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Joseph "Joe" Pinter


Joseph "Joe" Pinter passed away August 24, 2016, at Davis Hospice Center in Cheyenne.

Joe was born in Rock Springs, Wyo., on January 13, 1941, the third son of Mary (Klopcic) Pinter and Lawrence Pinter. He was raised in Superior, Wyo., until age 14 when his family moved to Casper. He graduated from Natrona High School in 1959.

In 1964, he joined the Wyoming Air National Guard as a loadmaster. In 1974, he was commissioned as a 2nd Lt. serving as a disaster preparedness officer. Following his retirement from the Wyoming Air National Guard, he was Liaison Officer for the Air Force Academy and Air Force ROTC. He was a disabled veteran.

He married Jean Larrabaster in Rock Springs on March 23, 1968. They had three children, Michael, Gina and Casey. He attended Casper College and the University of Wyoming, graduating in 1971 with a Bachelor's degree. He was employed by Hot Springs County School District #1 in Thermopolis, Wyo., as a fifth and sixth grade teacher. He was also employed by Hot Springs County as the civil defense coordinator. After retiring, he followed Jean's nursing administration career moving to Lander, Star Valley Ranch and Afton. He was an enthusiastic private pilot owning his own J3 Piper Cub.

He is survived by wife, Jean; children, Michael of Cheyenne, Gina Hood of Kaneohe, Hawaii, and Casey of Honolulu, Hawaii; granddaughter, Malia of Kaneohe, Hawaii; nephew, Bill of Casper; brother-in-law, John M. Larrabaster (Georgia) of Rock Springs; and two nieces.

A Funeral Liturgy will be celebrated October 10 at 9:30 a.m. at St. Mary's Cathedral in Cheyenne. Military Honors and a reception will follow. Cremation is under the care of Schrader, Aragon and Jacoby Funeral Home.

Memorial donations may be made to, Platte Rivers Chapter, Project Healing Waters Fly Fishing, 193 Joyce Street, Cheyenne, WY 82009.

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