Sweetwater County, Wyoming
Genealogy and History
Obituaries and Death Notices
BAIRD, Clara R., 87, former long-time resident of Rock Springs, died on Oct. 2, 2004, after a sudden illness. She had been living for the past seven years at Fredericka Manor Care Facility in Chula Vista, Calif. She was born on Aug. 22, 1917, in Frontier, the daughter of David and Edith Butte Faddis. Mrs. Baird attended schools in Wyoming including the University of Wyoming in Laramie. She became a teacher in 1941, and taught school for one year in a train caboose located in a small railroad station in Aspen Tunnel. During World War II she worked as a machinist helper for the Union Pacific Railroad in Green River. Mr. and Mrs. Baird were long-time members of the Rock Springs business community owning and operating both the Park-Vu and Library grocery stores. Survivors include her son, Terry Baird and wife Pat of San Diego; two grandsons, Brian and Scott of San Diego; several nieces and nephews; and many great nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her husband, John Sterling Jack Baird. Following cremation, graveside memorial services and interment will be conducted at 2 p.m. on Wednesday, Oct. 20, 2004, at the Mountain View Cemetery in Rock Springs.
BARKER, John F. Mickey, 67, of Green River, died Tuesday, Aug. 25, 2009, at Memorial Hospital of Sweetwater County in Rock Springs. He was born Jan. 29, 1942, in Evanston, the son of John H. and Melba E. Hayward Barker. He grew up in Evanston, Coalville, Utah, and Green River. He graduated from Green River High School with the class of 1960. He married Barbara Stoll on Sept. 2, 1962. They raised three children. Mr. Barker worked as a meat cutter for Miller Meat Packing in Logan, Utah, Falers in Pinedale and Dels Market in Green River. He later worked for OCI until retiring in 2004. His interests included fishing, shooting his guns, collecting many things and spending time with family and friends. Survivors include three children, Jim Barker and Cori Griffith of Eden, Wendy and Bill Blaisdell of Rock Springs and Jennifer Barker and Burt Beamer of Omaha, Neb.; sisters, Sharlene Kaml and Myron, Shery Bryant and Wil and Barbara Wize; father-in-law, Willard Youtz; grandchildren, Samantha and Steven Heward, Tabatha Blaisdell and Aldo Valdez, Courtney Barker and Nick Strampe, Patrick Blaisdell, Robert Allen, Daniel Blaisdell, Shawn Allen and Cortland Barker; great-grandchildren, Maddix Valdez and Robert Heward; and many sisters, brother-in-laws, aunts, uncles, cousins, nieces, nephews and friends. He was preceded in death by his wife of 46 years, Barbara; parents, John and Melba; two brothers-in-law, Doug Stoll and Milton Doc Dockter; two grandchildren, Amanda Jo Barker and John Terry JT Blaisdell; and several aunts and uncles. Funeral services will be conducted at 1 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 2, 2009, at Fox Funeral Home, 2800 Commercial Way, Rock Springs. Friends may call from 6-8 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 1, 2009, and one hour prior to the services. Interment will follow in the Riverview Cemetery in Green River.
BARNEY, Darren Larry, 44, of Green River, died Wednesday, June 18, 2008, at the Sundance Hospital in Sundance. He had been a longtime resident of Green River.
He was born Aug. 4, 1963, in Richfield, Utah, the son of Afton Larry and Dorothy Barney. He graduated from the Green River High School with the class of 1981. While in high school he was on the Debate Team. He also graduated from Western Wyoming Community College in 1986 with an associate of arts and science degree.
He was employed as assistant manager of Surfaces Inc.
His interests included camping, collecting and selling antiques, gold prospecting, four-wheeling, ceramics, people, life, Christmas and animals.
He was a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.
Survivors include his parents, Afton Larry and Dorothy Barney of Green River; one brother, Larry Blake Barney of Green River; adopted brother, Mick D. Peery of Green River; two nieces, BayLee Lychelle Barney of Green River and MaKayla Rae Barney of Rock Springs; aunts and uncles, Donna Magleby and husband Dallin of Monroe, Utah, Mark Snedeger and wife Anna of Richfield, Utah, Lois Curtis and husband Eugene of South Jordan, Utah, and Kathie Merchant of Richfield, Utah; and several cousins.
He was preceded in death by his maternal and paternal grandparents.
Funeral services will be conducted at 11 a.m. Friday, June 27, 2008, at the LDS Fifth Ward Chapel, 1250 W. Teton Blvd., Green River. Interment will be in the Riverview Cemetery in Green River. Friends may call from 6-8 p.m. Thursday, June 26, 2008, at the Vase Flaming Gorge Chapel, 263 E. Flaming Gorge Way, Green River, and on from 9:30 a.m. until service time Friday morning at the church.
BARNUM, Anna -- The death of Mrs Anna Barnum occurred at the Wyoming General Hospital on Sunday afternoon, after many weeks of suffering from a complication of disease.
Mrs. Barnum was an old-time resident of Rock Springs, having lived here for the past twenty-six years. She was a native of England, having been born in Halifax.Yorkshire, Feb 24th, 1859, and she would have celebrated her sixty first birthday had she lived until next month. She came to this country with her parents when but ten years of age and had lived the greater part of her life in the west. She wax of a social disposition and enjoyed being in the company of her friends very greatly. Even in recent years since her health has been poor, she enjoyed going out and seemed to forget her suffering when among congenial companions. She had a large acquaintance and was a kind friend and neighbor.
She leaves six children: four daughters. Mrs. D. E. Kellogg and Miss Florence Barnum, of this city; Mrs. Clarence Bartlett of Green River, and Mrs. Louis Hartman of Vic-tor, Montana, and two sons. Alfred and Frank Barnum of this city. Her husband, O. L. Barnum. has been dead for thirteen years and her oldest son George, passed away about a year ago. All were here except Mrs. Hartman. who was unable to come because of illness.
The funeral services were held at the LDS. church on Wednesday afternoon and were very impressive, and she was laid to rest in Mountain View Cemetery. [Friday January 16, 1920 Rock Springs Miner]
BARTHOLOW, Donald Walter, 87, of 1445 Uinta Drive, Green River, died on Wednesday, Jan. 5, 2005, at Memorial Hospital of Sweetwater County. A longtime resident of Green River and former resident of Cheyenne, Bartholow died following a lengthy illness. He was born on June 5, 1917, in Chugwater, the son of Walter M. and Ethel Cone Bartholow. Bartholow attended schools in Chugwater. He married Marion McCann in 1940 and she preceded him in death in 1970. On May 4, 1974, he married his second wife, Edna Head, and she preceded him in death Dec. 17, 2001. Bartholow worked for United Airlines as an airplane mechanic and then worked for Sweetwater County School District No. 2 in Green River in maintenance until his retirement in 1985. He was a member of the Church of Christ and a member of the Plaster and Cement Masons. His interests included being an avid rock hound and spending time with family and friends. Survivors include two sons, Robert Bartholow and wife Norma of Cheyenne, and Jack Bartholow of Cheyenne; two grandchildren, Terry Bartholow of Casper and Rhonda Bartholow of Cheyenne; one niece, Betty Kraft of Green River; one great-nephew, Veldon Kraft and wife Wendy of Green River; one great-niece, Cindy Austin and husband Jeremy of Green River; two great-great-nephews, Colton Kraft and Dalton Austin; one great-great-niece, Calisha; one great-granddaughter; one sister-in-law, Nola Meadows of Green River; and several nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents; first wife, Marion; second wife, Edna; one brother, Leo Bartholow; and two sisters, Ruby and Marie. Funeral services will be conducted at 2 p.m. on Friday, Jan. 7, 2004, at the Vase Flaming Gorge Chapel, 263 E. Flaming Gorge Way, Green River. Interment will be in the Riverview Cemetery. Friends may call at the chapel one hour prior to services.
BASSANI, F. Floyd, 82, of Rock Springs, died Saturday, March 19, 2005, at his home.
A longtime resident of Rock Springs and former resident of Williamson, Iowa, Bassani had been in ill health for the past several months.
He was born on Feb. 9, 1923, in Wanlock, Iowa, the son of Antonio and Tecla Bassani.
Bassani attended schools in Williamson and Rock Springs and was a graduate of the Rock Springs High School with the class of 1941. He also attended and graduated with honors from the University of Wyoming obtaining a bachelor of science degree in electrical engineering.
He married Nellie Mary Angeli at SS. Cyril & Methodius Catholic Church in Rock Springs on Aug. 23, 1952. Bassani was employed by Questar Pipeline for 40 years and retired Jan. 29, 1988.
He was a member of the Holy Spirit Catholic Community, lifetime member of Knights of Columbus, lifetime member of Institute of Electrical and Electronic Engineers, lifetime member of the Sigma-Tau-Fraternity, Phi-Kappa-Phi Fraternity, Catholic Golden Age, Trentini of Wyoming and Young at Heart Senior Citizens Center.
Survivors include his wife, Nellie Bassani of Rock Springs; three sons, Anthony Bassani and Richard Bassani, both of Rock Springs, and Raymond Bassani and wife Robin of Salt Lake City; one daughter, Patricia Skrdlant and husband Todd of Colorado Springs, Colo.; three grandchildren, Derek Skrdlant and Brian My Little Rascal Skrdlant, both of Colorado Springs, and Connor Bassani of Salt Lake City; sister-in-law, Pierena Pearson of Rock Springs; three nieces, Judi Bassani, Elaine Bassani and Mary Lou Gladson; and three step-grandchildren, Lisa, Brandi and Brad Dunlap of Salt Lake City.
He was preceded in death by his parents and one brother, Merico Bassani.
A Mass of Christian burial will be celebrated at 10 a.m. Wednesday, March 23, 2005, at the SS. Cyril & Methodius Catholic Church, 633 Bridger Avenue, Rock Springs. The Rev. John Savio will officiate. A parish rosary will be recited at 7 p.m. Tuesday at the Vase Chapel, 154 Elk Street, Rock Springs. Interment will be in the Paul J. Wataha Memorial Park Section of the Rock Springs Municipal Cemetery.
BEAVERS, Margaret Thompson, age 67, died September 12, 1992, in Salt Lake City. Born May 27, 1925 in Rock Springs, Wyoming, to William Daus and Caroline Hegewald Thompson. Married Wiley Iaeger Beavers on April 25 1946 in Rock Springs, Wyoming. He passed away February 19, 1984. Graduated from Rock Springs High School and the University of Wyoming. Taught school in Rock Springs. Member of Pi Beta Phi Sorority, P.E.O., All Saints Episcopal Church in Salt Lake, and the Church of Holy Communion in Rock Springs. Survived by a sister, Caroline Thompson Mortimer; niece, Carolyn (Husband Albert) Carollo, both Green River, Wyo.; nephew, William (wife Kathleen) Mortimer, Casper, Wyo.; eight great nieces and nephews; two great-great nephews. Preceded in death by her parents, husband, daughter, Margaret and a brother, William. Funeral services will be Tuesday, September 14, 1992, 11:00 a.m., at the Church of Holy communion, 255 2nd Street, Rock Springs, Wyoming. Interment, Rock Springs Municipal Cemetery. Directed by the Holbrook Funeral Home in Salt Lake, and Vase Funeral Home in Rock Springs
BECK, Larry, Mass of Christian burial for Stephen Larry Beck, 71, will be celebrated at noon Wednesday, Jan. 16, 2008, at the Immaculate Conception Catholic Church in Green River with Father Tom Sheridan officiating. A rosary will be held at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 15, at the church. Friends may call today from 4-8 p.m. at the church and Wednesday at the church until time of services. Interment will be in Riverview Cemetery in Green River. He died Jan. 12, 2008, at Memorial Hospital of Sweetwater County. He had been a longtime resident of Green River and former resident of McKinnon. Born Nov. 11, 1936, in Vernal, Utah, the son of Lawrence Beck and Beatrice E. Edwards Beck, he attended schools in Manila, Utah, graduating from Manila High School with the class of 1954. On Aug. 22, 1956, he married Carol Lorraine Hibler in Buffalo. He worked as an operator for El Paso Natural Gas and Northwest Pipeline for 18 years until his retirement in 1976. He was a member of the Lions Club of Daggett County and the Knights of Columbus. His interests included hunting, fishing, camping and spending time with family and friends. Survivors include his wife, Carol Lorraine Beck; his mother, Beatrice Beck of McKinnon; one son, Larry Michael Beck of Gillette; two daughters, Becky Sue Gomez of Green River and Lorrie Anne Peterson of Edwards, Colo., and their husbands; two brothers, Milton Beck of McKinnon and Ronnie Beck of Green River; one sister, May Benson of Newton, Utah; seven grandchildren; three great-grandchildren; and several nieces, nephews and cousins. He was preceded in death by his father.
BECK, Lawrence R. -- Funeral services were held Monday in McKinnon, Wyoming Ward Chapel for Lawrence Rueben Beck, 57, who died Saturday in a Rock Springs Wyoming, hospital following a long illness. He was born March 14, 1906 in Vernal, Utah a son of Peter Stephen and Rosella C. Freestone Beck. He received his education in the Vernal schools. He was married to Beatrice Eudora Edwards, June 3, 1931 in the Manti LDS Temple. Survivors are his wife of McKinnon, and three sons and one daughter, Milton, of McKinnon, Larry, Manila; Mrs. Myron (Leah May) Benson, Newton, Utah; Ronnie Alyn, serving in the Southern Australian Mission; and five grandchildren. Also surviving are his brother and sisters, Charles F. Beck, Denver, CO; Mrs. Edgar (Erma) Taylor, Vernal; Mrs. James (Winona) Abplanalp, Kearns, Utah and Mrs. Kenneth (Jena) Westover, Redondo Beach, Calif. (November 28, 1963 Vernal Express)
BECK, Patricia Rae, 71, of McKinnon, died Wednesday, Nov. 10, 2004, at her home. She was born Feb. 18, 1933, in Vernal, Utah, the daughter of Fredrick Moroni and Zelda Violet Foy Reynolds. She attended schools in Vernal, and graduated from Vernal High School with the class of 1951. She also attended Brigham Young University. On June 24, 1953, she married Alton Duane Beck in the Manti Temple in Manti, Utah. He preceded her in death. She was a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and served in many callings. In 1996, Mrs. Beck served an LDS mission in the genealogy department in Salt Lake City. She was also a member of the Friendly Neighbors Club in McKinnon. She wrote a McKinnon news column in the Green River Star when her family was young. Her interests included people, activities with her children and grandchildren, visiting, reading and keeping up on the news. She had a good sense of humor and was an avid sports fan.
Survivors include three sons, Stephen Beck and wife Carol of Houston, Texas, Douglas Beck and wife Venetia of McKinnon, and Zebulon Beck and wife Ceri of Santa Barbara, Calif.; five daughters, Sally Antonino and husband Gary of Green River, Carol Slaugh and husband Clyde of McKinnon, Julie Shillcox and husband Dave of Green River, Penny Muir and husband Clay of Manila, Utah, and Darla Hukill and husband Mark of Salt Lake City; two brothers, Caidee Reynolds and wife Kathy and Ned Reynolds and wife Loretta, all of Vernal; one sister, Dixie Ault and husband Kurt of Bloomington, Ind.; 41 grandchildren; 20 great-grandchildren; and many cousins, nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her parents, Fred and Zelda Reynolds; her husband, Alton Duane Beck; five brothers, Beldon Reynolds, Jay Reynolds, Elmo Reynolds, Deloss Reynolds and Glen Reynolds; three sisters, Rhoda Clement, Afton Mitchell and Madge Wilson; granddaughter, Heidi Muir; and great-grandson, Austin Thomas. Funeral services will be at 2:30 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 13, 2004, at the McKinnon LDS Chapel in McKinnon. Friends may call from 1 p.m. until time of services at the church. Interment will take place at the McKinnon Cemetery.
BERNARD, Douglas Ray, 35, Rock Springs, died July 22, 2003, from injuries he received in an industrial accident. He was born Oct. 14, 1967, in Cheyenne, the son of Gaye Winter and Dean Bernard. He graduated from Green River High School with the class of 1986 and from the Utah Technical College in 1988 with an applied science degree in diesel mechanics. He married Stephanie Schofield and they were later divorced. At the time of his death, he was employed by Wyoming Rents and Bunning Transfer. His interests included bowling, the outdoors, and country music. Survivors include five children, Samantha, Shea Bubba, Monty, Shelby and Kade, all of Manila; his parents, Don and Gaye Winter of Green River, and Dean and Rose Bernard of Rock Springs; four brothers, Tracy Bernard and wife Connie, Daryl Winter and wife Misty, Cory Bernard and wife Dawn and Josh Winter, all of Green River; four stepbrothers, Larry Winter and wife Val, Keith Winter and wife Jody, and Lynn Winter and wife Jessica, all of Green River, and Barry Winter and wife Lucinda of Vernal; two sisters, Sheli Smith and husband Robert of Grand Junction, Colo., Delaina Robertson and Donetta Winter, both of Green River; three stepsisters, Brenda Standlee and husband Curtis of Kingman, Ariz., Cindy Winter and Sherry Winter, both of Green River; great-grandmother, Pearl Zimmerman; great-grandfather, Harry Karician; and several aunts, uncles and cousins. Funeral services will be conducted Saturday, July 26, 2003, at 2 p.m. at the Church of the Nazarene, 630 Riverview, Green River. Friends may call Friday from 7-9 p.m. at the Vase Flaming Gorge Chapel, 263 E. Flaming Gorge Way, Green River. The Rev. Wayne Sweely will conduct the services.
BEVERIDGE, Charles Edward -- The funeral of Charles Edward, the fourteen months old son of Mr. and Mrs. C. E. Beveridge was held last Sunday afternoon from the Congregational church. Rev G. M. Peacock preached a very impressive funeral sermon, while the choir sang some beautiful selections and Mr. Charles Nicoll rendered a very appropriate solo.
The little one passed away on April 29th after an illness of only twenty four hours of acute indigestion, and the passing of this ray of sunshine from the home has brought deep sorrow to the hearts of the parents, who have the sympathy of all. [Green River Star, Friday May 6, 1921]
BEVERIDGE, William, was born at Lochgilie, Scotland on February 13, 1848, he died on September 11, 1893 as a result of a mining accident. The funeral was held Sunday at the LDS church with the following people as pall bearers: Jasper Crookstone, William Firmage, John McBride, James Cane, Robert Hilton and David Lewis. His remains were interred in the city cemetery.
He came to the land of his adoption 11 years ago and nearly all of that time he spent in Rock Springs. He leaves a young widow with three small children the youngest being a babe in arms of 7 months old. He was an honest miner, a man within whose bosom charity loved to dwell He was kind to a degree and liberal to a fault. No deserving case was ever passed by without a helping hand from William. At home he was a loving husband and affectionate father, a careful provider for his once happy family now tossed into the depths of sorrow. [Thursday September 21, 1893, Rock Springs Miner]
BIMIASH, John, aged 24, was instantly killed while in route to his home at the Wilkins Pump Station. Last Sunday morning. Bimiash was to have been at work at 11 p. m.. Saturday night, and was on his way when the speeder he was riding was struck by a freight train about 320 yards west of the Four-mile bridge. The train proceeded on it" way and it was not noticed that an accident bad occurred until the train reached Point of Rocks, when the engineer noticed parts of the speeder on the front of the engine he notified the office at Green River at once and the body was brought to Rock Springs on No. 4. Sunday morning. The body was taken to the City Undertaking Parlors and the funeral was held from there, Tuesday at 3 p. in Rock Springs. [Rock Springs Adviser. Friday September 26, 1913]
BLACK, Robert Rae, 86, of Rock Springs, died Friday, March 7, 2008, after a sudden illness at the Castle Rock Villa in Green River, where he had been residing for the past month. He was a lifelong resident of Rock Springs.
He was born Sept. 5, 1921, in Rock Springs, the son of William and Helen Maxwell Black. He attended schools in Rock Springs and graduated from Rock Springs High School.
He married Margaret June Alexander on April 23, 1945, in Santa Rosa, Calif. She preceded him in death on Oct. 15, 1989.
He served in the U.S. Army during World War II. He was employed with Mountain Fuel as an accountant for many years.
Survivors include two daughters, Ellen Bernatis and husband John of Rock Springs and Eileen Hubbard and husband Rick of Pinedale; one sister, Kathleen Gordon of Washington; five grandchildren, Stacy Waters and husband Terry, Shelley Yoak and husband Rick, Susan Mitchell and husband Andy, Jennifer Patterson and husband Brian and Mike Hubbard and wife Christy; seven grandchildren, Austin and Tyler Waters, Megan and Madison Yoak, Nathan Mitchell, Anthony and Christina Hubbard; one sister-in-law, Maxine Peak; nieces, Shirley Black, Nancy Murphy, Nancy and Ann Peak; and several other nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents; wife, Margaret; brother, Bill; one brother in infancy; and sisters, Velma, June, Laurice and Betty.
Cremation has taken place. Memorial services will be conducted at 11 a.m. Friday, March 14, 2008, at Fox Funeral Home, 2800 Commercial Way, Rock Springs. Inurnment will take place in Rest Haven Memorial Gardens, Rock Springs.
THE FIRST CITIZEN OF ROCK SPRINGS
BLAIR, Archibald died on Friday evening April 14, 1917 after an illness of long duration. Since his accident, which occurred eight years ago this week. Mr. Blairs health had been gradually declining, and for the past six months his condition had been critical. Everything possible had been done for his comfort and his fine constitution had held out against great odds, but in the end the disease triumphed and he passed peacefully away on Friday. Mr. Blair was the pioneer resident ranch and mining man of Sweetwater County and, as such was honored and respected as the first citizen of Rock Springs. In many ways he was a man of remarkable character, having by his own efforts and great foresight, overcome the hardships of the pioneer and built up for himself a large fortune. His greatest characteristic seemed to be his devotion to his family, and his affection for his wife, daughter and grand-children was impressed upon everyone with whom he came in contact. During the last months of his life his greatest pleasure was is having them about him and his first thought was always of their comfort. Mr. Blair was one of a large family, of which four brothers and one sister, at one time resided in this section of Wyoming. One brother Duncan Blair and one sister, Mrs. John Maulson, are dead; while two brothers, Alex Blair, now in California and John Blair of this city survive him. He also leaves his devoted wife; one daughter, Mrs John W. Hay of this city; and eight grandchildren; Archie, Beulah, Lucy, Mary, Hannah, John, Jane and Leonard Hay to treasure his memory. The funeral services were held from the Episcopal church on Monday afternoon, conducted by Dr. A. F. Schepp and were attended by a great concourse of old time friends and neighbors, gathered to pay a last tribute to his memory. The A. F. & A. M. and Knights Templar, of which orders he was a member were present at the services. He was laid to rest beside his father in Mountain View cemetery. During the time of the funeral, all business houses were closed throughout the city and business in general was suspended out of respect to his memory.
BLASCO, [infant] -- The death of the little five-months old daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Charles Blasco, occurred at their home on the East Flat on Friday, from whooping cough. At the time of going to press the funeral arrangements had not been made. [February 6, 1920 "Rock Springs Miner"]
BOWER, Hannah Dottie M., 87, of Green River, died Monday, May 25, 2009, at the Castle Rock Convalescent Center in Green River. She died after a lengthy illness. She was born July 27, 1921, in McKinnon, the daughter of Stephen and Hannah Nelson Warby. She married Glen Harsha on Dec. 13, 1938, in Manila, Utah. He preceded her in death in November 1940. She married Ernie Pelser on Dec. 13, 1942, in Green River. He preceded her in death in November 1944. She married Clarence Bower on Dec. 3, 1950, in San Bruno, Calif. He preceded her in death in August 1985. Mrs. Bower had been employed at numerous restaurants for many years. Her interests included her family, gardening and embroidery. Survivors include one son, Edward Harsha and wife DeAnn of Green River; daughter, Linda Burdick and husband Jim of Green River; sisters, Elsie Martin of Fresno, Calif., and Thelma Marshall of Sandy, Utah; grandchildren, Ken Harsha of San Dimas, Calif., Todd Harsha of Kenai, Alaska, Layne Harsha of Tooele, Utah, Barbara Ann Pauley of Leesburg, Va., Cheryl Johnson of Oak Hill, Va., Jackie, Jo-Jo, and Jennifer Curry, all of Green River, Shawnee Burdick of Rock Springs and Pam Shearing of Colorado; 18 great-grandchildren, six great-great-grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her parents, three spouses, four brothers, one half brother and six half sisters. Funeral services will be conducted at 1 p.m. Saturday, May 30, 2009, at the Green River LDS First and Third Ward Chapel, 1000 W. Fourth N., Green River. Friends may call 6-7 p.m. Friday, May 29, 2009, at the church and one hour prior to the services Saturday. Interment will follow in the Riverview Cemetery in Green River.
BOYD, Erma Mae Schisel, 80, of 700 Crossbow, Green River, died on Friday, March 4, 2005, at the Castle Rock Convalescent Center. A resident of Green River for the past 15 years and former resident of Hanna, Mrs. Boyd died following a lengthy illness. She was born on July 14, 1924, in Langlade County, Wis., the daughter of Archie and Cora Piper. Mrs. Boyd attended schools in Wisconsin. She married Raymond Schisel and they later divorced. On Dec. 10, 1981, she married Melvin E. Boyd in Rock Springs, and he preceded her in death on March 22, 1992. Her interests included cooking, gardening, knitting, crocheting, reading and spending time outdoors with friends and family. She was a member of the VFW Auxiliary and the Ladies Aid at the Lutheran Church in Hanna. Survivors include five sons, Terry Schisel and wife Sharon of Rawlins, Ronald Schisel of Green River, Calvin Schisel and wife Lorinde and David Schisel and wife Linda, all of Hanna, and John Schisel of Rock Springs; one daughter, Cora Bauman and husband Duane of Elko, Nev.; one brother, Marvin Piper of Antigo, Wis.; 16 grandchildren; 20 great-grandchildren; and one great-great-grandchild. She was preceded in death by her parents; husband; one daughter, Katheryn Hayes; two sisters, Violet Slater and Carrie Piper; and one brother, Victor Piper. Funeral services will be conducted at 2 p.m. Wednesday, March 9, 2005, at the Emmanuel Lutheran Church, 901 Trona Drive, Green River. The Rev. Paul Cain will conduct the services. Interment will be in the Riverview Cemetery in Green River. Friends may call at the church one hour prior to services.
BRAWLEY, Hugh, 42, former Rock Springs resident, was killed the week in a logging camp accident at Nevada City, Cal., accordint to information received here. Mr. Brawley reportedly was killed when a loading boom chain parted. Logs crushed him to death. He was born in Rock Springs in March 1905, a son of Mr. and Mrs. James Brawley Sr. He made his home in Rock Springs until the outbreak of World War II when he went to California to work in war plants and logging camps. Surviving are his widow, Mrs. Mildred Robertson Brawley, Nevada City, Cal., a son and two daughters William, Patty and Colleen Brawley, his father, Rock Springs, seven brothers and sisters, Thomas and Jack Brawley, Los Angeles, Cal., James Brawley Jr. Lander, Mrs. Harry Stewart, Rock Springs, Mrs. Jack Schultz, Sacramento, Cal., Mrs. Sadie Hodge, Green River, Wyo., and Mrs. Joe Sarlardino, Canon City, Colo.
Funeral services were conducted Saturday at 9:30 a.m. in Rock Springs by Rev. S. A. Welsh. Burial was in St. Joseph?s cemetery. Salt Lake Tribune Sunday October 12, 1947
BROOKS, Patricia Ann, 70, of 1707 Utah Ave., Rock Springs, died at her home Thursday, Aug. 18, 2005. A lifelong resident of Rock Springs, Mrs. Brooks died following a lengthy illness. She was born April 20, 1935, in Rock Springs, the daughter of George and Elizabeth Bartram Hower. She married Isaac Ike Brooks in Craig, Colo., on June 19, 1967. He preceded her in death on March 29, 1983. Mrs. Brooks was a retired rancher, owning Brooks Ranch for 26 years until her retirement in 1985. Her interests included cooking, caretaking, fishing, gambling, bingo, camping, and spending time with family and friends. Survivors include one son, Isaac (Newt) Brooks of Rock Springs; four daughters, Elizabeth Brooks and fiance Roger Ressler, Cathy Garduno and husband Brian, Jennie Brooks and fiance Terry Jones, and Saima Mehal and husband Doug, all of Rock Springs; two brothers, Jim Hower and wife Donna and Jack Hower and wife Barbara; eight grandchildren, Richie Kaumo, Justine Brooks, Marianne Kaumo, Matthew Purdy, Derek Mehal, Brian Jr., Angela and Bradley Garduno; and several nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her parents; husband; one son, Richard Goatcher; three brothers, Robert Hower, George Hower and Billie Hower; and three sisters, Catherine McGovern, Thelma Atwood and Mary Ellen Hower. Funeral services will be conducted at 11 a.m. Tuesday, Aug. 23, 2005, at the First Congregational Church, 1275 Adams, Rock Springs. The Rev. Richard Kalber will officiate. Interment will be in the Paul J. Wataha Cemetery in Rock springs. Friends may call at the Vase Funeral Chapel, 154 Elk St., Rock Springs, Monday afternoon and evening until 8 p.m. and Tuesday morning at the church.
BROWN, Avary Floyd Jr., 76, of Riverton died Tuesday, March 20, 2007 at his home. A longtime resident of Riverton and former resident of Rock Springs, Brown died following a lengthy illness.
He was born July 19, 1930, in Pratt, Kan., the son of Avary Floyd and LaFawn Edna Patterson Brown Sr. He attended school in Pratt and Summerville, Mo. Brown graduated from Summerville High School with the class of 1947.
He served in the U.S. Army during the Korean War.
He married Mary Elizabeth Taylor on June 7, 1986, in Las Vegas. She preceded him in death on June 27, 1996. He later married Evelyn Johnson in 1996 in Elko, Nev.
In his early years he worked as a farmer, growing wheat and corn. He later worked for Allied Chemical and FMC Corporation as a miner until his retirement in 1993.
He was a member of the B.P.O. Elks Lodge and Grace Baptist Church.
His interests included camping, fishing, hunting and riding horses.
Survivors include his wife, Evelyn of Riverton; four daughters, Georgia Velasquez, Betty Saner and husband Charlie, Edna Schlenz and Carmen Ness and husband Clifford, all of Rock Springs; two stepdaughters, Glenda Datta of Chicago and Barbara Hendex of Denver; three brothers, Gerald Brown, Lewis Brown and Billy Brown all of Rock Springs; three sisters, Sally Williamson of Oregon, and Edna Roy and Joyce Kopp, both of Rock Springs; and several nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his parents; first wife; one daughter, Carol in infancy; one son, Floyd; and one sister, Leora McCathy.
Funeral services will be conducted at 2 p.m. Friday, March 23, 2007, at the Vase Funeral Chapel, 154 Elk St., Rock Springs. Pastor John Chase will officiate. Military graveside services and interment will be in the Rest Haven Memorial Gardens Cemetery. Friends may call at the Vase Funeral Chapel on Friday morning from 10 a.m. until time of services.
BULLOCK, LeRoy M. -- A sad death occurred at the hospital on the 16th. when Leroy M.. Bullock passed away from pneumonia following influenza. The deceased came here from Indiana and during his residence here had made a great many friends. by whom he was highly respected, he had been employed at No. l0 mine and was a valued member of Local No. 2174, U. M. W. of A.. Local No. 2174, U. M. W. of A... was in charge of the funeral which was held from the Fitzpatrick and Rogun undertaking parlors on Sunday afternoon and many friends were present to pay a last tribute to his memory. His relatives were unable to come from Indiana to attend the service, but nothing that kind friends could do had been left undone either during his illness nor after his death. Rev. Bowling of the M. E. church conducted the services and the choir sang two hymns, "Jesus. Savior. Pilot Me" and "Abide With Me." Many beautiful flowers were sent to cover his last resting place in Mountain View cemetery. (Friday January 24, 1919 Rock Springs Miner)
BUXTON, Jennie -- Among the many Deaths to be recorded in the Miner during the past few weeks none seemed more pathetic than that of Mrs. John Buxton who passed away last Sunday night at the Wyoming General Hospital from pneumonia. By her death two tiney children are one not yet two years old the other but one week old are left to face the world without mother nor father, their father John Buxton having been killed last September while in the performance of his duties as a deputy game warden. Mrs Buxton was formerly Miss Jennie Roberts the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Issac Roberts. She would have been twenty years old in March. She was born in England and came to Rock Springs with here parents at the age of six years. Her short life was filled with trouble. The tragedies of a long life time seeming to be crowded into less than a score of years. Soon after her marriage her husband was called in the service of his country and the oldest child was one of Rock Springs War Babies, born while its father was in a training camp. On his return at the close of the war they were just comfortably settled in their home, when his tragic death occurred. The second little girl was born last Thursday when pneumonia set in the mother had not strength to battle with the disease and her death occurred as stated. Besides her little daughters she leaves her father and mother seven brothers and one sister. The funeral was held from the home of her parents on Wednesday afternoon and she was laid to rest in the Mountain View Cemetery (February 13, 1920 - Rock Springs Miner)