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Pinedale Roundup
Volume 104, Number 37 - September 13, 2007
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John Henry Pape, a retired chef, died Sept. 1, 2007. He was 85.

Survivors include his wife, Linda Jean; two sons, John Douglas and Henry Clark Pape, both of Aransas Pass, Texas; three daughters, Alice Faye Bearrow, Elizabeth Lee Pape, both of Aransas Pass, and Betsy Sue Young of Cuero, Texas; three brothers, Billy Joe and Ray Leon Pape, both of Pinedale, Wyo., Earl Pape of Corpus Christi, Texas; a sister, Edna Lee Pickrel of Odessa, Texas; twelve grandchildren and several great-grandchildren.

Services will be private and will take place at the Charlie Marshall Funeral Home in Aransas Pass.


Charles R Goens, Sr., of Pinedale, died Tuesday, Sept. 4, at the Sublette Center, where he resided since September 2003. He was a former resident of Reliance, Hanna and Riverton, Wyo. Charles was born in Leo, Wyo., on June 23, 1936, to Helen Davies Wambaugh. In 1941 Fred and Myrtle Goens adopted Charles and his sister, Kathryn.

Charles grew up on the Goens’ farm north of Riverton. He loved the farm and learned hard work and an appreciation of the outdoors. Charles was athletic and had an artistic and musical talent. He had the ability to play several different musical instruments with little or no formal instruction. He played football and was on the track and swim/diving teams in high school. He had a great sense of humor and was a practical joker. When he smiled, there was a mischievous twinkle in his blue eyes.

In November 1955, Charles married Kathryn Peery and attended Chadron State for some time before opting for a life on the farm rather than in books. In 1968 Charles and Kathryn were divorced. Charles worked with his father, Fred, running the farm and raising his children. In September 1970 he married Violet Clark, joining their families and adding two more children. Charles worked the family farm until 1974 when he sold the farm and bought a small ranch on the Wind River Indian Reservation. In addition to operating the ranch, Charles worked at a meat packing plant in Riverton. After the children were grown, Charles and Violet built a meat processing plant in Hanna, Wyo. After a fire destroyed the building that housed the business, Charles found work with a mine reclamation company, working in Hanna, where he was seriously injured in a work-related accident. Unable to work, he and Violet moved, for a short time, to Randle, Wash., but his desire and need to be home brought them back to Wyoming. They moved to Reliance near his daughter.

Charles built a green house and had a beautiful yard and garden. He whiled away hours puttering around his shop, gardening, fishing and hunting with his children and grandchildren. He planned and looked forward to he and his grandson Nic’s annual fishing pilgrimage, making many happy memories.

Charles’ failing health forced him to move to the Sublette Center in Pinedale in 2003, where he spent the days going for drives with his daughter, looking for wildlife or going to a new secret fishing hole. Violet moved into an apartment at the Center to be close to him. His last years were spent with Violet by his side, encouraging him and dancing with him, in his wheelchair, at the occasional holiday bash at the Sublette Center. Charles was a vary caring and kind manwho touched so many people in so many ways and will be deeply missed by all who knew him.

Survivors include his wife, Violet Goens,of Pinedale; his sister, Kathryn, and husband, Ronald Currier, of Riverton; children Charles, Jr., of Arizona; Fred of Rock Springs, Wyo.; Cindy Cormier of Escondido, Calif.; Kristy Hansen of Daniel, Wyo.; Randy of Burlington, Colo.; Bella Lasley of Tauntan, Mass.; Rick of San Diego, Calif.; Harold and wife, Ronelle, of Packwood, Wash.; and Karl of Minot, N.D.; sixteen grandchildren, three great-grandchildren and nieces and nephews. His mother, father, an infant daughter and an infant grandson preceded Charles in death.

A Memorial will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 15, in the Heritage Room at theSublette Center, located at 333 N. Bridger Ave. in Pinedale.

A Celebration of Life will be held at 11a.m. Saturday, Sept. 22, at the United Methodist Church, 1116 W. Park Ave. in Riverton.

Honorary Pallbearers will be Louis Samuelson, Larry Luster, Jay Cristler, Don Loughry, Gary Jennings and Gary Pedri.

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