March 27, 2013

Billie Rase

Funeral services for Billie Rase, 93, of Dickinson, will be 2:00 p.m. Wednesday, March 27, 2013 at Stevenson Funeral Home, Dickinson. Burial will be this spring at the Grassy Butte Cemetery.
Visitation was 12:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m., Tuesday, March 26, 2013 at Stevenson Funeral Home, continuing on Wednesday, March 27 from 8:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.
Billie passed away Friday, March 22, 2013 at St. Luke’s Home in Dickinson.
Harold William Rase was born on Feb. 16, 1920, the son of Harold and Emma (Nichols) Rase. Billie, as he was loved and known by everyone, graduated from the 8th grade at the Murray Country School west of Grassy Butte, N.D. He attended three years of high school in Grassy Butte and graduated from Model High in Dickinson. Billie attended one year at Agriculture College in Fargo, now NDSU.
He spent his entire life ranching west of Grassy Butte. Billie was a Farm Bureau Member, served on the Township Board for a number of years, served as the town constable for several years, served as a director on the Weather Modification Program, and was a director on the Arnegard-Alexander Soil Conversation District for 30 years.
As a member of the TR Medora foundation, Billie shared his love of the Medora musical by being the first sponsor for Kids Day in Medora, where children attend the musical for free. Billie loved to sing and he drove many miles to sing with the Badlanders Barber Shop Chorus. We will all miss his famous handshake.
Survivors include a nephew, Lamar(Cathy) Rase of Missoula Mont.; three nieces, Faye (Ed) Lawler of Billings, Mont., Carol (Monte) Layman of Baytown, Texas and Nancy (Steve) Cerroni of Lovell, Wyo.; six great-nephews and -nieces; three great-great-nephews and -nieces; and a family of friends including special friends, Robert and Sylvia Lillibridge, Jack Olin, and Jim Ozbun.
Billie was preceded in death by his parents, infant sister, and only brother, Lloyd Rase.
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