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Durward Guffey


Durward Guffey, 86, passed away at his residence in Riverton Sunday, July 16, 2017, after months of declining health.

One of nine children of Lloyd and Mable (Palmer) Guffey, he was born November 3, 1930, in Worland, Wyo. The family moved to Thermopolis where Durward attended school graduating in 1949. For a short time he was employed at the Sugar Beet factory in Worland, then for Stewart Creamery in Thermopolis.

He married Myrtle Wright and to this union was born four children. The couple later divorced. On August 4, 1962, he married Norma David in Jackson, Wyo. The couple united their two families.

In 1964 the family moved to Riverton where Durward worked for Maddux Well Service and Well Tech Oil Service Company. Durward moved his family out to Eight Mile Road starting a ranch in 1968. In 1980 he retired and continued building his horse ranch.

His passion was raising Arabian horses. He enjoyed hunting, building muzzle loading guns, historical books, welding and improving the ranch. His memberships included the NRA, National Arabian Horse Association and the Riverton Muzzle Loading Association. He attended the Baptist Church. He is remembered by his family as a great storyteller.

He is survived by his wife, Norma of Riverton; sons, Joel of Livingston, Mont., Tom of France and Greg of Kirby, Wyo .; daughters, Jerie Scollard of Pueblo, Colo., and Joy Filighera of Oahu, Hawaii; brothers, Alvin of California, Teryl and Garey of Riverton and Daryl, Laurel, Mont .; sisters, Ardell Schimmel of Kingman, Ariz., Mabel Ann Robertson of Worden, Mont., and Caren Brown of Renton, Wash .; sixteen grandchildren; twenty nine-great-grandchildren; and one great, great-grandchild.

He was preceded in death by his parents; brother, Leon; and sons, Jay and David Guffey.

Funeral services will be held Sat., July 29 at 10 a.m. at Mortimore Funeral Home with Pastor Mark Liesch of Butte, Mont., officiating. Burial will be at Monument Hill Cemetery.

Memorials may be made to Help for Health Hospice Care, 1240 College View Dr., Riverton, 82501.

Mortimore Funeral Home is assisting the family with arrangements. Online messages may be offered at


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