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February 23, 2010 3:20 am

Genevieve (Genny) Helgeson Romin

(Nov. 10, 1915 - April 24, 2002)

A service will be conducted at 10 a.m. today (Tuesday) at First United Methodist Church in Powell for Genevieve (Genny) Helgeson Romine, 86, who died Wednesday, April 24 at Franklin United Methodist Community outside Indianapolis, Ind.

Burial will be in Crown Hill Cemetery with Powell Veterans Honor Guard according military honors.

She was born Nov. 10, 1915, at Garland, daughter of Charles F. and Eva (Epp) Helgeson. She graduated from Powell High School in 1935 and continued her education in Chicago, Ill., which would lead her to a career in nursing.

She was a graduate of Columbus Hospital School of Nursing in Chicago and went on to receive a bachelor's degree in public health nursing from Loyola University of Chicago and a master's degree in nursing education from Indiana University.

She was a veteran of the U.S. Navy, having served in World War II. She served in New Guinea and Australia doing hospital duty.

She married W.T. Romine on June 17, 1946. He preceded her in death.

She was a Registered Nurse for more than 50 years, retiring in 1974 from Indiana University School of Nursing as an assistant professor of nursing.

She was a member of the Church of the Lakes (Nineveh) and First Methodist Church of Powell, American Legion Post 26 of Powell, and Sigma Theta Tau Honorary Nursing Society. She co-founded the retired Nurses Club of Indianpolis and was a charter member of the Navy Nurse Corps Association. She was a member of the Indiana University Alumni Association and a former member of the Indiana State Nurses Association and the American Nurses Association.

Survivors include a son, Paul C. Romine of Fishers, Ind.; a sister, Helen Harrington of Casper; two grandchildren and two great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by a sister, Margaret Helgeson.

Memorial contributions may be made to Indiana University School of Nursing Foundation, 1111 Middle Drive, Room 101, Indianapolis, IN 46202.

April 24, 2002 7:25 pm

Thelma Griggs Sprague

(Dec. 3, 1919 - Feb. 24, 2010)

Thelma J. Griggs Sprague died Feb. 24, 2010 in Orem, Utah. She was 90.

Thelma was born Dec. 3, 1919 in Powell, the first of four children born to Vera Sessions Griggs and John Samuel Griggs.

She was born on a homestead on the Powell flat. Her earliest years were spent in the Powell area before moving to Chatham, Wyo., where her father worked for Marathon Oil and her mother cooked for the crew.

On Sept. 22, 1938, Thelma married Leonard Sprague in Billings. The couple were proud parents of six children, Bonnie, Cheryl, Charlene, Charles, Douglas and Debra.

Thelma helped her husband, Leonard, operate the business when he established the War Surplus Store in Powell in 1958. She also worked at Gambles and Powell Valley Office Supply. She worked as a receptionist at the War Memorial Hospital in Powell and had fond memories working with friends at Linton's Big R Store until her retirement. Leonard passed away May 11, 1974.

Thelma had a firecracker personality and loved her years volunteering at the Powell Hospital and was proud to be a breast cancer survivor. She looked forward to her “Lunch Bunch” every Tuesday at the Pizza Hut. A gaggle of senior citizens met regularly for years and her attendance was a necessity.

When Thelma's health declined, she lived in the home of her daughter, Debbie (Fred) Newcomer in Evanston, finally moving into Summerfield Retirement Center in Orem, Utah. There she enjoyed a happy, comfortable life, celebrating her 90th birthday in December 2009.

She is survived by her children, Bonnie (Chris) Haas, of Cherokee, Okla.; Cheryl (Charles) Cozzens, of Hiland, Utah; Charlene, of Salt Lake City; Charles (Alice), of Pueblo, Colo.; Douglas (Marie), of Canyon Country, Calif.; and Debra (Fred) Newcomer, of Evanston. She is also survived by her brother, Sam “Bud” and sister-in-law Edna Griggs, of Lake Havasu, Ariz.

Thelma had 18 grandchildren and 31 great-grandchildren.

Preceding her in death was her husband, Leonard; sister, Florence Nalley; brother, Donald H. Griggs; a son-in-law, Chris Haas; and two great-grandchildren.

Services will be conducted at the Powell LDS Chapel on Avenue E on Saturday, March 6 at 11 a.m. with interment in Crown Hill Cemetery.

A viewing will be held on Friday evening from 7-9 p.m. at the Thompson Funeral Home in Powell, and 30 minutes prior to the Saturday service at the church.

The family asks for memorials to be sent to the Byron Memorial Park in Byron or to Breast Cancer Research.

April 24, 2002 5:19 am

Edna C. Young

(Aug. 17, 1917 - April 23, 2002)

Edna C. Young, 84, long-time Laramie resident, died with grace and dignity in the arms of her sons Tuesday, April 23 at the home of her eldest son, Floyd E. Young, Jr., in Powell.

She was born Aug. 17, 1917, in Longmont, Colo., daughter of Krestian and Bertha Johnson of Karvel, Colo. She married her long-time sweetheart and lifetime love, Floyd E. Young, Sr., in Greeley, Colo., on Jan. 24, 1936. The couple moved to Laramie in 1939 where her husband worked as a fireman for the Union Pacific Railroad and later as an engineer until his retirement.

She loved going to the prairie and collecting rock and artifacts with her three sons, Floyd, Alvin and Steve. She loved to commune with God on the Wyoming prairies, where she and husband Floyd were friends of local ranchers. She collected barb wire, insulators, antiques of all varieties and many railroad relics of the West. The fence at 703 Gibbon in Laramie is testimony to their love of railroading and their collection of western relics.

Survivors include her sons and their wives, Floyd and Virginia Young of Powell, Alvin and Gaela Young of Cheyenne and Steve and Peg Young of Rigby, Idaho; 12 grandchildren and 26 great-grandchildren.

An informal memorial service conducted by her sons will be held Friday, May 3 at Montgomery-Striker Chapel in Laramie at 2 p.m. Friends are invited.

April 23, 2002 7:23 pm

Donald E. Wheeler

(Feb. 23, 1916 - April 22, 2002)

Graveside services will be conducted today (Thursday) at 1 p.m. at Crown Hill Cemetery for Donald E. Wheeler, 86, who died Monday, April 22 at Powell Valley Hospital.

The Powell Veterans Honor Guard will provide military honors for Mr. Wheeler, a World War II veteran of the U.S. Army.

He was born Feb. 23, 1916, in Pearl, Ill., to Daley and Maggie (Smith) Wheeler. For many years he worked for Pan American Oil Company, later to become Amoco Production Co.

Survivors include his former spouse, Elizabeth Hazelhorst of Powell; two sons, Mike Wheeler of Powell and Donald Wheeler of Arizona; a daughter, Deborah Adams and husband Ken of Washington; two brothers, Forrest (Bud) Wheeler and wife Marge of Powell and Floyd Wheeler of Montana; and two sisters, Georgie Baldwin and husband Dick of Montana and Eileen Harmon and husband Marion of Powell. His parents preceded him in death.

Visitation will be from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Thursday at Miratsky-Easton Funeral Home.

April 23, 2002 5:18 am

Donald E. Wheeler

(Feb. 23, 1916 - April 22, 2002)

Graveside services will be conducted today (Thursday) at 1 p.m. at Crown Hill Cemetery for Donald E. Wheeler, 86, who died Monday, April 22 at Powell Valley Hospital.

The Powell Veterans Honor Guard will provide military honors for Mr. Wheeler, a World War II veteran of the U.S. Army.
He was born Feb. 23, 1916, in Pearl, Ill., to Daley and Maggie (Smith) Wheeler. For many years he worked for Pan American Oil Company, later to become Amoco Production Co.

Survivors include his former spouse, Elizabeth Hazelhorst of Powell; two sons, Mike Wheeler of Powell and Donald Wheeler of Arizona; a daughter, Deborah Adams and husband Ken of Washington; two brothers, Forrest (Bud) Wheeler and wife Marge of Powell and Floyd Wheeler of Montana; and two sisters, Georgie Baldwin and husband Dick of Montana and Eileen Harmon and husband Marion of Powell. His parents preceded him in death.

Visitation will be from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Thursday at Miratsky-Easton Funeral Home.

April 22, 2002 5:17 am

George C. McGary

(May 10, 1929 - April 21, 2002)

George C. McGary, 72, died Sunday, April 21 in Powell after a long battle with cancer.

He was born May 10, 1929, on the family homestead near Deaver, the son of Willard and Clara McGary.
In 1947, he married Rosemary Sewald of Sterling, Colo. They made their home in Powell where they raised three children, Wanda Dolan and husband Mike of Cody, George Cole McGary and wife Sherry of Powell and Sandy Lynn of Powell; and five grandchildren, Nick, Breck and Lindsey McGary and Chad and Jody Lynn.

His grandchildren were his pride and joy, and he rarely missed any of their activities.

He was a member of the Masonic Lodge of Powell and recently received his 50-year membership pin.
While visiting with his large, extended family was his favorite way to spend his days, he also liked to hunt and fish and loved his trips into the high mountain passes. Every summer he enjoyed planting a large garden, but his real joy came in giving it all away to anyone who stopped for a visit.

At his request, there will be funeral services.

April 21, 2002 5:16 am

Vera Dunrud

(Jan. 14, 1902 - April 19, 2002)

Services will be held 2 p.m. Wednesday, April 24 at Meeteetse's St. Andrew's Episcopal Church for Vera Dunrud, 100, a long-time Meeteetse resident who died April 19 at West Park Long Term Care Center, where she had lived for 13 years.
The Rev. Patterson Keller will officiate Wednesday's services. Visitation will be Tuesday, April 23 at Ballard Funeral Home in Cody from 6-8 p.m.

Dunrud was born Vera May Stahly Jan. 14, 1902 to Herman and Eura Stahly in Milford, Neb. She grew up there and in Goehner, Neb. After graduating and receiving Normal Training at Milford High School, she taught one year at a country school in the area.

In 1923 she came to Meeteetse to teach third and fourth grades at Meeteetse School. She lived with her sister, Luella Rumler, and her sister's husband, Silas Rumler. Later she boarded with the Curtis Sell family and then lived at the Meeteetse Hotel.

On June 19, 1929, she married Carl M. Dunrud in Billings, Mont. Carl's partner, Elmer Bergquist, and his wife Thelma were married the same day. The two couples continued dude ranching, which Carl and Elmer had begun on the Pitchfork Ranch Timber Creek Dude Ranch. In 1931, the couple purchased Kirwin and land six miles down the river where Carl Dunrud built the Double Dee Dude Ranch. There, Amelia Earhart and her husband, George P. Putnam, were among their guests.
During the war, in 1944, Dunrud taught her own three children and a few others at the Dick Creek School on the Wood River above Meeteetse, while Carl worked at the Larsen Ranch. In 1945, she and her husband purchased the Wolf place on the lower Greybull River. She taught school at Buffalo Basin, beginning in 1949, and then in Meeteetse when the two districts were consolidated. She taught there until her retirement in 1970.

After many hours of education by extension courses and summer school, Dunrud received a Bachelor of Arts degree in education from the University of Wyoming in 1962.

Next to her family, she most loved children and teaching. Teaching school, horseback riding, Saturday night dancing and making friends were, as she put it, "a lark."

She was preceded in death by her parents, brothers Eldon and Kenneth Stahly, sisters Fern Stahly, Luella Rumler and Leone Tolle, a baby daughter, a baby granddaughter, and her husband Carl.

She is survived by her children, Richard (and wife Toni) Dunrud of Evergreen, Colo.; James (and wife Joan) Dunrud of Meeteetse; and Mary D. Webster of Cody; nine grandchildren; 10 great-grandchildren; four great-great grandchildren; numerous nieces and nephews and a host of friends.

Memorials may be sent to the Meeteetse High School Scholarship Fund, to St. Andrew's Episcopal Church, where Dunrud was a member, or to a charity of the donor's choice.

April 19, 2002 5:15 am

John R. Clark

(Nov. 9, 1938 - April 17, 2002)

John R. Clark of Winnett, Mont., father of a Powell woman, died Wednesday morning, April 17 at Deaconess Clinic in Billings, Mont., of pancreatic cancer. He was 63.

He was born in Red Lodge, Mont., on Nov. 9, 1938, a son to Erwin and Martha Clark. He was raised on the family ranch at Luther and educated in Luther and Red Lodge. Following his graduation from Carbon County High School, he enlisted in the U.S. Navy where he served in the Pacific Theater as a radar man on the USS Hollister. Following his honorable discharge he returned to the family ranch.

He married Georgia Straight on July 25, 1961 in Red Lodge. Together they worked the family ranch. In 1993, they sold their ranch in Luther and started ranching in the Winnett area.

Mr. Clark loved to hunt and fish, but he especially loved to preach.

Survivors include his wife, Georgia; daughter Shannon Baker and her husband Daniel of Powell; three sons; 12 grandchildren and one great-grandchild.

Cremation has taken place, and a Praise the Lord Celebration Service will be held at 1:30 p.m. Monday at the Church of Christ, 10th St. and Alderson Ave. For those who wish, memorials may be made to the Roundup Church of Christ, P.O. Box 805, Roundup, MT 59072 or to Big Sky Hospice, P.O. Box 35033, Billings, MT 59107.

April 17, 2002 5:14 am

Julia Ann Lindsay Bloomfield

(May 17, 1921 - April 14, 2002)

Funeral services will be conducted today (Thursday) at the Clearfield, Utah, LDS Stake Center for a former Powell resident, Julia Ann Lindsay Bloomfield.

She died Sunday, April 14 in Clearfield at the age of 80.

She was born on the family farm at Byron on May 17, 1921, the daughter of David Dunn and Sarah Bradshaw Lindsay. She was the sixth child in a family of seven and received her education in the Byron schools.
She married George Milan Bloomfield on Aug. 31, 1941, in Byron. They were sealed in the Salt Lake Temple on June 9, 1942. He died Jan. 9, 1972, of injuries sustained in an automobile accident in which she was seriously injured.
The couple made their home in Powell until 1965 when they moved to Utah. She worked at Miller Floral in Farmington, Utah, and at McKay -Dee Hospital in Ogden, Utah.

She enjoyed camping, fishing, sewing, knitting, genealogy and doing things with her family. She was an active member of the LDS Church and served a Stake Mission while living in Wyoming and two Stake Missions in Utah.
Survivors include a daughter, Shirley Ann Baxter and husband Andrew of Layton, Utah; two sons, Gene Bloomfield of Utah and David William Bloomfield and wife Barbara of Clearfield, Utah; a brother, Wilson Lindsay of Powell; seven grandchildren and 13 great-grandchildren.

Burial will be in the Kaysville, Utah, Cemetery.

April 14, 2002 5:12 am

Louise L. Hawkins

(Nov. 3, 1945 - April 13, 2002)

Word has been received of the April 13 death in Garden City, Kans., of former Powell resident, Louise L. Hawkins, 77.
She was a native of Rock County, Wisc., and married Robert E. Hawkins on Nov. 3, 1945, at Janesville, Wisc.

She and her husband moved to a ranch near Powell in 1969, and she was employed with the then American National Bank. Her husband died June 29, 1992.

She moved to Garden City, Kans., in 1996. She was an avid reader and enjoyed gardening, bird watching and being with her grandchildren.

She was a member of First United Methodist Church of Garden City and American Legion Auxiliary Unit 26 of Powell.
Survivors include a daughter, Jeanne Hurst of Boulder, Colo.; two sons, James Hawkins of Garden City and Joseph Hawkins of Santa Maria, Calif.; one brother, two sisters, eight grandchildren and one great-grandson.

Private family services were held. Memorials are suggested to American Legion Auxiliary Unit 26.