Gerald Robert Powers, was born October 8, 1990 to Duane and Belinda (Roe) Powers in Sheridan Wyoming. He died October 16, 2018. He attended school in Sheridan and Big Horn, WY, and graduated from Big Horn High School in 2009.
Following graduation, he worked at various truck driving jobs, including following the grain harvest with a custom harvesting crew. He greatly enjoyed his time with them. He then moved to the Black Hills of South Dakota, working on logging crews and with skidders. He soon began Bear Creek Trucking, hauling logs and livestock, depending on the season. He was fearless in his pursuit of logs in out-of-the-way locations, driving his huge loads on steep and narrow mountain roads. He worked hauling burned trees, from significant fire locations, in the Rocky Mountains of Colorado, Montana, and Idaho, and the Appalachian Mountains of Georgia and Tennessee, in addition to his regular logging work in the Black Hills National Forest and Big Horn National Forest. He would drive his rigs anywhere, in all kinds of weather.
He was fastidious in keeping his trucks clean. When he was younger, he spent his winters snowmobiling in the Big Horns with his brother and his father, and skiing/snowboarding with his brother and his mother. He was an avid reader, and self educated in many aspects of US History. He enjoyed all activities at the family cabin in the Big Horn Mountains. He also treasured the time spent helping his father and grandma run the ranch.
Gerald is survived by his mother, Belinda L. Powers of Belle Fourche, SD, and his brother, David B. Powers, also of Belle Fourche, SD, as well as his maternal Grandmother, Barbara L. Bryant, of Washington, DC. He also leaves behind his aunt and uncle, Susan and John Beasley, of Sheridan, WY, as well as numerous other aunts, uncles, and cousins who reside all over the US, and Europe. He will be sorely missed by his many friends, including those with whom he worked in Ranching, Logging, and Trucking.
Gerald Robert Powers was named after both his grandfathers, each of whom preceded him in death, Gerald T. Powers, of Sheridan, WY, and Robert E. Roe of Sacramento, CA. He was also preceded in death by his father, Duane H. Powers, his paternal grandma Geneva (GG) Powers, both of Sheridan, WY, and his cousin, Shaun Beasley,
Services will be held on Saturday, October 27, 2018, at 1pm (Mountain Time) at the First United Methodist Church, 215 W. Works Street, in Sheridan, WY. Graveside services will follow at Big Horn Cemetery, in Big Horn, WY, where his father and paternal grandparents are buried. There will be a reception at the church afterward.
Memorials may be sent to: American Cancer Society, the Endocrine Society, or a charity of the donors choice.
Online condolences may be written at www.kanefuneral.com.
Kane Funeral Home has been entrusted with local arrangements.