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May 19, 2003 9:42 am

Dewey Kersting

(July 28, 1945 - May 18, 2003)

Hubert Dwain (Dewey) Kersting, 57, died Sunday, May 18 at the Veterans Administration Hospital in Reno, Nev.
He was born in Cody July 28, 1945. He was raised in Powell and graduated from Powell High School in 1963. For the next two years, he attended mechanics school in Denver.

He was drafted into the U.S. Army in November of 1965. He attended boot camp in Fort Polk, La., then went on for specialized paratrooper training at Ft. Benning, Ga. He was assigned to Korea for one tour of duty. He was promoted to sergeant in the 1st Battalion, 18th Infantry Division and deployed to Vietnam where he served until discharged with honor. He was awarded a Purple Heart in November of 1968.

Returning to the U.S., he became a proficient welder, and his work took him to many places, including Wyoming, Colorado, Arizona, Oregon and finally Nevada where he lived for several years.

He was an outdoorsman and loved to fish and hunt. He especially enjoyed the Sunlight/Crandall are and the North Fork of the Shoshone in Park County. He also could be found tinkering with motorcyles and various engines in his spare time.
Survivors include his companion, Sherry Kersting of Nevada; his parents, Hubert L. and Jessie Kersting of Cody; his brother, Allan (Shannon) Kersting of Utah; his daughters, Sheila Siddall of Texas and Julie (Tracy) Renner of Meeteetse; his grandchildren, Jessica and Joshua Riddall, and Wilson and Karlie Renner; and several aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews and cousins.

Cremation has taken place. A private memorial service will be held at a later date. Memorial donations to any Veterans of Foreign Wars Post in his name would be appreciated by the family.

May 18, 2003 9:41 am

Mary Helen Ballinger

(May 1, 1916 - May 17, 2003)

Mary Helen Ballinger of Cody, beloved mother, grandmother and friend, died Saturday, May 17 at West Park Hospital in Cody from complications of pneumonia and a broken hip.

She was born May 1, 1916, in Schuyler, Nebr., one of nine children of William and Jessie Pirrie, and came to Cody with her family in 1929.

On April 23, 1935, she married Carl Marion Ballinger. He died June 29, 1979, after 44 years of marriage.
Her family was her pride and joy. Her son, Merlyn Ballinger and wife Virginia of Powell; daughter Elise Ballinger York and husband Joe of Meeteetse; and daughter Janet Ballinger Dutton and husband Roger of Cody will all sorely miss her, as will her grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

The family will remember her as a respected farm and ranch woman on both the Southfork and Northfork at Wapiti. She was a long-standing member of the Cody Methodist Church where she served for many years. She was also renowned for her hospitality and her cooking.

The family is comforted that she was loved by many and that she inspired those who experienced her courageous spirit, love of God, positive attitude, great sense of humor and strength of character. She was well known for her rendition of "Everything is Beautiful," and that is what she truly believed of the world and people around her.
She will be held closely in the hearts of many as a truly beautiful person. "May we all aspire to her kindness, faith and courage."

In addition to her children, her survivors include grandchildren Twila York of Helena, Mont.; Susie Dutton Wantulok (John) of Boise, Idaho; Cathy York Jordan (Gary) of Portland, Ore.; Terri Ballinger May of Tacoma, Wash.; Brenda Ballinger Whitlock of Tacoma, Wash.; and Joel Adams (Margie) of Red Lodge, Mont.; and great-grandchildren Brandt and Taylor May; Justin and Spencer Whitlock; Carly, Kellen, Erin and Kobi Wantulok; Jody Inbody; Graham, Elizabeth and Connor Sims; and Neil Adams.

She is also survived by sister Dorothy (Dot) Bales of Cody; sister-in-laws Bessie Pirrie of Cody, Ruthie Pirrie of Las Vegas, Nev., and Phyllis Lundvall (Lawrence) of Leesburg, Fla.; brother-in-law Charles Meier of Cody; and numerous nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her brothers, Morris, Lester, Melvin, Keith, William (Bud) and Duane; and a sister, Marjorie Meier.

A Celebration of Mary's Life will be held July 5 at the Methodist Church, with time to be announced later.

May 17, 2003 9:40 am

Laura Daniel

(Jan. 9, 1960 - May 23, 2003)

A memorial service will be conducted Friday, May 23 at 11 a.m. in the Deaver Town Park for Laura Daniel, 43, Deaver, who died Friday, May 16 at Southwestern Regional Medical Center in Tulsa, Okla.

She was born Jan. 9, 1960, to Dale and Mary VanNote and grew up in Troy, Mont.

She married Bill Daniel in 1994.

She was no stranger to hard work, sometimes working two or three jobs at a time. She worked in the woods in a lumber camp, fought fires, was an EMT and hired out as a ranch hand.

Everyone who knew her knew of her love for animals. She had the usual menagerie of horses, sheep and chickens at their ranch, but she would also include "little wild critters" in need of homes.

In addition to being an excellent artist and sculptor, Laura was best known for her border collies. She raised and trained some of the most highly sought-after trial and stock dogs in the area. The love she showered on her dogs was apparent. Her faithful companions, Boo and Kitt, were always with her in her truck.

Survivors include her husband; her parents; daughters Amanda King, USMC, of Camp Lejeune, N.C., Misty Doughty of Cody and J-me Robb of Spokane, Wash.; two grandchildren, Shakyla and Tristan; brothers and sisters Dale, Daryl, Mike, Sherry, Deanna and Jackie; and her special aunt, Ellen. She will be greatly missed by her many friends in the Big Horn Basin and in the Wyoming Border Collie Association.

For those who wish, the family would appreciate donations to the Cancer Treatment Centers of America, Tulsa, Okla.

May 11, 2003 9:38 am

William Sell

(April 14, 1938 - May 16, 2003)

Funeral services will be conducted Friday, May 16 at 10 a.m. at Ballard Funeral Home in Cody for William (Bill) R. Sell, 65, who died Sunday, May 11 at the Powell Hospital.

Mr. Sell was born April 14, 1938, in Winner, S.D., to Clarence and Katherine (Bergin) Sell. He was raised there and graduated from high school in Winner.

He joined the U.S. Army in 1957 and served in Germany. After his discharge, he returned to South Dakota, and then moved to Sundance in Wyoming. He married Ann Dillavou in Sundance on June 5, 1960.

In Sundance, he operated heavy equipment for the Crook County Road and Bridge Department. He then purchased Bill's Standard in Sundance and operated it until 1978 when they family moved to Baker, Mont.
They lived in Baker for two years before moving to Cody. Mr. Sell owned and operated the Gunbarrel Standard in Cody until 1996 when he and his wife moved to Powell.

He enjoyed hunting, fishing and camping. He was a past Cub Scout leader, past Noble Grand of the Odd Fellows Lodge, a member of the Methodist Church and a member of the Square Dance Club, all in Sundance.
Survivors include his wife Ann of Powell; daughter Lynn McGarvin of Arlington, Texas; sons Robert Sell of Greeley, Colo., and Russell Sell of Cody; brothers Clarence Sell of Mission, S.D., Lavern Sell of Sundance, Jack Sell of Fairfield, Neb., Roy Sell of Winner, Jim Sell of Witten, S.D., and Leonard Sell of Winner; sisters Katherine Man of Winner, Beryle Dvorak of Valentine, Neb., and Mary Schrader of Mitchell, S.D.; and grandchildren Jessica and Nicole of Cody.
He was preceded in death by his parents; son Ross Sell; and brothers Harold Sell and Jerry Sell.

Burial will be in Cody's Riverside Cemetery.

May 16, 2003 9:36 am

Maybelle Sullivan

(Aug. 15, 1918 - May 11, 2003)

On Mother's Day, Sunday, May 11, Maybelle Sullivan died at the Powell Nursing Home. She was 84.

Her death followed by 362 days the death of her best friend and husband, Leo Sullivan.

She was born in Knott, Texas, Aug. 15, 1918, to William L. and Lydia Gaskins, one of five children.
She married Leo K. Sullivan on Nov. 25, 1933. Their union was blessed with three sons, Kenneth, Lloyd and David. David and his wife Gloria were killed in an auto accident April 15, 1982.
She attended Baylor University.

In 1937, her husband, Leo, became a minister, and they became a team in the Lord's ministry from that day forward. They ministered in churches in Texas, Oklahoma, New Mexico, Idaho, Montana and Wyoming. They later went on to provide worship services and Bible schools in rural area where there were no churches. They were active in the ministry for 52 years.

Survivors include two sons and daughters-in-law, Kenneth (Judy) Sullivan of Ridgefield, Wash., and Lloyd (Donna) Sullivan of Powell; her sister, Lorena Newton of Lubbock, Texas; and six grandsons, Brian (Kristie), Bradley (Lorie), Brandon, Michael (Emily), Don (Renee) and Brent (Judy); and 13 great-grandchildren.

In addition to her husband, she was preceded in death by one sister and two brothers.

Graveside services will be at Crown Hill Cemetery, Powell, at 10 a.m. Thursday, May 15. Visitation is scheduled Wednesday from 6 to 8 p.m. at Miratsky-Easton Funeral Home.

May 11, 2003 9:35 am

J. Michael Patrick

(Jan. 27, 1952 - May 8, 2003)

A memorial service will be conducted Wednesday at 2 p.m. at Christ Episcopal Church in Cody for gifted artist-furniture maker, J. Michael Patrick, 51, Cody, who died Thursday, May 8 near Lander from injuries sustained in an automobile accident.

Mr. Patrick is credited with being the leader in the so-called "Cody style" of western funiture, a driving force in the renaissance of the Molesworth-Cody furniture making influence. He was one of the founders of the Western Design Conference in Cody in 1992.

He was born Jan. 27, 1952, in Cody. He was raised on the Diamond Bar Ranch and the Belknap Ranch on the South Fork, southwest of Cody, and participated in all aspects of ranch life.

He competed in high school rodeo, excelling in the event of team roping. One of the greatest pleasures in his life was team roping with his father, Jim. He graduated from Cody High School in 1970 and attended the University of Wyoming on an academic scholarship, studying journalism.

He lived an exciting and adventurous life. In 1971, he traveled to Kenya to visit his mother, Lucille Patrick, and spent several months managing a large African cattle ranch. In 1973, he spent four memorable weeks horsepacking through Yellowstone National Park and the surrounding area with his brother, Nic, and close friends Jerry Hodson, Que Mangus and Tom Anno. He also traveled throughout South America with his friend, Tom.

He married Virginia Livingston in 1981. They had one son, Jim, in 1985. His son was the greatest source of joy in his life, and his greatest treasure.

Mr. Patrick founded New West Furniture in Cody in 1986 and built it into a premier western furniture business. His peers recognized his artistry and creativity with many awards, including the Buffalo Bill Historical Center 1998 Switchback Ranch Purchase Award, Western Design Conference People's Choice Award in 1994 and 1995, WDC Best Exhibit Award in 1995 and Metropolitan Home Magazine Design 100 Award in 1992. He was featured in a Home and Gardens TV program, "Your Home with Kitty Bartholomew" in 1998 and recently completed filming for a second HGTV program, "Sensible Chic," which will air later this year.

His strong belief for the Western Design Conference was that bringing artisans together to share ideas and philosophies would benefit all.

A third generation rancher, he understood the critical importance of continued sustainable use of natural resources. He was an advocate for wild places and dedicated many volunteer hours to the cause of maintaining environmental balance through such organizations as the Northwest Resource Council, the Park County Planning and Zoning Commission and the Corporation for the Northern Rockies, which he co-founded.

Survivors include his son, Jim Patrick; his biggest fan, his mother, Lucille Patrick; brother Nic Patrick and wife Joyce; sisters Pat Harter and Jo Knight; Virginia Livingston and many loving and caring nieces, nephews and friends.

May 08, 2003 9:33 am

Howard Thomas Wilder

(Oct. 7, 1916 - May 6, 2003)

Long-time Powell resident Howard Thomas Wilder died Tuesday, May 6 at his winter home in Yuma, Ariz. He was 86.
He was born Oct. 7, 1916, in Powell to Thomas A. and Maude M. Wilder. He was raised in Powell and attended local schools, graduating from Powell High School in 1934.

He married Wanda Waltman June 16, 1940. He worked on the family farm until 1962, with short stints during World War II at the shipyards in Bremerton, Wash., and helping to build the Heart Mountain Relocation Camp between Powell and Cody.
In 1962, the family moved to Ralston where he operated Ralston Auto Parts. In 1967, the family moved into Powell where he worked at the Powell Hospital until his retirement.

Mr. Wilder always loved the land and was a farmer and gardener all his life. He was devoted to his wife and cared for her until her death in 1993. He also mixed in some tinkering and woodworking, accomplishing projects for most of his family.
He was a Noble Grand of the Powell IOOF Lodge and a lifetime member of the Union Presbyterian Church in Powell.
Survivors include his children, Doris Schofield of Oxnard, Calif., Dawn Askew of Pierre, S.D., Gary Wilder of Mesa, Ariz., and Lee Wilder of Yuma; his brother, Dick Wilder of Cody; eight grandchildren, 15 great-grandchildren and 22 nieces and nephews.

A memorial service will take place in Powell at a later date.

May 06, 2003 9:32 am

Lottie Burgener

(Aug. 21, 1908 - May 9, 2003)

Funeral Mass will be celebrated at 10 a.m. Friday, May 9 at St. Barbara's Catholic Church for Lottie Burgener, 94, who died Monday, May 5 at the Powell Nursing Home.

Father Pete Johnson will officiate at services. Rosary will be said at 7:30 p.m. tonight (Thursday) at Miratsky-Easton Funeral Home.

She was born Aug. 21, 1908, in Sadalla, Mo., to Lucas and Lillie Moore. Her family moved to Billings, Mont., when she was a young girl.

She married Albert (Ab) Burgener Sept. 25, 1925, in Billings. They moved to Powell and began farming. She was a helpmate in all aspects of farm life.

They raised nine children, all of whom graduated from Powell High School. She sewed dresses for the five girls and even made their prom dresses. She also liked playing bridge and eating at the Senior Center.
She enjoyed her children and grandchildren and crocheted quilts for all of them.
She was a member of St. Barbara's Church and the Altar Society.

Survivors include her daughters, Louise Huntington of Red Lodge, Mont., Dorothy Lee (Vance) Larkin of Cody, Bonnie (Hank) Hartley of Winter Haven, Fla., and Willa (Willy) Mae (Jim) Fleming of Powell; her sons, Tom (Carolyn) Burgener of Elizabeth, Colo., and Ken (Vallie) Burgener of Anchorage, Alas.; two brothers, Cliff Moore of Medford, Ore., and Emmett (Doreeen) Moore of Pocatello, Idaho; 26 grandchildren and many great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her husband Ab; her sons, Ronnie and Clarence; her daughter, Esther Merring; and her grandson Kirk.

May 09, 2003 9:30 am

Neil T. Webster

(Nov. 25, 1959 - May 5, 2003)

Local crop duster Neil Thomas Webster, 43, of Burlington, died Monday, May 5 in a small airplane crash at Pontiac, Ill.
The former Michigan pilot dusted crops all over the Big Horn Basin.

He was born in Detroit, Mich., on Nov. 25, 1959 to Billy N. and Audrey E. Webster. He was a pilot of a variety of small airplanes.

Survivors include his parents, Audrey Webster of Dearborn, Mich., and Billy (Terry) Webster of Chesterfield, Mich.; a daughter, Megan, and a son, Justin, of Madison Heights, Mich.; fiancee Danielle Brown and children, Danny, Christine and Lily of Burlington; two sisters, Mrs, Sheryl (Tom) Stewart of Center Line, Mich., and Martha Webster of Chesterfield, Mich.; two brothers, Dale (Diana) Webster of Trenton, Mich., and Ernest Webster of Chesterfield; and nephews Russell, Justyn, Krystopher and Michelle.

Memorial services will be held in Burlington at the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints on Wednesday, May 14 at 2 p.m., with a reception to follow in the Town Fire Hall.

May 05, 2003 9:29 am

Bob Hill

(June 3, 1947 - May 2, 2003)

Robert (Bob) Ernest Hill, 55, Powell, died Friday, May 2 at St. Vincent's Heathcare Center in Billings, Mont. He was in a coma five days following an accident in which he protected his 4-year-old grandson, Joshua, from getting hurt.

His family is comforted in the knowledge he died quickly and painlessly- the way he always said he wanted to go. The family also finds peace in thinking of the people his life is touching through the donation of his organs.
Mr. Hill was born June 3, 1947, in Great Falls, Mont., to William (Buck) and Phyllis Rutherford Hill. He served in the U.S. Navy from 1966-1970 and married Vicki Lee McGarvin on Sept. 18, 1968. They would have celebrated their 35th wedding anniversary this year. For the last 14 years, he was parts man for Powell Equipment.

He was a loving husband, son, brother, father and grandfather. He was proud to be a simple man and lived a simple life.
He was his wife's best friend and a precious part of all of his family's lives, but disliked when other people died and were suddenly regarded as a saint. He loved the Lord, and the Lord loved him. One of his favorite Bible verses was Ecclesiastes 7:1, "A good name is better than a good ointment, And the day of one's death is better than the day of one's birth."
His hobbies included woodworking, camping, yard work and spending time with his family. His woodworking projects can be found all over the homes of those he loved, and his grandsons are positive he's finding the best camping spot in heaven.
He enjoyed the Denver Broncos, Keystone Light ("just one more"), wrestling with his grandsons and following the war and anything else political on Fox News. He was always ready to help out and forever will be remembered as "John Deere Bob- Good Guy."

Survivors include his parents, William Hill and Phyllis Hill, both of Lovell; his wife, Vicki, of Powell; sons Jeff (Shelley) Hill of Powell and Doug Hill, currently in Air Force boot camp in Texas; daughter Denise (Mark) Schuler of Powell; brothers Bill (Pam) Hill of Rock Springs and Larry (Mila) Hill of Chicago, Ill.; sister Norine (Walter) Joyce of East Helena, Mont.; grandchildren Zachary, Joshua and Brylee Schuler; and numerous aunts, uncles, cousins, nieces and nephews.
No funeral will take place per Bob's request. Instead, the family will celebrate his life and share their grief together in a private gathering.

As a memorial, the family requests donations for Julie Peterson, who is in need of organ transplants. Donations may be made at any Shoshone First Bank locations. Please note they are for the medical fund that has already been set up for her.