Gladys Ward, 95, who was active in the Democratic Party and helped found the Widowed Persons Service and Support Group in Billings, died Sunday, June 28, 2015.
She was born Mary Gladys Milam on March 22, 1920, in Billings to Elbert Earl Milam and Grace Belle Lyda Milam. She grew up on the family ranch on Pryor Creek outside of Huntley.
She attended Pioneer Progressive and Broadwater Elementary schools but did not complete high school until she received a GED in 1966. She attended Billings Business College and worked as a bookkeeper, office manager and title researcher at Hanlon Oil and Abstract Guaranty.
She started and helped run several small businesses including the 3B’s Ice Cream Parlor and King Koin Launderette and kept the books for the family’s construction ventures.
In 1936 she married Forrest Blankenbaker. The couple lived in Gary, Ind., for several years, returning to Billings at the outbreak of World War II. She became a widow in 1972.
She aided many local candidates in the Democratic Party, walking her precinct, knocking on doors and serving as a polling place election official.
She began working at the Yellowstone Clerk and Recorder’s office in 1974. She was married to Arley Burton from 1977 until his death in 1987.
With support from AARP and a couple of advocacy trips to Chicago, the Widowed Persons Service and Support Group in Billings was founded.
She made thousands of phone calls to contact the recently widowed in the Billings area, offering a friendly hand and an invitation to join with others in card games, dances and dinner parties.
One widower she met in 1990 was Edwin Ward, whom she married.
Mrs. Ward was active in the Billings chapter of the Elks Club, calling volunteers and acting as a receptionist and volunteer staff scheduler. She and her husband also traveled widely.
Survivors include her husband; daughter, Joyce Roderick of Redmond, Wash.; and a grandson.
A reception luncheon is planned for 1 p.m. Friday, July 10, at the Elks Club, 934 Lewis Ave, Billings, MT 59101.
Last Updated on Thursday, 09 July 2015 13:59
Lawrence “Larry” Restad, 96, a World War II pilot and a longtime employee of Billings Hardware, died June 30, 2015.
He was born in 1918 on a farm north of Billings to Ole and Fredrikke Restad. The family moved closer to Billings when he was a teenager.
While in high school he started working part-time at Billings Hardware Co., which would be his place of employment for decades except for a hiatus due to World War II.
After Pearl Harbor, he joined the Army Air Corps and spent most of 1943 as a gunner on B-24s and B-17s in the Aleutian Islands in Alaska. He flew 25 missions, including one on which his damaged plane had to crash land, earning him a Purple Heart.
After his tour in the Aleutians, he went through flight school and became a B-25 pilot.
After the war, he married Irene Caras, whom he met while taking classes for pilot training at what is now the University of Montana in Missoula.
They settled in Billings, and he went back to work at Billings Hardware. He had made three hunting trips to Alaska. He had received care from Highgate Senior Living.
Survivors include his wife, Irene; a son, Mark; three grandchildren; and brothers, Lee and John.
A private service was held with military honors at Mountview Cemetery. A reception and gathering was held July 7 at the Yellowstone Art Museum in Billings.
Dahl Funeral Chapel was in charge of arrangements.
Memorials may be made in his name to ZooMontana.
Last Updated on Thursday, 09 July 2015 13:58
Brian Justin Ostlund, 42, who loved to ski and snowboard, died June 29, 2015, at his home.
He was born to John and Connie Ostlund on June 15, 1973, in Billings. He later married Shelly Goffena.
He enjoyed riding motorcycles and flying planes with his father.
Survivors include his father, John Ostlund; mother, Connie Keil; ex-wife, Shelly; children, Lexis and Dylan; siblings, Amy Cox, Cara McClung, Stephanie Cook and Tyler Cook; and grandmother, Rose Lance.
A celebration of life was planned at the Ostlund ranch. Arrangements are by Cremation & Funeral Gallery.
Donations can be made to an educational fund for Mr. Ostlund’s children at Western Security Bank, 495 Main St., Billings, MT 59105 – Attn: Judy. Checks may be made payable to John Ostlund, trustee.
Last Updated on Thursday, 09 July 2015 13:49
Keith Allen Hatvick, aka Hattwig, died Saturday, June 27, 2015.
His parents were Dean Hatvick and Corrine Kleinhans.
Survivors include brothers, Joseph Hatvick and Buzz Hatwigg; and a sister, Capri Helgeson.
Services will be at 11:30 a.m. Friday, July 10, at Cremation & Funeral Gallery with interment to follow in Sunset Memorial Gardens. A reception will directly follow graveside services at The Quality Inn Homestead Park in the Homestead Room at 2036 Overland Ave. in Billings. Arrangements are by Cremation & Funeral Gallery.
Last Updated on Thursday, 09 July 2015 13:48
Leo V. Hodnik, 91, a retired heavy equipment operator, died June 25, 2015.
He was born in Bearcreek on April 11, 1924, the son of John and Apolonia Nagoda Hodnik, and grew up in Bearcreek and Scotch Coulee. As a young man, he worked in the coal mines of Bearcreek and the gold mines around Cooke City.
As a heavy equipment operator, he worked construction jobs across Montana. He was a member of Local 400 for more than 50 years, many with Bill Hash, Midland Materials and Long Construction in Billings and Colstrip.
Mr. Hodnik married Myrna Mae (Mitzi) Whitmore in 1953. She died in 1967.
He had received care at the Billings Clinic.
Survivors include sons, Jim and Joe; and a daughter, Debra.
Arrangements are in the care of Dahl Funeral Chapel. A graveside service was planned at Bearcreek Cemetery.
Memorials may be made to the Bearcreek Cemetery fund.
Last Updated on Thursday, 02 July 2015 11:44
Robert Kenneth Lammers, 69, of Billings, died Sunday, June 28, 2015.
He was born Aug. 19, 1945, to Ted and Ruth Lammers in Wisconsin Rapids, Wis., and was named in memory of his “Uncle Bob,” whose plane was shot down in World War II.
He graduated from Billings Senior High School, then joined the Army and was a Vietnam veteran, receiving the National Defense Service Medal.
He had received care from Wendy Tucker and from Billings Health and Rehabilitation.
Survivors include his mother, Ruth Lammers; two brothers, Terry Lammers and James Lammers; and a sister, Tena Lammers-Redfield.
Graveside services with military honors will be at 1 p.m. Tuesday, July 7, at the Yellowstone National Veterans Cemetery. Arrangements are by Cremation & Funeral Gallery.
Last Updated on Thursday, 02 July 2015 11:44
Benjamin H. Gittings, 72, who had a career in engineering and management, died June 25, 2015.
He was born Dec. 17, 1942, in Waterloo, Iowa. He graduated from the University of Nebraska in industrial engineering.
His first wife, Barbara (Kelly) Gittings, and his second wife, Judi Henjum, preceded him death.
Survivors include a brother, Mike Gittings; son, Mark Gittings; daughters, Sheryl Gittings-Randall and Laura Gittings-Carlson; and five grandchildren.
Services will be at 3 p.m. Sunday, July 12, at the Heights Family Funeral Home and Crematory.
Last Updated on Thursday, 02 July 2015 11:33
Cynthia Ann “Cindy” McPhail Hampton, 50, who designed custom cabinetry, died Monday, June 15, 2015, after 4½ years of battling cancer.
She was born Aug. 12, 1964, in Sidney. Her family later moved to Billings, where she graduated from West High School in 1982.
After high school, she joined the Air Force and went to San Antonio, Texas, for basic training. She attended Montana State University Bozeman.
She moved back to Billings and worked at Perkins, Dos Machos, Gusick’s, and Neimer’s furniture. She later worked for Lowe’s (formerly Eagle Hardware) then found her niche designing custom cabinetry at American Appliance. She married Terry Hampton in September 1998.
A month after shattering her ankle on Dec. 23, 2010, she was diagnosed with metastatic breast cancer. Her sharp wit helped her deal with cancer, along with support from a lifelong friend, Julie Dressler.
Survivors include her husband; sons, Trevor and Trenton; and sisters, Laurie of Boise, Idaho, Maureen of Absarokee and Heather of Billings.
Services were held June 20 at Dahl Funeral Chapel in Billings. A potluck reception followed.
Last Updated on Thursday, 25 June 2015 13:23
Lisa Ann Price, 57, who loved cooking and gardening, died in Billings on June 4, 2015.
She was born June 24, 1957, in Worland, Wyo., to Harold and Irene Fabricious. She attended high school and later college in Billings.
Survivors include a son, Matthew Maya; brothers, Hal and Chris Fabricious; sisters, Joan and Beth Fabricious; and her father, Harold Fabricious.
A celebration of life will be held at a later date. Arrangements are by Heights Family Funeral Home & Crematory.
Last Updated on Thursday, 25 June 2015 13:23
Paula Jean Kubik, 70, a retired schoolteacher, died June 20, 2015, in Billings, where she lived at MorningStar Senior Living and had become an active member of the Shiloh Ward of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.
She was born Nov. 27, 1944, at Sedalia Army Air Field in Missouri to Annabelle Swett and John Kubik. After the war, the family moved home to Dickinson, N.D., founding the Flying K Ranch in Dunn County.
Ms. Kubik attended Tabor No. 2 School and graduated from Dickinson Central High School in 1962. She earned a bachelor of science degree from North Dakota State University in 1967. While at NDSU, she worked as a radiologist for the U.S. Department of Agriculture. She took advanced science courses at Dickinson State College and the University of Montana, and earned a master of education degree from Eastern Montana College in 1989.
She began teaching biology at Dawson County High School in Glendive in 1969, retiring in 2003. She advised Key Club and yearbook, judged speech tournaments, took tickets at sporting events and led field trips to Flathead Lake.
After retirement, she became a science instructor at Dawson Community College in Glendive, finally retiring in 2012.
Survivors include a niece, Mandy Kubik of Dickinson; and many cousins.
Services will be at 10:30 a.m. Friday, June 26, at the LDS Shiloh Ward Church, 3595 Monad Road. Arrangements are by Cremation & Funeral Gallery.
Memorials may be sent to Oreo’s Animal Rescue, 93 21st St. E., Dickinson, ND, 58601.
Last Updated on Thursday, 25 June 2015 13:22