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Mar 10, 2013 - Staff
Funeral services for Jacob "Trapper Jake" Korell are at 2 p.m. Tuesday, March 12, in the Fremont Center at the Fremont County Fairgrounds.
Interment will follow at Mountain View Cemetery. Viewing is from 6-8 p.m. Monday, March 11, at Davis Funeral Home in Riverton.
Mr. Korell died March 6, 2013 at his home in Riverton.
He was 98 years old.
Jake Korell was born April 22, 1914, in Lincoln, Neb., that son of Heinrich Korell and Elizabeth (Ernst) Korell. The Korell family moved to Wyoming when he was 2. He grew up in the Lingle-Torrington area.
Mr. Korell was a colorful character from an early age. He started trapping at age 7 and continued until his death, a total of 92 years of trapping.
His schooling was cut short due to his trapping of skunks, the odor making his teachers send him home, combined with working beet fields for his parents.
He married Martha Gradwohl on March 9, 1936, in Torrington. The couple moved to Fremont County that same year. They cleared sagebrush from the land, creating a working farm.
He raised his family many ways: farmer and cattle feeder, quarter horse breeder, big-game outfitter, taxidermist, and trapping and fur buying.
Family members said his greatest joy later in life was the Wind River Heritage Center that good friend Lew Diehl and he put together.
Jake Korell is survived by son Gerald and his wife Iva Korell; daughter Jane Maller and her husband Scott; granddaughter Dr. Kathy Korell-Rach and her husband Gabriel; a brother, Henry Korell; a sister, Rose Wells.
He was preceded in death by his wife, Martha, son Lee, brothers Henry (No. 1), John and Edward, sisters Mary Greenwald, Kathern Knoll and Pauline Frank.
Memorial contributions would be appreciated to the Wind River Heritage Center in care of Davis Funeral Home (theDavisFuneralHome.com).