The Billings Outpost

Aaron Andrew Clark

Aaron Andrew Clark, 28, of Park City, who had worked for a drilling company and as a volunteer firefighter, died June 13, 2015.

He was born in Billings to Mike Clark and Cindy Trumbo on Aug. 23, 1986. He graduated from Billings Senior High School in 2005.

He had worked for Subway, American Drilling and Lowes before working seven years at Nabors Drilling in North Dakota. He was a firefighter for Park City Volunteer Fire Department.

He married Taylor Rae Osgood on May 10, 2014. He enjoyed the outdoors and had built his children a tree house from scratch.

Survivors include his wife; two sets of twin daughters, Madison, Remington, Kinlee and Adalynne; his mother, Cindy Trumbo of Billings; father, Mike Clark and Susan Rush, of Billings; grandmother, Kaye Clark; brothers, Shane Clark, Jordan and Tyler Wattles; sisters, Brooke Clark-Castaneda, Sheila Clark and Candace Clark.

Visitation will be from noon to 5 p.m. Friday, June 19, and services will be at 11 a.m. Saturday, June 20, at Cremation & Funeral Gallery, 29 Eighth St. W.

Last Updated on Thursday, 18 June 2015 12:06

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Sheldon James Olson

Sheldon James Olson, 69, of Billings, died Wednesday, June 10, 2015, at Billings Clinic after a battle with Lewy body dementia.

The son of Sheldon and Pauline Olson and the second of eight children, he was born Dec. 25, 1945, in Tacoma, Wash. He was raised in Billings and joined the Army after high school. He married Debbie Williams in Billings on July 31, 1970.

He was a pipefitter and a 40-year member of the Local 30 Plumbers and Pipefitters Union.

Survivors include his wife; daughters, Christine Antonson and Tracy Love; four grandchildren; three great-grandchildren; sisters, Paulette Stauffer and Penny Olson; and brothers, Donald and Richard Olson.

Funeral Mass was held Tuesday, June 16, at St. Pius X Catholic Church. Dahl Funeral Chapel was in charge of arrangements.

Last Updated on Thursday, 18 June 2015 12:06

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Christine Mary Colleran

Christine “Chris” Mary Colleran, 65, a retired nurse, died June 2, 2015.

She was born on June 13, 1949, in Pierre, S.D., one of four children of Edward James and Theresa “Tess” Colleran. She graduated in 1967 from T.F. Riggs High School in Pierre and then graduated from the Pierre School of Practical Nursing in 1968 with an licensed practical nurse degree. Also in 1968, she married Donald L. Hanson.

Her nursing career started in South Dakota and took her to Minnesota and Montana. She spent the majority of her nursing years at the Billings Clinic. Before retiring in 2011, she was a nurse at Rocky Mountain Hospice. In 2010 she met Bill Nemecheck, and they shared a home in Bridger.

Survivors include a son, Jason Hanson; two grandsons; Bill Nemecheck of Bridger; brothers, Ed Colleran of Sioux Falls, S.D., and Michael Colleran of Pierre; and a sister, Patricia Colleran of Spearfish, S.D.

A celebration of life will be held Saturday, June 20, at a time and location to be determined. Arrangements are in the care of Dahl Funeral Chapel.

Last Updated on Thursday, 11 June 2015 14:19

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Donny Hone

Donny Hone, 73, a cement finisher for most of his life, died June 5, 2015.

He was born Dec. 2, 1941, to Dan and Lillian Hone in Carson, N.D. He was raised on a farm in Grant County and attended school in Brisbane, N.D.

He served in U.S. Army, including the Vietnam War, for two years.

He worked as a cement finisher for most of his life, formally retiring two years ago from Schaff Concrete. However, he would still come in from time to time to help when his company needed him.

Survivors include his wife, Bev, of 17 years; two children, John Hone and Billy Joe Reichert; stepchildren, Jerry, Angie, Rocky and Brian; brothers, Dan and Jerry; a sister, Joanne; and numerous grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

Private family inurnment will take place later. Arrangements are by Heights Family Funeral Home & Crematory.

Last Updated on Thursday, 11 June 2015 14:19

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Shannon R. Lee

Shannon R. Lee, 58, of Billings, died May 23, 2015.

She was born on April 10, 1957, to J.M. and Caroline Lee in Wyoming. She had lived in Billings, Tennessee and Oregon before making Billings her home.

She enjoyed outdoor sports, riding bikes and taking walks by the river. Her hobbies included coloring, painting, cooking and planting flowers.

Survivors include her mother; sons, Shawn, John and Josh Rykowski; sisters, Aliesha and Terri Lee; and nine grandchildren.

No services were scheduled. Dahl Funeral Chapel was in charge of arrangements.

Last Updated on Thursday, 11 June 2015 14:18

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Sharon Joan Sandow

Sharon Joan (Barman) Sandow, 71, known for her talent with pen and ink, died May 20, 2015.

She was born Nov. 3, 1943, in Williston, N.D., to Arthur and Sophie Barman of Ray, N.D. She graduated from high school in Williston in 1961.  She later moved to Island Park, Idaho, where she married Randy Sandow on March 20, 1966.

After his death, she moved to Poplar to be with her mother and sister.

Survivors include a brother, Duane Barman; a sister, Delaine Ault; and a stepson, Burt Sandow.

Services were May 28 at Cremation & Funeral Gallery. The cremated remains were joined with her husband’s.

Last Updated on Thursday, 04 June 2015 12:03

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Carol Ann Anderson

Carol Ann Placek Anderson, 61, died Thursday, May 28, 2015, of leukemia after earlier beating breast cancer and uterine cancer.

She was born Dec. 28, 1953, to Edward and Violet Placek in Billings. She worked at the Northern Hotel as a maid for many years, then worked at Lockwood Middle School in the cafeteria. 

She was preceded in death by her husband, Gerald “Jerry” Anderson.

Survivors include a son, Donald Anderson; five grandchildren; sisters, Diana Burgess, Janice McKittrick and Linda Best; and a brother, Dennis Placek.

Services were June 1 at Dahl Funeral Chapel. Interment was in Mountview Cemetery.

Last Updated on Thursday, 04 June 2015 12:02

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Agatha F. Twist

Agatha F. (Kierzek) Twist, 91, who had served in the Marine Corps Reserve and worked as a secretary, died May 18, 2015.

She was born Feb. 17, 1924, on a farm south of Wibaux in the community of St. Philip’s. She attended grade school in St. Philip’s and graduated from high school in Wibaux in 1942. She was the oldest of three sisters.

She played the trumpet in her high school band and the piano at school events. She was the church organist at St. Philip’s Catholic Church for 10 years, starting at the age of 9. She was a teacher’s aide at St. Philip’s school the year after graduating from high school.

In 1943 she boarded a train to St. Paul, Minn., where she worked on B-24 and B-25 airplanes at a defense plant during World War II. In May 1944, she enlisted in the U.S. Marine Corps Women’s Reserve. After basic training, she was trained for the Motor Transport Division in Camp Lejeune, N.C. After graduating from Motor Transport school, she was transferred to Camp Miramar, Calif., near San Diego.

She married Walter Jenkins, a sailor at North Island, and after they were both honorably discharged, they lived in Tulsa, Okla., for more than 30 years.

She later divorced, married Ray Twist and moved to Arizona. Her husband died in 1990. She stayed in Arizona for 30 years and worked as a secretary in many offices.

After retiring, she entertained on the piano, organ and accordion at retirement homes, nursing homes, private parties, grand openings and company parties three or four times a week.

In 2006, she moved back to Montana, living in Billings at the Magic City Terrace and then at Aspen Meadows. She took part in an Honor Flight for World War II veterans to Washington, D.C., in 2013.

Survivors include a sister, Anne Jonutis of Billings; two daughters, Barbara Jenkins of Lake in the Hills, Ill., and Judy Jenkins-Goforth of Collinsville, Okla.; and two grandchildren.

No formal services were planned. An informal graveside service will take place at St. Philip’s Catholic Church and Cemetery where her ashes will be interred. Arrangements are by Cremation & Funeral Gallery.

Last Updated on Thursday, 28 May 2015 22:38

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Iola L. Young

Iola Louise (Kutchinske) Young, 85, a farm wife and mother of four, died Thursday, May 21, 2015, at St. John’s Lutheran Home in Billings, where she had lived for the past year and a half.

She was born Sept. 21, 1929, and grew up in Oakes, N.D., the eldest of three children of Lydia and Gust Kutchinske. As a young girl, she responded to an advertisement of a farm wife seeking household help and went to work in Montana on the farm of Hiram and Elsie Young, near Logan in the Gallatin Valley.

She married Ronald W. Young, and Ruth Holdiman, a girl who also was hired in response to the advertisement, married his brother, John, in a double wedding ceremony on Sept. 12, 1948, in Belgrade.

So began her life as a farm wife and member of a large family, since her husband had six siblings, who married and had children and lived near the farm.

Mrs. Young was active in the Order of Eastern Star and was a 50-year member of Sweet Briar Chapter 49 in Manhattan. She suffered from arthritis and osteoporosis in her later years.

Survivors include children, Evelyn Pyburn of Billings, Dennis Young of Billings, Bob Young of Livingston and David Young of Sunnyside, Wash.; a sister, Edna Eppelheimer of Adelanto, Calif.; a half-brother and sisters, Lois Kutchinske of Fargo, N.D., Betty Kutchinske of Salem, Ore., Shirley Blair of Bismarck, N.D., and Richard Kutchinske of Denver, Colo.; four grandsons; and a great-grandson.

Graveside services will be held at the Manhattan Cemetery at 2 p.m. Saturday, June 13.

Contributions may be made to Sweet Briar Chapter Order of Eastern Star 49, P.O. Box 382, Manhattan, MT 59741.

Last Updated on Thursday, 28 May 2015 22:37

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Matthew McPhail

Matthew “Matt” Brian McPhail, 46, of Billings, who started Big Sky Digital Printing and a construction company, died May 22, 2015, after a 6½-year battle against multiple myeloma.

He was born June 12, 1968, in Venice, Calif., to David and Lois (Cloud) McPhail. He attended school in California and Florida. After finishing school in Fresno, Calif., he joined the Army National Guard with his older brother, Kevin.

He moved to the Seattle area in 1993, where he married Jade Fuhrman in July 1997. They moved to Anchorage, Alaska, in 1998 and then to Billings in 2000.

He started Big Sky Digital Printing in 2000 and closed it in 2010, when he started a construction company with his brother Larry, doing roofing and siding. He had to give that up in 2012 for cancer treatment. In February 2013, he received a real estate license so he could work with his wife.

Survivors include his wife, of Billings; daughter, Amanda McPhail of Fresno, Calif.; mother, Lois Cloud of Billings; father, of Antelope, Calif.; grandmother, Phyllis McPhail of Fresno; brothers, Ramon Williford and Jerry Williford of California, Kevin McPhail and Thomas McPhail of Monroe, Wash., and Larry McPhail of Billings; and two grandchildren.

Services will be at 11 a.m. Saturday, May 30, at First United Methodist Church, 2800 Fourth Ave. N. in Billings, with the Rev. Tim Hathaway officiating. Arrangements are by Cremation & Funeral Gallery.

Donations may be sent to the Multiple Myeloma Research Foundation, 383 Main Ave., fifth floor, Norwalk, CT 06851 or online at or any animal rescue organization.

Last Updated on Thursday, 28 May 2015 22:36

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