|Birth: ||Dec. 18, 1946|
|Death: ||Sep. 13, 2010|
Memorial service for Dave Bagwell will be held at 11:00 a.m., Friday, September 17, 2010 at New Life Wesleyan Church with Pastor Wes Smith officiating. Military Honors will be provided by the American Legion Post #42. Gillette Memorial Chapel is entrusted with the arrangements.
William "Dave" David Bagwell was born on December 18, 1946 in Corona, California. He was the second of four children born to Jessey T and Drewcilla Faye Bagwell.
As a child his family moved around a lot and he graduated high school in 1964, in Rolla, Kansas. During the summers the Bagwell family would frequent Arvada, Wyoming to harvest the wheat. This was where he met Shirley Collins in 1964, at a dance at 4G Clubhouse. When the rest of his family returned home in the fall of 1965, he stayed.
He worked for Range Telephone until he went into the Army in 1966. While in the Army he was a military policeman stationed at Ft. Carson in Colorado Springs, CO during the Vietnam war. Dave and Shirley were married on June 24, 1967, in Sheridan, Wyoming.
For the first year of their marriage he was still stationed at Ft. Carson. He returned from active duty to Gillette October, 1968, where he and Shirley made their home for the past 43 years. That is where he began his 40 year career in oil pump sales and service.
Dave and Shirley started their family in 1970, when their first daughter Danette Rene' was born.
In 1972, they welcomed their second daughter, Denise Michelle.
In 1978, a year after moving into their present residence in Collins Heights, their son, Ryan David was born.
Dave was a hardworking man who exemplified dignity, honesty, and integrity in everything he did. He withstood the boom and bust of the oilfield and after he "retired" from there, he went to work at Buckskin coal mine.
He thoroughly enjoyed 3 years at the coal mine until he was sent to Denver for leukemia treatment. As hard as Dave worked, he also played hard too. He could often be found tinkering on a car or truck, working in the yard, building something for himself or a friend, or playing at the "pig farm".
He spent every possible weekend in the summer camping in the Big Horns. Two of his favorite spots were the "old" Tiehack or Middle Fork. The family would also snowmobile and four wheel in the Big Horns or Arvada and spent a week in Denver every summer with his brother Wayne, and his family.
That is a tradition they continued up until Wayne's death. Later he bought a Harley and enjoyed several years of cruising until his wreck in the fall of 2005. After that, he bought a Corvette so Shirley could ride with him.
The last 17 years of his life were spent following his five grandkids around the state and nation at their various activities and camping with them.
Any given week you could find him at a baseball, soccer, football, basketball game or swim meet. He was a spectator, coached, and most often offered words of encouragement – win or lose.
Dave was a man of few words who touched the lives of many people leading by example. On September 13, 2010 Dave lost a hard fought battle with leukemia.
Dave is survived by his wife of 43 years, Shirley; his brother, Steve Bagwell of Gillette, Wyoming; sister, Sondra Burns of Needles, California; 3 children: Danette (Mike) Baldacci of Casper, Wyoming, Denise Bagwell and Ryan Bagwell both of Gillette, Wyoming; and 6 grandchildren: Tanner and Skyler Moser of Gillette, Wyoming; Collin, Conner, and Taylor Baldacci of Casper, Wyoming and Talaina Stieg of Sterling, Colorado.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Jessey T. and Drewcilla Faye Bagwell; his brother , Wayne Bagwell; and his in-laws, Marion and Edith Collins.
Memorials and condolences may be sent in Dave's name in care of Gillette Memorial Chapel, 210 W. 5th Street, Gillette, Wyoming 82716 or via the internet at www.gillettememorialchapel.com.
Specifically: No place of burial given
Created by: Ellen Bishop
Record added: Sep 16, 2010
Find A Grave Memorial# 58758187
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