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December 02, 2008 3:13 am

Floyd Charles Corum, Jr.

(Jan. 22, 1939 - Nov. 26, 2008)

Floyd C. Corum, Jr., (known as Charles), 69, died in the early morning hours on Wednesday, Nov. 26, after suffering a stroke. He died at the Wyoming Medical Center in Casper.

Charles had spent the past few years living at the Veterans Home of Wyoming in Buffalo, but prior to that he had spent much of his life living in Powell.

He was born Jan. 22, 1939, in Midwest, the oldest child of Floyd and Blanche Corum. He was raised in Midwest along with his younger siblings, Alice Faye and Edwin.He enjoyed football and basketball and lettered in both sports during his years in high school in Midwest.

He was a proud veteran of the United States military, having served in the Army Reserves from 1957 to 1965.

Throughout his working life, he did a variety of jobs, including working with an uncle in the nickel mines in Oregon, and construction and concrete work in Powell, where he had relocated in order to be closer to his sister and her family.

Though he never married or had children of his own, his love of God and family was very important to him. He really enjoyed participating in family functions and just spending time with his loved ones.Charles also loved fishing and being outdoors.

Survivors include his sister, Alice Faye Johnson of Powell; niece, Tami Faye Johnson of Boulder, Colo.; nephew, Rick (Colleen) Johnson of Powell; grandnieces, Tanna Faye Mittlieder and Tawny Faye Mittlieder of Powell; and grandnephews, Kory Donald Johnson and Randy Donald Johnson of Powell.

He was preceded in death by his parents; his brother, Edwin; and his brother-in-law, Larry Johnson.

Cremation has taken place and a graveside service is set for 1:00 p.m. on Wednesday, Dec. 3, at Crown Hill Cemetery. The service will be performed by Denyce Reno, minister. There will also be a resident service for his friends at the Veterans Home in Buffalo.

For those who wish, memorial donations may be made to the charity of one's choice.Thompson Funeral Home assisted the family.

December 02, 2008 3:11 am

Leo Edward Kimmett

(Nov. 4, 1915 - Nov. 13, 2008)

Leo Edward Kimmett died Nov. 13 at his home in Cañon City, Colo. He was born Nov. 4, 1915, in Powell, the son of Ethel (Barrett) Kimmet and William Kimmet.

He was raised in Powell and worked in the Civilian Conservation Corps in Yellowstone National Park. Hegraduated with a chemistry degree from Regis University in Denver in 1939 andserved in the U.S. Navy during World War II.

Leo married Julia C. Ziegler on Aug. 22, 1939, in Park, Kan. The couple had six sons, Arnel, Stephen, David, Michael, Gerald and James, and three daughters, Renee, Marilyn, and Ann.

Leo worked as a civil service employee at the Pueblo, Colo., Army Depot for most of his adult life. In his spare time, he enjoyed collecting antique phonographs. His collection is currently on display at the Cañon City Historical Museum. He also wrote several books and articles about his life's experiences,including time about his service in the CCC in Yellowstone,and his own family's attachment to Colorado's history.

He was a member of the Fremont/Custer Historical Society and St. Michael's Catholic Church in Cañon City.

He is survived by his sons Arnel (Mary), Stephen (Debra), David (Anne Ewing), Michael, Gerald and James; daughters Renee Moravek and Ann (Dennis) Kitchin; sister, Virginia Alvey; 15 grandchildren; 11 great-grandchildren and one great-great-grandchild.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Julia, in 2004; daughter Marilyn Fink, in 1990; brothers George, Lawrence, Fred and Robert; sister Agnes Elliott and his parents.

Funeral services and interment took place on Nov. 19 in Cañon City.

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As he jumps from an airplane flying above California to join other skydivers in the world's largest wingsuit formation, Justin Shorb gives a peace sign to the camera. Shorb helped lead and organize a 71-person formation which broke the previous record of 48. Courtesy photos by Scotty Burns, www.sky2productions.com

Flying high above Californian terrain, Justin Shorb and 70 others soared into the record books for the largest wingsuit formation.
Shorb, a Powell High School graduate, helped lead the 71-person formation or “flock” in the jump earlier this month. Shorb also was part of the previous record of 48 that was set in Florida in 2006.

Skydivers from six continents and 14 different countries participated in the formation, Shorb said.

Oppose wilderness designations

Protecting a Western way of life is one of the main priorities of the Big Horn Basin's County Commissions over the coming years.

“There is concern our Western culture is being destroyed or detrimentally changed,” they said, as part of 22 pages of remarks on government land use.

The Park, Big Horn, Washakie and Hot Springs County Commissions submitted comments to the Bureau of Land Management on Monday, outlining their visions of how federal land should be managed in the future.

The U.S. Bureau of Land Management is in a bit of a financial jam caring for wild horses that number in the tens of thousands on range land and in long-term holding facilities, but a McCullough Peaks roundup still may happen.

With the proposal to euthanize excess horses put on hold, at least for now, the bureau is tasked with finding a solution.

Some criticize the bureau's wild horse management, but one official said the BLM is doing a satisfactory job given its financial situation.

Locally, two small herds of wild horses reside in the Pryor Mountains and the McCullough Peaks. There were proposed roundups (gathers) this fall for both herds. The Pryor gather was canceled this year due to personnel issues.

November 28, 2008 3:49 am

Three Trappers place at tournament

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Northwest College's Landon Harris gets in position to pin Western Wyoming Community College heavyweight Rusty Farnsworth during wrestling action in Powell Nov. 20. Harris followed that performance by claiming second place in his respective division at the Northern Colorado Open last Sunday. Tribune photo by David Dickey

Harris, Guerrero, Carranza enjoy solid efforts

A trio of Trapper wrestlers registered solid finishes in Old Chicago's Northern Colorado Open last Sunday in Greeley, Colo.

Freshman heavyweight entry and No. 2 seeded Landon Harris wrestled his way to the best finish for the Trappers. In four bouts, Harris endured just one loss — a 3-1 setback in overtime to top-seeded Charlie Alexander from Colorado's Western State College. In his other bouts, Harris opened the tournament by pinning Colorado State University-Pueblo's Jon Russel, who was wrestling unattached, at the 5:15 mark.

Harris followed that opening-round victory by registering a victory by fall at the 36-second mark of his bout with Bryan Stansbury of the Colorado School of Mines. Bout three saw Harris advance after a default by New Mexico Highlands University's Jesse Boggs.

November 28, 2008 3:47 am

PHS volleyball team celebrates season

Pollart named MVP for 2008

A championship season was remembered Monday night as the Powell High School Lady Panthers gathered to receive season's honors for their efforts.

Varsity team awards voted on by team members went to Erica Woodward for most inspirational player and Kayla Ando for most improved player. Olivia Rogers was honored as the ultimate team player and co-captain Hannah Pollart as most valuable player.

Rogers, Pollart, co-captain Kelsey Allen and Savannah Donarski were recognized for being named to the all-conference team and Donarski and Pollart for earning all-state recognition. Kelsey Allen was recognized for being invited to play in the North-South All-Star team this summer.

Varsity letters were awarded to seniors Woodward and Allen, juniors Pollart, Donarski, Kami Cooley, Kayla Ando and Lauren Fagnant, and sophomores Rogers, Randi Asay, Liz Tilley and Stephanie Paul.

Before presenting the awards, PHS head coach Cindi Smith praised her players for their hard work, dependability, heart, teamwork and unselfish play during the season. She also credited the championship to the Lady Panthers' “focus on a common cause.”

“The kids put a lot of heart and soul into it,” Smith said.

Junior varsity coach Dori Trustem presented her team's most improved player award to Leslie Thronburg, and both the most inspirational and ultimate team player awards to Hannah Groves.

Trustem noted that the team had voted Groves as the ultimate team player, “it could have gone to any one of them.”

“They've supported each other more than any team I've ever had,” Trustem said.

Freshman team awards, presented by coach Randi Bonander, went to Jessica Harris as the most improved, Abby Hotovec as the most inspirational and Kaitlyn Norman as the ultimate team player.

November 28, 2008 3:42 am

Inger Shanor

(Oct. 15, 1930 - Nov. 22, 2008)

A supporter of the resistance as a child in her native Denmark, Inger Shanor, long-time resident of Powell, died quietly Saturday, Nov. 22 at her Cody home, surrounded by family. She was 78.

Inger was born Oct. 15, 1930, in Barrit, Denmark, to Ragnald and Yrsa Piepgrass. She was 12 years old when Nazi Germany occupied Denmark during World War II. She and her older brother helped the underground smuggle Jewish children out of Denmark by escorting them through a heavily-wooded area approximately two miles to the sea shore. Waiting ships would carry them to safety.

Inger came to the United States in 1950. Shortly after obtaining her citizenship, she joined the Army as a WAC and was stationed in Frankfurt, Germany. There she met her future husband, Robert Shanor, who was also serving in the Army.

The couple married in Germany in 1955, where their first child, Bobbie, was born the following year. In 1959, their son, Ron, was born in Powell.

After military service overseas, the family returned to Seattle, Wash., then moved to Powell. As a naturalized citizen, Inger felt it was a privilege to live in this country. She was a familiar face in Powell because of her many years of working in the offices of the City of Powell and then Nelson Insurance.

Inger loved the outdoors and spent most weekends on a snowmobile or 4-wheeling, motorcycling and camping.

She and her husband enjoyed traveling. In 1999, she and Bob, with another couple, rode motorcycles 6,900 miles over 33 days in Alaska.

She had been in every state in the U.S., as well as three Canadian provinces.

Inger was an accomplished seamstress. She sewed all of the children's clothing until Bobbie was in the third grade. She would knit Canadian sweaters for the family and for sale. If the patterns weren't to her liking, she would draw her own.

Survivors include her husband of 53 years, Robert (Bob) Shanor of Cody; daughter, Bobbie Holder of Cody; son, Ron (Jean) Shanor of Cody; four grandsons, two great-grandchildren and a great-great grandson.

She was preceded in death by her parents and all five brothers.

Cremation has taken place. A memorial service will be conducted at Thompson Funeral Home in Powell at 10 a.m. Monday, Dec 1. A gathering to celebrate Inger's life will be held at The Commons in Powell immediately following the service.

November 28, 2008 3:37 am

Mary J. Rodriguez

(Jan. 2, 1926 - Nov. 24, 2008)

Funeral Mass will be celebrated Saturday, Nov. 29 at 9 a.m. at St. Barbara's Catholic Church for Mary J. Rodriguez, 82, who died Monday, Nov. 24 at the Powell Nursing Home.

Father Glen Szezechowski will officiate at Saturday services. Rosary will be said Friday, Nov. 28 at 7 p.m. at St. Barbara's.

Mary was born Jan. 2, 1926, in San Bernardino, Calif., daughter of Leonides Juarez and Maria (Mata) Juarez. She attended school through the sixth grade in Juarez, Mexico. There, she married Ben Rodriguez on July 20, 1941.

The family moved to Wyoming, settling in the Lovell area in 1954 and on to Powell in 1956.

Mary was known for her cooking and loved to cook for her family. She also applied her skills as a cook at Northwest Community College for 20 years.

Her grandkids were her pride and joy, and she was a big part of their lives.

Survivors include her daughter, Janie Rodriguez Chavira (Adan) of Powell; four grandchildren, Mike Chavira of Washington, D.C., Laura Vizarraga of Denver, Theresa Chavira, stationed in the U.S. Navy in Japan, and Jennifer Chavira of Laramie; a sister, Maria Sarinana of El Paso, Texas; and many nieces and nephews in Lovell and El Paso.

She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Ben; and her brother, Franciso Juarez.

Honorary pallbearers include Mike Chavira, Adan Chavira, Jose Sarinana and Alex Rodriguez, Sr.

For those who wish, the family would appreciate memorial donations to the Alzheimer's Foundation.

Cremation has taken place. Thompson Funeral Home is assisting the family.

November 28, 2008 3:35 am

Elmer Sonny Ratcliff

(March 13, 1932 - Nov. 24, 2008)

Elmer (Sonny) Ratcliff, 76, died Monday, Nov. 24 at his Powell home, surrounded by family.

The Texas native had been a resident of Powell since 1973, affiliated for many years in oilfield manufacturing and cattle industries.

He was born March 13, 1932, in Liberty, Texas, to Elmer Ratcliff and Alice (Tanner) Ratcliff. He graduated from Liberty High School in 1950.

He married Delilah May Stearns July 15, 1952, in Liberty, Texas. Sonny served in the Army in a radar unit and anti-aircraft battalion.

Upon his discharge from the military in 1955, he returned to his Texas roots to begin a lifelong affiliation with the oilfield service. In 1962, the family moved to Billings where he was vice president of Continental Laboratories, Inc., developing several mudlogging instruments. The family lived in Billings and Shepherd, Mont.

In 1973, they moved to Powell where he became manager for construction and operation of Cattle, Inc. He also bought a farm two and a half miles west of Powell and started his own machine shop, Ratcliff Machine, designing and manufacturing equipment for mudlogging companies worldwide. His son, Russ, and grandson, Dusty, joined in the family business. In addition, they repaired equipment for several area farmers.

He was a member of the New Hope Southern Baptist Church, the National Rifle Association and the NWC Welding Department. He enjoyed hunting, fishing, horseback riding and singing.

Survivors include his wife, Dee; son, Russ Ratcliff (Tammy) of Powell; daughter, Sandy Ratcliff Griffin of Powell; grandchildren, Mandy (Mike) Schneider of 29 Palms Calif., Josh (Amber) Ratcliff of Akron, Ohio, Dusty (Shelly) Ratcliff of Powell, Jeanee (Kevin) O'Mara of Powell and Amanda (Daniel) Gonzales of Powell; and eight great-grandchildren, Cambria Schneider, Ashton Ratcliff, Zachery Ratcliff, Mckenzie Ratcliff, Riley Beckett, Sydney O'Mara, Olivia Griffin and Kai Gonzales.

He was preceded in death by his parents, two sisters, one brother, and one great-grandchild, Dustin Caden Ratcliff.

Funeral services will be Monday, Dec. 1 at 1 p.m. at First Baptist Church, with the Rev. Darwin Payton, area missionary for Montana Southern Baptist Convention, officiating. Burial will be in Crown Hill Cemetery.

Pallbearers include Robert Beasley, Josh Ratcliff, Dusty Ratcliff, Michael Schneider, Daniel Gonzales and Kevin O'Mara. Honorary pallbearers are Karl Bear, Lloyd Sullivan, Lee Stearns, Dick Stearns, Roland Munoz, Jim Bellin and Bill Powell.

For those who wish, memorials to the American Cancer Society or the Gideon Bibles would be appreciated by the family.

Visitation will be Sunday, Nov. 30 from 7 to 8:30 p.m. at Thompson Funeral Home.