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Walter E. 'Gene' Winner

Walter E. "Gene" Winner

Jul 17, 1934 - Dec 27, 2014
Walter E. “Gene” Winner, 80, of Riverton died Saturday, December 27, 2014 at his home. Funeral services will be Saturday, January 3, 2015 at the Davis Funeral Home with military honors at Mountain View Cemetery. A viewing will precede the service from 12:30 – 2:00 p.m.

Walter Eugene Winner was born July 17, 1934 in Conway, Kansas to Clifford Floyd Winner and Mary Ellen (Tate) Winner. He married Jolene Goerhing on Aug. 6, 1953 in McPherson, Kansas. They later divorced. He married Viola “Vi” Erlene Tate on December 24, 1978. She passed away December 18, 1991.

In 1976 Walter met Jean Smith and they became the best of friends and remained best friends through all the remaining years.

Gene joined the Army on February 14, 1954 serving in the Korean War and was honorably discharged on February 16, 1956.

He came to Wyoming in 1960 having lived in Forest Grove, Oregon for two years.

Gene enjoyed woodworking, four wheeling, hunting, traveling, and reading. He was a member of the Meadowlark Good Sam’s RV Club, American Legion, and was State Historian for the Wyoming State Good Sam’s.

He worked in the oil fields of Kansas, Oklahoma, Texas, and Wyoming. He also drove truck from coast to coast and worked as a ditch rider for Midvale Irrigation District.

He is survived by his companion of over 20 years, Jean Smith; son, Donald Eugene Winner and wife Bonnie of Rock Springs; daughter, Patty Stubbs and husband Brion of Vernal, Utah; step-daughter, Debra Gallatin and husband Kerry of Riverton; sister, Neoma Newton of Fossill, Oregon; five grandchildren and two step-grandchildren; seven great-grandchildren; Jean’s family: sons, Jeff and David Smith both of Riverton; two grandsons and their wives; six great-grandchildren; and seven great-grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Clifford and Mary Winner; his wife, Viola “Vi”; son, Lonnie; and his grandparents.

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Services are under the direction of the Davis Funeral Home.