Continuing the Crook County News Since 1884

Richard Davis

Richard "Dick" Elburn Davis went to meet his Maker on September 14, 2023, at Crook County (Wyoming) Memorial Hospital after a long battle with heart disease.

Born in Nashville, Wisconsin, on March, 21 1932, Dick grew up in Forest County on the family farm, and graduated from Crandon, Wisconsin, High School in 1949.

He served his country as a paratrooper in the U.S. Army airborne from 1952-54, participating in early experiments air dropping heavy equipment into battle.

Dick married the love of his life, Marilyn Mountain, on June 12, 1954 in Crandon. A logger from a young age, he moved the family logging operation from Wisconsin to Saratoga, Wyoming in 1972 then relocated to Sundance, Wyoming in 1977. 

He retired from logging at age 71, then worked at the Sundance landfill for 10 years.

Known by all for his faith and integrity, Dick served the Sundance community on the board of directors of Green Mountain Estates housing project and delivered Meals on Wheels. He pastored for a time at Chapel of Faith in Sundance and was active in his churches teaching Sunday school and Bible study.

The last several years, Dick and Marilyn enjoyed once a month attending services at Skull Creek Community Center.

Dick was preceded in death by his parents, SR and Harriet; siblings, Carol, Sylvester, Fred and Bruce; and granddaughter, Amy Davis.

He is survived by his brother, Garland; children, Bill (Kathy), Jo Ann, Jon (Pam), Ginger (Willy Zimmer), Bonnie, Tom (Debbie) and Ted (Sherrie); as well as 15 grandchildren and 23 great grandchildren.

A graveside service was held September 16 at Green Mountain Cemetery in Sundance. In lieu of flowers or gifts, the family requests donations be made to the Sundance Senior Center/Meals on Wheels.