Melvin "Butch" Yowell

Mar 27, 1944 - Sep 22, 2008
Funeral services for Melvin C. "Butch" Yowell of Riverton will be at 10 a.m. Monday, Sept. 29, at the Davis Funeral Home of Riverton. Pastor David Magruder will officiate. Interment will be at Mountain View Cemetery in Riverton. There will be a viewing from 5 to 7 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 28, at the funeral home. Mr. Yowell died at his home on Monday evening, Sept. 22, 2008, at the age of 64. He had undergone cancer treatment for the past two years. Melvin Clare Yowell was born in Wendell, Idaho, on March 27, 1944, the son of Cashious and Edna (Holmes) Yowell. He attended elementary school in Twin Falls, Idaho, junior high school in Magill, Nev., Showlow (Ariz.) High School, and received his G.E.D., through the United States Air Force. He served with the U.S. Air Force from 1962-1966, during the Vietnam era, stationed at F.E. Warren AFB in Cheyenne. On April 4, 1965, he married Verla K. Nielsen in Cheyenne. He was of the Lutheran faith. Mr. Yowell was an electrician. He learned the trade while in Dallas, Texas, for three years, coming to Fremont County to work as a maintenance electrician for Federal American Partners for 13 years, and then worked in maintenance until his retirement in 1999. He had lived in Riverton for 39 years. Prior to that, he lived in Dallas, Texas, for three years, Cheyenne for three years, Showlow, Ariz., for four years, Magill, Nev., for three years, and Twin Falls, Idaho, for 12 years. His family said he enjoyed tinkering around in the garage, using tools to make things from scraps of wood or mental, working on cars, watching golf and basketball, and going to his grandsons' sporting events. He coached Little League baseball and did some refereeing. Survivors include his wife, Verla Yowell of Riverton; son, James Yowell of Riverton; daughters, Colleen Bartlett and her husband Travis of Dubois and their children, Joe and John Bartlett, and Elizabeth Pursel and her husband Max of Riverton, and their children Emily and Kai Pursel; brothers, Earl Dwaine Yowell of Albany, Georgia, and Ernest Johns and his wife Ronda of Dallas, Texas; a sister, Kay Wallis of Grand Prairie, Texas; numerous nephews and nieces. He was preceded in death by his mother, Edna Johns; step-father, Louis Johns; father, Cashious Yowell. Memorials may be made to the Trinity Lutheran School or the Little Wind Hospice, in care of the Davis Funeral Home, 2203 West Main Riverton, WY 82501. On-line obituaries are available and condolences for the family may be made at: Services are under the direction of the Davis Funeral Home of Riverton.