Terrance D. Luff, 71, a Vietnam veteran, died Sept. 23, 2014.
He was born Oct. 26, 1942, to Dale and Hazel Luff. Upon returning from Vietnam, he married Jeanne Vosen. They had four children, Terry, Traci, Tanna and Cody; and six grandchildren.
Survivors also include a sister, Trudy.
Services were pending. Arrangements were by Cremation & Funeral Gallery.
Last Updated on Thursday, 09 October 2014 10:25
Lucille D. Joslin, 96, of Billings, died Sept. 27, 2014.
She was born on Dec. 23, 1917, in Hassin, Minn. She had received care from Edgewood Vista.
Survivors include children, Maureen, Patricia, Steve, Sue and Mary, and grandchildren.
Arrangements are by Cremation & Funeral Gallery.
Last Updated on Friday, 03 October 2014 16:16
Louise E Hodges, 86, of Billings, known for her desserts, yard and flowers, died Sept. 23, 2014, at Billings Clinic.
She was born to Jack and Katherine (Sturtz) Romee on July 16, 1928, in Laurel. On Dec. 30, 1946, she married Albert “Bill” Hodges. He died in 1997.
She will be remembered for her tea rings, cinnamon rolls and Oreo cookie ice cream pies. She had prepared many large family dinners.
She had received care from Tendernest Assisted Living Facility and the Billings Clinic Intensive Care Unit.
Survivors include daughters, Kathy Nagel of North Dakota and Susan Hodges of Washington; sons, Bill Hodges of Hardin, Jeff Hodges of Washington and Pat Hodges of Oregon; 16 grandchildren; 19 great-grandchildren; a sister, Margaret Frazer; and a brother, Chuck Romee.
Visitation was Sept. 26 at Dahl Funeral Chapel. Rosary and Vigil Service were at 6 p.m. Sept. 26 with Funeral Mass at 10 a.m. Sept. 27, both at St. Bernard’s Catholic Church. Committal was in Holy Cross Cemetery.
Last Updated on Thursday, 02 October 2014 16:19
James William “J.W.” Southworth, 58, a free spirit, died Sept. 24, 2014.
He was born Nov. 29, 1955, to James O. and Clara Southworth. He graduated from Laurel High School in 1974. He and Renee Norstrom married at that time and later divorced.
He began working at the rail plant in Laurel during the summers while in high school; it was the start of his railroad career with Burlington Northern. He was one of the few men who operated the jet-powered snow blowers that took him to winter locations across the region.
In 1987, he began working for Montana Rail Link, which was taking over the Yellowstone Division from the Burlington Northern. While there, he worked his way up to the position of assistant road master.
In 2000, he accepted a position with the Federal Railroad Administration as safety track inspector and relocated to Jacksonville, Fla. He later left the railroad because of ill health.
In his railroad career, Mr. Southworth taught Tom Cruise how to swing a spike mall and also appeared in the movie “Far and Away” with his railroad buddies. He was a carpenter and mechanic and restored vintage and hot-rod cars.
Survivors include his father, James O. Southworth and wife, Clarice; a brother, Ray W. Southworth; a sister, Tana Haddenham; and close friend and caretaker, Jeanne Bergan.
A celebration of life will be at 2 p.m. Oct. 3 at Park City Civic Center with a reception following. A cemetery placement of the ashes will follow.
Last Updated on Thursday, 02 October 2014 16:18
Ted Wayne Parod, 73, founder of the ALERT air ambulance and rescue program in Kalispell, died Sept. 27, 2014.
He was born April 11, 1941, in Oak Park, Ill., and grew up in Phoenix, Ariz., where he attended Sunnyslope High School. After graduation he joined the Air Force and was stationed in Steinborn, Germany, as a nuclear missile technician.
After leaving the service he attended Enterprise Junior College and then Troy State University in Alabama where he graduated summa cum laude with a degree in history. He attended law school at Arizona State University.
Mr. Parod had flown thousands of hours in fixed-wing airplanes, helicopters, hot air balloons and experimental aircraft. His career included offshore and bush flying in Alaska, search and rescue operations, aerial film work, law enforcement support and fighting forest fires.
He was both a civilian and military flight instructor, a check pilot and safety officer for the Federal Aviation Administration and a certified emergency medical technician. He received the Montana Outstanding Pilot of the Year Award and was awarded the Distinguished Service Award by the FAA.
The death of a logger in northwest Montana inspired Mr. Parod to establish aerial medical transport from remote areas inaccessible to ground ambulances. He founded Mountain West Helicopters in Kalispell and made presentations to civic organizations to encourage support for a hospital-based air ambulance program. Initially, he was on call for air ambulance runs 24 hours a day, seven days a week.
The ALERT program is the nation’s second-oldest air ambulance program and the first to be based in a rural community hospital. After retiring from flying, Mr. Parod wrote several books and became a founding member of the Arizona Book Publishing Association. He eventually settled into ranching in the Columbus area, where he had resided for the last 10 years. He served on the board of directors for the Columbus Rural Fire District and the Farmers Union Trading Co. in Columbus.
Survivors include his wife of 33 years, Debbie; children, Jennifer Parod, Katie Hansen, Daniel Parod, Christopher Parod and Bobbi Parod; and two grandchildren.
At his request, no funeral will be held. A reception for family, friends and associates will be held in the Columbus Fire Department Community Room from 2-4 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 4. Dahl Funeral Chapel is in charge of arrangements.
Donations are suggested to the Columbus Volunteer Fire Department.
Last Updated on Thursday, 02 October 2014 16:17
Dale Norman Kills Pretty Enemy, 61, who had been a boxer and boxing coach, died at 5:47 a.m. Sunday, Sept. 21, 2014, of an ongoing illness.
He was born on April 5, 1953, in Fort Yates, N.D., to Ella Mae (Flying Horse) and Gilbert Kills Pretty Enemy Sr. He was given the Indian name “Pie San Hunka Sni,” or “Lame Pale Buffalo,” by his grandparents, Felix and Alice Kills Pretty Enemy.
He grew up on the Standing Rock Sioux Reservation in the Rock Creek area, also known as Bull Head, S.D. Upon moving to Montana in the early 1970s, he was adopted by the late Robert Round Face and became a member of the Greasy Mouth Clan and was a Child of the Greasy Mouth Clan. He came from a long line of Medicine men and was the third generation of the holy man Leon Kills Pretty Enemy (Hosi ka hipi, or “Message Bringer”).
He practiced the Native American religion and was a member of the St. Charles Catholic church of Pryor.
He attended Bull Head Day School through fourth grade, then St. Joseph Indian School in Chamberlain, S.D., through eighth grade. He graduated in 1973 from St. Paul’s High School in Marty, S.D. He earned an associate’s degree in engineering drafting from Haskell Indian Junior College.
He participated in track, baseball, boxing, softball, wrestling, basketball and in football as a linebacker. He was offered a football scholarship to the University of Nebraska but declined it and played briefly for the Haskell Indians.
He married Jolene (Whiteman) Kills Pretty Enemy in September 1974.
He was a boxing coach when his son Jason boxed for the Billings Amateur Boxing Club along with the late Melvin Weasel Boy Sr. and Jose Chavez. The boxing team made it to Kings Port, Tenn., and Prescott, Ariz., in 1989 and 1990 for the Silver Gloves Boxing Championship.
He was fluent in the Lakota language and understood the Crow language.
Survivors include his wife; children, Casey, Jason, Joelle, Trisheena, Chase Kills Pretty Enemy, Darrian Four Bear and Camila Chavez; 14 grandchildren; and siblings, Michael Kills Pretty Enemy of Bullhead, S.D., Gilbert Kills Pretty Enemy Jr. of McLaughlin, S.D., Mary Helen Kills Pretty Enemy of Bullhead, Kris Kills Pretty Enemy of Indianhead, Md., and Clarice Kills Pretty Enemy of Rapid City, S.D.
Rosary was held Wednesday, Sept. 24, at St. Charles Mission in Pryor. Services were Sept. 25 at St. Charles Mission.
Last Updated on Thursday, 02 October 2014 16:15
Nicholas “Nick” Buckner Brackett, 73, an Army veteran, died Thursday, Sept. 25, 2014.
He was born in Yakima, Wash., on Nov. 19, 1940, the only child of Cecil F.D. Brackett and Catherine P. Gilman Brackett. He had worked as a photographer, security guard, postal worker and as a member of the Army.
Viewing will be at the Dahl Funeral Chapel in Billings from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 2, with the family present for visitation from 5-8 p.m. Services will be at 10 a.m. Friday, Oct. 3, at Dahl Funeral Chapel, with burial to follow in Yellowstone National Cemetery in Laurel. A memorial reception to celebrate his life will be held from 1-4 p.m.at the American Legion, 1540 Broadwater Ave.
Donations may be made in his name to the Patriot Guard Riders of Montana, c/o Wes Lambert, 737 S. Billings Blvd. No. 13, Billings, MT 59101 or the Wounded Warriors Project at https://support.woundedwarriorproject.org/.
Last Updated on Thursday, 02 October 2014 16:14
James “Jim” Roger Johnson, 68, a self-employed arborist, died Sept. 14, 2014, of emphysema.
He was born in March 1946 in Butte to Leonard and Alice Johnson. During his childhood he lived in Glacier Park, Great Falls, Cody, Wyo., and Billings. He graduated from Billings West High School in 1965.
He joined the Navy right out of high school and served on the USS Bon Homme Richard during the Vietnam War.
He married Sue Barowky-Jackson in 1969, and they had a daughter, Nikole. They divorced in 1982.
He married Tracy Gerringa in 1989, and they had two daughters, Kelsey and Kaitlyn.
He had held various jobs but for the last 20 years or so was self-employed as an arborist. He also had a knack for fixing and building things.
Survivors include his wife, Tracy; daughters, Nikole Gribben, Kelsey and Kaitlyn; a grandson; and a brother, John.
Services will be held in the spring, and interment will be in Yellowstone National Veterans Cemetery in Laurel. Arrangements are by Dahl Funeral Chapel.
Last Updated on Thursday, 25 September 2014 10:36
Mia Rose Garcia, 5 months old, died Sept. 18, 2014.
She was born on April 13, 2014, in Billings to Alejandro Garcia and Kristine Knudsen.
Survivors include her parents; grandparents, Susan and Roger Knudsen and Tammy Weisbeck; and brothers, David and Marcus Garcia.
Visitation was Sept. 23, followed by a Christian Vigil Service at Cremation & Funeral Gallery. Funeral Mass was Sept. 24 at St. Patrick’s Co-Cathedral. Arrangements were by Cremation & Funeral Gallery.
Last Updated on Thursday, 25 September 2014 10:33
Roberto Fernandez Gutierrez, 58, an Internal Revenue Service employee, died Sept. 20, 2014, of a bleeding stroke.
He was born May 26, 1956, in Billings, the seventh child of nine of Cecilia and Vicente Gutierrez. When he was young, his family lived in Mossmain, east of Laurel, before moving into Billings.
He was a graduate of Billings Senior High School and was the first in his family to obtain a degree, a bachelor of science in business administration from Eastern Montana College, in 1982. After college, he was hired by Osco Drug as an assistant manager and moved to Wyoming.
He married Nina Magers at St. Pius X Catholic Church in Billings, and they recently celebrated 31 years together.
He was hired with the IRS in 1985, completed orientation in Cheyenne, Wyo., and was stationed in Sheridan, Wyo. After 12 years, the family moved back to Billings. He was planning to retire in 2015.
He volunteered as a Little League umpire for many years and also umpired softball. He drove the St. Patrick Co-Cathedral homebound bus for many years.
Survivors include his wife, Nina; children, Julia and Thomas; sisters, Yolanda, Terri, Eugenia and Martha; and a brother, Vincent.
Visitation will be from noon to 6:30 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 25, followed by a vigil at 6:30 p.m. at Dahl Funeral Chapel. Funeral Mass will be at noon Sept. 26 at St. Patrick’s Co-Cathedral. Interment will be in Calvary Cemetery.
Last Updated on Thursday, 25 September 2014 10:32