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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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Ann Norris McKinsey

Ann Norris McKinsey, 82, died May 14, 2015.

She was born in Los Angeles on June 24, 1932, to Norton and Thelma Norris. She married Jack McKinsey on July 21, 1962.

Survivors include her husband; four children, Holly McKinsey, Brad McKinsey, Sharon Vladic and Judi Corneliusen; 10 grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren.

A Celebration of Life was held May 16 at St. John’s Lutheran Ministries – Chapel Court. Arrangements were by Heights Family Funeral Home & Crematory.

Donations may be made to St. John’s Foundation.

Last Updated on Thursday, 21 May 2015 12:16

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Paul F. Liming

Paul F. Liming, 63, who had worked for the State Highway Department and for a concrete company, died Monday, May 11, 2015.

He was born June 19, 1951, in Albert Lea, Minn., the son of Pauline and George Schied. He was later adopted by his stepfather, Glen Liming. He married Danielle M. Cinnamon on March 4, 1978.

Mr. Liming worked for the Montana Highway Department for nearly 20 years. Most recently, he had worked for R.L. Schaff Concrete for 15 years, retiring in June 2012. He and his wife had adopted two  grandchildren. He was a talented artist in oil painting and drawing.

Survivors include his wife, Danielle Liming; two adopted grandchildren; daughters, Angie Liming of Billings and April Keller of New Braunfels, Texas; four grandchildren; brothers, David Schied and Mike Schied of Billings, and Andy Liming of Colorado and Greg Schied of Florida; a sister, Georgia Michael of Billings; and stepmothers, Dixie Schied of Billings and Norma Liming.

Visitation was May 15, and services were held May 17, both at Cremation & Funeral Gallery.

Last Updated on Thursday, 21 May 2015 12:15

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Richard Medley Sr.

Richard “Ric” Medley Sr., 67, a retired Army noncommissioned officer, died Thursday, April 29, 2015.

He was born to Elmer W. Medley and Laura Mae Anderson on Jan. 11, 1948. He was raised with his mother and great-grandmother Liddie Medley.

He lived in Missouri until he joined the Army at age 17. At age 42 he retired as a first sergeant.

He had been chief of investigative support for the Army Criminal Investigation Command at Fort Riley, Kan., and he had served in Korea as the principal adviser to the unit commander regarding enlisted matters. He also served at Fort Carson, Colo., Fort Gordon, Ga., Vietnam, and at Nürnberg and Bamberg, Germany.

He had received specialized training in hostage negotiation, counter-terrorism, forensic science, criminal investigation and investigative management.

He had been a drill sergeant and had been a part-time instructor for Central Texas College, teaching law enforcement and criminal justice classes at military locations.

At age 52, he graduated with a bachelor of science degree in human services at Montana State University. In March 1989 he worked as an armed private security guard for Sundown Security, and in March 1990 he got a job as a bus operator for Greyhound Lines Inc.

In January 1996 he was an instructor for Billings Business College teaching criminal justice classes.

He was a karaoke host at the Flamingo and worked for the Jackpot Casino as a cook. He was a lifetime member of Veterans of Foreign Wars.

Survivors include his wife, Linda; four children, Angelea Christine Medley of Missouri, Richard Lee Medley Jr. of Missouri, Shawn Tobias Richard Medley of Germany and Julian Chrisopher Lee Medley of Germany; his mother, Laura Mae Faith of Billings; and siblings, Patty Medley of Billings, Linda Hetterly of Mesquite, Texas, and Merle Medley of Sandpoint, Idaho.

Services will be at 1 p.m. Thursday, May 21, at VFW Post 6774. Arrangements are by Cremation & Funeral Gallery.

Last Updated on Thursday, 14 May 2015 14:58

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Judy Lee Campbell

Judy Lee Campbell, 69, who had worked for city and county government, died May 10, 2015, in Billings.

She was born March 5, 1946, in Helena, Ark. She married Gary Campbell, and they later divorced.

She attended several schools due to her father’s occupation: Pierre, S.D., Lovell, Wyo., and Manilla, Utah. After her divorce, she and her son  moved to Billings.

She worked for the city of Billings Communications Center for several years. She also worked for the city clerk’s office and the sheriff’s office. She loved scrapbooking.

In May 2009, Ms. Campbell suffered a stroke. She moved into assisted living quarters and then to Billings Health and Rehabilitation.

Survivors include a son, Kevin of Ogden, Utah.

A private celebration of her life was planned. Arrangements are in the care of Dahl Funeral Chapel.

Last Updated on Thursday, 14 May 2015 14:57

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Thomas E. Travis

Tom Travis, 65, of Laurel, a retired electrician, died Friday, May 8, 2015, at his residence.

He was born Aug. 6, 1949, in Bradley, Tenn., the son of David and Frances Travis. He worked as an electrician for the Illinois Central Railroad for 27 years and 4 months. His goal was 30 years but after an accident he was forced into early retirement.

Survivors include his wife, Carlene; six children, John Travis, Michelle Hartigan, Margaret Puckett, Robert and Bryan Jenkins and Michelle Riley; a brother, Mark Travis; and numerous grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

Services will be held later. Arrangements are by Cremation & Funeral Gallery.

Last Updated on Thursday, 14 May 2015 14:57

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