Funeral Services for 91 year old Louise Turk, of Kaycee, Wyoming who passed away Tuesday morning at the Amie Holt Care Center in Buffalo, will be held at the Harold Jarrard Park in Kaycee on Saturday, September 28th at 11:00 a.m. with Reverend Carol Buckingham officiating. A committal service will follow at the Kaycee Cemetery and then a reception will be held at the Harold Jarrard Park. Donations in Mrs. Turk’s memory may be made in lieu of flowers to the Hoofprints of the Past Museum in care of the Harness Funeral Home at 351 N. Adams in Buffalo.
Louise was born November 29, 1921 in Buffalo, Wyoming to Daniel T. and Helen (Skinner) Brown. Louise grew up in the Sussex community and attended Sussex school through the eighth grade. She received one semester of high school at home under the supervision of Anna Patrick. Louise was unable to finish her schooling as her parents lost the lease on the ranch they worked during the Great Depression and moved to their homestead approximately four miles south of Sussex.
In October 1940, Louise married Brookie Earl Turk in Gillette, Wyoming. In early 1942 the family moved to Issaquah, Washington, where Brookie and Louise’s father and brother worked in the shipyards during WWII. In 1944 they returned to Wyoming and began working for Peter Meike and Sons herding sheep, continuing her fifty five plus year career. In 1948, Louise and Brookie bought their home on the Powder River from Brookie's brother, Halsey. After Brookie died in December 1981, Louise continued to herd sheep on the Big Horn Mountains until she retired in 1998. Shortly after her retirement, Louise finished her autobiography describing her time working on the range. “Sheep” was published in 2001 by Raleigh, North Carolina based publisher Pentland Press, Inc. Family described the book as one of Louise's proudest accomplishments. A sequel to Louise's first book, “And More Sheep!” was published in 2006 by Medallion Books and later by BLT Enterprises.
Louise lived at her home in Sussex until she sold it in 2010 and moved to the Meike Bunkhouse in Kaycee where she resided until January 2013, when she moved to the Amie Holt Care Center, where she continued to live until the time of her death. Her hobbies included collecting arrowheads and working crossword/jigsaw puzzles. She loved cooking, reading, and listening to live music, caring for animals, and any occasion to catch up with friends and family. Louise was a lifelong learner and a natural conversationalist.
Louise's family would like to thank the many friends who helped Louise make the transition from ranch life to the warmth of the Meike Bunkhouse and then to her journeys end. The family also expresses appreciation to the staff at the Johnson County Memorial Hospital and the Amie Holt Care Center for their daily kindness and dedication shown in making Louise feel treasured and respected during her stay. Each staff member treated Louise with dignity and compassion, for which we will be forever grateful.
Louise is survived by her younger sister, Ruth Lane of Selma, California; children: Brookie Turk of Tacoma, Washington and Vivian Long of Buffalo, Wyoming, ten grandchildren, nine great grandchildren, and five great, great grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her husband, Brookie Turk; her parents, Dan and Helen Brown; her brothers: Marshal, Fred, James and Dan; her sister Julie; and stepson, Raleigh Turk