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May 12, 2005 10:46 am

Lois Ann Pinney

(Feb. 10, 1937 - May 11, 2005)

Lois Ann (Shan) Pinney, 68, went to be with her Lord and Savior peacefully on Wednesday, May 11 in Apache Junction, Ariz.

She was born Feb. 10, 1937 in Glenrock to Alvah F. and Ida G. Brubaker. She graduated from Glenrock High School, attended Casper College, and graduated with a BA degree in Fine Arts from the University of Wyoming. She earned a Master of Music in Education from Arizona State University. She married Donald Joe Pinney on May 23, 1959. She was an elementary music teacher for School District No. 1 in Powell for 26 years. Upon retirement in 1992, she and her husband traveled and wintered in Arizona. Among her hobbies, she enjoyed singing, swimming, oil painting, camping, traveling and playing "Dirty Board."

She was a very loving and giving person as an outgrowth of growing up in a home full of love, music, and strong Christian teaching. Her Savior, husband, children, grandchildren and extended family were the joys of her life. She is survived by her husband of 47 years, Joe, of Cody; daughter, Gerry Ann, son-in-law, Jeff Scott and grandchildren, Jacob, Matthew, and Allison of Cody; daughter, Kari Kay of Cody; son, Wesley Joe, daughter-in-law, Keri and grandchildren Alexander and Samuel of Seattle, Wash.

Other survivors include sisters, Mabel Rose Hannah of Forest Grove, Ore., Mary Elizabeth Neiswanger of California, Jane (Missy) Nickerson of Casper, Catherine (Chick) Proffitt of Laredo, Texas; brothers, Louis Hoffman (Lewy) Brubaker of Bonita Springs, Fla., Richard Lee (Dick) Brubaker of Payson, Ariz.; and many nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her parents; brothers, Elbridge Leroy (Bru) Brubaker, William Ellis (Bill) Brubaker, Allen Thayer (Al) Brubaker, Jack Pershing Brubaker; and sister, Cherie Oswald.

Memorial services and a celebration of her life will be held at 10 a.m. Saturday, May 28 at the Cody Missionary and Alliance Church, 147 Cooper Lane East on the Powell-Cody highway. Interment will be in Cody.

For those who wish, memorials may be sent in Lois Ann's name to Sunshine Acres Orphanage, 3405 N. Higley, Mesa, AZ 85215. When sending the memorial, please ask that Sunshine Acres send an acknowledgment to Joe Pinney at 901 Gloria CT., Cody, WY 82414.

May 11, 2005 10:44 am

Elizabeth Bunn

(July 7, 1912 - May 10, 2005)

Former Powell resident Elizabeth Kohlmeyer Christensen Bunn died Tuesday, May 10 in Duncan, S.C.

She was born to Henry and Anna Beckman Kohlmeyer on July 7, 1912, in Madison, Ill., then moved to Powell when she was 1 year old. After graduating from Powell High School in 1930, she married Eugene Christensen in December of 1930. To this union were born four sons. Eugene died in February, 1941. She then married Ross O. Bunn in May of 1951, and to this union were born two daughters. Ross Bunn died in 1982. She moved from Powell to Weirsdale, Fla. in November of 1956. In 2003, she moved to Duncan, S.C., to be with her daughter, Lynell.

She was also preceded in death by a son, Ray Christensen; a grandson, Brian Dwayne Christensen; and great-grandson, Chaz Mark Thomas.

She is survived by sons Gene (RaVoe) Christensen of Salt Lake City, Utah, Allan Christensen of Fair Oaks, Calif., Bert (Zona) Christensen of Apopka, Fla., and daughters, Lynell (James) Drake of Duncan, S.C., and Marveen Palmer (Robby Lillard) of Beverly Hills, Fla.; 15 grandchildren, 29 great-grandchildren, and four great-great grandchildren.

Cremation has taken place, and burial of cremains will be at Crown Hill Cemetery, Powell, in a private family memorial service. Memorials may be made to Southeastern Children's Home, or American Cancer Society.

May 10, 2005 10:43 am

Roy L. Mork

Roy L. Mork, 65, died Monday, May 9 at the Powell Valley Hospital.
A memorial service will be held at 4 p.m. Saturday, May 14 at Miratsky-Easton Funeral Home. Cremation has taken place. A full obituary will follow in the next Tribune.
May 09, 2005 10:42 am

Howard Allen Roby

(June 2, 1933 - May 8, 2005)

Howard Allen Roby, 71, of Hysham, Mont., formerly of Powell and Cody, died Sunday, May 8 at the Rosebud Health Care Center in Forsyth, Mont., with his family by his side. He was born on June 2, 1933, son of Walter and Clara (Arbentz) Roby in Los Angeles, Calif. As a young child, he moved with his family from California to various areas in Wyoming where his dad worked in construction. Howard attended schools in both Powell and Cody. Following his schooling, he joined the United States Army and served his country in Korea.

On Sept. 26, 1956, he married Nancy Capron. To this union eight children were born. Throughout Howard's working years, he and Nancy made their home in the Powell and Cody areas. Later in life, they moved to Hysham where they lived until his death. Howard enjoyed fishing, woodworking and being in his shop. Most of all he enjoyed spending time with his wife, children and grandchildren.

He is survived by his wife of 48 years, Nancy Roby of Hysham; two sons, Edward Roby of Alaska and David Roby and his wife Rani of Alaska; five daughters, Lori Leeper of Powell, Dori Hendricksen of Billings, Mont., Diane Keller of Hysham, Angie Zent and her husband Pat of Hysham, and Julie Matheson and her husband Mat of Fort Collins, Colo. He is also survived by 17 grandchildren, five great-grandchildren; and one brother, Harry Roby and his wife Ione of Cody.

He was preceded in death by his parents; his son, "Corky" Howard William Roby; and one brother, George Roby. A memorial service will be held on Friday, May 20 at 2 p.m. at the First Southern Baptist Church in Powell. Burial will follow in Crown Hill Cemetery.

Memorials can be made to a charity of one's choice. Condolences can be sent to the Roby family at www.stevensonandsons.com. Stevenson and Sons Funeral Home of Forsyth is in charge of the arrangements.

May 08, 2005 10:40 am

Elizabeth Ann Schiltz

(April 17, 1916 - May 4, 2005)

Elizabeth Ann Schiltz of Powell died early Wednesday, May 4 in a Billings, Mont., hospice house. She was 79.
Graveside services will be at 10 a.m. Monday, May 9 at Crown Hill Cemetery, followed by a memorial service at 11 a.m. at First Baptist Church.

She was born April 17, 1916, in Bangor, Wisc., the daughter of Henry and Hedwig (Fuchs) Thicke. Following high school graduation and business school, Elizabeth Ann was employed in LaCrosse, Wisc., with the Agricultural Adjustment Agency. In 1944, she went to electronics radio and television school in St. Paul, Minn., along with some other young women from Wisconsin and Minnesota.

In February, 1945, she was accepted as a radio operator by the U.S. State Depoartment's Office of War Information in their international broadcasting division in New York City. After the war, she was secretary to the office manager of Sonneborn Oil Company in New York City.

In June of 1949, she returned to LaCrosse, Wisc., and worked as a secretary in a claims office for Hartford Insurance. She married Vincent H. Schiltz on Oct. 22, 1949, in Bangor, Wisc., and they came to Powell on their honeymoon to choose their Heart Mountain homestead on the Shoshone Reclamation Project.

Her New York City style never left her. She met the challenges of death as thos of life, with grace and dignity, always having faith and trust in the Lord. With strength and courage, love and joy, she has given freely to her family and community. Such gifts are beyond measure and cannot be lost.

Survivors include her children and their spouses, Teresa and John R. Lawson of Great Falls, Mont., Quentin and Georgia Schiltz of Atlantic, Iowa, Juliane and Gregory Koening of Rapid City, S.D., and Ted Schiltz of Casper; a sister, Lois Best of New Berlin, Wisc.; a brother, Henry A. Thicke and his wife Ann of Bangor, Wisc.; sister-in-law Kathy Thicke of Menominee Falls, Wisc.; and 15 grandchildren and four great-grandchildren.

Preceding her in death were her husband, Vincent; her parents; and a brother, Ramon.

For those who wish, memorial contributions may be made to Horizon Hospice House, 1019 Neptune Bldv., Billings, MT 549105.

May 04, 2005 10:39 am

Mildred Marie Schmidt

(March 9. 1925 - May 3, 2005)

Mildred M. Schmidt, 80, went to be with her Lord and Savior on Tuesday, May 3 after a courageous battle with kidney disease. She died at Powell Valley Hospital.

She was born March 9, 1925, in Ozark, Mo., daughter of Charles E. Hampton and Mary Bertha (Hodges) Hampton. She came to Wyoming with her family when she was 18 months old and lived her lifetime in Powell.
She graduated from Powell High School in 1943. She married Richardt Schmidt on Feb. 23, 1943, in Billings, Mont., and they were married 59 years. During World War II and the Korean Conflict, she and later she and her family, went with Richard, her husband, to various military sites where he was stationed. She was a bookkeeper and secretary for 25 years in her late husband's insurance office.

She was a member of First Southern Baptist Church, American Legion Auxiliiary and Women on Mission.
Among her hobbies, she enjoyed cake decorating, ceramics and reading. She worked in the church nursery for many years and loved children. She was a very loving and giving person.

Her own grandchildren and great-grandchildren were the joy of her life, and she kept going because of them. She was on kidney dialysis for more than seven years.

Survivors include a son, Dean Schmidt (Karen) of Chickasha, Okla.; a daughter, Linda Greaham (Bill) of Powell; a sister-in-law, Shirley Hampton and children of Billings, Mont.; four grandchildren, Amy (Ken) Roberts of Stillwater, Okla., Dirk Schmidt of Cleveland, Okla., Julie (Leif) Ohman of Powell and Jeff (Christie) Greaham of Powell; and seven great-grandchildren, Harley Riddle, Kirk, Kelsey, Dillon and Nikki Ohman and Dalton and Elise Greaham.
Funeral services will be at 2 p.m. today (Tuesday) at First Southern Baptist Church, a celebration of her life. Burial will be in Crown Hill Cemetery. Miratsky-Easton Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

The Rev. Mickey Wells of Kaycee and Interim Pastor Don Hall of First Southern Baptist Church will preside. For those who wish, memorials to Gideon Bibles or Mountain Top Baptist Assembly Youth Camp would be appreciated by the family.

May 03, 2005 10:37 am

C.E. (Bud) Webster

(Oct. 12, 1912 - May 2, 2005)

Funeral services for legendary car dealer, Constant Edward (Bud) Webster of Cody, who died Monday, May 2 at West Park Hospital in Cody, will be today (Thursday), May 5 at the LDS Stake House in Cody at 10 a.m.

As the firm guiding hand of Webster Motors, Inc., he still manned the showroom and directed the fortunes of the Cody auto dealership at age 92.

In his 65th year as Cody's Chevrolet dealer, he was honored by General Motors in 2002 with a one-of-a-kind plaque with the notation that no other dealer had continued as a dealer operator for that long. At his death, he was in his 68th year as owner-operator of the dealership.

C.E. "Bud" Webster was born Oct. 12, 1912 on the Webster Ranch on the Greybull River, six miles from Meeteetse. He was the son of Charles A. Webster and Mae Bennion Webster.

Bud attended the country school on Long Hollow next to the ranch. It was called the Webster School. In the fourth grade, the school consolidated with Meeteetse and he graduated from Meeteetse High School in 1931.
His youth was spent on the ranch, doing lots of chores, milking cows, chopping wood and keeping the coal bucket filled for his mother's cook stove. When he got old enough to ride, he rode with his brothers and dad as ranch hands for cattle. He helped bring cattle to Cody often, delivering them by noon the second day, having dinner at the Diamond Café and then riding back to the ranch 28 miles. Fifty miles in a day was not unusual.

When he was 17, he was given the responsibility of tending to sheep camps in the upper Greybull and Francs Fork. He did this every summer for five years, until he graduated in 1935 from the University of Wyoming.

Bud had two wonderful brothers, Clyde, Owen, and his beloved sister, Margaret, all of whom have been gone for many years. Bud was especially close to Clyde's sons, Charlie, Dan and Gene.

At the university as a freshman, he met Lucille Moncur. They were good friends and occasionally dated. After graduating, they got more serious and seven years after meeting her, he finally succeeded in talking her into marrying him. He often said that was the best deal he ever made. They have three children: Margaret, a retired speech language pathologist, is married to Dick Scarlett, living in Jackson Hole and in the banking business; Ed, a practicing attorney in Cody and vice-president of Webster Motors, Inc., is married to another UW student, Nancy Ratliff; and Bill, the youngest. Bill went on to become a medical doctor, and after practicing as a Board Certified Emergency Physician at Long Beach Memorial Hospital for more than 20 years, he retired. He is married to Judy Pinkert whom he met as a nurse at the University of Colorado Medical Center.

Bud and Lucille have four grandchildren, Shannon Wyatt Becker married to Eric Becker; Leslie Scarlett Noble married to Kent Noble; Bill Scarlett and Alison Scarlett. They have three great-grandchildren, Lindsey and Tate Noble and Riley Belle Becker.

Graduating from UW in 1935, times were extremely tough and Bud ended up working for an oil company in Los Angeles for $81.50 per month. He was delighted when he received a wire from the Wyoming State Board of Equalization offering him a job as an auditor for the brand new Sales Tax Division at $150 per month. He jumped at the opportunity.
In the fall of 1937, Bud's brother, Owen, had sold his interest in the Webster Ranch and had some money. Bud knew the Chevrolet dealership in Cody was bankrupt. It was an opportunity for both of them. Owen financed the deal for which Bud was forever grateful.

Four years later, however, Owen decided to quit the car business, and Bud bought him out on Dec. 6, 1941, the day before the attack on Pearl Harbor.

Bud's history in the car business is pretty well known. He received about every honor any car dealer ever had, including president of the Wyoming Dealers Association and Wyoming's representative for six years on the National Automobile Dealers Association. Bud was named as Wyoming Time Life Dealer of the Year.
He served six years on the Wyoming Highway Commission and spearheaded the reconstruction of the Chief Joseph Scenic Highway. UW awarded Bud many honors, including Distinguished Alumnus from the College of Commerce and Industry in 1971, Businessman of the Year in 1987, and in 2002, the Distinguished Alumni Award from the UW Alumni Association. The Webster Family was recognized by the university as the 2001 University of Wyoming Family of the Year.
Through the years, he was active in the Cody community. He served as president of the Cody Club in 1951, and his crowning achievement that year was to acquire, through the help of his dear friends, Lloyd Taggart and Glenn Nielson, an additional 160 acres so the airport runway could be lengthened to accommodate commercial airlines coming to Cody. The next year, Frontier Airlines landed its first plane in Cody.

He served on the hospital board for 20 years and 12 years as chairman, the Stampede Board for six years, and in 1985, he became a member of the Board of Trustees of the Buffalo Bill Historical Center.
Along the way, he acquired a partnership in two car dealerships in Utah, and in 1948, he bought the Powell Chevrolet dealership which he operated for four years. He named it Eddie Chevrolet after his 4-year-old son.
In 1943, Bud and Lucille purchased the Coca-Cola Bottling Co. of Thermopolis. The Coca-Cola franchise covered all of Fremont County and the four Big Horn Basin counties. In 1963, they moved the plant to Cody, and in 1979, sold it to Si Cathcart. For many years, his day started at 4 a.m., and he worked late evenings, managing both the Chevrolet and Coca-Cola businesses. During his tenure as a Coca-Cola bottler for 36 years, he bottled Coca-Cola, Sprite, Orange Crush and White Rock mixes supplying more than 1,000 outlets throughout the territory from Muddy Gap to Dubois to Frannie.
In 1946, although he was banking at the First National Bank, he was invited to become a director of the Shoshone National Bank. He served on the board for 40 years until it was sold to his daughter and son-in-law's holding company, United Bancorporation of Wyoming, Inc.

In a book compiled by the American Heritage Center at UW in 2000, Bud was named as one of eight "Businessmen of the Century" for Wyoming. Bud loved his horses and riding with his kids in the evenings. After they had left home, he rode, weather permitting, most evenings, often with his son, Ed, or alone. He thoroughly enjoyed the pack trips into the mountains accompanied by members of his family. He rode in the Stampede Parade for more than 50 years.

Bud's hobby was his garden, always next to his home, and his success as a gardener was well known. He always was first to have ripe tomatoes. Bud always gave credit to his wife, Lucille, and repeatedly said his life had been wonderful because of Lucille, and that went for his financial success and happy life they shared together.

There were two sayings Bud often repeated; first, "Give life the best that's in you for it's only a one-night stand. There are no repeat performances brought back by popular demand." And then in closing, Bud would often quote a famous Codyite, "I ain't mad at nobody."

Interment will follow services at the Riverside Cemetery.

Memorials should be directed to the Buffalo Bill Historical Center or the Cody Medical Foundation.

May 02, 2005 10:35 am

Hansen M. Murray

Hansen M. Murray, 87, died Monday, May 2 at his home in Cody.
A memorial service will be held Sat., May 7 at the Cody Senior Center at 2 p.m. Cremation has taken place.
For those who wish, the family would appreciate memorial contributions to the Cody Senior Center. A full obituary will follow.

May 07, 2005 10:34 am

Kevin Jacob Stilson

(May 15, 1978 - May 1, 2005)

Kevin Jacob "Jake" Stilson died at his home in Powell on Sunday, May 1 at the age of 26.
He was born on May 15, 1978, in Sheridan. He grew up in Wyoming and Montana, living in Buffalo, Billings, Jackson and Powell.

He was pursuing his architectural drafting degree at Northwest College in Powell where he had made a home for his family.
Jake spent most of his school years in Buffalo and Jackson. He graduated from Jackson Hole High School in 1996. In November of 1997, Jake joined the U.S. Navy to see the world.

After his navy service, Jake returned to Jackson where he met and fell in love with his wife, Crystal. They were married in Jackson on April 27, 2002. Jake and Crystal had two beautiful girls who were the apples of their father's eye, Anna, 4, and Ashlyn, 18 months.

Jake loved his family, friends and his trucks. Some of his hobbies were 4-wheelin', Playstation, turning wrenches, hanging out with the guys and, of course, spending time with his family.

He was a high-spirited guy with lots of ideas. When Jake decided on something, he would jump in with both feet. It didn't matter what he was doing, he would try to do it with a smile and usually made it fun. You only had to spend 10 minutes with Jake to be a friend for life.

Survivors include his wife Crystal and his daughters, Anna Marie and Ashlyn Elizabeth of Powell; his parents, Linda Morlage of Billings and Kevin and Lucy Stilson of Jackson; sisters Ginger Stilson of Billings and Stacy Durtschi of Idaho; grandparents, Dena Stilson of Jackson, Jeannine Stilson of Alpine and Dave and Sharon Kyle of Gillette; and nephew Taiyan Stilson of Billings.

Jake was a loving husband, daddy, son, brother and friend. He will be missed by all.

Memorial services were held in Cody on May 7, and a memorial service is scheduled in Jackson on Saturday, May 14. Cremation has taken place.

A memorial fund has been established at the Bank of the West. Donations may be made at any Bank of the West location.

May 01, 2005 10:29 am

Doris Jean Baxendale

(Aug. 28, 1930 - May 28, 2004)

Funeral services were held Tuesday, June 1 at St. John's Lutheran Church in Lovell for Doris Jean Baxendale, who died peacefully, surrounded by her family on Friday, May 28 after a lengthy battle with respiratory failure.

She was 73. She was born Aug. 28, 1930, to Adolf Doerr and Frieda (Lohrenz) Doerr in Lovell. She was raised on a farm east of Lovell, attended Lovell schools and graduated from Lovell High School in 1948. She then attended Billings Business College. On Oct. 22, 1950, she married Gerald Dean Baxendale in Lovell. To this union were born six children. She enjoyed staying home and raising her children. Her interests included decorating her home, creating flower gardens and maintaining family traditions. She spent many years as a volunteer "Flower Lady," beautifying Lovell's Main Street. She was honored by the chamber of commerce as "Citizen of the Year," and also as Grand Marshall for the Rose Parade in 1999. She was also a volunteer for the Care Center, decorating the dining rooms. She was a lifelong member of St. John's Episcopal Church.

Survivors include her husband, Gerald of Lovell; sons Scott (Pat) Baxendale, Brad (Tami) Baxendale and children Pete, Kasi and Kade, Neil Baxendale (Jodi) and children Morgan, McKay and Mandi, all of Lovell, and son Todd (Robin) Baxendale and children Kristine and Maddison of Ft. Worth, Texas; daughter Julie (Vance) Fisher and children Spencer (Jana) and Austin of Worden, Mont.; one brother, two sisters and many nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her parents and a son, Donald.