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Garnet Wells Wagner

Garnet Wells Wagner, 84, who had worked for grocery stores, died Sept. 14, 2014.

She was born Nov. 22, 1929, in Lovell, Wyo., the youngest of four daughters of Floyd and Bernice Wells. She married Paul Wagner on Sept. 25, 1948.

She had worked at Nalley’s, Skaggs and Evergreen IGA. She volunteered at Family Services and Harvest Church in Lockwood and was a member of Navy Mothers.

Survivors include a sister, Marge Nueman; and a brother, Roland Wells. She and her husband raised four boys, Mike, Mark, Rod and Brian; and she had six grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren.

Services will be at 11 a.m. Friday, Sept. 19, at Harvest Church, 1413 Rosebud Lane. Arrangements are by Cremation & Funeral Gallery.

Donations may be made to Family Services or Harvest Church in Lockwood.

Last Updated on Thursday, 18 September 2014 14:58

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Jack Kenneth McCoy

Jack Kenneth McCoy, 71, a retired auto parts manager, died at 11:55 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 9, 2014.

He was born in Sheridan, Wyo., on March 1, 1943, to Harry (Jack) McCoy and Wilma (Billie Burns) McCoy of the Diamond Cross Ranch in Birney. He lived on the ranch with his parents and four sisters until the age of 8, when he moved with his mother and sisters to Colstrip.

He attended Custer County High School in Miles City and worked for The 10 Spot, Valley Motor Supply and other garages. He competed in flat track motorcycle races all over Eastern Montana and the Dakotas, winning numerous trophies.

He married Diana Stoltz of Miles City in 1964. They moved to Great Falls in 1968, and he worked for many years as a parts man at City Chevrolet before becoming the parts manager at Don Ryan Olds.

He divorced in 1981 and in 1984 moved to Billings to work for the Rimrock Auto Group. He was parts manager there until his retirement in 2009.

He met his current wife, Sandy Campo, in Billings.

He had been a member of the Billings Rod and Gun Club.

Survivors include his wife; ex-wife, Diana Holliday of Fernly, Nev.; daughters, Shantelle Hutchinson of Great Falls and Shauna McCoy of Bozeman; “bonus” children, Ladonna Gratwohl of Laurel, Nancy Croston of Wyoming and Cody Buchanan of North Carolina; sisters, Linda Dormady of Billings, Judy Young of Great Falls and Sherri Braunstadter of Billings; 12 grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren.

Mr. McCoy did not want a funeral. Arrangements were by Cremation & Funeral Gallery.

Last Updated on Thursday, 18 September 2014 14:57

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Donna May Wise

Donna May (Hofferber) Wise, 77, died of blood poisoning in the early morning of Wednesday, Aug. 13, 2014.

She was born May 2, 1937, in Worden, one of six children of Alexander Hofferber and Elizabeth (Kuntz) Hofferber. She grew up farming near Pompeys Pillar and even scratched her name on the pillar before it was considered a landmark.

At the age of 11 she had a stroke, and it took her six months to learn to walk, talk and write again.

She eloped with Louis L.D. Wise in 1969. He died in 2011.

She had had many medical problems, including the loss of her tonsils and gall bladder; a broken ankle, leg and pinky finger; a uterine tumor; hysterectomy; knee replacement; breast cancer; a pelvic infection for which she had to endure 13 surgeries; a second bout of breast cancer; and a dislocation of her knee cap. She finally succumbed to blood poisoning.

Survivors include two brothers, Joe Hofferber and Allan Hofferber; two sisters, Alberta Grammens and Deloris Jensen; a daughter, Kristie Boelter; and two granddaughters.

A memorial service potluck will be held at 1 p.m. Sept. 20 at Riverfront Park in Billings.

Last Updated on Thursday, 18 September 2014 14:56

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Gus Salveson

Gus Salveson, 96, who built and operated Sage Motel and Café near Crow Agency, died Sept. 15, 2014.

He was born March 27, 1918, to Anna Hanson and Bert Salveson. He worked in construction for many years.

Survivors include his wife, Anita; children, Duane, Sonja and Denny; stepchildren, Julie, Kathy, Lisa and Mark; 18 grandchildren; and 17 great-grandchildren.

Funeral Mass will be at noon Friday, Sept. 19, at St. Patrick’s Co-Cathedral. Arrangements are by Cremation & Funeral Gallery.

Last Updated on Thursday, 18 September 2014 14:55

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Jim Haley

Jim Haley of Billings, who worked at Novo 1, died Sept. 11, 2014.

He was born in Ottawa, Ill., and lived in Billings. He had received care at Billings Clinic.

Survivors include brothers, Jerry Haley, John Haley and Tom Haley; and a sister, Mary Godlewski.

Family services will be held in Chicago. Arrangements are by Cremation & Funeral Gallery.

Last Updated on Thursday, 18 September 2014 14:55

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Warren ‘Frog’ Herman

Warren Wayne “Frog” Herman, 67, who had been park supervisor for the city of Billings, died at home on Sept. 10, 2014.

He was born in Billings on Jan. 19, 1947, to Victor and Freida Herman and lived in Edgar. He graduated from Edgar High School in 1965 and served in the Naval Reserves from 1967 to 1969. He received the Republic of Vietnam Campaign Medal with device, Vietnam Service Medal, National Defense Service Medal and Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal. He was assigned to the USS Chara (AE-31).

Mr. Herman worked in Billings from 1971 to 1999, retiring as park supervisor. He married Kathleen Ososki on Nov. 28, 1987, and became a father to two girls.

He traveled to many bowling tournaments and had a hole in one at the Par 3 golf course.

Survivors include his spouse, of Billings; daughters, Kristi Laib of Billings and Kimberly Koch of Helena; four grandchildren; three sisters, Cloeen Horner, Lynn Whittington and Susie Schneider, all of Billings; and brothers, David Laurel and Dennis Herman of Edgar.

Services will be at Dahl Funeral Chapel at 10:30 a.m. Monday, Sept. 22, with interment to follow at the Yellowstone National Cemetery in Laurel. A luncheon will follow at the American Legion.

Memorials may be made in his name to the American Legion, Mount Olive Lutheran Church or Rocky Mountain Hospice.

Last Updated on Thursday, 18 September 2014 14:53

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Kimberly Stoner Rees

Kimberly Dawn Stoner Rees, 48, a pharmacy technology analyst for St. Vincent Healthcare, died Sept. 2, 2014, of brain cancer.

She was born Feb. 10, 1966, in Glendive to Jim and Maxine Stoner. She was raised in the Sidney area and graduated from Sidney High School in 1984. She was baptized and confirmed in the Catholic faith.

After graduation she attended Mary College in Bismarck, N.D., for two years. She married Al Rees on May 30, 1987. They made their home in Sidney until July 1989, when they moved to Billings.

She began employment at St. Vincent Healthcare in Central Processing, then moved to the Clinical Engineering Department, where she was honored with an Excellence Award.

She then transferred to the Emergency Preparedness Department where she led the Environment of Care team. In 2008, she transferred to the Pharmacy Department as a pharmacy technology analyst.

She was an active member of the hospital’s Mission Council, Environmental Stewardship Committee and Medication Safety Team. Mrs. Rees left her footprint at St. Vincent Healthcare with the integration of the Alaris Smart IV pumps and the Epic medical record system, and Omni Cell Medication Administration Dispensing System.

Survivors include her husband; two daughters, Amanda Rees of Seattle, Wash., and Meagan Rees of Billings; parents, of Sidney; and sisters, Pam Mack of Mandan, N.D., and Jenelle Stoner of Spanaway, Wash.

Funeral Mass was Sept. 5 at St. Bernard Catholic Church with graveside committal of ashes in the Sidney Cemetery on Sept. 8. Dahl Funeral Chapel was in charge of arrangements.

Last Updated on Thursday, 11 September 2014 12:45

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Kenneth Keierleber Sr.

Kenneth Dean Keierleber Sr., 54, who had worked as a lineman in Washington state, died Saturday, Aug. 30, 2014, at his home in Billings.

He was born Nov. 7, 1959, to Maynard and Sylvia (Burris) Keierleber in San Diego, Calif. He grew up in Billings and graduated from Senior High School in 1979. He joined the Army after high school.

After working in Washington State, Mr. Keierleber moved back to Billings in 1994. He attended Montana State University Billings.

Survivors include sons, Kenneth II and Joseph; mother, Sylvia Thrasher; a brother, Keith Keierleber; a sister, Amanda Keierleber; stepsisters, Cathy Jones and Linda Felton; stepbrother, Troy Thrasher; and four grandchildren.

There will be a private family service at Dahl Funeral Chapel.

Last Updated on Thursday, 11 September 2014 12:45

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Fred LeRoy Jellison

Fred L. Jellison, 73, a retired pipefitter, died Sept. 2, 2014, at Billings Clinic.

He was born on Sept. 15, 1940, to Maurice and Selma Jellison. He had been a pipefitter for the CHS Refinery.

Survivors include his wife, Judy; two sons, Randy Jellison of Billings and Jeff of Laurel; and several grandchildren.

In accord with his wishes, no services will be held. Cremation and Funeral Gallery had charge of arrangements.

Last Updated on Thursday, 11 September 2014 12:44

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Harriet Jean Warne

Harriet Jean Warne, 89, a retired teacher, died Saturday, Aug. 30, 2014, from complications of cervical cancer.

She was born Sunday, April 19, 1925, to Anna (Scholten) and Edgar DeValois on their farm near Boyden, Iowa. Shortly after her birth, her father was killed in an accident, and the family moved into town, taking in boarders to make ends meet.

During high school she worked every Saturday to earn money for college. She attended Central College in Iowa.

During World War II, she got a provisional teaching license and taught for two years. In Seattle on Aug. 15, 1945, she married Earl K. Warne.  Eventually they returned to Central College, and he worked on a doctorate in education. In 1957 the family moved to Billings.

After their youngest child started school, she went back to college, then taught for 28 years. She retired in 1985.

She knitted stocking caps for cancer patients and sewed baby blankets for charities and grandchildren. She collected IGA receipts to raise money for scholarships offered by ADK, an honorary women’s teacher sorority.

Mr. and Mrs. Warne lived in the same house for 56 years.

Survivors include sisters, Dot and Merry Lou; children, David of Billings, Becky of Billings and Boise, Whitney, Blake, Mark of Denver; an adopted daughter and son, Barb and Mike Belinak of Laurel; grandchildren; and great-grandchildren.

A celebration of life will be held at 10 a.m. Oct. 18. A light luncheon will follow. Arrangements are by Cremation and Funeral Gallery.

Memorials may be sent to the Warne/Spildie Scholarship or to the ADK Scholarship, both administered by the Montana State University Billings Foundation, 1500 University Drive, Billings, MT 59101-0245 (telephone 657-2244).

Last Updated on Thursday, 11 September 2014 12:44

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