Jack G. Binkley

Nov 13, 2012 Staff

Jack G. Binkley died Friday, Nov. 2, 2012, at his home in Riverton surrounded by love. He was 86 years old.

Cremation has taken place, and there will be no services, per his request.

Jack Gordon Binkley was born Aug. 7, 1926, in Hominy, Okla., the son of Henry Olan and Edith (Hardy) Binkley.

He graduated from the Wild Horse High School in Oklahoma.

Mr. Binkley served in the U.S. Navy during World War II, from August 1944 to June 1946. After he was honorably discharged, he began working in the oil field, which became his lifelong career.

On June 21, 1946, he married Naomi Fritz in Hominy, Okla. The couple lived in Nebraska, Colorado, North Dakota, New Mexico, Utah, Casper and several other places in Wyoming before moving to Riverton in 1963.

His family said Mr. Binkley enjoyed hunting, fishing and making knives. He and his father made knives in his youth for the U.S. Navy. Jimmy Doolittle once wrote a letter of appreciation for Mr. Binkley's knives.

Survivors include his son, Ed Binkley of Greeley, Colo.; daughters Linda Binkley of Lusk and Janice Bush of Riverton; brother Leslie Binkley; sister Edith Howe; five grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his wife; sister Elaine Binkley; and brother Harold Binkley.

Arrangements are under the direction of the Davis Funeral Home of Riverton. Online condolences may be left at

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