The Billings Outpost

April Joy Romero

Services were held March 14, 2014, for April Joy Romero, 50, who enjoyed cleaning homes for her friends and painting news homes.

She was born April 23, 1963, the sixth daughter of Norma and Felix Romero. She attended Garfield Elementary School, Riverside Junior High School, and received a GED later in life.

She had been married to James Slevira, and they had two children, James Anthony and Selina Kennedy Rose. She also raised Leatina Cardona as her own daughter.

She lived in Ryegate and took care of two friends, Eva Hemminger and Carol Ratliff. She collected Betty Boop memorabilia.

Survivors include sisters, Janette Montoya of Salida, Calif., and Lucy Hernandez, Linda Kelly and Freda Castro, all of Billings; and a brother, Louis Romero of Ryegate.

Services were held at Cremation & Funeral Gallery with a reception following at the American Legion.

Last Updated on Thursday, 20 March 2014 18:06

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Michael J. ‘Mike’ Green

Michael J. “Mike” Green, 46, of Billings,  a welder who loved the outdoors, died March 7, 2014.

He was born Aug. 21, 1967, in Eau Claire, Wis., to James Green and Sonja (Behlke) Green. He spent his younger childhood in Whitefish. In adolescence, he moved with his parents to Williston, N.D., where he met Candace Stearns. They were together for 30 years, including 18 in Billings.

Survivors include Ms. Stearns, of Billings; sisters, Jeanne Klenz of Oklahoma and Dawn Reining of Florida; father-in-law, Wesley M. Stearns; and brother, Wesley C. Stearns.

A celebration of his life was held March 11 at Cremation and Funeral Gallery in Billings.

Last Updated on Thursday, 13 March 2014 21:49

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Joyce L. Nottingham

Joyce L. Nottingham, 92, died March 8, 2014, at Eagle Cliff Manor, where she had lived for the past 2 1/2 years.

She was born Feb. 16, 1922, in Gletworth, Saskatchewan, to Taylor and Marie Sykes. At the age of 8, the family moved to Sunburst and in 1934 to Chester. In 1938 the family settled in Fort Benton.

She married Ed Nottingham in Fort Benton on June 2, 1943. They resided there until 1981 when they were transferred with the Case Co. to Burley, Idaho. After her husband’s death in 1984, she returned to Billings with her daughter for a year and then to Fort Benton. In the late 1990s she returned to Billings to be near her daughter and son-in-law and resided at West Park Village.

Survivors include daughters, Raedene Stovall of Billings and Trudel Wiedemann of Tualatin, Ore.; a son, Kip Nottingham of Richland, Wash.; a sister, Opal Enquist of Great Falls; five grandchildren; and eight great-grandchildren.

A family graveside service will be held this summer in Fort Benton. Arrangements are by Cremation & Funeral Gallery.

Last Updated on Thursday, 13 March 2014 21:48

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Preston ‘Perry’ Lyles

Preston “Perry” Lyles, 66, of Billings, a custom home builder, died from complications due to cancer on Sunday, March 9, 2014.

He was born Oct. 4, 1947, in Billings. He graduated from Senior High School in 1966 where he was the Halfback of the Year and a two-year state wrestling champion in 1965 and 1966.

Mr. Lyles was a custom home builder in Washington state and Arizona before returning to live in Billings.

He had received care from St. Vincent Hospital, Frontier Cancer Center and RiverStone Hospice Home.

Survivors include sisters, Maude Magruder and Tracy Lyles; two brothers, Roy Lyles Jr. and Phillip Lyles; children, Preston Lyles of Billings, Lisa Guy of Peoria, Ariz., and Michael Lyles of Kalispell; and six grandchildren.

Services were March 11 at Cremation & Funeral Gallery. A luncheon followed at Knights of Columbus.

Memorials may be sent to RiverStone Health Hospice, 123 S. 27th St., Billings, MT 59101.

Last Updated on Thursday, 13 March 2014 21:48

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Ina Jeanette Knight

Ina Jeanette Knight, 92, who spent most of her working years in Alaska and had cooked for Gene Autry, died Wednesday, March 5, 2014.

She was born May 19,1921, in Meeteetse, Wyo., to Harry and Susan (VanBenthyson) Thayer. She was raised on the Pitchfork Ranch just out of Meeteetse.

 She cooked for ranch hands and ran the post office for the ranch. She graduated from high school in Laramie, Wyo.

She married Vernon George Zickefoose and lived in the Red Lodge and Billings areas. She retired from the Alaska State Hospital and returned to Billings to be with her sons and their families.

Her cooking specialty was lemon meringue pie.

She had received care from Rocky Mountain Hospice, Valley Rehabilitation Center and Tender Nest.

Survivors include four sons, Vernon R., Giles, Robert of Billings and Gary Wayne of Salem, Ore.; a stepson, Jack of Hyannis, Neb.; a brother, Rodney Thayer of Oakwood, Ga.; seven grandchildren; and seven great-grandchildren.

Services were March 10 at Cremation & Funeral Gallery.

Donations may be made to Rocky Mountain Hospice.

Last Updated on Thursday, 13 March 2014 21:47

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Mark ‘Hoppy’ Hamilton

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

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Cynthia Robson

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

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Maria A. Jones

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

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John ‘Jack’ R. Duffy

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

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Doris Borntrager Kauffman

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

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