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Obituary Archive

James Henry Moore

(Dec. 5, 2000)

Memorial services will be conducted Saturday at 2 p.m. at the Living Fortress Foursquare Church, 19th and Salsbury Avenue in Cody, for James Henry Moore, 74, of Powell, who died at his Powell home Tuesday, Dec. 5.

Mr. Moore was born Nov. 15, 1926, in Powell, son of Stanford W. Moore and Edna Edith (Meredith) Moore. He attended the local schools through the eighth grade before beginning his life's work in the oilfields.

He served in the U.S. Army Air Corps during World War II and married Stella Gebhart in Powell on Feb. 22, 1945. They were later divorced.

He spent most of his working years in the oilfields in the Big Horn Basin.
On Sept. 4, 1972, he married Joan E. Moore in Reno, Nev.

He loved the outdoors. He was a gun enthusiast, and he enjoyed hunting, fishing and prospecting. Association with family and friends brought him great joy.

Survivors include a son, Bradley James Moore and wife Ronna of Payette, Idaho; a daughter, Melody Lee Young and husband Jerry of Umatilla, Ore.; two stepsons, Kim Richardson of Arizona and Alan Richardson of Cody; two step-daughters, Rikki Richardson and Laurie Campbell, both of Montana; two brothers, Thomas J. Moore and wife Jo Ann of Cody and S.W. Moore, Jr. of Maysville, Okla.; two sisters, Geneva Lavon Wheeler and husband Burt of Salt Lake City, Utah, and Virginia Moore of Powell; a half-sister, Carolyn Kennedy and husband Ron of Maysville, Okla.; and numerous grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his parents and his wife Joan.

Bill Franklin Sellers

(Apr. 9, 2010)

Bill Franklin Sellers, 78, died April 9, 2010, at his home in Powell.

He was born March 10, 1932, in Belton, Texas, the son of Lillie Mae (West) and Newell Franklin Sellers.

Bill attended school and graduated from high school in Lindsay, Calif. He married his classmate, Eleanor Maxine Morris, on June 21, 1952, in Lindsay.

Shortly after his marriage, he was drafted into the U.S. Army. He served in Germany during the Korean War.

After the war, Bill returned to Lindsay, where he worked as an agriculture foreman before entering the building trade. He eventually became a building contractor.

After a short stint in Oregon, he and Eleanor moved to Cora, Wyo. They tried traveling full time in their R.V., but later decided to put down roots.

They moved to Powell, and it turned out to be a good choice for them. Bill met many woodcarvers who helped him hone his natural talent in carving. In the process, his fellow carvers became good friends.

He is survived by his wife, Eleanor of Powell; sons Eric Sellers (Karen) of Powell and Ethan Sellers (Elena) of California; daughters Eileen Starling (Rolf) of Nevada and Gwyn Batey (Raymond) of California; brother Jack Sellers (Linda); sister Katie McAllister (James); seven grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren.

Bill was preceded in death by his parents; brother James Sellers; and a grandson, Timothy Cramer.

Cremation has taken place and a memorial service will be held at a later date. Memorial donations may be made to the Pulmonary Fibrosis Foundation, 811 West Evergreen, Suite 303, Chicago, IL 60642.

Thompson Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

Marjorie Hart Ness

(Jan. 4, 2006)

Marjorie Hart Ness, formerly of Powell, died at her home in Williamsburg, Va., Jan. 4, 2006, after a prolonged illness with pulmonary fibrosis.

She was 68.

She was born May 10, 1937, in Billings, the first of four children born to Hubert and Wanda Hart. She grew up in Powell and graduated from Powell High School in 1955. She attended Montana State College and graduated as a registered nurse in August 1958. She and her husband, Donald, were married in June 1958 and, following her graduation, she joined him in Waco, Texas, where he was in U.S. Air Force flight training. This was to be one of the first of nearly 30 moves they made together in their married life.

They returned to Billings in January 1960 and resided there until January 1963 when they moved to Seattle. Three and a half years later, they began their truly nomadic life together following Don’s career in the U.S. Foreign Service. Their assignments took them to San Francisco; Washington, D.C.; Brussels, Belgium; Warsaw, Poland; Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic; Mexico City; London; and Frankfurt, Germany; with several intermediate postings in and out of Washington. While overseas, she became very active in Embassy life and was highly regarded for her culinary and hospitality skills. She also worked as a part-time nurse in Embassy Warsaw, a full-time nurse in Embassy Santo Domingo, a part-time nurse and a para-counselor assistant in Embassy Mexico, the family liaison officer in Embassy London, and the regional medical evacuation coordinator in Consulate General Frankfurt. She was highly respected and received honors and awards for her quality work performance.

She was very active in community affairs, both before and after becoming ill. She never let her need for full-time oxygen dissuade her from living life to the fullest. She was active as a Colonial Williamsburg volunteer, working at the DeWitt Wallace Gallery where she honed her knowledge and love for 17th and 18th century pottery and porcelain. She fostered her interests in all manners of antiques with the Vintage Ladies of Williamsburg. She was community minded and served as the chairperson of the Holly Hills Core Committee and, at the time of her death, was the secretary of the Holly Hills Community Association.

She was preceded in death by her father, Hubert; and her younger brother, Steve.

She is survived by her mother, Wanda of Powell; her sister, Celia of Seattle; and her brother, Hubert Jr. of Laurel, Mont. Also surviving are her husband, Don of Williamsburg; her elder son and daughter-in-law, Dr. Gregory and Sara Ness of Richmond; and her younger son and daughter-in-law, David and Gayle Ness of Alexandria, Va. Grandchildren include Katie of Durham, N.C.; Melanie of Wake Forest, N.C., Eric of Richmond; and Kim, Brian and Kara of Alexandria.

A memorial service took place in the Williamsburg Presbyterian Church Saturday, Jan. 7.

Donations can be sent in her memory to the American Lung Association; 61 Broadway; New York, NY 10006.

Vicki (Wright) Kylander

(December 14, 2001)

A former Powell resident, Vicki (Wright) Kylander, died Friday, Dec. 14 in the UCI Medical Center at Huntington Beach, Calif., after a long battle with liver disease. She was 52.

Helen Josie Carter

(August 6, 2001)

A memorial service for Helen Josie Carter, 83, who died Monday, Aug. 6 in Puyallup, Wash., will be held at 2 p.m. today (Tuesday) at United Methodist Church in Cody.

August Lawrence Larry' Beckmann III

(Aug. 31, 1943 - Dec. 22, 2009)

August Lawrence “Larry” Beckmann III, 66, died Dec. 22, 2009, at Powell Valley Hospital.
Larry was born Aug. 31, 1943, in Powell, the son of Clara (Suko) and August Lawrence Beckmann Jr. He graduated from Powell High School in 1961.

He married Carole Linger in 1965 in Laramie, and they made their home in Powell, where Larry worked as a taxidermist and owned Sunlight Taxidermy from 1980 - 2005. In 2005, he closed the business when he began his long battle with multiple sclerosis. He also worked with Safeway Stores for 25 years, starting when he was 16 years old.

He was a member of the Methodist Church and was active in Ducks Unlimited and the National Wild Turkey Federation. Larry enjoyed hunting, fishing and spending time with his family, and he was an award-winning taxidermist. His artistic taxidermy work was featured in “Taxidermy Revue” magazine, he was associated with the Denver Museum of Natural History, and his work was on display at the Buffalo Bill Dam Visitors' Center.

Larry is survived by his wife, Carole; daughters Tami Kaye Asay (Kurt) of Byron and Cheri Raye Siar (Sean) of Dubois, Penn.; and grandchildren Tyler Asay, Brandon Asay, Mikayla Asay and Krista Siar.

He was preceded in death by his parents and grandparents.

Visitation will be on Wednesday, Dec. 30 at 10 a.m. at the Methodist Church. Funeral services will follow at 11 a.m., with interment at Crown Hill Cemetery. Pallbearers are Butch Knapp, Kurt Asay, Tyler Asay, Brandon Asay, Mike Snell and Bob Nemitz. Sean Siar is the honorary pallbearer.

Arrangements are being handled by Thompson Funeral Home, and condolences may be sent to the family online at

Memorial donations can be made to the National Multiple Sclerosis Society, P.O. Box 4444, Pittsfield, MA 01202-4444.

Alfred Fred' Gabriele Camposan

(Jan. 16, 1919-Oct. 17, 2009)

Alfred “Fred” Gabriele Camposan died Saturday, Oct. 17 at his home in Powell. He was 90.

Fred was born Jan. 16, 1919, in Watertown, Mass., to Frank and Mary Camposano, who were Italian immigrants.

He left home at the age of 16. Fred was determined to help his large family in tough economic times and insisted on joining the Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC) which brought him to Wyoming.

It was here that he met his lifetime sweetheart, Alice “Billie” Clark, and they married in 1939. Together, they raised a family of five daughters and one son in Powell.

Fred worked for four years in the CCC, farmed and ranched for 10 years, and then worked for Amoco Oil for 31 years, retiring in 1981.

But Fred never really retired. He was very ambitious and through the years, he built and remodeled their homes and owned a coin shop. He also had many hobbies, including gardening, photography, carpentry, coin collecting, music and writing.

But most of all, those close to him knew Fred as a man who dearly loved the Lord and his family, showing his love in many ways. His family loved him dearly as well, and learned many things from him, but most of all they learned to love one another through good times and bad and to live each day to its fullest potential.

Fred was a longtime and active member of his church and was a member of the Knights of Columbus.

Fred was preceded in death by his parents; three siblings; son, Kent; and three grandchildren.

He is survived by his wife of 70 years, Billie; brother Frank Camposano of Marco, Island, Fla.; sister, Vera Ferullo of Watertown, Mass.; daughters Donna (Jon) Nelson of Colo. Springs Colo.; Gail (Larry) Redman of Powell; Sharon (Jake) Fulton of Powell; Rikki (Jim) Paul of Laurel, Mont.; daughter-in-law, Susan Haywood of Billings; 26 grandchildren; 61 great-grandchildren; 14 great-great grandchildren; and dear friend Vivian Jones.

Visitation will be Tuesday, Oct. 20 from 5-6:30 p.m. at Thompson Funeral Home in Powell, followed by a vigil service at St. Barbara's Catholic Church.

A funeral Mass will be held at St. Barbara's Catholic Church on Wednesday, Oct. 21 at 10:30 a.m.

A short graveside service will be held at Crown Hill Cemetery on Thursday, Oct. 22 at 10 a.m., with procession beginning at Thompson Funeral Home.

Memorials can be sent to The American Heart Association or St. Barbara's Church Building Fund.

Anthony Joseph Tony' Rodriguez

(Oct. 2, 1931 - Oct. 10, 2009)

Anthony Joseph “Tony” Rodriguez, 78, died Oct. 10 at his home in Frannie.

He was born on Oct. 2, 1931 to Louis Rodriguez and Jenny Terraciano in Hazelton, Pa. After graduating from high school, he served with the U.S. Navy during the Korean War. In 1952, he married Helene Wansik, and together they raised a family of two daughters and two sons in Levittown and Morrisville, Pa.

Tony was an energetic and industrious worker. He was a brake specialist, and with his friend and partner, Warren Ferguson, he eventually opened a wholesale auto parts store. Their business flourished, but, on a family vacation to Idaho in 1973, Toney was so imporessed with the grandeur of the West, he sold his share of the business and moved his family to Pocatello, Idaho.

Helene died suddenly in 1975, and Tony started a new career as an insurance salesman. In 1981, he married Josephine Lobdell. They bought a home in Flathead Valley, Mont. and later moved to the Big Horn Basin.

Tony loved to hunt and fish. In Montana, he was a hunter safety instructor and was a founding member of the Bigfork Gun Club. He especially looked forward to pheasant season, when he would spend long days in the field with his beloved hunting dogs.

He was an active member of his church and served on many councils. He was a fourth-degree Knight of Columbus and a life-long member of the National Rifle Association. He endured his final illness with fortitude and grace.

He is survived by his wife, Jo; daughters Cynthia Usog (Alex) and Kim Buckingham (Brian); a son, David; stepsons Laurence Lobdell and Alex Lobdell (Gloria); stepdaughter Fiona Ostler (Bill); sister Silvia Smith; 13 grandchildren and five great-grandchildren.

Tony was preceded in death by his first wife, Helene: son Anthony Rodriguez, Jr.; stepson Gregory Lobdell; and a sister, Ana Maria Holbrooks.

A funeral Mass will be held on Saturday, Oct. 17 at 10 a.m. at St. Joseph's Catholic Church in Lovell, with burial following in the Deaver Cemetery.

Donations may be sent to Powell Valley Hospice. Arrangements are being handled by Thompson Funeral Home and Crematory, and online condolences can be sent to the family at

Aliyah Marie Romero

(July 13, 2009 - Aug. 12, 2009)

Aliyah Marie Romero was born July 13, 2009 in Powell, the daughter of Katie VanLake and David Romero. She died, surrounded by family and loved ones, on Aug. 12 from Edward's Syndrome. Though she was only alive for a short time, she will be missed greatly.

She was preceded in death by her great-grandfather, Jack VanLake, and her great-grandparents Felipe and Josefa Montanez.

She is survived by her parents; a sister, Alyssa; grandparents Bill and Lori VanLake and Albert and Carol Romero; great-grandparents Shirley VanLake and Bill and Bonnie Fossen; and many aunts, uncles and cousins.

Funeral arrangements are being handled by Haskell Funeral Home in Lovell. Graveside services were held Aug. 17 at the Lovell Cemetery. The family has asked that donations be made at First National Bank in memory of Aliyah Marie VanLake Romero.

Andrew William Gifford

(Sept. 6, 1921 – Aug. 6, 2009)

Andrew “Andy” Gifford died in his home on Thursday, Aug. 6 in Lovell. Andy was born on Sept. 6, 1921, the third child of Jesse James Gifford and Grace (Keele) Dalton, in Kane, Wyo. His family moved from Kane to Crystal Creek in 1925. Andy ranched at Crystal Creek until 2004.

Andy married Lillian Jolley on Feb. 26, 1943. From this union, five children were born.

Andy lived the life of a cowboy. He ranched, raised horses and was a stock contractor. Andy loved life and his animals. He enjoyed traveling to the rodeos and going to the National Finals Rodeo and the Miles City Bucking Horse Sale. He raised many good bucking horses and bulls. One of his most famous bareback horses was “Come Apart,” who was inducted in the National ProRodeo Hall of Fame.

The doors to Andy and Lillian's home were always open, and folks knew they would be welcome at any time. Andy loved his family and knew how to work hard. He had a great sense of humor and could tell great stories. He made many friends and will be remembered well.

Andy was preceded in death by his father and mother, Jesse and Grace; wife, Lillian; daughter-in-law Janet Gifford; granddaughter Melissa Hanson; grandson Jeff Bischoff; brothers Arthur Gifford and Jesse Gifford; and sisters Bertha Brems and Mabel Spears Nicholls.

Andy is survived by his sons, Dick, Dennis and Max (Judy) Gifford all of Lovell; daughters, Cheri Bischoff of Lovell and Eva Hanson of Burbank, Wash.; sister, Lois Schatz of Crystal Creek; brother, Rex (Althea) Gifford of Cascade, Mont.; and good friend Ruth Sutton of Lovell; many grandchildren, two great-grandchildren and many nieces, nephews and friends.

Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. on Thursday, Aug. 13 at Haskell Funeral Home in Lovell. Interment will follow at the Lovell cemetery. Haskell Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

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