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Paula (Johnke) Gallagher Kinn

Paula (Johnke) Gallagher Kinn, 82, died Sunday, Nov. 10, 2013, after a stroke on Nov. 3. She had spent that day cooking and supervising the hanging of the outdoor Christmas lights.

She was born July 15, 1931, one of eight children of Otto and Lois Johnke at her grandparents’ home in Flatwillow in Petroleum County. She was delivered by her paternal grandmother, Theresa.

She could drive a team of horses and a semi-truck. She was an Avon lady for almost 40 years. She also had worked as a teller at Security Bank and at the Eastern Montana College bookstore.

She was known as an excellent cook and pie maker.

Survivors include seven brothers and sisters, Gene Johnke, Martin Johnke, Arlene Bond, Marie Fitzgerald, Bob Johnke, Jim Johnke and Steve Johnke; children, Karen Korell, Jack Gallagher and Randy Gallagher; six grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren.

Visitation will be from noon to 7 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 14, at Cremation & Funeral Gallery. Services will be at 1 p.m. Friday, Nov. 15, at Atonement Lutheran Church. Interment will follow in Sunset Memorial Gardens.

Last Updated on Thursday, 14 November 2013 10:41

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LeRoy Kirschenmann

LeRoy Kirschenmann, 79, who had played trumpet in the Air Force for 21 years, died Monday, Nov. 4, 2013, at home due to complications from vascular dementia and stroke.

He was born Oct. 28, 1934, in Burnstad, N.D., to John and Frieda Kirschenmann. In 1935, they moved to the Hardin area. He played trumpet while attending Hardin High School and graduated in 1952.

Shortly afterward, he joined the Air Force and was stationed at George Air Force Base in California.

He married Virginia Griffith in 1954 in Pasadena, Calif.

He played trumpet in the Air Force Band until his retirement as master sergeant in 1973. While in the band, he played on the Johnny Carson and Ed Sullivan shows, at Carnegie Hall, for the King of Thailand and USO shows around the world.

After retiring from the Air Force, the family moved to Billings, where he began a second 21-year career at the U.S Postal Service, retiring in 1994. In August 1995, he married Susan Simmons.

He had received care from Aspen Meadows, Billings Health and Rehabilitation, Rocky Mountain Hospice and Premier Home Care.

Survivors include his wife, of Billings; children, Pam Resch, Mike Kirschenmann, Debbie Mauthe, Patti Monaco and Peggy LeBrun; stepchildren, Kristine Wagner and Greg Simmons; 16 grandchildren; numerous great-grandchildren; and brothers and sisters, Eugene, Delores Anderson, Darlene Anderson, Priscilla Newell, Annabelle Snyder and Johnny.

Services were held Nov. 12 at Cremation & Funeral Gallery with the Rev. Phil Newell officiating. Inurnment with military honors followed in Sunset Memorial Gardens.

Memorials may be made to Rocky Mountain Hospice.

Last Updated on Thursday, 14 November 2013 10:40

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John E. Fosjord

John “Fozzy” Fosjord, 50, who logged more than a million miles driving a truck, died Nov. 11, 2013, at his home in Huntley of cancer.

He was born April 9, 1963, in Billings, the son of Dale and Audrey (Thatcher) Fosjord. He enlisted in the Army Reserve in 1980 and later in the Army National Guard of Montana until 1986.

He was a trucker for more than 26 years. He a member of the Huntley United Methodist Church and a volunteer with the Worden Fire Department.

He had received care from Rocky Mountain Hospice.

Survivors include his wife, Vickie (Vale) Fosjord; mother, Audrey Thatcher; father; grandfather, Frank Thatcher; children, Tom Hostetler, Jacob Nystrom, Jennifer Ludlow, Lucas Nystrom and Lindsey Nystrom; 11 grandchildren; a sister, Debbie Fosjord; and brothers, Steven and Dave Fosjord.

Visitation and prayer service were Wednesday, Nov. 13, at Dahl Funeral Chapel. Visitation will begin at 9 a.m. with services at 10 a.m. Thursday, Nov. 14, at Huntley United Methodist Church.

Last Updated on Thursday, 14 November 2013 10:39

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Bryan Prochnick

Bryan George Prochnick, 55, of Billings, died Nov. 5, 2013.

He was born in Billings on July 24, 1958, to Robert and Laila Prochnick.

Survivors include his mother, Laila Gulbranson; father, Robert Prochnick; sister, Gayl Perman; and brother, Jeffrey (Linda) Prochnick.

Services were at Dahl Funeral Chapel.

Last Updated on Thursday, 14 November 2013 10:39

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Hollie Ann Thomas

Hollie Ann Thomas, 30, died in her sleep early on Nov. 3, 2013.

She was born Dec. 18, 1982, in Billings where she lived her whole life with her parents and foster family.

Survivors include her parents, Randy W. and Ann E. Thomas; a sister, Shannon M. Thomas of Renton, Wash.; grandmother, J. Darlene Thomas; and foster family, Joe and Lynette Lynch, sister Leah and brother Jack.

Services will be at 10 a.m. Thursday, Nov. 7, at Dahl Funeral Chapel with a luncheon to follow. Interment of ashes will be in Rockvale Cemetery.

Memorials may be made to Special Olympics Montana, P.O. Box 3507, Great Falls, MT 59003; or Al Bedoo Shrine Hospital Transportation Fund, 1125 Broadwater Ave., Billings, MT 59102.


Last Updated on Thursday, 07 November 2013 11:51

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Phyllis J. Whitesell

Phyllis J. Whitesell, 75, formerly of Billings, who worked many years in medical offices, died in her sleep on Sunday, Sept. 22, 2013, at her son’s home in Columbus.

She was born Feb. 17, 1938, in Carson, N.D., to Phillip and Leah (Chittick) Balliet of Carson, N.D. She was a homemaker for more than 30 years, raising her children.

She worked for medical offices starting with Western Montana Medical Clinic in Ronan, then Billings Oncology and Orthopedic Surgeons for more than 25 years.

Survivors include a brother, Richard Balliet of Carson, N.D.; a daughter, Robin Jean Whitesell of Billings; two sons, David Charles of Stevensville and Richard Patrick of Columbus; eight grandchildren; and three great-grandsons.

Services and burial will be in Sunnyside Cemetery in Carson, N.D. Arrangements are by Cremation & Funeral Gallery.

Donations may be made to Rocky Mountain Hospice.

Last Updated on Thursday, 03 October 2013 19:44

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Richard ‘Dick’ Pacot

Richard “Dick” Pacot, 82, a longtime Cenex employee, died in Billings on Friday, Sept. 27, 2013.

He was born in Billings on May 14, 1931. He graduated from Senior High School and Billings Business College.

He was a member of the Veterans of Foreign Wars. He served in the Army in the occupation of Germany during the Korean War. After being honorably discharged, he worked for Cenex for 42 years.

He and his wife, Wanda, were charter members of the Laurel Golf Course.

Survivors include his wife; sons, Rich Pacot of Billings and Jeff Pacot of Murrieta, Calif.; daughters, Kim Claassen of Helena, Barb Bush of Missoula and Lisa Pacot of Seattle, Wash.; six grandchildren; and great-grandchildren.

At his request, no services were planned. Arrangements were by Cremation & Funeral Gallery.

Last Updated on Thursday, 03 October 2013 19:43

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Timothy Eugene Wood

Timothy Eugene Wood, 71, died Thursday, Aug. 15, 2013, due to complications from a surgery in 2009 on a thoracic-abdominal aortic aneurysm.

He was born June 19, 1942, to Louis and Lillian (Sjolund) Wood in Grand Rapids, Mich. The Wood family moved to Glendive where he attended school and Dawson Community College. He also worked for his father at Gene Wood Ready Mix.

He moved to Butte to attend the School of Mines and worked in the mines to put himself through school. He joined the Army, but was sent back to Butte after six months to finish his six years of service in the National Guard.

Graduating from Montana Tech (School of Mines) with a bachelor’s degree in mining engineering, he went to work for Montana Power in June 1972.

While employed by Western Energy, he built the tipple and runway at Colstrip. Reclamation was also part of his job.

Moving back to Butte, he inspected mines for Western Energy. After 25 years, he retired on July 1, 1997. Then he moved back to Billings and married Janette Marie (Steinborn) Martin in August 2002.

Survivors include his wife, Jan Martin-Wood of Highgate in Billings; mother, of North Dakota; sisters, Kathleen Carlson of Minnesota, Carol Dalbey of North Dakota, Helen Williamson of Colorado, Barbara Entzel of North Dakota; brothers, Keith Wood of Minnesota and David Wood of Lewistown; stepchildren, Chris Martin of Nebraska, Kevin Martin of Oregon, Mark Martin of Colorado and Leo Martin; a grandson; and six step-grandchildren.

Graveside services will be in the Yellowstone County Veterans Cemetery. Arrangements are by Cremation & Funeral Gallery.

Memorials may be made to the Tumbleweed Runaway Program, 505 N. 24th St., Billings MT 59101.

Last Updated on Thursday, 03 October 2013 19:42

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Peggy Ann Toavs

Peggy Ann Toavs, 79, who enjoyed crocheting and knitting, died Wednesday, Sept. 25, 2013.

She was born Oct. 6, 1933, in Berryville, Ark., to Alva and Pauline Hackworth. After graduating from high school in Havre in 1951, she married Harry Arthur Toavs on July 3, 1951. 

In addition to crocheting and knitting, she enjoyed gardening and playing whist and pinochle.

Survivors include a sister, Mary Petit of Lincoln, Calif.; a son, Dick Toavs of Filer, Idaho; a daughter, Debbie of Harlowton; five grandchildren; and 13 great-grandchildren.

A private graveside service will be held later. Arrangements are by Cremation & Funeral Gallery.

Donations may be made to St John’s Lutheran Home.

Last Updated on Thursday, 03 October 2013 19:42

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Paul Van Cleave

Paul Van Cleave, 75, of Billings, a power lineman, died Sept. 26, 2013.

He was born in Bison, S.D., to Earl and Florence (Palmer) Van Cleave on April 12, 1938. He attended Prairie City School, then enlisted in the Army and was awarded a Good Conduct Medal.

On Dec. 29, 1962, he married Toni Eide in Sturgis, S.D.

Survivors include his wife; children, Cristeen Stone of Humble, Texas, Carla Van Cleave of Billings and Calvin JayEarl Van Cleave of Billings; brothers, Everett of Washington, John of Billings and Orman of Washington; sisters, Eilene of Rapid City, Joyce of Virginia and Carol of Bismarck; seven grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren.

Services were held Oct. 1 at Cremation and Funeral Gallery. A reception followed at the Fraternal Order of the Eagles on Main Street in the Billings Heights.

Last Updated on Thursday, 03 October 2013 19:41

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