Lois (Tidwell) Watson, 84, who had worked in an insurance office for more than 25 years, died Aug. 20, 2013, in Mesa, Ariz.
She was born Jan. 1, 1929, in Burlington, Okla., to Harry and Helen (Veatch) Tidwell, the youngest of three children. She grew up on a farm and graduated as valedictorian of her high school class. She played on the school’s basketball team.
She married Fred Arthur Watson on April 6, 1947, Easter Sunday, at First English Lutheran Church in Cherokee, Okla. In 1957, the family moved to Fairfield, Mont. In 1963, the family moved to Great Falls, then settled in Billings in 1972.
Throughout their marriage, she worked alongside her husband custom combining, farming and then in the office of Old Northwest Agency/Watsons Insurance for more than 25 years.
She was a longtime member of Central Christian Church.
Survivors include a brother, Paul Tidwell; a son, E. Allen Watson; daughters, Rebecca deJongh and Sandra Hartman; four grandchildren; and a great-grandson.
A celebration of life will be held at 1:30 p.m. Sept. 14 at Central Christian Church, 1221 16th St. W. in Billings. A reception will follow. Arrangements are in the care of Dahl Funeral Chapel.
Last Updated on Thursday, 29 August 2013 09:56
Graham Dean Sims Sr., 84, a retired School District 2 employee who was active in Jehovah’s Witnesses, died Tuesday, Aug. 20, 2013.
He was born July 11, 1929, in Lovell, Wyo., to P.D. and Eva Sims. After graduation, he married Vera June Doerr on Oct. 17, 1950. Shortly after their marriage, he was deployed to Korea.
After the war, he worked in the uranium mines around Lovell until 1959 when he moved his family to Laramie, Wyo., to attend college. Upon completing his studies, the family moved to Billings, where he took a job at The Billings Gazette.
In the early ’70s, Mr. Sims went to work for School District 2 where he worked until he retired in 1989. It was also during the early ’70s that he began to study the Bible with Jehovah’s Witnesses. He and his wife were active in the door-to-door ministry until failing health prevented him from doing so.
Survivors include his wife; sons, Dean, Wyatt and Morgan; daughters, Tammy and Judy; eight grandchildren; two great-grandchildren; and two sisters, Marion Smith and Ann Gist of Cody, Wyo.
Services were Aug. 26 at the Kingdom Hall of Jehovah’s Witnesses. Arrangements are by Cremation & Funeral Gallery.
Last Updated on Thursday, 29 August 2013 09:55
Cameron M. Sauter, 50, of Billings, a roofer like his father had been, died of a heart attack on Sunday, Aug. 18, 2013.
He was born to Jacob and Patricia Sauter on July 28, 1963, the fourth of eight children. He graduated from Senior High School in 1981. He drove a black 1977 Trans Am in high school and got it running again a few years ago to share with his sons.
He helped with the family business, Montana Roofing. In 1982, Mr. Sauter went to work for Empire Heating, Cooling and Roofing where he first worked as a roofer then advanced to superintendent and estimator of the roofing division.
He met his wife, Angie, in 1987; they had two sons, Brenner in 1997 and Corbin in 1999.
Survivors include his wife; sons, Brenner and Corbin of the family home; and seven brothers and sisters, Chris Synek, Kevin Sauter, Debbie Porter, Lisa Joki, Jenny Sauter, Nathan Sauter and Joel Sauter.
Services were held Aug. 25 at Cremation & Funeral Gallery, followed by a reception.
Contributions may be made to the Cameron Sauter Family Fund at any First Interstate Bank or mail them to First Interstate Bank, c/o Chris, 730 Main St., Billings, MT 59105. Condolences may also be sent to the family c/o Debbie Porter, 122 Yellowstone Ave., Billings, MT 59101.
Last Updated on Thursday, 29 August 2013 09:55
Zachary Lee Lindsey, 20, who was preparing to attend Southwestern College in Oregon this fall, died Saturday, Aug. 17, 2013, in an accident.
He was born to Tobin and Pamela Lindsey on April 29, 1993, in Billings.
From an early age he played football, basketball and baseball. He was on a state championship team at age 10 in 2003. In 2004 he played with Wendy’s of Montana, a team that won state and went to regionals in Kelso, Wash.
In 2005 he played in the Northwest Regionals in San Bernardino, Calif. In 2007 his Junior Little League team won state and went to regionals in Beaverton, Ore. In 2006 he played for the Billings Blue Jays American Legion baseball team, which won district and went to state in Canada. In 2011 he played for the Billings Royals in the Northwest Regionals at Dehler Park.
He graduated from Skyview High School in 2011. For the past five months, he had been learning the remodeling business and working in the landscaping business.
He wrote songs with a band that had just completed a soon-to-be-released CD featuring him on the mic.
He planned to study the history of music and play baseball at Southwestern College.
Survivors include his parents; a sister, Alivia; and grandparents, Mayferd Allen and Betty Rae Lindsey.
Family and friends gathered Aug. 21 at Dahl Funeral Chapel. Services will be at 11 a.m. Aug. 22 at Faith Chapel.
Memorials may be sent to the YMCA, 402 N. 32nd St., Billings, MT 59101.
Last Updated on Thursday, 22 August 2013 21:38
Sharon Marie Granlie, 65, of Billings, who had worked at Sysco Foods for more than 30 years, died at her home on Friday, Aug. 16, 2013, of cancer.
She was the daughter of Nick and Celia Huschka. She was looking forward to retirement from Sysco Foods.
Survivors include a son, Jason Granlie; a daughter, Stacey Collette; two granddaughters; and brothers, Marvin Huschka, Maynard Huschka, Melvin Huschka and Michael Huschka.
Services were Aug. 21 at Cremation & Funeral Gallery.
Last Updated on Thursday, 22 August 2013 21:37
Robert F. Bares, 76, of Laurel, died Saturday, Aug. 17, 2013.
He was born near Beach, N.D., to Frank and Marcella Bares.
Survivors include his wife, Marlene; children, Craig and Denise Bares, Michelle and Brett Hamilton, Kim and Diane Bares and Bobbi and Simon Storey; 12 grandchildren; one great-grandchild; and eight brothers and sisters.
A celebration of life will be held at 11 a.m. Aug. 22, at St. Anthony’s Catholic Church Parish Hall, 715 Fourth Ave. in Laurel. Arrangements are by Cremation & Funeral Gallery.
Last Updated on Thursday, 22 August 2013 21:36
Edward “Eddie” Allen Jr., 46, of Billings, who worked for Yellowstone Kelly Catering cooking for fire crews, died at St. Vincent Healthcare on Sunday, Aug. 18, 2013.
Born April 2, 1967, in Cutbank, he was the oldest of three sons of Edward and Janice (Kuntz) Allen of Billings. He painted, sketched and played guitar.
Survivors include five children, Nicholas and Kristopher of Bozeman and Joshua, Samantha and Stephanie of Valdez, Alaska; brothers, Tom of Cheyenne, Wyo., and Bill of Houston, Texas; Crista Allen and Mike of Worden; and Cyndi Ocha of Billings.
A vigil was held Aug. 21, with Memorial Mass set for 10:30 a.m. Thursday, Aug. 22, both at Holy Rosary Church, 501 Custer Ave. Arrangements are by Cremation & Funeral Gallery.
Last Updated on Thursday, 22 August 2013 21:35
Clarence “Ted” Clark, 83, died Monday, Aug. 19, 2013, at Valley Health Care Center.
He was born Feb. 28, 1930, in Mt. Carmel, Ill., one of 12 children of Lloyd and Mabel Clark. His sister, Vera June Williams of Princeton, Ind., is the last of the 12.
Mr. Clark married Mary Corrie in 1951 and they had two sons, Jeffrey and Robin Clark of Reno, Nev. They had four grandchildren.
On June 12, 1989, he married Patricia Burns in Chinle, Ariz. There were two stepchildren, Bruce Burns and Sandra Burns, and three grandchildren.
Services will be at 10 a.m. Thursday, Aug. 22, at First Presbyterian Church, 13th Street West and Poly Drive. Arrangements are in the care of Dahl Funeral Chapel.
Last Updated on Thursday, 22 August 2013 21:33
James “Jimmy” E. Knudson, a master plumber, died Sunday, Aug. 11, 2013.
He was born in 1954 to Kenneth and Dortha Knudson in Harlowton. He graduated from Harlowton High School in 1972.
He worked for the Milwaukee Railroad and moved to Deer Lodge. He married Jan in 1977, and they lived in Deer Lodge until 1984.
Mr. Knudson was self-employed as the owner and operator of a trucking business until the age of 42, when he started an apprenticeship to become a master plumber. He eventually went into business for himself as a master plumber, which he did until his death.
Survivors include his wife; daughters, Tawny Childs, Lisa Hoke, Julie Knudson and Amy Horsman; brothers, Richard and Gary; and nine grandchildren.
A reception celebrating his life was held in the café at Harvest Church, Lockwood Campus, on Aug. 17. Arrangements were by Cremation & Funeral Gallery.
Last Updated on Thursday, 22 August 2013 21:32
Joan Mae Repac, 87, who had been a waitress for 35 years at the Northern Hotel, died Thursday, Aug. 15, 2013.
She was born to Ida and Harry Albright on Aug. 1, 1926, in Glendive. She was married to Pete Repac.
She started waitressing as a teenager and continued that career throughout her life. She worked at the Elmo Club during the Big Band Era and met politicians, movie stars and oil barons at the Northern Hotel.
A bargain hunter, she made many of the uniforms for the Northern Hotel Lounge and sewed clothing for her daughters. She altered gowns for many Miss Montana contestants.
She had received care from Grand Park Vintage Suites, Parkview Care Center and RiverStone Health and Hospice.
Survivors include four children, Joan A. Crum, Arna M. Day, Loren G. Bice and William Greg Bice; nine grandchildren; 13 great-grandchildren; and her husband.
No services were planned. Arrangements were by Cremation & Funeral Gallery.
Last Updated on Thursday, 22 August 2013 21:32