Obituary Details

Richard "Dick" Gordon Pfister Sr.

(09/17/1885 - 04/09/1968)
Courtesy of The Lusk Herald, 04/11/1968

Area Pioneer Dick Pfister Dies Tuesday

Richard (Dick) G. Pfister, Sr., 83 a life-long resident of this area of Wyoming died at 7:45 p.m. Tuesday in the Niobrara County Hospital. He had been a patient there since last June when he suffered a stroke and had been ill much of the last four years.

Mr. Pfister was a pioneer Wyoming stockman having been born in a cabin in the Rawhide area in September 1885. He had ranch holdings in northern Niobrara and in the Edgemont area of South Dakota.

Rosary Friday Funeral Saturday

Rosary services will be held from the Peet Chapel at 8:00 p.m. Friday and funeral mass will be held from St. Leo's Catholic Church at 10:00 a.m. Saturday. Burial will be in the Lusk Cemetery.

Mr. Pfister is survived by his widow Catherine; a son Richard G. Pfister Jr. of Lusk; a daughter, Mrs. Helen Hale, Phoenix, Ariz.

Memorial Established

A memorial fund has been established for Mr. Pfister.

A movie projector for the Niobrara County Hospital will be purchased with the funds which may be left at either the Stockman's National Bank or Lusk State Bank.

The 16 mm, projector has become a very necessary piece of equipment inasmuch as weekly training films are shown for the nurses, nurse's aids and other hospital personnel. The films enable the staff to keep abreast with the latest medical developments. For the past several months it has been necessary to borrow a projector and this has become difficult.

Lusk Herald
April 18, 1968
Richard (Dick) G. Pfister Sr.

Funeral for Dick Pfister Held Saturday

Funeral mass for Richard (Dick) G. Pfister Sr., 82, who died April 9 were held from St. Leo's Catholic Church Saturday. Rosary services were held from the Peet Chapel Friday evening. Father O'Connor officiated. Mrs. Henry Wasserburger Sr. was organist and Miss Elizabeth Bruch, Mrs. Carl Bruch, Mrs. James Willson and Sister Anthony Marie sang.

Casketbearers were Joe Kane, Jack Kane, Lawrence Danks, E. D. Austin, Joe Trotter, Harry Porter, all of Edgemont, S. Dak., Arthur Dalgarno, Laramie, James E. Barrett, Cheyenne, Ed Boner and Roy Chamberlain, Lusk. Burial was in the Lusk Cemetery.

Mr. Pfister was born in a cabin in the Rawhide Buttes area south of Lusk September 17, 1885, to Mr. and Mrs. John Pfister and remained in the area to become one of its better-known stockmen. He was educated in area schools while Niobrara was still part of Converse County. He later attended the Chadron Academy and Omaha Commercial College. Mrs. Pfister died November 10, 1907.

For many years Mr. Pfister operated the Box X Ranch north of Lusk and later purchased the Zimmerman Ranch in northern Niobrara as well as holdings in South Dakota. In addition to living in Wyoming he was a resident of Edgemont, S. Dak.

On August 15, 1963 he and Catherine Dill were married in Valentine, Nebr.

In addition to his widow he is survived by his son, Richard Jr. of Lusk, a daughter, Mrs. Lloyd (Helen) Hale of Phoenix, Ariz.; four grandsons, Richard, Robert, Ronson and Rodney, all of Lusk; one granddaughter, Mrs. Lawrence (Diana) Hasting, Phoenix, Ariz. and one great-grandson.

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