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Star E. Reintsma

Star E. Reintsma, 73, died Aug. 10, 2015.

She was born to Henry and Hazel M. (Kingsland) Reintsma on May 8, 1942, in Erskine, Minn. The family moved to Wyoming in 1947, then to Billings in 1952.

Not being able to have children of her own, she helped raise many of her nieces and nephews.

Survivors include brothers, John of Billings, Jack of Laurel and David of Colorado; and a sister, Patricia Storm from Two North.

In accord with her wishes, no services were held. Arrangements were by Cremation & Funeral Gallery.

Last Updated on Thursday, 20 August 2015 14:48

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Eric Jason Charles

Eric Jason Charles, 41, died Aug. 16, 2015, of cancer.

He was born March 26, 1974, in Billings.

Survivors include his parents, Roy and Josie Baxter; brothers, Kevin Charles, Nathan Baxter, Roy Baxter Jr. and Shane Baxter; wife, Krista “Rose” Charles; and children and stepchildren, Gabe Charles, Rueben Charles, Tavia Charles, Linze Rivera, Kelsey McChesney and Taya Wichman.

A private family celebration and viewing of his life will take place at 1 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 20, at Dahl Funeral Chapel with interment to follow in Holy Cross Cemetery.

Donations may be made to Dahl Funeral Chapel to help cover funeral costs.

Last Updated on Thursday, 20 August 2015 14:47

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Leona Stanhope

Leona Stanhope, 81, died Aug. 7, 2015.

She was born Jan. 17, 1934, to immigrant parents, the second youngest of 16 children. She had lived in Canada, Kansas and Billings.

She had a flair for gardening, sewing, stained glass, quilling, garage sales, cooking, traveling and doting on her family.

Services were Aug. 11 at Dahl Funeral Chapel.

Donations may be sent to the Salvation Army or to the Ladies Auxiliary of Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 6774.

Last Updated on Thursday, 13 August 2015 15:34

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Kenneth Murphy

Kenneth Michael Murphy, 61, who worked 36 years for COR Enterprises, died Sunday, Aug. 2, 2015.

He was born Aug. 7, 1953, to Eugene “Bud” and Maxine Murphy, the fourth son in a family of five boys. Although mentally challenged, he was a productive member of society, working 36 years for COR Enterprises Inc., pointing stakes, stuffing envelopes and sweeping parking lots.

For many years, he was involved with Special Olympics, bowling and winning many awards.

He had received care in recent months from Granger Group Home.

Survivors include brothers, Tom Murphy of Livingston and Jerry Murphy, Jim Murphy and Joe Murphy, all of Billings.

Services were Aug. 10 at St. Pius X Parish. Arrangements were by Cremation & Funeral Gallery.

Last Updated on Thursday, 13 August 2015 15:34

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Jeffery Allen Jones

Jeffery Allen Jones, 54, of Billings, a jockey who rode 119 winners in horse races, died July 23, 2015, of glioblastoma brain cancer.

He was born in Pierre, S.D., on Jan. 7, 1961, to Allen Lon Jones and Diane Fitch Jones. As a child, he appeared in two movies with Casey Tibbs, “Born to Buck” and “Young Rounders.”

He attended school at Fort Pierre, excelling in football and wrestling. After serving in the Army, he won his first race on Boss of All for Melvin Ducheneaux at the Crow Agency Race Meet on Aug. 17, 1983.

His race record at recognized tracks was 946 races, 119 wins, 156 places and 131 shows, earning $247,532 for his horses. He also raced in many match races.

Survivors include his wife, Stefanie Jones, whom he married on May 5, 2000; sons, Tristan and Dalton Jones and Cole Whiteside; a daughter, Briana Warner; two grandsons; his mother, Diane Knigge; stepmother, Roberta Sis Jones; brothers, Daniel Knigge and Bryan Knigge; and sisters, Vicki Solberg, Verginia Swan, Tracy Belj, Edith Jones Paris, Susan Pilcher and Renee McCormick.

A life celebration was held Aug. 8 at the Box T Equine Motel, 3306 Becraft Lane. Arrangements were by Heights Family Funeral Home & Crematory.

A account has been set up as the Jeff Jones Family fund.

Last Updated on Thursday, 13 August 2015 15:32

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Russell Emter

Services are pending for Russell Dean Emter, 59, a handyman who enjoyed hunting, fishing, camping and motorcycles until his death of a brain aneurysm.

He was born Jan. 5, 1956, in Bismarck, N.D., to Thomas and Margret (Frieze) Emter. He lived in Billings a good portion of his life.

Survivors include children, Christopher Emter and Jennifer Sargent; five granddaughters; the mother of his children and former spouse, Sharon Heser; a brother, Allan Emter; and a sister, Cheryl Bak.

A celebration of life was planned for later. Arrangements are by Cremation & Funeral Gallery.

Last Updated on Thursday, 13 August 2015 15:32

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Melvin Bakken Jr.

Melvin Theodore “Ted” Bakken Jr., 75, a longtime ticket agent for Northwest Airlines, died the afternoon of Aug. 6, 2015, at RiverStone Hospice of cancer.

He was born July 18, 1940, in Sidney to Melvin Theodore and Margaret Adell Bakken. He graduated from Sidney High School in 1958, then enlisted in the Navy, serving until 1961.

He married Marilyn Smith in Sidney on May 29, 1965, and they lived in Jamestown, N.D., and Bozeman before settling in Billings in 1974. Mr. Bakken worked for Northwest Airlines for 33 years, retiring in 2000. After the death of his wife of 42 years, he spent time having coffee and breakfast with friends and walking his dog.

Survivors include two sons, Michael Bakken of Billings and Steve Bakken of Buffalo, Wyo.; a brother, Marty Bakken of Bozeman; sisters, Pat Christofferson of Spokane, Wash., Dodie Clapper of Billings and Jacque Bucklin of Great Falls; and four grandchildren.

Services will be at 1 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 15, at Cremation & Funeral Gallery. Private burial will be later in Sidney.

Memorials may be made to the Yellowstone River Parks Association, P.O. Box 1201, Billings, MT 59103.

Last Updated on Thursday, 13 August 2015 15:31

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Richard Orman

Richard “Dick” Orman, a Navy veteran and a Veterans Affairs representative, died Thursday, Aug. 6, 2015.

He was born in Great Falls in 1926 and adopted in Helena at six weeks of age by Hazel and Edgar Orman.

He was raised in Livingston, Washington, D.C., and South Dakota.

He was a member of the Benevolent and Protective Order of the Elks, the Fraternal Order of Eagles and several antique car clubs. He was also a newspaper printer, musician and teacher.

He had received daily “mail visits” and home-cooked meals from Ann Lambert.

He was preceded in death by Pat, his wife of 61 years.

Survivors include a daughter, Janice Howe; a son, Steve Orman; five grandchildren; and five great-grandchildren.

A celebration of his life will be held later. Arrangements are by Cremation & Funeral Gallery.

Last Updated on Thursday, 13 August 2015 15:31

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Shirley Delao

Shirley Delao, 57, of Billings, who worked at various jobs after her children were grown, died Aug. 1, 2015.

She was born March 15, 1958, to Everett and Lydia Haworth in Billings. She attended Orchard, Riverside and Senior High schools, graduating in Pullman, Wash.

She moved back to Billings after graduation and married Esequiel Guerrero. They had two daughters, Jessica and Donia Guerrero, and later divorced. She married Dondi Delao, in Billings on June 14, 1986, and became a full-time homemaker.

When her children were grown, she worked as a cashier at Soco, at the bakery in the State Avenue IGA and from 1999 to 2007 with Anita’s Courier Service. She also volunteered for the Little Builders Daycare.

She had received care from RiverStone Hospice.

Survivors include her husband; father; daughters, Jessica Guerrero, Donia Guerrero and Tabitha Delao; 22 grandchildren; and siblings, Donna Allen, Gary Haworth, Geri Allen and Bev Peterson.

Services were Aug. 5 at Dahl Funeral Chapel.

Contact Dahl Funeral Chapel to help the family with donations.

Last Updated on Thursday, 06 August 2015 20:38

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Dorothy Lagge

Dorothy “Dottie” Lagge, 78, died July 26, 2015, after a long illness.

She was born in a two-story hospital on Aug. 21, 1936, in Powell, Wyo., where her father, Bosworth Humphrey put a ladder up to the second floor to visit her mother, Dorothy Humphrey, during non-visiting hours.

Survivors include children, Kathy Nardo, Doug Becker and Christy Schwartz; four grandchildren; two step-grandchildren; two great-grandchildren; several step-great-grandchildren; and sisters, JoAnn Haverland, Cindy Shrader and Linda Carlson.

Services will be at 10 a.m. Friday, Aug. 7, at Heights Family Funeral Home & Crematory, 733 W. Wicks Lane in Billings.

Memorial gifts may be directed to Rocky Mountain Hospice, Friendship House or ZooMontana, all in Billings.

Last Updated on Thursday, 06 August 2015 20:37

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