Ruth Kathryn Cutler, 97, who had been a systems analyst for UNIVAC, died July 10, 2013, at Aspen Meadows in Billings.
She was born Dec. 28, 1915. After graduating from college and after losing her fiancé to World War II, she found her way to the East Village in New York City. From there she worked her way up to a systems analyst for UNIVAC, traveling the country by train programming computers.
Later she married Bob Cutler and was active in her community of Palos Verdes, Calif. She moved to Montana after her husband’s death to be near her brother and his wife, Jack and Heino Lackey and their family in Bozeman.
Survivors include nephews and nieces.
Burial was in Red Lodge cemetery. Arrangements were in the care of Dahl Funeral Chapel.
Last Updated on Thursday, 18 July 2013 12:32
Faith Echo Bollman, 71, who served in the Civil Air Patrol, Marines and Air Force, died June 27, 2013.
She was born May 28, 1942, in Billings to Lyle C.E. Olson and Echo Olson. She attended Billings schools and graduated from Senior High School in 1960.
She was a Civil Air Patrol cadet and was among the first female cadets to attend jet training orientation and to become an officer. She enlisted in the Marine Corps on Oct. 3, 1960, and was discharged Oct. 2, 1964. She enlisted in the Air Force on Sept. 1, 1965, and was discharged on Jan. 26, 1967. She also served in the Marine Corps and Air Force Reserves.
She returned to Billings in 1971 and earned a bachelor of science degree in special education at Eastern Montana College.
She was known for her sewing, knitting and tatting. She was a member of Mayflower Congregational United Church of Christ. She had received assistance from Rocky Mountain Hospice and COR Enterprises.
Survivors include a son, Karl; a daughter, Sabrina Marshall; a granddaughter, Alys; three brothers, Sage, Roy and Dallas, all of Billings; and two sisters, Robin of California and Ione Ament of Billings.
Services were held at the Yellowstone County Veterans Cemetery in Laurel on July 17. Arrangements were by Cremation & Funeral Gallery.
Contributions may be made to COR Enterprises.
Last Updated on Thursday, 18 July 2013 12:31
Annalou Tellijhon Link, 79, died July 4, 2013.
She was born in Le Sueur, Minn., on March 16, 1934, to Emil and Ellen Tellijhon. She was educated, baptized and confirmed in Le Sueur.
She went to work in Mankato, Minn., and married Francis Link on Dec. 16, 1958. They lived in Wisconsin, then Minneapolis for 17 years, then transferred to Billings in 1976.
Survivors include her husband; sons, Kirk and Jeff of Billings and Scott of Denver; eight grandchildren; and a sister of Le Sueur.
A private memorial was held. Graveside services will take place at a later date, as Mr. and Mrs. Link had promised each other years ago that they would wait for each other to be together again. Arrangements are by Cremation & Funeral Gallery.
Last Updated on Thursday, 18 July 2013 12:30
George Cameron Friesen, 15, who would have played football for the Central Catholic High School Rams this fall, died July 13, 2013.
He was born Nov. 9, 1997, in Billings. When he was 3 years old, his mother, Lisa, enrolled him in Billings Gymnastics. He played Little League.
In the eighth grade, he received the Ram’s Chair Award for football players. He also played soccer, baseball and football and wrestled.
He started a haunted house to raise money for those affected by the Katrina disaster. The fundraiser also raised money for B.A.R.K. animal rescue, and he was a volunteer for Eagle Mount.
He was preceded in death by his father, Shaun Friesen.
Survivors include his mother, Lisa Lopez; and grandparents, Erminio Lopez and Mary and Robert Chavez.
Visitation was July 17 and will be from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Thursday, July 18, at Dahl Funeral Chapel. A vigil will be held at 7 p.m. July 18 at St. Pius X Church. Memorial Mass will be at 11 a.m. July 19 with burial and reception following.
Memorials may be made to Wings Trust via Boulder Elementary School. The Wings program supplies funds and equipment for students in the Delta Classroom, a program that focuses on children’s social skills, self-esteem and emotions.
Last Updated on Thursday, 18 July 2013 12:29
Richard Charles Whitesell, 77, of Billings, retired area director for the U.S. Bureau of Indian Affairs, died Sunday, July 7, 2013.
He was born May 10, 1936, to Diel and Harriet Carter Whitesell in Mobridge, S.D. The family lived at Wakpala, S.D., and Fort Yates, N.D., before moving to Yakima, Wash., in 1941. He attended elementary school in Yakima until 1946 when he and his father moved back to Fort Yates. He lived with his grandparents until he started high school, and then became a boarding student at Standing Rock Community School. He graduated from high school in 1954.
He served in the Marine Corps from July 1954 until 1958. He enrolled at Dickinson State College in 1958 and graduated in 1961. He earned a master’s degree in school administration at South Dakota State University in 1969.
He taught and coached at Brockton, then in 1963, he took his first position with the BIA as teacher and coach at Pierre Indian School in Pierre, S.D. In 1965 he transferred to Cheyenne-Eagle Butte High School in Eagle Butte, S.D., and in 1967 was promoted to high school principal.
In 1969 he was selected as a Department of Interior management trainee and while in Washington, D.C., he was selected as superintendent of Riverside Indian Boarding School in Anadarko, Okla. In 1971 he transferred to Flandreau Indian School in Flandreau, S.D. He served as superintendent there until 1976 when he became an administrator for the BIA.
He worked as assistant area director for Indian services at the Phoenix Area office. In 1977 he was selected as superintendent of Flathead Agency in Ronan. In 1981, he went to Fort Washakie, Wyo., and served as agency superintendent until 1983, when he was selected as regional director for the Rocky Mountain Region in Billings. He held that position until he retired in 1994.
He also had served as acting regional director for California in Sacramento, Calif., and as acting assistant secretary for trust and economic development and later as acting associate commissioner of Indian Affairs, both in Washington, D.C.
He went back to work in 2003 as superintendent of schools at Frazer. He retired for the second time in 2006 but then worked as superintendent of schools at Brockton from January until July 1, 2007. When the position in Brockton became vacant again, he agreed to work there until July 1, 2009.
He was an enrolled member of the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe and a member of the Federal Senior Executive Service, the American Legion and the Elks Lodge.
Survivors include four children, Robin Jean Whitesell of Billings, David Charles Whitesell of Stevensville, Richard Patrick Whitesell of Columbus and Taylor Dielann Whitesell of Billings; eight grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren.
Inurnment will be in the veterans cemetery in Fort Lincoln, Mandan, N.D. Arrangements are by Cremation & Funeral Gallery.
Last Updated on Thursday, 18 July 2013 12:28
Grace E. Jarvi died July 13, 2013, at Bonaventure Senior Living, where she had lived for the past two years.
She was born on the Lammert DeVries homestead east of Roberts, one of five children of Charles and Margaret DeVries. She attended Roberts school starting in 1932. Graduating in 1944, she married Emil Harmala.
They lived on a ranch west of Roberts and had six children: Marcia McCleary of Roundup, Gary of Billings, Martin of Billings, Wally of Benton City, Wash., and Mark and David of Billings. She had 16 grandchildren and 13 great-grandchildren.
After Mr. Harmala died in 1969, she married Elmer Jarvi, who had two children, Irene Roat of Hayden, Idaho, and Larry Jarvi of Corvalis, Ore. They lived on the farm for two years before moving to Joliet, then later to Billings. She moved to Sweetwater Retirement Center, then to Bonaventure after having a stroke in 2010.
She was interested in genealogy and had written at least 13 different family trees. She also made afghans, crocheted and did other craft projects.
Visitation was July 17 at Dahl Funeral Chapel in Billings. Services will be at 10:30 a.m. Thursday, July 18, at Roberts Methodist Church. Interment will be in Roberts Cemetery.
Last Updated on Thursday, 18 July 2013 12:28
Stephen Charles Harrison, 41, who had worked 21 years for CTA Architects, died Friday, July 12, 2013, while fly fishing on the Stillwater River with a friend, Curt Chapman.
He was born Oct. 12, 1971, in Casper, Wyo., one of three children of Gerald and Dolly Harrison. He grew up in Linch and Edgerton, Wyo.
He played baseball in Little League and the Babe Ruth League and also played soccer in Buffalo, Wyo. He graduated from high school in Midwest, Wyo., in 1990. He was involved in basketball, wrestling and track and was the quarterback and kicker for the football team, which won the state championship his senior year.
He wrestled all four years of high school, placing second his junior year and fourth at state his senior year. He took first place at the state track meet in pole vault his senior year. After high school, he played softball for 20 years and also played golf.
He graduated in 1992 from Phoenix Institute of Technology with an associate degree in drafting and went to work for CTA, where he remained until his death.
He married Tricia Chapman on Feb. 10, 1995, in Las Vegas.
Survivors include his wife; daughters, Payton, Paige and Grace; parents; and a sister, Amy Wilhelms.
Services were held July 17 at Dahl Funeral Chapel.
Memorials may be made to First Interstate Bank, ATTN: Christina Garza, 2501 Central Ave., Billings, Montana 59102.
Last Updated on Thursday, 18 July 2013 12:26
Nancy K. Henry, 60, of Billings, who grew up in Wyoming and lived for a time in Hawaii, died in her sleep on July 6, 2013, after a short illness.
She was born in Buffalo, Wyo., to Elizabeth and Gene and grew up on the family homestead. She married Michael in 1974 on Oahu, Hawaii, and they lived there for several years.
She had received care from Billings Clinic.
Survivors include her husband; children, Tanya and Shasta; a sister, Paula; and a brother, Richard.
Services will be at 10 a.m. Friday, July 12, at Mountview Cemetery. Arrangements are in the care of Dahl Funeral Chapel.
Memorials may be made in her name to Pancreatic Cancer Research.
Last Updated on Thursday, 11 July 2013 14:54
Patricia A. Schultz, 69, who had taught school and worked in mortgage banking, died July 3, 2013, after a five-year battle with cancer.
She was born Dec. 24, 1943. Her husband, Wally, died in 2006 of cancer.
She had lived during winter months on Isla Mujeres, Mexico. She was known for her gardening and home decorating.
Survivors include sisters, Melissa, Meg and Jinny; her island family, Angela and Hugo; and her sweetheart, Jon.
Vigil services were July 10. Memorial Mass will be at noon Thursday, July 11, both at St. Patrick Co-Cathedral. Arrangements are in the care of Dahl Funeral Chapel.
Last Updated on Thursday, 11 July 2013 14:53
Dorothy Jean Kukla, 86, of Billings, died Tuesday, July 9, 2013. She had been a resident of Highgate Assisted Living for six years before moving to Aspen Meadows.
She was born July 28, 1926, to Glen and Mary Smith and had eight siblings. She married Frank Kukla in Worland, Wyo., on Nov. 15, 1941.
She and her husband farmed with Ollie Kukla in Burlington, Wyo., later purchasing a wheat farm on Blue Creek by Billings. After retiring, they moved to Florida before coming back to Billings.
Survivors include a sister, Betty Johnson; daughters, Sydney Heidema and Merrylee Roberts; a son, Gerald Kukla; four grandchildren; and six great-grandchildren.
Services will be at noon Thursday, July 11, at Cremation & Funeral Gallery.
Last Updated on Thursday, 11 July 2013 14:53