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July 19, 2001 10:04 am

Julia Ann Dart

(Sept. 21, 1936 - July 12, 2001)

Julia Ann Dart, 63, died Thursday, July 12 at the Powell Hospital from complications of a long illness with a liver disease.
She had been a resident of Powell since 1972 when she moved to the community following the tragic death of her husband, Bill Dart, in 1969 while the family was living in Alpine, Wyo.

She was born Sept. 21, 1936, in Duchesne, Utah, as the oldest of four children of Edward Kielbasa and Marie (Hadden) Kielbasa. At the age of 18, she married Bill Dart of Roosevelt, Utah. They had six children, three boys and three girls.
In Powell, she is remembered for having worked many years as the secretary for the LDS Institute. She also worked many years as a nurse's aide at the old Powell Nursing Home.
She is survived by her six children; 13 grandchildren; and one great-grandchild. Survivors also include her mother and two sisters.

Friends and acquaintances recall her ability to make people smile and laugh. Her quick wit and endless funny stories will be greatly missed, as will her generous and caring personality.

Cremation has taken place, and interment at the Deaver Cemetery will be announced at a later date. Haskell Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

July 12, 2001 10:03 am

Donald Laurence Sparks

(Jan. 25, 1936 - July 23, 2001)

A memorial service was conducted July 23 at the First Baptist Church in Basin for Donald Laurence Sparks, 65, who died July 10 at his home in La Verkin, Utah.

Mr. Sparks was the father of Dona Lynn Becker of Powell.

He was born Jan. 25, 1936, in Worland, son of Evelyn (Ingalls) and Johnny Sparks. He attended school in Worland briefly, and then in Greybull as the family moved to the Otto/Burlington area.

At age 17, he joined the U.S. Marines and served from 1953 to 1961. Returning from his stint in Korea, as sergeant, he was stationed at Camp Lejeune, N.C., where he became a heavy equipment operator.

After his discharge, he worked in Riverton and Basin for Gordon Sykes Construction for several years.

In 1961, he married Sally Ann Butler, and they had two children, whom they raised in Basin.
He farmed in the Burlington/Otto area before buying Minter Auto Supply in Greybull. The name changed to Sparks Auto Supply and was later sold. He was part owner of the Tri-Pak Construction and was also a locksmith in the Basin/Greybull area.

In 1989, he married Joyce Farris. Later they moved to La Verkin where he was a supervisor for the St. George Welding Co. at the time of his death.

Survivors include his wife in Utah; one daughter, Dona Lynn Becker and husband Bob of Powell; one son, Grant Sparks of Riverton; his mother, Evelyn Sparks, of Basin; one brother, Wayne Sparks and wife Carol of Basin; one sister, Loralee Clause and husband Larry of Las Vegas, Nev.; and two granddaughters, Cassaundra Lynn and Samantha Becker, both of Powell; a nephew, Rick Spraks of Basin and his wife Marie; and numerous other nieces and nephews.
Cremation has taken place. Memorials may be made to the Security State Bank in Basin for the American Heart Association.

July 23, 2001 10:01 am

Charles Henry Frey, Jr.

(April 21, 1928 - July 10, 2001)

Powell resident Charles Henry Frey, Jr., died Tuesday, July 10 at the Powell Hospital. He was 73.

Mr. Frey was born April 21, 1928, in Malta, Mont., to Charles and Lola (Anderson) Frey.

He moved to Powell in 1989 to be near his sister when he retired as a machinist in California.
Survivors include his wife, Flora, their son, Karl and his wife Lydia, and granddaughter Kristine, all of Azusa, Calif.; his sister and her husband, Joyce and Jim Stewart of Powell; and a brother, Gail, in Bozeman, Mont.

He was preceded in death by his parents and a brother, Don.

Cremation has taken place, and a memorial service will be held at a later date. Ballard Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

July 10, 2001 9:59 am

Florence Richeson Asay

(April 26, 1916 - July 9, 2001)

Funeral services will be conducted Friday, July 20 at 4 p.m. at the Byron LDS Ward Chapel for Florence Richeson Asay, 85, who died Monday, July 9 in Idaho Falls, Idaho.

The former Byron resident was born April 26, 1916, in Logan, Utah, to Travy Green and Eva Ballard Richeson. She earned a nursing degree in 1938 from the LDS School of Nursing in Idaho Falls. "Richie," as she was known in nurses training, and her classmate, Elsie Rigby, moved to Lovell to work for Dr. Edward Croft in his hospital. She met and later married Herbert Clifton (Clif) Asay on July 16, 1940, in the Logan, Utah Temple.

Richie, or "Asay" as she became known in Byron, worked in hospital and school nursing either full or part-time until retiring at age 65. She willingly responded to friends and neighbors who called upon her skills for emergency response, home care services or special duty nursing in a hospital. She assisted many in the Big Horn Basin at times of birth, death, illnesses or injury.

After her retirement, she and her husband enjoyed their extended trips to do temple work in Idaho Falls and short visits with their children and grandchildren until his death in September of 1985.
Survivors include nine children; 33 grandchildren and 22 great-grandchildren; and a half brother, Roy Richeson of Salt Lake City.

Visitation will be held one hour prior to Friday services. Haskell Funeral Home is in charge.

July 09, 2001 9:58 am

Lindy Charles McPherson

(Aug. 19, 1927 - July 8, 2001)

Memorial services will be held Wednesday at 2 p.m. at First United Methodist Church in Casper for Lindy Charles McPherson, formerly of Powell, who died Sunday, July 8 from complications of diabetes. He was 73.

He was born Aug. 19, 1927, to John Emery and Bessie Shepherd McPherson in Leavenworth, Kans. He attended Powell schools and was graduated from Powell High School in 1947.

He married Patricia Keller on June 17, 1950, in Billings, Mont. He worked for Oilwell Supply for 33 years.
He coached Little League Baseball in Powell and is Past Exalted Ruler of the Powell Elks Lodge and a lifetime member of Elks. He enjoyed playing softball, bowling, camping and spending time with his family and friends.
Survivors include the true love of his life for 51 years, Pat McPherson; two sons, Mike McPherson and wife Vicky of Yakima, Wash., and W.A. Jerry McPherson and wife Bonnie of Casper; one daughter, Kelly Muecke and husband Cy of Powell; 11 grandchildren and one great-grandchild.

He was preceded in death by a daughter, Linda Fitch King; a sister, Margaret Gimmeson; and a brother, Joe McPherson.

For those who wish, the family would appreciate memorials to the Diabetes Association or the charity of choice.
Cremation has taken place.

July 08, 2001 9:57 am

Jacqueline (Jackie) Winscott

Funeral services were Wednesday in Kimball, Nebr., for a former Powell resident, Jacqueline (Jackie) Winscott, 82, of Kimball.

She died Saturday, July 7 in the Nebraska city.

Her husband, the Rev. J.D. Winscott, began a ministry for the Assembly of God Church in Meeteetse in the mid 1940s, and they lived in various places in Wyoming and Montana during their years in the ministry. She was a constant help and support in his ministry, often playing piano for church services.
During years in Powell, she worked as secretary-bookkeeper for the Castberg Agency, real estate and insurance, and for the Willwood Irrigation District.

They moved to Kimball in 1975 where they served the Assembly of God Church for two years before retirement.
Survivors include her husband, J.D. Winscott of Kimball; one son, James D. Winscott of Tacoma, Wash.; three daughters, Barbara S. Schoonover and her husband Richard of Springfield, Mo., Patricia A. Vandiver and her husband Ken of Kimball and Donna Groskopf and her husband Dave of Camano Island, Wash.; and six grandchildren.

July 07, 2001 9:56 am

Warren Lewis Johnson

(Dec. 14, 1921 - July 6, 2001)

Warren Lewis Johnson died Friday, July 6 at West Park Hospital in Cody.

He was born Dec. 14, 1921, in Powell and spent his childhood in the Red Lodge and Pryor Mountain areas of Montana where he attended Piney Creek School. Later, he went to high school in Powell.

He joined the U.S. Army Air Force in 1942 and served in World War II until late 1945. After his military service, he ranched for a while in the Pryor area and then worked for the University of Wyoming Agricultural Substation in Powell. In 1952, he became an inspector of weights and measures for the State of Wyoming, and in 1959, he went into ranching on the South Fork. In 1970, he moved his family into Cody and shortly after, he went to work for Husky Oil Company where he stayed until his retirement.

He was an avid outdoorsman and finish woodworker and loved a rousing game of pinochle. He thoroughly enjoyed his family and having his family around him.

Survivors include his wife of 50 years, Roberta; four children, Larry Johnson and wife Iny of Buckeye, Ariz., Connie Zierke and husband Jerry of Cody, Lance Johnson of Cody and Pride Johnson and wife Marie of Buffalo; four grandchildren and one great-grandchild.

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

July 06, 2001 9:55 am

Catherine Elizabeth Owens

(March 25, 1922 - July 6, 2001)

Graveside services will be conducted today (Tuesday) at 10 a.m. at Crown Hill Cemetery for Powell resident Catherine Elizabeth Owens, 79, who died Friday evening, July 6 at the Powell Nursing Home.

She was born March 25, 1922, to Elbert and G. Maud (Duncan) Owens in Powell. She attended Powell schools and was graduated from Powell High School.

She worked as a secretary for Oil Field Supply Co. until her retirement.

Survivors include a sister, Maxine Rockhold, of Green River; nieces and nephews, Alayne Jones and husband Alan and Jim Coorough and wife Theresa, both of Powell, Clifford Rockhold and wife Jackie of Green River, Sharon Harrison and husband Dale of Albuquerque, N.M., and Linda Black and husband Kent of Houston, Texas.

The Rev. David Hunter will officiate at graveside services, with arrangements by Miratsky-Easton Funeral Home.

July 06, 2001 9:53 am

Donnie (Don) Gene Creed

(Nov. 21, 1932 - July 5, 2001)

Funeral services were conducted Monday at First Baptist Church in Powell for Donnie (Don) Gene Creed, 68, who died at his Deaver home Thursday, July 5 after a long combination illness of Shy-Drager Syndrome, Parkinson Disease and cancer.
A second funeral service will be held at Franks Funeral Home in Wellington, Kans., Wednesday. Burial will follow in South Haven, Kans.

He was born Nov. 21, 1932, in Conway Springs, Kans., the fifth of seven children of Elmer E. and Helen L. (Clum) Creed. He grew up helping his father on the family farm.

He married Dorothy (Dot) Rayle Nov. 25, 1954, in Wellington, Kans. They moved to Red Feather Lakes, Colo., in 1959 and ran their own service station/garage business until 1969. He then returned to farm/ranch work.
They moved to Powell in 1976, where he worked for Burchell Hopkin. In 1984, they moved to Deaver.
Survivors include his wife, Dot; one daughter, Diana Ballinger and husband Pat of Deaver; three foster daughters, Lonnie Wambeke of Lubbock, Texas, Cheryl Ann Thomas of Wellington, Colo., and Sherree Porter of Sterling, Colo.; two sons, Dannie G. Creed of Rawlins and Dustin G. Creed of Powell; one sister, Mildred L. Calkins and husband Jack of Escondido, Calif.; three brothers, Willis D. Creed and wife Lois of Windom, Kans., Farris L. Creed and wife Pam of Olathe, Kasn., and Darrell R. Creed of Orange, Calif.; two sisters-in-law, Norma Creed of Forestburg, Texas, and June Creed of Mulvane, Kans.; seven grandchildren, eight foster grandchildren, 11 great-grandchildren and five foster great-grandchildren; and many nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by one daughter, Dona June Creed; one foster daughter, Cynthia Ruth Shurtz; his parents and two brothers, Robert E. and Merle L. Creed.

The family would appreciate memorials for research on the Shy-Drager Syndrome, in care of Vanderbilt Shy-Drager Research Fund, Vanderbilt University Medical Center, AA-3228 Medical Center North, Nashville, TN 37232.
Miratsky-Easton Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

July 05, 2001 9:52 am

Harvey Willis, Sr.

(March 7, 1922 - July 2, 2001)

Funeral services were Friday at Miratsky-Easton Funeral Home for Harvey Willis, Sr., 79, who died Monday, July 2 at the Powell Hospital.

Mr. Willis was born March 7, 1922, in Watts, Okla., to Joseph F. and Maggie (Gravitt) Willis. He married Mary Fern Wadsworth in Kimball, Nebr., in 1942.

He was a veteran of WW II, receiving the Silver Star, Bronze Star and Purple Heart in the European campaign. He owned and operated service stations in Red Lodge and Laurel, Mont. He farmed for several years in Red Lodge, Clark, Burlington and Powell, retiring in 1988.

Survivors include his wife of 59 years, Mary, of the family home in Powell; two daughters, Barbara Wegner and husband Dennis and Betty Skalsky and husband Alan, both of Powell; two sons, Harvey Willis Jr. of Powell and John Willis and wife Leslie of Elko, Nev.; 16 grandchildren and 14 great-grandchildren.

The family is comforted by the memory of a wonderful, father, grandfather and friend. Burial was in Crown Hill Cemetery with the Powell Veterans Honor Guard providing military honors. Memorials may be made to the Rocky Mountain Cancer Treatment Center in Billings, Mont.