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Laurence J. Olheiser

Apr 24, 2012 - Staff

Laurence J. Olheiser, 80, died Friday, April 20, 2012, at his home in Riverton.

Funeral services are at 10 a.m. Wednesday, April 25, at St. Margaret's Catholic Church in Riverton with interment at Mountain View Cemetery in Riverton, with full military honors.

A rosary is at 7 p.m. Tuesday, April 24, at St. Margaret's Catholic Church.

Laurence J. Olheiser was born April 12, 1932, in Sussex to Amos and Alice (Gratz) Olheiser. At the age of 3, he moved with his family to Pavillion, where he attended school through the eighth grade and where he worked with his father on the family farm.

Known to many as "Ole" or "Larry," Mr. Olheiser enlisted in the U.S. Army from 1954 through 1955, serving as a medical aid. For a portion of his military service, he was stationed in Germany. He served in the Army Reserves until 1962.

Upon being honorably discharged from the military, he met and married Frances Smith of Pavillion on Sept. 15, 1956, at St. Margaret's Catholic Church in Riverton. The couple made their home in Pavillion, Dubois and Gas Hills. They had three children -- Anthony, Debbie and Allen. Upon moving to Riverton, they managed the Riverton City Campground at the south end of Federal Boulevard for many years. In 1977, the couple moved to the present residence on East 15th Street.

Mr. Olheiser worked in various occupations, primarily 23 years with Pathfinder/Lucky Mac mine in the Gas Hills and more than 10 years with Flint Engineering where he retired as a heavy machine operator.

Mr. Olheiser was an active member of the Riverton VFW Post 3628, where he served as Post Commander from 1982-83. He was also a member of the Riverton Balloon Club and the Hoedowner's Square Dance Club. His family said his hobbies included hunting, camping and fishing, and that he most enjoyed dancing and coffee club with his friends.

Survivors included his companion Lucille MaHaffey; sons Anthony of Arizona and Allen of Cheyenne; daughter Debbie Bonicelli Kaminski of Arizona; seven grandchildren and two great-grandchildren; a brother, Leverne Olheiser and his wife, April; sisters Cecelia Pratt, Dora Thomas, Ida Hill and husband Morris, and Carolina Judd and husband Dick; sister-in-law Helen Dilts; and numerous nephews and nieces.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Frances; both parents; two sisters, Anna Miller and Clara Olheiser; and two brothers, Louis and Leonard.

Memorials may be made to the Riverton VFW Post 3628 in care of the Davis Funeral Home, 2203 W. Main St., Riverton, WY 82501.

Services are under the direction of the Davis Funeral Home (www.thedavisfuneralhome.com) of Riverton.

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