James Stephenson


(July 20, 2003)

Retired rancher James Stephenson, 78, died Sunday morning, July 20 at the Powell Nursing Home.

Funeral services will be Friday, July 25 at 10 a.m. at First United Methodist Church in Powell. Visitation will be from 5 to 7 p.m. Thursday at Miratsky-Easton Funeral Home.

Graveside service will be Tuesday, July 29 at Horseshoe Cemetery in Glendo at 10 a.m.

Mr. Stephenson was born in Troy, Mont., on March 2, 1925 to Earl and Martha Stephenson. The family moved to a homestead around Glendo in 1928 where he was raised.

He grew up as a cowboy on the family ranch and on neighboring ranches. He served in the armed forces during World War II.

In 1949, he married Christine Hytrek and worked on a ranch as foreman for 13 years. Then he went to work for the Douglas post office and was there for 22 years. During the same time, he attended night school and learned refrigeration and went on to operate his own business.

In 1990, he bought a ranch near Powell and ran cattle until he retired in 1997.

Survivors include his sister, Vivian Cundall of Glenrock, and numerous nephews and nieces.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Christine, in 2000; by his parents; and two brothers, Joe and Richard.

Arrangements are under the direction of Miratsky-Easton Funeral Home.