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April 29, 2006 8:03 am

Ethel L. Moody

(Jan. 22, 1911 - April 25, 2006)

Funeral services will be conducted Friday, April 28 at 2 p.m. at Christ Episcopal Church in Cody for Mary Ethel Larsen Moody, Cody, who died Tuesday, April 25 in the hospice room at West Park Hospital.

She was the eldest of four children of Henry C. Larsen and Helen A. Hagbery Larsen. She was born Jan. 22, 1911, in Meeteetse and attended grade school at the W- and Dick Creek Schools on the Wood River. She boarded with family friends to graduate from Meeteetse High School in 1928.

She then completed a degree in education at the University of Wyoming in 1932 and returned home to the ranch where she began the process of proving up on a homestead on Gooseberry Creek. Her first teaching job was at the Bobcat Ranch on the South Fork of the Shoshone River during the 1934-35 school year.

Over the following five years, she taught third and fourth grades in Meeteetse. She then decided that teaching was not her vocation of choice, and she returned to the ranch to be part of the life that she cherished. From that time on, she worked side by side with her brothers and her parents to make a success of the ranch.

In 1949, Ethel fell in love with and married a young cowboy from Oklahoma, John (Jay) Moody. Together they had one son, Jay. She continued through her working lifetime to be an integral part of the ranching operation — fulfilling the need of the moment whether it was milking cows, keeping the corporation books, cooking or on horseback gathering and moving cattle. She was a charter member of the Meeteetse Cowbelles.

Ethel's recreational passion was dancing, from New Year's dances at the Dick Creek School, to the Meeteetse Fireman's Ball, to Wyoming Fiddlers Association gatherings.

She loved children and was blessed to have three grandsons who became the focus of her attention. They, in turn, presented her with a great-granddaughter and two great-grandsons. For Ethel, there was no greater delight than a child on her lap listening to her read a story or simply being comforted.

Survivors include her husand, John (Jay) Moody of Cody; her son, Jay (Connie) Moody of Cody; grandsons Aaron (Chris) Moody of Powell, Colin (Lori) Moody of Casper and Brian Moody of McMinnville, Ore.; great-granddaughter Ashley and great-grandson Johnathon of Powell, great-grandson Jason of Casper; brothers Ralph Larsen and Curtis Larsen of Meeteetse; and a nephew and four nieces.

She was preceded in death by her parents; a brother, John Larsen; and sisters-in-law, Retta Larsen and Janet Larsen.
Graveside services will follow at the Meeteetse Cemetery.

April 25, 2006 8:01 am

Marvin Ewalt

(Aug. 2, 1932 - April 26, 2006)

Marvin Ewalt of Powell died at the Powell Valley Hospital Wednesday, April 26 at the age of 73.

He was born in Cody Aug. 2, 1932, to Bill and Clara Ewalt. He married Norma Boyd in Powell Oct. 11, 1952.
For many years he was employed in the oil fields. He had a special love for the outdoors and fishing.

Survivors include his wife Norma of Powell; three daughters, Lee Ann Powers in Billings, Mont., Kathy Praeuner in Houston, Texas, and Linda Lara in Billings; two sisters, Ethel and Evelyn; nine grandchildren and four great-grandchildren.

Cremation has taken place. His ashes were scattered at his favorite fishing spot.

April 26, 2006 8:00 am

Helen Ruzick

(Sept. 19, 1921 - April 22, 2006)

Helen Ruzick, 84, of Ryegate, Mont., died Saturday, April 22, at St. Vincent Health Care in Billings.

She was born Sept. 19, 1921, in Meeeteese to Peter and Laura (Schnictger) Zoeteman.

Helen married Bob Ruzick in September 1939 and resided in Powell until the fall of 1949 when they moved to Ryegate. Bob preceded her in death in 1984. Her daughter Laura Connolly also preceded her in death.

She is survived by her sons Bob (Sally) Ruzick of Powell and Jim (Linda) Ruzick of Billings; grandchildren Kyle, Jason, Chad, Howard, Lisa and Richard and 17 great grandchildren. Her brother Elmer Zoeteman of Deer Lodge and sister Arlene Todd of Columbus; several nieces and nephews also survive her.
Cremation has taken place and a memorial service is planned for 11:00 AM, Saturday, April 29, 2006 at the Ryegate High School Gymnasium.

The family requests memorials to the Dialysis Fund, Billings Clinic, PO Box 37000, 2800 10th Avenue North, Billings, MT 59107. Perkins Funeral Home assisted the family with the services.

April 22, 2006 7:59 am

Beverly Anne Rich

(Oct. 16, 1929 - April 20, 2006)

Beverly Anne Rich of 333 S. Jones St., Powell, died Thursday, April 20 at Powell Valley Care Center. She was 76.
She was born Oct. 16, 1929, in Casper, daughter of William and Florence (Boyles) Steinman. She attended schools in Casper and graduated from Natrona County High School.

On Oct. 5, 1947, she married William R. Rich in Casper. They lived in Casper and McFadden before moving to Powell. She was a housewife and homemaker and a former employee at Fryer's Pharmacy for 15 years.
She was a member of Light of Christ Church in Powell. She was active in crafts, knitting and embroidery. In spite of all her discomforts and illnesses, she never lost faith in her Lord Jesus Christ.

Survivors include her husband, William R. Rich of Powell; a son, Donal A. Rich (Diana) of Mason, Ohio; a daughter, Patricia L. Bustos (John) of Powell; three brothers and their spouses, George, Floyd and Thomas Steinman; four sisters and their husbands, Barbara Orth, Betsy Brothers, Janice Traylor and Nancy Hamre; five grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by her parents; and a sister, Bethel Wilkins.

No funeral services are planned at this time. A memorial service will be set later.

For those who wish, memorials to the Powell Valley Care Center would be appreciated by the family.

Arrangements are by Thompson Funeral Home of Powell.

April 20, 2006 7:57 am

Rick Hernandez

(June 11, 1968 - April 16, 2006)

Rick Hernandez of Goodyear, Ariz., son of Porfirio and Sharon Hernandez of Powell, died in a motorcycle accident Sunday, April 16.

He was born June 11, 1968 in Powell where he attended schools and graduated from Powell High School in 1986. He then moved to Glendale, Ariz., where he met Valerie Escalante. They married on May 11, 1996, at Estrella Mountain Ranch in Goodyear. He resided there and was employed by Atlas Cold Storage/Fry's Distribution.

Rick was blessed with two loving daughters and a stepdaughter. He was a wonderful father. His girls were the love of his life and his greatest joy was spending time with family and friends. Rick's piece of heaven on earth was fishing and camping in the mountains of Wyoming with his family and being in the wind on his motorcycle. He also enjoyed playing a weekend round of golf with his buddies. Survivors include parents Porfirio and Sharon Hernandez of Powell; wife Valerie of Goodyear, Ariz.; daughters Nicole and Trinity, stepdaughter Marcella; sisters Debra Steuter of Phoenix, Ariz., Tina Urling of McCook, Nebr., abd Tammy McDaniel of Williston, N.D.; brother Travis Hernandez of Prescott Valley, Ariz.; 10 nieces and nephews and 1 great-niece.

Visitation is scheduled from 5-8 p.m. with Rosary at 6:30 p.m. on Tuesday, April 25 at Greer-Wilson Funeral Home. Funeral services will be held on Wednesday, April 26 at 10am at St. Gregory's Catholic Church in Phoenix. He will be laid to rest at the Holy Cross Cemetery.

April 16, 2006 7:56 am

Eric Manning Buchan

(May 28, 1947 - April 16, 2006)

Eric Buchan died near Powell on April 16. He was 58.

Eric was born in Powell on May 28, 1947, to Ross and Sybil Buchan. He served his country faithfully in
Vietnam, bringing home some scars that would plague him the rest of his life. He later returned to Powell, where he worked for years as the city building inspector.

He spent the last year in Texas before choosing to come home to die. He is survived by his son, Aaron of San Antonio, Texas, who was the pride of his
life; by sisters Stephanie and Sally, both in California; and by brother Evan of Billings, Mont.

He was preceded in death by his parents. No services are planned. Eric's ashes will be
scattered by his family in the mountains he loved.

April 16, 2006 7:55 am

Saralie Joyce Asay

(June 18, 1959 - April 17, 2006)

Saralie Joyce Asay of Powell died Monday, April 17 at Cody at the age of 46.

She was born June 18, 1959, in Powell to Darwin Keith Asay and Elizabeth (Jundt) Asay. She attended local schools through the 12th grade. She was an oilfield worker and a free spirit.
Survivors include her molther, Elizabeth of Powell; three brothers, Gary and Lorna Asay, Darwin and Cathy Asay and Mike Asay.

She was preceded in death by her father, Darwin; and a sister, Sarepta Darlene Asay.

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

April 17, 2006 7:54 am

Robert Edmund Wilmott

(Feb. 18, 1903 - April 18, 2006)

Funeral Mass will be celebrated Monday, April 24 at 10 a.m. at St. Barbara's Catholic Church in Powell for Robert Edmund Wilmott, 103, who died Tuesday, April 18 at the Powell Valley Care Center.

Father Pete Johnson will officiate.

He was born Feb. 18, 1903, in Devils Lake, N.D., to Robert J. and Rosella Seward Wilmott. He was born and raised on a farm in North Dakota. He married Evelyn Vanderlin at Devils Lake on Nov. 27, 1929.

He worked for Fairmont Creamery and was later transferred to Alliance, Nebr. He worked for the Alliance School System for many years until his retirement. He and his wife moved to Powell in June of 1991 to the Rocky Mountain Manor. Upon the death of his wife in October of 1993, he moved into the Powell Valley Care Center.

Survivors include three daughters, Beverly Schuetz of Powell; Marjorie Schuetz of Garden Grove, Calif., and Kathleen (Jerry) Lynass of Honolulu, Hawaii; 11 grandchildren; 18 great grandchildren; and four great-great grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by his wife, Evelyn; three brothers; four sisters; one grandson; one granddaughter; and a son-in-law, Bob Schuetz.

Memorial donations are requested to the Powell Valley Care Center or a charity of choice.

Thompson Funeral Home of Powell is in charge of arrangements.

April 18, 2006 7:53 am

Katherine (Katie) W. Korell

(Feb. 29, 1904 - April 14, 2006)

Katherine (Katie) Korell, 102, died on Good Friday, April 14 at the Powell Health Care nursing home in Powell. Funeral services will be conducted Thursday, April 20, at 11 a.m. at St. John's Lutheran Curch in Lovell.

Katie and her twin brother, Alex, were born to Christian and Elizabeth (Rembe) Wagner on Feb. 29, 1904, in Sussanental, Russia. The family came to the United States in 1913 by way of ship to Ellis Island, N.Y., then to Baltimore, Md. and traveled by train to Park City, Mont. where the family worked in the beet fields. In 1917 the Wagner family moved to Lovell.
She worked in a bakery and as a waitress before her marriage to life-long mate, Pete Korell, on Jan. 26, 1930. They farmed for many years east of Lovell and had two daughters, Evelyn and Alma. Pete died in 1982.
In 1998 she sold her home in Lovell and moved into Rocky Mountain Manor in Powell. In July, 2001, she moved into the Powell Nursing Home where she lived until her death.

She liked to garden and was known for her beautiful tulips at her home in Lovell. She knitted many afghans for family members, each grandchild, each great-grandchild and most of the great-great grandchildren. She liked to play pinochle, bridge and her special double solitaire and was an avid bowler until 91 years of age.

She belonged to St. John's Lutheran Church and was a faithful member and worker.

Survivors include two daughters and sons-in-law, Evelyn and Don Bowers of Powell and Alma and Don Cardinal of Casper; nine grandchildren, Barbara Bowers and family of Lincoln, Neb., Bonnie Malcom and family of Salina, Utah, Sherry Bowers and family of Cody, Randy Bowers and family of Lovell, Steve Bowers and family of Cody, Linda Carter and family of Cheyenne, Carla Gennaro and family of Denver, Ralph Cardinal and family of St. Paul, Minn. and Caryn Young and family of Casper. Other survivors are 22 great-grandchildren; 15 great-great-grandchildren; one sister, Lydia Parks of Lovell; one brother-in-law, Harold Korell of Billings; two sisters-in-law, Katie Asay and Marguerite Korell of Lovell; and many nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Pete; grandson, Donnie Bowers; her parents; four brothers and two sisters.
Memorials may be given to St. John's Lutheran Church, to the Powell Valley Health Care or to the charity of choice.

April 14, 2006 7:51 am

Lee Jones Wardell

(Jan. 7, 1935 - April 13, 2006)

Lee Jones Wardell, 71, died suddenly on Thursday, April 13.

He was born Jan. 7, 1935, to Linnie Dalley Jones and Albert Dalton Wardell in Lovell. Lee attended elementary school where he grew up in Otto. He finished his education in Greybull, graduating in 1953. He excelled in athletics, expecially basketball. He shared many stories of his “glory days” with his family.

He married Carolyn Scholes, and two sons were born to this union. The couple later divorced.

Lee then met and married Jean Harston on June 26, 1958. He adopted the daughter she brought with her. Together they made their home in Lovell, where they raised their six children in the “house that beer built.”

He came from a long line of brick masons and was taught the trade by his father at a very young age, carrying hod in his adolescence and laying brick before he graduated from high school. Lee was well known for his natural talent and shared his skill and knowledge with his sons and many others. Lee practiced his trade with the Billings Local Union and was recently recognized for 50 years of service. He was the proud recipient of the prestigious Local #3 Union gold card. His life's work took him all over the western United States, concentrated mainly in Montana and Wyoming. Jobs he was especially proud of were the Masonic Lodge and the Stockman Banks in Billings.

Lee was an avid outdoorsman. The only vacation he took yearly was to go elk hunting. He was affectionately known as “Silvertip” to many. His love and respect of the mountain and extensive knowledge of the Black Butte area were well known. His tales of the hunt were told around the campfire and will be retold for generations. When it wasn't hunting season, Lee could be seen with his fishing pole in hand and grandchildren in tow headed to his favorite fishing hole. His other love was gardening, a legacy he passed on to his sons.

One of Lee's greatest joys in life were his grandchildren and great-grandchildren. He enjoyed sharing his love of the outdoors with them; all will greatly miss their Grandpa.

Lee was preceded in death by his parents; step-mother, Anna; his father and mother-in-law, James and Opal Harston; and brothers Preston and Callis.

Lee is survived by his wife, Jean; children, Mel (Shawna) Wardell of Idaho Falls, Idaho, Lynn (Steve) Lundberg, Mark Wardell, and Jeff (Karen) Wardell all of Lovell, Bryan (Cheryl) Wardell of Laurel, Mont.,Janice (Scott) Davis of Eugene, Ore., and David Collingwood of Greybull; two brothers, Albert J. (Phern) Wardell and Mack (Bonnie) Wardell; three sisters, Merla (Reanous) Henderson, Irma (Melvin) Neves, and Joan (Bruce) Butler; 20 grandchildren and 12 great-grandchildren with two more due to arrive in 2006.

Services were held Tuesday, April 18 at the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in Lovell. Interment followed at the Cowley Cemetery.