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March 08, 2008 4:18 am

Beverly June Sheets

(July 28, 1931 - March 6, 2008)

Lifelong Powell resident Beverly June Sheets, 76, died Thursday, March 6 at the Powell Valley Care Center, surrounded by her family.

She was born July 28, 1931, at the old Whitlock Hospital on Avenue C in Powell to Horal Bryan (Jake) and Maggie Lou (Ewalt) Sheets. She attended school in Powell and lived on the family homestead on the Willwood, working hard at helping her parents with the farm.

Beverly always raised a large garden, and each year she raised a variety of gladiolas and iris.
In her early teens, Beverly was treated for depression and suffered with it throughout her life. In 1970, she moved into town with her parents after they sold the farm.

In 1984, 10 years after the death of her mother in 1974, she and her father moved back to the Willwood into a trailer house behind the home of her sister, Dixie. Within one month, her father became ill and was moved to the Powell Nursing Home. He lived there for three years until his death in 1985. She resided at the trailer for 18 years, until she moved to the Powell Valley Care Center for treatment of diabetes in 2002.

Throughout her life, she enjoyed her pet cats, playing cards (especially bridge), games and puzzles, math, painting, playing the piano, reading and watching TV and movies. She was always interested in each extended family member.
Survivors include her sister, Dixie Lou Olsen of Powell; brother, Charles S. (Mary) Sheets of Lovell; sister Janet (Larry) Strait of Santa Ana, Calif.; and several nieces and nephews. She was especially close to her nephews, Christopher (deceased) and Mark Esterholt.

Funeral services will be today (Tuesday) at 11 a.m. at Thompson Funeral Home, with a viewing from 10:30-11 a.m. Burial will be in Crown Hill Cemetery.

Memorial donations can be sent to the American Diabetes Association, P.O. Box 11454, Alexandria, VA 22312.

March 06, 2008 4:17 am

Grady Lloyd Fannin

(Aug. 3, 1910 - March 3, 2008)

Rev. Grady Lloyd Fannin, 97, died on March 3, 2008.

In 1978, Grady opened an Assembly of God church in Meeteetse that served the community for 20 years. Prior to that, he had a successful career serving the Assembly ministry in northeastern states and the Assembly's Teen Challenge.
Grady was born August 13, 1910 in Cottle County, Texas, one of seven children to Ozell and Jess Fannin.
Grady spent many years of his youth traveling with his family between Texas to California.
He is a graduate of the Berean Bible Institute in San Diego, Calif. In 1932, he was asked to pastor the Assembly of God church in Brawley, Calif.

He married Lucile Hall, of Chula Vista, Calif., in September of 1932. Lucile was also a graduate of Berean Bible Institute.
After preaching at several churches in southern California, Grady and his family move to New England in 1947. Grady was pastor at two New England churches until he was voted as superintendent of six New England states and the family moved to the district office in Framingham, Mass. Later the six states were divided into two districts. Grady was elected superintendent of the Northern New England district in 1957 and the family moved to Laconia, N.H.
During his superintendent tenure, Grady was invited to speak at the Assembly of God 1959 General Council in San Antonio, Texas. At the session he was elected non-resident executive to represent the northeaster region Assembly of God governing board in the United States.

In 1961 Grady joined David Wilkerson, founder of Teen Challenge, a ministry focusing on rescuing youth lost to drugs and gangs. According to a federally-funded survey, Teen Challenge was responsible for helping more teenagers than any other organization in the United States. Teen Challenge has since expanded to help youth throughout the world.
In 1962, Grady was asked to open a second Teen Challenge in Chicago. In 1965, Grady took over the Teen Challenge Center in San Francisco. In 1967, he began working for Teen Challenge in the field, helping youth in the United States and parts of Canada. Grady and Lucile both worked as Teen Challenge evangelists until Grady's retirement in 1975.
Although retired, Grady never lost his ministerial enthusiasm and heart.

In 1978, Grady opened an Assembly of God church in Meeteetse.

Lucile passed on in 1999 and Grady joined her this month.

Grady is survived by his daughters, Elaine Merz, Meeteetse; Gwen Fannin, Rancho Santa Margarita, Calif.; one sister, Jaunita Wimberly, Bakersfield, Calif.; eight grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren.

A celebration and memorial service will be held at the Community Church in Meeteetse, Saturday, March 15, at 2:30 p.m. A simple graveside service was held at Meeteetse Cemetery on March 4.

March 03, 2008 4:15 am

Leonard W. Rochlitz

(March 6, 1917 - March 3, 2008)

Leonard Rochlitz, father of Ken Rochlitz of Powell, died Monday, March 3 at Powell Valley Hospital three days before his 91st birthday.

A long-time resident of the Cheyenne area, he had been living at the Powell Valley Care Center since late 2007.
He was born March 6, 1917, in Hordville, Nebr., son of William Henry Rochlitz and Weedine (Stubbe) Rochlitz. He completed a high school education and married Viola Heidemann on April 10, 1940, at Big Springs, Nebr.
Leonard ranched and farmed in southeast Wyoming for many years. He was a member of the Lutheran Church.
Survivors include a son, Ken Rochlitz (Karla) of Powell; a daughter, Carol Ross (Jim) of Monument, Colo.; six grandchildren and five great-grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his wife; a son, Ron Rochlitz; and several brothers and sisters.

Cremation has taken place. A memorial service will be held at a later date in Cheyenne. Thompson Funeral Home assisted the family.

March 03, 2008 4:14 am

Grady L. Fannin

(Aug. 13, 1910 - March 3, 2008)

Pastor and evangelist Grady L. Fannin, 97, died Monday, March 3 at Bonnie Bluejacket Nursing Home in Basin.
He was born Aug. 13, 1910, in Cottle County, Texas, one of seven children born to Ozell and Jess Fannin. In 1932, he graduated from Bible school and married Lucile Hall.

Grady pastored his first church at the age of 22 in Brawley, Calif. After pastoring several churches in southern California, he moved his family to New England in 1947. There, he pastored two churches before becoming superintendent over churches in the six New England states in 1953.

In 1959, he was voted in as one of eight non-resident executives serving on the governing board of the Assemblies of God to represent the northeastern United States. In 1961, he resigned these positions to join teen Challenge, an organization established to help drug addicts and youths in trouble by introducing them to the Savior.
In 1962, he was asked to go to Chicago to direct the second Teen Challenge Center opened in the United States. During his term in Chicago, Grady was invited to be the guest speaker at the Peruvian Assembly of God Convention where Lucile's brother was a missionary.

In 1967, he was asked to take over as director of the San Francisco Teen Challenge. In 1967, the work there was established, and he felt it was time to let someone else take over. He then went on the field for Dave Wilkerson, the founder of Teen Challenge, as his associate evangelist. By 1975, the couple knew it was time to retire, but Grady managed to be relatively active for several more years.

This is the 50th anniversary year of Teen Challenge which has now spread around the world.

He is survived by his daughters, Elaine Merz of Meeteetse and Gwen Fannin of Rancho Santa Margarita, Calif.; one sister, Nita Wimberly of Bakersfield, Calif.; eight grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren.

A celebration/memorial service is set at the Community Church in Meeteetse at 2:30 p.m. Saturday, March 15. Private interment was in Meeteetse Cemetery with arrangements by Ballard Funeral Home.

March 03, 2008 4:13 am

Charlene Schulz

(March 25, 1945 - March 2, 2008)

Billings resident Charlene Carol Schulz, a native of the Lovell and Deaver area, died March 2 at the Billings Clinic. She was 62.

She was born March 25, 1945, in Kane, a daughter of Loren and Leona Hoffman Tilley. She attended schools in Lovell and Belfry, Mont., graduating from Lovell High School. She continued her education at Billings Business College.
She worked for a time in North Carolina and California as a bookkeeper before returning to the Billings area in the early 1970s. She worked in bookkeeping at Higgenbothom Jewelers, Deaconess Hospital, the World of Rodeo and various accounting firms.

Char, as she was affectionately known, married Kurt Schulz on Sept. 1, 1979, and the couple made their home in Billings. She and Kurt owned and operated the Billings Foreign Car Service.

She was diagnosed with rheumatoid arthritis in her late 20's. Athough the arthritis crippled her, she never let it beat her. She handmade gifts for her children, nieces, nephews and friends, took classes in cake decorating and even got Kurt to help with the cakes.

She and Kurt took part in the International Chili Society Cook-Offs for 20 years. She was a founding member of the Yellowstone Region of the Sports Car Club of America and a life-time member of the Associates of the Vietnam Veterans of America.

Survivors include her husband, Kurt of Billings; two sons, Paul E. and Eric L. Schulz of Billings; her sisters, Sherry (Kurt) Nelson and Gloria (Everett) Dudley; her brothers, Edward (Helen), Donald , Jerry (Corine), Melvin (Sherry Kay), Earl (Karen), Dennis (Gina) and Marvin (Linda) Tilley, as well as numerous nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her parents; sister, Joyce; and brother-in-law, Dick Buster.

Cremation has taken place, and private inurnment will be at a later date. Memorial services were held March 8 in Billings.

March 29, 2006 4:06 am

Henry"Duncan" Barron

(May 2, 1922 - March 29, 2007)

Henry "Duncan" Barron, a former longtime resident of Powell, died Thursday, March 29, at McKay-Dee Hospital in Ogden, Utah. He was 84.

He was born May 2, 1922, in Shreveport, La., a son of Henry and Bertha (Fewell) Barron. He graduated from high school and served in the Army during World War II with the 746th Tank Battalion which landed on Utah Beach on D-Day.
He married Agnes (Faye) Barnett on Oct. 14, 1941. They lived in Wright City, Texas, and later moved to Powell where he was employed with Marathon Oil Co., for 35 years. He was a member of First Baptist Church and the Masonic Lodge. He enjoyed fishing, traveling the country by motorhome, and woodworking. After the death of his wife in October, 2006, Henry relocated to Huntsville, Utah, to live with his niece and nephew, Jim and Dianne Branch.

He is survived by brother, Jacky Dean Barron; sisters, Frances Williams, Peggy Lewis, Mary Shaw, Bonnie Harris, and Joy Evans; grandson, Danny Sullivan; great-grandson, Zachary Sullivan; nieces, nephews, and great nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his parents, his wife, Faye, their only daughter, Billie Janette Sullivan, and sisters, Sharon Gibbs, Emma Lee, and Bertha Fulton.

Graveside services will be held Friday, April 6, at Lindquist Cemetery in Ogden, Utah. Memorials may be made to the First Baptist Church in Powell.

March 29, 2007 4:05 am

Deon June Carpenter Dawson

(July 16, 1955 - March 26, 2006)

Deon June Carpenter Dawson, 79, died Monday, March 26 at New Horizons Care Center in Lovell.
She was born in Powell in 1927, the youngest of five children born to Clyde and Mary (Frazee) Carpenter. She attended the local schools and graduated from Powell High School in 1948.

She married Stan Dawson on July 16, 1955, and to this union their only daughter, Debra, was born.
Deon was a homemaker and enjoyed knitting and embroidery. Many of her friends received handmade gifts from her and she made special sweaters for family members. In June of 2002, Deon moved from her home of 47 years to the New Horizons Care Center.

She is survived by her daughter Debra (Michael) Logan; grandsons Andrew and Jason Logan, and several nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her parents, her husband Stan on June 18, 1990; older siblings Gladys Carpenter, Elva Carpenter, Dale Carpenter and Nola Pendley.

Funeral services will be held Friday, March 30 at 10 a.m. at First United Methodist Church in Powell with burial in Crown Hill Cemetery. Thompson Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

March 26, 2006 4:03 am

Linda Jacobson

(Dec. 15, 1952 - March 22, 2007)

Linda Fae Jacobson 54, of Powell, died Thursday, March 22, at her daughter's home in Casper after a courageous battle with cancer. Her family was at her side.

Funeral services will be held Thursday March 29, at 2 p.m. at Thompson Funeral Home in Powell. Visitation will be from 1:15 to 1:45 p.m. at the funeral home.

She was born Dec. 15, 1952, in Havre, Mont., a daughter of Bertha (Gillispie) and Howard Perkins. She graduated from Cut Bank High School in Cut Bank, Mont.

She married Greg Jacobson on March 29, 1974, in Lethbridge, Alberta, Canada, and they lived in various locations throughout the midwest and southern states. Linda was a homemaker, a published poet, a devoted grandmother, and she enjoyed a good game of pitching horse shoes. Her favorite saying was, "There's lots of things to think about, but nothing to worry about."

She is survived by her husband, Greg; daughters Keela (Christian) Lyda of Casper, and Bobbi (Chuck) Lampman of Greybull; brothers Sonny (Maxine) Harrison of Grass Range, Mont., and Marvin (Charlotte) Perkins of Casper; sisters Sharon (Herb) Hershman, of Cut Bank, and Darla (Ron) Hartung of Billings; and five grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by her mother and father, brother Howard Perkins, sister Carol Miller, her mother-in-law, her father-in-law, niece, Brenda DeZort, and nephew, Chad Wingerter.

Burial will be in Crown Hill Cemetery. Arrangements are being handled by Thompson Funeral Home.

March 22, 2007 4:02 am

John Marshall Rhiner

(Jan. 20, 1907 - March 20, 2007)

John Marshall Rhiner died Tuesday, March 20 at his home in Cody, just two months after reaching his goal to live to be 100. He was born Jan. 20, 1907, in Hardy, Iowa, the youngest of five boys born to John Rhiner and Ella Lizette (Zuerbuller) Rhiner.

He attended the Hardy school through the eighth grade, and then high school in Bussey, Iowa, for about a year before dropping out. He then lived with several of his brothers in Minneapolis, Chicago, and finally, Kansas City, Mo. He worked for Sears Roebuck and Co., there while attending Kansas City School of Law in the evenings. He received his doctorate in law in 1937.

John was drafted into the Army in 1943 and stationed at Fort Custer, Mich. He was sent to the Military Government School and then sent to Casablanca. After several years in the service, he returned to Kansas City and worked in the Office of Price Adjustment, and later the Social Security Administration. He moved to Worland as manager in 1951; then to Cody in 1961 to open the first office there. He retired in 1968, but never slowed down. He served on the Northwest College Foundation board and the Investment Committee for many years.

John and Ruth M. Lovelace were married Aug. 28, 1935. Ruth would often tell the story of their wedding day supper, where they split a bowl of soup because that's all they could afford. They never had children of their own, but they sponsored many students to attend Northwest College in Powell. They were generous supporters of many foundations and causes including the Buffalo Bill Museum, the Humane Society, Cody Rec Center, and the Boys & Girls Club.

After John's retirement, they traveled all over, including a trip to Peru as well as their yearly trip to Sekiu, Wash., to salmon fish. Ruth died in 2004 at the age of 100, and John set his goal to live to 100 also. He was always active and eager to see what was happening in the world.

He was preceded in death by his parents, his wife Ruth, and all four of his brothers. Cremation has taken place and no services are planned at his request. Memorial donations may be made to Spirit Mountain Hospice in Cody, or to a charity of choice.

Ballard Funeral Home, Cody, was in charge of arrangements.

March 20, 2007 4:01 am

Jake Knopp

(Dec. 3, 1916 - March 13, 2007)

Jake Knopp, 90, died Tuesday, March 13, at his home in Cody.

He was born Dec. 3, 1916, in McIntosh County, N.D., the son of David and Maria (Dashendorf) Knopp. He married Dorothy Astiles Oct. 9, 1943, in Billings, Mont.

His family lived on the Willwood, on Heart Mountain and in Cody. He was a resident of the area for 70 years. He farmed on Heart Mountain, then moved to Cody to work for Husky Oil Company in the early 1970s, and later worked for Marathon Oil Company. He was a member of the American Legion and Christ the King Lutheran Church.
Jake enjoyed woodworking, spending time with his family, playing cards, and outdoor activities. He was a fisherman, hunter and gardener.

He is survived by four sons; Richard and Daniel, both of Cody; James and Robert, both of Powell; two sisters, Ruth Kuyatt of Billings, and Helen Sheets of Drummond, Mont.; eight grandchildren and 13 great-grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by his parents, wife Dorothy, a baby daughter, and one sister, Tina Kessel.

Funeral services will be held Monday, March 19, at 10:30 a.m. at Christ the King Lutheran Church in Cody. Rev. Timothy Klug will officiate. Interment will follow in Riverside Cemetery with VFW Honor Guard presenting military honors. Visitation will be on Sunday, March 18, from 5 to 7 p.m. at Ballard Funeral Home in Cody.

Memorials may be made to Spirit Mountain Hospice, 707 Sheridan Ave., Cody, Wyo. 82414, in Jake's memory.

Ballard Funeral Home is handling arrangements.