The Billings Outpost

Nik Carpenter

Nik Carpenter, 71, an artist whose work was widely exhibited, died July 19, 2013, of idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis.

He and his twin brother, Texas, were born in Roundup on April 1, 1942, to Wayne and Donna (Fiske) Carpenter of Ryegate. He grew up on a ranch along Careless Creek in the foothills of the Snowy Mountains and began drawing horses on sandstone bluffs with charred willow at age 7. He attended school in Franklin, Ryegate, Beehive and Dean and graduated from Absarokee High School.

He earned a bachelor of arts in education degree from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago and a master’s degree from the University of Montana.

His art was shown and sold in the C.M. Russell Art Auction, American Canadian Art Classic, the World’s Fair Expo ’74, and many group and solo shows. His work was shown at Eddie Bauer, Wild Wings, Marshall Field, Quintana Gallery and Abercrombie and Fitch and in the homes of collectors throughout the world.

He donated artwork for fundraising events and helped the Special K Ranch, Chase Hawks Memorial Association, volunteer firefighters, ambulance services and hospitals.

He taught hundreds of kids and adults drawing, painting, and printmaking at the Young Artist’s Studio in Chicago and with classes or workshops in Ryegate, Billings, Bridger, Nye, Roberts and Red Lodge.

In the mid-’90s he invented his “Visions in Depth” series, creating images on multiple layers of anti-reflective glass. The golden eagle was featured in his series “Father Sky, Mother Earth and Man.”

Survivors include his companion and partner for 30 years, Erni Wegner of Belfry; a son, Jess; three grandchildren; and brothers, Tex of Ryegate, Ronald of Caldwell, Idaho, and David of Cheyenne, Wyo.

Cremation has taken place so that ground can be used for growing food to feed the living. Cremation & Funeral Gallery is in charge of arrangements.


Last Updated on Thursday, 25 July 2013 09:01

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Louis B. Nelson

Louis B. “Louie” Nelson, 85, who bought and sold cattle and sheep in Montana for 65 years, died Wednesday, July 17, 2013.

He was born May 19, 1928, to Nels and Mollie Nelson in Harlowton. His mother died when he was 2 years old, and he grew up on his father’s sheep ranch, the Campbell Ranch.

He married Lula McCabe in Harlowton in 1946, and they had three children. He married Joan Eliasson in 1976 and raised two stepsons. In 1996, he married Suzanne (“Sue”) Pochel.

Mr. Nelson bought and sold cattle and sheep for 65 years, the last 30 years for Torrington Livestock Cattle Co.

Survivors include his wife; a daughter, Connie McKay of Austin, Texas; stepsons, Todd Tripp of East Helena and Shawn Tripp of Big Timber; seven grandchildren; and 10 great-grandchildren.

Services will be at 2 p.m. Wednesday, July 31, at Harlowton Federated Church. Arrangements are by Cremation & Funeral Gallery.


Last Updated on Thursday, 25 July 2013 09:00

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David Lee Hofstad

David Lee Hofstad, 70, a carpenter, died Saturday, July 13, 2013, after a 4½-year battle with lung and liver cancer.

He was born Dec. 30, 1942, in Thief River Falls, Minn., the fourth child of Iven and Mae Hofstad. His family moved to Sheridan, Wyo., in 1947. He attended elementary and middle school there before the family moved to Billings in 1955. Here he attended Lewis and Clark and Lincoln Junior High School and graduated from Senior High School in 1961.

At Senior High, he participated in track and played guard on the football team. He went to Eastern Montana College on a football scholarship but dropped off the team after a year to focus on academics. He graduated in 1965 with a bachelor of arts degree in history.

He married Patricia Schuster on July 25, 1965.

He was inducted into the Army on Dec. 30, 1965, serving at Fort Ord, Calif., Fort Leonard Wood, Mo., the Dominican Republic and Karlsruhe, Germany. He was honorably discharged in December 1967.

In the fall of 1968, he went to the University of Montana to pursue a master’s degree in history education. Two years later, he decided to quit school and follow in his father’s footsteps and become a carpenter.

He had received care at Frontier Cancer Center and RiverStone Hospice.

Survivors include his wife; daughters, Allison and Melissa; a grandson;  Keegan; and sisters, Pat Frye and Mona Washut.

Services will be held next summer at Silver Gate. Arrangements are by Cremation and Funeral Gallery.

Memorials may be made to the Yellowstone Valley Animal Shelter, 1735 Monad Road, Billings MT 59102; or Billings Animal Rescue Kare, 111 Moore Lane, Billings MT, 59101.


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Joseph ‘Jo Jo’ Quinn

Joseph “Jo Jo” Quinn, 52, of Shepherd, who had traveled through all 48 lower states, died Monday, July 15, 2013, at RiverStone Hospice House in Billings.

He was born July 19, 1960, to Joseph and Suzanne Quinn in Green Bay, Wis. He graduated at the top of his high school class in New Holland, Pa.

He was active in Boy Scouts and enjoyed making candles. He had traveled through all 48 lower states and loved to hike in each state. He was a member of Sons of American Legion.

Survivors include his parents, Joseph and Suzanne of Shepherd; and two sisters, Shari Rice of Shepherd and Kelly Meadows of New Holland, Pa.

A private celebration of life will be held later. Arrangements are by Cremation & Funeral Gallery.


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Donald Leroy Harden

Donald Leroy Harden, 73, of Billings, a carpenter who started a company with a partner, died Monday, July 22, 2013, of congestive heart failure.

He was born Nov. 7, 1939, in Roundup to Gladys and Willard Harden. He attended school in Sumatra and Broadview and graduated from Lavina High in 1957. He attended Eastern Montana College and then went into carpentry, in later years starting a company with partner Andy Andersen.

He married Mary Popelka, and they had two daughters. In 1980 he married Sherry Helmey.

He and his wife were members of the Rimrock 4x4 Club and lifetime members of the Montana 4x4 Association. Their four-wheeling travels took them to several states.

He had received care from Valley Health Care, Sapphire Suites.

Survivors include his wife; daughters, Debbie Harden and Donna Delaware; a stepson, Brett Helmey; five grandchildren; six great-grandchildren, with another due in the fall; sisters, Carol Hansen and Doris Van Dyke; and a brother, Jim Larson.

Graveside services will be at Lavina Cemetery at 11 a.m. Saturday, Aug. 3, with a reception lunch to follow at the Cozy Corner Bar in Lavina. Arrangements are by Cremation & Funeral Gallery.


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Roger H. Kleindl

Roger H. Kleindl, 75, of Billings, retired from the Navy and from the city water plant, died at home of cancer on Friday, July 19, 2013.

He was born in Blue Earth, Minn., on Sept. 24, 1937, to Frank and Liz “Sophia” Kleindl. He attended Billings schools then joined the Navy. He served 20 years as a machinist mate before retiring in 1975.

He then worked for the city of Billings in the maintenance department at the water plant until he retired there.

He married Donna Derheim in 1959. They had four children, Diana, Kevin, Curtis and Tammy; seven grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren.

A Celebration of Life will be held at 4 p.m. Friday, July 26, at Veterans Park, 13th Street West and Poly Drive. Military honors will be presented at 4:30 p.m. Arrangements are by Cremation & Funeral Gallery.


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Fred Harrison Hawkins

Fred Harrison Hawkins, 69, of Billings, a retired rancher and right-of-way agent, died Monday, July 15, 2013.

He was born July 24, 1944, in Shelby to Joseph and Louise Hawkins. He had three siblings. He married Dorothy Lynette Mae Roebuck.

He served in the Navy during the Vietnam War.

Survivors include his wife, five stepchildren, two sisters, one brother, nine grandchildren and nine great-grandchildren.

Services were July 20 at Cremation & Funeral Gallery.


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Lorraine L. Geiger Enberg

Lorraine L. Geiger Enberg, 68, who had been a greeter at the Alberta Bair Theater, died July 22, 2013.

She was born Dec. 11, 1944, in Pierre, S.D., to Joseph and Elsie Geiger. She lived in Murdo, S.D., until she was 7. Her family moved to Billings and finally settled in Lockwood in 1953, where she attended Lockwood School.

She worked at Rex Laundry and at St. Vincent Hospital. On Dec. 18, 1965, she married Emil Enberg and became a stay-at-home mom until her last child was born.

She worked for Hart-Albin Co. for 14 years until it caught on fire. She was a greeter at the Alberta Bair when it opened. She retired at an early age because of her health.

Survivors include a son, Monty Enberg; daughters, Tresa Stewart, Crystal West and Suzy Enberg; and six grandchildren.

Visitation was July 24 and will be from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. July 25. Vigil Service will be at 7 p.m. July 26 at Dahl Funeral Chapel. Services will be at 11 a.m. July 27 at St. Bernard Church with committal in Holy Cross Cemetery. A luncheon will follow at St. Bernard’s fellowship hall.


Last Updated on Thursday, 25 July 2013 08:55

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John R. Fraser

John Richard Fraser, 40, of Billings, died at his home on July 20, 2013.

He was born April 12, 1973, in Columbus to Richard and Christine Fraser. The family moved to Pocatello, Idaho, when he was a child, where he attended elementary school until moving to Billings. He attended Castle Rock Junior High School and Skyview High School before relocating to Elko, Nev., where he graduated in 1991 from Elko High School.

After high school, he moved back to Billings, where he married Dawn Bowman. They later moved to Denver, Colo., and then briefly to Worland, Wyo., before he returned to Billings.

Survivors include sons, Hayden and Caleb; ex-wife, Dawn of Worland; parents, of Elko, Nev.; and sisters, Sheila Schaff of Billings, Angela Fraser of Elko, Nev., and Bridget Paynter of Carson City, Nev.

A celebration of his life will be held at 10 a.m. Thursday, July 25, at Dahl Funeral Chapel and in Elko at 11 a.m. July 27 at Burns Funeral Home. 

Donations may be made to scholarship accounts that have been set up at any US Bank location for Hayden and Caleb Fraser.

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Nathan Hale Howard

Nathan Hale Howard, who had passions for fly fishing and woodworking, died July 12, 2013.

Survivors include his wife of 33 years, Joliene; a son, Ian; and four brothers, Dennis, Joel, Philip and Jon.

No services were planned. A celebration of life will be held later this summer. Arrangements are by Cremation & Funeral Gallery.

Condolences can be mailed to the family at 3061 St. Johns Ave., Billings, MT 59102.


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