James A. Whitney, 87, a longtime Laurel resident who later lived in Hysham, died March 30, 2013.
He was born May 28, 1925, in Billings, the second child of Carl and Helen Whitney. His grandparents homesteaded south of Sumatra, and he spent his early years on the family’s dryland farm. He started school in Sumatra, but the family later moved, and he graduated from Joliet High School before joining the Army and serving in World War II. He was an advance scout for C Company of the 75th Infantry Division in France and Germany.
At war’s end he returned to Laurel, where he married Barbee Anderson on Jan. 12, 1949. He worked at the Cenex Refinery for the next 30 years.
After he retired, and with the kids grown or off to college, Mr. and Mrs. Whitney moved to their farm near Hysham. He and his father raised beef cattle and farmed for many years. In 2005, with fading health, he and his wife moved to Billings, residing in Westpark Village for their final years. Mrs. Whitney died in 2007.
Survivors include a brother, Dennis Whitney; four children, June Luptak, Gary Whitney, Joyce Fiechtner and Rich Whitney; 10 grandchildren; and two great grandchildren.
A service celebrating his life will be held at 11 a.m. Friday, April 5, at Central Christian Church, 1221 16th St. W. Interment will be in Laurel at 1:30 p.m. at the Yellowstone County Veterans Cemetery with full military honors. Michelotti-Sawyers Mortuary had charge of arrangements.
Memorials may be made to the Special K Ranch or the Big Sky Honor Flight.
Last Updated on Thursday, 04 April 2013 16:58
Clinton F. Kreiman, 83, of Billings, a retired flight service specialist at Logan Field, died Tuesday, April 2, 2013.
He was born in Adams County, N.D., on Oct. 13, 1929, the middle son of Alvin Kreiman and Vesta McKnight. He spent his childhood in Helena, where he married Joanne Peck on June 24, 1950. He was drafted into the Army on Jan. 25 of the next year.
When he returned to Helena, he worked for 13 years as a stereotyper for the Helena Independent-Record. He and his wife raised three children, Carolyn Gransberg of Billings, Edward Kreiman of Havre and Fred Kreiman of Chapman, Kan.
The family moved to Billings in 1966, where Mr. Kreiman began his second career as a flight service specialist for the Federal Aviation Administration. He retired in 1991.
He was an amateur golfer and was a talented builder, welder and spray painter.
At his request, no services were planned. Arrangements were by Cremation & Funeral Gallery.
Last Updated on Thursday, 04 April 2013 16:57
George B. Kennedy, 77, of Billings, died at St. Vincent Healthcare on Friday, March 29, 2013, from a stroke.
He was born to George and Annie Kennedy on Sept. 10, 1935, in San Diego, Calif.
Survivors include his wife, Sybil; a brother, Gerald Kennedy; a son, Michael Kennedy; a daughter, Kristine Hara; stepdaughters, Sharon and Sandra House; stepsons, Steven and John House; eight grandchildren; and five great-grandchildren.
Services were at Harvest Church Lockwood Campus on April 3. Arrangements were by Cremation & Funeral Gallery.
Last Updated on Thursday, 04 April 2013 16:56
Shirley Marie Southworth, 71, of Bridger, died Wednesday, March 27, 2013, at Billings Clinic.
She was born Sept. 11, 1941, in Billings, the daughter of Louie and Louise (DeRudder) Peters.
On May 25, 1951, she married William “Bill” Ralph Southworth in Williams, Ariz. She worked as a nurse’s aide and in radiology at Williams Hospital. She also worked in a flower shop and for the Forest Service in the summer.
Mrs. Southworth enjoyed decorating, painting and making floral arrangements.
Survivors include daughters, Rochelle Loyning of Roberts and Maureen Hawthorn of Prescott, Ariz.; six grandchildren; and eight great-grandchildren.
Services were April 1 at Joliet First Baptist Church. Arrangements were in the care of Dahl Funeral Chapel.
Last Updated on Thursday, 04 April 2013 16:55
Liobardo Martinez Sr., 89, of Billings, who worked 43 years for the Burlington Northern Railroad, died Tuesday, March 26, 2013.
He was born Jan. 26, 1924, in Los Angeles, Calif., to Primitivo Antonio Martinez and Maria Campos Martinez.
In 1950, he married Andrea Ponce in Billings. When he worked for Burlington Northern Railroad, he was awarded the 30-year award for safety.
Survivors include his wife, Andrea; children, Liobardo Martinez Jr., Sophia Martinez and David Martinez; nine grandchildren; 18 great-grandchildren; and a brother, Juan Martinez.
Visitation was April 1, with funeral services on April 2, both at Cremation & Funeral Gallery. Interment followed in Holy Cross Cemetery with a reception afterwards at El Corral.
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Galen King, 70, of Billings, a real estate broker for more than 30 years, died Tuesday, March 26, 2013, at his home.
Born in Billings on June 16, 1942, he was one of two children of Roland and Helen King. He grew up in Billings, graduating from Billings Senior High School in 1961. He entered the Marine Corps in 1962 and served as a lineman until his honorable discharge in 1964. He worked as a draftsman in Alaska before returning to Billings, where he was a real estate broker. After retiring, he worked as the website manager for Denny Menholt Chevrolet.
In 1997, he married Pat Malvey Rookhuizen.
Survivors include his wife; a sister, Linda Menholt; stepchildren, Annie Slunaker and Joe Rookhuizen; five grandchildren; and children from previous marriages, Wendy, Matthew, Carrie and Warren.
The family greeted friends on March 29 at Michelotti-Sawyers Mortuary. Services were March 30 at King of Glory Lutheran Church, with interment in Sunset Memorial Gardens.
Memorials may be made to the American Cancer Society.
Last Updated on Thursday, 04 April 2013 16:54
Lorenz Christian Heyd, 85, of Worden, a farmer and rancher, died March 29, 2013, at Horizon Hospice Home in Billings.
He was born Jan. 29, 1928, in Long Lake, S.D., the son of Christian and Christine (Sandmeier) Heyd. He grew up in Ismay, graduating from Ismay High School in 1948. He married Viola Adolph on Sept. 10, 1966, in Billings.
He spent his life farming and ranching, working his black Angus cows and going to cattle auctions. He was a charter member of Our Redeemer Evangelical Lutheran Church in Worden.
Survivors include a son, Jeff Heyd; two grandchildren; brothers, Leo Heyd and Marvin Heyd; and sisters, Ella Hyde and Lorraine Fowler.
Services were April 3 at Our Redeemer Evangelical Lutheran Church in Worden. Interment was in Huntley Cemetery, followed by a luncheon at the church. Arrangements were in the care of Dahl Funeral Chapel.
Memorials may be made to Our Redeemer Church, Box 116, Worden, MT 59088.
Last Updated on Thursday, 04 April 2013 16:53
Timothy Harrison McGrew, 69, a retired project superintendent for MidState Construction, died Thursday, March 21, 2013, in Billings.
He was born April 29, 1943, in Oakland, Calif., the son of Francis Harrison McGrew and Inez Marie McGrew. He graduated from Analy High School in Sebastopol, Calif., in 1962.
He had been a member of the Carpenters Union for more than 30 years and retired from MidState Construction in 1996.
Survivors include his wife, Joyce Marie McGrew (Sterns) of Billings; daughters, Cheri Albiani of Modesto, Calif., and Kimberly McGrew of Bozeman; stepdaughters, Diane Wilson and Debbie Price of Santa Rosa, Calif.; two grandchildren; and three stepgrandchildren.
Arrangements were by Cremation & Funeral Gallery.
Last Updated on Thursday, 28 March 2013 23:59
Don Knudsen, 85, of Billings, who built custom homes, managed investment properties and worked many years for Consolidated Freightways, died March 20, 2013, of stroke-related complications.
He was born in Hager City, Wis., on Nov. 22, 1927, one of seven children of John and Angie Knudsen. He married Donna Poncelet on April 17, 1949.
Mr. Knudsen served as a military policeman in the Army Air Corps during World War II and was honorably discharged on June 1, 1947. His older brother, Russell, gave his life for his country on Aug. 8, 1944, in France.
Mr. Knudsen brought his family to Billings in 1963, where he retired in 1987 from Consolidated Freightways after 47 years. Leading up to retirement, he built speculative and custom homes and managed and maintained personal investment properties.
He spent winters in Kona, Hawaii, and had earned a pilot’s license. He was an avid racquetball competitor for many years, medaling in several national Senior Olympics tournaments.
Survivors include his wife; a son, Dean; a daughter, Anita; five grandchildren; five great-grandchildren; a sister, Doris; and a brother, Roger.
Services were held March 26 at Michelotti-Sawyers Mortuary. Inurnment was in the Yellowstone County Veterans Cemetery in Laurel. A reception followed at St. Thomas Catholic Church.
Memorial contributions may be made in his name to the St. Thomas The Apostle Church, 2055 Woody Drive, Billings, MT 59102.
Last Updated on Thursday, 28 March 2013 23:58
Ludmilla Angelina Lillian Geiger Kneuper Palmersheim, 99, who had worked at Bob Porter’s Elmo Club and for the Credit Bureau of Billings, died March 18, 2013.
She was born March 4, 1914, in Odense, N.D., to John and Anna (Jochim) Geiger, the seventh of 10 children. At age 6 she moved with her family to Montana. She grew up in Bridger and graduated from Bridger High School in 1933.
She played basketball with the Bridger Scouts for four years and was captain of the team for two years. She was a member of the YMCA for 54 years and swam until she was 92.
She worked at Geiger Air Base in Spokane, Wash., during World War II, then married Erhard “Toddy” Kneuper on July 25, 1950, in St. Mary of the Mountains Catholic Church in Virginia City, Nev. They lived in Mr. Kneuper’s hometown of New Braunfels, Texas, until he was killed in a highway accident on Sept. 11, 1951. She then came back to Montana to be with her parents and family.
She was a waitress at Bob Porter’s Elmo Club and helped the Western Heritage Center with an exhibit about the Elmo Club. She worked for the Credit Bureau of Billings for 21 years.
On Oct. 8, 1966, she married Richard “Dick” Palmersheim at Holy Rosary Catholic Church in Billings. He died Oct. 5, 1993.
Mrs. Palmersheim was a member of St. Pius X Catholic Church, Mother Teresa Circle, Children of Joy and Gladness Prayer Group, Council of Catholic Women, a Bible study group, the Laurel Golf Club, the Red Hat Society and the Elmo Over the Hill Gang. She and Mr. Palmersheim were founding members of Mended Hearts in Billings.
She had seven godsons and one goddaughter. A nephew, Art Geiger, was like a son when “Aunt Lil” became a widow.
A vigil service was held March 24 at Dahl Funeral Chapel. Funeral Mass was March 25 at St. Pius X Catholic Church. Committal was in Holy Cross Cemetery.
Last Updated on Thursday, 28 March 2013 23:57