Loretta Mary Gallagher, 88, who worked most of her life at Burlington Northern Trucking Lines, died in Billings on April 24, 2012.
She was born June 1, 1923, in Richardton, N.D., to John and Katherine (Mischel) Palm. She married Raymond Gallagher in 1982.
Mrs. Gallagher owned and managed rental properties and did carpentry work when needed. She had traveled through most of the world.
She had spent the last year at Aspen Meadows Assisted Living.
Survivors include a son, Randal; a daughter, Janet Apedaile; a granddaughter; and sisters, Lorraine Schoer and Kathy Marsh.
Last Updated on Thursday, 03 May 2012 21:57
Gloria Jean Conant, 86, of Billings, who had been a nurse and helped operate a family vegetable stand, died April 25, 2012.
She was born in North Platte, Neb., on Oct. 26, 1925, and was raised by her parents, Violet and Harold Ackerley, in Story, Wyo. After graduating from high school in Sheridan, Wyo., she trained for a nursing career. She was married to Burt Conant for 53 years.
They farmed for several years in Wyoming, then moved to Billings. Mrs. Conant was a surgical nurse at St. Vincent Hospital and later in the office of Dr. Weirzbinski. The family operated a vegetable stand, Conant Gardens, on Garden Avenue for many years.
Later she went back to college while working full-time as a ward clerk. She earned an associate’s degree in nursing, a registered nurse certificate from Chaffey College and a bachelor’s degree in health care management from LaVerne College in Southern California, making the Dean’s Honor List. She trained at the Loma Linda Hospital and then worked in the Pomona Valley Hospital in California.
She was then the public health nurse in Lewis and Clark County and worked in the family business at the Lazy B Restaurant, Bar and Hotel in Augusta. She also was a nurse at the County Nursing Home in Choteau until retirement.
Last Updated on Thursday, 03 May 2012 21:56
David A. Bailey, 33, who worked in the food service industry, died Saturday, April 28, 2012, at his home in Billings.
He was born Dec. 9, 1978, in Billings, the oldest of six children of Phillip and Lori Bailey. He graduated from West High School.
He met his wife in 2003, and they had a son in 2009. He often worked on cars and trucks.
Survivors include his wife, Brittney; a son, Brady; parents; brothers, Chris and Preston; sisters, Cori, Rhiannon (Suzy) and Leeza; and grandmother, Josie Bailey.
Visitation was May 2 and will be from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Thursday, May 3, at Dahl Funeral Chapel. Services will be at 1 p.m. May 4. Interment will be in Mountview Cemetery.
Last Updated on Thursday, 03 May 2012 21:55
Dorothy D. Shinazy, 86, of Billings, who was retired from a warehouse market and Deaconess Billings Clinic, died Friday, April 27, 2012.
She was born Feb. 13, 1926, in Burley, Idaho, one of 13 children of Henry and Mabel Gabel.
She was a member of the Friendly Circle and an active member of Pilgrim Congregational Church.
Survivors include a son, Byron Shinazy; two granddaughters; two great-grandsons; sisters, Annabelle Schriener, Violet Eckhardt, Alvina Jansma and Margie Herman; and brothers, Buck Gabel, Gerald Gabel, Larry Gabel and Alvin Gabel.
Visitation was May 1 at Cremation & Funeral Gallery. Services were May 2 at Pilgrim Congregational Church. A potluck lunch was held in the fellowship hall at the church following the funeral. Interment was in Huntley Cemetery.
Last Updated on Thursday, 03 May 2012 21:55
O.H. “Mac” McGuire, 91, who had served during World War II and the Korean War, died at his home on Saturday, April 21, 2012.
He was born Nov. 23, 1920, at Buffalo Lake, Minn., the son of Hugh and Annie McGuire, and raised in Miles City.
In 1945 he enlisted in the Army and was stationed in Europe. He later served in the Korean War and also served with the Graves Administration, accompanying the bodies of fallen soldiers as they were transferred back to their families. He received four medals in recognition of his service and special recognition from President Harry Truman.
Following military service, Mr. McGuire spent several years as vice president of the Federal Housing Administration in Alaska. He later moved to Seattle where he had a long real estate lending career. After retirement he moved to Billings where he resided until his death.
He was a member of the American Legion, Phi Theta Pi, Rotary International and the Elks Club.
Last Updated on Thursday, 03 May 2012 21:54
Kathleen “Kay” Rochon, 73, of Billings, died Friday, April 27, 2012, at Billings Clinic Hospital.
The daughter of Truman and Alice Kahl, she was born in Prairie Farm, Wis., on June 19, 1938.
She married Tom Rochon in Turtle Lake, Wis., in 1958. They had made their home in Billings since 1981.
Survivors include her husband; a son, Steve of Oakland, Calif.; and a brother, Roger Kahl of Menomonie, Wis.
Visitation will be from 6-8 p.m. Thursday, May 3, and interment will be in Hillcrest Memorial Park in Bakersfield, Calif. Michelotti-Sawyers Mortuary had charge of arrangements.
Last Updated on Thursday, 03 May 2012 21:53
Rose Emma Cooper, 105, who was active in the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, died in her sleep on April 25, 2012.
She was born May 18, 1906, the eighth of 10 children of Lewis Bedque Maxfield and Emma Artimissa Butler in Granite, Utah. She graduated from Granite High school and received training in secretarial skills in the LOS Business School in Salt Lake City, Utah. She became a receptionist in a dental office in Salt Lake City and received training as a dental assistant. There she married Dr. William “Doc” Sherman Marks.
They relocated to Bakersfield, Calif., where Dr. Marks had his dental practice. While she was in the hospital after giving birth to their third child, Dr. Marks died of a heart attack on May 14, 1934.
She married Arthur Lucius Cooper on Oct. 12, 1937, at the LOS Temple in Salt Lake City, Utah. They had two children, both of whom survive. Mr. Cooper died Feb. 21, 1974, during a hospital exploratory procedure to check blockage in his arteries.
Mrs. Cooper served in her Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints congregation as president of the Primary, in the presidency of the Young Women and as president of the Relief Society. She served a two-year mission at the age of 75 for the church in the Little Rock, Ark., area, and later served as a Temple Extraction worker. She was diligent at working on her genealogy.
Last Updated on Thursday, 03 May 2012 21:52
Rosella Dorn, 91, of Billings, who had farmed with her husband, died Saturday, April 28, 2012.
She was born in Dunn Center, N.D., on May 30, 1920, to Sunnie Johnson and Addie Dargie. She married Henry Dorn Jr. on Nov. 29, 1941. They farmed in the North Valley area until 1972, when they moved to Worden.
Survivors include children, Loretta Flack of Billings, Alice Sjostrom of Custer, Larry Dorn of Hardin, Charlotte Schuman of Ballantine and Gary Dorn of Billings; a half-sister, Maryann; a half-brother, Jimmy; 13 grandchildren; 28 great-grandchildren; and nine great-great-grandchildren.
Visitation was May 2. Services will be at 11 a.m. Thursday, May 3, at Cremation & Funeral Gallery. Interment will follow in Pleasantview Cemetery in Ballantine.
Memorials may be made to the Alzheimer’s Association, Montana Chapter, 3010 11th Ave. N., Billings, MT 59101; or the Big Horn County Museum, 1163 Third St., Hardin, MT 59034.
Last Updated on Thursday, 03 May 2012 21:51
Ronald James Groskinsky, 44, who worked many years in the music business, died April 20, 2012, at St. Vincent Healthcare.
He was born Jan. 10, 1968, to Yvonne and William Groskinsky and attended school in Billings. He ran sound and lights for local bands and also worked as a property manager and, more recently, at Sears.
Survivors include his wife, Sherry of Billings; three sisters, Vicky Groskinsky of Albuquerque, N.M., Brenda Groskinsky of Lawrence, Kan., and Nancy Groskinsky Schwartz of Shepherd; and a brother, William Randall Groskinsky of Billings.
At his request, no services were planned. Arrangements were by Cremation & Funeral Gallery.
Last Updated on Thursday, 26 April 2012 18:00
Donald Leroy Brown, 94, of Billings, a retired federal employee who also had worked at the Rimrock Foundation, died Thursday, April 19, 2012, at Billings Health and Rehabilitation Community.
He was born in Chamberlain, S.D., to Robert and Lillian Brown on Dec. 17, 1917, the oldest of three boys: Robert, Ted and Richard.
He enlisted in the Navy on Oct. 5, 1943, and was honorably discharged on April 12, 1946. He then worked both in the U.S. Bureau of Land Management and the Indian Health Service. He retired from the government as a personnel officer with the Indian Health Service.
After he retired, Mr. Brown worked as a loan officer at Billings Federal Credit Union. He then took a position as a counselor with Rimrock Foundation.
On Nov. 16, 1947, he married Lillian Rosemary Dalton.
Last Updated on Thursday, 26 April 2012 17:58