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Dennis Harold Edwards

Dennis Harold Edwards, 70, who had been a dean at a California College, died Feb. 21, 2013, at Billings Health and Rehabilitation Center after a short battle with lung cancer.

He was born Oct. 7, 1942, in Harlowton to Harold O. and Eva E. Edwards. He attended Harlowton schools and was a star contributor to several championship football seasons.

Soon after graduating in 1960, he married Dorothy DeBuff and enrolled at Eastern Montana College. Shortly after the birth of his first son, he received a bachelor of science degree in history, speech and drama in December 1964. He moved his family to Ceres, Calif., where he began his teaching career. Two years later, he moved his family to Susanville for a teaching position at Lassen High School.

The following year, Mr. Edwards received a fellowship to Utah State University where he received a master of arts degree in political science. The family returned to Susanville, and he taught political science at Lassen College for 12 years, serving several years as department chairman.

In the spring of 1982, he accepted a position as dean of humanities at Cosumnes River College in Sacramento, Calif., and went on to become dean of instruction. He retired in 1995 and moved back to his hometown.

Survivors include his wife; sons, Daniel of Elk Grove, Calif., and Douglas of Sacramento, Calif.; a brother, Mike of Bainbridge Island, Wash.; and four grandchildren.

Dahl Funeral Chapel handled arrangements. At his request, no service has been held, but a memorial will be held later this year.

Donations may be made to RiverStone Hospice, 123 S. 27th St., Billings, MT 59101 or to the Railroad Museum, Harlowton, MT 59036.

Last Updated on Thursday, 07 March 2013 12:28

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Lyle William Allard

Lyle William Allard, 60, of Billings, a retired fish and wildlife biologist, died at Billings Clinic on Tuesday Feb. 26, 2013.

He was born in Williston, N.D., on July 10, 1952. He was raised in Thermopolis, Wyo., and joined the Navy when he finished high school. He completed two tours during the Vietnam War, then moved to Cody, Wyo., where he worked as an outfitter and a guide and participated in the Cody Night Rodeo.

After many years in Wyoming, Mr. Allard received a bachelor of science degree in biology from Montana State University. He was then hired by the U.S. government as a fish and wildlife biologist and spent his working years in Vernal, Utah; Bozeman; Jackson Hole, Wyo.; and Salt Lake City.

Upon retirement he moved to Billings and volunteered for the Department of Veterans Affairs transportation department.

Survivors include his wife, Patti Allard; children, Thomas Tenderholt, Calico Allard Colvin and Ryder Allard; two grandchildren; parents, Louise Allard and Paul Allard; brothers, Art Allard, Eddie Allard and Larry Allard; and a sister, Carrie Allard Cohoe.

Services were held March 2 at Cremation & Funeral Gallery.

Last Updated on Saturday, 16 March 2013 14:37

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Jacob Glen Power

Jacob Glen Power, 8, of Jordan, died Tuesday, Feb. 26, 2013, in an all-terrain vehicle accident.

He was born July 13, 2004, in Billings.

Survivors include his parents, Ashley and Hank Ward of Jordan; brother, Wyatt; grandparents, Matt and Natalie Power of Rock Springs; grandmother, Marcie Ward of Miles City; and great-grandmother, Norma Ballensky Power.

Visitation was Feb. 28 and services were on March 1, both at Cremation & Funeral Gallery. Graveside services were March 2 at Fairview Cemetery in Hardin.

A memorial fund has been set up at Valley Federal Credit Union in Billings. Memorials may also be made to Autism Speaks, 1060 State Road, second floor, Princeton, NJ, 08540 or

Last Updated on Thursday, 07 March 2013 12:26

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Delena Katherine Havens

Delena “Kitty” Havens, 91, of Billings, who had won many awards for her paintings, died Feb. 20, 2013.

She was born in Danville, Va., on Oct. 15, 1921, to Mardgie Dell and James Henry Thompson. She graduated from Maury High School in Norfolk, Va., and Strayer Business College in Washington, D.C.

She married Robert Fordham Havens in Hampton, Va., in 1942. She had worked at Langley Air Force Base in Virginia, Wright Patterson Air Force Base in Ohio and in the Ohio public school system. She retired in 1976, and Mr. and Mrs. Havens divided their time between their Ohio farm and retirement communities in Florida and Arizona. They moved to Billings in 1986 to be close to their daughter.

Her paintings won many awards at art shows, and she was known for her mastery of the technique of reverse painting on glass. She also traveled with her husband and with the Friendship Force.

She had received care from Highgate Senior Living.

Survivors include her husband; a daughter, Dianne Havens Stanley; three grandchildren; and sisters, Lillian Hinds and Martha Foster.

Services will be held in Southhampton, Long Island, and in Norfolk, Va. Arrangements are by Cremation & Funeral Gallery.

Donations may be made to Boys & Girls Club of Yellowstone County, 505 Orchard Lane, Billings, MT 59101,

Last Updated on Thursday, 28 February 2013 18:05

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Robert Allen Fagan

Robert Allen Fagan, 89, of Billings, a World War II veteran and American Legion district commander, died Tuesday, Feb. 19, 2013, at Parkview Convalescent Center.

The son of George and Orabelle Fagan, he was born Oct. 28, 1923, in Hampton, Neb. He was raised in the Conrad area. During World War II, he served with the 163rd Infantry in the South Pacific, receiving the Purple Heart and Bronze Star.

On Nov. 20, 1944, he married Norma Woodbury in Sydney, Australia. In 1947 they moved to Cut Bank, where he worked in the grain industry. In the early 1970s they moved to Billings where he worked for Johnstone Supply.

He served as commander of American Legion Yellowstone Post 4 and as district commander for District 11. Each year he attended his unit reunion in Helena where he was the youngest member. He also belonged to the Veterans of Foreign Wars, Knights of Columbus and the Elks Lodge.

Survivors include his wife; a son, Royal of Billings; daughters, Colleen Wigen and Patricia Fagan, both of Billings; a sister, Betty Zarn of Cut Bank; five grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren.

Funeral Mass was Feb. 25 at Holy Rosary Parish with military honors at Yellowstone County Veterans Cemetery. Michelotti-Sawyers Mortuary had charge of arrangements.

Last Updated on Thursday, 28 February 2013 18:04

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Ronald Schultz

Ronald Schultz, 81, who worked in the rock and masonry business, died Feb. 23, 2013.

He was born April 18, 1931, in Billings to Frank Manuel Schultz and Louise Kohl Schultz. He spent his teen years working on ranches in the Bull Mountains and racing horses.

He collected cowboy hats and antique tools and hunted arrowheads. He raised many dogs. His pride was the stone retaining wall he built at his favorite place in the Bull Mountains.

Survivors include his wife, Mavis; a son, Tim Schultz of Shepherd; five grandchildren; and sisters, Mary Bangart of Joliet and Joyce Brumfield of Billings.

In accord with his wishes, there will be no formal funeral. A gathering will be held in the spring at the cabin in the Bull Mountains. Arrangements are by Cremation & Funeral Gallery.

Memorials may be sent to RiverStone Hospice, 123 S. 27th St., Billings, MT 59101.

Last Updated on Thursday, 28 February 2013 18:04

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William E. ‘Gene’ Brum

William E. “Gene” Brum, 86, who worked for the railroad for more than 30 years and enjoyed the outdoors, friends and family, died Feb. 17, 2013.

He was born in Fort Collins, Colo., in November 1926 to J.P. “Pete” and Mary Brum. His mother died when he was 2, and he went with his father to Washington. From there, they came to Billings, where he attended school.

He joined the Navy and served in World War II and Korea, then he worked for the Northern Pacific (Burlington Northern) Railroad. He was also employed as a mechanic with Cummins Diesel, Owens Trailer and Associated Foods. He later worked as a bus aide for First Student, retiring in 2007.

He was active in Cub Scouts and Little League with his sons. He was secretary-treasurer for the International Association of Machinists Union Local 622 for 25 years. He was also a member of the American Legion and Elks Lodge. Mr. Brum was active in a bowling league and participated in the Big Sky State Games.

His wife, Viola, died in 1984.

Survivors include four sons, Richard of Dixon and James Waite, Loren and Russell, all of Billings; two daughters, Kristi Burns of Baker and Charlene Hughes of Billings; five sisters, Ilene McCully of Tujunga, Calif., Lillian Steinbrink and Dolores Bernhardt, both of Billings, Betty Arginziano of Lowellville, Ohio, and Darlene Silverman of California; and numerous grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

Visitation will begin at 10 a.m. Thursday, Feb. 21, followed by services at 11 a.m. at Michelotti-Sawyers Mortuary.

Last Updated on Thursday, 21 February 2013 11:32

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Phyllis Sanchez

Phyllis Sanchez, 74, of Billings, a teacher who had worked for Head Start and the Migrant Council, died Sunday, Feb. 10, 2013, at St. Vincent Healthcare in Billings.

She was born April 27, 1938, in Billings, the daughter of Felix and Margaret (Alva) Ontiveros. She attended Garfield School and Lincoln Junior High School.

On Oct. 23, 1954, she married David R. Sanchez at Our Lady of Guadalupe Church. She attended Eastern Montana College, and after her children were in school she started her teaching career.

She worked for Head Start at North Park and in daycare at First Congregational Church. She worked for the Migrant Council and set up an education program for children in the ’70s, located in Poly Drive School. She was also employed with Billings Deaconess Hospital for a short time.

She was a lifeguard at South Park pool and participated in dance programs at Lincoln Center.

Survivors include her husband, David; children, Dennis Sanchez, Diana Parrott, Ronald Sanchez, Ben Sanchez, Bonnie Sanchez, Gary Sanchez, Frank Parrott and Felicia Sanchez Rivera; 14 grandchildren; six great-grandchildren; and a brother, Paul Ontiveros.

She had received care from a niece, Lori, the last two weeks.

Vigil services were Feb. 15 and a Memorial Mass on Feb. 16, both at Our Lady of Guadalupe Church. Interment will be held later. Arrangements were in the care of Dahl Funeral Chapel.

Last Updated on Thursday, 21 February 2013 11:31

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Jason James Shaw

Jason James Shaw, 32, of Billings, died Monday, Feb. 11, 2013.

He was born in Billings to Bradley James Shaw and Sheri Wyrick on March 4, 1980.

Survivors include his parents; grandmothers, Kathy Shaw and Janet Jones; sisters, Chandra Shaw, Katie McLees and Morgan McLees; and a son, Tayson Riojas-Shaw.

Services were Feb. 18 at Cremation & Funeral Gallery.

Last Updated on Thursday, 21 February 2013 11:30

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Lee C. Mills

Lee C. Mills, 90, who had a long career in aviation, died Friday, Feb. 8, 2013, at the Billings Clinic.

He was born in Sibley, Iowa, on May 30, 1922, to Doris Katherine Mitchell and Harley Mills. His parents subsequently divorced, and his mother married William Gustin and the family moved to Miles City in 1927.

Mr. Mills graduated from Custer County High School in 1940. He worked for Carl Brodston in Charlie Hatch’s garage as an apprentice auto body repairman, then moved in 1941 to Billings and worked at Lew Chevrolet garage in the body and paint shop.

In 1942, while working for Northwest Airlines as an apprentice mechanic and ramp attendant, he entered the Army Air Force and was assigned to the Mechanic School at Sheppard Field, Texas, and the Advanced Engine School at Chanute Field, Ill.

His service experience included 22 months at the air base at Jorhat in the Assam province in India. This base was involved in flying supplies across the Himalaya mountains to China over the route known as “The Hump.”

His assignments included ground crew chief responsibilities for the maintenance of a four-engine transport aircraft and flight engineer duties. He accumulated 652 hours of flight time and was awarded the Distinguished Flying Cross (twice), the Air Medal (twice) and the Presidential Unit Citation (twice).

Upon his rotation back to the States, he married Stella Leone on April 25, 1945. He was subsequently assigned to Homestead Air Base in Florida as a flight engineer instructor.

After the war, Mr. and Mrs. Mills lived in Billings while he went back to work for Northwest Airlines. After an assignment in St. Paul, Minn., he returned to Billings and worked for Gillis Flying Service, managing the shop and parts departments for 10 years.

In 1959 he was recruited by the Federal Aviation Agency as a field maintenance inspector and was assigned to Fresno, Calif., and Helena. In Helena, he participated with the Montana Aeronautics Commission in the establishment of a Flight Instructor Refresher Program, which became a national effort to reduce aviation accidents. He also developed a slide program that he presented to pilot groups in Western Montana. The program was demonstrated to Regional Headquarters, then sent to the 90 field offices and became a national program.

Mr. Mills also worked with the Montana Aeronautics Commission to establish an annual airplane mechanic refresher seminar. He was promoted to field office supervisor in Helena and after 12 years was transferred to Fargo, N.D.

After 27 years, he retired, and he and his wife moved back to Billings. They taught round dancing at state conventions and festivals in the Dakotas, Minnesota, Manitoba, Saskatchewan and Montana. He was a member of the St. Thomas the Apostle Parish, the CBI Hump Pilots Association, the Eagle Lodge in Fargo and the Elks and Moose lodges. He also made audio tapes of books for people with sight challenges, in addition to helping people learn English as a second language.

Survivors include a son, Stephen; two grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren.

Services were Feb. 19 at Dahl Funeral Chapel. Committal was in Holy Cross Cemetery.

Last Updated on Thursday, 21 February 2013 11:29

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