A memorial service for Ralph Yeatts will be at 3 p.m. Friday, Dec. 14, 2012 at Walker Funeral Home, Gillette, Wyo., with Pastor Dan Holden of the First Assembly of God Church officiating. Harley-Davidson or casual attire is suggested by the family.
Ralph E. Yeatts, age 62, of Gillette, Wyo., passed away Saturday, Dec. 8, 2012 at the Close to Home Hospice House after a short but courageous battle with pancreatic cancer.
Ralph was born Nov. 19, 1950 in Denver, Colo., the son of Robert and Elenor (Alberhasky) Yeatts. He was raised in Nebraska and graduated from Baird High School in 1968. Following graduation, Ralph started his career in the oil patch which brought him to Gillette, Wyo., in 1969 when he went to work for Republic Supply. Later Ralph worked for Davis Oil where he amazed them with all his self-taught knowledge. Although he held no college degrees, Ralph was considered to be an extremely smart man who knew the oil patch like no one else. Ralph started his own business, Petroleum Dynamics, in 1980 and worked up until his final days, making sure all of his customers were taken care of.
In 1979, he met and married Debbie Blount. Together they raised three wonderful children, Hollie, Ryan, and Brandi. The couple divorced in 2006 but continued to remain friends.
Ralph had a work ethic that was hard to match but he also played just as hard. He enjoyed riding his Harley with close friends and yearly trips to the Sturgis Motorcycle Rally. He loved riding with the wind on his face and nothing between him and the road except two wheels. If the sun was shining Ralph was on his bike. He also enjoyed camping, boating, traveling the world and he even earned his pilot’s license in 1987. He especially loved spending time with his kids, grandkids and close friends.
If you were a friend of Ralph’s you were a friend for life. He would always be there for you with a cold beer or just to lend a friendly ear and he would never expect anything in return. Ralph had a gift for making you laugh until you cried. He loved life and all it had to offer. Although his life was cut too short, in his words it was “A Beautiful Life.”
Ralph is survived by his three children: Hollie Yeatts of Sheridan, Wyo.; Ryan (Mandie) Yeatts of Everett, Wash.; Brandi (Dusty) Jenkins of Denver, Colo.; and three grandchildren.
In lieu of flowers memorials and condolences may be sent in Ralph’s name in care of Walker Funeral Home, 410 Medical Arts Court, Gillette, WY 82716. Condolences may also be sent via our website; www.walkerfuneralgillette.com