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Stephen Paul Meacham

Mar 5, 2017 - From staff reports

No services are scheduled for Stephen Paul Meacham of Riverton, who died at the age of 71.

Cremation has taken place under the direction of Davis Funeral Home.

He was born July 7, 1945, in Monte Vista, Colorado, son of Elbert Charles and Eva (Beierle) Meacham.

He graduated from Torrington High School in 1964. He worked on a ranch in the Casper area during the summer after graduation. He served his country 1965-1971 during the Vietnam War with the United States Navy.

"He was a great big brother to his younger two siblings," loved ones said. "He made sure they had the things they needed and was very protective of them. He was a great role model for his youngest brother, Darwin, and helped him make the decision to go into the Navy after he graduated high school."

He had a pet owl when he was a young boy, and he was known to be an animal lover. He had dogs throughout his entire life, adopting two dogs a few months before he passed. He enjoyed taking the dogs hunting, fishing and on their daily walks; he even trained his dogs to fetch the birds he shot.

In 1976, he left Douglas after accepting a promotion through his job at Safeway to work as produce manager in Riverton. He then went on to work the next several years at the Black Hills Uranium Mine until the mine closed. He soon began working for the Fremont County School District as a custodian until he retired in 2011.

After his retirement as head custodian at Jackson Elementary School, he enjoyed doing the things he loved such as camping, four-wheeling, hiking, kayaking and boating in the Wind River Mountains.

He was known to be a collector, and he loved going to garage sales and auctions.

"He was very creative and made some very interesting things, including a beautiful gate with an archway made with horseshoes and many other yard decorations," his loved ones said, adding that family and friends also were very important to him. "Steve never knew a stranger and had a gift for gab. He was known as a social butterfly."

He was a member of the National Rifle Association and the Fremont County ATV Club.

Survivors include his son, Paul Meacham, of Mills; sisters Eva and her husband, Jerry Canaday, of Torrington, and Barbara Ball of Caldwell, Idaho; brothers Marvin and his wife, Janean Meacham, of Helena, Montana, and Darwin and his wife, Dawnette Meacham, of Torrington; two sisters-in-law, Maralyn Meacham of Myrtle Creek, Oregon, and Renee Shields of Pueblo, Colorado; one brother-in-law, Jerry Morgan, of Myrtle Creek, Oregon; grandchildren Shade (Dierdre) Meacham and Araynne Meacham; great-grandchild, Aburn Meacham; stepchildren Robert and Jeff Wagner and Pamela and her husband, Scott Gordon; step-grandchildren Lauren, Reed, Jake Wagner, Ward Gordon and Tayler (Rocky) Schmelzle; step-great-grandchild, Chloe Schmelzle; and many nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents; wife, Mary Meacham, in 2009; one sister, Joyce; and three brothers Donnie, Glenn and David.

Services are under the direction of the Davis Funeral Home (theDavisFuneralHome.com).

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