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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.

April 06, 2003 5:25 am

Betty Lou Kindler

(Jan. 8, 1918 - April 2, 2003)

Betty Lou Kindler, formerly of Powell, died on April 2, 2003 in Portland, Ore.

Mrs. Kindler was born in Ballantyne, Mont., on Jan. 8, 1918, spent her childhood in Powell with her parents Elisabeth and Harry E. Attebery and graduated from Powell High School in 1935. After high school she went into nurse's training at the University of Minnesota in Ann Arbor.

She obtained her degree in medical technology from North West Institute of Medical Technology in Minneapolis, Minn., in 1937.

She married James Baird Kindler, son of Powell homesteaders Gorge and May Baird Kindler, in 1938.
They spent the early years of their marriage in Washington, D.C., and Alaska, where she worked as a lab and X-ray technician before they finally settled in Portland, Ore., to raise their five children.

In the mid 1970s, she retired, sold her home and returned to Powell to care for her ailing mother, Beth Attebery.
She is survived by her daughter Marilyn Goerrich, of Kuna, Idaho, with whom she lived for the past four years, sons Robert N. Kindler in Hawaii, and C. Steven Kindler in Hungary, six grandchildren and one great grandchild.
She is buried in Park Hill Cemetery in Vancouver, Wash., beside her husband and two sons James E. and George E. Kindler, who preceded her in death.

Bicycle-truck accident increases calls for better safety

An Oct. 7 accident that involved a Powell High School student who was bicycling on her way to school illustrated the need for improving the intersection at U.S. 14-A and Road 8.

Tamara Elzey, 18, was seriously injured in the accident, in which her legs were run over by the rear wheels of an unloaded semi-trailer after the truck turned in front of her. She and and the truck's driver, Dane McIntosh, both were headed north on Road 8 and had stopped at the intersection with U.S. 14-A. No citations were issued at the time of the accident.

Ordered to pay nearly $9,000

A young Powell man accused of stealing and damaging seven Powell automobiles has pleaded guilty to two counts of felony car theft.

Tyson L. Flores, 18, had been accused of taking the vehicles for joyrides between late January and early March this year.

On Oct. 6, as part of a plea agreement, Flores pleaded guilty to two of the seven counts. District Court Judge Steven Cranfill gave Flores concurrent five-to-seven-year prison sentences, but they were suspended in favor of four years of supervised probation. Additionally, he was ordered to pay more than $8,920 in restitution to the owners of the cars he stole and damaged. Flores also must pay $470 in court fines.

October 23, 2008 3:02 am

Wild West Showdown

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Quarterback Galen Mills (21) and the fourth-ranked Panthers will travel to face top-ranked Cody Friday in a game that will decide the Class 4A, West Conference championship. Kickoff is set for 7 p.m. at Cody's C.R. “Spike” Vannoy Memorial Stadium. Tribune file photo by David Dickey

Conference title on the line Friday night

Class 4A's West Conference title will be decided when the Powell High School Panthers invade Cody's C.R. “Spike” Vannoy Memorial Stadium for a 7 p.m. showdown Friday.

Cody will enter the game as the top-ranked team in Class 4A, according to this week's ranking released by WyoPreps.com. Powell dropped from third to fourth in the rankings despite defeating third-ranked, Class 3A Lovell by 35 points last week.

October 23, 2008 3:01 am

Cross country season ends Saturday

PHS squads set sights on state meet

Powell High School's cross country teams will attempt to end the 2008 season on a solid note when they compete in the state meet Saturday at the Sheridan V.A. Hospital grounds.

The Lady Panthers enter the state event after winning the Class 3A West title last Friday in Worland. During that meet, the Lady Panthers placed five runners in the top nine spots in what proved to be a dominant performance.

They finished ahead of runner-up Jackson, the defending conference champs and winners of the 3A state title in 2007.

Leading the Lady Panthers' charge at the conference meet were freshmen runners Desiree Murray and Alyssa Rodriguez, who finished second and fourth overall. They will lead a Saturday lineup that includes Lauren Dunleavy, Skye Albert, Jordan Bigelow, Emily Schwahn and McKenzie Danforth. The alternate runner will be Kassey MacDonald.

Murray and Rodriguez, though in just their first year of varsity competition, have consistently been among PHS's top runners this season. Both, according to Murray, are looking to continue their success this weekend and help the team to its second state championship in three years. The Lady Panthers last won the state title in 2006.

“It should be a lot of fun this weekend,” Murray said. “It's been on my mind a lot this week, and I'm looking forward to it. Winning the state title is our primary goal, but we know there will be a lot of good teams there. The competition is going to be pretty tough, but if we can run together in a tight pack and finish strong like we did at the conference meet, we've got a good chance to win it.”

Murray also said the help of the veteran runners, particularly those who have competed in previous state meets, should help her and Rodriguez deal with added pressure that comes with a state meet. Those veteran runners, Murray said, have have helped her and her fellow freshman teammate all season long.

“They've all been very supportive,” Murray said. “Because of all the support and teamwork, we've all been able to accomplish a lot.”

On the boys side, senior Patrick Sullivan is expected to be the leader of a lineup that will include Patrick Voss, Danny McKearney, Tyler McCauley, Colton Smith, Alex Speiser and Devin Lynn. The alternate runner will be Jake Firnekas.

Sullivan, who has made major improvements in his times when compared to last year, earned a spot on the 3A West All-Conference squad with a ninth-place finish in Worland last Friday, and he believes the Panthers have a good shot at making the top three Saturday.

“If we run well like we did at the conference meet, we might be able to make the top three,” said Sullivan, who will be competing in his second state meet. “We know Jackson and Worland are going to be good, and Lander from the East has a good team this year. There will be a lot of good teams there, but we believe we've got a shot at placing.”

Devin Lynn, a junior who will be making his first appearance at a state cross country meet, shared the same outlook as Sullivan. Lynn was among a group of five runners who finished in spots 27 through 31 last week at the conference meet.

“I'm very excited about it,” Lynn said about qualifying for the state event. “We've got the potential to do pretty well.

The key for us will be to get as many runners in the top 10 as we possibly can.”

Both the Panthers and Lady Panthers have been training this week with a routine that closely mirrors what they've used all season. According to PHS head coach Cliff Boos, maintaining the status quo has proven to be the best way to approach the state meet.

“You just have to keep doing what you've been doing,” Boos said. “You don't want to make any major changes this close to it.”

Though only the state qualifiers and alternates are required to train during the week leading up to the season-ending meet, Boos said the practices have been filled with Panthers and Lady Panthers who finished their individual running seasons last week in Worland. That, he said, is a credit to the determination of PHS's runners. Boos also said that has helped the teams maintain a routine like they've used all season.

Wyatt Horner, the lone freshman for the Panther boys, said he's continued practicing in an effort to get better and support those who will have one last chance to run Saturday. According to Sullivan, that type of dedication doesn't go unnoticed.

“That kind of support means a lot,” Sullivan said. “I think it shows a lot of character and love for the sport.”

Sullivan also said the encouragement and time offered by the coaching staff, which includes assistant coach Ashley Hildebrand, has helped put both teams in a position to do well this weekend.

“Our coaches have been great,” Sullivan said. “They always take the time to work with everybody on the team, and they know what the needs are for each runner. They're really supportive, and they do a great job with the workouts and helping every person do the best they can.”

For the Lady Panthers, they will get their 3A title shot in the 10:30 a.m. race Saturday. The Panther boys will get their chance against the rest of Class 3A in the 12:15 p.m. race.