Obituaries: Rennicks; Duvall; Davis

LELAND B. RENNICKS

Leland Rennicks: August 28, 1934 – September 16, 2022

On September 16, 2022, Leland Rennicks of Douglasville, Georgia passed of natural causes at the age of 88.  He will be sadly missed and fondly remembered by all who know and love him.

Funeral services for Leland will be conducted on Thursday, September 29, 2022 at the Church at The Barn (#2 W McKenzie Rd, Gillette, WY ) beginning with visitation at 11:00a.m., with formal services starting at 12:00 p.m.  A burial with Military Honors will be held after the church service at Black Hills National Cemetery (20901 Pleasant Valley Dr, Sturgis, SD 57785) starting promptly at 3:00p.m.

Condolences for the family may be expressed on this tribute page, and memorial contributions may be sent to in care Of Gillette Memorial Chapel, 210 W. 5th St., Gillette, WY. 82716


Verlin G. Duvall

Verlin G. Duvall: January 16, 1932 – September 20, 2022

Verlin passed on September 20, 2022 at The Legacy Living and Rehabilitation Center in Gillette, Wyoming at the age of 90.  With his loving spouse of 68 years and other family members close by, Verlin slipped gracefully away, to be sadly missed and fondly remembered by all who know and love him.

Verlin G. Duvall was born January 16, 1932, in Gillette, Wyoming. Verlin grew up on the Duvall Family Cattle Ranch near Rozet. Verlin attended Rozet School where he played basketball and was an honor student. After graduation, Verlin worked as a mechanic and then served in the Army during the Korean War. After an honorable discharge, he married the love of his life, Judith Kimball Hatfield. They had two children: Michael and Debra. Verlin attended Sheridan College and the University of Wyoming where he received a Bachelor of Science Degree in Range and Wildlife Management. Upon college graduation, Verlin worked for the Soil Conservation Service in Valentine, Nebraska. Wanting to move closer to his family, he took a job in the oilfield near Upton, Wyoming. Verlin and family moved from Upton to the family ranch near Rozet and he then worked for Belle Fourche Pipeline, a division of True Oil. Verlin retired in 1978 from the oilfield. Verlin then farmed alfalfa hay and combined alfalfa seed the rest of his life. He loved the land and his work.

Verlin loved cars and bought a new car every couple of years. He also had numerous old cars, pickups, tractors, a 1936 RD4 Caterpillar bulldozer, and assorted farm machinery. Verlin could get any engine or machine to run, often machining his own parts.

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Verlin specifically loved his children, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren. He was fun-loving and adventurous. He built go-carts, rode motorcycles and snowmobiles. Verlin always had a fun activity for the children to do on the ranch.

Verlin is survived by his wife Judith Duvall of Rozet; children Michael Duvall of Santa Monica and Debra Miller (Gerry) of Laramie; grandchildren Jake Miller (Rebecca) and great-grandchild Landyn; Holly Bray (Nolan)and great-grandchildren Kaitlyn, Maddie, Allie, Elliana, Orrin of Gillette; Zach Miller (Luna) and great-grandchild Leo of Los Angeles.

Funeral services will be conducted for Verlin on Monday, September 26, at Gillette Memorial Chapel (210 W. 5th St) beginning at 10:00 a.m.  A burial with military honors will be held at Rozet Cemetery immediately following the chapel service.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be given to the American Legion Post #42, 200 Rockpile Blvd, Gillette, WY 82716.  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


Linda Davis

Linda DavisNovember 6, 1945 – September 21, 2022

Linda Jean Davis, 76, passed away September 21, 2022, at her home in Gillette.

She was born November 6, 1945, in Worland, Wyoming to Ralph and Sylvia (Garbutt) Reed.

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In her childhood on the family farm, she befriended calves who became her pets. One particular calf loved her so much he would chase the school bus as she rode away. As a child, Linda also excelled at and had a great passion for playing the accordion, which she did with gusto, dreaming of playing on the Lawrence Welk Show.

In the mid 60s, her life took her to Laramie to attend the University of Wyoming where she met Timothy Davis who recalled the first time he saw her in class, she was sleeping. They would marry in 1968 in Torrington where Tim had taken a job teaching at Eastern Wyoming College. They would later relocate to Gillette in 1970 where she remained for the rest of her life except for the period of 1990-1991, when she returned to the University of Wyoming to complete her accounting degree after years of working and raising her family in Gillette.

In Gillette she worked in the business office for Getter Trucking from 1968 to 1990. In 1992, shortly after returning from Laramie, she went to work for L&H Industrial as an accountant and then as the controller. She retired in 2015.

Linda had a great love for the Big Horn Mountains. She loved to go fishing but didn’t like worms so was adept at baiting the hook without touching the worm. She was a lifetime lover of cats and all creatures great and small. She loved to garden. She was also a Life Master bridge player who played until she couldn’t play anymore.

Linda is survived by her children Terri Lesley (Doug), Jeff Davis, Ruby Rector, and Sandra Cowley (Sean); grandchildren Jessica Johnson, Jennifer Hunter (Brad), Tyler Lesley (Celene), Ethan Rector, Trevor Davis (Melissa), Megan Davis, Brandon Cowley, and Kate Cowley; great grandchildren Haley Hunter, Kiley Hunter, Rian Johnson, and Kaiden Johnson.

She was preceded in death  by her husband Timothy Davis.

A gathering to commemorate Linda’s life will be held at the Gillette Memorial Chapel on Wednesday, September 28. Her family will receive friends between 4:30 p.m. and 6:30 p.m.

Donations may be made to Wyoming Public Media, 1000 E. University Avenue, Dept. 394, Laramie, WY 82071 in Linda’s honor. Remembrances and condolences can be shared via the internet at www.gillettememorialchapel.com