Laness D. Northrup


(April 5, 2005)

Funeral services for Laness D. Northrup, native Wyoming resident of Powell, will be conducted at 2 p.m. Friday, April 8 at Cabre Gym at Northwest College.

He ended his heart fought battle with cancer Tuesday, April 5, embraced by his family during his final hours in Billings St. Vincent Hospital.

The Rev. Susan Adams Trembath will officiate at services and burial in Crown Hill Cemetery with Masonic rites.

He was born in Powell Jan. 14, 1933. He married his high school sweetheart, Mary Ann Berg, on May 24, 1951. He then enlisted in the U.S. Air Force and spent his military career servicing B-36 and B-52 aircraft. After his honorable discharge, he attended and graduated with honors from the University of Wyoming as an irrigation engineer.

Laness and Mary Ann came back to Powell in 1963 to farm. While raising three sons, William, David and Donald, he expanded the farm from 480 to 1,400 acres.

Having a firm belief in community strength and awareness, he was active in local organizations. He served on various boards and committees, including the Willwood Irrigation District from 1981 to 2003, Willwood Light and Power, the Powell and Lovell Chambers of Commerce, the University of Wyoming Alumni Association, Wyoming Stock Growers and Park County Farm Bureau.

He was a member of IOOF, American Legion, National Rifle Association, and All Free & Accepted Masons. He was Past Master of Absarokee Lodge No. 30.

His political career officially started in 2002 with his election to the Wyoming State Senate representative District 19. He served on the Agricultural, Transportation, Public Lands, Highways and Miliary Affairs, and Water Resources Committees.

Survivors include his wife of 53 years, Mary Ann Northrup of Powell; three sons and wives, William (Louise) Northrup of Onsted, Mich., David (Astrid) Northrup of Powell and Donald (Cindy) Northrup of Evanston; his stepmother, Jane Northrup of Powell; seven grandchildren and one great-grandchild; his sister, Juletta (Robert) Corbin of Cody; nephew Andy (Amy) Corbin of Casper, niece Kathy Evans (Tim) of Holland, Mich., and cousins.

Visitation at the church Friday will be from noon until the time of service. Miratsky-Easton Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.