Monthly Archives: December 2012
Mary Ann Olsen, 60-year-old Worland resident, passed away surrounded by family on Dec. 2, 2012, at the Worland Healthcare and Rehabilitation Center, after being diagnosed with stage 4 lung cancer this past September.
Mary Ann was born on October 13, 1952 to Robert Joe “Bobo” and Lucretia Irene (Hill) Olsen in Basin, Wyo. She grew up in Basin, graduating from Basin High School in 1971.
On Oct. 7, 1972, she married Daniel R. Bourne. To this union two children were born, Amber and Andi. The family moved to Douglas, Wyo., in 1977 where they resided for nine years.
Mary Ann worked as a CNA at the hospital and spent many hours babysitting other children while tending her own. They returned to the Basin/Greybull area where she worked at the Bonnie Blue Jacket Care Facility. In 1988 she moved to Powell to get her nursing degree. She graduated from Northwest Community College in 1989 with a LPN certification. After graduation she moved to Gillette. She worked at the Gillette Hospital in the Psychiatric Care Unit. 1992 brought the family again to the Big Horn Basin, this time to Worland, where she worked for Bethesda Care Center (currently Worland Healthcare) and also for Canyon Hills Manor in Thermopolis. She and Dan divorced in 1994.
She worked briefly for Blair’s Supermarket and also for NOWCAP services, providing care in their residential program. She made some very good friends at both of these jobs, many of whom she kept in contact with via her daily “Facebook Fix.” Most recently Mary Ann referred to herself as a ‘domestic goddess’ as she stayed home to care for her grandchildren. It had been her greatest joy to spend time with her girls and grandchildren and her good friends.
She loved flowers and gardening, always trying to adorn her yard with beautiful flowers. The past two or three years, Mary Ann has especially enjoyed her church family. She exhibited her faith in Christ in her everyday life. Even through her pain and great need, she was more concerned about her family and friends and their well-being and felt blessed to have the opportunity to serve a short mission to Arizona this past June. She looked forward to spending time with the ladies at Zion in Bible Study or other activities.
She was preceded in death by her parents, Robert “Bobo” Olsen of Greybull and Lucretia Olsen of Basin; one grandson, Cade Jackson, and brothers-in-law, Michael Peterson and David Bourne; father and mother-in-law, Harry and Joan Peterson.
Survivors include her daughters, Amber (Jorge) Sarmiento of Plymouth, Minn., and Andi Bourne of Worland, brothers: Dave (Theresa) Olsen; Dan Olsen (Marianne Moore) all of Basin, Thomas (Laurie) Olsen of Thermopolis, Wyo.; sisters-in-law, Michelle Olsen of Iron River, Mich., Patti (Jim) Conan of Idaho Falls, Idaho, and Joelle Peterson of Greybull; grandchildren: Michaela (Adam) Rios; Lorien “Lili” Bush, Zak Black; Alonso, Gabriel, and Jasiel Sarmiento; great grandchildren: Kaden and Bella Mae and numerous nieces and nephews. She is also survived by her ‘daughter by osmosis’, Misty (Matt) Jones and their children of Worland.
Memorial services will be held 2 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 15, 2012, at Zion Lutheran Evangelical Church with Pastor Ralph Partelow officiating.
A memorial fund has been established at the Big Horn Federal in Greybull.
Online condolences may be made at www.bryantfuneralhomeonline.com. Bryant Funeral Home is assisting the family with the arrangements.
William Elijah Greene, 83, died Nov. 28, 2012, in Basin.
Bill was born Sept. 29, 1929, at the old hospital in Greybull. He was the first of four children born to William D. and Zella (Forbes) Greene. He grew up a Shell Creek and attend Greybull schools.
Bill joined the U.S. Navy, Dec. 16, 1946, and was trained as a Hospital Corpsman. He served with the Marines in the Korean War. He also was in Vietnam during that war, where he worked under the State Department at a civilian hospital in the DMZ. Bill was in the Navy for 36 ½ years and retired as a Master Chief.
Bill married Barbara Ellison Jan. 3, 1952. They were married for over 60 years and had three children. Diana Sabos of Powell, W. Thomas Greene of Salt Lake City, and Barbara Anne Greene of Basin.
Bill was a coach for various youth teams at many different duty stations. In Twenty-nine Palms, Calif., he played on a Navy Team and was nicknamed “Roadrunner Greene” for his fast run and ability to steal bases.
He was always community minded and made a difference wherever they were stationed. In Bremerton, Wash., he and his wife, Barbara, organized a group for the military housing park they lived in. This group created a youth center, playgrounds, tennis courts, ball fields and cleaned up a beach for the community. In Washington, D.C., Bill, was appointed to Navy and Presidential think tanks to review, create and implement military policies.
Upon retiring to Basin, Bill continued to get involved. He was a deacon at the First Baptist Church and served as treasurer for 12 years. He belonged to the American Legion. He and Barbara were fixtures at Riverside High School home games until his illness prevented him from attending. Many young men were subject to Bill’s powerful handshake as they entered the gym.
Bill was preceded in death by his parents and one sister. He is survived by his wife, three children, two brothers and granddaughters, Lesa Fellner Blaszczak, Jamie Fellner Keisel, Danielle Fellner Chapman, Janelle Greene, Kristi Greene and numerous great-grandchildren who called him “Waddie.”
Cremation has taken place. A memorial for Bill will be at 11 a.m., Dec. 27, at the First Baptist Church in Basin.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Deacon Benevolent fund at the First Baptist Church in Basin.
by nathan oster
Greybull-Riverside wrestlers held their own last weekend against some of the top wrestlers from Montana, scoring 73 points over the course of the two-day Forsyth Invitational.
Glendive won the tournament with 255 points, followed by host Forsyth with 238 and Choteau with 235. Cody, with 137, and Sheridan, 89, were the only Wyoming teams that finished ahead of the Buffs.
“It wasn’t quite as big as it was last year … and not as tough either because Belgrade wasn’t there this year,” said Coach Mark Sanford, who saw three of his wrestlers place.
The setup for the tournament did not include any pool wrestling, nor were there separate divisions for varsity and junior varsity competitors.
Instead, it was simply a bracketed tournament — and one that followed the rules of wrestling in Montana, where weight class limits are slightly different.
The Buffs entered 10 wrestlers, and but two of them won matches.
At 112, Luis Burgos went 3-2, finishing fourth. After an opening-round bye, he dropped his opener. But then he reeled off three straight wins to earn a spot in the fourth-place match, which he lost.
“Luis did a good job, especially considering it was his first time on the mat in high school,” said Sanford. “He’s got some learning to do, but he’s a scrapper and a pretty athletic kid.”
Marshall Gibbs is also coming on strong at 119, as he went 3-2 and bowed out one round out of placing. Sanford said Gibbs is “working well with the tools he’s got,” and that the challenge will be to “keep improving on feel, and on knowing when something is good to use and when it isn’t and he should be going to something else.
“He has a toughness, though, that coaches love to see.”
Jesus Burgos, who has been battling an elbow injury, gave it a go at 145. He won his first match and was up 4-1 when he appeared to aggravate the injury. That was all Sanford needed to see. Burgos wanted to continue, but Sanford scratched him from the rest of the tournament, saying, “We need to get that elbow healed up.”
Anthony Eibert went 2-2 but did not place at 152. Sanford said Eibert just needs to “do some cleaning up of his moves,” noting that the things he was able to do in middle school won’t work at the high school level.
Cole Hill also competed at 152, and like Eibert, he went 2-2 for the weekend. Hill was “one round short of placing,” said Sanford, noting that he “should have won his last match.”
Luke Zeller turned in the team’s top finish with a second at 160. His was a 16-team bracket. Zeller won his first two matches by pin before running into a tough customer, Cole Bilbrey of Glendive, in the final. “It wasn’t our best match,” said Sanford of the 8-3 defeat, in which Zeller had an early takedown waved off because he didn’t hold it long enough.
The Buffs entered three wrestlers, Matt Brown, Zane Edeler and Spencer Redland, in the 189-pound class. Matt Brown went two-and-out, but both Edeler and Redland picked up wins for the team.
Edeler went 2-2 and finished one win short of the placing round. While disappointed that Edeler did not place, Sanford said he liked how the Greybull junior performed. “He opened things up and wasn’t as conservative,” said Sanford. “Last week he was kind of tentative. Now we just need to find a middle ground, knowing when to be explosive, when to be in control.”
Redland went 3-2 for the Buffs, winning each of his first two matches to earn a spot in the semifinals. In that match, he lost 6-1. That was followed by another loss, coming by a pin which came with the score tied at 0.
Oscar Gomez went 0-2 at heavyweight. Effort wasn’t a problem, as Sanford said the Greybull sophomore “came out hard in every match.” The key for Gomez, Sanford said, will be sticking with it when he falls behind. “He just needs to keep his mental toughness going from the start of the match to the end.”
So overall, it was a mixed bag for the Buffs.
“The effort was good, but I told the kids on the way home that my expectations for them are higher. We had a couple who were one round out of place, and a copule who went 0-2. That’s the kind of stuff we cannot have. We have to push through some of that, to where we’re getting into that medal round.”
The Buffs will get to see some of the teams from the eastern half of the state this weekend at the Wright Dual Tournament. Moorcroft, one of the teams to beat in 2A, will be there, as will Wright and Lusk.
The only downside, Sanford said, is that Lingle-Fort Laramie will not attend. “We won’t see them until the state tournament,” he said.
by nathan oster
There’s no need to leave town this weekend if you’re looking for dazzling deals and small-town holiday charm.
Greybull’s Holidazzle celebration on Saturday afternoon and evening has all that in spades, thanks to a lineup of events put together by community organization and backed by local merchants.
In the past, the Holidazzle has coincided with the holiday craft bazaar. But this year, it was pushed back a week, so that it could stand on its own.
The fun starts at 1 p.m., when the Grand Theater will open its doors. Shoppers can get in the holiday spirit by checking out the nativity and winter scenes while Christmas movies play on the big screen. The theater will remain open until 4 p.m.
Santa will arrive in town at 2 p.m., as his reindeer will guide him to the Herb Asp Community Center, which for one day only will serve as his “North Pole.”
The Greybull Recreation District is coordinating the operations at the North Pole from 2 to 4 p.m. Kids can get their photos taken with Santa, with all proceeds benefiting Big Brothers Big Sisters.
In addition, they can play in the Bounce House, enjoy pony rides and other fun and games. Free hot chocolate, cider and cookies will be served and gift bags will be given to all the kids who attend.
Greybull merchants are doing their part to get in on the fun. Several will be holding open houses and/or offering “Holi-dandy” specials, drawings and discounts. Hours vary but in general stores will be open from at least 2 to 5 p.m.
Among the businesses who are participating are: Big Horn Quilts, Sugar Shack, Bighorn Basin Geoscience Center, Mylo’s/Speakeasy, Dollar Plus, H&R Block, Greybull Fitness, Chamber of Commerce, Trapper Travel and Tours, Lisa’s, Probst Western and Outdoor Clothing, Community Outreach Thrift Store, CC’s Pizza, Beijing Gardens, and Moonstar Trading. Kitchen Nook, a new store at the corner of Sixth and Greybull Avenue, will also be open.
The Holidazzle parade will start at 4:15 p.m. in front of the library. It will proceed to the west, ending at the planter, where from 4:30 to 5:30 p.m. there will be carolers and campfires.
“Joy to the World” is the theme of the parade and the celebration, and as of Tuesday, there was still plenty of room for individuals or groups wishing to enter a float. The deadline to do so is today (Thursday, Dec. 6). Prizes will be awarded for first, second and third place, as well as to the best lighted entry.
The Greybull Elks Lodge will host a free chili supper from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. Once again, attendees are invited to bring canned goods for donations to Community Outreach thrift store.
Mayor Frank Houk will greet revelers and light the holiday music and light show in the planter at 5:30 p.m.
“A Joyful Celebration” featuring live music, carol singing, holiday readings and more will serve as the finale, starting at 6:30 p.m. at the Grand Theater.
Sue Anderson, director of the Greybull Area Chamber of Commerce, said, “Everything is looking good, although I hear they could still use some more volunteers for the North Pole event.
“Otherwise, though, everything is coming together well. I invite everyone to come down and join in the fun.”
by nathan oster
A special meeting on “personnel” Monday ended with the town in the market not only for a new administrator but also a police officer and an animal control officer — and with incumbent Mayor Frank Houk maintaining he will leave office at the end of this month, as planned.
During the hour-long session, the council accepted the resignation of Administrator/Finance Director Joe Fischer, who had given his two weeks’ notice at the end of November.
Then, with every member of the police department in attendance as a show of support, Chief Bill Brenner announced that officer Tom Hueckstaedt and his wife Leesa, who was recently hired to be the town’s animal control officer, had resigned. They are moving to St. George, Utah, to be closer to Leesa’s family.
Fischer’s resignation shocked the council.
On the job for just five months, he announced last week that he had accepted a job with his former employer, WESTConsin Credit Union. He plans to serve the town through approximately Dec. 14. His first day back at WESTConsin will be Dec. 17.
Fischer said in an interview Monday — and again during the special meeting — that the decision to leave was a difficult one, but that in the end, it came down to wanting to be closer to his family in Wisconsin.
Fischer said he never lost contact with his former employer — and that he decided over Thanksgiving, while re-connecting with his family in Wisconsin, that his heart is in the Badger State.
“It’s not that I was seeking outside employment, but my former employer reached out, offered me an opportunity. I was back there for the holidays, and thinking about family, the future and all that.
“It’s nothing against the town of Greybull. It’s been a real pleasure, but you have to have that work-life balance, and I’ve been missing my family back in Wisconsin.”
Fischer denied that his resignation had anything to do with the impending changes on the town council, where Mayor Frank Houk and Councilors Jan Johnson and Kay Fleek are all in line to depart at the end of December.
“Every couple of years, you get change … that’s just part of the job,” said Fischer. “That’s what my job here is all about, being the person to help facilitate that job.”
In the interview, Fischer spoke highly of his colleagues on the town staff, calling it “a great workplace” and saying “there are a lot of good things going on here. The town is moving in the right direction.”
At Monday’s meeting, Houk stated that he had asked Fischer if any factors other than family influenced his decision — and that he’d been told that there was some angst about the job and the demands placed on the administrator.
“It probably was a job and a half (the way it was created),” said Houk.
Turning to Fischer at one point in the meeting, Fleek said, “I’ve been amazed at what you took on, what you did. You struck me as quite a worker, a whiz kid. But at the same time, I’m very disappointed. I understand the family situation, but it’s really poor timing. It’s left us in quite a predicament.”
Fischer said he understood. “Obviously, my fiancée (Jacinda Campbell), was out here, and it was a tough decision. It was never our intent for me to pack up, move everything and travel 1,000 miles … then five months later, do it all again and return 1,000 miles.”
Most of Monday’s discussion centered on the next step. With Fischer leaving in mid December and Houk planning to go at the end of the month, there will be a leadership void for a short time.
In the coming days, Fischer, Houk and Town Clerk Kathy Smith plan to go over the job description for the administrator/finance director position. In terms of timing, the council opted to wait until after Jan. 1, 2013, to begin the process of filling the position. That was the recommendation of Smith, who said she would not have the time to devote to it in December due to her end-of-the-calendar-year responsibilities.
“We need to go back to the job description,” Smith said. “Joe has indicated that it’s 1 ½ jobs, and we knew it was a big job. So we need to see if we can slide some of that workload in my direction. I thought we had done a good job of splitting those duties, but obviously, it’s a little much.
“Right now, though, I don’t even want to think about training (Fischer’s replacement) until after the first of the year.”
Houk said the council received a number of quality applicants for the administrator position when it was advertised, and the council members agreed that they would reach out to some of those who didn’t the job to see if they’re still interested.
Councilor Bob Graham said he agreed that the search produced “great candidates” and that the gap between the top four was razor thin.
The council will pick up the discussion in January.
Meanwhile, after a long period of stability, the GPD is about to embark on its second officer recruitment process in the last three months. Just last week, Phillip “Sean” Alquist was introduced as the department’s newest member, replacing Donna Johnson.
News of the Hueckstaedts departure came as surprise.
Their last day on the job will be Dec. 18.
Brenner said he had someone in mind who is “certified” to replace Tom Hueckstaedt on the five-member force. Alquist is not a certified officer as yet and will need to attend the Wyoming Police Academy in the spring.
Councilor Bob Graham said, “It’s tough to lose experienced people, especially people you have put a lot of time into, and people who have put a lot of time and effort into the community. But I understand your position … and thank you for your service.”
Hueckstaedt ended the conversation by praising the department, saying, “In my 14 years doing this job, I’ve never been involved in a more professional law enforcement agency than this one. You guys are very lucky to have what you have (in the Greybull Police Department).”
The council spent the final half of its meeting in executive session, and when it emerged, it took no formal action. However, when pressed on whether the developments involving Fischer had altered his plan to leave the council at the end of the year, Houk said no.
The plan is still to seek nominations for the office of mayor at the Dec. 10 meeting — and for the council to fill the position that night, he said. If that happens, Houk will depart at the end of December, and the new mayor will be sworn in, along with Councilors-elect Myles Foley and Clay Collingwood, on Jan. 2, 2013.
by nathan oster
It was an encouraging opening weekend for the Greybull Buffs. Playing for the first time since losing all five starters from last year’s team, the Buffs went a perfect 4-0 in the Big Horn Basin Shootout, beating Big Piney 30-26, Kemmerer 55-49, Shoshoni 43-35 and Wind River 49-47.
Every bit as important, the Buffs gained confidence as well, with the knowledge that all four of their victims last weekend play in the Southwest Conference and are teams they might need to beat down the road at the Class 2A West Regional in Riverton.
“I couldn’t be prouder of the team’s effort this weekend,” said Coach Jim Prather.
It was only one weekend, but the Buffs showed one very encouraging trait. In all four games, they outplayed their opponents in the fourth quarter. It happened first in the Big Piney game on Thursday night. The Buffs trailed most of the game, including 24-18 early in the fourth, before closing the show with a 12-2 run.
“Six of the guys who were played were making their varsity debuts, so it was a complete learning experience from how to prepare in the locker room prior to the game, to how we warm up to proper bench décorum,” said Prather. “It’s a lot of information to process at one time, but I was proud of how all 11 players kept their focus throughout the game.”
Payton Gonzalez fueled the fourth-quarter rally, scoring seven of his team-high 16 points. Paul Stewart also had a couple of key buckets in the paint in the fourth for the Buffs.
The Buffs built on the momentum Friday afternoon with a six-point win over Kemmerer.
Greybull shot 47 percent from the field and led at every quarter break en route to the win.
“Our focus was on trying to speed up the tempo in this game,” said Prather. “We varied our defenses between man and zone and also worked on our full-court press. We were able to keep the Rangers off balance enough during the game to cause problems when they were shooting the ball.”
Gonzalez turned in another quality effort, finishing with 20 points after shooting a blistering 71 percent from the floor. He was also 7 of 11 from the line, including 3 of 4 to salt away the win in the fourth.
“Again, we played 11 in the first half and I felt our depth kept us fresh and we were able to capitalize when Kemmerer began to tire.”
The Buffs again “kept their poise” in their eight-point win Friday night over Shoshoni.
“Even though we trailed most of the contest, the guys stayed focused,” said Prather. “When things started to fall into place for us in the fourth quarter, we were able to get some stops and score on our end to take the lead.
“The players executed well again down the stretch to get a win. I felt the team tried to run our offense better in this game, the result being a lot of good shots in the paint.”
The weekend ended with yet another come-from-behind victory.
At one point in the second half, the Buffs trailed by 10 points and were just 3 of 22 from the charity stripe.
“Free throws were the story of this game,” said Prather. “Through three quarters, the Cougars were making them and we weren’t.”
The tide turned in the fourth quarter however. The Buffs eventually tied the game at 44 and won it 49-44, on the strength of a pair of Treston Tracy free throws, another clutch bucket by Gonzalez and a free throw from Ryan Sylvester with 19 seconds to go.
“We can avoid having to battle back in the fourth quarter if we step up to the line and knock down those free throws more consistently,” said Prather. “We wanted to play more aggressively in this game and I thought all 13 guys who played for us played hard.”
Overall, Prather said he was ecstatic about his team’s opening weekend.
“We saw a little of everything from our opponents, and that will help us as we prepare for the conference schedule,” he said. “Roles are starting to define themselves more clearly as 13 different players saw varsity action.
“Although inexperienced and young, our mental toughness and poise were the strongest parts of our game. That will give us confidence that we can compete as we move forward with the season. Like everyone else in the state, we have a lot to work on in practice, but going to practice 4-0 makes that hard work seem worthwhile.”
The Buffs will hit the road this weekend for the Herder Classic in Glenrock. The schedule calls for the Buffs to play Kaycee at 3:30 p.m. and Glenrock at 8 p.m. on Friday and to square off with Lusk at 1 p.m. and Wright at 5:30 p.m. on Saturday.
“Lusk and Glenrock will be really strong teams with size and experience; they will be the top teams we have seen to date,” said Prather. “Kaycee always scraps and gives us great games. The matchup with Wright has been hard fought and competitive through the years.
“I would expect tight games, much like we saw in our tournament.”
Big Piney 13 3 7 3 — 26
Greybull 5 5 8 12 — 30
BIG PINEY — Howard 0 2-3 2. Sims 2 6-8 10. Banks 1 0-0 2. Jones 1 0-0 2, Jones 5 0-0 10. Totals 9 8-12 26.
GREYBULL — Payton Gonzalez 2 0-1 4, Calder Forcella 1 0-0 2, Wyatt Good 4 1-3 10, Quinton Haley 1 0-0 2, Ryan Sylvester 1 0-0 3, Paul Stewart 3 1-4 7, Treston Tracy 1 0-0 2, Aidan Jenness 0 0-2 0. Totals 13-32 2-10 30.
3-POINT GOALS – Good, Sylvester. REBOUNDS — Greybull 25 (Haley 7). STEALS — 4 (Good 2). ASSISTS — 5 (Forcella 2). TURNOVERS — 18.
Kemmerer 14 9 15 13 — 49
Greybull 16 12 15 12 — 55
KEMMERER — Tiller 1 0-0 3, Corbridge 3 3-5 11, Simpson 5 1-4 12, King 2 0-1 4, Kascoli 4 0-1 8, Deeter 3 1-4 7, Sumsion 2 0-0 4. Totals 20 5-15 49.
GREYBULL — Gonzalez 6 4-7 20, Forcella 1 0-0 2, Good 2 0-1 4, Haley 2 0-0 4, Sylvester 1 1-4 4, Stewart 7 0-2 14, Tracy 3 0-0 7. Totals 22-47 8-18 55.
3-POINT GOALS — Gonzalez, Sylvester, Tracy. REBOUNDS — Greybull 31 (Stewart 6, Haley 5). STEALS — Greybull 14 (Gonzalez 4). ASSISTS — Greybull 13 (Gonzalez 4). TURNOVERS — Greybull 28.
Shoshoni 9 11 9 6 — 35
Greybull 11 2 13 11 — 43
SHOSHONI — Parish 2 2-2 8, Thoren 6 3-7 15, Pingetzer 1 0-0 2, Mills 0 0-2 0, Johnson 2 4-7 9, Lutz 0 1-4 1. Totals 3-8 10-22 35.
GREYBULL — Gonzalez 4 6-11 16, Good 3 0-0 8, Bryce Wright 1 0-0 2, Haley 1 1-2 3, Sylvester 1 2-2 4, Stewart 3 0-0 6, Logan Jensen 1 0-0 2, Tracy 1 0-0 2. Totals 15-49 9-14 43.
3-POINT GOALS — Gonzalez 2, Good 2. REBOUNDS — Greybull 37 (Haley 10, Good 7, Tracy 7). STEALS — Greybull 12 (Gonzalez 3). ASSISTS — Greybull 8 (Gonzalez 3). TURNOVERS – Greybull 22.
Wind River 14 12 12 9 — 47
Greybull 12 12 7 18 — 49
WIND RIVER — C. Bearing 4 4-6 12, Reinecht 1 3-5 5, Lindstadt 4 1-4 9, Weliever 2 4-4 8, Roanhorse 5 2-4 13, Snyder 0 0-2 0. Totals 16 14-25 47.
GREYBULL — Gonzalez 5 5-9 17, Forcella 1 0-0 2, Good 2 4-7 8, Wright 0 0-2 0, Haley 2 0-2 4, Sylvester 1 2-3 4, Stewart 3 1-8 7, Fabian Davila 1 0-0 2, Tracy 1 3-4 5. Totals 16-46 15-35 49.
3-POINT GOALS — Gonzalez 2. REBOUNDS — Greybull 42 (Haley 11, Stewart 8). STEALS — Greybull 12 (Gonzalez 4). ASSISTS — Greybull 11 (Forcella 3). TURNOVERS — Greybull 26.
Sept. 29, 1929 – Nov. 28, 2012
Memorial services for William Elijah Greene will be held at a later date. Bill, 83, died Nov. 28 in Basin.
Memorials in Bill’s name may be sent to the First Baptist Church in Basin to benefit the Deacon’s Benevolent Fund.
A full obituary will be published in next week’s paper.
Jan. 9, 1931 – Dec. 3, 2012
Funeral services for Barbara Jean Strange Stewart are today (Thursday, Dec. 6) at 1 p.m. at the First Baptist Church in Basin. Barbara, 81, died Dec. 3 at South Big Horn County Hospital.
She was born Jan. 9, 1931 in Spearfish, S.D., the daughter of Harry Edward and Opal Irene Gumm Strange. The family moved to Powell when Barbara was 8 years old. Barbara attended schools in Powell and Elk Basin and graduated from Powell High School in 1948. She attended Northwest Community College and the University of Wyoming.
She married William Henry Stewart June 25, 1950. They farmed on Owl Creek for 16 years. After selling their ranch they lived in Thermopolis, Wilsall, Mont., Cody, Powell, Meeteetse, Worland, Hyattville and Basin.
She taught school in Owl Creek and at Hamilton Dome and substitute taught at Hyattville and Basin. She was also a bus driver.
She and her husband were foster parents to 57 children.
She was preceded in death by her husband Bill on Aug. 14, 1995, and her son Edward on Oct. 6, 2003.
Barbara is survived by her daughter and son-in-law, Lyndal and Susan Kaye Caddell of Norman, Okla.; her son and daughter-in-law, James David and Shirley Stewart of Colorado Springs, Colo.; and five grandchildren.
Burial will be in the Riverview Memorial Gardens in Worland.
Memorials in Barbara’s name may be sent to American National Bank, 700 Big Horn Ave., Worland, WY 82401. Proceeds will go to Midway Clinic for medical equipment.
May 19, 1930 – Nov. 27, 2012
Memorial services for Dorothy Maxine Bollman will be held Thursday, Dec. 6 at 11 a.m. at the First Baptist Church in Basin. Dorothy, 82, died Nov. 27 at Bonnie Bluejacket Memorial Nursing Home.
She was born May 19, 1930, at Delta, Colo., the daughter of Iri Robert and Mamie Vera Thompson Blackburn. She grew up in the Delta/Hotchkiss area and received her schooling in Delta and Hotchkiss.
Dorothy married Wesley L. Bollman Nov. 30, 1952, in Hotchkiss.
Dorothy and Wesley moved to Basin in 1985. Wesley was the Nazarene preacher in Basin and Dorothy served as choir director and Sunday school teacher. She later joined the First Baptist Church in Basin and was active in Bible study and in the Heaven Bound singing group.
Dorothy was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Wesley Bollman, one sister, one brother and one grandson.
She is survived by her children: Dale Bollman of Basin, Rick Bollman of Fort Morgan, Colo., and Karen Stafford of Grisham, Ore.; one sister, Doris Latimer of Casper; two brothers, Warren Blackburn of Montrose, Colo. and Tom Blackburn of Boise, Idaho; three grandchildren and one great-grandchild.
A memorial service for Margaret Brown will be held Friday, Dec. 7 at 2:30 p.m. at the Cody Methodist Church. Margaret, 75 and a former resident of Shell, died Dec. 1 at the New Horizons Care Center in Lovell after suffering for many years with Alzheimer’s.
Margaret was born on Dec. 8, 1936, in Greybull, to George and Jewell Scott. She attended school in Greybull and was a member of the First Baptist Church where she often sang at services. She later joined the Methodist Church in Cody and sang in the choir.
When she was 15 years old, Margaret met the love of her life, Jerry Brown, at the soda fountain in Ortman’s Drug Store in Greybull. The two were married shortly after in 1953. They moved to Cody and started Jerry’s Roofing Company in 1957 and later began Brown Construction. Margaret participated in the businesses as the “office staff.” This was in addition to being mother to four active children and involved in all their activities.
Margaret loved the Girl Scout organization and was a proud member for over 50 years. She received her 50-year pin honoring her time as a Scout, Scout troop leader, Counsel member, and Etoquinnow Board member and president. She served over 25 years on the Etoquinnow Board, with 20 years as president.
Music held a special place in Margaret’s heart. She was a member of the Barbershop Belles and Sweet Adelines for many years. She felt honored to be a part of this singing group that was invited to New York City to perform at Carnegie Hall and Disney World in Orlando.
In 1998, Jerry and Margaret moved to their ranch in Shell where they lived until this year.
Margaret is survived by her children Jerri Lynn (Steve) Meyerpeter of San Diego, Scott (Kelly) Brown of Shoreview, Minn., Lisa (Kenny) Michelena of Shell, and Julia (Wally) Hames of Meridian, Idaho; her five grandchildren, Ryan (Katie) Brown, Erin Michelena, Stacie Brown, Kara Michelena, and Kersey Hames; one sister, Marjorie (Kitz) Kitzerow; one brother, Doug (Sue) Scott, and many nieces and nephews.
Her husband and best friend Jerry (in May 2012), her parents, brother Dave, and an infant granddaughter, Marisa Brown, preceded Margaret in death.
A memorial has been established at Big Horn Federal, P.O. Box 471 Greybull, WY 82426. Donations will benefit local Girl Scout Troops.