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Randall Kreiter

Randall Jerome Kreiter, 59, who founded Kreiter Construction, died Oct. 18, 2015, in Billings.

He was born Oct. 29, 1955, in Billings, the son of Harold and Esther (Kahler) Kreiter. He grew up in Billings and attended St. Pius X school and Billings Central Catholic High School, graduating in 1973. He started Kreiter Construction in 1992.

Survivors include sons, Zak Kreiter, Nathan Kreiter, Riley Hughes and Tyson Kreiter; sisters, Cheryl McLaughlin and Sandi Erickson; and a brother, David.

A celebration of his life was held Oct. 23 at the Elks Lodge. Inurnment of ashes was in Holy Cross Cemetery. Arrangements were in the care of Dahl Funeral Chapel.

Last Updated on Thursday, 29 October 2015 22:07

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Winnie Fay Borgialli

Winnie Fay Borgialli, 80, who worked many years as a nurse anesthetist in Montana and Wyoming, died in Billings on Oct. 18, 2015.

She was born Jan. 21, 1935, the only daughter of David and Thelma Huff, in Upton, Wyo. The family moved to Sheridan, Wyo., where she graduated from Sheridan High School in 1953.

She moved to Rochester, Minn., for nursing school. She graduated from the Methodist-Kahler School of Nursing in 1957 and the Mayo Clinic School of Anesthesia in 1960.

She married Jim Lehnherr in Rochester in 1955; they were later divorced. Together they had two children, Kathleen Ely and David Lehnherr.

She worked for many years as a nurse anesthetist in Montana and Wyoming, often on call 24/7. In 1993, on horseback in the Bighorn Mountains, she married Jim Borgialli.

Survivors include her husband; a daughter, Kathleen Jepson; a son, David; three grandsons; two great-grandchildren; her step family, Jim Buzan and Gary Buzan; and a brother, Bob Huff.

Services will be on Thursday, Oct. 22, in Buffalo, Wyo. Viewing will be from 8-11 a.m., and services will be at 1 p.m. at St. Luke’s Episcopal Church, with interment to follow in Willow Grove. A celebration of life will be held at the Occidental Hotel beginning at 2:30 p.m.

Arrangements are in the care of Dahl Funeral Chapel in Billings and Harness Funeral Home in Buffalo, Wyo.

Donations may be made to a nursing school.

Last Updated on Thursday, 22 October 2015 22:03

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Vernon Zickefoose

Vernon Rodney Zickefoose, 72, of Billings, known to family and friends as “VR,” “Zig” and “Ziggy,” died Oct. 3, 2015, in the home he built in 1977. He was born Oct. 25, 1942, in Cody, Wyo., the first of four boys born to Vernon George Zickefoose and Ina Jeanette Thayer. He lived with his family on Red Lodge Creek, attending the old Jackson School until age 10, then moving to the Lockwood area. He took an interest in carpentry and built several homes over the years. 

After graduating from Billings Senior High School in 1960, Mr. Zickefoose joined the Montana National Guard. He had served in the Veterans of Foreign Wars honor guard, helping to send off more than 100 veterans with full military honors.

In Denver in the 1970s, he worked in the banking industry. He married Lauretta Adams and gained a family of three boys, ages 12, 11 and 7.

In 1976, the family moved from Golden, Colo., to Laurel and then to Billings in 1977.

He formed a partnership with Gary Forrester and began working in the drywall business – a relationship that lasted more than 30 years.

Survivors include sons, Tracy of Kirkland, Wash., Greg of Rockville, Md., and Jon of Shelby; five grandchildren; four great-grandchildren; brothers, Giles and Bobbie of Billings, Gary of Salem, Ore.; and a half-brother, Jack of Hyannis, Neb.

A potluck celebration will be held at 5 p.m. Oct. 23 at the VFW in the Heights. Arrangements are in the care of Dahl Funeral Chapel.

Last Updated on Thursday, 22 October 2015 22:01

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Kaycee Noel Booth

Kaycee Noel Booth, 34, died Oct. 13, 2015.

She was born in Casper, Wyo., on April 10, 1981, to Mary and Bill Booth. She attended Billings schools and graduated in 2000 from Skyview High School.

Despite being born with a severe form of spina bifida, she led an active lifestyle as a participant in the Eagle Mount ski and swimming programs. She had lived the last four years at Autumn Care.

Survivors include her father; a sister, Codi Martin; a stepsister, Melissa Tuengel; and a best friend, Rob Luptak.

Services were Oct. 19 at Dahl Funeral Chapel.

Last Updated on Thursday, 22 October 2015 22:00

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Thomas C. Baker

Thomas Clifford Baker, 68, died of brain cancer on Saturday, Oct. 17, 2015.

He was diagnosed with metastatic small cell cancer in January 2014 while living at his home in Estrella Mountain Ranch in Goodyear, Ariz. He had received care at Palo Verde Cancer Center.

Survivors include his wife, Linda Baker of Billings; daughters, Micala Baker and Lisa Baker, both of Billings; five grandchildren; two great-grandchildren; and brothers, Steve Baker of Renton, Wash., and  Dave Baker of Billings.

A reception for family and friends with refreshments and light meal will be held from 1-4 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 25, at the Heights Family Funeral Home & Crematory, 733 W. Wicks Lane in Billings.

Last Updated on Thursday, 22 October 2015 21:58

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Mark Joseph Kirby

Services will be held Oct. 16, 2015, for Mark Joseph Kirby, president and founder of Montana Veterans Airlift Command, a public charity providing free medical air transportation to disabled veterans and their families.

The son of Lawrence and Robin Kirby, he was born Oct. 14, 1962, in Salinas, Calif. He married RaShelle M. Richert on Dec. 9, 1997.

They had a son, Ethan Matthew, and he had two children from a previous marriage, Brandon and Sarah.

Mr. Kirby enlisted in the Air Force at age 17 and served for 13 years. He served in the Presidential Honor Guard for two years.

He had worked most recently as a finance manager at Denny Menholt Chevrolet.

Services will be at Emmanuel Baptist Church at 10:30 a.m. Friday, Oct. 16, with interment to follow at 1 p.m. in Yellowstone National Cemetery in Laurel.

Last Updated on Thursday, 15 October 2015 20:13

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Walter ‘Bud’ Boucher

Walter “Bud” Boucher, 82, of Roundup, owner of Midwest trucking and of a Bull Mountain ranch, died of cancer on Friday, Oct. 9, 2015.

He was born April 15, 1933, in Glasgow to Edgar and Evelyn (Trudeau) Boucher.

He had a ranch in the Bull Mountains near Roundup.

He is survived by a large family.

A celebration of his life with a dessert reception was held Tuesday, Oct. 13, at Heights Family Funeral Home.

Memorials may be made in his name to Al Bedoo Shrine Hospital Transportation Fund, 1125 Broadwater Ave., Billings, MT 59102.

Last Updated on Thursday, 15 October 2015 20:13

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Sharon Mobraaten

Sharon Sue Mobraaten, 67, a certified registered nurse anesthetist, died Monday, Oct. 5, 2015.

She was born in Slayton, Minn., to Ken and Dorothy Bergman on Nov. 20, 1947. She was raised on a farm at Slayton until age 11. She decided at age 7 to become a nurse and move to the Twin Cities.

She graduated from nursing school at age 20 and moved to Bloomington, Minn. In 1976 she returned to school to become a nurse anesthetist. In the ’90s she owned her own anesthesia group at Centennial Lakes in Edina, Minn.

She moved to Montana in 1999 and married Russell Mobraaten shortly thereafter. She worked at St. Vincent Healthcare as a CRNA for a year then worked part-time in Minneapolis until retiring in 2005.

After retiring, she volunteered with Kiwanis and the Veterans of Foreign Wars Auxiliary. At the VFW she served as both auxiliary president and was on the Color Guard for countless veterans’ funerals.

Survivors include her husband, Russell Mobraaten; his sons, Trent and Todd; two grandchildren; a sister, Jo Blixrud; and a brother, Doug Bergman.

A celebration of life will be held at 2 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 24, at the VFW on 637 Anchor St. Arrangements are by Heights Family Funeral Home & Crematory.

Last Updated on Thursday, 15 October 2015 20:12

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Clara Wynne Garner

Clara Wynne Garner, 89, a homemaker, died Sunday, Sept. 27, 2015, at Trinity Mother Frances in Tyler, Texas.

She was born Oct. 10, 1925, in Tatum, Texas, to Hollye H. and Bertha Wynne. She lived in Tatum most of her life and was a member of First United Methodist Church of Tatum.

Survivors include a son, Larry Garner of Tyler; a daughter, Patricia Garner Crisp of Billings; a sister, Juanita Jameson of Tatum;  two grandchildren, Marshall Neidigh of Misawa, Japan, and Rachel Crisp Philips of Missoula; and two great-grandchildren.

Services were Oct. 2 at First United Methodist Church in Tatum.

Last Updated on Thursday, 15 October 2015 20:11

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Barry Johnson

Barry “BeeBop” Wayne Johnson, 60, of Billings, who was last employed by Albertsons, died Sunday, Oct. 11, 2015, at RiverStone Hospice in Billings.

He was born June 23, 1955, in Crosby, N.D., to Demiles and Gloria (Olson) Johnson. He attended school in Columbus, N.D., through his freshman year and finished high school in Stanley, N.D., in 1973.

He married Carla Tanberg on Aug. 21, 1976, in Noonan, N.D. He met Marilyn Hanson in 1993, and they spent 22 years together, mostly in Billings.

He had worked in the oil fields, construction, grocery store, insurance and bar business.

He loved baseball and had played softball for several years. He also loved music, hence his nickname.

Survivors include his partner, Marilyn Hanson of Billings; children, Stacey “Punkey” Larson of Fargo, N.D., and Doug “Buck” Johnson of Noonan, N.D.; five grandchildren; and Ms. Hanson’s family, Maria Miracle of Williston, N.D.; three grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren.

Services will be at 2 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 17, at American Lutheran Church. A memorial service will be held at 2 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 24, at Bethlehem Lutheran Church in Noonan, N.D.

Arrangements are by Cremation & Funeral Gallery.

Last Updated on Thursday, 15 October 2015 20:10

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