Fred Weibert

Fred Weibert was born Aug. 13, 1929, at the family home in Big Horn County, Mont., to Henry and Mary Weibert. He was the second youngest of nine children. 

He spent his early years roaming the Reno Creek area on a multitude of adventures. He learned to work hard, work smart and play hard. He had to grow up and be responsible for the family ranch when his father died when Fred was only 16.

On Jan. 2, 1949, Fred married Doris Harris of Lodge Grass, Mont., and began a life ranching, farming and working as a spray pilot on Reno Creek. They moved to Custer, S.D., to the 20 Mile Ranch in 1965. They then moved to Wibaux, Mont., and owned and operated a hog confinement from 1971-73.

Fred then returned to Hermosa, S.D., and operated various ranches until retiring to Upton, Wyo. He raised crops, kids, cattle, buffalo and spent lots of time with his nine grandchildren. His nieces and nephews were also dear to him. 

He was always adventurous and willing to take risks. He worked as an agricultural aerial spray pilot and also did cloud seeding. He was an excellent pilot and he loved the view of the world from above. He also spent time “touring” the United States as an over the road truck driver. There was always livestock to care for and he especially loved raising buffalo.

He was a taskmaster, expecting your full attention, but was alright with mistakes if they were honest. He knew how to fix anything and would give directions while drawing them out on his paper napkin. He was a trickster, constantly thinking of the next joke to play.

He loved to hunt and be out looking for game. He took every opportunity to go hunting and his hunting buddies were considered family. Later, his friends in Upton were referred to as the “Liars Club,” and he would often tell his funny stories with a twinkle in his eye.

Fred died July 4, 2019, at Weston County Health Services in Newcastle, Wyo. He was 89.

He is survived by his wife of 70 years, Doris;  children, Fred (Jonilee) Weibert, Marguerite (Steve) Cullum and Judy (Ron) Kosola; nine grandchildren and their spouses.

A celebration of life was held July 13 at Upton Community Center. 

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to  Upton Ambulance Service.  Memorials and condolences may be sent in care of Meridian Mortuary 111 South Railroad Ave, Newcastle, WY 82701. 

Condolences may also be expressed at meridian Memorial cards may be sent to Box 224, Upton, WY 82730.


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