Bill Hawk was a man of small stature, but his heart and soul matched Big Sky country. On Saturday, Dec. 8, 2018, he said his loving goodbyes to his wife, his son, his grandson, his goddaughter/stepdaughter and other close friends and family. Bill was born on his grandfather’s ranch near Chad…

LeRoy "Dick" Altwine was born at home in Pierce County, Nebraska, Nov. 23, 1938 to Emil and Anna Marie (Plahn) Altwine. He was given the nickname Dick when he was a few days old, and went by that name for the rest of his life, forever disliking his legal name. Raised on the farm, he helped w…

Edythe (Edee) Russell, 69 of Mandan, North Dakota passed away on Dec. 5, in Bismarck, North Dakota of a brief illness.

Bruce Edward McNabb of Billings, was born in Butte, America on Aug. 23, 1947, to Catherine and Dallas McNabb. He passed away on Nov. 29. He graduated from Butte Central High School in 1965. Bruce was a highly decorated Vietnam vet, being awarded numerous awards and medals, including a Purple…

Michael (Mike) Charles Dandrea, 83, died peacefully at his home in Billings on Monday, Dec. 3, 2018, after a long fight with Parkinson’s Disease. Mike was born in Spokane, Washington on Nov. 25, 1935, to Michael and Lucie Dandrea.

BELLINGHAM, Wash. — Jim Bryngelson passed away suddenly on Nov. 21, 2018, from a heart attack in Bellingham, Washington, at the age of 77. He lived a life joyously filled with positive relationships which he nurtured passionately. Family was the most important focus for Jim. He adored his ch…

Valerie Sue Thompson Short was born to Tom Thompson and Shirley (Reppe) Benes, Oct. 4, 1958, in Lewistown. She went to be with her Lord and Savior on Dec. 5, 2018.

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Lucille Shorten of Billings died in her sleep on Nov. 23, 2018, at St. Johns nursing home. Lucille was born Feb. 27, 1925, in O’Neil, Nebraska, to John and Loretta (Hazel) Reisch.

Ruby Scott died peacefully in her sleep in a care home near her family in Colorado on Sunday, Nov. 11, 2018.

Hilda Louise Muecke Bock was born Thanksgiving Day in 1926 in Hinton, Iowa, to Karl and Julia Muecke. When she was 8, her family homesteaded near Powell, Wyoming, in the Willwood area, arriving on Halloween in 1934. She worked on the family farm with her 3 brothers — Hans, Martin and Gerhard.

Josh was born to Joe and Jody Sept 17, 1984. He passed away Nov. 26, 2018, at the age of 34. His quick wit, amazing sense of humor and infectious smile could light up a room.

RED LODGE — Violet Lay passed away on Dec. 5, 2018, after 95 years on God’s good earth. She was born Violet Marie Ostle to parents William Nicholas Ostle and Marie Catherine Meinz on August 10, 1923, in Broadwater County. The family ranch was on Beaver Creek near the Missouri River where Vio…

Services for Vernon Edward Locke Thursday Dec. 13, viewing at 10 a.m., Funeral 11 a.m. Smiths West Funeral Chapel.

A fun-loving soul left us today. Kaye Anne (Hopkins) Powell of Billings was born on Nov. 25, 1947, and left us on Dec. 5, 2018.

Bonnie Jean Harper (Balstad), 80, of Billings, received her heavenly body on Dec. 4, 2018. Bonnie was born on Feb. 8, 1938, to Kristoffer and Eva (Clayton) Balstad in Livingston, and grew up on ranches in Clyde Park. Bonnie contracted Polio at the age of 13 (1951) and spent a year at the Sho…

Bonnie Jean Harper (Balstad), 80, of Billings, received her heavenly body on Dec. 4, 2018. Bonnie was born on Feb. 8, 1938, to Kristoffer and Eva (Clayton) Balstad in Livingston, and grew up on ranches in Clyde Park, Mt. Bonnie contracted Polio at the age of 13 (1951) and spent a year at the…

Violet "Vi" B. Van Sickle, after a very short illness, went to be with her two loves, Jesus and Harry, her beloved husband, who passed away eight months ago.

ONTARIO, Ore. — Daniel Lee Jess, age 76, of Ontario, passed away peacefully to be with his Lord and Savior Monday, Nov. 19 at home. (Surviving spouse May McBride). Funeral Services will be held 2 p.m., Dec. 7 at Park Community Church 201 Holly Rd (HWY201) Ontario, OR 97914. Pastor Ed Renk wi…

TOWNSEND — Gerald D. Schlagel, 79, of Townsend passed away Thursday, Dec. 6. A memorial service will take place at 11 a.m., Saturday, Dec. 8, at Faith Baptist Church, 5 Jack Farm Rd., Townsend, MT 59644. A viewing will be held 1 hour prior to the memorial service. A reception will follow the…

Conrad Stanley Kufeld, 83, returned home to our heavenly Father on Dec. 4 after a brief illness. But if you were family or friend to Dad, you surely knew him as Dugan.

Odelta A. Tusler Thomsen was born Feb. 24, 1936 in Terry, the second of three children born to Sheldon (Shot) and Delpha (Dife) McAtee Tusler. She was a special birthday present for her 5-year-old brother, Jerry. She left us on Dec. 3. Odelta or Del as she was known, grew up on the family fa…

Florence Wambeke, 75, quietly passed away while visiting in Terry, on Nov. 24. She was born in Glendive on June 14, 1943, to Artie and Mildred Campbell Scott. Flo worked at the Rosebowl Café in Lovell, the Half-Fast Diner in Byron, and as a CNA in Lovell. While in Rapid City, she worked in W…

Vernon was born the fifth of eight children and first twin of Merritt Walter Locke and Effie Victoria (Farmer, Burley) Locke. He was raised and went to school around the Belt area.

HARDIN — Veryl Ann (Schmidt) Boeckel, 74, of Hardin, passed away peacefully on Dec. 2. She was born May 19, 1944 in Redfield, South Dakota, the daughter of August and Marilyn Schmidt. On Nov. 5, 1966 she married Floyd D. Boeckel and they resided in St. Xavier and then Hardin. They had three …

Sharon Lee Hiatt, 78, of Billings, passed away Nov. 28 in Billings. She was born June 14, 1940 to Melvin and Edna Klitzke. She was married to Junior Jensen, and to this union 5 children were born. Sharon was preceded in death by her three sons, Ronald, Randy and Corey Jensen. She is survived…

Wilena D. Cooper, age 89, passed away Dec. 2, in Billings at Saint John’s Lutheran Home.

On Dec. 4, 2018, the heavens welcomed another seamstress. Donna Gayle Bangert passed away peacefully surrounded by family after a long battle with her health. Donna was the youngest child of Harvey and Cora (Harrington) Scott. She born Sept. 11, 1941, on Mantua Farms in Powell, Wyoming. Donn…

COLUMBUS — Eileen Davey passed Monday, Dec 3. Eileen was born Oct. 1, 1925, in Omaha, Nebraska, to Edward and Dorothy McCaffrey. She attended Our Lady of Mount St. Mary’s College in Los Angeles, California, for a short time, but soon returned home. While working at Creighton University, she …

BRIDGER — Rudolph John Hergenrider, son of Dave and Sophia Hergenrider, born July 1, 1926, in Belfry, passed away on Dec. 3 in Bridger.

John Gregory (Greg) LeFevre, born Oct. 28, 1955, passed away Nov. 19, 2018. Memorial services will be held at 11 a.m., Dec. 8, at the Al Bedoo Shrine, 1125 Broadwater Ave, Billings, MT. 

COLUMBIA FALLS — Roger DuWayne Jacobsen, 83, of Columbia Falls, passed away peacefully on Nov. 26, 2018. Roger was surrounded by his family at the time of his passing.