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Charles Darrell Laster

Charles Darrell Laster

Feb 23, 1948 - May 15, 2013
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Funeral services for will be held 10:00 a.m., Thursday, May 23, at Davis Funeral Home for Charles Darrell Laster (Okie), 65, who died May 15 in Shoshoni, WY. Pastor Jim Smith of the Faith Baptist Church in Shoshoni will be officiating. Interment will be at the Oregon Trail State Veterans Cemetery in Casper, Wyoming.

Darrell was born on February 23, 1948, in Bakersfield, California and attended local schools. After graduating from North High School he joined the U.S. Marines. Most of his time in the Corps was spent repairing airplanes on aircraft carriers. He received a marksmanship grade during shooting practice in combat training, and also a Good Conduct certificate when he finished his service.

Darrell loved country music – the kind from the Hank Williams era – and he also loved Harley-Davidson motorcycles all his life. He was very fond of his stepfather, Howard Beavers, who he called “Pappy” and who, he insisted, was more of a real father than anyone.

Howard took Darrell to Wyoming to help him get a job in the oilfields, and that started his career as a driller. Darrell worked for Gary Drilling, True Drilling and others. He worked as an offshore driller and on oil and gas wells. While working for True Drilling he had a near-fatal accident, falling from the second-story of a rig, and after that he was disabled.

Darrell was a rebel in some ways, but he also was a loving person who was deeply patriotic. His hobbies included collecting knives and guns, working on his step-father’s guns, and studying history and politics. He had a bright mind and loved talking about past and current world events.

Darrell also was a great story teller. He said he had his share of scars and missing teeth – and a story for every one of them. Those who knew him quickly saw past a rough exterior and came to know a gentle, loving person who will be deeply missed.

Survivors include his wife, Lavena of Shoshoni, two sisters, Christine DeArmond and Suzanne Moore, both of Bakersfield; two sons, RAO (Cookie) Laster of Oklahoma City and Jackie Laster of Shoshoni, and a step-daughter, Teri Hughes of Shoshoni, and several grandchildren.

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Services are under the direction of the Davis Funeral Home of Riverton.