W.H. Smith (known by all as “H”) age 88, passed away May 14, 2021 at Casper Mountain Rehabilitation Center in Casper, Wyoming.
H was born July 3, 1932 in Lubbock, Texas to Elbert and Ada Smith. At the age of 12 his family moved to Bairoil, Wyoming where he lived for the next 76 years. H graduated from Rawlins High School with the class of 1950. He then went to work for Sinclair Pipeline at Bairoil.
On August 12, 1951 he married the love of his life, Jackie Michael. They were married just 6 weeks shy of their 60th anniversary when Jackie passed away in 2011. H and Jackie had one daughter, Debra Irene. H continued working in the Bairoil oilfield for Sinclair, Atlantic Richfield, Pasco and retiring from Amoco.
H and Jackie enjoyed camping, fishing, hunting, 4-wheeling, snowmobiling, and going to the cabin with all the family. They especially enjoyed their fishing trips and cruises to Alaska.
H is survived by his daughter Debbi and son-in-law, Jess Bartlett; grandsons, Travis Bartlett and Brad (Gwynn) Bartlett; great grandson, Carston Bartlett; great granddaughters, Aspyn Bartlett, Jackie Bartlett, and JaeLa Bartlett; sister-in-law, Sharon Smith and numerous nieces and nephews plus his special friends.
H was preceded in death by his wife, Jackie; Parents, Elbert and Ada Smith; brother, Harrell Smith; an infant brother, Garland; mother and father-in-law, Frank and Irene Michael; brother and sister-in-laws, Frank and Buddy Michael, Bill and Mary Michael, Bob and Ruth Michael, Pat and Wayne Weythman, and Bunny and Frank Atwill.
A memorial service will be held at the Bairoil Town Hall on May 21, 2021 at 11:00 a.m. with a reception to follow.
Cremation has taken place. H wishes to be reunited with Jackie and their ashes spread together at a later date. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Bairoil Community Baptist Church in memory of W.H. Smith, PO Box 71, Bairoil, WY, 82322.