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April 06, 2004 5:52 am

Jennie Nicholls Lewis

Funeral services will be conducted Friday, April 9 at 10 a.m. in the Cowley Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints for Jennie Nicholls Lewis, 81, who died Tuesday, April 6 at North Big Horn Hospital in Lovell after an extended illness. Viewing will be one hour prior to the service in the Relief Society room of the church. Burial will be in the Cowley Cemetery. Haskell Funeral Home of Lovell is in charge of arrangements.

April 09, 2004 5:51 am

Dorothy M. (Chapin) Dixon

(May 2, 1926 - April 7, 2004)

Funeral services for Dorothy M. (Chapin) Dixon, 77, were conducted Wednesday, April 7 at St. Anthony's Catholic Church in Casper. She died at Life Care Center in Casper on Monday, April 4 after a long struggle with Alzheimers disease.

The Rev. Michael Carr presided at services. She was born at Casper on May 2, 1926, to Charles S. and Margaret (Glossen) Chapin. Following graduation from Natrona County High School, she attended Mills College in Oakland, Calif., and earned her B.A. degree from the University of Nebraska. She married the late Hon. John T. Dixon in 1948 and was the mother of six children, making her home for most of her adult life at Powell. In addition to being a mother and homemaker, she was actively involved in community affairs, including scouting, St. Barbara's Catholic Church, the Elks Club and Powell Country Club. She was a charter member of the Powell Ripple Wine Bridge Club.

In spite of her illness, she played piano and read avidly almost until the end of her life. She was a dedicated bridge player and golfer, enjoyed gardening and all things Wyoming. She was a serious sports fan, with a special love for the Wyoming Cowboys. Survivors include her son Patrick Dixon of Casper; her daughters, Janet Flynn of Broomfield, Colo., Donna Dixon of Reston, Va., Shawn Sims of Powell, Terry Harley of Spokane, Wash., and Margaret Sato of Boise, Idaho; two brothers, Donald E. Chapin and James H. Chapin; 11 grandchildren and her granddog, Ben.

The family would appreciate memorials to the Wyoming Alzheimers Affiliation, or the Steve Sims Memorial Scholarship Fund in care of Northwest College Foundation, 231 W. 6th St., Powell, WY 82435.

April 07, 2004 5:50 am

Donald Byrn Leach

(Feb. 1, 1920 - April 1, 2004)

Donald Byrn Leach, 84, died Thursday, April 1 at St. Patrick Hospital inFrenchtown, Mont., of cancer.

He was born February 1, 1920 in Lewiston, Idaho, to Floyd and Mary (Parks) Leach. He graduated high school in Grangeville, Idaho, and served with the Air Force during WWII. In 1949, he married Virginia Mitchell. She passed away in 1969. In 1972, he married Leona Lovercheck, of Powell. He enjoyed hunting for sapphires and loved his garden. He was a true gentleman farmer. His friends called him the "Tomato Man".

He was preceded in death by his sister Violet; his brother Robert; his parents Floyd and Mary; and his mother and father-in-law Frank and Phyllis Lovercheck. He is survived by his wife of 31 years, Leona; seven children (his and hers), Sharon, Larry (Marcie), John, DeAnn (Dan), Ken (Bonnie), Phyllis (Kevin), and Marty; his sister Louerene (Lester) Shaw; his brothers, Earl (Marie), Wayne (Carol), and Lawrence (Marilyn); several grandchildren and great-grandchildren; and cousins, Totsie, Ellen, and Louise.

Memorial services were held on Tuesday, April 6 at 2 p.m., at the Frenchtown Community Church with Rev. Bill Jackson officiating. Memorials are preferred to Camp Make-A-Dream. Arrangements are under the direction of Garden City Funeral Home.

April 01, 2004 5:48 am

Eldean K. Vandersloot

(Sept. 6, 1931 - April 1, 2004)

Eldean K. Vandersloot, 72, of Greybull, died Thursday, April 1 in Billings, Mont.

She was born Sept. 6, 1931, in Heil, N.D., daughter of August F. and Delia A. (Thome) Moos. In 1937, the family moved to Hardin, Mont., where she entered school, graduating in 1948.

On April 24, 1949, she married Edward Vandersloot. She worked as a telephone operator, sales clerk and then bookkeeper at the Farmers Union, where her husband was manager.

In 1968, the family moved to Joliet, Mont. Eldean enjoyed attending the sports events their children were involved in, also camping and the many business trips.

In 1970, she was appointed Justice of the Peace, later becoming city police judge for Joliet, Fromberg and Bridger. When the family moved to Powell in 1982, she worked as dispatcher for the Powell Police Department. Later she was appointed as assistant city police judge, a position she resigned in 1987.

She enjoyed her retirement, the traveling and her beloved children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her parents and brothers, Kenneth and Edgar Moos.

Survivors include her husband Ed and her four children: sons Rick (Joyce), David (Elaine) and Pat (Claudia); and daughter, Julie (Greg). she is also survived by 10 grandchildren and eight great-grandchildren.
Cremation has taken place, and no services are planned, as per her wishes. Contributions to the Ronald McDonald House would be appreciated by the family.

April 01, 2004 5:47 am

Jack Meyers

(June 5, 1931 - April 30, 2003)

Word has been received here of the April 30 death of Jack Meyers, former Garland area resident, in Juneau, Alaska, of an apparent heart attack. He was 71.

He was born June 5, 1931, son of Mr. and Mrs. Henry Meyers of Garland. He attended schools in Powell and graduated from Powell High School in 1950.

He retired from the U.S. Navy and moved to Haines, Alaska. He worked for the highway department there for 10 years and then retired.

Survivors include his wife Dorothy of Haines,; a son, Randy, of Haines; a daughter, Kathy, of Seattle, Wash.; sisters Kathryn Brown and Mary Burns of Cody, Loretta Johannes and Clara Barber of Billings, Mont., and Ethel Heimer of Powell; and many nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents and a brother, Bud, of Powell.

April 30, 2003 5:45 am

Katherine Wegner

(March 19, 1915 - April 28, 2003)

Katherine (Katharina) Fink Wegner, 88, of Powell, and formerly of Belfry, Mont., died Monday, April 28 at the Powell Valley Care Center, only five days after the death of her husband, Solomon.

For the last days of her life, she was surrounded by her family, friends, Pastor Larry Veland and the Powell Valley Care Center staff.

She was born east of Powell on March 19, 1915, to her Volga German immigrant parents, Carl and Amelia Fink. She was baptized into the Christian faith in 1915 and was confirmed at St. John's Lutheran Church at Lovell in 1931.
After living on various farms in the Powell/Lovell areas, her parents settled on their own farm east of Lovell. She began school at Sunlight School and later attended parochial school until the eighth grade. She began high school at Kane and graduated from Lovell High School in 1935. Following graduation, she worked as a sales clerk, nanny and on area dude ranches.

On July 2, 1943, she married Solomon Wegner while he was on furlough from the U.S. Marine Corps. They were married in Billings, and following the wedding, she went back to Lovell, and Solomon went off to war. Always the frugal one, she took their savings and purchased their first home in Lovell. When her husband returned after his discharge, they began their 60-year journey together.

In 1948, the couple moved to their farm north of Belfry with their two young sons. They sold their farm in 1970 and moved into Belfry. She continued to cook for the Belfry schools until her retirement.
She loved her grandchildren, great-grandchildren and family. She loved to cook and sew and took great pride in her yard and flower gardens.

Survivors include two sons, Dennis (Barbara) Wegner of Powell and Stanley (Regina) Wegner of Park City, Mont.; grandsons Lee Wegner and family of Salt Lake City, Utah, and Peter Wegner and family of Tigeras, N.M.; granddaughters Bety Wegner of San Francisco, Calif., Adrienne Wegner of Billings, and Allison Wegner and family of Park City; two brothers, Fred Fink of Chicago and Albert Fink of Lovell; five great-grandchildren and numerous nieces and nephews.
She was preceded in death by her husband Solomon; her parents; a sister, Amelia Clem; and brothers Alex, William, Carl and infant Alfred Fink.

Funeral services will be held Saturday, May 3 at 10:30 a.m. at St. John's Lutheran Church in Belfry, her church home for over 50 years. A prayer service will be held at 7 p.m. Friday, May 2 at the church. Burial will be in the Belfry Cemetery.
Memorial may be given to Lutheran Hour Ministries, 660 Mason Ridge Center, St. Louis, MO 63141 or to a charity of choice.

April 28, 2003 5:43 am

Orland (Skip) Johnson

(March 28, 1936 - April 26, 2003)

Graveside services with military honors will be conducted at 11 a.m. Friday, May 2 in the Bearcreek, Mont., Cemetery for Orland (Skip) Johnson of Powell who died Saturday, April 26 at Deaconess Billings Clinic. He was 67.

He was born March 28, 1936, in Grand Junction, Colo., son of Orlande and Margaret Hughes Johnson. A veteran of four years service in the U.S. Navy, he served aboard an oil tanker during the Korean War.

On Jan. 9, 1962, he married Christine (Tienie) McDonald in Red Lodge, Mont. The couple lived and worked in Riverton for years, then moved to South Dakota where he worked for the Bureau of Reclamation for 10 years. In retirement, they settled in Powell.

He was artistic and an accomplished woodworker. He was an avid golfer, his favorite hobby. His family wish for him is: May the golf courses in heaven be green every day - with no water hazards.

Survivors include his wife, Christine Johnson of Powell; four daughters, Tammy (David) Shanks of Shepherd, Mont., Lori Johnson of Billings, Deanna (Duane) Johnson of Billings, and Linda (Ed) Johnson of Powell; two half-brothers, Jerry and Clyde Johnson of Riverton; his step-father, Stan Hamilton of Riverton; and eight grandchildren, Danielle, Brian, Heather, Justin, Misty, Tina, Savannah and Phillip; and numerous nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Orlande and Margaret Johnson; and his step-mother, Dorothy Johnson.

April 26, 2003 5:42 am

Ileana Miller

(Dec. 20, 1926 - April 25, 2003)

Graveside services for Ileana Mae (Baston) Miller, who died Friday, April 25 at the Powell Nursing Home, were held Monday at Crown Hill Cemetery. She was 76.

She was born Dec. 20, 1926, in Denver, the daughter of Jacob Morton Baston and Florence Jones Baston. She graduated from Cody High School in 1945.

She married Carl J. Miller in Billings, Mont., on May 25, 1946. They lived in Cody until he was transferred to Powell by Marathon Oil Company, and the family moved here.

She was active in the Union Presbyterian Church for 45 years as a choir member, Sunday school and Vacation Bible School teacher, member of women's circle and Christian education committee and a member of the Session.

She worked at the Powell Hospital for many years and worked as the office receptionist for Drs. Allison and Christensen. She was a member of the Order of Eastern Star, Master Chorale, Shoshone Rock Club and the Polecat Ramblers.
The Millers traveled many miles in their travel trailer during the winter months as Wyoming snowbirds. They participated in archeological digs around the Rockies and collected rare and unusual rocks and fossils on their treks around the region.
She enjoyed attending grandchildren's sporting events and programs across the state.

Survivors include her husband of 56 years, Carl J. Miller of Powell; their daughters: Janet (Tom) Rottman of Laramie, Julie (John) Skaggs of Powell and Jerri Iverson of Laramie; grandchildren: Jennifer (Tim) Koslowsky of Casper, Janelle Skaggs, Spearfish, S.D., Pvt. 2nd Class Dustin Iverson, deployed with the 82nd Airborne in the Middle East, and Jamie Rottman-Lewis, Kimberly Rottman, Heather Iverson, Daniel Iverson and Danny Lewis, all of Laramie. She is also survived by two great grandsons, Alex Lewis of Laramie and Kaleb Koslowsky of Casper; and numerous nieces and nephews.
She as preceded in death by her parents and a son, James Morton Miller.

For those who wish, the family would appreciate memorial donations to Union Presbyterian Church. Services were under the direction of Miratsky-Easton Funeral Home.

April 25, 2003 5:41 am

Mable Cox

(Oct. 17, 1917 - April 25, 2003)

A memorial service is scheduled at 10 a.m. Saturday, May 3 at Lovell LDS Stakehouse for Mable Cox, 85, who died early Friday, April 25 at the Powell Nursing Home.

She was born to Ernest Alfred Taylor and Laura Ann (Ballard) Taylor in Lovell on Oct. 17, 1917. Her mother died when she was 5 and her brother, Kenneth, was 3. She was raised by her grandparents in Salt Lake City, spending her summers with her aunts and uncles.

She received her education at West High School in Salt Lake City and went on to beauty school. She married Joseph Earl Gividen on June 1, 1936, in Mapleton, Utah. They were later divorced.
She supported her two daughters waiting tables in Lovell at the Rose Bowl Cafe. On June 2, 1945, she married Basil (Brig) Hugh Cox in Cody.

They lived in Lovell for the next nine years, spending the summers on the Big Horn Mountains at their sawmill camp with his brothers and families. Then for the next 20 years, they moved their family from one town to the next as he helped to build LDS chapels. Home was all over the Big Horn Basin, the Puget Sound and eastern Washington state.
From 1974 until her death, she made her home in the Big Horn Basin.
She loved to garden and cook. She used her culinary talents from sawmill crews, restaurants and school cafeterias to wedding cakes and Christmas chocolates.

She was an active member of the LDS Church and served as president of the Relief Society and Primary. Her family will recall she had a love and a smile for all she met, and she will be missed by the many lives she touched.
Survivors include her children, Laura (Ted) Bryant of Newport, Wash., Earlene (Don) Carey of Thermopolis, Seth (Tamra) Cox of Grantsville, Utah, Virginia (Brad) Nelson of Kirkland, Wash., Terry (Jared) Hepworth of Rexburg, Idaho, and Nancy (Jim) Brown of Powell; daughter-in-law Carolyn Cox of Byron; 31 grandchildren, 30 great grandchildren and three great-great grandchildren. She is also survived by sister-in-law Lucy Cox of Lovell, brother-in-law Alvord (Slim) Cox and wife LaVene of Clifton, Idaho, and sister-in-law Mildred Cox of Vancouver, Wash.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Basil Hugh Cox; brother Kenneth Taylor; son Kenneth Bruce Cox; and grandchildren Andrew, Dean, Mark, Jon Lee, Joseph, Natalie and Nathon; and great-granddaughter Jessica.

April 25, 2003 5:40 am

Jack James Stockwell

(March 2, 1923 - April 24, 2003)

Funeral Mass will be celebrated today (Tuesday) at 10 a.m. at the Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Greybull for Jack James Stockwell, 80, who died Thursday, April 24 at his Greybull home.

He was born in Greybull on March 2, 1923, son of Elmer Luther and Margaret Mary (Althoff) Stockwell. He grew up in Greybull and graduated from high school there.

He married Phyllis Elaine Millross on Feb. 20, 1945. He served on the battleship Alabama during World War II.
He was involved in the family business, Stockwell Manufacturing and Machine Shop, for more than 50 years.
His pride and joy were his family, his children and grandchildren. He was a lifelong member of Sacred Heart Catholic Church and the Knights of Columbus.

Survivors include his wife Phyllis of Greybull; 10 children and their families, Ken Stockwell (Lesa) of Cody, Jerry Stockwell (Denise) of Greybull, Ben Stockwell and his partner, Steve Baugh of Willsall, Mont., Carmen Capron (Bill) of Powell, Fred Stockwell (Barbara) of Bozeman, Mont., Lori Davis (Mick) of Gallatin Gateway, Mont., Suzanne Prevedel (Brett) of Roosevelt, Utah, Jacqueline Conti (Robert) of Bozeman, Melody Brown (Mark) of Greybull, and Bill Stockwell (Carmen) of Wheatland; 26 grandchildren, seven great-grandchildren and five step-grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by a daughter, Carol, and three sons, Jim, Greg and Joe.