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Marie Elizabeth Kortje

Marie Elizabeth Kortje, 88, a retired nurse’s assistant, died April 16, 2014, at The Billings Clinic after a short illness.

She was born Jan. 25, 1924, in Murdo, S.D., where she spent her early years and started school. The family moved to Lead, S.D., in 1933 where she finished her schooling.

She moved to Billings in her early 20s, married and had three children. She later moved to Portland, Ore., where she spent many years as a nurse’s assistant. After she retired, she returned to Montana, first to Butte, then to Billings.

Survivors include children, Wanita McQuiston of Billings, Rosemarie Steffen of Tucson, Ariz., and Dennis Driscoll of Middleton, Idaho; a brother, Ed Ecker of Bullhead City, Ariz.; and numerous grandchildren, great-grandchildren and great-great-grandchildren.

Services will be at Cremation and Funeral Gallery.

Last Updated on Thursday, 24 April 2014 09:20

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Frank McIntosh

Frank W. McIntosh, 79, of Billings, who founded Frank’s Welding and Machine, died early Thursday morning, April 10, 2014.

He was born Feb. 19, 1935, the oldest of three boys of George and Barbara McIntosh in Forsyth. The family moved to Billings when he was about 12 years old.

He graduated from Billings Central Catholic High School in 1953, then served in the Army. After his return to Billings, he married Josephine Kessler on April 19, 1958.

He worked for the Exxon refinery for 18 years. In 1973 he started his own business, Frank’s Welding and Machine, which he operated until his retirement in 1996. He and his wife then spent 12 years traveling in their motor home.

Survivors include his wife; four children, Arnie, C.J., Valerie and Daryl, all of Billings; eight grandchildren; and 14 great-grandchildren.

A celebration of his life is planned for a later date. Arrangements are by Cremation & Funeral Gallery.

Last Updated on Thursday, 17 April 2014 16:17

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Maria Nilsen

Maria Bernice Nilsen, 38, who had worked for Planned Parenthood, died in a motor vehicle accident at about 1:30 p.m. April 13, 2014.

The daughter of Teresa Cox and Larry Nilsen, she was born Feb. 22, 1976, in Miles City.

She had an associate?s degree in accounting.

Survivors include a daughter, Destiny Lachelle Nilsen; two granddaughters; her parents; a paternal grandmother, Rose Mary Nilsen of Lewistown; a sister, Stephanie Nilsen; and a brother, James Nilsen.

Services were April 16 at Emmanuel Lutheran Church in Shepherd. Refreshments followed. Arrangements were by Cremation & Funeral Gallery.

Last Updated on Thursday, 17 April 2014 16:16

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Vance ‘Jeff’ H. Holbrook

Vance Harold Holbrook, 95, who saw some of the most severe combat in World War II, died April 11, 2014, in Billings.

He was born July 30, 1918, in Milbank, S.D., the third of four sons of Weslay R. and Emma Holbrook.

He served in the 3rd Infantry from 1941 to 1945. Though never wounded, he made five different beach landings, marched across northern Africa, sailed to Sicily, on to Italy where he fought at Anzio, marched across Europe and ended up in Berchtesgaden, Germany.

Upon his return he followed in his father’s footsteps, going to work for Standard Oil. He eventually went to work for Mutual of New York and finally with Colonial Life Insurance. He continued working well into his 80s.

Mr. Holbrook was an Eagle Scout, and a fourth-degree member of the Knights of Columbus. He spent several years as Santa Claus at Rimrock Mall.

Survivors include a brother, Gale Holbrook of Rapid City, S.D.; children, John, Dan, Kathy Petersen and Bob; numerous grandchildren and great-grandchildren; and one great-great-grandchild on the way.

A vigil was held April 14 at Dahl Funeral Chapel, preceded by the Rosary.  Memorial Mass was April 15 at St. Pius X Catholic Church. Arrangements were by Dahl Funeral Chapel.

Memorials may be given to the American Cancer Society.

Last Updated on Thursday, 17 April 2014 16:14

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Lou Burt

Lou Burt, 67, an avid outdoorsman who had worked 17 years at the city of Billings Wastewater Treatment Plant, died April 12, 2014, at his home in Huntley.

He was born on July 19, 1946, to Lou Sr. and Arneldous Burt, in Needles, Calif. He married Michele on Oct. 26, 1968.

He went to work at the city Wastewater Treatment Plant in 1993 and retired in 2010.

Survivors include his wife; a daughter, Bridgette; six grandchildren; and five great-grandchildren.

A celebration of his life will be held later. Arrangements are in the care of Dahl Funeral Chapel.

Last Updated on Thursday, 17 April 2014 16:10

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Charles A. Bradley

Charles Arthur Bradley, 83, a longtime Yellowstone County prosecutor, died April 10, 2014.

He was born March 31, 1931, in Butte to Thomas Patrick Bradley and Marguerite (Peoples) Bradley. He attended Catholic schools and was an altar boy.

When he turned 18, he enlisted in the Marines and fought in the Korean War. He was honorably discharged in 1954. Mr. Bradley married Lucille (Nichols) Bradley in 1954, and they were later divorced.

Mr. Bradley received his undergraduate degree from the University of Montana. He went to law school on the GI Bill and graduated in 1958, also from the University of Montana. He trained many of the Yellowstone County prosecutors until his retirement in 1995. He tried more than 50 murder cases to a guilty verdict.

He had received care from April Jones.

Survivors include children, Patricia, Suzanne, Colleen, David, Jeanette, Evelyn and Steven Bradley; and seven grandchildren.

Guests are asked to bring a story to share about Mr. Bradley to the services, which will be at 10 a.m. Saturday, April 19, at Dahl Funeral Chapel.

Last Updated on Thursday, 17 April 2014 16:10

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Our Buddy, Moe

With a sad heart, but with happy memories, this is to inform you that our buddy, Bill “Moe” Morrison, died Friday, April 4, 2014, from respiratory complications at St. Vincent Healthcare in Billings.

Moe was in hospice care and passed peacefully, and in no pain, surrounded by many friends.

A world traveler, with residences in Alaska, Isle of Corfu, Greece, and Montana, Billy enjoyed racing cars in Billings, captaining his sailboat in Alaska and assisting in operating a villa resort in Corfu. An accomplished cook, Moe delighted family and friends with varied culinary treats while spreading the Gospel of the Perfect Caesar Salad and the sublime, copper-mugged “Moscow Mule.” He always wheeled terrific vehicles over the years, ranging from an MG Roadster with roll bar, English Land Rover, a 1950s Jeep truck with Conestoga canvas covering, top of the line Cadillac and dual rear-wheeled Chevy truck with a fully equipped camper.

One of Billy’s loves was possessing the perfect sound machine/stereo wherever he lived and playing all kinds of music all of the time! Music was in the air when you hung with William!

Known as a jock at Shattuck School in Faribault, Minnesota, Moe held records for the shot put and discus and starred on the basketball and tennis teams. He proudly served his country in the Navy during the Vietnam era. After Vietnam, Moe returned to Billings and graduated from Rocky Mountain College. Bill had retired from a long career as a telecommunications consultant and was living in the Red Lodge/Joliet area of Montana.

There will be a Celebration of Life in memory of Moe from 4-6 p.m. Thursday, April 24, at Pug Mahon’s in downtown Billings. Questions? Please contact Daryl  at 248-1512 or 238-7117 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

Last Updated on Thursday, 10 April 2014 11:08

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Hazel (Jean) Watson-Kirchner

Hazel (Jean) Watson-Kirchner, 69, who had been a professional card dealer for many years, died April 3, 2014, of lung cancer at Valley Health Care in Billings.

She was born in Ogden, Utah, on Jan. 17, 1945, to William and Patricia Watson. She lived most of her life in Montana, in Big Timber, Harlowton, Lewistown, Rapelje and Billings.

She graduated from Harlowton High School in 1963. She was married to Lenny Langford and David Kirchner.

She had four children, Michael, Loren, Leah Kay and Lisa Marie, and 14 grandchildren. Survivors include a sister, Peggy Hopkins, and brothers Sam, Patric and Wynn Watson.

Services will be at 1 p.m. Sunday, April 13, at Cremation and Funeral Gallery, 29 Eighth St. W. in Billings. Viewing will be from noon to 2 p.m. Saturday and from noon to 1 p.m. Sunday. A potluck reception will follow the funeral .

Last Updated on Thursday, 10 April 2014 11:07

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Raymond B. Mus

Raymond B. Mus, 86, of Laurel, who taught for more than 30 years, died March 30, 2014, at Billings Clinic.

He was born April 4, 1927, in Red Lodge, the son of Earl and Ilmi “Mary” (Hendrickson) Mus. He joined the Merchant Marines and was stationed in the Far East, including Korea, Vietnam and the Philippines, during World War II.

Mr. Mus moved to Cle Elum, Wash., where he graduated from high school. He returned to Montana and worked in the Butte mines and then taught in Cooke City School. While teaching he attended Eastern Montana College and received a bachelor of arts degree in education.

He taught eight different grades in all subjects, including all six of his own children. He also owned a grocery store and gas station in Cooke City and was an avid bicyclist. He lived in Bremerton, Wash., before moving to Laurel in 2004.

Survivors include children, Gina M. Gahagan of Bozeman, Raymond C. Mus of Billings, Mark D. Mus of Laurel, Patrick V. Mus of Bremerton, Wash., and Wanda S. Champlin of Lynnwood, Wash.; eight grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren.

No services were planned. Arrangements were in the care of Dahl Funeral Chapel.

Last Updated on Thursday, 10 April 2014 11:07

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Robert Sump

Robert Sump, a trucker who won a 1 million mile safety award, died at RiverStone Hospice after a short illness.

He was born in Creston, Neb., to Eric and Dora Armstrong Sump and grew up in Powell, Wyo. He enlisted in the Navy after graduation in Powell and served on the USS Bremerton.

After returning from the Navy, he married Joyce Wilson, and they had two children. They moved to Billings and he went to work for CF Freight Lines. He drove a wrecker for many years at Interstate Wrecker and DJ’s Towing.

In 1984 he married Loretta Begger and added three stepchildren, Francis, June and Tony. He went to work as a trucker for G.D. Eastlick and retired after earning a 1 million mile safety award.

He loved woodworking and made an oak cradle for his first great-grandchild.

Survivors include his wife, Loretta; two children, Robert and Kelly; two stepchildren; eight grandchildren; and 15 great-grandchildren.

Graveside services were April 7 at Sunset Memorial Gardens Mausoleum.

Last Updated on Thursday, 10 April 2014 11:06

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