The Billings Outpost

Frann Sommerfeld

Frann Sommerfeld, 76, described as a teacher whose lesson plan centered on the knowledge that our Creator is an integral part of this life, died June 16, 2013.

She was born Mary Frances Fowler on April 21, 1937.

Services were held June 24 at South Forty in Billings. Arrangements were in the care of Dahl Funeral Chapel.


Last Updated on Wednesday, 26 June 2013 12:03

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Clinton Charles Wigen

Clinton Charles Wigen, 63, of Billings, who had worked on a farm and driven tractor-trailer rigs, died Saturday, June 22, 2013.

He was born Oct. 7, 1949, in Havre to Robert and Ella Wigen. He attended high school in Chester and graduated from Hobson High School in 1968.

He married Colleen D. Fagan of Cut Bank in the spring of 1970, and with short interruptions he worked on the farm until the mid-’80s. Mr. Wigen then drove tractor-trailer rigs until an accident disabled him.

He then completed a bachelor’s degree through Montana State University Billings in 1994.

Survivors include sons, Nathan Wigen of West Yellowstone and Jason Wigen of Johnston, Iowa; three grandchildren; his father, Robert Wigen of Great Falls; a brother, Jon Wigen of Great Falls; and a sister, Bodeil Wigen Burke of San Antonio, Texas.

Private family services were held. Arrangements were by Cremation & Funeral Gallery.


Last Updated on Wednesday, 26 June 2013 12:02

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Lula Esther Nikula

Lula Esther Nikula, 89, of Billings, died Tuesday, June 18, 2013.

She was born Sept. 2, 1923, in Brophy to John and Alida (Berg) Lammi. On March 16, 1941, she married Rayno F. Nikula in Red Lodge.

Survivors include daughters, Rena Mill and Rita Walter; a son, Randy Nikula; eight grandchildren; 11 great-grandchildren; and three great-great-grandchildren.

At her wish, no services will be held. Arrangements are by Cremation & Funeral Gallery.


Last Updated on Wednesday, 26 June 2013 12:01

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Doris A. Spencer

Doris Spencer, a china and toll painter also known for her flowerbeds and roses, died the morning of June 19, 2013.

She was born to Warren and Margarette (Sager) Lloyd in Minnesota. She went to Wahkon High School where she met her husband of 68 years, Ellsworth “Spence” Spencer.

Survivors include a sister, Marybell; a son, Allen; a daughter, Delrose; three grandchildren; four great-granddaughters; and four great-great-grandchildren.

Services were June 25 at Parkhill Assembly of God. Her ashes were to be scattered with those of her husband on her son’s ranch in the East Rosebud Valley. Arrangements were in the care of Dahl Funeral Chapel.


Last Updated on Wednesday, 26 June 2013 12:00

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Leonard Giles Majerus

Leonard Giles Majerus, 88, who had a ranch south of Roundup and was active in the community, died June 22, 2013, at Horizon Hospice in Billings.

He was born on the family dairy farm south of Havre on April 17, 1925, to Edward and Edith Majerus. Due to illness, he and his wife moved from the ranch near Roundup to Billings in 2010. He entered hospice in 2012.

He graduated from high school in 1943 and married Elizabeth “Betty” Solomon in Havre on June 27, 1945. They moved south of Roundup in 1948, and the “Carmichael place” transformed into the Majerus Ranch.

Mr. and Mrs. Majerus joined community dances and the Roundup Ridge Riders. Mr. Majerus served on the school board at Klein and later the Roundup High School board.

They were members of St. Benedict’s Catholic Church and were active in building the current church. Mr. Majerus was a member of the 4th Degree Knights of Columbus and served as a past Grand Knight.

In 1964, Mr. and Mrs. Majerus bought Fred Giesler’s shares of A and A Implement and got involved in the Chamber of Commerce, the Roundup Fourth of July Rodeo and later the Fair Board.

He was a member of the Montana Stockgrowers Association and served as president of boards and committees. The entire family was involved in rodeo.

Survivors include his wife; children, Gilbert Majerus of Roundup, Linda Moran of Flint, Mich., Dan Majerus of Conrad, Kathy Majerus of Billings and Jim Majerus of Billings; 12 grandchildren; 11 great-grandchildren; and brothers, Edward Majerus of Lewistown and Giles of Havre.

Vigil services were June 25 at St. Bernard’s Catholic Church. Funeral Mass was June 26 at St. Benedict’s in Roundup. Interment will be at 11 a.m. Thursday, June 27, in Highland Cemetery in Havre. Arrangements are in the care of Dahl Funeral Chapel.

Memorials may be made to St. Jude Children’s Hospital; RiverStone Horizon Hospice House, 1019 Neptune Blvd., Billings, MT 59105; or the Roundup Educational Foundation to help build a new school.


Last Updated on Wednesday, 26 June 2013 11:59

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June G. Kruger

June Kruger, 92, of Billings and formerly of Livingston and Arizona, died Saturday, June 22, 2013, at Grand Park Assisted Living.

She was born to George and Tilda Holden on Feb. 2, 1921, in Holden, Alberta, Canada. She had three sisters and two brothers and was raised by her Uncle Charles and Aunt Mary Emerson in Livingston as a sister to her cousin Jean M. Cromwell. She graduated from Park County High School in 1938 and worked as an accountant for many years in Livingston.

She married Ben Kruger in Forsyth during World War II. They lived in Livingston until they retired to Arizona in 1979, where they lived in Sedona and Lake Havasu City.

Survivors include her sister, Jean Cromwell of Billings; a niece, Connie Raynock of Billings; and a nephew, Dean Cromwell of Billings.

Graveside services were planned. Arrangements are by Cremation & Funeral Gallery.


Last Updated on Wednesday, 26 June 2013 11:57

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Kristin Jo Mackney

Kristin Jo Mackney, 34, a child protection specialist, died of cancer shortly after midnight on June 22, 2013, at St. Vincent Healthcare.

She was born on July 18, 1978, to Ronald and Shirley Mackney in Billings. She attended Washington Elementary School, graduated from Billings Senior High School in 1996 and received a bachelor’s degree from Montana State University Billings. She had hoped to pursue a master’s degree and become a counselor.

She had received care from Drs. Patrick Cobb, Brenda Kirkland, Randall Gibb and Thomas Kent.

Survivors include sons, Caden and Conor; parents; and a brother, Scott.

Services were June 26. Private interment of ashes was planned. Arrangements were in the care of Dahl Funeral Chapel.

Memorials may be made to the “Mack Attack” team for Relay for Life.


Last Updated on Wednesday, 26 June 2013 11:55

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Bethene Vermandel

Bethene Vermandel, 83, of Billings, who ran the Vermandel ranch with her husband, died Friday, June 21, 2013.

She was born June 23, 1929, in Billings, the eldest child of Lee and Dahlia Halverson. She moved with her family when she was 5 years old to the head of Sioux Jane Coulee where it became the Halverson family ranch. She rode horseback four miles to Coburn School where she met Eldon Vermandel, and they were married on Oct. 7, 1949. They moved to the Vermandel Ranch in 1952.

She had received care from the Indian Health Service and Diamond Willow.

Survivors include children, Keith, Kathy and Peggy; five grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren.

Services will be at 11 a.m. Friday, June 28, at Dahl Funeral Chapel. Interment will follow at the Vermandel Ranch on Pryor Road.


Last Updated on Wednesday, 26 June 2013 11:52

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Mary Ellen Ryan

Mary Ellen Ryan, 84, who did research in agricultural economics, died June 11, 2013, in Billings.

She was born Sept. 7, 1928, in Minneapolis, Minn., the daughter of Thomas J. Ryan Sr. and Ella M. (Wyman) Ryan. She attended Southwest High School, earned a bachelor’s degree in home economics from the College of St. Catherine in St. Paul, Minn., and a master’s degree in economics from the University of Minnesota in St. Paul. She worked at Pillsbury and did research in agricultural economics at the University of Minnesota and at the University of Montana in Bozeman.

She retired to southern California and then split her time between California and Red Lodge, where she enjoyed snow skiing, camping and hiking.

Survivors include a brother, Thomas J. Ryan Jr. of Farmers Branch, Texas; and a niece, Anne Gauer of Billings.

A gathering of friends took place June 17 at SweetWater Retirement Community. Burial of ashes will be in Resurrection Cemetery in Minneapolis. A family memorial service will take place July 20 in Minneapolis. Arrangements are in the care of Dahl Funeral Chapel.


Last Updated on Thursday, 20 June 2013 09:55

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LeRoy Glaser

LeRoy Glaser, 87, of Billings and formerly of Hotchkiss, Colo., died Sunday, June 16, 2013.

He was born in Wishek, N.D., on Sept. 28, 1925, to Jacob and Alvina Glaser. He worked as a ranch hand in the Lewistown area after serving in the Navy during World War II.

He married Ruth O’Leary on Oct. 2, 1950, and became a union ironworker. He retired after 37 years in the trade.

Survivors include sons, Alan, Tom and Terry; a daughter, Laura Glaser; four grandsons; and three great-grandchildren.

Services will be at 11 a.m. Monday, June 24, at Cremation & Funeral Gallery. Visitation will begin at 9 a.m.


Last Updated on Thursday, 20 June 2013 09:54

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