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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.

April 23, 2003 5:37 am

Patricia Montoya Peterson

(Oct. 4, 1951 - April 20, 2003)

Patricia Montoya Peterson, 51, died at her home in Irvine, Calif., on April 20. She had been in a coma following a severe head injury after a fall at Western Medical Center in Santa Ana, Calif.

She was born Oct. 4, 1951 in Powell, the daughter of Emiliano and Celza (Sally) Montoya. She attended Powell schools and Northwest College. She obtained a Bachelor of Science degree in anthropology from the University of California at Riverside in 1978 and performed field work from 1979 through 1981 in Sri Lanka.

At the time of her death, she was working on her master's degree in archaeology. She was employed by the Chambers Group as senior archaeologist and laboratory director.

Patricia married Joe Singer in Powell in 1971. They later divorced and in July 1985 she married Mark Peterson of Irvine, Calif.

In December 2002, she was diagnosed with stage four colon cancer. She was responding very well to chemotherapy at the time of her death.

Patricia will be remembered as a gifted archaeologist with great strengths and many talents. She was loved dearly by her family, archaeologist comrades and friends throughout California and Asia. She was a member of the Powell VFW Auxiliary.
She is survived by her husband Mark Peterson of Irvine, Calif.; mother Sally Montoya of Powell; sister Susan Cowles (Henry) of Ontario, Calif.; brother Michael Montoya (Sarah) of Bent, N.M.; uncles Manuel Olveda (Enriqueta), Dale Montoya (Delores), Albert Montoya (Ramona), all of Powell; Duff Olveda (Mary) of Marrero, Louisiana; Fermin Olveda (Linda) of Texas; Great Aunt Concha Guardado of Santa Ana, Calif.; favorite Aunt Eve Lee (Walt) of Santa Monica, Calif.; and many cousins, nephews and nieces.

She was preceded in death by her father and maternal and paternal grandparents.

A family remembrance gathering was held April 27 in Irvine. A memorial service is planned for May 17 at Pacific View Memorial Park Chapel in Corona Del Mar, Calif.

Cremation has taken place.

A scholarship fund is being set up in her name by the Society of California Archeologists and University of California Regency Office. For more information about the fund call 754-4277, 1-949-933-8014 or 1-949-651-6051.

April 20, 2003 7:04 pm

Thomas E. Nelson, Sr.

(Aug. 17, 1947 - April 19, 2003)

Memorial services are tentatively scheduled Saturday, April 19 at 2 p.m. at Beck Lake Park in Cody for Thomas E. Nelson, Sr., 55, who died at his Cody home Sunday, April 13.

He was born Aug. 17, 1947, in Traverse City, Mich., to Walter T. Nelson Jr. and Helen Marie (Bright) Nelson. He moved to Cody in 1980.

On June 12, 1988, he married Marie Guss in Sunlight Basin.

At the time of his death, he was assistant manager/gunsmith at Rocky Mountain Sports in Cody. He enjoyed hunting, fishing, trap shooting and following NASCAR racing. He was a member of the Sage Creek Trap Club, the Cody Shooting Compex and the NRA.

Survivors include his wife, Judy Guss-Nelson of the family home; his parents of Traverse City, Mich.; sons Thomas E. Nelson, Jr. and James Gregory Nelson; stepson Erik M. Guss; stepdaughters Andrea L. Guss and Kirsten A. Guss; a brother, Rick Nelson; and a sister, Deb Steffes.

Should friends desire, memorials may be made to the family for later designation. Miratsky-Easton Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

April 16, 2003 5:33 am

Margaret B. Burns

(Oct. 8, 1913 - April 15, 2003)

The mother of a Powell woman died Tuesday, April 15 at Washakie Medical Center in Worland.

Margaret B. Burns, 89, had lived in Worland since 1992. She was born Oct. 8, 1913, in Lomax, Ill., to Charles H. and Lorena M. (Johnson) Pences.

She received her education in Lomax and moved in 1940 to Patterson, Idaho, where she worked in a cookhouse for miners for one year. She then moved to Seattle, Wash., and worked in the Navy yards during the war. For several summers, she was employed in the salmon canneries as a cook in Kodiak, Alaska.

She married Buell Burns in 1947 in Idaho, and they made their home on a ranch near Ellis, Idaho. In 1957, she moved to Battleground, Wash., and lived there until moving to Worland in 1992.

Her hobbies included cooking and working crossword puzzles.

Survivors include her daughter, Maxine Kirkenslager and husband Dick of Powell; one sister, Bonnie Eaves of Worland; four grandchildren, six great-grandchildren and four great-great grandchildren.

Graveside funeral services were held Monday in Worland. Memorial donations may be made to the Worland Senior Center in care of Bryant Funeral Home, P.O. Box 524, Worland, WY 82401.

April 15, 2003 5:32 am

Daniel E. Stenner

(Oct. 3, 1921 - April 7, 2003)

Graveside services will be held Saturday, April 12 at 2 p.m. at Crown Hill Cemetery for Daniel E. Stenner, 84, who died Monday, April 7 at Valley Care Center in Billings, Mont.

In retirement, he moved to Powell in 1976.

He was born Oct. 3, 1921, in Chicago, Ill., to A.J. Stenner and Marie (Dziak) Stenner. His parents later became Powell residents.

He graduated from high school in Chicago and was asked to try out for the Chicago White Sox baseball team. In 1940, he moved to Dallas, Texas, and in 1942, he enlisted in the U.S. Army. During World War II, he was stationed in the Asiatic Pacific Theater where he did reconaissance photography.

Upon his discharge from military service, he returned to Chicago where he worked for Kodak Photography Studios as a repair technician until he retired.

He is survived by his brother, Dr. J.M. Stenner and wife Toni of Riverton; a niece, Toni Charm Lussier and husband Bryon of Casper; great-nephew Paul Lussier of Casper and great-niece Kendra Stenner of Cheyenne.
He was preceded in death by his father, Dr. A.J. Stenner (a former state senator from Niobrara County); his mother, Marie; and a nephew, Duane Stenner.

Visitation will be Saturday from 12:30 p.m. to 1:45 p.m. at Miratsky-Easton Funeral Home.

April 07, 2003 5:31 am

Rita Wilder Knutson

(Nov. 13, 1918 - April 9, 2003)

Funeral services will be held April 16 at Hope Lutheran Church in Seattle, Wash., for a former Powell resident, Rita Wilder Knutson, 84, who died Wednesday, April 9 at Stevens Memorial Hospital, Edmonds, Wash.

She was born in Sifton, Wash., to Thomas A. and Maude M. Wilder on Nov. 13, 1918. Shortly after her birth, the family moved to the Powell valley where she spent her growing up years.

She graduated from Powell High School in 1936 and attended Billings Technical School in 1942 to receive training to become a mechanic. She proceeded immediately to employment with the Boeing Company in Seattle in 1942 as a wing mechanic and riveter.

It was there she met the love of her life, her husband-to-be, Kenneth Knutson. They were married March 10, 1946, and spent their married life in Seattle. They had two children, Kevin Lee in 1954 and Kimberly Sue in 1956.
She enjoyed and took pride in her role as a wife, mother and homemaker. In 1964, she tried her hand in cooking outside the home. She went to work for the Shoreline School District in the kitchen at Shorecrest High School. She always enjoyed the kitchen and the kids.

The Knutsons were charter members of Hope Lutheran Church. She dedicated over 50 years of her life, volunteering and helping to build the Christian community there. Two charities to which she was particularly devoted included Foss Home and Helpmates for the Norwegian Male Choir.

Family members make clear that she was small in stature only, remarking that "she lived every day to the fullest and was sure to make every minute count- a waster of time, she was not. She was full of energy and lots of fun to all who knew her. There was very little that she was unable to do. The word independent was part of her life long before the Women's Lib movement. She taught those around her very valuable lessons by the example that she set in her daily life in loving, giving and caring for others."

Survivors include her son, Kevin L. Knutson and his wife Robin and their children, Nicole, Michelle, Ileah, Kira and Kenneth; her daughter, Kimberly and her children, Rick, Joshua and Jacquelyn; two brothers, Richard R. Wilder of Cody and Howard Wilder of Powell; and numerous nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Ken; her grandson, Alex; her parents; and her sisters, Mary Hansen, Martha Wilder and Ruth Barber.

Services will be provided by Evergreen-Washelli.

April 09, 2003 5:29 am

Edwin Arnold Lawler

(Jan. 29, 1910 - April 9, 2003)

Funeral services were held Monday at the Baptist Church in Meeteetse for Edwin Arnold Lawler, 93, who died Wednesday, April 9 at his Meeteetse home.

Pastor Harvey Seidel of Thermopolis presided at the Monday funeral. A reception followed at Lucille's Cafe in Meeteetse, and then burial was in Thermopolis Monday afternoon with graveside services at Riverside Cemetery.
Mr. Lawler was born in Hebron, Nebr., on Jan. 29, 1910, son of John C. and Mabel Helfer Lawler. He came to the Meeteetse area in the 1930s to work on the Riley and Rice ranches on Wood River.

He married Valaria Cammock in Thermopolis July 21, 1938. The couple had eight children.
The family moved to Meeteetse in 1948 and leased, and later purchased, a gas station. In 1956, Mr. Lawler moved the Chuckwagon Cafe, on a flatbed truck, from Cody to Meeteetse, locating it next to his service station. The combined businesses were called Lawler's Service and Cafe.

From 1969 to 1973, he ranched in the Meeteetse and Sheridan areas. For many years, he was also a guide for Stewart Armstrong and Ed Larsen.

In retirement, the Lawlers moved to Thermopolis in 1985. His wife died in 1994, and he returned to Meeteetse in 1995.
He was a member of the First Baptist Church of Meeteetse and active in the senior citizen center. He enjoyed pinochle, the outdoors, wildlife, hunting and horses.

Survivors include six daughters, Reta Collins and husband Harvey of Cody, Joyce Neal and husband Doc of Wyola, Mont., Janet Keeler of Monroe, Ore., Sharon Desjarlais of Billings, Mont., Isabel Kershaw and husband Bill of McMinnville, Ore., and Susan Hixson and husband Leonard of Ranchester; two sons, John Lawler and wife Lela of Powell and Charles Lawler and wife Ann of Meeteetse; three sisters, Laurine Nunn and Deryce Reed of Apache Junction, Ariz., and Romona Horner of Crawford, Nebr.; a brother, Albert Lawler and wife Mary of Portland, Ore.; a sister-in-law, Isabell Young of Meeteetse; and numerous grandchildren, great-grandchildren, nieces, nephews and cousins.

He was preceded in death by his wife; his parents; two brothers, Eugene and John Lawler; and three sisters, Thelma, Dorothy and Grace.

Memorials may be made to Spirit Mountain Hospice, 707 Sheridan Ave., Cody, WY 82414, or a charity of choice.

April 09, 2003 5:28 am

Michael Todd Nielsen

(Aug. 5, 1968 - April 8, 2003)

Memorial services were conducted Saturday in Cheyenne for a former Powell resident, Michael Todd Nielsen, 34, who died Tuesday, April 8 at United Medical Center West in Cheyenne.

He was born Aug. 5, 1968, in Greybull and attended Powell schools. He had lived in Cheyenne, working in construction, since 1989.

He was a member of Trinity Lutheran Church and was active in baseball, softball, fishing and woodworking.
Survivors include two sons, Tyler Nielsen of Cheyenne and Colton Connolly of Fort Collins, Colo.; his mother and stepfather, Patricia and Clinton Robinson; two brothers, John Nielsen Jr. of Cheyenne and Zachary Robinson of Las Vegas, Nev.; a step-brother, Jeffrey Robinson of Jackson; two step-sisters, Robin Damron and Stephanie Moller, both of Cody; and his grandparents, Mr. and Mrs. C.C. Robinson of Cody.

He was preceded in death by his father, John Nielsen Sr.

Cremation has taken place.

April 08, 2003 5:27 am

Ruth Edith Seybold

(Dec. 5, 1908 - April 6, 2003)

Ruth Edith Seybold of Issaquah, Wash., formerly of Powell, died Sunday, April 6 at Providence Marianwood in Issaquah. She was 94.

She was born Dec. 5, 1908, in Minidoka, Idaho, daughter of Phineas (Paul) Carary and Sarah (Sadie) Draper. She moved to California in 1915.

On June 24, 1928, she married Donald Wilbur Seybold in Chico, Calif. They lived in Oroville, Calif., until after her husband's death on Nov. 23, 1993.

She worked as a sales clerk for the City of Paris in Oroville. She was a member of the Order of Eastern Star and the "Monday Club." She moved to Powell in 1994 where she became a resident of the Powell Nursing Home. In May of 2000, she moved to Issaquah to be near her family.

Survivors include her son, Donald A. Seybold of Sammamish; one brother, Paul Draper, of Stockton, Calif.; four grandchildren, Mitchel Seybold of Ramsey, Minn., Matt Seybold of Sammamish, Jason Childs of Reno, Nev., and Justin Seybold of Sacramento, Calif.; and four great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her son, Philip W. Seybold, in May of 1998.

A private graveside service will be held in Oroville, Calif.

Family and friends are invited to share memories and sign the family's on-line guest book at www.flintofts.com.