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Francis ‘Frank’ Earl Burgener

(Oct. 22, 1940 - Dec. 24, 2012)

Francis “Frank” Earl Burgener died peacefully at his home on Monday, Dec. 24, 2012. He was 72.

Frank was born in Powell on Oct. 22, 1940 to Theodore and Marie (Huss) Burgener. He grew up in Powell on the family farm which has been in operation continuously for more than 100 years. He attended Powell schools through high school, and after graduation he enlisted in the U.S. Army and served his country for two years.

After returning to Wyoming, he accepted a job with Dick Jones Trucking in 1959 and he stayed at that job for nearly 48 years. He had an almost perfect driving record, and he received awards from the Wyoming Truck Driver’s Association and the American Professional Truck Driver’s Association for Driver of the Month in 1992 and 2000, as well as Driver of the Year in 2001. He also received the Pioneer Award in 2008.

Frank was always happy to help his friends and family, and he was able to fix just about anything with ease. He was a volunteer at his church, and a care-giver at home. His loss will be deeply felt.

He was preceded in death by his parents, and his brother, Lloyd Burgener of Powell.

He is survived by his sister-in-law Shirley Burgener of Powell; his nieces Holly Burgener of Powell, and Misty (JR) Pederson of Powell; nephew Blaine Willis of Powell; great-nieces Samantha and Alexis Pederson, and Jada Willis; and great-nephews Jonathan Pederson and Richard Willis.

A rosary service was held Tuesday, Jan. 1 followed by funeral services on Wednesday, Jan. 2. Both were held at St. Barbara’s Catholic Church in Powell. Interment was at Crown Hill Cemetery in Powell.

Thompson Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements and condolences may be sent to the family at www.thompsonfuneral.net or P.O. Box 807, Powell, WY 82435.

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