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David O. Hillyard

Feb 23, 2012 - Staff

David O. Hillyard, 68, died Wednesday, Feb. 1, 2012, at his home in Lander.

According to his wishes, cremation has taken place and a memorial service will be held at a later date.

David Otto Hillyard was born Jan. 21, 1944, in Jersey Shore, Pa., the son of Harold Leroy Hillyard and Edith Katherine (Decker) Hillyard. He grew up in Salladasburg, Pa., and attended schools there and graduated from high school in Jersey Shore.

Mr. Hillyard served with the U.S. Army for six years.

He married Juanita Monica Mitchell on Dec. 24, 1992, in New Smyrna Beach, Fla.

Mr. Hillyard was a laborer, retired from Alcan Cable after 37 years with the company. He had volunteered with the Forestry Fire Department and fought fires in Pennsylvania and the Western United States.

He attended the East End Baptist Church in Williamsport, Pa.

Mr. Hillyard lived most of his life in Salladasburg and Jersey Shore, Pa. Following retirement, the couple spent time between Pennsylvania and Lander, where their children and grandchildren live.

He was a member of the American Legion, Elks Lodge and Moose Lodge in Jersey Shore.

His family said Mr. Hillyard enjoyed the outdoors, hunting, watching wildlife, hiking, fishing, camping and exploring the Yellowstone Park area.

He is survived by his wife, Juanita Hillyard; a son, Donnie Norman and Lisa of Lander; a daughter, Gracie Norman and Jeff of Lander; grandchildren Jeffrey Miles Richardson and Marcus Richardson; three grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren; brothers Donald Hillyard and his wife Connie, Dale Hillyard, Doyle Hillyard and wife Debbie, and Danny Hillyard and Vicki, all of Pennsylvania; sisters Doris Zarr and husband Edwin of Arizona, Della Mae Carothers and husband Richard, Donna Kay Haight, Dian Hillyard, and Debbie Beck and husband Denny, all of Pennsylvania; numerous nieces and nephews; sisters-in-law Janice Brown and her husband Bob and Jeanette Zitzka and husband Mark; brothers-in-law Jim Mitchell and his wife Julie and Jack Mitchell and his wife Diana.

He was preceded in death by his parents; sister Dolores Baye and brother Dean Hillyard.

Memorials may be made to Amedisys Hospice or the Help for Health Bus, in care of the Davis Funeral Home, 2203 W. Main St., Riverton, WY 82501.

Arrangements are under the direction of the Davis Funeral Home (www.theDavisFuneralHome.com) of Riverton.

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