Ronald 'Dean' Stagner

Ronald "Dean" Stagner

Nov 13, 1944 - Nov 23, 2008
R. Dean Stagner of Fort Washakie died on Sunday, Nov. 23, 2008, at Morning Star Manor in Fort Washakie. He was 64.

Funeral services will be at 2 p.m. Friday, Nov. 28, at the Davis Funeral Home of Riverton. The Rev. Father Robert Hilbert will officiate and cremation will follow the service. There will be a rosary at 7 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 27, at the funeral home.

Ronald Dean Stagner was born in Fort Washakie on Nov. 13, 1944,the son of Benjamin E. Stagner and June (Hereford) Stagner. He grew up in Fort Washakie, attending elementary school at Fort Washakie and Fremont County Vocational High School in Lander.

He lived most of his life in the Pavillion and Kinnear areas.

He was a sheet metal worker in the heating and cooling industry.

He had worked at the Atlantic City iron mine for U.S. Steel in the late 1960s and then, from 1974-1989 worked across the state doing sheet metal work for hospitals, colleges, and power plants.

In the 1990s, Mr.Stagner drove a truck for the Bureau of Indian Affairs, and turned to full-time ranching with his daughter Amanda at Kinnear in the mid 90s.

He was a member of the Sheet Metal Workers of Wyoming.

In 1965, he married Cheryl Andrews. They had two daughters and one son. They were later divorced.

On Dec. 8, 1978, he married Yvonne Aragon in Rock Springs. They had one daughter. They were also divorced.

Mr. Stagner was of the Catholic faith.

Survivors include a son, Austin Stagner and his wife, Barbra of Crowheart; daughters, Viney Griebel of Hooper, Utah; Tammy Nalder and husband Jason of Hooper, and Amanda Hellyer and husband George of Kinnear; grandchildren, Aspen Stagner, Stockman Stagner, Harlin Griebel, Ben Griebel, twins Amber and BreAnn Nalder, and Faye Hellyer; aunts Pat Garvin, Theresa Grovum and Wandrae Kniffin of Fort Washakie, Wanda Chase and husband Lyle, of Sturgis, SD; numerous cousins and extended family.

He was preceded in death by his father, Benjamin; sister, Vicki Nicholls; grandmother, Eva Kniffin; grandfather, Lawrence Hereford, an uncle, Lynn Hereford; cousins, Miniva Brown, Gregory Griswold and Noel Prather.

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Services are under the direction of the Davis Funeral Home of Riverton.