Obituaries: Smiley, McCabe

Kevin Ray Smiley

Kevin Ray Smiley: 4/19/59 – 7/15/22

Kevin’s journey on this earth came to a close in Gillette, WY with his siblings, children, grandchildren and mother by his side.

Kevin was born in Pierre, SD, the 4th of 5 children, to Bill and Marie Smiley. He attended grade school in Fort Pierre, SD, and after moving with his family to Sheridan he attended junior high school at Holy Name, then Sheridan High School, graduating in 1977. Kevin planned to continue his basketball career after graduation, but unfortunately he lost his eye in a firework accident.

After high school Kevin married Kristina Ballek. Together, they raised three children – Nicholas, Nichole and Shelby. During his time in Sheridan, Kevin worked as a skilled carpenter, eventually co-owning and operating Blacktooth Construction. When he wasn’t working, you could find him teaching his kids his love for basketball at the YMCA. After spending some time living in Montana, South Dakota and Texas, he moved to Gillette where he continued working in construction.

Kevin was a proud Lakota Sioux, which was evident in his love of nature, all living things, camping and hunting. He loved building sweat lodges, and hosting sweat ceremonies. He was happiest with the earth under his feet, and loved collecting holy rocks everywhere he went. Kevin will be remembered as always finding the beauty in everything, seeing the good in every person, and touching many lives.

Kevin loved his children and grandchildren with all his heart. He was also quite the jokester and prankster. He always had the last puzzle piece hidden in his pocket, and he loved masking up and scaring his friends and neighbors. There have been stories that he liked to throw his glass eye on the table during a game of poker. His sense of humor would always put a smile on your face.

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His creativity knew no bounds. His beadwork on medicine bags, purses, moccasins and belts was second to none. He loved to make special keepsakes for all of his friends and family. A most caring man.

Kevin is preceded in death by his father Bill, nephew Jarid, and grandson Will. He leaves his Mom, Marie, siblings Marilyn, Billie Jo (Bill), Kathy (Ben), and Danny (Kim). He is also survived by his children; Nick (Lauren), Nichole (Dustin), and Shelby (Austin), his grandchildren; Grant, Hunter, Arrow, Kai, Kenley and Kase, and numerous beloved nieces, nephews and friends. To assist with Kevin’s final wishes memorials and condolences may be sent in care of Gillette Memorial Chapel 210 West 5th Street, Gillette, WY 82716.

A Celebration of Life will be held on Tuesday, September 6, 2022 at 12pm at The Pine Island Group Area in the Bighorn National Forest – off of US-14 just south of Arrowhead Lodge.

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Pat Rick McCabe

Pat Rick McCabeApril 27, 1947 – July 26, 2022

Memorial service for Pat McCabe will be held at 10:30 a.m., Saturday, August 6, 2022 at Journey Church with Pastor Grant Clark officiating.

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Pat Rick McCabe, age 75, of Gillette, Wyoming died Tuesday, July 26, 2022, at his home following a valiant battle with heart disease and bone cancer. Pat was born in Cortez, Colorado on April 27, 1947, to Francis and Thelma McCabe.  He married Juanita (Nene) Rose Lorewald on September 5, 1966, in Cortez.  In 1968 they moved to Gillette, Wyoming where they raised their family and enjoyed an abundant life.

Pat worked in the oilfield from the onset of moving to Wyoming. He was a part owner of Sun Cementing of Wyoming, Inc., and working at a variety of companies in between with retirement from Basic Energy Services in August of 2018. Pat and Nene set up a smoke shop in the old Lipman’s Clothing building from 1990-1991 and met and made many new friends.

Born to this union was Richard (Rick) James McCabe (Colleen), Gillette, Nicki Ralynn Bain (Paul) Casper, Stacy Francis McCabe, Gillette, and Steven Michael McCabe (Desire), Casper.  He is also grandfather to Tyler T. McCabe, Taylor Marie McCabe, Eric Christopher Bain, Kaitlyn Marie Bain, Alyssa Leigh McCabe Bryan Hinton, Kaitlynne Alexia Johansen, and Peyton James McCabe. Great-grandfather to Brody David Bain, Tuff Charles Hinton, Bella Deene Hinton, and Baby Boy Hinton to be born in December 2022.

Pat enjoyed traveling to various parts of the United States particularly enjoying Las Vegas, Reno, and Mesquite where they enjoyed gambling and participating is USBC’s National Bowling Tournaments. Deadwood was a favorite get-a-way and once each family held their own Christmas traditions; Christmas Eve in Deadwood became his tradition.  He also reigned over the Thanksgiving eve Texas Hold’em matches with the family!!  In addition to bowling on the Ball n Chain league at Camelanes, Pat enjoyed pitching horseshoe at the Fireside Horseshoe Club where he received numerous awards and the Moose Lodge Horseshoe League. He also enjoyed camping and fishing with his family especially the Buffalo Lion’s Club Annual Memorial Day Weekend fishing tournament at Lake DeSmet. Pat was a Past Governor at the Gillette Moose Lodge #1957, a member of the Gillette Eagles Lodge, the Gillette Elks Club and a Member of the Sons of the American Legion.  He and his wife were instrumental in starting the Special Person Darts which hosted an annual dart tournament on the Saturday before Super Bowl every year. Many children and adults participated from the Northeastern Wyoming area.

Pat developed a love for classic cars and started acquiring his treasures which included a 1967 Chevrolet Impala he bought from his friend Bum in Sundance, then the 1955 Chevrolet Coupe from Colorado, and then on his 74th birthday he purchased the 1956 Chevrolet Bel Air here in Gillette at an auction!  Drove it to his birthday party in style and has gone to breakfast in it just two weeks ago!!

Pat is survived by his four children, seven grandchildren, four great-grandchildren: His twin brothers Rex (Terry) McCabe, Cortez, Colorado, Reed (Nihla) McCabe, Cortez, Colorado, and sister in law, Beth McCabe, Cortez, Colorado and numerous nieces and nephews.  He is preceded in death by his parents, his wife, Nene; Brother’s Dean (Roberta) McCabe, and Jay McCabe, and grandson Shawn Paul Bain.  A memorial has been established to benefit the Moose Lodge SP Darts.  Memorials and condolences may be sent in Pat’s name in care of Walker Funeral Home, 410 Medical Arts Court, Gillette, Wyoming 82716.  Condolences may also be sent via our website at www.walkerfuneralgillette.com.