Gary Jay Stanhope, 86, passed away Nov. 6, 2020 in Thermopolis ,WY.
Born during March in 1934 in South Dakota, he was the son of Howard and Nellie (Nollie) Stanhope. Growing up in Montana, he was drafted into the US Army after dropping out of school after his junior year of high school. Before being shipped to Korea he married his childhood sweetheart, Jean, in Baker, MT.
Returning from the service, the couple settled in Baker where Gary was employed by Flint Engineering, then worked for Big ‘M’ in the oil field. In 1978, the family moved to Big Piney, WY to work for Gary’s brother, Ron. Gary and Jean later moved back to Montana where he again worked for Big ‘M’ until moving to LaBarge, WY to work for Chevron until his retirement.
In 1990, the couple decided to retire in Thermopolis. They started a handy man yard service and Gary also worked for Apache Oil Company.
Gary was a member of the American Legion. He enjoyed wood working, yard work and was an incessant teaser. He received the Ambassador for Peace Medal in 2016 from the Korean Government/Republic of Korea.
Viewing will be held at Mortimore Funeral Home on Nov. 12, from 10 a.m.-12 p.m. Graveside services will be at 2 p.m. at Monument Hill Cemetery with Pastor Chuck Cooper officiating. Military honors will be accorded.
Those cherishing Gary’s memory include his wife, Jean of 67 years; brothers, Montie (Faye), and Clinton; children, Jerry (Linda), Tom (Judy), Lona (Phil) and Dona (Ray); fourteen grandchildren and fifteen great grandchildren.
Preceding him in death are his parents, Howard and Ida Stanhope, Nellie and J.T. Jackson, older brother, Ron and one grandchild, Joseph Cramer.
Mortimore Funeral Home is assisting the family with arrangements. Messages may be offered at www.mortfh.com.