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LeRoy Arthur Wempen

Jun 17, 2014 - Staff

LeRoy Arthur Wempen, of Stratford, Okla., died Saturday, June 14, 2014, at SageWest Health Care at Lander. He was 71 years old.

Services will be at 10 a.m. Friday, June 20, at Davis Funeral Home in Riverton with the Rev. Ron Clapp officiating. Graveside services with military rites will follow at Mountain View Cemetery.

LeRoy Arthur Wempen was born June 11, 1943, in Riverton, the son of Arthur and Laveta (Moore) Wempen, and had two brothers, Donald and Phillip. He attended Pavillion and Morton schools where he met his future wife, Donna Winchester. They married Jan. 26, 1962, in Kinnear, and had two children: Bryan Lee and Diana Sue.

He worked in the uranium industry before serving his country as a machine gunner with the U.S. Army's 1st Cavalry Division in the Vietnam War. He then returned to Wyoming to work in the uranium industry until the couple moved to Sumner, Neb., where he raised cattle and farmed for 26 years.

The couple then moved to Stratford, Okla., to enjoy a warmer climate and eventually retire. They also enjoyed a summer home in Dubois.

His family said he loved spoiling his grandchildren and creating projects that kept him busy in retirement.

He is survived by his wife, Donna; children Bryan of Tulsa, Okla., and Diana Connell and her husband Wayne; grandchildren Joshua, Josiah, Meggan and Emmalee of Hershey; and numerous nieces, nephews, cousins and friends.

He was preceded in death by his parents and two brothers.

Memorials may be made to the American Heart Association 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 www.thedavisfuneralhome.com.

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