Gene Kilpatrick

Gene Kilpatrick, 61, of Sheridan passed away at Sheridan Memorial Hospital on November 30, 2009.

Memorial Services will be held 10:00 a.m., Monday, December 7, 2009 at Kane Funeral Home with Father Ogg officiating.

Kane Funeral Home has been entrusted with the arrangements.
Gene Carlton Kilpatrick, age 61, died November 30, 2009. Gene was born on September 25, 1948, to Dueward Watson and Annie Laurie (King) Kilpatrick in Sinton, Texas. As a young boy, Gene moved with his family to Sinclair, Wyoming where he attended schools in Rawlins. Gene was an Eagle Scout and spent summers working at a Boy Scout Camp in the Poudre Valley, Colorado. After graduating from Rawlins High School, Gene joined the Wyoming National Guard where he earned the rank of Captain in the Artillery Unit. After 13 years he was honorably discharged. In 1969 he married Patsy (Tully) Hinman, and they had two daughters, Colleen and Maureen. They later divorced.

In 1973 Gene started work for Glenrock Coal as a mechanic’s apprentice. In 1981 he transferred to Spring Creek Coal as Plant Supervisor and eventually Production Manager. Gene married Cindi (Cooper) Kilpatrick on May 18, 1985 in Sheridan. In 1993 Gene traveled to Russia and Siberia with the Mining People to People Ambassadors. He stayed across from the Red Square in Moscow during the coup and the burning of the white house. In 1995 Gene left Spring Creek Coal. After ten months and deciding all of his friends couldn’t fish every day, he started The Home Place where he remained until ill health forced him to close the business. Gene was also a partner with The Three Left Handers (TLH) in developing Osprey Subdivision. He thoroughly enjoyed the infrastructure being built as he felt at home from his mining days with all the digging and dirt moving activities.

Gene loved to go fishing, camping, ride his four wheeler, hunt whitetail, golf with a cigar and good friends, or simply do anything outdoors. He also was an accomplished cook and loved entertaining family and friends. He especially loved his grandkids, and always thought the best sound was the grandkids running and laughing throughout the house. He was rarely seen without his Jack Russell Terrier, Ruby, who was his constant work companion. Those who knew Gene well knew of his ability to listen, his witty sense of humor and his ability to tell a good joke. He was perpetually late and he had a knack for fixing anything.

Gene is survived by his wife Cindi, daughters and sons-in-law Colleen and Michael Butler, and Maureen and Jason Neavill, grandchildren, Molly and Nora Butler, Monica and Cooper Neavill all of Sheridan, and Kasey Bresso of California. Special nephew and niece, Kevin (Penny) Kilpatrick of Georgia, and Laura (Bill) Mahonew of Indiana. Mother and Father in-law, Chan and Joyce Cooper of Willow Creek, Mt., sisters-in-law Laura (Steve) Barry of Helena, MT., Cathy (Jack) Wilson of Auburn, WA., Marla (Ron) Richardson of Three Forks, MT., Chanelle Cooper of Seattle and brother-in-law Britt (Lisa) Cooper of Harrison, MT. He also had numerous nieces and nephews in law. He was preceded in death by his parents and a brother, Bob Kilpatrick.

A Celebration of life will be held at Kane Funeral Home on Monday, December 7, 2009, at 10:00 A.M., with burial following at Mount Hope Cemetery in Big Horn. A Reception will be held afterwards for family and friends at the family home. Memorials may be donated to the Dog and Cat Shelter, 84 Eastridge Road, Sheridan, Wyoming, 82801

Kane Funeral Home has been entrusted with the arrangements.