Funeral Services for Steve Nuckolls, 85 year old Buffalo, Wyoming, man who passed away suddenly Saturday afternoon at his home in Buffalo, will be held Friday, May 31, 2013, at 10 a.m. from the Harness Funeral Home Chapel in Buffalo with Reverend KyeongSu Jung officiating. Visitation will be held from the Funeral Home Chapel on Thursday from 1 until 9 p.m. and on Friday from 8 until 9:30 a.m. Interment will be in Willow Grove Cemetery with the American Legion and VFW in charge of Military Graveside Honors. Donations in Mr. Nuckolls’ memory may be made to the Buffalo Senior Center in care of the Harness Funeral Home at 351 N. Adams in Buffalo.
Stephen Nathaniel Nuckolls was born on September 4, 1927, on the G Bar G family ranch near Hulett, Wyoming, to William and Myra Nuckolls. He grew up on the ranch and graduated from Lingle High School, Lingle, Wyoming, with the class of 1945. After high school he moved to Cody where he broke horses. He joined the Army in 1951 and served at the Aberdeen Proving Grounds in Aberdeen, Maryland. He was married on August 4, 1950, in Hulett to Ethel Huseby and they made their home in Hulett where Steve worked on the family ranch and worked for the Neiman Saw Mill. In 1962 they moved to Buffalo where he was a carpenter and worked for Vic Slaybaugh and Jack O’Leary. They leased the Husky Café in 1965 which they ran for two years and later they purchased the Lariat Café in 1971 and Ethel passed away in October of 1972 and Steve continued to live in Buffalo. He was married August 7, 1974, in Buffalo to Lee Bolinger and they made their home in Buffalo. Steve worked for PP&L for 21 years and retired in 1989 and Lee passed away in 1996. He continued living in Buffalo until the time of his death.
He was a member of the Methodist Church, the American Legion, the Elks, and Buffalo Squares. Steve served on the Trail Board, Tree Board and the Senior Center Board. He planted and cared for all the pine trees along the lower walking path near his house, he was an accomplished wood worker and made over 350 cedar chests, jewelry boxes and coffee tables—many he donated to community fund raisers. He would go with his son to the forests near Hulett and Recluse to cut the cedar trees and have them milled for his woodwork. He enjoyed gardening, snow machining and walking. Steve’s passion was spending time with his family, especially his grandchildren.
He is survived by three sons, Cliff Nuckolls, Kim Bolinger and his wife Shelley of Buffalo, Rusty Bolinger and his wife Gale of Australia; two daughters, Myra Camino and her husband Tom and Terry Gibbs all of Buffalo; one brother Jw Nuckolls of Hulett; one sister Lois Spaur of Denver; fifteen grandchildren and ten great-grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by his parents, one son Randy, one daughter Bobbie, both of his wives, three sisters and one brother.