Elva “Tiny” Gunn, 86, who farmed and ranched with her husband and was an active volunteer, died Saturday, May 25, 2013.
She was born Sept. 3, 1926, to Nora (Jackson) and Mathias H. Rapstad, the fifth of nine siblings. Her early years were spent in Ingomar, where she started first grade, moving to the Pompeys Pillar area in 1934. She attended Huntley Project School, graduating in 1944.
Upon graduating, she moved to Custer and worked at the local grocery store. She married William “Bill” Gunn on Aug. 4, 1946, and they farmed and ranched in Custer.
She was active in the Order of Eastern Star Jephthah 116 Chapter, where she was a past worthy matron. She was a Peg-A-Way 4-H leader, Sunday school teacher and Billings Deaconess Hospital volunteer.
She was a member of the Custer Congregational Church, Custer Friendly Circle, North Side Do-Better Homemaker Club, Montana Cattlewomen’s Association, Yellowstone County Cowbelles, Shiloh United Methodist Church, United Methodist Women and American Legion Auxiliary.
Mr. and Mrs. Gunn moved to Billings in 1978, and she worked at Rocky’s Bootery, Cole’s Department Store and Le Boutique. She cared for her husband for more than six years during his illness.
In the past year and a half, she had received care at Jensen Cottage at St. John’s Lutheran Home.
Survivors include a son, Ron Gunn; a daughter, Connie Grammens; six grandchildren; three great-grandchildren; and sisters, Thelma Kratochvil and Connie Durfee.
Services will be at 11 a.m. Friday, May 31, at Shiloh United Methodist Church, 1810 Shiloh Road. Interment will be at the Custer Cemetery at 3 p.m. Michelotti-Sawyers Mortuary is in charge of arrangements.
Memorials may be made to the Ronald McDonald House of Billings, 1144 North 30th St., Billings, MT 59101.
Last Updated on Thursday, 30 May 2013 19:48
Kathie Ann Curry, 66, of Billings, who started Kitchens Plus with Mike Myers, died Sunday, May 19, 2013, from a heart attack she had suffered the previous afternoon.
She was born Dec. 8, 1946, in Pittsburgh, Pa., the first child of Robert and Mabel Curry. Her father’s Air Force career moved the family to many places. She graduated from Great Falls High School.
In 1986 she moved to Billings. In 1988 she and Mike Myers became soul mates. In 1989 they started Kitchens Plus. She was the bookkeeper for the company, retiring in 2004.
Survivors include a brother, Scott Curry of Spokane, Wash.; and a sister, Barb Carrier of Billings.
No services were planned. Arrangements were by Cremation & Funeral Gallery.
Last Updated on Thursday, 30 May 2013 19:47
Eleanor Ann (Clellen) Ball, 80, of Billings, who had worked at First Federal Savings and Loan and then Tractor and Equipment Co., died May 24, 2013.
She was born Feb. 21, 1933, in Hettinger, N.D., to Connie and Laura Clellen. She was raised in Mildred and Lavina, where she graduated from high school.
She was a member of the First Presbyterian Church in Billings. She had lived at Sage Towers retirement home for the past 14½ years. She had received care from RiverStone Health and St. Vincent Healthcare.
Survivors include a daughter, Debbie Ball Degel of Billings, and three grandchildren.
At her request, no services were held. Arrangements were by Cremation and Funeral Gallery.
Last Updated on Thursday, 30 May 2013 19:46
Services will be May 31, 2013, for Erica Marie Yurian, 22, an administrator in the Denny Menholt body shop.
She was born on Oct. 12, 1990, to Mark and Paulette Yurian. She spent her young years in Gold Creek before returning to Ballantine and excelling in school and sports, especially volleyball, at Huntley Project.
After graduating from Huntley Project in 2009, she attended Montana State University Billings for one year before taking a position as an administrator in the Denny Menholt body shop.
Survivors include her parents; brothers, Robert Quanbeck and Jacob Yurian; a sister, Trisha Yurian; and grandmothers, Abbie Quanbeck and Barbara Yurian.
Services will be at 1 p.m. Friday, May 31, at Harvest Church Heights Campus, 1235 Wicks Lane W. Michelotti-Sawyers Mortuary is in charge of arrangements.
Contributions to her memorial fund can be made at Stockman Bank in Worden.
Last Updated on Thursday, 30 May 2013 19:46
Margaret P. Lind, 87, died at her home on Thursday, May 23, 2013.
She was born in Loman, Minn., on Jan. 17, 1926, to James and Marna Christie. She married Chet Lind, and they moved to Montana in 1956.
Survivors include a son, Bill Lind of Billings; daughters, Kathie Todd and Chrystee Ballan, both of Billings; a stepdaughter, Judi Kieper in Minnesota; three grandsons; nine great-grandchildren; stepgrandchildren; great-grandchildren; and a sister, Millie Ballan of International Falls, Minn.
Services were May 29 at Messiah Lutheran Church. Arrangements were by Cremation & Funeral Gallery.
Memorials may be made to Rocky Mountain Hospice.
Last Updated on Thursday, 30 May 2013 19:45
Nettie Marietta Hibbard Michaud, 99, who worked with her husband on a ranch and was a custodian at Morin School, died May 8, 2013, in Puyallup, Wash.
She was born May 13, 1913, in Spearfish, S.D., the daughter of Newell and Edna Dority Hibbard.
Her grandparents were pioneers of Deadwood, S.D., coming there with the gold rush in 1877.
She was educated at Pringle, S.D., and Ravenna, Neb., and graduated from high school at St. Martin’s Academy at Sturgis, S.D. She married Ira Michaud in September 1933 in Custer, S.D.
They lived at the Michaud homestead in Pleasant Valley, west of Custer, and they followed construction jobs in the Black Hills and onto the Rosebud and Pine Ridge reservations.
In 1942 they moved to a small ranch on Pryor Creek, south of Billings, where she made preserves and pies and cooked for haying and threshing crews. She also worked for many years as a custodian at Morin School.
She and her husband gathered family histories for the “Trails and Tales, South of the Yellowstone” book.
Mr. Michaud died in November 1992. She lived for a time with daughters on Blue Creek and in Puyallup, Wash.
She had received assistance from Central Pierce Fire & Rescue in Tacoma, Wash.
Survivors include a brother, Bill Hibbard of Sundance, Wyo.; daughters, Monica Weldon of Blue Creek, Ramona Michaud of Tacoma, Wash., and Renee Michaud of Puyallup, Wash.; a son, Frank Michaud of Pryor Creek; 12 grandchildren; 17 great-grandchildren; and four great-great-grandchildren.
Services will be at 10:30 a.m. Saturday, May 25, at Dahl Funeral Chapel. Burial of ashes will be in Rockvale Cemetery.
Memorials may be made to Franciscan Hospice, Box 1502 Tacoma, WA 98401.
Last Updated on Friday, 24 May 2013 00:33
Norma Jean Anderson, 69, of Absarokee, who enjoyed knitting and photography, died Friday, May 10, 2013.
She was born March 20, 1944, in Pine Bluffs, Wyo., to Oren Anderson and Irene Olson. She attended Carson High School in Carson, N.D.
In 1960 she married Jerald J. Klein of Elgin, N.D. They later divorced.
Survivors include sisters, Jeri Mae Theurer of Elgin, N.D., and Dorothy Elaine Anderson of Hastings, Mich.; a brother, Oscar Olson of Colorado Springs, Colo.; daughters, Lynn Skiera of Helena and Karla Klein of Lewistown; a son, Jerald Klein II of Billings; six grandchildren; and two great-granddaughters.
A private family celebration will be held later. Arrangements are by Cremation & Funeral Gallery.
Last Updated on Friday, 24 May 2013 00:32
Donna Jean Nagel, 74, whose hobbies included sewing clothing for her daughters, died Thursday, May 9, 2013.
She was born March 3, 1939. She married James Nagel in 1955, and they made their home in Billings.
Mrs. Nagel had many hobbies, including sewing clothing for her daughters, stitch work and gardening.
She had received care from Aspen Meadows.
Survivors include her husband; two daughters, Sue Sherman and Jaime Carpenter; five grandchildren; 13 great-grandchildren; and two sisters, Shirley Spilde and Alice Grosgebauer.
Services were May 17 at Cremation & Funeral Gallery.
Last Updated on Friday, 24 May 2013 00:31
Kevin Lyle Oellermann, 23, who had worked in some of the best kitchens in town, died Wednesday, May 15, 2013.
He was born Jan. 13, 1990, in Billings and graduated from Skyview High School in 2008.
He had most recently been part of the grand opening at the Northern Hotel. His passion for food was apparent in all the dishes he created.
He had received care from the St. Vincent Hospital Intensive Care Unit. He was in preceded in death by his mother, Denette Oellermann.
Survivors include his father, Dean Oellermann of Glendive; a brother, Luke Oellermann of Denver, Colo.; high school sweetheart, Hanna Lewis; their daughter Harper; and grandmothers, La Verne Oellermann of Glendive and Hazel Harley of Helena.
Services were May 20 at Trinity Lutheran Church. Arrangements were by Cremation & Funeral Gallery.
Last Updated on Friday, 24 May 2013 00:31
Paul R. Buzalsky, 73, of Billings, a private pilot who built several of his own aircraft, died Saturday, May 18, 2013.
He was born Feb. 7, 1940, in Dickinson, N.D., the son of George and Lillian Buzalsky. He graduated from Campus High School in 1958.
After graduation he enlisted in the Air Force and was honorably discharged in 1962. He worked as an aviation mechanic at Boeing and at Logan International Airport in Billings. He also drove a bus for Continental Trailways and retired from the U.S. Postal Service.
Survivors include a daughter, Carissa Belless; three grandchildren; stepdaughters, Trista Holmberg and Chelsey Weflen; and Jewell Borchardt.
Vigil services were held May 22 at Cremation & Funeral Gallery. Funeral Mass will be at noon Thursday, May 23, at St. Patrick’s Co-Cathedral. Arrangements are by Cremation & Funeral Gallery.
Last Updated on Friday, 24 May 2013 00:30