An Open House Remembrance for Michael Conwell will be held Saturday, October 20, 2018, from 2:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. at Mount Pisgah Cemetery Shelter.
Gillette resident Michael (Mike) Eldon Conwell, 59, died early Thursday morning, Oct. 4, 2018, at Close to Home Hospice, after a short battle with cancer.
He was born May 29, 1959 in Seattle, WA to John Conwell and Virginia (Giles) Conwell. When Mike was 2 John divorced and was re-married to Edna (Blake) Conwell, who then helped raise him.
Mike grew up moving around a lot, 17 different states, before his family ended up in Gillette, WY his sophomore year of high school. He graduated from Campbell County High School in 1977, and went into the Navy, stationed in San Francisco, CA. In 1983 he moved back to Gillette where he met and married Jacqueline (Wiseman) Conwell in 1984. In 1986 they had their first child, Stacey. In 1987 Mike joined the Army National Guard in Gillette. And in 1989 he and his wife had their son, Shaun.
In 2004 Mike was deployed to Iraq for 14 months. After returning home from Iraq, he resumed his 23 year career at Cyclone Drilling, eventually retiring from the military in 2006.
He enjoyed fishing and being outdoors. He loved reading and watching all kinds of sports (college and professional). He really liked photography, and even tried his hand in it when he could. He was a real handy man and enjoyed building things and helping his children with anything they needed. Gardening was also a passion of Mike’s, he always had something growing. He also really enjoyed good food and good beer (not Budweiser!).
He was a great husband, an amazing father, and an all-around good person. He had a sarcastic sense of humor and enjoyed a fun friendly debate.
He was preceded in death by his parents; his brother (infant), Steven Conwell; his half-brother, Scott Conwell; his step-brothers, Charles Conwell, and Nicholas Conwell.
He is survived by his wife, Jacqueline; his daughter, Stacey (Christopher) Keys; his son, Shaun Conwell; his step-brother, Thomas (Kim) Conwell; and nieces and nephews. Memorials and condolences may be sent in care of Gillette Memorial Chapel 210 West 5th Street, Gillette, WY 82716. Condolences may also be expressed at www.gillettememorialchapel.com