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Ruth Heth

Ruth Heth, known for her paintings, has died.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Fred and Mary Batt, and husband, Clifford Heth.

Survivors include children, Diana Kay, Clifton Heth, David Heth of Texas, and Deborah Heth of Oregon; a sister, Miriam Foote of Kalispell; 12 grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren.

Arrangements are by Cremation & Funeral Gallery.

Last Updated on Thursday, 12 June 2014 23:03

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Peter E. Decker

Peter Earl Decker, 88, of Billings, who had owned Briggs Distributing, died at St. Vincent Healthcare on May 30, 2014.

He was born Oct. 10, 1925, in Big Timber to Peter Earl and Della Scyphers Decker. He grew up in Bozeman and enlisted in the Marine Corps after finishing high school.

When his military service ended in 1946, he returned to Bozeman and graduated from Montana State University in 1950 with a degree in accounting and business. He married Mary Kay Archibald on Sept. 17, 1947, in Sheridan, Wyo.

He and two friends started a mobile accounting business in Bozeman, which was short-lived because he was called back into the military in Oceanside, Calif.

Once back in Montana, he went to work as a bookkeeper for Fred Briggs in 1951. Over time, he purchased the beer business from Mr. Briggs and retired in 1992. He remained involved in the business until he moved into the Vista at St. John’s Lutheran Ministries in 2011.

He had been a member of the Billings Jaycees, Kiwanis and the Al Bedoo Shrine Temple, where he was a member of the GI Drill Squad. He spent time on Canyon Creek in the ’70s and ’80s and at a lake in Minnesota.

Survivors include daughters, Karen Boyer and Susan Decker; sons, Ken Decker, Steve Decker and John Decker; a brother, Bob Decker; seven grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren.

Services will be at First Congregational United Church of Christ, 310 N. 27th St., at 2 p.m. Tuesday, June 24. Arrangements are in the care of Dahl Funeral Chapel.

Memorials can be sent to the Shriner’s Hospital, Al Bedoo Temple, P.O. Box 20673, Billings, MT 59104-0673; or the Pete and Mary Kay Decker Scholarship Fund at Rocky Mountain College, 1511 Poly Drive, Billings, MT 59102.

Last Updated on Thursday, 12 June 2014 23:02

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Geraldine ‘Jerry’ Viator

Geraldine “Jerry” Viator, 76, of Billings, a beautician who became a beauty school director, died June 9, 2014.

She was born May 7, 1938, to Ernest and Mable Myers and was raised in New Iberia, La. She spent her younger years providing for her three girls, and recently came to live with them and their families in Billings.

She enjoyed the simple things in life and spent her time gardening, painting, sewing, cooking and crafting.

Survivors include daughters, Marla Long, Phyllis Ditto and Ashley Robichaux; five grandchildren; six great-grandchildren; and a sister, Brenda Primeaux.

Services were June 11 at Dahl Funeral Chapel. A celebration in Louisiana for family and friends was planned.

Last Updated on Thursday, 12 June 2014 23:01

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Charlotte Adams

Charlotte Dodd Adams, 97, of Billings, died while sleeping in her chair on May 23, 2014, her deceased husband’s birthday. She had been living in Moorberg Cottage at St. John’s Lutheran Home.

The daughter of Thomas Calvin Dodd and Harriet Jeannette Ritter Dodd, she was born in Gosport, Ind., on May 26, 1916. She graduated from Bloomington High School in Bloomington, Ind., went to secretarial school and then worked in Bloomington and Chicago, Ill.

When World War II broke out, she served as a Red Cross worker tending to injured soldiers stateside. After the war, she moved to Washington, D.C., where she did clerical work for the federal government.

On May 21, 1948, she married Robert “Bob” Adams. His job with the Pillsbury Co. took them to Indianapolis, Cleveland, Chicago and finally Minneapolis, where they lived for more than 30 years. She worked at the Indiana State Legislature and in the Special Education Department for Edina, Minn., schools.

In 1999, they moved to Billings to be closer to their daughter and son-in-law in Red Lodge. They lived in the retirement community at Mission Ridge on the St. John’s Campus.

Survivors include a daughter, Debbie Bratton; two grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren.

No local services were planned. Arrangements were by Cremation & Funeral Gallery.

Last Updated on Thursday, 05 June 2014 11:41

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Ruth Marie Arensmeyer Bloedel

Ruth Marie Arensmeyer Bloedel, 84, who had owned and operated the Brunswick Bar in Hysham with her husband, died Tuesday, May 27, 2014.

She was born Jan. 8, 1930, to Ernest and Freida Arensmeyer, the eighth of nine children. She grew up in Choteau, where she graduated from high school in 1948. Soon after, she moved to Spearfish, S.D., to assist her sister Esther in caring for her young children.

She married Earl Bloedel on Jan. 7, 1951, the day before her 21st birthday. They had five children, including one, Forrest, who died at birth.

They moved to Billings in the late 1950s. In 1977 they moved to Hysham where they owned and operated the Brunswick Bar until they retired in 1992. They lived in Hysham until 2002 when they moved back to Billings.

She had received care from RiverStone Health Hospice Home.

Survivors include her husband; daughters, Cindy Menosky, Jeanne and Laura Robertson; a son, Bob; and three grandchildren.

Services were May 31 at Cremation & Funeral Gallery in Billings.

Memorials can be made to the RiverStone Health Hospice Care Home, P.O. Box 1562, Billings, MT 59103.

Last Updated on Thursday, 05 June 2014 11:40

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Shirley Erickson

Shirley Erickson, 86, of Billings, a longtime teacher’s aide, died Sunday, June 1, 2014.

She was born in Minot, N.D., on Feb. 14, 1928, and grew up in Great Falls. For many years, she was a teacher’s aide at the Fratt School and Riverside Junior High School.

In retirement, she and her husband, Erick, traveled in their motor home to Alaska, Hawaii, Saskatchewan and many Western and Southern states.

She had received care from Rocky Mountain Hospice.

Survivors include her husband of nearly 60 years; a son, Erick L. Erickson; a daughter, Karla M. Satchwell; three grandchildren; a sister, Dorothy Johnson; and a brother, Albert O. Schmidt.

Arrangements were by Cremation & Funeral Gallery.

Last Updated on Thursday, 05 June 2014 11:39

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Darlyne L. Roods

Darlyne L. Roods, 83, of Billings, who started a cleaning service with her daughter, died Saturday morning, May 31, 2014.

She was born the oldest of four children to Earl Grady and Grace Ryerson Grady of Valley City, N.D., on Oct. 21, 1930. She graduated as valedictorian from Marmot High School in Mandan, N.D., on May 31, 1949, and then attended Dakota Business School for accounting.

On June 18, 1950, she married Lloyd B. Herman, and they had three children. In 1958 they moved to Billings, and she worked at Parker Montana and Midland Implement as an accountant.

On May 9, 1968, she married Louis R. Roods and became a rancher’s wife on Pryor Creek. She started a cleaning service with her daughter in 1977.

Survivors include sons, Earl Herman of Billings and Scott Herman of Colstrip; a daughter, Pamela Jackson of Billings; six grandchildren; seven great-grandchildren; a brother, Pat Grady of Washington; and sisters, Ellene Mueller of Hawaii and Peggy Grady of South Dakota.

A private celebration of her life will be held. Arrangements are by Cremation & Funeral Gallery.

Last Updated on Thursday, 05 June 2014 11:39

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Elizabeth Louisa Haun

Elizabeth “Betty” Louisa Haun, 91, who worked for 25 years at Miles Avenue Elementary School, died May 22, 2014, at her home in Billings.

She was born in Baker on Sept. 4, 1922, to Emil and Antionette Weyerbacher, the second of three children. She graduated from Baker High School as valedictorian and a star basketball player.

The family moved from Baker to a new homestead in the Kinsey Irrigation Project north of Miles City, and she attended junior college in Miles City. She married Richard C. Haun in 1942 in Miles City. He died after 54 years of marriage.

She moved to Billings in 1955, where she raised her five children, then worked at Miles Avenue Elementary School, where she was kitchen manager upon retirement.

She was a volunteer at both Billings hospitals, was a member of First United Methodist Church and served as a prayer-chain warrior.

Survivors include children, Rick Haun, Chet Haun, Sheri Paseka and Terri Haun; 11 grandchildren; and seven great-grandchildren.

Services were May 24 at Dahl Funeral Chapel. Interment was May 27 at Sunset Memorial Gardens.

Memorials may be sent to First United Methodist Church, 2800 Fourth Ave. N., Billings, MT 59101.

Last Updated on Thursday, 29 May 2014 12:11

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Ronald D. Foth

Ronald D. Foth, 64, of Billings, a painter and wallpaper hanger, died Monday, May 19, 2014, at his residence in Billings.

He was born May 3, 1950, in Florida, the son of Robert and Uldene Foth. On May 28, 1991, he married Sandra Lee Flaten in St. Louis, Mo.

Survivors include a daughter, Rebecca of St. Louis; and brothers, Rhodes Foth of St. Louis and Russel Foth of Florida.

No services were planned. Arrangements were by Cremation & Funeral Gallery.

Last Updated on Thursday, 29 May 2014 12:11

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Florella ‘Skip’ Halverson

Florella (Waller) Halverson, better known as Skip, a homemaker who also had held secretarial jobs, died May 21, 2014, at Butterfly Homes.

She was born to Julia and Wesley Waller on Aug. 16, 1922, at Dora Lake, Minn. At age 14 she left home to attend the nearest high school 50 miles away where she worked for her board and room.

After graduating from high school, she took a summer job in a cafe on Mille Lacs Lake. There she met Paul Halverson, whom she married after his service in Europe during World War II.

They lived in Pasadena, Calif., then returned to Minnesota to care for her family. In Thomson, near Jay Cooke State Park, they built a log home from hand-hewn logs.

In 1957 Mr. Halverson was transferred by the Monarch Range company to Billings. Mrs. Halverson was involved in a sewing club, book club and neighborhood coffees and worked several part-time secretarial jobs.

She was a lifelong active member of First Presbyterian Church and a member of the Mariners Club. They cooked for their International Gourmet Club for more than 25 years.

Survivors include a brother, Brad Waller; three daughters, Paula Halverson of Helena, Julie Kellebrew of Gillette, Wyo., and Margot LaFontaine of Billings; six grandsons; and three great-grandchildren.

A celebration of life was held Monday, May 26, at First Presbyterian Church. Arrangements were by Cremation & Funeral Gallery.

Memorials may be made to First Presbyterian Church.

Last Updated on Thursday, 29 May 2014 12:10

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