The Billings Outpost

Harry Bernhardt

Harry Thomas “Tom” Bernhardt, 59, who had been an insurance adjuster in Missoula, died March 29, 2015.

He was born in Billings on July 8, 1955, to Robert and Ivylee Bernhardt. He attended Elder Grove Elementary, Will James Junior High and Senior High schools. He had been a member of Future Farmers of America.

He had worked in meat packing houses, truck and tractor pulls, Chassis Works and had owned the Club Carlin. Eventually he found a job as an insurance adjuster in Missoula, where he became an avid fly-fisherman.

Survivors include a brother, Jason Todd Bernhardt; a sister, Terry Bernhardt; a son, Chad Bernhardt; and three grandchildren.

Services will be at noon April 4 at Linda Vista golf course for his Missoula friends. Services will be April 11 for his Billings friends and family. Arrangements are by Cremation & Funeral Gallery.

Last Updated on Thursday, 02 April 2015 09:55

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Duane Bennett

Duane Bennett, 69, who had owned an office equipment repair shop in Miles City, died Sunday, March 22, 2015, in Billings.

Born June 13, 1945, in Miles City, he was the son of Cora and Charley Bennett. He attended school in Terry until he was 17 and joined the Navy in 1963.

He served four years in the Navy, including a tour in Vietnam, then returned home to Terry.

He spent many years traveling Eastern Montana, selling and repairing office equipment for Thirud’s Office Supplies in Sidney. Later he owned his own office equipment repair in Miles City. In 1982, he began working where needed as a handyman, resort caretaker, farmhand and mechanic.

He eventually moved to Billings to be closer to his daughters.

Survivors include daughters, Tresia Bennett and Kimberly Davis; seven grandchildren; and five great-grandchildren.

Services will be at 1 p.m. June 12 at the Yellowstone National Cemetery in Laurel. A reception will follow. Arrangements are by Cremation & Funeral Gallery.

Condolences may be sent c/o Kim Davis, P.O. Box 35, Reed Point, MT 59069.

Last Updated on Thursday, 02 April 2015 09:54

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Kayla Kinder

Kayla Jeannette Kinder, 22, died March 23, 2015.

She was born Jan. 8, 1993, in Billings and attended schools in Billings.

She had received care from emergency crews and the St. Vincent Healthcare Emergency Room and intensive care staff.

Survivors include her mother, Lori Kinder, and grandmother, Georgette Guay.

A private family gathering will be held. Arrangements are by Heights Family Funeral Home & Crematory.

Last Updated on Thursday, 02 April 2015 09:53

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Mona Vig Reichert

Mona Vig Reichert, 59, of Billings, died March 25, 2015, of an aortic aneurism.

Visitation was held March 31, and services were April 1 at the Heights Family Funeral Home in Billings. Additional visitation will be held from 5-7 p.m. Friday, April 3, at the Kinkade Funeral Chapel and Crematory in Sturgis, S.D. Services will be at 10 a.m. Saturday, April 4, at Opal Community Church in Opal, S.D. Interment will follow in Opal Community Cemetery. Arrangements are by Heights Family Funeral Home & Crematory.

Last Updated on Thursday, 02 April 2015 09:52

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Cecil W. Gilmore

Cecil W. Gilmore, 90, who taught at Billings Senior and West high schools for more than 20 years, died March 20, 2015.

He was born Sept. 2, 1924, in Lewistown, the only child of David and Frances Cottam Gilmore. He grew up on a dairy farm in Glengarry, graduating from Fergus County High School in Lewistown.

He enlisted in the Air Force in 1946. Stationed at Lowry Field, Colo., he became a small arms instructor and joined the Rifle and Pistol Team, winning many trophies.

After his discharge in 1949, he attended the University of Montana, receiving a bachelor’s degree in wildlife management. He worked for Montana Fish and Game, and in 1953 joined the Air Force Reserves, serving for 30 years and retiring as a lieutenant colonel.

During this time, he attended  Montana State University Bozeman and earned a master’s degree in education, biology.

He married Beverly Patterson in 1951, and she died when their three children were young. In 1963, he married Doris Holm. She died in 1993. He married Joyce Denison in 1994.

He was a charter member of Faith Evangelical Church. He and his wife Joyce joined the Mobile Missionary Assistance Program and went on many missions in the western states.

Survivors include his wife; children, Melissa Petersen of Lewistown and Meg Frank of Buffalo; three stepchildren; 14 grandchildren; and 38 great-grandchildren.

Memorials may be made to Beartooth Mountain Christian Ministries, 130 Trinity Trail, Fishtail MT 59028; or RiverStone Health Foundation, P.O. Box 1562, Billings MT 59101.

Services will be at 11 a.m. Saturday, April 11, at Faith Evangelical Church. Arrangements are by Heights Family Funeral Home & Crematory.

Last Updated on Thursday, 02 April 2015 09:51

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Shirley Maichel

Shirley Maichel, 79, of Billings, who loved working in her yard, died Tuesday, March 24, 2015, at St. Vincent Healthcare.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Elmer Lee Maichel. They had spent 60 years of marriage together.

Survivors include two children, Lloyd Maichel of Billings and Lyle Maichel of Seattle; three grandchildren; and a great-granddaughter.

At her request, no services were planned. Inurnment was planned in Will Creek Cemetery. Arrangements were by Cremation & Funeral Gallery.

Last Updated on Thursday, 02 April 2015 09:50

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James Phillip Wittmer

James Phillip Wittmer, 65, of Billings, who had worked in roofing and siding and as a maintenance technician, died at home on March 18, 2015, of cancer.

He was born Jan. 7, 1950, to Harold and Caroline Wittmer. He attended school in Billings, joined the Navy in 1968, served in Vietnam until 1970, then returned to Billings to serve three more years until he was honorably discharged.

He drove a truck before starting a long career working the family business of roofing and siding. He also worked at the Cherry Tree Inn as a maintenance tech for 13 years before retiring due to illness.

He married Harriett Hepp on Nov. 16, 1998. They enjoyed country music, with Mr. Wittmer playing guitar and singing at jam sessions and county dances.

Survivors include his wife; a daughter, Danien Whitmore of Livingston; four sisters, Gloria Reno, Barb Pedersen, Mary Wittmer and Rose Hutzenbiler; four stepchildren, Jim and Debbie of Billings, Sue of Buffalo, Wyo., and Larry of Las Vegas; 15 grandchildren; and 17 great-grandchildren.

Services were March 27 at Emmanuel Baptist Church. Military honors followed at Yellowstone National Cemetery. Michelotti-Sawyers Mortuary had charge of arrangements.

Last Updated on Thursday, 02 April 2015 09:38

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Chuck Ackerman

Charles “Chuck” W. Ackerman, 62, who had a talent for repairing violins, died Saturday, March 14, 2015 in Billings of cancer.

He was born March 15, 1952, in Dickinson, N.D., the son of Earl and Rosella Ackerman and brother to Nancy Volesky, Denys Ackerman, Sandy Sadowsky, Dan Ackerman and Tom Ackerman. He lived the majority of his life in Billings.

He had a talent for building and repairing, especially violins. He also had a passion for preparing, cooking and catering food.

Survivors include his parents, siblings, nieces and nephews.

A Vigil Service will be at 6:30 p.m. Thursday, March 26. Memorial services will be at 11 a.m. Friday, March 27, both at Dahl Funeral Chapel. Inurnment will be in Holy Cross Cemetery.

 

Last Updated on Thursday, 26 March 2015 13:00

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Douglas McGregor

Douglas Walter McGregor, 84, who with his wife founded and operated the Shiloh and Rimrock veterinary clinics, died March 21, 2015, after a long illness.

He was born April 15, 1930, to Floyd and Adeline McGregor. He grew up in Sheridan, Mont., and attended the University of Montana, where he met his wife of 59 years, Barbara Bartels.

They moved to Ames, Iowa, where he received a degree in veterinary medicine. In 1963 they moved to Billings, where they started and operated both the Shiloh and Rimrock veterinary clinics.

Mr. McGregor served as a signalman in the Navy during the Korean War during the first testing of the hydrogen bomb at the Bikini Atoll in the Pacific Ocean. He earned several medals and was honorably discharged.

Every year he held a family reunion and golf tournament called the McGregor Open, which he usually won.

He had received care from the Frontier Cancer Center.

Survivors include his wife; sons, Stephen, Byron, John and Mike; daughters, Kathy and Jennifer; 10 grandchildren; and several great-grandchildren.

A vigil was held March 24 at Dahl Funeral Chapel. Memorial Mass was held March 25 at St. Pius X Catholic Church. Inurnment will be in Sheridan this summer.

Donations may be made to The First Tee Montana or St. Pius X Church, or charity of choice.

Last Updated on Thursday, 26 March 2015 12:59

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Duane Buettner

Duane Buettner, 91, formerly of Wolf Point, died March 15, 2015, at the Billings Clinic.

He was born Feb. 19, 1924, to Fred and Maude Buettner at their farm home 20 miles northeast of Wolf Point. He attended elementary school at Divide Rural School. In August 1937, he enrolled at Wolf Point High School.

After completing his junior year, he enrolled in the Civilian Conservation Corps to provide financial support to his parents. He returned to school a year later and graduated in 1942.

He joined the Navy in 1943 and served aboard a submarine that made four war patrols. He worked for the Montana Job Service in Wolf Point until December 1984.

Mr. Buettner married Lorentina Spitzer June 15, 1946. She died June 8, 2005. He had received care at St. John’s Lutheran Home and the Billings Clinic.

Survivors include four sons, Allan of Seattle, Wash., Loren of Bozeman, Darrel of Greeley, Colo., and Steven of Billings; one daughter, Vicki Eggebrecht of Malta; 10 grandchildren; one step-grandchild; three great-grandchildren; and a sister, Marjorie Dozier.

At his request, no services were planned. Private inurnment of ashes will be at Greenwood Cemetery in Wolf Point. Cremation and Funeral Gallery of Billings is in charge of arrangements.

Memorials may be made to St. John’s Lutheran Home or to Family Services Inc., both in Billings.

Last Updated on Thursday, 19 March 2015 12:05

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