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August 20, 2009 3:37 am

Dixie Sue Loran

(Dec. 21, 1957 - Aug. 16, 2009)

Dixie Sue Loran, 51, died Sunday, Aug. 16, at North Big Horn Hospital in Lovell.

She was born in Cody on Dec. 21, 1957, to Karen (Kay) and Robert Loran. She married Edward Rodriguez at her mother's house in June 2004.

Dixie will be remembered for her carefree spirit and the wild look in her eyes. She worked to care for others and consistently tried to help others. She fought a short battle with cancer and showed strength through it all.

She is survived by her husband, Edward Rodriguez; her children Bobbi Sue Foss of Cody, Louis Grant Kousoulos of Powell, Carmen Dickson of Lovell and Travis Kuhl of Lovell; her stepchildren Lydia Wood of Lovell, Roman Rodriguez of Guam, Tony Rodriguez, Jennilee Rodriguez and Amee Rodriguez, all of Lovell, Shannon McCollam of Byron and Julie Molaskey of Cody; her mother and father Kay and Robert Loran of Lovell; her siblings Casey Loran, Nick Loran, Sheila Lipps and Judy Brittain, all of Cody and Rocky Loran of Arizona.

She was preceded in death by her stepson, Hank Lewis.

Funeral services will be held at Great Western Park in Lovell on Saturday, Aug. 22, at 1 p.m. A potluck dinner will follow.

July 15, 2002 10:17 am

Isadora Stahn

(May 3, 1908 - July 12, 2002)

Funeral services were held July 17 at St. Barbara's Catholic Church for long-time Powell resident, Isadora Stahn, who passed away peacefully July 12 at St. John's Living Center in Jackson where she resided for the past nine yeas.

She had lived in Powell since 1930. This obituary was lovingly written by her children, Nicki, Julanne and John.
Isadora was born May 3, 1908, in La Porte City, Iowa. She was the daughter of John and Julia Smith and was the oldest of six children. She spent her childhood on her parents' farm in La Porte City, close to Waterloo.

After high school, she attended Iowa State Teachers College in Cedar Falls, Iowa, graduating with a teaching degree in 1927. She accepted her first teaching position in Streeter, N.D., from September 1927 until June 1930. She would return to her parents' home each summer to help with daily life on the farm and sent money home each month to help her parents sustain the family farm. Her sister, Kathleen Higgins, of Waterloo, Iowa, relates that many of Isadora's teaching friends would spent their summers traveling abroad, but Isadora chose to go home to her family in Iowa.
In August of 1930, she moved to Powell and taught second grade for the Powell Elementary School. She often remarked that second grade was her favorite age to teach, because the children "were so open to learning.. . . old enough to listen, yet young enough not to sass." Mom taught school in Powell for three years.

Mom met Powell dentist, Dr. J.C. Stahn, who had moved to Powell in 1927 to buy a practice from Dr. T.J. Ice. Mom was a patient of Dad's, and they often ate their meals at a boarding house owned and operated by Lloyd and Gladys Van Buskirk. Mom and Dad were married Sept. 2, 1933. After WWII, Dad's son, Jack, and wife Rose moved to Powell and joined Dad in his dental practice.

Mom and Dad bought their first and only home at 235 N. Bernard in April of 1943 and welcomed the birth of their daughter, Julanne, in July 1934. In March, 1949, son John was born, and May 1951 daughter Nikki joined the family. With each child, remodeling of the tiny home was done until its present size. Mom's love of her family and home was evident to all that knew her. Her beautiful yard and rose garden gave her many hours of pleasure, a sense of pride, and a special joy.
Mom was very active in her church, St. Barbara's, and her faith sustained her throughout her life. Her devotion to her church was evident in the 52 years she played for virtually all masses for many of those years, as well as hundreds of weddings and funerals. She didn't stop there, as she taught catechism for many, many years. She loved life, and she loved giving of herself to God and to others. She may have "retired" from teaching, but she never stopped giving us the lessons of life.
Mom, although in her "growing up" years was always called Isadora, after she and Dad were married (and he was always called "Doc"), they were known as Doc and Izzy. It was an endearing name that everyone knew her by.
Mom was very involved in the Powell community and loved to tell people what and where her hometown was. She was a member of the Catholic Women's Society, Catholic Diocese, Epasc Club, the American Legion Auxiliary, VFW Women's Auxiliary, BPOE Does, the P.E.O. Sisterhood, as well as many bridge clubs over the years. She loved having meetings, bridge club and entertaining in her home.

Company dropping by for coffee and a chat, as well as her friends, old and new, over the years helped her go on with life after husband Doc passed away in 1974. They were married 41 years.

Mom passed away with her children at her side. Her last years were spent in Jackson where her daughter, Nikki, and husband George reside. She will be deeply missed by her family and the many friends she made in both Jackson and Powell. Her name was Izzy, but the nurses and aides at St. John's fondly called her "Isadorable."

Her husband Doc, infant sister Delores and brothers Joe, Don and Jack preceded her in death. She is survived by daughter Nikki (George) Anderson of Jackson, daughter Julanne Weisberg of Cotati, Calif., son John Stahn of Portland, Ore.; stepson Jack Stahn of Powell; sister Kathleen (Arnold) Higgins of Waterloo, Iowa; five grandchildren and five great-grandchildren; eight step-grandchildren and numerous nieces and nephews.

July 12, 2002 10:13 am

Vinson M. Hall

Word of the death of Vinson M. Hall of White Rock, N.M., has been received here.

Mr. Hall died July 10 in New Mexico. He was employed with the Los Alamos National Labs for 33 years as a heating and ventilation engineer.

He married Charlene Kopriva in Powell on Sept. 22, 1952.

He was a U.S. Navy veteran and a member of the design team which created the cantilevered flight deck of the USS Coral Sea. He was an adjutant of the American Legion Post 90 in Los Alamos, a member of the auxiliary fire brigade in Los Alamos and a lifetime member of the Elks Lodge.

Survivors include his wife Charlene of White Rock; son Patrick Hall of Sacramento, Calif.; daughter Zandra Hall-Chong of Coldspring, Texas; one sister, one brother and five grandchildren.

July 10, 2002 10:12 am

Edna Harvey

(Aug. 13, 1921 - July 1, 2002)

Edna Harvey, 80, of Byron, died Monday, July 1, 2002, at Powell Hospital.

She was born Aug. 13, 1921, in New Milford, N.J., to Harvey and Elizabeth DeGraw. In 1936, she married Fred Brightly and the couple had seven children.

The couple moved to the Big Horn Basin in 1942. In their early days of marriage the worked on the farm, trapped, raised children, tended garden and canned.

In 1955, she married Luther "Pete" Harvey and the marriage was solemnized in the Billings (Mont.) Temple. They left the area for eight years before returning in 1963 to be near Julia Harvey after her husband died. She has made her residnce in Byron since 1965.

She is survived by her husband Luther Harvey; children, Fred Brightly (Kimberly) of El Paso, Texas; Charles Brightly (Peggy) of Denver; Leonard Brightly (Norma) of McAllister, Okla.; Warren Shidler (Sheila) of Cowley; Elizabeth (Heidi) Brightly of Nedville, Texas; Dale Harvey (Clyde) of Powell; and Gale Heny (Ken) of Aurora, Colo; brothers and sisters Walter DeGraw of Ban Bernito, Texas; Aiteson DeGraw of New Milford, N.Y.; Burton DeGraw of Briston, Vt.; Rosemary DeGraw and Fairlene Rabenda of Poughkeepsie, N.Y.; Beverly Wholem of Germantown, N.Y.; Isabelle Moskluk of Elizaville, N.Y.; and 17 grandchildren and 17 great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her parents, granddaughter Cheri Rogers and her brother, Harvey DeGraw.

Services will be in the Byron Ward Chapel on Friday, July 5, 2002, at 10:30 a.m. Bishop Denny Neville will officiate.
Haskell Funeral Home of Lovell is in charge of arrangements.

July 01, 2002 10:11 am

Shirley Turner

(April 21, 1936 - July 30, 2001)

Word has been received here of the July 30 death in Galveston, Texas, of Shirley Turner, 65.
She was born in Powell April 21, 1936, to Leo and Clara Webber. She attended school in Powell and Bridger, Mont., graduating from Bridger High School.

Survivors include a son, Richard Gandy and friend Cindy of Katy, Texas; a brother, Bob Webber and wife Dolores of Powell; a sister, Lela Elwood and husband Lynn of Powell; five grandchildren and four great-grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by her husband; a daughter, Gloria; her parents and a sister, Mary.

Cremation has taken place, and a memorial service will follow.

July 30, 2001 10:08 am

Clyda J. Raber Kasinger

(May 23, 1947 - July 23, 2001)

Graveside services are to be held at Pine Slope Cemetery in Belle Fourche, S.D., on Saturday, July 28 for Clyda J. Raber Kasinger, 54, who died early Monday, July 23 in Casper after a brave battle with breast cancer.

She was born May 23, 1947, in Belle Fouche to Clyde A. and Darleen J. (Vitto) Raber. She grew up on a ranch outside Alzada, Mont., with seven brothers and sisters. She attended Robinson School and Hulett High School.
After graduating, she enrolled at the University of Wyoming where she studied to be a nutritionist. There she met Dale Kasinger, and they were married in 1966.

They then returned to his hometown of Powell in 1967 with their first child, Chris, to farm on the Willwood. Two years later, their second child, Clint, was born,

They were divorced in 1987, and Clyda eventually settled in Mills, where she met and was building a new life for herself with Charles Jeffcoat, when the cancer struck her.

She enjoyed reading, collecting antiques and tag sales, but especially enjoyed and was most proud of her grandchildren.
She will be missed by Charles Jeffcoat of Mills; her daughter, Chris Norris and husband Dave and their sons Levi and Dalton Norris of Powell; her son, Clint Kasinger and wife Dawn and their daughters Natalee, Maranda and Jessica of Powell; her mother, Darleen Raber of Bel Fourche, S.D.; brothers Ron Raber and Monte Raber, both of Bel Fourche, and Lloyd Raber of Alzada, Mont.; sisters Wanda Crozier and Cherie Richardson, both of Cheyenne, Marie Eby of Gillette and Roxie Fox of Belvedere, S.D.; and numerous nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her father.

Cremation has taken place in Casper. The Funeral Home of the Northern Hills in Belle Fourche is in charge of arrangements.

July 23, 2001 10:07 am

Estelle Marie Woodruff

(Oct. 30, 1893 - July 20, 2001)

The Grand Lady of the Shoshone Valley died in the Powell Nursing Home Friday, July 20 at the age of 107.

Estelle Marie Woodruff, celebrated as the oldest living homesteader on the Shoshone Project, was a much-admired pioneer of the Powell Valley. She celebrated her 100th birthday and each birthday beyond the century mark with a wide circle of friends, neighbors and admirers in the community who gathered at the nursing home.

Cremation has taken place. Memorial services will be scheduled at a later date.

She was born Oct. 30, 1893, in St. Louis, Mo., to Herman Jung and Estelle Marie (LaMarchal) Jung. She came to Powell at the age of 21 in 1912, accompanying her brother, Adrian, and an aunt and uncle, Mr. and Mrs. Eugene LaMarchal. The LaMarchals had an early day flower shop in Powell.

She filed for her 80-acre homestead on the North End in 1914, and it was there she met her husband, Billie Woodruff, who was involved in sheep ranching. They were married July 17, 1918, at the LaMarchal home.

Stell, as she was fondly called, and her husband built their home in the North End community the year their son, Bob, was born (Sept. 2, 1920). It is located at 1026 Lane 5 and still looks very much like it did more than 80 years ago.

Their married life was centered in the ranching business. Their sheep grazed from Frannie to Pat O'Hara Creek, and the sheep summered in the Beartooth Mountains for some 20 years. After Billie's death in 1963, son Bob ran the ranching for many years. Stell and Bob, previously deceased, sold their bands of sheep in 1977.

She had close association with neighbors through many years of membership in the North End Club. She was also a member of Eastern Star, Epasc Club and bridge club.

July 20, 2001 10:05 am

Betty Ruth Osborne

(Aug. 9, 1923 - July 19, 2001)

Funeral services were conducted Monday morning at First Baptist Church for a life-long resident of Powell, Betty Ruth Osborne, who died Thursday, July 19 at the Powell Hospital. She was 77.

Pastor Jesse Sauskojus officiated at services and burial in Crown Hill Cemetery.

She was born Aug. 9, 1923, at Powell, daughter of Glen and Thelma (Baird) Sheets. She attended Powell schools, graduating from Powell High School in 1941.

She lived in Powell all her life and worked as a bookkeeper/accountant. She was a member of First Baptist Church.
She enjoyed fishing, bridge, golf and music.

Pallbearers at the funeral were Clay Miller, Frank Winz, Dennis Gormley, Scott Gormley, Rick Guthrie, Floyd Osborn and Darrell Anderson.

Survivors include a sister, Beth Wollam of Powell; four nephews and nieces and numerous cousins and great nephews and nieces. She was preceded in death by her parents.

July 19, 2001 10:04 am

Julia Ann Dart

(Sept. 21, 1936 - July 12, 2001)

Julia Ann Dart, 63, died Thursday, July 12 at the Powell Hospital from complications of a long illness with a liver disease.
She had been a resident of Powell since 1972 when she moved to the community following the tragic death of her husband, Bill Dart, in 1969 while the family was living in Alpine, Wyo.

She was born Sept. 21, 1936, in Duchesne, Utah, as the oldest of four children of Edward Kielbasa and Marie (Hadden) Kielbasa. At the age of 18, she married Bill Dart of Roosevelt, Utah. They had six children, three boys and three girls.
In Powell, she is remembered for having worked many years as the secretary for the LDS Institute. She also worked many years as a nurse's aide at the old Powell Nursing Home.
She is survived by her six children; 13 grandchildren; and one great-grandchild. Survivors also include her mother and two sisters.

Friends and acquaintances recall her ability to make people smile and laugh. Her quick wit and endless funny stories will be greatly missed, as will her generous and caring personality.

Cremation has taken place, and interment at the Deaver Cemetery will be announced at a later date. Haskell Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

July 12, 2001 10:03 am

Donald Laurence Sparks

(Jan. 25, 1936 - July 23, 2001)

A memorial service was conducted July 23 at the First Baptist Church in Basin for Donald Laurence Sparks, 65, who died July 10 at his home in La Verkin, Utah.

Mr. Sparks was the father of Dona Lynn Becker of Powell.

He was born Jan. 25, 1936, in Worland, son of Evelyn (Ingalls) and Johnny Sparks. He attended school in Worland briefly, and then in Greybull as the family moved to the Otto/Burlington area.

At age 17, he joined the U.S. Marines and served from 1953 to 1961. Returning from his stint in Korea, as sergeant, he was stationed at Camp Lejeune, N.C., where he became a heavy equipment operator.

After his discharge, he worked in Riverton and Basin for Gordon Sykes Construction for several years.

In 1961, he married Sally Ann Butler, and they had two children, whom they raised in Basin.
He farmed in the Burlington/Otto area before buying Minter Auto Supply in Greybull. The name changed to Sparks Auto Supply and was later sold. He was part owner of the Tri-Pak Construction and was also a locksmith in the Basin/Greybull area.

In 1989, he married Joyce Farris. Later they moved to La Verkin where he was a supervisor for the St. George Welding Co. at the time of his death.

Survivors include his wife in Utah; one daughter, Dona Lynn Becker and husband Bob of Powell; one son, Grant Sparks of Riverton; his mother, Evelyn Sparks, of Basin; one brother, Wayne Sparks and wife Carol of Basin; one sister, Loralee Clause and husband Larry of Las Vegas, Nev.; and two granddaughters, Cassaundra Lynn and Samantha Becker, both of Powell; a nephew, Rick Spraks of Basin and his wife Marie; and numerous other nieces and nephews.
Cremation has taken place. Memorials may be made to the Security State Bank in Basin for the American Heart Association.