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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.

April 14, 2001 4:40 am

Ethel Emma Wood

(Feb. 10, 1908 - April 12, 2001)

Funeral services were conducted Monday, April 16 afternoon at First United Methodist Church in Powell for a long-time resident of the Powell Valley, Ethel Emma Wood, 93, who died Thursday, April 12 at the Powell Nursing Home.
The Rev. Ron Kapalka officiated at services and burial in Crown Hill Cemetery.

For many years, she and her husband, Norman (Pete) Wood, farmed at the west edge of Powell, their lands later developed by stages into housing additions in the northwest section of town.
She was born Feb. 10, 1908, in Kiona, Wash., daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Tom Phillips. She started school in Washington, then in 1919 her parents moved to a wheat farm northwest of Billings, Mont. She was graduated from high school in Lavina, Mont., in 1926.

To pursue a career in teaching, she graduated from Valley State Teachers College in Valley City, N.D., and also attended school at the University of Minnesota and the University of Wyoming. She taught school briefly in Montana, then taught in the elementary grades in Deaver, Garland and Powell.

After her parents moved to a farm at Garland, she married Norman (Pete) Wood in her parents' home at Garland on June 21, 1935. They first farmed in the Garland area before moving to Powell's west end.

She was a member of the United Methodist Church. She enjoyed school children, who were always an inspiration to her.
She had a great love of nature, especially birds. She enjoyed mountain trips, hiking, fishing and horseback riding. When they were in their 70's, she and her husband climbed into the Clark's Fork Canyon to one of their favorite fishing spots.
She also loved square dancing and skiing. She was a long-time member of the East End Club at Garland.

Survivors include her husband Norman of Powell; and several nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her parents, two sisters and two brothers.

Pallbearers at the funeral were Tom Churchill, Ed Kleinfeldt, Darwin Franklin, Harry Wilson, Rick Worman and George Moore.

For those who wish, the family would appreciate memorial contributions to a charity of choice.

April 12, 2001 4:39 am

Robert Theodore Carlsen

(Aug. 4, 1923 - April 6, 2001)

Memorial services are scheduled Wednesday at 10:30 a.m. at the First United Methodist Church in Powell for Robert Theodore Carlsen, 77, who died Friday, April 6 at St. Vincent Hospital in Billings, Mont.

Pastor Ron Kapalka will officiate at services. Cremation has taken place.

Mr. Carlsen was born Aug. 4, 1923, in Chicago, Ill., to Robert T. and Sophie L. Carlsen. He grew up in Gurnee, Ill., and was graduated from Warren Township High School in 1942.

On Jan. 10, 1948, he married Evelyn C. Boysen in Libertyville, Ill. To this union were born five girls- Catherine Evelyn, Carol Ann, Sara Leah, Jean Marie and Roberta Kay.

Mr. Carlsen worked for International Harvester on the assembly line and later in Research and Development. He also farmed at the same time. He and his wife raised their children in Diamond Lake and later in Mundelein, Ill.
He loved to fish and would take the whole family to Canada, and later to Wyoming on fishing vacations. He was in love with the West. He and Evelyn retired to Powell in 1990.

He enjoyed reading about history, collecting stamps, fishing, hunting, playing cards, collecting cans and having coffee with friends. He was active with the Methodist Men's Group and took pride in selling the most tickets to the annual steak dinner. He enjoyed telling stories and drinking coffee with friends at Pepe's, and afterwards could be seen collecting cans at Homesteader Park along the highway. He taught his grandchildren how to fish, play solitaire and started them a stamp collection of their own.

Survivors include his wife Evelyn of Powell; daughter Catherine and husband Tom Meyer of Woodstock, Ill., and their children, Amanda and David; daughter Carol Carlsen of Vernon Hills, Ill.; daughter Sara and her husband Duane Miller of Powell and their children, Kara and Bert Beech, Lisa Miller and her daughter Julia Nicole and Michelle and Steve Clark; daughter Jean (Tina) and husband Glenn Cederquist of Antioch, Ill., and their children Laura and Jim; and daughter Roberta (Robbie) and husband Bruce Nemeth of Wayne, Ill., and their children Bobby and Ben. He is also survived by a sister, Lillian Van Dien, of California.

He was preceded in death by his parents; brother Arne Carlsen and brother Bernhardt Carlsen.

For those who wish, the family would appreciate memorial contributions to the First United Methodist Church stained glass project. A memorial service will also be held in Illinois for family and friends.

April 06, 2001 4:37 am

Lyle C. Slaght

(Nov. 18, 1920 - April 3, 2001)

Memorial services are scheduled Saturday at 3 p.m. at First Southern Baptist Church in Powell for Lyle C. Slaght, 80, who died at his Powell home on Tuesday, April 3.

Pastor Don Peel will officiate at services. Cremation has taken place.

Mr. Slaght was born Nov. 18, 1920, to Cornelius and Dora (Hutt) Slaght in Margie, Minn. On Jan. 11, 1945, he married Dolores Marion Shebelbon in Milwaukee, Wisc.

They lived in several locations during their 56 years together. He was a mechanical engineer, and that profession provided him with several opportunities to perfect construction of sawmill operations. They had lived in Powell for the last six months.
Survivors include his wife Dolores of Powell; two sons, Lyle E. Slaght and wife Sue of San Antonio, Texas, and Patrick G. Slaght of Powell; three daughters, Dora Lea Gordon of Sumner, Wash., Randette Burris of Anchorage, Alas., and Valerie Schaafsma and husband Antone Simon Buddy of Powell; 25 grandchildren and 11 great-grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his parents; 10 brothers and sisters; two sons, seven grandchildren and one great-grandchild.

April 03, 2001 4:36 am

Melvin J. Robison

(Dec. 6, 1920 - April 2, 2001)

Funeral services will be conducted Friday at 2 p.m. at the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in Powell for Melvin J. Robison, 80, who died Monday, April 2 at the Powell Nursing Home from cancer.

Mr. Robison was the former district manager for Montana-Dakota Utilities Co. in Powell.

He was born Dec. 6, 1920, in Byron to Joseph Ray and Lucy (Johnson) Robison. He grew up in Byron and attended school there, graduating from Byron High School in 1940.

He married Marguerite Cox on May 24, 1941, in Billings, Mont. To this union were born two children, Melvin Jay Robison and Mitchel Ray Robison. They lived in Byron for 31 years before moving to Powell in 1972 when he assumed the position of district manager for MDU. A welder by trade, he retired in 1985 after 36 years with MDU, the last 13 years as district manager.

Mr. Robison worked in the Byron Mercantile from 1939 to 1942. He joined the U.S. Air Force in 1942 and flew as a B-24 Liberator tail turret gunner with the 8th Air Force, 466th Bombardment Group in Europe in World War II. On Dec. 25, 1944, during his 15th air mission, Staff Sgt. Robison was seriously wounded during the Battle of the Bulge. He was awarded the Silver Star for gallantry in action, the Purple Heart and the Distinguished Flying Cross. He was honorably discharged in 1945.

He was an avid fisherman and hunter. He enjoyed camping and spent his winter months in Lake Havasu, Ariz., for the last 15 years.

He enjoyed camping with his son, Jay, and wife Sheri for the last 40 years straight at Crazy Creek Campground in the Beartooths. He also enjoyed traveling to Alaska to fish with his son, Mitch, and wife Pat where he caught a 76-pound king salmon.

At the age of 62, Mr. Robison qualified for his private pilot's license.

Prior to his retirement, he was involved in the Masonic Lodge, Shriners, Eastern Star, Powell Rotary, and was a member of the Powell Airport Board, Powell Planning and Zoning Commission, Byron School Board and the LDS Church.
Survivors include his wife Marge of Powell; son Jay and his wife Sheri of Billings, Mont., and son Mitch and his wife Pat of Anchorage, Alas.; two brothers, Solon Robison and wife Marjorie of Lovell and Joe Robison of Milton Freewater, Ore.; two sisters, Stella May of Lovell and Mamie Martin of Deaver; four grandchildren and one great-grandchild. He is also survived by half-brothers Charles Robison and wife Linda, Dale Robison and wife Nancy and half-sister Mary Harmon and husband Jerry, all of Lovell; and several nieces and nephews.

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

Visitation and viewing will be held one hour prior to the services Friday in the Relief Society Room. Burial will follow in Crown Hill Cemetery, with the Powell Veterans Honor Guard providing military honors.

For those who wish, the family would appreciate memorial contributions to the Valley Hospice, 777 Avenue H, Powell, WY 82435, in care of Douglas Sunderland, MSW.

April 02, 2001 4:33 am

Merced (Morrey) P. Gutierrez

(July 7, 1913 - April 1, 2001)

Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated Wednesday at 10 a.m. at St. Barbara's Catholic Church in Powell for Merced (Morrey) P. Gutierrez, 87, who died Sunday, April 1 at his Powell home.

Mr. Gutierrez was an employee of the City of Powell for over 30 years.

He was born July 7, 1913, in Salamanca, Mexico, son of Jose Castulo and Soccoro (Aza Pieto) Gutierrez.
He loved the outdoors and enjoyed hunting and fishing. He was a member of St. Barbara's Catholic Church.
Survivors include his wife Soledad of Powell; three sons and their wives, John R. Gutierrez and Rosalia of Gillette, Richard and Shirley of Rock Springs and Eugene and Kathy of Powell; two daughters and their husbands, Mary Cortez and Jose of Greenville, Texas, and Helen Aviles and Guadalupe of Mission, Texas; one brother, Manuel Gutierrez and wife Betty of Sacramento, Calif.; three sisters, Victoria Hernandez, Ramona Montoya and husband Albert and Guadalupe Gonzalez, all of Powell; a brother-in-law, Tomas Caro of Tacoma, Wash., 23 grandchildren and 33 great-grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by his parents; his first wife, Carmen; a son, Henry; a sister, Trinidad Caro; and two brothers-in-law, Jesus Hernandez and Trinidad Gonzaez.

Visitation will be held today (Tuesday) from 5:30 p.m. until the time of service at St. Barbara's Catholic Church.
Christian Wake services will be held at 7 p.m. this evening (Tuesday) at St. Barbara's, with Father Tom Ogg reciting. Burial on Wednesday will be in Crown Hill Cemetery.

Pallbearers will be Eugene P. Gutierrez, John R. Gutierrez, Morris G. Gutierrez, Richard Gutierrez, John W. Gutierrez and Jose S. Cortez. Honorary pallbearers will be Tomas Munoz and Jose Gomez.

April 01, 2001 8:38 am

Beuster fires no-hitter

Pioneers perfect 6-for-6 over weekend

Call it stating the obvious, but Powell coach Jeff Young is rather pleased with the performance of his pitching staff this past weekend. Pioneer hurlers tossed three shutouts, including a no-hitter by Jake Beuster on Sunday, to sweep six games against Gillette, Douglas and Sheridan.

“We had one bad inning the entire weekend,” said Young. “Our pitchers threw very well. Jake's no-hitter was excellent, but everyone we threw did a great job this weekend.”

Beuster allowed individual walks in the third, fourth and fifth innings, but never allowed a runner beyond second base in a 12-0 game-one victory over Sheridan on Sunday. Buester fanned eight batters over five innings to register the Pioneers' first no-hit performance of the summer.

Tyler Dahlgren doubled in a pair of runs to open the scoring for Powell in the second inning, providing the Pioneers with all the runs they would need. Beuster and Ty England each scored three runs in the win.

The Pioneers captured a 12-run victory in the nightcap as well, winning 14-2 at Sheridan. Josh Cragoe's bases-clearing double in the second inning helped Powell to build an 8-0 lead. Gianluca Giarrizzo was a perfect 3-for-3 with two runs driven in atop Powell's batting order.

Andrew Young allowed two fourth-inning runs to Sheridan, but was never threatened as Powell supported its pitcher with plenty of runs. Young struck out nine in the contest while allowing just six hits.

Powell opened its weekend at Gillette, earning wins of 10-0 and 17-4. Scotty Jameson took the victory in game one, allowing just three hits and three walks while fanning 10 in the five-inning contest.

“We threw our top two guys in that doubleheader in order to rest them up for Tuesday night,” said Young, referring to a conference doubleheader against Cody.

Dahlgren went 2-for-3 and drove home a pair of runs for Powell, which jumped out to a five-run lead in the top of the first and was never threatened. The Pioneers drilled Gillette pitching for 12 hits in the contest.

Game two saw Grant Geiser go 4-for-5 at the plate, including a second-inning home run, to finish with three runs scored and five RBI. Auston Carter and Jake Beuster each were a perfect 4-for-4 at the bottom of Powell's batting order as the team hammered 21 hits.

Powell led 17-1 before Gillette scored three runs in the fifth. Geiser took the win on the mound, allowing six hits and three walks while fanning seven.

The Post 26 team continued its weekend with a 10-7, 8-0 sweep of Douglas on Saturday.

Douglas grabbed a 7-1 lead in the second inning of game one, thanks in part to a trio of Powell errors in the frame. The Pioneers gradually rallied to tie the game in the sixth before plating three runs in the seventh for the win.

After the scare in Saturday's opener, the Pioneers wasted little time in removing any drama from Friday's game.

Dahlgren was in command on the mound from basically the opening pitch, allowing just two Douglas hits as he carried a no-hit bid of his own into the sixth inning. Dahlgren struck out eight in the victory.

Only three of Powell's eight runs in the game were earned as Douglas pitching struggled to find the plate.

The weekend sweep improves Powell to 19-9 overall. After three weeks away from home, the Pioneers will return to the confines of their home ballpark tonight (Tuesday) for a conference doubleheader against Cody. First pitch is scheduled for 5:30 p.m. in game one.