The Billings Outpost

Don Vowel

Don Vowel, 72, a photographer and woodworker, died Friday, Feb. 6, 2015, in Billings after a long illness.

He was born in Roswell, N.M., on June 13, 1942, to Buzz and Clara Vowel. He married Barbara Lapp in May 1986.

He worked in the auto body business, then moved on to insurance adjusting. He then moved back to Terry where he helped out his father in the Yellowstone Bar and Café.

In his spare time he liked to do woodworking and started the Sawdust factory. He photographed many rodeos and the old-timers in Terry.

Survivors include his wife, Barbara Vowel; daughters, Dreama Nelson and Donna Coyni; stepdaughters, Tresia Bennett and Kim Davis; nine grandchildren; five great-grandchildren; and two sisters, Patti Ler and Sue Sikveland.

A private funeral service was held. Arrangements were by Cremation & Funeral Gallery.

Flowers and condolences may be sent to 4 Prince Charles Drive, Billings, MT 59102.

Last Updated on Thursday, 19 February 2015 12:57

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Florence Timberman

Florence Lillian Timberman, 66, died in her home on Monday, Feb. 16, 2015.

She was born on July 1, 1948, in Billings to George and Louisa (Terpstra) Griffith. She was the youngest of four children.

Survivors include her husband, William “Bill” Timberman; children, James Moon, Dennis Moon and Joyce Boston; a stepson, Mark Timberman; a sister, Dorothy Timmerman; 11 grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren.

Services will be at 1 p.m. Friday, Feb. 20, at Dahl Funeral Chapel.

Donations may be made in her name to the animal shelter.

Last Updated on Thursday, 19 February 2015 12:57

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Tracy Donovan

Tracy Donovan, 59, of Billings, a union ironworker, died Jan. 29, 2015, in his home.

He was born Sept. 17, 1956, the third son of John and Mary Donovan. He grew up in Belt.

He married Pati Winterrowd, and after she became ill, he devoted his life to caring for her. She died one day after their 29th wedding anniversary.

Survivors include daughters, Jennifer and Jessica; a brother, Tim; and two grandchildren.

Services were Feb. 7 at Dahl Funeral Chapel. A reception followed at the Elks Lodge, 934 Lewis Ave.

Last Updated on Thursday, 12 February 2015 13:45

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Matilda Hofferber

Matilda Jean Hofferber, 82, who had worked mostly as a secretary and was an active volunteer, died Jan. 31, 2015, at her home.

She was born July 12, 1932, in Roundup. She graduated from Roundup High School in 1950 and moved to Billings a short time later. She attended Billings Business College.

She married Dale Lanier in 1959, and they had one daughter, Charis. Mr. Lanier died in 1964. She married Reuben Hofferber in 1967, and they had a daughter, Lisa.

Ms. Hofferber volunteered at St. Vincent Hospital, Big Sky Hospice and lastly at Billings Clinic.

Survivors include daughters, Charis Kittelson and Lisa DeLeon; and five grandchildren.

Graveside services were held Feb. 7 at Mountview Cemetery. A reception followed at Grace United Methodist Church. Arrangements were by Cremation & Funeral Gallery.

Donations may be made to the Billings Clinic Foundation.

Last Updated on Thursday, 12 February 2015 13:44

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Bonnie Jean Haley

Bonnie Haley, 87, a homemaker, died Tuesday, Feb. 3, 2015, in Billings.

She was born Dec. 6, 1927, in Forsyth to Marion and Loretta Leary.

She crocheted, cooked and loved to paint.

Survivors include children, Daniel E. Brown, Suzanne Mullen, Allan Thorbjornson, Arne Thorbjornson and Michael Paparella III; six grandchildren; 15 great-grandchildren; and five great-great-grandchildren.

Services were Feb. 6 at Cremation & Funeral Gallery. Inurnment followed at Sunset Memorial Gardens Cemetery.

Last Updated on Thursday, 12 February 2015 13:42

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Kenneth Katana

Kenneth M. Katana, 75, died Wednesday, Feb. 4, 2015, of lung cancer.

He was born Feb. 19, 1939, to John M. and Alta M. (Beever) Katana in Roundup. He served in the Navy from 1957 until 1961, then worked for the Montana Department of Transportation, retiring as a section foreman with 30 years of service.

He hunted, fished and camped.

Survivors include a son, Terry Katana; and a sister, Betty Stoner.

A graveside service will be held later at Roundup City Cemetery. Arrangements are by Cremation & Funeral Gallery.

Last Updated on Thursday, 12 February 2015 13:42

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Elizabeth Chapman

Elizabeth Christine (McEneaney) Chapman, 96, who sang with big bands in Chicago and St. Paul, Minn., died Feb. 2, 2015, at a care facility in Billings.

She was the daughter of Thomas and Secelia (Simonson) McEneaney, born in Spokane, Wash., on Feb. 10, 1918. At the time, her parents were homesteading near Valentine, Mont., but soon returned to Menomonie, Wis.  She graduated from the Menomonie High School and moved to St. Paul, where she received training in music. She also attended a beauty college in St. Paul and earned her license.

She sang with the Doc Evans Jazz Band in St. Paul and Chicago and knew both Tommy and Jimmy Dorsey from that era.

She married James Chapman on Aug. 19, 1939, in Menomonie. After the first children arrived, she continued to sing in St. Paul and Chicago and worked for a printing company, Brown and Bigelow in St. Paul. She later returned to Menomonie and stayed active in music as a member of the Sweet Adelines.

In 1956 she moved her family of seven children to Billings. She established the first Sweet Adeline chapter in Montana and was active as a performer, costumer, makeup artist and stagecraft manager, mostly with a local theater group.

Survivors include a son, Thomas Chapman of Lehi, Utah; daughters, Patricia Longland of Marysville, Wash., Francele Hopkins of Summerville, Ore., Carol Brown of Fresno, Calif., Michelle Bailey of Billings and Lynn Jackson of Casper, Wyo.; 14 grandchildren; and several great- and great-great-grandchildren.

A celebration of life will be planned later. Arrangements are in the care of Dahl Funeral Chapel.

Last Updated on Thursday, 05 February 2015 16:15

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Sharon Canfield

Sharon Elizabeth Whiteman Canfield Raab, 69, who loved Billings and the music it offered, died of cancer at her home on Jan. 27, 2015.

She was born to Dewey and Betty Whiteman on Sept. 16, 1945, in Fairview. She was raised on the homestead north of Richey with her siblings, Dean, Peggy and Janice. She then married and had two children and moved to Seattle.

In 1983 she moved to Great Falls and then settled in Billings. She enjoyed spending Sunday mornings with the Lonnie Bell show and live country at the Veterans of Foreign Wars.

Survivors include two children, Ronda Smith and Cyrena Canfield; eight grandchildren; and 11 great-grandchildren. 

Visitation was Feb. 1 and services Feb. 2, both at Dahl Funeral Chapel.  Burial was Feb. 3 in Richey Cemetery in Richey.

Last Updated on Thursday, 05 February 2015 16:14

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Alejandra Gonzalez

Alejandro Lupe Gonzalez was born on Jan. 30, 2015, and died hours later after struggling with inoperable hypoplastic heart syndrome.

Survivors include parents, Jaime DeVries and Daniel Gonzalez; siblings, Daniel Jr., Marcella, Makayla, Antonio, Isaiah and Valencia; and grandparents, Dick and Sue DeVries, Rita Romero and Daniel Gonzalez.

Services will be at 10 a.m. Friday, Feb. 6, at Cremation & Funeral Gallery, 29 Eighth St. W. Interment will be in Mountview Cemetery. A reception will follow at noon in the Stillwater Room at MetraPark.

Donations may be made to the Ramsey Keller Foundation, www.kisses2heaven.com or Now I Lay Me Down to Sleep.

Last Updated on Thursday, 05 February 2015 16:14

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Ervin Heim

Ervin Heim, 82, who played the harmonica and rode motorcycles, died Sunday, Feb. 1, 2015, in Billings.

He was born Sept. 11, 1932, in Turtle Lake, N.D., to Christof and Otillia (Makeeff) Heim. He was raised on a farm in Mercer, N.D.

He attended Mercer High School in North Dakota. He married Eleanor Pauline Heim on May 28, 1955, in Billings.

Survivors include children, Eunice Widup, Eugene Heim, Ellen Hobbs, Carol Degenhart and Dennis Heim; 11 grandchildren; 20 great-grandchildren; a twin brother, Milton Heim, and brothers Chris Heim and Douglas Heim; and sisters, Gloria Newton and Ruby Rau.

Arrangements were by Cremation & Funeral Gallery.

Last Updated on Thursday, 05 February 2015 16:13

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