Jan 25, 2013 - StaffLee D. Whitlock, longtime rancher on the Sweetwater near Jeffrey City, died Tuesday, Jan. 22, 2013. He was 88 years old.
Cremation has taken place, and memorial services will be at 4 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 26, at the United Methodist Church in Riverton, with the Rev. Doug Hill officiating. Committal rites will be conducted by the Lander VFW.
Lee Darwin Whitlock was born Aug. 19, 1924, in Alliance, Neb., the son of Guy Vivien Whitlock and Vivian (Westlake) Whitlock. He came to Pavillion with his parents in 1936 and attended Morton High School.
He entered the U.S. Army at the age of 19. He was awarded the European African Middle Eastern Service Medal, Good Conduct Medal, Bronze Star Medal with one Bronze Oakleaf Cluster GO 74 & 209 Hq 3rd Inf Div 45 Distinguished Unit Citation GO 44 WD 44, Croix de Guerre with Palm Orders of Day 1st French Army 45.
Mr. Whitlock was able to be a passenger on the Honor Flight to Washington, D.C., from Wyoming in October 2011.
He married Fern Willard on Jan. 18, 1955. She preceded him in death in July 1997.
Mr. Whitlock was a lifelong rancher, living on the Sweetwater from 1946 to 2006, at which time he retired and moved to Lander.
He is survived by his son, Bob Whitlock and his wife Judy of Sweetwater; daughters Willa Fisk and her husband Jim of Lander, Wanda Ladbury and her husband Brad of Ft. Morgan, Colo., Carla Crofts and her husband Rob of Sweetwater and Arden Allemand of Casper; sisters Margie Collins of Mesa, Ariz., and Mary Nordwick of Brockton, Mont., 15 grandchildren; and nine great-grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by his wife, Fern; siblings Doy, Guy Jr. "Tode," Dick, Paul and Mavadell; and grandson Matthew Fisk.
Donations can be made to the charity of the donor's choice.
Arrangements are under the direction of the Davis Funeral Home of Riverton. Online condolences may be left at www.thedavisfuneralhome.com.
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