Funeral services will be held for Earl Benjamin Shatto Jr., 90, at 2:00 P.M. Saturday, September 26, 2020 at the McKibben Cafeteria on Wyoming State Fairgrounds in Douglas, Wyoming with Pastor Todd Weber of the Congregational United Church of Christ in Douglas officiating. Interment will be in the Douglas Park Cemetery.
Earl Shatto died Tuesday, September 15, 2020 at the Wyoming Medical Center in Casper, Wyoming.
Earl was born Wednesday, March 26, 1930 in Crawford, Nebraska the son of Earl Ephram Shatto Sr. and Mildred LaVerne (Dye) Shatto.
As a young boy he moved to Lusk, Wyoming and then moved to Douglas in the 3rd grade. He graduated from Douglas High School in 1948. He excelled in football and track. He was all conference and all state in football. He set a record for the most touchdowns scored in one game, four, and the record held until 2006. He ran the 100-yard dash in 9.8 seconds. He walked on the University of Wyoming football team as a freshman from 1948 to 1949. Earl attended the Los Angeles School of Embalming for two years. He decided being a mortician was not for him and he quit school and went to work for Knisely-Moore Construction. He worked for Knisely for 23 years and built many of Wyoming’s highways. He married the love of his life, Mildred Luella Beaver on November 4, 1950 in Douglas and to this union three sons, Gary, Larry, and Kerry were born. When Knisely-Moore Construction sold out he went to work as the foreman of the Converse County Road and Bridge for 11 years. While there he met his goal to number and gravel every road in the county.
In 1979 Earl, Millie, Gary, and Jan went into partnership and purchased the Frontier Drug from John Rust. Earl helped run the business util 2001, when Earl and Millie sold their interest to Gary and Jan.
Earl and Millie continued to operate their small ranch west of Douglas until 1988, where they raised sheep and cattle.
Earl was very proud and considered it his lasting legacy, when he and Mille put together the purchase of 600 acres in Albany County called “Yatahae’. He wanted this legacy left for his kids and grandkids to enjoy forever. The land was where he had trapped with his father, Earl Shatto Sr. Earl Shatto Sr. had always said he wished he could own one acre of the land. Earl Shatto Jr. accomplished that.
Earl served as president of the Chamber of Commerce, treasurer of the school board, treasurer of the Converse County Weed and Pest, and president of Wyoming Pioneer Association. He loved his wife, Millie, of 70 years, his sons, Gary, Larry, and Kerry, his seven grandkids, and 14 great grandkids. He loved his mountains and he loved to elk hunt and never missed a year since area 7 opened.
Earl is survived by his wife, Millie Shatto,; sons, Gary (Jan Fogg) Shatto, Larry Shatto, and Kerry Shatto all of Douglas; sisters, Norma Jean George of Bates Creek, Wyoming and Joy Ramseier of Glenrock, Wyoming; grandchildren, Tanner (Lyndsey) Shatto, Tanisha (Mark) Dexter, Tyson (Jami) Shatto, Shelby (Cory) Snyder, Kelsey (Cody) Grant, Brady (Maci) Shatto, Zack Amen, and Barbie (Tony) Salerno; and 18 great grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by his father, Earl Shatto Sr., on May 21, 1963; mother, Mildred Shatto Tyler, on November 14, 1996; sisters, Alta Schirmer, on August 6, 2006 and Betty Lawson on December 12, 2004; and grandson, Shane Shatto, on September 16, 2001.
A memorial to the Laramie Peak Humane Society, P.O. Box 463, Douglas, Wyoming 82633 would be appreciated by the family.
Serving as pallbearers will be Tanner Shatto, Tyson Shatto, Tanisha (Shatto) Dexter, Mark Dexter, Brady Shatto, Kelsey (Shatto) Grant, Cody Grant, Shelby (Shatto) Snyder, Barbie (Amen) Salerno, and Zack Amen.
Honorary pallbearers will be all of his many coffee group friends.
Family and friends may call at the funeral home on Friday, September 25, 2020 from 1:00 P.M. to 6:00 P.M.
The Gorman Funeral Homes – Converse Chapel of Douglas, Wyoming is in charge of the arrangements.
Condolences may be sent to the family at www.gormanfh.com
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