Obituaries: Gearhart; Tyrrell; Holbrook

Steve Wayne Gearhart

Steve Wayne GearhartMarch 4, 1959 – August 1, 2022

Memorial service for Steve Gearhart will be held at 2:00 p.m., Thursday, August 11, 2022 at Gillette Memorial Chapel.

Steve Wayne Gearhart, age 63 was called home August 1, 2022 to spend eternity with Jesus.

Steve was the first-born son of Beverly Gearhart and Charles “Bud” Gearhart on March 4, 1959 in Leadville, CO. He was later joined by his brothers, Gary and Ronnie and sister, Rhonda. Together as a family they moved to Delta, UT and later moved to Gillette, WY in 1977.

Steve graduated Campbell County High School in the same year. Steve went on to meet his now former wife, Pam and she gave birth to their first son (Steven Gearhart). Steve enjoyed coaching son Steven’s basketball teams and loved the time spent with the rest of the Rozet Mustangs basketball team. Steve would load the players up into the “big blue” van and away they’d go. His coaching days didn’t stop there, Steve went on to coach his son’s and nephew’s baseball teams.

Steve could also be found at the local BMX track watching his youngest son (Kaleb Lamasters) tear up the track. He always got a kick out of watching Kaleb carry around trophies bigger than himself. Steve became a “papa” in 2019 when his daughter-in-law Melissa and son, Steven gave birth to Hudson Wayne Gearhart. Steve couldn’t be more excited to hear they shared middle names. He spent the last 15 years with the love of his life, Gayle. Gayle has two children (Ashley and Robert) and 5 grandchildren that he loved dearly and thought of as his own.

Steve was a man of few words, unless you got him talking about his passions which included childhood memories with his kids, nephews, grandkids, fishing, road trips with Gayle and Harleys. The neighborhood kids always loved being around Steve, he would loan out dirt bikes, go carts, for the kids to ride and was the best quarterback on the block.

He worked hard and was a giver, he gave everything even if it left him with nothing. Steve had his longest careers with Coca Cola bottling, Hettinger Welding, and DA Eldridge. He loved his co-workers and considered most of them family. Steve’s most recent job included driving for the local cab company. He enjoyed talking with people and making sure they got home safely.

He was the definition of a good man and although Steve’s time on earth was cut short, he made a long-lasting impression on everyone he met. Steve now joins his Father in heaven and will be greeting us at the gate.

He will truly be missed by his family mother, Beverly Gearhart, sons, Steven and Kaleb; daughter, Melissa; daughter-in-law, Melissa; brothers, Gary and Ron; sister, Rhonda; daughter-in-law, Melissa Gearhart; nieces, Terynn, Cassidy, Misty; nephews, Casey, Shane, Tanner, Kelby, and Taylor; grandson, Hudson; partner, Gayle and Family.

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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 www.gillettememorialchapel.com

Walter Elmer Tyrrell

Walter Elmer TyrrellSeptember 7, 1932 – August 3, 2022

Funeral service for Walter Tyrrell will be held at 11:00 a.m., Thursday, August 11, 2022 at The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints 1500 O’Hara Drive, Gillette with interment to follow at Mt. Pisgah Cemetery. Visitation will take place from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m., Wednesday, August 10, 2022 at Walker Funeral Home.

Walter E “Buck” Tyrrell returned to his Heavenly Home on August 3, 2022 after a short illness at the age of 89. His goal was to make it to 90 and fell 35 days short of reaching that milestone. Buck was born on September 7, 1932 to Charley E and Viola Fern Tyrrell in Gillette Wyoming.

He was one of the original pioneers of Campbell County that was born and lived his life here. He grew up during the heart of the depression and learned to sacrifice at a young age and that served him well throughout his life.

In 1950, he joined the Air Force during the Korean conflict and was assigned to Warren Air Force Base in Cheyenne and later sent to Paris France as a military mail coordinator. He served until his honorable discharge in 1955.

After military service, he met the love of his life Dorothy Robertson in Jackson Wyoming where they were married on September 10, 1955. He loved and revered his wife and faithfully stood by her for 67 years. To this union came 4 children, Teri, Joan, Curtis, and Diana. He was a devoted husband and father and wanted the best for his family and was an excellent provider, protector, teacher and mentor. He was proud of all of his kids for their accomplishments throughout their lives.

Right after their marriage, they drove from Jackson to Laramie so that he could attend the University of Wyoming where he obtained a BS degree in accounting. He moved back to Gillette and began working at Saunders Lumber Company as a bookkeeper where he worked for 29 years and retired in 1988 when the lumberyard was sold.

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He loved the work he did and loved to work hard. He had incredible integrity and attention to detail in everything he did that many people in today’s world rarely have. He was dependable, reliable and always told the truth in every situation he was in.

His integrity was a high priority to him and he valued that the most of his many good traits.

Family was everything to Buck and he loved his brothers and sisters and their kids and he was loved by them. He took the time to get to know all of them and was considered a favorite by many nieces and nephews and tried to stay in contact with them as often as he could. He loved his grandchildren and great grandchildren and loved it when they would come and visit. He was proud of all of them and their accomplishments.

Once he got to know someone, he could tell if they had the morals that he approved of, and then he became a loyal friend for life. Many of his friends knew that his word was his honor and could trust anything that he committed to. He was always on time and was never late to any event or appointment and was usually at least a half hour early.

He also had a great sense of humor and loved to tell jokes and laugh and find humor in everything. He was quick witted and people loved to be around him just to get a laugh.

He was a lifelong Wyoming Cowboy fan and attended games as often as he could and watched them on TV.

He loved to hunt and fish and spent a lot of time outdoors whenever he could. Later in life, he liked going to Deadwood and have day trips to the casino, doing puzzles, and playing cards with his wife and friends.

He is survived by his wife Dorothy; children Teri (Steve) Bagwell of Ft Mojave Arizona; Joan Robbins of Gillette Wyoming; Curtis (Yolanda) Tyrrell of Riverton Utah; and Diana (Jim) Schow of Grantsville Utah; 11 grandchildren, 17 great-grandchildren and numerous nieces and nephews.

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Memorials and condolences may be sent in care of Walker Funeral Home 410 Medical Arts Court, Gillette, WY 82716. Condolences may also be expressed at www.walkerfuneralgillette.com

Ronald John Holbrook

Ronald John Holbrook: June 20, 1940 – August 2, 2022

Ronald John Holbrook, 82, of Gillette passed away Tuesday, Aug. 2, 2022, peacefully, at his home, surrounded by his family.

Visitation is from 4-6 p.m. Monday, Aug. 8 at the Gillette Memorial Chapel. A celebration of life begins at 11 a.m. Tuesday, Aug. 9 at the Family Life Church, 480 South Hwy. 50 in Gillette with Pastor Marty Crump officiating. Following the celebration, there will be a reception in the Wyoming Room at the Best Western (Towers West).  Interment will be at Moore Hill Cemetery in Hulett, Wyoming.

Ron was born June 20, 1940, in Grangeville, Idaho, to Albert and Lois Butts. He was raised in Hereford, Oregon, on the family ranch. Ron played high school football in Hereford where he graduated in 1958. After graduation he continued ranch work until 1959, when Ron met the love of his life, Beverly Jean Cape, at a dance. Ron and Bev were married Sept. 10, 1960, in Baker, Oregon, where they were blessed with three beautiful daughters, Tanya, Robin, and Ronita.

Throughout their time living in Hereford, Ron worked for the forest service and as a logger. In 1973, Ron moved his family to Saratoga, Wyoming, where he continued working as a logger until 1974. Ron then moved his family to Gillette, where he began truck driving for True Oil for four years. Ron, AKA, “Truck” by his coworkers, began working with Bel Ayre Mine in 1978 where he would remain until he retired in 2002.

After his retirement he worked for Advance Truck and Auto moving vehicles until they went out of business.

When it comes to hobbies and interests, Ron was all about his family. He enjoyed watching all his children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren in all of their activities. If he wasn’t attending those, you could find him at home enjoying them on the TV or radio.

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Ron was a charter member of the Gillette Elks Lodge #2825 and was officer of the year in 2003 and 2004. He was a key member in starting up the annual Gillette Elks Hoop Shoot and proudly continued to help with it until his health forced him to step back.

His biggest achievement and his most prized possession were always his family and the relationships he built with his friends over his 82 years.

Ron never met a stranger. In fact, one time he had accidentally called the wrong number and ended up speaking with that person for over an hour.

Ron is survived by his wife of 62 years, Beverly; children, Tanya (Pete) Reynolds, Robin (Joey) Cash, and Ronita (Nathan) Shouldis; 10 grandchildren; 22 great-grandchildren; 4 great-great-grandchildren; sister, Phyllis (Ken) Colpitts; and one niece.

He was preceded in death by his parents; his sister, Elaine Downen; brothers-in-law, Jack Downen and Duane Dowell; nephew, K.C. Colpitts; and his lifelong friends, Ed and Helen Barnette, and Tyke Conroy. Memorials and condolences may be sent in care of Gillette Memorial Chapel, 210 W. Fifth St., Gillette, WY 82716. Condolences also may be expressed at gillettememorialchapel.com.