Laramie, WY — Brian E. Barthel, 56, of Laramie, WY, died unexpectedly from a heart attack on Wednesday, Nov. 13, 2019, at the Cheyenne Regional Center in Cheyenne, WY.
Following Brian's wishes, he was cremated and gravesite rites will be held at a later date.
Memorials may be made to the family for future designation.
Brian was born on Aug. 2, 1963, to Stan and Carolyn (Harley) Barthel in Ord.
He enjoyed the livestock, haying and all that goes with ranch work. He broke, trained and showed horses.
Brian attended a rural school in northern Garfield County. He graduated from Kearney High School in 1981, and enrolled in college at Wyoming Technical Institute in Laramie, WY. He was a diesel graduate in December of 1981 and received special recognition for perfect attendance, being a class leader and was one of five gradutes from the class of 70 to be named to the directors honor list.
After graduating from W.T.I., he worked at South Central Diesel in Holdrege, Diesel Injection Service of Texas in Dallas, Texas, Kearney Ag & Auto in Kearney and Teton Motors in Jackson, WY.
In 1995, Brian accepted an instructor position at Wyoming Technical Institute. He enjoyed teaching the students. In 1996, Brian was promoted to assistant automotive department coordinator and later assistant director of education and diesel department coordinator. When W.T.I. changed hands, many changes were made. Brian, as well as much of the staff, was released. He was employed at W.T.I. for 19 years and worked at various jobs in Laramie, WY, the last few years.
He spent many hours working on cars in his garage. He was an expert carpenter. He also spent much time gardening in his yard. He flew his drone taking pictures for a real estate company.
Brian and Betty Dickinson were married in 1986. They were blessed with two children Stephanie and Johnathon. This marriage ended in divorce.
In 1999, he and Vicki Leonhardt were married and blessed with a daughter Nicole. Their marriage also ended in divorce.
Brian and his fiancee Ann traveled back to Nebraska many times for his granddaughters' birthday parties and holidays.
Brian is survived by his parents Stan (Carlene) Barthel of Idaho Falls, Idaho and Carolyn (John) Less of St. Libory; his fiancee Ann Burnett of Laramie, WY; two daughters Stephanie Barthel of Hastings (Derrick Epley of Wood River) and Nicole Barthel of Laramie, WY; one son Jonathon Barthel of Idaho; three granddaughters Taylor, Makenna and Katherine of Hastings; one brother Kalin (Tammy) Barthel of Farmers Branch, Texas; one half-brother Tyler (Laura) Barthel of Arizona; one stepsister Kindra Baler of Arizona; one nephew Scott (Brandy) and Belle Barthel of Dallas, Texas; and a host of other relatives and friends.
He was preceded in death by his grandparents Carl and Iva (Boetcher) Barthel and Paul and Letha (Isaacson) Harley; two uncles Eldon Harley and Eugene Barthel; and three aunts Carolyn Mullins, Phyllis Keller and Virginia Phillips.