The Billings Outpost

Rebecca Lynn White

Rebecca “Becky” Lynn White, 60, of Billings, died at RiverStone Health Hospice Home on Monday, Aug. 10, 2015.

Survivors include her parents, Gene and Janese; daughters, Celeste, Autumn, Abby and Tara; a son, Jon; five grandchildren; and a sister, Kathy.

Services were pending. Arrangements are by Cremation & Funeral Gallery.

Last Updated on Thursday, 20 August 2015 14:57

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Dwayne Robison

Dwayne Frank Robison, 74, who drove a truck for 30 years, died Saturday, Aug. 15, 2015.

He was born Aug. 7, 1941, at the Mission Ranch by Big Timber, the first born of Dorothy (Nash) and Frank Robison. He quit school at an early age to help his family. He gardened, flew airplanes, hunted coyotes and fished.

He married Linda Grotbo, and they were together for 40 years before her death in 2000. He married Brenda Rook in 2006.

His friends knew him as “Pigpen” and later “Piglet” as he raised pigs in his early married life.

He had worked for Gerhardt Blaine, and after moving to Billings drove a truck for 28 years for Raymond Corcoran Trucking and two years for Rocky Mountain Compost. He quit driving because of ill health.

He made countless trips to California for fresh fruit and vegetables and often bought antiques, filling their home and later antique booths.

Survivors include his wife; children, Stanley, Steve, Susan Pitts and Stacie Schillreff; five grandchildren; five great-grandchildren; a sister, Sandy Muniz; and brothers, Donald “Gimmer” Robison and Randal “Pete.”

A celebration of life will be held at 2 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 22, at Barkemeyer Park in Huntley. The family will provide meat and utensils, and guests may bring a salad or dessert and a lawn chair if they desire. Heights Family Funeral Home & Crematory is in charge of arrangements.

Last Updated on Thursday, 20 August 2015 14:49

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Theresa Lynn Waite

Theresa Lynn Waite (Gossett) died Saturday, Aug. 15, 2015, after battling lung cancer for more than a year.

She taught at Skyview High School and loved her family, adventure, learning, teaching and fishing.

Survivors include her husband, Monte; children, Jenifer Dagel, Jesica Waite and John Waite; mother, Karen Gossett; brothers, Mark Christiansen and Gary Christiansen; and three grandchildren.

Arrangements are by Cremation & Funeral Gallery.

Last Updated on Thursday, 20 August 2015 14:48

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Star E. Reintsma

Star E. Reintsma, 73, died Aug. 10, 2015.

She was born to Henry and Hazel M. (Kingsland) Reintsma on May 8, 1942, in Erskine, Minn. The family moved to Wyoming in 1947, then to Billings in 1952.

Not being able to have children of her own, she helped raise many of her nieces and nephews.

Survivors include brothers, John of Billings, Jack of Laurel and David of Colorado; and a sister, Patricia Storm from Two North.

In accord with her wishes, no services were held. Arrangements were by Cremation & Funeral Gallery.

Last Updated on Thursday, 20 August 2015 14:48

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Eric Jason Charles

Eric Jason Charles, 41, died Aug. 16, 2015, of cancer.

He was born March 26, 1974, in Billings.

Survivors include his parents, Roy and Josie Baxter; brothers, Kevin Charles, Nathan Baxter, Roy Baxter Jr. and Shane Baxter; wife, Krista “Rose” Charles; and children and stepchildren, Gabe Charles, Rueben Charles, Tavia Charles, Linze Rivera, Kelsey McChesney and Taya Wichman.

A private family celebration and viewing of his life will take place at 1 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 20, at Dahl Funeral Chapel with interment to follow in Holy Cross Cemetery.

Donations may be made to Dahl Funeral Chapel to help cover funeral costs.

Last Updated on Thursday, 20 August 2015 14:47

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Leona Stanhope

Leona Stanhope, 81, died Aug. 7, 2015.

She was born Jan. 17, 1934, to immigrant parents, the second youngest of 16 children. She had lived in Canada, Kansas and Billings.

She had a flair for gardening, sewing, stained glass, quilling, garage sales, cooking, traveling and doting on her family.

Services were Aug. 11 at Dahl Funeral Chapel.

Donations may be sent to the Salvation Army or to the Ladies Auxiliary of Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 6774.

Last Updated on Thursday, 13 August 2015 15:34

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Kenneth Murphy

Kenneth Michael Murphy, 61, who worked 36 years for COR Enterprises, died Sunday, Aug. 2, 2015.

He was born Aug. 7, 1953, to Eugene “Bud” and Maxine Murphy, the fourth son in a family of five boys. Although mentally challenged, he was a productive member of society, working 36 years for COR Enterprises Inc., pointing stakes, stuffing envelopes and sweeping parking lots.

For many years, he was involved with Special Olympics, bowling and winning many awards.

He had received care in recent months from Granger Group Home.

Survivors include brothers, Tom Murphy of Livingston and Jerry Murphy, Jim Murphy and Joe Murphy, all of Billings.

Services were Aug. 10 at St. Pius X Parish. Arrangements were by Cremation & Funeral Gallery.

Last Updated on Thursday, 13 August 2015 15:34

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Jeffery Allen Jones

Jeffery Allen Jones, 54, of Billings, a jockey who rode 119 winners in horse races, died July 23, 2015, of glioblastoma brain cancer.

He was born in Pierre, S.D., on Jan. 7, 1961, to Allen Lon Jones and Diane Fitch Jones. As a child, he appeared in two movies with Casey Tibbs, “Born to Buck” and “Young Rounders.”

He attended school at Fort Pierre, excelling in football and wrestling. After serving in the Army, he won his first race on Boss of All for Melvin Ducheneaux at the Crow Agency Race Meet on Aug. 17, 1983.

His race record at recognized tracks was 946 races, 119 wins, 156 places and 131 shows, earning $247,532 for his horses. He also raced in many match races.

Survivors include his wife, Stefanie Jones, whom he married on May 5, 2000; sons, Tristan and Dalton Jones and Cole Whiteside; a daughter, Briana Warner; two grandsons; his mother, Diane Knigge; stepmother, Roberta Sis Jones; brothers, Daniel Knigge and Bryan Knigge; and sisters, Vicki Solberg, Verginia Swan, Tracy Belj, Edith Jones Paris, Susan Pilcher and Renee McCormick.

A life celebration was held Aug. 8 at the Box T Equine Motel, 3306 Becraft Lane. Arrangements were by Heights Family Funeral Home & Crematory.

A account has been set up as the Jeff Jones Family fund.

Last Updated on Thursday, 13 August 2015 15:32

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Russell Emter

Services are pending for Russell Dean Emter, 59, a handyman who enjoyed hunting, fishing, camping and motorcycles until his death of a brain aneurysm.

He was born Jan. 5, 1956, in Bismarck, N.D., to Thomas and Margret (Frieze) Emter. He lived in Billings a good portion of his life.

Survivors include children, Christopher Emter and Jennifer Sargent; five granddaughters; the mother of his children and former spouse, Sharon Heser; a brother, Allan Emter; and a sister, Cheryl Bak.

A celebration of life was planned for later. Arrangements are by Cremation & Funeral Gallery.

Last Updated on Thursday, 13 August 2015 15:32

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Melvin Bakken Jr.

Melvin Theodore “Ted” Bakken Jr., 75, a longtime ticket agent for Northwest Airlines, died the afternoon of Aug. 6, 2015, at RiverStone Hospice of cancer.

He was born July 18, 1940, in Sidney to Melvin Theodore and Margaret Adell Bakken. He graduated from Sidney High School in 1958, then enlisted in the Navy, serving until 1961.

He married Marilyn Smith in Sidney on May 29, 1965, and they lived in Jamestown, N.D., and Bozeman before settling in Billings in 1974. Mr. Bakken worked for Northwest Airlines for 33 years, retiring in 2000. After the death of his wife of 42 years, he spent time having coffee and breakfast with friends and walking his dog.

Survivors include two sons, Michael Bakken of Billings and Steve Bakken of Buffalo, Wyo.; a brother, Marty Bakken of Bozeman; sisters, Pat Christofferson of Spokane, Wash., Dodie Clapper of Billings and Jacque Bucklin of Great Falls; and four grandchildren.

Services will be at 1 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 15, at Cremation & Funeral Gallery. Private burial will be later in Sidney.

Memorials may be made to the Yellowstone River Parks Association, P.O. Box 1201, Billings, MT 59103.

Last Updated on Thursday, 13 August 2015 15:31

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