Lawrence Van Haitsma - 12/30/03
Lawrence Donald Van Haitsma, 73, formerly of Gillette died Thursday, Dec. 11, 2003, after a short illness in Kennewick, Wash.
He was born in Wagner, S.D., on Nov. 15, 1930, to Henry and Inez Van Haitsma, the youngest of six children.
He graduated from high school in Bonesteel, S.D., and served his country in the Korean War as a paratrooper in the U.S. Army.
He lived and worked road construction in Gillette. He spent winters in Kennewick with his sister, Ruth, and was a frequent and special visitor of his niece, Judy Miller and family.
Mr. Van Haitsma is survived by his sister Ruth Ingslrud of Kennewick; and many nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his parents; brothers, Harold Van Haitsma of Tacoma, Wash., and Bonnie Van Haitsma of Omaha, Neb.; sisters, Vera Boes of Tacoma and Eva Kulm of Omaha.
Bernard H. Daniel - 12/30/03
Funeral services for Bernard Howard Daniel, 90, of Padua, Minn., the father of two Gillette residents, were at 10:30 a.m. Monday at St. Michael's Catholic Church in Mahnomen, Minn.
Military rites were provided by the Issacson-Bjorge Post 31 of the American Legion and the Ogema VFW.
Burial was at St. Michael's Catholic Cemetery in Mahnomen with Anderson Funeral Home in Mahnomen in charge of arrangements.
Mr. Daniel died Wednesday, Dec. 24, 2003, at the Mahnomen Health Center.
He was born April 1, 1913, in Padua, Minn., to Henry and Theresa (Scholz) Daniel.
In September 1942, he entered the U.S. Army. He joined the 17th Airborne Division and served in the European Theater. He served as a paratrooper often deployed behind enemy lines.
After his discharge he returned to the Mahnomen community where he and his wife, Frances, farmed in Rosedale Township for 33 years.
Mr. Daniel is survived by his wife of Mahnomen; a son, James Daniel of Gillette, and two daughters, including Kathleen Bridges of Gillette; one sister; five grandchildren; five step-grandchildren; 12 great-grandchildren; 11 step great-grandchildren; and four step great-great-grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by his parents; two sisters; and one step great-grandchild.
Eugene W. Hudson - 01/02/04
Funeral services for Eugene W. Hudson, 80, of Upton will be at 1 p.m. Saturday at the Moorcroft First Presbyterian Church with the Rev. Donavon Voigt officiating.
Visitation will be at 11 a.m. until the time of the service.
Burial will follow at the Moorcroft Cemetery with full military honors provided.
Mr. Hudson died Tuesday, Dec. 30, 2003, at Pioneer Manor Nursing Home of natural causes.
He was born Nov. 25, 1923, at Watseka, Ill., to Emma (Buhr) and Porter Hudson. He spent his younger years in Watseka before the family moved to Kankakee, Ill.
After finishing high school, he joined the Army Air Force in 1942 during World War II. He became a mechanic specialist checking and working on warplane bombsights and automatic pilots. During this time, he was stationed at several military airports.
He met Annie Driskell while at the Rapid City, S.D., airport. They were married on Jan. 3, 1945, in Rapid City. He was discharged in February 1946.
After living in Kankakee for five years, the family moved to live and work on the ranch of Leo and Minnie Driskell. His favorite job was farming and taking care of the machinery. He enjoyed football games, western music, traveling, and visiting the United States and family in Illinois.
His hobbies included making and flying model airplanes, cooking - especially meatballs and sauce for spaghetti - and growing a garden. He was a longtime member of the First Presbyterian Church in Moorcroft. He was baptized as a child in Crescent City, Ill.
Mr. Hudson is survived by his wife of 59 years; four sons, Dennis Hudson of Forest River, N.D., Martin Hudson of Olympia, Wash., Wayne Hudson of Douglas, and Noel Hudson of Casper; one daughter, Sherry Holm of Clinton, Utah; one sister, Verna Keliher of Kankakee; 10 grandchildren; six great-grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his parents and his stepmother.
All memorials will be presented to the First Presbyterian Church of Moorcroft. Donations can be sent in care of Stevenson-Wilson Funeral Home, 210 W. Fifth St., Gillette, WY 82716. Condolences can be sent via the Internet at www.stevensonandsons.com.
Helen Bell - 01/02/04
Funeral services for Helen Florence Bell, 76, of Gillette will be at 1 p.m. Saturday at Graham-Dunn Funeral Home in Carrollton, Ky., with the Rev. Jeff McCarty officiating.
Visitation is from 5 to 8 today at the funeral home.
Burial will be in English Cemetery in English, Ky.
Mrs. Bell died Thursday, Dec. 25, 2003, at Campbell County Memorial Hospital.
She was born April 21, 1927, in Owen County, Ky., to Pearl (Clifton) Popp and Clarence Popp.
In 1946 she married Joseph Wilson of Worthville, Ky.
In 1962 she married Harry V. Bell of Carroll County.
Mrs. Bell was foremost a farmer's wife and mother. After the death of her husband, she moved to Gillette to be near her daughter and her family. She worked at the Village Inn. In 1992 she went to work for the National Park Service; working five years in Yellowstone and six years at Mount Rushmore.
She went back to school and graduated from Carroll County High School in 1981.
She was a member of the Calvary Missionary Baptist Church.
Mrs. Bell is survived by two daughters, Shirley Statier of Muskogee, Okla., and Sandy Taylor of Gillette; three sons, Joseph William Wilson Jr. and Ronald Wilson, both of Carrollton and David Wilson of Gillette; and one sister, Vira Belle Howard of Owenton, Ky; seven grandchildren; and 14 great-grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by her parents; two brothers, Robert Popp and Coleman Popp; her second husband in 1977; four infant siblings; and one grandson.
Donations may be made to Hospice of Campbell County, in care of Sandy Taylor, 501 Laramie St., Gillette, WY 82716.
Margarette Snyder - 1-4-04
Private family services for Margarette F. Snyder, mother of a Gillette resident, will be at her home in Rapid City, S.D.
Mrs. Snyder, 69, of Rapid City, S. D., died Friday, Jan. 2, 2004, at Campbell County Memorial Hospital of natural causes.
Mrs. Snyder was born Jan. 18, 1934, the daughter of Louretta Elizabeth (Smith) and Cecil A. Green in Seibert, Colo.
She enjoyed knitting, sewing, cooking and caring for her grandson.
She is survived by two sons, Monty Long of Gillette and Rick Long of Wasilla, Alaska; two daughters, Cody O'Neil of Williston, N.D. and Gary Kay Albro of Michigan; one brother, Buddy, of Arvada, Colo.; three grandchildren and numerous nieces and nephews.
She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Delano Snyder; one daughter, Linda; one brother, Alfred Green; and one sister, Mary Green.
Condolences may be sent in care of Stevenson-Wilson Funeral Home, 210 W. Fifth St., Gillette, WY, 82716, or via the Internet at www.stevensonandsons.com.