The Billings Outpost

Robert Sump

Robert Sump, a trucker who won a 1 million mile safety award, died at RiverStone Hospice after a short illness.

He was born in Creston, Neb., to Eric and Dora Armstrong Sump and grew up in Powell, Wyo. He enlisted in the Navy after graduation in Powell and served on the USS Bremerton.

After returning from the Navy, he married Joyce Wilson, and they had two children. They moved to Billings and he went to work for CF Freight Lines. He drove a wrecker for many years at Interstate Wrecker and DJ’s Towing.

In 1984 he married Loretta Begger and added three stepchildren, Francis, June and Tony. He went to work as a trucker for G.D. Eastlick and retired after earning a 1 million mile safety award.

He loved woodworking and made an oak cradle for his first great-grandchild.

Survivors include his wife, Loretta; two children, Robert and Kelly; two stepchildren; eight grandchildren; and 15 great-grandchildren.

Graveside services were April 7 at Sunset Memorial Gardens Mausoleum.

Last Updated on Thursday, 10 April 2014 11:06

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Merlyn B. ‘Doc’ Johnson

Merlyn Johnson, 87, an oral surgeon, died April 5, 2014, of lung cancer.

He was born in Minneapolis, Minn., on April 1, 1927, to Mary and Uno Johnson. After graduating from Edison High School, he enlisted in the Army in July 1945. He served while also playing football, basketball and softball on teams where he was stationed.

In the fall of 1947, he enrolled in the pre-dental program at Gustavus Aldophus and was admitted to the University of Minnesota dental school in 1950. After earning his DDS degree, he married Marie in June 1954. They moved to Ashby, Minn., and he opened a one-chair dental clinic.

He later returned to the Army and became an oral surgeon. The family lived in Texas, New Mexico and Hawaii before he was honorably discharged in 1960 and commissioned to the U.S. Public Health Service Officer Corps in 1964 after obtaining a master’s degree in public health administration from the University of Michigan.

He achieved the rank of captain in the Officer Corps and served as the area dental director for the Indian Health Service in Albuquerque, N.M., and Billings. He was awarded the Public Health Service’s Meritorious Service Medal in 1975. He retired at the age of 55 in 1982.

He became the owner of five patents for inventions that included decorative lawn rocks and knife, gun, spice and jewelry keepers.

He was involved in several organizations including the Shriners.

Survivors include his wife; children, Kim Halverson of Billings and Bryce Johnson of Oklahoma City; and four grandchildren.

Services will be at 3 p.m. Friday, April 11, at St. Stephen’s Episcopal Church, 1241 Crawford Drive. Dahl Funeral Chapel is in charge of arrangements.

Memorials may be made to RiverStone Hospice, 123 S. 27th St., Billings, MT 59101.

Last Updated on Thursday, 10 April 2014 11:06

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Mary M. Bradbury

Mary Magdalen Bradbury, who was an active volunteer, died April 5, 2014.

She was part of the volunteer program at St. Vincent Healthcare and at Angela’s Piazza.

Services will be at 2 p.m. April 10 at St. Vincent Healthcare Chapel. Arrangements are in the care of Dahl Funeral Chapel.

Memorials may be made to St. Vincent Healthcare Volunteer Services, c/o the St. Vincent Foundation, or to Angela’s Piazza Women’s Drop-In Center, 420 Grand Ave., Billings, MT 59101.

Last Updated on Thursday, 10 April 2014 11:05

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Ronald Eugene Gray

Ronald Eugene Gray, 72, of Billings, formerly of Las Vegas, Nev., died April 2, 2014, at Billings Clinic.

No services will be held. Arrangements were by Cremation & Funeral Gallery.


Last Updated on Thursday, 10 April 2014 11:05

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Quentin R. Newton

Quentin Roosevelt Newton, 94, of Joliet, who spent his life farming and caring for the family homestead, died Saturday, March 29, 2014.

He was born on the family farm near Edgar on Nov. 23, 1919, to Rolla Leroy (Roy) and Daisy Edna (Wight) Newton. He was educated in Edgar.

On Dec. 4, 1954, he married Ida Junkert Neuhardt, and they lived on the family farm south of Rockvale.

Survivors include children, Cindy Graber and Dennis Newton of Joliet and Sol Neuhardt of Billings; and six grandchildren.

Visitation was April 1 at Dahl Funeral Chapel in Billings and at Joliet Wesleyan Church. Services were April 2 at the Joliet Wesleyan Church.  Interment was in Rockvale Cemetery. Arrangements were in the care of Dahl Funeral Chapel.

Memorials may be made to the Joliet Wesleyan Church, Gideons International, or the Edgar or Joliet volunteer fire departments.

Last Updated on Thursday, 03 April 2014 19:22

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Melvin W. Roe

Melvin W Roe, 84, of Billings, who had owned Billings Business College, died Tuesday morning, March 25, 2014.

He was born Dec. 29, 1929, in Philadelphia, Pa., the only child of William and Irene Roe. He moved to Montana to become a professor at Eastern Montana College. He owned Billings Business College for a time.

During the 1980s he played the organ for Atonement Lutheran Church on most Sundays and for many weddings.

Survivors include his wife of 33 years, Linda; daughters, Jamie and Jennifer; and three grandchildren. 

A private family service was planned. Arrangements were in the care of Dahl Funeral Chapel

Memorials may be made to Halos Baseball, 328 S. Shiloh Road, Billings, MT 59106, or to any youth sports program.

Last Updated on Thursday, 03 April 2014 19:21

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Kay Lynn Zeiler

Our beloved Kay Lynn Zeiler passed away peacefully Friday morning, March 28, 2014, surrounded by family. Kay was born Dec. 2, 1946, to Delos and Mary Kelley in Baker.

She is preceded in death by her parents, and sister Doris Peterson of Billings.

She is survived by her loving husband of 36 years, Gordon Zeiler of Billings; son Jamie (Kathy) Zeiler of Meredith, N.H., and their child Rolo Zeiler; son Curtis McGarry of Concord, N.H., his children, Travis and Taysha McGarry; brothers Ronald (Norma) Kelley of Ridgefield, Wash., and Dennis (Hedy) Kelley of Kalispell; sister Helen (Bob) Ondresek of Demming, N.M.; father-in-law Jake Zeiler of Billings; sisters-in-law Jerri Norton of Billings and Roxy Zeiler of Red Lodge; brother-in-law Jace Zeiler of Billings; plus many cousins, nephews, nieces and really good friends.

We will greatly miss our little red-headed spitfire Butterfly.

Last Updated on Thursday, 03 April 2014 19:20

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Nelda S. Hernandez

Nelda Sue Hernandez, 67, of Billings, who had owned a bar and managed several restaurants, died March 22, 2014.

She was born July 30, 1946, in Thermopolis, Wyo., to Dwayne and Gladys McKenner. She grew up in the Hamilton Dome oil fields and eventually became a permanent resident of Carbon County.

She had owned a bar in Craig, Colo., and enjoyed making jewelry.

Survivors include children, Chandra Owen and Scott Blanton; six grandchildren; and eight great-grandchildren.

A celebration of her life will be held later. Arrangements are in the care of Dahl Funeral Chapel.

Last Updated on Thursday, 03 April 2014 19:20

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Marjorie Shay Murphy

Marjorie (Shay) Murphy, 89, of Billings, a registered nurse, died Thursday, March 27, 2014, at Billings Health and Rehabilitation.

She was born Oct. 19, 1924, in Laurel, the daughter of J. Roscoe and Lela (Bray) Shay. She graduated from Laurel High School and then from Montana State University Deaconess School of Nursing, Great Falls Unit, in 1944.

She married Frank Murphy on March 14, 1948, and they lived in Billings. She worked as an operating room supervisor at Deaconess Hospital, then as a private duty nurse, and finally as the public health nurse at the Federal Building.

After her husband died in 1965, she dedicated her life to raising her four children.

Survivors include a brother, Charles Shay of Lynnwood, Wash.; children, Ella Laden of Gardnerville, Nev., Frank Murphy of Laurel, Charlie Murphy of Molt and Patty Burke of Lancaster, Calif.; five granddaughters; and six great-grandchildren.

Services were April 2 at Dahl Funeral Chapel. Interment was in Sunset Memorial Gardens.

Last Updated on Thursday, 03 April 2014 19:19

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Burton H. Berg

Burton “Burt” Berg, 83, of Billings, an Army Air Corps veteran who was active in both the American Legion and Veterans of Foreign Wars, died Thursday, March 27, 2014, at the Billings Health and Rehabilitation Community.

He was born Jan. 24, 1931, to Martin and Ruth Berg in Forsyth. Although primarily raised and educated in Glendive, he and his wife, Joylyn (Atwood) from Richey, lived in a variety of Montana cities, with short stints in Nevada and Louisiana.

Survivors include three daughters, Barb Johnston of Richey, Sherry Oxtra of Gillette, Wyo., and Loye Eschenburg of Fairfax Station, Va.; a son, Steve Berg of Billings; 11 grandchildren; and 19 great-grandchildren.

A celebration of his life was held March 31 at the South Park Senior Citizens Center. Arrangements were by Cremation & Funeral Gallery.

Donations may be made to the South Park Senior Citizens Center, 901 S. 31st St., Billings, MT 59102.

Last Updated on Thursday, 03 April 2014 19:18

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