Monthly Archives: August 2012

Town, school send pool issue to voters

by nathan oster

Just days before voters went to the polls in the primary election, both the Greybull Town Council and the Big Horn County School District No. 3 board of trustees ensured that the construction, operation and maintenance of a new swimming pool would be among the issues on the ballot in the next election.

With eyes fixed on Nov. 6, both governing bodies approved resolutions to put the swimming pool issue in front of voters, who will be asked to weigh in on a countywide, sixth-cent tax that would generate more than $24 million for the county’s nine municipalities and a school district bond issue that would raise $5.2 million.

At its meeting Aug. 13, the town council voted in favor of “a resolution approving the proposition for imposition of a one-percent specific purpose sales and use excise tax in Big Horn County” and for that proposition to be placed on the Nov. 6 general election ballot.

The resolution must be approved by at least six of the nine county municipalities for it to appear on the ballot.

Bob Graham, who has been the council’s most vocal support of the swimming pool, emphasized early in the discussion that “how we feel, personally, about the proposed taxes is irrelevant” and that the council was just considering whether to give the community the opportunity to vote on the projects.

The county’s mayors will be meeting at 6 p.m. tonight (Thursday, Aug. 23) at Greybull Town Hall to finalize the sixth-cent issue.

Discussion at the Aug. 13 meeting centered on whether the swimming pool is, in fact, the greatest need facing the town.  Rod Collingwood, who is running for town council this year and was seated in the audience, asked whether the town might be better served putting money toward the recertification of its dike.

Councilor Kay Fleek said she hasn’t received positive feedback from her constituents about the sixth-cent proposal, a point echoed by Councilor Bob McGuire.

Graham explained that if the bond for the school issue is defeated, up to $400,000 from the sixth-cent tax could be used to refurbish the existing pool.  The remaining $1 million or so that would be needed to complete the refurbishing could then be sought from the Wyoming Business Council, he said.

But if the sixth-cent tax issue is defeated, it’s a dead issue, regardless of whether the $5.2 million bond issue is approved because there would be no money available to operate and maintain the new pool.

 

Pool concept plan

Before agreeing to place the bond issue on the ballot, the school board on Aug. 14 received a presentation on the pool concept plan, courtesy of Jim Bauer, representing the school district’s architectural firm, Bauer Group Architects.

Bauer said he designed a pool with a 40-year lifespan that was “as community friendly as we could made it,” adding that decisions in the design process were made to minimize the operation and maintenance costs over the lifespan of the pool.

The pool committee evaluated a number of sites before eventually settling on the one located on school property, between the Greybull Elementary School playground and the tennis courts where there is currently grass.

Bauer said the site stood out because of its close proximity to not only the school and the tennis courts but also the city park and a small baseball/soccer field directly behind the elementary school.

Trees that are currently growing on the site would be preserved under the concept plan presented last week by Bauer.  However, there would need to be some site modifications, including realignment of some sidewalks and the development of an additional parking lot between the facility and the tennis courts.

Bauer said the front door of the facility would face north and be accessible from the tennis court side.  The pool itself would be on the south half of the facility, with the thought being that it would get the most available light in that position.

The concept plan included a six-lane pool, just like the existing pool, as well as a “zero entry area” where seniors and small children would be able to enter the pool.  The current pool has no zero-entry area.

Bauer said the concept plan also includes provisions for a future slide, wading area and patio on the south end of the facility. To the north of the pool, in the “business end,” there would be change rooms, showers, toilets, and check-in, office and laundry areas.

Bauer said the proposed pool would seat 40-45 spectators and would have around its outside perimeter storage areas for large items as well as for some of the other items needed around the pool.

The concept plan that Bauer presented last week was for a facility of 14,320 square feet.  The existing pool is 10,440.  The proposed pool would have an occupant load of 400, precast and masonry for the walls, a sloped metal roof and an interior ceiling made of aluminum panels to minimize corrosion.

The pool would be constructed with energy efficiency in mind, Bauer said, noting that there would be windows around its perimeter as well as translucent panels to the east, south and west to maximize natural light around the year.  Those translucent panels are available with a factor of R-22, as opposed to the older ones which are R-7 and R-8, he said.

 

Budget

The tax issues facing voters in November will be a sixth-cent, specific purpose sales and use excise tax that would generate $2.6 million, with $2 million of going to establish a $2 million fund for pool O&M for the next 20 years, and a $5.2 million school district bond issue for the construction of the pool.

At last week’s meeting, Bauer broke down the budget for the proposed facility.

As it stood Tuesday night, he was estimating $3.99 million for the construction of the pool, $1,500 for site work relating to sidewalk modifications, $335,000 for site work relating to the pool construction, $179,000 for pool fixtures and equipment.  With all those things factored in, the total climbs to $4.5 million.

But with fees and the required contingencies factored in, the total project budget climbs to slightly more than $5.5 million, Bauer said.  The contingency requirement is standard.  With respect to the fees, Bauer said money would be needed for testing, design, building permits and plan reviews.

Bauer said the pool committee wanted to keep the budget around $5.2 million, but agreed to the add extra width to the deck area so that there would be enough room for contestants to move around and to go with high-efficiency systems that are more expensive but would be less expensive in the long run.

With the bond issue set at $5.2 million, and 3 percent of that required to go to O&M, and the school district set to receive at least $400,000 from the sixth-cent tax, there would be around $5.6 million to complete the project, Bauer said.

In response to questions from board members about whether money could be trimmed from the project, Bauer emphasized that anything was possible — and that what he was presenting was only conceptual.

Gene Marion Rice

Aug. 7, 1925 – Aug. 17, 2012

Cremation has taken place and a memorial graveside service for Gene Marion Rice of Basin will be held Monday, Sept. 24 at 10 a.m. at the Meeteetse Cemetery. Gene, 87, died Aug. 17 at the Washakie Medical Center in Worland.

He was born Aug. 7, 1925, in Meeteetse, the son of Isaac Taylor and Dusky Lee Farmer Rice. He grew up and received his schooling in Meeteetse.

Gene served in the U.S. Army during World War II. He was assigned to the 122nd Mechanized Infantry Unit in the Pacific Islands.

He married Patricia Jean McGraw Aug. 10, 1946, in Cody. Gene worked for Amoco Oil as the area foreman for many years. He retired in 1986.

Gene loved to fish and gardening; he also enjoyed boating, camping and spending time with his family.

His parents; two daughters, Marion Patricia Rice, 18 months old, and Margret Katherine “Peggy” Rice Lowry, in 1970; his wife, Patricia Rice, on April 23, 2007; two sisters, Gladys and Florence, and his brother, Wade, preceded him in death.

Gene is survived by two daughters and sons-in-law, Charlotte and Mark Cheshier and Angela and Dave Tharp, all of Basin; seven grandchildren; 16 great-grandchildren and two great-great-grandchildren.

Gabriel Jesus Robles Noyes

March 20, 1981 – Aug. 13, 2012

Gabriel Jesus Robles Noyes, age 31, of Greybull, Wyoming, died Monday, Aug. 13, 2012, in a one-vehicle rollover one-half mile south of Greybull.

Gabriel was born March 20, 1981, at Powell, Wyoming to Glory (Gonzalez) and Gabriel Robles.

Gabriel attended school in Greybull for the majority of his education moving in with the Noyes at the age of 14. His love for the area and the outdoors brought him back to the Noyes on June 4 of this year to begin a new start with his parents, Jack and Linda. “We are thankful for the time we had with our son and were able to enjoy every minute of the short time we were given.” Gabriel’s love for his job in construction was expressed daily by him, and Gabriel’s cowboy hat was not far away when on the job.

Gabriel is survived by his mother, Glory; his sisters, Rose, Diana and Damien of Phoenix and his father, Gabriel of Coffeyville, Kansas, as well as numerous nieces, nephews, cousins, aunts and uncles; and his grandfather, Henry Gonzalez of Billings, Montana. Gabriel had a second family in Greybull, Wyoming to include his parents, Jack and Linda Noyes, special cousin Stacy Scott, special aunt Janice Tucker and grandmother Doris. This family, in addition, included many other aunts, uncles and cousins. Gabriel is also survived by Alicia Caldwell of Greybull who is his special lady.

A memorial service was held on Saturday, Aug. 18, 2012, at the Atwood Family Chapel in Greybull. Cremation has taken place and his ashes will be spread over his beloved Big Horn Mountains at a later date.

Memorials in Gabriel’s name for educational scholarships can be made at River-Rail Community Federal Credit Union, P.O. Box 808, Greybull, WY 82426.

Gabriel’s high school art teacher Karyne Dunbar had recently visited with him at her annual Art Shelter show and said that since Gabriel’s return home, he had a smile that was on high beam.

We all love you, Gabriel.

Atwood Family Funeral Directors, Inc., was in charge of arrangements.

(Paid obituary)

Samuel “Sam”Lewis Scheller

Feb. 17, 1925 – Aug. 13, 2012

On Monday, Aug. 13, 2012, Sam peacefully went to sleep in the Lord.

Sam is best remembered for his passion of cattle trading and his auctioneering talent. His love for the livestock sale barn started early while helping his father manage the family-owned Sunset Sale Barn in Greeley, Colorado. The staff at Brush Livestock became his second family as Sam attended the monthly dairy sale for 65 years. It was there that he officially adopted his beloved “Puddin” – Man’s Best Friend.

It was Sam that the Greeley Christian School called upon for the annual Benefit Pie Sale. His auctioneering talent merited “outrageous” prices for a standard pie to the delight of the school. He was an active member of the Greeley Seventh-Day Adventist Church for 63 years.

Born Feb. 17, 1925, to Webb and Rose Scheller, Sam called St. Francis, Kansas, home until the age of 13. Sam was the oldest of four children, Bill Scheller (Norma), Shirley Scheller Achabal (AJ, deceased) and Bette Scheller Brown (Gary). Being the oldest, Sam was once again called upon to help his mother hook up the horses and plow the fields while his father transported cattle. Following the flood of ’35, the family moved to Longmont, Colorado where Sam met Ruby Pierson and the two were married.

Wheat farming north of Pierce, Colorado became Sam’s livelihood for the next 59 years, where he and Ruby raised their four daughters: Sharon Scheller, Sandy Scheller Shelhamer (Mitch), Sheryl Scheller and Shirley Scheller Soto (Tommy). But it was cattle trading that continued to be his passion. Sam moved to Basin, Wyoming to be near his daughter Sandy and his two grandchildren: Misty Cuin (Mat) and Nathan Forshee (Adrienne) and five great-grandchildren: Caden and Wyatt Bolken and Tyne Cuin and Kruze and Cachelynn Forshee; four nephews Cleto Achabal (Pam), Bill Scheller (Colleen), Steve Scheller (Amy) and Travis Brown, and one niece, Tina Vorbeck (Bob).

In celebration of Sam’s life a memorial service will be held at 2 p.m. on Friday, Aug. 31, 2012 at the Stoddard Funeral Home, 3205 West 28th Street, Greeley, Colorado.

Memorials in Sam’s name can be sent to the Worland Adventist Christian School, P.O. Box 433, Worland, WY 82401-0433.

Atwood Family Funeral Directors, Inc. at Basin/Greybull, Wyoming is in charge of arrangements in Wyoming and Stoddard Funeral Home in Greeley, Colorado is in charge of arrangements in Colorado.

(Paid obituary)

Buffs hope to set the tempo in 2012

by nathan oster

The Greybull Buffs who take the field on Friday night in Basin won’t bear much of a resemblance to the team that lost to Thermopolis in its 2011 season finale, which not only capped the careers of 14 seniors but also signaled the end of the coaching tenures of head coach Josh Heinemeyer and two longtime assistants in Jeff Sukut and Jim Prather.

Everywhere you look this fall, there is change.

Justin Bernhardt, who as a prep played for former GHS Coach John Cundall in Nebraska before going on to serve as an assistant at Rocky Mountain College, is the new head coach of the Buffs. His assistant coaches are former Buffs Jeff Hunt, who coached middle school football, and Jared Collingwood.

The team that they inherit has question marks, mainly due to the loss of those 14 seniors.

But as a trio, they like what they are seeing from the kids.

The roster for the first week of practice was in the 20s, but since then it has grown, with several new kids joining the program this week with the start of school.  While they won’t be eligible to play in the opener, they should have the required 10 practices under the belts before the season-opener against Big Horn.

“When the dust settles, I think we’ll end up with around 35 kids, which is right around where we thought we’d be,” Bernhardt said. “So far we’ve got 13 practices in, and for throwing three new systems at them — offense, defense and special teams — I feel really good about how they’ve picked stuff up.

“Obviously, with three new systems, we will need to sharpen the knife a little, so to speak.  It’s going to take some time until we are all clicking like we should.  But that’s to be expected.”

Bernhardt has installed a simplified version of the offense that he ran at Rocky Mountain College.  Think fast-break football on offense.

“We’re running the spread, no huddle,” he said. “The kids were able to pick it up quickly and we have the personnel to do it.”

Bernhardt likes the quarterback he has to run that system in Calder Forcella.  A sophomore, “Calder hasn’t seen very many reps at quarterback at the varsity level, but he’s got good mechanics and good footwork,” Bernhardt said.

In the backfield, Bernhardt has a bruiser in Rob Nuttall and a speed back in Jesse Chestnut.

“Both of those guys  run really hard and come down hill at you,” Bernhardt said. “Yes, we’re going to be in the spread, but we still want to be a run-first team.”

Bernhardt has yet to sort out the wideout position, but recognizes depth will be a key. “The more we can rotate our receivers, the faster we can run our offense,” he said, adding that Luke Zeller, Fabian Davila, Wyatt Nielson and Bryce Wright have emerged as the leaders in the battle for the top wideout positions.

The offensive line, in particular, has been a work in progress, especially after Cody Strauch and Zane Edeler went down with injuries.  Both are expected to return to action within a couple of weeks. “We should be in pretty good shape when they do.”

For the opener, the Buffs are expected to deploy Paul Stewart, Aidan Jenness, Oscar Gomez, Logan Jensen and Cache Griffin on the line.

Bernhardt also wants the “high pressure” approach on defense — and the key to that, he said, will be getting pressure on the opposing team’s quarterbacks.

“One of our biggest strengths will be our coverage checks, and some of our different looks which allow our safeties to play in the box against running teams and underneath versus the pass.”

Paul Stewart, who along with fellow end Victor DeCabooter terrorized quarterbacks last season, is back to anchor the line.  Nuttall, Chestnut, Strauch, Wright and Jordan Nielson will get most of the reps at linebacker.

By emphasizing rushing the passer, Bernhardt knows that there will be times that his defensive backs find themselves on coverage islands, but he believes Luke Zeller, Forcella, Davila, Wyatt Nielson and Burgos will be to the challenge.

“Teams are going to be throwing a lot our DBs…we know that,” Bernhardt said.

Bernhardt believes that in the first couple of weeks of the season the defense will be ahead of the offense. “We’re going to rely on our defense to carry us until the offense starts to gel, which will hopefully be sooner rather than later.”

Being new, Bernhardt deferred when asked to size up this year’s conference.

“It’s hard for me to get a gauge right now when I watch film on the majority of the schools and don’t have a roster, or know who was a senior last year and who is coming back this year,” Bernhardt said. “Besides there are four new coaches in our conference this year … there will be a lot of different systems than we saw on film.

“From what I have seen, I think we can compete with anyone.”

On Friday night, the Buffs will open against Riverside.  Start time is 7:30 in Basin.

It is a Week 0 game, meaning that it won’t count in the standings.

But that won’t matter to the kids, who are steeped in the Greybull-Riverside tradition.

“It’s a big game for us,” Bernhardt said. “For the majority of our kids, this will be their first live reps at the varsity level, their first time seeing those live bullets come down the range, and it’s going to tell us a lot about how far we’ve come during camp and what we need to do to get better the rest of the year.”

Greybull has won the last three annual meetings with Riverside, including last year’s 35-21 trouncing on the Buffs’ home field.

Change in air as new school year begins

by nathan oster

Returning students will find that much has changed during the summer in Big Horn County School District No. 3. The first day of classes in the district’s three buildings is Tuesday, Aug. 21, and one change that students will notice immediately is an earlier start time.

At the high school and the middle school, the school day will now begin at 7:55 a.m., five minutes earlier than last year.  The elementary bells have all been moved up five minutes as well, with breakfast starting at 7:40, first bell at 8 a.m., the second bell at 8:10 a.m. and everyone in the classrooms at 8:15 a.m.

In some cases, the buildings and grounds have changed.

“We had a busy summer,” said Joe Forcella, the district’s maintenance supervisor.

The list of improvement projects on his to-do list was a long one.

Some, such as the addition of a new security door at the high school and the remodeling of the central office/bus barn, will stretch into the school year.  In the case of the bus barn project, that’s largely due to delays in the arrival of materials.

On other fronts, GHS got new carpeting in the hallways, in the office and in the library.  It was the first change-out since the building was constructed, Forcella said. New carpeting for the classroom will be phased in over the next several years.

Elsewhere, new lighting was added to the Buff Gym/GMS parking lot, the elementary school got a boiler that will provide supplemental heat during the coldest of winter days and parking lots were re-sealed.

New interior locks were installed at the high school and in the Quigg Building.  The middle and elementary schools will get them next, followed by the gyms.  And lastly, Forcella said a new control system for the heating and cooling of Buff Gym was installed.

 

GMS

Student who attend Greybull Middle School will have a new principal in Scott McBride, who last year was the district’s instructional facilitator.  Other new staff members at the building include Cynthia Weed, a special education teacher, and Michael Jaycox, who is the district’s new secondary music teacher (also working at the high school).

In addition, Cheryl Hunt has moved over from the elementary and is the building’s new reading specialist.  Also making the move from GES to GMS this year will be Linda Noyes and Diana Stephens, who will serve as special education paraprofessionals.

As for the 7:55 start time, McBride said school days were lengthened in large part to carve out time on the schedule for students who need additional help in the areas of mathematics and reading.

 

GHS

Over at GHS, there is also a new principal in place, as Ty Flock took over for Barry Bryant, who was hired to be the superintendent.  GHS is also welcoming Julie Oster (Resource Room/Special Services), Justin Bernhardt (head football coach) and Jaycox (the new secondary music teacher).

The building has announced changes to its parking designations.  Student will no longer be allowed to park their vehicles in the lot between the high school and the Quigg Building; those spots are now reserved for staff and school visitors.

First bell at GHS will be at 7:50, with classes each day starting at 7:55 a.m. and ending (at least for those who have a ‘C’ or better in all their classes) at 3:07 p.m.  Students who need to stay for Buff Time must remain until 3:30 p.m.

In other start-of-school-year news, GHS is planning a Meet Your Teacher Night for Tuesday, Aug. 21 from 7 to 8 p.m.  Parents are invited to stop by the school for some homemade cookies and to meet their students’ teachers. Parents are also invited to the fall sports meetings that same night, with the volleyball coaches holding their gathering at 5:45 p.m., the football coaches at 6:30 p.m.

Freshman orientation is set for Monday, Aug. 20 starting at 6 p.m. in the auditorium.

 

GES

The elementary school is the only building with a returning administrator, with Brenda Jinks back in her now familiar principal’s position.  She, however, has the most new staff members stepping into new roles.

Kallie Young, fresh out the University of Wyoming, is the new junior kindergarten teacher.

There are no changes in the first and second grade classrooms, but in the third grade, Lisa Michelena is stepping in to take one classroom, while the other classroom of third graders will be taught by Timmy Anderson.  Michelena taught junior kindergarten last year.

Jeff Hunt and Kerri Theil will teach the fourth grade.

In fifth grade, the district has Kim Curtis and a new teacher, Nathaniel Boyer.

The special education department has also undergone changes, with Dawn (Crist) Thur and Anne Babiuk coming in from Aurora, Colo., and Buffalo, respectively, to fill two vacant positions.  Jinks said she was planning to present to the board for approval the hiring of Gail Martin and Johnna Goodwin as special education paraprofessionals.  Both have extensive experience as substitute teachers in the district, Jinks said.

The only other thing that will be “new” to many is a Math Boot Camp.  As Jinks described it, students in every classroom will start each day with 15 minutes of math, running from 8:15 to 8:30 a.m.

“We are going to start utilizing the common core standards for math, which is a huge shift,” she said. “These are national standards, and the state of Wyoming has accepted that piece.  It’s going to be a challenge.  It’s going to take some work to get on board with that.  But with that, there will be an increase in expectations at every grade level.”

Local hospital districts awarded grants

by jennifer butler

Wyoming Secretary of State and member of the Wyoming State Loan and Investment Board, Max Maxfield, was impressed by the dedication and effort that was presented by the South Big Horn County Hospital Board and community members in their efforts to obtain grant funding from the SLIB last week.

Board Chairman Diana Elliot, hospital administrator Jackie Claudson, Dr. Dusty Hill, Big Horn County Commissioners Keith Grant and Jerry Ewen, and Grants Writer Linda Harp were all in attendance. On behalf of the hospital, Harp and Grant, lobbied for the grant approval the day before the hearing.

After several attempts and grant applications submitted to the SLIB board, the South Big Horn Hospital District was finally awarded a $2 million grant that will be used for the renovation and reconstruction of the emergency room, mechanical room and hospital. Claudson in an interview this week said they were also approved for the US Department of Agriculture loan for $2.9 million, and received a Big Horn County Consensus Block Grant for $150,000. The hospital district also funded $1 million to the project.

Maxfield said that the hospital project was not recommended to receive the grant, but Hill and the group made commanding arguments to fund the project.  He added the hospital’s other contributions and funding helped persuade the board. Maxfield said Representative Elaine Harvey also had been a strong advocate for this project.

Claudson said Hill was instrumental in letting the board know what the community needed in regards to health care.

The next step will be for the hospital to begin working on plans with the architect group, Plan One Architect, out of Cody. Claudson said the plan is to first build the new portions of the hospital and demolition would occur after completion.

Harp said “We are thrilled that we are going to have a new hospital. It is a great project, and it will greatly benefit the community.”

North Big Horn Hospital was awarded a planning grant from the SLIB board for the amount of $147,459. The grant is for planning and design of an addition to the medical clinic in Lovell.

Maxfield said he sees the need for the upgrade in the North Big Horn Hospital. He has been at the facility and has been following the project, and plans to continue the following the progress.

Larchick, McCollochs take top spot in Midway Open

by nathan oster

Midway Golf Club hosted its final major of the season over the weekend, as 11 three-man teams went gunning for a nice pot of prize money in the annual Midway Open golf tournament.

The tournament format was partitioned into two different scoring types with a Gross/Net and a Net/Net score for all golfers.

The Gross/Net winners were Mike Larchick, Scott McColloch and Michael McColloch of the Midway Golf Club.

In second place was the Powell team of West Hernandez, Wade Hernandez and Shawn Werner.

The Net/Net portion of the tournament was won by Chuck Hopkin, Bob Fink and Eddie Craft of Midway Golf Club, followed in second by the trio of Dave Williamson, Curt Massey and Kelly Michaeli.

“While the number of teams were not what we would have liked, the golfing was both challenging and rewarding,” said Eddie Johnson, one of the tournament’s organizers. “The wind on Saturday was pretty strong and challenged every golfer.  Sunday was a great day for golf as far as weather was concerned and most of the players improved on their scores.”

The tournament featured a dinner after Friday’s practice round in which the club thanked its many sponsors whose contributions keep the golf course operating.

This year the Basin City Arts Council prepared the meal.

“We appreciate the support we get from Basin and Greybull businesses and enjoy those sponsors who come to the dinner,” said Johnson.

While the “majors” are all in the books, there is still a lot of golf to be played this year at Midway.  The club championship is set for Sept. 8-9, followed one week later by the Eagles One Man Scramble.

In addition, Wednesday men’s nights will continue and information will be available soon on a night golf event coming to Midway.

In the meantime, Johnson invites golfers to come out and play a round during the week. “The course is in great shape and Will and his crew have done a tremendous job keeping it looking great,” he said.

Reanous McIntosh Henderson

June 9, 1924 – Aug. 12, 2012

Funeral services for Reanous McIntosh Henderson will be held Friday, Aug. 17 at 10 a.m. at the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in Burlington.  Reanous, 88, died Aug. 12 at West Park Hospital Long-Term Care Center in Cody.

He was born June 9, 1924, in Burlington, the son of Mary McIntosh and David Monroe Henderson. He attended school in Burlington and worked with his father on the family farm after he graduated.

He served as an LDS missionary in Norway.

He married Merla Wardell LaFollette, a widow with six children, on July 31, 1964. They had two more children.

Reanous farmed and worked as water commissioner on the Greybull River.

He was a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. He served the church as a counselor to the bishop, Otto-Burlington Ward bishop, high councilman and in other teaching and leadership positions. After he retired, he and his wife served an LDS temple mission in Washington, D.C.

He was an active member of the community and served on the school board for many years.

Reanous loved family gatherings, camping and hunting, gardening, reading and visiting with neighbors.

His parents; three brothers, David Ira, Carlos “Rip” and Marion “Mern,” and two sisters, Marie Jones and June Smith, preceded him in death.

He is survived by his wife Merla; eight children and their spouses: Linnie and Jody Neves of Burlington, Lynette and Randy Johnson of Idaho Falls, Idaho, Mary and Allan Howard of Burlington, Lester and Lynette LaFollette of Williston, N.D., Janet LaFollette of Cheyenne, Judy and Lynn Wiles of Burlington, Albert and Karen Henderson of Burlington and Sue and Kent Anderson of Greybull; one brother, Mark Henderson of Springville, Utah; one sister and brother-in-law, Helen and Don Porter of Bountiful, Utah; 45 grandchildren, 83 great-grandchildren and one great-great-granddaughter.

Burial will be in the Burlington Cemetery.

Samuel ‘Sam’ Lewis Scheller

Feb. 25, 1925 – Aug. 13, 2012

A celebration of the life of Samuel “Sam” Lewis Scheller of Basin, formerly of Colorado, will be held at a later date in Colorado.

Sam, 87, died Aug. 13 at South Big Horn County Hospital. A viewing was held Wednesday, Aug. 15 at Atwood Family Chapel in Greybull.

A complete obituary will be printed in next week’s paper.