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April 07, 2003 5:31 am

Rita Wilder Knutson

(Nov. 13, 1918 - April 9, 2003)

Funeral services will be held April 16 at Hope Lutheran Church in Seattle, Wash., for a former Powell resident, Rita Wilder Knutson, 84, who died Wednesday, April 9 at Stevens Memorial Hospital, Edmonds, Wash.

She was born in Sifton, Wash., to Thomas A. and Maude M. Wilder on Nov. 13, 1918. Shortly after her birth, the family moved to the Powell valley where she spent her growing up years.

She graduated from Powell High School in 1936 and attended Billings Technical School in 1942 to receive training to become a mechanic. She proceeded immediately to employment with the Boeing Company in Seattle in 1942 as a wing mechanic and riveter.

It was there she met the love of her life, her husband-to-be, Kenneth Knutson. They were married March 10, 1946, and spent their married life in Seattle. They had two children, Kevin Lee in 1954 and Kimberly Sue in 1956.
She enjoyed and took pride in her role as a wife, mother and homemaker. In 1964, she tried her hand in cooking outside the home. She went to work for the Shoreline School District in the kitchen at Shorecrest High School. She always enjoyed the kitchen and the kids.

The Knutsons were charter members of Hope Lutheran Church. She dedicated over 50 years of her life, volunteering and helping to build the Christian community there. Two charities to which she was particularly devoted included Foss Home and Helpmates for the Norwegian Male Choir.

Family members make clear that she was small in stature only, remarking that "she lived every day to the fullest and was sure to make every minute count- a waster of time, she was not. She was full of energy and lots of fun to all who knew her. There was very little that she was unable to do. The word independent was part of her life long before the Women's Lib movement. She taught those around her very valuable lessons by the example that she set in her daily life in loving, giving and caring for others."

Survivors include her son, Kevin L. Knutson and his wife Robin and their children, Nicole, Michelle, Ileah, Kira and Kenneth; her daughter, Kimberly and her children, Rick, Joshua and Jacquelyn; two brothers, Richard R. Wilder of Cody and Howard Wilder of Powell; and numerous nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Ken; her grandson, Alex; her parents; and her sisters, Mary Hansen, Martha Wilder and Ruth Barber.

Services will be provided by Evergreen-Washelli.

April 09, 2003 5:29 am

Edwin Arnold Lawler

(Jan. 29, 1910 - April 9, 2003)

Funeral services were held Monday at the Baptist Church in Meeteetse for Edwin Arnold Lawler, 93, who died Wednesday, April 9 at his Meeteetse home.

Pastor Harvey Seidel of Thermopolis presided at the Monday funeral. A reception followed at Lucille's Cafe in Meeteetse, and then burial was in Thermopolis Monday afternoon with graveside services at Riverside Cemetery.
Mr. Lawler was born in Hebron, Nebr., on Jan. 29, 1910, son of John C. and Mabel Helfer Lawler. He came to the Meeteetse area in the 1930s to work on the Riley and Rice ranches on Wood River.

He married Valaria Cammock in Thermopolis July 21, 1938. The couple had eight children.
The family moved to Meeteetse in 1948 and leased, and later purchased, a gas station. In 1956, Mr. Lawler moved the Chuckwagon Cafe, on a flatbed truck, from Cody to Meeteetse, locating it next to his service station. The combined businesses were called Lawler's Service and Cafe.

From 1969 to 1973, he ranched in the Meeteetse and Sheridan areas. For many years, he was also a guide for Stewart Armstrong and Ed Larsen.

In retirement, the Lawlers moved to Thermopolis in 1985. His wife died in 1994, and he returned to Meeteetse in 1995.
He was a member of the First Baptist Church of Meeteetse and active in the senior citizen center. He enjoyed pinochle, the outdoors, wildlife, hunting and horses.

Survivors include six daughters, Reta Collins and husband Harvey of Cody, Joyce Neal and husband Doc of Wyola, Mont., Janet Keeler of Monroe, Ore., Sharon Desjarlais of Billings, Mont., Isabel Kershaw and husband Bill of McMinnville, Ore., and Susan Hixson and husband Leonard of Ranchester; two sons, John Lawler and wife Lela of Powell and Charles Lawler and wife Ann of Meeteetse; three sisters, Laurine Nunn and Deryce Reed of Apache Junction, Ariz., and Romona Horner of Crawford, Nebr.; a brother, Albert Lawler and wife Mary of Portland, Ore.; a sister-in-law, Isabell Young of Meeteetse; and numerous grandchildren, great-grandchildren, nieces, nephews and cousins.

He was preceded in death by his wife; his parents; two brothers, Eugene and John Lawler; and three sisters, Thelma, Dorothy and Grace.

Memorials may be made to Spirit Mountain Hospice, 707 Sheridan Ave., Cody, WY 82414, or a charity of choice.

April 09, 2003 5:28 am

Michael Todd Nielsen

(Aug. 5, 1968 - April 8, 2003)

Memorial services were conducted Saturday in Cheyenne for a former Powell resident, Michael Todd Nielsen, 34, who died Tuesday, April 8 at United Medical Center West in Cheyenne.

He was born Aug. 5, 1968, in Greybull and attended Powell schools. He had lived in Cheyenne, working in construction, since 1989.

He was a member of Trinity Lutheran Church and was active in baseball, softball, fishing and woodworking.
Survivors include two sons, Tyler Nielsen of Cheyenne and Colton Connolly of Fort Collins, Colo.; his mother and stepfather, Patricia and Clinton Robinson; two brothers, John Nielsen Jr. of Cheyenne and Zachary Robinson of Las Vegas, Nev.; a step-brother, Jeffrey Robinson of Jackson; two step-sisters, Robin Damron and Stephanie Moller, both of Cody; and his grandparents, Mr. and Mrs. C.C. Robinson of Cody.

He was preceded in death by his father, John Nielsen Sr.

Cremation has taken place.

April 08, 2003 5:27 am

Ruth Edith Seybold

(Dec. 5, 1908 - April 6, 2003)

Ruth Edith Seybold of Issaquah, Wash., formerly of Powell, died Sunday, April 6 at Providence Marianwood in Issaquah. She was 94.

She was born Dec. 5, 1908, in Minidoka, Idaho, daughter of Phineas (Paul) Carary and Sarah (Sadie) Draper. She moved to California in 1915.

On June 24, 1928, she married Donald Wilbur Seybold in Chico, Calif. They lived in Oroville, Calif., until after her husband's death on Nov. 23, 1993.

She worked as a sales clerk for the City of Paris in Oroville. She was a member of the Order of Eastern Star and the "Monday Club." She moved to Powell in 1994 where she became a resident of the Powell Nursing Home. In May of 2000, she moved to Issaquah to be near her family.

Survivors include her son, Donald A. Seybold of Sammamish; one brother, Paul Draper, of Stockton, Calif.; four grandchildren, Mitchel Seybold of Ramsey, Minn., Matt Seybold of Sammamish, Jason Childs of Reno, Nev., and Justin Seybold of Sacramento, Calif.; and four great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her son, Philip W. Seybold, in May of 1998.

A private graveside service will be held in Oroville, Calif.

Family and friends are invited to share memories and sign the family's on-line guest book at www.flintofts.com.

April 06, 2003 5:25 am

Betty Lou Kindler

(Jan. 8, 1918 - April 2, 2003)

Betty Lou Kindler, formerly of Powell, died on April 2, 2003 in Portland, Ore.

Mrs. Kindler was born in Ballantyne, Mont., on Jan. 8, 1918, spent her childhood in Powell with her parents Elisabeth and Harry E. Attebery and graduated from Powell High School in 1935. After high school she went into nurse's training at the University of Minnesota in Ann Arbor.

She obtained her degree in medical technology from North West Institute of Medical Technology in Minneapolis, Minn., in 1937.

She married James Baird Kindler, son of Powell homesteaders Gorge and May Baird Kindler, in 1938.
They spent the early years of their marriage in Washington, D.C., and Alaska, where she worked as a lab and X-ray technician before they finally settled in Portland, Ore., to raise their five children.

In the mid 1970s, she retired, sold her home and returned to Powell to care for her ailing mother, Beth Attebery.
She is survived by her daughter Marilyn Goerrich, of Kuna, Idaho, with whom she lived for the past four years, sons Robert N. Kindler in Hawaii, and C. Steven Kindler in Hungary, six grandchildren and one great grandchild.
She is buried in Park Hill Cemetery in Vancouver, Wash., beside her husband and two sons James E. and George E. Kindler, who preceded her in death.

April 02, 2003 5:24 am

Delores Colleen Clarke

(Jan. 9, 1954 - April 25, 2002)

Funeral services were conducted Monday at the New Life Christian Fellowship Church in Powell for Delores Colleen Clarke, 48, who died Thursday, April 25 at St. Vincent Hospital in Billings.

She was born Jan. 9, 1954, in Worland, daughter of Eldon and Colleen (Seiver) Short.
She was a graduate of Powell High School and attended one year of college. She married Lester Clarke on Aug. 31, 1979, in Casper. In Powell, she operated Dee's Day Care.

She enjoyed needlecraft, reading and genealogy. She served as a Brownie Leader for Troop 256 in Powell.
Survivors include her husband, Lester, of Powell; a daughter, Danielle, of Powell; her parents, Colleen and Eldon Short; her grandmother, Dorthy Short of Worland; four sisters and their husbands, Karen and Bud Boyles of Casper, Valerie and Frank Matiella of Powell, Leslie and James Kallem of Powell and Linda and Ben Davila of Cheyenne; nieces and nephews, Crystal, Cynthia, Dustin, Maggy, Jessica, Eric, Ashley, Vanessa, Jesse and B'Jay; great nieces and nephews, Britany, Alexandra, Joshua, Andrew and Preston; numerous aunts, uncles and cousins; and a special friend, Cherri Siebert.
She was preceded in death by two grandfathers, a grandmother, an aunt and a niece.

Burial was in Crown Hill Cemetery.

Those wishing may make memorial donations to the American Cancer Society, c/o Lillian Hoffman, P.O. Box 638, Cody, WY 82414.

April 25, 2002 5:22 am

Dora Armstrong Sump

(June 15, 1928 - April 25, 2002)

Dora Armstrong Sump, a 66-year resident of the Powell area, died Thursday, April 25 at the Powell Nursing Home. She 92.
She had been a resident of the nursing home for three years. Prior to that, she had resided at Rocky Mountain Manor for 20 years.

She was born in Creston, Nebr., to Emmett and Lydia (Wilder) Armstrong on Aug. 5, 1909, one of 12 children. She married Eric Otto Sump on June 15, 1928.

In 1936, they moved to the Willwood area south of Powell, where they worked for various farmers in the area until moving into town. Mr. Sump died in 1978.

Survivors include three sons, Ron Sump and wife Jeanette of Powell, Bob Sump and wife Loretta of Billings, Mont., and Harold Sump of Las Vegas, Nev.; and many grandchildren, great-grandchildren and great-great grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Eric; one son, Richard; and all her brothers and sisters.
Cremation has taken place, and interment will be at Powell Crown Hill Cemetery at 2 p.m. today (Tuesday).

For those who wish, the family would appreciate memorials to the Powell Nursing Home.

(Nov. 10, 1915 - April 24, 2002)

A service will be conducted at 10 a.m. today (Tuesday) at First United Methodist Church in Powell for Genevieve (Genny) Helgeson Romine, 86, who died Wednesday, April 24 at Franklin United Methodist Community outside Indianapolis, Ind.
Burial will be in Crown Hill Cemetery with Powell Veterans Honor Guard according military honors.

She was born Nov. 10, 1915, at Garland, daughter of Charles F. and Eva (Epp) Helgeson. She graduated from Powell High School in 1935 and continued her education in Chicago, Ill., which would lead her to a career in nursing.

She was a graduate of Columbus Hospital School of Nursing in Chicago and went on to receive a bachelor's degree in public health nursing from Loyola University of Chicago and a master's degree in nursing education from Indiana University.
She was a veteran of the U.S. Navy, having served in World War II. She served in New Guinea and Australia doing hospital duty.

She married W.T. Romine on June 17, 1946. He preceded her in death.

She was a Registered Nurse for more than 50 years, retiring in 1974 from Indiana University School of Nursing as an assistant professor of nursing.

She was a member of the Church of the Lakes (Nineveh) and First Methodist Church of Powell, American Legion Post 26 of Powell, and Sigma Theta Tau Honorary Nursing Society. She co-founded the retired Nurses Club of Indianpolis and was a charter member of the Navy Nurse Corps Association. She was a member of the Indiana University Alumni Association and a former member of the Indiana State Nurses Association and the American Nurses Association.

Survivors include a son, Paul C. Romine of Fishers, Ind.; a sister, Helen Harrington of Casper; two grandchildren and two great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by a sister, Margaret Helgeson.

Memorial contributions may be made to Indiana University School of Nursing Foundation, 1111 Middle Drive, Room 101, Indianapolis, IN 46202.

April 24, 2002 5:19 am

Edna C. Young

(Aug. 17, 1917 - April 23, 2002)

Edna C. Young, 84, long-time Laramie resident, died with grace and dignity in the arms of her sons Tuesday, April 23 at the home of her eldest son, Floyd E. Young, Jr., in Powell.

She was born Aug. 17, 1917, in Longmont, Colo., daughter of Krestian and Bertha Johnson of Karvel, Colo. She married her long-time sweetheart and lifetime love, Floyd E. Young, Sr., in Greeley, Colo., on Jan. 24, 1936. The couple moved to Laramie in 1939 where her husband worked as a fireman for the Union Pacific Railroad and later as an engineer until his retirement.

She loved going to the prairie and collecting rock and artifacts with her three sons, Floyd, Alvin and Steve. She loved to commune with God on the Wyoming prairies, where she and husband Floyd were friends of local ranchers. She collected barb wire, insulators, antiques of all varieties and many railroad relics of the West. The fence at 703 Gibbon in Laramie is testimony to their love of railroading and their collection of western relics.

Survivors include her sons and their wives, Floyd and Virginia Young of Powell, Alvin and Gaela Young of Cheyenne and Steve and Peg Young of Rigby, Idaho; 12 grandchildren and 26 great-grandchildren.

An informal memorial service conducted by her sons will be held Friday, May 3 at Montgomery-Striker Chapel in Laramie at 2 p.m. Friends are invited.

April 23, 2002 5:18 am

Donald E. Wheeler

(Feb. 23, 1916 - April 22, 2002)

Graveside services will be conducted today (Thursday) at 1 p.m. at Crown Hill Cemetery for Donald E. Wheeler, 86, who died Monday, April 22 at Powell Valley Hospital.

The Powell Veterans Honor Guard will provide military honors for Mr. Wheeler, a World War II veteran of the U.S. Army.
He was born Feb. 23, 1916, in Pearl, Ill., to Daley and Maggie (Smith) Wheeler. For many years he worked for Pan American Oil Company, later to become Amoco Production Co.

Survivors include his former spouse, Elizabeth Hazelhorst of Powell; two sons, Mike Wheeler of Powell and Donald Wheeler of Arizona; a daughter, Deborah Adams and husband Ken of Washington; two brothers, Forrest (Bud) Wheeler and wife Marge of Powell and Floyd Wheeler of Montana; and two sisters, Georgie Baldwin and husband Dick of Montana and Eileen Harmon and husband Marion of Powell. His parents preceded him in death.

Visitation will be from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Thursday at Miratsky-Easton Funeral Home.