Longtime Lavina resident George Fleming Ainslie III, 56, whose blacksmithing work can be found in historical reconstructions and modern homes throughout the West, died Wednesday, Sept. 11, 2013.
The youngest son of Cowgill Donn Ainslie and Mary Jane Parker, he was born Aug. 4, 1957. He earned the Eagle Scout Award, as had his brothers before him. He graduated with honors from Rocky Mountain College.
He married Charlotte Marie Kelly on Dec. 27, 1980, and they spent their honeymoon on Alaska’s North Slope.
Mr. Ainslie made his living in the centuries-old trade of blacksmithing. Prairie Elk Forge, established in 1985, sank its roots deep in Lavina, Montana, where he helped raise his three children while pounding iron in the backyard. His artistry can be found in modern architectural homes, as well as historic reconstructions in national parks. He participated in the restoration of Old Faithful Inn.
He and his family welcomed into their home exchange students from Japan, Hong Kong and China and worked with local children for 22 years with the 4-H Club.
Survivors include his wife, Charlotte Kelly Ainslie; three children, Kit, Miranda and Heather Peters; a grandson; and brothers, Bruce and Scott.
Services were held Sept. 15 in the Lavina Public School Gymnasium, followed by inurnment in Lavina Cemetery, and a community luncheon back at the school. Arrangements were by Cremation & Funeral Gallery.
Last Updated on Wednesday, 18 September 2013 09:28
Roger Wayne Peterson, 56, of Billings, died Saturday, Sept. 14, 2013.
He was born Aug. 2, 1957, to Edward and Barbara Peterson in Billings and had three siblings. He graduated from Senior High School.
Survivors include his companion, Marlys Williams; stepsons, Jason Williams, Jeffery Williams and Jerod Williams; siblings, Jeannette Stierle of Idaho, James Peterson of Billings and Lisa Turley of Billings; godparents, Tom and Charlotte Rudolf; and three grandchildren.
Services will be at 2 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 21, at Cremation & Funeral Gallery. Guests are asked to dress in blue jeans and T-shirts, as Mr. Peterson would have wanted it. Arrangements were by Cremation & Funeral Gallery.
Last Updated on Wednesday, 18 September 2013 09:26
Frances Mae Bly, 101, of Billings, an accomplished upholsterer and wallpaper hanger, died Friday, Sept. 13, 2013.
She was born in Langdon, N.D., on May 4, 1912, to William and Etta Smith. They lived in Acton, and Frances attended school in Broadview.
She was baptized at age 98 on Aug. 13, 2010, at Wicks Lane Baptist Church.
She and her husband, William “Bill” Bly, lived for more than 50 years on Riverside Road in Billings. She supplied restaurants and families with vegetables. She, with her parents, hung wallpaper in the Northern Hotel.
Her last years were spent at RiverRidge Assisted Living in Eagle Cliff Manor, where she celebrated her 100th birthday and danced with her grandson to music by the Old-Time Fiddlers. She also had received care from Rocky Mountain Hospice.
Survivors include a daughter, Donna Germeraad of Columbia, Tenn.; five grandchildren; two step-granddaughters; 14 great-grandchildren; and three great-great-grandchildren.
A celebration of life will be held at 11 a.m. Thursday, Sept. 19, at Cremation & Funeral Gallery. Interment will follow in Sunset Memorial Gardens.
Last Updated on Wednesday, 18 September 2013 09:26
Floyd Henry, 63, formerly of Shepherd and Billings, died at his home in San Manual, Ariz., on Thursday, Aug. 8, 2013.
He was born in Tucson, Ariz., to Mamie and the late Calvin Henry Sr. on July 14, 1950. He graduated from Pueblo High School and attended the University of Arizona and Montana State University Billings.
He married Linda Trinkino in Colorado in 1975 and their two sons were both born while the family lived in Pine, a small community in the mountain area outside of Denver.
He arrived in Montana in 1983 and was involved in Little Guy Football, Little League, Youth Dynamics Inc., Trailways, the Yellowstone Boys and Girls Ranch and MSU Billings.
When he found the Montana winters too much for him, he returned to the Tucson area. At the time of his death, he lived in a rural community where he could walk outside, look at the desert – the mountains – the sky and plan his next garden or fishing trip.
Survivors include sons, Eric and Gerald; his mother; five brothers, Calvin, Harold, Delbert and David of Tucson and W.D. Spearman of Crockett, Texas; and two sisters, Althea Agboola of Tucson and Jessie Cobbs of Crockett.
A celebration of his life will be held at 6 p.m. Sept. 19 at 4527 Ryan Ave. in Billings. Family and friends are asked to bring a bag of hard candies or a gas card to be donated to those in need at local dialysis centers. Condolences may be shared with the family at the above address. For directions, call 545-8201.
Last Updated on Wednesday, 18 September 2013 09:25
Clara Hergenrider, 72, of Belfry, who worked 20 years for the Family Planning Clinic in Fairfield, Iowa, and surrounding counties, died Sept. 10, 2013, at home with hospice care.
She was born Feb. 12, 1941, in Glasgow to Carl and Helen. She married Rudy Hergenrider in July 1996 in Belfry. She lived the majority of her years in Fairfield and had lived in Belfry for the last 16 years.
While working full time, she earned a bachelor of arts degree in social work from Buena Vista College.
She was a member of First Church of the Nazarene of Fairfield and the Lutheran Church of Belfry. She taught Sunday school and worked with the elderly. She enjoyed becoming a rancher’s wife by helping build fences, moving cows and other odd jobs to make the farm run.
Survivors include her husband, Rudy Hergenrider; three children, John Harper of Fairfield, Iowa, Bonita Sporer of Lansing, Mich., and David Harper of Packwood, Iowa; three stepchildren, Lynette Rudio and Leslie Hergenrider, both of Billings, and Joy Lynn Walker of Spokane, Wash.; a brother, Bob Carlson of Spencer, Iowa; and a grandchild.
Services were held Sept. 14 at St. Paul Lutheran Church in Bridger. Close friends and family will have a graveside service in Fairfield, Iowa, at 10:30 a.m. Sept. 21 at Fairfield Memorial Lawn Cemetery. Arrangements were in the care of Dahl Funeral Chapel
Memorials may be made to First Church of the Nazarene. Cards and memorials can be sent to Dave Harper, 1082 Cedar Ave., Packwood, Iowa 52580.
Last Updated on Wednesday, 18 September 2013 09:24
Arthur (Arkadius) Schanz, 82, of Billings, who immigrated to Montana from Russia by way of Germany, died at RiverStone Hospice on Friday, Sept. 13, 2013, of cancer.
He was born Nov. 7, 1930, to Christian and Julitta Schanz in Speyer, Ukraine, Russia. In his early childhood, he and his family traveled by wagon from the Ukraine to Germany. He worked there as an apprentice cabinetmaker to help support his mother and younger brother.
In 1951, they sailed from Germany on a U.S. military ship and arrived at Ellis Island before making their way to Ryegate to reunite with relatives. He later moved to Billings.
He married Rachel Ponce, and they raised three daughters. He had built houses throughout the Billings area.
Survivors include his wife, of Billings; three daughters, Angie Roe of Billings, Jacqueline Warden of San Luis Obispo, Calif., and Julie Schauber of Billings; seven grandchildren; and a brother, Christian of Montgomery, Ill.
Services will be held at Cremation & Funeral Gallery, 29 Eighth St. W., at 11 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 21. Interment will follow in Sunset Memorial Gardens.
Memorials may be made to RiverStone Hospice or to the Billings Clinic Cancer Center.
Last Updated on Wednesday, 18 September 2013 09:23
Delores “Dodie” Krueger Farmer, 79, of Billings, who had worked as a transcriptionist for a court reporter, died Tuesday, Sept. 17, 2013, of cancer.
She was born Feb. 21, 1934, in Gillespie, Ill., to Albert and Violet (Ruona) Krueger. She was the youngest of three children and attended schools throughout Montana and Wyoming.
She married Jim Farmer in November 1951 in Billings. She attended Billings Business College and worked at First National Bank. She then became a legal secretary, which led to her career as a transcriptionist for a court reporter.
Survivors include daughters, Jody Del Priore, Margo Ivie and Gail Farmer; four grandchildren; and five great-grandchildren.
At her wish, no services were held. Arrangements were by Cremation & Funeral Gallery. Memorials may be made to the American Cancer Society or RiverStone Hospice.
Last Updated on Wednesday, 18 September 2013 09:23
Frances (Ruzek) Goodpaster, 85, of Laurel, who cared for her family and worked at various jobs, died Friday, Sept. 13, 2013.
She was born July 11, 1928, in Lewistown to Frank and Stella Ruzek. She attended St. Leo’s Catholic schools. She married Jack Goodpaster in Lewistown, where they resided until 1995, when they moved to Laurel to be near family.
She had worked at the Agricultural Stabilization and Conservation Service office in Lewistown, Skyline Grocery, Sears and Eagle Manor.
Survivors include eight children, Steve Goodpaster, Dale Siegle, Gail Ricker, Patti Rosenberg, Pam Gilman, Chris Goodpaster, Sue Tosner, Dave Goodpaster and Sally Waters; 17 grandchildren; and 12 great-grandchildren.
Services were at St. Anthony’s Catholic Church in Laurel on Monday, Sept. 16. Arrangements were by Cremation & Funeral Gallery.
Last Updated on Wednesday, 18 September 2013 09:22
Frieda Katherine Rollins, 90, of Billings, who enjoyed camping and fishing, died Saturday, Sept. 14, 2013, at Valley Health Care.
She was born May 28, 1923, in Worden to David and Katie Miller and had seven siblings. She was baptized in the Lutheran Church. She had been married to Ted Rollins.
Survivors include children, Pat McMorran and Raymond Rollins, both of Billings; sisters, Helen Deines, Clara Kern and Marion Peterson, all of Billings; nine grandchildren; 26 great-grandchildren; and seven great-great-grandchildren.
No services were planned. Arrangements were by Cremation & Funeral Gallery.
Last Updated on Wednesday, 18 September 2013 09:21
Susan Carol Johnson (nee Beam), 56, died at her home in Billings on Sunday, Sept. 1, 2013, of cancer.
She was born in Bozeman on July 8, 1957, and attended schools in Montana, California, Washington and Utah. She graduated from Murray High School in Murray, Utah, in 1975.
That same year she moved to Hawaii where she lived for four years before moving back to Salt Lake City to attend the University of Utah and take up a career in finance and banking.
She married Michael Edward Johnson on June 18, 2005, in Mammoth and then moved from Salt Lake City to Missoula to be with her husband. They moved to Billings in 2010 when Mr. Johnson accepted a position with Local 400, Operating Engineers Union.
She loved skiing and shooting and spent the last weeks of her life at Lake Mary Ronan.
Survivors include her husband; parents, Bill and Darlene Beam (nee McLaughlin); a sister, Kathy Beam; and stepchildren, Jessie May Green and Lawrence Bird Johnson.
A celebration of her life will be held in Pony at 2 p.m. Sept. 14 at the Pony Senior Citizens Center followed by graveside services. Arrangements are by Cremation & Funeral Gallery.
Last Updated on Thursday, 12 September 2013 11:32