John “Pappy” Norfolk

Obituaries | Gillette, Wyoming

John “Pappy” Norfolk, 72, of Gillette, Wyoming, passed away Sunday, October 18, 2020, at Campbell County Health, due to heart failure.

John was born September 7, 1948 to William “Ed” and Anna (Audap) Norfolk in Gillette, Wyoming.  Pappy was raised 40 miles north of Gillette on the family ranch on the Little Powder River. Growing up, John went to country schools and graduated from Campbell County High School in 1966. After high school, Pappy worked with his family on the ranch and did some construction work on Spearfish Canyon Road.

In 1968, John joined the United States Marine Corps and went to Viet Nam. After he was discharged from the Marine Corps, he rejoined his family on the ranch.

John enjoyed coming to town whenever he could get away from the ranch to visit with friends. He was a member of many civil organizations and enjoyed giving time wherever he was needed. John especially loved being a member of the Moose Lodge. He also enjoyed lunch with friends at the Rozet Bar. John was especially fond of ice cream.

Pappy was good at roping, gathering cows and farming.  He had a true eye and gift for selecting cows and bulls for his herd. He truly knew horses and always had the best.

On November 2, 1991, John married Sharon Lasley of Denver Colorado, in Gillette. He was a kind, loving and giving person to many, a good husband and a best friend. Pappy was a connoisseur of anything “old country.” John loved people and will be by a very eclectic group of friends and family.

John was preceded in death by his parents; brother, Harry; and mother and father-in-law.

John is survived by his wife, Sharon of Gillette, Wyoming; brother, Joe (Carol) Norfolk of Guernsey, Wyoming; brother-in-law, Mike (Shan Shan) Hutton of Oregon; sister-in-law, Barbara Norfolk of Winnemucca, Nevada; and nieces and nephews.

In lieu of flowers, donations can be made in John’s name to the Wounded Warrior Project.

Visitation for John “Pappy” Norfolk will be held from 4:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m., Wednesday, October 28, 2020, at Gillette Memorial Chapel. Due to health concerns, a celebration of life will be held at a later date.

Memorials and condolences may be sent in care of Gillette Memorial Chapel 210 West 5th Street, Gillette, WY 82716. Condolences may also be expressed at


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