Harland Bickford passed away Saturday October 26, 2013 with his family at his side.
He was born February 16, 1923 in Fort Yates, North Dakota to Eunice Grace (Frazier) and Ernest Melvin Bickford. He was the youngest of 10 children.
Harland was a World War II Veteran, serving in the Navy on the USS Yorktown. When released from the service he came to Newcastle and married Ruth Sylvia Gould n April 22, 1947. From this union cam three children and one granddaughter, David, Vicki, Starlia and Marty Jo.
He worked for the LAK Ranch, AU7 Ranch, and Pete Smith Ranch and managed the Howell Ranch for 21 years. He had a great passion for being a cowboy. He also worked in the oil fields in the area for Ralph Updike, Bob Olds Drilling, and Wayne Reutner. He enjoyed the past 21 years working at the landfill for the City of Newcastle.
Dad was never a big man in stature, but he had a lot of fire and a great spirit about him. We've all been so lucky to have him in our lives. He is the perfect example of "unconditional love" as he displayed in his true devotion to our mother. He always set and excellent example for our values in life by showing us how to treat and love others. Everywhere we go people tell us that they loved him and how special of a man he was. We wish he could have stayed forever, but he was ready to go. Our lives are so much richer for having had him in it. He will be greatly missed.
Survivors are David (Lori) Bickford, Newcastle, WY; Vicki (Les) Zimmerman of Texas City, Texas; Starlia (Dale) Singleton of Casper, WY; and Marty Jo (Barry) Borgialli of Newcastle, WY. He also had six grandchildren, fourteen great grandchildren and nine Great Great Grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by his wife, Ruth Sylvia (Gould) Bickford and all of his siblings.
Memorial Services will be held at the Weston County Seniors' Center on Saturday, November 2nd at 1:00 PM. In lieu of flowers the family asks that contributions be made to Mondell Heights Retirement Community or the Weston County Manor.
NOV 2. 1:00 PM - 1:30 PM
Weston County Senior Services Center
627 Pine Street
Newcastle, WY, US, 82701