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Gary 'Little' Gantenbein

Gary "Little" Gantenbein

Mar 4, 1933 - Dec 26, 2010
Gary A. "Little" Gantenbein of rural Riverton died on Sunday, Dec. 26, 2010, at Riverton Memorial Hospital. He was 77.

Funeral services are at 2 p.m. on Monday, Jan. 3, at St. Margaret's Catholic Church in Riverton with the Rev. Father Andrew Duncan officiating. Interment follows at Mountain View Cemetery in Riverton. Viewing is at 6 p.m. on Sunday, Jan. 2, at the Davis Funeral Home of Riverton, followed by a rosary at 7 p.m. Sunday at the funeral home.

Gary Anthony Gantenbein was born in New Albin, Iowa, on March 4, 1933, the son of Gail U. Gantenbein and Florence (Lane) Gantenbein. He moved to the Pavillion area in 1949 with his family which homesteaded there. He was graduated from Pavillion High School with the Class of 1953.

He married Mary Lou Skjoldal on May 17, 1954, in Rawlins.

Mr. Gantenbein lived in Riverton for 20 years, moving to Ocean Lake in 1979 where the family opened "Little Place Resort." Mr. Gantenbein was a self-employed general contractor in commercial and residential construction. He had been a general contractor for some 40 years, operating Gantenbein Construction. For 11 years, he worked for the Midvale Irrigation District.

Mr. Gantenbein was a member of St. Margaret's Catholic Church in Riverton.

His family said he was an avid fisherman, hunter, and live bait dealer who enjoyed having his family together and teasing his grandchildren. They said he alternated his loves of working and fishing.

Survivors include his wife, Mary Lou Gantenbein of Ocean Lake; two sons, Jonny Gantenbein and his wife Diane of Hope, Alaska, and Dave Gantenbein and his wife Teresa of Ocean Lake; a daughter, Patricia Randolph of Ocean Lake; six grandchildren. Derek Randolph, Stephen Finger, Tarah Deveraux, Jayce Gantenbein, Brian Gantenbein, and Tiffany Gantenbein; four great grandchildren; his twin brother, Gehrig "Big" Gantenbein and his wife Alice of Pavillion; brothers-in-law, Harold Skjoldal and his wife Virginia of Riverton and Oscar Skjoldah of Carson City, Nev.; a sister-in-law, Judy Taylor of Riverton; numerous nieces and nephews.

Mr. Gantenbein was preceded in death by his parents; four siblings, Betty Smerud, Gordon Gantenbein, Gail Gantenbein, and Joseph Gantenbein.

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