Richard “Ric” Medley Sr., 67, a retired Army noncommissioned officer, died Thursday, April 29, 2015.
He was born to Elmer W. Medley and Laura Mae Anderson on Jan. 11, 1948. He was raised with his mother and great-grandmother Liddie Medley.
He lived in Missouri until he joined the Army at age 17. At age 42 he retired as a first sergeant.
He had been chief of investigative support for the Army Criminal Investigation Command at Fort Riley, Kan., and he had served in Korea as the principal adviser to the unit commander regarding enlisted matters. He also served at Fort Carson, Colo., Fort Gordon, Ga., Vietnam, and at Nürnberg and Bamberg, Germany.
He had received specialized training in hostage negotiation, counter-terrorism, forensic science, criminal investigation and investigative management.
He had been a drill sergeant and had been a part-time instructor for Central Texas College, teaching law enforcement and criminal justice classes at military locations.
At age 52, he graduated with a bachelor of science degree in human services at Montana State University. In March 1989 he worked as an armed private security guard for Sundown Security, and in March 1990 he got a job as a bus operator for Greyhound Lines Inc.
In January 1996 he was an instructor for Billings Business College teaching criminal justice classes.
He was a karaoke host at the Flamingo and worked for the Jackpot Casino as a cook. He was a lifetime member of Veterans of Foreign Wars.
Survivors include his wife, Linda; four children, Angelea Christine Medley of Missouri, Richard Lee Medley Jr. of Missouri, Shawn Tobias Richard Medley of Germany and Julian Chrisopher Lee Medley of Germany; his mother, Laura Mae Faith of Billings; and siblings, Patty Medley of Billings, Linda Hetterly of Mesquite, Texas, and Merle Medley of Sandpoint, Idaho.
Services will be at 1 p.m. Thursday, May 21, at VFW Post 6774. Arrangements are by Cremation & Funeral Gallery.
Last Updated on Thursday, 14 May 2015 14:58
Judy Lee Campbell, 69, who had worked for city and county government, died May 10, 2015, in Billings.
She was born March 5, 1946, in Helena, Ark. She married Gary Campbell, and they later divorced.
She attended several schools due to her father’s occupation: Pierre, S.D., Lovell, Wyo., and Manilla, Utah. After her divorce, she and her son moved to Billings.
She worked for the city of Billings Communications Center for several years. She also worked for the city clerk’s office and the sheriff’s office. She loved scrapbooking.
In May 2009, Ms. Campbell suffered a stroke. She moved into assisted living quarters and then to Billings Health and Rehabilitation.
Survivors include a son, Kevin of Ogden, Utah.
A private celebration of her life was planned. Arrangements are in the care of Dahl Funeral Chapel.
Last Updated on Thursday, 14 May 2015 14:57
Tom Travis, 65, of Laurel, a retired electrician, died Friday, May 8, 2015, at his residence.
He was born Aug. 6, 1949, in Bradley, Tenn., the son of David and Frances Travis. He worked as an electrician for the Illinois Central Railroad for 27 years and 4 months. His goal was 30 years but after an accident he was forced into early retirement.
Survivors include his wife, Carlene; six children, John Travis, Michelle Hartigan, Margaret Puckett, Robert and Bryan Jenkins and Michelle Riley; a brother, Mark Travis; and numerous grandchildren and great-grandchildren.
Services will be held later. Arrangements are by Cremation & Funeral Gallery.
Last Updated on Thursday, 14 May 2015 14:57
Carl “Gene” Eugene Childers, 81, a past commander of the American Legion here, died May 1, 2015, from complications of an abdominal aortic aneurysm.
He was born Dec 8, 1933, on the family farm near Miles City, the fifth child of Earl and Gladys (Lewis) Childers.
He served four years in the Navy, and after his 1957 discharge, returned to the family farm.
He married Doris Christiansen in 1958. His jobs took the family to several towns in Eastern Montana, finally settling in Billings in 1966. He retired in 1999.
Mr. Childers was a life member of the American Legion Post 4, where he was a past commander, a member of the Executive Committee, breakfast crew and the Honor Guard.
Survivors include his wife; children, Michael, Steve, Genia Mollett and Gary; 11 grandchildren; and 10 great-grandchildren.
A celebration of his life will take place at the American Legion Post 4, 1540 Broadwater Ave., at 2 p.m. Saturday, May 9. Arrangements are by Cremation & Funeral Gallery.
Memorials may be made to the American Legion Honor Guard at the above address.
Last Updated on Thursday, 07 May 2015 11:34
Jed Dorman Kaull, 85, a consummate salesman, died April 29, 2015, at his residence at St John’s Powers Cottage due to complications of Alzheimer’s disease.
He was born June 3, 1929, in Great Falls to Kathryn and Frank Kaull. He graduated from high school in Ogden, Utah. He joined the Air Force in 1946 and was involved with the reconstruction of Japan after World War II. He married Iris Geren in 1956 and adopted her children, Donald and Judy. In 1969 he married Marilyn Yeager. Their marriage lasted 26 years until her death from breast cancer.
Mr. Kaull traveled and sold a variety of products and services, from cookware, wholesale steel, and hearing aids to art instruction classes. He also promoted products nationally.
In his later years he traveled between his homes in Oregon and Arizona. He was an avid bridge player until his memory failed.
Survivors include a son, Donald Kaull of Billings; a daughter, Judy Kaull of Dewey, Ariz.; three grandchildren; and five great-grandchildren.
At his request there will be no services. Arrangements are by Cremation & Funeral Gallery.
Donations may be made to the Gideons International on his behalf.
Last Updated on Thursday, 07 May 2015 11:33
Joanna Myers, 84, died at Beartooth Care Center on April 28, 2015.
She was born May 3, 1930.
Private family services will be held. Arrangements are by Cremation & Funeral Gallery.
Memorials may be made to the Columbus Community Congregational Church, Museum of the Beartooths.
Last Updated on Thursday, 07 May 2015 11:32
Stanley “Jack” Ripley, 76, of Dillon, a state brand inspector for more than 33 years, died May 3, 2015, following complications from surgery in Missoula.
He was born in Jamestown, N.D., on Aug. 4, 1938, and graduated from high school at the age of 16. He worked for Al Tescher on a ranch in the Badlands near Medora, N.D. He was given a choice of using the ranch pickup to go to church and take the day off or stay on the ranch and work, beginning a lifelong dedication to his faith.
He attended Montana State University until he ran out of money and moved to Harlowton to be near his family. There he married Kathy, his wife of 53 years.
He was a truck driver for Gilbert Dewey before serving six months in the National Guard. He then went to work for the Department of Livestock as a brand inspector in Great Falls. From there he transferred to Butte, Missoula, Shelby and finally to Dillon.
After retiring as brand inspector, he hauled fertilizer, then started hauling heavy equipment for Dillon Implement.
Survivors include his wife; children, Pam Simpson of Belgrade and John of LaGrange, Ky.; four grandchildren; a great-grandson; brothers, Mike and C.T.; and a sister, Claudia Cameron.
A vigil was held May 5 at St. Rose Church in Dillon. Mass was celebrated May 6 at St. Rose Church in Dillon, followed by interment in Mountain View Cemetery. Arrangements are by Brundage Funeral Home.
Memorials are suggested to the St. Patrick House, 501 W. Alder, Missoula, MT 59802.
Last Updated on Thursday, 07 May 2015 11:32
Jeffrey Christopher Peila, 64, a veterinarian and cattle rancher, died April 29, 2015, of cancer.
He was born Dec. 25, 1950, to Martha (Sutton) and Joseph Peila in Denver, Colo. The eldest of eight children, he spent his toddler years on a ranch in Akron, Colo.
When he was 3, the family moved to Alturas, Calif., where they ranched for a few years before joining the rest of the family in Miles City.
They lived in a homesteaders shack on a ranch north of Miles City, with no running water or electricity but plenty of beef.
He attended Sacred Heart Catholic School in Miles City and graduated from Montana State University and veterinary school at Washington State University. In 1976, he married Susan Herr.
Dr. Peila gained experience working for Doc Read in Ronan and Joe Vescovi in Roundup. He next built his first clinic in Forsyth, the Animal House Hospital.
In 1985, he moved to Shepherd, where he built a clinic and pursued his specialty in equine care. He cared for all kinds of animals, including treating an elephant’s foot once when a circus was passing through town.
In 1989, he and his wife began raising cattle, and the ranch on Mizpah grew into a massive cow operation over 20 years.
Survivors include his wife; six children, Marisa Stewart of Bozeman, Laura Dumas of Manhattan, Mont., John, Sarah Boucher and Alta, all of Miles City, and Joe of Denver; seven siblings, Joe, Matt, Julie Gee, Sam, Lucy Bragg, Barb Frohlich and Sallie Small; and 13 grandchildren.
Rosary was held May 6 at St. Bernard’s Parish, and Memorial Mass will be held at 11 a.m. Thursday, May 7, at St. Bernard’s Parish. A reception will follow at Shepherd Huntley Animal Care Center. Arrangements are by Heights Family Funeral Home & Crematory.
Last Updated on Thursday, 07 May 2015 11:31
Brenna Ryenne Farley, 18, died in her sleep on April 18, 2015, in Shepherd.
She was born on Feb. 10, 1997, with her twin sister, Kacey Brey Farley, in Alamosa, Colo.
She loved to write poetry, paint, sing, laugh, debate and play softball. She was 2015 Team Debate State Champion.
Survivors include her father, John Farley; mother, Suzi Farley; stepmother, Jessie Pinkerton; sister, Kacey Farley, Tiegan Farley, Jamisen Farley; stepbrother, Cody Cameron; stepsister, Sage Pinkerton; and boyfriend, Sage Livergood.
Memorial Mass will be at 10 a.m. Thursday, April 23, at St. Bernard’s Catholic Church in Billings. Arrangements are by Cremation & Funeral Gallery.
Memorials may be sent to 6930 Eagle Bend Blvd., Shepherd, MT 59079 or made at http://de.gofund.me/brennafarley.
Last Updated on Thursday, 23 April 2015 15:18
Carrie Ruth Brooks Smith, 57, of Billings, a branch manager for Zip Trip, died Wednesday, April 15, 2015, at Billings Clinic.
She was born Feb. 8, 1959, in Glasgow, one of three children of Elbridge “Bill” Paul Brooks Jr. and Grace Marlene Brooks. She graduated from Frazer High School and went to Northern Montana College.
Survivors include children, Sarah Cheatham of Casper, Wyo., Nathan Boedeker of Moore, Okla., and Jessica Boedeker of Colorado Springs, Colo.; 10 grandchildren; and siblings, Barry Brooks of Aurora, Colo., Twyla Sockness of Missouri and Doug Boedeker of Indiana.
Services and a reception were held Sunday, April 19, at Cremation & Funeral Gallery.
Memorials may be sent to Barry Brooks, 710 S. Granby Circle, Aurora, CO 80012.
Last Updated on Thursday, 23 April 2015 15:17