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Ralph A Urbigkeit

Ralph A Urbigkeit

May 1, 1924 - Mar 8, 2015
Ralph Urbigkeit, 90, of Riverton died on Sunday, March 8, 2015, surrounded by his family. A memorial service will be held on Saturday, March, 21, 2015, at the Holiday Inn in Riverton at 2:00 pm.

Ralph A. Urbigkeit was born on May 1, 1924 in Lenore, WY to Walter and Bertha (Miller) Urbigkeit. He was one of seven children. He attended grade school in Burris, WY and graduated from Lander at FCVHS. He spent his younger years on various places along the Big Wind River.

He was of the Lutheran faith.

On August 1, 1948 in Denver, CO he married Eileen Landers. They raised four children on their ranch in the Crowheart area. He raised cattle until his retirement but remained at the ranch to enjoy his retirement.

Even though he was a full time rancher and farmer he believed in being involved in his community to make a difference. His involvement included national, state and local. On the national level he was a lifetime member of NRA and the National Cattleman’s Association. At the state level he was a State Representative for one term, a member of the Wyoming Stockgrowers and was State Director of the Weed and Pest Board. Locally he was proud to be a county commissioner for 10 years, a director on the Dubois-Crowheart Soil Conservation District, was on the first board of directors when Central Wyoming College was built, was a 4-H leader and chairman of the county board, a volunteer fireman and EMT, a school board member, director of the Dubois-Crowheart Soil Conservation District, and numerous other boards. On most of the boards and association he was involved in he took a leadership role as director or chairman.

He received the award for the Out Standing Farm-Rancher for the State and County, the prestigious Award for Recognition of public service in an effort to control the spread of noxious weeds and received the Outstanding Cooperator Award.

He is survived by his wife of 66 years, Eileen; his children, Rosemary, Dale, Nancy (Jerry Reed), and Rusty (Kathy Knowles); his sister, Mary Jane (Donald ) Abraham; his brother, John (Margaret) Urbigkeit; his five grandchildren and 15 great grandchildren, which includes three sets of twins.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Walter and Bertha Urbigkeit; his grandson, Jacob Reed; and three brothers and one sister,

Memorials may be made to the Crowheart Fire Department in care of Davis Funeral Home, 2203 West Main Street, Riverton, WY 82501.

On-line condolences may be made to the family at

Services under the direction of Davis Funeral Home.