The Billings Outpost

Esther Weber Reiter

Esther Weber Reiter, 86, formerly of Bozeman and Sun City, Ariz., died Jan. 1, 2014, at Tender Nest Assisted Living.

Survivors include children, Connie Morse of Surprise, Ariz., Jorgie Nerada of Phoenix, Ariz., Valerie Cover of Cody, Wyo., and Nancy Wandler of Billings; and five grandchildren.

At her request, no services will be held. Arrangements were by Cremation & Funeral Gallery.

Last Updated on Thursday, 09 January 2014 11:10

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Esther Ackerman

Esther Elizabeth Hoffman Ackerman, 93, died Friday, Dec. 27, 2013, at Tender Nest Assisted Living in Laurel.

She was born Feb. 17, 1920, in Garden City, Kan., the oldest of five children of Jake and Elizabeth Schaefer Hoffman. She moved with her farming family to the Wellington, Colo., area at age 9.

She married Rudolph Ackerman on Sept. 1, 1939, at Fort Collins, Colo. They ranched in the Buckeye area before moving to Grants Pass, Ore., in 1973.

Survivors include a daughter, Judy Coombs of Belfry; a sister, Helen Rommel of Sacramento, Calif.; and a brother, Harvey Hoffman of Denver, Colo.

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

Memorial contributions may be made to Applegate Community Church, Grants Pass, Ore., or the American Cancer Society.

Last Updated on Thursday, 09 January 2014 11:09

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Loren A. Hayes

Loren A. Hayes, 60, died Dec. 25, 2013.

He was born May 7, 1953, to Gerald and Lauretta Hayes of Whitefish. He worked in Montana and moved to Billings, where he married his wife of 18 years, Janice Medicine Horse.

He enjoyed fishing, camping, horseshoes and poker.

Survivors include children from a previous marriage, Aren and Daniel Hayes.

Services are pending.

Last Updated on Thursday, 09 January 2014 11:09

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Jean Nonette Halverson

Jean Nonette Halverson, 91, of Billings, died Tuesday, Nov. 12, 2013.

She was born June 15, 1992, in Rapid City, S.D., the only child of Jack and Gladys Harlow.

She was a Jehovah’s Witness.

Survivors include children, Nonette of Billings, Jack of Spearfish, S.D., Patty Jo of Denver, Colo., and Joseph of Rapid City, S.D.; 10 grandchildren; 24 great-grandchildren; and seven great-great-grandchildren.

Burial will be in the Black Hills National Cemetery. Her family will have a gathering this spring to remember her. Arrangements are by Cremation & Funeral Gallery.


Last Updated on Thursday, 21 November 2013 11:51

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Lillian E. Curtis

Lillian E. Curtis, 96, of Billings, died Wednesday, Nov. 13, 2013.

She was born Aug. 13, 1917, in Donnybrook, N.D., to Edward and Ann King.  She had four sisters. She married Joe Curtis.

Survivors include a son, Marvin of Acton.

Services were planned at the Busted Fork Ranch in Acton. Arrangements were by Cremation & Funeral Gallery.

Last Updated on Thursday, 21 November 2013 11:50

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John Joseph Miller

John Joseph Miller, 66, of Billings, who had served in the National Guard, died Saturday, Nov. 16, 2013, at his home.

He was born June 6, 1947, in Dickinson, N.D., a son of Helen Wiesmann Miller and John M. Miller. He was raised in Mott, N.D., until his family moved to Billings in 1959. He graduated from West High School in 1966.  He attended Wyoming Vo-Tech and served in the North Dakota-Montana National Guard from March 1967 to July 1976.

On Sept. 6, 1968, he married Helen Kamarath in Mott, N.D., and they made their home in Billings.

Survivors include his wife of 45 years, Helen; a sister, Sharon Anderson; children, Tina Miller, James Miller, Scott Miller, Travis Miller, Tanya Little Owl and Bryan Miller; eight grandchildren; six adopted grandchildren; and a great-grandson.

He had received care at Frontier Cancer Center, St. Vincent Internal Medicine and St. Vincent Healthcare. Bryan Miller had helped get him to all of his appointments.

Visitation will be from noon to 7 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 21, at Cremation & Funeral Gallery. Services will be at 2 p.m. Nov. 22 at Tree of Life Wesleyan Church, 3608 Custer Ave.

Memorials can be sent to the Chase Hawks Memorial Association, St. Vincent PEAKS Foundation or the American Cancer Society.

Last Updated on Thursday, 21 November 2013 11:49

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Edward ‘Chappy’ O. Chapman

Edward “Chappy” O. Chapman, 50, of Billings, died after a decade of struggles on Thursday, Nov. 14, 2013.

He was born Jan. 5, 1963, in Butte to Henry and Nadine Chapman. He played multiple sports in high school and was an academic and a musician.

Survivors include his wife, Gwen; children, Henry of Billings, Edward Hawkins of Panacea, Fla., Doreen Davis of Crawfordville, Fla., and Jim Hawkins of Temple, Texas; father, of Butte; sisters, Lori Claus and Angela Martin of Butte; brothers, Henry “JR” of Billings, Alvy of Missoula and Eugene of Butte; six grandchildren; and one great-grandchild.

Visitation was Nov. 16-17. Services were Nov. 17 at Cremation & Funeral Gallery.

Last Updated on Thursday, 21 November 2013 11:48

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Enid Evelyn Zentner

Enid Evelyn Zentner, 69, of Billings, died Tuesday, Nov. 12, 2013. 

She was born July 23, 1944, in Elgin, N.D., to Oscar and Fern Heupel.  She had five siblings. She graduated from Elgin High School and attended Dickinson State College for two years.

She married Wally Zentner on Oct. 26, 1962, in Mott, N.D.

Survivors include her husband; daughters, Gina Dirickson and Shaunda Albright; four grandchildren; and sisters, Velva Klein, Jeanette Ferderer and Dorothy Wallander.

Services were held Nov. 14 at Cremation & Funeral Gallery.

Last Updated on Thursday, 21 November 2013 11:48

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Paula (Johnke) Gallagher Kinn

Paula (Johnke) Gallagher Kinn, 82, died Sunday, Nov. 10, 2013, after a stroke on Nov. 3. She had spent that day cooking and supervising the hanging of the outdoor Christmas lights.

She was born July 15, 1931, one of eight children of Otto and Lois Johnke at her grandparents’ home in Flatwillow in Petroleum County. She was delivered by her paternal grandmother, Theresa.

She could drive a team of horses and a semi-truck. She was an Avon lady for almost 40 years. She also had worked as a teller at Security Bank and at the Eastern Montana College bookstore.

She was known as an excellent cook and pie maker.

Survivors include seven brothers and sisters, Gene Johnke, Martin Johnke, Arlene Bond, Marie Fitzgerald, Bob Johnke, Jim Johnke and Steve Johnke; children, Karen Korell, Jack Gallagher and Randy Gallagher; six grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren.

Visitation will be from noon to 7 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 14, at Cremation & Funeral Gallery. Services will be at 1 p.m. Friday, Nov. 15, at Atonement Lutheran Church. Interment will follow in Sunset Memorial Gardens.

Last Updated on Thursday, 14 November 2013 10:41

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LeRoy Kirschenmann

LeRoy Kirschenmann, 79, who had played trumpet in the Air Force for 21 years, died Monday, Nov. 4, 2013, at home due to complications from vascular dementia and stroke.

He was born Oct. 28, 1934, in Burnstad, N.D., to John and Frieda Kirschenmann. In 1935, they moved to the Hardin area. He played trumpet while attending Hardin High School and graduated in 1952.

Shortly afterward, he joined the Air Force and was stationed at George Air Force Base in California.

He married Virginia Griffith in 1954 in Pasadena, Calif.

He played trumpet in the Air Force Band until his retirement as master sergeant in 1973. While in the band, he played on the Johnny Carson and Ed Sullivan shows, at Carnegie Hall, for the King of Thailand and USO shows around the world.

After retiring from the Air Force, the family moved to Billings, where he began a second 21-year career at the U.S Postal Service, retiring in 1994. In August 1995, he married Susan Simmons.

He had received care from Aspen Meadows, Billings Health and Rehabilitation, Rocky Mountain Hospice and Premier Home Care.

Survivors include his wife, of Billings; children, Pam Resch, Mike Kirschenmann, Debbie Mauthe, Patti Monaco and Peggy LeBrun; stepchildren, Kristine Wagner and Greg Simmons; 16 grandchildren; numerous great-grandchildren; and brothers and sisters, Eugene, Delores Anderson, Darlene Anderson, Priscilla Newell, Annabelle Snyder and Johnny.

Services were held Nov. 12 at Cremation & Funeral Gallery with the Rev. Phil Newell officiating. Inurnment with military honors followed in Sunset Memorial Gardens.

Memorials may be made to Rocky Mountain Hospice.

Last Updated on Thursday, 14 November 2013 10:40

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