News of Riverton, Lander and Fremont County, Wyoming, from the Ranger's award winning journalists.
Charles 'Okie' Darrell Laster
May 22, 2013 - Staff
Charles "Okie" Darrell Laster died Wednesday, May 15, 2013, in Shoshoni. He was 65 years old.
Funeral services for will be at 10 a.m. Thursday, May 23, at Davis Funeral Home. Pastor Jim Smith of the Faith Baptist Church in Shoshoni will officiate. Interment will be at the Oregon Trail State Veterans Cemetery in Casper.
Charles Darrell Laster was born Feb. 23, 1948, in Bakersfield, Calif., and attended local schools. After graduating from North High School he joined the U.S. Marines. Most of his time in the Corps was spent repairing airplanes on aircraft carriers. He received a marksmanship grade during shooting practice in combat training and a good conduct certificate when he finished his service.
He was fond of his stepfather, Howard Beavers, whom he called "Pappy" and who, he insisted, was more of a real father than anyone.
His stepfather took him to Wyoming to help him get a job in the oilfields, and that started his career as a driller. Mr. Laster worked for Gary Drilling, True Drilling and others. He worked as an offshore driller and on oil and gas wells. While working for True Drilling he had a near-fatal accident, falling from the second-story of a rig, and after that he was disabled.
His family said he loved country music -- the kind from the Hank Williams era -- and he also loved Harley-Davidson motorcycles all his life. They said he was a rebel in some ways, but he also was a loving person who was deeply patriotic. His hobbies included collecting knives and guns, working on his stepfather's guns, and studying history and politics. He had a bright mind and loved talking about past and current world events.
His family said he was a great storyteller. He had his share of scars and missing teeth -- and a story for every one of them. Those who knew him quickly saw past a rough exterior and came to know a gentle, loving person who will be deeply missed.
He is survived by his wife, Lavena, of Shoshoni; sisters Christine DeArmond and Suzanne Moore, both of Bakersfield, Calif.; sons RAO (Cookie) Laster of Oklahoma City, Okla., and Jackie Laster of Shoshoni; stepdaughter Teri Hughes of Shoshoni; and several grandchildren.
Arrangements are under the direction of Davis Funeral Home of Riverton. Online condolences may be left at www.thedavisfuneralhome.com.