Volume 3, Number 25 - September 18, 2003
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Joseph Beal Lunbeck
Joseph Beal Lunbeck was born Nov. 25, 1916, and passed away in Salt Lake City at Terrace Gardens on Aug. 14, 2003, at the age of 86. He was born and raised in Jackson, to Viola DeLoney Lunbeck and Otto Lake Lunbeck. Joe lost his father when he was 6, later his mother married Troy Pratt. Joe was 16 when his mother passed away after which time Joe was raised by Troy Pratt and Uncle Jim and Aunt Tony DeLoney. He and his siblings lived for a time at the elk refuge and graduated from Jackson High School.
During World War II, Joe volunteered to serve in the U.S. Army and was assigned to the island of Saipan. He was in charge of the library and running the movie theatre on base. Joe was honorably discharged from the Army as a staff sergeant at Camp Beale, Calif., after serving in the Army from Sept. 27, 1944, to Aug. 14, 1946. His first job out of the service was as an electrician on the Davis Dam on the Colorado River at Bull Frog, Ariz.
Joe was married to Augusta Lou Smith and two daughters were born of this union, Margaret Joan and Judith Christine. After a divorce, Joe married Madeline Adney Bolinger on Nov. 18, 1947.
Joe was a hard worker and well liked. He and Madeline were always there to help friends and relatives. When Joe first moved to Pinedale from Jackson, he managed the grocery store. Joe spent the majority of his working life with the Wyoming Telephone Company in Pinedale until retirement. He enjoyed the variety of experiences with this company and was appointed manager. Joe and Madeline had exciting travel through Joe's telephone work.
Joe ran for mayor of Pinedale once and only lost by one vote. In the early 60's, he was particularly proud to have been allowed to address the state legislature about the advantages of tourism in Wyoming. Joe served as the president of the Wyoming Telephone Association as well as being president of the Rocky Mountain Telephone Association.
In addition to regular employment, Joe and Madeline owned and operated the Skyline Movie Theatre in Pinedale for 18 years and there are many stories about the social life and times of that business experience.
They were also involved in the snowmobile industry as it evolved in the state. They spent many an hour, day and weekend on snowmachines together and with other club members.
After retiring from his telephone work in Pinedale, Joe managed a small independent telephone company in Baggs..
Joe and Madeline spent a summer traveling to Canada and Alaska, a highlight of their retirement, and spent winters at their second home in St. George, Utah. They also owned and operated Stowaway Storages near the Cora Y.
Joe was an avid fly fisherman and never turned down an opportunity to wet the line. He and Madeline shared this love of fishing and outdoor adventure with everyone.
Joe's last years were a quiet time of slipping away as Alzheimer's and Parkinson's took their toll. He was pleased with his life; felt he'd had wonderful opportunities, exceptional experiences and a wonderful wife and partner.
Joe was preceded in death by parents, his brothers and sisters and two grandsons, little Joe Bolinger and Alan Simms. Survivors include his wife, Madeline; daughters Joan of Lakewood, Colo., and Judy of Billings, Mont.; Madeline's son, Joe Bolinger; six grandchildren, eight great-grandchildren; three grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren by marriage, and many nieces and nephews.
Services were held at Hudson's Funeral Home Sept. 13 with interment at the Pinedale Cemetery.10
DeLile Lovenlight, 47, of Aurora, Colo., passed away in Denver on Sept. 11, 2003, of a massive stroke brought on by a thyroid storm resulting from complications of the medicine she was taking.
DeLile was born in Rawlins on Oct.13, 1956, to A. Ray Brazell and Frankie Ruth Nixon-Brazell. She was formerly married to John Webb of Pinedale.
DeLile was a tireless advocate of civil rights for all people, as well as the humane treatment of animals. It is said that she was one of the most compassionate people to have blessed Earth.
Survivors include her mother and father and brother Bob Brazell.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests contributions to Project Restore to Work at P.O. Box 19381, Boulder, Colo., 80308.
Services have taken place in Aurora.
Memorial services for Jeep Punteney will be held Friday, Sept. 26, 2003 at 11 a.m. at the Big Piney Plainview Cemetery. Luncheon following at the Marbleton-Big Piney Fire Hall
In Loving Memory
Those we hold most dear
Born June 25, 1917
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