Frances Wilkinson -02-04-01
Former Gillette resident Frances Chassell Wilkinson died at her home in Hudson, Ohio, on Thursday, Jan. 25, 2001, of natural causes. She was 93.
A memorial service will be planned this spring. Burial will be at Riverside Cemetery in Appleton, Wis.
She was born in Gillette on May 20, 1907, to Harry Jones Chassell and Rosa Hawksley Chassell. She married Alfred D. Wilkinson on May 29, 1931, in Iowa. He preceded her in death in 1970.
She graduated from Campbell County High School and taught school in Campbell County for a year before leaving to attend Cornell College in Iowa. Mrs. Wilkinson taught school and was a school administrator in Shellsburg, Iowa, before her marriage. She lived in Appleton, Wis., and Redding, Calif., before moving to Ohio in 1990. She was active in community service and in the PEO sisterhood.
She enjoyed reading, traveling and spending time with her family.
She is survived by her three daughters, Sally Adams of Bedford, Ohio, Sue Cotton of Fairfax, Va., and Kay Norris of Boulder, Colo.; her sister, Helen Rose Chassell Davis of Camarillo, Calif.; seven grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren.
Kent Simonsen - 04/16/02
Memorial services for Kent H. "Poppa" Simonsen, 70, of Gillette will be at 6 p.m. Monday at Family Life Church in Gillette with the Rev. Martin Crump officiating.
Family and friends are invited to Coffee Friends after the service for a light meal.
Cremation has taken place and his ashes will be taken to the family plot in Carrington, N.D.
Mr. Simonsen died Saturday, April 13, 2002, at Campbell County Memorial Hospital of cancer.
Kent Hemming Simonsen was born Dec. 19, 1931, to Emma Theodora (Christiansen) Simonsen and Karl August Johannes "John" Simonsen in Carrington, N.D.
He attended elementary school in Carrington and then moved to Tacoma, Wash., during junior high school year while his father worked in the shipyards during World War II. His family later moved back to Carrington, where he attended high school, graduating in 1949.
After being a self-employed trucker, he served in the U.S. Air Force from 1951-1955. Some service was served in England, where he met Dawn Pam Ruby Rose, who was serving in the Women's Royal Army Corps.
They married Jan. 27, 1956, in Moorhead, Minn. He attended the University of North Dakota from 1958-1962. They have one daughter Tia (Simonsen) Nelson. He worked for the Boeing Aerospace Co. for many years.
During his years with Boeing, he and his family moved quite a lot, allowing them to see much of the country. He retired to Gillette in 1990 to be closer to his family. It was in Gillette, that Kent became known as "Poppa" to many family and friends.
Mr. Simonsen is survived by his wife; his daughter, Tia Nelson; and two granddaughters, all of Gillette.
He was preceded in death by his parents.
Josephine Larkin - 12/12/02
Funeral services for Gillette resident Josephine Larkin, 81, will be at 2 p.m. Monday at Stevenson-Wilson Funeral Home Chapel.
She died Tuesday, Dec. 10, 2002, at Campbell County Memorial Hospital of cancer.
Mrs. Larkin was born to Louis and Mary (Blanda) Ricotta on April 14, 1921, in Pueblo, Colo. She was raised and educated in Pueblo until she graduated Central High School in 1939. Upon graduating high school, she attended junior college.
She moved to California, and fulfilling her love of working with the public, enjoyed being employed as a waitress. Mrs. Larkin lived in California until 1990 when she retired to Gillette to be close to her daughter and grandchildren. She put her grandson through medical school.
Mrs. Larkin is survived by her two daughters, Brenda Pierce of Gillette and Candice Luther; one brother; three sisters; six grandchildren; and eight great-grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by her parents; one son, Michael Larkin; and one great-grandchild.
Mary B. Reed - 02/03/03
Funeral services for Mary B. Reed, 78, of Gillette will be at 10 a.m. Tuesday at the Christian Church with the Rev. Mike Dennis officiating.
Private family burial will be at the Pleasant Valley Cemetery on Gray Road at a later date.
Mrs. Reed died at her home Saturday, Feb. 1, 2003, of natural causes.
She was born March 6, 1924, to Albert and Ruby (Johnson) Marvel in Sheridan. She was raised on the Platte ranch, north of Gillette. She moved with her family to Gillette in the early 1930s.
On Nov. 20, 1946, she married Ernest Reed in Gillette. She was very active in the Christian Church. She taught Sunday school for about 50 years and was also involved with the youth group for many of those years. Had her health allowed, she would still be teaching Sunday school today. When she was in better health, she enjoyed bowling and played on several teams throughout the years.
She loved to do needle work and crochet. She made many items for people over the years. She enjoyed her family, her grandchildren, great-grandchildren and also her many friends.
Mrs. Reed is survived by her husband and her four children, Lewis C. Reed of Mesa, Ariz., Alberta L. Bowden of Rozet, Barbara L. Gonzalez and Gwen L. Reed, both of Gillette; 12 grandchildren; 14 great-grandchildren; and numerous nieces and nephews.
She was preceded in death by one brother; one sister; and one half-sister.
Stevenson-Wilson Funeral Home of Gillette is in charge of arrangements.
John F. Wolfskill - 04/07/03
Funeral services for John F. Wolfskill, 87, of Barlow Canyon in rural Hulett will be at 2 p.m. Wednesday at the First Baptist Church in Hulett with the Rev. Doug Wood officiating.
Burial will follow at Mount Moriah Cemetery in Sundance.
Mr. Wolfskill died Friday, April 4, 2003, at his home.
He was born Aug. 21, 1915, to Thomas and Florence (Belshe) Wolfskill in Sundance. At the age of 7 he moved with his family to a ranch at Barlow Canyon near Hulett.
In 1938 he married Merle Durham in Belle Fourche, S.D. The couple raised their five children at the ranch. He loved the Lord, the ability to ranch his entire life, spending time with his family, and training horses.
Mr. Wolfskill served on various boards including the Crook County School Board, and was a past county commissioner. Because of his desire to preserve the ranching history he founded the Northeast Wyoming Antique Club 1992.
He is survived by his wife of Barlow Canyon; three sons, Robert Wolfskill of Burns, Ore., Roger Wolfskill of Sundance, and David Wolfskill of Barlow Canyon; two daughters, Beverly Readd of Rapid City, S.D., and Sheri Tracy of Hulett; 15 grandchildren; and 24 great-grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by his parents; one infant sister; and one grandson.
Memorials may be directed to Crook County Hospice.
Fidler-Roberts and Isburg Funeral Chapel in Sundance is in charge of arrangements.