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Former Billings Central football and basketball standout Dean Studer, who went on to play in the same Notre Dame backfield with quarterback Paul Hornung in the mid-1950s, died Monday in Sheridan, Wyo., at age 77.

Studer's funeral will be Saturday at 10 a.m. at St. Thomas the Apostle Catholic Church in Billings.

A 1953 graduate of Central, the 5-foot-11, 180-pound Studer played football at Notre Dame from 1954-56. He was a starting halfback for the Fighting Irish, rushing for 440 yards and scoring a couple of touchdowns during the 1955 season.

Studer was also the leading punt returner for Notre Dame in 1954 and 1955, and also led the Irish in kickoff returns in 1955. Notre Dame compiled a 9-1 record in 1954 and an 8-2 mark in 1955.

The legendary Hornung is in the Pro Football Hall of Fame and was a Heisman Trophy winner with the Irish.

Studer was inducted into the Montana High School Association's Hall of Fame in 2005.

He scored 197 points for the Central football team in 1952 in just eight games and the Rams compiled an unbeaten season. Studer was a star in basketball, too, helping the Rams advance to three consecutive state tournaments.

He was also a standout for the Billings American Legion baseball team.

Studer lived in Las Vegas from 1988 to 2000 before moving to Sheridan. His wife, Connie, died on April 3.

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