Billy Bert Durfee

Billy Bert Durfee, 92 of Sundance, Wyoming, passed away at the Crook County Memorial Hospital on December 11, 2013.

Bill was born May 26, 1921, to Joseph Charles and Nina Belle (Warren) Durfee. He was born on his Grandparent Warren’s ranch south of Upton, Wyoming, and had one older brother, Jay. Bill graduated from Upton High School in 1939 and enlisted in the U.S. Navy in 1940. He served six years, receiving his honorable discharge in 1946.

Bill married Loretta Dale O’Haver on April 24, 1948. Bill worked at the Spearfish Airport where he learned to fly and the Wyoming Highway Department in Sundance. Bill began his power company career in Sheridan, later moving to Provo, Utah and finally returning to Sundance to become the Manager of Operations for Tri-County (Powder River Energy) and retiring September 1981.

He is survived by his wife of 65 years, Loretta; sister-in-law, Hazel Durfee, Florida; nephews, Clark Durfee, Arizona and Wayne O’Haver, Texas; and nieces, Dorothy Kaiser, Belle Fourche, SD, Janette (Dave) Heidtke, Reedsburg, WI and Kathy (Tom) Gearhart, Sundance. He is preceded in death by his parents and brother.

In keeping with Bill’s wishes, no services will be held and inurnment will be in the Durfee family plot in Sheridan, Wyoming at a later date.

Arrangements are under the care of Fidler-Roberts & Isburg Funeral Chapel of Sundance. Online condolences may be written at