July 3 Margaret F. Hyatt, 98, of Thermopolis, formerly of
July 3 Sandra Lee (Ewing) Beck, 70, of Worland
July 4 Evelyn Natwick, 88, of Worland, in Billings, Montana
July 5 Charles B. “Chuck” Cornett, 71, of Worland
June 30 Richard E. Klispie, 89, of Punta Gorda, Florida
June 30 Maureen Keily Anderson, 86, of Thermpolis
July 15 Marjorie H. Colby, 94, of Worland
July 14 Gerald Joe Molaskey, 84, of Greybull, in Billings, Montana
July 10 Willard H. Youtz, 94, Pocatello, Idaho
July 20 Joyce S. Massey, 92, of Basin, in Lander
July 19 Isabel Toth Jacobs, 93, of Thermopolis
July 18 Myrna Joyce Pannell, 78, of Ten Sleep, in Casper
July 11 Alice Fernandez-Ferguson, 80, of Anchorage, Alaska, formerly of Worland
May 23 Mary Lynn Mortimore McCain, 75, of Sandy, Utah, formerly of Thermopolis
July 20 D.W. Harry, 91, of Lovell
Mr. Harry, aka David, Wes and D.W., passed away on Sunday, July 20,
2014 at the New Horizons Care Center in Lovell. D.W. was 91 years
D.W. was born Oct. 1, 1922 in Wellston, Ohio, the oldest son of David Wesley Harry, Sr. and Lucille (Davis) Harry. He graduated from Clay City Community High School in Ohio with the class of 1940, receiving awards for penmanship and accounting. After high school, he traveled daily from Clay City to Olney, Ohio where he worked as a general clerk/delivery boy at a grocery store. On one of his deliveries of groceries to a local family, he met a young lady from Oklahoma whom he would later marry.
On Nov. 2, 1942, in Chicago, Illinois, D.W. enlisted in the United States Marine Corps. That same year he graduated boot camp with the 1026th Platoon in San Diego, California. He was stationed for a short time at Marine Corps Air Station in El Centro, California. Technical Sgt. Harry received specialized training in: Aviation Machine Mate at Memphis, Tennessee; Aerial Gunner at Purcell, Oklahoma; Combat Air crewman at Cherry Point, North Carolina. His specialties were that of mechanic gunner, mechanic turret gunner and mechanic air. During his time in the Marines, he flew with the Bombing Squadron VMB 443 in a PBJ Mitchell B25 and operated the top turret gun. Squadron VMB 443 flew missions in the Bismarck Archipelago area, concentrating on the areas of Emirau and Rabaul.
In December 1945, TSgt. Harry was honorably discharged and awarded: the Air Medal in connection with military operations against the enemy Japanese forces in the Bismarck Archipelago area from Dec. 10 through 31, 1944; World War II Victory Medal; American Campaign Medal; Asiatic Pacific Campaign Medal with two Bronze Stars; Rifle – MM Badge; Honorable Service Lapel Pin (Ruptured Duck) and the USMC Discharge Button.
The young lady he met while delivering groceries years earlier was Annabett J. Whitten. On March 27, 1943 they were married at the Peabody Hotel in Memphis, Tennessee. During more than 64 years together, they lived in numerous states but finally called Wyoming “home.” D.W. worked numerous jobs in various states in the oil and gas fields. He retired from Montana Dakota Utilities (MDU), a subsidiary of the Williston Basin Interstate Pipeline.
His family said that D.W. enjoyed writing poetry, hunting, fishing, boating, camping, horses and his specialty, “tinker-ritis.” He also had a love for listening to old-time music and traveling. His dream was to become a “professional tourist” in his senior years. He was a member of the Independent Order of Odd Fellows, the Masons, Veterans Association, and the Friday-Taun Marine Corps League, Detachment #683.
While living at New Horizons, he kept staff and residents entertained with his yodeling. It was there he met an EMT by the name of Todd Nunn who befriended D.W. They developed a special friendship, were always talking about flying, and on Tuesday, Oct. 5, 2010 a dream came true for D.W. In celebration of his 88th birthday, he was able to take flight in a vintage 1947 Aeronca L-16A Champion airplane courtesy of Lovell pilot Todd Nunn.
On Tuesday, July 3, 2012, D.W. had another dream realized when Jack and Diane Martin of the Cody Patriots arranged for veterans to fly in “Grumpy,” a B-25 from the World War II era. So during the Cody Stampede festivities and in early celebration of his 90th birthday, D.W. took to the skies once again.
He was preceded in death by his loving wife of 64+ years, Annabett; parents, David and Lucille Harry, Sr.; and granddaughter, Shannon Harry.
D.W. is survived by his son, Dan (Becky) Harry of Boyd, Montana; daughter, Darla (Tom) of Lovell; grandsons, Zachariah Harry of Boyd, USAF SMSgt. Aaron (Tisha) Harry of Wichita, Texas, Danny (fiancé Mindy McKee) Wood of Shoshoni, USMC Sgt. James R. (girlfriend Kristi Bills) Wood of Riverton and Todd (Michayla) Wood of Pahrump, Nevada; step-granddaughter, Stormy (Frank) Heinrich of Lovell; step-grandson, Billey Kleiner of Rawlins; seven great-grandsons, Davin and Ethan of Shoshoni, Jacob of Florida, Fischer of Riverton, Carter, Quinton and Grayson of Pahrump; three great-granddaughters, Tameka and Chanté of Lovell; two step-great-grandsons, Trinity of Lovell and Brenton of Shoshoni; his brother, James (Marge) Harry of Illinois; and numerous nieces, nephews and their families.
There will be a viewing on Monday, July 28 at 1 p.m. at Davis Funeral Home in Riverton. The funeral service will follow at 2 p.m. Inurnment will be on Tuesday, July 29 at 2 p.m. at Mountain View Cemetery.
Online obituaries are available and condolences for the family may be made at the davisfuneralhome.com.
Services are under the direction of the Davis Funeral Home in Riverton.