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Our Buddy, Moe

With a sad heart, but with happy memories, this is to inform you that our buddy, Bill “Moe” Morrison, died Friday, April 4, 2014, from respiratory complications at St. Vincent Healthcare in Billings.

Moe was in hospice care and passed peacefully, and in no pain, surrounded by many friends.

A world traveler, with residences in Alaska, Isle of Corfu, Greece, and Montana, Billy enjoyed racing cars in Billings, captaining his sailboat in Alaska and assisting in operating a villa resort in Corfu. An accomplished cook, Moe delighted family and friends with varied culinary treats while spreading the Gospel of the Perfect Caesar Salad and the sublime, copper-mugged “Moscow Mule.” He always wheeled terrific vehicles over the years, ranging from an MG Roadster with roll bar, English Land Rover, a 1950s Jeep truck with Conestoga canvas covering, top of the line Cadillac and dual rear-wheeled Chevy truck with a fully equipped camper.

One of Billy’s loves was possessing the perfect sound machine/stereo wherever he lived and playing all kinds of music all of the time! Music was in the air when you hung with William!

Known as a jock at Shattuck School in Faribault, Minnesota, Moe held records for the shot put and discus and starred on the basketball and tennis teams. He proudly served his country in the Navy during the Vietnam era. After Vietnam, Moe returned to Billings and graduated from Rocky Mountain College. Bill had retired from a long career as a telecommunications consultant and was living in the Red Lodge/Joliet area of Montana.

There will be a Celebration of Life in memory of Moe from 4-6 p.m. Thursday, April 24, at Pug Mahon’s in downtown Billings. Questions? Please contact Daryl  at 248-1512 or 238-7117 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

Last Updated on Thursday, 10 April 2014 11:08

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Hazel (Jean) Watson-Kirchner

Hazel (Jean) Watson-Kirchner, 69, who had been a professional card dealer for many years, died April 3, 2014, of lung cancer at Valley Health Care in Billings.

She was born in Ogden, Utah, on Jan. 17, 1945, to William and Patricia Watson. She lived most of her life in Montana, in Big Timber, Harlowton, Lewistown, Rapelje and Billings.

She graduated from Harlowton High School in 1963. She was married to Lenny Langford and David Kirchner.

She had four children, Michael, Loren, Leah Kay and Lisa Marie, and 14 grandchildren. Survivors include a sister, Peggy Hopkins, and brothers Sam, Patric and Wynn Watson.

Services will be at 1 p.m. Sunday, April 13, at Cremation and Funeral Gallery, 29 Eighth St. W. in Billings. Viewing will be from noon to 2 p.m. Saturday and from noon to 1 p.m. Sunday. A potluck reception will follow the funeral .

Last Updated on Thursday, 10 April 2014 11:07

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Raymond B. Mus

Raymond B. Mus, 86, of Laurel, who taught for more than 30 years, died March 30, 2014, at Billings Clinic.

He was born April 4, 1927, in Red Lodge, the son of Earl and Ilmi “Mary” (Hendrickson) Mus. He joined the Merchant Marines and was stationed in the Far East, including Korea, Vietnam and the Philippines, during World War II.

Mr. Mus moved to Cle Elum, Wash., where he graduated from high school. He returned to Montana and worked in the Butte mines and then taught in Cooke City School. While teaching he attended Eastern Montana College and received a bachelor of arts degree in education.

He taught eight different grades in all subjects, including all six of his own children. He also owned a grocery store and gas station in Cooke City and was an avid bicyclist. He lived in Bremerton, Wash., before moving to Laurel in 2004.

Survivors include children, Gina M. Gahagan of Bozeman, Raymond C. Mus of Billings, Mark D. Mus of Laurel, Patrick V. Mus of Bremerton, Wash., and Wanda S. Champlin of Lynnwood, Wash.; eight grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren.

No services were planned. Arrangements were in the care of Dahl Funeral Chapel.

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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.


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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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