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Lewis Rooney


September 10, 2021

Hugh Lewis Rooney passed away on Sunday, August 29, 2021 at 11 AM in Billings, MT at Morning Star Senior Living Reflections.

Lewis was born on October 21, 1930 in Miles City, Montana at the Darcy Hospital and was raised on the family ranch on Beaver Creek, south of Miles City. He graduated from 8th grade at the Beaver Creek School. He then graduated from Custer County High School in 1947 and attended the Junior College in Miles City. Lewis worked for Doyle's Plumbing and Heating and helped work on the Custer County Courthouse. He met Joyce Todd in high school and they were married on August 19, 1950. They made their home on the old Choate place on Beaver Creek and were ranchers for 60 years before retiring to Miles City in 2011. They then moved to Morning Star Senior Living in Billings, MT on May 15, 2020 where Lewis resided until his death.

Lewis is survived by his wife, Joyce, of 71 years as well as his children: Jim Rooney, Shepherd, MT, Kathi Pfeifle (Randy), Billings, MT and Kelli Rooney (Doug), Dallas, TX. He is also survived by his grandchildren Deann Rooney, Sean Rooney (Staci), James Rooney, Ash Hilliard (Nicki), Ty Hilliard, Robert Pfeifle, Nick Pfeifle, Eric Klein (Jessica), Ryan Klein (Karla) and Kelsi Klein (Savon) as well as 11 great grandchildren, sister, Betty Ann Dilger, Fergus Falls, MN and sisters-in-law, Vera Schiller of Billings, MT and Jan (Ray) Miller, Miles City. Lewis is also survived by numerous nephews, nieces and cousins. He was preceded in death by his parents, Hugh and Clara (Schiller) Rooney, his brother, Larry Rooney, and a daughter, Dori Lu Rooney.

Visitation was held on Friday, September 3, 2021 from 1:00-6:00 p.m. at Stevenson & Sons Funeral Home in Miles City. Funeral services were held on Saturday, September 4, 2021 at 11:00 a.m. at Stevenson & Sons Funeral Home in Miles City. Interment followed in the Custer County Cemetery. Condolences may be sent to the family by visiting: http://www.stevensonandsons.com.


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