The Billings Outpost

Jackson ‘Jack’ Allen Gregg

Jackson “Jack” Allen Gregg, 89, a World War II veteran and retired railway employee, died in his home in Billings on Sunday, June 16, 2013.

He was born April 6, 1924, in Whitefish to Earl and Lillie Gregg. He graduated from Whitefish High School in 1943.

He served in the European Theater with the 80th Infantry Division during World War II. He received a Purple Heart while serving as a messenger on the front lines in France and Belgium.

He married Kathleen Ellis on Oct. 11, 1953, in Whitefish. He retired from work as a telegrapher and clerk for the Burlington Northern-Santa Fe Railway in 1983.

An avid golfer, Mr. Gregg held the nine-hole record at Whitefish Lake Golf Course for many years.

Survivors include his wife; two sisters, Bonnie Palmquist of Annandale, Minn., and Marcie Conn of Marysville, Wash.; four children, Jackson “Jack” Gregg of Helena, Thomas Gregg of Springfield, Va., Julie Draeger of Billings and Holli Miller of Billings; 10 grandchildren; and seven great-grandchildren. His latest great-granddaughter was born in Helena the same day he died.

A celebration of life will be held at 11 a.m. Friday, June 21, at Peace Lutheran Church in Billings, 1301 Ave. D. Inurnment will be in Whitefish Cemetery. Arrangements are by Cremation & Funeral Gallery.

Memorials can be sent to Peace Lutheran Church or Christ Lutheran Church in Whitefish.


Last Updated on Thursday, 20 June 2013 09:54

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Michael Riddle

Michael Riddle, 57, of Billings, who had been a police officer for 27 years, died June 13, 2013.

He was born Nov. 4, 1955, in Billings to Alexander and Vina Riddle. He was a police officer for the city of Billings for 16 years and airport police officer for 11 years.

He liked to race motorcycles.

Survivors include sons, Travis Riddle and Steven Schleicher; Molly and Megan Schleicher; sisters, Kathy Ruff, Anita Pinnick, Debbie Shinler; and Anne Palmersheim.

Services were June 17 at Cremation & Funeral Gallery.


Last Updated on Thursday, 20 June 2013 09:53

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Daniel L. Brown

Daniel L. Brown, 68, died Saturday, June 15, 2013, at St. Vincent Hospital.

He was born March 8, 1945, to Peter and Elizabeth Brown in Billings and graduated from Billings Central Catholic High School in 1963. He married Carol E. Forgrave on April 7, 1945.

Survivors include his wife; seven children, Charlene, Christine, Cynthia, Mary, Bill, Suzanne and Donald; seven grandchildren; and siblings, Patricia, Michael, Betty and Barbara.

Graveside services were held June 18 at Calvary Cemetery at St. Pius X Church. Arrangements were in the care of Dahl Funeral Chapel.


Last Updated on Thursday, 20 June 2013 09:53

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Jan Snyder

Jan Snyder, 80, of Billings, who worked in special education at Big Sky and Burlington elementary schools, died Tuesday, June 4, 2013.

She was born Aug. 24, 1932, in Sioux City, Iowa, to Minnie Sue and William Fay Wetzel and had one brother, William. In 1944 her family relocated to Springfield, Mo. She graduated from Senior High School in Springfield and attended Central Methodist College in Fayette, Mo.

She moved to Kansas City, Mo., to work for the Ford Motor Co. She married Charles “Chuck” Snyder on Dec. 27, 1952, and moved to Missoula while he finished law school.

She earned a degree in special education from Eastern Montana College and worked in special education at Big Sky and Burlington elementary schools.  She worked as a substitute teacher into her early 70s.

She volunteered 1,532 hours for Alberta Bair Theater and was a season ticket holder for the Billings Mustangs. In church, she attended Faith Builders, Bible study and a small group.

She had received care from Rocky Mountain Hospice.

Survivors include daughters, Frances Duncan and Natalie; a son, William Snyder; and eight grandchildren.

Services were June 8 at Faith Evangelical Church. Arrangements were by Cremation & Funeral Gallery.

Memorials may be made in her name to Rocky Mountain Hospice, 2110 Overland Ave., Suite 111, Billings, MT 59102.


Last Updated on Saturday, 15 June 2013 09:48

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Dan Lave


Daniel “Danny” Lave, 87, owner of Dan Lave Masonry and a rifleman during the Battle of the Bulge, died Tuesday, June 4, 2013.

He was born in Augusta, Colo., to Placido and Jenny Romero Lave on Jan. 5, 1926. 

He was a decorated soldier who also had served as a military policeman and reconnaissance patrolman.

He was married for 63 years to Emily Ebach before her death in April 2009. He was a mason for 60 years and owner of Dan Lave Masonry for 40 years.

He had five children, Dixie Miller and Gloria Hodges, both of Gilbert, Ariz., and Vicki Hanson, Alan and Dennis, all of Billings; 12 grandchildren; and five great-grandchildren.

A family service was planned. He will be interred with full honors in the Yellowstone County Veterans Cemetery. Arrangements are by Cremation & Funeral Gallery.


Last Updated on Saturday, 15 June 2013 09:47

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Martha Drucilla (Dahl) Roche

Martha Drucilla (Dahl) Roche, 79, who was a licensed practical nurse in Glendive, died in her sleep on Friday, May 24, 2013.

She was born to Hulday and Johnn Dahl on May 3, 1934, in Glendive. She graduated from Dawson County High School in 1954 and moved to Havre to pursue an education in nursing. She married James William Roche in April 1955, and they lived in Glendive.

Mrs. Roche worked as a licensed practical nurse at Glendive Medical Center. She specialized in labor and delivery and worked at the county nursing home. She retired and moved to Billings in 1998.

She was known for her knitting and sewing.

Survivors include six children, Monte Roche of Sparta, Wis., David Roche and Jayme Bogen, all of Billings, Zara Munsch of Belgrade, Nancy Leach of Richland, Wash., and Johnn Roche of San Diego, Calif.; 13 grandchildren; and seven great-grandchildren.

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


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Harold E. ‘Gene’ Schneider

Harold E. “Gene” Schneider, 63, of Billings, who worked 25 years for Burlington Northern Santa Fe Railroad, died of cancer on Thursday, June 6, 2013.

He was born March 16, 1950, in Worland, Wyo., to Harold W. and Elsie (Hergenrader) Schneider.

Survivors include his wife, Judy; mother, Elsie; a brother, Richard; two stepsons, Daryl and Randall; five grandchildren; and a great-grandson.

Services were pending. Arrangements were by Cremation & Funeral Gallery.


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Mabel L. Hoosline

Mabel L. Hoosline, 90, of Billings, died Sunday, June 9, 2013, at Billings Health and Rehabilitation.

She was born May 17, 1923, in Minnesota and also had resided in Livingston and Billings. She was preceded in death by her husbands, Chester Pladsen and Earl “Pete” Hoosline, and by three children, Pamela Reinken and Gary and Bob Pladsen.

Survivors include daughters, DeAnn Lenhardt of Billings and Barbara Burgard of Longmont, Colo.; four grandchildren; and numerous great-grandchildren.

A private family service was planned. Arrangements are by Cremation & Funeral Gallery.


Last Updated on Saturday, 15 June 2013 09:45

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Clyde Earl Clark

Clyde Earl Clark, 84, who had lived in Billings all of his life, died Sunday, June 9, 2013.

He was the son of Tom F. Clark and Myrtle Charlotte Morehouse. He worked as a butcher for many years and was retired from Deaconess Hospital.

He married Darleen Hazel McLaughlin on June 18, 1953, and they later divorced. They had four children: Steve, Tom, Paul and Charlotte Clark Lande. He had 10 grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren.

A potluck style celebration of life will take place at 1032 Eldora Lane at 2 p.m. Saturday, June 15. Arrangements are by Cremation & Funeral Gallery.


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Herb Stephenson

Herb Stephenson, 83, a farmer and rancher, died Wednesday, June 5, 2013, at his home.

He was born Sept. 26, 1929, in Missouri, the youngest of four children born to Robert Stephenson and Amelia Gebhardt Stephenson. He moved to Montana with his family at the age of 6 and graduated from Fromberg High School in 1947.

He married Ella Mae Bonawitz in 1950. They spent their lives raising a family, crops, cattle and the occasional raccoon. He had received care from Beartooth Hospice.

Survivors include a sister, Betty Butler; children, Denny Stephenson, Vicky Harrison, Bill Stephenson and Brad Stephenson; 13 grandchildren; and 10 great-grandchildren.

Services will be at 10 a.m. Thursday, June 13, at the Joliet Wesleyan Church. Arrangements are by Cremation & Funeral Gallery.

Donations may be made to Beartooth Hospice.


Last Updated on Saturday, 15 June 2013 09:44

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