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October 30, 2008 3:01 am

Lorraine Farlow

(April 15, 1940 - Oct. 27, 2008)

Lifelong Cody resident, Lorraine Farlow, 68, died in her home Monday, Oct. 27 after a short battle with pancreatic cancer. She was surrounded by family and friends.

She was born April 15, 1940, in Cody. She spent her early years in Powell, and upon marrying her husband of 52 years, Elbie Farlow, lived the remainder of her life in Cody.

Lorraine spent her life primarily caring for her family, and later in life, caring for her extended family. It is fitting that she was cared for in her home by her children, her sister and her close friends, Elaine Allshouse and Marleah Lehman, both of Cody.

She was a homemaker who enjoyed sewing, crocheting, reading, gardening, caring for her cats (Fluffy, Precious, Baby and Shasta) and putting together jigsaw puzzles with her friends. She was an avid Bingo player. For many years, she supported the local animal shelter by sewing and donating kitty blankets. She also worked in retail sales through her mid-life and retired in the late 1990s. Through her work, she met many of her lifelong friends.

Survivors include her husband, Elbie; five children, Sandy Farlow of Cody, Deb Schultz of Cheyenne, Ed Farlow of Basin, Karen Bauch of Billings, Mont., and Teresa Farlow of Great Falls, Mont.; two sisters, Nancy Krell of Montana and Kathy Larson of Louisiana; three brothers, Charles in Washington, Paul and Ed in Louisiana; 13 grandchildren and four great-grandchildren.

Cremation has taken place, and a memorial service will be held at Ballard Funeral Home in Cody Monday, Nov. 3 at 10:30 a.m. The family requests that memorials be made in her name to Spirit Mountain Hospice, c/o West Park County Hospital, 707 Sheridan Ave., Cody, WY 82414.

October 30, 2008 3:00 am

Betty Harness

(April 19, 1910 - Oct. 27, 2008)

Elizabeth J. (Betty) Harness of Cody died in the early morning hours of Monday, Oct. 27 at West Park Long Term Care Center at the age of 98.

She was born April 19, 1910, in Hardin, Mont., first child of John and Mary Schreuder. The family moved to Worden, Mont., where she grew up and attended school. Betty married Owen Harness in 1934 at Rawlins.

They lived at Lance Creek where her husband worked for Marathon Oil Company. In 1959, they were transferred to Cody. Owen died in 1961.

Betty worked as a news correspondent for the Casper Star Tribune and as feature writer for several magazines, doing human interest stories and historical articles. After her writing career, she worked during the summer months at the Buffalo Bill Historical Center for 15 years. Her hobbies included painting, sewing and gardening.

Survivors incude a sister, Joanne Zent, and a brother, John Schreuder, both of Billings, Mont.; her niece, Judy Rhoads of Cody; and various other nieces and nephews outside of Wyoming.

She was preceded in death by her parents; two brothers, Everett Schreuder and Jake Schreuder; and four sisters, Anna Schreuder, Mary Brewer, Elsie Heidema and Frances Offt Johnston.

Graveside services will be Saturday, Nov. 1 at 10 a.m. at Riverside Cemetery, Cody.

October 30, 2008 3:00 am

Marion Louise Althoff

(Aug. 12, 1934 - Oct. 25, 2008)

Marion Louise Althoff, 74, died Saturday, Oct. 25 at West Park Hospital in Cody.

She was born to John Muller and Hazel Worden on Aug. 12, 1934, in Belfry, Mont. She was the third of 12 children.

Marion spent her life in the Big Horn Basin. She attended schools in Cody.

She married the love of her life, Glen A. Althoff of Powell, on Dec. 2, 1957, in Billings, Mont. Together they raised their three children in Powell. She spent many years working on their farm and at the Powell Nursing Home.

In 1978, she and youngest daughter, Tammy, attended floral design school in Portland, Ore., where she learned the skills of a trade she loved. Marion worked as a floral designer at Four Seasons Floral in Powell and KenMar Floral in Cody. In 1988, she and Glen opened Merry Glen Evergreens and Floral in Powell. Some of her best years were spent designing in her own flower shop. Her family will hold onto the memory that she could grow anything and make even the frailest of plants flourish. The coffee was always on at the shop, and she enjoyed all the company who stopped by to visit.

Marion truly had a green thumb, always having a large garden producing enough goods to last the winter. She canned much of what she grew, and there was always plenty to give away to friends and family. She loved to thank people by giving them a sack full of fresh vegetables.

Marion enjoyed quilting, crocheting and playing cards. In her earlier years, she loved playing softball and hunting.

She often recalled the time she chased down a large moose and got lost in the process.

Long drives up the North Fork and family picnics made her happy. Marion loved camping and fishing, especially with her grandchildren. Camp cooking was a specialty of hers and there was always plenty to go around. Time spent in the mountains playing cribbage and pinochle was always a treat for her.

Marion loved to entertain. Holiday dinners always pleased a large crowd of family and friends. She enjoyed hosting deck and garage parties with enough food for the whole town and sometimes with live music courtesy of the Old Time Fiddlers. She looked forward to hosting the class of 1948 reunion breakfasts.

Marion was happiest in the kitchen, cooking and baking. Anyone stopping by was greeted with a smile and a “Are you hungry?' She volunteered her excellent culinary skills to the Eagles Lodge, cooking Wednesday night family dinners one or two months out of the year. She and sister Evelyn baked homemade pies for the Eagles' Park County Fair booth for many years.

Marion was also active in the O'Donnell Club, always involved in the cooking and planning of events. She enjoyed watching old spaghetti western movies and listening to country western music.

She is survived by her husband of nearly 51 years, Glen Althoff of Powell; son, Fred “Joe” (Sharon) Althoff of Farmington, N.M.; and daughters, Deb (John) VanValin of Powell and Tammy (David) Karmann of Hernando, Miss. Surviving sisters are Evelyn (Don) Hicks of Cody, Merle (Dale) Holtheuse of Billings, and Judy Daugherty of Idaho, and surviving brothers are Clifton (Eddie) Muller of Kirby, Jack and Leonard Muller, both of Deaver, Dale (Janice) Muller of Ekalaka, Mont., and Gary Muller of Wyoming. Survivors include six grandchildren, seven great-grandchildren and many nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her parents; sisters, Lillian Humes, Peggy Pace and June Niesses; and granddaughter Kalcie Karmann.

Memorial services celebrating her life were held Wednesday, Oct. 29 at the Eagles Lodge in Powell. Honorary pallbearers were her grandchildren, JoAmy Hodges, Nicole Notestine, Andy Althoff, Corey Karmann, Travis Dusenberry and Amanda Jeide. Cremation has taken place. Thompson Funeral Home handled the arrangements.

October 30, 2008 3:00 am

Oliver Paul Kasinger

(July 29, 1913 - Oct. 26, 2008)

Funeral services will be Friday, Oct. 31 at 2 p.m. at Thompson Funeral Home for Oliver Paul Kasinger, who died Sunday, Oct. 26 at Powell Valley Care Center. He was 95.

He was born July 29, 1913, in Bee Creek, Ill., son of Oliver Kasinger and Etta (Nelson) Kasinger. He married Louise Retzer on Nov. 19, 1935, in Illinois. They moved to Wyoming to farm near Powell in February of 1946. His wife died Dec. 10, 2003.

He enjoyed fishing and working with horses.

Survivors include two sons, Don (Donna) Kasinger of Powell and Oregon and Dale (Billie) Kasinger of Powell; a daughter, Vicki Huxtable (Jim) of Dublin, Calif.; eight grandchildren and 14 great-grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his parents; his wife and seven brothers and sisters.

Visitation will be from 7 to 8:30 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 30 at the funeral home. Burial will be in Crown Hill Cemetery.

Pallbearers at the funeral will be Don Kasinger, Jr., Mark Kasinger, Levi Norris, Dalton Norris, Clint Kasinger and David Norris. Honorary pallbearers are Margo Gerner and Chris Norris.

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October 30, 2008 3:00 am

3A state champ

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The Powell High School Lady Panthers raced to a cross country state championship during the Class 3A state meet in Sheridan Saturday. Shown leaving the starting line are Desiree Murray (second from left), Alyssa Rodriguez, Emily Schwahn (hidden behind Rodriguez), Lauren Dunleavy, Jordan Bigelow, Skye Albert and McKenzie Danforth. For more on the Lady Panthers' championship effort see below. Tribune photo by David Dickey

Super search

While it will be months before swimmers dive into the new pool, the City of Powell is getting a jump start on hiring a superintendent to oversee the aquatic center.

The city will advertise the position until mid-November. City Administrator Zane Logan said the hope is to hire someone around Thanksgiving and have him or her start in December.

Though the pool isn't slated to be completed until January 2010, the superintendent has plenty of work to do before the opening day, Logan said.

Environmental assessment expected

Gas drilling inside the Shoshone National Forest most likely will begin in about six months.

Windsor Energy Group is seeking to drill an exploratory well, Federal 26-2, just inside the forest's boundary and roughly 7 miles northeast of Clark.

It would be the first well drilled in the Shoshone in decades.

The Forest's Wapiti District Ranger, Terry Root, told people gathered at a public meeting in Clark last week that the U.S. Forest Service has found no reason to reject Windsor's application.

October 28, 2008 3:43 am

Super 8 fire memories

Safety always is on Matt McCaslin's mind when he or his family stay at any motel.

“I pay closer attention to where the exits are and try to get rooms on the first floor,” he said on Monday, one year after the Super 8 Motel fire in Powell.

“That's been kind of a major change just for my whole family,” he said.

McCaslin, of the Powell Police Department, helped pull Jason Ascheman of Billings from the Super 8 Motel just in time to save his life as the motel burned during the early-morning hours of Oct. 27, 2007.

“I can still see Mr. Ascheman's face as we got him out of the motel,” he said.

October 28, 2008 3:39 am

Ladies First

PHS girls claim state title

In August, the new version of Powell High School opened its doors for its first-ever school year. Less than two months later, the Lady Panther cross country team became the first sports squad at the new venue to claim a state title.

The Lady Panthers placed five runners in the top 20 during the Class 3A state meet at the Sheridan V.A. Hospital grounds last Saturday. In the process, they dethroned 2007's state championship team — the Jackson Lady Broncs.

They also held off a host of other title contenders en route to their memorable performance.

Oddly enough, the Lady Panthers, a team loaded with competitors who were part of the 2006 state championship squad, were paced by a pair of newcomers — freshmen Desiree Murray and Alyssa Rodriguez. Murray finished Saturday as the fourth-fastest runner in a field consisting of more than 70 competitors with a time of 20:23.09, and Rodriguez placed seventh with a 21:05.66. By virtue of their top-10 finishes, Murray and Rodriguez both earned all-state honors.