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Earl W. Pitt

Dec 16, 2012 - Staff

Earl W. Pitt, whohad relatives in Fremont County, died Friday, Oct. 26, 2012, at the Veteran's Home of Wyoming in Buffalo. He was 62 years old.

Graveside funeral services will be at 10 a.m. Thursday, Nov. 1, in the Riverside Cemetery in Thermopolis with Bishop Chris Paris officiating. The Thermopolis VFW Post will be in charge of military graveside honors.

Earl Will Pitt was born Sept. 17, 1950, in Thermopolis, the son of Sherman and Elsie (Willis) Pitt.

As a boy, he moved with his family several times because of his father's work shearing sheep and working in the oilfields. When Mr. Pitt was 14 his father died, and he helped his family by going to work on ranches and later in oilfields.

He joined the U.S. Army in 1973, and it was during his military service that he met and married Laura Gatton on Nov. 26, 1973, in Gallup, N.M. Two years later they started their family. T

hey lived in various places in Wyoming after work in the oilfields. In 1988 they settled in Powell, where they raised their family.

Mr. Pitt was a member of the Wyoming National Guard for 10 years.

He and his wife moved to Sheridan in 1997 where Earl worked at various jobs and was also employed with his son's fencing business and later helped start Pitt Brothers Construction with his brother. The couple divorced in 2002.

His family said he enjoyed sharing his love of hunting and fishing with his children and grandchildren, gunsmithing, gold prospecting and watching science fiction and old western movies.

They said his contagious laugh will be missed by all of his loved ones and everyone who met him.

He is survived by his son, Shane Pitt and his wife Brandi of Lovell; daughters Melissa Ingalls and her husband Lee of Sheridan and Elizabeth Pitt of Eugene, Ore.; brother Randy also of Eugene, Ore.; sisters Melody McQueen of Slocomb, Ala., and Jennifer Vanicek of Green Bay, Wis.; ex-wife Laura Gatton-Pitt of Eugene, Ore.; and seven grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his parents and one infant sister.

Donations in Mr. Pitt's name may be made to the Buffalo VFW Post 13 in care of Adams Funeral Home.

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