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Pearl June Terrazas

Pearl June (Steckhahn) Terrazas, 84, died at her home on Wednesday morning, Jan. 21, 2015, after several years of suffering from Alzheimer’s disease.

She was born in Portland, Wis., on July 19, 1930, to John A. Steckhahn and Erna F. (Doering) Steckhahn. The family moved to Watertown, Wis., after World War II, and she graduated from high school there in June 1948.

She married Joe Terrazas in 1951 and worked at Hamlin factory in Lake Mills, Wis., producing parts for the space program. She moved to Monticello, Wis., in 1992 and then to Billings in 2004 to live with her daughter.

She had received care from Billings Clinic and RiverStone Hospice.

Survivors include children, Tracey Terrazas of LaValle, Wis., and Teresa Billings of Billings, MT; two granddaughters; and sisters, Caroline Fischer of Houston, Mo., and May Burgy of Monticello, Wis.;

At her request, no services were held. Private inurnment will be at the Washington Cemetery in Portland, Wis. Arrangements are by Cremation & Funeral Gallery.

Donations may be made to the Alzheimer’s Association – Montana Chapter, 3010 11th Ave., Billings, MT 59101.

Last Updated on Thursday, 29 January 2015 12:42

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John MacDonald

Services were pending for John MacDonald, who retired from Montana-Dakota Utilities after flying a B24 over Germany during World War II.

He was born in California to William and Josephine MacDonald, the third of four children. He attending McKinley Elementary, Lincoln Junior High and Senior High schools in Billings.

At 18, he graduated from high school and the next day signed with the Air Force. He was  in the 8th Air Force, 2nd Division Army Air Corps, 448th  Bomb Group, 713 Squadron in England. He flew 36 sorties in a B-24 named “Little Joe” before he was seriously wounded and came home. He received a Purple Heart for his injuries.

In 1946, he married Jane. They had five children, Jim, Jan, Joan, John M. and Jodee. For the first few years of their marriage, he worked at the family business in Billings, The Home Bakery. When the bakery closed, he worked at Montana-Dakota Utilities until he retired in the 1980s. He was the unofficial barber at MDU, charging $1 for each haircut and giving the proceeds to the disabled.

He was a deacon at First Assembly of God for years and later attended West Side Baptist Church. He loved to fish for trout in the Beartooth Mountains and on the Gallatin River.

Survivors include 10 grandchildren and 13 great-grandchildren.

Arrangements are by Cremation & Funeral Gallery.

Memorials may be sent to West Side Baptist Church, 3023 S. 32nd St. W., Billings, MT 59102.

Last Updated on Thursday, 29 January 2015 12:41

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Mae J. Cormier

Mae J. Cormier, 78, a retired registered nurse, died Jan. 23, 2015, at her home in Billings.

She was born in Forsyth on June 26, 1936, to Miles and Evelyn Gasaway. She graduated from St. Vincent Nursing School in 1957 with a registered nurse license and worked at two doctors’ offices, both Billings hospitals and the Professional Nursing Pool. She retired in 2007.

On July 11, 1960, she married Arthur J. Cormier Jr. She had received care from Rocky Mountain Hospice and Billings Senior Services.

Survivors include three children, Jay A. Cormier of Billings, Nanette Wenholz of Florence and Tana Cormier of Altoona, Pa.; three grandchildren; a sister, Evelyn Yonkaitis; and two brothers, George and Leonard Gasaway.

Services were Jan. 27 at Harvest Church. Arrangements were by Cremation & Funeral Gallery.

Memorials may be made to Adult Resource Alliance, 1505 Ave. D, Billings, MT 59102.

Last Updated on Thursday, 29 January 2015 12:41

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Michelle Ottem

Michelle “Mickey” Ottem, 64, who had worked as a bookkeeper, died Wednesday, Jan. 14, 2015.

She was born May 25, 1950, one of three children born to Rachael Bender and James D. Sheehan in Billings. They grew up in Lockwood, then eventually moved to Billings.

She married Howard Polen in June 1968 and had two children. The couple split in 1974. She worked as a bartender and a bookkeeper at the American Legion Post 4 for several years and married William “Bill” Ottem Jr. on Aug. 17, 1989, gaining a stepdaughter, Leanne Dutton, and a stepson, Wade Ottem.

After calling bingo and doing bookkeeping at the Empire and the Emporium, she helped her daughter work special events at Albertsons, eventually working in the deli at Albertsons. After a while, she quit working so she and Mr. Ottem could travel. They spent weekends at their cabin on the Stillwater River. She worked part-time as a cashier at Don’s Car Wash for five years.

Survivors include a son, Richard “Ross” Polen; a daughter, Christine Guisti; a stepdaughter, Leanne Dutton; four grandchildren; and three stepgrandchildren.

Services will be a 11 a.m. Friday, Jan. 23, at Dahl Funeral Chapel, with a luncheon to follow.

Donations may be made to Helping Hands, 1302 24th St. W. No. 200 in Billings, 1-800-216-2715; or to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital.

Last Updated on Thursday, 22 January 2015 15:09

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Ereneo ‘Joe’ Maciel

Ereneo “Joe” Maciel, 82, a resident of Parkview Care Center, died Jan. 20, 2015.

He was born in San Antonio, Texas, on Jan. 30, 1932, to Miguel and Guadelupe “Lupe” Soto Maciel. He married Violet and spent most of his life working at different jobs.

After a heart attack and bypass operations, he could be seen riding his bike, pulling Pee-Wee, his dog, in the cart he made and doing chores for his wife.

They lived behind the War Bonnet Motel for years. After her death, he lived at Prairie Towers until he had a stroke, then lived the rest of his life at Parkview.

Survivors include a daughter, Penny Maki; a son, Dick Garner; sisters, Mary Diaz, Julie Mota, Dorthy Maciel, Savina McKeen and Peggy Mizner;  brothers, John Maciel, Sammy Maciel, Louie Maciel, Sal Maciel, Tom Maciel, Richard Maciel, Frank Maciel and Greg Maciel; six grandchildren; 14 great-grandchildren; and 21 great-great grandchildren.

Services will be at 10 a.m., Monday, Jan. 26, at Dahl Funeral Chapel, with a reception following the service.

Donations may be made to RiverStone Health.

Last Updated on Thursday, 22 January 2015 15:08

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Ernestine Ramirez

Ernestine “Ren” Ramirez, 65, who loved gardening and telling a good story, died Jan. 13, 2015.

She was born Sept. 12, 1949, to Pedro Pereda Ramirez and Frances (Vigil) Ramirez in Billings. She had struggled with illness throughout her life and had received care from Billings Clinic.

Survivors include children, Pete Ramirez, Michelle Gasek, Jamie Ramirez and Julia Arvizo; 15 grandchildren; seven great-grandchildren; and siblings, Domingo Hernandez, Elizabeth Castro, Genevieve Ramirez, Francis Vasquez and Teresa Rodriguez.

A celebration of her life was held Jan. 17 at Dahl Funeral Chapel.  Family and friends gathered for a luncheon afterward. Interment of ashes will be later in Holy Cross Cemetery.

Last Updated on Thursday, 22 January 2015 15:08

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Jean Elizabeth Juengling

Jean Elizabeth Juengling, 91, who worked with children throughout her life, died Jan. 11, 2015.

She was born Nov. 14, 1923, in Toronto, Canada, to Robert and (Ethel) Elizabeth Salter. She was raised in Toronto and graduated from Danforth Tech. She relocated to Rochester, N.Y., in 1957 with her parents and son.

She married Carl Juengling on Sept. 2, 1961. Mr. Juengling died March 10, 1993. Mrs. Juengling and her daughter, Elizabeth, moved to Billings in 1994.

She was trained in domestic science at Danforth, and later worked for North American Life Insurance in Toronto and as chief fire rater for Traveller’s Insurance in Rochester.

She had worked with children as a Sunday school teacher, mother volunteer as her children were growing up, and most recently as “Grandma Jean” at Mother’s Day Out Preschool, as Elizabeth’s “right-hand woman,” a role she served in for 15 years. She was a naturalized American citizen.

Survivors include a son, the Rev. Robert Juengling of Billings; a daughter, Elizabeth Shayne of Billings; and a granddaughter.

Visiting hours were Jan. 14. Services will be at 11 a.m. Thursday, Jan. 15, at Cremation & Funeral Gallery.

Donations may be made to New Hope Baptist Church, 824 North 19th St., Billings, MT 59101.

Last Updated on Thursday, 15 January 2015 13:58

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Charles J. Pemble

Charles J. Pemble, a longtime county official and Billings resident, died Jan. 1, 2015, while receiving care at the veterans home in St. George, Utah.

He was born April 25, 1920, to Charles T. and Verna L. Pemble of Columbia Falls. He was raised in Flathead County, graduating from high school in 1938. He joined the Navy on Oct. 1, 1941, and served four years in the Pacific Theater. He married Margie Halverson on June 8, 1951.

Mr. Pemble worked for 27 years as deputy clerk of court, deputy sheriff and court administrator in Billings. He retired in July 1982 and spent summers at their cabin on Ashley Lake near Kalispell. He made stained-glass pieces.

He was a longtime member of First Presbyterian Church.

Survivors include his wife; a brother, Fay; and daughters, Leslie Pemble Gaylord and Lynn Pemble Morgan; five grandchildren; and a great-grandchild.

Friends and family are invited to the First Presbyterian Church of Billings at 10 a.m. Jan. 17 to visit Mrs. Pemble. Services will be at 11 a.m., followed by a light lunch. Arrangements are by Cremation & Funeral Gallery.

Donations may be made to First Presbyterian Church.

Last Updated on Thursday, 15 January 2015 13:57

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Dallas Milton

Dallas Milton, 65, who worked in printing and publishing and trained animals, died Friday, Jan. 9, 2015, from injuries suffered in a fall two days earlier.

She was born and raised in Albuquerque, N.M. She moved to Billings with her husband, Roby Sticka, and was a stay-at-home mom.

She had worked for years in the printing and publishing business preparing original artwork and posters for multi-color printing presses. She also acquired a small dry land ranch north of Billings and trained horses, dogs and birds. She purchased, raced and crashed a dog sled and a team of huskies.

She taught the School District 2 Night Owls Dog Obedience courses for years. She was active in amateur radio with the call sign N7OQI. In 1997, she was honored as the Yellowstone Radio Club Ham of the Year.

Survivors include her husband, Bob Rightmire of Billings; a son, Lt. Col. Jonathan “JJ” Sticka of the Air Force; Martha “Marti” Milton of Madison, Ala.; a sister, Alberta “AA” Milton; and a brother, Osborne “Doc” Milton Jr.

A gathering of family and friends was planned for later. Arrangements are by Cremation & Funeral Gallery.

Last Updated on Thursday, 15 January 2015 13:57

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Arnie Brey

Arnie Brey, 77, who raced motorcycles and had owned a number of motorcycle franchises, died Friday, Jan. 9, 2015, at RiverStone Hospice in Billings following a yearlong battle with liver cancer.

A lifelong resident of Billings, he grew up on the farm of his parents, Ernest Brey and Ann Kingston. He became a car and motorcycle enthusiast at an early age.

He owned and operated Barney’s Auto Wrecking from 1958 to 1970. He became a motorcycle dealer in 1964. Barney’s Cycle Shop, located with the wrecking yard on Moore Lane, was the Norton/Ducati/Montesa dealership for a number of years.

In 1970 Mr. Brey acquired the Honda motorcycle franchise and opened Billings Honda. Other motorcycle franchises he had owned included BSA, Royal Enfield, Matchless, Ossa, Bridgestone, Moto-Beta and Jawa-CZ-ESO.

As a motorcycle racer, he specialized in motocross, scrambles and cross country. He won many trophies riding at Zimmerman’s on Molt Road in the 1960s. His favorite motorcycle to race was the Montesa Diablo. He was a lifelong member of the Billings Motorcycle Club.

Survivors include his wife of 57 years, MaryLou (Barney) Brey; sons, Darrold Brey, Ron Brey and Jerry Brey; six grandchildren; five great-grandchildren; and a brother, Tim Brey.

Services are planned for spring. Arrangements are by Cremation & Funeral Gallery.

Last Updated on Thursday, 15 January 2015 13:55

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