The Billings Outpost

Albert Raymond McKittrick

Albert Raymond “Mac” McKittrick, 89, who ran an independent delivery service, died Saturday, Jan. 12, 2013, in Billings.

He was born in Hardin on Dec. 18, 1923, the only son born to Raymond and Maple (Engle) McKittrick. He attended Hardin public schools, and on Oct. 11, 1944, enlisted in the Army and served under Gen. Douglas MacArthur during World War II.

He rode the flagship into Manila Harbor in the Philippines and was awarded the Bronze Star, Good Conduct Medal, Victory Medal, Asiatic Pacific Service Medal and the Philippine Liberation Medal.

Mr. McKittrick worked for Scott’s Laundry in Laurel and ran an independent delivery service, Stran Steel Corp. as a red iron building foreman, Great Western Sugar Co. in Billings.

In 1951, he married Martha Fox, and they later divorced. In 1979, he married Janice Haugen.

He had received care from Billings Health and Rehabilitation.

Survivors include his wife; two sons, Gordon McKittrick of Laurel and Terrance McKittrick of Billings; two daughters, Jane McKittrick of Forest Lake, Minn., and Kim Renn’e McKittrick of Billings; a sister, June McFerrin of Great Falls; a stepson, Ben Haugen; a stepdaughter, Tina Friedt; three grandchildren; two stepgrandchildren; and a great-grandson.

Services were Jan. 16 at Dahl Funeral Chapel in Billings with inurnment following in Laurel Veterans Cemetery.

Last Updated on Saturday, 19 January 2013 12:10

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Lindy Ray Stevens

Lindy Ray Stevens, 62, of Absarokee, a fan of music and the New York Yankees, died Monday, Jan. 7, 2013, at St. Vincent Healthcare.

He was born Sept. 30, 1950, in Pierre, S.D., to Arthur W. “Buster” and Maxine E. (Freese) Stevens. He graduated in 1969 from Central High School in Rapid City, S.D. He attended the University of South Dakota in Vermillion, S.D.

Mr. Stevens had lived in South Dakota and Montana before settling in Montana in 1981. In 1991, he married Katrina in Billings. They later moved to Absarokee to pursue their dream at the Chrome Bar.

Mr. Stevens played, coached, mentored and immersed himself in baseball. He listened to a wide variety of musicians.

Survivors include his wife, Katrina of Absarokee; sons, Ryan Stevens of Spokane Valley, Wash., and Cody Stevens of Bozeman; a sister, Margaret Molumby of Ogden, Utah; and five grandchildren.

Services were held Jan. 11 at Absarokee Evangelical Church. A celebratory gathering was held afterward at the Chrome Bar in Absarokee. Arrangements were by Cremation & Funeral Gallery.

Memorials may be made to the Lindy Stevens Fund at the United Bank of Absarokee or to the American Heart Association.

Last Updated on Saturday, 19 January 2013 12:09

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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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