Miscellaneous Custer County, Montana obits:
Billie Marie Cain
Billie Marie Cain, 76, of Miles City died Wednesday, May 10, 2006, at the Friendship Villa Care Center in Miles City.
She was born in Jordan on Aug. 11, 1929, the daughter of Clifford E. and Elizabeth Burke Derenburger. She attended schools in Miles City.
Before meeting Charles “Short” Cain, she worked in local restaurants. The couple married on Aug. 16, 1944, in Terry. They made their home in Miles City.
In 1957, Mrs. Cain went to work for Mountain Bell where she would work for 28 years. She loved to watch television, enjoyed playing cards, knitting and sewing.
Her survivors include her sons, Cecil E. Cain and his wife Kathleen of Missoula and Claude E. “Skeeter” Cain and his wife Debbie of Helena; one sister, Mary Elizabeth Wergeland of Bethel, Wash.; a brother, Sid Derenburger of Poway, Calif.; a half-brother, Jack Derenburger of Tucson, Ariz.; a half-sister, Pat Balzer of Worden; seven grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Short; her parents; her step-mother, Marge Derenburger; two brothers, Stephen and Clifford “Bud;” one sister, Nora Burke; one half-sister, Madge Eschelman; and two grandchildren, Sunshine and Ty.
Funeral services will be Tuesday, May 16, 2006, at 2 p.m. at Stevenson and Sons Funeral Home in Miles City. Interment will follow in the Eastern Montana State Veterans Cemetery in Miles City.
Condolences may be sent to the family by visiting www.stevensonandsons.com.
Should friends desire, memorials may be made to the charity of one’s choice.
Wilfredo "Willie B." Barreto
Wilfredo "Willie B." Barreto was born on December 5, 1945, in Arecibo, Puerto Rico, to Rene and Antonio Barreto. In September 1954, the Barreto family moved to Brooklyn, New York, where Willie spent his early years. He worked as a Floor Manager at a major supermarket for many years in the Sheepshead Bay area of Brooklyn. Willie leaves behind many friends in Brooklyn.
Willie moved to Miles City, MT from Brooklyn in December 1979 with his wife, Sheri, and two stepsons, Jim and Vince. He worked for Holy Rosary Hospital for many years and was always involved in their activities. After separating from his wife, he went to work at Yellowstone National Park, and later moved to Billings, MT. While in Miles City, Willie made many friends, old and young alike. He participated in the Barn Players Theatre Group, Bowling, Dancing whenever he could, Wagon Trains, and could always be heard saying "I love life."
Friends Bob and Carol Prahl remember that "Willie B." loved being with people, and he truly loved Montana. They say that "many a good time was had on the Cain Ranch during hunting season. Even if Willie didn't fill his deer tag, he was still smiling and laughing. One time Willie was found asleep under a tree, rifle nearby. The deer were safe from Willie that day. Willie was also on a few Wagon Trains. His antics always made the trip more memorable. One time, while on horseback, his hat blew off. Willie reached a little too far for his hat and rolled right out of the saddle to the ground - laughing! The horse gave Willie a strange look, but patiently stood still waiting for Willie to get back on." Willie passed away on September 11, 2005 in Billings, MT from a cerebral hemorrhage.
In death, he joins his parents and brother, Antonio Jr. He is survived by his brother, Norberto, and sisters, Ana Lydia Robles, Gloria Camacho, Zoraida Barrios and Carmen Rivera, special nephew, Victor Rivera and special niece, Maggie Rivera, as well as many other beloved nieces and nephews. Cremation has taken place and the family plans to return to Montana next spring to place Willie's remains in the countryside he loved.
If anyone would like to send condolences to the family or share your thoughts, memories and/or photos of Willie B., please write to his nephew, Victor Rivera Jr., 2042 Palmer Ave., Larchmont, New York 10538.
Fern A. Ochsner, 87, of Miles City died Wednesday, Oct. 12, 2005, at Holy Rosary Extended Care Facility in Miles City.
Mrs. Ochsner was born on Aug. 14, 1918, in Creston, Neb., the daughter of Leonard and Mabel Belknap Barrett. She was raised and attended schools in Platte County and graduated in 1936 from Creston High School. She received a teaching certificate from Wayne State College in Wayne, Neb., in 1937.
Her first teaching job was at a one-room school near Creston where she remained for three years.
On Nov. 19, 1940, she and J. Donald Ochsner were married in Madison, Neb. They made their home at the Beaverslide Ranch near Volborg, where they both worked for Mr. Ochsner's sister, Dessie, and her husband, Bruce Orcutt. While at the Beaverslide, Mrs. Ochsner taught for a year at the SY School near the ranch.
In the spring of 1950, Mr. and Mrs. Ochsner moved to their ranch along the Tongue River, seven miles south of Miles City, where the two of them worked side-by-side raising their family, farming and ranching.
Mrs. Ochsner was devoted to her husband, four children, extended family and friends. She especially enjoyed reading, playing games and planning activities with her grandchildren and great-grandchildren.
Hers was a life filled with teaching and service to the church and community. She was a life-long member of the First Presbyterian Church of Miles City where she served as a Deacon, as the third elected female Elder, taught Sunday School for 20 years, was a faithful member of United Presbyterian Women (UPW), and was always willing to help where needed.
She was an active member of the Ash Creek Home Demonstration Club since 1941, was a leader of the Tongue River 4-H Club for more than 20 years and participated in P.E.O. Chapter K, Gideon's Auxiliary and Farm Bureau.
She and her husband enjoyed many trips together and were happiest when touring the United States in their travel trailer, visiting relatives and making new friends at every camp site. They spent several winters in south Texas with Dale and Darlene Barrett.
Her survivors include her loving children and their spouses, Jay and Darlene Ochsner and Gary and Diana Ochsner, all of Miles City, Janet and Garry Steinley of Sidney, and Susan and Michael Beausoleil of Warm Springs; her brother, Dale Barrett, and her sisters-in-law, Darlene Barrett and Milda Ochsner, all of Madison, Neb.; and numerous special cousins, nieces, nephews and life-long friends.
Survivors also include her grandchildren and great-grandchildren, who were a source of joy and pride, Douglas and Shaun Ochsner; Tamara (Larry) Crowder and children Alene, Ella,and Jacob; Dean (Christie) Steinley and children Mattie and Bill; Todd (Jennifer) Steinley and children Kody and Danielle; Matthew (Kim) Ochsner and Andy Ochsner; Vincent, Ross and Kate Beausoleil.
She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Don; her brother, Dale Barrett; and her brothers and sisters-in-law, Honor and Ethel Ochsner, Willard and Merle Ochsner, Dessie and Bruce Orcutt and Merton Ochsner.
Funeral services will be Monday, Oct. 17, 2005, at 10 a.m. at the First Presbyterian Church in Miles City.
Condolences may be made to the family by visiting www.stevensonandsons.com.
Should friends desire, memorials may be made to the First Presbyterian Church, 1401 Main St., Miles City, MT 59301 or to a charity of one's choice.
Martha J. Holland, 94, of Miles City died Tuesday, Oct. 11, 2005, at the Friendship Villa in Miles City.
She was born on Feb. 22, 1911, in O'Neil, Neb., to Patrick and Bea Ryan Stanton. She graduated from high school in Bonesteel, S.D.
After graduation she received nurses training from the St. James Hospital in Butte and her bachelor's degree from St. Louis University.
In 1944, she and Robert A. Holland were married at Sts. Cyril and Methodious Church in East Helena.
The couple moved to Portland, Ore., in 1945 where she worked for several hospitals in Portland area. She later received her masters degree and continued teaching nursing at Portland Community College.
Mr. and Mrs. Holland returned to Montana and lived in the Polson area for nine years. In 1994, Mrs. Holland moved to Miles City to be closer to her family.
Survivors include her son, Robert, and his wife, Pamela, of Miles City and her grandson, John of Glendive.
She also is survived by two nephews, Monsignor Donald Shea of Bigfork and Edward Shea of Dickinson, N.D.
Mrs. Holland was preceded in death by her parents; her husband; a brother, Thomas Stanton; and a sister, Agnes Shea.
Mass of Christian Burial will be at 10 a.m. Monday, Oct. 17, 2005, at the St. Ann's Catholic Church in Butte. Rite of Committal will follow in the Holy Cross Cemetery in Butte.
Friends may send condolences to the family by visiting www.stevensonandsons.com. Stevenson and Sons Funeral Home in Miles City and Duggan Dolan Mortuary of Butte have been entrusted with the arrangements.
If desired, memorials may be made to the Smiles Savers c/o Holy Rosary Health Care Foundation, 2600 Wilson St., Miles City, MT 59301.
Edgar LeRoy Riley
Edgar LeRoy Riley, 78, of Volborg died Friday, Oct. 14, 2005, after a short battle with cancer, surrounded by his loving family.
Mr. Riley was born on Aug. 20, 1927, in Miles City, the son of Jonathon D. and Mary Dorothy Kittinger Riley. The family lived in Ismay where Mr. Riley attended second grade, the rest of his schooling was at Sacred Heart graduating in 945. During that time he played basketball from 1942 to 1945, which continued to be a life long enjoyment of his. Their teams placed second and third at state every year. Because of the war, he was unable to play high school football, which had been canceled.
On his 18th birthday, Mr. Riley enlisted in the United States Army. He was stationed in France, then at the headquarters in Bamburg, Germany, for two years.
After his honorable discharge, he returned home where he worked in Miles City and Stevensville on the family ranch.
On Feb. 3, 1951, Mr. Riley and Joyce Lockwood were married in Miles City. They lived in Miles City where he worked for 1-1/2 years at the Provost Motors and for the Milwaukee Railroad before moving back to Stevensville where they stayed on the family farm for 13 years.
In 1965, the family moved to Coalwood where they bought the William Patton Place. The next 40 years were spent raising kids, calves, wheat and grandchildren.
He enjoyed watching all of his children and grandchildren participate in their sports through the years, sometimes being vocal about the referees "wrong" decisions, but always thinking his grandchildren were the best.
Mr. Riley particularly enjoyed this past year, commenting often "you're never going to see this country look any better."
His survivors include his wife, Joyce of Volborg; his children, John (Julie) Riley, Mike (Margie) Riley, Terri (Ken) Bird all of Volborg, and Patty (Joe) Stevenson of Miles City; his brother, David Riley of Chowchilla, Calif.; and his sisters, Frances Driscoll of Missoula and Mary Catherine Donovan of Pensacola, Fla.
Survivors also include 16 grandchildren; and numerous nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Jonathon and Dorothy and brothers, Bob and Jack.
A funeral sevice will be held on Monday, Oct. 17, 2005, at 1 p.m. in the chapel of Stevenson and Sons Funeral Home in Miles City. Private family intermenty will follow in the Custer County Cemetery with full Military Rites.
Condolences may be sent to the family by visiting www.stevensonandsons.com.
If friends desire, memorials may be made to the Broadus Cancer Fund, c/o Terri Bird, Volborg, MT 59351.
Dooley T. Pauley, 80, of Glendive, died peacefully at his home on Wednesday, Oct. 12, 2005.
Mr. Pauley was a longtime sportswriter for the Glendive Ranger-Review.
He was born on May 11, 1925, in Sheridan, Wyo., the son of Herman and Ione Pauley. He and Betty Hammer were united in marriage on April 13, 1946, in Hardin. Together they raised two sons, Gregg and Brad.
Mr. Pauley served in the United States Air Force as a pilot. After leaving the service, he began a life-long career in the printing and newspaper business.
After working for newspapers in Hardin and Lewistown, he started his own shop, Pauley's Printing, in 1959 in Glendive. The Dickinson Press purchased his printing shop in 1965 and moved the business into the Ranger Review at Glendive. Mr. Pauley started writing sports for the Ranger Review in 1965 along with operating the print shop.
He was selected as a Heisman Trophy elector, one of 1,100 in the United States, and voted in that process for 20 years. He covered sports for the Ranger Review for 40 years.
Mr. Pauley's life revolved around hunting, fishing, golfing and three of life's loves, his grandchildren. He was an avid sports fan his whole life.
His survivors include his wife, Betty, of Glendive; his sons, Brad and his wife Kathy and Gregg and his wife Nora of Pierre, S.D.; and his three grandchildren, JB, Shelby and Derek Pauley.
Memorial services will be held at 2 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 15, 2005, at Perham Football Field in Glendive.
Silvernale-Silha Funeral Home of Glendive is entrusted with arrangements.
Remembrances and condolences may be shared with the family at: www.silvernale-silhafuneralhome.com.