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Rocky Mountain Obituaries 12-5-11

Lawrence E. (Larry) Gilbertz, 82, of Gillette, Wyo., passed away November 26, 2011 at his home.

He was a rancher and cattleman.

He was born February 3, 1929, the son of Campbell County homesteaders, Jake and Lena Gilbertz. He grew up on hard work. He graduated from Campbell County High School, where he excelled on the debate team. He always wanted to be a lawyer, but he laid that dream aside to take over the family ranch when his father asked him to do it.

He had a great intelligence and wide-ranging interests. He could fix anything with baling wire and spit. He educated himself on mineral law, then negotiated hard-nosed contracts with oil and gas developers. Larry traveled the world with his wife. He served on bank boards and school boards. He was a state senator assigned to the appropriations committee for six years.

Larry was a keen observer of life, and the irony of any situation was never lost on him. He could also be prickly, sometimes downright cantankerous.

He married Verna Ann Howell, in 1955. They were partners in work and play for over 56 years. They raised four children. Family life with Larry included healthy doses of yelling, cussing, snorting and stomping, sprinkled with plenty of laughter and fun. The end result was a whole family of opinionated, stubborn kids, who learned how to work hard, work smart, and suck it up when they felt like whining or quitting.

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For most of his life, Larry wasn’t just thin, he was downright skinny. And he was tough. He served in the U.S. Army in post-war Germany in the worst cold he ever knew. He was stomped, kicked and run over by cattle and horses, slid down a telephone pole on his face while trying to fix the line, ran his finger through an auger, drove a snowmobile off the edge of the Pumpkin Buttes, pulled calves in the bitter spring storms and harvested grain in the scorching summer. He liked to party hard. He always kept going.

There were plenty who wished they hadn’t picked a fight with Larry. He sued the IRS and won. He forced mineral development companies to respect the ranch land, clean up their trash and re-seed disturbed areas with his own special grass seed blend. Arguing with Larry was a lost cause. He was always right. Period.

He never lost his purpose in life. He believed passionately in being fair, and he stood up for others when he thought they were being treated wrongly. Many friends and family members turned to him for advice and guidance on financial, legal, and mineral issues.

He loved the ranch and his family. There was a special spot in his heart for his cabins in the Tongue River Canyon. He sought to protect and to care for his family. His father was his friend. He was devoted to his mother. He helped provide for his sisters. He was most afraid when he thought he would lose Mom to cancer. He was extraordinarily proud of his grandchildren. In his 70s, he learned to say “I love you” to his family.

He told his wife that he considered his children his greatest accomplishment in life. There was never any doubt that he loved his family and was proud of them.

He was preceded in death by his parents, sisters Leona Koers, Helen Marshall, Margaret Boyle, Dorothy Clifford and brother Kern DeCourcey.

He is survived by his wife, Verna Ann; four children Kathie Gilbertz Shandera and her husband Steve of Billings, Mont., L.D. Gilbertz and his wife, Rebecca of Gillette, Wyo., Susan Gilbertz of Billings, Mont., and Jay Gilbertz and his wife Elisabeth of Sheridan, Wyo.; eight grandchildren Amy LeMarr, Sarah Shandera, Chris Gilbertz, Anni Shandera-Ochsner, Ty Gilbertz, Laura Benedict, Logan and Gavin Gilbertz; two step-grandchildren, Jake and Daniel Wilson; two great-grandsons Saxton and Brannon LeMarr; numerous nieces and nephews, and extended family members Jody Mills and Marsha Gilbertz.

Memorial services were held November 30, 2011 at St. Matthew’s Catholic Church.

Burial was at Savageton Cemetery.

Memorial contributions may be made to Campbell County Rockpile Museum, the Heptner Cancer Center at Campbell County Memorial Hospital or the charity of one’s choice and may be sent to Walker Funeral Home, 410 Medical Arts Court, Gillette, Wyo., 82716.

Condolences may be sent via the website http://www.WalkerFuneralHome.com.

Lawrence E. (Larry) Gilbertz, 82, of Gillette, Wyo., passed away November 26, 2011 at his home.

He was a rancher and cattleman.

He was born February 3, 1929, the son of Campbell County homesteaders, Jake and Lena Gilbertz. He grew up on hard work. He graduated from Campbell County High School, where he excelled on the debate team. He always wanted to be a lawyer, but he laid that dream aside to take over the family ranch when his father asked him to do it.

He had a great intelligence and wide-ranging interests. He could fix anything with baling wire and spit. He educated himself on mineral law, then negotiated hard-nosed contracts with oil and gas developers. Larry traveled the world with his wife. He served on bank boards and school boards. He was a state senator assigned to the appropriations committee for six years.

Larry was a keen observer of life, and the irony of any situation was never lost on him. He could also be prickly, sometimes downright cantankerous.

He married Verna Ann Howell, in 1955. They were partners in work and play for over 56 years. They raised four children. Family life with Larry included healthy doses of yelling, cussing, snorting and stomping, sprinkled with plenty of laughter and fun. The end result was a whole family of opinionated, stubborn kids, who learned how to work hard, work smart, and suck it up when they felt like whining or quitting.

For most of his life, Larry wasn’t just thin, he was downright skinny. And he was tough. He served in the U.S. Army in post-war Germany in the worst cold he ever knew. He was stomped, kicked and run over by cattle and horses, slid down a telephone pole on his face while trying to fix the line, ran his finger through an auger, drove a snowmobile off the edge of the Pumpkin Buttes, pulled calves in the bitter spring storms and harvested grain in the scorching summer. He liked to party hard. He always kept going.

There were plenty who wished they hadn’t picked a fight with Larry. He sued the IRS and won. He forced mineral development companies to respect the ranch land, clean up their trash and re-seed disturbed areas with his own special grass seed blend. Arguing with Larry was a lost cause. He was always right. Period.

He never lost his purpose in life. He believed passionately in being fair, and he stood up for others when he thought they were being treated wrongly. Many friends and family members turned to him for advice and guidance on financial, legal, and mineral issues.

He loved the ranch and his family. There was a special spot in his heart for his cabins in the Tongue River Canyon. He sought to protect and to care for his family. His father was his friend. He was devoted to his mother. He helped provide for his sisters. He was most afraid when he thought he would lose Mom to cancer. He was extraordinarily proud of his grandchildren. In his 70s, he learned to say “I love you” to his family.

He told his wife that he considered his children his greatest accomplishment in life. There was never any doubt that he loved his family and was proud of them.

He was preceded in death by his parents, sisters Leona Koers, Helen Marshall, Margaret Boyle, Dorothy Clifford and brother Kern DeCourcey.

He is survived by his wife, Verna Ann; four children Kathie Gilbertz Shandera and her husband Steve of Billings, Mont., L.D. Gilbertz and his wife, Rebecca of Gillette, Wyo., Susan Gilbertz of Billings, Mont., and Jay Gilbertz and his wife Elisabeth of Sheridan, Wyo.; eight grandchildren Amy LeMarr, Sarah Shandera, Chris Gilbertz, Anni Shandera-Ochsner, Ty Gilbertz, Laura Benedict, Logan and Gavin Gilbertz; two step-grandchildren, Jake and Daniel Wilson; two great-grandsons Saxton and Brannon LeMarr; numerous nieces and nephews, and extended family members Jody Mills and Marsha Gilbertz.

Memorial services were held November 30, 2011 at St. Matthew’s Catholic Church.

Burial was at Savageton Cemetery.

Memorial contributions may be made to Campbell County Rockpile Museum, the Heptner Cancer Center at Campbell County Memorial Hospital or the charity of one’s choice and may be sent to Walker Funeral Home, 410 Medical Arts Court, Gillette, Wyo., 82716.

Condolences may be sent via the website http://www.WalkerFuneralHome.com.

Lawrence E. (Larry) Gilbertz, 82, of Gillette, Wyo., passed away November 26, 2011 at his home.

He was a rancher and cattleman.

He was born February 3, 1929, the son of Campbell County homesteaders, Jake and Lena Gilbertz. He grew up on hard work. He graduated from Campbell County High School, where he excelled on the debate team. He always wanted to be a lawyer, but he laid that dream aside to take over the family ranch when his father asked him to do it.

He had a great intelligence and wide-ranging interests. He could fix anything with baling wire and spit. He educated himself on mineral law, then negotiated hard-nosed contracts with oil and gas developers. Larry traveled the world with his wife. He served on bank boards and school boards. He was a state senator assigned to the appropriations committee for six years.

Larry was a keen observer of life, and the irony of any situation was never lost on him. He could also be prickly, sometimes downright cantankerous.

He married Verna Ann Howell, in 1955. They were partners in work and play for over 56 years. They raised four children. Family life with Larry included healthy doses of yelling, cussing, snorting and stomping, sprinkled with plenty of laughter and fun. The end result was a whole family of opinionated, stubborn kids, who learned how to work hard, work smart, and suck it up when they felt like whining or quitting.

For most of his life, Larry wasn’t just thin, he was downright skinny. And he was tough. He served in the U.S. Army in post-war Germany in the worst cold he ever knew. He was stomped, kicked and run over by cattle and horses, slid down a telephone pole on his face while trying to fix the line, ran his finger through an auger, drove a snowmobile off the edge of the Pumpkin Buttes, pulled calves in the bitter spring storms and harvested grain in the scorching summer. He liked to party hard. He always kept going.

There were plenty who wished they hadn’t picked a fight with Larry. He sued the IRS and won. He forced mineral development companies to respect the ranch land, clean up their trash and re-seed disturbed areas with his own special grass seed blend. Arguing with Larry was a lost cause. He was always right. Period.

He never lost his purpose in life. He believed passionately in being fair, and he stood up for others when he thought they were being treated wrongly. Many friends and family members turned to him for advice and guidance on financial, legal, and mineral issues.

He loved the ranch and his family. There was a special spot in his heart for his cabins in the Tongue River Canyon. He sought to protect and to care for his family. His father was his friend. He was devoted to his mother. He helped provide for his sisters. He was most afraid when he thought he would lose Mom to cancer. He was extraordinarily proud of his grandchildren. In his 70s, he learned to say “I love you” to his family.

He told his wife that he considered his children his greatest accomplishment in life. There was never any doubt that he loved his family and was proud of them.

He was preceded in death by his parents, sisters Leona Koers, Helen Marshall, Margaret Boyle, Dorothy Clifford and brother Kern DeCourcey.

He is survived by his wife, Verna Ann; four children Kathie Gilbertz Shandera and her husband Steve of Billings, Mont., L.D. Gilbertz and his wife, Rebecca of Gillette, Wyo., Susan Gilbertz of Billings, Mont., and Jay Gilbertz and his wife Elisabeth of Sheridan, Wyo.; eight grandchildren Amy LeMarr, Sarah Shandera, Chris Gilbertz, Anni Shandera-Ochsner, Ty Gilbertz, Laura Benedict, Logan and Gavin Gilbertz; two step-grandchildren, Jake and Daniel Wilson; two great-grandsons Saxton and Brannon LeMarr; numerous nieces and nephews, and extended family members Jody Mills and Marsha Gilbertz.

Memorial services were held November 30, 2011 at St. Matthew’s Catholic Church.

Burial was at Savageton Cemetery.

Memorial contributions may be made to Campbell County Rockpile Museum, the Heptner Cancer Center at Campbell County Memorial Hospital or the charity of one’s choice and may be sent to Walker Funeral Home, 410 Medical Arts Court, Gillette, Wyo., 82716.

Condolences may be sent via the website http://www.WalkerFuneralHome.com.

Lawrence E. (Larry) Gilbertz, 82, of Gillette, Wyo., passed away November 26, 2011 at his home.

He was a rancher and cattleman.

He was born February 3, 1929, the son of Campbell County homesteaders, Jake and Lena Gilbertz. He grew up on hard work. He graduated from Campbell County High School, where he excelled on the debate team. He always wanted to be a lawyer, but he laid that dream aside to take over the family ranch when his father asked him to do it.

He had a great intelligence and wide-ranging interests. He could fix anything with baling wire and spit. He educated himself on mineral law, then negotiated hard-nosed contracts with oil and gas developers. Larry traveled the world with his wife. He served on bank boards and school boards. He was a state senator assigned to the appropriations committee for six years.

Larry was a keen observer of life, and the irony of any situation was never lost on him. He could also be prickly, sometimes downright cantankerous.

He married Verna Ann Howell, in 1955. They were partners in work and play for over 56 years. They raised four children. Family life with Larry included healthy doses of yelling, cussing, snorting and stomping, sprinkled with plenty of laughter and fun. The end result was a whole family of opinionated, stubborn kids, who learned how to work hard, work smart, and suck it up when they felt like whining or quitting.

For most of his life, Larry wasn’t just thin, he was downright skinny. And he was tough. He served in the U.S. Army in post-war Germany in the worst cold he ever knew. He was stomped, kicked and run over by cattle and horses, slid down a telephone pole on his face while trying to fix the line, ran his finger through an auger, drove a snowmobile off the edge of the Pumpkin Buttes, pulled calves in the bitter spring storms and harvested grain in the scorching summer. He liked to party hard. He always kept going.

There were plenty who wished they hadn’t picked a fight with Larry. He sued the IRS and won. He forced mineral development companies to respect the ranch land, clean up their trash and re-seed disturbed areas with his own special grass seed blend. Arguing with Larry was a lost cause. He was always right. Period.

He never lost his purpose in life. He believed passionately in being fair, and he stood up for others when he thought they were being treated wrongly. Many friends and family members turned to him for advice and guidance on financial, legal, and mineral issues.

He loved the ranch and his family. There was a special spot in his heart for his cabins in the Tongue River Canyon. He sought to protect and to care for his family. His father was his friend. He was devoted to his mother. He helped provide for his sisters. He was most afraid when he thought he would lose Mom to cancer. He was extraordinarily proud of his grandchildren. In his 70s, he learned to say “I love you” to his family.

He told his wife that he considered his children his greatest accomplishment in life. There was never any doubt that he loved his family and was proud of them.

He was preceded in death by his parents, sisters Leona Koers, Helen Marshall, Margaret Boyle, Dorothy Clifford and brother Kern DeCourcey.

He is survived by his wife, Verna Ann; four children Kathie Gilbertz Shandera and her husband Steve of Billings, Mont., L.D. Gilbertz and his wife, Rebecca of Gillette, Wyo., Susan Gilbertz of Billings, Mont., and Jay Gilbertz and his wife Elisabeth of Sheridan, Wyo.; eight grandchildren Amy LeMarr, Sarah Shandera, Chris Gilbertz, Anni Shandera-Ochsner, Ty Gilbertz, Laura Benedict, Logan and Gavin Gilbertz; two step-grandchildren, Jake and Daniel Wilson; two great-grandsons Saxton and Brannon LeMarr; numerous nieces and nephews, and extended family members Jody Mills and Marsha Gilbertz.

Memorial services were held November 30, 2011 at St. Matthew’s Catholic Church.

Burial was at Savageton Cemetery.

Memorial contributions may be made to Campbell County Rockpile Museum, the Heptner Cancer Center at Campbell County Memorial Hospital or the charity of one’s choice and may be sent to Walker Funeral Home, 410 Medical Arts Court, Gillette, Wyo., 82716.

Condolences may be sent via the website http://www.WalkerFuneralHome.com.

Lawrence E. (Larry) Gilbertz, 82, of Gillette, Wyo., passed away November 26, 2011 at his home.

He was a rancher and cattleman.

He was born February 3, 1929, the son of Campbell County homesteaders, Jake and Lena Gilbertz. He grew up on hard work. He graduated from Campbell County High School, where he excelled on the debate team. He always wanted to be a lawyer, but he laid that dream aside to take over the family ranch when his father asked him to do it.

He had a great intelligence and wide-ranging interests. He could fix anything with baling wire and spit. He educated himself on mineral law, then negotiated hard-nosed contracts with oil and gas developers. Larry traveled the world with his wife. He served on bank boards and school boards. He was a state senator assigned to the appropriations committee for six years.

Larry was a keen observer of life, and the irony of any situation was never lost on him. He could also be prickly, sometimes downright cantankerous.

He married Verna Ann Howell, in 1955. They were partners in work and play for over 56 years. They raised four children. Family life with Larry included healthy doses of yelling, cussing, snorting and stomping, sprinkled with plenty of laughter and fun. The end result was a whole family of opinionated, stubborn kids, who learned how to work hard, work smart, and suck it up when they felt like whining or quitting.

For most of his life, Larry wasn’t just thin, he was downright skinny. And he was tough. He served in the U.S. Army in post-war Germany in the worst cold he ever knew. He was stomped, kicked and run over by cattle and horses, slid down a telephone pole on his face while trying to fix the line, ran his finger through an auger, drove a snowmobile off the edge of the Pumpkin Buttes, pulled calves in the bitter spring storms and harvested grain in the scorching summer. He liked to party hard. He always kept going.

There were plenty who wished they hadn’t picked a fight with Larry. He sued the IRS and won. He forced mineral development companies to respect the ranch land, clean up their trash and re-seed disturbed areas with his own special grass seed blend. Arguing with Larry was a lost cause. He was always right. Period.

He never lost his purpose in life. He believed passionately in being fair, and he stood up for others when he thought they were being treated wrongly. Many friends and family members turned to him for advice and guidance on financial, legal, and mineral issues.

He loved the ranch and his family. There was a special spot in his heart for his cabins in the Tongue River Canyon. He sought to protect and to care for his family. His father was his friend. He was devoted to his mother. He helped provide for his sisters. He was most afraid when he thought he would lose Mom to cancer. He was extraordinarily proud of his grandchildren. In his 70s, he learned to say “I love you” to his family.

He told his wife that he considered his children his greatest accomplishment in life. There was never any doubt that he loved his family and was proud of them.

He was preceded in death by his parents, sisters Leona Koers, Helen Marshall, Margaret Boyle, Dorothy Clifford and brother Kern DeCourcey.

He is survived by his wife, Verna Ann; four children Kathie Gilbertz Shandera and her husband Steve of Billings, Mont., L.D. Gilbertz and his wife, Rebecca of Gillette, Wyo., Susan Gilbertz of Billings, Mont., and Jay Gilbertz and his wife Elisabeth of Sheridan, Wyo.; eight grandchildren Amy LeMarr, Sarah Shandera, Chris Gilbertz, Anni Shandera-Ochsner, Ty Gilbertz, Laura Benedict, Logan and Gavin Gilbertz; two step-grandchildren, Jake and Daniel Wilson; two great-grandsons Saxton and Brannon LeMarr; numerous nieces and nephews, and extended family members Jody Mills and Marsha Gilbertz.

Memorial services were held November 30, 2011 at St. Matthew’s Catholic Church.

Burial was at Savageton Cemetery.

Memorial contributions may be made to Campbell County Rockpile Museum, the Heptner Cancer Center at Campbell County Memorial Hospital or the charity of one’s choice and may be sent to Walker Funeral Home, 410 Medical Arts Court, Gillette, Wyo., 82716.

Condolences may be sent via the website http://www.WalkerFuneralHome.com.