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July 16, 2008 8:00 pm

Jim Black

Written by Tribune Staff

Jim Black of Powell died June 29, 2008, outside of Lovell, Wyo., while riding his motorcycle. Services were held at Bennett Creek Church in Clark, Wyo., on July 3.
Jim was born to Criss and Harold Black on July 5, 1947, in Missouri. He grew up with his brother and sister, Harold and Karen, in Linch, Wyo. He graduated from Midwest High School in 1965.
Jim joined the United States Marine Corp in 1967 and served in Vietnam. In 1971 he married Sonja Eckerman of Clark, Wyo.
Jim worked for Inexco oilfield and raised two children, Lexy and Aaron, outside of Gillette, Wyo., until 1986 when he and his family moved to Powell.
Jim owned and operated Northwest Trading Post in Powell for 22 years. His family says he became close friends with many of his customers, and he prided himself on hard work and honesty. Jim enjoyed riding 4-wheelers and motorcycles with his friends, most notably Jim Rambo, in his free time. He also enjoyed telling stories, endlessly tinkering with vehicles and things around the house, and spending time in the mountains. But mostly Jim enjoyed spending time with his wife, children, and grandchildren, who affectionately called him “Papa.”
He is survived by his brother and sister, wife, children, and grandchildren.
Those wishing to donate a memorial may do so to: Care Package for Soldiers, c/o Bonnie Rouse, 1054 Road 9, Powell, Wyo. 82435