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April 16, 2006 7:55 am

Saralie Joyce Asay

(June 18, 1959 - April 17, 2006)

Saralie Joyce Asay of Powell died Monday, April 17 at Cody at the age of 46.

She was born June 18, 1959, in Powell to Darwin Keith Asay and Elizabeth (Jundt) Asay. She attended local schools through the 12th grade. She was an oilfield worker and a free spirit.
Survivors include her molther, Elizabeth of Powell; three brothers, Gary and Lorna Asay, Darwin and Cathy Asay and Mike Asay.

She was preceded in death by her father, Darwin; and a sister, Sarepta Darlene Asay.

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

April 17, 2006 7:54 am

Robert Edmund Wilmott

(Feb. 18, 1903 - April 18, 2006)

Funeral Mass will be celebrated Monday, April 24 at 10 a.m. at St. Barbara's Catholic Church in Powell for Robert Edmund Wilmott, 103, who died Tuesday, April 18 at the Powell Valley Care Center.

Father Pete Johnson will officiate.

He was born Feb. 18, 1903, in Devils Lake, N.D., to Robert J. and Rosella Seward Wilmott. He was born and raised on a farm in North Dakota. He married Evelyn Vanderlin at Devils Lake on Nov. 27, 1929.

He worked for Fairmont Creamery and was later transferred to Alliance, Nebr. He worked for the Alliance School System for many years until his retirement. He and his wife moved to Powell in June of 1991 to the Rocky Mountain Manor. Upon the death of his wife in October of 1993, he moved into the Powell Valley Care Center.

Survivors include three daughters, Beverly Schuetz of Powell; Marjorie Schuetz of Garden Grove, Calif., and Kathleen (Jerry) Lynass of Honolulu, Hawaii; 11 grandchildren; 18 great grandchildren; and four great-great grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by his wife, Evelyn; three brothers; four sisters; one grandson; one granddaughter; and a son-in-law, Bob Schuetz.

Memorial donations are requested to the Powell Valley Care Center or a charity of choice.

Thompson Funeral Home of Powell is in charge of arrangements.

April 18, 2006 7:53 am

Katherine (Katie) W. Korell

(Feb. 29, 1904 - April 14, 2006)

Katherine (Katie) Korell, 102, died on Good Friday, April 14 at the Powell Health Care nursing home in Powell. Funeral services will be conducted Thursday, April 20, at 11 a.m. at St. John's Lutheran Curch in Lovell.

Katie and her twin brother, Alex, were born to Christian and Elizabeth (Rembe) Wagner on Feb. 29, 1904, in Sussanental, Russia. The family came to the United States in 1913 by way of ship to Ellis Island, N.Y., then to Baltimore, Md. and traveled by train to Park City, Mont. where the family worked in the beet fields. In 1917 the Wagner family moved to Lovell.
She worked in a bakery and as a waitress before her marriage to life-long mate, Pete Korell, on Jan. 26, 1930. They farmed for many years east of Lovell and had two daughters, Evelyn and Alma. Pete died in 1982.
In 1998 she sold her home in Lovell and moved into Rocky Mountain Manor in Powell. In July, 2001, she moved into the Powell Nursing Home where she lived until her death.

She liked to garden and was known for her beautiful tulips at her home in Lovell. She knitted many afghans for family members, each grandchild, each great-grandchild and most of the great-great grandchildren. She liked to play pinochle, bridge and her special double solitaire and was an avid bowler until 91 years of age.

She belonged to St. John's Lutheran Church and was a faithful member and worker.

Survivors include two daughters and sons-in-law, Evelyn and Don Bowers of Powell and Alma and Don Cardinal of Casper; nine grandchildren, Barbara Bowers and family of Lincoln, Neb., Bonnie Malcom and family of Salina, Utah, Sherry Bowers and family of Cody, Randy Bowers and family of Lovell, Steve Bowers and family of Cody, Linda Carter and family of Cheyenne, Carla Gennaro and family of Denver, Ralph Cardinal and family of St. Paul, Minn. and Caryn Young and family of Casper. Other survivors are 22 great-grandchildren; 15 great-great-grandchildren; one sister, Lydia Parks of Lovell; one brother-in-law, Harold Korell of Billings; two sisters-in-law, Katie Asay and Marguerite Korell of Lovell; and many nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Pete; grandson, Donnie Bowers; her parents; four brothers and two sisters.
Memorials may be given to St. John's Lutheran Church, to the Powell Valley Health Care or to the charity of choice.

April 14, 2006 7:51 am

Lee Jones Wardell

(Jan. 7, 1935 - April 13, 2006)

Lee Jones Wardell, 71, died suddenly on Thursday, April 13.

He was born Jan. 7, 1935, to Linnie Dalley Jones and Albert Dalton Wardell in Lovell. Lee attended elementary school where he grew up in Otto. He finished his education in Greybull, graduating in 1953. He excelled in athletics, expecially basketball. He shared many stories of his “glory days” with his family.

He married Carolyn Scholes, and two sons were born to this union. The couple later divorced.

Lee then met and married Jean Harston on June 26, 1958. He adopted the daughter she brought with her. Together they made their home in Lovell, where they raised their six children in the “house that beer built.”

He came from a long line of brick masons and was taught the trade by his father at a very young age, carrying hod in his adolescence and laying brick before he graduated from high school. Lee was well known for his natural talent and shared his skill and knowledge with his sons and many others. Lee practiced his trade with the Billings Local Union and was recently recognized for 50 years of service. He was the proud recipient of the prestigious Local #3 Union gold card. His life's work took him all over the western United States, concentrated mainly in Montana and Wyoming. Jobs he was especially proud of were the Masonic Lodge and the Stockman Banks in Billings.

Lee was an avid outdoorsman. The only vacation he took yearly was to go elk hunting. He was affectionately known as “Silvertip” to many. His love and respect of the mountain and extensive knowledge of the Black Butte area were well known. His tales of the hunt were told around the campfire and will be retold for generations. When it wasn't hunting season, Lee could be seen with his fishing pole in hand and grandchildren in tow headed to his favorite fishing hole. His other love was gardening, a legacy he passed on to his sons.

One of Lee's greatest joys in life were his grandchildren and great-grandchildren. He enjoyed sharing his love of the outdoors with them; all will greatly miss their Grandpa.

Lee was preceded in death by his parents; step-mother, Anna; his father and mother-in-law, James and Opal Harston; and brothers Preston and Callis.

Lee is survived by his wife, Jean; children, Mel (Shawna) Wardell of Idaho Falls, Idaho, Lynn (Steve) Lundberg, Mark Wardell, and Jeff (Karen) Wardell all of Lovell, Bryan (Cheryl) Wardell of Laurel, Mont.,Janice (Scott) Davis of Eugene, Ore., and David Collingwood of Greybull; two brothers, Albert J. (Phern) Wardell and Mack (Bonnie) Wardell; three sisters, Merla (Reanous) Henderson, Irma (Melvin) Neves, and Joan (Bruce) Butler; 20 grandchildren and 12 great-grandchildren with two more due to arrive in 2006.

Services were held Tuesday, April 18 at the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in Lovell. Interment followed at the Cowley Cemetery.

April 13, 2006 7:49 am

Doris Jolovich

Doris Sebastian Kawulok Jolovich died Thursday, April 13 in her own home, as she had so desperately wanted. She died of complications of her years of life.

She would have celebrated her 80th birthday just four days later, April 17. Doris was the first child of Polish immigrant parents, Anton and Mary Cecilia Wolney Kawulok, born in the coal mining town of Monarch in Sheridan County, Wyo.

Doris was a diligent student and graduated from Ranchester High School. She married World War II veteran and childhood neighbor Rudolph Walter Jolovich Jan. 27, 1946 at the historic Catholic Church in Monarch. They drew a homestead on the Heart Mountain Irrigation project in Northwest Wyoming in 1947 and moved to live in the Japanese Relocation Camp near Powell with their infant daughter, Judy, in 1948 as they prepared their homestead for living.

Rudy and Doris formed close friendships with the other homesteaders, as they forged their lives on the land. They were successful beet farmers and raised other crops, including livestock. Doris was a very dedicated, very hard working farm wife, enduring many hardships and deprivations that came with homesteading. A farm became available with better land and they moved to their present home in 1953. Doris loved the farms and especially the trees.

Four additional children joined Judy (Don Frisby), Sheryl (Carl Morris), Rudolph Jr. (Dawn), Anthony and James. Doris treasured her grandchildren Erika Frisby (Jared Huckabee), Margaret Frisby, Carl Morris II (Denise), Cari Morris (John Beatty), Sara Morris (Justin Crooks), Bobi Morris (Casey Jensen), Tom Morris (Airy), Toni Jolovich, Jamie Jolovich (Hugh Dayton), Ashlee Jolovich (Philip Dudley), Josh Jolovich, Andrew Jolovich and Chris Jolovich. She has sisters Helen Breslin (Bill) and Twila Dahlin (Bill) and brother Tony Kavalok (Ella) all of the Seattle, Wash., area.

Her greatest joys in her last days were her faith in God and her membership in the Catholic Church; her special dog, Bruiser; her 15 great-grandchildren and her many friends. Her great-grandchildren loved to spend time with her helping with her chores. Doris often lamented that Rudy did not get to know the youngest of these great-grandchildren.
Doris was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Rudy; and her great-grandaughter Briana Morris.
Funeral services are scheduled for Saturday, April 22 at 10 a.m. at St. Anthony's Catholic Church in Cody, preceded with a Rosary Friday, April 21 at 6:30 p.m. at St. Anthony's.

For those who wish, the family would appreciate any memorial contributions be directed to St. Anthony's Catholic Church or Hands 2 Help.

April 13, 2006 7:48 am

Tipton Cox

(Nov. 15, 1921 - April 13, 2006)

James Tipton (Tip) Cox, 84, whose name is etched into the legend of Earl Durand, died Thursday, April 13 at West Park Long Term Care Center in Cody.

He was born Nov. 15, 1921, in Dodge City, Kan., to Ernest Ray and Dilly Eleanor (Allen) Cox. He attended high school for three years in Powell. As a junior in high school, he had a hand in the final chapter of the saga of outlaw Earl Durand in March of 1939, shooting Durand from a filling station across the street when the fugitive emerged with hostages from a hold-up at First National Bank of Powell.
Tipton Cox graduated from Cody High School.

He married Jean Reese on May 10, 1945, in Congaree, S.C. He was a captain in the Marine Air Corps and flew corsairs off aircraft carriers USS Wasp and USS Hornet during World War II in the Pacific. He was one of two pilots who rescued 16 scientists on Enowietok after the atomic bomb test in the Pacific, earning the United States Air Medal.
During the Korean Conflict, he was promoted to major and was a forward air controller. Following his military service, he flew for Helicol in Colombia, South America.

Since moving back to Wyoming 35 years ago, he did crop spraying in Worland, and flew for Johnson Flying Service and Hawkins & Powers Aviation. He previously owned Cody Helicopters. He enjoyed anything associated with flying, and in addition, building aircraft, rock hunting, painting, reading and studying history.

He was a member of Cody VFW, Experimental Aviation Association, BPO Elks, Cody American Legion and the First Presbyterian Church. He was a real estate agent in Cody prior to his retirement.

Survivors include his wife Jean of the family home; sons James Allen Cox and wife Joy of Hillsboro, Ore., and Gary Tipton Cox of Cody; grandson and spouse, Brian James and Gloria Cox and their children, Cory James Cox and Reyna Leigh Cox; and granddaughter, Jacey L. Cox, all of Hillboro, Ore., and several cousins.

He was preceded in death by his parents; a brother, Wilbur Cox who died at age 3; and a sister, Pearl Jane Cox, who died shortly after birth.

Funeral services were conducted Monday, April 17 at the Presbyterian Church in Cody, with burial in Riverside Cemetery. Ballard Funeral Home was in charge.

April 13, 2006 7:46 am

Raymond Lewis Hall

(Nov. 6, 1925 - April 11, 2006)

Raymond Lewis Hall, 80, died in Caldwell, Idaho, Tuesday, April 11 as he had wished, held in the loving arms of his wife Shirley, with his son, Kelly Joe, standing near and holding his hand.

Funeral services were held at Dakan Funeral Chapel in Parma, Idaho, Tuesday, April 18.
He was born in Silverton, Ore., on Nov. 6, 1925, the son of Lewis and Alta Hall. He was raised in the Silverton Hills area on the family farm with his sister, Evelyn.

World War II came, and Raymond enlisted as soon as he graduated at 17. He spent 25 years in the Naval Service of his country, serving during WWII, Korea and Vietnam.

He married Shirley A. Grossnickle on July 11, 1950. They had a son, Kelly Joe in 1959.
Raymond's great love was travel and having his wife of nearly 56 years and son waiting in every home port during the war years as he spent nearly his entire career on the high seas as a Chief Sonar Technician.

After his honorable discharge from the Navy and more college from Cal-State Fullerton, Raymond had a second career of 15 years teaching in the Payette, Idaho school district. Following his retirement from teaching, he and Shirley continued to enjoy good friends, good music, dancing and traveling the U.S. of A. They enjoyed their retirement years together.
Raymond is survived by his wife, Shirley of Caldwell, Idaho; his son, Kelly Joe, daughter-in-law, Carol Ann and their new 3-month old baby boy, William Lewis Allen Hall; his sister, Evelyn Reisig; and numerous relatives and friends.
Graveside services will be held in Powell at Crown Hill Cemetery on Saturday, April 22 at 11 a.m. under the direction of Thompson Funeral Home, Powell, with Denyce Reno officiating.

Pallbearers will be Kelly Joe Hall, Lynn Snell, Wayne Mathews and Auston Mathews. Honorary pallbearers are Cliff Dudley, Don Webster II and Lee Johnson.

Memorials may be made to US Navy Memorial Foundation, PO Box 96570, Washington, DC 20090-6570.

April 11, 2006 7:45 am

L. Ralph Henderson

(June 2, 1946 - April 6, 2006)

Memorial services are scheduled Wednesday, April 12 at 10 a.m. at Hope Lutheran Church in Powell for Ralph Henderson, 59, who died Thursday, April 6 at St. Vincent Healthcare in Billings, Mont.

He was born June 2, 1946, in Glendale, Calif., to Loren Ralph Henderson and Margaret E. (Howland) Henderson. He moved with his family to a homestead on the Heart Mountain Division of the Shoshone Reclamation Project west of Powell when he was 2 years old. He attended Powell schools, graduating from Powell High School and Northwest Community College.

On June 17, 1978, he married Margo M. Eckerman at Clark.

For a number of years he worked as a meat cutter at Food Basket IGA in Powell. It was always his dream to start his own meat shop, and in 2004 it came true when he established his business, Rocky Mountain Country Sausage.
He enjoyed hunting, fishing, snowmobiling, four-wheeling and many other things he could do with his children.
He was a member of the Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation.

Survivors include his wife Margo of the family home; son and daughter-in-law, Tye and Tammi Henderson of Powell; daughter and son-in-law, Tess and Cordell Miller of Bozeman, Mont.; and son, Stacey Henderson of Powell; grandchildren, Garret and Wyatt Henderson and Cassidy and Camryn Miller.

Cremation has taken place. Arrangements are by Ballard Funeral Home, Cody.

April 06, 2006 7:44 am

Dorothy Kohnke

(Dec. 17, 1913 - April 4, 2006)

A memorial service will be conducted Saturday, April 8 at 2 p.m. at Union Presbyterian Church in Powell for Dorothy Mae Kerndt Kohnke, 92, who died Tuesday, April 4 at St. John's Lutheran Home in
Billings, Mont. after a short illness.

She was surrounded at death by her family and the caring staffs of St. John's Chapel Court and Big Sky

Dorothy was born to Julius and Olga (Erickson) Kerndt on Dec.17, 1913, in
Churches Ferry, ND. She graduated from Valley City Teachers College in 1935. She met her future
husband, Louis A. Kohnke, on the train to Powell, Wyo., where they both began
their teaching careers. They were married in 1939.

Dorothy taught in Powell starting with high school English, drama and P.E.
and ended her career as a remedial reading teacher. She retired in 1974 after
teaching for 26 years. Dorothy spent many hours doing genealogy for the
family. She always loved spending time at the family cabin in the Bearthooths along
the Clarks Fork River. She especially loved looking for arrowheads and
finding projects to keep Louie busy.

She would play a game of bridge, Scrabble or Spite and Malice with all
comers. She was a fierce competitor, even against her grandchildren. Her
penny-a-point games with her family were special to her and all of the family. She was
a life-long member of Eastern Star, where she held many offices.
As her eyesight failed she was still able to play games and listened to
hundreds of books on tape.

She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Louis A. Kohnke; brothers, Oscar and Floyd Kerndt;
and sister, Edna Kerndt Stucky.

Survivors include daughter, Julia Kinsey (Don) of Big Timber, Mont.; sons, Keith
Kohnke (Donna) of Billings and Gary Kohnke (Nancy) of Las Vegas, Nev.; five
grandchildren; two great-granddaughters and numerous nieces and nephews.
Per Dorothy's wishes, cremation has taken place.

For those who wish, memorial donations can be made to St. John's Lutheran
Home, 3940 Rimrock Road, Billings, MT 59105; Big Sky Hospice, Box 35033, Billings, MT 59107 or Powell Education Foundation, 160 N Evarts, Powell, WY 82435.

April 04, 2006 7:42 am

Bill Eaton

(Oct. 12, 1913 - April 3, 2006)

William Joseph (Bill) Eaton died Monday, April 3 at Powell Valley Care Center at the age of 92.
He was born in Dodson, Mont., on Oct. 12, 1913, to Sestline (Marcott) of Canada and William Eaton of Detroit, Mich. He moved to Powell with his mother, brother Henry and step-father, Pat Flynn, when he was 14. Pat Flynn started the Silver Tip Coal Mine in Elk Basin with help from Bill and Henry.

Bill met his future wife, Mae I. (Herboldsheimer) of Powell, at a dance in 1932, and they were married March 28, 1933 in Billings, Mont. To this union were born seven children. Bill and Mae celebrated their 72nd anniversary last year at Powell Valley Care Center.

Bill worked in the mines, helped build the Willwood Canal, the Heart Mountain Canal and the Cody tunnels. He built some houses in Powell and had a cement, stucco and plaster business. He and his wife loved to dance, socialize and hunt and fish. Together they raised a large garden and sold minnows and other bait. Bill played Santa Claus for about 35 years around Powell and was an avid collector.

Survivors include five children still living in Powell: Virginia Cheney, William Leroy Eaton, Patricia Cothren, Rose M. (Delbert) Cannon and Dan D. Eaton; 14 grandchildren, 33 great-grandchildren and nine great-great grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by his wife Mae; his brother, Henry Flynn; two sons, William Ellis and Thomas Allen; his granddaughter, Deborah deHaan; and two great-grandsons, Olen T. Braa and Casey (Rowdy) James Cannon.
Cremation has taken place with Ballard Funeral Home of Cody handling the arrangements. The Rev. Susan Adam Trembath will officiate at a memorial service at the Methodist Church in Powell on Friday, April 7 at 10:30 a.m. with burial of remains at Crown Hill Cemetery. A luncheon will follow at the Methodist Church.

Bill was loved by his family and friends and will be missed greatly for his friendship and his many adventure stories.