Russell Deringer of Ada, Ohio, a longtime resident of Billings, died in his sleep on the morning of Aug. 5, 2014.
He was the son of Adabelle (Cantrell) and Ora Deringer.
Mr. Deringer served two years with the Army and was stationed in Japan with the 1st Calvary artillery unit. He then studied aircraft maintenance at the Spartan School of Aeronautics in Tulsa, Okla.
He married Gayle Moore of Alger, Ohio, in 1958. They moved from Ohio to Billings that same year. They had four children, Mark, Natalie, Cole and Lana.
Mr. Deringer worked for Lynch Flying Service and Skaggs Drug Store before spending 24 years working for American Sterilizer Co. During retirement, he worked part time as a security officer.
He volunteered at the Billings Food Bank and the Montana Rescue Mission.
Survivors include his wife; three children; and a brother, Glen Deringer of Ohio.
A celebration of his life will be held at West Side Baptist Church, 323 S. 32nd St. W., at 2 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 23. Dahl Funeral Chapel is in charge of arrangements.
A donation of time or money may be made to the charity of one’s choice or to the Montana Rescue Mission, P.O. Box 3232, Billings, MT 59103.
Last Updated on Thursday, 14 August 2014 17:03
George Farias, 80, of Billings, a retired farmer and insurance agent, died Wednesday, Aug. 6, 2014, at St. John’s Lutheran Home after a long illness.
Born May 17, 1934, on the family farm on Bluewater Creek north of Fromberg, he was the son of Antone Farias and Marie Kujath Farias. He married Mary Ann Webber on June 7, 1957, in Fromberg.
He owned and operated his family’s farm and registered Hereford cattle operation until 1993 when he moved to Billings, where he was a registered insurance agent affiliated with Mutual of Omaha. He retired in 1999.
Mr. Farias was elected twice to the Fromberg School District Board of Trustees, served as president and later as secretary of the Fromberg Volunteer Fire Department, and served as president of the Fromberg Rural Fire District.
He was active in the Carbon County Farm Bureau and in the Carbon County Republican Party, serving a term as a precinct committeeman. In retirement he volunteered on behalf of the campaigns of U.S. Sen. Conrad Burns and was a member of the Pachyderm Club.
A Master Mason for more than 58 years, he served two separate terms as Worshipful Master of Golden Eagle Lodge 66 and was for five years adviser to the Carbon County DeMolay chapter. He was awarded the DeMolay Legion of Honor in recognition of his service.
Survivors include his wife; a son, Ronald Farias of Silver Spring, Md.; a daughter, Teri Hergett of Billings; two grandsons; and a sister, Viola Jones of Walla Walla, Wash.
Visitation was Aug. 8 at Cremation & Funeral Gallery. Services were Aug. 9 at Cremation & Funeral Gallery. Interment followed in Rockvale Cemetery.
Memorials may be sent to the St. John’s Lutheran Ministries, or the Alzheimer’s Association.
Last Updated on Thursday, 14 August 2014 17:02
Clara “Marlene” Melia, 82, died Tuesday, Aug. 5, 2014.
She was born on March 10, 1932, to Ethel and Charles Sego in St. Joseph, Mo. She was married for 50 years to Pat, who preceded her in death.
Survivors include two sons, Steven and Tedd; a daughter, Michele Campbell; eight grandchildren; five great-grandchildren; and a brother, Byron Sego.
Visitation was Aug. 8 at Cremation and Funeral Gallery. Graveside services were at Sunset Memorial Gardens on Aug. 9.
Last Updated on Thursday, 14 August 2014 17:02
Barbara J. Staudinger, 78, a longtime resident of Montana and of the Park City area, died Aug. 6, 2014, at St. Vincent Healthcare after many medical problems.
She was born March 29, 1936, in Johnson City, Tenn., to Eugene Scott and Goldie Ring Scott. At age 16 she married Donald T. Head, the father of her six children. She married Frank Staudinger on March 10, 1977, and since that time had lived in the Park City area.
For the last 18 years, she had been a foster parent for the state of Montana. In addition to raising her six birth children, she cared for more than 40 foster children. Two of those foster children she adopted and made a part of the family.
Survivors include sons, Darrell Head and Kevin Head of Livingston and Kenneth Head and Kelly Head of Laurel; daughters, Dianne Flack of Laurel, Koryn Staudinger of Billings and Te’Amo Staudinger of Hamilton; 15 grandchildren; and 17 great-grandchildren.
A celebration of her life was held Aug. 12 at Laurel Baptist Church, with internment following in Park City Cemetery. Arrangements were by Cremation & Funeral Gallery.
Last Updated on Thursday, 14 August 2014 17:01
Carla Alfia Williams, 49, who had most recently worked as a writer and classified ad manager for The Billings Outpost, died July 22, 2014, at her home in Billings.
She was born Sept. 17, 1964, in Troy, N.Y., one of three children of Donald Bruce Williams and Domenica Gatto Williams. She attended elementary school in Troy, N.Y., and high school at Cheyenne Mountain in Colorado Springs, Colo.
She earned a bachelor’s degree in interdisciplinary studies at Dickinson College in Carlisle, Pa., in 1986, a master’s degree in journalism at American University in Washington, D.C., in 1995, and a bachelor’s degree in art at Rocky Mountain College in 2013.
Her father and three brothers were all graduates of West Point. She also was accepted at West Point but chose to attend a small liberal arts college in Pennsylvania. She spent an academic year in Naples where she learned to speak Italian, and she also spoke Spanish.
Ms. Williams served as a second lieutenant in the Army and Reserves and trained in Texas and Virginia. She worked in government posts, including Washington, D.C., and South America. She had been a stockbroker for Merrill Lynch in Washington and for Smith Barney in New Jersey. At the Outpost, she used the penname of Jane White.
In mid-2000, she moved from Alexandria, Va., to Billings to study dressage at Rocky Mountain College and then transitioned into art.
Survivors include her mother, of Virginia; brothers, Eric of Arizona and Christian of Virginia; and an aunt, Judith Williams of Montana.
Services were held July 28 at the Billings Unitarian Universalist Fellowship. Funeral mass was planned at St. Charles Borromeo Church in Arlington with burial at the National Veterans Cemetery alongside her father.
Contributions in her memory are suggested to the Rocky Mountain College art program or to the Billings Unitarian Universalist Fellowship.
Last Updated on Thursday, 07 August 2014 11:42
Katheryn “Topper” Frances (Ward) Peden, 97, the first baby born in Brockway, died Aug. 2, 2014, in Billings.
She was born Dec. 1, 1916, to Fred and Edith Ward. Her only brother, George, was six years younger.
Her family lived in many cities in Montana while her father was a school superintendent. After buying the Meagher County News, they settled in White Sulphur Springs.
On Nov. 7, 1936, she married Roy “Squint” Peden. They had two children and raised her nephew, Michael Ward, as their own son. Mr. Peden worked for Mountain Bell, and they had lived in Billings, Helena and Bozeman.
Survivors include a daughter, Sherry (Peden) Dietrich of Pownal, Maine; a son, Donn Peden of Billings; a nephew, Michael Ward of Costa Mesa, Calif.; three grandchildren; five great-grandchildren; and four great-great-granddaughters.
Graveside services will be at 1 p.m. Friday, Aug. 8, at Mayn Cemetery in White Sulphur Springs. Arrangements are in the care of Dahl Funeral Chapel of Billings.
Last Updated on Thursday, 07 August 2014 11:41
Ralph Dixon, 86, and Patricia Dixon, 90, who were both active in the Democratic Party here, died in July 2014.
Ms. Dixon was a denominational executive in the religious education department of the United Church of Christ. She traveled the country putting on workshops and met Mr. Dixon at a workshop in Chico Hot Springs.
Mr. Dixon came to Montana as a minister at Medicine Lake/Froid Parish in northeastern Montana. He worked extensively with local church parishes.
With Lobel Bennett, he was instrumental in stimulating the construction of low-income housing, including Prairie Towers at 725 N. 25th St. He served on the board of Intermountain Children’s Home in Helena and led the capital funds campaign that resulted in building the Wix Center.
Mr. and Mrs. Dixon were active in the local Democratic Party and helped in building the headquarters office. They also recruited and selected precinct committee members.
Last Updated on Thursday, 07 August 2014 11:40
Loyd Charles Garlock, 70, a cabinet maker who had owned his own shop, died July 29, 2014.
He was born May 29, 1944, in Vanport Portland, Ore., to Dale and Marcella (Shine) Garlock. He was an altar boy as a child and a lifelong Catholic.
His mother returned to Billings when he was 2 months old. He attended Little Flower School and graduated from Holy Rosary School in 1959. He attended Billings Central Catholic High School for two years and then graduated from Billings West High School in 1963.
He married Diana Zeiler on Oct. 24, 1964. Mr. Garlock entered the Army in 1964 and was assigned to the 556th Transportation Unit in Fort Lewis, Wash. He attained the rank of Specialist 5 and was in charge of the motor pool at the reserve center in Billings. He received an honorable discharge in 1970.
At the age of 15, he spent the summer working on the Joe Boyd Ranch near the Montana-Wyoming border. In the fall, he returned and worked for Midwest Cabinet Co. He soon became the foreman there.
From 1982-1984, he specialized in custom cabinets for area hospitals and residences. He started his own cabinet shop, Magnum Cabinet MFG, in 1985 with Jim Frasch. They had the shop until 2001; during this time he was nominated as Cabinet Maker of the Year by the Builder’s Exchange.
He joined Hi Tech Construction from 2001-2005, establishing a cabinet shop for the company. In the summer of 1981, he built the cabin on the set of “The Legend of Walks Far Woman” starring Raquel Welch.
He hunted elk and buffalo, and a buffalo hunt he was on in Yellowstone Park was featured in Sports Illustrated. He owned a ’23 Bucket T hot rod, and he and his wife attended car shows, rod runs and an occasional parade.
He had received care the past two years from Parkview Care Center.
Survivors include wife; daughters, Stacy Burgin of Billings and Gail Porter of Spring Creek, Nev.; three grandchildren; a great-grandchild; and a brother, Gary of Billings.
Services were Aug. 6 at Dahl Funeral Chapel.
Donations may be made in his name to the Alzheimer Association.
Last Updated on Thursday, 07 August 2014 11:39
Ray Leland, 81, of Billings, an architect here for more than 40 years, died July 31, 2014, after a lengthy illness.
He was born in Joliet on March 7, 1933, to Ole and Ragna Leland. He attended school in Joliet and graduated from Montana State University with a degree in architecture.
His wife, Irene, died four weeks ago after 59 years of marriage. He had received care from Rocky Mountain Hospice.
Survivors include a sister, Violet; a daughter, Rena Leland Koinis of Bellaire, Texas; sons, Eric Leland of Bremerton, Wash., and Hal Leland of Patterson, Calif.; and four grandchildren.
A private memorial service was planned. Arrangements are by Cremation & Funeral Gallery.
Last Updated on Thursday, 07 August 2014 11:38
Bonnie Marie Johnson, 69, of Billings, who had worked in various jobs, died Dec. 12, 2013, in Aurora, Colo., from complications of a stroke.
She was born July 17, 1944, in Bingham Canyon, Utah, the daughter of Joseph and Justine (Kozola) Naglich. On Oct. 3, 1964, she married Wally Johnson at St. Pius X Church in Billings. They moved to cities in Colorado, California, Montana, Arizona, Nevada, Minnesota and Ilo, Peru, before returning to Billings.
She had worked as a telephone operator, receptionist at Warm Springs, electronic salesperson for Walmart, cosmetic consultant for Jafra and cashier at several businesses.
Survivors include her husband; sons, Darren and Jared; three grandsons; sisters, Joyce, Marilyn and Roberta; and a brother, Joseph Naglich.
Services will be at 10 a.m. Saturday, Aug. 2, at Dahl Funeral Chapel. Burial of ashes will be in Holy Cross Cemetery.
Last Updated on Thursday, 31 July 2014 09:51