Wesley Chandler Childers, of Pavillion, WY, passed away on November 12, 2010 at the Wyoming Medical Center in Casper, Wyoming.
Wesley was born on January 20, 1928, in Jordan, Montana, to Ellis R. Childers and Emma F. (Pfeifer) Childers Robertson. He lived in Jordan until joining the service in January of 1945. Wesley served in the South Pacific during WWII and was honorably discharged in January of 1949.
He married Thelma J. Wertz in Williston, North Dakota on October 14, 1951. They raised their five children while moving on numerous occasions with the drilling companies Wes was employed with. He was especially proud of his children and grandchildren. He would joke with Thelma about not having a dud in the bunch. Wes was a hard worker and always put his family’s needs first. He was fearless; Thelma never worried because she knew Wes would take care of things. He was always busy; he thought it was wrong not to be working. He enjoyed spending time in the barn with his horses. If he went to a horse sale, he typically came home with more horses than he left with. After retiring in 1986, Wes ranched for 10 years and then returned to work in the oil industry until 2002.
Wes is survived by his wife Thelma of Pavillion, WY; sons Curt (Cindy) Childers of Riverton, WY; Todd (Becky) Childers of Casper, WY; daughters Carol Childers of Riverton, WY; Kelly (Mike) Tonn of Gillette, WY; Colleen (Jim) Harmeyer of Douglas, WY; ten grandchildren: Ellis, Miles, Allie and Hallie Childers; Trish and Penny Tonn; Brian, Pamela and Phil Harmeyer; and Melissa Garcia; two brothers, Mike (Paula) Childers and Pat Childers both of Colstrip, MT; and two sisters, Bev (Joe) Murnion of Jordan, MT and Kay Childers Plummer of Miles City, MT; stepbrother John (Irene) Robertson of Circle, MT; and a stepsister Marge (Robertson) Taylor of Fromberg, MT; and seven great-grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by his parents, stepfather G.A. Tot Robertson; stepmother LaVina Childers Hohl; brother Garland “Button” Robertson; and stepsister Katherine (Robertson) Penn.
Graveside memorial services will be held on Saturday, June 30, 2012 at 11:30 a.m. at the Pioneer Cemetery in Jordan, MT. Arrangements are under the direction of Stevenson & Sons Funeral Home of Jordan.