The Billings Outpost

Keith C. Markegard

Keith C. Markegard, 97, of Billings, who had worked for Pierce Packing for 63 years, died Monday, Jan. 7, 2013 at St. Vincent Healthcare.

He was born Sept. 16, 1915, to John and Jennie Pierce Markegard in Bucyrus, N.D. He was raised with five siblings on the family farm.

After high school, he attended Carrier Refrigeration & Air Conditioning in Chicago, Ill., receiving his license in 1936. He came to Billings and started working for his Uncle Fred Pierce at Pierce Packing. He was chief engineer, held numerous patents and served as vice president.

In the 1930s, he and a brother, Curtis, traveled to California to pick fruit to make money to help save the family farm. They also brought fruit home so their mother could can.

He married Frances Wagers on July 9, 1940. They had three children and later divorced.

On Jan. 10, 1969, Mr. Markegard married Artie Lee Maycox and added to his family her three children: Mitch, Marcia and Marlene. They spent the next 41 years together dancing and traveling in their motor home.

Survivors include Harvey K. Markegard of the Philippines, Susan Markegard Buys of Billings and Rodney Markegard of Billings; seven grandchildren; 16 great-grandchildren; and four great-great-grandchildren.

Services will be at 1 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 19, at Cremation & Funeral Gallery, 29 Eighth St. W.

Memorials may be made to Help for Homeless Pets, 2910 Hannon Road, Billings, MT 59101.

Last Updated on Saturday, 19 January 2013 12:17

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Dwight ‘Ike’ E. Wagenman

Dwight “Ike” E. Wagenman, 61, died Saturday, Jan. 12, 2013, in his home.

Born Feb. 22, 1951, he was the son of Edward Wagenman and Iniez Wagenman Grice, and stepfather Paul Grice.

On Aug. 20, 1972, he married Nancy Phalen.

Survivors include his wife; four children, Joseph, Kristina, Andrew and Shari; 11 grandchildren; two great-grandchildren; Jason Todd, his son from a relationship prior to his marriage to Nancy Wagenman; and siblings, Sandy Andrews, Denise Brady, Jeanette Hanson, Herbert Grice and Marcy Arnett.

Services will be at 10 a.m. Saturday, Jan. 19, at Cremation & Funeral Gallery.

Last Updated on Saturday, 19 January 2013 12:16

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Emily M. Bruner

Emily M. Bruner, 85, who spent all but two years of her life in Ryegate, died Jan. 11, 2013.

She was born Jan. 20, 1927, in Ryegate to John and Isabell Wolff. During World War II, she spent two years right after high school near San Francisco working at the Naval Supply Depot.

She returned to Ryegate and married Robert Bruner. They ranched until his death in 1991.

Survivors include four sons, Robert, David, Gordon and Dale; 11 grandchildren; and seven great-grandchildren.

A private family service including interment of her ashes was planned for later. Arrangements are by Cremation & Funeral Gallery.


Last Updated on Saturday, 19 January 2013 12:15

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William Henry Kelly

William Henry Kelly, 71, of Billings, who started Kelly’s Flooring and had been director of the Crow Tribal Employment Rights office, died Tuesday, Jan. 8, 2013, at Valley Health Care.

He was born Oct. 24, 1941, in Crow Agency to James Kelly and Julia White Kelly. He married Patricia Cloud; they later divorced.

He served in the armed forces during the Korean and Vietnam wars. He worked for Rich’s flooring before starting Kelly’s Flooring.

He was an avid outdoorsman who hunted, fished, hiked, collected arrowheads and rocks and picked mushrooms, asparagus and berries.

Survivors include children, Julia Kelly of Billings, William Jr. of Billings, James of Los Angeles, Colleen Bunnell of Billings and Robert of Billings; siblings, Donna Catella, Patsy Cowee, Dolly Morrison and Robert Kelly, all of Billings, Charles Kelly of Denver, Larry Kelly of Crow Agency, and Colleen Winter of Iowa; 19 grandchildren; and 33 great-grandchildren.

Services were held Jan. 12 at First Alliance Church in Billings. Arrangements were by Cremation & Funeral Gallery.

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Jacqueline ‘Jackie’ Tucker

Jacqueline ‘Jackie’ Tucker, 83, who had lived in Billings for more than 80 years, died Jan. 11, 2013, at Sweetwater Assisted Living in Billings, where she had lived for 12 months.

She was born in August 1929 to John and Linda Hoodless in Butte. She graduated from Billings Senior High School in 1947. She married Ray on June 16, 1950, and they built a home on Wicks Lane.

She had been associated with Ray Tucker and Sons Construction, the Yellowstone Art Center, Northwest Scientific and Raffia. She worked at Raffia for 17 years before retiring in 2011.

Mr. and Mrs. Tucker were active in First Christian Church for years, especially with the youth group. Later they became members of First Presbyterian Church, and she was involved in the Church Session. They were active in the Elks Club for many years.

She had received care from Rocky Mountain Hospice.

Survivors include children, Steve of Billings, Mark of Red Lodge, Bridgett Steigmeier of Boise, Idaho, Scott Tucker of Red Lodge and Pam Tucker of Boise, Idaho; four grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren.

A Celebration of Life will be held at 3 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 22, at the Elks Club, 934 Lewis Ave. Arrangements are by Cremation & Funeral Gallery.

Memorials may be made to the Boys and Girls Club of Billings or Red Lodge.

Last Updated on Saturday, 19 January 2013 12:14

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Laura K. Seward

Laura K. Seward, 70, of Billings, a longtime daycare provider, died Thursday, Jan. 10, 2013, at RiverStone Hospice.

She was born March 19, 1942, in Forsyth to Melvin and Margaret Cross. She graduated from Forsyth High School in 1960.

She married Les Seward in 1961. They resided in Forsyth, where she was a longtime daycare provider until moving to Billings in 2004 where she worked as a caregiver in her daughter Lecia’s daycare.

She had received care from RiverStone Hospice.

Survivors include her husband; sons, Kurt and Jeff; daughters, Lecia and Cori; four grandchildren; mother, Margaret; six brothers; and two sisters.

Services were Jan. 14 at Federated Church in Forsyth. Arrangements were by Cremation & Funeral Gallery.

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

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LeRoy Bangert

LeRoy Bangert, 71, of Billings, who farmed and raised cattle before moving to town, died Jan. 14, 2013.

He was born Feb. 20, 1941, in Billings to Alec and Amelia (Miller) Bangert. He had an older brother, Robert, and a younger sister, Eileen.

The family farmed off Hesper Road, and he eventually took over the farm. After moving to town, he sold real estate, then sold cars for Pierce Automotive and drove a school bus for School District 2.

Mr. Bangert built and flew model airplanes and restored a 1929 Model A, which he built from the frame up.

He married Linda Langfiet, and they had three children: Karri, Mike and Donna. He later married Jane Frank, who also had three children: Rod, Jeff and Jan.

He had received care from Rocky Mountain Hospice.

Survivors include his wife of 34 years; children, Karri Vialpando of Kalispell, Mike Bangert of Billings, Donna Dummer of Dickeyville, Wis., Rod Frank of San Diego, Calif., Jeff Frank of Las Vegas, Nev., and Jan Schott of Billings; a sister, Eileen Roemeck of Red Lodge; and numerous grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

Services will be this summer. Michelotti-Sawyers Mortuary has charge of arrangements.

Last Updated on Saturday, 19 January 2013 12:13

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Grace Lessard

Grace “Tootie” Lessard, 91, who did crafts until her final days, died Monday, Jan. 14, 2013, at St. John’s Lutheran Home.

She was born to Evangeline Cooper on June 19, 1921, in a home birth in Billings. She was the eldest of three sisters.

She married her husband of 65 years on Nov. 17, 1940, and they had three children, Rowena, LeRoy “Skee” and Larry. The family lived in and around the Hardin area.

Survivors include a sister, Bonnie Vandersloot; 10 grandchildren; 34 great-grandchildren, including Lindi Lessard, whom she raised; and 20 great-great-grandchildren.

Visitation will be from 3–7 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 17. Services will be at 10 a.m. Jan. 18 at Cremation & Funeral Gallery.

Last Updated on Saturday, 19 January 2013 12:12

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Dallas Vern Botsch

Dallas Vern Botsch, 77, of Shepherd, who farmed and ranched and had served on the Shepherd school board, died Sunday, Jan. 6, 2013, of pneumonia.

He was born Jan. 30, 1935, to Martin J. and Florence (Ward) Botsch in Billings. He was raised on a ranch and farm near Shepherd. He attended Riverside and Shepherd schools and had a brother, Kelly; a sister, Eileen Bandle; and twin sisters, Byrde Kamrath and Beth Frank.

While growing up, he worked in the sugar beet field and plowed, irrigated and helped harvest crops. He also helped brand and feed about 80 head of cattle and drive them to summer pasture.

He married Georgia Marsh, and they had two girls, Vickie Corcoran and Teri Redmond. On May 20, 1966, he married Sandra Hill in Cody, Wyo., and they had six children, Dallas “D.J.,” Danyelle Grace, Donya Pasterino, Dave, Deena Washington and Darren.

In 1970 he formed a corporation called Dal-mar-kel with his brother Kelly and his father.

He served on the Shepherd School Board for about six years and belonged to the Shepherd Lions Club and the Billings Bench Water Association.

Survivors include his children; 12 grandchildren; and a sister, Eileen.

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

Last Updated on Saturday, 19 January 2013 12:11

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David Michael Kujath Sr.

David Michael Kujath Sr., of Billings, died Dec. 18, 2013, in Spokane, Wash., where he was undergoing treatment for cancer.

He was born in Madison, Wis., to Pamela and Bill. He grew up in Lewistown and the Billings area and graduated from Billings West High School in 1982.

He camped every summer at the Tongue River Reservoir, where he cooked for Walleye’s Unlimited. He was involved with Kids and Cowboys, Make-A-Wish Montana and the American Cancer Society.

Survivors include children, Megan Kujath, Michael Kujath Jr. and Theo Hemrick, all of Billings; a sister, Michelle Lenker of Spokane; and mother, Pamela (DuWayne) Steiner of Conrad.

Services will be at 11 a.m. Saturday, Jan. 19, at St Pius X Catholic Church in Billings.

Donations may be made to the American Cancer Society. Memories may be shared on his Facebook page at

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