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April 25, 2005 7:37 am

Charles (Dale) Norris

(Dec. 19, 1949 - April 24, 2005)

Charles (Dale) Norris, 81, died Sunday, April 24 at the Powell Nursing Home.

He was born in Mena, Ark., son of Garland and Sadie Norris. His education included a two-year associate degree and then he entered the U.S. Navy and served in World War II. He married Edith Woodsmall at Cody Dec. 19, 1949.
For 35 years, he worked as a material supervisor for Amoco Production Co. at Powell.

He was a member of the Powell Elks Club and the Powell Country Club and was an avid golfer. He enjoyed Wyoming's outdoors and the pursuits of bird hunting, fishing and gardening.

Survivors include a daughter, Sandra Wasson and husband Jerry of Byron; three grandchildren, Chris Pendergraft (Jill) of Riverton, Corrie Hammond of White Fish, Mont., and Cody Doyle of Reno, Nev.; five great-grandchildren and one great-great grandchild.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Edith; and his parents.

No services are planned at this time.

April 24, 2005 7:35 am

Don Bell

(June 12, 1911 - April 21, 2005)

On Thursday, April 21, Don Bell of Byron died with his family by his side.

Whether you called Don Bell your husband, your friend, or your dad, everyone who shared a relationship with him knew there was something more to this man; he had the stuff legends are made of.

Born on June 12, 1911, Don had a love of horses and the open range and everything he did in life had him close to both. He grew up in Eastern Colorado and worked with livestock his entire life. He entered his first rodeo at the age of 12 and spent 17 years as a rodeo contestant. He worked as a farrier, big game guide, packer and range cowboy. A showman at heart, he was a part of the Clyde Miller Wild West Show, the Bill King Rodeo Co., and Rufus Rollins' Wild West Show. He worked on movie sets and had small parts in the Western Movies "Shane" and "Indian Love Call". He contested in rough stock events through 1942 competing in venues like Soldiers Field in Chicago and the Boston Gardens.

In 1943, he served his country in World War II until being honorably discharged in1945. He served in the 29th Infantry Division-one of the first units to land on Omaha Beach during the invasion of Normandy. Despite the tremendous losses his infantry experienced, Don survived and became a decorated soldier earning two purple hearts and four bronze stars for his wartime bravery. Don would wear one of the bullets that struck him for the remainder of his life.

It may have been Don's encounter with WWII war correspondent Ernie Pyle that led him on a path to writing following the war. The famed correspondent told Don "Anyone that can tell stories like you should be a writer," so that's what he did. The rider turned writer began "henpecking" on a Smith-Corona typewriter much like the one Pyle left behind in the foxhole he and Don fled from while under attack from artillery shells. Like rescuing an old friend, Don retrieved the black Smith-Corona typewriter from the foxhole and had it shipped back home. Years later he would donate it to the Albuquerque, N.M., Museum ­where Pyle retired-where it still remains on display today.

In his retirement, Don's love of writing never faded. He continued to write about his life and times while dutifully serving as a rodeo historian for the Rodeo Historical Society and the Cowboy Hall of Fame. He succeeded at inducting eight cowgirls and four cowboys into the Hall of Fame. He is an original Gold card holding Turtle Association member #868-the first professional rodeo association and an honorary life card holder of the Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association.
As Don said, he has "fooled around with an old typewriter juggling words." In fact his writing career spanned 30 years and he was still being published at age 93. His articles have appeared over the years in Western Horseman, Guideposts Magazine, The Ketchpen-the official publication of the Rodeo Historical Society, True West and Good 'Ol Days. At age 78 he published a book of poetry "Reflections of A Cowboy." Some of Don's most treasured and weathered belongings like his saddle, lariat, boots and hat are at rest at the Smithsonian Institute's American History Museum in Washington, D.C. In 2000, these artifacts, on loan from the Smithsonian, as well as a life-sized image of Don went on display at the Origins All Sports Museum located at The Ballpark in Arlington Texas.

In February 2005, Don's longtime friends at GUIDEPOSTS magazine re-ran one of his first stories originally published in 1976 titled, "The Lonely Trail." In addition to his public achievements, it was his never ending love of life and positive attitude Don shared with so many that he will be most remembered. Despite his battle with cancer, Don lived for every moment and told stories from his hospital bed to everyone who visited him. As he reminded the Guidepost readers in February, "I'll ride this storm until it takes me home."

Celebrating his life and stories are his wife of 50 years, Elvira,; daughters Donna Bell of Billings, Mont., Vickie Bell Abbott of Meeteetse, Bernadette Bell of Albuquerque, N.M.;and granddaughter, Sarah Dawn Mauthe. Honoring Don's wishes of no service, the Bell Family is honoring his work of keeping the sport of Rodeo alive by establishing The Don Bell Memorial Rodeo Scholarship fund for a Northwest College student. Contributions may be made to the First National Bank of Powell, Box 907, Powell, WY 82435.

April 21, 2005 7:33 am

Deveni Lynn Holsinger

(April 21, 2005 - April 21, 2005)

Memorial services will be held in Cody today (Tuesday, April 26) for the infant child of Mark Holsinger and "Charlie" Fisher of Powell.

The child, Deveni Lynn Holsinger, was born and died on Thursday, April 21.

Services will be at Grace Baptist Church in Cody at 2 p.m. Cremation has taken place.
Survivors include the parents; two brothers, Trey Jensen, 3, of Cody, and Sheaune M.D. Corman, 10, of Dillon, Mont.; grandparents, P. Gail Schew of Rock Springs and Karen Lynn Jacobski of Cody; and Godmother, Lynnelle Dennis of Powell.

Ballard Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements. For memorials, the family would appreciate living plants.

April 21, 2005 7:32 am

Patricia Lee Petersen

(April 26, 1955 - April 19, 2005)

Funeral services will be conducted Saturday, April 23 at 10 a.m. at the LDS Church on Seventh Street for Patricia Lee Petersen, 49, who died Tuesday, April 19 at her home in Powell.

She was born April 26, 1955, at Nevada City, Calif., daughter of Leo Ernest Hermangil Middleton and Wilma Irene Teifel. She earned a GED degree. She lived in Powell where she was a member of the LDS Church.

Survivors include two sons, Will and Lisa Petersen of Las Vegas, Nev., and Erik and Amy Petersen of Powell; two daughters, Kelly and her husband David Kellet of Knoxville, Tenn., and Sarah and her husband Eli Wambeke of Powell; and 15 grandchildren.

Visitation will be from 9 a.m. until the time of service, with arrangements by Miratsky-Easton Funeral Home. Bishop Larry Akin will preside, with burial in Crown Hill Cemetery.

April 19, 2005 7:31 am

John H. Kellersman, Sr.

(July 14, 1912 - April 16, 2005)

John H. Kellersman, Sr. died April 16 in the Powell Nursing Home at the age of 92.

He was born in Chicago on July 14, 1912. He married Blanche Capron on Dec. 18, 1945. She preceded him in death.
They had two children, John H. Kellersman, Jr. of Arizona and Joan Evans of Powell. He is survived by 10 grandchildren and one great-grandson.

Cremation has taken place, and graveside services are pending.

Ballard Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

April 16, 2005 7:30 am

Frederick C. Richardson

(March 25, 1928 - April 16, 2005)

Services took place recently for Frederick C. Richardson, 77, who died April 16 at his Powell home.

He was born March 25, 1928. He and wife Barbara were married in 1949.

He enlisted in the U.S. Air Force and served his country in World War II. He worked for a number of years in ski life construction in Colorado, and worked at the Heart Mountain Irrigation District after moving to Powell.
He is survived by his wife, Barbara, of Powell; one son, Carl Richardson; a daughter-in-law, Sharon Richardson, and seven grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by four brothers, two sons and one grandson.

Cremation has taken place.

Memorials may be made to Powell Valley Home Care and Hospice.

April 16, 2005 7:29 am

Jane A. Learned

(Sept. 14, 1916 - April 14, 2005)

Friends and family paid final respects Sunday, April 17 to Jane A. Learned, 88, at a memorial service at Union Presbyterian Church in Powell. She died Thursday, April 14 at Powell Valley Care Center following a short illness.

Jane was born Sept. 14, 1916, in Mitchell, Nebr., daughter of Charles W. and Ruby Grace Attebery. The family moved to Powell in 1923 where her father joined his brother, Harry, in the operation of the family pharmacy.

She attended Powell schools graduating from high school in 1932. She attended the university in Laramie, receiving her Normal School teaching certificate in 1934. She returned to Powell where she taught in the elementary schools.
On July 19, 1939, she married Earl W. Learned. Jane and Earl were married for 50 years until his death in 1990. They loved to dance, enjoyed playing bridge and were members of the Powell Country Club. Jane won several trophies for her golfing abilities.

Probably some of the happiest times for the couple were the weekends and vacations spent at their mountain cabin on the North Fork, which was purchased in the early 1940s and remains in the family today. They continued to live in Powell, raising their three children, Wes, Jack and Janice. Jane was active in the communiuty as a member of the Union Presbyterian Church and was a Past Worthy Matron of the Order of Eastern Star. Jane was a life member of the Kappa Kappa Gamma Sorority.
She spent many years working as a substitute teacher, and she also worked part-time for the Powell Tribune, a position she truly enjoyed.

After several long winter vacations in Arizona, Jane and Earl retired to Tucson permanently in 1974. Staying active, Jane accepted the position of manager of the San Remo Apartment Complex. She enjoyed working with the residents and socializing around the pool and recreation center. She held this position for almost 10 years.

Jane and Earl returned to Powell in 1989 to begin residence at the Rocky Mountain Manor. She continued living there after her husband died. She moved into the new Heartland assisted living facility in Powell in 2001.

Survivors include her children, Wes (Linda) Learned of Powell, Jack (Cathy) Learned of Boise, Idaho, and Janice (Learned) Scott and husband Jim of Billings, Mont.; her grandchildren, Janice (Learned) Spencer and husband Ray, Scott Learned and wife Brenda, Rae (Learned) Eckley and husband Greg, James Learned and wife Mariah, Nick Learned, Nate Learned, Shane O'Brien and wife Janna and Brandy (O'Brien) Coffin and husband Stacy, Scott Henrichs and wife Heather, Jimmy Scott and wife Jenny, Jeremy Scott, Jessica (Scott) Reelfs and husband David; and 10 grandchildren.

She leaves behind her very special friend and companion of the past 13 years, Walter C. Nelson of Powell.

She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Earl; and her sister, Dorothy.

Cremation has taken place. Miratsky-Easton Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements. For those who wish, memorials may be made to the Ronald McDonald House in Billings or a charity of choice.

April 14, 2005 7:27 am

Mae Isabell Eaton

(Nov. 12, 1915 - April 13, 2005)

Memorial services were Saturday, April 16 at the United Methodist Church for a lifelong Powell resident, Mae Isabell (Herboldsheimer) Eaton, 89, who died Wednesday, April 13 at the Powell Valley Hospital.

The Rev. Susan Adams Trembath officiated at services and burial of cremains at Crown Hill Cemetery.
She was born Nov. 12, 1915, in Powell to Lea Mae and Alva H. Herboldsheimer. She attended school in Powell and married William (Bill) Eaton March 28, 1933, in Billings, Mont. Seven children were born to this union.

She loved life and enjoyed dancing, hunting and fishing with her husband and family. She enjoyed playing cards and sewing and was an avid reader. She helped her husband raise a large garden for many years.

Mae loved to travel and went on many trips with her family. She was a cook for many years and ran the Coffee Cup Cafe in Powell for three years. She loved her family and made sure a reunion was held each year.
She was a longtime member of the Eagles Auxiliary and was Honorary Mother in 1955.
She and her husband celebrated their 72nd wedding anniversary on March 28, 2005.

Survivors include her husband, William Joseph Eaton; five children, Virginia Cheney, William L. Eaton, Patricia Cothren, Rose Cannon and Dan Delbert Eaton; two sisters, Winnie Kindler and Eleanor Robbins; two brothers, Lloyd and Willard Heimer; 14 grandchildren, 33 great-grandchildren and nine great-great grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by two sisters, Ada Jinks and Alma Bunn; a brother, Dan Heimer; two sons, William and Thomas; and granddaughter Deborah deHaan.

She was very much loved by all and will be greatly missed.

Ballard Funeral Home of Cody was in charge of arrangements.

April 13, 2005 7:26 am

Joyce Beukelman

(Dec. 31, 1949 - April 11, 2005)

Funeral services will be conducted at Union Presbyterian Church at 11 a.m. today (Thursday) for Joyce Beukelman, 55, who passed on to her Lord and Savior Monday, April 11 in Powell.

The Rev. David Hunter will officiate at services and burial in Crown Hill Cemetery.

She was born in Lake City, Iowa, on Dec. 31, 1949, to Bert and Mary Ann Gerdes. After she graduated from the University of Northern Iowa, she married James Beukelman on Aug. 1, 1971, and they located in Denver. They moved to Powell in 1976 where they raised their two children, Lisa and Michael.

Her children were Joyce's joy in life. Through all their activities, she was there with constant encouragement and support. Joyce lovingly recorded their experiences and activities in extensive photo albums of family and friends.
At the Northwest College Day Care Center, she gave the same love and support to the children of many of the college students and staff.

As a warm, tender and loving mother, Joyce added to the beauty of this earth and showed this through her joy of tending her flowers at her home.

Survivors include her husband Jim of Powell; her daughter, Lisa (Beukelman) Chavez and her husband Lance of Boise, Idaho; her son, Michael Beukelman, also of Boise; her brother, Robert Gerdes and wife Susan of Blair, Nebr., and their son, Andrew, of Lincoln, Nebr.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Bert and Mary Ann Gerdes.

For those who wish, the family would appreciate contributions to a fund at First National Bank in Powell for a living memorial to be enjoyed for years to come.

April 11, 2005 7:24 am

Leona S. Broaddus

(June 16, 1926 - April 9, 2005)

Leona Stout Lawson Broaddus, 78, died Saturday, April 9 at her home in Swissvale, Colo.

Leona Stout was born in Powell on June 16, 1926, third child of Calvin Russell and Bertha Viola (Norton) Stout. Her father was a regional supplier for Texaco, and her mother had grown up in the depot at Garland and worked as a telegrapher until after the birth of her second child. The family moved in 1940 to a ranch west of Cody, so Leona boarded with local families for the next two school years in order to attend Powell High School. She graduated from Sheridan High School in 1944, and became a railroad telegrapher, working up and down the Sheridan Division of what was then the Chicago, Burlington, and Quincy RR until her marriage to James Lawson.

The family moved to Texas in 1951, where Mr. Lawson worked for Dow Chemical Company, and Leona reared three children and trained and worked as a nurse.

In the early 1970's, Leona moved to Colorado as owner and operator of Swissvale Manor. She met and married her second husband, D. Gene Broaddus, and became an expert on dolls, later owning a doll shop in Swissvale.
Leona S. Broaddus was a member of the Daughters of the Nile, Veterans of Foreign Wars Auxiliary and Monarch Shrine Club. Mrs. Broaddus enjoyed collecting dolls, travelling with her husband Gene, and being with her family.
She was preceded in death by her parents, two brothers and one sister.

Survivors are her husband, Gene Broaddus of Swissvale; daughters Lynn Ann (Buster) Barnham of Alabama and Chiselle (Arnie) Curwick of Texas; son James Lawson, currently in Iraq; four stepsons; three stepdaughters; one sister, Ada Howard of Riverton; several nieces and nephews and numerous grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

Memorial services will be held at a later date. Friends may make
memorial contributions to the Angel of Shavano Hospice through Lewis and Glenn Funeral Home in Salida, Colo., or the charity of their choice.