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Obituary Archive

Kathleen (Spencer) Swearingen

(May 18, 2010)

Kathleen Swearingen, 67, died May 18, 2010 in Cody.

She was born in Conrad, Mont., on March 8, 1943, the daughter of Wilkins and Marianne Eggers Spencer. She grew up in Casper and married Joel W. Swearingen in Casper in June 1962.

She is survived by her husband of 48 years, Joel; their six daughters: Susanne Lee (Hal) of Cody, Jeanette Beman (Chris) of Cheyenne, Linda Tremelling (Tom) of Cody, Lorraine Leavitt of Cody, Melissa Swearingen of Phoenix, Ariz., and Joeleen McCann (Bill) of Cody.

She is also survived by her grandchildren: Shira, Jennifer, Amanda, Sean, Brent, Cristen, Cameron, Craig, Jacob, Justine, Jasmine and Logan; her mother Marianne Spencer of Cody; and siblings Rosemary McCandless of Nevada, Marianne Hall of Washington, Fred Spencer of Arizona, Veronica Plumb of Arizona; and many nieces and nephews and spouses of her grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her father and her sister Patricia Moore. A funeral mass was held on Saturday, May 22 at St. Barbara’s Catholic Church in Powell. Burial followed in Crown Hill Cemetery.Donations in Kathleen’s name may be given to the Carmelite Monastery, P.O. Box 2747, Cody, WY 82414 or to the Abbey of St. Walburga, 1029 Benedictine Way, Virginia Dale, CO 80536.

Anthony S. ‘Doc’ Rogers

(May 25, 2010)

Anthony S. “Doc” Rogers died May 25, 2010, at Bonnie Bluejacket Nursing Home in Basin.

Tony was born Jan. 10, 1914, in Greeley, Colo., the fourth of seven children born to Anthony and Florence Rogers.
He completed his early education in Ft. Collins, Colo., and his older brother, Wilbur, encouraged him to follow in his footsteps and join the medical profession. Tony completed his medical education at the University of Colorado medical school in Denver.

On his walks to the college, he passed a house where Elizabeth “Betty” Wilson lived. She became his wife on Sept.15, 1937.

In 1939, after Tony graduated from college, they moved to Memphis, Tenn., where he did his residency at Baptist Memorial Hospital. The couple’s first two daughters were born in Memphis.

Tony enlisted in the Army Air Corps, and in 1943, he was sent to Europe to serve as a medic during World War II. While Tony was overseas, Betty and the children lived in Glenrock, where her parents resided. Tony was among the last troops to return to the states, and in 1945, he returned to a wife, two daughters and a 2-year-old son he had never seen.

He first started a practice in Lusk and then was recruited by Dave Lindsey to move to Greybull in 1947. He never moved again.

He retired for the first time in 1981, but he returned to work two more times because of a need for a physician in the community.

He had a great love for Greybull its residents. He tried to give back to the community and was involved in many projects through the years. He was involved with the cemetery board and helped to change the ground cover from sagebrush and rattlesnakes to grass and trees.

Tony was very involved with the hospital and nursing home construction, and was a supporter of the new swimming pool at the school and the Midway Golf Course. He used both frequently.

He was a longtime member of the First Baptist Church and a member of many local organizations. He served on the school board. He loved all kinds of sports and never tired of learning new things.

He was married to Betty for 62 years, and they had three daughters and a son.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Betty; his parents; three sisters, Phyllis, Florence and another who died in infancy; and his brothers, Wilbur and Winfield.

He is survived by his younger sister, Lucille Kennedy; his four children, Charlotte (Don), Annette, Steve (Cindy) and Serena (Ron); 13 grandchildren; and 19 great-grandchildren.

Funeral services will be held on Saturday, May 29, at 10 a.m. at the Atwood Family Chapel, 620 Greybull Avenue in Greybull. Burial will follow in the Donald J. Ruhl Memorial Cemetery in Greybull.

A memorial fund has been established in Tony’s name at Big Horn Federal Savings Bank, P.O. Box 471, Greybull, WY 82426 with proceeds to go to the South Big Horn County Critical Access Hospital and the Bonnie Bluejacket Memorial Nursing Home.

Atwood Family Funeral Directors, Inc. is in charge of arrangements.

(May 16, 2010)

Jennifer McDougall, 30, of Spring, Texas, died tragically along with her unborn baby girl on the morning of Sunday, May 16, 2010.

Jennifer was born on March 30, 1980, in Powell, to James and Marie (Neves) Thomas.  She grew up in Lovell with her four brothers: Jason, William, Scott and Timothy.

She was active in many activities including 4-H, high school athletics and choir. She was the school newspaper editor and was a candy striper. She graduated from Lovell High School in 1998 and then attended Northwest College for a short time.

She moved to Missoula, Mont., in 1999 and worked as a nanny. She loved being a nanny and the family she took care of loved her. She then returned to Wyoming and began a family.

Jennifer married Michael A. McDougall on June 28,  2003.  They relocated to Denver, Colo., where Mike worked as a petroleum engineer. Jennifer graduated with honors as a medical assistant from Parks College in 2004. She graduated first in her class, with a 4.0 GPA.  She worked in dialysis until she left to care for her growing family. She enjoyed helping people through their lengthy dialysis procedures, even though the patients often times were unpleasant to work with.

In August 2009, they moved to Spring, in the Houston area, when Mike transferred to the engineering office there.

Jennifer was the loving mother of three children: Kirk, Paige and Jacob. She was excited to add another girl to the family who would be named Gwineth Elaine. She was a good friend with a cheerful personality and a caring spirit.  She enjoyed helping other people. Her children were her greatest joy.

Jennifer is survived by her children Kirk, Paige and Jacob McDougall; her parents James and Marie Thomas of Lovell; her brothers Jason Thomas (Darby) of Bridger, Mont., William Thomas (Grace) of Missoula, Scott Thomas (Dana) of Worland, and Timothy Thomas of Lakewood, Colo.; and her paternal grandparents, Ivan and Arthea Thomas of Shell. She is also survived by 13 nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her maternal grandparents, Owen and Vivian Neves of Burlington.

Funeral services were on Monday, May 24. Jennifer was laid to rest near her maternal grandparents in the Burlington Cemetery. The family is appreciative of all the love, prayers and support that have been offered in this difficult time. The Jennifer Thomas McDougall Memorial Fund has been established at Big Horn Federal Bank, P.O. Box 218, Lovell, WY 82431.

Kermit Dwight Jacobs

(May 23, 2010)

Kermit Dwight Jacobs died on the morning of Sunday, May 23, 2010, at the Powell Valley Care Center, six days after celebrating his 94th birthday.

He was the first born of seven children of Harry and Harriet Jacobs in Helvey — later known as Powell — Neb.  
While growing up on the family farm in Nebraska, he worked with heavy horses and always enjoyed horses of all types. He spent time there with the Civilian Conservation Corps building trails. He left Nebraska and traveled to Idaho to work on a ranch.

While he was in Idaho, his family relocated to the Powell, Wyoming, area. When he came to visit them, he met Oma Royal. Kermit and Oma were married on June 26, 1943, in Billings.

He worked at the Heart Mountain Relocation Center and for various farmers in the Powell valley until later joining his brother, Jake, in a farming operation in the Willwood area south of Powell.   In 1970, he and Oma moved into town and he became more active in recreational activities with his children and grandchildren. Upon retirement from farming in 1981, he continued working for Big Horn Cooperative in the fertilizer operation and helping at automotive shops nearby.

Kerm and Oma enjoyed camping and he was always active riding horses and mules. Kerm and his son, Kim, rode miles of trails in Northwest Wyoming, from the Beartooth range south to the Hamilton Dome area, sightseeing and elk hunting with friends.

He was always helpful to others in completing any task and he really enjoyed that. Kerm was instrumental in the establishment of horseshoe pitching in the area and after open heart surgery in 1987, he won two state championships in the state horseshoe pitching tournament in 1988 and 89.

His parents Harriet and Harry preceded him in death in 1982 and 83.

Kerm is survived by his wife of nearly 67 years; three children, Sherry Krause (Ken) of Colorado Springs, Colo., Jeana Gatch (Dan) of Laurel, Mont., and son Kim (Cindy) of Powell. Kerm and Oma have eight grandchildren and 27 great-grandchildren.

Brothers Jake of Powell and Larry of Oregon join sisters Gwen Baxter, Belle Jones, Pat Jones and Barbara Werbelow, all of Powell, in mourning the passing of their oldest brother.

No funeral services are planned and the family will conduct a memorial service at a later date.  For those who wish, memorial donations may be made to the Powell Valley Care Center at 777 Avenue H, Powell, WY  82435.

Mary Jean (Meagher) Grosinger

(May 20, 2010)

Mary Jean (Meagher) Grosinger, 81, died May 20, 2010, in her daughter’s home, surrounded by family, after a brave struggle with cancer.

She was born near Park River, N.D., on Jan. 10, 1929. Raised by her parents, Arthur and Vivian Meagher, in Park River through high school, she then moved on to the College of Saint Catherine in St. Paul, Minn.

Mary Jean graduated with a teaching degree in home economics and took her first teaching job in Baudette, Minn. Having worked a couple of summers as a waitress at the Old Faithful Lodge in Yellowstone, she had become very interested in the Wyoming way of life. She moved from Baudette to begin teaching in Lovell.

While working as a teacher in Lovell, she met her future husband Mark Grosinger, a decorated WWII pilot in the U.S. Army Air Corps. They were married Sept. 1, 1955, in Park River. They then moved to Powell, where they started their family.
They raised two sons and two daughters, all of whom graduated from Powell High School and attended Northwest College. All four children went on to graduate from college, two from UW and two from Colorado universities. Their success has been a legacy of Mary Jean’s devotion to her faith and family.

Mary Jean’s life was highlighted by raising her family, her cherished friendships, playing bridge, gardening, travel, garage sale adventures, sisterhood in P.E.O., being a grandmother and great-grandmother and devotion to her faith at St. Barbara’s Catholic Church.

Mary Jean is survived by her four children, Matthew, Mary Coats, Larry and Julie Burgener; five grandchildren, Gwen Bustos, Leah Gann, Jesse Grosinger, Veronica and Olivia Burgener; two great-grandchildren; and brother, Dr. Tom Marr.
A vigil service will be Thursday, May 27 at 6 p.m. at St. Barbara’s Catholic Church. The funeral service will be Thursday, May 27 at 5:30 p.m., also at St. Barbara’s. Interment will be at Crown Hill Cemetery.

Memorials may be made to Hospice of Broomfield and Boulder Counties, 2594 Trailridge Dr. East, Lafayette, CO 80026, or to the P.E.O. Foundation, 3700 Grand Ave., Des Moines, IA 50312.

Dixiene Ann (Trenk) Brixen

(May 20, 2010)

Dixiene Ann (Trenk) Brixen died Thursday, May 20, 2010 at her home in Powell.

Dixiene was born on March 25, 1957 in Baker, Mont., to Arthur and Dorothy Trenk.

She attended Billings Senior High and Northwest College in Powell, graduating from the nursing program in 1990.
Dixiene was married to Patrick Brixen on July 25, 2009.

She worked as a licensed practical nurse at Powell Valley Healthcare. Dixiene enjoyed crocheting and baking, and she attended the Assembly of God church.

Dixiene is survived by her husband, Patrick; son Jeremy W. (Tanya) Simmons of Cody; daughter Amy M. Trenk of Thermopolis; sister Wanda (Bill) Thompson and Nyla (Eric) Mock; and two grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Arthur and Dorothy Trenk; sister Margorie Galban; and brother George Trenk.
Funeral services will be held at 4 p.m. Sunday, May 30, at the Living Fortress Church, 725 19th St. in Cody. Burial will be in Ekalaka, Mont.

Thompson Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

Audrey Bower Krogman

(May 9, 2010)

Former Lovell resident Audrey Bower Krogman died on Mother’s Day, May 9, 2010, in Yuma, Ariz.

She was born on Feb. 22, 1932, in Worland, to Ray F. and Frances M. Bower. She married Marx Leroy “Roy” Krogman on June 26, 1955.

They made their home in Lovell, where they raised their three children. Audrey was involved in the Women’s Club and the University of Wyoming Alumni Association, among other things. Her passion was golf, and Roy describes her as a “feisty” golfer.

She is survived by her husband of nearly 55 years, Roy, of Yuma; her sons Tom and his wife, Phyllis, and Jerry and his wife, Melody; her daughter Kelly Steindorf and her husband, Marty; five grandchildren; one great-granddaughter; her brother Ray Bower Jr.; and her sister Nita Adcock.
Cremation has taken place.

Owen Robert ‘Bob’ Holm

(May 10, 2010)

Owen Robert "Bob" Holm died May 18, 2010, at West Park Long Term Care Center in Cody after a long battle with multiple myeloma. He had just celebrated his 93rd birthday on May 4.

Bob was born May 4, 1917, to Roy and Margaret Holm in Cody and graduated from Cody High School in 1935. Music was an important part of his life and he played the piano, clarinet and saxophone. He played in the Cody High School band, the city band, the Cody Elks band and a dance band while attending the University of Wyoming.

While working in the family business delivering ice, Bob met the love of his life, Edith Marie Snyder, and they were married in Billings on March 30, 1940. This romance lasted 70 years. In 1942, after being rejected by the Army because of a heart murmur, Bob and Edith moved to California where he found work at Consolidated Aircraft building B-24 bombers for the Army Air Force. At night after work, Bob took classes in welding and after becoming certified, he went to work in the Kaiser Shipyards building Liberty Ships.

In 1944, Bob and Edith moved back to Cody where he became active again in the family business, and in October of that year, their eldest son, Glen, was born. Three years later in August 1947, another son, Roy, completed the family.

Throughout his life, Bob was very involved in the Cody community. He was a Masonic Lodge Master and a 27-year member of the Cody Volunteer Fire Department, even taking his turn as fire chief. He served on the City Council from 1964 to 1970 and served as president of the local motel association, of which he was a member.

Bob had a big smile and a warm greeting for everyone he met and the most gracious appreciation for the gift of family. He was also a worrier — if a family member was troubled, so was he.

Bob is survived by his wife, Edith; sons Glen (Nancy) and Roy (Mina); grandchildren Sydney Holm, Jessi Morris, Nathan Holm, Kyli Griffin (Trey), Aryn Rossett (Russell) and Quincy Sondeno (Ole); 5 great-grandchildren; sister Gloria Holm Peterson; and many nieces, nephews and cousins.

He was preceded in death by his parents and his sister, Peg Frisby.

Funeral services will be at 2 p.m. Friday, May 21 at First Presbyterian Church of Cody. The casket will be open one hour prior to services. Interment will follow in Riverside Cemetery.

Robert ‘Bob’ Leroy Barnes

(May 19, 2010)

Robert “Bob” Leroy Barnes, 84, died May 19, 2010, at the Powell Valley Care Center.

Bob was born in Powell on Feb. 26, 1926, to Roy “Rocky Mountain Cowboy” Barnes and Frances LaFollette Barnes.

When Bob was a toddler, the family lived on a farm just below Polecat Bench. Here he started his mechanical endeavors: his dad and granddad had set up the cultivator and left for a bit. On their return all the cultivator parts had been removed and neatly piled back up as they were before set-up.

Bob married Phyllis Patricia Singer on March 9, 1950.  During their early married life, they could be seen touring the roads and mountain trails on Bob's Harley.

Bob worked at various occupations during his life. He worked at his dad's Husky gas station, was a backhoe operator in Elk Basin, worked with the city engineering department, at MDU and as a carpenter. He was known as one of the best finish carpenters in the area at the time.

He enjoyed hunting, camping and fishing and was a member of the Big Horn Basin Boat Club. The family enjoyed weekends at Buffalo Bill Reservoir. He was also a member of the Powell Eagles Club.

He is survived by his sons Jack (Linda) of Powell and Dan (Rosemary) of Albany, Ore.;  grandchildren Christopher Barnes  and Amanda Barnes, both of Portland, Ore., Jackie Mosegard (Monty) of Powell, and Kristina Bunkers (Scott) of Three Forks, Mont.; four great-grandchildren; and three great-great-grandchildren.

Funeral services will be Saturday, May 22, at 10 a.m. at Thompson Funeral Home. Burial will follow at Crown Hill Cemetery. Memorials in Bob’s name may be sent to Powell Valley Hospice.   

Peter ‘Pete’ Ravnholdt Rudd

(May 10, 2010)

Peter “Pete” Ravnholdt Rudd, 69, died in his sleep at his home in Cody on May 10, 2010.

He had celebrated his 69th birthday on May 3, just a couple weeks after he made the decision to no longer fight the cancer he’d battled for two years.

Pete was born in Chicago, Ill. in 1941, and he grew up in Brook Park, Minn. During his high school years, he developed a love for music, primarily jazz, which continued to be a special part of his life.

He graduated from Pine City High School in 1958. He served in the U.S. Air Force where, in Denver, he met and married Beatrice Okubo.

Together they moved to Grand Forks, N.D., where their two sons, David and Daniel, were born. Upon his discharge from the Air Force, the Rudds moved back to Minnesota, where they founded Rudd Building Company, constructing both residential and commercial buildings.

Pete and Bea worked together to raise their two boys, and the boys grew up with many of their dad’s qualities: honesty, integrity, love for the outdoors, and the knowledge and skills of construction and business that they use in their careers today.

In 1981, the moved to Cody, where they purchased a water-conditioning business, currently known as Pioneer Water Systems, which gave them the opportunity to forge many new friendships. In Cody, they were able to enjoy camping, hunting, fishing, horseback riding and discovering the unique history of Wyoming.

In 1985, their daughter, Breanna, was born. As she grew, she was often Pete’s shadow. The two shared many passions, but it was the love of music that became their particular bond.

Pete was a kind man who loved God, his family and his friends with sincerity and devotion.

He is survived by his wife and best friend, Bea, of Cody; two sons David (Karen) and Daniel (Debbi), all of Denver; daughter Breanna of Cody; three grandchildren; four great-grandchildren; brother Lowell (June) of Proctor, Minn.; sisters-in-law Bobbie Schade (Bill) of Denver and Jacquie Merrill (Gene) of Longmont, Colo.; and several nieces and nephews.

Services will be May 19, 2010, at 11 a.m. at Christ the King Lutheran Church in Cody. Memorial donations to Spirit Mountain Hospice would be appreciated.

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