Joseph Cherni Jr., 90, of Sheridan, passed away at his home on Sunday, May 11, 2003.
Joe was born on April 13, 1913, in Lethbridge, Alberta Canada to Joseph and Barbara (Hays) Cherni. The family moved to Wyoming when Joe was a child. He was raised on a farm on Tongue River. As a young adult he worked for many ranches around Sheridan before pursuing a career as a mechanic. He worked for Mid Continent Oil and Cook Ford Sales until he retired.
In 1944 Joe married Helen Madzia in Sheridan and their marriage was blessed with three children. He enjoyed gardening, photography, long rides through the country and visiting with family and friends.
Mr. Cherni was preceded in death by his parents; and his three brothers, Andy, Mike, and Leslie. Survivors include his wife Helen of Sheridan; his daughters Barbara and Elizabeth; his son Joseph III; his four brothers Steve, George, Rudy, and William; his sister Elsie; his grandson Robert all of Sheridan; and numerous nieces and nephews.
Memorial Services will be held at 10:00 am on Thursday, May 15, 2003, at Kane Funeral Home with The Reverend Ron Stolcis officiating. Kane Funeral Home is handling the arrangements.
The family has requested that memorials be made in Joe's name to The Sheridan Dog and Cat Shelter in care of Delphine Toner, First Interstate Bank, P.O. Box 2007, Sheridan, WY 82801.
John Munn Crawford, 55, of Ranchester, passed away on Wednesday, May 7, 2003, at the VA Medical Center in Salt Lake City, Utah.
John was born on October 15, 1947, in Sheridan, Wyoming, to John and Grace (Mates) Crawford. Mr. Crawford lived and attended school in Sheridan until he entered the US Navy in 1965 and served aboard the USS Boxer until 1968. Upon his discharge he was awarded the National Defense Service Medal and the Vietnam Service Medal with two bronze stars. John married Pat Griffin on February 14, 1993 in Ranchester, Wyoming.
Mr. Crawford loved the outdoors, he hunted for big game deer, riding his four-wheeler and had a passion for fly fishing and camping with his wife and dogs. He also had a love for woodworking. He made furniture for his family and friends. John spent many hours in his shop designing and building furniture that was unique and all hand made. Mr. Crawford was a member of the American Legion Drum and Bugle Corps for many years.
John was preceded in death by his mother Grace Kuta; Survivors include his wife Pat of Ranchester; his two daughters, Jo Pooley of Sheridan and Christy Crawford Petersen of Casper; his three sons, Johnnie P. Crawford of Casper, Warren Crawford, and Milton Crawford of Riverton; his sister, Margo Dexter; his 13 grandchildren and one great grandchild.
Memorial services will be held at a later date. Kane Funeral Home is handling the arrangements.
The family has requested that memorials be made in John's name to The American Heart Association in care of Delphine Toner, First Interstate Bank, P.O. Box 2007, Sheridan, WY 82801.
Gillis Charles Flanagan went home to be with the Lord after a long battle with cancer. His spirit left him in peace with his son Michael and daughter in-law at his side. Gillis Charles Flanagan formerly of Bellaire, Texas was born in Keller, Texas to Charles and Maggie Flanagan. His younger days were spent around Keller and later moving to Walters, Oklahoma.
He went to work for the Oklahoma Highway Department and married Bettie McKiddy in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma. To them were born two sons Michael Flanagan of Dayton, Wyoming and Gillis Patrick Flanagan of Watsonville, California.
Gillis later went to work for Shell Oil Company in Oklahoma City. This career lasted until his retirement in 1984. With Shell he and his family were relocated in many other areas to this country, Ardmore, Oklahoma, Bismarck, North Dakota, Dickenson, North Dakota, Glendive and Billings, Montana before being transferred to Houston, Texas area to work in the Exploration part of Shell Research Lab. Gillis was in charge of leading field trips all over the United States, Canada, Alaska and Mexico. After retirement he spent time on a special assignment with Shell Oil at Dutch Harbour, Alaska and then collecting water samples across the United States. Gillis had thousands of friends across the country and it was once said that he was better known than the President of Shell Oil Company. Gillis was involved in the filming of a special documentary about the evolution of Geology in North America called "This Land".
Shortly after retirement, Gillis lost his beloved wife of 43 years. He was able to spend time with old friends going fishing, traveling and visiting his two sons. Gillis was proud to have been a descendant of Daniel Boone and being an Irishman. Gil's greatest achievement in life was a few months ago when he humbled himself before God and accepted Jesus Christ as his Lord and Savior. He is now in Heaven leading field trips and praising the Lord.
Gillis was preceded in death by his parents and his wife. His survivors are sons Michael Flanagan of Dayton, Wyoming, and Gillis Patrick Flanagan of Watonsville, California; two Brothers Funston P. Flanagan and Andy J. Flanagan of Walters, Oklahoma; and a sister Helen Mitchell of Dunedin, Florida. There are three grand children, two great grandchildren and many nieces and nephews. He was deeply loved by all. We will miss him very much.
Memorial service to be held in Walters, Oklahoma, at 2:00pm from First United Methodist Church on June 7, 2003. Inurnment will be in Oklahoma City, OK.
Arrangements are with Champion Ferries Funeral Home, Sheridan, WY.
Memorials may benefit the American Cancer Society.
Vera Mae Geier went home to be with her Lord and Savior on May 4, 2003 from her residence in Sheridan.
Vera Mae was born October 14, 1914 in Stroud, Oklahoma to H. O. and Myrtle Mae (Goodwin) Shuff. After graduating from Central State College, she taught at Cooperton, Oklahoma, where she met and married D. Orrel "Budge" Geier, the agricultural teacher. In 1939, they moved to the family ranch in Wyoming on Piney Creek where Vera Mae was a ranch wife, mother and homemaker. She was active in Shell Creek Piney Homemakers Club and at Grace Chapel Church in Story.
In 1973, the Geiers moved to Osage, Wyoming where they had purchased a ranch on Skull Creek. Vera Mae continued her activities in the Community Women's Club and the Osage Community Church. They retired to their home south of Sheridan in 1980 where again, Vera Mae continued her active participation in the community in the Sheridanaires, Sheridan Women's Club, Shell Creek Piney Homemakers Club, Christian Women's Club and Cattlewomen's.
Vera Mae was always active in church serving in many capacities, where her lifetime interest and musical talents were always appreciated and enjoyed by many as she served her Lord. Her life exemplified her love for her Lord and Savior. The family is comforted to know she is now resting in the Lord.
Her husband of 53 years, her parents and one grandson preceded Mrs. Geier in death.
Survivors include her sister, Minta Anne Taylor of Riverside, CA, her children Barbara (John) Eychaner of Banner, Phyllis Cornell of Sheridan, Orlene (Ed) Perritt of Sheridan, Louise (Gary) Kay of Gillette and Marlin (Mary) Geier of Osage, Wyoming. Fifteen grandchildren and fourteen great grandchildren hold fond memories of this active grandmother.
In lieu of flowers, tributes may be made to Red Grade Christian Academy or Hospice of the Big Horns in care of Delphine Toner, First Interstate Bank, Box 2007, Sheridan, WY 82801
Doris Mae Hawkins age 82 of Sheridan, WY
Died Friday, May 30, 2003, in her Sheridan home
Born July 2, 1920, in Scottsbluff, Nebraska
Parents - Chris & Olga (Molfield) Holten
She grew up and graduated high school in Scottsbluff. Doris married Kenneth Hawkins on April 21, 1940, in Harrisburg, NE. They farmed near Scottsbluff for a few years until moving to Sheridan in 1945. They ranched on Lower Prairie Dog Creek for 12 years when they moved into Sheridan. They owned and operated "The Spot" until retiring in the last 1970's. After retirement, they traveled around the U.S. in their motorhome. She also enjoyed playing bridge and dancing. Doris was a member of the Does Drove #127, Daughters of the Nile and the Sheridan Cattlewomen.
She was preceded in death by a daughter Deann Kay, seven brothers and three sisters.
HUSBAND - Kenneth Hawkins, Sheridan
SON - Ken "Buddy" Hawkins, Boulder Creek, CA
DAUGHTER - Doree Kobold, Sheridan
5 GREAT GRANDCHILDREN
NUMEROUS NIECES AND NEPHEWS
Viewing will be 1:00pm until 7:00pm on Monday (June 2nd) with the funeral service on Tuesday at 10:00am from Champion Ferries Funeral Home with the Rev. Douglas Goodwin officiating. Interment will be in Sheridan Municipal Cemetery.
Memorials may benefit the Hospice of the Big Horns, or the
Shrine Crippled Children Travel Fund, or the
Family Caregiver & Respite Care at the Senior Center,
in care of Delphine Toner, First Interstate Bank, Box 2007, Sheridan, WY 82801
William Allan (Bill) Hurlbutt, 56, of Buffalo, WY, died, May 5, 2003 in Johnson County Health Care Center. Creamation has taken place, and there will be a private family memorial service at a later date. Arrangements are with Champion Ferris Funeral Home.
James J. (Jim) Keller age 80 of Ranchester, WY
Died Wednesday, May 7, 2003, in the V.A. Medical Center, Sheridan, WY
Born January 2, 1923, in Elizabeth, NJ
Parents - Warren & Annie (Earls) Keller
He grew up and graduated Thomas Jefferson High School in Elizabeth. Jim served in the U.S. Army during WWII with the 79th Combat Engineers in the South Pacific. After the service, Jim returned home where he married Ruth Ann Sullivan on June 1, 1946, in Elizabeth. He worked for International Harvester Co. and then for Pettibone Corp. where he was the national director of marketing. Upon retirement, he moved to Ranchester in 1986 and then to Kentucky before returning to Ranchester in 2001. Jim enjoyed fishing, telling stories and jokes and especially enjoyed his daily outing to the senior lunches in Dayton. He was a member of the V.F.W. and attended Ranchester Community Church.
He was preceded in death by four brothers and two sisters.
WIFE - Ruth Keller, Ranchester, WY
SON - Daniel Keller, Ranchester, WY
DAUGHTERS - Susan Keller, Wonder Lake, IL
Eileen Pancyrz, McHenry, IL
Sheila Galuppo, Louisville, KY
BROTHER - Bill Keller, Long Valley, NJ
9 GREAT GRANDCHILDREN
Funeral service will be 11:00am on Saturday (May 10th) from Champion Ferries Funeral Home. Cremation will follow the service.
Memorials may benefit the Senior Citizen's Center, 211 Smith St., Sheridan, WY 82801
Agnes K. Kochel, 93, formerly of Sheridan, passed away on Saturday, May 10, 2003, in Tucson, Arizona.
Agnes was born on May 17, 1909, in Sheridan, Wyoming, to Peter J. And Mary (Fieolek) Kumor. Her family homesteaded on the Dow Prong of Dutch Creek. She attended the Upper Dutch Creek School and Sheridan High
In June of 1924 Agnes went to work at Eatonís Dude Ranch. She married Reid Kochel of Miles City, Montana on October 20, 1931. They both worked for the Eatonís Outfit in Wolf, Wyoming for many years. They also worked the Rimrock Ranch in Arizona and the Bar Eleven horse ranch at Echeta, Wyoming.
Agnes was a member of the Catholic Church and the Tucson Cowbells. She enjoyed the warm climate in Tucson, her home and flowers. Though she lived in Arizona her heart was in Wyoming, with the beautiful country, old friends, and horses. Agnes loved her ranch life.
Mrs. Kochel was preceded in death by her husband Reid; her parents; her three brothers; and her three sisters. Survivors include her son Raymond Reid Kochel of Tucson, Arizona; and several nieces and nephews.
Funeral Services will be held at 2:00 pm on Saturday, May 17, 2003, at Kane Funeral Home with The Reverend Ron Stolcis officiating. Interment will follow in the Sheridan Municipal Cemetery. Kane Funeral Home is handling the arrangements.
Charles A. Lilley, 78, of Sheridan, died Thursday, May 22, 2003, in Deaconess Medical Center, Billings, Montana.
Mr. Lilley was born September 7, 1924, in Acme, Wyoming, to Albert P. Lilley and Violet Marie Lilley. He attended elementary school in Acme and high school in Sheridan. He received an honorary diploma from Sheridan High School in 2002.
Mr. Lilley was an active member of the Boy Scouts of America during his youth. On May 3, 1941, at the age of 16, he saved two boys from drowning. For this act, he received a certificate for heroism from the National Court of Honor, a medal from the Boy Scouts of America, and on January 8, 1942, received the President's Medal from the National Safety Council, which was presented by R. W. Orr, the Mayor of Sheridan.
Mr. Lilley married Nancy Emma Jean Towns on October 19, 1942, in Hardin, Montana. He enlisted in the United States Marine Corps in April 1943. While serving in the Fourth Marine Division in the South Pacific, he fought in battles at Kwajalein, Siapan, Tinian, Roi Namor, and Iwo Jima. He was honorably discharged as a Corporal February 2, 1946.
Following World War II, Mr. Lilley trained as a meat cutter under the G. I. Bill. He worked as a meat cutter in Sheridan, Laurel, and Cody. In 1953, he and his family moved to Chehalis, Washington. In 1960, they moved to Vancouver, Washington, where Mr. Lilley worked as a meat cutter for Fred Meyers in Portland, Oregon, until he retired in 1985.
Mr. Lilley and his wife, Jean, returned to Sheridan in 1989. Chuck loved his family, friends and his country. Above all things, he enjoyed fishing and wildlife.
Mr. Lilley was preceded in death by his parents; his son, Charles A. Lilley, III; and his grandson, David Jon Prissel. He is survived by his wife; his daughter, Karen Gambs, and husband, Jon, Vancouver, Washington; and his daughter, Christy Northrop, Vancouver, Washington; ten grandchildren, six great-grandchildren and twenty-nine nieces and nephews. Mr. Lilley is also survived by his six siblings, Virginia Stevens (Dick), Sheridan, Gerald Lilley (Barbara), Sacramento, California, Alice Hyder (Don), Cedar City, Utah, William Lilley (JoAnn), Sheridan, Betty Snodgrass, Ramona, California, and Larry Lilley (Carol), Albany, Oregon.
Mr. Lilley was a life member of the Fourth Marine Division Association. Memorials may be made to the Fourth Marine Division Education Fund, in care of Delphine Toner, First Interstate Bank, Box 2007, Sheridan or sent directly to the Marine Corp Scholarship Foundation, Box 3008, Princeton, New Jersey, 08543.
Cremation has taken place and a graveside memorial service for Mr. Lilley will be held at 11 a.m. Wednesday (May 28th) in the Sheridan Municipal Cemetery.
Arrangements are with Champion Ferries Funeral Home.