The Billings Outpost

Robert ‘Bob’ Howard Feldman

Robert “Bob” Howard Feldman, AKA “The Old Fossil,” 72, of Billings, a teacher and fossil collector who had a subclass of crabs named after him, died Thursday, Nov. 1, 2012, at Eagle Cliff Manor.

He was born Oct. 4, 1940, to Howard C. “Bud” and Eleanor M. Feldman in Grand Forks, N.D. He had one sister. After high school, he graduated with a bachelor’s, then a master’s degree in geology at the University of Northern Colorado.

He served in the Air Force at Offutt Air Force Base in Omaha, Neb. He married Claudia L. Daniels on March 19, 1966, in Mountain View, Mo.

Mr. Feldman taught earth science in School District 2 for 25 years. He wrote “Rock Hounds Guide to Montana” and co-wrote “Rock Hounding Montana.” He was an avid fossil collector and spent many days in the field, primarily the Pryor Mountains.

He found a brand new subclass of Cretaceous crab, which was named after him, and ammonites that are housed at the Smithsonian Institute.

Survivors include his wife; a daughter, Barbara Hebert of Bearcreek; sons, Thomas Feldman and David Feldman, both of Billings; two grandchildren; a great-grandchild; and a sister, Susan Brewer of Redwood Falls, Minn.

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

Donations may be made in his name to the American Heart Association.

Last Updated on Wednesday, 07 November 2012 16:53

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Edward ‘Eddie’ Ziegler

Edward “Eddie” Ziegler, 81, who had worked for Bobbie Brooks as a salesman for 30 years, died Saturday, Nov. 3, 2012, in Las Vegas, Nev.

He was born Jan. 4, 1931, to Joseph and Mary Ziegler in Aberdeen, S.D. He married Kathryn Nikolas on Dec. 26, 1951, while in the Air Force, and was stationed in Puerto Rico where they spent two years.

Survivors include children, Pam Ziegler Booras, Brad Ziegler, Eric Ziegler, Wayne Ziegler, Alex Ziegler, Katria Ziegler, Karla Ziegler Moog and Cindy Ziegler Gardner; nine grandchildren; and six great-grandchildren.

Funeral Mass will be at St. Bernard’s Catholic Church, 226 Wicks Lane, at 9 a.m. Saturday, Nov. 10. Rite of Committal will follow in Sunset Memorial Gardens. Arrangements are by Cremation & Funeral Gallery.

Memorials may be sent in his name to a local hospice.

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Mary Jo Schuman

Mary Jo Schuman, 86, who had been a registered nurse anesthetist in Billings, died Oct. 30, 2012, in Portland, Ore.

She was born May 7, 1926, to Arthur A. and Tessa (Dunn) Schulte in Casper, Wyo., the fifth of six children. She graduated from the College of St. Catherine in 1948 as a registered nurse and went on to advanced study as an anesthetist. She later taught nursing and anesthesia at the University of Minnesota.

In later years, she worked as a registered nurse anesthetist at Billings Deaconess Hospital and was on call for smaller hospitals and clinics in the area.

She married Marcel Lou Schuman on April 29, 1961, at St. Anthony’s Church in Casper. Into retirement, she stayed active in Billings as a volunteer hospice nurse, a quilter, bridge player and square dancer.

After her husband died in 2004, she remained in Billings until 2009 when she moved to Portland, where her three children and a brother lived.

Survivors include a brother, Arthur A.. Schulte Jr.; daughters, Maureen Schuman and Diane Healey; a son, Leo Schuman; and four grandchildren.

A vigil service was held Nov. 4 at Dahl Funeral Chapel. Funeral Mass was Nov. 5 at Holy Rosary Church.

Memorials may be sent to AIDSpirit (

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Everett Phillip Storm Sr.

Everett Phillip Storm Sr., 72, a member of the Northern Cheyenne Tribe who had served in the Marine Corps, died Tuesday, Oct. 30, 2012, in Crow Agency.

He was born in Lame Deer on April 30, 1940, to Arthur Charles Storm and Pearl Nancy Eastman.

Survivors include his wife, Patricia “Patty” Jean (Reintsma) Storm of Lodge Grass; a son, Everett “E.J.” P. Storm Jr. of Lodge Grass; a daughter, Karyn Scott of Billings; a son, Robert “Bob” McClain of Iowa; siblings, Chuck of New Mexico, Perry Huff of Wyola and Naomi Whitcomb of Kearney, Neb.; three grandchildren; and a great-granddaughter.

Graveside services with military honors will be at Fairview Cemetery in Hardin at 1 p.m. Friday, Nov. 9, with the Rev. Denis Pitman officiating. Coffee and pie will follow at the Lariat Motel in Hardin. Arrangements are by Cremation & Funeral Gallery.

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Beatrice Knutson

Beatrice Knutson, 92, of Billings, who had farmed and ranched with her husband, died Sunday, Nov. 4, 2012, in her home.

The daughter of Hans and Albina Tronstad, she was born Nov. 16, 1919, in Curtiss, Wis., but was raised and educated in Webster. At age 13 she was baptized.

On Sept. 10, 1943, she married Gerald Knutson in Baker. They farmed and ranched near Webster until 1964. In 1974, they moved to Billings where Mr. Knutson died on April 13, 1974.

Survivors include children, Judy Brownson of Billings, Jerry Knutson of Billings, Rebecca Scheie of Billings and Deborah Ottaviano of Tanzania; 11 grandchildren; 10 great-grandchildren; brothers, Richard Tronstad and Floyd Tronstad; and a sister, Gladys Wicker.

Visitation will be from 6-8 p.m. Friday, Nov. 9, and services will be at 10 a.m. Nov. 10 at Michelotti-Sawyers Mortuary with interment in Mountview Cemetery. A reception will follow at First Baptist Church in Laurel.

Memorials may be made to Clydehurst Christian Ranch, Wycliffe Bible Translators or First Baptist Church Media Ministry in Laurel.

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Thomas Francis Solomon

Thomas “Tom” F. Solomon, 87, a retired district manager for Mountain Bell, died Wednesday, Oct. 31, 2012.

He was born to Louis J. and Margaret Lily (O’Leary) Solomon on March 31, 1925, in Anaconda. In 1943 he graduated from Anaconda High School and a month later joined the Navy.

He served in the South Pacific during World War II as a radioman, received an honorable discharge in March 1946 and returned to Montana.

He married Marjorie McLain on Sept. 27, 1947, in Deer Lodge, and they recently celebrated their 65th wedding anniversary. He was a lifelong Montanan and outdoorsman.

He worked for Mountain Bell in Billings for 37 years, retiring as district manager. He and his wife traveled after retirement.

Survivors include his wife; children, Sharon Solomon, Dennis Solomon, Theresa Helus and Lynette McBroom; and two grandchildren.

Memorial Mass was Nov. 6 at St. Pius Catholic Church with Rite of Committal in Holy Cross Cemetery. Arrangements were by Dahl Funeral Chapel.

Memorials may be sent to St. Pius X Church or the Alzheimer’s Association.

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Leonard Mapston


Leonard Mapston, 77, a teacher and veteran, died Oct. 25, 2012.

He was born July 26, 1935, in Great Falls, the eldest son of Albert and Elizabeth Lingel Mapston. After graduating from Centerville High School in 1953, he joined the Army in 1954. Upon his honorable discharge, he returned to Sand Coulee and married Lucille Lemoine on Aug. 31, 1957.

He pursued a degree in teaching the sciences and first taught in Bainville, where he taught physics and general science, coached basketball and track, and had a stint at being a principal. He eventually settled in Lewistown and was honored by the Jaycees as Outstanding Young Educator.

After 27 years, he retired from teaching and worked for the Human Resources Development Council as a life coach and trainer, then for the Montana Job Service. In 1990, when at age 55 he was on the verge of retiring from a 20-year career in the Army Reserves, he was deployed to Saudi Arabia for eight months during the Persian Gulf War.

He was an AFS exchange student advisor and a lifelong member of the Lions Clubs International, serving as District 37A governor in 1994. He was a past member of the Eagles and Elks lodges and the American Legion and served on the Lewistown City Parks Board and the Fergus County Credit Union Board.

He spent the last 15 winters in Yuma, Ariz.

Survivors include his wife; sons, Kelly Mapston and Jay Mapston; a daughter, Lenette Kosovich; four grandchildren; three step-granddaughters; and brothers, David Mapston and Darrell Mapston.

Visitation was Oct. 28, and services will be at 2 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 1, at Michelotti-Sawyers Mortuary. Military Honors will be at 9:30 a.m. Nov. 2 at the Yellowstone County Veterans Cemetery.

Memorials may be made to Billings Heights Lions Scholarship Fund. P.O. Box 50974, Billings, MT 59105.


Last Updated on Wednesday, 31 October 2012 12:50

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Thelma Marie Spear

Thelma M. Spear of Billings, who had lived here most of her life, died Thursday, Oct. 25, 2012, at St. Vincent Healthcare of heart failure.

She married Steve Spear in 1948 in Columbus. She played bingo at the South Side Senior Center.

Survivors include two sons, James N. Kautz and Mike Spear; numerous grandchildren; and a great-grandchild.

Viewing was Oct. 29 at Cremation and Funeral Gallery. Services were held at Mary Queen of Peace (Little Flower Church). Burial followed in Sunset Memorial Gardens. A reception was held in the basement of the church. Arrangements were by Cremation & Funeral Gallery.

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Gerald Eugene Iverson

Gerald Eugene Iverson, 73, who worked in hardware for most of his life, died Oct. 25, 2012.

He was born June 13, 1939, to Margaret (Henrichs) and Alvin Iverson in Plentywood. His early years were spent on the family farm near Antelope. The family then moved to Plentywood, and he graduated from Plentywood High School in 1957.

He enlisted in the Army and was honorably discharged. He married Norma Barlow on Nov. 12, 1960, in Las Cruces, N.M., and they were later divorced.

He met Judy Mossey on Nov. 18, 1991, and they made their home in Billings.

He had owned a hardware store in Plentywood called Petersen Hardware. He also worked many years at UBC, which later became ProBuild, and continued to work part-time after retirement.

He restored a 1936 Chevy pickup and played golf, helping to build the Plentywood Golf Course, playing with the Shrine Golf Club and shooting a hole-in-one. He rode in the Shrine Black Horse Patrol.

Survivors include three boys, Roland Iverson of Billings, Todd Iverson of Worden and Kendall Iverson of Dickinson, N.D.; stepsons, Brett Mossey of Glendale, Ariz., and Lance Mossey of Spanaway, Wash.; eight grandchildren; three stepgrandchildren; and five stepgreat-grandchildren.

Services were Oct. 30 at Cremation & Funeral Gallery. Visitation was Oct. 29. Services will be held in Plentywood. Arrangements were by Cremation & Funeral Gallery.

Memorials may be made to Shriners Hospital of Spokane, Wash.

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Dean Kreitzberg

Dean Kreitzberg, 74, an air traffic controller until his eyesight pushed him into early retirement, died Oct. 26, 2012.

He was born March 4, 1928, in Hardin to Lewis and Bertha Smith Kreitzberg.

He married Venita Salveson on Friday, July 13, 1941. She died in 2009.

 They had three daughters, and from a previous marriage he had a first-born son, Terry, and daughter, Jan.

He had served in the Army Air Corps.

He spent much of the last years building boxes, toys, stools and birdhouses for his great-grandchildren. He also played guitar and sang.

Survivors include children, Terry Kreitzberg of Pensacola, Fla., Jan Gifford of Clarksville, Ark., Debbie Hoffman of Pryor, Christine Stovall of Boyd and Julie Kreitzberg of Pryor; 13 grandchildren; and 20 great-grandchildren.

A celebration of life will be held in the spring. Arrangements are by Cremation & Funeral Gallery.

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