The Billings Outpost

Ruth Marie Arensmeyer Bloedel

Ruth Marie Arensmeyer Bloedel, 84, who had owned and operated the Brunswick Bar in Hysham with her husband, died Tuesday, May 27, 2014.

She was born Jan. 8, 1930, to Ernest and Freida Arensmeyer, the eighth of nine children. She grew up in Choteau, where she graduated from high school in 1948. Soon after, she moved to Spearfish, S.D., to assist her sister Esther in caring for her young children.

She married Earl Bloedel on Jan. 7, 1951, the day before her 21st birthday. They had five children, including one, Forrest, who died at birth.

They moved to Billings in the late 1950s. In 1977 they moved to Hysham where they owned and operated the Brunswick Bar until they retired in 1992. They lived in Hysham until 2002 when they moved back to Billings.

She had received care from RiverStone Health Hospice Home.

Survivors include her husband; daughters, Cindy Menosky, Jeanne and Laura Robertson; a son, Bob; and three grandchildren.

Services were May 31 at Cremation & Funeral Gallery in Billings.

Memorials can be made to the RiverStone Health Hospice Care Home, P.O. Box 1562, Billings, MT 59103.

Last Updated on Thursday, 05 June 2014 11:40

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Shirley Erickson

Shirley Erickson, 86, of Billings, a longtime teacher’s aide, died Sunday, June 1, 2014.

She was born in Minot, N.D., on Feb. 14, 1928, and grew up in Great Falls. For many years, she was a teacher’s aide at the Fratt School and Riverside Junior High School.

In retirement, she and her husband, Erick, traveled in their motor home to Alaska, Hawaii, Saskatchewan and many Western and Southern states.

She had received care from Rocky Mountain Hospice.

Survivors include her husband of nearly 60 years; a son, Erick L. Erickson; a daughter, Karla M. Satchwell; three grandchildren; a sister, Dorothy Johnson; and a brother, Albert O. Schmidt.

Arrangements were by Cremation & Funeral Gallery.

Last Updated on Thursday, 05 June 2014 11:39

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Darlyne L. Roods

Darlyne L. Roods, 83, of Billings, who started a cleaning service with her daughter, died Saturday morning, May 31, 2014.

She was born the oldest of four children to Earl Grady and Grace Ryerson Grady of Valley City, N.D., on Oct. 21, 1930. She graduated as valedictorian from Marmot High School in Mandan, N.D., on May 31, 1949, and then attended Dakota Business School for accounting.

On June 18, 1950, she married Lloyd B. Herman, and they had three children. In 1958 they moved to Billings, and she worked at Parker Montana and Midland Implement as an accountant.

On May 9, 1968, she married Louis R. Roods and became a rancher’s wife on Pryor Creek. She started a cleaning service with her daughter in 1977.

Survivors include sons, Earl Herman of Billings and Scott Herman of Colstrip; a daughter, Pamela Jackson of Billings; six grandchildren; seven great-grandchildren; a brother, Pat Grady of Washington; and sisters, Ellene Mueller of Hawaii and Peggy Grady of South Dakota.

A private celebration of her life will be held. Arrangements are by Cremation & Funeral Gallery.

Last Updated on Thursday, 05 June 2014 11:39

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Elizabeth Louisa Haun

Elizabeth “Betty” Louisa Haun, 91, who worked for 25 years at Miles Avenue Elementary School, died May 22, 2014, at her home in Billings.

She was born in Baker on Sept. 4, 1922, to Emil and Antionette Weyerbacher, the second of three children. She graduated from Baker High School as valedictorian and a star basketball player.

The family moved from Baker to a new homestead in the Kinsey Irrigation Project north of Miles City, and she attended junior college in Miles City. She married Richard C. Haun in 1942 in Miles City. He died after 54 years of marriage.

She moved to Billings in 1955, where she raised her five children, then worked at Miles Avenue Elementary School, where she was kitchen manager upon retirement.

She was a volunteer at both Billings hospitals, was a member of First United Methodist Church and served as a prayer-chain warrior.

Survivors include children, Rick Haun, Chet Haun, Sheri Paseka and Terri Haun; 11 grandchildren; and seven great-grandchildren.

Services were May 24 at Dahl Funeral Chapel. Interment was May 27 at Sunset Memorial Gardens.

Memorials may be sent to First United Methodist Church, 2800 Fourth Ave. N., Billings, MT 59101.

Last Updated on Thursday, 29 May 2014 12:11

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Ronald D. Foth

Ronald D. Foth, 64, of Billings, a painter and wallpaper hanger, died Monday, May 19, 2014, at his residence in Billings.

He was born May 3, 1950, in Florida, the son of Robert and Uldene Foth. On May 28, 1991, he married Sandra Lee Flaten in St. Louis, Mo.

Survivors include a daughter, Rebecca of St. Louis; and brothers, Rhodes Foth of St. Louis and Russel Foth of Florida.

No services were planned. Arrangements were by Cremation & Funeral Gallery.

Last Updated on Thursday, 29 May 2014 12:11

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Florella ‘Skip’ Halverson

Florella (Waller) Halverson, better known as Skip, a homemaker who also had held secretarial jobs, died May 21, 2014, at Butterfly Homes.

She was born to Julia and Wesley Waller on Aug. 16, 1922, at Dora Lake, Minn. At age 14 she left home to attend the nearest high school 50 miles away where she worked for her board and room.

After graduating from high school, she took a summer job in a cafe on Mille Lacs Lake. There she met Paul Halverson, whom she married after his service in Europe during World War II.

They lived in Pasadena, Calif., then returned to Minnesota to care for her family. In Thomson, near Jay Cooke State Park, they built a log home from hand-hewn logs.

In 1957 Mr. Halverson was transferred by the Monarch Range company to Billings. Mrs. Halverson was involved in a sewing club, book club and neighborhood coffees and worked several part-time secretarial jobs.

She was a lifelong active member of First Presbyterian Church and a member of the Mariners Club. They cooked for their International Gourmet Club for more than 25 years.

Survivors include a brother, Brad Waller; three daughters, Paula Halverson of Helena, Julie Kellebrew of Gillette, Wyo., and Margot LaFontaine of Billings; six grandsons; and three great-grandchildren.

A celebration of life was held Monday, May 26, at First Presbyterian Church. Arrangements were by Cremation & Funeral Gallery.

Memorials may be made to First Presbyterian Church.

Last Updated on Thursday, 29 May 2014 12:10

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Anavie ‘Annie’ Schaeffer

Anavie Jo Schaeffer, 64, a retired deli manager at Albertsons, died May 22, 2014, at St. Vincent Healthcare after battling infections from an amputated leg for seven years.

She was born on March 22, 1950, in Craig, Colo. She worked for Buttrey Foods, and when it was bought out by Albertsons she continued to work there as deli manager until her retirement.

Survivors include her husband of 41 years, John Schaeffer; two sons, Jason Schaeffer and Ryun Schaeffer; and two grandchildren.

Services will be at 2 p.m. Friday, May 30, at Dahl Funeral Chapel.

Last Updated on Thursday, 29 May 2014 12:09

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Marriett Daines

Marriett Tarbet Daines, 96, who loved clothes and jewelry and was Mrs. Montana 1954, died May 18, 2014, at Tendernest.

She was born April 24, 1918, in Smithfield, Utah, the 10th of 13 children of Nephi and Julia Tarbet. She graduated from North Cache High School and married Weston Ray Daines on Jan. 3, 1937.

She had worked for Sukins Clothing, Dr. Frye and LuEv’s dress shop. Her basement was once a haven to her granddaughters, who spent hours playing dress-up with her vintage dresses and jewelry.

She was a member of Beta Sigma Phi and an accomplished horsewoman.

She had received care from physician Neal Sorensen, and the staffs of Tendernest and Rocky Mountain Hospice.

Survivors include a son, Clair Daines; a daughter, Marilyn Daines; four grandchildren; and 10 great-grandchildren.

A family service is planned for June 14 in Smithfield, Utah. Arrangements are in the care of Dahl Funeral Chapel.

Last Updated on Thursday, 29 May 2014 12:08

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Anita Pauline Koschel

Anita Pauline (Kesler) Koschel, 85, died May 21, 2014, at St. Vincent Healthcare.

She was born Feb. 22, 1929, in Vanstel, a daughter of Wilhelm and Emilie (Mittelsteadt) Saur. She married Emil John Kesler on Sept. 10, 1947. She was paralyzed in an accident that took the life of her husband, but continued to raise their five children with the support of family.

On Aug. 30, 1958, she married Marvin H. Koschel, and they had two more sons. He died May 14, 2003.

Survivors include seven children, Ronald Kesler, Roselyn May, Rene Kesler, Roger Kesler, Rhonda Bruski, Raymond Koschel and Reinhold Koschel; 17 grandchildren; and 23 great-grandchildren.

Services were May 24 at Dahl Funeral Chapel. Private family interment was planned in Sunset Memorial Gardens. Arrangements were by Dahl Funeral Chapel.

Memorials may be given to Grace Baptist Church or Trinity Lutheran School.

Last Updated on Thursday, 29 May 2014 12:08

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J. Keith Reynolds

J. Keith Reynolds, 83, a rancher and farmer for many years, died Sunday, May 18, 2014, from a massive stroke on Saturday.

He was born in Billings on April 2, 1931, to Clarence and Margaret Reynolds.

He was raised in Fromberg, graduating in 1949 from Fromberg High School. He attended college in Bozeman for two years and then joined the Marine Corps in 1951. He was in Tactical Air Control and served a year in Korea.

He married Mae Tronson on April 10, 1953, in Billings.

They lived in California until he was discharged from the Marine Corps, then returned to Montana. They farmed at Molt for 24 years, raising grain, cattle and four children.

Mr. Reynolds had served on the Molt Elevator board, Stillwater Grain Growers, Rapelje school board and Stillwater Soil Conservation Service board.

He was a member of Molt Congregational Church, the National Simmental Association and the Limousin Association.

Mr. and Mrs. Reynolds bought a ranch in Winnett in 1976 and raised alfalfa seed and leaf cutter bees for 18 years.

Both were active in the Montana Alfalfa Seed Association. He was on the Agricultural Stabilization and Conservation Service board, and also sold liquid cattle feed.

They sold the ranch in 1995 and retired to Molt.

Survivors include his wife; sons, Dave and Mark of Fairview; a daughter, Jolene Shaw of Mosby; and 21 grandchildren.

Services will be at 2 p.m. Friday, May 23, at Shiloh Methodist Church, 1810 Shiloh Road. Arrangements are by Cremation & Funeral Gallery.

Last Updated on Thursday, 22 May 2014 22:57

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