Memorial services will be at 1p.m. Friday at Gillette Memorial Chapel with the Rev. Zell Woodworth and the Rev. Judith England of Gillette First Church of the Nazarene.
Military honors will be provided by the American Legion Post #42.
Bill Woodworth, 62, of Gillette, died Friday, Feb. 1, 2013, at St. Mary’s Hospital in Rochester, Minn., due to pulmonary hypertension with complications of the flu.
He was born Feb. 16, 1950, in Lamar, Colo., to Zell D. and Myrene F. (Tapana) Woodworth. He graduated from high school in Bennett, Colo. Mr. Woodworth served in the U. S. Army National Guard for seven years. After finding the love of his life, Janet L. Ward, the couple was married on Sept. 9, 1972, and lived in Lakeside, Neb., where their two children — Burl W. and Dawn Lee — were born. During this time he worked at the Star Ranch then the family moved to Sheridan, where he worked at Becton Stock Farm for many years until he started to work for Burlington Northern Railroad in 1976 and moved to Gillette in 1979. He was always a cowboy at heart. All of the outdoor hunting, fishing, guiding, outfitting, they did with their Lazy BJ Ranch/Outfitters. Mr. Woodworth and his wife moved their home to southeast of Gillette working their cattle. The couple ended up raising and adopting two loving granddaughters, they were the love of his life.
He is survived by his wife, Janet Woodworth of Gillette; son, Burl Woodworth of Gillette; daughter, Dawn Drake of Gillette; foster daughter, Susan DeCluette of Billings, Mont.; foster son, Mark Young of Billings, Mont.; two adopted granddaughters; brother, Zell “Genie” Woodworth of Colorado Springs, Colo.; sisters, Connie Sue Dockum of Camanche, Texas, and Mariella Wilson of Lakeside, Neb.; four grandchildren; and numerous nieces and nephew.
He was preceded in death by his parents and grandparents.
Memorials and condolences may be sent in Mr. Woodworth’s name in care of Gillette Memorial Chapel, 210 W. Fifth St., Gillette, WY 82716. Condolences also may be sent via www.gillettememorialchapel.com or attached to the obituary at www.gillettenewsrecord.com.