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April 13, 2004 6:00 am

Harold"Lee" Johnson

(June 28, 1919 - April 12, 2004)

Services for Harold "Lee" Johnson, 84, of Casper, formerly of Frannie, are scheduled for Friday, April 16, 2004, at 10 a.m. at Highland Park Community Church.

Pastor Steve Chadderdon will officiate. Burial will be in Oregon Trail State Veterans' Cemetery. Military Honors will be accorded by the Natrona County United Veterans' Council. Viewing will be Thursday, April 15, 2004, from 4 p.m. until 8 p.m. at Newcomer Family Funeral Home.

He died on April 12, 2004, at the Central Wyoming Hospice Home.

He was born on June 28, 1919, to Franz Oscar and Nannie (Smeltz) Johnson on the family homestead in Prowers County, Colo. He was the youngest of eight children and spent his early years catching and training wild horses on the family ranch.
He married Alma Conard on June 29,1940, in Johnson, Kan., and they worked on various ranches in the area. Johnson served in the U.S. Army in the South Pacific during World War II with the 77th Infantry Division. Upon his discharge in 1946, the family moved to Lamar, Colo. where he was a cabinet maker for Brown Lumber Company. The family moved to Glenrock in 1951 and he went to work for Conoco Oil Company. He worked for Conoco at the Glenrock refinery, in the South Glenrock and Big Muddy fields, the Frannie field and finally moved to Linch in 1964 where he retired from Conoco after 33 years of service. After retirement, he and his wife moved to Casper.
While living in Glenrock, Johnson was one of the early founders of Little League Baseball in Wyoming and served as the first Wyoming President for Babe Ruth Baseball. Besides baseball, he enjoyed camping, hunting, fishing, gardening and his family and friends.

He is survived by two sons, Jimmie Joe (Carolyn) Johnson of Glenrock and Gary L. (Nancy) Johnson of Casper; and his daughter, Sandy Rusciolelli of Casper. He is also survived by two grandchildren who he raised: Richaelle (Mike) Hauffe of Marengo, Ill., and Nick (Lisa) Rusciolelli of Upland, Calif. He is survived by six other grandchildren, 16 great-grandchildren, many close friends and his beloved dog, Tuffy. He was preceded in death by his wife in 1992, his parents, four brothers and three sisters.

The family would appreciate memorials to the Central Wyoming Hospice Program, the Casper Humane Society or a charity of the donor's choice.

Newcomer Family Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements.

April 12, 2004 5:58 am

Paulette Johnson

(Nov. 25, 1942 - April 8, 2004)

Paulette (Branstetter) Johnson, 61, died Thursday, April 8 at her home In Prineville, Ore., with her kids by her side. She battled cancer for two years.

No services are planned, at her request. She was born on Nov. 25, 1942, in Greybull, to Orville and Catherine (Meyers) Townsley. Her family moved her to Powell where she attended the local schools.

On May 21, 1960, she married Glenn F. Branstetter. They raised three children, then later divorced in 1981.
She later married Ron Johnson. They moved from Wyoming to Oregon where they built a home and business. Her hobbies included antique shopping, flower gardening and spending time with her grandchildren.

Survivors include her husband, Ron Johnson;, brother in-law, Rob Johnson, son in-law, Justin and his wife Stacey Johnson and granddaughter, Mara Johnson, 7, all from Prineville; daughter, Lynette and Don Norman, granddaughters, Melissa, 9, and Chelsea, 7, all of Columbia Falls, Mont.; two sons, Brandy Branstetter of Yellowstone National Park and Thomas Branstetter of Wyoming; cousin, Elaine and Dale Massing of Harlowton, Mont.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Orville and Catherine Townsley; sisters, Lucil Martin, Virginia Townsley and Pauline Siebel; grandchildren, Chelsie Anne, Chase William and Sara Olivia Norman; brother in-law, James Martin and nephew, Edward Martin. Memorials may be made to Crook County Boys & Girls Club in Prineville, Ore.

April 08, 2004 5:55 am

Marianne Frances Reed

(Jan. 5, 1923 - April 7, 2004)

Marianne Frances Reed, 81, Powell, died Wednesday morning, April 7 at the Powell Valley Care Center after an extended illness.

She was born to Polish immigrant parents, Frank and Anna (Kaczmarek) Kosmider on Jan. 5, 1923, in Milwaukee, Wisc. She studied voice and piano at the Wisconsin Conservatory of Music. She worked as head timekeeper at Globe Union. Also involved at the YWCA as club director, she met Niles Wilbur Reed of Powell on April 1, 1945. They were married July 20, 1946.

She was active in the Catholic Church, singing in the choir and at weddings and funerals. She also taught catechism at St. Barbara's Catholic Church for 19 years and was involved in fundraising and memberships for Community Concerts. She loved to read and enjoyed canning and cooking the rewards of her gardening. Married for 57 years, she is survived by her husband, N. Wilbur Reed of Powell; five children, Ted Reed of Los Alamos, N.M., Linda Brabec of Libby, Mont., Kathleen Brakke of Denver, Anthony Reed of Seattle, Wash., and Jocelyn Reed of Denver; 10 grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren. Four siblings also survive her: Esther Gajewki of Sun City West, Ariz., Anthony Kosmider, Bernadette Kolacki and Rosie Berweiler, all of Milwaukee.

Visitation will be held Monday from 5:30 p.m. until the time of Christian Wake Services and Rosary at St. Barbara's Catholic Church at 7 p.m., Father Pete Johnson presiding. Mass of Christian Burial will be held Tuesday at 10 a.m. at St. Barbara's Church. Burial will follow in Crown Hill Cemetery. Miratsky-Easton Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

April 07, 2004 5:53 am

Emma Isabelle Holkan

(Sept. 17, 1929 - April 6, 2004)

Funeral services were conducted at the Catholic Church in Wheatland Monday for Emma Isabelle Holkan, who died Tuesday, April 6 at the age of 101.

She was born in Matamora, Ill., daughter of Peter and Sophia Streb. She married George Holkan on Sept. 17, 1929. The family moved from Webster City, Iowa, to Wyoming to work on the Pitchfork Ranch at Meeteetse in 1943, then later moved to the Penrose area. In the mid-1950s, thy moved again to Dwyer, Wyo., and finally to Wheatland.

They had five children, sons Ted, Tom and Bill; and daughters, the late Ethel Graham of Powell and Donna of Wheatland. Locally surviving grandchildren include Roxann Lovell of Clark, Gloria Soto of Powell, John Graham of Worland and Grace Melberg of Ontario, Canada; also numerous grandchildren, great-grandchildren and great-great grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her husband, George, and her daughter, Ethel Graham.

April 06, 2004 5:52 am

Jennie Nicholls Lewis

Funeral services will be conducted Friday, April 9 at 10 a.m. in the Cowley Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints for Jennie Nicholls Lewis, 81, who died Tuesday, April 6 at North Big Horn Hospital in Lovell after an extended illness. Viewing will be one hour prior to the service in the Relief Society room of the church. Burial will be in the Cowley Cemetery. Haskell Funeral Home of Lovell is in charge of arrangements.

April 09, 2004 5:51 am

Dorothy M. (Chapin) Dixon

(May 2, 1926 - April 7, 2004)

Funeral services for Dorothy M. (Chapin) Dixon, 77, were conducted Wednesday, April 7 at St. Anthony's Catholic Church in Casper. She died at Life Care Center in Casper on Monday, April 4 after a long struggle with Alzheimers disease.

The Rev. Michael Carr presided at services. She was born at Casper on May 2, 1926, to Charles S. and Margaret (Glossen) Chapin. Following graduation from Natrona County High School, she attended Mills College in Oakland, Calif., and earned her B.A. degree from the University of Nebraska. She married the late Hon. John T. Dixon in 1948 and was the mother of six children, making her home for most of her adult life at Powell. In addition to being a mother and homemaker, she was actively involved in community affairs, including scouting, St. Barbara's Catholic Church, the Elks Club and Powell Country Club. She was a charter member of the Powell Ripple Wine Bridge Club.

In spite of her illness, she played piano and read avidly almost until the end of her life. She was a dedicated bridge player and golfer, enjoyed gardening and all things Wyoming. She was a serious sports fan, with a special love for the Wyoming Cowboys. Survivors include her son Patrick Dixon of Casper; her daughters, Janet Flynn of Broomfield, Colo., Donna Dixon of Reston, Va., Shawn Sims of Powell, Terry Harley of Spokane, Wash., and Margaret Sato of Boise, Idaho; two brothers, Donald E. Chapin and James H. Chapin; 11 grandchildren and her granddog, Ben.

The family would appreciate memorials to the Wyoming Alzheimers Affiliation, or the Steve Sims Memorial Scholarship Fund in care of Northwest College Foundation, 231 W. 6th St., Powell, WY 82435.

April 01, 2004 5:48 am

Eldean K. Vandersloot

(Sept. 6, 1931 - April 1, 2004)

Eldean K. Vandersloot, 72, of Greybull, died Thursday, April 1 in Billings, Mont.

She was born Sept. 6, 1931, in Heil, N.D., daughter of August F. and Delia A. (Thome) Moos. In 1937, the family moved to Hardin, Mont., where she entered school, graduating in 1948.

On April 24, 1949, she married Edward Vandersloot. She worked as a telephone operator, sales clerk and then bookkeeper at the Farmers Union, where her husband was manager.

In 1968, the family moved to Joliet, Mont. Eldean enjoyed attending the sports events their children were involved in, also camping and the many business trips.

In 1970, she was appointed Justice of the Peace, later becoming city police judge for Joliet, Fromberg and Bridger. When the family moved to Powell in 1982, she worked as dispatcher for the Powell Police Department. Later she was appointed as assistant city police judge, a position she resigned in 1987.

She enjoyed her retirement, the traveling and her beloved children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her parents and brothers, Kenneth and Edgar Moos.

Survivors include her husband Ed and her four children: sons Rick (Joyce), David (Elaine) and Pat (Claudia); and daughter, Julie (Greg). she is also survived by 10 grandchildren and eight great-grandchildren.
Cremation has taken place, and no services are planned, as per her wishes. Contributions to the Ronald McDonald House would be appreciated by the family.

April 07, 2004 5:50 am

Donald Byrn Leach

(Feb. 1, 1920 - April 1, 2004)

Donald Byrn Leach, 84, died Thursday, April 1 at St. Patrick Hospital inFrenchtown, Mont., of cancer.

He was born February 1, 1920 in Lewiston, Idaho, to Floyd and Mary (Parks) Leach. He graduated high school in Grangeville, Idaho, and served with the Air Force during WWII. In 1949, he married Virginia Mitchell. She passed away in 1969. In 1972, he married Leona Lovercheck, of Powell. He enjoyed hunting for sapphires and loved his garden. He was a true gentleman farmer. His friends called him the "Tomato Man".

He was preceded in death by his sister Violet; his brother Robert; his parents Floyd and Mary; and his mother and father-in-law Frank and Phyllis Lovercheck. He is survived by his wife of 31 years, Leona; seven children (his and hers), Sharon, Larry (Marcie), John, DeAnn (Dan), Ken (Bonnie), Phyllis (Kevin), and Marty; his sister Louerene (Lester) Shaw; his brothers, Earl (Marie), Wayne (Carol), and Lawrence (Marilyn); several grandchildren and great-grandchildren; and cousins, Totsie, Ellen, and Louise.

Memorial services were held on Tuesday, April 6 at 2 p.m., at the Frenchtown Community Church with Rev. Bill Jackson officiating. Memorials are preferred to Camp Make-A-Dream. Arrangements are under the direction of Garden City Funeral Home.

April 01, 2004 6:42 pm

Sights on the summit

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Southside Elementary third-graders hike toward Heart Mountain Wednesday for a reading program incentive. Parkside third-graders also scaled the mountain last week. Tribune photo by Ashley Stratton-Lauritzen

Changes in local revenue estimate mean $1.15 million for Northwest College

After months of intense planning for a $1 million-plus budget cut for the coming school year, Northwest College officials recently learned they won't have to deal with a decline in revenue this year after all.