The Billings Outpost

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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Wilbur Glen Eggebrecht

Wilbur Glen Eggebrecht, 91, of Billings, a rancher who with his brothers-in-law was the first to introduce and breed Charolais cattle in Montana, died Thursday, March 13, 2014, at the Langemo Cottage at St. John’s Lutheran Home in Billings.

He was born Feb. 4, 1923, on the family homestead near Vida. He attended Wolf Creek school and graduated from high school at Wolf Point where he played football.

He rode saddle broncs and bulls in rodeos in Saskatchewan and Montana until he injured his shoulder. He married Kathleen Steffen in 1946, and they began to ranch in Vida.

Mr. Eggebrecht belonged to the Montana Stockgrowers, Elks Lodge, Soil Conservation, the Pro-Canadian Rodeo Association and the cowboy Turtle Association, which later became the Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association.

When he was 65 years old, he and his grandson Mick rode horseback from his ranch in Vida to his daughter’s ranch in the Bear Paws near Chinook.

In 2003 Mr. and Mrs. Eggebrecht retired to Billings.

Survivors include his wife; three children, Helen Gullickson of Halliday, N.D., Steve Eggebrecht of Vida and Thomas Eggebrecht of Corvallis; nine grandchildren; 11 great-grandchildren; and four great-great-grandchildren.

Services were March 18 at Vida Catholic Church. Interment was in the Vida Catholic Cemetery. Smith Funeral Chapels of Billings was in charge of arrangements.

Last Updated on Thursday, 20 March 2014 18:15

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Alice Elam Vandersnick

Alice G. Vandersnick, 97, who ended her working career at Outdoor Supply, died at Beartooth Community Healthcare in Columbus on March 17, 2014.

She was born to John and Bertha Elam in Gallatin Gateway on March 15, 1917, one of a family of five girls who have all lived into their 90s. She graduated from Absarokee High School.

She worked while raising three girls and one boy, working a day shift at the Von Ragsdale Store, and evening shifts waitressing at the Hamburger Hut and the Green Derby.

She was a member of the Absarokee Sewing Circle, as well as other civic and church clubs. She was a lifelong member of St. Michael’s Catholic Church.

She married Clarence J. Vandersnick in 1940. He died in 1997.

Survivors include a sister, Doris Atkins of Columbus; daughters, Jody Guptill of Hardin and Theresa Burkhart of Fishtail; six grandchildren; and numerous great-grandchildren.

Services will be at 11 a.m. Friday, March 21, at St. Michael’s Parish in Absarokee with burial following in Rosebud Cemetery, Absarokee. Arrangements are by Smith Cashmore Funeral Home.

Last Updated on Thursday, 20 March 2014 18:14

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Oliver B. Dickey

Oliver “O.B.” Dickey, 86, who started Billings Washer and Heating, died March 15, 2014, in his home.

He was born to Roberta Busha and John Dickey on March 30, 1927, in Hanna, Okla. After moving to Montana, his family operated the ski lift and concession that is now Discovery ski area in Anaconda.

He enlisted in the Navy during World War II and worked on submarines in Pearl Harbor. After returning to Montana, he married Elizabeth “Betty” Feininger on May 2, 1947.

He worked more than 20 years for Montana-Dakota Utilities before dedicating his time to his own business, Billings Washer and Heating.  Upon retirement, he mastered the craft of making knives and making shot to reload his shotgun shells.

Mr. Dickey was a longtime member of the Billings Trap Club, Huntley Trap Club and Billings Rod and Gun Club. He and was also a member of Elks Club, Legion Club and was a Shriner.

Survivors include children, Cheryl Struthers of Boise, Idaho, and Mary Michelle Dickey of Vacaville, Calif.; a brother, K.E. “Tiny” Dickey of Auburn, Calif.; seven grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren.

Vigil Services were Wednesday, March 19, at Dahl Chapel. Services will be at 10 a.m. March 20 at St. Thomas the Apostle Church. Interment will be in Mountview Cemetery with luncheon to follow at the church.

Memorials may be sent to Rocky Mountain Hospice.

Last Updated on Thursday, 20 March 2014 18:14

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