The Billings Outpost

Simone Kelly Buckman

Simone Kelly Buckman, 48, who called herself a “tomboy” because she liked to get outdoors and get her hands dirty, died Dec. 14, 2012.

She was born on July 8, 1964, the daughter of Neil Daniel Beaudry and Claudette Serena Claymore.

Survivors include a son, Seth Neil Buckman; her mother; brothers, Arrow, Donovan, Wade and Albert; and a sister, Gail.

Visitation was Dec. 18 at Cremation & Funeral Gallery. No services were planned.

Last Updated on Saturday, 29 December 2012 11:40

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Daniel R. Feyhl

Daniel Raymond Feyhl, 60, who assisted with toy drives, died at his home the first week of December 2012.

Born to Donald and Gwila (Frost) Feyhl in Crow Agency on Dec. 19, 1951, he grew up in Billings attending Bitterroot Grade School, Lincoln Junior High School and Senior High School.

Mr. Feyhl had worked in the shoe department at Anthony’s, for the railroad, at Ryan’s Grocers and at South Side Pawn.

Survivors include his mother, of Billings, and a brother, Edward J. Feyhl.

Services will be held during the first half of January at Dahl Funeral Chapel. His cremated remains will be spread in the mountains.

Last Updated on Saturday, 29 December 2012 11:39

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Andrew Thomas Stoll

Andy Stoll, 23, of Huntley, who will be remembered as a free spirit, died Sunday, Dec. 16, 2012.

He had many friends of different cultures and loved the outdoors.

After high school, Mr. Stoll worked for Van Arsdale Construction and Big Sky Balloons. He installed cabinets and custom wood floors.

Survivors include his mother, Teri Stoll; a brother, Joe Stoll of Billings; his father, Dale Stoll of Huntley; grandmother, Lois Pedersen; and grandparents, Tom and Sandy O’Connor.

A celebration of his life will be held at Cremation & Funeral Gallery at 2 p.m. Friday, Dec. 21. The casket will be open from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., with cremation following the service.

Last Updated on Saturday, 29 December 2012 11:39

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Larry August Schaak

Larry August Schaak, 56, of Billings, who loved to fish and restore cars, died Saturday, Dec. 15, 2012.

The son of William and Julia Schaak, he was born May 28, 1956, in Billings.

Survivors include a daughter, Krystal Amestoy of Billings; her father of Billings; a twin brother, Gary of Billings; sisters, Coni Schuppe of Billings and Lori Neiss of Fromberg; and three grandchildren.

Services were planned for later. Michelotti-Sawyers Mortuary has charge of arrangements.

Memorials may be made to the American Cancer Society.

Last Updated on Saturday, 29 December 2012 11:38

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Kalliopi Torgeson

Kalliopi Torgeson, who was born in Greece, died Dec. 12, 2012.

She was born in Mavraoutha in northwestern Greece on March 10, 1931 or 1932, the second daughter born to Anastasios and Ebgenia Vassiliathou. Their first daughter was named Kalliopi, but she died soon after birth, and her parents gave her the same name.

In 1942 the family moved to Thessaloniki, Greece. In December 1947, she married Sawas Lazarides.

In December 1956, through the generosity of Anna Berkstead and Robert and Ida Seevey of Savage, Mont., the Lazarides family and her younger sister Parthena (Tina) emigrated from Greece to Savage. After a year and half of living on the farm in Savage, the family moved to Billings in June 1958, where they lived until 2000.

She had worked at the Billings Laundry, the Rex Laundry, Pacific Hide and Fur and at Bender’s Auction, among other jobs.

In 1967 she divorced, and, in 1972, she married Maxwell Torgeson of Frannie, Wyo. When Mr. Torgeson died, she moved to Belgrade to be close to her son. In later years, she lived at Elsie’s Assisted Living in Belgrade.

Survivors include sisters, Tina Oxley of Billings, Helene Romouthis, Anastasia Vassilithou, Athina Herepoulou and Lazaros Vassiliathis; a son, Kostas Lazarides of Belgrade; and a granddaughter.

Arrangements were in the care of Dahl Funeral Chapel.

Last Updated on Saturday, 29 December 2012 11:37

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Dorothy Schieno Nelson

LITTLETON, Colo. — Dorothy Jean Schieno Nelson, 86, who was born in Australia, died Dec. 17, 2012.

She was born May 16, 1926, to Stan and Christine (McLeod) Bensted on May 16, 1926, in Gladstone, Queensland, Australia. She grew up with four siblings, swimming in the ocean near the Great Barrier Reef. She met an American Military Police officer, Mike Schieno, and married him on Feb. 19, 1944.

She then boarded a ship and sailed to San Francisco, then boarded a train to Billings to meet her husband’s large Italian family. She worked as a retail clerk for Skaggs Drug Center until 1973, when she resigned to care for Mr. Schieno, who had been diagnosed with cancer. He died Dec. 11, 1974.

After his death, she married Dwight Nelson, who also lost his life to cancer. Recently, she had been living near grandchildren in Colorado.

Survivors include two daughters, Marilyn Rudolph and Kathy Watson; five grandchildren; and eight great-grandchildren.

She had requested no funeral service. Visitation will be from 5-7 p.m. Friday, Dec. 21, at Michelotti-Sawyers Mortuary. Graveside services will be at 10 a.m. Dec. 22 at Sunset Memorial Gardens.

Last Updated on Saturday, 29 December 2012 11:37

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Leif C. Havig

Leif C. Havig, 88, of Billings, who ministered to children and those in pain, died Dec. 7, 2012, at St. Vincent Healthcare in Billings.

He was born Jan. 10, 1924, to Andrew and Louise (Dohlen) Havig in Rolette, N.D. He attended the Lutheran Bible Institute in Minneapolis, Minn., and married Carol Beck on Sept. 25, 1954, in Racine, Wis.

He farmed and owned the Bible, Book & Gift Store in Rolette. The family moved to Billings in 1987.

In 2001, he was ordained by the Resurrection Apostolic International Network.

Survivors include his wife; sisters, June Ellingson of Mesa, Ariz., and Loretta Tiegen of Olympia, Wash.; children, Susan Havener of Billings, Mark Havig of Minot, N.D., and Jeffrey Havig of Fairbanks, Alaska; eight grandchildren; and 12 great-grandchildren.

A celebration of his life will be at 2 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 13, at Cremation & Funeral Gallery. Services will be next summer in Rolette. Arrangements are by Cremation and Funeral Gallery.

Last Updated on Friday, 14 December 2012 18:06

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Sharon Brothers

Sharon Lee Brothers, 67, of Billings, a food service cashier for Sodexo at Montana State University Billings, died at her home on Friday, Dec. 7, 2012.

She was born in Billings on July 8, 1945, a daughter of Faye Babcock. She attended Billings Senior High School and then served in the Marine Corps. She received a bachelor’s degree from Eastern Montana College.

She married Norman Brothers in El Centro, Calif., on June 29, 1964.

Survivors include her husband; children, Shawn Brothers of Watuaga, Texas, and Tawnya Pfeifer of Billings; sisters, Donna Diehl and Billie Jeske; and five grandchildren.

Services were Dec. 12 at Cremation & Funeral Gallery.

Last Updated on Friday, 14 December 2012 18:05

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Vera Ann Greenslate Langner

Vera Ann Greenslate Bilant Langner, 83, a retired teacher of Billings and formerly of Martinsdale, died Saturday, Dec. 8, 2012.

She was born at Moore on Jan. 7, 1929, the second child of Evelyn “Penny” Greenslate and Otto W. Greenslate. She was educated at New Liberty Grade School, Hobson High School and Eastern Montana College. she played clarinet in high school and college bands.

Upon graduating from high school, she worked as a secretary at Fort Harrison in Helena until she began college, earning two degrees in elementary education. For two years she taught at Buffalo, Mont.

She married Robert Bilant of Billings in 1950, and they moved to Huntley, where she taught for the next five years. They later divorced. In 1988 she reentered the teaching field in Billings and taught until she retired.

She married Loren Langner of Billings in 1976 and upon retirement in 1991 they moved to Martinsdale. In 2009, they moved back to Billings.

She was a former member of the Golden Belle Chapter of Sweet Adelines, a past member and president of the Jaycees, a member of Grace United Methodist Church, the National Association of Retired Teachers, and the Montana State University Billings Alumni.

Survivors include her husband; a son, Rob Bilant of Roundup; a sister, Sharon Hamilton of Missoula; stepchildren, Steven Langner of Kentucky and Mary Hanchett and Beverley Langner, both of Billings; and five stepgrandchildren.

Visitation was Dec. 11 at Cremation & Funeral Gallery. Graveside services were Dec. 12 at Mountview Cemetery.

Memorials may be made to the Grace United Methodist Scholarship Fund, 1935 Ave. B, Billings, MT 59102.

Last Updated on Friday, 14 December 2012 18:05

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Karen Louise Ellithorpe

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

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