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Richard E. Chesmore

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Posted: Tuesday, October 1, 2013 12:00 am | Updated: 10:52 am, Tue Nov 5, 2013.

Memorial services for Richard E. Chesmore will be at 11 a.m. Thursday at Family Life Church with Pastor Marty Crump officiating.

Military honors will be provided by American Legion Post #42. Interment will follow at Mount Pisgah Cemetery in Gillette.

Richard Emerson Chesmore, 79, of Gillette, died Thursday, Sept. 26, 2013, at his home.

Richard was born Feb. 4, 1934, to Clifford Emerson and Olive Opal Chesmore in Mobridge, S.D. He joined the U.S. Army with his older brother in 1952, at the age of 17. They served in Korea and he was honorably discharged with a ranking of corporal in 1955.

He married Sylvia Louise Johnson on June 22, 1958, in Mobridge, S.D., where they made their home for four years. After they were married, he worked a short time for Mobridge Concrete Company. In 1962, he went to work for Peter Kiewet & Sons as a concrete foreman, building bridges and interstates in Idaho, Montana, South Dakota and Wyoming. He began working for Amax Coal Belle Ayr Mine in 1977, as plant foreman. He retired in 1994, but continued working contract maintenance for both Belle Ayr and Eagle Butte mines until April of 2012.

Together, Richard and Sylvia had five children, Rick, Randy, Kim, Rob and Ron. He enjoyed attending his children’s sporting events, spending time with his grandchildren, hunting, camping, reading, trapping minnows, watching Fox News and sharing stories with all of his cronies at the local coffee shops. His biggest passion of all was going to the lake to spend a wonderful day fishing, teaching others the fine art of fishing and telling anyone who would love to listen about his personal techniques in catching fish. Some would say he never knew a stranger. When we reflect on his life, we see a life built on relationships with so many people. He laughed often, he had the affection of his wife, his children and his grandchildren, and he showed his emotion and love for others with his actions. He asked for nothing as he earned everything, and through his actions he was admired by so many and dearly loved by his family.

He is survived by his wife, Sylvia; sister, Ardith of Lewisburg, Tenn.; his sons, Rick (Kristen) Chesmore of Bellevue, Wash., Randy (Callie) Chesmore of Gillette, Rob (Katie) Chesmore of Denver, Colo., Ron (Patrice) Chesmore of Lander; daughter, Kim (Carl) Suhr of Gillette; grandchildren, Tara (Kellen) Gatlin, Zachary (Ashley) Ryan, Amanda (Ash) Hodge, Ryan Suhr, Emma Chesmore, Laura Chesmore, Dan Chesmore, Grace Chesmore, Louis Chesmore, Riley Chesmore, Teaghan Chesmore; great-grandchildren, Aidan and Jackson Gatlin, Bentley Owen and Kaylee Hodge; and numerous nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents; brothers, Kenneth, Donald, Lloyd, Jesse, Jack, David and Danny; his sisters, Lila Schaefer and Mildred Ritter and granddaughter Alix Suhr.

A memorial also has been established at Wells Fargo Bank in the name of Richard Chesmore. Memorials and condolences may be sent in care of Walker Funeral Home 410 Medical Arts Court, Gillette, WY 82716. Condolences also may be sent via

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