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Patty 'Pat' M. Petek

Apr 4, 2013 Staff

Patty "Pat" M. Petek died Tuesday, April 2, 2013, after a battle with leukemia. She was 79 years old.

An open house remembrance will be 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, April 6, at the Petek home, 704 Burma Road, Riverton. People are welcome to come and share pictures and stories celebrating her life.

Patty M. Petek was born Nov. 9, 1933, in Clark, Colo., the daughter of Joe and Wanda (Brown) Poydack.

She met her future husband, Frank, while attending Mesa College in Grand Junction, Colo. They married July 5, 1953. After just a short honeymoon, Mr. Petek was shipped to Korea for 18 months. When he returned, they spent several years living in various parts of the country, eventually settling in Riverton in 1969.

Mrs. Petek worked as a waitress for many years, then in 1975, she and her family bought the Owl Creek Kampground. Mrs. Petek was the driving force behind the campground. Her family said she worked hard to make sure that every guest had an enjoyable experience, from the workers who stayed on a long-term basis to the overnight guests.

For 32 years she spent her summers making sure that the camping experience was the best she could provide her customers. In 2007, the couple sold the Kampground so they could enjoy full retirement. Even after retirement, they were visited by many of the friends they made during their ownership of the Kampground.

Her family said Mrs. Petek enjoyed exploring the prairie, crocheting, cooking, going to the casino and visiting family.

She is survived by her husband, Frank, of Riverton; son Russell Petek and his wife Lacee Petek of Rock Springs; daughter Karen Petek and her husband Joe Collins of Brownsville, Vt.; and grandsons Andy, Cory and Toby Petek.

In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society, Donor Services, P.O. Box 4072, Pittsfield, MA 01202 or online at

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