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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 4:32 am

Beverly Jameson Robertson

(May 6, 1927 - March 25, 2008)

Beverly Jameson Robertson died Tuesday, March 25 in Cody. She was 80.

She was born May 6, 1927 in Cowley, the oldest child of Hyrum Stanley Jameson and Rela Marchant. She attended school in Cowley and was editor for her school paper "The Jaguar" her senior year. She participated in chorus, oratory and drama. After graduation, she attended BYU for three years where she majored in journalism.

Beverly and Mark D. Robertson were married Aug. 18, 1948 in the Salt Lake LDS Temple. They raised their family of five boys in Lovell and Cody. She wrote news and human-interest stories for newspapers, including the Cody Enterprise, where she penned her column "Banter by Beverly" for many years. She later compiled some of her writings into a book The Best of Banter, and won many awards for the articles she wrote. She was a docent for the Buffalo Bill Historical Museum and was an avid genealogist, leaving volumes of records and family history for her posterity.

Beverly was a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints and was involved in drama productions, and music. She served as a teacher, den mother and leader in the Young Women and Relief Society organization of her church. She served a mission with her husband to Philadelphia and to Brooklyn, N.Y., where they opened a genealogy research library.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Mark, brother Brett, and granddaughter, Amy.

She is survived by her sons Reed (Jacque), Brian (Jane), Dane (Mary Beth), Kevin (Rhonda), and Eric (Theresa), 31 grandchildren and 19 great-grandchildren. She is also survived by her sisters Phyllis Taggart, Lila Jameson, Kay Thatch, Barbara Clark, Naomi Harrison, Stanley Mendoza, and brothers Kirk and Duane Jameson.

Funeral services will be held a 10 a.m. Friday, March 28, at the Cody LDS chapel, 1719 Wyoming Ave., with interment in

Riverside Cemetery. Viewing is one hour prior to services at the church.

Haskell Funeral Home in Lovell assisted the family with arrangements.

March 25, 2008 4:28 am

Kathryn Sue Ley

(Jan. 18, 1951 - March 23, 2008)

Kathryn Sue Ley died Sunday, March 23 at Powell Valley Hospital. She was 57.

She was born Jan. 18, 1951 in Powell to Irene and the late Rudy Ley. She was a very special, loving and caring person to all the people she met in her lifetime.

Kathy was born with cerebral palsy. While living at home her parents took excellent care of her for many years. When their health started to decline, they were forced to seek alternative ways for Kathy's care. She spent a year in the Cody Nursing Home and then moved to Big Horn Enterprises in Powell seven years ago. She was crowned sweetheart queen at the Valentine's ball and was proud of those who supported her in achieving the award. She also competed in and won many awards in the Special Games of Ability events.

Kathy enjoyed the simple things in life. Her time at Big Horn Enterprises were filled with enjoyment that allowed her to live life to the fullest and explore many new opportunities. She made new friends, traveled, and developed a broader vocabulary. She always greeted her loved ones with a smile and open arms, but if you did something wrong, she would tell you by shaking her finger at you. She loved just being with her family and taking care of her "babies," — her dolls.
Kathy is survived by her mother Irene of Lovell, her sister Sharon (Lyman) Sammons of Lovell, nephews Ty Sammons of Byron, Kyle Sammons of Rock Springs and her niece Keri Sammons of Lovell, and her friends and family at Big Horn Enterprises. She was preceded in death by her father, Rudy.

Memorial services will be held at St. John's Lutheran Church in Lovell on Friday, March 28 at 10:30 a.m. Condolences may be sent to Irene Ley in care of Sharon Sammons at 709 Lane 11 in Lovell.

Thompson Funeral Home assisted the family with arrangements.

March 23, 2008 4:27 am

Margaret Richardson

(Feb. 28, 1945 - March 21, 2008)

Margaret Dana Richardson died suddenly in her home in Powell on Friday, March 21. She was 63.

A celebration of Margaret's life will be held at 10 a.m. Saturday, March 29 at the First United Methodist Church in Powell.
She was born Feb. 28, 1945, in Lovell to Evagene (Davis) and Robert Richardson. She shared her birthday with both her father and paternal grandfather. She celebrated her most recent birthday in Tucson, Ariz., cheering for her beloved Colorado Rockies.

Margaret graduated from Lovell High School and the University of Wyoming. She began her teaching career in Sheridan and then continued it in Powell for 31 years. She loved outdoor activities and was a downhill and cross-country skier, golfer, hiker, and camper. Throughout school she was an active Girl Scout and camp counselor. She was Past Honored Queen of Job's Daughter's Bethel 29 in Lovell and was also a member of the University of Wyoming Alumni Association, Delta Kappa Gamma and Alpha Chi Omega.

Margaret was a member of Faith Lutheran Church and served her Lord every day through her kind thoughts and deeds. Unkind words never crossed her lips. She surrounded herself with humor and joy.

She is survived by one sister, Jane Richardson; a brother-in-law, Dennis Hejduk; a nephew Robert Martinez; a great niece, Cassidy Lyn Martinez; an uncle; numerous cousins; hundreds of former students; and her three kittens.
Memorials may be made to Margaret's favorite charities: Caring for Powell Animals, Powell Valley Healthcare Diabetic Support Group, Lovell Library Building Fund, Pryor Mountain Wild Mustang Center, or the Crosswalk Christian Library.

Thompson Funeral Home is handling the arrangements.

March 21, 2008 4:25 am

Esther L. Curran

(Feb. 11, 1934 - March 20, 2008)

Esther L. Curran , mother of Wendy Miller of Riverton, died Thursday, March 20, at Riverton Memorial Hospital. She was 74 years old.

Cremation has taken place, and a memorial service will be held this summer in Lewistown, Mont.
Esther Louise Gremaux was born on Feb. 11, 1934, in Lewistown, Mont., the youngest of seven children of Emil Constant Gremaux and Edith Mae (Barney) Gremaux.

She graduated early from high school and attended the University of Montana, where she met John Gordon Curran. Mr. Curran earned his accounting degree, became a certified public accountant, and they were married in July, 1952.
Mr. Curran was commissioned in the U.S. Navy and the newlyweds were stationed in San Diego, Calif. Their first daughter, Wendy, was born there.

Family and employment caused the Currans to move back to the Wyoming/Montana area and they settled in Billings. They had two sons and another daughter there.

Mr. Curran was killed in an automobile accident in 1965. Mrs. Curran returned to school and earned a teaching degree and later, a master's degree in education at Eastern Montana College in Billings. She found employment in Powell, and taught English and language arts for over 20 years.

After retiring from teaching, Mrs. Curran moved to Fountain Hills, Ariz., to be close to family and "to live the big city life." Her family said she spent countless hours cooking, decorating, playing bridge, quilting, reading, and enjoying her grandchildren. Mrs. Curran returned to Montana when her health caused her to require more help from family and friends.
In addition to her daughter Wendy Miller and her husband David of Riverton, Mrs. Curran is survived by her sons, Steve Curran and his wife Linda of Brinnon, Wash., and John Curran and his wife Suzanne of Monument, Colo.; two sisters, Pauline Niehuus of Kalispell, Mont., and Margaret Svejkovsky of Bozeman, Mont.; seven grandchildren, Andrew, Scott, Brett and Amy Miller, Ben Emily and Danny Curran.

She was preceded in death by her husband Gordon and a daughter Tracy; three brothers, Jim Gremaux, Ed Gremaux and Alec Gremaux, and one sister, Eva Thielman.

On-line obituaries are available and condolences for the family may be made at: thedavisfuneralhome.com
Services are under the direction of the Davis Funeral Home of Riverton.

March 20, 2008 4:24 am

Charles Charlie Evan Lambdin

(Nov. 20, 1922 - March 18, 2008)

World War II purple heart recipient Charles “Charlie” Evan Lambdin, 85, Powell, died at North Big Horn County Hospital March 18, 2008, after fighting cancer.

Charlie, to his friends, was born Nov. 20, 1922, in Danville, Kan., to Otto Lambdin and Bertha Smythisler.
Charlie graduated from high school in Carmi, Ill., and then joined the U.S. Navy. He served aboard the aircraft carrier, U.S.S. Bunker Hill when it was attacked by kamikazes. Charlie earned a purple heart when a piece of shrapnel nearly took his life.
Following service during World War II, Charlie moved to Powell. He married Myra “Billie” Lorena Hall and the couple spent 50 happy years together.

Charlie belonged to the Experimental Aircraft Club and loved to “play” on his computer.

Charlie is survived by his sisters, Ruth of Virginia; Lucille (Ned) LeBlanc of Louisiana; Betty (Ray) Collins of Virginia; sons Charles P. of Florida; George (Marian) Lambdin of Cody; six grandchildren and his beloved dog, Jake.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Billie; son, Craig, parents, Otto and Bertha; brothers, George; Thomas and Eugene.
Memorial services will be held at a later date.

March 18, 2008 4:23 am

Joel Raymond Pennington

(June 18, 1969 - March 17, 2008)

Joel Raymond Pennington of Byron, tragically died Monday March 17, from injuries received in an automobile accident. He was 38.

Joel was born on June 18, 1969, in Mt. Pleasant, Mich. He obtained his BS degree from Western Michigan University, majoring in sociology with a double minor in business management and music.

First and foremost Joel was a loving, dedicated husband and father. He also had a passion for playing the keyboard, piano, and composing. Most recently he played the keyboard in the Power Up service at the First United Methodist Church in Powell. As a man of many talents, he excelled in computer technology and applied this in personal projects as well as his career as a business analyst, most recently for United Health Care.

He was a resident of Longmont, Colo., for five years and moved to Byron, in 2007.
Joel is survived by his wife, Rebekah Sellers of Byron, two daughters, Diane Sellers and Brooke Pennington of Byron, his parents, Richard and Talitha Pennington of Sterling Heights, Mich., a sister, Vera Pennington, and niece, Anna Pennington of Grand Rapids, Mich.

Cremation has taken place. Memorial services were held Tuesday, March 25 at First United Methodist Church in Powell.
A trust has been established for Diane Sellers and Brooke Pennington at First National Bank and Trust in Powell.
Michelotti-Sawyers Mortuary in Billings, Mont., was in charge of arrangements and condolences for the family may be left at www.michelottisawyers.com