August 26, 2021
Bert Compton, 82, of Miller, went to be with his beloved wife, Betty Jo, on Tuesday, August 17, 2021, at his home.
Private graveside service will be held at later date at the Ten Sleep Cemetery, Ten Sleep, Washakie County, WY.
Bert was the first of seven children born to Uel and Marion Compton on September 10, 1938, in Basin, WY. The family lived in the Basin, WY area for several years, then moving to Vancouver, WA for a time so his dad could work in the shipyards during World War II. The family moved back to Wyoming while Bert was young and lived on the family homestead northwest of Gillette, WY until permanently moving to Sheridan, WY in June of 1948.
Bert completed all of his education in Sheridan. He was an avid track competitor and baseball player. He wanted to be a boxer and saddle bronc rider, but that didn't work out too well. Instead he worked at different ranches around Sheridan. Bert moved to Buena Vista, CO to work in the Molybdenum Mine and later moved to Aurora, CO to be an iron worker until he retired.
He married Betty Jo Morris, July 2, 1987, the love of his life. They traveled around the country, lived in Ten Sleep, WY for several years and settled in Miller, SD in 2006.
Bert enjoyed teasing family, friends, and the people he met. He was very hardheaded, but always very trustworthy and honest. He would help you with anything if he was capable.
Bert had three children from his first marriage to Charlene Butkey: two sons, Greg Compton and Dale Compton and one daughter, Carrie (Compton) Hall. When he married Betty Jo, he acquired six more children.
He is survived by one sister, Ula J. (Russell) Dickerman, of Casper, WY; three brothers: Robert W. Compton and E. Rex Compton of Ten Sleep, WY; David B. (Janice) Compton of Casper, WY; daughter, Carrie (Casey) Hall of New Jersey; two sons: Greg (Margo) Compton of Steele City, NE; and Dale (Susan) Compton of St. Cloud, FL; four step-daughters: Debbie (Steve) Kodada of New Ulm, MN, Gloria (Darrell) Groenendyk of Oskaloosa, IA, Becky (Brian) Beaner of Worthington, MN, and P.J. (Joe) Woldt of Crooks, SD; two step-sons: Ray (Lisa) Wilkett of Worthington MN, and Don (Melissa) Morris of St Lawrence, SD; and numerous grandchildren, great grandchildren, nieces, nephews and other family members.
Bert was preceded in death by his wife, Betty Jo; his parents: Uel and Marion Compton; sister, Sue Verley; and brother, Norman Compton.
He will live on in our memories as the instigator of getting everyone in trouble, but a very loving and honest person.
Reck Funeral Home of Miller has been entrusted with Bert's arrangements. Visit http://www.familyfuneralhome.net.