The Billings Outpost

Ray Leland

Ray Leland, 81, of Billings, an architect here for more than 40 years, died July 31, 2014, after a lengthy illness.

He was born in Joliet on March 7, 1933, to Ole and Ragna Leland. He attended school in Joliet and graduated from Montana State University with a degree in architecture.

His wife, Irene, died four weeks ago after 59 years of marriage. He had received care from Rocky Mountain Hospice.

Survivors include a sister, Violet; a daughter, Rena Leland Koinis of Bellaire, Texas; sons, Eric Leland of Bremerton, Wash., and Hal Leland of Patterson, Calif.; and four grandchildren.

A private memorial service was planned. Arrangements are by Cremation & Funeral Gallery.

Last Updated on Thursday, 07 August 2014 11:38

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Bonnie M. Johnson

Bonnie Marie Johnson, 69, of Billings, who had worked in various jobs, died Dec. 12, 2013, in Aurora, Colo., from complications of a stroke.

She was born July 17, 1944, in Bingham Canyon, Utah, the daughter of Joseph and Justine (Kozola) Naglich. On Oct. 3, 1964, she married Wally Johnson at St. Pius X Church in Billings. They moved to cities in Colorado, California, Montana, Arizona, Nevada, Minnesota and Ilo, Peru, before returning to Billings.

She had worked as a telephone operator, receptionist at Warm Springs, electronic salesperson for Walmart, cosmetic consultant for Jafra and cashier at several businesses.

Survivors include her husband; sons, Darren and Jared; three grandsons; sisters, Joyce, Marilyn and Roberta; and a brother, Joseph Naglich.

Services will be at 10 a.m. Saturday, Aug. 2, at Dahl Funeral Chapel. Burial of ashes will be in Holy Cross Cemetery.

Last Updated on Thursday, 31 July 2014 09:51

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Darlene Andrea Hert

Darlene Andrea Hert, 75, who had worked in secretarial positions, died the morning of July 28, 2014.

She was born on Nov. 8, 1938, in Albert Lea, Minn., to Lloyd and Ruth Hanson, the oldest of five children. She graduated from Billings Senior High School in 1957 and married Francis Hert Sr. in 1958.

She had worked in secretarial positions for the Job Service, Exxon Chemical, and the Montana Secretary of State’s Office.

Survivors include her husband, Frank; two sons, Frank Jr. and Jeff; siblings, Duane Hanson, LaVonne Wilcox, LeMoyne Hanson and Robert Hanson; five grandchildren; and five great-grandchildren.

Services will be at 3 p.m. Friday, Aug. 1, at Cremation & Funeral Gallery, 29 Eighth St. W.

Last Updated on Thursday, 31 July 2014 09:51

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Martha M. Wagner

Martha M. Wagner, 76, died July 27, 1014, at Valley Health Care Center.

Services will be at 11 a.m. Saturday, Aug. 2, at Spruce Grove Community Room in Laurel.

Last Updated on Thursday, 31 July 2014 09:45

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Ronald G. Lundeen

Ronald G. Lundeen, 81, a retired bank examiner for the Federal Deposit Insurance Corp., died of cancer on July 28, 2014.

He was born July 1, 1933, in Alvarado, Minn., to Elmer and Gladys (Westby) Lundeen. In 1955, he married Mary Ann Campbell, who died in 1997. He married Darlene Link in 2001.

He attended schools in the East Grand Forks, Minn., area, graduating from Central High School in East Grand Forks. He attended the University of North Dakota in Grand Forks, N.D., interrupted by two years in the Army serving as a code radio operator and as part of the Atomic Energy Commission bombing experiments in the Nevada desert. He graduated from UND with a bachelor’s degree in business administration.

For 31 years he managed Wohl Shoe Cos. stores in the Midwest. He owned his own shoe store in Westminster, Colo., for eight years, then became an investment manager and counselor. In 1986 he became a bank examiner for the FDIC.

After retirement, he volunteered at Billings City College and the Retired Seniors Volunteer Program, among others.

Survivors include his wife; two daughters, Robin Lundeen of Brighton, Colo., and Julie Lundeen–Russell of Billings; stepchildren, Pat Carter, Dave Rinn Jr. and Barb Erks; a brother, Dale of Fargo, N.D.; three sisters, Wanda Wright of Portland, Ore., Corrine Simonson of East Grand Forks and Maurine Danielson of Grand Forks; grandchildren; and great-grandchildren.

Inurnment will be at 2 p.m. Friday, Aug. 1, at Yellowstone National Cemetery in Laurel. Services will be at 10:30 a.m. Aug. 2 at Trinity Lutheran Church. Arrangements are by Cremation & Funeral Gallery.

Memorials can be made to a hospice of your choice.

Last Updated on Thursday, 31 July 2014 09:45

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Diane L. Garcia

Diane L. Garcia (Soper), 59, of Billings, died July 28, 2014.

She was born April 4, 1955, in Burke, S.D., to Howard and Darlene Soper.

Survivors include her husband, Gary; a daughter, Sara; a son, Daniel; brothers, Neil and Bruce; a sister, Lori; and three grandchildren.

Arrangements are by Cremation & Funeral Gallery.

Donations may be made to St. Jude’s Children’s Hospital, 501 St. Jude Place, Memphis, TN 38105.

Last Updated on Thursday, 31 July 2014 09:44

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Asa ‘Ace’ Cantrell

Asa “Ace” Cantrell, 88, a retired painter who had worked 27 years for Columbus Hospital, died July 21, 2014, in Billings.

He had lived in Tracy with his wife, Maxine, for 50 years. They were married for 68 years.

He had received care from Butterfly Homes and RiverStone Hospice.

Survivors include three children, John Cantrell, Kathie Finley and Carol Haugan; seven grandchildren; and numerous great grandchildren.

Services were pending. Arrangements are by Cremation & Funeral Gallery.

Last Updated on Thursday, 31 July 2014 09:43

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Margie Haider

Margie Haider, 85, died early on the morning of July 18, 2014, from failing health due to respiratory distress, just three weeks after the death of her husband of 67 years.

Margarete Johanna was born to Anton and Johanna Kautzmann in Mandan, N.D., on Aug 7, 1928. She grew up with five brothers and two sisters. Shortly after high school graduation, she married George Haider, and a few years later they moved to Dickinson, N.D.

In the fall of 1954, the family moved to Billings, and Mrs. Haider became a cosmetician. She worked first at Hummel drug and subsequently Western Drug.

Survivors include sons, Daryl and Dale; a sister, Clara Lubke; four grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren.

Funeral Mass was Wednesday, July 23, at St. Pius Catholic Church.

Memorials may be made to the Billings Catholic Schools Foundation, P.O. Box 31158, Billings, MT 59107.

Last Updated on Thursday, 24 July 2014 11:08

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Vernon F. Wanner

Vernon Wanner, 81, who had worked for several trucking companies, died July 13, 2014.

He was born to Barbara (Spranger) Wanner and Christian Wanner on March 30, 1933, in Steele, N.D. On July 14, 1980, he married Virginia Bitz in Coeur d’Alene, Idaho. Some years later they divorced.

Mr. Wanner started as a mechanic at a service station. Later he took to driving semi-truck, working for Highball Trucking, Getter Trucking and Consolidated Freightways.

Survivors include brothers, Arthur Wanner of Fort Worth, Texas, and Allen Wanner of Mandan, N.D.; a sister, Frieda Rath of Minneapolis, Minn.; and a friend, Ann Bauer of Billings.

Arrangements were by Cremation & Funeral Gallery.

Last Updated on Thursday, 24 July 2014 11:08

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Mardell E. Pfennig

Mardell “Dell” E. Pfennig, 70, of Billings, who had been a surgical nurse, died July 9, 2014, of cancer.

She was born in Mankato, Minn., on March 28, 1944, to George and Jeanne Ebert. She married Wayne Waldron and moved to Albert Lea, Minn. They had two children, Jeff and Jennifer.

After they divorced, she moved to Minneapolis and married Allen Pfennig. They had three children, Donna Mae, Jaydene and Jason. In addition, Mr. Pfennig adopted Jeff and Jennifer.

Mr. and Mrs. Pfennig moved to Billings and after 13 years of marriage were divorced. Mrs. Pfennig worked as a surgical nurse for 13 years and also on the orthopedic floor at St. Vincent Hospital until a neck injury left her disabled.

She was a member of Hope Lutheran Church and participated in Relay For Life as a breast cancer survivor.

Survivors include six siblings, four children, seven grandchildren and 10 great-grandchildren.

Services were July 14 at Hope Lutheran Church. Arrangements were in the care of Dahl Funeral Chapel

Memorials should be directed to Hope Lutheran Church, RiverStone Hospice, Relay for Life or the Ronald McDonald House.

Last Updated on Thursday, 17 July 2014 10:18

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