Services were held May 3, 2014, for Alden Michael French, 73, who taught automotive technology for 23 years here.
He was born Jan. 23, 1941, to Alvida and Gertude (Nordgren) French in Scobey. He attended high school at the Assumption Abbey in Richardton, N.D., and graduated in 1959 from Billings Central Catholic High School. He worked on a Montana highway road crew before entering the Air Force from 1961 to 1965.
In 1966 he married Levon Ahtone in Wolf Point. She died in October 2011. To this union were born Michael Stephen in 1966, who died in 2013, and Stephanie Jane in 1974, who died in 1988.
He received a college degree from what is now Montana State University-Northern in Havre. He taught in the Billings High School District and at Billings Vo-Tech for 23 years, retiring in 1994. He also surveyed for the state highway road crew, did some ranching, custom combining and commercial painting.
Survivors include two grandchildren, Steven of Billings and Paris of Dickinson, N.D., and nine siblings.
Memorial Mass was held May 3 at St. Bernard’s Catholic Church. Arrangements were by Cremation & Funeral Gallery.
Last Updated on Thursday, 08 May 2014 11:14
Maynard Huschka, 70, of Billings, a part owner of HCL equipment, died Thursday, May 1, 2014, of cancer.
He was born Nov. 16, 1943, in Dickinson, N.D., one of five children of Nick and Cecelia Huschka. He graduated from South Heart High School in 1962.
On Oct. 4, 1969, he married Rosemary Wanner.
He worked at HCL equipment for more than 35 years and was a part owner.
Survivors include his wife; sons, Todd Huschka and Leon Huschka; a daughter, Nicole Huschka; three brothers, Marvin, Melvin and Michael Huschka; and four grandchildren.
Visitation will be held at Cremation & Funeral Gallery from 3-7 p.m. Thursday, May 8, and services will be at 11 a.m. May 9 at Cremation & Funeral Gallery. A reception will follow at the Knights of Columbus where lunch will be served.
Last Updated on Thursday, 08 May 2014 11:13
Marjorie Ann (Kenck) Engleking, 90, who had been a teacher in Billings, died May 1, 2014, in Vancouver, Wash.
She was born Sept. 14, 1923, in Butte to Hugo and Maude Kenck, and grew up in Los Angeles. She married Don Engleking on Jan. 2, 1943, and they made their home in Butte, where she worked as a legal secretary.
After raising two children, they moved to Billings, where she earned a bachelor’s degree in education from Eastern Montana College in 1970. She was a special education teacher, retiring in 1985 from Rose Park Elementary School.
She was an active member of the St Patrick’s parish in Billings, volunteering there, at ZooMontana and in other organizations.
Survivors include a son, Jon Engleking of Vancouver; a daughter, Jan Ames of Heyburn, Idaho; six grandchildren; seven great-grandchildren; and a brother, Jack Kenck of Vancouver.
A memorial Mass and graveside service will be held in Billings. Arrangements are in the care of Dahl Funeral Chapel.
Donations may be made to the Billings Humane Society.
Last Updated on Thursday, 08 May 2014 11:12
Dee A. Roe, 69, who was a staple in the Montana bar scene in the 1970s and ’80s, died April 24, 2014.
She was born Delores Ann Sonsteng on Nov. 28, 1944, in Glasgow to the late Milo Sonteng and Ailie Kauppenin English. She had three siblings, Marvin, Melvin and Levonne. She spent a good amount of her youth on the Sonsteng farm in Luster.
The family moved to Helena in 1961, and she graduated from Helena High School in 1964. She purchased the local Greyhound bus depot in Helena in 1970.
She married Jim Roe in 1975, and they owned the Mint Bar in Townsend. In 1985 she moved to Billings and acquired another bar, Archers on Grand Avenue, in 1986.
At age 50 she went to college to get a bachelor’s degree in psychology.
Survivors include a son, Michael; and two grandchildren.
Services will be at 2:30 p.m. May 10 at Cremation and Funeral Gallery, 29 Eighth St. W. in Billings. A celebration of life will follow at the Shrine Auditorium on Broadwater Avenue from 4-8 p.m., with food and drink supplied.
Donations may be sent to Cremation and Funeral galleries, 29 Eighth St. W., Billings, MT 59101.
Last Updated on Thursday, 08 May 2014 11:11
Donald “Don” Eugene Buska, 86, died April 29, 2014, at home, hours after returning from the Big Sky Honor Flight to see the World War II Memorial in Washington, D.C.
He and his wife, Mary Louise (Moore) Buska, had lived in Billings for 30 years, having formerly lived in Laurel and South St. Paul, Minn.
Mr. Buska was born Sept. 28, 1927, in South St. Paul to Vernon Avitus and Eltha Eleanor (Gill) Buska. He married on Nov. 29, 1947, at St. Augustine Church in South St. Paul.
Mr. Buska graduated from South St. Paul High School in June 1945 and was drafted into the Navy in December 1945. He served as seaman first class on a destroyer escort, the USS William Seiverling, and was honorably discharged in August 1946.
He was employed by Cenex in South St. Paul and Laurel for 46 years, retiring in 1991. He was scout leader of Troop 411 in Laurel; district chairman of the Many Waters District of Boy Scouts of America; and was at St. Anthony Catholic Church in Laurel.
He led Troop 411 on Absarokee Mountain Man Pack Trips and on three Charles E. Sommers Canoe Base Trips, and he attended two National Boy Scouts of America Jamborees as a leader. He was honored with the Scouting Silver Beaver Award and Catholic Scouters Bronze Pelican Award.
He was a member of the Yellowstone Woodturners of Billings and exhibited his work at MontanaFair.
Survivors include children, James S. Buska, William A. Buska, Thomas J. Buska, Jeffrey G. Buska, Donna E. Schmidt and Diane A. Connors; 14 grandchildren; and seven great-grandchildren.
The Rev. Steve Zabrocki will officiate at a private family gravesite ceremony. Interment will be in Yellowstone County Veterans Cemetery in Laurel. A social gathering in celebration of his life was held May 5 at St. Anthony Church Parish Hall in Laurel. Arrangements were in the care of Dahl Funeral Chapel.
Memorials may be sent to the Rocky Mountain Hospice or the Boy Scouts of America.
Last Updated on Thursday, 08 May 2014 11:11
Faye (Julia Faye) Smith Sexton, 99, of Billings, died May 1, 2014. She had been a longtime resident at Eagle Cliff Manor.
She was born Aug. 14, 1914, at Beehive, the daughter of Sherman and Josie (Hawks) Smith. She attended school in Absarokee, graduating from Absarokee High School in 1933.
She married William P. “Bill” Sexton on Nov. 15, 1936, in Greybull, Wyo. They lived in the Billings area most of their lives. Mr. Sexton died Sept. 2, 2010.
Mrs. Sexton worked for many years at the JC Penney store on North Broadway. She was a skilled seamstress and worked in a number of crafts.
Survivors include a son, Ronald Sexton of Billings; a daughter, Bonnie Lundin of Yuma, Ariz.; six grandchildren; and 10 great-grandchildren.
Services will be at 10 a.m. Thursday, May 8, at Eagle Cliff Manor, 1415 Yellowstone River Road. Private interment will be at Sunset Memorial Gardens. Arrangements are by Cremation & Funeral Gallery.
Memorials may be sent to Rocky Mountain Hospice.
Last Updated on Thursday, 08 May 2014 11:09
Gordon Marshall Williams, 60, of Billings, who enjoyed the outdoors, died of cancer on March 17, 2014.
He was born to Raymond Joseph Williams and Marguerite Marie (Owens) Williams in Billings on Nov. 16, 1953. He was the third of four children.
He was a competitive swimmer throughout adolescence and graduated from Billings West High school in 1972, then from Missoula Tech.
Shortly after finishing school, Mr. Williams explored the world. Upon his return, he met his wife of 26 years, Alicia (Anderson) Williams.
They had three children, Jedidiah Gualberto, Jessica Denise and Kristin Jade, and six grandchildren.
A memorial service was held April 26 at Cremation & Funeral Gallery.
Last Updated on Thursday, 01 May 2014 11:23
John David McRae, 83, who owned and operated a road and bridge construction company for many years, died of lung cancer on April 4, 2014.
He was born in Cornell, Wis., on Sept. 30, 1930, to William and Anna (Sotak) McRae. He joined the Army in 1947.
He married Rosemary Christensen in Billings on Dec. 31, 1953.
Mr. McRae owned and operated a road and bridge construction company before becoming a member of The Iron Workers Union until he retired.
He was a member of the American Quarter Horse Association and raised and raced quarter horses, creating a winning blood line.
He had received care from Rocky Mountain Hospice and Unit 1 at the Billings Health and Rehabilitation Community.
Survivors include his wife, Rosemary McRae; a sister, Betty Wuckerpfinning of Chippewa Falls, Wis.; a brother, Bill McRae of Choteau; sons, Bill McRae, Don McRae of Billings and Doug McRae of Wright, Wyo.; seven grandchildren; and eight great-grandchildren.
Services will be at 10 a.m. Saturday, May 3, at Cremation & Funeral Gallery, 29 Eighth St. W.
Donations may be made to Montana’s Wounded Warriors, 100 Cooperative Way, Suite 100 Kalispell, MT 59901-2386 or to Rocky Mountain Hospice, 2100 Overland Ave., Suite 111, Billings, MT.
Last Updated on Thursday, 01 May 2014 11:23
Grace Genearl Oswalt Moore, 88, a talented seamstress and a longtime state employee, died Sunday, April 27, 2014, at Morning Star Senior Retirement Facility in Billings.
She was born Jan. 13, 1926, in Huxley, Shelby County, Texas, to Joseph Littleton “Lit” Oswalt and Martha Ida Metcalf Oswalt. She was the eighth child of 14 in the family. She grew up on the family farm in East Texas.
She graduated in 1944 from Shelbyville High School with an interest in home economics. For most of her life, she sewed whatever was needed for friends and family. She also made crocheted afghans for children and grandchildren, quilted bedspreads and table runners.
She worked at the phone company as a newlywed and later with the State Board of Equalization, the Department of Revenue and then the State of Montana Liquor Warehouse. She retired after 26 years working for the same division.
She married John “Jack” Winfield Moore on Dec. 23, 1947. They lived almost all of their 66 years together in Helena. They had three children, John Douglas Moore of Helena, Jacquelyn Moore of Cedar Hill, Texas, and Carolyn Villa of Billings; four grandchildren; and eight great-grandchildren.
Survivors include a sister, Bernice Lowell McGee, Wretha Ann Permenter, Clemmie Ruth Dean; and a brother, Billy Burk Oswalt Windham.
A Celebration of Life will be held at Cremation & Funeral Gallery at 11 a.m. Thursday, May 1. A gathering of family and friends will follow the service at Morning Star, 4009 Bell Ave. in Billings. Inurnment will be at the Veterans Cemetery at Fort Harrison where she will be laid to rest next to her husband.
Last Updated on Saturday, 03 May 2014 11:21
Vera Amy Stenehjem, 92, of Billings, who had been coordinator of outpatient services for the Montana Center for Cerebral Palsy and Handicapped Children, died April 17, 2014, at Canyon Creek Memory Care.
She was born to Clara and August Rogers on Sept. 4, 1921, in Alexander, N.D., the youngest of nine siblings. She graduated from high school there in 1939. She obtained a registered nurse degree at Trinity School of Nursing in Minot, N.D., and completed a public health nursing degree at the University of Washington in Seattle, with advanced studies in nursing care.
She worked in Public Health Nursing Services in Schenectady, N.Y., before marrying Ralph C. Stenehjem in 1943. While he was in the Pacific Theater in the Navy during World War II, she worked in the ammunition facilities in Grand Island, Neb.
The Stenehjems spent time in Williston, N.D., after the war. She worked as a public health nurse in Gallatin County. The family moved to Absarokee in 1950 where she worked as a visiting public health nurse.
When the family moved to Billings in 1959, Ms. Stenehjem became the coordinator of outpatient services for the Montana Center for Cerebral Palsy and Handicapped Children. She worked there for 22 years, retiring in 1981.
She was active in her church and could be the “Lefse Queen” for church bazaars. For more than 30 years she met with friends for prayer and Bible study. She and her husband served at the Tacate mission on the California border during the winter months.
She had spent the last 2 1/2 years of her life at Canyon Creek Memory Care.
Survivors include two daughters, Nancy Pence of Billings and Kathryn Grosshuesch of Casper, Wyo.; a son, Don Stenehjem of Seattle; eight grandchildren; and 14 great-grandchildren.
Services were April 22 at King of Glory Church in Billings. Arrangements were by Cremation & Funeral Gallery.
Memorials are suggested to Special K Ranch.
Last Updated on Thursday, 24 April 2014 09:24