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William S. 'Bill' Hancock

Oct 9, 2012 Staff

William S. "Bill" Hancock, of Pavillion, died Saturday, Oct. 6, 2012, at his home. He was 83 years old.

Memorial services will be at 2 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 10, at Davis Funeral Home with Pastor Dale Adams officiating. Cremation has taken place under the direction of Davis Funeral Home.

William Samuel "Bill" Hancock was born Jan. 14, 1929, in Lander, the son of Samuel I. And Irma M. (Williams) Hancock.

He attended schools in Red Canyon, Lander and the school of hard knocks.

He married Ada Mae Ward on June 4, 1949, south of Lander.

He began hiring out at the age of 10 as a cowhand and sheepherder. He worked for a variety of cowmen, including Roberts and Grieves, for more than 40 years until he started fulfilling his dream of owning and running his own outfit.

He was interested in a variety of outdoor activities and firmly believed if it couldn't be done on horseback, it wasn't worth doing. And if something needed to be done, do it right the first time.

Mr. Hancock participated in rodeo in his earlier years and was always an avid spectator of the sport. In his later years, he enjoyed traveling to new places around the world. He lived his whole life on cow outfits throughout the beautiful state of Wyoming.

He worshipped and worked in the great wide-open spaces.

Mr. Hancock was a longtime Farm Bureau member and Past Farm Bureau president. He was also a past Fremont County ag-man of the year.

He is survived by his wife; son Calvin Hancock of Gas Hills; granddaughter Angela and her husband Tyler McCann of Riverton; sisters Edna Bringoff of Sand Draw and Patsy Hancock of Riverton; and numerous nieces and nephews and their children.

Memorial contributions can be made to the Amedysis Hospice or the Salvation Army in care of Davis Funeral Home.

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

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