The Billings Outpost

John ‘Jack’ R. Duffy

John “Jack” R. Duffy (Jack), 86, a longtime plumber in Butte, died Feb. 27, 2014.

He was born July 26, 1927, in Butte and married Barbara A. Zimmerman on Aug. 28, 1949.

Mr. Duffy worked for 30 years at Reardon Plumbing and Murphy Plumbing in Butte. He also served as president of Plumber’s Union Local 41.

He obtained credentials to teach in an apprentice program at Cleveland School and also taught the Plumbers Apprentice Program in Butte. Later he worked at Silver Bow Homes Housing Project for 15 years until he retired in 1990.

In March 1977, Mr. Duffy was baptized as one of Jehovah’s Witnesses.

In 1997 Mr. and Mrs. Duffy moved from Butte to Sierra Vista, Ariz. They moved to Billings to be close to family in 2011.

They have seven children: Robert Duffy, David Duffy, Jack Duffy, Dan Duffy, Colleen Kelly, Mark Duffy and Kathy Clifford. Survivors also include 20 grandchildren; 13 great-grandchildren; a sister, Dolores Graham; and brothers, Fritz Duffy and Donny Duffy.

Services will be at 2 p.m. Saturday, March 15, at the Kingdom Hall of Jehovah’s Witnesses, 201 Wicks Lane in Billings. Arrangements are by Cremation & Funeral Gallery.

Last Updated on Thursday, 06 March 2014 11:31

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Doris Borntrager Kauffman

Doris Borntrager Kauffman, 99, who loved going to church and reading the Bible, died Wednesday, Feb. 26, 2014.

She was born in Bloomfield on Nov. 14, 1914, to Ezra and Lydia Glick Borntrager. Both the Borntrager and Kauffman families moved to Lebanon, Ore., in 1926. She married Richard “Dick” Kauffman on Sept. 17, 1938, and they made their home in Lebanon.

She had received care at St. John’s Lutheran Home.

Survivors include children, Marilyn Kauffman of Lexington, S.C., Maxine Fried of Billings and Richard Kauffman of Prineville, Ore.; 10 grandchildren; and 11 great-grandchildren.

Services were pending. Arrangements are by Cremation & Funeral Gallery.

Last Updated on Thursday, 06 March 2014 11:30

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Theodore Harold Winchell

Ted Harold Winchell, 43, of Billings, who had worked 17 years in the bike shop at Scheels, died at St. Vincent HealthCare on Tuesday, Feb. 25, 2014.

The son of Ruth Brisbo, he was born in Havre on Jan. 31, 1971. He moved to Billings to attend the College of Technology in automotive technology training. He worked in the bike shop at Scheels from 1996 to 2013.

Survivors include his mother, Ruth Brisbo; his wife of 20 years, Danni; a daughter, Adrian; a son, Michael; brothers, Doug, Roger, Douglas, Edward, Theodore and Adam; and sisters, Linda, Judy, Susan, Sula, Suane, Shannon, Arleda, Wilma and Thelma.

Visitation was Feb. 28 to March 2. A wake was held March 3, and services were March 4 at Dahl Funeral Chapel. His ashes will be laid to rest in a private family ceremony.

Last Updated on Thursday, 06 March 2014 11:30

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Andrew Wagenman

Andrew John Wagenman, 37, died Feb. 26, 2014.

He was born Aug. 26, 1976, to Nancy and Ike Wagenman. He attended West High School.

Survivors include his mother; a brother, Joe Wagenman; and two sisters, Kristina Dailey and Shari Groscop.

Services were March 4 at Cremation & Funeral Gallery.

Last Updated on Thursday, 06 March 2014 11:29

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Floyd Wilbert Podoll

Floyd Wilbert Podoll, 84, who was retired from the Montana Board of Oil and Gas Conservation, died Saturday, Feb. 22, 2014.

He was born Oct. 21, 1929, to Arthur and Lena Podoll in Judd, N.D. On March 25, 1950, he married Dorothy Mae Shumock in Red Lodge.

During his engineering career he was employed by Schlumberger Petroleum for 22 years. He had worked 12 years with the Board of Oil & Gas Conservation.

In golf, he had scored two holes in one in his lifetime.

Survivors include children, Pam Segale of Meridian, Idaho, Rod Podoll of Cut Bank, Brenda Wipplinger of Polson and Audrey Hartford of Rock Springs, Wyo.; siblings, Arlene Ewalt of Casper, Wyo., Verna McCaffry of Gravette, Ark., Delbert Fetzer of Powell, Wyo., and Sharon Christenson of Powell, Wyo.; eight grandchildren; and seven great-grandchildren.

Visitation was Feb. 26 at Cremation & Funeral Gallery. Services will be at 11 a.m. Thursday, Feb. 27, at Trinity Lutheran Church. Interment will follow in Sunset Memorial Gardens.

Memorials can be made to Trinity Lutheran Church or Trinity Lutheran School.

Last Updated on Thursday, 27 February 2014 18:57

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Tonoalea Lahneen Willey

Tonoalea Lahneen Willey, 48, who loved quilting, gardening and watching birds feed, died Feb. 24, 2014.

She was the daughter of Lawrence Carl Willey and Christina Sue Willey and had three siblings. She was born June 10, 1965, in Clearwater, Fla., and graduated from Rainier High School in Rainer, Wash.

Survivors include her husband, Ralph Herring; brothers, Nick Hill and James Willey; a sister, Robin Kercher of Wichita, Kan.; sons, Lawrence Willey and Phillip Willey of Broadview; and daughters, Hidi Bassett and Sonya Wambeke of Lovell, Wyo.

Services will be held in Broadview on March 1. Arrangements are by Cremation & Funeral Gallery.

Last Updated on Thursday, 27 February 2014 18:56

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Robert Alan Hayes

Robert Alan Hayes, 62, a petroleum landman, died Friday, Feb. 14, 2014.

He was born in Kittanning, Pa., on Oct. 29, 1951, to Virginia K. Flenner Hayes and Dr. Sidney J. Hayes Jr. The family moved to Billings in 1959 and he attended Poly Drive School, Lewis and Clark Junior High and West High School, graduating in 1970. He was Montana’s all-around gymnastics champion in 1970.

He attended the University of Arizona on a gymnastics scholarship, transferred to Rocky Mountain College and graduated from the University of Montana with a degree in business administration.

On June 12, 1981, he married Vicki Lynne Eastlick. They moved to Havre in 2005.

In the early 1980s, he began a career as a petroleum landman. He was a certified professional landman and belonged to the Montana Association of Professional Landmen and the American Association of Professional Landmen. He worked most recently for Northwestern Energy in Havre.

He was an expert carpenter and had worked on the sets for the movie “Missouri Breaks.”

In his younger years, he belonged to the White Stag Ski Club and the Red Lodge Racers. He served as a Special Olympics snowshoe coach and volunteer for many years. To raise funds for the athletes and their programs, he plunged into icy water at the Sub Zero Super Hero Polar Plunge in Havre. One year he dressed as Elmer Fudd and won the Top Costume Award.

Survivors include his wife; sons, Joseph Hayes and Grant Hayes; brothers, Sidney Hayes, Raymond Hayes, Thomas Hayes, Gary Hayes and Michael Hayes; and stepbrothers, Lee Rusch and Gary Rusch.

Services were Feb. 26 at Faith Chapel. Arrangements were by Cremation & Funeral Gallery.

Donations may be made to Special Olympics Havre, P.O. Box 7791, Havre, MT 59501.

Last Updated on Thursday, 27 February 2014 18:55

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Marc Sandoval

Marc Kristopher Sandoval, 31, of Billings, who was chef and kitchen manager at the Rib and Chop House, died Feb. 19, 2014.

He was born Sept. 7, 1982, in Denver, Colo., the son of Sam and Kathy Sandoval.

At the Rib and Chop House, he trained, managed and motivated employees. “ELE (Everybody Love Everybody)” was his kitchen motto.

Survivors include his parents, Sam and Kathy Sandoval; sisters, Tina Rabel and Paula Goffena; and brothers, Rory Sandoval and Dana Sandoval.

Wake services were Feb. 23 at Rib and Chop House in Billings. Arrangements were in the care of Dahl Funeral Chapel.


Last Updated on Thursday, 27 February 2014 18:54

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Philip Daniel Perkins

Philip Daniel Perkins, a technical adviser for Howden North America, died Feb. 21, 2013.

He was born in Billings to Lloyd and Madeline Perkins. He attended school in Custer, graduating from high school in 1975. He had a master of divinity degree from Western Conservative Baptist Seminary in Portland, Ore., and a bachelor of arts degree in psychology from Montana State University Bozeman.

On Sept. 18, 1999, he married Diana Kukes and gained a stepson and a stepdaughter. They lived in Billings until December 2013, when they moved to Shepherd.

He had worked as a union millwright and had been self-employed as a machinist, welder and painter.

Survivors include his wife, Diana; a stepson, Casey; a granddaughter; his father; and a brother, David.

Services were Feb. 26 at Dahl Funeral Chapel. A reception followed.

Last Updated on Thursday, 27 February 2014 18:54

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James Kerrick Murray

James K. Murray, 82, of Billings, died Friday, Feb. 21, 2014, at the RiverStone Hospice Home.

He was born in Missoula on July 30, 1931, the son of Joseph and Gertrude Walsh Murray. He had served in the Air Force.

He married Joanne Stewart in Missoula on Feb. 20, 1954. She died in 1995.

Survivors include five children, Sandy Brewster, Mark Murray, Stacy Murray and Stephanie Northam; six grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren.

Services were Feb. 23 at Cremation & Funeral Gallery. Interment was planned in Sunset Memorial Gardens.

Memorials may be made to St. Thomas the Apostle Catholic Church or RiverStone Hospice Home.

Last Updated on Thursday, 27 February 2014 18:53

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