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Henry M. 'Hank' Gabel

Henry M. "Hank" Gabel

Oct 28, 1944 - Apr 23, 2012
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Henry M. "Hank" Gabel, 67 of Lander, Wyoming died at the Help for Health Hospice Home in Riverton, Wyoming on Monday afternoon, April 23, 2012.

According to his wishes, no services will be held.

Henry Michael Gabel was born in Sidney, Mont., on Sat., Oct. 28, 1944, the son of Conrad and Lydia (Bieber) Gabel. He grew up on a farm at Savage, Mont., attending school in Savage.

He enlisted in the U.S. Navy and was honorably discharged on May 22, 1962, as an E-1.

Mr. Gabel worked as a surveyor in the oil fields of the energy industry. He worked from Montana to Texas and back, following the oil boom. He founded the Straight Line, Inc. Company.

He worked in many Midwestern states and on the sugar beet farms of the Worland area until retiring from that in his mid-50s.

He settled in Lander, Wyoming in 2006.

Mr. Gabel was married to Terra Wagner on June 10, 1967, in Savage, Mont. Two daughters were born to that union. They divorced in 1985.

His family said Mr. Gabel enjoyed being outdoors, going fishing, prospecting for gold, going for drives, and spending time with his family.

Survivors include two daughters, Carrie Lefforge and her husband Steve of Riverton, and Michelle Parker of Scottsdale, Ariz.; grandchildren, Coale Gabel, McKenzie Becker and her husband Ty, Sky Lefforge, Sydni Parker, Taelor Parker, Johnny Montoya, Molly Montoya, and Mia Montoya; a sister, Alma Schmierer of Billings, Mont.

He was preceded in death by his parents; two brothers, Monte and Harold; two sisters, Irene “Tootsie” Stordahl and Edna Hoon, and a twin brother at birth.

Memorials may be made to the Help for Health Hospice Home, in care of the Davis Funeral Home, 2203 West Main Street, Riverton, WY 82501.

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