The Billings Outpost

Phyllis J. Whitesell

Phyllis J. Whitesell, 75, formerly of Billings, who worked many years in medical offices, died in her sleep on Sunday, Sept. 22, 2013, at her son’s home in Columbus.

She was born Feb. 17, 1938, in Carson, N.D., to Phillip and Leah (Chittick) Balliet of Carson, N.D. She was a homemaker for more than 30 years, raising her children.

She worked for medical offices starting with Western Montana Medical Clinic in Ronan, then Billings Oncology and Orthopedic Surgeons for more than 25 years.

Survivors include a brother, Richard Balliet of Carson, N.D.; a daughter, Robin Jean Whitesell of Billings; two sons, David Charles of Stevensville and Richard Patrick of Columbus; eight grandchildren; and three great-grandsons.

Services and burial will be in Sunnyside Cemetery in Carson, N.D. Arrangements are by Cremation & Funeral Gallery.

Donations may be made to Rocky Mountain Hospice.

Last Updated on Thursday, 03 October 2013 19:44

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Richard ‘Dick’ Pacot

Richard “Dick” Pacot, 82, a longtime Cenex employee, died in Billings on Friday, Sept. 27, 2013.

He was born in Billings on May 14, 1931. He graduated from Senior High School and Billings Business College.

He was a member of the Veterans of Foreign Wars. He served in the Army in the occupation of Germany during the Korean War. After being honorably discharged, he worked for Cenex for 42 years.

He and his wife, Wanda, were charter members of the Laurel Golf Course.

Survivors include his wife; sons, Rich Pacot of Billings and Jeff Pacot of Murrieta, Calif.; daughters, Kim Claassen of Helena, Barb Bush of Missoula and Lisa Pacot of Seattle, Wash.; six grandchildren; and great-grandchildren.

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

Last Updated on Thursday, 03 October 2013 19:43

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Timothy Eugene Wood

Timothy Eugene Wood, 71, died Thursday, Aug. 15, 2013, due to complications from a surgery in 2009 on a thoracic-abdominal aortic aneurysm.

He was born June 19, 1942, to Louis and Lillian (Sjolund) Wood in Grand Rapids, Mich. The Wood family moved to Glendive where he attended school and Dawson Community College. He also worked for his father at Gene Wood Ready Mix.

He moved to Butte to attend the School of Mines and worked in the mines to put himself through school. He joined the Army, but was sent back to Butte after six months to finish his six years of service in the National Guard.

Graduating from Montana Tech (School of Mines) with a bachelor’s degree in mining engineering, he went to work for Montana Power in June 1972.

While employed by Western Energy, he built the tipple and runway at Colstrip. Reclamation was also part of his job.

Moving back to Butte, he inspected mines for Western Energy. After 25 years, he retired on July 1, 1997. Then he moved back to Billings and married Janette Marie (Steinborn) Martin in August 2002.

Survivors include his wife, Jan Martin-Wood of Highgate in Billings; mother, of North Dakota; sisters, Kathleen Carlson of Minnesota, Carol Dalbey of North Dakota, Helen Williamson of Colorado, Barbara Entzel of North Dakota; brothers, Keith Wood of Minnesota and David Wood of Lewistown; stepchildren, Chris Martin of Nebraska, Kevin Martin of Oregon, Mark Martin of Colorado and Leo Martin; a grandson; and six step-grandchildren.

Graveside services will be in the Yellowstone County Veterans Cemetery. Arrangements are by Cremation & Funeral Gallery.

Memorials may be made to the Tumbleweed Runaway Program, 505 N. 24th St., Billings MT 59101.

Last Updated on Thursday, 03 October 2013 19:42

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Peggy Ann Toavs

Peggy Ann Toavs, 79, who enjoyed crocheting and knitting, died Wednesday, Sept. 25, 2013.

She was born Oct. 6, 1933, in Berryville, Ark., to Alva and Pauline Hackworth. After graduating from high school in Havre in 1951, she married Harry Arthur Toavs on July 3, 1951. 

In addition to crocheting and knitting, she enjoyed gardening and playing whist and pinochle.

Survivors include a sister, Mary Petit of Lincoln, Calif.; a son, Dick Toavs of Filer, Idaho; a daughter, Debbie of Harlowton; five grandchildren; and 13 great-grandchildren.

A private graveside service will be held later. Arrangements are by Cremation & Funeral Gallery.

Donations may be made to St John’s Lutheran Home.

Last Updated on Thursday, 03 October 2013 19:42

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Paul Van Cleave

Paul Van Cleave, 75, of Billings, a power lineman, died Sept. 26, 2013.

He was born in Bison, S.D., to Earl and Florence (Palmer) Van Cleave on April 12, 1938. He attended Prairie City School, then enlisted in the Army and was awarded a Good Conduct Medal.

On Dec. 29, 1962, he married Toni Eide in Sturgis, S.D.

Survivors include his wife; children, Cristeen Stone of Humble, Texas, Carla Van Cleave of Billings and Calvin JayEarl Van Cleave of Billings; brothers, Everett of Washington, John of Billings and Orman of Washington; sisters, Eilene of Rapid City, Joyce of Virginia and Carol of Bismarck; seven grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren.

Services were held Oct. 1 at Cremation and Funeral Gallery. A reception followed at the Fraternal Order of the Eagles on Main Street in the Billings Heights.

Last Updated on Thursday, 03 October 2013 19:41

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Toni Lawhon

Toni Marie (Kallen) Lawhon, 59, of Billings, the retired postmaster in Forsyth, died Friday, Sept. 27, 2013, at her home in Billings.

She was born Feb. 20, 1954, in Hardin, the daughter of Ted Kallen and Jerry Kallen. She graduated from Hysham High School and attended Billings Business College.

She worked as a bookkeeper for Don’s Car Wash and then drove a school bus for Billings Schools. In 1986, she started working in the Billings post office, holding several positions before she was promoted to postmaster in Forsyth.

After retiring from the U.S. Postal Service, she returned to driving a school bus and helped with merchandising and inventory. She was a business partner in Chickadee Tweets, a caramel business.

She created stained glass, dry floral arrangements and other crafts. She was an active member of Zoe Bible Church, where she taught art classes for children.

Survivors include a son Randy; a grandson; her mother, Jerry Wetsch; sisters, Monti Wetsch, Pam Kraft and Theresa Daem; and stepsisters Anjeanette Meuret Silver, Linda Meuret, Linda Gow and Jerry Lee Hale.

Services will be at 3 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 5, at Zoe Bible Church in Lockwood, with a reception to follow. Arrangements are in the care of Dahl Funeral Chapel.

Last Updated on Thursday, 03 October 2013 19:40

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Emelie Eliasson Jensvold

Emelie Eliasson Jensvold, 93, whose gift was taking care of people, died Monday, Sept. 30, 2013, in Billings.

She was born Sept. 11, 1920, in Roundup, the daughter of Bonsak “Ben” Eliasson of Norway and Gerda “Gertie” Solomonson Eliasson of Sweden. She was raised with five brothers on a homestead in the Sunlit Basin, north of Roundup. She attended Sunlit Basin School and graduated from Roundup High School.

On Jan. 20, 1940, she married Alvin Jensvold in Roundup. When he joined the Navy during World War II, she made a home for them in Houston, Texas; Berkeley, Calif.; Bremerton, Wash.; and Portland, Ore., working in department stores and the shipyards.

After the war, they bought a farm in Riverside, just outside Roundup. In 1951 they moved to Washington state, settling in Richland. Mrs. Jensvold was a Scout den mother, Girl Scout leader and Sunday school teacher at Richland Lutheran Church.

She cared for her mother and mother-in-law at the end of their lives, and she provided day care for the children of working mothers and maintained relationships with some of them into their adult years.

After Mr. Jensvold retired in 1969, they moved back to Roundup, where they renewed their connection with Zion Lutheran Church. She was active in the auxiliaries of the American Legion and the Veterans of Foreign Wars, where she was treasurer.

Survivors include a daughter, Judy Shaw, of Ithaca, N.Y.; and two grandchildren.

Services will be at 10:30 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 5, at Zion Lutheran Church in Roundup. Arrangements are by Cremation & Funeral Gallery.

Gifts in her memory may be made to Zion Lutheran Church, Musselshell Valley Community Foundation, or St. John’s Lutheran Ministries cottages.


Last Updated on Thursday, 03 October 2013 19:39

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Myron G. Oakland

Services were held Sept. 21, 2013, for Myron G. Oakland, 75, of Billings, who died of cancer.

He was born Jan. 31, 1938, in Rhame, N.D., to Lawrence and Ona Oakland. He graduated from Rhame High School in 1956. He married Sharon Munari of Billings in 1959, and they later divorced.

Mr. Oakland joined the Army in 1960 and received an honorable discharge in 1966. He then moved his family to Yuma, Ariz., where he worked for Braden’s John Deere.

In 1973, he moved his family back to Billings where he worked for Tractor and Equipment for 29 years. He received many sales and service awards before his retirement.

Survivors include a daughter, Sherry Oakland Dompier; a son, Shawn Oakland; three grandsons; and sisters, Carol of Bowman, N.D., Linda Aasen of Rapid City, S.D., Joann of Omaha, Neb., and Carlyle Sunden of Billings.

Visitation was Sept. 20. Services were Sept. 21 at Dahl Funeral Chapel, followed by a luncheon. Interment was Sept. 22 in Bethany Lutheran Cemetery in Rhame, N.D.


Last Updated on Thursday, 26 September 2013 09:11

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David McGraw

David McGraw, 41, of Billings, known for his smile and quick-witted responses, died Sept. 20, 2013.

He was born July 20, 1972.

Survivors include his parents, Butch and Connie; sisters, Dulcy and Dara; and children, Steven, Timothy, Miles, Dakota and Isiah McGraw.

Services were Sept. 23 at Cremation & Funeral Gallery.

Last Updated on Thursday, 26 September 2013 09:10

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Sydney Drager

Sydney “Syd” Drager, 74, of Billings, who had worked as a truck driving instructor, died Sept. 11, 2013, at Billings Clinic.

He was born July 8, 1939, in Coeur d’Alene, Idaho, to John Lively Drager and Patricia N. (Knudtson) Drager. He joined the Navy in June 1958 and served on active duty until 1962 and in the reserves until June 1964. In 1963, he married Ann Marie Dzierzynski.

After being honorably discharged, Mr. Drager worked as a produce manager for Safeway, a warehouse supervisor for Northwest Bedding and truck driver for various companies. He was a member of the Teamsters Union until he retired from his job as a truck driving instructor in 2003. He was also a member of the Fraternal Order of Eagles.

Survivors include a son, John Drager of Billings; a brother, John Drager of Osburn, Idaho; three grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren, all of Billings.

A private memorial service was planned. Arrangements were by Dahl Funeral Chapel.

Last Updated on Thursday, 26 September 2013 09:09

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