Valarie Renee Papka Slevira, 41, died Oct. 13, 2014.
She was born April 28, 1973, to Ken and Deb Papka in Billings. In 1994 she married Vincent Slevira. They raised three children and divorced after 20 years of marriage. She recently met a friend, Jody Howard, who made her happier than she had been in a long time.
Survivors include children, Nate, Marena and Marissa; their father; parents; and a sister, Mindi Hatch.
Services were Oct. 17 at Dahl Funeral Chapel.
Memorials may be made to the animal shelter.
Last Updated on Thursday, 23 October 2014 14:46
Clarence A. “Biddo” Cosner, 87, an accountant who had held state and national offices in the Jaycees, died Tuesday, Oct. 7, 2014, after a long illness.
He was born Feb. 15, 1927, in Malta, the youngest of three boys born to Clarence W. and Rubye S. Cosner. He lived in Malta until he was 8 years old and the family moved to Bozeman.
He joined the Navy after finishing high school, then attended Montana State College in Bozeman. One summer during his college years, he drove a Jammer in Yellowstone Park.
He joined the Sigma Chi Fraternity and met Helen Hammerstrom, whom he later married. After graduating, he became a certified public accountant, moved to Billings and set up his practice.
He was extensively involved in Jaycees, holding local, state and national offices, and being chosen as Outstanding Young Man of the Year.
As a Shriner, he was a member of the GI Drill Squad. He also was a Mason, and he donated many pints of blood in his lifetime.
He had received care from Rocky Mountain Hospice and from St. John’s Lutheran Home.
Survivors include his wife of 63 years, Helen; three children, Chris Fischer of Polson, Steve Cosner of Laurel and Nancy DeVore of Bozeman; seven grandchildren; two step-grandchildren; eight great-grandchildren; and three step-great-grandchildren; and a brother, Harry of Sheridan, Wyo.
Services will be held Thursday October 23, 2014 at 11:00am at Cremation & Funeral Gallery in Billings.
Memorials can be made to Rocky Mountain Hospice, The Shriner’s Hospitals or The Crossings in Laurel.
Last Updated on Thursday, 23 October 2014 14:46
Harold Eugene Boak, 92, who had moved to Billings after retiring, died at his home on Oct. 14, 2014.
He was born June 19, 1922, to Ross Eugene Boak and Eva Jane Gregory Boak in Koshkonong, Mo. On Sept. 22, 1945, he married Marie L. Sands in San Bruno, Calif.
He worked at EIMAC for 42 years, and they lived in the Bay Area of California until retirement brought them to Billings in 1995.
Survivors include his wife; daughters, Kathleen Musick of Arizona and Carolynn McCoy of Billings; a son, Robert Boak of Arizona; grandchildren; and great-grandchildren.
Arrangements are by Cremation & Funeral Gallery.
Memorials can be sent to RiverStone Hospice.
Last Updated on Thursday, 23 October 2014 14:45
Irvin Raymond Herem, 83, who raised sheep and cattle most of his life, died Oct. 17, 2014, after a short illness.
He was born July 31, 1931, the youngest of seven children of Osmond and Katherine (Allen) Herem on a ranch four miles south of Absarokee. He spent his life there before moving into town in 2005.
He graduated in 1951 from Absarokee High School, where he participated in the school band and FFA. He was a lifelong member of Immanuel Lutheran Church and sang with the church choir.
He dressed as Santa Claus on Christmas Eve and decorated the house with lights, winning the local award twice.
Survivors include two nephews, Larry and Norman Herem, and four nieces, Sharlene Oltrogge, Ann Parker, Beverly Herem, and Loretta Herem.
Graveside services will be at 1 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 23, at Rosebud Cemetery. Dahl Funeral Chapel had charge of arrangements.
Donations may be made to the Stillwater Senior Center, Box 92, Absarokee, MT 59001.
Last Updated on Thursday, 23 October 2014 14:44
Don Connelly Golder, 81, a longtime rancher, died Oct. 11, 2014.
He was born in Lysite, Wyo., on Dec. 18, 1932, to Jack Q.C. Golder and LaVisa Schreiner Golder. He began school in Roswell, N.M., and attended school in Tyrone, Colo.
On Halloween night 1947, his family arrived in Miles City. In March 1948 they purchased a ranch on Rosebud Creek north of Lame Deer. Mr. Golder graduated from Colstrip High school in 1950, then went into ranching with his father, raising Hereford cattle for the rest of his life.
He began ranching on the north side of the Bull Mountains in 1962 and moved his operation to the south side of the Bull Mountains in 1984. He ranched there until his death. He was a charter member of Northern Plains Resource Council and the National Cattleman’s Association.
Survivors include his wife, Ellen; adopted son, Randall Greene; and brother, Nick Golder of the Rosebud Ranch.
Services will be at 1 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 16, at Cremation & Funeral Gallery. Arrangements are by Cremation & Funeral Gallery.
Memorials can be made to the Northern Plains Endowment Fund, 220 S. 27th St., Suite A, Billings, MT 59101.
Last Updated on Thursday, 16 October 2014 12:40
Nathan Jeffrey Watts was born at 8:04 a.m. Oct. 5, 2014, and died shortly thereafter.
He weighed 1.7 pounds and was 12½ inches long. He had received care from the Billings Birth Center.
He was the son of David Lee Watts and Rose Gillmer. His grandparents were Russell Gillmer, Karen Watts, Jeffrey Watts and Dottie Ziemer.
Services were Oct. 11 at Dahl Funeral Chapel, followed by a luncheon at The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in Billings.
Donations may be made to the Ramsey Keller Memorial Foundation, 4456 Laredo Place, Billings 59106.
Last Updated on Thursday, 16 October 2014 12:40
Arthur B. Wall Sr., 69, died Oct. 10, 2014. His late uncle Elmer Hill gave him the name “Refused to Leave His Wounded Comrade.”
Mr. Wall was a member of the Catholic and Pentecostal Church. He was a member of Whistling Water Clan and a child of Big Lodge.
He was born Aug. 20, 1945, in Crow Agency, the eldest son of the late William and Alma (Small) Wall. He was raised in Pryor and later lived in Crow Agency. He lived the rest of his life at Parkview Nursing Home.
He was educated at St. Charles Mission and Flandreau, S.D. He served in the Marine Corps from 1969-70 and was honorably discharged.
Survivors include a son, Howard Burlinson; a brother, Charles Wall; sisters, Josephine, Almira and Mary Wall; and two grandchildren.
Services were Oct. 15 at St. Charles Mission in Pryor. Arrangements were in the care of Dahl Funeral Chapel.
Last Updated on Thursday, 16 October 2014 12:39
Robert Laverne Wilson, 78, of Worden, who had a varied work history, died at his home on Oct. 11, 2014.
He was born June 27, 1936, in Billings, the son of Albert J. and Clara (Vavrosky) Wilson. He graduated from Billings Senior High School. He married Judy Lou Smith on Sept. 29, 1956, in Billings.
He had worked as a journeyman meat cutter, route salesman for Pepsi-Cola and manager of the Cenex Seed Plant. When Cenex closed, he drove a truck for Gabel Construction at a Billings refinery, then drove a school bus for Huntley Project School.
Survivors include his wife; a daughter, Laurie Timmerman; sons, Doug Wilson and Steve Wilson; three grandchildren; four great-grandchildren; and brothers, Fred and Ralph.
A private family graveside service was planned. Arrangements were in the care of Dahl Funeral Chapel.
Last Updated on Thursday, 16 October 2014 12:38
Warren T. George, 93, of Billings, a World War II veteran who developed the Cinderella City mini-mall, died at St. John’s Hospice Home on Sept. 28, 2014, of lung cancer.
He was born Feb. 15, 1921, the fourth of five siblings, to Harmon and Vivia George of Akron, Colo. They moved back and forth between Colorado and Iowa to finally settle in Greeley, Colo., where he graduated from high school in 1940.
He joined the National Guard in Greeley in March 1940. The Guard was mobilized Sept. 16, 1940, and was part of the 45th Division. In 1942, he left the 45th Division with the rank of staff sergeant to attend Officers Candidate School at Fort Benning, Ga.
He was commissioned a second lieutenant on July 15, 1942, and was sent to Fort Riley, Kan., to join the 9th Armored Division, where he was awarded a Bronze Star. Later he was transferred to England and France and then to the Luxembourg-Germany border where he was injured and spent three months in a hospital in England.
He was then reassigned to the 357th Reinforcement Company in La Havre, France.
Mr. George was discharged on Dec. 24, 1945, with the rank of captain. He rejoined the National Guard until 1947.
He married LaVerna Luschei at Fort Riley, where she was serving as an Army nurse.
After World War II, he attended the National Institute of Dry Cleaning in Maryland.
The family moved to Superior, Wyo., in 1948, then to Billings in 1952, where he started Cinderella Cleaners and later developed it into a mini mall known as Cinderella City.
He was diagnosed with leukemia in 1978, and his son joined his wife to run the business while he fought cancer. Eight years later, he was in full remission.
The family retired from Cinderella Cleaners in 1995 but retained ownership of Cinderella City Mini Mall until February 2014.
Survivors include a daughter, Judith of Oak Harbor, Wash.; five grandchildren; and eight great-grandchildren.
He had requested no services, but a celebration of his life will be held later. A memorial stone will be placed in the Veterans Cemetery in Laurel. Arrangements are by Cremation & Funeral Gallery.
Last Updated on Thursday, 09 October 2014 10:46
Daniel F. “Boppa” Cypher, 76, who worked 37 years for Northwest Airlines, died from complications of chronic pain at Billings Clinic on Sunday, Sept. 21, 2014.
He was born in Saxton, Pa., on Oct. 10, 1937, to Jack and Nora Cypher. He served in the Army after attending trade school to become an aircraft mechanic. He retired after 37 years with Northwest Airlines due to disability.
His activities in recent years were limited by back pain.
Survivors include his wife of 45 years, Kathy Nitschke Cypher; daughters, Tammie Nelson and Jodie Wilson of Phoenix, Ariz.; four grandchildren; a brother, Ralph Carberry of Florida; and sisters, Snook Musser of Maryland and Susie Moser of Virginia.
A Celebration of Life was held Oct. 4 at Atonement Lutheran Church. Burial was in the Cypher Family Cemetery in Saxton, Pa. Arrangements are by Cremation & Funeral Gallery.
Memorials may be made to Montana Hope Project, P.O. Box 5927, Helena, MT 59604; or Handyman Ministries at Atonement Lutheran Church, 1290 Sierra Granda Blvd., Billings, MT 59105.
Last Updated on Thursday, 09 October 2014 10:45