The Billings Outpost

Hazen Flickinger

Hazen D. Flickinger, 81, a longtime Highway Department employee, died at home on Friday afternoon, Sept. 19, 2014, after an extended illness.

He was born July 25, 1933, to Hazen D. and Ethel (Goodrich) Flickinger in Scobey. The family farmed and resided near Opheim, where he graduated as salutatorian of the class of 1951.

Soon after graduation he began his 41-year career with the Montana State Highway Department. In 1964 he received a civil engineering degree from Montana State University. That led to positions of state bridge inspector, head of road construction and maintenance supervisor until his retirement in 1993.

He married Dorothy Jones on Dec. 23, 1956. They lived in Havre for more than 25 years, then relocated to Billings in 2005.

Survivors include his wife; a daughter, Rene Freitag of Billings; two grandchildren; sisters, Mary Ann Omvig of Billings and Nina Walstad of Opheim; and a brother, Charles Flickinger of Opheim.

Services were Sept. 24 at Shiloh Methodist Church in Billings. Arrangements were in the care of Dahl Funeral Chapel.

Last Updated on Thursday, 25 September 2014 10:30

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Alejandro Cristan

Alejandro “Pops” Cristan, 78, died Sept. 14, 2014.

He was born Nov. 2, 1935, in Corpus Christi, Texas, but moved to Montana in the mid ’50s. He was the son of Loreto Tristan and Eloisa Costilla Tristan.

His passions were drinking coffee, John Wayne movies, anything with a Chevy emblem on it and Harley Davidson.

Survivors include sisters, Antonia Villarreal, Estefana Breland, Cornelia Quintanilla and Rosa Cok, and a brother, Reyes Cristan, all of Texas; sons, Jeff, Michael and Patrick; daughters, Rose Starnes and Jennifer Kottke; 10 grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren.

Services will be at 2 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 27, at Dahl Funeral Chapel.

Last Updated on Thursday, 25 September 2014 10:29

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Sherlen Rae Trafton

Sherlen “Sherry” Rae Trafton, 70, a dedicated volunteer, died at home on Sept. 15, 2014.

She was born in Miles City to Helen (Holmlund) and Sherman Trafton on July 26, 1944. She was part of the first graduating class of Billings West High School.

She spent her freshman year at Concordia College in Moorhead, Minn., before returning to Billings to complete an education degree at Eastern Montana College. She married Dwayne Zimmerman in June 1967.

She volunteered at Lutheran Church of the Good Shepherd, cofounded the Parents of Preemies at St. Vincent Healthcare and supported the March of Dimes.

Survivors include her husband; children, Traci Zimmerman, Julie Zimmerman and Craig Zimmerman; three grandchildren; and siblings.

Services will be at 1 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 27, at Cremation and Funeral Gallery.

Memorials may be given to the Ronald McDonald House, March of Dimes or Children’s Hospital Colorado in Denver.

Last Updated on Thursday, 25 September 2014 10:28

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Garnet Wells Wagner

Garnet Wells Wagner, 84, who had worked for grocery stores, died Sept. 14, 2014.

She was born Nov. 22, 1929, in Lovell, Wyo., the youngest of four daughters of Floyd and Bernice Wells. She married Paul Wagner on Sept. 25, 1948.

She had worked at Nalley’s, Skaggs and Evergreen IGA. She volunteered at Family Services and Harvest Church in Lockwood and was a member of Navy Mothers.

Survivors include a sister, Marge Nueman; and a brother, Roland Wells. She and her husband raised four boys, Mike, Mark, Rod and Brian; and she had six grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren.

Services will be at 11 a.m. Friday, Sept. 19, at Harvest Church, 1413 Rosebud Lane. Arrangements are by Cremation & Funeral Gallery.

Donations may be made to Family Services or Harvest Church in Lockwood.

Last Updated on Thursday, 18 September 2014 14:58

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Jack Kenneth McCoy

Jack Kenneth McCoy, 71, a retired auto parts manager, died at 11:55 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 9, 2014.

He was born in Sheridan, Wyo., on March 1, 1943, to Harry (Jack) McCoy and Wilma (Billie Burns) McCoy of the Diamond Cross Ranch in Birney. He lived on the ranch with his parents and four sisters until the age of 8, when he moved with his mother and sisters to Colstrip.

He attended Custer County High School in Miles City and worked for The 10 Spot, Valley Motor Supply and other garages. He competed in flat track motorcycle races all over Eastern Montana and the Dakotas, winning numerous trophies.

He married Diana Stoltz of Miles City in 1964. They moved to Great Falls in 1968, and he worked for many years as a parts man at City Chevrolet before becoming the parts manager at Don Ryan Olds.

He divorced in 1981 and in 1984 moved to Billings to work for the Rimrock Auto Group. He was parts manager there until his retirement in 2009.

He met his current wife, Sandy Campo, in Billings.

He had been a member of the Billings Rod and Gun Club.

Survivors include his wife; ex-wife, Diana Holliday of Fernly, Nev.; daughters, Shantelle Hutchinson of Great Falls and Shauna McCoy of Bozeman; “bonus” children, Ladonna Gratwohl of Laurel, Nancy Croston of Wyoming and Cody Buchanan of North Carolina; sisters, Linda Dormady of Billings, Judy Young of Great Falls and Sherri Braunstadter of Billings; 12 grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren.

Mr. McCoy did not want a funeral. Arrangements were by Cremation & Funeral Gallery.

Last Updated on Thursday, 18 September 2014 14:57

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Donna May Wise

Donna May (Hofferber) Wise, 77, died of blood poisoning in the early morning of Wednesday, Aug. 13, 2014.

She was born May 2, 1937, in Worden, one of six children of Alexander Hofferber and Elizabeth (Kuntz) Hofferber. She grew up farming near Pompeys Pillar and even scratched her name on the pillar before it was considered a landmark.

At the age of 11 she had a stroke, and it took her six months to learn to walk, talk and write again.

She eloped with Louis L.D. Wise in 1969. He died in 2011.

She had had many medical problems, including the loss of her tonsils and gall bladder; a broken ankle, leg and pinky finger; a uterine tumor; hysterectomy; knee replacement; breast cancer; a pelvic infection for which she had to endure 13 surgeries; a second bout of breast cancer; and a dislocation of her knee cap. She finally succumbed to blood poisoning.

Survivors include two brothers, Joe Hofferber and Allan Hofferber; two sisters, Alberta Grammens and Deloris Jensen; a daughter, Kristie Boelter; and two granddaughters.

A memorial service potluck will be held at 1 p.m. Sept. 20 at Riverfront Park in Billings.

Last Updated on Thursday, 18 September 2014 14:56

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Gus Salveson

Gus Salveson, 96, who built and operated Sage Motel and Café near Crow Agency, died Sept. 15, 2014.

He was born March 27, 1918, to Anna Hanson and Bert Salveson. He worked in construction for many years.

Survivors include his wife, Anita; children, Duane, Sonja and Denny; stepchildren, Julie, Kathy, Lisa and Mark; 18 grandchildren; and 17 great-grandchildren.

Funeral Mass will be at noon Friday, Sept. 19, at St. Patrick’s Co-Cathedral. Arrangements are by Cremation & Funeral Gallery.

Last Updated on Thursday, 18 September 2014 14:55

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Jim Haley

Jim Haley of Billings, who worked at Novo 1, died Sept. 11, 2014.

He was born in Ottawa, Ill., and lived in Billings. He had received care at Billings Clinic.

Survivors include brothers, Jerry Haley, John Haley and Tom Haley; and a sister, Mary Godlewski.

Family services will be held in Chicago. Arrangements are by Cremation & Funeral Gallery.

Last Updated on Thursday, 18 September 2014 14:55

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Warren ‘Frog’ Herman

Warren Wayne “Frog” Herman, 67, who had been park supervisor for the city of Billings, died at home on Sept. 10, 2014.

He was born in Billings on Jan. 19, 1947, to Victor and Freida Herman and lived in Edgar. He graduated from Edgar High School in 1965 and served in the Naval Reserves from 1967 to 1969. He received the Republic of Vietnam Campaign Medal with device, Vietnam Service Medal, National Defense Service Medal and Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal. He was assigned to the USS Chara (AE-31).

Mr. Herman worked in Billings from 1971 to 1999, retiring as park supervisor. He married Kathleen Ososki on Nov. 28, 1987, and became a father to two girls.

He traveled to many bowling tournaments and had a hole in one at the Par 3 golf course.

Survivors include his spouse, of Billings; daughters, Kristi Laib of Billings and Kimberly Koch of Helena; four grandchildren; three sisters, Cloeen Horner, Lynn Whittington and Susie Schneider, all of Billings; and brothers, David Laurel and Dennis Herman of Edgar.

Services will be at Dahl Funeral Chapel at 10:30 a.m. Monday, Sept. 22, with interment to follow at the Yellowstone National Cemetery in Laurel. A luncheon will follow at the American Legion.

Memorials may be made in his name to the American Legion, Mount Olive Lutheran Church or Rocky Mountain Hospice.

Last Updated on Thursday, 18 September 2014 14:53

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Kimberly Stoner Rees

Kimberly Dawn Stoner Rees, 48, a pharmacy technology analyst for St. Vincent Healthcare, died Sept. 2, 2014, of brain cancer.

She was born Feb. 10, 1966, in Glendive to Jim and Maxine Stoner. She was raised in the Sidney area and graduated from Sidney High School in 1984. She was baptized and confirmed in the Catholic faith.

After graduation she attended Mary College in Bismarck, N.D., for two years. She married Al Rees on May 30, 1987. They made their home in Sidney until July 1989, when they moved to Billings.

She began employment at St. Vincent Healthcare in Central Processing, then moved to the Clinical Engineering Department, where she was honored with an Excellence Award.

She then transferred to the Emergency Preparedness Department where she led the Environment of Care team. In 2008, she transferred to the Pharmacy Department as a pharmacy technology analyst.

She was an active member of the hospital’s Mission Council, Environmental Stewardship Committee and Medication Safety Team. Mrs. Rees left her footprint at St. Vincent Healthcare with the integration of the Alaris Smart IV pumps and the Epic medical record system, and Omni Cell Medication Administration Dispensing System.

Survivors include her husband; two daughters, Amanda Rees of Seattle, Wash., and Meagan Rees of Billings; parents, of Sidney; and sisters, Pam Mack of Mandan, N.D., and Jenelle Stoner of Spanaway, Wash.

Funeral Mass was Sept. 5 at St. Bernard Catholic Church with graveside committal of ashes in the Sidney Cemetery on Sept. 8. Dahl Funeral Chapel was in charge of arrangements.

Last Updated on Thursday, 11 September 2014 12:45

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