The Billings Outpost

Leo V. Hodnik

Leo V. Hodnik, 91, a retired heavy equipment operator, died June 25, 2015.

He was born in Bearcreek on April 11, 1924, the son of John and Apolonia Nagoda Hodnik, and grew up in Bearcreek and Scotch Coulee. As a young man, he worked in the coal mines of Bearcreek and the gold mines around Cooke City.

As a heavy equipment operator, he worked construction jobs across Montana. He was a member of Local 400 for more than 50 years, many with Bill Hash, Midland Materials and Long Construction in Billings and Colstrip.

Mr. Hodnik married Myrna Mae (Mitzi) Whitmore in 1953. She died in 1967.

He had received care at the Billings Clinic.

Survivors include sons, Jim and Joe; and a daughter, Debra.

Arrangements are in the care of Dahl Funeral Chapel. A graveside service was planned at Bearcreek Cemetery.

Memorials may be made to the Bearcreek Cemetery fund.

Last Updated on Thursday, 02 July 2015 11:44

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Robert Lammers

Robert Kenneth Lammers, 69, of Billings, died Sunday, June 28, 2015.

He was born Aug. 19, 1945, to Ted and Ruth Lammers in Wisconsin Rapids, Wis., and was named in memory of his “Uncle Bob,” whose plane was shot down in World War II.

He graduated from Billings Senior High School, then joined the Army and was a Vietnam veteran, receiving the National Defense Service Medal.

He had received care from Wendy Tucker and from Billings Health and Rehabilitation.

Survivors include his mother, Ruth Lammers; two brothers, Terry Lammers and James Lammers; and a sister, Tena Lammers-Redfield.

Graveside services with military honors will be at 1 p.m. Tuesday, July 7, at the Yellowstone National Veterans Cemetery. Arrangements are by Cremation & Funeral Gallery.

Last Updated on Thursday, 02 July 2015 11:44

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Benjamin H. Gittings

Benjamin H. Gittings, 72, who had a career in engineering and management, died June 25, 2015.

He was born Dec. 17, 1942, in Waterloo, Iowa. He graduated from the University of Nebraska in industrial engineering.

His first wife, Barbara (Kelly) Gittings, and his second wife, Judi Henjum, preceded him death.

Survivors include a brother, Mike Gittings; son, Mark Gittings; daughters, Sheryl Gittings-Randall and Laura Gittings-Carlson; and five grandchildren.

Services will be at 3 p.m. Sunday, July 12, at the Heights Family Funeral Home and Crematory.

Last Updated on Thursday, 02 July 2015 11:33

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Cindy Hampton

Cynthia Ann “Cindy” McPhail Hampton, 50, who designed custom cabinetry, died Monday, June 15, 2015, after 4½ years of battling cancer.

She was born Aug. 12, 1964, in Sidney. Her family later moved to Billings, where she graduated from West High School in 1982.

After high school, she joined the Air Force and went to San Antonio, Texas, for basic training. She attended Montana State University Bozeman.

She moved back to Billings and worked at Perkins, Dos Machos, Gusick’s, and Neimer’s furniture. She later worked for Lowe’s (formerly Eagle Hardware) then found her niche designing custom cabinetry at American Appliance. She married Terry Hampton in September 1998.

A month after shattering her ankle on Dec. 23, 2010, she was diagnosed with metastatic breast cancer. Her sharp wit helped her deal with cancer, along with support from a lifelong friend, Julie Dressler.

Survivors include her husband; sons, Trevor and Trenton; and sisters, Laurie of Boise, Idaho, Maureen of Absarokee and Heather of Billings.

Services were held June 20 at Dahl Funeral Chapel in Billings. A potluck reception followed.

Last Updated on Thursday, 25 June 2015 13:23

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Lisa Ann Price

Lisa Ann Price, 57, who loved cooking and gardening, died in Billings on June 4, 2015.

She was born June 24, 1957, in Worland, Wyo., to Harold and Irene Fabricious. She attended high school and later college in Billings.

Survivors include a son, Matthew Maya; brothers, Hal and Chris Fabricious; sisters, Joan and Beth Fabricious; and her father, Harold Fabricious.

A celebration of life will be held at a later date. Arrangements are by Heights Family Funeral Home & Crematory.

Last Updated on Thursday, 25 June 2015 13:23

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Paula Kubik

Paula Jean Kubik, 70, a retired schoolteacher, died June 20, 2015, in Billings, where she lived at MorningStar Senior Living and had become an active member of the Shiloh Ward of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.

She was born Nov. 27, 1944, at Sedalia Army Air Field in Missouri to Annabelle Swett and John Kubik. After the war, the family moved home to Dickinson, N.D., founding the Flying K Ranch in Dunn County.

Ms. Kubik attended Tabor No. 2 School and graduated from Dickinson Central High School in 1962. She earned a bachelor of science degree from North Dakota State University in 1967. While at NDSU, she worked as a radiologist for the U.S. Department of Agriculture. She took advanced science courses at Dickinson State College and the University of Montana, and earned a master of education degree from Eastern Montana College in 1989.

She began teaching biology at Dawson County High School in Glendive in 1969, retiring in 2003. She advised Key Club and yearbook, judged speech tournaments, took tickets at sporting events and led field trips to Flathead Lake.

After retirement, she became a science instructor at Dawson Community College in Glendive, finally retiring in 2012. 

Survivors include a niece, Mandy Kubik of Dickinson; and many cousins.

Services will be at 10:30 a.m. Friday, June 26, at the LDS Shiloh Ward Church, 3595 Monad Road. Arrangements are by Cremation & Funeral Gallery.

Memorials may be sent to Oreo’s Animal Rescue, 93 21st St. E., Dickinson, ND, 58601.

Last Updated on Thursday, 25 June 2015 13:22

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Susan Louise Nace

Susan Louise Nace, 64, who worked as a chute help at Wrangler Team Roping Championship Ropings, died June 17, 2015, at St. Vincent Hospital.

She was born Oct. 27, 1950, to Ernest and Barbara Schultz in Hughesville, Pa.

She enjoyed crocheting, sewing, gardening and riding horses.

Survivors include Fritz Nace; Ricki Grebe; Ronni Nace; Robbi Keller; six grandchildren; and siblings, Dennis Schultz, Colleen Reed, Lynn Wertman, Elaine Schultz and Barry Schultz.

No services were planned. Arrangements were by Heights Family Funeral Home & Crematory.

Last Updated on Thursday, 25 June 2015 13:22

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Mary Ellen Goggins

Mary Ellen Goggins, 85, of Molt, who had cooked for her family and for many ranch hands, died at her home on Tuesday, June 16, 2015.

She was born Jan. 28, 1930, in Columbus, the daughter of Michael and Cecelia (Lutgen) Visser. She graduated from Laurel High School in 1947.

On Oct. 28, 1948, she married John “Jack” Emmett Goggins Jr. at St. Anthony’s Catholic Church. They lived in Wheat Basin, Laurel and Wyoming before settling in Molt.

Survivors include her husband, Jack; daughters, Julie and Tracy Goggins; sons, Jeff, Riley and Tim Goggins; a brother, Albert Visser; five grandchildren; and a great-granddaughter.

Rosary and Funeral Mass were June 23 at St. Anthony’s Catholic Church in Laurel. Committal was in Laurel Cemetery. Arrangements were in the care of Dahl Funeral Chapel.

Last Updated on Thursday, 25 June 2015 13:21

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Doris Hailey

Doris Hailey, 79, who was chaplain for the Billings Heights Veterans of Foreign Wars Ladies Auxiliary, died June 18, 2015, at Billings Clinic.

She was born Nov. 14, 1935, to Alice and Crawford Fawcett in Newcastle Wyo., the second of 10 children. She graduated from Newcastle High School in 1954. On July 12, 1954, she married Doyle L. Hailey.

Her working career was spent as a retail clerk at Safeway Food Stores in Nebraska, Oregon and Montana. In retirement she was an active member of the Billings Heights VFW Ladies Auxiliary.

Survivors include her husband; a daughter, Deborah Johnson of Billings; a grandson; brothers, Lewis Fawcett of Basin, Wyo., Jerry Fawcett and Robert Fawcett of Newcastle; and sisters, Joan Lassle and Jean Day of Newcastle, Dorothy Pitts of Newell, S.D., and Lois Hurley of Ponce De Leon, Fla.

A graveside service was held June 24 at Yellowstone National Cemetery. Arrangements were by Heights Family Funeral Home & Crematory.

Memorials can be made to the Billings Heights VFW Ladies Auxiliary.

Last Updated on Thursday, 25 June 2015 13:20

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Michael Albrecht

Michael DuWayne Albrecht, 61, died at 5:30 a.m. June 9, 2015, after being rushed by ambulance to St. Vincent Healthcare for emergency surgery for rupture.

He was born March 30, 1954, at Trinity Hospital in Jamestown, N.D., to Joseph Albrecht and Clarice Altringer. He served in the Navy during the Vietnam War as a communications specialist.

He loved metal detecting, rock hunting and anything to do with the outdoors.

Survivors include his wife, Clairissa K. Albrecht; three sons, Johnathon, Simon and Michealchad; two daughters, Sherry and Joni; three stepsons, Joseph, Thomas and William; a stepdaughter, Philadelphia; and several grandchildren.

Services will be at 11 a.m. Saturday, July 11, at Coulson Park. Contact Clairissa Albrecht for information and directions (406) 245-4491. Arrangements are by Cremation & Funeral Gallery.

Last Updated on Thursday, 25 June 2015 13:20

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