The Billings Outpost

Timothy Paul Owen

Timothy Paul Owen, 71, of Billings, a retired pastor who had been involved in Peacemaker Ministries, died in his home on Sunday, April 7, 2013, of a glioblastoma brain tumor.

He was born in Leadville, Colo., on May 2, 1941, the second son of Estel and Frances Owen. He married Edie Marjerrison on June 22, 1962.

He graduated with a bachelor of science degree from Portland State University and earned a master of divinity degree at Fuller Theological Seminary in June 1967. In June 1983 he received a doctor of ministry in theology from Fuller.

He was the youth pastor at Little Church of Sherman Oaks and at Garland Avenue Alliance Church in Spokane, Wash. In October 1970 he became pastor of the Christian and Missionary Alliance in Ellensburg, Wash. He received ordination from the Christian and Missionary Alliance in May 1973.

After 31 years as the pastor in Ellensburg, he became Rocky Mountain District superintendent in Billings, where he retired in August 2012. Over the last 10 years he became involved in Peacemaker Ministries, working to resolve conflict through biblical principles.

Survivors include his wife; sons, Randy and Geoff,; five grandchildren; his mother; brothers, David and Phil; and sisters, Kathy and Elaine.

A celebration of his life will be held at Faith Chapel in Billings at 10 a.m. Saturday, April 13, with a reception to follow at 517 Shiloh Road. Arrangements are by Cremation & Funeral Gallery.

Donations for the C&MA Conciliation Ministries may be sent in care of Tim Owen Memorial Fund, P.O. Box 35000, Colorado Springs, CO 80935-3500. For information, call the C&MA Rocky Mountain District Headquarters at (406) 656-4233.

Last Updated on Thursday, 11 April 2013 22:00

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Dean L. Wulff

Dean Lamonte Wulff, 81, who co-founded Louie & Dean’s Montana Truck and Car Salvage, died April 4, 2013, from complications of a recent heart attack.

He was born Jan. 18, 1932, in Leonard, N.D., and grew up on the family farm there. He was the second child born to William and Ella Wulff. His father died when he was a toddler and his mother married Nick Brown, which brought seven other brothers and sisters.

He began driving a truck in 1953 and later hauled cars for Convoy Trucking, which brought him to Montana. He married Rayona Tate in 1957. They had four children: Bill, Tom, Karen Lekse and Sandra.

In the late 1950s, he and Louie Schoenbeck opened Louie & Dean’s Montana Truck and Car Salvage in the Billings Heights. In the early 1960s it was moved to its present location in Lockwood.

Mr. Schoenbeck died in 1977, and Mr. Wulff ran the business by himself until suffering a debilitating stroke in 1997. His eldest son, Bill, has been running it since.

He was a lifetime member of the Billings Trap Club. He spent the last four years of his life at Eagle Cliff Manor. He also had received care from Rocky Mountain Hospice.

Survivors include two granddaughters; a brother, Hank Wulff; and siblings, Cleo Brown, Clayton Brown, Connie Nennig and Pati Pogorzilski.

Visitation was April 10-11 with services set for 11 a.m. Saturday, April 13, at Dahl Funeral Chapel.

Donations may be made to Rocky Mountain Hospice, 2110 Overland Ave., Suite 111, Billings 59102; or to LCCS-Spay/Neuter Fund for Pets, 2113 Walter Road, Billings, MT 59105.

Last Updated on Thursday, 11 April 2013 21:59

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Caroline Wittmer

Caroline Wittmer, 81, who had worked at Midland Packing until her retirement, died April 8, 2013.

She was born July 17, 1931, in Linton, N.D., to George and Katie Wingerter. In 1942 she moved with her family to Billings.

She married Harold Wittmer on July 26, 1947.

Survivors include five children, Rose Hutzenbiler, Gloria Reno, Mary Wittmer, Barb Pedersen and Jim Wittmer; seven grandchildren; many great-grandchildren; and a brother, Leo Wingerter.

Services will be at 11 a.m. Friday, April 12, at Michelotti-Sawyers Mortuary. Memorials may be made to the Montana Rescue Mission.

Last Updated on Thursday, 11 April 2013 21:58

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Roger W. Dvorak

Roger Dvorak, 73, of Billings, who had owned and operated his own semi-truck, died Tuesday, April 2, 2013.

He was born Sept. 13, 1939, to Frank and Esther (Schleining) Dvorak in Billings. He worked on the family homestead in Worden until he enlisted in the Army on Sept. 13, 1956, his 17th birthday. He married Patricia “Pat” Sikora on July 9, 1960.

Mr. and Mrs. Dvorak had lived in Detroit, Mich., Salt Lake City, Utah, and St. Paul, Minn., before returning to Montana. They lived on the family homestead in Worden for several years and purchased a home in Billings in 1977.

Mr. Dvorak spent years working at Pierce Packing and Beall Trailer & Transport, where he was a welder. He was an owner operator of his own semi-truck and traveled the country with his wife.

Survivors include daughters, Cynthia Church, Laurie Salo and Christie Thielen; sons, Michael Dvorak and Rodney Dvorak; six grandchildren; and seven great-grandchildren.

A celebration of his life was held April 7 at Cremation & Funeral Gallery.

Last Updated on Thursday, 11 April 2013 21:55

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Connie Studer

SHERIDAN, Wyo. — Constance “Connie” Long Studer, 77, of Sheridan, who co-owned Studer Construction Co. with her husband, died in Billings on April 3, 2013.

She was born Sept. 3, 1935, in Billings, a daughter of Malcolm and Thelma Long. She attended Billings Senior High School and received degrees in education from the University of Oregon and Eastern Montana College. She was a member of the Alpha Chi Omega sorority.

She married Dean Studer on April 22, 1957, and they spent the majority of their 56 years in Montana. As co-owners of Studer Construction Co., they spent several years living in parts of Montana, South Dakota and Wyoming, including two years in Yellowstone National Park, working on highway construction jobs.

Mrs. Studer spent more than 30 years dedicated to the Girl Scouts of America, Junior League and the St. Vincent DePaul Society. She was a longtime member of the Yellowstone Country Club, Spanish Trails Club in Las Vegas and, most recently, the Powder Horn Club in Sheridan, where she played in the Ladies Golf Leagues.

She was a devout Catholic and committed much of her time to supporting the church. She was also committed to local charities, including Mayfair (she was one of the original founders), the Billings Catholic Schools, the Youth Search Program and the Mount Carmel Youth Ranch in Clark, Wyo.

Survivors include seven children, Kathy Wiggs, Chrissy Walker, Colleen Houghton, Caroline Thelen, Cece Feltman, Dean Studer Jr. and Cynthia Bradley; 23 grandchildren; one pending great-grandchild; a sister, Cynthia Foster; and a brother, Joel Long.

A Vigil Service was held April 5 at St. Thomas the Apostle Church. Funeral Mass was April 6 at 10 a.m. at St. Thomas. Michelotti-Sawyers Mortuary assisted with arrangements.

Last Updated on Thursday, 11 April 2013 21:54

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Wilma Leona Dougherty Conley

Wilma Leona Dougherty Conley, 101, who had been a cook at Deaconess Hospital in Havre, died March 27, 2013, at Horizon Hospice Home in Billings.

She was born on a farm near Guernsey, Iowa, on July 28, 1911, the sixth child and fourth daughter of Lee Robert and Esther Jeanette (Sanders) Dougherty.

She attended school in Guernsey, then her family moved in her junior year to Brooklyn, Iowa, where she graduated in 1928 from Brooklyn High School. She worked at various jobs before moving to Malcom, Iowa, where she married Clark Vernon Fogel.

The family moved to Havre in 1941, and the marriage ended in 1943. She and the children returned briefly to Iowa, then she came back to Havre to marry Paul Henry Conley in 1944. He died of cancer in 1959.

When her children were gone and left home, she started work as a cook at Deaconess Hospital. She retired there in 1974, then cooked at the Havre Senior Center until 1982.

She was active in Van Orsdel Methodist Church and ran the kitchen there for a few years. She was Worthy Grand Matron in the Order of the Eastern Star in 1974-75.

In addition to cooking, she also loved sewing and crocheting.

Survivors include children, Don of Havre, Jim of Centerville, Del., Joan Gaspard of Pensacola, Fla., and Colleen Wright of Billings; two stepdaughters, Florence Kline and Pauline Wilson; 11 grandchildren; 12 great-grandchildren; six stepgrandsons; and five great-great-grandchildren, with one more on the way.

Services were April 1 at Hope United Methodist Church, with a luncheon afterward. Arrangements were in the care of Dahl Funeral Chapel.

Last Updated on Thursday, 04 April 2013 17:00

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Ethel Ellen Snider

Ethel Ellen Snider, 86, of Billings, who had worked at Billings Deaconess Clinic, died Saturday, March 30, 2013.

She was born in Miles City on May 7, 1926, to Edmond J. Leischner and Bertha K. (Sieler) Leischner. They moved to Billings in 1934, and she attended school in Billings. She worked at Billings Deaconess Clinic for about 16 years.

She married Donald C. Snider on July 30, 1959, and they lived on a ranch west of Colstrip at Castle Rock for about 16 years and then moved closer to the town of Colstrip.

Survivors include a son, Charles D. Snider, and a grandson.

Services will be at 2 p.m. Friday, April 12, at Kingdom Hall of Jehovah’s Witnesses, 405 S. 36th St. W. in Billings. Arrangements are by Cremation & Funeral Gallery.

Last Updated on Thursday, 04 April 2013 16:59

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James A. Whitney

James A. Whitney, 87, a longtime Laurel resident who later lived in Hysham, died March 30, 2013.

He was born May 28, 1925, in Billings, the second child of Carl and Helen Whitney. His grandparents homesteaded south of Sumatra, and he spent his early years on the family’s dryland farm. He started school in Sumatra, but the family later moved, and he graduated from Joliet High School before joining the Army and serving in World War II. He was an advance scout for C Company of the 75th Infantry Division in France and Germany.

At war’s end he returned to Laurel, where he married Barbee Anderson on Jan. 12, 1949. He worked at the Cenex Refinery for the next 30 years.

After he retired, and with the kids grown or off to college, Mr. and Mrs. Whitney moved to their farm near Hysham. He and his father raised beef cattle and farmed for many years. In 2005, with fading health, he and his wife moved to Billings, residing in Westpark Village for their final years. Mrs. Whitney died in 2007.

Survivors include a brother, Dennis Whitney; four children, June Luptak, Gary Whitney, Joyce Fiechtner and Rich Whitney; 10 grandchildren; and two great grandchildren.

A service celebrating his life will be held at 11 a.m. Friday, April 5, at Central Christian Church, 1221 16th St. W. Interment will be in Laurel at 1:30 p.m. at the Yellowstone County Veterans Cemetery with full military honors. Michelotti-Sawyers Mortuary had charge of arrangements.

Memorials may be made to the Special K Ranch or the Big Sky Honor Flight.

Last Updated on Thursday, 04 April 2013 16:58

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Clinton F. Kreiman

Clinton F. Kreiman, 83, of Billings, a retired flight service specialist at Logan Field, died Tuesday, April 2, 2013.

He was born in Adams County, N.D., on Oct. 13, 1929, the middle son of Alvin Kreiman and Vesta McKnight. He spent his childhood in Helena, where he married Joanne Peck on June 24, 1950. He was drafted into the Army on Jan. 25 of the next year.

When he returned to Helena, he worked for 13 years as a stereotyper for the Helena Independent-Record. He and his wife raised three children, Carolyn Gransberg of Billings, Edward Kreiman of Havre and Fred Kreiman of Chapman, Kan.

The family moved to Billings in 1966, where Mr. Kreiman began his second career as a flight service specialist for the Federal Aviation Administration. He retired in 1991.

He was an amateur golfer and was a talented builder, welder and spray painter.

At his request, no services were planned. Arrangements were by Cremation & Funeral Gallery.

Last Updated on Thursday, 04 April 2013 16:57

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George B. Kennedy

George B. Kennedy, 77, of Billings, died at St. Vincent Healthcare on Friday, March 29, 2013, from a stroke.

He was born to George and Annie Kennedy on Sept. 10, 1935, in San Diego, Calif.

Survivors include his wife, Sybil; a brother, Gerald Kennedy; a son, Michael Kennedy; a daughter, Kristine Hara; stepdaughters, Sharon and Sandra House; stepsons, Steven and John House; eight grandchildren; and five great-grandchildren.

Services were at Harvest Church Lockwood Campus on April 3. Arrangements were by Cremation & Funeral Gallery.

Last Updated on Thursday, 04 April 2013 16:56

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