Harold Duane Cantrell died of a stroke at Wyoming Medical Center Saturday, Aug. 13, 2011. A memorial service was held Friday, Aug. 19, at Word Christian Fellowship, with Associate Pastor Angela Haigler officiating.
Duane was born May 26, 1947, in Broken Bow, the son of Harold F. Cantrell and Freda M. (Embree) Cantrell. Duane graduated from high school in Merna, and attended classes at Casper College in Wyoming.
Duane married Phyllis J. Konings, and their union produced four daughters. They were divorced after 22 years of marriage.
He worked in several trades, including farming, drilling both water and oil wells, truck driving, uranium exploration, welding, and as a mechanic for diesel engines both on big rigs and oilfield workover rigs. He was certified to work on brakes, and air conditioning, including a license to buy freon. Employers included Sargeant Irrigation, Butane Power & Equipment, Teton Exploration, Black Hills Trucking, Sinclair Truck Division, Ideal Lawn Mower Shop, Richardson Trucking, Power Service, Becker Fire Equipment, Crown Energy Technologies, and Stewart-Stevenson Workover Rig Division.
Duane belonged to the Central Wyoming Retriever Club, where he participated in AKC Kennel Dog trials for retrievers. He was a member of the Central Wyoming Darting Association, the Elks, and the Platte River Gun Club. Other activities include performing
on the dance team at Club Dance West where he met his significant other of 18 years, LeAnn Harwood.
Duane was also the President of the Vista West IV Homeowners Association Board of Directors, where he also served as Water Master. Duane is a past president and one of the founding fathers of the Pathfinder Back Country Horsemen, and served as vice chair of the Wyoming Back Country Horsemen.
Survivors include Le Ann Harwood of Casper, Wyo.; his brother, Keith L. Cantrell of Ogallala; sister, Karen K. Scott of North Platte; daughters, Catherine A. Carr, Carolynn K.Cantrell, and Marcia J. Neumiller, all of Casper, plus six grandchildren and numerous nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his parents; sister, Darlene Bigbee; daughter, Michelle L. Pace, and three granddaughters.
Memorials may be made to Central Wyoming Hospice 319 S. Wilson, Casper, WY
82601. Condolences for the family may be left at bustardsfuneralhome.com
Published in Custer County Chief, Aug. 25, 2011