November 2006 obits
— GISELA ROMANJENKO (11/27/06)
Memorial services for Gisela (Scheer) Romanjenko, 76, formerly of Gillette, will be at 1 p.m. Dec. 9 at the Big Horn Church in Big Horn.
Cremation has taken place and her cremains will be placed at Mount Hope Cemetery in Big Horn.
Mrs. Romanjenko, who survived in World War II as a child, died Friday, Nov. 17, 2006, at Westview Health Care Center in Sheridan of pancreatic cancer.
She was born in Essen, Germany on Sept. 13, 1930. At the age of 10, she was sent to work in households to help support her family. When she was 12, her sister, Leni, was sent to live with her. In 1945, she met Ivan Romanjenko in Friedberg, Hessen, Germany.
On Nov. 18, 1950, she married him as he worked in Friedberg for the U.S. Army. Soon after, United Churches workers invited them to leave Germany for the United States. On Jan. 10, 1952, they and infant son, Peter, arrived in New York City. They were then diverted from Iowa to a ranch owned by Tom and Maurine Mader, near Biddle, Mont. She and Maurine became lifelong friends.
In 1953, she and her family moved to Gillette, where she worked for the school district and did odd jobs to help support her family. They moved to Big Horn in 1986 and worked on completing a home.
As a naturalized American citizen, she was blessed with the freedom to become a vivacious traveler. She made two trips to Russia and Germany with her husband in 1989 and 1991. After his death in 1994, she continued to travel with family and friends taking trips to Hawaii, Germany, Mexico, Texas, Alaska and Florida. She loved going to Mexico every winter with friends. She enjoyed her grandchildren and great—grandchildren and making friends.
She was always reading and even managed to take college courses in foreign languages and computer science.
She was a member of the Big Horn Church, Big Horn Historical Society, Big Horn Women’s Club, Elks, Eagles, square dance club, polka club, Old Time Musicians, American Legion, knitting club, Stitch and Skillet Club, a Scout leader and a 4—H leader.
Mrs. Romanjenko is survived by one daughter, Anna Bailey of Gillette; three sons, Peter of Sheridan, Fred of Biddle and Mike of Story; three sisters and two brothers in Germany, 11 grandchildren; and six great—grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by her husband and one son, Steven.
In lieu of flowers, a memorial has been established to benefit the Big Horn Church.
Kane Funeral Home in Sheridan is in charge of arrangements.
— WILLIE LUTHER FITZGERALD III (11/27/06)
Willie Luther Fitzgerald III, 50, of Gillette died Friday, Nov. 24 2006, at Wyoming Medical Center In Casper of medical complications.
He had requested to be cremated and no services are planned.
He was born in Schulengburg, Texas, on Dec. 31, 1955.
He loved the Gulf Coast of Texas and Keyhole, where he spent many days fishing. He loved playing bingo and really enjoyed his SIZZLING 7 slot machine in Deadwood, S.D. His main trade was as a cosmetologist.
Mr. Fitzgerald is survived by his parents, Willie and Lorine Fitzgerald of Moorcroft; three brothers, Donald Fitzgerald of Frost, Texas, Franklin Fitzgerald of Casper and Calvin Fitzgerald of Gillette; two sisters, Kathy Barstch of Cody and Brenda Harper of Rifle Colo.; and many nieces, nephews and great nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his grandparents and many aunts and uncles.
Bustard’s Funeral Home in Casper is in charge of cremation.
— JAMES W. ROUSH (11/27/06)
Memorial services for James W. Roush, 86, formerly of Gillette, will be at 11 a.m. Wednesday at Champion—Ferries Funeral Home in Sheridan.
Mr. Roush died Thursday, Nov. 23, 2006, of natural causes following a pleasant Thanksgiving Day family get—together.
He was born in Butler, Mo., on Sept. 12, 1920, to Nova and Loy Rouse. At the time of his birth, his family was homesteading 50 miles south of Gillette in the Pumpkin Buttes area. Some places he lived included Midwest, Big Horn, Banner and Gillette, where he graduated from Campbell County High School.
After high school, he got a job in construction as a heavy equipment operator. He was involved in the construction of five airports in Wyoming, Montana and Washington as well as some ammunition cellars in Utah.
In June 1943, he joined the Navy and served as an equipment operator in a Construction Battalion (Sea Bees) where he built air strips on the islands of Eniwetok and Tinian in the Asiatic—Pacific Area Campaign. While he was there, he watched the return of the bomber, Enola Gay, to the strip on Tinian after her atomic bomb mission over Japan.
Two weeks after returning to Sheridan from the war, he went to work for Peter Kiewit Construction and later that year, on Aug. 10, 1946, he married Kathryn Reynolds. In 1954, they and their two oldest children moved into their new house on Big Horn Avenue, where their third child was born. While living there, he quit the construction business and began a successful career in the television repair business. He lived in this house until his death.
Mr. Roush was a musician from a young age. He played for dances throughout his life, eventually becoming a well—known saxophonist in the Sheridan area. He and his wife’s influence as musicians resulted in musical careers for all three of their children and a grandson presently majoring in music.
Some of his favorite pastimes included fishing, playing horseshoes, rides with his sister, trips to the mountains, playing rummy cubes, but most of all, playing his saxophone and spoiling his grandson.
Mr. Roush is survived by one daughter, Saralee Garber of Big Horn; two sons, Curtis Roush of Los Angeles and James C. Roush of Sheridan; and one grandson.
He was preceded in death by his wife; two brothers, Donald Gene and Hadley Roush; and two sisters, Eileen Farman and Juanita Vinke.
Memorials may be made to the Sheridan Senior Center, 211 Smith St., Sheridan, WY 82801 or to “The Mr. Holland’s Opus” Foundation,” 15125 Ventura Blvd., Suite 204, Sherman Oaks, CA 91403, which supports music education through the donation and repair of musical instruments to under—served schools, community music programs and individual students nationwide.
Champion—Ferries Funeral Home in Sheridan was in charge of arrangements.
— THEODORE JOSEPH TOVAR (11/27/06)
Theodore Joseph Tovar, 49, died Sunday, Nov. 26, 2006, at Campbell County Memorial Hospital.
Stevenson—Wilson Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
— CODY CLAPP (11/26/06)
Funeral Services for Cody Jon Clapp will be at 11 a.m. Monday at the First Assembly of God Church with the Rev. Orvil Holden officiating.
Mr. Clapp, 18, died Wednesday, Nov. 22, 2006, from a car crash on Echeta Road.
He was born Jan. 27, 1988, in Gillette, the son of Michael and Cindy Clapp and brother of Jason and Colton Clapp. He attended Conestoga Elementary, Sage Valley Junior High and Campbell County High schools.
Mr. Clapp worked with his brothers in their father’s landscaping business and most recently at M&M Oil Field Service, which he greatly enjoyed and talked of often.
He enjoyed helping people. He also loved visiting with the neighbors, helping them in their yards, giving advice on tree trimming and running around Antelope Valley, the neighborhood in which he grew up.
Mr. Clapp enjoyed the outdoors and loved camping. If he couldn’t get out of town, he would put up a tent in the backyard. He enjoyed playing pool, lifting weights, music and hanging out with his brothers, parents, friends and pets.
He is survived by his parents; brothers; grandparents, Charlie and Lucille Clapp of Marshall, Minn., and Bill and Lois Godeke of Albert Lea, Minn., and numerous aunts, uncles, and cousins.
Memorials and condolences can be sent in Mr. Clapp’s name in care of Stevenson—Wilson Funeral Home, 210 W. 5th St. Gillette, Wyoming, or via the Internet at www.stevensonwilson.com.
— ANTHONY MCLAURIE (11/21/06)
Funeral services for Anthony Richard McLaurie, 35, of Gillette will be at 10 a.m. Wednesday at Stevenson—Wilson Funeral Home with the Rev. Mark Jervis of First Baptist Church officiating.
Burial will follow at Mount Pisgah Cemetery.
Visitation will be from 3 to 7 p.m. Tuesday at Stevenson—Wilson Funeral Home.
Mr. McLaurie died Sunday, Nov. 19, 2006, at his home of a heart attack.
Known to his family and friends as Tony, he was born Jan. 15, 1971, in Bemidji, Minn., to Dick and Lynette (Widmark) McLaurie. He lived in Bemidji until the age of 9 when he moved with his mom and stepfather, Richard Haberstroh to Gillette.
Here he attended Hillcrest Elementary, Sage Valley Junior High and graduated from Campbell County High School in 1989. After graduation, he married Sha Koski on Sept. 30. They later divorced.
Upon his graduation, he began working at Gillette Radiator and did so until 2004. He then began working for Interstate Detroit Diesel where he was a crew leader. He enjoyed racing stock cars as well as building and working on them. His true love was rock and roll music and his electric guitar. He was a great self—taught guitarist and spent many hours picking out song after song.
He and his son, Timothy, liked playing Play Station 2, particularly their favorite game, Grand Theft Auto, San Andreas. His daughter enjoyed hanging out with her dad and will miss the very close relationship they had. He also enjoyed spending time with his special friend, Gene Koski. He had a heart of gold.
He took many people under his wing and gave them everything he had to help them out. His smile and goofy sense of humor will be missed by all.
Mr. McLaurie is survived by his daughter, Brittani McLaurie; son, Timothy McLaurie, both of Gillette; son, Travis Wosslager—McLaurie of Montana; parents, Lynnette and Les Kile of Thief River Falls, Minn.; stepparents, Richard and Kay Haberstroh of Gillette; and sister, Jessica Haberstroh of Gillette.
He was preceded in death by his father, and maternal and paternal grandparents.
In lieu of flowers, memorials are suggested to benefit his children. An account has been set up at Campco Federal Credit Union. Condolences may be sent in his name in care of Stevenson—Wilson Funeral Home, 210 W. Fifth St., Gillette, WY or via the Internet at www.stevensonwilson.com.
— LAMAR ANTON CASPER (11/21/06)
Funeral services for LaMar Anton Casper, 64, formerly of Gillette, will be at 11 a.m. Wednesday at the Menan Stake Center in Annis, Idaho.
Visitation will be from 7 to 8:30 p.m. Tuesday at the Eckersell Memorial Chapel in Rigby, Idaho, and from 9:30 to 10:45 a.m. Wednesday at the stake center.
Burial will be in the Central Cemetery in Grant, Idaho.
Mr. Casper died Sunday, Nov. 19, 2006, at his home in Elk Bend, Idaho, of pancreatic cancer.
He was born July 24, 1942, in Annis, Idaho, to Edwin and Vonda (Schneiter) Casper. He was raised in the Menan area where he attended school at Menan Elementary, Midway Junior High and Rigby High School. He attended the University of Idaho and Grimm’s Business College.
On June 28, 1963, he married LuDene Taylor in Idaho Falls, Idaho. They were married for 43 years. They lived in Pocatello, Idaho, and Gillette. When they retired, they moved to Elk Bend.
He served in the Rigby National Guard from 1961 to 1964. He was a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter—day Saints. He enjoyed fishing, golfing, crossword puzzles and camping.
Survivors include his wife of Elk Bend; two sons, Chad Casper of Boise, Idaho, and Travis Casper of Elko, Nevada; one sister, Ann Barnes of North Fork, Idaho; two brothers, Val Casper of Driggs, Idaho, and Richard Casper of Roberts, Idaho; and six grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by his parents, one brother, two sisters, and one nephew.
Contributions may be made to the Montana Cancer Specialty Clinic, 1150 Westwood Drive, Hamilton, MT 59840 or to Hospice of Salmon Valley, 506 Van Dreff, Salmon, ID 83467.
Condolences may be sent online to the family at www.eckersellfuneralhome.com.
— ESTELLA RUTH PARKES (11/20/06)
Memorial services for Estella Ruth Parkes, 77, of Gillette will be at 10 a.m. Tuesday at High Plains Community Church with the Rev. Dan Morgan officiating.
Burial will take place later at Mount Pisgah Cemetery.
Mrs. Parkes died Thursday, Nov. 16, 2006, at Wyoming Medical Center in Casper of complications of heart surgery.
She was born Feb. 15, 1929, in Grand Junction, Colo., to Mace and Juanita (Gigax) Ingraham, where she attended school and graduated in 1945. She had three daughters, Illene, Juanita Ruth and Kay.
On Oct. 6, 1990, she married Elwood Parkes and lived in their home on 4J Road until fall 2002, when they made their move to the senior apartments. She was very active in her church and was a volunteer at Campbell County Memorial Hospital for many years. She enjoyed sewing, quilting, painting and cooking.
Mrs. Parkes is survived by her husband of Gillette; one daughter, Kay Russell of Grand Junction; two grandsons; and two granddaughters.
She was preceded in death by two daughters, Illene and Juanita Ruth.
Memorials and condolences may be sent in her name in care of Stevenson—Wilson Funeral Home, 210 W. Fifth St., Gillette, WY 82716 or via the Internet at www.stevensonwilson.com.
— DOROTHY BELLE DICKEY (11/20/06)
Funeral services for Dorothy Belle Dickey, 89, of Upton and formerly of Gillette, will be at 11 a.m. Wednesday at the First Baptist Church in Upton with the Rev. Randy Fowler officiating.
Visitation will be from 9 to 11 a.m. Wednesday at the church. Burial will take place at Greenwood Cemetery in Upton.
Mrs. Dickey died Friday, Nov. 17, 2006, at Spearfish Regional Hospital in Spearfish, S.D.
She was born Jan. 18, 1917, to Spencer and Lillie (Christee) McLain at Rocky Point, where she spent her childhood and grade school years. She attended high school at Rocky Point and Gillette, graduating in 1934. She attended normal training in Sundance and later taught country school for three years in Crook and Weston counties.
On Aug. 1, 1939, she married Allen Dickey in Sundance. They moved to the Rocky Point area and took up ranching and farming. In 1956, she was baptized and became a member of the Baptist Church in Gillette. She and her husband retired in the spring of 1984 and moved to Upton. She enjoyed crocheting, embroidering and traveling with her husband throughout the United States.
Mrs. Dickey is survived by her husband of 67 years of Upton, and numerous nieces and nephews.
She was preceded in death by her parents; three brothers, Lonnie, Clayton and Jesse; and one sister, Gertrude Kokesh.
Fidler—Roberts & Isburg Funeral Chapel of Sundance is in charge of arrangements.
— DONNA JEAN BRADFORD (11/19/06)
Burial of Donna Jean Bradford, 72, the mother of a Weston man, will take place May 5, 2007, at Mount Pisgah Cemetery.
A luncheon and celebration of life gathering with photos and stories of her life will follow.
Mrs. Bradford died Tuesday, Nov. 7, 2006, at her home in Callahan, Colo., after a three—year battle with aortic heart disease.
She was born March 14, 1934, in St. Francis, S.D., to Lester and Harriet (Howe) Dooley.
On Oct. 22, 1951, she married George Perry Bradford in Pierre, S.D.
She enjoyed her flower garden and spending time with her little dogs.
Mrs. Bradford is survived by two sons, including Rick Bradford of Weston; one daughter; five grandchildren; nine great—grandchildren; one sister; and three brothers.
She was preceded in death by her parents and her husband.
In lieu of flowers, the family would prefer attendance at the gathering.
Swan—Law Funeral Home and Cremation Services in Colorado Springs, Colo., was in charge of arrangements.
— TRISTAN GIDDENS (11/17/06)
Private family services will take place for Tristan Giddens, infant son of Garrett and Candise (Hood) Giddens.
Burial will be in Mount Pisgah Cemetery.
He was still born Wednesday, Nov. 15, 2006, at Campbell County Memorial Hospital.
Even though he never breathed life, his presence was very much cherished over the last eight and a half months.
He is survived by his parents; maternal grandparents, Julie and Vince Howell and Mark Hood, all of Porterville, Calif.; paternal grandparents, Bobby Giddens of Bronson, Fla., and Valerie Huravitch—Giddens of Gillette; and numerous aunts, uncles and cousins.
Memorial and condolences may be sent in his name in care of Stevenson—Wilson Funeral Home, 210 W. Fifth St., Gillette, WY 82716 or via the Internet at www.stevensonwilson.com. Stevenson—Wilson Funeral Home is entrusted with arrangements.
— FLOYD WALTER HAUSCHILD (11/16/06)
Funeral services for Floyd Walter Hauschild, 83, the father of a Gillette man, will be at 10:30 a.m. Friday at Immanuel Lutheran Church in Wahpeton, N.D., with the Rev. Alan R. Werth officiating.
Visitation will be from 5 to 8 p.m. Thursday with a 7 p.m. prayer service at Willow Creek Chapel in Wahpeton, and one hour before the service Friday at the church.
Burial will be at St. John’s Lutheran Cemetery in rural Tyler, N.D.
Mr. Hauschild, of Wahpeton , died Monday, Nov. 6, 2006, at St. Francis Healthcare Campus in Breckenridge, Minn.
He was born Oct. 12, 1923, to Henry and Lillie (Holthusen) Hauschild.
On July 2, 1950, he married Marlys Miller at St. John’s Lutheran Church. They lived on the home farm where he farmed from 1950 to 1981.
He entered St. Francis Nursing Home in Breckenridge in August 2003.
Mr. Hauschild is survived by his wife of Wahpeton; six sons, including Brian Hauschild of Gillette; 16 grandchildren; two great—grandchildren; two stepgrandchildren; and two step—great—grandchildren; and one brother.
He was preceded in death by his parents, a grandson, two brothers, and two sisters.
Vertin—Munson Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
— HELEN R. OVERFIELD (11/16/06)
Graveside services for Helen R. Overfield, 85, the mother of a Gillette man, will be at 10:30 a.m. Saturday at Lawn Ridge Cemetery in rural Scotland County, Mo., with the Rev. Jack Sumption officiating.
Burial will follow.
Mrs. Overfield died at her home in Memphis, Mo., on Tuesday, Nov. 14, 2006.
She was born April 17, 1921, in Etna, Mo., to DeLoss and Mabel (Mohr) Dye.
On Dec. 13, 1939, she married George Newton Overfield and they had two children.
She was a stay—at—home mother and housewife. She enjoyed spending time with her family and friends.
Mrs. Overfield is survived by one son, Wendell Overfield of Gillette; one granddaughter; three grandsons; four great—grandchildren; two sisters; and several nieces and nephews.
She was preceded in death by her parents, one daughter and two brothers.
Memorials may be made to the Scotland County Cancer Fund and sent to the Memphis Funeral Home, 378 S. Market Street, Memphis, MO, 63555. Online condolences may be sent to her family at email@example.com.
Memphis Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.
— ALBERT YOUNT (11/16/06)
Funeral services for Albert “Bert” Yount, 82, of Gillette will be at 10 a.m. Saturday at Stevenson—Wilson Funeral Home with the Rev. Chuck Matthew’s of the Church of Christ of Casper officiating.
Burial will follow at Mount Pisgah Cemetery.
Visitation will be from 3 to 7 p.m. Friday at the funeral home. Military honors will be provided by the Thunder Basin Centennial VFW Post #7756 and the American Legion Post # 42 of Gillette.
Mr. Yount died Monday, Nov. 13, 2006, from complication of dementia. He died at his home with his wife of 59 years and his daughters by his side.
He was born Jan. 15, 1924, in Hot Springs County, Hamilton Dome, the fifth son of Roy and Alma (Simpson) Yount. At a young age, the family moved to the Bull Mountain near Roundup, Mont., where he received his education and worked in the family sawmill until he enlisted in the service in 1942.
He wanted to go to war and fight with his older brothers, Bill and Ralph. His dad helped him to enlist at the age of 17.
He went to St. Petersburg for basic training. He then entered the Army Air Force gunnery training at Tyndal Field, Fla., radio school at Sioux Falls, S.D., crew assignment and for gunnery and bomb practice in Casper.
He continued bomb training at McCook, Neb. He traveled to Topeka, Kan., for overseas assignment. He flew a new B—24 Liberator Bomber with the 567th Bomb Squadron, 389th Bomb Group to England where he was assigned to an air base at Norwich, England.
They flew 30 missions over Europe. Upon completing the missions, they returned to Camp Kilner, N.J. During his service, he was awarded several air medals and three Oak Clusters for good conduct. He was discharged at Fort Douglas, Utah.
Upon returning to civilian life, he joined his family in Sandpoint, Idaho, at the Yount Sawmill.
He married Peggie Montgomery on April 28, 1947. He returned to Hamilton Dome with his new family, where he began a career in the oil field.
He worked for Empire Oil until 1969 when the company sold out and reorganized. At that time it moved to Gillette, where he worked for Home Petroleum and Davis Oil, until he retired in 1985.
His favorite time was spent with the grandchildren, taking them out to see the oil fields, telling them about the putt—putts, or fishing in the nearby lakes and creeks. They spent many years bowling and attending the national conventions each year.
Retirement for Mr. Yount was spent with his family and his dogs, Willie and Tramper; traveling to Deadwood, S.D.; yard work; fishing; watching baseball and football; and cheering on his favorite teams. He was a life time member of the VFW.
Mr. Yount is survived by his wife; daughters, Terri Humphries of Wright and Toni Klein of Story; four granddaughters; two great—grandsons; two great—granddaughters; two sisters, Helen Romagno of Taft, Calif., and Hazel Carroll of Casper; and several nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his parents, six brothers and three sisters.
Memorials may be made in his name to the Alzheimer’s Association. Condolences may be sent in care of Stevenson—Wilson Funeral Home, 210 W. Fifth St., Gillette, WY 82716 or via the Internet at www.stevensonwilson.com.
— JOYCE REED (11/15/06)
Memorial services for Joyce Elaine Reed, 58, of Rozet will be at 3 p.m. Thursday at Stevenson—Wilson Funeral Home with the Rev. Bill Morel of Family Life Church officiating.
A gathering of family and friends will begin at 1 p.m. A buffet and reception will take place after the services at the Rozet Bar.
Mrs. Reed died of liver complications Sunday, Nov. 12, 2006, at Campbell County Memorial Hospital.
She was born Dec. 28, 1947, in Beatrice, Neb., to Ernest and Elizabeth (Woodworth) Nelson. As an infant, she moved with her family to Wyoming. It was in northeast Wyoming where she was raised and educated.
On Aug. 24, 1973, she married Gail Eugene Reed in Gillette and spent most of her years caring for her family. They later divorced.
In 1996, she began cooking for several different restaurants including The Bear’s Den, Camelanes, Frontier Lanes and the Fireside Caf/. She was a long—time league bowler and was an active member of the Eastern Star, serving as Worthy Matron.
She enjoyed fishing and crocheting doilies that she gave as gifts. She was an avid reader of mostly murder mysteries and watching “Crime Scene Investigations” and “M.A.S.H.” Her favorite thing of all was cooking for her family and friends and trying new recipes by Paula Dean. She collected turtles; boasting a collection of more than 400. She enjoyed spending time with her family and friends but mostly she loved the company of her special friend Ted Thomas.
Mrs. Reed is survived by one daughter, Angie Smith of Rozet; two sons, Glenn Reed of Moorcroft and Charles Reed of Gillette; three sisters, Helen Baker and Brenda Doetker, both of Nebraska and Vickie Berry of California; three brothers, Danny Nelson of Colorado, Ernie Nelson of Newcastle and Brian Nelson of Gillette; six grandchildren; and numerous nieces and nephews.
She was preceded in death by her parents; one sister, Peggy Trisler; and one grandson.
Memorials and condolences may be sent in her name in care of Stevenson—Wilson Funeral Home, 210 W. Fifth St., Gillette, WY, 82716, or via the Internet at www.stevensonwilson.com.
— PATRICIA MARIE HILKEMEIER (11/14/06)
Funeral services for Patricia “Patty” Marie Hilkemeier, 18, of Sundance will be at 10:30 a.m. Thursday at the Old High School Gymnasium in Sundance.
Burial will follow at Green Mountain Cemetery in Sundance.
Visitation will be from 5 to 7 p.m. Wednesday at Fidler—Roberts & Isburg Funeral Chapel in Sundance.
Miss Hilkemeier died Sunday, Nov. 12, 2006, in Spearfish, S.D., of heart complications.
She was born July 21, 1988, in Newcastle to Perry and Janna (Haagensen) Hilkemeier. She was baptized at Lake Preston Lutheran Church in Lake Preston, S.D., on July 12, 1992. She graduated from Sundance High School in 2006.
While in high school, she worked at the Subway restaurant in Sundance for four years. Her favorite things were her family and hanging out with her friends. She loved doing anything that was fun.
She collected anything to do with Tinkerbell; she was even nicknamed “Tinkerbell” by family and friends. She enjoyed traveling and exploring Canada with her grandparents and second set of grandparents, Troy and Angie Svoboda. She got along with everyone and had made many friends.
Miss Hilkemeier is survived by her parents, Janna and Glenn Engelhaupt and Perry and Lisa Hilkemeier; two sisters, Kirsten Hilkemeier and Kelsey Engelhaupt; two brothers, Dallas Hilkemeier and Glenn Engelhaupt Jr.; grandparents, Virgil and Barb Hilkemeier, Keith and Verna Haagensen, Dick and Helen Engelhaupt and Darwin and Pat Tvinnereim; and many aunts, uncles and cousins.
She was preceded in death by her grandmother, Lois Hilkemeier; one uncle; and great—grandparents, Al and Vera Haagensen.
In lieu of flowers, a memorial has been established in her memory. Donations may be sent in care of Patty Hilkemeier Memorial, Sundance State Bank, P.O. Box 950, Sundance, WY 82729.
Arrangements have been placed in the care of Fidler—Roberts & Isburg Funeral Chapel of Sundance.
— JERRY PETER BELL (11/14/06)
Funeral services for Pete Bell, 74, formerly of Gillette, will be at 2 p.m. Saturday at Adams Funeral Home Chapel in Buffalo with the Rev. Joe Jarvis officiating.
A private family burial will follow the services.
Mr. Bell, of Buffalo, died Monday, Nov. 13, 2006, at the Johnson County Health Care Center.
He was born Oct. 20, 1932, in Gillette to Robert W. and Sindet O. Bell. He grew up and received his education in Gillette and Sheridan.
After high school, he joined the Navy and served during the Korean Conflict. He received an honorable discharge and returned to Sheridan where he was married on April 9, 1955, to Georgian Marie Bixby. They lived in Buffalo where he worked for the telephone company. After 30 years of service with Mountain Bell, he retired in 1985.
His wife died in July of 1997 and he continued living in Buffalo until the time of his death.
He was an avid fisherman and hunter. He enjoyed spending time in his boat and with his family and his companion, Sonny Wangsness.
Mr. Bell is survived by two daughters, Eileen Berning and Lorrie Kraft, both of Sheridan; one son, Wes Bell of Sheridan; one sister, Ramona Eccles of Casper; eight grandchildren; and two great—grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by his parents; his wife; one daughter, Robbie; one brother, Bill; one sister, Bert; and one grandchild.
Donations may be made in his memory to the Susie Bowling Lawrence Hospice in care of Adams Funeral Home, 351 N. Adams, Buffalo, WY 82834.
— RAMONA BULLOCK (11/14/06)
Ramona Bullock, 72, of Gillette, died Saturday, Nov. 11, 2006, at RTA Hospice and Palliative Care in Casa Grande, Ariz., of heart complications.
No services are planned at this time.
She was born Dec. 20, 1933. She earned a bachelor’s degree from the School of Mines in Butte, Mont., while working full time. She retired as manager of the financial purchasing department of Arco’s Thunder Basin Coal Co. in Gillette.
During her retirement, she taught stained glass classes and produced beautiful stained glass art.
Mrs. Bullock is survived by her husband of 54 years, George, of Gillette; one son, Scott Bullock and three grandchildren, all of Albuquerque, N.M.
She was preceded in death by one son, Steven Bullock.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in her name to the donor’s choice.
J. Warren Funeral Service Cole & Maud Gardens of Casa Grande is in charge of arrangements.
— MARY ELLEN KEIL (11/12/06)
Funeral services for Mary Ellen Keil, 85, of Gillette will be at 10 a.m. Wednesday at First United Methodist Church in Gillette.
Visitation will be from 4 to 7 p.m. Tuesday at Stevenson—Wilson Funeral Home.
Burial will take place in Highland Cemetery in Casper.
Mrs. Keil died Saturday, Nov. 11, 2006, at Pioneer Manor Nursing Home of natural causes.
She was born Aug. 2, 1921, to Homer and Clara Thompson in Greeley, Colo. She moved to Rawlins in 1923, where she attended school. She graduated with honors from Rawlins High School. After graduation, she worked for the Rawlins National Bank and Dresser Engineering Co. in Sinclair.
On Oct. 26, 1947, she married J. Herbert Keil in Rawlins. They moved to Casper in 1952.
She was a member of First United Methodist Church, a 70—year member of the American Legion Auxiliary, a member of the B.P.O. Does #38 and the A.B.W.A. She was active for many years with Girl Scouts, Boy Scouts and Camp Fire Girls, and working for the Central Wyoming Council of Camp Fire Office for several years.
She moved to Gillette in 1990 to be closer to her daughter and her family. She enjoyed being involved with her grandchildren, Jennifer and Joseph, and watching them grow up, attending their concerts and events. She was active at First United Methodist Church in Gillette, helping where and when she could.
Mrs. Keil is survived by her daughter, Shirley Uhler of Gillette; her son, James Keil of Sandy Valley, Nev.; a granddaughter; a grandson; and two great—grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by her parents, her husband and a sister.
Memorials and condolences may be sent in her name in care of Stevenson—Wilson Funeral Home, 210 W. Fifth St., Gillette, WY 82716 or via the Internet at www.stevensonwilson.com.
— SELMA ELEANOR JOHNSON (11/12/06)
Selma Eleanor Johnson, 92, of Gillette, Wyoming, died Friday, November 10, 2006, of natural causes in Pioneer Manor Nursing Home.
She was born July 10, 1914, at the family farm in French River, Minnesota, to Michael Laiti and Alpha Hjortdahl Laiti. She was the youngest of 12 children.
She spent her early years attending school and working on the farm until moving to Chicago at the beginning of WW II to work in a defense plant. During the war she met her future husband, Wesley Johnson, then a Staff Sergeant in the Army Air Corps. After the war, they married in Butte, Montana.
Later they owned and operated a sawmill and logging business for 20 years. After selling the sawmill, they lived in Whitehall, Montana, for a number of years before moving to Kalispell, Montana. In 1991 Selma & Wesley moved to Hulett, Wyoming, to live on their daughter and son—in—law’s ranch and finally moved to Gillette due to Wesley’s failing health. He passed away in 2003.
Selma was known for her hospitality and cooking. She always had a lot of willing friends and relatives to eat her delicious meals and baked goods. When she wasn’t cooking she was enjoying camping, hunting, and fishing. Her favorite days were spent along the trout streams in Wise River, Montana, fishing with family.
Selma is survived by her daughter, Nancy Hallinan, of Gillette, granddaughters Jennifer of Milwaukee, Wisconsin and Erin of Ft. Collins, Colorado, grandson Timothy Patrick Jr. of Boulder, Colorado, and a number of nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her parents, husband Wesley, and 11 brothers and sisters.
Stevenson—Wilson Funeral Home of Gillette is handling the arrangements for cremation, and a private family memorial gathering will take place at the Hallinan Ranch in Hulett at a later date.
Memorials and condolences may be sent in her name in care of Stevenson—Wilson Funeral Home, 210 W. 5th Street, Gillette, Wyoming, or via the internet at www.stevensonwilson.com.
— MARY KATHRYN MAUCH (11/10/06)
Funeral services for Mary Kathryn Mauch, 83, formerly of Sundance, will be at 2 p.m. Monday at United Methodist Church of Sundance.
Burial will follow at Green Mountain Cemetery in Sundance.
Mrs. Mauch died Wednesday, Nov. 8, 2006, at the Hospice and Palliative Care unit in Greeley, Colo., of complications of Alzheimer’s disease.
She was born Aug. 10, 1923, in Rockford, Ohio, to Authur and Kathryn (Karr) Maurer. As a small child, she moved with her family to a homestead ranch in northeastern Wyoming, near Alzada, Mont., where she graduated from high school.
During World War II, she worked at Lima Tank Depot in Lima, Ohio.
On Jan. 3, 1944, she married William L. Mauch in Laramie. They moved to Sundance in 1945.
In the early 1960s, she worked as an office manager for Dr. G.R. Hudson in Sundance. During the Vietnam War, she was the selective service clerk for Crook County. She was a member of the United Methodist Church of Sundance, a past member of Give and Gain Homemakers Club and a past member of XI Mu Chapter of Beta Sigma Phi sorority.
Mrs. Mauch is survived by one daughter, Susan K. Brucker of Windsor, Colo.; one son, Rex M. Mauch of Cheyenne; one sister, Joan Page of Upton; five grandchildren; and eight great—grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by her husband, parents, one sister and two brothers.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Hospice and Palliative Care of Northern Colorado, in care of Fidler—Roberts and Isburg Funeral Chapel, 208 Main St., Sundance, WY 82729.
— LENNIS MERCEDES THOMPSON (11/9/06)
Memorial services will be held for Lennis Mercedes Thompson at Trinity Lutheran Church in Steele, ND on Saturday, November 11th at 12:00 PM. Visitation will be from 9:00 AM to 6:00 PM Friday at Eastgate Funeral Service in Bismarck. Lennis Mercedes (Attletweedt) Thompson died November 5, 2006 from renal failure after an extended illness at Odyssey Hospice Care Center in Mesa, AZ at the age of 77.
She was a member of Saint Peters Lutheran Church in Mesa. Her faith was very strong. Lennis is survived by her loving and devoted husband of 56 years; one daughter, Marlyce (William) Kocher of Gillette, WY; three sons; Robert Thompson; Mandan, ND; Noral (Debby) Thompson, Bismarck, ND; and Dwight Thompson, Granby, CO; eight grandchildren; four great—grandchildren; several dear cousins and many nieces, nephews, and close friends. Lennis was preceded in death by her parents (Chris & Iva Nelson, Attletweedt), brother (Glen Attletweedt), sister (Helen Vanous), infant granddaughter (Kelly Jo Kocher), several aunts, uncles, and cousins.
Lennis was born August 3, 1929 on the farm near Robinson, ND, the daughter of Chris and Iva (Nelson) Attletweedt. She attended public school near Robinson until her family moved to Steele in 1941 and graduated from Steele High School in 1947. She attended Valley City State Teachers College for two years and taught near Mayville, ND for 5 years. Lennis worked at the Costello Cafe and the Woodlawn Hotel while going to high school.
She met George W. Thompson in 1949 and they were married August 27, 1950 at Trinity Lutheran Church in Steele, ND in a double wedding with her cousin, Elaine Attletweedt and George’s brother, Tommy. They lived on a farm 3 1/2 miles south of Steele after they were married.
In 1961, they moved to Sun Valley, Los Angeles where George worked at in a big liquidation store. Lennis worked at the Federal Reserve Bank in down town Los Angeles. In 1963 they moved back to ND and lived in Bismarck. Lennis worked at the First National Bank and then at St. Alexius Hospital as a scrub technician. She also worked at Jerry’s Supper Club and the Holiday Inn as a waitress. George worked at Northern Improvement for 25 years.
During the time they lived in Bismarck, Lennis and George took in and helped college students. She thoroughly enjoyed that and had many new children to call her “Mom.” She loved having her childrens’ friends come over to the house also. She treated them like her own. When they did something wrong or got into trouble she scolded them like they were her own. She also loved it when they called her “Mom.”
In 1981, they moved to Gillette, WY. George worked for Larry’s plumbing and heating as a loader operator. Lennis worked as a waitress at several restaurants and also as a housekeeper for several people. As George’s job took him to several places throughout the states, Lennis would follow and stay in their camper. In 1988, they decided to move to Mesa, AZ for the winters where it was warm. They always returned home to ND in the summers until the summer of 2005 when Lennis became sick.
George and Lennis were very devoted to one another and to their children. She lived for her family and husband. George cared for Lennis every day during her long illness and never left her side. They were very proud of their children’s accomplishments. Together they enjoyed traveling to see family and friends. Most of all they enjoyed going back home to ND and being with all of their children and grandchildren.
Lennis especially loved getting together on holidays or special occasions. She loved to cook, clean, and have parties. Her door was always open to anyone who came into town. Her home was known as “The Little House on the Side of the Road.”
Lennis also loved to dance. She would dance all night as long as her tiny little feet and legs would carry her. Her favorite dances were the jitter bug and polka. Her favorite songs were “Roll Out the Barrel” and “In the Mood.” She was definitely always in the mood.
Lennis’ pastime was cleaning. You always saw her with a rag in her hand.
She also loved to write poetry and tinker on the organ. She won several awards and a trophy from the International Society of Poets. At night, she loved to relax by watching all the old time shows especially “Andy of Mayberry” and “Little House on the Prairie.”
Lennis will always be remembered for being the most loving, caring, selfless, hard working person alive. She was always willing to put others first and never asked for anything in return. Every night before she went to sleep, she had to get a good night kiss from “Daddy” (George). If she didn’t she felt bad.
One of the high points in Lennis’ life was their trip to Norway with their daughter and some other relatives. It was a dream come true. She laughed and talked about the many good times they all had together.
Another highlight of her life was celebrating their 50th wedding anniversary with all of their family and friends. It meant so much to her that every one came to help them celebrate.
Lennis had a strong will to live and never gave up until the Lord was willing to take her. All the doctors were amazed at what a strong person she was because of what she had to endure. They all said that she must have a very strong heart. If they only knew! She always said she wasn’t going until she was ready.
A woman devoted to her family, she was so proud of each of us and demonstrated her love for us every day in countless ways we’ll always cherish! She kept up her strength for her family and friends until the end.
Memorials and condolences may be sent in her name in care of Eastgate Funeral Home, 2302 E. Divide Ave., Bismarck, ND 58501 or via the Internet at www.eastgatefuneral.com.
— DARRELL G. WARNER (11/8/06)
Darrell Gene Warner of Kingwood, Texas, died October 27, 2006. He was born in Lewis County, West Virginia, on June 13, 1933, the only child of Charles and Juanita Warner who predeceased him. He is survived by his wife of 52 years, the former Hilda Rose Jones, along with son William (Bill) Warner of Houston, daughter Ann Henrichsen and her husband Craig, and two granddaughters, Stephanie and Emily Henrichsen, all of Kingwood.
Darrell graduated from high school in West Virginia in 1951 and from West Virginia University in 1955 with a degree in Petroleum Engineering. After serving two years in the United States Army Corps of Engineers, he embarked on a 35 year career with Exxon and affiliated companies, including service as President of Carter Mining Company in Gillette, where he formed many treasured, lifelong friendships with the people he met in the community. He retired in 1992 as President of Exxon Pipeline Company.
Following retirement from Exxon he served as a member of the United States Air Force Long Range Planning Review Board. He was a registered Professional Engineer and a member of the Society of Petroleum Engineers. In 1994, he was honored as the West Virginia University College of Mineral and Energy Resources Outstanding Alumnus.
A memorial service was held on October 30, 2006, at First Presbyterian Church of Kingwood with Dr. Robert Covington, Jr. officiating. Burial was at Masonic Cemetery, Weston, West Virginia.
— ROBERT MACY (11/8/06)
A funeral and memorial service for Robert “Bob” Raymond Macy, 58, formerly of Gillette, will be Saturday at the Macy’s home in Chandler, Ariz.
Mr. Macy died of cancer Saturday, Nov. 4, 2006, surrounded by his family and friends at a hospice in Chandler.
He was born Aug. 26, 1948, in Fort Knox, Ky., to Marlys and Robert Walsh. He was raised by his mother and stepfather, Irvin Macy, in Edgerton. He graduated from Midwest High School in 1967. After working in the oil fields and extensive traveling, he settled in Arizona where he met and married Debbie Rye on Dec. 31, 1984. They raised a daughter, Cody Lynn.
His favorite pastimes included stock car racing, country dancing with his wife, driving the RV on road trips, fishing and playing cards. When he was not working at the family business, “Farmer Bob” could always be found on his riding lawnmower and grooming his farm while taking care of his many animals.
Mr. Macy is survived by his wife, one daughter and his mother, all of Tempe, Ariz.; six siblings; Irvin Macy of Gillette, Nancy Elm of Kaycee, Randy Macy of Spearfish, S.D., Rick Macy of Scottsdale, Ariz., Ann Parsons of Casper, and Jim Macy of Mesa, Ariz.; and several nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his father, stepfather and one niece.
Memorials may be sent to the family to help pay medical bills at Debbie and Cody Macy, 699 E. Commonwealth, Chandler, AZ 85225 or via the Web at firstname.lastname@example.org.
— LORETTA ‘LORI’ ZAHN (11/7/06)
Funeral services for Loretta “Lori” will be held at 11:00 a.m. on Thursday, November 9, 2006, at the Prince of Peace Lutheran Church with Pastor Chad Brucklacher officiating.
Loretta “Lori” L. Zahn, age 67 of Gillette, Wyoming died on Sunday, November 5, 2006 at Campbell County Memorial Hospital of complications of cancer.
Loretta Zahn was born on May 19, 1939, the daughter of Wilhelm and Clara (Reub) Werner in Center, North Dakota. She attended school in Oliver County, North Dakota. Loretta married Ted Zahn in Fountain, Colorado on February 8, 1958. They lived at various United States Army bases around the country until the girls started school. Then they settled in Mandan, North Dakota.
The couple and their family moved to Gillette, Wyoming in 1978 to open a construction company. During the years she operated a storage unit, waitressed and owned the Husky restaurant. As her health declined, she spent most of her time at home. She enjoyed playing cards and spending time with her family.
Loretta is survived by her husband of almost 49 years, Ted Zahn of Gillette, Wyoming; 3 daughters, Wanda Knudson of Bismarck, North Dakota, Brenda Holzer and Velma Gibbs, both of Gillette, Wyoming; one son, Lee (Heather) Zahn of Gillette, Wyoming; 4 sisters, Wilma Frederickson of Missoula, Montana, Linda Wagner of Dickinson, North Dakota, Janice Sorenson of Mandan, North Dakota and Diane Schoenwald of Minot, North Dakota; 7 grandchildren, Becky (Jeremy) Wulf of Gillette, Wyoming, Wendy Dougherty of Longview, Texas, Josh Knudson of Bismarck, North Dakota, Kelsie Knudson of Minneapolis, Minnesota, Lori Dougherty of Bismarck, North Dakota, Greg Dougherty of Norfolk, Virginia, Easton Zahn of Gillette, Wyoming; one great—granddaughter, Taelor Volk of Gillette, Wyoming; and very special fiends, Les and Brenda Davis of Pekin, Illinois.
She was preceded in death by her parents; brothers, Melvin and Nester; and sister Betty.
Memorials are suggested to benefit the High School Rodeo Club. Condolences may be sent in Loretta’s name in care of Stevenson—Wilson Funeral Home, 210 W. Fifth St., Gillette, WY 82716 or via the Internet at www.stevensonwilson.com
— FOREST ‘GAIL’ PARKISON (11/7/06)
Graveside memorial services for Forest “Gail” Parkison, 81, the father of two Gillette men, will be at 11:30 a.m. Wednesday at the Dayton Cemetery. A light luncheon will follow the service at Dayton Community Hall.
Cremation has taken place.
Mr. Parkison died Friday, Nov. 3, 2006, at the Sheridan Veterans Administration Medical Center.
He was born in Helena, Mont., to Shirley and Lottie (Clausen) Parkison on Sept. 20, 1925.
He enlisted in the U.S. Army in 1944 and was honorably discharged in 1946.
On Nov. 13, 1947, he married Claudia Clow in Crow Agency, Mont. He worked for the Padlock Ranch for 35 years until retiring in 1992.
Mr. Parkison is survived by three sons, including Rollie and Ronn of Gillette; six grandchildren; and three great—grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by his parents and his wife.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made in his name to Camp Hope For Kids with Diabetes, in care of Steve and Nancy Johnson, 3920 W. 45th Street, Casper, WY 82604.
Kane Funeral Home in Sheridan is in charge of arrangements.
— ALLEN RAY AIPPERPACH (11/6/06)
Memorial services for Allen Ray Aipperspach, 61, of Gillette will be at 2 p.m. Tuesday at Stevenson—Wilson Funeral Home with the Rev. Bill Morel of Family Life Church officiating.
Mr. Aipperspach died of pneumonia Friday, Nov. 3, 2006, at Campbell County Memorial Hospital.
He was born Feb. 28, 1945, to John and Frieda (Raszler) Aipperspach in Beulah, N.D. He graduated from Golden Valley High School where he was an all—star basketball player. After graduating, he joined the Army where he served at the White House as an Honor Guard. One of his duties was as a driver in President Kennedy’s funeral procession. After his discharge, he farmed in Oklahoma.
In 1970, he moved to Wyoming to work in the oil field. He was electrocuted in 1978 and was unable to work. He helped as a counselor and teacher for other amputees and burn victims. He was especially drawn to handicapped children.
In 1983, he met Jean Cohen. They were married on April 30, 1989.
He loved his home, gardening, hunting, fishing, travel and tinkering in the yard. He loved to be with people. His grandchildren and nieces and nephews were special to him.
Mr. Aipperspach is survived by his wife of Gillette; his daughter, Shandell Goolsby of Russellville, Ark.; his stepchildren, Zacharia Cohen of Casper, Zanda Dunn of Sacramento, Calif., Shana Hughes of Russellville; and his brothers and sisters, Sandy Reiner of Gillette, Donald Aipperspach of Big Piney, Larry Aipperspach of Golden Valley, N.D., Ken Aipperspach of Powell, Carol McMillian of Wichita, Kan., Darlene Channel of Sacramento, Calif., and Brenda Bates of Greeley, Colo.; nine grandchildren; and many nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his parents; one brother, Jerome; and one son, Shannon Ratliff.
Memorials and condolences may be sent in care of Stevenson Wilson Funeral Home, 210 W Fifth St., Gillette, WY 82716 or via the Web at www.stevensonwilson.com.
— ADRIANA MOLINA (11/3/06)
Funeral services for Adriana Molina, 15, of Gillette, will take place next week in Grand Island, Neb.
Visitation will be from 4 to 7 today at Stevenson—Wilson Funeral Home.
Miss Molina died at Campbell County Memorial Hospital on Wednesday, Nov. 1, 2006, taking her own life by hanging.
She was born Oct. 16, 1991, in Grand Island, Neb., to Sigifredo Molina and Jackie Garcia, where she attended Wasmer Elementary and Barr Junior High School.
In 2004, she moved to Gillette with her mother. She was a ninth—grader at Twin Spruce Junior High School.
As a student, she had high expectations of going to college and becoming a pediatrician. She had a gift for writing, especially poetry, winning several awards. She loved music and her interest was very diverse from rap to the oldies; she enjoyed all types.
Miss Molina is survived by her parents of Gillette; one sister, Angela Garcia of Grand Island; five brothers, Miguel Martinez IV and David Martinez, both of Grand Island, and Sigifredo Molina Jr., Lorenao Molina and Julian Molina, all of Gillette; maternal grandmother, Josie Garcia of Grand Island; paternal grandparents, Maria De Los Angueles and Vanela Cresenciano of Grand Island; paternal great—grandmother, Trina Torres of Grand Island; and numerous aunts, uncles and cousins.
She was preceded in death by one brother, Felix “Wedo” Garcia in 1990; her grandfather; and one cousin.
Memorials and condolences may be sent in her name in care of Stevenson—Wilson Funeral Home, 210 W. Fifth St., Gillette, WY 82716 or via the Internet at www.stevensonwilson.com.
— ZELMA ROSALENE BELL (11/3/06)
Visitation for Zelma Rosalene Bell 83, of Gillette, will be from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Monday at Stevenson—Wilson Funeral Home.
Mrs. Bell died Thursday, Nov. 2, 2006, at Campbell County Memorial Hospital of complications from a stroke.
She was born Sept. 3, 1923, to Jesse Odell and Sarah (Ramalia) Fritts in Rich Hill, Mo. She attended country school in Vernon County, Mo. On June 24, 1938, she married Weslie Poulter in Bates County Missouri. They had five children together, and later divorced.
On Feb. 3, 1961, she married Raymond Bell in El Dorado, Kan., where they made their home until 1970 when they moved the family to Gillette.
She spent her early married life as a homemaker and later worked outside of the home as a cook and housekeeper for many families in Gillette. She loved house plants especially African violets. She collected salt and pepper shakers, owl figurines and dolls. Her special companion was her poodle, Rusty.
Mrs. Bell is survived by her husband of Gillette; son, James Poulter of Latham, Kan.; two daughters, Gracie Walter of Gillette and Judy Lawrence of Leon, Kan.; sister, Margaret Watson of Rich Hill, Mo.; 17 grandchildren; 24 great—grandchildren; and eight great—great—grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by her parents, two daughters, three brothers and one sister.
Memorials and condolences may be sent in her name in care of Stevenson—Wilson Funeral Home, 210 W. Fifth St., Gillette, WY or via the Internet at www.stevensonwilson.com.
— HALLE JOANNE HARDESTY (11/2/06)
Funeral services for Halle JoAnne Hardesty, 15 1/2 months, will be held at 11:00 am, Friday, November 3, 2006 at Stevenson—Wilson Funeral Home with Pastor Marty Crump of the Family Life Church officiating. Visitation will be held one hour prior to the service. Interment will be in the Wright Cemetery.
Halle Hardesty was born July 13, 2005 in Gillette, Wyoming the daughter of Jamie and Stacey (West) Hardesty. Halle lived with her mommy and daddy until the time of her death. Halle went home to sing with the angels on Tuesday, October 31, 2006 due to an unknown medical condition. Although her life was short, Halle gave more than most people have in a lifetime. Through every hardship she endured, Halle displayed courage, hope, determination, strength and pure love. She loved to rock—a—bye in the arms of family, she lit up to the voices of her grandparents, cousins, aunts and uncles.
Halle loved to be kissed and nuzzled by her mommy and daddy, and the sound of her mommy’s voice brought a shine to her face. She was an angel in disguise, giving all she could give; Halle was a bright spot in a dark room, a gift and blessing to her family and all those who knew her. She filled our hearts and lives, and we will live with her love and memory forever. Although her departure leaves a gaping hole in our hearts, we love that she has found peace, dancing and singing with Jesus for the rest of eternity. We love you, Halle, and will miss you always.
Halle is survived by her mommy and daddy of Gillette, Wyoming; maternal grandparents, Neil and Joyce West of Wright, Wyoming; paternal grandparents, Jim and Candy Hardesty of Wyarno, Wyoming, Julie and Terry McCarty of Bethpage, Tennessee; 6 great grandparents; several aunts and uncles, numerous cousins and many friends.
She was preceded in death by her great grandparents and cousins.
Memorials are suggested in Halle’s name.
Condolences may be sent in her name in care of Stevenson—Wilson Funeral Home 210 W. 5th Street, Gillette, Wyoming 82716 or via the internet at www.stevensonwilson.com.
— LLOYD E. BOOKLESS (11/1/06)
Memorial services for Lloyd E. Bookless, 55, of Gillette, will be at 4 p.m. Friday at Prince of Peace Lutheran Church with the Rev. Chad Brucklacher officiating.
Graveside services will be at 11 a.m. Thursday at Oak Creek Cemetery in Bottineau N.D., with the Rev. Carol Wendel officiating.
Mr. Bookless died at his home, surrounded by his family, of complications from leukemia Saturday, Oct. 28, 2006.
He was born Sept. 15, 1951, to Ruth (Steel) and Edward Bookless in Fort Worth, Texas. He graduated from high school in Fort Yates, N.D., and continued his education at North Dakota State School of Science where he earned technical degrees in radio electronics and radio communications. He married Jerilyn Parks in 1975 at Lake Metigoshe, N.D.
In 1977, they moved to Gillette, where he began working for Gillette Electronics. Two years later, he changed career paths and began working in the heating, air—conditioning and sheet metal design industry.
In 1983, he and his wife celebrated the birth of their only child, Amy Lynn.
In the late 1980s, he started his own business, Lloyd’s Heating and Sheet Metal, which he operated for 10 years. He then worked for Joe’s Plumbing and Heating until he was diagnosed with leukemia in 2003.
He went into remission for two years after his initial diagnosis. He spent that time fishing and kayaking near their cabin in North Dakota and traveling all over the world. He also enjoyed camping, drawing, painting, gardening and working with his hands.
Mr. Bookless is survived by his wife of Gillette; his daughter, Amy Lynn, a graduate student in physical therapy at the University of North Dakota; his parents, Ed and Ruth Bookless of Rio Rancho, N. M.; one sister, Anita Vasey of Rio Rancho and two brothers, Ross Bookless of Albuquerque, N.M., and Ed Bookless of Rio Rancho.
Memorials and condolences may be sent in his name to Stevenson—Wilson Funeral Home, 210 West Fifth St., Gillette, WY or on the Internet at www.stevensonwilson.com.
— LEONA K. WITT (11/1/06)
Funeral services for Leona K. Matheson Witt, 85, formerly of Gillette, will be at 10 a.m. Friday at Bryant Funeral Home Chapel in Worland with the Rev. John Harrington officiating.
Burial will follow at 2:30 p.m. at Mount Pisgah Cemetery with the Rev. Marty Crump in charge of graveside rites.
Mrs. Witt, of Worland, died at Worland Healthcare & Rehabilitation Center on Tuesday, Oct. 31, 2006.
She was born March 8, 1921, in Pawhuska, Okla., to Frank and Cealey (Smith) Arnce, where she received her early education.
On Jan. 25, 1937, she married Edward Matheson in Osage County, Okla. They made their home south of Gillette where they herded sheep. Her husband died Aug. 5, 1965.
She met Delbert Witt and they were married on Jan. 17, 1966, in Gillette. They lived for a short time in Buffalo, and then moved to Worland where they have lived until the time of her death. Mr. Witt died Nov. 28, 2003, in Worland.
She enjoyed playing bingo, being in the outdoors camping, fishing in the Big Horns, cooking for family and friends and she loved her poodles. The last several years she loved watching and spending time with family and especially her grandchildren.
In 2004, she suffered a stroke and has been a resident of the Worland Healthcare & Rehabilitation Center.
Mrs. Witt is survived by her sons, Edward Matheson of Worland, and Trusty Matheson and Einar Matheson, both of Gillette; stepson, Rocky Witt of Elko, Nevada; stepdaughters, Karolyn Coleman of Ellis, Kan., Sherry Baker of Rapid City, S.D., Jeanne Swindler of Pratt, Kan., and Kathy Magadan of Great Bend, Kan.; nine grandchildren; 14 stepgrandchildren; 15 great—grandchildren; and 16 stepgreat—grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by her parents; husbands, Edward Matheson and Delbert Witt; son, John Calvin Matheson; sisters and brothers; four stepsons; and one stepdaughter.
Memorial donations may be made to the Humane Society in care of Bryant Funeral Home, P.O. Box 524, Worland, WY 82401.
— CALVIN MCLEAN (11/1/06)
Funeral services for Calvin McLean, 78, the father of a Rozet woman, will be at 1 p.m. Friday at Zion Lutheran Church in Rapid City, S.D.
Visitation will be at noon Friday at the church.
Burial will be at Black Hills National Cemetery near Sturgis, S.D.
Mr. McLean, of Pilot Point, Texas, died Sunday, Oct. 29, 2006, in Dallas of natural causes.
He was born Nov. 11, 1927, in Potter County, S.D., to John H. and Eda (Sevesind) McLean.
On Dec. 24, 1950, he married Jeanne J. Archer in Gettysburg, S.D.
He was a serviceman for 311/2 years for Montana Dakota Utilities. He was a member of Zion Lutheran Church in Rapid City, S.D. He was an active member of Black Hills Territory Dance Club, a past president and contract negotiator of the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers Labor Union Local No. 1616, and a lifetime member of Veterans of Foreign War Post 1273 and the American Quarter Horse Association.
Mr. McLean is survived by his wife; two daughters, including Tami Bishop of Rozet; two sisters; five grandchildren; two great—grandchildren; and numerous nieces and nephews.
Condolences may be conveyed to the family at www.behrenswilson.com.
Behrens—Wilson Funeral Home is in care of arrangements.