George Elsworth Dunbar, 82, who worked at Pierce Packing after retiring from the Air Force, died in the early hours of Dec. 22, 2014.
He was born June 11, 1932, in Roundup to Donald and Victoria (Pedergnana) Dunbar. He was raised on the family farm in Musselshell.
Soon after graduating from Musselshell High School, he joined the Air Force. He married Irene Carol Bruhn on March 9, 1957.
Mr. Dunbar was a Black Pearl of Iwo Jima. He retired to Billings after serving 20 years in the Air Force. He then worked for Pierce Packing and the Pierce family before retiring in 1995.
He was active in his children’s lives, serving as a scout leader, attending sporting events, camping and fishing or playing cards. He used to square dance and bowled in many leagues over the years.
He was a longtime member and former Grand Knight of the Knights of Columbus. He was also a longtime member of St. Bernard Catholic Church.
Survivors include children, Vicki Gress, David D. Dunbar, Carl Dunbar and Nancy Brink, all of Billings; eight grandchildren; four great-grandchildren; and sisters, Dona Dunbar, Marian Peters and Myrna Nicholson.
Viewing will be Dec. 24 and 26 at Dahl Funeral Chapel. A Vigil was held Dec. 26, and Funeral Mass was Dec. 27, both at St. Bernard Catholic Church.
Last Updated on Thursday, 01 January 2015 16:20
Marjorie Nybo Nash, 65, of Laurel, an avid quilter who worked 22 years for the Montana Department of Corrections, died Tuesday, Dec. 16, 2014, after a 2½-year battle with cancer.
She was born Nov. 28, 1949, in Billings, the third of four children of Stanley and Helen (Divine) Nybo. She graduated in 1968 from Billings West High School and in 1969 she began attending Montana State University in Bozeman.
She joined the Delta Gamma sorority and graduated with a bachelor’s degree in family life science in 1972. Following graduation she returned to Billings.
In 1974 she became the first woman armed security guard at Billings Logan International Airport. She earned a bachelor’s degree in counseling at Eastern Montana College and a master’s degree in counseling. She worked at Alternatives Inc. and for 22 years at the Montana Department of Corrections in the Probation and Parole Bureau.
She married Kim Nash on Dec. 1, 1978.
She was a member of Quilt by Association and served in various offices and committees. She donated numerous quilts to charity organizations over the years and attended quilting retreats, including one each year in Jackson Hole, Wyo. She also was a member of the Yo-Yos quilting group.
She had received care from Frontier Cancer Center and Rocky Mountain Hospice.
Survivors include her husband; children, Craig Nash of Littleton, Colo., LaRell Baldwin of Billings; brothers, L.D. Nybo of Great Falls, David Nybo of Butte and Kent Nybo of Chandler, Ariz.; and five grandchildren.
Services will be at 10 a.m. Saturday, Jan. 10, at Faith Chapel in Billings. Arrangements are by Cremation & Funeral Gallery.
Donations can be sent to Rocky Mountain Hospice.
Last Updated on Thursday, 01 January 2015 16:19
Verna Edna (Parshall) Taylor, 93, of Worden, who had worked as a beautician and office manager, died Saturday, Dec. 27, 2014, at Valley Health Care in Billings.
The daughter of Herb and Emma Parshall, she was born April 14, 1921, in Bridger. When she was 7 years old, the family moved to Billings, and she graduated from Billings Senior High School in 1939. She received a beauticians license from a beauty school in Lewistown.
She married Lawrence “Pat” Taylor in 1946. They later moved to Worden, where she worked as a beautician and then as office manager for the Project Telephone Co.
She was active in the Worden Ladies Auxiliary to the Veterans of Foreign Wars and Rebekah’s Lodge.
Survivors include a son, Larry Taylor of Billings; a granddaughter; and three great-granddaughters.
A celebration of life will be held at 2 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 3, at Heights Family Funeral Home & Crematory, with a reception following. A private family burial will be held later.
Memorials may be made to the Worden VFW or to Shriners hospitals.
Last Updated on Thursday, 01 January 2015 16:18
Justin John Richardson died in the arms of his parents, Vincent and Ashley Richardson, on the day he was born, Dec. 10, 2014. He weighed 11 ounces, was 10 1/2 inches long and took a few short breaths before his death.
Survivors include two siblings, Gianna Johnson and Elliot Richardson; his paternal grandmother, Kathy Richardson-Schell; great-grandmother, Margaret Kressin of Billings; maternal grandmother, Heidi Solberg; grandfather, Frank LaMere; and great-grandmothers, Lonnie Christensen and Margrette LaMere, both of Billings.
Services were held Dec. 20 at Cremation and Funeral Gallery. Interment was in Mountview Cemetery, and a luncheon reception was held at First Church of Nazarene in Laurel.
Donations may be made to The Ramsey-Keller Memorial, 4456 Laredo Place, Billings, MT 59106.
Last Updated on Thursday, 25 December 2014 12:32
Kurt Groepler died Nov. 28, 2014.
Survivors include his wife, Donma; a daughter, Kalie; two grandchildren; and a brother, James.
Arrangements are by Cremation & Funeral Gallery.
Last Updated on Thursday, 25 December 2014 12:31
Charles L. Tolliver Jr., 75, of Billings, who had worked at jobs ranging from rocket scientist to tree trimmer, died Tuesday, Dec. 16, 2014, at home.
He was born Sept. 17, 1939, the son of Charles and Ila Mae Tolliver Sr., in Bismarck, N.D.
He grew up in Billings, graduated from Billings Senior High School and earned a bachelor of science degree in math at Montana State University Bozeman. He earned a master of science degree in physics from The University of Alabama.
He married Kathleen Kleffner on Jan. 11, 1964, in Seattle. They eventually returned to Billings and raised seven children.
He had worked as an engineer at Boeing, rocket scientist at the National Aeronautics and Space Administration analyzing vibration on the Saturn-5 Booster, aerospace engineer in St. Louis, car salesman in Billings, Mercedes mechanic in Billings, owner of a tree trimming business, computer programmer at the U.S. Bureau of Land Management and property manager for his apartments.
He tinkered with invention most weeks of his life, including his last. He preferred working as an independent business owner rather than for a large organization.
After his body weakened and he lost the power to walk, he was able to remain at home through the care of his wife and children.
Survivors include his wife, of Billings; a brother, Ken Tolliver of Billings; two sons, John Tolliver and Peter Tolliver; five daughters, Gabrielle Tolliver, MaryAnne Stimpfling, Monica Forsberg, Helen Tolliver and Nikki Tolliver; and four grandchildren.
Services were Dec. 20 at Dahl Funeral Chapel in Billings, followed by interment in Holy Cross Cemetery.
Last Updated on Thursday, 25 December 2014 12:30
ElRoy William Martin, 78, who farmed, worked in construction and was involved in logging, died Dec. 8, 2014.
He was born on a farm on April 18, 1936, in Arlington, Minn., to Alex and Lydia (Wallert) Martin. After attending rural and parochial schools in Arlington, he entered the Navy in 1956 and served on active and reserve duty until 1962.
He married Reinhild Wehnert on May 29, 1959. They lived for 28 years in the Gallatin Valley and most recently in Ryegate to be close to family.
In addition to years of cattle, sheep and hog farming, he worked construction, did tree trimming and janitorial work at several schools, sold Conklin products, did roofing and was involved in various aspects of the logging industry. He also logged in the Gallatin Canyon with his draft horse, Bert.
In 1973, after leaving Minnesota with his family and moving to Montana, Mr. Martin had a life-changing experience when he discovered God wanted to be a part of his life. In the last years of his life he was ever faithful to pray for his children and grandchildren.
He fought heart disease for 27 years and worked hard with his horses and doing yard work until the week he died.
Survivors include his wife, of Ryegate; children, Deb Barth of Baker, Alex Martin of Ryegate and John Martin of Bozeman; 13 grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren.
Services were planned for later. Arrangements are by Cremation & Funeral Gallery.
Last Updated on Thursday, 18 December 2014 10:29
Sharon Kautzman, 73, who had retired from Montana Health Federal Credit Union, died Dec. 6, 2014.
Survivors include siblings, Rusty Ebersole, Bob Ebersole and Janice Cromwell; sons, Alan Kautzman and Larry Kautzman; three grandchildren; and one great-grandchild.
A gathering to celebrate her life was held Dec. 15 at Parkhill Assembly of God. A light lunch followed. Arrangements were by Cremation & Funeral Gallery.
Last Updated on Thursday, 18 December 2014 10:13
Phyllis Ruth Carter, 64, a theater volunteer and photographer, died of cancer on Dec. 12, 2014, at the RiverStone Hospice House in Billings.
She was born in Lakeview, Ore., on Dec. 3, 1950, the daughter of Jim and Dorothy Howard.
Her husband, Don Carter, preceded her in death.
She was an active member of Hope United Methodist Church.
She found housing and healthcare for a homeless man she befriended, and spent hours taking photos of high school seniors who could not afford professional senior portraits.
Survivors include her mother; a brother, Jeff Howard of Lakeview; a sister, Patty Westgate of Paisley, Ore.; a son, Darrell Carter; a daughter, Dawn Nickerson of Billings; and a grandson.
Services were held Dec. 16 at Hope United Methodist Church. Arrangements were in the care of Dahl Funeral Chapel.
Donations may be made to the Yellowstone Boys and Girls Ranch.
Last Updated on Thursday, 18 December 2014 10:11
Shirley West “Sammy” Hanson, 84, who was the first woman executive at Petrolane and who had a passion for painting, died Dec. 12, 2014.
She was born Jan. 24, 1930, in Glendive, the daughter of Anthony Joseph West and Elsie L. “Medtke” West. She was a gifted pianist and valedictorian of her high school.
She attended Billings Business College, then began her career at Petrolane in California. She was the company’s first woman executive and the first to have designated parking.
She met her husband, Lloyd Hanson, in California and although they later divorced, they stayed good friends.
Ms. Hanson moved to Montana to be closer to her mother. She took a painting class at McCoy’s after retirement. She took many blue ribbons at MontanaFair and participated in art shows in Billings and Texas.
She had received care at Valley Health Care, Rimview Section.
At her request, no services were held. Cremation & Funeral Gallery were in charge of arrangements.
Memorials may be made to the local animal shelter.
Last Updated on Thursday, 18 December 2014 10:10