From the pages of
Pinedale Roundup
Volume 103, Number 18 - January 4, 2007
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Jim Carbley of Big Piney, WY passed away December 22, 2006 at his home after a brief but fatal illness of Acute Myelogenous Leukemia (AML).

Jim was born June 6, 1941 in Philadelphia, PA. He has three surviving children from a previous marriage; Cynthia Anne Branco, Tracy Anne VonStamwitz and James Patrick Carbley all residing in New Jersey. He is also survived by three grandchildren, Angel Branco, Matthew and Holland VonStamwitz also residing in New Jersey, his brother Dennis Carbley of Virginia, his aunt and uncle Jack and Irma Wark of Pennsylvania and his wife, best friend and soul mate Jeannie Robinson and two German Shepherds, Pippin and Max of Big Piney.

Jim’s life began in Big Piney when moving here June of 1984. He loved Big Piney, the people who reside here, the Wyoming Range and the simple life Big Piney afforded him. He was very proud of his Bridger Teton map where he drew in red lines to denote the hikes he had taken; he has trekked all but four miles of the Wyoming Range Trail. He loved being a reporter, but to use Jim’s words, “Writer” for the local newspapers because he was honored with covering sports for the kids of Sublette County. He loved Sublette County Kids and always said the prettiest girls come from here. He was just a baker at the Sage Café , he loved to bake and cook because he loved to eat. Jim was a crusader, his passion for healthcare reform was topmost, he ran for a position on the Rural Health Care Board under protest and he lost, he always vowed he could do much more by writing the facts and he did. He was “Mosquito Man” and worked diligently to make sure no life should be taken by West Nile Virus, he wanted all of Sublette County sprayed and took steps to ensure there was money put aside in the event of an outbreak of West Nile. Jim loved his “hobbit hole” and took great pride in renovating the property. He was at peace at home surrounded by his beloved German Shepherds and wife. He tried to find a retirement home but nothing compared to Big Piney, he always complained after a vacation to another destination that the Wyoming Range had no rival, why do we bother going somewhere else for vacation?

In closing the words of JRR Tolkien, Lord of the Rings, Return of the King:

“How do you pick up the threads of an old life?

How do you go on, when in your heart you begin to understand there is no going back?

There are some things that time cannot mend; some hurts that go too deep, that have taken hold, that never heal.”

A memorial service will be held Saturday, January 6, 2007, 11 a.m. at the Big Piney Fine Arts building with a reception following at the Congregational Church in Big Piney. If you wish to send a Memorial for Jim a scholarship fund is being created, please make it out to “Friends of Education, Inc.”, PO Box 697, PO Box 697, Big Piney, WY 83113.


Barbara Chapman Budd was born in Athens, Ohio on May 25, 1928 to Helen and Hall Chapman. She grew up in Coolville, Ohio where her father owned Chapman Brothers Grocery store. She had one younger brother, Ronald Chapman.

Barbara completed her college degree in business at the University of Ohio. After she graduated she traveled on the Union Pacific to Kemmerer, Wyoming where she caught a ride to Big Piney to visit one of her college friends. Her friend had married a geologists who ended up in Big Piney for work.

Some of the first things that struck Barbara when she got to Wyoming were the mountains, and the wide open spaces. She especially liked the dirt streets and hitching rails of Big Piney. She always said it rained too much in Ohio and she loved being out where the skies were blue and clear. She married Dan S. Budd on September 25th of 1955. She worked hard as a ranch wife, cooking for hay crews, helping with ranch work and raising her daughters, Karen, Janet, Martha. Her days were filled with sewing clothes for her girls, making her famous home-made rolls, taking care of her house and being a friend to everyone. Even though she wasn’t raised on a ranch, she learned to move cows, check heifers in calving season, and drive the rake during haying season.

Barbara liked wading in the creek with her shoes on, collecting sunsets because she didn’t have to dust them, playing bridge and writing for the artists guild. She loved the view of the mountains from her living room picture window, wild flowers, going on picnics and hikes, and skiing. She had an infectious smile that covered her face and could light up a room. Even though she didn’t consider herself funny, she brought laughter to her friends and family. She loved Jesus and the peace of knowing him, brought her. Barbara was kind to everyone and was always there with a meal for someone in need. She never knew a stranger and loved to invite people to her home for a meal.

To her six grand kinds, she was known as “Grammy” , a name she picked for herself when her first grand child was born. She loved watching them grow and loved each one for their uniqueness and spirit. We will always have a part of her in our hearts. She was preceded in death by her parents Hall and Sarah Helen Chapman. She is survived by husband Dan S. Budd, daughter Karen Budd-Falen (Franklin Falen), daughter Janet Beiermann (Bob Beiermann), daughter Martha Bratten, (Gary Bratten), one brother Ronald Chapman and grandchildren, Issac and Sarah Falen, Clint and Jenny Beiermann, Katelyn and Elly Bratten. Memorials may be sent to the Shriners Hospital for Children 2900 Rocky Point Drive, Tampa, FL 33607 and Samaritans Purse P.O. 3000, Boone NC 28607 or a charity of their choice.

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