The family moved back to Canton, Okla., when he was very young. His dad died shortly after, and the family managed living on the farm during the Great Depression. He attended school in Canton, graduating salutatorian of his high school class.
G.W. was a veteran of WWII, one of the “Greatest Generation,” serving in the Army Air Corps from 1942-45. He was an armorer gunner in the Bomb Squadron 9th Bomber Group, on a B-29 Super Fortress airplane, flying missions from Tinian to Japan on a plane name Man O’ War II. It was a 3,000-mile round trip flight taking 15 hours.
After the war, he worked as a surveyor on several government projects in Oklahoma and Kansas, and eventually went to work for the Standard Oil Company in Ardmore, Okla. It was there that G.W. met Nadean Conway and they married on May 21, 1949 in Gainesville, Texas.
He was transferred to Powell in 1952. He took to Wyoming with its open spaces and its solitude, and enjoyed camping, hunting and fishing. He also farmed at Garland and south of Powell.
He was preceded in death by his son, John Jesse.
G.W. is survived by Nadean, his wife of 63 years; three children: Gwendolyn, Randy and Tandy; six grandsons: Byron (Amber), John (Hannah) Randall, Nathan (Suzanne) Edwards, Justin (Mallory), Jason (Jessica) and Matt (Emily) Edwards; and great-grandchildren Bryon Anthony, Connor, Brody, Avery, Will, Derrick and Jace.
A memorial service with military honors will be at 2 p.m., Friday, Jan. 11 at Crown Hill Cemetery in Powell.