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November 13, 2008 2:51 am

Leona Woehl Lord

(Feb. 26, 1917 - Nov. 4, 2008)

Leona Woehl Lord, Powell, died Tuesday, Nov. 4 after a short hospital stay.

She was preceded in death by her first husband, Harry J. Woehl, in Chicago, Ill., and her second husband, Ted B. Lord, of Powell; her mother, Martha Shumanski of Chicago, Ill., her father, Joseph Battaglia, who was born in Palermo, Sicily (Itay); and her brothers Charles, Frank, and Joseph Battaglia, all of Chicago, Ill.

She is survived by her only son, James P. Woehl, three grandchildren, Joy Powers of Atlanta, Ga., James H. Woehl of Tucson, Ariz., and Juliana Guzman of Powell; and four great-grandchildren.

Leona's confirmation verse of John 3:16: "For God so loved the world that he gave his only begotten son that whoever believes in him should not perish but have everlasting life," gives comfort.

A memorial services will be held at Memory Gardens Cemetery in Arlington Heights, Ill., at a later date.

Thompson Funeral Home assisted the family with arrangements.

November 13, 2008 2:50 am

Joyce Sharon (Hert) Greenwald

(Jan. 5, 1935 - Nov. 11, 2008)

Joyce Sharon Greenwald, of Powell, died peacefully in her home on Nov. 11.

She was born on Jan. 5, 1935, to Sam and Leah (Steinmetz) Hert in Hardin, Mont. She was very close to her family, especially her father. While she was attending Hardin High School, she met her future husband, Robert C. Greenwald. They were married on Feb. 5, 1952 in Billings and were partners for 56 years. After living in various towns throughout Montana and Wyoming, they settled in Powell in 1969 with their four children Gary, Gail, Janet, and Leah.

Joyce was a quick-witted woman with a spirited sense of humor. She loved music and dancing — whether she was playing the accordion, listening to Elvis Presley, or dancing with her children when they were young. She enjoyed gardening and flowers, and she loved to sit down to a great book. She was an avid football pool player and her picks won on several occasions. Her family was very important to her and she found great enjoyment in her grandchildren.

Joyce was preceded in death by her parents, her brother Jim Hert, and her sister Dorothy Althoff.

She is survived by her husband Robert of Powell; brother Tom (Jo) Hert of Snoquamie, Wash.; sister-in-law Gloria Hert of Billings; son Gary (Jeanne) Greenwald of Powell; daughters Gail (Bill) Fisher of Hardin, Janet (Keven) Bentz of Billings, and Leah (Bill) Gullion of Powell. Her seven grandchildren and their spouses are Trevor Greenwald (Pinedale), Kari and Brodie Cooney (Missoula), Trisha and Jamison Ziegler (Pinedale), Trent and Kristin Greenwald (Powell), Michelle Wirth (Seattle), Austin Bentz (Billings) and Nick Bentz (Billings). Her seven great-grandchildren are Kade Ziegler, Maria Bentz, Lauryn Greenwald, Konner Ziegler, Aiden Greenwald, Kieran Cooney, and Kaylen Greenwald.

Funeral services will be held on Friday, Nov. 14 at 11 a.m. at the Thompson Funeral Home with interment at Crown Hill Cemetery. Pall bearers will be Trevor Greenwald, Trent Greenwald, Austin Bentz, Nick Bentz, Jamison Ziegler, and Brodie Cooney. Honorary pall bearers are Keven Bentz, Bill Gullion, and Bill Fisher.

November 13, 2008 2:49 am

Vesta Phelan

(Sept. 2, 1911 - Nov. 8, 2008)

Vesta Phelan, 97, died Saturday, Nov. 8, at the Powell Valley Care Center in Powell.

She was born in Powell on Sept. 2, 1911, to Harvey Rickard and Ethel Barton.

Vesta worked as a registered nurse. During her life, she lived in Wyoming, California, the Philippine Islands, Kuwait and Israel.

She was involved in EPASC Club.

Vesta is survived by her daughter, Anne (Ron) Caviglia of Ukiah, Calif.; stepdaughter, Myrtle Lowder of Jonesborough, Tenn.; brothers Hugh Rickard of Powell and Jim Rickard of Provo, Utah; two grandchildren, Josh Veno and Katie Veno; and a great-grandchild, Ruby Veno.

She is preceded in death by her parents; a sister, Vera Scott; and husbands Albert Brown and Reuben Phelan.
Funeral services will take place at 10 a.m. Thursday, Nov. 13, at Thompson Funeral Home Chapel in Powell. Burial will follow at Crown Hill Cemetery.

Honorary pall bearers are Ron Caviglia, Josh Veno, Katie Veno and Ron Rickard.

The family requests that memorials be sent to Powell Valley Care Center.

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Powell Police Investigator Dave Brown searches for evidence at the scene of a shooting Saturday night.

A verbal argument between two Powell men ended in a shot fired on South Clark Street and Jefferson Street Saturday night.

According to a release issued Monday by police, Frank Miller, 57, fired a round from a handgun into the street. The round richoceted off the pavement and struck the man he had been arguing with. The man was treated at Powell Valley Hospital and later released, the release said.

Sgt. Alan Kent of the Powell Police Department said there was apparently bad blood between the two men and it boiled over.

Miller was arrested for aggravated assault and transported to the Park County jail to be held for arraignment, said the release.

Police are still searching for the weapon - believed to be a Colt model 1911 semi-automatic .45 caliber handgun. If found, citizens are cautioned not to disturb it, in part because the gun may still be loaded.

Anyone who finds the weapon, witnessed the fight, or has information on the case is asked to contact Powell Police Investigator Dave Brown at 754-2212.

A complete story will follow in Thursday's Tribune.

November 11, 2008 10:46 am

Larry Donald Johnson

(Sept. 16, 1939 — Nov.10, 2008)

After a long battle with leukemia, and eventually a stroke, Larry D. Johnson passed away with family at his side on Monday night, Nov. 10, at St. Vincent Hospital in Billings. He was 69 years old.

Larry was a fixture in the oilfields of Wyoming, both in Midwest, where he got his start, and then in the Big Horn Basin. For those who have worked with Larry and knew him well, they know that we will be missing a big man with an even bigger heart full of compassion. According to those who knew him, he would never ask anybody to do anything that he wouldn't do himself, and he was quick to offer help to those who needed it.

He was born on Sept. 16, 1939, to Theodore and Laura Johnson in Ettrick, Wis., and was raised on a farm in Blair, Wis. He was the ninth of 10 children and times were hard, but he maintained close ties to his family.

After graduating from high school, Larry moved to Midwest, where his older sister lived. There he got his start in the oilfields, and he also met his wife, Alice Faye Corum. They were married on June 23, 1959, in Midwest. They had two children while living in Midwest, Rick and Tami.

They later moved to Powell where he continued in the oilfields, working on service units for K & T. He then started his own well service company, J & R Well Service, in 1972. Larry was a hard worker — he felt identified by his work and instilled that same work ethic in those around him. He sold J & R Well Service in November 2000, but he remained active in the company for several years before finally retiring from that business. He owned a trucking company, L.J. Trucking, that he also managed during those years, and he continue to be involved with it up to the time of his death.

In his spare time, he enjoyed truck pulling, and he made many friends traveling around the country competing with his truck, known as “Ol' Rig.” He enjoyed this activity with his family, and, eventually, there were three generations of Johnsons competing together.

Larry is survived by his wife, Alice of Powell; son Rick (Colleen) Johnson of Powell; daughter Tami Johnson of Boulder, Colo.; granddaughters Tanna Faye Mittlieder and Tawny Faye Mittlieder of Powell; grandsons Kory Donald Johnson and Randy Donald Johnson of Powell; sisters Amy (Fritz) Underwood and Virginia Kolb; brother Lawrence Robert (Iris) Johnson; sister-in-law Clara Mae Johnson; brothers-in-law Floyd Charles Corum and Dr. Marc Shampoo; several nieces and nephews; and his beloved dog Snuggles.

He was preceded in death by his parents; his brothers Tilford, Kenneth, and Norman; and his sisters Verna, Marilyn, Lila.

Cremation has taken place and there will be a memorial service at 2 p.m. Friday, Nov. 14, at the Nelson Performing Arts Center (Northwest College Auditorium) located on the NWC Campus on Sixth Street in Powell.

Reverend Doctor William Spencer of Hope Lutheran Church will perform the service, and burial will take place at Crown Hill Cemetery.

Memorial donations may be made to the American Cancer Society, the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society or the charity of one's choice.

November 13, 2008 2:46 am

The future is now for federal lands

The future of roughly 3.2 million acres of federal Big Horn Basin land and 4.2 million acres of mineral estate will be shaped by comments collected over the next week.

The Bureau of Land Management is putting together a resource-management plan for the entire Big Horn Basin.

The plan will guide the use of federal land for the next 15 to 20 years. It will determine issues varying from which lands are open to gas drilling to which areas are available for all-terrain-vehicle use and how many animals are allowed to graze on BLM lands.

As part of a scoping process, the bureau is seeking public comments through Nov. 17. The comment period opened Oct. 17.

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John Bustos led the honor guard for his departed friend Erwin (Babe) Funke, a fellow U.S. Army veteran. Funke ran a dry cleaning business and always insisted on cleaning honor guard uniforms for free. “He was a fine man,” Bustos said of Funke. Tribune photo by Gib Mathers

Veteran John Bustos, 70, of Powell served in the U.S. Army and proudly serves to this day as a local honor guard.

First Sgt. Bustos commands the honor guard at funerals to celebrate the men and women who have served, and continue to serve, this great country.

He also spent 18 months in Vietnam.

Bustos was in the National Guard in Powell. During the disquieting days of the Cold War, the 1961 Berlin Crisis placed the nation on high alert. Russia's President Nikita Khrushchev threatened to reunite East and West Germany under communist rule.

Angela Kalb is a busy woman — the 33-year-old works a full-time job in night security at the Buffalo Bill Historical Center from 10 p.m.-6 a.m. and she also finds time to carry a full course load at Northwest College.

She said she sleeps between classes and tries to study at night. However, in January, she'll leave that demanding schedule behind — for something even more rigorous. Kalb will depart for her second, six-month tour in Iraq.

Kalb joined the U.S. Air Force shortly after her high-school graduation. She spend 11 years on active duty, beginning in Oklahoma, then moving on to Italy, Turkey and Germany. She took a six-month hiatus after her last tour, but she missed the military.

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Northwest College volleyball player Carol Martin (left) gets a hug from Rocky Mountain Manor resident Rose Winslow following a recent volleyball match at Hank Cabre Gymnasium in Powell. Martin and Winslow have developed a friendship through a program that has brought together NWC's athletes and seniors from the local retirement facility. Tribune photo by David Dickey

A common bond

Following a recent volleyball match at Northwest College, the Lady Trappers began their usual routine of taking down the net, stretching and visiting with family and friends who were in attendance.

Among those who took time to interact with the players was Rose Winslow, an 87-year-old resident of the Rocky Mountain Manor, a retirement home located in Powell.

As Winslow made her way onto the court, she was spotted by NWC setter Carol Martin. The sophomore quickly made her way to Winslow's side, and the two shared a hug and a lengthy conversation. Middle hitter Thabata Galvao and men's basketball player Ricardo Bodra soon joined the conversation, which produced plenty of smiles and laughter.

Event will be Monday, Nov. 17

Jeff Jones, activities director and assistant principal at Powell High School, announced last week that the PHS Winter Sports Kick-Off Night has been scheduled for Monday, Nov. 17, at 6:30 p.m. in the PHS Auditorium.

The event, Jones said, will serve as an opportunity for coaches, parents and student-athletes to gather and discuss the upcoming winter sports seasons. He also said any remaining paperwork related to each team can be completed that night.

“Having the opportunity for coaches, parents and student-athletes to meet like this has worked out well,” Jones said. “It helps everyone understand what the expectations are leading into the season, and it helps provide an additional link of communication between parents and coaches.”

The event, which is expected to take 45 minutes, also will provide an opportunity for PHS supporters to purchase booster club memberships or Panther Pride clothing from representatives of the Powell Athletic Roundtable.

The teams included in the Winter Sports Kick-Off Night include wrestling, boys and girls basketball, boys swimming and the Groove Masters dance team. PHS's wrestling, basketball and dance teams will conduct their first practices of the winter season Monday, Nov. 17. The boys swim team is slated to have its first practice, Monday, Dec. 1.

To see a complete schedule of PHS activities, visit www.highschoolsports.net.