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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.

April 12, 2002 5:09 am

Gary Dean Menuey

(May 20, 1955 - April 12, 2002)

Gary Dean Menuey, 46, died Friday, April 12 at St. Vincent Hospital in Billings, Mont., from complications associated with surgery.

Mr. Menuey was born in Powell on May 20, 1955, son of Forest and Alice Menuey. He lived in and around Powell for most of his life.

His favorite pasttime was working on his house in Lovell and working in his yard with his flowers in the summer. He took pride in his cooking as well.

He worked in many restaurants and hotels around the area, including the Hamilton House, Busy Bee, Skyline Cafe, Bear Lodge and his current place of employment, the Rose Bowl in Lovell, where his sister also works.

Survivors include his son, Christopher Menuey and four grandsons of Astoria, Ore.; his adopted son, Tim Ryan and wife Joby of Midwest, along with three grandchildren; his sister, Patty, in Lovell; and numerous nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his mother in 1998 and his father in 1978 and his two brothers, Richard, in 1981 and Dave, in 1987.

Cremation has taken place. Private family memorial services will be held later.

April 12, 2002 5:08 am

Hilda C. Moody

(Dec. 25, 1905 - April 10, 2002)

Hilda C. Moody, 96, died at the Powell Nursing Home Wednesday, April 10.

She was born Dec. 25, 1905, in Fayette County, Texas, to Harry and Selma (Lockman) Wiedemann. She attended Scott's School for grade school and then graduated from Flatonia High School in 1924.

She attended Southwest Texas State Teachers College and began her teaching career in Moalton, Texas. She taught and did college work alternately until she graduated in 1933.

She taught the next 10 years in Rosenberg, Texas. During World War II, she worrked for Petty Geophysical Company in Texas, then Oklahoma and Wyoming. She came to Powell in 1950.

She married Harold Moody on May 9, 1951. They bought a home on Avenue F and lived there until 1954 when her husband received a promotion to foreman in the Elk Basin oilfields, and they moved there. When the company houses were sold a few years later, they returned to Powell.

They were transferred to Worland in 1958, then returned to Powell in 1961 to the same house on Division Street that they left three years earlier. She remained in this house until just a few years ago.

Survivors include her sons, Gary Moody and wife Pat of Powell and Dennis Moody and wife Sue of Fort Myers, Fla.; grandchildren Shawn Moody and Treena Brown, both of Powell, and Gavin Moody and Alexis Peterson, both of Florida; and one great-granddaughter, Krystal Brown of Powell.

Cremation has taken place, with memorial services to be held at a later date. Miratsky-Easton Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

April 10, 2002 5:07 am

Margaret Peyton

Word has been received of the April 8 death in Deadwood, S.D., of Margaret Peyton, 91.
She was the mother of Charles Peyton of Powell. Funeral services were held at Trinity Methodist Church in Lead, S.D., on April 12.
April 08, 2002 5:06 am

Janet Sprinkle Brownlee

(Feb. 26, 1937 - April 6, 2002)

Memorial services will be held at the Calvary Chapel Church in Buffalo at 2 p.m. Saturday, April 20 for Janet Sprinkle Brownlee, former Powell resident who died Sunday, April 6. She was 65.

She was born Feb. 26, 1937, in Denver, Colo., daughter of Lee and Florence Sprinkle. A 1955 graduate of Wheatridge High School in Denver, she continued her education at the University of Wyoming, earning a major in education and a minor in psychology.

She met Fred Brownlee at UW, and they were married June 8, 1958, in Denver. Her husband's six-month army commission stint took them to Ft Benning, Ga., then on to Ft. Carson, Colo. In 1959, both Fred and Janet accepted teaching positions at Saratoga.

Their first child, Kevin, was born in Saratoga in 1960. Daughter Julie was born in Afton in 1963.
In Afton, her husband began a 34-year career with the U.S. Farmers Home Administration. Working for the government, the family lived in many Wyoming communities, including Powell, before retiring in Buffao.
She devoted herself to children, teaching piano lessons, Bible classes and helping with 4-H. Music was a special love for her, as she sang in choirs and groups. She said her greatest achievement in this life was to realize at age 18 that she was a sinner and thus her need of the Savior, Jesus Christ. Her Christian testimony remained strong to the end of her life, even as she battled cancer.

She loved the mountains and was able to spend many weeks each summer in the Big Horn Mountains in the family camper.
Survivors include her husband Fred of Buffalo; son Kevin Brownlee and wife Bunny of Belgrade, Mont.; daughter Julie Peter and husband Dennis of Arvada, Colo.; two brothers, Bob Sprinkle of Grand Junction, Colo., and Dale Sprinkle of Surry, Maine; and three grandchildren.

For those who wish, the family would appreciate memorials to Compassion International, in care of First National Bank, P.O. Box 400, Buffalo, WY 82834, or Allan and Baska Vance, in care of Conservative Baptist International, P.O. Box 5, Wheaton, IL 60189-0005 (serving in Portugal). Cremation has taken place. The family will scatter her ashes in the Big Horn Mountains.