Cliff Seavey, 81, a home builder and cabinet maker, died Tuesday, Sept. 25, 2012, at Advanced Care Hospital of Montana in Billings.
He was born to Paul and Dorothy (Ashmore) Seavey on May 3, 1931, in Smithland, Iowa, the oldest of the couple’s three children.
After graduating from Central High School in Sioux City, Iowa, he served in the Army. On Feb. 14, 1956, he married Kay Munger. The couple lived in Butte for a year while he worked as a miner, then in Loomis, Calif., for 50 years, where he worked as a professional home builder and cabinet maker. They moved to Red Lodge in 2008 and then to Billings in February of this year.
Survivors include his wife, Kay Seavey of Billings; a sister, Ramona Puls of Hoskins, Neb.; and Kristi Miller of New Dim, Minn., and Lori Schneider of Fallbrook, Calif.
Arrangements were by Dahl Funeral Chapel.
Last Updated on Thursday, 04 October 2012 21:55
Frederick Paul Huppert, 87, a contractor who worked with his sons building golf courses around the country, died Saturday, Sept. 15, 2012, while attending the homecoming football game at Billings Central Catholic High School, where his three sons and grandsons played football.
He was born Sept. 24, 1924, in Ismay to Fred and Mary (Foy) Huppert. He grew up in Mildred and worked on the family farm and ranch until the age of 17. His father died when he was 9 years old.
He built 30 to 40 houses in the Billings area, including the family home, before becoming a heavy earthwork contractor for residential and commercial projects. In his later years he worked with his three sons building golf courses around the country. He worked until the age of 84.
He married Josephine Marie Cunningham on June 16, 1952, at Sacred Heart Church in Miles City. He was a charter member of St. Pius X Catholic Church, a Third Degree member of Council 1259 and a Fourth Degree member of the Father Pauwleyn Assembly of the Knights of Columbus.
Survivors include his wife; a sister, Marietta Huppert of the Sisters of Charity of Leavenworth; children, MaryJo Gabiola of Emmett, Idaho, Fred Huppert of Billings, Greg Huppert, Celeen Woodbury of Whidbey Island, Wash., Nancy Huppert of Billings and Kevin Huppert of Billings; 10 grandchildren; and five great-grandchildren.
A vigil will be held at 7 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 11, at Dahl Funeral Chapel, 10 Yellowstone Ave. Funeral Mass will be at 10:30 a.m. Oct. 13 at St. Pius X Catholic Church, 717 18th St. W., with interment of ashes in Calvary Cemetery and a reception to follow at the church. Arrangements are in the care of Dahl Funeral Chapel
Donations may be made to The Alzheimer’s Association, Montana Chapter, 3010 11th Ave. N., Billings, MT 59101; or St. Pius X Parish, 1717 18th St. W., Billings, MT 59101.
Last Updated on Thursday, 04 October 2012 21:53
Sally Georgia Grinsteiner, 64, of Billings, a certified drafter, died Tuesday, Sept. 25, 2012.
She was born July 2, 1948, in Billings to Selma Elizabeth (Peterson) Grinsteiner and George Adam Klupp Jr. She graduated from West High School in 1966. She later attended vo-tech school to become a certified drafter. She had a passion for painting.
Survivors include children, Dion, Brandy Jones, Farah Moullet and Harley Moullet, and eight grandsons.
Services will be at 1 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 6, at Cremation & Funeral Gallery.
Last Updated on Thursday, 04 October 2012 21:52
Caroline Iverson Ackerman, 94, a retired journalism professor who had been aviation editor for Life magazine, died Sunday, Sept. 23, 2012, in Billings.
She was born Caroline Emilie Iverson on March 6, 1918, in Milwaukee to Jacob Engval and Ella Dorothea (Schmidt) Iverson. She graduated from the University of Wisconsin in 1939 with a bachelor’s degree in journalism and education. She worked as a classified advertising and business feature writer at the Milwaukee Journal, then applied for free flying lessons sponsored by the U.S. government. Rejected initially because she was a woman, she was called back when the school failed to meet its quota of males. She received a pilot’s license in 1940.
After receiving certification as a Civil Aeronautics Administration Ground School instructor in the U.S. Civilian Pilot Training program, she taught at the University of Wisconsin, Carroll College and the Milwaukee School of Engineering. She also took advanced lessons in open cockpit and acrobatic flying. In 1941, she and one of her students made a flight to Alaska, a first in a 65-horsepower, two-seater airplane.
In 1942, Life magazine recruited her as an aviation researcher, developing picture stories, covering stories with photographers and writing captions. She was promoted to aviation editor at the age of 26, and continued in that position for the duration of World War II. She flew B-26, B-24 and B-17 bombers, as well as the first B-29 to come off the line in Wichita, Kan., during tours of military bases.
In 1947, she was released from her job after the soldiers returned from the war. She was hired by Shell Oil Co. in the company’s first program for public relations for women. She worked under the pseudonym “Carol Lane, Women’s Travel Director” and spoke to women’s groups about travel. She also wrote a syndicated weekly column, “Tips on Touring,” and appeared on radio and TV shows as a “travel expert.”
On Dec. 31, 1949, she married Leslie “Les” Ackerman in Wauwatosa, Wis. Shortly after marrying, the family moved to Warwick, R.I. In 1965, the family moved to South Natick, Mass., where she earned a master’s degree in journalism at Boston University in 1969.
Mrs. Ackerman joined Northeastern University as a journalism professor in 1971. She left in 1978 and assisted with communications development within the New England Synod of the Lutheran Church. She was editor of the New England Lutheran until she retired in 1992.
Mr. Ackerman died in 2001; in 2004, Mrs. Ackerman moved to St. John’s Lutheran Ministries in Billings.
Survivors include a sister, Dorothy Edwards of Baraboo, Wis.; a daughter, Karin Field of Matthews, N.C.; a son, Terry of Billings; five grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren.
Services will be in Natick, Mass., in the spring. Michelotti-Sawyers Mortuary has charge of arrangements.
Donations may be made to St. John’s Foundation, 2429 Mission Way, Billings, MT 59102.
Last Updated on Thursday, 04 October 2012 21:51
Benjamin “Ben” Stiffarm, “Baas Thay” (Comes Over the Hill), 85, an elder of the A Ahinin Nation of Fort Belknap, died Sept. 18, 2012, of leukemia.
He was born in Hays on July 18, 1927, to Phoebe (Bell) and Alfonses Stiffarm. He served in the Army from Aug. 16, 1945, to Jan. 22, 1947, and was honorably discharged. He married Ida Della Robideau on Nov. 7, 1951, in Butte. They had lived in Oakland, Calif., and Seattle, Wash., for more than 40 years, then moved to Spokane, Wash., for 10 years and returned to Billings in 1999.
Mr. Stiffarm graduated with a bachelor of arts degree from Evergreen State College in Washington state in 1978. He had worked for more than 50 years throughout the Pacific Northwest in leadership roles promoting the rights of American Indian people and communities.
He was a founding member of the Seattle Indian Health Board, Chief Seattle Club and United Indians of All Tribes. He supported the American Indian Movement occupation of Wounded Knee and worked with the federal and state governments and tribal nations on American Indian issues.
Survivors include his wife.
The wake started Sept. 20 in the double tipi at Lenore Stiffarm’s residence at Dry Lake in Hays. Rosary was Sept. 21, and Funeral Mass was at St. Paul’s Mission in Hays on Sept. 21. Interment was in the Stiffarm Family Cemetery, Dry Lake, in Hays. Arrangements were by Cremation & Funeral Gallery.
Last Updated on Saturday, 29 September 2012 20:03
Ezekiel “Zeke” Alexander Foottit, just over 3 months old, died in his sleep the afternoon of Friday, Sept. 21, 2012.
He was born June 13, 2012.
Survivors include his parents, Mark and Tricia Foottit; grandparents, Mike and Patti Noble; great-grandmother, Erma Kaeding; paternal grandparents, Marcie and Steve Foottit; and great-grandmother, Hazel Foottit.
Graveside services will be at 10 a.m. Thursday, Sept. 27, at Holy Cross Cemetery. The procession will leave Cremation & Funeral Gallery at 9:30 a.m.
Donations may be made to the Ramsey Keller Memorial, 4456 Laredo Place, Billings, MT 59106, www.kisses2heaven.com, or any Yellowstone Bank branch.
Last Updated on Saturday, 29 September 2012 20:02
Marine Corporal Humberto Bruno Two Bulls, Indian name “Cedar,” also known as Dondi and Dos Toros, 21, of the 1st Armored Reconnaissance Battalion at Camp Pendleton in Oceanside, Calif., died Sept. 16, 2012.
He was born to Frankie William Two Bulls Sr. (Lorna) of Fort Smith and Kristie Delao (Shawn) of Billings on Dec. 27, 1991. He was adopted and raised by his paternal grandparents, Mary Faith Eaglefeathers Bailey and the late Robert Bailey Sr. He was raised in Busby on the Northern Cheyenne Indian Reservation.
In 2000, he moved to Billings and graduated from Senior High School in 2009. He entered the Marine Corps that same year.
Survivors include great-grandparents, Robert and Beverly McRae; grandparents, Ilo and Mark Wandering Medicine of Birney, Kathleen Belly Mule and Margaret Delao-Hager of Billings; mother, Kristy Delao; adopted brother, Joshua G. Glenn; paternal siblings, Autumn Rose Madrigal, Jamie Blaine Soseith, Brittney, Charnae, Frank Jr. and Ilene Two Bulls, Sharelle Jade and Eddy Martinez, Katlin “KK” Americanhorse and Trista Martinez Eagleman; and maternal siblings, Todeanna, Tasha and Mikayla.
Services will be at 1 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 27, at Dahl Funeral Chapel. Burial with military honors will be in Mountview Cemetery following the service.
Last Updated on Saturday, 29 September 2012 20:02
Grace Roberts Connis, 93, who loved to sew and quilt, died Tuesday, Sept. 18, 2012.
She was born to Robert and Lillian Roberts on June 29, 1919, in Marcus, Iowa. She graduated from Marcus High School and then worked at a fur company and taught dance classes in Sioux City, Iowa.
She worked as a secretary in civil service at Hill Air Force Base in Utah during World War II and met Donald Connis. They married in September 1943.
Mr. Connis died in 1992. Mrs. Connis had received care from Edith Bridgewater and from Rocky Mountain Hospice.
Survivors include three children, Donald of Monterey, Calif., Richard of Woodinville, Wash., and Candy Holzer of Billings; four grandchildren; a great-grandchild; and a brother, Robert Roberts of California.
Services were Sept. 22 at Michelotti-Sawyers Mortuary, with burial in Mountview Cemetery.
Memorials can be sent to Rocky Mountain Hospice or Meals on Wheels.
Last Updated on Saturday, 29 September 2012 20:00
Laurence Maurice Marx, 91, a farmer and gardener until the last few weeks of his life, died Sept. 23, 2012, in Billings.
He was born to Mary (Wattier) and Jacob Marx in Mildred on Aug. 18, 1921. During World War II, he worked for the Army Corps of Engineers in Yukitak, Alaska, building structures from 1942-1943. Upon returning, he married Anna Lee Diefenderfer of Belgrade, and they had eight children.
They worked on farms around Belgrade and moved to Wilsall in 1951, where he purchased their own place, farming and ranching beneath the peaks of the Crazy Mountains. Here, his registered Herford business complemented his farming operations.
In 1974, the couple divorced, and the Wilsall home was sold. Mr. Marx moved to Billings and married Shirley Vandegenachte in 1976. She died in 1992.
During retirement, he tended backyard gardens, canned vegetables and made wine, giving final instructions for a batch of strawberry-rhubarb wine on the day of his death.
Louise Hodges had been a companion the last eight years, attending church, family functions, dining out and fishing with him.
Survivors include daughters, Marietta Teed of Clarkston, Wash., Kathy Parker of Orlando, Fla., Jean Jones of Kalispell, Martha Ridgway of Billings; sons, Roger Marx of Newman Lake, Wash., David Marx of Bozeman, and Mitch Marx of Laurel; a stepson, Mike Ketterling of Billings; 24 grandchildren; and many great- and great-great-grandchildren.
A vigil service will be held at 7 p.m. Friday, Sept. 28, and memorial Mass will be held at 10 a.m. Sept. 29, both at St. Bernard’s Catholic Church, 226 Wicks Lane. Interment will follow in Sunset Memorial Gardens. Dahl Funeral Chapel has charge of arrangements.
Last Updated on Saturday, 29 September 2012 19:58
Margaret Catherine (Conwell) Heyd, 89, who had been a school teacher, died in the early morning hours of Sept. 1, 2012, due to Alzheimer’s complications.
She was born in Red Lodge on April 7, 1923, to Edward P. and Callista (Shay) Conwell. She graduated from Carbon County High School in 1941 and earned a teaching certificate from Montana State Normal College in Dillon in 1943.
Her first teaching assignment took her to Ismay. She also taught in Malta and Great Falls.
She married Leo R. Heyd on June 23, 1952 at St. Agnes Catholic Church in Red Lodge. They moved to Billings in 1953 where they built their home and became members of Holy Rosary Catholic church. In June 2012, they celebrated their 60th wedding anniversary.
Mrs. Heyd sang in the church choir and assisted with many church projects through the years. She had received care from St. John’s Lutheran Nursing Home Garden Court and from Dr. Brian Schnitzer.
Survivors include her husband; four children, Robert of Kearney, Neb., Rosemary Young of Billings, Lawrence of Midlothian, Va., and Jane Markovich of Butte; eight grandchildren; a sister, Rose Sullivan of Butte; and a brother, Robert Conwell of Mesquite, Nev.
Visitation was Sept. 5 and will be from noon to 7 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 6. Vigil service will be at 7 p.m. Sept. 6 at Dahl Funeral Chapel. Funeral Mass will be at 11 a.m. Sept. 7 at Holy Rosary Church.
Last Updated on Thursday, 06 September 2012 22:49