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Obituaries: Reynolds, Robbins

Aldin Reynolds: 1956 – 2022

Former Gillette resident, Aldin Lee Reynolds, 66, of Plentywood, Montana, passed away Friday, May 13, 2022. Aldin is now at peace spending time with his mom, Irene and dad, Vernon. They are all probably watching old westerns, especially Gunsmoke.
Aldin was born May 5, 1956, the oldest child to Vernon and Irene Reynolds in Barstow, California, at the Marine Base where Vernon was stationed.

In 1957, the family moved back to Gillette where Aldin grew up on the ranch. Aldin loved to sketch pictures of bull riders, bareback riders and saddle bronc riders when he was younger. He was a bull rider himself.
Aldin would spend many summers with his uncle Ellis and aunt Jean helping on their ranch.

Aldin graduated from Campbell County High School in 1974 and then went to mechanics school in Thermopolis, Wyoming. After leaving Thermoplis he began working in the oil fields working for various companies. He loved to tinker with motors tearing them apart and rebuilding. Aldin was a very talented backhoe operator, maybe even one of the best in the country. He was a very hard worker and enjoyed working outdoors.

Aldin enjoyed his BBQ and socializing, he never knew a stranger, he would talk to anyone. He enjoyed talking about the good old days to anyone that would listen. Aldin loved his dog Gizmo.

Aldin married Cheryl Kettrey, into this marriage a beautiful baby girl was born, Billie Jo. They later divorced. Aldin married Debbie Roberts, into this marriage two wonderful boys were born, Aldin Lynn and Basil Tyrone. Debbie also brought into this union two girls, Laurie and Cheri. They later divorced. After several years Aldin married Paula “Katie” Ryan.
Aldin is survived by his wife, Katie; children, Billie Jo, Aldin (Nicole), Basil, Laurie (Rosie), and Cheri; grandchildren, Natishia (Kyle), Tayern, Josh, Isla, Cali, Aldin, Parker, Mathew, Hunter, Courtny, and Dezirae (Jeriah); great-grandchildren, Kase, Declan, and Torvin; brother, Darrell (Deb); sister, Debbie (Rick); and several nieces, nephews, aunts, uncles, cousins and friends.
Aldin was preceded in death by his parents; and grandson, Willie.

No services are planned at this time.
A celebration of life will take place at a later date. Memorials and condolences may be sent to Deb Friedlan, 103 W. Valley Dr., Gillette, WY 82716.

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Orel Kathleen Robbins: 1927 – 2022

Orel (Orla) Kathleen Robbins, 95, passed away Friday, May 13, 2022 at The Legacy in Gillette, WY. She was surrounded by her loving family.

Orel was born April 1, 1927 in a one room cabin on the banks of Tongue River in Dayton, WY.  She attended 1st grade in Dayton.

Orel was the sixth of eight children for Harry Lindsey and Bertha (Kincaid) Lindsey. Orel spent her youth helping her parents and siblings with the daily chores.  Her parents raised livestock and had a large garden where they sold produce. What wasn’t sold was preserved for the family.   They seldom purchased any food, which required the entire family to work and toil in order to survive.  When Orel was in second grade, the family moved to Wyola, MT where they purchased a small ranch.  Being prosperous, her parents sold this small plot of land and purchased a larger ranch near Lodge Grass, MT. Orel attended Wyola School through the eighth grade.  She forfeited her high school education to help her family on the ranch.

On August 1, 1945 she married Cleo Robbins after a three day courtship. Cleo was serving in the military, and they corresponded for four years prior to his honorable discharge.  They made their home on a dust bowl ranch where Rumford, SD was their closest address. After struggling for five years, they lost their ranch and moved to Igloo, SD.  In 1961, they moved to Sheridan.  Orel remained in the Sheridan and Ranchester areas until recent years.

In her early years, she worked at the Silver Spur, The Ranch House, and The Magnum Restaurant. Following retirement, she was a teacher’s companion and helper for years and spent much of her time reading to young students.

Orel loved the Big Horn Mountains and spent many hours fishing, hunting, gathering, and camping.  She was a rawhide artist and a beading enthusiast, and she took pride in the fact that she utilized every part of any animal she harvested.

Mrs. Robbins was proceeded in death by her parents Harry and Bertha Lindsey, her twin sons Harry and Frank Robbins, her husband Cleo Robbins and her longtime companion Elmo Harris.

She is survived by her children, Carmen (Alan) Hubble of Gillette, WY; Donna Wilson of Sheridan, WY; and Bertha (Jim) Cox of Gillette, WY. She also leaves behind numerous grandchildren and great grandchildren.

A celebration of life will be at the Legacy – date to be determined.

A private family gathering will be held at the Big Horn Battlefield where she’ll be laid to rest with her husband Cleo.

Arrangements are under the care of Walker Funeral Home, Gillette, WY.

In lieu of flowers, Orel has requested donations to a local charity of giver’s choice.

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