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
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
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
George Elsworth Dunbar, 82, who worked at Pierce Packing after retiring from the Air Force, died in the early hours of Dec. 22, 2014.
He was born June 11, 1932, in Roundup to Donald and Victoria (Pedergnana) Dunbar. He was raised on the family farm in Musselshell.
Soon after graduating from Musselshell High School, he joined the Air Force. He married Irene Carol Bruhn on March 9, 1957.
Mr. Dunbar was a Black Pearl of Iwo Jima. He retired to Billings after serving 20 years in the Air Force. He then worked for Pierce Packing and the Pierce family before retiring in 1995.
He was active in his children’s lives, serving as a scout leader, attending sporting events, camping and fishing or playing cards. He used to square dance and bowled in many leagues over the years.
He was a longtime member and former Grand Knight of the Knights of Columbus. He was also a longtime member of St. Bernard Catholic Church.
Survivors include children, Vicki Gress, David D. Dunbar, Carl Dunbar and Nancy Brink, all of Billings; eight grandchildren; four great-grandchildren; and sisters, Dona Dunbar, Marian Peters and Myrna Nicholson.
Viewing will be Dec. 24 and 26 at Dahl Funeral Chapel. A Vigil was held Dec. 26, and Funeral Mass was Dec. 27, both at St. Bernard Catholic Church.
Last Updated on Thursday, 01 January 2015 16:20
Marjorie Nybo Nash, 65, of Laurel, an avid quilter who worked 22 years for the Montana Department of Corrections, died Tuesday, Dec. 16, 2014, after a 2½-year battle with cancer.
She was born Nov. 28, 1949, in Billings, the third of four children of Stanley and Helen (Divine) Nybo. She graduated in 1968 from Billings West High School and in 1969 she began attending Montana State University in Bozeman.
She joined the Delta Gamma sorority and graduated with a bachelor’s degree in family life science in 1972. Following graduation she returned to Billings.
In 1974 she became the first woman armed security guard at Billings Logan International Airport. She earned a bachelor’s degree in counseling at Eastern Montana College and a master’s degree in counseling. She worked at Alternatives Inc. and for 22 years at the Montana Department of Corrections in the Probation and Parole Bureau.
She married Kim Nash on Dec. 1, 1978.
She was a member of Quilt by Association and served in various offices and committees. She donated numerous quilts to charity organizations over the years and attended quilting retreats, including one each year in Jackson Hole, Wyo. She also was a member of the Yo-Yos quilting group.
She had received care from Frontier Cancer Center and Rocky Mountain Hospice.
Survivors include her husband; children, Craig Nash of Littleton, Colo., LaRell Baldwin of Billings; brothers, L.D. Nybo of Great Falls, David Nybo of Butte and Kent Nybo of Chandler, Ariz.; and five grandchildren.
Services will be at 10 a.m. Saturday, Jan. 10, at Faith Chapel in Billings. Arrangements are by Cremation & Funeral Gallery.
Donations can be sent to Rocky Mountain Hospice.
Last Updated on Thursday, 01 January 2015 16:19
Verna Edna (Parshall) Taylor, 93, of Worden, who had worked as a beautician and office manager, died Saturday, Dec. 27, 2014, at Valley Health Care in Billings.
The daughter of Herb and Emma Parshall, she was born April 14, 1921, in Bridger. When she was 7 years old, the family moved to Billings, and she graduated from Billings Senior High School in 1939. She received a beauticians license from a beauty school in Lewistown.
She married Lawrence “Pat” Taylor in 1946. They later moved to Worden, where she worked as a beautician and then as office manager for the Project Telephone Co.
She was active in the Worden Ladies Auxiliary to the Veterans of Foreign Wars and Rebekah’s Lodge.
Survivors include a son, Larry Taylor of Billings; a granddaughter; and three great-granddaughters.
A celebration of life will be held at 2 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 3, at Heights Family Funeral Home & Crematory, with a reception following. A private family burial will be held later.
Memorials may be made to the Worden VFW or to Shriners hospitals.
Last Updated on Thursday, 01 January 2015 16:18
Justin John Richardson died in the arms of his parents, Vincent and Ashley Richardson, on the day he was born, Dec. 10, 2014. He weighed 11 ounces, was 10 1/2 inches long and took a few short breaths before his death.
Survivors include two siblings, Gianna Johnson and Elliot Richardson; his paternal grandmother, Kathy Richardson-Schell; great-grandmother, Margaret Kressin of Billings; maternal grandmother, Heidi Solberg; grandfather, Frank LaMere; and great-grandmothers, Lonnie Christensen and Margrette LaMere, both of Billings.
Services were held Dec. 20 at Cremation and Funeral Gallery. Interment was in Mountview Cemetery, and a luncheon reception was held at First Church of Nazarene in Laurel.
Donations may be made to The Ramsey-Keller Memorial, 4456 Laredo Place, Billings, MT 59106.
Last Updated on Thursday, 25 December 2014 12:32
Kurt Groepler died Nov. 28, 2014.
Survivors include his wife, Donma; a daughter, Kalie; two grandchildren; and a brother, James.
Arrangements are by Cremation & Funeral Gallery.
Last Updated on Thursday, 25 December 2014 12:31
Charles L. Tolliver Jr., 75, of Billings, who had worked at jobs ranging from rocket scientist to tree trimmer, died Tuesday, Dec. 16, 2014, at home.
He was born Sept. 17, 1939, the son of Charles and Ila Mae Tolliver Sr., in Bismarck, N.D.
He grew up in Billings, graduated from Billings Senior High School and earned a bachelor of science degree in math at Montana State University Bozeman. He earned a master of science degree in physics from The University of Alabama.
He married Kathleen Kleffner on Jan. 11, 1964, in Seattle. They eventually returned to Billings and raised seven children.
He had worked as an engineer at Boeing, rocket scientist at the National Aeronautics and Space Administration analyzing vibration on the Saturn-5 Booster, aerospace engineer in St. Louis, car salesman in Billings, Mercedes mechanic in Billings, owner of a tree trimming business, computer programmer at the U.S. Bureau of Land Management and property manager for his apartments.
He tinkered with invention most weeks of his life, including his last. He preferred working as an independent business owner rather than for a large organization.
After his body weakened and he lost the power to walk, he was able to remain at home through the care of his wife and children.
Survivors include his wife, of Billings; a brother, Ken Tolliver of Billings; two sons, John Tolliver and Peter Tolliver; five daughters, Gabrielle Tolliver, MaryAnne Stimpfling, Monica Forsberg, Helen Tolliver and Nikki Tolliver; and four grandchildren.
Services were Dec. 20 at Dahl Funeral Chapel in Billings, followed by interment in Holy Cross Cemetery.
Last Updated on Thursday, 25 December 2014 12:30
ElRoy William Martin, 78, who farmed, worked in construction and was involved in logging, died Dec. 8, 2014.
He was born on a farm on April 18, 1936, in Arlington, Minn., to Alex and Lydia (Wallert) Martin. After attending rural and parochial schools in Arlington, he entered the Navy in 1956 and served on active and reserve duty until 1962.
He married Reinhild Wehnert on May 29, 1959. They lived for 28 years in the Gallatin Valley and most recently in Ryegate to be close to family.
In addition to years of cattle, sheep and hog farming, he worked construction, did tree trimming and janitorial work at several schools, sold Conklin products, did roofing and was involved in various aspects of the logging industry. He also logged in the Gallatin Canyon with his draft horse, Bert.
In 1973, after leaving Minnesota with his family and moving to Montana, Mr. Martin had a life-changing experience when he discovered God wanted to be a part of his life. In the last years of his life he was ever faithful to pray for his children and grandchildren.
He fought heart disease for 27 years and worked hard with his horses and doing yard work until the week he died.
Survivors include his wife, of Ryegate; children, Deb Barth of Baker, Alex Martin of Ryegate and John Martin of Bozeman; 13 grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren.
Services were planned for later. Arrangements are by Cremation & Funeral Gallery.
Last Updated on Thursday, 18 December 2014 10:29