Michelle “Mickey” Ottem, 64, who had worked as a bookkeeper, died Wednesday, Jan. 14, 2015.
She was born May 25, 1950, one of three children born to Rachael Bender and James D. Sheehan in Billings. They grew up in Lockwood, then eventually moved to Billings.
She married Howard Polen in June 1968 and had two children. The couple split in 1974. She worked as a bartender and a bookkeeper at the American Legion Post 4 for several years and married William “Bill” Ottem Jr. on Aug. 17, 1989, gaining a stepdaughter, Leanne Dutton, and a stepson, Wade Ottem.
After calling bingo and doing bookkeeping at the Empire and the Emporium, she helped her daughter work special events at Albertsons, eventually working in the deli at Albertsons. After a while, she quit working so she and Mr. Ottem could travel. They spent weekends at their cabin on the Stillwater River. She worked part-time as a cashier at Don’s Car Wash for five years.
Survivors include a son, Richard “Ross” Polen; a daughter, Christine Guisti; a stepdaughter, Leanne Dutton; four grandchildren; and three stepgrandchildren.
Services will be a 11 a.m. Friday, Jan. 23, at Dahl Funeral Chapel, with a luncheon to follow.
Donations may be made to Helping Hands, 1302 24th St. W. No. 200 in Billings, 1-800-216-2715; or to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital.
Last Updated on Thursday, 22 January 2015 15:09
Ereneo “Joe” Maciel, 82, a resident of Parkview Care Center, died Jan. 20, 2015.
He was born in San Antonio, Texas, on Jan. 30, 1932, to Miguel and Guadelupe “Lupe” Soto Maciel. He married Violet and spent most of his life working at different jobs.
After a heart attack and bypass operations, he could be seen riding his bike, pulling Pee-Wee, his dog, in the cart he made and doing chores for his wife.
They lived behind the War Bonnet Motel for years. After her death, he lived at Prairie Towers until he had a stroke, then lived the rest of his life at Parkview.
Survivors include a daughter, Penny Maki; a son, Dick Garner; sisters, Mary Diaz, Julie Mota, Dorthy Maciel, Savina McKeen and Peggy Mizner; brothers, John Maciel, Sammy Maciel, Louie Maciel, Sal Maciel, Tom Maciel, Richard Maciel, Frank Maciel and Greg Maciel; six grandchildren; 14 great-grandchildren; and 21 great-great grandchildren.
Services will be at 10 a.m., Monday, Jan. 26, at Dahl Funeral Chapel, with a reception following the service.
Donations may be made to RiverStone Health.
Last Updated on Thursday, 22 January 2015 15:08
Ernestine “Ren” Ramirez, 65, who loved gardening and telling a good story, died Jan. 13, 2015.
She was born Sept. 12, 1949, to Pedro Pereda Ramirez and Frances (Vigil) Ramirez in Billings. She had struggled with illness throughout her life and had received care from Billings Clinic.
Survivors include children, Pete Ramirez, Michelle Gasek, Jamie Ramirez and Julia Arvizo; 15 grandchildren; seven great-grandchildren; and siblings, Domingo Hernandez, Elizabeth Castro, Genevieve Ramirez, Francis Vasquez and Teresa Rodriguez.
A celebration of her life was held Jan. 17 at Dahl Funeral Chapel. Family and friends gathered for a luncheon afterward. Interment of ashes will be later in Holy Cross Cemetery.
Last Updated on Thursday, 22 January 2015 15:08
Jean Elizabeth Juengling, 91, who worked with children throughout her life, died Jan. 11, 2015.
She was born Nov. 14, 1923, in Toronto, Canada, to Robert and (Ethel) Elizabeth Salter. She was raised in Toronto and graduated from Danforth Tech. She relocated to Rochester, N.Y., in 1957 with her parents and son.
She married Carl Juengling on Sept. 2, 1961. Mr. Juengling died March 10, 1993. Mrs. Juengling and her daughter, Elizabeth, moved to Billings in 1994.
She was trained in domestic science at Danforth, and later worked for North American Life Insurance in Toronto and as chief fire rater for Traveller’s Insurance in Rochester.
She had worked with children as a Sunday school teacher, mother volunteer as her children were growing up, and most recently as “Grandma Jean” at Mother’s Day Out Preschool, as Elizabeth’s “right-hand woman,” a role she served in for 15 years. She was a naturalized American citizen.
Survivors include a son, the Rev. Robert Juengling of Billings; a daughter, Elizabeth Shayne of Billings; and a granddaughter.
Visiting hours were Jan. 14. Services will be at 11 a.m. Thursday, Jan. 15, at Cremation & Funeral Gallery.
Donations may be made to New Hope Baptist Church, 824 North 19th St., Billings, MT 59101.
Last Updated on Thursday, 15 January 2015 13:58
Charles J. Pemble, a longtime county official and Billings resident, died Jan. 1, 2015, while receiving care at the veterans home in St. George, Utah.
He was born April 25, 1920, to Charles T. and Verna L. Pemble of Columbia Falls. He was raised in Flathead County, graduating from high school in 1938. He joined the Navy on Oct. 1, 1941, and served four years in the Pacific Theater. He married Margie Halverson on June 8, 1951.
Mr. Pemble worked for 27 years as deputy clerk of court, deputy sheriff and court administrator in Billings. He retired in July 1982 and spent summers at their cabin on Ashley Lake near Kalispell. He made stained-glass pieces.
He was a longtime member of First Presbyterian Church.
Survivors include his wife; a brother, Fay; and daughters, Leslie Pemble Gaylord and Lynn Pemble Morgan; five grandchildren; and a great-grandchild.
Friends and family are invited to the First Presbyterian Church of Billings at 10 a.m. Jan. 17 to visit Mrs. Pemble. Services will be at 11 a.m., followed by a light lunch. Arrangements are by Cremation & Funeral Gallery.
Donations may be made to First Presbyterian Church.
Last Updated on Thursday, 15 January 2015 13:57
Dallas Milton, 65, who worked in printing and publishing and trained animals, died Friday, Jan. 9, 2015, from injuries suffered in a fall two days earlier.
She was born and raised in Albuquerque, N.M. She moved to Billings with her husband, Roby Sticka, and was a stay-at-home mom.
She had worked for years in the printing and publishing business preparing original artwork and posters for multi-color printing presses. She also acquired a small dry land ranch north of Billings and trained horses, dogs and birds. She purchased, raced and crashed a dog sled and a team of huskies.
She taught the School District 2 Night Owls Dog Obedience courses for years. She was active in amateur radio with the call sign N7OQI. In 1997, she was honored as the Yellowstone Radio Club Ham of the Year.
Survivors include her husband, Bob Rightmire of Billings; a son, Lt. Col. Jonathan “JJ” Sticka of the Air Force; Martha “Marti” Milton of Madison, Ala.; a sister, Alberta “AA” Milton; and a brother, Osborne “Doc” Milton Jr.
A gathering of family and friends was planned for later. Arrangements are by Cremation & Funeral Gallery.
Last Updated on Thursday, 15 January 2015 13:57
Arnie Brey, 77, who raced motorcycles and had owned a number of motorcycle franchises, died Friday, Jan. 9, 2015, at RiverStone Hospice in Billings following a yearlong battle with liver cancer.
A lifelong resident of Billings, he grew up on the farm of his parents, Ernest Brey and Ann Kingston. He became a car and motorcycle enthusiast at an early age.
He owned and operated Barney’s Auto Wrecking from 1958 to 1970. He became a motorcycle dealer in 1964. Barney’s Cycle Shop, located with the wrecking yard on Moore Lane, was the Norton/Ducati/Montesa dealership for a number of years.
In 1970 Mr. Brey acquired the Honda motorcycle franchise and opened Billings Honda. Other motorcycle franchises he had owned included BSA, Royal Enfield, Matchless, Ossa, Bridgestone, Moto-Beta and Jawa-CZ-ESO.
As a motorcycle racer, he specialized in motocross, scrambles and cross country. He won many trophies riding at Zimmerman’s on Molt Road in the 1960s. His favorite motorcycle to race was the Montesa Diablo. He was a lifelong member of the Billings Motorcycle Club.
Survivors include his wife of 57 years, MaryLou (Barney) Brey; sons, Darrold Brey, Ron Brey and Jerry Brey; six grandchildren; five great-grandchildren; and a brother, Tim Brey.
Services are planned for spring. Arrangements are by Cremation & Funeral Gallery.
Last Updated on Thursday, 15 January 2015 13:55
George Elsworth Dunbar, 82, who worked at Pierce Packing after retiring from the Air Force, died in the early hours of Dec. 22, 2014.
He was born June 11, 1932, in Roundup to Donald and Victoria (Pedergnana) Dunbar. He was raised on the family farm in Musselshell.
Soon after graduating from Musselshell High School, he joined the Air Force. He married Irene Carol Bruhn on March 9, 1957.
Mr. Dunbar was a Black Pearl of Iwo Jima. He retired to Billings after serving 20 years in the Air Force. He then worked for Pierce Packing and the Pierce family before retiring in 1995.
He was active in his children’s lives, serving as a scout leader, attending sporting events, camping and fishing or playing cards. He used to square dance and bowled in many leagues over the years.
He was a longtime member and former Grand Knight of the Knights of Columbus. He was also a longtime member of St. Bernard Catholic Church.
Survivors include children, Vicki Gress, David D. Dunbar, Carl Dunbar and Nancy Brink, all of Billings; eight grandchildren; four great-grandchildren; and sisters, Dona Dunbar, Marian Peters and Myrna Nicholson.
Viewing will be Dec. 24 and 26 at Dahl Funeral Chapel. A Vigil was held Dec. 26, and Funeral Mass was Dec. 27, both at St. Bernard Catholic Church.
Last Updated on Thursday, 01 January 2015 16:20
Marjorie Nybo Nash, 65, of Laurel, an avid quilter who worked 22 years for the Montana Department of Corrections, died Tuesday, Dec. 16, 2014, after a 2½-year battle with cancer.
She was born Nov. 28, 1949, in Billings, the third of four children of Stanley and Helen (Divine) Nybo. She graduated in 1968 from Billings West High School and in 1969 she began attending Montana State University in Bozeman.
She joined the Delta Gamma sorority and graduated with a bachelor’s degree in family life science in 1972. Following graduation she returned to Billings.
In 1974 she became the first woman armed security guard at Billings Logan International Airport. She earned a bachelor’s degree in counseling at Eastern Montana College and a master’s degree in counseling. She worked at Alternatives Inc. and for 22 years at the Montana Department of Corrections in the Probation and Parole Bureau.
She married Kim Nash on Dec. 1, 1978.
She was a member of Quilt by Association and served in various offices and committees. She donated numerous quilts to charity organizations over the years and attended quilting retreats, including one each year in Jackson Hole, Wyo. She also was a member of the Yo-Yos quilting group.
She had received care from Frontier Cancer Center and Rocky Mountain Hospice.
Survivors include her husband; children, Craig Nash of Littleton, Colo., LaRell Baldwin of Billings; brothers, L.D. Nybo of Great Falls, David Nybo of Butte and Kent Nybo of Chandler, Ariz.; and five grandchildren.
Services will be at 10 a.m. Saturday, Jan. 10, at Faith Chapel in Billings. Arrangements are by Cremation & Funeral Gallery.
Donations can be sent to Rocky Mountain Hospice.
Last Updated on Thursday, 01 January 2015 16:19
Verna Edna (Parshall) Taylor, 93, of Worden, who had worked as a beautician and office manager, died Saturday, Dec. 27, 2014, at Valley Health Care in Billings.
The daughter of Herb and Emma Parshall, she was born April 14, 1921, in Bridger. When she was 7 years old, the family moved to Billings, and she graduated from Billings Senior High School in 1939. She received a beauticians license from a beauty school in Lewistown.
She married Lawrence “Pat” Taylor in 1946. They later moved to Worden, where she worked as a beautician and then as office manager for the Project Telephone Co.
She was active in the Worden Ladies Auxiliary to the Veterans of Foreign Wars and Rebekah’s Lodge.
Survivors include a son, Larry Taylor of Billings; a granddaughter; and three great-granddaughters.
A celebration of life will be held at 2 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 3, at Heights Family Funeral Home & Crematory, with a reception following. A private family burial will be held later.
Memorials may be made to the Worden VFW or to Shriners hospitals.
Last Updated on Thursday, 01 January 2015 16:18