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Sublette Examiner
Volume 3, Number 51 - March 18, 2004
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Kenneth "Buss" Fear

Kenneth "Buss" Fear was born March 4, 1920, at the family ranch on South Piney, near Big Piney, to Clifton and Cornelia Fear. He passed away at his home in Marbleton on March 11, 2004.

Buss was the second of four children: Clifton (Pete), Edythe Barp and Cornelia (Inkie) Robinson. He graduated from Big Piney High School. He married his high school sweetheart, Mardell Bennett, on Dec. 30, 1937, in Randolph, Utah.

This couple was blessed with four children: Kenneth, Jr. (Ken), Deanne (Bradley), both of Big Piney, Lynda (Vickrey) of Daniel and Melodie (Good) Belen, of New Mexico.

Buss and Mardell lived on the family ranch until their retirement in 1988.

In 1960, Fear Ranches Inc. was formed and Buss served several years as president and general manager. He was a life-time member of the Green River Valley Cattlemen, served on the State Bureau of Land Management Advisory Board and the Wyoming Livestock Board. For many years, Buss served as the boss of the Big Piney Roundup Association. He was a founding member of the Sublette County Roping Club and was instrumental in establishing the present fairgrounds. He also served on the School District No. 9 School Board of Trustees.

Buss was extremely athletic and enjoyed playing basketball in high school and on town teams after graduation. He was an accomplished horseman who threw a loop true, whether in the arena or out on the open range.

He was a member of the Wyoming Single Steer Ropers Association and a rodeo promoter and contractor. His winter passion was cutter racing in his younger years.

After retirement, he enjoyed traveling, buying and selling horses, and spending time with family.

Buss and Mardell opened their home and hearts to many youngsters. Buss proved to be an inspiration and a mentor to the young people who found a way to his home. Often times, youngsters spent more than just a few days or weeks at the Fear household, finding themselves becoming one of the family as they worked their way through junior high and high school.

Buss had a very strong feeling of family, friends and community. His sincere, honest and forthright opinions were sought after by his peers and his wisdom will be missed by the community.

He was preceded in death by his parents, brother Pete and sister Edythe as well as seven grandchildren.

He is survived by his wife of 66 years, four children, 11 grandchildren and 14 great-grandchildren.

Funeral services were held Saturday, March, 13, in Big Piney. Interment was in the Plainview Cemetery.

The family requests memorials be made to the Big Piney Community HomeCare, Box 4160, Big Piney, Wyo., 83113 or the charity of choice.

Arthur Allen "Bill" Love

Services for Arthur Allen "Bill" Love, 93, were held Wednesday, March 17, at 11 a.m. in the Pinedale LDS Chapel. Bill passed away of natural causes Saturday evening, March 13, 2004, at the Sublette Center.

He was born July 27, 1910, in Bern Township, Athens County, Ohio the oldest of two children, to Jesse Elmer Love and Bessy Beatrice Goddard.

Bill worked various jobs in Ohio and West Virginia before entering the military in March of 1942. He served as an aircraft mechanic during World War II. His service took him to England, North Africa and Sicily. Bill was a participant in the D-Day Invasion off the coast of Normandy. He was given an honorable discharge from the army after three-and-a-half years of service as master sergeant and a decorated soldier.

Bill came to Wyoming in 1965, when he went to work for Walden Campbell in Bondurant. Besides the Campbells, he worked for Bill Allen, Billy Dockham and Bob McNeel.

After his retirement from ranch work, Bill lived with the Kyle Walker family for a year, then went back to Bob McNeel's for a short stay before moving into the Sublette Center.

Bill loved the ranch life, hunting, timbering, and most of all, children. He will long be remembered as a gentle, honest, hard-working man. He was an active member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.

Bill was preceded in death by his parents and younger brother Leland Goddard. He is survived by a cousin, Sandy Schafer of Ohio.

Bill was laid to rest in the Bondurant Cemetery.

Special thanks to all who became Bill's Wyoming family. He dearly loved the people and this beautiful land.

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