Gale Gordon

Dec 11, 2012 Staff

Gale Gordon, of Riverton, died Thursday, Dec. 6, 2012, at Riverton Memorial Hospital. He was 92 years old.

Cremation has taken place, and there will be a memorial service in the summer.

Gale O'Dean Gordon was born March 9, 1920, in Stapleton, Neb., the son of Henry Francis and Sarah Ellen (Burnside) Gordon.

In 1924, he and his family moved from Nebraska to the Waltman/Hiland area and took up a homestead there. He attended school until the eighth grade while there.

His father died in 1932, so he and his mom moved to Lander, where he worked on many of the farms and ranches in the valley. He played guitar with many of the guys on Saturday nights at Milford and other hot spots around town.

He married his sweetheart, Rosalie Cornwell, on June 16, 1941, in Lander. They had three children: Gary, Kenny and Elizabeth.

He went to work for the Casper Dairy, living in Casper and Hudson. In November 1946, they moved to Sand Draw where he worked for Sinclair Oil and Gas until his retirement in March 1982.

In September 1982 they moved to Dubois, and they moved to Riverton in 2009.

His family said he loved to tinker with old cars, restoring what he could, going fishing, having a garden and hunting.

He is survived by his wife of 71 years, Rosalie, of Riverton; daughter Elizabeth Pryor and her husband Doug of Riverton; sons Kenneth Gordon and his wife Kathy of Riverton and Gary Gordon and his wife Linda of Lander; grandchildren DeAnna and David Western of Gig Harbor, Wash., Kelly and Rod Ruffing of Minot, N.D., Gary and Leslie Gordon of Kalispell, Mont., Michelle and Brian Duke of Beverly Hills, Fla., Amy Monrow of Riverton, Jennifer and Cory Sinclair of Beverly Hills, Fla., Kevin and Tina Gordon of Riverton, and Karmen Allen of Riverton; and stepchildren and 21 great-grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his parents; a sister, Frances; and a brother, William Gordon.

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

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