Carla Alfia Williams, 49, who had most recently worked as a writer and classified ad manager for The Billings Outpost, died July 22, 2014, at her home in Billings.
She was born Sept. 17, 1964, in Troy, N.Y., one of three children of Donald Bruce Williams and Domenica Gatto Williams. She attended elementary school in Troy, N.Y., and high school at Cheyenne Mountain in Colorado Springs, Colo.
She earned a bachelor’s degree in interdisciplinary studies at Dickinson College in Carlisle, Pa., in 1986, a master’s degree in journalism at American University in Washington, D.C., in 1995, and a bachelor’s degree in art at Rocky Mountain College in 2013.
Her father and three brothers were all graduates of West Point. She also was accepted at West Point but chose to attend a small liberal arts college in Pennsylvania. She spent an academic year in Naples where she learned to speak Italian, and she also spoke Spanish.
Ms. Williams served as a second lieutenant in the Army and Reserves and trained in Texas and Virginia. She worked in government posts, including Washington, D.C., and South America. She had been a stockbroker for Merrill Lynch in Washington and for Smith Barney in New Jersey. At the Outpost, she used the penname of Jane White.
In mid-2000, she moved from Alexandria, Va., to Billings to study dressage at Rocky Mountain College and then transitioned into art.
Survivors include her mother, of Virginia; brothers, Eric of Arizona and Christian of Virginia; and an aunt, Judith Williams of Montana.
Services were held July 28 at the Billings Unitarian Universalist Fellowship. Funeral mass was planned at St. Charles Borromeo Church in Arlington with burial at the National Veterans Cemetery alongside her father.
Contributions in her memory are suggested to the Rocky Mountain College art program or to the Billings Unitarian Universalist Fellowship.
Last Updated on Thursday, 07 August 2014 11:42
Katheryn “Topper” Frances (Ward) Peden, 97, the first baby born in Brockway, died Aug. 2, 2014, in Billings.
She was born Dec. 1, 1916, to Fred and Edith Ward. Her only brother, George, was six years younger.
Her family lived in many cities in Montana while her father was a school superintendent. After buying the Meagher County News, they settled in White Sulphur Springs.
On Nov. 7, 1936, she married Roy “Squint” Peden. They had two children and raised her nephew, Michael Ward, as their own son. Mr. Peden worked for Mountain Bell, and they had lived in Billings, Helena and Bozeman.
Survivors include a daughter, Sherry (Peden) Dietrich of Pownal, Maine; a son, Donn Peden of Billings; a nephew, Michael Ward of Costa Mesa, Calif.; three grandchildren; five great-grandchildren; and four great-great-granddaughters.
Graveside services will be at 1 p.m. Friday, Aug. 8, at Mayn Cemetery in White Sulphur Springs. Arrangements are in the care of Dahl Funeral Chapel of Billings.
Last Updated on Thursday, 07 August 2014 11:41
Ralph Dixon, 86, and Patricia Dixon, 90, who were both active in the Democratic Party here, died in July 2014.
Ms. Dixon was a denominational executive in the religious education department of the United Church of Christ. She traveled the country putting on workshops and met Mr. Dixon at a workshop in Chico Hot Springs.
Mr. Dixon came to Montana as a minister at Medicine Lake/Froid Parish in northeastern Montana. He worked extensively with local church parishes.
With Lobel Bennett, he was instrumental in stimulating the construction of low-income housing, including Prairie Towers at 725 N. 25th St. He served on the board of Intermountain Children’s Home in Helena and led the capital funds campaign that resulted in building the Wix Center.
Mr. and Mrs. Dixon were active in the local Democratic Party and helped in building the headquarters office. They also recruited and selected precinct committee members.
Last Updated on Thursday, 07 August 2014 11:40
Loyd Charles Garlock, 70, a cabinet maker who had owned his own shop, died July 29, 2014.
He was born May 29, 1944, in Vanport Portland, Ore., to Dale and Marcella (Shine) Garlock. He was an altar boy as a child and a lifelong Catholic.
His mother returned to Billings when he was 2 months old. He attended Little Flower School and graduated from Holy Rosary School in 1959. He attended Billings Central Catholic High School for two years and then graduated from Billings West High School in 1963.
He married Diana Zeiler on Oct. 24, 1964. Mr. Garlock entered the Army in 1964 and was assigned to the 556th Transportation Unit in Fort Lewis, Wash. He attained the rank of Specialist 5 and was in charge of the motor pool at the reserve center in Billings. He received an honorable discharge in 1970.
At the age of 15, he spent the summer working on the Joe Boyd Ranch near the Montana-Wyoming border. In the fall, he returned and worked for Midwest Cabinet Co. He soon became the foreman there.
From 1982-1984, he specialized in custom cabinets for area hospitals and residences. He started his own cabinet shop, Magnum Cabinet MFG, in 1985 with Jim Frasch. They had the shop until 2001; during this time he was nominated as Cabinet Maker of the Year by the Builder’s Exchange.
He joined Hi Tech Construction from 2001-2005, establishing a cabinet shop for the company. In the summer of 1981, he built the cabin on the set of “The Legend of Walks Far Woman” starring Raquel Welch.
He hunted elk and buffalo, and a buffalo hunt he was on in Yellowstone Park was featured in Sports Illustrated. He owned a ’23 Bucket T hot rod, and he and his wife attended car shows, rod runs and an occasional parade.
He had received care the past two years from Parkview Care Center.
Survivors include wife; daughters, Stacy Burgin of Billings and Gail Porter of Spring Creek, Nev.; three grandchildren; a great-grandchild; and a brother, Gary of Billings.
Services were Aug. 6 at Dahl Funeral Chapel.
Donations may be made in his name to the Alzheimer Association.
Last Updated on Thursday, 07 August 2014 11:39
Ray Leland, 81, of Billings, an architect here for more than 40 years, died July 31, 2014, after a lengthy illness.
He was born in Joliet on March 7, 1933, to Ole and Ragna Leland. He attended school in Joliet and graduated from Montana State University with a degree in architecture.
His wife, Irene, died four weeks ago after 59 years of marriage. He had received care from Rocky Mountain Hospice.
Survivors include a sister, Violet; a daughter, Rena Leland Koinis of Bellaire, Texas; sons, Eric Leland of Bremerton, Wash., and Hal Leland of Patterson, Calif.; and four grandchildren.
A private memorial service was planned. Arrangements are by Cremation & Funeral Gallery.
Last Updated on Thursday, 07 August 2014 11:38
Bonnie Marie Johnson, 69, of Billings, who had worked in various jobs, died Dec. 12, 2013, in Aurora, Colo., from complications of a stroke.
She was born July 17, 1944, in Bingham Canyon, Utah, the daughter of Joseph and Justine (Kozola) Naglich. On Oct. 3, 1964, she married Wally Johnson at St. Pius X Church in Billings. They moved to cities in Colorado, California, Montana, Arizona, Nevada, Minnesota and Ilo, Peru, before returning to Billings.
She had worked as a telephone operator, receptionist at Warm Springs, electronic salesperson for Walmart, cosmetic consultant for Jafra and cashier at several businesses.
Survivors include her husband; sons, Darren and Jared; three grandsons; sisters, Joyce, Marilyn and Roberta; and a brother, Joseph Naglich.
Services will be at 10 a.m. Saturday, Aug. 2, at Dahl Funeral Chapel. Burial of ashes will be in Holy Cross Cemetery.
Last Updated on Thursday, 31 July 2014 09:51
Darlene Andrea Hert, 75, who had worked in secretarial positions, died the morning of July 28, 2014.
She was born on Nov. 8, 1938, in Albert Lea, Minn., to Lloyd and Ruth Hanson, the oldest of five children. She graduated from Billings Senior High School in 1957 and married Francis Hert Sr. in 1958.
She had worked in secretarial positions for the Job Service, Exxon Chemical, and the Montana Secretary of State’s Office.
Survivors include her husband, Frank; two sons, Frank Jr. and Jeff; siblings, Duane Hanson, LaVonne Wilcox, LeMoyne Hanson and Robert Hanson; five grandchildren; and five great-grandchildren.
Services will be at 3 p.m. Friday, Aug. 1, at Cremation & Funeral Gallery, 29 Eighth St. W.
Last Updated on Thursday, 31 July 2014 09:51
Martha M. Wagner, 76, died July 27, 1014, at Valley Health Care Center.
Services will be at 11 a.m. Saturday, Aug. 2, at Spruce Grove Community Room in Laurel.
Last Updated on Thursday, 31 July 2014 09:45
Ronald G. Lundeen, 81, a retired bank examiner for the Federal Deposit Insurance Corp., died of cancer on July 28, 2014.
He was born July 1, 1933, in Alvarado, Minn., to Elmer and Gladys (Westby) Lundeen. In 1955, he married Mary Ann Campbell, who died in 1997. He married Darlene Link in 2001.
He attended schools in the East Grand Forks, Minn., area, graduating from Central High School in East Grand Forks. He attended the University of North Dakota in Grand Forks, N.D., interrupted by two years in the Army serving as a code radio operator and as part of the Atomic Energy Commission bombing experiments in the Nevada desert. He graduated from UND with a bachelor’s degree in business administration.
For 31 years he managed Wohl Shoe Cos. stores in the Midwest. He owned his own shoe store in Westminster, Colo., for eight years, then became an investment manager and counselor. In 1986 he became a bank examiner for the FDIC.
After retirement, he volunteered at Billings City College and the Retired Seniors Volunteer Program, among others.
Survivors include his wife; two daughters, Robin Lundeen of Brighton, Colo., and Julie Lundeen–Russell of Billings; stepchildren, Pat Carter, Dave Rinn Jr. and Barb Erks; a brother, Dale of Fargo, N.D.; three sisters, Wanda Wright of Portland, Ore., Corrine Simonson of East Grand Forks and Maurine Danielson of Grand Forks; grandchildren; and great-grandchildren.
Inurnment will be at 2 p.m. Friday, Aug. 1, at Yellowstone National Cemetery in Laurel. Services will be at 10:30 a.m. Aug. 2 at Trinity Lutheran Church. Arrangements are by Cremation & Funeral Gallery.
Memorials can be made to a hospice of your choice.
Last Updated on Thursday, 31 July 2014 09:45
Diane L. Garcia (Soper), 59, of Billings, died July 28, 2014.
She was born April 4, 1955, in Burke, S.D., to Howard and Darlene Soper.
Survivors include her husband, Gary; a daughter, Sara; a son, Daniel; brothers, Neil and Bruce; a sister, Lori; and three grandchildren.
Arrangements are by Cremation & Funeral Gallery.
Donations may be made to St. Jude’s Children’s Hospital, 501 St. Jude Place, Memphis, TN 38105.
Last Updated on Thursday, 31 July 2014 09:44