Karmae Rushin, 66, of Sheridan, passed away on Sunday, July 21, 2002, at her residence.
Mrs. Rushin was born on December 15, 1935, in Monarch, Wyoming, to Karl A. and Clara M. (McIntosh) Hofmeier. Karmae married Lee Rushin on November 25, 1953, in Sheridan, and graduated from Sheridan High School in 1954. The couple then moved to Fort Worth, Texas. They later divorced, and she returned to Sheridan in 1979. Mrs. Rushin has been lovingly attended by her granddaughter Melissa Crokin, who has been her special care giver these last few weeks.
Karmae enjoyed flower gardening, quilting, baking, and candy making. She loved her toy poodle "Willie", and was a loving mother and grandmother. She was a member of the Eastern Star and the Eagles #186.
Mrs. Rushin was preceded in death by her parents; her sister Beverly Ann Muneta; and her brother Richard Hofmeier. Survivors include her five daughters, Cheryl Ann Wall and her husband Gary of Cody, Wyoming, Clara Mae Sharp and her husband Mike of Forth Worth, Texas, Beverly Gay Henson and her husband Kenny of Auburn, Washington, Karlee Sue Rushin of Sheridan, Wyoming, and Erica Rae Rushin and her fiancee John of Sheridan, Wyoming; her fourteen grandchildren, Jesse Williams and husband Damon, Tiffannie Tuttle, Dustin Wall, Paige Wall, Amber Sharp, Sarah Sharp, Jennifer DeWoody and good friend Bill Mix, Bobby Rushin, Stephanie Rushin, Tabitha Fresorger, Desiree’ Fresorger, Melissa Crokin and good friend Matt Bates, Ryan Goodwin, and Krystal Rushin; and her four great-grandchildren, Beau Williams, Zion Mix, Trystan Tuttle, and Torrie Tuttle.
Cremation has taken place and private memorial services will be held. The family has requested that friends and relatives join them in celebrating Karmae’s life at the Elks Lodge #520 at 12:00 p.m. on Thursday, July 25, 2002. Kane Funeral Home is handling the arrangements.
Richard LeRoy “Dick” Scrutchfield, 60, of Sheridan, WY, died at his residence on Thursday, August 1, 2002.
Mr. Scrutchfied was born December 4, 1941, in Sheridan to LeRoy L. and Dora Dean ( Burns) Scrutchfield. He grew up in Sheridan and attended Sheridan schools. He married Susan Bayie in August of 1966. They had two daughters. He married his second wife, Bonnie Higgins, in 1972 in Grand Junction, CO. They had one daughter.
Mr. Scrutchfield worked as a truck driver throughout his life. He hauled for Reeves Concrete, hauled logs for the Wyoming Sawmills of Sheridan and worked for various other trucking companies in the Sheridan area. In 1972, he started his own trucking business, D & L Trucking. For the past several years Mr. Scrutchfield had been working Craig Scheckla Trucking.
Mr. Scrutchfield enjoyed buying antique pickups, trucks and equipment. He had a passion for restoring these older vehicles.
Mr. Scrutchfield was preceded in death by bother of his parents. He is survived by 3 daughters, Rebecca Miller of Cheyenne, WY; Shannon Adams of Ferryville, WI; and Tonya Scrutchfield of Denver, CO. He is also survived by his brother, David Scrutchfield, of Sheridan; a step-brother, Doran Higgins, of Ekalaka, MT; a step-sister, Sandra Music, of Sheridan; his step-mother, Doris Scrutchfield of Sheridan; and two grandchildren.
A Memorial service for Mr. Scrutchfield will be at 11:00 AM on Wednesday, August 7th, 2002 at Champion Ferries Funeral Home with the Rev. Cindy Shipley officiating. Burial of cremains will be at a later date. Arrangements are with Champion Ferries Funeral Home.
Longtime meat packer and cattle buyer, Rudy Stanko Sr., 84, of Gordon, Nebraska, formerly of Sheridan, passed away of natural causes in his home on August 26, 2002. He was born June 4, 1918 in Kleenburn, Wyoming, an ex-coal mining town 10 miles north of Sheridan, Wyoming. He learned the meat packing business from his father, who supplied the ranchers, miners, and towns in the area. He was an All-State football tackle for the Sheridan Broncs, and was as a well known amateur heavyweight boxer, while serving in the US Navy during World War II. As an amateur, he beat many notable fighters, one of which was Rocky Marchiano, who later became a world heavyweight champion. He won the heavyweight National AAU title in 1944, and had over a 100 amateur fights without a loss.
In 1946 he and his local sweetheart, Elizabeth "Chicky" Stanko were married. In 1952 he founded the Rocky Mountain Packing Company in Casper, Wyoming. This meat company delivered fresh meats to all four corners of the state of Wyoming, and was a major customer for the
livestock producer of Wyoming and Western Nebraska. During 50's and 60's, the Rocky Mountain Packing Company was the largest meat processing plant in the state with over 100 employees.
In 1971 he founded Nebraska Beef Packers in Gordon, Nebraska, and by the 1980's this plant and two other sister plants (Scottsbluff and Denver) became the largest cull cow and bull processors in the United States with a weekly slaughter of up to 7,500 animals. In 1985 and in the heat of the meat packing concentration, the United States Department of Agriculture withdrew the meat processing license. This plant has never been operated successfully since this incident. In the 1990's and to present date, he has been involved in successful alfalfa farming operation.
In his free time Rudy was an avid fly fisherman, hunter, and fan of professional fights on television. He had been a long standing member of the Elks Lodge in Casper, Wyoming, Veterans of Foreign Wars, Knights of Columbus, and a member of the American Legion in Gordon, Nebraska. He is preceded in death by two brothers, Michael and Edward.
Survivors left to mourn his death include his wife Elizabeth of Gordon, Nebraska; sons, Rudy Jr. of Gordon, Nebraska, and Robert of Fort Collins, Colorado. Also surviving is his sister, Helen Burtus of Sheridan, Wyoming; his brother Henry of Casper, Wyoming; his six grandchildren; and many nieces and nephews.
An informal wake will be held on Friday, August 30, 2002, at 7:00 p.m. at St. Leo's Catholic Church in Gordon, Nebraska. Funeral services will
be held Saturday, August 31, 2002, at 10:00 a.m. at the same place. A viewing will be held from 2:00 to 4:00 p.m. on Sunday, September 1, 2002, and from 9:00 a.m. until 4:00 p.m. on Monday, September 2, 2002, at Kane Funeral Home. Interment will be near his father, mother and brother in the Sheridan Municipal Cemetery in Sheridan, Wyoming, on September 3, 2002, at 10:00 a.m. Cicmanec Chamberlain Pier Funeral Home in Gordon, Nebraska, is handling the Nebraska arrangements. Kane Funeral Home is handling the local arrangements.
William Ross Stapleton age 77 of Sheridan, WY
Died Saturday, July 20, 2002, in Memorial Hospital of Sheridan County of heart failure.
Born July 7, 1925, in Helena, Montana
Parents - Maggie Hathaway and Melvin Hudson
The Stapleton's adopted him when he was a year old. He grew up and graduated high school in Billings, MT. He enlisted in the U. S. Navy during WWII serving in the South Pacific. He was assigned to the aircraft carrier Intrepid as an aviation machinist mate (AMM) for three years. After the service, he came to Sheridan where he apprenticed himself to an architect and learned the art of drafting and designing buildings. He worked on the Hammer Chevrolet building and many others. Bill worked hard at many jobs over the years including draftsman, ranch hand, log truck driver, construction carpenter and crew boss in other places in Wyoming. He returned to Sheridan about 1980. Bill married Mary Alice Rose in 1988 in Sheridan, whom he met in bible study class. He enjoyed fishing, photography, cooking and most of all computers.
WIFE - Mary Alice Stapleton, Sheridan
SON - Charles W. Bleak, Denver, CO
DAUGHTER - Barbara Martin, Alexandria, VA
1 GREAT GRANDDAUGHTER
Friends are invited to a reception for Bill at 2:00pm on Thursday (July 25th) from Sheridan Square. Arrangements are with Champion Ferries Funeral Home.
Memorials may benefit the Sheridan Senior Center, 211 Smith St., Sheridan, WY 82801
Esther E. Stockhouse, 92, of Sheridan, passed away on Tuesday, September 10, 2002, at Westview Health Care Center.
Mrs. Stockhouse was born on April 20, 1910, on the Old Mosberg Ranch outside of Banner, Wyoming, to Elmer and Mayme (Armstrong) Barnes. Following her school years, she met Axel F. Stockhouse, Sr., and married him on February 16, 1931, in Sheridan, Wyoming. The couple made their home here, raising their children, and Esther worked at the V.A. Medical Center in the Laundry.
Esther was a faithful member of Holy Name Church, and loved spending time with her family, as well as gardening, sewing, reading, and watching sporting events of her children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren. She was an avid Sheridan Broncs, Wyoming Cowboys, and Denver Broncos fan.
Mrs. Stockhouse was preceded in death by her husband, her grandson Tom Brennan, her parents, her seven sisters, and brother. Survivors include her son Axel Stockhouse, Jr. and his wife Janet of Greybull, Wyoming; her two daughters, Josephine Butterfield and her husband "Sonny" of Roundup, Montana, and Carolyn Brennan of Sheridan, Wyoming; her eleven grandchildren, Mary Kay Legerski, Lauri Wood, L. Matt Brennan, Gayle Shaffer, Tina Shields, Teresa Fauth, Twila Butterfield, Justine Walker, Cynthia Fisbeck, Rick Stockhouse, and Cara Blank; her thirty great-grandchildren; and her two great-great-grandchildren.
A Rosary will be held at 7:00 p.m. on Friday, September 13, 2002, at Kane Funeral Home. Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 1:00 p.m. on Saturday, September 14, 2002, at Holy Name Catholic Church with The Reverend Ron Stolcis officiating. Interment will be in the Sheridan Municipal Cemetery. Kane Funeral Home is handling the arrangements.
The family has requested that memorials be made in Esther's name to Heritage Towers Gift and Memorial Fund in care of Delphine Toner, First Interstate Bank, P.O. Box 2007, Sheridan, WY 82801.
Donna Whaley, 75, of Sheridan, passed away on Sunday, July 21, 2002, at Westview Healthcare Center.
Donna was born on December 19, 1926, in Minneapolis, Minnesota, to George and Eldina (Lent) Stephens. Following her school years, she married Frederick Whaley on September 9, 1950, in Washakie County, Wyoming. Donna enjoyed collecting dolls, and was a ceramic and china painting teacher. She was also a faithful member of the 700 Club.
Mrs. Whaley was preceded in death by her parents; her great-grandson, Nathan Taylor; her four brothers, Grant, Martin, Garth, and Howard Stephens; her husband Frederick Whaley; her brother-in-law Keith Whaley; and her sister-in-law Lois Ann Simpson. Survivors include her daughter Eldina "Ellie" Taylor of Boston, Massachusetts; her son David Whaley of Sheridan, Wyoming; her three grandchildren, Joseph Grimshaw, Nathan Taylor, and Deidre Taylor; her three great-grandchildren, James Grimshaw, Jadelynne Grimshaw, and Kaylee Taylor; her sister Virginia Dutton and her husband Bill of Marbleton, Wyoming; and her three sisters-in-law, Jackie Phillips and her husband Chester of Worland, Wyoming, Peggy Ludeke of Florida, and Nancy Osborn of Missouri.
A visitation will be held from 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. on Monday, July 29, 2002, at Kane Funeral Home. Graveside funeral services will be held at 2:00 p.m. on Monday, July 29, 2002, in the Sheridan Eagles Cemetery, with Pastor Barry Moen officiating. Kane Funeral Home is handling the arrangements.
The family has requested that memorials be made to the Donna Whaley Memorial Fund in care of Delphine Toner, First Interstate Bank, P.O. Box 2007, Sheridan, WY 82801.
Keith D. Whaley, 62, of Dayton, passed away at Memorial Hospital of Sheridan County on Monday, July 15, 2002.
Mr. Whaley was born on November 7, 1939, to Jack and Vivian (Bader) Whaley in Tensleep, Wyoming. After high school graduation, he worked for a time as a mechanic in the coal mining industry, and on June 21, 1995, he married Joyce E. Childers in Texas. The couple later moved to Bear Lodge in Dayton, Wyoming. Keith enjoyed spending time with his family and friends.
Mr. Whaley was preceded in death by his son Fred Whaley; his sister Lois Ann Simpson; his brother Fred Whaley; and his parents. He is survived by his wife Joyce of Dayton, Wyoming; his daughter Kathryn Whaley of Worland, Wyoming; his brother Phillip “Buddy” Whaley and his wife Ilene of Conrad, Montana; his three sisters, Jackie Philips and her husband Chester of Worland, Wyoming, Peggy Ludtke of Jackson, Wyoming, and Nancy Osburn of Seligman, Missouri; his stepson Wayne A. Deatherage and his wife Norma of Guymon, Oklahoma; his three stepdaughters, Melissa Hazlitt and her husband Ed of Ardmore, Oklahoma, Joyce A. Lafferty Ardmore, Oklahoma, and Sheila Haveman and her husband Mike of Ranchester, Wyoming; his twelve grandchildren, Matthew Whaley, Aaron Deatherage, Heather Scarbrough, Marc Mitchell, Breanna Hazlitt, Kayla Lafferty, Paige Lafferty, Stormy Lafferty, Skylar Lafferty, Jagger Lafferty, Ben Herden, and Daniel Herden; and numerous nieces and nephews.
A visitation will be held all day on Friday July 19, 2002, at Kane Funeral Home. Funeral services will be held at 10:00 a.m. on Saturday, July 20, 2002, at Dayton Town Cemetery with Pastor Dan Keller officiating. Kane Funeral Home is handling the arrangements.
James A. Wilkerson, Sr., 59, of Sheridan, passed away on Thursday, July 25, 2002, at his residence with his family.
Jim was born on December 30, 1942, to Perce and Dorothy (Brokaw) Wilkerson in Sheridan Wyoming. He attended Sheridan schools and Sheridan College. In 1960, he married Barbara Macha, and the couple made their home in Sheridan, raising their six children and numerous foster children. Jim became a Certified Dental Technician and worked with Doran Eldridge in Gillette, before returning to Sheridan and starting JAWS Dental Lab, which he operated until he became disabled in January of 2000.
Mr. Wilkerson’s primary interest was his children and grandchildren. He attended Mercy and Grace Ministries Fellowship, and enjoyed hunting, fishing, camping, snowmobiling, and spending time in the Big Horn Mountains. He also enjoyed playing Bingo and playing cards with his friends.
Jim was preceded in death by his daughter Melanie K. Wilkerson; his parents; his brother William N. Wilkerson; his nephew David Wilkerson; and his great-nephew Aaron Carter. He is survived by his wife Barbara of Sheridan, Wyoming; his three daughters Kimmie Wilkerson and her fiancee’ Jerry Ring of Sheridan, Wyoming, Lori Wilkerson and her husband Chris Guimond of Sheridan, Wyoming, and Nanci Rasmussen and her husband Alan of Gillette, Wyoming; his two sons James Wilkerson, Jr. of Cuero, Texas, and Harold Wilkerson of Sheridan, Wyoming; his seven grandchildren, D.J. Roberts, Sherylann Guimond, Misty Roberts, Krystan Guimond, Heather Wilkerson, Kena Rasmussen, and Jessica Rasmussen; his sister Margaret Ketcham of Sheridan, Wyoming; and numerous nieces and nephews.
Cremation has taken place, and memorial services will be held at 2:00 p.m. on Tuesday, July 30, 2002, at Kane Funeral Home with Pastor Chuck Gifford officiating. Kane Funeral Home is handling the arrangements.
The family has requested that memorials be made in Jim’s name to the RENEW SEEF Fund or Mercy and Grace Ministries in care of Delphine Toner, First Interstate Bank, P.O. Box 2007, Sheridan, WY 82801.
Beverly Jean Adkins, 67, of Sheridan, WY, died Thursday, November 28, 2002 at her residence.
Mrs. Adkins was born October 15, 1935 to Lester and Bernice (Patterson) Zeirlien in Orange, CA. At age 17, she was chosen to work as a secretary in Washington, D. C. for a Wyoming Senator. She received her BA from the University of Wyoming, and began her teaching career, which spanned over 20 years, 3 states. During this time, she received her Masters of Education degree at the University of Wyoming.
Mrs. Adkins retired to Sheridan, WY in 1995 and has lived here with her daughter and husband, Harold, who preceded her in death on October 15, 2002.
She was a member of the National Education Association and the Wyoming Education Association. Mrs. Adkins also enjoyed sewing, computers, cooking and spending time with her grandchildren.
Her husband and her parents preceded Mrs. Adkins in death. 2 daughters, Deborah Smith, of Sheridan, WY; and Robin Smith, of Salt Lake City, UT; 1 sister, Roberta Zeirlien, of Sheridan, WY; and 2 grandchildren survive her.
Cremation has taken place and a private family service will be held at a later date. Arrangements are with Champion Ferries Funeral Home.
Memorials in memory of Mrs. Adkins may be made to St. Peter's Episcopal Church, in care of Delpine Toner, 1st Interstate Bank, P. B. Box 2007, Sheridan, WY 82801