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May 19, 2006 11:13 am

Janette R. Pomeroy

(Aug. 5, 1945 - May 19, 2006)

Janette R. Pomeroy of Lusk died at her home Friday, May 19, 2006.
She was 60.

She was born Aug. 5, 1945, in Lusk to James S. and Florence Potter. She enjoyed many hobbies, including ceramics, gardening and camping with her family.
She was preceded in death by her father.

Survivors include her loving husband, Norman Pomeroy of Lusk; mother, Florence R. Potter; children, Debra (Larry) Nordberg of Meeteetse, Mike Pomeroy of Cody, Roxanne Smith and Rob Schuetz of Powell and Trudy Pomeroy of Kalispell, Mont.; siblings, Judy (Jon) Martin of Lusk and James D. Potter of Lusk; grandchildren, Bethany and Sheridan, Josh and Todd, Cassie and Rory and Brian and Tara; one great-grandchild, Camarieon; and many nieces, nephews and cousins.
A memorial service took place Tuesday, May 23 at the Cicmanec-Pier Funeral Home in Lusk with Pastor Gary Walker officiating.

May 19, 2006 11:12 am

Mary Ellen Moore

(March 22, 1924 - May 17, 2006)

Mary Ellen Moore, 82, of Billings, died Wednesday, May 17, 2006. She was born on March 22, 1924, in Worden, Mont., the daughter of a true Montana cowboy and his schoolmarm wife, Jack and Grace Horton Kirch. As a school girl, she and her mother would ride on horseback to the one-room Baseline school, and for four of those years, her mother was also her teacher. As a young child she would sit at a treadle sewing machine and pretend that she was playing a piano. At long last, when she was in third grade, her parents gave her a piano. She had an agreement with her dad that for each piece of music she memorized, she would get two new pieces. Within a very short time, this promise had to be broken - she was a natural musician and could memorize everything she played. Following graduation from the Hysham school system, she began her career working at the Hysham post office, and while working there was swept off her feet by Donald Moore, who had come to Montana to work as a ranch hand. In 1942, she and Don were married while Don was serving in the Army in World War II. She and Don were the parents of two children, Donna and John.

She and Don managed the Yucca Theater in Hysham in addition to other full-time jobs. They moved to Powell in 1953 where he worked for Dave Manning Construction on the Hart Mountain Reclamation project and she began her career as a legal secretary. They returned to Billings in the early 1980s where she continued working in the legal field until her retirement. She was known for her knitting skills, her musical abilities and her loyalty to the attorneys for whom she worked. She was a caring mother and grandmother.She is survived by her daughter, Donna (John) Halpin of Hudson, Ohio; and her son, John (Carol) of Pocatello, Idaho. She is also survived by her grandson, Brett Kreutzmann of Fairfield, Ohio; her granddaughter, Shaunna Loveland of Burbank, Wash.; and two great grandchildren.She was preceded in death by her parents, Jack and Grace Kirch, and her husband, Don Moore. Funeral services were Saturday, May 20, at Michelotti-Sawyers Mortuary. Interment followed at Mountview Cemetery. If desired, memorials may be sent to the Treasurer County 89ers, Hysham, MT 59038 for the restoration of the Yucca Theater.Michelotti-Sawyers was in charge of arrangements.

May 17, 2006 11:10 am

Thomas R."Rick" Boblett

A memorial service will be held Thursday, June 29 at the home of Lynn and Jane Neale in Powell for former Powell resident, Thomas Richard (Rick) Boblett, 58, who died May 14 in Tempe, Ariz.

Survivors include his wife Rhonda (Neale) Boblett, daughter Candance and her husband, Johnathan Smock, all of Tempe; mother Redith Boblett and brother John Boblett of Portsmouth, Va.; in-laws Lynn and Jane Neale of Powell; and numerous extended family members.

He will be remembered for his deep love for his wife and daughter; his infectious laugh; generosity and kindness of spirit; wonderful sense of humor; and his incredible inner strength and courage.

All family and friends are invited to share in the June 29 celebration of Rick's life. Contributions in the name of Thomas Boblett may be made to Hospice of the Valley, 1510 East Flower Street, Phoenix, AZ 85014.

(May 14, 2006 - May 14, 2006)

Zacheus Kyle Gebauer and Javan Paul Gebauer, monoclonal identical twin sons of Levi and Whitney (Johnson) Gebauer of Greeley, Colo., were stillborn at University of Colorado Hospital in Denver, Colo., on May 14, 2006.

Memorial services were held at The Episcopal Chapel in Greeley. A premature birth of the twins at about seven months had been expected. The mother is the former Whitney Johnson of Powell.

Survivors include the parents of Greeley; grandparents, Vickie Johnson of Powell, Mark Sr. and Bobbi Gebauer of Mesa, Ariz., and Walt and Donna Hillard of Aberdeen, Wash.; uncles, Kyle Johnson of Powell, Mark Jr. and Oona Gebauer of Denver, and Joe and Rema Gebauer of Aberdeen, Wash.

May 14, 2006 11:08 am

Rex Sprouse

(Jan. 25, 1928 - May 13, 2006)

Rex Sprouse of Lovell died early Saturday, May 13, at Deaconess Billings Clinic after a long battle with cancer.
He was 78.

He was born Jan. 25, 1928, in Callaway, Neb., to George and Adelheit (Vollenweider) Sprouse. He was the youngest of eight children. He grew up in Callaway and apprenticed as a mechanic for two years with his brother, Roger “Peg." He served in Korea in 1946-47, then returned to Callaway to work as a mechanic and a volunteer fireman.

On March 9, 1949, he married Marjorie Timmons of Oconto, Neb. They had three daughters, who were all born in Callaway.
In 1955, he was hired by Sid Ryan to be a mechanic at his car dealership in Lovell. He, Marge and the three girls made the move to Wyoming where he resided until his death. During those years he worked for Sid Ryan for two years, the Warren lime quarry for several months and Ward Chevrolet for 12 years before starting his own business, Sprouse Motors. He retired from mechanic work in 1992. In 1994 he went to work for Georgia Pacific as a night watchman for seven years. He was also a charter member of North Big Horn Search and Rescue, which he helped establish in 1972.

The last five years of his life were spent enjoying his grandchildren and great-grandchildren, being part of the 8 a.m. coffee shift at Minchow's, taking care of his yard and trying to win the lottery. Even on his last trip to Billings to be admitted to the hospital, he made sure he stopped at Bridger to buy his lottery ticket (no, it wasn't a winner).

He battled cancer with strength and courage for more than 10 years. He was eventually diagnosed with three different cancers simultaneously. His case was so rare that Dr. Thomas Purcell lectured his case at Johns Hopkins Medical School.
He was preceded in death by his parents; three brothers, Nigel, Albert and Waldo; and two sisters, Dolly and Wanda.
He is survived by his wife; three daughters, Judy Tippetts and Becky (Ron) Korell, both of Lovell, and Connie (Peter) Salm of West Valley City, Utah; seven grandchildren, Brook (Brandy) Tippetts and Sam Korell, both of Lovell, Karee Korell of Seattle, Matthew (Chasity) Korell of Miles City, Mont., Kensey, Jaclyn and Gentry Salm of West Valley City, Utah; and four great-granddaughters, Masey and Larissa Tippetts of Lovell and SheaLee and Kaitlyn Korell of Miles City. He is also survived by one sister and one brother, Arlene Province and Roger Sprouse, both of Madras, Ore.; and numerous nieces and nephews.

Funeral services were Tuesday, May 16, at the United Methodist Church of Lovell with Pastor Catherine Moorehead officiating. Arrangements were handled by Haskell Funeral Home of Lovell and Stevenson's and Sons Funeral Home of Miles City.

Memorial donations may be made to “Cancer Center, The Billings Clinic Foundation, P.O. Box 3566, Billings, MT 59103” or to the charity of one's choice.

May 13, 2006 11:06 am

Merlin Roger Brinkerhoff

(March 23, 1974 - May 9, 2006)

Merlin Roger Brinkerhoff died Tuesday, May 9, at home in Cody of complications from diabetes.
He was 32.

He was born March 23, 1974, in Worland.

He was preceded in death by his grandmother, Jerry Davis; grandfather, Merlin Brinkerhoff; great-grandmother, Alph Davis; and great-grandfather, Jesse Davis.

He is survived by his father, Lonnie Brinkerhoff of Lovell; mother, Laurie Coombs of Redmond, Wash.; brothers, Jeremy Brinkerhoff and David Coombs; and one sister, Shari See of Gillette. He had five nieces, five nephews, grandparents, aunts, uncles, cousins and friends.

Services took place Friday, May 12 at Haskell Funeral Home. Burial was in the Byron Cemetery.

May 09, 2006 11:05 am

Ronald"Keith" Howell

(March 31, 1934 - May 6, 2006)

Ronald (Keith) Howell, 72, died Saturday, May 6 at the Powell Valley Long Term Care Center from failing health associated with COPD.

He was born March 31, 1934, in Fresno, Calif., son of Joseph Douglas and Agnes Evelyn (Robson) Howell. He married JoAnne Ruth Lind on March 17, 1952, in Fresno.

He served in the U.S. Navy from 1952-1954 and worked in construction in California, Oklahoma, Kentucky and Arizona before moving to Powell in 1963. He began work in the oilfields and worked for CD&V Construction for many years. He was later employed by NL Acme Tool and was the manager until shortly after his wife's death. Then he moved to Washington state to manage apartment complexes. He moved back to Powell to be near family when his health began to fail.
He was a member of Eastern Star and was a Mason and a Shriner.
He loved the outdoors and found great beauty in almost any type of terrain. He enjoyed fishing, hunting, snowmobiling and four-wheeleing. He was an avid sports fan and enjoyed watching any type of sports. He was especially fond of bowling and golf.

He enjoyed his yard and the flowers and color in a bright garden. He loved his family and enjoyed family gatherings, especially surrounded by his grandchildren and great-grandchildren.
Survivors include his children, Dorothy Olson (Merlin) of Powell, Pam Larsen (Lester) of Great Falls, Mont., Connie Thull (Steve) of Powell and Ron Howell (Penny) of Laurel, Mont.; his grandchildren, Corey St. Laurent, Kelly Long, Leddy Chancler, Nathan Olson, Kristina Larsen, Casey Carter, Tammy Kotar, Steve Thull, Trenton Thull, Sherry Howell, Keith Howell and Heather Howell; his great-grandchildren, Matthew and Kirsten Thull, Autumn Brown, Candice and Austin Thull, Lauren Howell and Harrison St. Laurent, Jessie Olson and Kristen Massey, Taylor and Chance Olson, Hunter Carter, Degan Howell, Hunter, Jory and Aeolynn Howell, Dillon and Jayden Cunning and Nathan and Colton Devries; and a brother, Floyd Douglas Howell of Port Orchard, Ore.

He was preceded in death by his wife JoAnne and his parents.

Cremation has taken place, and no services are planned at this time.

May 06, 2006 11:04 am

Raymond W. Haskins

(March 27, 1926 - May 5, 2006)

Services for Raymond Wayne Haskins, 80, who died Friday, May 5, 2006, in Douglas, were May 27 at the First United Methodist Church in Casper.

Internment followed in the Wheatland Cemetery in Wheatland.

He was born in Morrill, Neb., on March 27, 1926, the son of William and Frances Merle (Walburn) Haskins. He was reared and educated in Torrington, graduating from Torrington High School in 1944. He joined the U.S. Navy and served during World War II. Following the war, he was married to Shirley Dee Bullock on July 3, 1946, in Torrington, and to this union was born Richard Paul, Dee Rae, Barron Vale, Donald William and Dawn Elaine.

He attended and graduated from the University of Wyoming with a bachelor's degree in education plus 67 extra college credits. He was a four-year letterman on the football team and was the vice-president of the “W” club.
He taught in the public schools for 25 years and was a coach for 18 years in football, basketball, track and baseball. He officiated football and basketball at the high school and college level.

In March 1986 he retired from the Wyoming Army National Guard after 25 years of service. He was the deputy commandant of the Wyoming National Guard Non-Commissioned Officer Academy the last eight years.

He was active in various clubs and organization which included American Legion, life member, commander, and other offices; 40 and 8; Elks, exalted ruler and other offices; Eagles; Moose; Masons; UW Alumni Association, life member; White Shrine office holder; National Education Association, life member; Jaycee, vice-president and other offices; Wyoming Official Association, football and basketball; Jobs Daughters, associate guardian; Boy Scout Master; Powell Classroom Teachers Association, president; American Red Cross, Powell secretary for five years; Douglas Real Estate Association, past president; Wyoming Industrial Arts, president in 1964-65; served as Wyoming Industrial Arts Association state president; Wyoming Republican Convention delegate from Park County in 1976; director of city recreation in Powell; and Sunday School teacher and church board member of United Methodist Church.

Political appointments and elective offices included School District No. 1 board member in Powell; Wyoming Recreation Association state president; Wyoming Youth Council, appointed member; Wyoming Recreation Commission, Powell representative; Wyoming Governor's Planning Committee on Criminal Administration, appointed member; Wyoming National Guard Scholarship committee; and Mayor of Douglas, one term from 1990-94.

Honors included honor graduate of NCO Academy in San Luis Obispo, Calif., in 1974; outstanding instructor at Camp George West, Colo., in 1977; outstanding instructor at Wyoming Military Academy in 1976, 1979 and 1980; outstanding Elk in 1975; outstanding educator in Powell in 1972; and honorary Powell alum in 1995.

He owned and operated the Powell Youth Center for seven years, and was in real estate for five years in Douglas.

He enjoyed the big bands, dancing, reading and all outdoor activities.

He is survived by his wife, Shirley, of Douglas; children, Rick (Sherry) Haskins of Phoenix, and sons, Tyler (Jill), Brody, and Cooper, Dee Wood of Douglas and sons Chase and Kael and great-granddaughter, Joey Rae Wood, and Dawn (Tim) Pexton of Douglas and children Brett and Brianna; grandson Barry (Brandi) Haskins Jr. and sons; sisters, Maxine Lamberson of Mitchell, Neb., Verna (Jack) Canfield of Torrington, Grace Senteney of Fort Laramie and Donna (Dean) Gulley of Douglas; brother, Dale Haskins of Torrington; and many nieces, nephews, and grand nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his parents; infant son, Donald; son, Barry; and brother, Bill.

A memorial to the First United Methodist Church, 136 South Fifth Street, Douglas, WY 82633; Parkinson Association of the Rockies, 1420 Ogden Street, Denver, CO 80218; or to a charity of one's choice would be appreciated by the family.

May 05, 2006 11:01 am

William Wesley Andreen

(May 19, 1935 - May 2, 2006)

William Wesley (Bill) Andreen, 70, died Tuesday, May 2 at the Powell Valley Hospital.

He was born in Thermopolis on May 19, 1935, to Frank and Lucile Andreen. He attended school in Bellville and Thermopolis and then served two years in the military.

He worked on ranches and built fences and married Ilene Timmons in Worland in 1970. They lived at Lost Cabin for 13 years and then he was employed by the University of Wyoming Research and Extension Center in Powell for 15 years until his retirement.

Survivors include his wife Ilene of Powell; one daughter, Betty Lynn Andreen of Powell; one son, Wesley Andreen of Florida; four brothers and four sisters.

He was preceded in death by his father and mother; his stepmother; three brothers and one sister, as well as his father-in-law and mother-in-law, Ted and Betty Timmons.

Cremation has taken place. Memorial services will be Tuesday, May 9 at 11 a.m. at Thompson Funeral Home in Powell.

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Dick Wilder (left), Nola Christoffersen and Homesteader Museum Curator Rowene Weems look over the 1959 copy of the Powell Tribune retrieved from the time capsule buried during Powell's 50th Golden Jubilee celebration opened for the centennial celebration last week. Wilder and Christoffersen also were present when the time capsule was buried in 1959. Tribune photo by Don Amend

This is like Christmas for Rowene (Weems),” Powell Mayor Scott Mangold said Saturday as he reached into a time capsule planted by Powellites 50 years ago.

Indeed, after donning white gloves Saturday morning, Weems, curator/director of the Homesteader Museum, lovingly examined each 50-year-old artifact before carefully placing it in a special display case for all of Powell — and all the world, for that matter — to see.