The Billings Outpost

Vernon F. Wanner

Vernon Wanner, 81, who had worked for several trucking companies, died July 13, 2014.

He was born to Barbara (Spranger) Wanner and Christian Wanner on March 30, 1933, in Steele, N.D. On July 14, 1980, he married Virginia Bitz in Coeur d’Alene, Idaho. Some years later they divorced.

Mr. Wanner started as a mechanic at a service station. Later he took to driving semi-truck, working for Highball Trucking, Getter Trucking and Consolidated Freightways.

Survivors include brothers, Arthur Wanner of Fort Worth, Texas, and Allen Wanner of Mandan, N.D.; a sister, Frieda Rath of Minneapolis, Minn.; and a friend, Ann Bauer of Billings.

Arrangements were by Cremation & Funeral Gallery.

Last Updated on Thursday, 24 July 2014 11:08

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Mardell E. Pfennig

Mardell “Dell” E. Pfennig, 70, of Billings, who had been a surgical nurse, died July 9, 2014, of cancer.

She was born in Mankato, Minn., on March 28, 1944, to George and Jeanne Ebert. She married Wayne Waldron and moved to Albert Lea, Minn. They had two children, Jeff and Jennifer.

After they divorced, she moved to Minneapolis and married Allen Pfennig. They had three children, Donna Mae, Jaydene and Jason. In addition, Mr. Pfennig adopted Jeff and Jennifer.

Mr. and Mrs. Pfennig moved to Billings and after 13 years of marriage were divorced. Mrs. Pfennig worked as a surgical nurse for 13 years and also on the orthopedic floor at St. Vincent Hospital until a neck injury left her disabled.

She was a member of Hope Lutheran Church and participated in Relay For Life as a breast cancer survivor.

Survivors include six siblings, four children, seven grandchildren and 10 great-grandchildren.

Services were July 14 at Hope Lutheran Church. Arrangements were in the care of Dahl Funeral Chapel

Memorials should be directed to Hope Lutheran Church, RiverStone Hospice, Relay for Life or the Ronald McDonald House.

Last Updated on Thursday, 17 July 2014 10:18

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Leona Blanche Giese

Leona Blanche Christiansen Giese, 82, of Billings, formerly of Hinsdale, died July 13, 2014.

She was born on Oct. 10, 1931, in Voltaire, N.D., to Andras Gustov and Jennie Bittner Christensen. In 1949, she married Reuben Giese. They had five children and were married for 65 years. She also took care of many foster children.

Survivors include her husband; a brother, Henry Christiansen; three sons, Alvin, Norman and Leon; two daughters, Shirley Baertlein and Sheila Hoerster; 11 grandchildren; and 12 great-grandchildren.

Services were July 15 at Cremation & Funeral Gallery. Burial was in Hinsdale.

Last Updated on Thursday, 17 July 2014 10:17

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Alan D. Higbee

Al Higbee, 61, of Bridger, who had owned Really Windy’s Bar & Supper Club, died July 10, 2014, at Billings Health & Rehabilitation Community.

He was born Aug. 9, 1952, in Great Falls and graduated from Great Falls High School in 1971. He worked as a carpenter for Birkenbuel Construction and then as warehouse manager for Pepsi.

He later became general manager of Taco Treat’s Amigo Lounge in Great Falls and was instrumental in getting Taco Treat’s brand of salsa distributed into grocery stores in Great Falls. In 1994 he became the owner of Really Windy’s Bar & Supper Club.

He later worked for oil and gas pipeline companies and continued to work in carpentry.

He had a 1969 Ford Mustang that he worked through his high school years to purchase.

Survivors include daughters, Joli and Kade, both of Billings; mother, Betty Higbee; a sister, Nancy Bennett; and a brother, Dennis Higbee.

Cremation and private family services have taken place.

Last Updated on Thursday, 17 July 2014 10:17

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Paul E. Lorenz

Paul E. Lorenz, 79, a longtime school psychologist, died July 13, 2014, in Billings after battling Alzheimer’s disease and congestive heart failure.

He was born Sept. 28, 1934, in St. Paul, Minn., the son of Albert and Alma Lorenz. He taught for three years in Whitewater, teaching 15 different subjects to high school students.

He then returned to school in Menomonie, Wis., and received a master’s degree in school psychology with a principal endorsement.

He was recruited into the Army in 1957 and was honorably discharged in 1959.

In 1968 the family moved to Billings, where Mr. Lorenz was the only school psychologist and served all the schools. He retired after 31 years of service.

He attended prayer breakfasts and was in on the start of Big Brothers Big Sisters. He sang in the choir when the Billy Graham organization was in Billings.

He also had converted a Malta school bus into a motor home and helped remodel his brother’s farm house.

He had had a quadruple bypass and two stents.

Survivors include his wife of 51 years, Joyce; a daughter, Paulette of Havre; two grandchildren; sisters, Alice Lorenz of Lauderdale, Minn., and Marge Rodrique of Mendota Heights, Minn.; and a brother, Dorian Valloff of Reeder, N.D.

Services will be at 10 a.m. Friday, July 18, at Dahl Funeral Chapel. Graveside services will be in Golden Valley Cemetery in Perkins County, S.D.

Last Updated on Thursday, 17 July 2014 10:15

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Gene Wehrman

Services will be July 18, 2014, for Eugene “Gene” Wehrman, 76, who had been senior aviator for Big Sky Airlines.

He was born to Helen Frances (Lamire) Wehrman and Paul Gerhardt Wehrman on Aug. 19, 1937, in Dickinson, N.D. He grew up in Sentinel Butte, N.D.

Mr. Wehrman served in the Army in Germany. On June 30, 1962, he married Mildred Alyce Hakert and they made their home in Billings on a small farm until retirement in 2012.

He had worked for Fruehauf Trailers and later completed flight training and began his aviation career, rising to chief flight instructor and later senior aviator for Big Sky Airlines until being diagnosed with diabetes, resulting in early retirement.

Mr. Wehrman then studied drafting at City College at Montana State University Billings and was a professional draftsman at MRL Equipment Co. After retiring, he spent time at the family-owned preschool, Toddle Town Children’s Academy.

Survivors include his wife; sons, Michael Wehrman of Billings, Rob Wehrman of Hudson, Wis., and Joseph Wehrman of Colorado Springs, Colo.; nine grandchildren; siblings, Teresa Burns of Portland, Ore., JoAnn Schillo of Bismarck, N.D., Gerhardt Wehrman of Creston, B.C., Canada, Raymond Wehrman of Bismarck, Virginia Bares of Bismarck and Dorothy Holt of Vancouver, B.C., Canada.

Viewing will be from 4-6 p.m. Thursday, July 17, at Cremation and Funeral Gallery. Services will be at 11 a.m. July 18, with lunch following at St. Bernard Catholic Church, 226 Wicks Lane. Arrangements are by Cremation & Funeral Gallery.

Last Updated on Thursday, 17 July 2014 10:01

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Lonnie Plain Bull Sr.

Lonnie Berk “Julio” “Sluggo” Plain Bull Sr., 41, died July 9, 2014, at Northern Montana Hospital in Havre.

A son of the late Gordon and Phyllis Plain Bull, he was born Feb. 16, 1973, in Billings. He was a member of the Crow Tribe, and his Indian name “Bishee Itchiish” (Good Buffalo) was given to him by John Truell of Fort Washakie, Wyo. He was a member of the Whistling Water Clan and a child of the Ties the Bundle.

Mr. Plain Bull grew up in the Pryor area and attended school at St. Charles Mission and Pryor Elementary School before graduating from Plenty Coups High School in 1992.

He briefly attended Rocky Mountain College on a scholarship playing basketball and football and also attended Stone Child College. He held several jobs as a laborer for the Crow Tribe, Pryor Clinic and Rocky Boy Schools.

Survivors include his wife of 20 years, Caryn; four children, Lonnie Jr., Wesley, Nathaniel and Rheannon Plain Bull, all of Box Elder; sisters, Lilly Jefferson, Julia Plain Bull, Julie Hugs, Tana Shane, Elizabeth Bird in Ground, Janet Sees the Ground, Renee Yellowtail, Ollie and Christy Costa, Rosalie Turnsplenty, Wendy Hunts Arrow, Norma Falls Down, Janice Little Light and Sandra Rock Above, all of Pryor; brothers, Lyman Turk Plain Bull of Pryor, Gordon “Gordy” Plain Bull Jr. of Colorado, Melville Stops, Dewayne Costa, Dominic Costa, Ray Stands, Joseph “JJ” Rock Above and Harry Rock Above, all of Pryor, and Michael Stewart Sr., Lance Rock Above and Blaine Fortner, all of Billings; adopted mother, Joanne Rock Above of Pryor; and grandfather, Larry Plain Bull Sr.

Services were July 12 at Plenty Coups High School. Burial followed in Pryor Cemetery. Arrangements were in the care of Dahl Funeral Chapel.

Last Updated on Thursday, 17 July 2014 10:00

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Mae Dempster

Mae Dempster, 89, of Laurel died July 3, 2014, after a short stay at St. Vincent Hospital in Billings.

She was born Aug. 23, 1924, in Radersburg to Jack and Minnie Robbins.  She married Lawrence Dempster in 1947.

In her younger days, she worked with her father and brother Jay in the hay fields and with livestock. Later she was a homemaker and enjoyed various crafts and working in her garden.

Survivors include Butch of Colstrip and Evelyn Krum of Laurel; three grandchildren; three step-grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren.

At her request, no services were held. Inurnment will be in Rosebud Cemetery in Absarokee. Arrangements are by Cremation & Funeral Gallery.

Last Updated on Thursday, 10 July 2014 09:42

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Marie Hanneman

Marie Hanneman, 78, who worked at Kon’s IGA and County Market, died July 3, 2014, in Billings.

She was born Feb. 27, 1936, to Andrew and Olive Aarseth on a farm outside of Nome, N.D.

When she was young, her family moved to Sheyenne Valley, N.D. She graduated from Nome High School.

On Aug. 10, 1957, she had twins. Her son did not survive.

She worked for Kon’s IGA in the meat department for years and later retired from County Market on March 1, 1998.

Survivors include a daughter, Angela Ehresman; sisters, Ila Johnson and Hazel Nelson; two grandchildren; and eight great-grandchildren.

Services were pending. Arrangements were by Cremation & Funeral Gallery.

Last Updated on Thursday, 10 July 2014 09:41

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Goldie Dahlstrom

Goldie Kirschenmann Dahlstrom, 76, who worked for the Yellowstone County Clerk of Courts, died July 3, 2014, from complications due to a brain tumor.

She was born on Dec. 24, 1937, in Hardin to Emil and Elvina Kirschenmann.  She graduated from Hardin High school in 1955.

On July 1, 1962, Goldie married Paul J. Dahlstrom. The couple moved around when their children were young. They settled in Washington for years until coming back to Montana in 1979.

She stayed at home with the children until both graduated, then worked at Yellowstone County Clerk of Courts in Billings from 1987 to 1992.

The couple moved back to Washington in 1992. Mrs. Dahlstrom worked for an attorney’s office for seven years until they moved back to Montana and she retired.

Survivors include her husband; two children, Greg Dahlstrom of Tooele, Utah, and Julie Fauth of Laurel; three sisters, Helen Uffelman, Darlene Greenfield and Dianna Ostwalt; three grandchildren; and six great grandchildren.

Arrangements were by Cremation & Funeral Gallery. Services were July 9 at Cremation & Funeral Gallery.

Memorials may be made to Montana Rescue Mission, 2804 Minnesota Ave., Billings, MT 59101

Last Updated on Thursday, 10 July 2014 09:40

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