The Billings Outpost

Mary Ellen Ryan

Mary Ellen Ryan, 84, who did research in agricultural economics, died June 11, 2013, in Billings.

She was born Sept. 7, 1928, in Minneapolis, Minn., the daughter of Thomas J. Ryan Sr. and Ella M. (Wyman) Ryan. She attended Southwest High School, earned a bachelor’s degree in home economics from the College of St. Catherine in St. Paul, Minn., and a master’s degree in economics from the University of Minnesota in St. Paul. She worked at Pillsbury and did research in agricultural economics at the University of Minnesota and at the University of Montana in Bozeman.

She retired to southern California and then split her time between California and Red Lodge, where she enjoyed snow skiing, camping and hiking.

Survivors include a brother, Thomas J. Ryan Jr. of Farmers Branch, Texas; and a niece, Anne Gauer of Billings.

A gathering of friends took place June 17 at SweetWater Retirement Community. Burial of ashes will be in Resurrection Cemetery in Minneapolis. A family memorial service will take place July 20 in Minneapolis. Arrangements are in the care of Dahl Funeral Chapel.


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LeRoy Glaser

LeRoy Glaser, 87, of Billings and formerly of Hotchkiss, Colo., died Sunday, June 16, 2013.

He was born in Wishek, N.D., on Sept. 28, 1925, to Jacob and Alvina Glaser. He worked as a ranch hand in the Lewistown area after serving in the Navy during World War II.

He married Ruth O’Leary on Oct. 2, 1950, and became a union ironworker. He retired after 37 years in the trade.

Survivors include sons, Alan, Tom and Terry; a daughter, Laura Glaser; four grandsons; and three great-grandchildren.

Services will be at 11 a.m. Monday, June 24, at Cremation & Funeral Gallery. Visitation will begin at 9 a.m.


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Jackson ‘Jack’ Allen Gregg

Jackson “Jack” Allen Gregg, 89, a World War II veteran and retired railway employee, died in his home in Billings on Sunday, June 16, 2013.

He was born April 6, 1924, in Whitefish to Earl and Lillie Gregg. He graduated from Whitefish High School in 1943.

He served in the European Theater with the 80th Infantry Division during World War II. He received a Purple Heart while serving as a messenger on the front lines in France and Belgium.

He married Kathleen Ellis on Oct. 11, 1953, in Whitefish. He retired from work as a telegrapher and clerk for the Burlington Northern-Santa Fe Railway in 1983.

An avid golfer, Mr. Gregg held the nine-hole record at Whitefish Lake Golf Course for many years.

Survivors include his wife; two sisters, Bonnie Palmquist of Annandale, Minn., and Marcie Conn of Marysville, Wash.; four children, Jackson “Jack” Gregg of Helena, Thomas Gregg of Springfield, Va., Julie Draeger of Billings and Holli Miller of Billings; 10 grandchildren; and seven great-grandchildren. His latest great-granddaughter was born in Helena the same day he died.

A celebration of life will be held at 11 a.m. Friday, June 21, at Peace Lutheran Church in Billings, 1301 Ave. D. Inurnment will be in Whitefish Cemetery. Arrangements are by Cremation & Funeral Gallery.

Memorials can be sent to Peace Lutheran Church or Christ Lutheran Church in Whitefish.


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Michael Riddle

Michael Riddle, 57, of Billings, who had been a police officer for 27 years, died June 13, 2013.

He was born Nov. 4, 1955, in Billings to Alexander and Vina Riddle. He was a police officer for the city of Billings for 16 years and airport police officer for 11 years.

He liked to race motorcycles.

Survivors include sons, Travis Riddle and Steven Schleicher; Molly and Megan Schleicher; sisters, Kathy Ruff, Anita Pinnick, Debbie Shinler; and Anne Palmersheim.

Services were June 17 at Cremation & Funeral Gallery.


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Daniel L. Brown

Daniel L. Brown, 68, died Saturday, June 15, 2013, at St. Vincent Hospital.

He was born March 8, 1945, to Peter and Elizabeth Brown in Billings and graduated from Billings Central Catholic High School in 1963. He married Carol E. Forgrave on April 7, 1945.

Survivors include his wife; seven children, Charlene, Christine, Cynthia, Mary, Bill, Suzanne and Donald; seven grandchildren; and siblings, Patricia, Michael, Betty and Barbara.

Graveside services were held June 18 at Calvary Cemetery at St. Pius X Church. Arrangements were in the care of Dahl Funeral Chapel.


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Jan Snyder

Jan Snyder, 80, of Billings, who worked in special education at Big Sky and Burlington elementary schools, died Tuesday, June 4, 2013.

She was born Aug. 24, 1932, in Sioux City, Iowa, to Minnie Sue and William Fay Wetzel and had one brother, William. In 1944 her family relocated to Springfield, Mo. She graduated from Senior High School in Springfield and attended Central Methodist College in Fayette, Mo.

She moved to Kansas City, Mo., to work for the Ford Motor Co. She married Charles “Chuck” Snyder on Dec. 27, 1952, and moved to Missoula while he finished law school.

She earned a degree in special education from Eastern Montana College and worked in special education at Big Sky and Burlington elementary schools.  She worked as a substitute teacher into her early 70s.

She volunteered 1,532 hours for Alberta Bair Theater and was a season ticket holder for the Billings Mustangs. In church, she attended Faith Builders, Bible study and a small group.

She had received care from Rocky Mountain Hospice.

Survivors include daughters, Frances Duncan and Natalie; a son, William Snyder; and eight grandchildren.

Services were June 8 at Faith Evangelical Church. Arrangements were by Cremation & Funeral Gallery.

Memorials may be made in her name to Rocky Mountain Hospice, 2110 Overland Ave., Suite 111, Billings, MT 59102.


Last Updated on Saturday, 15 June 2013 09:48

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Dan Lave


Daniel “Danny” Lave, 87, owner of Dan Lave Masonry and a rifleman during the Battle of the Bulge, died Tuesday, June 4, 2013.

He was born in Augusta, Colo., to Placido and Jenny Romero Lave on Jan. 5, 1926. 

He was a decorated soldier who also had served as a military policeman and reconnaissance patrolman.

He was married for 63 years to Emily Ebach before her death in April 2009. He was a mason for 60 years and owner of Dan Lave Masonry for 40 years.

He had five children, Dixie Miller and Gloria Hodges, both of Gilbert, Ariz., and Vicki Hanson, Alan and Dennis, all of Billings; 12 grandchildren; and five great-grandchildren.

A family service was planned. He will be interred with full honors in the Yellowstone County Veterans Cemetery. Arrangements are by Cremation & Funeral Gallery.


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Martha Drucilla (Dahl) Roche

Martha Drucilla (Dahl) Roche, 79, who was a licensed practical nurse in Glendive, died in her sleep on Friday, May 24, 2013.

She was born to Hulday and Johnn Dahl on May 3, 1934, in Glendive. She graduated from Dawson County High School in 1954 and moved to Havre to pursue an education in nursing. She married James William Roche in April 1955, and they lived in Glendive.

Mrs. Roche worked as a licensed practical nurse at Glendive Medical Center. She specialized in labor and delivery and worked at the county nursing home. She retired and moved to Billings in 1998.

She was known for her knitting and sewing.

Survivors include six children, Monte Roche of Sparta, Wis., David Roche and Jayme Bogen, all of Billings, Zara Munsch of Belgrade, Nancy Leach of Richland, Wash., and Johnn Roche of San Diego, Calif.; 13 grandchildren; and seven great-grandchildren.

Private family services were planned. Arrangements were by Cremation & Funeral Gallery.


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Harold E. ‘Gene’ Schneider

Harold E. “Gene” Schneider, 63, of Billings, who worked 25 years for Burlington Northern Santa Fe Railroad, died of cancer on Thursday, June 6, 2013.

He was born March 16, 1950, in Worland, Wyo., to Harold W. and Elsie (Hergenrader) Schneider.

Survivors include his wife, Judy; mother, Elsie; a brother, Richard; two stepsons, Daryl and Randall; five grandchildren; and a great-grandson.

Services were pending. Arrangements were by Cremation & Funeral Gallery.


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Mabel L. Hoosline

Mabel L. Hoosline, 90, of Billings, died Sunday, June 9, 2013, at Billings Health and Rehabilitation.

She was born May 17, 1923, in Minnesota and also had resided in Livingston and Billings. She was preceded in death by her husbands, Chester Pladsen and Earl “Pete” Hoosline, and by three children, Pamela Reinken and Gary and Bob Pladsen.

Survivors include daughters, DeAnn Lenhardt of Billings and Barbara Burgard of Longmont, Colo.; four grandchildren; and numerous great-grandchildren.

A private family service was planned. Arrangements are by Cremation & Funeral Gallery.


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