The Billings Outpost

Barbara Jean Veen

Barbara Jean Veen, 74, who kept a flower garden and did crafts, died Friday, Aug. 30, 2013, at Eagle Cliff Manor in Billings.

She was born Dec. 12, 1938, in Chicago, Ill., to John and Katheryn Lamberty. When she was a teenager, her family moved to Wisconsin where she graduated from high school. She worked at the state hospital there for many years.

Later she moved to Livingston, where she married Allen Veen on June 21, 1975. They then moved to Worden and later settled in Custer where they had resided for the past 15 years.

Survivors include her husband; two sons, Ted and John Henneman; a sister, Pat Raycher; three grandchildren; and a great-grandchild.

Arrangements were in the care of Dahl Funeral Chapel.

Last Updated on Thursday, 05 September 2013 20:10

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David Gonzales

David Gonzales, 60, of Billings, who never missed an opportunity to witness his faith in Yahweh, died Sunday, Sept. 1, 2013.

He was born Sept. 17, 1952, in Mission, Texas, to Guadalupe Gonzales and Maria Villarreal Gonzales. He married Annie O. Chapa “Rachel” on July 28, 1973.

Survivors include his wife; a daughter, Fidela Roberts; two grandchildren; and siblings, Lupe Contreras of Worland, Wyo., Albert Gonzales of Altus, Okla., Juan Gonzales of Altus and Antonio Pecina of Dallas.

Visitation was Sept. 4 at Cremation & Funeral Gallery. Services will be at 10 a.m. Thursday, Sept. 5, at Everlasting Covenant Congregation, 8885 Danford Ave. in Billings. Interment will follow in Mountview Cemetery. Arrangements are by Cremation & Funeral Gallery.

Last Updated on Thursday, 05 September 2013 20:06

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Brian Scot Reicher

Brian Scot Reicher, 42, died on the afternoon of Aug. 27, 2013.

He was born May 31, 1972, in Anaconda, the youngest son of Alfred George Reicher Sr. and Doris Reicher.

Survivors include two children, Joey and Katie; his parents; two brothers; and five sisters.

Services were held at Lake Josephine at Riverfront Park on Aug. 31. Arrangements were by Cremation & Funeral Gallery.


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Sheryl Stephens

Sheryl Stephens, 60, died of cancer on Saturday, Aug. 24, 2013.

She was born July 30, 1953, to Rose (Stephens) Long and Gordon Stephens.

Survivors include her mother; a daughter, Jenifer Rose Stephens; a granddaughter; a brother, Mike Stephens; and sisters, Kathy Anderson, Trish Fowler and Brenda Byrers.

A celebration of her life will be at 4 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 14, at Moose Lodge, 131 Calhoun Lane in Billings.

Memorials can be made to RiverStone Hospice.

Last Updated on Thursday, 05 September 2013 18:57

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Leo James Kerber

Leo James Kerber, 83, a graphic artist, died Aug. 24, 2013, in Columbus.

He was born in Jamestown, N.D., on Dec. 11, 1929, to Joseph and Marie (Emo) Kerber. He attended his first year of school in Windsor, N.D. The family moved to Burlington, Wash., for their father’s health, and Leo Kerber attended school through eighth grade.

He finished his freshman year of high school at St. John’s Academy in Jamestown. After graduating from high school in Shakopee, Minn., Mr. Kerber attended art school in Minneapolis and began his career in graphic art at an advertising agency in Los Angeles. He spent the next 20 years as a graphic artist at Miller Western Wear and then as a graphic artist at U.S. West in Aurora, Colo.

When his Montana nieces were little girls, Leo and his brother Joe often traveled from Denver to vacation in Montana, where he spent hours drawing characters for their entertainment. His cartoons, entitled “Kerber’s Corner,” were published in a Denver publication called Life on Capitol Hill.

After retirement, he and his brothers moved to Montana. They moved to Columbus in May 2013, to be closer to family, due to his failing health.

Survivors include brothers, Joseph of Columbus and Tony of LaHabra, Calif.

Services will be at 11 a.m. Thursday, Aug. 29, at St. Pius X Catholic Church in Billings, with burial in Columbus.

Last Updated on Friday, 30 August 2013 09:57

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Kathy Feist Martinez

Kathy Feist Martinez, 56, who worked at Albertsons on North 27th Street, died in Billings on Aug. 21, 2013, from complications related to diabetes.

She was born Aug. 12, 1957, in Cutbank, a daughter of Daniel and Patty Feist. She lived in Billings and Great Falls her adult life. In spite of a diagnosis of juvenile diabetes in her senior year of high school that required an extended absence, she was co-salutatorian. In the late ’80s she graduated with honors from the College of Great Falls as a paralegal.

Survivors include her mother, Bernie Feist of Great Falls; sisters, Danette Curry of Hot Springs, Deanna Curtiss of Glendive, Laurie Mathis of Zellwood, Fla., Patty Feist of Pueblo, Colo., and Debbie May of Missoula; a brother, Don Feist of Plains; and a grandson.

The planned a private celebration of her life. Dahl Funeral Chapel is in charge of arrangements.

Donations may be made to Yellowstone Valley Animal Shelter or the Diabetes Association.


Last Updated on Thursday, 29 August 2013 10:08

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Ronald George Rafferty

Ronald George “Ronnie” Rafferty, 73, an ironworker, died Friday, Aug. 23, 2013, at his home.

He was born Dec. 5, 1939, in Miles City to George and Marguerite Rafferty. He moved to Seattle, Wash., and married Barbara “Bobbie” Kuhlman on Jan. 29, 1966. The family moved to Billings in November 1978.

Mr. Rafferty worked on old cars and did home improvements.

Survivors include his wife; sons, Troy, Sean and Aaron; five grandchildren; two great-grandchildren; sisters, Carol and Susan of Portland, Ore.; and a brother, George of Florida.

Services will be at Cremation & Funeral Gallery at 1 p.m. Friday, Aug. 30. Graveside services will follow at Sunset Memorial Gardens.


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Joan E. Hurdle

Longtime Billings activist Joan Hurdle, 81, a former state legislator, died Saturday, Aug. 10, 2013, of abdominal cancer.

She was born in Glendive on Aug. 21, 1931. She had lived on the West Coast at various times but had lived in Billings for the past 27 years.

An educator, politician and environmentalist, Ms. Hurdle was known for speaking her mind on issues affecting the Billings community, the state of Montana, the nation and the world. She served on numerous local and regional boards and was a frequent contributor of letters to both the Gazette and Outpost over the years.

Elected to the Montana House of Representatives in 1994, she served four consecutive terms representing District 13, which largely consisted of the Billings South Side and neighborhoods near downtown. In the Legislature, she fought for citizens who lacked access to lobbyists and large corporate conglomerates to represent their interests. She was a champion of women’s rights as exemplified in her work as a leader in the League of Women Voters and involvement in the National Organization for Women.

She once wrote, “The whole purpose of life is to learn how to make the world a better place, to have justice and democracy, to have everyone fed and housed, to have every child a wanted, educated and loved child, to have things, especially our planet, be truly beautiful.”

She was the granddaughter of Reginald Truman (R.T.) Hurdle, who served as the Billings city engineer in the 1930s. He completed the original land surveys in Billings, which were used in planning the layout of the city.

Survivors include sons, Duff Schoonmaker, Jon Schoonmaker and Neil Schoonmaker; and seven grandchildren.

Private family services have been held. Arrangements were by Cremation & Funeral Gallery.

Donations may be made in her name of Joan Hurdle to any organization dedicated to the cause of caring for children anywhere in the world.


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Frank H. Fendrick

Frank H. Fendrick, 87, of Billings, who retired from Ryan Grocery in 1983, died Tuesday, Aug. 20, 2013.

He was born June 9, 1926, in Dickinson, N.D., one of eight children of Enhibert and Mary Kostelecky Fendrick. He attended Spring Creek School in Dunn County and married Margaret Kudrna on June 27, 1949. They moved in to Billings in 1951.

He was a charter member of St. Pius X Parish. He was a jack-of-all-trades who completed many handyman projects.

Survivors include his wife; a daughter, Sharon Halligan; four grandchildren; and nine great-grandchildren.

Visitation was Aug. 22 followed by a Prayers Vigil Service at Cremation & Funeral Gallery. Mass of Christian Burial was at St. Pius X Catholic Church on Aug. 23. Interment was in Calvary Cemetery.

Memorials in his honor may be made to the St. Pius X Capital Improvement Fund.


Last Updated on Thursday, 29 August 2013 09:58

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Sharon Lane Uhrich

Sharon Lane Uhrich, 68, an administrative assistant for State Farm Insurance for 25 years, died Friday, Aug. 23, 2013, in hospice care at St. Vincent Hospital.

She was born Dec. 14, 1944, in Graceville, Minn., to Daniel and Frey Lane. She was the third oldest of seven children: sisters, Gerrie Lane, Nancy Caulie and Marie Altrich; and brothers, Richard, Steven and Patrick.

After graduating from Clinton Graceville Beardsley High School, she attended Wahpeton Technical College in South Dakota. She married Ronald Uhrich on July 31, 1967, at Holy Rosary Church in Graceville, Minn. They had lived in Boise, Idaho, and Billings.

She was known as a prankster by her coworkers and had a zest for living. She had received care at the Butterfly home.

Survivors include her husband; two daughters, Andrea Arnold and Juliette Rodda; and four grandchildren.

Services were at Cremation and Funeral Gallery on Aug. 26. A memorial service will be held in Graceville, Minn.

Donations may be made to St. Vincent Healthcare Foundation to advance and support medical practice, research and outreach.


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