Gary Lee Ekis age 51 of Casper, WY, a former Sheridan resident
Died Saturday, October 21, 2000, in the Wyoming Medical Center, Casper
Born March 7, 1949, in Sheridan, WY
Parents - Edward & Alberta (Wondra) Ekis
Gary's father was a professional golfer and the family lived in Gillette, WY, Lead, South Dakota, and Casper. Gary was in the first graduating class of Kelly Walsh High School in Casper. He won the first golf championship at Kelly Waldh. Gary turned professional in 1969 working in Colorado, Arizonia, Calofornia and last working at Tomahawk Country Club in Deadwood, South Dakota, until leaving due to health problems. He worked in Sheridan for several years and returned to Casper four years ago.
SON - Garrett Ekis, Phoenix, AZ
MOTHER - Alberta Ekis, Casper
SISTER - Diana Bolles, Casper
BROTHER - Edward "Eddie" Ekis, Phoenix, AZ
PATERNAL GRANDMOTHER - Anna Ekis, Sheridan, WY
GRAVESIDE COMMITTAL OF CREAMAINS WILL BE 11AM ON SATURDAY (OCT. 28TH) IN SHERIDAN MUNICIPAL CEMETERY WITH THE REVEREND RICK LEE OFFICIATING. ARRANGEMENTS WITH FERRIS FUNERAL HOME.
Clinton W. Eubank
1901 - 2000
Clinton William Eubank died Sunday, June 11, 2000.
Clint was born in Sheridan, Wyoming, June 18, 1901, in a frame house on the corner of Burkitt and Coffeen. He attended Linden School and graduated from Sheridan High School. He remembered the town of Sheridan from the days of unpaved Main Street, the buildings from their first construction and the inhabitants by name and personality.
Clint was the only son of Minnie Thurmond and Dick Eubank. The grandson of John Dudley Thurmond, a Sheridan benefactor. He delighted in the telling of how Bill Gollings made him a bow and arrow and as a child being hoisted up to ride with William Cody.
He had an open and inquisitive nature and being somewhat of a rebel he learned to play drums from a black horse soldier stationed at Fort McKenzie. In those years, professional musicians were not held in high regard, yet Clint played a trap set at the opening of Lodore Supper Club in Story. He played wherever he could find a gig in those depression years. Most of the ranches, towns and cities throughout Wyoming and parts of all the bordering states were familiar to Clint and he could remember each in detail. Before talkies he played in the “pit” at the Lotus and Orpheum theaters in Sheridan. He played on a cruise ship to China, high school proms and he knew such greats as Buddy Rich, Gene Krupa and in Denver where a trombonist named Glenn Miller was a college stand-in.
When he married Bertha Brown in 1930, his adaptability and unusual degree of loyalty to family and friends found him playing in local gigs, teaching drums, and teaching himself how to master the intricacies of a metal lathe and gunsmithing. This combination of skills led to a career as an experimental machinist at the China Lake Naval Weapons Center and an expert in small arms and their repair.
Clint retired to Onyx, California in 1965. In 1991, he moved to Story. He suffered a congestive heart attack in 1994 and later moved into Sheridan in 1997. Until his heart attack he played local gigs when he was over ninety years old.
Clint maintained his memberships in local and national clubs and organizations including NRA, Masonic Lodge #43, Kalif Temple, York Rite, Eagles, Eastern Star and St. Peter's Episcopal Church. He was a 50 year member in most of these organizations.
Clint is survived by Bertha, his wife of 70 years, a daughter Barbara Cloyd Hurst and son-in-law Thomas Kooi Hurst. Grandchildren Roger Preston Cloyd and Cheryl Cloyd Guth both of San Diego, California; great grandchildren Thomas P. Guth, Chase, Cole, and Carson P. Cloyd also of San Diego and daughter-in-law Helen Eubank of Onyx, California. He was preceded in death by his son Richard.
Memorial service will be 11:00am on Wednesday (June 14th) from St. Peter's Episcopal Church with the Rev. Ray Clark officiating, assisted by Kevin Jones.
Arrangements are with Ferries Funeral Home.
Memorials may benefit the Shrine Crippled Children Travel Fund, in care of Box K, Sheridan, WY 82801.
Leroy W. Evans, Dayton resident, passed away on Sunday December 10, 2000 at Memorial Hospital of Sheridan County at the age of 81. Visitation will be from 7pm to 9pm on Wednesday December 13, 2000 at the Dayton Community Church. Funeral services will be held at 2pm on Thursday December 14, 2000 at the Dayton Community Church with Pastor Kevin McMahon officiating. Interment will follow in the Dayton Community Cemetery. Kane Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements.
George T. Felbeck Jr., 76, known to all as Ted, died at home in Story, WYoming on December 1, 2000, after a brief illness. Ted was born in Buffalo, New York on September 18, 1924. He graduated from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in 1949 with a B.S. in chemistry and from Pennsylvania State University in 1957, with a Ph. D. in Soil Chemistry. He was a professor of Agronomy at the University of Delaware from 1958-1964 and held a similar position at the University of Rhode Island from 1964-1989. In 1993 Ted and his wife, Betty, retired to Story, Wyoming, in the foothills of the Big Horn Mountains.
From 1943-1946, Ted served in the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and was stationed at Los Alamos, New Mexico, where he worked as a lab technician on the Manhattan Project, the massive U.S. atomic bomb project. After completing undergraduate work, Ted managed the family farm near Reading, Pennsylvania, from 1950-1953, at which time he decided to pursue an academic career.
Most recently, Ted has worked with the Warren Rogers Associates of Newport, Rhode Island, serving as the scientific consultant in a nationwide effort to identify leaking underground gasoline storage tanks.
Ted had many interests, including hiking in the Big Horns, hunting, fishing, flying small planes, reading voraciously, traveling and bird watching. His life list of birds topped the 500 and was still growing at the time of his death.Organizations in which Ted belonged to included the Lions Club, Story Community Church, the Nature Conservatory and the National Rifle Association.
Ted is survived by his wife, Elizabeth, (Betty); three daughters, Kristina A. Felbeck of Minneapolis, Minnesota, Jeanne F. Becker of Deerfield, Illinois, and Cynthia F. Chalou of Okemos, Michigan; two brothers, David K. Felbeck of Ann Arbor, Michigan, and Richard B. Felbeck of Wernersville, Pennsylvania and six grandchildren.
A memorial service will be held at the Story Community Church on Friday, December 8, 2000, at 2pm, in Story, Wyoming. In lieu of flowers, the family requests that memorial gifts be made to either: the Nature Conservatory of Wyoming, 258 Main St., Suite 200, Lander, Wyoming, 82520; or the Story Community Church Building Fund, P.O. Box 415, Story, Wyoming, 82842.
Irene Jane Fowler, passed away at her home in Sheridan, Wyoming, at the age of 80.
She had been a resident of Sheridan County for over 30 years. Mrs. Fowler was born in Howard, South Dakota on October 17, 1919, the daughter of John and Francis Schmidt Hoss.
She was a graduate of St. Joseph’s School of Nursing in Mitchell, South Dakota and became a stewardess during World War II for Northwest Airlines. She returned to school and obtained her nurse anesthetist degree from Creighton University in Omaha, Nebraska, working for many years in Campbell County Hospital in Gillette, Wyoming and Sturgis Hospital, Sturgis, South Dakota.
Irene is survived by her daughters Kay Fowler of Omaha, Nebraska and Barbara and husband Michael Crilly of Sheridan, Wyoming. She is also survived by two grandchildren, Kimberly Crilly of Tempe, AZ and Scott Crilly of Laramie, WY and her sister, Pat Lehnert of Buffalo, WY and many nieces and nephews.
Memorials may be made to the donors choice in care of Delphine Toner, First Interstate Bank, P.O. Box 2007, Sheridan, WY 82801.
Zelda Marion Garr, 84, passed away Thursday, August 10, 2000 at Sheridan Manor in Sheridan, Wyoming. Services will be held at 10am on Tuesday, August 15, 2000 at Champion Funeral Home with Father Cliff Jacobson officiating. Interment will follow in the Sheridan Municipal Cemetery. Memorials in memory of Mrs. Garr may be designated to Sheridan County Hospice in care of Delphine Toner, First Interstate Bank, P.O. Box 2007, Sheridan, Wyoming 82801.
Zelda Garr was born on December 24, 1915 in Minnesota to Verner and Mary Bjontegard Hartley. on June 30, 1935 she married John Thomas Garr. To this union was born one daughter, julia Mary Garr Goodchild. Having spent most of her life in Montana, she relocated to Sheridan six years ago to be closer to her daughter, Julia. Zelda was known as an excellent seamstress, tailor, gardener, craftsman, whose works are still admired and respected to this day. Her greatest enjoyment in life was spending time with her family, grandchildren and great-grandchildren.
She is survived by: three great-grandchildren: Specialist, Mike Kristy of Ft. Bragg, North Carolina; Thomas Goodchild and Kayla Goodchild of Littleton, Colorado; her four grandchildren; Andrew Goodchild of Casper, Wyoming; Laura Ward and husband, Jerad of North Bend, Washington; Charles Goodchild of Santa Barbara, California and William Goodchild and his wife, Kathy of Littleton, Colorado. Also surviving is her son-in-law, Mardy Goodchild and two sisters, Erma Brown of Fort Peck , Montana; Velma Reber of Helena, montana and one brother, Harland Hartley of Stevenson, Washington. Preceded in death by her daughter, Julia on July 18, 1995.
Virginia L. Gilbert, 77, passed away Wednesday, September 13, 2000 at Sheridan Manor.
Private family services will be held at a later date. Arrangements are with Champion Funeral Home. Memorials in memory of Mrs. Gilbert may be designated to the Sheridan Senior Citizen Center, in care of Delphine Toner, First Interstate Bank, P.O. Box 2007, Sheridan, Wyoming 82801.
Mrs. Gilbert was born on April 17, 1923 in Coffeyville, Kansas to Virgil Neil and Gladys Mabel Sredick Lee. She grew up in Jacksonville, Illinois. In 1939 she married Ralph Rankin in Jacksonville, Illinois. On March 17, 1940, two weeks before their daughter Patricia was born, Mr. Rankin died of injuries he received in an automobile accident. Virginia worked as a waitress in Jacksonville, raising her daughter. In 1943, she married James Hurst in Jacksonville, Illinois. They had two children and he preceded her in death. Virginia continued to work in food service in Jacksonville and Peoria, Illinois, raising her three children. In the early 1960's she moved to Sheridan. She worked for the Veterans Affairs Medical Center in Sheridan as a dietitian until retiring in 1965. Virginia was a very talented and self sufficient person. She loved sewing, crafts, painting, macramé, crocheting , and gardening. Virginia could fix anything electrical, plumbing, and carpentry. She loved her home, her best friend and companion her dog "Bunny" and enjoyed her family. After retiring, Virginia was active with the Senior Citizens Center in Sheridan.
She was preceded in death by her parents and three sisters.
Survivors include two daughters, Patricia Ellingson of Gold Beach, Oregon and Pam Montgomery of Powell, Wyoming, her son James Hurst of Kettering, Ohio, her brother Eugene Lee and Wife Vanda of Los Angeles, California, along with five grandchildren and nine great grandchildren.
Leona A. Gillen age 87 of Sheridan, WY
Died Friday, July 14, 2000, in Westview Health Care Center, Sheridan
Born November 4, 1912 in Cheyenne, WY
Parents - Frank & Leona (Stuart) Bruner
She grew up and graduated high school in Cheyenne. She attended the University of Wyoming where she was a member of Pi Beta Phi. In 1935, Leona was selected to be Miss Frontier for Cheyenne Frontier Days after having been Lady-in-Waiting the previous year. During her reign, she met many celebrities of the day including Amelia Earhart and famed fan dancer Sally Rand. Leona supported the Cheyenne Frontier Days the rest of her life -- even participating in the 100th anniversary celebration parade in 1997. She married H.F. “Johnny” Gillen on June 9, 1939, in Cheyenne. In 1948, they moved to Sheridan where they lived the rest of their lives. Leona worked in MDU’s accounting dept. for 22 years. She was instrumental in setting up a hot lunch program at Holy Name ; was a Brownie and Girl Scout leader; and served as a certified election official in nearly every election during the past three decades. For the past 25 years she has been very active with reunions for the Civilian Conservation Corps. Leona enjoyed cooking and was well known for her fudge, liked doing craft projects and enjoyed watching golf on TV. The family secret can now be told: her favorite treat was a chocolate ice cream soda with pineapple syrup.
Preceded in death by her parents; brothers John, Bill and Joe Bruner and sister Enor Moxley; and her husband Johnny.
DAUGHTER - Frankie Gibbs, Salt Lake City, UT, and husband C.R.
GRANDSON - Chad Gibbs, Sheridan
GOOD NEIGHBORS - Don & Joyce Thompson, Sheridan
FUNERAL SERVICE WILL BE 10:00AM ON MONDAY (JULY 17TH) FROM FERRIES FUNERAL HOME. GRAVESIDE SERVICE WILL BE 12:00 NOON ON TUESDAY IN BETH EL CEMETERY, CHEYENNE, WY.
ARRANGEMENTS WITH FERRIES FUNERAL HOME, SHERIDAN, WY
Memorials may benefit the Sheridan Senior Citizens Council--Operation Independence, 211 Smith St., Sheridan, WY 82801 and Cheyenne Frontier Days Old West Museum, P.O. Box 2720, Cheyenne, WY 82003
Darlene E. Gleason Age 65 of Sheridan, WY
Passed away on Tuesday June 20, 2000 at the Memorial Hospital of Sheridan County.
Darlene was born on September 17, 1934, in Sheridan, Wyoming to Clarence and Grace Mason Hayden. On July 21, 1952 she was united in marriage to James "Bud" Gleason. For many years she sold Avon Products and made many friends. She enjoyed crossword puzzles and camping with her family, however, her greatest joy was her grandchildren. She was a life time member of the First Christian Church.
Preceding her in death were her husband, her parents, her infant daughter, three brothers, Gerald, Murray, and Warren; and two sisters, Margaret and Naomi.
Survivors include her sons, Douglas of Oregon City, Oregon; Dale and David both of Sheridan; her sister, Marie Good; her sisters - in - law JoAnn and Margaret McKinney of Sheridan; and eight grandchildren, Chauncie, Kyle, Kendra, Cory, Nathan, Noelle, Ryan, and Leighton.
Cremation has taken place and private family graveside services were held Saturday, June 24, 2000. Kane Funeral home was in charge of arrangements.