The Billings Outpost

Lisa Marie Frank

Lisa Marie Frank, 45, an eligibility administrator at EBMS, died in her sleep, after a short illness, on Tuesday, Dec. 31, 2013, at her home in Billings.

She was born in Sidney on March 27, 1968, to Art and Marlene (Stroh) Frank. She was baptized and confirmed in St. Matthews Catholic Church in Sidney. She graduated from high school in Sidney in 1986. She graduated from Eastern Montana College, now Montana State University Billings, in 1991 with a Bachelor of Science degree in psychology.

She worked at Corporate Air for 15 years and for five years at Avitas before working for EBMS.

Survivors include her parents and a brother, Michael.

Memorial Mass was held Jan. 8 at St. Thomas the Apostle Catholic Church in Billings.

Donations may be made to the city of Billings Injured Animal Fund, which provides emergency veterinarian care for stray or lost pets (P.O. Box 1178, Billings, MT 59103). Arrangements are in the care of Dahl Funeral Chapel.

Last Updated on Thursday, 09 January 2014 11:17

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Karen Kay (Glaser) Kemph

Karen Kay (Glaser) Kemph, 61, who farmed and ranched with her husband, died at the RiverStone Hospice House in Billings on Dec. 31, 2013.

She was born in Billings to Norman and Fern Glaser on July 18, 1952. She and three siblings grew up near Huntley and Pompeys Pillar, where the family farmed and ranched. After she graduated from Huntley Project High School in Worden in 1970, she and her fiancé, Joe Kemph Jr., eloped.

They farmed and ranched in the Bighorn River Valley between Custer and Hardin. In 1985, they moved to farm and ranch in the Yellowstone River Valley near Custer.

The Kemph family attends the Seventh Day Adventist Church in Custer.

Survivors include her husband; two sons, Joe Q. Kemph III and Travis Lee Kemph; nine grandchildren; a brother, David Glaser of Camas, Wash.; Linda Glaser of Spokane, Wash.; and Susan Kuntz in Pompeys Pillar.

Services were Jan. 6 at the Seventh Day Adventist Church in Billings. Interment was in Custer Cemetery in Custer. Arrangements were by Cremation & Funeral Gallery.

Donations may be given to the Custer Cemetery and the Junction City Park.

Last Updated on Thursday, 09 January 2014 11:16

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Sharon Lea (Kountz) Reather

Sharon Lea (Kountz) Reather, 73, a stay-at-home mom who loved camping and boating, died Dec. 30, 2013.

She was born Feb. 6, 1940, the second of five children of Jack and Letha Kountz, and grew up in Brockway. On Feb. 14, 1959, she married Ron Reather.

She decorated her house at Christmas with a collection of more than 80 Christmas houses.

Survivors include her husband; sons, Larry and Jack; a daughter, Connie Schaff; four grandchildren; a great-grandson; a sister, Bev Eissinger; and brothers, Harv Kountz and Brad Kountz.

Services were held Jan. 4 at Cremation & Funeral Gallery.

Donations may be made to Rocky Mountain Hospice, 2110 Overland Ave., Suite 111, Billings, MT 59102.

Last Updated on Thursday, 09 January 2014 11:11

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Bernard Ellsworth Barr

Bernard Ellsworth Barr, 73, who had worked more than 20 years in the commercial roofing business, died at RiverStone Hospice on Jan. 2, 2014, after suffering from Parkinson’s disease for many years.

He was born Oct. 5, 1940, the youngest child of Russell and Ora (Shaffer) Barr. He graduated from Laurel High School and was a member of the Laurelaires. He attended the University of Montana and received a bachelor of arts degree from Rocky Mountain College.

He married Sharon Florey on May 25, 1963. They raised their children in Great Falls before returning to Billings in 1981.

Mr. Barr worked for Western Allied in Denver, Colo., in the commercial roofing business until retiring in 2008. He was active in running, handball, racquetball, squash and golf.

Survivors include his wife; a daughter, Cindy Ciciora of Spring Lake, N.C.; a son, Kent; two grandsons; and sisters, Trevie Livingston of La Vern, Calif., and Bonnie Latham of Laurel.

A celebration of life will be held in the spring. The guestbook is at

Donations may be made to the Michael J. Fox Foundation for Parkinson’s Research or the National Parkinson’s Foundation.

Last Updated on Thursday, 09 January 2014 11:10

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Esther Weber Reiter

Esther Weber Reiter, 86, formerly of Bozeman and Sun City, Ariz., died Jan. 1, 2014, at Tender Nest Assisted Living.

Survivors include children, Connie Morse of Surprise, Ariz., Jorgie Nerada of Phoenix, Ariz., Valerie Cover of Cody, Wyo., and Nancy Wandler of Billings; and five grandchildren.

At her request, no services will be held. Arrangements were by Cremation & Funeral Gallery.

Last Updated on Thursday, 09 January 2014 11:10

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Esther Ackerman

Esther Elizabeth Hoffman Ackerman, 93, died Friday, Dec. 27, 2013, at Tender Nest Assisted Living in Laurel.

She was born Feb. 17, 1920, in Garden City, Kan., the oldest of five children of Jake and Elizabeth Schaefer Hoffman. She moved with her farming family to the Wellington, Colo., area at age 9.

She married Rudolph Ackerman on Sept. 1, 1939, at Fort Collins, Colo. They ranched in the Buckeye area before moving to Grants Pass, Ore., in 1973.

Survivors include a daughter, Judy Coombs of Belfry; a sister, Helen Rommel of Sacramento, Calif.; and a brother, Harvey Hoffman of Denver, Colo.

No services were planned. Arrangements were by Cremation & Funeral Gallery in Billings.

Memorial contributions may be made to Applegate Community Church, Grants Pass, Ore., or the American Cancer Society.

Last Updated on Thursday, 09 January 2014 11:09

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Loren A. Hayes

Loren A. Hayes, 60, died Dec. 25, 2013.

He was born May 7, 1953, to Gerald and Lauretta Hayes of Whitefish. He worked in Montana and moved to Billings, where he married his wife of 18 years, Janice Medicine Horse.

He enjoyed fishing, camping, horseshoes and poker.

Survivors include children from a previous marriage, Aren and Daniel Hayes.

Services are pending.

Last Updated on Thursday, 09 January 2014 11:09

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Jean Nonette Halverson

Jean Nonette Halverson, 91, of Billings, died Tuesday, Nov. 12, 2013.

She was born June 15, 1992, in Rapid City, S.D., the only child of Jack and Gladys Harlow.

She was a Jehovah’s Witness.

Survivors include children, Nonette of Billings, Jack of Spearfish, S.D., Patty Jo of Denver, Colo., and Joseph of Rapid City, S.D.; 10 grandchildren; 24 great-grandchildren; and seven great-great-grandchildren.

Burial will be in the Black Hills National Cemetery. Her family will have a gathering this spring to remember her. Arrangements are by Cremation & Funeral Gallery.


Last Updated on Thursday, 21 November 2013 11:51

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Lillian E. Curtis

Lillian E. Curtis, 96, of Billings, died Wednesday, Nov. 13, 2013.

She was born Aug. 13, 1917, in Donnybrook, N.D., to Edward and Ann King.  She had four sisters. She married Joe Curtis.

Survivors include a son, Marvin of Acton.

Services were planned at the Busted Fork Ranch in Acton. Arrangements were by Cremation & Funeral Gallery.

Last Updated on Thursday, 21 November 2013 11:50

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John Joseph Miller

John Joseph Miller, 66, of Billings, who had served in the National Guard, died Saturday, Nov. 16, 2013, at his home.

He was born June 6, 1947, in Dickinson, N.D., a son of Helen Wiesmann Miller and John M. Miller. He was raised in Mott, N.D., until his family moved to Billings in 1959. He graduated from West High School in 1966.  He attended Wyoming Vo-Tech and served in the North Dakota-Montana National Guard from March 1967 to July 1976.

On Sept. 6, 1968, he married Helen Kamarath in Mott, N.D., and they made their home in Billings.

Survivors include his wife of 45 years, Helen; a sister, Sharon Anderson; children, Tina Miller, James Miller, Scott Miller, Travis Miller, Tanya Little Owl and Bryan Miller; eight grandchildren; six adopted grandchildren; and a great-grandson.

He had received care at Frontier Cancer Center, St. Vincent Internal Medicine and St. Vincent Healthcare. Bryan Miller had helped get him to all of his appointments.

Visitation will be from noon to 7 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 21, at Cremation & Funeral Gallery. Services will be at 2 p.m. Nov. 22 at Tree of Life Wesleyan Church, 3608 Custer Ave.

Memorials can be sent to the Chase Hawks Memorial Association, St. Vincent PEAKS Foundation or the American Cancer Society.

Last Updated on Thursday, 21 November 2013 11:49

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