Orville Glen Leavitt Jr., long-time Shell resident, passed away Feb. 5, 2016. He fought an enduring and courageous battle with cancer. Glen was born Feb. 18, 1939 in Greybull, Wyo., in a two-story house acting as a hospital in the south part of Greybull. Dr. Myre delivered him. He was the son of Orville Glen Sr. and Ruth May Howe Leavitt. He grew up on a ranch on Beaver Creek raising sheep and cattle. He attended Bear Creek School for most of his grade school years. The old school building is still standing. He transferred into Greybull for 8th grade and High school and graduated in 1958. He travelled to California to attend electronics school. Finding out this was not for him, he returned to the ranch to work with his father. He joined the National Guard in 1960 where he trained at Lackland Air Force Base in San Antonio. He finished his training in 8 weeks and proceeded to join the National Guard in Casper, Wyo., where he trained in a fire fighter and crash rescue unit. He spent four years in this unit and then transferred to Billings, Mont., to join the active reserves for two years. He received an honorable discharge in 1966.
On June 16, 1963 he married Leone (Lee) Ruth Hays, a school teacher from Iowa, whom he met while she was working a summer job at the Ranger Creek Dude Ranch in the Big Horn Mountains. They had three children: David, Julie and Shawna. He was proud of his children doing so well in school and graduating college, as school was difficult for him.
His father sold the Beaver Creek Ranch in 1972. Glen moved with his family to Big Timber, Mont., where they purchased a ranch. This ranch was sold in 1975 and they moved east of Billings to a small farm. He began working for Rush Implement as a mechanic. When this business sold, he worked for Tire Supply as a Foreman for 5 years. He moved his family to Cody, WY in 1982 to work for Glenn E Nielson Ranches. During this time they lived on the Crandall Ranch in Sunlight Basin. In 1986, he moved back to Shell, purchased the Shell Campground, a semi-truck and trailer and drove coast-to-coast for 15 years. With a spotless driving record, he then chose to become a substitute school bus driver, where he soon became one of the favorites. He also drove truck for the Werbelow Brothers Farms where he quickly became one of the best harvest drivers they have ever had, as he could back a semi with a trailer into a mouse hole if asked. He loved both of these jobs and continued them until the cancer caused him to stop. He also assisted his wife with rural mail delivery during this time and continued for a number of years. Glen was a volunteer firefighter with the Shell Fire Department for 12 years. He served as assistant fire chief for two years. He was a member of the Shell Community Church. Glen never knew a stranger and enjoyed sharing stories and his knowledge of the area.
Glen is survived by wife Leone, sister Edith, three children and spouses: David (Tammy), Julie (Victor) and Shawna (Nate), eight grandchildren and spouses: Cristian (Jake), Cameron (Kelsie), Craig, Taylor, Mason, Matthew, Carsten and Caden and four great-grandchildren: Preston, Audrie, Brayden, and Brooklyn.
A Funeral Service will be held at 2:00 P.M. on Saturday, February 13, 2016 at the Shell Community Hall. Burial will follow at the Whaley Cemetery in Shell. A meal for family and friends will follow the graveside service at the Shell Community Hall.
Memorials will be received in Glen’s name at the Bank of Greybull, 601 Greybull Avenue, Greybull, WY 82426 and will benefit the Shell Community Church and the Shell Fire Department.
Atwood Family Funeral Directors assisted the family with the arrangements.