May 27, 2012 - StaffJack E. Gaudern Sr. of Shoshoni died Friday, May 18, 2012, at the Help for Health Hospice Home in Riverton. He was 91.
Cremation has taken place. The family will have no service at this time.
Arrangements for a celebration of life will be announced at a later date.
Jack Ellis Gaudern was born April 1, 1921, the eldest son of the 10 children born to Richard and Mervel Gaudern.
After graduating from Huntley High School in 1939 he moved to Cheyenne where he worked as a carpenter's apprentice for F.E. Warren Air Force base with his future father-in-law.
While in Cheyenne, he met and married Helen Marie Weddle on Aug. 2, 1941, in Gering, Neb. The couple celebrated 70 years of marriage in August 2011.
Shortly after they were married, Mr. Gaudern was called to serve in the Army Air Corps during World War II.
After his military service, the couple returned to Cheyenne where Mr. Gaudern began his automobile mechanic career.
He worked for various repair shops before he bought out Cheever's Repair and started his own auto repair business. After working for various automotive establishments in Riverton he finished his career as a machinist for Car Quest.
His family said Mr. Gaudern enjoyed various hobbies during his life.
Number one was his horses, which is what brought the family to the Riverton/Shoshoni area. Mr. and Mrs. Gaudern built two of the homes in which they raised their children.
The family said that among his other interests was his love for the mountains and the outdoors, which would lead the family to many camping, hunting and fishing trips each year.
He was a welding sculptor of many horseshoe critters, excelled at carpentry -- not only at building homes but small unique things also, and used his ingenuity to make parts for equipment, a stamp for making hot air balloon earrings, lamps and firewood racks, among others.
Survivors include his wife, Helen, of Shoshoni; son Jack Ellis Gaudern Jr. and wife Cindy of Riverton; daughter Roxie Ann Arnold and husband Chris "2-Tall" of Cheyenne; grandchildren Kim Stark and husband Mike, Kerry Griffith, Kellie Burns and husband Travis, and Zeke Gaudern and wife Rewa; great-grandchildren Michael Holbert, Shayly Stark, Helana Griffith, Holbie Oakley, MacKennzie and Aubrey Burns; four sisters and one brother, and numerous nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his parents, one sister as an infant, three brothers and one great-grandson.
Memorials may be made to the Help for Health Hospice, in care of the Davis Funeral Home, 2203 W. Main St., Riverton, WY 82501.
Arrangements are under the direction of the Davis Funeral Home of Riverton (www.theDavisFuneralHome.com).
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