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Obituaries: Claar; Hansen

Clell Richard “Dick” Claar: September 22, 1947 – October 11, 2022

Clell Richard “Dick” Claar, 75, of Moorcroft, passed away at home on Tuesday, October 11, 2022.
Dick was born on September 22, 1947 to Clell R. and Evelyn (Kimsey) Varner in Alameda, CA. He graduated high school in Aurora, CO. After high school he returned to Moorcroft and met his lifelong love Johnnie Faye Farnsworth. They were married in Newcastle on November 26, 1965. He was drafted and served in Vietnam from 1967 to 1968. He loved his country and was very proud of this service.

Dick and Johnnie Faye made their home in Moorcroft and raised 3 daughters, Kristi, Niki, and Melissa. He worked in the oilfields for a few years. They then purchased the Standard gas station, which they ran
for several years. He then went to work at Buckskin Mine for 25 years before retiring. He was a very hard worker and gave everything he had. He would come in to work anytime they needed him, day or night.

He believed that if you weren’t half an hour early, you were late.

He served as Mayor of Moorcroft for two different terms. He was happy to serve his community, as he loved Moorcroft. He was always talking about things to do to improve the community. He loved fishing with his Son-in-law and grandchildren. He spent many days on Keyhole Lake with his daughter Kristi dreaming about the next big walleye.

Dick was a very hard worker and a proud man. Everything he ever did was for his family. He had a difficult time allowing anyone to help him. He loved to visit and talk about his grandparents, parents, brothers and just about anything from years ago.

Dick was preceded in death by his parents, brothers Mike Claar and Charles Claar, his father-in-law Les Farnsworth, granddaughter Heaven Lea, and great grandson Derek Dani Neiger.

He is survived by his wife, Johnnie Faye Claar of Moorcroft, brother Kendall Claar of Myrtle Beach, SC, Mother-in-law Helen Farnsworth of Gillette, WY, Daughters, Kristi VanHorn of Moorcroft, Niki Crackenberger (TJ) of Sheridan, and Melissa Selfe of Gillette. Grandchildren Lacey Gibbons (JT), Andrew Van Horn, Lisa Van Horn, Lexi Van Horn, Drake Neiger (Tiffney), Brionna Neiger (Austin), Derek Neiger (Dani), Jacob Crackenberger,
Kyle Crackenberger, Andrea Garlick, and Gracie Lara (Kyle).

He had 19 great grandchildren. He had numerous nieces, nephews and cousins.
Memorial donations to honor Dick may be made to West Texas Trail Museum, 100 E. Weston, Moorcroft, WY, 82721.
A celebration of life will be held at the Moorcroft Town Center on October 22, at 11 am. Luncheon to follow

David Hansen

David HansenApril 26, 1946 – October 15, 2022

Funeral services for Dave Hansen will be 1:00 p.m., Thursday, October 20, 2022 at Gillette Memorial Chapel with Pastor Gordon Harper officiating. Interment will follow in Mt. Pisgah Cemetery. Visitation will be held from 4- 7 p.m. on Wednesday, October 19, 2022.
David Louis Hansen, 76, lost his courageous battle with cancer on Oct. 15, 2022 at the Campbell County Memorial Hospital, surrounded by his family.

David was born in Glendive, MT, on April 26, 1946, to Viggo and Frances (Lehman) Hansen. As a young man he lived and worked in several small towns in Montana, Wyoming, and South Dakota.

In 1970, he married Marie Hansen. They lived in Glendive for another 8 years and welcomed two daughters born during that time.

After earning his Montana Master Electrician License, the family moved to Livingston, MT. He was transferred to Gillette, WY, and acquired his Master Electrician License from the State of Wyoming. David held his Master Electrician License for 40 plus years. In 1980, David started his own business, M-D Electric of Gillette. He and Marie worked side by side until he sold the business in 1995. In years to follow he was employed by Hettinger Welding and MCM General Contractors.

David was preceded in death by his parents, a younger sister, Gloria Oberg, grandson, Matthew Fox, and several Aunts, Uncles, and Cousins.

David is survived by Marie, his wife of 52 years, two daughters, Sandra (Curt) Guffin, Sioux Falls, SD, Heather (Will) Luther, Texline, TX; three granddaughters, Ciyah Guffin, Haiden and Myah Luther; one brother, Donald Hansen, Yuma, AZ, two sisters, Carol (Ken) Sturgis, Yuma, AZ, and Loretta (Ron) Bach of Kingsley, MI. He is also survived by his best and trusted friend, Ron Martinson, Gillette, WY.

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.


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