A memorial service to celebrate the life of Darlene L. Claycomb will be held Monday, May 27 at 2 p.m. at the Upton Community Center. A reception will follow. Darlene, 73, died May 10 in Upton.
She was born Aug. 12, 1939, in Ft. Morgan, Colo., the daughter of Herman and Henrietta “Hattie” Stumpf. The family resided in Cheyenne.
She graduated from Cheyenne High School in 1957 and married Dick Claycomb in February of 1958. The first seven years of their life together was spent working and traveling the rodeo circuit. The family resided in Ten Sleep, Greybull and Laramie before moving to Hulett in 1973. In 1982 they moved to Upton and later to Lusk. They retired in 1996 and moved back to Upton.
Darlene worked in banking and insurance. She was a bookkeeper at American National Bank in Cheyenne, a teller at Wyoming National Bank in Casper, and head of the proof department at Laramie’s First National Bank. Darlene also worked at ADI Insurance in Upton and at Farm Bureau Insurance in Luck. She also served as adult education coordinator in Upton.
Darlene had a contagious smile, sparkling eyes, a quick wit and a keen, edgy sense of humor. Her kind heart and creative mind made everything she touched beautiful. She taught all what it means to have a true servant’s heart in the quiet ways she put the needs of others ahead of her own. She never spared her time, compassion or generosity.
Darlene loved spending time with her family. In later years her grandchildren were her greatest joy and their relationship with her was special.
She was preceded in death by her father Herman Stumpf and brother Ed Stumpf.
She is survived by her husband Dick; daughter and son-in-law, Evin and Tracy Oneale; son and daughter-in-law, Troy and Cheri Claycomb; her mother Hattie Stumpf; siblings, Norma Brown, Herman Stumpf, Arlene Keuck, Joyce White and Tom Stumpf; sister-in-law Peggy Gibb; brother-in-law Don Claycomb, and five grandchildren.
Contributions in Darlene’s memory can be made to the Upton Ambulance Fund, Box 278, Upton, WY 82730.