Daily Archives: May 29, 2014

Local couple to open ‘House Next Door’

by marlys good

This “house next door” is not just any house, for anybody. This house, being renovated into two, two-bedroom apartments, will be for single mothers who need a place to live, a place they can afford, a place to feel safe while they put their futures together and get their lives back on track.

“Renovators” are Dave Havener, pastor of the Greybull Alliance Church, and his wife Brenda, who saw a need that was not being met in the community. “We kept saying someone should do something about that; eventually God said, ‘Why don’t you do something about it?’ We got the message,” Dave said.

The Haveners own a home at 540 Third Ave. S. The house next door, which had belonged to the late Greg and Shirley Stockwell, has stood vacant since Shirley’s death three years ago. The Haveners kept hoping “someone nice” would buy the house so they’d have good neighbors, but it didn’t happen.

Turned out it was the answer to their prayer. Dave and Brenda purchased the “house next door” the end of February and began their personal ministry.

“The house was in good shape, the ‘bones’ were good,” Havener laughed. “We were very thankful for that. We are working on putting it together as an “upstairs; downstairs (basement); two apartments for a couple of families, each with two bedrooms.”

One of the first steps was to install egress windows/doors in what will be the basement apartment. Chad Yost, who lives just down the street from the Haveners, did that for them.

The two said the “church has supported us, but it (project) is not a ministry of the church. We’ve had two or three helping us out, but everybody has a lot of stuff going on; but we’ll get there,” Havener said optimistically. “We’re keeping up with it.”

As a team, Brenda is the designated “painter and wood-finisher. She’s a good painter; that is a real plus,” Haverner laughed. She has also stripped and finished the wood moldings and “they turned out wonderfully.”

He’s quick to admit that “I have no carpentry skills; but I’m very good at demolishing; I tear things out pretty well,” and there has been lots of that.

Havener said, “We were really looking at an opportunity to make a difference in someone’s life. My mom was a single mom (Dave and two younger sisters). I feel for people like that; I know it is a tough way to go. There are so many good people struggling who don’t have any support system. They need help to know what they can do. We hope to provide some of that assistance. Maybe help them put a budget together, find out how they can better themselves.”

Havener said it is “a work in progress. We had some ideas, contacted someone in Florida who does something similar. It was very helpful to see how they did things.” He incorporated many of those ideas, explaining, “Why would I want to reinvent the wheel? They have done it and it works.”

Will there be more houses next door?

“We’ll see where the Lord leads us, what God tells us. It all depends on His guidance and His provisions. God still wants to teach us things. I am still learning those lessons all the time.”

Floyd A Rathbun

February 18, 1919 – May 23, 2014

Longtime Basin resident Floyd A. Rathbun, age 95, passed away on Friday, May 23, 2014.

Floyd was born February 18, 1919 in Fairbury, Nebraska, the son of Edith (Showalter) Rathbun and Arthur Rathbun. He received his schooling in Manville, Wyoming and graduated from Manville High School.

Floyd was a World War II veteran serving in the U.S. Army from November 1942 through January 1946 in Burma, India and China.

Upon returning home, he became a heavy equipment operator starting out with his brother-in-law, Shorty Lamb of Lamb Construction. Later he moved on to work for Peter Kiewit Construction for many years. He was then hired on with Gordon Sykes moving his family from Saratoga, Wyoming to Basin, Wyoming in June of 1976. Floyd ended his career working for Ralph Wortham, retiring in 1984.

Floyd married Deb Popham in Rawlins, Wyoming on September 5, 1973.

In his retirement years Floyd enjoyed spending his time fishing, trapping, and following his local grandchildren’s (Bree and Cade Dooley) extracurricular activities. He was an avid hunter and enjoyed hunting antelope, whitetail deer, moose, bighorn sheep, and most of all, elk. Floyd had a fondness for the outdoors and enjoyed nothing more than spending time outside with family and friends.

Floyd is preceded in death by his parents, Arthur and Edith Rathbun and his sisters, Leila Gladson and Margaret Lamb.

He is survived by his wife, Deb Rathbun of Basin, Wyoming; his son, Kenneth (Caroline) Rathbun of Omaha, Arkansas; his daughters, Lavon (Jack) Dobbs of Manville, Wyoming, Crystal (Joe) Feeley of Gillette, Wyoming and Kandice (Chris) Dooley of Shell, Wyoming; 9 grandchildren; and a host of great-grandchildren.

Per Floyd’s wishes, cremation has taken place, and the family will hold private services at a later date.

Memorials in Floyd’s name will be received at Security State Bank, P.O. Box 531, Basin, WY 82410-0531 and will benefit the Paintrock FFA.

Atwood Family Funeral Directors, Inc. assisted the family with arrangements.


Dorothy M. Bush

Aug. 4, 1936 – May 22, 2014

Funeral services for Dorothy M. Bush of Lovell were held May 27 at St. Joseph’s Catholic Church in Lovell. Dorothy, 77, died May 22 at New Horizons Care Center.

She was born Aug. 4, 1936, in St. Paul, Minn., the daughter of Cy and Bessie Lape.

Dorothy attended high school in St. Paul and earned her degree in education from St. Catherine’s University in 1959. She moved to Lovell where she taught Spanish and English at the middle school.

She married Harvey Bush Dec. 30, 1961. The couple had five children and Dorothy took a break to raise them but worked as a substitute teacher when one was needed. She returned to teaching English full time at Lovell High School in 1983.

Dorothy was an active member of St. Joseph‘s Catholic Parish, the Delta Kappa Gamma Society, Red Hat Society and the Lovell Women’s Club. She was a big baseball fan; her favorite teams were the Minnesota Twins and New York Yankees.

Dorothy was preceded in death by her parents, Cy and Bessie Lape, and her husband, Harvey Bush, in 1984.

She is survived by her five children and their spouses, Greg and Angela Anderson of Colorado Springs, Paul Bush and Dan and Sandy Bush, all of Lovell, Gregg and Mariann Jackson of Hudson, Wis., and John and Nancy Bush of Phoenix, Ariz.; one sister, Mary Ann Corby, and one brother, John Lape, both of St. Paul; 10 grandchildren and five great-grandchildren.

Burial was in the Lovell Cemetery.




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