Don Connelly Golder, 81, a longtime rancher, died Oct. 11, 2014.
He was born in Lysite, Wyo., on Dec. 18, 1932, to Jack Q.C. Golder and LaVisa Schreiner Golder. He began school in Roswell, N.M., and attended school in Tyrone, Colo.
On Halloween night 1947, his family arrived in Miles City. In March 1948 they purchased a ranch on Rosebud Creek north of Lame Deer. Mr. Golder graduated from Colstrip High school in 1950, then went into ranching with his father, raising Hereford cattle for the rest of his life.
He began ranching on the north side of the Bull Mountains in 1962 and moved his operation to the south side of the Bull Mountains in 1984. He ranched there until his death. He was a charter member of Northern Plains Resource Council and the National Cattleman’s Association.
Survivors include his wife, Ellen; adopted son, Randall Greene; and brother, Nick Golder of the Rosebud Ranch.
Services will be at 1 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 16, at Cremation & Funeral Gallery. Arrangements are by Cremation & Funeral Gallery.
Memorials can be made to the Northern Plains Endowment Fund, 220 S. 27th St., Suite A, Billings, MT 59101.
Last Updated on Thursday, 16 October 2014 12:40
Nathan Jeffrey Watts was born at 8:04 a.m. Oct. 5, 2014, and died shortly thereafter.
He weighed 1.7 pounds and was 12½ inches long. He had received care from the Billings Birth Center.
He was the son of David Lee Watts and Rose Gillmer. His grandparents were Russell Gillmer, Karen Watts, Jeffrey Watts and Dottie Ziemer.
Services were Oct. 11 at Dahl Funeral Chapel, followed by a luncheon at The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in Billings.
Donations may be made to the Ramsey Keller Memorial Foundation, 4456 Laredo Place, Billings 59106.
Last Updated on Thursday, 16 October 2014 12:40
Arthur B. Wall Sr., 69, died Oct. 10, 2014. His late uncle Elmer Hill gave him the name “Refused to Leave His Wounded Comrade.”
Mr. Wall was a member of the Catholic and Pentecostal Church. He was a member of Whistling Water Clan and a child of Big Lodge.
He was born Aug. 20, 1945, in Crow Agency, the eldest son of the late William and Alma (Small) Wall. He was raised in Pryor and later lived in Crow Agency. He lived the rest of his life at Parkview Nursing Home.
He was educated at St. Charles Mission and Flandreau, S.D. He served in the Marine Corps from 1969-70 and was honorably discharged.
Survivors include a son, Howard Burlinson; a brother, Charles Wall; sisters, Josephine, Almira and Mary Wall; and two grandchildren.
Services were Oct. 15 at St. Charles Mission in Pryor. Arrangements were in the care of Dahl Funeral Chapel.
Last Updated on Thursday, 16 October 2014 12:39
Robert Laverne Wilson, 78, of Worden, who had a varied work history, died at his home on Oct. 11, 2014.
He was born June 27, 1936, in Billings, the son of Albert J. and Clara (Vavrosky) Wilson. He graduated from Billings Senior High School. He married Judy Lou Smith on Sept. 29, 1956, in Billings.
He had worked as a journeyman meat cutter, route salesman for Pepsi-Cola and manager of the Cenex Seed Plant. When Cenex closed, he drove a truck for Gabel Construction at a Billings refinery, then drove a school bus for Huntley Project School.
Survivors include his wife; a daughter, Laurie Timmerman; sons, Doug Wilson and Steve Wilson; three grandchildren; four great-grandchildren; and brothers, Fred and Ralph.
A private family graveside service was planned. Arrangements were in the care of Dahl Funeral Chapel.
Last Updated on Thursday, 16 October 2014 12:38
Warren T. George, 93, of Billings, a World War II veteran who developed the Cinderella City mini-mall, died at St. John’s Hospice Home on Sept. 28, 2014, of lung cancer.
He was born Feb. 15, 1921, the fourth of five siblings, to Harmon and Vivia George of Akron, Colo. They moved back and forth between Colorado and Iowa to finally settle in Greeley, Colo., where he graduated from high school in 1940.
He joined the National Guard in Greeley in March 1940. The Guard was mobilized Sept. 16, 1940, and was part of the 45th Division. In 1942, he left the 45th Division with the rank of staff sergeant to attend Officers Candidate School at Fort Benning, Ga.
He was commissioned a second lieutenant on July 15, 1942, and was sent to Fort Riley, Kan., to join the 9th Armored Division, where he was awarded a Bronze Star. Later he was transferred to England and France and then to the Luxembourg-Germany border where he was injured and spent three months in a hospital in England.
He was then reassigned to the 357th Reinforcement Company in La Havre, France.
Mr. George was discharged on Dec. 24, 1945, with the rank of captain. He rejoined the National Guard until 1947.
He married LaVerna Luschei at Fort Riley, where she was serving as an Army nurse.
After World War II, he attended the National Institute of Dry Cleaning in Maryland.
The family moved to Superior, Wyo., in 1948, then to Billings in 1952, where he started Cinderella Cleaners and later developed it into a mini mall known as Cinderella City.
He was diagnosed with leukemia in 1978, and his son joined his wife to run the business while he fought cancer. Eight years later, he was in full remission.
The family retired from Cinderella Cleaners in 1995 but retained ownership of Cinderella City Mini Mall until February 2014.
Survivors include a daughter, Judith of Oak Harbor, Wash.; five grandchildren; and eight great-grandchildren.
He had requested no services, but a celebration of his life will be held later. A memorial stone will be placed in the Veterans Cemetery in Laurel. Arrangements are by Cremation & Funeral Gallery.
Last Updated on Thursday, 09 October 2014 10:46
Daniel F. “Boppa” Cypher, 76, who worked 37 years for Northwest Airlines, died from complications of chronic pain at Billings Clinic on Sunday, Sept. 21, 2014.
He was born in Saxton, Pa., on Oct. 10, 1937, to Jack and Nora Cypher. He served in the Army after attending trade school to become an aircraft mechanic. He retired after 37 years with Northwest Airlines due to disability.
His activities in recent years were limited by back pain.
Survivors include his wife of 45 years, Kathy Nitschke Cypher; daughters, Tammie Nelson and Jodie Wilson of Phoenix, Ariz.; four grandchildren; a brother, Ralph Carberry of Florida; and sisters, Snook Musser of Maryland and Susie Moser of Virginia.
A Celebration of Life was held Oct. 4 at Atonement Lutheran Church. Burial was in the Cypher Family Cemetery in Saxton, Pa. Arrangements are by Cremation & Funeral Gallery.
Memorials may be made to Montana Hope Project, P.O. Box 5927, Helena, MT 59604; or Handyman Ministries at Atonement Lutheran Church, 1290 Sierra Granda Blvd., Billings, MT 59105.
Last Updated on Thursday, 09 October 2014 10:45
Dennis Leistiko, 67, of Laurel, who had worked 15 years for the railroad, died Sept. 30, 2014, after a long battle with lung disease.
He was born to Otto and Mabel Leistiko on Oct. 6, 1946, in Caledonia, Minn., and the family then moved to Livingston, where he grew up and attended school. He married Melva Mosback on May 6, 1967. She died on March 23, 1991.
Mr. Leistiko worked for Burlington Northern Santa Fe Railroad as a carman, transferring to Laurel in 1982. After 15 years with the railroad, he worked several other jobs, with the last for Ashland Farms.
He did customized carpentry and enjoyed the outdoors. He had received care from Rocky Mountain Hospice and from a friend, Fredy Winters.
Survivors include daughters, Diane Standley of Billings, Michelle Kuper of Miles City, Debbie Kaufman of Helena; nine grandchildren; 18 great- grandchildren; and half-siblings, Don Leistiko of Liberty Lake, Wash., and Marcia Holland, Betty Bergsgaard, Eric Ostern and Cheryl Moore of Spring Grove, Minn.
Services were Oct. 6 at Dahl Funeral Chapel.
Last Updated on Thursday, 09 October 2014 10:44
Avis L. Erickson, 89, of Billings, who had taught for many years in Miles City, died Saturday, Oct. 4, 2014.
She was born June 28, 1925, to Ernest and Leona Carbine in Windom, Minn. Her mother died 13 days later, and she was raised by her grandmother Hattie.
She attended school in Windom and at Miss Woods Teaching College. She taught first grade in Minneapolis and Wells, Minn., and taught kindergarten in Miles City for many years.
She married Ross Erickson on Dec. 21, 1947, in Minnesota. They moved to Miles City where he worked in First National Bank. In 1972 the family moved to Libby, then to Red Lodge and finally Whitehall.
They retired in Billings to be near their daughter, Kriss Anne Erickson, and son-in-law Thomas Paul Templeton, who both survive her. Later she and her husband moved to West Park Village. Mr. Erickson died in January 2010.
In August 2014 she moved to Parkview Healthcare due to worsening dementia. She also had received care from West Park Village and RiverStone Hospice.
Three days before her death, she whispered the lyrics to a song: “Fly me to the moon, let me play among the stars, let me see what life is like on Jupiter and Mars.”
Arrangements were by Cremation & Funeral Gallery.
Donations can be made to Yellowstone Valley Animal Shelter or RiverStone Hospice.
Last Updated on Thursday, 09 October 2014 10:44
Duane A. Rehling, 65, a Vietnam veteran who also had been a salesman and drove a truck, died Tuesday, Sept. 30, 2014, after a lengthy illness.
He was born Sept. 28, 1949, to Richard and Lois Rehling in Billings. He attended school in Colfax, Calif.
At the age of 18, he joined the Army and served in the Vietnam War. After 20 years of military service, he retired in Fort Lewis, Wash., and then moved his family to Laurel to be closer to family. He drove a truck for many years and was also a salesman.
Survivors include a son, Duane M. Rehling; a daughter, Tammy Rehling-Wood; and six grandchildren.
Services were Oct. 6 at Laurel United Methodist Church. Arrangements were by Cremation & Funeral Gallery.
Last Updated on Thursday, 09 October 2014 10:43
Terrance D. Luff, 71, a Vietnam veteran, died Sept. 23, 2014.
He was born Oct. 26, 1942, to Dale and Hazel Luff. Upon returning from Vietnam, he married Jeanne Vosen. They had four children, Terry, Traci, Tanna and Cody; and six grandchildren.
Survivors also include a sister, Trudy.
Services were pending. Arrangements were by Cremation & Funeral Gallery.
Last Updated on Thursday, 09 October 2014 10:25