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George Banks "Skip" Waters

March 23, 1950 — September 17, 2021

George Banks “Skip” Waters, 71, of Moorcroft passed away September 17, 2021 at Sheridan Memorial Hospital of COVID complications. Skip was born March 23, 1950 in Douglas, WY to Albert “Coop” Waters and Elizabeth Tapster Waters.

Skip moved to Keyhole Ranch with his parents and paternal grandparents, Fred Van Waters and Millie Gerig Waters because of construction of the Glendo, Wyoming reservoir on the family ranch in 1954. Skip went to Cedar Hill country school thru 6th grade. He graduated from Moorcroft High School in 1968 and married the love of his life, Vanna Dee Blakeman on August 17, 1968. To this union was born 3 sons: Vincent Lee Waters, Eric Austin Waters and Ward William Waters. Skip worked hard helping his dad fulfill his dream of a golf course and an airport on the west side of Keyhole Reservoir. Skip served on many advisory boards in Crook County and the Pine Haven Community. He served on the Weed and Pest Board and was instrumental in the formation of the Crook County Irrigation District. He was active in the formation of the national Ranchers-Cattlemen’s Action Legal Fund (R-Calf) and had never missed an annual meeting for the past 22 years. He was proud of the 10 years he spent lobbying in Washington DC about agriculture issues through the Powder River Basin Resource Council, the Wyoming affiliate of the 7 state Western Organization of Resource Councils. He and Vanna were fortunate to go on an Alaskan Cruise for their 40th Wedding Anniversary and to Hawaii for their 50th Wedding Anniversary. Shortly before his passing they celebrated their 53rd Wedding Anniversary. Skip is survived by his wife Vanna, their 3 sons: Vince (Sheryl) Waters, Eric (Becky) Waters, and Ward (Kristy) Waters; 3 grandsons: Russell (Melissa) Waters, Brody (Anna) Waters, and Cooper Waters; 2 granddaughters: Brooklyn (Dalton) Fenstermacher and KyAnne Karrels; 2 great granddaughters: Teigan Fenstermacher and Sawyer Waters; and 5 great grandsons: Liam Fenstermacher, Vincent Cash Waters, Tanner Richards, Brady Richards and Aiden Richards. He was preceded in death by his parents. In lieu of flowers, a memorial has been established to benefit R-Calf USA, P.O. Box 30715, Billings, MT 59107 or the Pine Haven Fire Auxiliary, P.O. Box 519, Moorcroft, WY 82721. Graveside services will be 10:00 A.M. Friday, September 24, 2021 at the Pine Haven Cemetery. A luncheon will be served immediately following the service at Keyhole Country Club. Memorials may be sent in care of Gillette Memorial Chapel 210 West 5th Street, Gillette, WY 82716. Condolences may also be expressed at  

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Friday, September 24, 2021

Starts at 10:00 am (Mountain time)

Pine Haven Cemetery

, Pine Haven, WY 82721

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