Jul 2, 1947 - Apr 24, 2023
Gary D. Albrandt, 75, of Shoshoni, Wyoming passed away Monday, April 24, 2023, at the Hot Springs County Hospital. Funeral services will be 10:00 a.m., Monday, May 1, 2023 at the United Methodist Church in Riverton, Wyoming. Burial will follow at Mountain View Cemetery. A viewing will precede the service at the church from 9:00 – 10:00 a.m.
Gary Dean Albrandt was born July 2, 1947 in Riverton to Jake and Ruth (Kissler) Albrandt. He grew up in Shoshoni attending Shoshoni Schools graduating in 1967.
Gary’s interest and love of trucks began at an early age as a child he began driving farm equipment for his father. In 1970, he started driving a semi for his father. At the time he was hauling hay, livestock and other farm products. He purchased his first truck and livestock trailer in 1974 and began doing commercial hauling. From 1986 – 88, Gary drove for a local company hauling with-in Wyoming.
On August 9, 1980 Gary married the love of his life, Karen Ann Stork at the Riverton United Methodist Church. Together the couple enjoyed 43 years of marriage.
In 1989, he purchased a different truck and trailer and was self-employed hauling mostly agriculture products. In 1993 Gary and his wife, Karen, built a receiving station for pinto and small red beans. They owned and operated the facility receiving and storing beans raised by local growers in the fall. During the winter and spring months, Gary hauled the stored beans to Teasdale Foods, Inc. in Greeley, Colorado. He also leased to Admiral Transport Corp., hauling Pepsi products in Wyoming and neighboring states.
Gary was a member of the Wyoming Trucking Association since 1989 and served as Chairman of the Owner-Operators Conference Board of Directors. He was also a member of OOIDA (Owner Operator Independent Drivers Association). Gary was recognized by the Wyoming Trucker Association for his professional 46-year career and over 3,350,000 miles with no preventable accidents in his career. He participated in the WTA State Fleet Safety Contest, receiving numerous safety awards for his miles of driving. He also took advantage of safety audio tapes, industry safety bulletins and industry publications to keep abreast of issues for trucking safety.
Gary was a member of the Riverton Lions Club for over 40 years and served on various committees and offices, retired member of the Missouri Valley Fire Department. He was a member of Trinity Lutheran Church and was attending the United Methodist Church in Riverton. He was a lifetime member of the National FFA.
Gary enjoyed traveling, taking cruises, riding his motorcycle and 4-wheeler, camping, and fishing. Gary and Karen enjoyed attending the National Finals Rodeo in in Las Vegas, Nevada for many years. Gary enjoyed watching and attending many rodeos and the PBR.
He is survived by his wife Karen of Shoshoni and their Bichon Frise dog, “Muffy;” brother, Victor Albrandt of Riverton; brother-in-law, Richard Stork of Thermopolis; nephews, Shawn Albrandt and wife, Tonya, and Derrin Albrandt and wife, Kristy; cousins, Mel Albrandt and wife Linda, Betty Lewis and husband Jack, Patty Pince, Dick Pattison and wife Joyce, Nancy Walters and husband Jim, Alice Hill and husband Jim, Alan Pattison and wife Theresa, Raymond Appelhance and wife, Beverly, Darlene Wrape, Karen’s cousins - Marilyn Novotny and her three children, Nicole Wonka, Tiffany Novotny, and Bill Novotny, III, Nancy Novotny, and Susan Breeden; as well as numerous extended family and friends they considered family.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Jake and Ruth Albrandt; parents-in-law, Bill and Ingebjorg Stork; and brother, Jake and wife Nadine Albrandt.
Memorials may be made to the Allen H. Stewart Lions Camp on Casper Mountain or the Wyoming Trucking Association Scholarship Fund in care of the Davis Funeral Home, 2203 W. Main Street, Riverton, WY 82501.
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Services are under the direction of the Davis Funeral Home of Riverton.