The Billings Outpost

Virginia Lee Ellis

Virginia Lee Ellis, 85, of Billings, matriarch of a large family, died Aug. 10, 2013.

She was born in Baltimore, Md., on July 31, 1928, to Walton Brunson and Lucia Proctor. She married Jim Ellis on Feb. 23, 1945, after he completed his service in the Navy.

She devoted herself to the care of not only her children, but her mother, brother, two sisters, nieces, nephews and grandchildren. She made clothes and quilts for family and friends, and cross-stitchings that she made line the walls of many homes.

Survivors include her husband; a sister, Cherie Shoemaker; sons, James B. Ellis and J. Scott Ellis; a daughter, Debra Lee Pringle; 11 grandchildren; 20 great-grandchildren; and nine great-great-grandchildren.

Services were Aug. 19, at Dahl Funeral Chapel with the Rev. Linda McCloud of Holy Cross Church Episcopal officiating.

Last Updated on Thursday, 22 August 2013 21:31

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Helane Keosa ‘Kay’ Maack

Helane Keosa “Kay” (Olind) Maack, 92, who had farmed in Hardin and St. Xavier, died Thursday, Aug. 15, 2013, following a massive stroke.

She was born June 15, 1921, in Harrison to Edna Parsons Olind and Charles Edwards Olind. She graduated from Harrison High School and married Ernest Maack on June 20, 1939. After working in Harrison and Oshkosh, Wis., Mr. and Mrs. Maack farmed at Hardin and St. Xavier. They retired to Billings in 1976.

Survivors include four children, Tony Maack of Harrison, Janie Brown of Billings, Karen Peterson of Hamilton and Debby Bruland of Yakima, Wash.; 12 grandchildren; 21 great-grandchildren; sisters, Rose Zier of Hardin and Inez Reynolds of Dillon; and a brother, George Olind of Baker.

Services were Aug. 19 at Mt. Olive Lutheran Church in Billings.  Interment followed in Harrison Cemetery. Arrangements were by Cremation & Funeral Gallery.

Memorials may be sent to Big Horn County Museum, Mt. Olive Lutheran Church or RiverStone Hospice.

Last Updated on Thursday, 22 August 2013 21:30

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Vivian Marie Muck

Vivian Marie Muck, 87, of Billings, a volunteer at the Billings Senior Center for more than 20 years, died Tuesday, Aug. 6, 2013.

She was born in Devils Lake, N.D., on Nov. 20, 1925, to Hannah (Anderson) and George Tweeten. She married John A. Muck on July 27, 1946, and they later divorced.

As a volunteer at the Billings Senior Center, she did everything from recycling greeting cards and refurbishing flowers to running their retail store, Granny’s Attic.

Survivors include children, Jackie C. Steinkellner and Dawn M. Imlay of Portland, Ore., Connie B. Ray and Cynthia L. Reno of Billings and Jason G. Muck of Kilgore, Texas; numerous grandchildren; great-grandchildren; and a great-great-grandchild; and John Schwerma, who was much like a son to her.

Visitation was Aug. 13 at Cremation & Funeral Gallery. Services were Aug. 14 at Heights Baptist Church in Billings.

Memorials may be given to the Billings Senior Citizens Inc., 360 N. 23rd St., Billings, MT 59101; or to RiverStone Health Hospice House, 123 S. 27th St., Billings, MT 59101.

Last Updated on Thursday, 15 August 2013 10:51

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Gladys Goosen

Gladys Goosen, 91, died Monday morning, Aug. 12, 2013.

She was born April 28, 1922, and married David Goosen on Oct. 10, 1941.  She suffered the loss of a child, Sandra, at age 2, along with two stillborn babies.

Survivors include children, Roger, Charlotte, Lavona, Patty and Laura; 11 grandchildren; and 17 great-grandchildren.

A celebration of life service will be held in her garden at 2619 Cook Ave. in Billings at 10 a.m. Saturday, Aug. 17. Arrangements are by Cremation & Funeral Gallery.


Last Updated on Thursday, 15 August 2013 10:51

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Glen Eugene Roysdon

Glen Eugene Roysdon, 91, of Billings, formerly of Laurel and Red Lodge, died Friday, Aug. 9, 2013, from complications of congestive heart failure.

He was born Jan. 25, 1922, in Red Lodge, the youngest of three children of Morris Orin Roysdon and Lucy Alice (Owens) Roysdon. He attended school at Clearwater Creek until 1929 and then moved to Laurel where he graduated from Laurel High School in 1939.

Throughout his youth, he worked at the family business, Roysdon Furniture Store, until he went to the University of Wyoming, pursuing a degree in geology. On July 15, 1942, he married Edna Ann Wight in Columbus.

In 1943, he enlisted in the Army and became a flight officer in the Glider Pilot Training program. He flew gliders in the Rhineland in Central Europe, Ireland, France and England.

In 1945, Mr. Roysdon was discharged from the Army Air Corps in Los Angeles and worked in Laurel operating the family business with his parents.

In 1957, the family moved to Billings where he worked briefly for Kuchera Furniture before opening his own business in 1958, Home Furniture and Appliance, with partner Joe Naglich. In 1962, he returned to Roysdon Furniture until he retired in 1984. He also briefly prospected for uranium and gold.

He spent many hours reading and watching World War II documentaries hoping to learn more about his brother, Dale Arthur Roysdon, who died on D-Day in St. Mere Eglise, France. Roysdon’s Hall, the Army Reserve Center in Billings, was dedicated to his brother.

Survivors include a daughter, Sandra G. Scott of Billings; a son, Glen D. Roysdon of Billings; and three grandchildren.

Services were officiated by the Rev. Steven Zabrocki on Aug. 13 at Dahl Funeral Chapel. Interment followed in Yellowstone County Veterans Cemetery in Laurel.

Donations may be made to the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals. Memories may be shared with the family at

Last Updated on Thursday, 15 August 2013 10:50

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M.C. ‘Dutch’ Powell

M.C. “Dutch” Powell, 89, who raised and trained horses for much of her life, died Aug. 7, 2013, at 1:10 a.m.

She was born on the Castle Rock Ranch north of Wolf Point on July 24, 1924, the daughter of Lillie Paulson and Thomas Simenson. She started breaking horses on the ranch and began riding bulls and bareback horses and competing on a bulldogging team at age 16.

She was the first of 12 young women to join the Girls Rodeo Association and traveled to rodeos with actors Slim Pickens and Ben Johnson. She later worked for the Harris Cattle Co. and, during World War II, she worked repairing damaged ships in the shipyards in Bremerton, Wash., for a work force called “Rosie and the Riveters.”

She then worked as a card dealer in Las Vegas dealing blackjack. She returned to Montana and bought the 7-9 Ranch near Wolf Creek from Gary Cooper, who returned to use the ranch as a retreat. After she sold the ranch, she started training thoroughbred race horses at tracks from the Midwest to the West Coast and Canada.

She married Buck Powell in New Mexico and took a break from the racing world to help care for her father in Wolf Point. There she waited tables at the truck stop and tended bar at Butz’s Bar.

After the death of her father, she went back to training horses. Toward the end of her career, she worked for a decade as morning outrider at Turf Paradise in Phoenix, Ariz., coming back to Montana during the summer. After she no longer went to Arizona, she and her son lived on a small ranch outside of Helena.

She continued working as an out rider in the Montana circuit and was put in the Western Horseman for her superior horsemanship. She retired and spent her final years in Shepherd.

Survivors include a son, Scott Powell; daughter, Terri Desmond; five grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren.

Arrangements are by Cremation & Funeral Gallery.

Last Updated on Thursday, 15 August 2013 10:49

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Tillie Hoferer

Tillie Hoferer, 98, of Billings, a hairdresser who had been the proprietor of her own salon, died Saturday, Aug. 10, 2013.

She was born Aug. 11, 1914, in Creighton, Neb., the second of three children. She married Clarence Hoferer, and they had four children: Charles, Karen Luckey, Annette Kidd and Curtis. She also had six grandchildren and six great-grandchildren.

Services were Aug. 13 at Cremation & Funeral Gallery.

Last Updated on Thursday, 15 August 2013 10:47

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Norman David Larson

Norman David Larson, 86, of Billings, a retired sales representative for Five Star Manufacturing Co., died at home on Sunday, Aug. 4, 2013.

He was born June 19, 1927, in Red Lodge to Sally and Gus Larson. He grew up in Livingston and graduated from Park County High School.

He entered the Navy in October 1948 and was honorably discharged on Feb. 13, 1950. After leaving the Navy he worked in Alaska for several years.  He returned to Montana and married Bonnie Ann Yancey on Sept. 3, 1953. They moved to Billings, where he worked for Dixon Paper Co. before taking a job with Five Star Manufacturing Co. He worked there for 25 years and retired in 1982.

He played piano, organ and drums and was an avid animal lover.

Survivors include his wife; sons, David, Larry and Gary; six grandchildren; and two great-granddaughters.

In accord with his wishes, a private family service will be held and his ashes spread. Arrangements are by Cremation & Funeral Gallery.

Memorials are suggested to Big Sky Honor Flight, c/o Bill Kennedy, P.O. Box 35000, Billings, MT 59107; or to the animal shelter of your choice.

Last Updated on Thursday, 15 August 2013 10:47

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Hazel V. Webster

Hazel V. (Cassady) Webster, 99, who had worked in a grocery store and as a secretary, died at Beehive Homes in Pleasant Grove, Utah, on Sunday, Aug. 4, 2013.

She was born June 20, 1914, in Litchfield, Minn., to George and Helen Cassady, the fourth child born to the family of four girls and a boy.

She married Wendell A. Webster on May 17, 1933.

She had worked for Ryan Grocery in Billings in the late ’40s, and later for Lockheed Aircraft in California and the city of Klamath Falls, Ore.

After her husband’s death in August 1975, she moved from Klamath Falls back to Billings to be near family. Here she worked many years with senior citizens at the local RSVP office.

Survivors include sons, Jerry of Lincoln, Bob of Pleasant Grove, Utah, Dick of Portland, Ore.; 18 grandchildren; 35 great-grandchildren; and seven great-great-grandchildren.

Viewing and services were Aug. 10 at Dahl Funeral Chapel. The Rev. Tim Hathaway of Billings First Methodist Church officiated. Interment followed in Sunset Memorial Gardens.

Memorials may be sent to Billings RSVP, 1505 Ave. D, Billings, MT 59102.

Last Updated on Thursday, 15 August 2013 10:46

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Fred L. Bierwiler

Longtime Billings resident Fred Bierwiler, 85, who worked in banking and finance and was recognized for his service to the Boy Scouts, died Wednesday, Aug. 7, 2013, six months after a heart attack and subsequent complications.

He was born in 1927 and raised in Corning, N.Y. He worked with his father at Carpenter’s Bus as a driver before joining the Army at age 18. He started his finance career in Corning.

In 1959, the family moved to Helena, where he was promoted to finance company office manager. Three years later, he was promoted again and moved to Billings. He joined Midland Bank in 1967 and retired from US Bank 20 years ago.

Mr. Bierwiler was a lifelong member and leader with the Boy Scouts of America. He started a Cub Scout pack as soon as his firstborn son was old enough to participate and remained active until long after his children had left the household. U.S. Sen. Max Baucus presented him with the Silver Beaver, one of Scouting’s highest awards, for his service to the community for more than 35 years.

He and his wife, Valerie, traveled extensively in retirement and spent winters in Salome, Ariz., for 17 years. There they became oil painting artists.

Survivors include his wife of 65 years; sons, David, Michael, Terry, Scott and Amie Spendlow; grandchildren; great-grandchildren; and a sister, Cynthia Nan Springsteen.

Services will be at Cremation & Funeral Gallery in Billings. A private family memorial will take place in Colorado.

Donations may be made in his name to the Billings Food Bank or RiverStone Hospice. A website is being set up at for those who wish to share thoughts with the family.

Last Updated on Thursday, 15 August 2013 10:43

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