The Billings Outpost

Elma L. Jolley

Elma Lovina Zeller Jolley, 77, died Saturday, Feb. 2, 2013.

She was born Aug. 3, 1935, in Lovell, Wyo., to Elmer Leroy and Phebe Louise Wheeler Zeller. After growing up in northern Wyoming, she married Alan Dale Jolley on April 29, 1955. They moved to Billings in March 1965.

Mrs. Jolley earned an associate’s degree in nursing in 1968. She provided nursing services at St. Vincent Hospital, then worked as a private nurse until she retired in 1994.

Survivors include her husband; daughters, Marianne Stoddard, Janet Lloyd and Lisa Stevens; sons, A. Dale Jolley Jr. and Dan Jolley; sisters, Marian Brinkerhoff and Kaye Coppock; brothers, Brent Zeller and Max Zeller; 25 grandchildren; and 14 great-grandchildren.

Services were held Feb. 8 at the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Viewing also was held that day. Arrangements were in the care of Dahl Funeral Chapel.

Last Updated on Friday, 15 February 2013 19:32

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Libby Roth

Libby Roth, who had worked for the Federal Aviation Administration, died Feb. 7, 2013.

She was born in Bozeman to Leonard and Eula Eblen. She graduated from Gallatin County High School and Kinman Business College, then worked in San Francisco for a year before returning to Bozeman. She married Ken Roth, and they lived in Absarokee where he started his teaching career.

The family later moved to Billings, where Mrs. Roth worked for the Federal Aviation Administration for more than 20 years.

She volunteered for civic groups and her church. She played golf and bridge.

Survivors include sons, Len of Bozeman and Rande of Billings; and four grandchildren.

She requested that her body be sent to the WWAMI medical research program at Montana State University upon her death. Services are pending. Michelotti-Sawyers Mortuary has charge of arrangements.

Last Updated on Thursday, 14 February 2013 19:18

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Irvin L. Osborn

Irvin L. Osborn, 86, of Billings, who had been a fashion illustrator for Hart Albin, died Sunday, Feb. 10, 2013.

He was born Sept. 21, 1926, in Worland, Wyo., to Clyde and Alice Osborn. He was educated at Chouinard Art Institute and then worked as a fashion illustrator for Hart Albin for 24 years.

Survivors include cousins, Margorie Crusch of Joliet, Delores Mangler of Casper, Wyo., and Kent and Kathy Loveland of Worland, Wyo.

Services will be at 2 p.m. Monday, Feb. 18, at Peace Lutheran Church, 1301 Ave. D in Billings. Arrangements are by Cremation & Funeral Gallery.

Last Updated on Friday, 15 February 2013 19:21

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Donnie Jean Horacek

Donnie Jean Horacek, 74, of Billings, who had owned Don’s Courthouse Conoco, died Wednesday, Feb. 6, 2013, at St. John’s Lutheran Home.

Born in Rush Center, Kan., to Jerry and Bessie Horacek, he lived much of his life in Lewistown.

Survivors include seven children, Elizabeth Moore, Kim McChesney, Tonya Patterson, Steve Horacek, Don Paul Horacek, Jonathan Horacek and Spencer Horacek; 18 grandchildren; and eight great-grandchildren.

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

Last Updated on Friday, 15 February 2013 19:20

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Julie Haugen

Julie (Miller) Haugen, 68, died Tuesday, Feb. 5, 2013, at St. Vincent Hospital in Billings after a short illness.

She was born in Plentywood to Harold and Karen Miller and graduated from the Deaf and Blind School in Great Falls. She married Lynn Haugen in 1973. After several years in Riverton, Wyo., they moved to Billings.

Survivors include a son, Tony Haugen of Billings; four grandsons; two stepgrandchildren; brothers, Glenn Miller of Pinch, W.Va., and Larry Miller of Elkview, W.Va.; and a sister, Virginia Held of Puyallup, Wash.

Arrangements are in the care of Dahl Funeral Chapel.

Last Updated on Friday, 15 February 2013 19:20

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Reny Madden Roma

Reny Madden Roma, 45, who operated Gordy’s Casino with her husband, died Feb. 2, 2013.

She was born Jan. 28, 1968, in Butte to Bert and LaVonne (Guay) Madden. She attended Whittier School and then moved to Billings and graduated from Senior High School in 1986. She married Gordon “Gordy” Roma in August 1987.

She earned a real estate license and was an agent for AAA Realty. Later, Mr. and Mrs. Roma opened their own business, Gordy’s Casino.

She had been a two-time cancer survivor.

Survivors include her husband; children, Sydni and Conner; parents; and brother, Holt Madden.

Services will be at noon Thursday, Feb. 7, at the Knights of Columbus hall. Michelotti Sawyers Mortuary is in charge of arrangements.

Donations may be sent to the Hub, 515 N. 27th St., Billings, MT 59101; or the Salvation Army, 2100 Sixth Ave. N., Billings, MT 59101.

Last Updated on Thursday, 07 February 2013 19:29

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Nicholas James Schaff

Nicholas Schaff, 81, a farmer and rancher and also a barber, died at High Gate Senior Living in Billings on Monday, Jan. 28, 2013.

He was born March 20, 1931, in Belmont, the son of Michael and Audenia (Weisgerber) Schaff. He graduated from Lavina High School in 1950.

He farmed and ranched in the Lavina area and was a barber. In 1969, he married Grace Feeler.

Survivors include his wife; children, Marsha Sillivan of Ryegate and Jolene Schaff of Billings; stepdaughters, Darlene Pavlak of Lewistown and Sherry Harden of Billings; three grandchildren; five great-grandchildren; five stepgrandchildren; 11 stepgreat-grandchildren; 18 stepgreat-great-grandchildren; a brother, Ned Schaff of Lavina; and a sister, Eugenia Lawrence of Payson, Ariz.

Vigil services were Feb. 1 at Dahl Funeral Chapel. Funeral Mass was Feb. 2 at St. Thomas the Apostle Catholic Church with Rite of Committal in Lavina Cemetery. Arrangements were in the care of Dahl Funeral Chapel.

Last Updated on Thursday, 07 February 2013 19:28

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Clinton Ray Weldon

Clinton Ray Weldon, 93, who drove trucks and owned and managed truck stops and gas stations, died at Billings Health and Rehabilitation on Jan. 31, 2013.

The fourth of seven children, he was born during a late snowstorm on March 7, 1919, to Orville and Elizabeth (Pfaff) Weldon. He spent his childhood on the family ranch and dairy on Blue Creek and attended Basin Creek School.

He graduated from Billings High School and began working at Farmer’s Union Oil Co., where he stayed until 1941. While there, he married Dorothy Stup.

After Pearl Harbor, Mr. Weldon traveled to New Mexico and Texas with a construction company building air bases. In 1944, he began military service as a gunnery instructor.

His marriage ended, and he drove a truck until 1948, when he returned to the family ranch. Shortly thereafter, he married Margaret “Maggie” Kister and inherited a son.

They owned and managed several truck stops and gas stations around town. He continued driving a truck until retirement at age 70.

Survivors include a brother, Richard Weldon of Billings; two sisters, Maeona Smith and Delores Propp, both of Billings; a daughter, Elizabeth “Betty” Lackman of Billings; a son, Gordon Weldon of Colorado Springs, Colo.; 10 grandchildren; and several great- and great-great-grandchildren.

Services were held Feb. 6 at Dahl Funeral Chapel, followed by a light luncheon. Burial with full military honors was in Sunset Memorial Gardens.

Last Updated on Thursday, 07 February 2013 19:28

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Wanda Kroll

Wanda Kroll, 56, who worked 28 years for Valley Foods in Bridger, died Feb. 1, 2013, at St. Vincent Healthcare.

She was the daughter of Joe and Linda (Peters) Feller, born Sept. 30, 1956, in Red Lodge. She attended school in Bridger and married Diz Kroll in Cody, Wyo., on Oct. 28, 1976.

Survivors include her husband; sons, Justin of Laurel and Mike of Laurel; daughters, Tracy of Bridger and Spring Spear; seven grandchildren; mother; and three brothers, David Feller and Tim Feller, both of Bridger, and Terry Feller of Fromberg.

Services were Feb. 5 at Sacred Heart Church in Bridger with burial of ashes in Bridger Cemetery. Arrangements were in the care of Dahl Funeral Chapel.

Donations may be made to Autism Speaks, 719 Eighth Ave., Laurel, MT 59044.

Last Updated on Thursday, 07 February 2013 19:27

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Maria Wyrzykowski

Maria Wyrzykowski, 88, of Billings, who had been a custodian at Eastern Montana College, died Tuesday, Feb. 5, 2013.

She was born in a small village outside of Warsaw, Poland, on Nov. 18, 1924. She and her husband, Jan, worked to make their way across Europe and saved to buy passage to America.

After her children were old enough, she worked at Eastern Montana College for 15 years. After she retired, she helped with Meals on Wheels for five years.

Survivors include sons, Jerry and John of Billings; a daughter, Theresa Stoltz of Denver; five grandchildren; seven great-grandchildren; and three great-great-grandchildren.

Memorial Mass will be held at 10 a.m. Friday, Feb. 8, at St. Thomas Parish, 2055 Woody Drive. Arrangements are by Cremation & Funeral Gallery.

Last Updated on Thursday, 07 February 2013 19:26

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