S.E. Shiloh Road, Billings MT, 59106.
Last Updated on Thursday, 19 February 2015 13:20
Don Vowel, 72, a photographer and woodworker, died Friday, Feb. 6, 2015, in Billings after a long illness.
He was born in Roswell, N.M., on June 13, 1942, to Buzz and Clara Vowel. He married Barbara Lapp in May 1986.
He worked in the auto body business, then moved on to insurance adjusting. He then moved back to Terry where he helped out his father in the Yellowstone Bar and Café.
In his spare time he liked to do woodworking and started the Sawdust factory. He photographed many rodeos and the old-timers in Terry.
Survivors include his wife, Barbara Vowel; daughters, Dreama Nelson and Donna Coyni; stepdaughters, Tresia Bennett and Kim Davis; nine grandchildren; five great-grandchildren; and two sisters, Patti Ler and Sue Sikveland.
A private funeral service was held. Arrangements were by Cremation & Funeral Gallery.
Flowers and condolences may be sent to 4 Prince Charles Drive, Billings, MT 59102.
Last Updated on Thursday, 19 February 2015 12:57
Florence Lillian Timberman, 66, died in her home on Monday, Feb. 16, 2015.
She was born on July 1, 1948, in Billings to George and Louisa (Terpstra) Griffith. She was the youngest of four children.
Survivors include her husband, William “Bill” Timberman; children, James Moon, Dennis Moon and Joyce Boston; a stepson, Mark Timberman; a sister, Dorothy Timmerman; 11 grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren.
Services will be at 1 p.m. Friday, Feb. 20, at Dahl Funeral Chapel.
Donations may be made in her name to the animal shelter.
Last Updated on Thursday, 19 February 2015 12:57
Tracy Donovan, 59, of Billings, a union ironworker, died Jan. 29, 2015, in his home.
He was born Sept. 17, 1956, the third son of John and Mary Donovan. He grew up in Belt.
He married Pati Winterrowd, and after she became ill, he devoted his life to caring for her. She died one day after their 29th wedding anniversary.
Survivors include daughters, Jennifer and Jessica; a brother, Tim; and two grandchildren.
Services were Feb. 7 at Dahl Funeral Chapel. A reception followed at the Elks Lodge, 934 Lewis Ave.
Last Updated on Thursday, 12 February 2015 13:45
Matilda Jean Hofferber, 82, who had worked mostly as a secretary and was an active volunteer, died Jan. 31, 2015, at her home.
She was born July 12, 1932, in Roundup. She graduated from Roundup High School in 1950 and moved to Billings a short time later. She attended Billings Business College.
She married Dale Lanier in 1959, and they had one daughter, Charis. Mr. Lanier died in 1964. She married Reuben Hofferber in 1967, and they had a daughter, Lisa.
Ms. Hofferber volunteered at St. Vincent Hospital, Big Sky Hospice and lastly at Billings Clinic.
Survivors include daughters, Charis Kittelson and Lisa DeLeon; and five grandchildren.
Graveside services were held Feb. 7 at Mountview Cemetery. A reception followed at Grace United Methodist Church. Arrangements were by Cremation & Funeral Gallery.
Donations may be made to the Billings Clinic Foundation.
Last Updated on Thursday, 12 February 2015 13:44