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Sublette Examiner
Volume 3, Number 41 - January 8, 2004
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Betty "JoAnn" Neely

Memorial services for Betty "JoAnn" Neely, 57, will be held Saturday, Jan. 10, at 2 p.m. at Hudson's Funeral Home in Pinedale. There will be a luncheon to follow at the VFW Post 4801.

JoAnn died Dec. 29 after a short illness.

Betty "JoAnn" Neely was born June 6, 1946, to John Christian ad Betty JoAnn (Reese) Teuscher in Montpelier, Idaho.

Throughout JoAnn's life she worked at various jobs, but the ones she took the most seriously and had the most pride in were homemaker, wife, mother and grandmother.

JoAnn enjoyed doing things with her grandkids, garage sales, going for rides in Doug's old car, picnics, horseback riding, the outdoors and, last but not least, heading to the slots for "just a few days."

JoAnn is survived by her husband Doug Neely; two sons, Roger and Gayle Parsons of Gillette, Jeff and Billie Parsons of Rock Springs; twin brother Butch and Ingrid Teuscher; and sister Deann Hudon of Hardin, Mont.; nine grandchildren and numerous nieces and nephews.

JoAnn was preceded in death by her parents and one sister, Donna.

Memorial donations may be made to the Human Society or Kickin' Cancer in Sublette County.

Robert "Bob" Hetrick

Robert (Bob) Hetrick passed away suddenly early Sunday morning Dec. 28 at his home in Marbleton. Kathy, his wife of nearly 42 years, was by his side.

Bob was born Oct. 16, 1940, in Knox Two (Brookville), Pa., to Roy and Helen Hetrick.

After finishing high school in North Tonawanda, N.Y., in 1959, he headed for the West Coast. He and companions wintered in Big Piney and decided to stay in the area.

He met and married Katherine Mae Bell of Big Piney in June of 1962.

Robert was a hard worker and always did his very best. He retired from Enron Corp after 37 years of uninterrupted service to the company. He began his career working as a chain hand for Roden Drilling Co. He moved to Enron Corporation, formerly BelNorth Petroleum, working as a roustabout. After years of experience and several promotions, he retired as a lead production foreman for the company.

Bob enjoyed the outdoors, which included driving through the mountains, hunting, fishing, hiking and target shooting to name a few.

His passion was history. For several years he participated in period dress black powder shoots with his wife. Bob enjoyed learning new things and over his lifetime he learned to scuba dive, downhill ski, snowshoe, tie flies, gunsmith, reload ammunition, silversmith, gold pan and prospecting.

He invested large quantities to time with his children in the mountains or across the river in the desert. Bob enjoyed camping, riding his motorcycle and begrudgingly accepted the challenge of riding his four-wheeler, as well as watching a good movie or reading an interesting book.

Survivors include Kathy, his wife and lifelong friend; two sisters: Charlene Hetrick and Karlene (Gerald) Reed of North Tonawanda; one daughter, Brenda Miyake of Big Piney; three sons: Bred (Debbi) Hetrick of Denton, Texas, Heath (Daphne) Hetrick of Pinedale and Brandon (Cherise) Hetrick of Big Piney; eight grandchildren, and numerous nieces, nephews, uncles, aunts and cousins.

Bob Hetrick was preceded in death by his parents, Roy and Helen Hetrick, as well as three grandchildren.

Bob was a man who loved his wife and children, was witty and quick to lend a hand to someone in need. One of his family members often accompanied him to make anonymous grocery deliveries under cover of darkness to doorsteps of families who had fallen on hard times. He didn't know a stranger, and his words was his bond. All who knew him will miss him greatly.

His family will always remember him as the father from whom they sought council, the husband who planned for a future and an immovable rock when trials came. He will be missed, but more importantly, always remembered in our hearts.

Pam Glas

Pam Glas, 52, of Lebanon, Mo., passed away suddenly on Jan. 1, 2004 at her home. Pam was the wife of Dr. Ron Glas, formerly of Pinedale.

Services were held Jan. 5, in Missouri. Condolences may be sent to her family at the following address:

Dr. Ron Glas

30001 Pigeon Dr.

Lebanon, Mo., 65536

Shirley Looney

Sterling, Alaska, resident Shirley Jean (Jeffres) Looney, 67, died Dec. 10, 2003, at Central Peninsula General Hospital in Seldotna, Alaska.

Mrs. Looney was born on Dec. 5, 1936, in Mobil, Mo. She graduated from Cheyenne High School in 1954 and attended the University of Wyoming until 1956.

She was a military wife and lived at Eielson Air Force Base from 1959 to 1960. She lived at Fort Wainwright from 1960 to 1962 and again from 1970 to 1972. She lived at Fort Richardson from 1972 to 1973, 1974 to 1977 and 1981 to 1983.

She was the director of the American Heart Association in Anchorage from 1976 to 1977. After her husband's retirement in 1983, they moved to Pinedale, where she was a travel agent.

While she and her husband were in Anchorage, she was an election judge. She moved to Sterling in March of 2001. Mrs. Looney was a member of Our Lady of Perpetual Help Catholic Church, Ladies Auxiliary of the Veterans of Foreign War and ladies Auxiliary of the American Legion.

She enjoyed gardening in her greenhouse.

Her family wrote: "Shirley Looney will be remembered for four things that matter: her faith, her marriage to her husband, the way she raised her children, and the way she shared her talents. She was a devoted and loving wife and was an essential element in her husband's successful 27-year career in the U.S. Army. She was also a willing volunteer for numerous organizations such as the Cub and Boy Scouts, parent-teacher organizations and neighborhood associations. Her children and five grandchildren will be a living legacy of her rich and fruitful life."

Mrs. Looney is survived by her husband of 47 years, Colonel Robert Looney; sons Steven, Ted, Tom, Brian and Major James Looney; daughter Peggy Looney; and 15 grandchildren.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be sent to the Blood Bank of Alaska, 44539 Sterling Highway, Suite 312, Soldotna, AL 99669.

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