Robert Eugene “Gene” Riddle

April 14, 1926 – Oct. 9, 2013

Funeral services for Robert Eugene Riddle were held Oct. 12 at Bryant Funeral Home in Worland. Gene, 87, died Oct. 9 at Spirit Mountain Hospice in Cody.

He was born April 14, 1926, in a small cabin in Ten Sleep, the oldest of four children of Robert Leroy and Frances Riddle. When he was 9 years old he and his younger sister built a child-sized log cabin on the mountain.

Gene enlisted in the U.S. Navy when he was 17 and served on the U.S.S. Sabik in the Pacific. He was present at both the Battle of Leyte Gulf and the atom bomb test at Bikini Island. After his discharge, he returned to Ten Sleep and helped his father run their trucking company. He also sprayed crops in his Piper airplane.

He married Barbara Brown Sept. 17, 1950, in Cody.

He was employed by Mobil Oil Company for 32 years. When he retired in 1986, he was senior production supervisor of a multi-state area, but was based in Wyoming. Innovations he made in the field are still being used today.

He and Barbara moved from Big Piney to Basin after he retired.

Gene enjoyed playing golf with his children and grandchildren, watching the Colorado Rockies play baseball, and was an accomplished fisherman, pilot, carpenter and mechanic.

His parents and two sisters, Lois Mulholland and Joan Riddle, preceded him in death.

He is survived by his wife, Barbara; two sons and daughters-in-law, Darrel and Grace Riddle of Rapid City, S.D. and Dale and Cathy Riddle of Springville, Utah; two daughters and sons-in-law, Jan and Bob Goodrich of Spearfish, S.D., and Joyce and Al Watson of Enid, Okla.; one brother, Kenneth Riddle of Shawnee, Okla.; 10 grandchildren, eight step-grandchildren and eight great-grandchildren.

Memorials will be donated to Special Olympics of Utah (BYU Cougars) Provo, Utah, Worland Ambulance and the Worland Senior Center in care of Bryant Funeral Home, Box 524, Worland, WY 82401.

 

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