The Billings Outpost

Dustin Patrick Freese

Dustin Patrick Freese, 16, died Jan. 4, 2013, after being struck by a moving vehicle while walking with a friend.

He was born June 11, 1996, in Bozeman.

He attended Heck and Quaw Elementary and Belgrade Middle schools in Belgrade through seventh grade, then eighth grade at Lockwood Middle School after moving to Billings. He was a sophomore at Billings Senior High School and played freshman and sophomore football.

He loved to fish and caught a 501-pound paddlefish in the spring of 2012. He also hunted and took part in paintball wars.

His organs have been donated.

Survivors include his parents, Brad and Stefeni Freese; a brother, Dillon; and a grandmother, Dorothy Stieg.

Services will be at noon Saturday, Jan. 12, at the Billings Elks Club. Michelotti-Sawyers Mortuary has charge of arrangements.

Memorials can be made to the Boys and Girls Club of Yellowstone County.

Last Updated on Wednesday, 09 January 2013 11:21

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Gilbert Kale Gunsch

Gilbert Kale Gunsch, 75, a Korean War veteran, died Jan. 5, 2013.

The son of Gideon and Lydia Gunsch, he was born Nov. 30, 1937, in Napoleon, N.D. The family moved to Billings where he was educated until he joined the Army.

Survivors include a daughter, Valorie Gunsch; a son, Al Gunsch; two sisters, Durien Elaine McGourty and Joey Starr; and two grandchildren.

Private interment with honor guard took place at Mountview Cemetery on Jan. 9.

Last Updated on Wednesday, 09 January 2013 11:20

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Nancy R. McKernan

Nancy Rose McKernan, 58, whose greatest love was spending time with her six grandchildren, died Jan. 1, 2013.

She was born March 19, 1954, in Anaconda, the daughter of Vincent and Virginia (Ward) Conwell.

Survivors include her mother, Virginia Gale; daughters, Larissa Schleining and Kathleen Lang; a son, Matthew McKernan; six grandchildren; and siblings, Patrick Conwell, Christine Michaels and Georgia Gauron.

Services were held Jan. 5 at Holy Family Catholic Church in Anaconda. Arrangements were in the care of Dahl Funeral Chapel in Billings.

Last Updated on Wednesday, 09 January 2013 11:20

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Edith Henke Stark Miller

Edith Henke Stark Miller, 95, who was involved in the Foster Grandparent Program, died Jan. 7, 2013.

She was born June 26, 1917, to Henry and Bertha Henke in Shepherd. After the death of her father, she moved to Billings in 1929 with her mother and sisters. She graduated from Senior High School in 1935, then worked at Woolworth’s.

She married Oliver Victor Stark on Nov. 23, 1939, in the parsonage of the Methodist Church. He died in 1940 following a truck-train accident. She was pregnant at the time with her son, Oliver Victor Stark Jr., who was born in September 1940.

She became one of the first people in Billings to receive a surviving spouse Social Security check, and obtained a house loan and purchased a house for herself and her son.

In 1946 she married Thomas Miller. They divorced in 1954.

She returned to work at Woolworth’s in 1957, retiring in 1979. After retiring she worked for her son until 1985, then became involved in the Foster Grandparent Program and was assigned to St. Francis Primary School, where she stayed until 2003. She continued to work for teachers in her home and completed her last school assignment in December 2012.

In 2003 she moved into West Park Village where she died volunteer work. After a bout with pneumonia, she was placed in the care of RiverStone Hospice where she survived for over two years with the help of a heart valve replacement.

Survivors include a son, Oliver Victor Stark; a daughter, Carol Ferro; a sister, Irene Pfaff; two grandchildren; and six great-grandchildren.

Services will be held on her birthday, June 26, 2013, at First United Methodist Church. Michelotti-Sawyers Mortuary has charge of arrangements.

Memorials may be made to First United Methodist Church, St. Francis Primary or RiverStone Hospice.

Last Updated on Wednesday, 09 January 2013 11:19

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Tyson Kirby Goetz

Tyson Kirby Goetz, 40, a mechanic and welder, died Jan. 1, 2013, at his residence.

He was born Jan. 17, 1972, to Calvin and Sylva Joy (Wacker) Goetz in Hettinger, N.D. He attended elementary school and high school in Miles City. He attended Miles Community College and graduated with the Job Corps.

Survivors include his wife of 20 years, Sara; children, Andrew Kirby, River James, Brayden Marshall and TyLeigh Jane; a granddaughter; brothers, Steve and Dave; and his mother.

Services were held Jan. 7 at Dahl Funeral Chapel. Arrangements were in the care of Dahl Funeral Chapel.

A memorial fund has been set up at Stockman Bank, 800 Main St., Billings, MT 59105.

Last Updated on Wednesday, 09 January 2013 11:19

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Florence E. Crumbaker

Florence E. Crumbaker, 99, who had taught in a one-room school, died Saturday, Jan. 5, 2013.

She was born Nov. 21, 1913, in Missoula to Frank and Ollie Borek. She graduated from Columbus High School in 1930. At age 16, she enrolled at Eastern Montana Normal School and earned a teaching certificate in 1932. She taught for three years in a one-room schoolhouse in Stillwater County.

On June 8, 1935, she married Jack E. Crumbaker and was a homemaker. Mr. Crumbaker died in 2002.

She and her husband built a cabin outside of Silver Gate in the 1960s where they enjoyed three decades of fishing, snowmobiling, hiking and picnicking.

She had been a member of PEO, a bridge club, the Elks Club and the Highlands Golf Club. She had spent the last four years at Langemo Cottage, part of St. John’s Lutheran Home.

Survivors include a daughter, Carol Crumbaker; three grandchildren; and five great-grandchildren.

Viewing is scheduled for 5-7 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 10. Services are scheduled for 10:30 a.m. Jan. 11 at Michelotti-Sawyers Mortuary, 1001 Alderson Ave.

Memorials may be made to St. John’s Lutheran Ministries Foundation: Employee Assistance Program, 3940 Rimrock Road, Billings, MT 59102.

Last Updated on Wednesday, 09 January 2013 11:18

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Ronald Eugene Hughes

Ronald Eugene Hughes, 67, of Park City, who served 27 years in the Army, died Sunday, Dec. 23, 2012.

He was born Sept. 14, 1945, to John and Sylvia Hughes, and had four siblings. He was retired from the Army.

Survivors include his mother, Sylvia of Park City; a brother, Dean of Park City; children, Nathan Hughes of Manila, Philippines, and Staci Eddy of Elk River, Minn.; and three grandchildren.

A celebration of life is planned for spring. Arrangements are by Cremation & Funeral Gallery.

Last Updated on Wednesday, 09 January 2013 11:18

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Charles Edward Parnell

Charles Edward Parnell, 65, a disabled veteran, died Dec. 23, 2012, in Billings.

He was born Jan. 16, 1947, in Arizona, the third of three sons to Robert Parnell Sr. and Madeline Grass Parnell. He graduated from Billings Central Catholic High School in 1965 and from Gonzaga University in Spokane, Wash., with a bachelor’s degree in pre med and was commissioned a second lieutenant in the Army in 1970. He was stationed at Fort Dix, N.J., before being honorably discharged as a first lieutenant.

He lived in Billings as a disabled veteran his remaining years. He took several graduate level courses at Eastern Montana College.

He had lived at Parkview Care Center in Billings the last two years.

Survivors include two brothers, William and Robert Jr.

Arrangements for a graveside memorial service were being made by Dahl Funeral Chapel.

Last Updated on Wednesday, 09 January 2013 11:17

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Paige Marie Dombrovski

Paige Marie Dombrovski, 17, died Wednesday, Jan. 2, 2013, at her home in East Helena.

She was born in Billings on Nov. 26, 1995, the daughter of Jenny (Johnson) and Mark Dombrovski. She attended schools in Billings, Shepherd, Roundup, Huntley, Cascade and Helena. She lettered in her sophomore year in high school throwing the shot-put.

Survivors include her mother and stepfather, Jenny and Adam Rahmlow of East Helena; her father of Billings; sisters, Alyssa Dombrovski and Cali and Taylor Rahmlow, all of East Helena; and grandparents, Mike and Susan Johnson of Huntley and Ron and Carol Dombrovski of Billings.

Visitation was Jan. 6 at Anderson Stevenson Wilke Funeral Home. Services were at St. Paul’s Methodist Church, with a luncheon at the Elks Lodge following the service. Services in Billings were at Dahl Funeral Chapel on Jan. 8, followed by a luncheon. Burial was in Pleasantview Cemetery in Huntley.

Last Updated on Wednesday, 09 January 2013 11:16

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Rosemary McCracken

Rosemary McCracken, 90, who ran Rosemary’s Beauty Salon in Billings, died at her home on Jan. 2, 2013.

She was born in Pompeys Pillar on Sept. 27, 1922, to Stephan and Magdalena (Heilman) Nickel. When she was 6, the family moved to Billings. She worked at Billings and Rex Laundry, and at the St. Vincent Hospital kitchen.

She was a hairdresser for 30 years, working at Anderson’s beauty shop and Hollywood College. She had her own shop, Rosemary’s Beauty Salon, for 19 years and also taught at beauty schools in the 1980s and ’90s.

She married George Edward McCracken on Sept. 27, 1941, at the courthouse in Billings.

She was a volunteer at Southside Senior Citizens Center and Little Flower Church, a member of Catholic Daughters and in retirement also did hair at local mortuaries.

She had received care from RiverStone Hospice.

Survivors include a sister, Elizabeth Stang of Billings; and a brother, Frank Nickel of Oregon.

Services will be at 1 p.m. Friday, Jan. 11, at Dahl Funeral Chapel with a reception to follow. Burial of ashes will follow at St. Pius X Catholic Church. Arrangements are in the care of Dahl Funeral Chapel.

Memorials may be given to Southside Senior Center, 901 S. 30th St., Billings, MT 59101.

Last Updated on Wednesday, 09 January 2013 11:15

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