Harold E. Weeks


(May 31, 2003)

Funeral services are scheduled Wednesday at 10 a.m. in the First Baptist Church in Basin for Harold Edwin Weeks, 79, who died Saturday, May 31 in the Bonnie Bluejacket Memorial Nursing Home between Greybull and Basin.

He was born in Wendell, Idaho, on July 1, 1932, to Joy Ingle Weeks and Grace Elizabeth (Look) Weeks. The family moved to Wyoming when he was 5 years old and located on the Padlock Ranch on Owl Creek, which later became known as the Arapahoe Ranch. He later moved to the Dickie Ranch (LU Sheep Company) where he spent his teenage years. He attended Thermopolis schools and graduated from high school there in 1941.

He married Gloria Jean Boyer VanDell on Dec. 1, 1955, at Thermopolis.

He was a government trapper for 41 years, employed by the Bureau of Sport Fisheries and Wildlife, and later, the U.S. Department of Agriculture. His assignments were in Ten Sleep and Basin, where he retired in 1992.

He liked to hunt, fish and trap predators. In retirement, he took up gardening and yardwork. He was a member of the First Baptist Church in Basin.

Survivors include his wife Gloria J. Weeks of Basin; a son, Dick E. (Kathy) VanDell of Cheyenne; a daughter, Sandra J. (Scott) Klindt of Houston, Texas; nine grandchildren, nine great-grandchildren and numerous nieces and nephews.

For those who wish, the family would appreciate donations to a memorial fund at Security State Bank, P.O. Box 531, Basin, WY 82410 for the First Baptist Church Bell Tower Fund at Basin.