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Sublette Examiner
Volume 6, Number 20 - August 10, 2006
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David Pavel

Boulder resident David Pavel, 86, passed away Friday, July 28, 2006, after a brief illness.

Dave was born April 25, 1920, in Weirton, WV. During World War II, Dave became a decorated radioman/gunner in the Navy Air Service flying in B24s in the Pacific Theater. After spending 33 years with the Gary, Ind., police and fire departments in communications, he spent his retirement years in Wyoming.

He loved to fish but Ham radio (W7YP) was Dave’s favorite hobby. He volunteered his services to church and many social and civil organizations.

Dave is survived by his son, Michael Pavel of Beverly Shores, Ind.; two brothers: Peter Gilea of Illinios and George (JoAnn) Gilea of Merrillville, Ind,; a sister, Dorothy (Richard) Gilea Chrisman of Fishers, Ind.; and by many nieces nephews and friends.

Dave was preceded in death by his beloved wife of 53 years, Theresa (Klodzen) Pavel; parents Mike and Christine (Neagu) Pavel; and two brothers Paul (Vera) Gilea of Merillville, Ind., and Benjamin Gilea.

A funeral vigil was held Wednesday evening Aug. 2 at the Our Lady of Peace Catholic Church. A funeral Mass was held Thursday morning Aug. 3. Reverend Robert Lynch conducted the services. Interment followed the morning mass in the Pinedale Cemetery.

Arrangements were under the direction of Hudson-Covill Funeral Home.

Frances Marie Zakotnik

Frances Marie Zakotnik died Sunday July 30, 2006, at the Sublette Center in Pinedale. She was born March 11, 1913, in Sublet, Wyo., the daughter of Joseph and Frances(Kramer) Felician.

On Oct.. 14, 1939, she married Albin Zakotnik in Kemmerer. Frances enjoyed being a mom and a homemaker. Bowling, crocheting, gardening and cooking were her hobbies. She was especially proud of her grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

She is survived by her, son Gary A. (JoAnn) Zakotnik of Eden; daughters Rozanne (Doug) Reachard of Cody and Joan (Arlen) Amundson of Loveland, Colo.; sister Rosie Hankin of Kemmerer; grandchildren Kathy and Michael Amundson; Jodee Burnett, Jill Watts, and Jana Lundvall; great-grandchildren Kaylee and Jaden Burnett; Megan, Mason and Morgan Watts, Josee and Alex Lundvall; and several nieces and nephews.

Al, her husband of 57 years, preceded her in death on Oct.13, 1996. She was also preceded in death by her parents, brothers Frank and Joe and sisters Josie, Mary and Annie.

Funeral services were held at the Berta Penney United Methodist Church in Kemmerer Friday, Aug. 4, at 10 a.m. Pastor Louise Cordova conducted. Interment followed in the Kemmerer Cemetery.

Arrangements were under the direction of Hudson-Covill Funeral Home.

Leo A. Giles

Leo A. Giles, 54, of Peachtree City, Ga., and formerly of Casper died Aug. 3, 2006. Leo was hired by Delta Airlines in 1990. He worked as a mechanic for a short time before moving to the pilot training department, where he taught operation specifications and B737 ground school until his retirement in July, 2006.

He is survived by his wife, Mary Barp Giles, formerly of Big Piney; daughter Jillian Giles; son Kris Giles, all of Peachtree City; mother Connie Lampert of Oregon; his sisters: Toni Anne Macomb and her husband, Gene, of Oregon, Joanne Watkins and her husband, Jim, of Washington; and father-in-law George Barp of Wyoming.

Memorial services were held Sunday, Aug. 6, in the chapel of Carmichael-Hemperley Funeral Home. Graveside memorial services will be at 10:30 a.m. on Saturday, Aug. 12 at Pineview Cemetery in Big Piney.

Carmichael-Hemperley Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.

Ralph Vernon Cole

Ralph Vernon Cole, died August 3, 2006 at Rocky Mountain Care Center in Evanston following complications from a long illness. He was born on July 12, 1917, to Clifford and Flossie (Sharman) Cole near Bellfield, N.D. The family later moved to the Casper-Midwest area and in 1932 they moved to Pinedale. Ralph completed his schooling there.

He was a truck driver for many years for Anderson-Penton Trucking, and later for Sulenta Construction. He retired in the 1970s and worked for the sheriff’s department as well as director for the Sublette County Red Cross and Civil Defense.

He was preceded in death by his parents, asister, Verna; brother, Edson; granddaughter, Sheila; daughter-in-law, Marion; and step-grandson, Gordon.

He is survived by his wife, Ellen (Cantlin); daughter, Thelma “Tib” (Bob) Sutherland; sons Tom, Clifford (Louise) and Billy (Carla )Cole; nine grandchildren, 3 step grandchildren, and 13 great-grandchildren.

At his request he has been cremated and there will be no service.

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