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March 13, 2007 4:00 am

LaVern E. Johnson

Written by Tribune Staff

(Oct. 5, 1929 - March 15, 2007)

Funeral services will be held at 10 a.m., Thursday, March 15, at First United Methodist Church, for LaVern E. Johnson, of Powell, who died Saturday, March 10, at West Park Hospital, after a long battle with cancer. He was 77.

He was born Oct. 5, 1929, in Central City, Nebr., to Viola (Christiansen) and Albert E. Johnson. He moved to Powell with his parents at age 5 when they purchased a homestead. He attended high school in Powell, graduating with the class of 1947. He married Ruth Lovercheck on Dec. 24, 1948, in Red Lodge, Mont., and they began their life together farming on the Willwood. To this union were born four sons. He was a member of the Methodist Church.

LaVern was a "self-employed farmer," and enjoyed spending time with his "grandkids." He was a hunter and a painter.
He is survived by his wife Ruth; sons Mike (Liz), Ben (Jenna), and Gary (Deloris), all of Powell; and Curt (Lynn), of Everywhere, USA; two brothers, Junior (Opal) of Washington, and Kenny (Ann) of Nebraska; 12 grandchildren and 11 great-grandchildren, soon to be 13. He was preceded in death by his parents.

Memorials may be made to the American Cancer Society, the Methodist Church, or charity of choice.

Thompson Funeral Home is helping with arrangements.

March 15, 2007 3:58 am

Lucille Gimmeson Crane

Written by Tribune Staff

(Dec. 9, 1917 - March 9, 2007)

Lucille Gimmeson Crane, 90, died Friday, March 9, at the Prestige Assisted Living Center in Sierra Vista, Ariz.

She was born Dec. 9, 1917, in Fairfield, Ill. She grew up in Powell and graduated from high school in 1935. She attended business college in Billings for a year, then worked for Marshall Wells Company until moving to Great Falls, Mont., in 1951. She then worked for Culligan Water Conditioning in 1964, and retired from them in 1993.

Lucille married the love of her life, Charlie Crane on Nov. 22, 1939. To this union were born two children, Michael and Shonnie. Lucille belonged to the First Presbyterian Church and the Rainbow Garden Club.
She is survived by her son Mike (Tae) Crane of Sierra Vista, Ariz.; grandson Michael of Atlanta, Ga.; sister Mary Alice deHaan, and sister-in-law Colette Gimmeson, both of Powell; brother Gene of Casper, and son-in-law Rod Rothrock of Huachuca City, Ariz.

She was preceded in death by her parents, husband, Charlie, daughter Shonnie Crane Rothrock and brothers Willard, Merl and Bill Gimmeson.

Memorial services were held on March 23 at Highland Cemetery in Great Falls. Arrangements were handled by Hatfield Funeral Home in Sierra Vista, Ariz.

March 09, 2007 3:55 am

Margaret LaDean Broderick

Written by Tribune Staff

(Sept. 8, 1921 - March 8, 2007)

Margaret LaDean Broderick, of Powell died Thursday, March 8, at Powell Valley Hospital. She was 85.

She was born Sept. 8, 1921, in Douglas, a daughter of Irene (Schultz) and Henry P. Heasler. She attended school in Powell, and after attending college, she found employment in California. Margaret met her husband, Robert, in Wyoming, where he was visiting relatives.

Margaret and Robert Broderick were married Aug. 7, 1965 in Whiting, Ind. They began their married life in Whiting, where Robert was a school administrator and she was a homemaker. After Robert's retirement, they moved to Powell to be near extended family. Margaret's mother, Irene, owned and operated a small craft, yarn and antique shop in Powell.

She was preceded in death by her parents and her husband, Robert.

Funeral services will be held Wednesday, March 14, at Thompson Funeral Home with burial at Crown Hill Cemetery.
Memorial remembrances may be sent to the Heasler Nursing Scholarship Fund, Northwest College Foundation, 231 W. 6th St., Powell.

Thompson Funeral Home is handling arrangements.

March 08, 2007 3:54 am

Margaret Burke

Written by Tribune Staff

(March 26, 1911 - March 7, 2007)

Longtime Garland resident Margaret Burke, 95, died peacefully in her sleep in her home in Joliet, Mont., on Wednesday, March 7.

She was known by many Powell-area residents as the “Garland egg lady.”

She was born Margaret Schloss on March 26, 1911, in Douglas, Wyo., the youngest of a largepioneerfamily.
Margaretmarried Richard (Dick) Burke on Oct. 15, 1930, and homesteaded by his side for several years in the Douglas area. During that time, they welcomed two daughters, Jean and Helen. Later they moved to Oregon, and a third daughter, Peggy, was born. During World War II, Margaret carried the mail between the small Oregon towns of Warrenton and Fort Stevens, which was still a military base at the time.

Later, the family moved to Juneau, Alaska, for a five-year stay; then returned to Wyoming in 1958. They made their home in the Garland area for the next 48 years. For nearly five decades,Margaret sold eggs from their house on the Garland highway. After the death of her husband in 1996, she moved to Joliet to be close to her daughter Helen. She lived her last 10 years there in her own home, delighting in the same passions she hadenjoyed since childhood – raising chickens, caring for her flowersand mowing her lawn. Margaret was a great animal lover and always had cats, a dog and for many years in Garland, a horse.

Granddaughter Deb Vickersand her husband, Larry, lived with Margaret the past few years to help care for her and Helen, who lived next door.Granddaughter Kathy Evans of Bozeman, Mont., also remained close to Margaret, supplying care and support, especially during her final year.

Margaretis survived by her three daughters, Jean McConnell of Camp Verde, Ariz.; Helen Salveson of Joliet; and Peggy (Bill) McCoy of Tacoma, Wash; eight grandchildren, inlcuding Dan (Jeane) Pearl of Powell; 15 great-grandchildren and three great-great grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her husband and one grandson.No services were planned

March 07, 2007 3:53 am

Paul P. Voss

Written by Tribune Staff

(Feb. 20, 1921 - March 5, 2007)

Paul P. Voss, 86, of Worland died at Worland Healthcare & Rehabilitation Center on Monday, March 5, following a short illness.

Paul was born on Feb. 20, 1921 in Worland, a son of Otto P. & Mary E. (Youngman) Voss.He attended school in Manderson. When he was 14, his father passed away and Paul took over the family farm operations with his mother.
He married Vesta M. Chenoweth on Jan. 1, 1943 in Worland.In 1965, Paul and Vesta sold the farm and moved to Virginia for a short time. They relocated to Phoenix, where he worked as a tractor mechanic for Allis Chalmers.They then moved to Powell, where he continued working as a mechanic on tractors until he retired in 1989.Paul and Vesta then came back to Worland where they have resided until the time of his death.

Paul enjoyed tinkering and building model tractors and farm machinery.

He was preceded in death by his parents; one brother, Roy Allen; and one sister, Elsie.

He is survived by his wife, Vesta, of Worland; son, Rolland and (Cindy)Voss of Worland; daughters Linda & (Howard)Franzen of Powell; Paula Lewis of Sun City, Ariz.; and Trinna Voss of Peoria, Ariz.; sisters Helen Davis of Maine; Josephine Prill of Warrensburg, Mo.; and Edith Dellos of Worland; grandchildren Colleen Franklin, Brian Voss, Rhonda Molzahn and Terrie Yule; great-grandchildren Cody, Tucker, Christopher, McCoy, Logan, Elizabeth, Luke and Carley.
Memorial services will be held at a later date.

Memorial donations may be made to the Worland Boys & Girls Club in care of Bryant Funeral Home, P.O. Box 524 Worland, WY 82401.

March 05, 2007 3:51 am

Bob Reinhardt

Written by Tribune Staff

(Aug. 12, 1936 - March 27, 2006)

Graveside services will be held Saturday, June 24 at 11 a.m. at the Deaver Cemetery for Robert (Bob) Reinhardt, 69, who died in Arizona in March.

He was born Aug. 12, 1936, to Alec and Opal Reinhardt. On June 6, 1959, he married Sharon Bean, and they made their home in Wickenburg, Ariz. He died at his home on March 27, 2006.

Survivors include his wife; two sons; three grandsons, Tom, Alec and Christ, and one granddaughter, Samantha Nicholle. He was preceded in death by his parents and a sister, Alene Lohrenz.

Bob retired from the Bureau of Reclamation in 1994 after 30 years of service.

He loved trap shooting and four wheeling and was an avid fisherman and hunter.

A dinner will be held following the service at Dick and Karene Wagner's home, 57 Ln 7W, Deaver, one-half mile east of the Deaver Reservoir. Meat, rolls and dessert will be served,. Carry-in dishes will be welcomed.

March 27, 2006 3:49 am

Lois F. Stogner

Written by Tribune Staff

Lois F. Stogner, 71, died at West Park Hospital in Cody on Friday, March 31, 2006.

Memorial services will be Tuesday, April 4, at 7 p.m. at Cody Assembly of God Church.

Ballard Funeral Home is handling arrangements.

March 31, 2006 3:48 am

Ruth I. Ross

Written by Tribune Staff

(Sept. 20, 1927 - March 29, 2006)

Ruth I. Ross of Powell died March 29, 2006, at St. Vincent Healthcare in Billings.
She was 78.

She was born Sept. 20, 1927, in Fredonia, Kan., to Thomas Howard and Dorothy (Mooney) Davis. She attended high school in Casper.

She married Kenneth C. Ross on June 11, 1947, in Billings, and the couple lived most of their married life in Powell, where she worked as a housewife, mother and nurses aid at the Powell nursing home.
In her early years, she enjoyed camping with her family and friends and loved caring for the elderly at the nursing home, where she worked for 16 years. She enjoyed her home and life with her husband, feeding the yard birds and cross-stitching for her children and grandchildren. In her later years, she also kept herself busy with her home and family, especially husband Kenneth, whom she adored.

She is survived by a son, James Ross of Powell; a daughter, Judy (Riley) Norris; two granddaughters, Julie (Eric) Johnson and Cindy (Robert) Ibarra; two step-grandsons, Scott (Cindy) Norris and Dave (Chris) Norris; and eight great-grandchildren, Katherine Johnson, Tia LeeAnn Ibarra, Amanda, Shaundra, Scotty and Cassie Norris and Levi and Dalton Norris.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Kenneth C. Ross; mother, Dorothy Robinson and sister, Myrna Lu Handy.
Funeral services were Monday, April 3 at the Seventh Day Adventist Church in Powell, with Pastor Dan Binder officiating. Organist was Judy Showalter and vocalist was Carolyn Kost. Pallbearers were Jim Ross, Bob Bessler, Robert Ibarra, Scot Norris and David Norris. Honorary pallbearers were Riley Norris and Ray Linton.

Burial followed in Crown Hill Cemetery. Arrangements were handled by Thompson Funeral Home.

Memorials may be sent to the Rocky Mountain Cancer Center in Billings.

March 29, 2006 3:47 am

Raymond C. Garcia

Written by Tribune Staff

(Aug. 24, 1962 - March 29, 2006)

Raymond C. Garcia of Cody died March 29, 2006, in Powell.
He was 43.

He was born Aug. 24, 1962, in Powell to Pete and Hope (Villegas) Garcia.
He attended high school and was employed as a mechanic and welder.
He enjoyed fishing with his nephews and spending time with friends and family. He was a member of St. Barbara's Catholic Church.

He is survived by his parents, Pete and Hope Garcia of Powell; girlfriend, Mandy Steggal of Cody; three sons, Nick and Matt Garcia and Troy Joiner; two daughters, Jade and Courtney Garcia; and two sisters, Jane (Michael) Showalter and Delia Lackey.

He was preceded in death by a brother, Pete; his grandparents; and several aunts and uncles.
Funeral services were Saturday, April 1, at St. Barbara's Church with Father Pete Johnson presiding. Burial followed at Crown Hill Cemetery.

Pallbearers were Tom Munoz III, Art Munoz, Roland Munoz, Jason Showalter, Danny Showalter, Troy Joiner and Matthew Roby. Honorary pallbearers were Tyler Showalter, Andrew Rosenberger, Josh Rosenberger and Nick Garcia.

Thompson Funeral Home handled arrangements.

March 29, 2006 3:45 am

David R. Cozzens

Written by Tribune Staff

(Aug. 1, 1921 - March 20, 2006)

David R. Cozzens died Monday, March 20, 2006, in North Big Horn Hospital in Lovell after years of poor health.
He was 84.

He was born Aug. 1, 1921, in Byron to Matt and Marybelle (Robison) Cozzens, the next to the youngest of 10 children. His parents and grandparents on both sides were pioneers sent to the Big Horn Basin in 1900 to settle.
He attended schools in Byron and was inducted into the Army in 1942. After 18 months, he left the Army as a tech sergeant with an honorable medical discharge. He returned to the Big Horn Basin, where he drove truck and worked for Nicholls & Lewis and Lovell Clay Products for many years and after retirement, he was a watchman for Great Western. He was known as a horseman, as he owned horses most of his life, and as an expert handler. He was also known for his stories and sense of humor. He was a keen observer of people and had an impeccable memory of folks and events.
Dave and his wife of 60 years, Frankie, lived most of their life together in Cowley. They raised three children, David, Leslie and Andrea. David's daughter, Lindsay, and Leslie's daughter, Jensen, brightened his life with their companionship and accomplishments.

He was a resident of the New Horizons Care Center since January 2005. He enjoyed visits from friends and family and the care and camaraderie of the caregivers at the center. He was a lifelong member of the LDS church.
He is survived by his wife, Frankleen (Frankie); son, David (Donna) of Laramie; two daughters, Leslie (Steve) Davies of Rock Springs and Andrea of Cody; two granddaughters, Lindsay of New York and Jensen of New York; one sister, Avon Brown of Bakersfield, Calif.; two sisters-in-law, Bernice Cozzens of Powell and Dorothy Cozzens of Byron; and numerous nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by three infant children; his parents; four brothers, Solon, Fay, Lou and Myron; and four sisters, Zula, Lydia, Genevieve and Marybelle.

Funeral services were Saturday, March 25 at the Cowley LDS Church. Burial followed at the Byron Cemetery. Haskell Funeral Home in Lovell handled arrangements.