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Ludmilla Palmersheim

Ludmilla Angelina Lillian Geiger Kneuper Palmersheim, 99, who had worked at Bob Porter’s Elmo Club and for the Credit Bureau of Billings, died March 18, 2013.

She was born March 4, 1914, in Odense, N.D., to John and Anna (Jochim) Geiger, the seventh of 10 children. At age 6 she moved with her family to Montana. She grew up in Bridger and graduated from Bridger High School in 1933.

She played basketball with the Bridger Scouts for four years and was captain of the team for two years. She was a member of the YMCA for 54 years and swam until she was 92.

She worked at Geiger Air Base in Spokane, Wash., during World War II, then married Erhard “Toddy” Kneuper on July 25, 1950, in St. Mary of the Mountains Catholic Church in Virginia City, Nev. They lived in Mr. Kneuper’s hometown of New Braunfels, Texas, until he was killed in a highway accident on Sept. 11, 1951. She then came back to Montana to be with her parents and family.

She was a waitress at Bob Porter’s Elmo Club and helped the Western Heritage Center with an exhibit about the Elmo Club. She worked for the Credit Bureau of Billings for 21 years.

On Oct. 8, 1966, she married Richard “Dick” Palmersheim at Holy Rosary Catholic Church in Billings. He died Oct. 5, 1993.

Mrs. Palmersheim was a member of St. Pius X Catholic Church, Mother Teresa Circle, Children of Joy and Gladness Prayer Group, Council of Catholic Women, a Bible study group, the Laurel Golf Club, the Red Hat Society and the Elmo Over the Hill Gang. She and Mr. Palmersheim were founding members of Mended Hearts in Billings.

She had seven godsons and one goddaughter. A nephew, Art Geiger, was like a son when “Aunt Lil” became a widow.

A vigil service was held March 24 at Dahl Funeral Chapel. Funeral Mass was March 25 at St. Pius X Catholic Church. Committal was in Holy Cross Cemetery.

Last Updated on Thursday, 28 March 2013 23:57

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Patricia Jean Dennis

Patricia Jean Dennis, 73, of Billings, who loved old movies and music, died Friday, March 22, 2013, at RiverStone Hospice Home.

She was born in Washington, D.C., on June 30, 1939, the daughter of Vernon and Grace Howard.

Survivors include a son, Matthew Good; a daughter, Tamara Good; a grandson; two great-grandchildren; and a sister, Dianne Headlee.

At her request, no services were planned. Arrangements were by Cremation & Funeral Gallery.

Memorials may be made to RiverStone Hospice, 123 S. 27th St, Billings MT 59101 or Help for Homeless Pets, 2910 Hannon Road, Billings, MT 59101.

Last Updated on Thursday, 28 March 2013 23:56

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Trey Owens

Harold Fanando “Trey” Owens III, 27, of Billings, died March 19, 2013, after a 10-year fight with cancer.

He was born May 15, 1985. He graduated from Billings Senior High School in 2004, attended Montana State University Billings and worked as a patient service technician at AWARE Inc. from 2006 to 2010.

He pursued music and writing and enjoyed coffee and conversation at Off the Leaf.

Survivors include his mother and stepfather, Deb and Jim Raden; father, Harold “Fred” Owens Jr.; a sister, Samantha Jo Owens; stepsisters, Violet Scott and Elizabeth Fadness, all of Billings; and grandparents, Harold F. and Beverly Owens of Absarokee, Dean and Kay Spiegelberg of Fountain Hills, Ariz., and William A. and Ingrid Martin of Laredo Ranch, Calif.

Services will be at 1:30 p.m. Saturday, March 30, at Harvest Church, 1413 Rosebud Lane in Lockwood. Following services, friends and family are welcome to gather at Off the Leaf, 819 Grand Ave., at 4 p.m. to share music, poetry, and stories. Interment will be at 11 a.m. April 1 at the Evangelical Church, 34 N. Woodard Ave. in Absarokee. Dahl Funeral Chapel is in charge of arrangements.

Donations may be made to the American Cancer Society at 1903 Central Ave., Billings, 59102; AWARE Inc., 1050 S. 25th St. W., Suite 2, Billings, 59102; or Young Life, 2590 Helman Ave., Billings, MT 59102.

Last Updated on Thursday, 28 March 2013 23:56

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Edwin Carl Rasmussen

Edwin Carl Rasmussen, 82, of Billings, who had been owner and operator of Dick Jones Trucking, died Monday, March 25, 2013.

He was born in Anoka, Minn., on March 4, 1931, the son of Donald and Selma Rasmussen. He had four brothers, including one, George, who is still alive. He also had three stepsiblings, Carl, Harold and Violet.

He served for three years in the 11th Airborne Division. He married Delphia “Dolly” Houston on Dec. 21, 1987, at Hope United Methodist Church in Billings.

He owned Dick Jones Trucking in the last few years of his career.

Survivors include his wife; four children from a previous marriage, Jo Lee Baxter, Linda Dahl, Kathy Verplancke and Michael Rasmussen; Dolly’s children, Charlene Houston, Jeff Houston, Randy Houston and Valerie Hoffman; 23 grandchildren; and 16 great-grandchildren.

Graveside services with military honors will be held at 1 p.m. Friday, March 29, at Sunset Memorial Gardens. Arrangements are by Cremation & Funeral Gallery.

Memorials may be made to Disabled American Veterans, 1138 16th St. W., Billings, MT 59102.

Last Updated on Thursday, 28 March 2013 23:55

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Dolores Mae Menagh

Dolores Mae Menagh, 86, of Billings, a retired secretary with the Crowley Law Firm, died Saturday, March 9, 2013, at her home.

She was born Feb. 7, 1927, to Fred and Marian Herzog in Lincoln, Neb. She had three siblings.

On June 24, 1949, she married Darel Wayne Menagh in Las Vegas. She retired in 1992 as a secretary with the Crowley Law Firm.

She had received care from Billings Clinic and RiverStone Hospice.

Survivors include a daughter, Holly Cuellar of Billings; three grandchildren; and nine great-grandchildren.

Arrangements were by Cremation & Funeral Gallery.

Last Updated on Thursday, 14 March 2013 15:20

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Clara Pauline Siewert Giesick

Clara Siewert Giesick, 90, who farmed for many years with her husband, died Sunday, March 10, 2013, at her home at Aspen Meadows.

She was the third of six children of Edward and Pauline Redman Siewert, born July 26, 1922, in Antelope, N.D. She and her family moved to Montana in 1934, first settling in the Laurel area, then near Elysian School, where she attended grade school.

They then moved to Lake Elmo Road where they operated a dairy farm and also farmed. She graduated from Billings Senior High School.

She and her family were members of Pilgrim Congregational Church. During World War II, the church put names of GI’s on the bulletin board and the girls would pick one and write letters overseas. She picked Adam Giesick, and they married in Billings on Aug. 7, 1945.

In the early 1950s they bought the farm of Mr. Giesick’s father in Shepherd and farmed there for 26 years. They then sold that farm and purchased a larger farm in Forsyth. After six years there, Mr. Giesick died.

Mrs. Giesick moved back to Billings and did volunteer work and was a precinct judge. She ran in the Montana Women’s Run for several years and came in first place in her age division.

Survivors include a daughter, Susan Kaiser; sons, William Giesick, Scott Giesick and Dennis Giesick; 15 grandchildren; 23 great-grandchildren plus one on the way; and several great-great-grandchildren.

She will be buried with Mr. Giesick in Mountview Cemetery. Graveside services are planned for a later date. Arrangements are by Cremation & Funeral Gallery.

Last Updated on Thursday, 14 March 2013 15:19

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Denyta Rae McFarren

Denyta Rae McFarren, 63, of Billings, a store manager for McDonald’s, died Monday, March 11, 2013, at Billings Clinic after a brief illness.

She was born July 3, 1949, in Billings, the daughter of Manley and Olga Gauger and the youngest of five children. She attended Billings Senior High School. On Jan. 7, 1967, she married Donald McFarren.

She started at McDonald’s as a part-time hostess, working her way up to store manager.

Survivors include her husband; sons, Tony McFarren and Luke McFarren; three grandchildren; a sister, Darlene Sparrow; and a brother, Dwayne Gauger.

At her request, no services were planned. Arrangements were by Cremation & Funeral Gallery.

Last Updated on Thursday, 14 March 2013 15:18

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George H. Stribley

George Henry Stribley, 95, a longtime Gates Rubber Co. employee who played golf until he was 91, died Sunday evening, March 3, 2013, at St. Vincent Healthcare after a brief illness.

He was born to Bert Lee and Nellie Dugan in Ardmore, S.D., on April 17, 1917, the youngest of four children. At age 5, he moved to Billings with his father and siblings.

His lifelong passion for golf began with caddying at Hilands Golf Club. He attended Fratt Memorial School and graduated from Billings High School in 1935. Mr. Stribley worked at the Laurel refinery until he was drafted into the Army in 1941.

He was a sergeant in the 41st Division and served in the Pacific Theater. He received an honorable discharge in 1944 due to malaria and returned to the United States. He briefly attended college in Chicago, but returned to Montana when the malaria reoccurred.

He married Charlotte McCahill on July 14, 1951, and he built a home adjacent to his father’s where they lived for nearly 57 years.

Mr. Stribley worked for Gates Rubber Co. for 33 years. He was a charter member of Lake Hills Golf Club and had five holes-in-one. His passion for the game continued through age 91, and he played his last real round with his wife still walking the fairways at Lake Hills.

He had received care from Grand Marquis Assisted Living.

Survivors include four children, Susan Irion, Peggy, Joe and Ann Tipton; five grandchildren; and two stepgreat-grandchildren.

A vigil service was held March 11 at Dahl Funeral Chapel. Funeral Mass was March 12 at St. Thomas Church.

Memorials may be made to the George and Charlotte Stribley Pediatric Endowment through St. Vincent Healthcare Foundation, 1106 N. 30th St., Billings, MT 59101; or First Tee of Montana, 821 N. 27th St., Suite 250, Billings, MT 59101.

Last Updated on Thursday, 14 March 2013 15:17

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Barbara Theresa Pearson Fritz

Barbara Theresa Pearson Fritz, 49, of Billings, who was sustained by her Catholic faith, died Saturday, March 9, 2013.

She was born Sept. 22, 1963, in Glendive to John Thomas Pearson and Dorothy Jane McCarthy Pearson. She had eight siblings.

Survivors include a son, Christian; siblings, Tina, Mary, Andy, John and Jim; and her ex-husband, Frank.

Vigil services will be at 7 p.m. Thursday, March 14, with memorial Mass at 11 a.m. March 15, both at Little Flower Catholic Church, 3411 Third Ave. S. Arrangements are by Cremation & Funeral Gallery.

Memorials may be made to Huntington’s Disease Society of America, 505 Eighth Ave., Suite 902, New York, NY 10018.

Last Updated on Thursday, 14 March 2013 15:16

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Lucille E. (Crawford) Ringheim

Lucille E. (Crawford) Ringheim, 85, who had worked for several Billings businesses and was an active volunteer, died at her home on Monday, March 4, 2013.

She was born to Katherine L. (Skierecki) Crawford and Lexie (Leslie) W. Crawford on Aug. 26, 1927, in Scobey. Her family owned and operated the Cozy Café there for more than 18 years. She attended Scobey Public Schools and played clarinet in the band until her family moved to Billings, where she graduated from Senior High School.

She then attended Billings Business College, later completing a national secretarial certificate through Montana State University Billings.

She had worked at Johnson Motor Freight, Salt Creek Freight, Archie Cochrane Motors, Western Security Savings, Floberg Realtors and Johnson Ford Motor Co. in Laurel.

She had been married to Elmer Ringheim.

She volunteered for charity organizations after she retired, and she was a member of the Billings Professional Women, Billings Secretarial Association and the Yellowstone Lutheran Brethren Church, where she had served as treasurer and secretary.

She was a Cub Scout leader when her children were young and was active in the Broadwater School PTA. While working at Archie Cochrane Motors she was involved at the organizational level of the Billings Mustang Club, often taking part in rallies in the area.

Survivors include a son, Earl; a granddaughter; and a brother, Leslie W. Crawford of Atlanta, Ga.

Services were held March 11 at Michelotti-Sawyers Funeral Home, followed by committal in the family plot at Mountview Cemetery. Viewing was March 10.

Memorials are suggested to the Yellowstone County Food Bank.

Last Updated on Thursday, 14 March 2013 15:15

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