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Wyoming Smokejumper Tim Hart Comes Home One Final Time

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By Wendy Corr, Cowboy State Daily

Members of the tight-knit brotherhood of wildland firefighters gathered in Cody on Sunday to bid farewell to one of their number who died in the line of duty.

Fellow firefighters from numerous agencies, joined by state officials, took part in a ceremony honoring the memory of Tim Hart, who died June 2 after being injured while battling a fire in New Mexico.

According to C.J. Norvell, a public information officer for the US Forest Service, the wildland fire community is truly a brotherhood. When one of them is injured or killed, it impacts them all.

“What we’re doing today is both the best and the worst that we do,” she said. “The worst of course is that we’ve lost our brother… the good thing is that we’re able to support him and his family on their worst day.”

Hart was a member of the West Yellowstone Smokejumpers, and had been fighting a wildland fire in New Mexico when he took a hard fall on May 24. He died from his injuries on June 2.

Gov. Mark Gordon has ordered both the U.S. and Wyoming State Flags be flown at half-staff statewide from sunrise to sunset on Friday, June 11, in honor and memory of Hart and his sacrifice.

“Jennie and I send our deepest condolences to Tim’s family,” Gordon said in a statement. “We acknowledge the commitment of the men and women who fight fires wherever they are needed around the country, and we pray tragedies such as this one never occur. The loss of a firefighter impacts the entire community of firefighters and first responders, as well as the community in which they live. Wyoming grieves the loss of this fine individual and we are grateful for his service to the state and our country.”

But it wasn’t just smokejumpers who honored Hart this weekend. Multiple agencies participated in the very emotional ceremony.

“You know, Tim worked on the Custer-Gallatin National Forest in Montana, he lived in Cody, Wyoming, here around the Shoshone National Forest,” Norvell said. “He’s worked for the (U.S. Bureau of Land Management), we’re next door to the National Park Service in Yellowstone. And honor guard has come together from each of those agencies, to just honor him.”

Norvell added that although his death was tragic, Hart died doing what he loved.

“Tim was in New Mexico, he was doing one of the things that he loved, and that was smokejumping,” she said. “Outside his wife, his dog Dash, and his family, he was doing what he loved most.”

And the sendoff on Sunday was befitting that of a beloved member of an elite group of people who put their lives on the line to keep others safe.

“In the wildland fire community, we’re all brothers,” Norvell said. “It doesn’t matter about agency – state, federal, any of that, we’re all here to say goodbye.”

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Cody Native Tim Hart Dies Fighting New Mexico Fire

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By Wendy Corr, Cowboy State Daily

A Cody native has lost his life while fighting a fire in New Mexico.

The U.S. Forest Service announced Thursday that Tim Hart, a forest service smokejumper stationed in West Yellowstone, Montana, died from injuries sustained while responding to a fire in Hildago County, New Mexico.

“Our hearts go out to Tim’s family, loved ones, friends, fellow Forest Service employees, and the entire wildland fire community,” said Forest Service Chief Vicki Christiansen. “I ask that you keep them in your thoughts and prayers during this time of sorrow, while respecting the family’s privacy.”

According to the U.S. Forest Service, smokejumpers are wildland firefighters who parachute in to fire locations.  They typically respond to isolated and remote fire locations where there are few roads or trails because they can reach the fire more quickly than other firefighting teams.

The fire Hart was working on was a 720-acre fire in very rugged, rocky terrain along the Continental Divide in the Animas Mountains of New Mexico. According to a spokesperson for the Custer Gallatin National Forest, Hart suffered a “hard fall,” the cause of which is still under investigation.

Hart was a member of the West Yellowstone Smokejumpers, which was established in 1951 and is currently staffed with an average of 27-30 smokejumpers. Hart joined the squad in 2019, but had been a wildland firefighter for over a decade. 

He joined the Shoshone National Forest as a lead forestry technician in 2009 and in 2010 he was assigned to the Asheville Interagency Hotshot Crew in North Carolina as a lead firefighter. 

Hart also worked for the U.S. Bureau of Land Management on the Ruby Mountain Hotshot Crew in Nevada.  

Hart joined the smokejumper program in 2016 and relocated to Grangeville, Idaho, as a rookie. In 2019 his wildland firefighter journey took him to West Yellowstone, Montana, as a smokejumper squad leader and in 2020 as a spotter.

Information on any planned memorial service is not yet available.

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Wyoming Obituaries: May 28 – June 2, 2021

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By Jen Kocher, Cowboy State Daily

Here’s a list of recent deaths of Wyoming residents and those with close affiliations to the state for the week of May 28 – June 2. Our condolences to family and friends:

May 28:

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Wyoming Obituaries: May 21 – May 28, 2021

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By Jen Kocher, Cowboy State Daily

Here’s a list of recent deaths of Wyoming residents and those with close affiliations to the state for the week of May 21 – 27, 2021. Our condolences to family and friends:

May 21:

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Foster Friess, Philanthropist And Businessman, Dies At 81

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By Jim Angell, Cowboy State Daily

Foster Friess, a businessman and philanthropist who once sought the office of Wyoming governor, died Thursday at the age of 81.

The Wisconsin native and Jackson resident was known as a philanthropist who was once named “Humanitarian of the Year,” donating to a variety of charities as well as contributing to Republican causes.

Friess was born in 1940 in Rice Lake, Wisconsin and attended the University of Wisconsin, where he earned a degree in business administration. He went on to serve in the U.S. Army and in 1965, he began his investment career.

In 1974, Friess launched Friess Associates, an investment management firm, which grew to more than $15.7. billion in assets managed.

CNBC called Foster one of the “century’s great investors” and he was once identified by Forbes as one of the top 10 most successful money managers of his generation.

Friess and his wife Lynn have donated more than $500 million to various causes over the years, leading to his award as “Humanitarian of the Year” at the National Charity Awards Dinner in Washington, D.C. in 2000.

Among the causes supported by Friess were support for towns hit by natural disasters, providing water to remote villages and efforts to suppress ISIS.

In Wyoming, which he made his home in 1992, he was known for his contributions to the University of Wyoming, as well as his donations to multiple charities in the state, at one point donating $5,000 per day to charities and what he called “neighborhood heroes” both inside and outside of the state.

Friess ran for the office of governor in 2018, when he was defeated in the primary by then-state Treasurer Mark Gordon. During that time, he created “Foster’s Outriders,” a political advocacy that promoted transparency in government spending, limited government and other principles Friess thought were important.

He was also involved in the media, helping form the Daily Caller in 2010 with Tucker Carlson and providing the original funding for Cowboy State Daily in 2019.

State officials praised Friess and his wife for his lifetime of philanthropy and commitment to causes important to him.

“Foster Friess was one of a kind businessman, philanthropist and personality,” said U.S. Sen. John Barrasso. “He will be dearly missed. When Foster believed strongly in something or someone, as he often did, he jumped in with both feed and both arms.”

“First and foremost, Foster Friess was a servant of God,” U.S. Senator Cynthia Lummis said. “A generous philanthropist, devout Christian, and unwavering patriot, he was dedicated to improving the lives of people around the globe.”

“My prayers and condolences are with the Friess family, in particular his wife of nearly 60 years Lynn and his four children,” said U.S. Rep Liz Cheney. “His love of Wyoming, service to our state, and legacy of philanthropy will never be forgotten. May he Rest In Peace.”

Friess is survived by his wife of 58 years, Lynnette, daughter Traci and her husband Fausto, son Stephen and his wife Polly, son Michael and his wife Fanny and daughter Carrie, 15 grandchildren and a brother and sister-in-law.

Arrangements for services in Jackson, Scottsdale, Arizona, and Rice Lake were being made Thursday.

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Wyoming Obituaries: May 21 – May 27, 2021

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By Jen Kocher, Cowboy State Daily

Here’s a list of recent deaths of Wyoming residents and those with close affiliations to the state for the week of May 21 – 27. Our condolences to family and friends:

May 21:

May 22:

May 23:

May 24:

May 25:

May 27:

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Wyoming Philanthropist & Businessman Foster Friess Died Thursday

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Foster S. Friess passed away peacefully today, May 27th, surrounded by his family.

A visionary investor and pioneer of growth stock picking, Foster’s business story started with $800 of accumulated U.S. Army leave pay.  Friess Associates’ high-performing Brandywine Fund led both CNBC and Fox News’ Neil Cavuto to dub Foster one of the “century’s great investors,” and Forbes magazine named him, along with Warren Buffet, Peter Lynch, and John Templeton, among the ten most successful money managers of this generation.

Donating more the $500 million in his lifetime, Foster and his wife Lynn’s philanthropy spans the globe: aiding towns ravaged by natural disasters, providing fresh water to remote villages, supporting the front lines of the battle against ISIS, and helping thousands recovering from addiction.

In 2000, at the National Charity Awards Dinner in Washington, D.C., Foster was named the “Humanitarian of the Year,” following in the footsteps of Coretta Scott King, Bob Hope, President George H.W. Bush, and Lady Bird Johnson. Foster’s commitment to Galatians 6:2: Carry one another’s burdens, in this way you will fulfill the law of Christ, led the “Champ” himself to award Foster the Muhammad Ali Humanitarian Award.

Foster’s family released the following statement: 

“We are grateful for the wonderful life Foster lived and thankful to the many people who have shared their prayers during his illness. We know many of you mourn with us, and we will have more details soon on Foster’s funeral.”

Remembrance services will be held in Scottsdale, Arizona, Jackson, Wyoming, and Rice Lake, Wisconsin. 

Foster S. Friess grew up in Rice Lake, Wisconsin, a first-generation college graduate. His mother dropped out of school in the eighth grade to pick cotton in order to save the family farm in Texas. His father dealt cattle and horses.

Foster was an early civil rights activist and, as a young man, confronted motel owners in his hometown of Rice Lake, Wisconsin, encouraging them to accommodate minorities. Foster was valedictorian, class president, student council president, and captain of his basketball, track, golf, and baseball teams. 

At the University of Wisconsin, Foster earned a degree in business administration, served as president of his fraternity, and was named one of the “ten most outstanding senior men.” As president of the Kappa Chapter of the Chi Phi Fraternity, he welcomed their first Jewish member. Foster also won the heart of “Badger Beauty” and Chi Omega President Lynnette Estes, whom he married in 1962. Two sons, two daughters, and fifteen grandchildren followed.

Foster was trained as an Army Infantry Platoon Leader and served as an Intelligence Officer for the guided-missile brigade in El Paso, Texas.  In 1965, with just $800 of accumulated leave pay, Foster, wife Lynn, and infant daughter moved to Wilmington, Delaware where he began his investment career with Brittingham, Inc., leaving in 1974 to launch Friess Associates. Their first client was the Nobel Foundation of Stockholm, Sweden.

The firm’s flagship Brandywine Fund averaged 20 percent annual gains in the 1990s, leading Forbes magazine to name it one of the decade’s top mutual funds. CNBC dubbed Foster one of the “century’s great investors,” and Fox News’ Neil Cavuto called him “one of the greatest value investors to have ever lived.”  In June of 2018, Foster was mentioned by Forbes, along with Warren Buffet, Peter Lynch, and John Templeton, to be among the ten most successful money managers of this generation.

Foster and Lynn have devoted over $500 million to philanthropy. In 1999, the “Champ” himself awarded Foster the Muhammad Ali Humanitarian Award. In 2000, at the National Charity Awards Dinner in Washington, D.C., Foster was named the “Humanitarian of the Year,” following the footsteps of Coretta Scott King, Bob Hope, President George H.W. Bush, and Lady Bird Johnson.

Foster gained his philanthropic inspiration from Galatians 6:2: Carry one another’s burdens, in this way you will fulfill the law of Christ. Foster and Lynn engaged in a broad scope of philanthropic activities; supporting families of disabled children in Wyoming, helping provide safe drinking water to third world countries, assisting victims of Hurricane Katrina, the Sri Lanka tsunami, and the Haitian earthquake. 

Partnering with Tucker Carlson, Foster launched the Daily Caller. In 2012, Foster met Charlie Kirk, and was instrumental in the launch of Turning PointUSA.  That same year, he was inducted into the Horatio Alger Association of Distinguished Americans. The Horatio Alger Award symbolizes personal initiative and perseverance, leadership and commitment to excellence, belief in the free-enterprise system, the importance of higher education, community service, and the vision and determination to achieve a better future. 

In 2018, Foster launched Foster’s Outriders with the mission to promote principles of free enterprise, limited constitutional government, fiscal responsibility, and traditional American values. Working with Democrats, Republicans, and Independents, the foundation strives to unite Americans from all backgrounds around issues we can all agree on. 

In 2021, President Donald Trump, Senator Jim DeMint, and Congressman Mark Meadows presented Foster with the Conservative Lifetime Achievement Award. 

Foster leaves behind his wife of 58 years, Lynnette, and their four children, Traci and husband, Fausto, Stephen and wife, Polly, Carrie, and Michael and wife, Fanny. Foster and Lynn have 15 grandchildren. Foster is also survived by his brother Herman and sister-in-law, Judy.

Editors Note: Foster Friess provided the original funding of Cowboy State Daily in January 2019.

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Wyoming Obituaries: May 14 – 20, 2021

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Here’s a list of recent deaths of Wyoming residents and those with close affiliations to the state for the week of May 14 – 20. Our condolences to family and friends:

May 14:

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Wyoming Obituaries: May 9 – 13, 2021

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Here’s a list of recent deaths of Wyoming residents and those with close affiliations to the state for the week of May 9 – 13. Our condolences to family and friends:

May 9

May 10

May 11

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May 13

A Wyoming Life: Chuck Guschewsky Loved His Family, His Flying, And His Car Dealerships

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Charles Fredrick “Chuck” Guschewsky was born on November 13, 1956 in Lander, Wyoming to James Edward Guschewsky and Alice Marie Accola Guschewsky. He died of cardiac arrest on May 1, 2021.

Services will be held Saturday, May 15, 2021 at the family’s Popo Agie Ranch on Sinks Canyon Road at 3:30 p.m. The Ranch is approximately 3 miles South on Sinks Canyon Road.

There will be parking on the right side of Sinks Canyon Road. Buses will provide transportation to the outdoor venue of the service. People attending the funeral should plan to arrive by 3 p.m. for the service to begin promptly at 3:30 p.m.

At the time of his death, Mr. Guschewsky was CEO of the Fremont Motor car dealer network in Wyoming and Nebraska.

Chuck was baptized, confirmed and married an Episcopalian. The Reverends Walt and Janet Seeley will officiate the service.

He attended school in Lander and always knew he wanted to be in the automobile business. He would go on wrecker calls with his father and he worked washing cars and in the service department while in school.

In high school, he had several “muscle cars.”  He attended college in South Dakota graduating with a Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration. It was here that he met his wife, Catherine Lee “Cathy” Berrie. They were married on April 14, 1979 in Frankfort, Kentucky.

After graduating from college with a business degree, he returned to Lander and joined his father and uncle in the automobile business, which was founded by his grandfather, Clyde Guschewsky in 1938.

His uncle retired in the early 1980s and in 1989, Jim appointed his son President of the company. Chuck’s love for the business and the people propelled the single point business to a company with 550 employees, 12 dealerships, a transportation company, a reconditioning company, and a management company.

Fremont Motor Company is in its fourth generation of ownership. Chuck served on manufacturer advertising boards and on automobile dealer councils. He was recognized on the cover of Dealer Magazine, written about in Automotive News and has multiple awards for excellence in the industry.

Chuck was an avid pilot who earned his license when he was 19 in an aerobatic decathlon and has since flown numerous aircraft including a Beechcraft Duke, a King Air F90 and a TBM 900. As his father taught him to fly, Chuck enjoyed teaching his wife and son-in-law to fly. Flying was more than a business tool to travel to the different dealerships – it was his passion.

Chuck was founder of the Lander Chamber of Commerce Ambassadors and was the youngest president of the One Shot Antelope Club. He remained involved in the One Shot and Water for Wildlife throughout his life.

In March 2012, he was Knighted into the Order of St. Hubertus, a hunting brotherhood that he enjoyed until his death. He was on the board of Wyoming Catholic College at the time of his death.

As much as he loved the people he worked with and the communities he served, his family was always his first priority. Quality time was better than quantity to him. Traveling, boating, horseback riding, and skiing were activities that he shared with his family. The family kept a boat on Yellowstone Lake and they never missed a summer on the Lake. Launching the boat was the annual highlight for the family. He took his family on multiple pack trips into the Wind River Mountains and enlisted them to set up “elk camp” above Dubois. He traveled to several countries around the world with family and friends.

He is survived by his wife of 42 years Cathy; two daughters, Alyssa Marie Childers and Arin Elizabeth Emmert; son-in-law, Brandon Lee Emmert; three grandchildren, Augustus Charles “Gus” Childers, Caroline Lee Childers, and Vera Catherine Emmert; two brothers; Robert Clyde Guschewsky and Paul James Guschewsky (Carrie); mother, Alice Marie Guschewsky. He was preceded in death by his father, James Edward Guschewsky.

Donations to Water for Wildlife, 545 Main Street in Lander or the Wyoming Catholic College, 306 Main Street in Lander would be appreciated.  For more information, contact Hudson’s funeral Home at (307) 332-2221.

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