Harold L. Underwood


(April 7, 1926 - July 2, 2017)

Harold L. Underwood, 91, died at the Powell Valley Care Center July 2, 2017.

Harold was born on April 7, 1926, to Jeese and Dora (Gray) Underwood in Cottonwood, Arizona. He moved to Wyoming with his family in 1939.

While attending Powell High School, Harold joined the Navy during WWII. He then went on to graduate from Powell High School in 1944. After three and a half years of serving in the Navy, Harold was honorably discharged in 1947.

Harold completed two years at Northwest College and then continued his education at University of Wyoming. He graduated with a bachelor’s degree in elementary education in 1969. He taught elementary school in Gillette and Cody. Harold then followed his passion and worked as a self-employed carpenter in Powell for the remainder of his life.

Harold married Jeri Underwood in Sheridan on Oct. 23, 1964. Together, Harold and Jeri raised her three children, Michael, Kelly and Donna Sue Dustin. They later surprised Harold by adopting him as their legal father.

Harold had many talents and hobbies. He loved playing cards, fossil hunting, painting, drawing, building and any other skill he could challenge himself to acquire.

Harold was preceded in death by his wife Jeri (Farmer) Underwood, son Michael Dustin, daughter Kelly Dustin, his parents, sisters Patricia Dolly Gibbs and Sybil Buchan, and brother Donald Underwood.

He is survived by his daughter Donna Sue, granddaughters Rebecca (Patrick) Croft and Danielle Dustin; great-granddaughters Madilyn and Kaylee Croft; daughter-in-law Gayle Dustin; sister-in-law Donna (Norm) Meidinger, numerous nieces, nephews, cousins and friends.

A private family memorial will take place. Memorial donations in Harold’s name can be made to the charity of your choice.