The Billings Outpost

John E. Fosjord

John “Fozzy” Fosjord, 50, who logged more than a million miles driving a truck, died Nov. 11, 2013, at his home in Huntley of cancer.

He was born April 9, 1963, in Billings, the son of Dale and Audrey (Thatcher) Fosjord. He enlisted in the Army Reserve in 1980 and later in the Army National Guard of Montana until 1986.

He was a trucker for more than 26 years. He a member of the Huntley United Methodist Church and a volunteer with the Worden Fire Department.

He had received care from Rocky Mountain Hospice.

Survivors include his wife, Vickie (Vale) Fosjord; mother, Audrey Thatcher; father; grandfather, Frank Thatcher; children, Tom Hostetler, Jacob Nystrom, Jennifer Ludlow, Lucas Nystrom and Lindsey Nystrom; 11 grandchildren; a sister, Debbie Fosjord; and brothers, Steven and Dave Fosjord.

Visitation and prayer service were Wednesday, Nov. 13, at Dahl Funeral Chapel. Visitation will begin at 9 a.m. with services at 10 a.m. Thursday, Nov. 14, at Huntley United Methodist Church.

Last Updated on Thursday, 14 November 2013 10:39

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Bryan Prochnick

Bryan George Prochnick, 55, of Billings, died Nov. 5, 2013.

He was born in Billings on July 24, 1958, to Robert and Laila Prochnick.

Survivors include his mother, Laila Gulbranson; father, Robert Prochnick; sister, Gayl Perman; and brother, Jeffrey (Linda) Prochnick.

Services were at Dahl Funeral Chapel.

Last Updated on Thursday, 14 November 2013 10:39

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Hollie Ann Thomas

Hollie Ann Thomas, 30, died in her sleep early on Nov. 3, 2013.

She was born Dec. 18, 1982, in Billings where she lived her whole life with her parents and foster family.

Survivors include her parents, Randy W. and Ann E. Thomas; a sister, Shannon M. Thomas of Renton, Wash.; grandmother, J. Darlene Thomas; and foster family, Joe and Lynette Lynch, sister Leah and brother Jack.

Services will be at 10 a.m. Thursday, Nov. 7, at Dahl Funeral Chapel with a luncheon to follow. Interment of ashes will be in Rockvale Cemetery.

Memorials may be made to Special Olympics Montana, P.O. Box 3507, Great Falls, MT 59003; or Al Bedoo Shrine Hospital Transportation Fund, 1125 Broadwater Ave., Billings, MT 59102.


Last Updated on Thursday, 07 November 2013 11:51

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Phyllis J. Whitesell

Phyllis J. Whitesell, 75, formerly of Billings, who worked many years in medical offices, died in her sleep on Sunday, Sept. 22, 2013, at her son’s home in Columbus.

She was born Feb. 17, 1938, in Carson, N.D., to Phillip and Leah (Chittick) Balliet of Carson, N.D. She was a homemaker for more than 30 years, raising her children.

She worked for medical offices starting with Western Montana Medical Clinic in Ronan, then Billings Oncology and Orthopedic Surgeons for more than 25 years.

Survivors include a brother, Richard Balliet of Carson, N.D.; a daughter, Robin Jean Whitesell of Billings; two sons, David Charles of Stevensville and Richard Patrick of Columbus; eight grandchildren; and three great-grandsons.

Services and burial will be in Sunnyside Cemetery in Carson, N.D. Arrangements are by Cremation & Funeral Gallery.

Donations may be made to Rocky Mountain Hospice.

Last Updated on Thursday, 03 October 2013 19:44

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Richard ‘Dick’ Pacot

Richard “Dick” Pacot, 82, a longtime Cenex employee, died in Billings on Friday, Sept. 27, 2013.

He was born in Billings on May 14, 1931. He graduated from Senior High School and Billings Business College.

He was a member of the Veterans of Foreign Wars. He served in the Army in the occupation of Germany during the Korean War. After being honorably discharged, he worked for Cenex for 42 years.

He and his wife, Wanda, were charter members of the Laurel Golf Course.

Survivors include his wife; sons, Rich Pacot of Billings and Jeff Pacot of Murrieta, Calif.; daughters, Kim Claassen of Helena, Barb Bush of Missoula and Lisa Pacot of Seattle, Wash.; six grandchildren; and great-grandchildren.

At his request, no services were planned. Arrangements were by Cremation & Funeral Gallery.

Last Updated on Thursday, 03 October 2013 19:43

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Timothy Eugene Wood

Timothy Eugene Wood, 71, died Thursday, Aug. 15, 2013, due to complications from a surgery in 2009 on a thoracic-abdominal aortic aneurysm.

He was born June 19, 1942, to Louis and Lillian (Sjolund) Wood in Grand Rapids, Mich. The Wood family moved to Glendive where he attended school and Dawson Community College. He also worked for his father at Gene Wood Ready Mix.

He moved to Butte to attend the School of Mines and worked in the mines to put himself through school. He joined the Army, but was sent back to Butte after six months to finish his six years of service in the National Guard.

Graduating from Montana Tech (School of Mines) with a bachelor’s degree in mining engineering, he went to work for Montana Power in June 1972.

While employed by Western Energy, he built the tipple and runway at Colstrip. Reclamation was also part of his job.

Moving back to Butte, he inspected mines for Western Energy. After 25 years, he retired on July 1, 1997. Then he moved back to Billings and married Janette Marie (Steinborn) Martin in August 2002.

Survivors include his wife, Jan Martin-Wood of Highgate in Billings; mother, of North Dakota; sisters, Kathleen Carlson of Minnesota, Carol Dalbey of North Dakota, Helen Williamson of Colorado, Barbara Entzel of North Dakota; brothers, Keith Wood of Minnesota and David Wood of Lewistown; stepchildren, Chris Martin of Nebraska, Kevin Martin of Oregon, Mark Martin of Colorado and Leo Martin; a grandson; and six step-grandchildren.

Graveside services will be in the Yellowstone County Veterans Cemetery. Arrangements are by Cremation & Funeral Gallery.

Memorials may be made to the Tumbleweed Runaway Program, 505 N. 24th St., Billings MT 59101.

Last Updated on Thursday, 03 October 2013 19:42

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Peggy Ann Toavs

Peggy Ann Toavs, 79, who enjoyed crocheting and knitting, died Wednesday, Sept. 25, 2013.

She was born Oct. 6, 1933, in Berryville, Ark., to Alva and Pauline Hackworth. After graduating from high school in Havre in 1951, she married Harry Arthur Toavs on July 3, 1951. 

In addition to crocheting and knitting, she enjoyed gardening and playing whist and pinochle.

Survivors include a sister, Mary Petit of Lincoln, Calif.; a son, Dick Toavs of Filer, Idaho; a daughter, Debbie of Harlowton; five grandchildren; and 13 great-grandchildren.

A private graveside service will be held later. Arrangements are by Cremation & Funeral Gallery.

Donations may be made to St John’s Lutheran Home.

Last Updated on Thursday, 03 October 2013 19:42

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Paul Van Cleave

Paul Van Cleave, 75, of Billings, a power lineman, died Sept. 26, 2013.

He was born in Bison, S.D., to Earl and Florence (Palmer) Van Cleave on April 12, 1938. He attended Prairie City School, then enlisted in the Army and was awarded a Good Conduct Medal.

On Dec. 29, 1962, he married Toni Eide in Sturgis, S.D.

Survivors include his wife; children, Cristeen Stone of Humble, Texas, Carla Van Cleave of Billings and Calvin JayEarl Van Cleave of Billings; brothers, Everett of Washington, John of Billings and Orman of Washington; sisters, Eilene of Rapid City, Joyce of Virginia and Carol of Bismarck; seven grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren.

Services were held Oct. 1 at Cremation and Funeral Gallery. A reception followed at the Fraternal Order of the Eagles on Main Street in the Billings Heights.

Last Updated on Thursday, 03 October 2013 19:41

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Toni Lawhon

Toni Marie (Kallen) Lawhon, 59, of Billings, the retired postmaster in Forsyth, died Friday, Sept. 27, 2013, at her home in Billings.

She was born Feb. 20, 1954, in Hardin, the daughter of Ted Kallen and Jerry Kallen. She graduated from Hysham High School and attended Billings Business College.

She worked as a bookkeeper for Don’s Car Wash and then drove a school bus for Billings Schools. In 1986, she started working in the Billings post office, holding several positions before she was promoted to postmaster in Forsyth.

After retiring from the U.S. Postal Service, she returned to driving a school bus and helped with merchandising and inventory. She was a business partner in Chickadee Tweets, a caramel business.

She created stained glass, dry floral arrangements and other crafts. She was an active member of Zoe Bible Church, where she taught art classes for children.

Survivors include a son Randy; a grandson; her mother, Jerry Wetsch; sisters, Monti Wetsch, Pam Kraft and Theresa Daem; and stepsisters Anjeanette Meuret Silver, Linda Meuret, Linda Gow and Jerry Lee Hale.

Services will be at 3 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 5, at Zoe Bible Church in Lockwood, with a reception to follow. Arrangements are in the care of Dahl Funeral Chapel.

Last Updated on Thursday, 03 October 2013 19:40

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Emelie Eliasson Jensvold

Emelie Eliasson Jensvold, 93, whose gift was taking care of people, died Monday, Sept. 30, 2013, in Billings.

She was born Sept. 11, 1920, in Roundup, the daughter of Bonsak “Ben” Eliasson of Norway and Gerda “Gertie” Solomonson Eliasson of Sweden. She was raised with five brothers on a homestead in the Sunlit Basin, north of Roundup. She attended Sunlit Basin School and graduated from Roundup High School.

On Jan. 20, 1940, she married Alvin Jensvold in Roundup. When he joined the Navy during World War II, she made a home for them in Houston, Texas; Berkeley, Calif.; Bremerton, Wash.; and Portland, Ore., working in department stores and the shipyards.

After the war, they bought a farm in Riverside, just outside Roundup. In 1951 they moved to Washington state, settling in Richland. Mrs. Jensvold was a Scout den mother, Girl Scout leader and Sunday school teacher at Richland Lutheran Church.

She cared for her mother and mother-in-law at the end of their lives, and she provided day care for the children of working mothers and maintained relationships with some of them into their adult years.

After Mr. Jensvold retired in 1969, they moved back to Roundup, where they renewed their connection with Zion Lutheran Church. She was active in the auxiliaries of the American Legion and the Veterans of Foreign Wars, where she was treasurer.

Survivors include a daughter, Judy Shaw, of Ithaca, N.Y.; and two grandchildren.

Services will be at 10:30 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 5, at Zion Lutheran Church in Roundup. Arrangements are by Cremation & Funeral Gallery.

Gifts in her memory may be made to Zion Lutheran Church, Musselshell Valley Community Foundation, or St. John’s Lutheran Ministries cottages.


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