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April 05, 2008 8:23 am

Keith Whitney Scott

(April 21, 1949 - April 21, 2007)

After a short illness, Keith Scott died suddenly Saturday, April 21 at his Powell home on his 58th birthday.

He was born in Powell on April 21, 1949, son of Melvin and Jody Scott. He attended Powell schools and graduated from Powell High School in 1967. He attended Northwest College and graduated in 1969, then attended the University of Wyoming and Montana State University before returning to Powell to farm and raise cattle on Mantua Farms northeast of town.

The love of his life were his Shorthorn cattle. He enjoyed showing, selling and talking “good” cattle. He has been a director of the American Shorthorn Association and has attended and shown cattle at most major shows. He cherished and phoned often good friends in the industry all over the United States and abroad.

He was also a past director of the Deaver Irrigation District.

Survivors include his father, Melvin (Mary) Scott of Powell; sister, Kathy Scott of Portland, Ore.; brother, Steve (Marian) Scott of Powell; nephew, Zachary Scott-Singley of Tampa, Fla.; nieces, Ingrid Scott of Portland, Ore., Misty and Cassie Scott of Powell; and his dog, “Koda.”

The family is comforted in the belief that the Lord most have needed a “cattleman” to attend his Red, White and Roans.
A Keith Scott Memorial fund has been established at Shoshone First Bank in Powell.

Viewing will be Wednesday, April 25 from 7 to 8:30 p.m. at Thompson Funeral Home. Visitation at the funeral home will be from 10 to 10:45 a.m. Thursday, with funeral services set at 11 a.m. at the Union Presbyterian Church.

April 21, 2007 8:22 am

Jeffrey D. Bigelow

(Nov. 17, 1952 - April 20, 2007)

Jeff Bigelow, 54, died at his Cheyenne home Friday, Aprll 20.

He was born Nov. 17, 1952, in Lusk to Warren L. and Dorothy (Dottie) Bigelow.

Jeff graduated from Laramie High School in 1971. He enlisted in the U.S. Navy and served as a Radioman on a destroyer during the Vietnam conflict. He married his high school sweetheart, Cindy Pilnacek, in Laramie on Aug. 7, 1973.
He worked as a Union Pacific Railroad conductor for 32 years. He was a member of the United Transportation Union, BR &CF, Elks Lodge #660, and the American Legion Post 6. He coached youth soccer and baseball.

Jeff loved his family, cooking, sports and NASCAR. He also cherished hosting family gatherings.

Survivors include his wife, Cindy; daughter, Bonnie Clair and two sons, Kevin Robert and Ryan Jeffrey (Kim), all of Cheyenne; his mother, Dottie of Powell; three brothers and their wives, Jim and Becky and Jay and Debra of Cheyenne and Jerry and Robin of Encampment; his sister, Sandi Fulton and husband Phil of Powell; aunts, uncles, nieces and nephews.
His father, Warren L. Bigelow, and his grandparents, Del and Dorcas Bigelow, and Henry and Emma Ostiguy, preceded him in death.

A celebration of Jeff's life will be held Thursday, Aprll 26 at 11 a.m. at the First Presbyterian Church in Cheyenne. Cremation has taken place.

Donations to the Disabled American Veterans or the Davis Hospice Center, Cheyenne, would be appreciated by the family.

April 20, 2007 8:19 am

Clay Eugene Miller

(Oct. 28, 1941 - April 19, 2007)

Funeral services will be conducted today (Tuesday, April 24) at 10 a.m. at the LDS Church on Seventh Street for long-time Powell resident Clay Eugene Miller, 65, who died Thursday, April 19 at Powell Valley Hospital of an apparent heart attack. His loving wife, Dianne, was at his side.

Clay was born Oct. 28, 1941, to Carl and Gwendolyn Sessions Miller in Oakland, Calif. He attended school in Powell, graduating from Powell High School in 1959.

He farmed with his father as a young man, but Clay's entrepreneurial spirit manifested itself early when at age 15 he purchased his own swather and began contracting with local farmers to help with the harvest. After graduation, Clay worked for Mountain States Telephone Company until 1961 when he enlisted in the U.S. Army and was stationed in Germany with the 30th Medical Group providing communications.

He was honorably discharged, returned home and married Stanlee Jameson on April 16, 1965. This union was blessed with three sons, Chad, Darren, and Ryan. His children were the joy of his life, and he loved nothing more than supporting them and enjoyed their growth and successes.

Clay was a Master Electrician, and in 1977 he started Clay's Electrical Service (Prime Power and Communications) in Powell. Through his business he provided employment opportunities to many and electrical services to individuals, oil companies, and power companies throughout Wyoming and Montana. He had several other successful business ventures for which he was once named Entrepreneur of the Year by the Powell Valley Chamber of Commerce. Until his death, he served on the board of directors of both Garland Light and Power and Tri-State Generation and Transmission.
Clay was married and sealed to Dianne Grant Reel on June 24, 1989, in the Salt Lake Temple. Together they loved to travel, be outdoors, spend time with family, and attend sporting and other events for their grandchildren, sometimes traveling great distances to do so. His little Maltese dog, Billy, held a special place in his heart and went wherever Clay did. He loved camping, appreciated the beauties of nature, and he and Dianne were always up for a new adventure.

He was an active member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints. He served in various positions in the church over the years. Clay and Dianne particularly enjoyed their time spent in service at the Billings, Montana Temple. He taught his children and all who knew him the principles of generosity and service. He was always helping someone and was one of the most generous of men.

He is survived by his wife of 18 years, Dianne Grant Miller; his mother, Gwen Miller of Powell; sons, Chad (Amy) Miller of Fruit Heights, Utah, Darren (Kristan) Miller of Frisco, Texas, Ryan (Tiffany) Miller of Layton, Utah, and Brett (Janice) Reel of Claremore, Okla.; a daughter, Renee (Tony) Humphries of Powell; and 16 grandchildren. Also surviving are his siblings, Carleen (Dick) Kattenhorn of Lafayette, Colo., Rick (Dorothy) Miller of Littleton, Colo., Pearl (Keith) Lewis of Orem, Utah, and Myrna (Todd) Welch of Colorado Springs, Colo.

He was preceded in death by his father, Carl Eugene Miller, and granddaughter, Katelyn Ann Miller.

Burial will be in Crown Hill Cemetery in Powell. Haskell Funeral Home of Lovell is handling arrangements. Memorial contributions can be made to the Clay Miller Electrical Apprenticeship Scholarship at the Northwest College Foundation, 231 West Sixth Street, Powell, WY, 82435.

April 22, 2007 8:14 am

Wilma Rose Elder

(March 2, 1927 - April 20, 2007)

Wilma Rose Elder, 80, of Powell, died Friday, April 20, at St. Vincents Hospital in Billings.
She was born on March 2, 1927 in Warren, Mont., a daughter of Carl H. and Beatrice V. (Johnson) Hocken. She attended Powell High School and graduated in 1945.

She married Tracy H. (Pop) Elder on July 4, 1955, in Carson City, Nev. They lived in Powell where Wilma was a secretary at KPOW radio and at the Methodist Church. She was a member of the Methodist Church.

She is survived by sons Robert, Dennis (Betty), Danny (Janice); daughter Carroll (Gene) Wedel; brothers Dale (Stella) Hocken and Darrell (Linda) Hocken, sister Beatrice Lipps; six grandchildren and five great-grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by her parents, her husband Tracy, and her stepmother, Armeda Hocken.

Rev. Susan Adams-Trembath will officiate at services on Wednesday, April 25, 11 a.m. at the United Methodist Church. Pallbearers will be C.J. Cooper, Frank Winz, Barry Ward, Tyler Stovall, David Pease, and Clay Ward; honorary pallbearer will be Robert Sherman. Burial will be in Crown Hill Cemetery.

Memorials may be sent to the American Diabetes Association, PO Box 1131, Fairfax, VA 22038-1131.
Thompson Funeral Home assisted the family with arrangements.

April 20, 2007 8:13 am

Raymond Karlin

(Dec. 7, 1925 - April 14, 2007)

Ray Karlin, 81, died at his home in Powell on Saturday, April 14, following a long hard fight against mesothelioma, an asbestos cancer of the lungs.

Ray was born Dec. 7, 1925 near Beulah, N. D., the 10th and last child of Rosina (Weisenberger) and George Karlin. He graduated from Beulah High School in May, 1944, and promptly enlisted in the U.S. Navy in June of 1944. He served in the Pacific and was in Tokyo Bay when the peace documents were signed.
Following the military service, Ray returned to North Dakota to work a short time, then enrolled in Montana State College of Bozeman for one year. He then moved back to North Dakota and attended Minot State Teacher's College where he received his B.S. degree. His first teaching job was in Landa, N. D.

On June 2, 1953, he married Isabell Schwegman, who was a registered nurse employed at the hospital in Minot. To this union were born four children: Rose Marie, Kathryn Ann, Jean Louise, and Steven Ray.
Ray pursued his further degree of Education specialist at Utah State University in Logan, Utah. The Karlin family spent eight years in Regent, N. D., one year in Hamilton, Mont., and nine years in Meeteetse, where Ray was a superintendent of schools.

The tragic death of Jean Louise in 1964 from a devastating bout of croup at the age of 2 years and eight months left the family inconsolable. They found solace in a move to the McKenzie River Valley for the 1971-1972 school years.
The torrential rains that fell that winter made it a mandate to accept a position of assistant superintendent of schools in Powell at the request of Superintendent Neal Large. They remained in Powell until Ray's retirement in December of 1987. They wintered in Yuma, Ariz., until Isabell's death in early 1996, also a cancer victim.

Ray then married Betty Van Wagoner Johnson in May of 1997, and they enjoyed 10 years together, fishing, traveling, and spending time at the cabin on the North Fork.

He was preceded in death by his parents, four brothers, one sister, and a daughter, Jean Louise.

He is survived by his wife, Betty of Powell; two daughters, Rose Marie (Jerry) French of Powell, and Kathryn Ann (Dave) Crane of Arlington, Texas; one son, Steven Ray (Mary) Karlin of Garden City, Kans.; brothers, Rolland, Alt, and Andrew Karlin; and sister, Martha Donahue Portola of California; grandchildren; Adam and Elise Crane of Arlington, Texas; Zachary and Reagan Karlin of Garden City, Kans.; John French of Milwaukee Wisc,; Dan French of Sheridan; and Casey and Brittany French of Powell, as well as numerous nieces and nephews.

Rosary will be said on Wednesday, April 18, 7 p.m., at St. Barbara's Catholic Church. Funeral Mass will be celebrated Thursday April 19, 10 a.m., at St. Barbara's. Visitation will be one hour before the rosary on Wednesday night, and one hour before the Mass on Thursday.

Donations may be made to the Powell Medical Foundation and Powell Valley Healthcare Hospice. Thompson Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

April 14, 2007 8:10 am

Joshua J. Middleton

(April 30, 1988 - April 14, 2007)

Funeral services will be held today (Tuesday), April 17, at 1 p.m. at the LDS Church on Avenue E in Powell for Joshua Jack Middleton, 18, who died from injuries received from a motorcycle accident in Cody on Saturday, April 14. Bishop Daniel Bennion will officiate at services with interment at the Meeteetse Cemetery at 4 p.m. Pallbearers will be Kyle and Derek Cordes, Toby Bender, Rodney Miears, Erik Petersen and Eli Wambeke.

Joshua was born in Powell on April 30, 1988. He attended schools in Powell and graduated from Great Falls High School in Great Falls, Mont. He lived in Powell, where he worked in construction.

He loved riding his motorcycle and working on anything mechanical. He played football and wrestled for Great Falls High before graduation. His sense of humor endeared him to everyone he met. He loved his family and adored playing with all his cousins whenever he could.

He is survived by his parents, Benjamin Middleton of Powell, and Lori (Michael) Thunstrom of Fairview, Ore.; sister, Amanda Middleton of Spokane, Wash.; brother, Timothy Middleton of Powell; half-brother Zachary Middleton of Billings; step-brothers Jacob and Joseph Thunstrom of Great Falls; grandparents Charles (Ann) Lawler of Meeteetse; Ronald (Renee) Butts of Walker, Mich.; Ernest Middleton of Corning, Calif.; great-grandparents Lola Bing of Holland Mich., and Florence Butts of Grand Rapids, Mich.; several aunts, uncles, cousins, a great-aunt; his best friend, Toby Bender of Great Falls; and special friend, Kimberly Pruett of Powell.

He was preceded in death by his uncle Jack Middleton; great-uncle Charlie Young; his grandmother; great-grandparents, and friend, Ross Manning.

Donations may be made to The Joshua Jack Middleton Memorial Fund at Sunlight Federal Credit Union in Cody.

Thompson Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

April 14, 2007 8:09 am

Carl E. Allen

(Feb. 16, 1920 - April 4, 2007)

A former resident of Powell, Carl E. Allen, died Wednesday, April 4, at his home in Southlake, Texas. He was 87.
Carl was born Feb. 16, 1920 in Powell, the oldest of six children born to Earl and Virgie (Biesemeier) Allen. He was raised in Powell and graduated from Powell High School.

He proudly served in the U.S. Army in World War II, and was in artillery in the Coastal Texas. He graduated Officer Candidates School as a second lieutenant, served in Panama and in the European Theater in France and Germany in the 82nd Engineering Infantry Battalion. He later served in the Korean War as a first lieutenant.

After his military service, Carl's career as a civil engineer took him all over the country to work on Bureau of Reclamation Projects, starting his career with the Boysen reclamation project in Wyoming.

He married Muriel H. Birtwistel on Oct. 27, 1941, and to this union one daughter was born. He was a gifted woodworker and had a passion for genealogy. His greatest enjoyment was his family, and he was their patriarch.
Carl is survived by his daughter, Barbara (Victor) Corbelli; grandchildren, Mark (Donna L.) Corbelli, and Gregory (Amanda T.) Corbelli; three great-grandchildren; sisters Geneva Peterson of Powell; Lois Purvis of Cody; Leona Link of California; Zona Gale Christensen of Florida; sister-in-law Mona Phay of Powell; and several nieces, nephews and cousins in the Powell area.

He was preceded in death by his wife, his brother, James, and great-grandson, Carl Allen Corbelli.

Funeral services were held on Saturday, April 7, at Bluebonnet Hills Memorial Chapel in Colleyville, Texas. A memorial is planned in Powell in July.

April 04, 2007 8:07 am

Marlene Kay DeWitt

Marlene Kay DeWitt of Frannie, died Wednesday, April 4 at Powell Valley Health Care. She was 64.

Cremation has taken place and no services are planned at this time. A full obituary will follow.

Thompson Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.

April 04, 2007 8:06 am

Joshua Nathaniel Cornell

(Oct. 5, 1982 - April 30, 2006)

Josh Cornell, 23, died April 30 in Boise, Idaho, from injuries sustained in a motorcycle accident.
Born Oct. 5, 1982, at Ft. Wainwright, Alas., he was a former resident of Powell and attended middle school and his first year of high school in Powell.

Survivors include his daughter, Madison Cornell of Powell; his mother and stepfather, Chris and Devin Butterfield, both of Powell; his father and stepmother, Frank and Dedde Cornell, both of Boise; his brother, Brock Cornell of Boise; two step-brothers, Kevin Butterfield of Byron and Zachary Nikkhooy of Boise; and grandparents, aunts, uncles and cousins in Gulfport, Miss.

Memorial services were held May 4 in Boise. A memorial gathering will be held in Powell at a later date for family and friends who wish to say goodbye. Josh was loved very deeply and will be missed.

April 30, 2006 8:04 am

Everett E. Christiansen

(Oct. 28, 1924 - April 29, 2006)

Everett E. Christiansen, known to many as “Chris,” died Saturday, April 29 at the age of 81, after a long struggle with Parkinson's Disease.

A celebration of his life will be held at the United Methodist Church in Powell at 2 p.m. today (Tuesday), May 2, with burial at Crown Hill Cemetery following services.

He was born in Columbus, Kans., Oct. 28, 1924, to George and Irene Christiansen, third of eight children. He graduated from high school and enlisted in the U.S. Air Force in 1944 where he worked with radio, electronics and radar mechanics. He served in the 97th Bomb Group in Fogga, Italy and received an honorable discharge in 1946. He attended Kansas State College, graduating with a Bachelor of Science degree in Animal Husbandry in May of 1950.

While attending college in Manhattan, Kans., he met Martha Weathered, and they were married in Norwich, Kans., Oct. 21, 1950. Everett and Martha lived near Cherokee, Kans., farming and dairying. In 1953, Everett moved his family to Powell where he worked for Associated Seed a short time, then he worked for John Krause three years. They moved a mile east of Powell on the Cemetery Road in 1957. It was there they would raise their three children and live for the next 40 years, dairying and farming. He taught his children to stand up for what they believed, and he practiced that all of his life.

Everett was involved with many organizations and served as officers and on committees in all of them. He was a member of the Powell First United Methodist Church, serving as District Lay Leader in UMC many years; Park County and Wyoming Farm Bureau; Shoshone Milk Producers; Wyoming Dairy Control Board; Director of American Dairy Assn.; Rotary Club; Powell Flyers Club (earned his pilot's license in 1976); Wyoming Civil Air Patrol; Powell Valley Chamber of Commerce and President of the Mayor's Committee for the Handicapped. He also spent three months in Kenya, Africa as a “Volunteer In Mission” helping with a water project.

After he retired from farming, he enjoyed mowing the roadside with his riding lawn mower. He never gave up living life to the fullest as long as it was possible. Everett and Martha moved to town in 1996, and they continued walking and keeping active. In August of 2002 he entered the Powell Valley Care Center, where he loved and appreciated the staff and their caring ways. He participated in activities there, as long as possible.

He is survived by his wife, Martha; three children, Steve (Debbie) Christiansen of Powell; Gala (Stephen) Brown of Lansing, Mich.; and Jill (Seaton) Smith of Powell; six grandchildren, Christy (Larry) Larsen, Mike (Betsy) Christiansen, Shannon and Jessica Brown, and Forrest and Alyssa Smith; two great grandchildren, Bianca and Mattie Larsen; one brother, Ted (Carol) Christiansen of Powell, five sisters, Grace Loyd, Jean Fitzgerald, Vera McMillian, Dorothy Yaege and Mary Nolte, all of Kansas. His parents and one brother, Fred, preceded him in death.

Memorials may be made to the Powell United Methodist Church, Powell Valley Care Center, or Big Horn Basin Parkinson's Support Group.

Thompson Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.