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Henry Kastl

Henry “Hank” Luther Kastl Jr., 91, of Billings, who had been an auto mechanic and service manager, died July 30, 2013, at Butterfly Assisted Living.

The son of Henry Luther Kastl Sr. and Sarah Kyger Kastl, he was born Aug. 8, 1921, in Hominy, Okla. He spent his youth in the Midwest working on oil rigs with his father and with the Civilian Conservation Corps.

He enlisted in the Navy in 1941, right after Pearl Harbor, and served until 1946. He married Mary Ruth “Jo” Beall on Sept. 22, 1945, in Vancouver, Wash.

During the 1950s, they moved to Billings where he worked for the Pierce family as an auto mechanic specializing in Jeeps. He left Pierce for several years, opening his own shop alongside John Beurer’s on Montana Avenue, then returned to Pierce as service manager for the RV and trailer center, a job he held until he retired.

Mr. Kastl was an active Mason in Billings and spent time woodworking and as a recreational lapidarist. He had received care from Rocky Mountain Hospice.

Survivors include his wife; a son, David of Helena; two granddaughters; seven great-grandchildren; and a great-great-grandchild.

Graveside services were held Aug. 5 at Sunset Memorial Gardens with a reception at Butterfly Homes, 77 Lily Valley Circle. Arrangements were in the care of Dahl Funeral Chapel.

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Kenneth John Manke

Kenneth John Manke, 68, of Billings, who had owned the Mongolian Grill with his wife, died Sunday, Aug. 4, 2013.

He was born June 8, 1945, in St. Paul, Minn., the son of Carl and Florence Manke. He had two siblings. He served honorably in the Navy during the Vietnam War and was a member of American Legion Post 1.

He married Lee Dang, and they had lived in Vietnam, Iran and Saudi Arabia. After settling in Billings, they became the owners of the Mongolian Grill.

Survivors include his wife; sons, Jason of Billings and Thomas of San Diego, Calif.; three grandchildren; and a sister, Carla Kingsley of Walla Walla, Wash.

Visitation was Aug. 7 and services will be at 1 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 8, both at Cremation & Funeral Gallery. Inurnment with military honors will be at 11 a.m. Saturday, Aug. 10, at the Bonnievale Cemetery in Baker. Arrangements are by Cremation & Funeral Gallery.

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James Arthur Vick

James A. Vick, 85, of Billings, who had managed a grain elevator and worked in highway construction, died Friday, Aug. 2, 2013, at Billings Clinic.

He was born in Watford City, N.D., on Sept. 9, 1927, the son of George and Anne Vick. He was raised in the Banks, N.D., community attending Banks school and Watford City High School. In 1945 he enlisted in the Navy at age 17. He was honorably discharged in 1946.

In July 1951 he married Violet Stashuk. The couple moved to Montana in 1952 where he managed a grain elevator for 24 years. He then worked in highway construction until he retired in 1989.

He was a member of Operator Engineer Local 400, Elks Lodge and the American Legion.

Survivors include his wife; two daughters, Nancy Egeland and Susan Welch; seven grandchildren; and seven great-grandchildren.

Graveside services with military honors will be held at 1 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 8, at the Yellowstone County Veterans Cemetery in Laurel. Arrangements are by Cremation & Funeral Gallery.

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W. Carter Snell

W. Carter Snell, 91, of Billings, who had ranched and operated an airplane repair business, died Thursday, July 25, 2013.

He was born Jan. 27, 1922, in Miles City, the son of Walrond Carter Snell Sr. and Margaret Gladys Anthony. He graduated from high school in Miles City and attended Carroll College before entering the Navy.

He married Harriette A. Watzler on June 23, 1945. They lived in Alliance, Neb., following his honorable discharge from the Navy. He later ranched on Mizpah Creek and in the Jordan area. His wife died on Feb. 4, 1997.

Survivors include two children, Diane Hooker of Billings and Charles Snell of Fossil, Ore.; a brother, Jim Snell; nine grandchildren; four great-grandchildren; and one great-great-grandchild.

He had received care from RiverStone Hospice.

At his request, no services were held. Private family inurnment was in the Snell family plot in the Custer County Cemetery beside his wife. Arrangements were by Cremation & Funeral Gallery.


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Katherine L. Hardin-Hansen

MISSOULA – Katherine L. Hardin-Hansen, 82, died in the morning of Saturday, Aug. 3, 2013, at St. Patrick Hospital in Missoula.

Brothers Mortuary and Crematory in Hamilton was in charge of arrangements.


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John ‘Jack’ Winfield Moore

John “Jack” Winfield Moore, 93, who had served in the Navy during World War II and in the Army National Guard, died Monday, Aug. 5, 2013, at Bonaventure Senior Retirement Facility in Billings.

He was born April 11, 1920, in Albion, Neb., to Claude Campbell Moore and Grace Bell Johnson Moore, the fourth of 10 children. They moved to Bozeman in 1924.

Mr. Moore served in the Navy in the Pacific under the Fleet Command of William “Bull” Halsey, on the USS Hailey Destroyer 554 as a radar operator. Later, he attained the rank of command sergeant major with the Army National Guard, retiring in April 1980. He retired from his Civil Service position in June 1978.

He married Grace G. Moore on Dec. 23, 1947. They lived almost all of their 66 years together in Helena. He was adept at carpentry, electrical and plumbing.

Mr. and Mrs. Moore attended Clancy Methodist Church for many years. He had received care from Rocky Mountain Hospice.

They had three children, John Douglas Moore of Helena, Jacquelyn Moore of Cedar Hill, Texas, and Carolyn Villa of Billings; four grandchildren; and eight great-grandchildren.

A celebration of life will be at 11 a.m. Friday, Aug. 9, at Cremation & Funeral Gallery. A gathering of family and friends will follow at Bonaventure, 4009 Bell Ave. Inurnment will be in the veterans’ cemetery in Helena.

Donations may be made to the MS Foundation or the Montana Alzheimer’s Association – research only.


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David Clarence Raidiger

David Clarence Raidiger, 77, of Billings, a tire salesman, died Wednesday, July 31, 2013, after a 10-year battle against kidney disease with complications caused by diabetes.

Dave “Rubberman/Digger” was born Nov. 13, 1935, in Roundup, the son of Clara Ruth “Dolly” Raidiger, and Edgar Clarence “Gramps” Raidiger. He attended school in Roundup through his junior year and moved to Billings in 1953. In the eighth grade, he was on the Roundup state champion basketball team.

He entered into the military in 1954. He played basketball for the military in Germany and was a sharpshooter on the court and a marksman with a rifle. He served until 1956 when he was medically discharged.

He married Audrey Fay Lewis in July 1958 and divorced in 1967.

He was an avid hunter and had a spot in the Little Belt Mountains known among friends as “Rubberman Point.” He had received care from Dialysis Clinic Inc., Rocky Mountain Hospice and the Veterans Administration Clinic.

Survivors include children, Guy Raidiger, Arden Raidiger Smith and Greg Raidiger; a sister, Bonnie Raidiger Zieske; seven grandchildren; and a great-grandson.

A celebration of his life will be held from 1-6 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 24, 2013, at his home. Food and refreshments will be provided. Arrangements are by Cremation & Funeral Gallery.

Donations and memorials can be made to the Dialysis Clinic Inc.


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Michael Welsh

Michael Welsh, 72, of Billings, who worked for many years in workers’ compensation, died July 21, 2013, of complications following lung surgery.

He was born March 20, 1941, in Bronxville, N.Y., to Glenna and Vernon Welsh. He joined the Air Force after high school and served with the Strategic Air Command in Spain. He then attended the University of Seville in Spain.

Upon returning to the States, Mr. Welsh worked in a variety of jobs until he moved to Helena and was employed by Montana State Fund as a claims adjuster and manager for many years. He and his wife then moved to Billings, where he was workers’ compensation manager with Valor Insurance until the company closed in 2003. In 2004 he joined the Avitus Group as workers’ compensation team supervisor.

Survivors include his wife, Rita; two sisters, Jane Hamlin and Suzy Nickerson; and stepmother, Marcia Welsh.

A private ceremony was planned. Dahl Funeral Chapel was in charge of arrangements.

Donations may be made to the Billings Animal Rescue Kare (B.A.R.K.).


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James Wulf

James Elmer Wulf, 59, of Billings, died in his home on July 19, 2013.

He was born March 24, 1954, in Sioux City, Iowa, to Elmer and Babe Wulf.  He graduated from East High School in 1972 and received a degree from Western Iowa Tech. He moved to Billings in 1988.

He returned to Sioux City years later and earned another degree at Western Iowa Tech. He returned to Billings shortly after.   

Survivors include siblings, Roger of Sioux City, Sharon Willison of Lovis, Calif., Larry of Sioux City and David of Salix, Iowa.

A family burial is planned in Sioux City. Dahl Funeral Chapel is in charge of arrangements.


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John “Jack” Gregory McCleary

John “Jack” Gregory McCleary, 62, who worked as an electrical contractor for many years, died July 24, 2013, of acute myeloid leukemia. He had 483 doctor appointments in 2012 and spent 119 days in the hospital.

He was born Feb. 15, 1951, in Billings to the late William G. and Marie M. McCleary. He graduated from Billings Central Catholic High School in l970 and was a member of Central’s State A Championship Football Team in 1968. He attended Western Technical College in Denver, Colo., and returned a year later to continue his studies in Billings.

He married Lynda Kaye Loff on Sept. 30, 1972. They moved to Denver, then back to Billings. On Oct. 11, 1974, he entered a four-year electrical apprenticeship with the International Brothers of Electrical Workers. He worked as an electrical contractor for Action Electric for many years and also at Mountain Electric.

In April 1976, Mr. and Mrs. McCleary moved to Laurel, and he rode his bicycle back and forth to Billings every day. On May 20, 1989, they moved to the Billings Heights, and he rode his bicycle 37 miles every morning before he went to work.

In July 2008, he contracted the beginning of a myriad of illnesses, beginning with his heart. On Jan. 23, 2012, he was diagnosed with leukemia, six weeks after he had a defibrillator/pacemaker implanted.

Despite his illness, he missed only one performance at his wife’s dance studio in 40 years, on June 8, 2013.

He was a longtime Mustang Baseball Booster.

He had received care from the Frontier Cancer Center, St. Vincent Healthcare, Mayo Clinic, Houston DeBakey Clinic and the Colorado Blood Cancer Institute, among others.

Survivors include a daughter, Kary McCleary Ottinger; three grandchildren; brothers, Bill of Prescott, Ariz., and Michael of Great Falls; and a sister, Pattie McCleary Amestoy of Laurel.

A celebration of life will take place at 2 p.m. Aug. 16 at the Elks Lodge. Arrangements are by Dahl Funeral Chapel. 

Donations may be made to the McCleary Cancer Fund at US Bank in Billings.


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