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Budge Gordon Parker

Budge Gordon Parker, 67, a longtime Billings firefighter, died Sept. 3, 2015, of cancer.

He was born in Bozeman on April 14, 1948, the third child of John and Carleen (Crouse) Parker. He graduated from Bozeman Senior High School in 1966.

He graduated with a degree in business management in 1971 from Montana State University Bozeman. He was a member of Sigma Chi fraternity and Fangs, a men’s honorary group.

He married Eula Jean McGuire of Bozeman on July 3, 1971. They moved to Billings that fall, and he worked for an insurance company and then a wholesale chemical distributor before becoming a firefighter for the city of Billings in December 1974.

He had served as a firefighter, engineer, captain and finally a battalion chief until his retirement in December 2006. He was active in the Montana State Council of Professional Fire Fighters and served as president of the International Association of Fire Fighters Local 521 from 1994-1998.

Mr. Parker married Sharon Bonogofsky on Sept. 2, 2006, and they rode Harley-Davidson bikes and traveled the country and world.

He was a member of Harvest Church. He had received care from Frontier Cancer Center and RiverStone Health Hospice.

Survivors include his wife, Sharon Bonogofsky-Parker; daughters, Libby Parker and Katie Hatzell of Billings; seven grandchildren; a stepson, Jeffrey Kamback of Billings; a stepdaughter, Elizabeth Torske of Helena; and a sister, Barbara McAnally of Roseville, Calif.

Services were held Wednesday, Sept. 9, at Harvest Church with the Rev. George Burgin officiating and the Montana State Firemen’s Association Honor Guard paying tribute. A reception provided by Local 521 followed. Private interment will be held later at Sunset Hills Cemetery in Bozeman. Arrangements were by Heights Family Funeral Home & Crematory.

Donations can be made to the Rich DuVal Benevolent Fund or RiverStone Health Hospice.

Last Updated on Wednesday, 09 September 2015 23:16

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Ralph Phillip Renner

Ralph Phillip Renner, 86, a World War II veteran and longtime truck driver, died Saturday, Sept. 5, 2015, at Billings Health and Rehabilitation.

He was born Oct. 12, 1928, in Wauwatosa, Wis., the youngest of five children of Casper M. Renner and Rosyln K Schill. He married Loraine B. Radant (Reif) on March 17, 1968, and she died on Sept. 17, 2012.

He grew up on his parents’ farm, and he and his brother Gerrald were bronc riders in local rodeos (billed as the Renner brothers from Oklahoma).

During World War II Mr. Renner served in the Army in a heavy artillery battalion in Japan. He then was an over-the-road truck driver for many years based in Wisconsin. He managed service stations in Cheyenne, Wyo., and later he worked eight years for Walmart in Billings.

He had received care from Marquis Grand Park, Billings Health and Rehab, the Veterans Administration and Rocky Mountain Hospice.

Survivors include six stepchildren, Marlene K. Brown of Billings, Curt Reif of Waukesha, Wis., Janet Greuel of Waukesha, Betty Koch of Reno, Nev., Barb Stern of North Prairie, Wis., and Eugene and Grace of Shepherd; 13 grandchildren; and 26 great-grandchildren. 

Services will be at 1 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 10, at Cremation & Funeral Gallery.

Last Updated on Wednesday, 09 September 2015 23:15

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Joan R. Standish

Joan Rodems Standish died Sept. 3, 2015.

At the age of 19, she moved with her husband, Vernon, from the East and away from her parents, Fred and Frances Hofmayr Rodems of Buffalo, N.Y., eventually settling in Big Timber. They moved to Billings in 1973.

She was active in St. Joseph’s Church, Girl Scouts, gourmet cooking, watercolor painting, photography and other activities. She earned a bachelor of arts degree in theology from Gonzaga University.

Survivors include her husband; four sons, John, James, David and Mark; three daughters, Mary Seltzer, Elizabeth Ulmen and Jane Medin; 20 grandchildren; and 26 great-grandchildren.

Visitation was Sept. 8 at Dahl Funeral Chapel. Services were Sept. 9 at St. Pius X Catholic Church. Committal was in Calvary Cemetery.

Last Updated on Wednesday, 09 September 2015 23:15

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Cecil I. Robson

Cecil I. Robson, 94, who worked in oil refining after serving as a tail gunner in World War II, died Aug. 31, 2015.

He was born April 21, 1921, in Roundup to George and Wilhemina Robson, joining a family of five brothers and three sisters. After graduating from Roundup High School in 1939, he worked in Roundup No. 3 coal mine. In 1942, he enlisted in the military and received training in Denver, Colo. He married Margaret Stefanich of Roundup in Denver on June 28, 1942.

He shipped out to Europe with the Army Air Corps and flew 33 combat missions over Germany as a B-17 aerial tail gunner. In 1945, he was honorably discharged, and he returned to the States.

Mr. and Mrs. Robson settled in Billings, where he worked in the oil refining business until his retirement from Conoco in 1980. He owned and flew a small plane.

Survivors include his wife; daughters, Connie and Debbee; six grandchildren; eight great-grandchildren; and a sister, Bernice.

Services will be at 10 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 12, at Cremation & Funeral Gallery. A reception will follow at the Elks Club.

Last Updated on Wednesday, 09 September 2015 23:14

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John La Rue

Johnny La Rue, 52, a collector of many treasures and friends, died of natural causes on Aug. 26, 2015.

He could often be seen cruising on his motorcycle. He was the son of Joan Nadine Andres and Fred Leroy La Rue.

Survivors include his wife, Tina Degele; children, Jamie Wolfe, Jessica Pangelinan and Bryan Romeike; four grandchildren; siblings, Clint La Rue, Trevor La Rue and Jody La Rue; and stepfather, George Andres.

Services were Aug. 31 at Cremation & Funeral Gallery. Donations may be offered at 29 Eighth St. W., Billings, MT 59101.

Last Updated on Thursday, 03 September 2015 00:00

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Donald Pavlish

Donald Charles Pavlish, 84, an industrial carpenter involved in construction of more than 30 buildings in Billings, died Sunday, Aug. 23, 2015, in the home he built in Shepherd.

The first of four sons of Vincent and Olga (Zelinsky) Pavlish, he was born Feb. 24, 1931, in Zenith, N.D. He grew up on the family farm north of South Heart.

At 18, he joined the Navy in Norfolk, Va., and served on the USS Zellars and the USS Noa as a metalsmith second class during the Korean War. He crossed the Atlantic and Pacific oceans and sailed the Mediterranean and the North seas.

He married Mary Tobin of Brooklyn, N.Y., on April 24, 1954.

The G.I. bill helped him learn woodworking at the Eugene Vocational School in Oregon. In the early 1960s, he worked on missile bases across Montana.

His work as an industrial carpenter in Billings included churches, banks, hospitals, schools, hotels and refineries. He retired in 1994 and was later recognized by the United Brotherhood of Carpenters and Joiners of America for completing more than 50 years of continuous membership.

Survivors include his wife; sons, Mike and Daniel; daughters, Donna Pavlish and Diane Pauli; four grandchildren; and brothers, Ben and Ken.

A vigil was held at Dahl Funeral Chapel. Funeral Mass was celebrated at Holy Rosary Catholic Church. Committal with military honors was in Yellowstone National Cemetery in Laurel.

Memorials may be made to Mary Queen of Peace Catholic Church of Billings.

Last Updated on Thursday, 03 September 2015 00:00

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Kenneth C. Waldron

Kenneth Charles Waldron, 61, who had worked as a heavy equipment operator and welder, died Tuesday, Aug. 25, 2015, in Billings.

He was born on Aug. 31, 1953, to Lewis and Mary Waldron in Washington, D.C. His first marriage was to Tracy Harold, and they had three boys. He married Dava Barstad in 2005.

His talents included cowboying, heavy equipment operator and welder. He was also a Mason, Shriner and Black Horse Patrol member.

Survivors include his wife; mother; brother, Patrick Keith Waldron; sister, Patricia Ann Albreche; sons, Lew J., Joseph C. and Ryan K.; a stepdaughter, Kizzy Ward; and seven grandchildren.

A private family gathering will take place in Wyoming. Arrangements are by Cremation & Funeral Gallery.

Memorials may be made to the Billings Clinic Cancer Center or a cancer center of one’s choice.

Last Updated on Thursday, 03 September 2015 00:00

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John Colbrese

John Mike Colbrese, 88, of Billings, who drove a school bus until he was 82, died Aug. 25, 2015.

He was born in Glendive to Agnes (Malenda) and Carl Colbrese on June 14, 1927, one of eight children. He served in the Navy during World War II, then returned to Glendive to finish his schooling.

He was a member of the Dawson County Red Devil football team that defeated Butte Central for the state championship in 1946. On June 7, 1947, he married Joyce Mae Patterson, and they had six children. She died in 1974.

On Jan. 19, 1976, he married Jackie Steinbach, and they soon moved to Billings. He ran a gas station and delivered gas and oil to farmers in Glendive and Billings, and he drove a school bus.

Survivors include his wife; her children, David of Rapid City, S.D., and Shiela of Yakima, Wash.; his children, Mike of Bellevue, Wash., Dennis of Laurel, Diane Leath of Glendive, Brad of Billings, Terry of Glasgow and Colstrip and Craig of Windsor, Calif.; a sister, Janet Bjelland of Billings; and numerous grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

Services were Aug. 28 at Westside Baptist Church. Arrangements were by Cremation & Funeral Gallery.

Last Updated on Thursday, 03 September 2015 00:00

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Clarence Barningham

Clarence “Bud” B. Barningham, 90, who worked 34 years for Texaco, died Aug. 17, 2015, at Billings Clinic Hospital.

He was born Feb. 24, 1925, in Bayfield, Wis., to Clarence F. and Iva E. (Browne) Barningham. He moved with his mother and older brother, Bill, to Virginia, Minn., when he was 5. He graduated from Virginia’s Roosevelt High School in 1942.

Mr. Barningham worked at the Virginia Daily Enterprise until enlisting in the Navy in February 1943. He served in the Pacific Theater as a tail gunner on an antisubmarine patrol plane. After being discharged from the Navy in 1946, he moved to Spokane, Wash., where he graduated from Kinman Business University in 1948. He then began working for Texaco Inc. in Bremerton, Wash.

He married June E. Clark on June 9, 1950, in Tacoma, Wash. They lived in Puyallup, Wash., when their first child, Patricia Susan, was born in 1951. Their twins, John Lee and JoAnn Kay, were born in 1953 in Everett, Wash.

Mr. Barningham’s 34 years work with Texaco took him and his family to Great Falls; Boise, Idaho; Butte; Billings; and Bellevue, Wash., where he retired in 1982. He was an avid golfer, attaining a single-digit handicap, and won trophies for hitting holes-in-one.

He was involved in church activities, tending his roses and vegetables and caring for his wife when her health began to fail.

In 2003 they moved back to Billings, settling at Mission Ridge at St. John’s Lutheran Ministries. Mrs. Barningham died in 2010. Mr. Barningham was residing at Langemo Cottage at the time of his death.

Survivors include three children, Patricia Hanson of Billings, John Barningham of Everett, Wash., and JoAnn Farrow of Butte; five grandchildren; and nine great-grandchildren.

A private family inurnment was held at Sunset Memorial Gardens. Services were held Aug. 21 at Lutheran Church of the Good Shepherd in Billings. A reception followed in the church reception hall. Arrangements were by Cremation & Funeral Gallery.

Memorials may be made to St. John’s Lutheran Ministries or Lutheran Church of the Good Shepherd.

Last Updated on Thursday, 27 August 2015 08:15

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Lawrence Sand

Lawrence John Sand, 74, who worked for more than 30 years at Montana-Dakota Utilities, died at St. Vincent Healthcare in Billings on Aug. 15, 2015.

He was born in Mazeppa, Minn., on Nov. 4, 1940. He graduated from Mazeppa High School in 1958. He went to a trade school in the Twin Cities for telegraphy, then worked for Northern Pacific Railroad with jobs between Mandan, N.D., and Livingston.

He married Rose, his spouse of 53 years, on Nov. 25, 1961. In 1968, they moved to a small farm near Shepherd.

He enjoyed driving the tractor and working with cattle. He also spent many hours doing woodworking. In the spring of 1966, he left the railroad to work at GTA Elevator in Billings. In 1968 he began working at MDU, where he was shop steward for the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers.

He had received care from St. Vincent Healthcare and Parkview Care Center.

Survivors include his wife; a son, Matt Sand; daughters, Annette Sand, Theresa Sand-Smith and Lauretta Sand); five grandchildren; and a sister, Beth Straka.

A celebration of life will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday, Aug. 22, at Heights Family Funeral Home & Crematory with a reception to follow. The Rev. Ricky Le’Mons will officiate.

Donations may be made for diabetes research to the 2015 Tour de Cure Montana for team Kylie’s Kittens.

Last Updated on Thursday, 20 August 2015 14:59

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