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Rudolph Williams

Rudy Williams, 83, of Billings, who retired from the Navy before working for Montana Power Co., died Aug. 29, 2014.

He was born Sept. 14, 1930, in Lake Butler, Fla., the sixth of nine children of Louis and Ether (Stafford) Williams. He married Margaret “Peggy” Romee in 1951.

Mr. Williams joined the Navy in 1948 and retired after 20 years in 1969. He served on surface craft, including a hospital ship, aircraft carrier, and destroyers. He was in the submarine service from 1962-1969 and served on the USS Balao, Loggerhead, Quillback, Mackerel, Rasher and Catfish. He served in the Korean and Vietnam wars and received many commendations, including a Bronze Star.

After retiring from the Navy, he worked for Montana Power Co. in Billings, at Mystic Lake and Colstrip. He retired after 20 years in 1990.

He had received care from St. Vincent Healthcare and RiverStone Hospice.

Survivors include his wife; a daughter, Cathy Evans; two grandchildren; a great-granddaughter; a brother, L.E. Williams; and a sister, Lois Armstrong.

Services will be at 1 p.m. Monday, Sept. 15, at Dahl Funeral Chapel.   Interment will be in Laurel Cemetery with military honors.

Last Updated on Thursday, 11 September 2014 12:42

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Cynde Kaufman

Cynde Kaufman, 57, who loved animals, sewing and tole painting, died of cancer on Sept. 4, 2014.

She was born to Jim and Heleyn Kaufman in Billings on Oct. 3, 1956. She had a passion for cooking and a career in the food service industry.

She was involved in Casting for Recovery, a breast cancer recovery program.

Survivors include a longtime companion, Duard Svee of Billings; her mother; and sisters, Linda Grimm of Billings and Terri of Glendive.

Services were Sept. 9 at Cremation and Funeral Gallery.

Last Updated on Thursday, 11 September 2014 12:33

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Steven Anderson

Steven “Steve-O” Clare Anderson, 44, who spent 10 years in the Virgin Islands, died Aug. 11, 2014, from complications of diabetes.

He was born on Jan. 13, 1970, to Larry and Shirley Anderson of Billings. He played Little League baseball through his 13th year, and was nominated three times for the all-star team. He also played Little Guy football, and was on the varsity football team all three years at Skyview High School. He graduated from Skyview with its first graduating class in 1988.

He contracted diabetes at age 16, and continuing and worsening health problems led to his return to Billings from the Virgin Islands in September 2011.

Survivors include his parents; a brother, Mike Anderson; and a sister, Kim Ragland.

Services were Aug. 20 at Dahl Funeral Chapel in Billings.

Donations may be made to the American Diabetes Association.

Last Updated on Thursday, 21 August 2014 15:13

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Sawyer D. Gantz

Sawyer Donovan Gantz of Ryegate, who was born at 26 weeks gestation on July 28, 2014, died Aug. 12, 2014.

He was born in a Billings hospital and was moved to a hospital in Salt Lake City after contracting an infection.

Survivors include his mother, Jennifer Gantz of Ryegate; a sister, Samara Phelps of Ryegate; a brother, Silas Jones of Ryegate; grandparents, Robin and Roudy Gantz of Ryegate; great-grandparents, Bob and Edith Sasse of Lavina; and great-grandfather, Jerry Gantz of Ryegate.

Graveside services were at the cemetery in Ryegate, followed by a fellowship at the Ryegate fire hall. Arrangements were in the care of Dahl Funeral Chapel.

Memorials may be made to the Ramsey Keller Memorial, 4456 Laredo Place, Billings, MT 59106.

Last Updated on Thursday, 21 August 2014 15:13

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Randall Jay Gibson

Randall “Randy” Jay Gibson, 59, of Billings, a welder for School District 2, died July 30, 2014.

He was born to Clara Belle and Jerry Gibson on Nov. 30, 1954, in Billings with his twin sister, Rebecca “Becky” Ham. He graduated from Senior High School and had shared his life for the past 24 years with Shelley Rivera. In high school he excelled in track and basketball.

As a hobby, he attached agates to lampshades with leather and agate inserts. He also was a gardener and a cook.

Survivors include his mother; significant other, Shelley Rivera; brothers, Jerry Eugene and Jerry Jr.; sisters, Victoria, Peggy, Terry and Rebecca; a daughter, Kelly of Illinois; a son, Randy Jr. of Wyoming; and five grandchildren.

A memorial was held at his and Shelley’s home. At his request, no services were held. Arrangements were by Cremation & Funeral Gallery.

Memorials may be made to help fight leukemia.

Last Updated on Thursday, 21 August 2014 15:11

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Gerald ‘Jerry’ Bashor

Gerald “Jerry” Bashor, 65, died Monday, Aug. 4, 2014, in Salt Lake City, after a long illness.

He was born July 19, 1949, in Amarillo, Texas, to Dale and June Bashor. They later Moved to Greybull, Wyo., and then to Billings. He graduated from West High School in 1969, later moving to Salt Lake City where he married Susan Brown. They had twins, Matthew and Michael, who were born May 9, 1978.

Survivors include his wife; a son, Michael of Salt Lake City; his mother; and a brother, Greg, all of Billings.

Services will be held in Salt Lake City.

Last Updated on Thursday, 14 August 2014 17:04

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Russell Deringer

Russell Deringer of Ada, Ohio, a longtime resident of Billings, died in his sleep on the morning of Aug. 5, 2014.

He was the son of Adabelle (Cantrell) and Ora Deringer.

Mr. Deringer served two years with the Army and was stationed in Japan with the 1st Calvary artillery unit. He then studied aircraft maintenance at the Spartan School of Aeronautics in Tulsa, Okla.

He married Gayle Moore of Alger, Ohio, in 1958. They moved from Ohio to Billings that same year. They had four children, Mark, Natalie, Cole and Lana.

Mr. Deringer worked for Lynch Flying Service and Skaggs Drug Store before spending 24 years working for American Sterilizer Co. During retirement, he worked part time as a security officer.

He volunteered at the Billings Food Bank and the Montana Rescue Mission.

Survivors include his wife; three children; and a brother, Glen Deringer of Ohio.

A celebration of his life will be held at West Side Baptist Church, 323 S. 32nd St. W., at 2 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 23. Dahl Funeral Chapel is in charge of arrangements.

A donation of time or money may be made to the charity of one’s choice or to the Montana Rescue Mission, P.O. Box 3232, Billings, MT 59103.

Last Updated on Thursday, 14 August 2014 17:03

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George Farias

George Farias, 80, of Billings, a retired farmer and insurance agent, died Wednesday, Aug. 6, 2014, at St. John’s Lutheran Home after a long illness.

Born May 17, 1934, on the family farm on Bluewater Creek north of Fromberg, he was the son of Antone Farias and Marie Kujath Farias. He married Mary Ann Webber on June 7, 1957, in Fromberg.

He owned and operated his family’s farm and registered Hereford cattle operation until 1993 when he moved to Billings, where he was a registered insurance agent affiliated with Mutual of Omaha. He retired in 1999.

Mr. Farias was elected twice to the Fromberg School District Board of Trustees, served as president and later as secretary of the Fromberg Volunteer Fire Department, and served as president of the Fromberg Rural Fire District.

He was active in the Carbon County Farm Bureau and in the Carbon County Republican Party, serving a term as a precinct committeeman. In retirement he volunteered on behalf of the campaigns of U.S. Sen. Conrad Burns and was a member of the Pachyderm Club.

A Master Mason for more than 58 years, he served two separate terms as Worshipful Master of Golden Eagle Lodge 66 and was for five years adviser to the Carbon County DeMolay chapter. He was awarded the DeMolay Legion of Honor in recognition of his service.

Survivors include his wife; a son, Ronald Farias of Silver Spring, Md.; a daughter, Teri Hergett of Billings; two grandsons; and a sister, Viola Jones of Walla Walla, Wash.

Visitation was Aug. 8 at Cremation & Funeral Gallery. Services were Aug. 9 at Cremation & Funeral Gallery. Interment followed in Rockvale Cemetery.

Memorials may be sent to the St. John’s Lutheran Ministries, or the Alzheimer’s Association.

Last Updated on Thursday, 14 August 2014 17:02

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Clara ‘Marlene’ Melia

Clara “Marlene” Melia, 82, died Tuesday, Aug. 5, 2014.

She was born on March 10, 1932, to Ethel and Charles Sego in St. Joseph, Mo. She was married for 50 years to Pat, who preceded her in death.

Survivors include two sons, Steven and Tedd; a daughter, Michele Campbell; eight grandchildren; five great-grandchildren; and a brother, Byron Sego.

Visitation was Aug. 8 at Cremation and Funeral Gallery. Graveside services were at Sunset Memorial Gardens on Aug. 9.

Last Updated on Thursday, 14 August 2014 17:02

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Barbara Staudinger

Barbara J. Staudinger, 78, a longtime resident of Montana and of the Park City area, died Aug. 6, 2014, at St. Vincent Healthcare after many medical problems.

She was born March 29, 1936, in Johnson City, Tenn., to Eugene Scott and Goldie Ring Scott. At age 16 she married Donald T. Head, the father of her six children. She married Frank Staudinger on March 10, 1977, and since that time had lived in the Park City area.

For the last 18 years, she had been a foster parent for the state of Montana. In addition to raising her six birth children, she cared for more than 40 foster children. Two of those foster children she adopted and made a part of the family.

Survivors include sons, Darrell Head and Kevin Head of Livingston and Kenneth Head and Kelly Head of Laurel; daughters, Dianne Flack of Laurel, Koryn Staudinger of Billings and Te’Amo Staudinger of Hamilton; 15 grandchildren; and 17 great-grandchildren.

A celebration of her life was held Aug. 12 at Laurel Baptist Church, with internment following in Park City Cemetery. Arrangements were by Cremation & Funeral Gallery.

Last Updated on Thursday, 14 August 2014 17:01

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