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May 05, 2001 8:43 am

Dennis Dugan Donnelly

Word has been received here of the May 4 death at United Medical Center West in Cheyenne of Dennis Dugan Donnelly, 78, Cheyenne, formerly of Powell.

He is survived by his wife, Vanita Donnelly of Cheyenne; son John Donnelly, daughter Denise Donham; and two sisters, Margaret (Peggy) Rochlitz and Virginia Gabriel.; seven grandchildren and five great-grandchildren.

May 04, 2001 8:42 am

Golden Dean Cozzens

(Feb. 21, 1954 - April 25, 2008)

Former Deaver resident Dean Cozzens, 54, died in his sleep Friday, April 25 in Payson, Ariz.
He was born in Powell Feb. 21, 1954, to Ivan Rex and Kate (Nicholls) Cozzens. He grew up and graduated from Deaver High School in 1972. He excelled in football in high school.

Dean married Penny Dian Asay in 1973. This union was blessed with four children. They were later divorced.
He was a truck driver, driving for Ken Mangus and Montana Sulphur. He worked construction in Arizona.
Family members will remember him for a heart of gold; when the chips were down, you could always count on him. He loved to take his family and his mom fishing at Deaver Resevoir. He loved to hunt and loved nature. When he moved to Arizona, he lived in the mountains and felt at home.

Survivors include his children, Monica Grace (Jay) Cotter of Powell, James Dean Cozzens of Cowley, Brandon Rex (Shannon) Cozzens of Lovell and Heather Dian Cozzens of Cowley; grandchildren, Logan James Cotter and Megan Nichole Cotter of Powell; brothers, Rex William (Ruby) Cozzens of Cowley, Ronald Nicholls (Sue) Cozzens of Snohomish, Wash., and Kent Hartley Cozzens of Oak Park, Calif.; brother-in-law, James Patrick Schmidtberger of Kingman, Ariz.; and sisters, JoAnn C. (Phillip) Wagner of Lovell and Judy (Jack) Cregger of Powell; and many nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in deth by his parents; brothers, Charles Kimball Cozzens and Ivan David (Buddy) Cozzens; and sister, Phyllis C. Schmidtberger.

Cremation has taken place, and private services will be held at a later date.

April 25, 2008 8:41 am

Melinda Kaye Pitsch

(Nov. 26, 1962 - April 19, 2008)


Melinda Pitsch, 45, died unexpectedly in her sleep from natural causes Saturday, April 19 in Buffalo.
Graveside services were held Wednesday, April 23 from the Willow Grove Cemetery with Pastor Duane Simonson officiating.

Melinda was born on Nov. 26, 1962 in Sheridan, to Curt and Muffy Pitsch. She was baptized at Immanuel Lutheran Church in Sheridan and confirmed at St. Luke's Lutheran Church in Buffalo. Melinda graduated from Buffalo High School in 1981.
As the oldest of four daughters, Melinda was always helpful. She especially enjoyed being outside with her dad driving the tractor to help with the crops or riding horses to move the cattle. Melinda was active in FFA and 4-H judging and loved working with animals.

Her boys Jeff, Dustin and Spencer, were everything to her. She spent countless hours at the baseball field while they were growing up. Even when separated by miles, her boys were always dear to her heart.
In her last years, she enjoyed her precious time with her fiancée, Mark, and working for Oftedal. While working near Buffalo, Mark and Melinda were able to spend quality time with her parents and Grandma Helen Lusher with whom she was always close. Mark and Melinda shared a love for each other and they enjoyed spending time hunting, fishing, and enjoying the outdoors.

Survivors include her sons Dustin and Spencer Fry; parents, Curt and Muffy Pitsch; fiancée Mark Glatter; sisters Wendy (Dan) Benade, Teri (Kurt) Thaemert, Shelly (Chad) Poirot; Grandma Helen Lusher; and several aunts, uncles, cousins, nephews, nieces.

Melinda was preceded in death by her son, Jeff; Grandpa John Lusher; grandparents Alex and Leora Pitsch; and Uncle John Lusher.

Donations in Melinda's memory may be made to a scholarship fund for her sons, Dustin and Spencer, in care of the Adams Funeral Home at 351 N. Adams, Buffalo, WY 82834.

April 19, 2008 8:40 am

Van C. Holscher

(June 11, 1939 - April 17, 2008)

Van C. Holscher, 68, of Osage, Wyo., died Thursday, April 17, at the Weston County Hospital in Newcastle. He was born June 11, 1939 in Lyman, Nebr., but grew up in Powell. He attended the University of Wyoming on a track scholarship and also served in the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers.

Van loved life and lived it to the fullest. He loved people, especially his family and best buds. There was never a dull moment when he was around. Van was a Jack-of-all-trades. He worked on ranches, construction, trail rides and hunting camps, and he enjoyed playing drums with the "Pop a Tops" in Powell.

Van's favorite pastimes were fishing, hunting, gardening and his greenhouse. But most of all he enjoyed sitting around just visiting and teasing. He had a special knack of adding a lot of color to his stories. He will be missed.
Van is survived by his wife, Dianna (Dee) Holscher and a son, Kyle, from a previous marriage, and several nieces and nephews.

A gathering of friends and family for Van Holscher will be held from noon to 3 p.m., at the Osage Community Center on Sunday, April 27. Black Hills Funeral Home and Cremation Services of Sturgis have been entrusted with arrangements.

April 17, 2008 8:38 am

Leonard D. Green

(Jan. 17, 1937 - April 17, 2008)

Leonard D. Green, 71, of Lovell died Thursday, April 17 in Las Vegas, Nev.

He was born in Lovell on Jan. 17, 1937, to T.G. and Eva Green. He attended Lovell schools and graduated from Lovell High School in 1955. He attended Sheridan College.

He married Judy Givenrod of Cowley on Aug. 29, 1958.

Leonard worked as a sales representative in Montana and Wyoming before returning to Lovell in 1974. He and Judy owned and operated Cowboy Contractors from 1976 until their retirement.

Leonard enjoyed golfing and attending Lovell High School sporting events, especially watching the Lovell Lady Bulldogs. He was a fisherman and served at the Lovell Mustang Days barbecue where he could visit with people. He was a past member of the Powell Country Club, a member of the Foster Gulch Golf Course, and the Associated General Contractors. He was a referee and coach for Little League baseball, a bowler, and delivered meals at the North Big Horn Senior Center in Lovell. He wintered in Arizona and Nevada and enjoyed his trips there.

Leonard is survived by his wife, Judy, of Lovell; sons Steve (Cheryl) Green and Brian (Susan) Green of Lovell; his mother, Eva Asay and stepfather Orvin Asay of Lovell; grandchildren Casey Green of Laramie, T.J. (Tawni) Green of Lovell and Kayla, Stephanie and Beau Green of Lovell; great-grandchildren Chelsi and Kade Green of Lovell; brother Dennis (Jean) Green of Casper; sisters Diane (Gary) Ley of Powell and Geraldine (Tim) Townsend of Cowley; stepbrother Scott (Vicky) Asay of Lovell; stepsister Janice Ellis of Cowley, and numerous nieces and nephews.

Funeral services will be held Thursday, April 24 at 11 a.m. at the Church of Jesus Christ of Later-day Saints in Lovell with viewing/visitation one hour prior to services. Burial will be at the Lovell Cemetery under the direction of Haskell Funeral Home.

April 12, 2008 8:35 am

James Lee Moore

(April 1, 1961 - April 11, 2008)

James L. Moore, 47, Worland, died suddenly Friday, April 11 from cardiac complications.

He was born April 1, 1961 in Dickinson, N.D., to Jesse J. and Marlene A. (Martin) Moore.The family moved to Worland in 1964.He attended parochial school until fifth grade at St Mary Magdalen's Catholic School and went on to graduate from Worland High School in 1979.

James played football in high school and drove school bus for three years.When he received a scholarship to Snow College to play football, he played for the Badgers for two years and worked on his welding degree, which he received in 1981.
He came back to Worland where he worked in the oil fields for Leonard Pierce and Exeter Oil Company.He also worked for LK trucking and in 1987 he started 3 J's Welding with his father and brother Jay. In 2003, he purchased Goose's Liquor and was also a part owner of the Big Horn Bar in Ten Sleep.

He married Patricia Smith in 1985, and to this union were born two children, Danielle and Travis.They were later divorced.
He was a member of the Elks Lodge, the American Legion, and the local chapter of the API.
James met Dru in 2003 and they were later married on Oct 8, 2005, in Worland where they have resided until the time of his death.

His passion was his work. It was his driving force. In the past few years he has branched out into farming, raising horses at the Iron Rose Ranch.

James enjoyed snowmobiling, being in the mountains and at the cabin.He loved to travel and to play golf.Whether it was having a backyard barbecue for friends and family or walking on the beach or 4-wheeling out in the badlands, James was always in his element. He was the “king of raffle tickets,” supporting many local organizations in the community. He loved his “toys” and had a great sense of humor.He also had a great love for his dog, Jake II.

He was preceded in death by his grandparents, four uncles and three aunts.

Survivors include his wife, Dru Bower-Moore of Worland; son, Travis Moore of Sheridan; daughter, Danielle (Matt) Earl; parents, Jesse and Marlene Moore; brother, Jay (Kelli) Moore; and a sister Jeralyn (Dan) Frederick, all of Worland. He is also survived by grandchildren Jaden Earl and Rylee Nicole Moore, and numerous aunts, uncles, nieces and nephews.
Funeral services were Wednesday, April 16 at St. Mary Magdalen's Catholic Church in Worland with Father Jim Heiser officiating.

Memorials may be made to the James Moore Memorial for a fund to be named at a later date in care of Bryant Funeral Home, PO Box 524, Worland, WY 82401.

April 11, 2008 8:33 am

MelRee Jensen Krivanec

(Aug. 24, 1932 - April 10, 2008)

MelRee Krivanec of Smithville, Utah, died peacefully at home Thursday, April 10 with her family at her side after a courageous battle with cancer. She was 75.

She was was born Aug. 24, 1932, in Centerfield, Utah to Aaron W. and Ethel Rust Jensen. MelRee and her sister Clarel grew up during the great depression in Sanpete County.

MelRee married Frank Lewis Krivanec Jr.on Nov. 24, 1956. The marriage was later solemnized and the family sealed in the Idaho Falls Temple. Frank passed away in a boating accident in 1973, leaving MelRee to raise a young family on her own as she resided in Powell and Bountiful Utah. She succeeded in raising three sons and a daughter who all attended college and served L.D.S. missions.

She attended Northwest College and the University of Utah where she studied Medical Technology. She worked and consulted for such companies as MRC-Microbiological Research Corporation in Bountiful, Utah and MEDTOX Diagnostics in Burlington, N.C., where she was vice president of Regulatory Affairs and Quality Assurance.
MelRee has helped support missionaries serving all around the world. She has deeply touched many lives with her service in the church and community.

She was an avid reader and a wonderful cook. She loved music, art, her dogs, travel, and the beauty of the outdoors. She was generous and always concerned for those around her.

MelRee courageously fought cancer while never complaining. She kept her sense of humor and concern for the welfare of others.

MelRee was preceded in death by her husband Frank and three sons, Robert, Michael and Clair. She will be missed by her surviving children and family: Karl (Christie) Krivanec, David (Denice) Krivanec and Cindy Krivanec, all of Bountiful, Utah, and Ken (Kay) Krivanec of Snoqualmie, Wash.; her 12 grandchildren and one great grandchild; and her sister, Clarel Amtoft ofCenterfield. Services will be held Saturday, April 19 at the Smithfield, Utah 18thWard chapel. Visitors are welcome at 9:30 a.m. Funeral services will start at 10:30 a.m.

Interment will be at the Bountiful Cemetery.

April 10, 2008 8:28 am

Ruby Haworth Winter

(March 21, 1921 - April 9, 2008)

Ruby Haworth Winter, 87, Powell, died Wednesday, April 9 at North Big Horn Hospital in Lovell.

She was born March 21, 1921, in Alamosa, Colo., to Jerry and Anna Gullion. Her family came from Nebraska in 1926 and homesteaded at Whistle Creek. In 1938, she married James G. Haworth. Of this union, six children were born.
The family lived in Elk Basin, Powell and Basin. James Haworth died in 1977.

Ruth spent many years working for the nursing home in Basin until her retirement in 1981, when she married Kenneth Winter of Powell. They spent 14 years living between Powell and Yuma, Ariz. She loved playing golf and playing bingo. In 1995, Kenneth Winter died. Ruby resided at the Absaroka Assisted Living facility in Cody until her death.

Survivors include six daughters, Elizabeth (Paul) Rodriguez of Powell, Rowena (Paul) Barr of Soldotna, Alas., Mary (Tom) Watts of Powell, Vera (Howard) Brandstetter of Chugach, Alas., Janet McGlothlin of Gillette and Phyllis (Mike) Baker of Thermpolis; one son, Jim (Beth) Haworth of Powell; one sister, Pearl (Alex) Kraft of Billings, Mont.; one brother, Leonard (Estelle) Gullion of Basin; 23 grandchildren, 30 great-grandchildren, 26 great-great grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her parents, two husbands and four brothers.

Memorial services were conducted at the Church of Christ in Powell Monday, April 14 with Jerry Lanchbury officiating. Burial was in Crown Hill Cemetery under the direction of Thompson Funeral Home.

April 09, 2008 8:27 am

Murtis Stemplinger

(Nov. 5, 1912 - April 8, 2008)

Murtis Stemplinger, 95, died Tuesday, April 8 in Powell.

She was born Nov. 5, 1912, in Mississippi to Eugene and Nellie (Ledbetter) Prestage. She completed high school and married Calvin (Jack) Crocker in Tremont, Miss., on March 2, 1929. She later married Joe Stemplinger.
She was a member of the Southern Baptist Church and enjoyed sewing, needlework and gardening. She was also a member of the Eagles.

In Powell, she was known for her long tenure as a cook at Hansel & Gretel's restaurant. She worked at H&G's for 28 years until her retirement at the age of 90.

Survivors include a son, Willie Crocker, of Aneta, N.D.; a daughter, Polly Buchanan (Donald) of Powell; six grandchildren, Mike Crocker of Hillsboro, N.D., Jim Gunderson of Houston, Texas, Phyllis Rinehart of Villa Grove, Ill., Kathy Lind of Grand Forks, N.D., and Jo Aslakson of Aneta, N.D.; eight great-grandchildren, Bobby Rinehart and Michelle of Villa Grove, Ill., Skylar Aslakson and Cassidy of Aneta, N.D., Nick Crocker and Corey of Hillsboro, N.D., Ashley Lind of Grand Forks, N.D., and Mandy Knickerbocker; and great-great grandson, Donald Everet Alan Knickerbocker of Powell.

She was preceded in death by husband Joe Stemplinger and a grandson, Al Gunderson.

Funeral services will be Tuesday, April 15 at 10 a.m. at the Southern Baptist Church, with Billy Greaham officiating. Burial will be in Crown Hill Cemetery under the direction of Thompson Funeral Home.

April 08, 2008 8:26 am

Harry D. Cohn

(Aug. 28, 1927 - April 6, 2008)

Harry D. Cohn of Powell, 80, died Sunday, April 6 at Powell Valley Hospital of natural causes.
He was born to Pearl and Hanley Cohn on Aug. 28, 1927. His father died when Harry was a young boy, and thereafter David Madison was his loving provider.

While living in Sheridan, Harry met and married Jane L. Cline. They raised two daughters together.
Harry worked for the Soil Conservation Service as an assistant engineer for 35 years. He was transferred to Powell with SCS in 1970.

Harry was a faithful member of Jehovah Witnesses through most of his adult life. He provided loving care for years while serving as an elder in the Sheridan and Powell areas.

He loved the outdoors and playing golf. His love for carpentry and creating his handiwork is found in the homes of many family members.

Survivors include his loving wife of 59 years, Jane; two daughters, Barbara and Deborah; 10 grandchildren, 14 great-grandchildren and one great-great grandchild.

Memorial services will be conducted at Kingdom Hall of Jehovah Witnesses, 1202 29th St., Cody, on Friday, April 11 at 3 p.m. Thompson Funeral Home is assisting the family.