John W. Levar

May 7, 2013 Staff

John W. Levar, of Lander, died Tuesday, April 16, 2013, at the Central Wyoming Hospice in Casper after complications from COPD. He was 86 years old.

Cremation has taken place, and at his request, there will be no services. His daughters will commemorate his life with a private burial at a later date.

John William Levar was born May 23, 1926, in Superior, the son of Nicholas and Helen (Nickolich) Levar.

He graduated from Superior High School in 1943. He briefly attended the University of Wyoming before enlisting in the Army Air Corps on Oct. 9, 1943. He was stationed overseas until he was honorably discharged Aug. 18, 1946.

In January 1951, he graduated from the School of Horology (watchmakers) from the American Academy Inc. in Denver. He was employed as a jeweler in Rawlins from 1957 to 1959. He later moved to Rock Springs where he owned and operated Levar Jewelry for two years. Upon moving to Lander, he was employed by U.S. Steel for 21 years as an electrician. After the closing of U.S. Steel, Mr. Levar was employed by Grand Teton Lodge Company where he worked as a maintenance man for 15 years at Jackson Lake Lodge.

His family said he had a passion for repairing watches and old clocks, collecting coins and was an avid Yankees and UW sports fan. He enjoyed camping, fishing, beading jewelry and spending time with his grandchildren. His daughters said he enjoyed visiting with any and everyone who crossed his path. He also encouraged people to quit/never start smoking.

He is survived by his sister, Josephine Case and her husband John of Rock Springs; sister-in-law Irene Levar of Casper; daughters Malinda Griffin and her husband Paul of Riverton and Andrea Walter and her husband Ken of Cheyenne; grandchildren Maristie Walter, Colin Walter, Kira Griffin and Kody Griffin; and numerous nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents; brothers Paul and Mark and his wife Bea; and sisters Mary Toly and her husband Joe, Ann Powell and her husband Jerome, and Mildred Wilde and her husband Dave.

Memorial contributions can be made to the Central Wyoming Hospice and Transitions Program, 319 S. Wilson, Casper, WY 82601.

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