Services will be Tuesday, Feb. 3, for Richard W. “Dick” Jones, 67, a retired employee with the State Geological Survey.
He was born in Watertown, S.D., on Aug. 3, 1947, the son of William W. Jones and Genevieve Jones. He lived in Midwest, Wyo., then graduated from Powell (Wyo.) High School and from Northwest Community College with a degree in pre-engineering. He graduated from the University of Wyoming with a degree in geology.
He worked for the U.S. Geological Survey, the U.S. Bureau of Land Management and for most of his career at the Wyoming Geological Survey in Laramie. He was a coal geologist, a publications editor, a map editor and a member of the Association of Earth Science Editors.
He was an avid boatsman and fisherman and a fan of Richard Wagner’s operas and the Three Stooges.
Survivors include sisters, Kathleen Jones and Beverly Thorn.
Services will be at 1 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 3, at Cremation & Funeral Gallery, 29 Eighth St. W. in Billings.
Memorials may be made to the Muscular Dystrophy Association, 2123 Broadwater Ave., Billings MT 59102; Red Lodge Music Camp, P.O. Box 80268, Billings, MT 59108; or RiverStone Hospice, P.O. Box 1562, Billings, MT 59103.
Last Updated on Thursday, 29 January 2015 12:45
Mary Popelka Kelsey, 73, of Billings, a working partner in Roberts Cattle Services Inc. for more than 30 years, died Sunday, Jan. 25, 2015.
She was born to Ralph and Dorothy (Blackstone) Popelka on March 26, 1941, in Billings. Her early schooling was at Acton, and she graduated from Senior High School in 1958. She attended Billings Business College.
She married Don Harden in September 1959, and they had two daughters.
She met Lloyd Kelsey, and they shared 25 years together, marrying in April 2004. She enjoyed camping and hunting.
Survivors include her husband; daughters, Debbie Harden and Donna Delaware; Frank Delaware; five grandchildren; seven great-grandchildren; a brother, Ed Popelka; a stepson, Clinton Fura; and six step-grandchildren.
Services will be at 11 a.m. Saturday, Feb. 7, at Cremation & Funeral Gallery.
Last Updated on Thursday, 29 January 2015 12:44
Pamela Jo (Sievertsen) Kray, 53, of Billings, died Jan. 24, 2015.
She was born May 10, 1961, in Billings to Robert and Julia Sievertsen, the fourth child in a family of eight brothers and sisters. She also had a stepmother, Pauline Ruth.
At the age of 15 she gave birth to her first son, Daniel J. Sullivan III. At 19 she had her second boy, Tony. At 28 she completed her family by having a daughter, Julia Ann Nicole “Nikki.”
On Dec. 17, 1994, she married Robert “Bob” Lee Kray of Hardin.
Survivors include her husband; three children; five grandchildren; brothers, Andrew, John and Craig; and sisters, Susan and Cindy.
Services will be at 11 a.m. Thursday, Jan. 29, at Cremation and Funeral Gallery, 29 Eighth St. W.
Last Updated on Thursday, 29 January 2015 12:43
Pearl June (Steckhahn) Terrazas, 84, died at her home on Wednesday morning, Jan. 21, 2015, after several years of suffering from Alzheimer’s disease.
She was born in Portland, Wis., on July 19, 1930, to John A. Steckhahn and Erna F. (Doering) Steckhahn. The family moved to Watertown, Wis., after World War II, and she graduated from high school there in June 1948.
She married Joe Terrazas in 1951 and worked at Hamlin factory in Lake Mills, Wis., producing parts for the space program. She moved to Monticello, Wis., in 1992 and then to Billings in 2004 to live with her daughter.
She had received care from Billings Clinic and RiverStone Hospice.
Survivors include children, Tracey Terrazas of LaValle, Wis., and Teresa Billings of Billings, MT; two granddaughters; and sisters, Caroline Fischer of Houston, Mo., and May Burgy of Monticello, Wis.;
At her request, no services were held. Private inurnment will be at the Washington Cemetery in Portland, Wis. Arrangements are by Cremation & Funeral Gallery.
Donations may be made to the Alzheimer’s Association – Montana Chapter, 3010 11th Ave., Billings, MT 59101.
Last Updated on Thursday, 29 January 2015 12:42
Services were pending for John MacDonald, who retired from Montana-Dakota Utilities after flying a B24 over Germany during World War II.
He was born in California to William and Josephine MacDonald, the third of four children. He attending McKinley Elementary, Lincoln Junior High and Senior High schools in Billings.
At 18, he graduated from high school and the next day signed with the Air Force. He was in the 8th Air Force, 2nd Division Army Air Corps, 448th Bomb Group, 713 Squadron in England. He flew 36 sorties in a B-24 named “Little Joe” before he was seriously wounded and came home. He received a Purple Heart for his injuries.
In 1946, he married Jane. They had five children, Jim, Jan, Joan, John M. and Jodee. For the first few years of their marriage, he worked at the family business in Billings, The Home Bakery. When the bakery closed, he worked at Montana-Dakota Utilities until he retired in the 1980s. He was the unofficial barber at MDU, charging $1 for each haircut and giving the proceeds to the disabled.
He was a deacon at First Assembly of God for years and later attended West Side Baptist Church. He loved to fish for trout in the Beartooth Mountains and on the Gallatin River.
Survivors include 10 grandchildren and 13 great-grandchildren.
Arrangements are by Cremation & Funeral Gallery.
Memorials may be sent to West Side Baptist Church, 3023 S. 32nd St. W., Billings, MT 59102.
Last Updated on Thursday, 29 January 2015 12:41
Mae J. Cormier, 78, a retired registered nurse, died Jan. 23, 2015, at her home in Billings.
She was born in Forsyth on June 26, 1936, to Miles and Evelyn Gasaway. She graduated from St. Vincent Nursing School in 1957 with a registered nurse license and worked at two doctors’ offices, both Billings hospitals and the Professional Nursing Pool. She retired in 2007.
On July 11, 1960, she married Arthur J. Cormier Jr. She had received care from Rocky Mountain Hospice and Billings Senior Services.
Survivors include three children, Jay A. Cormier of Billings, Nanette Wenholz of Florence and Tana Cormier of Altoona, Pa.; three grandchildren; a sister, Evelyn Yonkaitis; and two brothers, George and Leonard Gasaway.
Services were Jan. 27 at Harvest Church. Arrangements were by Cremation & Funeral Gallery.
Memorials may be made to Adult Resource Alliance, 1505 Ave. D, Billings, MT 59102.
Last Updated on Thursday, 29 January 2015 12:41
Michelle “Mickey” Ottem, 64, who had worked as a bookkeeper, died Wednesday, Jan. 14, 2015.
She was born May 25, 1950, one of three children born to Rachael Bender and James D. Sheehan in Billings. They grew up in Lockwood, then eventually moved to Billings.
She married Howard Polen in June 1968 and had two children. The couple split in 1974. She worked as a bartender and a bookkeeper at the American Legion Post 4 for several years and married William “Bill” Ottem Jr. on Aug. 17, 1989, gaining a stepdaughter, Leanne Dutton, and a stepson, Wade Ottem.
After calling bingo and doing bookkeeping at the Empire and the Emporium, she helped her daughter work special events at Albertsons, eventually working in the deli at Albertsons. After a while, she quit working so she and Mr. Ottem could travel. They spent weekends at their cabin on the Stillwater River. She worked part-time as a cashier at Don’s Car Wash for five years.
Survivors include a son, Richard “Ross” Polen; a daughter, Christine Guisti; a stepdaughter, Leanne Dutton; four grandchildren; and three stepgrandchildren.
Services will be a 11 a.m. Friday, Jan. 23, at Dahl Funeral Chapel, with a luncheon to follow.
Donations may be made to Helping Hands, 1302 24th St. W. No. 200 in Billings, 1-800-216-2715; or to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital.
Last Updated on Thursday, 22 January 2015 15:09
Ereneo “Joe” Maciel, 82, a resident of Parkview Care Center, died Jan. 20, 2015.
He was born in San Antonio, Texas, on Jan. 30, 1932, to Miguel and Guadelupe “Lupe” Soto Maciel. He married Violet and spent most of his life working at different jobs.
After a heart attack and bypass operations, he could be seen riding his bike, pulling Pee-Wee, his dog, in the cart he made and doing chores for his wife.
They lived behind the War Bonnet Motel for years. After her death, he lived at Prairie Towers until he had a stroke, then lived the rest of his life at Parkview.
Survivors include a daughter, Penny Maki; a son, Dick Garner; sisters, Mary Diaz, Julie Mota, Dorthy Maciel, Savina McKeen and Peggy Mizner; brothers, John Maciel, Sammy Maciel, Louie Maciel, Sal Maciel, Tom Maciel, Richard Maciel, Frank Maciel and Greg Maciel; six grandchildren; 14 great-grandchildren; and 21 great-great grandchildren.
Services will be at 10 a.m., Monday, Jan. 26, at Dahl Funeral Chapel, with a reception following the service.
Donations may be made to RiverStone Health.
Last Updated on Thursday, 22 January 2015 15:08
Ernestine “Ren” Ramirez, 65, who loved gardening and telling a good story, died Jan. 13, 2015.
She was born Sept. 12, 1949, to Pedro Pereda Ramirez and Frances (Vigil) Ramirez in Billings. She had struggled with illness throughout her life and had received care from Billings Clinic.
Survivors include children, Pete Ramirez, Michelle Gasek, Jamie Ramirez and Julia Arvizo; 15 grandchildren; seven great-grandchildren; and siblings, Domingo Hernandez, Elizabeth Castro, Genevieve Ramirez, Francis Vasquez and Teresa Rodriguez.
A celebration of her life was held Jan. 17 at Dahl Funeral Chapel. Family and friends gathered for a luncheon afterward. Interment of ashes will be later in Holy Cross Cemetery.
Last Updated on Thursday, 22 January 2015 15:08
Jean Elizabeth Juengling, 91, who worked with children throughout her life, died Jan. 11, 2015.
She was born Nov. 14, 1923, in Toronto, Canada, to Robert and (Ethel) Elizabeth Salter. She was raised in Toronto and graduated from Danforth Tech. She relocated to Rochester, N.Y., in 1957 with her parents and son.
She married Carl Juengling on Sept. 2, 1961. Mr. Juengling died March 10, 1993. Mrs. Juengling and her daughter, Elizabeth, moved to Billings in 1994.
She was trained in domestic science at Danforth, and later worked for North American Life Insurance in Toronto and as chief fire rater for Traveller’s Insurance in Rochester.
She had worked with children as a Sunday school teacher, mother volunteer as her children were growing up, and most recently as “Grandma Jean” at Mother’s Day Out Preschool, as Elizabeth’s “right-hand woman,” a role she served in for 15 years. She was a naturalized American citizen.
Survivors include a son, the Rev. Robert Juengling of Billings; a daughter, Elizabeth Shayne of Billings; and a granddaughter.
Visiting hours were Jan. 14. Services will be at 11 a.m. Thursday, Jan. 15, at Cremation & Funeral Gallery.
Donations may be made to New Hope Baptist Church, 824 North 19th St., Billings, MT 59101.
Last Updated on Thursday, 15 January 2015 13:58