Al Higbee, 61, of Bridger, who had owned Really Windy’s Bar & Supper Club, died July 10, 2014, at Billings Health & Rehabilitation Community.
He was born Aug. 9, 1952, in Great Falls and graduated from Great Falls High School in 1971. He worked as a carpenter for Birkenbuel Construction and then as warehouse manager for Pepsi.
He later became general manager of Taco Treat’s Amigo Lounge in Great Falls and was instrumental in getting Taco Treat’s brand of salsa distributed into grocery stores in Great Falls. In 1994 he became the owner of Really Windy’s Bar & Supper Club.
He later worked for oil and gas pipeline companies and continued to work in carpentry.
He had a 1969 Ford Mustang that he worked through his high school years to purchase.
Survivors include daughters, Joli and Kade, both of Billings; mother, Betty Higbee; a sister, Nancy Bennett; and a brother, Dennis Higbee.
Cremation and private family services have taken place.
Last Updated on Thursday, 17 July 2014 10:17
Paul E. Lorenz, 79, a longtime school psychologist, died July 13, 2014, in Billings after battling Alzheimer’s disease and congestive heart failure.
He was born Sept. 28, 1934, in St. Paul, Minn., the son of Albert and Alma Lorenz. He taught for three years in Whitewater, teaching 15 different subjects to high school students.
He then returned to school in Menomonie, Wis., and received a master’s degree in school psychology with a principal endorsement.
He was recruited into the Army in 1957 and was honorably discharged in 1959.
In 1968 the family moved to Billings, where Mr. Lorenz was the only school psychologist and served all the schools. He retired after 31 years of service.
He attended prayer breakfasts and was in on the start of Big Brothers Big Sisters. He sang in the choir when the Billy Graham organization was in Billings.
He also had converted a Malta school bus into a motor home and helped remodel his brother’s farm house.
He had had a quadruple bypass and two stents.
Survivors include his wife of 51 years, Joyce; a daughter, Paulette of Havre; two grandchildren; sisters, Alice Lorenz of Lauderdale, Minn., and Marge Rodrique of Mendota Heights, Minn.; and a brother, Dorian Valloff of Reeder, N.D.
Services will be at 10 a.m. Friday, July 18, at Dahl Funeral Chapel. Graveside services will be in Golden Valley Cemetery in Perkins County, S.D.
Last Updated on Thursday, 17 July 2014 10:15
Services will be July 18, 2014, for Eugene “Gene” Wehrman, 76, who had been senior aviator for Big Sky Airlines.
He was born to Helen Frances (Lamire) Wehrman and Paul Gerhardt Wehrman on Aug. 19, 1937, in Dickinson, N.D. He grew up in Sentinel Butte, N.D.
Mr. Wehrman served in the Army in Germany. On June 30, 1962, he married Mildred Alyce Hakert and they made their home in Billings on a small farm until retirement in 2012.
He had worked for Fruehauf Trailers and later completed flight training and began his aviation career, rising to chief flight instructor and later senior aviator for Big Sky Airlines until being diagnosed with diabetes, resulting in early retirement.
Mr. Wehrman then studied drafting at City College at Montana State University Billings and was a professional draftsman at MRL Equipment Co. After retiring, he spent time at the family-owned preschool, Toddle Town Children’s Academy.
Survivors include his wife; sons, Michael Wehrman of Billings, Rob Wehrman of Hudson, Wis., and Joseph Wehrman of Colorado Springs, Colo.; nine grandchildren; siblings, Teresa Burns of Portland, Ore., JoAnn Schillo of Bismarck, N.D., Gerhardt Wehrman of Creston, B.C., Canada, Raymond Wehrman of Bismarck, Virginia Bares of Bismarck and Dorothy Holt of Vancouver, B.C., Canada.
Viewing will be from 4-6 p.m. Thursday, July 17, at Cremation and Funeral Gallery. Services will be at 11 a.m. July 18, with lunch following at St. Bernard Catholic Church, 226 Wicks Lane. Arrangements are by Cremation & Funeral Gallery.
Last Updated on Thursday, 17 July 2014 10:01
Lonnie Berk “Julio” “Sluggo” Plain Bull Sr., 41, died July 9, 2014, at Northern Montana Hospital in Havre.
A son of the late Gordon and Phyllis Plain Bull, he was born Feb. 16, 1973, in Billings. He was a member of the Crow Tribe, and his Indian name “Bishee Itchiish” (Good Buffalo) was given to him by John Truell of Fort Washakie, Wyo. He was a member of the Whistling Water Clan and a child of the Ties the Bundle.
Mr. Plain Bull grew up in the Pryor area and attended school at St. Charles Mission and Pryor Elementary School before graduating from Plenty Coups High School in 1992.
He briefly attended Rocky Mountain College on a scholarship playing basketball and football and also attended Stone Child College. He held several jobs as a laborer for the Crow Tribe, Pryor Clinic and Rocky Boy Schools.
Survivors include his wife of 20 years, Caryn; four children, Lonnie Jr., Wesley, Nathaniel and Rheannon Plain Bull, all of Box Elder; sisters, Lilly Jefferson, Julia Plain Bull, Julie Hugs, Tana Shane, Elizabeth Bird in Ground, Janet Sees the Ground, Renee Yellowtail, Ollie and Christy Costa, Rosalie Turnsplenty, Wendy Hunts Arrow, Norma Falls Down, Janice Little Light and Sandra Rock Above, all of Pryor; brothers, Lyman Turk Plain Bull of Pryor, Gordon “Gordy” Plain Bull Jr. of Colorado, Melville Stops, Dewayne Costa, Dominic Costa, Ray Stands, Joseph “JJ” Rock Above and Harry Rock Above, all of Pryor, and Michael Stewart Sr., Lance Rock Above and Blaine Fortner, all of Billings; adopted mother, Joanne Rock Above of Pryor; and grandfather, Larry Plain Bull Sr.
Services were July 12 at Plenty Coups High School. Burial followed in Pryor Cemetery. Arrangements were in the care of Dahl Funeral Chapel.
Last Updated on Thursday, 17 July 2014 10:00
Mae Dempster, 89, of Laurel died July 3, 2014, after a short stay at St. Vincent Hospital in Billings.
She was born Aug. 23, 1924, in Radersburg to Jack and Minnie Robbins. She married Lawrence Dempster in 1947.
In her younger days, she worked with her father and brother Jay in the hay fields and with livestock. Later she was a homemaker and enjoyed various crafts and working in her garden.
Survivors include Butch of Colstrip and Evelyn Krum of Laurel; three grandchildren; three step-grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren.
At her request, no services were held. Inurnment will be in Rosebud Cemetery in Absarokee. Arrangements are by Cremation & Funeral Gallery.
Last Updated on Thursday, 10 July 2014 09:42
Marie Hanneman, 78, who worked at Kon’s IGA and County Market, died July 3, 2014, in Billings.
She was born Feb. 27, 1936, to Andrew and Olive Aarseth on a farm outside of Nome, N.D.
When she was young, her family moved to Sheyenne Valley, N.D. She graduated from Nome High School.
On Aug. 10, 1957, she had twins. Her son did not survive.
She worked for Kon’s IGA in the meat department for years and later retired from County Market on March 1, 1998.
Survivors include a daughter, Angela Ehresman; sisters, Ila Johnson and Hazel Nelson; two grandchildren; and eight great-grandchildren.
Services were pending. Arrangements were by Cremation & Funeral Gallery.
Last Updated on Thursday, 10 July 2014 09:41
Goldie Kirschenmann Dahlstrom, 76, who worked for the Yellowstone County Clerk of Courts, died July 3, 2014, from complications due to a brain tumor.
She was born on Dec. 24, 1937, in Hardin to Emil and Elvina Kirschenmann. She graduated from Hardin High school in 1955.
On July 1, 1962, Goldie married Paul J. Dahlstrom. The couple moved around when their children were young. They settled in Washington for years until coming back to Montana in 1979.
She stayed at home with the children until both graduated, then worked at Yellowstone County Clerk of Courts in Billings from 1987 to 1992.
The couple moved back to Washington in 1992. Mrs. Dahlstrom worked for an attorney’s office for seven years until they moved back to Montana and she retired.
Survivors include her husband; two children, Greg Dahlstrom of Tooele, Utah, and Julie Fauth of Laurel; three sisters, Helen Uffelman, Darlene Greenfield and Dianna Ostwalt; three grandchildren; and six great grandchildren.
Arrangements were by Cremation & Funeral Gallery. Services were July 9 at Cremation & Funeral Gallery.
Memorials may be made to Montana Rescue Mission, 2804 Minnesota Ave., Billings, MT 59101
Last Updated on Thursday, 10 July 2014 09:40
John C. Sun Goes Slow, 52, who was a chef in Yellowstone National Park, died July 2, 2014.
He was born Oct. 23, 1961, in Billings. He grew up and attended school in Pryor. He was a chef at various places and resorts including Yellowstone Park.
He did beadwork and Crow traditional dancing.
Survivors include 20 sisters, Ellagene Lance, Lena RidesHorse, Gaye McNeil, Carmen Belden, Adriene Loveridge, Nicole Leahy, Lisa, Jennifer Karina and Anna Bellrock, Nikkie and Precious McClusky, Clarina and Latoya Johnson, Tammy, Lana and Amanda LittleEagle, Randine Bankston, Teresa Haun, Clara Wilson and Jolene Smells; 16 brothers, Justin and William Cortright, Chucky Lance, Edwin and Vernon Tsosie, J.K. and Dione Bellrock, Jonnie, R.J. and Ethan McClusky, Darren Stands, Dalton and Nomee Oagalie and Brandon, Jessie and Anthony Johnson; and an adopted son, Nic Kopczynski.
Arrangements are in the care of Dahl Funeral Chapel. Viewing will be from noon to 5 p.m. Friday. Services will be at 11 a.m. Saturday. Both events will be at Dahl Funeral Chapel with interment to follow in Pryor.
Last Updated on Thursday, 10 July 2014 09:40
George Haider, 88, who started the Big Sky Federal Credit Union, died June 27, 2014, of lung cancer.
He was born to Michael and Mathilda Haider in St. Anthony, N.D., on Aug. 10, 1925, the eldest of three children. The family moved to Mandan, N.D., and he graduated from high school in 3 1/2 years with honors, so he could serve during World War II.
Mr. Haider served in the Philippines and his platoon was just getting ready to board a ship for the invasion of Japan when the atomic bomb was dropped. He then served in the occupation force and was honorably discharged in April 1946.
Returning to Mandan, he became the assistant manager at J.C. Penney Co. He married Marjorie Kautzman on July 7, 1947. In 1953, he was transferred to Dickinson, N.D., to help open and manage a new J.C. Penney store.
In the fall of 1954, the family moved to Billings where he worked at Snappy Foods and invested in a shoe store. In 1958, he was hired by the State Highway Department and worked there 30 years until retirement.
In the early ’60s, and Mr. Haider thought Highway Department employees would benefit by having their own credit union, so he started discussing the idea with fellow employees in their homes and often left with their investment. On Dec. 17, 1963, the Big Sky Federal Credit Union was born, and he remained secretary-treasurer for 37 years before retiring in 2000.
Mr. Haider also did income taxes for friends and bookkeeping for a few companies. He organized bowling tournaments and started a retirees’ monthly breakfast get-together that continues to this day. He missed his first meeting in 25 years last month.
Mr. Haider was a member of St. Pius X Catholic Church, the Knights of Columbus and many other organizations. He had received care from RiverStone Hospice.
Survivors include his wife; sons, Daryl and Dale; a sister, Lou Salmonsen; five grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren.
A Funeral Mass was held July 2 at St. Pius X Catholic Church. Arrangements are by Cremation & Funeral Gallery.
Memorials may be made to the Billings Catholic Schools Foundation, P.O. Box 31158, Billings, MT 59107.
Last Updated on Thursday, 03 July 2014 15:35
Mary Gill, 81, who performed in rodeos before becoming a rancher in her later years, died June 25, 2014, in Billings.
Born in 1933 in Prosser, Wash., she was an avid horsewoman in her early life and was appointed to the Queen’s Court of the Kennewick Rodeo as a teenager, representing one of eastern Washington’s largest communities. She participated in rescue riding competitions on the rodeo circuit with her father, Harold “Doc” Heady. She also was a prize-winning barrel-racer and pillar-racer.
While attending Prosser High School, she met her late husband, William “Bill” Hill. After Mr. Hill died in 1971, she married James “Jim” Gill and moved to Denton to start a new life as a rancher with him. They lived there until his death in 2007.
A few years later, Mary moved to Billings to be near her daughter, Julie Zormeir. She is also survived by a son, Neil Hill, of Redmond, Wash., and three grandchildren.
A family graveside service will be held in Denton. Arrangements are by Cremation & Funeral Gallery.
Contributions may be made to the Alzheimer’s Association of America.
Last Updated on Thursday, 03 July 2014 15:34