Terry Wiechert, 66, of Sundance, Wyoming, died peacefully due to a health related illness on Friday, May 17, 2013, at Crook Country Memorial Hospital.
Terry came into this world on March 9, 1947, in East St. Louis, Illinois, and was raised by William and Helen M. (Bowers) Ellard. He grew up in Washington where he attended several schools and later graduated from Port Townsend High School in 1964. After high school he went to work as a fisherman, salmon troller and then a truck driver hauling logs. Terry was drafted into the US Army in 1967 and went through basic training in Ft. West, Texas. He served in Vietnam and was in Germany while in the Army, and was honorably discharged in 1969. Following his service in the Army, Terry went to work for a pipeline company in Minnesota and then moved to and explored Wyoming.
In August of 1971, Terry went to work for the Wyoming Highway Department where he spent many years plowing snow, operating the transport truck and running heavy equipment for road maintenance and construction projects. Terry retired from the Wyoming Department of Transportation in June of 2012 after 41 years of service for the traveling public.
Terry had a love for the outdoors, fishing, hunting and shooting guns. He was an avid firearm collector, a gunsmith and made a lifelong hobby out of this passion. Terry was also very fond of vehicles and mechanics, particularly if it could be made into a “hot rod”. Terry once put a Cadillac motor in a Chevy, the only car his father made him get rid of because that vehicle ran too fast. He continued to purchase and trade hot rod cars throughout his life. Terry served as a commander of the Devils Tower VFW Post #4311.
Terry will leave a legacy of memories, stories, adventures and his love of guns with his co-workers and friends to remember him by.
Grateful for sharing in his life are two aunts, Lois Kennedy and Margaret White, both of Sundance; cousin, Danny White; numerous other cousins and relatives; special extended family members, Brad Marchant and family and numerous co-workers he worked with at WYDOT. Terry was preceded in death by his parents William and Helen Ellard, numerous aunts, uncles and cousins.
Funeral services were Wednesday, May 22, 2013, at the Old High School Gymnasium in Sundance. Burial followed at Mt. Moriah Cemetery with military honors provided by the Last Salute Veterans Honor Guard. A memorial has been established to the Devils Tower VFW Post #4311, PO Box 171, Sundance, WY, 82729.
Arrangements are under the care of Fidler-Roberts & Isburg Funeral Chapel of Sundance. Online condolences may be written at www.fidler-isburgfuneralchapels.com