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May 31, 2005 10:59 am

Peggy Jean Pace

(Feb. 21, 1945 - May 29, 2005)

Funeral services are scheduled Saturday, June 4 at 10 a.m. at Union Presbyterian Church for Peggy Jean Pace, 60, who died Sunday, May 29 at Powell Valley Hospital.

She was born Feb. 21, 1945, in Lovell to John and Hazel Marie (Worden) Muller.

She loved playing cards, going to bingo, making blankets, hunting for asparagus, spending time with family, and most of all, playing games with her grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

She was a loving and compassionate care giver to her family, giving up her home for days, weeks, months and even a year at a time. She never complained, even when she was sick and needed taking care of herself. She will be missed by all who loved her.

Survivors include her daughters, Cherri (Frank) Siebert of Riverton, Ronda Bessler of Powell, Annette Rodriguez of Powell and Bobbi (Scott) Myers of Cody; brothers, Dale (Janis) Muller of Eureka, Mont., Leonard Muller of Frannie, Gary Muller of Evanston, Clifton (Eddie) Muller of Greybull and Jack Muller and brother-in-law, Joe Neisess of Troy, Mont.; sisters, Marion (Glen) Althoff of Powell, Evelyn (Don) Hicks of Cody; Muriel (Dale) Holthues of Billings, Mont., and Judy Daugherty of Boise, Idaho; 18 grandchildren and four great-grandchildren; and numerous nieces and nephews and certain special ones she made her own: Leslie, Neva, Lori and Melissa.

She was preceded in death by her parents, John and Hazel Muller; her husband, Bill Pace; her daughter, Becky Reno; her granddaughter, Tanna Caines; her great-granddaughter, Renae Wainsoctt; and sisters Lillian Hume and June Neisess.

May 29, 2005 10:57 am

Jack Mollenbrink

(March 19, 1928 - May 26, 2005)

Jack Millard Mollenbrink, 77, Lovell, died Thursday, May 26 at his home with his wife by his side.

He was born March 19, 1928, in Sundance, the oldest of seven children of John Millard Mollenbrink and Mary Mae Dudrey Mollenbrink. He learned to work at an early age and worked hard all his life. He was dependable, and his word was his bond. He loved to help others and especially found joy in serving his church, the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. He served in many callings, but his favorite was home teaching. He volunteered to bring the Sacrament to the sick. Each Sunday he would greet his ward memers at the door as he passed out the ward bulletin. He formed special friendships, especially with children.

He was a member of the Search and Rescue for over 30 years. He loved being a part of this group and formed many friendships.

The most important people in his life were his family. He had a special bond with the little children, and they were quick to show their affection for him.

The last few years he had to accept the limitations that failing health put on his life. He did not enjoy being sick, and he pushed himself to do all he possibly could. He still mowed his own yard, even while carrying an oxygen bottle on his shoulder. He hated weeds and waged an all-out war on them, sometimes to the demise of certain garden plants that got too close to his spray wand.

Survivors include his loving and devoted wife of 42 years, Helen Gay Mollenbrink; sons Terry Mollenbrink of Greybull, Gary Mollenbrink of Billings, Mont., Robert Workman of Mapleton, Utah, David Workman of Orem, Utah, Dell Workman of Haskins, Ohio, and John Workman of Provo, Utah; daughters Sherry Byxbe of Billings, Andrea Hawthorne of Powell and Claudia Mayes of Lovell; 32 grandchildren and 39-great-grandchildren; brothers Merritt and Eldon Mollenbrink of Sundance; and sisters Ella Mae Gaylord of Sundance and Donna Spracher of Gillette;

He was preceded in death by his parents; brother, Sam Mollenbrink; sister, Shirley Ramstead; son, Kenneth Workman; grandson, Ryan Mollenbrink; and great-grandsons, Tyreal and Hyrum Humpherys.

May 26, 2005 10:55 am

Walter Winkelman

(Nov. 26, 1912 - May 24, 2005)

Graveside services for long-time Powell resident, Walter Winkelman, 92, will be conducted Friday, May 27 at 11 a.m. at Crown Hill Cemetery.

The son of Powell homesteaders died Tuesday, May 24 at Powell Valley Hospital. He had recently been a resident in the Powell Nursing Home.

He was born Nov. 26, 1912, in Millerton, Nebr., to John and Elizabeth Winkelman and moved with his parents to a homestead northwest of Powell in 1917. He was educated in the Powell schools.
He married Ethel Robertson of Lovell in Billings, Mont., in October of 1935. The couple had two daughters, Barbara and Jo Ann (Jodie).

Walter farmed southwest of Powell and owned and operated a school bus from Elk Basin to Powell during the days of the Elk Basin camp.

In 1957, he moved to Bakersfield, Calif., where he was branch manager for B&W Inc., an oilfield equipment company. He retired from that position in 1981 and then was manager for an oilfield services company.
He moved back to Powell in retirement 12 years ago.

Survivors include his daughters, Barbara (Dexter) Dearcorn of Powell and Jodie (Robert) Berchtold of Powell; five grandchildren, six great-grandchildren and four great-great grandchildren.

May 24, 2005 10:54 am

Maria Anna Torres

Maria Anna Torres, infant daughter of Tomas Torres and Sandra Garcia, died Thursday, May 19 at the Powell Valley Hospital. Funeral Mass was celebrated Monday at St. Barbara's Catholic Church, with burial in Crown Hill Cemetery under direction of Miratsky Funeral Home.
May 19, 2005 10:53 am

Ethel Cyphers

(Aug. 31, 1923 - May 16, 2005)

Ethel Carrie Cyphers, 81, of Billings, Mont., entered her heavenly home Monday, May 16.

Born Aug. 31, 1923, to Raymond and Edith Cyphers near Manderson, she was raised at Powell. She graduated from Eastern Montana College and taught elementary school in Powell for 38 years. After retirement, she and her sister Margaret moved to Billings in 1987.

She was a long-time member of First Baptist Church of Powell and West Side Baptist Church of Billings.
Memorial service is at 11 a.m. today (Thursday, May 19) at West Side Baptist Church, 323 S. 32nd Street West. Interment is at Sunset Memorial Gardens in Billings.

Survivors are sister Margaret Cyphers of Billings and brother and sister-in-law Joe and Mona Cyphers of Powell. Memorials are preferred to West Side Baptist Church, or The Gideons, International.

May 16, 2005 10:52 am

Paul Phillip Miller

(Nov. 9, 1921 - May 14, 2005)

Longtime Powell resident Paul Phillip Miller, 83, died from a massive heart attack early Saturday, May 14. At the time of his death, he was living with his daughter in Cody.

Graveside services will be held at Crown Hill Cemetery in Powell at 1 p.m. on Thursday, May 19. Visitation for family and friends will be from 10 a.m. until noon Thursday at Ballard Funeral Home in Cody.

Paul was born Nov. 9, 1921, in Schaller, Iowa, the oldest child of George Francis and Mary Catherine (Jannink) Miller. In the early 1930s, the family moved to Wyoming near Manderson.

He worked for the Badura Brothers in Clark, then for the City of Powell during the 1950s and 1960s. He later went back to work for the Badura Brothers and then Dick Jones Trucking. At the time of his death, he worked part-time for Linton's Big R in Powell.

He married Anna Mae Vikturek on March 1, 1946. To that union were born 10 children: Steve (Esther) Miller of Riverton, Ed Miller of Billings, Mont., Lois (Bill) Brown of Cody, Lynn Dey of Fortston, Ga., Vince (Carol) Miller of Culpeper, Va., Arthur (Stephenne) Miller of Aurora, Colo., Sharon Miller (gone, but not forgotten), Charles (charlene) Miller of Woralnd, Joe (Sandi) Miller of Littleton, Colo., and John Miller (gone, but not forgotten).

He was preceded in death by his parents, Frank and Mary; his wife, Anna Mae, in July of 1962; his brother, Alfred; his sister, Florence; children Sharon and Johnny; and several grandchildren.

On June 7, 1969, Paul married Florence Norskog and took as his own her children, Linda Hostetler of Billings, Mont., Don (Rose) Hostetler of Boise, Idaho, Deb (John) Zierke of Cody, R.D. (Julie) Hostetler of Billings and Richard (Carla) Hostetler of Billings.

Paul's last wish was for a simple, no frills graveside service. He was a simple man who took care of his family. In honoring his wishes, the family would appreciate a memorial donation to a charity of choice in his name. He was especially fond of animals given all the cats he kept. Thanks to all of his many friends for their support.

May 14, 2005 10:50 am

Ralph Kisgen

(Feb. 11, 1942 - May 13, 2005)

Funeral services for Ralph Kisgen, 63, of Gillette were held Monday at the Stevenson Wilson Funeral Home Chapel in Gillette. He died Friday, May 13 at the Campbell County Memorial Hospital of natural causes. Burial was in Mt. Pisgah Cemetery in Gillette.

Ralph James Kisgen was born Feb. 11, 1942, son of John and Veronica (Schneider) Kisgen in Chokio, Minn. He was raised and educated there. In 1982 he came to Gillette where he began working for the Campbell County Road and Bridge Department, as a heavy equipment operator. He retired after 20 years of service in 2002. On Dec. 5, 1992, he married Betty Trigg in Gillette where the couple has resided since.

Survivors include his wife, Betty of Gillette; four sons: Mark Kisgen of Powell, Mike Kisgen (Deb) of Gillette, James Kisgen (Donna) of Freeburg, Ill., and, B.J. Kisgen of St. Charles, Mo.; one daughter, Peggy Burckhard of Devils Lake, N.D.; one brother, Marvin Kisgen of Alberta, Minn.; two sisters: Joyce Snell of Chokio, Minn. and Mary Jo Brown of Hancock, Minn; three stepchildren: Emily Hicks of Gillette, Christopher Hicks of Thomaston, Conn., Aaron Hicks of Las Vegas, Nev.; six grandchildren, four step grandchildren, numerous nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents; his sister, Lois Kisgen; and his brother, Jerry Kisgen. Memorials are suggested to the American Lung Association or the Gillette Moose Lodge.

May 13, 2005 10:49 am

Gladys Lurraine Thomas

(June 23, 1930 - May 16, 2005)

Funeral services were conducted Monday, May 16 at Union Presbyterian Church in Powell for Gladys Lurraine Thomas, 74, who died Thursday, May 12 at St. Vincent Hospital in Billings, Mont.

She was born June 23, 1930, in Lakeview, S.D., to Carl and Rosetta Sauerwein. The family moved to Wyoming where Lurraine grew up.

The family lived near Casper where her father worked on the construction of Alcova Dam. Later she moved to the North Fork with the family and attended the one-room Wapiti School through the eighth grade. She then moved to Cody to complete high school. While attending high school, she worked at the Green Gables Restaurant.
On Feb. 12, 1949, Lurraine married Roy Dee Thomas in Cody where they lived before moving to Powell. Lurraine and Roy farmed on the Willwood before retiring to Ralston.

She worked as a bookkeeper for the Powell Auction Yard, then the Anthony's Department Store. After retiring from the Stage Department Store, she volunteered in the classroom at Southside Elementary School.

She was active in the community, belonging to the Star Club, Ralston Women's Club, VFW Auxiliary and the Ralston Water Board.

Survivors include her husband of 56 years, Roy Thomas of Ralston; her daughter, Rosemary Barnes and husband Dan living in Albany, Ore.; grandson Christopher Barnes and wife Tiffany and granddaughter Amanda Barnes living in the Portland, Ore., area.

Her son, James Thomas, preceded her in death. His children, Stanley, Keith and Jacob Thomas, live in Casper with their mother, Janet Crichton and stepdad, Årchie Crichton.

Burial was in Crown Hill Cemetery under the direction of Miratsky-Easton Funeral Home.

May 16, 2005 10:47 am

Elizabeth Ann Farnes

(Jan. 8, 1936 - May 12, 2005)

A former Powell resident, Elizabeth Ann Farnes, 69, of Twin Falls, Idaho, died Thursday, May 12 of a brief, devastating bout with cancer.

She was born Jan. 8, 1936, in Billings, Mont., and was raised in Powell and Thermopolis. She moved to Idaho in 1957 where she created a loving and welcoming home to raise her children.

She worked at Sunbridge Nursing Home in Twin Falls for 20 years and finally retired a year to to enjoy her home and family full-time. Aside from her family, her greatest enjoyment in life was the time she spent camping, fishing and boating at Magic Reservoir. She maintained a weekend home there for many years.

Ann leaves behind five children, Cindy (Rick) Allyn of San Diego, Calif., Tony (Julia) Slane of Wendell, Idaho, Craig (Sandy) Egan of Filer, Idaho, Lori Egan of Fort Benning, Ga., and Karen Egan (Jon Reynolds) of Twin Falls, Idaho; 13 grandchildren and 10 great-grandchildren. She is also survived by her brother, Tom (Elaine) Bushey of Powell. She was preceded in death by her parents, Robert W. and Garnett Bushey, and a brother, Jim Sheets. Her children will remember her as generous and giving to a fault, adding that she had strong opinions and always expressed them whether we liked them or not. She had a wonderful sense of humor and always made us laugh.

She gave us many gifts throughout our lives, and her great strength and dignity in death is her final legacy to us. She was our teacher, our conscience, our friend. She was our beloved mother and grandmother and will live on in our hearts forever. Our loss is immeasurable. Cremation and private inurnment are under the direction of White's Mortuary. Her family is celebrating her life and will welcome family and friends at an open house in her honor today (Tuesday, May 17) at Ann's home at 136 10th Avenue North in Twin Falls, from 3 to 6 p.m.

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.