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1952 Gary 2020

Gary Walton

August 7, 1952 — July 21, 2020

GARY PAUL WALTON DIED JULY 21, 2020 IN HIS HOME IN RAWLINS.  HE WAS BORN AUGUST 7, 1952, IN SHERIDAN, WY TO PARENTS IRA J. AND BONNIE R. WALTON.  GARY WAS RAISED IN SHERIDAN AND GRADUATED FROM SHERIDAN HIGH SCHOOL IN 1971.

GARY HAD AN EXTENSIVE MILITARY CAREER THROUGHOUT HIS LIFE.  HE FIRST JOINED THE ARMY AND RETURNED TO WYOMING AS A MEMBER OF THE WYOMING ARMY NATIONAL GUARD. HE LATER TRANSFERRED TO FULL DUTY WITH THE UNITED STATES AIR FORCE AND SERVED AS A SECURITY POLICE OFFICER AND WAS LAST STATIONED AT ELLSWORTH AFB, SD.  GARY WOULD EVENTUALLY RETURN TO MILITARY SERVICE BY JOINING THE ARMY AS A MILITARY POLICE OFFICER AND WAS INVOLVED IN PRE-INVASION PANAMA.  DUE TO HIS MILITARY SERVICE, HE EVENTUALLY BECAME A DISABLED VETERAN.

GARY ALSO WORKED AS A POLICE OFFICER IN RAPID CITY, SOUTH DAKOTA FOR SEVERAL YEARS AND WORKED AS A CORRECTIONAL OFFICER FOR WYOMING DOC, ONCE AT THE OLD PEN ON WALNUT ST. AND IN THE OLD NORTH UNIT SOUTH OF TOWN.

HE LOVED THE OUTDOORS AND WAS AN AVID HUNTER.  GARY WAS A LIFETIME MEMBER OF THE NATIONAL RIFLE ASSOCIATION AND MEMBER OF THE ROCKY MOUNTAIN ELK FOUNDATION.  HE WORKED AT SEVERAL PLACES AROUND THE STATE AS A HUNTING GUIDE AND SECURITY PATROL FOR PROPERTY OWNERS.  GARY LOVED TO DRAW, WRITE AND WHITTLE WOOD.  HE WAS A FRIENDLY PERSON AND LOVED TO TALK TO ANYONE WHETHER HE KNEW THEM OR JUST MET THEM.

GARY IS SURVIVED BY HIS MOTHER BONNIE OF RAWLINS, SON SCOTT (AMY) AND CHILDREN SHILO, AERYN AND CHEYNE OF BILLINGS, SON JOSH (SHANNON) AND CHILDREN RYLEIGH AND RUSH OF CASPER, SISTER MARY KAY (JOE) GONZALES OF CHEYENNE, SISTER LAURA (NELS) SPILSKI OF WRIGHT, BROTHER JEFF (KYLE) WALTON OF RAWLINS.  HE IS SURVIVED BY SEVERAL NIECES, NEPHEWS AND GOOD FRIENDS.

GARY IS PRECEDED IN DEATH BY HIS FATHER IRA, BROTHER DAVID, AND NEPHEW JEREMY COLLIER.

A PRIVATE FAMILY SERVICE WILL BE HELD AT A LATER DATE.

IN LIEU OF FLOWERS PLEASE BE KIND TO SOMEONE, PROTECT THOSE THAT NEED PROTECTED AND SUPPORT OUR MILITARY, POLICE, FIRE AND EMS PERSONNEL.

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