Mark “Hoppy” Hamilton, 47, who had a passion for hunting and fishing, died March 4, 2014.
He was born Jan. 12, 1967, to Samuel and Betty Hamilton in Honolulu, Hawaii, while his family was stationed there, and relocated to Billings shortly after birth. In 1985 he graduated from Billings West High School and moved to Phoenix, Ariz.
He married Linda McMahon on July 3, 1989. They lived in Iowa for a short time before moving back to Billings.
Survivors include his wife (separated); two children, Brittany and Michael Hamilton; siblings, Gary Hamilton, Phinwe Hamilton and Elizabeth Davis; and his companion, Amanda Baxter.
Mr. Hamilton was active in local pool and dart leagues.
Services will be at 10:30 a.m. Saturday, March 15, at Cremation and Funeral Gallery, 29 Eighth St. W.
Last Updated on Thursday, 13 March 2014 21:46
Cynthia Robson died in her home on March 4, 2014, concluding a battle with cancer.
She was born to Cecil and Margaret Robson in 1945.
Survivors include her parents; children, Scott and Angela; sisters, Constance Levine and Deborah Slemmer; and three grandchildren.
Services were March 12 at Cremation & Funeral Gallery. Arrangements were by Cremation & Funeral Gallery.
Last Updated on Thursday, 13 March 2014 21:45
Maria Ascencion Jones Leal, 75, who enjoyed gardening and crocheting, died during the early morning hours of Feb. 27, 2014.
She was born to the late Miguel and Maria Leal on May 26, 1938, in Tizapan El Alto, Jalisco, Mexico.
She grew up on a farm in Mexico surrounded by 10 siblings. As a young woman she met Walter D. Jones and wed him in July 1970.
After marriage they moved to California with her two children, Margarita and George Leal. She then had two more children, Darlena Jones (Brown) and Justin Jones. In 1979, they moved to Billings.
Survivors include children, Darlena Jones (Brown), Justin Jones, George Leal and Margarita Cardenas Leal; 12 grandchildren; and siblings, Miguel, Jesus, Luis, Manuel and Jose Leal, Elvira Elizondo, Theresa Haro Leal, Luz Leal, Rosa Ortiz and Helena Leal.
Services were March 5 at Dahl Funeral Chapel in Billings followed by burial in Mountview Cemetery.
Last Updated on Thursday, 06 March 2014 11:32
John “Jack” R. Duffy (Jack), 86, a longtime plumber in Butte, died Feb. 27, 2014.
He was born July 26, 1927, in Butte and married Barbara A. Zimmerman on Aug. 28, 1949.
Mr. Duffy worked for 30 years at Reardon Plumbing and Murphy Plumbing in Butte. He also served as president of Plumber’s Union Local 41.
He obtained credentials to teach in an apprentice program at Cleveland School and also taught the Plumbers Apprentice Program in Butte. Later he worked at Silver Bow Homes Housing Project for 15 years until he retired in 1990.
In March 1977, Mr. Duffy was baptized as one of Jehovah’s Witnesses.
In 1997 Mr. and Mrs. Duffy moved from Butte to Sierra Vista, Ariz. They moved to Billings to be close to family in 2011.
They have seven children: Robert Duffy, David Duffy, Jack Duffy, Dan Duffy, Colleen Kelly, Mark Duffy and Kathy Clifford. Survivors also include 20 grandchildren; 13 great-grandchildren; a sister, Dolores Graham; and brothers, Fritz Duffy and Donny Duffy.
Services will be at 2 p.m. Saturday, March 15, at the Kingdom Hall of Jehovah’s Witnesses, 201 Wicks Lane in Billings. Arrangements are by Cremation & Funeral Gallery.
Last Updated on Thursday, 06 March 2014 11:31
Doris Borntrager Kauffman, 99, who loved going to church and reading the Bible, died Wednesday, Feb. 26, 2014.
She was born in Bloomfield on Nov. 14, 1914, to Ezra and Lydia Glick Borntrager. Both the Borntrager and Kauffman families moved to Lebanon, Ore., in 1926. She married Richard “Dick” Kauffman on Sept. 17, 1938, and they made their home in Lebanon.
She had received care at St. John’s Lutheran Home.
Survivors include children, Marilyn Kauffman of Lexington, S.C., Maxine Fried of Billings and Richard Kauffman of Prineville, Ore.; 10 grandchildren; and 11 great-grandchildren.
Services were pending. Arrangements are by Cremation & Funeral Gallery.
Last Updated on Thursday, 06 March 2014 11:30
Ted Harold Winchell, 43, of Billings, who had worked 17 years in the bike shop at Scheels, died at St. Vincent HealthCare on Tuesday, Feb. 25, 2014.
The son of Ruth Brisbo, he was born in Havre on Jan. 31, 1971. He moved to Billings to attend the College of Technology in automotive technology training. He worked in the bike shop at Scheels from 1996 to 2013.
Survivors include his mother, Ruth Brisbo; his wife of 20 years, Danni; a daughter, Adrian; a son, Michael; brothers, Doug, Roger, Douglas, Edward, Theodore and Adam; and sisters, Linda, Judy, Susan, Sula, Suane, Shannon, Arleda, Wilma and Thelma.
Visitation was Feb. 28 to March 2. A wake was held March 3, and services were March 4 at Dahl Funeral Chapel. His ashes will be laid to rest in a private family ceremony.
Last Updated on Thursday, 06 March 2014 11:30
Andrew John Wagenman, 37, died Feb. 26, 2014.
He was born Aug. 26, 1976, to Nancy and Ike Wagenman. He attended West High School.
Survivors include his mother; a brother, Joe Wagenman; and two sisters, Kristina Dailey and Shari Groscop.
Services were March 4 at Cremation & Funeral Gallery.
Last Updated on Thursday, 06 March 2014 11:29
Floyd Wilbert Podoll, 84, who was retired from the Montana Board of Oil and Gas Conservation, died Saturday, Feb. 22, 2014.
He was born Oct. 21, 1929, to Arthur and Lena Podoll in Judd, N.D. On March 25, 1950, he married Dorothy Mae Shumock in Red Lodge.
During his engineering career he was employed by Schlumberger Petroleum for 22 years. He had worked 12 years with the Board of Oil & Gas Conservation.
In golf, he had scored two holes in one in his lifetime.
Survivors include children, Pam Segale of Meridian, Idaho, Rod Podoll of Cut Bank, Brenda Wipplinger of Polson and Audrey Hartford of Rock Springs, Wyo.; siblings, Arlene Ewalt of Casper, Wyo., Verna McCaffry of Gravette, Ark., Delbert Fetzer of Powell, Wyo., and Sharon Christenson of Powell, Wyo.; eight grandchildren; and seven great-grandchildren.
Visitation was Feb. 26 at Cremation & Funeral Gallery. Services will be at 11 a.m. Thursday, Feb. 27, at Trinity Lutheran Church. Interment will follow in Sunset Memorial Gardens.
Memorials can be made to Trinity Lutheran Church or Trinity Lutheran School.
Last Updated on Thursday, 27 February 2014 18:57
Tonoalea Lahneen Willey, 48, who loved quilting, gardening and watching birds feed, died Feb. 24, 2014.
She was the daughter of Lawrence Carl Willey and Christina Sue Willey and had three siblings. She was born June 10, 1965, in Clearwater, Fla., and graduated from Rainier High School in Rainer, Wash.
Survivors include her husband, Ralph Herring; brothers, Nick Hill and James Willey; a sister, Robin Kercher of Wichita, Kan.; sons, Lawrence Willey and Phillip Willey of Broadview; and daughters, Hidi Bassett and Sonya Wambeke of Lovell, Wyo.
Services will be held in Broadview on March 1. Arrangements are by Cremation & Funeral Gallery.
Last Updated on Thursday, 27 February 2014 18:56
Robert Alan Hayes, 62, a petroleum landman, died Friday, Feb. 14, 2014.
He was born in Kittanning, Pa., on Oct. 29, 1951, to Virginia K. Flenner Hayes and Dr. Sidney J. Hayes Jr. The family moved to Billings in 1959 and he attended Poly Drive School, Lewis and Clark Junior High and West High School, graduating in 1970. He was Montana’s all-around gymnastics champion in 1970.
He attended the University of Arizona on a gymnastics scholarship, transferred to Rocky Mountain College and graduated from the University of Montana with a degree in business administration.
On June 12, 1981, he married Vicki Lynne Eastlick. They moved to Havre in 2005.
In the early 1980s, he began a career as a petroleum landman. He was a certified professional landman and belonged to the Montana Association of Professional Landmen and the American Association of Professional Landmen. He worked most recently for Northwestern Energy in Havre.
He was an expert carpenter and had worked on the sets for the movie “Missouri Breaks.”
In his younger years, he belonged to the White Stag Ski Club and the Red Lodge Racers. He served as a Special Olympics snowshoe coach and volunteer for many years. To raise funds for the athletes and their programs, he plunged into icy water at the Sub Zero Super Hero Polar Plunge in Havre. One year he dressed as Elmer Fudd and won the Top Costume Award.
Survivors include his wife; sons, Joseph Hayes and Grant Hayes; brothers, Sidney Hayes, Raymond Hayes, Thomas Hayes, Gary Hayes and Michael Hayes; and stepbrothers, Lee Rusch and Gary Rusch.
Services were Feb. 26 at Faith Chapel. Arrangements were by Cremation & Funeral Gallery.
Donations may be made to Special Olympics Havre, P.O. Box 7791, Havre, MT 59501.
Last Updated on Thursday, 27 February 2014 18:55