William G. Amman, 74, of Sheridan, passed away on Tuesday, March 26, 2002, at Westview Health Care Center.
Mr. Amman was born on September 23, 1927, in Los Angeles, California, to Herburt and May (Mulville) Amman. He served as a Merchant Marine in World War II, and in the California Air National Guard in Morocco during the Korean War. On May 7, 1949, he married Vivienne G. Streeter in Los Angeles, California. They later moved to Sheridan. William was a member of the Knights of Columbus, the San Fernando Food Sales Club, and the American Legion, and loved fishing, hunting, and camping with his family.
Mr. Amman was preceded in death by his wife Vivienne, his brother John Glennon, and his brother Jerry Amman. He is survived by his three sons Philip G. Amman of Billings, Montana, Thomas E. Amman of Hemet, California, and Daniel J. Amman and wife Charleen of Sheridan, Wyoming; his six daughters Mary V. Hildebrandt and husband Eldon of Las Vegas, Nevada, Margaret A. Miller and husband Craig of Sheridan, Wyoming, Rosemarie Dinwiddie and husband Philip of Las Vegas, Nevada, Suzanne T. Amman of Sunnyvale, California, Joanne E. Fitzgerald and husband Robert of Quartz Hill, California, and Dorothy K. Amman of Syracuse, New York; his twenty-one grandchildren; his three great-grandchildren; his two sisters Betty Manatt of Seal Beach, California, and Theresa del Negro of Arcadia, California; and his brother Fred Amman of North Hollywood, California.
Rosary services will be held at 7:00 p.m. on Monday, April 1, 2002, at Kane Funeral Home with the Reverend Robert Fox officiating. Interment will be at 1:00 p.m. on Wednesday, April 3, 2002, at Oregon Trails State Cemetery with military honors. Kane Funeral Home is handling the arrangements.
In lieu of flowers, the family has requested that memorials be made in William’s name to Diabetes related charities in care of Kay Roush, First Federal Savings Bank, P.O. Box 6007, Sheridan, Wyoming 82801.
Gloria S. Arzy, 72, of Sheridan passed away on Tuesday, February 12, 2002, at Memorial Hospital of Sheridan County.
Mrs. Arzy was born May 20, 1929, in Kleenburn, Wyoming, to Joseph and Theresa (Bova) Varcalli. Following graduation from high school, Gloria married Ray Arzy in Sheridan, Wyoming. Six children were born of that union. Gloria enjoyed crocheting and embroidery. Her children say she could “whip a mean stitch”.
Mrs. Arzy was preceded in death by her parents and twin brother Joseph. She is survived by her husband Ray of Sheridan; her two daughters, Carol Webb and husband Monty of Sheridan and Christie Wiseman and husband Todd of Casper; her four sons Joe W. Arzy and wife Marsha, Robert Arzy, Mike Arzy and wife Deidre, and James D. Arzy and wife Carmen, all of Sheridan; her eleven grandchildren, Bree Katherine Arzy-Mitchell, Shelta Rae Arzy, Joshua Michael Arzy, Ashley Marie Arzy, Samantha Rose Arzy, Tana Marie Arzy-Sikkenga, Natalie Rose Randolph, Antoinette “Toni” Gloria Randolph, Joseph Richard Arzy, Jordan Renee Arzy, and Kalli Rae Arzy; her three great-grandchildren, Riley Jade Mitchell, Vanessa Marie Schoenfielder, and Tyler Nathan Sikkenga; and her brother Roxy Varcalli and wife Anna of Sheridan.
Rosary services will be held at 7:00 p.m. on Thursday, February 14, 2002, at Kane Funeral Home. Mass of the Christian Burial will be held at 10:00 a.m. on Friday, February 15, 2002, at Holy Name Catholic Church with The Very Reverend Eugene Sullivan officiating. Kane Funeral Home is handling the arrangements.
Memorials may be made in Gloria’s name to the Holy Name School Foundation or to the Wyoming Game and Fish Department in care of Frances Winters, Community First National Bank, P.O. Box 9000, Sheridan, WY 82801.
Richard Jean (Dick) Bentzen, 84 of Sheridan, WY died Sunday January 6, 2002 at the Veteran's Affairs Medical Center, Sheridan, WY.
Mr. Bentzen was born April 24, 1917 in Sheridan to Raymond Charles and Marie Natalie (Johnson) Bentzen. He grew up and attended Sheridan schools graduating from Sheridan High School in 19351/2. He also attended two years of college at the Bradley School of Horology in Peoria, IL graduating in 1939 with a degree in watch-making.
Mr. Bentzen was a veteran of World War II serving in the Navy in the South Pacific on the aircraft carrier USS Sibony as an aircraft instrument repairman. He married Vivian Gail Laub in on July 14, 1940 in Sheridan, WY. Mrs. Bentzen died in 1974. He later married Bea Wallace in Sheridan and she died in 1999.
He was a watchmaker and set up his first watchmaker's bench in the back of the White Swan Barber Shop. He then was the owner of the Sheridan Confectionary which had a soda fountain and he repaired watches in the back of the store. He later worked at the American Jewelry Store in Sheridan, then went to work at Oswald's Jewelry where he retired after 43 years of watch-making.
Mr. Bentzen was a life-long member of the 1st Baptist Church of Sheridan, a member of the American Legion, and the Powder River Navy. He loved to travel, do woodworking, sing and tinker in his shop. He dearly loved his children and grandchildren. He loved his Lord Jesus Christ and lived for Him all his life.
Mr. Bentzen was preceded in death by his wives, his parents, and three brothers; Raymond, Lyle, and Donald Bentzen.
He is survived by two daughters; Marilee Myers of Lake City, FL and Jean Ellenwood of Sheridan, WY; one brother, Carl Bentzen of Denver, CO; 6 grandchildren, 13 great grandchildren, and numerous nieces and nephews.
Services for Mr. Bentzen will be held at 12:00 PM Wednesday January 9, 2002 at the 1st Baptist Church, Sheridan with Pastor Kenneth Doolin officiating. Burial will be in Sheridan Municipal Cemetery. Arrangements are with Champion Ferries Funeral Home.
Memorials in memory of Mr. Bentzen may be made to the 1st Baptist Church, Sheridan, or to the Dick & Bea Bentzen Memorial Scholarship Fund, in care of the Wyoming Girl's School, P.O. Box 868, Sheridan, WY.
Erwin C. Berning, 93 of Fort Wayne, Indiana died Saturday March 2, 2002 in Sheridan Manor, Sheridan, WY.
Mr. Berning was born Jan. 14, 1909 in Fort Wayne, Indiana to Conrad and Sophia (Meyer) Berning.
He was a veteran of WW II, and met his wife, Quilla, as a Military Police Officer at a German POW camp in Opelika, Alabama. Long retired, he had held various positions with manufacturing companies including Studebaker and U. S. Rubber, and had operated his own business. He was a member of Holy Cross Lutheran Church in Fort Wayne, Indiana.
Mr. Berning is survived by 1 son, Greg Berning of Buffalo, WY; 1 daughter, Gretchen Berning of Tempe, Arizona; & 1 grand-daughter, Kaitlyn Berning of Buffalo, WY.
Private graveside services will be at St. Peter's Lutheran Cemetery in Fort Wayne, Indiana. Champion Ferries Funeral Home, Sheridan, WY is in charge of local arrangements.
Memorials in memory of Mr. Berning may be made to Holy Cross Lutheran Church, Fort Wayne, Indiana.
Cecil Lynn Bilyeu, 90 of Sheridan, WY died Thursday March 28, 2002 in Memorial Hospital of Sheridan County.
Mr. Bilyeu was born February 22, 1912 in Sheridan, WY to Charles W. and Mae (Murray) Bilyeu. He grew up in Sheridan & attended Sheridan schools. He married Marie Klinkosh June 31, 1933 in Hardin, MT.
He was a steamfitter, plumber and Maintenance Supervisor for the V. A. Hospitals in Sheridan and Roseburg, OR for 47 years. After his retirement, the Bilyeu's moved to Harlowton, MT. They returned to Sheridan in 1995. Mrs. Bilyeu died in 1995.
Mr. Bilyeu enjoyed hunting, fishing, collecting antiques, and raising animals.
He was preceded in death by his parents, his wife, Marie, 4 brothers, & 5 sisters. He is survived by 1 daughter, Betty Radford of Sheridan, WY; 1 sister, Doris Cook of Kennewick, WA, 1 granddaughter, 3 great grandchildren, and 1 great, great grandchild.
Funeral Liturgy for Mr. Bilyeu will be 2:00 P.M. Monday, April 1, 2002 at Holy Name Catholic Church with Father Robert Fox as celebrant. Burial of cremains will be in the Sheridan Municipal Cemetery.
Arrangements are with Champion Ferries Funeral Home.
Memorials in memory of Mr. Bilyeu may be made to the American Diabetes Association, in care of Delpine Toner, 1st Interstate Bank, Sheridan, WY.
Jerry Merle Blakeman, 89, passed away on Wednesday, February 20, 2002, at his home in Sheridan, surrounded by the love of his family.
Jerry was born June 29, 1912, in Crook County, Wyoming, on a homestead close to the Devil’s Tower. He was the oldest of nine children born to William and Edna (Holmes) Blakeman. He attended schools in Crook County, graduating from the eight grade in Sundance, Wyoming. He then had to quit school to help support his family, but he never lost his respect for education and continued learning all of his life through reading, and his enrollment in the schools of common sense and hard knocks.
On June 17, 1937, he married Kathryn (Roadifer) Sipe and began his new role as husband and father to her daughter, 8 year old Margaret Sipe. In the spring of 1944, they moved to Sheridan with their children, and Jerry began his career as a mechanic for the next 40 years. He started at Hammers Garage, transferred to Valley Motors when it first opened, and after 25 years there, spent the last 14 years working at the Spot Garage with Kenny Hawkins. His family often said that the only reason he retired at 71 was because the Spot was torn down and he had not place to report to each morning. The next 18 years of his life were pent in doing things for his family, neighbors, friends, and animals whenever he was asked.
Jerry was preceded in death by his parents, his stepdaughter, Margaret Davis, his brothers Gerald and Charles Blakeman, and a baby sister Angela. He is survived by his wife of 64 years Kathryn; his son Jerry Dean Blakeman and wife Judy of Sheridan; his daughter Jean Holwell and husband Kenneth of Sheridan; his grandchildren Pat Svoboda and husband Ted of Hulett, Loren Blakeman and wife Brandy of Sheridan, Brian Blakeman and wife Terri of Sheridan, Deah Hendriksz and husband Jeff of Los Angeles, CA, Stephen Holwell and wife Stacy of Sheridan, Aaron Holwell and wife Nikki of Sheridan, and Debra Ives and husband Brandon of Sheridan. He also has 15 great-grandchildren and two great-great-grandchildren, with one to arrive soon. Other survivors include his three sisters, Anna Mae McWethy of Loveland, CO, Edna “Toots” MacPherson of Palouse, WA, and Daisy Dennis and husband Raymond of Hulett; and his two brothers, Frank Blakeman and wife Doramay of Sundance, WY, and Don Blakeman and wife Irene of North Carolina.
Cremation will take place and a memorial service will be planned at a later date as arranged by Kane Funeral Home. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Sheridan Senior Center, Hospice of the Big Horns, or the Sheridan Cat and Dog Shelter in care of Delphine Toner, First Interstate Bank, P.O. Box 2007, Sheridan, WY 82801.
“His heritage to his children wasn’t words or possessions, but an unspoken treasure, the treasure of his example as a man and a father.”
Walter Otto Blankenburg, 68, was born June 22, 1933, in Sheridan to Otto F. and Lina (Gerer) Blankenburg. He died March 12, 2002, in his home.
As a younger man, Walter was an avid sports person. He played football, hunted, fished, skied, and enjoyed fine cars. He worked for Western Electric for many years, and traveled the countryside installing telephone equipment. He was a generous person, having purchased his mom and dad’s first television and other family gifts. In later years, his pleasures were Bingo, “pull tabs”, and his family.
Mr. Blankenburg was preceded in death by his father Otto in November 1966, his younger brother Edward in April 1982, and his mother Lina in August 2001. He is survived by his sister Clara Wells and husband Lefty of Littleton, Colorado; his three nieces Vicki Ditchkus of Littleton, Colorado, Kathy Wells of Los Gatos, California, and Nyna Fitzgerald and husband Gary of Houston, Texas; his nephew Donald Blankenburg and wife Wendy of Los Angeles, California; his great-nephew Gregg Johnson of Charleston, South Carolina; and his sister-in-law Jeri Hlousek and husband Richard of Sheridan, Wyoming; as well as aunts and cousins.
Funeral services will be held at 2:00 p.m. on Friday, March 15, 2002, at Kane Funeral Home with Nyna Fitzgerald officiating. Interment will be in the Sheridan Municipal Cemetery. Kane Funeral Home handled the arrangements.
Memorials may be made in Walter’s name to the Walter Otto Blankenburg Memorial Fund in care of Delphine Toner, First Interstate Bank, P.O. 2007, Sheridan, WY 82801.
Martha Elizabeth BlansettAge 87 of Sheridan, WY
Died Monday, February 4, 2002, in Memorial Hospital of Sheridan County
Born September 17, 1914, in Howard County, Missouri
Parents - Thomas E. and Effie Robb
She grew up and graduated from Higbee High School in Missouri in 1932 where she was a member of the girl's basketball team. She married James Bert Blansett on December 24, 1938, in Missouri. They then moved to Sheridan where they resided ever since. She was a homemaker and was active in the First Baptist Church.
She was preceded in death by her husband J.B. in 1996.
SON - James Thomas Blansett, Sheridan
DAUGHTERS - Linda Grosso, Sheridan
Leta Kobielusz, Roset, WY
Pat Tomsovic, Sheridan
BROTHER - Thomas E. Robb, Moberly, MO
SISTER - Leta Frances Morrison, Moberly, MO
4 GREAT GRANDCHILDREN
NUMEROUS NIECES AND NEPHEWS
Funeral service will be 10:00am on Thursday (Feb. 7th) from Champion Ferries Funeral Home with the Rev. Charles Gifford officiating. Interment in Sheridan Elks Cemetery.
Arrangements are with Champion Ferries Funeral Home.
Memorials may benefit the Mercy & Grace Ministries, P.O. Box 6818, Sheridan, or the First Baptist Church.