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October 07, 2008 3:00 am

Paul Thomas Sironen

(Jan. 6, 1946 - Sept. 29, 2008)

Paul Thomas Sironen, 62, of Powell, died Monday, Sept. 29 at the Billings Clinic.

He was born in Billings, Mont., on Jan. 6, 1946, to Archie and Leola Sironen. He spent his childhood in Red Lodge, Mont., Elk Basin and Powell. He graduated from Powell High School in 1964 and earned a B.S degree in Psychology from the University of Wyoming.

Paul served in an Army artillery battalion in Vietnam from 1968 to 1970. He married Sue Edgar in Powell on July 11, 1970. Their daughter, Stephanie, was born in Powell in 1977.

Paul worked for Davis Audio Visual in Denver and later in Casper. He began his career as a Probation and Parole Officer for the State of Wyoming in 1971, starting in Casper and later transferring to Cody. In 1984, Paul and Sue opened Interlacings Fabric Shop in Cody.
In 1997, he began working for the Department of Family Services in child protection and juvenile probation. He retired from DFS in March, 2007. During the last year, Paul worked for M&S Technologies, selling computer security software.

When asked about his career, Paul would tell how rewarding it was for him to make a difference in the lives of the children, teens and families. He respected the kids whom he had on probation, encouraged them to take responsibility for their actions, and was always very proud of their successes.

Paul loved the Beartooth Mountains and Crandall area where he spent time hunting, fishing and camping with his family and friends. His grandson, Riley Martin Valentine, who was born April 13, 2008, always brought a smile to his face.

Paul is survived by his wife Sue of Powell; daughter, Stephanie (Dave) Valentine and grandson Riley Valentine of Laurel, Mont..; and brother, John (Susan) Sironen of Salem, Ore.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Archie and Leola Sironen.

A celebration of his life was observed Oct. 4 at Homesteader Park in Powell. Cremation has taken place.

October 07, 2008 3:00 am

Be polite ¬ó and obey the law

Powell people are, for the most part, a pretty polite bunch.

People say hello to each other in the grocery store, they wave to each other while driving down the street, and they know the neighbor kids by name.

However, good manners fail too many of us in one place — at crosswalks. All around town, Powell drivers can be spotted failing to yield to pedestrians — and bicyclists — waiting to cross the street.

It's not just impolite — it's against the law. Wyoming statute says that drivers must yield the right-of-way to pedestrians already in, or entering, a marked crosswalk.

According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, 4,827 pedestrians were killed in accidents in the U.S. in 2003. About 10 percent of them were children.

With our kids back in school — and many other people walking or biking to save gas — drivers must be vigilant in making sure our streets are safe for pedestrians and bikers.

The extra 20 or 30 seconds it takes to allow someone to safely cross the street doesn't take much time out of the day.

So slow down. Take a breath. Plus, you'll get bonus points for good manners.

April 01, 2002 4:51 am

Larry J. Bement

(May 14, 1941 - April 30, 2001)

Memorial services will be held in Deaver Friday, July 27 at 10 a.m. for a former resident, Larry J. Bement, 60, who died April 30 at Newport News, Va., of a brain tumor.

He was born May 14, 1941, in Missoula, Mont. He was 3 years old when his father died. When he was 11 years old, his mother married Harvey Homewood, and the family moved to the Homewood farm two miles north of Frannie.

Mr. Bement attended schools in Frannie and then graduated from Deaver High School in 1959 as the valedictorian of his class. He was active in band, playing the trombone, and in chorus. He was also on the football and basketball teams.
He then attended the University of Wyoming, graduating in 1963. He accepted employment with the National Aeronautics and Space Admininstration (NASA) in Virginia where he was working at the time of his death.

He loved to go camping and fishing and spent part of his vacation each year in the Sunlight area of northwest Wyoming.
Survivors include his wife, Joan Bement, of Newport News, Va.; a daughter, Cary Creal and husband Paul of Fort Hood, Texas; his mother, Ada Homewood of Frannie; an older brother, David Bement and wife Pat of Howe, Texas; a younger sister, Marie Spahn and husband Bill, of Pendleton, Ore.; six nieces and nephews; and eight great nieces and nephews.

April 30, 2001 4:49 am

Ronald V. Christensen

(Dec. 22, 1933 - April 22, 2001)

Ronald V. Christensen, 67, of Manzanita, Ore., died in an automobile accident Sunday, April 22 near Evanston, Wyo.
Ron, as everyone called him, was born in Cowley on Dec. 20, 1933, to Clyde Victor Christensen and Charlcie Elva Cooley.

He was a graduate of Cowley High School and the University of Wyoming with a degree in electrical engineering.
He married Margaret Rose Woolrich in Superior, Wyo., on September 2, 1956. To this union were born four children: Eric, Clyde, Lisa and Michael.

Mr. Christensen worked primarily in the paper industry for Zee, Crownzellerbaugh and Gaylord paper manufacturers. He managed paper mills and traveled extensively for these companies domestically and overseas.
He and his wife, Peggy, retired to Manzanita, Ore., and built a beautiful home on the ocean. He was a devoted husband, father, grandfather, son, brother, uncle and friend.

He enjoyed taking walks on the beach and playing on the computer with his grandchildren. He was a born teacher and loved to watch and help young people learn.

He was an avid sporstman who loved hunting with his sons and father in the mountains of his youth.
Survivors include his wife Peggy; three sons, Eric Christensen and wife Elizabeth of Farmington, Utah, Clyde Christensen and wife Julie of Boulder Creek Calif., and Michael Christensen of California; one daughter, Lisa Bumanlag and husband Michael of Stockton, Calif.; and five grandchildren. He is also survived by three sisters, Evelyn Frame and husband Tom of Frenchtown, Mont., Susannah Hansen and husband Gorden of Las Vegas, Nev., and Sherron Muller and husband Orin of Red Lodge, Mont.; and numerous nieces, nephews, aunts, uncles, cousins and friends.

He was preceded in death by his parents.

Services are pending in Manzanita, Ore.

April 22, 2001 4:48 am

Henry Manweiler

(March 20, 1915 - April 22, 2001)

Long-time Powell resident Henry Manweiler, 86, died Sunday, April 22 at the Powell Nursing Home.
He was born March 20, 1915, in Custer, Mont., to Andrew and Catherine (Schuntz) Manweiler. He attended schools in Belfry, Mont.

He had been a Wyoming resident for 63 years and had been a resident of the Powell Nursing Home for the last four years. He could be seen taking care of the flowers and pulling weeds on the nursing home grounds.

He enjoyed fishing, and in his younger years, he had been an avid hunter. He also enjoyed working in the garden and spending time with his family and friends.

Mr. Manweiler was a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, Powell Second Ward.
He is survived by his son, Norman Manweiler and wife Elaine of Powell; a daughter, Ruby Anderson and husband Bob of Powell; two brothers, Carl Manweiler and wife Eleanor of Laurel, Mont., and Bill Manweiler and wife Marie of Joliet, Mont.; four sisters, all of Billings, Mont., Molly Bechtold, Frieda Gilmore and husband Jack, Pauline Socorro and Lillian Scheafer; nine grandchildren and 11 great-grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his parents; his wife, Mae, in 1989; a brother, Alex Manweiler; and sisters Amelia Hideamal and Mary Neff.

In accordance with his wishes, no services are planned at this time. Cremation has taken place, with burial of cremains in the Byron Cemetery at a later date.

April 22, 2001 4:47 am

Thelma I. Harrison

(May 30, 1914 - April 22, 2001)

Memorial services are scheduled Thursday at 11 a.m. at Union Presbyterian Church in Powell for Thelma I. Harrison of Powell, who died Sunday morning, April 22 at
Deaconess Medical Center in Billings, Mont. She was 86.

The Rev. David Hunter will officiate at services.

Thelma Ingemathia Skogen was born on May 30, 1914, in the little house on the prairie in North Dakota, the first born of Theodore and Calma (Kelsven) Skogen.

She graduated from high school at Driscoll, N.D., in 1933 and from the Minnette School of Beauty at Fargo, N.D., in 1935.
She came to Powell in 1935 and was employed by a beauty shop in Cody. She returned to Powell in 1936 and worked at the Powder Puff Beauty Salon and also at some cafes to make a living. She took the first board of cosmetology given in the State of Wyoming and became a registered cosmetologist.

On Nov. 1, 1937, she married Ray Harrison, and they farmed south of Powell. Two sons were born to this union, Leon J., who died at the age of 10 from bulbar polio, and Jan Ray, still living in Powell.
Thelma was active in the community. A member of Union Presbyterian Church, she served as a deacon and two terms as elder. She was a contributor to the arts community.

She was also a member of P.E.O. Chapter P, served two terms on the Powell Hospital Board, was active in Project Leaders Club, and served as president of the Park County Extension Service and also as Northwest Regional Director.

Survivors include her son Jan and wife Janice of Powell; five granddaughters, Kim Lawson and husband Matt, Janell Dunning and Leslie Harrison, all of Powell, and Deena and Kellie Harrison, both of Seattle, Wash.; five great-grandchildren, five step-grandchildren and nine step-great-grandchildren. She is also survived by three sisters and a brother-in-law in North Dakota, a sister-in-law in Casper and many nieces and nephews.

Her husband Ray died April 30, 1990. She was also preceded in death by a sister and two brothers.

April 22, 2001 4:46 am

Jeannie Whitlock

(Sept. 5, 1938 - April 20, 2001)

Memorial services will be conducted Wednesday at 11 a.m. at Hope Lutheran Church in Powell for lifelong resident Jeannie Whitlock, 62, who died at her Powell home Friday, April 20 after a two-year bout with cancer.

Pastor Clyde Seifert will officiate at memorial services. Cremation has taken place.
She was born Jeannie Brandt on Sept. 5, 1938, in Powell, daughter of Russell and Betty Brandt. She attended Powell schools and graduated from Powell High School in 1958.

She married Leonard Whitlock in Powell on Dec. 31, 1960, and to this union, four children were born. Two sons and two daughters were raised in this community.

She was a homemaker and proud of her family. She was a member of Hope Lutheran Church and active with the quilters in the church.

She enjoyed horseback riding and gardening and loved to grow beautiful flowers. She was an avid sewer and quilter.Survivors include two sons, Russ Whitlock and his wife Diane of Powell and Tye Whitlock and his wife Jamie of Powell; two daughters, Becky Herd and husband Dane of Powell and Jodie Warchola and husband Terry of Alberta, Canada; her parents, Russell and Betty Brandt of Powell; a sister, Judy Bennett of Powell; and 14 grandchildren.

For those who wish, the family would appreciate memorial contributions for cancer research in care of Tye Whitlock, P.O. Box 981, Powell, WY 82435.

April 20, 2001 4:44 am

Raymond Earl Allen

(Jan. 7, 1944 - April 17, 2001)

Funeral services were held April 23 at the LDS Church in Powell for Raymond Earl Allen, 57, who died Tuesday, April 17 at the Powell Hospital.

He was born Jan. 7, 1944, in Cody to Bill Allen and Alberta Young.

He was a front-end alignment and brake specialist, as he made a name for himself in the automotive mechanic's industry.
He enjoyed fishing, hunting, camping and riding 4-wheelers.
His family said of him that he was a devoted dad, grandpa and son, who was happiest when surrounded by family and friends.

Survivors include four daughters and their husbands, Tania and Mark Kroswki in Texas, Tricia and Chet Clairmont in Colorado, Cindy and Steve Dorsey in Idaho and Shelley and Tom Koerner in Nebraska; his father, William Allen in Burlington; a brother, Patrick Frost in Casper; five sisters, Virginia Killman and husband Joe in Texas, Clara Davidson in Washington, Bertha Bentley and husband Gary in Washington, Edith Allen in Tennessee and Shirley Gutierrez and husband Richard in Wyoming; and six grandchildren, Matthew, Ashlie and Nicole Krowski and Chase, Zachary and Sydnee Clairmont.

He was preceded in death by his mother and brothers Billy Allen and Mike Allen.

Pallbearers at the funeral were Bob Langdon, Dave Hopper, Ray Counts, Ron Andersen, Babe Funke and Kenneth Cauffman. Honorary pallbearers were Lloyd Heimer and Loran Workman.

April 17, 2001 4:43 am

Gloria Christensen

(Jan. 14, 1934 - April 15, 2001)

Gloria Christensen, 67, wife, mother and grandmother, died Easter Sunday morning, April 15 at her home in Powell after a courageous battle with multiple sclerosis.

She was born Jan. 14, 1934, in Belle Fourche, S.D., to John and Hazel (Stennett) Case. She was graduated from Powell High School in 1952.

On Oct. 4, 1952, she married Donald L. Christensen. They made their home on a West Willwood farm where they raised three children.

Gloria worked at the Powell Hospital and Northwest Community College. She enjoyed gardening and raising beautiful flowers.

Survivors include her husband Don of Powell; her children, daughter Lori Lohrenz and husband Randy of Powell, son Scott Christensen and wife Becky of Powell and daughter Jodi Byrne and husband Shawn of Billings, Mont.; a brother, John Case of Lolo, Mont.; a step-sister, Alyce Beimer of Sagamore Beach, Mass.; and five grandchildren, who were among her greatest joys, Larissa, Robbi, Jami, Chad and Erika.

She was preceded in death by her parents. Cremation has taken place. Memorial services will be Wednesday at 10:30 a.m. at the Miratsky-Easton Funeral Chapel in Powell.

Memorial donations to the Multiple Sclerosis Society would be appreciated by the family.

April 15, 2001 4:42 am

Rose Griffin Doty

(April 1, 1899 - April 14, 2001)

Rose Griffin Doty died April 14, 13 days after celebrating her 102nd birthday.

Born April 1, 1899 in Burlington, Rose lived in three centuries.

She made her home in Byron from the time she was a year old.

She married and raised five children in Byron.

Rose was very active in the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and held many positions in the Byron Ward, including relief society president, serving in that position with three different bishops.

She was active in the VFW Auxiliary and in the Big Horn County Homemakers Club for many years.
She received the Quealy Award for Mother of the Year.

Her husband Joseph W. Doty died in 1961. In 1964 she served a mission for her church in the Atlanta, Ga., mission.
She was always looking for ways to serve and was very talented in knitting, crocheting, tatting, quilting and was an accomplished pianist. Music was a talent she passed on to her children and grandchildren. When her health failed, she was able to spend her winters in Sun City, Ariz., with her daughter Nola and her husband John Christoffersen; and spend summers in Cowley with daughter LeRose and husband Dee Peterson.
When age related problems became too severe for her to travel, she moved into the New Horizons Health Care Center in Lovell, where she resided until her death.

Survivors include J. Kenneth and Corinne Doty of Portland, Ore.; Allen and Yuqing Doty of Alpine; daughter-in-law Barbara Doty of Sun City, Ariz.; daughters Nola and LeRose; 24 grandchildren, 75 great grandchildren and seven great great grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her parents, husband, four brothers and son Oris.

Funeral services will be held Thursday at 10 a.m. in the Byron Ward Chapel. Visitation will be held at the Haskell Funeral Home in Lovell Wednesday evening from 7 to 9 p.m. and at the church one hour prior to the funeral services.
Burial will be in the Byron Cemetery.