The Billings Outpost

Eldon ‘Aaron’ Willis Meyer

Eldon Willis “Aaron” Meyer, 82, who had ranched and farmed, died Monday, Jan. 7, 2013, at Valley Health Care.

He was born July 13, 1930, on the family farm at Athol, Kan. He attended Athol Grade School and graduated from Athol High School in 1947. After graduation, he worked on the family farm.

In 1949 he enlisted in the Air Force and was discharged in 1950. He married Annette Worthington on July 17, 1950. They moved back to Athol and took over the farming operation.

Mr. Meyer moved to Billings in 1973. He bought a cattle ranch at Musselshell that was managed and operated by his son, Jay, and his grandson, Luke Cates and family.

Survivors include a longtime companion, Gwen Brecht; a son, Jay Meyer of Musselshell; a daughter, Jan Cates of Billings; sisters, Roma Lyon of Colorado Springs, Colo., and Beth Uden of Grafton, Neb.; six grandchildren; and five great-grandchildren.

Services were Jan. 13 at Cremation & Funeral Gallery. A celebration of his life will be held this spring.

Memorials may be made to the NILE Foundation, P.O. Box 1981, Billings, MT 59103.

Last Updated on Saturday, 19 January 2013 12:09

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Paul Donald Lytle

Paul Donald Lytle, 82, an Air Force chief master sergeant who also had been president of the Montana Board of Realtors, died Thursday, Jan. 3, 2013.

He was born June 20, 1930, in Detroit, Mich., to William Russell Lytle and Catharine Bernadette (Stonham) Lytle. He served in the Air Force for more than 22 years, retiring as chief master sergeant. He served from Barrel, Alaska, to Japan to Vietnam, with stints in Germany and southern California.

His hair turned white after six months in Vietnam because, he said, “I didn’t like being shot at.” He had played Class D baseball, bowled and played pool and cards. He collected stamps and coins.

The Big Sky project brought him to Montana, where he was sales manager under Chet Huntley. Licensed as a real estate broker in five states, he had served as president of three boards: the Montana Board of Realtors, the Bozeman Board of Realtors and the Billings Board of Realtors. He served as local director for the State of Montana Board of Realtors, Montana’s director for the National Association of Realtors and was regional vice president for the National Association of Realtors.

Survivors include his wife of 25 years, Susan; children, Terry Brown, Jim, Beth Mayer, Chris Wemple, Paul, Sara, Kent Brewer and Heidi Wulff; 15 grandchildren; and seven great-grandchildren.

Services will be at 1 p.m. Friday, Jan. 18, at Cremation & Funeral Gallery.

Remembrances may be sent to Unity Church of Christianity, P.O. Box 23397, Billings, MT 59104; or Independence Hall, 710 Lake Elmo Drive, Billings, MT 59105.

Last Updated on Saturday, 19 January 2013 12:08

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Beth Ann ‘Betty’ Martinson

Beth Ann “Betty” Martinson, 90, of Billings, who had operated a home daycare and a family business with her husband, died Friday, Jan. 4, 2012, at St. John’s Lutheran Nursing Home.

The daughter of Michael and Catherine Hauk, she was born Oct. 19, 1922, in Terry. She married Walter H. Martinson in Miles City on Jan. 3, 1941. During World War II they lived in Florida while he served in the Navy. Following his discharge they returned to Billings where they operated a family business for 50 years. She later operated a home day care.

Survivors include three daughters, Donna Neuheardt of Billings, Vickie Spelman of Red Lodge and Debbie Turner of Billings; a brother, Don Hauk; two sisters, Catherine “Peaches” Feldman and Karol Willardson; 11 grandchildren; 21 great-grandchildren; and four great-great-grandchildren.

Vigil services were Jan. 9 at Michelotti-Sawyers Mortuary. Funeral Mass will be at 10 a.m. Thursday, Jan. 10, at St. Thomas the Apostle Catholic Church with Rite of Committal in Holy Cross Cemetery.

Memorials may be made to the Alzheimer’s Association or Special Olympics.

Last Updated on Wednesday, 09 January 2013 11:25

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Bill E. Russell

Bill E. Russell, 77, of Billings, died Saturday, Jan. 5, 2013.

He was born Nov. 20, 1935, in Sheridan, Wyo., to Jasper and Mildred Russell.

Survivors include his wife, LaRella of Billings; sons, Mark Russell of Tooele, Utah, and Stewart Russell of Clancy; a daughter, Tracy Smith of Tooele; his mother, of Sheridan, Wyo.; brothers, Bob Russell of Kanab, Utah, and Jack and Don Russell of Dayton, Wyo.; a sister, Laine Gorgol of Cody, Wyo.; seven grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren.

Arrangements are by Cremation and Funeral Gallery.

Last Updated on Wednesday, 09 January 2013 11:25

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Charles Preston Trask

Charles Preston Trask, 93, of Worden, who had operated Trask Truck and Car Sales, died Saturday, Jan. 5, 2013, at Eagle Cliff Manor.

He was the oldest child of Maurine and George Preston Trask and grew up at the Trask Ranch south of Ballantine. He graduated from Huntley Project High School in 1936, then attended Billings Polytechnic Institute (now Rocky Mountain College) and Montana State College.

He married Marie Baier on June 3, 1944, and ranched with his father on Arrow Creek. In the late ’50s he rehabilitated an old airplane and used it to check on cattle.

Upon the death of his father, the ranch was sold, and the family moved to Worden. He operated Trask Truck and Car Sales in the Billings Heights for several years.

In 1980, Mr. and Mrs. Trask moved to Youngtown, Ariz., where he worked as a real estate agent and a roofer. In 1996 they moved back to Worden.

He fixed cars well into his 80s and built an airplane with a friend, Ken Newman. He was a member of the Odd Fellows, Farm Bureau and the Ballantine Congregational Church.

Survivors include eight children, David Trask of St. Louis, Mo., Margaret Waddell of Sidney, Neb., Elinore Devitt of Billings, Helen Toogood of Worden, Susan Davis of Stanford, Carl Trask of Goodyear, Ariz., Mark Trask of Penryn, Calif., and Ken Trask of Worden; 22 grandchildren; and numerous great-grandchildren.

Services will be held at Bethlehem Congregation Church of Worden at 11 a.m. Friday, Jan. 11. Inurnment will follow at Pleasantview Cemetery. Arrangements are by Cremation & Funeral Gallery.

Memorials can be made to Bethlehem Congregational Church of Worden.

Last Updated on Wednesday, 09 January 2013 11:25

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Susan F. Freeman

HAMILTON – Susan F. Freeman, 90, formerly of Columbus, died Tuesday afternoon, Jan. 8, 2013, at Valley View Estates Healthcare Center in Hamilton.

Brothers Mortuary and Crematory assisted with services.

Last Updated on Wednesday, 09 January 2013 11:24

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James ‘Jim’ Olson Jr.

James “Jim” Lincoln Olson Jr., 76, who had endured an illness for the last 10 years, died Jan. 3, 2013.

He was born Aug. 31, 1936, in Skowhegan, Me., to James and Roberta (Gould) Olson. He attended school in Hinckley, Me., until he was a junior in high school and his family moved to California.

After graduating from Long Beach High School in 1954, he enlisted in the Navy and was stationed in Hawaii. After four years, he transferred to the Navy Reserves while attending Long Beach City College.

Mr. Olson was working as a timekeeper at McDonnell Douglas when he married Judy Bartz on Oct. 2, 1971. The family moved to Helena in 1976, to Rapid City, S.D., in 1995 and to Spokane, Wash., in 2002. He moved to Billings in 2007 to be closer to family.

Survivors include his wife; a son, James Olson of Helena; a daughter, Jennifer Duray of Billings; sisters, Barbara Albrecht and Rosemary Davis, both of California; and two grandsons.

Services will be at 10 a.m. Friday, Jan. 11, at Dahl Funeral Chapel in Billings. Interment of ashes will be in Mountview Cemetery.

Memorials may be made to CureSearch for Children’s Cancer, 4600 E. West Highway, Suite 600, Bethesda, MD 20814 in honor of his grandson Carson Duray.

Last Updated on Wednesday, 09 January 2013 11:23

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Marion Larsen

Marion Larsen, 78, of Harlowton, who had worked as a cashier, social worker and certified nursing assistant in Harlowton, died Jan. 6, 2013.

She was born in Park Rapids, Minn., on Dec. 2, 1934, where she grew up on their family farm until marrying Richard Larsen on June 9, 1953.

They lived in Park Rapids for seven years before moving to Montana. They lived in Choteau, Martinsdale, Lennep, Neihart and Two Dot, where she was a homemaker and waitress. In 1978 they built a home in Harlowton where she lived until her death.

She was an active member of American Lutheran Church Women and American Lutheran Church.

Survivors include a sister, Nell Stammer of Sioux Falls, S.D.; children, Terrie Weil of Sand Coulee, Roger Larsen of Gillette, Wyo., and Kaylene Patten of Lewistown; five grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren.

Services will be at 1 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 10, at American Lutheran Church in Harlowton. Interment will be in Harlowton Cemetery. Arrangements are in the care of Dahl Funeral Chapel in Billings.

Donations in her memory can be sent to the Paralyzed Veterans of America.

Last Updated on Wednesday, 09 January 2013 11:23

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Robert C. Smith

Bob Smith, 60, a longtime attorney in Billings, suffered a stroke on Monday, Dec. 31, 2012, and died Friday, Jan. 4, 2013.

He was born July 16, 1952, in Billings, the son of Claude B. and Mary Smith. He attended St. Pius X Elementary School, Central Catholic High School and graduated from West High School in 1970. He was on the Varsity Speech Team and was active in Key Club.

He graduated cum laude in 1974 from Gonzaga University in Spokane, Wash., with a bachelor of arts degree in history. He was on the Dean’s Honor Roll, was a member of Phi Alpha Theta and Intercollegiate Knights.

He graduated cum laude from Gonzaga University School of Law in 1977.

He became an associate attorney with Sandall & Cavan and married Judy A. Green in Spokane, Wash., on Feb. 11, 1978.

Mr. Smith became a partner with Jim Sandall and John Cavan, and the firm name was changed to Sandall, Cavan & Smith. Through the years, other attorneys were partners in the firm. Mr. Smith was a member of the Yellowstone County Bar Association, the State of Montana Bar Association, and was admitted to practice before all federal and state courts in Montana, as well as the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 9th Circuit and the U.S. Supreme Court.

He was president of the Yellowstone County Bar Association from 1998–1999, and he received the Martindale-Hubbell Client Distinction Award in 2012.

He and his wife were active in St. Thomas the Apostle Church, serving as Eucharistic ministers and in other capacities. He was an organ donor.

Survivors include his wife; a son, Brian T. Smith of Billings; a daughter, Lindsey A. French of Salt Lake City; a granddaughter; a sister, Patty Orizotti of Butte; and a brother, Tom of Billings.

A Vigil Service was held Jan. 8 at Michelotti-Sawyers Mortuary. Funeral Mass was celebrated Jan. 9 at St. Thomas the Apostle Church with Rite of Committal in Sunset Memorial Gardens.

Last Updated on Wednesday, 09 January 2013 11:22

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Harold ‘Lee’ Angell Jr.

Harold “Lee” Angell Jr., 52, a salesman who volunteered with the Head Start program, died Dec. 28, 2012, in Billings.

He was born June 22, 1960, in Orlando, Fla., the son of Harold Lee Angell and Audrey Lucile Conner. He grew up in Apopka, Fla., and Forest Grove, Ore. He graduated from high school in Fairfax, Va.

Mr. Angell enlisted in the Army in 1978. He attended colleges in North Dakota and New Mexico before graduating with a business degree from the University of Devry in California.

Survivors include children, Chris Angell and Tanya Angell; their mother, Julia Morin; parents, Dennis and Audrey Rosberg; and siblings, Brenda Barrow, John Angell, Erok Rosberg and Kreg Rosberg.

Graveside services were held Jan. 8 at the Yellowstone County Veterans Cemetery in Laurel. A reception followed at First Alliance Church in Billings, MT. The family plans a celebration of life later.

Last Updated on Wednesday, 09 January 2013 11:22

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