Longtime Billings resident Fred Bierwiler, 85, who worked in banking and finance and was recognized for his service to the Boy Scouts, died Wednesday, Aug. 7, 2013, six months after a heart attack and subsequent complications.
He was born in 1927 and raised in Corning, N.Y. He worked with his father at Carpenter’s Bus as a driver before joining the Army at age 18. He started his finance career in Corning.
In 1959, the family moved to Helena, where he was promoted to finance company office manager. Three years later, he was promoted again and moved to Billings. He joined Midland Bank in 1967 and retired from US Bank 20 years ago.
Mr. Bierwiler was a lifelong member and leader with the Boy Scouts of America. He started a Cub Scout pack as soon as his firstborn son was old enough to participate and remained active until long after his children had left the household. U.S. Sen. Max Baucus presented him with the Silver Beaver, one of Scouting’s highest awards, for his service to the community for more than 35 years.
He and his wife, Valerie, traveled extensively in retirement and spent winters in Salome, Ariz., for 17 years. There they became oil painting artists.
Survivors include his wife of 65 years; sons, David, Michael, Terry, Scott and Amie Spendlow; grandchildren; great-grandchildren; and a sister, Cynthia Nan Springsteen.
Services will be at Cremation & Funeral Gallery in Billings. A private family memorial will take place in Colorado.
Donations may be made in his name to the Billings Food Bank or RiverStone Hospice. A website is being set up at http://fred.bierwiler.com for those who wish to share thoughts with the family.
Last Updated on Thursday, 15 August 2013 10:43
Lois Arlene Wilson Ellingson, 78, died Aug. 7, 2013.
She was born in Great Falls on Jan. 21, 1935, a daughter of Edgar C. Wilson and Blanche Haefer Wilson. She married Ronald Willard Ellingson in Great Falls on June 15, 1951.
She made baby blankets for her grandchildren and great-grandchildren and had read shelves of books.
Survivors include her husband; children, Deborah Mallard, Jeffrey Ellingson, Deena Topel, Dorene Nelson and Donald Ellingson; 12 grandchildren; 16 great grandchildren; and a great-great grandchild.
Services were Aug. 10 at Cremation & Funeral Gallery.
Condolences may be sent to Topel Printing, c/o Richard Topel, 15 N. 22nd St., Billings, MT 59101.
Last Updated on Thursday, 15 August 2013 10:42
Merlin Don Boyer, 46, who worked at Knife River, died Aug. 4, 2013, in a motorcycle accident.
He was born Oct. 17, 1966, to Merlin and Sharon (Lacey) Boyer.
Survivors include his wife, Kam; children, Damian, Jeremy, Amber and Mercedes; two grandchildren; and a brother, Larry.
Services were pending. Arrangements were by Cremation & Funeral Gallery.
A memorial fund has been set up at Western Security Bank for the family in care of Merlin Boyer Memorial Fund.
Last Updated on Wednesday, 07 August 2013 16:46
JoAnn Clara Heins, 65, who had worked as receptionist for the under secretary of the Navy at the Pentagon, died Tuesday, July 30, 2013, at RiverStone Hospice Home in Billings.
She was born to Victor and Margaret Franzen on a farm in St. Lucas, Iowa, on Dec. 17, 1947. She joined the Marine Corps the day she graduated from high school, June 7, 1966.
She married Michael Heins on June 29, 1968, at Headquarters Marine Corps in Washington, D.C. She was honorably discharged in December 1968, and the family moved to Billings in 1970.
She worked at St. Vincent Hospital for a short time and for the U.S. Bureau of Land Management, retiring Jan. 3, 2008. She and her husband began attending St. Thomas the Apostle Catholic Church in 2008.
Mrs. Heins was very involved in Big Sky Cum Christo after she made her weekend in October 1985. In 2009 she was the rector for the woman’s weekend. She and her husband were active in the Marine Corps League.
Survivors include her husband; daughters, Michelle McManus, Rene Heins and Suzette “Suzie” Heins; siblings, Bernard Franzen of St. Lucas, Iowa, Dorothy Hagemeier of Germantown, Wis., Stella Franzen of Denver, Colo., Richard Franzen, Ignatius Franzen of Otis, La., David Franzen of St. Lucas and Dennis Franzen of St. Lucas; and three grandchildren.
Vigil services were Aug. 2 at Dahl Funeral Chapel. Memorial Mass was Aug. 3 at St. Thomas the Apostle Church with a luncheon afterward. Burial of ashes was in the Yellowstone County Veterans Cemetery in Laurel.
Memorials may be made to St. Vincent Frontier Cancer Center, 1315 Golden Valley View Drive, Billings, MT 59102.
Last Updated on Wednesday, 07 August 2013 16:45
Ella M. Maxwell, 92, who had worked alongside her husband on a farm, in construction and at a motel, died July 9, 2013, after a short illness.
She was born Feb. 16, 1921, in Fromberg to Millard and Pearl Daylong and has six brothers and sisters. The family later moved to Billings.
She married Leslie L. Maxwell on March 26, 1938, in Columbus. They farmed south of Laurel, and she helped in their construction business. They built and operated Maxwell’s Motel in Park City. After her husband’s death in 1982, she moved to Billings.
Survivors include children, Darlene Weinzetl, Jess Maxwell and Nola Michael; 11 grandchildren; 19 great-grandchildren; and 28 great-great-grandchildren.
A celebration of her life was held Aug. 3 at the North Park Recreation Center in Billings.
Last Updated on Wednesday, 07 August 2013 16:44
Henry “Hank” Luther Kastl Jr., 91, of Billings, who had been an auto mechanic and service manager, died July 30, 2013, at Butterfly Assisted Living.
The son of Henry Luther Kastl Sr. and Sarah Kyger Kastl, he was born Aug. 8, 1921, in Hominy, Okla. He spent his youth in the Midwest working on oil rigs with his father and with the Civilian Conservation Corps.
He enlisted in the Navy in 1941, right after Pearl Harbor, and served until 1946. He married Mary Ruth “Jo” Beall on Sept. 22, 1945, in Vancouver, Wash.
During the 1950s, they moved to Billings where he worked for the Pierce family as an auto mechanic specializing in Jeeps. He left Pierce for several years, opening his own shop alongside John Beurer’s on Montana Avenue, then returned to Pierce as service manager for the RV and trailer center, a job he held until he retired.
Mr. Kastl was an active Mason in Billings and spent time woodworking and as a recreational lapidarist. He had received care from Rocky Mountain Hospice.
Survivors include his wife; a son, David of Helena; two granddaughters; seven great-grandchildren; and a great-great-grandchild.
Graveside services were held Aug. 5 at Sunset Memorial Gardens with a reception at Butterfly Homes, 77 Lily Valley Circle. Arrangements were in the care of Dahl Funeral Chapel.
Last Updated on Wednesday, 07 August 2013 16:42
Kenneth John Manke, 68, of Billings, who had owned the Mongolian Grill with his wife, died Sunday, Aug. 4, 2013.
He was born June 8, 1945, in St. Paul, Minn., the son of Carl and Florence Manke. He had two siblings. He served honorably in the Navy during the Vietnam War and was a member of American Legion Post 1.
He married Lee Dang, and they had lived in Vietnam, Iran and Saudi Arabia. After settling in Billings, they became the owners of the Mongolian Grill.
Survivors include his wife; sons, Jason of Billings and Thomas of San Diego, Calif.; three grandchildren; and a sister, Carla Kingsley of Walla Walla, Wash.
Visitation was Aug. 7 and services will be at 1 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 8, both at Cremation & Funeral Gallery. Inurnment with military honors will be at 11 a.m. Saturday, Aug. 10, at the Bonnievale Cemetery in Baker. Arrangements are by Cremation & Funeral Gallery.
Last Updated on Wednesday, 07 August 2013 16:42
James A. Vick, 85, of Billings, who had managed a grain elevator and worked in highway construction, died Friday, Aug. 2, 2013, at Billings Clinic.
He was born in Watford City, N.D., on Sept. 9, 1927, the son of George and Anne Vick. He was raised in the Banks, N.D., community attending Banks school and Watford City High School. In 1945 he enlisted in the Navy at age 17. He was honorably discharged in 1946.
In July 1951 he married Violet Stashuk. The couple moved to Montana in 1952 where he managed a grain elevator for 24 years. He then worked in highway construction until he retired in 1989.
He was a member of Operator Engineer Local 400, Elks Lodge and the American Legion.
Survivors include his wife; two daughters, Nancy Egeland and Susan Welch; seven grandchildren; and seven great-grandchildren.
Graveside services with military honors will be held at 1 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 8, at the Yellowstone County Veterans Cemetery in Laurel. Arrangements are by Cremation & Funeral Gallery.
Last Updated on Wednesday, 07 August 2013 16:41
W. Carter Snell, 91, of Billings, who had ranched and operated an airplane repair business, died Thursday, July 25, 2013.
He was born Jan. 27, 1922, in Miles City, the son of Walrond Carter Snell Sr. and Margaret Gladys Anthony. He graduated from high school in Miles City and attended Carroll College before entering the Navy.
He married Harriette A. Watzler on June 23, 1945. They lived in Alliance, Neb., following his honorable discharge from the Navy. He later ranched on Mizpah Creek and in the Jordan area. His wife died on Feb. 4, 1997.
Survivors include two children, Diane Hooker of Billings and Charles Snell of Fossil, Ore.; a brother, Jim Snell; nine grandchildren; four great-grandchildren; and one great-great-grandchild.
He had received care from RiverStone Hospice.
At his request, no services were held. Private family inurnment was in the Snell family plot in the Custer County Cemetery beside his wife. Arrangements were by Cremation & Funeral Gallery.
Last Updated on Wednesday, 07 August 2013 16:39
MISSOULA – Katherine L. Hardin-Hansen, 82, died in the morning of Saturday, Aug. 3, 2013, at St. Patrick Hospital in Missoula.
Brothers Mortuary and Crematory in Hamilton was in charge of arrangements.
Last Updated on Wednesday, 07 August 2013 16:38