The Billings Outpost

Lila Espeseth

Lila Espeseth, 86, who had worked in department and fabric stores, died early in the morning of Jan. 5, 2014, after a long battle with Alzheimer’s disease.

She was born in Casper, Wyo., on Aug. 9, 1927, to Rose (Steinle) and Hedrick “Sarge” Nelson. She moved to Billings with her mother and sister when she was a teenager, and graduated from Senior High School. She married Ty Espeseth in 1947.

Mrs. Espeseth had a gift for sewing and had worked as a window dresser at Hart Albin’s department store. She also worked in other department and fabric stores.

When her children had grown, and after she divorced, she and a friend, Ron Davis, traveled and lived throughout the Southwest, including Taos, N.M., where they ran an art gallery, Tucson, Ariz., and Las Vegas. They also spent time in San Francisco and Portland and visited New York City.

She returned to Billings in the late 1980s and cared for her father-in-law, Ferd Espeseth, at the end of his life.

Survivors include four children, Linda, Gayle, Karen and Scott; and four grandchildren.

Services were pending. Arrangements are in the care of Dahl Funeral Chapel.

Last Updated on Thursday, 09 January 2014 11:20

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Eileen Gullion

Eileen Gullion, 90, of Billings, who had ranched with her husband, died Sunday, Dec. 29, 2013, at St. Vincent Healthcare.

She was born in Roca, Neb., on Jan. 30, 1923. The family moved to Penrose, Wyo., in 1937.

She married Virgil R. Gullion on Oct. 8, 1940. They lived on Pryor Mountain before moving to Melville, and they were ranchers in both places. Eugene, Ore., became their home from 1966 until Mr. Gullion’s death in 1989.

She was a member of the Lutheran Church and sang in the choir at Melville Lutheran Church. She had received care the last three years at St. John’s Lutheran Home.

Survivors include Ron of Portland, Ore., and Deanna Whittington of Billings; brothers, Wally of Bozeman and Stan of Greybull, Wyo.; four grandchildren; and six great-grandchildren.

A celebration of life will be held at 10:30 a.m. Saturday, Jan. 11, at Valley Bible Church, 36030 O’Shea Circle, the old Perfect Place in the Briarwood Subdivision.

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

Last Updated on Thursday, 09 January 2014 11:19

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Glenn Russell Kirkpatrick

Glenn Russell Kirkpatrick, 79, who had worked most recently for Yellowstone Electric, died Dec. 29, 2013.

He was born on a homestead in Sentinel Butte, N.D., on Aug. 6, 1934, to Ralph Theodore Kirkpatrick and Almira Odense (Myhre) Kirkpatrick. He was educated in North Dakota and Montana.

He served in the Navy during the Korean War aboard the destroyer USS Lowery. He had worked for Mountain Bell, AT&T, Lucent Technologies and Yellowstone Electric.

He married Carol Campbell on May 3, 1957. He was an avid fly fisherman and hunter.

Survivors include his wife; a son, Russell Kirkpatrick; a daughter, Laura Pust; a brother, Ralph Duane Kirkpatrick; a sister, Karen Marie Peterson; four grandchildren; seven great-grandchildren; and a great-great-grandson.

Services will be held at 10:30 a.m. Jan. 24 at Faith Chapel. A luncheon will follow. Interment will be later. Arrangements are by Cremation and Funeral Gallery.

Memorials may be made to Montana Rescue Mission, P.O. Box 3232, Billings, MT 59103.

Last Updated on Thursday, 09 January 2014 11:19

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Charles ‘Todd’ Edwin Shandy

Charles “Todd” Edwin Shandy, 80, who served with the Marines in Korea, died at Billings Health and Rehabilitation in Billings on Jan. 5, 2014.

He was born in Boyd to Charles E. Shandy and Anita L. (Partch) Shandy. He graduated from Roberts High School, joined the Marines and served in Korea.

Mr. Shandy had worked as a TV repairman, in car sales and as a truck driver. He loved to restore old classic cars.

Survivors include daughters, Kathleen Shandy, Jeanie Darling, Billie Miller, Christine Flanigan and Cheryl Rickard; sons, Todd Shandy, David Shandy and Jack Shandy; a brother, Robert Shandy; 30 grandchildren; and 16 great-grandchildren.

Services will be at 11 a.m. Monday, Jan. 20, at Dahl Funeral Chapel.

Last Updated on Thursday, 09 January 2014 11:18

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James ‘Jim’ Kautz

James “Jim” Kautz, 72, of Billings, a courtesy driver for Denny Menholt, died Sunday, Dec. 29, 2013.

He was born March 30, 1941, to Thelma Hartung and Henry Kautz, who was killed in Normandy a short time later. He joined the Navy before graduating from Senior High School, serving from 1962 to 1966.

Survivors include his wife, Deanna Orelup Kautz; a brother, Mike Spear; a son, Kerry Kautz; and a daughter, Brenda.

A celebration of life was held Jan. 4 at the Vegas Hotel in Billings. Interment was in Yellowstone Veterans Cemetery. Arrangements were by Cremation & Funeral Gallery.

Condolences may be sent to 111 S. 35th St., Billings, MT 59101.

Last Updated on Thursday, 09 January 2014 11:18

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Lisa Marie Frank

Lisa Marie Frank, 45, an eligibility administrator at EBMS, died in her sleep, after a short illness, on Tuesday, Dec. 31, 2013, at her home in Billings.

She was born in Sidney on March 27, 1968, to Art and Marlene (Stroh) Frank. She was baptized and confirmed in St. Matthews Catholic Church in Sidney. She graduated from high school in Sidney in 1986. She graduated from Eastern Montana College, now Montana State University Billings, in 1991 with a Bachelor of Science degree in psychology.

She worked at Corporate Air for 15 years and for five years at Avitas before working for EBMS.

Survivors include her parents and a brother, Michael.

Memorial Mass was held Jan. 8 at St. Thomas the Apostle Catholic Church in Billings.

Donations may be made to the city of Billings Injured Animal Fund, which provides emergency veterinarian care for stray or lost pets (P.O. Box 1178, Billings, MT 59103). Arrangements are in the care of Dahl Funeral Chapel.

Last Updated on Thursday, 09 January 2014 11:17

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Karen Kay (Glaser) Kemph

Karen Kay (Glaser) Kemph, 61, who farmed and ranched with her husband, died at the RiverStone Hospice House in Billings on Dec. 31, 2013.

She was born in Billings to Norman and Fern Glaser on July 18, 1952. She and three siblings grew up near Huntley and Pompeys Pillar, where the family farmed and ranched. After she graduated from Huntley Project High School in Worden in 1970, she and her fiancé, Joe Kemph Jr., eloped.

They farmed and ranched in the Bighorn River Valley between Custer and Hardin. In 1985, they moved to farm and ranch in the Yellowstone River Valley near Custer.

The Kemph family attends the Seventh Day Adventist Church in Custer.

Survivors include her husband; two sons, Joe Q. Kemph III and Travis Lee Kemph; nine grandchildren; a brother, David Glaser of Camas, Wash.; Linda Glaser of Spokane, Wash.; and Susan Kuntz in Pompeys Pillar.

Services were Jan. 6 at the Seventh Day Adventist Church in Billings. Interment was in Custer Cemetery in Custer. Arrangements were by Cremation & Funeral Gallery.

Donations may be given to the Custer Cemetery and the Junction City Park.

Last Updated on Thursday, 09 January 2014 11:16

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Sharon Lea (Kountz) Reather

Sharon Lea (Kountz) Reather, 73, a stay-at-home mom who loved camping and boating, died Dec. 30, 2013.

She was born Feb. 6, 1940, the second of five children of Jack and Letha Kountz, and grew up in Brockway. On Feb. 14, 1959, she married Ron Reather.

She decorated her house at Christmas with a collection of more than 80 Christmas houses.

Survivors include her husband; sons, Larry and Jack; a daughter, Connie Schaff; four grandchildren; a great-grandson; a sister, Bev Eissinger; and brothers, Harv Kountz and Brad Kountz.

Services were held Jan. 4 at Cremation & Funeral Gallery.

Donations may be made to Rocky Mountain Hospice, 2110 Overland Ave., Suite 111, Billings, MT 59102.

Last Updated on Thursday, 09 January 2014 11:11

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Bernard Ellsworth Barr

Bernard Ellsworth Barr, 73, who had worked more than 20 years in the commercial roofing business, died at RiverStone Hospice on Jan. 2, 2014, after suffering from Parkinson’s disease for many years.

He was born Oct. 5, 1940, the youngest child of Russell and Ora (Shaffer) Barr. He graduated from Laurel High School and was a member of the Laurelaires. He attended the University of Montana and received a bachelor of arts degree from Rocky Mountain College.

He married Sharon Florey on May 25, 1963. They raised their children in Great Falls before returning to Billings in 1981.

Mr. Barr worked for Western Allied in Denver, Colo., in the commercial roofing business until retiring in 2008. He was active in running, handball, racquetball, squash and golf.

Survivors include his wife; a daughter, Cindy Ciciora of Spring Lake, N.C.; a son, Kent; two grandsons; and sisters, Trevie Livingston of La Vern, Calif., and Bonnie Latham of Laurel.

A celebration of life will be held in the spring. The guestbook is at

Donations may be made to the Michael J. Fox Foundation for Parkinson’s Research or the National Parkinson’s Foundation.

Last Updated on Thursday, 09 January 2014 11:10

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Esther Weber Reiter

Esther Weber Reiter, 86, formerly of Bozeman and Sun City, Ariz., died Jan. 1, 2014, at Tender Nest Assisted Living.

Survivors include children, Connie Morse of Surprise, Ariz., Jorgie Nerada of Phoenix, Ariz., Valerie Cover of Cody, Wyo., and Nancy Wandler of Billings; and five grandchildren.

At her request, no services will be held. Arrangements were by Cremation & Funeral Gallery.

Last Updated on Thursday, 09 January 2014 11:10

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