The Lusk Herald
March 7, 2018
Empty wooden ox yokes mark the passing of Wyoming’s most popular teamster.
Funeral services for Frederick Loyd Nance, 84, will be held at 1:00 P.M. Monday, March 5, 2018 at the Glendo Community Church in Glendo, Wyoming with The Reverend Bobbe Fitzhugh of Christ Episcopal Church in Douglas, Wyoming officiating. Interment will be in the Horseshoe Cemetery near Glendo with military honors accorded by John Prince American Legion Post #15 and the Wyoming Army National Guard Military Funeral Honors.
Fred passed away on Wednesday, February 28, 2018 at his home near Glendo.
He was born Tuesday, April 4, 1933 in Douglas, Wyoming, the son of Loyd William Nance and Jennie
Freda (Roediger) Nance Robinson. He was reared and educated in Douglas, graduating from
Douglas High School in 1951. On May 23, 1954, he took Kathleen Ann Fitzhugh for his bride.
He worked for Gordon Fitzhugh before joining the United States Army and served from 1956 to 1958,
stationed in Fort Bliss, Texas. After his discharge the couple returned to live in Douglas and Fred
began working in the construction field. In 1967 they moved to Glendo to work for Gordon
Fitzhugh on the Stemler Place, then moved up to the Chamber Place on Horseshoe Creek.
Eventually they moved down the creek to what they called Peterson Ranch, now known as
Mac Nichol Ranch. In 2011 Fred leased Lake Sanborn’s place so he could continue to run cows,
purchased a new herd, then sold them. Then in 2012 he bought back into the cow-calf
operation. Grass was difficult to come by that year, and he sold out once again and bought
yearlings that he ran until 2017.
Fred was involved with High School Rodeo in Douglas in early 1960, and when the family
moved to Glendo he spent countless hours helping construct the Glendo Youth Rodeo arena.
He went on to help the kids learn and fine-tune their particular events from 1971 through 1979.
He loved breaking and training horses, and worked with many saddle horses and work horses
to use as driving horses, as well as the popular, impressive oxen team that was paraded at
Wyoming State Fair and Cheyenne Frontier Days. He took great pride in participating in the
Lusk Rawhide Pageant.
Fred could take an old piece of iron and convert it into a usable, working part. Welding and
wood working was a passion of his along with working with his animals. He was envied for his
many wonderful skills which he passed on to his son, Gary.
He is survived by his daughter Janeen Lynn Morvee and her husband William of Douglas; son
Gary Alan Nance of Glendo; brother, Jesse Leon Nance and wife Kathy of Sheridan, Wyoming; sister
Lynda Jane Robinson Taylor and husband Kenny of Douglas; brother-in-law, James Gordon
Fitzhugh, and wife Marilyn of Douglas; and numerous nieces and nephews.
Fred was preceded in death by his wife Kathy, on Mary 28, 1997; father, Loyd William Nance, on
December 14, 1942; step-fathe,r James Harvey Robinson, on July 7, 1997; and mother, Freda
Robinson, on April 7, 2003.
Serving as pallbearers are Jay Collins, Gene Daly, Rocky Foy, Toby Gruwell, Jerry Gruwell, and
Serving as honorary pallbearers are John Daly, Leo Foy, Joe Foy, James Fitzhugh, PeeWee
Johnson, Vern Kramer, Dwaine McCard, Jess Nance, Stan Rennard, Kenny Taylor, Pat Wade
and Jim Wilson.
Memorials may be sent to the Glendo Rural Fire Department and Glendo Ambulance
at P.O. Box 396, Glendo, Wyoming 82213 or to the Lusk Rawhide Pageant at P.O.
Box 806, Lusk, Wyoming 82225.
Family and friends may call at the funeral home on Sunday from 1:00 P.M. to 3:00 P.M.
The Gorman Funeral Homes – Converse Chapel of Douglas, Wyoming is in charge of the arrangements.
Condolences may be sent to the family at www.gormanfh.com
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