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Garett W. Condrey

Garett W. Condrey, 39, a truck driver, died Jan. 26, 2014, in the home he shared with his girlfriend, Heather Langlois.

He was born July 18, 1974, in Bellevue, Wash., the son of Bud and Linda Condrey. The family moved to Clark, Wyo., when he was less than a year old. He attended Clark Elementary and Powell Middle schools before attending schools at Bridger and North Bend, Wash.

Mr. Condrey worked for GK Construction, Frost Construction and Mountain Construction before establishing himself with Wharton Asphalt. He married Brenda Jo Cox in 1998.

Survivors include his girlfriend; a daughter, Chelsea of Cody, Wyo.; father, Bud Condrey of Seattle, Wash.; mother, Linda (Condrey) Hoefer of Idaho Falls, Idaho; a brother, Brian of Clark; and a sister, Megan Bauwens of Edgar.

A celebration of his life was held Feb. 1 at the Clark Recreation Community Center in Clark, Wyo. Burial of ashes was in Clark Cemetery. A luncheon followed at the Rec Center.

Memorials may be made to the Chelsea Condrey College Fund, c/o Dahl Funeral Chapel, 10 Yellowstone Ave., Billings, MT 59101.

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Last Updated on Thursday, 06 February 2014 09:37

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Robert ‘Bob/Beez’ Beesley

Robert “Bob/Beez” Beesley, 60, a coal miner who moved to Roundup in 2008 to help set up the Signal Peak Energy Mine, died Jan. 26, 2014, in McLeansboro, Ill.

He was born Feb. 19, 1953, in Salt Lake City, Utah, the son of Richard and Geneve (Hickenlooper) Beesley. He grew up in Santa Cruz, Calif., and graduated from high school in Kanab, Utah.

Mr. Beesley was a cook for the Army in Germany during the Vietnam War. He was an expert marksman and was honorably discharged in 1972.

He married Wendy Despain on May 4, 1974, in Prescott, Ariz., and he worked with U.S. Motors as a machinist. In 1977 they moved to Price, Utah, where he worked for 23 years for Plateau Mining Co. He worked for San Juan Coal in Farmington, N.M., and then spent a year for Broadmeadow in australia.

They moved to Roundup in 2008. He worked in Australia for another year and had recently been working for White Oak Resources in McLeansboro, Ill.

He was a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.

Survivors include his wife, Wendy; children, Richard F. Beesley of Stansbury Park, Utah, Meri N. Conroy of Bozeman and Belgrade, Holly M. Davenport of Rapid City, S.D., and Ryan S. Beesley of Huntley; a brother, Russell; a sister, Elizabeth Good; brothers, John, Mark and Bruke; and 15 grandchildren.

Viewing and services were Jan. 31 at the LDS Stake Center on Wicks Lane in Billings. Interment was in Roundup Cemetery with military honors. Arrangements were in the care of Dahl Funeral Chapel.

Last Updated on Thursday, 06 February 2014 09:37

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Viola Thompson

Viola Thompson, 99, who ran a service station with her husband and raised Pomeranian dogs, died at St. John’s Lutheran Ministries at the Vista on Tuesday, Jan. 28, 2014.

She was born Feb. 14, 1914, the daughter of Fred and Sue (Driscoll) Mandelkow in Pompeys Pillar. She attended Pompeys Pillar school until the fourth grade, then the family moved to Columbus for one year, then to Billings where she attended school until the middle of the ninth grade.

She met Elmer Thompson at Woolworth where they both worked. They dated for about five years before they were married on Thanksgiving Day, Nov. 29, 1934. It was a policy of Woolworth that married women were not allowed to work, so she had to quit.

Mr. and Mrs. Thompson fostered some children until 1943. Their own daughter was born in 1939.

They raised Pomeranian dogs for many years and later shelties. They ran a Conoco service station at Terry and Montana avenues for more than 20 years.

Mrs. Thompson was involved in a shop at Level 3 in Billings. She made crocheted frames, Christmas ornaments and necklaces and shipped them to several states.

She joined the Rebekah Lodge with her mother and daughter, the only three generations to join at the same time. She remained a member for more than 55 years. She was a member of the Order of the Eastern Star and served on the Council of Job’s Daughters.

Survivors include a daughter, Marilyn Marchinek of Billings; a granddaughter; five great-grandsons; seven great-great-grandchildren; and a sister, Betty Nelson of Billings.

Visitation was Feb. 4 at Dahl Funeral Chapel. Graveside services were Feb. 5 in Mountview Cemetery. A Celebration of Life will be at 1 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 8, at First Alliance Church at Central Avenue and 19th Street West with a lunch to follow.

Memorials may be made to the Yellowstone Valley Animal Shelter, 1735 Monad Road, Billings, MT 59101.

Last Updated on Thursday, 06 February 2014 09:36

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Fonnetta A. Malloy

Fonnetta Anne Malloy, 48, died Jan. 27, 2014.

She was born Jan. 23, 1966, in Roundup.

Survivors include her mother, Ruby Anderson; father, Melvin Malloy; siblings, Channing Malloy, Lauren Malloy, Robert Warren, William Warren, Pamela Malloy and Melissa Lake; and a friend, Ed.

A Celebration of Life will be held at 1 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 8, at Dahl Funeral Chapel, 10 Yellowstone Ave. in Billings.

Last Updated on Thursday, 06 February 2014 09:35

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Robert M. Ross

Robert “Bob” M. Ross, 67, who had been executive director of the South Central Regional Mental Health Center, died Jan. 21, 2014.

He was born June 22, 1946, the second of three children of Robert M. Ross Sr. and Maxine A. Wiant, in Portland, Ore. He graduated from Lake Oswego High School in 1964. A few years after high school, he moved to Billings with Laura Carrell. He was adopted into the Lillian Hogan Clan in his early adult years and became a member of the Crow Night Hawk Social and Dance Society.

He graduated from Eastern Montana College with a bachelor of arts degree in psychology and a master’s degree in rehabilitation counseling, then worked as a licensed clinical professional counselor.

He received recognition for his service from the National Alliance for Mental Illness and the Department of Corrections and Public Health and Human Services Advisory boards, among others.

He was executive director of the South Central Regional Mental Health Center for nearly 20 years. He was recognized as a Patriotic Employer and Honorary Cannoneer by supporting employee participation in the National Guard and Reserves and exemplifying the spirit of the Prairie Lightning Battalion.

Mr. Ross was of Scottish and Metis descent, and produced Native American-style art in the form of beadwork, carving and feather work. He had many pieces in the hands of dealers, collectors, museums and friends.

In 2008, Bob married Marnie. He had received care from St. Anthony’s Hospital in Denver, Colo.

Survivors include his wife Marlene; a sister, Becky; a daughter, Michele Luminato; a son, Steve; stepchildren, Tom Disburg, Paulette Alexenko and Tyler Disburg; five grandchildren; and three stepgrandchildren.

Services will be at 1 p.m. Friday, Jan. 31, at Dahl Funeral Chapel, 10 Yellowstone Ave. A reception will follow.

Donations may be sent to St. Labre Catholic Indian School, 1000 Tongue River Road, Ashland, MT 59003.

Last Updated on Thursday, 30 January 2014 12:04

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Dan Gilstrap

Dan Gilstrap, 55, owner of Meadow Green Lawn Service, died Jan. 25, 2014, in an ice-fishing accident.

He was born in Douglas, Wyo., on March 15, 1958. He lived in Wyoming, California, Illinois, Colorado and Michigan before moving to Billings in 1983. In 1984 he married Joni.

Mr. Gilstrap bought Meadow Green Lawn Service in 1998. His greatest passions were hunting, fishing and camping.

Survivors include his wife; sons, Chris and Tyler; parents, Bob Gilstrap and Bonnie Cook; and sisters, Cindi Austin and Vicki Colliflower.

Services will be at 2:30 p.m. Friday, Jan. 31, at Grace United Methodist Church, 1935 Ave. B. Arrangements are in the care of Dahl Funeral Chapel.

Donations may be made to the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation at

Last Updated on Thursday, 30 January 2014 11:59

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William ‘Ed’ Edward McBride

William Edward McBride, 90, of Billings, a retired truck driver and World War II veteran, died Friday, Jan. 27, 2014, at Billings Health & Rehabilitation.

He was born April 7, 1923, in Fayetteville, Tenn., the son of Lora Elmer and Janie Allen McBride. He joined the Marine Corps and served honorably during World War II. At 82 he retired from truck driving in California and moved to Billings.

Mr. McBride enjoyed dirt track racing from jalopies to midget and sprint cars and raced motocross in his 60s. He flew small planes and did acrobatics.

Survivors include Georgia Gackle of Laurel; Sharon Mcbride of Canyon Lake, Texas; Ruth Tovey of Oxnard, Calif.; Ellen Combs of Sturgis, S.D.; Ed L. McBride of Miles City; Marnie Smeenk of Athens, Ala.; and Alice Frank of Billings.

Arrangements are by Cremation & Funeral Gallery.

Last Updated on Thursday, 30 January 2014 11:58

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Eugene ‘Bud’ Thomas Murphy

Eugene “Bud” Thomas Murphy, 94, who had been a longtime employee of Carter Oil, died Jan. 20, 2014.

He was born Nov. 27, 1919, the third of seven children born to Thomas and Catherine Murphy in Reliance, S.D. He left school at an early age to help with the family farm.

As a young man, he was instrumental in constructing much of the infrastructure in the Black Hills of South Dakota as a member of the Civilian Conservation Corps. This included Harney Peak, the tallest fire lookout in the Black Hills. He was captain of the CCC boxing team.

After leaving the CCC he worked for the State Highway Department. He married Maxine Ditzler on July 26, 1942.

In 1951 Mr. Murphy moved to Montana to work at Carter Oil (Exxon Mobil).  He worked there 27 years on the coker unit and control tower. He had received care from Highgate Senior Living and RiverStone Health Hospice.

Survivors include three siblings, Colleen Koch of Billings, Peggy Jensen of Thousand Oaks, Calif., and Babe Murphy of Chamberlain, S.D.; five sons, Jerry of Billings, Thomas of Livingston and James, Kenneth and Joseph, all of Billings; 17 grandchildren; and 24 great-grandchildren.

Services will be at 1 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 30, at St. Pius X Parish.

Donations may be made to COR enterprises in Billings.

Last Updated on Thursday, 30 January 2014 11:57

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John ‘Jack’ Brown

John Thomas Brown, 83, of Billings, who volunteered at the Peter Yegen Museum, died Jan. 17, 2014, from complications of pneumonia.

Born in Lewistown on July 1, 1930, he graduated from St. Leo’s Catholic High School and from the University of California, Los Angeles, with an art degree.

He worked in advertising in California.

Mr. Brown served in the Navy from 1951-1954. He retired to Billings 19 years ago with his wife.

Survivors include his wife of 55 years, Margaret “Peggy” Brown; and three children, Mark Brown, Michele James and Michael Brown, all of Billings.

Services will be at noon Friday, Jan. 24, at St. Patrick’s Co-Cathedral. Private family interment of ashes will take place later. Arrangements are in the care of Dahl Funeral Chapel.

Last Updated on Thursday, 23 January 2014 12:34

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Robert P. Maupin

Robert “Bob” Preston Maupin, 86, a retired letter carrier, died Tuesday, Jan. 14, 2014, in Billings.

He was born Aug. 8, 1927, to Robert Sr. and Mary (Dolan) Maupin in Grainton, Neb. He was the fourth of nine children and graduated from Grainton High School in 1945.

In January 1951, he was inducted into the Army and spent a year in Germany.

He was honorably discharged in January 1953.

The following month, he was called to Gering, Neb., to help on the Emery Tillotson farm.

He married Betty Jo Tillotson on May 3, 1953. They celebrated their 60th anniversary on May 3, 2013.

Mr. and Mrs. Maupin lived in the Gering area, and in December 1956 he began working for the U.S. Postal Service during the Christmas holidays. In January 1957, he became a full-time employee, working as a foot carrier on the same route until he retired in 1985.

He and his wife were avid gardeners. After moving to Billings, he worked for the Malcom Long family as their yard and garden maintenance man for many years. 

Survivors include his wife; daughters, Randy Kay Powell, Mary Loree Hinebauch and Robin Renee Maupin; eight grandchildren; 11 great-grandchildren; three sisters; and three brothers.

Visitation was Jan. 17 at Dahl Funeral Chapel. Services were Jan. 18 at Valley Christian Church, with burial in Sunset Memorial Gardens.

Last Updated on Thursday, 23 January 2014 12:33

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