(Feb. 27, 2007)
Memorial services were conducted Saturday at First United Methodist Church for long-time Powell resident, Dexter Lynn Dearcorn, 71, who died Tuesday, Feb. 27, while working at his mountain cabin in Crandall.
He was born Aug. 6, 1935, in Torrington, son of Frank and Elinor Dearcorn. He grew up in Powell and attended Powell schools, graduating from Powell High School in 1953.
He and Barbara Winkelman were married Aug. 4, 1954, in Powell.
He was a member of the U.S. Army National Guard for eight years and was stationed at Fort Lewis, Wash., on active duty for one year.
He began working as a teenager with his father at Dearcorn Service & Supply and later took over the business and owned and operated it from 1969 to 1986.
Dexter was active in community life. He was a respected chief of the Powell Volunteer Department and served as a Powell fireman for 16 years. In 2006, he was elected a trustee of Fire Protection District No. 1.
He was a charter member of the Powell Jaycees and a member of the chamber of commerce and the Powell Elks Lodge. He contributed many hours of volunteer service during four years as a member of the Powell Municipal Golf Course Committee.
He was a volunteer driver of a van for the Disabled American Veterans and had logged nearly 40,000 miles transporting veterans for medical service.
At the time of his death, Dexter served as a member of the board of the Moyer Foundation.
He was at home in the outdoors — hunting, fishing, horseback riding and camp cooking. He loved golf, travel, woodworking and flying.
The most important things in his life were his family and his many friends.
Survivors include his wife, Barbara, of Powell; three daughters, Cheryl Groskop (Dan) of Powell, Diana Schamerhorn (Jim) of Cheyenne and Karen Dearcorn of Casper; his grandchildren and families, Chelse and Pat Musselman of Loveland, Colo., Laura and Levi Hahn of Anchorage, Alas., Stacee and Jason Kersley of Loveland, Colo., Gayle and Kenny Costello of Casper, Derek McAdam of Casper, Ashley and Jeremy Duran of Casper; six great-grandchildren; and his sister, Myrna Edmonds of Crandall.
He was preceded in death by his parents and his brother-in-law, Dwight Edmonds.
For those who wish, memorial contributions to the Heart Mountain DAV Chapter 11 would be appreciated by the family.
Cremation has taken place. Honorary pallbearers at the services were all his friends.