Ervin Heim, 82, who played the harmonica and rode motorcycles, died Sunday, Feb. 1, 2015, in Billings.
He was born Sept. 11, 1932, in Turtle Lake, N.D., to Christof and Otillia (Makeeff) Heim. He was raised on a farm in Mercer, N.D.
He attended Mercer High School in North Dakota. He married Eleanor Pauline Heim on May 28, 1955, in Billings.
Survivors include children, Eunice Widup, Eugene Heim, Ellen Hobbs, Carol Degenhart and Dennis Heim; 11 grandchildren; 20 great-grandchildren; a twin brother, Milton Heim, and brothers Chris Heim and Douglas Heim; and sisters, Gloria Newton and Ruby Rau.
Arrangements were by Cremation & Funeral Gallery.
Last Updated on Thursday, 05 February 2015 16:13
Anna Marie McGrath McNeely, 92, died in the evening of Jan. 27, 2015.
She was born on Nov. 13, 1922, to David Patrick McGrath and Helena Ostdickenberg McGrath in Coffeyville, Kan. She married Willard Raymond McNeely on Jan. 19, 1946, after he returned from Europe and his service in World War II.
She and her husband were longtime members of Holy Rosary Parish.
Survivors include two sisters, Katherine Kistler and Corrine Myers of Coffeyville; children, Dave McNeely of Denver, Don McNeely of Honolulu, Marianne Llewellyn of Billings and Kathleen Middleton of Denver; eight grandchildren; and 11 great-grandchildren.
Vigil was Jan. 30, and services were Jan. 31, both at Dahl Funeral Chapel. Interment was in Holy Cross Cemetery. A luncheon followed at Dahl Chapel.
Last Updated on Thursday, 05 February 2015 16:12
Arlen Eugene Poitra, 59, who was active in Alcoholics Anonymous, died early Monday morning, Jan. 26, 2015, of liver cancer.
He was born June 7, 1955, to Robert and Gertrude Poitra in Grand Forks, N.D. He attended Catholic schools in Belcourt and Central High School in Grand Forks. He graduated from Montana State University Billings in March 2011.
Mr. Poitra was a member of the Carpenters Union Local 82 and at one time owned his own business. He was a member of the Turtle Mountain Band of Chippewa Indians.
He sobered up on Dec. 8, 2001, and was the first graduate of the WATCH program to get his driver’s license back. He was active in Alcoholics Anonymous, helping countless alcoholics in their quest for sobriety.
Survivors include his mother; and sisters, Carol Alloy, Catherine Poitra and Gail Carney.
Services were Jan. 30 at Dahl Funeral Chapel. Services at St. Ann’s Church in Belcourt, N.D. will include a Vigil Service at 7 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 5, and services at 10 a.m. Friday, Feb. 6.
Last Updated on Thursday, 05 February 2015 16:12
Marilyn Kay Fjelstad Miller, 82, a retired nurse, died Jan. 21, 2015, from Alzheimer’s disease.
She was the 10th child born to Martin and Gunda Fjelstad in Rawson, N.D., on July 22, 1932.
She attended elementary school in Rawson, high school in Alexander, N.D., and college at Minot State Teachers College. She earned a degree in nursing after receiving a scholarship.
She moved to Denver, Colo., after earning her degree. She married William Thomas Miller on Jan. 10, 1959. The family then moved to Schererville, Ind., in 1968, and she worked as a nurse for Youngstown Sheet & Tube for three years.
Mr. Miller died in 1969 of lung cancer, leaving her with three young children. She moved to Billings in 1972 to be closer to family.
She worked for the Yellowstone County Nursing Home in Billings for several years, then returned to school in 1973 to earn a bachelor of science degree in nursing.
She attended University of Montana satellite college in Billings and completed one quarter in Bozeman.
She returned to the nursing home but then worked for the Indian Health Service in the Follow-Through program.
She moved the family to Ashland and worked on the Cheyenne Indian Reservation providing health screens and education.
When the family moved back to Billings, she returned to the nursing home for the remainder of her career.
After retirement she traveled with the Global Grannies to Italy, France, China, Europe and Hawaii. She had received care from Highgate Care Center.
Survivors include sons, Thomas Patrick Miller and Timothy William; a daughter, Theresa Kae Arneson; five grandchildren; a great-grandchild; and siblings, Jean Brunsvold of Sun City, Ariz., Donna Winden of Williston, N.D., and Dennis Fjelstad of Wausau, Wis.
Services were held Jan. 24 at Cremation & Funeral Gallery.
Last Updated on Thursday, 29 January 2015 12:46
Sidney Ann Marie Weyrauch, infant daughter of Blaine and Elizabeth Weyrauch, died Jan. 22, 2015, in Billings.
Survivors include her parents; siblings, Brayden and Brooklyn; grandparents, Jesse and Lori Weyrauch, Kathy Johnson, Lisa Nelson and Chad and Steph Wolff; and by great–grandparents.
Services were Jan. 28 at Cremation & Funeral Gallery. Inurnment followed in Mountview Cemetery.
Memorials may be made to the Ramsey Keller Foundation.
Last Updated on Thursday, 29 January 2015 12:45
Services will be Tuesday, Feb. 3, for Richard W. “Dick” Jones, 67, a retired employee with the State Geological Survey.
He was born in Watertown, S.D., on Aug. 3, 1947, the son of William W. Jones and Genevieve Jones. He lived in Midwest, Wyo., then graduated from Powell (Wyo.) High School and from Northwest Community College with a degree in pre-engineering. He graduated from the University of Wyoming with a degree in geology.
He worked for the U.S. Geological Survey, the U.S. Bureau of Land Management and for most of his career at the Wyoming Geological Survey in Laramie. He was a coal geologist, a publications editor, a map editor and a member of the Association of Earth Science Editors.
He was an avid boatsman and fisherman and a fan of Richard Wagner’s operas and the Three Stooges.
Survivors include sisters, Kathleen Jones and Beverly Thorn.
Services will be at 1 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 3, at Cremation & Funeral Gallery, 29 Eighth St. W. in Billings.
Memorials may be made to the Muscular Dystrophy Association, 2123 Broadwater Ave., Billings MT 59102; Red Lodge Music Camp, P.O. Box 80268, Billings, MT 59108; or RiverStone Hospice, P.O. Box 1562, Billings, MT 59103.
Last Updated on Thursday, 29 January 2015 12:45
Mary Popelka Kelsey, 73, of Billings, a working partner in Roberts Cattle Services Inc. for more than 30 years, died Sunday, Jan. 25, 2015.
She was born to Ralph and Dorothy (Blackstone) Popelka on March 26, 1941, in Billings. Her early schooling was at Acton, and she graduated from Senior High School in 1958. She attended Billings Business College.
She married Don Harden in September 1959, and they had two daughters.
She met Lloyd Kelsey, and they shared 25 years together, marrying in April 2004. She enjoyed camping and hunting.
Survivors include her husband; daughters, Debbie Harden and Donna Delaware; Frank Delaware; five grandchildren; seven great-grandchildren; a brother, Ed Popelka; a stepson, Clinton Fura; and six step-grandchildren.
Services will be at 11 a.m. Saturday, Feb. 7, at Cremation & Funeral Gallery.
Last Updated on Thursday, 29 January 2015 12:44
Pamela Jo (Sievertsen) Kray, 53, of Billings, died Jan. 24, 2015.
She was born May 10, 1961, in Billings to Robert and Julia Sievertsen, the fourth child in a family of eight brothers and sisters. She also had a stepmother, Pauline Ruth.
At the age of 15 she gave birth to her first son, Daniel J. Sullivan III. At 19 she had her second boy, Tony. At 28 she completed her family by having a daughter, Julia Ann Nicole “Nikki.”
On Dec. 17, 1994, she married Robert “Bob” Lee Kray of Hardin.
Survivors include her husband; three children; five grandchildren; brothers, Andrew, John and Craig; and sisters, Susan and Cindy.
Services will be at 11 a.m. Thursday, Jan. 29, at Cremation and Funeral Gallery, 29 Eighth St. W.
Last Updated on Thursday, 29 January 2015 12:43
Pearl June (Steckhahn) Terrazas, 84, died at her home on Wednesday morning, Jan. 21, 2015, after several years of suffering from Alzheimer’s disease.
She was born in Portland, Wis., on July 19, 1930, to John A. Steckhahn and Erna F. (Doering) Steckhahn. The family moved to Watertown, Wis., after World War II, and she graduated from high school there in June 1948.
She married Joe Terrazas in 1951 and worked at Hamlin factory in Lake Mills, Wis., producing parts for the space program. She moved to Monticello, Wis., in 1992 and then to Billings in 2004 to live with her daughter.
She had received care from Billings Clinic and RiverStone Hospice.
Survivors include children, Tracey Terrazas of LaValle, Wis., and Teresa Billings of Billings, MT; two granddaughters; and sisters, Caroline Fischer of Houston, Mo., and May Burgy of Monticello, Wis.;
At her request, no services were held. Private inurnment will be at the Washington Cemetery in Portland, Wis. Arrangements are by Cremation & Funeral Gallery.
Donations may be made to the Alzheimer’s Association – Montana Chapter, 3010 11th Ave., Billings, MT 59101.
Last Updated on Thursday, 29 January 2015 12:42
Services were pending for John MacDonald, who retired from Montana-Dakota Utilities after flying a B24 over Germany during World War II.
He was born in California to William and Josephine MacDonald, the third of four children. He attending McKinley Elementary, Lincoln Junior High and Senior High schools in Billings.
At 18, he graduated from high school and the next day signed with the Air Force. He was in the 8th Air Force, 2nd Division Army Air Corps, 448th Bomb Group, 713 Squadron in England. He flew 36 sorties in a B-24 named “Little Joe” before he was seriously wounded and came home. He received a Purple Heart for his injuries.
In 1946, he married Jane. They had five children, Jim, Jan, Joan, John M. and Jodee. For the first few years of their marriage, he worked at the family business in Billings, The Home Bakery. When the bakery closed, he worked at Montana-Dakota Utilities until he retired in the 1980s. He was the unofficial barber at MDU, charging $1 for each haircut and giving the proceeds to the disabled.
He was a deacon at First Assembly of God for years and later attended West Side Baptist Church. He loved to fish for trout in the Beartooth Mountains and on the Gallatin River.
Survivors include 10 grandchildren and 13 great-grandchildren.
Arrangements are by Cremation & Funeral Gallery.
Memorials may be sent to West Side Baptist Church, 3023 S. 32nd St. W., Billings, MT 59102.
Last Updated on Thursday, 29 January 2015 12:41