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August 20, 2009 3:48 am

Panther football reloaded

Athleticism leaves coaching staff optimistic despite turnover

Last year, the Powell Panthers came within a two-point conversion tackle of playing for the state football championship. If they're going to find themselves back in that position come November, the team will have to accomplish the task with several new faces in the starting lineup.

Pioneers' clean-up hitter the latest to play ball

Days after helping the Powell Pioneers wrap up a 48-win season and earn a third-place finish in the Northwest regional tournament, third baseman Tyler Dahlgren was headed south after accepting an offer to play ball for Oklahoma Panhandle University.

Dahlgren became the fourth member of the Pioneers to choose to continue playing baseball at the college level this fall and the second in less than a week. Teammate Grant Geiser, who had also received an offer from Oklahoma Panhandle, chose to sign with Dakota Wesleyan University.

“It's the school I graduated from,” said Pioneers' coach Mike Jameson. “It'll provide him with some good opportunities to improve as a player.”

Dahlgren served as the Pioneers' clean-up hitter consistently throughout the season. He finished with a team-leading 73 RBI's this summer while carrying a .359 batting average for the season. Dahlgren fanned just 25 times in 223 at-bats and ranked among the team's leaders with 18 doubles.

Defensively, Dahlgren turned in a number of stellar plays from the hot corner, perhaps the most memorable being a leaping stab of a ground ball and laser-like throw across the diamond to help preserve Powell's one-run win over the Casper Oilers in this year's district championship game. He was also 4-2 as a pitcher on the mound with a team-leading five saves during his final summer of Legion eligibility.

Dahlgren joins Geiser, Gianluca Giarrizzo and Scotty Jameson as members of the Pioneers' organization to sign letters of intent this season.

Oklahoma Panhandle is an NCAA Division II program that plays in the eight-team Heartland Conference. The Aggies will be looking to bounce back after a difficult 1-47 season last spring.

Last weekend, Park County residents and visitors had their first peek at two very different reminders of World War II events.

The Wyoming World War II memorial was unveiled at Veterans' Park in Cody. It will stand as a permanent reminder of the brave American soldiers who, far from home, lost their lives fighting for their country.

Between Cody and Powell, the interpretive learning center on the site of the former Heart Mountain Relocation Center is well on its way to completion. When finished, the center will educate people about the experience of Japanese- Americans sent to relocation camps throughout the West during World War II.

The two places offer very different perspectives, to be sure, but both of them focus on the heartache and horror of a war that affected countless Americans at home and abroad. They both serve as poignant reminders of how the events of World War II shaped the generation that lived through it.

As that generation slowly disappears, it's important to offer gratitude to the people who recognized the need to keep their memories alive for future generations. Their tireless work and dedication will ensure that the WWII generation is not forgotten.

August 25, 2009 3:25 am

Larry G. Harrell

(March 7, 1940 - Aug. 18, 2009)

Larry G. Harrell, 69, of Powell, died Tuesday, Aug. 18, after a short battle with lung cancer. He spent his last days at home surrounded by his family.

Larry was born March 7, 1940, in Corydon, Ind., a son of James and Goldie (Luther) Harrell. He was the youngest of three children and graduated from Corydon Central High School in 1959. On Nov. 28, 1959, Larry married the “love of his life” Rita Briscoe, in Frenchtown, Ind., and was blessed with six children.

Larry worked on a cattle ranch in Sunburst, Mont., and as a machinist in Jeffersonville, Ind. In October 1971 he moved his family from Corydon to Cody and then to Powell in 1974. He owned a carpet store in Powell and installed carpet for many years. In 1986 he started work at Linton's Big R Store and later became store manager.

At the time of his recent retirement, he was the purchasing agent. He was an experienced horseman, outdoorsman and hunter. He enjoyed elk hunting with his wife and appreciated the Wyoming wildlife and majestic scenery. He enjoyed camping on the North Fork and in the Sunlight Basin, hiking and horseback riding with his famlly, and he passed his love of the outdoors on to his children and grandchildren. He enjoyed working on classic cars and was known to fix anything around the house, barn or garage. He also enjoyed history, especially World War II airplanes and Civil War battlefields.He was a Cub Scout leader and belonged to the NRA and the Arabian Horse Association.

Larry was preceded in death by his parents, his brother Allen Harrell and his sister Mona Schwartz.

He is survived by his wife, Rita; son Paul Harrell (Pam) of Pavillion; daughters Vicki Meyers of Las Vegas, Nev., Gail Klispie (Gary) of Worland, Diana Adams (Delos) of Preston, Idaho, Traci Swarm (Chuck) of Billings and Carla Wesley (Darrell) of Trinidad, Colo.; grandchildren Heather Wilson, Kathleen Meyers, Daniel Meyers, Amber Klispie, Amanda Jo Roseberry, Mathew Crichton, Katelyn Klispie, Gage Swarm, Haydn Swarm, Brent Wesley and Lacey Wesley; and two great-grandchildren.

A celebration of Larry's life was held Monday, Aug. 24 at 10:30 a.m. St. Barbara's Church in Powell. Rosary was said on Aug. 23 at St. Barbara's. Cremation has taken place and burial will be at a later date.

Honorary pallbearers will include Paul Harrell, Gary Klispie, Delos Adams, Chuck Swarm, Darrell Wesley, Daniel Meyers, Mathew Crichton, Gage Swarm, Brent Wesley and Seth Roseberry.

Thompson Funeral Home is handling arrangements.

August 20, 2009 3:38 am

Roy E. Linde

(March 30, 1940 - Aug. 18, 2009)

Roy Linde, 69, died Aug. 18 at his home in Clark.

He was born in the Chicago area on March 30, 1940, the son of Mr. and Mrs. Edward Linde.

Roy married Brenda Joyce David on Feb. 15, 2005 in Las Vegas, Nev. They lived in Homewood, Ill. before moving to Clark. He enjoyed bowling, barbershop music and classic cars.

Funeral services will be held Tuesday, Aug. 25 at 2 p.m. at the Bennett Creek Church in Clark. Burial will follow in the Bennett Butte Cemetery.

Thompson Funeral Home is handling arrangements.

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.