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Eugene ‘Bud’ Thomas Murphy

Eugene “Bud” Thomas Murphy, 94, who had been a longtime employee of Carter Oil, died Jan. 20, 2014.

He was born Nov. 27, 1919, the third of seven children born to Thomas and Catherine Murphy in Reliance, S.D. He left school at an early age to help with the family farm.

As a young man, he was instrumental in constructing much of the infrastructure in the Black Hills of South Dakota as a member of the Civilian Conservation Corps. This included Harney Peak, the tallest fire lookout in the Black Hills. He was captain of the CCC boxing team.

After leaving the CCC he worked for the State Highway Department. He married Maxine Ditzler on July 26, 1942.

In 1951 Mr. Murphy moved to Montana to work at Carter Oil (Exxon Mobil).  He worked there 27 years on the coker unit and control tower. He had received care from Highgate Senior Living and RiverStone Health Hospice.

Survivors include three siblings, Colleen Koch of Billings, Peggy Jensen of Thousand Oaks, Calif., and Babe Murphy of Chamberlain, S.D.; five sons, Jerry of Billings, Thomas of Livingston and James, Kenneth and Joseph, all of Billings; 17 grandchildren; and 24 great-grandchildren.

Services will be at 1 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 30, at St. Pius X Parish.

Donations may be made to COR enterprises in Billings.

Last Updated on Thursday, 30 January 2014 11:57

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John ‘Jack’ Brown

John Thomas Brown, 83, of Billings, who volunteered at the Peter Yegen Museum, died Jan. 17, 2014, from complications of pneumonia.

Born in Lewistown on July 1, 1930, he graduated from St. Leo’s Catholic High School and from the University of California, Los Angeles, with an art degree.

He worked in advertising in California.

Mr. Brown served in the Navy from 1951-1954. He retired to Billings 19 years ago with his wife.

Survivors include his wife of 55 years, Margaret “Peggy” Brown; and three children, Mark Brown, Michele James and Michael Brown, all of Billings.

Services will be at noon Friday, Jan. 24, at St. Patrick’s Co-Cathedral. Private family interment of ashes will take place later. Arrangements are in the care of Dahl Funeral Chapel.

Last Updated on Thursday, 23 January 2014 12:34

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Robert P. Maupin

Robert “Bob” Preston Maupin, 86, a retired letter carrier, died Tuesday, Jan. 14, 2014, in Billings.

He was born Aug. 8, 1927, to Robert Sr. and Mary (Dolan) Maupin in Grainton, Neb. He was the fourth of nine children and graduated from Grainton High School in 1945.

In January 1951, he was inducted into the Army and spent a year in Germany.

He was honorably discharged in January 1953.

The following month, he was called to Gering, Neb., to help on the Emery Tillotson farm.

He married Betty Jo Tillotson on May 3, 1953. They celebrated their 60th anniversary on May 3, 2013.

Mr. and Mrs. Maupin lived in the Gering area, and in December 1956 he began working for the U.S. Postal Service during the Christmas holidays. In January 1957, he became a full-time employee, working as a foot carrier on the same route until he retired in 1985.

He and his wife were avid gardeners. After moving to Billings, he worked for the Malcom Long family as their yard and garden maintenance man for many years. 

Survivors include his wife; daughters, Randy Kay Powell, Mary Loree Hinebauch and Robin Renee Maupin; eight grandchildren; 11 great-grandchildren; three sisters; and three brothers.

Visitation was Jan. 17 at Dahl Funeral Chapel. Services were Jan. 18 at Valley Christian Church, with burial in Sunset Memorial Gardens.

Last Updated on Thursday, 23 January 2014 12:33

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Velda Laverne Desmul

Velda Laverne (Christensen) Desmul, 95, who had nine children and was married for 63 years, died Tuesday, Jan. 14, 2014.

She was born in McIntosh, S.D., on Sept. 24, 1918, the daughter of Thorwald and Elsie “Alvina” (Pedersen) Christensen. Two years later, her father abandoned the family.

Following graduation from high school at 16, she and her mother moved to Omaha, Neb., where she attended business college on an academic scholarship. She married Leonard Desmul on Oct. 17, 1941, in Our Lady’s Chapel of St. Cecilia’s Catholic Cathedral in Omaha, Neb. He died April 30, 2004.

Mrs. Desmul was a member of St. Pius X Parish. She had received care from Rocky Mountain Hospice, especially Robin Rasmussen and Linda Gerondale.

Survivors include sons, David, Bill of Buckley, Wash., and Leonard “Bud” of Kalispell; daughters, Jennifer Jean Desmul of Spokane, Wash., Diane Hunter of Billings, Mary Randall of Belle Vernon, Pa., and Karen Miller of Four Corners, Wyo.; 20 grandchildren; and 15 great-grandchildren.

A mass of celebration of life was pending at St. Thomas Moore Church in Spokane, Wash. Interment will be in Holy Cross Cemetery in Billings. Arrangements are by Cremation & Funeral Gallery.

Memorials are suggested to Rocky Mountain Hospice or Rainbow House.

Last Updated on Thursday, 23 January 2014 12:32

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Ricardo Herrera Campos

Ricardo Herrera Campos, 67, of Billings, a welder and pipefitter, died Jan. 15, 2014, at his home in Billings.

He was born March 18, 1946, in Stockton, Calif., to Emilio and Amanda (Herrera) Campos. While he was still young, his family moved to Hysham, where he graduated from high school in 1965 before moving to Havre where he finished a year of college.

Following college, he enlisted in the Army, served in Vietnam and received an honorable discharge. He became a welder and pipefitter with the union.

Survivors include siblings, Amanda C. Workman and Emilio Campos Jr.; children, Yvette Griffith, Yvonne Perez and Austin Fallang; and five grandchildren.

Services were Jan. 21 at Our Lady of Guadalupe Church. Arrangements were by Cremation & Funeral Gallery.

Last Updated on Thursday, 23 January 2014 12:17

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Carol E. Larson

Carol E. Larson, 87, who worked as a nurse’s aide before becoming a homemaker, died Jan. 18, 2014.

She was born Oct. 3, 1926, in Portal, N.D., and lived most of her young years in Lignite, N.D. Her parents were Jacob and May (Hinn) Sayler.

She attended Northwest Bible College in Minot, N.D., and married Carl L. Larson on Nov. 23, 1947. They made their home in Ray, N.D., and moved to Billings in 1956.

Mrs. Larson worked as a nurse’s aide for St. Vincent Hospital and St. John’s Lutheran Home during the winter months while her children were in school and in later years was a homemaker.

She was always involved in her church. She led music, taught Sunday school and sang in a trio. 

Survivors include a daughter, Carletta Larson Neubauer; a son, Carl Larson; seven grandchildren; six great-grandchildren; two sisters, Phyllis Blom and Donna Love; and a stepfather, Roy Blom.

Services will be at 3 p.m. Friday, Jan. 24, at Dahl Funeral Chapel with a luncheon to follow.

Last Updated on Thursday, 23 January 2014 12:16

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Robert Alan McDowall

Robert Alan McDowall of Laurel was born early on the morning of Jan. 16, 2014, and died about half an hour later.

He was the son of Travis McDowall and Amy DeLong.

Survivors include his parents; a brother, Alexander; a sister, Hannah; grandfather, Paul DeLong of Poplar; and grandparents, Tom and Lisa McDowall of Laurel and Duane and Sharon Schwab of Mandan, N.D.

Services were Jan. 18 at Dahl Funeral Chapel.

Memorials may be sent to the Ramsey Keller Memorial, 4456 Laredo Place, Billings, MT 59106, (406) 670-8504,

Last Updated on Thursday, 23 January 2014 12:14

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Annette (Meyer) Pierce

Annette (Meyer) Pierce, 81, who had managed the Naturalizer Shoe Store in Billings, died Jan. 9, 2014, at Valley Health Care Center.

She was born Annette Rose Worthington on June 16, 1932, in Wheatland, Wyo., to Harry and Serena Maybelle Worthington. She grew up in Wyoming and married Aaron Meyer on July 17, 1950, in Athol, Kan. They lived on the Meyer family farm at Athol, Kan., and managed the farm after the death of his father in 1957.

She held office jobs in Kansas and was the manager of the Naturalizer Shoe Store in Billings for several years.

Survivors include a son, Jay Meyer of Musselshell; a daughter, Jan Cates of Billings; brothers, Newt Worthington of Laramie, Wyo., and Marshall Worthington of Buffalo, Wyo.; six grandchildren; and six great-grandchildren.

Graveside services were held Jan. 14 at Sunset Memorial Gardens. A reception followed at 4235 Murphy Ave. Arrangements were by Cremation & Funeral Gallery.

Memorials may be made to Valley Health Care Center, in care of Cremation and Funeral Gallery, 29 Eighth St. W., Billings, MT 59101.

Last Updated on Thursday, 16 January 2014 09:42

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Laura Hanna

Laura Louise Hanna, 85, who volunteered often and traveled extensively, died Jan. 6, 2014, in Billings.

She was born to Bert and Amy Gilliland of Phillipsburg, Kan., on April 7, 1928. After graduating from high school in Fountain, Colo., she married Earl K. Hanna.

The parsonage family lived in Erie, Platteville and Arvada, Colo.  Beginning at North Arvada Junior High in 1963, Mrs. Hanna touched innumerable lives as an office assistant and secretary, serving in similar capacities at Wheat Ridge Senior High and Everett Junior High schools before retiring in 1998.

During those years, she volunteered at St. Anthony Hospital, Ridge Home, Fletcher Miller School, Craig Hospital and as a deputy probation officer for the 1st Judicial District.

She had traveled through North America, Asia, Europe and Africa. Upon retirement, she moved to Billings to be near her daughter and her family.

Survivors include a brother, Kenneth Gilliland; a sister, Yvonne Gibson; a son, Mark; a daughter, Kim Schmitz; seven grandchildren; and a great-grandson.

Donations may be made to RiverStone Health Hospice Services, 123 S. 27th St., Billings, MT  59101-4200.

Last Updated on Thursday, 16 January 2014 09:41

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Geraldine ‘Gerry’ Bruski

Geraldine “Gerry” Joyce Bruski, 88, who had been employed at St. Vincent Healthcare, died Saturday, Jan. 11, 2014, after a brief illness.

She was born Nov. 15, 1925, the oldest of six children born to Arthur and Marie Clocksin. She was raised in Plevna, and in 1943 she graduated from Carter County High School in Ekalaka. She attended St. Paul Bible College in St. Paul, Minn., and married Sylvester “Ski” Bruski, her husband of 52 years, while teaching school in Plevna.

They lived in the Black Hills of South Dakota before settling in Billings in 1964. Mrs. Bruski was known for her cooking and baking, and she was also employed at St. Vincent Healthcare for 15 years.

Survivors include children, Dennis Bruski of Rapid City, S.D., Keith Bruski of Maiden and Lynette Cross of Billings; five grandchildren; nine great-grandchildren; sisters, Arlin Bartholomew of Summerfield, Fla., Evelyn O’Conner of Mitchell, S.D., and Marilyn Allbright of Lusk, Wyo.; and a brother, Ellis Clocksin of Rapid City, S.D.

Services will be at 10 a.m. Thursday, Jan. 16, at First Alliance Church in Billings. Arrangements are by Cremation & Funeral Gallery.

Memorials may be made to First Alliance Church.

Last Updated on Thursday, 16 January 2014 09:40

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