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In Memory

Mike Angell

Published in Rexburg Standard Journal on June 17, 2016

Rancher Mike Angell, of Dirty Shame Ranch, of St. Anthony, Idaho, joined the Spirits of the Old West
on Monday, June 13, 2016. He was born on April 6, 1948, in St. Anthony, Idaho, to Ivan Pete and
Norma Singleton Angell, also ranchers.

A cowboy to the core, Mike spent his life riding and breaking horses, ranching, raising two sons from
previous marriages, participating in and attending rodeos, and proudly listening to his son Colt sing and
perform music. Tourists and professional photographers were eager to capture Mike's weathered
character. Mike entertained friends, family and folks from all walks of life with his well-timed stories and
jokes for every occasion. Many spent memorable time with Mike on cattle rides, pack trips, Cowboy Poet
gatherings, family reunions and traveling. A creature of habit and hard work, Mike and Odie drank coffee
every morning with longtime best friend Gaylene Blair and his close friends of the Early Morning Pool Gang,
while Gaylene opened the Star Bar before Mike headed to work or other adventures.

In 1990 during the Fremont County Wagon ride, Mike fell head over "boots" in love with Cheryl Anne Mueller,
a friend of his mother, Norma. Cheryl and Mike married Aug. 18, 1998, on the ranch house porch.
Mike is survived by his wife, Cheryl Anne Mueller; a son, Colt; granddaughter Camille; and sidekick Odie,
Mike's dog. Mike was preceded in death by his parents; his son Clayton; and his only sibling, Kip.

Vern Woodbury

While I haven't been a part of CPI for very long, and I'm not sure if it's appropriate to say I am "a part"

of this great organization, rather just trying to do what I can as a supporting role, I have been lucky
enough to be around long enough to meet some great people, many I consider friends and family,
regardless of personal beliefs or stands on various issues.

So once again I bring news with a heavy heart.....

One of CPI's longest members and performers made his last ride this morning. Vern Woodbury was a
favorite wherever he went, and was always guaranteed to make everyone listening laugh and have a
good time.

Along with being one of the last real cowboys Vern was the recipient of the 2009 Cowboy Poets of Idaho
Hall of Fame award and loved entertaining people and making them smile.

Thank you for all the laughs Vern, you will be sorely missed... Funeral/Memorial service information will
be shared as it becomes available.

February 6, 2016

Lewis Kanirie CPI Webmaster

Wayne Nelson
From CowboyPoetry.com

Idaho poet and songwriter Wayne Nelson was known far and wide for his poem, "Snowville." He tells he
wrote the poem in about 1990, "...remembering a rodeo I watched as a kid in Blackfoot, Idaho, where I
grew up. A white Brahma bull named Bluebell exploded out of chute two and into my memory as the
most beautiful example of bovine grace, power and majesty my 11-year-old eyes had ever seen.

"A decade or so later, after studying Western History and finding such sparse information on Black
cowboys, I began to feel a nagging sense of the injustice that African Americans have endured for
centuries. The idea hit me one night while working graveyard shift in a fertilizer plant in Pocatello as I
pondered all the good Black friends I had in the Air Force who would have loved to be cowboys but were
discouraged by racial prejudice from setting foot in 'cow country." I couldn't help but feel that I owed
them something, so I resurrected my memories of old Bluebell, changed his name to 'Snowville'—after a
little cowtown in Northern Utah—to emphasize his whiteness, and combined it with the comical situation
of turning a buzzed-up ton of bull into a bar full of rednecks. 'Snowville' was first published in John
Dofflemyer's 'Dry Crik Review' in 1991...."

Sadly, Wayne Nelson died August 8, 2015. He will be dearly missed by his countless friends, fans, and
loving family.

Find a tribute video by Lewis Kanirie of the Cowboy Poets of Idaho, of which Wayne was a long-time
member: https://youtu.be/M62fXxtkSKs.

Wayne Nelson had been chosen to make a return appearance at theWestern Folklife Center's annual
National Cowboy Poetry Gathering in January.

Read more about Wayne Nelson at CowboyPoetry.com,www.cowboypoetry.com/waynenelson.htm, and
see a notice here,www.cowboypoetry.com/sincenews8.htm#wn. Find many tributes on his personal
Facebook page, www.facebook.com/wayne.nelson.5623.

Some of this post is excerpted from a July 21, 2014 post.

Vernetta Woodbury

Vernetta Woodbury passed away Thursday, Aug 15, 2013 in Mackay, Idaho

She is survived by her husband, Vern and their six children, Vernae (Davis) Buck of Pocatello; Randy
(Gina) Woodbury amd Bryce (Stephanie) Woodbury, both of Mackay; Teri (Van) Price of Malad; Kirk(Kim)
Woodbury of Jerome; and Susan (Wes) Collins of Moore. One brother, Robert Baird; 32 grandchildren
and 54 great-grandchildren.

Vernetta attended numerous Cowboy Poets of Idaho gatherings with Vern. We will miss her terribly.


Pete Angell, the grandfather of one of CPI's most talented musicians, Colt Angell, has left this troubled
world and rode across the Great Divide. This hard working and gentle man will be missed by so many
that it will be difficult to find a parking place to attend his service at Bidwell's Funeral Home, next to
Broulim's grocery in St. Anthony at 9:00 AM Monday, November 19th.

Meeting him and his deceased wife, Norma, was one of the most life changing experiences I can
remember. I'd just discovered that the world of cowboy poetry and music had its own representatives
close to home in the form of Cowboy Poets of Idaho, who held gatherings throughout the state. That old
white bull, “Snowville”, had got me invited to the Elko Gathering in 1991 and it was there that I met
Colen Sweeten, who signed me up and told me to get to the St. Anthony Gathering that April. My singing
partner at the time, and dear friend, Cheryl Mueller, and I felt like fish out of water as we walked into the
Roxy Theater where it had all began six or seven years before that. We signed up for an open session
and sang to a sparse but appreciative daytime audience. As we left the Roxy to find a place to eat, Colt,
with his grandparents, Pete and Norma met us on the sidewalk, introduced themselves, and asked if
we'd like to entertain the upcoming Fremont County Wagon Train excursion in Island Park that summer.
We gratefully accepted, and began a friendship that, through the years, blossomed into one of the most
treasured relationships of my life.

Colt was just a button then, whose size belied his abilities, both as a seasoned cowboy and a musician.
Through Pete's loving generosity and patience, coupled with Norma's encouragement, he'd already
learned to ride anything with hair on it, operate every piece of farm equipment he could see through the
steering wheel of, and play every instrument he had access to.

Over the years, Becky, Cheryl and I spent many fun filled evenings at Pete's place, playing with Colt
and listening to Pete and Norma's amazing stories of a lifetime of ranching, logging and hunting in the
shadow of the Tetons.

Cheryl Mueller eventually became Cheryl Angell, the wife of Colt's dad, Mike. Although Pete had no
interest in being on stage, in and around St. Anthony he was well known as a cafe and campfire
entertainer. His droll, Vern Woodbury style, catch-you-off-guard sense of humor brought belly laughs to
everybody who had the pleasure of knowing him. No matter what the subject, Pete always had a
comment that showed his unique perspective, often laced with humor that left it permanently etched in
your memory.

The Angell Family, men and women alike, are well known in the toe of Idaho's boot for their
fearlessness, toughness and generosity. I only knew Pete for a couple of decades, but I never left his
presence without a feeling of warmth that enriched my spirit. To me, and I'm certain many others, Pete
Angell exemplified all that is good and admirable of the Idaho Cowboy.
/-Snake River Wayne Nelson, November 18th, 2012.

Jack Riggs

On a sad note, long time CPI member, friend and supporter Jack Riggs, passed away on May 9th. Jack
and his wife Joyce were enthusiastic and ardent supporters of Cowboy poetry and music. They, along
with their friends, the Whiteheads, never missed a gathering no matter the location. They traveled all
over the State of Idaho and parts of Montana to attend gatherings and festivals. Jack said "the
Gatherings are more fun than going on a cruise and a lot less expensive." jack and Joyce, along with
the Whiteheads, have been featured in the CPI News Letter.

Jack will be sorely missed and our condolences go out to the family.

Funeral sevices will be held at the Menan Stake center 698 N. 3600 E. Menan Id. at 11:00 a.m.
Thursday May 14, 2015.

Viewing on Wednesday May 13 from 7:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. and prior to the funeral services on
Thursday from 9:30 a.m. to 10:45 a.m. Both at the church.


Longtime friend and CPI (Cowboy Poets of Idaho) supporter, Elden Thompson, passed away June 3,
2015 at Stonebridge Assisted Living in Hagerman Idaho. Elden was 85 years old and a resident of Bliss
Idaho. Elden was retired from the Union Pacific Railroad and was an accomplished Rancher and
Cowboy all his life. His love for Cowboy Poetry and Music was demonstrated by his ardent and
enthusiastic support for the art form of cowboy Poetry. Elden was a member/performer for the cowboy
Poets of Idaho. He served on the board of directors for the Cowboy Poets of Idaho and the local chapter
of Cowboy Trails and Tales in Hagerman. He was heavily involved with organizing and supporting the
annual Hagerman Gathering. The Hagerman Gathering is now in its tenth year and Elden was there from
its inception. He was very proud of the degree of success the event has enjoyed.

Elden and his wife Mavis rarely missed a CPI sponsored event. They attended and he performed at CPI
events throughout Idaho, Oregon, Wyoming and Montana. Elden’s performances were highlighted by an
evening performance one year ago at the 2014 Hagerman Gathering. He performed on the night show in
front of a large enthusiastic crowd and had them all laughing hilariously with his selection of poetry and
his presentation. It is fitting that his last performance was met with such enthusiasm and in the venue
(at Hagerman) which he helped organize and so greatly contributed.

A graveside service will be held at 11:00 am, Saturday June 6, 2015 at Upper Clover Creek Cemetery, 7.5
miles North of Bliss on the bliss Hill city Rd. A celebration of Life will follow the graveside at Lower
Salmon Team House, Hagerman Id. Arrangements are under the care and direction of Demaray
 Service – Gooding chapel where the obituary is written and condolences can be posted.

Our sympathies go out to the family. On behalf of CPI, a great big “Thanks goes out to Elden and his
Wife Mavis for the support throughout the years and being part of the CPI family!” Elden will be missed!