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Ryder Alexandria Dreese

Ryder Alexandria Dreese, 2 months old, died Friday, Nov. 23, 2012.

She was born Sept. 24, 2012.

She was the daughter of Edward Simon and Brandy Kaye Dreese of Broadview. She had two sisters, Sarah Susannah and Hannah Rose.

Services will be at 11:30 a.m. Saturday, Dec. 1, at Broadview Community Center. Arrangements are by Cremation & Funeral Gallery.

Memorials may be sent to The Ramsey Keller Memorial, 4456 Laredo Place, Billings, MT 59106; March of Dimes, 643 Grand Ave., Suite B, Billings, MT 59101; or St. Vincent NICU, 2900 12th Ave. N., Billings, MT 59101.

Last Updated on Wednesday, 28 November 2012 10:20

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Gregory Richard Keebler

Greg Keebler, 53, a correctional officer who was happiest riding his motorcycle, died Sunday, Nov. 18, 2012, after suffering a massive heart attack in the backyard of his home in Lockwood.

He was born July 21, 1959, in Billings to Jean and Kathryn Keebler. He attended schools in Edgar, Roberts and Bridger and graduated from high school in Fromberg. After graduation, he enlisted in the Army, serving from April 1978 to April 1982 when he separated as a Specialist 4.

He had worked on farms in the Clarks Fork Valley, owned his own trucking company and also worked for trucking firms. His last employment was as a correctional officer at the Montana Women’s Prison.

Survivors include children, Second Lieutenant (U.S. Army Reserve) Eric Emter, Jamie Mayberry and Dustin Dozhier; two grandchildren; his mother; and siblings, Shirley, Howard, Steve and JaLayne.

Visitation was Nov. 26 and services were Nov. 28, both at Michelotti-Sawyers Mortuary. Burial was in the Rockvale Cemetery immediately following the service, next to his father Jean Keebler.

Last Updated on Wednesday, 28 November 2012 10:19

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Dorothy June Rudolf

Dorothy June Rudolf, 76, of Billings, died Tuesday, Nov. 27, 2012.

She was born in Miles City on Oct. 5, 1936, to Paul and Aileen Miller. She had been married to Clifton Rudolf.

Survivors include children, Connie Johnson and Debbie Candelaria; three grandchildren; siblings, Joyce Zak and Terry Miller, both of Sheridan, Wyo.; and five great-grandchildren.

Services will be at 2 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 1, at Unity Church of Christianity, 9 14th St. W., Billings, MT 59102. Private inurnment was planned. Arrangements are by Cremation & Funeral Gallery.

Last Updated on Wednesday, 28 November 2012 10:19

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Joclyn Henrietta Lunde

Joclyn Henrietta Lunde, 91, who had worked in women’s apparel, died Nov. 22, 2012.

She was born May 19, 1921, in Beckingham, Kent, England, to Charles and Florence Hawes. As a teenager she was apprenticed to the women’s dress trade, but when World War II came to England she worked in an arms munitions factory.

She married Lloyd B. Lunde, an American GI, in England in February 1945. In May 1945 she emigrated to Billings where she worked in several department stores in women’s apparel until about 1978. Mr. Lunde died in 1985.

Survivors include a sister, Freda Ridgwell of Halesworth, Suffolk, England; a son, Charles A. Lunde of Missoula; two daughters, Jocelyn Gilbert of Carlsbad, Calif., and Antoinette Deines of Laurel; nine grandchildren; and 16 great-grandchildren.

Visitation was Nov. 26 and services were Nov. 27 at Michelotti-Sawyers Mortuary. Interment followed in Sunset Memorial Gardens.

Memorials may be made to the Salvation Army.

Last Updated on Wednesday, 28 November 2012 10:18

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Josephine M. Trangmar

Josephine M. Trangmar, 82, of Billings, died Saturday, Nov. 24, 2012, at her home.

The daughter of Harrell and Elizabeth Durham, she was born March 14, 1930, in Detroit, Mich. She married Don R. Trangmar in Detroit on March 25, 1950. They made their home in Detroit, Philadelphia and Chicago before moving to Billings in 1971. Mr. Trangmar died March 5, 1985.

She was a member of Shiloh United Methodist Church.

Survivors include a son, Todd of Denver, Colo.; a grandson; and a brother, Francis Durham of Northville, Mich.

Services will be at 11 a.m. Thursday, Nov. 29, at Shiloh United Methodist Church. Michelotti-Sawyers Mortuary has charge of arrangements.

Memorials may be made to Shiloh United Methodist Church.

Last Updated on Wednesday, 28 November 2012 10:17

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Lloyd Donald Creek Sr.

Lloyd Donald Creek Sr., 81, who started a cleaning and maintenance business that employed 450 people, died Wednesday, Nov. 14, 2012, at St. Vincent Healthcare.

He was born July 24, 1931, to Earl and Agnes Creek and grew up in Pryor. He married Shirley Woodhead in 1950; they had four sons before their marriage ended in 1977.

He served in the Army during the Korean War. He flew P-51s and later owned an airplane for his business. He was a past master of the Masonic Lodge and was a member of the Shrine, Scottish Rite, Elks Lodge, American Legion and Veterans of Foreign Wars.

He and his father started a cleaning and maintenance business in 1955 at Security Bank. In 1963 he lobbied to get the maintenance contract for the State Capitol in Helena. The business expanded to 13 cities in five states and employed 450 people.

He sold the business in the ’70s but reopened a business in 1981. His son, Lloyd Jr., owns and operates that business.

Mr. Creek also owned night clubs: Tracy’s and Mr. Lucky’s in Helena and the Cocomo Club in Forsyth. He booked a lot of country stars in his clubs and was a friend of May and Hoyt Axton and many Nashville stars.

He had a boat in Coeur d’Alene, Idaho, and remained a pilot.

Survivors include his wife, Irene; sons, Don, Greg and Lloyd Jr.; two grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren.

Visitation and viewing were Sunday, Nov. 18, at Michelotti-Sawyers Mortuary. Services were Nov. 19, with interment in Sunset Memorial Gardens. A celebration of his life was held at the American Legion Club following services.

Memorials may be made in his name to the Shrine Hospital.

Last Updated on Saturday, 24 November 2012 13:15

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Loretta May Johannes

Loretta May Johannes, 96, of Billings, who had worked as a waitress and as a teacher’s helper, died Friday, Nov. 16, 2012, at RiverStone Horizon Hospice House.

She was born Dec. 15, 1915, in Garland, Wyo., to Henry and Laura Meyers. She had seven siblings. On Oct. 30, 1936, she married John H. Johannes in Cody, Wyo.

Mr. and Mrs. Johannes lived in Wyoming for most of their marriage. In 1955 they moved to Billings, where she worked as a waitress and as a home economics teacher’s helper at Lewis and Clark Junior High School.

Survivors include a sister, Ethel Heimer of Powell, Wyo.; a daughter, Sharon Vogel of Billings; seven grandchildren; two stepgrandchildren; and 13 great-grandchildren.

Graveside services will be at 11 a.m. Saturday, Nov. 24, at Sunset Memorial Gardens. Arrangements are by Cremation & Funeral Gallery.

Memorials may be sent to RiverStone Horizon Hospice House, 123 S. 27th St., Billings MT 59101.

Last Updated on Saturday, 24 November 2012 13:15

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Richard Rudolph Meurer

Richard Rudolph Matthew Meurer, 89, who drove a cab and then a truck, died Nov. 12, 2012, at home.

He was born Sept. 9, 1923, in Sioux Falls, S.D. At age 14, he worked at Wilson’s Super Service as a gas station attendant. He joined the Merchant Marines during World War II. After mustering out, he returned to South Dakota and worked as a “cabbie” and then a truck driver.

He married Anne Katheryn Mathey on July 21, 1947, in Roby, S.D. They moved to Billings in 1951.

Twenty-one years ago, he entered St. Vincent Hospital’s Cardiac Rehab, which became his home away from home. He also had received care from Advanced Care Hospital and Rocky Mountain Hospice.

Survivors include five children, Timothy Meurer, Terry Anne Carver, Patrick Meurer, Thomas Meurer and Jamie Dyk; 13 grandchildren; four great-grandchildren; brothers, Robert Meurer and James Meurer; and sisters, Marie Nixon, Patty Elofson and Verone Reynolds.

Vigil Service was Nov. 16 at Dahl Funeral Chapel. Memorial Mass was Nov. 17 at Holy Rosary Church.

Last Updated on Saturday, 24 November 2012 13:14

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Dorothy ‘Dotty’ Prega

Dorothy “Dotty” Dolores Prega, 77, a career woman and devoted Catholic whose infant daughter was blessed by Pope John Paul II, died Nov. 15, 2012.

She was born June 5, 1935, in New York City to Aleksandra and Michael Cetnar, where she graduated from Franklin K. Lane High School in Queens, N.Y. She and her mother moved to California in 1962, where she married Adam Walter Prega in 1973. She worked in the insurance business in Beverly Hills and had numerous celebrities as clients.

On March 19, 1976, she had a daughter, Aleksandra. In 1986 the family moved to Marysville, Wash. They moved to Billings in 1995.

Funeral Mass was Nov. 17 at St. Pius X Catholic Church. Committal was in Holy Cross Cemetery. Arrangements were in the care of Dahl Funeral Chapel.

Last Updated on Saturday, 24 November 2012 13:14

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Emily Faye Egolf

Emily Faye Egolf, 63, of Shepherd, an independent insurance agent, died Tuesday, Nov. 13, 2012.

She was born Sept. 7, 1949, to Paul Edward Burdsall and Elma Viola Jeffers. On March 30, 1985, she married George Gregory Egolf in Woodbridge, Va.

She sewed and quilted and taught others those skills.

Survivors include her husband, Greg; and brothers, Don Burdsall of Indianapolis, Ind., and Charlie Burdsall of Tacoma, Wash.

Visitation was held Nov. 20 at Cremation & Funeral Gallery. Cremation followed the viewing, and no services were held.

Donations may be made to The Boaz Project Inc., P.O. Box 47188, Indianapolis, IN 46247.

Last Updated on Saturday, 24 November 2012 13:13

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