Hazel Ruth Hollenbeck

Nov 21, 2013 Staff

Hazel Ruth Hollenbeck, of Riverton, died Wednesday, Nov. 20, 2013, at Kindred Nursing and Rehabilitation-Wind River. She was 102 years old.

A viewing will be 6 p.m. to 7 p.m. Friday, Nov. 22, at Davis Funeral Home. Services will be at 1 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 23, at Davis Funeral Home. Pastor Mark Rader of the United Methodist Church will officiate.

Hazel Ruth Allen was born April 21, 1911, the daughter of Andrew and Edna (Mills) Allen near Ansley, Neb. After finishing her elementary and high school education, she attended Kearney State Teacher's College. She then taught in a one-room rural school.

On Jan. 24, 1931, she married Herbert Hollenbeck at Smith Center, Kan.

The couple farmed in the Westerville, Neb., community until March 1942 when they moved to a farm in the Pavillion area. After selling the farm in 1955 they moved to Riverton and bought property in the east end of town. They built and operated the Park Avenue Mobile Home Park for 11 years. Because of health problems, the couple sold the court in 1968, built a home and retired on Riverview Road.

She was baptized in the Methodist Church at Westerville, Neb., and attended the United Methodist Church and Women's Circle in Riverton.

Mrs. Hollenbeck was a member of the Extension Homemakers Club and the Rebekah Lodge for more than 60 years and was a member of the Daughters of American Revolution and Mayflower Society. She was a descendant of the Fairbanks family and the Mayflower pilgrim William White.

She was a homemaker and enjoyed her home and her family of five children. Her family said she enjoyed doing crafts and needlepoint, crocheting, reading and gardening.

She is survived by her two sons, Andrew and his wife Shirley of Cheyenne and Dennis and his wife Betty of Idaho Falls, Idaho; daughters Lila Bond of Greeley, Colo., Marilyn Starks and her husband Ralph of Riverton and Jeanine Rodgers and her husband Richard of Riverton; 14 grandchildren; 21 great-grandchildren; 22 great-great-grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her husband of 62 years, her parents, two sisters, two brothers, a son-in-law and one great-great-grandson.

Memorial donations may be made to the United Methodist Church or to an organization of the donor's choosing in care of Davis Funeral Home, 2203 W. Main St., Riverton, WY 82501.

Arrangements are under the direction of Davis Funeral Home of Riverton. Online condolences may be left at

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