Merle "Jake" Rimbey


(June 4, 2002)

Merle "Jake" Rimbey, 89, died June 4 at Powell Hospital. He was born June 4, 1913 in Deerfield, Mo., the son of Oscar M. and Anne Lewis Rimbey.

Jake's family moved to Powell when he was 3-years-old. He grew up in Powell and attended schools here. Following graduation, he served in the Navy from 1934 to 1938 on submarine duty.

He married Irene May Malde on April 26, 1941 in Billings. The couple farmed in the Powell area until their retirement in 1964.

Following retirement, they moved to Cody until recently, when they returned to Powell. Even though Cody was considered their home base, they traveled extensively and worked at several places, including Lake Tahoe, Pahaska for four years, Squaw Valley and with the Heart Mountain Irrigation District for eight years.

He enjoyed hunting and fishing and guided for Roy Coleman and Bob Adams. Jake also enjoyed watching boxing and football. He was a life member of the Powell B.P.O.E. (Elks) and the Powell F.O.E. (Eagles).

He is survived by his wife, Irene, of Powell; a son and his wife, John and Nancy Rimbey; a granddaughter and her husband, Amy and Dave Tardiff; and two sisters, Thelma Churchill and Wilma Groen, both of Powell.

He was preceded in death by his parents and three sisters, Dorothy Farmer, Doris Shaulis and Delores Rimbey.

In accordance with his wishes, cremation has taken place.

No services are planned.