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Hugh Ferguson Jr

January 1, 1927 — December 24, 2020

Hugh Ferguson, Jr.93, of Gillette, Wyoming passed away Thursday, December 24, 2020 at the Legacy and Living Rehabilitation Center. He was born in Los Angeles, California to Hugh Ferguson, Sr. And Hazel Pearl (Joslin) Ferguson on January 1, 1927. He did not get the gifts that the first-born baby born on New Year's was entitled to as his doctor was out of town at a party. When he was young, the family moved to Rocky, Oklahoma where he grew up on the family farm. He graduated High School with only 12 other students. He had a few years of college at University of Oklahoma but had to drop out due to his hand being injured when he held a firework too long. In 1948, he married Mary Jane Woodward and to this union, had five children. They were happily married but shortly after moving to Midland, Michigan she lost a long and courageous battle with cancer, Mary Jane passed away. Hugh joined “Parents Without Partners” so he could meet people and take the children to the activities the club held for families. He met Carole Miller and her son Jeff Miller. They were married October 3, 1970. They had a “Yours, Mine and Our Family” when their daughter, Carrie Lynn was born. Hugh worked in the oil fields, in his earlier years, and later in several states, worked for Dowell, Schlumberger and in Midland, Michigan was a supervisor for Dow Industrial Services, a division of Dow Chemical Co. In 1978, he was transferred to Casper, Wyoming to work for Dowell Services. When asked, why there, he laughed and said, well this is where my paycheck will be. Even after retiring in the 80’s, he was in demand as a consultant for various jobs. He was a proud Navy Veteran and very seldom would you see him without his veteran's cap. Hugh served aboard the ship The Belleau Wood in the Pacific from 1944 to 1946 and was called back for the Korean War in 1950. He went to the Naval Control and Shipping in Japan and was transferred to the Naval Receiving Station in Seattle, Washington and honorably discharged in 1951. Hobbies were not something Hugh had but he loved all kinds of sports and was good at most, but his passion was golf and yes, he played very good in his early years. Loved boating, fishing and hunting and enjoyed hosting for several years at Keyhole Lake In Wyoming. Loved traveling and working in parks also. He was a very social man with a sense of humor, that might be a bit sarcastic at times. Loved a good argument and kidded with all. Will be missed by all who loved him. The last few years he bravely fought to hang on but he was getting weaker and more tired and the covid virus did the rest. He was preceded in death by Mary Jane, his parents, sisters, Daurice (Frank) Peterson, Beverly Jane (Ralph) Randles, and both husbands of the sisters, granddaughter Robyn Lynn Ellis, daughter-in-law, Marie “Temoke” Ferguson and her son Nathan, and several nieces and nephews. He will be lovingly remembered and terribly missed by his wife of 50 years, Carole, son Hugh 111, (Janet) daughter, Donna (Kirk) Davis, son, Mark, daughter, Suzanne (Alfred) Quiroz, son Ted, son, Jeff Miller, (Kris), daughter, Carrie (Steve) Lapp, his sister, Gertrude (Donald) Graham, niece, Robbie de Leur Brown, (Carl) and 12 grandchildren and 8 great grandchildren. As per his wishes, he was cremated, and a celebration of life will be held later. Memorials and condolences may be sent in care of Walker Funeral Home 410 Medical Arts Court, Gillette, WY 82716. Condolences may also be expressed at www.walkerfuneralgillette.com
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