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October 28, 2008 3:28 am

Erwin D. ((Babe) Funke

(April 7, 1920 - Oct. 25, 2008)

On Saturday, Oct. 25, Erwin D. (Babe) Funke opened his eyes, and he had one arm around his wife, Jean, and the other around his grandson, Reece. He whispered, “I've been wondering where you two went.” He was surrounded by family and friends who had passed before him. His eyes filled with tears of joy; his heart was full of love, and he felt like whistling again.

Erwin Delos Funke, long-time owner of a Powell dry cleaning establishment, died at his Powell home. He was 88.

In Hollenberg, Kans., on April 7, 1920, his eldest sister, Viola, came out of the birthing room and announced to her younger sisters that “Mom had another damn boy.” He was the “Babe” of Ernest and Augusta Funke's nine children.

While growing up, he enjoyed reading and playing basketball and baseball. He quit smoking at the age of 7, worked on the family farm and bootlegged whiskey with his brothers. The Funke Boys were well known in Kansas.

He graduated from high school and moved to Wyoming. He did some ranch work and then worked for Allen Klindt at his clothing and dry cleaning store. He joined the Army in 1942 and served in the 255th Anti-Aircraft Artillery

Automatic Weapons Battalion in the Aleutian Islands. After his discharge in 1945, he hitchhiked back to Kansas, moved to Wyoming and married Mary Jane (Jean) Anania on Oct. 10, 1949. They bought the cleaners and started their family.

Babe enjoyed watching his kids and grandkids in sports and enjoyed being around them. His grandsons were special to him, and he was so proud and thankful to have them. He was a firm believer that a hard day's work would never hurt anyone. He loved to dance with his wife, play bridge and poker with friends and watch boxing on TV. He enjoyed being with his boat club friends and participating in the summer activities (his CB handle was Mr. Clean), fishing off the boat and his profession.

He was a member of the Big Horn Basin Boat Club, Elks, American Legion, Kiwanis, Knights of Columbus and the Powell Chamber of Commerce. He was a loving husband, dad and gramps; an honest, hard-working businessman and nice guy. He will be greatly missed by his family; he was always there for them and helped teach them what was important in life. His passion for his work has been passed on to the next generation.

Survivors include his son, Dan Funke (Maureen Howard) of Las Cruces, N.M.; his daughter, Terry K. (Larry) Schleich of Powell; brother, Fritz Funke of Emblem; sister-in-law, Terry Hilliard of Powell; grandsons, Mike (Tanya) Funke and great-grandson, Mikey of Gig Harbor, Wash., and A.J. Schleich of Billings, Mont.; and many nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents; wife Jean; grandson, Reece Schleich; three sisters, Viola Boston, Elma Sand and Helen McIntosh; and four brothers, Bill, Lou, Dan and Bud Funke.

Funeral Mass will be Friday, Oct. 31 at 10:30 a.m. at St. Barbara's Catholic Church. Burial will be in Crown Hill Cemetery under the direction of Thompson Funeral Home.

For those who wish, memorials may be sent to the Reece Schleich Wrestling Fund at Northwest College or to a charity of choice.

October 28, 2008 3:18 am

Clyde Ronald Tryon

(Oct. 4, 1939 - Oct. 22, 2008)

A memorial service is set today (Tuesday, Oct. 28) at 2 p.m. at Ballard Funeral Home in Cody for Clyde Ronald Tryon, 69, who died Wednesday, Oct. 22 in Cody.

He was born Oct. 4, 1939, to Clyde and Viola Tryon in Sheridan. Clyde lived most of his life in Wyoming. He married Joyce Gibbs of Buffalo in 1962.

They moved to Cody in 1966, where he worked for Cody Tire and then Kinkade Construction. He spent many years building locations in the oil fields of Oregon Basin. In later years, he managed West Strip Discount Liquor until he retired in 1997.

He loved life and was happiest outdoors — hunting fishing, camping and four wheeling with his family and friends.

Survivors include his wife, Joyce; daughters, Viola Tryon and Mary Lou Bunting; sons, Ron (Pam) Tryon and Will Tryon; granddaughters, Ashli Tryon and Raegan Bunting; grandson, Raef Bunting; and great-granddaughter, Alexis LaBlue; sisters, Frieda (Don) Turley, Barbara Jean (Merle) Daly and Elaine (Roy) Rentz; brother, Rex (Ann) Tryon; and many nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents; younger brother, Tony; and grandson, Michael Jefferson.
Cremation has taken place.

Clarification is in order
Powell Tribune advertising and editorial staff members recently were asked about the paper's policy regarding “check-passing” photos — pictures of a person handing a check, usually a donation, to someone else.

We want to clarify the policy.

With limited space available in each issue of the paper, we strive to use photos that convey the story best. Like most newspapers, we favor photos of events over staged photos.

We are lucky to live in a generous community, and we want to let our readers know when individuals and organizations contribute to worthy causes.

We simply want to encourage people to think of creative ways to tell about contributions. In most cases, a check-passing photo doesn't tell the whole story. A donation to a community food bank can be better illustrated by showing donors filling the cupboards. Or, if an individual contributes funds to purchase a new TV for the senior center, imagine how a photo of seniors enjoying their new TV could show money well spent.

We also welcome typed or e-mailed press releases notifying us of donations and contributions. Please make sure releases contain contact information so we can reach you if we have questions. Press releases of this nature will run in our “Community News” section as soon as space allows.

As a community newspaper, we want to cover the good work of the people and businesses in our town.

We just ask that people try to work with us to tell their stories in the best way possible.

April 01, 2004 5:47 am

Jack Meyers

(June 5, 1931 - April 30, 2003)

Word has been received here of the April 30 death of Jack Meyers, former Garland area resident, in Juneau, Alaska, of an apparent heart attack. He was 71.

He was born June 5, 1931, son of Mr. and Mrs. Henry Meyers of Garland. He attended schools in Powell and graduated from Powell High School in 1950.

He retired from the U.S. Navy and moved to Haines, Alaska. He worked for the highway department there for 10 years and then retired.

Survivors include his wife Dorothy of Haines,; a son, Randy, of Haines; a daughter, Kathy, of Seattle, Wash.; sisters Kathryn Brown and Mary Burns of Cody, Loretta Johannes and Clara Barber of Billings, Mont., and Ethel Heimer of Powell; and many nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents and a brother, Bud, of Powell.

(March 19, 1915 - April 28 , 2003)

Katherine (Katharina) Fink Wegner, 88, of Powell, and formerly of Belfry, Mont., died Monday, April 28 at the Powell Valley Care Center, only five days after the death of her husband, Solomon.

For the last days of her life, she was surrounded by her family, friends, Pastor Larry Veland and the Powell Valley Care Center staff.

She was born east of Powell on March 19, 1915, to her Volga German immigrant parents, Carl and Amelia Fink. She was baptized into the Christian faith in 1915 and was confirmed at St. John's Lutheran Church at Lovell in 1931.

After living on various farms in the Powell/Lovell areas, her parents settled on their own farm east of Lovell. She began school at Sunlight School and later attended parochial school until the eighth grade. She began high school at Kane and graduated from Lovell High School in 1935. Following graduation, she worked as a sales clerk, nanny and on area dude ranches.

On July 2, 1943, she married Solomon Wegner while he was on furlough from the U.S. Marine Corps. They were married in Billings, and following the wedding, she went back to Lovell, and Solomon went off to war. Always the frugal one, she took their savings and purchased their first home in Lovell. When her husband returned after his discharge, they began their 60-year journey together.
In 1948, the couple moved to their farm north of Belfry with their two young sons. They sold their farm in 1970 and moved into Belfry. She continued to cook for the Belfry schools until her retirement.

She loved her grandchildren, great-grandchildren and family. She loved to cook and sew and took great pride in her yard and flower gardens.

Survivors include two sons, Dennis (Barbara) Wegner of Powell and Stanley (Regina) Wegner of Park City, Mont.; grandsons Lee Wegner and family of Salt Lake City, Utah, and Peter Wegner and family of Tigeras, N.M.; granddaughters Bety Wegner of San Francisco, Calif., Adrienne Wegner of Billings, and Allison Wegner and family of Park City; two brothers, Fred Fink of Chicago and Albert Fink of Lovell; five great-grandchildren and numerous nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her husband Solomon; her parents; a sister, Amelia Clem; and brothers Alex, William, Carl and infant Alfred Fink.

Funeral services will be held Saturday, May 3 at 10:30 a.m. at St. John's Lutheran Church in Belfry, her church home for over 50 years. A prayer service will be held at 7 p.m. Friday, May 2 at the church. Burial will be in the Belfry Cemetery.

Memorial may be given to Lutheran Hour Ministries, 660 Mason Ridge Center, St. Louis, MO 63141 or to a charity of choice.

April 28, 2003 5:43 am

Orland (Skip) Johnson

(March 28, 1936 - April 26, 2003)

Graveside services with military honors will be conducted at 11 a.m. Friday, May 2 in the Bearcreek, Mont., Cemetery for Orland (Skip) Johnson of Powell who died Saturday, April 26 at Deaconess Billings Clinic. He was 67.

He was born March 28, 1936, in Grand Junction, Colo., son of Orlande and Margaret Hughes Johnson. A veteran of four years service in the U.S. Navy, he served aboard an oil tanker during the Korean War.

On Jan. 9, 1962, he married Christine (Tienie) McDonald in Red Lodge, Mont. The couple lived and worked in Riverton for years, then moved to South Dakota where he worked for the Bureau of Reclamation for 10 years. In retirement, they settled in Powell.

He was artistic and an accomplished woodworker. He was an avid golfer, his favorite hobby. His family wish for him is: May the golf courses in heaven be green every day - with no water hazards.

Survivors include his wife, Christine Johnson of Powell; four daughters, Tammy (David) Shanks of Shepherd, Mont., Lori Johnson of Billings, Deanna (Duane) Johnson of Billings, and Linda (Ed) Johnson of Powell; two half-brothers, Jerry and Clyde Johnson of Riverton; his step-father, Stan Hamilton of Riverton; and eight grandchildren, Danielle, Brian, Heather, Justin, Misty, Tina, Savannah and Phillip; and numerous nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Orlande and Margaret Johnson; and his step-mother, Dorothy Johnson.

April 26, 2003 7:11 pm

Ileana Mae (Baston) Miller

(May 25, 1946 - April 25, 2003)

Graveside services for Ileana Mae (Baston) Miller, who died Friday, April 25 at the Powell Nursing Home, were held Monday at Crown Hill Cemetery. She was 76.

She was born Dec. 20, 1926, in Denver, the daughter of Jacob Morton Baston and Florence Jones Baston. She graduated from Cody High School in 1945.

She married Carl J. Miller in Billings, Mont., on May 25, 1946. They lived in Cody until he was transferred to Powell by Marathon Oil Company, and the family moved here.

She was active in the Union Presbyterian Church for 45 years as a choir member, Sunday school and Vacation Bible School teacher, member of women's circle and Christian education committee and a member of the Session.

She worked at the Powell Hospital for many years and worked as the office receptionist for Drs. Allison and Christensen. She was a member of the Order of Eastern Star, Master Chorale, Shoshone Rock Club and the Polecat Ramblers.

The Millers traveled many miles in their travel trailer during the winter months as Wyoming snowbirds. They participated in archeological digs around the Rockies and collected rare and unusual rocks and fossils on their treks around the region.

She enjoyed attending grandchildren's sporting events and programs across the state.

Survivors include her husband of 56 years, Carl J. Miller of Powell; their daughters: Janet (Tom) Rottman of Laramie, Julie (John) Skaggs of Powell and Jerri Iverson of Laramie; grandchildren: Jennifer (Tim) Koslowsky of Casper, Janelle Skaggs, Spearfish, S.D., Pvt. 2nd Class Dustin Iverson, deployed with the 82nd Airborne in the Middle East, and Jamie Rottman-Lewis, Kimberly Rottman, Heather Iverson, Daniel Iverson and Danny Lewis, all of Laramie. She is also survived by two great grandsons, Alex Lewis of Laramie and Kaleb Koslowsky of Casper; and numerous nieces and nephews.

She as preceded in death by her parents and a son, James Morton Miller.

For those who wish, the family would appreciate memorial donations to Union Presbyterian Church. Services were under the direction of Miratsky-Easton Funeral Home.

April 25, 2003 5:41 am

Mable Cox

(Oct. 17, 1917 - April 25, 2003)

A memorial service is scheduled at 10 a.m. Saturday, May 3 at Lovell LDS Stakehouse for Mable Cox, 85, who died early Friday, April 25 at the Powell Nursing Home.

She was born to Ernest Alfred Taylor and Laura Ann (Ballard) Taylor in Lovell on Oct. 17, 1917. Her mother died when she was 5 and her brother, Kenneth, was 3. She was raised by her grandparents in Salt Lake City, spending her summers with her aunts and uncles.

She received her education at West High School in Salt Lake City and went on to beauty school. She married Joseph Earl Gividen on June 1, 1936, in Mapleton, Utah. They were later divorced.
She supported her two daughters waiting tables in Lovell at the Rose Bowl Cafe. On June 2, 1945, she married Basil (Brig) Hugh Cox in Cody.

They lived in Lovell for the next nine years, spending the summers on the Big Horn Mountains at their sawmill camp with his brothers and families. Then for the next 20 years, they moved their family from one town to the next as he helped to build LDS chapels. Home was all over the Big Horn Basin, the Puget Sound and eastern Washington state.
From 1974 until her death, she made her home in the Big Horn Basin.
She loved to garden and cook. She used her culinary talents from sawmill crews, restaurants and school cafeterias to wedding cakes and Christmas chocolates.

She was an active member of the LDS Church and served as president of the Relief Society and Primary. Her family will recall she had a love and a smile for all she met, and she will be missed by the many lives she touched.
Survivors include her children, Laura (Ted) Bryant of Newport, Wash., Earlene (Don) Carey of Thermopolis, Seth (Tamra) Cox of Grantsville, Utah, Virginia (Brad) Nelson of Kirkland, Wash., Terry (Jared) Hepworth of Rexburg, Idaho, and Nancy (Jim) Brown of Powell; daughter-in-law Carolyn Cox of Byron; 31 grandchildren, 30 great grandchildren and three great-great grandchildren. She is also survived by sister-in-law Lucy Cox of Lovell, brother-in-law Alvord (Slim) Cox and wife LaVene of Clifton, Idaho, and sister-in-law Mildred Cox of Vancouver, Wash.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Basil Hugh Cox; brother Kenneth Taylor; son Kenneth Bruce Cox; and grandchildren Andrew, Dean, Mark, Jon Lee, Joseph, Natalie and Nathon; and great-granddaughter Jessica.

April 25, 2003 5:40 am

Jack James Stockwell

(March 2, 1923 - April 24, 2003)

Funeral Mass will be celebrated today (Tuesday) at 10 a.m. at the Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Greybull for Jack James Stockwell, 80, who died Thursday, April 24 at his Greybull home.

He was born in Greybull on March 2, 1923, son of Elmer Luther and Margaret Mary (Althoff) Stockwell. He grew up in Greybull and graduated from high school there.

He married Phyllis Elaine Millross on Feb. 20, 1945. He served on the battleship Alabama during World War II.
He was involved in the family business, Stockwell Manufacturing and Machine Shop, for more than 50 years.
His pride and joy were his family, his children and grandchildren. He was a lifelong member of Sacred Heart Catholic Church and the Knights of Columbus.

Survivors include his wife Phyllis of Greybull; 10 children and their families, Ken Stockwell (Lesa) of Cody, Jerry Stockwell (Denise) of Greybull, Ben Stockwell and his partner, Steve Baugh of Willsall, Mont., Carmen Capron (Bill) of Powell, Fred Stockwell (Barbara) of Bozeman, Mont., Lori Davis (Mick) of Gallatin Gateway, Mont., Suzanne Prevedel (Brett) of Roosevelt, Utah, Jacqueline Conti (Robert) of Bozeman, Melody Brown (Mark) of Greybull, and Bill Stockwell (Carmen) of Wheatland; 26 grandchildren, seven great-grandchildren and five step-grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by a daughter, Carol, and three sons, Jim, Greg and Joe.

April 24, 2003 5:39 am

Solomon Wegner

(Oct. 4, 1911 - April 23, 2003)

Funeral services were conducted Saturday at St. John's Lutheran Church in Belfry, Mont., for Solomon Wegner, 91, of Powell, who died Wednesday, April 23 at the Powell Valley Care Center.

St. John's Lutheran in Belfry was his church home for more than 50 years. Burial with military honors was in the Belfry Cemetery, with Smith-Olcott Funeral Chapel of Red Lodge in charge of arrangements.
He was born Oct. 4, 1911, at Susannenthal, Russia, the fifth child born to Edward and Wilhelmina Lehman Wegner. He was baptized in the Lutheran church his German immigrant grandparents helped build.

With the Bolsheviks gaining power, and fearing for the safety of their young family, Solomon's parents began their journey to America in August 1912. After a detour to Argentina where his dad and uncle worked on a wheat and cattle ranch, the Wegners continued their trip via Cuba and Mexico, arriving in Billings, Mont., on Dec. 13, 1913.
Solomon grew up on ranches in the Billings, Belfry and Absarokee areas. Following his father's death, the Absarokee ranch was sold, and he worked as a foreman on a sheep ranch in the Aleutian Islands in Alaska. When World War II broke out, he moved back to Billings and enslisted in the U.S. Marine Corps. He served in the Pacific Theater.
While on furlough, he and Katherine Fink were married in Trinity Lutheran Church, Billings, on July 2, 1943. After his discharge, they began their life together in Lovell where he worked for the Ohio Oil Company (Marathon), drilling for oil and natural gas across Wyoming.

In 1948, they moved to their farm north of Belfry with their two young sons. They sold their farm in 1970 and moved into Belfry. He continued to work on area farms and ranches. In 1997, they moved to Powell to be near their son.
Survivors include his wife, Katherine Wegner of Powell; son Dennis Wegner and wife Barbara of Powell and son Stanley Wegner and wife Regina of Park City, Mont.; grandsons Lee Wegner and family of Salt Lake City, Utah, and Peter Wegner and family of Tigeras, N.M.; granddaughters Beth Wegner of San Francisco, Calif., Adrienne Wegner of Billings and Allison Wegner and family of Park City; two brothers, Earl Wegner of Bremerton, Wash., and Edward Wegner of Billings; a sister, Mary Knuettel in Wisconsin; five great-grandchildren; and numerous nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents; sisters Dorthy Ottolino, Amelia Nauman, Theresa Ennis and Wilhelmina Chapman; and brother Carl Wegner.

Memorials may be given to the Lutheran Hour Ministries, 660 Mason Ridge Center, St. Louis, MO 63141, or to the charity of one's choice.