Susan Carol Johnson (nee Beam), 56, died at her home in Billings on Sunday, Sept. 1, 2013, of cancer.
She was born in Bozeman on July 8, 1957, and attended schools in Montana, California, Washington and Utah. She graduated from Murray High School in Murray, Utah, in 1975.
That same year she moved to Hawaii where she lived for four years before moving back to Salt Lake City to attend the University of Utah and take up a career in finance and banking.
She married Michael Edward Johnson on June 18, 2005, in Mammoth and then moved from Salt Lake City to Missoula to be with her husband. They moved to Billings in 2010 when Mr. Johnson accepted a position with Local 400, Operating Engineers Union.
She loved skiing and shooting and spent the last weeks of her life at Lake Mary Ronan.
Survivors include her husband; parents, Bill and Darlene Beam (nee McLaughlin); a sister, Kathy Beam; and stepchildren, Jessie May Green and Lawrence Bird Johnson.
A celebration of her life will be held in Pony at 2 p.m. Sept. 14 at the Pony Senior Citizens Center followed by graveside services. Arrangements are by Cremation & Funeral Gallery.
Last Updated on Thursday, 12 September 2013 11:32
Marjorie Ann Bates, 30, died in her home in Lockwood on Sunday, Sept. 8, 2013.
She was born in Mora, Minn., on March 31, 1983, the daughter of Donovan Bates and Marjorie Davis.
Survivors include her husband, Martin Valenzuela; two sons, Angel and Junior; a stepdaughter, Cinthya; her mother and “Dad,” Rick Tucker; sisters, Jennifer Steiner and Hannah Bates; and brothers, Zachary and Matthew Tucker.
A celebration of her life will be held later. Arrangements are by Cremation & Funeral Gallery.
Memorials may be sent to Marjorie Davis, in care of Unity Church of Christianity, 9 14th St. W., Billings, MT 59102.
Last Updated on Thursday, 12 September 2013 11:31
Arnold Ferraguti, 74, died at home on Sept. 7, 2013, of cancer.
He was born on May 2, 1939, to Sam and Rose Ferraguti.
Survivors include his wife, Marsha (Phipps) of Billings; brothers, Sam Ferraguti of Omaha, Neb., and Mike Ferraguti of Fort Lauderdale, Fla.; a sister, Mary Densley of Omaha; daughters, Mary Pat Mangiamelli and Michele Terrell, both of Omaha; sons, Chad and Jason Ferraguti, both of Billings; nine grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren.
Services are being planned in Omaha and Billings. Arrangements are by Cremation & Funeral Gallery.
Last Updated on Thursday, 12 September 2013 11:30
Laura Lee Turns Plenty-Nanez, 37, of Billings, died Sunday afternoon, Sept. 1, 2013.
She attended Senior High School and earned a diploma at the Adult Education Center. She received a bachelor of arts degree in Spanish from Montana State University Billings.
Survivors include her mother, Coralee; brothers, Chester, Darrell, Dan and Josh; sisters, Janet and Lisa Beth; children, Adriana, Josephina and Estevan; grandmother, Agnes Pretty Weasel; and grandfather, Charlie DeCrane.
Services were Sept. 5 at St. Charles Mission in Pryor. Interment was in Turnsplenty Cemetery. Arrangements were in the care of Dahl Funeral Chapel.
Last Updated on Thursday, 12 September 2013 11:29
Shirley (Lambrecht) McJunkin, 77, of Red Lodge, who had published four books, died Sept. 5, 2013.
She was born in Billings on Sept. 14, 1935. She graduated from Huntley High School and married Keith McJunkin on May 3, 1957.
She was active in St. Agnes Catholic Church.
Survivors include a daughter, Lorena; sons, Keith and Dan; seven grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren.
A vigil service was held Sept. 10 and a memorial service on Sept. 11, both at St. Anthony’s Catholic Church in Laurel. The Rev. Bart Stevens officiated. Arrangements were by Dahl Funeral Chapel.
Last Updated on Thursday, 12 September 2013 11:28
Jerry David Stahl, 60, of Billings, who had worked as a chef in Florida, for the Conoco refinery and as a paper delivery man, died Thursday, Sept. 5, 2013.
He was born March 21, 1953, to Leland and Gladys Stahl in Billings, where he lived the majority of his life.
Survivors include his mother; a son, Jeremy; siblings, Margo Cook, Wesley, Lyle, Mary Ahern and Curtis; and three grandchildren.
Services were Sept. 10 at Cremation & Funeral Gallery.
Last Updated on Thursday, 12 September 2013 11:22
Helen Dixon Aarstad, 80, who ranched with her husband in Montana and Wyoming, died Sunday, Aug. 25, 2013, at her home in Billings.
She was born Aug. 3, 1933, in Lusk, Wyo., to Robert and Helen Dixon. She grew up rodeoing and working on the family ranch. She graduated from Newcastle High School and attended the University of Wyoming.
In 1960 she was married to Chuck Larsen and they had three children. They ranched in Wyoming and later in Montana. They later divorced.
In 1993 she married Gene Aarstad, and they enjoyed riding their horses in the Beartooths. He died in 2001.
Mrs. Aarstad retired as curator of the Anna Miller Museum in Newcastle, Wyo. She later worked as a home health care aide and as a volunteer at her church and in grade schools.
Survivors include three children, Loren Larsen, Bruce Larsen and Carol Schoening; four grandchildren; and a brother, Clayton Dixon.
Services were on Aug. 31 at Cremation & Funeral Gallery.
Last Updated on Friday, 06 September 2013 18:59
Scott Monsadius Hatzenbihler, 46, a refinery operator and pipefitter, died at his home on Aug. 31, 2013, of cancer.
He was born Oct. 12, 1966, in Mandan, N.D., the youngest of 10 children of Monsadius and Cecelia Hatzenbihler. He graduated from high school in Center, N.D., in 1984 and married Trudy Sack on June 6, 1992. He worked for Mobil Oil Co. and Conoco for more than 20 years.
Survivors include his wife, Trudy Hatzenbihler; three children, Grant, Chase and Paige; his father, Monsadius Hatzenbihler; and nine siblings, Jill Bosch, Neal Hatzenbihler, Dean Hatzenbihler, Kevin Hatzenbihler, Arliss Mahrer, Gail Morton, Denise Brorby, Raylene Vettel and Brian Hatzenbihler.
Services were Sept. 4 at St. Bernard’s Parish, 226 Wicks Lane. Vigil services were Sept. 3 at St. Bernard’s.
A Scott Hatzenbihler Memorial Fund has been established with First Interstate Bank Heights Branch, 730 Main St., to assist with the education of his children.
Last Updated on Thursday, 05 September 2013 20:12
Clarence “Everett” Imlay, 85, who had been a deputy sheriff in Stillwater County, died Tuesday, Aug. 27, 2013.
He was born Oct. 5, 1927, to Carl and Pearl Imlay in Helena. He served in the Navy from 1945 to 1947 and was honorably discharged.
It was during this time that he married his first wife, Myrtle Strickland. They had four children. In 1994, he married Maria Kemph, who cared for him through his final years of illness.
In addition to being a deputy sheriff, he had been a mechanic, blacksmith and heavy equipment operator.
He had received care from Rocky Mountain Hospice and Northwest Home Care.
Survivors include his wife; children, Virginia Powell, Linda Reich, Rick Imlay and Mike Imlay; brothers, Wesley Imlay and Gene Imlay; 12 grandchildren; 21 great-grandchildren; and numerous stepchildren.
Graveside services were held Aug. 30 at Mountain View Cemetery in Columbus. A gathering of family and friends was held in Billings at 4345 Brandywood Drive. Arrangements were by Cremation & Funeral Gallery.
Last Updated on Thursday, 05 September 2013 20:11
Daniel Jared Hudson, 80, a retired battalion chief with the Billings Fire Department, died Tuesday, Aug. 27, 2013, in Billings.
He was born April 22, 1933, the eldest of eight children of Anne Hudson and Thomas Jared Hudson in Billings. After graduating from Billings Senior High School, he served in the Navy during the Korean War, stationed primarily at San Diego Naval Hospital.
Upon discharge, he returned to Billings working as a meat cutter until he joined the Fire Department. He held several positions in the department and actively participated in the EMT program. He also was a training officer and retired as a battalion chief after 28 years.
As an early member of the Laurel Golf Club, he assisted in the planting of trees throughout the course. Mr. Hudson worked with others to subdivide parcels and worked with the county to get the roads and necessary improvements done. One can still drive down Hudson Circle in Laurel, where he lived from 1998 to 2004. He lived in Mesa, Ariz., from 2004 to 2012 before returning to Billings.
In his later years, he took up carving, winning many awards. His carvings have been displayed in art galleries throughout the western United States.
Survivors include three children, daughters Kathy Stabio of Billings and Lori Hudson of Woodland, Calif., and a son, Scott Hudson of Frederick, Md.; seven grandchildren; five great-grandchildren; brothers, Ronald, Murray and Timothy; and a sister, Kathleen.
Services will be at 11 a.m. Friday, Sept. 6, at Cremation & Funeral Gallery, followed by a reception at 1 p.m. at the Knights of Columbus.
Last Updated on Thursday, 05 September 2013 20:10