OBITUARY: Billie Rase

Funeral services for Billie Rase, 93, of Dickinson, were March 27 at Stevenson Funeral Home in Dickinson.

Billie Rase
Billie Rase

Posted March 29, 2013

Funeral services for Billie Rase, 93, of Dickinson, were March 27 at Stevenson Funeral Home in Dickinson. Burial will be this spring at the Grassy Butte Cemetery.

Visitation was March 26 at Stevenson Funeral Home, continuing on March 27.

Billie passed away March 22 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 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 MT; three nieces, Faye (Ed) Lawler of Billings, Mont., Carol (Monte) Layman of Baytown, Texas and Nancy (Steve) Cerroni of Lovell, Wyo.; 6 great nephews and nieces; 3 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.

Remembrances and condolences may be shared with the family at www.stevensonfuneralhome.com.


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