Volume 103, Number 13 - November 30, 2006
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Virginia was preceded in death by her husband of 39 years, her parents and three brothers. Survivors are her brother Cecil Ice, son Daniel and wife Kara of Minden NV, son David and wife Paula of Garland TX , daughter Bonny Etchemendy and husband Mike of Victor, ID and daughter Carol Rephlo and husband Daniel of Overland Park, KS. Virginia also had 9 grandchildren. A memorial service will be held at the Pinedale Community Church of Christ, 113 S. Maybell Ave at 10:00 am on Saturday December, 2nd.
In memory of Joan Schroder
(May 28, 1943 to November 12, 2006)
Mr. Fech attended school in Rock Springs and was a Rock Springs High School graduate with the class of 1954. He also graduated from the Western Wyoming Community College and attended the University of Wyoming. He married Lynne McNeish Fech on March 19, 1961 in Rock Springs, Wyoming.
Mr. Fech was a United States Army Veteran and was an Army Medic and he also served with the National Guard. He enlisted in February of 1954 and following his tour of duty was in the National Guard until November 30, 1962. Mr. Fech was discharged as a Sergeant First Class. He owned and operated Andy’s Auto Body Repair for many years and also A&L Bail Bonding from December of 1999 until present.
His interests included spending time with his family and friends, fishing, traveling and hanging out at Fremont Lake. Survivors include his wife Lynne M. Fech; one daughter Lisa Hay; one grandson Parke Fech; one brother George Fech, all of Rock Springs, Wyoming; one sister-in-law Vi Fech of Cody, Wyoming; several nieces and nephews.
He is preceded in death by his parents, one son David Fech, one brother Mike Fech and his son-in-law Joe Hay. Following cremation at the Vase White Mountain Crematory, memorial services will be conducted at 11:00 A.M. Wednesday, November 29, 2006 at the First Congregational Church, 1275 Adams Avenue, Rock Springs, Wyoming. Reverend Harvey Joyner will conduct the services. Inurnment will be in the Rest Haven Memorial Gardens. Friends may call at the church one hour prior to services.
The family respectfully suggests that donations in his memory be made to First Congregational Church, 1275 Adams Avenue, Rock Springs, Wyoming 82901.
Col. (Ret) John D. Gard
John, (Jack) Gard has died at the age of 84 in his home with his loving wife, Joan, at his side.
A Career Soldier, he was born at home, one of 6 children, to a pioneer family in Lusk, Wyoming on November 4, 1922. His education at the University of Wyoming was interrupted by WWII, when his ROTC class was called to active duty in October 1942. After further training, he was sent to France in 1944 and served under General Patton in the 3rd Army as a heavy weapons commander in the "Battle of the Bulge." Twice promoted, when the war ended, he accepted a regular commission and finished his degree requirements at the University of WY. After 2 tours of duty in Korea, Jack qualified as a paratrooper at Ft. Bragg, NC in 1962.
He was then posted to NATO and SHAPE Headquarters in Paris, France. As a staff officer there, he was privileged to shake hands with both Winston Churchill and Charles DeGaulle. Returning to the US, Jack attended the Commanding General Staff College at Ft. Leavenworth, KS. Completing the tri-fecta of wars, Jack saw duty in Danang Vietnam, while completing 2 tours of duty in the Vietnam conflict. Jack retired from the Army at Ft. Huachuca, AZ in January 1973. He was the recipient of 3 Legions of Merit, 5 Bronze Stars, an Air Medal and 14 other Ribbons and Medals from around the world. After retiring, he enjoyed fishing, golf, traveling and spending the summers in Wyoming .He leaves many warm and special friends. Jack is survived by his wife, Joan, of 14 years, 2 sisters, 4 children, 2 step-children, 7 grandchildren, 2 step-grandchildren and 6 great-grandchildren.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations be made in Jack’s honor to Banner Hospice.
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