Matthew “Matt” Brian McPhail, 46, of Billings, who started Big Sky Digital Printing and a construction company, died May 22, 2015, after a 6½-year battle against multiple myeloma.
He was born June 12, 1968, in Venice, Calif., to David and Lois (Cloud) McPhail. He attended school in California and Florida. After finishing school in Fresno, Calif., he joined the Army National Guard with his older brother, Kevin.
He moved to the Seattle area in 1993, where he married Jade Fuhrman in July 1997. They moved to Anchorage, Alaska, in 1998 and then to Billings in 2000.
He started Big Sky Digital Printing in 2000 and closed it in 2010, when he started a construction company with his brother Larry, doing roofing and siding. He had to give that up in 2012 for cancer treatment. In February 2013, he received a real estate license so he could work with his wife.
Survivors include his wife, of Billings; daughter, Amanda McPhail of Fresno, Calif.; mother, Lois Cloud of Billings; father, of Antelope, Calif.; grandmother, Phyllis McPhail of Fresno; brothers, Ramon Williford and Jerry Williford of California, Kevin McPhail and Thomas McPhail of Monroe, Wash., and Larry McPhail of Billings; and two grandchildren.
Services will be at 11 a.m. Saturday, May 30, at First United Methodist Church, 2800 Fourth Ave. N. in Billings, with the Rev. Tim Hathaway officiating. Arrangements are by Cremation & Funeral Gallery.
Donations may be sent to the Multiple Myeloma Research Foundation, 383 Main Ave., fifth floor, Norwalk, CT 06851 or online at TheMMRF.org or any animal rescue organization.
Last Updated on Thursday, 28 May 2015 22:36
Ann Norris McKinsey, 82, died May 14, 2015.
She was born in Los Angeles on June 24, 1932, to Norton and Thelma Norris. She married Jack McKinsey on July 21, 1962.
Survivors include her husband; four children, Holly McKinsey, Brad McKinsey, Sharon Vladic and Judi Corneliusen; 10 grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren.
A Celebration of Life was held May 16 at St. John’s Lutheran Ministries – Chapel Court. Arrangements were by Heights Family Funeral Home & Crematory.
Donations may be made to St. John’s Foundation.
Last Updated on Thursday, 21 May 2015 12:16
Paul F. Liming, 63, who had worked for the State Highway Department and for a concrete company, died Monday, May 11, 2015.
He was born June 19, 1951, in Albert Lea, Minn., the son of Pauline and George Schied. He was later adopted by his stepfather, Glen Liming. He married Danielle M. Cinnamon on March 4, 1978.
Mr. Liming worked for the Montana Highway Department for nearly 20 years. Most recently, he had worked for R.L. Schaff Concrete for 15 years, retiring in June 2012. He and his wife had adopted two grandchildren. He was a talented artist in oil painting and drawing.
Survivors include his wife, Danielle Liming; two adopted grandchildren; daughters, Angie Liming of Billings and April Keller of New Braunfels, Texas; four grandchildren; brothers, David Schied and Mike Schied of Billings, and Andy Liming of Colorado and Greg Schied of Florida; a sister, Georgia Michael of Billings; and stepmothers, Dixie Schied of Billings and Norma Liming.
Visitation was May 15, and services were held May 17, both at Cremation & Funeral Gallery.
Last Updated on Thursday, 21 May 2015 12:15
Richard “Ric” Medley Sr., 67, a retired Army noncommissioned officer, died Thursday, April 29, 2015.
He was born to Elmer W. Medley and Laura Mae Anderson on Jan. 11, 1948. He was raised with his mother and great-grandmother Liddie Medley.
He lived in Missouri until he joined the Army at age 17. At age 42 he retired as a first sergeant.
He had been chief of investigative support for the Army Criminal Investigation Command at Fort Riley, Kan., and he had served in Korea as the principal adviser to the unit commander regarding enlisted matters. He also served at Fort Carson, Colo., Fort Gordon, Ga., Vietnam, and at Nürnberg and Bamberg, Germany.
He had received specialized training in hostage negotiation, counter-terrorism, forensic science, criminal investigation and investigative management.
He had been a drill sergeant and had been a part-time instructor for Central Texas College, teaching law enforcement and criminal justice classes at military locations.
At age 52, he graduated with a bachelor of science degree in human services at Montana State University. In March 1989 he worked as an armed private security guard for Sundown Security, and in March 1990 he got a job as a bus operator for Greyhound Lines Inc.
In January 1996 he was an instructor for Billings Business College teaching criminal justice classes.
He was a karaoke host at the Flamingo and worked for the Jackpot Casino as a cook. He was a lifetime member of Veterans of Foreign Wars.
Survivors include his wife, Linda; four children, Angelea Christine Medley of Missouri, Richard Lee Medley Jr. of Missouri, Shawn Tobias Richard Medley of Germany and Julian Chrisopher Lee Medley of Germany; his mother, Laura Mae Faith of Billings; and siblings, Patty Medley of Billings, Linda Hetterly of Mesquite, Texas, and Merle Medley of Sandpoint, Idaho.
Services will be at 1 p.m. Thursday, May 21, at VFW Post 6774. Arrangements are by Cremation & Funeral Gallery.
Last Updated on Thursday, 14 May 2015 14:58
Judy Lee Campbell, 69, who had worked for city and county government, died May 10, 2015, in Billings.
She was born March 5, 1946, in Helena, Ark. She married Gary Campbell, and they later divorced.
She attended several schools due to her father’s occupation: Pierre, S.D., Lovell, Wyo., and Manilla, Utah. After her divorce, she and her son moved to Billings.
She worked for the city of Billings Communications Center for several years. She also worked for the city clerk’s office and the sheriff’s office. She loved scrapbooking.
In May 2009, Ms. Campbell suffered a stroke. She moved into assisted living quarters and then to Billings Health and Rehabilitation.
Survivors include a son, Kevin of Ogden, Utah.
A private celebration of her life was planned. Arrangements are in the care of Dahl Funeral Chapel.
Last Updated on Thursday, 14 May 2015 14:57
Tom Travis, 65, of Laurel, a retired electrician, died Friday, May 8, 2015, at his residence.
He was born Aug. 6, 1949, in Bradley, Tenn., the son of David and Frances Travis. He worked as an electrician for the Illinois Central Railroad for 27 years and 4 months. His goal was 30 years but after an accident he was forced into early retirement.
Survivors include his wife, Carlene; six children, John Travis, Michelle Hartigan, Margaret Puckett, Robert and Bryan Jenkins and Michelle Riley; a brother, Mark Travis; and numerous grandchildren and great-grandchildren.
Services will be held later. Arrangements are by Cremation & Funeral Gallery.
Last Updated on Thursday, 14 May 2015 14:57
Carl “Gene” Eugene Childers, 81, a past commander of the American Legion here, died May 1, 2015, from complications of an abdominal aortic aneurysm.
He was born Dec 8, 1933, on the family farm near Miles City, the fifth child of Earl and Gladys (Lewis) Childers.
He served four years in the Navy, and after his 1957 discharge, returned to the family farm.
He married Doris Christiansen in 1958. His jobs took the family to several towns in Eastern Montana, finally settling in Billings in 1966. He retired in 1999.
Mr. Childers was a life member of the American Legion Post 4, where he was a past commander, a member of the Executive Committee, breakfast crew and the Honor Guard.
Survivors include his wife; children, Michael, Steve, Genia Mollett and Gary; 11 grandchildren; and 10 great-grandchildren.
A celebration of his life will take place at the American Legion Post 4, 1540 Broadwater Ave., at 2 p.m. Saturday, May 9. Arrangements are by Cremation & Funeral Gallery.
Memorials may be made to the American Legion Honor Guard at the above address.
Last Updated on Thursday, 07 May 2015 11:34
Jed Dorman Kaull, 85, a consummate salesman, died April 29, 2015, at his residence at St John’s Powers Cottage due to complications of Alzheimer’s disease.
He was born June 3, 1929, in Great Falls to Kathryn and Frank Kaull. He graduated from high school in Ogden, Utah. He joined the Air Force in 1946 and was involved with the reconstruction of Japan after World War II. He married Iris Geren in 1956 and adopted her children, Donald and Judy. In 1969 he married Marilyn Yeager. Their marriage lasted 26 years until her death from breast cancer.
Mr. Kaull traveled and sold a variety of products and services, from cookware, wholesale steel, and hearing aids to art instruction classes. He also promoted products nationally.
In his later years he traveled between his homes in Oregon and Arizona. He was an avid bridge player until his memory failed.
Survivors include a son, Donald Kaull of Billings; a daughter, Judy Kaull of Dewey, Ariz.; three grandchildren; and five great-grandchildren.
At his request there will be no services. Arrangements are by Cremation & Funeral Gallery.
Donations may be made to the Gideons International on his behalf.
Last Updated on Thursday, 07 May 2015 11:33
Joanna Myers, 84, died at Beartooth Care Center on April 28, 2015.
She was born May 3, 1930.
Private family services will be held. Arrangements are by Cremation & Funeral Gallery.
Memorials may be made to the Columbus Community Congregational Church, Museum of the Beartooths.
Last Updated on Thursday, 07 May 2015 11:32
Stanley “Jack” Ripley, 76, of Dillon, a state brand inspector for more than 33 years, died May 3, 2015, following complications from surgery in Missoula.
He was born in Jamestown, N.D., on Aug. 4, 1938, and graduated from high school at the age of 16. He worked for Al Tescher on a ranch in the Badlands near Medora, N.D. He was given a choice of using the ranch pickup to go to church and take the day off or stay on the ranch and work, beginning a lifelong dedication to his faith.
He attended Montana State University until he ran out of money and moved to Harlowton to be near his family. There he married Kathy, his wife of 53 years.
He was a truck driver for Gilbert Dewey before serving six months in the National Guard. He then went to work for the Department of Livestock as a brand inspector in Great Falls. From there he transferred to Butte, Missoula, Shelby and finally to Dillon.
After retiring as brand inspector, he hauled fertilizer, then started hauling heavy equipment for Dillon Implement.
Survivors include his wife; children, Pam Simpson of Belgrade and John of LaGrange, Ky.; four grandchildren; a great-grandson; brothers, Mike and C.T.; and a sister, Claudia Cameron.
A vigil was held May 5 at St. Rose Church in Dillon. Mass was celebrated May 6 at St. Rose Church in Dillon, followed by interment in Mountain View Cemetery. Arrangements are by Brundage Funeral Home.
Memorials are suggested to the St. Patrick House, 501 W. Alder, Missoula, MT 59802.
Last Updated on Thursday, 07 May 2015 11:32