Richard Chesmore had passion for fishing

Richard Chesmore

Richard Chesmore

Memorial services for Richard. E. Chesmore, 79, of Gillette, Wyo., will be held Thursday, Oct. 3, 2013, at Family Life Church in Gillette.
Interment will follow at Mt. Pisgah Cemetery, Gillette, under the direction of Walker Funeral Home of Gillette.
Richard died Thursday, Sept. 26, 2013, at his home.
Richard Emerson Chesmore was born on Feb. 4, 1934, to Clifford Emerson and Olive Opal Chesmore in Mobridge. He joined the U.S. Army with his older brother in 1952 at the age of 17. They served in Korea and Richard was honorably discharged with the rank of corporal in 1955.
He married Sylvia Louise Johnson on June 22, 1958, in Mobridge, where they made their home for four years. After they were married, Richard worked a short time for Mobridge Concrete Company. In 1962 he went to work for Peter Kiewet and Sons as a concrete foreman, building bridges and interstates in Idaho, Montana, South Dakota and Wyoming. He began working for Amax Coal Belle Ayr Mine in 1977 as plant foreman. He retired in 1994, but continued working contract maintenance for both Bellle Ayr and Eagle Butte Mines until April of 2012.
Richard and Sylvia had five children, Rick, Randy, Kim, Rob and Ron. He enjoyed his children’s sporting events, spending time with his grandchildren, hunting, camping, reading, trapping minnows, watching Fox News and sharing stories with all of his cronies at the local coffee shops.
His biggest passion of all was going to the lake to spend a wonderful day fishing, teaching others the fine art of fishing and telling anyone that would love to listen about his personal techniques in catching fish.
Some would say he never knew a stranger. When we reflect on his life we see a life built on relationships with so many people. He laughed often. He had the affection of his wife, his children and his grandchildren and he showed his emotion for the love of others with his actions. He asked for nothing as he earned everything, and through his actions he was admired by so many and dearly loved by his family.
Richard is survived by his wife, Sylvia; sister, Ardith of Lewisburg, Tenn.; his sons, Rick (Kristen) Chesmore of Bellevue, Wash., Randy (Callie) Chesmore of Gillette, Rob (Katie) Chesmore of Denver, Colo., and Ron (Patrice) Chesmore of Lander, Wyo.; daughter, Kim (Carl) Suhr of Gillette; grandchildren, Tara (Kellen) Gatlin, Zachary (Ashley) Ryan, Amanda (Ash) Hodge, Ryan Suhr, Emma Chesmore, Laura Chesmore, Dan Chesmore, Grace Chesmore, Louis Chesmore, Riley Chesmore and Teaghan Chesmore; great-grandchildren, Aidan and Jackson Gatlin, Bentley Owen and Kaylee Hodge; and numerous nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his parents, brothers, Kenneth, Donald, Lloyd, Jesse, Jack, David and Danny, sisters Lila Schaefer and Mildred Ritter and granddaughter Alix Suhr.
A memorial has been established at Wells Fargo Bank in the name of Richard Chesmore. Memorials and condolences may be sent in care of Walker Funeral Home, 410 Medical Arts Court, Gillette, Wyo., 82716. Condolences may also be sent via the website at

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