The Billings Outpost

Elva Loyning

Elva Loyning, 93, who had worked in a number of positions and graduated from college at age 69, died March 24, 2014.

She was born Dec. 22, 1920, in Melstone, the daughter of Harper and Maud Burton. The family lived in Roundup, Lewistown and Red Lodge before settling in Roberts, where she graduated from high school.

She eloped with Palmer “Bud” Loyning to Columbus on Oct. 1, 1944. They settled on a ranch on Elbow Creek where she was clerk for Loyning School. In 1955, they purchased the Burton Ranch and moved into Roberts.

Mrs. Loyning had managed the Red Lodge Café, was a Stanley Home Products area manager and was the activities director at the Carbon County Memorial Hospital. She ran for Carbon County commissioner and was a trained emergency medical technician. She made cakes for weddings and special occasions.

Mrs. Loyning was active in the Cowbells, Home Economists and the Veterans of Foreign Wars auxiliary. She had been Montana state president of the Business Professional Women’s Club and Montana Farm Bureau.

Following Mr. Loyning’s death in 1995, she sold the Loyning Ranch and moved to Yuma, Ariz. Astoria, Ore., became her summer home before she returned to Montana in 2010. She had received care from Tender Nest Assisted Living.

Survivors include children, Linda Fenley Moyer of Grants, N.M., Hanly Loyning of Roberts, Karen Wrench of Billings and Harper Loyning of Salt Lake City; nine grandchildren; 11 great-grandchildren; and five great-great-grandchildren.

A celebration of life will be held in the summer. Arrangements were by Dahl Funeral Chapel.

Memorials may be made to the Alzheimer Association, Montana Chapter, 3010 11th Ave. N., Billings, MT 59101.

Last Updated on Thursday, 03 April 2014 19:17

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Jamee Kaye Buening

Jamee Kaye Buening, 50, of Billings, died Saturday, March 22, 2014.

She was born April 29, 1963, to James and Kathryn Gillen in Elgin, N.D. She graduated from Highland High School in Albuquerque, N.M., and attended beauty school before receiving training as a real estate agent.

Survivors include three sons, Dustin, Casey and Ryan, all of Billings; her mother of Dickinson, N.D.; and a brother, Bob, of Dickinson.

Arrangements are by Cremation & Funeral Gallery.

Last Updated on Thursday, 03 April 2014 19:16

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Marguerite Gertrude Holmes

Services were held March 26, 2014, for Marguerite (Fox) Holmes, 94, who had been head custodian for the Laurel School District for 20 years.

She was born Nov. 16, 1919, on a farm near Springfield, Minn., the third of nine children of George T. Wendt and Marie (Roeser) Wendt. Her early education took place in a one-room country school near Springfield. She graduated from the University of Minnesota School of Agriculture in 1942.

During World War II she worked at the U.S. Naval Air Station in Alameda, Calif., before joining the Marine Corps in 1944. She was honorably discharged in 1945.

She married a fellow Marine, Edward Fox of Laurel, in December 1945, and they raised three children. Mr. Fox died in March 1971. In June 1973 she married Edward Holmes. Following a short illness, he died in July 1975.

She had worked at the Laurel refinery and provided domestic support for many local residents. She retired in 1982 as head custodian for the Laurel School District.

She bowled in several leagues and won several awards for homemade Christmas displays at her home in Laurel.

Survivors include a brother, Vic Wendt; a sister, June Wendt; three children, Diana, Gail and Neil; five grandchildren; 10 great-grandchildren; and two great-great-grandchildren.

Services were held March 26 at First Congregational Church in Laurel. Inurnment with military honors followed in the Laurel Public Cemetery. Arrangements were by Cremation & Funeral Gallery.

Last Updated on Thursday, 27 March 2014 13:05

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Mildred ‘Mickey’ Brown

Mildred Marie Brown, 88, of Billings, died Monday, March 17, 2014.

She was born April 26, 1925, in Billings, the daughter of Carl and Anna Oehler.

She married Don Brown on Nov. 26, 1949, in Billings. They had five children.

She went whitewater rafting at age 78 and drove a four-wheeler at age 80.

She had received care from Highgate Senior Living and Rocky Mountain Hospice.

Survivors include her husband; children, Dan, Sherry, Donna and Debbie; siblings, Louise Sago, John Reprnak, Pat Knutson and Bill Reprak; 10 grandchildren; and 16 great-grandchildren.

Services were held March 25 at Cremation & Funeral Gallery. A reception followed.

Last Updated on Thursday, 27 March 2014 13:05

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Helene Miklovich

Helene Miklovich, 91, of Lodge Grass, a retired teacher, died of cancer on March 20, 2014.

She was born Helene Rebecca Zier on Oct. 26, 1922, the 10th child of David and Mary Zier, who lived outside the now nonexistent village of Howard, Mont.

She graduated from Laurel High School in 1940 and worked with her family in the beet fields. She earned a teaching degree at Eastern Montana College and taught in communities around Montana.

She married Pete Miklovich in 1945 while teaching in Lodge Grass.

She had traveled widely, in recent years with a friend, Margaret Miller Torske.

She had received care from Heritage Acres and Big Horn County Hospital.

Survivors include a son, Carter Miklovich; daughter, Kari Streets; and six grandchildren.

A celebration of her life was held March 26 at the Fort Custer golf course clubhouse just north of Hardin. Arrangements were by Cremation & Funeral Gallery.

Last Updated on Thursday, 27 March 2014 13:04

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Vicki Baldwin

Vicki Baldwin, 54, who worked in daycare, died March 15, 2014, at home in Billings.

She was born March 23, 1959, in Hoboken, N.J., to Cathy and George LaChance. When she was young the family moved to San Diego, Calif., with a short stay in Arizona. She was raised in California by Cathy and Jack Nickel.

She married Larry Schendel, and they had had two daughters before divorcing in 1984. After the girls graduated, she Vicki moved to Montana, where she started a career in daycare with the help of Sue Anderson.

Survivors include her mother; stepfather, Dan; a brother, Steve; a sister, Wendy; four children, Shannon, Stephanie, Amy and Andy; and two grandchildren.

Services were March 22 at Harvest Church in Lockwood. Arrangements were in the care of Dahl Funeral Chapel.

Last Updated on Thursday, 27 March 2014 13:03

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Philip ‘Harry’ Gohn

Philip “Harry” Gohn, 74, of Billings died March 18, 2014.

He was the son of the late Harry and Frances Gohn.

Survivors include Nancy Pilot and Larry Gohn; three nieces; and three nephews.

Arrangements were by Cremation & Funeral Gallery.

Last Updated on Thursday, 27 March 2014 13:02

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Leonard ‘Len’ Oaks Spicer Jr.

Leonard “Len” Oaks Spicer Jr., 75, who had worked as a stockbroker and Dale Carnegie instructor, died Tuesday, March 18, 2014, at Valley Health Care Center in Billings.

Mr. Spicer also had worked for the Intercontinental Ballistic Missile Program.

On Feb. 14, 2001, he married Carolyn Schlemmer Crenshaw.

He had received care from Valley Health Center.

Survivors include his wife; a son, Jeff; two grandchildren; stepchildren, Lisa Gutierrez, Lori Ludwig and Carrie Crenshaw; nine stepgrandchildren; and siblings, Susanne Spicer of San Leandro, Calif., and Kathi Holton of Hayward, Calif.

Visitation was March 21 at Cremation & Funeral Gallery. Services were March 22 at Cremation & Funeral Gallery. Burial in Rockvale Cemetery followed the service.

Last Updated on Thursday, 27 March 2014 13:02

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Elvina Hein Ross

Elvina Hein Ross, 84, of Billings, died March 19, 2014, of a stroke.

She had been the wife of Delmar Ross for 66 years. She was the mother of Kathy Knudson, Debbie Willis, Thomas Ross and Gail Sweatt.

Arrangements were by Cremation & Funeral Gallery.

Last Updated on Thursday, 27 March 2014 13:01

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Mary Ann Boles

Mary Ann Boles, 76, of Billings, who published the Montana Oil Journal with her husband for 16 years, died March 15, 2014, following several weeks of cancer treatment.

She was born Jan. 22, 1938, in Fort Worth, the daughter of Jake and Buelah (Morgan) Fowler. She was educated in the Fort Worth Public School system and attended North Texas State College. In 1958 she married Harland ‘Roy” Boles.

The couple lived in Denver for two years before moving to Billings in 1962. She worked in the offices of several oil-related businesses and at Gambles.

In 1975 Mr. and Mrs. Boles purchased the Montana Oil Journal, a weekly oil and gas industry publication that covered oil and gas activity in Montana and the Williston Basin. Mrs. Boles was the office manager and typesetter, and performed administrative work for the business, while Mr. Boles gathered information and wrote the Journal. Readership grew to nearly 9,000 subscribers in the ’70s and ’80s, and the Journal won several state and regional awards. In 1991, they sold the Journal to a Denver firm.

Mrs. Boles received awards for more than 1,500 hours of volunteer work at St. Vincent Hospital and Health Care Center. She was a former member and officer of GeoWives, an auxiliary to the Montana Geological Society. 

Survivors include her husband; a daughter, Tracey Eastwood of Shepherd; a son, Steven Boles of Denver; and two grandsons.

At her request, no services were held. Arrangements were by Cremation & Funeral Gallery.

Memorials may be made to the Montana Rescue Mission or The American Cancer Society.

Last Updated on Thursday, 20 March 2014 18:16

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