Kevin John Grusing, 48, who loved the outdoors, died on a June night in 2012.
He was born in Missoula on Sept. 22, 1963, to Harold and Bonnie Grusing, the middle son of three boys. When he was 13, he got a little sister, Cheri Lynn.
On Oct. 14, 1989, he married Lori Alles Grusing.
He enjoyed fishing, hunting, golf, four-wheeling, watching his boys play baseball or just sitting around a fire drinking beer and telling stories.
Survivors include his wife; sons, Kody and Josh of Billings; father, Harold of Billings; mother, Bonnie of Maryville, Tenn.; brothers, Doug of Locust Grove, Ga., and Steve of Spring Creek, Nev.; a sister, Cheri of Sheridan, Wyo.; a stepsister, Lisa of Billings; and a stepbrother, Chris of Shanghai, China.
Services were July 2 at St. Bernard’s Church. Michelotti-Sawyers Mortuary had charge of arrangements.
Last Updated on Tuesday, 03 July 2012 09:20
Diane Fowler, 67, who enjoyed bowling and baking, died June 26, 2012, of lung cancer.
She was born March 22, 1945, in Shelton, Wash., to Vivian Pauline Pryor and George Anderson.
She especially enjoyed making cakes for her grandchildren each year and baking for Christmas.
Survivors include a sister, Linda Lyons of Aurora, Colo.; a brother, Bill Lyons; children, Michael Doherty of Billings, Michelle Williamson of Texas, Terry Doherty of Snohomish, Wash., Tommy Harrell of Shepherd, Kimberly Harrell of Billings and Beth Feldman and Vonda Huszti, both of Billings; 13 grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren.
A celebration of her life was held July 2 at Dahl Funeral Chapel.
Last Updated on Tuesday, 03 July 2012 09:19
Jack Clifford Bennett, 30, who had been a wildlands firefighter pursuing a career in medicine, drowned Sunday, June 24, 2012, in the Stillwater River while trying to help others stranded in a boating accident.
He was born Oct. 27, 1981. He married Aya Kadono less than a month before his death.
He had worked for years as a firefighter and was starting training as an emergency medical technician. He had worked with his father in forensic medicine and had returned to Montana to pursue a career in medicine.
Survivors include his wife; brothers, Mark, Scott and Nick Bennett; parents, Terri and Mike Ferrell, Tom Bennett and Jill Sebring; and grandmother, Barbara Foster Miller.
Visitation will be at Michelotti-Sawyers Mortuary, 1001 Alderson Ave., from 5-9 p.m. Thursday, June 28. Services will be at 10 a.m. Friday at his home in Billings, 4549 Palisades Park Drive.
Gifts may be given in his name to the Montana Coroners Association to a scholarship fund dedicated to medical education. Contact Terri Bullis, executive secretary of the Montana Coroners Association, P.O. Box 318, Hardin, MT 59034.
Last Updated on Saturday, 30 June 2012 11:17
James John Feller, 73, of Billings, who worked 43 years for United Airlines, died Wednesday, June 20, 2012.
He was born to Antone and Barbara (Mitchel) Feller on May 18, 1939, in Hardin. He was educated in Hardin.
In April 1980 He married Helen Stay in San Francisco, Calif. He worked as a cabin service man at United Airlines.
Survivors include his wife; a daughter, Janine Chacon; three grandchildren; and sisters, Mary, Dorothy, Liz, Catherine, Barbara, Betty Lou and Christine.
Viewing and services were June 27, both at Cremation & Funeral Gallery. A remembrance potluck was held afterward at Riverfront Park.
Last Updated on Saturday, 30 June 2012 11:16
Sara Corinne Loch, 31, of Billings, who worked at Rocky Mountain College, died unexpectedly on Tuesday, June 19, 2012.
She was born in Butte on June 3, 1981, to Karl and Jo Ellen (Williams) Loch. She graduated from Skyview High School in 1999, and attended Rocky Mountain College.
She worked at Rocky as the cashier and was recently promoted to administrative assistant to the vice president of the college.
Survivors include her father, Karl; a sister, Stephanie M. Ell; and a brother, Sam Loch.
Viewing was on Saturday, June 23. Services followed, both at Cremation & Funeral Gallery.
Memorials may be sent to Yellowstone Valley Animal Shelter, 1735 Monad Road, Billings MT 59102.
Last Updated on Saturday, 30 June 2012 11:15
Albert Pitman, 72, a longtime employee of Food Services of America, died Sunday, June 24, 2012, in his home after a four-month battle with renal cell cancer.
He was born Dec. 1, 1939, to Ellsworth and Vera Scott Pitman in Virginia City. He was raised in Butte and drove stock truck for his father and Ralph “Old Man” Craddock in his youth.
He enlisted in the Army in 1958 and served six years as a cook. After coming home to Butte, he married Beverly, who became the mother of his four children, on June 15, 1963, at St. John’s Catholic Church in Butte.
In 1974, the family moved to Billings, where he worked for Rocky Mountain Equipment Co. as a mechanic. Then he moved on to Cummins, followed by a job as shop foreman with Food Services of America. There he retired in 2007 after 26 years of “exceptional service.”
In 1985, Mr. and Mrs. Pitman moved to Worden and ran their own farm. Mrs. Pitman died in 2001.
On May 24, 2008, he married Kathy Griffith. She and a daughter, Eileen, were his caregivers in the last four months.
Survivors include his wife; children, Chris Rhodes of Antioch, Tenn., Denis Pitman of Billings, Eileen Pitman of Billings and Frank Pitman of Shepherd; stepchildren, Riann, Mike and Billy Lemler; 18 grandchildren; and three great-granddaughters.
Visitation was June 27 at Dahl Funeral Chapel, including a time of prayer and sharing. Services will be at 2 p.m. Thursday, June 28, at Faith Evangelical Church with burial in Pleasantview Cemetery in Ballantine to follow.
Donations in his name may be given to RiverStone Hospice or the American Heart Association.
Last Updated on Saturday, 30 June 2012 11:14
Joseph H. Yerger, 81, who had a long career in sales management, died after a short illness on June 22, 2012.
He was born April 1, 1931, in Forsyth to Mary and Henry Yerger. He graduated from Billings Senior High School in 1949 and married Betty E. Steinmetz in 1950. After serving in the Navy, he began a 35-year sales management career with the Grinnell Co. in Great Falls, then Billings, retiring in 1985.
He had received care from Aspen Meadows Nursing Home.
Survivors include children, Lori, Russ and Jim; seven grandchildren; four great-grandchildren; and a sister, Marjorie Mott.
Services will be at 10 a.m. Saturday, June 30, at Michelotti-Sawyers Mortuary, 1001 Alderson Ave. in Billings.
Memorials may be directed to Help for Homeless Pets, 2910 Hannon Road, Billings, MT 59101.
Last Updated on Saturday, 30 June 2012 11:13
Leroy Victor Kudrna, 72, a retired risk management consultant with the Cenex Insurance Agency, died of lung cancer on Monday, June 18, 2012, at RiverStone Hospice Center in Billings.
He was born Oct. 18, 1939, in Dickinson, N.D., the oldest son of Victor H. and Dorothy M. (Semerad) Kudrna. He was raised on the family farm southeast of South Heart and attended school in South Heart, graduating as valedictorian and class president in the class of 1957.
He graduated from Northwest Schools of Airline Careers in Portland, Ore. In 1958, he began working for Farmers Union Oil Co. in Dickinson.
On April 6, 1959, he married Isabel Jahner. They resided in Dickinson until 1968 when he became general manager for Farmers Union Oil Co. in Regent, N.D.
In 1973, they moved to Havre to manage North Central Co-op. In 1984, he accepted a position as a risk management consultant with the Cenex Insurance Agency of St. Paul, Minn., thus moving to Billings.
He traveled throughout the Northwest, knowing every town and every Montanan license plate county code. He retired on Jan. 1, 2006.
Mr. Kudrna was a lifetime member of the Knights of Columbus, serving as Grand Knight and district deputy. He was a fourth-degree member.
He was a member of St. Bernard’s Parish in Billings, where he volunteered many hours. He played the piano and accordion.
Survivors include his wife, of Billings; a son, Bruce Kudrna of Havre; daughters, Cindy Turner of Irrigon, Ore.; Wanda Kangas of Great Falls; Jacinta Treece of Kalispell; Jeri Beck of Great Falls; Lou Ann Wood of Laurel; Lana Sanchez of Billings; 18 grandchildren; four great-grandsons; brothers, Ronald of Mandan, N.D., and Eugene and David, both of Dickinson; and a sister, Daphne Duttenhefer of Bismarck, N.D.
A vigil service was held June 24 at St. Bernard’s Catholic Church in Billings. Funeral Mass was June 25 at St. Bernard’s Catholic Church. A luncheon followed the service, followed by the Rite of Committal at Holy Cross Cemetery. Arrangements were in the care of Dahl Funeral Chapel.
Memorials may be made to St. Bernard’s Catholic Church, 226 Wicks Lane, Billings, MT 59105; or Frontier Cancer Research, 1315 Golden Valley Circle, Billings, MT 59102.
Last Updated on Saturday, 30 June 2012 11:12
Deloris Louella Klein, 84, of Billings, died Wednesday, June 20, 2012.
She was the daughter of the late Henry Oberlander and Lydia Wright Oberlander. A son, Clayton, preceded her in death.
Survivors include her husband of 65 years, Clarence A. Klein; a daughter, Sandra Nelson; sons, Gerald Klein, Arnold Klein and David Klein; five grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren.
Services will be at 1 p.m. Saturday, June 30, at Cremation & Funeral Gallery, 29 Eighth St. W.
Last Updated on Saturday, 30 June 2012 11:11
Betty Mae (Noblitt) Lowthian, 86, a former teacher in Billings, died at Westpark Village Senior Living Community on Saturday, June 23, 2012.
She was born Sept. 12, 1925, in Great Falls, the daughter of Wayne and Eula (Johnston) Noblitt. She graduated from Denton High School on May 23, 1946.
She attended Colorado Woman’s College for one year in Denver. She then transferred to the University of Montana in Missoula, became an Alpha Phi and received a degree in business administration in 1947.
She married Archie W. Lowthian of Peerless in Denton on June 12, 1946. They were married for 53 years.
The family later moved to Tulsa, Okla., where she received a degree in elementary education. She taught fourth grade in Billings at Meadowlark and Rimrock Elementary schools. She also taught school in Denton, Midwest and Casper, Wyo.
She also had worked as a secretary in the land department of the Barnsdal Oil Co. and the Wilshire Oil Co. in Casper.
She was a member of the American Legion, Eastern Star Auxiliary and the May Flower Society. She collected early Montana antiques.
She had lived many years at Westpark Village.
Survivors include a son, Leonard of Denton; Mary Pat Lowthian of Billings; and four grandchildren.
At her request, no services were planned. Private inurnment will be in Scobey. Arrangements were by Cremation & Funeral Gallery.
Memorials may be sent to Westpark Village Senior Living Community, 2351 Solomon Ave., Billings, MT 59102; Gabriel’s Foundation of HOPE, P.O. Box 2437, Woodinville, WA 98072; or Rocky Mountain Hospice, 2110 Overland Ave., Billings, MT 59102.
Last Updated on Saturday, 30 June 2012 11:07