Geraldine C. E. (Geri) Sparks, 59, of Sheridan, WY, died Saturday, December 20, 2003 at her residence.
Mrs. Sparks was born September 15, 1944 in Delfft, Netherlands to Augustus and Hestra (den Otter) van den Steene. She immigrated to Canada in 1956, She received her schooling in Canada later and came to the United States in 1963. She married Tom Sparks June 25, 1967 in San Jose, CA.
One of her greatest inspirations in life was overcoming challenges with a positive spirit and strength of mind. This wonderful attribute will continue to serve as a source of inspiration to all of us. She showed great devotion to her family, especially loving to spend time with her grandchildren. She will be immensely missed by family and many friends. Our aspiring Angel has opened her Angel Window to travel on the road to Peace.
Mrs. Sparks was a member of Holy Name Catholic Church, and Mother Cabrini Circle. Besides being active in her church, she was very involved in beautification of the city and the city council in Kenai, Alaska. She designed the city flag for the Bi Centennial Celebration in Kenai, they are still flying this flag. She was an avid stamp collector, a master Gardner, a traveler and an excellent seamstress.
Mrs. Sparks was preceded in death by her parents.
She is survived by her husband, Tom, of Sheridan; 2 sons, Robert Sparks, and wife, Hillery, of MT. and Brian Sparks, of WY; 2 grandchildren, Sierra and Trey Sparks; 1 brother, Johannes van den Steene, and wife, Marie Anne, of Amherstburg, Ontario, Canada; 2 sisters, Connie van der Steene, of Windsor, Ontario, Canada, and Margaret Costa, and husband, Dennis, of Clinton Township, Michigan, and many brothers and sisters-in-laws; and numerous nieces, nephews and cousins.
Vigil services will be 7:00 P.M. Tuesday, December 23, 2003 at Champion Ferries Funeral Home. Funeral Liturgy will be 10:00 A.M. Wednesday, December 24, 2003 at Holy Name Catholic Church with Father Ronald Stolcis as Celebrant. Cremation will follow the service, and private family inurnment services will be at a later date. Arrangements are with Champion Ferries Funeral Home.
Memorials in memory of Mrs. Sparks may be made to Holy Name School, 9 S. Connor, Sheridan, WY 82801
Richard F. Stevens, 83, of Sheridan, WY, died Friday, December 19, 2003 at his residence.
Mr. Stevens was born November 29, 1920 in Sheridan, WY to Joseph and Bernice (Rowland) Phennings. He grew up and attended school in Buffalo and Sheridan. Mr. Stevens married Virginia Lee Lilley on February 10, 1940 in Hardin, MT. He served in the tank division of the 6th Marine Division during WW II.
Mr. Stevens worked on many ranches in the local area as a teenager, then joined the C.C.C’s and helped build the Sibley Dam in the Big Horn Mtns. He later worked in the coal mines in Acme and Monarch. After serving in the Marines, he worked in Montana, Washington, and Arizona in the mining industry. Upon retirement, he and his wife returned to Sheridan, their “home” and his beloved Big Horns.
Mr. Stevens was a member of Masonic Lodge #130, A.F. & A.M. in Kettle Falls, WA and the V.F.W. Post #o1560. He enjoyed hunting, fishing, traveling with his wife in the R.V., golfing, growing tomatoes, and spending time with his family.
He was preceded in death by his parents, several siblings, and his brother-in-law, Charles Lilley.
Mr. Stevens is survived by his wife, Virginia Lee, of Sheridan, a son, Richard L. Stevens, and wife, Janet, of Bellvue, WA; 2 daughters, Patricia M. Anderson, and husband, Ronald, of Sheridan, WY, and Diana G. Stevens, of Denver, CO; 1 brother, Don J. Stevens, and wife, Jo, of Baxter Springs, Kansas; 1 sister, Mildred Russell, of Dayton, WY; 6 grandchildren, 10 great grandchildren, 4 step grandchildren, and 7 step great grandchildren.
Visitation for Mr. Stevens will be from 9:00 A.M. to 2:30 P.M. Monday, December 22, 2003 at Champion Ferries Funeral Home. Services will be 3:00 P.M. Monday at Champion Ferries Funeral Home with the Rev. Wilbur Holz officiating. Burial will be in the Sheridan Municipal Cemetery with Military rites by the Marine Corp. and the American Legion. Arrangements are with Champion Ferries Funeral Home.
Memorials in memory of Mr. Steven’s may be made to the Dog & Cat Shelter, Sheridan County Fulmer Public Library, or the Senior Center, in care of Karen Green, 1st Interstate Bank, P.O.Box 2007, Sheridan, WY 82801
Monday, December 22, 2003 at Champion Ferries Funeral Home with the Rev. Wilbur Holz officiating. Burial will be in the Elk’s Section of Sheridan Municipal Cemetery.
Ellen L. Thompson, 73, of Sheridan, WY, died Saturday, December 20, 2003 at her residence.
Mrs. Thompson was born August 25, 1930 in Gillette,
WY to Peter and Margaret (Noonan) Svalina. She grew up and attended a country school on a ranch near Rozet. She attended and graduated from St. Martin’s Academy in Sturgis, S.D. in 1948. Mrs. Thompson then taught in a country school outside of Moorcroft for 5 or 6 years.
She married Albert Thompson on Dec. 4,1954, and they moved to a ranch outside of Birney, MT. The Thompson’s moved to WY where Mr. Thompson worked construction, building bridges on many of the highways in WY. They moved to Sheridan in 1962 where Mrs. Thompson was a wife and mother until going to work for the Sheridan Press in 1966, working in the mailroom until ill health forced her retirement a year ago.
Mrs. Thompson was a member of the Holy Name Catholic Church, and enjoyed spending time with her family and grandchildren.
Her parents preceded her in death.
She is survived by 2 sons; Robert and Stephen, both of Sheridan; 3 brothers, Frank Svalina, of Oshoto, WY, Jack Svalina, of Moorcroft, WY, and Tom Svalina, of Gillette, WY; 1 sister, Mary Ann Woods, of Boise, ID; 5 grandchildren, and 2 great grandchildren.
Vigil services for Mrs. Thompson will be 7:00 P.M. Sunday, December 28, 2003 at Champion Ferries Funeral Home. Funeral Liturgy will be 10:00 A.M. Monday, December 29, 2003 at Holy Name Catholic Church with Father Ronald Stolcis as Celebrant. Burial will be in Little Big Horn Battlefield National Cemetery, Crow Agency, MT. Arrangements are with Champion Ferries Funeral Home.
Frank Borbeaux, 89,of Sheridan, WY, died Thursday, January 8, 2004 in Sheridan Manor.
Mr. Bordeaux was born November 18, 1914 in Sheridan, WY to John L. and Ann (Mosher) Bordeaux. He grew up and attended schools in the Sheridan area, graduating from Ranchester High School. After graduation, Mr. Bordeaux joined the C.C.C.’s and helped build the Dayton-Kane Road over the Big Horn Mts.
Mr. Bordeaux married Esther Peterson September 16, 1939, in Billings, MT. During W.W. II, he lived and worked in Seattle, WA as a sheet metal worker. He moved back to Sheridan, and was a partner in the Sheridan Sign Shop with Bernard Thomas and Walt Smith. He then went to work for Prill Brothers as a sheet metal worker, retiring after many years with Prill’s.
Mr. Bordeaux was a life member of Sheridan Elk’s Lodge #520, Big Horn Mt. Lodge #43, A.F.&A.M., the Sheridan Scottish Rite Bodies, Kalif Shrine, the Oriental Band, and was a member of Holy Name Catholic Church. He also enjoyed hunting and fishing.
Mr. Bordeaux was preceded in death by his parents, his wife, 2 sisters, and 2 brothers.
He is survived by 3 brothers, Jim, of Sheridan, WY, William, of Las Vegas, NV, and Walter, of Long Beach, CA; and 3 sisters, Margaret Pearson, of Seattle, WA, Barbara Day, of Green Valley, AR, and Ruth Scherry, of Sheridan, WY.
At Mr. Bordeaux’s request, cremation has taken place, and a private family committal service will be held at a later date. Arrangements are with Champion Ferries Funeral Home.
Memorials in memory of Mr. Bordeaux may be made to Holy Name School, 9 S. Connor St., Sheridan, WY 82801
Douglas Martin Clausen, 52, of Sheridan, passed away on Monday, January 12, 2004, at the Sheridan VA Medical Center.
Douglas was born on May 5, 1951, in Casper, WY, to LeRoy “Pete” and Kay (Babcock) Clausen. He joined the Army in July of 1968 and was honorably discharged in July of 1971. He reenlisted from 1977 until 1981. He was a member of the American Legion Post 7 and of the National Rifle Association.
Mr. Clausen was preceded in death by his father. Survivors include his mother, Kay of Casper; his two brothers, David of Aspen, CO and Dennis of Florissant, CO; and his sister, Diane of Casper, WY.
Memorial services in Casper, WY are pending. Kane Funeral Home is handling the arrangements.
The family has requested that memorials be made in Doug’s name to the Natrona County United Veterans Council in Casper, WY.
Nadine B. Crook, 74, of Sheridan, passed away on Wednesday, January 21, 2004, at Memorial Hospital of Sheridan County.
Nadine was born on February 13, 1929, in Gillette, Wyoming, to Tony and Ruth (Plaster) Neff. Following her school years, she met and married Everett “Pete” Crook and they made their home in Sheridan, raising two children. Nadine loved spending time with her family, especially her three granddaughters.
Mrs. Crook was preceded in death by her parents and her husband “Pete”. She is survived by her son E. Duane Crook and his wife Cheryl of Sheridan; her daughter Diana Ketcham of Cheyenne; her three granddaughters, Brandi Rachel Ketcham of Cheyenne, and Jessica Faye Crook of Denver, CO, and Melissa Marie Gatley of Billings; her two sisters Wyoma Linley and Norma Goodman and her husband Bob both of Sheridan; and numerous nieces and nephews.
Private family graveside services were held at 1:00 pm on Friday, January 23, 2004, in the Sheridan Elks Cemetery with Pastor Kenneth Doolin officiating. Kane Funeral Home is handling the arrangements
The family has requested that memorials be made in Nadine’s name to the Diabetes Foundation in care of Karen Green, First Interstate Bank, P.O. Box 2007, Sheridan, WY 82801.
LeRoy Clayton Fry, 66, of Sheridan, passed away on Tuesday, January 20, 2004, at Memorial Hospital of Sheridan County.
LeRoy was born on November 9, 1937, in Millersburg, PA, to Wilbert and Hazel (Vandeventer) Fry. On June 7, 1959, he married Nell Stites, and the couple raised four children together. LeRoy performed miscellaneous ranch work locally for numerous years, retiring four years ago. He enjoyed hunting, camping, fishing, and spending time outdoors, especially in the mountains. Among his hobbies were blacksmithing and creative art welding. He was active in the First Church of the Nazarene, and appreciated his friends, who will remember him for his wonderful sense of humor. LeRoy’s greatest love was his family, and he especially loved to spend time with his grandchildren and his great-granddaughter. He was beloved by his family and will be dearly missed.
Mr. Fry was preceded in death by his parents; two brothers, Gary and William “Bill” Fry; and his sister, Peggy Rose. He is survived by his wife, Nell of Sheridan; his three sons, David of Sheridan, James of Billings, and W. Roy of Tonasket, Washington; his daughter, Patricia Fry of Independence, Missouri; his eight grandchildren; his great-granddaughter; his three sisters, Carol Bisbee of Sheridan, Nellie Murray of Kirby, Montana, and Nancy McCallister of Drakesville, Iowa; and his brother Daniel of Sheridan.
Cremation has taken place and memorial services will be held at 2:00 p.m. on Friday, January 23, 2004, at the First Church of the Nazarene with Pastor Arthur Maendel officiating. Kane Funeral Home is handling the arrangements
The family has requested that, in lieu of flowers, memorials be made in LeRoy’s name to the First Church of the Nazarene in care of Kay Roush, First Federal Bank, P.O. Box 6007, Sheridan, WY 82801.
Anna Patricia Hoaglan, 84, of Sheridan, passed away on Sunday, January 4, 2004, at Westview Health Care Center.
Anna was born on April 24, 1919 in Sheridan, to Joseph and Eva (Kuzma) Gorzalka. On July 18, 1940 she married Carl Hoaglan, the couple raised three children together and in 1952 moved to Story. Anna began working at the Banner Store in 1958 and was assistant post master at the Banner post office for many years. She enjoyed crocheting and flower gardening.
Mrs. Hoaglan was preceded in death by her parents; and her husband. She is survived by her son Orval Hoaglan of Story; her two daughters, Carol Poston of Chicago, IL and Marie Bartlett of Banner; her five grandchildren and two great-grandchildren; and her sister, Mary Snyder of Sheridan.
Cremation has taken place locally. Private services will be conducted at a later date. Kane Funeral Home is handling the arrangements
Dorothy King, 76, of Sheridan, WY, died Saturday, January 3, 2004 in Memorial Hospital of Sheridan County.
Mrs. King was born May 19, 1927 in Portland, OR to Lester W. and Ruth (McWilliams) Johnson. She grew up in the Lewistown area, attending a one-room school in Heath, then attended the Junior High in Lewistown, MT.
She married Elbert Lee King May 18, 1946 in Billings, MT, and became a homemaker for the rest of her life. She was a member of the Eagle’s Auxiliary, enjoyed horses, wildlife, painting, visiting historical sites, and spending time with her family.
Mrs. King was preceded in death by her parents, her husband, one son, and one daughter.
She is survived by one son; Alvin King, of Colorado Springs, CO; three daughters; Sylvia Jean King, of Lewistown, MT, Valerie G. Davis, of Helena, MT, and Patricia Lee King, of Sheridan, WY; one brother, Donald Johnson, of Clinton, Michigan; 7 grandchildren, and 1 great grandchild.
At Mrs. King’s request, cremation has taken place, and memorial services will be 2:00 P.M. Friday, January 9, 2004 at Viele Mortuary, 301 S. 8th St, Worland, WY. Committal of cremains will be in the Worland Cemetery. Local arrangements are with Champion Ferries Funeral Home