Evelyn Boyett - 4/22/01
Funeral services for Evelyn Lavern Benjamin Boyett, 76, will be at 10 a.m. Saturday at the Adams Funeral Home Chapel in Buffalo with the Rev. Tom Saur officiating.
Visitation is from 1 p.m. to 10 p.m. today at the funeral home.
Burial will be in the Willow Grove Cemetery.
Mrs. Boyett died Wednesday, April 18, 2001, of natural causes at Johnson County Memorial Hospital in Buffalo.
She was born March 17, 1925, to Carl and Cordelia Vielguth in Logan, Kan.
She met Jack Benjamin in Limon, Colo. They were married Jan. 27, 1945, in Goodland, Kan. They moved a number of times before making their home in Colorado Springs, Colo. In 1982, they moved to Buffalo, where they retired.
Mr. Benjamin died in 1990.
In 1993, she married Red Boyett, who died in the fall of 1994.
She was a member of Moose Lodge 244 in Colorado Springs, and the Eagles in Buffalo.
Her hobbies included embroidery work, hunting, fishing, darts, bingo, bowling, dancing, gardening and spending time with her grandchildren and great-grandchildren.
She is survived by 15 children, Patricia Smith of Colorado Springs, Jacqueline Masterson of Spearfish, S.D., James Benjamin of Arizona, Judith Linneman of Gillette, Terry Benjamin of Glencoe, Ala., Barbara Gantz of Hulett, Mary Andrews of Bedford, Texas, Larry Benjamin of Colorado Springs, Susan Focht of Willow Creek, Mont., Cordelia Gillen of Lehigh, Kan., Donny Benjamin of Hulett, Ronda Jones of Buffalo, Danny Benjamin of Colorado Springs, David Benjamin of Colorado Springs, and Sam Benjamin of Buffalo; and many grandchildren and great-grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by her husbands; a sister, Opal; a brother, Earl; a son, Orval; and three grandchildren.
Melvin E. Lynch - 4/20/01
Funeral services for longtime Gillette resident Melvin Eugene Lynch, 80, will be at 11 a.m. Monday at New Life Wesleyan Church with the Rev. Martin Crump as officiant.
Burial will follow at Mount Pisgah Cemetery with full military honors provided by American Legion Post #42.
Visitation is from 2 to 7 p.m. Sunday at Wilson Funeral Home.
Mr. Lynch died Wednesday, April 18, 2001, at Pioneer Manor Nursing Home from complications of Parkinson's disease.
He was born Sept. 6, 1920, in Laramie to William E. and Dorothy June (Burnett) Lynch. He was raised and educated in Laramie graduating from Laramie High School in 1939.
He then attended the University of Wyoming in Laramie until he entered the U.S. Marine Corps on Oct. 21, 1943. He served in the Asiatic Pacific area, Hawaiian Islands, and participated in action at Iwo Jima and the Occupation of Japan during World War II. He was awarded the Purple Heart and was honorably discharged on March 26, 1946.
He returned to Laramie and continued his education, earning a bachelor of science degree in agriculture in 1948.
He married Georgia Puls on June 15, 1947, in Laramie. They were later divorced.
In 1948, he moved to Rawlins, where he was employed as the assistant Carbon County agent. He moved to Gillette in 1950, where he began his career as the Campbell County agent. In 1951, he again entered the U.S. Marine Corps where he served in Korea until his discharge in 1953. Upon his discharge, he returned to Gillette as the Campbell County agent, a position he held until retiring in 1977.
He married Rachel Clara Carver on July 2, 1977, in Gillette. He began working as the vice president of the agricultural loan department of First National Bank in 1977 and retired in October 1989.
He served on numerous boards and was involved with numerous organizations during his lifetime. He was a member of the Wyoming County Agents Association, serving as president in 1962; a member of the Campbell County Emergency Board from 1953 to 1969; a member of the City and County Planning Commission from 1968 to 1979; a member of the Campbell County Planning Commission from 1979 to 1982; a member of the University of Wyoming Alumni Board from 1982 to 1987, serving as president in 1986; a member of Gillette City Parks Board; and a member of the Campbell County Fair Board from 1977 to 1982.
He served as Campbell County Fair manager and county agent from 1957 to 1977 and Campbell County Predator Board secretary from 1951 to 1977. He was a member of the Campbell County Extension Advisory Board from 1977 to 1982 and was a member of the Wyoming State Fair Advisory Board from 1981 to 1991. He was also a member of the Veterans of Foreign Wars, American Legion, Marine Corps League, Wyoming Wool Growers Association, and the Wyoming Farm Bureau.
He was an avid sports fan, following the University of Wyoming teams. He especially enjoyed supporting his children and grandchildren as they participated in local activities. He also enjoyed watching Western and war movies.
He is survived by his children, Linda Lynch, Billie Mandeville, Carl Lynch and Margie Von Flatern, all of Gillette; five grandchildren; a brother, Wayne E. Lynch of East Point, Ga., and numerous nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his wife, Rachel; his parents; a brother, Cecil E. Lynch; and an infant brother, George Lynch.
In lieu of flowers, memorials have been established to benefit the Boys and Girls Club of Campbell County, the Mel Lynch 4-H Scholarship Fund, or the charity of the donor's choice. Donations may be sent in care of Wilson Funeral Home, P.O. Box 734, Gillette, WY 82717.
Mick Warnke - 02/22/01
Funeral services for George O. "Mick" Warnke, 76, of Gillette will be at 10 a.m. Saturday at Wilson Funeral Home Chapel with the Rev. Scott Firminhac of Trinity Lutheran Church as officiant.
Burial with full military honors provided by the Sturgis Honor Guard will be at 2 p.m. Monday at Black Hills National Cemetery in Sturgis, S.D.
Visitation will be from 3 to 7 p.m. Friday at the funeral home.
Mr. Warnke died Monday, Feb. 19, 2001, at Campbell County Memorial Hospital of natural causes.
He was born March 28, 1924, in Alexander, N.D., to Earnest and Hilda (Varholdt) Warnke. He was raised in North Dakota.
He enlisted in the U.S. Navy on Oct. 4, 1943, and served in the Pacific during World War II. He was honorably discharged on May 18, 1946.
Following his discharge, he returned to North Dakota to work on the family farm.
He married Patricia Christopherson. They had four children and were later divorced.
He moved to Williston, N.D., in 1960, where he worked as a heavy equipment operator for road construction. He later began working in the oil fields that brought him to Gillette in the late 1960s.
He has worked for various companies in Gillette and retired due to illness in the mid-1980s.
On March 13, 1970, he married Evelyn Gehring in Gillette.
He enjoyed camping and was a life member of American Legion Post #42.
He is survived by his wife Evelyn Warnke of Gillette; three sons, Gary Warnke of Bismarck, N.D., Mick Warnke of Thornton, Colo., and Neal Demaray of Melbourne, Fla.; four daughters, Debbie Bensen of Williston, N.D., DeAnn Monson of Bismarck, N.D., Jean Guerin and Debin Sharp, both of Phoenix; 13 grandchildren; nine great-grandchildren: and a sister, Virginia Herreid of Williston, N.D.
He was preceded in death by his parents and three brothers, Earl, Vernon and Henry Warnke.
A memorial has been established in Mr. Warnke's name. Donations may be sent in care of Wilson Funeral Home, P.O. Box 734, Gillette, WY 82717.