Karen Ellithorpe, 60, of Billings, who lived for her family, died Monday, Dec. 10, 2012.
She was born in Tyndal, S.D., to Ruth Peters and Albert Smith. She married Robert Ellithorpe on Dec. 1, 1970, in Cody, Wyo.
Survivors include her husband; children, Toby Ellithorpe, Charity Ellithorpe and Holly Ellithorpe; brothers and sisters, Ron Smith, Mary Tadlock and Christina Lord; mother; and grandchildren.
No services were planned. Arrangements were by Cremation & Funeral Gallery.
Last Updated on Friday, 14 December 2012 18:04
Billy Jo Ullom, 49, who had worked on many projects in Montana and Oregon, died Dec. 1, 2012, in Billings.
He was born Feb. 28, 1963, in Kansas City, Mo. After graduating from high school, he served three years in the Army, then moved to Billings.
He married Kathie Nilsen in 1986. After the marriage ended, he moved from Portland, Ore., back to Billings.
He was a member of the Labors Union Local 1686, and he had worked on many projects in Montana and in Oregon.
He was a member of the Galloping Goose Motorcycle Club and rode on the open road with his brothers.
Survivors include his parents, Robert and Lee Ullom; a brother, Bob; sisters, LaDonna Weis and Mistie Ecklund; sons, Jacob, T.J., Zackary and Christopher; a grandson; and his love, Patty Jo (Sunshine) Helmts.
Services will be at Dahl Funeral Chapel at 11 a.m. Monday, Dec. 10.
Memorials may be made in his memory to Meals on Wheels, 1505 Ave. D, Billings, MT 59102.
Last Updated on Saturday, 08 December 2012 10:51
Patricia Gail Hunter, 73, of Billings, who had worked for Albertsons bakery and Billings School District 2, where she retired, died Thursday, Nov. 29, 2012.
She was born March 25, 1939, in American Falls, Idaho, to Eli and Jackie Ferguson. She married Richard David Hunter on Aug. 21, 1955, in Blackfoot, Idaho, and they moved to Billings in 1965.
She had received care from Eagle Cliff Manor.
Survivors include children, Randy Hunter of Billings, Rick Hunter of Billings, Rusty Hunter of Lake Zurich, Ill., and Royce Hunter of Billings; 11 grandchildren; and 15 great-grandchildren.
Services were Dec. 5 at Cremation & Funeral Gallery.
Last Updated on Saturday, 08 December 2012 10:50
Patrick J. Gravage, 82, of Billings, who had been a teacher, principal and sports official in Livingston, died Monday, Dec. 3, 2012, at Highgate Senior Living Center.
He was born Nov. 13, 1930, in Scranton, Pa., to Peter and Celesta (Mahon) Gravage. He graduated from Minooka High School. He enlisted in the Air Force in 1950 and was honorably discharged in 1954, serving in the Philippine Islands.
On Dec. 28, 1954, he married Sheila McCarthy in Townsend. He received his master’s of education degree from Montana State College.
He was a teacher and coach in Geraldine and Townsend until accepting a teaching position in Livingston in 1963.
He spent the rest of his career in Livingston as a teacher and principal. He was a sports official in football, basketball, and baseball at both high school and college levels.
Mr. Gravage retired from the Livingston school system in 1986.
He had received care from Rocky Mountain Hospice.
Survivors include his wife, Sheila of Billings; a son, Dan of Livingston; daughters, Diane Ridgway and Kathryn, both of Billings; a son, John of Thornton, Colo.; nine grandsons; six great-grandchildren; and a sister, Mary Gavala of Scranton, Pa.
Services will be at 11:30 a.m. Saturday, Dec. 8, at St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Livingston. A reception will follow. Inurnment will be at a later date in Townsend.
Memorials may be made to Rocky Mountain Hospice or the Alzheimer’s Foundation.
Last Updated on Saturday, 08 December 2012 10:49
Thomas Clyde Dragoo, 67, of Billings, a truck driver for many years, died Thursday, Nov. 29, 2012, at Billings Health and Rehabilitation Center.
The son of Christopher and Mildred Dragoo, he was born July 2, 1945, in Rosebud County.
A Vietnam veteran, he had served in both the Navy and Army National Guard. He was on the First Big Sky Honor Flight to the World War II Monument in Washington, D.C.
He had worked as a truck driver for Cochran Trucking. He had received care from Rocky Mountain Hospice.
Services were Dec. 4 at Michelotti-Sawyers Mortuary.
Memorials may be made to Rocky Mountain Hospice.
Last Updated on Saturday, 08 December 2012 10:49
Pauline Fricks, 77, of Ballantine, who had held a number of jobs, including running a business with her husband, died at the Billings Clinic on Friday, Nov. 30, 2012.
She was born Oct. 27, 1935, to Barbara Schutt Fetch and Joseph Fetch in Beulah, N.D. She was raised in Beulah and completed eighth grade at the Halliday School.
In November 1959, she had twin boys, Michael and Richard. On Sept. 17, 1962, she married Murwin DeWayne Fricks. The family worked in the Dickinson, N.D., area for several years before moving briefly to Sunnyside, Wash., and then back to Dickinson.
In the early ’70s, Mr. Fricks took a job in the sheet metal industry and the family moved to Billings. Over the years, she held many jobs, including helping Mr. Fricks with their heating and cooling business, working in the dry cleaning industry and in laundry services at Treasure State Formal Wear.
Mr. and Mrs. Fricks frequently attended area polka festivals.
Survivors include her husband; sons, Richard Fetch of Uvalde, Texas, Michael Fetch of Bridger and Randy Fricks of Ballantine; 15 grandchildren; two great-grandchildren; and siblings, Joseph Fetch of Billings, Ed Fetch of Dickinson, Marge Maichel of Billings and Marie Fettig of Dickinson.
Services were Dec. 3 at Cremation & Funeral Gallery. Services were followed by a celebration of her life at the Moose Lodge. Arrangements were by Cremation & Funeral Gallery.
Memorials may be sent to 1960 Highline Canal Road, Ballantine, MT 59006, and will be donated to Christmas Bright, helping area families in need at Christmas.
Last Updated on Saturday, 08 December 2012 10:48
Anne Olga Elich, 86, a retired secretary for the FBI, died Tuesday, Oct. 2, 2012, at Laurel Health and Rehabilitation Center in Laurel.
She was born to Antone and Mary Elich on Dec. 29, 1925, on the family farm in Roundup. During high school she worked for the Office of Public Instruction, and she graduated from Roundup High School in 1941. She worked for the FBI as a secretary, beginning in Butte, then New York, N.Y., and eventually Puerto Rico. She went to work for the state of Montana as a secretary for the welfare department in 1971, retiring in the 1980s.
Survivors include daughters, Patricia Anne Elich of Billings, Kyle Lee McGuinness of Port Orchard, Wash., and Maria Theresa Dahl; and three grandchildren.
Her ashes will be scattered at a private family gathering. Arrangements were in the care of Dahl Funeral Chapel.
Last Updated on Saturday, 08 December 2012 10:45
June Bato, 73, who had celebrated her 50th wedding anniversary this year, died Saturday, Dec. 1, 2012, of liver disease.
She was born Sept. 4, 1939, to Bill and Leota Donnelly in Casper, Wyo. She was raised in Sheridan, Wyo., attended high school in Pinedale, Wyo., and Sheridan and graduated from Buffalo High School in 1957.
She worked for Beneficial Finance in Billings and California, then returned to Billings and worked as secretary for the Billings Fire Department.
She married Joe Bato in Billings in May 1962. She was Wyoming state secretary for Women’s Aglow Ministry and graduated from the University of Wyoming at the age of 50.
Mr. and Mrs. Bato moved back to Billings in 1974. She worked as a medical transcriptionist and served as Care Team Coordinator for Atonement Lutheran Church. She was a prayer coordinator for LaVie Pregnancy Center.
Survivors include her husband; children, Steve Bato and Susan Hill; three granddaughters; brothers, John and Howard Donnelly; and a sister, Mary Jo McIntyre.
Services were Dec. 5 at Atonement Lutheran Church. Arrangements were by Cremation & Funeral Gallery.
Last Updated on Saturday, 08 December 2012 10:42
Paul Messer, 89, who sold specialties lumber for 46 years, died Nov. 22, 2012.
He was born in Bridger on Aug. 22, 1923, three months after his parents, Phillip and Elizabeth (Zentner) Messer, along with his two brothers and three sisters, moved by covered wagon from their homestead 20 miles north of Vananda.
He entered the Army in 1944. He was in the medical field and was a Military Police corporal with the 239th General Hospital in St. Quentin, France. After his honorable discharge he returned to Bridger and went back to work for Fehner Saw Mills, where he had worked before the war while attending high school.
In 1947 he married Igerna Siemsen at St. Patrick’s Rectory in Billings. He attended Billings Business College for two years, then worked for Northern Lumber. He and two friends eventually bought the company, naming it Creative Material Supply, a wholesale specialties lumber company.
Mr. Messer traveled as the company’s salesman for 46 years throughout Montana, North Dakota and Wyoming. He was rewarded with the Silver Log and Salesman of the Year.
The family had a cabin on Rock Creek seven miles south of Red Lodge. On Sept. 23-24, 2012, he had traveled to Washington, D.C., on the Big Sky Honor Flight for World War II veterans.
He was a charter member of St Pius X Catholic Church.
Survivors include his wife; a daughter, Karen, and son, Stanley, both of Billings; five grandchildren; five great-grandchildren; and a sister, Lucille Daugherty.
Visitation was Nov. 26 at Dahl Funeral Chapel. Funeral Mass was Nov. 27 at St. Pius X Catholic Church.
Last Updated on Wednesday, 28 November 2012 10:22
Vincent A. Francischetti Sr., 86, a World War II Navy veteran, died Nov. 16, 2012.
He was born Sept. 15, 1926, in Newark, N.J., the only son of Gabriel and Dena (Musa) Francischetti.
He was a past commander of American Legion Post 4 (2001-2002), field commander of the Legion Honor Guard and a member of the Veterans of Foreign Wars Honor Guard.
For 63 years he was the husband of Ann (Zuppa). He was the father of Vincent A. Francischetti Jr. of Billings and Mark P. Francischetti of Dayton, Ohio; three grandchildren; and a sister, Michelena Nara of Pennsylvania.
Memorial Mass was Nov. 23 at St. Pius X Catholic Church. Inurnment with military honors was in the Yellowstone County Veterans Cemetery in Laurel. Michelotti-Sawyers Mortuary had charge of arrangements.
Last Updated on Wednesday, 28 November 2012 10:21