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Kenneth LeRoy Ockerman


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Kenneth LeRoy Ockerman

Kenneth LeRoy Ockerman, 90, of Rock Springs, passed away Sept. 2, 2016 at his home. A longtime resident of Rock Springs, and former resident of Utah, Ockerman died following a lengthy illness. 

He was born on Dec. 12, 1925 in Garfield, Utah, the son of Albert Leodell and Ethel Moss Ockerman. 

Ockerman attended schools in Utah and Wyoming and was a 1945 graduate of the Rock Springs High School. He also attended college and obtained his master electrician degree. 

He married Virginia Ruth Carpenter in Rock Springs June 20, 1948 and she preceded him in death on Oct. 22, 2003.

Ockerman was a United States Army veteran of World War II. He enlisted in July of 1944 and was honorably discharged in June of 1946. 

He and his father owned Ockerman Electric together until 1949 when his father died.  He owned and operated Ockerman Electric for another 50 years until his retirement in July of 1999. 

He was a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, Chamber of Commerce, Rotary Club, Kiwanis, Fraternal Order of the Eagles Aerie No. 151, B.P.O. Elks Lodge No. 624, American Legion Archie Hay Post No. 24, Rock Springs Shriners, Masonic Temple, R.O.J. Court No. 148, vice president for the Sourdough's Snowmobile Club and served on the board of directors many times.  He was a former Rock Springs City Councilman and a volunteer fireman's assistant for the Civil Defense Director of Rock Springs.  

He worked for the Snow Pokes Club to get the gasoline tax going for the trail grooming throughout the State of Wyoming.  

His interests included snowmobiling, hunting, fishing and spending time at his cabin at Louis Lake. After selling his cabin, he and his wife enjoyed taking trips in their travel trailer. 

Survivors include his two daughters, Leona Druce and husband Mick of Elk Ridge, Utah and Joni Dowd of Rock Springs; one sister, Donna Schultz of Rock Springs; five grandchildren, Shelby Dieters, Kenny Druce and wife Erin, Kevin Druce, Jason Shalata and wife Tara and Bobby Shalata; 11 great-grandchildren Peyton, Hunter and Brayden Dieters, Audrey, Ellie and Ava Druce, Jaylee, Allison, Bryant, Lorec, and Tavia Shalata; along with several nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents and wife Virginia.

Following cremation, memorial services will be conducted at noon Saturday at Vase Funeral Chapel in Rock Springs. Friends may call at Vase Chapel, one hour prior to services.

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