Elizabeth "Betty" C. Hjelvik Taylor, 85, who was retired from the Alaska Department of Transportation, died May 13, 2014.
She was born Feb. 14, 1929, in Forsyth, the second child of Iver Math Hjelvik and Adela Schroeder Hjelvik. She graduated from high school in Sumatra, where she played basketball.
On Oct. 4, 1947, she married Max Belzer, and they had three children. They later divorced, and she married Eugene ?Gene? Taylor on June 30, 1978. He had three children.
She taught sewing in 4-H, painted, crocheted, knitted and sewed for her friends and family. She and Mr. Taylor had lived in Ketchikan, Alaska, for many years. She had received care from Edgewood Vista, Yellowstone River of Care and Rocky Mountain Hospice.
Survivors include a daughter, Betty Jo Wellman of Billings; two grandchildren; three great-grandchildren; and siblings, Elva Christiansen of Billings, Jean Lang of Musselshell, Joan McCaffree of Melstone, Bud Hjelvik of Melstone, John Hjelvik of Nye, Dorothy Smith of Des Moines, Iowa, and Mary Sherman of Choteau.
Services will be at the Community Bible Church of Musselshell at 11 a.m. Monday, May 19. Interment in Musselshell Cemetery will follow the service. Arrangements are by Cremation & Funeral Gallery.
Donations may be made to the Friends of Musselshell School.
Last Updated on Thursday, 15 May 2014 09:25
Michael J. St. Dennis, 46, who had worked in construction and roofing and on the Montana smoke jumping crew, died May 3, 2014, at Advanced Care Hospital.
He was born on July 27, 1967, in Helena, the son of Yvonne St. Dennis. He attended McKinley, Lincoln Junior High and Senior High schools and then joined the Job Corps in Darby. He resided in California and Missoula before returning to Billings. He was employed in construction and roofing jobs, worked for the sugar beet factory, Montana smoke jumping crew and was an in-home care nurse for a friend.
Survivors include his mother; daughters, Brekelle and Mariah; a son, Michael; a granddaughter; and a brother, Roy.
Services were May 10 at the Billings Praise Center, 516 S. 37th St. Graveside services were planned for Missoula. Arrangements were by Cremation & Funeral Gallery.
Last Updated on Thursday, 15 May 2014 09:24
Marjorie Lyon Loos died May 9, 2014, 93 years to the day after her birth in Pittsburgh, Pa., in 1921.
Her husband of 62 years, the Rev. Joseph E. Loos, died in 2007. She and her husband had served a number of Montana community churches. She also had been an artist, greeting card designer, seamstress, knitter, school bus driver, small-plane pilot, horseback rider, soprano singer and French teacher.
She was a graduate in costume design from Moore Institute in Philadelphia and a graduate of Lower Marion High School in Pennsylvania.
Survivors include three sons, David of Billings, Joe of Missoula and Richard of Ely, England; seven grandchildren; and seven great-grandchildren.
A celebration of her life will be held in late August. The family can be contacted at 49 W. Meadow Drive, Billings, MT 59102. Arrangements are by Cremation & Funeral Gallery.
Last Updated on Thursday, 15 May 2014 09:23
Services will be Thursday, May 15, 2014, for Donald E. “Papa Don” Baxter, 62, who worked many years in the grocery industry.
He was born Feb. 20, 1952, in Billings to Phillip and Musa (Francisco) Baxter. His childhood was spent in Roundup and Harlowton, and he graduated from Harlowton High School in 1970.
He took a medical retirement in 2004 from Ryans-Super Valu. He had regular rehabilitation and made weekly visits with Special Transportation buses to the Billings Public Library.
He had received care from Billings Clinic.
Survivors include his wife, Mary Ann; a daughter, Joslyn Falcon; two grandchildren; his mother, Peggy; and the Aaby family.
Services will be at 2 p.m. Thursday at Cremation & Funeral Gallery.
Memorials may be made to the Adult Resource Alliance or the Billings Public Library.
Last Updated on Thursday, 15 May 2014 09:23
Services were held May 3, 2014, for Alden Michael French, 73, who taught automotive technology for 23 years here.
He was born Jan. 23, 1941, to Alvida and Gertude (Nordgren) French in Scobey. He attended high school at the Assumption Abbey in Richardton, N.D., and graduated in 1959 from Billings Central Catholic High School. He worked on a Montana highway road crew before entering the Air Force from 1961 to 1965.
In 1966 he married Levon Ahtone in Wolf Point. She died in October 2011. To this union were born Michael Stephen in 1966, who died in 2013, and Stephanie Jane in 1974, who died in 1988.
He received a college degree from what is now Montana State University-Northern in Havre. He taught in the Billings High School District and at Billings Vo-Tech for 23 years, retiring in 1994. He also surveyed for the state highway road crew, did some ranching, custom combining and commercial painting.
Survivors include two grandchildren, Steven of Billings and Paris of Dickinson, N.D., and nine siblings.
Memorial Mass was held May 3 at St. Bernard’s Catholic Church. Arrangements were by Cremation & Funeral Gallery.
Last Updated on Thursday, 08 May 2014 11:14
Maynard Huschka, 70, of Billings, a part owner of HCL equipment, died Thursday, May 1, 2014, of cancer.
He was born Nov. 16, 1943, in Dickinson, N.D., one of five children of Nick and Cecelia Huschka. He graduated from South Heart High School in 1962.
On Oct. 4, 1969, he married Rosemary Wanner.
He worked at HCL equipment for more than 35 years and was a part owner.
Survivors include his wife; sons, Todd Huschka and Leon Huschka; a daughter, Nicole Huschka; three brothers, Marvin, Melvin and Michael Huschka; and four grandchildren.
Visitation will be held at Cremation & Funeral Gallery from 3-7 p.m. Thursday, May 8, and services will be at 11 a.m. May 9 at Cremation & Funeral Gallery. A reception will follow at the Knights of Columbus where lunch will be served.
Last Updated on Thursday, 08 May 2014 11:13
Marjorie Ann (Kenck) Engleking, 90, who had been a teacher in Billings, died May 1, 2014, in Vancouver, Wash.
She was born Sept. 14, 1923, in Butte to Hugo and Maude Kenck, and grew up in Los Angeles. She married Don Engleking on Jan. 2, 1943, and they made their home in Butte, where she worked as a legal secretary.
After raising two children, they moved to Billings, where she earned a bachelor’s degree in education from Eastern Montana College in 1970. She was a special education teacher, retiring in 1985 from Rose Park Elementary School.
She was an active member of the St Patrick’s parish in Billings, volunteering there, at ZooMontana and in other organizations.
Survivors include a son, Jon Engleking of Vancouver; a daughter, Jan Ames of Heyburn, Idaho; six grandchildren; seven great-grandchildren; and a brother, Jack Kenck of Vancouver.
A memorial Mass and graveside service will be held in Billings. Arrangements are in the care of Dahl Funeral Chapel.
Donations may be made to the Billings Humane Society.
Last Updated on Thursday, 08 May 2014 11:12
Dee A. Roe, 69, who was a staple in the Montana bar scene in the 1970s and ’80s, died April 24, 2014.
She was born Delores Ann Sonsteng on Nov. 28, 1944, in Glasgow to the late Milo Sonteng and Ailie Kauppenin English. She had three siblings, Marvin, Melvin and Levonne. She spent a good amount of her youth on the Sonsteng farm in Luster.
The family moved to Helena in 1961, and she graduated from Helena High School in 1964. She purchased the local Greyhound bus depot in Helena in 1970.
She married Jim Roe in 1975, and they owned the Mint Bar in Townsend. In 1985 she moved to Billings and acquired another bar, Archers on Grand Avenue, in 1986.
At age 50 she went to college to get a bachelor’s degree in psychology.
Survivors include a son, Michael; and two grandchildren.
Services will be at 2:30 p.m. May 10 at Cremation and Funeral Gallery, 29 Eighth St. W. in Billings. A celebration of life will follow at the Shrine Auditorium on Broadwater Avenue from 4-8 p.m., with food and drink supplied.
Donations may be sent to Cremation and Funeral galleries, 29 Eighth St. W., Billings, MT 59101.
Last Updated on Thursday, 08 May 2014 11:11
Donald “Don” Eugene Buska, 86, died April 29, 2014, at home, hours after returning from the Big Sky Honor Flight to see the World War II Memorial in Washington, D.C.
He and his wife, Mary Louise (Moore) Buska, had lived in Billings for 30 years, having formerly lived in Laurel and South St. Paul, Minn.
Mr. Buska was born Sept. 28, 1927, in South St. Paul to Vernon Avitus and Eltha Eleanor (Gill) Buska. He married on Nov. 29, 1947, at St. Augustine Church in South St. Paul.
Mr. Buska graduated from South St. Paul High School in June 1945 and was drafted into the Navy in December 1945. He served as seaman first class on a destroyer escort, the USS William Seiverling, and was honorably discharged in August 1946.
He was employed by Cenex in South St. Paul and Laurel for 46 years, retiring in 1991. He was scout leader of Troop 411 in Laurel; district chairman of the Many Waters District of Boy Scouts of America; and was at St. Anthony Catholic Church in Laurel.
He led Troop 411 on Absarokee Mountain Man Pack Trips and on three Charles E. Sommers Canoe Base Trips, and he attended two National Boy Scouts of America Jamborees as a leader. He was honored with the Scouting Silver Beaver Award and Catholic Scouters Bronze Pelican Award.
He was a member of the Yellowstone Woodturners of Billings and exhibited his work at MontanaFair.
Survivors include children, James S. Buska, William A. Buska, Thomas J. Buska, Jeffrey G. Buska, Donna E. Schmidt and Diane A. Connors; 14 grandchildren; and seven great-grandchildren.
The Rev. Steve Zabrocki will officiate at a private family gravesite ceremony. Interment will be in Yellowstone County Veterans Cemetery in Laurel. A social gathering in celebration of his life was held May 5 at St. Anthony Church Parish Hall in Laurel. Arrangements were in the care of Dahl Funeral Chapel.
Memorials may be sent to the Rocky Mountain Hospice or the Boy Scouts of America.
Last Updated on Thursday, 08 May 2014 11:11
Faye (Julia Faye) Smith Sexton, 99, of Billings, died May 1, 2014. She had been a longtime resident at Eagle Cliff Manor.
She was born Aug. 14, 1914, at Beehive, the daughter of Sherman and Josie (Hawks) Smith. She attended school in Absarokee, graduating from Absarokee High School in 1933.
She married William P. “Bill” Sexton on Nov. 15, 1936, in Greybull, Wyo. They lived in the Billings area most of their lives. Mr. Sexton died Sept. 2, 2010.
Mrs. Sexton worked for many years at the JC Penney store on North Broadway. She was a skilled seamstress and worked in a number of crafts.
Survivors include a son, Ronald Sexton of Billings; a daughter, Bonnie Lundin of Yuma, Ariz.; six grandchildren; and 10 great-grandchildren.
Services will be at 10 a.m. Thursday, May 8, at Eagle Cliff Manor, 1415 Yellowstone River Road. Private interment will be at Sunset Memorial Gardens. Arrangements are by Cremation & Funeral Gallery.
Memorials may be sent to Rocky Mountain Hospice.
Last Updated on Thursday, 08 May 2014 11:09